It’s been a while since I wrote due to severe depression regarding our engine. It died due to lack of oil and lack of our understanding regarding the diesals. YES people –we did have a gauge with a buzzer which showed weird high pressure ratings and then the buzzer died. We thought – faulty gauge. Yeah well hindsight is 20/20.
SO 8 thousand dollars later, much stress
and nothing done except for Jordan stripping the engine so the yard can pull
it out. Alright I am varnishing the wheel which looks great but seems stupid
when we have huge issues like no engine to deal with. There was much stress,
agnst, squabbling and drinking on the Queen Jane. But we are through it and
eager to press on and follow our dream. Jordan has been really great thru
the whole thing despite a mild depression – I was very cranky about the
situation. The upside is that
Jordan has learnt so much about the diesal engine in taking all the fittings
and stuff off of it. It was kind of like a very expensive crash course in
diesal maintenance. I have learnt where the dipstick is – and I will learn
how to pump oil into the engine. The work starts tomorrow – our boat is a
wreck and I have to work on storage orginazation.
I had the pleasure of meeting some distant cousins lately. Our Great-Grandmothers were related. Julia Brendenthal invited me to a BBQ. Her sister, Christina was there with her 3 kids - Emma (11) Aaron (9) and Julian (5). Julia’s kids are William (11) , Elinor (9),
Benjamin (6) and Laura (4). It was
lovely time. Everyone was welcoming and very sweet. The children were
wonderful to Jonah despite his main interest in their toys. Julia and her
husband, Frederic, have a lovely house north of San Diego up in the hills
with a wonderful view of the Ocean. The house had a very comfy, kid centric
feel. Julia and Tina are English and both met their husbands (who knew each
other) here in San Diego. I am always amazed at people with more kids than 1
since I seem to be so often overwhealmed with just 1!
Yesterday was Halloween. Jonah was a
Knight but found most of his costume to encumbering so bascially he carried
his sword. He had a blast. We got together with 3 other families and there
kids and we had pizza first then we off we went to trick and treat the other
boats in the marina. There was much running and screaming. Jonah got so much
candy he made me carry his bag. Some boats were not expecting kids and we
got interesting treats like money, lemons
(?), donuts and hot chocolate packets. One boat got beenie babies for
all the kids and Jonah got a cat which he named Jasmine. It was the favorite
thing he got – he doesn’t like candy all that much.
I had to suck down a Rum and Coke before we left as their was so much
comotion. I suggested to the other mothers that we all do shots of tequila
but we never got around to it. Before we left Jonah fell thru a hatch on his
friends boat – lucky they make kids flexible because he was fun except for
a huge scratch on his back. The
entire event left me exhuasted but Jonah was in heaven so I guess it was
Friday I go to NYC for a week and I probably wont write journals there. When we come back, we will provision and leave for Mexico!