The moving countdown has begun. As we are selling most of our possessions, life in our apartment has gotten a bit strange. We haven't had a dining table in weeks. I sold all of the storage and shelves last week and nearly everything out of the closets. Our life is in literal piles. Our sofa, chair and ottoman will all be departing this week, which will mean picnic dinners on the floor, instead of the sofa! YAY picnics! But all of this means that we are one step closer to making our move to Malabar.
Boat projects have been, tricky. Keegan has replaced the lifelines so it is no longer a danger to walk around the top sides of the boat and installed two awesome solar lanterns so that our cockpit has lighting after dark. I finished most of the new cushions and our new mattress, which has made things much more like home aboard Malabar. BUT (there is always a but) we discovered on Saturday morning that our batteries were not charging. AND, that the refrigeration was not working. *sigh*
I'll admit that this pushed me just a little bit over the edge. We've been working so hard with very little sleep the last two weeks and the thought of moving onto a boat without refrigeration, or lighting for that matter, was just enough to provoke my first boat breakdown! I'm pretty sure that was destined and after about twenty minutes of weeping in Keegan's arms, it was back to work to solve the problems!
BUT, (don't you just love buts?), this is a blog about the things that go right! Right? Keegan again comes to the rescue. After climbing into the lazarette (the seat that opens up in the cockpit) and disassembling the electrical panel my dear boy discovered that the battery charger wasn't broken as we suspected, but the wiring on the panel was just completely mislabeled. Hooray for Engine Instruments, which actually means battery charger. Better yet, with the batteries charging and AC/DC functions all in motion, the refrigerator works too. See, a good cry fixes just about anything.