By Lee & Dee Anderson, Jack Robert #17
Winter in Minnesota is usually long and deep. Jack Robert #17 sits quietly on his cradle in the marina yard with a layer of snow on him. Wish we could afford inside heated storage to allow us to work on the brightwork and interior. Instead we have to be content to travel to the marina to check up on things and dream of warmer days. The downside besides the obvious is that the more we anticipate the spring the wait becomes even longer then the three long months we have left. So what occupies us during the wait?
Promptly after the boat was hauled at the end of October we started a remodeling project in our house. The main bath needed a major refurb. This meant tearing everything out down to the studs. Whatever was in the drawers and such was moved to a bedroom. New materials, supplies, vanity, etc. all got moved in and took over our living room.
Like a boat project the scope grew to included replacing the kitchen ceiling ostensibly damaged by the leaking shower in the bath. Where does all the stuff from the kitchen get moved in order to work in the kitchen, the dining room, of course. We have 34 cabinets in the kitchen so things expended into the family room off the dining room. The kitchen ceiling is removed to uncover a slowly dripping rusted 100+ year water pipe that actually was the primary cause of the ceiling damage. We were forced to replace the plumbing. We also uncovered knob and tube wiring that needed to be replaced. So, whatever budget we had for the bath has now been exceeded by a factor 2.5.
We are now relegated to three rooms just a bit bigger then our tug. We will still be in this situation until the end of January. Three months in about the same space as Jack Robert with two neurotic cats has proved we can live on the tug full time when we retire. Life is good.