Fears conquered

Fears conquered

Litha Crew Post from July 9, 2021 We finally left Salem Harbor for the first time in almost a year.  We had 4 extra people aboard as we headed towards Cape Cod.  The day started with beautiful calm waters.  We raised the sails and sat on our bean bag chairs to watch...

Freedom, Death, and Taxes

Freedom, Death, and Taxes

Litha Crew Post from June 3, 2021 This photo popped up in my facebook memories recently from 2 years ago. Ack!  I want to go back to being somewhere tropical!   I was pulling Tarot cards for client the other day and Evie walked in while I was shuffling.  She said,...

Crap, I think I’m an empath

Crap, I think I’m an empath

Litha Crew Post from May 5, 2021 I thought that I wanted the harbor to start filling with boats again.  I thought that I wanted to start talking to people now that the weather is getting nice.  I thought that I wanted to feel less isolated.  Turns out, I'm feeling...

Take each day as it comes

Take each day as it comes

Litha Crew Post from April 1, 2021 Well, if you read Jan and Feb, you know how I felt about winter aboard, but we have been out from under the plastic wrap for about a month now.  I'm starting to forget what it was like to be so depressed and miserable all winter....

Breathe again

Breathe again

Litha Crew Post from March 10, 2021 Well, a Nor'easter blew the shrink wrap off of Litha about 4 weeks earlier than we planned to take it off.  The whole starboard side was exposed and torn.  It wasn't repairable, and if we left it up, the next storm that blows...

Bringing in the light

Bringing in the light

Litha Crew Post from February 10, 2021 For those of you here who weren't on my Patreon page, I'll catch you up a little bit about my thoughts from the last few "Lessons from Litha" newsletters from the last months of 2020.  Summary: Living on a boat covered in plastic...

Shelter

Shelter

Patreon Post from January 3, 2021 Happy New Year everyone!!!   What I have learned from living aboard a sailboat in the freezing waters of New England in the December.... is that I MISS SAILING SO MUCH!  Aaaahhhh!!!  This whole sitting in one place covered in plastic...

Living in a bubble

Living in a bubble

Patreon Post from December 1, 2020 Living in a bubble... literally. We have spent the past few weeks winterizing Litha.  We built a frame out of conduit, added a door, and spent hours and hours wrapping her in plastic and shrinking with a heat gun.  We completely...

Be grateful for what you don’t have

Be grateful for what you don’t have

Patreon Post from November 5, 2020 Hi all!  Apologies for October's newsletter being a little late.  It was a super busy October for us.  It has been really difficult floating in the harbor when our lives have become so land based.   Each frosty morning, Justin would...

Take the back roads

Take the back roads

Patreon Post from September 30, 2020 Take The Backroads When we arrived in Salem 3 months ago, we rushed around trying to find an inexpensive car. We purchased a 2002 Jetta Golf for $1100. It runs great... if you don’t exceed 2000 RPMs. That means we can’t drive it on...

I don’t fit in

I don’t fit in

Patreon Post from August 21, 2020 I don’t fit in. The past 2 years, I tried to blend, to not stand out. I tried to make it look like I belonged in whatever country we were visiting. For example, I watched what locals did in grocery stores. Thoughts like, “Does this...

The Mermaid of Salem Harbor

The Mermaid of Salem Harbor

Patreon Post from August 22, 2020 It all started with a conch shell that we found in Panama... As we were quarantined in the Dry Tortugas with our friends on Paanga, they taught us to turn conch shells into horns on our aft deck one day. Each night at sunset, the kids...

It’s okay not to know

It’s okay not to know

Patreon Post from July 2, 2020 I keep thinking about all the things I want to say that we can teach you from the month of June so thanks for being patient with me as I've needed a little extra time to write this up.  It's been quite a unique experience being able to...

Food Appreciation

Food Appreciation

Patreon Post from May 23, 2020 Well, being back in the US after 16 months away is... strange. We left the US after crawling through a hole in a fence marked “No Trespassing” near the cruisers anchorage in San Diego California... and entered the US 16 months later by...

Slow Down

Slow Down

Patreon Post from February 20, 2020 I really thought when we moved aboard and started sailing that I’d have so much more time. I thought I’d learn to play the ukulele, I thought I’d learn new cooking methods, and that I would finally use those watercolors I purchased...