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A little introduction on who we are. I (cath) am the one writing most, no in fact all of the posts:) I am a registered nurse and I am currently doing my degree in translation. So I am full time at work and part time at Univeristy. Dan is the handy man. He graduated in 2009 and he opened his own business. He is a fabulous designer specializing in designing bathroom, kitchen and walking closet. Since he is such a handy guy he is doing most of the fixing on our 42 foot sailboat. We bought White Pearl october 2009 in San Francisco. She is beautiful and needed some lovin. She is a 42 feet aluminum cutter built in 1983. She is a bluewater sailing vessel. Having crossed many oceans before us and she's proven her worth. We live 6 months on the boat during the Summer months. We simply love it. Living aboard is just fantastic, we sail whenever we want and enjoy the water and the nature. It's awesome. We are currently working hard and putting money aside so we can leave one day to live our dream: sailing around the world with our sailboat.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Buried under the snow!

It has been quiet on our front lately since Winter has swallowed us whole!
Buried under 250cm of snow, we are shovelling on a daily basis, hoping to see the end on the horizon...

Our plans are still a GO however, we still have a couple of loose ends that need to be tied.

- We still have to sell our property
- Finish to pay the boat
- Replace 2 sails (Jib and Main)
- Change all the port holes and hatches
- Buy the electronics (Chartplotter, Radar)
- Install the solar panels and the wind generator
- Figure out the dinghy conundrum
- Find a suitable liferaft

Those are all on the « to do » list for the next 2 years.

When we first bought the boat, we had this utopian dream of outfitting the boat and getting it ready in 5 years. Well, what do you know... life gets in the way sometimes and that 5 years project is turning into a 8 years project.
I think initially, there was a tinge of disappointment but now, I realize it was all for a good reason.

We can make all the plans we want but in the end, we are not in control of much, so might as well go with the flow...

We are keeping course, aiming for a departure soonish! Enjoying time with family and friends and embracing the difficulties that come our way. Life isn't perfect and if all these small set backs are the worst we are gonna experience, well bring it on...

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

How do I love thee?

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
I stumbled upon this poem from this author I dont really know anything about. It sounded true to me and I couldn't help but post it. 
I have been meaning to write a post about this and I kept putting it off thinking that it wasn't much of a big deal and that most people wouldn't care much. However, after spending time with family and friends over the Holidays, I realized one thing. Life isn't easy and I consider myself very lucky to have a family that loves me and cares for me. Furthermore, I consider myself more than blessed to have my best friend, a faithful partner and an amazing husband to share the ups and downs of life with. December 22nd 2016, we celebrated 15 years of marriage. For the long timers out there it isn't such a big deal, but for my generation, where constant change and stimulation is key to happiness, 15 years of commitment to the same man is quite unusual!!
In the end, it is the story of a boy and a girl, a friendship that turned into love. A life made of good and bad days, of hardships and dreams and above all of a commitment to « making it ». 


According to Canadian standards, we got married way too young... I was 18 and he was 21. Life made it so that we were facing annihilation from my family and much rebuke from his. When life was no longer making sense for either of us without each other... When every moment away from each other was just too painful to bear. When I thought I loved, even if my definition of love was probably skewed. When I thought that the worse  thing was to not be with him.
But now I know, after 15 years, my love for him was but a glimpse of what I feel now. In the end, the idea of growing old together and be happy traveling and doing what we love the most is all I really want. 
“There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory.” Sir Francis Drake

I consider myself lucky enough to have found a man that can put up with my sometimes controlling ways, my occasional cleaning freak habits, my stubbornness and my drive to push further and further. But I know one thing, he never felt threatened by me being so passionate or me being opinionated! LOL...
I only pray that God will keep us together for many more years and when the time comes, we can go together while doing something we both love...

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Disturb us...

Prayer (1577)

Disturb us Lord, when we are too pleased with ourselves, 
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little, 
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of things we 
We have lost our thirst for the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life, we have ceased to dream of 
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wilder seas where storms will show Your
Where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars.

Sir Francis Drake (British Vice-Admiral, Explorer and Pirate)

This Prayer has been my solace since Christmas and was a great start to the New Year (2017).
It made me choke back some tears and made me realize how self-absorb we can become and how easy it is to forget what truly matters.
Thanks to Uncle Phil for his wonderful book and for choosing this Prayer as Preface.