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I’m the Bosun!

It was before 8:00 on a bright, sunny morning. My husband was below decks, feeding the boy, washing dishes, and generally getting ready for the day. I was on deck surveying the boat. I made notes of what wood needed to be replaced first. I came up with an action plan for maintaining the brightwork. I started to calculate how much caulk we would need to recaulk the cabintop.

That’s when it hit me: Since "the Bosun" works 40 hours per week as a computer geek counter service technician, and I stay home and work on the boat (only early in the morning and during naptime, of course), I’m officially more Bosuny than he is. And since the position of Bosun’s Mate has already been filled (by our son), I guess I’m just the Bosun.

MrJ is now the Bosun/Captain, because, you know, he still has to be the honorary Bosun. And when it comes time for haul-out, I’m going to be putting my finger firmly on my nose and calling "Not it!"

What Not to Do: Yudu Screen Printer Edition (…and a Cute Baby)

Two significant things happened yesterday:

1. I finally unpacked my Yudu machine and gave it a whirl (I think I’ve had it over a year now), and

2. Keani Kai (9 months old now) ate curry.

Item #1: If you’ve ever heard anything about the Yudu machine, you’ve probably heard that you will mess up the first 2 emulsion sheets which are included with the machine. I was determined not to let that happen to me under any circumstances, so I read the manual (twice), watched the instructional DVD (twice) and then watched a few user-created videos on YouTube for good measure.

So, I wet down the screen, applied the slightly annoying sheet of emulsion, and took a good look. It looked weird. I smoothed it out with the squeegee. It still looked weird. “Oh well,” I thought, “it’s not changing any no matter how much I smooth it out, so I’d better dry it now.” I put it in the machine and started the “Dry” cycle.

Then I sat down to watch more YouTube videos. When I got to this video, Kendra-the-Cricut-Lady explained in detail how to make sure the emulsion was properly adhered to the screen. When she held it up and said “It shouldn’t look like this,” I knew I was in trouble because that is exactly how mine looked. So, what did I do? Genius that I am, I ran over to the Yudu, pulled out the half-dry screen, and re-wet it, trying to get it to go on right. It started coming off. Yep, the emulsion started washing right off, so I stopped, stuck it back in the machine, and put it through another drying cycle…and another…and another…and another… after about 2.5 hours, I was tired of waiting, so I just pulled off the protective plastic coating, and big wet gobs of emulsion came off with it. It was too bad. I wanted to get to the printing part.

 

Emulsion coming off a Yudu screen because it was not dry enough
Emulsion coming off a Yudu screen because it was not dry enough

The two pieces of text I had prepped were small, so I fit them into some undamaged areas on the emulsion, and exposed for 8 minutes. I should have done 10. Anyway, at the end of 8 minutes, I went to rinse off the unexposed emulsion, and this happened:

A ruined Yudu screen
The ruined "Team Baby" Yudu screen

Yep. It all started coming off.

Lessons: Get the emulsion on right the first time, then leave it alone. Make sure the emulsion is totally, completely dry before messing with it. Expose for 10 minutes.

The good news is that this experience was very liberating, and I am now ready to experiment and play with my Yudu machine. I went at it with an uncharacteristically laid-back attitude because I realized that the reason I’ve let it sit in the box for a year is that I was afraid I’d mess up. I wanted to wait until I was a pro before using it. Duh. How will you ever be a pro at anything without making a bunch of mistakes first? So I went for it. And I messed up. I completely wrecked my first project. And now I can get on with perfecting it.

As for the baby eating curry, well, I took some curry, turned it to mush in the Magic Bullet, and fed it to him. The look of delight on his face after the first bite was priceless. It was as if he were saying: “Mom, are you sure this is for me? It’s delicious!” It was kind of like this, but a little more on the tickled pink side:

Baby Boy looking up with a puzzled but happy expression
Baby Boy looking up with a puzzled but happy expression

And now, as I type this, he has pulled one of the air tubes off the breast pump and is trying to learn everything there is to know about it. So, until next time…

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Small Town ♥

Urban areas are overrated.

OK, I admit it: if I had a free ticket to Anywhere, USA, I’d be in NYC quicker than you can say X-ray scanner, and if I had to pick a destination on the West Coast it would be Seattle. I do love the big city, but I know I’d soon be back home in my tiny town. All things considered, I can’t think of a better place to experience life with my son every day. Morro Bay, CA is a small town of a little more than 10,000 residents scattered over 5 square miles.

Reasons to love Morro Bay:

  • November, 10:00 a.m., 63° (17°C) and sunny
  • I can put the baby in his stroller and run all our errands on foot
  • When business people ask for a phone number, they look at me like I’m crazy when I include the area code
  • In 2 hours of running errands, we see approximately 6 people we know
  • At the Post Office, we see a letter carrier walk right out the front door with his satchel of mail and start delivering to the businesses across the street
  • On the way home, we see 2 more letter carriers, on foot, with their satchels
  • Plus, there’s this dog that hangs out at Legends Bar:

    Legends Dog
    Legends Dog

Small town ♥ !

 

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Portrait or Landscape?

Yesterday I joined Barbara Renshaw and about a dozen others for a Sketch Walk at Marina Point in Morro Bay.

Although it’s November, it was about 60 degrees in town, and I didn’t expect it to be SO COLD out at the point! The wind was bitter, but I would have loved it if I had dressed for the occasion. As it was, I was in jeans, a cotton tank top, and a light corduroy blazer. I was freezing!

We ventured out in a pack, but as people found scenes they wanted to sketch, the wandering group got smaller and smaller. We walked on the path, through mud puddles and brush, onto the salt marsh (which I was very excited about– I’ve always wondered how people got out there!), and I did find a magnificent view of Morro Rock but I had to keep going to find shelter from the wind. Finally there was a pretty good view of Hollister Peak, but it was just not inspiring me. I’m really not a landscape person. I needed a little more drama, so I found a huge conifer that was drooping down and almost forming a cave, a little secret spot with a view of the Peak peeking through the branches.

“This is cool,” I thought. So I sat down to sketch. I pulled out my 6B pencil and my drawing pad and I made some lines. Ugly lines. Lines that represented the tree branches and the peak, but ugly lines no less. That’s when I remembered why I don’t do landscapes: I don’t like them. Still, it was a pretty cool view, so I decided to take a photo of it. Unfortunately, I had left my camera in the car, but I hey, I had my cell phone camera! I took two photos and the memory card was full. Just not my day.

I decided to use the time to make a texture study, and drew some bark. I was not really excited about that either, so I drew a plant that was poking up through the pine needles. Then I blacked out the background, and the less realistic it looked, the more I liked it.

Sketch Walk November, originally uploaded by LandlockedSailr.

I started back toward the marina and a beautiful little ketch with dark green sail covers caught my eye, but the sun was so bright and the wind was so cold and my eyes kept stinging and burning, so I took some quick notes and headed back to the car.

Overall I was pretty disappointed in how the day turned out, mostly due to my own lack of preparation! Next time I will remember to bring:

    1. More layers
    2. My camera!
    3. A stool to sit on
    4. Scarf, handkerchief, hat
    5. Contact lenses and sun glasses

If you’re in the area, come join us!

 

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A Brand New Sailor Boy

Actually, he has not been out on the water yet, but since he is the son of two sailors, I think it’s fair to call him a little sailor boy!

BabyJ in his Little GsSo this is why I have not been blogging lately. I’ve been busy taking care of this little one. He’ll be 6 weeks old on Wednesday! I had originally planned to reopen my Etsy store on August 1st, but that was just wishful thinking. Then I pushed it back to September 1st, which is only about a week and a half away, so we’ll see!

Anyway, I wanted to name him after the wind and the sea, so I did… in Hawaiian. Isn’t he sweet?

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Etsy Finds: Eco Friendly Beach Totes

When you’re trying to downsize and

live life with no more than 100 possessions,

the first step is to stop buying stuff.

The next step is to edit the things you already have.

For me, that included a few painful (but enlightening) hours going through all the handbags I own. Guess what: I had a ton of handbags, and none of them were exactly right for any particular occasion. So, after editing, I still needed one big, multi-purpose beach-style bag for when I’m traveling by bike.

I’ve implemented the one in/one out rule for myself, meaning that for every new thing that I acquire, something must go. In this case, it will be one in/fifteen or twenty out! Yay!

Since it’s important to know where your stuff comes from, I wanted something handmade and recycled/upcycled.

Look what I found on Etsy!

Recycled Suit Bag by MyGreenMonkeyDesigns

Recycled Suit Multi-Purpose Bag/Backpack by MyGreenMonkeyDesigns

Red Star Recycled Sail Tote by Reiter8

Of course I couldn’t resist this Red Star Recycled Sail Tote by Reiter8

Recycled Coffee Sack by JungleJute

Gotta Love Coffee! Recycled Coffee Sack Extra Large Tote by JungleJute

Cotton Canvas Lone Cyclist Market Bag by The Craft Pantry

And, of course, we’ve got to do a plug for cycling! Recycled Cotton Canvas “Lone Cyclist” Tote by TheCraftPantry

One more cool bike-basket thing, which may or may not be something I need:

Roll Up Picnic Blanket by ThingsBySLO

Roll-Up Picnic Blanket by ThingsBySLO

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