Two weeks from today (on 10/11/11) we will leave Stillwater, MN and begin our 12 month Great Loop cruise, so I decided it was high time to start a blog of our adventures aboard Paradise. It's a cold, rainy, gloomy day--perfect for staying indoors and accomplishing not only the start of this blog, but also some other tasks that aren't nearly as much fun.
Joe is changing the oil in the engines and I'm going to line all the cabinets in all three heads so I can haul the new towels out of storage and put them where they're needed. We're also getting some laundry done, and I hope to finally unload the last of the storage tubs by finding appropriate places to put all the things we've brought aboard. I'll probably find more things we kept that we don't need, and we'll haul them to the car to await donation at the Goodwill. It seems like we've already gotten rid of about 25% of what we initially brought on board.
We're still having inverter problems so the master stateroom remains torn apart and we have electrical cords running everywhere. With any luck, that will all be taken care of soon.
In the next few days, I'll make a master list of provisions we'll need, compare that to what's already on board, go shopping, then bring it all back to the boat and try to figure out where to store it all.
My right leg seems to be doing well (no pain) and I continue putting limited weight on it, using crutches, and getting in & out of the boat and up & down the boat stairs on my backside. My last doctor appointment in MN will be Oct 10th when the surgeon expects that x-rays will show sufficient healing of my femur to allow full weight on my leg. He said at my last visit that I'll probably still need to use crutches for a while until my muscles rebuild from their 5 month vacation.
Need to get working so I'll close for now.