Fixed the main bilge pump - yay! Now we can wait for a warmer day to work on the backup pumps.
And speaking of warm day ... The weather today had howling wind, sleet, a bit of snow and lots of rain. When I had to drive to work I dreaded this kind of day, knowing that my 1 hour commute could easily turn into 3. But I had been curious for some time how I'd react to wintry weather if I *didn't* have to travel. This is the first time I've been exposed to winter since 2008, and my first opportunity to find out.
When viewed from the warm, dry boat, and there's no need to be in it if I don't want to, winter isn't that bad after all. We stayed aboard and worked on the bilge pump, had a second pot of coffee, and hunkered down with some library books and a pot of mushroom-barley soup. Not as much fun perhaps as snorkeling in the Bahamas like we did 3 years ago; or as educational as studying history in St Augustine like last year. But staying put instead of snowbirding has returned my sense of living in sync with the rhythm of the seasons, and that is a lovely unexpected benefit. (Ask me again in about a month, I may get tired of ice by then.)