• Boat & Home

    Walk Lightly on the Earth

    My on-going study of the philosophy behind yoga has circled back to ahisma, non-violence, and one way I focused on implementing this last time was trying to cut down on waste. Now that Skye is potty-trained, a big source of waste, diapers, has been eliminated (we did cloth diaper her for a while, but kept switching back to disposables when we traveled), I’m looking for the next big way to cut down on our waste. Where we’re living at the moment has some recycling, so food cans, La Croix cans, and many plastic containers go into the recycling, which is much better than the landfill. Cardboard and anything else that…

  • Boat & Home,  Food & Beauty

    Bath Bombs

    For Christmas this year, Skye and I gave out bath bombs as teacher and friend presents and they were quite a big hit. With a great scent, giving a pretty package with bombs in it is a special gift, even more so because Skye helped me make a mess make the bath bombs. Even without a 3 year old helping, this project makes a mess, so be warned and be prepared to clean up afterwards. 8 oz baking soda 4 oz citric acid 4 oz corn starch 4 oz epsom salt 2-3 tsp coconut oil food coloring essential oils (we used lemon and rose) isopropyl alcohol (Many recipes I found…

  • Adventure,  Boat & Home

    That Time the Boat Flooded

    “Skye should be up from her nap soon, and I’ll grab…GEOFF!!” I’d turned to climb down below only to discover several inches of water on the floor. It hadn’t been there a few minutes previously when I’d gotten us drinks. We were 10 miles from Charleston, SC and the brand new, never-tested engine had been running flawlessly. We’d just passed a raft of powerboats and their wake had given us a serious shake-up. “Something hit a thru-hull. Take the wheel.” There aren’t a lot of ways that much water could get into the boat that quickly and none of them are good. I take over steering while Geoff opens the…