July & August 2018 By The Numbers

Bowling scores. It’s about more than the numbers right?

July – August 2018.

We are adding up the numbers of our lives again –

I like numbers. They can be fun. And when you start breaking things down into numbers they can become especially insightful or sometimes just plain weird.

Here are a few fun number facts I found on the internet:

53 – The number of loosely fitting vertebrae cats have, which makes their back really flexible. Humans have just 34.

195 – The number of countries in the world according to the UN. This includes Vatican City and Palestine.

10 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 – A googol, the misspelling of which became the name of the search engine Google.

Ok, enough of that – on to OUR numbers. But before we start counting, here is a plain old recap in plain old words …

July and August was actually kind of boring. We spent most of our time house sitting and earning money. We have lots of van projects patiently waiting to be completed, but money making jobs have gotten in the way so I quit mine (September is already looking up as far as projects – so looking forward to counting those!). Greg played some music and we got to play with a new toy – but enough of telling you about stuff – let’s get to the enumerating…

61 – Days house sitting. This might be a record for us. There were no gaps in our schedule and no doubling up. But even more significant was how many different beds we slept in…

3 – Different beds we slept in. (Actually 4, but one of those beds was only for one day – July 1 at the tail end of a week-long house sit the last week of June)

The Princesa! Zara is a bit shy and spent most of our stay with her under the bed. But she loved it when I’d lay on the floor, pull the dust ruffle up, and talk to her while I practiced my Spanish. Her little purring machine would just rumble.

1 – Cat house sat. Princesa Zara Raj.

2 – Dogs house sat. Jasmine and Lucy. (Ok – it was actually 4 if you count Bob and Dave on July 1, but we already talked about them last time and [spoiler alert] you are going to get to see them again in our next numbers post!).

Lucy. It looks like she is doing a Spock immitation here, except only raising one ear instead of an eyebrow. She IS the older and wiser one of the pair.
Jasmine is ready to go. Really, she is always ready to go.

24 – House sitting days we have on the calendar for next summer. It never hurts to book early.

16 – Painting and odd jobs Greg and his partner Paul completed in July and August. It seems like all the guys have to do is walk out the door and they get jobs. It can be a little overwhelming so sometimes I tell Greg to just stay home – but then there is that pesky phone – you just can’t hide when you paint houses and live in an old neighborhood. They are actually so busy they have already started a list for next year.

Taylor’s house painted by Greg and Paul.

2 – Boats sold. The story of Blue Wing has finally come to an end. She motored out of Indiantown Marina at the beginning of August to tutor a new custodian in the ways of the sailing life. We also sold my favorite dinghy, Fever – this was kind of clever trick – we left Fev in the care of a friend at Indiantown, telling her I would put the boat up for sale on Craigslist but never did. Perhaps it was two months of looking at poor lonely Fever or the magical pull of the butter tub of dinghies (Walker Bay) and the idea of the endless fun that could be had with him – my friend made us an offer. So much easier than dealing with Craigslist crazies!

The new Kayak!

1 – Boats bought (apparently I can no longer live without a boat). She is an inflatable Advanced Elements kayak. And she fits in the van! Now we need a new boat name. Before we took her for her trial run we thought we might have to name her Tippy Canoe, but she did wonderfully and was perfectly steady – even with us and our “summer weight”! Perhaps we will call her Ballenato Azul (Baby blue Whale) since she is small and blue and will be traveling with her big sister Ballena Blanca or maybe something that means in the belly of the whale since she will actually be traveling inside her big sister. We are waiting to be inspired. Any suggestions?

We took the new kayak to Sweetwater State Park for a trial run. She did great. I love having my own kayak, but the tandem is working out well. Greg paddles and I take pictures.
Bird on the lake at Sweetwater State Park.
Lazy afternoon at Sweetwater State Park.

1 – Times Greg played live and was recorded by a local TV station. Once a month the Cabbagetown Patch Works History Museum has a little live concert. The local PBS station, GPB was there for July’s concert filming for a documentary they are producing about Cabbagetown.

TV station GPB films in the Patch Work Museum with the Cabbagetown Cowboys: Slim, Greg, Paul (Greg’s painting partner), and Michael pick a few tunes.

1 – Going away parties. It seems like every summer there is at least one going away party. Cabbagetown is an amazing place to live. It attracts people who love old houses, art, music, food, travel, and change. And when you are open to change and love travel sometimes you just up and leave for some other amazing place to live. Good Luck Bridget!

Pickin’ on Lynne’s porch. Cabbagetown loves an excuse for a party – especially a going away party. No one escapes with out at least one throw down before they go.

79, 66, & 81 – My bowling scores. Yes – pretty pitiful.

80, 128, & 121 – Greg’s bowling scores. Much better.

2 – Out of two of us who have plantar fasciitis. You may remember that I complained about this affliction in my last numbers post. I first heard about plantar fasciitis a couple of years ago when it seemed like everyone I knew was getting it. I hate popular things so I gave it a wide berth (not like it is really contagious or anything, right?). Then somehow I contracted it this summer and coincidentally some weeks later so did Greg (Perhaps it IS contagious?). This has put a bit of a damper on our future volcano climbing in Mexico. But no fears, we spend every morning and evening icing, stretching, and massaging and have corrective shoes on order – volcanoes here we come!

14 – Days without the van. So Ballena Blanca was parked on the street and got hit by a car. Rush hour in Atlanta is brutal. Luckily we were doing a six-week house sit and were able to completely unload her before taking her to get her fixed. It was a long time to be without our home and I missed her terribly.


196 – Posts we have in the “Life on the Water” category on the blog. I have been doing some reorganizing and have created what I hope will be a useful index in the right-hand sidebar of the website for anyone looking for information about traveling by land or sea. Although the “Life on the Water” category is likely to stay stagnant for a while, “Travel on the Dirt” category is at 50 and should continue to grow as long as we continue to post. We just added two flashback posts about Borrego Springs and Joshua Tree just this last month.

87 – Archeological sights on my Mexico map. It is kind of hard finding good tourist info for Mexico on the internet, but the most amazing resource I have found is the INAH (The National Institute of Anthropology and History, Mexico) website. 87 isn’t even half of the archeological sites that they list. Look at the map below. All those purple pyramids are archeological sites. Aren’t you getting excited about Mexico? We sure are.

* All pics are click to enlarge.

What numbers have been significant in your life lately? Do you know any fun fact numbers?

12 thoughts on “July & August 2018 By The Numbers

    1. Oh, we miss Fever too. Tell him no other boat will ever replace him, he just needs more water to roam in – it wouldn’t be fair to make him sail on a lake and besides he doesn’t fit in the van. So glad you love these posts. I will keep them up.

  1. Love the new kayak. If I were in it, it would have to named “Death Trap” and you would need to write “the body is under here” on the bottom.

    1. Thanks Tracey! Glad we don’t feel inspired to name her death trap. She is amazingly stable. Can’t wait to take her paddle in Mexico.

    1. Yeah – us too. But luckily the person stopped and her insurance paid for everything. Just hated being without her for 2 weeks.

  2. Ya’ll had a busy summer, but it’s so nice you had long stretches without having to keep moving.

    Love the new kayak! I’m sure you’lll have tons of fun with it! Your pyramid wish list is impressive! And you may be here in the right season to climb a few.
    And sorry about BB getting hit.
    Hope to see you this winter!

    1. We really hope to see you this winter too. Maybe the third try is the charm. Perhaps we can have kayak races if we catch up with you on the boat.

  3. So enjoyed your latest post! I enjoy stopping and looking at the sand dollars you brought me. Visitors admire them and ask where I got them. I tell them I have special friends!!! Keep posting!

  4. You guys have had a busy month! Never running out of work is great in some ways (time flies and money is being made), but I can imagine it gets exhausting. The animals look so cute. We are staying at a friend’s house in Vancouver at the moment and I sure am getting my doggie and cat fix!!

    Congrats on the finalization of selling your big boat. One chapter ends and the other will be extended. Your Mexico plans sound exciting. I have a sneaking suspicion, though, that you will get “ruined out” after a few of the major Aztec and Mayan attractions!

    1. I imagine we will get ruined out too, well, maybe me – who knows about Greg. I love all my temporary pets and I love moving on.

      Hope you are having a great time on your travels and enjoying the Northwest!

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