Daisy got sick first. We are pretty sure it was kennel cough, but neither dog really ever came in contact with any other dogs, the usual way of catching this disease. There are a lot of wild and abandoned dogs here though, often wandering the yard where cruisers take pity on them and dish over a plate of leftovers. But how Daisy got it wasn't as worrisome as how she would handle a flu like illness at 18 years old. I guess we needn't have worried about her; she breezed through it and never seemed overly sick. She continued to empty her food dish, continued drinking from her water bowl and continued otherwise being Daisy, albeit with a cough. A week went by and the cough dissipated, finally disappearing and we thought we could relax. Nope. A few days passed and Ginger started coughing. And coughing. She coughed all night for three nights and slept all day. She stopped eating and we knew it was serious. The fear with kennel cough is that it can morph into something worse, like pneumonia, and it definitely appeared to be working it’s nastiness on Ginger. I had some potent doggie antibiotics (doxycyline) reserved for something like this and about four days into treatment, Ginger comes scurrying into the salon and skids to a stop in front of the dog food container. She was hungry. Yeah.
We saved a few projects for later. Boat work at anchor is at a much more favorable cadence and is minus the mud, fumes and the ladder (it’s like living in a tree house with no bathroom), and the toilets now work again. It will take another week to rinse the last vestiges of red earth off her decks. The dust is pervasive and finds its way into every nook and cranny. But we are in our element again, gently floating in Mother Sea. It is a bit surreal, this sensation of floating after being on land for so long, but comforting nonetheless.
Taking a page from our friends Jeff and Harmony on sv Serenity (http://www.taketothesea.us), we are leaving you with the numbers:
- 6 months on the hard, exactly by coincidence (July 16th to Jan. 16th)
- 3 months spent carousing in Nevada and California.
- 1541 dollars was the total cost of staying at Marina Seca Guaymas Boatyard.
- 43 degrees was the temperature of the coldest night (happened in December).
- 95 degrees was the temperature of the warmest day (happened in August).
- 85 degrees of humidity on the same day in August.
- 24 burritos consumed from the vendor down the road.
- 11 sewing projects (3 sails, 1 shade-cover, 2 hatch covers and a generator cover, 1 dinghy seat and bag, 2 chair covers, 1 dinghy chaps, 1 sail cover)
- 1 finger impaled.
- 2 gallons of bottom paint used.
- 2 rolls of blue tape used.
- 22 yards of Sunbrella used.
- 32 sanding sheets used.
- 2 sanders expired.
- 1 pound of prop grease.
- 2 liters of battery water.
- 4 liters of coolant.
- 1 generator cooling system rebuilt.
- 9 tics plucked off the dogs (none in the months of Dec and Jan. Yeah.)