Odds and Ends

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This afternoon while the creatures were at the beach, I worked on a variety of things.

There was one more small leak in the dinghy, so before Jonathan left he helped me take the outboard off and I pulled the rib up onto the dock. I flipped it over and put soapy water in the general area of where we had thought the hole might be, and Bob’s your uncle! It bubbled. I dried it off and patched it up and had a tarp waiting close by to cover it up if it rained.  The sun was shining, so I continued to stow a few things away on the boat, then went down into my berth to gather laundry.  Just as I sat down, not even two minutes later, it began to pour like only Panama can. I ran up the stairs and out the door, hurdled the stern steps and landed on the dock in style, and threw the tarp over the dinghy. No harm done.

We have some favorite things on our boat.

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Nothing cleans like Simple Green, Vinegar, Bar Keepers Friend, and Joy dish soap. Out on the deck, Bar Keepers friend removes stains so beautifully, Vinegar mixed with water in a spray bottle destroys mildew, and Simple Green and Joy are kind to the environment and work well when scrubbing decks.

My berth is all shiny and clean again.  I did laundry so I have clean sheets on my bed for when I return from Idaho, I scrubbed out the fridge and freezer, and washed down all the walls in the Port hull, and we filled the water tanks.

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I also made the 2 big salads – one a coleslaw and the other a potato salad, so the kids could add them to their meals in the first couple days that I’m gone.


This evening all the creatures came and sat on my bed so we could have prayer and scripture study, and then Jude played the guitar while Mycah sang.

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I am so grateful for children who love each other so much. They are always playing games together, reading, exploring, singing and teasing. They treat each other with such love, and it fills me to overflowing.

I’m so tired now, and feel good about all we have accomplished today.


4 thoughts on “Odds and Ends

    odetta Gonzalez said:
    July 7, 2015 at 3:37 am

    Such a beautiful blog! beautiful children! with an outstanding mom! A-l-o-h-a-


      belindagovatos responded:
      July 7, 2015 at 10:28 am

      Thank you Odetta, it means so much to me that you think I’m doing alright as a mom. As a mother and wife it’s easy to only find fault in ourselves, so it’s nice to hear I’m doing ok 😊


    linda govatos said:
    July 7, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Wish I had even a fourth of your energy!! Have a safe trip, sounds like the kids will be just fine on their own.

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      belindagovatos responded:
      July 8, 2015 at 1:58 am

      Thank you Mom, the creatures are excited about their time without parental supervision. I’ll be safe too, and will call you on Thursday from Idaho. I love you so much!


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