Thursday, June 27, 2013
Close to Nowhere
Life on the water
My first visit to a houseboat was incredible! I’ve always thought I should have lived right near the water, but now, I’ve changed my mind. I want to live on the water.
Oddly enough, there’s a houseboat for sale just across the dock from my niece and her new husband’s houseboat. It’s only half a million, so I might buy it...
Sarge, Sister’s new husband, described the boat as having everything possible on it, except one thing and that was crude, so I won’t say it here. Call me if you really want to know.
Oldest granddaughter Meredith and her friend Samantha drove up with me Friday to fit Sister’s new dress for her Hawaiian wedding reception to be held sometime in the next month or so.
Sarge’s matching Hawaiian shirt fit him nicely, but Sister’s dress needed some alterations. I’d carried my Singer Featherweight and we plugged it up on the deck and worked on the dress right there.
It was lovely sitting on the deck of the houseboat, looking at the other houseboats and watching the water lap alongside. The boat itself didn’t rock or sway or bobble. The dock did though!
Their houseboat inside is pretty much like being in a house. Unless you looked out the front or back deck windows and saw the water, you’d have thought you were in someone’s house.
On the back deck, there are stairs that go up to the top deck, which has chairs, etc. There’s also a slide up there that Sarge hooks a water hose up to and you slide down and land in the lake. You can’t swim in the marina, but Sarge said when we come back to spend the night, we’ll take the boat out and sleep out in the middle of the lake and the kids can slide off into the lake until they get tired of it. Yeah, right, they’ll be sliding all night!
Sarge grilled hamburgers on the deck and after we’d eaten and relaxed some more, he took Mere and Sam out on his jet boat. His truck is bright, screaming yellow, his jet boat is bright screaming yellow and so is the boat trailer. I love his taste in color!
The girls now have a new ambition in life. They want to live on a houseboat and have a jet boat and jet skis tied up on the back. I think they’d like to have Sarge around also, as he knows how to drive all this stuff and likes to play and have fun as much as they do.
On the way home, naturally I got lost and had to backtrack nearly an hour. I was exhausted when we finally got home.
And I’m like the girls. Sarge is great to have in the family. He knows every road everywhere and knows how to navigate. Here’s hoping he can teach me!
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