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A Merry Cruiser’s Christmas

One of the first things we learned when adjusting to our Life On The Hook™ is how little space there is onboard for extraneous stuff. If we can’t eat it, it isn’t related to safety or security, serve multiple purposes, or address an ongoing need, then there just isn’t room for it on S/V Eagle Too. For that reason, our initial plans to pack along a small collection of Christmas lights, decorations and a modest artificial tree so we could celebrate the season quickly collided with our new reality, and it all ended up in our storage unit.  We just couldn’t find space onboard for things that would only be used once a year.

Because she misses her garden, Rhonda tries to maintain a few small herb plants onboard. It gives her something to grow and nourish, and also spices up our cuisine. So when she found a small rosemary plant shaped like a tiny Christmas tree at the grocery store, we gave it a home. It provided Santa a place to leave a few presents, and once the holidays are over, it will supply savory spice for our steaks and stews. It checks the boxes of being multi-functional and edible, and so a new tradition is born!

We’ve definitely gotten into the spirit of the cruiser’s minimalist Christmas here aboard Eagle Too. Rather than an orgy of conspicuous consumption, our holiday has become  a day to relax, reach out to family and enjoy some scrumptious food. It’s almost embarrassing to look back at our first Christmas aboard! How far we’ve come.

Rhonda and I want to take a moment to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and extend our best wishes for your pending New Year.

Santa Apparently Didn’t Get The Memo

In the past, we’ve tended to go a bit overboard for Christmas. But Rhonda and I are supposed to be downsizing our lives to fit within the confines of our LIfe On The Hook™. So we were somewhat surprised when we awoke this morning to this scene:

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It looks like the big guy isn’t reading his email. Maybe next year we’ll convince him we need to dial it back a bit. In any event, Rhonda and I wish all of our friends, family, and followers a very Merry Christmas!

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

There’s a really old joke that goes something like this:

Why did the man beat on his head with a hammer? Because it felt so good when he stopped.

While it’s not really much of a joke, it does help present the notion that you sometimes have to experience pain in order to truly appreciate its absence.

So I was driving around running some Christmas errands the other day. The roads were naturally congested with holiday traffic, but It was a beautiful, sunny, late-fall-in-Florida sort of afternoon, there were Christmas carols on the radio, and I was content. Now the holiday season can be anxiety inducing at the best of times, with its family drama, social obligations, and soulless celebration of consumerism. But I suddenly realized that I can’t remember ever feeling so relaxed while Christmas shopping. So I pondered on that for a moment, wondering why that could be. And then I realized that the reason I felt so good about the holidays this year, the reason that there was such a smile in my heart, was because the pain was gone. The pain that we had experienced during last year’s holiday season. The pain that had resulted from being told two days before Thanksgiving that we had exactly three weeks to unload or box up 35 years worth of possessions, give the keys for our home of 17 years to people we’d never met, and move into a hotel for Christmas, while also trying to finish a mini-refit on our boat to make her a suitable dwelling. And buy gifts, send cards, shop for family, and figure out some sort of plan for Christmas dinner, all while Rhonda and I both worked full time.

It was a stressful ordeal. One I hope we never have to repeat. But that was then, and this is now. And while there are still a few little inconveniences and minor annoyances that result from compressing a 2,500 ft² life into a 350 ft² space, they’re nothing at all compared to the trauma of last Christmas.

We’ve even managed to bring some Christmas cheer aboard. We naturally have a wreath on the front door.

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Rhonda found a swag and flickering LED candle to create the perfect holiday mood in the cabin.

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And of course, we have our tree.

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Those of you who have been along for the ride may remember that little tree. It’s the one I wrote about in A Chance To Catch Our Collective Breath—the one that the staff at Homewood Suites gave us last Christmas. It reminds us that when we work together, Rhonda and I can accomplish anything we put our minds to, and that Christmas is not a place, but a state of mind. We’re looking for a space onboard to store it, as it’s now part of the family and we wish it to be a permanent part of our Life On The Hook™.

So life is good aboard Eagle Too this holiday season, where the biggest problem is coming up with ways to conceal presents from each other until Christmas morning in such a small space. But now that life has stopped beating us over the head with fate’s mighty hammer, well, it just feels so good. 🙂