Damon loves the Discovery Network. Along with Flying Wild Alaska, Deadliest Catch and An Idiot Abroad, he has just recently discovered “Junk Raiders 2”, which sparked an epiphany. This whole boat thing? We’re pretty much free-(or cheap-)cycling, including the boat itself. As he considered all of the refuse building materials and some paint, which were donated by his boss; a wheelhouse we found when a customer in the store overheard me mention we needed one, (he had one in his yard); a skiff a friend was given that he didn’t need; a prized diesel stove with a large water coil that will allow us to more efficiently heat our boat, and hopefully water in the hot water tank, that was offered to us from a friend who appreciates all the work Damon has put in; it literally goes on and on. Now we joke about it, as we stand back and think how fortunate we are, to have such generous people in our lives (and not just with stuff, but with wisdom, services, and offers of help, as we figure this thing out). Just when we start to stress about something, or how to power another, we get some feedback, and find something either online or through word of mouth on our Island. True – boats cost money, but we’ve managed to put this project together on a very very tight budget.
Parlez-vous “good deal”? Indeed. It’s my native tongue. My mother had introduced me to the Re-Store. She would buy various tints and types of paints and mix them IN HER TRAY, to paint rooms in her house. Pffft, artists. A little too open to error for me, I love the Re-Store because I get really good quality stuff, for a really good price, and ALL of that money goes to Habitat for Humanity. Today, Damon and I scored huge there. I had already got a REALLY white, clean, soft blanket that will be re-purposed into cushion covers for the salon, as well as the cushions that will be cleaned and recovered. Today we got two brushed nickel fixtures – replacing the ugly white/brass ones in our salon, three bundles of tongue&groove cedar and pine we’ll use to replace some existing panelling, a small egg skillet, and my favourite — two rad wood&canvas low-sitting, folding deck chairs. Best $30 we spent.