It’s been awhile. This summer has certainly flown by, and it has brought with it a fair amount of challenges.
In late June, we bought Morning Mist, which gave us some much-needed space. I’m not going to lie–Breaking Tradition was a little TOO minimalist for me! I’m glad we did it for a year, but sharing a twin mattress was aggravating an old shoulder injury. I was so happy to sprawl out in our full-sized v-berth on Morning Mist!
Having a HUGE fridge, an oven, and hot running water has also been amazing. We’ve even got a shower on the boat, which makes washing Beanie’s hair much easier.
After we made our move, we stayed on Morning Mist in its slip on West Dock. We had until August 1 to find a new home for Breaking Tradition, so that we could move Morning Mist into our slip (and not have to pay for two slips). We had a buyer lined up, so we felt confident heading up to Michigan for our annual trip up north to visit family.
We tried our best to keep our Michigan trip low-budget, because we owed money to three different parties, in order to buy Morning Mist. We would be making our first payment after getting back.
Of course, the universe had other plans. The axle bushings on our car went out while we were up north, so we needed to spend a great deal of money fixing it. Luckily, it was work that Rob could do, even if we did end up setting the axle on fire in his dad’s driveway! (We had to, to burn out the old bushings).
So it all went smoothly, right? Wrong! On July 31st, the buyer, unfortunately, had to back out. So we had to pay double slip fees, and we had to get some payments to the people we owed. And still find a way to eat.
The good news is that it turns out that Houston is a great place to be broke. We have eaten well and kept ourselves entertained. Things will continue to be tight, probably until Christmas, but to good news is that we are making progress toward getting everybody paid off.
And, of course, the experience has been educational. It’s been a boot camp in how to stretch our dollars, whether we’ve been buying groceries, looking for things to do, or maintaining things at home. And over the next few weeks, I will be sharing the lessons I’ve learned, with all of you.
Being broke doesn’t mean that you have to eat beans and rice and sit around at home. I look forward to sharing some of my strategies with you, so that we can all live frugal, fun lives.