It’s Raining Again….INSIDE?

It seems like not so long ago when everyone was complaining about the drought in California.  I can say with confidence, it doesn’t feel like a drought anymore.  In fact, we have more water now than we know what to do with!  Dams and reservoirs are overflowing, and yet the rain is continuing to bucket down.  Guess I have no excuse not to wash the boat this summer.  haha.

When the weather is not so great outside, it makes a perfect opportunity to do boat work inside.  Usually I catch up on baking, and hubby does something with his tools.  I make every effort to stay out of his way; Lord knows I don’t want to get roped into one of his multiday projects.

I was on my way to bed, and noticed water dripping from above.   Actually, it was more than a drip.  It was raining inside.  This had to be rectified and quickly.  The next morning, we pulled out the ceiling panels and opened up crawl spaces to track down the source of the water.  It was condensation, and LOTS of it.  We racked our brains trying to figure out what would cause that much moisture.

As I was checking out the crawlspace behind the oven, I happened to look down.  The oven wasn’t vented.  When propane is burned (like in a propane oven) there are two byproducts: carbon monoxide, and water vapor.  Bingo.  We opened all the access panels, plugged in the dehumidifier, and hopped online to order the necessary bits to fix this.    The boat dried out overnight, but I was banned from using the oven until it was vented.  This is a big deal, as I bake a lot of gluten/dairy free foods for the kiddos.

Finally, our order arrived.  Guess who spent the weekend with half their body  shoehorned into a crawlspace, and the other half dangling out over the sink?  That would be me.  I drilled a hole into the outside of the boat (SCARY) and hubby and I worked together to get the vent line in.  We caulked the outside hole and pronounced our project complete.  Firing up the oven for a test run only confirmed the high quality of our work.  Yay us!

The condensation issue is not completely resolved, but we put a big dent in it.  I think we are going to install a small fan later.  Until then, I’ll fantasize about a back massage and ice the new bruises that have sprung up.

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Homeschool Schedule

So here it is, our homeschool schedule for this term.  Both girls have three classes outside of the home.  I do this on purpose for socializing, and to keep us moving.  Without outside events to attend, I find we tend to hunker down and adopt a “holiday” attitude.  This keeps us active and social.

Wednesday is park day.  We leave the boat in the morning, practice tennis for a few hours, and then meet up with other homeschoolers to take over the park.  In the afternoon, my younger daughter has violin class with an incredible teacher, and then we return home to get some book work done.  After dinner, my older daughter has youth group.  Then we run home and all fall into bed.

Thursday, late in the morning is Rockit Science.  If you are in the Bay Area, I highly recommend this place.  We have been taking classes here for 5 years.   Mr. Mac is a fantastic teacher, and Jill, Kris, and Greg are really great as well.  My younger daughter takes the essentials science class with Mr. Mac, and my older daughter has a computer programming class with Greg that runs concurrently.  That leaves me with a whole HOUR to do what I want, which consists of rotating between the two rooms so I know what is being discussed in the classes.

Once Rockit Science ends, we pile into the car, I hand each kid a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (telling myself it’s okay because it’s all organic), and we head off to Art Class with Inja.  This class is hosted by a super sweet homeschool family.  We have been doing this for four years for a good reason; teachers like Inja are not easy to find.  She is amazing, and incorporates geography and study of other cultures into her class.  The kids paint, sew, draw, sculpt, and use such a variety of media it frankly makes my head swim.  After class, the kids have some time to socialize and play.  Then we rush back home for dinner.

Friday is pretty mellow.  We usually spend the day in the library, and then head to tennis in the late afternoon.  Once a month we have presentation day with one of our homeschool groups.  I highly recommend organizing an event like this.  Being comfortable speaking in front of a group of people is a useful skill.  The kids also have a great deal of pride sharing something they find interesting with others.  I find the Q and A sessions to be particularly entertaining.

Outside of classes, when the girls get up, they hit the books.  We usually start off with their computer based learning while I’m making breakfast.  There are two reasons we start our day this way.  1-if they are paying attention to the computer there is no way there will be any bickering.  2-when you start homework at 7 in the morning it tends to get done, and the rest of the day can be devoted to classes and free time.  After breakfast, the girls get dressed and such, I teach whatever I have on the docket, and by 10am we are finished.

Somewhere in all this, we manage to practice violin and guitar.  Whew!  I’m tired just thinking about it!  In their free time, the girls like to catch fish and other wildlife in their little fishing nets, they carve soap, grow veggies in the garden, and play minecraft.  I’m stunned at their energy level.  So there you have it!  That’s this terms’ schedule.  For us, homeschooling actually means very little time at home.

USS Hornet

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USS Hornet

Former neighbors of ours had told us of a marina at Ballena Bay.  We have done a lot within the SF Bay, so anything we hadn’t done before was already exciting.  Hubby realized that the marina was walking distance to the USS Hornet.  It’s an aircraft carrier that has been turned into a floating museum.  If you sense a field trip, you are bang on.

We learned about why aircraft carriers have an angled deck and aren’t just straight runways.  (hint, so aircraft can land without threatening the already landed planes at the end of the runway.)  I love elegant solutions!  Anyway, the USS Hornet was built in 1942.  She served in WWII and Vietnam.

DD1 loved the fact that the ship had picked up the astronauts from Apollo 11 and 12 from the drink.   They even have the isolation unit Armstrong and the gang had to hang out in after they were retrieved to make certain they didn’t unleash some kind of space pandemic on the rest of us.

USS Hornet has only been a museum since 1998, but I think they have done a fantastic job.  The kids loved the flight simulator, and there were some great hands on activities.  The kids loved hitting kamikaze planes with a catapult.  My camera’s memory card was filled to the brim from previous adventures though, so there are not many pictures to share.  Here’s what I have:

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The USS Hornet has very cool neighbors.
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View from the flight deck
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View from the flight deck
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Our Docent tour of the Island.  So hard not to push the buttons!
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Briefing room for the pilots

We had dinner at the restaurant just off the docks, Pier 29.  It has the feel of a very prestigious Denny’s, so we were a little nervous.  Shame on us.  The food was actually quite good, and the prices were comfortable.  Most importantly, I didn’t have to do dishes.  Now THAT’s worth every penny.

 

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Sunset in Ballena Bay with Pier 29