forgot to mention low tide, and the sand bar that is sort of in our way...
Sooo the last couple days are sort of a blur of sanding, but the two things that stick out most to me are related to... you guessed it.... dogs! Every day after work I stop in at the auto store next to us and play with the little puppy, who is still in the jumping/gnawing phase. He runs up to me and jumps up on me and starts biting my sweatshirt, and then races down the sidewalk and attacks a piece of newspaper lying on the ground. Too cute!! Also, one morning when we were getting into the cabs like we do every day, I turned around and there are three identical looking smallish dogs lying on the ramp behind me! And they start wagging their tails and one gets up and is wagging his tail at me and his whole body is wiggling and they are soooo cute! I couldn't get my camera out in time to take a picture, but I managed to get a few blury ones this morning.
cute puppy eating a treat I gave him this morning
But the bigger news was today at work, one of the most frustrating and best yet! I've been sanding the "rubrail" area of the deck houses, aka the rounded edge, on and off for the past couple weeks. The frustrating part is that I sand the same thing every day, expose some metal bits because those pieces are higher to the surface (if that makes any sense), then we have to paint primer over the metal bits, which leaves the surface rough and bumpy the next day, so I have to sand it, and then expose metal, prime that evening, sand the next day.... do you see my problem? I've done this process at least four times now and today was seriously frustrated... I knew there had to be a better solution but I just didn't know what it was.
Winston rustbusting in the anchor locker
So Jay, Trav, and I put our heads together and managed to come up with the idea of spraypaint primer, basically the same paint but in a spray bottle so it coats a lot thinner. We tried that this afternoon right before we left, and I can't even begin to describe my feelings about spray primer. It's probably the best thing that has ever happened to me. Where has it been all my life???? Not only is everything coated in a nice, even coat of primer... it's ridiculously smooth and doesn't even need any sanding tomorrow!!!!!! That part of the deck is actually done!! Well, at least until the deck gets painted this weekend and we have to sand that layer. But I'm sooo happy with this development... it's crazy!! Tomorrow and friday we do final sanding on the forward area of the deck in the hopes that it will get a full coat of primer on the weekend, the first in the long painting process.
me getting ready to spray primer
Very exciting!! Tonight was exciting because I just learned how to update the Argo site on the Seamester website (seamester.com), so now I will be writing a few sentences and posting pictures of the boat every week there. Nothing different than here though, just an "official" version. Also, tomorrow we get to sleep in until 8:30!! I'd better get to bed soon though because I could really use some of that extra sleep.