Monday, May 25, 2009

"New" Boat

You are probably thinking, what are they doing buying a boat? Well, let me tell you. First and foremost, when we moved here, Joe gave up his boat. He had a little fishin' boat, motor, and trailer. He got it dirt cheap because it needed a lot of work. In fact, the motor wasn't even running when he got it. But, you know Joe, he got it working and patched the boat and made it ours. We used to spend the summer on the lakes, with Pepper in tow. Joe's first Father's Day was spent at Mammoth Pool with me, Pepper, and Jack. But, we moved just a few short weeks after that and just couldn't find a way to bring it with us....

Now, if you know Joe at all, you know he is a fisherman. He enjoys fishing streams and shore fishing, but his passion is trolling. He loves to find quiet coves. To find the inlet. And he hasn't been able to do that for 3 years. When we moved here, the draw was that there are 80 lakes within 80 miles. And some of the most beautiful lakes I have ever seen. Not big CA lakes with commercialism. But, secluded, pristine, high in the pines lakes.

Since Joe has been feeling better, I have had a passion for finding a boat, trailer, and motor for him. I had a budget. I surfed the internet. I asked friends. Most motors alone cost over a $1000. We just don't have that kind of money laying around for a hobby. So, I kept searching.

Things have been doing better here. Joe has been working over time with the ice company. Something about warm weather, summertime crowds, and holiday weekends have people buying lots of ice. I say, "Support your local economy. Buy ice!" When Joe does get a free day (or sometimes after work), he has been doing his business again. And that is jumping! He can't keep up. So far, we have been socking away all that extra money to save for winter, because ice is going to dry up in the winter, as will his business. And then we got this blessing...

Joe's dad came into town unexpectedly. I love Joe's dad. He's Joe, 40 years older. Laid back. So good with the kids. Sweet. Fisherman. Like I said, he's Joe, 40 years older. Well, he has been watching the boys while we are working. So, I don't have to pay a babysitter. For two weeks, that's $300. Then, the other day, Joe took his dad to the casino. We don't gamble. Ever. But, his dad enjoys it and since he has been working so hard babysitting, it was his little treat. I'm telling you, we don't gamble. Joe had $13 in his pocket. He figured that he could play that money while his dad played for awhile. He put $1 in the first machine he saw when he walked in. BAM! Two hundred dollar payout! Cash out, time to go! So, we now have an unexpected $500.

Then, Joe's boss says to him, "I have a boat, trailer, and motor. I am selling my house and my realtor wants it off the property. Can I store it at your house? In fact, do you want to buy it?" Joe asked how much. $450. Is that amazing or what? So, now Joe has cash to pay for it, plus extra money for life vests.

The boys were so excited when he pulled it into the driveway. They climbed into it and didn't want to get out. I am so happy for my husband. He deserves this so much. He is such a hard worker and he never complains (well, only when he's not working). He is a loving husband and a WONDERFUL, top-notch father. I can only imagine the fishin' trips now, with the two boys. Oh, the memories we'll make....

where Glory meets my suffering