Last summer Rich made a bug screen for the hatch in the V-berth. I’ve caught Suki sitting on it a couple of times and knew the day would come when she would fall through. That day was today. I was making dinner and hear a weird thump and then Suki cried out. I knew she was outside so I went up to see what happened. Then I put the pieces together and went to the V-berth. She was there with an indignant look on her face as if to say “how could you let this happen?” She’s fine, but the screen is toast.
Rich has been absent from the boat, working on a non-boat project, for the past 2 weeks. Sometimes a reprieve from marital bliss has its perks. I get the whole bed to myself, I don’t have to wear ear plugs to drown out the snoring, dinner is a low production event, etc. The downside is I have to do everything myself (feed the cat, clean the cat box, make dinner, clean dishes, etc.) The biggest downside is I have to lock up the boat before I leave for work at 5:45am so Suki’s locked in all day until I get home about 12 hours later. It shouldn’t be a big deal since she sleeps 11.5 of those 12 hours, but this arrangement has Suki miffed. That half hour she’s awake while I’m at work is when she plots her revenge, which she metes out at 2 am. Every. Morning.
While I’m sound asleep, Suki runs around the boat crying. Loudly. And she won’t stop. I call her back to bed, but she refuses and instead sits at the bottom of the steps yowling. When she finally jumps back into bed she proceeds to tromp across my pillow, stepping on my head or neck, then she tromps back the other way, sits down for 5 minutes to clean her butt right by my face, then jumps down to start the process all over. It’s so irritating and I’m so tired after nearly 2 weeks of continually interrupted sleep. At 16 years old she’s technically a senior citizen, but she’s not too old for a spanking and that’s what she’s going to get if she wakes me up one more time.
It always amazes me that a big shipping channel is literally a 15 minute boat ride (or a 20 minute walk) away. The other day I was walking along the levee along the San Joaquin River, when I heard a faint humming sound. I turned around and a huge ship was coming through the channel. Luckily I had my camera so I snapped a few photos.