What is it they say? Dirty Hands=Clean Heart?

You probably thought, since you haven’t heard from me for a little while, that all was going along swimmingly here. The boat was rescued and all was right with the world?

Well, then you’d probably be wrong.

Here, then, is a photographic essay of how things have gone with Paul this week, with the boat. A picture is worth oh, so many, many words, after all. Need I say more? (But of course, I will…just a little…)

These were taken around 10:30 a.m. (which is prime lobstering time-of-the-day) in my kitchen. Yes, Paul surprised me with an unexpected visit during the middle of the morning as I was doing some chores, so we sat down and discussed just why he was home at that time of the work day. I really didn’t need too much information, his hands tell the whole story.


As you may have guessed, he has had boat troubles.


He wasn’t sure what it was but came to the conclusion that it was something to do with the salt-water pump. Oh, and just so you’d believe me when I told you this, he had washed his hands in the basement before coming upstairs that morning… you can see that by his up-turned palms…see? nice and clean!


But as the days wore on this week, other possibilities sprung to mind, trips were made to Hansen Marine where something-or-other was rebuilt, then installed back into the boat.


The last thing I heard about the status of HRH Bollocks! was that she was “serviceable but iffy” – or words to that effect.


Dirty hands make no nevermind to a puppy who is just happy to see his “brother” home in the middle of a day, like this one. I was also happy to have him home since after we had our chat about his troubles, he went outside and did yard work.


Hey, this is the type of thing I signed up for when I said my “I will’s” back 26 years and a week ago now. I knew the score. And the score is here.

I’m writing this now on a Friday, the 18th of May. I’m not exactly sure what day this all began but it was near the first of the week. Each day has proven to hold some answers and some questions, but he’s been out all day lobstering today, so I’m hoping for the best since I haven’t heard from him yet. And supper is almost cooked (which needs to be its own entry because I’ve invented two fabulous recipes), so he’d better be here soon!



UPDATE: The salt water pump was brought back to Hansen Marine and they found that some seals were broken, so it was fixed, re-installed, and seems to be working very well now. He’s back in business!


“Our entry to it is naked and bare;

Our journey through it is trouble and care;

Our exit from it is who-knows-where;

So if we’re all right here, we’re all right there.”

[Jack Rosenthal]

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

[Anatole France]

“There are only two seasons – winter and baseball.”

[Bill Veeck]


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9 Responses to What is it they say? Dirty Hands=Clean Heart?

  1. mz. em says:

    You’ve got a handsome man there even with working hands. The pups sure seem happy to see a beloved face during the day. I’m glad all turned out well.


  2. Joan says:

    My husband is an automobile mechanic – I’m used to seeing hands like that too!! 🙂


  3. Bex says:

    Yes, Betty Lou! There is ALWAYS something here to worry over. No one said it would be smooth sailing being married to a sea fisherman. The sea is just too fickle – it lives by no man’s rules. And boats are just the same. If you have a boat, you may as well be resigned to pouring half of all your income into it, eventually.


  4. Betty Lou says:

    It seems like there is always something to worry about. I’m glad that everything turned out O.K. for you.


  5. TopsyTurvy says:

    Here’s hoping that all the boat problems have been corrected! Hope you have a bright and shiny weekend!


  6. Michael says:

    Wow, I sure hope the worst is over!


  7. sue says:

    How about “cold hands mean a warm heart”?


  8. Bex says:

    Yes, Rhu, he got home safely…actually while I was editing this blog entry!


  9. Rhubarb says:

    My first thought was “I hope that whatever boat troubles there are, he doesn’t have to swim home.” I guess growing up on the shore always makes me aware of what can happen out on the water. At least it’s nice weather.

    Let me know if he gets home safely, OK?


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