Tomorrow is the big day! After six months in Charleston we are casting off lines and migrating south for the winter. We have many stops mapped out on the way to the Bahamas but as Jack always says, “Sailors have intentions, not plans.” We love to go with the flow and see where we end up.
Our intentions are to be gone for about the next nine months. That means a whole lot of work must be done before we cast off to make sure we have all the provisions we will need. For weeks I’ve been making iPod lists of the lists I need to make.
Having small children complicates the provisioning process because I have to think ahead to what they will be eating and drinking and what sizes they will be wearing for the next nine months until we arrive back in the States. Jack Benjamin will be eating pureed foods and Marietta will be eating enough to count her into the food consumption plan. JB will probably be wearing size 24 months at the rate he is growing and Marietta size 3. So thankful for the wonderful thrift stores here in Charleston that provide our whole family with clothes.
Being that we are trying to stock the boat with everything we need to live for a year, I have to divide and conquer and buy one category of things at a time. Two weeks ago was non-perishables.
Last week I filled the 3.5 cubic foot freezer with cheese, beef and chicken. Jack’s job is to fill the remaining freezer space with fish, he is quite the spear fisherman!
And when we are in places that Jack can’t spear the perfect fish, we trail 2 lines behind our boat for surprise dinners.
Yesterday was declared “Trader Joe’s Day.” Jack and I threw the kids in the car and headed out to try and finish our provisioning process. The Trader Joe’s store is only 10 minutes away but during the drive both kids fell asleep. We decided the divide-and-conquer plan would work out best, so Jack stayed in the car with the sleeping angels and I worked on the mile-long list. Being that I was buying in such bulk and didn’t want to empty their shelves, a sales associate followed me around with a cart and made frequent trips to the stockroom to bring out cases of various products. Apologies to anyone living in the Charleston, SC area who likes their French Roast Coffee, they won’t have any more until Thursday.
Two super-packed shopping carts, one hour and $774 later, the very helpful sales associate assisted me to the car with the provisions: 35 pounds of coffee, 30 packages of “almost” homemade pasta, 30 bottles of pasta sauce, 80 handy squeeze packets of kid’s applesauce to use on passages, 50 fruit roll-ups (100% fruit, no sugar), enough garbanzo beans to make hummus for a year, a little wine for the bilge, chips, five jars of organic mayo, a bunch of yummy dried fruit and nuts to make granola, etc. etc. etc.
Last winter, after three months in the Bahamas, we ran out of canned vegetables. Imagine that! Who runs out of canned veggies? We always eat fresh veggies when we can and I didn’t anticipate how hard it would be to find fresh food outside of Nassau in the Bahamas. Good thing one of my many iPod lists was “things to do differently next time.” Now if I can just remember where I put everything …