Laundry and Grocery Day- Nov 24th 2014

After Chris, from The City Boatyard, confirmed our engine problem to be the solenoid not activating the glow plugs, the day was a pretty basic boat day.

First Diann and I carted a bag of laundry to the marina laundry mat- ½ mile of docks away (based on Google Earth “Path” ). Diann read her Kindle. I napped a bit.

Diann reads while the laundry tumbles

Diann reads while the laundry tumbles

We became hungry so I walked to the marina convenience store and bought a couple of hot dogs. The dogs weren’t special, but hey- as Charlie Eggleston used to remark, “it’s maintenance feeding anyway”.

Laundry on a travel cart we've used since our Chicago trip in "02

Laundry on a travel cart we’ve used since our Chicago trip in “02

 

Having carted the laundry a half mile back to the boat, we walked 4/10 mile to the marina shuttle bus stop. From there we went to Harris Teeter to stock up.

 

 

Crates enable us to judge the volume bought and makes for easy transport back to Yacht A Fun

Crates enable us to judge the volume bought and makes for easy transport back to Yacht A Fun

By using plastic milk crates for our pantry’s food storage we can use empty ones for basing how much we can buy without over loading our on-boat storage.

Having the food nested into the crates makes a walk (such as the 4/10s mile back to the boat) not so bad. I can’t imagine trying to wrestle with multiple plastic grocery bags for that kind of distance.

One of our tricks is to remove items from their packaging boxes to minimize space used within the crates. Granola bars, for example, fill voids between round cans.

Food for two weeks ready to cart back to the boat

Food for two weeks ready to cart back to the boat

I was in hog heaven. Harris Teeter had decaf coffee beans. Not all grocery stores are stocking decaf beans. Eight O’clock brand has not had decaf beans on the shelves for quite a while. I do like grinding our beans before making coffee. Even at anchor I’ll grind a batch every other day. Fresh ground coffee really is better than that which was ground months ago and vacumn packed before consumption.

Cod fish was on sale for $5.99 a pound. There were crab cakes for $3.99 each. And the tubs of frozen Boston Clam Chowder were just $4.99. For under $20, we will dine as well tonight, on the boat, as folks will who are eating at local seafood restaurants.

Our laundry is clean and we will be well fed. Now the big question—will we walk a half a mile each way to take a long hot shower?? …………………….maybe………I’ll let you know.

PS…….  the rains came back.  No we didn’t do the half mile walk tot he showers.

Dinner was good.  The orange zest added a new flavor to the fish.

All-Clad boat sized skillet cooks Charleston crab cakes

All-Clad boat sized skillet cooks Charleston crab cakes

Orange zest Cod fish; Charleston crab cake; Broccoli salad

Orange zest Cod fish; Charleston crab cake; Broccoli salad

 

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