This photo is of our main source of heat on the boat, excluding snuggling and body warmth. It is a small propane fireplace with a blower.
Last night it was a good thing to knock the chill off with the little heater. And this morning it felt really good as I got out of the bunk to start my day. The old dog appreciates it as well because her bed is right beneath the heater. She didn't move much but just quivered the tip of her tail in greeting.
I feel at home on the boat and have a strong connection to her already. She is warm and welcoming. Her teak is shiny and her brass lamps gleam. I think she is my sanctuary. I am lucky to have a home that sustains my spirit and this boat that is also a refuge. She is another home of sorts--smaller, intimate and cozy.
I have wondered what I need a refuge from. But to analyze that seems burdensome today. I know that I simply need a place to have solitude. I am comfortable with that. It is satisfying for me to just be right now. I am grateful to have gotten to a place in recovery where just being is possible.
Human being and not human doing seems like a good thing today. Who knows-- I might even take a nap in an hour or so. Hope that you are enjoying your Saturday.