Couldn’t sleep

boat
It rained last night. ALL night, and I was anxious about the dog as she got off the bed and went into the bathroom.
She did this when the fireworks were going off, being restless and agitated, which made Hubby angry as she wouldn’t settle. In such a confined space, there is nowhere to hide, and reassurance is the key.
rain go awayLast night though, it was ME who was restless and agitated, so much so that Hubby and I swapped sides so that I could get in and out of the bed without clambering over him.

Rain has never worried him. In fact, it doesn’t matter if we are camping (tent or sleeping in the car), in a house, and now in the boat, he finds the sound of the rain relaxing and soothing.
Pretty soon he was snoring softly whilst I lay stiff as a board worrying about Maggie.
zzssI told myself she wasn’t pacing, or breathing erratically so she must be alright, but got up anyway to find her curled up in the bathroom where it was considerably cooler and perhaps a little quieter.
I went back to bed.
The boat creaked, groaned, pinged and glugged to itself as we swayed gently, but the rocking motion didn’t help me sleep.
I heard the dog come out of the bathroom and settle at the bow end. Then I heard more unfamiliar noises and got up thinking she was being sick.
No, she was stretched out on one of the sofas, with her nose by the door vent, and when I approached, she thumped her tail and wrapped her front feet around my hand when I sat down next to her.
Now slightly chilled, I returned to bed, but sleep still evaded me as Hubby snored on.

Boats are designed to get wet and float right?
The outer open areas slope downwards and have drainage holes so that the water has somewhere to run away.
The engine compartment has an automatic bilge pump just in case.
But the constant pitter-patter of rain at various speeds and volumes on the roof was not soothing to me.  Far from it!

panicIn the house, whenever it rained I got anxious. It didn’t help one morning when we found a puddle on the guest room window sill which was not caused by condensation.
Hubby resolved that problem with a bit of mortar replacement and re-pointing, but we’d already had a serious leak in the roof and it was just another concern to increase my anxiety levels.

I cannot remember the last time it rained all night with me being kept awake to hear it. The Marina here is designed to cope with rising water, and I had visions of us waking up this morning level with the toilet block!

The rain stopped around 5am, and the dog came back to our bed, tucking herself behind my knees as is the norm. I was thus asleep in minutes, our roles reversed with the dog giving me reassurance.
I awoke at 7.45, absolutely shattered.
We had a busy day planned today, which included catching up with the laundry (full wash load this time as I did the under-sheet and towels) and we wanted to walk into town for the midweek market.
Tomorrow we have a man coming to talk to us about a cover for the helm and possibly the bow depending on cost. They have been recommended, and our aim is to get the main cover in place before we get some serious bad weather. After all, our bedroom is at that end, and when we open the hatch, we (and our bedding) are going to get soaked. At least with a cover we will have added protection from the elements, and also somewhere to hang our waterproofs to drip dry without flooding out the floor.

Everything with the boat is fine though and it’s another beautiful day today, but apparently more rain is forecast for the coming weekend.
Great.
spiritPass the Kalms please.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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9 Responses to Couldn’t sleep

  1. Boats are designed to keep water out, simple as that. For millennia people have been using boats so in my mind they should have ironed out most of the problems by now.

    Fear is sometimes a suppressor of commonsense and clear thinking PLUS you were obviously tired. Your dog is still finding it’s paws so to speak.
    It will, you will, and everything will turn out alright in the end

    • Thanks for this. I know my ‘fear’ is irrational and I never had any problems with weather phobias prior to our last house, which I blame wholeheartedly!

  2. janegundogan says:

    Love a photo or three. Ppplllleeeeaaassseee!

  3. I love how the two of you are always thinking, thinking, thinking. Sleuthing out the solutions to the new and novel problems that creep up.

    • I think we are extremely lucky as we seemed to have become very complacent, if not lazy, in our former property, even though we maintained it and kept it clean and tidy etc.
      Owning a boat opens up a whole new set of challenges, and we have always worked well as a team, so the old grey matter is now back in full working order!!

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  5. I love sleeping in the rain.

    I would not rather have it any other way. There is just something so calming and relaxing about it. I also notice that it reduces and sometimes eliminate snoring as well.

    Let it rain all day.

    • It’s funny, but since that day, we have had rain since and I’ve slept through it with no problems. I’m convinced it’s because I no longer have to worry about whether our drains are going to fail!

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