Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Interior Redecorating

Marcellite Penhune is taking the lead in significantly redecorating the interior of Empress.  The first step was replacement of the carpet throughout the boat with a European product made for marine applications and having a dark blue background and a gold nautical pattern.  The photos that follow show the new carpet in the salon and on the aft stairs.

New Carpet in Salon

New Carpet on Aft Stairs
The next step was reupholstering the cushions in the aft master cabin and the chairs in the salon.  The photos below show three of the reupholstered chairs around the glass table in the aft end of the salon and the reupholstered large swivel chair in the main salon.

Reupholstered Chairs around Glass Salon Table
Reupholstered Swivel Chair in Salon
After that, Marcellite had the old metal blinds on the salon windows replaced with individual retractable cloth shades, so that individual windows can be shaded as need.  The photo that follows shows the new shades on the port side of the salon, first in the up positions and then in the down positions.

Salon Shade in Up Position

Salon Shades in Down Positions

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Skipper Injured But Recovering

Back on November 29, 2012, after a day of working on Empress, I slipped on a wet spot on our epoxy-coated garage floor and fractured my right femur just below the ball.  Fortunately, our neighbor of more than 25 years, Dr. Stuart Marshall, an orthopedic surgeon, was home from the hospital early that day and diagnosed my injury as I lay in the garage and ordered an operating room and the necessary repair hardware.  Dr. Marshall did the repair surgery on December 1, and I now am recuperating at home with the aid of a hospital bed, a wheel chair, a walker, an excellent rehabilitation therapist and loving care by Marcellite.  The X-rays below show the fracture before the repair and the detail of the repair hardware.

John Penhune's Fractured Right Femur

Dr. Stuart Marshall's Repair of John Penhune's Right Femur
Thanks to Dr. Marshall's excellent repair surgery and to Ashlee Denaro, the outstanding physical therapist he recommended, I now am ambulating well using a walker and Marcellite is able to take me for outings in the cars to restaurants and Costco, and to view Empress from the marina parking lot.