Welcome to Houseboat 28!

About Tandi

I love my morning coffee, reading, the wilderness, paddling, poetry, my Spanish husband, and being a doctor. I also love writing my blog, and reading yours.
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8 Responses to Welcome to Houseboat 28!

  1. Very cozy sweetheart. What happen to the dog’s leg? Love, K

    • jesus says:

      Maria ask me when are we going to new your home, I answer her that it’s a little house for all us. Although the reason is other. A confortable and lighting house. Say to Martin to enter home to warm. A big hug.

  2. Dawn Jamieson says:

    Thanks for the tour of your home, Tandi. You know how I like to look at houses. It gives me a much better impression as I was afraid, from all the troubles you have had with plumbing etc, that it would be much more rustic. Now if you just had a thermostat for the weather…..

    • Tandi says:

      I am happy to report that our house, while modest is not really rustic. Having done that before in my one room log cabin, I don’t long to go back. Our place is perfect, but its certainly not the usual Yellowknife houseboat. Most of them are very rustic, and don’t even have running water!

  3. shoreacres says:

    I did enjoy the tour! And I’m quite impressed with your space. I love the loft, and the simplicity of it all. There are some lovely decorations on your walls, and the views are – well, pretty stunning.

    Are you truly a houseboat? And if so, are you out of the water now? Frozen in? What? I’m ignorant about boats in northern climes. Here in the land of 12-month boating, the houseboaters and other liveaboards have few problems.

    I did live aboard a Catalina 31 when I first began varnishing. I enjoyed: being able to go sailing whenever I wanted, and the sense of coziness in bad weather. Well, and the camaraderie on the docks. I didn’t like the alcohol stove (so much humidity in winter!) and no closets. All in all, it was a good experience.

    • Tandi says:

      I love my art work, and plan to do a post on it one of these days. I took some photos a while back in preparation but they mysteriously did not turn out. At least now that we are frozen in the paintings are no longer always crooked!

      We call it a houseboat but its more like a house on a float. It is permanently anchored so could be moved only with some difficulty. And we have no engine. We have 14 anchors that keep us in place, although we rotate around a bit with waves in the open water. The house has for the most part stayed in place, although with the huge forces from the 5 foot thick ice, (by the end of winter) that is hard to fathom. It makes for some uncertainty, but I’m coming to terms with that. No one can guarantee their house is a permanent fixture, really. Its all just a bit more visible here – our fragile existence. Other houseboats have dragged in storms, and one broke loose entirely at one point.

      I think closets are nearly a requirement for happy living. I know that sounds really unadventurous, but I just like having a place to store stuff. Where else would my high heeled shoe collection go??

  4. dearrosie says:

    I also enjoyed the tour. Your house is much larger, and more modern than I imagined – I don’t know what I expected but I didn’t think I’d see paintings on the walls and such large windows.
    It must be interesting to lie in bed and listen to the creaks from the ice.

    • Tandi says:

      The house is full of light. I don’t think it’s inherently beautiful up here, but the light makes it so. It’s incredible. Also indescribable. I can’t imagine ever getting tired of it. As Mary Oliver says we must just notice it and give gratitude.

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