The Book of Common Prayer encourages us to seek forgiveness for both the things we have done wrong, and for the things we have left undone.
I suspect that on the day of reckoning there will be more items on my 'left undone' list than and my 'wrong things done', i'm that kind of a guy.
Take the items identified as 'in need of corrective action' on Wand'ring Bark when we bought her nearly four years ago. I casually acknowledged these issues and thought, 'oh yeh, I will get them done in the first year'. It's a bit sobering to revisit the survey and realise that, in spite if having achieved so much, so many items remain incomplete:
- Insert an inspection hatch at the rear of the cabin floor - done
- Paint the inside of the weedhatch - done twice
- Install a galvanic isolator - not done (but we rarley hook up into the mains)
- Paint the gunwales non slip - done (but not before someone slipped off)
- Cut engine deck board in two - not done
- De rust and repaint the bottom of the gas locker - done
- Support aft cooling hose to avoid chaffing - done (but I wish I had done the front one too before it chaffed through on the alternator).
- Antifreeze density check - done, oh yes - done, I went overboard on that one!
- Move 240 volt socket from wall to bulkhead - not done
- Insert shims under feet of stove as hanging on pipe - not done - but sorted itself out
- Water tank repainted internally - done (horrible job)
- Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors fitted - done and not done.
Now where did I put that absolutely vital 'Diesel off tap' sign?