2018 Life Logs, Day 49—Reading, Cooking, Olympics

2018 Life Logs, Day 49—Reading, Cooking, Olympics
Date: Sunday, February 18, 2018
Weather: Snow Gone, Back to Sunshine; High 44, Low 29 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

When I went to bed last night after midnight, there was a blanket of white covering everything in sight. But by the time I got up this morning, the sun was shining brightly and there was no snow in sight. Heather and gang made it to DC by 6 pm, so the snow that fell between here and there overnight must not have been an issue. But with them gone, it was a lonely Sunday here. Sunday is soccer day in the winter, but instead of going to watch soccer games this afternoon, I read. I rarely have the time to read during the day, so this was a treat. I also spent time researching new recipes and then spent time in the kitchen cooking. I went out late in the day to go to the grocery store and to go feed Mortimer and Max, Sam and Jonah’s guinea pigs. Then I came home to settle in for a long winter’s night watching Olympic short program ice dancing. Thanks to the timing, I was able to sneak away from 9 to 10 pm to watch Victoria on Masterpiece Theater. But I’m back to the Olympics now and I know it will be well after midnight before the last skaters finish. I love the Olympics but watching requires many late, late nights.

It is going to be a warmer than normal week here. We will not get as warm as Boston, but the temp will be in the upper 40’s everyday for the next seven, sometimes hitting the 50’s. So, I’m hoping to get out on my bike for a few rides this week. I have not gotten a Spot message from Windbird, so I don’t know yet if they made it to the Dominican Republic today. Hopefully their trip hasn’t been too rough.

2018 Life Logs, Day 48—It’s Snowing

2018 Life Logs, Day 48—It’s Snowing
Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018
Weather: Sunny Day, Snow Late Evening; High 37, Low 33 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Just as forecasted, the snow here began at 9 pm. But as it snows overnight, the temperature is going to hover at just about 32 degrees F. So, it will be a wet snow and should end by morning. Heather and crew are headed to Washington, DC, tomorrow morning for winter break week with Jed’s mom. Heather has a speaking engagement at the Howard Hughes Research Center at Janelia in Ashburn, Va, just outside DC, on Tuesday. But for the rest of the week, the Goldstones will spend time enjoying Washington’s wonderful museums and spending time with Grammie Marty. Here’s hoping they have a safe trip down and a wonderful time while there.

Ahhh, technical issues. It does appear that my syncing issues with Google were resolved with the higher internet speed I upgraded to earlier in the week. So today I braved the next issue. My phone is a cheapie and has only 8 GB’s of storage space. That is ancient by current standards. So today I took Mark’s phone, which has 32 GB’s, to the AT&T store to transfer data from my phone to his. It was a long, painful experience, and still I had to drive to Heather’s afterwards to get more support, but I am mostly set for now. I was told that I will probably have to buy a new phone at some point in the near future, but I hope I am okay for now.

I have been following Windbird’s progress via Spot reports that they send, and it looks to me like they are about half way to the Dominican Republic. They should arrive there sometime tomorrow, so stay tuned on that one.

2018 Life Logs, Day 47—It’s Friday

2018 Life Logs, Day 47—It’s Friday
Date: Friday, February 16, 2018
Weather: Foggy, Then Mostly Cloudy
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

It is Friday and I don’t have a lot to report. I spent the day at home, had a great conversation with Ed and Lynne Kirwin, ignored computer and phone issues, and spent my evening at a Newcomers Mix and Mingle event. I was not very good at mingling with lots of people I have never met before, but I had some quality time with good friends Karen and Peter Baranowski. They recently returned from a two-week cruise on a 5-masted sailing ‘ship’ going from island to island from Barbados to the Grenadines, down to Granada, and then back north to Guadeloupe, Nevis, and even Monserrat. Another Newcomer who has moved here from New York City just returned from a sailing trip to Maui. She sails with a club out of NYC and they had a spectacular time. So, lots of conversations centered on sailing experiences. And then when I got home, I got another sailing update. There was a Spot report from Windbird showing that they left the Turks and Caicos today and should be in the Dominican Republic by Sunday. Once they are there, I will contact them to try and more specifically determine when I might be joining them. I ended my evening by tuning into the Men’s Free Skate Olympic competition and enjoyed that. And don’t tell anyone, but it looks like that uploading and downloading from my computer to the ‘cloud’ might actually be completed.

2018 Life Logs, Day 46—Continued Phone and Computer Issues

2018 Life Logs, Day 46—Continued Phone and Computer Issues
Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Weather: Overcast and Foggy; High 43, Low 40 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

This computer issue story is getting old. I’m tired of living through it and I know you must be tired of reading about it. So, I’ll give an update here and not mention it again until it is resolved. I started my day at the gym and when I left there, I went directly to the AT&T store to have them help me with my phone. Day before yesterday, I stopped getting emails on my phone because my storage was full. My phone has minimal storage, but the young woman at AT&T was able to help me delete enough things to allow the email to come through again. I never knew that I should be deleting text messages and phone calls. I guess I assumed those were kept for a period of time and then magically deleted. But not so. I need to do that. In the early afternoon, Heather met me at the computer repair shop to help ask the right questions about what is happening with Google Drive. Even the computer guy is not sure, but what he thinks is happening now is that everything on my computer is being uploaded or synced with the Google Cloud for a second time. He thinks it got confused because their shop uninstalled and then reinstalled Google Drive last Saturday to solve the issue of Google putting files in the recycle bin. Basically, he suggested that I just continue to keep my computer on 24-hours a day until Google has done its thing. Then we’ll assess and see where we are. Thank you, Heather, for taking time to come to help me understand what is happening. Once I got the computer back home, I noticed the uploading was slowing down, but I had to leave to pick Jonah and Ollie up from school and then go to a Women in Newcomers dinner out. When I got come, I called Comcast and got a very helpful young man who taught me how to go on the web and check the speed of my uploads and downloads. They, indeed, were not as fast as they should be. So, he reset my modem and then taught me how to do this. At the end of our phone working session, we had my internet speed considerably faster. Now I just have to be patient and hope for a successful conclusion. At least I have the Olympics to watch while I am waiting.

2018 Life Logs, Day 45—Happy Valentine’s Day

2018 Life Logs, Day 45—Happy Valentine’s Day
Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Weather: Sunny and Cold; High 49, Low 37 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

It is not only Valentine’s Day, a day when we do special things for the people we love, it is also National Random Acts of Kindness Week. Who knew? Well, now I do and so do you. It ends on Saturday the 17th, so you have three more days to do random kind things that will make others smile. And the experts say that when you do something nice for someone else it boosts your mood because it makes you feel better about yourself. So, send a card, compliment others, help someone in need, clean up someone else’s mess, or just do anything else you can think of for someone else that is unexpected and kind. After reading about this, I sent flowers to my 102 year-old Aunt Ethel who is still healthy and able to live alone in her own home. I hope the red azalea I sent will brighten her day. I also sent a little money gift to Justin and Jo for Valentine’s Day fun as another random act of kindness. Tonight I got a wonderful thank you text from Jo. She promised that they will spend the money to have fun together as a family and she described her Valentine’s Day. Evidently Justin has his father’s romantic tendencies. This morning Justin used his chain saw to carve a slab of wood into a heart for Jo, and when he came home this evening, he had chocolate covered strawberries for everyone. Jo’s parents from England are visiting, so I’m sure they all really enjoyed that treat.

I had a lovely evening with Heather and family. My act of random kindness for them was to provide a sushi dinner which we all enjoyed. After dinner, I had offered to put the boys to bed and stay with them so Heather and Jed could go out for a Valentine’s Day evening together. But after dinner, they ended up working on my computer and phone issues. By the time we finished, Heather opted to stay at home, have a glass of wine, and watch the Olympics. We didn’t get any of my technical issues resolved, but we made some progress. So, thank you, Heather and Jed, for giving up your ‘romantic time’ to work on my computer. Once it was decided that they wouldn’t be going out for the evening, I headed home and followed Heather’s formula. I had a glass of wine and watched the Olympics. I really enjoyed watching the figure skating pairs’ final competition. There was so much talent, but I do think the right team won the Gold. While watching this, I got an email from my good sailing friend, Chris, in Australia. It was great to hear from her, but she ended her email with special thoughts about the school shooting in South Florida today. It breaks her heart, as well as mine, to think that children can’t go to school without the fear that something like this could happen to them. This DOES NOT HAPPEN anywhere else in the world. We are obviously doing something wrong in this country, and we need to get that righted. I can remember having a conversation with Chris and Geoff sometime in the past few years where they explained to me that there was a mass shooting in Australia in 1996 that immediately resulted in very strict gun regulations. Basically, the Australian government bought back all guns from individuals and there has not been a mass shooting there since—not one. So, there is something that we could do. But we, the people, have to have the resolve to make sure that our law makers make changes. We have to take control and stop letting the NRA make the decisions. Those who say that we just need to get better at dealing with these situations are just wrong. That is like saying that we need to deal with heart disease by prescribing more drugs. What we need to do is look at the root cause and deal with that. And with mass shootings, guns are the root cause. My opinion.