2020 Life Logs, Day 188: Happy Birthday Tribute to Captain Greybeard

2020 Life Logs, Day 188: Happy Birthday Tribute to Captain Greybeard
Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Weather: Sunny and Windy; High 71, Low 65 Degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

38 Captain Graybeard with His Best Crew Members–Jonah, Ziggy, and Sam

20 Digging for Treasure

03 Jonah and Sam Give Their Best Pirate Look

If Mark were still with us, today would have been his 78th birthday. In 2013 our whole family was together for his birthday and we went on a pirate voyage in search of hidden treasures. As we sailed out of Woods Hole headed for Tarpaulin Cove, Windbird was flying a pirate flag and we had a buried treasure map. We were all dressed in pirate gear and we gave Mark the name of Captain Greybeard. Sam, Jonah, and Ziggy were old enough to really get into pirate mode. Ollie was a year old and Coco was three weeks shy of one year. She actually slept most of the afternoon, but Ollie followed Greybeard around with his pirate sword. We spent a wonderful day making lots of lasting memories and on each succeeding July 7th, we have found ways to remember Greybeard’s birthday in pirate fashion. Despite the windy weather making it feel cooler than it was, the Goldpebbles and I spent a couple of hours at this beach this afternoon. Heather and Jed joined us at the end of the day at Menauhant Beach. They brought pirate hats for each of us and we took a photo to mark this year’s pirate celebration. Happy Birthday, Granddad.

2020 Life Logs, Day 187: Dealing with Fickle Weather

2020 Life Logs, Day 187: Dealing with Fickle Weather
Date: Monday, July 6, 2020
Weather: Overcast AM, Turning Partly Cloudy, Sunshine Late; High 73, Low 60 Degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

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Today was the start of the second week of Camp Oma afternoons and it was another skate park and beach afternoon. Normally at this time of year, we have overcast mornings every few days, but not every day. Last week we had rain and thunderstorms on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, a beautiful Thursday, and then the beginning of overcast conditions that go into the afternoon everyday. The sun doesn’t seem to want to come out until late afternoon. But the Goldpebbles and I are going with the flow. We have a tentative plan for our day, but then adjust according to the weather. Today it was still overcast at noon when I picked up the boys, so we headed to the skate park. Jonah and Ollie are working on perfecting skills on their scooters and Sam has been concentrating on learning to use the skateboard. That has resulted in a few cuts and scrapes as the result of learning tumbles, but he is hanging in there. In just a few skate park visits, the skill level of each of the boys has really increased. Today we ate lunch at the skate park and in my car on the way to my house where we changed into our beach clothes. It was almost 3 pm when we got to the beach and finally it was mostly sunny. Not until after 4 pm, however, did the sun come out fully. We needed to leave the beach by 4:45 pm, but none of us wanted to go as we were just getting warmed up. Ollie has a Scout Zoom meeting on Monday evenings at 6:30 pm, so we really did have to go so the boys could get showers and have dinner before the meeting. Today was the fifth day in a row with this overcast, then sunny weather pattern. Hopefully the sun will come out earlier tomorrow. But sun or no sun, the Goldpebbles had a great time at the beach this afternoon, using the skim board plus their boogie boards to slide, surf, and glide, resulting in many squeals of delight.

Shadow and I are still working on adjusting our summer schedule. I spend time every morning taking him on a long walk and trying to get him to eat something before I leave at 11:45. He is a super picky eater, so this is no easy task. I pick up the Goldpebbles at 12 noon and don’t get back home until after 6 pm when I spend more time either walking or playing ball outside with Shadow before coming in to fix dinner. I need to do a better job of cooking things ahead on the weekend, as right now I am not eating until 8 or 9 pm. And cleaning house seems to have gone by the wayside for now. Good thing having indoor visitors is a ‘no-no’ in these coronavirus days!

2020 Life Logs, Day 186:  Family Day
Date:  Sunday, July 5, 2020
Weather:  Overcast AM, Partly Cloudy PM; High 74, Low 67 Degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Shadow and I spent our morning together and after lunch I went to Heather and Jed’s to plant tomatoes in the ‘upside down’ containers we prepared yesterday by drilling a large hole in the bottom of each one.  Today the boys helped me plant the tomatoes in the containers and hang them on the deck.  You hang the container upright and the plant coming out of the hole in the bottom.  For years, Heather and Jed have had Matt’s Wild Cherry tomatoes in their garden and they reseeded themselves every year.  But they lost these favorites when they moved.  When I found seeds in the local hardware store, I just had to buy them and try to grow them.  It has taken longer than expected, but they were finally big enough to transplant.

After that project, I took Ollie and Jonah to the Skate Park for an hour and then it was time to run home to walk and feed Shadow and return to the Goldstones for dinner. 
Jed marinated and grilled ribs, Heather made coleslaw, and I provided a red, white, and blue dessert—a strawberry and blueberry fruit tart.

2020 Life Logs, Day 185: 4th of July Coronavirus Style

2020 Life Logs, Day 185: 4th of July Coronavirus Style
Date: Saturday, July 4, 2020
Weather: Sunny, Overcast, Partly Sunny; High 73, Low 62 Degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Happy Independence Day to all. It was definitely a different kind of 4th of July in Falmouth. No huge American flag flying from a crane on the library lawn, no bike parade through downtown, no annual book sale on the library lawn, no fireworks tonight. Unfortunately, the number of people on the Falmouth Heights beach this afternoon seemed to be a bit out of touch. It looked like a typically crowded beach on the 4th of July with masks nowhere in sight. Thankfully, the rest of Falmouth that I saw today was much more in touch with coronavirus guidelines outlined by the Governor.

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As a family, we stretched our normal family only rule to include Sam and Dawn Weigel of Windbird in our cookout this afternoon. No one but the Goldpebbles have been in my car since March, but I drove to Quissett Harbor at noon to pick up Sam, Dawn, and their dog, Piper. We drove to my house and soon after we arrived, the Goldstones arrived. We all wore masks and sat at separate tables that were space far apart. But even being physically distanced, we had a great afternoon. arugula, feta cheese, and beet salad. And Dawn brought a delicious rum cake for dessert. After lunch, Sam (Goldstone) decided that he wanted to put up the new dog run I bought at Lowe’s on Friday. That ended up to be a project ‘needing’ Sam Weigel and Jed to oversee. The location we chose in the backyard required that we move my clothesline, but I think we chose the just right location. The Goldpebbles then spent time doing some training with Shadow and Piper. Dawn demonstrated different ways she uses treats to get Piper to respond and the Goldpebbles tried those techniques with Shadow. While that was happening, my clothesline was moved. Then we launched into the last project of the afternoon . . . drilling 1 ¼ inch holes in the bottom of planters for Heather to grow upside-down tomatoes on her deck. None of the work was planned, but it was a nice mix of work and play that kept the boys involved.

Sam and Dawn stayed on after Heather and family left and then I dropped them off in Woods Hole. The walked back to Quissett Harbor from there and tomorrow they will sail to Nantucket.
I didn’t go out to see Windbird today, but Sam sent a photo to me this evening of Windbird dressed for the 4th with the courtesy flags of the countries they have visited. It was great to have time to visit with them. They plan to spend two days in Nantucket and three in Martha’s Vineyard before heading back to their new summer home-base on City Island in New York City.

I have to make a correction to last night’s log. I somehow thought that Jed had never met Dawn, but they did meet at Mark’s New Hampshire Public Radio Memorial. I thought Jed had stayed home with the boys, but both Jed and Dawn knew they had met there. I checked my log from that day and they were absolutely correct. That’s why I write this daily log. It keeps me straight.

2020 Life Logs, Day 184: Visiting Windbird in Quissett Harbor

2020 Life Logs, Day 184: Visiting Windbird in Quissett Harbor
Date: Friday, July 3, 2020
Weather: Sunny Early, Then Overcast with a North Wind; High 75, Low 63 Degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Windbird arrived in Quissett Harbor this morning at 7:30 am. Sam sent me a text to let me know they had arrived and sent a photo of Windbird while the day was still sunny. By the time I got to Quissett for a visit, it was totally overcast. But even without the sunshine, Windbird looked great. Sam, Dawn, and I all wore masks and visited for about an hour and then Sam took me back to shore so I could go get the Goldpebbles. All three boys expressed an interest in going to Quissett today to see Windbird.

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It wasn’t exactly perfect beach weather, but once we got there, we hardly noticed the lack of sunshine. Sam (I will refer to him as Captain Sam to differentiate from Sam Goldstone) and Dawn offered to stay on shore and let us take the dinghy out and visit without them, but we decided that if we wore our masks and kept proper distancing, it would be more fun with all of us on the boat. Captain Sam let Sam Goldstone drive the dinghy on the way out to the boat and then Captain Sam went back to shore to get Dawn and Piper, Windbird’s six-year-old doggy mascot. While we waited for their return, Sam and Jonah started jumping into the water from the boat. Sam (Goldstone) expressed an interest in swinging the boom out over the water and jumping from the boom, so Captain Sam helped arrange that. And he took Ollie out in the dingy to let him have a driving turn. Then, one at a time, I took the boys downstairs for a memory tour of Windbird. They each had special memories, many which involved things they did with Granddad. Playing chess on the v-berth, catching their first fish in Tarpaulin Cove, sleeping on the settees, sitting on the settees and watching me cook in the little galley—all made me smile. Thank you, Sam and Dawn, for letting the Goldpebbles take over Windbird for the afternoon. We made more memories that we shall all cherish.

It is unusual to form a relationship with the people that buy your boat, but I have sailed to Puerto Rico with Sam and Dawn where they met Justin and family. And now they have sailed here and met the Goldpebbles. Tomorrow I have invited Sam and Dawn over for an early afternoon cookout and all the Goldstones will join us. They met Heather when they attended the New Hampshire Public Radio Memorial for Mark. In fact, that is when I first met them. But they have not met Jed. So, tomorrow afternoon will make the family introductions complete.