2018 Life Logs, Day 199—Just Hanging Out with the Fab 5

2018 Life Logs, Day 199—Just Hanging Out with the Fab 5
Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Weather: Overcast, Turning Sunny; High 80, Low 59 F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

It was a wonderful day just hanging out with the Fab 5. I tell my grandkids that they are the Fabulous 5 and it was so nice today to just watch them play together. They enjoyed the hammock, enjoyed kayaking and catching more tiny water critters as well as land critters, enjoyed harvesting goodies from the garden, and ended their day spending almost two hours at East Falmouth playground. Life is good.
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2018 Life Logs, Day 198—A Day of Beaches and Marshes

2018 Life Logs, Day 198—A Day of Beaches and Marshes
Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Weather: Mostly Cloudy; High 82, Low 68 F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Today was a day of beaches and marshes . . . and strong winds. Justin, Jo, Ziggy, and Coco all woke up much earlier than expected, so Coco and Ziggy went with me when I left to go start another day of Camp Oma with the Goldpebbles. So this morning it was Camp Oma with the Fabulous Five. The cousins were excited to see each other, and they played together until time to leave for Menauhant Beach for Jonah’s swim lesson. It wasn’t until we got there that we realized just how windy a day we were experiencing. The wind was blowing white capped waves into the beach and all of the kids enjoyed it. Jonah’s class was really just jumping and playing the water as swimming was very difficult. But Sam and Ziggy attacked the waves and were successful in swimming when needed. Coco and Ollie stayed close to the shore, jumping waves and diving in. It was a bit crazy trying to keep my eyes on all four, but everyone following directions and Ziggy and Sam were good about coming in once they got out too far. Since Jonah was in class, I didn’t need to worry about him. But once he was done, all five were in the water for a bit. Then Coco and Ollie decided it was time to play in the sand. We didn’t stay for Ollie’s 11 am class, but instead headed to home for lunch. There was a water battle with fresh water to wash some of the salt off and then the focus went from beach to marsh as they played on the dock catching small shrimp. Then in mid-afternoon we headed to Wood Neck Beach to ride the outgoing tide in Lazy River. We spent most of the afternoon walking all the way into the marsh where, on the way, we enjoyed finding a big horseshoe crab and the molted shells of small ones. Despite the fact that walking against the tide isn’t easy, we all enjoyed the challenge. Then it was home for a sushi dinner and a rock band ‘performance’ by Sam, Jonah, and Ziggy. Justin tried playing the drums, but decided he’d leave that to Sam. Tomorrow morning we will head to the beach for swim lessons and then I think we’ll stay close to home, maybe trying a little kayaking and just hanging out together.

2018 Life Logs, Day 197—JJZ&C Arrive

2018 Life Logs, Day 197—JJZ&C Arrive
Date: Monday, July 16, 2018
Weather: Mostly Sunny and Hot; High 85, Low 70 F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Justin, Jo, Ziggy, and Coco arrived in Boston right on time at 5:35 pm this afternoon. I didn’t get to the airport until 6:15, but they didn’t have to wait too long after getting through Immigration and Customs and then getting their baggage. But after a stop at Whole Foods to eat dinner and to get a few food items and then a stop at Walgreens for some things they needed, it was almost 10 o’clock by the time we got home. All four of them were exhausted. 9:30 pm here is 1:30 am in Iceland, so they were more than ready for bed. Visiting will begin tomorrow once they have had a good night’s sleep. But tired or not, it was wonderful to be together again. After four weeks in England and four days in Iceland, they are also travel weary. So, we have no plans for the week other than to play and relax together.

On the Camp Oma side of things, today was a good day. It was Jonah’s first swim lesson of the summer and he did a great job. In fact, all three boys have made so much progress since last summer. We played on the beach for a bit after lessons and then it was home for lunch. Jonah and I took Ollie to a playdate with his friends Roland and Meadow (twins) while Sam stayed home and did the daily chores. Jonah and I stopped at my house and he helped me with some chores that I needed to get done before Justin and family arrived. It was a productive day. Can’t wait to get all five grandchildren together tomorrow. More fun!

2018 Life Logs, Day 196—World Cup and More

2018 Life Logs, Day 196—World Cup and More
Date: Sunday, July 15, 2018
Weather: Mix of Sun and Clouds; High 81, Low 65 F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

In addition to all the projects I had on my list for today, there was the final game in the World Cup. What self-respecting grandmother with three grandsons who love soccer could refuse to watch. So I worked and watched while Heather and the boys filled me in on plays I missed. Jonah, Ollie, and I had a quiet morning together. While they played, I did a little house cleaning and they helped me get the sand box filled with sand. Then Heather and Sam arrived just as the game was getting started. I made granola during the game and fixed lunch for everyone afterwards. Heather took off right after the game to drive her car home and then run to Menauhant Beach. The boys and I ate lunch while we watched the awards ceremony and then we drove to the beach. I dropped the boys off and then went back to Heather’s to finish doing my laundry. Heather put my sheets in the wash when she drove her car home and I just had to put them in the dryer. I did that and went back home to see how Nilson was doing with the two house projects I have hired him to do. He wasn’t supposed to come until next weekend, but he had the time today and got the door installed going from the bulkhead into the basement and got the posts put in the for the back porch railing. I didn’t get even half of my projects completed today, but they will just have to wait. All of my focus this week will be on having fun with Justin and Jo and the all of my grandchildren. It is so special when I can have them all together. It is going on midnight and I’m still baking granola. I made a huge batch and hopefully I can get the last load in the oven before I go to bed. I’ll just put it in the oven and then turn the oven off for the night. It will just need a little more baking in the morning.

2018 Life Logs, Day 195—Visit to Quissett Harbor
Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018
Weather: Sunny and Beautiful; High 73, Low 63 F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

This was a day with many facets, but not enough hours! I shopped in Hyannis and came home to meet with Nilson, the contractor that will be doing a couple of projects here at the cottage. I also had him take a look at Heather and Jed’s front door. In sanding the trim in order to paint, we discovered that the base board and bottom trim are all rotten. Before we went any further, I wanted Nilson to take a look. He did and he will be able to work that project into his schedule in the next two weeks. So, door painting is put on hold until the new base board and trim pieces are installed. But on another construction project that has been going on for almost a year a half, great progress was made today. Heather and Jed’s upstairs bathroom has walls again. Hopefully they will have an upstairs bathroom soon. Jed flew to England for the week today, just as Justin and family left England and had a wonderful explore in Iceland today. Jo posted some photos on Facebook and wrote that their explorations there were magical. They evidently walked and drove for miles just soaking in the beauty of the countryside. I went to Quissett Harbor for sundowners with good friends Susie Klein and Jim Hammitt on their sailboat, Reveille. Their home harbor is on the other side of Buzzards Bay, but they love sailing to Quissett. I have only been back to Quissett a few times in the past couple of years, but when I do visit, I continue to marvel at its beauty. Jim and Susie had friends sail over with them and then they invited a couple of other people over for drinks. One person was Weatherly. She and her husband Rick own and operate the Quissett Boatyard. What I didn’t know is that Weatherly is an avid rower, as is Susie, Jim, and the friends with them, Jim and Louise. And another sailor joined us who hails from Jim and Susie’s home harbor of Padanarum. Chris has lived aboard his sailboat since 1990. It was an interesting mix of people and lots of talk about sailing and rowing. There was not a spectacular sunset, but it was great to be out on the water even if we were just sitting still.

As I said at the beginning, this was a day of many facets. After leaving Quissett, I drove to the downtown Art Center to pick up Jonah and Ollie. Heather and boys were attending a bar mitzvah reception for Zach, a neighborhood friend of Sam’s. I was unsuccessful on the pick up the first time around as all the kids were having a great time in a bouncy house. So, I ran some errands and returned. It was almost 9 pm when we left, so it was a late night. Heather and Sam have to be up at 5 am in order to get themselves to a designated location where they will be serving as volunteers for the Falmouth Triathlon. Jonah and Ollie are staying with me so they won’t have to get up that early.

Tomorrow I have a million and one things I want to get done before Justin, Jo, Ziggy, and Coco arrive on Monday evening . . . cleaning and rearranging a few things in the cottage to make room for more people, getting the sand box fully assembled and filled with the bags of play sand I bought at Home Depot today, making granola, making ‘leaf’ pie with the abundance of Swiss Chard from the garden, planting the perennials I bought weeks ago, building a brick ‘patio’ for the grill and another for the trash and recycling bins, and on and on. Of course, it won’t all get done, but life will go on. There just aren’t enough hours in a day for all these projects.