2019 Life Logs, Day 17: A Day of Unplanned Events

2019 Life Logs, Day 17: A Day of Unplanned Events
Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Weather: Sunny; High 31, Low 22 degrees F .
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Some days go as planned. Some don’t. Today was a day of unplanned events for me . . . all fun. I decided this morning that today should be the day I return to the gym. I have avoided it since returning home from Tennessee as my knee has been, at best, tenuous. But I went for it this morning and all went well. A friend that I met at the gym two years ago, Linda Onthank, was there for the class this morning, and afterwards, she invited me to meet her at Starbucks for coffee and conversation. Somehow, we talked our way into the afternoon, and after running a couple of errands, it was almost 1 o’clock before I got home. It was then time for lunch and while I was fixing that I saw that the ‘aunties’ return home. My neighbor and landlord is Shirley Wiedemann. She and her sister Doris live next door (which is just across the drive-way) in Shirley’s home part of the time and at Doris’ home near Boston when they are not here. Due to health issues, they have not been here since August, so it was great to see them return today. I call them the ‘aunties’ because they are the aunts of my good friend Karen Baranowski and soon after the ‘aunties’ arrived, Peter and Karen come to visit with them. I continued with my plan for today which was to roast an organic chicken so I can make my magic chicken mineral broth tomorrow. I got it in the oven and a little later Karen knocked on the door. She walked over to say hello and said she and Peter were headed to the hospital to get a shingles vaccine. I have been trying to get a shingles vaccine since August of 2017, but due to my procrastination, a change in the kind of vaccine given, and then a shortage of the new vaccine, I have been unsuccessful in my attempts. So, my eyes lit up when Karen said the Falmouth Hospital got a shipment of the vaccine this morning. I said I’d make sure to go tomorrow and we said our goodbyes. Then Karen knocked on the door again and invited me to go with them. Why not? I was still dressed in my workout clothes, but I turned off the oven and took off as I was. It took almost two hours for the three of us to get the vaccine, but we did it and afterwards Peter and Karen brought me home. I turned the oven back on to continue to roast that chicken and put in some root vegetables for dinner. Then I called Heather to check on details for Sam’s birthday this weekend and she invited me to come over to hear Ollie practice playing scales on his violin. Again, I turned off the oven and took off. Oh, my. Little Ollie is taking his violin lessons so seriously and he is just too cute to watch. He holds the violin just perfectly, concentrates so completely, and looks to mama for direction. After playing the scales, he very carefully named each part of the violin for me. Then he went into the den and played the same scale on the piano explaining to me that anything you can play on the violin you can play on the piano. Unplanned, but such a precious moment. Finally, I returned home and turned the oven on once again. I did have that chicken and roasted root veggies for dinner and I am still sitting here in my workout clothes from the gym this morning. Tomorrow, I’ll make sure I get dressed early in the day! Some days don’t go as planned, but sometimes unplanned is good.

2019 Life Logs, Day 16: On the Basis of Sex

2019 Life Logs, Day 16: On the Basis of Sex
Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Weather: Overcast with Two Moments of Sunshine; High 40, Low 17 degrees F .
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Friend Karen Baranowski and I went to see On the Basis of Sex this afternoon. This is the film about Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It hasn’t gotten stellar reviews, but we both still wanted to see it and make up our own minds about its worth. People I have talked to that saw both the RBG documentary and the film, really liked the documentary better. But I thoroughly enjoyed both. To me, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a true American icon and I think it is wonderful that she is being recognized for what she has done while she is still working to make the right decisions for our country. She is a living legend and I thought the film did a great job showing that, while at the same time, revealing some of her struggles without taking anything from her greatness. I guess I am an easy audience, as I give this film a 5 out of 5. Otherwise, it was a typical January day—some sunshine early, then overcast, windy and cold, then a peak of sunshine, then overcast and chilly. So goes winter.

2019 Life Logs, Day 15: Morning In, Afternoon and Evening Out

2019 Life Logs, Day 15: Morning In, Afternoon and Evening Out
Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 36, Low 23 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Things were changed up a bit today. I started out exercising and watching the opening of the William Barr Senate hearings. Then I got a call from Jane Woodin who was headed to my neck of the woods for an appointment and wanted to stop by to visit for a bit. We had a chance to catch up on my visit to Tennessee and Jane’s past week in New York City. She had a fabulous time, going to five Broadway shows and visiting museums. Jane had to leave for her appointment, but we promised to continue the conversation tonight as I was invited to dinner. After Jane left, I continued a frustrating battle I started late yesterday with Spirit Airlines. Yesterday I was not able to log-in as a member as they were updating the website. And today I just couldn’t get in. I was trying to make reservations for Justin’s trip here the end of February to stay with me post knee surgery. I called and got help, but even with help, I could only log in as a Spirit member on my tablet (which I never use), not on my computer. I had to leave to pick Jonah and Ollie up from school before I made the reservation, so that is first on the list for tomorrow morning. I took advantage of my time at Heather and Jed’s to do a little laundry as the boys spent their after-school time next door. Molly and Joey, the neighbor kids, just got a new puppy named Clipper and Ollie has decided he would like to move in next door. As he told me this afternoon, he has wanted a puppy ever since he was born. I don’t think that is going to happen as Jed is set against it, but Ollie will keep trying. I have been considering getting a puppy in the spring. Maybe that will help fill the need.

This evening I went to Bruce and Jane’s for dinner. I took a Salad to go with their pork tenderloin cooked just-right, broccoli, and mashed potatoes with cauliflower which was absolutely delicious. Good dinner, good conversation, good friends. Life is good.

2019 Life Logs, Day 14: Same, Same

2019 Life Logs, Day 14: Same, Same
Date: Monday, January 14, 2019
Weather: Partly Sunny; High 34, Low 20 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Same, same. Exercise, puzzle, computer work, weather that the forecast says is sunny but looks mostly cloudy to me, trip into town to do some food shopping, stop for a quick visit with Heather to talk about Sam’s upcoming birthday this weekend, then home to cook a great Indian dinner. I made veggie curry and chicken Tikki Masala from scratch. No more using the tasty sauces you can buy at the store as they are made with canola oil. I don’t eat anything with canola as it is a processed, not cold pressed like olive oil. And actually, homemade sauce was better than store bought. Plans were solidified today for Justin to fly up from Puerto Rico to spend the first few days with me when I get home from knee replacement surgery. He had done a lot of research on recovery time and decided that he will come for the first four to five days when I get home from the hospital and then pass the support on to Heather. Hopefully by the time he leaves, I will be just fine on my own with Heather’s support for food shopping and cooking. I’ll have in-home physical therapy for a couple of weeks and then should be able to drive myself to therapy. That’s the plan. Let’s hope all goes well.

2019 Life Logs, Day 13: Sunday Indoor Soccer

2019 Life Logs, Day 13: Sunday Indoor Soccer
Date: Sunday, January 13, 2019
Weather: Partly Cloudy; High 30, Low 27 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Not a lot to report today. I continued yesterday’s work—exercising that knee and organizing photos on my computer. And then mid-afternoon, I drove downtown to the Community Center for a of hours of indoor soccer. Jonah’s team played at 3:00 and won their game. He scored all 6 goals for his team. He is a fast little player that takes every opportunity to make a shot. Sam’s team played at 4 pm and Sam played a really good game. I needed to leave 10 minutes before the end of the game and the score was 0-0, but after I left the other team finally scored. So, no win, but a good game. Tomorrow morning I’m going to go to my pilates class at the gym and see how my knee does with that. It is really hard to gauge just how hard to push. But one thing I know for sure, if you don’t use it, you lose it. So, I’ll give it a try.