2021 Life Logs, Day 259: Tomatoes

2021 Life Logs, Day 259: Tomatoes
Date: Thursday, September 16, 2021
Weather: Early AM Torrential Rain, Clearing Late Day; High Temp 7, Low Temp 64 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

The morning began with one whopper of a thunderstorm and a period of torrential rain. The heavy rain was short-lived, but there was a little rain off and on until almost noon. When the sun came out, I headed to the Falmouth Farmers Market. It opens at noon on Thursdays, and I was there right at noon to pick up tomatoes from Moonlight Rose Farm. There were four boxes of big, red tomatoes waiting for me. While there I ran into a woman that I got to know at the gym during exercise classes pre-Covid. In fact, we both became disillusioned with schedule of classes that were being offered in the fall of 2019, so I think we both ceased coming to classes that fall and I haven’t seen her since. It was great to re-connect and we made plans to go for a walk together next week.

By the time I got home, played a bit with Shadow, and fixed lunch, it was almost 2 o’clock. I worked for the next two hours blanching tomatoes and then peeling and de-seeding them. It took two hours to do 20 pounds of tomatoes. Only 60 pounds of today’s tomatoes to go and then in the morning at 10 am, I pick up 30 more pounds from Carrie at Peach Tree Farm. Plus I have the 12 pounds from my garden. Lots of tomatoes to process.

I had hoped to get one more box done this evening, but just as I was finishing up the first box, I got a text from Heather asking if there was any way I could come get Jonah and take him to soccer practice between here and Hyannis. They have only one car right now as the van is in the shop having a radiator that was leaking fluid repaired and Heather had just found out that Sam needed to go to the doctor to get a referral for x-rays of his ankle. So I dropped everything and went immediately to get Jonah. Tomatoes will have to wait until tomorrow. I estimated it would take me four days to do all these tomatoes and I think I am still on track with that schedule.

Sam hurt his ankle during the first week of soccer practice. It had gotten better, and he played in his first high school game on Tuesday. I found out from Jonah this evening that Sam made a goal in that game. Sam has always played defense, but evidently on Tuesday the coach had him playing offense. Way to go, Sam. I do hope they can quickly sort out what is really wrong with his ankle and get him on the road to recovery.

As always, life is getting in the way of my plans. The plan was to get back to writing next week, but already my calendar for next week is filling up with other activities. I think writing might not start until October. But I will get there.

2021 Life Logs, Day 258: Beach Day

2021 Life Logs, Day 258: Beach Day
Date: Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Weather: Warm, Sunny, Windy; High Temp 80, Low Temp 68 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

I cannot remember the last time I went to the beach with another adult just to sit and talk, relax, and read. I did that today with friend Jane Woodin and it was delightful. I am usually accompanied at the beach by Sam, Jonah, and Ollie and I love that. But it was nice to have the day with Jane. We went to Quissett and soaked in the beauty as well as the sunshine. At least I soaked in the sunshine. Jane’s dermatologist has given her marching orders to stay out of the sun, so she sat in the shade. I hope we get more chances to do this again this fall.

Tomorrow I pick up about a 100 pounds of tomatoes at the Farmer’s Market and will spend the next four days getting those tomatoes processed into marinara sauce and then canned. I am seeing red already.

2021 Life Logs, Day 257: Happy Birthday to Justin + Book Club and Sunset Cruise

2021 Life Logs, Day 257: Happy Birthday to Justin + Book Club and Sunset Cruise
Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Weather: Partly Sunny; High Temp 74, Low Temp 64 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Happy 44th Birthday to Justin.
Jo rented a beach house for the celebration and bought new bikes for the whole family. The celebration started for Justin after work yesterday and continued throughout today. From the photos, it appears the beach house had a pool plus the ocean. I wrote to Jo and said I want to rent this beach house when and if I ever get to fly to Puerto Rico again. It looks like a great place to serve as a home base for a vacation and family visit.

My Newcomers book club met here today. I set up the chairs in Shirley’s yard down by the dock and it provided a beautiful and secluded spot.

As one member wrote to me afterwards, “It was a lovely spot to indulge our love of books, grandchildren, politics, and just being together. What a joyful bunch we are!” None of us really knows each other outside of our book club. We are a truly eclectic group of different political persuasions, but we so enjoy our time together. Initially we chose this group by meeting time. We all wanted a late morning book group and I am so glad I joined.

Then late this afternoon I went on a Newcomers Sunset Cruise on the Island Queen. We started in the Falmouth Harbor, went down the coast to Woods Hole passing Nobska Lighthouse, toured the Great Harbor and saw the Atlantis, a WHOI research vessel, on the dock, went through the ‘Hole” to Buzzards Bay, and then back to Falmouth Harbor. It was wonderful to be out on the water on a lovely evening.

2021 Life Logs, Day 256: Field Trip Planning

2021 Life Logs, Day 256: Field Trip Planning
Date: Monday, September 13, 2021
Weather: Sunny and Warm; High Temp 81, Low Temp 59 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Today was beautiful and warm, but tonight is a bit chilly . . . a reminder that summer is coming to an end. My only activity today was a Newcomers Field Trip Planning Meeting. I love this group. It was started by teachers who decided it was time for adults to enjoy field trips the same as school children. It was so popular that it has evolved to include everyone, not just retired teachers. We meet once a year to decide what field trips we will do during the next year. Different members volunteer to plan the trips, and away we go to experience new places. This coming year I will be co- planning a trip to the Boston Museum of African American History in March and a trip to the Plimoth-Patuxent Plantation in May or June.

Tomorrow my book club meets here in the late morning and tomorrow evening I am going on a Newcomers Sunset Cruise. Perfect weather for these activities. On Wednesday it gets windy and then rain is forecast for Thursday and Friday. I will busy on those days processing tomatoes, so the rain will not interfere with that.

Tonight I had a wonderful, long phone conversation with my friend Linda Stuart who is no longer biking around the world. She and Mike are living near Denver, Colorado, and providing part-time childcare for their only grandchild. Grant is nine months old and is one lucky little boy to have Linda and Mike as grandparents. He loves to play in the water in the pool at their apartment complex and they take him hiking with them.

2021 Life Logs, Day 255: Typical End of Summer Sunday

2021 Life Logs, Day 255: Typical End of Summer Sunday
Date: Sunday, September 12, 2021
Weather: Sunny and Really Windy (25-30 mph); High Temp 75, Low Temp 68 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

A soccer game in the morning, food shopping in Hyannis, walk and playtime with Shadow, dinner at the Goldstones. That was today and it was fairly typical of a late summer Sunday once school has started. Jonah is playing soccer with two different leagues this fall, a Falmouth travel team and a Steel United team. He had a Falmouth travel team game yesterday in Swansea which is about an hour away on the border between Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Heather went with him to that game.
Then this morning he had a Steel United game at the Cape Cod Academy between here and Hyannis and I decided to go to that one. I needed to do some shopping at Whole Foods in Hyannis, so this worked out great for me. They played a team from Boston today. In just two weeks the team has improved so much, and they won this game. The field was protected from the strong winds blowing this morning and it was warm and beautiful.

When I walked into Whole Foods there was display of beautiful artichokes. I could not resist. I bought six of them and sent a text to Heather saying I would cook them and bring them over to their house for dinner. I know they are working hard on getting boys to bed earlier now that school has started, so it made more sense to eat at their house. I also made salmon cakes and a chocolate decadence cake for dessert.

I have a few activities scheduled for the next couple of weeks and am going to be spending a good deal of time processing tomatoes into marinara sauce to can. So getting back to writing is getting pushed back for now. But slowly I am getting back into ‘normal’ life mode after Camp Oma. Maybe by the end of September I’ll be back in the groove and ready to write. At least that is the goal.