2019 Life Logs, Day 76: Happy St. Patrick’s Day

2019 Life Logs, Day 76: Happy St. Patrick’s Day
Date: Sunday, March 17, 2019
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 41, Low 24 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It was a very quiet St. Patrick’s Day around here. More of the same—exercising, rest, reading. The only green I saw today was in my window garden. I have two generations of arugula growing, one planted three weeks ago and one planted one week ago. I’m experimenting to see how long it takes to get arugula to the ‘eating’ point when growing in the window garden. The other cool weather plants are almost ready to plant outdoors. Tomorrow I go to outpatient physical therapy for the first time. It will be interesting to see how that goes.

2019 Life Logs, Day 75: Spoke Too Soon

2019 Life Logs, Day 75: Spoke Too Soon
Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Weather: Sunny, Windy, Continued Warmth; High 52, Low 40 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Last night when I wrote my log, I spoke too soon. I wrote that I heard “thunder in the distance, but no significant amount of rain thus far”. Well, that changed quickly. As soon as I shut down my computer, the thunder and lightning show got serious and close-by. And a while after that, there was driving rain. I honestly don’t remember when I have experienced a storm this fierce. I went to bed and tried to read my mystery novel, but unfortunately I was at a spot in the book where a person was murdered during a séance. Too scary for me, so I just went to sleep. The storm during the night, the storm worked itself out and this morning dawned with bright sunshine. There was still some wind, but it was a beautiful day. Yesterday was my first trip to grocery store and today was my first outdoor walk. Heather called to invite me to go for a nature walk with them in the afternoon. When the time came, however, Jonah and Ollie were so completely into playing backyard baseball that there was no way to get them into the van to drive somewhere to take a walk. So, we ended up just walking in the neighborhood and it felt great to be out walking again. I made it for the half-mile with an uphill bit just fine. And I now feel confident that I can go out walking on my own without fear of falling. Every day my knee gets a little better and the signs of spring are popping up everywhere. The crocus in Heather’s front flowerbed showed their first blooms today and the daffodils are ready to bloom. The crocus blooms appeared on March 2 last year, so even though it has been a mild winter, the cold spell that started the end of February delayed those little purple blossoms by a couple of weeks. So exciting to see them this afternoon.

2019 Life Logs, Day 74: March Winds

2019 Life Logs, Day 74: March Winds
Date: Friday, March 15, 2019
Weather: Overcast, Warm and Windy; High 59, Low 40 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

The March winds are a blowin’. It was a warm and windy day and tonight I keep hearing thunder in the distance, but no significant amount of rain thus far. Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny and windy, but wind and the month of March do go together. I made my first major trip to the grocery store this afternoon and found walking from one end of the store to the other a couple of times exhausting. So obviously, I need to get out and do more walking. Otherwise, nothing new is happening here.

2019 Life Logs, Day 73: Celebrations and a Little Learning

2019 Life Logs, Day 73:  Celebrations and a Little Learning
Date:  Thursday, March 14, 2019
Weather:  Overcast; High 48, Low 35 degrees
Location:  At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

There was not a lot of time for exercise and rest today as it was full of celebrations and a little learning.  There was a St. Patrick’s Day luncheon at Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub at 11:30 am hosted by the Newcomers, a 3 pm Technology Class, and then a Pi Day celebratory dinner at the Goldstones.  I came home between activities and did a few exercises and put my leg up with a cold pack for a few minutes, but probably not long enough.  I’ll try to do better tomorrow.  But today was fun.  The invitation to Heather’s for dinner was a last-minute affair, but I really enjoyed eating ‘pies’ to celebrate ‘pi’.  We had a meat pie as our entrée and chocolate and pumpkin pie for dessert.  Pi is celebrated on March 14 as 3, 1, and 4 are the first three significant digits in pi.  And eating lots of pie has become the way of celebrating this mathematical concept.

2019 Life Logs, Day 72: All Bands Night at Falmouth High School

2019 Life Logs, Day 72: All Bands Night at Falmouth High School
Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Weather: Sunny, Turning Cloudy Late Afternoon; High 43, Low 25 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

After a day of more of the same—exercise, rest and elevate knee, read (more on that a little later)—I went with Heather and boys to Falmouth High School this evening for All Bands Night. This is an evening when all of the school bands in the district come together on the floor the high school gymnasium to showcase their musical talents. And WOW—very impressive. All 5th and 6th graders in Falmouth go to Morse Pond School and there is a 5th grade band, a 6th grade band, and a jazz band. Sam plays percussion in the 6th grade band and the jazz band. All 7th and 8th graders go to Lawrence Junior High School and they have a band with strings and a jazz band. And then there is the high school marching band, the high school band with strings, and the high school jazz band. The high school marching band opened the evening with the Star Spangled Banner and the Falmouth High School Song. Then the band presentations began, with each band playing one song, and then going back and each playing a second song. It is so interesting to listen to the progression from 5th grade to high school, but I was really impressed with the musical expertise of each. The band directors do a fabulous job. Unlike the earlier elementary grade performances which are sometimes a little difficult to listen to, all of the bands tonight were enjoyable. After each band played two songs, the jazz band players came forward. The first was the Morse Pond Jazz Band playing ‘My Girl’ with Sam on drums. It was almost enough to burst my heart open with joy to sit and watch him. He was the only one on drums, keeping the beat throughout the song, and he did a fabulous job. Playing in front of so many people must be overwhelming for a 12 year-old. He handled it just fine, but I was a little teary-eyed. I just can’t believe my oldest grandchild is almost a teenager, and a talented one at that . . . so proud of him. This evening was a wonderful opportunity for the younger students to be exposed to the progression they will experience through high school and at the end of the evening, all of the bands played ‘America the Beautiful’ together, leaving Oma with glistening eyes once again.

I finished another great book today, ‘Unsheltered’ by Barbara Kingsolver. She is one of my favorite authors and I really enjoyed this book. But it ended way too soon. Surely there will be a sequel as there is so much more to the story that I want to read. I have now finished both books I got from Heather for my birthday, so I’ll go back to reading my Inspector Gamache mystery series by Louise Penny.