2018 Life Logs, Day 114—Making Progress

2018 Life Logs, Day 114—Making Progress
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Weather: One More Beautiful Day; High Temp 58, Low 46 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Step by step, I am making progress in getting the cottage ready to move into and in packing up things here. It is s-l-o-w, but it is happening. When I left the cottage this evening, I moved everything out of the living, dining, kitchen, and hallway spaces so that tomorrow I can apply a sealant on the flooring. I will put on the first coat tomorrow evening when I return from taking friend Jane Woodin north towards Boston for a back ablation. This is an in and out procedure and we should be home no later than 5 pm which gives me plenty of time to apply the sealant. If the floor needs a second coat, that will happen Thursday morning, and then I will spend the remainder of the day packing.

Detta and I made a good dent in packing, but there is still plenty left to do. I have run out of boxes, so I am going to have to purchase boxes on Thursday. I also meet with Shirley Wiedemann, the owner of the cottage, on Thursday afternoon to sign the lease. She has to come to Falmouth for a doctor appointment and will meet me at the cottage before heading back to Scituate. But in between all that, I will pack, pack, pack.

I truly enjoyed having Detta visit and so much appreciate all the work she did. I am so grateful for the friendship we share. She gave me a card with the perfect words, “Friends are the family you choose with your heart.” I am so grateful that we chose each other and I feel blessed to have Detta, and so many other good friends.

2018 Life Logs, Day 113—A Ray of Sunshine

2018 Life Logs, Day 113—A Ray of Sunshine
Date: Monday, April 23, 2018
Weather: Another Beautiful Day; High Temp 59, Low 45 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

It is already afternoon on Tuesday and I am just now writing yesterday’s log. It was a busy day and evening and spending time with Detta was more important than writing about it. She has gone home now, thus the time to write now.

Detta’s visit was like a ray of sunshine. She is such an upbeat person and always comes laden with gifts, this time belated gifts for my birthday and house warming gifts for my move to the cottage. As I sit here writing, I am looking at a beautiful pot of yellow mini narcissus that she brought, I just packed up the lovely new placements and linen napkins she gave me, and I can’t wait to go to Home Depot to spend the gift certificate. Detta is a very special friend and she definitely spoils me. I am a very lucky person to have a good friend like her.

On Tuesday, she insisted on putting a fresh coat of paint on the living and dining area of the cottage while I continued cleaning the bedrooms. If you ever a need a painter, hire Detta. She uses no tape and her trim job is better than any professional. Now when you enter the cottage, you are greeted with the beauty of freshly painted walls. Thank you, thank you, Detta. When we drove to the cottage early in the morning, we went with a car full of boxes. We got those unloaded and I managed to find a closet shelf for the picture albums so I could unpack those boxes and bring them home to fill again.

I had to leave Detta just after 3 pm to go pick up Jonah and Ollie . . . and Leo . . . and Kadyn . . . and Molly and Joey. I looked like the Pied Piper as we walked home. Molly and Joey live next door and just needed to stay until 4:15 when their mom got home from work. She often picks up Jonah and Ollie for Heather, so it is a great reciprocal arrangement. Kadyn comes home with Jonah on Mondays and they go to soccer practice together. And Leo just needed an adult to pick him up. He is in fourth grade and can walk home on his own, but the school requires an adult to pick up children. The kids had snacks and played in the backyard. The Huggle Pod (hanging tent) that I got Ollie for Christmas was hung this weekend and the kids love it. Jed also hung the big ball-type boat fenders and they swing on those. And, of course, Jonah and Kadyn spent their time playing sports. This time it was basketball. At 4:45 pm, I loaded J, O, and Kadyn in the car to get the boys to soccer practice and then Ollie and I headed home. Heather was in Boston and got home just after we arrived. I then headed back to the cottage with an invitation from Heather for Detta and I to come back for dinner. I hadn’t had time to think about dinner, so it was a very welcome invitation. Thank you, Heather. Jed, Jonah, and Sam left soccer practice and went straight to Scouts, so they did not join us. But Ollie enjoyed introducing his guinea pig, Zuzu, to Detta, and sharing all sorts of stories. Detta and I then went home and packed more books (still not done with book packing), and then I insisted we just sit and visit for a bit. We haven’t been together for months, so there was enough catching up to do to keep us up past midnight.

2018 Life Logs, Day 112—Bees, Birthday Brunch, Detta’s Arrival

2018 Life Logs, Day 112—Bees, Birthday Brunch, Detta’s Arrival
Date: Sunday, April 22, 2018
Weather: Beautiful Day; High Temp 52, Low 37 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA
Happy Earth Day! I was up at 6:45, getting ready to head to the Boston area. It is now 1 am on Monday, and I am just getting ready to wrap up a full day. But it was a good one. I did my part for the earth by driving north and east of Boston to Peabody to pick up bees for Heather. By the time I got them home in the late afternoon, she had to calm them down with a little sugar water, but hopefully they are fine. After picking up the bees, I headed west to the town of Westford to attend a birthday brunch for my sister-in-law, Sue. This was her 84th and she is still going strong. Three of her four children were there with their families. The brunch was fabulous and it was great to visit. Sue and Brad live in Florida and are flying home on Tuesday. But I am really hoping they will be able to come down to visit when they return in August. Happy Birthday to Sue, my niece Candi, and Candi’s granddaughter Hailey.

Once I got home, I got ready for the arrival of my good friend Detta Porat. She was a bit delayed by an accident, but once she got here, we drove to the cottage for sundowners. We then headed home to have dinner and pack, pack, pack. We filled all the boxes I have here, so will have to return to Heather and Jed’s tomorrow to get more. We plan to put in a full day of cleaning and painting tomorrow and then pack more boxes tomorrow night. Detta leaves on Tuesday morning, but I think the packing will continue until Sunday when the movers arrive.

2018 Life Logs, Day 111—All Work with a Little Play

2018 Life Logs, Day 111—All Work with a Little Play
Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Weather: Sunny and Cool; High Temp 52, Low 37 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

I am tired tonight. Heather met me at the cottage at 9:30 this morning and we cleaned until 12:30. We took a little break to go see Sam’s soccer game and then at 2 pm we returned to continue the work . . . scrubbing floors, climbing to clean windows. Heather had three extra kids are her house this afternoon and they were all staying for dinner and two were spending the night. So late afternoon, she had to leave to go get dinner for the crew. But I stayed into the evening and continued the cleaning. Then I put away the dishes and pots and pans we packed up on Thursday night. Was that really just two nights ago? Seems like many days ago. Anyway, I am exhausted and must get to bed. Early tomorrow morning I travel to the Boston area. Heather’s bees arrive tomorrow morning in Peabody (just north of Boston), so I am going to go pick them up and then drive back to Westford for the birthday brunch for my sister-in-law and niece. I’m hoping to find a parking spot in the shade so the bees won’t be too hot sitting in the car while I attend the brunch. But I can go out and check on them and will head home immediately after we eat and visit for a bit. Then tomorrow evening my good friend Detta Porat arrives. She is coming down from New Hampshire to help get the cottage ready for the move. Can’t wait to see her.

2018 Life Logs, Day 110—Turtles, Little Boys, and Birds

2018 Life Logs, Day 110—Turtles, Little Boys, and Birds
Date: Friday, April 20, 2018
Weather: Sunny and Cool; High Temp 52, Low 35 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

What do turtles, little boys, and birds have in common? The answer is . . . me. I had wonderful experiences with all three today. I met Sam, Jonah, and Ollie in Woods Hole this morning to watch the documentary film called “Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction.” Much of this film was shot here on Cape Cod because late each fall many endangered Kemp’s Ridley turtles that are cold-stunned wash up on the Cape Cod Bay side of the Cape. These turtles belong in the warmer waters of the Gulf of Mexico but get caught in currents that bring them north. When the northern summer ends and the water starts to get a bit chilly, they try to make their way back south. But because of the Cape Cod hook that forms the Cape Cod Bay, they swim in and can’t find their way. When it gets really chilly, they suffer hypothermia and get washed ashore. Over the years, a group of volunteers have been trained in how to pick them up off the beaches and get them to the Wellfleet Audubon, who in turns transports them to a facility run by the New England Aquarium. There the turtles are nursed back to health and then released back into the wild when the waters warm a bit in the spring. But in the fall of 2014, an unprecedented number of turtles were recovered and needed help. Facilities up and down the East Coast had to work together to save as many of the recovered 1,242 endangered turtles as possible. That story was the basis of the film. The boys have met the man that heads up the Wellfleet Audubon who was in the film. And last August, we participated in the release of eight Kemp’s Ridley turtles that were rehabilitated and released by the National Marine Life Center. Ollie and I have even had a tour of the Marine Life Center’s hospital for seals and turtles. These personal experiences enriched the content of the film for the boy. So, that was the turtle part of my day. I then spent the afternoon messing about with the Goldpebbles—climbing their favorite tree in Woods Hole, playing soccer at the park in Woods Hole, having lunch at Oma’s, and then going to the public library to participate in a scavenger hunt. Actually, just Ollie, with some help from Jonah, did the scavenger hunt, while Sam and Jonah curled up on a sofa and read. Ollie made some puppets of characters from the books associated with the scavenger hunt. It was just a lovely, peaceful hour in the library. So, that was the ‘little boys’ part of my day. Now we get to the birds. I took the boys home and then headed to the cottage to do some cleaning. It was late afternoon, the sun was shining, and the sound of birds was overwhelming as I got out of the car and went into the cottage. Before starting to work, I grabbed a sparkling water out of the refrigerator and headed down to a concrete patio on the adjacent property where I have located one of my little glass deck tables with chairs. It is a perfect viewing area and I just sat there and enjoyed. An egret was mucking about in the marsh, geese and ducks were swimming in the river, tiny birds of some sort were in the brush in front of me and were very brazen. They would look right at me and hop towards me before flying away. What a peaceful place. Unfortunately, I needed to get to work, but the nature break with the birds was very special. So, that was the bird part of my day. A good day. Tomorrow is all about cleaning the cottage, but maybe I’ll take a couple of bird watching nature breaks along the way.