2021 Life Logs, Day 100: More Writing

2021 Life Logs, Day 100: More Writing
Date: Saturday, April 10, 2021
Weather: Partly Sunny; High 58, Low, 47 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

What a boring human I must seem like to Shadow right now. I spend most of every day sitting at the dining table at my computer. I take breaks to take him for walks or to play ball. I’m sure he wonders what happened to that person who used to sit on the sofa with him. When I watch television now, I am on my exercise bike. So, I feel a little sorry for Shadow, but I continue to truly enjoy writing about the Voyage of Windbird. I am now writing about the eighteen days we spent in the southern Cook Islands of Rarotonga and Aitutaki. Our friends, Linda and Michael Stuart and their then thirteen-year-old son Garrett visited us while we there. Tomorrow I will write about the crew from the Survivor series who rescued us when we unsuccessfully tried to enter the lagoon on Aitutaki Island. Garrett was so excited that Survivor was rescuing us. He is now married and he and his wife Katie became parents last fall. Wow! Time does move on. And it was while we were in Rarotonga that we got the email telling us we were going to be grandparents for the first time. Now that grandchild is fourteen years old. Such wonderful memories.

Today is Day 100 of 2021. I looked back to see what I was doing on Day 100 of 2020. It was Thursday, April 9, 2020 and I was with the Goldstones packing up the last bits from 60 Vidal Avenue. The next day, Day 101 of 2020, was April 10th and the day Heather and Jed rented a moving van. The big move to 43 Grasmere Drive began. And it was on that day that I leaned over to get a box out of the back of my car when I felt the ‘pop’ in my lower back that ended up to be a herniated disc. Not my favorite memory, but at least it is a memory for now as it healed nicely over the next summer. Hard to believe it has been a full year since the Goldstones have been in their new home. We should plan some sort of celebration for tomorrow.

2021 Life Logs, Day 99: Taxes and a Scavenger Hunt

2021 Life Logs, Day 99: Taxes and a Scavenger Hunt
Date: Friday, April 9, 2021
Weather: Sunny; High 60, Low, 41 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

The day finally came when I had to stop everything and do my taxes for 2020. Somehow by the time I gathered everything and finally hit the complete button on my computer, the morning was gone and a little of the afternoon as well. It was a beautiful day which made me sorry for not doing this sooner. I could have played outside today. But at least that task is done for another year. I also realized in the process of filing my taxes that my driver’s license is expired. So, I spent the next bit of my afternoon filling out the online form to get a new license.
Then it was time to go get Ollie and head to Woods Hole. Yesterday I told him about the Woods Hole Library Spring Scavenger Hunt where you look for specific bells and weathervanes in the village. He loved the idea and wanted to go this afternoon. So away we went. There were six bells and seven weathervanes to find. We found the bells more easily than we thought we would, but the weathervanes were more challenging. The library flyer has photos of the weathervanes and we eventually found six of the seven. Since photos of the weathervanes are in the flyer, we can share the weathervane photos. We will return to find a grasshopper weathervane and take a better photo of one that was camouflaged in the branches of a tree. We found Cricket Lane, but there were no grasshoppers there!

Ollie had great fun taking photos of the finds. He commented that it has been a very long time since we have been out and about due to Covid. And he said he has missed that. He also said he had forgotten how much he loves taking photos with my camera. I really enjoyed the hunt and the fact that I did not need to take the photos. I did take a couple of Ollie with some of the bells, but I can’t share the bell photos until May when the Scavenger Hunt ends. We wouldn’t want to give away the secrets to fellow scavengers. This is a great activity for adults as well as kids. Ollie and I spent an hour and a half of intense searching. The section of Woods Hole included in the hunt is not that big, but it really takes an eagle eye to find the treasures. And the clues for the bells definitely need an adult’s knowledge, as well as some inside Woods Hole in-the-know.

2021 Life Logs, Day 98: Puzzling and Editing

2021 Life Logs, Day 98: Puzzling and Editing
Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 57, Low, 39 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

All winter, and now into the spring, I have kept a jigsaw puzzle on my dining table next to my computer. I write, get up and put in a couple of pieces of a puzzle, write some more, take the dog for a walk, write some more, put a few more pieces of the puzzle in place, and on and on. But today I was close to finishing the puzzle and spent more time puzzling that I should have. I finished Chapter 13 last night and today I have finished doing the first read through of that chapter, making edits as I go. Editing is a slow, tedious process, and this chapter about our time in the Society Islands in French Polynesia was even more tedious because of the spelling of the mixed French and Polynesian words. When I wrote my logs at the time, I did not have Google at my fingertips to check on the various spellings of the places we visited. Now I do, but it takes time. I will do one more read through tomorrow morning and then move on. In number of days, I am three-quarters of the way through Year One of the Voyage of Windbird. Only five and one quarter years to go!!!

2021 Life Logs, Day 97: Happy Birthday, Ziggy

2021 Life Logs, Day 97: Happy Birthday, Ziggy
Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Weather: Mostly Sunny AM, Mostly Cloudy PM; High 56, Low, 41 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA


Ziggy Milo Handley turned 12 years old today. Oh, my. One more year and he’ll be a teenager. Jonah is hot on his heels as he will turn 12 in June. My grandchildren are growing up way too fast. Ziggy got to take the day off school and the whole family went to a trampoline park. Since other children were in school, they only had to share they whole park with two other families and they had a great time. Coco got Ziggy a stuffed lamb that he loved. Jo says he is obsessed with lambs. And he got a Bob Ross bobble head mini-figure. I had to ask, “Who is Bob Ross?” Evidently he was an American painter who had a wildly popular program on PBS in the 1980’s called The Joy of Painting. I am constantly amazed that my grandchildren have much greater pop culture knowledge of the 1970’s and 1980’s than I do. I sent Ziggy a portable basketball hoop. He is not a kid that is into sports, but Justin is hoping that he can get Ziggy interested in taking breaks from his computer programming and play basketball with him. Evidently Coco made more baskets today than Justin, so maybe she can get Ziggy to play.
While they were setting up the hoop, their pot-bellied pig named Rabbit was the first to check it out. Justin sent me a photo of that—a Puerto Rican basketball playing pot-bellied pig. Made my day! When they called tonight so I could sing Happy Birthday to Ziggy, Jo was cutting the birthday cake. Chocolate on chocolate. It looked delicious. Happy Birthday, Ziggy.

I got up bright and early this morning and put a pot of chicken mineral broth on to burble for the day. Once that was on, I spent the morning finishing up Chapter 13 of The Voyage of Windbird and am now on to Chapter 14 which will take me to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. After I finished, I headed to Hyannis to Home Depot to buy a new faucet for my kitchen sink. Then I rushed home to pick Ollie up after school. Then I drove to Woods Hole to the Woods Hole Library to pick up information on an April Scavenger Hunt and got home five minutes late for a Zoom ‘house party’ question and answer session with Onjale Scott Price, a young woman of color who is running for a position on the Falmouth Select Board. She is most impressive and will definitely get my vote. It was a busy and productive day.

2021 Life Logs, Day 96: Making Money Back

2021 Life Logs, Day 96: Making Money Back
Date: Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Weather: Overcast AM, Partly Sunny PM; High 56, Low, 41 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Today was a day of making money ‘back’. It was money I have spent, but today I took the time to assure that I will get it back. First, I sent the necessary paperwork to Honda to assure that I will get back the $1700+ that I spent on replacing both of my front drive shaft assemblies on my Honda Fit. Honda assures me the work I had done makes the vehicle safe and they will foot the bill. Both pieces of good news. Then I went on to Priceline. In January of last year I made a reservation on United Airlines through Priceline to attend a Willie Nelson concert in Lexington, Kentucky in April. As we all know, Covid was raging in April of last year and I cancelled the flight. At the time, I was told by United that I could not be reimbursed the $318 I had paid for the flight. They did say that I could make a new reservation within 15 months of the date I had purchased the ticket. Well, I purchased the ticket on January 3 of 2020 and today I realized that was 15 months ago. I called Priceline anyway. They talked to United and now I have until March 31 of 2022 to make a reservation. Hopefully by that time I will feel safe enough to fly somewhere!

My day started on a more negative note. I had an 11 am dental cleaning appointment, but I realized last night that I did not have the Amoxicillin that I have to take before any dental work due to my knee replacement. I could not even find the prescription bottle. I called CVS, but they had no record of that prescription. I left a message for the dentist. Then this morning, I called the dentist office and found out they could not issue a prescription. It had to come from the orthopedic surgeon. I called that office and left messages. When I didn’t hear back by 9:15 am, I called to reschedule the dental cleaning. At 10:15 am I did get a call from the orthopedic surgeon’s office apologizing for not getting back to me sooner. I accepted their apology but knew it was my own stupidity that caused the problem in the first place. I should have made sure I had the Amoxicillin before 8 pm last night! But all is well that ends well. I have a dental cleaning appointment on Thursday, and I have the Amoxicillin in hand.
The weather has been interesting over the past few days. The high and low temperatures have been the same, but cloudy skies and wind have caused it to feel cooler than the temps would indicate. Finally, this afternoon the sun came out and it felt warm—same temp, just no wind. By the time I picked Ollie up after school, you did not even need a jacket. I took Jonah to the skatepark and Ollie rode along. I then went to fill up my empty gas tank, took Ollie home for his violin lesson, and then went back to the skatepark to wait for Jonah to finish up. Then it was home to play ball outside with Shadow.

By 5:30 pm, I was back to writing and finished up at 7:45 pm. I was oh so close to finishing Chapter 13, but I did not quite make it. That will happen tomorrow. I have had a lot of distractions in the past few days, and I wanted to make sure that what I had written about the time that Mark’s sister Mary Ellen and brother-in-law Lee were with us was just right. This evening when I wrote about taking them to the airport in Bora Bora to fly home, I really felt sad. Mark and I had a wonderful time with them in Tahiti, Moorea, Raiatea, and finally in Bora Bora. I think I finally got it right, so tomorrow on to Chapter 14. But I have to admit, if had the money, I would fly to Tahiti, charter a sailboat, and sail through those islands again.
Or maybe I would just fly to Bora Bora and spent time in one of those little tiki hut hotel rooms out over the water. And speaking of water, the colors of the shallow lagoon in Bora Bora challenged me. I was not sure what color name to use to describe it. I’m attaching a photo for those of you who read this online. If you can name the color, let me know. Bora Bora was a fabulous destination.