2017 Life Logs, Day 227: Time and Money

2017 Life Logs, Day 227: Time and Money
Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Weather: Partly Cloudy with Some Rain; High 80, Low 66 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Naturally I miss those Goldpebbles that have been my companions this summer, but I also am enjoying my little vacation from Camp Oma. I spent my day doing ordinary things—a little house cleaning, a little shopping, but basically nothing of what I would regard as important. I enjoyed doing those ordinary things, but at one point, I felt like time was slipping through my fingers. I tried to make a comparison of time and money, as both can so easily slip away, but then I realized my comparison didn’t hold water. Time is elusive. There is no way to bottle it or invest it like you can do with money. You can protect your money and make sure it doesn’t slip away. Time, however, just keeps ticking away. It is up to each person to make the best of it every moment of every day. Some days are grander than others, but the real determination of grandness is whether or not you enjoyed your day. I enjoyed my ordinary day, and have now justified it to you as grand. And I look forward to another grand day tomorrow!

2017 Life Logs, Day 226: Active Day

2017 Life Logs, Day 226: Active Day
Date: Monday, August 14, 2017
Weather: Partly Sunny; High 80, Low 65 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Since the Goldstones are in Norway/Sweden on vacation, I am on vacation from my summer ‘job’ as director of Camp Oma. And I attacked this second day of vacation with vigor. It was an active day. I went to my favorite class at the gym at 9:15 am. It went a little longer than usual, so I didn’t get home until 10:40. I made a quick high protein smoothie and headed out the door with my bike to meet Jane Woodin for a bike ride on the Shining Sea Bike Path in West Falmouth. I have often walked this part of the bike path with Jane and Olivia, but have only biked this section once before with my biking buddy, Jane. I love the views of Vineyard Sound from the bike path as it heads to Woods Hole, but I think the stretch we biked today is my very favorite. I know it is Jane’s favorite.

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As you ride along, you are looking out over the Great Sippewissett Marsh leading to Buzzards Bay. It is serene and beautiful.

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After the bike ride, which began and ended at Jane’s house in West Falmouth, she invited me to sit on her deck and have a glass of iced tea before we headed our separate ways. There is a small bird house on one end of the deck and there are three tiny little wrens that wait at the bird house entrance for their momma to return with food. I should have taken a photo of those three little open beaks, so cute, but my camera was in the car and I knew if I went to get it, the little guys would most definitely recede into the back of the nest. So, no photo today. But sitting on the deck drinking tea, talking to Jane, and watching the monarchs and swallowtails was a lovely end to a nice bike ride. I left Bruce and Jane’s and went to Heather and Jed’s to get the mail, check on the garden, and pick the tiny tomatoes that Heather loves to roast and freeze for a taste of summer in mid-winter. Somehow these teeny tiny tomatoes pack a powerful flavor much greater than their size. The yield today after roasting was a little less than a pint, but that will make one meal for them.

I don’t have plans for tomorrow. I’ll just see where the day leads me.

2017 Life Logs, Day 225: Beautiful Day for a Sail

2017 Life Logs, Day 225: Beautiful Day for a Sail
Date: Sunday, August 13, 2017
Weather: Sunny, Wind 10-12 WSE, SW; High 82, Low 62 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

It was a beautiful day for a sail in West Falmouth Harbor with Bruce and Jane Woodin on Pooh. We thought we were going to head out into Buzzards Bay and there was enough wind that we started out with the sail reefed. Our first mission was to give me a complete tour of the harbor. Bruce and Jane have sailed here for over 30 years, so they have the local knowledge. There is the part of the harbor where most of the boats are anchored, there is a part close to the Chapaquoit marsh, and there is another area just before you head outside the breakwall. All of this is navigable at or near high tide as it was today, but there are underwater rocks that you have to know about. Hopefully I will remember all that I was taught today and can convey the knowledge on to Heather and Jed. We all enjoyed a lazy, and sometimes hazy, day on the water. And by the time we completed our harbor sailing and started to head outside, the wind had picked up and there were white caps and a bit of a fog rolling in. So, we decided to just continue sailing about inside. And it was on our second foray back to the marsh area that we found a pair of loons—always a thrill to see. Thank you, Bruce and Jane, for such a delightful day.

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When I got home from the sail, I got a text from Jed saying they had made it to Oslo. He said the train ride from Bergen was beautiful. But no one got a lot of sleep on the plane or the train, so they were settling in for the night. Justin, Ziggy, and Coco also called. They had a surprise they wanted to show me, so we got on Skype video. The surprise was a new pet—a miniature piglet they have named Rabbit. Evidently, they went into a pet store to buy a plant for the fish aquarium and came out with a pig! I told Justin I thought this takes a very special talent. Ziggy and Coco started school last week, so we’ll just call this an end-of-the-first-week-of-school present. They don’t really need another pet, but I must admit that it is adorable. Then after the phone call, I treated to myself to a local feast. A friend gave Bruce clams and since Jane doesn’t like them and he didn’t want to bother fixing them for himself, he gave them to me. Yesterday Heather gave me some green tomatoes and green beans from her garden. So, I had clams, green beans, and fried green tomatoes. And a peach for dessert. Heather also gave me the peach and I didn’t ask where she got it. But it was the best peach I have had in a very long time. Yummy dinner!

2017 Life Logs, Day 224: Goldstones Head to Norway and Sweden

2017 Life Logs, Day 224: Goldstones Head to Norway and Sweden
Date: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Weather: Overcast with Rain; High 73, Low 61 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

At 8:15 pm I got a text from Heather with a photo of her and her seatmates, Ollie and Jonah. They were on the plane waiting for the 8:50 pm take-off. And then I got a text from Jed with a photo of him with his seatmate, Sam. So hopefully they are now on their way to Bergen, Norway. They will arrive there around 10 am tomorrow morning local Bergen time, but that is 3 am our time. Heather and Jed are hoping that the boys will sleep for most of the six hour flight and be ready to go when they arrive. Good plan—just hope it works. When they arrive in Bergen, they will make their way from the airport to the train station, and then head the seven hours across the mountains to Oslo. They will spend two days there before heading across the border to Sweden, the main destination for the two weeks. I drove the Goldstones to the airport in Providence, Rhode Island, and we had hoped to have dinner together in the airport at a tavern located outside security. For some reason that no one could explain to us, it was closed this evening. So, we said our farewells and I headed home. I sure will miss those little rascals, but at the same time I am looking forward to some ‘big girl’ time. I got a call from Bruce and Jane Woodin this morning inviting me to come sailing with them tomorrow. I’m looking forward to that!

2017 Life Logs, Day 223: Miscommunication

2017 Life Logs, Day 223: Miscommunication
Date: Friday, August 11, 2017
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 78, Low 65 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Due to a miscommunication, my plans for the next two weeks have changed. Last Saturday I had a conversation with Heather and Jed about their plans for getting to the airport tomorrow for their flight to Norway and on to Sweden. I learned that they were flying out of Providence, Rhode Island, and not Boston, and would need to get to the airport by 7 o’clock. I assumed AM, but I found out this morning they meant PM. In that original conversation, I offered to take them to the airport with the hopes that I could travel on to Nyack, New York, to visit with friends, Ed and Lynne. Long story short, I arranged that visit, knowing that I would have to head home early on Monday as Ed has chemo that day. It has been a very busy week with no time to talk, so this morning is the first time I have had a chance to talk to Heather or Jed about what time we might leave for the airport in the morning. In talking with Heather, it became evident that we were not leaving for the airport until late afternoon. Lynne is famous for saying, “Make plans, but then life happens.” Well, I made plans, but my stupidity in not understanding the Goldstone flight time changes everything. I’ll still be taking them to the airport, but I will then return home. I’ll now be visiting with Ed and Lynne on August 22 to August 24. I feel terrible that I had them prepare for a visit this weekend, but I look forward to our visit in a week and few days. But I will still take the Goldstones to the airport in Providence and then return home. Camp Oma is on hold for the two weeks they are in Sweden and will start again on Monday, August 28, when they return.

Today was the last day of soccer camp. For this final day, Sam on Team Brazil and Jonah was on Team USA.Ollie designed a t-shirt to cheer on both teams. I think both Sam and Jonah enjoyed this week of soccer, but they will now put soccer on the back burner until the fall season starts. We left the soccer field and came home to my house to celebrate with a ‘make your own personal pizza’ lunch. Then I took the boys home to play. We spent some time working on their summer journals to get them ready to travel to Sweden with them. Boys being boys, they aren’t terribly excited about journaling while on vacation. But some of their drawings capturing summer activities to date are great, so I’m hoping they will capture a few highlights of their time in Norway and Sweden to share when they return. Here are a few of their journal entries from this summer.