2018 Life Logs, Day 109—Cleaning, Packing, and Grandkid Care

2018 Life Logs, Day 109—Cleaning, Packing, and Grandkid Care
Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018
Weather: Rainy Day; High Temp 42, Low 34 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

A great deal of today was spent cleaning the cottage and packing for the move. Jed kept the boys until 1:15 when I picked up Ollie. He was playing on the public library lawn, observing our town turkeys that were hanging out there. Ollie and I stayed and watched the turkeys and then headed to my place so I could get some lunch while Jed took Jonah and Sam to the dentist to have their teeth cleaned. Then Ollie and I headed to Woods Hole to pick up S & J. But we only came home with Sam. Jed invited Jonah to stay and have some ‘lab time’ with daddy. Ollie and Sam played while I prepped dinner, and then Heather arrived and the packing frenzy began. Once Jed arrived, he took over getting dinner ready while Heather and I continued to pack. I now have lots of plastic bins that I can deliver to the cottage, but before doing that, I need to complete the cleaning. So, the race is on.

Tomorrow morning I meet the boys in Woods Hole for another Woods Hole Oceanograpic sponsored film. In the morning we watch ‘Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction’. Last summer we adopted a Rachel Carseal and got to see her successful release back into the sea. So I am really looking forward to seeing this film and learning more about our turtle friends. After the film, I will then take the boys home with me. We’ll have lunch and then at some point in the afternoon, Jed will come home to take over child care and I’ll head back to the cottage to continue cleaning. Heather has offered to come help with the cleaning on Saturday and that will be so helpful. Thank you, Heather. Jonah has a soccer game mid-day, so we might have to take a break to see the game. Then on Sunday I head to the Boston area to celebrate my niece’s 60th and my sister-in-law’s 84th. Plenty to keep me busy

2018 Life Logs, Day 108—Ten-Day Countdown

2018 Life Logs, Day 108—Ten-Day Countdown
Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Weather: Mostly Sunny and Still Windy; High Temp 47, Low 39 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Jed stayed home with the boys this morning while I contacted movers and looked more seriously at new flooring for the cottage. I was successful on the first count. I will be moving on Sunday, April 29. So tomorrow starts the ten-day count down. On the issue of new flooring, it was just too ambitious on my part to think I could get this done before moving in. So, the move will be made and changes in flooring will require moving furniture around. I am disappointed, but maybe I can learn to live with an ugly army green tile floor . . . or find creative ways of covering it up. I am not a fan of carpeting, but I will search for area rugs for now.

I spent the afternoon with the Sam, Jonah, and Ollie. It was a sunny day which convinced them it was warm. I thought otherwise, but they played outside all afternoon in shorts and barefeet. Well, Sam and Jonah did that. Because Ollie seems to be getting a cold, Jed asked him to leave on his long pants and shoes. The boys had an outdoor picnic and played baseball. Sure signs of spring. Then at 4 pm, we got ready to head to the soccer field. Sam’s team that Jed coaches had a visiting coach this afternoon and Jonah joined in. Ollie rode his bicycle at the field, racing back and forth, up a hill and back down again, for 30 straight minutes, and then he wanted to come to my house and ride in the long parking lot next door. He convinced me that I needed to get my bike and ride with him, which I did, but the wind on the harbor was fierce. We did that for another 30 minutes and then headed home to get dinner. Ollie was exhausted and as soon as dinner was over, he went to the sofa and fell fast asleep. I only regretted that I couldn’t curl up with him. I was exhausted from fighting the wind all day.

Tomorrow I will head to the cottage early and do some cleaning and then meet Jed and boys in Woods Hole in the early afternoon. Sam and Jonah have another dentist appointment, this time for cleaning. Then I’ll head home with the boys while Jed goes to work. Unfortunately, tomorrow looks like another rainy day, so afternoon play will probably be inside.

2018 Life Logs, Day 107—Moving Sooner Rather Than Later

2018 Life Logs, Day 107—Moving Sooner Rather Than Later
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Weather: Mix of Sun and Clouds Plus Wind; High Temp 47, Low 35 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Ouch! I finally heard back from my current landlord saying that moving out by May 1st would be “perfect” but that if that is hardship, I have until May 15. I will spend tomorrow morning contacting movers to see if a May 1 move is possible, but one way or another, I need to get moving!

I spent today with Jonah and Ollie. Sam went to work with his dad to work on his science project. The question Sam has been exploring is whether microwaves affect the growth of E. coli bacteria and he needed the equipment in his dad’s lab to do this. So while Sam and Jed were in Woods Hole conducting experiments, Jonah, Ollie, and I stayed at home and played. Then in the afternoon, we packed up our bicycles and drove to the bike path. We hopped on our bikes and rode against the chilly wind to Woods Hole. Sam and Jonah had mid-afternoon dental check-ups. Our bike ride was only a couple of miles, but all three of us had ‘rubber’ legs when we arrived. We rode fast and being our first bike ride of any length since the fall, we felt it. After the dental appointments, we all went to Coffee O and had a sweet treat just to celebrate the afternoon. Then Sam and Jed went back to the lab and Ollie, Jonah, and I did our return bike trip. When we got back to the car, parked at Trunk River, the boys had to do the requisite walking on rocks that line the river. It is super shallow, so even if they fell in, they would have been fine. But they were successful, and very happy about it, and then we headed home.
Tomorrow morning Jed will stay with the boys while I make calls to moving companies and s research on flooring options for the cottage. Then I will have the boys for the afternoon and early evening. Heather will end two very long work days tomorrow evening and I think Thursday and Friday she will be back to normal hours.

I was very saddened tonight to learn of the death of Barbara Bush. I didn’t fully appreciate her being until I read her memoir a few years ago. It is one of my all-time favorite books. Being a 1970’s liberated woman, I had always looked at her as a not so independent woman. She never had a career and spent her whole life as a wife and mother. But in reading her book, I learned that her life choices had been just as liberated as mine, just in a different way. We had way more in common than not, and I learned so much from reading about her life. She was a rock, a pillar of strength—an amazing woman. And if you haven’t read her memoir, I highly recommend that you do.

2018 Life Logs, Day 106—Patriots’ Day

2018 Life Logs, Day 106—Patriots’ Day
Date: Monday, April 16, 2018
Weather: Overcast with Buckets of Rain; High Temp 53, Low 40 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

The third Monday of April is Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts. This is an official state holiday commemorating the first battles of the American Revolution in Lexington and Concord. The observance of this holiday began in the 1960’s, but the Boston Marathon which is run on the same day, began in 1897. This day is also the beginning of the spring school vacation week here in Falmouth. So today was a big day. Jonah, Ollie, and I began our day attending a Woods Hole Oceanographic sponsored film, “The March of the Penguins.” This was shown in the auditorium in Redfield, the building in which Jed works. He and Sam were in Jed’s lab working on a school science project while we watched the film. A block away, Heather was at work in her office. The film was about Emperor penguins and their annual march inland, away from the sea, to where they mate and raise their young. It was beautifully presented, and who doesn’t love penguins? After the film, a penguin scientist shared his research with us and answered questions. Great way to start the week. Then we all converged on the Captain Kidd for lunch. After lunch, we all headed to the cottage, the little house that I will soon occupy. I wanted to get Heather and Jed’s opinion on just how hard it would be to lay wood laminate flooring. They have done this and their input was very helpful. Unfortunately, it will be harder and more time consuming that I had hoped. So, I am going to look into other alternatives. Stay tuned on that one.

It was a rainy, rainy day here, but that doesn’t stop little boys. While Heather, Jed, and I were in the cottage discussing flooring, the boys were exploring. They tromped through the woods next to the cottage and down to the water where they found a little peninsula that is dry at high tide. And, of course, they insisted on taking all of us on a tour. We all went to the dock where I can keep a small boat and kayaks. I wanted Jed to check the integrity of the dock, but boys are also very useful in that department. They jump, leap, and shake everything making sure it is secure. But we had a visitor today . . . a swan who watched every move we made. Later when we walked out on the peninsula, I saw the reason why the swan was so ‘watchful’. I saw a second swan sitting on what looked like a nest just across from the dock. I think our visitor was a male watching over things. It will be interesting to watch this couple in the next few weeks.

Jonah and Ollie then went home with me for the rest of the afternoon. As we walked from the parking area to my apartment, it was pouring rain and Jonah was singing, “Singin’ in the Rain.” He loves watching snipits from old musicals on YouTube and this is one of his favorites. So, he insisted that we get an umbrella. We did and then he assigned roles to Ollie and I and he staged a full production in the yard. By this time, it was really pouring rain, but I played my role as the policeman from the movie scene. A guy who lives here walked by us and asked me what in the world we were doing. I simply replied, “Singing in the Rain.” And he replied, “Good day for that.”

2018 Life Logs, Day 105—Fun Evening with the Goldstones

2018 Life Logs, Day 105—Fun Evening with the Goldstones
Date: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Weather: Overcast and Chilly; High Temp 41, Low 36 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

I think I am still in the ‘deer in the headlights’ stage of my upcoming move. I got up and did some organizing here and then headed to the cottage. I didn’t get a lot done, but I came up with a plan for cleaning the place from floor to ceiling. I cleaned one window and found I didn’t have everything with me that I needed. So not much physical progress, but I do have a better idea of how to approach things.

On my way home, I went food shopping for dinner. Earlier in the day I had invited Heather and gang over for dinner and the boys requested artichokes. I added corn on the cob, scallops wrapped in bacon, and strawberry shortcake to their request. I know it is not summer, but it brightens my days to pretend it is! We had a nice dinner together and since tomorrow is a vacation day, we let the kids play after dinner while we sat at the table and talked. Then we watched a Ninja challenge on TV. Tomorrow morning, even though it is a vacation day, both Heather and Jed need to go into work for a couple of hours, so Heather will take the boys to work with her and then I will come get Jonah and Ollie and walk down the street to watch the Woods Hole Oceanographic sponsored film, March of the Penguins. Sam will go with his dad to work on his science project in Jed’s lab. Not sure what we will do in the afternoon, but we need to do something to brighten what promises to be a rainy, rainy day.