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.

2019 Life Logs, Day 71: Out and About

2019 Life Logs, Day 71: Out and About
Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Weather: Sunny; High 44, Low 32 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Good news. The physical therapist, Annie, came today and declared that I am ready to be released. She will come on Thursday or Friday to finalize, but it is now up to me to keep up the exercise until I start with the outpatient physical therapy next week. After that I visited with Shirley and Doris next door and then went to pick up Jonah and Ollie after school. It was good to be out and about in the sunshine.

2019 Life Logs, Day 70: Sunshine is Back

2019 Life Logs, Day 70: Sunshine is Back
Date: Monday, March 11, 2019
Weather: Sunny and Windy; High 48, Low 35 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Whew! The dreariness of yesterday went away overnight. For the next ten days it looks like we will have mostly sunny days with high temps in the 40’s with lows in the 20’s and 30’s F. The only exception is this Friday with a high in the 50’s but rain. One rainy day out of ten is not bad. I’ll take it. My life continues to deal with just the basics–get up, exercise, shower, eat, ice knee while resting and reading, start over, and then start over again. Then I get to do a bit of cooking for dinner, eat, ice knee while watching cable news and reading. Today I did walk next door to visit by neighbors Shirley and Doris, but only Doris was at home. Shirley was at a meeting of her fellow hookers—rug hookers. Shirley has hooked some beautiful rugs over the years and really enjoys meeting with her group. Tomorrow will be a bit busier as I the physical therapist visits and I will be picking up Ollie and Jonah after school. Plus, I will try to fit in another visit next door so I can see Shirley, as she and Doris leave on Thursday for a few weeks’ stay at Doris’ home in Scituate.

My knee surgery was two weeks ago today and I am pleased with the progress so far. There is still internal swelling, thus the need to keep my leg up with ice on it as much as possible, but the tight feeling caused by the swelling loosens just a little bit more each day. I am so thankful that I can drive now, but I will continue to take things slowly.

2019 Life Logs, Day 69: Drizzly, Dreary Day

2019 Life Logs, Day 69: Drizzly, Dreary Day
Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019
Weather: Skiff of Snow Early, Rain and Wind; High 46, Low 27 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Today was drizzly and dreary . . . definitely a good day to curl up with a good book. So, I did. I can’t really ‘curl up’ as my knee needs to be kept straight much of the time, but I did the best I could. I have handled being homebound in stride, but the dreariness today got to me. I had planned to walk across the driveway to visit with my neighbors Shirley and Doris, but I got a call from my friend and their niece Karen telling me that their concrete drive-way pad was very slick and that if I were contemplating a visit, maybe I should wait until tomorrow. I also got an invitation from Heather to join her at Jonah and Ollie’s Cub Scout Pinewood Derby competition. But that was an all afternoon affair, and I decided I needed to stay home to exercise and ice the knee. Thanks to Heather for sending some photos of the event. Otherwise, I did some aquarium cleaning and made a new batch of kombucha. That was it for me today.