2019 Life Logs, Day 324: Busy Day

2019 Life Logs, Day 324: Busy Day
Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Weather: Overcast with Rain; High 51, Low 34 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

In between watching today’s Impeachment Hearing proceedings and tonight’s Democratic Presidential Debate, I had a busy day. My day started at 7:15 am when Shadow gently woke me up. He slept through the night, so no middle of the night trips outside to go potty for the second night in a row. Yahoo! I spent the morning with the puppy, then things got busy. At 11:30, the Baranowski’s picked me up and we went to the MIT Club of Cape Cod Luncheon as the guests of another friend, Karen Epstein.
Heather was the guest speaker and she very skillfully addressed a critical issue in our country—the fact that our basic knowledge of scientific truths is under attack and how we prevail. In fact, I believe we can extend that to say that our knowledge of all truths is under attack. There is no clear path forward, but Heather laid out some positive steps to get us started.
Attending the luncheon meant I had to be away from Shadow for three hours. And I wasn’t home long until it was time to leave again, this time to take Ollie to his violin lesson. So Shadow was left alone for too many hours today. Tomorrow night and Friday night, I have dinner engagements.
After today, I was feeling very guilty about leaving the puppy, but Heather and boys invited Shadow to their house on both evenings so he doesn’t have to be alone. And hopefully it will be fun for everyone.

2019 Life Logs, Day 323: Life with Shadow, Day Three

2019 Life Logs, Day 323: Life with Shadow, Day Three
Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Weather: Mostly Cloudy; High 55, Low 38 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

If I count Sunday when Shadow first arrived as Day One, today was Day Three. And already I feel those growing pangs that all parents feel. He is maturing so quickly. He is no longer the little puppy that arrived on Sunday. On Sunday, he had never been outside before. He had never worn a collar or been on a leash. Already, he can walk just a little behind me on the leash and he loves to romp outside. Yesterday when I threw a ball, he retrieved it but wouldn’t bring it to me. Already, today, he brings the ball to me. My friend Detta just reminded me via text that I need to get video of him before he matures too much. So that will be my goal tomorrow. I feel very much like a new mother, just after the birth of a baby. Many of the personal freedoms I enjoyed before Shadow are gone, but the tradeoff is certainly worth it. I have to put Shadow in the crate so I can take a shower or when I need to go out shopping. I’m used to coming and going at will, but that has all changed. This afternoon, I had a Wine Group gathering from 4 until 6 pm. I hated to leave him so long, so Jonah offered to come over after school for an hour. I was so grateful. Ollie and Sam had after school activities, so Jonah would have been alone at home anyway. So, this was perfect and gave me peace of mind. I instructed Jonah to put Shadow in the crate when he left and when I got home, the puppy was just fine. Day by day, we will grow into this partnership together.

Karen Baranowski came over to meet Shadow late morning and they bonded immediately. He had also met the guy who picks up my compost earlier in the morning and he seems to love meeting new people. Right now he is sleeping on the sofa beside me as I write this log and watch news of today’s Impeachment hearings. Life is good.

2019 Life Logs, Day 322: Life with a Puppy

2019 Life Logs, Day 322:  Life with a Puppy
Date:  Monday, November 18, 2019
Weather:  Rain and Wind; High 50, Low 38 degrees F
Location:  At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Life is certainly changed by having a young puppy, but changed in a delightful way.  Shadow continues to be a star pupil.  When I take him outside to go potty, he goes instantly for which he gets lavish praise and treats.  He slept through the night, but only until 5:45 am.  That was a full six hours, not enough sleep for me, but still I was so very pleased that I didn’t have to get up with him in the middle of the night.  We stayed up and played until 7:30 and then we went back to sleep and didn’t get up until 10:30!  I really needed to go out and do some puppy shopping today, but I decided that since I was going to Mah Jongg class tonight that I would stay home all day with Shadow.  I put him in the crate while I took a shower.  He was unhappy about that at first, but finally stopped whining.  At 4:30, I packed up Shadow’s puppy bag with treats and dinner and put him in his crate with his toys and chews and took him over to Heather and Jed’s.  Heather had meetings all afternoon and evening and Jed needed help delivering Ollie to Scouts.  He had to take Jonah downtown with his Scout troop to lead the Pledge of Allegiance for the opening of a town meeting.  They had to leave by 5:15, so I took Shadow over a little early so Jonah would get to play with him for a few minutes before he left.  The boys truly enjoy Shadow and he enjoys them.  It is a winning combination.  After delivering Ollie to his Scout meeting, I took Shadow home and I then went to my Mah Jongg class.  This meant leaving the puppy alone in his crate for three hours, but he seemed to be just fine when I got home.  I have played with him since getting home and will not head to bed with him so we can hopefully repeat last night’s 11:45 pm to 5:45 am sleep through the night.  So far, I am elated with Shadow’s adjustment to his new life with me.

2019 Life Logs, Day 321: Welcome to My Little Moon Shadow

2019 Life Logs, Day 321: Welcome to My Little Moon Shadow
Date: Sunday, November 17, 2019
Weather: Mostly Cloudy; High 46, Low 43 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

I have a new partner, my little Australian Labradoodle that we named Mr. Moon Shadow, but call him just Shadow. After meeting his godparents, Tom and Detta Porat, in Foxboro and picking up all of the puppy gear one could dream of, I returned to the Cape and picked-up Moon Shadow. He is gorgeous, alert, responsive, and incredibly adaptable. His first day was amazing. I put him in his crate in the car and left the breeder’s home not knowing what to expect. He started to whimper, so I turned on the radio and who but my daughter was on the air. He listened intently and by the time her show was over, we were home. I brought him in the house and let him explore a bit and then I took him outside to go potty. And he did it! What a good puppy. About that time, I got a text from Heather asking if it was too early for visitors. Of course not. So she and Sam stopped by on their way home from Hyannis. Shadow loved both of them. He loved cuddling with Heather and romping outside with Sam. He finally cuddled up to Sam and went to sleep. Not long after, Jed arrived with Ollie and Jonah. They had been ice skating and were super anxious to be with Shadow. Heather and Jed had things to do, so I suggested that they leave the boys to play with the puppy.
I don’t know who had a better time, the boys or the puppy. Let’s just say they all had a great afternoon and everyone bonded. We fed Shadow his dinner and put him in his crate while we had dinner, and after a few whimpers, he fell asleep giving us time to enjoy dinner. Ollie even loves being a pooper scooper! What more could I ask for? I am so grateful to the Goldpebbles for making Shadow’s first day so much fun. He is off to a fantastic start. Now, I just have to hope I don’t screw this up.


I guess the real test will be tonight. Let’s hope this perfect puppy sleeps through the night. That was a joke as I’m sure it won’t happen. Needless to say, I have fallen in love, so even if I have to take him outside to potty a couple of times during the night, hopefully it won’t be too painful.

2019 Life Logs, Day 320: A Little Gardening and Puppy Preparations

2019 Life Logs, Day 320:  A Little Gardening and Puppy Preparations
Date:  Saturday, November 16, 2019
Weather:  Mostly Sunny, Windy, and Cold; High 38, Low 26 degrees F
Location:  At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

It is forecast to be warmer over the next few days than it was today, but I woke up this morning realizing that I had never harvested the potatoes that I had planted in fiber bags at Heather’s in the late spring.  So, I decided, cold or not, today was the day to find out if the experiment of planting the potatoes in the fiber bags worked.  When I arrived at Heather’s to do this, that spurred her come out in the cold to pull up the tomato cages and put them to rest for the winter.  And we decided to plant garlic.  It must be a genetic thing that we would choose the coldest and windiest day in the forecast to do this . . . but do it we did.  The potato yield was hardly worth the effort, but at least we will have our own potatoes for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.  The bags were in a shady area and obviously the potatoes needed more sun.  We’ll have to adjust the location next year and see if we get a better yield.

A little later in the afternoon, Ollie, Jonah, Sam, and I headed to the local pet center to buy chewys and toys for my puppy that arrives tomorrow.  We then traveled on to Main Street to Ryan Amusements where Sam was going for a 4 pm bowling party and Ollie, Jonah, and I were going to spend some time in the arcade.  We did that and then Jonah, Ollie, and I went to the grocery store on the way home.  Sam stayed behind as the birthday party was moving from the bowling alley to the friend’s home for an overnight.  At the grocery story, we bought artichokes for dinner and meat to cook for treats for the puppy.  Heather and Jed went out on a ‘date’ with friends this afternoon and evening, so I invited Ollie and Jonah for an overnight so we could do the last preparations for the puppy.

The little male Australian Labradoodle that I have decided on is totally black.  We started out calling him Obi as in Obi-wan Kanobi from Star Wars.  Then at Ollie’s suggestion, we switched to Midnight.  Tonight at bedtime, Jonah said that he thought Shadow would be a good name and Ollie and I agreed.  I think that might be the just right name.  It will be Me and My Shadow, a song made popular by Peggy Lee when I was in elementary school.  In the morning, I take the boys home early and head north to meet Tom and Detta Porat in Foxborough.  They have a lot of puppy equipment to loan me and since they are traveling to Connecticut tomorrow, we picked a meeting place convenient to all.  I will then drive home with the equipment, drop it off, and go pick up the puppy.  Jonah has requested that this be a family affair, so I will have to check with Heather and Jed tomorrow morning to see if that will work out for them.  In any case, later in the afternoon, the Goldstones will come over for dinner and a proper puppy introduction.  It should be an exciting day.

2019 Life Logs, Day 319: Happy Friday

2019 Life Logs, Day 319: Happy Friday
Date: Friday, November 15, 2019
Weather: Partly Sunny; High 54, Low 28 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

It’s always a good day when you get to talk to one of your children for an extended period of time. Justin called around noon and we must have been on the phone for almost an hour catching up on what is happening in our lives. Things are good for Justin and Jo and kids right now. Business is stable, the kids are happy in school, their Silver Mouse music life is going well, the house has a new ceiling and a roof that is sealed so moisture can’t seep through, and they are working on reviving the garden. Justin and Jo have an album I have never heard, but I forgot to ask how I can listen to it. When I find out, I’ll share that information with you. Recently their newest album, Earthadelik, was given a great review by Stickman! Justin and Jo’s response was, “How humbling – truly – to be seen, and to have our work so deeply acknowledged and supported.” For those you who might be interested in reading more about their music life, I have copied at the end of this log a description of their music history together that I found on the Silvermouse Facebook page. It definitely made my day to hear all of the good reports from Puerto Rico.

Before and after the phone call, I spent time cleaning house and listening to the Impeachment Hearings. I decided today that when I come back for my next life, I want to be Marie Yovanovitch. I read more of the material from my online puppy training course, went to the gym, went shopping for some puppy items and ordered others online, watched as the lawn guys cleared tons of leaves from my yard, Shirley’s yard next door, and the house next door to her. Unfortunately, the deal Shirley made with them years ago allows them to dump all of those leaves over the bank toward the water beside The Cottage. Right now it looks like I have a mountain of leaves, but it won’t take long for it to “melt”down and become part of the forest floor. I also heard from Alan Kanegsberg. He had his second knee replacement yesterday and came home today. Wow! Congratulations, Alan.

Our Story
Joanne Hunt grew up in the rave scene in England in the 90s and early 2000s,and spent most of her twenties traveling. Justin Handley is a lifelong musician who has been playing violin since he was three, and guitar since his early teens (as well as other instruments). They met while training at an experimental theatre in Western Massachusetts.

A year later in an old train depot in a ghost town in New Mexico (The Circus House), after a road trip to Los Angeles where they got married, Jo learned to produce her own beats, Justin picked up an instrument, and Silvermouse was born.

Starting with small shows in the Santa Fe art gallery scene, and playing independent festivals in the desert, Silvermouse grew quickly after getting booked at The Glade Festival in 2009. They bought a bus (Stella) and toured the West Coast of the US, put in an appearance at Burning Man, and spent their summers playing festivals in England for a few years.

In the middle of a move from New Mexico to Puerto Rico, their tour van in England caught fire and most of their worldly possessions went up in smoke.
Since moving to Puerto Rico, Silvermouse has been working on their latest album “Earthadelik” while establishing a small, working farm in the west of the island, raising their two children, and setting up a non-profit to help provide a farm-school experience for kids in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

Silvermouse is putting the finishing touches on Earthadelik and is looking to hit the road in Puerto Rico (September to December 2018) and beyond (in 2019). They just released a live recording of their most recent show at La Primavera Surf Festival in Rincon, PR which is a glimpse of some of the new material they have been working on.