2020 Life Logs, Day 191: Happy Birthday to My Sister Patsy

2020 Life Logs, Day 191: Happy Birthday to My Sister Patsy
Date: Friday, July 10, 2020
Weather: Overcast Turning Mostly Sunny, Still Humid; High 82, Low 68 Degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

The Camp Oma adventure this afternoon was to go clamming in Bournes Pond, adjacent to Menauhant Beach. It was an overcast day with sprinkles of rain here and there, so putting on a wet suit and snorkeling for clams seemed the perfect activity. We had lunch at my house, put on our wet suits, and headed to Menauhant. The problem was that Oma misjudged the tide and the water ended up to be too deep for Ollie and Jonah to negotiate safely. Sam was fine and he went off on a snorkeling adventure while the rest of us walked along the edge of the pond to get to the clamming destination. Eventually even the edge of the pond got too mucky and we decided to call off the expedition until another day with lower tide. Instead of clamming, we walked back across the road to the beach and spent a little time playing in the water before heading back to my house. Sam reported that on his snorkeling adventure he saw one flounder and some sort of creatures that looked like little purple trees leaning to one side. Not sure what those were, so we need to do a little research. We headed back to my house to shower and dress. I dropped Sam at home and I drove Jonah and Ollie to the skate park with their scooters for their end of the day activity. Sam stayed home and rode his skateboard through the neighborhood and across the street to Morse Pond School for a little practice session. It was a good afternoon, despite the dreary weather.
Then tonight, I had a call from my friend Lynne Kirwin in New Zealand. She had planned to come home for the summer months, but because of the coronavirus, she has decided to stay until next spring. If things are better here, she will come home for the summer. We’ll just have to wait and see about that. I miss seeing her, but she is in a much safer place than here.

My sister Patsy is my only living sibling and today was her birthday. Happy Birthday, Patsy! My parents had their first child in 1924 and he died at birth. The next child was born in 1925 and he died of whooping cough at age three. The next four children were born in 1928, 1931, 1933, and 1935, two boys and two girls that grew up during The Great Depression. Then I came along in 1947. Patsy lives just outside of Nashville, so there was no way to be with her on her birthday in these coronavirus days.
Last July the whole family got together in late July to celebrate the life of Patsy’s husband Joe and that is the last time we were together. We must get together as soon as travel is once again safe and celebrate her 87 years and life in general.

2020 Life Logs, Day 190: Another Skate Park and Beach Day

2020 Life Logs, Day 190: Another Skate Park and Beach Day
Date: Thursday, July 9, 2020
Weather: Overcast Turning Mostly Sunny, Still Humid; High 82, Low 68 Degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

It was another overcast morning, but the forecast was for sunshine in the afternoon. So, the Goldpebbles decided that it should be another skate park and beach afternoon. I arrived to pick up the boys at noon and once we decided what we were going to do, we packed the gear in my car and headed to the skate park. The sun had broken through the clouds making it a bit of steamy afternoon.

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Jonah joked that if he could collect all of the sweat rolling down his back he could fill his water bottle. Thankfully, there was only one other little boy there, so we didn’t have to wear masks. I was concentrating on getting videos of Jonah doing what is called ‘dropping in’ and didn’t notice that Sam had shed his shirt and helmet. When I finished videoing Jonah, I turned around to find that a gentleman was taking photos of all of us and I saw Sam scrambling to get his shirt back on. Sam knew the photographer was from the local paper and realized that he had been caught! Hopefully the lesson learned is never take off your shirt or your helmet at the skate park. But at least Sam is working on foot work techniques that don’t require a lot of movement and no gliding up and down the ramps. He was overjoyed this afternoon when we perfected one of the moves. I am going to have to have a lesson in skate board and scootering vocabulary so I can accurately describe just what they are doing.

After the skate park, e went to my house for lunch and the boys spent time playing with Shadow. Then mid-afternoon we headed to Wood Neck Beach which is about a 20-minute drive. When we got there, there was a ‘Lot Full’ sign and a back-up of cars waiting to get in. I was willing to wait, but the boys wanted to turn around and go back to Menauhant Beach which is close to my house. We lost almost an hour of beach time driving around, but luckily I have a small car and could fit into one of the only parking spaces available at Menauhant. Seems like every wanted to spend the afternoon at the beach, and rightly so. It was hot enough today that Ollie and Jonah wore regular bathing suits instead of their wet suits. The water is still on the cool side, but the air was hot and humid which kept them nice and warm.

Jonah and Sam spent most of their time practicing their gliding into the water like surfers on their boogie boards while Ollie built a waterside fort. At one point this afternoon, while Sam was out snorkeling, he returned to shore with a really big live welk that he enjoyed showing off before returning to the water. I don’t get a lot of reading done while at the beach because I spent a lot of time being a proud Oma just watching the Goldpebbles in action. It is supposed to cloudy with a chance of rain tomorrow afternoon, so we are not planning on a beach afternoon. If it is not too rainy, we might go clamming. And if there is enough wind, Ollie would like to take the kites back to Morse Pond. We’ll see what the weather allows.

2020 Life Logs, Day 189: A Special Group of Friends

2020 Life Logs, Day 189: A Special Group of Friends
Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Weather: Mostly Sunny and Humid; High 80, Low 70 Degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Camp Oma was without Ollie this afternoon. He had another dentist appointment this morning that required numbing so that cavities could be filled and he was just not feeling up to being out and about afterwards. So, I took Sam and Jonah to the skate for a little practice with Jonah on his scooter and Sam on his skate board. Each day their skills improve. After the skate park, we went to my house for a make-your-own-pizza on an English muffin lunch and some play time with Shadow. Then we were off to the beach just as the sun came out. We left the beach a little early today as I had a 5 pm ‘date’ with my Dining-in Group. As I delivered Sam and Jonah home, Jed was leaving with Ollie to go fly kites at the very near-by Morse Pond School playing fields. Thankfully, Ollie was feeling much better.

Normally my Newcomers Dining-in Group meets monthly. We skipped a couple of months because of Covid, but in June we met at the Frieswyk’s on their beautiful, spacious deck. This evening we met on the brick patio at the White House. This White House is the home of Terry and Olivia White and their patio is huge, allowing for plenty of physical distancing. We all brought our own food and drinks, and of course, we wore our masks. Terry and Olivia provided individually packed cups of ice cream for dessert and we all enjoyed our special evening together.
The White House patio is by far the largest patio/deck that any of us in the group has, so we decided to continue to meet there each month as long as the weather permits. Terry and Olivia were more than happy to continue to host us and we will continue to bring our own food and drinks, with different people bringing dessert each month. But it is not really the food and drink that is the most important part of our get togethers. It is the thoughtful conversations that makes this a very special group of friends.

2020 Life Logs, Day 188: Happy Birthday Tribute to Captain Greybeard

2020 Life Logs, Day 188: Happy Birthday Tribute to Captain Greybeard
Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Weather: Sunny and Windy; High 71, Low 65 Degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

38 Captain Graybeard with His Best Crew Members–Jonah, Ziggy, and Sam

20 Digging for Treasure

03 Jonah and Sam Give Their Best Pirate Look

If Mark were still with us, today would have been his 78th birthday. In 2013 our whole family was together for his birthday and we went on a pirate voyage in search of hidden treasures. As we sailed out of Woods Hole headed for Tarpaulin Cove, Windbird was flying a pirate flag and we had a buried treasure map. We were all dressed in pirate gear and we gave Mark the name of Captain Greybeard. Sam, Jonah, and Ziggy were old enough to really get into pirate mode. Ollie was a year old and Coco was three weeks shy of one year. She actually slept most of the afternoon, but Ollie followed Greybeard around with his pirate sword. We spent a wonderful day making lots of lasting memories and on each succeeding July 7th, we have found ways to remember Greybeard’s birthday in pirate fashion. Despite the windy weather making it feel cooler than it was, the Goldpebbles and I spent a couple of hours at this beach this afternoon. Heather and Jed joined us at the end of the day at Menauhant Beach. They brought pirate hats for each of us and we took a photo to mark this year’s pirate celebration. Happy Birthday, Granddad.

2020 Life Logs, Day 187: Dealing with Fickle Weather

2020 Life Logs, Day 187: Dealing with Fickle Weather
Date: Monday, July 6, 2020
Weather: Overcast AM, Turning Partly Cloudy, Sunshine Late; High 73, Low 60 Degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

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Today was the start of the second week of Camp Oma afternoons and it was another skate park and beach afternoon. Normally at this time of year, we have overcast mornings every few days, but not every day. Last week we had rain and thunderstorms on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, a beautiful Thursday, and then the beginning of overcast conditions that go into the afternoon everyday. The sun doesn’t seem to want to come out until late afternoon. But the Goldpebbles and I are going with the flow. We have a tentative plan for our day, but then adjust according to the weather. Today it was still overcast at noon when I picked up the boys, so we headed to the skate park. Jonah and Ollie are working on perfecting skills on their scooters and Sam has been concentrating on learning to use the skateboard. That has resulted in a few cuts and scrapes as the result of learning tumbles, but he is hanging in there. In just a few skate park visits, the skill level of each of the boys has really increased. Today we ate lunch at the skate park and in my car on the way to my house where we changed into our beach clothes. It was almost 3 pm when we got to the beach and finally it was mostly sunny. Not until after 4 pm, however, did the sun come out fully. We needed to leave the beach by 4:45 pm, but none of us wanted to go as we were just getting warmed up. Ollie has a Scout Zoom meeting on Monday evenings at 6:30 pm, so we really did have to go so the boys could get showers and have dinner before the meeting. Today was the fifth day in a row with this overcast, then sunny weather pattern. Hopefully the sun will come out earlier tomorrow. But sun or no sun, the Goldpebbles had a great time at the beach this afternoon, using the skim board plus their boogie boards to slide, surf, and glide, resulting in many squeals of delight.

Shadow and I are still working on adjusting our summer schedule. I spend time every morning taking him on a long walk and trying to get him to eat something before I leave at 11:45. He is a super picky eater, so this is no easy task. I pick up the Goldpebbles at 12 noon and don’t get back home until after 6 pm when I spend more time either walking or playing ball outside with Shadow before coming in to fix dinner. I need to do a better job of cooking things ahead on the weekend, as right now I am not eating until 8 or 9 pm. And cleaning house seems to have gone by the wayside for now. Good thing having indoor visitors is a ‘no-no’ in these coronavirus days!

2020 Life Logs, Day 186:  Family Day
Date:  Sunday, July 5, 2020
Weather:  Overcast AM, Partly Cloudy PM; High 74, Low 67 Degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Shadow and I spent our morning together and after lunch I went to Heather and Jed’s to plant tomatoes in the ‘upside down’ containers we prepared yesterday by drilling a large hole in the bottom of each one.  Today the boys helped me plant the tomatoes in the containers and hang them on the deck.  You hang the container upright and the plant coming out of the hole in the bottom.  For years, Heather and Jed have had Matt’s Wild Cherry tomatoes in their garden and they reseeded themselves every year.  But they lost these favorites when they moved.  When I found seeds in the local hardware store, I just had to buy them and try to grow them.  It has taken longer than expected, but they were finally big enough to transplant.

After that project, I took Ollie and Jonah to the Skate Park for an hour and then it was time to run home to walk and feed Shadow and return to the Goldstones for dinner. 
Jed marinated and grilled ribs, Heather made coleslaw, and I provided a red, white, and blue dessert—a strawberry and blueberry fruit tart.