2019 Life Logs, Day 233: Chiropractor and Coffee Date

2019 Life Logs, Day 233: Chiropractor and Coffee Date
Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Weather: Mix of Sun and Clouds with Sprinkles; High 88, Low 73 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Today was a little more of the same with the addition of meeting up with Jane Woodin for coffee and conversation. I’ve hardly seen Bruce and Jane this summer, so today’s coffee date was a real treat. I met Jane after an assessment appointment with my chiropractor. I’ve been seeing him since June when I threw my back out. Today’s assessment showed that all is well now, so after an appointment in two weeks to go over today’s scan, I can take chiropractor appointments off my calendar for now. So that was good news. I continued working on drip irrigation installation and spent some time watering the patch of Heather and Jed’s front yard where I planted grass seed yesterday. We got some sprinkles today, but not enough to replace watering.

I just heard that Governor Jay Inslee, Democratic candidate for President and current Governor of the State of Washington, has withdrawn from the Democratic Primary. I mention this because I so admire Inslee’s dedication to the environment. He developed an action plan to combat climate change that is the state-of-the-art plan that needs to be adopted by whomever ends up being the Democratic candidate. I will miss his voice in the Democratic Primary standing up for progressive environmental standards, but he promised tonight to continue his fight against climate change. He has moved the needle for all of the other Democratic candidates in terms of their focus on the climate crisis and for that we should all be grateful. He will announce his future plans tomorrow and I’ll be tuned in.

2019 Life Logs, Day 232: Failed Dental Appointment

2019 Life Logs, Day 232: Failed Dental Appointment
Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Weather: Sunny and Warm; High 90, Low 67 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

I never thought it was possible to ‘fail’ a dental appointment, but I managed to do that this morning. I totally forgot that after you have a knee replacement, you have to take a massive dose of an antibiotic before you show up to have your teeth cleaned. I have the antibiotic, but at no point in my prep for the appointment did I remember that I needed to take it. I won’t forget again. I have to wait an entire month for another appointment. But there was some success. In addition to a cleaning, I was scheduled for x-rays and an appointment with the dentist to review the x-rays and I as allowed to do those things. The good news is that my teeth look healthy. It was almost noon by the time I left the dentist’s office. My next stop was Heather and Jed’s. I looked at the front yard last week and realized that soccer playing had depleted the grass. So, I took advantage of the absence of soccer players to plant some grass. Sure hope it grows quickly! I also did some other gardening. Then, in the late afternoon, I attended a gathering of the Newcomers Singles Group at an outside bar and restaurant venue on the Falmouth Harbor. I had never been to the Boathouse before, and it was the perfect place for a summer outdoor get-together. Lots of members of the group were there and we caught up on summer activities. As I sat there drinking a beer, I noticed an osprey nest on the top of the next-door boat storage shed. It appeared that the nest took precedence over a boat storage space, possibly making that osprey nest the most expensive osprey real estate in Falmouth.

2019 Life Logs, Day 231: Transition Time

2019 Life Logs, Day 231: Transition Time
Date: Monday, August 19, 2019
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 88, Low 68 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

This is a week of transition for me . . . from Camp Oma with grandkids five days a week to “Life Oma” without the grandkids. And, oh my, how much I miss them. During the summer months, I focus exclusively on caring for the Goldpebbles, but now I transition back to caring for myself. Today I had an orthopedic appointment to assess the condition of my right knee (the one not replaced in February). Tomorrow I have a dental appointment for cleaning and x-rays. On Wednesday I have a chiropractic assessment. And on Thursday I have an appointment with my primary care physician to assess a possible reflux issue. The result of today’s appointment was a little worse than I expected. Before I had my left knee replacement, I thought my right knee was fine. But as my knee replacement healed and my left knee became stronger and stronger, I realized that my right knee had issues. The bad news is that the x-rays today showed that my right knee is bone on bone and is well beyond need of replacement. The good news is that because it is not painful and not interfering with life-style, I can hold off surgery for a year or two. In between other medical appointments this week, I will continue my drip irrigation installation in my raised beds and in the raised beds at Heather’s. And I will continue the basement clean-out project, both in my basement and at Heather’s as I still have things stored there that need to be dealt with. There is certainly no lack of things to do. But I am committed to working at a relaxed pace. I won’t get as much done, but I’ll enjoy doing it more.

I checked the mail at Heather’s late morning and found the teacher placement letter for Ollie. His teacher this year will be Katie Karl, the mother of his best friend Raylan. I called Maine to let him know and I am sure it was a bitter-sweet moment for him. He loves Mrs. Karl, but he immediately realized that having her as his teacher probably means that Raylan will not be in his class. Jonah’s letter should arrive tomorrow, so I’ll be texting Heather with that information as they will be at the Union Fair tomorrow. Jonah’s best friend Luke got his letter today, so I know Jonah is anxious to find out if he will be with Luke.

2019 Life Logs, Day 230: Enjoying Summer

2019 Life Logs, Day 230: Enjoying Summer
Date: Sunday, August 18, 2019
Weather: Partly Cloudy; High 87, Low 71 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Working on drip irrigation systems for the raised garden beds here at the cottage and at Heather’s house took most of my day and I really enjoyed working at a relaxed pace. I didn’t finish the job, but I made great progress. I am just focused on enjoying this last month of summer, so having to continue working in the gardens on this project is a welcome activity. It was a bit cloudy for parts of today, but the high temp was 87 so the clouds were welcome. Almost 13,000 people ran in the Falmouth Road Race and I’m sure they appreciated the clouds as well. In the early afternoon I walked next door to take some ripe tomatoes and cucumbers to my neighbors Shirley and Doris. Shirley watches the race on the local television station every year and she said she has never seen so many runners. In addition to the 12,800 runners, an estimated 75,000 people lined the streets to watch. Lots of extra people in our town today.

2019 Life Logs, Day 229: Gardening and Generally Messing About

2019 Life Logs, Day 229:  Gardening and Generally Messing About
Date:  Saturday, August 17, 2019
Weather:  Cloudy; High 79, Low 68 degrees F
Location:  At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

My day today was spent generally messing about, doing a little of this and a little of that.  I moved slowly and thoroughly enjoyed the day.  The Goldstones left for Maine early this morning and I went over late morning to check their mail. The boys are expecting letters from their respective schools announcing their teachers for this year, so I promised them I would check every day and text photos of the letters when they arrive.

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I didn’t find the school letters, but I did find blackberries and raspberries at Heather’s that needed to be picked and eaten, cherry tomatoes that needed to be picked, roasted, and frozen, and basil that needed to be picked and turned into pesto.  Those projects dominated the rest of my day.  I’m also working on getting rid of ‘stuff’ that seems to multiply in the basement.  That is an ongoing project, but I’m giving it a starring role in the next few days.  Tomorrow I am going to focus on finishing the installation of a drip irrigation in the raised beds.  It is Falmouth Road Race day, but I am going to ignore that and stay home to focus on that project.

2019 Life Logs, Day 228: Cap’n Kids Fishing Adventure

2019 Life Logs, Day 228: Cap’n Kids Fishing Adventure
Date: Friday, August 16, 2019
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 77, Low 65 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

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Today was the last day of Camp Oma for the summer of 2019, so Oma decided to take the Goldpebbles for a fishing adventure. And a grand adventure it was. Cap’n Kids is located in Harwich Port which is about an hour from here. Ollie, Jonah, and I started our day with more casting practice on the docks here at the cottage while Jed and Sam went to Hyannis in search of new bicycles. We met in Hyannis at 11:30 and then the boys and I traveled on to Harwich Port. It is quaint community on the Vineyard Sound side of the Cape. When we arrived, we checked out the location of the kiosk where we were to check-in for our trip at 1:30 and then walked across the parking lot to have lunch at Brax Landing Restaurant. The restaurant is on the harbor and has great views of the water which we all enjoyed. Our personalities were evident in our lunch choices. I had a salad with baked salmon, Sam had a cheeseburger with fries, Jonah had macaroni and cheese, and Ollie had an order of steamers. Steamers are soft-shelled clams, rather than the quahogs we normally have, and he loved them. We then checked in for our trip and still had a 45-minute wait. But the Goldpebbles were patient and creative. They found a spot on the dock with a corn hole game and played that while waiting. At the appointed time we met Captain Chris by the kiosk where trip rules were overviewed and then about 35 of us got on the boat. It was a 50-foot fishing trawler with plenty of room for the six or so families. Three teenagers served as crew and they were tremendously helpful. We knew our catch would be limited to small fish, but we were hoping for black sea bass rather than pogies. Unfortunately, it ended up to be a pogie afternoon for everyone on the boat. Jonah caught the first fish and won the day with four catches. Sam and Ollie were right behind him and I brought up the rear with only one catch. But just being on the boat on a beautiful afternoon was what it was really all about. We were taught how to set a crab trap and at the end of the trip we hauled in the results of that effort. I think we all had a great time, but Sam stopped fishing after his first three catches as he felt really sorry for the fish. Catch and release seems humane until you see up close the damage to the fish. All three Goldpebbles agreed that they would rather fish for larger fish that could be eaten. They are hoping their fishing expeditions in Maine over the next ten days will provide that opportunity.

Summer didn’t end today, but the remainder of the summer will be very different for me. I am going to miss being with Sam, Jonah, and Ollie every day. No doubt there are frustrations in dealing with the needs of boys that are seven, ten, and twelve years old, but the joy of being allowed to watch them grow outweighs any of the frustrations. I am going to miss those feisty Goldpebbles!