2018 Life Logs, Day 169—Thinking of the Children

2018 Life Logs, Day 169—Thinking of the Children
Date: Monday, June 18, 2018
Weather: Partly Sunny with Lots of Wind; High 75, Low 65 F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

It was a normal Monday—appointment with the chiropractor, class at the gym, laundry, and gardening. But throughout all of this, I just couldn’t stop thinking about all of those children who are being taken away from their parents at our southern border with no procedure for reuniting them. The few images, and now, a bit of audio, of these children crying for their parents is heart breaking. What are we doing? I just can’t believe this is happening in the United States of America. I was incredulous over what happened in Flint, Michigan. I was furious and ashamed of the way our government dealt with the people of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. But I don’t have words to describe my feelings for what our government is doing to these children coming across our border with parents seeking asylum. We should all be incredulous, furious, and ashamed, as well as heart broken. But more than that, each of us needs to take some sort of action to make sure our government representatives hear our voices. There is going to be a march on Washington on June 30th, but that seems so far away. Another 70 children per day will be separated from their parents and homeless by that time. I wish I knew what plan of action to follow, but I don’t. I feel almost paralyzed by what is happening. If anyone has suggestions, please let me know.

2018 Life Logs, Day 168—Happy Father’s Day

2018 Life Logs, Day 168—Happy Father’s Day
Date: Sunday, June 17, 2018
Weather: Sunny and Warm; High 82, Low 61 F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Happy Father’s Day to all of you fathers out there, especially to my two favorite fathers, Jed and Justin. I know I’m biased, but in my opinion, both of them are Super Dads. Justin was probably crazy busy today getting ready to fly to England tomorrow, but he is never too busy to take time to play with Ziggy and Coco. Jed has had a very busy weekend being a single parent while Heather is out sailing on the Corwith Cramer, but nothing would make her dad any happier than knowing that she is out there sailing. And while she is out there sailing, Jed has done a great job with the boys. They went to the beach with friends yesterday and had a great time. Today, I had him drop them off with me late this afternoon so he could do the grocery shopping for the week and I grilled burgers and hot dogs for a Father’s Day dinner. While Jed was shopping, Sam and Ollie took turns going out in the kayak. When Ollie came back in, it was time to put the kayak away and get ready for dinner. As I was waiting for him, I met a neighbor and his dog. The neighbor lives three houses down and only comes here on weekends. But he has a dog named Reggie that Ollie fell in love with. As we pulled the kayak out of the water and pulled it up to store it, Reggie stayed right with us. He’s a big, black dog, but so gentle. He stayed right with Ollie and followed us home. He went right to the front door with Ollie and waited to be invited in. Ollie said he would take him home and he did. Ollie met Reggie’s ‘mother’ and she told him he could come borrow Reggie anytime he wanted. Ollie was absolutely thrilled and wants to buy doggie toys so they can play together. That child really needs a dog. But in the meantime, maybe we have found a great match.

2018 Life Logs, Day 167—Fun with Friends

2018 Life Logs, Day 167—Fun with Friends
Date: Saturday, June 16, 2018
Weather: Sunny and Warm; High 77, Low 58 F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

I spent my whole day just relaxing and having fun with friends. I don’t do that very often, so it was a special day. I did do a bit of gardening this morning and made the huge mistake of carrying a bag of compost from one side of the yard to the other. I know better, but I really needed the compost and moving in one shovel full at a time seemed ridiculous. But bringing back the pain in my hips is also ridiculous, but that is what I did. My bad, so I just have to live with it. After the morning gardening, I went over to pick up Jane Woodin and take her downtown to walk about the Arts Alive booths and have lunch. Jane’s heart ablation with the misstep that caused internal bleeding happened over two weeks ago and she is still in extreme pain from the internal accumulation of blood. It takes weeks for that to reabsorb, but hopefully the pain will start to lessen soon. But she was a good sport today. Even with the pain, I think she had a good time getting out and about. And I certainly enjoyed the time to catch up on life’s happenings with her.

I had planned to work in Heather’s garden after spending the time with Jane, but by the time I went to the supermarket to get fruit to take to tonight’s Newcomers Mix and Mingle affair, there just wasn’t time. So, I came home, got the fruit washed and ready to take, did a little more garden work here, and then went to Karen and Peter Baranowski’s home for the Mix and Mingle. I talked with one couple who are considering the purchase of a small motorhome so they can travel after retirement. I shared that I have one set of friends, Lee and Lynda Kaufman, who are doing that right now. Just today I got a short message from Lynda saying they are in Tok, Alaska, headed to Valdez tomorrow. And next weekend, sailing friends Dave and Judy Howell, will arrive on Cape Cod in their new motorhome on their way from southern Oregon to Nova Scotia and back home via the TransCanada Highway. After talking to that couple, I somehow found myself sitting in the livingroom recounting the adventures of my life with a few friends. I talked way too long and way too much and even convinced myself that I really must be crazy to have done all those things!

2018 Life Logs, Day 166—Heather Sails on Corwith Cramer

2018 Life Logs, Day 166—Heather Sails on Corwith Cramer
Date: Friday, June 15, 2018
Weather: Overcast and Cool; High 64, Low 54 F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Twenty-one years ago, Heather sailed out of Woods Hole on the Sea Education Association (SEA) operated tall ship, the Corwith Cramer. This was her induction into the MIT-Woods Hole Oceanographic joint marine science PhD program. Two life changing events happened on that trip. She met her future husband and she climbed to the top of a 100-foot mast and encountered the ‘vast horizon’ life has to offer. The Corwith Cramer left Woods Hole today with a crew of ocean educators, including my daughter. Heather was invited on this four-day sail and she most enthusiastically accepted. She returns on Tuesday. I find it almost impossible to believe that it has been 21 years since her first sail on the Corwith Cramer. Seems just like yesterday. But I am very excited that Heather was offered this adventure. Originally the sail was going to be to New York City and back, but as of last evening, all she knew was that the plan had been changed and that now they were to sail east into the Atlantic. Today was miserable weather wise, but the weather report here on land for the next few days is for better weather than we have seen all spring—warmth and sunshine. Sure hope that same sunshine follows the Corwith Cramer with enough wind to make for a great sail.

I started my day by taking Ollie and Jonah to school as Heather and Jed both needed to be in Woods Hole by 8:30 to attend a workshop. I then managed to fritter away the day doing nothing productive before returning to pick J & O up after school. They wanted to go to the skate park with bike and scooter to have some fun. So, we did that while Jed headed home to help Sam get ready for his two-night Scout biking camp-out. Sam and Jed did the grocery shopping for the troop yesterday, so while I was with Jonah and Ollie, Jed delivered Sam with his gear and the coolers of food for the weekend to the meeting spot. When Jed got home, I came home to unpack all of the garden goodies that arrived from Amazon today. I received a second bean tower for pole beans and three matching tomato cages. These are square, tall towers that fit nicely into small raised beds. Tomorrow I hope to complete the final spring plantings here at home and in Heather’s garden and spend some time with friend Jane Woodin. The weather looks great, so I’m really looking forward to a day outside.

2018 Life Logs, Day 165—Meghan and Her Goats Return

2018 Life Logs, Day 165—Meghan and Her Goats Return
Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018
Weather: Sunny and Warm; High 76, Low 55 F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Meghan and her goats returned today to rid the wooded part of my backyard of poison ivy. Meghan arrived early to carry away the tons of poison ivy pulled up on Monday that the goats could just not eat. When Meghan arrived on Monday she really couldn’t believe the volume of poison ivy on the water side of the property. She called it an orchard on Monday, but by her return today she was calling it a grove. She had never seen anything like it and she posted a selfie showing her amazement at the height of the poison ivy. She and the goats did an amazing job on Monday, but thankfully today’s job was a little more normal. I wanted to rid the wooded area behind the cottage of poison ivy and at the end of the day, the job was done. When Megan arrived with goats, I was using Jed’s electric chainsaw to cut some of the low branches so the goats would have quicker access to the poison ivy. Meghan was aghast that I was using a chainsaw while home alone. Probably not a good practice, but when you live alone, you have to do a lot of things that are not best practice. But her admonition kept me from using a ladder to climb higher to cut some high branches. I’ll have to ask Jed to help with me with that job or wait until Justin comes to visit in July. In the meantime, I’m going to follow-up on the goat’s clearing job by using my garden sprayer to spray a salt solution on the cleared areas to discourage future growth. And I might have to invite the goats to return at some point during the summer. But for now, I feel like the property is a much safer place for little boys and myself to roam. Friends Karen and Peter Baranowski came to visit this afternoon to see the goats and Peter magically produced a wooden ramp to help Meghan get Mac, her biggest goat, into the truck bed. The other three goats jump right up, but Mac is a little big to be able to do that. The ramp worked, so thank you, Peter! Meghan’s business is called ‘Get My Goats’ and I highly recommend it for poison ivy removal and general clearing. The goats are so cute and with Meghan’s help, they do a great job. My new chant is “Goats, not Roundup.”

While Meghan and the goats worked in the backyard, I worked in the raised bed gardens in the front yard. I attempted to get them fenced as the baby rabbits have started getting closer each day and looking on with relish. I first cut hardware cloth and tried to embed it inside the raised bed boards. That didn’t work at all. So, I went out and bought chicken wire and tried to wrap the beds in that. I hate chicken wire as I have always found it so difficult to work with. I got one bed done, but I need help to do it right. I’m going to watch some DIY videos and see if I can get better at this. But maybe my sloppy job will be good enough to keep the rabbits at bay for now.

Justin called this evening and announced that they now have internet at home. They still don’t have consistent running water, but he joked by saying, “Who needs water when they have internet?” Actually, he is very disheartened by the fact that they still don’t have water, but at least I was able to have a Skype video call with Ziggy and Coco tonight. They leave for England next week and will be here mid-July on their way home. Can’t wait to have them visit.

2018 Life Logs, Day 164—Rainy Day

2018 Life Logs, Day 164—Rainy Day
Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Weather: Overcast and Rainy; High 69, Low 62 F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Rainy days are not my favorites, but I know it made my plants happy, so I endured. I went to the gym and then directly to the chiropractor. By the time I got home, it was almost time for lunch. Then I went to Heather and Jed’s to do my laundry. Then I came home and did some cooking. That was my day. In between all of that I got a phone call from Susie Klein. My friendship with Suzie goes back to 2005 when we met at a weekend crash course to help us pass our tests to get a HAM radio operator’s license. Susie and her husband Jim Hammitt were getting ready to do an Atlantic crossing and Mark and I were getting ready to head around the world. Susie loved our story and wrote an article about us that was published in the Boston Globe. When Mark and I were home in 2007 for Sam’s birth, Susie asked us to speak to her sailing club about our travels. While we were giving the presentation, Jed called to tell us that Heather was in labor. So we wrapped up the presentation and headed back to the Cape. Today Suzie called to ask me to speak to the Wayland Sailing Club in the fall about how Sam and Dawn Weigel first saw Windbird while they were flying over Hawksbill Cay in the Bahamas and a year later become her new owner. Hopefully, Sam’s article telling this story will be published in Cruising World before my presentation. It will make my job very easy.