2018 Life Logs, Day 260—Just a Monday

2018 Life Logs, Day 260—Just a Monday
Date: Monday, September 17, 2018
Weather: Partly Sunny; 77, Low 67 F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Today was just a Monday—a trip to the gym, grocery shopping, running errands, clothes shopping, and spending the evening with the Goldpebbles while Heather and Jed attended a Scout parent meeting. There was also more communication with Sam on Windbird about a sailing destination. No decision yet, but narrowing in on joining them for a sail from in the Leewards from St. Kitts to Nevis to Antigua in January or doing the passage from Aruba to Columbia in late May. Being away in January to avoid winter weather is enticing, so that might be the deciding factor.

2018 Life Logs, Day 259—Gardening, Cooking, Cleaning, Thinking

2018 Life Logs, Day 259—Gardening, Cooking, Cleaning, Thinking
Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018
Weather: Mostly Sunny; 78, Low 61 F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Today was spent doing a little gardening, a little cooking, a little cleaning, and a little thinking. The thinking involved staring at the calendar and making some decisions. First, I got a message through Messenger (which I rarely use) from Sam and Dawn on Windbird asking me what leg of their Caribbean adventure I would like to join this year. They are sailing from Puerto Rico to the British Virgins in November and then on down the chain of Leeward and Windward islands ending their sailing season in Columbia on the northern coast of South America. I’ve never been to the British Virgins and would enjoy that leg but not sure I want to travel in November. I have asked them for their feedback on when they might most need crew, so a decision on when and where I will meet them will evolve. I then got another message through Messenger from a woman asking if I would be willing to make my ‘Top 10 Sailing Destinations’ presentation to the Chatham Harwich Newcomers group here on the Cape. We did a little back and forth and decided on a March date for that. And I also had to continue looking at that calendar to make decisions about which Falmouth Newcomers activities I want to attend in the next month and beyond. One of the big options is a river trip on the Danube next October, starting in Prague and ending in Budapest. It looks very enticing, so I will continue thinking about that one.

2018 Life Logs, Day 258—Soccer and A Trip to Martha’s Vineyard

2018 Life Logs, Day 258—Soccer and A Trip to Martha’s Vineyard
Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018
Weather: Sunny; 75, Low 60 F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

It is fall soccer season and this fall we have three boys playing on different teams at different times and in different places. Today Jonah had a game about 45 minutes from here in Dennis at 12:15. Sam had a game in Barnstable which is Hyannis at 2:30 and Ollie, with Jed as coach, had a practice at 1:30 here in Falmouth. There was no way Heather and Jed could cover all three games, so I offered to help out. Heather drove Jonah and Marco, another team member, to Dennis for their pre-game practice and I met her there for the game. I was about five minutes late and that was two minutes too late to see Jonah make the first goal of the game. But is always a delight to watch him play whether or not he gets a goal. And I love that he is still playing on the same team with his good friend Luke from preschool . . . many years of friendship. Jonah’s team won today and many members of the team celebrated their win on the school playground adjacent to the soccer field. I then I drove Jonah and Marco home while Heather drove to Barnstable to watch Sam’s game. Thankfully Sam had hitched a ride to the game with a friend. Soon after I got home with Jonah, Jed got home with Ollie after his first-ever successful soccer practice. He has signed up for soccer for the past two years, but at the last minute, he has backed out. He said he would play this year if Jed would be his coach and that worked. We made it through the soccer games and then it was time to get on the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard. We had all been invited to a birthday celebration for Brian Keefe, Heather and Jed’s neighbor. Brian is celebrating his 40th and good friends who lease one of the gingerbread houses in Oaks Bluff on the Vineyard let Brian and Melissa use their home for the weekend of festivities. Jed, Jonah, Ollie and I took the 3:45 pm ferry and then Heather and Sam joined us later, taking the 5:00 pm ferry. It was a day of crazy scheduling, but we all enjoyed the craziness. Brian spent most of the evening tending the grill, but that is one of the things he loves to do. Someone gave him a huge rib eye steak, and I mean huge, as a present and when he put that on the grill, I thought he was going to burn down the entire neighborhood of gingerbread houses. Thankfully he quickly got that under control. Attending a birthday party in “Gingerbread Town”, as Ollie calls the section of Oaks Bluff with the very cute gingerbread houses, was a real treat. We reluctantly left on the 8:30 pm ferry to head home wishing a very happy birthday to Brian. When we were in line at the ferry, a young woman saw that Jonah was carrying a soccer ball and she came over and invited the boys to kick the ball around with her and her companion. Everyone waiting in line watched the competition between the five of them. And when a ball got away from them, people in line joined in by kicking it back. Great fun!

2018 Life Logs, Day 257—Happy Birthday to Justin and . . .

2018 Life Logs, Day 257—Happy Birthday to Justin and . . .
Date: Friday, September 14, 2018
Weather: Sunny; 74, Low 59 F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Happy birthday to my son Justin and . . . to friend Kevin Russell and to Mark’s brother Steve. All three were born on September 14 and share this special day. I communicated with all three today to wish them a happy day. In our texts back and forth, Justin mentioned that there was no electricity on the island today due to the high winds from a tropical storm. But they had electricity at Finca Maravilla thanks to the solar system we purchased after Hurricane Maria. As Justin noted, solar is the gift that just keeps giving. I am so thankful that we were able to get the solar installed. It has proven its worth over and over.

I spent the day just catching up on life here, watching the development of Hurricane Florence, and thinking of family and friends in her path. We are not going to know the final damages for days as this now tropical storm grinds its way inland dumping buckets of rain which will cause devastating and life-threatening flooding. But I was very thankful that at least it was reduced to a Category 1 at landfall so that the damage from high winds was minimized. Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico last September as a Category 4 storm with 155 mile an hour sustained winds and we all quickly learned how disastrous that can be. But the damage and loss of life caused by flooding is just as devastating and it appears that will be Florence’s mark on the lives of the people in her path.

2018 Life Logs, Day 256—Getting Back to ‘Normal’

2018 Life Logs, Day 256—Getting Back to ‘Normal’
Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018
Weather: Partly Sunny; High 72, Low 61 F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Not sure there is anything ‘normal’ about life these days, but today I worked toward that goal. I attended the first general meeting of Newcomers this morning and signed up for the various activities I will engage in this year. I saw Karen and Peter Baranowski and found out that Karen’s Aunt Shirley, who is my neighbor and the women that rents the cottage to me, had some health issues while I was away and spent a few days in the hospital. She and her sister Doris are now at Doris’ home up near Boston and will be there for the next month. I’ll miss them and hope health issues are resolved and that they will be able to return sometime in October.

After the Newcomers meeting, I stopped by Heather and Jed’s to do my laundry. Actually, I just put the dirty laundry in the washer and headed home for lunch and to listen to Heather talking on the radio about hurricanes and climate change. Then after lunch I returned to put my clothes in the dryer. I waited for them to finish and headed back home once again. This time I had a nice phone conversation with Justin. His birthday is tomorrow and I was trying to pin down what he wants most as a gift. It ended up to be a Home Depot gift certificate, so that will be sent electronically tonight. Then I headed to the soccer field where Sam and Jonah had soccer practice. Heather had an evening engagement, so I went to hang out with Ollie which gave Jed the time to help out with soccer. Ollie wanted to run his morphibian at the skate park next to the soccer fields and then we went down to the fields and kicked a soccer ball around. Ollie lost his first tooth today on the playground. Unfortunately, he couldn’t find it, but hopefully the tooth fairy will understand and still work her magic.

It was a good day, but I spent a fair part of it fuming over the President’s denial of the deaths in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria. Hopefully the President’s response to damages caused by Hurricane Florence will be better than his response to Maria last fall. I have much more to say about this, but not tonight. I’m too angry to write about President Trump’s recent statements , , . so hurtful to the people of Puerto Rico who lost family members. His words are shameful.

2018 Life Logs, Day 255—Back on Cape Cod

2018 Life Logs, Day 255—Back on Cape Cod
Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Weather: Overcast, Then Pouring Rain; High 73, Low 64 F
Location: Back Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Wishing I had more time to explore Philadelphia, I left Kevin and Claire at 10 am and started my last leg of the trip home. It was overcast when I started out and then started misting heavily as I crossed the George Washington Bridge into New York City. I made a stop in New Haven to do some shopping and have lunch at IKEA as it is very convenient to the highway. When I got back on the road, the heavens opened up and I had torrential rain all the way to Cape Cod. But as I crossed the bridge, the rain ceased. That has been the pattern all summer. It rains just north of us, but here in Falmouth we have not rain for a very long time. I had a wonderful seven-day road trip, but as I drove in the drive-way, I was so excited to be home again.