2018 Life Logs, Day 144—Girls Night

2018 Life Logs, Day 144—Girls Night
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018
Weather: Mostly Sunny but Cool; High 64, Low 51
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Today was a just one frustration after another, but tonight was delightful. I met Oliva and Jane at the Falmouth Public Library at 5 pm for a lecture in the Science Before Supper series sponsored by the Marine Biological Lab. The top was ‘Understanding Aging’ using a novel aquatic animal model. There was a good turn-out and it was great to get a bit of science in before dinner. Earlier in the day I had offered to have Jane and Olivia come home with me for leftovers for ‘supper’ and that is what we did. Heather and family have been here, but Jane and Olivia were my first non-family guests. We relaxed with a glass of wine while dinner warming on the stove and then we continued our conversation over dinner. It was a fun ‘girls night’.

My frustrations today came from in-the-house projects. I drove into town first thing this morning with a list of what-to-buy-where. That all went fine except that it took four times longer than I expected. When I did finally get home, I started in on the projects. I won’t go into specific detail, but generally I just simply could not get screws to go into the walls without great difficulty when trying to put brackets on the wall for book shelves, to install a paper towel holder, to install curtain tie-backs, and on and on. My carpentry skills are pitiful, but I will persist.

2018 Life Logs, Day 145–Another Work Day Inside and Outside

2018 Life Logs, Day 145–Another Work Day Inside and Outside
Date: Friday, May 25, 20 418
Weather: Sunny and Breezy; High 74, Low 60
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

I launched an all-out effort today to try and get my list of jobs, both inside and outside, completed before the holiday weekend. I was successful inside, but it took most of the day, and didn’t leave the time needed to complete the outside jobs. But good progress was made. I got the wall-mounted shelves securely in place. I hung curtain rods, a big bulletin board for the boys, and a few pictures. It doesn’t sound like much, but when you are doing it by yourself, measuring is extremely difficult and I didn’t always get it right. So that meant precious time was spent starting over to get it right. When I moved to the outside list, I got two of the 4 x 8 raised beds ready to plant, as well as a smaller 2 x 7 raised bed. And I added a new 4 x 4 bed to an existing 4 x 4 making a third 4 x 8. In between all this, I met with Meghan Hannawalt whose business is natural brush cleaning and poison ivy control using her goats. The business is called ‘Get My Goats’ and during the second week of June she will be bringing her goats here to do a little work.

Hopefully tomorrow morning I can get the third 4 x 8 raised bed filled with garden soil and get a few things planted. But late morning, I will head to Woods Hole for May Fair and some afternoon activities with Heather and the boys. Jed is away this weekend attending the 25th anniversary of his graduation from Yale, so I will be available to help Heather tomorrow and Sunday and then Monday morning we have the Veteran’s Day observance downtown and on Monday afternoon we will try to get Heather’s garden and my raised beds planted. Heather’s garden is already half-way there, but I haven’t planted anything yet. Tis the traditional weekend for planting in the northeast, so we will try to get the job done.

2018 Life Logs, Day 143—Weather Ping Pong

2018 Life Logs, Day 143—Weather Ping Pong
Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Weather: Sunny and Warm; High 72, Low 53
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

The weather ping pongs back and forth between sunny, warm, and beautiful and overcast, cool, and rainy. A day or two of this and then a day or two of that. But that is better than overcast and rainy weather every day. So, I’ll take the ping pong weather. Today was beautiful. I worked on getting shelves put up in the third bedroom that is going to a playroom for the boys and a pantry and work room for me. But it was so beautiful outside that I abandoned that work to get outside and work on the raised garden beds.At one point, I took a little break and walked down to the water and had a couple of surprises. The geese have had babies and they are so cute. And I came upon what looked like an all brown ferret. He stopped to give me the once over, as I did him. But in looking up what I saw, I think it was an American mink, not a weasel or a ferret. Tomorrow I’ll try to get photos. In the late afternoon, I drove to Hyannis to buy one more 4 x 4 foot raised bed to complete my garden design and then I attended the evening ice cream social, book fair, and art walk at East Falmouth Elementary. Jonah gave me a tour of his art work

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and then Ollie gave me a tour of his with a bit of a flair, Ollie-style. Too cute. Tomorrow is supposed to be another beautiful day. I plan to get up early and finish putting the shelves up in the third bedroom and then I am hoping to finish the installation of the raised garden beds in my front yard. Maybe I’ll even get some planting done.

2018 Life Logs, Day 142—Back to Yucky Weather

2018 Life Logs, Day 142—Back to Yucky Weather
Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Weather: Overcast with Sprinkles Here and There; High 72, Low 52
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Yesterday’s glorious weather was short-lived. Today we were back to overcast skies with sprinkles here and there. But it is a little warmer, so maybe more sunny days are to come. I made a trip to the Swap Shop to take things we weren’t able to sell at the weekend yard sale. Then I borrowed Heather and Jed’s van and picked up some used 6×6’s that friends Terry and Olivia were getting rid of. I will use these to create another raised bed. Thank you, Terry and Olivia. I came home and did a little gardening and a little work around the house and then this evening I went to Heather’s to spend the evening with Jonah and Ollie. Jed was in Boston, Heather had a district-wide school volunteer dinner, and Sam had an all-evening activity. I enjoyed the time with Jonah and Ollie, put them to bed, and didn’t get home until 11 pm. Tomorrow I plan to spend the day at home working on getting the raised bed ready for planting. Hoping for sunshine.

2018 Life Logs, Day 141—Glorious Weather . . . finally

2018 Life Logs, Day 141—Glorious Weather . . . finally
Date: Monday, May 21, 2018
Weather: Sunny and Beautiful; High 71, Low 50
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

It seems like we have had weeks of bad weather. Actually, it has been only ten days since the last warm, sunny day. But generally, it has been a cool, cloudy, rainy spring. Finally today, the weather today was just glorious. I went to the gym, stopped at the grocery store, stopped at Heather’s to borrow some garden implements and ended up staying long enough to hoe between the rows of young plants in her vegetable garden, came home to make some phone calls and take a shower, and then it was time to pick Jonah up after school. I ended up staying at Heather’s and helping get ready for a cook-out for Jonah’s Cub Scout Pack members and their parents. The glorious day slipped away much too quickly, but I’ll hope for more sunshine tomorrow to work on getting the raised beds in my front yard ready to be planted with veggies. A little warmth and sunshine does amazing things for my energy level and I hope to take advantage of that tomorrow.

2018 Life Logs, Day 140—Yard Sale Day

2018 Life Logs, Day 140—Yard Sale Day
Date: Sunday, May 20, 2018
Weather: Overcast with Light Rain and Wind AM, Some Clearing PM; High 63, Low 54
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

The weather didn’t cooperate as forecast, so instead of the rain ending around 6 am, light rain continued off and on during the morning. And it was windy. So not the best weather for a yard sale. But the decision had been made that it would go on despite the weather, so it did. This was a fundraiser for the East Falmouth Elementary PTO, but due to the weather, we didn’t get a lot of visitors. But despite that, Heather and I got rid of a few things and what I didn’t get rid of, I refuse to bring back into the house. I will take the furniture pieces to a local shop tomorrow that I hope will take them and I will take the small items to the Swap Shop at the town dump on Tuesday (only open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday AM when it is sunny). It is incredibly hard to get rid of things you don’t want around here. I actually drove all the way to Hyannis after the sale was over and had hoped that Goodwill would take everything. It was the first time I have ever been told by a Goodwill that they take only furniture in pristine condition. Falmouth is getting a Habitat for Humanity Restore that supposedly opened recently, and hopefully that will make things easier. I drove there today and saw OPEN signs, but there was a chain across the road. So not open today. Maybe tomorrow.

Being at the school all morning gave me the opportunity to see the pergola that was installed this week that will be used as an outdoor classroom space. This pergola is a large structure with corner pillars supporting a lattice roof that will accommodate a whole class underneath. This has been a labor of love for Heather and it has not been easy, but the results are spectacular. There is still work to be done, but the basic cedar structure is in place. A nice touch is the black locust upright posts that are integrated into the roof. The next step is to add a special kind of wood chip flooring that is ADA (American Disabilities Act) approved. As an outdoor classroom, it must be accessible to all students. To celebrate the success of this project, I bought sushi for all of us for dinner tonight. Way to go, Heather! What a wonderful addition to East Falmouth Elementary School.