2019 Life Logs, Day 198: Afternoon Exploring the Beach and Marsh

2019 Life Logs, Day 198: Afternoon Exploring the Beach and Marsh
Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Weather: Cloudy AM, Mostly Sunny PM, Then Rain; High 88, Low 70 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

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Before venturing into today’s activities, I need to do a little explaining. Really, we don’t eat children, not even beer can children. In last night’s log I wrote that our dinner included something for everyone . . . even those who like beer can children! One of my cheekier friends wrote and asked me to share the recipe. Too funny. Of course, I meant to write beer can ‘chicken’, but spell check gave me some unwanted help and provided those of you reading my logs with a little humor. Something else from yesterday that I didn’t mention in last night’s log was the beautiful full moon. Just before I went to bed, I took a photo of it through the pine trees in front of the cottage. My moon photos never show the true beauty, but I keep trying.

The big event with the Fabulous Five grandchildren today was an exploration of Woodneck Beach and Little Sippewissett Marsh. It was low tide when we arrived, so we first explored the marsh. We let the Fab Five explore on their own in the very shallow part of the marsh and then I caught up with them when they headed into an area where there are deeper pools. They swam in the water, ran in the water, did every conceivable kind of dive into the water known to man plus some new stunts, and just enjoyed the sunny afternoon. When we walked deep into the marsh, we found a number of empty horseshoe crab shells or ‘molts’ but only one live baby horseshoe crab. All of the kids helped me collect jingle shells to add to my collection. I never realized until tonight while doing some research on jingle shells that they are a type of bivalve crab related to scallops and oysters. The research was prompted by a question asked by Ziggy for which I had no answer. Now we know. After work, Heather and Jed joined us. By this time the tide was starting to come in, so we ended our explore with a ride down a very ‘lazy river’. Dinner tonight was sushi. It was delicious and easy. Now it is time to start thinking about tomorrow. Sam is doing a sleep over tonight and tomorrow afternoon after Ollie and Jonah’s ceramic class, I think all of us are going to Hyannis to visit the Barnes & Nobles bookstore. Justin went there when he was here after my knee surgery and he was so impressed that he really wants to share that experience with Jo, Ziggy, and Coco.

2019 Life Logs, Day 197: Fifty Years Ago Today

2019 Life Logs, Day 197: Fifty Years Ago Today
Date: Tuesday, July 16, 20192019 Life Logs, Day 197: Fifty Years Ago Today
Weather: Sunny; High 87, Low 71 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Fifty years ago today, the Apollo 11 manned-flight launched and headed to the moon. Those of you my age certainly remember that, but when Coco heard us talking about “we went to the moon”, she assumed that meant that those of us talking about that had gone there. We tried to straighten out that misconception, but it is interesting that young children today, as well as young adults, simply don’t know anything about that prior time. We are trying to figure out something to do on Saturday, the 50th anniversary of landing and walking on the moon, to celebrate the occasion. If you have any great ideas, please let me know.

Jonah and Ollie went to their ceramics class this morning and Sam came over to be with Ziggy and Coco. Everyone but me went kayaking and then Justin, Sam, and Ziggy rode bikes to the beach for Sam’s swim lesson. When they returned, we packed a picnic lunch and drove to the kid park in Woods Hole. We met up with Heather, Jonah, and Ollie. The kids played more than they ate as they were just so excited to be together. Eventually Heather went back to work and Jed joined us as we made our way to the aquarium, the main reason we came to Woods Hole. We done this a few times over the past years and it is fun for me to see how the grandchildren have grown between visits. When we returned home from Woods Hole, the kids played together at my house while I worked to get the food transported to Heather and Jed’s where we decided to eat dinner tonight. We had a little something for everyone—beer can children for those who didn’t want steak, marinated steak and veggies, corn-on-the-cob, cauliflower-hemp seed salad over fresh lettuce from my garden, topped off with strawberries. I bought and prepared the food and Jed volunteered to do the grilling. Thank you, Jed! We had hoped to have a music concert dinner after dinner, but the kids were too busy still playing and then Ollie got what appears to be a sprained ankle. That ended the evening, but other than the bad ending, the rest of the day was delightful.

2019 Life Logs, Day 195: Busy, Busy, Busy

2019 Life Logs, Day 195: Busy, Busy, Busy
Date: Sunday, July 14, 2019
Weather: Sunny; High 88, Low 65 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Today was busy, busy, busy getting ready for Justin, Jo, Ziggy, and Coco to arrive tomorrow. Cooking, cleaning. You know the drill. Logs will probably be short and sweet this week, but I’ll be here.

1029 Life Logs, Day 194: Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me

2019 Life Logs, Day 194: Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me
Date: Saturday, July 13, 2019
Weather: Sunny; High 87, Low 68 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

So, I’m on the highway headed north listening to one of my favorite programs on NPR–Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. Peter Sagal is the host and the point of the show is to quiz the regular panelists and visiting contestants about the news of the week in a humorous way. One of the questions today was about Costco, and since that is where I was headed, I found it extremely humorous. I don’t remember the exact wording, but the question was to name a store where you can buy designer pants and a tub of guacamole at the same time. It was pointed out that Costco has really increased its sale of designer clothes in the past couple of years. And my shopping today, added to that increase. I bought a Speedo bathing suit for myself and Adidas pants for the boys for Christmas. Then I added organic Mayorga whole bean coffee, organic grass-fed uncured beef and turkey sausages, organic everything, and even a Hyper-lite life jacket for Coco for next week’s kayaking adventures. I didn’t buy a tub of guacamole, but I did buy a tub of organic hummus. All of that under one roof for half the price that any of it would cost elsewhere. And once I got home and put things away, I headed downtown to Stop and Shop to buy a few things I couldn’t get at Costco. The reason for all of this shopping frenzy is that Justin, Jo, Ziggy, and Coco arrive on Monday evening. They will be here until next Sunday and the whole family (me, the Goldstones, and Justin and family) will be eating dinner together every evening. And lunches will include everyone but Heather and Jed. It takes a lot of food to feed ten of us for six days. I’ll buy fruits and veggies as the week goes along, but I do have most everything else now. I think!

2019 Life Logs, Day 193: It’s Friday

2019 Life Logs, Day 193: It’s Friday
Date: Friday, July 12, 2019
Weather: Mostly Sunny, Rain Late; High 90, Low 67 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

It’s Friday. No swim lessons, no lessons of any sort, just a day for end-of-the-week chores and then play. Well, Ollie and Jonah played while Sam launched into a money-making venture. He is trying to make money to buy a phone, so I offered the job of scraping and sanding my bike rack on my car. He worked for more than two hours and got most of the bars ready to paint. Then late in the afternoon, we all got in the car and I delivered the Goldpebbles to Woods Hole. Sam was catching the 5 pm ferry to Martha’s Vineyard to spend the night with his friend Robert. Heather, Jed, Jonah, and Ollie had a Woods Hole celebration of the end of the week. And on my way home, I stopped by Karen and Peter Baranowski’s to visit. Peter sent me home with a cooler full of quahogs, so my dinner tonight was a delightful clam, asparagus, and rice dish. I saved all of the smaller clams and will share those with the Goldstones tomorrow. Thank you, Peter! A lovely way to end the week.

2019 Life Logs, Day 192: More Fun in the Sun

2019 Life Logs, Day 192: More Fun in the Sun
Date: Thursday, July 11, 2019
Weather: Mix of Sun and Clouds; High 85, Low 70 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

No major excursions today. The Goldpebbles and I spent our morning at Menauhant at swim lessons and then headed home. All three boys are becoming better swimmers every day. This week Jonah was the only kid in his class and he benefitted from the private lessons. Ollie’s class has only three little boys, including Ollie, and they are having a great time. Sam’s Junior Life Saving Class is the largest class this year and he is continuing to meet the challenges. There are no swim lessons on Fridays, so tomorrow will be a day at home. I’m hoping to do some gardening. Heather sent a picture this evening of the raspberries she picked in the garden this evening. I have been so busy, I haven’t even walked down to the garden this week, so I missed the raspberries. During my evenings, I’m starting to get ready for the arrival of Justin, Jo, Ziggy, and Coco on Monday evening. They will be here through Sunday of next week, so Camp Oma will be expanded to include all five grandchildren. Can’t wait to have them all together.