2020 Life Logs, Day 55: Free and Easy Day

2020 Life Logs, Day 55: Free and Easy Day
Date: Monday, February 24, 2020
Weather: Mostly Sunny and Warm; High 52 degrees, Low 38 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Windbird sailed through Indonesia as part of an organized rally. We did that because the rally organizers arranged all the Customs paperwork which can be very complicated in that country. Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world, consisting of five major islands and 30 smaller island groups. There are actually 17,508 islands in Indonesia and the country is 3,000 miles from east to west and a little more than a 1,000 miles from north to south and each province has different rules for visiting boats. So it is complicated, thus the rally. The rally coordinators were a couple and the woman organized the activities on the various islands. We could choose to participate or not, but sometimes when we did participate, she would come on the radio in the morning and declare particular days as “free and easy.” This meant we had no organized activities and could whatever we wanted. I have adopted that term for days when I basically check out and do nothing of consequence and today was one of those days. Shadow and I slept in, went for a long walk, played ball outside in the sunshine and relative warmth, drove into town to run a couple of errands, and took another walk. During the evening, I did try to salvage my reputation of always being busy by spending some time writing. But I even did that in a “free and easy” way. I hereby declare today as a great day!

2020 Life Logs, Day 54: Together We Have It All

2020 Life Logs, Day 54: Together We Have It All
Date: Sunday, February 23, 2020
Weather: Mostly Sunny and Warm; High 49 degrees, Low 35 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Years ago, one of my nieces gave everyone in the family a pillow that says, “My family puts the FUN in Dysfunctional.” That pretty much sums up my family. The Martins are a fun-loving bunch with its share of issues, but we stick together. Last week while Heather and Jed were working fast and furiously to get the house ready for the painter, they were listening to music when the song ‘Together We Have It All’ popped up. The chorus says, “We may not have it altogether, but together we have it all.” All Heather could think about while listening to the song was my family and how truly those words apply. It does take a village to get the job done. While they were in Maine skiing/snowboarding the inside of the house was painted top to bottom, with the exception of three rooms. Only one of those needs painted, but the downstairs bathroom needs to be totally redone. So early this morning, Heather, Jed, and Sam headed home to put the house back together while Jonah and Ollie stayed with me. I had an afternoon group class with People Training for Good Dogs, but after that was over, I took Shadow home so he could nap and I went back to Heather’s to help. All together, we mostly got today’s jobs done. We packed up more things in the den to go to storage and moved new things in. Heather’s goal is to make the house look bigger by storing away as much as possible. It is looking great and as soon as the den, playroom, and downstairs bathroom are done . . . and the basement and garage . . . the house can go on the market. Heather is in DC for three days this week, so a lot of the work will have to wait until the weekend. But together, we will get it done.

2020 Life Logs, Day 53: Goldstones Return from Maine

2020 Life Logs, Day 53: Goldstones Return from Maine
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Weather: Sunny and Warmer; High 41 degrees, Low 39 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

It’s late and I am the only one still awake. Heather, Jed, and boys returned from their skiing/snowboarding few days in Maine, but they couldn’t go home tonight as the painters were still frantically working to finish up when they returned this evening. I anticipated that and had invited them here for dinner and to spend the night once. They all had a wonderful time in Maine. Heather actually did some downhill skiing with a little coaching from Jed’s Aunt Carol and she really enjoyed it. She has always been a cross country skier, but with snowboarding boys, she might find herself doing more downhill. We had a nice dinner together where I got hear some of the stories from the week and then we watched a Harry Potter movie. Jed went on back to the bedroom to read and hopefully go to bed early as he feels like he is getting sick again. He was barely over a bad cold when they left, and it is rearing its ugly head once again. Heather is excited to go home in the morning and put the house back together. She went over later this evening to feed the guinea pigs and said the paint job looked great. Maybe by the end of next weekend their house will be ready to put on the market.

I spent a couple of hours of my day in my last private class with People Training for Good Dogs. I have learned a lot but still need lots of practice. The Goldpebbles have at least one more private class and I will start attending the weekly group lessons starting tomorrow. Shadow is still very much an exuberant puppy, but he is definitely responding to corrections and love the praise he gets when he responds. He is still having tummy issues, but during the training today, Melissa had some suggestions that I am trying. He was worse this morning, but better tonight. Hopefully the ‘better’ will continue.

2020 Life Logs, Day 52: Sunshine and Snowflakes

2020 Life Logs, Day 52: Sunshine and Snowflakes
Date: Friday, February 21, 2020
Weather: Partly Sunny and Cold; High 29 degrees, Low 23 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Sunshine and snowflakes falling from the sky make a beautiful combination. You just don’t get to see it very often. But this morning the sun was trying to break through a thin layer of clouds that were dumping big, beautiful snowflakes. Over a period of a couple of hours, there were enough to give us a very thin and fleeting blanket of snow. And it was below freezing, so it was not only beautiful, it actually felt like a winter day. Shadow and I braved the cold to go for a long walk and then we played outside in the yard for quite a while.

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We had a couple of snowy days just after I got Shadow and he loved it. Today was no different. There was not enough snow to romp in, but he used his nose like snowplow making furrows in the blanket of snow to mark his track. And in doing so, he ate as much snow as he possibly could. It is such a delight I

Today was Midge Frieswyk’s birthday. There are five of us who go out to lunch for birthdays, but two friends are out of town. So today it was just Midge, Olivia White, and myself. We went to Bleu, a restaurant with French bistro fare in Mashpee Commons, and had a fabulous lunch. We weren’t planning to get dessert, but when I saw a dessert named Madame Feufeu, I insisted we order it just because I loved the name. I didn’t realize the chef’s name is Fredrik Feufeu. I was thinking of Little Rabbit FooFoo! But whether Feufeu or FooFoo, the dessert was wonderful. Happy birthday, Midge.

When I returned home, I took a couple of hours to do nothing and then launched into writing a new intro to my website. I have not updated it since Mark died, so it is way past due. Shadow and I just got back from Heather and Jed’s. While they are gone, I go over morning and night to feed the guinea pigs and to check on the painting progress. I was pleasantly surprised to find that all of the trim in the whole house has at least one coat of fresh paint, plus the kitchen ceiling and walls. This morning I was not sure the job was going to be done by the time the Goldstones get home tomorrow evening, but tonight things are looking good. The report from Maine tonight is that Heather actually did some downhill skiing today. She is cross country skier and doesn’t love downhill, but it sounded like she had fun. Jed hit a tree today, but both tree and Jed are fine despite the fact that Ollie’s text said it was a BIG tree! And everyone was having so much fun that they continued skiing into the evening. Life is good.

2020 Life Logs, Day 51: Another Run Around Day

2020 Life Logs, Day 51: Another Run Around Day
Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020
Weather: Partly Sunny; High 33 degrees, Low 17 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

February 02, 2020, was a very special palindrome day as the date read the same forwards and backwards in all date formats—UK, USA, and ISO. Today’s date was not a palindrome, but as I wrote 02/20/2020, I enjoyed writing all those 2’s and 0’s again. What I didn’t enjoy about today was that it ended up being another run around day. I had only one thing on my calendar and that was to go to a doctor appointment at 12:40 to review the results of a recent bone density scan, so I hoped for an easy-going day. But then I read my emails and saw that I had left my Mah Jongg card behind last night at Judy Pooley’s home. She is leaving on Saturday morning, going to South Carolina for a couple of weeks, so I had to go to her house to pick up the card. It’s not far, but it delayed my morning walk with Shadow. When I got home, I did take a nice, long walk with Shadow and then it was time to head out for the doctor appointment. My primary care physician has changed locations since my last visit. I thought I knew his new location, but when I got there, it was not the right place. So, I had to make a call, put the address in Google Maps, and backtrack a bit. I had all sorts of paperwork that I had filled out due to the move and when I gave that to the receptionist, I got a bit of a lecture about not sending it in ahead of time. Did I not get the return envelope with the forms? No, I did not. And I had called at the time to find out where to send it and was told to just bring it with me. Oh, well. We got through that confusion and then I was given more forms to fill out, each requiring me to write today’s date. That’s when I fell in love with all the 2’s and 0’s. When all of this was done, I was informed that I arrived an hour and 40 minutes early for my appointment. That is not what my calendar said, but regardless, I had to wait. I had not been sent a reminder because I hadn’t turned in the forms. Ugh! I decided to drive the 20 minutes back to Falmouth to run a few errands and then returned for the appointment. But with the driving back and forth, it was late afternoon when I got home. I took another long walk with Shadow, visited with Shirley and Doris next door for a bit, and then came home and gave Shadow a much needed bath. I have been hesitant to do this for days because I know he is not feeling great, but the time had come. I am taking him back to the doctor tomorrow morning to see if we can figure out why he is just not interested in eating. Something is just not right. I then have a luncheon with two friends to celebrate a birthday. By tomorrow afternoon, I’ll finally get the time I need to catch up on returning emails and just relaxing. Maybe.

2020 Life Logs, Day 50: Post Office Run Around and Mah Jongg

2020 Life Logs, Day 50: Post Office Run Around and Mah Jongg
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 4 degrees, Low 22 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

What a day! Something that should have been so simple ended up taking a great part of the day. Friends that are out of town asked me to pick up a package delivered to their home. I had the tracking information and once I saw it had been delivered, I went to pick it up. But it was not there. There was some confusion because the package was coming from out of the country. There was one tracking number for passage into the country, but another once it arrived. It was sent via UPS, but once in the US, it was to be delivered by the US Postal Service. I talked to UPS and then I talked to USPS Customer Service. No help. They suggested I go to the main post office in Falmouth. I did. I suggested that maybe the package was not really delivered to the house since mail was on hold. I asked them to check. No package. So I was told it must be in the North Falmouth Post Office. I drove there. No package. But there was a young postmaster who finally figured out the problem and sent me back to the main post office downtown Falmouth. I was still told there was no package, but I persisted, talked to a supervisor, and sure enough—the package was there all along. During all of this, I went to a Lunch and Learn program about horseshow crabs and picked Heather up from work mid-afternoon and drove her to the bus station for her trip to Maine to meet up with Jed and the boys. I spent late afternoon time with Shadow and then went to play Mah Jongg tonight. I got home for the last 45 minutes of the Democratic debate. And now it is definitely time to go to bed. Tomorrow should be a much quieter day with only one appointment. I’m ready for a quiet day.