2020 Life Logs, Day 27: Mundane Monday

2020 Life Logs, Day 27: Mundane Monday
Date: Monday, January 27, 2020
Weather: Partly Sunny; High 43 degrees, Low 30 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

No earth-shattering news from here today. It was a mundane Monday. I did make an appointment with a dog trainer and I spent time organizing any writing I have done to date that might be included in a book about the Voyage of Windbird. Then there was reading, working on what I think is another impossible 1,500 piece puzzle, walking, walking, and playing with Shadow, and doing some cooking. Mundane. But let me share a quote about mundane from B, F. Skinner. “Even the mundane task of washing dishes by hand is an example of the small tasks and personal activities that once filled people’s daily lives with a sense of achievement.” I did wash dishes by hand today since I don’t have a dish washer, so after reading this quote I am feeling a sense of achievement! More seriously, however, making progress on my writing does give me a sense of achievement and I will continue with that tomorrow morning. In the afternoon, I meet with a friend from the Memoir Writing class we are taking to do a peer review of our writing. It gives me a sense of excitement to finally be making some progress on writing.

2020 Life Logs, Day 26: Shadow Gets a Winter Coat

2020 Life Logs, Day 26: Shadow Gets a Winter Coat
Date: Sunday, January 26, 2020
Weather: Partly Cloudy; High 48 degrees, Low 33 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Ollie, Jonah, Shadow, and I spent our morning together at my house and Shadow was much better behaved than last night. Still, I will contact that trainer on Monday. Just after noon, I took the boys home. Sam had just gotten home from his Boy Scout Klondike Camp Out weekend. Sam was frustrated that the weekend didn’t go perfectly, but that’s the never-ending story of a perfectionist. Yet, even though he is much younger than some of the other boys, he is the leader of his patrol and he was very proud that they won third place in the weekend events. We are all so proud of his developing leadership skills. Congratulations, Sam.

Sam has been very concerned that Shadow doesn’t have a winter coat and that problem was solved this weekend. Next door neighbor, Melissa Keefe, had a beloved dog named Ginger for many years that died during the last year. Yesterday Heather was talking to Melissa and mentioned how distressed Sam has been over Shadow’s lack of a winter coat and Melissa offered Ginger’s coat. It is tartan plaid and has just a little room for growth. We waited until Sam got home today to give it to Shadow. Sam was so happy that Shadow will no longer need to be cold and Shadow accepted the gift graciously. The weather is going to get colder as this week progresses, so I’ll get a chance to try it out. Thank you, Melissa. I know how much Ginger meant to you and I’ll make sure Shadow makes good use of Ginger’s coat.

2020 Life Logs, Day 25: A Two Pebble Overnight

2020 Life Logs, Day 25: A Two Pebble Overnight
Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020
Weather: Overcast with Drizzle, Pouring Rain Late; High 49 degrees, Low 37 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

It’s a Goldpebble overnight here in the cottage, but there are just two Pebbles as Sam is camping with Scouts this weekend. Today was drizzly and windy, but not cold enough to need gloves when I took Shadow walking. And even now it is 49 degrees out. Sam might be wet, but he shouldn’t be freezing. I had another laid-back day and enjoyed the evening with Ollie and Jonah. We had our favorite dinner when they come over—artichokes, corn-on-the-cob, calamari, and ice cream for dessert. Jonah ate more than I have ever seen him eat. He finished off his artichoke, then his corn, and then asked for more calamari. For a child who eats more like a bird, it was quite an occasion. He called it a feast but reminded me that he still had a little room for dessert. After dinner we watched a movie, or at least the boys did. Shadow just couldn’t settle down, so I spent most of my evening dealing with him. I would put him in the crate and think he was settled. But the minute I brought him back out, he was crazier than when I put him in. So it was back in the crate again. He just gets so excited when he is with the boys, but I have got to find a way to deal with this. That trainer that I had begun to think I didn’t need is going back to the top of the priority list. I will call on Monday and make an appointment as I definitely need guidance.

Since the cottage is so small, once I put the boys to bed, I always come into my bedroom to write my log and read and try to make as little noise as possible. I am sitting here on the bed with a sleeping puppy and I listening to the pouring rain. It is so loud that I am afraid it might wake the boys and I’m dreading taking Shadow out for his last potty break of the day. After I call the trainer on Monday, maybe I should go buy an umbrella!

2020 Life Logs, Day 24: Free and Easy Friday

2020 Life Logs, Day 24: Free and Easy Friday
Date: Friday, January 24, 2020
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 46 degrees, Low 31 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Today was just delightful and convinced me that all of my Fridays should be ‘Free and Easy’. The weather was perfect—sunny morning, a few more clouds in the afternoon, and it felt warm. No gloves, no hats, only a light weight winter coat was needed, so Shadow and I had a nice long morning walk in the bright sunshine and another slightly less sunny afternoon walk. Having Shadow has accomplished one goal and that is getting me outside to walk in the winter weather. And I am really enjoying it. Other than my outdoor forays, walks plus playing ball with Shadow, I read a chapter in the amazing book Heather gave for Christmas, worked on my puzzle while watching the Impeachment Hearings, made a necessary trip to Job Lot and the grocery store, and gave Shadow a late day bath. Surely I did something else, but if I did, I can’t remember what it was! I had wanted to go to a climate change presentation in Woods Hole tonight, but I just couldn’t get myself out the door. Instead, I cuddled a wet puppy after his bath and watched more of the Impeachment Hearings. Tomorrow is another day with nothing on the calendar, but tomorrow night Ollie and Jonah are going to come for dinner and spend the night. Sam is away at a Scout Klondike Camping weekend and Heather and Jed are going out. Shadow and I are looking forward to an evening with J & O.

2020 Life Logs, Day 23:  Reliving the Dream

2020 Life Logs, Day 23:  Reliving the Dream
Date:  Thursday, January 23, 2020
Weather:  Sunny; High 43 degrees, Low 28 degrees F
Location:  At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Friend Bruce Woodin asked me to give my Voyage of Windbird around the world presentation to his small group of ROMEOS—Retired Old Men Eating Out.  They ate in, not out, today at Bruce and Jane’s and this ROW (Retired Old Woman) gave the presentation.  I love giving the presentation as I get to ‘relive the dream’ every time I give it.  Sailing around the world was Mark’s dream and I went along reluctantly.  But by the time we got to the Caribbean, it became my dream as well.  Instead of the normal 45 minutes, I think it took me two hours to give the presentation to the group today.  There were only six of us and there were questions throughout that took extra time.  But no one fell asleep, so I felt successful!  Thanks, Bruce, for inviting me to present to your very special group of friends.  I loved the small group setting.

Because I got home later than expected, I decided to skip my afternoon Memoir Writing class and spend time with Shadow.  I hate leaving him in his crate for more than 3 hours in a day, so instead of writing, Shadow and I walked and played ball outside in the sunshine and watched the Impeachment Hearings when we came inside.  I’m starting a new puzzle, so I worked on separating out the border pieces while watching the Hearings.  Tomorrow I have nothing on my calendar, so Shadow and I can play the day away.  I do have to go to the grocery store as my refrigerator is void of fresh veggies and I’m sure I’ll find other things that need to be done, but it is a good feeling to look forward to a completely free and easy day.

2020 Life Logs, Day 22: Back to ‘Normal’

2020 Life Logs, Day 22: Back to ‘Normal’
Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Weather: ; High 34 degrees, Low 23 degrees F
Location: Back Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

I’ve been home for a little over 24 hours and I definitely hit the ground running. But that’s the normal state of things. Since Jed is out of town, I pitched in last night and today to help Heather with childcare. It’s the least I can do to thank her for taking care of Shadow while I was in Florida. Plus, there’s nothing I love to do more than be with my grandkids. Heather had an early morning meeting, so Shadow and I started our day playing with Ollie until it was time to walk him to school. I was very impressed with how good Ollie is with Shadow on his leash. And believe me, that is not easy. But Ollie and Heather had walked to school yesterday and Ollie obviously paid very close attention to directions and knew exactly what to do today. After dropping Ollie off at school, Shadow and I returned to Heather’s and finished up a laundry load I had started when I first arrived earlier in the morning. Once the laundry was done, Shadow and I headed home for another walk and lunch (for Shadow). Today was friend Karen Baranowski’s birthday and at noon she picked me up and we drove together to meet Olivia White and Jane Woodin for a birthday luncheon at The Lobster Trap in Bourne. We are the female half of our Newcomers Dining-in Group and we get together for birthdays every year. Happy Birthday, Karen! Today we were missing Midge Frieswyk as her husband Bill fell and broke his hip last week and had to be taken to Mass General in Boston for a hip replacement. Bill was already in a rehab center after breaking an arm and a wrist as the result of another fall. We had a wonderful lunch, great seafood, but our thoughts were definitely with Midge and Bill.

When I got home, I had an hour to spend with Shadow before our next outing. We played outside and cuddled on the couch while I caught a bit of today’s Impeachment proceedings, and then we were off to pick Ollie up after school and take him to violin lessons. We stopped by Heather’s and I asked Sam if he would puppy sit while we were gone. He was glad to do it, but when Ollie and I were about half-way to his violin lesson, I got a call from Sam. He was panicked because Shadow had nabbed a chocolate cookie from him. I have told the boys that dogs should not have chocolate, so Sam was afraid it might really hurt Shadow. I felt bad for Sam because he felt responsible. But I assured him that he was not at fault and that one little chocolate cookie was not going to hurt Shadow. I then went in with Ollie for his violin lesson. I love hearing him play. Such a delight. Then after the lesson, we headed home with Jonah and his friend Kaiden who walked over after their jazz band practice at nearby Morse Pond School.

Once Heather got home, Shadow and I headed to our house to have a quick dinner before I had to leave . . . again. Wednesday night is my Mah Jongg night. I hated to leave Shadow, but he probably slept the whole time I was away. I did come home a little early tonight to be with him as I have to leave again tomorrow morning. Right now, we are sitting on the couch, me writing this log while watching a wrap up of today’s Impeachment proceedings, and Shadow cuddled up to me sleeping. Tomorrow I give my Voyage of Windbird to a small group in the morning and go to my memoir writing class in the afternoon. Uh oh, I haven’t done the writing assignment. I might have to tell the instructor that the puppy ate my homework!