2019 Life Logs, Day 151: From Nyack, NY to Dedham, MA and Then Home

2019 Life Logs, Day 151: From Nyack, NY to Dedham, MA and Then Home
Date: Friday, May 31, 2019
Weather: Partly Sunny; High 77, Low 58 degrees F
Location: Back Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

My visit with Lynne was wonderful, but this morning it was time to say my farewells and head to Boston. I got across the Tappan Zee Bridge with no problem, but then my GPS headed me in what I thought was the wrong direction. Then five miles later, it had me turn around and head back the same five miles. I carefully set my GPS before leaving Lynne’s, but I struggled with it all the way to Hartford, Connecticut. When I get a chance, I’m going to retrace the trip to see what happened, but even with the confusion, I arrived at Alan and Helaine’s new home in Dedham, near Boston, by 12:45 pm. They live in a Hebrew senior life center called Newbridge on the Charles. It is known as one of the most successful senior living centers in the country and is celebrating ten years of success this year. It is associated with the Harvard Medical School, has a variety of living situations—cottages, villas, apartments, independent living, assisted living, and continuing care. It has a K-8 school on the grounds, a fantastic central building that has restaurants, a state-of-the-art gym, an inside pool, a theater, meeting rooms, and an auditorium. And the Charles River runs through the grounds with nature walking paths alongside it. In fact, Helaine and I took off to walk on those paths having no idea where they headed. We enjoyed the walk and eventually we found our way back home. There’s even an area on the campus where residents can claim a raised bed to plant. I was quite impressed with what I will call the village and, in particular, I was impressed with Alan and Helaine’s cottage. Compared to my little cottage, it felt HUGE. It has vaulted ceilings and lots of tall windows making it light and airy. And most importantly, both Alan and Helaine already love their cottage and their new life at Newbridge. We had lunch in one of the restaurants and while there saw many people that Alan and Helaine have met. Everyone is friendly and the staff helpful. It is easy to see why Newbridge has been so successful. It was 5 o’clock on a Friday afternoon when I was ready to leave, not the best time to head south to Cape Cod, so I drove through Dedham to a shopping area that had both a Whole Foods and a Costco and did a little shopping while waiting for the rush hour traffic to calm down. From my little explore of the town, it seems it has unlimited shopping opportunities. In the future, I’ll drive to Dedham for my off-Cape shopping trips and include a visit with Alan and Helaine.

2019 Life Logs, Day 64:  Amazing Birthday

2019 Life Logs, Day 64:  Amazing Birthday
Date:  Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Weather:  Glorious Sunshine; High 29, Low 17 degrees F
Location:  At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

As I left Heather and Jed’s tonight after a fabulous birthday dinner, I thanked the boys for a perfect birthday celebration.  Jonah stopped me right there and said, “Oma, nothing is perfect.  How about saying it was an amazing celebration?”  Okay.  I’ll buy that.  It was an amazing birthday.  Despite being only one-week into the recovery from knee surgery, with the help of friends and family, I really did have an amazing day.  Friends brought lunch here to the cottage and then we drove to the Woods Hole Library to see a viewing of the independent film, “Tea with the Dames.”  This was a delightful visit with Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, and Joan Plowright where the audience is invited to ease drop as they reminisce and discuss their acting careers.  It was a perfect birthday film as these four British Dames truly show what it means to age gracefully.  Together, they are 342 years old, still going strong with lots of wit and wisdom to share.  On the way home, I was dropped off at Heather and Jed’s where the boys were busy preparing for Oma’s birthday dinner.  Artichokes, of course!  With gluten-free cupcakes decorated deliciously and beautifully by Heather and so many presents to open.  Homemade cards by Sam, Jonah, and Ollie, a couple of books, one by a favorite author, the other called “Educated” which looks very interesting, lighthouse earrings, a strawberry topper, kitchen scissors, and even a small ammonite fossil refrigerator magnet from Jed’s mother, Marti.  Thanks, Marti!  But my favorite gift is one that any mother would want to frame.  It is a dish towel from Heather that says, “OMG–My Mother was Right About Everything!”  Now I have proof!  I also got a birthday phone call from Justin, Jo, Ziggy, and Coco and a photo from my 60th birthday dinner with the Kanegsberg’s in New Zealand.  I do believe I’ve aged a bit since then.

2019 Life Logs, Day 45:  Happy Valentine’s Day

2019 Life Logs, Day 45:  Happy Valentine’s Day
Date:  Thursday, February 14, 2019
Weather:  Partly Sunny; High 42, Low 29 degrees F
Location:  At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Here’s hoping you had a very Happy Valentine’s Day.  I started my day by attending a Newcomer’s General Meeting.  The program today addressed end-of-life issues that are so confusing and so important for all of us to understand.  In addition to a very interesting program, it was great to see other friends.  When I got out of the meeting, I saw that Justin had called me, so when I got home I returned the call.  He had some business-related questions and when those were answered, he shared that he had to run as he and Jo had a mid-afternoon ‘date’ on the beach with another couple.  Jo’s parents are visiting and they offered to kidsit while Justin and Jo enjoyed a special Valentine’s Day time together.  Then I spent part of my afternoon preparing food for tonight’s dinner at the Goldstones.  Heather and Jonah came up with the idea of having chocolate fondue for dessert for a Valentine’s Day dinner, and then Jonah suggested we have cheese fondue as the main dinner.  So, we had a fondue feast.  I offered to prepare the fruits, veggies, and meat, and get all of the ingredients together for chocolate and cheese fondue. Heather baked bread and cake for dipping in the chocolate, so when I arrived we just had to mix the ingredients, first for the cheese fondue feast, and then for the chocolate fondue feast.  We had a rainbow of vegetables, with meat and bread for dipping in the cheese fondue.  And then another rainbow of fruit for dipping in the chocolate.  It was a delicious way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  And after eating all of the chocolate, the boys had added energy and put on a bit of a play starring Ollie as King.  He loves playing that role! 

2018 Life Logs, Day 312: In New Hampshire

2018 Life Logs, Day 312: In New Hampshire
Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Weather: Sunny; High 50, Low 31 degrees F
Location: At Home with the Kanegsbergs, Bow, NH

My day started by attending the socializing time before the monthly Newcomers Meeting. I didn’t stay for the program as I still had many things to do before taking off for my trek north to New Hampshire. I had some errands to run in town and then I went home to get ready to leave for four days. Just before I left home, I got a text from Justin that said, “Just got out!” This was obviously referring to being released from the hospital. Hurray! When I talked to him this evening and asked for details, all he knew was that the biopsy report showed the bacteria to be block-shaped. I’m not sure what that means. I just hope the prescribed antibiotic does the job.

It takes about three hours to drive to Concord, New Hampshire, from the Cape. I arrived here a little after 3 pm and drove downtown to Gibson’s Book Store. This is fantastic bookstore, so I just walked around feeling like a kid in a candy shop. We have a lovely, small children’s bookstore in Falmouth and a Barnes & Nobles in Hyannis, but nothing as special as Gibson’s. I tore myself away as it was time to get to the Kanegsberg’s for the Concord Yacht Club meeting. The number of people in the club has diminished since Mark first joined in the early 1990’s, but small is good. About half the current members were present tonight and only about half present still own sailboats, but we decided to keep meeting quarterly. It is a wonderful group of people and we always enjoy sharing sailing stories, past and present, and stories about life in general. Thanks to Alan and Helaine Kanegsberg for hosting us tonight. They just became ‘boatless’ as their J40, Atlantis, sold last week. But, boat or no boat, we convinced Alan to continue on as our Commodore. And I want to congratulate my grandson Ollie. I saw on Facebook that he was named an East Falmouth Elementary PeaceBuilder for the month of October. If there is one thing we need in our world right now, it is PeaceBuilders. Go, Ollie!

2018 Life Logs, Day 230—Day Off

2018 Life Logs, Day 230—Day Off
Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018
Weather: Rain Overnight, Some Sun, Some Clouds; High 81, Low 67 F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

I took the day off. I did finish party clean-up, returning tables, chairs, etc., to Heather and Jed’s. But otherwise, I just muddled through the day with nothing of import to report.

2018 Life Logs, Day 200—More Fun with the Grandkids

2018 Life Logs, Day 200—More Fun with the Grandkids
Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018
Weather: Sunny; High 79, Low 59 F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

We spent another glorious day just hanging out on the dock, taking turns paddling about in the kayaks, playing in the basement, and taking a mid-afternoon trip to the Farmers Market on Falmouth Harbor and playing at the Falmouth Village Science Playground downtown. Jonah, Ollie, and I started the day by going to swim lessons at Menauhant. After years of reluctance about putting his head in the water, Jonah is diving in and having a great time swimming. Today he got to ride on the Big Banana which is the life guard’s rescue board. Ollie is also loving swim lessons. He spends much of his time underwater or with face in the water swimming as fast as he can. Great to see!

When we got home, Sam, Ziggy, and Coco were already on the dock. The Fab 5 spent the rest of the morning paddling about. At first Ollie and Coco rode together in the two-man kayak, but then they decided to explore separately. The big boys escaped the dock and found playing in the basement great fun. Coco and Ollie joined them and Sam set up the basement so everyone had their own desk and lighting so they could each read. But after lunch, Jo and I headed to downtown Falmouth with the five kids. I wanted to go to the Farmers Market and Jo wanted to check out the Art Market next door. And we couldn’t be that close the harbor without going down on the dock to explore. Then the kids all wanted to go to a vintage 50’s store downtown to get ‘vintage’ candy. Jo and I did our best to limit the candy purchase and then we all walked to the Falmouth Village Science Playground. The big boys were so busy I couldn’t catch a photo of them, but Coco and Ollie decided to do some wall climbing which gave me a chance to capture their expertise. It is truly wonderful to watch the five cousins playing and exploring together.