2021 Life Logs, Day 303: Quiet Day at Home

2021 Life Logs, Day 303: Quiet Day at Home
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021
Weather: Mostly Cloudy, Rain Early and Late; High Temp 62, Low Temp 57 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

There was just enough rain this morning to change plans for the day. Ollie’s early morning soccer game was cancelled, and it was too wet to do yard work. I thought I was going to spend my day playing ‘pick up sticks’ in my yard, but instead, computer issues took priority. It was a quiet day at home being frustrated by my computer. I am dealing with the aftermath of a change in the way all of my photos and other files are stored in a cloud. Until this past week it was done by something called Back Up and Sync, but Google is no longer supporting that and thousands of files need to be move to Google Drive. It sounds easy but is not. Heather spent a lot of time last week trying to figure it out, but neither of us is sure we are doing it right. So ‘just in case’, I went to Staples this afternoon to buy a new 1 terabyte external hard drive to back things up on ‘earth’ in case the ‘cloud’ fails. I have backed things up on hard drives for years, but all of mine were full and photos from the last couple of years needed to be backed up. I will continue with the computer issues tomorrow.

My summer neighbor Andrew contacted me mid-day asking me to go to his house and do a few things. They have decided to rent the house for short-term stays through a vacation rental company, and they had just found out that the first renters were arriving this afternoon. There were just a few personal things he wanted me to do before the vacation rental company came in to do the pre-rental cleaning. While there I realized that their backyard and patio needed a leaf clean-up before the renters arrived and yard work is not done by the vacation rental folks. Sam and Ollie do Andrew’s yard work and were planning to do the storm clean-up over the next couple of weeks, but the unexpected advent of renters changed that. The boys weren’t available, so I used my leaf blower to blow the leaves into the yard from the patio. I then picked up as many of the larger twigs and branches blown off the trees during the storm as I could in a short period of time. It looked presentable.

It is raining out again tonight, but I am truly hoping for sunshine tomorrow. We have seen the sun peek through the clouds a few times yesterday and today, but basically it has been overcast and rainy, punctuated by an extreme storm, since Monday. Enough!

2021 Life Logs, Day 300: Clobbered by a Nor’easter

2021 Life Logs, Day 300: Clobbered by a Nor’easter
Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Weather: Wind Gusts to 55 mph, Rain; High Temp 55, Low Temp 49 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Forty-seven years ago today Mark and I were married on a beautiful day in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Today was not a beautiful day on Cape Cod. Starting last night around 10 pm, the winds picked up and the rain continued. Throughout the night I could hear the howling winds and when I got up to go outside with Shadow at about 7:30 am I was greeted by a big, downed tree in my side yard, leaves and branches littering the ground, and wind gusts up to 55 mph according to Weather Underground on my phone. Those gusts were so strong that small tree branches were flying through the air. We were out and in quickly to then discover that there was no electricity and there still is not. School was cancelled today, and many small businesses were closed. This is like an extreme winter blizzard without the snow.

My neighbor Andrew almost lost his boat when the boards holding the line cleats ripped up in the wind. He saw this happening and was able to run out to catch the lines. A little later in the morning, I helped him move the boat to his neighbor’s dock. But when I was outside that time, I saw that all of my outside furniture was blown hither and yon. As a result of the nasty weather, Shadow and I have spent most of our day curled up on the love seat by the front window where I can see to read. I went to the basement and got out my winter comforter for tonight and a heavy afghan to cuddle under. With the afghan over me and Shadow on top of that, I have been nice and toasty.

Heather and gang are among the lucky ones who have electricity, so they had Shadow and I over for dinner tonight. I am still at their house and will use their internet to send this log. But I have to say I was taken aback on the way here. There are no stoplights working in Falmouth, Aubuchon Hardware was close, Walmart was closed, and the two main grocery stores are running on emergency power. The latest update from the power company is that that it could be multiple days before we have power restored. Shadow and I will go home to sleep under that winter comforter tonight and assess just how comfortable we might be for multiple days without electricity. There is no school again tomorrow, so I will head this way in the morning to unload my freezer contents into Heather and Jed’s freezer and see what I can do with the boys as both Heather and Jed have busy work days tomorrow.

2021 Life Logs, Day 244: Happy Anniversary to Good Friends

2021 Life Logs, Day 244: Happy Anniversary to Good Friends
Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Weather: Overcast with Rain; High Temp 72, Low Temp 65 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

This first day of September was overcast with periods of light rain until 10 pm tonight when it started raining with a vengeance. There is even thunder and lightening to make it more dramatic. But at least the worst of the rain held off until after a gathering of my dining-in group here at the cottage.
I had hoped for a sunny afternoon and had asked everyone to come at 4:30 so we could enjoy an outside summer dinner cooked on the grill. I’ve known for days that it was supposed to rain today, but I kept watching the weather and believed the heavy rain would begin after our dinner. But when it started drizzling this morning, I decided to grill the food before people arrived and eat inside. When they arrived, however, it was not raining and everyone decided to sit outside to have drinks and the special appetizers contributed by Peter and Karen Baranowski. It was fresh tomatoes and mozzarella cheese on slices of baguette from the French bakery. Yum! The rain kept holding off, so we stayed outside for the delicious and beautiful salad brought by Bruce and Jane Woodin. Another yum. I figured we were pushing it, but the weather kept holding, so I served the marinated and grilled veggies, beef, and chicken on rice pilaf and the tasty corn casserole brought by Terry and Olivia outside as well. As we were finishing the dinner, it was starting to rain just a little and I saw a mosquito, so it was time to go inside for dessert.

On August 28, Olivia and Terry White celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. Then on August 29, Peter and Karen Baranowski celebrated their 50th. Midge Frieswyk volunteered to bring a special cake for dessert to honor the special occasion. Whole Foods makes a Chantilly cake that is really delicious, so Midge brought that to celebrate the anniversaries. It was a wonderful evening with friends.

2021 Life Logs, Day 238: Work and Play

2021 Life Logs, Day 238: Work and Play
Date: Thursday, August 26, 2021
Weather: Sunny; High Temp 87, Low Temp 71 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Jonah and Ollie did the work today and I did the playing. I picked J & O up at 10 am and they came to my house to do yard work. Jonah mowed Shirley’s yard while Ollie used the weed whacker to do some trimming in my yard. They had planned to switch jobs so Ollie could mow Andrew’s yard, but we ran out of time. I needed to get Ollie home so he could go to a playdate at Mullen Hall. This is his new school and he really only knows two kids who go there. One of the two is Simon who lives in his neighborhood. Today Simon and Ollie were going to play on the school grounds. Jonah had a playdate with his friend Kaiden. So, after dropping Ollie off, I took Jonah to Kaiden’s on my way to Midge Frieswyk’s. There I joined friends for lunch on Midge’s deck where I played away the afternoon eating good food and talking with friends. It was a great way to spend a beautiful summer afternoon.

2021 Life Logs, Day 175: Day at Sippewissett Marsh and Woodneck Beach

2021 Life Logs, Day 175: Day at Sippewissett Marsh and Woodneck Beach
Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021
Weather: Sunny and Windy; High 73, Low 60 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Camp Oma got an early start this morning, dictated by the tides. The Goldpebbles wanted to introduce Charlie, their new friend whose family now owns the home one away from the cottage, while the tide was going out and then during slack tide. They were adamant that this is best time to explore in the marsh. So, we arrived shortly after 11 am and spent the next four hours having a great time. For most of that time, it was really windy and I was sometimes chilly even though the sun was shining in a bright blue sky. The four boys tried skim boarding on the beach side and then moved into the marsh to catch critters. Near the end of our day, we moved back to the beach side for more skim boarding that somehow ended in a throwing sand at each other. We are going to have to review our summer beach rules, but they were having so much fun today that I just let a few things slip.

2021 Life Logs, Day 142: Writing, Kombucha, Soccer

2021 Life Logs, Day 142: Writing, Kombucha, Soccer
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021
Weather: Partly Sunny, Warm When the Sun Shined; High 67, Low, 59 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Not a lot to write about today. I continued writing this morning and around noon headed to Heather’s to check out her new batch of kombucha. I used to make kombucha and love it, but stopped drinking it thinking that maybe its acidic qualities were adding to my reflux issues. But last week Heather was interested in started making it and I said I would be glad to help get her started. Today we decanted the first batch and put it in bottles for the second fermentation . . . and started a second batch. By Tuesday or Wednesday, the first batch should be ready to drink.

I had a few minutes to watch their new kittens at play. They have moved from Heather and Jed’s bedroom into the living room and seem to be doing great. They are a constant source of entertainment and so very, very cute.

Sam had a soccer game this afternoon and I went to see him play. They did not have enough players for a real game, so the referee put on a jersey and played with them. Because it was not a competive game, the boys seemed to really enjoy that freedom. It was great to see them playing and laughing and talking at the same time.

I returned home and did more writing. Tomorrow morning I am going to focus on gardening. And in the afternoon I am going to a luncheon with my dining-in group. The high temp is supposed to be in the low 80’s. I do hope to fully enjoy the warmth.