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! 

2019 Life Logs, Day 40: Off to See the Wizard

2019 Life Logs, Day 40:  Off to See the Wizard

Date:  Saturday, February 9, 2019

Weather:  Sunny and Windy; High 36, Low 18 degrees F

Location:  At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

This afternoon the Goldstones and I were off to the see The Wizard of Oz in Concert, presented by the Cape Cod Symphony and the Cotuit Center for the Arts.  The tickets were a Christmas present to Jonah from his Grammy Marti, and I am so happy that I was included.  Thank you, Marti!  The production was absolutely fabulous.  The stage was filled with the Cape Cod Symphony with a big screen backdrop where scenery was projected.  The performers and chorus were dressed in costume and performed in front of the Symphony, sometimes weaving in and out of the Symphony performers, and sometimes weaving through the audience.  You wouldn’t call it a play, but it wasn’t just a concert.  It was the best of both.  The projected images on the screen began just as the 1939 movie in sepia-colored scenes of Kansas wheat.  Once Dorothy was ‘transported’ from Kansas and woke up in the Land of Oz the color appeared, just as it did in the movie.  It is hard for me to decide which performer I favored.  Dorothy had a beautiful voice, the Wicked Witch of the West couldn’t have been more wonderfully wicked, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion played their roles masterfully, and the Wizard was a delight.  But if forced to have a favorite, mine would be the Scarecrow.  Ray Bolger played the Scarecrow in the movie and I think he would have enjoyed today’s performance.  There were a couple of lines, unchanged from the original movie, that got updated reactions.  Dorothy asked the Scarecrow, “How can you talk if you haven’t got a brain?”  The Scarecrow responded, just as he did in 1939, “Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don’t you think?”  This brought a robust chuckle from the audience, I think in honor of our President!  At another point when Glinda, the good witch, brings snow to subdue the effect the poppies were having on Dorothy and ‘friends’, the Cowardly Lion’s line, “Unusual weather we’re having, ain’t it?”, brought more chuckles.  I’m sure all of us have said this more than once in the past few weeks.  Cape Cod Symphony Artistic Director and Conductor, Jung-Ho Pak, along with David Kuehn, Executive Director of the Cotuit Center for the Arts and Producer of this production, make an excellent team.  I will look forward to seeing more of their combined efforts.

My morning was more of the same—exercise at home and then a trip to the gym to put in my daily 30 minutes of biking.  The orthopedic surgeon ‘prescribed’ the daily biking leading up to the knee replacement, so I’m following the doctor’s orders.  The purpose is to build the muscles, but it also takes the pain away for a short time.  And anything that takes pain away is a good thing.  Shortly after I got home, Karen and Peter Baranowski came to visit with their 4 grandchildren, all who have inherited the Baranowski height.  Previously, I had only met their youngest, Will, who is almost 3 and as tall as Ollie who will be 7 in March.  The oldest, Ellen, is 9, and she is as tall as me.  Charlie is 5 and Ben is 7, and both of them are also off the height charts for kids their age.  But then their father is 6’9 and their mother is 6’2, so they didn’t have much of a chance of being short!  But kids are kids, no matter how tall.  They were very excited about feeding the fish, checking out the bedroom that the Goldpebbles call their playroom, and heading down to the dock.  I’m so glad I finally got to meet them.  Delightful kids.   

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.