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.

2018 Life Logs, Day 111—All Work with a Little Play

2018 Life Logs, Day 111—All Work with a Little Play
Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Weather: Sunny and Cool; High Temp 52, Low 37 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

I am tired tonight. Heather met me at the cottage at 9:30 this morning and we cleaned until 12:30. We took a little break to go see Sam’s soccer game and then at 2 pm we returned to continue the work . . . scrubbing floors, climbing to clean windows. Heather had three extra kids are her house this afternoon and they were all staying for dinner and two were spending the night. So late afternoon, she had to leave to go get dinner for the crew. But I stayed into the evening and continued the cleaning. Then I put away the dishes and pots and pans we packed up on Thursday night. Was that really just two nights ago? Seems like many days ago. Anyway, I am exhausted and must get to bed. Early tomorrow morning I travel to the Boston area. Heather’s bees arrive tomorrow morning in Peabody (just north of Boston), so I am going to go pick them up and then drive back to Westford for the birthday brunch for my sister-in-law and niece. I’m hoping to find a parking spot in the shade so the bees won’t be too hot sitting in the car while I attend the brunch. But I can go out and check on them and will head home immediately after we eat and visit for a bit. Then tomorrow evening my good friend Detta Porat arrives. She is coming down from New Hampshire to help get the cottage ready for the move. Can’t wait to see her.