2018 Life Logs, Day 262—Still Drizzling

2018 Life Logs, Day 262—Still Drizzling
Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Weather: Overcast with Drizzle; High 68, Low 58 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

We were hoping for sunshine today because the Goldstone Monarch butterflies started emerging from their chrysalises yesterday. By this morning all five had emerged, but we didn’t want to release them in the rain. So, release before school was postponed until afternoon with the hope of better weather after school. That didn’t happen. It was still drizzling. But the decision was made to take them to the backyard and give them the chance to fly away. The Goldpebbles plus neighbors Molly and Joey each chose one of the 5 butterflies to take their name and then personally tried to get them to fly. Only one took us up on that offer, but hopefully tomorrow will be warmer with a little sunshine and the beautiful butterflies can start their trek to Mexico. And we have have one lone caterpillar that still needs to go through this process. I went to get fresh milkweed for the very hungry caterpillar today and I am hoping that by tomorrow there will be a chrysalis, not a caterpillar.

Tomorrow I am going to spread my wings and trek to New Hampshire to attend a New Hampshire Public Radio celebration of their Campaign for Innovation. In Mark’s fifteen years in New Hampshire, he and his very capable staff expanded public radio there from one station, WEVO in Concord, to a network of twelve stations that cover the entire state. We watched WEVO grow to become New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR). When Mark retired, he knew that what the station needed next was a leader with expertise in raising funds to assure that NHPR could thrive in the twenty-first century. Betsy Gardella was hired to succeed Mark and tomorrow we will all celebrate her success in raising more than 5 million dollars in the Campaign for Innovation. Mark would be so pleased to know that his dream for New Hampshire Public is alive and well. Before the celebration, I will have a short visit with my friend Detta Porat and after the celebration, I will spend the night with good friends Alan and Helaine Kanegsberg before returning home on Friday.

2018 Life Logs, Day 260—Just a Monday

2018 Life Logs, Day 260—Just a Monday
Date: Monday, September 17, 2018
Weather: Partly Sunny; 77, Low 67 F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Today was just a Monday—a trip to the gym, grocery shopping, running errands, clothes shopping, and spending the evening with the Goldpebbles while Heather and Jed attended a Scout parent meeting. There was also more communication with Sam on Windbird about a sailing destination. No decision yet, but narrowing in on joining them for a sail from in the Leewards from St. Kitts to Nevis to Antigua in January or doing the passage from Aruba to Columbia in late May. Being away in January to avoid winter weather is enticing, so that might be the deciding factor.

2018 Life Logs, Day 261—Stormy Day

2018 Life Logs, Day 261—Stormy Day
Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Weather: Overcast with Rain; 76, Low 63 F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

We finally got the remnants of Florence today, bringing heavy rains with threats of flooding. I only knew about the threat of flooding because my phone kept making the emergency alert sounds with the message of local flooding. I have never had that alert on my phone before and since I was off-Cape, I guess the alerts were for the area of Massachusetts where I was driving. But I am back home tonight and all has settled down. The rain has passed, and the north winds are bringing slightly cooler weather.

This morning I attended a meeting of the Newcomers Teacher Group. This group plans monthly field trips and today was the day to decide on field trips for the following year. Ideas are brought forward, a voting system produces the top twelve choices, and then different people in the group volunteer to organize each of the trips. I volunteered to organize a December trip to the Rhode Island School of Design. I know nothing about it, but that makes it all the more fun. Last year I organized a trip to the Harvard Museums which I also knew nothing about. Learning about the destination and planning for the group was almost as much fun as going on the trip. After that meeting, I headed off-Cape to the Wrentham Outlets. This is about an hour’s drive north. I have lost enough weight that most of my clothes are just too big for me, so this was a trip to buy clothes. I searched locally yesterday with no luck, but I struck pay dirt today. I am traveling to New Hampshire on Thursday for a New Hampshire Public Radio reception and I desperately needed something to wear. I now have that despite having to drive through torrential rain. What a woman won’t do to look decent!

2018 Life Logs, Day 259—Gardening, Cooking, Cleaning, Thinking

2018 Life Logs, Day 259—Gardening, Cooking, Cleaning, Thinking
Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018
Weather: Mostly Sunny; 78, Low 61 F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Today was spent doing a little gardening, a little cooking, a little cleaning, and a little thinking. The thinking involved staring at the calendar and making some decisions. First, I got a message through Messenger (which I rarely use) from Sam and Dawn on Windbird asking me what leg of their Caribbean adventure I would like to join this year. They are sailing from Puerto Rico to the British Virgins in November and then on down the chain of Leeward and Windward islands ending their sailing season in Columbia on the northern coast of South America. I’ve never been to the British Virgins and would enjoy that leg but not sure I want to travel in November. I have asked them for their feedback on when they might most need crew, so a decision on when and where I will meet them will evolve. I then got another message through Messenger from a woman asking if I would be willing to make my ‘Top 10 Sailing Destinations’ presentation to the Chatham Harwich Newcomers group here on the Cape. We did a little back and forth and decided on a March date for that. And I also had to continue looking at that calendar to make decisions about which Falmouth Newcomers activities I want to attend in the next month and beyond. One of the big options is a river trip on the Danube next October, starting in Prague and ending in Budapest. It looks very enticing, so I will continue thinking about that one.

2018 Life Logs, Day 258—Soccer and A Trip to Martha’s Vineyard

2018 Life Logs, Day 258—Soccer and A Trip to Martha’s Vineyard
Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018
Weather: Sunny; 75, Low 60 F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

It is fall soccer season and this fall we have three boys playing on different teams at different times and in different places. Today Jonah had a game about 45 minutes from here in Dennis at 12:15. Sam had a game in Barnstable which is Hyannis at 2:30 and Ollie, with Jed as coach, had a practice at 1:30 here in Falmouth. There was no way Heather and Jed could cover all three games, so I offered to help out. Heather drove Jonah and Marco, another team member, to Dennis for their pre-game practice and I met her there for the game. I was about five minutes late and that was two minutes too late to see Jonah make the first goal of the game. But is always a delight to watch him play whether or not he gets a goal. And I love that he is still playing on the same team with his good friend Luke from preschool . . . many years of friendship. Jonah’s team won today and many members of the team celebrated their win on the school playground adjacent to the soccer field. I then I drove Jonah and Marco home while Heather drove to Barnstable to watch Sam’s game. Thankfully Sam had hitched a ride to the game with a friend. Soon after I got home with Jonah, Jed got home with Ollie after his first-ever successful soccer practice. He has signed up for soccer for the past two years, but at the last minute, he has backed out. He said he would play this year if Jed would be his coach and that worked. We made it through the soccer games and then it was time to get on the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard. We had all been invited to a birthday celebration for Brian Keefe, Heather and Jed’s neighbor. Brian is celebrating his 40th and good friends who lease one of the gingerbread houses in Oaks Bluff on the Vineyard let Brian and Melissa use their home for the weekend of festivities. Jed, Jonah, Ollie and I took the 3:45 pm ferry and then Heather and Sam joined us later, taking the 5:00 pm ferry. It was a day of crazy scheduling, but we all enjoyed the craziness. Brian spent most of the evening tending the grill, but that is one of the things he loves to do. Someone gave him a huge rib eye steak, and I mean huge, as a present and when he put that on the grill, I thought he was going to burn down the entire neighborhood of gingerbread houses. Thankfully he quickly got that under control. Attending a birthday party in “Gingerbread Town”, as Ollie calls the section of Oaks Bluff with the very cute gingerbread houses, was a real treat. We reluctantly left on the 8:30 pm ferry to head home wishing a very happy birthday to Brian. When we were in line at the ferry, a young woman saw that Jonah was carrying a soccer ball and she came over and invited the boys to kick the ball around with her and her companion. Everyone waiting in line watched the competition between the five of them. And when a ball got away from them, people in line joined in by kicking it back. Great fun!