2019 Life Logs, Day 53:  Day with Goldpebbles, Evening with Friends

2019 Life Logs, Day 53:  Day with Goldpebbles, Evening with Friends

Date:  Friday, February 22, 2019

Weather:  Mostly Sunny, Still Warm; High 43, Low 27 degrees F

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

I spent my day with the Goldpebbles and my evening here at the cottage with friends.  I call that a win-win day.  The boys had a laid-back day, just enjoying the last day of winter vacation.  They still have the weekend before returning to school, but they don’t count weekends since they are not school days.  Jonah and Ollie stayed in their pajamas until the afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed their pajama day.  Sam was leaving late this afternoon for a two-night Scout ski/snowboard weekend, so he spent time packing his bag.  Jed is taking Jonah and Ollie skiing tomorrow, so they laid out their clothes as well.  And all three boys practiced their instruments.  Sam on drums, Jonah on electric guitar, and Ollie on violin.  I hear a band in the making.  I got a couple of photos of Ollie practicing violin—just too cute. Then when Jed got home, I scurried back to the cottage to get dinner ready for our Newcomers Dining-in group.  There are usually 9 of us, but tonight we were only 7 as the Woodins were not here.  It was great to be together . . . a great group of friends.   Bruce and Jane, we missed you.

2019 Life Logs, Day 52:  A Day with the Goldpebbles

2019 Life Logs, Day 52:  A Day with the Goldpebbles

Date:  Thursday, February 21, 2019

Weather:  Sunny and Warmer; High 45, Low 31 degrees F

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

I spent most of my day with the Goldpebbles.  They played at home all morning and then we came to my house for lunch.  It was a beautiful day with high temps in the 40’s, but that made it messy as the snow was melting and everything was slushy.  While Sam and Jonah spent time inside, Ollie was outside shoveling slushy snow.  Then we headed to the cottage.  After lunch, the boys helped me get the new seed planting trays I ordered unwrapped and on the shelves, ready to plant.  Then we headed into town.  I had a 3 pm technology class, so Jed met me there and took over childcare duties.  Tomorrow will be more of the same and then tomorrow night my Newcomers Dining-in group will be coming for dinner.  So, I’m headed to bed early to get ready for a busy day.

2019 Life Logs, Day 51:  A Day in the Kitchen

2019 Life Logs, Day 51:  A Day in the Kitchen

Date:  Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Weather:  Overcast, Still Cold; High 29, Low 27 degrees F

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

Not much to report today, as I spent most of my time in the kitchen.  But I do one have one bit of happy news.  On my way to the gym this morning, I stopped by to get a first hand report from the Goldpebbles on their snowboarding adventure in Maine during the past four days.  All three boys were unanimous that it was a fantastic trip.  Sam and Jonah had a snowboarding lesson during over the Christmas vacation, so they got a running start on this weekend.  Ollie had never been on either skis or a snowboard before, but both Sam and Jonah boasted that their little brother was a natural on the slopes.  To see all three boys so animated and excited was the highlight of my day.  When I returned home, I worked on preparations for a dinner party I am hosting on Friday night and on starting batches of sauerkraut, kimchi, and dilly beans to ferment.  Justin called and we had a long phone conversation and got to say hello to Ziggy.  When we hung up, I got on my computer to research a couple of things and then I got one of those very scary screen notices that said repeatedly that if I didn’t call the number on the screen, Microsoft was going to shut me out of my computer as it had been breached by a virus.  I was pretty sure this was a scam, but I quickly called Heather and had her listen to the repeating message.  She was able to look up the source on her computer and confirmed it was a scam, but she sent Jed over to double check on things.  Thank you, Heather and Jed, for guiding me through this.  These notices on your computer seem so real.  I can see how so many people call the number given on the screen, and then end up giving financial information that can lead to disaster.  I’ll spend most of tomorrow and Friday with the Goldpebbles since it is school vacation week, but not a vacation week for Heather and Jed.  Looks like it is going to be mostly sunny and warmer tomorrow, so it will probably be an outside day.  Looking forward to it.

2019 Life Logs, Day 50:  ‘Girls’ Night Out

2019 Life Logs, Day 50:  ‘Girls’ Night Out

Date:  Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Weather:  Sunny and Cold; High 33, Low 18 degrees F

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

It was a gorgeous day ending with a great ‘girls’ night out.  When all of the females in a group are 70 or older, I don’t suppose I should refer to them as girls.  And that was emphasized when we got to the restaurant for dinner and decisions on seating were made based which ear you hear better out of.  The reason for the outing was to celebrate Midge Frieswyk’s birthday and she was the one that pointed out that there was a time when you chose where you were going to sit to have a clearer view of the good-looking guys at the bar, not based on your hearing disability.  That comment brought more than one chuckle!  But once we settled on our seating positions, we had a lovely birthday dinner in a colonial setting in the Scargo Café.  This dining venue was chosen because it is just across the street from the Cape Cinema where we were going for a 7 pm showing of an independent film about Pablo Picasso in his youth.  The Cape Cinema in in Dennis, which is about a 45-minute drive.  That’s further than we like to go for evening celebrations, but just going to sit in this art deco theater is a special treat.  The Cape Cinema was founded in 1930 and the exterior was modeled after a Congregational church.  The theater interior has individual arm chairs upholstered in tangerine-colored suede and a 6,400 square foot mural covers the ceiling representing the heavens.  The theater specializes in independent American and international films and is a Cape Cod treasure.  Great evening.  Happy Birthday, Midge.

2019 Life Logs, Day 49:  A Little Snow

2019 Life Logs, Day 49:  A Little Snow

Date:  Monday, February 18, 2019

Weather:  Snow and Icy Mist, Mostly Cloudy; High 37, Low 17 degrees F

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

For the second time in a week, it snowed.  We got a little snow overnight and into the morning, but then it turned into an icy mist.  There is still some of today’s snow on the ground, but not enough for sledding.  I have heard from Heather reporting that the boys are enjoying their time on a snowy mountain in Maine, so at least they have had a couple of days of winter fun.  They return home tomorrow evening as Heather has to get back to work early on Wednesday.  But the boys have the rest of this winter vacation week to enjoy.  I have had three days with no appointments and no commitments, but things pick up again tomorrow.  So, after three lovely, lazy days, it is time to get back into the fray.  But that will end on Monday with my knee surgery.  I visited with a friend this afternoon that had a knee replacement last week, and she reminded me that I will have many days without a whole lot of movement after the surgery.  Lots of time to read and recover.