2017 Life Logs, Day 237: Checking-in on the Goldstone ‘Homestead’
Date: Friday, August 25, 2017
Weather: Sunny; High 71, Low 56 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA
My morning chore was to go to the Goldstone ‘Homestead’ to feed the guinea pigs and check on the mail. I use the term ‘homestead’ loosely, but since Heather has bees, a garden, some berry plants, and a peach tree with almost ripe peaches, I think it qualifies. After picking the bounty from the garden, I decided that I should cut the grass. Sam showed me how to use the battery-powered lawnmower before to Sweden, but I obviously wasn’t a very good student. I could start the mower, but it wouldn’t cut. The mower is an Ego Power+ run by a lithium-ion battery. No gasoline, no electric cords, just a compact battery that once I got it going, ran for about an hour and half before needing to be recharged. Once I figured it out, I think it is the easiest lawn mower I have ever used. Love it. Jed and I exchanged a few text messages but I still couldn’t get it to cut, so I decided to go home for lunch, check out ‘how to’ videos on youTube, and then return and try one last time to get the mower going. I found just want I needed on the internet and got most of the yard cut before the battery ran out of juice. I’ll return tomorrow to finish the yard after I go sailing on Pooh with Bruce Woodin. This is supposed to be a sail where I do everything from start to finish. I watched Bruce last time, but this time is all mine. Hope my memory for what to do on a boat is better than how to start a lawn mower!
The Goldstones return from Sweden on Sunday. They had a bit of a rocky start to the vacation with some challenges from the boys, but if Heather’s posts on Facebook this week are any indication, they have had an absolutely fabulous week. Yesterday and today were Viking days, and today the boys got to dress in full battle attire. I know they loved that!