2018 Life Logs, Day 140—Yard Sale Day
Date: Sunday, May 20, 2018
Weather: Overcast with Light Rain and Wind AM, Some Clearing PM; High 63, Low 54
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA
The weather didn’t cooperate as forecast, so instead of the rain ending around 6 am, light rain continued off and on during the morning. And it was windy. So not the best weather for a yard sale. But the decision had been made that it would go on despite the weather, so it did. This was a fundraiser for the East Falmouth Elementary PTO, but due to the weather, we didn’t get a lot of visitors. But despite that, Heather and I got rid of a few things and what I didn’t get rid of, I refuse to bring back into the house. I will take the furniture pieces to a local shop tomorrow that I hope will take them and I will take the small items to the Swap Shop at the town dump on Tuesday (only open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday AM when it is sunny). It is incredibly hard to get rid of things you don’t want around here. I actually drove all the way to Hyannis after the sale was over and had hoped that Goodwill would take everything. It was the first time I have ever been told by a Goodwill that they take only furniture in pristine condition. Falmouth is getting a Habitat for Humanity Restore that supposedly opened recently, and hopefully that will make things easier. I drove there today and saw OPEN signs, but there was a chain across the road. So not open today. Maybe tomorrow.
Being at the school all morning gave me the opportunity to see the pergola that was installed this week that will be used as an outdoor classroom space. This pergola is a large structure with corner pillars supporting a lattice roof that will accommodate a whole class underneath. This has been a labor of love for Heather and it has not been easy, but the results are spectacular. There is still work to be done, but the basic cedar structure is in place. A nice touch is the black locust upright posts that are integrated into the roof. The next step is to add a special kind of wood chip flooring that is ADA (American Disabilities Act) approved. As an outdoor classroom, it must be accessible to all students. To celebrate the success of this project, I bought sushi for all of us for dinner tonight. Way to go, Heather! What a wonderful addition to East Falmouth Elementary School.