2018 Life Logs, Day 284—Busy from Start to Finish
Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018
Weather: Overcast, Late Afternoon Rain; High 77, Low 61 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

This was a busy day from start to finish. At 8:30 am, representatives from National Grid came to do an energy assessment of the cottage. It was a two-and-a-half-hour affair and I was very impressed with their thoroughness and with what they offer to do to fix issues at very little cost to the consumer. The cottage mostly needs more insulation and some other tweaks here and there that would cost almost $5,000. But they supply the materials and do the work, and the cost to me would be less than $500. Sounds like a good deal to me. But before I can take them up on their deal, there is an issue with the hot water heater that needs to be addressed. My landlord, Shirley, has already said she will pay for that, so I just need to get a plumber here. Easier said than done! During the afternoon I attended a Newcomers Technology Tips class. Today’s topic was photo editing and I knew most of what was presented, but I learned how to edit photos on my phone which I have never done before. These classes are offered once a month and I will definitely return for next month’s class on making photo books. I have done this multiple times and have been happy with my results. But the process is always frustrating as I just do it by the seat of my pants, not really understanding the right way to do things. The instructor of this class is really good and it’s free. The class consisted of whole group teaching to one-on-tutoring to participants helping each other. Great resource. Then I ended my day by attending the monthly Newcomers General Meeting. This meeting usually takes place during the morning, but for some reason the October meeting is held at night. The speaker tonight was what you would call an “old salt” who has spent his life as a captain of ships, tugs, and ferries. He was involved in the design and building of some of the ferries that travel between Woods Hole and Martha’s Vineyard and it was most interesting to learn what is involved in building and maintaining those ferries.

We had rain in the late afternoon, lots of it, and then it became misty. And it warm with temps in the 70’s. But that is going to change. From tomorrow all through next week, the forecast is for high temperatures in the low 60’s and 50’s and lows in the 50’s and 40’s. Ugh. I have been loving the warm weather. Hopefully there is more of it to come after next week.

2018 Life Logs, Day 285—Energy and Geopolitics
2018 Life Logs, Day 283—Falmouth Trolley Tour