2018 Life Logs, Day 328: Calling in the Troops
Date: Saturday, November 24, 2018
Weather: Partly Sunny and Warmer; High 50, Low 45 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA
I spent some time last night going through the calendar of activities between now and Christmas and realized that it was time to get a couple of jobs done that I can’t do alone. So I called in the troops, my troops being Heather and Jed. Heather is heading into Pledge Drive and Jed has two more weeks at home before he heads to England for a week. And when he gets back it will be the week before Christmas with a myriad of activities on the calendar. Today seemed like the day to get the jobs done. Getting my gutters cleaned out and getting the kayaks under cover for the winter were the two jobs that I needed done as I can’t do them by myself. With my recent record of falls, climbing a ladder to clean the gutters just didn’t seem like a good idea. And my two-man inflatable kayak is just too heavy for me to handle without help. So, I sent an email to Heather and Jed asking if they could come help me sometime today. Heather sent a text and Jed called this morning to say they would be over sometime after lunch. I really hated to take their precious time, but I was very grateful that they could come. Heather dismantled the inflatable and got it into the basement with Sam’s help while Jed cleaned the gutters. Then Heather went out to the street to do leaf clean-up along the property line. The boys spent some time down on the dock and then came up to help. But as we filled the big, paper leaf bags, they got another idea. They made a fort out of the bagged leaves and threw pine cones at each other until way after dark. And Heather, Jed, and I were all still outside raking and bagging leaves in the dark as well. Of course, ‘way after dark’ isn’t all that late these days, but we finally decided it was time to stop and get dinner. I made meat balls today, so I invited them to stay for a spaghetti and meatballs dinner. That led to boys asking if they could spend the night. And then Ollie wanted Heather to stay as well. Jed has a cold and isn’t feeling great, so Heather took him home and came back for the sleep over at Oma’s. And I will certainly sleep better knowing those jobs are done. Thank you, thank you, to Heather and Jed!