2019 Life Logs, Day 103: Rainy Day Activities
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Weather: Overcast with All Day Drizzle; High 54, Low 46 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA
Every night I check the weather and every day for the past four, the forecast for this coming week has gotten cloudier and rainier. At this point, there is no sunshine in the forecast. A lot of parents with kids on spring vacation are going to have to come up with lots of rainy day activities. I had talked with Heather and Jed ahead of time and offered my services for some of their spring cleaning and organization activities . . . and some gardening as well. Soccer games were cancelled for today, so this afternoon I attacked the mountain of hand-me-down kids’ clothing that is stored in the basement. There are the hand-me-downs from one brother to another and hand-me-downs from friends in sizes 6, 7, 8, 10, 10-12, 12-14. Lots of clothes! I took them out the bins that have gotten jumbled with sizes over the past couple of years and after five hours, they were all back in bins labeled by size and type of clothing. One job checked off the To Do List. Heather and Jed worked on basement reorganization and planning for the many gardening projects that are part of what will be a multi-year reorganization of how the various spaces in their yard will be used. I think the impetus for the reorganization is to make space for playing soccer in the backyard instead of in the front as it becomes barren by the end of summer no matter how hard Jed works in keeping the grass growing. The problem being that the only really flat area in the backyard is currently the vegetable garden. So slowly, the vegetable garden will be moved to deep beds in other parts of the yard and eventually the vegetable garden will become a soccer playing area. Yesterday 9 yards of garden soil was delivered and is sitting in the drive-way. Some of that will go into new deep beds and some will go into the boys’ dirt digging area. It is getting a facelift with new borders to hold the dirt in. Rain or shine, the Goldpebbles find things to do in that dirt digging area. And what else do they find to do on a rainy Saturday? A friend in Woods Hole called and invited them to come play soccer in the mud. Perfect! Ollie is still not feeling 100 per cent, so he stayed home with me while I continued sorting and he played with Joey next door. Jed took Jonah and Sam to Woods Hole to play in the mud and Heather went to a late afternoon yoga class. It will be interesting to see what other rainy day activities they come up with this week.