2019 Life Logs, Day 320: A Little Gardening and Puppy Preparations
Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Weather: Mostly Sunny, Windy, and Cold; High 38, Low 26 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA
It is forecast to be warmer over the next few days than it was today, but I woke up this morning realizing that I had never harvested the potatoes that I had planted in fiber bags at Heather’s in the late spring. So, I decided, cold or not, today was the day to find out if the experiment of planting the potatoes in the fiber bags worked. When I arrived at Heather’s to do this, that spurred her come out in the cold to pull up the tomato cages and put them to rest for the winter. And we decided to plant garlic. It must be a genetic thing that we would choose the coldest and windiest day in the forecast to do this . . . but do it we did. The potato yield was hardly worth the effort, but at least we will have our own potatoes for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. The bags were in a shady area and obviously the potatoes needed more sun. We’ll have to adjust the location next year and see if we get a better yield.
A little later in the afternoon, Ollie, Jonah, Sam, and I headed to the local pet center to buy chewys and toys for my puppy that arrives tomorrow. We then traveled on to Main Street to Ryan Amusements where Sam was going for a 4 pm bowling party and Ollie, Jonah, and I were going to spend some time in the arcade. We did that and then Jonah, Ollie, and I went to the grocery store on the way home. Sam stayed behind as the birthday party was moving from the bowling alley to the friend’s home for an overnight. At the grocery story, we bought artichokes for dinner and meat to cook for treats for the puppy. Heather and Jed went out on a ‘date’ with friends this afternoon and evening, so I invited Ollie and Jonah for an overnight so we could do the last preparations for the puppy.
The little male Australian Labradoodle that I have decided on is totally black. We started out calling him Obi as in Obi-wan Kanobi from Star Wars. Then at Ollie’s suggestion, we switched to Midnight. Tonight at bedtime, Jonah said that he thought Shadow would be a good name and Ollie and I agreed. I think that might be the just right name. It will be Me and My Shadow, a song made popular by Peggy Lee when I was in elementary school. In the morning, I take the boys home early and head north to meet Tom and Detta Porat in Foxborough. They have a lot of puppy equipment to loan me and since they are traveling to Connecticut tomorrow, we picked a meeting place convenient to all. I will then drive home with the equipment, drop it off, and go pick up the puppy. Jonah has requested that this be a family affair, so I will have to check with Heather and Jed tomorrow morning to see if that will work out for them. In any case, later in the afternoon, the Goldstones will come over for dinner and a proper puppy introduction. It should be an exciting day.