2020 Life Logs, Day 270: Flooring, Biking, and Exploring
Date: Sunday, September 27, 2020
Weather: Partly Cloudy; High 76, Low 66 Degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, Falmouth, MA

It was another lovely fall day. I spent a leisurely morning at home and took the opportunity to the environment. It was hair washing morning, so I used a new shampoo and conditioner that Heather gave me the other day. I made the switch from Pantene 2 in 1 about two years ago, and at the time I was convinced that nothing could replace it. I started using Lush which is a bar type shampoo and conditioner. I have found a combination that really works for me but the bars are soft and don’t last very long. Heather and family used to use Lush but have recently switched to HiBAR.
This product is a hard bar, feeling like a bar of soap, and comes packed in paper. It is advertised as having “no soap, sulfates, parabens, phthalate or silicones . . . just beautiful hair.” And the company is proud to say that it is totally plastic-free hair care. I was leery, but I have to say that when I got out of the shower and started combing out my long hair, it was tangle-free. I’ll make a final determination after seeing how my hair feels tomorrow and the next day. But this product looks promising.

I told the Goldstones last night that I would check-in around lunch time today to see how I could be of help. It was another day of laying wood flooring. Heather lays the flooring and Jed cuts the boards. This morning the boys helped by running boards up and down the stairs and by also helping Heather lay the flooring. When I arrived they had stopped for lunch and were all proud to announce that they were half-way there. Ollie and Jonah were ready for a break, so I took them to Trotting Park to ride their bikes on the trails through the woods. We were only in the woods for about an hour, but the boys had a good time. When I brought them home, Jonah and Ollie decided they wanted to spend the rest of the afternoon at home helping with the flooring. Ollie has taken a particular interest and demonstrated for me just how it is done. I was very impressed with his expertise. I then took Sam to a mid-afternoon Boy Scout leadership planning meeting and I headed home to pick up Shadow. We went for an explore that actually took us on a complete circumnavigation of Falmouth. We drove from my house in East Falmouth back into town and then on down to Woods Hole. Then we drove back north through West Falmouth on our way to North Falmouth to walk the trails in the Wings Pond area. Robert’s mother, Grace, took Robert and Sam there on Friday and the photos she took and Sam’s raving about the walk were so inviting that I really wanted to go explore. The paths run through the cranberry bogs and then on into the surrounding woods. Shadow and I certainly didn’t explore the whole area, but it was a delightful place to walk together. The edges of the paths are lined with lots of poison ivy which adds a lot of fall color to the landscape. The poison ivy leaves range from a deep burgundy to red to orange and bright yellow. Something that causes people so much trouble shouldn’t be so beautiful! We then drove eastward to Mashpee where I picked up a few items at Rory’s Market. And then headed home, arriving just in time to sit down by the dock and watch the sun go down behind the trees. I threw tennis balls for Shadow to retrieve and when he got tired, he just laid down in the grass beside me watching the sun go down behind the marsh. The view is so peaceful. It was a lovely way to end a lovely day.

2020 Life Logs, Day 271: Taking Care of Business
2020 Life Logs, Day 269: September Saturday