2022 Life Logs, Day 27: Laundry Day

2022 Life Logs, Day 27: Laundry Day
Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022
Weather: Sunny and Cold; High Temp 29, Low Temp 24 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

The temperature was 10 degrees F this morning when I woke up to find there was a power outage. Almost immediately, I got a text from Heather saying their power was out and Jed reported there was no power in Woods Hole. I don’t know what was going on, but in about 10 minutes the power was back on. Good to have power when the temperature is that low. Cold as it was, it was beautiful outside. There was not a cloud in the sky, the sun was shining, and early this morning there was no wind, so Shadow and I took an early morning walk. Then I headed into town to Heather and Jed’s to do laundry. I had my clothes, plus sheets, and all the towels that were a result of Shadow’s bath yesterday. It took almost three hours, but I took my computer and wrote while I was waiting. When I got home I took Shadow for another walk, but it wasn’t as delightful because the wind was blowing. But we walked and played ball. Then I came inside and finished Chapter 17 about our time in the Vava’u Group of islands in northern Tonga. Then I started on the final chapter of year one of the Voyage of Windbird that will end in New Zealand. Hallelujah! I should finish that in a day or two or three and then start the editing process for book one before starting to write about the middle years of the voyage. And when that is done, I’ll write book three of the trilogy about the final leg of the voyage through the Indian Ocean, around the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, and back home. Lots of writing to be done. Maybe by 2024 I’ll be finished!

Tomorrow I will spend time preparing for the coming storm or blizzard or whatever it ends up to be here on the Cape. I watched the Weather Channel long enough this evening to hear that there has not been a blizzard warning in New York City for four years. That made me ask, “Technically, what is a blizzard?” In looking up the answer to that question I learned that the last blizzard in NYC was on January 23, 2016. Maybe there was a blizzard warning in 2018 or maybe I misunderstood what they were saying on the Weather Channel. Whatever, it has been six years since there was a blizzard in the city. I saw one definition of a blizzard that stated, “A blizzard is a snowstorm on steroids.” That prompted another question. What does that mean? What I found was that a blizzard must:
1. Have sustained winds or frequent gusts of 35 mph or greater.
2. Have considerable falling and/or blowing snow that reduces visibility to under a quarter of a mile.
3. Lastly, a blizzard must have the first two conditions for at least three consecutive hours.

I sure hope Cape Cod is just getting a snowstorm. At this point, the forecast is for snow to begin late tomorrow night, snow throughout the night, dump an inch of snow every hour from 6 am to 3 pm on Saturday, and then continue snowing until 10 pm. The winds of 30 to 35 mph are forecast to happen from 10 pm tomorrow night until 6 pm Saturday morning. But even during the day on Saturday, the winds are forecast to be in the upper 20’s going down into the teens by 1 am on Sunday morning. Sounds like it could meet the definition of a blizzard. Whatever, just taking Shadow out for a pee on Saturday sounds like no fun at all! He loves falling snow, but not snow blowing sideways.

2022 Life Logs, Day 26: Shadow Gets a Bath

2022 Life Logs, Day 26: Shadow Gets a Bath
Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Weather: Sunny, but Colder; High Temp 28, Low Temp 10 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

It has taken me twenty-six days of this new year to realize that I have been using 2021 in the date line for all logs written this year. What a pain to go back and change them all, but I don’t want to be a year a behind!

This was hair day. I showered and washed my hair and then got into the bathtub with Shadow to wash his hair. Shadow has a very soft fleece coat of hair that has to be cut several times a year by a groomer. It is an expensive proposition and someday I might learn to do it myself. For now, I pay the money and he goes to the doggy beauty shop. But since it is winter, I am letting his hair grow. This means I have to bathe him once a month. The bathing is no problem, but he will not tolerate me using the hair dryer, so he is a wet pet all day on bath day. I go through more towels on this day than I do in two months for myself. One thing leads to another. Tomorrow I will have to do laundry. This week, Tuesday was visiting and shopping day, Wednesday bath day, and Thursday will be laundry day. And every day is writing day. I spend two, three, four, sometimes more hours a day writing. I’m still not out of Tonga, but I’m still hoping to be finished with the eighteen chapters of book one by the end of next week. Anyone want to make a bet?

2022 Life Logs, Day 25: Visiting the Kanegsbergs and Costco

2022 Life Logs, Day 25: Visiting the Kanegsbergs and Costco
Date: Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Weather: Dreary, but Warmer; High Temp 42, Low Temp 18 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Looks like our choice for weather these days either overcast and dreary but a little warmer or sunny and COLD. Today we had the former. Tomorrow and the next day we get the latter. And then on Friday night it is supposed to start snowing and could snow all night and all day Saturday. The current forecast is for 14 inches. It has been a long time since we have had that much snow. Today at the Kanegsberg, they showed me their snow gauge in the side yard. It went up to 24 inches and I made some comment about not needing a snow gauge for that much snow these days. But then they told me they had 10 inches last week. When I looked around, I could see all the piles of snow from the snowplow still in place. As I stated yesterday, it is indeed winter.

Alan and Helaine are doing great and love living in their beautiful cottage at Newbridge on the Charles in Dedham. What Newbridge calls a cottage is not my view of a cottage. Alan and Helaine live in a spacious two bedroom, two bathroom home. The guest bathroom is as big as my dining area. I live in a cottage! They use one of their bedrooms for Alan’s office, and have a full living room, dining room, kitchen, and laundry room, plus a spacious two-car garage. Newbridge is a retirement community with everything from independent living in cottages, villas, and apartments to assisted living and memory care assisted living. The 162-acre campus is beautiful, but the thing I think is so special about living there is the plethora of activities. Alan and Helaine seem to have a full schedule of all sorts of cultural and social activities. I must sound like an ad for Newbridge, but it is just that every time I visit them I am so happy to find them so happy in such a lovely environment. We spent time talking today about grandchildren. Their only grandchild, Torston, graduates from high school this spring Reno, Nevada. Alan and Helaine flew to Renco during the holidays and will return for graduation in June. Hard to believe these grandkids grow up so quickly.

I thought my stop at Costco would be quick as I just needed a few things, but I was in there for an hour. I was so excited to find Dowdle jigsaw puzzle for way less than half of what I have paid for them in the past. I bought one featuring Stockholm and another featuring Prague. Such fun puzzles to work.

Back to writing tomorrow. Sounds like a perfect activity for a cold day.

2022 Life Logs, Day 24: Definitely Winter

2022 Life Logs, Day 24: Definitely Winter
Date: Monday, January 24, 2022
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High Temp 33, Low Temp 28 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

When I took Shadow out before going to bed last night, it was snowing ever so lightly. This morning when we went out, the world was white, but just barely. There was just enough snow to mostly cover the ground, but not the road. Still, Shadow was a happy puppy. He loves nothing more than to skim his nose through the snow, eating it as he goes along. When I checked the weather for the next ten days, it looks like cold temps and some snow on Friday going into Saturday morning. It is definitely winter.

I started a new puzzle today. This one is a scene from Florence, Italy. I made progress on my chapter about Windbird’s time in Tonga, and I took Ollie and Jonah to guitar/bass lessons and then Ollie to Scouts. That was it for my day. Tomorrow I head north to see my friends Alan and Helaine Kanegsberg and to pick up a few items at Costco. I was going to have lunch with my niece, but her husband had an exposure to someone whose wife just tested positive for Covid, so we called off lunch tomorrow. Hopefully we can get together sometime in the next few weeks.

2022 Life Logs, Day 23: Dinner with My Dining-in Group

2022 Life Logs, Day 23: Dinner with My Dining-in Group
Date: Sunday, January 23, 2022
Weather: Partly Sunny; High Temp 34, Low Temp 24 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Last week my neighbor Shirley told me that soon the winter robins would come to eat all the berries on her huge holly tree. This morning I looked out the window, and there they were. There were so many flying about, and one flew right into my front window about that time. He made quite a thunk, but flew away as if he was fine, maybe just a little headache. When I took a walk with Shadow, it pained me to watch the robins bathing in the icy mud puddles. It is just too cold for water play! They still have lots of berries to eat so I think they will be around for a few more days.

Our dining-in group met at the Bruce and Jane Woodins tonight and had a wonderful dinner. The sun was setting as I drove to the Woodins, and the sky was lit up with pinks and oranges. It was so beautiful I had to stop at Bourne Farm on the way to take a picture. Karen and Peter arrived after I did, and I got a real kick out of Jane taking Karen’s long-haired beaver coat and wrapping it around herself with quite a flair. Jane was meant for Hollywood. And as I said, the dinner was delicious. Karen and Peter brought the appetizer, I brought vegetable soup for our first course, Bruce and Jane provided the main course of roast beef and roasted potatoes, and Terry and Olivia brought a really tasty cauliflower casserole. Yum. And dinner was topped off with brownies and ice cream ala Midge. Because different people are traveling at different times in the next three months, we won’t have another dinner until late April. That seems so far away, but I know it will be here before we know it.