2022 Life Logs, Day 135: Sunday Gardening

2022 Life Logs, Day 135: Sunday Gardening
Date: Sunday, May 15, 2022
Weather: Partly Cloudy Early, Turning Sunny; High 67, Low 54 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

What I could once accomplish in one day takes multiple days as I grow older. Could I really be moving this slowly? Or maybe I never really accomplished so much. Maybe I just thought I did. I think that, then I face the truth, knowing that I simply move slower than I once did. Today, I spent an entire day getting one of three raised beds ready to plant when I had hoped to get all three done. Just the new normal. But at least I did get one raised bed done. ‘Done’ included removing the chicken wire fencing around the bed, digging out the grass that was growing around the edges, topping off the bed with organic manure and raised bed garden soil, digging that in and then planting lettuce and basil plants I grew from seed, planting arugula and zinnia seeds, replacing the chicken wire fencing, and then putting the drip irrigation lines back in the bed. It is a lot to do in one day, so going forward, I will plan to do only one raised bed a day and be glad that I can do that! One down, two to go.

2022 Life Logs, Day 134: Ollie’s Soccer Game, Women’s March, Gardening

2022 Life Logs, Day 134: Ollie’s Soccer Game, Women’s March, Gardening
Date: Saturday, May 14, 2022
Weather: Misty Overnight, Sunny, Warm Day; High 73, Low 55 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Last night when I took Shadow out before bedtime, I was surprised by the amount of mist in the air. I was wearing a headlamp and there was so much moisture in the air that it looked like it was snowing in the light of the lamp. Then when I took Shadow out this morning, I was greeted by plants with droplets of water left over from the misty night. The baby oak leaves were heavily laden with droplets of water that glistened in the early morning light and the clematis at the corner of the house was bursting with blossoms. I took a few photos, took Shadow for a walk, and then I was off to Ollie’s 9 am soccer game. He played most of the first half as goalie, and then switched to forward in the second half and made the only goal for his team. In fact, I think it was the last goal of the season. Sam’s league has a few more games, but Ollie and Jonah’s next games will be in the fall.

Early afternoon I headed to the Town Greene to attend Falmouth’s Bans Off Our Bodies Women’s March. And I ended my day delivering some plants to Heather’s and checking in with Ollie after his day at the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby. He was bummed that he did not win a trophy this year, but his car was a red, white, and blue beauty. Then it was home to do a little garden clean up. Hopefully tomorrow, I will actually get to do little planting.

2022 Life Logs, Day 133: Incredibly Unmotivated

2022 Life Logs, Day 133: Incredibly Unmotivated
Date: Friday, May 13, 2022
Weather: Sunshine in the Afternoon; High 67, Low 55 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Today was a repeat of yesterday, weatherwise—a warm, cloudy morning and a sunny afternoon. The north wind is gone for now. And that is all good. But for whatever reason, I am having difficulty getting motivated to do much of anything. Earlier this week, I made a TO DO list with thirty items. Only six of those items were outside chores, but guess where I have spent my time? Yes, outdoors. I am doing a great job of ignoring the inside cleaning jobs. And I have only marked two outdoor chores off the list and am working on a third. Maybe motivation will come my way tomorrow.

Since I was not motivated to actually get anything done, I spent two hours of today driving off-Cape to return an item I had bought (and ended up not needing) for the trip to Puerto Rico. And I went to the nursery and bought bags of organic soil for raised beds to rejuvenate my gardens. That was the extent of my day. But I did receive a video from Heather this evening that made my day. Tonight was a mother-son dance at Ollie’s school. He refused to go because he thought it was silly that just moms and sons were allowed to attend. Why couldn’t dads attend? What about the boys who don’t have mothers? Why couldn’t girls come with their moms? The questions went on, so Heather did not push going. Instead, they had a mom, dad, and son dance at home. Sam and Jonah are on Nantucket camping this weekend, so Ollie had his parents all to himself. And dance, he did. The video Heather sent was a fantastic Ollie solo. He is quite an impressive dancer.

2022 Life Logs, Day 132: Laundry Day

2022 Life Logs, Day 132: Laundry Day
Date: Thursday, May 12, 2022
Weather: Sunshine in the Afternoon; High 69, Low 51degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Overnight we went from a forecast of days in the 50’s and nights in the 40’s for the next week to days in the 60’s and nights in the 50’s. Sunshine was not in the forecast, but we got that this afternoon as well. I LOVE IT! When I got up this morning, I knew it was warmer than it has been as I had kicked off the winter comforter. I thought maybe I had a temp from the Covid booster, but that was not it. The temperature in the cottage had gone up overnight, not down as usual. I decided that it was the day to change the bed sheets and switch out the winter comforter for the lighter, spring comforter. So, I decided to give Shadow a bath and then take the sheets and duvet cover to the laundromat. Tonight I have a clean dog and a clean bed. That was about it for my day.

2022 Life Logs, Day 131: Second Covid Booster Shot

2022 Life Logs, Day 131: Second Covid Booster Shot
Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Weather: Some Rain Overnight, Overcast and Windy; High 55, Low 47 F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

I had an 11 am appointment at CVS to get my second Covid booster shot today. I stayed with Moderna, which is what I have had from the beginning. Some say to mix it up, but others believe that if you started with Moderna, you should stay with it, as it has proven its effectiveness. I don’t know if it was a reaction to the shot or to this ugly weather, but by 3:30 pm, I literally had to lay down to take a nap. I was exhausted from doing nothing and ached all over. When I got up at 5 pm, I was fine, except for a sore arm. Who knows?

This dreary, cold, windy weather is not my cup of tea. I know I must feel this way every spring, but I feel like it stays colder longer every year. So, I looked back through my logs and the weather history. The historic average temperature in Falmouth on May 11 is 64 for the high and 48 for the low. We are below average today with 55 as the high and 47 as the low. Then I looked back at 2021. It was sunny and windy with a high of 61 and a low of 44. Still below average, but it was a book club day and we met outside on the back deck of one of the members and enjoyed the sunshine and her beautifully landscaped backyard. How about 2020? The name of my log on this day in 2020 was, “Still Wearing My Winter Coat.” Yep. Same as 2022. It was even cooler than today with a high of 54 and low of 41. But at least the sun was shining and the extreme wind we had over the previous weekend was under control. Let’s go back another year to May 11, 2019. I was in Tennessee visiting my sister, but the high in Falmouth was 69 and the low was 48 with 15 knots of SW wind. It was 80 degrees F in Nashville. I went back one more year to 2018. I had just moved into the cottage the end of April and on May 11 that year the high was 73 and the low 45. Five years of weather information is certainly not enough to see any pattern, but I want the spring we had in 2018. Maybe next year.

2022 Life Logs, Day 130: Mah Jongg and Afternoon with J & O

2022 Life Logs, Day 130: Mah Jongg and Afternoon with J & O
Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Weather: Partly Cloudy and Windy; High 55, Low 46 F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

It was another windy day, winds still from the northeast and feeling chilly. I spent my morning inside playing Mah Jongg. Next week will be the last lesson and I will have to decide if I am ready to play with a regular team or take another class. I’m really not a game player, but I force myself to do this because it’s good for my brain! And after Mah Jongg, I came home to get Shadow to take him with me to pick up Ollie and Jonah from school on this Early Release Day. I brought them home with me and Ollie finished cutting Shirley’s lawn. The battery-operated lawn mower is great, but it doesn’t go quite long enough to finish Shirley’s yard without needing to be charged. Then we watched another Marvel movie. The boys want to make sure I get a proper Marvel education.

Tomorrow, I get my second Covid booster shot. I will start my day with a broccoli sprout smoothie. There is evidence that when you combine a broccoli sprout shake with a flu vaccine, you can amplify the vaccine’s ability to boost your immune system. The sulforaphane in broccoli is the natural chemical that boosts the immune system, and the amount of sulforaphane in the baby broccoli sprouts gives you a twenty-fold boost over mature broccoli. So, I had broccoli for dinner and will have the broccoli sprout shake in the morning, and then have more broccoli sprouts in a salad for lunch tomorrow. I hope to get the best possible boost from my booster shot!