2022 Life Logs, Day 181: Gardening, Gardening, Then Movie Night

2022 Life Logs, Day 181: Gardening, Gardening, Then Movie Night
Date: Thursday, June 30, 2022
Weather: Sunny; High 80, Low 63 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

I gardened here and gardened there today. I did some planting and worked on my drip irrigation system here at home, went to Olga’s to check on the tomatoes I have planted there, and while there, I extended her existing drip irrigation to a raised bed where we planted cucumbers and squash. Then I returned home and planted the last of the tomatoes. By the time I came inside it was 5:30 pm and I decided to watch a movie. I really want to go see the new Top Gun: Maverick, but I wanted to watch the original Top Gun first. So, I decided tonight was the night. I loved Top Gun in the 1980’s and I think I enjoyed it even more tonight. That prompted me to watch yet another movie that I loved from that era, The Right Stuff. I enjoyed it but it was very different from the way I remembered it. For one thing, I didn’t realize it was so long—almost three hours, but again, I enjoyed every minute. Now I just have to find a time to go to the theater to see Maverick.

Heather and family arrived in Maine by noon today. I hope this wonderful weather continues so they can enjoy their long weekend there. I saw on Facebook that Justin and family arrived in England to spend a month there with Jo’s family. So I guess I am holding down the fort here at home.

2022 Life Logs, Day 180: Yard Work

2022 Life Logs, Day 180: Yard Work
Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Weather: Sunny; High 77, Low 61 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Today was another beautiful day–not too hot, not too cool, just right. I spent the entire day doing yard work in my yard and in Shirley’s yard. Ollie got part of her lawn mowed after school yesterday, but I had to finish it today. I love mowing, but my oh my, my body is letting me know that I am not as young as I used to be. I finished the day doing some repairs to my drip irrigation system. I have to complete that in the morning. And I went to buy a bolt cutter so I could shorten some of my tomato cages for those tomatoes that I planted in big, felt growing bags. They are growing and have baby tomatoes, so it was definitely time to get the cages in place.

Today was the last day of school, and tomorrow morning Heather, Jed, Ollie, and Jonah head to Maine for a few days. They return on Sunday evening to attend a Boston Revs soccer game at Gillette Stadium and to celebrate the 4th at home. Heather is really not feeling good. Over the weekend, she had a fever and chills, body aches, and headaches. She has tested for Covid multiple times and that does not appear to be the problem. She is waiting for blood work to determine if she possibly has a tick related disease. She is feeling a little better today, but something is definitely not right.

2022 Life Logs, Day 179: Shock and Awe

2022 Life Logs, Day 179: Shock and Awe
Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 75, Low 58 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Late yesterday the January 6 Congressional committee announced it would hold a last-minute hearing today. The witness was not announced. Hmmm? What was up? Well, today we found out.

I left home at 8:45 am to go pick Sam up after his last final to drive him to the bus station at South Station where he got on a bus that would take him to a stop in Maine very close to Boothbay. Our timeline was tight, but all went well. I did not have time to park and go in with him. I dropped him at the door and made him promise to text me once he was on the bus. The bus was to leave South Station at 11:15 am. We arrived at 10:59 am. I waited (illegally) outside the South Station entrance and finally at 11:11am I got the text from Sam that he was on the bus. I could then head home. I made the obligatory stop at Costco, this time to return things. In the end, I also bought a few things and was then on my way. Soon after I truly headed home, I turned on the radio and heard the words, “The January 6 Committee hearing begins in three minutes.” The next thing I knew I was in my driveway, unable to get out of the car for fear that I would miss the next revelation. If I had been reading a book, I would have called today’s hearing a real page turner. I thought I could no longer be shocked by anything former President Trump did, but this afternoon, I found myself shocked and ashamed that a President of the United States could act in the ways being testified to. I finally got out of the car and went inside to turn on the television to finish watching the proceedings. Finally, I tore myself away to take Shadow for a walk and then go get Ollie to do a little yard mowing. Life must go on.

Sam arrived safely in Maine and will return on Friday as he works on Saturday and Sunday. Heather and gang will head to Maine on Thursday and return on Sunday for a Boston Revolutions soccer game at Gillette Stadium on Sunday night and to celebrate July 4 at home.

2022 Life Logs, Day 178: Another Birthday . . . Happy 97th to Shirley

2022 Life Logs, Day 178: Another Birthday . . . Happy 97th to Shirley
Date: Monday, June 27, 2022
Weather: Overcast, Rain Tonight; High 74, Low 60 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Shirley Wiedemann is the woman who owns the cottage I rent, and over the past four years, she has become a dear friend. Tomorrow is her 97th birthday. My friend Karen Baranowski is Shirley’s niece, and we decided that we would love to take lunch to her in Scituate where she is presently living with her 103-year-old sister, Doris. Peter went with us and we provided a lunch of lobster rolls, French pea salad with watermelon, and chocolate pudding pie for dessert. When we arrived, Shirley was deep into a Nora Roberts novel. I love that she is still an avid reader and that her mind belies her 97 years. Happy Birthday, Shirley!!!

When I got home, I took Shadow for a walk and then took Sam to Corner Cycle as a customer rather than an employee. The shirt I gave him for his Big Brother birthday gift was too small and he asked if he could get bike shorts instead of a shirt. That was fine with me and with his employee discount we got a great deal on the shorts. Tomorrow morning Sam has his last final and afterwards we will take off for Boston. I am taking him to South Station to catch the bus to Damariscotta which is near Boothbay. Grammie Marty will pick him up there and he will spend two days in Maine and take the bus back to Boston on Friday as he works both days of the weekend. The rest of the Goldstones will head to Maine on Thursday and return on Sunday. We are entering a new era with a working teenager. I am so proud of Sam for taking the initiative to get a job and still find ways to visit with family.

I finished my evening with a phone call with friend Lynne Kirwin who arrived in this country from New Zealand last week. She visited with family and friends in California and then flew to Michigan where she will spend the summer with family. But I learned tonight that she will be coming for a short visit on Cape Cod in late July. It has been almost three years since I have seen her, so I can’t wait.

2022 Life Logs, Day 177: Happy 13th Birthday to Jonah

2022 Life Logs, Day 177: Happy 13th Birthday to Jonah
Date: Sunday, June 26, 2022
Weather: Sunny and Warm; High 81, Low 65 degrees
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Another grandson became a teenager today. Jonah celebrated with friends with an overnite party and this evening we celebrated as a family. Soccer and music and books were the themes for his gifts. He got the World Cup soccer ball of his dreams from Jed, a gift certificate to We Are Soccer from Oma, a trilogy of books from Heather, and Grandma Marti is giving him two electric guitars that belonged to his Uncle Ben. He was a happy thirteen-year-old.

Heather and I drove just across the bridge to Onset to see another sailboat today. It was a Cape Dory 33 she found advertised by the owners on Craig’s List yesterday. She is still waiting to hear from the owner of the Cape Dory 36 in Maine, but since the 33 was so close to home, she thought we should go take a look in case the deal falls through for the boat in Maine. The sailboat today was named Anteris and is owned by a delightful young couple. They took us out to the boat in their dinghy and gave us a personal tour. I think Heather is still hoping for the Cape Dory 36. It is just ‘bigger enough’ to make it feel more comfortable for a family of five. But the saga continues.

2022 Life Logs, Day 176: Busy Saturday

2022 Life Logs, Day 176: Busy Saturday
Date: Saturday, June 25, 2022
Weather: Sunny and Warm; High 83, Low 62 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Beautiful weather . . . busy Saturday getting not much done, but having fun doing it. I drove to town to get my car washed by Scout Troop 38, Sam and Jonah’s troop, stopped by Heather’s to say hello, went to the grocery store, and did some other shopping for Heather and Jed. By the time I got home, there was just enough time to take Shadow for a short walk and head back to the Falmouth Green for the rally in response to yesterday’s Supreme Court decision. I met up with Heather, Jed, Jonah, and Ollie who biked to the rally. The one encouraging thing was that there were many more young people out today than there have been at past rallies. At the end of the gathering, I headed back to East Falmouth to pick up Jonah’s birthday ice cream cake from Smitty’s while Heather and Jed rushed home to get ready for his friends to arrive at 4 pm for games, pizza, and an overnight 13th birthday party. Then I headed home once again, this time to fix appetizers and get dressed for dinner with friends at Christina and Warren Brodie’s home. We had appetizers on the deck, enjoying the truly warm evening . . . finally. And then we had a wonderful dinner while enjoying the beautiful view from their dining room.