2022 Life Logs, Day 336: Spotlight on Boston
Date: Friday, December 2, 2022
Weather: Gorgeous, Sunny Day: High 47, Low 42 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

It was a gorgeous day here on the Cape. I started the day with a walk with Shadow and friend Olga Mitchell. The prednisone I am taking for my back has temporarily erased the pain in my right knee and made it possible for me to walk long and fast. Today I took full advantage of that. After the walk, I came home and worked on the garden clean up I have been trying to get to all week. This time outside gave me the opportunity to turn on the self-cleaning of the oven. That took about four hours, but I was outside with Shadow all that time and didn’t have to smell the noxious fumes of degrading Teflon. Then this evening I drove Jonah to Futsal– indoor soccer played in a smaller space with a smaller number of team members with a heavier ball. Fully enjoyed by Jonah.

But the spotlight today was on Boston. President Biden was in Boston today. The Royals were in Boston today. David Beckham was in Boston today. And my daughter was in Boston today. The Prince and Princess of Wales arrived in Boston earlier in the week to be present for tonight’s second annual Earthshot Prize presentation, Prince William’s brainchild. As it became evident that the world is facing an urgent challenge to protect the environment, The Royal Foundation and Prince William came up with The Earthshot Prize, the most prestigious global environmental prize in history—five prizes of a million pounds each for the most innovative in each of five categories. Why Boston for the ceremony? In 2021, the first year of the prizes, the ceremony was held in London. But since the name, Earthshot, came from JFK’s moonshot in the 1960’s, this second year was held in the birthplace of President Kennedy. Heather was in attendance as Woodwell was one of the Boston Host Committee organizations. I can’t wait to hear her recap. I don’t think that will include the glamorous entrance of the Royal couple as they entered on the green, not red carpet. I was impressed that people were asked not to buy new clothes for the event. Princess Kate wore a rented green gown and Prince William wore a jacket he has worn to many other Royal events. Great idea! But I am more interested in learning about the winners of the prizes and hopefully Heather can tell me about that.

2022 Life Logs, Day 335: Let the Holiday Season Begin

2022 Life Logs, Day 335: Let the Holiday Season Begin
Date: Thursday, December 1, 2022
Weather: Mostly Sunny, Windy, Cool: High 46, Low 30 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Today was the first day of December, so in my book, the holiday season has officially begun. Since I have my dining in group here for dinner on Monday, I decided to get my tree a week earlier than usual. If I am going to entertain in December, I want it to look like Christmas. The tree is in the living room and has the lights on and is wrapped with the white lace that has decorated my holiday tree for at least 30 years, maybe more. I will invite the Goldstones over for dinner, maybe on Sunday, and let the boys help me put the ornaments on the tree. I also delivered Jed’s birthday present a week early as it is a Wine Advent-ture, a different bottle of wine (not full size) from around the world for each day leading up to Christmas Day. Thus the need to give the present a week early.

I spent much of the day doing various indoor house projects, but once again, I did not get to my outside projects. Maybe tomorrow? I did get sucked down the genealogy rabbit hole for a bit this morning. I got a notice from Ancestry with information on Mark’s dad’s side of the family. Previously, I had almost nothing other than the names of Mark’s grandfather and grandmother. Today’s information was enlightening. As always, I need to spend more time following the various leads, but I now have more information than Mark ever had. Thank you, Ancestry.

2022 Life Logs, Day 334: Catching Up with Life, Public Policy Group Meeting

2022 Life Logs, Day 334: Catching Up with Life, Public Policy Group Meeting
Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Weather: Overcast, Rain Late; High 57, Low 34 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

I got nothing done today that I intended to do, but I did do some things that really had to be done. The most important thing is that I booked my flight and rental car for my upcoming trip to North Carolina to visit with my sister and I delivered some things to Heather that I had bought for the Goldpebbles’ Advent Calendar. That does begin tomorrow morning on the first day of December. Then I prepared for my Public Policy Group meeting this afternoon. We had a guest speaker, Bill Hough, owner of the Falmouth Enterprise, a family-owned local newspaper. Until September, he was the editor, but he has retired and passed that job on to his son. It was a great conversation about the importance of local news.

I had hoped to get some outside yard work done today while it was warm, but that didn’t happen. I will either do that tomorrow when it will be cool and windy, or put it off until another day.

2022 Life Logs, Day 333: Pampered Pets, Costco and IKEA, and Laundry

2022 Life Logs, Day 333: Pampered Pets, Costco and IKEA, and Laundry
Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Weather: Partly Sunny; High 45, Low 37 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Once every six or seven weeks, the day to pamper Shadow shows up on the calendar. He has a standing appointment at Pampered Pets to get groomed and today was that day. Pampered Pets is up by the bridge, so often on his appointment days, I drop him off and keep driving north to shop at Costco. I drop Shadow off at 9 am, and he is ready to pick-up in the afternoon. Sometimes it is as early as 1:30 and at other times, it is 3:30 or 4 pm. It usually takes about three to four hours for the Costco trip (including driving time), so I often have more time to kill before Shadow is ready for pick-up. Today I added a quick stop at IKEA, which is located right next to Costco, to pick up holiday wrapping paper and gingerbread houses for the Goldpebbles to decorate. I thought about getting a couple for Ziggy and Coco but decided that the pieces would get broken in transit. Shadow was still not ready, so I headed to a great laundromat I have discovered in Buzzards Bay on the other side of the bridge. I finished the laundry but still had not heard from Pampered Pets, so I just drove there and waited.

I had a rude awakening while shopping at Costco today. My right knee, which needs to be replaced at some point, has been giving me trouble since August. But while shopping in Costco today, it was suddenly so painful that I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to finish my shopping. I kept hearing the doctor tell me to walk through the pain, so I kept going. I made it, but I am going to call to set up a cortisone shot to help fight the pain and buy a little more time before surgery. Between my back and my knee, I am starting to feel like a hypochondriac. Either that, or I am just falling apart!

2022 Life Logs, Day 332: Taking Care of Business

2022 Life Logs, Day 332: Taking Care of Business
Date: Monday, November 28, 2022
Weather: Sunny Early, Turning Cloudy, Then Sunny PM; High 59, Low 33 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

This entire day was spent taking care of business, first mine and then my sister’s. I had an early appointment to have blood work done for an upcoming annual physical exam. Then there was a chiropractor appointment, followed by an appointment with a neurosurgeon to go over the results of my recent MRI. The result of all of this is to keep walking, walking, walking, biking, and add some aerobic exercise to keep the stenosis in my spine from getting worse. And to do one more round of prednisone to reduce swelling. The neurosurgeon tried to talk me into getting a cortisone shot in my lower back, but I talked him into waiting to see how things are after the prednisone. His report states that I am a “good candidate for an L4-5 (lower spine) minimally invasive laminectomy” but I will put that off until I can’t walk! Actually, despite the symptoms I have been having, the recent MRI looked better than the one in 2020. At least that was encouraging.

I spent my evening dealing with medical and financial issues for my sister and found that I am going to have to make a trip to Charlotte before Christmas to deal with things there. More fun!

2022 Life Logs, Day 331: More Yardwork with Ollie and Sam

2022 Life Logs, Day 331: More Yardwork with Ollie and Sam
Date: Sunday, November 27, 2022
Weather: Overcast and Warm, Rain Late; High 56, Low 48 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

More fall yard clean-up was the name of the game today. Late morning, Heather brought Sam and Ollie over to work in Shirley’s yard. Heather stayed and helped for a bit and then went to help Jed with the boat covering project. Jonah stayed home and was on house cleaning duty. I love watching Ollie hauling leaves with his little tractor and Sam is a hero when he pulls the unwanted vines the size of your arm out of the hedges. Heather came back and picked up Ollie to take him home with her to do yardwork there. I kept Sam for another hour to finish up here and when I took him home, I stayed and helped Heather and Ollie bag leaves to bring home with me for my ‘land fill’ project. Heather had raked a lot of leaves into a pile in her front garden area and at one point, Ollie jumped right in and all I could see of him was his face! I drove home with a carload of leaf bags filled to the brim, but I didn’t get a chance to dump them. It was getting dark, so I played ball with Shadow for a bit. Then when I went to get the leaf bags out of the car, it started raining. That job will have to wait until the rain stops. I went inside and was trying to figure out what to fix for dinner when I got a call from Jed inviting me to their house for sushi. Problem solved. Sushi it was for dinner.