2023 Life Logs, Day 29: Futsal Afternoon, Dinner with the Goldstones

2023 Life Logs, Day 29: Futsal Afternoon, Dinner with the Goldstones
Date: Sunday, January 29, 2023
Weather: Partly Cloudy to Overcast; High 50, Low 38 degrees F
Sunrise and Sunset: 6:57 am & 4:55 pm (+2 minutes)
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

What I thought was going to be free and easy Sunday ended up to a whirlwind of a day. My laziness caused the whirlwind to form. When Shadow and I up at 7 am for our trip outside, we both decided to go back to bed. I intended to read for a bit and then get up. But fell asleep and didn’t wake up until 9:30. I was to pick up friend Olga Mitchell to walk at 10 am and had offered to do the prep work for a beef stew dinner and have it at Heather and Jed’s by 1 pm. Then either I was going to stay with Ollie while Jed took Jonah to his futsal game an hour north of here OR I was going to take Jonah and Jed would finish the beef stew. To be determined. Olga, Shadow, and I went for a bog walk to check out the ducks, geese, and sea gulls that are enjoying the bogs while they are flooded. When I got home, I needed to answer a few text messages that had come in and then talk with Detta Porat about my visit tomorrow night. By this time, it was noon and that marinated stew meat had still not been dredged in the flour had to be dealt with. About that time, I got the text from Jed asking if I would take Jonah. I went into high gear and got the beef and potatoes browned and put everything else in a bag and headed to Heather and Jed’s. I dropped the bag with the beef stew ingredients and took off with Jonah. My good intentions of having a dinner ready for Heather so she wouldn’t have to cook when she got home from her Krupalu weekend ended up to be just that. Good intentions. She ended up having to fix dinner while I had a good time watching Jonah play indoor soccer.

When I talk about taking Jonah to futsal, people ask me what it is. I always say it is a version of indoor soccer. But I finally found a more definitive answer on the web. “Futsal is a pared-down version of outdoor soccer played indoors, on a smaller field and with fewer players (five-a-side). The term ‘futsal’ stems from the Spanish or Portuguese word for “soccer” and the French or Spanish word for “room”—fútbol de salón and futebol de salão emerged as the trademark name futsal.”

So my day was not as laid back as I had envisioned, but it was good day. Jonah’s team won their game 14-1 and secured their place in the play-offs next weekend. I drove Jonah home and dropped him off around 5 pm. I went home to play fetch with Shadow in the very last light of the day (almost dark) and then headed back to have dinner with the Goldstones. Heather made challah to go with the beef stew. I don’t normally eat gluten products, but the beautifully braided bread looked so good that I just had to have a piece. It was delicious.

Tomorrow afternoon, following a Newcomers nominating committee meeting, Shadow and I head to New Hampshire. I will have dinner and spend the night with Tom and Detta Porat in Greenland (near Portsmouth), and on Tuesday morning, I will visit with Peppe Christianson. Peppe and her husband Bob were cruisers aboard their boat, Far Niente, that we met while sailing around the world. Bob and Peppe now live on the West Coast, but Peppe is in New Hampshire to spend a few weeks with her sister who is going through chemotherapy. She just arrived in New Hampshire last week, and I want to go drive up to say hello. I haven’t seen her since we were together in South Africa in 2010. Where do those years go? I will visit with her on Tuesday morning and then head home.

2023 Life Logs, Day 28: Watching and Working

2023 Life Logs, Day 28: Watching and Working
Date: Saturday, January 28, 2023
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 49, Low 35 degrees F
Sunrise and Sunset: 6:58 am & 4:54 pm (+2 minutes)
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

I binged on puzzling and watching TV today and enjoyed every minute of it. I finished watching the Season 1 episodes of Three Pines on Amazon Prime and then watched a movie, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. Three Pines is also a mystery, but it is a series of mysteries instead of a movie. It features Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Louise Penny wrote the books and, in my opinion, Amazon Prime has done a great job of changing the stories, but keeping the heart of the characters alive. The other binge activity was working, not on real work, but working on my current jigsaw puzzle. I made a lot of progress, but I have a way to go. It is a challenging one.

2023 Life Logs, Day 27: Just Me and My Shadow

2023 Life Logs, Day 27: Just Me and My Shadow
Date: Friday, January 27, 2023
Weather: Sunny; High 40, Low 31 degrees F
Sunrise and Sunset: 6:59 am & 4:53 pm
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

For Christmas, Jed’s mom gave Heather a weekend at Kripalu Yoga Center in western Massachusetts and this is the weekend. So, Heather is out of town and Jed and the boys were off this afternoon for a Saturday on the slopes. That leaves just me and my Shadow. We went for a lovely walk in the Coonasmessett River Restoration area this morning with Olga Mitchell. When I took Olga home, she showed me her camellia bush that is in full bloom. The plants are so confused with the warm weather we are having this winter.

After dropping Olga off, I took Shadow home to drop him off and then and went to the car wash to use their free vacuums to clean out my car. I drove a bit further to have my almost overdue annual State Inspection done on the car. I knew it was due in January but somehow January is almost over and I had not made it there. So, check, check. Two jobs I have been intending to do for the past 26 days are finally done. Before returning home, I went to the grocery store for a few items and then spent my afternoon working on my new jigsaw puzzle and starting to read a new book, Horse by Geraldine Brooks. I think my weekend will be more of the same. And we gained another three minutes of daylight today. Hurray!

2023 Life Logs, Day 26: Lunch with Friends

2023 Life Logs, Day 26: Lunch with Friends
Date: Thursday, January 26, 2023
Weather: Sunny, Gale Force Winds; High 52, Low 30 degrees F
Sunrise and Sunset: 7:00 am & 4:51 pm
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

I stayed up very late last night trying to finish Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver—a must read book. I didn’t finish the book, but Shadow and I slept in this morning and didn’t get up until almost 9 am. I managed to then spend an hour ‘studying’ the jigsaw puzzle I am working on. It is a very different kind of puzzle that I have pieced together parts of, but can’t seem to find the way to connect the parts. Then I was off to lunch with friends Karen Baranowski and Christina Brodie. Christina just got home from a fabulous trip to Hawaii, so we had lots to catch up on. I had planned to come home and finish that book, but I ended up doing Newcomers Nominating Committee work and playing outside with Shadow. Maybe I’ll finish the book tonight.

We have not had a lot of sunshine lately, but today was sunny. It was also super windy and warm. Not sure when we are going to get winter this year. In addition to the sunshine we had today, we have gained ten minutes of daylight this week. Sunrise is now 7 am and sunset is moving quickly towards 5 pm. I love it!

2023 Life Logs, Day 25: Meeting, Ollie’s Saxophone Lesson, Dinner with the Goldstones

2023 Life Logs, Day 25: Meeting, Ollie’s Saxophone Lesson, Dinner with the Goldstones
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Weather: Overcast, Rain Tonight; High 45, Low 40 degrees F
Sunrise and Sunset: 7:01 am & 4:50 pm
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Remember my friend Lynne’s favorite saying? “You make plans, then life happens.” It happened again this evening. I was supposed to fix dinner for Ollie and Sam while Heather took Jonah to winter soccer practice and Jed attended meetings all evening. Well, Jonah decided to not go to practice, so he and Heather were at home for dinner. And Jed’s meetings were online, so he was home as well. Ollie and I got home from his saxophone lesson at 5:30 pm and suddenly found the dinner plans changed. It took a while, but all worked out in the end. And working backwards through the day, I spent almost three hours at a Newcomers Nominating Committee meeting in the late morning and early afternoon. I did walk and play fetch with Shadow, but he was at home alone most of the day. I promised him tonight that I will spend more time at home with him tomorrow.

2023 Life Logs, Day 24: Watering, Walking, Eating, and Contacting

2023 Life Logs, Day 24: Watering, Walking, Eating, and Contacting
Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Weather: Sunshine Early, then Overcast; High 40, Low 29 degrees F
Sunrise and Sunset: 7:02 am & 4:48 pm
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

My day started by watering plants for friends who are out of town and then going for a 1.7 mile walk on the Quashnet River Trail with Shadow and my friend Olga Mitchell. I drove to West Falmouth to water the plants, drove back to East Falmouth to pick Olga up, drove to my house to get my hiking boots that I had forgotten to bring with me, drove to Waquoit to walk, took Olga home, took Shadow home, and headed into Falmouth for 1 pm birthday luncheon for friend Karen Baranowski. Then I raced home to make some contact calls with prospective officers for Newcomers. The Nominating Committee meets tomorrow, and I still had a couple of people to contact before that meeting. Somehow it was suddenly 6:30 pm and I was still sitting at my computer. I got up, fixed dinner, hopped on my exercise bike, watched some news, and now it is time to go to bed. Tomorrow is another busy one. Thursday I have lunch with a friend. And Friday. Yes, Friday I have nothing on my calendar except a walk with Shadow and Olga. Can’t wait for do-nothing day.