2024 Life Logs, Day 173: Happy Birthday, Jo!

2024 Life Logs, Day 173: Happy Birthday, Jo!
Date: Friday, June 21, 2024
Weather: Mostly Sunny, Warm, Rainstorm Tonight; Temp 80, Low 66 degrees F
Location: At Home on Lakeview Avenue, Falmouth, MA

Happy Birthday to my daughter-in-law, Jo. Yesterday I saw a Facebook post showing the family headed from Sussex to Devon on the train.
Then today was the first full day of summer and Justin and Jo played a show tonight under a full moon in Totnes. All for Jo’s birthday! She wrote tonight saying she did have a wonderful day. I am not sure I’ll get to see the full moon tonight because of the stormy sky, but it is supposed to stop raining and maybe the clouds will part. It is flowering time here and the plants need the water, so no complaints.

I started my day early by heading to the hospital for an annual mammogram, followed by a PT session. I came home to spend a little time with Shadow and then I was off the Hyannis for an appointment at Hyannis Honda. For the past three weeks, I have not been able to take the key out of the car ignition. I can get it out, but then it is quite a task to get it back in. Justin first noticed this problem while he was here, and it has just gotten worse. I thought it might cost as much as $500 to get a new ignition lock cylinder installed. Was I ever wrong. The cost for the ignition lock cylinder is $1000 and then it will be another $600 for the installation. The trade in value for my car is less than that! I took the estimate and left and really don’t know what I am going to do. I will check around to see if it is possible to buy a used part and find someone to install it. Currently a 2010 Honda Fit that I paid $11,000 for used in 2014 costs $13,000 to $17,000 and more. In the meantime, I will continue to leave the key in the ignition. I sometimes forget and pull it out and it can take 5 minutes or more to get it back in. I am getting better at remembering.

2024 Life Logs, Day 172: Summer Solstice

2024 Life Logs, Day 172: Summer Solstice
Date: Thursday, June 20, 2024
Weather: Another Gorgeous Day; Temp 73, Low 66 degrees F
Location: At Home on Lakeview Avenue, Falmouth, MA

At 4:51 pm EST this afternoon, summer officially arrived, making today the longest day of the year. That is the good news. The bad news is that the amount daylight each day diminishes until starting tomorrow until winter equinox in December. For that reason, the winter equinox, not summer solstice, is my favorite day of the year as the daylight starts increasing. But for now, I will just celebrate the beginning of summer and enjoy the daylight hours as long as they last.

I was in Encore meetings all day today. I got home just in time to play outside with Shadow for a few minutes, change into my all white attire, and head to the annual Wear All White summer solstice event hosted my Eileen and Billy Sullivan, members of my wine group.

Everyone really wears all white, and we celebrate the official coming of summer.

On my way home, I stopped by to see Heather, Jed, and the boys to see what have been up to this week. Jonah has been away with a friend and Sam has started his summer work schedule at Corner Cycle. Ollie has been ‘hiding’ in this room for the past two days after getting a badly sunburned back on his afternoon beach celebration on the final day of school on Tuesday. Jed leaves for a conference in Italy tomorrow, so Heather will be a single working mom for the next week. I have to go to Hyannis tomorrow for an afternoon appointment, but I will check in with the boys when I get back to Falmouth. We will figure out how I can be helpful next week while Jed is gone. Camp Oma is very different these days since two of the boys are old enough to be on their own. But I will still be doing things with Ollie on most days, and add Jonah and Sam when they are available.

2024 Life Logs, Day 171: Encore Installation Luncheon on Juneteenth

2024 Life Logs, Day 171: Encore Installation Luncheon on Juneteenth
Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2024
Weather: Gorgeous Day; Temp 74, Low 66 degrees F
Location: At Home on Lakeview Avenue, Falmouth, MA

On the third Wednesday of June each year, Encore has its Installation Luncheon where the board members for the coming year are sworn in. That happened today at what is known as the Poppy Tent, a summer ‘tent’ beachfront venue attached to the Popponesset Inn in New Seabury. On a gorgeous day like today, if you have to spend time inside, I can’t think of a more beautiful place to spend a couple of hours. The luncheon was lovely. It marks the end of the Encore 2023-2024 year and the beginning of the next year. As co-presidents, Christina Brodie and I spent the hour prior to the luncheon and the three hours afterwards in meetings with members of the 2024-2025 board. We have a full day of meetings tomorrow and then the bulk of the meetings will be completed. We can then relax into summer feeling prepared for the next year.

I was in charge of the meeting today and wanted to honor Juneteenth in some way. So, I used Ollie’s Juneteenth poster quote from Coretta Scott King in my opening remarks. I included it in last Saturday’s log, but I am going to repeat it here. Every time I read it, I realize how true it is. “Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation.” It is the responsibility of each of us to do what we can to continue the struggle for freedom for all people on this earth.

When I got home in the late afternoon, I got a chance to read my emails from today. There was a message from Woodwell Climate Research Center announcing the passing yesterday of 95-year-old Dr. George M. Woodwell. for whom the center is named. Heather came to Woodwell four years ago to help lead the name change from Woods Hole Climate Research Center to honor the founder. I never met George Woodwell, but he is a Woods Hole legend and beloved in the climate change world. “George’s scientific inquiries hit on the biggest environmental issues of the late twentieth century, including DDT, nuclear radiation, and finally, what was, at the time, known as “the carbon dioxide problem.” His testimony at the first Congressional hearing on climate change in 1986 was prescient, and remarkable for the issues he brought forth there—the threat of permafrost thaw, the importance of forests—that have been enduring pillars of climate science, including our work at Woodwell Climate Research Center.” Heather heads up communications for Woodwell, so her day was spent focused on George Woodwell.

2024 Life Logs, Day 170: Vegan Lunch Bunch and Dining-In

2024 Life Logs, Day 170: Vegan Lunch Bunch and Dining-In
Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Weather: Sunny; Temp 72, Low 66 degrees F
Location: At Home on Lakeview Avenue, Falmouth, MA

I guess you could say I ate my way through this day. First, I met with my Vegan Lunch Bunch and had a fabulous lunch and great conversations. Bob and Carol Ann Cronon hosted today and, in addition to preparing the main entrée, Carol Ann gave us a tour of her native plant gardens and shared tips on products they use to minimize plastic packaging. I love being a part of this group as I always come away with new, healthy recipes and ideas for healthy living. It was after 4 pm when I left the Cronin’s and hurried home to get an appetizer ready for my 6 pm Dining-In group. I arrived at what I thought was 5 minutes early but quickly realized that I was late. The time had changed from 6 pm to 5:30 pm, but I hadn’t updated my calendar. The appetizer was a little late, but better late than never. Again, we had a fabulous meal.

My day started at the dermatologist’s office. Last week I noticed a spot on my arm that had changed color, so I made the first appointment I could to get it checked. I was fearful that is melanoma, but I was assured that it is not. I was so grateful to hear that and I promised myself to be better about using sunscreen.

The next two days are even busier than today. I am feeling terribly guilty leaving Shadow alone so much, but he is hanging in there. I did come home to play outside with him between activities today and I started the day with a nice long walk with him before the dermatology appointment.

2024 Life Logs, Day 169: A Getting Ready Day

2024 Life Logs, Day 169: A Getting Ready Day
Date: Monday, June 17, 2024
Weather: Sunny; Temp 72, Low 65 degrees F
Location: At Home on Lakeview Avenue, Falmouth, MA

Today was a getting ready day. I had PT this morning and spent the rest of the day getting getting things together for my Vegan Lunch Bunch and Dining-In groups tomorrow and the Encore general meeting on Wednesday. It is a busy week, but hopefully now I am ready!

2024 Life Logs, Day 168: Happy Father’s Day

2024 Life Logs, Day 168: Happy Father’s Day
Date: Sunday, June 16, 2024
Weather: Sunny; Temp 70, Low 55 degrees F
Location: At Home on Lakeview Avenue, Falmouth, MA

A Happy Father’s Day to all of you fathers out there, especially to my two favorite fathers—my son Justin and my son-in-law Jed. Justin and family are in England and were on a train from Frome to Haslemere today.

Jo’s parents live in Haslemere and they were headed there to spend a few days before their next Silvermouse Concert. I think playing all the shows in England this summer is Justin’s Father’s Day gift. Playing music is his happy place and doing a show in London last Thursday evening must have been super exciting.

Jed, Heather, and the boys went to the American Heritage Museum focused on military history, in Stow, MA, as Jed’s gift.

Jed and the boys had a great time. As proof, Heather sent a photo of all three boys totally asleep on the way home. They completely wore themselves out having fun! When they arrived back on the Cape, they headed here for a Father’s Day dinner.