2022 Life Logs, Day 14: Nasty Weather, Productive Day

2022 Life Logs, Day 14: Nasty Weather, Productive Day
Date: Friday, January 14, 2022
Weather: Rainy All Day, High Winds PM; High Temp 43, Low Temp 10 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

The vacation is over. The nasty weather today pushed me back to ‘normal’. For two years now, I have been trying to get the photos on my computer in order. I don’t know what happened this morning, but I started in on the task and will finish tomorrow if I have another day like today. That will make me a very happy person and will allow me to begin writing again. I am very much looking forward to that. It was January 28th last year when I started writing, with a nudge from my son, and I didn’t stop until summer. We shall see how this winter and spring go.

Last night I watched the Netflix movie, Don’t Look Up. My son Justin sent me a text a couple of weeks ago telling me I must watch it. Now I am saying to you, if you haven’t seen it, you must. Ten years ago, I would have thought the plot line absurd, but in today’s world, not so much. It tells it like it is, absurd as that may be. Was it meant to be a comedy or a tragedy? Probably a little of both. Is it a good satire? That, I am sure, depends on your set of beliefs going into the movie. I would say the central question brought forth is whether or not you believe we should listen to scientists or not. There is star-studded cast and the acting is great. It is a little long and a little dark. But people, whatever they think of it, can’t stop talking about it. Greed, politics, misinformation. You get the idea. Here’s part of a review I found online: “Don’t Look Up is . . . about a planet-killing comet headed to Earth and humanity’s reaction to the impending doom. The comet is a metaphor for climate change, and the characters all play their part from the scientists screaming into the void to the tech billionaire who wants to mine it for minerals using unproven technology.”

It is quite windy out and has rained all day. Shadow and I went for our daily walk, but I can’t say it was fun. We were both soaked when we got home. And believe me, there is nothing as ‘sweet’ smelling as cuddling up to a wet dog! This wind is bringing us cold weather for tomorrow. It is forecast to be windy with a high of 20 F and a low of 9 degrees F. Cold, but better than tomorrow’s forecast in Bethel, Maine, where Heather and family are headed tonight for a weekend of skiing and snowboarding. It is forecast to be -9 F there tonight with a high tomorrow of 4 degrees F with 15 mph winds. Yikes! Wind chill. At least there will be sunshine. As Heather said, they will go to the slopes for a couple of hours in the morning and see how it goes. They can return to their rental home for lunch and warmth and then head back if they dare. Sunday looks great, however. Sunny, a high of 21 and almost no wind. So, if tomorrow is a bust, they can make up for it on Sunday. This weekend trip is Sam’s 15th birthday present and his second Covid dominated birthday. His good friend Robert and Robert’s family were supposed to go with them, but in the flurry of Covid testing they all went through for the trip, Robert turned out to be positive. He is asymptomatic, thankfully, but that family will not be going. One of Sam’s other good friends, Sebastian, is still going. I am sure Sam is bummed that Robert and his older brother won’t be with them, but I know that Sam, Sebastian, Jonah, and Ollie, along with Heather and Jed, will have a great time. Heather sent a photo of her five guys when they stopped at Five Guys for dinner on the way up tonight. I texted back that they looked like the Five Bandits with their masks on. She texted back that at least she didn’t have to fight with them to get them to smile for the photo. Okay, one positive for Covid?

2021 Life Logs, Day 303: Quiet Day at Home

2021 Life Logs, Day 303: Quiet Day at Home
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021
Weather: Mostly Cloudy, Rain Early and Late; High Temp 62, Low Temp 57 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

There was just enough rain this morning to change plans for the day. Ollie’s early morning soccer game was cancelled, and it was too wet to do yard work. I thought I was going to spend my day playing ‘pick up sticks’ in my yard, but instead, computer issues took priority. It was a quiet day at home being frustrated by my computer. I am dealing with the aftermath of a change in the way all of my photos and other files are stored in a cloud. Until this past week it was done by something called Back Up and Sync, but Google is no longer supporting that and thousands of files need to be move to Google Drive. It sounds easy but is not. Heather spent a lot of time last week trying to figure it out, but neither of us is sure we are doing it right. So ‘just in case’, I went to Staples this afternoon to buy a new 1 terabyte external hard drive to back things up on ‘earth’ in case the ‘cloud’ fails. I have backed things up on hard drives for years, but all of mine were full and photos from the last couple of years needed to be backed up. I will continue with the computer issues tomorrow.

My summer neighbor Andrew contacted me mid-day asking me to go to his house and do a few things. They have decided to rent the house for short-term stays through a vacation rental company, and they had just found out that the first renters were arriving this afternoon. There were just a few personal things he wanted me to do before the vacation rental company came in to do the pre-rental cleaning. While there I realized that their backyard and patio needed a leaf clean-up before the renters arrived and yard work is not done by the vacation rental folks. Sam and Ollie do Andrew’s yard work and were planning to do the storm clean-up over the next couple of weeks, but the unexpected advent of renters changed that. The boys weren’t available, so I used my leaf blower to blow the leaves into the yard from the patio. I then picked up as many of the larger twigs and branches blown off the trees during the storm as I could in a short period of time. It looked presentable.

It is raining out again tonight, but I am truly hoping for sunshine tomorrow. We have seen the sun peek through the clouds a few times yesterday and today, but basically it has been overcast and rainy, punctuated by an extreme storm, since Monday. Enough!

2021 Life Logs, Day 300: Clobbered by a Nor’easter

2021 Life Logs, Day 300: Clobbered by a Nor’easter
Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Weather: Wind Gusts to 55 mph, Rain; High Temp 55, Low Temp 49 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Forty-seven years ago today Mark and I were married on a beautiful day in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Today was not a beautiful day on Cape Cod. Starting last night around 10 pm, the winds picked up and the rain continued. Throughout the night I could hear the howling winds and when I got up to go outside with Shadow at about 7:30 am I was greeted by a big, downed tree in my side yard, leaves and branches littering the ground, and wind gusts up to 55 mph according to Weather Underground on my phone. Those gusts were so strong that small tree branches were flying through the air. We were out and in quickly to then discover that there was no electricity and there still is not. School was cancelled today, and many small businesses were closed. This is like an extreme winter blizzard without the snow.

My neighbor Andrew almost lost his boat when the boards holding the line cleats ripped up in the wind. He saw this happening and was able to run out to catch the lines. A little later in the morning, I helped him move the boat to his neighbor’s dock. But when I was outside that time, I saw that all of my outside furniture was blown hither and yon. As a result of the nasty weather, Shadow and I have spent most of our day curled up on the love seat by the front window where I can see to read. I went to the basement and got out my winter comforter for tonight and a heavy afghan to cuddle under. With the afghan over me and Shadow on top of that, I have been nice and toasty.

Heather and gang are among the lucky ones who have electricity, so they had Shadow and I over for dinner tonight. I am still at their house and will use their internet to send this log. But I have to say I was taken aback on the way here. There are no stoplights working in Falmouth, Aubuchon Hardware was close, Walmart was closed, and the two main grocery stores are running on emergency power. The latest update from the power company is that that it could be multiple days before we have power restored. Shadow and I will go home to sleep under that winter comforter tonight and assess just how comfortable we might be for multiple days without electricity. There is no school again tomorrow, so I will head this way in the morning to unload my freezer contents into Heather and Jed’s freezer and see what I can do with the boys as both Heather and Jed have busy work days tomorrow.

2021 Life Logs, Day 244: Happy Anniversary to Good Friends

2021 Life Logs, Day 244: Happy Anniversary to Good Friends
Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Weather: Overcast with Rain; High Temp 72, Low Temp 65 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

This first day of September was overcast with periods of light rain until 10 pm tonight when it started raining with a vengeance. There is even thunder and lightening to make it more dramatic. But at least the worst of the rain held off until after a gathering of my dining-in group here at the cottage.
I had hoped for a sunny afternoon and had asked everyone to come at 4:30 so we could enjoy an outside summer dinner cooked on the grill. I’ve known for days that it was supposed to rain today, but I kept watching the weather and believed the heavy rain would begin after our dinner. But when it started drizzling this morning, I decided to grill the food before people arrived and eat inside. When they arrived, however, it was not raining and everyone decided to sit outside to have drinks and the special appetizers contributed by Peter and Karen Baranowski. It was fresh tomatoes and mozzarella cheese on slices of baguette from the French bakery. Yum! The rain kept holding off, so we stayed outside for the delicious and beautiful salad brought by Bruce and Jane Woodin. Another yum. I figured we were pushing it, but the weather kept holding, so I served the marinated and grilled veggies, beef, and chicken on rice pilaf and the tasty corn casserole brought by Terry and Olivia outside as well. As we were finishing the dinner, it was starting to rain just a little and I saw a mosquito, so it was time to go inside for dessert.

On August 28, Olivia and Terry White celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. Then on August 29, Peter and Karen Baranowski celebrated their 50th. Midge Frieswyk volunteered to bring a special cake for dessert to honor the special occasion. Whole Foods makes a Chantilly cake that is really delicious, so Midge brought that to celebrate the anniversaries. It was a wonderful evening with friends.

2021 Life Logs, Day 238: Work and Play

2021 Life Logs, Day 238: Work and Play
Date: Thursday, August 26, 2021
Weather: Sunny; High Temp 87, Low Temp 71 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Jonah and Ollie did the work today and I did the playing. I picked J & O up at 10 am and they came to my house to do yard work. Jonah mowed Shirley’s yard while Ollie used the weed whacker to do some trimming in my yard. They had planned to switch jobs so Ollie could mow Andrew’s yard, but we ran out of time. I needed to get Ollie home so he could go to a playdate at Mullen Hall. This is his new school and he really only knows two kids who go there. One of the two is Simon who lives in his neighborhood. Today Simon and Ollie were going to play on the school grounds. Jonah had a playdate with his friend Kaiden. So, after dropping Ollie off, I took Jonah to Kaiden’s on my way to Midge Frieswyk’s. There I joined friends for lunch on Midge’s deck where I played away the afternoon eating good food and talking with friends. It was a great way to spend a beautiful summer afternoon.

2021 Life Logs, Day 175: Day at Sippewissett Marsh and Woodneck Beach

2021 Life Logs, Day 175: Day at Sippewissett Marsh and Woodneck Beach
Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021
Weather: Sunny and Windy; High 73, Low 60 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Camp Oma got an early start this morning, dictated by the tides. The Goldpebbles wanted to introduce Charlie, their new friend whose family now owns the home one away from the cottage, while the tide was going out and then during slack tide. They were adamant that this is best time to explore in the marsh. So, we arrived shortly after 11 am and spent the next four hours having a great time. For most of that time, it was really windy and I was sometimes chilly even though the sun was shining in a bright blue sky. The four boys tried skim boarding on the beach side and then moved into the marsh to catch critters. Near the end of our day, we moved back to the beach side for more skim boarding that somehow ended in a throwing sand at each other. We are going to have to review our summer beach rules, but they were having so much fun today that I just let a few things slip.