2021 Life Logs, Day 205: Sailing and A Full Moon

2021 Life Logs, Day 205: Sailing and A Full Moon
Date: Saturday, July 24, 2021
Weather: Beautiful Day; High Temp 79, Low 58 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Bruce and Jane Woodin invited me to go sailing with them this morning on L’Escargot. It was a gloriously beautiful morning, but there was very little wind. Sam Patterson was with us. He prides himself on being able to keep a sailboat going in light winds, so Bruce handed the tiller over to him. Sam kept us moving for quite a while, but then the wind totally disappeared.
We started the engine and headed for Quissett Harbor. It was the first time I have entered that beautiful harbor on a sailboat since the summer of 2015 and it brought back a flood of memories. Mark and I lived aboard Windbird in Quissett for two summers and loved it there. It is truly is a quintessential New England harbor. I heard from Sam and Dawn this week that the sale of Windbird to a new owner is official and the final papers will be signed on Friday of this next week. All I know about the new owner is that he is a young man named Toby from Texas who plans to sail Windbird around the world again. I told everyone aboard L’Escargot today that I feel like a mother whole daughter is getting divorced and remarried to someone who is going to take her far away. I just hope he treats her as she deserves.

I got sad news this evening. Doris, one of the aunties that lives next door, has been in the hospital since Monday and she had a stroke yesterday. The hospital was planning to release her this evening and her daughter Caroline was arranging for hospice to come into her home in Scituate. Doris is 102 and has lived a good life. We’ll just have to wait and see if she can survive this episode. Her sister, Shirley, is going to stay in her home next door to me until they see how Doris adjusts to the transfer. The two sisters have lived together since Shirley’s husband died in 2013, so naturally Shirley is going to want to be with Doris.

A bit of good news is tonight’s full moon. It is beautiful. And the other good news is the Olympics. I really enjoy watching each athlete achieve his or her personal best, regardless of the sport. In the 1970’s, Mark and I did not have a television. The first time I remember watching the Olympics obsessively was 1984. That was the year Mary Lou Retton from West Virginia became the first US woman to win a Gold Medal in the individual all-around gymnastic competition. Since then, with the exception of 2008 when Mark and I were sailing through Indonesia, I have enjoyed watching the Summer and Winter Olympics.

I talked to Justin, Jo, Ziggy, and Coco on a Skype video call this evening. It is the first time I have talked to them since they returned from England. The rainy season is in full swing in Puerto Rico, as is mango season. Wish I was there to enjoy those mangoes with them. They are adjusting to the tropics after a cooler than normal time in England. A friend gave Ziggy a keyboard this week, and he is learning play amazing quickly. I love talking with them, but I can’t wait to see them. It has been two years and that is just too long. This Friday is Coco’s birthday, so I’ll get another chance to talk with them then. And then I will get to see them when they come for Thanksgiving.

2021 Life Logs, Day 204: Beach and Olympics

2021 Life Logs, Day 204: Beach and Olympics
Date: Friday, July 23, 2021
Weather: Mix of Sun, Clouds, Even Some Rain; High Temp 79, Low 58 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

This afternoon I had only Jonah and Sam as Jed and Ollie were packing and getting ready to leave for a weekend of Scout camping. The weather was strange today and changed our plans a bit. We had a beautiful, sunny morning. Like yesterday, it was a tad cooler than the previous couple of days, but it was not too cool, not too hot, just right. Then when I packed the car to get ready for the beach, the clouds came in. By the time I got to Heather and Jed’s, the skies opened up and we had unexpected rain and distant thunder. The thunderstorm was short lived, but the sky remained cloudy, so Sam, Jonah, and I went to my house to lunch instead of heading straight to the beach. Then when the sun came out, we left for the beach. The breeze “refreshing” and we mostly sat in our beach chairs and looked at the water. When the boys did dive in, they came out almost immediately and said the water was freezing. Instead of waiting for Heather to join us after she finished her workday, we headed home. We’ve had a few good beach days this summer, but not as many as usual. Maybe the best is yet to come, but we only have one more week of Camp Oma before we have a two-week break. Sam and Jonah go to Scout camp for a week while Jed and Ollie go to Maine. Then Heather, Sam, and Jonah join them for a week or so and everyone one comes home, but at slightly different times. Who knows what the final two weeks of summer vacation will look like. We’ll just have to wait and see.

I have been watching the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics tonight. I love watching all of the different countries make their entrance. I thought Team USA looked like pirates tonight, but they certainly seemed excited and ready for the next two weeks. Go, USA! And I loved that after all of the countries entered, singers from around the world sang John Lennon’s Imagine. “ . . . and the world will be one.” Just imagine.

2021 Life Logs, Day 203: Another Maui Mat Afternoon

2021 Life Logs, Day 203: Another Maui Mat Afternoon
Date: Thursday, July 22, 2021
Weather: Sunny, Cooler; High Temp 78, Low 63 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

The difference between a high temperature in the mid-80’s versus a high temp in the 70’s feels so very different. I woke up early this morning and felt cold. I went into the living room where I had left a fan on to bring cool nighttime air into the house and found the fan temperature to be 66 degrees and the house temperature was about the same. I turned the fan off and went back to bed with a blanket. Today was beautiful with very little humidity. What a difference a few degrees make.

Verizon came early to deal with Shirley’s phone issues. Once that was done, I took Shadow for a long walk and before I knew it, it was time to go pick up the Goldpebbles. We stayed at their house for a bit while they played on the trampoline and then we came back to my house for lunch. We stopped at Jack and Bean Stalk and got lobster rolls. Yum!
After lunch, Sam launched the Maui mat and towed it behind his kayak to get it out to deeper water for Ollie, Jonah, and Lena to play. He then came back and spent his afternoon resting up for tonight’s foray to the County Fair while the other three played in the water for a couple of hours. Lara, Lena’s mom, took a kayak out to see how the kids were doing and she ended up towing the mat back while the kids swam back. After showers, they played table shuffleboard in the basement and then it was time to take them home to get ready for their night at the fair. I ran some errands in town and then came home to fix dinner and collapse. I’m not quite sure how sitting in a chair and watching kids play in the water is so exhausting, but that I am at the end of each afternoon.

2021 Life Logs, Day 202: Afternoon in the Eel River

2021 Life Logs, Day 202: Afternoon in the Eel River
Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Weather: Mostly Sunny, but Hazy; High Temp 85, Low 63 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

This summer’s unpredictable weather was once again unpredictable. We were supposed to get late afternoon thunderstorms. But we did not. The Goldpebbles had planned to go to the County Fair tonight, but the weather report changed their minds. So the boys decided to come here for lunch.Then Sam launched the red kayak and pulled Ollie, Jonah, and neighbor Lena out to a mooring ball on the Maui mat (6 x 9 foot foam floating dock). They tied the mat to a mooring ball and played on the water for almost three hours. Sam came back and launched the Optima sailing dinghy that he then sailed out to the Maui mat and gave Lena and Ollie turns at sailing. Once they returned all the gear to the dock and got it put away, Lena’s dad, Andrew, invited them to go for a boat ride in his 25-foot Grady White motor boat. He planned to take them out two miles to Washburn Island, but they ended up going out into the Sound and across to Martha’s Vineyard and back. The boys were particularly impressed with how fast they could get there and really enjoyed the ride. Thank you, Andrew.

Tomorrow night will definitely be County Fair night, so the boys want to have a relaxed afternoon to save their energy for their night at the fair. Maybe we’ll just kayak and play on the Maui mat for an hour or two and then play table shuffleboard in the basement.

2021 Life Logs, Day 201: High Flyers

2021 Life Logs, Day 201: High Flyers
Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Weather: Partly Sunny; High Temp 84, Low 69 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

My day started watching Jeff Bezos blast into outer space aboard New Shepard, Blue Origin’s first launch with citizen astronauts aboard. High flyers they were.
Then this afternoon Ollie, Jonah, and I went to a public library event called High Flying Dogs where dogs caught high flying frisbees. The trainer was so pleased that his dogs could run 35 miles an hour. He used a radar gun to record their speed. If those dogs were running 35 miles an hour, I’d say Shadow’s average speed is closer to 40 to 45 miles per hour. He is the fastest dog I have ever seen. I need to train him to catch a frisbee and go on the road.

Before the dog show, we had lunch on the library lawn, Jonah and Ollie played catch, and we walked across Main Street to buy pastries at the French bakery. Playing catch reminded the boys that they both need new baseball mitts, so we made a side trip to Walmart but came up empty. So, we bought socks and underwear instead! Then it was back downtown for the dog show. After the show, we went back to their house long enough to play a few rounds of trampoline soccer with Sam and then headed to my house to play croquet and table shuffleboard. Sam had a doctor appointment mid afternoon and was going to the County Fair with friends at 5 pm, so he only had a small window of time to spend with us. Thunderstorms are forecast for tomorrow afternoon, so we’ll probably have to do rainy day activities. We shall see.