2018 Life Logs, Day 95—Meeting Two Phenomenal Ladies
Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018
Weather: Sunny, Windy, Cold; High Temp 44, Low 27 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

I have mentioned in recent logs that I am considering a move to a small cottage owned by a friend’s aunt. The friend is Karen Baranowski and her aunt is a 93 year-old woman named Shirley. Shirley and her 99 year-old sister, Doris, live part of the time in Doris’ home in Scituate, about an hour north of here, and part of the time in Shirley’s home here in Falmouth. Shirley owns her home and the adjoining lot with the cottage. That cottage has not been lived in since Shirley bought it about 20 years ago. Over the years, family members sometimes came to stay in it during the summer, but otherwise it has just been sitting there. Karen introduced the idea of selling or renting the cottage to her aunt after she heard me say I would like to a place with lower rent than I now pay, but that I would still like to be near the water. That sounded like the cottage to Karen, so she approached her Aunt Shirley. Before Shirley was willing to make a decision, she wanted to meet me and today was that day. It was the first time I have ever driven along the coast on the way to Boston to where Scituate is located. It is a lovely area. And when we got to a place where the North River runs out to sea, Karen pointed out Doris’ home on a hill overlooking the entire flats of the river. What a great location! Once I met Shirley and Doris I decided that living in homes with beautiful views must help one to stay young. Both women need walkers to get around, but their minds are still young and we had a delightful few hours together. Shirley is ready to rent to me, so now I just need to make that decision. I am going to spend the weekend looking at other possibilities and then make up my mind. But whether I move there or not, I hope to visit with Shirley and Doris from time to time. I shared much about my life with them today, but I would love to learn more about their lives. Together they have 192 years of experience to share. What a treasure.