2021 Life Logs, Day 292: Car Oil Change, School Early Release, Laundry, Soccer
Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Weather: Another Cool and Beautiful Day; High Temp 59, Low Temp 55 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

My day was all over the place today. I started by taking my car in for an oil change. I used to go to the drive-thru at Jiffy Lube. Now I go to Sullivan Tire for most of my car maintenance, but it means I have to go and wait about an hour to get an oil change. That done, it was home to walk with Shadow and then back to town to pick Ollie up. It was an Early Release Day for all students, but only Ollie needs to be picked up. He wanted to play on the playground for half an hour, so I sat in the sun and read while he played. Once I took him home, I put a laundry load in the washer and then made sure all three boys had lunch. Peter Baranowski gave me a container of his homemade clam chowder yesterday for Ollie. Ollie loves chowder and says the best he has ever had was at Legal Sea Foods in Boston, with chowder from the Fisherman’s View here on the Cape a very close second. But Peter’s chowder got a 10 out of 10 from Ollie. Yummy!

Jed came home to get Ollie and take him to a 2 pm dentist appointment in Woods Hole. Heather got home just before they left, and we went over the schedule for the rest of the afternoon. I took Sam to the high school at 2:30 to meet with teammates before a 4 pm soccer game. He has been out most of the season with an ankle injury. Then last Friday he wrenched his knee on the same leg as the weak ankle. Ouch. But he was able to practice yesterday and really hoped to play some in today’s game. Heather and Jed had to go to a parent-teacher conference at Ollie’s school and then I suggested that they both go to Sam’s game. I would take Jonah to his soccer practice at the Cape Cod Academy which is about 30 minutes away. This meant that I would not get home until after 7 pm, so I switched the laundry and went home to play ball with Shadow before taking Jonah to practice. The day was a lot of back and forth for me, but that is life with three active boys. Sam only got to play for 9 minutes, not as much time as he would have liked, but it was great that Heather, Jed, and Ollie were there to support him. While Jonah was at soccer practice, I went to get pizza for him to eat on the way home. We got home just in time for him to get ready to go with the whole family to a Scout Court of Honor. I took a deep breath, gathered my laundry, and headed home.

It was a good day, but I am looking forward to a quieter day tomorrow. It is bath day for Shadow which basically takes all day. I shampoo him, let him dry a little, take him for a long walk (hopefully in the sunshine) to dry out, and then I spend the rest of the day, a little at a time, brushing out his coat. I am taking him to New Hampshire to visit with friends this weekend and I want him to look his best. Unfortunately, the dog groomer couldn’t fit him in, so I’ll do what I can.

2021 Life Logs, Day 293: Bath Day for Shadow
2021 Life Logs, Day 291: Beautiful Weather