2023 Life Logs, Day 241: Good to Be Back Home
Date: Monday, August 28, 2023
Weather: Partly Cloudy; High 72, Low 63 degrees F
Location: At Home on Lakeview Avenue, Falmouth, MA

I’ve never thought of myself as a home-body and that term certainly doesn’t describe a person who took off and sailed around the world. But more than ever, I now love getting home after a trip. Maybe it is that I just miss my Shadow and my grandkids. Just being around them brightens my life every day. Whatever, I am just so happy to be home and walk around the yard with Shadow and check on my gardens. Of course, there is much more to do than that. In my new role as co-president of Encore, there are always lots of emails to answer and I have not responded to any emails for a week now. I didn’t get through all of those today, but I will get started. Heather is in Boston today, so this afternoon I took Jonah and Sam to soccer practice at 2 pm and brought Ollie home with me. He dedicated his afternoon to climbing a very tall holly tree in front of my house, clipping branches as he went to clear a path. Sometimes I could not even see him and that prompted a game of Where’s Ollie? He would start shaking the branches around him and I could pinpoint his location.

I got home at 1:30 this morning and just couldn’t go to sleep. So, I read until 3 am and slept in until 9:00. Then I rushed to get dressed and go get Shadow. He was happy to see me and absolutely disregarded any commands to stop jumping on me or to sit. Evidently, he has been behaving for the Goldstones in my absence and Jed and Ollie were a bit shocked that he would not obey them. They were saying the same words I usually say when they come here to visit and Shadow refuses to stop jumping on them. I guess it is just whomever walks in the door anywhere that excites him. We came home and walked around the yard and then he came in and is as calm as always when he is at home with me. Jumping or not, I was happy to be reunited with him. This evening I took him with me to Heather and Jed’s for dinner and he was a bit more well behaved than normal.

After a fabulous dinner of grilled salmon, potatoes, and salad out on the deck. It is much cooler here than in North Carolina. The daily low there is the high temperature for the day here. But sitting out on the deck for dinner was delightful, not too cool. After dinner we went into the living room where I hooked by computer to their television to show them the photos of Jessica’s wedding. That prompted memories of Heather and Jed’s wedding. They have their 20th anniversary a week from tomorrow, so they dug out their wedding album to share with the boys. They were married at Spruce Point in Boothbay, Maine, which is right on the water. Mark and I sailed Windbird up and delivered the bride and groom to the gorgeous wedding destination. All of my family, Mark’s family, and Jed’s family were there. Last night we came across a couple of photos of Jessica, the most recent bride, at Heather’s wedding dancing with her father just as she did last Friday night at her own wedding. The years certainly do pass quickly.