2022 Life Logs, Day 345: Christmas Shopping with Ollie, Dinner and a Movie
Date: Sunday, December 11, 2022
Weather: Overcast with Light Drizzle, A Few Snowflakes: High 37, Low 33 degrees F
Sunrise and Sunset: 7:01 am & 4:13 pm
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

We lost 2 more minutes of daylight today. Surely glad winter solstice is next Wednesday.

I picked Jonah up from Joey Keefe’s where he spent the night and delivered him home late morning. Sam’s friend Robert had spent the night with him, and he was still there when I arrived. Both Jonah and Sam were supposed to go camping last night, but it was cold and raining and they opted out. Ollie and Jed did go, and they came home this morning. Shortly after getting Jonaah home, Heather and Jonah took off for an afternoon of Futsol games west of Boston. Jed had to go to work for an hour or so, and Sam was working on waxing his snowboard. Ollie had not slept well and was a bit grumpy, but he went to Highfield Hall with me to tour the mansion in holiday ‘dress’. He wasn’t enthusiastic at first, but then got all excited by the craft ideas on display. He even chose to go to the craft room and start making a Christmas present for ‘a family member’. We then headed downtown and made a stop at the French bakery which livened him up even more. Then we went to Ben and Bill’s Candy Shop for candy decorations for the gingerbread houses, to Michael’s and Walmart to get more craft items, and finally back home. I had planned to do a laundry but forgot to bring it, so I headed home and returned with my bag of dirty clothes. By this time everyone was home, and I ended up staying for pizza for dinner while we watched White Christmas. Sam was so shocked that I would eat pizza that he fell off the sofa. So “unOma” he said. My only defense was that I wanted to watch the movie and not have to go home late and fix dinner. I will survive having pizza once! And it was delicious. Heather and Jed make the best pizza ever. I don’t object to homemade pizza, it is just that I avoid eating anything gluten.

Now I need to go pack and get to bed. I leave here late morning to take Shadow to Heather and Jed’s for the week and then catch the bus to Boston. My flight to Charlotte is not until 3:50, but when you have to coordinate bus times, it takes all day for a two-and-a-half-hour flight. I talked to my sister tonight and am excited to go see her for a few days. Growing up, I always thought of my sister Patsy as Rosemary Clooney in Bing Crosby’s White Christmas movie. In my mind, my sister Margie was the dancer, Vera-Ellen, in that movie. My sister Margie loved nothing more than tap dancing on table tops. I have a Christmas photo of the three of us sisters, circa 1960, when I was thirteen. My sister Patsy was pregnant, but she still wore that Rosemary Clooney page boy hair style. And in the photo, my sister Margie looks like she is ready to hop up and dance. Wonderful memories.

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