Day 345, Year 8: Holding Pattern
Date: Monday, October 14, 2013
Weather: Mostly Sunny Today, Coolest Night to Date
Location: Eel Pond, Woods Hole, Massachusetts

We are in a bit of a holding pattern. We aren’t seeing a good 3-day window for our trip from here to the Chesapeake in the next week, so we will watch and wait. In the meantime, I will be providing daycare for Ollie. Last Thursday he had an 18-month check-up and the doctor found that he has yet another double ear infection. He had ear infections all last winter and now they have returned. And in addition to the ear infections, he gets upper-respiratory infections way too often. As a result, he has gained almost no weight since this time last year. So the next few days are going to be dedicated to getting Ollie well and then trying to find a way to keep him that way. It is so sad to see Ollie constantly fighting these infections. He is absolutely the sweetest little guy in the whole wide world. Well, except for a very stubborn streak that is just starting to rear its ugly head. Instead of going to Boston with Mark for the next two days, I will stay here. Mark goes to Mass General tomorrow for a routine CT scan. He will spend the night with Sue and John Reed, Jed’s aunt and uncle, and return to Mass General to get the scan results on Wednesday. If all is well, then he has the green light to go south and not have to return to Mass General for another CT scan until this time next year. He will get quarterly blood tests, but that can be done wherever we are. He will return to the Cape on Wednesday afternoon and then we will continue our search for the weather window. It is not clear at this point whether or not I will be continuing to be Ollie’s daycare through the end of the week, but that will be decided dependent on what Heather and Jed decide to do about his current daycare situation. So again, it is a holding pattern.

But I can’t end this log without mentioning the fun we had today. Sam was up bright and early and all of us were up at it by 7:30 am. We had our coldest night this fall with the temp dropping into the upper 40’s, so we plugged in a heater to warm the cabin this morning. Jonah loved it and decided to sit in front of the heater to start his day. Sam decided he wanted to go fishing and Jonah thought that was a great idea as well, so I took them to Stoney Beach and we fished off the stone jetty there. There were no fish, but this was a practice to get us ready for fishing out in Great Harbor from the dinghy. We had hoped to catch minnows to use as bait to catch Blues in Great Harbor, but we caught nothing. In the end, Sam ended up going to Great Harbor with Granddad and Jonah and I stayed on the boat. When we returned from Stoney, Jonah had had enough fishing for one day. We didn’t end up with fish for dinner, but it was a fun morning. Then this evening we went to dinner with Heather, Jed, and boys to Pax and Tim’s. This is a couple with two little boys that live just around the corner from Heather and Jed. We had a wonderful dinner and it was actually warm enough to eat outside.

131014 Day 345 Cape Cod, USA–The Fishermen