12/5

Was afraid I’d missed it, a meeting this afternoon on possible changes to the rotary.

Yesterday, we did laundry and two transfer station runs. I treated us to lunch at Panera, thinking a prepaid card from MassSave would work; it didn’t.

P&B paid all of December and the balance of November rents. John F. gave us a call on the repairs at Edgewater. Asked P&B to send us their picks for upstairs toilet and vanity.

Ron has lost his mind; he’s been hanging used coffee filters in the basement laundry area, figuring to “save money”. Big argument about leaving lights on yesterday. Meanwhile, we are bleeding cash in loan interest, which we hope to stop once P&B buy the house.

Wreaths, Lights, Tree, Strawberries

We put up the homemade wreaths and holiday lights over the weekend. Keeping it simple this year, included only the bushes by the front door. The timer works.

I added a string of lights to the vase that Cindy gave us and put up the tiny tree.

It’s raining now, but we may get snow tonight and tomorrow morning. I’m hoping James’ driving test is later this week; no word yet.

Having kicked myself for not doing so last year, I took advantage of Hulu’s Black Friday offer and signed up for $1.99/month. Already binged on one series, “Apple Tree Yard”.

Still struggling with FullCalendar.

Covered the strawberry plants with oak leaves.

Good Deeds; Thanksgiving

Yesterday I gave blood, picked up trash and dropped off books for the Falmouth Library to sell. We made pies; Ron got to flute one.

I prepared Thanksgiving dinner in stages in the toaster oven, microwave and stove top. Cathy offered to let me use her oven but not until 1, and I wanted to eat by then.

We had fresh parsnips, Shiitake mushrooms and brussel sprouts from the Farmer’s Market. Picked up cardamom bread from Janet yesterday after dropping Robert off at work.

Mashed potatoes, squash, veg loaf and gravy for the rest of the meal. Pecan/pumpkin pie for dessert with coffee and brandy (rum for me).

Perfect.

Good Stuff

Can’t do a refi on Edgewater but there is hope that P&B will be able to buy it. At least, they’ve started the process with a mortgage broker.

They may be able to buy “as is”.

I did the transfer station run yesterday with the usual aggravation from Ron. Also cleared the rock garden in the front yard at Edgewater.

Good dream last night about getting to Boston from Chicago and walking around barefoot in a fully integrated Roxbury or possibly South End. I handed $2 to a woman in a church group that was meeting in a storefront. I visited a popup with prices hand-chalked on a board and walked to the “T” for transport to Milton or the Cape. I had no luggage, but did have a wallet and money. I was smoking Newports.

Wompanoag Thanks Giving

We spent most of yesterday at the service and feast hosted by the Tribe.

Ron picked up and dropped off cider and cranberry juice at the Government Center for the potluck, then picked me up at the house. Incredibly, we got to the Meeting House in time. Saw a few friends and acquaintances.

The feast was even better than last year’s: corn and quahog chowders, venison stew, oysters, a good variety of vegetables (potatoes, squash, beans, parsnip), blueberry slump and Indian pudding. I brought home a couple slices of quick bread and a cookie. We shared a table with Lynn from the Introverts and a very pleasant woman named Maureen from Falmouth.

Ron entertained the princess with a “food joke” about π, cake and ².

Afterwards, we picked up a bucket of trash in our neighborhood. Got to see a couple of our neighbors along the way. Ron sorted through the recyclables and redeemables.

Mowing; a Neighbor Visits

Mowed front and back at Edgewater. Almost done with leaves there.

Our neighbor Tony came over yesterday afternoon for a chat and a beer.

Simple supper that Ron prepared: tomato soup and cheese panini.

Quite upset about a FB post by a stupid social worker who abandoned a child who loved her. As if unconditional love is something cheap and stumbled across every day.

Wrote to her, got an answer back. Disgusted that she exploited this story for personal gain and received kudos rather than rebukes.

I’m fighting depression and not a surprise: “the holidays” are here.

Discovered that I’d already paid for another year of The New Yorker!

Contacted two more freelancers for repair work at Edgewater. Fingers crossed.

Edgewater Repairs

I met with a carpenter and a contractor this week to discuss needed repairs at Edgewater. Questionable whether we can free up enough equity to cover everything, but very likely we can cover the essentials.

Followed the impeachment investigation hearings.

Worked on some updates for MRS. Need to change the calendar to work better with mobile devices.

Ron was feeling mighty mighty.