Highfield

Productive day.

We enjoyed the Christmas open house at Highfield. Ron was particularly impressed with the senior citizen tenor.

Ron did errands and I picked up several bags of chips to replace the one I finished, much to Ron’s chagrin. Got the chips at the South Sandwich Stop & Shop – Mashpee was sold out – then briefly visited Scenic Roots before heading home.

I raked up the small area between the driveway and the corner garden. Did a laundry and booked two interviews for this afternoon.

Finished up work for the school. Testing is going well.

Interview; MRS; 2021 Insurance; FB; Modems

Had a second phone interview today and loaded MSF coupon codes to MRS. Got some registration debugging to do.

Researched insurance options through Viabenefits.

Checked out modems with voice and wifi. Looks like Best Buy is a decent option, but can’t get them to price match because they don’t honor third party vendor prices.

Moved a couple of smallish piles of leaves around the front hydrangeas and the stand of daylilies on the driveway side.

Received the fitness tracker and am waiting for the battery to charge.

We’ve been silly all day. Didn’t get outside enough. That and colloquies with a couple of “Back the Blue” bootlickers on FB.

Check; Curbside Pickup; Rain; Mushrooms!

Ron did a good job removing leaves from the back yard before yesterday’s rain. I’m hoping the month of November helped the county’s water deficit.

I received and deposited a reimbursement check for my new glasses and used Roche’s new curbside pickup: worked great!

Took care of a bunch of digital loose ends, including ordering more reimbursable Wallet supplies, like a tub bench and a pedometer.

Ran off mailing labels for holiday cards, hope Ron can get the ones for his Canadian friends in the mail today.

I spent the morning today cooking the mushrooms, which I’d promised myself to do. They are too valuable to risk going bad.

Lunch was very good: vegetable stuffed delicata squash, stuffed cremini mushrooms, brown rice with maitake mushrooms and toasted pecans, romanesco casserole.

This afternoon, I deposited a check to the Co-op for our HELOC payment and bought stamps for the holiday cards at the North Falmouth PO.

Finished the new schedule page for MRS to review.

Had a brief interview for a Business Analyst job in Falmouth. Applied for a warranty administration/customer service job at Bosun Marine. Probably flunked their test, but it was interesting to go through it.

Pumpkin; Lights; Fondue

The decorative pumpkin was in great shape for baking and pureeing. I spent the morning making pumpkin soup and pumpkin bread and roasted the seeds.

I put up the holiday lights while Ron got rid of the leaves in the front yard.

We enjoyed the last of the strawberries and chocolate fondue. Ron cleaned up the kitchen, twice. Good man!

Thanksgiving/Anniversary

I did a load of laundry, switched off the humidity sensor and closed the window for the attic fan and washed the kitchen floor, then picked up Geri and Free around noon.

Wanted fresh strawberries but every market was closed except for the convenience stores at Merry Meadow By-Way.

We had an enjoyable visit and it was nice to celebrate our anniversary with two of our favorite guests. Geri brought a bottle of prosecco and liked the meatloaf enough to bring the rest home. Ron made merry with brandy. I achieved my goal of not cooking.

This morning, we did the transfer station run. I brought winter solstice decorations down from the attic and put up wreaths. Mailed a Walmart gift card to James for an early gift, maybe the weights he wants.

Grandsons; Truck

Finished the cooking yesterday: green bean casserole (a hit), pumpkin pie, brussel sprouts (a miss). The grands asked for the sweet potato casserole recipe. They left early, James had plans to meet a friend. We kept the conversation to a neutral subject: politics.

The truck is fixed. Got a ride with Patrick. Traffic on MacArthur Boulevard was surprisingly light.

Ron did another shop and scrubbed the bathroom counter, which now looks great. I did the bathroom floor and dusted the living room. Ron did a magnificent job with cleaning up the kitchen after the boys left.

I Am Mean; Cooking; Truck; Garlic

I cooked the seitan, meatloaf, cranberry/orange dressing and mashed potatoes yesterday to get ahead of our entertaining, which starts this evening.

After a stupid argument, Ron spilled some of the cooked potatoes on the floor. It infuriated me because it felt like reprisal for ignoring his unwanted, useless advice. I was not especially nice to him, even while he was cleaning up the mess; starch is a son of a gun to pick up.

Dropped off the truck to Falmouth Toyota and got a ride in the shuttle with Patrick. The problem is minor, cost-wise, and they hope to have it ready today.

It was close to freezing, but I got the garlic planted yesterday, almost 60 cloves. Froze a bunch more and filled the little jar for cooking near term. Used up the bale of straw on the garlic and strawberry beds. Cursed the post office for not getting the cloves to me early enough to allow planting the day before. I was ridiculous to wait so long.

We did a short walk, a little over a mile, late yesterday afternoon. Felt good to be outside.

Uploaded NEPS changes a couple of days ago. Got the expected results.

What Weekend?

It’s Monday morning and I can’t remember doing anything even close to 16 hours of time well used from this past weekend.

I tried to get the garlic shipment from the post office yesterday, but the best they could do was to leave a note for the carrier that I’d be picking it up.

The carrier, of course, ignored the note. Another demerit for the Mashpee PO.

I did find vital wheat gluten flour at Roche, of all places. This was an unexpected and most appreciated surprise. Now I can make the mushroom seitan for the Thanksgiving/anniversary dinner.

Ron seems to have finished the window boxes – finally. He’s satisfied that he learned a lot. I think they look great.

Saturday, I did the MTR standout and drove with Geri and Free to Chatham for the Georgia voter postcards and balsamic vinegar at Gustare. We didn’t hang out in Chatham center; too crowded and not “my” kind of shopping. On the way back, we did find a nice conservation area, Texeira Conservation Lands, and did a very short walk. It was dark by the time I got home.

Yesterday I wrote and mailed the postcards. Three of the twenty people on my list are deceased, so I have extras. Aside from the shop, laundry and changing sheets, that was about the only productive use of Sunday. I did start watching “Rise of the Nazis”, with all its blatant parallels to Trumpism.

Made arrangements to have dinner on Wednesday with Robert and James!

What Did We Do Yesterday?

I did finish cleaning up the last two vegetable garden plots.

It was freezing yesterday; 22° this morning. I temporarily hurt my hands by working without gloves.

We did the transfer station run and a short shop.

Ron shut off the sillcocks; I turned off the water to the outdoor shower and drained the sillcocks. The placement of the ceiling tiles is a nuisance. Poor Ron tried for a good half hour to put them back; I suggested he give up and have lunch, then found that a coat hanger worked pretty well.

After trying unsuccessfully to order holiday foods online at Whole Foods, which for some reason didn’t want to accept either of our debit cards, I decided to cook instead and figured out a menu for Thanksgiving/our anniversary.

Finally cleaned up the list of compromised passwords.

Watched a documentary about George Soros until about quarter to ten last night. It wasn’t very informative.

Ron worked on the window boxes. I’m looking forward to getting them back up for winter decorations.

Today Ron had an appointment at Beltone and did a small shop for next week. I dropped off the little Green Machine, cleaning solution and instructions to Geri, who reciprocated with coffee and blueberry muffins. I pretty much finished the front of fence fall pruning.

Thoroughly sick of non-news about Covid19 (“it’s bad”) and Trump & Co’s shenanigans (“they’re a danger to the republic”).

I miss the grands.

More Weeding

It seems impossible, but even after al the weeding I did this summer and hours of it this fall, I pulled out plenty more yesterday.

I got the garlic garden ready for planting. The old strawberry garden looks pretty good. I hope to finish the last two today.

Yesterday I made soup from on-hands: kale, cabbage, three kinds of potatoes, carrots, peppers, onion, garlic and red wine. Also made a salad.

Paid bills this morning.