Have You Noticed

It’s difficult to find holiday activities that don’t involve a) spending money and/or b) eating.

In other news, Ron got his shoulder treated and his left hand diagnosed. He also seems to be on track for his final appointment with the Worker’s Comp evaluator.

I was in New Bedford a couple of times this week to finish up my relationship tool project.

Our holiday cards are done. Ordered 60 with a discount and a $5 off coupon and picked them up on Thursday. Addressed and mailed almost all of them on Friday. Finished up the last few today.

But Will It Go Unpunished?

I saw April hobbling into her friend’s car this morning. She hurt her back the other day and obviously is still in a lot of pain.

So, I moved some “stuff” from her driveway that she’d wanted to put in the back of her truck, and broke down the rest of the trellis archway and put it in bags. I moved the bags to their side yard, next to the boat, and replanted the clematis along their backyard fence. She’ll very likely want to do something else with it, but at least it’s watered and in soil for now. They do have really nice soil over there, not like 20 Dixon, which is all clay, sand and rocks.

I also did some cleanup in our vegetable garden and along the South corner of the “U”. Discovered that the sweet potato vines made a bunch of potatoes, but according to the label, they aren’t edible. Damn.

Had lunch with Cindy and an appointment with my new eye doctor, Dr. Berg.

Last night, Ron and I had pizza at Primetime in North Falmouth and went to the O-F steering committee meeting.

Enough to Make a Grownup Cry

Ron was almost bamboozled last night by a charlatan who claimed his computer had been hacked, which motivated me to take a look at our router settings.

It’s been so long that I’d forgotten the password, so I reset the router this morning. This resulted in a cascade of changes, including our VOIP phone service, but everything seems to be working now.

I hate network admin.


Ron fixed the solar lights on the shed! It required buying a soldering iron, but I’m sure we’ll have another use for it down the line.

We delivered two truckloads of leaves to the transfer station, thus obliterating some big piles, mostly accumulated from the back yard.

I put up lights in the front and some artificial flowers in the window boxes and deck planters.

I also reorganized the bathroom linen closet, using the plastic drawers that Jimmy gave us. It worked out great, increased the shelf capacity by 50%. Having consolidated our belongings in a very inefficient way when Ron first moved in, we now may actually be able to find things.

Chucho, First Snow

We had a terrific time last night. Had dinner at the Spicy Lime with Craig and Owen’s parents and their friends. Then enjoyed a superb performance by Chucho Valdez and the Afro-Cuban Messengers at the Zeiterion.

It’s snowing this morning.

I needed have worried that Ron would feel deprived of live music once he left Zellerbach. We’ve seen a slew of great musicians this year, from Chick Corea and Gary Burton to Geoff Muldaur and Jim Kweskin.


For months, I’ve been looking for three specialty grooming items that Ron bought in bulk and had shipped in May 2011: hair ties, Rembrandt toothpaste and Pear soap.

For the last couple of days, I’ve also been looking for a box of outdoor Christmas lights and a yard power stake that we bought last year.

I turned the cellar and attic upside down, multiple times, and yesterday, I was able to locate everything – soap, ties, toothpaste and the outdoor light paraphernalia, the latter of which had been hidden by a pile of old clothing.

More Leaves

Brought leaves to the transfer station from the other day. We left the tarp! Luckily, the front end loader had picked it up and put it in the furniture pile before someone could steal it.

The leaf vacuum started then stopped. It’s out of warranty (bought it in April 2010, thank you, blog). Peter from Terminix was here for his November inspection. We bought a nice balsam wreath at Stop & Shop, put the red velvet bow on it, hung it on the storm door.

Did some last-minute raking here. Cleaned up the beds near the house and the oval. Planted the mum that was decorating the front steps at Edgewater.

Leaves, Anniversary

We managed to clear both yards of leaves before the small snow storm anticipated for tomorrow.

We had less than 2 hours of light by the time we got to Edgewater, but we made it. Ron did the back with the leaf sweeper. I used the lawn mower and was able to clear the day lilies, the grass garden and the shrubs in the front as well as the the front lawn. The truck is pretty much jam-packed.

It doesn’t look like we’ll have a lot left to do, although the beach tree in the back at Edgewater hangs on to its leaves even later than the oaks.

We cleaned up the garden in front of the fence here, too.

To celebrate our anniversary, Ron bought flowers and picked up a superb dinner at the Chinese restaurant in Dino’s plaza: Happy Family, shrimp in lobster sauce, hot and sour soup, shrimp fried rice, dumplings. I was barely able to waddle back to the computer to post this.