Weekend Pictures

A few pictures of Sunday. We spent the afternoon by the pool to escape the heat.

Enjoying a cool dip in the pool on a hot day.
Ben and Izzy drawing on the patio.

Plus a few of Izzy at the Mystic Seaport from the previous weekend:

Isabella in a barrel at the cooperage, Mystic Seaport Museum
Checking out one of the sawhorses at the shipyard at Mystic Seaport Museum.

Workshop time with Benjamin

Tonight Ben decided to head out to the workshop to work on his chess set. We have milled lumber for half of the pieces (the white pieces) and glued up the wood for the board. He put tape down on the board tonight, and I helped him mark out 2″ x 2″ squares. He cut out the individual squares and then used black spray paint to paint the dark squares. The light squares will remain natural wood color.

In the meantime, I spent some time cleaning up window trim (so I can paint it tomorrow) and picking up the workshop.

Spray painting the chess board.
Cutting out the chess squares on the board.

Another Sunday at Mystic Seaport

The weather this weekend was much more pleasant than last weekend. The museum was pretty busy, but that meant lots of dogs for Izzy to pet.

Mystic Seaport
Exploring the playground
Mystic Seaport that way!
Exploring the Mystic Seaport shipyard.
Exploring the shipyard at Mystic Seaport

Sailboat repairs

Will sanding the hole on the bottom of his boat.

Will and I took some time this morning to sand and put the first fiberglass patch on the hole in the bottom of his boat.

Will and I took turns sanding the area down. We couldn’t access the back side of the hole for patching, so I’m guessing we will have to sand the work we completed and put a second layer of fiberglass over the area.

 

Boston for the weekend

Will at the Museum of Science in Boston, MA

This weekend Will and I headed to Boston for a short trip. He had wanted to visit the Museum of Science and maSantarpio’s Pizzake a weekend out of the trip.

The plan was to head out when we woke up on Saturday morning and visit the museum. We didn’t have a fixed schedule, but a few ideas of where we could go. We woke up to a warm and humid Connecticut morning hinting at a hot and unpleasant day to walk around a city. However, the weather in Boston was perfect. Warm with a breeze pushing away the humidity by the time we got there.

We said our goodbyes to a crying Izzy, put on a Malcom Gladwell podcast (that Will tolerated) and headed north. Our first stop was a used bookstore near the Boston Commons, the Brattle Book Shop. We found parking a few blocks away (weekend parking after most of the universities are done for the year is not too bad). Will picked up a Shakespeare play for a friend, and I just wandered around the store for a while.

On the way back to the car we grabbed lunch at Jacob Wirth Restaurant prior to driving over the the Museum of Science. We spent a few hours wandering around the museum. One could easily spend an entire day at the museum. But with ADHD, we tended to bounce around a bit. We did find good seats for the lightning show and finished up early afternoon.

After checking into the hotel, we caught a late afternoon showing of “Deadpool 2” and then had dinner at Santarpio’s Pizza. I laughed so hard during the movie that I cried, though the language would make a submarine sailor proud. Pizza was perfect. I know the thin crust isn’t Will’s favorite, but I love it.

The walk around the hotel. Chelsea, MA

Sunday morning was cold and wet. At least the rain held off until we were driving home. After breakfast I went for a short walk around the hotel, but quickly decided that a short sleeve shirt was under-dressed. Plus the neighborhood wasn’t the most scenic for walking.

We drove to Harvard Square to wander around and find another bookstore. The used bookstore we had planned to visit wasn’t open, so we wandered around the Harvard Coop bookstore where Will picked up the next two books in the series he is reading. We stopped by the Curious George store and got Izzy another stuffed animal (not like she needs any though).

We grabbed a light lunch and extra bagels at a Brueggers Bagels and headed out of the city to our final stop – Mindtrek VR in Marlborough, MA. We signed up for an hour-long game. The setup and game were pretty cool. We strapped on the VR gear and wandered around a large room. We had a team of five. The first game was defending against zombies and the second was walking through a space station shooting robots. The virtual reality was pretty cool – there were walks across virtual catwalks high in the air. I don’t like heights, so they were a little scary.  Even though I was really walking on a flat concrete floor, it seemed way up in the air. Will and I certainly weren’t the best shooters on our team, but we had fun and it was a lot of work. I broke into a sweat just walking around the virtual world (and my few hundred feet of space in the real world).

 

 

Pictures

Ben and Izzy looking at the Clydesdale on one of the trucks on the way into the Mystic Seaport to see the
She loves horses. Even just figures of them on posts (at Mystic Seaport).
High tide and storm surge at Mystic Seaport.
Playing in the sandbox (a warm day in February).

An unexpected snow day

The forecast called for less than an inch of snow ending early in the morning. Instead we got nearly six inches of snow with the snow ending around noon. School and my work were cancelled. The boys got out in the morning with Izzy to play in the snow and again late in the afternoon to go sledding with the neighbors.

Will and Izzy playing in the snow.

I was able to get some time to work on the bedroom/bathroom project in the afternoon while Izzy napped. We are making progress on the room. New England Performance Insulation (NEPI) installed the spray foam insulation two weeks ago. I have been working on installing the subfloor and framing for the bathroom. Susanna has been working on picking out fixtures and finding a tiling contractor.

Progress on bathroom framing.

 

Mystic Seaport (a rainy January visit)

The weather was warm enough for a visit to the Mystic Seaport this morning. It was wet and drizzly, but nice enough to get an hour or two at the children’s museum. Will had to do homework today and Susanna wanted to do grocery shopping, so Ben and I took Izzy to walk around for 90 minutes.

Ben and Isabella at the Mystic Seaport Children’s Museum.
Mystic Seaport
A rainy morning at Mystic Seaport

Waiting out the big storm

Bombogenesis, a popular term used by meteorologists, occurs when a midlatitude cyclone rapidly intensifies, dropping at least 24 millibars over 24 hours. A millibar measures atmospheric pressure. This can happen when a cold air mass collides with a warm air mass, such as air over warm ocean waters. The formation of this rapidly strengthening weather system is a process called bombogenesis, which creates what is known as a bomb cyclone. – NOAA website

View from the front porch.

The first big storm of the winter is expected to bring nearly a foot of snow and strong winds to the area today. Bitter cold will follow the snow.  My work is closed today. The boys are at their mom’s house and Susanna is sick in bed. So I get a quiet day morning with Izzy.

Last night I finished my storm preps. I replaced the belt on the snowblower and ran it for 10 minutes. I pulled out the generator and got it running and then spent an hour looking for the power cable (that was hanging in plain sight in the garage). I filled up the cars and filled up extra gas for the generator. Susanna filled a few extra pitches of water.

Now to just wait it out. So far it hasn’t been too bad – it is windy, but not terrible (yet). The snow is light and fluffy and not yet too deep. Hopefully we will keep power. The work on cutting back trees by the power company over the past few years has helped; we have been pretty luck with power through the big storms over the past few years. At least it is cold enough that the snow should be light and fluffy and not so bad to shovel.

Reflections on 2017

I almost started this post with “This year was a busy year,” but I realized that I started my reflections on 2016 with the same words, and probably the year before that. It has been a full year, but I haven’t really been posting much on this blog, even though that was one of my goals for this year. It seems that the Internet has turned into a place where one now needs to always watch what personal information we put out in public. It didn’t always seem that way. Of course, the Internet was never a perfectly safe place (one still locks car doors when parking in even nice cities), but when I started writing this blog, it felt like I shouldn’t have a problem if I kept information that was too personal off the website. But this year I was torn. So I didn’t write much.

I posted pictures on Izzy’s blog. I waffled between making the blog private (in which case almost no one ever read it), or making it public so Susanna’s parents could see the pictures. I also posted on Instagram. Of course, on Instagram, that is the place to be this year. I posted here – more pictures than words – but my posts were not very frequent. And the boys posted even less in their blogs.

So, how did I do on my goals for the year? Not very well. My goals (from my post a year ago):

  • Be more consistent in writing in this blog. I think it helps me to take time to focus on what I have finished.
    I put more pictures on this blog this year, but fewer words.
  • Be better about posting pictures of Izzy in her blog.
    I think I did pretty well with this. I was able to get pictures into Lightroom, and post to the blog directly from Lightroom. 
  • Do another “March Challenge.” This time with Will and Ben.
    Nope.
  • Finish the coffee table.
    This I did finally finish (after too many months of it sitting in the shop).
  • Make at least two additional pieces of furniture in the workshop.
    I think I did, though not for the house. I made a water table for Izzy with Dan, and some furniture for the workshop.
  • Install the pool with Susanna and the boys.
    This was done, but not the pool we had planned at the start of the year.
  • Finish the patio updates/outdoor kitchen.
    Nope. We did a lot of work on the patio, but it is not finished.
  • Install a new door on the workshop and interior walls/insulation on one wall of the workshop.
    Nope.
  • Improve insulation on the workshop and the boy’s play loft.
    Added on the workhop only. 
  • Host a New Years party with Susanna.
    Considering that I am writing this on New Year’s Eve…
  • Go bicycling with the family.
    I did some, but not as much as I wanted.
  • Spend a good week with Ben working on his boat this summer.
    We did some work, but not a full week worth.

But overall it was a good year. Some of my memories from the year (and I’m sure I’ll think of a dozen more as soon as I post this):

  • Getting a sailboat with Will (and driving half-way across the state to pick it up the day before we left on vacation) and almost sinking the boat when we launched it.
  • Watching Izzy start walking, talking, and finding her own personality.
  • Watching Will start at high school.
  • Watching Ben have a great start to his final year in middle school.
  • Going on a family vacation to New Hampshire.
  • Taking a bowl turning class with Ben.
  • Many weekends at the Mystic Seaport.
  • Going on a long hike with my Dad.
  • Saying goodbye to Targa.
  • Getting a new cat with Ben.
  • The mess of dealing with removing lead paint in this house.
  • Having to stop installing windows to drive to the mall to give Susanna the spare keys when Izzy locked her out of the car in the rain.
  • Being stuck in a dark airport with Ben when the power went out for hours at the Atlanta airport.
  • My Mom visiting for spring break.
  • Building a sandbox and water table for Izzy with Susanna’s dad.