Reader beware: Grab a snack and a drink as this is a long post!
On Friday, Michael took some more time to continue his progress in the basement. He purchased two ‘pancake’ lights from Heartland while we were in Goshen and was able to get them installed in the back basement so that if/when he needs to go back there all he’ll have to do is flip a switch and he’ll have light.
He also took a little bit of time to go through a few of our Rubbermaid totes so as to reduce our inventory. Things that haven’t been used in the 2+ years we’ve been living in the coach or just stuff we know we’ll never use. We do this periodically and probably always will.
Amanda got a call from their realtor about 1:00 pm regarding a showing between 4:30 and 5:00. She went into ‘showing’ mode and did some dusting, vacuuming, sweeping and general straightening. Michael had to put away the stuff he had pulled out of the basement. While they worked Alex and I went to the coach to stay out of the way. Thankfully, he has a toy box at Nana & Papaw’s and some TV shows on our DVR that keep he happy. Dan was working from home so he moved from his office in their house to his temporary office in our home. And after all that work….the people were a no show!
We have the coach plugged into where the washing machine is normally plugged in so on laundry day we unplug the coach and plug the washing machine back in. A small price to pay in order to be able to have ‘some’ power in the coach. Amanda did some laundry yesterday, 2 loads of which were baby clothes for the new baby. We still have just over 4 weeks left until Amanda’s due date…but she refuses to go that long!
Today we had a pretty full day planned. Amanda is a ‘Noodles & Co.’ lover and there are none here on Long Island. A month or so ago she found out that one was being built in Westbury (about 17 miles away) so she signed up to be notified of the progress. Last week she got an email stating that they were opening soon and an invite for her and up to 3 other people to come and sample the menu. She signed us all up for lunch today so that was one of our stops.
We decided to stop at another cemetery (Cemetery of the Holy Rood) to see if we could find the grave of Margaret Brown. She might be more familiar to you as ‘The Unsinkable Molly Brown’ from Titanic fame. She surely was one of the toughest women of her time. We wandered for quite some time before Dan found the grave in a different section that was actually listed on FindaGrave.com. There was a military funeral in progress going on nearby and when ‘Taps’ was played Michael’s inner soldier came out.
From there we drove north to the north shore…Oyster Bay to be exact. We were headed to Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. Sagamore Hill was the summer home of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of the US. He lived there until his death in 1919. The home, itself, is closed due to renovations and not due to reopen until December of 2014.
We walked around the grounds and visited the pet cemetery, museum, a tree with lots of names carved into it, saw a couple of turkeys, placed some Munzees and just enjoyed being with our family. We met an older gentleman that is a volunteer at the site and was full of colorful stories. His name was Adrian Bogart Jr. and he is a distant cousin to both Theodore Roosevelt and Humphrey Bogart.
The museum was just a short walk down a gravel path through an old apple orchard. There was quite a bit of memorabilia in the home but with that large of a building it seems that there could have been more items to view. There’s also a short video to watch but we didn’t take the time.
Roosevelt is buried nearby at Youngs Memorial Cemetery. The cemetery was established as a burial ground in 1658 and many of gravestones are now unreadable and/or crumbling. Roosevelt & his wife are buried atop a hill that is reached by 26 steps (representing his being the 26th president). The graves are fenced in and covered with gorgeous greenery with lots of shade covering the site.
Before leaving the area we stopped at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park which is on the Oyster Bay Harbor. A small pebble beach with lots and lots of broken glass mixed in! Michael and I took a minute to dip our feet in the cool water.
It was Amanda’s turn to choose where we had dinner this week and she chose Japanese. We ended up at Shiki, a small but elegant restaurant that definitely was pretty popular as most of the tables filled up before we left. Not the kind of Japanese restaurant we were used to but it turned out very good. Dan ordered teriyaki beef, Amanda had the chicken teriyaki, Michael went with teriyaki salmon, I had Katsudon (deep fried pork cutlet cooked with egg batter & vegetables served over rice). We all enjoyed our dishes and the atmosphere.
After dinner, Dan & Amanda dropped Michael, Alex and I off at home and went on to their friend’s home for game night. We watched an episode of Little Einstein’s with Alex and then I gave him a bath and enjoyed watching him play with his boat. He’d had a busy day with only a very short nap so when I put him to bed he was asleep almost right away. Sweet baby.
Michael and I were able to get caught up on some episodes of ‘Under the Dome’ we’d missed. We also started watching the newest season of MasterChef. Dan and Amanda got home about 11:30 and we headed next door shortly after. It was a long day….but a very enjoyable one.