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Published: September 19th 2010
Leaving Boston under clearing skies.
We packed up out of our plush accomodations Boston and have descended into Cape Cod traveler's hell...the sweet little Half Cape Cottage from the photos on the internet has turned out to be a derilict, dirty, and non-functioning cabin. Half the house is so low that John has bumped into doorways and timbers more times than I would like to count and certainly more than he would like to even think about. On one side a lovely view of the woods, and on the other a garage full of old junk. At least it matches the old junk that is stored in the cabinets and corners of the house. John has been busy searching for a new place to land to finish our time on Cape Cod.
Good Things, though: John cooked a super simple dinner--heaven! I have done 5 loads of laundry with a sixth in the washer, so clean underwear and socks tomorrow! Now, if we only had heat: It's 58 degrees in here and no one coming to fix the heat until tomorrow--maybe. And, with John spending 3 hours on the phone to India, we finally have the promised internet that we paid for
The Hancock Cemetery in Quincy
and we sincerely hope that the owners of this rat trap can figure out how he has reconfigured the connection. And if they can't, oh well.....I am sure we will never see a refund of any kind for our trouble. So, slum lords, good luck figuring out how we finally got the TV to work....
And another good thing, it is now Sunday morning and we have heat in this "house." To be truthful, the bed was comfortable and, after I washed the matress pad and pillow covers last night and sniffed out that the bed linens and blankets were actually clean (It was really, really easy to determine the dirty ones piled in the crib upstairs: bleck!) it was warm enough.
Back to Saturday: THE BEST PART of Saturday was meeting my new DNA Cousin, Bob. As many of you know, John and I have done DNA testing in an effort to get through our genealogy "brick walls." Although DNA testing was not entirely succesful in that respect, I have found some wonderful new cousins--probably so distant that it was certainly before surnames and perhaps back to Romano Britain or the Neolithic age-with whom I have been
The church where John and John Quncy Adams worshipped. It was not open for us to view.
emailing trying to figure out how we are related. So, new cousin Bob and his wife Dottie extended an invitation for us to come visit on our way from Boston to Cape Cod and we spent a delightful afternoon with them talking about genealogy and history, and getting a chance to see Hingham-a wonderful little town. They even took the time to take us to a wonderful grocery store where we stocked up for our time on The Cape and took us out to lunch. You have got to love such interesting, generous, and fun cousins! After only an afternoon together, it was difficult to part. As Dottie said, "Once you have made a connection, it is hard to break it."
So, here we are with beautiful weather and one person has responded to our inquiries for a new place to stay, so we may be out of this moldy uncomfortable old house by Monday.
We are planning to get out to see Cpe Cod and to get some fresh air!
Max and John
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