7:19 am - Saturday - December 16th - Grand Canyon - 30º F, 10% humidity, wind 3 mph out of the southwest.....cloudy today with a forecast high of 50º F.
Friday was idyllic.......mid 50's with no wind, not even a breeze. I had the 'open' shift, which, frankly I prefer. The way our schedule goes now I have three 'open' shifts each week, and TLE 2......we both agree we like it the way it is now.....she likes to sleep in, so the 'close' shift suits her fine....except for the getting up while it is still pitch dark part, I like the 'open' shift as I am home between 12:30 and 1 pm on those days and still have a lot of daylight left to burn. Speaking of daylight, it is getting in short supply as we lurch towards the winter solstice on December 21st, which will present us with the shortest duration of daylight of the year. Right now the sun rises after 7:30 am, and sets just before 5:15 pm.....not even 10 hours of daylight.
Now that the inventory is finally complete we have begun to restock our shelves.....they were getting a little bare while we awaited the recount. As it turns out our store had the best results as far as accuracy, so I guess it was worth the wait. Counting things is one of my least favorite things, so I am very happy that is now officially done.
I spent most of my morning restocking first the jewelry spinner, and was able to completely fill it while emptying the box from our storeroom. Then it was on to restock some electronics (phone chargers, USB cables, ear buds, etc.), then t-shirts.....many of our popular t-shirts were missing popular sizes, so my job was to go through them and then let my assistant manager know how many of each size we needed to pull out of our storeroom to provide at least 3 of each size (small, medium, large, X-large, and XX-large).
Late in the morning our assistant manager, Wayne, walked up to me with a silver ring in his hand asking if it might belong to TLE.....I remembered a ring of hers had disappeared from her finger on one of the first days we worked in the store back in November. She had looked all over the store, but the ring was found out on the loading dock where it had been for over 5 weeks. I called her at home and gave her the news.....she was so excited she arrived at work 30 minutes early, having lost track of the time in her excitement at recovering her ring.
Sales wise it was a slow day....my cash deposit for the morning was under $70......TLE reported in excess of $300 for her afternoon shift......but doing the restocking helped the time pass quickly for me. Soon I was on my way home thinking about couple of projects I wanted to complete before sundown.
Recently the ceiling vent fan in the shower had developed a loud vibration sound when running. The last time I had this issue was quite a long time ago.....back in January of 2013 while we were in Cedar Key, FL for 5 weeks. It had run great the last 4+ years. I usually turn the fan on just before I'm finished showering to vent all the moisture out the shower through the roof vent, so when I pull back the curtains all the mirrors don't get steamed.......I am pretty much the only one who uses the fan as TLE doesn't seem to mind if the mirrors in the bathroom become all steamed. At any rate, I like things to work so I was determined to remove the fan vent cover to see if anything obvious was wrong. My initial inspection did not show anything obvious, so I next removed the fan blade assembly to take a closer look at the motor. It appeared that the fan blade assembly was quite dirty, and that may have caused some imbalance, which may have contributed to the vibration, however, I also noticed a build up of dirt, and grime around the motor shaft where it enters the motor. I took the fan blade assembly out to the trailer to clean the grime off using WD-40 (a great solvent!), and then took an aerosol spray can of some electronics cleaner back into the shower area, turned on the now bladeless motor and sprayed the cleaner on to the shaft where it enters the motor as it spun.....the vibration sound immediately abated and the motor returned to its formerly quiet status. I reinstalled the fan blade assembly on the motor shaft, and then turned on the fan and let it run for about 15 minutes to allow the cleaning fluid to work its way up the shaft, and into the motor. Success! And it didn't take 4 times longer than it should!
I had a couple of other things I wanted to work on, but I decided I would help TLE out by doing a little vacuuming, and then got out the Windex to clean all our mirrors (we have many mirrors.....10 in all I believe), and the front of the Dometic refrigerator. Once I was done with that pulled up my Amazon.com app on my phone to do a little Christmas shopping. Each year our family draws names for a gift exchange......this year I drew Kate's husband, Nick, and Kate had given me a few ideas on a gift, and even a link on Amazon for that item. I ordered it, paid to have Amazon gift wrap it, enclose a card, and am having it shipped directly to Nick at their home where it will go under their Christmas tree.
By that time it was after 3:30 pm, and I hadn't done my daily workout so I changed clothes and got on my stationary bike.....by 4:15 I was done, and ready for a shower.....it was so nice to turn on the fan at the end of my shower and not hear that nasty vibration anymore.
TLE arrived home from her 'close' shift about 5:35 pm, and after changing made us Taco Salad for dinner....one of my favorites! What a woman!
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