Saturday, November 18, 2017

Desert View - Day 10 - Alone time?

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5:47 am - Saturday - November 18th - Grand Canyon - 29º F (feels like 20º), humidity 48%, wind 10 mph out of the east by southeast.....feels - CALM to me.....cloudless skies with a million stars still out right now......just beautiful! Forecast high for today is 46º F......brrrrr!

At first I didn't cotton to the idea that TLE and I would be working opposite shifts each day, but now we are both beginning to like having a few hours to ourselves a few days a week, plus the 5-5.5 hour work days mean we each will have time at the beginning, or at the end of each work day to do our workouts on a more consistent basis.

We awoke to a cold, blustery Friday, and the wind remained with us all day and most of the night.  The wind was coming from the northwest and that means it is blowing directly into our water heater vent, which further means that the pilot light blows out occasionally, which tends to be kind of irritating.....especially when you go to take a shower and all you are getting is cold water.....wait, what?  I had a cardboard box in the trailer which TLE wanted to save, and I'm glad she did......I fashioned a sort of windshield for the water heater vent, which has worked well.  Without the shield the pilot light would blow out every 10 minutes.....with it the pilot light was only extinguished once in the last 24 hours. 




TLE was off to work at 7:20 am (in the Beetle again) while I remained behind.  I read my Kindle for a while (I'm on the 7th, and final installment of the Dark Tower series), then went out to the trailer to do my daily (hopefully it will be daily......I need better resolve) workout, and was done 40 minutes later.  I read some more while I cooled down from the workout, then took a shower.  Soon it was time for a small lunch (a single slice of the leftover pizza from Wednesday) before I headed off to work to relieve TLE at the checkout station.

I really enjoy the 1/2 mile walk to work, and am so grateful I can walk to work again.....the trail we take feels like we are 100 miles from anywhere as it winds in and around the juniper trees which are ubiquitous here at Desert View.  I arrived at the store after a brisk 10 minute walk, pulled my cash drawer and was on station by 12:10 pm.....TLE then left to count down her drawer and head home for her alone time.

The afternoon shift was quite pleasant with just enough customers to keep me steadily busy, but I did have time on occasion to do a little merchandising, and restocking of some shelves near my work station.  Just as I was pulling my cash drawer I glanced outside to see this spectacular sunset in progress, so I went outside to try and capture its majesty.......


 The 'pano' setting just does not capture the color


.......I went back inside to turn off all the cooler lights, the store lights, take the final cooler temperatures of the day, and then count down my cash drawer.....I was out the door and on my walk home by 5:35.......I've taken to wearing my Teka headlamp on my walks home, and I'm sure as we approach the winter solstice when the daylight portion of the day will be its shortest I'll really be glad I have it.  

I arrived home about 5:45 to find TLE reading and commenting on how much she enjoyed her alone time......life is good!

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