Sunday, December 3, 2017

Desert View - Day 23 - All we had hoped for and more

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6:48 am - Sunday - December 3rd - Grand Canyon - 39º F, humidity 55%, wind 3 mph out of the west by southwest.....seems to be over 10 mph to me and rising.  Forecast for today is windy (30-40 mph gusts) with a high of 64º F.

Saturday was a beautiful day in our neighborhood......crystal blue clear skies with temps in the mid 60's in the afternoon.....very unwinterlike here at 7,400' in early December, 2017.  I've mentioned how I have been enjoying flipping 'open' and 'close' days with TLE, but there is one thing that is troublesome in a way.....when you change start times every single day from 7:30 am to 12 pm it is hard to get into a pattern, and patterns are what I prefer.  One night I'm going to bed early (9:30 pm), and the next I'm up until after 11 pm.....one morning I get up at 5:30 am and the next I get up after 7.  Okay, it's a small inconvenience, and I'm almost a little embarrassed to be fussing about it, but there it is.

I had the 'open' shift Saturday, which meant I would be home by 1 pm and able to watch some of the NCAA football playoff games on TV....I already wrote about the first one being Friday night between Stanford and USC, but Saturday had a real lineup.....most of the games involved teams which are in the top four playing to stay there and, therefore, be in NCAA football playoffs for the National Title.....but I get ahead of myself.

TLE had not gotten up yet when I left for work around 7:15 am, but I woke her briefly to give her a kiss, and tell her I loved her.....you never know when a given day may be your last, and you don't want to leave anything left unsaid.  It was cold, but no wind, so my walk over to the General Store was pleasant.  I arrived just before our manager did, so I stood on the loading dock a the rear of the store watching the colors in the GC change, and the sun rise higher in the sky.  Within a minute, or two my manager arrived and my work day began.

After I 'clock in' each day I run through my opening duties which involve turning on the all the store lights, as well as those in the coolers and freezers, checking and recording the temperatures of all the coolers and freezers in the store.....I think there are about 9 or 10, pulling my cash drawer and putting it in register #2, flipping the OPEN/CLOSED sign to 'OPEN', making sure the manager unlocks the front doors, policing the store for trash, putting products back where they belong (why do people not return unwanted things to their proper place?), dry mopping if necessary, vacuuming if necessary, cleaning the glass on the entry doors, refolding sweatshirts and t-shirts.....and on it goes.  On this particular Saturday that was the busiest I was all day.....our customers were few and far in between, but as the hands on the clock moved inexorably around to 12 noon, and TLE's arrival time business picked up a tad.  I did about $169 in cash sales (not counting credit card sales, which are usually more).  I counted out my cash drawer, and was on my way home by 12:56 pm.

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As I walked along the paved street leading to our site I thought I should take a short video to show you what some of the residential area at Desert View looks like.....


.....I was home just after 1 pm, had a quick snack which TLE had left for me (yogurt with peaches) and then decided to finally install the new 12 volt 'cigarette lighter' type receptacle on the console between the driver's and passenger seats.  Shortly after we bought the Newell back in 2008 I decided we needed more 12 volt plugs to run the XM Radio receiver, my small HP Netbook on which I run our Delorme GPS mapping program, and finally where we plug our cell phones in to recharge them while driving, or dry camping.  All these years we have used a three outlet 12 volt receptacle, but it had begun to have issues, so I decided a month, or two ago to upgrade it.  The new one has two 12 volt receptacles, and two USB ports for recharging our phones.....it takes up less space, and is more practical.



......I purchased the two components about a month ago, but needed a 1/8" hole saw to cut the hole....I finally ordered one from Amazon and received it recently.  In all this project took less than an hour, and there were no hitches whatsoever.......very un-Hockwald like.

Next I spent about an hour putting up some more Christmas lights, and by 4 pm I was finished, so I went inside to watch some NCAA football playoff games.  By 5 pm I decided to get the outdoor fireplace ready for an evening fire......no wind, and warmish temperatures made it a perfect evening to sit outside for a while......







.....TLE was home about 5:20, just after I had lit the Sea-B-Que so I could grill one of the filets we purchased at Safeway in Flagstaff on Thursday.....TLE changed clothes, and joined me by the fireplace for about 20 minutes. Whilst she retired inside to prepare a couple of sides to go with the steak I finished my cigar, and then began to grill the filet....it took about 13 minutes to get her up to medium rare (mejum rare as my Dad used to quip), and we were sitting down to a wonderful steak dinner a little after 6 pm.

Life is good, and Desert View is all that we had hoped, and much more......thanks for stopping by!

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