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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Maine, we forgive you......

6:16 am - Saturday - July 7th - Southwest Harbor, ME - 52º F, 47% humidity, wind 7 mph out of the west by northwest.....crystal, clear, blue skies!  Do you see the humidity?  Wonderful to feel dry air again!  The overnight low temperatures are back in the 50's, and the humidity is back under control......Maine, we forgive you....all is good!

The heatwave was officially broken Friday.  We woke to threatening skies, and much cooler, albeit still humid, temperatures.  Change is good......change is our friend!  We slowly emerged from the heat haze we had been experiencing and felt rejuvenated and clear headed for the first time in a week.

I headed for work with my rain jacket in hand knowing that the rain was eminent.  As we gathered 14 bundles of wood from the wood pile out back I could see Beech Mountain covered in mist........


.....and the heavy, water laden clouds moving quickly across her summit.......


......once the wood was restocked in the 'wood box' I headed out to the large grassy area to pick up the sports equipment left out by kids the night prior.....there was balls, bats, badminton rackets, and birdies everywhere.......


.......while Tammy and Alex worked on cleaning sites I fetched the mower to mow a few sites in the 70's and 80's before the rain came, and then the string trimmer to clean up sites 118 and 117 which would have new tenants later in the day.  It began to rain in earnest by 10 am, and continued on and off until after 3 pm......

My new rain jacket courtesy of Smuggler's Den

.......just after 10 am Tammy and I began the daily trash round up in the rain.  We were back from the transfer station just before 11 am....time for lunch!  During lunch I watched the second half of the Uruguay/France World Cup match which was won by France 2-0.  I think Uruguay only managed one single shot on goal the entire game. France's defense was that good.  TLE and I were looking forward to watching the recording of the Brazil/Belgium game that evening so I studiously avoided hearing the results from that game all afternoon.

It was still raining around 3 pm as I drove some recyclables up to the storage area where we hold them until there is enough to deliver to the recycling center......the rain was just beginning to abate......


.....customers began to stream into the campground about 3:15 and I helped a couple of them into their sites before heading for home around 4 pm.  Normally I would have done some weed whacking until 5 pm, but it was too wet.  Within minutes I had poured a couple of fingers of scotch take the edge off the day while I dried out and took a load off my feet.......


......TLE was home right at 6 pm at which time I turned on the Sea-B-Que in preparation for a filet mignon she had defrosted the day before.  While I grilled the steak TLE made a side salad and some mashed potatoes........it was a great way to the the day.  We ate as we watched the aforementioned Brazil/Belgium World Cup match.  It was a very close game with both teams getting good shots on goal, but in the end the Belgium goalkeeper was better than Brazil's as they edged Brazil 2-1 to move on to the quarter finals which begin Tuesday.

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