Tuesday, July 23, 2019

No limitations.....

6:53 am - Tuesday - July 23rd - Ramona, CA - 70° F, 73% humidity, wind - CALM.....cloudy with intermittent rain this morning with a forecast high of 95° F.

When we got in the VW Monday morning I noticed the odometer had just passed 160,000 miles when we drove down to Carlsbad last week.  We bought it 5 years ago with just over 124,000 miles.....she's running better than ever!



Monday morning at 10:30 am I had my two month followup cardiology appointment at Arch Health Medical with Dr. Mulvihill.  We were on our way down the hill to Poway by 9:30 am arriving at Arch Health by 10:10 am.  So far we have never waited past the appointment time at Arch Health and Monday was no exception.  We were called into the inner sanctum at 10:25 am, and were seeing Dr. Mulvihill within 10 minutes.  My LDL was down 70 points to 138 (that's perfectly normal), but my HDL was down to 37 from 74 (that's too low).  It was decided I should cut my lipitor dosage in half from 80 mg to 40 mg per day.  Everything else was in the normal range.  That combined with my weight loss made my doctor very happy.  I have been released to regular activity with no limitations.

We were out the door of Arch Health by 11 am and on our way over to COSTCO to do a little shopping, then a stop at Autozone to pick up a few automotive type things before meeting up with a friend from my childhood....David Rothwell.  I haven't seen him in 40 years, but we have been friends on Facebook for a number of years.  He and his wife Christina live in Escondido so he reached out inviting us to lunch at a local, funky micro brewery called 'Plan 9 Alehouse'.....


.....Yelp gives them 4 stars on 565 reviews, and we would be right there.  They serve their own draft brews, and those of other local micro breweries.  David had given us a choice between Plan 9 Alehouse, and Stone Brewing Company, but after he described Plan 9 as 'funky' we really had no choice, right?


.....they have a large garage door they roll up on hot days, and Monday was quite warm, so we sat out near the opening just inside the door where we got a nice breeze......


...we arrived at Plan 9 about 30 minutes early so we ordered a couple of brews.....'Turd Ferguson' for me (a hoppy brown ale produced by Plan 9), and an Imperial Stout for TLE (produced by Stone Brewing Company), plus some sweet potato fries with this amazing mustard dipping sauce with horseradish.......amazing!


For lunch TLE and I ordered the 'The Cow Goes Bleuoo' (bacon bleu cheese burger) to share, and it was equally amazing.........



......David and Christina arrived about 1:35 pm, and from then until after 4:30 pm we talked non-stop.  It was as if not one day of the 40 years had transpired.  I neglected to take an 'usie' so I stole this picture of them from David's Facebook page.   All that being said I do not really remember eating the burger after the first bite, as we were so engrossed on our conversation.  It was just one of those magical afternoons where the time melted away, and the conversation flowed from one topic to another.....



..... we learned that Christina is an accomplished home brewer of beer.   By 4:30 pm it was getting quite warm outside on the street, but we still remained quite comfortable just inside the door.  Nevertheless, it was time for us to head home, and bid adieu to David and Christina.  Thank you so much you two for a wonderful afternoon, the memory of which will endure for a long time!

We arrived home to heavy cloud cover, high humidity and very sultry, hot conditions.  Within minutes we had our groceries inside, and both A/C's running to cool down the interior.  Within 10 minutes it was quite comfortable, so I turned off the front A/C and let the rear A/C do the work the rest of the evening.  It did not begin to cool until after 8 pm, but we were finally able to turn off the A/C and let the cool air of the evening flow through our open windows.

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Wonderboom......

7:53 am - Monday - July 22nd - Ramona, CA - 65° F, 85% humidity, wind 0 mph........cloudy today with a forecast high of 93° F.

Did I happen to mention previously that I LOVE Sundays?  No doubt I have, but I love them even more now that I go to work at 7 am, and am done by noon, and with our days off being Mondays and Tuesdays I really get 2.5 days off work.  Of course, it hardly seems fair to call something you like doing work, because I do like my job.

After finishing the pool (sweep, vacuum, test) I spent most of the rest of my 5 hour shift at the mini golf course.  The golf balls we provide have a way of disappearing over the fence and down the hill into RV site 42, as well as other places around the course.  I spent about 30 minutes just looking for stray golf balls and came up with 8.  No doubt I may have missed a few, but 8 is quite a lot.

By the time I was finished with the mini golf course it was noon, and time to clock out for the day.  I headed home, took a shower then ensconced myself in my recliner to watch Stage 14 of Le Tour, and eventually write my blog post describing Saturday.

TLE was home by 2 pm just as I was finishing my blog, and watched the balance of Stage 14 with me.  Around 5:30 pm I lit the Sea-B-Que in preparation for grilling a filet mignon.  When we were at Stater Brothers last Tuesday we had the butcher cut a couple of filets to order for us.  We usually cook one at a time, and cut it in half to share.  These two filets were cut so I could grill them on all four sides, which is how you get the most even cook.  I let it cook for 2 minutes per side, and it came out perfectly......


......to chase the amazing filet TLE opened a bottle of Malbec we purchased at Trader Joe's......


.....smooth as velvet!  I simultaneously grilled 4 peach halves on the Sea-B-Que for the same 8 minute duration, and they came out perfect!  What a wonderful counter point to the sauteed onions and mushrooms, and steamed broccoli......


.....I brought out our Wonderboom blue tooth speaker to play the Sam Cooke Channel on Pandora whilst we ate.....


......I also use this speaker to play music while I am doing my pool chores.  Sunday I played Vivaldi's 4 Seasons, and Handel's Water Music over the two hour period I was there....I love hearing this classical music echoing around the pool environs while I work.

Sunday was a very good day with a high of 92° F.  TLE and I talked for about an hour after dinner about how much we love being where we are right now, and how good life is.  We are in the perfect place for us.

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Hot spots....

1:42 pm - Sunday - July 21st - Ramona, CA - 91° F, 33% humidity, wind 11 mph out of the northwest.....clear, blue, hot skies.  We have reached the forecast high for today.

Our housekeeper called in ill Saturday so I volunteered to do the restrooms in her place after I finished with the pool.  I will always take an indoor job when it is hot.  Each restroom takes me a little over an hour, and keeps me out of the direct sunlight.  The housekeeper also cleans the pool restrooms, and the single bathroom at the Red Barn, so I took care of them also.

In between restrooms I visited the pool a couple of times and caught a few guys sneaking beer into the pool area....one guy I had already talked with before, so I told him if I caught him with beer again he would be banned from the pool for the balance of the weekend.  It seems that more and more people subscribe to the credo "Better to as forgiveness, than permission".

I was done with all the bathrooms by 1 pm and with an hour in my day remaining Rich asked me to take the Kubota loader up to the storage yard and put as much brush in the large dumpster we have there as it will be unloaded by the disposal company early next week.  It's the second time I've spent significant time operating the loader, and I am gradually improving my operational skills.

The temp only got to 85° F Saturday, and it was a very pleasant day.  Beginning Sunday our temps will get into the 90's and stay there for the foreseeable future.....the foreseeable future being the next 14 days, so we continue stepping up the temperature ladder.  I've gotten used to temps in the 80's now, so it's time to get used to the 90's I guess....if it weren't for the honor, I'd just as soon pass......mid 80's seems perfectly fine to me

I spent the entire afternoon after work watching Le Tour de France taking a couple of naps along the way.  I picked up TLE from the office at 4 pm, and we spent a few hours sitting outside listening to music and reading.  Once we get past the high temp of the day each day it cools quickly, and sitting outside could not be more pleasant.

We watched another recorded episode of 'Elementary' before heading out to close down the park for the evening.  We only had what I would call one 'hot spot' Saturday night, and after talking with them they turned down the music volume, and then turned it off at 10 pm as instructed.  You never know how those discussions will go, but these people, although inebriated, were reasonable and co-operative.  A 'hot spot' is a single, or multiple contiguous sites where the noise levels of talking, laughing and/or music are too high for the time of night.  I find that if we talk to them early on they will quiet down.  Once it is past 10 pm it gets more difficult to get them to co-operate.

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Just like we like them!

6:46 pm - Saturday - July 20th - Ramona, CA - 79° F, 44% humidity, wind 8 mph out of the west.......clear skies......the high today was 85° F....a very pleasant day!

I can see now why I always wrote my daily blog post first thing every morning.....by the time I get home from work around 2 pm I am ready for a nap, and before I know it the afternoon has flown away and it is going on 7 pm with no blog yet written.  Maybe I'll have to start writing my blog posts for a given day that very afternoon, not the next day's afternoon like I have been doing. 

So what happened Friday?  Well, as is my custom I swept and vacuumed the pool.  I'm sure you've noticed that since the summer got busier customer wise I have been vacuuming the pool Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.  That seems to be working to keep the pool at its best.  On Thursdays and Saturdays I spend time cleaning the lounge chairs, and other pool furniture, sweeping up leaves from the deck, etc.  It takes about an hour to do that, as opposed to two hours when I sweep and vacuum.  

Friday is also my split shift day, so I begin work at 7 am, and am done with my first 5 hours by 12 pm.  I have 5 hours off work before returning at 5 pm.  Fridays we usually have a lot of arrivals.....well, a lot for RORVR.  We had 17 this Friday, and they typically arrive between 4 and 7 pm so I spend a lot of time near the entrance from 5-7 pm directing traffic, and keeping the entrance clear so regular customers don't get backed up behind people checking in for the weekend.  I also visit the pool several times to police people bringing alcohol, food and other beverages  into the pool area.

I received a new hat I ordered from Amazon on Friday.  It has a piece of material to keep the sun off my neck......


....I won't be wearing it all the time, but on those occasions where I am working in direct sunlight for long periods of time I will be glad I purchased it....only cost $15..........


 The entrance to the park off SR-78....empty now, but a few minutes later three RV's arrived and things got busy.

....a few weeks ago the owner of the park leased and had delivered to our lower parking lot a large water storage tank.  It holds about 25,000 gallons of water for fighting fires, if there should be any......

Emergency supply to be used to fight any fires on our property

.....it took about 6 days to fill it using our well water, but now it is full.  I hope we never have to use it! We do have several fire hydrants in the park, but if a fire should sweep over our 10,000 gallon synthetic material (think melting plastic) water tank, or if it should be drained fighting a fire, we now have the extra 25,000 gallons.

So that was our uneventful Friday.....just like we like them....thanks for stopping by!


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Friday, July 19, 2019

Enjoying the here and now......

12:44 pm - Friday - July 19th - Ramona, CA - 82° F, 46% humidity, wind 11 mph out of the northwest.....sunny, cloudless and pleasantly warm.  Is already Friday again?  Seems like it was just Monday a couple of days ago.

I'm still not sure if I like going to work at 7 am when it is 7 am, but I definitely do like it when it's 2 pm and I'm done for the day.   Nonetheless, I do so enjoy doing the pool when the shadows are still covering the entire pool area......



.....I didn't have to vacuum, or sweep the pool Thursday, so I was able to spend time re-installing the split rail fencing across the entrance to the playground area....



....I had to dig a couple of post holes, but the work was mostly in the shade.  Within an hour I had the fence looking like it had not been gone for 3 weeks.

Once I was done with the fence I got back to painting the yellow bollards around the park.  I had done 11 of them the previous time, and was able to get another 4 done before lunch, and 3 more after lunch.  By that time it was 1:30 pm and time for me to begin to clean my roller and brush before clocking out for the day.

I spent the three hours until 5 pm watching Stage 12 of Le Tour de France finishing just before it was time to retrieve TLE from the office.  

As I was cleaning the pool Thursday I made an effort to look around and appreciate my surroundings, enjoying the sounds and smells of the early morning.  Have you ever noticed when you come to the end of your stay at a location you begin to suddenly become aware of things you had been ignoring before.  You begin to look upon your surroundings with a fresh eye, and wishing you had spent more time doing so before your time was short.  While we've got months to go here I am trying each day to live in and enjoy the moments.  Time moves so quickly that it easy to become complacent, and just look forward to the next thing, the next place.  I want to cherish and enjoy this place to its fullest, and do not want to suddenly realize one day a few months from now that I have not done so.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

The new playground.....

6:16 pm - Thursday - July 18th - Ramona, CA - 79° F, 485 humidity, wind 9 mph out of the west.....the high today ended up being 85° F.

When I arrived at the pool Wednesday morning I found that the new playground equipment installation had been completed on Tuesday.......






.....it's a lot larger, and more complex than I thought it would be, but looks great, and has already seen a lot of use.

I had not quite finished the pool when 9 am rolled around, so I locked the gate, and headed down for our usual 9 am meeting to begin the work day.  I was back by 9:20 am and had the pool finished before 10 am.

I spent the rest of the morning working on the mini golf course.  I first blew the ubiquitous eucalyptus leaves off each hole, then hand swept each one to get the rest of the debris that could not be blown away.  Next, using some 3m spray adhesive, I glued some sections of carpeting back down which had come loose.  By the time I finished with that it was lunch time.

On the way home I stopped to photograph another large boulder which had been painted some years ago to resemble a frog.....


.....I also learned Wednesday RORVR used to be a horse property when it was first opened.  The Red Barn was actually a horse barn, and where the mini golf and dog run area is used to be a horse ring.

I spent the last two hours (12 pm to 2 pm) working at various things around the park, and just as it got to the hottest part of the day I was done....love getting off at 2 pm and missing those last two hours when it is the hottest.

TLE was home by 5 pm, and that was our Wednesday....not much to write about, right?

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Lab rat........

3:15 pm - Wednesday - July 16th - Ramona, CA - 87° F, 36% humidity, wind 13 mph out of the west....sunny, hot and clear.  We have reached the forecast high for today.  Went to work again at 7 am, so am just now getting to the blog post for Tuesday.

In less than a week I go in for my 2 month followup with my cardiologist (Dr. Mulvihill), so Tuesday I went into Ramona where his medical group (Arch Medial Group) has an urgent care facility  with a lab.  He wants to check my cholesterol after 2+ months taking a statin, as well as my heart, of course.  The lab opens at 7 am each day, and TLE and I were there about 7:15 am.  While I went in to get blood drawn TLE walked over to Starbucks to get us a couple of venti coffees.  I was the only lab customer, so was out and over to Starbucks just as TLE was coming out with our coffees. 

We sat outside enjoying the early morning coolness sipping our coffees before heading over to Stater Brothers to do our weekly shopping.  Wow, what a great time to go shopping....hardly anyone in the store at 7:30 am!

We were home a little after 8 am, and whilst TLE put away the groceries I proceeded to do our weekly black tank dump.  I have been filling the black tank with fresh water three times to dump it and get it clean, but just didn't feel like I was getting it as clean as I could so this time I was determined to keep filling the tank until I saw nothing but clear water being discharged.....that ended up being 7 times.  I was thinking back and I had been using my macerator pump to dump my black tank for over two months before arriving at RORVR, and probably had a lot of residual effluent from that time that was never quite being flushed out of the tank.  I'm hoping next week it will only take the usual 3 times to get it clean.

We had the A/C running from 10:30 am until almost 8 pm when the temp finally dipped into the 70's once again.  Once it gets under 80° F it cools off quickly.  We awoke today (Wednesday) to 56° F at 6 am....quite a swing from the high of 95° F Tuesday.

TLE had me grill a salmon filet we purchased at Stater Brothers which she topped with some mango/habanero salsa.....delish!

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Carlsbad.......

10:05 am - Tuesday - July 16th - Ramona, CA - Already 87° F, 23% humidity (very low!), wind 3 mph out of the northeast......clear, blue, sunny, hot skies with a forecast high today of 95° F.

Monday promised to be one of our hottest days lately in Ramona with a forecast high of 99° F, so why not head somewhere where it's in the 70's?  The forecast for Carlsbad was 72° F with a marine layer most of the day, so that is where we headed about 9:45 am Monday.  

Back in our workaday lives when we still lived in our sticks and bricks we used to ride our bicycles through Carlsbad on our way to San Diego several times a year.  We also used to visit there the day after Thanksgiving with our good cycling friends Ted and Eileen James, and spend a couple of nights at the Best Western right on the ocean.  It is one of our favorite coastal California cities, but it had been almost 9 years since our last time there.  It takes about an hour to drive from Ramona to Carlsbad on SR-78, and we arrived there just before 11 am, quickly found a parking spot just off Grand Ave., and began our walk around town......



.....on our yearly post Thanksgiving forays we loved to walk up and down State Street 'junking'....there were a number of cool antique, and thrift stores there, but as often happens with the passing of time there is only one of those neat stores left....Carlsbad Antiques......





......there are two large buildings with about 500 stalls selling a wide range of 'rusty gold'......


 John Lennon

 A very young Frank Sinatra

  Frank Zappa




 Our favorite Italian Bistro back in the day....means 
'Hot Tomato' in Italian




.....of course, a visit to Carlsbad requires a walk along the beach.......

Note the heavy marine layer.....

.....and some Fish 'N Chips at 'Harbor Fish Cafe' (Yelp gives them 3 stars, and Tripadvisor 4 stars....we would be at 4 stars) one of only a couple of restaurants with a view of the ocean in Carlsbad.  They bottle their own brew, a pilsner, which we ordered and thoroughly enjoyed......





 Love those Fish 'N Chips

....after a leisurely lunch we walked around town to walk off the food we had just eaten.  By the time we arrived back at the car the marine layer was dissipating exaggerating the high humidity, so we decided to head for home.....it was a little after 1:30 pm.  

We made quick stop at COSTCO in San Marcos on the way home to pick up TLE's new reading glasses she had ordered on our last visit about a week ago, and were home by 2:30 pm.  We immediately turned on both A/C's to cool down the coach, and within 20 minutes it was very comfortable.  I spent part of the afternoon watching stage 10 of Le Tour de France, taking at least one nap.  It was a good day, and so nice to be out of the heat if only for a few scant hours.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Another Sunday short day......

8:23 am - Monday - July 15th - Ramona, CA - 76° F, 42% humidity, wind - CALM....clear, blue, warm skies with a forecast high of 99° F.

The new playground equipment we have been awaiting arrived about a week ago, and although the installation progress has seemed slow it is beginning to take shape.  I think there is one more slide to install, and the swings, but it is almost ready for use......




....along with the various chainsaw sculptures around the park someone at some distance point in the past used their artistic skills to paint cars on some of the large boulders in the playground area.....




......this is the area where I spend a couple of hours each day keeping everything clean, and ready for use........

 Playground area

......just keeping the pool clean, and ready for the onslaught each day of customers takes most of my time.  As is my custom I vacuumed the pool and Jacuzzi on Sunday.  Keeping the PH levels correct, and the chlorine levels where they should be is getting easier for me week by week.....

Crystal clear

  

.......I finished cleaning the pool by 9 am and headed down to the office for our usual 9 am meeting with Rich and Marnie before heading back out to open the storage area and Red Barn. There was an afternoon wedding scheduled for Sunday so all of us spent some time in and around the barn sprucing it up for the wedding party.

After I finished there I did something I don't normally do.....I cleaned the bathrooms.  That took me most of the rest of my 5 hour shift, but it was inside, right?  Out of the heat, and direct sunlight.  I finished the final bathroom around 11:30 am, and then went to lunch to complete my 5 hour shift.

Because of the 4 pm wedding TLE worked until 4:30 pm to be sure all the guests got through the security gate.  I drove the golf cart down to the office around that time to pickup TLE, and take her home.   I spent the afternoon watching every minute of Le Tour de France Stage 9.

It got to around 95° F Sunday and promises to hit at least 99° F on Monday before it begins to cool back into the 80's by Wednesday.  It appears our next 5 days of work will see temps in the low to mid 80's.....much, much better!

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