Saturday, May 4, 2019
9 - 4......
6:58 am - Saturday - May 4th - Ramona, CA - 57° F, 100% humidity, wind 1 mph out of the south......clear blue skies today with a forecast high of 76° F......the view this morning....↴
We are really liking this 9 am start time each day.....really! We awake to the sun rising each morning, and are usually ready to leave 20 minutes early. We don't feel rushed at all. Finishing work each day at 4 pm is another plus. Just about the time I begin to run out of gas it's time to quit.....again, I really like that. We work for great people who just let us do our jobs. While we have only been here 8 days it feels good.....it feels like a good place to spend the summer.
Having finally finished cleaning and weeding the pool/Jacuzzi/playground area the day prior it was time to clean the pool. I spent the first 2 hours Friday vacuuming the large Olympic size pool which is about twice the size of the Smuggler's Den pool, and requires a pole 25' long just to reach from the side of the pool to the middle with the vacuum. After finishing the pool at 11 am I spent about an hour picking up branches which had been trimmed from a large oak tree up by site 109. There were enough branches to fill the bed of the company Dodge P.U. By the time I finished that task it was going on 12:30, so I radioed TLE that I was on my way to pick her up for lunch.
I like taking lunch at 12:30 pm as we get back at 1 pm, and I only have 3 hours of work left in the day. At Smuggler's Den we took lunch at 11:00 am (1 hour) and I had 5 hours of work left after lunch. My first task after lunch was to clean the street drain down by the entrance. It had become clogged from all the debris washed down the hill during the very wet winter. In one day alone they had 5.5" of rain. Cleaning the drain took me about an hour, and it was time for TLE and I to go check all the bathrooms, and clean them as needed. The regular bathroom person was at a funeral Friday. TLE and I have cleaned our share of bathrooms over the years. It took us about an hour to check them all (2 campground bathroom/showers, pool bathrooms, and the bathroom in the Clubhouse building (red barn). As it is still so early in the season they are not being used that much, so the cleaning required was minimal. We mostly just swept them out.
So it was 3 pm and had just one hour left in my day. Rich posts a list each day of things to be done when we have finished our regular tasks so I chose the one requesting that the parking lot by the Clubhouse be swept. When the original water tank collapsed a few months ago it washed a lot of dirt down through the Clubhouse parking lot. A lot of that silt (dry now) is still in the parking lot. I didn't have the energy to sweep the large lot, so I decided to experiment and see if I could use the Stihl hand blower to blow the fine silt away. In that final hour of my day I cleared about 1/3 of the parking lot with the hand blower. I think I'll use the Stihl backpack blower Saturday to finished the job......much easier than sweeping...for me anyway.
I was at the office to pick TLE us just a tad after 4 pm, and another day at RORVR* was in the books. I took a long, COOL shower to wash off the dirt and dust of the day. I was very tired, but it was a good kind of tired. It will take me another couple of weeks to get back into shape for the physical work, but I can already see improvement in my recovery time at the end of each day.
Thanks for stopping by!
*RORVR = Ramona Oaks RV Resort
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