Monday, May 27, 2019

About The Lovely Elaine......

7:27 am - Monday (Memorial Day) - May 27th - Ramona, CA - 49° F, 91% humidity, wind - CALM.......cloudy right now, but no chance of rain today with a forecast high of 63° F.....time for a couple of days off work......the view this Monday morning.......↴

It began sprinkling on our way to work Sunday morning, and continued raining all the day long.....never hard, but always there.  Sunday's we only work from 9 am to 2 pm, which is nice.   It was also our 5th consecutive day of working.  I spent the entire 5 hour shift working in the supply building reorganizing everything.  Rich had begun this process a month, or so ago, but did not have time to complete it, so I volunteered to tackle it, and since we would have rain all day it was the perfect inside job!

I had a message from a reader yesterday on 'Real Saturday' saying they enjoyed reading about my workday, and what I do outside of work, but wanted to know what TLE does during the day.  I don't write much about what TLE does, as she is much more private than I, and prefers I don't put in too much detail about what she does, however, when not working she reads a lot of books, and she also reads a lot of recipes, occasionally finding one she wants to make for us.  She is a very good chef, and I can only think of one time in the last 10 years she has made me something I did not like.  Whenever we take on a seasonal job as we are right now, she works too.  Typically I have the outside job, maintenance in this current job, and she works in the office.  In her current job she does what you would expect a front office person at an RV park to do.....she takes reservations, she checks people into, and out of the park, she answers questions, gives directions, occasionally cleans a restroom, or unclogs a toilet, etc.  She is very good with people, and is very quick to learn new computer programs at the different RV parks in which we have worked.  When we worked at Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon we were both cashiers, and both got to be pretty good at it.  Back in 2013 we both worked in traffic control at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at Gate 2, the main entrance for vehicles, and semis for 16 days (12 hours/day) leading up to and including the Indy 500 that year.  We have worked the Sugar Beet Harvest in Sydney, MT.....I worked on a piler, while she worked in the scale house.  We have worked 'Peak Season' at Amazon three times now (twice in Campellsville, KY, and once in Fernley, NV), and are scheduled to work at their Phoenix, AZ facility for 6 weeks beginning November 6th of this year.  We worked 3.5 summers at Tahoe Valley Campground, which we loved, but had to leave early in the summer of 2017 due to serious management issues at the corporate, and local level.

The last few years she has become very adept at sitting in doctor, and hospital waiting rooms waiting for me as I have moved from one medical issue to another.  She always has her iPad, or phone with her so she can read whilst she waits.  There was the emergency double hernia operation at 2 am in the morning back in February of 2014, my left eye cataract surgery in November of 2016, my ischemic stroke December 28, 2017 when she rushed me to the Grand Canyon Clinic, which in turn put me in an ambulance to Flagstaff Medical (there was a lot of waiting then),  the two recent surgeries to remove non-malignant growths on my butt cheek, and facial cheek in February of 2019, my right eye cataract surgery on May 10, 2019, and then my first, and hopefully only cardiac event on May 13, 2019, and subsequent angioplasty.

TLE loves to take walks, and go on hikes.  We did over 100 miles of hiking at Yellowstone in the summer of 2017, about 25 miles of hiking at Bryce Canyon that Fall, and about 40 miles of hiking at the Grand Canyon in the Fall/Winter of 2017 before my stroke.  We have hiked many trails at Lake Tahoe over the years, and this past summer we hiked about 40 miles in Acadia National Park, and rode our bikes about the same distance on the extensive carriage road network within the park.  We have both ridden literally hundreds of miles on our road bicycles up an down the California Coast, around South Lake Tahoe, in Florida, Vermont, Louisiana, Death Valley, Kentucky, Nevada, Wisconsin (there are a lot of 'rails to trails' bike paths in Wisconsin), Washington State, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Oregon, Utah....pretty much everywhere we have been except Maine where there were no shoulders on the local roads.  She is an 'outdoor' girl, having grown up in Miami, FL back in the 40's, 50's and 60's.  She prefers to be barefoot.  She is a wealth of information....I can ask her about almost any subject, and she knows something about it.....I call her my voice activated encyclopedia.   

As you can see they offer virtually every Mexican beer available

We ended our work day Sunday as scheduled at 2 pm, drove home in our golf cart, changed clothes and drove into Ramona for some Mexican food....our first real foray into the local culinary scene.  TLE chose Casa Reveles (4 stars on 73 reviews on Yelp) for our late lunch/early dinner.  She had  Camarones de Diabla (shrimp), and I ordered their two Chile Rellenos combo plate.  We sat enjoying their chips and salsa, while sipping Dos Equis amber, as we talked about our first month at RORVR, and all that has happened in the past few months.  We are content, happy, and at peace.  In spite of all of my health dramas, I am doing well, and getting is good!  We love living in a small space together, and cannot imagine living any other way.

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  1. Great post! TLE and you are like two peas in a pod!
    Perfect pair!

  2. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I can remember reading about all those experiences you've had especially how much you loved working the sugar beet harvest, lol. Wishing you continued good health and safe travels