Sunday, November 3, 2019

Back in the saddle again......

7:32 am - Sunday - November 3rd - Ramona, CA - 36° F, 48% humidity, wind 3 mph out of the east.....clear, blue skies today with a forecast high of 81° F.  DST (Daylight Savings Time) ended early this morning so it is now getting lighter by 7 am, and it will be dark before 6 pm.

We were up a little after 7 am Saturday.  TLE made us AeroPress coffee.  I've mentioned this coffee system before, and it is really very good!  After coffee I headed up to the trailer to retrieve my Intense 5.5 mountain bike to do some riding around the park.  It has been a few months since I rode, and that is a shame.  It was just too hot then, but the morning temps have been wonderful for a few weeks now, and it was time to tune her up a little, and just ride.  I managed to make three laps around the park climbing up to the water tower on all three laps.  It felt good to be riding again, and the climb up to the water tower was easier than the last time I tried it. I'm hoping now that the weather is more agreeable that I'll be inclined to do spend more time in the saddle.  My goal is to be able to climb to the highest point in the park on the fire road within a month.

On my last lap I stopped off at the office to trade my bike for one of the unused golf carts to haul my Honda 2000i generator and gas can back to the trailer, and also pick up the hand blower to clear all the leaves off our artificial turf.  Once those tasks were complete I returned to finishing the 3rd lap around the park.

We spent the better part of the rest of our Saturday sitting outside on the 'lido deck' enjoying the Fall temperatures, and balmy breezes.  There were several good NCAA college football games being televised so I set up the outdoor TV.  I think there was a long nap thrown in for good measure.

Saturday was also the day of our annual Chili Cook Off, and unlike our Halloween party a week ago, we had very good participation by our customers, including one family of 9I was one of 5 judges, and our task was made difficult by the quality of the entrees.  After much discussion we settled on a winner, then it was on to the judging of the apple pie entries.  Someone, unbeknownst to us, entered a pie from the Julian Apple Pie Company, and that was the pie we chose as the best.....of course.  Since the pies had to be homemade, we awarded first place to the second place pie, which was quite good as well.  In all I think we had about 30-40 people in attendance, including staff.

We were back home before 8 pm, and by 10:30 pm I was ready for bed, but, of course, we had to turn our clocks back in anticipation of the end of DST (Daylight Savings Time), which made it only 9:30 pm.....I went to bed anyway, while TLE read her book for another hour, or so.  We changed the time on a couple of clocks, and will finish resetting the rest on Sunday.

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