Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Late start......

7:34 am - Wednesday - April 21st - Seal Rock, OR - 45° F, 100% humidity, wind - zero mph out of the north......cloudy this morning with clearing later, and a forecast high of 57° F.  On this date in 2014 we were exploring Arches National Park (near Moab, UT) with good friends David and Denise.....↴


I received a text from Terry around 9 am asking if I wanted to wait to start my work day until the gravel delivery arrived to which I answered in the affirmative.  Of course, just as happened the last time, they were not on time for their promised morning delivery.  Around 12:15 pm, with no gravel truck in evidence, I decided to go to work.  I needed to finish trimming the grass in site A-3, and the drainage ditch which runs down Cross Street between site A-3 and the office.  Ironically, I was just finishing when the truck arrived....

The drainage ditch, and site A-3 are good to go 
for another couple of weeks

...I left the Stihl string trimmer on the picnic table in site A-3 to be retrieved on my way down the hill on the tractor, and then walked up the hill to the barn to get the tractor.  As has been the case the past few times I have used the tractor it started on the first try, and I was on my way to spread more gravel by 1:20 pm.

Terry had me start in site C (next to the park model cabin) moving gravel from the back of the site to the front of the site.....this site has always been high in back, at least since we arrived last September, and Terry wanted to try and make it more level.....


....it took me about 90 minutes to reconfigure the site, but we now have a much more level site, and a large entry apron (on the left in the picture) enabling customers to back into this site more easily in the future.  By the time I put the finishing touches on site C it was almost 3 pm, and time to call it a day so I parked the loader in site C, and headed for home.  

You've probably noticed I have been working more than two hours on most of my shifts lately, and frankly I am enjoying a little more work, and more time to finish what I am doing each day before I punch the clock.  With the arrival of spring, and soon summer, there is a lot more to do, especially since we are not getting nearly as much rain as we were a month ago.  Soon we will transition to 4 days on (Monday through Thursday), and 3 days off work (Friday through Sunday).

We had sunshine through the middle of the day, but the marine layer returned late afternoon to spoil any chance of a Coastal Oregon sunset.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

No rain......

 7:43 am - Tuesday - April 20th - Seal Rock, OR - 50° F, 82% humidity, wind - zero mph out of the north.......overcast this morning, but sun later today with a forecast high of 59° F.  On this date in 2012 we were visiting Nocululu Falls near Gadsen, AL.......↴


We've been without rain for so long now I've begun to miss it.....lol....I'm just kidding.  I do not miss it one bit.  Most mornings we do not even have any dew.  Things have dried out nicely, but oh the grass is growing fast now.  I just trimmed our site, and the adjacent one (A-3) a couple of weeks ago, and the grass has already grown taller than it was then.  Up until two weeks ago I had only trimmed the grass once in these sites in 4 months.

My assigned task for Monday was to 'wash' the buildings in the campground.  There is the Campground Office building, the Host Office located just behind the main office, the two sheds in which we garage the golf carts each night, the park model located next to the office, the landscape shed, the tool shed, and the bathrooms.....that's it.  Using a long pole with a brush attachment I applied a solution of water and Simple Green to the sides of each building, and then rinsed it off with a hose.  I was able to get the Campground office, Host office, two golf cart sheds, and the park model done in two and a half hours, then turned my attentions to cutting the grass in sites A-1 and A-2 using one of our Stihl string trimmers.  By the time I finished with that it was almost 1:30, or 3.5 hours of work....that's the longest I've worked in one day at SRRVC in quite a long time!

I was barely home when TLE left for her two hour shift.  String trimming is a messy job and I needed a nice hot shower after doing that for an hour.  I spent a good part of TLE's shift reading a new book by Jack Carr, The Devil's Hand, his fourth book in a series called 'The Terminal List'.  My daughter, Meredith suggested this series to me months ago, and I quickly read the first three books, and have been awaiting the release of this 4th book for some time now....it was just released a few days ago.


The gravel delivery scheduled for Monday was postponed until Tuesday, and it looks like I will be playing with the Massey-Ferguson loader again for the next few days moving and spreading gravel in numerous sites.

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Monday, April 19, 2021

Scraping by......

 7:47 am - Monday - April 19th - Seal Rock, OR - 43° F, 100% humidity, wind - zero mph out of the north......cloudy today with a forecast high of 56° F.  On this date in 2013 TLE and I were visiting the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.......↴



Sunday was a repeat of Saturday weather wise.....overcast, foggy, and kind of chilly.  For TLE and I it was back to work.  We have a new outside summer worker, Fred, and he and Terry mowed and edged numerous sites Sunday while I returned to scraping and painting picnic tables.  Now that the whether is warming, and the rain is lessening there will be many days spent mowing, and edging, and there will be more opportunities to paint the campground furniture.

I can usually scrape one picnic table in an hour, but the one I worked on Sunday was in pretty bad shape......it took me exactly two hours to get it ready to paint. Hopefully, the other two will take less time, but that being said, a properly prepared picnic table will be not need to be repainted for a couple of seasons, and it is worth the time needed to scrape off all the loose paint.

As you will recall TLE and I do not work the same hours on Sundays.....I work mornings most days, weather permitting, but TLE's schedule varies depending on the day of the week.  Right now she works 2-4 pm on Sundays, while I work 10 am to 12 pm.  She has time to herself on Sundays, and so do I which is kind of nice once and a while.  

Spring is here and normally we would have satisfied our contract to work the Fall, and Winter seasons, but we chose to remain here through the summer.  Blake and Gale who arrived in October to work 6 months will be leaving at the end of this week, so two new people (Fred and Linda) have been hired to replace them.  They worked here the summer of 2019, and are returning for their second summer, so not too much training is required to get them up to speed.

Terry advised me a new load of gravel will be delivered sometime Monday, so I will most likely return to spreading the new, smaller gravel in the sites which need a little beautification Monday, or Tuesday.

We had a few brief moments of sun near the end of the day, but by 5 pm the fog had rolled in once again blotting out any chance of a visible sunset, and such is life on the Oregon Coast.

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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Complete.....

 7:38 am - Sunday - April 18th - Seal Rock, OR - 43° F, 100% humidity, wind - zero mph out of the north....foggy, and overcast this morning with a forecast high today of 58° F.  And so it is gone....our wonderful, dry, sunny weather....it will be back.

On this date in 2018 we were 'Standin' on the Corner' in Winslow, AZ......↴


For the first time in over a week we awoke to overcast skies, but not just overcast, there was this heavy fog rolling in and out from the ocean.  I had plans to paint the second Adirondack chair orange Sunday, but would have to hold off until the fog rolled back out to sea, and things dried out a tad, and that happened around 11 am.  Soon I had the chair disassembled, and on the table to be painted....I also hung a few of the smaller pieces from the patio awning arm using coat hangers so I could paint all the sides at the same time......



.....and soon I had applied the first two, of 4 coats of paint to the various parts......



....hanging the smaller pieces worked out well.  By the time I finished with the fourth coat of paint on all the pieces the sun came out, unexpectedly, aiding in the drying process.  I was finally able to reassemble the chair with the expert assistance of TLE by late afternoon, and then place it back in its rightful spot on the 'lido deck'....it will be ready for sitting upon after 24 hours......

I got it back together quickly with TLE's help....you always 
need one more hand, right?

Now the 'lido deck' is complete...that sun really makes them 'pop'

......this 'Painter's Touch' Rust-Oleum acts as primer and paint, and from my brief two day experience is worth the cost.....


.....in between coats of paint I managed to get the VW washed again, so it was a busy Saturday for me.  By 6 pm the fog had returned with a vengeance, and things began to get wet outside just as quickly.  Since there was to be NO visible sunset this evening we returned indoors to watch a  couple of movies, Nobody (2021) starring Bob Odenkirk, and then a second movie called 'Courier' (2020), a true story about the 'Cold War'.  Both are recently released movies meant for the big screen, but there are not a lot of 'big screens' open right now, especially on the Oregon Coast, so they have also been released to some streaming services.

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

The new orange......

8:01 am - Saturday - April 17th - Seal Rock, OR - 43° F, 93% humidity, wind - zero mph out of the north....foggy this morning, clearing later this morning with a forecast high today of 69° F.  On this date in 2014 TLE and I were at Natural Bridges National Monument hiking to the various natural bridges.....↴



Fridays are our Saturdays, and it actually does really feel like Saturday to me, and thus I go through this weekly confusion on our off days forgetting which day it really is.  Regardless of what day it was, it was a beautiful day.  The high got all the way to 79° F.....I'm not personally ready for temps that high, but I shall endeavor to acclimate as soon as possible....lol!

As you know TLE and I bought some Rustoleum spray paint to transform our Adirondack chairs.  You saw what color we chose for the 'lido deck' tables, a very bright green, so what color do you suppose we chose for the chairs?


Well, if you guessed bright orange you would have been correct.  I had to partially disassemble the first chair, and then set up a painting station.....


.....it took a couple of hours to get the first couple of coats on the first chair, and it became obvious pretty early on that the 3 cans we had purchased to paint both chairs would barely be enough to paint the first chair.

By 1:30 pm I needed a break from painting, so after a suitable rest period, we drove into Waldport to have a quite late lunch at Azul Mexican Restaurant.  My co-worker Blake, suggested Azul as an alternative to Fresh Mexican.  I did not even realize there was a second Mexican restaurant in town, so we had to check it out.  They do get 4 stars (Yelp) on 90 reviews, so it was worth the 'risk'.  We arrived just after 2:15 pm......


....and were delighted to see they have an alfresco dining option, so on this warm Oregon afternoon we chose a table outside......


....we both ordered ice tea (they serve no adult beverages, but do offer a 'virgin' Margarita.  TLE chose their Chilé Relleño plate (Wait,what?  That's usually my choice!), while I chose the 2 Shredded Beef Taco Plate.  Both dishes were scrumptious.  They also offer a bacon wrapped shrimp plate, which we will have to try on our next visit.....


Chilé Relleño

Dos Tacos

.....after a quick stop at Ace Hardware to buy four more cans of the Rustoleum Bright Orange spray paint, and a very brief stop at Ray's Food Place we were home a little after 3:30 pm, at which time I applied the final coat of paint to the Adirondack chair, and then began the reassembly after a suitable drying time interval.....


.....I'll disassemble the second chair Saturday, and then our 'lido deck' will be complete.  By the time I finished reassembling the chair it was close to 6 pm, and time to relax outside, and await the coming sunset.  We spent time reading, and listening to the Siriusly Sinatra XM Radio channel.  The sunset, as expected, did not disappoint.......


.....this is the weather for which we have been waiting, and the 'lido deck' is where we plan to spend many evenings enjoying the scenery, and ambiance of our home.  The sun sets around 8:02 pm now, and by 8:15 pm the chill in the air chased us inside for the evening.

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Friday, April 16, 2021

In repose......

 8:34 am - Friday - April 16th - Seal Rock, OR - 54° F, 63% humidity, wind - zero mph out of the north.....clear, blue skies today with a forecast high of 74° F....wait, what?  Yes you read correctly.....74° F....for real....it is going to be a great Friday!

On this date in 2015 we were boondocking at Goosenecks State Park with good friends Steven and Linda Dempsey.....has it really been 6 years?.....↴


Just like the other day, Thursday had this 'warm' feel to it as I walked to work.....


.....I'm not even sure why I was wearing a jacket, because I had it off within minutes....


.....just as I have most every day this week, I returned to hauling and spreading gravel with the Massey-Ferguson loader, this time in site #21, which has a nice ocean view.    I added about 3 feet to the width of this site so customers can park closer to the pedestal, water and sewer connections.......

The smaller rock is on the left in the pictures, and larger rock on the right, and in the foreground.  When I am done the entire site will be covered with a layer of small rock.


....once I added the width using the larger rock of which we have an abundance, and I then began to haul what was left of the smaller rock to the site to cover all the larger rock in the site.  I didn't have enough to finish the site, but we will get another delivery of gravel on Tuesday, and will get back to it then.  The work I did in site #21 took the entirety of my two hour shift.  After driving the Massey-Ferguson back up the hill to the barn for the weekend I headed for A-2, which is about half way between the barn and office.

About a week ago I ordered a new recliner off eBay to replace my existing, aging recliner, which I have had for about 6 years.  It was beginning to show signs of wear, and the seat cushion was not quite as plush as it once was.  Ironically, it was being shipped via FedEx, with whom I have had numerous bad experiences in the past 13 months, but on this day they delivered my new chair on time, as promised.  After removing it from its box TLE and I carried in to the Newell and placed it in the space vacated by my old recliner......


.....this new recliner is soooo much more plush than the old one, and I have a difficult time extricating myself from it......

In repose....

....next up I installed two more strand of rope lights on two more trees next to our old site.....one strand is red, and the other is blue......


....like the rope lights which border the 'lido deck', these rope lights have several color options which can be accessed using a small remote control.  

As is often the case on clear evenings we were the beneficiaries of another beautiful, cloudless sunset....I just love that moment when the setting sun kisses the ocean....it is just magical.....


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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Windy.....

 7:37 am - Thursday - April 15th - Seal Rock, OR - 37° F, 87% humidity, wind - zero mph out of the north......beautiful blue skies today with a forecast high of 65° F!  On this date in 2017 TLE and I were having lunch in Santa Cruz, CA at Lúpulo Craft Beer House......↴


Windy by The Association

Yet another beautiful, blue skied day...I don't know if I can take much more of this.....I'm being facetious.....of course I can take many more days like Wednesday.  For the first time in 2, or 3 months I wore my work SHORTS to work with a short sleeve shirt, and a jacket which I removed within 25 minutes....what a gloriously warm day.  Unfortunately, the winds returned in the afternoon, but well after I put away the Massey-Ferguson loader.

I began my work day mowing, and edging sites C & D, then spreading more gravel over the site to slightly lengthen it, and widen it a about 12".  From there I began hauling gravel to site #1, which is Terry and Michele's site, to help them create their own 'lido deck'.  It only took about 6 loads, and then I was off to site #44.  By the time I finished with 44 it was after 1 pm, and frankly 3 hours is a long work day for me at SRRVC.....lol.  TLE had the 10 am - 12 pm shift, so even though she worked until 12:30 pm she was still home well before I was.

TLE finished her dye job on the new to us Ekhornes Euro style recliner Monday afternoon, and I touched up the black paint on one of the rails below the left arm rest Tuesday afternoon, so it was time to move it back into the Newell, and reattach both arm rests.....

And she is done!

.....it turned out better than we both had expected, and definitely passes the 5' test.....it looks brand new!

We had left the patio awning deployed Tuesday night hoping the winds would not return Wednesday, but since they did, although not as ferociously as Sunday, and Monday, so we had to stow it around 2 pm.  I was looking forward to another sunset fire, but the wind changed my mind.

TLE and I continue to be sans Wuhan flu, and are in good health other than a few allergies.  Total deaths in Lincoln County for the past 13 months due to the Wuhan flu are just 20, and the total number of diagnosed cases for that same period hovers at just under 1,300, or just slightly less than 100 cases per month.  There are currently 58 people hospitalized due to the Wuhan flu.  I read a survey the other day indicating that just 21% of those who have been vaccinated feel safe with, or without a mask post vaccination, and over 50% of those who have chosen not to be vaccinated feel safe with, or without a mask.  I wonder why that is (this is a rhetorical question....I know why)?

Life continues to be good on the Oregon Coast, and the weather continues to improve day by day....if only that rascally wind would go pester another geographical region for a while.

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