Friday, November 22, 2013

It never rains in California......

From the 1972 Albert Hammond song......"Seems it never rains in southern California.......Seems I've often heard that kind of talk before.....It never rains in California....But girl don't they warn ya.....It pours, man it pours...."....and that is precisely what it did Thursday......and what it is still doing as I write this entry Thursday evening.

It's funny....we haven't had rain since the day we left Sidney, MT..... sure we had snow up in South Jordan, UT, but no rain.  Of course, the rainy season in SoCal officially starts in October.  Of course, you know I love the sound of rain on the riveted aluminum roof of our Newell.....that thin sheet of aluminum separates us from the elements so effectively, but allows us to be closer to them without the exposure.

Every time I woke up during the night I heard the rain pitter pattering on the roof....sometimes ferociously, most of the time gently.  Each time I drifted back off to sleep with a smile on my face.

Around 6 am I heard the coffee maker start, and within a few minutes I could smell the seductive aroma of coffee wafting back into the bedroom....that's one of the cool things about living in a small're not far from anything, including the coffee. Once I heard the familiar "beep...beep" signifying the coffee maker was done with its task, I lay there thinking I only had to walk a few feet to have some of that coffee.  Of course, that didn't last long before I was actually walking those few feet to have some of that much for sleeping in, huh?

While TLE was busy cleaning up after breakfast I headed out to the garage to do some more sifting of stuff I don't need anymore.   As I was standing at the work bench I was looking at the hydraulic brake assembly I had removed from my Intense 5.5 mountain bike over the weekend.  I had been unable to properly adjust the front brake, and thought the problem was air in the hydraulic line, so I had taken it off and planned to take it in to a local bike shop to have the line bled.  As I looked it over again, I noticed the brake pads looked very thin....almost paper I replaced them with a new pair I had on hand, and what do you know?  That solved the problem!  Waiting a few days saved me $20 bux!

 We decided to head into Rancho Cucamonga around 11:15 to drop some stuff off at the local Goodwill, and while we were there we found a few clothing items we couldn't live without.  From there we headed to Rubio's for some fish tacos, then on to Radio Shack, and Lowe's for some home improvement stuff.

After Lowe's we headed over to my son's insurance office to drop off some stuff we want to store as we are not ready to get rid of it yet.  In addition to finding my son, Chris, there, we found his wife, Rochelle, and daughter, Cynthina, there.  Rochelle and Cynthia recently passed the test for their insurance licenses, so now it is a total family operation.

After that we headed over to the local Walmart where TLE found the toaster oven she has been wanting for some time, and then headed home arriving just after 3:15.....I headed immediately for the garage to work on a few things, and TLE set about installing her new Black and Decker toaster oven.


In keeping with the Mexican food theme of the day TLE made taco salad for dinner, which included the unveiling of a new craft beer we bought back in Park City at Squatters.....Outer Darkness Russian Style Imperial Stout Ale which comes in an enormous bottle holding 1 pint, 9 fluid ounces of 10.5% ABV.  To my brother, Dwyer, who recommended I buy it.....thank you!!

It rained on and off most of the evening, and was still sprinkling when we went to bed at 11.  About 3 am the wind came up....yep those famous Santana winds that sweep through SoCal on a regular basis.  When the gusts started hitting 35-40 mph we grudgingly got up and put in the awnings.  The guessers are saying we'll have wind all day, with another storm system coming in tonight.

Life is good!  Thanks for stopping by!

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