Thursday, June 20, 2019

The difficulty factor.....

6:45 am - Thursday - June 20th - Ramona, CA - 60° F, 86% humidity, wind 3 mph out of the west by southwest......marine layer this morning.....slightly foggy.....with a forecast high of 75° F.....the view this morning......↴



After two days off work it is always difficult to get back into the swing of things on Wednesdays, and to add to the difficulty factor this Wednesday saw temps get into the low 80's after several successive days in the low to mid 70's.  My body is attempting to acclimate to the warming weather, but with temperature swings of 7-10 degrees, or more from day to day the difficulty factor increases exponentially for my almost 70 year old body.

After the heavy weekend use the pool was lightly used on Monday and Tuesday, so there was not much to do except fish a few pool toys out of the pool, and straighten the pool furniture.  Rich had a few projects for me to handle in the morning such as installing a new kitchen faucet in the cabin in site 64, install new door hardware on a door in the Red Barn, and hammer down nails on the deck of the owners cabin.  After taking care of those projects, and helping TLE freshen up the two restroom facilities, I finished the morning cleaning up the horseshoe pit area before meeting TLE at home for lunch.

By the time we returned at 1 pm we were into the heat of the day, and it was time for me to retrieve the hand blower and finish what I had started Sunday.....cleaning Oak Street on both sides of the island.  I had only finished about 1/2 of that area before it was quitting time Sunday.  It took about an hour to finish that, and then it was time for me to head up to Peppertree Street to clean it for the first time.  Peppertree is the highest point in the park.  There are only 7 sites on that street, and they are all 'Premium' sites meaning they have concrete patios, lots of shade, and a lot more privacy.  I think virtually all those sites are filled with monthly customers.  At any rate no one had cleaned that street since TLE and I have been here so I got to it.  It took me the better part of 2 hours to finish blowing the leaves, dust, and gravel off the length of Peppertree, and then it was 4 pm.....


......with the completion of Peppertree I have now cleaned all the streets within RORVR,  and now that they've all be cleaned thoroughly one time it should be easier to maintain them over the rest of the summer. 

The electricity will be turned off in the park this Friday (6/21) from 8 am to 3 pm, so I will need to hookup our Honda 2000 generator, which means I needed to fill up our 5 gallon gas can.  The odds are I have enough gasoline for 7 hours, but I've been meaning to fill it up anyway, so TLE and headed into town to do just that, plus TLE had forgotten to buy some bread when we were at the store Tuesday.

We were back by 5 pm, and settling into the evening.  We watched a recorded women's FIFA World Cup match between England and Japan, won by England 2-nil.  Frankly the game could have gone either way, but England took advantage of their scoring opportunities, and Japan did not.  Nevertheless, it was a very good match to watch.  We also watched 'The Amazing Race' live, closed the park facilities down at 9:30, and were in be a little after 10 pm.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

This and that.....

6:40 am - Wednesday - June 19th - Ramona, CA - 54° F, 97% humidity, wind 3 mph out of the west by northwest......sunny this morning with a forecast high of 79° F.....the view this morning......↴


On our non-work days we try to do something physical each day, and Tuesday we decided to take a walk together around the park.  TLE has this route she walks, when I am riding my bike, which covers about 1.25 miles, so that is what we walked......


.....I burned almost as many calories walking 1.25 miles as I did riding my bike for 3.6 miles on Monday, and in less time.....next time we'll do two loops!

We try to get out of the park at least one time per week, and Tuesday was that day this time around.  I spent about 30 minutes Tuesday before we went into town going through my two closets and my Rubbermaid storage bin pulling out items of clothing I had not been wearing.....mostly t-shirts, but there were also a couple of plaid shirts which did not make the cut.  By the time I was done I had a plastic trash bag full of clothing items to be donated back to the Goodwill.

We left RORVR around 11 am to make the 5 mile drive into Ramona where we had a number of errands to accomplish....

  • visit several local stores looking looking for a few items.....Damprid, new sunscreens for our Newell windshield, butane to recharge our two lighters, and guy line adjusters.
  • drop off my plastic bag of clothes at Goodwill
  • have lunch at Rubio's......it's Taco Tuesday after all
  • buy some groceries at Stater Brothers
  • do some 'junking'

...we struck out on the Damprid, sunscreens, and guy line adjusters.....by the way, guy line adjusters look like this.....



.....we ultimately ordered those items from Amazon, and they will be delivered Wednesday.....there is it again....one day delivery for free!

We made it to Rubio's about 12:30 pm and split two original fish tacos.....


.....from there we walked over to Stater Brothers and did our shopping.  I had not given up on the butane to recharge our Olympian lighters, and stopped at a 'smoke shop' on our way home to see if they had what we needed, and they did.  It used to be you could get the aerosol butane almost anywhere.  I guess most people just buy the disposable lighters now, but we really like the Olympians.....


....we were back home by 2:30 pm, and setting up the outdoor TV to watch another women's FIFA World Cup match between Italy and Brazil, which was won by Brazil 1-0 on a very questionable penalty kick.  For the most part the officiating at this World Cup has been pretty good, but there have been a couple of matches where it was really subpar from beginning to end.  While the officiating in this match appeared to be pretty good, we were disappointed in the awarding of the penalty kick late in game.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Workin' it out.....

8:12 am - Tuesday - June 18th - Ramona, CA - 58° F, 87% humidity, wind 4 mph out of the west.......sunny today with a forecast high of 77° F.....the view this morning.......↴


We slept until after 8 am Monday....not because we needed to, but because we could.  Nothing better in the world than lying in bed with TLE snuggling, cuddling, and giggling about this and that.....having no where in particular to go, and no where in particular to be....just the two of us, and nobody else.....😁

You may recall that a few months ago we were battling dampness in the closets behind our bed.  Once we got things dried out we hung a bag of 'Damprid' in each closet....below is the result......


......each bag was full of water, and it was time to replace them with new 'Damprid' bags....these things really work, and the closets are completely dry now!

Around 11 am I walked up to the trailer to putter around, and maybe get in a workout.  I'm kind of working back up to what I used to do, and I am making progress.  After my workout I would usually go out for a 15-20 mile bike ride, and that is the part that is taking a while.  Monday was my best day riding so far.....


.....I rode my Intense 5.5 for about 32 minutes covering 3.41 miles, and burning 252 caloric units.  I probably could have ridden longer, and further, but I'm going to obey my doctor and work up to longer distances slowly.  Before my heart attack 10 miles was about the shortest ride I wanted to do....I felt like I was barely warmed up at 10 miles.  I really miss those long bike rides.

After taking a shower, we set up the outdoor TV and watched a couple of women's FIFA World Cup matches, before being chased in by the cold air by 4 pm!  I know in a few weeks we will look back longingly on this cool weather when it becomes too hot to sit outside in the afternoon.

For dinner the amazing TLE made us Chicken Marsala.....I think the picture tells it all......


.....I literally licked the plate to get all of the Marsala sauce.  TLE's rendition of this amazing Italian dish is about as close to restaurant quality as one could get.....

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Monday, June 17, 2019

A kind of hush......

8:28 am - Monday - June 17th - Ramona, CA - 60° F, 90% humidity, wind 4  mph out of the west by southwest.......marine layer again today (YAY!) with a forecast high of 76° F......the view this morning.......↴



Sundays are like night and day compared to Saturdays.  A 'kind of hush' falls over RORVR.....all of the Saturday revelers are busy putting away all the stuff they brought in case they wanted to use it, but never did.  Within a few hours Sunday RORVR will be mostly deserted bearing little resemblance to Saturday RORVR.  There is no music, there are no 'corn hole' games in progress, and the pool area is deserted.......



......and a deserted pool area is just what I need Sunday morning.  Normally I would vacuum the pool Wednesday, or Thursday, but the heavy usage of the pool Saturday demanded a response Sunday morning.  Both the pool and Jacuzzi were a little cloudy first thing, and had PH's approaching 8.0, but by the time I finished adding water, vacuuming, adding chlorine and muriatic acid both had achieved beautiful clarity once again.  It took me until almost 11:30 am to finish my pool work, and then it was time for lunch.  

On Sunday's we take lunch at 11:30 am since we only work until 2 pm.  When we return from lunch at 12 pm we have another two hours left in our day.  For the last two hours I tended to the horseshoe pits putting them back in ready to use condition, blew the eucalyptus leaves off the mini golf holes one more time, checked the water tank level (added 1,000 gallons), and finished my day blowing leaves and gravel off Oak Street where it runs along the fishing pond.

We were home by 2:15 pm where I immediately deployed the outdoor TV so we could sit outside watching the USA women play Chile in their 2nd match of the Women's 2019 FIFA World Cup.  The USA won handily 3-0 (it was not that close), and except for exceptional goalkeeper play by Chile's Ender it would have been closer to 7, or 8 to nil.  After watching the USA match we settled in to watch the final 9 holes of the U.S. Open Championship which was won by Gary Woodland with a 13 under par score.....3 strokes ahead of Brooks Koepka.  Tiger finished at 2 under par for the tournament......he never really got it going.

We have now completed 7 weeks here at RORVR, and are really enjoying our summer home.  Our RORVR managers are the exact opposite of those for whom we worked last summer at Smuggler's Den, and I can not emphasize that difference enough.  It's one thing to enjoy the people you with whom you work, but if your managers are petty, unappreciative, and only critical it can make for a miserable experience.  Here we are treated like adults, allowed to take on tasks which we see need doing, and trusted to do our jobs.

So far the weather here in Ramona at 2,200' elevation is even more moderate than we expected, and the long May/June gloom season bodes well for a comfortable summer.  We do expect it to get into the high 90's, and even low 100's, but those occasions should be the exceptions this summer and not the rule.....we'll see, right?  The humidity, while sometimes in the 90's some mornings, quickly drops to somewhere in the 50-60's range by late morning.

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Crazy Saturdays......

6:46 am - Sunday - June 16th - Ramona, CA - 58° F, 90% humidity, wind 3 mph out of the northwest.....foggy again this morning with a forecast high of 78° F.....the view this morning......↴



As one might imagine Saturdays are the busiest, and craziest days during the summer in an RV park.  Friday has its own craziness, but by Saturday mornings all our customers have arrived, and are in full weekend mode attempting to cram as much 'fun' into a short weekend as is humanly possible.  Saturday, June 15th, was by far our busiest day so far this summer.  The pool was being utilized in a big way......


Within a hour of this picture it was even more crowded!

.....pretty much everywhere you looked there were kids and adults on bicycles, skateboards, battery powered cars....there were a dozen'corn hole' games in full swing, with the horseshoe, mini golf, tetherball, volleyball, shuffleboard facilities all being fully utilized.  The sounds of music are everywhere you go.  At the pool there were the sounds of no less than 5 different music genres wafting over the continuously roiled waters.

After doing my 'opening' thing I settled into the day installing new locks around the park to reduce the number of keys we need to lock and unlock doors.  By 3 pm I had reduced the number of keys needed by 3.  Now one key opens all the bathroom storage areas, the pool pump house, the supply building, and eventually the Red Barn attic.....we had an issue programming one of the new locks to accept the new key.  

I spent part of the last hour vacuuming out the supply building now that I am pretty much done reorganizing it, and then blowing the eucalyptus leaves off the mini golf holes for the third time Saturday.  It seems that just the slightest breeze sends the leaves cascading down to earth literally forming a blanket of vegetable matter on the astro turf for each hole.

On Saturdays in an RV park I always find myself looking forward to Sundays when the large, unseen vacuum sucks all the workaday folks back to their workaday lives, and the park returns to its quiet, sleepy, empty self once again.

I spent the rest of the afternoon watching the U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach.  We had all the windows open, as well as the screen door while enjoying the gentle afternoon breeze...a nice end to a hectic day.....thanks for stopping by!

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Split shift.....

6:45 am - Saturday - June 15th - Ramona, CA - 59° F, 81% humidity, wind 3  mph out of the southwest......marine layer once again this morning.....should burn off by 10 am.  Forecast high is 79° F.....view this morning.......↴


After working the late shift for a few Friday's I decided I would prefer to start work on Friday's at 9 am, work until 2 pm for 5 hours total, then return at 5 pm for my final two hours to help TLE close down the office.  Rich agreed as it is only TLE that needs to come in at 12:30 pm.  I just need to be there the final two hours when TLE and I are the only ones on duty.....perfect!

I performed my usual opening shtick finishing at the pool to do the chlorine and PH tests, add a little chlorine to the spa and pool, and clean the skimmers.  Once that was done I returned to the tool shed to pick up the pressurized weed killer backpack dispenser, a trash can, and the Stihl hand blower.  I had noticed some weeds beginning to emerge again in the playground area next to the pool, and around the Red Barn, as well as some leaves which needed to be blown off the artificial turf in both locations.  I mixed up four gallons of the weed killer, and ended up using all four gallons.  By the time my lunch break rolled around I had finished treating both locations with the weed killer, and blown the artificial turf clean once again.

Just as I was finishing lunch I got a call on the 2-way radio from Rich asking me to go to site  81 to help the customer there with an electrical issue.  They were tenting there, and were attempting to use the 20 amp receptacle to pump up their air bed, but the breaker kept popping.  I felt it was the breaker that was at fault.  Rich came by and after a few more tests concurred, so we headed over to the supply building to pick up a new 20 amp breaker to install.  Within 20 minutes we had installed the breaker, and everything worked as it should once again.

As I was heading back to the Newell to pick up a new pair of gloves I was stopped by one of our full time tenants who was having difficulty stowing the patio awning on her Class C motorhome.  It took about 10 minutes to figure out what was wrong, and get it stowed.  I finished the first part of my workday blowing those rascally eucalyptus leaves off the mini golf course for the 3rd time in three days, and no doubt I will have to do it again Saturday.

The three hour break between 2 pm and 5 pm was a time of rest, and watching day two of the U.S. Open Championship, plus a nap, or two.  I reported back to work at 5 pm, and began by puttering around in the tool shed cleaning, straightening, and vacuuming a week's worth of sawdust, grinding dust, pipe threading, and then proceeded to do the same in the supply building.  Once that was done I transported 3 trash cans of accumulated trash from the two buildings to the dumpster.

For rest of my shift I made runs to the pool area to see how things were going there (the chlorine levels were doing fine), and to the barn to tidy up the horseshoe pit area.  We are at about 90% of capacity this weekend.....not bad for a non-holiday weekend!  7 pm came pretty quickly, and soon TLE and I were headed home for the evening, save for the closing we do 4 nights a week at 9:30 pm.  

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Monthiversary.....

6:32 am - Friday - June 14th - Ramona, CA - 57° F, 87% humidity, wind 4 mph out of the south by southwest.....foggy this morning with a forecast high today of 75° F.....the view this morning......↴


Hell of a marine layer this morning!

The forecast high for Thursday was 80° F, but I don't think it got above 78....there was coolness in the air all day, and after our 5 day heatwave it was a welcome relief.  After doing my opening rounds I settled in at the pool to do the tests, clean the pump filters and repair the pool vacuum hose fitting......

The fitting with the crack....the tape really didn't help at all!

I had to cut off the old fitting to screw on the new one

Easy peasy......

.....these fittings just screw on to the hose (they are reverse threaded), but the old one would not unscrew so I just cut it off and screwed on the new one.  Once the pool was done I headed down to the tool shed to retrieve the hand blower, a square point shovel, a rake, and a broom to take to the Red Barn.  After the wind last Sunday there was debris covering the artificial turf, and I needed the blower to clear everything away.  The shovel, rake and broom were for the horseshoe pit area specifically, and the shovel was also for the road down by the mini golf which had a layer of silt still remaining from our last rain....it's too thick to blow away, so I needed to shovel most of it, before finishing with the blower.  All of that took me up to lunch time.

After lunch I returned the shovel, rake and broom to the tool shed and retrieved a string trimmer to trim some weeds and grass down by the fishing lake.  I did a lot of trimming there, along the fence up near our site, weeds around our site, the grass in front the of the restroom across from us, as well as the big hill behind it.  I finished at the mini gold trimming weeds around the 9 holes, then blowing the weed debris and leaves off each hole.  By the time all that was finished it was almost 4 pm, and time to return the Stihl tools to the tool shed, and call it a day.  TLE works to 5 pm on Thursdays, so I headed home with my 2-way radio in case she needed any help between 4 and 5 pm.

After taking rather long hot shower I settled in to watch the men's U.S. Open Golf Championship being held at Pebble Beach this year (near Carmel, CA).  By the end of the day there were five players tied at 5 under par....Tiger finished at 1 under par, just 4 strokes back.....a good opening round for him.

After TLE returned home from work we watched a couple of recorded women's FIFA World Cup matches (Australia vs. Brazil.....won by Australia 3-2 after being down 2-0, and South Africa vs. China....won by China 1-0).  We finished the evening watching 'Alone', and a recorded 'Masterchef' from the night before.

Thursday also marked one month exactly since my 'cardiac event'.  I'm feeling really well, and find myself recovering much more quickly after working all day.  I have to keep reminding myself to take breaks, and not push too hard even though I feel so good.  My only real Kryptonite seems to be heat, as it always has been.  I'm hoping I will begin to acclimate to the warmer temperatures over the next month.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

6 to 1

6:34 am - Thursday - June 13th - Ramona, CA - 58° F, 93% humidity, wind 3 mph out of the west by southwest......marine layer (yay!) this morning with a forecast high of 80° F.  So, the heatwave is now officially past tense, and for the next week we should see temps back in the 70's.  I will be going to work at the normal 9 am most days for the near future, which I prefer.....the view this morning.......↴


The marine layer has mercifully returned

I began my work day Wednesday at 6 am, which works out well as it is just getting light about that time.  After checking the water level in the water tower (1,000 gallons down) and turning on one pump for an hour I headed to brush and vacuum the pool.  It got quite breezy last Sunday, which resulted in leaves being blown into the pool......


A lot of leaves on the bottom of the pool

.....it was quite a mess.  I planned to be finished with the pool by 8:30 am, but one end of the vacuum hose had developed a crack, which made it difficult to maintain suction while I was vacuuming the pool.  On numerous occasions I had to reestablish suction to continue vacuuming, and lost it so often that it took me until 9:30 am to finish....oh well, right?  By that time it was already getting much warmer.  

 I had been on the job for 3.5 hours and it was time for 'lunch'.  Normally Rich is off work Wednesdays, but as I approached the office area I saw him working on the wiring for our propane station.....he has been trying to get it back into service, and was just about done with the wiring on Tuesday afternoon, so he wanted to get it finished.  We talked about what he was doing for a while, and I let him know about the cracked hose fitting on the vacuum hose.  By the time we finished talking it was going on 10:30 am, and I was hungry.  I took my 30 minute lunch, and was back to organizing the supply building by 11 am with just 2 hours to go in my work day!  By the time 1 pm rolled around I was about 95% done with the reorganization, so the end is in sight for that task.

It only got to 88° F Wednesday, but it was only 86° F when I clocked out for the day.  I bid adieu to TLE who had begun her day at the normal 9 am time, and advised her I would return at 4 pm to return my 2-way radio, and give her a ride home.  I kept my radio as TLE and I were the only ones on duty, and as a result I offered to be on call in case anything happened with which she needed help.

I was glad I was able to start my day at 6 am to avoid the heat of the day, and I look forward to having that option as the summer temperatures continue to rise, but it will take me a while to get used to it.

We had the 'CLOSE' shift Wednesday, and it took us just 15 minutes to make the rounds.  We returned about 9:45 pm, and I decided to read for about 15-20 minutes before going to bed.  Just as I closed my book the power went out in the park....the entire park.  I contacted Rich and found out it was not just us, but a large area around Ramona that was without power.  Apparently SDG&E (San Diego Gas and Electric) had a transformer go out, but advised we should have power by 1:30 am, so I went to bed.  I woke up around 1:20 am and saw the power was on once again......good!

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

13 nil.......

4:53 pm - Wednesday - June 12th - Ramona, CA - 86° F, 43% humidity, wind 9 mph out of the west.....sunny, clear......forecast high for the day has past...it was 88° F.....the view this afternoon.....↴


Tuesday was a lovely day from beginning to end.  We have not been out for breakfast in Ramona since we arrived 6 weeks ago, and it was time Tuesday to visit Ramona Cafe (famous for their cinnamon rolls as seen on Triple D....Diners, Drive Ins and Dives).  They serve breakfast all day so we drove into town just before 10 am to have a late breakfast......



......unless I find Huevos Rancheros on a breakfast menu I almost always order eggs and bacon, and that I what I ordered this day.  The two eggs (any style....over easy for moi) come with 4 strips of very lean hickory smoked bacon, toast (I had an English muffin), and a generous portion of home fries.....TLE ordered their regular Eggs Benedict.......


.....she advised that the hollandaise sauce was excellent.  I always (as you can tell from the picture above) put my over easy eggs on top of the home fries, and then add Tabasco sauce liberally.  The coffee was very, very good.  One thing to keep in mind if you eat here is you must put, as my good friend Karen often says, 'your patience in your pocket'....where have I got to be, right?.....the food service is not fast, however, our waitress came by often to refill our cups with coffee.  I always tell TLE I don't care about slow service as long as the food is very good, and it was very, very good!


Our big goal of the day was to stay cool, and to watch the USA women's soccer team play their first match of the current installment of the FIFA World Cup.....they were matched with Thailand, and let's face it....Thailand is not very good at all.  At the end of the first half the USA led 3 to nil, however, the second half was a different matter.....the USA scored 10 goals to win 13-0....the largest margin of victory in any World Cup match (men or women) ever.....

 10-0 
 11-0
  12-0
13-0

......we were not expecting that at all....may 4, or 5 to nil, but not 13 to nil....WOW!

I went to bed at 9 pm since I planned to be at work at 6 am, as I wrote in my 'Heads up' blog post earlier this morning, to 'beat the heat' as they say.

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Heads up......

5:18 am - Wednesday - June 12th - Ramona, CA - 60° F, 86% humidity, wind 3 mph out of the east by northeast.......still dark, but assuming it will be clear, blue skies today.  Forecast high is 91° F....a nice drop from Tuesday's 98° F high, but still hot!  No view today as it is still dark!  

As a heads up I am going to work at 6 am (today included) on days when the temperature is forecast to be over 90° F so I can be finished by 1 pm and avoid the worst of the heat.  It was an idea suggested by Rich, my manager, and I gladly accepted his offer as I do not know what I would have done the last two days it was so hot.  At any rate, I will not write my blog post about Tuesday until this afternoon as I need to get dressed and be off to work in less than 30 minutes now, and that will be the case on any day I go to work this early....thank you in advance for your understanding!

Have a great morning, and I will see you on the 'flip side'....thanks for stopping by!  Check back around 2 pm eastern time for the rest of the story!


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Free at last!

8:19 am - Tuesday - June 11th - Ramona, CA - 80° F, 39% humidity, wind 5 mph out of the west by northwest.....clear, blue skies this day with a forecast high of 96° F.....the view this morning.......↴


3rd successive day with temps in the 90's....one more day to go and then back into the 80's

Monday marked one month since I had my right eye cataract surgery, and I had a date with my optometrist at Pacific Eye Institute to see how well my eye had healed post surgery.  The appointment was for 11:30 am, so we left a little after 9 am to make the two hour drive, which was totally uneventful. We arrived at PEI at 11:05 am, and by 11:45 am I was being shown into the examination room.  Within minutes I was pronounced completely healed, and able to suspend the night time eye patch, and 4 times daily eye drops.....ahhhhh FREE AT LAST!

We decided to stop by my son's office (Chris) to pick up any mail we might have, and spent a few minutes talking with he and his daughter, Cynthia, and then headed over to Rubio's for lunch where TLE had arranged to meet my daughter, Sharon and her son Brayden, as well as our daughter-in-law, Laila (Tim's wife), and her son Crosby for lunch at Rubio's in Rancho Cucamonga at 12:30 pm.  By this time the temps in Rancho has pushed north of 100° F.  We normally utilize their alfresco dining area, but wanted to sit inside on such a hot day.  Well, everyone else had the same idea....normally we are fighting for space outside, but when it's over 100° F the inside seating becomes the battleground.  There was one 4 person table  available inside, but we were a party of 6 so TLE and I snagged the shadiest cornier of the alfresco dining area and awaited the arrival of our kids.  Sharon is a teacher, and, therefore, is on summer break, and Laila is still on maternity leave so they were the only ones available for lunch on a Monday......


....what a nice time we had chatting and eating some amazing fish tacos.  By 1:20 pm it was getting even hotter, so we bid adieu to our kids and headed back to Ramona with planned stops at COSTCO and TJ's.  I've had all my prescriptions transferred to the COSTCO in San Marcos (next to Escondido) and it was time to refill my numerous prescriptions.  The blood pressure, beta blocker and cholesterol medications are not that expensive....about $50 per month, but the Brlininta (super aspirin.....makes your blood less 'sticky' so it won't stick to the stint in my artery) without any discounts is $418/month!  Fortunately I received my first 30 day supply free, and I received from Palomar Medical Center a Brilinta discount card reducing that cost to $275.  Fortunately I only have to take Brilinta for 12 months!  They do have other programs which could further reduce my cost, but I needed a valid RX# to apply for those discounts, and will do so now.

From COSTCO we drove a few miles over to the local TJ's where TLE stocked up on wine, and some other food items we prefer to get from TJ's.  We were on our way back to RORVR by 4:30 pm arriving just after 5 pm to a very hot Newell.  We had chosen to leave the A/C off while we were gone, but it got so hot during the day (the high ended up being 101° F in Ramona), that it took 45 minutes to cool off the interior of the coach.  I think we'll leave one A/C running next time it is going to be this hot and we are going to be gone all day.

We spent the evening watching recorded Women's FIFA World Cup matches, and were in bed by 10 pm  happy to be done with eye appointments, and doctor appointments for at least 6 weeks now.....I have a followup appointment with my cardiologist in late July.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

A pleasant surprise......

7:20 am - Monday - June 10th - Ramona, CA - 67° F, 52% humidity, wind 1 mph out of the east by northeast......clear, blue skies with a forecast high of 99° F (hit 97° yesterday)....the view this morning.....↴



We knew Sunday was going to be a scorcher, and it did not disappoint.  By the time we reported for work it was already in the mid 80's heading for a high of 97° F.  By the time I finished opening the pool I was already sweating and it wasn't even 10 am yet.

Sundays, as you know, are short days for us.....we only work from 9 am to 2 pm, and was I ever thankful I would not still be working at 4 pm!  Rich encouraged me to stay out of the sun for which I was grateful, so I started doing some more cleanup in the tool shed.  I was walking into the shed when I noticed, for the first time, what appeared to be some sort of street sign affixed to the inside of the shed door, but backwards so you could not see what it was.  Being a curious sort of guy I removed the two screws holding it in place to find out it was a warning sign for our park exit.....we have these spikes which prevent people from entering the wrong way, and bypassing our security gate.....one sign advises you are going the wrong way, and severe tire damage will result.  The other, the one I found on the shed door, faces the way you would exit and warns you not to back up or you will have severe tire damage.......


....I'm not sure who took down the 'SEVERE TIRE DAMAGE, DO NOT BACK UP' sign, but it was obvious to Rich and I that it should be put back on the pole, so I did just that.  I took down the one sign which was still there and then remounted them back to back with a piece of wood on one end to act as a spacer.....came out pretty nice.....



.....now people are properly warned about 'severe tire damage' no matter which direction they may find themselves going.

After I finished reinstalling the sign I moved over to the supply building to continue the reorganizing I had begun a couple of weeks ago when it was raining.  There is an air conditioning unit in that building so it was the perfect place to work on a very hot day.  By the time 2 pm rolled around the heat was beginning to overcome the small window A/C unit.  I picked up TLE from the office and we headed for the Newell.

There are reported to be 40 wineries in the Ramona area, and one of them, Ramona Ranch Winery (Yelp gives them 4.5 stars on 33 reviews) is just a mile down the road from RORVR.  They only do wine tasting on the weekends, and we had meant to visit them after work on a Sunday since we first arrived, so I took a quick shower, got dressed and we headed down the road arriving at the winery about 2:40 pm.

They have this lovely covered patio area just off the tasting room where we headed after tasting 4 of their wines.  We settled on their Savignon Blanc (2017) to sip while we sat outside.  They charge $2.00 per tasting, and a glass is $8.00.  Even though it was 97° F the steady breeze we encountered, plus the very low humidity made it quite pleasant....





.....much to our surprise they provide live music on the weekends from 3 pm to 6 pm.  On this day there was a guitarist providing the entertainment, and he was very good.....



.....by 4 pm we had consumed two glasses of their Savignon Blanc and it was time to head home for a nap.  Next time we go we will take some snacks to enjoy with the wine, and spent a little more time.  This winery and the patio setting was a very pleasant surprise!

We spent the evening watching recorded FIFA Womens World Cup matches.  We were finally able to turn off our A/C units around 8 pm when the temp got back into the 70's once again.  That's the first time we've run our A/C since the first day we arrived at RORVR, and I am sure it will not be the last!

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Saturday projects......

6:35 am - Sunday - June 9th - Ramona, CA - 55° F, 82% humidity, wind - CALM.......clear, blue skies today with a forecast high of 96° F.......the view this morning........↴



Saturday had a warm feel to it from the very beginning....it was cooler inside the Newell at 8:50 am than it was outside as I got ready to leave for work.  I put on my RORVR hoodie sweatshirt thinking it was cold, but as soon as I stepped outside I realized my mistake.....this was not going to be a hoodie day!

As days go Saturday was a normal day.  I opened up the facilities, checked the water level in the water tower.....turned on the pumps for an hour to add 2,000 gallons, then headed back to the office to see if I had any special assignments....there were.  Some replacement parts had arrived (parts for one of our Stihl weed trimmers, a new filter for our water fountain at the pool, and a new light fixture for the pool room), and I spent the rest of the morning taking care of those projects.  Unfortunately, the water filter was not the correct one so that will have to be returned, and a new one ordered, but I took care of installing the other items.

In the afternoon I received some new signs to install in the pool area (gender neutral bathroom signs, no smoking signs, and then two signs which feature the summer hours for the Red Barn and Pool area (10 am to 9:30 pm).  I removed the winter hours signs, and hung the summer ones.

Once that was done I retrieved some 'liquid nails' caulk and headed back to the Red Barn to re-glue a piece of vinyl flooring on the dance floor which had popped up at one end.  I thought I had fixed this a week, or so ago, but apparently I did not apply sufficient 'liquid nails' on my first attempt.  So we'll see if my second, more generous application will do the trick this time.

So, now it was 2:30 pm....what to do for the last 90 minutes?  Well, those rascally eucalyptus trees keep shedding their leaves upon the mini golf holes, and I had not had a chance to blow them clean yet, so I retrieved the Stihl hand blower from the tool shed and went to work.  As I finished the 9 holes I transitioned over the paved road (Maple Street) to remove more eucalyptus leaves from that surface.  I slowly worked my way down the hill (moving my golf cart occasionally so I would not need to walk all the way back up the hill to retrieve it when I was done).  By the time I reached the intersection of Maple and Oak Streets I could see that there was a lot of sand, leaves and gravel on the section of Oak that passes by restroom #1, so I kept going.  By the time I finished cleaning that section it was almost exactly 4 pm, and time to head for the barn once again......
My leave blowing route Saturday afternoon (in green)

......TLE followed me home about 15 minutes later, and after my shower joined me outside to enjoy the early evening breezes before heading inside for dinner around 6:15 pm.  We spent the evening watching a couple of recorded FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 matches.  The World Cup (women) is in France this summer.  There is a 9 hour time differential between France and California so a lot of matches will have to be recorded as they will be played in the early morning hours while we are getting our beauty rest.....:-).  The USA plays their first match this coming Tuesday (June 11th).  

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