Saturday, August 24, 2019

'Back in the saddle again.....'

7:17 am - Saturday - August 24th - Ontario, CA - 67 degrees, 79% humidity wind - CALM.....clear, blue skies today with a forecast high of 94 degrees.


Made me feel good to be back at the pool Friday morning.  As I prepared to sweep the pool for the first time in a week I wondered how my wound would tolerate all of that arm action, but there was nothing about which to be worried.....it felt fine as long as I took my time.  By 9 am the pool was finished......while I was cleaning the skimmers I found a LIVE tarantula......



......kind of creepy, but very cool at the same time!

When I was done with the pool I went up to open the Red Barn, and attended to the horseshoe pits, then down to the mini golf to blow a week's worth of eucalyptus leaves off the holes. 

After that Rich sent me up to Cabin 98 to fix the bannister railing on the upper bunk bed.  It had never been secured, so I cut a piece of 2" X 2" wood to attach the bannister to the frame of the bed at the far end......



.....at some point I will get it stained so it matches the rest of the wood....I love doing stuff like this!

I was off work by 12 pm, went home to shower and pack for our weekend trip up to Ontario, CA to attend the birthday party of our great grandson, Jameson Saturday afternoon.  This time we planned to stay with Tim, his wife Laila and their 7 month old son, Crosby.  TLE was home a little after 1:30 pm, and we were on the road north by 2 pm.

Friday afternoon traffic in SoCal is universally terrible and this Friday was no exception.  It took us 2.5 hours to reach our son's home.  Getting to spend time with our newest grandchild, Crosby, has been something to which I have been looking forward for several weeks.....


.....he has so much energy!


Crosby time

......he is growing so fast!  Tim works for Warmington Homes, a large California developer, as a construction superintendent, and is working out in Van Nuys on a 63 home development, so he gets home on Fridays between 5:30 pm and 6 pm.....it's a long drive through some of the worst traffic SoCal has to offer.

Whenever we visit Tim and Laila it always feels like home to me.  They have a wonderful guest bedroom, a wonderful backyard, and we always feel like we are at a resort.






........we sat by the outdoor firepit after a delicious tri-tip dinner talking until after 8:30 pm before heading in for the evening.  With a young baby Tim and Laila go to bed early, just as we did many years ago.

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Binging........

1:14 pm - Friday - August 23rd - Ramona, CA - 84° F, 37% humidity, wind 8 mph out of the west by northwest......clear, blue skies today with a forecast high of 85° F.

Thursday was my last day off work before I return to same on Friday.  I spent it much like the other three days, relaxing in my recliner.  Since Monday I have binged watched 2 different Netflix series, each of which has three seasons, and two seasons (respectfully) 'in the can' for your viewing pleasure.  The first series is called 'Glitch', which is about 6 people who return from the dead in a small town called Yoorana.  IMDB says there are three seasons, however, only two are currently available on Netflix, and there are only 6 episodes per season.  It is a very intriguing series, and I highly recommend it.  

The second series I binged watched is 'The Punisher' which has two seasons so far with 13 episodes each.  It took me a couple of days to watch all 26 episodes, which at an average of 55 minutes per episodes is a lot of relaxing in the recliner!  It's about an ex-marine, Frank Castle, whose family is murdered.  He becomes a vigilante and goes after all of those who were responsible.  I have seen the movie, which came out in 2004, and was kind of a 'B' movie, but the Netflix series is pretty well done, and keeps you on the edge of your proverbial seat.  It is quite 'dark', and very violent, so beware.

I feel good, and my side is healing quickly,  I wont' get the stitches out until August 30th. I now it's healing because it itches like crazy.  I don't really have anything more to share about Thursday, so I will bid you adieu until tomorrow.

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Day 3 of recovery

7:56 am - Thursday - August 22nd - Ramona, CA - 59° F, 93% humidity, wind 6 mph out of the west.....clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 91° F.

Third day  of recovery.......the same as the first two.....lots of sitting around....one of my favorite activities....NOT!  But what are you going to do, right?  It is what it is, and sitting around is the prescription for healing quickly.  Intellectually I realize there is no way with this 3 inch incision on my side that I could do any of the work things I normally do without a lot of pain, and possibly pulling too hard on the stitches.  Even though I understand why I must be sit around, I still feel kind of useless......kind of like a slacker.  At any rate I've just one more day of prescribed rest after Wednesday and I should then be able to return to work on Friday for one day, then I'll have two more days off work before Monday, and the beginning of the Labor Day week.....the last major holiday of the summer season.

The wound is actually healing very nicely, and I think less and less about it with each passing hour.  Thank goodness I have always been a quick healer.  TLE changes my dressing once each day and says it looks good.  I can see it, but it's a tough angle for me to get a really good view.  I'm down to a much smaller bandage than the first day, but as you can imagine, it can only get so small with a 3 inch incision to cover.

On the Newell front.....having to sit around all day, mostly inside the Newell, I have really come to appreciate how well insulated this coach is.  When we get up in the morning we close all the windows and leave the Fantastic Fan vent fan on low.  It remains very comfortable until after 2 pm every day, which is when I usually turn on the rear A/C.  I'm sure if we had dual glazed windows it would be even better.  It only gets really hot around 4:30 pm when the sun is shinning directly into the front windows, but that only lasts for about an hour and then the is behind the trees across the street.

In just a few days we will have been here 4 months (August 25th).  The good news is it feels like much less time.....there is no bad news....it's all good.  Sorry for such brief posts the last few days, but when you sit around all day there is not much about which to write, right?

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

'Two lovers......'

7:33 am - Wednesday - August 21st - Ramona, CA - 54° F, 80% humidity, wind - CALM.....clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 95° F.

Unlike my experience with my biopsy sites oozing for a few days I have had no oozing from the stitches along my 3" long incision, just pain, and even that has diminished quickly.  I went outside briefly Tuesday morning, but spent most the day relaxing in my recliner.  A nurse from my dermatologist's office called early afternoon to advise they had received the lab results from the excision.  You know when the nurse calls it is good news, because the doctor always calls with bad news.  They checked all the margins around, and under the melanoma and found no cancer anywhere, so it was contained to the upper layer of skin as the prior biopsy had indicated.  Well, that makes it all worthwhile, right?

In other RORVR news the electricians have returned and are replacing all the pedestals, and wiring in sites 43-51, which welcome news.  Once those sites are finished the monthly resident next to me (#72) can move back to his site in that row, and then I can move out of my site to get my 60 gallon propane tank refilled, and then into one of those repaired sites temporarily so my site (#71) and the one next to me (#72) can be re-leveled.  Once that is done we can move back into our site for the duration of our stay, and enjoy a more 'level' experience.  You may recall that we leveled site #70 about 5, or 6 weeks ago.  I am down to under 15 gallons of propane so I need to get that taken care of in the next few weeks, or we will have no hot water.

We continue to get temps in the mid to low 50's at night in spite of the daytime temps being in the high 80's to low 90's.  In about 10 days we will enter the final long weekend of the summer....Labor Day weekend, and the season will be over.  It get busy on the weekends, but nothing like the other RV parks at which we have worked the last few years.

That's pretty much it for me about Tuesday.  A couple more days of R&R and I'll be back to work......I'll leave you with this great Mary Wells song.....Two Lovers.....


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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

'Days like this.....'

7:59 am - Tuesday - August 20th - Ramona, CA - 55° F, 80% humidity, wind - CALM.....bright, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 91° F.  I'm off work today, tomorrow and Thursday.

Monday at 9:30 am was the day and time of my 'excision'.  A couple of weeks ago I met with my dermatologist, Dr. Jou, to get a referral to a 'MOHS' surgeon who will remove the rest of the 'basil cell carcinoma' from the top of my right ear.  "Mohs surgery is a precise surgical technique used to treat skin cancer. During Mohs surgery, thin layers of cancer-containing skin are progressively removed and examined until only cancer-free tissue remains. Mohs surgery is also known as Mohs micrographic surgery."  Fortunately, basil cell carcinoma is easy to treat....you just remove it.  

During our discussion he asked me if he could examine all of my skin surface to be sure there were no other problems, and I agreed....thank God.  He found a couple of areas he was concerned about and took biopsies.  One of the biopsies came back negative (nothing going on there), but the other came back as Stage zero (Ø) melanoma.  Melanoma is the bad one, but stage 'Ø' means it is only in the very top layer of skin, and it is just a matter of removing it.  No further treatment is necessary.  Stage Ø means it was caught in its infancy, and full recovery is like 99.99%.  There is no history of melanoma in my family, so I am the first.  On Monday Dr. Jou excised that area.  The melanoma itself was about the size of a dime, but he excised an area the size of a quarter which meant a lot of stitches because he then had to elongate the incision so he would be able to close it properly.  After all was said and done the excision area was a little larger than the size of an adult eye, and as a result I'll have to avoid working for about 3 more days to allow healing to begin and prevent any post surgical bleeding......that blood thinner (Brillinta) I am taking is working well.

The procedure took about 45 minutes and we were then on our way over to Dr. Ashley Ruben to have my future MOHS surgery consultation.  After the consultation the MOHS surgery was scheduled for next Tuesday (August 27th).  Once that is done I will be, hopefully, done with surgery for a long time.  If it is even possible, it seems our decision not to go to Alaska this summer seems even more momentous now.

After a quick stop at Stater Brothers to pick up a few grocery items we were home a little after 12 pm.  Needless to say, but I'll say it anyway, I spent the rest of Monday in my recliner doing as little as possible.

After all that has transpired with me physically over the last couple of years I am really beginning to feel my mortality.  So far I have come through all of it just fine, but sometimes in the quiet times of the night I wonder what is coming next, right?  The rest of the time I just keep pushing forward, and looking forward.  It's a beautiful day today, and life continues to be good to TLE and I.

I'll leave you with the great Van Morrison song........



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Monday, August 19, 2019

'Shades of gray.....'

6:40 am - Monday - August 19th - Ramona, CA - 58° F, 97% humidity, wind -CALM.........clear, blue skies.

Sunday was a laid back day for us.  We started off with a couple of laps around RORVR totaling around 2.7 miles.  Then we hung out watching two English Premier soccer matches on the outdoor TV for the rest of the morning.  The weather was perfect, just like it has been the entire weekend.


At some point during the morning after the soccer matches TLE began doing several loads of wash, and I began to watch golf.  We have DirecTV, but we just have the basic channel package.....no HBO, CINEMAX, Showtime, etc., but occasionally DirecTV will give us HBO, or one of the other movie channels free for a weekend, and this weekend we had HBO.  Several years ago before we got rid of the movie channels I watched GOT (Game of Thrones) for one, or two seasons, and have watched a few episodes over the years when we had HBO for free.  I did not see the final season, but HBO was replaying the final season this weekend, so I watched the final three episodes to at least see how it ended.  Pretty much everyone dies except the dwarf and a couple of Starks.

Around 6 pm TLE had me grill some white fish so she could make fish tacos.  She has just begun to experiment with making fish tacos, and this was her best effort to date.....




.....words are not adequate to express how grateful I am we can eat outside this summer as often as we do. We have not been able to do that very much the last two summers (Yellowstone and Southwest Harbor), but this summer the evening weather has most often been quite agreeable.  Back in our South Lake Tahoe days we ate outside a lot, and I have missed that.  It is one of the multitudinous benefits of this lifestyle. 

I wont' be working Monday as I have an appointment down in Poway at my dermatologist to have a mole removed from my side.  It will be outpatient, and all is good.....I'll let it go at that.....no additional treatment required.

I'll leave you with a great Monkees song from the 60's.......Shades of gray......


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Sunday, August 18, 2019

'A Sunday kind of love.....'

7:26 am - Sunday - August 18th - Ramona, CA - 59° F, 87% humidity, wind - CALM....clear, blue skies today with a forecast high of 86° F....suweet!

I really dislike having to get up at 6 am when I do not have to go to work.  I dislike it, but I did anyway on Saturday.  TLE and I have birthdays about 3 weeks apart.  In California you must renew your license every few years by your birthday.  In our case we last renewed them in South Lake Tahoe almost 5 years ago.  We both got notices from the California DMV within about 3 weeks of each other advising we would have to visit a local DMV to renew our licenses, take an eye test, and a written test.  We had to do this 5 years ago after decades of getting automatic renewals every few years.  When you get to a certain age there are no more automatic renewals regardless of how good your driving record (neither of us has any accidents, or tickets in the last 9 years).

We attempted to get 'reservations' online about 2 weeks ago, but the only ones available in the entire area were at 3:30 pm on August 29th in Escondido for me, and at 2 pm for TLE in San Marcos on the same date.  Well, if you have ever been to a California DMV in a big urban area you know by 2 pm in the afternoon they will be way, way behind, forget about my 3:30 pm appointment.  Getting a reservation at most California DMV's only gets you in the front door more quickly to the next long line.  TLE found that the Poway DMV is open on Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm, so we figured we would just drive down there at 7 am, and get in line, so that is why I was up at 6 am Saturday.

We arrived at the Poway DMV by 7:35 am and found the line only 75' long....by 8 am when they opened the doors it was 200' long!  They had employees outside before 8 am getting those in line checked in, and assigned a number.  Our numbers were G-26 and G-27, so that meant there were only 25 people in front of us renewing their licenses......


 Already up to G-13 and it's only 8:30 am!

......we sat patiently talking about this and that, totally unconcerned with how long it might take, and why should we be?  We had no where else to be.  Before we knew it TLE's number (G-26) was being called, and it was only 8:45 am.  My number was called about 5 minutes later and we were off to the races.....


......I passed my eye test, filled out some paperwork about why I no longer had to wear glasses for distance vision (cataract surgery), then was sent to get my 5 year picture taken, and take the test.  Both TLE and I had been taking the online practice tests on the DMV site, and were ready.  There are about 25 questions, and I think I missed 2, so I passed.  TLE missed a couple, also, but in the end we had our temporary drivers licenses with the permanent ones to arrive within 4 weeks.  We chose not to get the Californa 'Real ID', which will be required after October 1, 2020 to board domestic airline flights as we forgot to bring our birth certificates.  Doesn't really matter, because we both have 10 year U.S. Passports, and they can be used, if the need should arise, to board an airplane

The Poway DMV is in the same parking lot as the Poway Super Walmart, so we drove across the parking lot and did a quick grocery shopping before heading back to RORVR.  We were home a little after 10 am....not too bad!

On our drive home TLE suggested we head to the Ramona Ranch Winery later in the afternoon (around 3 pm) to sip some of their great Savignon Blanc accompanied by some snacks.  We spent the time between our arrival home, and 3 pm outside watching two recorded English Premier Soccer matches.

At 3 pm sharp we were in the VW heading 1 mile down SR-78 to Ramona Ranch Winery.  We had the whole patio to ourselves.......nice.....




....we bought a bottle of their Savignon Blanc (chilled) and spent the next 90 minutes relaxing, and enjoying the great views...




.....by 4:30 pm we were on our way home again.  The temp only got up to 84° F Saturday, which made for a quite pleasant time sitting outside.

In closing I'll leave you with another great Etta James song dedicated to The Lovely Elaine.....'A Sunday kind of love'......none of what we do, and how we live would mean much without her in my life.......


A Sunday kind of love....

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

'You'll lose a good thing....'

1:01 pm - Friday - August 16th - Ramona, CA - 86° F, 37% humidity, wind 13 mph out of the northwest....clear, blue skies with a forecast high today of 93° F.

Ahhh, Friday!  Only 5 hours of work Friday.....ahhh!  After two days of temps close to 100° F, the temp dropped down to 93° F Friday.  Anytime it is under 95° F it is way more comfortable.....just 5, or 6 degrees cooler makes all the difference.

Friday it is time to vacuum and sweep the pool, and that is what I was about at 7 am once again.  I was finished just before 9 am and headed down to the office for our 9 am morning meeting after which I headed back up the hill to the Red Barn to rake the horseshoe pits.  I noticed that the Red Barn parking lot was covered with pine needles and in great need of being cleaned so I retrieved the backpack blower and spent an hour blowing the pine needles, dirt and dust off the parking lot.  From there I headed down to the mini golf holes and dispatched another few pounds of eucalyptus leaves before heading back down to the office.  

TLE asked me to check the porch light on Cabin #65 as our customer had reported it not working.  As it turned out the bulb was burnt out, so I replaced it, and that brought me right up to quitting time....I love Friday's.

I was home a little after 12 pm taking a shower, and then read a book for a couple of hours until TLE came home from her short shift.  We spent the rest of the afternoon reading, the watching a recording of the series finale of 'Elementary'.  They wrapped up the 7 year series very nicely, and I even shed a couple of tears along the way.

For dinner TLE made up some bleu cheese hamburger paddies for me to grill.  We ate them alfresco whilst listening to the Sam Cooke channel on Pandora.....by 6 pm the air had cooled off nicely......



.....I'll leave you with a great song by Barbara Lynn called "You'll lose a good thing...."


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Friday, August 16, 2019

Thursday

7:19 pm - Thursday - August 15th - Ramona, CA - 88° F, 27% humidity, wind 11 mph out of the west by northwest.....it is now sundown.  This post will be about Thursday.


The forecast high for Thursday was 99° F so I knew I would not work much past 1 pm, and I did not, but I get ahead of myself.  I was at the pool a little after 7 am doing my usual thing.  Since I had swept and vacuumed the pool Wednesday I spent time first sweeping up pine needles around the pool, then washing down the entire pool deck as I do at least twice per week.

The hand blower is still broken (we do have the new carburetor, but it needs to be installed) so I hand swept the mini golf greens once again.  It takes a lot longer, obviously, but in the end they really look great when I am done.

Rich took me up to the tractor barn to give me some lessons operating our 'cherry picker'.  I've never operated anything like that before, but after an hour, or so I got the hang of it.  We use the 'cherry picker' to trim trees in the park, of which there are hundreds (eucalyptus, oak, sycamore, pine......mostly oaks, however).  I really appreciate it that Rich wants us all to be able to operate all of the equipment we have here at RORVR......my supervisor last summer was not quite as generous.


I next replaced a few light bulbs in Cabin 65, and tried to help a 'gentleman' back his new 5th wheel into site #28, but he really didn't know what he was doing, and in spite of my assistance I was unable to get him into the site.  This was a first for me as I have been successful about 99% of the time getting people into sites, and this site is very large.  He was just way too impatient, had a very bad temper, and did a lot of yelling, none of which I deserved.  I finally handed him off to Rich, who owns a large 5th wheel, and agreed to back the 5th wheel in for the guy.  He had it in the site in less than 3 minutes beginning to end.  Needless to say it was rather humbling  for the the guy.  All that being said I was proud of myself for not losing my temper and becoming part of the problem.

This week is the last week for our two high school graduates.  Adrian is heading off to college, and Mike is heading off to Basic Training for the Navy.  To honor them we had a lunch paid for by the owners of the park......

Rich cutting up the BBQ'd ribs


.....we had a nice sit down lunch....Adrian is in the blue shirt on the left, and Mike is in the green shirt on the right....


Foreground: Marnie (left front), Caroline (right front), then Rich, Dave, Joe and Adrian on the right, then moi, Mike and Alika on the left....TLE took the pictures

.....Alika, the yellow shirt you can see in the first picture, leaned out of the picture so we got him in the second picture taken from the other end of the table.....he is the guy in the left rear of the picture sitting next to Mike.

We had a lovely lunch and then it was time for me to head for home early once again.  TLE was home by 4 pm.  I spent the afternoon reading, and then attempting to program a new DirecTV remote I had ordered.  Our current one is about 6 years old, and had begun acting up about a year ago.  I ordered a new one, and actually received it about a month ago, but I could not get it to operate the TV (we have a TCL).  I was determined Thursday to get it working, and finally found a link on Google to a website where it gave very clear directions, and within a few minutes I successfully programmed it!

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Wednesday

6:56 pm - Thursday - August 15th - Ramona, CA - 88° F, 27% humidity, wind 11 mph out of the west by northwest....almost sunset with clear skies.  High today was 98° F.

I was so excited Wednesday!  Rich bought me a new extension pole to use with the sweeper and vacuum.  The old one had a large bend in it, and there was a crack in the aluminum......


.....it's amazing how the little things brighten your day.  There were some old aluminum poles used years ago that were still sitting around, so I cut them up, and hauled them down to the maintenance building......


......I used this small hacksaw to cut them up to movable pieces......


......I've gotten the whole pool area pretty well organized.......


......I spent part of the day cleaning the A/C units in the four cabins, and they were in need of cleaning......



......Wednesday was a hot day, and I only worked until 1 pm before heading for home to escape the heat.  We're going through a little bit of a hot spell right now, which is pretty normal for SoCal this time of year.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Tuesday

3:48 pm - Tuesday - August 13th - Ramona, CA - 93° F, 27% humidity, wind 11 mph out of the west by northwest.....still clear, blue, hot skies.

Tuesday was slated to be warmer with a forecast high of 94° F, but it never felt that hot to me.  I guess I'm getting used to temps in the lower 90's.  I didn't have to vacuum, or sweep the pool, so I was done with it about 8:20 am.  I opened the Red Barn, and raked the horseshoe pits, before heading down to the mini golf area to sweep all 9 holes.  Why 'sweep', and not 'blow' the leaves off the holes?  Well, the hand held blower broke Monday afternoon when I was using it, and I didn't want to shoulder the heavy backpack blower.  At any rate, the holes need to be hand swept at least once a week to get them completely clean of debris, so Tuesday was the day to do it.

After that Rich asked me to install the new rubber quoted yellow chain at the entrance to the fire road near the Red Barn.  The old chain was just galvanized chain, and not very visible.  In addition he had me install two signs advising this road was off limits to vehicle traffic (upper left of picture, and in the middle of the yellow chain)......



.....I finished that project right at 11:30 and immediately left for my 30 minute lunch.  I really prefer a longer lunch, but I prefer even more getting off ½ hour earlier, so I adapt.  You get used to it, but it's not optimal.

After lunch I took care of a couple of small projects Rich assigned to me, and then retrieved the dreaded backpack blower to blow the oak leaves off the entrance, as well as the lower parking lot.  It hasn't been done for a while, so it was time.  I finished just after 1:30 pm.....30 minutes before the end of my work day.....time to put away my tools, spend a few minutes in the office cooling down in their A/C, and homeward bound.

Life continues to be good here in the mountain community of Ramona, CA.  We love our jobs, and we love the people with whom we work.  The summer is waning, and Fall is around the corner.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Monday

3:14 pm - Tuesday -  August 13th - Ramona, CA - 93° F, 32% humidity, wind 10 mph out of the west.....clear, blue skies....hot!  High today is 94 F.

We were back to work Monday bright eyed and bushy tailed as 'they' say.  I was at work by 7 am, and done with the pool by 9:30 am.  By the time I finished with the mini golf and horseshoe pits by 11:30 am, and by Noon I was done with lunch.

You may recall that I began the process of replacing the old pole fence by the pool parking lot with a split rail fence.  Since I was off work for a couple of days while my biopsy sites healed, so Dave and Mike finished the work getting the entire new fence installed by Friday when I went back to work.....it looks great....



It only got into the high 80's Monday, and by the time 2 pm rolled around it was still very pleasant outside.  I spent the rest of the afternoon finishing Season 5 of 'Breaking Bad' finishing with the final episode around 11:30 pm Monday night.  I enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time around a few years ago.

For dinner TLE got out the other salmon steak I had grilled Sunday evening.  She served it cold with some wasabi sauce in which to dip it.....it tasted just as good as it did fresh off the grill Sunday evening.

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Sunday

3:05 pm - Tuesday - August 13th - Ramona, CA - 93° F, 32% humidity, wind 10 mph out of the west....clear, blue skies.  I'm playing 'catch up' on my blog posts....first up is Sunday.

I love being off work on Sunday!  We've taken to shopping early in the morning on our off days, but it just seemed appropriate that we make a stop at Starbucks on our way to Stater Brothers to get some coffee, and for me an 'everything' bagel.  This Starbucks does big business, and the drive through lane is never empty.



Next stop was Stater Brothers for our weekly grocery shopping foray.  Shopping early is so much faster than in the afternoon when there are many more people in the store, and the checkout lines are discouragingly long.  Beginning to end we can do a complete weekly shopping before 9 am in about 30 minutes.  Later in the day it takes close to an hour beginning to end, the end being when you walk out of the store with your purchases.


Once we were home we settled in outside watching a couple of English Premier soccer matches, and once they were done, reading.  Around 6 pm I grilled a couple of salmon steaks.  I grilled them skin down for about 9 minutes and they came out perfectly!


....TLE added some sliced tomatoes, and grilled summer squash.....OMG!  TLE added some chilled Savignon Blanc vino to chase the great food, which only led to more oohs and aahs.


By the end of the evening we were rested, and ready to head back to work Monday morning....thanks for stopping by!


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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Saturday.....for real......

7:34 am - Sunday - August 11th - Ramona, CA - 51° F, 86% humidity, wind - CALM....clear, blue skies today with a forecast high of 86° F.....the view this morning.....


I felt so weird to be off work on 'real Saturday', which was also the beginning of the new English Premier soccer league.  Our DVR had recorded a match from Friday afternoon, and then over the course of Saturday morning three more matches, so that is how we began 'real Saturday', watching one English Premier game after another.....


....outdoors, no less.  As you can see from the above picture, it was also home maintenance day, which involved vacuuming the interior, cleaning out some cabinets in the salon, washing some clothes, cleaning out the basement 'through' storage bin, and hauling what we do not need on a daily basis up to the trailer where it will remain until we depart RORVR.  We now have room to store the step ladder in our basement through storage bin so I do not have to retrieve it from the trailer each time we need to use it around the Newell.

Additionally, it involved the installation of another piece of sun screen to the southern end of our patio awning.....


.....the morning sun, which is only an issue on our days off work, tends to penetrate our web of awnings and popups making it a little warmer than we would wish.  TLE made that end piece years ago when we first began living in our Newell full time.  It can be installed on either end of our patio awning via large velcro strips she sewed onto it.  It looks like it came from a factory somewhere.

We remained outdoors for most of the day except for a 2 hour period during the heat of the day.  We watched all four English Premier matches with our annual favorite, Tottenham Hot Spurs, coming from  behind (1 to nil) to win 3-1 with all three goals scored in the last 15 minutes of the match.  They trailed from about the 5th minute of the match until the 75th minute.  Elsewhere, the favorites all seemed to win (Manchester City, Liverpool, etc.) their opening day matches.

Later in the day I spent more time continuing to binge watch 'Breaking Bad', and as of Saturday evening I have now finished Season 4.  For dinner I grilled another filet mignon, whilst TLE grilled some onions and mushrooms, as well as steamed some wild rice for our sides.  We ate outside enjoying the quickly cooling evening air.

August is quickly receding into the distance in the 'rear view mirror' as we have now lived through 1/3 of that summer month.  So far we have avoided triple digit temperature days, and the overnight lows continue to hover in the low 50's making for wonderful sleeping conditions.

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Good night sweetheart.......

7:43 am - Saturday - August 10th - Ramona, CA - 51° F, 80% humidity, wind - CALM.....clear, blue skies this morning with a forecast high of 88° F.  The view this morning.......


Finally, Thursday evening, the biopsy site on my side quit oozing, and I was able to return to work Friday morning after a two day hiatus.  Even though it was only slated to be around 87° F Friday I went to work at 7 am.  Once you get used to getting off work two hours earlier than everyone else it kind of becomes mildly addictive.  Some of my co-workers (Adrian, Alika and Mike), are taking my lead and have begun to show up for work between 7 and 8 am every day to beat the heat, too.

When I first arrive at the pool each morning I go into the pump room to be sure all is working as it should.  One of the things I check is the nozzle on the chlorine injection system.  This nozzle is screwed into the 3" diameter water re-circulation pipe.  Occasionally this nozzle becomes clogged with crystallized chlorine.  On this morning I found the tube feeding the nozzle full of backed up crystallized chlorine and no chlorine was making its way into the pool water.......

Clogged chlorine nozzle

.....this happens about once a month.  So, before I could proceed any further in my daily pool routine I had to take the whole thing apart and unclog it, which took about 30 minutes.  Once chlorine was flowing into the pool again I went about the rest of my pool duties.  When I finally checked the chlorine level in the pool water it read zero, so I had to pour 2 gallons of same into the pool to bring it back up to at least 3.0.  By the time I finished vacuuming the pool the chlorine read 3.0 once again.

Normally I would have swept and vacuumed the pool on Wednesday, but I was not at work, so all that had been done in the last few days was furniture straightening, and pool tests.  I knew it would take me a few hours to get everything ship shape again, and it did.  By the time I finished washing down the deck it was after 11 am, and I still needed to rake the horseshoe pits, and blow the leaves off the mini golf holes, which also had not been done since Monday, my last day at work.

Since we are no longer working the weekends, our short day is now Friday where we only work 5 hours.  By the time I finished with the horseshoe pits, and mini golf holes it was 11:45 am, and I was technically done for the day.  I returned my equipment to the tool shed, turned in my 2-way radio, and headed for home.  This will be the first time we have not worked on the weekend since we started work here on April 25th.  Pretty much every other seasonal job we have held we have worked on the weekend, so we are looking forward to not working on the busiest days of the week!

I didn't have to turn on the A/C until TLE got home at 2 pm, and then we only ran it for a few hours.  We are loving these temps in the high 80's right now, but it appears it will be getting back into the 90's again next week.  I'll leave you with one of my favorite doo wop songs of all time from the 50's by The Spaniels......Good night sweetheart.....


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