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 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..... 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..... 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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