Friday, November 1, 2019

Powering on in spite of no power.......

7:14 am - Friday - November 1st - Ramona, CA - 34° F, 42% humidity, wind - last!  Clear, blue skies today with a forecast high of 82° F.

We began another day Thursday with no electricity....not because of of downed lines, or a blown transformer......because SDG&E decided to deliberately turn off our power to avoid a 'possible' fire from power lines being blown down by the wind.....why not fix all those power lines which cannot tolerate wind instead....hmmm?  Nonetheless, we have solar panels, and generators so we are never wanting for electricity when we are in a forced blackout.  Our best information indicated that power would be restored around 6 pm, however, we had power again by 2:30 pm.  One byproduct of these forced power outages is our golf carts do not get recharged, and after going 36 hours without electricity two of our carts could no longer be used.  We were down to my cart, and the new cart.  Additionally, we cannot run the two pumps which push water uphill to our 10,000 gallon water tank when the power is out, so our tank was down to a paltry 3,000 gallons by the time the power was restored.....another 12 hours and we would have had a water problem in addition to everything else.

I returned Thursday to my two trail projects for the day.  First I installed two 8"x 8" beams to shore up the corner of the landing area, then began to bring down 12"x 12" pavers from the storage area to place on the pad......  

 That gap on the right is smaller than the 12"x 12" pavers, so I've got to come up with a solution

......once most of them were installed I put the bench back together......↴ all we need is some green paint to repaint the bench.....almost done!  Next up was the trail at site #22, so I began hauling more pavers down there.  I can't get the cart very close to the bench platform so I carried the pavers two at a time down to the site.....

.....I had spoken to Alika at the beginning of the day about moving the extra pond bench to this site.....he's a big guy, so carrying this bench is no problem for him.  He brought the bench down while I was getting more pavers from the storage area and surprised me upon my return......

....I've got a little more work to do, but it's almost done!  This has turned out much better than I expected, and I could not be happier with the result......

.....once that was done I returned to the site #32 trail to install some rectangular pavers around the border and their addition really did the job......↴

 The rectangular pavers did the trick....perfect!

The bench is level once again

So, we began the day without electricity, but by the middle of the afternoon it was restored.  We all plugged in our carts so we could make it to the end of the day.

I was home by 4 pm.....TLE left work at 3 pm, leaving Jo to close the office.  Now that the current Santa Ana condition has abated we'll begin the cleanup on Friday.....the pool will take most of my short 4 hour Friday shift to get in order for sure.

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