Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The rainy season has arrived......

6:36 am - Wednesday - November 20th - Ramona, CA - 51° F, 92% humidity (it's raining right now....shouldn't it be 100%???), wind 17 mph out of the west by southwest.....raining now, rained all night, and will rain all day.....forecast high for today is 5° higher than it is right now......56° F.

When Tuesday dawned we were expecting precipitation between 3 and 5 pm.  I was looking forward to a full, dry workday.  As TLE and I began our walk around RORVR* around 6:20 am the air was actually dry and balmy.

All that being said, we barely made it to 11:30 am before the first rain drops were felt.  The last time it rained was about 6 weeks ago, and since then it has been mostly warm with very low humidity so everything has dried out significantly.  As the rain intensified you could almost hear the dry, thirsty terra firma slurping up the more than welcome H₂O........


......I began my day working around the pool and playground.  There were a few large leaves on the bottom of the pool, which I fished out with the long handled pole net, then I retrieved the hand blower to remove all the leaves from the pool deck, along the edge of the pool fence, and from the artificial turf in the playground area thinking that once those leaves get all wet from 3 days of rain they will be much harder to remove.

I checked both pump houses and found them remarkably free of mice feces so those bait traps I have been maintaining must be working.  As a result of using the squirrel bait the last few weeks there are now fewer squirrels digging holes, and most of the holes which I have previously filled remain filled, and unused.

Once that was done I returned to the 'backyard' area to continue the cleanup I began last week, and had great hopes of at least beginning to build the fuel station to which I referred yesterday, but then the aforementioned raindrops began to fall on my head....

Kind of an obvious choice, right?

.....while the rainfall was still light I continued to pickup several piles of leaves I had created Monday, but just as I was hauling the last two barrels of leaves up to the storage area the rain began to fall by the bucket full.  Fortunately, it was time for lunch, but at the end of the 30 minute break it was still raining.  Nevertheless, I continued to work, but got progressively wetter as the afternoon progressed.  

Rich and I spent some time repositioning the large propane tank (about 100 gallons) which supplies said gas to cabin #24, and releveling the site where it sits.  We used the Kubota front loader with forks attached to the bucket (a recently acquired accessory) to lift it utilizing chains.  We then used shovels to level the pad, and then placed 4 large pavers on which to place the tank keeping it off the ground.  I spent a few minutes just before 3 pm spraying some mud off my cart, but by 3 pm (that's when TLE goes home) I was wet and cold, so decided (with Rich's permission) to call it a day as there really wasn't enough indoor work to keep me busy for another hour.

It continued to rain the rest of the afternoon, and evening, but as I write we have entered a small rainless window.  It is supposed to rain on and off through Thursday evening, and it appears we are back to long pants weather.

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*RORVR = Ramona Oaks RV Resort

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