Thursday, October 7, 2021

Migrating geese.....

 8:23 am - Thursday - October 7th - Coupeville, WA - 49° F, 90% humidity, wind - 5 mph out of the south.....partly cloudy today with a forecast high of 54° F.  On this date in 2018 TLE and I were dining at One Dine Restaurant on the 101st floor of the World Trade Center.....↴

.....our views this morning.......

We awoke to partly cloudy skies Wednesday, and much dryer conditions than Tuesday, but there was also a definite autumn chill in the the air.  The sun is now rising around 7:20 am, and setting around 6:40 pm as we edge slowly to the shortest daylight stretch of the year.  We see geese beginning their southward migration, and in about a week we, too, will answer the call of the warmer southern latitudes to begin our trek back to SoCal and family.

I spent about 6 more hours working on Bob's John Deere loader/backhoe removing all the fuel lines, and blowing them out with compressed air to be sure there were no blockages, and then reassembling them.  We hope to re-prime the fuel system on Thursday, and move her up the hill to the area behind the barn where it will be closer to tools, and electrical power if needed.  Some of the fuel line connections were difficult to reconnect resulting in a lot of frustration, but we were victorious in the end.  Bob came down the hill to help me with the reassembly, and by the time we were finished it was pushing 4 pm.  You could feel the temporary warmth in the air dissipating quickly, and with 90 minutes it began to rain.....completely unexpected.  It continued raining on and off all night long.

TLE and I continue to be asymptomatic to the Wuhan Flu.  We continue to be grateful we can travel, and live in rural areas where there is little risk of catching flu bugs of any kind.  We've been able to take long walks daily, and while I've been working on the John Deere I find myself walking up and down the long, steep concrete driveway 4, or 5 times per day fetching additional tools, whilst getting additional exercise.  As I write I can see the sun edging ever upward over the hill to the east, and casting its warming rays across the grassy landscape....time to begin another day.

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