Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Gimme a break.....

6:52 am - Wednesday - May 18th - Likely, CA - 41° F, humidity 59%, wind - CALM....crystal clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 76° F.  On this date in 2014 TLE and I were riding our bikes in South Lake Tahoe....one of our favorite places on earth.....↴


As TLE and I were arriving at the Club House for work Tuesday morning I noticed a lone green plastic basket sitting at the tee area for the driving range.  As you know I had spent a good part of my Monday morning cleaning golf balls off the driving range so it could be mowed.  Normally DeWayne mows the driving range early afternoon on Mondays and Thursdays, but he had a doctors appointment Monday, so he could not do it until Tuesday.  This meant we had to keep the driving range closed until he mowed it.  Well, someone hit a bucket of balls after hours Monday, which meant I had to walk out there and pick about 50 golf balls up manually using the 'shag bag'.........GIMME A BREAK!....

The view from the back of the driving range looking back toward the Club House

....wasn't able to get to picking the balls up until I had deployed 12 golf carts for TLE, but by 9:15 am I had both tasks completed, and it was time for me to head out to tee box #3 to do my poop patrol.....the geese love to defecate on the those tee boxes for some reason.  Then it was on to holes 4, 12, 15 and 18 to rake out the sand traps.  By the time I returned to the Club House TLE was calling for me to deploy more golf carts....another busy day at LPRV&G for sure....

My new Likely Place sweatshirt

My new work shirt.....I have four

The view from the 15th hole

.....after lunch I retrieved the John Deere riding lawnmower to head out to the teem boxes for hole #15 to mow them , and then work my way back through 16, 17 and 18....it is a long, slow ride out and back, and I did not return to the Club House until around 3 pm....

My office

Waiting for golfers to tee off so I can mow the tee boxes at #18

The 'Caddy Shack'

......I finished washing the final golf cart, and parking it back in the cart shack around 4:30 pm, and finally had a chance to take a breath.  Around 5:15 pm TLE and I headed for home, and some adult beverages on the 'Lido Deck' to celebrate the end of another work 'week'....now for our four day weekend....

A wonderful evening to sit outside by the fire



....on Wednesday we'll make the 2.5 hour drive down to Reno so I can get my blood drawn for my annual check up, and TLE can attend her eye appointment.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

The incidents....

 6:45 am - Tuesday - May 17th - Likely, CA - 37° F, humidity 70%, wind - CALM....crystal clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 76° F.  On this date in 2014 TLE and I arrived at Tahoe Valley Campground to work for our first summer.....↴


Well, Monday was my first time retrieving golf balls from the driving range.  Below is a picture of the contraption we push around the driving range with an old Yamaha gold cart.....



.....here you see the baskets are all full, the driving range is picked clean, and now it's time for me to wash them.....picking them up is the easy part....cleaning them is a longer process.  

We rented out about 13 carts Monday, and TLE says we sold just under 30 rounds of golf, so it was a moderately busy day.  Nevertheless, I had time to do some mowing utilizing the bigger, newer, and faster Husqvarna riding lawnmower, plus I did some weed whacking around the bocce ball 'courts', and around the 'Caddie Shack'.  In all it was a very busy day for me, and I arrived home whipped.  In between I had a couple of adventures.

After we run the ball machine around the course and get all the balls we can get that way we walk out into the trees and get the rest of the balls using a 'shag bag' which looks something like this.....


......there is also a creek which cuts across the middle of the course from which balls must be recovered, and while I was hopping from rock to rock getting golf balls out of it I slipped, and fell into the creek getting both of my Keens soaking wet (socks too), and getting my new, red hoodie sweatshirt muddy.....doh!  I headed home to change into dry shoes, etc. and was back on the job in about 20 minutes.  

Next, after I transferred the balls from the 6 baskets on the ball machine I drove it out to the back of the driving range where we park it, and promptly got it stuck so bad I had to remove the three rollers, lift the arm to which they are attached, and back the Yamaha out of the soft dirt.  Those rollers are heavy!  Anyway, it took me close to 45 minutes to disassemble, and reassemble the rollers to the pivot arm on the front of the cart.  Other than those two incidents it was a normal day at LPRV&G....lol.

Monday was also our third payday since arriving at LPRV&G.....it is nice to see money flowing back into our bank account!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, May 16, 2022

The vacuum still works.....

 6:20 am - Monday - May 16th - Likely, CA - 40° F, humidity 81%, wind - for the first time since we arrived here the wind is CALM.  Forecast high today is 69° F.  On this date in 2020 we arrived in Durango, CO.....↴



Sunday was the complete polar opposite of Saturday....very laid back, and fewer golfers.  We're still in that early summer season zone where Sunday is 'vacuum day'.....the day when everybody leaves to return to their workaday lives.  Soon it will be Memorial Day weekend, and things will change.  Families will come to stay for a week at a time, and Sunday will seem like any other day.

I initially only put 5 golf carts, then added 3 more around 9 am, and they lasted until 11 am when I put out five more, and that seemed to satisfy the demand the balance of the day.  I spent time mowing the tee boxes on the 18th hole as I did a week ago....the grass never stops growing.  I'll get out to do the tee boxes on 18, 17 and 16 on Monday, or Tuesday.  

One of my jobs is retrieving the empty golf ball baskets from the driving range, and refilling them for TLE....on Saturday I did this a dozen times, but on Sunday there were only two baskets to refill.....


....I never had more than 2 carts to wash at any one time, and I had the last one washed and put away by 4 pm.  On Mondays and Thursdays someone has to run the ball machine up and down the driving range to retrieve all the golf balls, then wash them and put them back in the 55 gallon can in the Club House so they can be put back in those green baskets.  Since all the golfers were off the course, and no one was hitting balls on the driving range I decided to make a run out to the back of the driving range where the golf cart used to push the ball retrieving machinery around is kept, and ran it for the first time to just get a feel for it, and how it operates.  I think I cleared most of the back 1/3 of the driving range before it was time to head for home.  I'll finish that sometime Monday, and then the 'fun' of washing the golf balls will commence.

For the first time since we arrived we had no heaters running inside the Newell Sunday evening....in fact I even had a window open in the salon all evening, and I opened the window by my side of the bed when we headed off to dream land....that is also a first.  We seem to have turned a corner with the 15 day forecast showing temps in the 60's and 70's, and only one night with a low in the 30's....the rest are in the 40's....nice.  I can see many more evenings spent outside enjoying the warmer weather.

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

The keys....

 6:24 am - Sunday - May 15th - Likely, CA - 40° F, humidity 74%, wind 3 mph out of the southeast.....crystal clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 78° F.  On this date in 2020 TLE and I were hiking at Natural Bridges NP.....↴


With a forecast high in the 70's, sunny skies, and no wind Saturday had the potential of being a big day on the golf course, and it was.  Fifty-four rounds of golf were played, 20 golf carts were rented (many bring their own carts), and the Café was very busy, which kept me busy in the morning staging them, and late afternoon when they all began to return.  Additionally, one of the Club Car gas carts broke down, so we had to take the folks a replacement, and tow the bad cart back to the Club House.  I also drove the small John Deere riding lawnmower out to tee boxes for hole #3 to mow around them.  The round trip drive to get out to #3, and back takes about 40 minutes....I'm not kidding....that baby is slow....lol!

We had over 40 people sign up for the putting contest (held at 4 pm each Saturday), which is a new high for this season.  I putted, but I was in the middle of cleaning 10 golf carts when my name was called, so I didn't do well, losing in the first round.  If I had done well I would have been washing golf carts until 6 pm, and I did not want that.  Next Saturday I do not work, so I will have time to practice, and won't be tired from working all day.

In between all of that I lost track of my ring of keys, which I use constantly during the day, and spent time looking for them, while still doing my job.  That ring of keys has master keys to the Club Cars, and Yamahas, keys to many doors throughout the property, as well as personal keys, so losing it was not an option.  Finally, after pretty much resigning myself to having lost them, I found them.....in the ignition of the last golf cart I had staged.  Just as I was staging that cart I got a two way radio call from TLE advising the aforementioned golf cart had died out at hole #3, so I apparently got out of the cart without the keys, and went about driving the replacement out to hole #3....doh!  That was the last place I would have thought to look, because I thought I still had them with me when I went to get the replacement cart, however, TLE had given me the key for that replacement cart, so I never noticed I didn't have my keys until I got back.  I thought I had lost them out on the golf course somewhere....whew!

In all Saturday was a banner day for Likely Place RV & Golf Resort, but by 5 pm TLE and I were beat.  As we drove home I suggested we sit outside in the Adirondack chairs with some adult beverages, listen to some Frank Sinatra, and just unwind from the day, and that is what we did until almost 7 pm. It's the first nice evening we've had in quite some time.....weather wise, of course.  About 6 pm I turned on our portable propane fire place for a little added warmth, as the heat of the day was quickly deserting the local atmosphere.

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Saturday, May 14, 2022

What's Rite is right......

 6:17 am - Saturday - May 14th - Likely, CA - 40° F, 81% humidity, wind 4 mph out of the southeast.....partly cloudy today with a forecast high of 72° F.  On this date in 2012 TLE and I were riding our Cannondale tandem bike along the Jordan River in Utah......↴


My last haircut (March 31st) was just before my granddaughter's wedding (April 2nd), which means it has been over 6 weeks, and am I ever do for one again.   I made a few calls into Alturas looking for an appointment to have my ears lowered, but the earliest I could get was June 3rd.....wait, what?  Then I remembered we are driving down to Reno next Wednesday, and my problem was solved.  TLE has an eye appointment at the Carson City COSTCO that day, and there is a Supercuts a few blocks away, so I'll get my haircut then.  I guess I'm going to have to think ahead in the future, and make an appointment for a haircut well in advance of when I'm going to need one.

My reason for trying to get my haircut Friday was we were going into Alturas anyway to shop, and to pick up my prescriptions at Rite Aid.  Ironically, Rite Aid is also the go to place for alcohol purchases....they have the best selection of wine and liquor, as well as best prices of anyone in town......who would have thought.  My prescriptions were ready as promised, and only cost a few bucks more than I have been paying elsewhere.  It has apparently been a long time since I used my rewards card at Rite Aid as the still had my 'sticks and bricks' address, and old land line phone number in their system....well, not anymore.  From there we drove a few blocks over to Holiday Market to do our food shopping, and then it was home.  

We were back around 1 pm, and it was breezy, and chilly.  I had wanted to hit a bucket of balls, and do some putting, but it was too windy so I watched some golf, and took a nap.  Finally, by 2:30 pm it had warmed up, and the wind had abated so I hopped in cart #20 and headed over to the Club House.  I worked on my irons for about half the bucket of balls, and then my driver, and fairway woods for the balance.  I was pleased with my consistency, hitting about 3/4's of the balls straight and long.  On the putting green I tried one of my other putters, and found I like the weight, and feel of it much better than the Taylor Made one I was using.  The second putter (Precision) is a very similar design, but just has a much better balance to it, and I putted the best I have putted since we arrived.  There is a putting contest every Saturday afternoon here at LPRV&G, and so far I have not made it out of the first round of single elimination.  I'm hoping I will do that this Saturday.

I returned home around 4 pm, and then TLE and I took our daily 1.25 mile walk around the park....by that time it had warmed up considerably, and no watch cap, or gloves were required to stay warm.   It's back to work Saturday for another 4 day stint, and then off to Reno for an overnight stay.  I'll get my lab work done, a haircut, TLE' eye appointment, and have dinner with my cousin Lois, and her husband John before driving back home Thursday....it's nice having four day weekends, isn't it?

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Friday, May 13, 2022

Not since the 90's.....

 8:12 am - Friday - May 13th - Likely, CA - 43° F, humidity 58%, wind 4 mph out of the south by southwest....mostly sunny today with a forecast high of 63° F.....the view this morning.....↴


.....now that is more like it!  Lot's of sun, no rain/snow, no wind, and it's not freezing cold....all the elements required for a great day spent outdoors, even if it is Friday the 13th....lol!

Each morning TLE opens the curtains on the passenger side of our bedroom so we can see what kind of weather we can expect. As has been the case for the past week, the skies had their usual leaden appearance, and a step out the entry door a few minutes later confirmed it was cold, and breezy, as it would remain for most of the day.  We took another 1.25 mile loop walk around the park late morning, even though it was still quite breezy and cold, as one might surmise from our outer wear......


....for the first time we broke the 3.4 mph barrier averaging 3.6 mph for the entire walk.  We are walking at 4,500' elevation here, whereas in Wittmann, and Borrego we were walking at 1,200-1,600' elevation.  The higher elevation does seem to make a difference, but I think we are finally getting acclimated....


.....in the afternoon I puttered around in the trailer for a while, and had intended to hit the driving range, and putting green, but as the afternoon progressed it got colder, and a little breezier, but not too breezy to fly the drone.  We've been here for a month and I haven't flown our Holy Oak drone to give you a bird's eye view.....


.....I was able to fly it for about 90 seconds before it got too breezy to control it, but at least now you have a better idea of the surrounding terrain.  I'm hoping Friday will be more conducive to a longer flight with a few still pictures.

We had talked about a sunset fire, but it was just too breezy for TLE, and I wasn't going to sit outside by myself, so we enjoyed the sunset from warm interior of the Newell.....



....we do need to burn the last of our Anza Borrego Desert firewood before the annual fire ban goes into effect here in Modoc County.

In closing, my weight dropped into the 184 range, and I am now just one pound away from my 30 pound weight loss goal, and I expect to be there in another week.  I am now in a weight zone I have not seen since the late 90's.  I continue to find items of clothing in my Rubber Maid under bed clothing storage container which now fit better than the day I bought them, and clothing I have worn for years has been relegated to that same container.  Perhaps I should donate that clothing to remove the possibility of me ever wearing those items again.

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Teams....

 8:38 am - Thursday - May 12th - Likely, CA - 44° F, 58% humidity, wind 8 mph out of the south.....heavy cloud cover today, but no rain/snow forecast....there is a forecast high of 54° F.  On this date in 2018 we arrived at Smuggler's Den in Southwest Harbor, ME to spend the next 5 months working and exploring.....little did we know we would not even make it to the 3 month mark.....↴


....all that being said, we had a wonderful summer there exploring Acadia National Park....just not so much fun working at Smuggler's Den.

I began my day with a video checkup conference via Microsoft Teams with my cardiologist, Dr. Mulvihill, who is down in the Poway, CA (near San Diego) area.  My last video conference was almost a year ago, and it was time to renew my prescriptions.  He was happy with my weight loss, and improved blood pressure readings.  The main purpose of the video conference was to get my prescriptions renewed for another year, and transferred up to the Rite Aid here in Alturas, which he agreed to do.  I will need get some lab work done in the next few weeks, and see him in person sometime in the next year, so that will probably happen in October, or November after we finish the summer season here at LPRV&G.  We'll have to drive down to the Reno area to get the labs done, so we'll plan an overnight trip in the next couple of weeks to do that, and visit my cousin Lois.

There were a few snow flurries Wednesday, but never full on snow, or rain, so that is a good thing, right?  It was, however, bitter cold most of the day until about 3 pm when we hit the forecast high for the day of 51° F.  It was at that opportune time we decided to take do our loop walk around the park, which usually comes out to 1.25 miles.  We were struck by how much snow is on the local peaks.....more than when we arrived one month ago....

Focus on the mountain between the travel trailer and the tree to its left

.....the rest of the day we spent indoors with the heaters running until late afternoon when we took our walk.  Thank goodness for our wonderful, efficient electric heaters....we have saved a ton in propane costs not having to run our propane heaters.  The only appliance in our coach which uses propane on a daily basis is the Girard tankless water heater.....our gas stove/oven is used infrequently when we are hooked up to city utilities.

We watched 'Survivor' again last night, and there was another 'blindside' that caught us totally by surprise again.  Enjoying watching the evolution of each person in Season 42.  

Each time we pass the two day mark on our off days we smile knowing we still have two more days.  Even when we have inclement weather, we know we still have a couple of more days to enjoy good weather, and that is what it appears we will get this time.  The short term weather outlook appears promising....


....the 10 day forecast shows no appreciable precipitation, and some temps in the 60's and 70's.  It will be nice, however, when we no longer see lows in the 30's....lol.  Looks like good golf weather on Friday!

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Will it every stop?

 8:08 am - Wednesday - May 11th - Likely, CA - 33° F, 73% humidity, wind 5 mph out of the north.....cloudy, and cold today with a forecast high of 51° F.  On this date in 2015 I took my first ride of the summer up to the Emerald Bay overlook at Lake Tahoe.....↴


It is becoming a joke between TLE and I to look out the window and say "Look, it's snowing! LOL!"......for the second consecutive morning we opened the curtains to find snow still on the ground....it's the middle of May for crying out loud!  Over the four summers we spent in South Lake Tahoe from 2014 to 2017 we got snow at least one time in May...often in late May, but being here at LPRV&G is a whole new May experience.  Intellectually I realize that eventually it will get warmer, and the snow will stop, but when you wake up for the 8th time since you arrived and find it snowing you begin to wonder if you took a wrong turn somewhere along the line.....you wonder if it will ever stop snowing.  Of course, in the overall scheme of things we would rather have snow because it doesn't get so wet, and, frankly, California is in the middle of a three year drought, so moisture of any kind in May is appreciated by the locals.  As I often tell TLE we will look back upon these cold days in late August with fondness when it gets near 100°.....lol.

We spent virtually the entire morning indoors for obvious reasons, but by noon time we decided we needed to get out for a little, so we drove cart #20 over to the Club House to have lunch at the Café.  They have a great menu, but TLE and I were enticed by the special of the day.....Mushroom and Swiss Hamburger with fries....so we placed two orders for that and seated ourselves at the nearest table.....the Café had a very busy breakfast session serving 22 breakfasts, but there was only one other couple besides us in for lunch.....

Awaiting our Mushroom & Swiss hamburgers

.....we had several Amazon packages arrive Tuesday, and one of them had a clear vinyl windshield for golf cart #20.....those older Club Cars had no windshields, and on cold, rainy/snowy days a windshield comes in pretty handy.  It costs us about $27, and it fits the cart wonderfully.....



.....speaking of Amazon packages and deliveries, one of the downsides to living in such a remote, rural area is mail and packages take longer to reach their destination.  We got spoiled when we were in Arizona, and SoCal during the winter with overnight deliveries occurring pretty much all of the time.....many things would arrive in less than 24 hours from the time we ordered them.  Here at LPRV&G it takes two to three times longer for mail and packages to arrive, but they do get here, eventually.

Going to lunch was our lone venture outdoors Tuesday as we spent the rest of the afternoon inside the warm confines of the Newell reading, napping, and being thankful for such a nice, cozy home.  Our Newell Classic, like all Newells, is very well insulated, and is definitely a 4 season coach.  Speaking of Newell Classics, I have become aware of another 1982 Newell, like ours, which is coming up for sale in the near future.  It is 38' feet in length.....2 feet longer than ours.....it is in great condition, and all maintenance is up to date, so if you are interested, please contact me by leaving a message at the bottom of this post with your phone number, or email address, and I will contact you with more details.

It looks like the snow is done for now, but the cold weather remains for another few days....we should get back into the 70's by Saturday, but the overnight temps will remain in the 30's for the foreseeable future.  By the way, the heat tape I applied to the two water connections for the Newell worked.....no more frozen water lines, and it's a good thing I installed that heat tape as the temps the last couple of nights have been in the 20's for 6-7 hours at a time.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Frozen.....

 6:25 am - Tuesday - May 10th - Likely, CA - 28° F, 92% humidity, wind 1 mph out of the north by northwest......cloudy, snowy, COLD!  Forecast high for this fine day is 42° F, with a chance of snow later this morning.  For the first time since we arrived April 12th there has been snow on the ground for over 24 hours....the view this morning......↴



......the view yesterday morning......


I'm sure you've probably heard this famous Mark Twain quote more than once, but it has been on my mind a lot lately, so I am going to burden you with it one more time...."The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco...".  It is one of my favorite Mark Twain utterances.  Well, just change the location to Likely Place, and you will literally get my inference.  While it may not literally be summer here in Likely, CA yet, it certainly bears no resemblance, whatsoever, to Spring, or Summer as I sit at my laptop to write my latest missive.  Our electric heaters have been going 24/7 for at least 3 days.  I am assured by all those with whom I work that this is an unusual May by any standard.

"How cold is it?" you might ask?  Well, early Monday morning, pre dawn, our water line froze, which meant the temperature must have been below freezing for many hours.  To answer your question, 'Yes' we have a heated water hose, which, so far, has kept our water from freezing, but I had not installed heat tape around the RV park hose bib, or around the Newell hose bib, to which the heated hose attaches.  Needless to say, I installed heat tape on those two vulnerable points Monday afternoon. 

Anyway, I was up around 4 am to use the bathroom, and when I went to flush there was no water flowing into the bowl.....I had to turn on our water pump, and use water from our fresh water tank, which is kept at a lovely 60° F by our basement electric heater, to flush the bowl. It's so cold I'm thinking about installing heated seats in our golf cart.....lol.  Nothing like sitting on a frozen, vinyl seat at 7:40 am in the morning to start your day off with a bang.

Speaking of getting one's day started with a bang I recently invested (I mean that literally....buying anything made by Yeti is a financial investment that will, hopefully, pay off in about a year, or so....lol) in a $38 travel mug made by Yeti.  The one I bought is a 20 oz. cup, and literally will keep my coffee hot to the taste for 5, or 6 hours.  It can sit in the cup holder on my golf cart in freezing temperatures, as it has the past few days, and my coffee stays HOT!  If you think Yet's coffee cups are expensive try pricing one of their coolers.....a 24 quart one costs $250!  Yes, they are expensive, but they are the best out there....no one is even in the same ballpark with Yeti when it comes to keeping things hot, or cold without the aid of electricity.....


.....I arrived at the Club House around 7:45 am knowing I was not going to do much, if any work Monday as it was snowing.....no one was going to play golf, so no golf carts to stage, or clean.....no grass to mow, that's for sure.....an no more bicycles to fix.  I hung out in the Café drinking coffee, and talking with DeWayne and Dennis for about an hour before heading for home to spend the day reading.....




Maybe I should invest in some snow chains for the golf cart.....lol!
New to me ball/golf club cleaner

......maybe you noticed that I've acquired a ball/golf club cleaner for #20....the older Club Cars, which is what I have to use here at LPRV&G, do not have ball cleaners, and there are no ball cleaners out on the course, so I really needed/wanted one for when  I play.  I found this one in the Caddie Shack not being used, so I appropriated it for #20.

Even though I was unable to work Monday I was on call if needed, and twice during the day I received calls from TLE over the 2-way radio to assist customers with electric issues at their sites, and at the end of the day she asked me to come into the office to do her vacuuming while she did the 'closing' on the computer, cash register, and credit card scanner.  I didn't stay dressed up in my work clothes, so each time she called I had to get dressed up like an Eskimo again.....I know, life is tough, and then you die.....lol.

At any rate that was how Monday went down.....now we are off work for four days before repeating our eight day cycle once again.  In spite of the winter like weather here at LPRV&G we are loving our lives here.  I know I've said previously that this is the most remote place we have ever worked, and it is true.  We are in Modoc County which has just one incorporated city.....Alturas, and we live 20 miles from that city.  The cattle population (33,000) is four times larger than the human population (8,700) in Modoc County.....apparently, everybody in Modoc county raises cows.

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Monday, May 9, 2022

Two for one.....

6:23 am - Monday - May 9th - Likely, CA - 24° F, 77% humidity, wind 2 mph out of the west......snow last night, and today's forecast calls for more snow this afternoon, and into the evening....forecast high is 35° F.  The view this morning.....↴



.....on this date in 2020 we were boondocking at Goosenecks State Park in southern Utah.....


First of all I need to apologize to my daily readers for failing to post an entry to my daily blog yesterday.  I had the best of intentions, and had just finished proof reading Saturday's installment prior to posting it when I hit the wrong key on my laptop causing all my work to disappear.  It was time to get dressed for work, and there was not enough time to retype it, so I decided to to a combo post today covering Saturday and Sunday.  By the way Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers everywhere, but particularly to the amazing mothers who are part of the Hockwald clan....Rochelle, Kate, Sharon, Cynthia and Laila who have provided TLE and I with 9 grand children, and 2 great grand children.  All of your children are a living testament to what great mothers you have been, and continue to be.  TLE and I are blessed beyond measure!

First of all, Saturday was a decent day weather wise, but the wind came up late morning, adding the dreaded 'wind chill factor' into the mix making the afternoon mostly unpleasant, but the work did continue on without a hiccup.  I rode the John Deere riding lawnmower out to the 16th hole tee boxes to trim around each of the tee boxes as the bigger mowers can't get in there.  It actually took longer to drive out and back at 3 mph than it did to cut the grass....lol!  

Due to the cold, windy conditions only 6 carts were rented, and those golfers were all done by 1 pm, so I had them (the carts that is) washed, and put away in the cart shed by 3 pm.  TLE and I were home a little after 5 pm bracing for the forecast rain/snow coming on Sunday.

So, Sunday.....what a mixed bag of weather it was.  We awoke to a trace of snow on the VW, and golf cart, but none on the ground......it was bitter cold with a capital 'B'......I had to retrieve my winter parka from the trailer....I knew it was bad luck to put it back in the trailer....doh!  At least it was a little sunny, and it was not snowing at 8 am, but by 9 am it began to snow....not hard, just snow flurries at first.  I put out our 5 electric carts thinking now one would be playing golf with the wind, and snow flurries, but I was wrong....two couples did go out to play 9 holes....you have really got to love golf to have played on Sunday.  

I was not sure I was going to be able to work 8 hours Sunday, but somehow I managed to stay busy in between snow flurries.  I mowed most of the grass islands down on what we call the 'meadows' RV sites, as well as our limited tenting area.  I also worked on two more bicycles, one of which had no working brakes.  I managed to get the brakes functioning properly again on that bike, and it was just a matter of some minor adjustments on the other one before I returned them to the bike rack next to the 'Caddie Shack'.

The Café was quite busy during the morning, as it was Mother's Day, and it stayed busy until around 2 pm....probably the busiest it has been since we've been at Likely Place.  TLE and I were once again home just after 5 pm, and I spent the next 45 minutes trying to thaw out from day spent out in the elements. 

The snow began to fall in earnest around 8 pm, and it apparently continued falling on and off all night as we were met this morning (Monday) with a 'Winter Wonderland' view.....


....thank you TLE for the great picture! So, that makes 7 times it has snowed now, and stuck to the ground since we arrived less than 4 weeks ago.  We have begun to wonder if summer will be on the menu in 2022....lol.

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Saturday, May 7, 2022

Friday, or Monday?

 6:24 am - Saturday - May 7th - Likely, CA - 38° F, humidity 72%, wind 7  mph out of the west by southwest......partly cloudy with rain on the way today and a forecast high of 50° F.  On this date in 2017 TLE and I were in South Lake Tahoe where it was snowing.....↴


After a few days of spring like weather here in Likely, CA winter is once again trying to claw its way back into Northern California.....


.....it seems rain and/or snow are always just over the horizon.  Friday started off nice enough, but by early afternoon the winds had returned with a fury blowing directly out of the west, which is directly into the rear of the Newell.  We had a flurry of early golfers trying to beat the forecast winds, and most of them did.  As a result the 12 golf carts we rented were back by 1 pm enabling me to get them cleaned and put away earlier than normal.

I was my turn Friday to hit the golf course to clean the goose poop off the 3rd hole tee boxes, and then rake the four sand traps (4,12,15 and 18). I was finishing the sand trap on 18 when TLE called me on the radio to say she needed more golf carts ASAP.  The 18th hole is only about an 1/8th of a mile from the Club House so I was there in a couple of minutes pulling out more golf carts.

When the winds arrived in the afternoon I picked up the John Deere riding lawnmower and headed out to the fairway on hole number 10 to cut some grass that DeWayne could not get to with the very big, 7 reel Jacobsen fairway mower.  There are a number of spots around the course which need the attention of the very small John Deere, and when I'm on duty, and it needs to be done, I will be takings a care of those areas.  That mower only runs about  3-4 mph at full throttle, so it takes a while to get anywhere....unfortunately for me I neglected to check the gas level in the fuel tank when I headed out to the 10th fairway, and ran out of gas half way to the 10th hole, meaning I had to walk all the way back to the Caddie Shack to get a gas can to fill, and take back to the John Deere.  At any rate, after that brief gas retrieval episode, I finished taking care of the 10th fairway by 4:30 pm, and by the time I topped off the gas tank on the John Deere, and put it away it was going on 5 pm.  TLE and I were home by 5:10 pm escaping into the interior of the Newell from the raging winds outside.

That was our Friday, even though it felt more like Monday to me...lol...thanks for stopping by!

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