Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Dog days.....

 5:50 am - Tuesday - July 16th - LPG&RVR - 61° F, humidity 24%, wind 1 mph out of the east by southeast.....partly cloudy today with a forecast high of 91° F.  The view this morning....

Beautiful sunrise

.....on this date in 2020 we were in Harlowton, MT with good friends Claude and Gail Banker in their 1984 36' Bluebird diesel pusher (us on right, and them on left).....


We're officially in the 'dog days' of summer where it is one 90° F day after another as far as the eye might see.  I've decided not to go to work at 6:30 am like I did the last two summers.  Going to work at 7:30 am, and getting off at 3:30 pm seems to work for me this summer.  I feel like I'm acclimating better to the heat than in the past, and maybe that has a little to do with my weight loss.  Who knows, right?  By working to 3:30 pm I end up with fewer carts needing their daily spa treatment each morning.

There were two things which needed to be done Monday....mow and trim the employee sites, which were getting quite 'shaggy' in appearance, and clear the balls from the driving range, but making my first round of the course comes first each day.

Every time I think the geese have moved north they do a number on the #3 tee boxes, and that was the case again Monday.  I think there is a family of geese which has decided to summer at LPG&RVR....lol.  Only two of the four sand traps needed my attention, and I was back at the Clubhouse by 9:30 am......




....upon my return I retrieved our Husqvarna self propelled rotary lawnmower, and a string trimmer, then headed down to the four employee site lawns.  By 11 am I was finished, and putting away that equipment.  Time to clear the driving range.  I knew that not many people had rented golf balls since last Thursday, so it appeared I could clear the range in less than an hour just using the 'Shag Bag', and I was right.  In all I garnered just two 5 gallon buckets of balls to go along with the other 5 gallon bucket I picked out of the forest on Sunday afternoon.  By the time I filled the buckets with water, and Dawn dish soap to let them soak for a few hours it was time to give TLE her lunch break.

It is nice knowing I only have 2.5 hours left in my work day when TLE returns from lunch at 1 pm, and the time always goes quickly. In all we rented just 8 golf carts Monday, and all but one of them had returned by 3:30 pm.  I spent the afternoon making another round of the course, turning on irrigation, moving sprinklers, and cleaning golf carts.  Soon it was 3:30 pm, and time for a long, hot shower followed by some recliner time in the cool confines of the Newell before TLE came home just after 5 pm.

By the way, I'm kind of stuck at 180 pounds right now, and have been for a couple of weeks, but I'm sure I'll break through that barrier soon.  The most important thing is I am keeping off the weight that I've lost.  I'm still eating just one meal per day, and my body seems to have adjusted nicely to that new norm.

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Monday, July 15, 2024

A brief reprieve.....

 5:50 am - Monday - July 15th - LPG&RVR - 63° F, humidity 20%, wind 1 mph out of the southeast.....cloudy today with a forecast high of 92° F.  On this date in 2020 we reentered Montana heading westbound on I-90.....


....just west of Billings, MT we stopped off at a Travel Center of America where we bought 126 gallons of diesel at $1.98/gallon.....my, how things have changed since then. Nowadays $4.99/gallon seems like a good price, but most places it is closer to $6/gallon here in Northern California.

Sunday began heavily overcast, but no one thought it would rain, including me.  I staged 10 golf carts, then headed out to make my first round of the course.  This is what things looked like around 8:30 am....



.....then this happened.....


....this wet stuff began to coat my windshield, then I could hear water hitting the pond next to the #3 tee box.....


....I don't think it has rained since early May, but was it ever welcome!  All of our interior roads have become quite dusty, and this is just what was needed to settle the dust.

I had to turn my golf cart into the wind at the 15th hole for about 25 minutes so the rain would only hit the windshield, and not my person.  I did manage to rake 3 of the 4 sand traps in spite of the rain, and was actually kind of pleasant to feel the rain on my face and arms as I did so.

It was still raining when I returned to the Clubhouse about 20 minutes later, so I headed inside, ordered a cup of coffee, then sat in the dining room watching a little of the Scottish Open.  Now that is my kind of work day, right?

Once the rain stopped I headed back out to do a little hand weeding (we don't use motorized tools on the weekend), made another round of the course, picked up the rake from the sand trap at the 4th hole to fix, fixed it, then headed out to the driving range to do my first deep cleaning of the forest on each side of the driving range.  So far this summer I have not ventured too far out from the edges of the driving range as I haven't had time, but I knew there must be a lot of balls out there.  I worked for about an hour and recovered almost 5 gallons of balls, and I was only about 60% done!  Some of the balls were over 100 yards out on the left and right sides, so some people have got wicked bad hooks, and slices....lol!

Soon it was noon time, and time to give TLE her lunch break.  With the rain it was a slow day, but we did end up renting all 10 golf carts I had staged.  Eight of them had been returned by 3 pm, so I washed them, and put them away, and that was my day.  The temperature barely hit 87° F Sunday.  Of course, Sunday's cloud cover, and rain was just a one day reprieve from the heat, but it was a very welcome reprieve.  We'll be back into the 90's, beginning Monday, for the foreseeable future.

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Sunday, July 14, 2024

Highs and lows......

5:50 am - Sunday - July 14th - LPG&RVR - 72° F, humidity42°, wind 3 mph out of the south by southeast.....cloudy today with a forecast high of 86° F.....first time under 90° F in 10 days!  On this date in 2020 we continued our summer travels in rural America....here we are heading west on I-90 through Wyoming.....



 ....this was the summer of the Wuhan flu.  In rural America life continued on, unabated, and pretty normally.  A good choice on our part.

We were up at 6 am Saturday, and walking by 6:25 am....our earliest yet.  We managed to average 3.2 mph for the walk, and thanks to some modest cloud cover it was still in the low 60's when we returned home....

Look at those long morning shadows!




....upon our return I immediately got busy with a couple of projects.....the first being to fix one of our wind chimes by reattaching one of the chimes.  The second task was to sew a few of the tabs on each of our umbrellas which had torn, allowing the metal rods, which support the fabric, to push through.  That was actually easier than reattaching the chime....lol.  By the time I finished it was beginning to get warm, and the mosquitoes were making their presence known, so it was time to head indoors.

I watched the end of the 3rd round of the Scottish Open, then moved over to watch the 14th Stage of Le Tour in its entirety.  The race has been pretty static for the past few days, but on this day Tadej Pogacar stretched his overall lead from 1 minute 14 seconds to 1 minute 57 seconds by winning the Stage in dramatic fashion.

The high temperature of the day got to 'just' 97° F....a nice change in the right direction.  We headed over to the Clubhouse at 4 pm for the weekly putting contest.  I putted well in the first round, and frankly, very well in the second round, but I made one mistake on the 4th hole, and lost 1-0....doh.  My opponent made several long 2nd putts over 4 feet to keep pace with me.  Four of my 5 second putts were less than 12", but I just barely missed an easy 2.5 foot putt when it 'lipped' out, and 'that was the game', as they say.

It sprinkled a little during the putting contest, but it was just teasing.  Then we got strong winds for about 2 hours before things settled down for the night, however, it never really cooled down Saturday night, and we awoke this morning (Sunday) to a temperature of 71° F....the highest low this summer!  Thankfully it will be a cloudy, much cooler day today (Sunday).

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Saturday, July 13, 2024

Precautionary measures.....

 12:06 pm - Saturday - July 13th - LPG&RVR - 92° F, humidity 12%, wind 4 mph ut of the west by southwest.....partially cloudy today with a forecast high of 97° F.  Got to 101° F yesterday.  On this date in 2020 TLE and I were at a campground in Spearfish, SD breaking in our brand new Splendide washer/dryer we had purchased at Campingworld the day before.....



We've been taking our 2 mile out and back walks earlier, and earlier, and it has thrown me off my normal schedule, in which I get up, go to the bathroom, and then begin composing my latest blog post soon thereafter.  I was sitting in my recliner a few minutes ago watching Stage 14 of Le Tour when I realized I had not yet typed my blog, so here I am, a little late.  Thank you for your patience.

We were successful in getting on the road earlier for our 2 mile out and back walk Friday.  Our start time was 6:30 am....much better, and much, much cooler!  We managed to average 3.2 mph for the walk, and really appreciated returning to the Newell when it was still cool.  I might add here that I have also been doing my strengthening workout each of the past 3 days, even though I have not mentioned it......




......a week, or so ago I bought a second 5 gallon diesel can, and then we bought 10 gallons of diesel to pour into our 180 gallon Newell tank to bring it to full status.  We had already poured in 10 gallons previously, so this would make 20 gallons we have poured into the tank, but I didn't get around to pouring that second 10 gallons into the tank until Friday after our walk.  You might recall that we topped off our tank in Minden, NV back in early April.  I figured we had used around 20 gallons to drive the final 200 miles back to LPG&RVR.  After pouring in the most recently purchased 10 gallons of diesel the tank is very close to full, but I think it will take 2-5 gallons more to complete the fill.

You may wonder:  "Why are you obsessing on getting your 180 gallon tank completely full?".  That is a good question.  In the past two summers we have been content to arrive here 20 gallons down knowing we could top off the tank in Minden on our way back south in October.  As many of you have noticed, the political climate in our country has deteriorated significantly in the past 3+ years, and as we approach the next Presidential election in November we are very concerned about what kind of aftermath we might face post election.  We want to be sure we have a full tank to get to a safe place, no where near a large urban area, just in case things go south.  With a full tank we have around a 1,200 mile range.  Topping off our tank is just one precaution we are taking.  We're attempting to prepare for whatever in the most prudent ways possible, and topping off our tank is just one of those precautions.  Another precaution, is we always keep our fresh water tank full (160 gallons).  We can go several weeks on 160 gallons of water.

After adding the 10 gallons to our tank it was getting warm, so I headed indoors, and out of the heat.  I spent the balance of the day watching Stage 13 of Le Tour de France.  It has been really nice to be able to watch so many stages beginning to end this year!

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Friday, July 12, 2024

Relief is in sight.....

 10:33 am - Friday - July 12th - LPG&RVR - 89° F, humidity 14%, wind 8 mph out of the south by southwest......clear, blue skies today with a forecast high of 100° F.  On this date in 2014 TLE and I were eating dinner at Tahoe Valley Campground in South Lake Tahoe, CA.....medium rare filet mignon, mashed potatoes, broccoli and Pino Noir.....


When it is hot, like has been for the past week, and you're in the middle of your 4 day weekend, you do as much as possible outdoors before it gets hot, then you retreat into the cool confines of your air conditioned home for the balance of the day.  We've had more 100° + days this summer than the prior two summers combined, but the forecast shows us dropping into the low to mid 90's beginning Sunday....so relief is in sight.  Up until 9 days ago I was still wearing a sweatshirt to work first thing in the morning, but all of that is now a fond, distant memory.

TLE and I managed to begin our 2 mile out and back walk around 7:20 am....really too late, but we did it anyway.  We should have started an hour earlier, and I'm sure by our third day of the current 4 day weekend we will succeed in that endeavor.....


.....we managed to pick up the pace from the mediocre 2.9 mph Wednesday, back to a respectable 3.2 mph, but it was quite warm by the time we finished at 8:10 am.  Note to self.....get up earlier, and walk earlier!

Upon our return we quickly changed clothes and drove Club Car Villager #20 over to the Clubhouse to have coffee on the deck....we haven't done that this year, and I'm wondering why not...lol!  It is always so pleasant there, especially before it gets too hot.....



....we spent an hour, or so relaxing, drinking coffee, and talking with Dennis, our boss.  He is such a nice guy!

Once we returned to the Newell we were indoors for the balance of the day, staying cool, calm, and collected while our wonderful A/C made the Newell interior quite comfortable!  I watched, in full, Stage 12 of  Le Tour de France, and even part of the Scottish Open.  The Open (British) is next weekend, and TLE and I will be off work for all four days of the tournament.....nice!

The outside temperature did not get below 80° F until after 9 pm, but it did, and that makes for a much more pleasant sleeping experience.  We were in bed before 9:30 pm with the intention of being up around 6 am to take our 2 mile out and back walk on Friday before 6:30 am.....will we succeed?

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Thursday, July 11, 2024

Day one of the four day weekend......

10:37 am - Thursday - July 11th - LPG&RVR - 83° F, humidity 20%, wind 2 mph out of the south by southwest.....crystal clear, blue, sunny skies today with an forecast high of 99° F.  On this date in 2014 TLE and I were enjoying taco Friday at Steamers Bar & Grill in South Lake Tahoe, CA.....


.....as I write, TLE and I have now reached the half way mark of our summer here at LPG&RVR.  I cannot believe how quickly time is passing this year!

We only walked once during our last 4 day weekend, and that was a week ago, so when we left home around 7:20 am to begin our latest 2 mile out and back walk we were a little stiff....a common malady of the elderly.  We managed to average just 2.9 mph, but by the time we were covering the last 200 yards we were finally beginning to get 'loose', as they say.....


.....I was supposed to play golf with Mower Mike and John Wednesday, but my right knee was very stiff from last week's 18 holes, so I decided to give it a week off, and apply ice to the back of my knee, but before I could do that we needed to drive into Alturas for our weekly grocery acquisitions.  

We were out the door by 9 am, arriving at the local DMV office around 9:25 am.  Our California drivers licenses are up for renewal in September (TLE), and October (moi), and we've both gotten the notices that we can begin the renewal process.  Additionally, we wanted to pay the registration renewal for the VW Beetle.  We've been able to do this in person at this very UNbusy DMV the past two years, but the DMV now has a policy that all registration renewals must be done online, and not in person, as many of the DMV's in urban areas are so busy.  Obviously, to me anyway, the DMV's located in rural areas, such as Alturas, do not have this issue.  As if often the case with entrenched bureaucracies, their solution to problems is a 'one size fits all'.....really, really dumb.  

This is now, also, the case for drivers license renewals.  Pretty much everything must be done online now, and once you have completed the online application for renewal, and taken an online driving safety course, plus uploaded the supporting documents for obtaining a 'REAL ID' (Passport, and two documents proving California residency) you can make an appointment to have a new picture taken, plus take an eye test.  Once you are over 70 years of age you must appear, in person, every 5 years to renew you license....doh!

After that disappointing DMV encounter (by the way, the local employees think the new rules are dumb, also), we headed first to Grocery Outlet, then Holiday Market to complete our weekly purchases.  Once done shopping I headed for ACE Hardware after dropping TLE at the local Starbucks to acquire two Frappuccinos (mocha and vanilla bean).  By the time I finished with ACE TLE was there with the aforementioned Frappuccinos, and we were on our way home.

Once home I put some ice in a bag, sat down in my recliner, turned on Peacock to watch Stage 11 of Le Tour, then iced my knee for a few hours.  I haven't watched an entire Stage of Le Tour de France in about a week, so needing to apply ice to my knee was the perfect excuse to do just that. The stage was a very aggressive stage with the Peleton really pushing the pace.  In the end they finished almost an hour ahead of the projected time with Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard, the #1 and #2 finishers the past 4 years (Tadej won in 2020, and 2021, and Jonas in 2022, and 2023), racing for the finish line well ahead of their pursuers.  Jonas won Stage 11 by just a few inches as they crossed the finish line....a very exciting Stage 11, for sure.

Other than the 2 mile out and back walk, and our grocery shopping, TLE and I stayed close to home Wednesday, and most of that time in the cool confines of the air conditioned Newell....thank goodness for good air conditioning!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Remiss.....

4:52 pm - Wednesday - July 10th - LPG&RVR - 98° F, wind 9 mph out of the west by northwest.....clear, blue skies, and the forecast high has been reached.  On this date in 2017 TLE and I were in Bozeman, MT having lunch at Brigder Brewing Company.....



 I've been remiss the past couple of days in posting, so I will catch you up for the last two days right now.

Monday, July 8th:

There was a lot of mowing which needed to be done Monday, and after staging 10 carts, making my first round of the course, and clearing golf balls off the driving range I got busy mowing.  In all I mowed the grass around both the large, and small pavilions, the large grass area next to site #30, the parking lot grass, around the putting green, the group fire pit grass, and 14 of the pull through sites.  Dennis, my boss, assisted me by pulling the picnic tables off of the pull through sites, then putting them back when I had finished mowing.  He also dumped at least one load of grass clippings while I continued mowing.  By lunch time I had done all the mowing I was going to do, and was grateful to give TLE her lunch break, and get out of the heat.

After lunch I continued the irrigating I had begun in the morning, plus opened the large 4" valve for the pod around 2 pm to release water into the Meadows back in sites, plus all 10 tent sites.  We let it run for about 26 hours before we had been able to flood everything, including the 10 tent sites.

I had all 10 carts washed and put away by 2:30 pm, and called it a day.  I think the high Monday was 101° F.  TLE was home by 5:20 pm, and that was our Monday.

Tuesday, July 9th:

Things on the golf course were slightly busier on Tuesday with 12 carts being rented.  Once the 4th of July weekend ends things quiet down here for about 10 days.  Considering how empty the park was I was surprised we put out that many carts.

Once my initial duties for the morning were done (staging carts, and making the first round of the course) I got out one of the Stihl string trimmers and began trimming everything I had mowed on Monday.  That took me the balance of the morning, and one again by lunch time I was ready to give TLE her lunch break, and spend an hour in the cool confines of the Clubhouse office.

Between 1 and 2 pm I washed and stowed golf carts, and had 1o washed and put away by 2 pm.  With nothing left to do I headed home for the afternoon, but I did venture out three times to check on the progress of the flooding of the Meadows and tents sites.  By 4:30 pm I shut the 4" valve from the pond, and called it good for another week.  Tuesday was our Friday this week, and TLE was home by 5:20 pm.  

As of today, July 10th, we have reached the half way mark of the summer....3 months to go.  In a few days we'll be out of the heatwave, and things will cool to the low 90's.....lol!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 8, 2024

102......

5:27 am - Monday - July 8th - LPG&RVR - 57° F, humidity 43%, wind 1 mph out of the east....crystal clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 101° F....HOT, HOT, HOT!!!  On this date in Custer, SD having a late lunch at Mt. Rushmore Brewing Company.....




Each year on the 4th of July weekend LPG&RVR hosts the Red, White and Blue Golf Tournament, and Sunday, July 7th was the date of the 2024 edition.  I staged 16 golf carts for the tournament, being held on the hottest day of the summer where the forecast told of a 102° F high.  Needless to say, but I will anyway, not as many people entered the tournament this year as last when the forecast high was only 86° F.  

While the organizers collected tournament fees, and gave out hole assignments for the 'shotgun start' I was out on the course removing goose/duck leavings from the #3 tee boxes (not many for a change), and raking all four sand traps.  I was back at 9 am just as the participants were heading onto the course to begin the tournament.  It was already getting warm.

Upon my return to the Clubhouse I began turning on sprinklers to irrigate, and spent most of the day moving sprinklers from one dry spot to another.  In between I made several rounds of the course as marshal to make sure the rules were being followed.  Only had to ask one foursome to let another play through as they were moving so slowly, otherwise, all the golfers were keeping their carts on the green stuff, and out of the brush.  I was eager to give TLE her lunch break on this day as it was much cooler in the Clubhouse office, and it was nearing 100° F outside.  The hour seemed to pass much too quickly, and soon I was back in the elements moving from shady spot to shady spot.

Aren't I getting skinny?

Around 1:45 pm the golfers began to return their golf carts, and I began to wash them, and then put them away.  By 3 pm I had every single cart parked in the cart shed, and there was nothing left for me to do except turn off the irrigation, and head for the wonderfully cool Newell interior where TLE had left both front and back A/C's running from her lunch break.  When it gets over 100° F, which it has rarely done over the 13 summers we've spent on the road, we need to run both A/C's for a few hours during the heat of the day.  When I get home I usually turn off the front A/C, and it remains comfortable for the balance of the afternoon.

I took my cool shower (not hot on this day), then watched most of Stage 9 from Le Tour de France.  It was not quite finished when I needed to return to the office to retrieve TLE, and flip the sign down by the Night Registration office, but I did finish watching it when I returned.

We ran the rear A/C until 9 pm when the outside temp finally dropped under 80° F....thank goodness it does cool off quickly at night.  As I began to write today's missive the outside temp was at 57° F.....nice.

On a side note, I will be going to work at 6:30 am for the next two days at least, so I will probably defer the writing of my blog post until the afternoon.  I'll be working 8 straight hours, and getting off work at 2:30 pm.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 7, 2024

The tale of two days.....

 5:55 am - Sunday - July 6th - LPG&RVR - 55° F, humidity 35%, wind 1 mph out of the east by southeast......crystal clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 102° F.  On this date in 2020 TLE and I were having Frappuccinos (mocha & vanilla bean) at Grapes and Grinds in Keystone, SD......


My best intentions were to write and post my blog post about Friday when we returned home Saturday, but best intentions are just that.  At any rate, today's missive will encompass two days (Friday and Saturday).

Friday, July 5th:

When I last left off writing we were about to get ready to head south to the Reno/Sparks area to visit my cousins (on my mother's side), spend the night at a local hotel, then return to LPG&VR early Saturday morning.  We were packed, and in the VW heading south by 8 am (our goal).  The forecast high for Friday in Likely was 100° F, and even higher in the Reno/Sparks area at 104° F, so we wanted to get an early start.

On our way south we made a quick stop in Susanville to take on fuel, and then at the local Walmart to pick up a few things before continuing southward.  We found out, as we were checking out, that there had been a 24 hour power outage, which melted all their ice.  We needed a bag....thankfully they had just received an ice shipment to replace the melted ice.  We were back on US-395 by 10:30 am with 90 miles to go, and arriving at the local COSTCO around noon time.  On the day after the 4th of July COSTCO was packed.  How packed you might ask?  There were only four shopping carts left in the cart corral, that's how packed....lol.

Surprisingly, we were back out the door, and on our way to Trader Joe's within 40 minutes.  By that time it was getting close to 100° F.  One of my least favorite things is having to cool the car back down with the A/C on a very hot day just in time to exit the vehicle once again at the next store.  The car never really gets comfortable again, does it.  We managed to find shade in which to park at TJ's, so that helped a little.  Our next stop was the local Smith's (Kroger) to do a big shopping.  We had brought our ice chests with us for the perishable stuff (that's why we bought the ice in Susanville).

Before shopping we drove around the parking lot looking for shade....there wasn't much available, but finally a car pulled out of a shady spot, and we snagged it.  When it is over 100° F it's just plain hot, but the shade does help a little.

The first thing we did upon entering Smith's was to by some cold beverages at the Starbucks inside the store....a Mocha Frappuccino for moi, and an ice coffee for TLE.  We took our time shopping, but were back in the car by 2 pm heading south on Sparks Blvd. to check into our hotel before heading to my cousins Lois' home at 3 pm. Check in time is 3 pm, but our room was clean.....what a a break!

We were back in the hot VW by 3:50 pm heading up to Lois' (married to John) home, which sits high above the city of Sparks in the hills with a great view.  Lois is the daughter of my mother's older brother, Bob, who predeceased my mother by a year, or so.  Coincidentally, her sister, Liz, was visiting with her husband Richard for the 4th of July weekend.  We spent about 5 hours visiting, and catching up.  I thought it had been 8 years since I saw Liz, but it was only two years ago.  We talked non-stop for over 5 hours before bidding our adieus, and heading back to our hotel around 8:30 pm.  We planned an early start Saturday to get back to LPG&RVR by 9:30 am, so I could be on the job by 10:30 am.

Saturday, July 6th:

We slept well Friday, night awakening just before 6 am so we could be on the road by 7 am.  We were in the Beetle by 6:45 am heading for the local Starbucks to get real coffee (hotel coffee is never that great, right?). By the time we had our brews it was exactly 7 am, and we were heading back north on US-395.

We made a stop (about half way) at the Honey Lake Rest Area (just south of Susanville) to take a bathroom break around 8 am....

Honey Lake in the background


.....the entire drive was pleasant, and we didn't turn on the A/C until after the Honey Lake Rest Area.  We arrived back home at 9:20 am.  We unpacked the car, and then I took a rest in my recliner before getting dressed for work around 10:15 am (TLE had gotten Kathie to take her place for the entire day).  Being a Saturday I did no mowing, or trimming, but I did turn on numerous sprinklers to water grass, and made a couple of passes around the golf course to see how play was progressing.  We put out over 20 carts Saturday, in spite of the heat, and they began to return them around 12 pm.  I gave Kathie her lunch break around 1 pm, and by 2 pm I was back outside in the 101° F heat washing, fueling, and stowing golf carts.  By 3:30 pm I was done, and headed home to change clothes for the putting contest.

I putted well again Saturday making holes in one on the first two holes.  I won my first round with just 5 putts....3-0.  I won the second round 4-1.  In the 3rd round I was pitted against my nemesis this year, DeWayne.  We were tied after 5 holes, so we went to a 1 hole 1 putt playoff (closest to the hole), and he was closer by 2"....doh!  If I had prevailed I would have been in the final 4 out of 38 putters.  Nevertheless, it was another good putting day for me.

TLE arrived just before the end of the putting contest to pick up the cash drawer from Kathie, so we rode home together.  We were back home just after 5:30 pm.  I changed clothes, and then retired to my recliner to watch the replay of Le Tour de France, Stage 8....the temp was still 101° F......

That's or digital picture frame, which show the time of day and temperature......still 101° F

......we were in bed by 9 pm to get our beauty rest before heading back to work on Sunday.

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Friday, July 5, 2024

Enduring the heat......

 6:29 am - Friday - July 5th - LPG&RVR - 55° F, humidity 33%, wind zero mph out of the east by southeast.....crystal clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 99° F.....102° F tomorrow!!!  On this date in 2020 TLE and I were in Keystone, SD (Mt. Rushmore) enduring a hail storm with pretty large hail.....you be the judge....

That one is as big as a golf ball


.....fortunately for us there was no damage suffered to the Newell.  I remember one of our rear brake lens being broken on the Beetle, however.

Thursday was to be the hottest day this week, and this summer, so we took care of outdoor stuff early....watering plants, etc.  By the time we finished it was too warm to take a walk, so we headed inside.  I made a couple of trips out to the trailer needing tools, and a piece of flat aluminum to fix a piece of broken plastic on the refrigerator door latch.  

A week or two ago TLE was passing by me through the kitchen and her shoulder caught the door handle on the fridge, and the result was a cracked piece of plastic.  We could still open and close the door, but it was not working properly, and needed to be stabilized.  My solution was to cut out a small square piece of aluminum, drill a hole in it, then glue it to the broken area of the door latch, securing it tightly with the existing screw in that area of the door.....it worked....



....the crack in the plastic was vertical, and was causing the door latch to flex too much, making it difficult to get the door open.  Once that crack was stabilized by the piece of aluminum the door latch began to work properly once again.  I might add that I did try to glue the crack on the plastic twice, but within a day, or so each time it gave way again.

I spent the balance of the morning, and early afternoon watching Stage 6 of Le Tour de France from beginning to end....something I have not done for a long time.  By 2:30 pm the shadow being cast by the tree in the middle of our site lawn was sufficient for me to move the VW over to wash it in the shade for our trip down to Reno/Sparks on Friday, so I headed out into the 97° F afternoon to do just that.  There weren't too many bugs from our trip into Alturas last week, so the job went more quickly than usual.

Next I retrieved the four grill plates from the Sea-B-Que to soak them in hot water and Dawn soap to remove the baked on meat, fat, etc. so I could re-season them.  I haven't done this for a few months, so it was time.  After cleaning them thoroughly, and then drying them outdoors I applied a heavy layer of olive oil using a brush baster TLE loaned me, and I was done.  

I had planned to grill some chicken for TLE Thursday evening, but it was just to hot, even in the shade, to do it, so she, instead, baked the chicken in her Breville......


.....best toaster oven ever!  The baked chicken thighs were served with sides of potato salad, and carrot/raisin salad.  All was delicious!

It didn't get below 80° F until after 8:30 pm, so the A/C ran from about 1 pm to 8:30 pm before we shut it down for the night.  Thankfully, it cools down quickly after the sun sets here at 4,500' elevation.  Once again the A/C did its job keeping the Newell interior delightfully comfortable. It will really get a test beginning Saturday when we will have the first of 6 consecutive days of triple digit temperatures.

Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. - I will not posting my blog post about Friday until Saturday evening as we will be departing Reno/Sparks around 7 am to make the 2.5 hour return trip to LPG&RVR so I can work the afternoon portion of my work day.

Thursday, July 4, 2024

If golf were easy.....

8:27 am - Thursday - July 4th - LPG&RVR - 67° F, humidity 23%. wind 2 mph out of the north by northeast......crystal clear, blue sunny skies today with a forecast high of 96° F.  Happy 248th Birthday America! On this date in 2013 TLE and I were on our way to Great Falls, MT on US-191....beautiful drive.....we were in a caravan of three Newells....that is us in the distance.....Tom & Darlene McCloud's 2002 Newell in the foreground......



Wednesday was another golf day for me....my third Wednesday in a row golfing with Mower Mike and John.  It was a mixed bag for me....more bad shots than I would like to remember, but there were some bright moments......I hit two of the four par 3's in regulation, and parred one of them, and I was on the 18th in regulation, and parred it.  Otherwise I hit maybe 4 good drivers out of 14, and that was my issue.  Most of my fairway wood shots were good, including my 3 wood, which I have had difficulty hitting in the past, but on Wednesday 80% of my 3 wood shots were good.  And that is the thing about golf.  Trying to get all aspects of your game on track in one round is difficult.  If golf were easy everyone would be playing it....lol!  I've been on a roll lately, but this most recent 18 hole round humbled me once again.

We teed off at 8:45 am, and finished around 1 pm.....just over 4 hours of golf, and my back feels great today....just a little stiffness as one might expect, but otherwise, fine.  By the time I got home TLE already had the A/C running.  I spent the balance of the hot afternoon in doors, reading the latest Jack Carr book, Red Sky Mourning, which is the 7th in the Terminal List series.  As always this book was also a page turner.  I finished the book around 9 pm.

As we approach July 10th, which will be our half way mark of the summer season here at LPG&RVR we are having a great summer.  This upcoming 7 day period will be the hottest part of the summer, it appears.  Hopefully temps will settle back down into the 90's for July and August like they did last year.

If any of you out there are looking for a job to finish off your summer we have an opening here at LPG&RVR.....4 days working, 4 days off.  You would share my job......staging carts each morning you work, cleaning them, mowing, trimming, irrigation, etc.  $16/hour for all hours worked, plus your full hookup site for free.  Free golf, free golf cart, free gas for your golf cart, and free driving range.  And, the best part of this job....the wonderful people with whom you will work.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

2 weeks notice.....

6:51 am - Wednesday - July 3rd - LPG&RVR - 53° F, humidity 41%, wind 1 mph out of the north by northeast......crystal clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 91° F....by Saturday we'll be in triple digits for what looks like 7 days now, hitting the high for the summer so far of 104° F next Thursday.  On this date in 2017 TLE and I were driving the 'Grand Loop' in Yellowstone National Park.....




As I noted in yesterday's missive I switched afternoon shifts with the guy who shares my job, but I still had Tuesday morning to laze around.  By the way, this guy, who shares the afternoon part of my job, gave his 2 week notice almost two weeks ago now.  He feels the job (4 hours per day for four days) is too tough for him....he's only 2 years older than I.  He takes so many breaks during his 4 hour afternoon shift that he probably only works 2.5 hours out of the 4, and gets very little done when he is working.  Oh well. TLE and I did take our customary off work 2 mile out and back walk averaging around 3.1 mph.....



.....to avoid the heat of the day we began our walk around 7:45 am, and there was still a chill in the air.....nice!  We sat on the 'lido deck' afterwards for about 30 minutes, and then I got busy working on some odds and ends around our site.  The dining canopy needed to have some of the screws and nuts tightened, plus I threw in a strengthening workout for good measure, then headed inside to watch the 4th stage of Le Tour de France before going to work at 1 pm.  Tadej Pogańćar won the stage, and the yellow jersey, managing to separate himself from the rest of the field by 45 seconds.

The forecast high for Tuesday was 89° F, and it felt every bit of that by 2 pm.  I made a couple of 'marshaling' rounds of the course interspersed with some mowing, and trimming, some ball washing, irrigation, and cart washing.  I'm used to working 8 hours straight each day, so I can do 4 hours 'standing on my head' as the saying goes.  I was headed home exactly at 5 pm, and minutes later found myself enjoying a long, hot shower..

I have a cousin (Lois), on my mother's side of the family, who lives in Sparks, NV, and it has been a couple of years since we've seen her, and her husband, so we made arrangements a few weeks ago to drive down to Sparks (Reno) this Friday morning, and spend the night, returning back to LPG&RVR Saturday morning....a day I would normally be working, but I was able to get Lynn (wife of Mower Mike) to work the morning half of my shift for me, and I will work the afternoon after we return from Sparks.  As an added bonus her sister, Liz, will be in town for the 4th of July.  We haven't seen her for about 8 years now.

We spent a couple of hours on the 'lido deck' watching the sun set, and reading before the mosquitoes chased un indoors around 9 pm where we continued to read until 10 pm when we headed off to dreamland.  I'll be playing another round of golf with Mower Mike and John Benner Wednesday (today).  We've got an 8:45 am tee time, so it's time for me to get dressed and get ready to play 18 holes.

Thanks for stopping by!