Monday Monologue #306

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).

  • The forecast was not wrong about the rain. It’s finally starting to clear. With the resulting high water, it will likely be a long time before the river is rowable again.
  • Amazingly, our next-door neighbor was outside cutting his grass. The rest of the neighborhood is giving their lawn at least another day to dry out. I know ours is still much too wet.
  • We’ve already had a number of unexpected purchases this year; but we’re considering buying a new sump pump. It seldom runs so we don’t worry about it. But it ran constantly all weekend. Its, definitely too old to rely on the next time we have a storm.
  • Our favorite college and pro football teams both won this weekend. That doesn’t happen very often. It doesn’t last; but, we always enjoy the early season optimism.

Monday Monologue #305

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).

  • It rained on Saturday; but was sunny and hot on both Sunday and Monday. Great pool weather for the traditional “end of summer”. Plus, it’s supposed to be hot for the next few days. So, we’ll have some more good days on the river.
  • The rain on Saturday was “good” since the yard needed some water and I was still able to cut the grass. It took a long time to get all the wet grass out of the lawn mower. But, it was nice having no chores left to do on Sunday or Monday.
  • We’ve rowed our boats at LOT this summer. Definitely a worthwhile investment. Today isn’t the last day of the rowing season. But, the days are getting shorter and, soon, the weather will be turning colder. Hopefully it will still be short sleeve weather for a while.
  • I didn’t watch very many games; but, it was good that football season is back. It usually doesn’t last for our favorite teams; but, the optimism that accompanies a new season is always enjoyable. Hopefully, the fall weather will be good and we’ll be able to attend some games in person.

Monday Monologue #304

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).

  • On Saturday we had to chase a small garden snake out of the garage. Our garage is relatively neat. But, it still found what it though was a good like a good place to nest. We’ve rearranged the stuff in the corner and that will not be happening again.
  • Sunday was cloudy but hot so we were able to get in the pool as we had hoped. And we were immediately able to put to use the work I did on the pool equipment.
  • Our next-door neighbor was cutting his grass while we were lounging in the pool. It didn’t really need cutting; but he is obsessive about mowing multiple times a week. We just turned up the volume of the music playing through our sound system to mask the noise of the lawn mower.
  • Today was another hot sunny day which made for a good day on the river after we were finished with work. Hopefully we will have weather like this through the long Labor Day weekend.

Wednesday Weirdness #303

I had the pool company come out and look at the heater that didn’t come on this weekend and, of course, it worked perfectly when they were here. We’ve had issues occasionally this summer; but this weekend was the first time there was a consistent problem. So, a service call seemed reasonable. I’m glad that there wasn’t something else that needed replacement. But annoyed at having to pay for an unnecessary service all.

Monday Monologue #303

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).

  • We did indeed get in the pool on Sunday. The water was cold (for us) but it was still good.
  • We got chased off the river by rain again today. It’s slightly frustrating since it never rains for too long. But its better to be safe; especially since rain showers can easily turn into a thunderstorm.
  • I cut the grass in record time on Saturday; mostly because didn’t edge with the push mower and trimmer like I usually do.
  • After watching a few preseason games over the past two weeks, we are ready for some real football.

Monday Monologue #302

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).

  • We got chased off the river by heavy thunderstorms twice in three days. The first time we got thoroughly soaked. But the second time we were in our car before the deluge started. Then the sun came out. Strange weather.
  • I cut the grass this weekend. It is nice having a powerful mower that power though tall, damp grass. That way I can mow quickly and move on to the summer activities I enjoy.
  • I had to work on Saturday. I know it’s not always the case but it seems like stuff always blows up on Friday. Luckily, I was still able to get out and enjoy the sun (and still get all the yardwork done).
  • My next-door neighbor cut his grass too even though its August and he just cut it earlier in the week. I wonder how much time he wastes cutting his grass (and doing other things) when he doesn’t need too.

Wednesday Weirdness #301

For some strange reason, I’ve been finding a lot of dead birds outside recently in the mornings. Picking up dead things is not the preferred way to start the day. And, leaving them to sit in the heat until the evening is probably not a good idea. Plus, now that the neighborhood is developed, I don’t have an easy place to bury them. So, the day starts off with a nuisance chore.

Monday Monologue #298

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).

  • Saturday was great. We rowed and got in the pool. Plus, I didn’t have to cut the grass since it hasn’t rained recently and the grass hasn’t grown. So, our weekend was very relaxing.
  • One of the “good” things about getting a new air conditioner during a heat wave is that we’ll probably save about $100 over our old one (if it hadn’t died) off our next electric bill.
  • We finally had some rain today which our lawn really needed so we won’t need to water the grass for a while. It still hasn’t grown enough to need mowing. I don’t want a drought. But it is nice to be able to occasionally skip cutting the grass.
  • The days are getting shorter and the sun is going down a bit earlier. There is still plenty of summer left; but we have noticed that the days aren’t quite as long.

Wednesday Weirdness #297

I found an online vendor that sells cheap replacement gaskets for the type pf automatic chlorine feeder we use in packs of six. Yet, people were still complaining that thy don’t last. That’s why they come in a big multi-pack. Nothing rubbery that’s exposed to concentrated chlorine is going to last very long. The name brand ones made out of “premium” materials may at a bit longer; but, basic chemistry still applies.

Monday Monologue #297

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).

  • We are really glad that we decided to get a new air conditioner right away rather than wait. It’s been 90-degrees almost every day since we had it installed. We could have saved money buying during the off-season. But we would have been miserable.
  • I did not cut the grass this weekend since its ben so hot and dry. In fact, we’re starting to water it. If the forecast is accurate, I’m not sure I’ll cut it this coming weekend either.
  • We have not been biking a lot recently since there isn’t very much shade on the bike paths and the asphalt reflects so much heat. No shade on the river either; but, not nearly as much heat radiates off the water.
  • The Wife’s sports watch is getting so worn that it needs replacing. We are not as active as some. But, our gear does get a lot of use which is better than the alternative.