Monday Monologue #309

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

  • We had a good weekend visiting our daughter. She is doing well. But, it is strange being a guest in her home rather than the other way around.
  • We came home this weekend to discover that someone had cut the grass in our front yard, presumably our next-door neighbor. I guess it bothered him that much. One less chore for us; but I’m still kinda annoyed.
  • Looking at the weather forecast, I don’t think we’ll get into the pool again this season. It was a good summer. But; suddenly, it’s turning cold.
  • Yet another good weekend for the college and pro football teams I follow. I’m not sure they are good. But; so far, they’ve been lucky. And very entertaining.

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 #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 #301

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

  • We had a great day on the river on Saturday. Possibly too warm; but we’ll take plenty of sunshine over cold and dreary any time.
  • I forgot to turn on the circulating pump to my pool after adding some chlorine tablets to the automatic feeder on Friday. And we were out all day on Saturday. Fortunately, the water cleared up quickly and we were able to get in the pool on Sunday.
  • I was too busy to cut the grass this past weekend even though it probably needed it. It’s getting long and rain is in the forecast. So, it will definitely need cutting this coming weekend.
  • I weighed less than 150 lbs. when I stepped on the scale this weekend. All these busy days we’ve been having don’t allow for much time to eat.

Monday Monologue #299

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

  • We got soaked in a sudden pop up storm on Saturday. One minute it was sunny. The next, it was raining really hard. Then the sun came back out.
  • One of the bad things about working downtown is the lack of free parking. I left the key card that I use to open the gate to the garage I park in at home. So, I had to drive back and it. A nuisance; but, a lot less gas than the cost of the daily parking rate.
  • Today was a glorious day on the river. We seldom get water as smooth and flat as it was this evening. Days like today don’t come around too often.
  • For the first time since the summer solstice, sunset was before 9PM today. There is still plenty of summer left; but, the days are noticeably shorter.

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.

Monday Monologue #296

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

  • We have air conditioning! Amazingly, I was able to have a brand new one installed last week in the middle of a heat wave. So, we are NOT roasting on our vacation. At least when we are inside. But it is definitely hot when we are biking or rowing.
  • I installed a new keypad assembly on our pool heater since most of the buttons had stopped working on our old one. I was thinking it would be good to have over our vacation. But, the water was already 85-degrees on Friday. Needless to say, we haven’t been running run the heater.
  • We’ve been having some good rows despite the heat. It’s hot. But, it’s much better than back in the spring when it was cooler and we had to keep moving to stay warm. We just take plenty of water. We really enjoy the long, warm days of summer.
  • I cut the grass this weekend. Its barely growing in the heat. I doubt that I will cut it next weekend. I’m sure my next-door neighbor will cut his although I wonder how he tells which parts he’s already gone over and which parts are left to mow.

Monday Monologue #295

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

  • Our air condition ran very low on freon on Thursday. So, we had no A/C for the pat four days. Its cooling the house down now. Friday was miserable. but, fortunately, we were out of the house a lot on Saturday and Sunday.
  • We did well at our rowing race this weekend. Its always nice to win medals even if we don’t have anything to do with them later.
  • I did not cut the grass this weekend since it’s bene hot and it didn’t grow much. It still looks fine; but, I’m sure that the next-door neighbor is not pleased. I didn’t feel like a lot of yard work with no A/C inside.
  • One more week and then we are on vacation. Friday can not get here soon enough.

Monday Monologue #294

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

  • Our rowing is still improving. We just wish there were more nearby races that we could attend. We know that we’re faster from our informal competitions. But it would be nice to have some official results.
  • It rained a bit on Saturday afternoon; but we were able to get into the pool on Sunday. Temperatures were in the 90s both days so it was good.
  • I fixed a broken piece on the dishwasher for the third time today. I understand that they need to make certain parts out of plastic. But they could still be more durable.
  • The air-conditioner has been running almost non-stop during the current heat wave. I don’t even want to think about our next electric bill.