Wednesday Weirdness #42

Unlike most people, the Wife and I don’t mind the heat wave we’ve been having. For us, it’s great pool weather which we haven’t had a lot of this year. And, rowing, our main outdoor exercise, is cooler than running since we row on the river which is cooler than running on pavement. Plus there is more shade. So we really wouldn’t mind if we stay stuck in this weather pattern for the rest of the summer.

Monday Monologue #42

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

  • We received a new Kuerig coffee maker as a warranty replacement for the one that dropped dead earlier in the year. So now we have two of them since we had already purchased a new one. They are complicated devices so we’ll probably end up using it at some point in the future.
  • I got tired of my old drill/driver not holding a charge so I ordered a new one. I received it as a Father’s Day gift many, many years ago and have been reluctant to replace it. But, sadly, it’s reached the point of being unusable even after having been “fully” charged. So, there really isn’t anything else to do.
  • The pump on the pool burned out while we were away from the house on Sunday. Presumably, the motor seized up since it was really, really hot. Thankfully it didn’t catch on fire. The pool service company we use regularly stocks replacement motors; and should be able to fix it when they come out.
  • Except when we are working out, The Wife and I are really enjoying the burning sun. Hot, dry weather is a great treat after so many rainy days. Hopefully the sunny days will last as long as the rainy days. We’ve got some caching up to do on our time in the pool.

Friday Featurette #41

The Husband and The Wife enjoying a momentThe spring-like weather pattern that we’ve been stuck in for weeks has finally moved on and it finally seems like July. We finally have the burning sun that is the hallmark of the days of summer that we love so much. We’ve got a BIG 1999-style weekend ahead so we’re very happy for the change in weather. We’ll see you on the other side.

Wednesday Weirdness #41

They are already replacing the sidewalk on a route I frequent even though they just built it last year. I saw workers doing measurements and taking photographs. Apparently, whoever built it did not pour the concrete thick enough. So it cracks whenever it has to support something heavy. I’m not sure whether it was an accident or deliberate; but I hope the city gets their money back. It would have been less of a nuisance for everyone involved if it was done properly the first time.

Monday Monologue #41

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

  • Rather than spend a lot of my vacation tinkering on the computer, I purchased some software that there are free alternatives too. Usually, I prefer freeware; but it was nice being able to install a program and move on to something else. It was only $30. My decision probably would have been different if it was $100.
  • I was able to repair the lawn mower this weekend. When the spring broke, some parts got misaligned inside the carburetor; so I had to disassemble more that I was planning; but small engines are relatively simple, so I got it all out back together and cut the grass (except where it was still wet) on Sunday.
  • I wish I could take a vacation away from mowing the lawn. It’s been a cool and rainy July so it’s a twice a week chore. We have a lot of obstacles to cut around and I have to back up a lot, so I use a use a small push mower since a larger mower would not be particularly beneficial.
  • The weather pattern that has been making it so dreary hasn’t changed it weeks. That is very unusual for around here. Sometimes it feels like we are living in a time warp. The forecast NEVER changes. We are really longing for some burning sun!

Friday Featurette #40

The Wife walking naked in front to the cameraWe don’t have to go back to work until Monday; but today is our last “vacation” day since we don’t usually work weekends and it has been good. Amazingly, I received several “I know you are on vacation; but, since it should only take a few minutes can you…” type emails from work. Kinda obnoxious on behalf of the senders. How do they know how long something they have no idea how to do is going to take me? Needless to say I didn’t let them ruin our vacation.