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.

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 #300

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

  • Today is our 300th Monday Monolog post which means that its almost our 6th year. Hard to believe that it’s been that long.
  • Our refrigerator compartment won’t keep things cold even though the freezer compartment is working. Something tells me that a new refrigerator is in our future. Bad luck for two major appliances to need replacing in the same year.
  • The new air conditioner is a lot more efficient that the one that died. We saved a noticeable amount on our last electric bill even though July was warmer than June.
  • It rained enough last week so that I finally had to cut the grass. This week has also been cool and wet so the grass is finally starting to recover.

 

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 #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.

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.

Monday Monologue #293

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

  • We did NOT ride our bicycles this weekend like we wanted too since there were too many “scattered thunderstorms” both afternoons. It never really rained. But, being caught in the rain 10-miles away from our vehicle is not any fun.
  • We’ve are rowing a lot faster than before. We’ve known how to row for years. But we are only just now truly understanding the mechanics of rowing. We always knew technique was important. But, being able diagnose and fix bad technique is elusive.
  • It’s great having a big lawn mower when I want to get the grass cut in a hurry. Even wet grass is no problem if the ground isn’t soggy. I can get the yard done early and enjoy my weekend without having to wait around.
  • The summer solstice and the 4th of July is right around the corner. We’re a bit sad because it means that summer is half over. But, there will still be many glorious summer days.