Monday Monologue #343

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife)

  • We rowed yesterday even though conditions were marginal. It was good to be on the water again.
  • With all of the poor weather that has kept us from rowing, I’ve been cutting the grass more than once a week. My next-door neighbor doesn’t know quite what to do and cuts his grass more frequently than ever.
  • I am not missing all the fussing with extension cords now that I exclusively use my gas string trimmer. But I am missing the automatic feed. Having to stop and bump the head to feed line is a nuisance.
  • I still haven’t washed my car recently which is very unusual for me. Waiting in line at the car wash is the last thing on my mind we have a rare period of extended sunny weather.

Monday Monologue #341

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife)

  • I was outside all day on Saturday and Sunday even though it rained. It wasn’t cold even though it was wet. We’ve had very few weekends of good weather this year. It was still better than being inside.
  • We have been taking more walks in the evenings we can’t get out and row since our fitness trackers show how sedentary we are when were stuck indoors. The wife has good habits. I need a lot of exercise to match my diet.
  • Because of the weather, I’ve been cutting my grass slightly more frequently including Saturday afternoon. Still, not like my next-door neighbor who is obsessed.
  • We rowed today even though it was windy. Ordinarily we may not have. But, even though it’s June, it’s still a somewhat rare treat to row (semi) regularly.

Monday Monologue #339

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife)

  • Our yard looks great. I spent all day Saturday outside mowing, trimming edging and cleaning the pool. Of course, I didn’t do anything fun.
  • The feeder on my electric trimmer broke and started eating string so I switched to my gas trimmer which, amazingly, started on the first pull. Then it’s feeder also broke down when I was touching up the last few areas. Hopefully I can get the replacement parts before I need to use it again.
  • It may be pointless given recent history; but we turned our smart thermostat to our preferred summer settings which favor cooling rather than heating.
  • No rowing again today. These days, it seems that we spend more time checking to see when river will be rowable than actually rowing.

Monday Monologue #336

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife)
  • Our pool is open! I’m still vacuuming earthworms out and the water is freezing cold; but it still makes our backyard look more like spring.
  • As predicted, I cut the grass this weekend. Of course, my next-door neighbor cut his TWICE. Once on Friday and once on Sunday. Which was expected since I cut mine on Saturday.
  • I also got the mulch in down the front yard. So, while it was a bad weekend for outdoor activities near the river, it was a good weekend for around the house things.
  • No spoilers here; but we watched the latest Avengers movie and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s got to be a highly anticipated movie for us to go to the theater rather than wait for the Blu-Ray.

Wednesday Weirdness #334

A K-Cup came apart while being brewed in our single-serve coffee maker and got grounds everywhere. I finally had to partially disassemble the unit to get everything cleaned out. We enjoy the varieties of single serve. But the coffee makers themselves a lot more finicky than a traditional coffee maker. Hopefully we won’t have another problem for a while.

Monday Monologue #334

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife)

  • I’ve reconfigured my outdoor power equipment for the summer. The grass is turning green and it’s almost time to for the first mowing of the season. My next door neighbor has already started.
  • It’s definitely more comfortable in the house now that I’ve fixed the furnace. It probably wasn’t working as well as normal before it totally died.
  • We went down to the river but didn’t row on Sunday due to high winds. Usually we’re more determined; but, rowing season has just started and there will be a lot more opportunities.
  • Good luck to whichever team you’re cheering for in tonight’s championship. None of our favorites a participating, so we’re just hoping for a good game.

Wednesday Weirdness #333

After surviving the winter, our furnace is broken (again). I’ve ordered a replacement part that should be here soon. Of course, its old enough that it could be something else. Thankfully. Its not freezing cold outside. Last night was a bit chilly. But, not like in the depths of winter. We’re really glad it’s mostly spring.

Monday Monologue #323

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

  • We got a LOT of snow this weekend as forecast. I had to clear the drive way on both Saturday and Sunday. There definitely will not be any rowing for a while.
  • I didn’t realize that the tires on the power base I use with the snow blower were low on air until I was finishing up. I wondered why it was such a struggle to maneuver even considering the fact that the unit doesn’t have reverse.
  • Our new refrigerator is already showing a message to replace the filter. It likely a time-based warning and doesn’t really need to be replaced since all of the water in the kitchen goes through an advanced filtration system. The “replace filter” light on the old refrigerator rarely illuminated since it always reset after a power failure.
  • Since the only thing to do outside was shovel snow, we got all of the Christmas stuff put away over the weekend. It’s past time; but we would much rather have ben rowing three weekends in a row.

Monday Monologue #315

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

  • It hasn’t sleeted and snowed enough to require removal; bit I gave up on cutting the grass one final time and changed my outdoor power equipment in to snow removal mode. It feels like it could snow at any time outside even though it’s only November.
  • I was able to replace the light socket on the oven without any unexpected problems. Except the new fixture came with an unlabeled halogen bulb. I don’t know what lamp to replace it with the next time it burns out. I checked online; unfortunately, all of the documentation still listed a standard incandescent appliance bulb as the replacement.
  • We were able to run in the park this past Saturday. It wasn’t warm. But it wasn’t so cold that we would have been uncomfortable in our cold weather gear. We like to get outside as much as we can in November and December even if it is a bit chilly since it will likely far too cold in January and February.
  • Everything seems good with switching everything to secure. I haven’t had very many painless upgrades. Perhaps there is a lesson to be learned. Like “automagic” upgrades are neither.

Wednesday Weirdness #314

We have the maximum number of remotes for our garage door openers which is actually a gigantic PIA. I always end up totally clearing the openers and re-learning ALL the remotes since the openers always delete the oldest device learned which is never the one that need to re-added. Who designs devices that can’t clear memory positions independently? And why is it always cold and blustery outside when I need to fix things.