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.

Monday Monologue #314

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

  • Though its actually several weeks away, Saturday seemed like the start of winter. It was cold and blustery with snow swirling in the air. I wanted to cut my grass one more time before switching my outdoor power equipment to snow removal mode. But, looking at the extended forecast, I don’t see that happening.
  • The light socket to our oven is broken, and, unfortunately, our local supply store doesn’t stock the part. I ordered the replacement online from a cheap but slow appliance parts supplier. Even though I ordered it today, they’ll won’t ship it until the end of this week so I won’t get it until sometime after Thanksgiving. I would never ever, purchase something I was in urgent need of from them.
  • With all of the browser warnings that are starting to appear regarding “insecure” web sites, I changed this site to redirect to HTTPS. I modified the database directly rather than use a plugin so everything should still be the same. If not, please let us know.
  • The wife and I both donated blood on Saturday. It was a good thing to do over Veteran’s day weekend and an appropriate way to end the outdoor rowing season and start indoor training. It will be months before we “need” maximum cardiovascular capacity again.

Monday Monologue #313

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

  • We broke another water bottle this past weekend. We didn’t have any issues for a long time; but we’ve broken two (and lost one) this summer. We’ve dropped them without a problem in the past. Recently, however, the bottles have cracked where the lids screw on.
  • We came home Sunday to a clogged drain pipe in the kitchen. It wasn’t difficult to un-clog. Just disgusting. I had to disassemble the trap in order to remove the lateral pipe that was the source of the clog. So, we had to deal with the smell from the rest of the drain pipes in addition to the smell of the clog. Not fun.
  • Sadly, we’ve put our new boats away for the year. It’s too dark to row in the evenings after the time change. We’re hoping for a warm sunny weekend day where we can row our older, less tippy one. But, the season is definitely over for the smaller, newer ones.
  • As always, we are both struggling to adjust to the time change. Our internal clocks don’t adjust as smoothly as electronic ones.

Monday Monologue #311

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

  • Unsurprisingly, the replacement cable TV boxes that the technician left both dropped dead and need to be exchanged. He wanted to install a different model but did not have any. So, he used what was on his truck which, of course meant an extra trip and waiting in line for me.
  • We had a long but successful weekend running and rowing. November and the end of outdoor activities will be here soon. So, it was nice to have some good weather to enjoy even if it’s the last time for the year.
  • Transporting racing sculls in strong, gusty winds is no fun! We had no mishaps. But it made for a very long, very stressful trip home. (But still better than sitting at home looking out the window waiting for spring.)
  • I did have time to cut the grass on Sunday. This time of year, it gets dark too early in the evening to cut the grass after work. Hopefully there will be warm weather the next few weekends and I’ll be able to finish mowing for the season before it gets cold.

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.