Traditional Thursday #367

The Husband on top of The Wife with her legs in the airModern technology is great except when it is wrong. The “check vent” light on our dryer came on. Checking the vent is easy. But moving everything out of the way, getting the ducting disconnected and reconnected is a pain. And, after all of that, I didn’t find any obstructions despite checking every bend and curve. I did, however manage to get covered in dust and lint. The machine likely mis identified what it was drying and though it should dry sooner or with less heat.

Monday Monologue #367

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

  • We had a significant accumulation of snow overnight so I was pleasantly surprised that the driveway was mostly clear when I opened the garage this morning as I was preparing the snow blower. For whatever strange reason the concrete pavement was warm enough that more snow melted than stuck. Unfortunately, it’s supposed to snow all night and I doubly I’ll be that lucky tomorrow.
  • This year, I made sure to inflate the tires on the power base so I would have enough traction to get through the first snow fall. Last year I forgot and was struggled through most of the driveway before I figured out why it was so hard to turn around. So, I’ll be ready for tomorrow.
  • We haven’t had a day that the weather was remotely good enough for rowing since we returned from our final rowing trip of the season. The weather around here has been “typical” for December. We’re hoping for a good day or two this winter; but we may not have one until next spring.
  • Christmas is next week. I’ve had a lot of distractions this December so its really rushed up on me. I’ve done some shopping; but still have a bit to do. Hopefully I can get finished on Tuesday which will allow a week for shipping.

Wednesday Weirdness #365

Our microwave oven still works but sounds dreadful. We’re wondering whether to preemptively replace it or wait until it totally dies. The one that we want is special order both locally and online. And, surprisingly, the local stores can tell you exactly when they would expect to receive it unlike the online sellers who can only provide a broad range. It seems like it should be the other way around.

Monday Monologue #365

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).
  • I replaced the wall console for our garage door opener. I like to support the local parts store so that it will still be open in case I need something in a hurry; but it was a lot pricier than the same item online. I may have had second thoughts if it wasn’t a relatively inexpensive item.
  • I actually got a large physical item in a post-Thanksgiving Day sale. That’s a rarity for me. Usually I only get small items or software. I’m glad I did; because, unlike some “sales” the price went back up. Its not her yet; but should be very useful when it arrives.
  • Over the weekend when I was using a full-featured photo editor to add depth-of field to a photograph I took over Thanksgiving, I was thinking how pointless the “rich photo editing” capability of many online packages is. Having basic zoom, crop and resize functions is useful. But they are far too primitive for anything but simple edits.
  • I cleaned the oven over the long-weekend. It wasn’t warm; but the house was still tolerable with a few windows open. We like to clean it around this time so that its not supper dirty in the depths of winter when it’s far too cold outside open any windows.

Monday Monologue #352

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

  • Today would have been a good day to get into the pool. Unfortunately, the day started out foggy and cloudy so I didn’t think about turning on the heater until it was too late.
  • We haven’t been able to get in the pool as much as we would like this year. It rained a lot in the spring and early summer. Then when it was warm, there were a lot of afternoon thunderstorms though there was very little actual rain.
  • We spent a lot of the Labor Day weekend doing yard work that had been put off. Its all done now. But it was a lot to do.
  • I cut the grass on Saturday. It was uneven; but not really high considering how long it has been. The super wet weather followed by hot, dry conditions has really been hard on our yard.

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.