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 #310

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

  • I just got a new case for my phone. The old one did a good job of protecting the phone. But, I hadn’t realized how much the plastic had yellowed. Or, how hard buttons had become to press. I didn’t know it how much I needed a new one.
  • The cable TV technician was able to fix the missing channels issues I was having. I didn’t realize it until I scheduled the service call; but, they work weekends now. They are a lot more customer focused now that they’re losing subscribers to the competition.
  • I cut the grass over the weekend even though it was wet. Unfortunately, there’s going to be a bit of wet grass smell in the garage for the next few days. If it’s warm enough, I’m going to thoroughly clean off the mower next weekend after I cut the grass.
  • I turned on the fire place for the first time this season on Saturday. It came on without any problems and worked fine. But; it’s a bit depressing how quickly the summer has gone.

Monday Monologue #309

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

  • We had a good weekend visiting our daughter. She is doing well. But, it is strange being a guest in her home rather than the other way around.
  • We came home this weekend to discover that someone had cut the grass in our front yard, presumably our next-door neighbor. I guess it bothered him that much. One less chore for us; but I’m still kinda annoyed.
  • Looking at the weather forecast, I don’t think we’ll get into the pool again this season. It was a good summer. But; suddenly, it’s turning cold.
  • Yet another good weekend for the college and pro football teams I follow. I’m not sure they are good. But; so far, they’ve been lucky. And very entertaining.

Monday Monologue #307

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

  • I burned my finger On Friday. The blister is in an awkward place; but, so far, I’ve managed to keep it intact. Hopefully it will start shrinking soon.
  • I broke the lanyard I used for my key ring. Fortunately, it happened around the house and I didn’t lose all my keys. Remote transmitters are expensive.
  • My next-door neighbor just cut his grass three times in seven days. That’s a lot, even for someone who is obsessive. And definitely not good for his lawn.
  • Our favorite college and pro football teams won again this weekend. I’m starting to be a believer.

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 #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.

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.

 

Wednesday Weirdness #298

Recently, it seems like every week we’re getting phosphates in the swimming pool and I have to add an expensive chemical to remove it. I know it’s something that happens. But, I’m not fond of purchasing $50 bottles of liquid. Especially since I can’t go a week without chlorination and I have to purchase it at the local pool supply store at a premium price.