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.

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 #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.

Wednesday Weirdness #295

We got phosphates in our swimming pool this past weekend which is never a good thing. I was able to remove the phosphates; but now the chemistry is unbalanced. So, we may not be able to get in the pool while the air conditioner is broken and it is burning hot outside. The hot weather will help dissipate the excess chemicals; but, we won’t be able to cool off in the pool for several days.