Monday April 23, 2018

Gym this morning then back home before heading back to the gym to work an 11 – 4 shift.

It’s a nasty day; cold, pouring rain, wind, etc. etc. We have a flood watch until 4pm tomorrow. This has been spring in Sparta. We get a beautiful, warm, day followed by nasty weather.

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Sunday April 22, 2018

Cloudy and cooler today. We have rain coming in tonight lasting through at least tomorrow.

This morning Al put pictures up in the newly established guest bedroom and the round mirror that belonged to my Nana. Then he planted two tubs of lamb’s ear in the back corner my friend Bonnie sent up with them yesterday. We raked up pine straw from the natural area where I have a row of pines and put it in the new lamb’s ear bed to dress it up a bit.

Yesterday afternoon he took down the TV dish off the deck the previous owners left and a mounting bracket where another or that one used to be. We ate dinner last night at a new Italian/American restaurant recently opened in Sparta. Food and service was excellent.

They left after lunch. I cleaned the bathrooms and ran the vacuum.

 

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Saturday April 21, 2018

I left this morning around 8 am to volunteer with the Friends of Blue Ridge Parkway. Today was a volunteer workday all the way up and down the Parkway, not just our section. Each section of the Parkway has a chapter responsible for a stretch of the Parkway. Today we cleaned up the tent and RV camping areas at Doughton Park. The local chapter here is chaired by one of our Friends of the Library and store volunteers. During the summer they do trash pickup and other stuff along our section of the Parkway between highway 21 and highway 18.

Thankfully we had a nice, sunny, warm day to be outside. Frances and Al came up around midday to let Colin out so I would not have to rush back this afternoon.

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Friday April 20, 2018

Happy Anniversary to Frances and Al.

I worked at the gym from 10 to 1. I was supposed to work until 3:30 but I had to make a 1:30 dentist appointment to get the crown put in. The temporary fell off this past Tuesday by luckily the permanent one came in yesterday.

Sunny and chilly today with temperatures in the mid 50’s but not as windy.

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Thursday April 19, 2018

I worked my first full shift, 11 – 4, at the gym today manning the desk by myself. Not too many glitches learning my way around the computer system and handling the various function for renewing memberships, taking money, etc.

The temperature this morning was 56 degrees with sunny skies. Temperatures have been falling all day with 20 plus mph winds. It’s currently 42. We get one nice, spring day then we go back to winter.

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Wednesday April 18, 2018

Gym this morning. It’s a beautiful day like a spring day should be. Warm, sunny, and not very windy. I had an afternoon appointment to get the car inspected and oil changed. I had them drive it to see if they could decipher the roaring noise that has developed in last several months. May be a wheel bearing. They are calling me back this afternoon with more information. Stopped by the clerk of court office to get help filling out another estate form that needs to be filed then made a grocery store run.

Getting ready to take Colin out to enjoy the nice day.

 

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Tuesday April 17, 2018

Sunny but cold and 60 mph winds. They howled all night. Not much else going on other than the usual trying to stay busy.

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Monday April 16, 2018

We had at close to 4 inches of rain when I checked the electronic rain gauge at 10:30 last night. It rained all day, heavy at times, with 50 mph winds. If it pours down real hard the electronic gauge can’t keep up with an accurate reading. Once the below freezing temperatures are gone I will put out the plastic rain gauge.

Fortunately for us, we had mostly heavy down pours with 50 mph winds and very little thunder and lightening. Colin did okay though he was in my lap a lot when the thunder popped too close or during the heavy downpours.

During the night it poured down off and on for several more hours taking us over 4 inch mark. I did not see any damage this morning around here or on the way to the gym.

Today is partly to mostly cloudy with temperatures only in the high 30’s, 50 to 60 mph wind gusts, and snow flurries.

 

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Sunday April 15, 2018

I spent the morning cleaning bathrooms, vacuuming and dusting. This afternoon I was supposed to visit the guy who took the astronomy equipment for the local astronomy club. When I was cleaning out the filing cabinet I found a couple of manuals to the scopes I thought were in with the stuff I gave him. I was taking those to him and he was giving me a tour of the observatory he built in his back yard.

The weather this afternoon is supposed to get nasty around the time I was going over so I sent him an e-mail to cancel. Good thing I did. The National Weather Service just issued a tornado watch for our county and the surrounding area.

 

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Saturday April 14, 2018

I am reading Trace by Archer Mayor.

Cloudy and windy today but warm with temperatures in the mid 60’s.

Today is miscellaneous chore day; laundry, changing furnace filters, putting away the rest of the Costco stuff, and organizing and filing paperwork from my desk to the filing cabinet and work more on the garage.

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