Sunday July 22, 2018

Still no rain. Yesterday evening the skies turned dark and a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for the county. Twenty minutes later the storm had petered out or gone around me. Rain and thunderstorms this morning have done much the same thing; skirted my side of the county. I’ll wait to water this evening just in case we get some rain this afternoon.

I did the usual house cleaning chores this morning and washed a load of towels. Otherwise, watching the British Open and working the today’s crossword.

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Saturday July 21, 2018

Frances and Al came up for the day and brought their neighbors Constance and Robert. Frances and Constance and Robert have been neighbors for 21 years. I called Al Thursday to see if he and Frances would come up today and get all that produce I picked Thursday. Their neighbors had been wanting to come up with them sometime to see the house and visit Sparta. It worked out they were free today to come along.

They got here a little after 10 am. We visited for awhile then went into town to eat lunch at The Pines. Afterwards we walked around downtown Sparta. Back home, we picked more produce and finally some apples. This years crop was slow to ripen and they did not get as big as they did last year. They are a cooking apple as opposed to an eating apple. I sent all the apples home with them. Al will cook up some applesauce and freeze some for me.


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Friday July 20, 2018

Larry came by this morning to spray sealant on the porch. Since it looked like rain, which it did sprinkle for about 20 minutes, he did not do the sidewalk. The guy that helps him wanted to take today off so they were not working today. Next week they need to finish cementing and grouting the stone under the deck and do the side porch.

I worked at the gym from 10:30 to 3:30. Coming home, I saw a deer get hit by a car as I was driving up hwy 21. That’s the first time I have ever seen one hit a car and go flying over the hood onto the side of the road. It came out of nowhere and hit his car on the side almost at the passenger door before he even knew what hit him. The guy continued a few yards up the road and turned into the little local produce place. The car behind him also turned in, I guess to see if he was okay.


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Thursday July 19, 2018

Gym this morning. It was been cool and cloudy this morning but the sun came out this afternoon. Temperatures are in the mid 70’s with a breeze and low humidity.

I picked cucumbers, beans, zucchini, and yellow squash this morning.

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Wednesday July 18, 2018

I made a trip down to Winston today. I had a 12:30 doctor appointment but left here about 8:15 to give me enough time to run all my errands and grab a bite for lunch.

It was hot down there; 90 degrees and humid. I was back home by 2:15 where the temperatures are in the upper 70’s, low humidity, and a bit of a breeze.

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Tuesday July 17, 2018

I am reading The Last Chance Olive Ranch by Susan Wittig Albert.

Gym and grocery store this morning. Warm and humid today. At one point it looked like it was going to pour down rain then the clouds blew away and the sun came out. I watered the garden and the pots then moved the stuff off the pad under the deck and the wash tub with the hens and chicks from the side porch. The front porch is finished and they are working on the sidewalk. Not sure when they are getting to the side porch and under the deck but wanted to go ahead and move everything out of their way.



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Monday July 16, 2018

Got him! Mr. Boyer came by last night to bail the trap with some more KFC. We set it on the grass next to the area where the bird feeder is that he dug out of last time.  When I checked the trap at 9:45 and again at 10:30, no raccoon. This morning when I got up about 6:45 I looked out the bathroom window and saw the front trap door was down. I went out to check to make sure he was in there and called Mr. Boyer. He was here in about ten minutes to haul trap and raccoon away. Hopefully he does not have friends and family nearby to take his place.

After said raccoon was hauled off I fed Colin and let him out, ate breakfast, and headed to the gym. The guys were here working when I got back. I left again to work an 11 to 4 shift at the gym.

Warm, humid, and partly cloudy today. We had a lot of thunder and lightening last night around midnight but no rain to speak of.

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Sunday July 15, 2018

Last night I went with Joyce to another great concert at the Blue Ridge Music Center to hear the Steep Canyon Rangers. I saw them back in February in Winston when they played with the W-S Pops Orchestra. Last night’s show was even better. They are an awesome group of guys.

I set the raccoon trap before I left. This time I put it on the sidewalk. The rascal ate the chicken I placed in the front part of the trap but left what was in the back where he needed to go to spring the trap. Today I will hose off the trap and reset it tonight and move it to a spot over in the grass. I took down the hanging feeder and wired shut the feeder on the post to keep him out of there.

House cleaning chores and washing a load of towels. I have chicken and potatoes cooking in the slow cooker. This afternoon I will cook up the beans I picked yesterday and freeze them into small meals.

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Saturday July 13, 2018

The raccoon did return. I thought he had not been back until last night. I left the hanging feeder out night before last and it still had food in it yesterday morning so I left it out again last night. It was empty this morning. But, I had not checked the mounted feeder on the post since Thursday. It was covered in dirt and empty even though the lid was down. I refilled it and cut coat hangers for the two side holes that keep the lid secure. He may have figured out how to hang over the top and hoover it from front slot. If he sits on front the lever comes down and closes it off. I will reset the trap tonight but I am not hopeful.

Cloudy and cool today. I started a load of laundry then went out to the garden. I picked a big mess of green beans, lots of cucumbers, and a few zucchini. I took the cucumbers and zucchini next door to Vicki and Gil.



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Friday July 13, 2018

Gym this morning, home, play with the dog, shower, and back to the gym by 10:30 to work until 3:30.

It was over cast and cloudy most of morning. The sun came out this afternoon. Temperatures have¬† been in the mid to upper 70’s with no rain, not even a thunderstorm in sight.

Work on the porch continues. They have finished laying and grouting with cement the rock past the front door. This is great because Colin is more or less trained to go in and out of the front door; especially at night. He is good about using the open garage door during the day but he would not change his habits for last time out at night. I finally had to start taking him on the leash to keep him off the porch. He will be really happy tonight. Border Collies do not like change.

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