Monday July 9, 2018

Another beautiful day in the mountains. Temperatures in the low 80’s, breezy, clear blue skies, and low humidity.

I found a guy that lives nearby who traps. Last night he brought down a live trap cage and baited it with KFC. Last night when I took Colin out at 10:30 he was in there but it was too late at night to call him.

I was up at 6 am to check to see if the raccoon was still in the trap. By this morning he had dug is way out from the bottom where the trap lay enough to turn the cage over and get out. I called him told him what happened, fed Colin and me breakfast, and headed to the gym.

Al drove up this morning from Winston to dig the rest of the potatoes. I kept some of the potatoes but gave him most of the bucket full plus the beans, zucchini, and cucumbers I picked yesterday. There will be more zucchini and beans ready to pick by the weekend for me to cook up.  We finished up the garden stuff then sat on the porch for awhile enjoying the nice day before he headed back down the mountain.

I showered and went back into town to pick up a book at the library, stop at the bank, and do a quick grocery store run to pick up milk and salad stuff.

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Sunday July 8, 2018

House cleaning chores this morning then outside. The weather today is perfect; blue skies and breezy with temperatures in the mid 70’s with 40% humidity.

I watered all potted plants and pulled weeds from the mulch beds along the driveway. From the garden I picked green beans, zucchini and cucumbers and dug up half a bucket of potatoes from about 4 hills worth.

Just as I finished up my shower and got dressed JoAnne and her daughter stopped by for a visit. We sat on the porch enjoying the nice weather.

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Saturday July 7, 2018

I am taking a break from reading mysteries to read The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks. James is a 4th generation shepherd living and farming in the Lake District of Northern England.

Today’s weather is cloudy and cool with some occasional drizzle. So far, I’ve done three loads of laundry along with a few other assorted chores.


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Friday July 6, 2018

Gym this morning then back home to to a couple of things before showering and heading back to work from 10:30 to 3:30.

We had a pretty good thunderstorm with some heavy roll through at the gym around 1 but no rain here. It started to rain here just as I arrived home and took Colin out. Poor guy, someone was shooting off more fireworks last night for about an hour.


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Thursday July 5, 2018

For the first time since we moved up here we had a major firework show across the highway from the house. I think it was the big house up on the hill. It lasted well over an hour. Colin did pretty well taking turns hiding in here under my desk or snuggled up beside me on the couch. He did climb in my lap a couple of times for better security but for the most part behaved well considering. I went out on the porch several times to watch for a few minutes. Once they stopped, about 10:15, I manged to coax him out the door for a last time out just before more started down the street. While I was reading in bed we had another half an hour of pops and bangs in the nearby vicinity.

Gym this morning then back home to shower and change to go back for an 11 to 4 shift.

It was mostly cloudy all day looking at anytime like it could pour down rain. Now the sun is out and it’s turned warm again with temperatures in the low to mid 80’s and no breeze.

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Wednesday July 4, 2018

Happy Independence Day to everyone.

We have nice weather for those celebrating outdoors here in Sparta; partly cloudy, temps in the upper 70’s to low 80’s with a good breeze and 0% chance of rain.

Colin and I are spending the day doing various things. I defrosted the upright freezer out in the garage. While it was melting I swept out the floor of the garage and tidied up in there a bit.

We then headed outside to enjoy the weather. I pulled weeds and grass from the natural areas along the driveway, played some ball with him, and sat on the porch for awhile. After lunch we went back outside for more of the same.

Between this morning when I was out doing stuff and this afternoon when I walked back around to the garden side of the yard the two tomato plants had toppled over; cages and all. They are really tall and loaded with tomatoes. I grabbed the four 5′ tall cow fence posts from the garage, some zip ties I found in Bob old computer supplies I had kept, some twine, etc. I put two of the posts inside the cages once I had them back up and one on each side of the plant. I used zip ties to attach them to the stakes then used twine to tie the stakes up and back to the cages. Hopefully that will hold them.

I also decided to dig under a couple of the potato plants to see if we have any potatoes worth digging. Sure enough, I dug a couple of good sized ones and a few medium size ones. So, despite the potato bugs on the plants and the 20 inches of rain in May and June we may get some decent potatoes after all.

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Tuesday July 3, 2018

Gym this morning. Came home and headed outside to water all the plants. We’ve had enough rain to keep the garden damp but the potted plants and the newly planted ones in the butterfly garden needed to watered.
I checked the garden and did some weeding of grass and picked a nice size zucchini. The beans have lots of blooms. I may get a carrot or two.

It was another very warm day for the mountains; mid to upper 80’s and 60 percent humidity with mostly sunny skies. I came in around 11 to cool off, eat lunch, shower, and head to the bookstore for the afternoon shift.

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Monday July 2, 2018

I am reading Old Bones by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles.

Last night for dinner I had a zucchini and yellow squash from the garden with a couple of slices of my homemade bread along with some applesauce from the Costco stash. Yum!

Gym this morning and a grocery store stop. I had a Friends of the Library meeting at 1.

Today’s weather is partly cloudy, warm, and humid. We had a short little thunderstorm around 7 last night that brought another 1/2″ of rain.


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Sunday July 1, 2018

Yesterday I had a do-nothing day except for doing a load of laundry in the morning. The weather was sunny, warm, and humid which kept us indoors for most of the day until Frances, Al, his son and daughter-in-law arrived about 3:30 for a visit. His son and wife have been in NC the past week staying with Frances and Al last weekend and this weekend; flying back home today. They stayed for an hour or so before heading on to Jefferson then back home to Winston.

My friend Joyce picked me up a little after 5pm. We stopped for dinner at Mountain Surf Seafood then went on to the Blue Ridge Music Center just outside Galax on the Blue Ridge Parkway. In addition to a music museum they offer Saturday night music concerts outside during the summer. It’s a lovely venue and one of my favorite groups was performing. It’s about 35 minutes from here.

House cleaning this morning. I mixed up a batch of bread dough to bake this afternoon. The weather is about the same; partly sunny, warm, and humid. We had a brief passing rain shower last night a little after midnight. Just enough to water the plants and the garden.



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Friday June 29, 2018

Gym this morning, back home, shower, and back to the gym to work 10:30 to 3:30. Friday’s are usually pretty quiet at the gym by the afternoon, as was the case for today.

It’s been partly cloudy and dry today with temperatures in the mid 80’s and low humidity. Nice, mountain summer weather.

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