Friday, March 24, 2023 – Mostly Lazy Day

Hiya Darlin’,
While I had every intention of having a productive day, I must confess that I just simply didn’t have the energy. Not that I’m tired, I just didn’t feel like doing anything, so I didn’t! Just a few things on the computer, then I mostly just watched TV and ready all day. I will doubtless not have a very good night sleep due to my inactivity, but I trust I’ll make up for it in the coming days. I did finish and send off the workbook for the job I have in Texas in two weeks, so that was something. But not much else! Hoping to get my microwave installed tomorrow, and I’ll have a busier week next week, but for today, nada! What can I say, I’m so bored with the trails the thought of riding just doesn’t really interest me, at least not on my own. Next week I’ll have a friend here to ride with, so maybe I’ll have more interest then. Meanwhile, time for shower and bed! Good night, sweetie! Love you!

Thursday, March 23, 2023 – Got A Few Things Done

Hey Sweetie,
Had a decent night sleep, chores and breakfast, then I got a few things done. Started out moving my mattresses to the opposite side, putting the lump that formed when the baffling burst to the other side, and let some air out, so hopefully that will balance it a bit. Also did some research on new mattresses, again, and might have a solution if I decide this doesn’t work out. After testing the motor on my pressure cleaner and seeing that it worked fine, I switched them out and boxed up the new one to return it. It’s obviously the pump, which, of course, isn’t available any more, so I drove out and posted it back. Stopped at the grocery store for a couple of things, then headed back. Assembled Glenn’s new pressure washer, and tested it out on a big white van in Jeff’s yard, he says he wants to move it out of the way, which would be a relief, but wanted to clean it up a bit, for some reason. Not really understanding why I’m cleaning junk, but I did it anyway, just as a test to see how the new pressure washer worked. Just fine, as a matter of fact. Just about the time that was done, I checked on my UPS delivery, and discovered my new microwave had arrived minutes before, so I drove out to the end of the driveway and brought that back in. Finally settled down for the evening, with a Remington Steele and a rom/com, which unfortunately kept buffering so it took a lot longer than I expected. Anyway, ready for shower and bed! Good night, babe! Love you!

Wednesday, March 22, 2023 – Lawn Mowed

Hiya Babe,
Had a good night sleep, except just before I finished reading, I heard a popping sound, and I thought for a minute maybe my air mattress repair had sprung a leak, but I soon realized that what had happened was that the baffles had given way! So now I have a big raised lump in the lower half of my bed. Guess I’m going to have to try to find a replacement after all. Maybe I’ll just try switching the two mattresses around so that it’s on the other side, but I’ll see how it goes tonight. Did a few odd jobs on the computer this morning, think I have enough information now to finish my taxes, though I haven’t done it yet, then headed over to Glenn’s to mow the lawn. Got back, had dinner, settled down for the evening, ready for bed. Another mundane day. Can’t wait to get back on the road and start living again! Good night, my darlin’! Love you!

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 – Half Tax Half Pressure Washer Repair Day

Hey Darlin’,
My hip was a bit sore last night for some unknown reason, so I took a couple of ibuprofen and ended up having a good night sleep. Spent the morning working on my taxes but got delayed with a problem question I had about my IRA, so I stopped for awhile, waiting for answers. I received the new motor for the pressure washer yesterday, and spent the afternoon putting it in, but as I was doing it, I realized the problem was more likely the pump than the motor. Usually they come as a unit, but all I got was the motor, so I greased up the pump really well, because the gears seemed to be all but frozen. It helped, but when I finally got it back together and went to check it out, it was a pretty weak stream and didn’t behave like it was going to last very long. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find a pump for it, so I don’t know what I’m going to do just yet. Did some pool cleaning, Jeff found his wire brush so I did the walls, then finally settled down for the evening to an old classic, The Quiet Man with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Can’t believe I’ve never seen that movie! Of course, today people would go nuts over the “domestic abuse,” but it was a great movie, certainly by the standards of the time! Some of the Duke’s best work. Anyway, ready for shower and bed, hoping for another good night sleep. Love you, sweetie! Good night!

Monday, March 20, 2023 – Tax Day

Hi Sweetie,
Did NOT get a good night sleep last night, despite my Sleepytime tea, but I blame the fact I sat around all day yesterday. It seems whenever I have a lethargic day I get too much rest and then can’t get to sleep at night. Oh, well, I just kept reading in between bouts, so in the end, I managed to catch a few hours. Got up around 8:00, did my chores, then got started on doing my taxes, my chore of the day, Didn’t quite get it finished, but that’s what usually happens, I need to review everything tomorrow just to be sure of everything. Helped Jeff with his phone, he had so much stuff on it he couldn’t load his banking app, so I moved everything around and up into the cloud until it worked. Watched a Remington Steele, all I had time for tonight, head to shower and bed shortly. Love you, babe! Good night!

Sunday, March 19, 2023 – Quiet Day

Hey Babe,
Had a good night sleep, not surprising with all the exercise I had yesterday, and I wasn’t even sore last night or this morning! Guess I’m still in pretty good shape. That said, I had a pretty lazy day today, finishing off another book, doing a load of laundry, and finally ordering a microwave. Jeff and his friend Jeff C. finally talked through a variety of solutions, so hopefully we can get it solved soon. Still trying to load up pictures from my kayaking trip yesterday, but it appears they’re too dense or something, but I’ll keep trying. Watched a couple of fun movies, a romcom set in Alaska and a cute one set in the 50’s called Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris, about a cleaner that wants to buy a Dior dress and ends up changing the whole culture of Haute Couture, very fun. Cool and cloudy today, though no real rain yet, though maybe tonight. That’s okay, the cool weather is nice to sleep in. Trying to get back to my Sleepytime tea routine rather than the bourbon nightcaps I’ve been having lately, I’m just don’t seem to sleep as well with alcohol. Anyway, time for shower and bed! Good night, my darlin’! Love you!

Saturday, March 18, 2023 – Happy 89th Birthday! Great Kayak Ride

Hello My Darling!!
Happy 89th Birthday! I SO wish we were celebrating it together! I love you and miss you every day, my love! But in the spirit of how we lived out life, which was day to day and always looking forward to tomorrow, I had a wonderful adventure today. I was invited by my “concert” friends on a kayaking trip that started in Riverbend Park and took us all the way to Jonathan Dickinson State Park. We paddled through some of the most gorgeous, pristine and wild Florida country that I’ve ever seen. Absolutely gorgeous! There was eight of us paddling, my friends managed to borrow a kayak for me, and we had a fantastic time! We paddled as far as the Trapper Nelson’s Camp, a remarkable historical place, then Mark met us with his Boston Whaler, and we tied all the boats in a line and he pulled us the rest of the way to the boat launch. We saw bunches of alligators, turtles, fish, a few birds, it was fantastic! We ran into all kinds of obstacles which we had to maneuver around, so it was quite challenging, but it was all worth it. What a great time! It took us most of the day, it was nearly 5:00 when I got back to my truck at Riverbend, then I had to drive out to Glenn’s to service his pool and move some boards around to keep them from getting wet with the rain that’s coming in. I had a terrible night sleep last night, but not surprisingly, I was falling asleep in my chair during a movie, so I’m headed to bed, exhausted. Took my shower as soon as I got home, so I’m more than ready for bed! Good night, sweetheart! Love you!

Friday, March 17, 2023 – St. Patty’s Day Ride

Hiya Sweetie!
Happy St. Patty’s Day! Did some housework and some computer stuff, and took apart the pressure washer and ordered a replacement motor assembly, since that seems to be the only thing that could be wrong (fingers crossed) then decided I just had to go for a ride since it’s been so long. It’s a good thing I did, because Flash was super frisky! I thought maybe that now that he was older he could tolerate longer down time, but that is not the case! We only went around the neighborhood for about an hour, with Lola, since she needed the exercise, too, and every time I asked him for a canter, he got all jumpy and bunched up on me, which was a little surprising, but nothing I couldn’t handle, of course! Guess I just need to ride him more often. It’s just so boring around here, we’ve done all this so many time, though I did go down a few different dead end roads than I’ve done before, so it wasn’t totally stale. Found the gun range that we’ve been listening to since we’ve been here, can be pretty loud sometimes. Just makes me want to get the heck out of here to new trails asap! Won’t be long now, just a few more weeks, can’t wait! Spent the rest of the day as usual, but got a surprise when Jeff called to see if I wanted a corned beef and cabbage dinner from his favorite place, Turtle Tavern in Delray, which he was coming home from. So I got special delivery from him a few hours later. Watched an interesting though odd movie, Right is Wrong with Sean Connery and an all star cast, rather caustic parody (though right on point) of the media and government relationship.Ready for an early bedtime, though, I have to get up early in the morning for a big day of kayaking tomorrow! So goodnight, babe! Love you!

Thursday, March 16, 2023 – Some Pool Cleaning, Not Much Else

Hey Babe,
Woke up at a decent hour, but stayed in bed to finish a riveting book, so it was nearly 11:00 by the time I got out of bed. Did my chores, worked a bit on the computer, then headed over to the pool to do some deeper cleanup. I had it pretty nice last week before it rained, but then it got all filled with leaves again. I also got the pool vacuum going, after cleaning the filters, and managed to get a lot of the sand and bottom dirt out of it. Then I had to clean the filters again to get the Navigator going, the pump isn’t really strong enough to get it moving very well, but at least it was mildly functional when I got done. I tried out my failing pressure washer, but it died again in a few seconds, definitely going to have to take it apart tomorrow and see if I can find the problem. Not sure it’s worth fixing, but it’s been nice to have it when I need it. Maybe not enough to buy a new one, but if I can repair this one cheaply, maybe. Played with Lola the whole time, she was really in need of some exercise. Afterwards, I gave her another bath with that special veterinary recommended itch shampoo, but she was scratching within moments of rinsing her off, so I’m pretty sure it’s not doing her any good at all. Settled down with my usual evening routine, ready for shower and bed and another book I started earlier. Good night, darlin’! Love you!

Wednesday, March 15, 2023 – Red Rock Reservation Made!

Hi Darlin’!,
Still not liking getting up in the dark, woke up around 7:00, stayed in bed reading until it got lighter. Was hoping to ride today, but when I checked the forecast, it was pretty dismal, and quite cool this morning. I remembered that today was the day that reservations opened up for the 2024 Red Rock Ride, one of the few items left on my bucket list, and I managed to get in on the ride I wanted, the third Spring Ride, which ends the day before what would be our 35th anniversary. It goes through Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, and ends up at the north Rim of the Grand Canyon with several notable stops along the way. In less than an hour, every one of the six rides was full, so I’m glad I got online immediately! It seems I’ll have to share a room with someone, but I’m sure I won’t be the only single gal on the ride. Afterward, I was getting ready to tear down my pressure washer, which quit working at Glenn’s the other day, but just before that, I plugged it in and turned it on and voila! It turned on. Don’t know how long it will keep working, but it’s running for the moment. I’ll have to test it and clean around Jeff’s pool, see how long it lasts. I did find a used motor on ebay, may order it if it dies again soon. Eventually I headed out to go shopping, first to Home Depot, then Walmart, before getting back home around 5:00. Settled in for the evening, same routine as usual, so good night, sweetie! Love you!