Archives for July 2022

Sunday, July 31, 2022 – Finished Painting Boards, Jeff Came Out

Hi Babe,
A good night sleep, woke up early, read for a bit, then got up and did my chores, and put the first coat of paint on the last edge of the boards before breakfast. Jeff was supposed to come over early, but got waylaid by brother Glenn to do something with his air conditioning on the new house, finally got here around 4:00. By that time I had already done the second coat of paint on my boards! Turned out he didn’t have the right fitting to check the fuel system, so we both took another good look at everything and couldn’t find a leak, but we agreed the best course of action was to go ahead and order the fuel filter housing, which seems to be the part most likely to be failing. It is clear that there is some air getting into the system, but I’m not sure it’s enough to account for the problem, but we have to start somewhere! If this doesn’t fix it, I’ll have to get it towed to a shop anyway, because it seems that the next most likely candidates are much too complicated for me to do. Other than painting, pretty much just hung out today, finished a book, binge-watched a PBS Mystery series, and, as always, time for shower and bed! Good night, sweetheart! Love you!

Saturday, July 30, 2022 – Puttered Around Today

Hey Sweetie,
Slept a little better, woke up early, did my morning chores, then painted the edges of the boards I’m working on, and took out the fuel filter again on my truck trying to see if there was anything I might have done wrong last time, but everything seemed to be in place, no change though. It just cranks and won’t start. Actually did that twice, but no effect. Did some research on the internet and it could be any number of things, most of which I don’t have the tools to test, so Jeff is coming over tomorrow to help. Wasn’t much else I could do with it. If we can’t figure it out tomorrow, I’ll just have to call the local mechanic and have it towed in to be repaired. Figures, I get a job and put a little money aside, so of course I need to have a big mechanic’s bill to pay for! No worries though, it’s still a lot less than a car payment! Was filthy dirty from working with all that fuel, so I took my shower before dinner, did a load of laundry to get rid of the smell, and settled down for the evening. Sleepytime tea, then bed! Good night, my darlin’! Love you!

Friday, July 29, 2022 – Busy Day With Truck Trouble

Hi Darlin’,
Not a very good night sleep again despite my Sleepytime tea last night, but was up with the alarm early because James was coming over to meet some vendors. He actually got here 45 minutes before I was expecting him, hadn’t had breakfast yet, and I was hoping to be painting the other side of the boards by the time he got here, but that didn’t exactly work out. His first guy was here to give an estimate for the electrical for the new guest host spot, once he left I did my painting while James made some phone calls. The second guy was here for the old well, discovered it needed a new pump, not just a few filter things, so it will be awhile before that can get approved. Then I asked James about oil recycling, if they had a tub at the shop, and he thought they did, so we started to go over there to dump all my old hydraulic oil, but then I had trouble starting the truck. I figured it was the same old bleeder screw on the fuel filter (I was just pricing them yesterday!), and when I tried to fix it, I ended up breaking the darn thing off! Why they have a plastic screw in a metal housing is beyond me! So James drove me into town and I bought a new one, they only had plastic, yuck, and I came back and installed it, and just managed to get the truck started. I bled some fuel out and it seemed fine, but then when I pulled onto the road it almost stalled on me. I figured it was an air pocket that I missed, and it finally kicked in again. I managed to make it all the way to the shop, but then it stalled out on me and I couldn’t start it again. James brought me back to camp, and I was hoping to figure out a way to take my tractor down there and tow it back, but when I asked the other “old” James for the combination to the back gate, he offered to come to my rescue. He picked me up a few minutes later and we managed to tow it back in no time, it was a much better solution. But now I have my work cut out for me tomorrow! I finished putting on the second coat of paint on the boards, all I have now are the edges to do. I’m hoping the fuel problem is a simple one, maybe a piece of plastic got stuck inside or the filter needs fixing or something, I’ll try to diagnose it tomorrow. Finally settled down for the evening, soon for my shower and bed, did manage to get a load of laundry done today as well, so fresh sheets for me! Good night, babe! Love you!

Thursday, July 28, 2022 – Painted the Boards

Hey Babe,
Had a much better night sleep last night, must be the Sleepytime tea I had! Gotta get back into that habit, it worked great for me all last week in Vegas, just have to keep it up. Hard to drink hot tea this time of year, but I just crank down the AC and enjoy! Fed the horses, then immediately started painting all the boards I picked up yesterday at the lumber store. This new paint is as thick as toothpaste, but I still needed to do two coats today, since the wood is bare. It’s going to take me a couple of days to get them all painted, though I asked James to bring his circular saw tomorrow so we can cut them. I’m hoping he’ll just leave it with me so I can do it in my own time. I spent some time reviewing all my post configurations to make sure they’re all right, so I’ll be ready to start painting numbers and arrows on them as soon as they’re cut and dried. Spent the rest of the day just hanging around waiting for the paint to dry, not too exciting. I did check on the fuel filter bleed screw on the truck, and sure enough, the threads are all completely worn off, so I’ll have to get a new one. I can order an aluminum one, but NAPA in town has the nylon ones, so I may just go for that, just for convenience. So a quiet, early evening tonight! Good night, sweetheart! Love you!

Wednesday, July 27, 2022 – A Little Shopping, Trip to Glenn’s

Hi Sweetie,
Had a terrible night sleep last night. I ended up not getting to bed until late, then read for a long time, still couldn’t fall asleep. It was probably about 1:30 before I finally did, then a terrific thunderstorm woke me up and kept me awake for a long time. Finally drifted off, and it was almost 9:00 when I finally got up. Felt tired all morning. Went over to brother Glenn’s so he could show me how to use his mower, I’ve offered to keep his yard mowed while he’s back and forth to Texas. Spent a little time fussing with his pool as well, he’s been having a hard time getting it cleaned up, and he bought a bunch of equipment to do it, but it’s not working exactly right yet. Then I met James at the lumberyard in town to pick up the rest of the materials I need to finish the trail signs, so I’ll be back to that chore tomorrow. Very hot and humid today, wore me out just being out in it. Went shopping at the IGA, ridiculous how expensive they are there, but I didn’t need to do a full shopping, not worth the trip all the way into Stuart yet. Got back home, was doing some work on the computer and fell into a deep sleep in my chair, for almost two hours! Hope I didn’t spoil my night’s sleep tonight! I unloaded the boards, put some water in my truck tank, moved the horses back into the back paddocks, and filled their bucket so they should be good to go for awhile. James says they’re coming out to fix the old well on Friday, so hopefully the water in the barn will be back to normal after that. He’s also quickly moving ahead on the second host site, has a couple of vendors coming in to do estimates for him on Friday and Monday. Been keeping busy while I was gone! Settled down for the evening to a silly romance movie, time for shower, reading, and hopefully, a good night sleep. Love you, darlin’! Good night!

Tuesday, July 26, 2022 – Another Slow Day

Hey Darlin’,
Another fairly uneventful day, a little computer work, a lot of reading. Camp is quiet, with just two campsites taken, though one is a trio of guys on the hunt for a skunk ape, Florida’s version of Sasquatch. About the only notable thing I did today was have a bonfire over by the paddocks, collecting and burning a bunch of downed palm fronds mostly. Had my shower, settled down for a little TV, ready for my Spanish lesson and bed! Good night, babe! Love you!

Monday, July 25, 2022 – Mostly Computer Work Today

Hey Babe,
Well, despite getting to bed good and early, I still slept until almost 9:00 this morning, so I guess I haven’t quite recovered entirely yet! Moved the horses to a new paddock, then spread out the rest of the RV skirting I picked up at Jeff’s yesterday, and discovered that some of it can’t be used because the little buckles that attach it were never put in place! I did manage to get the wheel on the south side covered, which was my main goal anyway, so it’s not a total loss. Spent most of the day on the computer doing paperwork, then settled down late in the afternoon when I started feeling drowsy. A quiet evening for sure! Some memories on Facebook popped up today, it’s the tenth anniversary of when we were at Chincoteague for the famous pony swim! I can’t believe it’s been ten years already. We sure did some stuff, didn’t we, babe! I feel like my life has slowed down so much this past year, I definitely need to pick up the pace again next year, as much as life will let me! Meanwhile, I’ll get getting to be early again tonight, hoping to finally get caught up on sleep again. Good night, sweetie! Love you!

Sunday, July 24, 2022 – Bare Necessities Today

Hey Sweetie,
Landed safely, just about the first off the plane and also out of the baggage area, managed to make it home just at midnight. Of course, being so wound up, it took me a bit to settled down, took a shower, read a bit, but ended up finally sleeping about 2:00 a.m. Not surprisingly, I slept in late, didn’t wake up until 9:45! Just had toast for breakfast, then headed out, first to the Publix for a few things, then over to Jeff’s to pick up the critters. Also picked up the skirting for the RV, figured if I was going to be parked here for a couple of months, I needed to at least cover up my tires, but it probably wouldn’t hurt to skirt the whole thing, might help keep the cooler air in. A beautiful day today, a nice breeze, not overly hot, it didn’t take long to get the horses and Lola moved back to camp. I noticed this morning that some mowing was done, not sure how that happened, because they’ve been on a three week schedule, and they don’t usually move the picnic tables, but Friday would have been two weeks and the table had been moved and mowed around, but the paddocks weren’t mowed, nor were the campsites near the bathhouse, so I don’t know what’s up with that, I’ll have to talk to James. There was only one camper this morning in an RV, and only one had bothered to sign in despite my instructions hanging on my porch door. Oh, well. Got back to camp by 2:00 and took most of the rest of the day off. I put the horses in one of the paddocks that hasn’t been mowed for two weeks, figure they can do the mowing for awhile. Settled down for an afternoon of laundry reading and watching TV, which prompted several cat naps as well. Still tired, so I’ll be heading to shower and bed soon! Good night, my darlin’! Love you!

Saturday, July 23, 2022 – Long Travel Day, More Delays

Hiya Babe,
Was up with the alarm at 6:00, though by now I’m used to it, had time to pack and have breakfast before I went through the usual process of returning the rental car and shuttling to the airport. About a half hour before we were supposed to board, I got notice the flight was going to be delayed by 90+ minutes, and it was closer to two hours by the time we actually took off. Since my Charlotte layover was only 90 minutes, obviously I missed that flight. Fortunately, I was able to snag the last first class seat on the following flight, which wasn’t leaving until 8:50 p.m., and won’t get me to the Palm Beach airport until almost quarter to eleven, but at least I should be able to get back to camp before midnight, so not too much long than my usual bedtime. Other than the delays, the flights were uneventful, had a nice meal and a few drinks on the Vegas flight, though there was a screaming baby behind me (again) in the first row of economy, but thankfully it was quiet most of the flight. I had to walk to a different terminal in Charlotte, which was fine, I needed the exercise by then.The final leg has been uneventful so far, put I’m posting this while still in the air, and will fill in the details tomorrow. Meanwhile, good night, my love!

Friday, July 22, 2022 – Day Two of Workshop

Hi Sweetie,
Once again, another successful workshop completed! Our buddy Ronn came in during the last hour, I had lost his contact info when my phone went kaput, but was able to reach out to him through LinkedIn and it turns out he was in Vegas. We chatted for a bit, but he had to get to a family event, so it wasn’t for long. The company has already said they want me back in October, though I don’t have the dates yet, so we’ll try to get together then. Coincidentally, he has a condo on Hutchinson Island about a mile north of brother Glenn’s place! Crazy small world! Once again pilfered some leftover lunch for my dinner, though I went down to the whirlpool first, since it helped me a lot yesterday. I wasn’t anywhere near as stiff, since I wasn’t on my feet all day on the second day, but it felt good nevertheless, and the pool wasn’t full of noisy kids today, thank goodness. Took my shower and settled down for the evening, watched a few episodes of my latest binge-watch, the TV series The Firm, now I’m just about ready for bed. Long day of travel again tomorrow! Good night, my darlin’! Love you!