Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Morning in Paradise...

Morning in Paradise...  We woke a little late for us – around 5:30 am.  I got up and let Mo'i out into our back yard, which he has taken a real liking to.  He now treats it as “his”, as opposed to being some strange new place.  He wanders about, sniffing all the things he can neither see nor hear.  He's have some trouble with the two steps down from the back door, though.  I think I'll have to build him a ramp soon.

Miki, Race, and I took our usual walk up the dirt road to our east.  We went a bit further than we ever could with Mo'i, about a quarter mile past the abandoned quarry.  That last stretch is almost level, just a track between two fields (barley to the west, alfalfa to the east).  This morning the sky was particularly interesting looking.  Over us were a few scattered clouds, but in all directions around us were storm cells, like those in the photos at right.  The first one is looking north, the second west.  That storm cell in the second photo was headed right for us, and about a half hour after I snapped that photo, it started raining on us – just as our neighbor (Tim D.) and I were laying a string of his hand line, to irrigate his alfalfa.  Thunder and lightning played all around us, but especially up in the mountains – both east and west of us.  It was by far the most dramatic irrigation pipe carrying I've ever done :)

So far we've received 0.7" from this storm – more than forecast, and very welcome.  The radar shows a nice storm cell headed straight for us, too, so we're likely to see more!

I had an appointment this morning Hyrum Tire for routine service on my Tundra pickup.  Despite their business name, that place is far more than a tire store – they do all sorts of maintenance on cars, trucks, and small engines (mowers, weed whackers, etc.).  I walked in, they grabbed my keys and went right to work.  Just forty minutes later, they told me I was all finished.  They did all the usual things, plus checked my timing chain (because I've got 120,000 miles on the original, and Toyota recommends changing at 100,000).  Like Dave in Jamul (our favorite mechanic there), these guys said “Don’t change it; yours is doing fine.”  They even filled my windshield washer.  Total charge: $45.32.  I love living here!  In California my coffee might have cost that much...

It's raining as I write, and it's in the 50s outside.  My shed will be nice and cool – so I think I'll go do the heavy moving work I've been putting off for a few weeks now :)  Just before I started writing this post, I took a nice photo of Jahar, our Savannah cat that is Debbie's constant companion.  With the cool temperatures of the past few days, he's spending his time all cuddled up with her.  If you know Debbie, then you know she's not objecting to this :)

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