Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Humidity, a noun meaning "very uncomfortable when combined with high temperatures"

That's the way it has been during most of the month of June, along with the upper 80 and lots of 90 degree temperatures. Not a good mixture with my asthma.

Despite the weather, we did have some rain around the middle of the month resulting in 3 inches in 30 hours; our 90 degree weather started around the middle of the month too. We did have a couple of days when the humidity was below 40%. On those days I could work for hours outside.

Despite my complaining about the humidity, I did get a number of projects completed: trimmed the trees from rubbing on the roof and power lines, short trip to Salina for the Smoky Hill River Festival, put up guttering around the front porch, had windows measured for window replacement (to be installed in late July), planted shrubs around the front of the porch and uncovered a sidewalk around the east side of the porch. That was interesting as what I thought were stepping stones from the sidewalk to the driveway, is a a full-fledged sidewalk that had been overgrown by years of grass.

Then there was the weekly yard chores of mowing, weeding, trimming, and the weekly house chores. I did get some books read: Jack and Jill and POP Goes the Weasel by James Patterson. Then there was Sea Change by Robert B. Parker (the Jesse Stone series). Also, Alibi Man by Tami Hoag. Ceiling fans and the refrigerator and pop cooler in Juno's house were cleaned. There were naps, visiting, and waving at the folks driving by the house as I sat on the front porch. Still don't have the ceiling fans up and there are a couple of large shrubs that need a slight haircut.

Click on the Flickr link for some of my more active activities during MY JUNE.

I am spending some time getting to know my digital camera better (if only there weren't 128 pages in the Advanced Camera User Guide!) and Juno has suggested a book to get to learn more about iPhoto6.

Work beckons me starting Sunday, July 1. I'll work covering vacations/days off/July 4th, until the end of August and then off again until holiday season starts late October or early November. Am working on some trip plans for late September and early October and by mid-October want to have Eggcarto "winterized" and propped up on his jacks for two or three months.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the folks in Oklahoma and Texas who have been and are experiencing flooding and loss of life and all the tragedy that goes with something like that. Makes my complaining about humidity trival.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Quick trip but fun

As I mentioned in the previous posting, I went over to Salina KS to see the Smoky Hill River Festival. Wow, that is really big. Couldn't get out of the Fine Arts section as there were so many beautiful works and pieces of art. I could have spent thousands, but due to lack of wall space in my little 16 ft trailer, I refrained from making any purchases. I just admired - I know that's not what the exhibitors wanted though.

I asked my ex if he wanted to go along and he did. He doesn't get out much and thought he'd like the short trip over to Salina and see something different besides 4 walls. We enjoyed the music and heard some great area bands. I say heard because we couldn't see the stage from where we were sitting. It apparently is tradition to line up very early in the morning (like 5 a.m.) and wait for the gates to open at 9 a.m. and then run as fast as you can to claim a spot in front of the stage and under
trees. Once you've staked your claim and have your chairs, blanket, and coolers set up you are free to roam around. Nobody will bother your stuff. We witnessed it a
lot. And, the Saturday temp was in the low 90's with a breeze periodically.

One of our favorite sections was the "Car Art". Here are a few pictures.
The Polar Bear Car

The Art Ark

The Chewburu (owned by a dentist, natch)

There were cars covered with bottle caps, corks, a vehicle that can go either way, a space machine and others. All a form of art.

On the way home Sunday, we stopped at the Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure (see previous post for link). It is located out in the rolling hills west of Salina, very neat and clean, lots of benches to sit and rest on (important when it's hot and you need some shade for a few minutes).

Have a few pictures:

View looking back towards the Hippo Barns from the tram stopped at the Museum

An Albino Boa. Glad she & he are behind the glass!

I recommend a visit if you are ever near Salina KS.

We stayed at the Salina KOA. Parked next to us was Jon and Denni from Albany CA in their Casita. We had a nice visit and it was fun comparing Casitas, as their's is newer and a different model than mine. Friday night a young couple was on the other side of us. He is with the Coast Guard and is being transferred from Florida to Alaska! (Wonder if he made someone mad to get a transfer like that?) Not too long ago he was followed around by a crew from the Discover show "Risktakers" as he is one of those rescuers that jump out of a helicopter into the ocean. His segment is suppose to be on sometime soon on Discovery HD and sometime next year for the rest of us who don't have HD yet. You meet some of the most interesting people in campgrounds.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Squeezing a short trip to Salina KS

for the Smoky Hill River Festival this coming weekend, June 7-10th. Made a 2-night reservation at the Salina KOA and going to take Eggcarto. That will satisfy my craving to spend some time with him until I can take off again later this month.

I have always wanted to go and this year I can. A long ago favorite band of mine Asleep at the Wheel will be in concert Saturday night. Lots of things to see, music and entertainment. I am ready. Oh, and all kinds of food.

On the way home am going to stop and visit Rolling Hills Wildlife Refuge, which is just 7 miles west of Salina on I-70. The last time I visited was 3 years ago on Mother's Day with Juno, on the day she first discovered the lump in her breast.