Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Well, what a pleasant diversion it was to go to the pastor's house for their 4th BBQ.  A nice amount of people showed up, I sat down at a table in the middle of the yard.  We were all in complete awe at the temperature - the middle of the afternoon in July and it was in the high 70's.

I was fortunate enough to sit and chat with some very amiable ladies, one of which we must have chatted for at least 3 hours.  Gotta love that.  I got there after they had already cooked the hamburgers, so I put the steaks in the refrigerator and told the Pastor he could have them later on or tomorrow or whenever.  It was truly amazing to be sitting out in the middle of a lawn in Phoenix, in July, and not burning up.  There was a cool breeze, the sky was completely overcast and wow!  Just unbelievable, really.

Tomorrow, of course, the temp goes back up to 101, then the rest of the week well into the 100's.  It was a reprieve from the heat today that likely won't see again for at least a couple of months - but one never knows what's going to happen in the monsoon season.  It IS possible this kind of weather could occur again, but what a perfect day to have such!  On a Holiday day, the event was already planned, we weren't all stuck inside the house because of what normally would have broiling high temps.

Yes, I could go on and on about it, point made.

Well, when I was leaving, the pastor asked me when I was coming back to eat the steaks with them?  No, man, you can just have them, eat them at your pleasure.  No, he insisted, please come back and help us eat them, when are you available this week? Ummm, well, whenever you want, I guess, though I am seriously considering heading up to the mountains again tomorrow.  Not sure yet.  I will make that decision tomorrow at my leisure, I am on vacation and not feeling pushed to do anything.

In fact, I was feeling particularly non-motivated to do anything but sit around and chat.  I only left because I was starting to get sleepy, just one of those days.  It was raining on and off while I was sitting out there, I thought nothing of getting a bit wet to be honest.

Nothing more to see here : )
Happy Independence Day.

Sky is overcast here and the temps are way down.  Down enough that I was just out front attempting to fix and re-line the rest of the drip irrigation system.  I had torn much of it out to re-do the landscaping - but - hand watering that situation everyday is getting old, very old.

Further, if I want to take off for more than a couple of days, I need that system up and working so I can have Mark just flip the lever on the water valve to water all of that versus attempting to ask him to hand water that entire group of trees and plants out there.  So, almost done.  Unfortunately, I do not have enough laser soaker hose and will have to buy more.  It's a hose with precision holes in it all the way down.  It works much better than the drippers when using it on ground covering plants.  I don't need that much more of it, though, and pretty much that entire system is done out there.

No great plans today.  Going to stop by the pastor's house with those steaks and visit for a while, but probably not too terribly long.  I'm kind of tired, didn't get to bed until my version of late last night and, inevitably, woke up with the sun this morning.  I'm on vacation and intend on doing whatever, whenever.  It's been a while since I've had this many days off, today being the first day and I just want to do a lot of nothing.

Well the rain finally came. I mean, the ground is getting wet, not drenched, but that's gonna have to be good enough for me.

Ummm, long delay.

Off to BBQ.

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