I live with a woman who CRAVES her sunshine and one of the benefits of migrating South for the winter is an increase in the duration of sunlight. A lot of folks talk about the fact that as you go North the summer days get longer and the winter days get shorter; I never hear people talk about the corollary: the closer to the equator the less change in length of daylight — and consequently the more the reverse of the above is true: days stay light longer than if you were in the North, and nights aren’t as long as if you were in the North.
Having never lived in the South before we knew it would happen but we’ve never lived through the experience. It’s such a simple reality; but if you crave sunlight and you are accustomed to the sun going down at 4 p.m. – before you even leave work – then there’s something actually thrilling about that extra 90 minutes of sun that we’re getting here. It’s funny the way the simplest things can give so much joy. And so it is that I have a happy wife right now. We’re less than 10 days from the shortest day of the year — and the beginning of lengthening days! Hooray.
A few thoughts on Stairs
Our neighbors to the North got a new RV last August. They had a Monaco coach — made by the same people who made our Holiday Rambler — and tooled around the country for 8 or 9 years. But they’re getting older and the prospect of driving it South from Missouri each year has gotten the best of them – they sold their coach and bought a 5th wheel. They don’t have a truck — so the dealer delivered it to their site for them. And the Dealer didn’t put it in the right place so Wayne came over the other day to move it a few feet to the side and towards the back of the pad. AND THEN….
They decided a set of wooden stairs were mandatory. If you don’t have an RV (more specifically a 5th wheel trailer) you may not be familiar with unevenness of RV steps. In a sticks & bricks building who ever thinks about stairs — they’re uniform and they work. But, as a matter of course the fold out steps on a 5th wheel (and many coaches) are usually quite narrow and steep. Being narrow, the depth of step you foot can rest upon feels stingy. Being steep they force you to actually think about how much of a step you are taking in or out — and it’s fequently high and often not the same size as the step before it or the step after it.
The choice of stair builders here is limited: they’re all geezers like us. Well, when you have a bunch of geezers building your steps, you better be prepared for an interesting and lengthy process. These guys have more than enough power tools — some of these guys have enough power tools to build an entire home. So, you’d think that the process would go quickly. Think again.
When you have a bunch of geezers building your steps for you, you’d think it would be a rapid process. With 4 seniors working on the project how can it not be done in a single day?
But…. when you have a bunch of geezers working on your steps you have to expect pauses for the telling of stories, and 3 hour lunches at Whataburger. Carl (our neighbor) would gladly have treated the guys to a better meal than ‘just’ a Whataburger but that would have meant working longer and us old codgers have a thing about how hard and how long we work — I guess.
At the moment the pedestal is complete. The steps are still in process. And poor Carl is fit to be tied wondering where his crew got off to!
In between checking in on the workers, I got around to running a cord through that unexplained hole in the office floor. I attached a heavy duty female plug to the new cord and now we can access an extra 15-20 amps (depending on the wiring) when needed. Cool Beans!
Whacked Out Birds
I need to get my bird book out and see if I can identify these birds. Unfortunately my bird BOOK is of no help with bird songs — and these guys have the strangest alternate call. I know there are birds like Mynas and Parrots that are adept at imitating sounds. These guys look a lot like a Blackbird or Grackle but they sure don’t sound like any Blackbird or Grackle that I’ve ever heard before. Their normal call is birdlike enough — but there are times when they seem to imitate sounds they hear — and in particular a sound that sounds like metal flexing. It’s crazy. Sure doesn’t sound like a BIRD!
Well, enough for today. We’re hoping to get moved on Monday. Fingers crossed that the rain stays in the clouds. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.