Friday, October 1, 2010

Who put the "OH!" in October?

The title to this blog post is one of Susun's favorite seasonal sayings.  When we lived in Arizona, October was a time when blistering hot summer temperatures finally began to moderate.  Right now, it's hotter than Hades down in Ol' Airy Zonie--Phoenix set a record at 107 yesterday and it's been at near record temperatures down there for days and daze.

Speaking of records, Idaho Falls set two new records on Sunday and Tuesday when the temperature peaked at 87 degrees.  Yesterday's high was only 83 but it sure felt hot in the late afternoon.  I'm sure you heard that Los Angeles hit 113 the other day.  The local weather people think new records are possible during the next three days before an incoming Pacific system breaks up the early fall heat wave.

We spent the entire day working on the cook shack project yesterday.  Left home only once and that was to take the Patio-Caddie grill to the car wash for a "meet & greet" with the high pressure hose.  I wound up getting literally covered with back splatter grill grease.  My, how fun!

The shack is all ready for Teton Steel's metal roof products we expect to pick up today.  Meanwhile, the new and improved cook shack is fully functional.  Out with the old, in with the new.  The courtyard is free of cooking stuff, too, and looks MUCH better.  We grilled up five turkey sausages in the new shack last night.  It sure is fun having my shack back. It's neat and clean as a pin and the surrounding area is spotless, too, thanks largely to Houn Dawg.  He came over and hauled off all our firewood, bought both dutch ovens and picked up the charcoal and charcoal grill, too.  What a guy!  He also brought a big fish he caught last weekend in Jackson Lake.  What's not to like about a guy who brings a fish and cleans your yard, too?  THANKS, HD!

While we're waiting for the steel roof people to call, we're going to begin on the porch project this morning.
The biggest grunt therein lies in digging two huge, deep holes in which to pour concrete to support the uprights that will bear the weight of the new overhang.  Since the freeze level is so deep, the holes have to be even deeper.  As some of you know, mixing and placing concrete is at the top of  "The Things I Wish I Didn't Have To Do" list.

Maybe this morning, I can finally get motivated to learn enough about geo-caching so Terry and I can actually go find one of the little buggers.  I will also spend some time down on the Greenbelt in response to a request received from France.  No kidding.  Well, actually, the request isn't from a French person, it's from an Idaho Falls person who happens to be vacationing over there.  Carrie & Jerry are having a grand time and it sure is fun to follow their exploits.  Thanks for reading the blog, Carrie.

Susun is having a lot of fun volunteering for Habitat for Humanity.  True to form, Susun has become the organization's "official photographer."  Vol. 1, No. 1 of the new local Habitat newsletter came out yesterday and all of its photos were taken by Susun.  They are very professional looking photos. She does such great work when she photographs people at parties and events.  She has a unique talent for getting people to look and smile their best when she clicks the shutter.  I am her #1 Photo Fan, of course, and looking forward to each of her Habitat adventures in the future.  Habitat here is trying to take their construction to the next level.  In past years, they struggled to get a single house done each year.  Now, they are hoping to do four a year.  This year's house will be dedicated October 23rd and I sure am glad we will be here and get to go to the event.

Things are kind of "iffy" for our scheduled trip to City of Rocks with The Spudboater.  The weather people are chattering about next weekend's weather like a bunch of supercharged squirrels.  It's going to be real interesting to see how it all shakes out (or pours down, as the case may be).

Today also marks another milestone.  We're going to officially begin formal packing for our upcoming Arizona trip.  By the end of the day, we hope to have several boxes completely packed and ready to load into the trucks.

Goatherder is picking up the pace with his wine blog.  It's a consistently good read and I think he's settling into a regular rhythm posting.  His latest post on the "mystery" wine made me LOL.  Click here for his blog.
I'm also having fun following Harry's Hideaway Twitter account.  That guy writes a really interesting series of Tweets, at least if you love reading about foodie stuff.  I can hardly wait to go visit his place this winter.  Here's the restaurant's actual Twitter account.

Obviously, there's not much going on around this neck of the woods.  Just a lot of grunt work in the trenches of daily life.  We hope you have a wonderful First Day of October!  Many Cheers, jp

PS-One of our Dear Friends was born in October.  CB, as she is called, pioneered a whole new concept of celebrating a birthday.  For CB, it simply wasn't about the mere day of her birth.  Oh, no, it was much more.  CB turned us on to the concept of the Birthday Month wherein each day is a reason to have a party.  We really like that idea.  It's akin to the whole concept that "It's 5 o'clock someplace."  We haven't heard much from CB's corner in several years.  She's been going through some tough times.  Our thoughts turn to CB's Birthday Month today and we hope and pray she is well and happy!

PS #2--Here's the weekly blog statistics. We've been running about 20 visits a day and this week, we ticked up to 22 visits per day.  During September, visits increased by 550 and page views by 900.


            Total ........................ 1,818            
            Average per Day ................. 22            
            Average Visit Length .......... 2:59            
            This Week ...................... 155            

          Page Views

            Total ........................ 3,292            
            Average per Day ................. 36            
            Average per Visit .............. 1.6            
            This Week ...................... 254 
Remember: The stats are only from June 19 to date.
The blog began January 1st.  I didn't add a counter until June 19.

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