December 11th, 2011


Saturday, Not In The Park

Started off drear and drizzly, and boded extremely well for both Haile Town Centre Farmers Market and Downtown G'ville's Winter Gift Fair. Never did much improve much either, which did not stop us from persevering. Nor from getting damp.

I stayed to the Ranch to get the morning rounds done since the planned departure time for getting to Winter Gift Fair we set to before Herself would get back from Haile. Got the Horses and Hogs fed, however the drizzle cum rain started while feeding the Kid (we've one bottle kid currently), and the Goats all looked at me from under cover of their rain shelters and said, essentially, What? It's wet. You expect us to go out in that?

Sydney Subaru Outback mostly got loaded Friday evening, though there were still details to load in the morning, between the times when drizzle became rain and when it merely drizzled. All loaded up by 10:30 so ate some lunch and sat a bit with Houdini, telling myself the whole time that despite weather and probably turnout I would go to the show.

Used the time to mellow a bit and let my body catch up with healing on the head cold front as much as it could. Keep in mind 'colds' take a couple weeks to get over (unless you don't find someone to give it to, in which case it will take longer), and we are just now today getting to the one week point.

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In short, we arrived back at the Ranch more or less at the same time, parked, unloaded only the most perishable items (cheeses into the refrigerator) and left the rest which was either already wet or protected from the wet. Into the House where the Border Collie Bros bounded in happiness to see us. OK, so Squrrl bounced, Houdini pouted on teh bed (You Went Away For A Very Long Time). He did get off the bed and climbed onto the couch behind me while I ate home-made ham and been soup with rye bread for dinner.

Then a hot, hot shower, night-time meds and to bed. Actually slept pretty well over all, didn't get out of bed until nearly 06:30 this morning. Today will see no activity more strenuous than Morning Feeding Rounds. After that, actually partially before that set up pavilions to dry, then hang the display walls (damp) and set other things out to dry as well, unloading both truck and car. And laundry. Must do laundry.

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More Damp & Dreary, With Bright Spot

Day started off damp and dreary again, though not as damp as yesterday. Good thing that. We may not of gotten as much sunlight as the Weather Channel said we would. We got enough dry to open out the two pavilions and let them air dry from yesterday. Did that right after feeding the Big Critters and before feeding the Birds. After that, hung out the new Display Walls so they too can air out and dry, as well as the wonderful Kuma's Playpen Ranch banner sign Herself got made for the Farmers Market.

But no sun.

As I wrapped up on filling water stations for the Birds, Herself came out of the House with the land-line phone; call from old and dear friends M & Y NotOnBlogNets (that I know of), and currently on the road near to us bringing Mom to Baja Jorja for the winter. So we wrapped up the morning chores, which involved moving the pavilions onto the roofed back porch of Studio 318 (they are mostly dry, at the time, and moreso now) and unloading tables from the back of the pickup.

Then we drove into town to meet M & Y and Mom for lunch. Nothing fancy. Y selected the Cracker Barrel because it is located right by the interstate. We learned while at dinner that they experienced overheating problems with the car yesterday, so not being in surface traffic where idling without the radiator fan working is a good idea. While on the road, running, enough air flow passes through the radiator anyway.

At any rate, lunch lasted about two and a half hours, seemed like a lot less it went by so fast, and we all enjoyed ourselves. Y is now several years retired from Major Pharmaceutical Firm where as an architect he was responsible for a lot of their facilities planning. Now he is happy helping some of their children rebuild a house, and driving to Auto Meets with their fully restored Volkswagen Bus and Karmen Ghia.

Shared one of our photography portfolios with them so we're all up to speed on what we've been doing for fun and potentially a bit of profit.

Back to the Ranch, started the laundry (still ongoing at this writing), which involved a short nap with Houdini during the first load. Then a bit of surfing the 'Net, before out for Evening Rounds. Those done, fed the Bros, checked the laundry (still ongoing at this writing) and thinking about dinner.

Restful. Good thing, too. No voice.

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