Monday, August 18, 2014
Another Mountain Top Monday
Must have been quite a storm last night, but I essentially slept through it. I knew it was storming because I heard the wind and thunder, as well as the rain pounding down. This morning I got up, and it was still raining. Some of the breakers had tripped, so I had to reset those. That generally means there were lightning strikes in the area that put a pulse on the power line. No harm done, my sensitive equipment is all on good battery back up systems with high clamp speed surge suppressors.
The dogs and I took a walk down the old forest service road. I wore my hobo clothes and went wading with them. The water was up some but not enough to matter.
Later I went up to the study, smoked my pipe and listened to Rush Limbaugh on the only FM radio station I can get up here. It's part local news , including a lot of really boring high school sports stuff. However, they have some good radio shows like Rush and Glenn Beck, and Hannity. I smoke my pipe, sit in my over stuffed Lazy Boy, and look out the big plate glass windows into the mountains. My wife went up there the other day looking for something or other. She said she hadn't been up in the room for a couple of years and didn't remember how big it was. She has some problems with her legs so she generally lives on the main level of the house.
This is the part of the big lake in our county where it's wide enough to sail. I'm watching the newspaper for a small boat, either a sailboat or just a skiff with a kicker. There are islands in the lake where I could go out and camp, or just hang out for a day, and nobody would bother me and the dogs out there. A boat is on my list of " I wants" but I am not really sure what priority it has.
My table under the trees. Even on hot days, I can sit out here and the sun doesn't get on me. That whole area is well shaded by poplars. I can see out through the meadow, and to the start of the Jeep trail. Great place for coffee in the morning, or a coke in the evening. I like to smoke my pipe out there after dark, with the Tiki torches going. At this time of year, the meadow is ablaze with lightning bugs, and it's very restful.
So, life goes on. Sometimes the pace is hectic, and other times it's sedate. Today looks like one of the latter, which is ok with me.