What a differently fun weekend.

On Saturday morning I drove up to Red Top Mountain State Park and did a 5.75 mile hike before meeting my buddy Hank in Cartersville to do a little beer drinking.

Yesterday I met Barb, Sally, Allan, JoAnna, and Mike at the Silver Comet. Mike is doing RAGBRAI this year so we put him through a little training by doing a 44 mile ride which included three beer stops and a late lunch at a Mexican restaurant.

After washing the Silver Comet off of my bike I signed up for the BRAG Amsterdam ride next year! What?!?! Yes, yes I did. Now I just need to ensure my passport is up to date.

I spent most of the evening recuperating on the couch and then at 9pm I looked at the weather forecast and saw a storm headed toward Atlanta. WLF received two heavy rain events over the weekend and since I left the house early each day I never got around to emptying my water trays. That was the chore I
accomplished as daylight gave way to the night.

Tonight I am staying home and cooking the dinner I planned, but never cooked, to make Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Tonight’s dinner will be meatloaf with zucchini/squash casserole. I need to use up some of the WLF vegetables that have been sitting in the refrigerator.

I solved today’s Wordle in six attempts; my starter today was SHIFT. I really thought that I was in for a Wordle Fail today.

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28 Responses to 2023-07-10

  1. Needless to say, I am confident I can turn off my sprinkler system for a day or two.

  2. Steve says:

    Wordle fail! I attribute it to doing it at 00:15 this morning.

    Debbie fell off her horse yesterday. Cracked ribs, partially collapsed lung. This happened while I was flying back from JAX yesterday. Not a fun text to receive once on the ground. The lung was too much for Piedmont Newnan too handle, so they were finally able to transfer her to Grady. I finally got in to see her at 10 last night. She was as comfortable as expected, but still in the trauma center while they decided where to put her.

    Heading back down shortly.


    • Holy crap. Those horses… Best wishes to Debbie, and to the man who will have to nurse her back to health.

      Sorry about Wordle.

    • David says:

      OH NO!!! Based upon my recent experience of having a relative in Grady for a couple of days, that is the place to be when the wheels are coming off of us. Best wishes to Debbie for a speedy recovery.

      • steve says:

        When the Newnan folks said they recommended sending her to Grady, I think they expected some pushback. I know it’s a bit of a nuthouse, but as I told the nurse, they put out a hell of a lot of good medicine. After I got out of the ER waiting area and into the hallway looking for her, everyone was polite and helpful!!

    • Sally says:

      Oh no!! Sorry to hear Steve. Sending good vibes for a speedy recovery.

  3. David says:

    I am back to the salt mine for a couple of days, and then off to Colorado Springs on Wednesday. The flights to and from Belize were uneventful, well, from a typical air travel standpoint. On Saturday we left Belize early and landed early. We also got our carry on bags checked for free (which I took advantage of since we had 1 checked bag anyway) and I got a free upgrade to an exit row, which felt palatial.

    There is much to tell about Belize, but I’ll have to spread it out over the course of the week as I have to to leave for an appointment now, and then I am slammed into the evening.

    Wordle in 3 starting with HEAVY. That’s an appropriate word given Debbie’s situation. Hang in there, Steve.

  4. Barb says:

    Send Debbie our love – hope she gets out of there quickly – but if she’s still there tomorrow, Allan is working, maybe I can get him to stop by.

  5. “Only” 1.5 inches of rain captured in WLF. I have a lot of water in containers, and need to put the “new” rain barrel in place so that I can start storing water in it.

  6. Sally says:

    Funniest moment of the bike ride on Sunday was when we left the Mexican Restaurant. Paulie convinced us the Silver Comet Trail was just down this road…..well it was. Like above us…like in BRIDGE…with no access. Then he pulls out his phone. Says if we go left and then left at the next light…we should run into the trail there. Well, we did…like under us…like in TUNNEL It was hilarious. A mini hash on bikes. Fun times. Hot humid run this morning at the river. Not many folks out. My big lovable lap dog Hershey went home last night. Quiet this morning.

  7. steve says:

    Finally in a room- IOU8 (??).

    Heading north.

  8. Bob says:

    Back from 2 weeks in Orlando, lots of boats, beaches, and beers. Looking forward to getting back to normal. Florida is fun but I forgot how fucking hot it is down there, so bad I could not convince myself to get out for a bike ride.

    I saw that BRAG Amsterdam trip and thought about how fun it would be. Quite the hefty price tag but for all they are providing would probably be worth it. I’m on the fence about it.

    Sorry to hear about Debbie! Hope you can manage the pain and heal quickly.

    • I’ll be suffering in Florida in about two weeks.

      While it is a hefty price, $3500, it’s about $1000 cheaper than a nearly identical trip I saw Sojourn Bike Tours offering next year.

      • Bob says:

        I’m guessing that airfare will be about that for you and your bike. Still $4500 for a pretty epic trip is not too bad.

        • steve says:

          Funny thing, they try to get you to NOT bring your bike, as a 7 speed is included. It is flat, after all.

          • Yeah, I’m of two minds about not bringing my bike. But, to be fair I didn’t ship a bike to Germany nor did I to Vermont, so I might as well ride theirs. Each day is only 30 miles or so, and should be extremely flat profile, so I shouldn’t miss having my bike.

        • Barb says:

          We will ride their bikes (I mean, it is included in the price)
          I have no interest in shipping a bike. PLUS – I want to spend time in Brussels & Bruges ahead of time, and a day or 2 or more in Amsterdam after. Not dealing with bikes will make it so much easier.
          And to me – to have the floating “hotel” with plenty of food & activities included – I don’t think the price seems too outrageous.

    • Barb says:

      and Bob – come on – join us!!!! Laura would have a blast, maybe you can get a tandem?

  9. In from a very humid WLF.

    Had to compost some of the (most likely) last zucchini and yellow squash because they contained slugs or worms. I pulled three of the plants that have passed their productive time. I harvested a couple of green tomatoes to add to the cache of ripening ones I have indoors.

    One ant bite later on the top of my foot and I decided to call it quits. WLF, ants!?!?

    Lunch will be yet another tomato sandwich!

  10. steve says:

    With the patient in the “not quite ICU, but we still want to watch you closely” unit. No longer on O2, and the O2 levels look better than yesterday for sure. Prolly on some good pain meds, but I still hear her groaning. Breathing is a biatch.

  11. Wow, I went outside to do a couple of things and it feels very warm out there.

  12. Knocking some shit of my To Do list.
    – 2024 license plate sticker put onto license plate
    – key fob battery replaced in hopes that the key fob will be more responsive

  13. Barb says:

    Covering for a co-worker today – Damn, his freight is a lot of busy work. Nothing that hard, but too many people need updates about everything.

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