A Rainy Day Indoors

12/20 Thursday, 66/57, rain showers, E10-15>SE20-25>30 - I’ve had a headache all day, despite which I accomplished some things and still managed to appreciate the day. I went to bed early last night, which meant I had dishes to do this morning - something to slowly awaken my body while coffee was brewing. Dobbs took Murphy for a morning walk and found a river otter lounging on the dock. He wishes he’d gotten a picture, but he didn’t have his camera with him. We didn’t realize they were so big - about half again to twice the size of a house cat. After breakfast, I wrote in the log for yesterday and put together two blog pages. I also figured out a meal menu for the next two weeks. We want to get groceries in now, since we don’t know the availability of the courtesy car around Christmas nor the grocery store hours, and we hope to depart here on Christmas Day. The next grocery stop could be Darien or St. Mary’s, and then New Year’s Eve and Day will factor into commerce. Best to have a bit on-hand.

Dobbs practiced making soft shackles for use with our chain snubber. He followed instructions from two websites: “Soft Shackle” and “Better Soft Shackle” on Animated Knots by Grog, and “Better Soft Shackle” from L-36. He says he found the animated instructions easiest to follow, but they left some questions that he felt were clarified by L-36. He also made the thimbled eye in the length of 1/2” 3-strand. If you have questions about the soft shackles or splicing, or if you’d like some insight for trying it yourself, please feel welcome to call, text, or e-mail.

After lunch, I replied to comments on social media - I enjoy the interaction - and dealt with mail that required attention. At 3:30pm, there was a break in the rain that allowed me to go for a walk with Murphy and Dobbs to work on the transmission.

Looking south on Skull Creek.

Looking south on Skull Creek.

Brad shipped the transmission full of fluid, so it needed to be drained to the proper level. Then Dobbs made some more adjustments to the alignment. During my walk, I saw a sizable alligator laying by the edge of the pond. I don’t think I’ll ever become accustomed to seeing alligators in the park!

This ain’t normal folks.

This ain’t normal folks.

Shortly before 5pm, we called it a day. I washed the lunch dishes, put out a snack, and sat down to relax. I sent out our holiday e-mail, hoping the recipients will have time to read it before they shut down their computers for Christmas break. Then, with the ground beef remaining after making last night’s meat sauce, I made cheeseburgers and served them with pan-roasted potato wedges.