Sunday, July 04, 2010
I got up this morning, and it was wet, but not raining. I took the dogs for a ride over to Sweetbay and got four apple fritters and two glazed cake donuts - three for me and three for the BW. I was going to cut the grass after I read the comics and ate my donuts, but by 7:30 it had started to rain again. I had emptied the rain gauge, and the last time I looked we were up to three inches again (it's 10:55 now) and still having that nice stead rain. I think the drought may be breaking. And we don't have a boat.
Unless something changes a lot, I won't be cutting the grass this Sunday, and we won't be going over to Tampa to party on the American Victory and watch the fireworks. Bummer. And the grass really needs to be cut.
Saturday, July 03, 2010
I forgot to say - it rained like crazy this afternoon. I don't know how the fireworks will go tomorrow.
Saturday, July 03, 2010
Well, I got my walks in today, and my legs didn't want to quit before I even got started, so it can't be all bad. I did get sprinkled on while I was out alone, but not really wet. I passed the grocery, and it would open in 10 minutes, so I waited and then I brought home a half gallon of skim milk for the BW, and 8 cups of yogurt for me, so I had four pounds hanging off of each hand on the way back from Sweetbay. It is about a mile and a half, and the groceries got sort of heavy by the time I got home.
Today is the Automobile Section day for the St. Petersburg Times, and looking at the ads I saw that I could buy a new Malibu from Autoway for 15,988, which is only about a thousand more than the end of the year specials last year. Of course you have to pay tax and so on, but no "fee" to fight over with Autoway. I still have $2250 on my GM card, which would bring it down to $14,000. Then I wondered how much the Stratus was worth, so I looked that up just now, and it looks as if a dealer would want 5525, and I might be able to sell it for 3775. If I got $3k out of it, a new car would cost us about $12,000, which is pretty cheap.
Then I decided to search the Autotrader.com, and found a 2006 Camrey XLE from a guy in St. Pete who is moving to New York. He is willing to sell it for $9250, which is a third of the sticker four years ago, without the transportation. There were several 2003's there with more miles, lower trim, and a higher asking price, so I guess Dave Ramsey is right, If you are willing to play cash and search for a few months you can find a bargain. You just need to find someone who really wants to get rid of the car, show up with the currency in your hand, and make him an offer that he can accept.
It made me want to buy another car. I guess I better start reading another book.
Friday, July 02, 2010
It's noon now, and it has been raining since 6:00 this morning. It was raining at 10:00 last night - we only gained 0.2 inches of downfall in the rain gauge by this morning, but it's higher now, and still going up. The paper reports the rainfall at a single point - the Tampa International Airport. According to the paper, we haven't had any rain for the past three days at least, but right here (20 miles away) I know we have had more than 5.5 inches. I'm not inclined to wander around in the rain for an hour, so I guess it's just the inside exercises for me today.
The worst part is that the prediction is 70 per cent for rain for each of the next three days, then 60, and then finally getting back to 50 per cent after a week. I guess I shouldn't have given my Aerdyne away.
Thursday, July 01, 2010
The weather prediction for here has been 60 per cent for rain for each of the past few days, and for the next two or three, then it goes down to 50 per cent for each day, and a week out to only 30 or 40 per cent. But that doesn't tell you how much rain you are going to get. Tuesday I walked without problem in the morning, but it started raining in the late afternoon, and we got a total of eight tenth of an inch by bedtime (10:00 for me.) At 6:00 yesterday my rain gauge had nine tenths of an inch showing. I went out yesterday early and the sunrise wasn't a bother because there were some thin clouds in the east, so the sun didn't actually show until after I walked the dogs.
Yesterday afternoon, around three, the rain started in earnest. My rain gauge shows markings up to five inches, and there is about another half inch from the top mark to the upper lip of the gauge. By about six or six thirty the gauge was full to the top, so I know we got more than 4.5 inches of rain yesterday.
Today I went out for a walk, and there wasn't any sunrise. It was cool, cloudy, but no breeze, and a very pleasant walk, and it was still overcast when I walked the dogs and brought them home. The thermometer on our front porch read 76 degrees at 7:30 this morning. That's cool weather for us at this time of year. There's still no sun, and it's still cool. There was sand covering the sidewalk in quite a few places, and on both sides of the street. I think Pinellas County is mostly a big sand pile, with dunes making the hills and no stabilizing vegetation where there isn't any irrigation. For some reason, the native plants leave a lot of open sand in many areas.
I checked the St. Augustine grass plugs I had in the front yard, and they are all perky and looking happy. I also scattered another 18 of them in the back yard, and had just ignored them. I went out and checked, and was able to find 10 of them, all looking fine. I assume the other 8 are doing well and would look fine if I could find them. Sooner or later I'm going to have an all grass yard, I hope.
All in all, I have to say that we're having pretty good weather, and my only complaint is that I have to wear my old hearing aids so that if it starts raining I can pop them out and hide them in a plastic bag.
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