Burr… Sunday with the sun coming up on December 24, 2017. It’s 43 degrees with no wind. Bernie and Chris are super frisky this cold day before Christmas.
There isn’t any sign of construction workers at the future mental hospital site. The men have been working furiously for the last week… pouring cement foundations and laying concrete block walls, attaching massive steel girders to partially completed walls.
Now, with their work completed just before Christmas, they can enjoy time with their families.
With these cold weather days, I am bundled up with a wool hat, wool scarf, thick gloves, and jacket. I walk much faster than usual; quickly to finish my twenty-five hundred steps. Normally I stride for three thousand, but with the nip in the air, I’m satisfied with a shorter distance.
The dogs don’t mind their brief stint in this cold air. It doesn’t give them their full measure of exercise. They know a hot breakfast awaits them within minutes of returning.
It is cold enough to enjoy hot coffee laced with French vanilla flavored Nestle Coffee-Mate. I lace more smooth Coffee-mate than actual coffee.
Anyway, it’s hot and tastes delicious.
For me, the day before Christmas and Christmas Day will be quiet. It is the calm before my storm of activity.
Tuesday, I will visit the Casita. I will set up the solar unit and test my brand-new cigarette plug-in. I need to find out if solar will power my computer. It didn’t last week when I tried it while camping at Quartzsite.
While in the Casita I will be busy taking measurements for several other modifications.
I’ve decided to shift sleeping from the side to the rear of the Casita. There is some expense involved. It requires careful measurement. Measurement for a wood platform as well as mattress material.
During the Quartzsite camping trip, I discovered there wasn’t enough room to prepare meals. I’ve ordered two shelving units. When they arrive next week, I will install them. It will double meal preparation space.
Christmas decorations around the resort now consist of both Christmas and non-Christmas items.
The Christmas decorations are traditional lights and colorful figures. The non-Christmas items are blankets, bedsheets and black plastic tarps. They cover outdoor plants to protect them from being frozen.
It’s been 43 degrees every morning at five o’clock. It’s probably a few degrees colder earlier. However, wind helps lower the temperature to below freezing.
At ten-thirty it is only sixty degrees, and I think it will be the high today.
For me, the good news is the shortest day of the year recently passed and now longer days begin.
I’m never satisfied. It was too hot for me last summer, and now it is too cold for me in December.