Way overdue for a post. But May has been so busy! Thank goodness I have the last week of the month off to vegetate.
Speaking of vegetation … backyard garden is all mulched and ready.
On May 8th was the college’s commencement ceremony. It was nice, as always. The weather was very sucky though, cold and rainy. But the weather never seems to dampen the spirits of the graduates …
It’s now been two weeks since the graduates left campus. Enough time for the vacuum of silence to subside. The first day back to work after commencement is always bittersweet, the tumbleweeds blowing through the parking lots, and occasional cricket chirps … The students bring such life force to the campus, even when you see them all tired and stressed, carrying backpacks and coffee cups at 8 a.m. to their classes, texting on their cell phones … you really miss them right after they all leave for the summer.
May got so busy that I missed riding my bike for a few weeks. I made up for that last Sunday. My wife and I had a little “discussion” over how to handle the debris from a poplar tree that fell right into the horse riding ring at the bottom of the pasture. She had arranged for some guys to come with a truck and move it where she wanted it to go, and I said that was stupid and we should just pitch all the stuff I’d chainsawed up over the rock wall where all the stumps and trash from the pasture making process was placed. I said I was going to go and do just that. She said I was going to go for a bike ride. Couldn’t really argue with that. So I left at 10:30 and rode up to the Newbury Library to visit my friend Rosie. We resolved to try to ride together some time during my time off. I continued east, intending to visit the kids’ new house. It was a perfect day for riding. I stopped in Andover at the CircleK for a turkey and cream cheese sandwich. It was better than it sounds. I was hungry.
As I got to the road where the kids’ house is, I was getting tired. 42 miles or so. Downshifted to the granny gear and my chain slipped off. A comical little spin of the pedals and I flopped over, unable to unclip in time … damn and ouch. But I was able to get back on and continue up the Little Hill. As I came up the driveway, my son-in-law and his buddy didn’t see me until I was about 100 feet from them. They were taking a break from laying the hardwood flooring. I startled them. My son-in-law said that my hi-vis biking jersey was not very effective … they were just tired from the hard work …
They got a pretty nice deal on this Bruce pre-finished cherry flooring.
The utility company came and connected up the electric power today. Things are really coming along nicely. They’ll be moving in before they know it. I watched them nailing flooring down for a few minutes, using an air powered nailing gun run by a compressor and generator. It was a noisy process, but the floor looks beautiful. The entire first floor will be this lovely hardwood.
I left and headed into the Blackwater flood district, going down the road I’d come across a month before, getting wet. My touring bike handles the dirt roads pretty well, but requires extra alertness where the sand gets deep. Soon I hear a vehicle coming up the road behind me and it’s the guys. The generator ran out of gas and they needed to get some. I was tired enough to ask them if they were going to Warner, but they weren’t. So I continued on … and they came up behind me again a little further on. My son-in-law said he felt bad leaving me to ride on this nasty dirt road so they’d turned around and decided to get the gas in Warner after all. Threw the bike in the back of the pickup and squeezed in next to the guys. Saved me 5 miles of nasty bumpy riding. I still had some miles to go to get home, and as it happened I hit 53 miles almost exactly as I pulled into my driveway. Which is just great. Because in a couple of weeks, around my birthday, I will need to ride my age. Which will be 54. Also known as nine times six.
That’s pretty much all I got for now. Except for this photo of the dog. We got a new couch today. And he’s not allowed to get on it. I wonder how long that will last.