Thursday, May 6, 2010

This and That

Spring decides to stay

Spring must have decided to stay awhile in central Ohio. Finally. I can tell because I have made my daily commute via 2 wheels 3 days in a row this week. And my outlook on life has improved because of it.

There is one thing about these early season days that I have a hard time dealing with... and that's the 30º to 40º (F) temperature swings. In the mornings when I leave the house, our rural area has temps in the 30s and 40s. Then the sun comes up and by afternoon the mercury has the upper 70s in it sights. I need all the storage space in the saddle bags for the clothing I've shed.

A small price to pay, I think.

Musical floors?

The flooring project continues. Like so many projects, the scope has increased a bit. I knew because of my desire to do the work myself and pay cash for all materials, that it would take longer than if I had contracted the work out. The prep work is almost complete and the hardwood should arrive next week.

I suspect that I will have to take a few days off work to complete the installation. Spending a couple of hours on the project 2 or 3 nights a week and all day on Saturday is really stretching this out longer than I can tolerate.

For the past 6 weeks, we have been "living" in our dining room while the demo and contruction takes place in the living room. After the living room floor is down, we will move all of the furniture from the dining room back into the living room and then complete the removal and installation for the adjacent dining room.

Time keeps on moving

The calendar tells me that I passed middle age a few years ago. My head shakes and reminds me, "Whoa. Not so fast!" My heart whispers, "Never grow up." Regardless of what voice I listen to, the fact remains that I have more years behind me than before me. That truth seems to be reinforced more frequently of late as I note the passing of older friends and aquaintences.

The drummer for our band lost his dad this week. Bill was a young 69 years old and his passing caused me to pause and reflect upon life, family and friends.

Grandpa Doug?

Did I tell you I'm gonna be a grandpa? "Impossible!" I first thought. "I'm too young to be a grandpa!" But then, of course, I'm not too old. The baby is due around November and I'm really looking forward to excercising my rights to spoiling my first granchild.

Ride Safe!


Arizona Harley Dude said...

Happy to hear you're riding and the flooring project is moving along.

Sorry about your friends dad.

CONGRATULATIONS on the GRANDBABY!!! From experience I can say there isn't anything as great as a sweet little one running over, yelling Grandpa, and throwing thier arms around your neck. It gets better every time I see them.

cpa3485 said...

I can really relate to you on the temperatures. Have taken the heavy liners out of the gear. Heavy gloves in the morning, light ones in the afternoon. I'm not complaining.

Doug C said...

AZ - What a great image! I really am looking forward to this event.


cpa - It seems that the older I get the more suseptible I am to the cooler temps. But, as you know, it's worth it.


irondad said...

Interestingly, I enjoy these kind of temperature swings in the fall. Not so in the spring. Maybe it's the cold and clear of autumn versus the cold and wet of our springs.

Congratulations on the impending arrival. I'm looking at Ryan as I type this. He's a bit over three months old, now.

Maybe you should put a tail trunk on the cruiser. Set a new trend!