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post #1 of 11 Old 07-05-2020, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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Sunday/Rest, July 5, 2020

Mornin (barely) All.

Did everyone survive last night? I worked till 9:00. Lots of fireworks goin off in the country since all organized events were cancelled. They were pretty to watch on the half hour drive home. Once home I still needed to feed the horses of course and one particularly loud firecracker went off and spooked the horses. A rare thing. There are only 8 houses in my area so I have no idea where that one was at or why it was so loud!! Takes a lot to spook the horses.


Iíve been up and around for awhile this morning was busy outside. Clean and refill water trough time. It takes half an hour to fill the water trough and I always ride around the corral bareback while it is filling. Right toward the end it started raining hard enough that I had to come in the house.


Anybody got any plans for the day?
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-05-2020, 12:54 PM
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We had a heavy rain right at 7:00 so thankfully it was wet last night. Lots of fireworks. Which each year sounds more and more like gunfire. But they calmed down by 10:30 or 11 so for it being a Saturday night, not so bad
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post #3 of 11 Old 07-05-2020, 05:57 PM
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No sponsored events here . I live in urban area, so private fireworks are not allowed. We used to be one of the few areas that still allowed them, and folks would come in from other areas to shoot them off here. It was exciting, but dangerous.


Frankly, I am not sad to see them go. They are full of carcinogenous materials, create air pollution, come from China and leave garbage. I like the picnic and family aspect of the holiday more.


Today, it's yard work. Here in Seattle, we are not even really IN summer yet. A 'hot' day is 75 to 80. we still have the heat on in the house some days. We call it "Junuary".
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I was supposed to work a 12-hr shift (from 0600 to 1800), and our truck up and died in the ambulance bay at one of the Boston hospitals at just about 1745 (quarter of six). Between getting it jumped and dropping it off at the repair shop and picking up a different ambulance, we didn't get back to the base til close to 9pm. At least it's all double time? Plenty of amateur fireworks in all neighborhoods, and people actually setting up across the street from one of the little parks to watch the amateurs. I put in my earplugs and went to bed.



Today, a friend and I hiked at Quabbin Reservoir - stunning, fascinating history (four small towns were disincorporated for its construction in the 1930s). Beautiful, not too hot a day, but too many cars and motorcycles (there are public roads on the south end of the reservoir, where we were). But beautiful meadows and stands of pine. I need to get better at id'ing plants and flowers.
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We live in a rural area (about 15 miles from any town, in any direction) and last night I saw more fireworks than I have in years! It was great! I almost didn't go out to the top of the hill to watch for fireworks, and I thought, well, it's only once a year, so I did. I saw fireworks from at least 4 different locations!

I had to keep moving around to view different locations because of the trees. Sometimes I could hear them but not see where they were coming from. But anyway, after years of barely seeing any fireworks on the 4th and almost giving up on it, it was a great show last night. Once I was walking back towards the house, trying to see where fireworks were going off (because I could hear them) and some critter was running in front of me. I thought maybe it was a rabbit. I turned on my flashlight and it was a skunk! And I scared up another large animal on the back few acres, it went crashing through the brush. I think it was an elk or a deer.

So I had fun last night! I was even watching fireworks through the binoculars (because they were really far away).
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post #6 of 11 Old 07-05-2020, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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No sponsored events here . I live in urban area, so private fireworks are not allowed. We used to be one of the few areas that still allowed them, and folks would come in from other areas to shoot them off here. It was exciting, but dangerous.


Frankly, I am not sad to see them go. They are full of carcinogenous materials, create air pollution, come from China and leave garbage. I like the picnic and family aspect of the holiday more.


Today, it's yard work. Here in Seattle, we are not even really IN summer yet. A 'hot' day is 75 to 80. we still have the heat on in the house some days. We call it "Junuary".
I agree with the China aspect. I donít buy anything from China. The worst/sad part of that is how many food products come from there.


Once upon a time ago we always had the family reunion on Independence Day weekend. I miss that. Family is scattered all over the country now.


We have been hovering in the 90ís which ainít bad except when the humidity is high. I knew there was a reason I moved South. I still donít miss the cold/snow/ice.
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I was supposed to work a 12-hr shift (from 0600 to 1800), and our truck up and died in the ambulance bay at one of the Boston hospitals at just about 1745 (quarter of six). Between getting it jumped and dropping it off at the repair shop and picking up a different ambulance, we didn't get back to the base til close to 9pm. At least it's all double time? Plenty of amateur fireworks in all neighborhoods, and people actually setting up across the street from one of the little parks to watch the amateurs. I put in my earplugs and went to bed.



Today, a friend and I hiked at Quabbin Reservoir - stunning, fascinating history (four small towns were disincorporated for its construction in the 1930s). Beautiful, not too hot a day, but too many cars and motorcycles (there are public roads on the south end of the reservoir, where we were). But beautiful meadows and stands of pine. I need to get better at id'ing plants and flowers.
Nothin wrong with double time!! All the rest a pita.


Sounds like a good afternoon hike. I need someone to do that kind of thing with.
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post #8 of 11 Old 07-05-2020, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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@trailhorserider that sounds like a fun night! Sure glad that skunk didnít spray ya!!!
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Nothin wrong with double time!! All the rest a pita.


Sounds like a good afternoon hike. I need someone to do that kind of thing with.

I do enjoy OT/holiday pay! I was just grouchy because we didn't get to eat dinner (base was having a bit of a cookout, and we were also stranded in a somewhat inhospitable location) til close to 9pm. If I'd had food, I'd have been happy to stay there all night.



It's not bad to hike alone! Though it's probably safer to go with a pal, especially if it's a wilder area or no cell service if I get sick or injured.
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post #10 of 11 Old 07-06-2020, 07:04 AM Thread Starter
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@redbadger I wish I got holiday pay. Iíd of felt left out also re. the cookout.
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