Tuesday, September 8, 2009

When its over its over!

These holiday's are planned with lengthy anticipation, and hope for the best of times, but they never seem to live up to the expectations. Just like that they are over.

And so today was the end of such a holiday. Everyone was up at 8 or earlier, and packing out seemed to be the order of the day. The kids, of course didn't appreciate that their parents needed to be back at home to prepare for a work day tomorrow, so they were more than disappointed to find that boat rides were over.

We put up, packed up, and cleaned up. Ben and I extracted the jet ski from the lake for another year. Since I am too old and stiff to ride it much, and Loyce hasn't ridden it in years, I asked if they planned to be back to ride it again this year. "Well,,,,,probably not." So out of the lake it came.

We store it on its trailer in the back of the garage, which is attached to the house, so it will never totally freeze inside. Still we blew the water out as best we could. Pickled the gas with stabilizer, and filed it away. Later as it gets closer to November, we will extract the battery for setup with a trickle charger.

Loyce and I will go back and ride in the pontoon boat on some of the fall days, so nothing was done to it. I do add some stabilizer to the gas as I fill it on a routine basis, so it is half done all the time. We will change the oil, and pull the battery later next month.

Fall in Lake Ozark is quite beautiful, as the river oak trees really put on a color show.

We are back in KC now, with the utility trailer and the little scooter, in tow. I did prove, that the scooter could ride in the trailer for some distance, as it stayed in its straps, and chock, and never had any issues.

Tonight we are hanging around the house, in kind of recovery mode, as we are not used to minimal sleep, that is caused by the kids getting up with the sun. Seems we stay up after the kids go down, in order to get some adult time, which makes for a short night.

Tomorrow the utility trailer will need to go back to its storage lot. Before the nasty neighbor calls the jandarms.

Retired Rod


  1. Good Morning Rod.... I bet it is really quiet there today... It is amazing how empty a place can get without kids... Have a wonderful day!

    Travel Safe

  2. Hi Rod. I am surprised by your use of the word Jandarms. Did you know it's French for Police? And spelled as follows if not writing it phonetically. Gendarmerie. Your written pronouciation is correct though. I am sorry Autumn is here as well as our summers are SO short here in Calgary. Keep writing, I enjoy your blog very much!

  3. Hi Ant Z, I looked it up in the dictionary, and knew its French meaning before hand. The spelling I used was the webster's suggested spelling. When I first typed it, I spelled it with a G but got lost after the M. Webster couldn't even find it that way! Not surprising, LOL

  4. Jandarms looked strange to me, too, as I went to school in Paris, France that is, not TX! But it is in my dictionary as "gendarme" for a constable. I guess that is like a British "bobby".
    Anyway, you got the trailer moved before getting nabbed, that's the main thing.
    It is a shame that your holidays are over for now. Happy Trails, Penny, TX


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