Gata gallivant

The patio gets power-washed.

What a difference a rain makes.

At 9:15 a.m. the temp was just 60 degrees. A few days back the overnight low was higher.

The official precip’ tally for the past two days is 0.58 inch, or about half again what we had received all year long before the monsoons kicked in. Our widget shows 0.71 inch.

And it was still raining when we got up. Might keep raining for a while, too, if you believe the Wizards, who have greatly improved their batting average lately.

I rode a bike with fenders yesterday, and yes, I needed them. Not often, but still, glad I had ’em. Cyclists in the desert look askance at a bike with fenders until they’re sporting the chilly Brown Stripe up the backside of their bibs. Then they’re all like, “Hm, good idee,” as they’re doing the laundry and hosing the grit off their drivetrains.

Miss Mia Sopaipilla celebrated the change in the weather with a fine gallivant this morning, launching off the furniture, rocketing around the house, and diving in and out of a paper bag in my office, before finally tunneling under our bedspread and curling up for an extended snooze.

A nap sounds like an even better idea than fenders. But I haven’t had my gallivant yet.

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11 Responses to “Gata gallivant”

  1. Pat O’Brien Says:

    “What a difference a rain makes.” Oh my, that’s very good! Chapeau! Perhaps you can go on you gallivant (walk about) this afternoon and enjoy that odor that only a desert rain can make. Sadly, we are still waiting. We have just gotten sprinkles so far.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Thank you, sir. I did get out for a half-hour trail run, and as always I was amazed at how little standing water there was. Whatever the soil can’t swallow — and it was thirsty — gets sluiced away to the Rio via arroyos and manmade drainage channels.

      You guys are still skunked? Damn. The weather map shows a monsoon surging almost due north into NM and giving you-all the raspberry as it flies by. We might be looking at 1-2 inches per day for the next few days.

      I’ll stand on the roof and flap a blanket toward the southwest, see if I can drive a little of this your way.

      • Pat O’Brien Says:

        Mucho gracias mi amigo! Right now it look like the storms are up North around Benson. There is nothing building up over the Huachucas.
        I got out for a couple of miles of walking myself early this morning. A close friend who we were with yesterday tested positive for COVID last night and this morning using home test. He just went for his PCR at lunch time. So, Sandy and I are staying home except grocery shopping with a mask and walking outside. We are following CDC guidance and will test ourselves on Friday. Oy. He thinks the barber shop might have got him. So, no haircut for this wanna be hippie until the numbers go way down.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Ay, Chihuahua. Fingers crossed for you folks. We’re suddenly a high-transmission area here in Bernalillo County and I’m thinking it might be time to mask up again for grocery shopping. I don’t really go much of anywhere else. The bookstore every month or so to pick up an online order; the pet shop to collect kitty litter.

        Herself cuts what remains of my hair, so we’ve reduced our risk a bit thataway. Still, more and more people that I know are contracting this damn thing. I suppose we’re all going to have that dubious pleasure eventually. I’m not looking forward to it.

  2. Jeff Cozad Says:

    What is this widget you speak of? I’ve been considering some sort of weather station thing.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      We have an Acu-Rite 5-in-1 PRO+ Weather Sensor with a hi-res display and a lightning detector. You mount the sensor on a pole, hang the lightning detector nearby, and post the display somewhere in the house (ours sits in the kitchen).

      Kinda fun, really. There are weather stations all over the ’hood, and it’s interesting to check ours against the others. They probably fink for the federales, but hey, who doesn’t?

      I’m not entirely sure of its accuracy, but then the thermometer in the Subaru seems to be about 10 degrees off most days, so my default weather-detection protocol is to step outside for a quick assay of the meteorological situation. Boots on the ground, as it were.

      • SAO' Says:

        I used to have a wind gage mounted in the back yard. Last I heard, it was unmounted in some dude’s back yard in Wyoming, heading east at a steady 20 mph but occasionally gusting to 40.

        Everything is ball bearings these days, but both of our cars have some deal where it takes about 20 minutes for the temp gage to reset and transmit up to date info. And we only drive 20+ minutes every other month or so, which in Colorado translates to 3 seasons, so right now I’m pretty sure it says 45º while I’m watching the lawn crisp up.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Ah, those fabled Northern Colorado breezes. Chase you around a corner and meet you on the other side they will.

        The Buckeye Road Race may have been the only road race I ever did that featured a headwind regardless of whether you were headed north, east, south, or west. Lean into a corner, it would stand you right back up and off into the weeds you’d go.

        A comrade with his head down once T-boned a stray sheep at the Buckeye. But I don’t think he got to keep the mutton or wool.

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