What came along with the rain was a beautiful sunrise. This time of year they are as pretty as the sunsets.
The rain also made for a cool low light shot, my favorite type of photography. I wish I could do more, but going out to crazy places alone at night isn't such a good idea in my area. Yes, I could take someone with me, but it's hard to convince them to lay on the wet grass and hold that flashlight just so. This one was taken of the full moon in my front yard with a landscaping light focused on the tree. Fun stuff!
It IS another day and yet another dollar WILL come out of my pocket in replacing those windows on the dormer. The scaffolding went up yesterday. Honestly folks, are there no halfway smart people left in the world? First he set it on top of the drip irrigation line, which I now will most likely have to replace .... then he set one leg on top of the rounded concrete mow strip .... and in the end, broke off one landscape light, then stepped in the middle of the bush at lower right, breaking off the biggest branches and ended up putting the scaffolding leg on top of the landscape lighting wires. It was like a comedy of errors only I wasn't laughing.
Don't worry, I'll make the contractor fix EVERYTHING!! The good news is that all these repairs, plus replacement of the trim all around the windows (which shows signs of dry rot), will cost the same as the other estimate ... $1700. I can deal with that. I AM going to make sure the neighbors see what's happening so I can bring up how the windows might have been broken ... with all those balls being thrown around my yard!! Really, we don't know why they broke.
There were a couple of little things from the Big Fresno Fair I wanted to share ... you can find all kinds of cool stuff in their commercial exhibit building. This is a portable microphone setup ... hands free for use at the rallies when all our other microphones fail, and Barbara picked up two phone cords for me, braided cable ones that won't break.
Then I spotted this beauty!! Our Indio FMCA rally theme this year is Beach Party, so I figured this would be the perfect outfit for one of our members to wear in the parade. Not me, mind you!! The skinniest one gets the honors!! I love the wig though ... I just might see if I can find that for everyday wear!
Upstairs in the museum are the most amazing pictures ... some painted, some photography ... of the Blossom Trail. I've never taken the drive, but I think it runs around Madera and Fresno Counties. If you don't want to go on a drive, just go upstairs to the back wall and take a virtual tour.
Normally when I'm at the fair, LOTS of dollars are siphoned out of my pocket for all sorts of crazy stuff ... like the Ginsu knives that can cut through concrete or the handy dandy chopper (I have three now) ... but this time I spent all my money on food. They have everything you could ever want at the fair, including some things I didn't even KNOW I wanted.
They had Cup of Corn ... a plastic cup filled to the brim with hot corn, smothered in butter and cheese. They had baked potatoes the size of dinner plates, barbecued and fried everything in huge portions, along with all types of drinks and ice cream to wash it down.
This was my churro lemon ice. As you can see, it's HUGE. This sucked $10 out of my wallet in a flash!! It was amazing ... and in case you're looking to put a few bucks back IN to your wallet, you can work for Fabes at the fairs they attend for $12 an hour. Just check Craigs List. Better yet, you can bet on the horse races. You'll either win big or lose your shirt!!
Another day, another dollar. I don't know how time passes so fast ... it's Magic Kingdom night again. Not that I'll make any dollars, but the free hot dog dinner will keep a couple in my pocket, at least until I have to spend it on Tums to repair the hot dog damage!!