Friday, April 14, 2017

We’re at the end of yet another week — April is now officially at mid-point and we’re approaching the end of the first quarter of 2017. Our days fly by anymore; I feel like the last sands of the hourglass running through, faster and faster.

We had some serious black clouds and fierce winds yesterday here on top of the mountain. In Bakersfield, the sun was shining and there wasn’t a dark cloud to be seen. Returning home to our mountain top, we found the same angry looking clouds, imagining that it was going to pour on us before we could reach the house. Nope, not a drop fell. But the wind did blow like crazy. Last night, Robert investigated a noise he heard out on the deck and discovered our rain gutter flapping in the wind. I’ll have to call a repairman for it because it’s too high for Robert to begin to tackle. We’d been hearing a noise, off and on for the past few days but never could pin it down.

When we lived in San Diego, we were members of the San Diego Garden Railroad Society. Our friends in the club, Ken and Pat Stanfield, moved long before we did, to Washington State. Ken operated a part time business installing garden railroads for people there in Southern California, so when they moved he had some G-Scale track left. Their new home has several acres of land so he moved up a notch in train gauges to two-and-a-half inch –the size you can ride on! He not only built his railroad, the North Pacific Coast Railroad, but designed and began building “Rail Pups“, a self-propelled rail car. There are two versions, a Silver version, and a Gold version. Click on the Rail Pups link to check them out in detail.

Ken told us some time ago that he had extra G-scale track, and if we ever found ourselves in need of track to let him know. Well, that time has come and our additional track will be on its way to us the first of next week. Nice! We needed an additional 300+/- feet of track to complete the layout.

It may seem strange to some that we’re building a garden railroad when we have the real thing running 24/7 just below the house. But there’s an excitement to building a railroad, and operating trains on it. I love the sound of the locomotives, and enjoy working alongside Robert when he’s running the trains, or doing maintenance on the railroad. I help select the plants and maintain them. It’s all a very enjoyable hobby, and is a great stress reliever.

I just happened to look out my office window and spotted a UP high-rail truck tootling along at a good clip. He has no doubt been checking the condition of the rails, looking for weak spots or areas that need attention. I have several things that need my attention, so will close this for now with blessings to all. Have a good day. Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Enjoy your life…it passes far to quickly when you get older.


About tehachap

The easiest way to define myself is as a very happily married woman with two sons and two grandsons. My hobbies include reading, writing, sewing, trains (watching, photographing and running them in G scale), and travel. My husband and I are retired and we spend our winters in Arizona. I used to own a secretarial and desktop publishing business, but closed it when my husband retired in 1999. We have truly enjoyed our retirement years, and have fulfilled one of our primary goals in life and that is to own a home overlooking train tracks so we can watch trains 24/7. We are sincerely blessed in this life.
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