Tuesday, June 30, 2009
lots of rain but none for me
35 longhorns took up residence this morning at the end of my driveway - only 4 wandered in to check out what Benita was up to. Had a surprise visit from Guillermo so he got a good back scratch and some snacks. Got another early start today and poured the last voids for the north and south entrance. Set the forms for the transition section on the east entrance and poured them as well. As I was cleaning up from the labor, I spotted some baby Mexican Generals (Mexican Privates?) by the shower stall. These little grasshoppers were barely a half inch long - but grow to over 2 inches long as adults.
Did a quick GrubShack lunch then headed back home to get some more work done. Benita was on hand all day but kept a low profile. Lots of cloud cover all day which really helps with the temps and UV. Around 1:30PM it started looking really ominous in the sky so I checked the Doppler radar - sure enough there were some major storms all around me. By 2 it looked like it was pouring east of me by the highway so I called the GrubShack for a weather update - Betty reported that it was a deluge just 2.5 miles away. Checked in with Chuck and he got dumped on as well. Meanwhile back at the Field Lab, not a drop of rain.
Took advantage of the natural evaporative cooling that the clouds and storms were providing and got back to work. Made 4 trips to my dam with the wheel barrow to shuttle sand back to the east entrance to fill the remaining blocks. Pulled the forms on that end by the containers and filled the last two re bar voids with concrete. Clocked out at 6PM.