Sometime during the night I heard the sound of raindrops bouncing off the ledge outside my windows. We are in a mild drought area - nothing like the west and southwest, but the lack of snowfall and spring rains have contributed to the general dryness. There is no significant wind or lightning - just a gentle, soaking rain and it is welcome. Although it is still a chilly 38 degrees this morning, the warm sunshine is promised for the weekend and into next week.
Early yesterday afternoon my new stove and refrigerator were delivered. I have to admire the cheerfulness of the two delivery guys, who, in spite of huffing appliances up and down the steep stairs to my apartment, were smiling and pleasant. I remarked to one, a tall, muscular young black man, that I marveled at how he and his partner could spend their days carrying heavy refrigerators, especially on stairs like mine. He laughed and replied that it was a job and he was glad to have it. He said that many who don't have jobs wind up behind bars and he would much rather be working. Besides, with all the lifting and carrying, he didn't have to go to the gym to get a work-out.
The new refrigerator is larger than the old one. The guys took my apartment door off the hinges. They removed the doors from the refrigerator. They took a part that was protruding off the back. And even with all of that, they only cleared the doorway by maybe a quarter of an inch. But the old, troublesome appliances are gone and the pretty new ones are in place. Landlord came by about suppertime and hooked up the gas to the new stove. I think it is a good day to test the oven with a batch of homemade bread.
Son went to the store this morning and brought me back two packages of bacon ends and pieces, for a total of 6 lbs. This afternoon I will chop the bacon into about half-inch pieces, lightly brown them and can them in half-pint jars. The homemade bacon bits are so good on salads or in scrambled eggs or omelets.
So now I'd better get busy. After weeks of relative inactivity, it really feels good to have stuff to do!