The weather has been teasing us lately. We have had 'measurable' rain twice in the past few days. Saturday afternoon we had a shower as the cold front approached. Just under 0.05 inches. Not enough to really count.
Yesterday afternoon, it clouded up, we could see the storm clouds building. But they were very localized showers. If you happened to be under a cloud, you got a shower- a few hundred yards away, you got nothing. We were fortunate enough to be under a cloud. Hooray! But again, just under 0.05 inches. sigh.
So, the rain has been here- just not enough to be helpful.
V has been laid up all afternoon. Our friend Mike's servers were acting up again and V was down moving large machines around this morning and managed to pull a muscle in his back- again. He originally injured it moving the stair platform a week and a half ago. So he has been spending some quality time flat on his back today while I've been at work.
At least he was fine this morning to come to my rescue on my way to work. My bus broke down on the way into town and we were stuck waiting for a replacement bus. I didn't have time to wait the 20+ minutes it would have taken for a new bus to get there and still get to work on time. So, I called V who came and picked up me and one other regular rider who also works at the hospital and he gave us a ride. I was still a couple of minutes late but not enough to worry about. In the good old days- we were considered professionals who did our work and managed our time like professionals- we were expected to do our work, staying late if necessary and flexing our time as needed to maintain our 40 hours/week. But a few months ago we had to start clocking in. Initially we just had to clock in some time in the morning to prove we were there but evidently that wasn't good enough and we were told we had to clock in within half hour of our start time. Then the screws tightened even further and we have only a few minute window in which to clock in or we have to provide an explanation to management. This has caused no end of stress in the mornings, not just for me but for others who are reliant on public transportation or who have to contend with railroad crossings on their way to work. It really makes us feel like we aren't considered professional or trustworthy. We also now need to 'get permission' to stay late or flex our time ourselves. Definitely not as great a work environment as when I started there. It has turned into much more of a business than patient care and that makes me sad.
But, in lighter notes- the weather has been cooler- of course it's kind of funny to think of 87 as cool! The tree and shrubs we planted over the weekend are doing well. I got a couple more cherry tomatoes out of the garden. The chickens are picking up production again with the cooler weather.
Otherwise, I've not got much. Work has been incredibly hectic and stressful with us being really, really short staffed. We're running out of time for all the summer projects we wanted to get done. Justine only has another month before she heads off to school. Life continues busy.