It started a couple of days ago. Hot, humid weather has descended upon the shores of Lake Memphremagog and is making Newport pretty steamy during the day. Fortunately, it has cooled off nicely at night.
So, all the people who have been waiting for what they call “nice” weather should be pleased. It’s sunny, with a light breeze and is excellent for swimming and other water-related activities.
For Phillip and me, however, the heat means that we hit the bike trail early and retreat indoors the rest of the day. I haven’t seen the loon again but I did see a kingfisher with a fish in his mouth flying and I got a good look at a Cedar Waxwing today through my new binoculars. Again, there was a hummingbird at my feeder this morning. I’ve seen a Cedar Waxwing there too. Those guys are so elegantly marked in such tasteful colors!
Last night, due to the generosity of two former Newport residents, we enjoyed a splendiforous display of fireworks from Gardner Park. For nearly 45 minutes, the sky was alight with shimmering colors dripping from the heavens.
Work continued on the house this week and one of the showers is nearly finished needing only grout and then a custom-made curtain rod. The roof was finally completed and repairs/replacement of the rotten wood on the facade.
The plumbers roughed in the piping to another upstairs bathroom and added the heating zones, one for each guest room and one for the common areas of the house, and put in the indirect water heater which should save buckets of money for heating the water.
I plodded along, finishing the taping and mudding where necessary, repairing and painting the walls going to the basement, building some top-of-stairs shelving and continuing to work on the door knobs and other hardware. The new/old door I got at the salvage place needed repair so I whacked it with the hammer, glued it, drove in some long screws and then strapped it tight. Hopefully, it will hold together when I set it free!
I’m hoping things will cool down by the weekend. But in the meantime, I’m sure all the sun/heat lovers are enjoying themselves. Wish you were here!