This weekend the cold front blew in with full force but the forecast turned out to be less accurate than expected. What I saw was predicted lows in the 50’s and highs in the mid 70’s. Instead both days were completely PA gray with Sunday being especially so with the temps never getting much above 60 degrees. For months and months I have been looking for cool weather and we definitely got it. Now if we could just mix a bit more sunshine into the equation things would be peachy.
The cool weather was good for getting stuff done outside without the normal perspiration penalty. I got the grass mowed and the property weeded on Saturday. At some point over the next few weeks I am going to need to address pressure washing outside, another miserable task. The out buildings and pool area are both in dire need of it. I have a number of winter projects in my head that I really need to write down to increase their probability of getting completed. The current list of projects includes getting fill/sod brought in to raise the ground level in the chicken area (and other spots), rebuilding the steps of both landings of the pool deck which are rotting away, and replacing the fencing around the chicken area with high quality galvanized twisted wire fencing instead of the shitty welded wire that I used initially. Cool weather down here is a limited resource so I need to not procrastinate.
Sunday morning felt pretty raw so I put off riding until mid-afternoon. Unfortunately the thermometer had only moved up a handful of degrees by that time. I rode my KingSong 16X out to the entry of Ave Maria and back. I paid the price for riding in 60 degree weather, my body felt nearly frozen solid by the end of it. Yea 60 degrees isn’t horrible but when you factor in standing stationary on a wheel with a constant 20mph+ wind hitting you things get pretty miserable.
I did more work on my Prusa MMU2S this weekend. I discovered that part of the problems I was having was because of my ignorance. I was sending it files I created before attaching the MMU to the printer so that caused the printer to have issues. I got that part of things sorted out but I am still trying to implement some sort of set up for the multiple filament spools that doesn’t result in a tangled mess as filament feeds and unloads during a typical MMU print.
I sat down for the Eagles/Patriots game not expecting much, despite the Birds winning two games in a row. You can imagine my surprise when the Eagles jumped out to a quick 10-0 first quarter lead. Then you can imagine my disappointment with them not scoring the rest of the game, looking downright anemic most of the time while allowing the Patriots to score 17 unanswered points. Since I didn’t really expect the Eagles to win I guess I shouldn’t feel disappointed yet the way the game laid out I did find myself feeling very frustrated by the end.
I have mentioned before how I have never really gotten on the “Carson Wentz is the Messiah” bandwagon. He just is not consistent and I don’t have faith in him being able to deliver in pressure situations. His numbers are not bad and I know the Eagles WR core has been downright awful this year, ranking at the bottom of the league in productivity. He is a gamer, tough, has a strong arm, and is mobile, yet I just have not seen an ability in him to take command of a game like top tier QB’s can do. I hope he proves me wrong in the future but as of now I feel like with Carson at the helm the team will be a perennial wildcard contender and little else.
Things don’t get any better for the Eagles next week as they play the Seahawks, another probable loss. If the team didn’t blow games to teams like the Falcons and the Lions early in the season they could afford to lose some of these game against high level competition. However their reality is they have minimal room for error the rest of the season and I will be surprised if they manage to get into the playoffs as their only path is by winning the division.