Although it is only in the 60s in San Francisco, the San Joaquin Valley is baking under a relentless sun and in very bad air at 109 degrees. Our daughter is enjoying those cool bayside temps while her children are melting in Fresno with their grandparents this week. Jennifer is on a mission trip with a group of young people from her church, serving those who live in the Tenderloin in San Francisco. Our son-in-law is also in a cooler clime as he is working at a camp just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean. How they managed to escape this valley and stay away, yet Terry and I cannot, perplexes me.
The grandkids have been here all week. Yesterday the other grandma picked them up to spend the night with her. They are having some adventures in the foothills today and will return to sleep one more night under our roof before their dad shows up tomorrow, in the middle of a 109 degree day, with no air conditioning in his car, to take them home. I’ll pack plenty of ice in their water bottles.
School, both for the grandkids and the locals, will be in full swing in three weeks. We went out very early on Tuesday to the mall to buy school shoes. Made one stop at the grocery store and then a mad dash home. The dishwasher repair man was on his way, calling while we checked out at Sprouts to let us know he could be there an hour earlier than planned.
Just as the grandkids showed up on Sunday, our 7-year old dishwasher decided to misbehave. The water would not pump out properly. A new pump plus other pieces of equipment have been ordered but in the meantime we are able to use the dishwasher since the repairman cleaned out a lot of gunk that was impeding the water pump. For a few years I used a bargain dishwasher detergent which turned out to not be such a bargain after all. For decades I had used Cascade, but someone told me the Target brand was just as good, so I started using it. The repairman said to use the pods, not loose detergent, and not to use the bargain stuff. Lesson learned. I’m hoping that the replacement parts will give us another 7 years of use. Looking at new dishwashers, and realizing they are now close to $1,000, did not make me very happy.