Saturday, June 10, 2017

In the Trenches

Saturday: (06/10) Granola and banana for breakfast. I removed the rest of the baserock, dug out some dirt, and broke out some concrete that was below the baserock. Evidently a lot of extra from another pour like the house foundation. I took a break before noon to drive Dawn to the Mountain View and Los Altos libraries and to visit Sprout’s Market for some bread. Lou was busy planting some grass plugs from the front lawn in the back yard. The front lawn was a good shade crass that didn’t need much water and little mowing. It’s mostly dead since we stopped watering it a couple of years ago. Lunch was a chicken cheese and avocado sandwich. Lou and Dawn were out shopping at Home Depot and picked up dinner at Mi Pueblo Market.

Sunday: (06/11) Dawn made eggs with nopalitos and sausage for breakfast. I worked on digging out the driveway. Almost finished with the original areas just need to skim and inch off about 30 sq ft tomorrow. Then I get to start digging out the additional area for the widening. Lou made pork chops with salsa rice for lunch. Leftover pizza for dinner.

Monday: (06/12) Granola and banana for breakfast. I was busy outside digging out the expansion area of the driveway. About ¾ done. The dumpster is getting fuller. I built a ramp to allow topside loading and the doors have been closed. Ernie helped with the unloading and pulling the cart up the ramp. Lou made a nice chicken cheese and spinach artichoke dip sandwich. In the evening we drove up to San Mateo to look and a dual recliner couch Dawn found on FreeCycle. We decided to take it. No time to get a trailer so we put the two recliners on top and the center seat inside. We stopped for pastrami dinners at Harry’s Hofbrau in Redwood City on the way home. Dawn was busy at the Friends Of The Library this afternoon.

Tuesday: (06/13) Granola and banana with berries for breakfast. I unloaded the sofa we picked up last night from the top of the Jeep. We managed to get it in the living room but now need to figure a way to fit things in and what to get rid of. Then we were off to the San Mateo County Fair. They have a very nice craft, art and literary section. Not too many animals and not too much else. We enjoyed a shared gyro with Greek fries for lunch and some kettle corn. About 1830 we headed off to Jack’s Restaurant for dinner. Got back home about 2130.


Wednesday: (06/14) Leftover sticky rice and pork for breakfast. I got busy digging out the last of the driveway. I still have about 9 square feet to do where all the pipes are. I also cut out an old metal sprinkler pipe that was in the way. I pruned the geraniums and removed some plant from the flower bed so i can pour concrete under the mail slot. I also skimmed the grass off the area where the new sidewalk is going in in front of the flower bed. Tomorrow I’ll did out the sidewalk area to top off the debris bin. I was confident enough this morning that i called for the dumpster pickup for Friday Morning. Lou made chicken tacos with sweet corn salsa for lunch. For dinner Lou baked some cauliflower, made some bacon wrapped cheese stuffed mini peppers and added wieners for dinner.  

Thursday: (06/15) Lou made corned beef hash and eggs for breakfast. I finished the driveway digging and filling up the dumpster. It is now full and ready for pickup tomorrow. Ernie helped by lugging some of the buckets to the dumpster. It was a nice day because I finished up about 1500. Cottage cheese and fruit for lunch. Especially good with mixed Olallieberries and blueberries from our yard. Lou made chili baked potatoes for dinner.

Friday: (06/16) Hot day. Busy no work day. I got dressed early. The last two dumpster pickup happened at 0730 so i was outside then. This pickup didn’t happen until after 1000. I then headed off shopping. Lou and Dawn were off to a rummage sale. I stopped by Lyngso Garden in San Carlos to get some geotextile fabric and ordered some base rock for delivery. The 11 tons of base rock will be delivered Monday. Before then i hope to install the fabric in the driveway holes to help stabilize the rock and keep root out. Should be ready to move some base rock into the holes right after delivery. I then met Lou and Dawn at Applebee’s Restaurant for lunch. After lunch i stopped by Home Depot for some pipe and fittings that i need to get in before the base rock. I also installed an anchor to brac the fixed driveway gate. That should help with the ease of locking the gate. Since it was in the mid 90 degrees, I relaxed inside the rest of the afternoon. Lou made chicken with potato salad for dinner.

Saturday: (06/17) I installed some of the fabric in the bottom of the driveway hole and Ernie and I moved the used baserock on to it.. Now ready for the baserock delivery Monday. It was a very hot day so nothing more done today. Granola and apple for breakfast. Hotdogs and potato salad for lunch. Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant for dinner.

Sunday: (06/18) Father’s Day. Granola and berries for breakfast. I started the day with good intentions. I started to dig out for the RV sewer line. I didn’t get too far until Lou asked me to go with her for an appointment. I had already worked up a good sweat and it wasn’t even 1000. Dim Sum for lunch. At home we vegged inside. The cooler did a pretty good job in the 101 degree heat of the day. Lou made hobo dinners.

Monday: (06/19) Up by 0600. Granola for breakfast. I started digging the new front walkway out for baserock. Also need it to be able to dig below it for the new RV sewer line and waterline. When Ernie got up he helped haul the dirt buckets. I was finishing the rough digout as .the Lyngso driver called and said he was on his way with the base rock. It was piled in the driveway ramp area by 1030. Ernie and I got busy moving some into the driveway and tamping it. The first lift was the old base material. The second lift is what Ernie and i move today. Tomorrow the third lift should be close to the final level. We finished a little after noon just as Lou and Dawn got back home from an appointment and shopping. They brought lunch with them, dim sum for me and KFC for them. A nice relaxing afternoon in the yard and a shower. Nice. For dinner we went to LUU Noodle House.

Tuesday: (06/20) A day off, just because. We had leftovers for breakfast. Mine was leftover pork footballs (dim sum). We drove over the hill and out of the heat to Santa Cruz for the day. Traffic was bad going over and also terrible when we drove from Santa Cruz to Capitola about 1700. We looked around the Capitola Mall and the village area before returning to Santa Cruz for dinner. Lunch at a new find, Zachary’s Restaurant. Dinner at 99 Bottles Of Beer bar. I won a beer glass there in a raffle. Traffic was nice heading home after 2000.

Wednesday: (06/21) Granola for breakfast. I was out early again to beat the heat. I started exposing the sewer line to find the connection point I need. Then Ernie and i got busy moving more base rock into the driveway/ We got that tamped to level at the desired level. Then it was time to do some digging. I moved dug out some dirt from the backyard where Ernie’s shed pad will be. About 1500 David from SimplySolar came by to discuss possible solar for our house. Looks like it still is not practical having over a nine year payback point, at best. Our neighbors trees really pose a problem for ever having solar. Lou made a nice roasted red pepper with chicken and cheese sandwich for lunch. Then she made sweet corn salsa chicken tacos for dinner.


Thursday: (06/22) Lou made ham, eggs and fried potatoes for breakfast. I had a doctors appointment this morning. On the way home I did some shopping. Once home it was time for lunch, a nice ham and cheese sandwich. I took the rest of the day off with other errands in the afternoon.  Dawn made beef stroganoff for dinner. No work on the yard today. Good thing because it was another hot day.

Friday: (06/23) I spent the day out front digging a trench for the sewer line. I also had to cut out a piece of concrete to allow the lines to extend beyond the driveway work. That trench will continue on across the RV driveway sometime in the future. This second dirt dumpster is almost half full. Looks like a third dumpster will be needed. The weather was much nicer today. Granola for breakfast. Pepper and cheese sandwich with potato salad for lunch. Spanish rice with pork for dinner.

Saturday: (06/24) We headed out for some shopping for parts. I needed ome special plumbing parts so I planned a route of stores. We stopped at the newest Orchard store in our area on Hollenbeck Rd in Sunnyvale. Being the newest they were most likely to have a properly stocked store. It seems that is ihe only time they are properly stocked. As it happens, they had all the plumbing parts but didn’t have the steel cable clamps Lou needed for a project. Dawn found a thrift store in the shopping center and it had some special books. Next stop breakfast at  the Country inn restaurant  near Saratoga. Great omelets and Swedish pancakes. Another stop at Home Depot across the street where we got Lou’s cable and clamps. At home i relaxed all afternoon. I did get outside only to put some penetrating oil on a pipe plug i need to get off tomorrow. For dinner we had leftover Spanish rice. Dessert was some of Lou’s apricot pie.

Sunday: (06/25) Worked on installing the sewer line today. Fortunately the plug where i was connecting to came off quite easily. It looked really rusted together so i put WD40 oil on it last night. That may have helped. I found that the plug was 3” rather than 4” to match the pipe size so i had to make a run to the hardware store to get the correct adapter. Actually makes it much easier. Next mistake was cementing all my fittings before checking alignment with my trench so I had to undercut my trench so i didn’t have to remove Lou’s blueberry bushes. Bending the pipe made the angle of the fitting better anyway. With the line in place Ernie and I scraped some of the fines from the old baserock in the backyard to backfill the trench. We also repaired the sprinkler pipe I drove the pickaxe through and cut out the old abandoned metal sprinkler pipes. Leftover Spanish rice for breakfast. Ham, cheese and pepper sandwich for lunch. Leftover Spanish rice for dinner.

Monday: (06/26) We (Ernie, Dawn, Lou and myself) started the morning by moving the recliner sofa we got a few days ago over to Courtney’s. We decided it wasn’t for us. We used the two wagons to roll it on the street to courtney’s, only a couple of bloks and much easier the hefting it on top of the Jeep again. Ernie and i gleaned some more fine base rock (most of the bigger rocks removed) from the backyard and used it to fill the trench in the front yard. Then we finished up the piping for the storm drain, water and electric which passes under the driveway. Then we moved a lot of baserock from the pile and I tamped just before dinner. I needed a couple of pipe fittings about noon so picked up lunch on the way home. Granola for breakfast. Lunch from Los Altos Tagueria. I do like their chili rellenos so I got their combo #1, which included an enchilada. Lou had nachos and Dawn had a torts. All like homemade. Yum. For dinner Lou and Dawn made apricot blintzes.

Tuesday: 906/27) Blintzes and sausage for breakfast. Ernie and i did a final add of baserock to adjust the base to the final level. The rest of the day was spent digging in the back yard and filling the dumpster. I finished that around 1745. Earlier on one of my breaks, i called and scheduled the pickup for Thursday. I’ll be getting another empty dumpster because i have lots more dirt to get rid of. I wasn’t sure I’d finish today but now that I have, tomorrow we’ll go to the Alameda County Fair. For lunch I had a ham, cheese and spinach artichoke dip sandwich. For dinner I stopped by Papa John’s for Two For Tuesdays pizzas. Lou and Dawn were out shopping all day but arrived shortly after the pizzas.


Friday, June 9, 2017

San Pedro County Park Hike

Friday: (06/09) I made a sausage egg and cheese sandwich for me and egg and sausage for Lou for breakfast. Alex picked me up at 0845 to carpool to Redwood City to meet Nat and Jonathan to continue up to Pacifica to the San Pedro County Park for a hike. We did to loops completing 8.1 miles of trail with a lunch stop in between the loops. The weather was foggy and drippy on the way up but cleared up as we arrived. Still no great views to to clouds and fog nearby. When i got home I enjoyed a nice nap after a nicer shower. A chicken and cheese sandwich for lunch after my shower. Dawn roasted some vegetables and shrimp for dinner.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Cool Summer Days

Monday: (05/29) Lou made corned beef steaks and eggs with toast for breakfast which we enjoyed in the yard. We then worked in the yard gardening. I installed a new, additional timer for the greenhouse with three valves. Previously there was only one valve, which still exists, for all watering in the greenhouse. Now i can run soakers for really long periods and emitters for much shorter periods.. In order to complete this project I had to visit orchard hardware for some materials. I also cut the concrete slab next to Dawn’s building to be sure it separates cleanly. Lou made corned beef, pickle and cheese sandwiches for lunch. For dinner we had beans and wieners.

Tuesday: (05/30) Another cool overcast day. Awakened early at 0730 by the dumpster delivery driver who was out front ready to place the dumpster. We had to dash out and move our cars that were protecting the site. It was placed by 0740, can’t work until after 0800 here in Palo Alto. After granola and berries for breakfast I got out and got to work. I finished breaking out the concrete pad that was under Ernie’s shed, That along with the small amount of debris i cleared from under the base of the previous slab removal made around 4 cubic yards of debris so the dumpster is half full. Tomorrow I have to break out a brick wall around our front flower bed and some walkway in the neighbor's yard where I’m placing some new walkway. Lou brought home some pizza for lunch. He baked veggies with shrimp and BBQ ribs for dinner.


Wednesday: (05/31) Corned beef hash and eggs for breakfast. I broke out the concrete walkway that I’m to replace at our neighbors house. The took much longer than I’d have liked because it had reinforcing wire in it and I had to remove it from the concrete. Then i removed the brick wall from our front planter. It presented a problem by trying to bury the front of the house presenting a termite problem. I intend to replace it with a walkway across the front of the house. Pizza for lunch. Dawn made lentil stew for dinner.

Thursday: (06/01) Some corned beef and a tiny bit of hash with a toasted onion roll for breakfast. I spent the day sawing the driveway. I still have a third of the dumpster available so I decided to cut out all the cracked concrete sections in the driveway so i can pour new concrete as needed like i did for the front walkway. I got it almost cut just two 4 foot cuts to go tomorrow morning. I did have to make a run out to Home Depot to get a new concrete saw blade. The new blade did make the cutting go faster.. I quit sawing at 1700 then swept up the powder from the saw and washed down the driveway, RV, plants and lawn. Lots of dust. Pizza for lunch and dinner. Lou and Dawn were out shopping much of the day and went to Dinah’s Motel to listen to the band there.


Friday: (06/02) Granola and berries for breakfast. I started the work day by doing to two concrete cuts left undone yesterday. I then spent the rest of the day breaking out the driveway concrete and filling up the dumpster. It’s about 95% full now. For lunch I had a corned beef and cheese sandwich. Dinner was cottage cheese and fruit. In the evening we all met Courtney at the Stanford Theater to see the vintage movies “Harvey” and “Arsenic And Old Lace”.


Saturday: (06/03) I was off to a garage sale Lou pointed out. They were supposed to have some Dewallt tools. All gone. I then stopped by Los Altos taqueria for some Huevos rancheros for breakfast. After that i visited REI and Best Buy for a look around. I was then off to San Antonio mall where i watch the construction project for a while. Then some shopping at Safeway, Trader Joe’s and Sprout’s Market. Finally Home i tinkered with the RV removing 4 of the 6 batteries for test. Also found the breaker tripped again. I think the Inverter/charger is bad or the batteries are causing it to trip. In the evening i ordered a new inverter charger, still looking for the batteries. There are only two batteries on Amazon but I need 3 so still looking. Most are not the same size as my existing so a new configuration is going to be needed. Lou, Dawn Meili and Ping were out visiting all the garage sales in town/ Today was a citywide garage sale. Lou found a cast metal love seat bench for the yard.

Sunday: (06/04) A visit to Home Depot to get another concrete blade that I should have gotten a couple of days ago. Breakfast at Chaves Market in Redwood City. Nice Huevos Rancheros. Then we visited the Los Altos and Sunnyvale libraries. Next a visit to a street faire in Sunnyvale. And finally a visit to the Mountain View Library. At the street faire we had an avocado smoothie like thing for lunch. Lou got a chicken wrap for her lunch at Togo’s on the way home. Once home, I found that some James Bond movies were on one of the TV stations. That kept me busy all evening. Dawn made vegetable soup for dinner to which I added a hot dog sandwich.

Monday: (06/05) Soft boiled eggs for breakfast. I spent some time measuring the areas that need concrete and trying to estimate the proper quantity of concrete bags and base rock needed. I don’t need to end up with too much. Lunch was a slice of pizza and a hot dog. Also some of Lou’s peanut butter cookies. I eventually made it outside. I check the battery that was charging and attempting to be desulfated. It had gone up from 13.1 volts to 13.4 volts but a 15 second load dropped the voltage down to 1.6 volts. So the batteries are bad. I laid some bricks and poured a concrete patch on the South side of the house. Both patches were made to repair leaky pipes a while (years) back. Lou made tacos for dinner.
Tuesday: (06/06) Lou made eggs and corned beef steaks for breakfast. I never got going well today. I did strip the form from my walkway patch. I also spent some time in the shop tidying up and extracting my power tamper from a back corner. It hasn't been used in several years so it won’t start now. Don’t need it today but do need it soon. I think I’ll defer to the professionals to fix it. I made a shopping run to Home Depot to get some rebar, dobies and pipe. I also checked the base rock depth of the driveway. It’s less than two inches thick so it has to be dug out for at least six inches of base rock. The dumpster wasn’t swapped out today so maybe tomorrow will be a digging day. I received some packages from Amazon today. I got some drip emitter tubing which I installed on Lou’s garden planters in the greenhouse. I also received the new inverter/charger and temperature sensor. I got the remote panel yesterday. The batteries should arrive tomorrow. When I need a rest from digging and pouring I’ll install the new items. Lou bought a couple of pizzas on Two fer Tuesday at Papa John’s pizza for lunch. I also had some for dinner.

Wednesday: (06/07) Another abrupt start to the day. The truck picking up the concrete debris box and leaving an empty arrived at 0730. That means it’s a work day. I decide to go out to breakfast with Lou forst. Then I returned some stuff to Orchard hardware and check at a small engine shop about getting the vibrator plate engine looked at. Once home I attended a webinar, I tried to get a reference from Harbor Freight as to where the engine might be fixed but was on hold for 15 minute. The were occasional messages that their website might have information. They did. They had what they call “a user manual” W0w, an amazing help. Who would have thought? As it turns out I didn’t have to read the manual. After the index there were four photos with labels of different features. One feature was an “On/Off” switch. I checked my machine and it had one too. And it worked. It was hiding on the front of the engine behind a wire. I told Lou so she can remind me a few years from now when i use the machine next. It was now almost noon so I had some leftover pizza for lunch. After lunch I finally got busy digging. I scraped off whatever existing base rock was existent being sure not to get any of the clay soil with it. It varied in thickness from nothing to 4 inches thick. No need to haul it off, I’ll reuse it with a bunch of additions baserock. I need to remove about 4-6 inches of clay soil to get a good base.I did a small section, about ¼ of the area to be done for the driveway. My new batteries arrived and I med the UPS truck to get the batteries from the truck into my wagon. I didn’t want the driver dragging them to my door with all the usual kicking and dropping. I put them in the RV but will hook them up later. Dawn was off to her writing class in the morning, Lou off grocery shopping. Dwn went down to San Jose to another meeting with another writer's group in the evening. Lou and I went to dinner at the Palo Alto Creamery.

Thursday: (06/08) Lou made corned beef steaks and eggs for breakfast. The house down the street was having their walkways and driveways poured today. They did it in flagstone stamped texture. 33 yards of concrete. There were about 10 people working on the pour plus Ernie and I inspecting. A big job. I watched to learn. Their methods don’t always translate to my jobs. I work by myself so no way to do suck big pours. I do lots of little ones. In between inspections I moved some dirt and baserock. Not too much. It sprinkled rain all day to. Never much so the concrete wasn’t affected. About 2pm I got a call there was a problem with the toilet in San Jose. I headed down and found it just a little slow so I crawled under the house to take the sag out that was identified a while back by the video camera plumber. I couldn’t reach one area to add supports. Too much girth. Sometime later I’ll dig out some more so I can get in under the drain pipe past a beam. After a shower I stopped for egg rolls and also a milkshake for dinner.


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Carnaval San Francisco

Sunday: (05/28) Dawn and I headed North to Millbrea to catch BART to San francisco. We stopped at Neil’s coffee shop for breakfast. Dawn and i shared a nice bacon mushroom and cheese omelet with pancakes. Enough for two and we left some. We arrived in SF at 0915 at the Civic Center Station. I walked Dawn to the Library then caught BART back to the 24th Street Station. Today was the Carnaval Parade which I like to attend. The weather was too cool for nce viewing. When the sun did come out late in the parade there was a cheer from the crowd and participants. After the parade I had lunch at El Tomate restaurant on 24th Street. I enjoyed a nice chili relleno. I then watched the takedown of the parade and the KPIX broadcast remote setup. After that I met Dawn at the library and we returned to Millbrea via BART. Then on home. The reason we needed to drive to Millbrea was because Caltrain doesn’t begin running trains until 0838, too late to get the the start of the parade at 1000. BART starts service at 0701. Leftover spaghetti for dinner. Time to relax.


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Turning Over An Old Leaf


Sunday: (05/07) I made ham and eggs with home fried potatoes for breakfast. I ate it outside an after breakfast i thought I’d pull a weed or two. That turned into cleaning the leaves out of the cactus bed and from the roofs of the yard shed and playhouse, I worked until 1500 cleaning. Lou made a pastrami salad for lunch and beef stew for dinner. She did some grocery shopping as well. Dawn went to a book sale.


Monday: (05/08) Leftover ham and potatoes with eggs for breakfast. I researched the best way to get rid of my concrete and dirt debris from projects then ordered a dumpster from Redwood Debris Box Service. Some services like Palo Alto’s green Waste were twice as expensive for a lesser load. Lou and I went to Bill’s Cafe for lunch. I had something different, a Monte Carlo sandwich which is like a grilled French toast sandwich with ham, cheese and chicken,. Yum! We listened to the house testimony of Clapper and Yates in the afternoon.


Tuesday: (05/09) I took Ernie to an appointment this morning then stopped at L&L Hawaiian for a sausage egg and cheese croissant and a couple of maple bars for Dawn’s and my breakfast. I did a little cleanup of of the materials from the fence project. I also installed Dawn’s Little Library box with the help of our neighbor. More of Lou’s pastrami salad for lunch and Lou’s chicken pot pie for dinner.

Wednesday: (05/10) A day of waiting. The concrete debris dumpster was scheduled to arrive today at an unknown time. I made a sausage cheese and egg English muffin for breakfast. Then went outside by 0730 and started waiting. While waiting i was busy clearing the walkways and patio and then used my concrete saw to saw the slab of the one piece that will remain as part of the walkway. It’s level and uncracked. I also sawed in front of Ernie’s storage shed for the walkway. A total of about 40 feet of 1.5 inch slot was cut. I then cleaned up the area. Lots of fine powdered concrete flour. I was nicely showered by 1300.. Lou bought a Papa John’s pizza for lunch about noon. About 1430 the dumpster finally arrived. I got busy and moved my 4 yards of concrete rubble into it by 1800. Then more cleanup and another shower. Leftover pizza for dinner. All in all, a productive day.

Thursday: (05/11) A real work day. Lou took Dawn and i to A Good Morning Restaurant for breakfast. Once home again, and after the 0800, the allowable beginning of noise, I started making a lot of noise with my jackhammer. I started breaking out the concrete where I’ll be installing more of the brick walkway. This concrete is actually an old 6” thick driveway that has been twisted and broken because they didn’t install any baserock and it sits on clay soil. I removed about 140 square feet of it. More to do tomorrow. The dumpster is now more than ⅔ full with today’s contribution and yesterdays collection. Lou made bean soup for lunch and shish kabobs and shrimp for dinner. I quit about 1700.

Friday: (05/12) I made breakfast sandwiches to start. Then I drove over to BTN Garage to check on the RV. They have replaced the broken exhaust manifold and taken a test drive or two and performed lots of tests. They say it appears starved for fuel but isn’t. They are doing more tests to try to identify what part or all of the computer needs to be replaced. They think the previously shorted Mass Air sensor might have damaged the computer. I guess this is progress. They are keeping it together so we can get it Wednesday for our weekend outing to Dave’s Ranch. I returned home about 0900 and got to work breaking out more concrete and loading the debris. I got all my concrete broken out and loaded  and the dumpster is totally full. My dumping cart hauled all the debris and fell apart after transporting the last load. A cotter pin failed and a rod in the steering fell out. I had a pastrami and cheese sandwich for lunch. Dan and i went to Sweet Tomatoes for dinner. Lou didn’t go because she is still eating often and little.

Saturday: (05/13) Lou baked an omelet for breakfast. We spent some time rearranging the yard due to the concrete removal. The washer found a new home under the arbor, lots of big potted plants, trees and shrubs found new locations. We all took a trip to Lowes for a walk and look around. I picked up some dim sum for lunch. Leftover bean soup for dinner. In the evening we went to see a couple of movies at the Stanford Theater, Roman Holiday and Sabrina.


Sunday: (05/14) I made corned beef hash and eggs for breakfast. Somehow we got another carton of double yolked eggs. It’s about the third time over the years. I spent the morning in the yard tinkering, I repaired the broken cart. Added some drip emitters and removed some due to the relocated planters. We went to lunch at LUU Noodle House. We visited the hardware store for a few things. For some reason a nap was needed in the afternoon. Lou made meatloaf for dinner. Lou and Dawn were off to Dawn’s storytelling meeting in the evening.


Monday: (05/15)  I drove down to San Jose to look into the slow drain of the tenants bathtub. I found that the tub was slow but it appeared that all drains are slow. The toilets didn’t fill the bowls because they flushed slow. I arranged for a Clean Routing Plumbing Service to come tomorrow.  I had breakfast of a burrito at La Victoria downtown San Jose. Dinner was leftover beans and morning potatoes. I got a call from the RV garage in the afternoon.They said that the RV is ready for pickup and runs much nicer now. I can't get it today so tomorrow I will pick it up tomorrow.

Tuesday: (05/16) Fried potatoes and ham for breakfast. I vacuumed out the RV and removed the cardboard floor protection we installed. BTN Garage knows the engines but isn’t great at keeping the interior clean while working on the engines. The concrete dumpster was picked up about 1030. I headed off about 1205 toward San Jose. First, I stopped at Grocery Outlet for energy drinks. I’m out of my motivation drinks. Second stop was Lou’s Persian Market in Sunnyvale for potatoes. They have the best and cheapest. Then I dashed on down to SJ barely making it by 1300 for the Plumbers arrival window. KFC chicken tenders and fries Go Cup for lunch then I napped while I waited. I received a text at 1400 that he’d arrive in 20 minutes, and he did. Fortunately he had a camera and used it to examine the line rather than route it. That proved it was clear and also had a belly section it it that trapped water. Evidently some of the pipe hangers have failed. I can’t see where from the basement but will return to realign it later. That should correct the slow draining. With that done and even without line cleaning, worth the service fee, I said goodbye to the plumber. This still didn’t explain the original problem with the tub entirely. I hadn’t been able to remove the pushdown plug on the drain to clean out any hair. I didn’t want to break anything if not needed. So today I got my channel locks and a paper towel. And with a lot of effort finally removed the plug without too much damage other than a few dimples due to the jaws. It did have lots of hair and calcium restricting the flow which was cleaned out and it now works properly. I enjoyed a milkshake on the way home and Lou’s chili beans for dinner.

Wednesday: (05/17) We were outside early. I moved the washer again to a new new home just outside the side door of the house. I got it all hooked up except for the drain for which i needed a 1.25” barbed tee to hook it up to the macerator pump for the shower. Now we’ll only have one drain hose. Then some granola and a banana for breakfast. I then filled the water tank on the RV. We headed out about noon looking for the tee. We stopped first at the most likely place to have it, Barron Park Supply.They did have it. On the way home i picked up my lunch at Los Altos Taqueria and nice chili relleno and an enchilada. Lou dropped be off at home and went to meet Dawn in downtown Palo Alto. Dawn had her story class. She and Lou had lunch downtown. I relaxed a little after lunch then got back to work. I washed the RV. It needed scrubbing due to a lot of mold all over. Hadn’t been washed last year due to the drought. I then installed the tee on the washer completing its installation. After a shower it was 1800. Leftover chill beans for dinner followed by a slice of Lou’s pecan pie.


Thursday: (05/18) I did some more drip sstm mods for the new plant locations and for Dawn’s garden. More packing and cleaning of the RV.  Granola and banana for breakfast. Sausage, avocado and cheese sandwich for lunch. Leftover from Dawn’s lunch, pasta with chicken, for dinner.


Friday: (05/19) Granola for breakfast. We did the final preparations go. I had thought we had empty holding tanks thinking our last trip was to San Luis Obispo. We had actually spent a week on the street in San Jose since so the black tank was pretty full. Lou did a final shopping  run. We hit the road about noon. We stopped in Livermore for a snack at Safeway and a look around Orchard Hardware. I spotted a plant there I've been looking for.they looked so good in our yard a couple of years ago but died off. Now I know it’s name, Calandrinia. We headed off to Dave’s Ranch arriving about 1530. About 12 people at the Ranch. Pleasant weather warm days, cool evenings. We spotted a couple of bald eagles with  fledgling. A nice campfire in the evening.

Saturday: (05/20) A .morning walk around the lower lake. On the walk we saw the eagle fledgling. Granola with banana for breakfast. I walked the ridge trail loop with a side trip to the rocks about a ¼ mile up a ravine. A nice potluck lunch. I tried the paddle bot out on the lake.I drove the jeep on the same ridge trail I hiked this morning. A little tight so we have some Arizona pinstripes now. Dinner at the Junction Grill. Another campfire in the evening..

Sunday: (05/21) We walked the loop trail by Lower lake and out to the homesteader cabin before breakfast. Dawn and I took a ride in the paddle boat. I took another ride and secured the ladders on the pontoon island and dock and pulled the paddle boat out of the water before we buttoned up and prepare to leave.We pulled out at 1230. We stopped at a yard sale on the way down the mountain and for lunch in Livermore. We were home before 1600. It was hot, 98 degrees today. Nice to have missed most of it.Leftover chili beans for dinner.


Monday: (05/22) I started my day removing the concrete junk that was buried under the slab I removed last week. Quite a pile of concrete was removed. With Ernie’s floor i should have plenty more to fill another dumpster. I then. spent the day installing patio pavers by the new fence sections. Just a couple of rows next to the fence that were trimmed to fit. It’s just temporary, for a few years. Eventually the patio will likely be removed for more garden space. It already has good garden soil under the pavers. Now i can move the wood pile out of the way, then move Ernie’s shed to the patio while i pour a new slab for it. Leftovers for breakfast. Chili beans for lunch. Leftover salad for dinner.


Tuesday: (05/23) (06/24) Ernie and I spent some time moving the wood pile and other things to make a clear path to move his shed across the garden spot to a new temporary home while I pour a new slab for it. Granola for breakfast. Avocado and cheese hot dog sandwiches for lunch.
I went on a shopping run late afternoon to Harbor Freight to get the carts to move the shed. I picked up some dim sum on the way.

Wednesday: Breakfast from L&L Hawaiian, a shared sausage egg and cheese croissant and maple bars for Dawn and I. I was off at 0815 for a hike in San Bruno. We hiked the San Francisco Watershed past Crystal Springs, San Andreas reservoirs and Pilarcitos lake. This is a docent led only hike. We started out in fog but ended up with a mostly sunny day for the hike. I’ve never hiked this area before and it was a very nice hike. We even got to see a snake snatch a lizard at the end of our hike. Dinner at home. Lou made tostadas and chili rellenos.

Thursday: (05/25) Granola and apple for breakfast. After the yard man finished mowing the yard, Ernie and i got busy moving his shed. First order was to empty the shed. Then it had to be disconnected from the floor and reinforced so it would stay in alignment during the move. Then it was raised onto moving carts. Then I used the old forms from the fence base to provide a smooth surface where the concrete had been removed earlier and through the garden space. The move was extremely easy. It was over it’s new home before noon. It took a while to trim the shed base to be level. The lower part of the base was trimmed to fit the very unlevel concrete slab it was on. It also took a while to rebuild the door and make a threshold for the door. The shed was fully installed by about 1800. Tomorrow we move stuff back in after a good cleaning of the shed. Lou and Dawn were off to an appointment this morning. Lou brought home sandwiches for lunch from Togo’s. She made a nice cauliflower macaroni and cheese casserole and corn on the cob for dinner.


Friday: (05/26) Granola and apples for breakfast. I hooked up power to Ernie’s shed and sealed the bottom of the base with foam. Ernie and I then spent the day moving stuff back int0 his shed. A lot of stuff. It even seemed like more than we moved out previously. About 1500 Lou Dawn and I headed off to Redwood City to the Gourmet Haus Staudt for an early dinner or very late lunch. Then a couple of thrift store visits on the way home. Of course a late dinner was alo needed so I had leftover cauliflower macaroni and cheese and ham. Looks like a get some time off. I ordered another dumpster which arrives next Tuesday so until then I have it easy.


Saturday: (05/27) I worked in the yard in the morning trimming the wisteria on the arbor, tying up the grape vine and other gardening. I also got the table saw out and recycled some of the used wood from the fence into usable sized boards eliminating splits, warps and rot. We looked at an open house down the street. Amazing what $2M gets you in this area. In the late afternoon I moved my used brick piles, about a couple of tons of bricks, off of the slab I’ll be replacing to the side of the house.  Lou made biscuits and gravy for breakfast, a spinach bacon salad for lunch and spaghetti for dinner.

Friday, May 5, 2017

A Long Night

Friday: (05/05) I relaxed a while enjoying the Colbert Show with another easy did at trump. I had just gotten to sleep when Dawn woke me up. A friend was missing. She was supposed to meet another friend and never showed up. A search party was instituted and the police were notified. The pinged her phone and knew the area she was in where we searched. Never found. Later in the morning she reported in having taken refuge with another of her friends because she wasn’t able to charge here car. Made an interesting evening. To bed about 0500.

Saturday: (05/06) Up about 1300. I made breakfast ham, egg and cheese sandwiches. Continued to relax the rest of the day. Lou made baked potatoes, hamburger steaks and green beans for dinner. Can’t stand being out all night anymore.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Santa Barbara Excursion.

Monday: (05/01) I relaxed all day. I made an early shopping run to Walmart for a couple of things I needed and some groceries for Lou. Turns out i needed to buy a swimsuit and thongs as well so another trip to Walmart. Then I finished packing and relaxed. Leftover corned beef hash for breakfast. Lunch at LUU Noodle House. Lou roasted some veggies and some sausages for dinner.


Tuesday: (05/02) Had some of Dawn’s leftover pancakes with strawberries. On the road about 0750. Stopped for gas on the way out of town.  I stopped in Greenfield for som flan at Rancho San Miguel Market.  Another stop for gas in Santa Margarita. I arrived right on time at 1230 to meet my fellow hikers. Actually today is a multi car drive through California Valley, in Carrizo Plain National Monument. All the flowers are gone now except for a few poppies. We continued South through the NM on Soda Lake Road to Highway 166 then onto Highway 33 South. Nice drive through canyons to Ventura for me since I missed the turnoff to Carpinteria. I checked into the Wayfarer Hostel about 1710. Several of us met at the Opal Restaurant for dinner.


Wednesday: (05/03) Breakfast at the hostel, oatmeal, OJ, toast and peanut butter with a banana and an apple.I carpooled with Anne, Jenn and Kate to the Gaviato Peak Trailhead. We hiked to the peak on a strenuous trail  then back on the Trespass Trail which was more primitive for a 6.5 mile hike. I Was worn out So opted not to do a second 2.5 mile hike to Wind Caves. Anne didn’t do it either. Libby started but returned without  completing it due to the heat, exposure and overgrown trail. We reserved a table at Enterprise Fish Company for 1900 so we could all get a shower before dinner. I had their fish and chips which was pretty good.


Thursday: (05/04) I woke early to walk over to Joe’s Cafe on State Street. I arrive at about 0700 and they open at 0730 so I took a walk up State Street to where we dined the other night then returned through the closed open air mall and arrived back at Joe’s just as they opened. I noticed something called a Cubano egg plate and without further menu examination, ordered it. It was quite good. Nice to have a real breakfast. I carpooled with Ann, Kate, and Jenn to the Inspiration trailhead for a hike up the Jesusita Trail to meet Libby, Karin, Judy and Neil for the hike. It was an 1800 foot climb to the point and down the other side to Seven Falls the return on the same trail. We were through by 1500. On return the the hostel a shower really helped The group staying here at the Wayfarer went to Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant for dinner. I picked it out because it had a nice chili relleno description on their menu. Then we took a walk through the mall. Rather different when open. Also continued up State Sreet and through the Old Paseo to the courthouse. Nice walking town.

Friday: (05/05) Up early for a little hostel breakfast of PBJ toast. I met the group at the Old Courthouse and visited the clock tower for a view of the city from above. Then off to the old Mission where i took a look around another of the old  California missions. The chapel was occupied with a funeral so i got in half priced. Nice garden courtyard. Then off to the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden. Nice native plant arboretum in a ravine. I said goodbye to Neil and Judy there and headed off toward Bakersfield about 1330. I had a call in to Hillcrest Memorial Park to see if my mom’s niche marker had been installed  yet.many years ago it was supposed to have been but the order got lost in the files. I noticed it had never been installed a couple of years ago. The order was lost a second time which i noticed on a visit there this past january. Anyway, the call confirmed it had arrived but wasn’t installed yet due to a crack in the marble. While waiting for word, i was already on my way and visiting bakersfield was not much further than returning via highway 101. I ended up taking Highway 192 South to Highway 150 the Highway 33 to Lockwood Road and over to Interstate 5 and down the Grapevine to Bakersfield. Possibly the long way but I’ve never taken this route before and it was interesting. I tried to pick up some gluten free cinnamon rolls there for Lou but the shop was closed, possibly permanently. (sad). I then had a nice shrimp dinner at the Rice Bowl Chinese Restaurant before heading home via Interstate 5. I arrived home about 1120.