Saturday, June 13, 2020

Yard And Tent Cleanup

Saturday: (06/13) Granola and banana for breakfast. I planted the begonias and repotted another fuchsia that we got at one of our nursery visits. Lou and I went on a hunt to find an umbrella base. No cheap ones available and they certainly are not worth the $35 prices we found. Pastrami and cheese sandwich for lunch. Otherwise a relaxing day. About 1800 we were off to Kaiser Emergency to have Lou checked. She hit her head and needed to be checked. No problem found. Chili over baked potato for dinner.

Sunday: (06/14) Lou made last night's planned dinner for breakfast. Meatloaf with chunky onions and peppers with finger potatoes and roasted red peppers. I tinkered in the yard adding some drip emitters to the garden and adding a sprinkler timer to the new garden. I’m still waiting for Lowe’s to deliver the parts for the garden watering system. I also loaded the recycle dumpster with stuff we pulled from the yard tent. I had to crush and cut as needed to make it all fit. Pastrami and cheese sandwich for lunch. I made some pork ribs with potatoes and sauerkraut in the slow cooker for dinner.

Monday: (06/15) I made smoked pork chops with fried sauerkrauted potatoes and eggs for breakfast. The morning was spent working in the yard. I reprocessed the dirt from the pots removing the roots and debris. It is a mix of dirt, sand and potting mix. I recovered 3 contractor wheelbarrows full of dirt and added it to the Mt Donald raised bed. Since I rebuilt Mt Donald, it is getting harder to dump dirt on it because it is planted. After lunch of meatloaf and cottage cheese, Lou and I went to Lowe’s for some potting mix and sprinkler fittings. We stopped at Smart and Final on the way home for groceries. Back home I added a tee that I just bought to hook up the garden drip section I installed yesterday for the tomatoes in the old garden. I relaxed the rest of the afternoon. Dinner was chili.

Tuesday: (06/16) Granola and banana for breakfast. I installed the drip emitter tube in Dawn’s garden. It’s the kind with built in emitters every 1 foot. Just the right length to get the whole garden. We had cheese, pastrami and crackers for lunch. Dawn and I rode over to Stanford and had our chai lattes at Coupa Cafe. I left Dawn to explore Stanford and headed off on my ride through the baylands. I continued through Menlo Park out Willow Road to the Dumbarton Bridge. I’d never stopped at the little view point at the bridge. I took the short trail out to the Hetch Hetchy pipeline and railroad bridge. I had forgotten about part of the RR bridge burning down a few years ago. I never realized the pipeline passed through here and that it was beside the RR bridge that burned. Unfortunately, the Bay Trail doesn’t continue from that viewpoint so I had to backtrack around to the other side of a little bay. There is a new trail that is completed but not open yet so I had to go through the East Palo Alto neighborhood until I could connect with the trail. From there I backtracked out to the viewpoint opposite the earlier viewpoint with a view of the opposite side of the bridges. I then continued on the Bay Trail toward home crossing hwy 101 at the Embarcadero bike bridge. At home I found Lou gone and Dawn not home with her scooter yet. I called Dawn and she had a dead battery and Lou had gone to get her with a charger. I suggested she return and we go back with the scooter carrier. She came back and I mounted the platform carrier and we returned to pickup Dawn and the scooter at the Stanford Oval. We had leftover sauerkraut, potatoes and pork with a broccoli slaw salad for dinner.

Wednesday: (06/17) I worked in the yard cleaning flower beds, recycling empty pots, and doing general yard cleanup. I attended my Wednesday webinar. I also had fire and burnt some wood scraps. And in the evening I gave myself a beard and haircut. Granola and banana for breakfast. Chopped salads form our nearby Corner Bakery Cafe for lunch. Chicken with finger potatoes and broccoli slaw.

Thursday: (06/18) Our morning entertainment was watching the garbage pickup and see the neighbors strolling by on the sidewalk while we enjoyed our morning tea. A little tinkering in the yard and a lot of tinkering with the computer the rest of the day. In the evening Lou and I went to Sprout’s and Grocery Outlet Markets. Lou made waffles for breakfast. Lou made gazpacho soup for lunch. For dinner Lou made savory chicken broccoli salad.

Friday: (06/19) I tinkered in the yard in the morning. In the afternoon I made a grocery run to Walmart Neighborhood Market, Smart and Final, and Nob Hill. Each has their own items we like. In the evening Lou and I looked at some houses up in Vancouver, Washington via Zillow. We are interested in possibly moving there sometime. Too bad we’re not staying there right now so we can do non virtual tours. Soft boiled eggs for breakfast. Pastrami and cheese sandwich for lunch. Corn salad for dinner.

Saturday: (06/20) An early exit of the house for granola and banana for breakfast in the backyard with Lou and the birds. Lou and Dawn wanted a raised deck on Dawn’s scooter so her legs are bent naturally. I put together some 2x4’s and they tried it out this afternoon. Lou picked up lunch from Harry’s Hofbrau in Redwood City. I had my usual lasagna and they had prime rib. Otherwise a relaxing day. Leftover lunch for dinner.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Cleaning Out The Greenhouse And A Tarwater Hike

Monday: (06/08) Morning tea in the yard. Lou made soft boiled eggs to go with the tea. I planted a few remaining plants that I rescued from Mount Donald around the new Mound Donald. I got busy and did some cleanout of the greenhouse. Every year I used to bring most of the yard planters into the greenhouse. A few years ago, I didn’t bring all of them out and some have been in there for years. They were under the middle shelf in an area about 4’x6’ and 3’ high. We have been using the top as usual but the bottom was ignored. Enough so that many of the plants became rooted through their pots and through the brick pavers and into the ground. Some roots also entered the drain trench. I ended up throwing out many of the plants because we don’t need them Busy morning and a dirty job. I had a shower and a nice pastrami and cheese sandwich and headed off for a hike. I went to Pescadero Creek County Park in San Mateo County to hike the Tarwater/Shingle Mill Trail loop. It’s only a 5.5 mile hike so starting at 1315 was no problem. I finished up at 1545. No wildlife seen. Nice sunny day but mostly shaded trail. At home Dawn made salmon and cheese sopas for dinner.

Tuesday: (06/09) Lazy morning. Dawn prepared sopas with eggs, cheese and salmon for breakfast in the yard. I did a little puttering with plants in the yard. Later we all went to Windsong Nursery and looked for plants. I picked up a nice hanging fuchsia and a plant that should provide some color drooping over the edge of the raised flower bed. We had chopped salads for lunch from our nearby Corner Bakery Cafe. I installed the plants. The fuchsia replaced an overgrown mixed hanging planter with purple wandering jew and some bulb plant and some spider plant weeds. More relaxing in the afternoon. In the evening I did a little more plant puttering mostly cleaning out old pots with bad or no plants in them. More Shepherds pie for dinner.

Wednesday: (06/10) Dawn made egg and cheese sopas for breakfast again but no salmon this time. Still very good. We tinkered in the garden much of the morning. After lunch we headed over to Half Moon Bay stopping at several nurseries along the way there and back. I got a couple more fuchsias and begonias. Lou got some herbs. We stopped at the thrift store in San Carlos on the way home. We also stopped at Harry's Hofbrau in Redwood City and got dinner. Back home a little more tinkering in the garden. Lunch was cottage cheese and fresh strawberries. Dinner from Harry’s, my favorite lasagna.

Thursday: (06/11) Granola and banana for breakfast. Lou and I went to Ace and Lowe’s to get some steer manure, potting soil and mulch. Lou was preparing the new soil for the old greenhouse garden tubs. I repotted and setup my two new fuchsias. Since it was garbage day, and we had newly empty dumpsters, I did some cleanup behind the playhouse and tent and disposed of some of the debris from the pots I collected yesterday. Lasagna for lunch. Lou and I went to Smart and Final to get groceries. On the way home we stopped at Lucky Chinese Bistro Cafe to get dinner. In the evening, I checked the Hyundai error codes and reset a likely over zealous fuel/air intake error.

Friday: (06/12) Granola and banana for breakfast. I did a little yard cleanup collecting some leaf piles from around the yard. Lou and I did some cleanout of the big tent in the yard. Unfortunately our garbage cleanup day was two weeks ago so now we get to dispose of this in our 30 gallon dumpster a little at a time. I already have a 5 week queue for that with concrete and dirt debris. I now get to breakdown some dishwasher parts, bike parts, and other metal debris. We did all this, not only because it needed to be done, but also to get at our four wheel bike. All four tires on it were flat so the first thing to do was to inflate them and how they hold air. We were almost finished with that when the gardener came. He normally comes on Wednesday or Thursday. He just did a good blow job getting leaves out of the lawn and beds. I also placed some mulch under our berry bushes by the garden fence. We had some sprinkles and some threats of a good shower early afternoon. About 1500 I finally got out for a bike ride making a loop through Midtown, University Ave and California Ave. A pastrami and cheese sandwich for lunch. Dawn made creamy carrot soup for dinner.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Mt Donald Now fenced In

Saturday: (06/06) Granola and banana for breakfast. I installed the crack covers and back filled behind the concrete block wall. I cleaned up the area then watered down the new raised bed. Dumb me, i tried to install the drip tubing after creating mud. I waited a couple of hours and then transplanted the plants I had removed from Mt Donald. I had three big jade plants and planted two. The third plant is set out in the driveway with a “free” sign on it. It was gone within the hour. I finished the planting and the drip tubing and tested the watering. All good to go. I then had a couple of more plants that I set out front. After the backfilling I still had a mound of about 1.5 cubic yards. It will take a while to get rid of it in the compost and garbage. I already have about 5 weeks of concrete and another 5 weeks of bad dirt to get rid of. After a shower, I relaxed the rest of the evening. Lou made Shepherd’s Pie for lunch. I had a leftover burrito for dinner.

Sunday: (06/07) Granola and banana for breakfast. After the usual Sunday Morning on CBS TV viewing, I got outside. I cleaned off the work table outside my shop. It has collected all sorts of stuff due to the recent projects. Mush of it just went to the trash now. We all headed off to the nursery to look for plants. We visited Yamagami's Nursery in Cupertino. I picked up a burger and shake from Jack In The Box for lunch. Lou and Dawn visited The Country Inn for liver and onions for their lunch. Back home we relaxed the rest of the day. The day was quite windy like yesterday. Leftover Iranian potato salad for dinner.

Friday, June 5, 2020

San Jose Paint Job Officially Ended, For Now


Friday: (06/05) We all drove down to San Jose first thing today. We had breakfast burritos from La Victoria Taqueria there. I put away the scaffolding and picked up some things from the apartment. Lou dropped off some tomato plants at Cecelia’s place. On the way home we got gas. Back home, I got busy installing the concrete blocks for the wall. I only had to cut one block and finished laying all the bricks. Now to get some drip edge to help seal the space between the blocks. Dawn removed the grape vine, poor thing. I pruned some of the wisteria for easier access to install the blocks. Lou and I visited Lowe’s to try to find some plastic drip sticks to fill the gap between the blocks. They didn’t have any. At Ace, I found something that will work, some thin flexible plastic bender board. Chili sizes for dinner.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

It's A Patio

Saturday: (05/30) I stripped the forms off the patio edge. I had planned to set some bricks on the edge but it was sprinkling slightly all morning and I convinced myself to take the day off, and did. Granola and apple for breakfast. Lunch from Harry’s Hofbrau, our usual prime rib for Lou and Dawn and veggie lasagna for me. A nice ham and cheese sandwich for dinner.

Sunday: (05/31) Lou made an oven omelet for breakfast. We watched the usual Sunday Morning show on CBS. I went outside and brought out the temper and tamped the base rock for the patio. I then mixed some mortar and installed most of the edge bricks for the patio. When I ran out of the one bag of mortar I had mixed, I stopped. I got all but about 4 whole bricks and the two corner pieces. After the ones I set today are dry, I can install the rest without knocking the others loose as well as using most of the next bag of mortar mix. It’s easier to mix a whole bag in the mixer than smaller quantities as needed. I cleaned up the work area as well as myself and relaxed most of the rest of the day. About 5pm Lou and I went to the Ace Hardware store and Lou got a few things for the garden. I had leftover lasagna for lunch. Lou made chicken pot pie for dinner.

Monday: (06/01) Granola and banana for breakfast. I mixed some mortar and set the last of the edge bricks. Only two cuts needed. I took a bike ride out to the Bay Trail and back into Mountain View on the Stevens Creek Trail. I stopped at Smart and Final Market and bought a pie. The last one was excellent and they are only $3.99. If it got damaged in the bike pannier on the ride home, no big loss other than an intact taste treat. I also picked up lunch at Lucky Chinese Bistro, my usual chow fun noodles and black bean fish. A nice relaxing afternoon in the man cave. Dawn made some salmon cacciatore for dinner.

Tuesday: (06/02) Granola and banana for breakfast. I worked on laying the patio bricks all day. I still have about eight more to lay and fit. I ended up having a little problem fitting the last few bricks and will have to recut two in the morning. Lou made a broccoli and shrimp salad for lunch. Lou made a corn salad for dinner.

Wednesday: (06/03) Granola for breakfast. I was at work before 0800 and installed the last few bricks finishing the new patio by the new garden. I must say it looks pretty good. I finished just before my 1000 webinar and after a shower adjourned to my man-cave (RV) for the webinar about 5 minutes late. It was already very hot and I had sweat through my clothes in the two hours I worked. I relaxed the rest of the day. Chili for lunch. Lou made a grocery run in the afternoon. For dinner it was a vegetable assortment with veggie meatballs and tater tots.

Thursday: (06/04) We enjoyed our morning tea out front watching the garbage pickups. I then weeded the berries behind Dawn's garden. I then relocated some big potted plants to allow two chairs on the rear sidewalk. After a rest, I returned to the yard and installed four of the big concrete blocks starting the remodel of the Mt Donald raised planter. I also brought the other 12 blocks out and gave them a bath. I’ll start installing them tomorrow or the next day, depending on how my back feels. These blocks weigh from 150-250 pounds each. Tiramisu for breakfast. Chili with a pastrami sandwich for lunch. Lou’s Iranian chicken salad for dinner.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Skyline OSP Two Lakes Walk

Friday: (05/29) Lou and I were off early to do our grocery shopping at the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Sunnyvale. About 1100 I was off for a hike. I attempted to hike in Purisima Creek OSP near half Moon Bay but there wasn’t any parking at the trailhead. So I returned toward home and stopped Russian Ridge OSP then hiked into Skyline OSP past the two lakes on the Ipawa Trail and the Sunny Jim Trail looping back to my start. Nice day but rather windy. Lou said that just before I got home they had had a rain squall lasting about 30 seconds. Granola for breakfast. Chicken breast for brunch. A BBQ tri-tip sandwich from the market in Half Moon Bay for lunch. Tomato salad with spaghetti for dinner.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Patio Developing

Sunday: (05/24) Granola and a banana for breakfast. I hooked up the new faucet in the backyard. Then I backfilled the hole it was in. The trench for the gray water drain extension is complete. Leftover corned beef hash and eggs for lunch. After lunch we took a drive and tried to get to Half Moon Bay but the traffic on Highway 92 was backed up. After a ½ hour in the slow moving traffic we made it to the first point we could make a U-turn and return toward home. Back home it was nice relaxing in the shade in the backyard. We had a really hot day today, which was about 88 degrees. Clam chowder and roasted tomatoes for dinner.

Monday: (05/25) A short walk around the neighborhood in the morning. In the afternoon I installed the forms for the new patio. Granola and banana for breakfast. Chopped salads from our nearby Corner Bakery Cafe. Chicken pot pie with broccoli slaw for dinner.

Tuesday: (05/26) Granola and banana for breakfast, again. I got outside and moved some base rock into the patio hole. I needed to raise the hole to the bottom of my forms and I also added most of what will be needed to fill the hole and pout the edges. Unfortunately, there is a lot more still left in the front yard. I also installed the rebar for the edges. Lunch was a turkey pastrami and cheese sandwich. When I had finished everything but actually mixing and pouring the edge concrete, I took a well deserved shower. This hot weather makes for a ripe old man. I had started the AC in the RV earlier to cool it down before my arrival for an afternoon rest. We got dinner from El Grullense Taqueria down the street.

Wednesday: (05/27) Granola and banana for breakfast. Another hot day today. I deferred the pouring of the concrete because of the heat and because the yard man comes today, or usually does. It turns out he didn’t today so he’ll be here tomorrow. Anyway, it will be 10 degrees cooler tomorrow. I worked in the yard repotting and moving planters and weeding. I moved several of the trees we have in large planters to the front yard. Lou has been complaining they don’t get enough sun so now they will. She also wanted one out of the way of her view of the yard from the back room. We alo moved some things from the tent to dispose of for our semi-annual yard pickup garbage day. Leftover nachos for lunch. Lou’s Iranian chicken salad for dinner.

I had a virtual doctors appointment with my new doctor. Kaiser called this morning to setup the time.

Thursday: (05/28) Today was our semi annual yard cleanup day. Our garbage collection company was in front of our house right around 0700 and took all of our extra pickup items except for the metal. By 0900 everything was gone including the regular pickup. I set up the mixer to pour concrete and was ready to mix well before 0800 when I could start to make noise. I had to enjoy some ta and wait. I was finished pouring and cleaning up my work area by 0930. I enjoyed an early shower. Around noon I headed off to return items to Ace and Lowe’s. I also picked up a few things for the drip system to the front trees. I also reworked the piping for the sprinkler valve to the plans by the house. It is a single faucet mounted Wifi B-Hyve controller. Leftover chicken and an apple for breakfast. Lunch from Lucky Chinese Bistro Cafe.. For dinner, a nice super burrito from Super Taqueria.