Friday, August 14, 2020

Interesting Summer Rainstorm In High Temps

Friday: (08/14) I made home fried potato and ham hash with fried eggs for breakfast. Since today the high temp will be near 100 degrees I ran all the sprinklers for the plants and lawn an extra time this morning. I drove to my nearby t-Mobile store to check on their senior phone plans and on bringing Lou and Dawn’s phones with my new phone to be to T-Mobile. No problems and it will be even cheaper than I had thought at less than half what we now pay for less. I picked up lunch, sandwiches at Subway, on the way home. I was relaxing in the RV and Lou came out to rescue me because she thought 97 degrees was hot. I relaxed in the cool of the house, just for her the rest of the afternoon. Lou made a ham and pea salad for dinner. 

Saturday: (08/15) A relaxing day inside out of the 100 degree weather today. I did organize some of my recent photos. Maybe I can get them up on the blog. Leftover hash and eggs for breakfast. Cottage cheese and peaches for lunch. Instapot non-skewer dinner.

Sunday: (08/16) We were awakened by thunder and lightning with heavy showers. Leftover chili on bread and some peaches for breakfast. My morning was spent working on clearing the drain for our kitchen sink and our laundry sink. It took all morning to get it open. After a good shower due to the mess of drain cleaning and sweat caused by the high temperature, we headed off to get some Chinese food for lunch from the China Bistro. Dinner from Subway Sandwich shop.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Windy Hill OSP Razorback Hamms Gulch Hike

Thursday: (08/13) I drove over to Portola Valley and hiked some Windy Hill OSP trails. I hiked up via the Eagle and Razorback trails. Then along the ridge on the Lost Trail. And finally back down on the Hamms Gulch Trail. About 8.6 miles hiked. Back home, I relaxed. It was a little warm. Tomorrow will evidently be a scorcher. Granola and a banana for breakfast. A nice Corner Bakery chopped salad for lunch. Lou and Dawn had pizza. Dawn made a savory tomato pie for dinner. 

 

 

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Back Home for more Shelter In Place

 Saturday: (08/08) PBJ toast for breakfast. I relaxed all day. I didn’t even get dressed until late afternoon. I did give myself a beard and haircut this evening. For dinner, I made stuffed pepper rice. Actually green peppers from the garden, cut into chunks with onions, ground beef and chorizo. 

Sunday: (08/09) PBJ toast for breakfast. I did a little gardening in the morning. Later, I took the bike out for a spin. I rode over to Stanford and looked around the Arizona Cactus Garden. I also stopped at Coupa Cage for my Tiger Chai Latte. I then rode through Old Palo Alto and through East Palo Alto to the newly opened section of the Bay Trail. I returned via Los Altos Taqueria and picked up a late lunch. Unfortunately, no dining in was available so I had to improvise how to carry my lunch. I ended up tying it under my seat so it could remain upright. I stopped at Mitchell Park to eat my lunch. For dinner we picked up some burgers from Jack In The Box. 
 

 

 

 


Monday: (08/10) I managed to enjoy wasting another fine day. I fixed a couple of thing on Dawn’s computer. I got called over to the neighbors house to repair her back door lock. Granola with banana for breakfast. Leftover peppers with rice for lunch. Leftover spaghetti for dinner. 

Tuesday: (08/11) I drove down to San Jose with a few things I’ll be needing down there, if I’m ever able to work on the paint job again. On the way I stopped at Lowe’s for a few things like some primer, bondo and a blind for the kitchen window. I dropped all the stuff off at the house and loaded up all my food and some tools since I won’t be staying here much in the near future. May just drive down to do a few tasks, mostly siding repairs. Split boards and some holes and chips. I had lunch there. Back home I put everything away. A nice afternoon nap and the day was done. I’ll have to return to get my canned and dry food which I forgot to get. It’s not too perishable though. Granola and banana for breakfast. Ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. Leftover peppers with rice for dinner.

Wednesday: (08/12) In the afternoon I worked a little on the paver installation by Ernie’s trailer. First I have to remove a bunch of red bricks and then relocate some plumbing and finally raise the grade to drain properly and install the pavers. I removed some of the bricks and dug out enough baserock to determine where the drain line is and if it can be easily relocated. It can be. Also the water and sprinkler piping can be easily relocated as well as the gray water drain pipe. 

Granola and banana for breakfast. Chili for lunch. 
 


Friday, August 7, 2020

Russian Ridge Charquin Trail Hike

 Friday: (08/07) Soft boiled eggs for breakfast. A relaxing morning in the yard. I headed off for a hike stopping at Happy Donut for a breakfast sandwich for lunch. I drove up to Skyline Drive to the Vista Point Trailhead at Russian Ridge OSP. I hiked out Charquin Trail to Mindego Trail and to the top of Mindego Hill. It was a nice 9.6 mile hike on some trails I have not hiked previously. Lou made hamburgers for dinner. After dinner we went to the Grocery Outlet Market for a few things. 

 

 

 

 


Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Back To San Jose To Paint

Tuesday: (08/04) Granola and diced apple for breakfast. I loaded up the car with all the stuff to move back into San Jose. Seems like it was just last week that I brought all the shelf food back to Palo Alto figuring I would ever get back soon. Lou convinced me to to start a new digging project in Palo Alto and to go back and finish the San Jose paint job. In addition, the wood boring bee holes I found need attention. They seem to prefer unpainted wood so here comes some paint. I stopped on the way down for some groceries at Sprouts, Smart and Final, and Walmart and got lunch at the First Wok Chinese restaurant. In San Jose I enjoyed lunch and moved stuff in. I also cleaned the cooler out and started it. After I was all moved in I took an afternoon nap. I had pea soup for dinner.

Wednesday: (08/05) A walked over to La Victoria for my breakfast burrito. I brought it home and enjoyed my breakfast in the backyard with a neighborhood cat. The cat was grooming and playing with something in the lawn. He also almost caught a hummingbird that got two close a couple of times. I tinkered around until my 1000 AlphaANywhere webinar. After lunch of cottage cheese and peaches, I got outside and stripped some paint by Dawn’s window. I quit about 1600 and showered before leftover Chinese for dinner.
 



Thursday: (08/06) I worked on stripping more paint from above Dawn’s door.Mrs tennant came out and complained that I was interrupting the stay at home needs. I explained that the work needs to be done. I ended up quitting early and cleaned up outside and put things away for the weekend. I was a bit upset because she always complains about any work I do. But, I will cut back to only do what is least intrusive, so no striping for a while. If this lockdown continues too long I may not be able to do the project due to age. I hope it clears up soon enough. I will be returning to do some siding repairs and come concrete work but that should be quick projects.

Waffles and sausage for breakfast. Ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. Lou made spaghetti for dinner.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Purisima Redwoods OSP

Monday: (08/03) Granola and banana for breakfast. Lou and I headed to our Walmart Neighborhood market in Santa Clara. Got most of our stuff there. We had to stop at a small Target as well to get Lou's lactose free milk. With that done I prepared to head out for a hike. I stopped for lunch from Jack In The Box on my way up to Purisima Open Space Preserve. I hiked a 10.3 mile loop down the sea side of the mountain. Beautiful Redwood forest. I started after noon and finished about 1700. Lou made salmon with rice and grilled squash and zucchini.
 

 

 

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Bonfire Time

Saturday: (08/01) Granola and banana for breakfast. I tinkered with Dawn’ and Lou’s computers getting them to be able to login, connect and get email. Passwords and WiFi are real problems for some. I had some cottage cheese and fruit for lunch. A relaxing afternoon. Dinner from Harry's Hofbrau, prime rib and lasagna.

Sunday: (08/02) Granola and banana for breakfast. Working cleaning up junk from the tent. Leftover lasagna for lunch. I spent the afternoon tending a bonfire burning junk wood, mostly a couple of cabinets Lou was refinishing 20 years ago. It's been stored in the temp and leaked on. Dawn's stew from our garden for dinner.