Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Henry Coe State Park Hike

Wednesday: (12/01) I made a ham cheese and egg sandwich for breakfast. I was up early to get ready to head for Henry Coe State Park for a hike led by Tara. We hike out to Flat Frog Lake and back, an 8 mile hike. After the hike I drove down the mountain and stopped at a Jack In The Box for a nap then lunch of a burger and fries. I haven’t had a burger in a while. Back home, it was time for a shower then more relaxing. Lou made macaroni with tuna for dinner.

Thursday: (12/02) Granola and a banana for breakfast. Ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. Brussel’s sprouts with sausage for dinner. I worked on Ernie’s new bathroom sink installation much of the day. I cut the hole in the counter top and set the new sink in it. I then spent way too much time trying to get the water lines connected. The cold water lie would not stop leaking. Before installing the sink I told myself I should cut out a little false cabinet back that could be in the way connecting the water lines. I didn’t listen so had to do it with the sink in place. I also knew I needed a special wrench to tighten the water line onto the faucet. I finally had to go to the store and get one. If I had one I couldn’t find it. While it didn’t eliminate the leak either I had also picked up a short hose and coupler to extend the cold water line . That seemed to get it connected. Way more work than I had planned. Tomorrow I still need to install the tailstock and hook up the drain.

Friday: (12/03) Granola and banana for breakfast. I finished the installation of Ernie’s new bathroom sink by installing the drain line. A little leak fighting but all turned out well in the end. Later I spent some time inspecting the construction project down the street. They received the final load of wall panels for the fourth floor. They may get it dried in before our next rain? Lou made potato soup for lunch. Leftovers for dinner. Mine was tuna pasta.

Saturday: (12/04) I popped some popcorn for breakfast. Leftover potato soup for lunch, baked pork chops with rice and corn for dinner. My only task today was to fill the water tank and drain the holding tanks. The black tank gave me more trouble than normal by not draining due to a clog.

Sunday: (12/05) Lou made latkes with bacon for breakfast. I took a morning bike ride after breakfast. I rode over to see the Barron Park Donkeys but they were hiding somewhere in the back of the field. I then rode over to the Stanford Arizona Cactus Garden. I was welcomed by some really nice flowering cacti. I like this route, just long enough to get a little workout, even on my electric bike. Grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. I repaired a leaking sprinkler system. A drip tube main line fitting ame apart. I cut the holes off of the countertop plug that I ended up with when installing Ernie’s new sink. I then installed that on an old butter churn to use as an end table in the backyard. I also put away all the tools and materials that collected on my workbench from recent projects. A little weeding and I planted a new succulent in my succulent garden. We picked up dinner from Lucky Chinese Bistro after a visit to Michael’s craft store.

Monday: (12/06) Waffles with peanut butter and peach preserves for breakfast. We all headed up to Redwood City to Redwood Trading Company to get some nylon webbing. We also visited Tuesday Mornings and Grocery outlet. Lunch at Applebee's restaurant in Redwood City. Leftover Chinese for dinner

Tuesday: (12/07) My usual hiking day breakfast of a ham, egg and cheese sandwich. I headed up to Foothills Preserve for a 0930 hike with the San Jose Mid-week Hikers group. This is a newer hike I had planned a couple of months ago and this is the second time I’ve led it. It makes a big loop around the park with easy shortcuts for those that want a shorter hike. I had 23 hikers and just 2 chose shorter routes. Back home, the construction project was busy so I had to check on them after a shower. They brought in a taller forklift crane and were working on the roof structure of the top, fourth floor. I picked up lunch of a super veggie burrito from Tacos El Grullense across the street. Back home, after lunch it was time for a nap.

Wednesday: (12/08) Lou made scrambled eggs with some peppers from the garden for breakfast. I checked out the Wilton Ct construction project to start. I then attended my usual Wednesday Alpha Software webinar. I made a shopping run to the Walmart Neighborhood Market for some groceries. On the way home I picked up lunch at the China Wok restaurant on Mary Ave in Sunnyvale. I relaxed the rest of the day. Leftover Chinese food for dinner.

Thursday: (12/09) Granola and banana for breakfast. Trip to Grocery outlet for look. I was inspired to cook some beans so I got some ham and onions. I put a pot of ham and beans in the slow cooker for dinner. Cottage cheese and fruit for lunch. Bean soup for dinner.

Friday: (12/10) Granola and banana for breakfast. Leftover bean soup and toast for lunch and dinner. I helped Lou by drilling holes in a puppet rack she and Dawn are making. It took a while to get the drill press set up to be able to do the holes. Not much else today. Lou and I did make an ice cream run in the evening.

Saturday: (12/11) Leftover beans with toast for breakfast. Lunch from Harry’s Hofbrau. Lou made pineapple rice with chicken for dinner. I did a little work in the shop, actually on the work table outside my shop. No room inside to do anything. I set up the drill press and made some jigs to align the tubing to cut with the hole saw. I’m starting to build Ernie’s smoking roof, or porch cover. I cut the lateral tubes so I should be able to weld up the outside frame then add some more within the frame. The tubes have curved end cuts so they snap over the edge of the main tubes. The main beam is a different diameter so the cut on those has to be offset to maintain all tubes to be even with the top.

Sunday: (12/12) The rain returned last night and will be around most of the coming week. Could make my Tuesday hike interesting. I made corned beef hash and eggs for breakfast after our usual Sunday morning TV binge. Beef noodles and asparagus for lunch. I cleaned the leaves and limbs off the cottage roof. It is temporarily covered with a tarp over leaky rusted out tin. Lou demanded I check its condition. I filled the dumpsters with that debris as well as the other debris around the cottage. More beef noodles for dinner.

Monday: (12/13) Nice rainy cold morning. We’ve received about an inch of rain on this recent shower yesterday and today. Lou had baked a cranberry pear pie and it was the start of breakfast. It was filled later in the morning with the usual banana and granola. Lou made her chicken pineapple rice for dinner.

Tuesday: (12/14) Breakfast from Happy Donut, my usual Sausage egg and cheese English muffin and a donut. I met my fellow hikers up at the Pescadero County Park Tarwater Trailhead for a short hike doing the Tarwater/Shingle Creek loop. I only had four remaining hikers of the 18 and a waitlist that were signed up yesterday. Our heavy rains scared them off. We five enjoyed a very nice hike with no rain and trails that were wet but not too slippery. I picked up my lunch from Los Altos Taqueria, a chili relleno and enchilada combo. Lou made roast beef with mashed potatoes and cheesy broccoli for dinner.

Wednesday: (12/15) Leftover corned beef hash with fried eggs for breakfast. I attended my AlphaAnywhere webinar this morning. I also worked in the office and on the computer. A ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. Lou’s beef stew for dinner. Lou and I made a run to Smart and Final Market in the evening.

Thursday: (12/16) Granola for breakfast. I had an appointment to have my teeth cleaned this morning. My cleaning alternates between the Periodontal Implant office (today) and my regular dentist. I now have to have cleanings every 3 months. All’s well with the gums. On the way home I stopped by a different Smart and Final market to see if they had my granola and OJ, two items we couldn’t get the other night on our shopping run. They didn’t have it. I also stopped at our neighborhood Grocery outlet for some cheese and milk. And, I got gas at our closest cheap station. This station is priced at $3.45/gallon while the lowest anywhere else nearby is $3.59 and most in the low $4 area. I also picked up lunch at the China Wok. I love their coconut shrimp. At home, I climbed onto my shop roof and pruned and removed half the tree that grew over it. I still need to make all the debris fit in the compost bins but I’ll take the rest of the week to do that. I feel like a San Francisco walk tomorrow. Leftover Chinese food for dinner.

Friday: (12/17) A nice no rain day. Lou prepared bacon and scrambled eggs with toast for breakfast. After breakfast, I drove up to San Francisco for a walk. I parked near the arboretum in Golden Gate Park and walked up toward Mt Sutro through the Mt Sutro Open Space. I was exploring trails. I always have a hard time finding my way in. I walked through the neighborhood looking for a path and found one at the end of Stanyan Street. It was a path, not a train, that wandered steeply up though the overgrown hillside. I found my way up almost to the top and found a real trail and a preserve map. It showed that the Historic Trail had a trailhead down on Stanyan Street and I, evidently, missed it. So to make it easier next time I took the trail back down to the bottom. Down there it looked just like a stairway up to one of the houses but it did have a nice sign like above. I tried to make the best of my detour so I walked back on Stanyan Street to Parnassus Street and found the path where it leaves from above UC Medical Center. The map on the sign helps. Now I have two ways to get up Mt Sutro. I hiked the North Ridge trail around to the South Ridge Trail. I looked around at the Rotary Meadow but decided not to continue on to the Mt Sutro Tower because it involved going down through a ravine and I had a limited time remaining for where I parked. I returned via the West Ridge Trail and down to 7th Avenue. The Garden For The Environment is there and I always like to look around their garden for ideas. Then I stopped by the Peasant Pies Cafe and bought some hand pies for dinner. I drove across to the Mission District to the La Torta Gorda restaurant for dinner. I had a torta milanesa for a late lunch then headed home in the 1530 beginning of rush hour traffic. I had a Beef and potato hand pie with a pear crumble pie for dinner. Dawn’s friend from Spokane came over for a visit today and Lou and Dawn were busy entertaining her today. They drove up to San Mateo for lunch at Jack’s Restaurant.

Saturday: (12/18) I had a sausage and egg hand pie for breakfast. Today, I diced all the branches and twigs into tiny pieces so they fit in the compost bins more easily. If I don’t do that, I can’t fit much in the bins. I managed to get it done before my hand demanded I stop. Lou made tuna salad stuffed kale leaves for lunch. Spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. My hand got worse in the evening. Too much repetitive work. I did post a hike for Monday.

Sunday: (12/19) A cold but clear day. I relaxed inside all day. In the morning we watched the Sunday morning shows. I prepared leftover corned beef hash with eggs for breakfast. Ramen noodles and sausage for lunch. I worked on a problem on my website server. Lou’s pizza for dinner.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Russian Ridge, Mindego Hill Hike

Thursday: (10/28) Up early. I prepared one of my ham, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwiches for breakfast. I headed off to Russian Ridge OSP for a hike. I only had two other hikers on the list to join me but one mixed up the date so only two of us hiked. We hiked out to Council Circle and Mindego Hill. There was an option to do a short hike and a long hike. My fellow hiker opted for the short and I did the longer, only 8 miles for me, 5.6 for him. I was through by 1300 and headed home. After a shower, I headed off to return my white hiking shoes. They were not described as white nor described as white. I went to our local REI to return my online ordered shoes but found their store closed and relocated from Mountain View to Sunnyvale. They took them back, no problem, and I picked up some electrolyte tablets for my hikes. I also picked up lunch at the China Wok restaurant. I nibbled it and saved most of it for this weekend. I also got some chicken at Safeway and a super burrito for Super Taqueria on my way home. I’ll be off this weekend, by myself to Dave’s Ranch. Dawn does feel well and Lou will be staying home with her. Lou made un-breaded chili rellenos with rice for dinner. I managed to toss my plate. I saved the chilis, 5 second rule, but the rice went everywhere. I spent over an hour cleaning it up.

Friday: (10/29) Lou made an omelet for breakfast. I check the construction project down the street. They are finishing the third floor framing and grading to pour the basement ramp. I made the final preparations to leave with the RV today. Lou was visiting Costco. I departed just before noon heading across the Dumbarton Bridge and through Pleasanton then up Mines Road to the ranch. It was an eventful drive. The pantry door flew open a couple of times. Even without going to fast on the second time it emptied the pantry contents onto the floor and broke a bottle of vinegar and spilled brown sugar around. A proper mess. I put things back in place and cleaned up a little then tied the door shut. At the ranch, I washed off the carpet sections and mopped the floor. All became well, again, at least until the drive home. Evidently the road is worse and the RV not having the extra weight of the toad changed the drive. I had picked up Chinese food in Fremont on my way for a bit of lunch and it also served as my dinner. Nice campfire in the evening.

Saturday: (10/30) I took a morning walk out the road alongside the runway. I noticed a motorhome parked by the road before the second gate into the ranch. I guessed it might be someone looking for us so I walked out and found Silvia and Peter outside the gate. They were having breakfast. I gave them directions and continued my walk around the ranch stopping by the Homesteaders Cabin. I prepared corned beef hash and eggs for breakfast. Later in the morning Dave gave his history tour of the ranch including a stop at the cabin. Tessa and Allen arrived while we were on the tour. I met other visiting friends of Dave and Collier. Frank and Darlene, motorcycle friends. Marilyn and Tim, and Ilene and Frank, Collier’s friends. Judy and Gerard (SJMWH) were here when I arrived. Gerard let us see Jupiter, Saturn and Venus with his telescope. We enjoyed a nice campfire in the evening and had a nice pot like dinner. Nice sausage and tri-tip samples and potato salads and all sorts of delicious things. We were at the campfire until 10 PM. My lunch burrito was still working at dinnertime so I moderated my sampling dinner.

Sunday: (10/31) I woke at 7 o'clock and got out fairly early in the morning fog and hiked up the ridge trail and observed the mountain top islands in the fog. It was a nice walk. Unfortunately most of the ridge area is burnt but it was still a beautiful walk and I made it back about 9 o'clock and enjoyed my leftover corned beef hash breakfast while I waited for the hot water to heat up and then took a nice shower. Sunday morning is time to pack to leave. I secured the RV to roll and helped pack up Collier, who hurt his back yesterday, and tidy the ranch house. I departed about 12 o'clock and drove down the road. I discovered a good way to keep my doors from popping open was to tie them shut so I got some cord out and tied those shut before I departed. I was able to keep my belt that way. I took no freeway's home just the back roads all the way but I didn't find a convenient place to stop for lunch until Mountain View. I pulled over and ate my chicken tenders and a slice of Apple pie for my lunch. Back home around 2:30. I walked down and checked the building construction. They got by without me and did pretty good. I enjoyed the remainder of the car beef hash for dinner. I posted photos online on both Meetup and Facebook for my visit at the ranch.

Monday: (11/01) Granola and banana for breakfast. I checked the construction first thing until it started to rain. Dawn’s dragon fruit plant in the front yard was vandalized. Someone cut off the top, likely for a start for themselves. We all went to lunch and a walk at IKEA. Good rainy day thing. Tomato soup with toast for dinner.

Tuesday: (11/02) Dawn’s tomato pie for breakfast. I worked in my shop cleaning and putting things away. I also made some shelf pieces for Lou’s trash sorter stand for the RV. Lou and Dawn were out to an appointment and shopping in the morning. Ham and cheese for lunch. Lou needed a driver in the afternoon to take her and Dawn to an appointment and shopping. Pork with sauerkraut potatoes for dinner.

Wednesday: (11/03) I made a ham egg and cheese sandwich for breakfast. I did a little project inspection down the street to start. I attended my usual Wednesday webinar. My major project today was removing the leaves and debris from behind the cottage. That filled our two dumpsters. We all went to the Corner Bakery Cafe for lunch. Lou made spare ribs in a veggie stew over rice for dinner.

Thursday: (11/04) Granola for breakfast. Lou and Dawn were off to the dentist. They did some grocery shopping on the way home. Then I made a run to Lowe’s in the morning to get the roofing panels for Ernie’s patio cover. On the way home, I picked up lunch at Lucky Chinese Bistro. I got an extra hot and sour soup. I've been feeling a cold come on and the soup is the best preventative. Leftover Chinese for dinner.

Friday: (11/05) Granola and banana or breakfast. Lou and Dawn were off to get the windshield replaced in the Jeep. They checked out the nearby thrift store, library and a yard sale while they waited. Conveniently, El Gruellense was also nearby. Lou picked up lunch from El Grullense in Redwood City. In the afternoon I made a run to the City Hazardous Waste Disposal site to get rid of our bucket of stuff. Dawn made a vegetable stew with a couple of zucchini squash we picked from the arbor. It was served over rice. Pretty good. Not the usual squash-like texture, more like potatoes.

Saturday: (11/06) Lou made eggs and bacon with sauerkraut potatoes for breakfast. Salads from our nearby Corner Bakery Cafe for lunch. Shepherd’s Pie for dinner. I world in the shop cleaning up, salvaging, and putting things away.

Sunday: (11/07) Cranberry pear pie for breakfast. I spent the day tinkering with and learning how to tinker with our washer. It doesn't spin dry but is working well otherwise. I finally found some information on our 30 year old washer. I also finally found a good YouTube video on our specific model to repair not spinning. I now suspect the clutch is bad. I ordered a parts kit for it to arrive Tuesday. It was worth taking it apart just to clean out the leaves and spider webs. For sitting outside for much of its life it still looks good. Ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. Pork with sauerkraut and potatoes for dinner.

Monday: (11/08) Lou made eggs and bacon with sauerkraut potatoes for breakfast again. I supervised the construction project down the street much of the morning. After lunch, I decided to head out for a hike. A nice afternoon hike up from the Rhus Ridge Trailhead to the top of Black Mountain. Rain and winds were forecast but, fortunately, were not a problem. Just a few sprinkles as I finished the hike. Starting at 1245 I returned after dark, about 1720. Back home, I enjoyed a shower. It was my turn to cook so I went to Lucky Chinese Bistro and picked up our dinner.

Tuesday: (11/09) Some rain last night and drizzle this morning. Granola and banana for breakfast. I made a run to the Grocery Outlet for a few things before making lunch. I made spaghetti for lunch. Leftover Chinese food for dinner. My washer parts arrived about 1930, too late to do anything today.

Wednesday: (11/10) I made a breakfast sandwich for myself. Lou and Dawn were off early to Costco. I met my fellow SJMWH hikers at Skyline Preserve for nice hike led by Tara. It was a 9.3 mile loop hike through Monte Bello, Long Ridge and Skyline Preserves. The highlight of the hike was a Ladybug filled meadow with thousands of ladybugs which paper there each year. On the way home I did some shopping at Walmart Neighborhood Market and Smart and Final market before picking up lunch at the China Wok which has wonderful coconut shrimp. Back home, I got to work installing the new clutch band in the washer and reassembling it. It works great now. Then it was shower time. Today, they poured the concrete in the basement ramp of the building down the street. It is truly magic that I can cause the major events to finally happen by simply scheduling one of my hikes. Dinner as leftover Chinese food.

Thursday: (11/11) Granola for breakfast. I went out to the container store to get a replacement plastic bin for our pantry. With all that carnage going to Dave’s Ranch, luckily only one needed replacement. I also went to the locksmith to get a compartment key for the RV. I had a ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. When I recovered later in the afternoon, I swapped out the tool drawer chest in my shop for the replacement Lou found. I also plucked some of the growth in the cracks on the patio and blew the debris from the new garden and the succulent garden. Later I programmed the two new cameras I received today, one for the doorbell and another that uses AI to classify objects which may help false notifications on the front yard. Leftovers for dinner.

Friday: (11/12) Granola for breakfast. Leftover spaghetti for lunch. Lou and Dawn were out doing errands and had a late lunch at Dave’s BBQ. I had a super nacho for dinner. I raked and blew out the leaf debris from the swing garden. I also installed a new doorbell camera and another camera with a front yard view.

Saturday: (11/13) I made fried eggs with vegetable Italian sausage and sauerkraut potatoes. No lunch. Dinner from Lucky Chinese Bistro. We were all busy packing and preparing to leave in the RV. I did the pleasurable tank duty. I also made a run to REI for some underwear.

Sunday: (11/14) We had breakfast at the Longhouse Restaurant in Gilroy. It was so crowded, we got it to go. Cowboy pork chops with eggs and potatoes for all. We had the leftovers for dinner after settling in at our campsite then relaxed.

Monday: (11/15) I cooked breakfast sandwiches for all and prepared for the hike. I met my fellow hikers at the Visitor Center and we carpooled to the Manzanita parking area. Me and 16 fellow hikers headed out through the Balconies Caves then up Juniper trail. I managed to locate the Juniper cave on the way up. We took the Tunnel Trail up to the High Peaks Trail, then through the rocks. We had lunch on top. Then we headed down to the Rim Trail and a photo session at the reservoir. Then down through Bear Gulch Cave. I brought my knee pads for this cave. Much nicer. Finally on down Bear Gulch Trail to our cars. Lou made stuffed peppers over rice for dinner. Yum!

Tuesday: (11/16) Lou cooked some bacon and I made our breakfast sandwiches with it. I met my fellow hikers at 0900. Only 6 of 11 signed up had arrived, all mentioned long traffic delays in Hollister so we waited for the late comers. No shows. We headed off at 0930. I really preferred if we hiked the opposite direction than the posted direction for this hike so we could go the opposite direction through the High Peaks rocks. The hikers agreed so off we went. Nice day for the hike and we saw two condors. Ham and cheese sandwich on the trail for lunch at the High Peaks Cafe, a flat area up in the rocks. Just past the rocks we met two of the missing hikers who had misread the meeting location. We finished our hike about 1330. Lou made chicken with peas and mashed potatoes for dinner.

Wednesday: (11/17) I cooked a breakfast sandwich. I met my fellow 11 fellow hikers at 0830 for our 0900 hike of the North Wilderness Trail. Another passage through the Balconies Caves then on round the North Wilderness Trail. We finished up by 1430. Lou and Dawn returned about 1745 and brought dinner from Super Taqueria in Hollister where they had been shopping all day.

Thursday: (11/18) Lou made bacon, eggs, and hash browns for breakfast. No lunch. Tomato soup and toast for dinner. Dawn recorded her Telebration story for this Saturday and uploaded it to YouTube. I made a run to the dump to get rid of our gray water then filled the water tank. Ready for our next showers. Otherwise a relaxing day.

Friday: (11/19) I made my usual ham, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich to start. At 0800, I headed over to the store to meet my fellow hikers. 12 hikers joined me on the South Wilderness Pig Fence Hike. It is a strenuous hike both because of the 13+ mile distance and mostly because of a two mile 45 degree descent on a non-existent trail. We had good weather and a good group and made it down the hill early and back to our cars just as it was getting dark. Fastest and largest group I’ve led on this hike. We enjoyed our lunch on top of North Chalone peak at the old fire lookout tower. I ate too much lunch what with my unusually full sized ham and cheese sandwich as well as lots of shared goodies from the hikers. Lou and Dawn had eaten a late lunch so she gave me some steak and baked potato with sliced peppers.

Saturday: (11/20) I took a walk around the campground looking at turkeys, deer, and campers. It was foggy. Lou made waffles with sausage for breakfast. We prepared to roll and left the campground about 0930. We stopped in Hollister for a look around the hardware store and to get some Thrifty ice cream. Back home around noon. We got re-established in the driveway. I dumped the tanks. Lou and Dawn headed off to Redwood City to get our dinner from Harry’s Hofbrau. At 4pm we attended the Telebration that included Dawn’s video story.

Sunday: (11/21) I had granola and a banana for breakfast. We had lunch from our local Corner Bakery cafe. Lou was busy doing the laundry all day. I did a little settling into the Man Cave (RV). Otherwise I relaxed all day. Dawn's sweet potato beef stew over curry rice for dinner.

Monday: (11/22) I made breakfast egg, ham and cheese sandwiches. Later in the morning, I made a run to Smart and Final Market for some things. I picked up lunch from the China Wok restaurant on Mary Ave in Sunnyvale. I had to spend some time inspecting the construction of the building that occurred while I was gone. Leftover hot and sour soup with toast for dinner.

Tuesday: (11/23) Lou’s birthday. Leftover Chinese food for breakfast. Lunch at Bajis Cafe. More leftovers for dinner. Leftover nachos and Chinese noodles. I pulled weeds from the garden spot getting the three gardens in the backyard done.

Wednesday: (11/24) Up at 0530, fixed a couple of ham and cheese rolls for breakfast. I wiped the windshield and windows on the car in preparation to drive Ernie to his doctor appointment this morning at 0630. I dropped Ernie off at the VA hospital and returned home. I moved some plants into the greenhouse because I found ice on the windshield this morning. At 0930 I returned to the hospital but did get Ernie back until noon. Back home, Lou Dawn and I headed off to lunch at the Lucky Chinese Bistro, then it was time for a nap. Lou and Dawn headed off about 1600 to get Lou’s replacement hearing aids and for Dawn to see a doctor. Leftover Chinese for dinner.

Thursday: (11/25) Granola and banana for breakfast. About 1400 was Thanksgiving diner time. We had roast chicken with mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing, fruit salad, fresh cranberry orange sauce, and deviled eggs. There was supposed to be green peas as well, but they missed the boat. I tinkered al the rest of the day resetting my computer and reinstalling some needed programs. I also setup Google Drive on my laptop and desktop. My laptop kept freezing and using too much power. The reset seems to have corrected it.

Friday: (11/26) Granola and banana for breakfast. I charged a couple of camera batteries that don’t have solar or wall warts. I also pulled weeds from the artichoke garden and front beds. A chicken and cheese sandwich for lunch with a cranberry pie chaser. Lou made a Thai dish with rice, chicken, and pineapple for dinner.

Saturday: (11/27) I made a breakfast ham, egg and cheese sandwich for breakfast. I decided to get out of the house today. I took a drive to look at used car lots for used vans. Not greet pickings. I found a few and confirmed most are asking new van prices for used up vehicles. I explored along San Carlos Street to San Jose. Along the way, I stopped at the Walmart store for a couple of things. I also stopped by the San Jose house and dropped off a few things that have been riding around in the car for too long. I picked up lunch of a breakfast burrito at La Victoria Taqueria. I then drove South on Monterey Highway all the way to Gilroy. In Gilroy I stopped at the Best Buy and, while I was only looking, I ended up with a new ChromeBook laptop. It was only $149. I’ve been thinking it might be nice to have a laptop that isn’t ruined by Windows, susceptible to viruses, and could just get quick access to the internet and the browser. Back home we had Dawn’s stew for dinner. In the evening I setup the new Chromebook. Couldn’t be simpler.

Sunday: (11/28) I made corned beef hash and eggs for breakfast. After the Sunday morning TV shows and some tea in the front yard, I got to work on Ernie’s projects. I needed to replace his kitchen sink drain tailstocks. To do that I had to go to ACE hardware to get a tool that allows you to unscrew the drains. The new ones went in easily and all went well. Next project was removing and replacing his bathroom sink. He bought a porcelain sink to replace the damaged plastic one that came with the trailer. The old one came out without too much trouble but, before the new one can be installed the counter top needs to be capped. The old sink was a different shape and a bit larger than the new sink. I located a piece of used plastic counter top and spent some time cleaning the old adhesive off of it. I still need to use some goo gone to remove the sticky and clean the top surface but it is otherwise ready to install.

Monday: (11/29) Granola with a banana for breakfast. The contractors were back to work today. The concrete contractor was busy doing all sorts of little pours like curbs and one narrow wall. Busy until 1400. I had a late lunch of ham and cheese with a slice of pie a la mode. I was much in need of a nap after a busy morning inspecting. About 1600, I headed outside and brought my table saw out, after moving all the other stuff in front of it in my shop. I cut the Corian plastic sheet that will be used to cap the sink counter. Lou and Dawn had been out running errands most of the day. We had chili for dinner.

Tuesday: (11/30) Leftover corned beef hash and eggs for breakfast. More inspection of the project down the street. This morning was an early delivery of the wall panels for the fourth floor and the beginning of some masonry work. I made a quick shopping run for some caulk. While going through the return items in the car, I found the other item I needed, construction adhesive. I also stopped by Smart and Final Market for a couple of things. Back home I sanded the new counter surface and glued it down onto Ernie’s bathroom counter. Lou made a pineapple chicken and rice dinner.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Golden Gate Park Arboretum

Wednesday: (10/06) I was off to San Francisco early to Golden Gate Park for a walk. I parked on the West Side of the park a mile or so away from the Arboretum. I made it to the Arboretum at 0850 so I could enter for free. I checked many of the trails and when my stomach started to growl, I left to go get breakfast about 1030. I wanted something interesting and cheap and happened upon the Peasant Pie Shop. I got a sausage, egg and cheese pie which was excellent. I then continued my walk around the park. On my walk I explored Stow Lake. Upon my return to the car about 1430, I had hiked 10 miles. I needed to get gas and then I returned to the pie shop for lunch, a nice beef and potato pie. I took the slow way home via Junipero Serra and El Camino Real. We picked up dinner from my usual Lucky Chinese Bistro.

Thursday: (10/07) Granola and a banana for breakfast. Leftover Chinese food for lunch. Dinner at Appleby’s. Other than a little project supervision today, I only drove Dawn to an afternoon appointment in San Jose. Lou was busy with own appointment to pick up her hearing aids. We met for dinner at Appleby's..

Friday: (10/08) Granola and banana for breakfast. After a little watching of the construction down the street we headed off to San Jose. Dawn had a prescription to pick up. It took a while but we finally headed on to our destination, Gilroy. We stopped on the way at camping world to use a credit I had that would expire in a couple of weeks. We then stopped at the Longhorn Restaurant for lunch. Cowboy garlic pork chops with eggs. Outstanding!. Then we dropped Dawn off at the bookstore and Lou and I explored other places. I want a Promaster van, preferably low mileage and cheap. For some reason, that is hard to find, especially in our current times. No luck. Then a couple of stops at thrift stores before heading home. Back home ham, crackers and cheese for dinner.

Saturday: (10/09) Lou made pancakes for breakfast. Mashed potatoes with cheese and diced ham for lunch. Chinese food from Lucky Chinese Bistro for dinner as Ernie’s treat. I tinkered today. I dug out a little more trying to find my leaky pipe. I exposed the two places I thought it might be and neither leaked when I turned on the water. I also replaced the shower nozzle and the kitchen water filter cartridge.

Sunday: (10/10) Leftover Chinese food for breakfast. I turned on the water in the garden again and watched for a leak. Nothing showed up all day. Must have fixed itself? I also started the energy monitor installation. I took a bike ride to Ace Hardware and bought some parts for the energy monitor installation. I finished most of the Energy Monitor installation. Only 8 of 16 probes installed but may not be room for more. Tuna and crackers for lunch while I rode back via the Baylands trails. Stuffed squash for dinner.

Monday: (10/11) Granola and banana for breakfast. I delivered the Hyundai to Say Ray Garage to have the air conditioning fixed. Also an oil change. At home, I tinkered with the power monitor. It really works well. Nice to monitor the wattage consumption of each circuit. Bacon and cheese sandwich for lunch. Macaroni and cheese for dinner.

Tuesday: (10/12) Soft boiled eggs for breakfast. The Wilton Court project was very busy today. Two trucks delivering wall panels and lumber and a concrete pumper truck. They poured concrete footings in the basement ramp area, the steps for the courtyard emergency exit, a ramp connecting the second level parking and the street entrance, and some footings in a mechanical room. I also went to Kaiser to get my flu shot. Ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. Tuna cheese toast for dinner.

Wednesday: (10/13) Granola and banana for breakfast. Ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. Soup for dinner from Panera Bread. I gave myself a hair and beard cut this afternoon. I also supervised the construction project down the street.

Thursday: (10/14) Lou made squash with sausage for breakfast. Trail snacks for lunch. Chili for dinner. A little construction inspection to start the day. We all went to Hidden Villa around noon. Lou and Dawn visited the animals and garden. I took a 4 mile hike around the farm. It would have been 6 miles but one of the trails into San Antonio Preserve was closed.

Friday: (10/15) Ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. Pot roast for dinner. A little construction inspection. I installed a new GFCI device for the outside washer and gray water pump. I had to replace one extension cord and modify the cords so they were just the right length, no excess coils. This completes the separation of Ernie’s trailer loads from the house loads like the washer. No energy monitoring will be better.

Saturday: (10/16) I made it outside about 0840 and walked down to see what was going on with the Wilton Court project. Nothing happening except I noticed one guy opening up the construction yard across the street. Back home, I prepared one of my ham, egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches for my breakfast. Then I got outside and started backfilling the holes I dug to expose the water pipe under the new garden. I had dug it up trying to find a leak that was saturating the garden soil. I never found anything and everything dried out so possibly it was just being way over watered by the drip system. I was interrupted shortly after i got started by Lou who said they was activity down the street. A crew was at Wilton Court loading a truck with some of the form bracing from the second floor pour. After they filled the 40 foot trailer with a huge load of 4x4, they got busy removing the last of the form materials and stacking it up for another load. Since they worked on Saturday, I suspect they will be pouring some more concrete Monday. The ramp walls, the second level courtyard walls, and other concrete and shotcrete are still to be done. I had a ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. I finished backfilling the garden but need to get some more soil to bring it to the proper level. This may be the first hole I ever dug that didn’t generate more dirt than I could stuff back in the hole. Later, I welded up a bunch of EMT tubing to make a support for Dawn’s Dragon Fruit plant. Later Leftover pot roast for dinner.

Sunday: (10/17) I made corned beef hash and eggs for breakfast. A little tinkering in the yard this morning. I set the large pot with the welded support in the front yard and added back the rock and soil and then Dawn and Lou planted the plant. I was busy on the computer much of the day determining our calendar, making reservations for a pinnacle visit next month and setting up hike descriptions for my hiking group for when we are at Pinnacles. About 1400, I went to Lowe’s and bought some garden soil. I stopped at the Wok On Chinese Restaurant in Sunnyvale to get lunch. I finished up the hiking plans. In the evening we had some rain showers. Lou made green three bean salads for dinner.

Monday: (10/18) Leftover corned beef hash and eggs for breakfast. Lou’s green salad for lunch. In the late afternoon I worked on Lou’s walking scooter modifications. I got the new front wheels replaced temporarily to check for size. Looks good. Leftover Chinese food for dinner

Tuesday: (10/19) We tried out Lou’s walker scooter for size and to see what I need to modify for it to work for her. The end result is I need to widen the front axle by 2 inches on each side and move the rear wheels back a foot. After checking my project down the street, we all headed off to the Westfield Valley Fair for a look. They finished remodeling and expanding the mall recently so we looked around. We needed to see it before all malls disappear. In the evening I responded to a request to lead a hike on Thursday. The hike leader was unable to do it so I accepted it. Granola and banana for breakfast. Lunch from Panda Express. Chili for dinner.

Wednesday: (10/20) I made a breakfast ham egg and cheese sandwich to start the day. I attended my usual Wednesday webinar about AlphaAnywhere. After some office tinkering, I was off to Ace hardware to get some nuts and bolts for Lou's scooter. I also went to Lowe’s to get tubing for Ernie’s smokers shelter. That took some time determining how best to build it. My original thoughts went away upon seeing the cost of EMT and fence tubing. The cost has increased 2.5 times in the past year. Covid price gouging. I bought the tubing for the revised design. Next, I needed brazing rods and acetylene gas. Since Harbor Freight usually has good prices on many supplies, I stopped by there to see their price. They don’t even stock brazing rods, just TIG rods. After a stop for lunch at Panda Express about 1530, i headed off to welding supply.

Thursday: (10/21) I got my usual hikers breakfast from Happy Donut, a sausage, egg, and cheese English muffin. I headed up the mountain at 0830 to Monte Bello OSP to lead a hike for the San Jose Mid-week Hikers. The original hike leader, Fred, had to bow out so I took over the hike. It was only 5.6 miles through Los Trancos and Monte Bello OSPs. The weather forecast said to expect a 70% chance of rain at 0900 but only 30% thereafter. It proved correct. There was heavy rain starting about 0900 on the last of the drive up and it lasted until about 0925. It was sprinkling as we did the check-in and introductions. But shortly after we started out on the trail, it was perfect hiking but with a little extra mud. The rain settled the dust and brightened the colors of the fall leaves and trees. Of the 19 hikers signed up for the hike, only 7 of us started out and an 8th caught up with us later. A half dozen decided not to continue due to the rain but did arrive, the rest just didn't show up. I decided to be lenient because of the rain but normally not canceling or contacting the leader would earn a no-show and other hike leaders put hikers like that lower on the list. We finished about 1200 and I headed down the mountain.

After a shower, I picked up a super veggie burrito from Tacos El Grullense. I ate half for lunch and later, the other half for dinner.

Friday: (10/22) We had heavy rain earlier this morning and until about 0830. Lou even saw our sump pump discharge to the street. Granola and a banana for breakfast. About 1030 I headed off to Welder’s Heaven in Santa Clara to get a full acetylene tank. My local supplier didn't have any small tanks. My how the Covid shortage has affected prices. The cost for the gas was probably about 4x what my last tank was. The shortage is why my local supplier had none. I stopped by a Walmart Neighborhood market for a couple of things then picked up lunch at Lucky Chinese Bistro. Back home I put things away but then relaxed the rest of the day. I received my new trail runner shoes from REI so I put them on for a test walk. Perfect. Lou made split pea soup with toast for dinner.

Saturday: (10/23) I made ham and eggs with pan toast for breakfast. Later, I made a run to Harbor Freight for a few things. I needed more gloves for my fellow hikers on the Pinnacles Pig Fence Hike, knee pads for the caves, and, of course, a few other tools. Otherwise a relaxing day. I had leftover Chinese food for lunch. Ham and cheese sandwich for dinner.

Sunday: (10/24) I made ham and eggs with some home fried potatoes for breakfast. Another good rainy day. With our long lasting drought, it’s nice to have gotten 1 inch of rain in the past week or so. Lou made chili beans and cornbread for dinner.

Monday: (10/25) Granola and a banana for breakfast. Lunch from a new place, the China Wok on Mary Ave in Sunnyvale. Not the most inspiring chow mein but they have coconut shrimp, one of my favorites. I watched the chaos at the construction project down the street. Our weekend rains amounted to over 3 inches with super high gusty winds. The construction site was saturated and the security fence blown away, However, the project must go on and it was as if nothing was different. Delivery trucks arrived, Erection of the third floor wall panel began, even the concrete contractor was setting up for some shotcrete. It was all slowed a bit with a transit bus broke down blocking access to their storage yard, trapping the forklift when it was needed for all those deliveries. They continued as if nothing had happened. I headed off to the San Jose house to see how it had weathered the storm. No problems, the pumps worked. Salton gave me a succulent plant start that I had been admiring as well as some pomegranates. I stopped at Walmart and Nob Hill Markets on the way home for a few things. Leftover Chinese food for dinner.
 
Tuesday: (10/26) No rain. The project down the street looks like it will be busy with welders doing the stairways, shotcrete being sprayed and poured, and framing the third floor. Too bad I’ll be gone this morning. I picked up my hiker's breakfast at Happy Donut. I headed off at 0840 and picked up a passenger at the Page Mill P&R on the way up to Monte bello OSP. I had 17 hikers join me on today’s hike up to the top of Black Mountain. It was a fairly quick hike finishing about 1230. Hack home I picked up a super nachos at Tacos El Grullense for lunch. Then a nice shower. Later, I went to Lowe’s to get some chicken wire for an anti-slip surface for Ernie’s ramp. Leftover chili for dinner.

Wednesday: (10/27) Granola and banana for breakfast. I, of course, spent some time watching the construction down the street. They did get the upper courtyard wells poured (Sprayed) so they were removing the forms today. Also cleaning up the ramp area so they can backfill it to be ready to pour the ramp. I also attended my Wednesday webinar. Ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. In the afternoon, I installed the chicken wire anti slip protection on Ernie’s ramp. Seems like it might work well and better than the sandpaper like strips often used. Leftover BBQ ribs with baked potatoes and a carrot raisin salad for dinner.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Baby Sitting

Tuesday: (09/28) Up at 0530 to drive Ernie to the VA Hospital for an appointment. I returned home and had a PBJ English muffin for breakfast. I checked the work on the Wilton Court project down the street. They were busy installing wall framing panels. They installed most of the panels that were delivered the other day. Lou and Dawn were off to an appointment. I returned to the VA hospital about the time Ernie could have been finished. I waited in the car outside for a while and I picked a chicken wrap up from their canteen for lunch. I picked Ernie up about 1215. Lou made a tortilla chip casserole for dinner.

Wednesday: (09/29) Leftover corn chip casserole for breakfast. I’m hanging around with Ernie while he recovers. Chicken and cheese sandwiches for lunch. Chicken soup for dinner.

Thursday: (09/30) I made Ernie and I ham egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches. Lunch was a super veggie burrito from Tacos El Grullense. Leftovers for dinner. More “supervision” of the Wilton Court project down the street. More framing and some drainage work today.

Friday: (10/01) Lou made bacon and eggs with tator tots for breakfast. Lou made chicken salad for lunch. Dawn made Brussels sprout with leftovers for dinner. I did a little work outside today. I removed the drip water piping that I reinstalled the other day and moved all the bricks I replaced then as well. I decided that changing the garden sections to EW rather than NS and installing valves for each section will allow better water management. The lower part of the garden floods while the upper section is dry. Now, if needed I can separate or turn off sections individually.

Saturday: (10/02) Leftover corn chip casserole for breakfast. I picked up lunch from Harry’s Hofbrau, lasagna for me and Ernie, prime rib for Lou and Dawn. Leftover lasagna for dinner. I tinkered a little trying to wring the water out of the garden so I can dig some more to try to locate the leak that is somewhere under the geotextile fabric under the garden. Lou had to move a few of her plants so I can dig some more.

Sunday: (10/03) Lou made corned beef hash and eggs for a late breakfast. Tomato soup with pan fried toast for lunch. I tinkered in my garden. I dug another test hole near the far end so I can see which end is leaking. I occasionally vacuumed out the water in the holes because I want dry holes to be able to see which hole gets water first. Leftover clam chowder and stew for dinner.

Monday: (10/04) Leftover hash and eggs for breakfast. I headed out for a shopping run today. I took my electric chainsaw back to Harbor Freight to swap it for a new one. The old one was recalled. I then stopped by Walmart Neighborhood market and Smart And Final Market for some things on the way home. After stowing those things away I headed over to a nearby garage and scheduled a visit to get the AC looked at on the Hyundai. And a final stop at Palo alto Hardware to get a couple of metric bolts to use as extended legs for the new freezer. That floor is really unlevel. Ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. Roast chicken with ramen noodles and green beans for dinner.

Tuesday: (10/05) Soft boiled eggs for breakfast. Ham and cheese with crackers for lunch. I took Ernie out shopping for groceries today. After a nap I installed the replacement battery in my laptop. This is the second, the first replacement didn’t last too long. I had to buy a tool kit that included the Torq 5 bit to get into the laptop case. Well, of course, I misplaced the kit. After looking around for it for a couple of weeks I bit the bullet and bought another toolkit. They are only $17. Now I can have the other kit suddenly appear, as usual. Chicken pot pie stew for dinner. And, to top off my day I did tank duty on the RV filling the water and draining the black and gray water tanks. Then, time for a shower, for a good reason.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Rototilling The Garden

Tuesday: (09/21) PBJ toast for breakfast. Lou and Dawn were off to an appointment early. I was busy much of the day watching the concrete pour for Wilton Ct Housing for the second level floor. Roast chicken with a Waldorf Asian pear salad for lunch. In the late afternoon I went to Lowe’s for some steer manure and garden soil to add to Dawn’s garden as I till it. I also stopped by Grocery outlet and Lucky Market for a few things. BBQ ribs with baked potato for dinner.

Wednesday: (09/22) Granola and a banana for breakfast. The framing crew started today on the Wilton Court project. I prepared the second half of the garden #2 for tilling but need to wait for Lou to remove her broccoli plants first. Lunch of chopped salads from our nearby Corner Bakery Restaurant. Spaghetti with mizithra cheese for dinner.

Thursday: (09/23) I made a ham, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich. I rototilled the rest of the garden spot #2 then mixed in more garden soil and some steer manure. Grilled cheese sandwiches with sweet peppers for lunch. Chinese food for dinner from Chinese Bistro.

Friday: (09/24) Lou made an omelet for breakfast. A little tinkering on odd jobs around the house in the morning. Lou and Dawn took a scooter ride in the afternoon. I took a bike ride later. I had leftover Chinese for lunch. For dinner, I served refried beans and rice with sausage.

Saturday: (09/25) Granola and banana for breakfast. Fried fish with baked zucchini and rice for lunch. Waffles and BBQ ribs for dinner. A relaxing day at home.

Sunday: (09/26) Lou made latkes with bacon for breakfast. A little greenhouse organization this morning. Used pots were emptied into the stock potting soil barrel and pots put away. That cleared lots of room on the patio. I also moved an umbrella to the front yard table. I took a couple of bead spreads to the laundromat to wash them. In the evening I trimmed my beard. I could do my hair because my house trimmer had a dead battery and the RV trimmer hasn’t been used in 2 years so I couldn’t be sure of how long the battery would work. It did a nice job on the beard.

Three bean salads for lunch. Beef stew for dinner.

Monday: (09/27) Breakfast at A Good Morning restaurant. Chilli for lunch. The Wilton Court project had some framing modules delivered and placed up on the second floor deck. Now the fun begins, also now we won’t be able to see much. Clam chowder for dinner.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park Hike

Monday: (09/20) Granola with a diced Asian pear for breakfast. I did tank duty on the RV this morning. I cleared half of Dawn’s garden spot where she removed her corn and rototilled it. It was too muddy to do too much with today. I’ll be adding steer manure and more garden soil before they plant more winter garden. Lunch from a Chinese restaurant in Union City. I enjoyed eating it along the side of Highway 84 in Niles Canyon. I explored some of the roads around Sunol then stopped at the Foothill Staging Area of Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park. I hiked up the mountain and around some of the upper trails for about a 4.5 mile hike. It was in the 90’s today but there was a nice breeze. I didn’t feel great so I didn't attempt to hike more trail than I was sure I could handle. I started the hike a little after noon. Back home I relaxed the rest of the afternoon after a nice shower. Lou made chili fries for dinner.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Tinker here, Tinker There

Saturday: (09/18) Lou made eggs with steak for breakfast. I helped Dawn with her computer installing a couple of programs. I also tinkered on my computer. Baked beans and sausage for lunch. We all went to Lowe’s after lunch. Lou bought some freezer baskets for the new freezer. Lou and Dawn picked up dinner at Harry’s, the usual prime rib and lasagna.

Sunday: (09/19) A little gardening. Dawn removed some plants from her garden. They also started to set up a pot for her dragon fruit plant. Granola with diced Asian pear for breakfast. Leftover lasagna for lunch. Shepherd’s pie for dinner.