Sunday, January 21, 2018

Winter Tasks

Sunday: (01/21) Lou made sauerkraut potatoes and corned beef hash with eggs for breakfast. I installed the new shelves in the pantry and started on Lou’s sewing desk in the bedroom. I also cut some additional kitchen cabinet shelves for Lou. We needed a few things to complete the sewing desk and the shelves so we visited Lowe’s in the late afternoon. I had chips and hummus for lunch. Lou made chicken pesto noodles for dinner.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Womens March In San Jose

Saturday: (01/20) Leftovers for breakfast. After breakfast, we all headed down to San Jose to meet friends Connie and Jill and join the Women’s March in San Jose. It wasn’t a long walk but took lots of time to shuffle from City Hall to the River Park. Once at the park we walked over to a nearby Pannera Bread restaurant for lunch. I then walked back to out the car and returned to pickup the rest of our party who had been shopping at Target. On the way home, we visited thrift stores, another Target store and a Grocery Outlet and a Sprout’s market for a few things. Lou also stopped by the Indian grocery store and Michaels craft store that are next door to my Dim Sum King restaurant. So my dinner was dim sum and their dinner was more leftovers.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Stanford Dish Hike

Friday: (01/19) I prepared fried eggs and ham with toast for breakfast. I was then off to a rainy day hike at Stanford with my fellow SJMW hikers. Nice walk from Stanford Mall into Stanford University Campus and its Arboretum. Our leader Alex brought us to many new and interesting places along the way. Of course, when we reached the top of Dish Hill with no shelter anywhere near, the deluge started. Lunch at the campus center. Nice rainy day hike on paved trails. Lunch at Panda Express at the campus center after the hike. Soup for dinner
First stop was at the Tesla store to try the new model 3 out for size. Next stop was the Arizona Cactus Garden.
Visited the Memorial Church as well. Several hikers walked the Labyrinth as well.
Left above is a chandelier in the Stem Cell Research Building. On the right the path on Dish Hill.
Statues in the Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden.
On the right is the Stone River sculpture made with earthquake-damaged stone from one of the buildings on campus

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Bye, Bye Baby

Wednesday: (01/03) Some things just don't last. About three weeks ago I felt a problem begin with a tooth. While hiking in the Pinnacles having lunch I caused one of my teeth to start wagging, literally hanging by a thread. Fortunately never any pain just pressure sensitive. Upon our return home, I contacted my dentist for an appointment. Of course, the holidays were underway so today was his first available appointment. The problem tried to correct itself because last night while brushing my teeth, the loose tooth fell out. It really wasn't too surprising. It was my last baby tooth finally coming out. Unfortunately, there is no permanent tooth ready to come in so I started the process of an implant today. My dentist removed the tiny root that the tooth broke off of today. I guess a 66+ year old baby tooth is actually a pretty good deal.

Granola for breakfast. Dim Sum for a late lunch. Lou’s corned beef and cabbage for dinner.

Thursday: (01/04) Lou made my favorite breakfast, corned beef hash, and eggs this morning. I went to the Kaiser pharmacy to get some prescriptions I’ll need this afternoon. We headed off about noon and dropped Dawn off in Mountain View at the library. Lou and I then stopped at Sweet Tomatoes salad buffet for lunch. I cut back on the salad and concentrated on the soup for lunch. We then arrived at the dental surgeon's office about 30 minutes early for my 1400 appointment. They took me right in and by 1500 my bone graft was completed and we headed home. Fortunately not too painful, today. Lou made me some mashed potatoes with spam and cheese all emulsified for dinner. Actually really good. Now I just need to heel. A couple of follow up appointments in a couple of weeks and then four months to fully heal and be ready for the implant. We should be able to travel on our round the country tour but it will be interrupted by a two week treatment back here at home and another treatment a month or so later. I’m not sure how well handle that interruption in travels. Possibly we’ll put the RV in storage and return home the head back to the RV to continue?
Friday: (01/05) A rainy day. My mouth felt quite nice today. None of the anticipated pain. I relaxed all day. Lou and Dawn went out shopping part of the day. Lou and I did walk over to our new credit union where were setting up accounts to move from Citibank. Lou made scrambled eggs and cheese for breakfast. Lou made a liquified refried beans and weiner with cheese for my lunch. And dinner was liquified roast beef, onions and potatoes for dinner.

Saturday: (01/06) I relaxed all day. Lou and Dawn worked on their projects and made a shopping trip. They also met the Apple Genius and arranged to have their phone batteries replaced. Leftover emulsified refried black beans with weiner for breakfast. Leftover roast beast with onions and potatoes all emulsified. For dinner emulsified beef with mushrooms and rice, basically beef stroganoff. Pumpkin cheesecake for dessert.

Sunday: (01/07) I relaxed all day. Lou and I made a run to Lowe’s to look for a few things. Dawn was busy organizing things. Scrambled eggs for breakfast. Beef stroganoff for lunch. Refried beans with spam for dinner.

Monday: (01/08) A really rainy day. Lou and Dawn were out doing the grocery shopping in the morning. I continued relaxing. We headed out to Redwood City for a movie at 1100. We saw Lady Bird which I found to be an excellent movie. Not one explosion or car chase in it. After the movie, we had lunch at the Old Spaghetti Factory. I spent some time after we got home moving boxes around in Dawn’s shed to expose the floor. After dinner, we drove over to the IKEA store for a walk out of the rain. I haven’t been out for a walk since my dental appointment last week. Scrambled eggs for breakfast. Minestrone soup for lunch. Artichoke chicken for dinner.

Tuesday: (01/09) The last of our current rainstorm kept us inside in the morning. I worked in the office filing stuff and making phone calls. Dawn took a long walk at Fry’s Electronics before dinner. When I picked her up she showed me a couple of modern refrigerators. One, from LG, has a window in the door and when you knock on the door a light comes on inside. One advantage is you will know that the light really does go out when the door is closed. The other refrigerator, from Samsung, was similar but used a networked monitor in the door and cameras inside to view the shelves. In also does all the apps your phone does. A little too much for me both in feature and cost. I noticed a neat folding electric bike. Folds tiny and carries my weight. It’s called the VeloMini Dual Power. Of course one of the powers is the pedals. Diced hard-boiled eggs in butter for breakfast. One of my oddities is that I can’t eat egg yolks that are not fully cooked (hard) without gastric problems. So my normal order is eggs over hard. Lou preferred to hard boil eggs for breakfast then adds butter. Meets my needs as well and quite yummy. Lou’s cream of broccoli soup for lunch. Leftover artichoke chicken on a baked potato with some avocado for dinner. In the evening I was watching Infinity Live and discovered the group Wailin Jennys. I added them to my playlist.

Wednesday: (01/10) A nice dry day. I relaxed in the morning and had a dentist appointment in the afternoon. After the appointment, I looked around the Home Depot store. I managed to find a Ryobi battery powered air compressor and a digital tire gauge to add to the RV. Lou and Dawn met me for dinner. Hard boiled eggs with butter for breakfast. Leftover Broccoli soup for lunch. Dinner at the Country Inn. Leftover shredded chicken and rice for a late snack.

RV Show In Pleasanton
Thursday: (01/11) Thursday is “Date Night” for Lou and I. Today is was the whole day. We drove over to Pleasanton to the Alameda Fairgrounds for the Manufacturers RV Show. This year we are able to attend without fear of ending up driving away a new RV. That issue was settled last October when we traded our 1999 Seabreeze RV for a 2006 Surfside RV. Only 19 feet long but feature rich. Of course, the price reflects that so we’ll be buying Lotto tickets hoping to win so I can get a new toy, or not. We stopped for dinner on the way home. Granola with berries for breakfast. Garlic fries for lunch. Mexican dinner at Mexico Lindo Cantina across from the fairgrounds. Traffic wasn’t at all bad coming home during rush hour. We did a little shopping in Milpitas on the way.

Friday: (01/12) Busy day today. Busy sleeping. My cold was in full force. I had a couple of bowls of hot and sour soup and a half a grilled cheese sandwich.

Saturday: (01/13) Another do nothing day. Lou and Dawn were out shopping and visiting the Apple Genius again. Hard-boiled eggs for breakfast. Hot and sour soup for lunch Lou’s chicken soup for dinner.

Sunday: (01/14) Finally a little more normal day. I walked over to Happy Donuts for breakfast of an English muffin with egg, bacon and cheese and, of course, some cronut holes. But that was about it for my effort. I relaxed the rest of the day watching Vegas episodes on TV. It was nice to be on my feet a little today. I did find and order some “pantry slides” to use for a sliding desk in the RV. Not easy to find at a reasonable price. So often it’s all it knowing what things are called to find them. A ham and cheese sandwich for lunch and Lou’s chicken soup for dinner.

Monday: (01/15) Lou did her early Walmart shopping to begin her day. We all went to breakfast at Bajis Restaurant in Mountain View. After breakfast we did the rest of the grocery shopping at the Milk pail, Trader Joe’s, Sprout’s And Grocery Outlet. I took most of the rest of the day off until Lou request I get my shop door open. They could get it unlocked. The wet weather seems to cause problems. I had to crawl through from the other door past stacked wood, shop vacs, and tools to reach the inside of the uncooperative door. With a lot of wiggling and knob turning it suddenly opened. I added some graphite to the lock and just hope it lasts a while. I then started assembling my new tool pouch dedicated to the RV so I don’t have to keep taking the one from the shop. I have about half the needed tools. I also tried out my new battery air compressor and digital air pressure gauge. Dinner was a nice baked potato topped with chili, sausage disks, and cheese.

Tuesday: (01/16) Lou and Dawn were off early for an appointment and some shopping. Finally a reasonable active day for me. I planned on making a shopping run for tools today. When I got ready to leave I discovered I didn’t have my wallet. Not good feeling. I reviewed my activities for yesterday and thought is was likely lost in the Jeep. I called Lou and she confirmed it was there. I drove down to meet her in San Jose and picked it up. I then visited Harbor Freight for most of the tools I needed. I also stopped at a couple of Grocery Outlet Markets looking for some gluten free bread that Lou found yesterday that was quite good for this morning's French toast. Neither market had any left. I also stopped by EV World in Santa Clara and test rode a folding electric bike, the Velo Mini. Very nice. I’m thinking of getting it for the RV. On the way home I got lunch at Dim Sum Kink and stopped at Walmart for some final tools and some LPG for our camp stove. At home, I brought out the table saw and cut the shelf boards needed for the RV pantry retrofit. Lou made French toast with blackberries and bacon for breakfast. I got some Dim Sum for lunch. Lou made gnocchi with meatballs for dinner.

Wednesday: (01/17) I had an AlphaAnywhere webinar in the morning. I also started dinner in the slow cooker. Dawn was busy working in her shed organizing books. Lou got the Jeep washed. That should fix the drought. In the afternoon I had a dentist appointment to get some stitches removed. Next appointment in three months to get the implant started. On the way home I stopped at Orchard Hardware to get some paint and screws for the pantry. When I got home I sanded the pantry pieces and spray painted them. Lou made hash and eggs for breakfast. Berry pie and the last of the hot and sour soup for lunch. Sauerkraut potatoes and pork for dinner.

Thursday: (01/18) Another relaxing day. I spent a good part of the day starting the process of moving my cell service from Verizon to Total Wireless. I’m hoping to move my existing phone it’s not operational until the move is complete in 2-3 days. Dinner at the Crepevine in Mountain View.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Starting The New Year

Tuesday: (01/02) I moved a bunch of stuff around in the study and likewise in the dining room in preparation for an overnight visit by Dawn’s friend Andrea. Lou made hard boiled eggs for breakfast. I had a cheese sandwich for lunch. Lou and Dawn drove down to San Jose to pick up Andrea and they did some shopping and had lunch along the way. I spent time doing PCT mike stats and updating some software on Dawn's laptop. Lou prepared corned beef with cabbage in the slow cooker for dinner. After dinner, Lou and I visited the Container Store looking for better containers for our pantry. We may have found what we need that will double the capacity of the cabinet.

PCT Stats Update

Tuesday: (01/02) I spent some time doing some calculations on my PCT hike. I have hiked 2234 miles of the 2659 mile trail. I have only 238 non fire closure miles left to do and only 425 miles if I include the missing 187 miles that i couldn’t hike due to fire closures. I have hiked 130 days averaging 15.1 miles a day. Unfortunately, I probably won’t be hiking any miles of the PCT this year due to other commitments.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Back Home

Friday: (12/22) Lou and Dawn were busy doing the laundry from our trip. We decided we needed a cat door on Ernie’s trailer. So I searched Amazon and read reviews of the various door. We then visited Pet Smart to look at some. At home, I tinkered in the RV replacing the shower hose and trying to adjust the level indicator by the driver. The auto system leaves the RV nose down a degree or two. Granola for breakfast. Ham an cheese sandwich for lunch. Dawn made stew for dinner.

Saturday: (12/23) I did little today mostly working on the computer and organizing photos on it. My back has been bothering me so I’m taking some time off. Maybe I’ll get some photos posted. It’s been over a year since I posted many. Breakfast was granola and a banana. For dinner, Ernie took us all to Harry’ Hofbrau for a Christmas dinner.

Sunday: (12/24) Popcorn for breakfast. Lou was off early with our neighbor grocery shopping. She and I went out later to get some Christmas presents. Otherwise, I tinkered with the computer and watched murder mysteries on TV. Ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. For dinner, we met Courtney at Harry’s Hofbrau. Quite a crowd since most restaurants were closed early.

Today is our mom’s birth date. Both Lou and my mom’s birthday is the same today. My mom passed away in 1990 but would have been 107 today.

Monday: (12/25) I cooked smoked pork chops with potatoes and eggs for breakfast. We all were busy doing house cleaning much of the morning. I removed the damaged sun shade cover that was blown to pieces in the wind storm last week while we were gone. Lou and Dawn were busy baking and cooking as well. At 1400 Meili, Cecelia, Courtney, and Ernie joined us for a potluck Christmas dinner. We don’t overdo it recently but still enjoy a nice feast. In the evening we enjoyed our Christmas pies and cake.

Tuesday: (12/26)A nice clear but cold day. Leftover fried potatoes with a wiener for breakfast. I installed a cat door in a compartment door of Ernie’s trailer. It’s one of two doors he and his cat Hobbs got for Christmas. If Hobbs gets used to the outside door, I’ll install the inside door. Ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. In the afternoon I removed the doors on the lower cabinets in the bedroom. They are difficult to open against the end of the bed and are always in the way. I also removed the upper wire basket hangers as well. Lou bought more plastic storage boxes which will fit in the space and be easier to get in to and organize better. They can also be removed as needed for access when the bed slide is in and blocks access to the cabinets.Chicken tacos for dinner. After dinner, Lou and Dawn headed off to IKEA for a walk. I headed to REI to look for a new backpack. My daypack is pretty worn so I wanted a new day hike pack. I got a 34L Marmot Graviton pack so I can do an overnighter as well.

Wednesday: (12/27) Another col clear day. We had a relaxing morning and finally headed out for the day. We stopped for breakfast an Joanie’s Cafe on California Street in Palo Alto before continuing North. We parked on Laurel Avenue in San Carlos and visited a thrift store then explored the other shops. A visit to Home Depot and another thrift store before stopping fr dinner at Chavez Market Taqueria on the way home.

Thursday: (12/28) We tinkered in the RV today installing eyelets and making bungee cords for our lower cabinets in bedroom. I also moved into my new backpack. I found stuff in the old pack never used before. The new pack can be opened like a clam so maybe easier to know what is lurking inside. Leftovers for breakfast. Ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. Beef log with Cheese and crackers for dinner

Rancho Canada Del Oro
Friday: (12/29) I prepared a sausage egg and cheese hikers breakfast. Lou and Dawn held out for a later breakfast in Gilroy. We left about 0830 and arrived at the trailhead at 0915. @0 of us hiked a big 9.5 mile loop of Calero Park and Rancho Canada Del Oro OSP. We finished the hike about 1315. Chris, the hike leader, had brought cookies he had made for post-hike snack. Yum! About 2 miles before the end of the hike I called Lou and advised her of my expected arrival back at the trailhead. They had dropped me off and continued down to Gilroy for breakfast at the Black Bear Restaurant. Then the visited the used bookstore in Gilroy. Dawn left a lot of books for them to go through and see what they wanted. They also found new books they wanted. I interrupted them when I called. They left when I called, filled the gas at Costco and headed off to pick me up. I waited about 40 minutes after all the other hikers had departed for them to arrive. They missed a turnoff. We returned to Gilroy to check some thrift stores, have a snack, and then have dinner at the Black Bear. Lou and Dawn wanted prime rib and I had a Chicken Fried Steak. We then headed home.

Saturday: (12/30) We made a shopping run with our neighbor. And that was about it for my day's accomplishments. Pie for breakfast. Leftovers for lunch and dinner

Sunday: (12/31) A relaxing Sunday morning. After our lunch out we walked around downtown Los Altos. Granola and Banana for breakfast. Lunch at Panera Bread Restaurant. Chili baked potatoes for dinner.

Monday: (01/01) We all headed out on the bus today. Hopefully a good start for the new year? Nothing special, just a run down El Camino Real intending to get some of my ciabatta bread and Bee’s Knees peanut butter at one of the other two Sprouts Markets. I can accept no substitutes. We had lunch out. Mine was from the China Wook, theirs from the market. Things lie MSG and cottonseed oil bothers Lou. Leftovers for dinner.