Friday, February 23, 2018

Santa Teresa County Park Hike

Friday: (02/23) Leftover enchiladas for breakfast and dinner. Lou headed off to an appointment in San Jose early. I was off to San Jose as well for a hike at Santa Teresa County Park. 19 of my fellow SJMW hikers enjoyed a brisk (cold and windy) 8.2 mile hike. A beautifully clear day with great views looking out over San Jose. After the hike, I had lunch at Mountain Mike’s pizza. Before my shower, I trimmed my beard and hair.




Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Still Tinkering

Tuesday: (02/13) I was off early to Orchard Hardware to get a thing I forgot on my visit yesterday. I also got a new GFI outlet. On my way home I stopped for huevos rancheros at Los Altos Taqueria. At home, I modified the new TV swing arm I made a couple of days ago. I needed to make the mounting plate an ⅛” shorter and both shorten and lengthen the arm. Seem odd but the arm hit the window valence as is swung back against the wall. In addition, the center of the TV bracket was ¼” too close to the wall. I ended up shortening the arm, adding a vertical piece of metal and then cutting off about ½” of the TV mounting plate which removed the two holes I had originally intended to use to mount it. The vertical piece of metal provided someplace to bolt two of the other hols in the bracket. Should work. It’s all painted now and drying. The second project was to be the GFI replacement that feeds the sump pump it’ been tripping when the pump runs. I installed the new outlet and the problem remained the same. So, I already had a replacement pump in the shop. I got it out to install. It isn’t the same as the old one primarily in the placement of the discharge. I headed off to the hardware store to try to get what was needed to connect the new pump. Three stores later and I had what I needed, not what I wanted though. On the way home I picked up dinner again at Lucky Chinese restaurant. Even though I had an hour of daylight left I opted to stop for the day and eat dinner. Between these tasks, I helped Ernie repair the drawer runners in his trailers built in dresser.


Wednesday: (02/14) Dawn and I went to the Los Altos Pancake House to get blintzes for breakfast. When I talked to Lou this morning she was making blintzes for Anita and herself. She said she is packing to leave tomorrow headed to Fresno to see her niece Rene. I cut and welded up the second TV wall mount. I found that one of the hinges I bought was the wrong size so I had to make a run to Orchard Hardware to get the correct one. Whit the mount cut, welded, ground down and painted, I got to work on the pump replacement. I put everything together and found I needed a PVC fitting so off to Orchard Hardware again. I finished installing the punt and testing it just as it got dark. Leftover Chinese black bean fish and five flavor chicken with Spanish rice for lunch. Chili size for dinner.



Thursday: (02/15) Granola and banana for breakfast. More tinkering on the TV mount. I drilled some holes and mounted the releasable mount to my arm and did some final paint touch up. Of course I made another trip to the hardware store to get some locking nuts. I also made a wooden rest for the far side of the monitor to help support the tv in it’s normal position. Dawn and I went over to Sweet Tomatoes for lunch. Lou left Bakersfield today and stopped for lunch with her niece in Fresno on her way home. Lou’s leg was bothering her when she got home so we went to the emergency room to have it checked. Dawn and I had dinner at Safeway market nearby then visited Grocery Outlet for desert fruit bars and, of course, found a few other things.

Friday: (02/16) PBJ toast for breakfast. I drove Lou to an appointment this morning. Dawn and I shopped around while we waited. We stopped for lunch at Togo’s sandwich shop on the way home. Back at home after tea in the backyard, I got busy pruning the blackberry bushes and weeding their flower bed. I also cleaned out the garden spot. I also put away some of the stuff collecting inside and outside the shop. For dinner, we headed out to Marie Callender's running into a traffic jam on the way. It was a three car accident that closed all NB traffic lanes right in front of Marie Callender's We had to sneak in through convoluted side roads.


Saturday: (02/17) Lou and Dawn were busy with the laundry today. Dawn was busy with her book organization project. I tinkered on the RV a little. Lou and I visited Orchard Hardware where I got screws to attach some trim pieces on the side of the RV. We also got some more storage boxes for the new behind the TV storage space in the RV bedroom. I made corned beef hash and eggs for breakfast. Leftover hot and sour soup and peach pie for lunch. For dinner, we went to Blast Pizza in Cupertino.

Sunday: (02/18) Wow, a true day of rest. I slept until noon and never made an appearance outside today. Leftover hash and pie for breakfast. Baked beans, sausage and pie for lunch. French fries and roast chicken for dinner.

Monday: (02/19) Breakfast at Ann’s Cafe in Menlo Park. We then went on some errands and grocery shopping. I picked up some dim sum for lunch. Our tenant in San Jose called to complain that the dishwasher wasn’t working right so in the afternoon I drove down to check it. I found the middle and upper arms didn’t have water flow. There also seemed to be a slight squeal when it ran. After my tests, I had to reluctantly agree there was actually something wrong with it. We visited Home Depot, Lowes, and Best Buy looking at dishwashers. I eventually remembered that we had to be more selective with our choice because of the limited vertical opening. Dinner at Super Taqueria in Sunnyvale.

Tuesday: (02/20) Granola and berries for breakfast. I was off to San Jose to measure the counter then visited Sears, Home Depot, and Lowes looking at dishwashers. My research found only two manufacturers make units what are short enough. Frigidaire, like is currently installed, and GE. GE is actually the shortest. It is also what we have here in Palo Alto. I decided on a model and found the best price and it’s now on order from HD. It will be delivered next Tuesday. I spent a lot of time yesterday researching how to repair the lack of the upper arms moving and it can only be two things. The diverter valve or the pump. I couldn’t even determine that the washer we have even has a diverter valve nor can I find a wiring diagram. With so little info, the high cost of parts and the units age, I decided to replace. I want to disassemble the old unit and confirm that it is the impeller that is br0ken on the pump. That would mean that what should be a $3 part failure would require a $90 pump assembly replacement. I hate our disposable world. On the way home I stopped for lunch at Lucky Chinese restaurant in Mountain View. At home more online research then the ordering of the dishwasher. We all went to pick up a loaner wheelchair for Lou in the afternoon. It took five of us to figure out how to assemble it. I tinkered on the computer in the evening organizing my music files and updating my phones music. Wieners and sauerkraut for dinner.


Wednesday: (02/21) Dawn made and an omelet for breakfast. I was busy with tax preparation and a webinar in the morning. Leftover Chinese food for lunch. In the afternoon, decided to proceed with the removal of the overhead front TV of the RV and install a more efficient LCD TV and the printer behind it with some extra storage as well. I visited Bestbuy and bought another Roku TV, a 32” model. I also did a little grocery shopping on the way home. At home, I removed the old heavy tube TV and started tracing the cables. There was a satellite system so there are lots of extra cables. Also, there seems to be a lot of spare cables going somewhere placed during manufacture. Lou was busy stocking the RV. Lou made stuffed peppers with baked potatoes and peas for dinner.


Thursday: (02/22) Dawn made grits for breakfast. I worked at the computer and tax prep much of the morning. Lou and I headed out to Kaiser to get a copy of my medical record for our trip. We had lunch at Lucky Chinese Bistro. I really like this place. We then visited three Lowe’s hardware stores trying to find nice birch plywood panels to build the new front TV cabinet. The first two didn’t have good enough panels to meet my discerning needs. The last in North San Jose had some nice ones. None of the three Lowe’s had the steel tubing I needed. I knew that our local Orchard Hardware had what I needed so we picked it up there. Then, on the way home, we did some grocery shopping at Sprout’s market. We picked up Dawn and then went to Grocery Outlet for more groceries. At home, I made my enchilada casserole for dinner.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Ed Levin Park, Monument and Mission Peaks Hike

Monday: (02/12) Up early to head East to Ed Levin Park for a hike. I stopped at Happy Donut for breakfast, my usual egg, bacon, and cheese English muffin. I was early for the hike but I prefer that to being late. I listened to the radio while I waited. Jacob, our hike leader is a fast hiker. He had announced that they would be doing 3 mph for this hike. My normal is closer to 2 mph. I advised Jacob that they shouldn’t wait for me, I’d get to the top eventually. This hike was supposed to be 13.6 miles and five hours, per Jacob. It brought us to both Monument Peak and Mission Peak. I lost sight of the pack about a mile and a half out. I did see them leaving Monument Peak as I was arriving. I explored two potential peaks one about .5 miles away. I wasn’t sure what peak they had explored. As I was approaching Mission Peak I passed the pack headed home. They had finished lunch there. Must have been a short stop, possibly because it was really windy. As I settled down on a rock with a view for my lunch, the wind stopped. I enjoyed a nice rest with views of the entire bay and watching the hawks flying below. I also got a look at a fox crossing the trail just ahead of me as I left the peak. It was a long return hike about ⅔’s of it on a different trail. While they all probably met their planned return at 2pm, I arrived back to the start at 1555 completing 14 miles in 6 hours 55 minutes. I picked up dinner at the Lucky Chinese restaurant in Mountain View. Dawn and I shared the chow fun noodles, sweet and sour pork and salt and pepper fish. After a dinner and a nice shower, I settled in for the night.





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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.

Monday: (01/22) A little rain this morning. I made a shopping run to get some spray varnish that I forgot to get yesterday. Basically relaxed the rest of the day. Still not feeling great. Lou and Dawn went to lunch with Cecelia. More sauerkraut potatoes and corned beef hash with eggs for breakfast. Lunch at Los Altos Taqueria. BBQ ribs and baked potato for dinner.

Tuesday: (01/23) A day out. No rain today. Popcorn for breakfast. We drove over to Half Moon Bay visiting a couple of nurseries on the way. Lunch at a Mexican restaurant then a walk about town. We headed up to Pacifica on our way home then did some shopping at Serra Monte Shopping Center. Dinner at Neil’s cafe in Millbrea. On the way home via El Camino Real we got stuck for a while in Redwood City due to some kind of accident that closed both directions of the road. Made it home by 2000.

Wednesday: (01/24) Threat of rain that mostly arrived in the late afternoon. I relaxed all day. I attended a webinar at 1000. In the evening I contacted Total Wireless and Verizon about getting my phone service transferred to TotalWireless. I learned there was a problem with the pin for Verizon needed for use by TotalWireless. The pin was correct but not allowed by Verizon. The end result is I’m to wait until tomorrow for TotalWireless to do the transfer manually with Verizon after the systems time out. Granola for breakfast. Chili cheese potato for lunch. Leftover bean noodles with chicken and cheese for dinner.

Thursday: Off with Lou early to do our weekly grocery shopping. Mostly relaxed again today. Cold ‘s cough still lingers. I visited the nearby Credit Union to deliver some papers. I’m in process of moving to the CU. It was also a nice short walk. I finished up my new RV tool pouch with it’ new tools. Dawn was busy organizing her books in her shed. I was put to work moving some of her boxes. In the evening I called Total Wireless and was connected with Jasmin who successfully completed the service transfer for my phone. It only took an hour to complete while I was talking to her or on hold. There was some problem in getting the number away from Verizon but now all is OK. Seems to be working well. I’m not sure o the data speed yet but it all works. It is actually still using Verizon’s network but costs ⅓ as much. PBJ toast for breakfast. Ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. Lou’s chili beans for dinner.

Friday: (01/26) Off to San Francisco on the train. I then caught the J train out to Judah Street near Golden Gate Park. I had breakfast at Howard’s Cafe on 9th Street. I’ve passed the pace many times intending to stop in but never had before. On my walk passing several other establishments, all had few customers, Howard’s was more than half full so I stopped there. Great bacon avocado omelet with sour cream and Swiss cheese. Homestyle crispy disk cut potatoes. A good start to the day. I then walked over to Strybing Arboretum in the park. I got free admission today for being a KQED (public TV) member.I walked all the trails and paths in th park enjoying all the plants and trees. When finished about 1400 I stopped by a donut shop at Judah and 9th for an apple fritter and tea. I then walked over to look at the demonstration garden nearby. I then caught the train downtown and walked some on Market Street before catching a trolley back to the train station. I got a cup of soup at Safeway then boarded a bullet train home. Nice day. Ernie got a new hybrid car.

Saturday: (01/27) Granola and banana for breakfast. I relaxed in the morning tinkering on the computer. Sausage and cheese sandwich for lunch. Ernie was out on a drive in his new toy. Lou was busy with the laundry. I worked in the shop assembling Lou’s hobby desktop for the RV. I milled the oak molding I bought to add two more rounded edges. It came with one and I wanted it on three sides. I ended up with 3 inches too little molding so had to go out to Lowe’s to get another piece. The piece was 7 feet not 8 and my stretcher couldn’t be found. At home, I had to do all the setups to make more molding to match. I also stopped by to pick up some of my bread that wasn’t available when we were out shopping. Chili for dinner.

Sunday: (01/28) Granola and banana for breakfast. We enjoyed the morning TV shows. I anded and sprayed finish on Lou’s desktop. I also got carried away and cleaned leaves from the neighbor's garage roof and gutter form the side that drains into our yard. I then cleaned up all the debris that I knocked off the roof and from behind out storage tent. I also blew the leaves from the side walkway of the house. I had a ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. Lou made a pot roast for dinner.

Monday: (01/29) We went to A Good Morning restaurant for breakfast. After that, I took the little car to be smog tested and get an oil change. All good now. I also sprayed a couple more coats of finish on Lou’s desktop. It should be ready to install tomorrow. Cold cuts and cheese for lunch. Dinner at Super Taqueria.

Tuesday: (01/30) I was busy upgrading some software on Lou’s laptop late into the night. Lou was off to Bakersfield for a couple of weeks to assist a friend. Dawn was busy organizing books. I relaxed in the morning. I assisted Dawn by adding a couple of new shelves to her shed and moving boxes for her. I made a shopping run to get some parts for upcoming projects and some groceries. I missed enough sleep last night such that I didn’t want to do anything that involved thinking or coordination. Granola and banana for breakfast. Roast beef and cheese sandwiches for lunch. Baked beans with rice and pork chops for dinner. In the evening we skipped the additional spreading of lies and instead of the “”State Of The Union Speech watched an alternate “State of OUR State” which was basically the Women’s movement. Much better ideas.

Wednesday: (01/31) Up early at 0400 to watch the Super Blue Blood Moon. Enjoyed tea on our front sidewalk watching the moon disappear. Not the fastest event so we Dawn and I were chatting, reading Facebook and listening to the SOTU speech and comments. We enjoyed breakfast sandwiches early as well. I attended my Wednesday programming webinar at 1000. I made chili sizes for lunch. I relaxed and napped much of the day. Baked beans, rice and pork for dinner again.

Thursday: (02/01) I decided to try taking morning walks for a while. I walked down to San Antonio Mall. I had breakfast at Safeway, a breakfast burrito. A watched the construction for a while. I’ve missed a lot of the recent construction. How have they managed without me? I walked on down to Castro Street then caught the bus home. Ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. After a nap to recover from my mere 5.7 mile hike, I got to work in the RV. In installed Lou’s hobby desk ton and cut a piece of carpet for the top. I then removed the satellite equipment inside the RV and figured out how to reconnect the TV antenna to the TVs. Dawn and I went to Chili’s for dinner.

Friday: (02/02) I removed the old low volume vent fan and install the new Fantastic Fan. Lots of trips up and down from the roof of the RV. I still need to hook it up, finish the inside, and caulk the roof. I originally had signed up for a hike at Pinnacles NP. Unfortunately, I couldn’t be gone long enough for the hike and travel to and from it so I canceled. Of course, today was the best ever condor sightings. Over eight birds. At least the hikers took lots of great photos. PBJ toast for breakfast. A sausage and cheese for lunch. Chili size for dinner.

Saturday: Big accomplishments for the day. I made a shopping run to our usual grocery stores (Grocery Outlet, Walmart, and Sprout’s). At home, I wired the new fan and installed the inside trim. On the roof, I caulked the fan assembly and installed the mounts for the cover. It will be finished tomorrow when I install the cover after the caulk is dry. I had granola and diced apple for breakfast. In the afternoon I made my enchilada casserole. We had it for dinner. Now it will be breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a while until gone in a couple of days. I managed to watch several episodes of the old TV show Mannix.

Sunday: (02/04) Not much accomplished today. I did get up on the roof of the RV and attach the vent cover. Leftover enchilada casserole for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Monday: (02/05) A morning walk down to Mountain View. I picked up some things for Dawn at the Hong Kong bakery then returned home completing 5 miles. Some tinkering in the RV. I removed the bedroom TV in the RV, modified the shelf, and took some measurements. After dinner Dawn and I went shopping for a TV and mount for the TV. I found the Insignia Roku TV at Best Buy. The Roku TV’s seem to be the best Smart TV’s around. We have a couple of other Roku TV’s at home. The 24” TV I bought isn’t a perfect fit leaving about an inch on either side of the cabinet but the next size up is too wide. No problem for height since the aspect ratio is different for modern TV’s with their wide screens. The old TV was a vacuum tube model with an old analog tuner rather than the required ATSC tuner. Replacing the TV provides a TV that takes up less space, uses less power and actually tunes in channels. It also can receive video from our phones. So it’s much more useful. The extra room means more storage, about half a closet full of extra storage. I just go one for the bedroom. I also will need to replace the front TV. It’s bigger and ill placed being high over the dash. It’s difficult for Dawn to see and not well located for any of the other seating. My intent is to relocate it near the dinette but I haven’t figured out just how to do that. It would be in the slide so there is a problem finding a good place to mount it that leaves the dinette usable and provides good viewing. I’d also have to route a cable a considerable distance from its current location and route it through the utility channel so it moves with the slide. The old TV location is where I’ll mount my printer. Again my breakfast, lunch and dinner were leftover enchiladas. Dawn was more creative for breakfast and lunch.

Tuesday: (02/06) I'm cat sitting for Ernie for a couple of days. Hobbs, the cat, doesn’t demand much, just the occasional pat on the head and feeding four times a day. I have alarms set for the feeding times. I also have other alarms for other services during the day. It’s difficult to take a walk with the longest time between duties being only three hours. I set up the new TV. I also received some replacement cabinet door struts and today I installed them. Now the doors over the couch stay up. The last of the enchilada casserole for breakfast. Dawn and I had lunch at Panera Bread. Sandwiches for dinner.

Wednesday: (02/07) Started with sausage, egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches. I attended my Wednesday Alphasoftware webinar. I managed to weed the front flower bed and trim the germaniums there. Much of the rest of the day was tinkering on the computer and office. Baked potato chili size for lunch. Dawn and I visited Sweet Tomatoes buffet for dinner.

Thursday: (02/08) Popcorn for breakfast. I’m behind on sleep so napped watching tv much of the morning. I did watch some training videos as well. About noon the mailman dropped off our, seemingly daily, Amazon delivery. I got what they are calling a solar generator. Actually, there is no solar and it isn’t a generator, but it should be handy. Lou uses a CPAP and it needs AC power all night. It only used 10 watts but require us to run the inverter in the motorhome all night. There is actually more loss to unused equipment that isn't actually needed for the CPAP. Hence, the need for the solar generator. It is actually a Lithium battery pack with USB, 12DC, and 120vAC outputs. It provides up to 200 watts of power and 155wh. Since we need just 80wh to go all night it should eliminate the wasted nighttime power use and be able to be charged during the day from our RV solar system. This is one of the better ones available because it has sine wave AC output. It would even be possible for Lou to go tent camping now, like that would happen. I topped off the battery and used it to power my computer in the evening. Seems to work well. Enjoyed a banana for lunch. Dawn and I went to dinner at Whole Foods market.

Friday: (02/09) Up early to get to San Jose for Dawn’s appointment. Granola for breakfast. After her 0830 appointment, we went to her apartment and then stopped at a multi-house garage sale on 13th street nearby. Nice to visit with some of our old neighbors as well. I stopped at the county government building on Hedding Street to deliver a form to Employee services and then we visited Scooterland, which I noticed on our way to deliver the form. We found they may be able to help in repairing our Zappy and Tzora scooters. We also test drove a couple of other three wheel scooters for Dawn. Next stop was lunch at Marie Callender's. Dawn had the chicken pot pie an I had their shepherd’s pie. We then had to return to San Jose to her pharmacy to pick up some things. Finally, home about 1430. Baked potato sizes for dinner. Dawn was busy in the evening at the Los Altos Library book sale.

Saturday: (02/10) Dawn was off by 1000 to the Mountain View book sale. She had lunch from the Hong Kong bakery and picked up some things for Lou at TAP plastics. I drove her to and from. At home, I tinkered in th RV. Not too productive tough. I didn't feel well. In the afternoon I designed the TV mounts for the bedroom TV. I haven’t been able to find something from any vendors so I’ll be making my own. I need to make two mounts one for the normal upper position where the original TV was. Except this new TV will be able to be swung out to allow storage behind it. In addition, The TV will be able to be removed and hung on a similar arm in the hobby desk area. This arm will be the same except it will swing in not out as the upper will. I bought removable brackets for attachment to the arms. Part of the difficulty is attaching the arms to the flimsy walls of the closet. Two ⅛” plywood panels sandwiched with the occasional piece of 1”x1”. My mounts will bridge the center hollow core and attach near the edges where there is a solid interior. Fortunately, the monitor weighs less than 5 pounds. So, I a material run to Orchard Hardware and picked up some metal to make th mount arms. I cut the pieces for the upper unit and will weld and paint it tomorrow. If it works, I’ll make the second. I made corned beef hash for breakfast and had some for lunch as well. For dinner, I made grilled cheese and sausage sandwiches.

Sunday: (02/11) Dawn was busy at the Palo Alto library book sale today. I worked on the TV mount. I welded it up and ground it down, then painted it. I discovered yet another error in my design that was easily corrected by a rearrangement of the parts. As the paint was drying, I went to lunch and picked up some additional parts. When I was ready to install the mount I found I had made the wrong one first. I had the hinge reversed which is how the lower on is to be assembled. I thought I was making the upper. Senility is fun. Dawn went to her storytelling group in the evening. I tried to get to bed early to be rested for my hike tomorrow. Corned beef hash and eggs for breakfast. Dim Sum for lunch. Leftovers 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.