Saturday, March 10, 2018

Finishing Touches To Front TV

Saturday: (03/10) I finished the adaptor pieces and installed the TV onto the drawer frame and then installed it in the RV. I hooked it up and all’s working well. Now to add the printer. I cut the printer shelf and sprayed it. Lou and I stopped by the bank to handle a few things. We were there at rush hour and it took some time. Granola and banana for breakfast. Chili and grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. Chili and artichokes for dinner.
New TV installed on the new steel drawer frame.

Sunday: (03/11) I worked in the RV installing the printer shelf, and trying out the printer on it. It is really too tight for easy use. It does fit with no front to back clearance and could be used but won’t be easy to use. I’ll be looking at other printer options and at other uses for the space. I made a door to cover the open space below the TV and some trim and sprayed some finish on them. I also installed a door mirror in the bathroom to provide backside view from the vanity mirror. I think the TV cabinet will be finished when I install the door and trim but may have to install a shelf and sides to the drawer if other than the printer is used in the space. Oatmeal with apple for breakfast. A late lunch at Armadillo Willy's BBQ in Sunnyvale.
The new bathroom mirror on the door.

Monday: (03/12) Clear sky in the morning changing to rain in the afternoon. Up early for Lou’s appointment. I dropped her off and on the way home picked up a pulled pork breakfast burrito at A Good Morning Restaurant. Just right shared by Dawn and I. I watched my morning TV shows and napped due to the early rise. I eventually got outside and was organizing the RV getting it ready to roll. I Installed the trim under the TV and found I couldn’t turn the TV on. The trim blocked the IR receiver which was on the bottom edge of the TV. I did a little trimming by cutting a notch and sprayed it then reinstalled it. Lou called about 1145 and I went to pick her up. On the way home I stopped at Orchard Hardware and got a pair of hinges for the door below the TV. I installed the door and now the cabinet will be considered complete. I still need to resolve the cramped printer and possibly add some storage inside but no hurry for that. We had Lou’s artichoke chicken with rice for lunch and dinner.
Finished Front RV TV installation. The LCD Tv replaced a huge vacuum tube TV and provided extra storage behind the new TV.

Tuesday: (03/13) Rainy. I cleaned up all my stuff in the RV and did some vacuuming and cleaning. Tinkered with the computer collecting tax info. Otherwise relaxed inside, out of the rain. Granola for breakfast. Grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. Lou’s spaghetti for dinner.

Wednesday: (03/14) Rainy. I did our grocery shopping in the morning. I worked on our tax return in the afternoon. The tax app crashed so tomorrow I get to start again. Granola for breakfast. Grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. Artichoke chicken over rice for dinner. Pupin pie for Pie Day dessert.

Thursday: (03/15) Rainy. I worked on income tax preparation all day. I finished the first draft of our return. Granola and diced apple for breakfast. Pumpkin pie for lunch. Dinner at Chili’s Restaurant. After dinner, Lou felt ill so we went to Santa Clara.

Friday: (03/16) Rainy. Up early. Dawn and I shared a breakfast burrito from A Good Morning on our way to see Lou. We spent today with Lou in Santa Clara. Dawn and I had lunch from the Farmers Market, some really nice egg rolls. We all returned home about 1500. Leftover Chili’s items for dinner.

Saturday: (03/17) A rainy day. I spent the day relaxing and trying to catch up on sleep. PBJ toast for breakfast. Lou made corned beef and cabbage for dinner.

Sunday: (03/18) Lou made scrambled eggs with pico de gallo for breakfast. We drove over to Stockton to a shoe store that handles the shoes Dawn needs. Our local store closed. We stopped for lunch at Xochimilco Cafe in downtown Stockton then visited the shoe store. We also stopped at a few thrift stores before heading back toward home. We made this trip today because it was the first day of little rain for a while. Traffic was heavy. We made it home a little after 1900. I prepared grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner.

Monday: (03/19) Up early to deliver the Jeep to Yeaman Auto Body to get the damage repaired. It should be back home this Friday. Ernie brought me back home. After PBJ toast for breakfast, I drove Lou to Kaiser for an appointment. We did some grocery shopping on the way home. Lou made beef stroganoff potatoes for lunch. I had a dentist appointment at 1500. On the way home our tenant in San Jose called to say the toilet was stopped up. The plunger didn’t free it up. I agreed to come down but had to return home in Palo Alto first to pick up my tools. It was rush hour it took me a while to get there and I stopped for some egg rolls for dinner on the way. I got here about 1745. I tried out Dawn’s toilet a few times and it wasn’t stopped up. I then tried their toilet and it was clogged. I tried my super duper plunger and it wouldn’t clear it. I checked in the basement and there was only four ft of drain line that could be clogged but no cleanout. I removed the toilet and ran a snake through the drain pipe, no plug. So, evidently the toilet itself. I couldn’t get the snake through it either direction. I decided to just replace it. Thewas toilet has been a pain for a while with numerous problems and never flushed correctly anyway. I dashed off to Orchard Hardware to get a new toilet and returned. Not really a one person job to lift it but I managed. It took a while to get it in and when don it flushed extremely well. Better than ever. I did have a little leak at the bottom of the tank but need to remove it to fix it so not tonight. I’ll return with a wet vacuum tomorrow. They finally had a working toilet at 2200. I cleaned up my stuff and loaded the old toilet in the car. I also brought home a big four wheeled cart. And my final task was to remove all my tools from the apartment. I got home about 2300 and unloaded to the car. Really nice to get a good shower and get to bed.

Tuesday: (03/20) We all went down to San Jose early. I stopped on the way and bought some caulk for the toilet project. Breakfast burritos from La Victoria Taqueria. I love their orange sauce. Dawn had an appointment in the morning. Dawn and Lou were busy cleaning the apartment. Lou and I were off to visit Kaiser again. Later I got access to the new toilet and tightened the tank to eliminate a leak. The problem was that I followed the directions. Usually a bad idea. I had to lift it off the base, tighten a couple of nuts and reattach it. Easy to do because I had my wet vacuum this time. We had lunch at The Old Spaghetti Factory in San Jose. It didn’t agree with Lou so we dashed home. About 1630 I returned to San Jose on the bus and put some things inside that were moved outside the other day. The ride was nicer that anther commute in rush hour traffic, in the rain. I walked about five miles toward home through downtown San Jose and out the Alameda before catching the return bus. My dinner was a peanut butter cookie from a Mexican bakery downtown and some yogurt and a leftover grilled cheese sandwich. Home about 2030.

Wednesday: (03/21) Occasional rain in the morning drying out in the afternoon. Granola and diced apple for breakfast. I was off to an early dentist appointment in Cupertino. I got a new crown started. I picked up some dim sum for lunch on the way home. So nice that the newer pain killers they use don’t leave your entire face numb for hours after the appointment. In the afternoon I took Lou to an appointment. Back at home I cleaned my tools and disposed of the old toilet by breaking it up and putting into the garbage. I also disassembled the solid oak table I bought a few days ago. Should make some nice things when reused. Leftover stroganoff over bread for dinner. I also baked some cauliflower pieces for dinner.

Friday, March 9, 2018

San Francisco Walk-about

Friday: (03/09) Off early for the train. Lou dropped me off at the station and I caught the 0717 train to San Francisco. I usually have no real plan for these walk-abouts. I walked uptown on Fourth Street then through Chinatown on Green Street. I stopped at AA Bakery for a nice bacon onion bun for breakfast. I continued out Columbus and on through Fort Mason by the cliff trail and through the Marina to Fort Point under Golden Gate Bridge. I hiked up and out the trail West of the bridge about a ¼ mile before turning back. The fog was really bad out that way. I caught a bus back to Chestnut Street where I had lunch at Los Hermanos, a nice chili relleno plate. I then caught a bus to Market Street and walked around downtown toward the Embarcadero. I watched some construction projects on some new tall buildings and looked at the Leaning Tower of San Francisco, The Millenium Building. I then caught the N Line back to the train station and back home by 1800. Lou made chili for dinner.

 Chinatown street nearly vacant so early in the morning. An interesting way to trim a tree stump on Columbus Street.

Fort Mason Views, GG Bridge in distance on left, Alcatraz on right.

Tide Pools below the cliff at Fort Mason.

Nice flowering bush by marina and a view of the GG Bridge from Crissy Field.

Fort Point on left and surfers below the GG bridge on right.

Dinner at Los Hermanos on Chestnt Street.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

RV TV Cabinet Installation

Saturday: (03/03) I reported the accident to our insurance folks. Outside, between showers, I cut out most of the pieces for the new TV/printer cabinet for the front of the RV. Leftover potatoes and pork for breakfast. Leftover enchiladas for lunch. Roasted peppers soup for dinner.

Monday: (03/05) I went with Lou to an appointment in the morning. Dawn was off on the bus to Redwood City. When we got home, I got busy installing the RV TV cabinet. Surprisingly, all the pieces fit as expected. After it was installed, I made a run for some hardware and lunch. Lou made strawberry waffles for breakfast. I had a late lunch of dim sum (pork footballs and an egg tart.) Dawn made macaroni and cheese for dinner.

The TV Cabinet Wall Installation above.

The walls hung out to dry.

Tuesday: (03/06) Nice day but cool and some occasional clouds. We went to Baji’s Cafe for breakfast. Then off to Orchard Hardware to get a few things and return other things. We then scouted a parking place for the RV in Santa Clara. At home, I got busy on the TV cabinet. I got the drawer runners installed. Next thing is to build the drawer itself. I got interrupted for much of the afternoon. Later, I did open the TV box and setup the TV. That prompted me to order a VESA 200x100 adaptor plate to mount it. The smaller TV was 100x100. For dinner, leftovers.

Wednesday: (03/07) I worked on cutting and welding up the TV drawer frame. It’ hanging from the apricot tree drying the paint tonight. Chocolate cake and ice cream for lunch. Tomorrow I’ll try to fit it in. Lou baked open-faced egg and wiener toast for breakfast. Chicken with rice and spinach for dinner.

Thursday: (03/08) The insurance adjuster came by about 1000 to look at the damage to the Jeep. I then took the paperwork over to Yeamen’s Auto Body and scheduled the repair starting on 03/19. I also visited Orchard Hardware to pick up some bolts. I picked up lunch to go at Los Altos Taqueria on the way home. Lou and Dawn were out shopping at Costco in the morning. I installed the drawer frame in the cabinet and worked at fitting the TV onto it. That prompted a little design change. I decided to mount the TV 4 inches higher at the top of the cabinet opening. It didn’t fit well at the bottom. The drawer runners prevented the TV from going far enough into the cabinet. This necessitated another run to Orchard Hardware for a piece of steel to adapt the mounting plate. At home, I cut and painted the metal for the adapter. Lou made spaghetti for dinner. Granola and banana for breakfast. Chili Relleno for lunch. Spaghetti for dinner. Tomorrow a day off.

The RV TV Drawer frame fitted into the cabinet. On the right above is an interesting succulent down the street.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Annual Accident In The Jeep

Friday: (03/02) Granola and banana for breakfast. We were off for an appointment for Lou. Dawn inspected a bookstore and I went down to San Jose and checked the sump pump. It was raining nicely today so there was water to pump, and it did. I also labeled the outlet cover in an attempt to keep the pump plugged in. I then went to our credit union, which only has branches in San Jose, to complete some forms related to changing our main bank. I then stopped by Lowes and bought some hardware and oak molding. My final task was a little shopping at a Walmart Neighborhood Market. I then stopped back at the bookstore and waited for a call from Lou. After picking her up we went to lunch at Bill’s Cafe in Santa Clara. On the way home, a lady scraped the side of our Jeep. She was trying to slip into the left turn lane and didn’t fit. I dropped Lou and Dawn off at home and then went to Yeamen’s Auto Body to get an estimate of $1650 to remove the ¼” deep two-foot long crease and have it painted. This is the third year in a row having our jeep in a collision just as we plan to leave on our extended trip. So we’ve delayed departure for more than just my needing to finish the TV cabinet in the RV. Leftovers for dinner.
Our sadly damaged Togger The Jeep on the left above. The escaping culprit on the right above.
Only a quarter-sized scratch on the other car.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Now To Finish The Front TV Cabinet

Saturday: (02/24) I worked on the TV cabinet, sort of. I spent all my time tracing the cables. Many are spares. I can’t determine which is from the external cable input. After trying every way I could think of to determine which of the 12 cables was which I finally broke down and went to Fry’s Electronics and bought a cable tracer. It quickly confirmed the ones I had identified but can’t find the cable input. It must be a bad cable. If I’m lucky, one of the spares goes to the same place in the left rear cabinet. Lou was working organizing cabinets. Enchiladas for breakfast. Asparagus soup for dinner.

Sunday: (02/25) I worked on posting more of the missing photos for the past year onto the Blog. Now just about 6 months left to do. Dan was busy with her book organizing and I hauled out 12 boxes to her shed and moved things around there to gain some shelf space. And I spent the rest of the afternoon working on the sprinkler drip system That included a trip to Orchard Hardware with Lou. Leftover enchilada for breakfast and lunch. Lou made baked ribs, baked potatoes and green beans for dinner.

Monday: (02/26) I spent the day until 3pm finishing uploading the photos to my blog for the past 15 months. I also polished the spelling and formatting in many of the posts. Interesting reliving the year. I still will be embellishing the photos with greater descriptions than exists in the current entries. Granola and banana for breakfast. Leftover enchilada for lunch. Pork chops with rice and asparagus for dinner. I showered and drove down to San Jose for the night.

Tuesday: (02/27) I was up at 0630. I walked to the other side of San Jose State for breakfast at La Victoria Taqueria. The new dishwasher was dropped off at 0910, not bad for the 7-11 delivery window. I got busy removing the old dishwasher and installing the new. Unfortunately, the water fitting was totally different so I had to make a shopping run. I fiddled with it until after 2pm. I tried to load the old unit in the little car but it wouldn’t fit.I’ll have to get it with the Jeep or put it on the roof of the little car tomorrow. I looked at gutter sump level and it wasn’t very full so fixing the pump can wait until tomorrow as well. I copied the user info for the tenants and picked up my late lunch at La Victoria. I started home a little after 4pm and immediately, the freeway became a parking lot for all lanes. This was the third time this happened today. Twice it happened on Tenth Street when I went shopping earlier. Fortunately, it finally cleared and I made it home. I tied a piece of plywood on the roof of the little carr to bridge the crossbars for the dishwashers ride tomorrow.
On the left above is the bottom of the new dishwasher. I never got a photo of the new one installed. The old dishwasher is on the right.

Wednesday: (02/28) I made eggs, home fried potatoes and pork strips for breakfast. Lou and Dawn were off to an appointment in Santa Clara and shopping. I was off to San Jose. I loaded the old dishwasher onto the top of my little car. The plywood bridged the bars and this time it was a go. I replaced the bad GFI outlet on the front of the house that feeds the sump pump. It was broken when the tenants plugged something in. There was no damage to the pump plug but I did replace it with a right angle plug that fits inside the closed cover. I suspect that either water got into the old outlet or that it broke when something was plugged into it. The plug of whatever was plugged in would have been melted. The existing cover was replaced with a weatherproof cover that closes over the plugged in devices. It is also capable of being sealed but I didn’t have a lock or tie wrap to seal it with. I will probably to that later and mark the cover with a warning it is for use only for the pump. If the pump doesn’t run because it’s left unplugged, as it was, then the front of the house will flood and the pump may be damaged.
The old dishwasher loaded on top of my little car. On the right above is the new outlet and cover for the sump pump.

With all that accomplished, I was off toward home about 1130. I stopped for some egg rolls at the House Of Egg Rolls in Santa Clara. I also picked up some things at the Santa Clara Sprout’s Market. At home I, ut away things from the car and stowed the old dishwasher in the tent in the backyard. It may be repairable by fixing the diverter valve. Something to do later. For dinner we, all went to IKEA. We also picked up a mirror for the RV bathroom door.

Thursday: (03/01) I spent the morning inside, out of the rain. About 1100 I started working in the RV. I made a template for the two side panels of the old TV cabinet. Sounds simple and it only took two attempts but a lot of trimming and fitting. The problem is there is no straight side and it has to fit within the curved front dome. I also ground out two bolts and two loops that helped position and hold the old TV to the bottom metal plate. Grinding them out caused a lot of metal dust around the front of the RV in spite of my attempts to contain it. I then spent a lot of time vacuuming and wiping up the dust. I was joined by our neighborhood cat, Hobbs, who enjoyed a nap on the couch until I started grinding. Lou made a baked egg casserole for breakfast. We had BBQ ribs with baked potatoes and asparagus for dinner.

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.