Saturday, October 12, 2019

New Transportation, An eBike

Saturday: (10/12) Granola and banana for breakfast. I put on my new helmet and took a ride on my new electric bike. Wow was it cold out this morning. Obviously should have worn long pants. The new bike really goes. I need to get a lock for it then I’ll take a longer trip possibly out to lunch somewhere about 5 miles away. Back home, I relaxed and warmed up then got outside. I had to clean up my shop so I can fit the new bike there. I managed to throw away quite a bit of the junk that collected. Then I took another spin on the bike before retiring into the house to relax. A nice sausage hummus sandwich for lunch. Chili baked potato with a sausage for dinner.

Sunday: (10/13) I groomed and pruned the rear flowerbed and arbor in the backyard. I also checked all the drip irrigation emitters. I trimmed back some succulents and threw away my last thorned cacti. It has been around a long time having sat on my desk for 20 years but in a large pot and getting water, it was now two feet tall with lots of branches. I also took another stab at setting up the new sprinkler controller for the front yard. It failed to complete the first setup and was unresponsive after that. I reset it today and stumbled through the setup. The front yard planters will be happier now. I also installed some clip on lights in the tent for Lou. Lou made pancakes and sausage for breakfast. We had tomato soup and toast for lunch. About 2000 we went to the Mexican market and did some shopping. Back home, we had a seafood and green salad for dinner with some flan for dessert.

A Map Of Our Travels This Year

Here is a map of our travels around the country 1/19/19-10/1/19




Thursday, October 3, 2019

Fixing Things At Home

Thursday: (10/03) Granola and diced apple for breakfast. I worked on the sprinklers to start. I completed the replumbing of the greenhouse sprinkler. I stole the feed that was used so i connected the ceiling sprinklers to use the new timer located in the greenhouse. I also installed the new Bhyve sprinkler timer in the garage to replace the old timer. The Bhyve timers are Internet connected. Unfortunately i could complete the setup. I also replaced a couple of emitters. After lunch I finally got to work on the shed roof. I completed installing the rest of the screws holding the plywood on and installed and cut some flashing. Leftover chicken with rice for lunch. Lou made chicken with artichoke over rice for dinner.

Friday: (10/04) Dry granola for breakfast. Lou and Dawn were off grocery shopping early. We were out of milk so a dry breakfast. I started by washing the roofing panels for Ernie’s shed. They cleaned up nice. Getting the tar paper down was a task due to the breeze. I managed to almost finish the roof but ran out of screws. I need another dozen to finish the last panel and the trim. Chili size for lunch. Dawn made an interesting salmon dinner in the pressure cooker. After dinner, Lou and I went to Lowe’s to get my screws.

Saturday: (10/05) I worked on Ernie’s shed electrical after finishing the roof trim. Granola for breakfast. A chicken hummus sandwich for lunch. Sweet Tomatoes Buffet for dinner.

Sunday: (10/06) Granola and diced apple for breakfast. I finished up Ernie’s shed today. I finished the electrical and energized it. And I raised the garden side and placed caulk on the bottom. All the other sides will have the siding go below the shed floor for waterproofing. Unfortunately the side that most needs that, the garden side cannot. So i added the caulk and will need to grind the concrete edge later to allow it to drain away from the shed. Lou made red peppers chicken soup with toast for lunch. Dawn made a fish stew for dinner.

Monday: (10/07) Lou and I were off to an appointment in the morning. After the appointment, we went to lunch at the Country Inn in Cupertino. Then Lou stopped by to look at new shoes and we did some other window shopping on the way home. At home, I relaxed the rest of the day. Lou and Dawn went to IKEA for a walk and dinner. I had leftover stew and a sausage for my dinner.

Tuesday: (10/08) Granola for breakfast. Leftover artichoke chicken and refried beans for lunch. Moin Moin for dinner. I have no idea what it is but Dawn made it. Interesting. I spent the morning doing tank duty on the RV. We are now ready for the next earthquake. Also ready for the coming PGE shutdowns due to high winds. Most of the day was spent researching how to fix the microwave in the RV. I ended up with a wiring diagram and determined if it wasn’t the door switch, it wasn’t worth fixing. It wasn’t the switch. I then searched for a replacement. I found one on Amazon. I found a better price at Best Buy and they had one in stock in Milpitas. After dinner, I made a return run to Lowe’s then went to Milpitas to pick up the microwave. May get it installed tomorrow.

Wednesday: (10/09) Up early for a shower before heading off with ernie to his appointment at VA. I waited around there and then after hs procedure we went to breakfast. We both had chicken fried steaks at A Good Morning Restaurant. I have to count two of my three healthy heart forgivenesses. At home I relaxed and napped for a while. Later in the afternoon I finished Ernie's shed electrical by installing his outside light. I had ordered the fisture and a couple of motion detecting dusk to dawn lamps. After installation Ernie had to wait until it got dark to see his new light work. I then worked on the RV microwave replacement. It wasn’t too hard to get the old microwave out. I just had to unscrew two 2” long bolts in blind spots with only1/5 inches of clearance. It took a while. I then compared the new unit to the old. It looks like I can use the old mounting plate. Tomorrow I’m going to get a couple of new bolts and fender washers to simplify reinstallation. Lunch and dinner were leftovers.

Thursday: (10/10) Granola for breakfast. I made a shopping run to several hardware stores and a bolt supply house looking for ¼”-28 hex bolts to replace the Phillips screw bolts that mount the microwave. Being able to use a ratchet would make installation much easier. No luck finding them. Lunch at Dim Sum King. Bak home, I tried to mount the microwave. It fit in place perfectly except for a new problem. The door on this microwave does not have a zero clearance door swing and needs an extra ¾” in width when the door swings open. Unfortunately, the left side is against the wall so it wont work. I packaged it all up and we all drove to Milpitas Bestbuy to return it. While there we bought another. This time it’s a Samsung instead of the LG. Dinner at Togo Sandwich shop. The new one seems to have little clearance needed. We continued to explore the nearby shops before heading home.

Friday: (10/11) Granola and banana for breakfast. I headed off for a hike at Calero County Park, Rancho San Vicente. 22 of us hiked 8.5 miles among the cows and tarantulas. Beautiful day and views. Thanks to our hike leader Tara. I’ve never hiked at this park before. Lunch at Super Taqueria in Morgan Hill. I headed don=wn to Gilroy since eI was more that halfway there. I stopped at Lowes and they had some drip edge metal that I hadn’t been able to find on my shopping run yesterday. I also visited SeeGrins RV to look at RV’s and at Camping World to look around. Back home I was just settling in for a rest after my shower when my new electric bike arrived on the porch. I had to get dressed to unpack and test ride my new toy. I had some refried beans with salsa and a sausage for dinner.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Alice's Breakfast Hike

Wednesday: (10/02) I woke up at 0520 to get ready for a hike. Alex picked me up at 0615 and we headed to our hike at Wunderlich Park near Portola Valley. We were joined by 6 others of the 12 others that had been signed up the evening before. The others cancelled, likely when the alarm went off. We enjoyed a nice hike up the mountain as the sun was rising and made it to Skyline Blvd and Alice's Restaurant for the once a month breakfast buffet. The food was excellent and plentiful and the place was very crowded with locals, Stanford Students, bicyclists, and motorcyclists. We were back to our start point by 1100. After the hike I intended to get to work on the shed but was redirected to be a chauffeur instead. We had lunch at the Coupa Cafe in Mountain View. When we did get home later in the afternoon I took a nice nap. Lou made a chicken, rice and broccoli dinner in the InstaPot.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

A Moving Experience

Thursday: (09/26) The last of the enchilada leftovers for breakfast. Lou was off to the market. Dawn and I headed to Santa Clara. I dropped Dawn off at the bookstore and I headed to Kaiser. They did a sonogram of my heart.. Fortunately, they found it. While there I also got my flu shot. After that, I picked up Dawn and we stopped at Lowe’s for some spray varnish for her project. Then we stopped to pick up my lunch. She had eaten at the bookstore. Then off to the Mountain View Library where she picked up a book she had reserved. I ate my lunch while she was there. And a final stop at the Palo Alto Main Library where she picked up another book. Back home, I decided to take a nap. That finished my day. While I was asleep. Lou and Dawn went to see a movie at the last movie theater in Menlo Park. it will be closing in a little while. Lou made fish with corn on the cob and toast for dinner.

Friday: (09/27) I was out early to start moving Ernie’s Shed. While he was moving things out, I was preparing the path for the move. I had to lay some paving bricks across the garden. Dawn had been busy saving some of the plants that were in the way. We picked up the building and placed four moving carts under it. Then we rolled it back to it’s old home on it’s new slab. We just parked it there. Then we erected the tent that I got and moved all the stuff back under the ent. After that i took a nice nap. Granola for breakfast. LUU Noodles for lunch. Leftover enchiladas for dinner.

Saturday: (09/28) Ernie and I took the shed off it’s carts and placed in position on the slab. The shed lays at just the right height to match Dawns but it needs some new sill boards for the front. I made a material list and headed off to Lowe’s. I got plywood for the roof. And some flashing and cement board for the base. The metal roof always causes condensation that drips on the shed contents. Adding the plywood eliminates the drip and makes a more solid roof. The cement board is placed over the baseboards to match the look of the other sheds in the yard. After tying down the load really well, I had to drive home very slowly because of some high winds. After unloading the car I called it a day. Granola and banana for breakfast. Lunch at Sweet Tomatoes Buffet. Leftover enchiladas for dinner.

Sunday: (09/29) I mounted Ernie’s shed. I also replaced some of the sill boards. And finally I rehung the door. The morning was quite nice but the wind picked up about noon. I didn’t want to work on the roof in the wind so I made a parts list for the electrical in the shed. Th headed off to the Sunnyvale Lowe’s store to get the materials I needed for the electrical. They were out or never had most of what I needed. Since I won’t shop at Home Depot and because most other options are gone in out=r area, I drove further South to the North San Jose Lowe’s. Eventually I located all that I needed. It was 1700 by the time I got home so i just unloaded the materials and took a shower. A chicken sausage and some granola for breakfast. BBQ veggies for lunch. Lou’s chili beans for dinner.

Monday: (09/30) Ernie and I installed the plywood roof sheathing on his shed. After lunch the wind was picking up. I needed some more screws for the roof and my tin snips from the house in San Jose. Lou needed to stop by at the RV shop and pick up some things from the RV. So we all went South. At the RV shop I learned the RV was ready. Good timing. I drove it home. Lou stopped by to pick up my snips. I stopped to get LPG and gas in the RV. The LPG tink shwed ¼ full and took 10 gallons to reach ¾ when it stopped. Nice to know it all works snow. At home The jacks and slides worked well. Because I got the RV, I didn’t stop by Lowe’s to get my screws so another trip is needed tomorrow. Granola for breakfast. A hummus and chicken sandwich for lunch. Leftover enchiladas for dinner.

Sunday: (09/29) I mounted Ernie’s shed. I also replaced some of the sill boards. And finally I rehung the door. The morning was quite nice but the wind picked up about noon. I didn’t want to work on the roof in the wind so I made a parts list for the electrical in the shed. Th headed off to the Sunnyvale Lowe’s store to get the materials I needed for the electrical. They were out or never had most of what I needed. Since I won’t shop at Home Depot and because most other options are gone in our area, I drove further South to the North San Jose Lowe’s. Eventually I located all that I needed. It was 1700 by the time I got home so i just unloaded the materials and took a shower. A chicken sausage and some granola for breakfast. BBQ veggies for lunch. Lou’s chili beans for dinner.

Monday: (09/30) Ernie and I installed the plywood roof sheathing on his shed. After lunch the wind was picking up. I needed some more screws for the roof and my tin snips from the house in San Jose. Lou needed to stop by at the RV shop and pick up some things from the RV. So we all went South. At the RV shop I learned the RV was ready. Good timing. I drove it home. Lou stopped by to pick up my snips. I stopped to get LPG and gas in the RV. The LPG tink shwed ¼ full and took 10 gallons to reach ¾ when it stopped. Nice to know it all works snow. At home The jacks and slides worked well. Because I got the RV, I didn’t stop by Lowe’s to get my screws so another trip is needed tomorrow. Granola for breakfast. A hummus and chicken sandwich for lunch. Leftover enchiladas for dinner.

Tuesday: (10/01) A nice chicken sausage and PB toast for breakfast. I went off to Lowe’s to get my screws. At home, I eventually went to work on the shed and was ready to get on the roof when I discovered I had the wrong sized screws. Back to Lowe’s again. Back home I had some chili beans for lunch. I was tired already so a nap got my attention. In the evening we all went to dinner at The Fish Market. I spent some time after dinner vacuuming the RV.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

San Jose Mid Week Hikers Pot Luck

Wednesday: (09/25) Granola for breakfast. In the afternoon I went to the San Jose Mid Week Hikers Pot Luck Dinner. It was at member Anne's house. there were just 60 of the 4000 members there, the most active and involved. Most leaders were there and, even though i have only done a couple of hikes this year, I was asked to come. It turns out I've been a member longer that everyone else at the party. I joined when the group was announced but didn't do a hike with the group for 5 months. By my third hike I was a leader doing a hike in Big Basin State park.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

San Francisco Walkabout


Tuesday: (09/24) Leftover enchiladas for breakfast. I walked over to the Caltrain station, then checked my wallet to use my Clipper card for the fare. No wallet. Soo, I walked home. I found the wallet in the pants I washed and dried last night. So I’m a money launderer now. Lou drove me back to the station. I caught the 0909 train to San Francisco. I walked out to see the new Chase arena in Mission Bay then headed over to 24th Street. I wanted to have lunch at the Roosevelt Tamale Parlor but they were closed. They have weird hours and are only open a few hours a day and only 1730-2130 on Tu-Th. So, my alternate was next door at the La Torta Gorda. I had a junior poblano, onion, and avocado torta. Good thing I ordered the junior. It was bigger than a whopper. The regular would feed three people with leftovers. It was probably the best torta I’ve ever had. I continued up 24th Street. To Castro the over to Market Street, then to Embarcadero. I had a nice banana and a Chai Latte along the way. I caught a Muni train to Caltrain and headed home. With the 3 miles to and twice from the station and the above 10 miles of walking, I made a 13 mile hike today with only 800 of climb. Only a little difficulty. Today was a hot one, 97 high in Palo Alto, 88 high in San Francisco.