Friday, April 29, 2005
I had a nice visit at my old workplace on Thursday. It's nice to see folks every now and then. I don't get homesick though. I always leave happy to be retired. Too much like work there.
Thursday, April 28, 2005
Saturday, April 23, 2005
A new post anchor above.
Pouring the landing for Dawn's steps.
Tuesday, to relax and let the concrete for the fence post anchors cure, a concrete porch landing was poured for Dawn's entrance door. Wednesday, a sidewalk to dawn's door was poured.
Thursday, the fence posts were installed and some work on the baseboard was done as well as work on the neighbors arbor which is attached to the fence.
Friday, the fence was installed but half of the boards need more screws and some detail work remains. A busy week!
More pictures to follow.
Sunday, April 17, 2005
Above is the usual shot with the RV.
The red flowers in the two pictures above are the reason we stopped. We haven't seen them before. There was no place to pull over so we had to hike back about a 1/4 mile to get the pictures. It's a good thing we hiked back. We didn't see any others like them.
Some day, maybe, we'll try to start putting names to the flowers. For now, we just enjoy them.
We're back home again in Palo Alto.
Saturday, April 16, 2005
Lou and Dawn look over one of the old tractors.
One of the best things is that everything works. The old farmers and farmer wanna-be folk get to ride there equipment around, including in the parade but also just up and down the isles.
There are a lot of buddie seats.
A matched set, big and small, diesel and peddle.
There were some other vehicles like cars, milk trucks, pickups etc.
And there were old big trucks.
Friday, April 15, 2005
California Antique Farm Equipment Show.
Earlier this week, the refrigerator died. I haven't had a chance to look at it yet, so for now, it's just an ice chest.
Now we can say we've done our part! It's time to find a more favorable state to reduce taxes and living costs to a more reasonable level. It's too bad we like living here in Palo Alto because the savings will have to override the fact we like it here.
Thursday, April 14, 2005
Above Dawn and Don waiting for lunch.
Lunch was at Bella Mia in downtown San Jose. OK food in a nicely restored building.
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Waiting for the crowd to arrive. The BAAMUG, the group at LearnIt has held several of their meetings using online as well as at LearnIt. I've attended several of those meetings while in the middle of nowhere in my travels. It's nice to be online anywhere thanks to Datastorm and Motosat.
The real reason to attend, in person, is for the pizza!
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Working on the Fence at Dawn's House in San Jose.
The house was built in 1917 and for some reason the fences didn't last?
The fence replacement required the removal of the old post bases and some concrete retaining wall. New Steel post anchors are being installed.
Saturday, April 9, 2005
Friday, April 8, 2005
Google Maps are easy to use and satellite images are available as well.
View from "Our" satellite.
Map of our location.
Our current location is always available using the link on the top right sidebar under "Locate Us". This map is from the Datastorm Users website which also shows the location of many of the other Datastorm users. (The Datastorm Users forum is what reminded me of the Google maps) I tried this out several months ago after selecting "more" from the Google search screen. They're working on some interesting stuff. The Google map seems more detailed and the satellite view is quite interesting.
Enough fun, Since I returned home to Palo Alto last weekend, I started working on the "never ending" fence project. Our daughter's house in San Jose needs a new fence on one of the side yards. I wisely poured a concrete retaining wall/footing to the fence twenty years ago when I installed the existing fence and replacing the posts isn't a small task for a perfectionist like myself. Most of the concrete and old post bases have been removed but three stuborn post bases remain. I'm not as young as I once was and the fact it started to rain yesterday and continues today is quite helpful in that I have time to recover from my work alergy attack. I'm installing steel anchors for the posts so I hopefully won't ever have to do this again.
Friday, April 1, 2005
The arbor wisteria is in full bloom. Wow!
When I disconnected the Toad last night, I couldn't get the Remco driveline disconnect to connect so we just parked it for the night. In the morning, I looked underneath and decided the cable sheath had come loose from the holding clamp so it didn't apply any force to engage the disconnect. I crawled under and wrapped some wire around the sheath and reinstalled the clamp. It now works like it should have all along. We often had to roll the car around to get it engaged. Sometimes it took a lot of rolling. Now it snaps right in with just a slight roll to mesh the cogs. I intended to adjust it sometime but necessity forced this to the top of the list. It's probably been loose from day one. I had the Remco disconnect installed but I don't blame the installer. It looks like the clamp wasn't sized appropriately.
More about the Remco Installation on our toad.
The new solar panels trying out the Palo Alto sun.
More about the solar panels may be found in the Electrical System Article.