Thursday, December 26, 2019

Henry Coe SP, China Hole Hike

Thursday: (12/26) Granola and banana for breakfast. Signed up for a hike this morning and got on the waitlist. I decided to plan on being accepted. Because getting to Henry Coe State Park takes near 1.5 hours, I departed at 0800 for the 0930 hike. I got the message from the hike leader, Tara, as I got in the Jeep. There were only six of us on the hike to China Hole. The weather was clear but cold. The streams were flowing but manageable. A nice 10 mile hike. I stopped at Super Taqueria for a late burrito lunch on the way home. At home I did some laundry.












Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Time

Tuesday: (12/24) I drove Lou to Kaiser for PT. While she was busy, i wen grocery shopping. I visited the Walmart Neighborhood Market nearby. They are better stocked than our local Walmart. Mostly canned goods. After I picked up Lou she needed us to return the Walmart for a few more things. Then we were off to Lunch. I returned her home then went to Safeway to pickup our Christmas dinner. When i checked in they informed me they didn’t have the order nor any more of their ham dinners. In fact, they said the online orders are alway goofed up. Good to know, but? The deli manager fixed me up with lots of stuff from the deli and market that more than equilled what we had ordered. In fact, it’s now too much. I ended up with two big hams, all the fixings for a turkey dinner (Mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce) and the items from the market for what we would have gotten for a ham dinner (Scalloped potatoes, Mashed sweet potatoes and a huge fruit, nut and cheese plate). We’ll get by. After fitting all that into the RV refrigerator I was worn out and need a nap. Leftover Pepper and rice casserole and chicken for breakfast. For lunch we went to Applebee’s Grill. Chili Beans for dinner. I prepared a plan for preparing Christmas dinner since it’s on me this year. Not difficult to just warm things but it does require a schedule.

Wednesday: (12/25) I made grilled cheese sandwiches for breakfast. At noon I started preparing dinner. Meanwhile, we enjoyed a fruit, nut and cheese platter and Ernie's deviled eggs and beef log. Cecelia and Courtney joined Ernie, Dawn, Lou and I for dinner. Ernie prepared the pies for dessert. This was my first holiday meal prep.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Calero County Park Hike

Monday: (12/23) Up early and off to a hike at Calero County Park. At 1000 I met my fellow hikers there and Neal led us on an 8.7 mile loop hike. We finished the hike about 1345. It was a nice day but cool and overcast. We didn’t see the sun until the end of our hike. Breakfast was leftover pepper rice casserole. I had a snack on the trail and after the hike I stopped at the Lucky Chinese Bistro for some chow fun noodles and black bean fish, my favorite.




Thursday, December 12, 2019

A Little Rain and Cold For The Holidays

Thursday: (12/12) Dawn and I dropped her new computer off at Best Buy for them to transfer the apps and data from the old to the new laptop. Lou had a PT visit. I tried to catch up on my sleep much of the rest of the day. Granola and banana for breakfast. I made home fried potatoes with smoked pork chop and fried eggs. Dawn made veggie soup for dinner.

Friday: (12/13) We had an 1100 appointment at Best Buy to pick up Dawn’s computers. They finished really quickly moving all Dawn’s apps and files from her old laptop. We also dropped a couple of boxes off at the Post Office. Back home, I prepared breakfast (lunch) of leftover potatoes and smoked pork chops with eggs. I did some cleanup in the backyard organizing my wood pile. It was disheveled due to working on the cottage roof. I also did some laundry.

Saturday: (12/14) Granola and banana for breakfast. Chili size for lunch Chopped salads from the Corner Bakery Cafe for dinner. Not much else accomplished.

Sunday: (12/15) Leftover home fried potatoes for breakfast. Lou and Dan had waffles. Since it was sunny much of the day, I took thee electric bike out for a spin. I stopped by Trader Joe's, Safeway, and Sprouts market and filled my saddlebags with some needed groceries. I picked up a chicken strip for my lunch. Dawn made beef stew over rice for dinner. I spent some time cleaning up my study today.

Monday: (12/16) Another relaxing day at home even though it was a sunny day and we have five or more stormy days to follow. I took Dawn to the Post Office to mail a registered letter and for some reason, the line was out the door, What is it Christmas? In the evening I researched and ordered some parts for the RV. Granola for breakfast. Hummus toast for lunch. Chilli size for dinner.

Tuesday: (12/17) Lou had an appointment for PT today, her first trip out. We stopped at Applebee’s for lunch on the way home. I got a text from Walmart that my new Roku TV was in at the Mountain View store. I took the grocery shopping list with me and picked up the TV and groceries from Walmart, Sprouts, and Trader Joe’s. The new TV is a UHD 4K Element Roku TV. All our TV’s except the living room are Roku TV’s. That means the same remote works for all and each remote is laid out the same. This is the first one that is UHD (Ultra High Definition). I intend to use it as a 40 inch computer monitor. My eyes aren’t as good as they once were. The TV is about half the cost of a 24” monitor. It works great. Granola and banana for breakfast. Applebee’s restaurant for lunch. Baked potato and sausage for dinner.

Wednesday: (12/18) We watched most of the impeachment debate and vote today. I moved out to my man cave (the RV) and I attended my regular Wednesday webinar at 1000 My new TV/monitor worked well for the webinar. I made home fried potatoes with sausage and eggs for breakfast. Hummus toast for lunch. Waldorf salad and refried beans for dinner. Our yard man came by in the afternoon and I helped him load our chicken and rabbit coops onto his little pickup. Quite a load for the little truck.

Thursday: (12/19) A second day with no rain and mostly sunny all day. We all went to breakfast this morning to A Good Morning restaurant. Lou’s first time out with no other purpose than to eat out. We stopped at Walmart to get some things then at a couple of Trader Joe’s as well. To get our preferred Red Rose decaffeinated tea, we have to order it online. Most of the markets don’t carry decaf or are usually out of stock. The Trader Joe’s were to try to get Lou some chocolate liqueur candies. Unfortunately they are already out for the season. I enjoyed a second day in my cafe.

Friday: (12/20) I took Lou out to get her hair cut before lunch. We stopped for lunch at Baji’s on the way home. In the afternoon I took a little neighborhood walk. Leftover home fried potatoes with sausage and eggs for breakfast. Lunch at Baji’s Cafe in Mountain View. Leftover bell pepper casserole for dinner.

Saturday: (12/21) Leftover Bell pepper rice and a banana for breakfast. I took a bike ride down to San Antonio Mall and enjoyed a chai latte drink. Since it wasn’t raining and only overcast, i did a little yard work. I weeded the walkway with the Weedeater.

Sunday: (12/22) A rainy day. Leftover pepper and rice casserole. I signed up for my first hike in a month for tomorrow. Lou is doing really well. I am enjoying another day in my man cave. More leftovers for dinner.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Another Pair Of battleborn Batteries

Wednesday: (12/11) I was off shopping in the morning. I stopped for a breakfast burrito at A Good Morning restaurant. I visited Walmart, Safeway and Sprouts to get all my shopping needs. At home I had to inspect the crew doing the asphalt repair on the driveway apron. A little chopped veggie salad for lunch. My new RV BattleBorn Lithium batteries arrived. It's my second pair to replace the two remaining AGM batteries. I installed the new batteries with no sparks. I also corrected a wiring error I made that displayed negative current when charging via the solar system. That was because I placed the negative of the solar charger on the battery negative not below the shunt. It worked correctly for one set of batteries but not the other pair. However, I still have to add a second battery monitor if I want seperate systems. So more to do.


Saturday, November 23, 2019

Fall With Lou

Saturday: (11/23) Leftovers sauerkraut and potatoes fried with eggs and sausage for breakfast. I went to Lowe’s to get some new corrugated steel roofing for the cottage. The roof is rusted through in several places. I was also considering replacing it with plywood and asphalt rolled roofing. Unfortunately, owes had neither. I avoid buying from Home Depot any more because of it’s Trump support but I stopped by reluctantly. They did have the steel panels and rolled roofing. But I discovered the rolled roofing rolls were 95sf and I need about 105sq. I really don’t like that much waste. I also reconsidered the time I have to do this project before Lou’s surgery. Just one day and if I remove the existing roof there is no telling what else I need to repair under it. So I decided to just secure a tarp over it for now. I stopped for lunch at the Lucky China Bistro on the way home. At home I cleaned off the rooftop. It was actually a storage place. I removed the two chicken coops planters and other materials. I also had to move a wood pile leaning against the building. I managed to get the tarp installed before dark. More work to do tomorrow to get rid of the coops and other junk. We also have to move our cars from the roadway all next week due to repaving. We went to the Corner Bakery for dinner. After dinner we went to the Tellabration where Dawn was one of the story tellers.

Sunday: (11/24) Granola and banana for breakfast. Dawn and I went to BestBuy in Mountain View and bought a new laptop for Dawn. We went to lunch at Applebee’s Grill in Redwood City and then looked at some neighborhood open houses. The prices are really encouraging if we were selling. A Chili baked potato for dinner.

Monday: (11/25) Granola and banana for breakfast. I relaxed all morning. Leftovers for lunch. Lou and I went to a laundromat to wash all our bedding. When one of the giant washers was finishing its final spin it was out of balance. It made the building shake worse than our 1989 earthquake did. The concrete floor was even heaving. I think they might have evacuated the 7Eleven next door. Lou and I went to LUU Noodle House for dinner. Dawn was out to a movie with Courtney.

Tuesday: (11/26) A rainy day. Lou and I were off to Kaiser. Lou gets her new knee today. I went off to breakfast at Holder’s Country Inn then shopping. I also took a nap then returned to the hospital by 1345. Lou was in recovery. We left the hospital by 1645. It had started to rain. We are expecting a big storm for the next few days. Dawn had made mushroom soup and toast for dinner.

Wednesday: (11/27) A rainy day. A relaxing day. Lou was busy recovering, I was busy watching here do it. In the afternoon the nurse came by for a checkup. Dawn made rice with fried eggs for breakfast. For dinner Dawn made lima beans with rice and chicken sausage.

Thursday: (11/28) Granola and banana for breakfast. I went grocery shopping for our holiday dinner. No fancy prep needed just market prepared items. I actually prefer the easier holiday and few leftovers. Ernie brought a lot of things as well for our feast for four. Ernie's horderves of deviled eggs, olives, cheese and crackers were enough by themselves.

Friday: (11/29) Leftovers for breakfast. I had Dawn’s rice lima bean with sausage. A turkey sandwich for lunch. More leftovers for dinner. I had chicken, asparagus, carrots, and a twice baked potato section. Lou’s PT person dropped by for a check at 1100. It was another rainy day and we spent the day inside relaxing.

Saturday: (11/30) Granola and banana for breakfast. Leftovers the rest of the day. Another rainy day. We relaxed inside all day. I did make a dash to the market for a few things. Lou continues recovery.

Sunday: (12/01) Granola and banana for breakfast. Dawn made dinner something baked with spinach and leeks. Leftovers for lunch. More rain on a relaxing Sunday. I did make a run to the Kaiser Hospital in Santa Clara to their pharmacy for Lou.

Monday: (12/02) Occasional rain all day. Granola and a banana for breakfast. Cecelia came over to Lou sit and Dan and I headed off to the dentist. She had her teeth cleaned and a mouth guard fitted. We were then off to her eye doctors to get some paperwork. Then we picked up some salads at the Corner Bakery Cafe for lunch. Hummus toast for dinner.

Tuesday: (12/03) I made a run to the store and to the pharmacy. Granola for breakfast. Refried beans with sausage for lunch. Dawn made vegetable soup for dinner.

Wednesday: (12/04) Watched the Impeachment Hearing in the morning. Granola and banana for breakfast. I made a batch of my enchilada casserole and had some for lunch and dinner. I also made a big Waldorf salad. Otherwise a relaxing rainy day at home with Lou.

Thursday: (12/05) Enchiladas for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lou had a PT visit. The exciting thing for the day was that a work crew started removing the sidewalk for our next door neighbors.

Friday: (12/06) Enchiladas for breakfast. PBJ toast for lunch. Cottage cheese and peaches for dinner. I did a touch of work today before the rains. I cleaned the leaf debris out of the two chicken coops and Ernie and I moved them to the front yard. I only had to remove the gate from the fence for them to fit out. Next week the gardener will take them away. I later made a grocery run to Walmart. Otherwise relaxed inside.

Saturday: (12/07) A rainy day. Relaxed at home all day. I made another Waldorf salad. Granola and banana for breakfast. Enchilada casserole for lunch. Ramen noodles for dinner.

Sunday: (12/08) Another rainy relaxing day at home. I made a pear Waldorf salad with some pears our neighbor brought over. Chorizo chicken patty with fried eggs and toast for breakfast. Chicken with PBJ toast.Waldorf salad for lunch. Baked potato with chilli for dinner.

Monday: (12/09) The big event on this overcast day was that the crew removed the driveway ramp and prepared the forms and base to pour sidewalk and ramp tomorrow. Waldorf salad for breakfast. Enchilada casserole for lunch. LUU Noodle House take home for dinner.

Tuesday: (12/10) Busy day supervising the concrete finishers replacing our neighbors sidewalk and driveway ramp. They manage to do it a lot quicker than I do. However, Ernie and I did about the same area in about 4 days of mixing, pouring , and finishing, just the two of us, not a crew of eight and not delivered readymix. Granola and banana for breakfast. A late lunch of leftovers from LUU Noodle House.


Mt Umunhum Preserve Hike

Friday: (11/22) I met my fellow SJMW hikers at Mt Umunhum Preserve for a hike up to the peak where the old Air Force radar station remains are. Nice weather and nice views for the hike. Granola and banana for breakfast. Lunch at Sweet Tomatoes. Lou’s tacos for dinner.

Lou was watching the channel 11 evening news tonight and noticed our San Jose house was featured in the B roll of a report on Generation Z Housing.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Fall Roof Cleanup

Thursday: (11/21) I watched more impeachment testimony to start the day. After lunch I worked outside. Cleaning leaves from the neighbors garage roof before they fall in our yard. And cleaned leaves from our cottage. I also made a stair platform to make the set into our sunroom easier for Lou. I also replaced the smoke alarm in Ernie’s trailer. Soft boiled eggs for breakfast. A nice veggie burrito for lunch. Chicken soy chorizo stuffed peppers with Brussels Sprouts and baked potatoes for dinner.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Fall Creek Hike

Wednesday: (11/20) Granola and banana for breakfast. I was off for a hike in Felton at Henry Cowell SP. Colin led a 9 mile hike at Fall Creek to Big Ben Tree and Lime Kiln. Wonderful day for the hike with nice creeks and a nice forest. This was Colin’s 600the hike. His first hike was on one of my hikes back in 2013. On the way home I stopped at the house in San Jose to put some things inside out of the weather. Then I stopped at Sweet Tomatoes for lunch. Chili on potato for dinner.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

It's Fall

Tuesday: (11/12) I took the RV to fill up the gas tank. When I returned, I lowered the jacks and opened the slides. I then unloaded some things. While exiting the RV with the laundry basket, I managed to fall skinning both knees and one hand and arm. I’ve got to quit exiting the RV carrying loads. Now I can join lou with sore knees. I hope they are better before my next hike Wednesday after next. Granola and banana for breakfast. Lunch at Hobee’s Restaurant. Baked bean size for dinner.

Wednesday: (11/13) I watched the impeachment hearing all morning. I put on one of Lou’s old knee braces and went outside about 1100 and cleaned up around the shop then cut down a dead tree that used to grow in the neighbors yard and hung over the shop. I cut it down to roof height. And cut the debris up to fit in our compost dumpsters. The tree and leaves from the roof filled to two dumpsters. I then enjoyed a nice shower and a late lunch. Cottage cheese for breakfast. A chili size for a very late lunch at 1500.

Thursday: (11/14) A city crew was busy patching depressions on our street pavement. They will be topping it later with a topcoat sealer later. Granola and diced apple for breakfast. A little grocery shopping. Chili for lunch. Salad for dinner.

Friday: (11/15) A relaxing morning watching the impeachment hearings, day 2. Ernie’s smoke/CO detector alarm went off and wouldn’t clear. It was a year old supposedly 10 year device. I threw it away and ordered a new one. A little before noon we headed out to do some shopping in San Jose and then we dropped Dawn off at a bookstore and Lou and I went to an appointment. Granola and banana for breakfast. Lunch at Sweet Tomatoes. Lou made chicken with sauerkraut and potatoes for dinner.

Saturday: (11/16) A little cleanup to start the day. I made a run to Lowe’s in sunnyvale to get some materials for some downspout repairs and other projects. Back at home I had to relax the rest of the day. In the evening we went to Harry’s for our Thankmas Dinner with neighbor Meili, and friends Courtney and Cecelia and Ernie.. Granola and banana for breakfast. Some dim sum from Dim Sum King for lunch. Dinner at Harry’ Hofbrau in Redwood City.

Sunday: (11/17) Watch the morning shows to start. Granola and banana for breakfast. I finished the downspouts. One needed a longer pipe and the other needed a new drop flange and piping. I worked on re-potting and planting several planters on the walkway. Two of the planters we bought in Morro Bay and two we got a couple of years ago at a garage sale. I also setup some sprinklers for them. I ended up having to return to Lowe’s for more materials. Leftovers for lunch. Lou made tuna noodles for dinner.

Monday: (11/18) Dawn and I were off to San Jose. We had breakfast at La Victoria Taqueria. We cleaned up her apartment. I took off for a chai latte and walk. Dawn had an appointment. When she was through we returned home. Leftovers for lunch. I finished the drip sprinklers for the new planters. I had laid pipes under the walkway but needed to connect it to the drip system. Lou made corn flake chicken with roasted broccoli and baked beans for dinner.

Tuesday: (11/19) I spent the day tinkering in the yard, repotting plants, replacing a sprinkler valve, raking leaves, and more. The sprinkler valve I bought yesterday didn’t fit. It was the same Orbit brand and was replacing an Orbit valve in an Orbit manifold. For some reason it was ¼” too long to fit. I returned to the store and found one that was correct. Size does matter but the same brand of inline valve should have fit. Granola and banana for breakfast. Lunch from Super Taqueria. I had a nice no meat burrito. Leftover chicken for dinner.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Morro Bay State Park

Saturday: (11/09) We went to breakfast downtown at Karla’s Cafe. Wonderful breakfasts and muffins. After breakfast we looked around downtown at several shops. We also visited the Miner’s Hardware store and the Antique Mall next door on Highway 41. After that we had lunch at the Taco Temple. Absolutely great. We did some grocery shopping next to the Taco Temple at Spencer’s market then stopped at the Farmers Market downtown. Lou found some planters at one of the shops that we Needed. Back home in the dark, again at 1730.

Sunday: (11/10) Happy birthday Dawn! We decided to go to breakfast at Francisco’s Country Kitchen in Arroyo Grande. They make great corned beef hash and also great oatmeal. Dawn wanted oatmeal so we drove down to it, about 20+ miles. We arrived to find the building was vacant. We checked Google and found they had moved about two miles away in Grover beach. We enjoyed our breakfast there then checked the required thrift shops there. We then headed back up to San Luis Obispo and checked a couple of more thrift stores. Most of them were closed because today was Sunday. We headed back to the RV and relaxed all afternoon. Dawn wasn’t feeling well so she and Lou will return to SLO to check out the remaining thrift stores while I move the RV out of the campground and wait in day use parking by the marina. After lunch we’ll hit the road for home. Lou made soup for dinner in the instapot.

Monday: (11/11) Granola and banana for breakfast. Dawn is still sick so we just headed home at 0920. We headed up Highway 1 to 41 then 101. We stopped at the Camp Roberts Rest Area and then in Greenfield for lunch at the Rancho San Miguel Market. In Gilroy we had to exit the Freeway at Masten due to the traffic Northbound backing up due to a tanker truck accident on the opposite side of the road. We say all that Southbound Highway 101 traffic detoured onto Monterey but Northbound Monterey wass moving nicely. Eventually we returned to Highway 101 and home. At home I drained the holding tanks and filled the water. I’ll need to go get gas tomorrow. We try to remain ready for use in case of an emergency. Leftovers for dinner.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Pinnacles NP Hikes

Sunday: (11/03) Granola and banana for breakfast. Some final packing, window washing, etc and we were finally on the road around 1100. We stopped in Gilroy at the Longhorn Restaurant for lunch. We arrived at the park sometime after 1430 and were all setup by 1510. Only eight campers in the RV section. Looks like there was a crowd here to hike over the weekend. Lots of people driving out of the park on our way in and quite a few hikers cars still here. Lou made chicken with baked potatoes, carrots and green beans.
(GPS: 36.492429, -121.147332)

Monday: (11/04) Up at 0700 with the deer. A nice 30 degrees inside and out. After warming up the inside and a nice breakfast I gathered my hike pack and was ready quite early to meet my hiker friends for today’s adventure. I wandered over to the Visitor Center at 0900. Only seven hikers for today's hike we were off to the trailhead at 0930. It had actually warmed up nicely by then. In fact the forecast for today is 81 degrees. We hiked up toward the High Peaks going through the Bear Gulch Caves and enjoying the lake views on the upper side of the caves. The sun on the peaks made for nice photos. An advantage of going this opposite CW direction rather than we have in the past is that I was able to point out the Hippo face and Snoopy head on the way. Usually hikers are ahead of me at those sites. Lunch at the top. We sighted two condors flying above during lunch. Going down the carved rock steps was interesting. We bere back to the cars by 1430. When I was dropped off at the Visitor Center I was surprised to see Dave and his wife relaxing there. He is a fellow SJMW hiker and hosts a visit for the group at his ranch every year. He didn’t know of today's hike . They had reservations to camp here but didn’t feel good enough for a hike but decided the views and animals were still worth a visit. They had stopped by our RV and surprised Lou and Dawn. The said they recognized our orange jeep. Granola for breakfast. Nice Chicken burritos for dinner.

Tuesday: (11/05) We drove in to Hollister to the Cozy Cup Cafe for breakfast. I had a nice chili verde and eggs for breakfast. We explored downtown shops and did some grocery shopping. After returning to camp about 1500 we relaxed in the wonderful weather. Dawn made some soup for dinner.

Wednesday: (11/06) Granola and banana for breakfast. I met my 10 fellow hikers at the Vistor Center for a hike. We hiked out the Old Pinnacles Trail, through the Balconies Caves and up Juniper Canyon Trail. We took the Tunnel trail up to the High peaks Trail and returned down the mountain to the Bench Trail and back to our cars. We had lunch by the trail on High Peaks Trail. It was a wonderful day with a wonderful group. The light was good for different photos by going CCW unlike the usual CW. Climbing up through the Balconies caves seemed easier. Many of us got to see one condor as we climbed up Juniper and Tunnel trails. Going up Juniper wasn't as difficult as I was thinking and coming down the High Peaks Trail was a breeze. A very pleasant hike. I enjoyed my usual reward of an ice cream bar after the hike at the store. After a nice shower I relaxed the rest of the afternoon. Lou made spaghetti for dinner.

Thursday: (11/07) I prepared a nice chicken patty with eggs and home fried potatoes for breakfast. Otherwise I relaxed outside at camp listening to Johnny Dollar stories from the Old Time Radio App on my phone. I fixed some PBJ toast for lunch. We didn’t have our usual morning visit from the deer and turkeys. The deer did show up at about 5pm. I observed a couple or more condors in the trees above our camp in the ridge. One even took flight momentarily to change trees. For dinner we headed into the “town” of Tres Pinos for dinner at the 19th Hole road house.

Friday: (11/08) Granola and diced Apple for breakfast. I moved the RV to the day use area. It wasn't easy because the right front jack wouldn't come up. I raised it manually. I met my fellow hikers at 0900 for our 0930 hike. We hiked the North Wilderness loop in The CW direction. Wonderful hike for the five of us. We got back before 1600. I prepared the RV to roll then took a shower we left the park at 1720 and it was dark already. We headed South on Hwy 25 then over to King City the down Hwy 101 to 41 to Morro Bay SP. We stopped for leftover dinner on the way at a rest stop. We settled into our site be 2130.
(GPS: 35.347757, -120.838689)

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Trip Prep

Saturday: (11/02) I made sausage, eggs and home fried potatoes for breakfast. I then spent some time on the computer and office stuff. Then Lou gave me her shopping list and sent me off to Walmart. Actually I had a list of two items and she added a couple of dozen items. Walmart didn’t have any of my list but had most of her items. I also stopped at Trader Joe’s, Sprout’s market, CVS Drugs, and Walgreen Drugs and managed to get all but two items. For Lunch I had a couple of egg rolls. Afternoon spent packing and preparing to leave. Dinner was soup from Whole Foods market.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Wunderlich Park Eighth Anniversary Hike

Friday: (11/01) Alex picked me up and we met our fellow hikers at Wunderlich Park. We hiked up to Alice’s restaurant for lunch celebrating the eighth anniversary for the hiking group. Granola and banana for breakfast. Lunch at Alice’s Restaurant, a nice Veggie Sandwich. Dinner at Tacos El Grullense down the street. Lou and I shared a Veggie Burrito. Dawn had plantains.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Busy Doing Little

Tuesday: (10/22) I installed the new tarp around the temporary tent that Lou and Dawn are using. It’ a full one piece wrap of the sides so it should be better protection for wind and rain. I then loaded the things I removed from the RV when it went in for service. I then went shopping. I picked up some water bottles at World Market. I like that the are strong plastic water bottles with a nice looking exterior. They are stronger than the usual one time use bottles and cheaper that my usual Smart Water bottles. At REI if found a new sun shirt with a pattern I like. I also picked up some sample GUU energy chews to see what I like. I’ll need some for my Pinnacles hikes. Granola for breakfast. Chicken and hummus sandwich for lunch. Hobo chicken, potatoes, onion, and apple dinner.

Wednesday: (10/23) Lou and I dropped Dawn off in Los Altos Village and went to a doctors appointment. On the way back we stopped for lunch at Sweet Tomatoes. After picking up Dawn we went grocery shopping. After dinner I filled the compost bins with leaves. We had a real backup on the garbage and recycle bins so I needed to be sure to get them out tonight. Granola and diced apple for breakfast. Lunch at Sweet Tomatoes Salad Buffet. Lou made chicken with corn salsa, rice and asparagus for dinner.

Thursday: (10/24) After the garbage pickup, I filled the recycle bin with a pile of boxes that remained from last week. I then spent the day cleaning the leaves from the sun room roof and also the house roof. That involved moving all the plants from next to the sun room and then cleaning up all the debris removed from the roof. I filled both compost dumpsters with leaves and could fill then again with just the remaining roof debris which I piled up until I have room. I made home fried potatoes with sausage and eggs for breakfast. A nice tuna green salad for lunch. Pot roast for dinner.

Friday: (10/25) Lou and Dawn were off to Pleasanton to a Holiday Fair. The also visited some thrift stores on the way home. I spent the morning cleaning the house walls in the backyard. We had another attack of the caterpillar cocoons, which, In addition to dirt, were cleaned off the walls. After that I relaxed in the afternoon. Leftover hash, sausage and eggs for breakfast. Leftover enchilada casserole for dinner.

Saturday: (10/26) Lou and Dawn were off to the Abilities Expo in San Mateo today. They explored some thrift stores on the way home. After I went to the Hazardous Waste Event to get rid of our toxic waste, I tinkered with the computer all day/ Granola for breakfast. Chili for lunch. LUU Noodle House for dinner.

Sunday: (10/27) Granola and diced apple for breakfast. Chili size for lunch.I intended to work on Ernie’s shed today. I did do some concrete grinding to adjust for proper drainage from the siding. That was it thought. The wind was too strong to be moving panels so I relaxed much of the rest of the day. About 1500 we drove back up to an Estate sale Lou and Dawn went to yesterday. Lou wanted to see if they were ready to sell a chair she liked at a price she liked. They weren’t so we didn’t get it. We did stop at Neil’s Cafe In Millbrae for dinner before heading home. It became quite smoky as we headed North to San Mateo. When we got home it was even worse. The air quality was at 135 (Hazardous) Our neighboring cities were only half as bad. Our fair city smelled like we had a neighboring camper who didn’t know how to make a campfire. Our smoke was likely coming across the bay from a new fire in Vallejo.

Monday: (10/28) I had a hike scheduled for this morning at Big Basin SP but our smoky air caused the leader to cancel the hike. So, I worked on Ernie’s shed. I installed the skirt siding and extended the bottom of the door that had been cut off to swing properly at it’s temporary location. It is now complete. A lot of dust was created cutting the cement board and grinding the concrete so I blew it all to the neighbors yards then hosed the walkway and buildings down. Granola and banana for breakfast. Chicken and hummus sandwich with a V8 and grapes for lunch. Dawn made buckwheat noodles then prepared a nice olive, tomato and onion sauce with them for dinner.

Tuesday: (10/29) I took a little shopping run to Redwood City in the morning. I dropped Dawn off at the library. At home I got the Honda generator out and exercised it. While we are gone Ernie may need it with these electricity shutdowns due to the winds. I also moved all the plants back to behind the house. I had moved them away to clean the roof and Lou needed them away as well to work on the window seals. Granola and diced apple for breakfast. A nice vegetarian burrito from El Grullense Taqueria for lunch. Dinner at Sweet Tomatoes Buffet.

Wednesday: (10/30) Granola and banana for breakfast. Lou and I went to A Good Morning for a late second breakfast. Dawn was off to a class. I took the bike for a ride and stopped at the hardware store for a door sweep for Ernie’s shed. Back home I installed it. Otherwise I relaxed today. Lou’s chicken chili for dinner.

Thursday: (10/31) I tinkered in the shop and RV much of the day. Granola and banana for breakfast. Chopped salads at The Corner bakery for lunch. Leftover corn salsa rice with chicken for dinner.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Henry Coe SP China Hole Hike

Monday: (10/21) Granola for breakfast. I was off to carpool with Alex to Henry Coe State park for a hike to China Hole. We med the other SJMW hikers there at 1030. It was a 10 mile hike with about 1700 elevation change. Nice oak forested hills. The stream was not flowing above ground most places but there was water in the pond at China Hole. We got to see some tarantula spiders in their mating season. One almost climbed onto my shoe. I got back home about 1600. Dinner was my leftover lasagna for last night at Harry’s. 

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Annual Nerd Days, Silicon Valley Code Camp

Saturday: (10/19) I attended the Silicon Valley Code Cape at PayPal Campus today. This is my annual nerd event to see what is happening with software development. The Code Camp Sessions I attended today included: The History of JSON, You Can Count on Numbers, How to Defy Ageism in Software Engineering, Intro to SmartWatches Development and Design, The Algorand Blockchain - Decentralized and for Developers, How to Switch Your Technical Domain.
Granola for breakfast. A vegetarian sandwich at the Code Cape for lunch. Leftover enchiladas for dinner.

Sunday: (10/20) Another day at the Silicon Valley Code Cape. The Code Camp Sessions I attended today included: Artificial Intelligence: Potentials and Challenges, Scalability challenges for distributed video infrastructure, Hands On Cybersecurity, The Blockchain You Never Knew, Introduction to NR-5G and its challenges.
Granola for breakfast. A vegetarian sandwich at the Code Cape for lunch. For dinner we went to Harry’s Hofbrau in Redwood City.

Monday, October 14, 2019

The Big Backup

Monday: (10/14) Lou and I did the grocery shopping early. Back home it was time for breakfast. I had leftover pancakes and some chicken maple sausages from Trader Joe’s. I thought i might relax a little and watch the View but then was informed that the toilet was backed up and the tub full. I also had to drive Dawn to a book sale. I spent the rest of the day trying to get the drain cleaned. When we replumbed the bathrooms I installed cleanouts. They were covered up when we had the siding installed. I located one of them and exposed it . I’ll have to repair the siding later. My efforts to clear the drain were not fruitful. The clog appeared to be beyond the bathrooms and before the kitchen since the kitchen was not backed up. Even the drain bladder didn’t clear it. I gave up and called the professionals, Rotorooter. They were there within the hour and had it cleared in about 30 minutes. Thir big router did the trick. I’ll have to get one. I spent a lot more time putting tools and such away after cleaning them. That was it for me for the day. Tomato soup for lunch. Chopped salads from The Corner Bakery cafe for dinner.

Tuesday: (10/15) A banana for breakfast and I was off for the train to San Francisco. I arrived at about 0900 and caught a bus to ChinaTown. I got brunch at the AA bakery a chicken mushroom bun and a chicken pie. Too much. I walked out Columbus and to Fisherman's Wharf. I visited the Musée Mécanique, a penny arcade museum. I like to play the player pianos and other music makers. I walked out through Fort Mason to the marina district then over to Chestnut Street. I caught bus 22 on Fillmore Street that took me to the Mission District then on bus 27 to 24th Street. I stopped by the La Torta Gorda for a pepper torta. I then caught bus 48 over to the 22nd Street Caltrain Station. Unfortunately, not all trains stop there during rush hour. Three trains passed by before my train came. And even more unfortunately, that train doesn't stop at my destination the California Avenue ttion. I got off at Hillsdale Mall and looked around. They are remodeling and there new food court is open. I returned about an hour later to catch the first train ta=hat stops at my destination. I was home by 1900. A fresh peach with cottage cheese for dinner.

Wednesday: (10/16) I raised the garden sprinkler controller. It was down one foot off the ground I raised it to four feet high to make it easier to read the screen when programming and operating. I also loaded the compost bin with some limbs and leaves. Lou made turkey bacon with eggs and home fried potatoes for breakfast. Granola and banana for breakfast. Granola and a banana for dinner.

Thursday: (10/17) Lou and Dawn were off to the dentist. I rode my new electric bike over to Stanford University for a test of the all electric mode. No peddling today. It worked great. I stopped at the Coupa Cafe for a crepe for breakfast. When I left it was near 1130. I have never been in a bicycle traffic jam before. For this amateur rider it was a challenge. Back home I did a few tasks. I reworked the drip system for the garden. Now Dawns winter garden should water itself. I also filled the recycle bin and rubbish bin. They were just picked up today and are already full. And we still have more. Lots of cardboard to get rid of after Ernie’s house cleaning, my new bike and the RV’s new microwave. Lou made chicken burgers for lunch. I made enchilada casserole for dinner.

Friday: (10/18) I repaired the siding I destroyed working to expose the drain cleanout. I also did some other tool cleanup from that project. I measured the alternate battery space where the AGM batteries are in the RV. I want to replace them with a couple of more Battleborn lithium batteries. Unfortunately, I can’t fit two more GC2 sized batteries so I sent a message to Battleborn to confirm I can use the type 27 in parallel. They called back and confirmed I could. I then went shopping to resupply my granola, bread, banana chips and dates. I also stopped by Walmart to get some new genes. Enchiladas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Meatless, Cheeseless Enchilada Casserole.

Meatless, Cheeseless Enchilada Casserole.
  • One large can of black beans
  • Two large cans of medium hot green enchilada sauce
  • One cup of rice
  • One small can of diced tomatoes
  • One red and two green peppers
  • Two onions
  • Large package of tortillas
I dice two green peppers, one red pepper, and two onions and saute them. I prepare a cup of rice. When it is done, i place in a frying pan and add some of the green enchilada sauce and simmer. In a large pan, (Mine is something like 2” x14”x22”) place a layer of corn tortillas. 6 tortillas to a layer in mine. On that I put a layer of green enchilada sauce, then some of the pepper and onion mix, then some black beans. Add some more green sauce then another layer of tortillas. A little more sauce on the tortillas then the remainder of the peppers and onions and black beans. Add a layer of diced tomatoes then top with rice. The top with another layer of tortillas and pour the remainder of the green enchilada sauce on top. Place in a 400 degree oven for one hour.


History: I had to cut most meat and cheese out of my diet. I usually made this with a mix of 1# chorizo and 1# hamburger. With a large bag of shredded Mexican cheese blend. Those are replaced by an additional pepper, the rice and a second can of sauce. Still really good.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Starting To Fix Things

Monday: (09/16) I spent the morning printing manuals and used guides related to our RV systems. I also tinkered with the rear yard sprinklers. I cleaned out the valve innards for the sprinkler that had stuck on. I’m having trouble connecting the yard sprinkler controller to the new Internet SSID. I shutdown the old internet modem and packed it to ship back to Sonic. Granola for breakfast. A green salad for lunch. Chicken chorizo hash for dinner.

Tuesday: (09/17) Granola for breakfast. I took a walk to and through the Stanford campus this morning. I stopped for a mushroom omelet for brunch on campus. I walked about 6 miles. Back at home I tinkered with the RV slide problem. I also finally got the sprinkler controller connected to the new Internet and test the controller. Lots of drip emitters to fix. Spinach quiche with sauteed mushrooms for dinner.

Wednesday: (09/18) I worked at cleaning out my shop enough to find my sprinkler parts. Other cleanup distracted me so not much work on the sprinklers after I did find the parts. I attended my Wednesday AlphaAnywhere webinar. In the evening we went to Stanford Mall to get some veggies at Sigona’s Market and take a walk. Lou got to use her new electric wheelchair. Granola and banana for breakfast. Chicken with hummus sandwich for lunch. Leftover chicken chorizo hash and a green salad for dinner.

Thursday: (09/19) Granola and banana for breakfast. I started by filling a second compost bin with leaves from behind the playhouse. I hate to leave an empty bin when something needs to be cleaned up. I had to do it early before the pickup, usually the first thing today but fortunately today was later. After that, I took a walk and watched some roofing material being delivered to the rooftop by a folding crane that could reach 80 feet across the roof. Back home I repaired Dawn’s zappy scooter headlight mount. I had to figure out how to reattach it without too much destruction and still be firmly mounted. I fabricated a new mount from a piece of 1” PVC pipe. I cut and bent it to allow it to be tie wrapped to the light and camped to the handlebar. After that I had lunch at Lucky chinese, some chow fun noodles and black bean fish. Back home, I took a nap. Dinner was a baked potato.

Friday: (09/20) I worked on the sprinklers. I pulled in drip tubes through the conduits I installed under the sidewalk. Effectively, my days work brought a drip nozzle to the planter in front of the garage. I also called Leales for an appointment to get some work done on the RV. English muffin with hummus for breakfast. Chill size for dinner. Chicken sandwich for lunch.

Saturday: (09/21) Lou watched her morning dog shows. I spent some time moving stuff out of the RV. We both went down to San Jose to regrout the kitchen sink at the rental house. Granola and banana for breakfast. A late lunch at Sweet Tomatoes. Chill size for dinner.

Sunday: (09/22) We all went out for a drive looking for plant share markets. Ours in Palo Alto disappeared. Dawn tried one in Redwood City but it didn’t exist as Google had led her to believe. We then tried one in Sunnyvale but arrive after they were through but the organizer gave Dawn information about hers and others. We also snagged a couple of strawberry plants from her. On the way home we stopped at the Goodwill store in sunnyvale for them to look around. I spent some time exposing some of the sprinkler pipes so that I can recircuit a couple of the pipes. I will need to get a couple of fittings tomorrow to complete the job. I also started all the burners and oven in the RV to burn off any remaining LPG. Unfortunately, even though it is beyond empty it still may have up to 6 gallons of LPG left? Lou made home fried potatoes with salsa and a side of grapes for breakfast. We stopped for lunch at a new Coupa Cafe in Los Altos on El Camino Real. It opened while we were gone and is the same cafe I enjoy on the Stanford Campus during my walks and the same Dawn enjoys downtown. BBQ fish for dinner.

Monday: (09/23) Granola and banana for breakfast. I drove the RV down to Leale’s in San Jose. Lou followed in the Jeep. The RV is having the inop jacks and slides and the LPG valve looked and an oil change. A stop at Lowe’s for a few PVC fittings for the sprinklers and some grocery shopping at Smart And Final before getting home. I recircuited the sprinkler pipes to reduce the number of emitters on the drip circuit. It wasn’t easy but eventually I prevailed and backfilled my hole. I still need to redo some drip tubing in the greenhouse to complete the job. After a shower, I got busy cooking. I made some meatless, cheeseless enchilada casserole. It turned out really good.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Dave's Ranch Weekend, San Antonio Valley Ranch

Friday: (09/13) Granola and banana for breakfast. We did the fian loading of the RV. I went to the market to get some drinking water and a few things. We rolled away about 1045. We crossed the bay on the Dumbarton bridge and took Highway 84 through Niles Canyon to Livermore. We had lunch at the El Charro mexican restaurant in Livermore before heading up Old Mines Road to Dave’s Ranch in San Antonio Valley behind Mt Hamilton. We arrived at the Ranch about 1520. It was hot so we mostly relaxed in the RV with the AC on and chatted with Dave. Later Others arrived. We had leftover Greek food from last night's dinner for tonight's dinner. Fortunately it cooled down nicely and we enjoyed a nice campfire in the evening.

Saturday: (09/13) Diced apple and potato pancakes for breakfast. I took a morning loop walk around the ranch and out by the homestead cabin. No wildlife too be seen but we did hear elk bugling last night. Much of the day was just relaxing and chatting. I did take a paddle and float in the lake later in the afternoon. For dinner most of us went to the Junction Restaurant.

Sunday: (09/15) Dawn and I took the same walk as I did yesterday. We had peach blintzes for breakfast. After breakfast, I took a drive with the Jeep up over the ridge. A good workout for the jeep since it is only normally used by motorcycles and ATV’s. Added a few pin stripes on the narrow trail but exercised the low range and the hill descent features. We cleaned up and put things away then chatted until a bit after noon and we all left the ranch. We had to make a stop at the Junction Restaurant to pick up Lou’s keys before heading down the hill. We stopped at a Greek restaurant in downtown Livermore for lunch then on to home arriving around 1600. A nice chicken sandwich for dinner.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Upgrading To Fiber Internet

Wednesday: (09/11) Up at 0715 to have my breakfast and get ready for the fiber installer. The window to get our Internet upgraded to fiber is today from 0800-1600. It would be nicer if they were able to limit the window or at least provide updates on expected arrival. Of course, the locksmith called to say the new key FOB’s are in and they can only do the programming on Tuesday or Wednesday when there are two people working at the shop. I thought I’d have to wait until next week then Lou volunteered to take the Jeep down to have it done. While I waited for the ATT tech to arrive, I searched for information on the RV’s leveling jacks. Nothing in the information pack in the RV. I eventually found the appropriate information and tried to get the jacks to work. I did learn how to retract them manually or by jumper but haven't done it yet. To top that outage, the bedroom slide isn’t working. It has worked before without the jacks down but the jack error alarm may be inhibiting it now. The At&t tech, Francisco, arrived about 1430 and finished the install by 1630. The fiber required a relocation of our modem to the living room and likely the phone base unit. Also need to get a line to the fax. I updated the password and also setup the repeaters to work with the new unit rather than the old DSL. The down speed isn’t too much more that the DSL but the up speed is 10 times faster. Since a lot of the problems we’ve been having were likely a bad cable to the study where the old modem was, the system should be more reliable now. Lou brought me a nice Impossible burger from the Counter burger joint for lunch. She and Dawn had lunch there with Cecelia after their errands. For dinner Lou made fish, garlic potatoes and carrot salad.

Thursday: (09/12) Lou made potato pancakes with sausage for breakfast. I got busy trying to raise the RV jacks. I eventually got them all up using my electric drill and a socket wrench. I lot a crawling under the RV. I finished getting them all up by about 1200. After a lot of scrubbing to get the grease off my hands and a shower, Lou and I headed off to an appointment with stop for lunch on the way. Sweet Tomatoes Buffet provided a good lunch. We had a Cardio Class at Kaiser where we basically learned how to eat and exercise to help my heart. While getting the jacks down, I trapped a 5 gallon bucket under the side of the RV. I sure wasn’t going to raise the RV again so I cut the bucket into pieces to get it out. Dawn made a nice Mediterranean eggplant and chicken dinner (Moussaka).

Monday, September 2, 2019

Catching Up While Doing Little

Monday: (09/02) I relaxed all day. I only have a 20# lifting limit but it’s too easy to abuse that limit doing anything. Granola with a banana for breakfast. Chicken artichoke rice for lunch. Bean soup for dinner.

Tuesday: (09/03) I relaxed all day catching up with mail. I also signed up for a weekend campout with my hiking group after posting the event for the host. Since I’m home early, I signed up for the Silicon Valley Code Camp which i would have missed if we returned in october. Granola with a banana for breakfast. Tomato and hummus toast for lunch. Dawn made a fish stew for dinner.

Wednesday: (09/04) I relaxed much of the day but did get out to the locksmith to order some new key fobs for the jeep and to schedule a smog test for the RV. The RV hasn’t had valid tags since April. Interestingly, I received a bill from Massachusetts DOT for a toll road fee. The invoice was only for the Jeep license plate. Have to wonder if it was cheaper thinking it was one vehicle or if they would have been interested in the out of date tags on the RV? Still going through the unimportant mail collected while we were gone. I also attended my webinar today. Lou made chicken chorizo hash for breakfast. Leftover bean soup for lunch with a toast. Sauerkraut potatoes and chicken for dinner.

Thursday: (09/05) Granola and banana for breakfast. I took the RV in to be smogged. It’s the first time I’ve done it with this RV but not it’s first check. It didn’t go well. It turns out a special tool is needed to remove the engine compartment cover and we couldn’t find the OBD2 connecter either. I brought it home without the test and spent the rest of the day trying to find the tool and connector. It took a while but I think I found a tool (7mm triangle driver) on Amazon. I ordered it but it will take a couple of days to arrive. More online exploration and I found out a 7mm hex socket will work. It doesn’t work perfectly but did open the cover. More breaking my back trying to see under the dash and eventually I found the connector about 1900. It is located behind the speedometer way up behind the dash and way down from the top access panel. Just to make it ideal, it also faces forward so there is little clearance to install the connector, but it can be done. I ordered a short extender cable to make accessing it easier in the future. Now to reschedule to smog test. Lou, Dane and I had lunch at LUU Noodle House. We had some chicken stew for dinner.

Friday: (09/06) Granola and banana. We were off to an appointment today. Lunch at Applebees. Leftovers for dinner.

Saturday: (09/07) Waffles and peanut butter for breakfast. Dawn and I visited the Mountain View Wine And Art Festival. Always interesting art there. I installed the OBD2 extension cable and OBD2 dongle in the RV and tried out the Torque Pro app. The connector works great so maybe the smog test can be done now. Tomato and hummus on toast for lunch. Salmon and shrimp with zucchini and green beans for dinner.

Sunday: (09/08) Breakfast at A Good Morning Restaurant. I located a new wheelchair / scooter for Lou and ordered it. I was released to normal duty today. I pulled weeds and trimmed some plants in the greenhouse. That was after a long afternoon nap. Salads for dinner. Lou and Dawn prepared some of the asian pears today and we had some for desert.

Monday: (09/09)Granola and banana for breakfast. I had my post cardiac event visit my doctor and also my annual checkup. All good. I have some lab work to do and i got a new shingles shot as well. Veggie sausage, broccoli and cauliflower with garlic mashed potatoes for dinner. I did some minor tasks today. I replaced the cooler float valve, adjust the side gate latch so it engages.

Tuesday: (09/10) I had to fast so I was off early to get my lab work done at Kaiser in Mountain View. I returned home and had some breakfast then took the motorhome to bet a smog test at A1 Foreign Auto. I like them because they are a gold station and can fix it if needed to pass the test. I also learned that our's is one of only three motorhomes that they test for long time customers. They say no to everyone else. Lou made peach blintzes for brunch. We had leftover sauerkraut potatoes and chicken for dinner. I spent the rest of the day washing the RV, Jeep and Hyundai. Quite a project. For Lou and Dawn, it was laundry day.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Long Road Home

Sunday: (08/25) Up early and prepared to roll away by 0800. We headed South on I87 to Albany then West on 17, I81 then I86. We stopped about every 2 hours for a walk. About 1400 Lou was driving and hit a swarm of bees. What a mess. Almost couldn’t see out the windshield. We pulled into a rest stop and cleaned the bees and their honey off the windshield, somewhat. Some honey remained. We continued on and stopped for the night at another rest area near Owego, NY, about 1630. We completed 310 miles today. Leftovers for lunch. Toast and soup for dinner. (GPS: 42.0914202,-76.2718318)

Monday: (08/26) We got onto the road at 0430 this morning. W had to pull to the side of the road almost immediately because the heavy fog was frosting the windshield. I ran the windshield wipers which immediately made a minor visibility problem a major problem. Not all the honey was off the windshield or wipers. I wiped the windshield again as well as the wiper blades. I was afraid to run the wipers all day so we were lucky we didn’t have rain until later in the day. When we had a good shower later, I pulled off the freeway and ran the wipers which worked well and the windshield was clean. We stopped a couple of times for breaks and even a two hour break for lunch while I took a nap. 427 miles completed today. We stopped at a Walmart in Fremont, OH, for the night. Our microwave died before lunch today so we bought a cheap one at this Walmart. My 10# lifting limit delays and or changes lots of our activities. We had salads for lunch and some shrimp fettuccine for dinner. (GPS: 41.373863, -83.117782)

Tuesday: (08/27) Granola and banana for breakfast. I tried some almond milk with mine. We waited to leave until after 0800 so we could mail some things at the Post Office. We continued through Ohio on non toll roads. Highway 6, 24, 30, 49, I94, and I80. We stopped in Warsaw for lunch (German potato salad and chicken) and a nap in Plymouth. 356 miles today. We stopped for the night at Starved Rock State Park, North Utica, Il. Lou made some salmon rice for dinner.
(GPS: 41.306650, -88.976047)

Wednesday: (08/28) Two more states behind us. We were up at 0650 and rolling a little after 0800. Granola and banana for breakfast. We were back on I80 all day. We stopped for lunch and for me to attend my webinar. Leftover salmon and rice for lunch. Dinner at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant in Omaha, Ne. We continued on a few miles more to the Melia Hill Rest Stop West of Omaha in Gretna, NE where we stopped for the night. (GPS: 41.084003, -96.275537)

Thursday: (08/29) Fish with yellow squash and Brussels sprouts for breakfast. Lou and Dawn made chicken and vegetable stew which we dad over rice for dinner. We drove across Nebraska today. We stopped at Cabela's store #1 in Sydney, Nebraska for a stretch. We got to see the 2019 MVPA Transcontinental Motor Convoy, the 100th anniversary of the first motor Convoy across the US. Washington DC to San Francisco. In Cheyenne, we stopped to see my nephew and his wife and son. We then drove up the mountain on Hwy 80 and spent the night at the Lincoln Memorial rest stop. (GPS: 41.237640,-105.434919)

Friday: (08/30) We were up early before six and on the road shortly thereafter. About 0800 we stopped and had leftovers for breakfast and took showers at a reststop. In Evanston, Wy we had Chopped chicken salads for lunch. I took a nap at another rest stop. When i woke up, Lou sent me over to a couple with a dead battery on their 4Runner. i got out my little lithium battery jump starter and it started them up nicely. This was the second time I've used it  and neither was for our car, but it has tested out well and should be ready when/if needed. We made 521 miles today and stopped for the night at a KOA in Wendover, Nevada. Baked beans and bread for dinner. (GPS; 40.736380,-114.067450)

Saturday: (08/31) We enjoyed the showers in the KOA RV Park, had granola for breakfast then pulled out and headed back onto Hwy I80. We stopped in Elko to get some gas. I made a wrong turn heading to the station but saw a Burger King. Since I’ve had to modify my diet eliminating beef, I’ve been craving a hamburger. I got one of BQ’s Impossible Burgers, an all plant substitute for beef. I had it dry with a touch of sriracha sauce and it was excellent. We browsed the C.A.L Ranch Store next door. I found some of my western shirts there. Lou did most of the driving today. We stopped for lunch at The Pig BBQ in Winnemucca. We made it to Reno by 1600 and while Lou and Dawn browsed a thrift store, I got the RV filled with gas. Since it was over 90 degrees and a holiday weekend with all the RV parks filled, we headed for the cooler mountain elevations. We stopped for the night at the Donner Pass Rest Stop. Salads for dinner. (GPS: 39.342355, -120.3400319)

Sunday: (09/01) Up at 0600. Apple and peanut butter for breakfast. We showered and then continued on Highway 80 to Sacramento. We stopped at a Lowe’s store there to get cooler pads, which are difficult to find in our usually cool area. We arrived home just before noon and went to the Corner Bakery for chopped salads for lunch. I set up the RV and drained the tanks. Lou prepared our cooler for use. I relaxed in the afternoon looking over my mail.

Our trip since 1/19/19 was 10,031 miles in length, shorter than it would have been if we had stayed out through October.