Friday, August 14, 2020

Interesting Summer Rainstorm In High Temps

Friday: (08/14) I made home fried potato and ham hash with fried eggs for breakfast. Since today the high temp will be near 100 degrees I ran all the sprinklers for the plants and lawn an extra time this morning. I drove to my nearby t-Mobile store to check on their senior phone plans and on bringing Lou and Dawn’s phones with my new phone to be to T-Mobile. No problems and it will be even cheaper than I had thought at less than half what we now pay for less. I picked up lunch, sandwiches at Subway, on the way home. I was relaxing in the RV and Lou came out to rescue me because she thought 97 degrees was hot. I relaxed in the cool of the house, just for her the rest of the afternoon. Lou made a ham and pea salad for dinner. 

Saturday: (08/15) A relaxing day inside out of the 100 degree weather today. I did organize some of my recent photos. Maybe I can get them up on the blog. Leftover hash and eggs for breakfast. Cottage cheese and peaches for lunch. Instapot non-skewer dinner.

Sunday: (08/16) We were awakened by thunder and lightning with heavy showers. Leftover chili on bread and some peaches for breakfast. My morning was spent working on clearing the drain for our kitchen sink and our laundry sink. It took all morning to get it open. After a good shower due to the mess of drain cleaning and sweat caused by the high temperature, we headed off to get some Chinese food for lunch from the China Bistro. Dinner from Subway Sandwich shop.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Windy Hill OSP Razorback Hamms Gulch Hike

Thursday: (08/13) I drove over to Portola Valley and hiked some Windy Hill OSP trails. I hiked up via the Eagle and Razorback trails. Then along the ridge on the Lost Trail. And finally back down on the Hamms Gulch Trail. About 8.6 miles hiked. Back home, I relaxed. It was a little warm. Tomorrow will evidently be a scorcher. Granola and a banana for breakfast. A nice Corner Bakery chopped salad for lunch. Lou and Dawn had pizza. Dawn made a savory tomato pie for dinner. 



Saturday, August 8, 2020

Back Home for more Shelter In Place

 Saturday: (08/08) PBJ toast for breakfast. I relaxed all day. I didn’t even get dressed until late afternoon. I did give myself a beard and haircut this evening. For dinner, I made stuffed pepper rice. Actually green peppers from the garden, cut into chunks with onions, ground beef and chorizo. 

Sunday: (08/09) PBJ toast for breakfast. I did a little gardening in the morning. Later, I took the bike out for a spin. I rode over to Stanford and looked around the Arizona Cactus Garden. I also stopped at Coupa Cage for my Tiger Chai Latte. I then rode through Old Palo Alto and through East Palo Alto to the newly opened section of the Bay Trail. I returned via Los Altos Taqueria and picked up a late lunch. Unfortunately, no dining in was available so I had to improvise how to carry my lunch. I ended up tying it under my seat so it could remain upright. I stopped at Mitchell Park to eat my lunch. For dinner we picked up some burgers from Jack In The Box. 




Monday: (08/10) I managed to enjoy wasting another fine day. I fixed a couple of thing on Dawn’s computer. I got called over to the neighbors house to repair her back door lock. Granola with banana for breakfast. Leftover peppers with rice for lunch. Leftover spaghetti for dinner. 

Tuesday: (08/11) I drove down to San Jose with a few things I’ll be needing down there, if I’m ever able to work on the paint job again. On the way I stopped at Lowe’s for a few things like some primer, bondo and a blind for the kitchen window. I dropped all the stuff off at the house and loaded up all my food and some tools since I won’t be staying here much in the near future. May just drive down to do a few tasks, mostly siding repairs. Split boards and some holes and chips. I had lunch there. Back home I put everything away. A nice afternoon nap and the day was done. I’ll have to return to get my canned and dry food which I forgot to get. It’s not too perishable though. Granola and banana for breakfast. Ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. Leftover peppers with rice for dinner.

Wednesday: (08/12) In the afternoon I worked a little on the paver installation by Ernie’s trailer. First I have to remove a bunch of red bricks and then relocate some plumbing and finally raise the grade to drain properly and install the pavers. I removed some of the bricks and dug out enough baserock to determine where the drain line is and if it can be easily relocated. It can be. Also the water and sprinkler piping can be easily relocated as well as the gray water drain pipe. 

Granola and banana for breakfast. Chili for lunch. 

Friday, August 7, 2020

Russian Ridge Charquin Trail Hike

 Friday: (08/07) Soft boiled eggs for breakfast. A relaxing morning in the yard. I headed off for a hike stopping at Happy Donut for a breakfast sandwich for lunch. I drove up to Skyline Drive to the Vista Point Trailhead at Russian Ridge OSP. I hiked out Charquin Trail to Mindego Trail and to the top of Mindego Hill. It was a nice 9.6 mile hike on some trails I have not hiked previously. Lou made hamburgers for dinner. After dinner we went to the Grocery Outlet Market for a few things. 





Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Back To San Jose To Paint

Tuesday: (08/04) Granola and diced apple for breakfast. I loaded up the car with all the stuff to move back into San Jose. Seems like it was just last week that I brought all the shelf food back to Palo Alto figuring I would ever get back soon. Lou convinced me to to start a new digging project in Palo Alto and to go back and finish the San Jose paint job. In addition, the wood boring bee holes I found need attention. They seem to prefer unpainted wood so here comes some paint. I stopped on the way down for some groceries at Sprouts, Smart and Final, and Walmart and got lunch at the First Wok Chinese restaurant. In San Jose I enjoyed lunch and moved stuff in. I also cleaned the cooler out and started it. After I was all moved in I took an afternoon nap. I had pea soup for dinner.

Wednesday: (08/05) A walked over to La Victoria for my breakfast burrito. I brought it home and enjoyed my breakfast in the backyard with a neighborhood cat. The cat was grooming and playing with something in the lawn. He also almost caught a hummingbird that got two close a couple of times. I tinkered around until my 1000 AlphaANywhere webinar. After lunch of cottage cheese and peaches, I got outside and stripped some paint by Dawn’s window. I quit about 1600 and showered before leftover Chinese for dinner.

Thursday: (08/06) I worked on stripping more paint from above Dawn’s door.Mrs tennant came out and complained that I was interrupting the stay at home needs. I explained that the work needs to be done. I ended up quitting early and cleaned up outside and put things away for the weekend. I was a bit upset because she always complains about any work I do. But, I will cut back to only do what is least intrusive, so no striping for a while. If this lockdown continues too long I may not be able to do the project due to age. I hope it clears up soon enough. I will be returning to do some siding repairs and come concrete work but that should be quick projects.

Waffles and sausage for breakfast. Ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. Lou made spaghetti for dinner.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Purisima Redwoods OSP

Monday: (08/03) Granola and banana for breakfast. Lou and I headed to our Walmart Neighborhood market in Santa Clara. Got most of our stuff there. We had to stop at a small Target as well to get Lou's lactose free milk. With that done I prepared to head out for a hike. I stopped for lunch from Jack In The Box on my way up to Purisima Open Space Preserve. I hiked a 10.3 mile loop down the sea side of the mountain. Beautiful Redwood forest. I started after noon and finished about 1700. Lou made salmon with rice and grilled squash and zucchini.



Saturday, August 1, 2020

Bonfire Time

Saturday: (08/01) Granola and banana for breakfast. I tinkered with Dawn’ and Lou’s computers getting them to be able to login, connect and get email. Passwords and WiFi are real problems for some. I had some cottage cheese and fruit for lunch. A relaxing afternoon. Dinner from Harry's Hofbrau, prime rib and lasagna.

Sunday: (08/02) Granola and banana for breakfast. Working cleaning up junk from the tent. Leftover lasagna for lunch. I spent the afternoon tending a bonfire burning junk wood, mostly a couple of cabinets Lou was refinishing 20 years ago. It's been stored in the temp and leaked on. Dawn's stew from our garden for dinner.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Bad Jeep

Friday: (07/31) A frustrating day. Lou gave me three items to accomplish for her today. One was to order her Redrose decaffeinated tea. We get it from Walmart because they carry it and it’s cheaper than anywhere else. They are out of stock. Failed. Order some 30” planter saucers. Couldn’t find any online. Faled. Get her Jeep looked at. The Start/Stop feature on the engine doesn’t work. It hasn’t for most of the time we’ve owned it. We’ve had it in for repair at least five times and they have fixed it twice on those visits. Once replacing the battery, the other replacing the “intelligent battery sensor”. It also returns to not working. The beeping and alarm messages annoy Lou, and me. So another try to get it fixed. This time it was at Sunnyvale Jeep. They looked at it a couple of weeks ago and found the second battery low and charged it and tested it and sent us off with no repair, a $124 bill for an item covered by our lifetime warranty and with the usual instructions it will take a day or two for the Intelligent Battery Sensor to allow it to actually start working again. Well two weeks and 330 miles and still not working so back we went. Same thing, They checked the battery, looked it over and found nothing. This time , at least, it was covered by our warranty so we only had to pay the $100 deductible. Of course it still didn’t work and had no hope of working. They said that to do more I’d have to remove all the accessories I installed because they must be draining the battery. The only accessory is the towing brake system and I have no intention of removing that. I feel like telling them they can remove the brake system and then if it still doesn’t work they can reinstall. I’d pay for the removal if it fixed the problem but I'll pay nothing, not even the deductible if it didn't and expect a refund. Of course that will never happen either. So, we have a Jeep with a Start Stop feature that supposedly improves gas mileage but never has worked well or often. That feature likely was considered when they published their city/highway mileage estimates which seems deceitful So our next action may be to contact the feds and the state consumer folks and see if we are the only ones affected. Checking online shows it seems to not work for anyone but most just want to disable it. What they want to disable mostly is the constant failure messages and alarms that can not be disabled and are not recorded as errors by the system. I actually like the feature, when it works. So, my first decision is how much do I want more frustration in my life or should I forget about it? It may be time to involve a TV consumer reporter. Another Fail. I called at 1000 in the morning, got an appointment for 1115, waited for word about it, rode my bike down to Sunnyvale to get it back about 1630. Pretty much a wasted day. Leftovers for dinner.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Little Basin Eagle Rock Hike

Thursday: (07/30) I picked up my sausage egg and cheese English muffin and a donut at Happy donut for my breakfast. I was then off to do two short hikes. Both these trails I haven’t done before. I stopped at the trailhead for the John Nicholas Trail on Black Road in Los Gatos. The trail winds from Black Road up to Skyline Road but I just hiked the first 2 miles to the pond. I’ve hiked the rest many times. This portion of the trail opened just a couple of years ago. It’s a mostly flat dusty road trail with lots of bicycles but the pond and a couple of streams were nice. Total 4.2 miles. After that I drove out to the Little Basin area of Big Basin Redwoods State Park. I hiked the Eagle Rock and Little Basin Loop Trails. This hike was mostly through oak and bay tree forest. The views from the Eagle Roak were the best in the area looking out over the valleys all around and out to the ocean. There was a radio repeater building nearby and the burnt remains of an old fire lookout tower. Total 4.6 miles. So, together these two hikes made one good length hike on trails I haven’t done before.