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.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

San Jose Tree Trimming

Tuesday: (07/28) I headed off early to San Jose. I stopped for a breakfast burrito from La Victoria Taqueria. Then on to Dawn’s place. The neighbor was trimming their giant tree and I was there to watch to make sure they don’t damage anything for our tenants. I also cleaned the leaves off the roof and tops of the rain gutters. The foam seemed to keep them clean. I also packed up most of the food I had stocked up on for the painting project that had to be deferred due to the Covid-19 response. They finished really quickly and I was off by 1100 toward home. I stopped to pick up lunch in Sunnyvale at the First Wok restaurant in Sunnyvale. Back home I help Lou a little by putting things back into the clean yard shed. The gardener may come tomorrow and the lawn needs to be empty. I also attended a campfire where I burnt up a lot of junk wood. I still have another day's worth of wood to burn another day. Lou grilled some vegetables from the garden and baked some sausage filled squash and roasted some tomatoes for dinner. All from the garden except the chicken sausage.

Wednesday: (07/29) Granola and banana for breakfast I had my AlphaAnywhere webinar in the morning. Dawn had her online writing class. I had leftover Chinese food for lunch. We all drove over to Santa Cruz for the afternoon and did some walking around downtown. On the way home we stopped at Aqui Mexican restaurant for dinner.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Four Open Space Hike At Russian Ridge

Monday: (07/27) Lou and I were off early to Smart and Final for groceries. Back home, I readied for a hike then stopped for breakfast at Happy donut, a sausage egg and cheese English muffin and a donut. Then off to Russian Ridge again and did my Four Open Space preserve hike. Usually it is around 8.5 miles but I did a shortcut eliminating the Ancient Oaks Trail and it was only 6.5 miles. I had promised Lou I’d finish by 1500 and I’d have been late if I needed the additional hour for the hike. The hike goes from Russian Ridge OSP into Skyline OSP then down into Montebello Ridge OSP and finally through Coal Creek OSP before returning into Russian Ridge OSP. This makes a nice circular loop hike. On the way home I stopped at Jack In The Box for a Milkshake. A little tinkering in the yard in the afternoon. Lou and Dawn worked putting things back into the yard shed much of the day. We had shepherd's pie for dinner.

Friday, July 24, 2020

More Tinkering In The Yard And Shop

Friday: (07/24) I did a bunch of little jobs today. I replaced all the lamps in the kitchen There are five lamps in two fixtures and we were down to ½ a lamp working. Quite dim in there. So I had to finally work on them .It isn’t an easy task changing the lamps on one because it is a custom lamp fissure and is hard to remove and install the lens. With that done I got to work replacing the faucet in our main bathroom. Fortunately, that went well but always fun to reach around behind the sink. I then repaired Lou’ smoker. The heating element wasn’t properly installed so I reassembled it properly and it worked. Funny how it wrecked for quite a while before. I took a short bike ride in the afternoon. I stopped for a chai latte on the way. Lou and Dawn have been busy cleaning out the old yard storage shed. Most of the stuff in there has been in there un disturbed for over 20 years. Our old camping stuff was in there. We sat it out front for give away. Granola for breakfast. Leftovers for lunch. Dinner from the German restaurant in Redwood City.

Saturday: (07/25) I made ham, egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches for our breakfast this morning. A little work outside putting things in order in the sop. I also cleaned out the drain gutter in the greenhouse. I had to make a few slots bigger to pull out the roots that invaded. Not it drains again. I also finally got the communications to work on the last new Bhyve faucet timer for the overhead sprinkler in the greenhouse. We all headed up to Redwood City and got lunch at El Grullense Taqueria. I like their veggie burrito. Lou and Dawn shared carnitas Meaty Fries and some fried plantains. We also stopped and got Lou an ankle brace. Back home I napped. That seems to be one of my favorite inactivities. Pastrami and cheese sandwich for dinner.

Sunday: (07/26) Granola and diced apple for breakfast. Pastrami and cheese sandwich for lunch. Roasted zucchini, tomatoes and onions with French fries and corned beef for dinner.

We worked in the yard on the old yard shed contents. Lou and Dawn were organizing. I hosed out the shed. A little gardening as well.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Russian Ridge Hike

Thursday: (07/23) Granola for breakfast. I drove up Pagemill Road to Skyline Rd and the Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve. I hiked the ridge trail North to its end at Skyline Road, about 5 miles. I came back via the Charquin, Hawks Ridge and Ancient Oaks trails that parallel my way out. I stopped for a snack overlooking what could have been an ocean view, if it were not foggy below. I enjoyed a plum from a loaded wild tree beside the trail. I was happy that it was foggy for parts of my hike and not at all hot. Pea soup with toast for lunch. Chili covered baked potatoes for dinner.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Car Washes, RV Tinkering, Gardening, Etc.

Friday: (07/17) Granola for breakfast. I washed the Hyundai this morning. About 1300 I headed off to Redwood City to look over the new Outdoor hardware Supply (That replaced one of the old Orchard Supply Hardware stores). Nicely stocked with some unfamiliar brands and a little too high of prices. I picked up a veggie burrito from El Gruelense Yaqueria on my way home.

Saturday: (07/18) Granola and banana for breakfast. I finished setting up the new, and old faucet sprinkler timers for access via the web. After a pastrami sandwich for lunch, I tinkered in the RV for a while. Grilled veggies with chicken and potatoes for dinner

Sunday: (07/19) We had breakfast from a good morning. I was tinkering in the garden and also anchored the vent fan in the RV battery compartment. I had to fabricate the mount. I had been thinking of trying to install ducting to get the air into the lower compartment but couldn’t figure a workable way so I opted to just mount the fan. If it needs more I’ll install a second fan to move air between the compartment sections all without ducting. Otherwise I was relaxing in my man cave (RV). A pastrami and cheese sandwich for lunch. Leftover stew for dinner.

Monday: (07/20) Granola and banana for breakfast. I took the Jeep in to get the Start/Stop feature working again. It’s been inop for months. I walked back home from Sunnyvale Jeep. A pastrami and cheese sandwich for lunch. Steak with baked potatoes and corn on the cob for dinner.

Tuesday: (07/21) Granola and banana for breakfast. I had a dentist appointment this morning to get two fillings touched up and a plug put in my implant. Interesting what they are doing to make visiting the dentist the safest place you could be. On the way home I got lunch from a new, to me, Chinese Restaurant, the First Wok in Sunnyvale. I relaxed the rest of the day. Chicken with carrots and tater tots for dinner.

Wednesday: (07/22) Granola and banana for breakfast. Leftover Chinese food for lunch. I installed the new kitchen sink faucet in the RV. Looks nice. I did have to make a run to Ace hardware to get a couple of adapters and fittings. Leftovers for dinner.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Los Trancos Loop Trail At Foot Hills park

Thursday: (07/16) Granola for breakfast. Hiked the Los Trancos Loop Trail in Foothill Park. Chopped salad from the Corner Market for lunch. Lou washed the Jeep, Ernie washed his car, and my little Hyundai only got to watch. I tinkered with all the Roku devices and TV’s to be sure they all work and have access to Hulu, Roku, Amazon, etc. Zucchini and sausage for dinner.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

A Little Shop Work

Tuesday: (07/14) Granola for breakfast. I tinkered in my shop and did some cleanup and rearranging. I brought the table saw out and cut some stuff for the hobby drawer mods in the RV. A little trip to the hardware store to get some hardware to finish the hobby drawer. I spray varnished the wood for the drawer and kitchen cupboard door filler. We moved one door to allow access when the slide is in and that left a gap that will now be filled, tomorrow after the pieces are all dry. Salsa and chips for lunch. Shepherd’s pie for dinner.

Wednesday: (07/15) Granola for breakfast. I installed the latch on the hobby drawer and the kitchen spacer. A chopped salad for lunch. Stew for dinner.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Huddart Park Hike

Monday: (07/13) I picked up a sausage, egg and cheese English muffin for breakfast at Happy donut. I then headed off for a hike at Huddart Park in Woodside. I hiked about 9 miles on the Lonely Trail and Richards Road Loop with a few side trails on the way. I finished about 1300 and returned home for lunch. I enjoyed my leftover Lucky Chinese Bistro food from a couple of days ago. Lou and I then went down to San Jose to get my electric drill, batteries and grinder from Dawn’s place. Still no repainting being done by me. We also stopped at the Walmart Neighborhood market in San Jose on the way home. I relaxed the rest of the day. Chili beans for dinner.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Back Home

Thursday: (07/09) An almost do nothing day. First, and only thing I did today was to help resurrect the fallen tomato plants. They all fell or blew down while we were gone. Everything in the garden grew by more than 40% in size and it was too much for the tomatoes. Lou and Dawn picked the ripe tomatoes and then we stood them back up and added heavy duty stakes to the wire rings to keep them up. They don’t look good but will probably be back to their usual fast growth tomorrow. The corn is now fully tasseled and the ears of corn of significant size. Several squash are now 8-10” round now. PBJ toast for breakfast. Lou’s homemade tomato soup for lunch. Dawn made an interesting dinner with some zucchini, hamburger, cheese, tomatoes and onions.

Friday: (07/10) Lou and I headed off to get LED lamps and some grocery shopping. We got everything at Smart and Final market. Everything but my ciabatta bread. We also stopped at Nob Hill and Sprouts Markets and not ciabatta bread there either. It’s always a hunt to get my bread. At home I got the jacks on the RV back up. None would move and the Left front was the bad one stuck halfway. I’ve decided to try and replace the jack motor assembly or the whole thing so the hunt is on for parts. Otherwise a relaxing day.

Granola for breakfast. Chinese food from Lucky Chinese Bistro for lunch. Artichokes with deviled eggs and broccoli salad for dinner.

Saturday: (07/11) Granola for breakfast. I started the day with a bike ride. I rode down to Sprout’s Market to see if they had my chibatta in yet. Nope. So i got an alternate for now and more green tea to make the trip more worthwhile. I then took the bike path to Gunn then out Arastradero Road to Alpine Road in Portola Valley, then down to Stanford campus on Alpine Road. I stopped at the Coupa Cafe for a Chai Latte before heading home. I got back about 1130. Lou made a nice chopped salad with black beans, peppers, onions, ham, and tomatoes for lunch. I tinkered in my man cave (the RV) in the afternoon. It was 89 degrees inside but actually comfortable for me with the fan blowing on me.

Sunday: (07/12) We took a walk up to California Avenue to see the Farmers Market in the morning. Back home I spent some time weeding Dawn’s old garden section. In the heat of the afternoon I watched some British mysteries. Leftover home fried potato hash with ham and eggs for breakfast. Leftover lasagna and hot and sour soup for lunch. Spaghetti and meatballs for dinner.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Ferndale Fairgrounds

Monday: (06/29) We finished loading the RV and hooked up the Jeep and were on the road about 1000. We stopped for a break in Ukiah for a look at Friedman's building material and at TSC. Another stop for a nap about 60 miles south of Ferndale. We arrived at the Ferndale Fairgrounds about 1900. The Jack's on the RV failed again . Something to look into tomorrow. Granola for breakfast. Leftover sauerkraut and potatoes with sausage for lunch. Crackers cheese and pastrami for dinner.

Tuesday: (06/30) After breakfast we took a drive out West of the Fairgrounds past the farms looking at cows. We ended up going to the end of the road to the Lost Coast Headlands, It is a small BLM preserve of about 485 acres on the coast with bluffs and beaches. It has some short trails which I may hake tomorrow. We then went up to Eureka and had lunch, visited a couple of thrift stores then returned home. Lou and Dawn went to the bank. While out we purchased a new WiFi USB dongle for Dawn’s computer. Her internal Wifi failed and now the USB dongle on it was intermittent. The new one fixed the problem.

Lou made an oven omelet for breakfast. We stopped for lunch at the Golden Harvest restaurant in Eureka. Lou made John Wayne Specials for dinner. Basically fried eggs with steak rancheros.


Wednesday: (07/01) Leftovers for breakfast. Dawn had her Wednesday writing class and I had my Wednesday AlphaAnywhere Webinar. Lou was watching streaming TV. Our cell modem managed to keep up with all our needs. Pastrami and cheese sandwich for lunch. About 1600 we all headed off to Piersen’s Hardware to look around. Then we visited the COOP Market and got a few things. Pulled pork sandwiches for dinner. Evidently my cousin Dennis was in the area and stopped by for a visit while we were out.

Thursday: (07/02) Nice 13.5 mile collected hike today. I hiked Fleener Creek and Guthrie Creek Trails in the Lost Coast Headlands. I also hiked Russ Park trails in Ferndale. It's been unusually windy around here. The Lost Coast headlands is the beginning of the Lost Coast (where the Highway 1 goes inland for more than 70 miles). It was an old "Secret" Centerville Beach Navy base looking for submarines. They supposedly had about 500 enlisted people there. It's all gone now and restored as Bureau of Land Management lands now. In the olden days it was a dairy area that served Eureka. Granola for breakfast. My usual tuna salad and crackers trail snack lunch. When I got home about 1315 I had some chili beans for lunch. We had salmon with rice and grilled veggies for dinner.

Friday: (07/03) Biscuits and gravy for breakfast. We went off to Fortuna to shop at the market there. After lunch, we took a drive out to Petrolia and Mathole. Where the Mathole River meets the sea there is a campground and the Northern trailhead for the Lost Coast Trail. We looked around the campground and took a short walk on the beach. We then took a 4 wheel drive road out to the Punta Gordo Lighthouse. I took a walk down the cliff for about ½ mile until I could see the lighthouse about ½ mile further down the beach. Using that trailhead and the one at the river I might be able to do day hikes of a good portion of the Lost Coast. We then took the road back to Highway 101 and home. Leftovers for dinner.

Saturday: 907/04) A relaxing day at th fairgrounds today. Ferndale had a ,sort of, virtual parade. The fire trucks, tractors and whatever drove around town, which included in front of our RV at the Fairgrounds. A lazy man’s way to watch a parade. We also took a walk out to the barns and chatted with some horses and the barn cat. Leftover biscuits with jam for breakfast. Chips and salsa for lunch. We took a drive into Eureka in the late afternoon. It was an attempt to visit Winco market but they were way too busy. We also drove the streets looking at houses and stopped at Spotlight Video for Dawn to look around. Steak with baked potatoes for dinner.

Sunday: (07/05) Granola and ham for breakfast. We took a nice walk around the fairgrounds and said hello to the horses in the barn.Shower day. Tuna salad sandwich for lunch. A relaxing day at home watching the weekenders leave. Shrimp and pasta in white sauce for dinner.

Monday: (07/06) Another nice hike today. Unfortunately I forgot my phone/camera back at the RV so no photos. Suffice it to say it was one of the most beautiful redwood forest walks I've done. Imagine a green Big Basin. The forest floor was lush green and the hike started at the tallest tree in the world (363 feet tall) It is unceremoniously called the Giant Tree. A couple of years ago we were talking to a ranger who said it really isn't the tallest anymore. They found one taller deep in the forest. Hopefully this link to AllTrails works for everyone and they can see the map and related photos. I figure I hiked a mile or so more because I started at the "R" in redwood on the map hiking over to the green dot. The trail up to Johnson Camp was a nice even grade up. The trail down on Grasshopper Trail was a dirt road. Bull Creek Trail that parallels the road was also through nice forest including those big trees. Granola for breakfast. The usual trail snacks for lunch. Chili beans for afternoon linner. Snacks for dinner.

Tuesday: (07/07) Granola for breakfast. We headed off to Winco to do some shopping. We don’t have a Winco near us so we got some things that we don’t normally see. We then went downtown to look around some. Next stop was Arcata. Lou had ordered a pie from Humboldt Pies. Then we returned home and relaxed the rest of the day. Donuts for lunch. Ham and cheese sandwich for dinner.

Wednesday: (07/08) I prepared a nice ham and eggs breakfast with home fried potatoes this morning. I had my Wednesday webinar and Dawn had her Wednesday writing class in the morning. We were through with the webinar and class and on the road about 1145. With a stop for gas and a visit to Friedman Brothers Hardware to pick up a few things we noticed on our way up, we made it home about 1945. Again that darned Left jack failed. I did tank duty and will look into the jack problem tomorrow. Ernie had another LPG alarm error. Seems his new battery is low. Looks like possibly his converter is dying. Ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. We enjoyed Lou’s slow cooker roast beast dinner that she cooked on the road home.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Typical Week and Trip Preparation

Tuesday: (06/23) Leftover hash and eggs for breakfast. Another not too productive tinkering day. I helped Dawn with her formatting of the book she’s writing. Word can do a lot but often has its own idea of what you want. I also helped Lou join a video conference she had to attend. Cottage cheese and apricots for lunch. Hamburger for dinner.

Wednesday: (06/24) I attended my Wednesday AlphaAnywhere webinar this morning. I tinkered in the yard. I moved some plants and cleared in front of and below Ernie’s trailer in preparation to install and replace the bricks. I had to do some mods to the drip for the relocated plants. I received my driveway ramps today. They, hopefully, will allow the RV to get through the gutter without dragging the rear jacks. Also received a new DVD player for the living room but the remote doesn’t work. Now to contact the vendor. Granola and banana for breakfast. Chili size for lunch with a pastrami sandwich. Dawn’s vegetable soup/stew for dinner.

Thursday: (06/25) Lou had another webinar. I was off to the dentist office for an 1100 appointment. I haven’t had my teeth cleaned in about 14 months. Delayed due to couldn’t be done within six months of my stent installation and then Covid-19 Shelter In Place. Nice to get it done again. Totally different than pre Covid-19. Lou and Dawn had theirs done in the afternoon. I enjoyed a nice afternoon nap. We all took an early evening walk before dinner. Apricot cobbler for breakfast. Dim sum for lunch from Dim Sum King. Leftover vegetable stew for dinner.

Friday: (06/26) Lou and I were off grocery shopping early. When we got home we had leftover broccoli chorizo omelet for breakfast. I then headed off for a hike. I hiked through Monte Bello, Skyline and Long Ridge Open Space Preserves on the Grizzly Flats, Canyon, Skid Road, Horseshoe and Bay Area Ridge Trail. A little warm. These afternoon hikes don’t get the benefit of cooler mornings. I started about 1215 and finished at 1615 on this 9.7 mile hike. I had my tuna salad snack lunch on a bridge over Stevens Creek. On my way home I stopped at Smart and Final for another apple pie and some granola for our trip. We plan to be on the road Monday heading toward Ferndale. Leftover Dawn’s soup/stew again this evening.

Saturday: (06/27) I studied the lay of the land for the bricks under Ernie’s trailer and determined the drain lines needed. I also moved one of the supports and lifted the hitch jack to provide work clearance. I then took the jeep over to get an oil change at our nearby 9 Minute Oil Change. Next on the todo list today was to replace a couple of broken vinyl straps on one of our yard chairs. It took many attempts because the pins that attach the ends kept breaking. Then a nice afternoon nap and somehow the day was gone. I made home fried potato hash with smoked pork chops and eggs for breakfast. Leftover dim sum and strawberry donuts for lunch. Lou made pork with potatoes and sauerkraut for dinner.

Sunday: (06/28) Leftover hash for breakfast. Ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. Shepherd's pie for dinner. I worked on the RV installing a circuit breaker shield for the main breaker for the RV was tripped when I loaded the chaise lounges back into the compartment, since we now have one extra one. Otherwise I relaxed in the yard and enjoyed the garden.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Baylands Bike Ride

Monday: (06/22) Lou’s blueberry pudding cake for breakfast. I took a nice bike ride this morning. First to Ace Hardware for d=some bolts. Then on to the baylands then back to downtown Mountain View then on to downtown Los Altos then home. About 10 miles. A pastrami and cheese sandwich for lunch. I tinkered a little, mostly trying to securely attach the handrail to the RV. I didn’t have any lunch and needed longer bolts so later in the afternoon I drove back to Ace with Lou and got longer bolts.. I managed to get it secured. Not as good as I had hoped but better. Unfortunately the bolts have to go through the wall at an angle to be able to get the nut on inside. Lou and I picked all the apricots from our tree. Not too many, about a gallon of them. Hamburger and corn on the cob for dinner.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Yard And Tent Cleanup

Saturday: (06/13) Granola and banana for breakfast. I planted the begonias and repotted another fuchsia that we got at one of our nursery visits. Lou and I went on a hunt to find an umbrella base. No cheap ones available and they certainly are not worth the $35 prices we found. Pastrami and cheese sandwich for lunch. Otherwise a relaxing day. About 1800 we were off to Kaiser Emergency to have Lou checked. She hit her head and needed to be checked. No problem found. Chili over baked potato for dinner.

Sunday: (06/14) Lou made last night's planned dinner for breakfast. Meatloaf with chunky onions and peppers with finger potatoes and roasted red peppers. I tinkered in the yard adding some drip emitters to the garden and adding a sprinkler timer to the new garden. I’m still waiting for Lowe’s to deliver the parts for the garden watering system. I also loaded the recycle dumpster with stuff we pulled from the yard tent. I had to crush and cut as needed to make it all fit. Pastrami and cheese sandwich for lunch. I made some pork ribs with potatoes and sauerkraut in the slow cooker for dinner.

Monday: (06/15) I made smoked pork chops with fried sauerkrauted potatoes and eggs for breakfast. The morning was spent working in the yard. I reprocessed the dirt from the pots removing the roots and debris. It is a mix of dirt, sand and potting mix. I recovered 3 contractor wheelbarrows full of dirt and added it to the Mt Donald raised bed. Since I rebuilt Mt Donald, it is getting harder to dump dirt on it because it is planted. After lunch of meatloaf and cottage cheese, Lou and I went to Lowe’s for some potting mix and sprinkler fittings. We stopped at Smart and Final on the way home for groceries. Back home I added a tee that I just bought to hook up the garden drip section I installed yesterday for the tomatoes in the old garden. I relaxed the rest of the afternoon. Dinner was chili.

Tuesday: (06/16) Granola and banana for breakfast. I installed the drip emitter tube in Dawn’s garden. It’s the kind with built in emitters every 1 foot. Just the right length to get the whole garden. We had cheese, pastrami and crackers for lunch. Dawn and I rode over to Stanford and had our chai lattes at Coupa Cafe. I left Dawn to explore Stanford and headed off on my ride through the baylands. I continued through Menlo Park out Willow Road to the Dumbarton Bridge. I’d never stopped at the little view point at the bridge. I took the short trail out to the Hetch Hetchy pipeline and railroad bridge. I had forgotten about part of the RR bridge burning down a few years ago. I never realized the pipeline passed through here and that it was beside the RR bridge that burned. Unfortunately, the Bay Trail doesn’t continue from that viewpoint so I had to backtrack around to the other side of a little bay. There is a new trail that is completed but not open yet so I had to go through the East Palo Alto neighborhood until I could connect with the trail. From there I backtracked out to the viewpoint opposite the earlier viewpoint with a view of the opposite side of the bridges. I then continued on the Bay Trail toward home crossing hwy 101 at the Embarcadero bike bridge. At home I found Lou gone and Dawn not home with her scooter yet. I called Dawn and she had a dead battery and Lou had gone to get her with a charger. I suggested she return and we go back with the scooter carrier. She came back and I mounted the platform carrier and we returned to pickup Dawn and the scooter at the Stanford Oval. We had leftover sauerkraut, potatoes and pork with a broccoli slaw salad for dinner.

Wednesday: (06/17) I worked in the yard cleaning flower beds, recycling empty pots, and doing general yard cleanup. I attended my Wednesday webinar. I also had fire and burnt some wood scraps. And in the evening I gave myself a beard and haircut. Granola and banana for breakfast. Chopped salads form our nearby Corner Bakery Cafe for lunch. Chicken with finger potatoes and broccoli slaw.

Thursday: (06/18) Our morning entertainment was watching the garbage pickup and see the neighbors strolling by on the sidewalk while we enjoyed our morning tea. A little tinkering in the yard and a lot of tinkering with the computer the rest of the day. In the evening Lou and I went to Sprout’s and Grocery Outlet Markets. Lou made waffles for breakfast. Lou made gazpacho soup for lunch. For dinner Lou made savory chicken broccoli salad.

Friday: (06/19) I tinkered in the yard in the morning. In the afternoon I made a grocery run to Walmart Neighborhood Market, Smart and Final, and Nob Hill. Each has their own items we like. In the evening Lou and I looked at some houses up in Vancouver, Washington via Zillow. We are interested in possibly moving there sometime. Too bad we’re not staying there right now so we can do non virtual tours. Soft boiled eggs for breakfast. Pastrami and cheese sandwich for lunch. Corn salad for dinner.

Saturday: (06/20) An early exit of the house for granola and banana for breakfast in the backyard with Lou and the birds. Lou and Dawn wanted a raised deck on Dawn’s scooter so her legs are bent naturally. I put together some 2x4’s and they tried it out this afternoon. Lou picked up lunch from Harry’s Hofbrau in Redwood City. I had my usual lasagna and they had prime rib. Otherwise a relaxing day. Leftover lunch for dinner.

Sunday: (06/21) Early breakfast at the Country Inn in Cupertino. My favorite Swedish pancakes.We managed to visit Sprout’s Market on the way home and spent less than $25, a first in a while. Usually well over $100. At home I tinkered on the computer. Late in the day my Father's day gift arrived, a nice Ryobi cordless grinder.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Cleaning Out The Greenhouse And A Tarwater Hike

Monday: (06/08) Morning tea in the yard. Lou made soft boiled eggs to go with the tea. I planted a few remaining plants that I rescued from Mount Donald around the new Mound Donald. I got busy and did some cleanout of the greenhouse. Every year I used to bring most of the yard planters into the greenhouse. A few years ago, I didn’t bring all of them out and some have been in there for years. They were under the middle shelf in an area about 4’x6’ and 3’ high. We have been using the top as usual but the bottom was ignored. Enough so that many of the plants became rooted through their pots and through the brick pavers and into the ground. Some roots also entered the drain trench. I ended up throwing out many of the plants because we don’t need them Busy morning and a dirty job. I had a shower and a nice pastrami and cheese sandwich and headed off for a hike. I went to Pescadero Creek County Park in San Mateo County to hike the Tarwater/Shingle Mill Trail loop. It’s only a 5.5 mile hike so starting at 1315 was no problem. I finished up at 1545. No wildlife seen. Nice sunny day but mostly shaded trail. At home Dawn made salmon and cheese sopas for dinner.

Tuesday: (06/09) Lazy morning. Dawn prepared sopas with eggs, cheese and salmon for breakfast in the yard. I did a little puttering with plants in the yard. Later we all went to Windsong Nursery and looked for plants. I picked up a nice hanging fuchsia and a plant that should provide some color drooping over the edge of the raised flower bed. We had chopped salads for lunch from our nearby Corner Bakery Cafe. I installed the plants. The fuchsia replaced an overgrown mixed hanging planter with purple wandering jew and some bulb plant and some spider plant weeds. More relaxing in the afternoon. In the evening I did a little more plant puttering mostly cleaning out old pots with bad or no plants in them. More Shepherds pie for dinner.

Wednesday: (06/10) Dawn made egg and cheese sopas for breakfast again but no salmon this time. Still very good. We tinkered in the garden much of the morning. After lunch we headed over to Half Moon Bay stopping at several nurseries along the way there and back. I got a couple more fuchsias and begonias. Lou got some herbs. We stopped at the thrift store in San Carlos on the way home. We also stopped at Harry's Hofbrau in Redwood City and got dinner. Back home a little more tinkering in the garden. Lunch was cottage cheese and fresh strawberries. Dinner from Harry’s, my favorite lasagna.

Thursday: (06/11) Granola and banana for breakfast. Lou and I went to Ace and Lowe’s to get some steer manure, potting soil and mulch. Lou was preparing the new soil for the old greenhouse garden tubs. I repotted and setup my two new fuchsias. Since it was garbage day, and we had newly empty dumpsters, I did some cleanup behind the playhouse and tent and disposed of some of the debris from the pots I collected yesterday. Lasagna for lunch. Lou and I went to Smart and Final to get groceries. On the way home we stopped at Lucky Chinese Bistro Cafe to get dinner. In the evening, I checked the Hyundai error codes and reset a likely over zealous fuel/air intake error.

Friday: (06/12) Granola and banana for breakfast. I did a little yard cleanup collecting some leaf piles from around the yard. Lou and I did some cleanout of the big tent in the yard. Unfortunately our garbage cleanup day was two weeks ago so now we get to dispose of this in our 30 gallon dumpster a little at a time. I already have a 5 week queue for that with concrete and dirt debris. I now get to breakdown some dishwasher parts, bike parts, and other metal debris. We did all this, not only because it needed to be done, but also to get at our four wheel bike. All four tires on it were flat so the first thing to do was to inflate them and how they hold air. We were almost finished with that when the gardener came. He normally comes on Wednesday or Thursday. He just did a good blow job getting leaves out of the lawn and beds. I also placed some mulch under our berry bushes by the garden fence. We had some sprinkles and some threats of a good shower early afternoon. About 1500 I finally got out for a bike ride making a loop through Midtown, University Ave and California Ave. A pastrami and cheese sandwich for lunch. Dawn made creamy carrot soup for dinner.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Mt Donald Now fenced In

Saturday: (06/06) Granola and banana for breakfast. I installed the crack covers and back filled behind the concrete block wall. I cleaned up the area then watered down the new raised bed. Dumb me, i tried to install the drip tubing after creating mud. I waited a couple of hours and then transplanted the plants I had removed from Mt Donald. I had three big jade plants and planted two. The third plant is set out in the driveway with a “free” sign on it. It was gone within the hour. I finished the planting and the drip tubing and tested the watering. All good to go. I then had a couple of more plants that I set out front. After the backfilling I still had a mound of about 1.5 cubic yards. It will take a while to get rid of it in the compost and garbage. I already have about 5 weeks of concrete and another 5 weeks of bad dirt to get rid of. After a shower, I relaxed the rest of the evening. Lou made Shepherd’s Pie for lunch. I had a leftover burrito for dinner.

Sunday: (06/07) Granola and banana for breakfast. After the usual Sunday Morning on CBS TV viewing, I got outside. I cleaned off the work table outside my shop. It has collected all sorts of stuff due to the recent projects. Mush of it just went to the trash now. We all headed off to the nursery to look for plants. We visited Yamagami's Nursery in Cupertino. I picked up a burger and shake from Jack In The Box for lunch. Lou and Dawn visited The Country Inn for liver and onions for their lunch. Back home we relaxed the rest of the day. The day was quite windy like yesterday. Leftover Iranian potato salad for dinner.

Friday, June 5, 2020

San Jose Paint Job Officially Ended, For Now


Friday: (06/05) We all drove down to San Jose first thing today. We had breakfast burritos from La Victoria Taqueria there. I put away the scaffolding and picked up some things from the apartment. Lou dropped off some tomato plants at Cecelia’s place. On the way home we got gas. Back home, I got busy installing the concrete blocks for the wall. I only had to cut one block and finished laying all the bricks. Now to get some drip edge to help seal the space between the blocks. Dawn removed the grape vine, poor thing. I pruned some of the wisteria for easier access to install the blocks. Lou and I visited Lowe’s to try to find some plastic drip sticks to fill the gap between the blocks. They didn’t have any. At Ace, I found something that will work, some thin flexible plastic bender board. Chili sizes for dinner.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

It's A Patio

Saturday: (05/30) I stripped the forms off the patio edge. I had planned to set some bricks on the edge but it was sprinkling slightly all morning and I convinced myself to take the day off, and did. Granola and apple for breakfast. Lunch from Harry’s Hofbrau, our usual prime rib for Lou and Dawn and veggie lasagna for me. A nice ham and cheese sandwich for dinner.

Sunday: (05/31) Lou made an oven omelet for breakfast. We watched the usual Sunday Morning show on CBS. I went outside and brought out the temper and tamped the base rock for the patio. I then mixed some mortar and installed most of the edge bricks for the patio. When I ran out of the one bag of mortar I had mixed, I stopped. I got all but about 4 whole bricks and the two corner pieces. After the ones I set today are dry, I can install the rest without knocking the others loose as well as using most of the next bag of mortar mix. It’s easier to mix a whole bag in the mixer than smaller quantities as needed. I cleaned up the work area as well as myself and relaxed most of the rest of the day. About 5pm Lou and I went to the Ace Hardware store and Lou got a few things for the garden. I had leftover lasagna for lunch. Lou made chicken pot pie for dinner.

Monday: (06/01) Granola and banana for breakfast. I mixed some mortar and set the last of the edge bricks. Only two cuts needed. I took a bike ride out to the Bay Trail and back into Mountain View on the Stevens Creek Trail. I stopped at Smart and Final Market and bought a pie. The last one was excellent and they are only $3.99. If it got damaged in the bike pannier on the ride home, no big loss other than an intact taste treat. I also picked up lunch at Lucky Chinese Bistro, my usual chow fun noodles and black bean fish. A nice relaxing afternoon in the man cave. Dawn made some salmon cacciatore for dinner.

Tuesday: (06/02) Granola and banana for breakfast. I worked on laying the patio bricks all day. I still have about eight more to lay and fit. I ended up having a little problem fitting the last few bricks and will have to recut two in the morning. Lou made a broccoli and shrimp salad for lunch. Lou made a corn salad for dinner.

Wednesday: (06/03) Granola for breakfast. I was at work before 0800 and installed the last few bricks finishing the new patio by the new garden. I must say it looks pretty good. I finished just before my 1000 webinar and after a shower adjourned to my man-cave (RV) for the webinar about 5 minutes late. It was already very hot and I had sweat through my clothes in the two hours I worked. I relaxed the rest of the day. Chili for lunch. Lou made a grocery run in the afternoon. For dinner it was a vegetable assortment with veggie meatballs and tater tots.

Thursday: (06/04) We enjoyed our morning tea out front watching the garbage pickups. I then weeded the berries behind Dawn's garden. I then relocated some big potted plants to allow two chairs on the rear sidewalk. After a rest, I returned to the yard and installed four of the big concrete blocks starting the remodel of the Mt Donald raised planter. I also brought the other 12 blocks out and gave them a bath. I’ll start installing them tomorrow or the next day, depending on how my back feels. These blocks weigh from 150-250 pounds each. Tiramisu for breakfast. Chili with a pastrami sandwich for lunch. Lou’s Iranian chicken salad for dinner.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Skyline OSP Two Lakes Walk

Friday: (05/29) Lou and I were off early to do our grocery shopping at the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Sunnyvale. About 1100 I was off for a hike. I attempted to hike in Purisima Creek OSP near half Moon Bay but there wasn’t any parking at the trailhead. So I returned toward home and stopped Russian Ridge OSP then hiked into Skyline OSP past the two lakes on the Ipawa Trail and the Sunny Jim Trail looping back to my start. Nice day but rather windy. Lou said that just before I got home they had had a rain squall lasting about 30 seconds. Granola for breakfast. Chicken breast for brunch. A BBQ tri-tip sandwich from the market in Half Moon Bay for lunch. Tomato salad with spaghetti for dinner.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Patio Developing

Sunday: (05/24) Granola and a banana for breakfast. I hooked up the new faucet in the backyard. Then I backfilled the hole it was in. The trench for the gray water drain extension is complete. Leftover corned beef hash and eggs for lunch. After lunch we took a drive and tried to get to Half Moon Bay but the traffic on Highway 92 was backed up. After a ½ hour in the slow moving traffic we made it to the first point we could make a U-turn and return toward home. Back home it was nice relaxing in the shade in the backyard. We had a really hot day today, which was about 88 degrees. Clam chowder and roasted tomatoes for dinner.

Monday: (05/25) A short walk around the neighborhood in the morning. In the afternoon I installed the forms for the new patio. Granola and banana for breakfast. Chopped salads from our nearby Corner Bakery Cafe. Chicken pot pie with broccoli slaw for dinner.

Tuesday: (05/26) Granola and banana for breakfast, again. I got outside and moved some base rock into the patio hole. I needed to raise the hole to the bottom of my forms and I also added most of what will be needed to fill the hole and pout the edges. Unfortunately, there is a lot more still left in the front yard. I also installed the rebar for the edges. Lunch was a turkey pastrami and cheese sandwich. When I had finished everything but actually mixing and pouring the edge concrete, I took a well deserved shower. This hot weather makes for a ripe old man. I had started the AC in the RV earlier to cool it down before my arrival for an afternoon rest. We got dinner from El Grullense Taqueria down the street.

Wednesday: (05/27) Granola and banana for breakfast. Another hot day today. I deferred the pouring of the concrete because of the heat and because the yard man comes today, or usually does. It turns out he didn’t today so he’ll be here tomorrow. Anyway, it will be 10 degrees cooler tomorrow. I worked in the yard repotting and moving planters and weeding. I moved several of the trees we have in large planters to the front yard. Lou has been complaining they don’t get enough sun so now they will. She also wanted one out of the way of her view of the yard from the back room. We alo moved some things from the tent to dispose of for our semi-annual yard pickup garbage day. Leftover nachos for lunch. Lou’s Iranian chicken salad for dinner.

I had a virtual doctors appointment with my new doctor. Kaiser called this morning to setup the time.

Thursday: (05/28) Today was our semi annual yard cleanup day. Our garbage collection company was in front of our house right around 0700 and took all of our extra pickup items except for the metal. By 0900 everything was gone including the regular pickup. I set up the mixer to pour concrete and was ready to mix well before 0800 when I could start to make noise. I had to enjoy some ta and wait. I was finished pouring and cleaning up my work area by 0930. I enjoyed an early shower. Around noon I headed off to return items to Ace and Lowe’s. I also picked up a few things for the drip system to the front trees. I also reworked the piping for the sprinkler valve to the plans by the house. It is a single faucet mounted Wifi B-Hyve controller. Leftover chicken and an apple for breakfast. Lunch from Lucky Chinese Bistro Cafe.. For dinner, a nice super burrito from Super Taqueria.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Stanford Walk


Saturday: (05/23) Breakfast from Happy Donuts. I took my bike out for a little run through Stanford and into Menlo Park via Sand Hill Road and Santa Cruz Ave. Nice visit to the Stanford cactus Garden. Lots in bloom still. After lunch, I replaced the bad sprinkler valve by the rear fence. Then a relaxing day in the yard. More shepherd's pie for dinner.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Filling A Dirt Dumpster

Saturday: (05/16) Ernie called and said a sprinkler was running in the backyard. It started at 0220 and it was 0900 when he called. The yard was quite well watered. I’ll replace the valve when it dries out. I spent most of the day trenching for the gray water extension to the far end of the rear yard. I made a material shopping list for the parts I’m missing and headed off to Ace. Lou reminded me it was the weekend but I went anyway. There was a line outside waiting to get in. Off I go to Lowe's. They are bigger, surely no line. A really long line there. So I returned home. Lou arrived shortly with our dinner from Harry’s Hofbrau. It was to toss up whether to trench or install the forms for the patio edges.We’re expecting some rain tonight so I’ll hopefully get some time off now. Soft boiled eggs for breakfast. Lou’s tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. Dinner from Harry’s, veggie lasagna for me, prime rib for them.

Sunday: (05/17) I headed off a little around 0815 to get some materials. I stopped by my Ace Hardware but it didn’t open until 0900, about 1 30 minute wait. Not me. I headed off to Lowe’s in Sunnyvale. Fortunately no line. I got my rebar, PVC pipe and fittings as well as more cement and a door bottom gasket for our outdoor shower. I unloaded all but the cement. It’s a rainy day today. I tend to leave that kind of stuff in the car until needed or until I need more room in the car. After tea in the yard I looked at my project and the fact parts of the trench were flooded and I spent the rest of the day tinkering on the computer, napping and binge watching Poirot mysteries. Granola and banana for breakfast. Rice, Brussels's sprouts, and ham for lunch. Lou’s chicken soup.

Monday: (05/18) Lou picked up breakfast from A Good Morning Cafe. I ordered my dirt dumpster to arrive tomorrow. My trench was rather muddy so I put a fan on it and relaxed most of the day tinkering on the computer and watching TV. A little after 1500 I got to work and installed the drain line extension and the water line to a new faucet. Tomorrow will be busy backfilling and moving dirt into the dumpster. Leftover lasagna for lunch. Lou made sauerkraut potatoes with apple sausage for dinner.

Tuesday: (05/19) Granola and banana for breakfast. I got outside early and started to backfill my trench. About 0830 I heard the dumpster truck arrive and went out to receive and locate the dumpster in front of the house on the street.. Then I got back to my trench filling until a little after 0900 when it started to rain. Time to go to the “office”. Unfortunately the sprinkles didn’t last too long and I returned outside and finished backfilling the trench. I planted the starts of the good grass that used to be in the front yard into most of the trench. Then it was time to start moving the dirt pile into the dumpster. I moved possibly about ⅓ of the pile before quitting a little after 1700. I made a ham, cheese and hummus sandwich for lunch and had the leftover chicken soup from a couple of days ago.. Lou made some asparagus soup for dinner.

Wednesday: (05/20) Granola and banana for breakfast. I got out early and continued moving dirt from the pile into the dumpster. By the end of the day the pile was gone and the dumpster almost full, probably about 9 cubic yards. I stopped to attend my Wednesday AlphaAnywhere webinar at 1000. For lunch, Lou made fried sauerkraut potatoes with sausage and eggs. Dinner was some Domino Pizza. I haven’t had any from them in 25 years or more. Actually surprisingly good!

Thursday: (05/21) I whittled away at Mount Donald, the long term dirt pile in the backyard. I had to hide a huge pile of dirt so it has been hosting lots of succulents for years. I had saved most of the succulents and today I whittled away making room for the installation of the concrete blocks for a raised flower bed wall. I finished two sides and almost filled the dumpster. I made egg, cheese and ham sandwiches for breakfast. Leftover pizza for lunch. Lou made Shepard's pie for dinner.

Friday: (05/22) Off early to do some grocery shopping and visit kaiser for some lab work. We shopped at Smart and Final and Nob Hill this time. Different stores different items for variety. After some roast chicken for a very late breakfast and lunch I got to work moving the last of the dirt. Or at least the last that will fit in the dumpster. I still have a yard and a half of Mount Donald left as well as some other sites that will amount to around four more yards. Looks like I’ll have to get another box sometime in the future. I called for the box to be picked up. I returned and finished up the perimeter of Mt Donald so I can install the retaining wall. I moved the last 12 buckets or so into a hole left at the end of the last driveway section. I had covered the hole a couple of years ago when I finished the driveway. I had intended , by now, to have dug out the remaining bad dirt and relocate the good garden soil and install a 10x10’ patio by the side garage door. That has been on hold because Lou is continuing to use the tent I set up for use while Ernie's shed was rebuilt. It’s still there. I finished cleanup from my activity and can take a day off tomorrow. Lou made Shepard's pie again for dinner tonight.

Monday, May 11, 2020

A New Patio

Monday: (05/11) PBJ toast for breakfast. After breakfast I was off to get groceries at Sprout’s, Grocery Outlet and Safeway. While at Sprout’s I got a call from Alphasoftware to renew my subscription. I have been debating doing that but decide to go ahead. Some computer time back home then chili and chips for lunch. After lunch and more computer time, I eventually got outside for a little digging for the new patio by the arbor. Squash, broccoli and sausage for dinner.

Tuesday: (05/12) Soft boiled eggs for breakfast. We all went to San Jose for an appointment. On the way home we picked up lunches for Lou and Dawn at the Spaghetti Factory restaurant and a burrito for me from Super Taqueria. I relaxed much of the rest of the day and tinkered on the computer until later afternoon. I then moved some dirt from the backyard making way for the base of the new patio. A nice ham and cheese sandwich for dinner.

Wednesday: (05/13) I was busy trying to get Dawn’s printer to print. For some reason any computer she uses can’t print for her. This time I couldn’t get it to work either using all my usual tricks. It turned out the printer couldn’t determine the ink level and the black cartridge was empty. It didn’t bother showing any problems. I attended my Wednesday Webinar about using AlphasAnywhere. Dawn made air fried rice donuts. I made a run to Office Depot to get some ink cartridges. I also attempted to go up to Russian Ridge for a little hike to see the flowers in bloom but failed. I was running too low on gas and it started to rain. I returned down the mountain and got gas. Back home, I got to work doing more digging and dirt hauling for the new patio. I finished the rough digout. Leftover potatoes and sausage for breakfast. Lunch from Happy donuts, a breakfast English muffin with sausage, egg and cheese. Leftover chili over baked potato for dinner. A few showers or drizzle today while overcast.

Thursday: (05/14) Granola and banana for breakfast. Lou made breakfast for lunch. Smoked pork chops, potatoes and eggs. I did more digging. I trenched for the second gray water outlet. A little trip to Ace to get some PVC parts and some grocery shopping on the way home. Back home I installed the gray water piping and transferred the hose to the new outlet. I capped off the old outlet which needs to be extended about 30 later. Lou made chicken and corn soup for dinner.

Friday: (05/15) Granola and banana for breakfast. A trip to Ace Hardware for a couple of PVC fittings and some begonias. I installed a flexible hose on the sprinkler pipe that I had to cut out of the way of the gray water drain pipe. I backfilled the gray water piping. I planted the begonias where some were missing in the greenhouse patio planters.I also repotted and disposed of some plants in the arbor. A ham and cheese with hummus sandwich for lunch. After lunch, I drove up to Russian Ridge for a hike through the wild flowers. Leftover chicken and corn soup for my dinner while Lou and Dawn had their liver and onions.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

RV Jacks Problem Again

Saturday: (05/09) Lou didn’t feel well all day. I helped Dawn with an online class she had in the morning. In the afternoon I added the manure to the garden and tilled it in. I also stored away the extra mortar and sand that, hopefully, will be used later in the yard project. I also did the RV laundry. I made sausage eggs and potatoes for breakfast. Chili beans for lunch. Dawn made butternut squash soup for dinner.

Sunday: (05/10) I looked at why the RV jacks aren’t working. The left front isn’t going down. This is the problem that Leale’s supposedly fixed for us last year by replacing a breaker. At that time it was also not allowing the slides to work. The breaker probably fixed the inop slides but evidently the jack problem fixed itself, for a while. We had no problems during our tour of the East coast. I had hoped it was just the hot weather since it was an extremely hot day that we returned home on. Cool mornings didn’t fix it. Little looking online indicated it might be that the jack was retracted too far, one of five possible causes for the error code I got. I checked and it looked like it might have so i got my drill motor out and lowered it a little manually. They others then extracted properly and then they all went down normally. All good now. Next project was dumping the holding tanks and filling the water. I also helped Dawn do some planting in her garden. Otherwise a nice day in my RV office tinkering on the computer. Soft boiled eggs for breakfast. Chili beans for lunch. Dawn’s rice donuts for dinner with some cottage cheese..

Monday, May 4, 2020

Pinnacles Visit

Monday: (05/04) Granola for breakfast. I headed off early to a hike. I hiked out the Bench Trail from camp then up Bear Gulch Trail to the High Peaks Trail. Then I took the Rim Trail to the reservoir. It was full and there was a good flow from it so the stream in the caves, that are closed, so the waterfalls would have been nice. This was my decision point. I had given Lou two possible routes. One was to continue on to North Chalone Peak and do the entire Pig Fence South Wilderness Loop. The other was to return to the High Peaks Trail and continue up to the Juniper Trail and return via the Balconies Trail. I decided Option 1, the pig fence hike even though it is super strenuous and the longest hike I do here.. All these hikes are three miles longer than usual because they must start at the campground rather than the trailheads. It was a beautiful clear day for the hike but this was likely the coolest day during our stay only getting up to the mid 70’s. I had my trail lunch by the old fire lookout tower on top of North Chalone Peak. Then I continued down and back up to South Chalone Peak and then down alongside the infamous pig fence. This is an extremely steep descent on loose rocks and sand that requires use of the barbed wire pig fence to control descent. The “trail” was way overgrown since previous hikes here, some nearly impassable. At the bottom the water hazards that were nonexistent on the first hike 7-8 years ago and began to require three short water crossings since now amounted to an entire flooded section of over a ¼ mile. I tried to find some bypasses through the brambles but, in the end, just waded through. I returned to camp worn out about 2000. Lou provided spaghetti dinner and pudding dessert with lots of water. Along the way today I saw two huge horned toads. The first one seen near Bear Gulch Visitor Center was nearly 5 inches without his tail and iridescent green. The second one was seen on the South Wilderness Trail and about 4 inches long.

Tuesday: (05/05) Another nice day. Nice to be able to move again, though not too fast. Lou made an oven omelette for breakfast from many of our leftovers. I cleaned up my pack but didn’t get to the task of plucking the fox tails from my socks and shoes. Sometime in the morning the power went off in the park. We didn’t notice it until Lou wanted to run the air conditioner. It returned about 1530. Fortunately we have solar and batteries and the day was nice as well. I uploaded some photos and made a Facebook post. Lou and Dawn took a drive up into the park for a short walk. Handicap placards are allowed in. Leftover spaghetti for lunch. Lou served leftover chili for dinner. I took a walk around the campground just before dark. There were 20 big birds in the trees we saw birds at before. Most likely not condors, too dark to tell but that would be amazing.

Wednesday: (05/06) Started with an early morning walk around camp. Leftover omelet with pan toast for breakfast. I took a walk around near the campground and when I got back, I joined Lou in another walk around the campground. Ham and cheese sandwich with broccoli soup for lunch. Leftover chicken artichoke and rice for dinner.

Thursday: (05/07) Lou made potato pancakes with applesauce, yogurt and some chicken Italian sausage for breakfast. Lou drove me up to the Old Pinnacles trailhead, thanks to her handicap placard, and dropped me off for my hike. She wanted me to limit my hike to 8 miles today and those hikes are non existent without being creative. I hiked out the Balconies Trail to where it is closed at the caves. I then hiked back via the Bench Trail to camp, about 7.5-8.5 miles. At home We had leftover chili for lunch. Leftover meatloaf with baked potato and carrots for dinner.

Friday: (05/08) Biscuits and gravy for breakfast. We took a walk out to the Bacon ranch house to look around. The Pinnacles NP was once the Bacon Ranch. We saw a few turkey’s, some turkey footprints in some deer on the walk. The house is riddled with woodpecker holes now. We prepared to roll and left the park a little after 1000. We stopped for gar for the RV in Gilroy at Costco before continuing on home. I parked the RV and tried to set it up in the driveway but the jacks failed to go down, or at least the left front one would. Same problem as last year. It’s been nice for over a year. I suspect it might be the heat, it’s hot today. I’ll try it again when it’s cooler. I don’t like to put the slides out without the jacks down but i did slide the bed out so we have access to the closets. I picked up lunch at Super Taqueria, a couple of super burritos. After lunch Lou and I went to our Ace Hardware and bought manure and some other things. While we were gone our yard man had been there and mowed the lawn. First time he’s been allowed to for over a month. Leftover chili for dinner.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Getting Ready For A Trip

Wednesday: (04/29) Morning Wednesday webinar. Lou and I made a trip to a couple of hardware stores looking for a 3” trenching shovel. Couldn’t find one. I have a 4’ shovel but a narrower one will create 25% less dirt to get rid of. I did replace the sprinkler valves by the arbor. One of them was leaking but I haven’t been able to determine which it is so I did a bulk repair. I also installed a wireless sprinkler valve to replace the one that controls drip sprinklers by the house. That was easier than replacing the cable that ran through where the garden is now. I tested the sprinklers and aligned the sprinklers that were relocated for the garden. Popcorn for breakfast. Leftover Chinese food for lunch/. Lou made a chicken chorizo meatloaf with baked potatoes and carrots for dinner.

Thursday: (04/30) I relaxed all morning then got outside after lunch. I completed the backfilling of the edge of the new garden and dug a little bit of the trench to extend the gray water discharge. I then worked on the sprinklers adding some needed emitters for planters and resolving low flow on one circuit. Everything is now watering except the garden spots. No breakfast. Leftover spaghetti for lunch, A meatloaf slider for an afternoon snack, Salmon fried rice for dinner.

Friday: (05/01) Lou and I did some grocery shopping at Nob Hill Market this morning. In the afternoon I reorganized my base rock pile to create more room to store bad dirt in the front yard. I also drained and filled the RV fresh water tank. We’ve been using it since we filled it up in New York in September. There wasn’t too much left. Leftover lasagna for breakfast. Sausage and fries for lunch. Lou made chili relleno with leftover meatloaf and corn on the cob.

Saturday: (05/02) I dumped the holding tanks. I also installed a new connector on the old TV antenna cable. I still need to replace the cable , just not before our trip. I brought the slides in and raised the jacks and headed off with the RV to fill the LPG tank. Lou and I also tried to shop at our local Ace Hardware store to get some manure for the garden but the waiting line to get in was too long. On the way we noticed that the Summer Winds Garden shop had activity. They are preparing to open this Monday. Really nice! Frozen Waffles for breakfast. We picked up lunch from Harry’s Hofbrau in Redwood City. Had to pick up because they no longer do Doordash. Lou and Dawn enjoy their prime rib and I love the veggie lasagna.

Sunday: (05/03) Granola for breakfast. We enjoyed the Sunday morning TV shows and finished loading the RV. I had parked the RV on the street in front of the house yesterday when I returned from getting LPG. I hitched up the Jeep and we departed at about 1140. We arrived at Pinnacles National Park about 1330. The guard at the entrance to the park advised us of the park closure. Only people like us with camping reservations were allowed in. No driving beyond the campground. Only bicycles and hikers. Except, I learned when i checked in that Handicap Placards allow driving up into the park so Lou and Dawn will be able to see further than the campground. After setting up camp we relaxed in the yard listening to the quail singing. Lou and Dawn took a drive around the park. On our evening walk around the campground we watch 4-5 condors settling in to roost over the campground host living area.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

So Long Mr Hobbs


Tuesday: (04/28) Granola and banana for breakfast. Lou and Dawn were off to deliver Mr Hobbes to the vet to have his paw looked at. I took a bike ride out through Los Altos to Cupertino and back home, about 11 miles. When I was taking a butt rest in Cupertino Lou called and gave me some bad news. Mr Hobbes has cancer in his paw and lungs and was being put to sleep. Back home I had more leftover Chinese chow fun and black bean fish for lunch. After lunch and a short nap, I got to work in the yard. I moved some dirt from Mt Donald to the garden and mixed it in with the existing. That brought the level up to its final point and got rid of some of the excess dirt of Mt Donald. Lou made green salads for dinner.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Ailing Cat

Saturday: (04/24) I headed off early to Lowe’s again. I picked up more mortar mix and some sand. On the way, I picked up breakfast from Happy Donuts, a nice egg, cheese and sausage sandwich. Back home, I mixed up some mortar and laid another row of bricks. I also cut one of the corner bricks and set it in place. Tomorrow it should be easier to do the rest of the bricks with the solid bricks to use as guides and backing. Leftover pizza for lunch. I relaxed most of the afternoon. Lou made pea salad for dinner.

Sunday: (04/26) Another birthday. I prepared corned beef hash and eggs while Lou, Dawn, and Mr Hobbs, the sick cat took a walk in the backyard. I laid more brick pavers after breakfast finishing all but two bricks that need to be cut to fit. I’ll wait until the rest set up and do the last two tomorrow.. I relaxed the rest of the day. We had leftover pizza for lunch. For my birthday dinner we got takeout from Lucky Chinese Bistro in Mountain View. My favorite chow fun noodles and black bean fish.

Monday: (04/27) Mr Hobbs spent the day outside so we took turns watching the ailing cat. Tomorrow he goes to the Vet. I installed the last two bricks on the garden edge. They required cutting the bricks and , unusually, I got them right the first time. I then cleaned up and put things away. After an afternoon nap, I returned to work and backfilled about ⅔’s of the edge. I need to clean out the debris on the final ⅓ before filling. Apple pie for breakfast. Leftover corned beef hash and fried eggs for lunch. Leftover Chinese for dinner.

Stanford Hike To Arizona garden


Friday: (04/24) After breakfast I rode my bike over to Stanford. I wanted to see the Arizona Cactus Garden. Lots of cacti in bloom. I also visited the Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden and the Kingscote Gardens. Then I rode through downtown before stopping at the Gamble House Gardens on Embarcadero Road. Back home, I worked on laying some brick caps by the garden. I got one of the three sides done and had a lot of difficulty starting the walkway due due to the grade changes. It slopes down significantly to one corner to meet the existing walkway. I ended up removing much of my attempt and set a key brick to align to. It will be easier, I hope, with the key brick being stable and not moving when I set the neighbors. Granola for breakfast. Ham and cheese sandwich for brunch. Pizza from Chicago Pizza for lunch. Dawn made more pizza for dinner.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Pruning Apricot Tree

Sunday: (04/19) Granola for breakfast. We ordered a late lunch from Harry’s Hofbrau. I really like their lasagna and Lou and Dawn shared a prime rib dinner. Ernie had roast turkey. I suppose Hobbes, the cat, shared with Ernie. Evidently the friction fit of the end cap on my stub out wasn’t enough to keep it on when Dawn took a shower this morning. It flooded part of the hole. I hated to waste the fittings so no glue but I did tape it on now. We enjoyed lunch in the backyard. In fact we enjoyed much of the day outside. I trimmed all the dead branches from our apricot tree. It may be on its last legs. Not too much left due to a blite. I decided to take the day off. Everything should be ready to pour the base for the garden edge bricks. Tomorrow will be another day off because of rain. We plan to do our grocery shopping then. Tomato soup for dinner.

Monday: (04/20) Lou and I headed off to the Neighborhood Walmart Market in Santa Clara to do our shopping. We managed to spend two hours and over $300 dollars and mostly bought what was on our list. Back home we prepared eggs, sausage and tater tots for breakfast. We didn’t have any of the forecast rain but I still didn’t do any work. I did do a little tidying up in the RV putting away some of the extra stuff from my projects. Lou made spaghetti for dinner.

Tuesday: (04/20) Granola and banana for breakfast. Lou and I headed off to do some more shopping at Sprout’s Market after breakfast. Back home, I got busy outside setting up the mixer to pour. I poured the subbase for the garden edge and walkway to the arbor. For the average person this would have been a simple job. Unfortunately it’s me doing this job. I dug the way deep for the base so it will be 9-10 inches thick. That made the job bigger by 2-3 times. I moved a lot of the baserock which I stabilized with cement such that it is just a weaker concrete. I didn't want the baserock to sluff out when the garden is tilled. I finished up about 1630 but didn’t get everything cleaned up until 1730. Now I get to wait a day or few for it to dry before capping it with paving bricks. Lou made chicken potato and corn hash for lunch. Our afternoon snack was Brussels Sprouts. Dinner was sLou’s chili.

Wednesday: (04/22) Off to shop a Grocery Outlet Market before breakfast. I made a run to Lowe’s Home Improvement to get some mortar and more potting soil for the garden. I pulled some of the stakes from the forms and tilled and filled the remaining part of the garden. I also cleaned up the RV a little and moved my office from the dinette to get ready for our camping trip.Chili beans for lunch. I made bell peppers with chorizo and rice for dinner.

Thursday: (04/23) I removed the rest of the forms from the garden edge and added some more garden soil to top it off. I then cleaned up the work area and salvaged the forms for reuse. I also pulled four 200 pound concrete blocks from next to Mount Donald (a large pile of dirt next to a raised flower bed. I intend to increase the size of the raised bed to include much of Mt Donald. Granola and banana for breakfast. Chili beans and an artichoke for lunch. Pasta and roast tomatoes for dinner.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

PCT Hike Start Date Anniversary

Saturday: (04/18) Anniversary of my start of the PCT hike from the Mexican border in 2014 on this day.

Granola for breakfast. I was busy all day in the hole. I dug out and added a stub out for a second gray water outlet. We’ll have one on each side of the arbor, eventually. Right now I just keep extending outside the edge of my current work area to keep most of the yard usable. Then I completed the forms after digging out a little, about 12 five gallon buckets of dirt, to make it fit. I reconnected the lawn sprinkler pipe. And finally, I added the rebar into the forms. Leftovers for lunch. We had polenta with pasta sauce and sausage for dinner.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Hobbs Bad Paw

Tuesday: (04/14) Granola and banana for breakfast. We all delivered Hobbs, our cat to the Vet. He has a bad paw. Lou and I reviewed our tax return and I did some final modifications and efiled our returns. After that It was time for lunch. I had planned on getting takeout from our nearby Chinese restaurant that we’ve never tried since it opened 10+ years ago. I walked over but they were closed. They have short open hours for lunch and dinner with a gap when they are closed in the middle. I waited too long to walk over, so I had chili beans. Then it was nap time and then tinker on the computer time. I never got any garden work today. Nice. I received a call from my dentist’s office this afternoon and my appointment for cleaning has been pushed out again into late June now. My heart attack delayed it for 6 months then Covid-19 delayed it another month and now a couple more months delay. It will now be at about 14 months since the last cleaning back in Virginia. Leftover rice with beans for dinner.

Wednesday: (04/15) Breakfast egg, ham and cheese sandwiches. I attended my Wednesday webinar. In the afternoon, when I got outside, I moved more dirt. Today I was digging out for the new walkway. First, I had to add some more boards to the dirt pile walls. I don’t have much room except going higher. I received a bill for part of my heart procedure back in Vermont last year. It should be covered by Kaiser. I called Kaiser and they confirmed that they rejected a payment for the amount billed because it was a duplicate billing item. I then calle Vermont University Hospital and the person that has been doing that billing is no longer there. The new clerk is checking and will call back. Cottage cheese for lunch. Lou made fish risotto for dinner.

Thursday: (04/16) Lou and I were off early to the Sunnyvale Lowe’s where I bought some 2x6’s for the sidewalk forms. The bricks will have 6 inches of baserock below them and the baserock will be dosed with cement to stabilize it. Back home I had leftover waffles with peanut butter and jam for breakfast. For lunch we had Baked potatoes with leftover stuffed bell peppers. I cleaned up a bunch of leaves that blew down from the oak tree. It was almost like fall. Lou had a call with her surgeon and then we took off her cast. I emailed photos of the arm to the doctor. Then I took a walk and got myself a nice chai latte. Later in the afternoon I finally got to work and finished the digging and installed the forms. I seared some chicken in the Instapot and added some canned artichokes and Italian dressing and we had that over rice for dinner.

Friday: (04/17) I made breakfast sandwiches this morning. I worked on the new garden digging out and trimming the area for the walkway. I installed a branch pipe for the sump pump discharge. We’ll eventually have two outlets and shorter hoses. I made a shopping run to our Ace Hardware store for some PVC pipe fittings. I'll need to relocate the lawn sprinkler pipe. Then I tried to use strings to locate my forms for the walkway. Not much luck so I just started at one end and leveled the edge toward the other side. It comes out a little high on that opposite end where there is a ramp down from Dawn’s shed but I’ll just have to merge the levels as I get close. I finished most of the inside board of the form but I need to dig out more because it seems I didn’t get my painted lines on the lawn in the right place. Tomorrow I’ll dig some more and finish the form. Likely won’t be pouring concrete tomorrow. I do hope I get it poured before our next rain storm. I had a tuna and cheese sandwich for lunch. For dinner Lou made burrito bowls with banana pudding.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Montebello OSP To Black Mountain


Monday: (04/13) Lou and I went to Kaiser Pharmacy to pick up a prescription. Every visit is different. Very few people, metering entrance into the pharmacy, waiting in the lobby rather than the pharmacy. Back home, I made egg ham and cheese breakfast sandwiches then I washed the car. I finally got away around noon and drove up to Montebello OSP and hiked the Nature Trail, Indian Creek Trail and back on the Bella Vista Trail from the top of Black Mountain. Along the trail I ran into Jonathan and Leslie from my hiking group. We haven’t posted any hikes for over a month. Back home I had leftover lasagna fo ra very late lunch. Our cat Hobbs has a sore paw and has an appointment tomorrow morning. Since we got out the carrier, the cat is nowhere to be found. Lou's trying to introduce him to his carrier so he can go to the vet tomorrow. Rice pudding for dinner.

Friday, April 10, 2020

I really Dig This

Friday: (04/10) I tinkered in the RV a little. I helped Dawn with setting up a gmail mail list and shared documents. Later I got outside to dig in the garden a little. I completed about a 4 x 4” section and have about that much more to dig of the garden area. I still have more to dig out for the walkway. I hope I don’t run out of storage space in the front yard. We had breakfast delivered from A Good Morning. DoorDash works really well. Leftover Jack In The Box croissant for lunch. Dawn made a tofu and fennel casserole for dinner. She plucked the fennel from the garden.

Saturday: (04/11) I moved the rest of the dirt out of the new garden spot. Tomorrow I need to relocate a couple of pipes then add the forms for the edge. I want to pour the base concrete before I add the garden soil back into the garden. My pile in the front yard was just barely big enough for the dirt.Granola and banana for breakfast. Ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. Dawn made something like scalloped potato hash with sausage for dinner. She blended last night's fennel dinner as the sauce.

Sunday: (04/12) I mowed and edged our lawn and also one of our elderly neighbors front lawns. Granola and banana for breakfast. We had lunch via a Doordash delivery from Harry's Hofbrau in Redwood city. I had some great veggie lasagna. We did our first Zoom gathering with all the usual Easter lunch crowd, Cecelia, Dawn, Courtney, Ernie, as well as Dawn, Lou, and myself.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Tax Time

Saturday: (04/04) Granola and banana for breakfast. I took a short neighborhood walk before the rain. Today rain is forecast but it only lightly sprinkled until later in the afternoon when we had a good shower. I tinkered in the RV all day. Earlier in the morning I ordered lunch from Harry’s Hofbrau in Redwood City for delivery at noon. It arrived at 1159. Lou and Dawn enjoyed pastrami and I had lasagna. We also had the leftovers for dinner.

Sunday: (04/05) I relaxed in the RV all day listening to the showers on the roof. We had a break in the afternoon and took a short walk around the neighborhood. More nice continuous showers today. Fried eggs and toast for breakfast. Chili beans for lunch. Lou made chicken noodles for dinner.

Monday: (04/06) Lou threw me out early so I’d get to the hardware store early. I went to our Ace hardware and bought some bark and manure for the garden. I stopped for breakfast at A Good Morning Cafe after ordering it online for pickup. I enjoyed it in the car and then stopped by Kwik Key Lock Shop to get keys for the new RV door locks. The rain continued until the afternoon. I relaxed in the RV man cave most of the rest of the day. I also completed the first draft of our tax return. Wow, what a difference with all the tax changes. We get to pay $5k more in taxes this year. Thanks tRump and friends. Your welcome all you 1%’ers (not). Breakfast burrito from A Good Morning. Leftover chicken noodles for lunch. Lou and Dawn made chili for dinner.

Tuesday: (04/07) I tinkered in the van all day even though it was a nice sunny day. The ground was still soaked so i didn’t feel like digging today. Granola and banana for breakfast. Chili beans for lunch. Meatloaf with a baked potato and carrot raisin salad for dinner.

Wednesday: (04/08) I nice day, no rain.I did a little polishing on the tax return. I then took a walk through Stanford University, about a 8.7 mile hike. I made reservations for a visit to Pinnacles NP later this month. Shelter In Place or not, the park is open for campers. Fried eggs with fried meatloaf for breakfast. Apple waffles for lunch. Chili beans for dinner.

Thursday: (04/09) I awoke to the alarm at 0700 telling me to go over to our local Smart And Final Market. It’s open for seniors a half hour early at 0730. No crowd and a long list for the market. I got most of what was on our list. I still needed a couple of things so I stopped at Walgreens and Nob Hill Market to get most of what we needed. I picked up a breakfast croissant for breakfast at Jack In The Box toon the way home. Dawn made some kind of bread and we had pizza for lunch. We had some old items found in the RV freezer for dinner. Tomales and tater tots. Even though it was nice and sunny until later in the afternoon, I relaxed inside the RV all day.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Mower Still Works

Tuesday: (03//31) I had to do something I haven't done in 15 years. I had to get the lawn mower out of the garden shed and mow the lawn. When I retired, Lou treated me to hiring a gardener to do the lawns. Due to the Covid-19 Shelter In Place Order our gardener needs to stay home. The lawn was about 4 inches high and really needed cutting. After that I needed to relax. I’m still not feeling well, not sick, just bad. Granola and banana for breakfast. Leftover creamed tuna and toast. Dawn made beet and bean burgers with new potatoes for dinner.

Wednesday: (04/01) We awoke and planned to have soft boiled eggs for breakfast. We keep reserves in the RV. Dawn went out and couldn’t get in the RV. Change of plans, granola for breakfast. Last night When I closed the door on the RV I had difficulty locking it. I thought it wasn't fully closed So I tried to open it and shut it again. It wouldn’t open but I was able to lock the deadbolt, so I left it for the next day. April Fools!. So after breakfast I went out and tried to jiggle, rattle, threaten, and etc and couldn't get it open. Soon Ernie and Lou were out as well with all sorts of ideas. I considered what I wanted to break to try to get in. If we hadn’t placed dowels in all the sliding windows forcing one of them and replacing the latch later would have worked. I’m not sure we would have had better luck from the inside though. I thought the problem was that the lach had disconnected from the handle. Most of my tools both the RV set and my home pouch, were inside the RV. I decided to get my holesaw out and saw through the door latch and handle to expose the innards and try to open the latch slide. That worked and now I just have to try to locate an exact replacement for the old assembly. I’ll be sleeping in the RV for a while now. More comfortable anyway. I was finishing getting the door open as my webinar began. I attended it before relaxing more. I still don’t feel well. Hopefully my kidney stone passes soon. PBJ toast for lunch. I worked a little on the garden tilling off the top and raking out the pieces of lawn. We had tuna and noodles for dinner. Lou joined me for the night in the RV for guard duty.

Thursday: (04/02) Nice sunny day but cooler. I started with a neighborhood walk. I moved more dirt and removed more roots from the garden space. Lou made waffles for breakfast. We had leftover enchilada casserole for lunch. Lou made butternut squash with fish and broccoli salad for dinner.

Friday: (04/03) Leftovers for breakfast. Lou and I went to the Grocery Outlet for a few things. I received and installed the new RV entry door latch. It fits perfectly. I prepared breakfast of home fried potatoes and eggs. And I moved more dirt from the new garden space to the front yard pile. We expect rain for about 4 days starting tomorrow so I tried to get the garden to a good spot. I rototilled and added compost and manure to part of the original dirt and leveled it all off. It doesn't look like I did anything. I still have about a 3x8’ strip to do the same reconditioning. My dirt pile in the front yard will be strained when I add the dirt from that strip and the walkway area. Dawn and Lou made bean and beet filled peppers with baked potatoes for dinner. Dawn also made almond chia seed bread.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Bol Park Walk To Mountain View


Monday: (03/30) I took a walk through the Barron Park neighborhood to Bol Park. I visited the donkey’s there. They were both in today but were busy eating breakfast. I continued through Gunn High School and along the Hetch Hetchy bike path to San Antonio Mall. Lou called and said she had a prescription waiting for pickup at Kaiser In Mountain View. I was at the decision point on whether I was going to continue down to Castro street or return home. Decision made, I walked on to Castro Street to Kaiser and picked up Lou’s meds. I then walked home but I had directions to stop at LUU Noodle House to pick up some lunch. That didn’t work because they were closed and not doing takeout due to the Shelter In Place Order. So, another try at The Counter hamburger joint failed for the same reason. Interesting that both businesses are in Mountain View and had signs posted saying they were closed by order of the city. Coupa Cafe and A Good Morning Cafe across the street in Los Altos are both open? I just went on home and enjoyed chili for lunch, something I love. Unfortunately, even though there was no rain and quite a bit of sun outside I wasn’t feeling well and napped all afternoon. I fear I have a kidney stone letting me know it’s around. I don’t think I strained my back. I eventually felt better and just relaxed in the RV/office tinkering on the computer. Granola and banana for breakfast. Chili sizes for lunch. Zucchini and homemade chicken sausage for dinner.

Friday, March 27, 2020

New Garden Area

Friday: (03/27) I finished relocating the pipes in the active new garden area. I still need to relocate one out of the other half of the new garden. I had to dig a 10 foot trench to connect the drip sprinklers and I abandoned the electrical line. Then I used the rototiller to shave off the area under a new walkway to use as fill for the trench I dug. The dugout dirt was heavy clay and went to the dump pile. Granola and banana for breakfast. Leftovers for lunch. Beet greens with rice and fish for dinner.

Saturday: (03/28) Rainy day activity so in reality no activity. Just some TV bingeing. Granola and banana for breakfast. Lou made creamed tuna on toast for lunch. We ordered Mexican dinners from Los Altos Taqueria via DoorDash. First use of DoorDash.

Sunday: (03/29) A relaxing Sunday, mostly indoors. I did get out and try to install a new antenna on the RV between rain showers. I also tried to setup my new sprinkler timers but didn’t complete anything. Nothing seems easy. Granola and banana for breakfast. We ordered in again for Lunch. DoorDash delivers lunch from Coupa Cafe. Butternut squash soup for dinner.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Begin Shelter In Place

Saturday: (03/21) I took a walk around the neighborhood in the morning and afternoon. I also laid out the border for the new garden area. Pancakes for breakfast. Hummus toast and cottage cheese with broccoli salad for lunch. Leftover Tuscan soup and toast for dinner.

Sunday: (03/22) Lou and I were off at 0740 to Mountain View Garden Center where I bought two buckets of drain rock. Then we went to Ace Hardware and I bought more potting soil, manure and some pipe and fittings. The pipe is to extend our gray water discharge to the rear of the yard and out of the garden space and across it’s walkway border. I bounced among projects. I painted the cut line on the lawn and removed the strings. I cleared around the dirt pile in the front yard and installed some boards to retain the baserock and dirt. That took a while. I also installed the wire rings on Dawn tomato plants. It was threatening rain by the time I finished those tasks about 1500. I had leftover pancakes for breakfast. We had leftover broccoli salad for lunch. Lou and Dawn made spaghetti with mushroom sauce for dinner with a chaser of popcorn. Heavy rain this afternoon and evening.

Monday: (03/23) It was clear this morning but the yard was wet from yesterday's rain. Good enough reason not to work in the yard. I tinkered in the RV all day. I did try out a TV signal from our house antenna to see if it actually worked on the TV’s in the RV. It seemed to. I also installed the new amplifier and it seemed to work much better than the existing one. I still have to replace the RV amplifier or add an antenna switch to select between the external and roof antenna. That part of the existing amplifier doesn’t work and the second TV output doesn't work either. I do think the cables are OK. It’s so hard to get this thing to work and know precisely what is bad. I made pancakes for breakfast. Dawn made meatless chili for lunch. Leftover enchiladas casserole for dinner.

Tuesday: (03/24) I worked in the yard between rain sprinkles. I dug and exposed the sprinkler and gray water pipes that interfere with the new garden. Leftover pancakes for breakfast. Dawn’s chili for lunch. Dawn made German red cabbage and hamburgers for dinner.

Wednesday: (03/25) Granola for breakfast. I attended my Wednesday webinar in the morning. Lou and I headed off to the Grocery Outlet Market for a few things. Since it rained a lot last night the ground was wet and my dirt was muddy so no work today. I tinkered in my man cave (the RV) much of the day. L did order lunch from our favorite restaurant, A Good Morning, and drove down to pick it up. We are allowed take-out only during the Shelter In Place period. Lou and Dawn made vegetable soup for dinner.

Thursday: (03/26) We started with a walk to Boll park to see the donkeys. Unfortunately they were not on duty. We couldn’t see them in their pen. I spent some of the day digging in the backyard exposing the pipes to relocate in the new garden. It turns out most are not needed after the remodel. Granola and a banana for breakfast. Leftover spaghetti and some of Dawn’s eggplant casserole for lunch. Leftover chili for dinner.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Stanford Campus Walk


Friday: (03/20) Granola for breakfast. I took a walk up into Stanford University campus and the arboretum. Interesting with no people around. Unfortunately there are no restrooms open to the public since the shutdown. I might have had lunch there if something were available. Coupa is still open for takeout. Next I visited the cactus garden. One of my favorite places on campus. Then on through the Stanford Shopping Center. The flowers there are wonderful. Next I wandered downtown on University Avenue. I was headed home when Lou called and said they had walked at Stanford Shopping Center and were leaving if I needed a ride. I accepted the ride. Back home for lunch. After lunch I tinkered on the computer in the RV. Macaroni and cheese for lunch. Toast and Tuscan soup for dinner.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Sheltering In Place For Covid-19

Monday: (03/16) Lou and I were off early to do some grocery shopping. We went to Smart and Final at 0600 but they were closed and a piece of paper with their new hours which started at 0800. We returned home and had breakfast then returned to Smart and Final with a stop for gas on the way. The line at the door was about 50 people so we left and stopped at Grocery Outlet and got most of the items on our list. It was another rainy day most of the day. Later in the afternoon I went outside and repaired our Waterpik which had the wand shutoff valve stuck off. Quite a trick to disassemble and reassemble it but it works now. I did have an extra screw but i guess it wasn’t needed because it works better than new. I just had to oil the o rings. After that I got the rototiller out and mixed the compost and dirt in the new garden. Fortunately the compost soil wasn’t bad but the old clay soil underneath was a bit sticky. Granola for breakfast. Refried beans and chips for lunch. Tuna gravy and toast for dinner.

Tuesday: (03/17) Today is St Patrick’s Day as well as the first day of our Shelter In Place Order due to the CoronaVirus. We all did get out for a walk around the neighborhood then Lou and I returned home. Dawn continued on downtown. I then tried to catch up to Dawn but there was confusion as to where we were going and where to meet. I ended up with a nice walk around the Stanford Campus. Dawn did downtown and University Avenue. The morning was sunny, the afternoon windy, overcast and cold. Granola for breakfast. Chicago Pizza for lunch. The mandatory corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and carrots for dinner.
Our SIP pantry annex.

Wednesday: (03/18) I attended my Wednesday webinar. Mostly wasted the day. It was sprinkling outside occasionally. I did assist Dawn baking flat bread and doing the laundry, only a little. I have posted blog posts for days since Dec 27th. I still need to add the photos.. When I get behind I get way behind. Breakfast and lunch were leftover pizza. Dawn made soda bread disks and topped them with salmon and cheese for lunch. Leftover corned beef and vegetables for dinner.

Thursday: (03/19) Both myself and Lou had calls from our doctors in the morning. For me, it’s my last followup call from the cardiac department. I graduated. I drove down to the house in San Jose. I delivered 4 block bricks, my grinder, and the previously lost vacuum hose. I picked up all the food in the refrigerator and my $K Roku TV that I use as my laptop monitor. PBJ toast and leftovers for breakfast. Dawn made pizza on the soda bread disks she made yesterday.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Reworking Lou

Saturday: (03/07) I installed the new Victron BMS712 in the RV and found it didn’t work either. So, I checked the battery fuse and found the one to the Aux battery broken and the fuse for the house battery open. It now works well. I set it up for the new battery capacity and for the lithium batteries and can now monitor the batteries on my phone. Nice. Of course, Amazon managed to have an early delivery of something i had sent to an Amazon locker in San Jose so I had to drive down to get the package.I won’t be returning until Monday and their three day return might have kicked in. This locker delivery to get my supplies for the paint job isn’t perfect. Otherwise a nice relaxing day inside as we had some rain today. Lou made salmon hash and eggs for breakfast. Green beans with quinoa for lunch. Dawn made chicken soup for dinner.

Sunday: (03/08) I spent the day working in the backyard re-potting and trimming the plans on the patio. In particular the jade plants. I had to make a run to the hardware store for more potting soil. We had some rain in the morning but most of the day was nice. I did turn the power off on the RV to test the battery capacity. It seemed to be generating solar and was using 18 amps from the batteries. With the solar it seemed to keep up and used about 7% of capacity running the refrigerator, which is a standard two way RV fridge. Soft boiled eggs for breakfast. Refried beans with chips and guacamole for lunch. Dan made mushroom soup and soda bread for dinner.
 

 

 


Monday: (03/09) Lou had a little work done at Kaiser on her wrist. I dropped her off then went to breakfast. On the way home I stopped at Grocery Outlet for a few things and at the Mountain View library to return some of Dawn’s books. Back home I relaxed and tinkered with the RV. I picked Lou up at 4pm. Breakfast at Los Altos Taqueria, some huevos rancheros. Baked potatoes with beans for dinner.

Tuesday: (03/10) I continued my test of the lithium batteries. This was the second day and I started at 250 AH down. I ended up at 8pm with 330 AH used at 11.7 volts. That’s probably about it, but quite good. With different charge settings that fully charge the batteries it might do more. I made a run to the pharmacy for Lou in the afternoon. Dawn made egg and salmon sopas for breakfast. Green salad for lunch. I made enchilada casserole for dinner.

Wednesday: (03/11) A nice sunny day but I relaxed inside all day anyway. I attended my Wednesday webinar in the morning. PBJ toast for breakfast. Dawn made cauliflower mac and cheese (no mac) for lunch. For dinner we had quinoa pudding and banana freezes.

Thursday: (03/12) Granola for breakfast. I drove the Hyundai down to the dealer to have some service and to get the intermittent power steering looked at. I had to leave it so I looked around and the nearby dealers while Lou came to pick me up. My new rototiller arrived in the afternoon so I assembled it and tested it in the new garden area. I also moved the plants from the new garden space to allow tilling it later.It works well. Leftover enchiladas for dinner.
 

 


Friday: (03/13) Ernie dropped me off at the dealer to pick up the Hyundai. I relaxed at home and did some tests on the RV electrical. It successfully charged from the RV engine at 26 amps and 58 amps with the generator. Later I used the rototiller in the garden and worked about half of the new space. I made fried eggs with sausage and home fried potatoes for breakfast. Leftovers with McDonald’s fries for lunch. Dawn made a quinoa chicken casserole in the Instapot.
 

Saturday: (03/14) Pi Day. It was a rainy day all day. Not heavy but continuous. I made a run to our nearby Ace Hardware and bought some Manure and garden soil. The little car was full to the brim with eight 3cf bags of soil and four 1.5cf manure. Back home I spread the bags on my new garden area. While it’s only half of the intended garden spot, the remaining area will take more work and Dawn is itching to get her garden going. The garden spot is now at the proper level but needs mixing with the rototiller before Dawn can plant. Interesting side, of course, the little car demonstrated the power steering fault when I started it. So my expensive dealer visit was worthless. Otherwise, I relaxed indoors all day. Dawn made egg and salmon sopas for breakfast. Lou and Dawn prepared roasted peppers and tomatoes with corn on the cob and chicken for dinner.

Sunday: (03/15) Another rainy day at home. I studied and debated the Coronavirus pandemics effect on my hiking and decided to cancel my week of hikes at Pinnacles NP. These are the first hikes that I’ve hosted that I’ve ever cancelled. The best advise, and of course Lou, recommend not going out and not meeting in groups. The fact that we elderly people are more prone to have problems when infected and the fact I’m hiking with a bunch of world traveling retired folks necessitated the cancellation. Hopefully we can do the hikes later before it gets hot. We need to stay optimistic and practical. Granola for breakfast. Refried beans and chips for lunch. Dawn made some cabbage and potatoes and fried tofu for dinner.