Saturday, June 14, 2014

Day After Friday The 13th

Saturday: (06/14) Made to the day after Friday the 13th so all is well. I made corned beef hash and eggs for breakfast. Lou's able to get outside now so we enjoyed our morning tea in the back yard. I plucked almost all the apricots from the tree. I left only a few to be enjoyed on backyard strolls. I also did other gardening and sprinkler adjusting and repairs. When I came in, I prepared the apricots for the freezer.

I've completed the move from my previous host to the new host. One of the biggest problems was a change from a Linux server to a Windows server. Doesn't seem like it should be a problem but it's a major difference. Another problem was older installations of Wordpress that needed some changes and help getting upgraded to the latest version. This site is fully restored as are RVexperience/info and There's more work to be done to several other minor sites.

Lunch was a corned beef and cheese sandwich. Dawn made macaroni and cheese for dinner.

Sunday: (06/15)We all took a walk this afternoon. Lou and Dawn visited a craft swap and I visited the California Avenue Farmers Market. The market has doubled in size since i last visited it a few months ago. Today was Fathers Day and Dawn gave me a set of Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour DVDs. Otherwise my Fathers Day is tomorrow when I get to choose where they are taking be to lunch. We hate crowds so rarely go out on holidays. It's nice to stretch the legs. I haven't been doing much and can feel myself rusting up.

Leftover hash for breakfast and lunch. Pork chop with sauerkraut and potatoes from the slow cooker which I started before breakfast. Nice mellow sauerkraut.

Monday: (06/16) I spent the day transporting Dawn, shopping, and computing. I fixed scrambled eggs with spinach and sausage for breakfast. For lunch Lou and Dawn took Ernie and i out to the Talk Of Broadway restaurant in Redwood City (my choice). I had crepes, Ernie Fish and chips, Lou a pork chop and Dawn a wonderful pear salad.

Tuesday: (06/17)I planted some more lettuce and some bok choi in the greenhouse. Then I decided to wash the RV. It wasn't washed after our last trip to Pismo Beach. The i thought, why not clean the roof really well and reseal it with rubber roof conditioner. That morphed into needing to prune the tree over the RV first. That developed into deciding to do and extensive prune job. I'm supposed to remove the tree when i get a chance and today turned into the chance. i removed half of the tree, that part over the RV. It is the neighbor's tree and I still have to remove the other two major limbs that cover her front yard and roof area. She's been wanting me to remove it for a while. I filled our compost bins with a good part of the trimmings cut into tiny pieces. Garbage day is tomorrow so i should be able to fill up the bins with the rest of the trimmings and possibly start cutting the rest of the tree. Now that the tree limbs over the RV are gone the solar will work better. Now to find a way to use it while at home. I also got a call from my satellite Internet service about renewing for the next year. I finally decided to suspend the account which keeps the account alive but suspends service for a fee. After six months of inactivity it will be automatically reactivated unless I decide to cancel it. The system is getting old but I still like the idea of having communications and Internet in the middle of nowhere, where we often try to be. Sauerkrauted potatoes with sausage and eggs for breakfast. Corned beef and cheese sandwich for lunch/ leftover sauerkraut potatoes and porkchops for dinner.

Wednesday: (06/18) Today is garbage day and I need to wait for the compost bins to be emptied so I can refill them with the rest of yesterdays prunings. Unfortunately, while the garbage and recycle barrels are empty by 0800, the compost doesn't get emptied until after noon.  I relaxed in the morning until the barrels were empty them almost filled the three huge bins. I have about half a barrel to go so I'll probably cut off another limb to top the barrel off. The rest of the tree will have to wait until next week. Donuts for breakfast. Corned beef and cheese sandwich for lunch. Egg plant with Myzithra cheese noodles for dinner.

Thursday: (06/19) I took a hike with my group from Wunderlich Park in Woodside up to Alice's Restaurant on Skyline Blvd. Nice day and really nice to get out. Sausage with potatoes for breakfast. A nice hamburger at Alice's.

Friday: (06/20) I took Dawn up to San Mateo for an appointment in the morning. In the afternoon,  Lou had an appointment.

Saturday: (06/21) Grocery shopping day. The usual route of Walmart, Sprout's and Grocery outlet. We all went. Breakfast at the Walmart McDonald's.

Sunday: (06/22) Mostly relaxed inside today. Dawn and I visited the Farmers Market with a stop at Fry's Electronic's on th way home.  I did get out and pruned another limb of the neighbors tree and finished loading our last compost bin. Harvested five really nice tomatoes from the garden as well as an eggplant.

Monday: (06/23) I was tinkering on the computer much of the day. Cereal for breakfast. Lunch from LUU Noodle House. Dawn and I made Shepherd's pie for dinner. Lou provided instructions on how to make it but it still turned out different that usual.

Tuesday: (06/24) Lou had a PT appointment this morning. After that i took her to lunch at AQUI's Mexican restaurant in Cupertino. I've been there a few times with my hiking group. It's y fellow hike host, Bob's, favorite lunch spot. I've brought Dawn here before but thought Lou might like it. Of course, Bob was there as well with a friend. We joined them and enjoyed our lunch and a long chat. I think Lou really enjoyed it. Leftover Shepherd's Pie for breakfast. Lou had a Qusodillas and I had cheese soup with a wrap for lunch. Dinner was baked beans with grilled onions and cheese and wieners.

Wednesday: (06/25) Nothing productively accomplished today. Granola for breakfast. Corned beef and cheese sandwich for lunch. Spanish rice for dinner.

Thursday: (06/26) I met my fellow hikers and led a hike of the Tarwater Loop Trail at Pescadero Creek County Park, which is next door to Portola State Park. The hike was only 5.9 miles with our side trip to visit Pescadero Creek. This is the first hike I've led for a couple of months and I really just wanted a half dozen hikers and when I've scheduled this hike in the past I've always had small groups due to the distance from the valley and the difficulty of finding the trailhead. This time I had 19 hikers sign up and 18 made it. Only one got lost. While we had a little rain last night and it was filly overcast this morning, by the time we hit the trail the sky was clear and the coastal mountain fog was gone. A nice hike. I did my usual after hike afternoon of relaxing. I received some new batteries for our cell phones today. Mine had developed a very short life suddenly and I'll need a good life when I get back to the trail. My breakfast was a wiener with some leftover Spanish rice. Corned beef and cheese sandwich for lunch. Broccoli with chicken for dinner.

Friday: (06/27) We made a shopping run to Costco today. Much of the rest of the day and evening was spent binge watching the Eli Stone TV series. Home fried potatoes and bacon for breakfast. A Costco lunch. Roast chicken with cauliflower for dinner.

Saturday: (06/28) We had morning tea in the back yard. I then got carried away doing some yard work. I pruned the wisteria arbor and cleaned the water fountain. That concluded my days work. My next task was to contribute to my off trail rusting by continuing binge watching the Eli Stone TV series. Granola for breakfast. Egg plant with corn on the cob and roast chicken for lunch. Dawn's potato leek soup for dinner.

Sunday: (06/29) Granola for breakfast. A spam and cheese sandwich for lunch. More Shepherd's pie for dinner.

Monday: (06/30) Lou and Dawn had appointments this morning. I was the chauffeur. I fixed wiener hash for breakfast. Lunch at the Sweet Tomato restaurant. Leftover Shepherd's pie for dinner. After dinner we did most of our grocery shopping.




Monday, June 2, 2014

How Does Our Garden Grow?

(06/02) I took Dawn to an appointment in San Mateo. On the way home we stopped at Whispers restaurant in Belmont for breakfast/lunch. I noticed one of their locations in San Jose and have been meaning to try them out. Pretty good crepes. For dinner we had the usual KFC Monday specials of chicken and corn.

Tuesday: (06/03) I tinkered on the drip watering system fixing plants that weren’t getting enough water. I also got a call from Courtney. She needed to be in San Carlos and was at the train station where the trains weren’t running. Dawn and I picked her up and took her to work. This just happened to be the day the auto transport company was delivering her car to her work location. I took advantage of being in San Carlos to visit REI to pickup some replacement hiking pants to replace the ones I wore out on my hike. Our berries are nearing the end of their production but I did get about 3 quarts which made for some nice berry sundaes for and afternoon snack and for Dawn to made another cobbler. Diced wiener in scrambled eggs for breakfast. Super nachos from our neighboring restaurant, Tacos El Grullense. For dinner hamburgers ala Don.

Wednesday: (06/04) I visited Home Depot and bought some self watering planters for the greenhouse for some vegetables. Now that it has wired doors to keep out the critters, we can have some salad veggies.

Thursday: (06/05) I took Dawn to an Appointment in San Jose this morning. Chorizo and eggs for breakfast. Chopped salads from the Corner Bakery Restaurant for lunch. Spaghetti for dinner.

Friday: (06/06) I had hoped to finally get out on a hike this morning but the ike at Sanborn Park that my hiking group had planned would have taken too long for me to return home by 1230 so I had to cancel my attendance there and plan on a hike next Tuesday.  I was busy with the computer all morning. Lou had an appointment in Santa Clara this afternoon. Lou instructed me on how to make latkes (potato pancakes) served with Italian sausage..  Lunch at the Chinese Buffet in San Jose. Leftovers for dinner.

Saturday: (06/07) I fixed corned beef hash for breakfast then we enjoyed tea in the yard and I started to prepare the garden beds in the greenhouse. I made the mistake of buying potting soil instead of potting mix that the self watering planters require. I returned them to Home Depot and got the correct stuff. We also picked up some seeds. Hot dogs for lunch. Dawn made nice chef's salads for dinner.

Sunday: (06/08) A rather hot day. Our tomato plants have risen to five feet tall, even with my persistent trimming. We aren't going to have 0 foot tall plants this year. They both fell over today and required more substantial staking. I spent much time tinkering with the computer. Leftovers for breakfast. LUU noodles for lunch. Rice, pork chops, and the first tomatoes from our garden.

Monday: (06/09) I did the weekly grocery shopping this morning so I had breakfast at McDonald's in Walmart, my second stop. I had already stopped at the Grocery Outlet before Walmart then to Sprout's Market and finally to the Milk Pail. With everything put away, I returned to tinker at the computer before I chauffeured Dawn to a class in Sunnyvale. It was another hot day so no need to wait for buses in the heat. About 1530 I received my new inReach GPS transceiver. I got it all setup and tested. I need to learn how to use it before I hit the trail again. It provides two text communication via satellites so I'll be able to communicate better. Lou and Dawn had buckwheat cereal for breakfast. Leftovers for lunch. For dinner I stir fried some bok choy and carrots and baked potatoes served with leftover meats pork, chicken and fish.

Tuesday: (06/10) I was off early for a little hike in Saratoga. It was different than most of the hikes with the San Jose Mid Week Hikers in that it was shorter, only five miles, and included lots of street walking and just a little trail hiking. The leader also provided lots of tour guide like info about the city of Saratoga. i had stopped at jack In The Box on the way for my usual hiking breakfast, the Loaded Breakfast Sandwich. I had lnch with the hikers at Aqui's restaurant in Cupertino. I also ran Dawn to an appointment in San Jose in the afternoon. Dawn prepared dinner.

Wednesday: (06/11) Lou had an appointment this morning. In the afternoon I did some gardening. I got some seeds in the greenhouse garden pots and planted beans and peas in the yard. i also relocated a tomato plant in the to a bigger pot in the green house. First i had to modify the pot so it will work better as a self-watering pot. It;s an old model and I made it like the new ones with some soil submerged in the water well at the bottom. A little laundry done as well. I then spent the evening working on this blog adding missing posts and polishing the blog after the move. Granola for breakfast. Lunch at the Hometown Buffet in Santa Clara. Leftovers for dinner.

Thursday: (06/12) I got out for a hike this morning with my group at Stevens Creek County park. It was a nice 6 mile hike up to Maisie's peak overlooking the valley. We were fortunate that it was only about 72 degrees, not hot like many of the previous days. It was nice to be able to get out twice this week onto the trails. Other than the hike I was busy on th computer. Breakfast was at Jack In The Box again. I had lunch again at Aqui's restaurant in Cupertino with the group. A really nice burrito. Dawn made dinner, a stir fried / macaroni dish?

Friday: (06/13) More tinkering at the computer today. I have this website mostly restored but have some work to do on the others that this server was handling. I have to turn off the old server tonight. Granola for breakfast. Lunch from LUU Noodle House, combination chow fun noodles and egg rolls. Ernie and I shared a pizza for dinner while Dawn made chicken soup for Lou and herself.