Sunday, May 7, 2017

Turning Over An Old Leaf

Sunday: (05/07) I made ham and eggs with home fried potatoes for breakfast. I ate it outside an after breakfast I thought I’d pull a weed or two. That turned into cleaning the leaves out of the cactus bed and from the roofs of the yard shed and playhouse, I worked until 1500 cleaning. Lou made a pastrami salad for lunch and beef stew for dinner. She did some grocery shopping as well. Dawn went to a book sale.
Monday: (05/08) Leftover ham and potatoes with eggs for breakfast. I researched the best way to get rid of my concrete and dirt debris from projects then ordered a dumpster from Redwood Debris Box Service. Some services like Palo Alto’s green Waste were twice as expensive for a lesser load. Lou and I went to Bill’s Cafe for lunch. I had something different, a Monte Carlo sandwich which is like a grilled French toast sandwich with ham, cheese, and chicken,. Yum! We listened to the house testimony of Clapper and Yates in the afternoon.

Tuesday: (05/09) I took Ernie to an appointment this morning then stopped at L&L Hawaiian for a sausage egg and cheese croissant and a couple of maple bars for Dawn’s and my breakfast. I did a little cleanup of the materials from the fence project. I also installed Dawn’s Little Library box with the help of our neighbor. More of Lou’s pastrami salad for lunch and Lou’s chicken pot pie for dinner.

Wednesday: (05/10) A day of waiting. The concrete debris dumpster was scheduled to arrive today at an unknown time. I made a sausage cheese and egg English muffin for breakfast. Then went outside by 0730 and started waiting. While waiting I was busy clearing the walkways and patio and then used my concrete saw to saw the slab of the one piece that will remain as part of the walkway. It’s level and uncracked. I also sawed in front of Ernie’s storage shed for the walkway. A total of about 40 feet of the 1.5-inch slot was cut. I then cleaned up the area. Lots of fine powdered concrete flour. I was nicely showered by 1300.. Lou bought a Papa John’s pizza for lunch about noon. About 1430 the dumpster finally arrived. I got busy and moved my 4 yards of concrete rubble into it by 1800. Then more cleanup and another shower. Leftover pizza for dinner. All in all, a productive day.

Thursday: (05/11) A real work day. Lou took Dawn and me to A Good Morning Restaurant for breakfast. Once home again, and after the 0800, the allowable beginning of noise, I started making a lot of noise with my jackhammer. I started breaking out the concrete where I’ll be installing more of the brick walkway. This concrete is actually an old 6” thick driveway that has been twisted and broken because they didn’t install any baserock and it sits on clay soil. I removed about 140 square feet of it. More to do tomorrow. The dumpster is now more than ⅔ full with today’s contribution and yesterdays collection. Lou made bean soup for lunch and shish kabobs and shrimp for dinner. I quit about 1700.

Friday: (05/12) I made breakfast sandwiches to start. Then I drove over to BTN Garage to check on the RV. They have replaced the broken exhaust manifold and taken a test drive or two and performed lots of tests. They say it appears starved for fuel but isn’t. They are doing more tests to try to identify what part or all of the computer needs to be replaced. They think the previously shorted Mass Air sensor might have damaged the computer. I guess this is progress. They are keeping it together so we can get it Wednesday for our weekend outing to Dave’s Ranch. I returned home about 0900 and got to work breaking out more concrete and loading the debris. I got all my concrete broken out and loaded and the dumpster is totally full. My dumping cart hauled all the debris and fell apart after transporting the last load. A cotter pin failed and a rod in the steering fell out. I had a pastrami and cheese sandwich for lunch. Dan and I went to Sweet Tomatoes for dinner. Lou didn’t go because she is still eating often and little.

Saturday: (05/13) Lou baked an omelet for breakfast. We spent some time rearranging the yard due to the concrete removal. The washer found a new home under the arbor, lots of big potted plants, trees, and shrubs found new locations. We all took a trip to Lowes for a walk and look around. I picked up some dim sum for lunch. Leftover bean soup for dinner. In the evening we went to see a couple of movies at the Stanford Theater, Roman Holiday and Sabrina.

Sunday: (05/14) I made corned beef hash and eggs for breakfast. Somehow we got another carton of double yolked eggs. It’s about the third time over the years. I spent the morning in the yard tinkering, I repaired the broken cart. Added some drip emitters and removed some due to the relocated planters. We went to lunch at LUU Noodle House. We visited the hardware store for a few things. For some reason, a nap was needed in the afternoon. Lou made meatloaf for dinner. Lou and Dawn were off to Dawn’s storytelling meeting in the evening.

Monday: (05/15) I drove down to San Jose to look into the slow drain of the tenant's bathtub. I found that the tub was slow but it appeared that all drains are slow. The toilets didn’t fill the bowls because they flushed slow. I arranged for a Clean Routing Plumbing Service to come tomorrow. I had breakfast of a burrito at La Victoria downtown San Jose. Dinner was leftover beans and morning potatoes. I got a call from the RV garage in the afternoon.They said that the RV is ready for pickup and runs much nicer now. I can't get it today so tomorrow I will pick it up tomorrow.

Tuesday: (05/16) Fried potatoes and ham for breakfast. I vacuumed out the RV and removed the cardboard floor protection we installed. BTN Garage knows the engines but isn’t great at keeping the interior clean while working on the engines. The concrete dumpster was picked up about 1030. I headed off about 1205 toward San Jose. First, I stopped at Grocery Outlet for energy drinks. I’m out of my motivation drinks. Second stop was Lou’s Persian Market in Sunnyvale for potatoes. They have the best and cheapest. Then I dashed on down to SJ barely making it by 1300 for the Plumbers arrival window. KFC chicken tenders and fries Go Cup for lunch then I napped while I waited. I received a text at 1400 that he’d arrive in 20 minutes, and he did. Fortunately, he had a camera and used it to examine the line rather than route it. That proved it was clear and also had a belly section it that trapped water. Evidently, some of the pipe hangers have failed. I can’t see where from the basement but will return to realign it later. That should correct the slow draining. With that done and even without line cleaning, worth the service fee, I said goodbye to the plumber. This still didn’t explain the original problem with the tub entirely. I hadn’t been able to remove the pushdown plug on the drain to clean out any hair. I didn’t want to break anything if not needed. So today I got my channel locks and a paper towel. And with a lot of effort finally removed the plug without too much damage other than a few dimples due to the jaws. It did have lots of hair and calcium restricting the flow which was cleaned out and it now works properly. I enjoyed a milkshake on the way home and Lou’s chili beans for dinner.

Wednesday: (05/17) We were outside early. I moved the washer again to a new home just outside the side door of the house. I got it all hooked up except for the drain for which I needed a 1.25” barbed tee to hook it up to the macerator pump for the shower. Now we’ll only have one drain hose. Then some granola and a banana for breakfast. I then filled the water tank on the RV. We headed out about noon looking for the tee. We stopped first at the most likely place to have it, Barron Park Supply.They did have it. On the way home I picked up my lunch at Los Altos Taqueria and nice chili relleno and an enchilada. Lou dropped me off at home and went to meet Dawn in downtown Palo Alto. Dawn had her story class. She and Lou had lunch downtown. I relaxed a little after lunch then got back to work. I washed the RV. It needed scrubbing due to a lot of mold all over. Hadn’t been washed last year due to the drought. I then installed the tee on the washer completing its installation. After a shower, it was 1800. Leftover chill beans for dinner followed by a slice of Lou’s pecan pie.

Thursday: (05/18) I did some more drip system mods for the new plant locations and for Dawn’s garden. More packing and cleaning of the RV. Granola and banana for breakfast. Sausage, avocado and cheese sandwich for lunch. Leftover from Dawn’s lunch, pasta with chicken, for dinner.

Friday: (05/19) Granola for breakfast. We did the final preparations go. I had thought we had empty holding tanks thinking our last trip was to San Luis Obispo. We had actually spent a week on the street in San Jose since so the black tank was pretty full. Lou did a final shopping run. We hit the road about noon. We stopped in Livermore for a snack at Safeway and a look around Orchard Hardware. I spotted a plant there I've been looking for.they looked so good in our yard a couple of years ago but died off. Now I know its name, Calandrinia. We headed off to Dave’s Ranch arriving about 1530. About 12 people at the Ranch. Pleasant weather warm days, cool evenings. We spotted a couple of bald eagles with the fledgling. A nice campfire in the evening.

Saturday: (05/20) A .morning walk around the lower lake. On the walk, we saw the eagle fledgling. Granola with banana for breakfast. I walked the ridge trail loop with a side trip to the rocks about a ¼ mile up a ravine. A nice potluck lunch. I tried the paddle bot out on the lake.I drove the jeep on the same ridge trail I hiked this morning. A little tight so we have some Arizona pinstripes now. Dinner at the Junction Grill. Another campfire in the evening.

Sunday: (05/21) We walked the loop trail by Lower Lake and out to the homesteader cabin before breakfast. Dawn and I took a ride in the paddle boat. I took another ride and secured the ladders on the pontoon island and dock and pulled the paddle boat out of the water before we buttoned up and prepare to leave.We pulled out at 1230. We stopped at a yard sale on the way down the mountain and for lunch in Livermore. We were home before 1600. It was hot, 98 degrees today. Nice to have missed most of it.Leftover chili beans for dinner.

Monday: (05/22) I started my day removing the concrete junk that was buried under the slab I removed last week. Quite a pile of concrete was removed. With Ernie’s floor, I should have plenty more to fill another dumpster. I then. spent the day installing patio pavers by the new fence sections. Just a couple of rows next to the fence that was trimmed to fit. It’s just temporary, for a few years. Eventually, the patio will likely be removed for more garden space. It already has good garden soil under the pavers. Now I can move the woodpile out of the way, then move Ernie’s shed to the patio while I pour a new slab for it. Leftovers for breakfast. Chili beans for lunch. Leftover salad for dinner.

Tuesday: (05/23) (06/24) Ernie and I spent some time moving the woodpile and other things to make a clear path to move his shed across the garden spot to a new temporary home while I pour a new slab for it. Granola for breakfast. Avocado and cheese hot dog sandwiches for lunch.

I went on a shopping run late afternoon to Harbor Freight to get the carts to move the shed. I picked up some dim sum on the way.

Wednesday: (05/24) Breakfast from L&L Hawaiian, a shared sausage egg and cheese croissant and maple bars for Dawn and I. I was off at 0815 for a hike in San Bruno. We hiked the San Francisco Watershed past Crystal Springs, San Andreas reservoirs, and Pilarcitos lake. This is a docent-led only hike. We started out in fog but ended up with a mostly sunny day for the hike. I’ve never hiked this area before and it was a very nice hike. We even got to see a snake snatch a lizard at the end of our hike. Dinner at home. Lou made tostadas and chili rellenos.

Thursday: (05/25) Granola and apple for breakfast. After the yard man finished mowing the yard, Ernie and I got busy moving his shed. First order was to empty the shed. Then it had to be disconnected from the floor and reinforced so it would stay in alignment during the move. Then it was raised onto moving carts. Then I used the old forms from the fence base to provide a smooth surface where the concrete had been removed earlier and through the garden space. The move was extremely easy. It was over its new home before noon. It took a while to trim the shed base to be level. The lower part of the base was trimmed to fit the very unlevel concrete slab it was on. It also took a while to rebuild the door and make a threshold for the door. The shed was fully installed by about 1800. Tomorrow we move stuff back in after a good cleaning of the shed. Lou and Dawn were off to an appointment this morning. Lou brought home sandwiches for lunch from Togo’s. She made a nice cauliflower macaroni and cheese casserole and corn on the cob for dinner.

Friday: (05/26) Granola and apples for breakfast. I hooked up power to Ernie’s shed and sealed the bottom of the base with foam. Ernie and I then spent the day moving stuff back int0 his shed. A lot of stuff. It even seemed like more than we moved out previously. About 1500 Lou Dawn and I headed off to Redwood City to the Gourmet Haus Staudt for an early dinner or very late lunch. Then a couple of thrift store visits on the way home. Of course a late, inner was also needed so I had leftover cauliflower macaroni and cheese and ham. Looks like a get some time off. I ordered another dumpster which arrives next Tuesday so until then I have it easy.

Saturday: (05/27) I worked in the yard in the morning trimming the wisteria on the arbor, tying up the grapevine and other gardening. I also got the table saw out and recycled some of the used wood from the fence into usable sized boards eliminating splits, warps, and rot. We looked at an open house down the street. Amazing what $2M gets you in this area. In the late afternoon, I moved my used brick piles, about a couple of tons of bricks, off of the slab I’ll be replacing to the side of the house. Lou made biscuits and gravy for breakfast, a spinach bacon salad for lunch and spaghetti for dinner.

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