Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Baby Sitting

Tuesday: (09/28) Up at 0530 to drive Ernie to the VA Hospital for an appointment. I returned home and had a PBJ English muffin for breakfast. I checked the work on the Wilton Court project down the street. They were busy installing wall framing panels. They installed most of the panels that were delivered the other day. Lou and Dawn were off to an appointment. I returned to the VA hospital about the time Ernie could have been finished. I waited in the car outside for a while and I picked a chicken wrap up from their canteen for lunch. I picked Ernie up about 1215. Lou made a tortilla chip casserole for dinner.

Wednesday: (09/29) Leftover corn chip casserole for breakfast. I’m hanging around with Ernie while he recovers. Chicken and cheese sandwiches for lunch. Chicken soup for dinner.

Thursday: (09/30) I made Ernie and I ham egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches. Lunch was a super veggie burrito from Tacos El Grullense. Leftovers for dinner. More “supervision” of the Wilton Court project down the street. More framing and some drainage work today.

Friday: (10/01) Lou made bacon and eggs with tator tots for breakfast. Lou made chicken salad for lunch. Dawn made Brussels sprout with leftovers for dinner. I did a little work outside today. I removed the drip water piping that I reinstalled the other day and moved all the bricks I replaced then as well. I decided that changing the garden sections to EW rather than NS and installing valves for each section will allow better water management. The lower part of the garden floods while the upper section is dry. Now, if needed I can separate or turn off sections individually.

Saturday: (10/02) Leftover corn chip casserole for breakfast. I picked up lunch from Harry’s Hofbrau, lasagna for me and Ernie, prime rib for Lou and Dawn. Leftover lasagna for dinner. I tinkered a little trying to wring the water out of the garden so I can dig some more to try to locate the leak that is somewhere under the geotextile fabric under the garden. Lou had to move a few of her plants so I can dig some more.

Sunday: (10/03) Lou made corned beef hash and eggs for a late breakfast. Tomato soup with pan fried toast for lunch. I tinkered in my garden. I dug another test hole near the far end so I can see which end is leaking. I occasionally vacuumed out the water in the holes because I want dry holes to be able to see which hole gets water first. Leftover clam chowder and stew for dinner.

Monday: (10/04) Leftover hash and eggs for breakfast. I headed out for a shopping run today. I took my electric chainsaw back to Harbor Freight to swap it for a new one. The old one was recalled. I then stopped by Walmart Neighborhood market and Smart And Final Market for some things on the way home. After stowing those things away I headed over to a nearby garage and scheduled a visit to get the AC looked at on the Hyundai. And a final stop at Palo alto Hardware to get a couple of metric bolts to use as extended legs for the new freezer. That floor is really unlevel. Ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. Roast chicken with ramen noodles and green beans for dinner.

Tuesday: (10/05) Soft boiled eggs for breakfast. Ham and cheese with crackers for lunch. I took Ernie out shopping for groceries today. After a nap I installed the replacement battery in my laptop. This is the second, the first replacement didn’t last too long. I had to buy a tool kit that included the Torq 5 bit to get into the laptop case. Well, of course, I misplaced the kit. After looking around for it for a couple of weeks I bit the bullet and bought another toolkit. They are only $17. Now I can have the other kit suddenly appear, as usual. Chicken pot pie stew for dinner. And, to top off my day I did tank duty on the RV filling the water and draining the black and gray water tanks. Then, time for a shower, for a good reason.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Rototilling The Garden

Tuesday: (09/21) PBJ toast for breakfast. Lou and Dawn were off to an appointment early. I was busy much of the day watching the concrete pour for Wilton Ct Housing for the second level floor. Roast chicken with a Waldorf Asian pear salad for lunch. In the late afternoon I went to Lowe’s for some steer manure and garden soil to add to Dawn’s garden as I till it. I also stopped by Grocery outlet and Lucky Market for a few things. BBQ ribs with baked potato for dinner.

Wednesday: (09/22) Granola and a banana for breakfast. The framing crew started today on the Wilton Court project. I prepared the second half of the garden #2 for tilling but need to wait for Lou to remove her broccoli plants first. Lunch of chopped salads from our nearby Corner Bakery Restaurant. Spaghetti with mizithra cheese for dinner.

Thursday: (09/23) I made a ham, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich. I rototilled the rest of the garden spot #2 then mixed in more garden soil and some steer manure. Grilled cheese sandwiches with sweet peppers for lunch. Chinese food for dinner from Chinese Bistro.

Friday: (09/24) Lou made an omelet for breakfast. A little tinkering on odd jobs around the house in the morning. Lou and Dawn took a scooter ride in the afternoon. I took a bike ride later. I had leftover Chinese for lunch. For dinner, I served refried beans and rice with sausage.

Saturday: (09/25) Granola and banana for breakfast. Fried fish with baked zucchini and rice for lunch. Waffles and BBQ ribs for dinner. A relaxing day at home.

Sunday: (09/26) Lou made latkes with bacon for breakfast. A little greenhouse organization this morning. Used pots were emptied into the stock potting soil barrel and pots put away. That cleared lots of room on the patio. I also moved an umbrella to the front yard table. I took a couple of bead spreads to the laundromat to wash them. In the evening I trimmed my beard. I could do my hair because my house trimmer had a dead battery and the RV trimmer hasn’t been used in 2 years so I couldn’t be sure of how long the battery would work. It did a nice job on the beard.

Three bean salads for lunch. Beef stew for dinner.

Monday: (09/27) Breakfast at A Good Morning restaurant. Chilli for lunch. The Wilton Court project had some framing modules delivered and placed up on the second floor deck. Now the fun begins, also now we won’t be able to see much. Clam chowder for dinner.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park Hike

Monday: (09/20) Granola with a diced Asian pear for breakfast. I did tank duty on the RV this morning. I cleared half of Dawn’s garden spot where she removed her corn and rototilled it. It was too muddy to do too much with today. I’ll be adding steer manure and more garden soil before they plant more winter garden. Lunch from a Chinese restaurant in Union City. I enjoyed eating it along the side of Highway 84 in Niles Canyon. I explored some of the roads around Sunol then stopped at the Foothill Staging Area of Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park. I hiked up the mountain and around some of the upper trails for about a 4.5 mile hike. It was in the 90’s today but there was a nice breeze. I didn’t feel great so I didn't attempt to hike more trail than I was sure I could handle. I started the hike a little after noon. Back home I relaxed the rest of the afternoon after a nice shower. Lou made chili fries for dinner.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Tinker here, Tinker There

Saturday: (09/18) Lou made eggs with steak for breakfast. I helped Dawn with her computer installing a couple of programs. I also tinkered on my computer. Baked beans and sausage for lunch. We all went to Lowe’s after lunch. Lou bought some freezer baskets for the new freezer. Lou and Dawn picked up dinner at Harry’s, the usual prime rib and lasagna.

Sunday: (09/19) A little gardening. Dawn removed some plants from her garden. They also started to set up a pot for her dragon fruit plant. Granola with diced Asian pear for breakfast. Leftover lasagna for lunch. Shepherd’s pie for dinner.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Golden Gate Park Arboretum Walk

Friday: (09/17) Up early and off to San Francisco this morning. I needed a walk and haven't been able to plan ahead and an opportunity was available this morning so off I went. I decided to start my walk in Golden Gate Park partly because there is free parking there and partly because of a photo that Judy Zhu posted. She took a walk in GG Park recently and included a photo of an entrance sign to the arboretum that showed that there was free entry before 0900. I have Scottish heritage and it often shows. Free parking and entrance to my favorite arboretum. I used to walk the gardens often until they limited free entry to residents a few years ago. Now that I know how to enter for free, I'll probably return more often. The gardens were beautiful and there was a special bonus today. I noticed there were maybe a dozen baby grand pianos scattered around the gardens. It turned out that today and until the 21st most of the pianos are being used during much of the day. I noticed my first in use sometime around 1000. then saw maybe half a dozen in use. Various types of music. One was even being played by a 3-4 year old and, frankly, was a pretty good version of jazz, though likely just luck. I walked 4.3 miles around most of the trails and paths in the gardens and had to leave for breakfast/lunch about 1130. An after lunch siesta and I was off for another walk in the West end of the park. A total of around an 8 mile walk and never had to leave the park, except for lunch from the Rain Tree Cafe on Irving Street. Nice day!

Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/2c42L3eZiUN5FWpm8


Lou made steak with baked potatoes and zucchini for dinner.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Another Scooter For Lou

Wednesday: (09/08) Leftover corned beef hash for breakfast Yogurt with bologna and cheese slices for lunch. A nice green salad with pears and peppers for dinner. I attended my usual Wednesday webinar and worked on the computer the rest of the day.

Thursday: (09/09) Granola and yogurt for breakfast. Some dim sum from Dim Sum King (DSK) for lunch. I had an appointment at Kaiser for a CT-Scan at noon. On my return I took Dawn to the Sunnyvale dump for her appointment to return bottles and cans for CRV refund. We’ve built up quite a stock pile since they closed all the rebate centers. They only take so much and the car only holds so much so we have another appointment to return more tomorrow. Ramen and ham for dinner.

Friday: (09/10) Lou was busy planting some new plants in the garden by the swing. I did some repotting and other garden work. Waffles with sausage for breakfast. I had yogurt with bologna and cheese for lunch. Dawn made some cracked rice chicken for dinner.

Saturday: (09/11) Lou and Dawn were off early to a sale at Stanford and to the Palo Alto High School Flea market. I checked the construction site for Wilton Ct and picked up a breakfast burrito from Tacos El Grullense for breakfast. Lou left Dawn at the flea market and came home for a break. Dawn found a Tzoro scooter like Lou has. We went to look at it and bought it for $700 with two extra batteries. I also bought a nice angel wing begonia plant. I did a little work in the backyard but, otherwise relaxed. Lou and Dawn had sandwiches and I had yogurt with bologna and cheese for lunch. In the evening I dashed off to Grocery Outlet in Sunnyvale and picked up some replacement color plants for the front planters. My 3-4 year old begonias died, or mostly died and needed replacement. I also tried to get my chai latte drink there but they didn’t have any. Neither did two other markets that I stopped at on the way home. Leftover chicken rice for dinner.

Sunday: (09/12) I made breakfast sandwiches for breakfast. I took a bike ride over to Sanford Arizona Garden and a look around campus. I was on the final leg home when Lou called. She said Cecelia had a flat and was having trouble getting a service to come out to fix it for multiple reasons. Back home, I collected my air compressor, impact wrench and sockets as well as a floor jack. She said she had a spare. I grabbed a quick lunch and headed off. I got to Lowe’s San Jose about 1230. Yep, a flat tire, but only on the bottom. My impact sockets were not metric and this was a Datsun pickup. Fortunately she had a nice t-bar lug wrench. I dropped the spare and it was flat as well but it did hold air, just empty after years of sitting around. I aired up the tire after installing it. I then followed her home in San Jose. I stopped by the San Jose house and dropped off the new smoke detector but didn’t activate it. It’s for Dawn’s apartment and I’ll enable it when I can be around for any infant failure. The previous 10 year alarm only lasted a couple of years. I also checked the new power drop to our house. It had to be relocated due to the construction of a two story apartment over the neighbors new garage. I checked the basement piping as well. No leaks and everything seems to have dried out. On the way I was trying to find my chai Latte drink without luck when Lou called and said the new scooter had died at the produce market. She left Dawn there and started home herself but only made it a few blocks before her battery went dead. I finally made it home and swapped to the Jeep after checking for a new battery. None there. It turns out Ernie delivered a battery to Lou as I picked up Dawn and her scooter. My suspicion is that they just had dead batteries. They left home without fully charged batteries, even though they each had extra batteries and they are all lithium. Dawn’s scooter motor just stopped dead, then would go a bit and stop dead. That may be normal operation for a dead lithium. Lou thinks the motor overheated. I’ll have to check them out after charging all the batteries. It was a pretty long run over to Stanford but they should be able to make an 8 mile trip on a good battery. With two, no reason for any problem.

A quick bologna and cheese sandwich for lunch. I picked up dinner from Los Altos Taqueria, super nachos for Lou and Dawn, chili relleno for me.

Monday: (09/13) Granola and banana for breakfast after morning tea in the backyard. I inspected my construction project down the street. Busy with a crane placing rebar on the second floor deck and a concrete pumper place a small amount of concrete. Unfortunately for them, their form on a 20 high by 2 foot wide wall failed so they had to remove the form and concrete. I had crackers and cheese for lunch. Lou made macaroni and cheese for dinner.

Tuesday: (09/14) Granola and banana with yogurt for breakfast. I had a Kaiser appointment this morning. More kidney stones. I picked up lunch at the China Bistro. Lou had dropped me off for my appointment and she and Dawn were out shopping then Dawn had an appointment. When we got home I took a shower and relaxed in the afternoon. Lou made sausage with squash and onions for dinner.

Wednesday: (09/15) I made fried eggs, ham and cheese on toast for breakfast. I also attended my Wednesday webinar as well. Leftover Chinese food for lunch. Dawn made a Mediterranean dish with sauteed onions and tomatoes with eggs, something like poached added as the final touch. The AQI for our air was not good today so there was little outside activity. I spent the afternoon tinkering on the computer. I did make a couple of visits to the construction site during the day.

Thursday: (09/16) Granola and banana with yogurt for breakfast. More observation of the construction down the street. Otherwise relaxed much of the day. I did go out grocery shopping and van looking in the afternoon. No van found. Chili fries for dinner.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Foothills Nature Preserve Hike, New Route

Tuesday: (09/07) Breakfast from Happy Donut. I headed up the hill to Foothills Nature Preserve to lead my hike. 18 fellow hikers joined me on an exploratory 7.4 mile hike. Nice weather and this new route made a good hike. I took a nice shower when I got home and had some yogurt and bologna for lunch. Chili fries for dinner.