Wednesday, July 13, 2022

July too

Wednesday: (07/13) I prepared a Denver omelet with a couple of onions and peppers from the garden. I attended my usual AlphaAnywhere Webinar in the morning. After the webinar, I tried to use the app and found it had a license problem. I got the license number fixed but am still having problems with the installation. I’ll have to try more tomorrow. After a salad for lunch, I did the tank duty in the RV. I also did some pruning of the wisteria in our arbor. It seems like I killed it with the last pruning or it has died of old age. Sausage with waffle fries and leftover soup for dinner. 

Thursday: (07/14) Lou and Dawn were off to an appointment and some thrifting. My back is much better but still not back to normal. I did a little gardening by installing some tomato supports in my Lou’s and My gardens. I also pruned the second artichoke plant down to the ground. Its flowers were not developing as fast as I’d liked. While pruning it down, I found two artichoke flowers on the inside that I’d not seen previously. They went in a vase. I picked up lunch at panda Express on my way to get mulch at the City’s Eleanor Pardee Community Garden. They had a good batch so I made three trips getting 14 buckets each trip. I added mulch to my garden and more for the artichokes. It’s nice and thick now. Salad and some leftover pork and beans for dinner. 

Friday: (07/15) Leftover Denver omelet for breakfast. Tea in the rear yard and then some more pruning of the wisteria. I’m pruning it to the ground because most of it is dead or dying. Ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. Dawn called and said they found a lot of plywood panels and lumber at a free garage estate sale. I went over and picked it all up. Squash soup for dinner. 

Saturday: (07/16) Scrambled eggs with chili for breakfast. We had lunch from Harry’s Haufbrau as Ernie’s birthday meal. The usual prime rib for Lou and Dawn and lasagna for me. Leftover lasagna for my dinner. I worked in the backyard moving some planters and disposing of some extra plants. In the afternoon, I installed the first solar panel on the van roof rack. 

Sunday: (07/17) I over did myself installing the solar panel yesterday and strained my back acting like a fool lifting the panel up by myself. Old age, by itself, doesn't make me smarter. Granola for breakfast. I made a run over to the Grocery Outlet Market for a few things like milk and eggs. Otherwise it was a typical Sunday morning. Lou enjoyed the usual CBS Sunday Morning show and Face The Nation shows. Later I watched some of my Youtube subscription videos. Scrambled eggs with chili for brunch. In the afternoon I mounted the other two solar panels. Chinese food from the Lucky Bistro for dinner. 

Monday: (07/18) Early rise today at 0430. Lou had to be at Kaiser at 0615 for an appointment. I dropped her off then went shopping at Walmart Neighborhood Market and Sprout’s for a few things and to kill time. Lou was out just before 10am. We headed home. I put the groceries away then prepare a Denver omelet for brunch. After brunch, I tinkered with a few things before deciding a nap was needed. About 1545 we all headed back to Kaiser for another appointment for Lou. Back home, Dawn prepared baked squash sprinkled with parmesan cheese, fried bologna and some green beans from the garden for dinner. 

Tuesday: (07/19) Leftover Denver omelet with chili for breakfast. I spent much of the morning weeding Lou’s garden and trimming back the olallieberry vines. Hamburgers for lunch. Later, Lou and I went to Safeway for a few things. Tuscan sausage soup for dinner. 

Wednesday: (07/20) No breakfast. I caught the 0727 Caltrain to San Francisco’s Bayside Station. From there I hiked West on the Cross Town Trail, or, at least generally along it. I paralleled the train at times when I got off trail. After about 5.5 miles I stopped for breakfast in the Glen park area at 1115. My back was just beginning to be noticeable. I continued on after breakfast. My back told me I needed to head home at about 8.5 miles at Clarendon. I caught the 44 bus and the N LRT line back to Caltrain’s downtown station. I caught the 311 train home. It was an express train so it only stopped at Palo Alto station, not my closer California Ave Station. I then caught the #22 bus home. Back home, after a shower, I relaxed the rest of the day. Chili beans and tater tots for dinner. 

Thursday: (07/21) Not much done today except relax the back. Granola and banana for breakfast. Scrambled eggs with chili and green onions and peppers from the garden for lunch. Beef over baked potato with some beans and corn from the garden. 

Friday: (07/22) Granola and banana for breakfast. Popcorn for brunch. We all went shopping in the morning. Lou and I went to Walmart neighborhood market, Dawn to Barnes Nobles Books. Chinese rice with coconut shrimp for lunch. On the way home we stopped at two Smart And Final Markets and got some cheap meat. After a nap, I got to work. I removed the glue from the slider door and sawed and revved the center brace from the door. I had to make a run to ACE for another can of GoofOff to remove the adhesive. I also bought a plant to fill a vacant planter. It’s a sunny spot so maybe this succulent will survive. We had beef noodles for dinner. 

Saturday: (07/23) Lou made latkes with ham for breakfast. I shortened a couple of walking sticks for Dawn. I set up my table saw and ripped some wood to frame the windows that I need to install. Leftover Chinese food for lunch. Later, I rode my bike over to the ACE hardware store to get a grommet for the solar cable entrance. Dawn made sauerbraten over baked potatoes for dinner. 

Sunday: (07/24) Granola and diced apple for breakfast. Pork salad bowls for lunch. Roasted veggies from the garden with tater tots and wieners for dinner. I punched the hole in the van roof and installed the home run cable for the solar panels. After the caulk is dry tomorrow, I’ll hookup the connectors and reinstall the panels. That should be the last time I need to work up on the roof for a while. Then to the inside windows and wiring. 

Monday: (07/25) First day of Jury Oncall Duty. Actually, not needed but I need to call again at 1100. I made scrambled eggs with chili for breakfast. Lou and Dawn were off to an appointment. I finished hooking up the solar panels to the entrance cable and remounted the panels to the roof bars. Otherwise, I checked the construction projects and relaxed. When I checked my jury status at 1700, I’m not needed so I now don’t need to check until 1100 tomorrow. We all went to IKEA for lunch and a look around. They have a mattress I may get for the van. Leftovers for dinner. 

Tuesday: (07/26) I made corned beef hash and eggs for breakfast. More jury duty standby time. I cleaned up inside the RV a little. When I checked on my status at 1100, I was requested to report to the court. After a shower and a ham and cheese sandwich for lunch, I headed off. I was way early so I dropped off a letter at the San Jose tenants then visited Target, then waited. I Arrived at the Jury commissioner's office about 1345 for my 1400 call. After about an hour wait we went to the court and got orientation on jury duty, introductions to the lawyers and the defendant and were sworn in, but then told to report back tomorrow at 0900 for jury selection. A lot of hurry up and wait this week, I fear. I was back home about 1600. I had stopped for a snack at the Dim Sum King on the way home. I installed the license plates on the van. Not easy getting the rear plates installed but I persevered in the end. Leftover beef noodles for dinner. 

Wednesday: (07/27) Leftover corned beef hash with eggs for breakfast. I headed off early to get to the courthouse for more jury selection. I did become one of the jurors for the trial. 12 jurors elected for the trial from 80 people summoned. Those not selected were free for another year. I got a bowl of broccoli cheese soup from Panera Bread for lunch. Tuna salad stuffed tomato from our garden for dinner. 

Thursday: (07/28) Leftover corned beef hash with eggs for breakfast. I headed off early to get to the courthouse for more jury duty. Again, we didn’t start on time and were released for the day as soon as we got inside the courtroom about 25 minutes late. Nice to have most of the day free. Busy day down the street at the Wilton Court project. Scaffolding is going back up now that they finished the sidewalks and brick paving. They also are receiving the window brows that need to be installed on the front facing walls. Then they will be hanging the tiles on those walls. I checked the needed thickness for my van window installation and recut the framing boards. I then painted them with primer. Chicken with rice and cucumber radish salad for dinner. 

Friday: (07/29) Granola and diced apple for breakfast. I headed off early to get to the courthouse for more jury duty. Fortunately, we did start on time today. Even better, the case was settled and we were dismissed. I stopped at Smart And Final for a few things on the way home. Salad for lunch. I assembled the window frames for the van. Lou slow cooked the London broil roast I bought this morning at Smart And Final and we had some of it with baked potatoes and sliced tomatoes freshly picked from the garden. Strawberry shortcake for dessert. 

Saturday: (07/30) Granola for breakfast. Peach blintzes for brunch. I picked some corn and beans for later. I had intended to possibly install one of the van windows today but, after watching the installation videos and reading the directions, I found my window frame was constructed wrong. The joint is right where the screws to attach the blinds would be going. So, I ripped some more boards and disassembled my frames and constructed them correctly. Since there is now more raw wood I decided I’ll leave it raw and paint it in place after installation. I also needed to order a coup;e of items mentioned in the videos to use for the installation. They won’t be here until Monday. We may have rain later today or tomorrow so all is well and there is no hole in the van. Corn on the cob and green beans from the garden with sausage for early dinner. 

Sunday: (07/31) Leftover blintzes for breakfast. I cleaned out the water fountain that Lou had polluted with soap and bleach. Poor birds and squirrels. A while later, I got a couple of drops of rain on my nose so I went inside where I spent the rest of the day. It never rained, just threatening clouds. Tomato and cheese sandwich for lunch. Beef noodles for dinner.

















Friday, July 1, 2022


Friday:;(07/01) I repaired the lock on the garage door. The outside broke and no longer connected to actuate the lock. The lock has been too difficult for Lou to use for a while. I had tried to replace the lock a few months ago but couldn’t get it working with the correct key nor easily. After a dozen tries this morning, having to build a Frankenstein lock and grind down the striker, I got a combination that finally worked. After that, I visited ACE and Lowe’s to get a cable lock for Dawn and some floor protection sheeting for the van project. I think the heavy cardboard like floor paper will make good template material. Leftover Denver omelet for breakfast. Lunch from Super Taqueria. Lou made zucchini with sausage for dinner.

Saturday: (07/02) I worked on the computer in the morning. I removed the sound mats from the wall behind the driver where the new window will go. I then cleaned off the adhesive from the wall. And, finally, I removed the brace that would be in the way. I still have to do the same to the sliding door. Leftover Denver omelet for breakfast. Salad for lunch. BBQ ribs with baked beans for dinner.

Sunday: (07/03) I tinkered in the yard putting some things away. I also trimmed a shop door that was too tight. And I de-cobwebbed the house, sheds and yard furniture. Granola for breakfast. We had hotdogs roasted over a campfire with all the fixings like chili, grilled onions, sauerkraut with potato salad and corn on the cob. The weather was a bit windy and cool. I relaxed in the afternoon. Leftovers for dinner.

Monday: (07/04) My back bothered me all night and I didn't sleep well. Lou, Dawn and I took a ride out to Bol Park to see the donkeys then continued on the bike path through Los Altos and to Mountain View and returned. I’m surprised the ride didn’t seem to bother my back. I drilled one of the solar panels and attached the ell brackets that will attach it to the roof rails. Working on that aggravated my back. My back was very bad in the afternoon and evening. Granola for breakfast. Salad and baked beans with a BBQ wiener for lunch. BBQ ribs with potato salad and carrot raisin salad for dinner.

Tuesday: (07/05) My back was better today but not good yet. I relaxed all day. I did take a couple of walks to look at the construction projects. Granola for breakfast. Plum cobbler for lunch. Cottage cheese with baked beans and a sausage for dinner.

Wednesday: (07/06) I woke up in the middle of the night and my back ache was getting worse until I couldn’t get up at 0630. I had to enlist Lou’s help to get up and get dressed. For some reason, she thought that indicated I should go to the emergency room to be seen, which I did. Lou dropped me off at Kaiser in Santa Clara and then took Dawn to an appointment. I was in the emergency room from 0800 until after 1300. After some lab work and a cat scan I was released again with nothing recommended but rest and exercise as was recommended a couple of weeks ago. That is usually what helps, but usually a little faster. We picked up lunch on the way home. Granola for breakfast. Coconut shrimp and fried rice from China Wok for lunch. Salad for dinner.

Thursday: (07/06) My back was much better with medication and heat. I relaxed all day with a couple of short walks around the construction projects. Biscuits and gravy for breakfast. Leftover Chinese food for lunch. Dawn made a beef stew for dinner. It is hard to not do anything.

Friday: (07/07) I switched to taking my Ibuprofen only every 6 hours instead of every 4 hours like yesterday. Yesterday I was feeling pretty good all day so I reduced it. I felt more back pain this morning but all seems manageable. I hope that some more relaxation will mend this problem soon. About 1730 I rode the bike over to the market for a couple of things. I prepared some home fried potatoes with ham and eggs for breakfast. Salad and leftovers for lunch. Roast pork sandwich for dinner.

Saturday: (07/08) A little tinkering in the yard. We also toured an open house nearby. I found my van chest freezer power cord had come loose. It had some sausages inside but fortunately it was found in time. Granola and a banana for breakfast. Lunch from Los Altos Taqueria. Sausages with chili beans for dinner.

Sunday: (07/09) I prepared a Denver like omelet with sausage, eggs, onion, a pepper from the garden for brunch. I picked three cobs of corn for dinner from my garden. Dinner was the corn, a tomato from the garden and a salad. I relaxed inside most of the day.

Monday: (07/11) I received an email from Carvana that they need a certified weight slip and are sending paperwork to get it. Paperwork should arrive tomorrow via Fedex. Granola for breakfast. Salad with a sausage for lunch. Pork sandwich and PBJ toast for dinner.

Tuesday: (07/12) . Granola for breakfast. I cleaned out all the materials from the van in preparation to be weighed. Then I started removing the residue from the insulation on the sliding door in preparation to install the window. Fedex delivered the paperwork I needed to prepare for the van registration. Basically getting the vehicle weighed and certifying the weight. I went to Metropolitan Van And Storage in Mountain View to get the van weighed. It weighs 4960 lbs empty with ⅓ tank of gas. So, as of now adding all the heavier items that will be installed and with full fresh water tanks and three passengers, I still have nearly a ton more carrying capacity. I stopped at Safeway on the way home to buy some ciabatta buns for me and soup for lunch. Loaded Baked potato soup from Safeway for lunch. Pork and beans with a sausage for dinner.