Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Premature Heatilation

I have been meaning to report that I shut down the boiler last weekend so we have officially been without a source of whole house heat for four full days. 

However, I have concluded I was a bit premature in the restriction of heat. The last few days have been nothing but cold and rainy. We got a half inch of rain yesterday according to the WeatherStan 5000 Weather Station. The hops are happy but nothing else.

So, I have just re-lit the pilot on the boiler and cranked it to eleven. I think I'll leave it there until Memorial Day. Then we shall see if the timing is right to shut things down again and coast on the good graces of Mom Nature for a few months.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Three Event Day

Three very important events took place here today.

The first was waking up on this side of the dirt. That is an important event every day and one I plan to keep pursuing for the foreseeable future.

The second was the hanging of pictures in the bathroom. This was an important event because the hanging of pictures required the puncturing of wallpaper with hooks upon which to hang said pictures. 
It all went well and the trauma of the defaced wall paper has been dealt with. The pictures are enjoying their first full day of display.
The third big event was the painting of the door trim in the bathroom. This event's significance lies in the fact that it is the last item to be completed in order to officially declare the bathroom finished.

There is just a little touch up left and then the declaration of bathroom completion shall be signed and ratified. But since we have no rats, it shall be catified.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mucho Bueno Worko

There is mucho bueno work to do today and I don't have time to be sitting here telling you about it. I need to get out there and do it.

First, I'm off to a friends to help with some yard work.

Okay, that went well. I worked at Gail's from 11:00 to 1:00 and got quite  bit accomplished. She has a bunch of trees that need to be cut back. I'm creating a lot of piles.

When I got home we went over to a friend of Susan's who is giving us a mattress, It's a big California King with Memory Foam. Ronnie hauled it over in her truck and helped us get it in the house. 

To get it up the stairs, I got good ol'Mark. I had to drive out to the Valley to get good ol'Mark cuz he was having his mechanic do some work on his car.

We returned here to the house and managed to man handle that floppy mattress up the stairs. We also brought the old one down the stairs. That was easier.

Then we retired to the front porch for beers. 

I had to get Mark home so he could shower and be prepared to be picked up by his daughter to go to a cousins sixtieth birthday party. There seems to be a lot of those going around this year.

Now we are winding down and getting ready to go to dinner with Mom. She has just returned from se7en months in the dessert. That's right, she was encased in ice cream and chocolate sauce for over half a year.

No! She was in Palm Springs. But now she is home for the foreseeable summer and we are glad to have her back.

I guess that's it for Saturday. We didn't get much work done, but what we got done is okay. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Captain Tree Hugger

Susan is working tonight and I am here at the house, all alone except for the cat and my G&T.

I am working on building up some gumption to try looking for some way to attempt to start the search to begin the journey to do some work of some sort or fashion in the bathroom. 

The last remaining item is the trim around the door.

Instead of that, I have been looking on line for information about how to repair an old mirror that is losing it's silver backing. I found that there are lots of YouTube videos showing me how to take a new mirror and antique it...make it look old.

There are very few videos that tell you how to refurbish an old mirror from looking antique to a bright new finish.
That's what I want to do with this old mirror from the Medicine Cabinet we removed from the old bathroom.

The first video I watched said don't even bother. The harsh chemicals you have to use and precautions you have to take to secure the mercury that is in an old mirror are not worth the environmental hazards that you may be exposing the world to.

I'm not much of a tree hugger. Nor do I have plans of flinging mercury spuriously about. It seems to me there should be a safe way to make this happen.

I have now watched several videos and none have given me a firm grasp on what exactly is the best method to proceed.

So, I guess the best method to proceed is to continue the research here on the InterWeb and elsewhere.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Bloomsday 2017

It can now be really officially dubbed Spring with the arrival of Bloomsday. Susan and Mark ran while I held the table at the Onion.
It all went exactly like it does every year. Susan tried to train ahead of time and was very unhappy with her preparation. Hence, she was nervous this morning and worried about the race. 

Even with all the worry, she finished the same time as last year...
1:33 and something.

As usual, Mark didn't train at all and had a time of 1:29:something.

We ate our faces off at the Onion and now are very full for the whole rest of the day.

Afterwards, we came home and piled into the Hot Tub. While I was at the Onion waiting for the runners, I started wondering how long it has been since we have had the hot tub. I was able to look it up here and found we got it in place in August of 2009. We had it running by the first-ish of October.

So, we've had it 8 1/2 years and it's been worth every penny...especially on days like today.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Trying to Beat the Rain

It has been the weekend of yard work.

I cleaned the street gutter on Wall Street yesterday and I'm going to take the leaf blower to clean up the Waverly Place gutter shortly. In the meantime, I need to take a break. 

I do not have the stamina built up to be doing all this work. My condition is waaaay out of condition. However, the best way to build up my stamina to mow the lawn mow the lawn. Using the same syllogistic logic, I need to work in the yard more in order to allow me to do more work in the yard.

The weather forecast is threatening rain but it has yet to show up. So I'm trying to get as much done as possible before the forecast comes true.

Okay! The Blowjob is complete on Waverly. Now I just have to do a little maintenance on the Arbor Vitae and I'll call it a day.

The day is winding down now and I'm watching 60 Minutes and wandering around the house doing little jobs here and there. I met Mark at a nearby Mexican Restaurant from a couple drinks and some tacos. 

The rain never materialized so once again, good job weather forecasters. I really want a job where I get paid to guess about the future.

Susan had to work this afternoon so I'm waiting for her to get home. 

Another week looms in front of us and from my perspective, it is not going to be pretty.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

We're Alright

I forgot to mention yesterday that we finally got the bathrooms shutters to a point where they were acceptable to Susan to return to the window. Then she worked on the valance she has been saving and got that in place. 
So now the bathroom is really starting to take shape. I'm going to do some work on the door trim and when that is finished and painted, the bathroom remodel will be complete.

We are coming up on the third anniversary of when we started the bathroom remodel.

I'm going to go out now and clean my car. It's a mess!

Later: With as much as we accomplished yesterday, we made today Opposite Day. Oh sure, I went to church and Susan ran a 5K, but beyond that, not much happened here today.

And we're okay with that!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday on the Park - It is not the Fourth of July

8:21AM: I have a lot I would like to get done today and I already feel like I'm running behind. It's always nice to sleep in though and one should do it at least once a day.

My morning has not started well as my coffee grinder broke. 
You can see in the picture that the blade is off the shaft spinning freely and the plastic cap that holds the blade in place has broken. At least it waited until I had my beans mostly shredded. However, a major loss of a good and trusted appliance so early in the day does not offer expectations of a glorious day to follow.

First, I needs to bathe. And so I shall!

8:44AM: Okay, I am clean and dressed and ready to face the horrible day that my coffee grinder says it is going to be. 

My first job is to go out and drain a little of the water out of the overfilled hot tub.
Okay, the water is draining and now I'll have to keep an eye on it to make sure I don't over drain. I want the water level to be about half way down the tile.
But doesn't it look great. It's clean and fresh and ready for our gross oily bodies to defile it. 

Okay, now it's time for some morning sustenance.

9:58AM: We are fed and ready to move on. The hot tub is secure and at a good level. I'll assess that for sure tonight when we get in it.

I am waiting for a text from Mark to meet him in the valley. He is taking his car to a guy who works out of his really nice sizable garage.

While I am out and I going to make a couple of stops. I have drugs to procure form the drug store and a new coffee grinder to purchase.

5:24PM: Wow! It has been a day! I got a new Coffee grinder and my drugs, and then I returned home to wash off the deck, wash off the front porch, cut a couple of mats for Susan's pictures she is going to put in the bathroom, got a final coat of paint on one of the shelves, and

We went out on the front porch and enjoyed a beer. And then Ted and his pal Swany came over and had a beer. And then, our friend Olga was driving by after dropping her daughter off at a birthday party and stopped for a beer.

Because that 's the kind of house we want to operate!

Sunday, April 02, 2017


It does not appear as though the town went too crazy last night. The sun came up this morning and most of the town is still standing. 

I can tell you from personal observation that the falls are a sight to behold. They are raging now like they do every year at this time, but it is always an amazing thing to take in. The power of water is awesome!

Susan has headed off to Costco to get her tires set up and I am here waiting for Phil to show up and put some finishing touches on the shelf in the bathroom.

I am going out to try to start cleaning the Carriage House. It is going to be a multi-pronged attack that will take several days. I'm starting with organization of my tools.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Zags Are At Least Number Two

The Zags have done it. They have beat the GameCocks!

It was a nail biter down to the end after they had been up by 14 points. They won by four, 77 to 73.

They will be playing the North Carolina Tar Babies on Monday night at 6:20 for the National Championship. Can you believe it?! Little Gonzaga from Low Self-Esteem Spokane is playing on the national stage. It's pretty cool. 

It will be interesting to see what sort of mischief goes on around town tonight.


It is Saturday and there is lots we would like to do but everything today revolves around The Gonzaga University Bulldogs and their Final Four competition against the South Carolina Gamecocks. 

The theme around Spokane everywhere is "Go Zags" and "Beat those Cocks".

The game is at 3:09.

In the meantime, we have some stuff to do around the house and the yard. It's cloudy today but no rain so far. I am going to go into the Carriage House and finally get around to stowing the Christmas Decorations. They have been on the main floor and need to go upstairs. 

Now that my knee feels serviceable, I'm going to get that accomplished.

Susan is bathing and considering going to Costco to get new tires. She only has a few days left to get her studded tires off.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Wallace Weekend

We have just returned from our second try at a ski weekend. 

We drove to Lookout Pass yesterday morning and arrived about 10:30. The lift tickets I bought on line were honored and we proceeded to ski in Spring conditions.

We skied in fog, snow, sun, snow and sun, and a little bit of wind.

We had a great day that ended after seven runs for Susan. She hit the bar while I decided to go for at least one more run. My knees were not happy with me and I knew I had to take it easy.

Nonetheless, I skied three more runs for a total of ten. That means I brought my ticket price down to about $3.40 a run.

I met Susan in the bar and we have a Bloody Mary and decided where we were going to watch the Big Gonzaga game. We elected to drive down the hill and watch it at City Limits Bar and Grill. We had a couple more nice B.M.'s. 

Gonzaga handily handled Xavier and won by 20 points to finally make it to the Final Four. Next they play South Carolina on Saturday at 3:09.

We spent the night in the Brooks Hotel. We could not get into any of the other places we like because there was a ski race going on so all the rooms got booked up. 

Our room was on the third floor and they don't have an elevator. That would not normally be a problem except for the horrible fatigue in my knees and various other joints.

Our room was really nice. We had a king size bed with a flat screen TV looking down on it and then a little living room with another TV.

We checked in and got settled and then set out to party in Wallace. We first stopped in the bar that was attached to the Brooks, where we discovered $3 glasses of wine out of a box.

We then moved around the block to the Smokehouse. We got in just in time because they were trying to shut down for the night. This was about 8:30.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Saturdat Questimentations

What should we do today?

It's almost noon and it is raining in our world. Susan is on Day Four of a crazy 5 day work schedule. I'm trying to create a space of calm and contentedness for her. 

That's not working out so well.

Anyway, we are going to hang out, take it easy and enjoy the benefits that the Madness of March provides and watch some basketball.

In particular, the Bulldogs of Gonzaga, a school located in Spokane, will be playing in the second round against an team called the Nerd Stormers of Northwestern...or something like that.
Additionally, we have a major advancement in main floor bathroom completion. Phil has finished basic construction on the bookshelf alcove for the stairs. 
It is going to require some tweaking to make it work to our satisfaction. I need to place a couple of blocks on the wall that will give the cabinet some support and prevention from falling into the stairwell. It is very tall and wobbly so those block should help immeasurably to support and stabilize. 

It of course needs to be painted but I'm not ready to do that until we figure out a couple of things. You will notice the mouse hole that is the entry into the cat box for Oscar. So far, he's not using it. We've had to remove that panel and he resumed using the box. It's much smaller in there than we anticipated. Just another item on the punch list that we need to work that out.

4:56PM: Gonzaga has made it through Round Two. On to the Sweet 16.
There is Coach Mark Few going through the line after the game.

I managed to capture a rather controversial play that led to a blown call that would have gone for Northwestern.
You can see the Gonzaga defender, Number 32 going up with his hand inside the basket. That should have been a goal tending call which would have made a three point game with about a minute and a half to go. That could have changed the outcome. 

The Northwestern Coach was pretty gracious about it. He said he appreciated the apology from the ref's and "it made him feel great!"

I managed to finish another little task today.
Susan got us this solar powered motion light and I finally got it installed. You can see the light on the corner and the solar panel on the West facing side of the porch. It remains to be seen if this does any good at lighting the area up when Susan comes home late at night.

The rain has taken a break and my knee is feeling pretty good today. So, I'm going on a walk to the Hub Tavern. They better have a nice glass of Merlot on hand.

9:56PM: They did! The wine was delightful. 

Monday, March 06, 2017

Elton John Review in Spokaloo

I have decided against the extra large font featured in the last post. It's too crowded looking and it just doesn't help. You know what? If you can't read it, wait for the movie.

Elton John was Captain Fantastic.

He opened with "Funeral for a Friend" and closed with "Crocodile Rock". In between, we heard, "Daniel", "Your Song", "Have Mercy on the Criminal", "Bennie and the Jets", "Philadelphia Freedom", "The Bitch is Back", plus a couple of new songs that I could not possibly give you the titles to.

Mr. John plays a piano with the ease of someone riding a bus. It looks and seems so effortless. 

He played a very jazzy inspired instrumental that eventually turned into "Rocket Man". "Levon" concluded with a 5 minute rock and roll jam very reminiscent of  "Freebird", with a couple of Beatles riffs thrown in for good measure.

I nearly cried when he played "Tiny Dancer". Damn, I love that song!

We were located upstairs in section 224, right at the start of the bend of the horseshoe. We were quite a ways back and binoculars would have been helpful. However, they had two screens on either side of the stage, not to mention a stage wide video screen behind the band that, along with an intricate system of lights and lasers added visually to the concert. 

By my sketchy count, he played 22 songs which ended up costing us $2.23 per song. I think that is more than a fair price to pay to watch a legendary Rock and Roll Icon perform some of his little ditty's that made up so much of my musical world growing up.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Sunday with Sir Elton

I think it might be time to change my font size in this blog to accommodate my deteriorating eye sight. I'll try it this time and see how it comes out. 

It is Sunday around the homestead and we are having a lazy afternoon prior to going to see Sir Elton John at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena tonight. It has been a good 17 years and one marriage since I have seen him and I am really looking forward to it.

I have Elton going in the background and hoping he will play the one song I really want to hear, Tiny Dancer. He skipped it when last I saw him. 

Before the concert, we are going to dinner at Tecate, a local Mexican restaurant. We shall be joined by Kim and Gary Gardell and Karen and Randy Lewandowski. We are buying dinner for the Lewindowski's because they insisted on paying for the tickets. I think we got the better end of the deal unless they are planning on eating $98.00 worth of Mexican food. If they do, I don't want to sit near them.

Phil came over earlier and he and I went shopping for construction supplies for the shelf I want him to build in the bathroom.

We got most of what we needed but there are a couple of items that can wait until we make some progress on the main framework of the shelf. 

Initially, I couldn't decided whether I wanted the shelves to be adjustable. Now that I have thought about it, why wouldn't I want them to be adjustable. And not just for about whomever comes after us.