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January 2nd, 2017


10:54 am - In those 48 hours or so.
Got...most of the stuff on the list done. So now it's 2017. Big, fat, hairy deal. The biggest thing planned for this year is changing carriers at the beginning of April. If we execute it as planned and hoped for, it'll make a HUGE difference and take a lot of financial pressure off.

But, we'll also start it off with brand new stairs to the upper level of the outbuilding. The damn thing's nowhere near code since it was almost all DIY, and...le sigh. Two boards on the back deck have collapsed. Yeah, that thing needs redoing as well.

Just to add to the mood, "New Year's Day" hasn't lost a single iota of relevance since it's release 34 years ago. Nothing changes on New Year's Day.
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: listlesslistless
Current Music: U2 - New Year's Day
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December 29th, 2016


12:59 pm - Quick Note to Self
After New Year's, I'll need to pick up all new printer cartridges for the Borg printer (HP 8250). That's what I call it, since it has some many daggone lights and displays on it. Expired ink. Right. Just another way to grab more money out of your wallet. So I might as well travel over to Staples while I'm in the area and at least price them out. I'm estimating $20 per color cartridge, and $30 for the black ink, which makes the total $130. Yeeeesh.

Also the list is drawn up for the New Year's party and once again it looks like five people would have trouble completing it in the given time, never mind only two. Here's the list as I see it. Are you ready?Collapse )

What? Me stressed? Noooooooo...couldn't be.


Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: stressedstressed

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December 28th, 2016


10:08 pm - For the rest of today.
There's still plenty left, but here's what happened.

Rats. As it turns out, the front light is out because of the connection underground, not the bulb. I MAY be able to dig it up and get it reconnected. Stress MAY. 120VAC is not my favorite thing to deal with and these lights probably didn't take cold, damp climates into account when they were designed.

I got most of one box of papers cleared out. The vast majority did turn into recycling of one kind or another. Still have the front room to deal with though.

And...while I was busy putting up the lights I knocked over the Sekhmet statue that's already broken two or three times, and bink...off come the feet again. And one of the dragons broke off an earfin. So...epoxy to the rescue once more, and as an added bonus I glued back the ornament of the USS Kelvin from the JJ Abrams reboot of Star Trek.

But like I said, still so much left. Arrrrrrgh. AND I'm supposed to be in on practicing music for the meditation late Saturday afternoon. Good luck there.
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: stressedstressed
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01:47 pm - And today
Well let's see. The C7 lights are up. Good. Oil sample is also taken and ready to be shipped. Also good.

Now would someone tell me why LJ keeps screwing up. None of the links on the editing page to change things work, and no friend's feed, and no suggestions pop up either. For pity's sake.
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
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11:08 am - And now for Oopses, small, big, and small.
Well...the HP G7 arrived a few days ago. It IS an i7 CPU...and a 14 inch screen.

*FACEPALM*


Nevertheless, I went ahead and loaded Ubuntu 16.04 onto it. It works just fine, it's just...so wee little! It's like having a full function tablet in my hands.

Anyway, I was also breaking out the spare C7 lights and opened what I thought was a pack of red lights. Turns out, no they're amber which I've already bought a box of 25. So I have lots and lots of amber, and no red. Oy. Time to Amazon it.

EDIT: Also now I find it's time to get an oil sample, which means running the engine, which means...hooking the batteries back up AFTER disconnecting them once already. ACH.
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: Oy.
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December 27th, 2016


01:20 pm - Now it's time to get busy once more. Fun...
Yes, once again there's a whole farking list of things to do before the truck gets back on the road. Though here I need to separate it into two categories, before New Years, and after New Years.

Before New Years


  • Go through the last of the papers in the front room. Most of it's probably recycling by now anyway. That room's almost done. Whoot!

  • Hang up the C7 lights inside around the large picture window in front.

  • Hang up the netting lights outside over the front shrubbery.(No knights who say NI though.)

  • Find out why one outside light's not working. I'm REALLY hoping it's just a burned out bulb and not the underground connection came loose...yet again.

  • Get four more batches of cookies out.

After New Years


  • Take oil sample from truck and send in. If all else goes well, I'll try and sneak this in before New Year's because we need to know the results pronto.

  • Depending on results of oil sample, either schedule an oil change or just a filter change at Hofrichter's.

  • Also, change out FASS filters. The motor sounds like it's starting to labor, a sign that it's time to do that.

  • Get down the the McCoy Freightliner at Brooks, OR, and first pick up the drain tube I ordered back in October. While I'm there, see about picking up an oil sender as well. That might help with oil pressure AND engine braking performance.

  • ALSO while I'm there, see about getting a replacement LED headlight, since the current one is dead and should still be under warranty. Just got to find the paperwork, which I think is in the outbuilding.

  • Of course, clean out the truck and get it ready to get back on the road for appox 4.5 weeks. Eeeesh.

Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: busybusy

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December 24th, 2016


11:37 am - Now HERE's an Early Christmas Present!
You know how I'd once talked about getting a second FIOS router for the home? I found one that looked like it would work over at Goodwill, for a whooping $6.99. Yes you read that right. SEVEN DOLLARS. Whoot! It even had it's own AC adapter, which is a BIG plus. Lotsa them at Goodwill are often without, leaving you to find one somewhere. Goodwill may or may not have it. Usually they don't. So I did plug it in at the store, and everything that was supposed to light up, did. So far, so good!

So this morning at the other end of the house I set it up with a laptop plugged into it via ethernet. I downloaded a manual on its operation, and did a factory reset by holding in that button for ten seconds. Then logged into 192.168.1.1. All's good there. Used the default username and password, and immediately changed both. Then it was on to configuring the Wifi as I wanted. WPA2 security, good. Changed the hotspot name and made it hidden. Good. Then I tried to connect to it, and use the internet. All good!

So yay! AND the HP G7's here, and I still need to get it set up. I'm too much of a coward to try and swap out it's 320gig drive and the A6's 1T, since the A6 is running Win10. If both were running Ubuntu, no problem. But they're not. It's no biggie though. I'll just save up $80 and buy a 1T Western Digital drive when the time comes.

Now, with the mate getting ready to go out grocery shopping, I'm going to take this alone time to wrap up her presents. Shhhhhh...
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic

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December 20th, 2016


06:16 pm - So it all may really be pointless
But I actually did work on not one but two stories last night. One much more than the other. They both are still nowhere near finished, but it's something at least.
Current Location: Sidney, NE
Current Mood: busybusy

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December 17th, 2016


10:24 pm - Okay, it's been way too long.
The problem is what the hell can I add to the mix here that hasn't already been said. At least the solstice is coming up. We're on the last load before we go home. So hooray! But...as always there seems to be a catch, as it seems the entire northwestern US is snowed under and continues to be that way. We'll be TRYING to get through there most likely on Tuesday. And now it started thunderstorming here...weird.

Yeah, in fact any kind of writing's been hard to come by these days. I keep asking according to Kevin Rutherford what is my latest "hard work" and here it seems to be fiction writing at least. Of course there's plenty to work on, and so little will to do it. Arrrrrrgh.

It's all been "what's the point" now. Maybe there is no point, but who really cares? I've even related myself that good things seem to happen when I write, even things with no seeming direct connection to it. Soooo, what's the big hangup?
Current Location: Lebanon, TN
Current Mood: Efffffff
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December 1st, 2016


03:41 pm - The Second American Revolution.
Throughout history, the concentration of power has found it's home in three areas. I'm still refining the concepts here, but this is the basic outline.

The first was the church. Nation states had existed before this time of course, but their power and reach up until the time of the Catholic Church remained limited. One can even hear this precept echoed in The Three Musketeers, where Dartanian(sp?) is told "Take insults from no one except the king, or the cardinal. He rules through the king." The government received its right and ability to rule from its Deity.

Government itself was the second. This start of this can be most likely traced to the rule of King Henry VIII, when he broke from the Catholic Church to establish the Church of England, subject to his rule, rather than the other way around.

The culmination of this came around the rule of King Louis XIV, and his (translated) declaration of "I am the state." All power concentrated with one individual, pure and simple.

Then came the American Revolution, which removed the concentration of power from the halls of government. With its concept of separation of powers, it (theoretically at least) insured that no one individual or small group of individuals could wield absolute power over others. And in this the Constitution is extremely effective at defining and limiting the powers of those within the government.

Unfortunately the American Revolution did not eliminate the concentration of power, it merely displaced it from the halls of government to the halls of business. Capitalism as it stands now is minority rule, an elite few getting to decide what's best for all its members. It holds no permanent allegiance or tie to any nation or group outside of itself. This in itself is not inherently wrong or bad, but it does allow them to play nations off on one another.

Indeed, currently we may have our culmination of the concentration of power within the business world. Still, every zenith has its inevitable downfall. Smaller companies are experimenting with a leaderless business model, and this is good. We need the equivalent of the American Revolution here. Using government to limit the power of business really doesn't work, as we've seen. Whatever's done can also be undone.
Current Location: Perry, UT
Current Mood: busybusy

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November 24th, 2016


02:06 pm - Just what AM I thankful for?
It's been hard to say. The past few days I've felt anything but. Fortunately today I managed to get on the meditation CD "Saraswati Dreams" and those chants certainly helped. Of course it also helps that I've associated a fairy with each of the eight chants.

Though what really snapped me out of it was playing John Mellencamp's "Little Pink Houses" while driving south on I65 in IN, which is his home state. I was like "God bless ya all. It doesn't matter what you believe. Bless you anyway." I'm sure the political views of the residents was different than mine, but it doesn't matter.

I am thankful the truck really has never seriously broken down on us. We've only had it towed twice, and one time wasn't the truck's fault. It's really only that one time in WY when a radiator hose blew. And that was only about 20 miles from the nearest repair shop. We've had some close calls of course, like when the FASS wasn't hooked up correctly, or when the belt tensioner seized and took the belt with it. Those times I managed to limp it into a repair service without towing.

I am thankful for two very cute kitties, even if Akeru did just destroy my fourth pair of earbuds.
Current Location: Lebanon Junction, KY
Current Mood: better

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November 17th, 2016


04:51 pm - If you really want to know
How the US government will act in the next four years, study George W. Bush's first term 2001-2004. Everything outside of 9/11? That's what you'll get.
Current Location: Richfield, WI
Current Mood: disgusted

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November 15th, 2016


08:52 pm - You know...
With all these polls broken down by category, age, gender, education, I never saw one poll broken down by income level. Classism still not dare be spoken here.
Current Location: Carlisle, PA
Current Mood: crankycranky

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November 12th, 2016


04:15 pm - Congratulations America.
Enjoy your fascism. That is all.
Current Location: Oak Grove, MO
Current Mood: crankycranky

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November 10th, 2016


03:03 pm - Everyone's Overreacting
I'm posting this in reply to this post, since it got too long and I had a lot I wanted to say.You have been warnedCollapse )
Current Location: Smithton, PA
Current Mood: crankycranky

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November 3rd, 2016


08:35 pm - Adventures in Tofu Turkey Making
So, today back on the road. And, as you might have guessed, tried my first recipe at making a Tofu Turkey, instead of buying a Tofurky. Can't do the latter any more due to gluten issues. First try...not so good. I think the recipe called for far too much oil, which while understandable to keep the tofu from drying out while baking just kinda left it swimming at the end.

Other thoughts. The recipe called for mashing up five pounds of tofu. By itself, it's probably okay, but if one were to add a little oil and some poultry seasoning to that mash, it'd already be infused. I also thought about cooking it in a smaller dish, like our dutch oven. That way it wouldn't spread as much and turn into a gigantic pancake. It might make it more difficult to remove though. Then again, the bottom layer of tofu turned into thin layer of crisp. The stuffing needed more of...something. The pan stuffing got better the next day, but the stuff in the tofu seemed like its flavor got all absorbed or something.

We'll keep trying.
Current Location: Tumwater, WA
Current Mood: busybusy
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November 1st, 2016


03:51 pm - FASS Mount Follies
Okay, so Monday the box containing the FASS Mount arrived.

Or at least the box that once contained the box arrived. I opened the box and...no mount in there. Where did it go? Then I see there's a mount sized hole torn through the side of the box. Oh crud. Lost in transit. Well fanfuckingtastic!

So ASAP I'm back on the phone with FASS hollering about they better next day ANOTHER ONE to me, and then fill out a claim with UPS. It should be here tomorrow, it was sent out today. OYyyyyyyyyy...

Oh, also on the way home, the truck's ABS light came on. Whaaaa...? And they had just adjusted the brakes too, though there was some concern the slack adjustors may be going out, which wouldn't surprise me. Once I got the truck home, I tried turning the key off, then back on. The light still was there. Uh oh. So I start taking it back to the shop, and at the end of the block THEN the light goes off. Oyyyyyyyy... But at least it's ready to finish up tomorrow.
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated

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October 28th, 2016


10:10 pm - So I was able to turn the corner!
Okay, so all that angst turned out to be overblown. I didn't need the filter base after all. Hofrichter's was able to make a house call (with our truck out of commission in our driveway). There's a tool called an EasyOut, which apparently was made for situations like this when a piece of a fitting gets stuck inside. He actually um, ground part of the tool off so it'd work. Lucky me! The inside threads were okay! So it was off to grab another fitting. I got a replacement, and reinstalled the fuel line. I changed the FASS filters, since they both had been crushed. Primed them, and started the truck to check for leaks. It usually takes a bit of cranking since even primed correctly there's still some air in the fuel lines to work out. But start it did. And no leaks either! I carefully turned the steering wheel to see if the air chamber would hit against the fuel/water separator. It didn't! So...good to go! Or at least good enough to get to the shop. The new mount will arrive Monday, and I can either have them install it, or do the job myself. We'll see. Fun.
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: relievedrelieved

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02:30 pm - Murphy wins again.
To my dismay, I find the mount for the FASS system won't be here until Monday, and there's not a damn thing I can do about it. I called up UPS seeing if there way ANY way to maybe pick it up somewhere Saturday? Nope. Pickups aren't open on the weekends. How convenient. FASS said they did ship it Wednesday, so why does UPS have it starting on Thursday? Gods only know, and I'm screwed that way.

AND to make matters worse, as I was rigging a temporary solution I thought would hold long enough to get to Hofrichters, I discover that the fitting to the rear fuel line sheared off INSIDE the main housing. So most likely the housing AND the fitting are kaput. The fitting's no big deal, I could probably find that at Lowe's. But the housing? Good luck. I'm calling the nearest FASS dealer I can find and see if they have it. And...

The only person who can answer that question is out till Monday.

Well, at least I got everything ELSE I wanted done. Tightened down two clamps, though I think one needs replacing. Topped off the coolant in the surge tank. Changed the OPS filter. Replaced all the defective loggers on the BrakeSafe system. So it wasn't a total loss. I suppose you could even say it was more a win than a loss, but still...this onnnne last piece. So very aggravating.
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated

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October 25th, 2016


03:52 pm - Various Updateages
Which I haven't updated in what seems like ages. Well, there's two, make that three events to write about since the last update.

One. We're home again! And just barely made it due to the next item.

Two. Last night the truck started sputtering in the driveway and finally conked out. We were both completely WTF? as I got out...and heard the sounds of something leaking. Oh shit.

I opened the hood, and there sat the FASS system, with the mounting bracket snapped in half and the filters caught between the spring and the drag link, fuel running out of the tops. I managed to get it unwedged and since the pressure stopped, it stopped leaking as well. The lines and the motor look intact, so the unit itself is okay. I will have to replace the bracket and the filters though. Called up FASS this morning and ordered it second day air. So it's supposed to be here Friday. Lovely. One more thing I need to fix. But at least it looks easy. Just a bunch of mounting bolts to undo and put back and all will be well once more. THEN I change the filters, which I have to do periodically anyway.

Three. A few nights ago, I had a dream in which I was in a house along the ocean, with a wooden causeway leading over the water to...somewhere else. My wife and I started walking across it, though for some reason I decided to turn back. At that point, I noticed one of our cats Akeru by my side, and picked him up. Somehow he got loose and fell into the water. I immediately rushed down and picked him out before he drowned, then held onto his wet body as I brought him back to the house.

When I woke up that morning Akeru tried to nip my foot once, then for the rest of the time he became absolutely EXTRA affectionate, as if...somehow he knew? It was interesting...and a little freaky to think that another being really could pick up on my dreams that way.
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: busy cranky

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October 13th, 2016


02:44 pm - Okay, so this birthday really wasn't all that bad.
Which is a change for the better, all things considered. So I'm in the home stretch to be alive for a half century now. And it's the first one where all my grandparents are now in the hereafter. We're trying like crazy to schedule ourselves to get back home in time for Samhain this year. Seems...important.

And its funny. I had a dream this morning that involved a ninth fairy. Now after we got Cassandra, I did have an inkling that somebody(probably Winter) wanted a total of twelve now, one for each sign of the zodiac. But it's like we'll need more furniture to put them on! All the available flat space in the bedroom is taken. There's space in the computer room up on the file cabinet and some in front of the fireplace, but...jeez!

Well that and had a dream involving a neighbor and accidentally knocking a bag of her trash down a long flight of steps. Odd.
Current Location: Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Current Mood: busybusy
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October 6th, 2016


12:48 pm - One good thing about turning 49
It's the square of seven. 7 X 7 = 49 Yeah, high praise I know.
Current Location: Kansas City, MO
Current Mood: cranky still

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September 17th, 2016


09:49 am - More Fun
Well, after we got the truck back from the shop, found that the passenger's side window wouldn't work any more. Before it had just been a stuck switch, but this time no matter how many times you tried to free things...still no go.

So...I bought a multimeter. Yeah, there's 12V going to the switch. At first, I wasn't reading any voltage going to the motor with a switch pressed. This led me to believe faulty wiring. But then I also tried feeding 12V to the motor directly, and nothing doing there either.

So, whether we had bad wiring or not, the motor still needed replacing. Ran down to McCoy Freightliner in Brooks to pick up a replacement. I didn't get back till after dark, and with rain forecast the next day, it'd be a bit of a crapshoot to see if I could get the door back together in time.

I woke around 8:15am today. Got outside and...uh oh. It's drizzling already. Fortunately not so much as to make truck work difficult or impossible. I got the motor installed. The window works now! So...yay. The rain started picking up as I was putting things back together, so I didn't finish it totally, but I got it back enough so things won't come apart either, and will keep the rain out. Yay, verily. I'm gonna try and run out between showers and keep working on it much as I can.

For this, I had to cancel a load we already booked. Right now, we put ourselves available Wednesday. We can probably go earlier, but...whew. Tired.
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: busybusy

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September 13th, 2016


03:24 pm - So Far
So for today I've:

  1. Unplanned : Ripped off the ivy from one side of the outbuilding.

  2. Planned : Swept off the roof and trimmed overhanging branches.


Still for today:

  • Unplanned : Glue back the underside of the closet door together. It was kinda planned, but never got written down.

  • Order computer parts

  • At around 6pm pdt, get a haircut as one place runs a special today during that time.

  • Finish laundry. One load is done and folded, another dry in the dryer, and a third in the wash yet to be run.

Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: busybusy

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September 12th, 2016


02:50 pm - Way Way WAY Overdue for a post
Okay, so...the past two weeks. Obviously we got home okay on 8/30. Whew! Now why was that necessary? Well, my Dad's side of the family had a reunion out on the coast over the weekend. My uncle unfortunately had broken his leg a week before and couldn't make it. Yeah yeah, excuses excuses... %lt:=8P

We took off in the middle of all that Sunday, since we ALSO found out a friend of ours, well her sister was having a birthday/moving/divorce/all kinds of stuff party going on, and the mate decided to lead sing on a track the band was playing, which included our friend, in fact him AND his brother in the band. She sang The Beatles "In My Life" at a more ballad like tempo. After that, we stayed overnight back at our house before heading out to the coast to finish things up!

The mate went over for a spa day Monday. We were both biting our nails about the cost of such a thing, since financially things were (and still are) tight. Miracle! My sister picked up the tab for everyone. Whew! So the mate bought some product with what she DID have saved up.

Tuesday was get up way too early for offshore fishing! Hey, I signed up for it. Haven't done it in forevahhhhh. I did fairly well. Caught five sea bass. My sister caught the most of the family, seven I think, mostly bass and one fish I kept wanting to call a sculpin, but I forget the actual name of it now. Some had signed up for crab pots as well, and looking at it now I'm kind of glad I skipped that part. More than enough was caught, even without me! We still brought home twelve, that's how much was caught, even after sexing and throwing back the ones too small.

The ride home on Wednesday was quite pleasant, as we took Otter Crest Loop since we weren't in any kind of a rush that day. Stopped and picnicked in a park by the coast, with a lovely south facing view as we were on Cape Foulweather. Luckily it was sunny and a little cool, but one could still walk about with long sleeves.

Further up near Gleneden, we stopped at one of our favourite shops along the coast, Crystal Wizard. I popped in, hoping to find either a doubly terminated tabular quartz wand, or perhaps a sphere of some kind for the holder I epoxied back together. No go on both counts, but I did pick up the mate a sarong, which...neither of us are really sure how to tie correctly. We did kind of fake it with one knot over the shoulder, and using her black shaw as a belt to hold the loose sides together. That actually worked...rather well. *nudge nudge wink wink*

Next, we rested, then last Thursday a day jaunt up to Ffynnon for checking out a couple of old shrines dear to us, and see about what can be done with them. Welllllllll, things didn't go as planned there.

We got to the first shrine, the Nexus which I sort of founded truth be told. As the mate got closer to the main feature, a cedar tree growing out of the center of a group of vine maples, her foot sank into something soft. I was going to follow until she started crying out and I saw this SWARM of something right at my feet. Uh oh! Her foot went into a yellow jacket nest. Yikes!

We bolted it out of there, My mate, one of the caretakers, and I, but hardly unscathed. Her foot is still swollen from where she was stung multiple times, a few times on her thigh from where they flew up her jeans, and once behind the ear. I managed to get stung only once, behind my left thumb and the caretaker took one on the neck. Needless to say, that was the end of our hike as we made it back to the property next door, dubbed the Effing farm. The mate had to strip off her shoes and jeans to get those dang things to stop stinging. I brought her the boots she left in the van, and we...eventually made our way home. The swelling's mostly down now, though her foot still looks pretty bad. She should be able to drive by Friday though, which is when we're planning to head out again.

NOW, the ol' list of things I want to accomplish this week. Some I've already done, so yippee.

Done


Get the stepladder out, replaced a bulb in the living room, and put away the birthday gift wrapping paper.

To do


  • Replace the front and the back water spigots as both leak.

  • Long as I'm plumbing, replace the fixture in the laundry room as the hot water tap has broken off.

  • Sweep off the roof where cedar tree duff has piled up. Clean the gutters where necessary

  • The driver's side front window on the Buick has stopped working. The motor seems fine, but something's either come loose or broken inside so the window's stuck down. Find out what if I can and fix it.

  • Keep all the computers up to date and synched.

  • Oh yes! Need to buy a new laptop case. The 'good' one has now broken its main zipper. Oy.

  • While I'm at it, order parts to repair the Toshiba L775, AND a mobile hot spot from Sprint that works under roaming conditions.


What? That's not enough?
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: busy busy busy!

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August 28th, 2016


03:32 pm - Only a couple more days.
Till we're home. Then it'll be time to work on the back deck, replacing boards. It should also have more runners underneath to reduce the spacing between. Shees. Oh this'll be fun I'm sure. Wheeee....
Current Location: Avoca, IA
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted

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August 26th, 2016


12:32 am - Oh Lovely
Here I am at my first stop, and...the docks are all occupied. Gods only know when they'll get to me.
Current Location: Des Moines, IA
Current Mood: crankycranky

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August 23rd, 2016


07:35 am - One more week.
So, sitting here in Kent, WA waiting for our turn to get the APU fixed. Seems it starts and runs for a little while, then shuts off. It's probably the alternator/generator thingy that charges the batteries. Everything else seems to work just fine, environmental controls and all that.

So once that's done, it's off to the grocery store, and we have one more week of running till we're home again. This has been by far the longest we've been out as owner/operators, and we're both kind of shot at this point. And still so much left to do it seems. Bah. Though the good news is there's plenty of operating capital in the business account, so once the APU is fixed I'm going online and ordering a crankshaft damper and balancer, because both of those desperately need replacing as well. It's way past time and the excess vibration caused from both of those being worn out is probably what's causing clamps to break, and certain screws to come loose and fall out.

We've started using a shop just outside our hometown, and this looks like it'd be a good job for them. Both are pretty simple to replace. Mostly just turning wrenches and swapping out old for new.
Current Location: Kent, WA
Current Mood: busybusy

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August 15th, 2016


12:52 pm - Well that was fun.
I got to drag the truck and trailer through the city streets of Hoboken, NJ today. No, they were built well before the advent of 53ft trailers, and yes some of those turns were made by the skin of the teeth, with mere inches to spare. Came within a hair's breadth of knocking over a telephone pole. But...we did make it out without incident. Guess that was my pennance because for the first time EVER, I picked up the wrong trailer. *facepalm* So I delivered this one, and let me tell ya, never again. Egad!
Current Location: Bordenton, NJ
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August 12th, 2016


04:12 pm - Just as a note to self
Remember to prime the fuel filter when you change it out.
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