07-06-2012 10:09 AM
Welcome to Friday. Our nemisis, the Cicada Killer wasps have hatched. The backyard looks very treacherous even though everone says that they are harmless.
07-09-2012 7:49 PM
Well.....how quiet it is here.
The Alf seems to be recovering from the July 4th celebrations. When we're walking....if he hears a hammer or any other noise that resembles fireworks he goes nuts. He'll take off and I can barely keep up with him until we get back to the front door and back in the house. From previous experience I know it'll take a month or two before he gets completely back to normal. Poor pup. It was like a war zone for two nights and one day. Our little town has very few limits on fireworks.
Kansas City is in the throes of All Star Week. The game is tomorrow night. I hope nothing really important happens because our local TV stations would probably bury it under all the trivial All Star stuff. If this was pro football I might be able to get in the spirit but baseball? Yuck. Last time I went to a pro baseball game I took a book to read. Needless to say my kids never invited me again. Oh well. It'll be over soon.
07-09-2012 11:50 PM
A couple things I wanted to mention about our vacation to California. We went to the San Diego Fair and of course they had about every kind of fair-food you could ever want. I don't think I've seen a 2lb turkey leg wrapped in a whole pound of bacon and slow cooked ($10.75, weight before cooking). Sure looked tasty but I passed. Also passed on the deep fried Oreos, fried butter, fried ice cream, and fried Snickers. But somebody must be eating this stuff or they wouldn't sell it! LOL. I'm not completely innocent and did have to wolf-down an Italian Sausage smothered in cooked onions/green peppers. And the frozen cheesecake on a stick dipped in chocolate/nuts is to die for.
We flew United Airlines on a late 10:30pm flight home last Friday night. The plane was a big Boeing 768 with every one of the 184 seats filled. On the back of the headrest of every seat (168) in economy, and economy plus, was about a 4"x 6" monitor with a credit card swipe slot next to it.
Evidently UA has a deal worked out with Directv where you can watch up to 100 channels, along with movies, but you have to pay $5.99 for flights under 2 hours and $7.99 for flights over 2 hours for access. So as soon as we pulled away from the terminal they turned all the lights off in the plane and these really loud/obnoxious previews of shows available started playing on all the monitors. This was a bright screen only 1 1/2' from your face and the Directv ad kept saying you better hurry up and swipe your credit card because the previews were going to end soon so you would miss out. And with the plane completely dark you could not see the complicated monitor controls on the front left arm of every seat to figure out how to turn the monitor off. Most just pushed up and down on the control buttons which would give you a half-dark blank screen. Finally I asked the flight attendant how to turn the monitor off and she said you have to move the volume button clear to the left. I never would have thought of that and didn't see any off button.
Believe I only saw 1 person on the whole plane watching a movie while the rest of us slept through the wee hours on a 5 hour flight. Maybe I would have thought about using this feature during the day but at night it was just plane (pun) obnoxious.
07-10-2012 8:36 PM
Yeah, Uni. Flying can be a miserable experience. Only if I have to get from point A to point B in a hurry do I consent to fly. How was the knee room? On our flight to to & from Honolulu, HI we were in a Boeing 757 ( I think it was). In coach on the flight over....business class on the way back. Absolutely zero knee room for me on the trip over. 11 hours of total misery. Only relief was to get up and walk around as much as possible. The business class seats coming back had just enough more leg room that I had about 2 inches of clearance between my knees and the seat in front of me. So at least I could maneuver a bit to try and get more comfortable. Then I could sleep. But the little kid behind me kept putting his feet on the back of my seat and pushing. The brain dead parent did nothing about it so I finally had to ask an attendant to talk to her. The kid finally went to sleep and then I was able to get some shut eye.
Sounds like you had a good time. That turkey leg would have severely tempted me.
07-11-2012 5:13 AM
Yeah Phil, been there done that with a kid kicking the seat behind me. Leg room wasn't too bad but sure not much room to put your feet under seat in front of you. Doesn't help I normally have my carry on bag there. Wife is just the opposite and short at 5'2" so her feet don't touch the ground when sitting in an airline seat. She also gets up and paces the isle constantly.
I haven't seen a plane give out blankets lately but this one did. Fresh and packed in a plastic bag. But they were made out of thin polyester and more like a tablecloth instead of a blanket.
I too was temped by the turkey leg and looked delicious after slow cooking with crispy bacon all over it. And thanks, we did have a great time!
07-11-2012 6:18 PM
Uni How are you holding up with all the damage at your house. It least the weather cooled down a little.
07-11-2012 7:04 PM
Things are about back to normal SKP and thanks for asking. I still need to rake sticks from a few places in the yard but have most of it done. And you know mechanic me and had to get my equipment back in working order 1st. Changed the oil, installed a new plug and topped the gas off in my Craftsman 5,600W generator. Then had to completely disassemble my whole backpack blower just to fix the pull cord my son pulled completely out. Next is going over my chainsaw and sharpening it.
I still have a few downed tree tops I want to cut further back from the drive but that's about it. Thing that's worrying me most right now is watering my flowers and vegetable plants w/o running my well dry. We need rain bad and there's 1/2"-1" cracks opening up in my flower beds/yard everywhere. Hopefully we'll get some rain later this week or on the weekend.
I'm also a little concerned about the pressure connector spices I'm seeing in my bare copper wire power line. Only 6' from the pole near the house they have 3 connectors within a 4' section where it broke. It would have been nice if they would only have one splice with a new wire going to the pole insulator/transformer. But know this is difficult on a 500' run to the next power pole with the weight of the wire on the line. Just hope another limb doesn't cause the connectors to fail. Bet it wouldn't take much from a limb falling from the 100' tall trees almost above the wires.
07-12-2012 6:10 PM - edited 07-12-2012 6:24 PM
Keep posting Uni you always have something interesting going on at home.
Did not realize you guys were in a drought. It has been raining here about every day since the heat broke Monday. I am noticing moss that is in direct sunlight all day is turning green and doing what ever you call blooming for moss. I got out of my work van at a site today and thought there were a lot of sand spur seeds in the open patches of sand but it was individual sprigs or spurs of bright green moss. I hope my yard moss project does the same. I think the birds like my moss for building nests. I will have a nice big patch and the next day it will have hole where something has been pulling or digging.
07-12-2012 9:20 PM
Interesting about the moss SKP and keep it growing. Dried moss is all the Carolina Wrens use for nesting material on my back porch every spring/summer. And there's moss nests everywhere around the house since the males will build about 3 nests and then his female mate will pick the nest she likes best. Kind of sounds like married couples shopping for a house, doesn't it? LOL.
Here's another interesting thing about moss here. My side yard is on a fairly steep hill and every spring there's 2 narrow 1' wide paths of green moss about 6' apart, and 40' long, which grows in the grass going downhill. Once the spring rains stop, and the summer heat starts, the moss dies off revealing sandstone blocks/flat rocks placed at ground level.
I really wasn't sure what these large pieces of sandstone where for until a 70 year old grandson who grew up here as a kid told me. His granddad had a large orchard here which was started back around 1917. This I already knew. He collected all the fruit in an old model-T truck and hated hand cranking the engine to try to get it started. So he installed the sandstone on the hill, wheel-base wide, and would always leave his truck parked at the top of the hill. That way he could jump in his truck 1st thing in the morning get it coasting down the hill and pop the clutch while on the sandstone for traction to get it started!
Every time I think of this I have visions similar to this 1923 Model-T truck.
07-13-2012 5:32 AM
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