WEEK 19 2018
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Saturday - Decent weather (windy), so did a
few household things.
I woke up about midnight, with cramps in my legs and calves. I took
some ibuprofen and went back to sleep - I guess that 3.3 miles on Friday was
about the right walk length.
Book #15 was The
Gulf, by David Poyer. Poor Dan Lenson gets another crazy
captain, and then gets sunk, again... The internal order of
the series isn't the same as the order he actually wrote these books in, so
there are apparently a few books between The Circle and The Gulf,
for example. I'll have to find the internal order and get the books on
It occurs to me that I haven't been recording some of the Japanese "light
novels" that I was reading online. I'll have to make up a list of
those - they are short (light), about the length of a 1960's era paperback
(200pp or so) and kind of "young adult", but easy and fun and free (online
amateur translations versions, anyway) to read in the evenings. I may
update the final tally for last year as well.
Friday 11 May 2018
Friday - Much
cooler, and very windy. Supposedly a maximum wind speed of 39mph
sustained, and a top gust speed of 54mph.
I did a 3.3 mile walk in the morning - nice temperature but windy enough
that I couldn't wear my straw hat, just the floppy fisherman's hat.
Drivers were generally considerate, slowing down to keep from "dusting" me.
Doing various chores. My hands are still recovering from last week, so
no heavy duty work. It is frustrating, I want to work on the house and
garage, but am waiting for a few more days.
Did more work in the office - there was another OSX and iTunes update.
I think the Mac Book has had 20GB of updates in the last few weeks...and
that's without installing the new hard drive!
And I'm pretty sure that the Win10 laptop wants to update as well, the
"Spring Creators" update. But I hear it's been giving issues - M$ has
issued an update to the update, so I'm holding off on that nonsense for now
(by not connecting to the internet).
Book #14 was The
Med, by David Poyer. Another Dan Lensson story.
Thursday 10 May 2018
Warm, but not crazy hot for this time of year.
It was kind of do miscellaneous chores day:
Worked on some tax stuff, again, all morning. Bah.
Went up to Bakersfield with a friend, to pick up his son from college.
There is one more week left in the semester, but we wanted to get a jump on
cleaning out his dorm.
Attempting to clean my sandal didn't work - even after being soaked in
cleanser it still reeks after being dried out. Well, they are about
$10 a pair, so no big loss.
Planted some grass seed for the cats.
I saw another snake, non-venomous, in the back yard. It was laying
stretched out on the new flagstones mid morning - at first I thought it was
a stick, then dead, but it was just sunning itself apparently, and scurried
off into the grass after a while.
It's been a while since I did a "found CD", here is one from April:
Wednesday 9 May 2018
Wednesday - Hot again. 99F at 2:30 in the
I did a 3.1 mile walk in the morning, over to the water company to pay the
bill there. It was warm, 80F when I started and probably pushing 90F
when I finished, but not too bad - a bit windy but still straw hat weather.
I don't have my hiking socks available, or liners, but the "breathing" boots
and cotton socks seem OK so far.
A cat threw up in my slippers the other day, or perhaps I stepped in some
"yack" at night and then put it on. In any case it was extremely
smelly. I was going to throw the pair out, then thought: "Hey, I
can wash them in a bucket, if they fall apart (as seems likely) I haven't
lost anything". So I grabbed them, a bucket, and some soap and
went outside about 2:30pm. It wasn't quite like I imagine
walking into a blast furnace would be, but 99F at 25mph is kind of a
The last surviving pine seedling is toes (needles?) up. I guess the
temperatures were too much for it, though I kept watering it...
Jim seems to be much happier (wrt vomiting) with a diet consisting of all
canned food. I'll still give him a little dry food, because he wants
it, and because it's supposedly good for his teeth, but I sure don't miss
the daily routine of him vomiting and me cleaning it up.
Tuesday - Hot, 100F according to the
thermometer on the porch. Exactly a week ago I had the pellet stove
running in mid-afternoon...
I went into town to pick up a couple of things, but the traffic was
horrible. Of course we currently have Avenue I, Lancaster Blvd, and
Avenues J, K, and L streets all having construction at the same time, as
well as 10th and 20th and 30th streets west. The City Engineer or
planner should be fired.
No walk, as it was too hot by the time I got back in early afternoon.
I did find some decent khaki shorts in a box in the house, which was nice.
There hadn't been any notification about some books I'd ordered over a week
ago, so I checked online, and they've arrived. The county library just
didn't send me a notification. I didn't think to check until after I'd
Worked a bit on the app, got Xcode working and provisioned again. I do
need to install that new drive, the delays are pretty annoying.
t was very warm in the west facing office in the late afternoon - I picked
up some of the 53% window film and will apply it as soon as my hands stop
hurting and I have the energy. Together with some external
screening/shutters and maybe a pergola it should keep the room usable.
I also picked up some lumber for a bench and shelving. The old bench
that was here actually still has termites I noticed yesterday, I want it out
of the garage...
Monday - Hot.
I did more laundry again, towels and linens. I need to find some
comfortable warm weather shorts now. Hopefully I packed them where I
can find them.
Very tired, and my hands ache. Didn't do much, but I did spend several
hours cleaning up and arranging things in the garage. It was so
messy that I actually lost four brand new tubes of caulking the other day -
these are not exactly tiny objects!
Sunday - Warm and windy.
No shopping, I was just too sore and stiff.
I did laundry again, as I was pretty much out of clean jeans.
Again, trying not to do a lot around the house. Very tired.
I did go over and visit with my brother M in Palmdale. He had a bad
end on the piping to his needle valve feed to his swamp cooler, so I brought
over a little tubing cutter and some new 1/4" compression fittings left over
from the 4 coolers I've worked on in the last few weeks. He had a
tubing bender, from our Dad, and the went pretty quick. We talked a
bit, and looked at the Xeriscape plants that he'd bought. We had lunch (on
him) and then I came home in the afternoon and pretty much crashed.