Posted on November 18th, 2014 No comments
This morning as I was getting ready for the hotel distribution I looked at the thermometer 9°F @ 15.4MPH winds = -8°F wind chill. I believe it as it was cold, cold cold. South Buffalo is getting 4-6″ per hour of snow with projected amount of 72″ over a 36 hour period. The Florida area we keep the boat is expecting a 23°F temperature for a period exceeding 5 hours. This sounds like a repeat of last winter only worse.
Posted on November 17th, 2014 No comments
Current temperature is 12°F and winds exceeding 11.4 MPH brings us to a wind chill of -2°F. There is about 1″ of snow on the ground and country roads are slick and hazardous. We had to go out to a meeting tonight but it was not the best night to go out.
I worked with Fred B today on his computers doing as Fred calls it a “tune up” . That is a pretty apt description. Still it took over 6 hours to get a handle on things.
Posted on November 16th, 2014 No comments
Today was the 50th anniversary of the founding of Angola Assembly of God. The celebration broght many people we have not seen for years or decades. We enjoyed it immensely. All the former senior pastors were present and had a chance to participate and all this was followed by a luncheon. We left about 1430 hrs and there were still people in attendance. The church WiFi system did not handle all the traffic too well. It was trunked out most of the time. I noticed a little behavior that was sort of strange but when everyone left everything returned to normal; however, I will keep my eye on this behavior when the crowds get large. Our church brother Dusty Alloway passed in his sleep last Friday night and it has saddened the whole congregation. Everyone takes comfort in the fact that we know where Dusty is right now. Condolences to the family.
I still have a lot of Fall chores that need to be done but I am not sure they will be performed due to the cold weather. I cannot change oil too well when it is so cold unless I use the torpedo heater to warm up the engines. However, if it gets above 40°F then I will try to start the machines that are too warm blooded to warm the oil and change filters and disconnect batteries. Finally add the fuel stabilizer and that one task is done.
We did get the new 100A power added to the new ham shack and I cannot wait until Spring to do the inside framing and electrical wiring. A lot of my remaining time will be spent tuning up computers for people and I have several requests pending. ONe can only do so much in any given day. Bye for now.
Posted on November 13th, 2014 No comments
Cold winter weather has hit Pleasant Lake. It is currently 23°F and it was snowing all afternoon and into the evening. The snow is lake effect snow and in this case it is spotty and light. There was enough snow to lightly cover the ground and all of the floor of the woods. This is supposed to continue throughout the night. The rest of the week looks like deep winter temperatures too. I am sure glad we did the leaves Tuesday. So far this is 13 loads of the compacted mulched leaves that were sort of wet. Now I know I should have drained the oil in both machines but who knew then? I sure hope it gets warmer so I can start the tractor and the vacuum to warm them up so I can drain the oil.
Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and a couple of days later ends our Fall season IN PL. We are hopeful that the family shows up and keeps up the traditions started by our Grandfather Lyons and perpetuated by Mom & Aunts through to us kids. This is a nice legacy we can leave our kids as to family and traditions. In these topsy-turvy days, special interest groups to which we USA people belong seem to be taking priority over family and this is too bad.
I attended the KANQ Aviation Board meeting on Tuesday. This one was well attended and now I know for sure that when a meeting is well attended there will be some kind of fire. This meeting was no exception. One group wants the terminal building restrooms and one meeting room open to them. The other group uses every thread of an excuse to keep it a closed building. All so childish I think. It certainy does the community or the airport any good to perpetuate such behavior by not finding a compromise.
Oh well, that is enough grousing for tonight.
Posted on November 7th, 2014 No comments
After getting the truck fixed we sort of gingerly made our way to Jacksonville & the boat. Upon arrive we tookup post at the site where our boat used to be and camped all night. In the morning we went to the Dockmaster and told him what we had done and that we liked the spot so he told us to stay there until a decision could be made. The next 12 days rapidly passed and each day was filled with restacking the storage facility, loading the boat, cleaning the boat and checking things out about our new home. Everwhere we touched we found things that needed repair and nothing was really as presented to us. We sold the dingy for $50 sans title and anything else and we were glad to get rid of it. The dingy was way to heavy for the davits and was an accident waiting to happen at sea. On the day of departure we arose at 0430 and purposefully prepared to wrap up the camping, stow the water and power lines, lower to top and put the truck in its designated parking place. After that we went to the clubhouse about 0600 for breakfast and left the marina at 0645 northward bound via I-10 and I-75 towards Knoxville.
One of the things we learned was that a dingy without a title cannot be registered and if it is not registered you cannot use any kind of a motor on it – period. So if the 2HP outboard is to be activated we need to find a dingy with a title. I will have to ask Jerry if his has a title. I will try to do this soon. Another thing we learned is that “The Works” toilet bowl cleaner does indeed clean off rust spots on the hull. SAM did the whole waterline and it is beautiful. Another thing we learned is that we are not as adverse to Cetol and varnish as we thought we were and immediately made plans to strip remaining varnish/Cetorl that is on the under siide of the rub rail.
My eye was bothering me so today I went to the doctor’s office to have him look at it. He thought it would be an easy fix and gave me some steroid drops to be used 4x per day for a week and then only twice per day for the remainder of three weeks. When I got back home I ate some lunch and took a brief nod of the head and went outside to do the leaves. About 1700 we had picked up 5 mulched loads of heavy damp leaves from the lower land and 5 loads of partially mulched leaves fro the top: Everything looks good now and we are ready for the coming rain and snow.
We are slowly accumulating things for the next trip and it too will be a full overload again.
Posted on October 29th, 2014 No comments
We were pulling the car dolly behind the Camper and experienced a brake failure. Fortunately the vehicle was stopped and we were at our hotel in Knoxville. After dismounting the car, we took off the car dolly in preparation for the truck being towed about a mile away to a repair shop. A call a few hours later said we could pick up the truck. When we arrived the service deskman said the brake lines were so rusty that the fix came with no warranty. Well, the brakes have worked well every since but is something waiting around the corner? Probably but since it is in its resting spot it should not matter too much.
I just looked up the Latitude of Boca del Toro, Panama and it is about 9°20’±. I was talking with another sailor who said he may go down there this winter season and stay there to avoid the hurricane season a bit farther to the north. What fun that would be – perhaps winter of 2016 for us.
We have been very busy and need to write more.
Posted on October 8th, 2014 No comments
My eye is slowly coming back to the new normal. I worked on a project wiring a house for data and tv out at Lake James. It was sort of fun and we did it the rightway by redoing the shlock job a previous installer performed. All this required removing some of the skirting and pulling the cables to the areas we wanted to install the new features. Larry Boyd and I worked together most of the afternoon and there is still a lot to be done. Larry is an old classmate from AHS.
The amatuer radio shack is proceeding at a snails pace but at least all the materials have been purchased and are sitting there waiting for Larry and Myself to finish our Lake James job. Then I can finish wiring and have the area sprayed with a thin layer of foam. After that comes the back wall studding and more fiberglass insulation and finally the bead and peg board in all brilliant white. When the shack is done all the amatuer radio and electronics stuff will be moved out to the new area. This will make SAM very happy and me too. I am debating moving some of the computer equipment out there too.
Right now I am listening to IRLP Reflector 9050 but nothing is happening. An hour or so ago I started organizing the stuff to load into the truck for the short trip. I also found my amber sun glasses that have been missing for a day or so. Yea – it’s a winning day! Moore later.
Posted on October 3rd, 2014 No comments
Wow, what a relief it is. That is exactly how I felt when the stitches came out of my eyeball. Almost that quick my vision returned to normal and the irritation went away. Life is good again and I can use the computer and do normal things I did a week ago. I do not want to do that for a while. It makes you understand how fragile life is and your well being can go in an instant so you had better be prepared and sure of your salvation.
Posted on September 29th, 2014 No comments
I had eye surgery today on my left eye – which has always been my good eye – and now cannot see anything meaningful out of it. My right eye had cataract surgery back in 2008 and was ok for a while but has gradually become milky again. The solution to that is yet another laser treatment to essentially punch holes in the milky membrane. I have put this off due to the probability of creating more floaters than I already have. Since it is very difficult to write this with my eye hurting and very blurry I will make it short and rest my eyes. It will be a long night and next few days.
Posted on September 6th, 2014 No comments
All emails to me must be as follows if I am to pick them up at sea:
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Subject Line: //WL2K ( Must start with) If you do not do this then emails will bounce as the server thinks it is spam.