Tuesday, October 8, 2019

A Little Of This and A Little Of That

Been trying to get some things accomplished so I can take off for a few days camping. I was hoping to go this week but then it heated up into the 90's again to hot. So looks like starting Thur. the temperature's will drop into the mid 80's with night time in the high 50's  perfect.

I ordered some sporks from Amazon and there was a pk of 6 with one really nice storage case. I gave 2 to my friend as I only wanted to carry 2 with me. The coloring on them is from my Fall center piece


So out I went to the tote and removed lots of flatware, don't know why I had so many pieces in there. But one of my granddaughters is getting her own apartment so I will give her the set that was in the tote. I did leave a butter knife and sharp knife in there I don't know how sharp this knife on the fork is.

Today top todo was to get the truck cleaned it was filthy. It had been full of dust and of course it rained just enough one day to make it a real nasty looking mess. So that was my first stop. They had a special 1/2 off on the better cleaning so I went for it. As the truck came out I thought I saw some marks but then when they finished wiping it off I didn't see it anymore. So on to my next stop Harbor Freight. As I was pulling into the parking space I had trouble seeing out of the side window. It looked all smeared and so did the dash. As I got out of the truck I noticed all these fat streaks on the side panel and door, as I walked around the truck I noticed this stuff everywhere and on most of the windows. I guess when they dried it off the truck was in the shade and now it was in full sun. So I picked up my purchase and went back to the car wash. Two guys came hurrying out and I said look at this mess. They said OH sorry we will rewash the truck for free, like did they think I would pay to have the truck rewashed! Anyway they ran it back through and it looks really good now. But of course the wind started blowing like crazy soon after I got home and they say it will be really windy again tomorrow. Guess I'll go dig out my duster.

So my purchase at Harbor Freight is a Cen-Tech 4 in 1 Portable Power Pack. It can do everything I need it for plus jump start a battery and air tires. I wanted the Jackery but it is so far out of my budget I just couldn't see myself going for it. I have 90 days to see if I like this and if not I can return it. So right now it is charging as it takes 48 for the first charge. So I'm glad I bought this for this camping trip to see how it goes. Of course I forgot to take a picture.

I was also supposed to stop at Lowe's to pick up the insulation for the cooler. But after the second turn at the car wash it was getting pretty hot so I'll just go tomorrow morning.

 I discovered a beautiful male Costa's humming bird that roosts on my porch every day. I'm sure it's to chase off any other hummer that tries to drink from the feeder. He used to fly off when I would let Fred out but he got used to him so he just stays sitting there now.

 It was pouring down rain this day

 Sorry the pictures are really bad hope it isn't the camera and operator error

Good Night All

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Lunch With Friends and Fire

My friends and I had been trying to get together for lunch and had to reschedule a few times due to the heavy rains or excessive heat. So today it finally worked out. We went to our favorite place and had a wonderful time. We never stopped talking, but what else is new. The food was good and I did well to not eat things that I shouldn't have. But they have the best green beans, mushrooms, salmon and other veggies that I love. 

This morning when I let Fred out I looked to the South and the mountains looked like they were covered in a mist. I thought it looked great so I grabbed my camera and took a few shots. After getting my coffee and turning on the computer Mr. Fred thought he should go out again, the mountains seemed to be covered over even more. After a while of reading things on the computer I turned to look out the window and it looked like fog. Hmmm wait a minute the sun had been shining brightly so how can there now be fog. I went out and then I could smell that it was smoke and you could smell something burning. I went all around the house outside and checked up and down the street. The smell was stronger and the thick smoke was worse. Yet I heard no sirens. I brought up the local news channel and there it was, fire on the Tohon O'odam Reservation. They have a co op place there and they store huge bales of hay, 20,000 to be exact and it was all on fire. The fire had started yesterday around 6 pm. I heard lots of sirens last night but didn't think much about it. They say the fire will burn for days. Besides the bales of hay they lost a few buildings also. But luckily San Xavier Mission isn't in any danger.

The Mission and fire is to the left of the mountain range


A slight breeze came up and cleared the smoke away quickly. As I was heading out to meet with the Ladies you could see the heavy smoke rising from the fire. All the can do is keep pouring water on the fire.

So that was my day and the weather has been delightful. We have been in the mid to high 80's and night time temps in the low 60's. 

Good Night All

Friday, September 27, 2019

Relief!

We had lots of rain over the week and the temperatures dropped about 30 degrees at some times of the day. Lots of flooding at lower parts to town and some people were stranded on the wrong side of the rushing water. Since I am at a higher point I was fine. 

Even had some tornadoes touch down in a couple of towns. It was some really crazy weather.

But OH how wonderful to feel the coolness it brought with it. We have been in the low to mid 80's and the nights are low 60's. Makes for wonderful sleeping. The mornings are so wonderful and all the windows and door are open most of the day. While the humidity is quite high the cooler temps make it tolerable. I just run the fans and it helps.

We had been below the needed water levels and heading toward a drought, but this rain brought that  way up above the level needed. I just hope it stays this way now.

Good Night All


Friday, September 20, 2019

Out Doors

My daughter was given a full time position at her new job but it means she works Sundays. We tried for Sat. but it's Jr's game day so that wasn't going to work out. We figured Friday's was the best bet. So I picked Tracy up at 9am and we headed for a place we used to go to more often until the dreaded heat came. Oh what a beautiful morning it was.

After breakfast we stopped at a Fry's to pick up something Walmart Neighborhood store no longer carries. It was still early so we decided to go over to Kirkland's and look around. We both saw lots of lovely things but we didn't buy anything. Then went over to Old Navy to see what they had on sale as Tracy needs new jeans. But the sale doesn't start until tomorrow and you need the store credit card so nothing spent there either.

After I dropped her off I went back to the garage for them to finish removing the deep cycle batter and pull the wires clean through and remove them. It was so nice out that I stayed out side while they did the work. Yes it was that nice out 93 degrees with a slight breeze. I think I spent more time outdoors today than I have since May. What a glorious feeling. After getting home I spent more time out doors checking the camping gear and figuring out how I can still use my little coffee maker. I can connect it to the lighter in the truck and run the wire through the middle windows so that worked out just fine. I had bought a longer cable a while back.

Some time in the next few days we will get lots of rain from the storm Lorena up from Mexico and then another one will be right behind that one. We really need the rain since Monsoon Season was a real bust.

Good Night All

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Battery Troubles

Sat. as Tracy and I were getting ready to leave for lunch the truck wouldn't start. So Tracy pulled in and with a little trouble we got it started and I drove right to O' Reilly's Auto Parts where I purchased this battery just 1 yr ago this month. You could tell this kid was not into his job at all. He did test the battery and said it was fine but needed to be charged. Well to cut this story short because retelling it makes me angry all over again. We got lucky and we finished out our day. I backed in again as I have been doing that now since it's easier to see as I am coming out of the driveway. Before I went to bed I went out and the truck started up. Well Sunday morning a no go. I had a feeling the trouble  was due to the deep cycle battery in the back of the truck. So I called my mechanic yesterday to tell him my thoughts. He said his guy who does the electrical stuff would be in today being Tue. and try to make it by 8 am. So I rounded up my buddy Mark and he finally was able to get the truck going and I headed right over to Motor Works. I didn't even shut the truck off since I knew it wouldn't start again. Well I was right the deep cycle battery had a dead cell and it kept draining the truck battery. They totally disconnected all the wires and charged the battery in the truck. They said nothing else was draining the battery and all was well. So I have been hearing a lot of good things about Jackery it is a little thing that can run quite a few things and lasts quite a while. it can be charged by a small solar panel or house current or the truck battery. Now to find out what wattage I need and then start saving up for it. I know the cheaper one does not have enough watts to run my little baby heater.

The weather has calmed down some and we are floating around in the 90's but the humidity is still high and now we are looking at getting some of the remnant's of tropical Loraina  or what ever it's called. But I think by next month I may be able to get in a camping trip.

Good Night All

Friday, September 13, 2019

Lunch With My Littles

We had a wonderful visit and lunch today. My grandson Anthony finally got himself a really nice car so the A/C was nice and cold to combat the nasty heat and humidity.

The little ones where so good and they sure do eat well. Talked about tag foot ball, a new school and other things they have done. So happy we finally got together.

Arianna and Anthony Jr. That little girl sure is a good eater, Anthony had lunch at school even though it was an early release day so he ate some and took the rest home.
Good Night All

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Cooler Kind Of

While the temperature was lower this past week the humidity was higher. Tomorrow back into triple digits but then back into the high 90's but they say the humidity will go back down we shall see.

But I am going to lunch tomorrow with my grandson and his 2 little ones. I haven't seen them in a while. So looking forward to time with them.

Other than that I have been doing a little cooking and trying new things.

Good Night All