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Monday, April 6, 2020

Sunday 4-5 Reading and Working Out

Another relaxing day

We had an overcast day but it didn't rain. It got into the 60's.

I finished reading a great book called Beneath A Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan. It was a historic fiction that took place in Italy. It was about a young Italian teenage boy (Pino Lella)  growing up in Milan, Italy while it was occupied by the Nazis. It's about his adventures helping the Jews and the Resistance.

Reading is fun

In the afternoon I worked out for a half hour using Gold's Gym. I did my daily challenges and The Event:Solitaire World Tour of 30 games. It took me 3 hours, 11 minutes and 20 seconds. I came in 10th place in my group.

Working out

In the evening we watched a couple of episodes of Midsomer Murders. I started to watch the first season of Single-Handed, it's a police series that takes place in Ireland. Acorn said I already watched it but I didn't remember it. I did 20,000 steps.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Saturday 4-4 Rainy Cool Day

It drizzled on and off all day

The rain stayed around all day and the temperature didn't get out of the 40's.

Larry has a Minnie project he wants to work on but he couldn't because it was too damp. Instead we stayed indoors all day. We read mostly of the day. We watched some YouTube videos. 

Reading is fun

In the evening we watched a couple of episode of Midsomer Mysteries 18th season. Then I finished watching Doctor Finlay series. I did my daily challenges and 22,000 steps. We had another relaxing day of doing hardly nothing.

Watching television

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Friday 4-3 Keeping Dry

The rain came in last night and it's suppose to stay around for the next week. We will make the best of it. In all honesty since we are trying to follow the social distancing guidelines it won't make much difference. At 5:00 our local weatherman (Andy Anderson) said todays temperature had gotten to 70 degrees but in about 15 minutes time it had dropped to 45 degrees. During the weather report I went outside to get rid of some trash and the temperature had certainly dropped and there was a north wind. It rained on and off all day.

Yesterday, Larry ordered the parts for our next Minnie project, which is adding a propane line to the dining area. Most of the parts came in today but Larry won't be able to do the project until the rain goes away. That's ok because we're not in any hurry.

We spent the day reading. I worked out for an hour and a half using my Wii Fit program, Gold's Gym and Just Dance. I did my daily challenges and the Event: Two Games Tango, which was 10 Spider and 10 Tri Peaks. It took me 1 hour, 50 minutes and 28 seconds. By the time I went to bed I was in 10th place of my group.

We watched some YouTube videos on how the coronavirus has affected people who are living full-time in RV's and vans. We feel for those folks because some of them really don't have any place to stay to isolate themselves from others. Some of them are in other countries and the countries have different rules. They're told they can't stay in an area but aren't told where they can stay. A lot of them have decided to go back to their home countries but it's not that easy since the countries they are currently in are locked down. Many of them are having to get their embassies involved and then travel great distances to an airport. Even people who are in their home countries have problems since many times they don't have a home other than their RV. A lot of the campgrounds are closing and some of the people don't have any place to go. In the videos we are watching the people are actually very positive and are going with the flow.

In the evening we finished watching the 17th season of Midsomer Murders. Then I watched a few episode of Doctor Finlay. I did 22,000 steps.     

Friday, April 3, 2020

Thursday 4-2 Heat Pump Repair

We woke up to overcast skies. The rain was suppose to be here at 11:00 am but it arrived around 4:00 in the afternoon.

Rainy afternoon

Larry started the day out by doing his morning routine of checking his e-mail and reading the blogs he follows. I got out of bed around 8:00 and made breakfast. I did my daily challenges and The Event: World Tour Mini of 8 games. It took me 27 minutes and 35 seconds to finished the challenge. Then I read.

A while back Larry noticed that our heat pump (heater / air-conditioner) wasn't working correctly. Tuesday Moore Air came out and checked the system, it was out of freon, while they could not find a leak they were fairly certain it was the coil. He came back today and installed the new coil, he had to solder it in. It took him a couple hours to do the entire job. When the gentleman finished everything worked. Hopefully that fixes the problem. Last summer it ran out of freon, we had Lockridge Priest come out and work on it, they put stop leak in and filled it back up with freon, we were not really happy with their process so we decided to try a different company. Larry was not overly impressed with Moore Air either so the next time we need service we will try another company.

I haven't used my Wii Fit in over a week, I will blame that on doing the Minnie floor project. I lost interest in working out. Larry teased me about it so I felt guilty and got the Wii Fit balance board out. I ended up working out for an hour and a half. I did the Wii Fit for a half hour, Gold's Gym for a half hour and Just Dance for a half hour. During my workout I had to turn on the ceiling fan because I was hot. When I was finished Larry had Alexa turn off the fan because he was cold.

Working Out
In the evening we started watching the 17th season of Midsomer Murders, we watched two episodes. I finished watching the third season of Doctor Finlay and started the fourth season. I did 22,000 steps.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Wednesday 4-1 April Fools Day

It's April Fools Day

We had an outstanding day with a lot of sunshine. The temperature was a cool 75 degrees with a little breeze.

Larry did his monthly activities of putting bleach in our septic tank and backing up our data to the cloud. I read a bit.

We normally camp in the Spring and Fall and sometime it gets cold. In the Minnie we have a furnace that we seldom use because it uses a lot of propane and battery power. If we are plugged into electric we use electric heaters but many times we use our Wave3 catalytic propane heater, it requires no power and uses very little propane. Years ago when we got the Wave3 Larry plumbed it into the stove in the kitchen. It is quite a distance from the kitchen to our bed and while it might be comfortable in the back it is much chillier in front. Larry has been thinking about adding a propane line near the dinette which is in the middle of the Minnie. Today he crawled around under the Minnie and looked around inside trying to determine the best way to do this. He is working on some ideas. 

A couple of weeks ago Larry purchase a digital timer for our septic system. He has been testing it out here in the house and it has worked fine. Today he removed the old mechanical timer and replaced it with the digital timer. Hopefully it will last longer than the mechanical timers and since it is a bit tricky to program he hopes the septic inspection folks won't be able to make changes to it.

Removing the old timer

Old timer on the left, new on the right

Connecting the new timer to power
Once again we did our weekly grocery shopping online via Walmart. Lots of things are still not available to order but of everything we could order bread was the only item they did not have. When we picked up our groceries Larry went inside and picked up bread and a few other items. They actually had some of the items we wanted but online they showed as out of stock. They still don't have any paper products (we don't need any) or Campbell's Chunky Soups. For lunch we normally eat either soup or a salad, salads have a very limited shelf life and we are getting low on soup. Since the coronavirus started we have changed our way of grocery shopping, we shop online and only once a week. When we have to go inside Walmart for items that aren't available online Larry goes in by himself to avoid coming in contact with other people. I tried to tip the person who delivered our groceries to the car but the employee said he couldn't accept tips, I was surprised.

Grocery shopping

Last week we bought a pork roast and I cut it in quarters. Sunday, Larry smoked half of it and I froze a quarter of it. This morning I put the other quarter in a crock pot and slowed cooked it on low for six hours. While the pork was slow cooking it was covered with liquid smoke. Once the pork was finished I shredded it. For dinner we had pulled pork sandwiches.

Pulled Pork

Crock pot

In the evening we watched a couple of episodes of Midsomer Murders. I started watching the second season of Doctor Finlay. I did my daily challenges and The Event: Medium Mayhem of 27 games. It took me 1 hour and 47 minutes and 12 seconds. I did 21,000 steps. We had another relaxing day.      

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Tuesday 3-31 Another Minnie Project

Awesome Day

We had an awesome day. The sun came out and the temperature was very mild, in the high 60's.

It has been about a month since we last square danced. Yesterday, our friends James and Jeanne, from Sun City called to see how we were. We met them years ago via square dancing and every week we look forward to seeing them. We have wonderful memories of dancing with them not only in Sun City but also at many places including The Rio Grande Valley and at Fun Valley in Colorado. We were thrilled to hear from them. It was so thoughtful of them to call.

James and Jeanne at Sundancers dance

James and Jeanne at Fun Valley, James hired me as his jockey and we won😀

With the flooring being done in the Minnie Larry moved on to another project. While we were in the Rio Grande Valley one of the kitchen drawers fell apart. Larry was able to get it back together but it was in very poor shape. This morning he decided to rebuild the drawer. The drawers are made out of some kind of fiberboard and the drawer has gotten wet so the board had sweld in places. Larry built a new drawer using plywood we had hanging around the house. He cut the board to fit the sides using his miter saw. Then he glued and stapled the boards together. He attached the original front back on. In the drawer we have a plastic tray to hold our silverware and it really didn't fit correctly so he also modified it to fit. Then I put the silverware back in the tray. The drawer looks excellent. 

Old drawer Larry rebuilt

Larry sawing plywood for the drawer

The finished drawer after being rebuilt

The drawer with the original front

Every once in awhile we have noticed the smell of propane near the door of the Minnie. This afternoon Larry started checking all the propane connections with soapy water, he found one connection that produced bubbles, he tighten it up and no more bubbles, hopefully that problem is fixed.

While Larry was doing the Minnie project I read. After dinner I mowed the yards. 

Mowing the yards

In the evening we watched a couple of episodes of Midsomer Murders. Then I finished watching the second season of Doctor Finlay. I also did my daily challenges, I didn't have any event games today. While watching television I did my steps 22,000 steps.   

Relaxing in front of the television


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Monday 3-30 Rainy Day

Smile and have a get day

When we woke up today it was overcast. The weather application we use predicted rain was going to come by 11:00 so we went outside to the Minnie to install the toilet and put on the bathroom door. After installing the new seal and tightening the bolts Larry hooked up the water and made sure there were no leaks. Next we put on the bathroom door. I held the door while Larry attached the hinges. This project is complete and the floor looks outstanding.

From the living area


We got done right in time, the rain came in around 9:30 am. When we got in the house I did my daily challenges and the Event: Two Games Tango, which was 10 games of Klondike and 10 games of Spider. It took me 3 hours and 55 minutes and 41 seconds. I was stuck one the 10th game of the Klondike for a long time because you had to play the 9 of diamonds in 75 moves. 

I was busy doing my challenges when lunchtime came around so Larry made lunch for us. 

After lunch I worked on my puzzle until I couldn't keep my eyes open. Then I went and laid down for a couple of hours. While I was napping Larry wrote his Seeds Program review on the Shaw Vinyl Flooring. He also worked a bit on editing my annual book from 2019.

In the evening we started to watch the 16th season of Midsomer Murders. Then I finished the first season of Doctor Finlay and started the second season. I did 21,000 steps. We had a good day.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Sunday 3-29 Finished Project and Smoking Pork

Smile and have fun

It was an overcast day with a little wind. It got into the mid 70's. It was very comfortable. 

We started the day out by finishing up the Minnie project. We only needed to do the steps. The area was small but there were a lot of cuts and a couple of cuts had to be at an angle. We used a lot of the scrap pieces to do the steps. After cutting the pieces to fit Larry had to glue them into place. After that he installed the transition around the top of the steps. It looks excellent. We still need to reinstall the toilet and put the door back on the bathroom. The new toilet seal arrived late today so depending on the weather we might be completely finished tomorrow.

Blowing the drive before working on project

Installing vinyl flooring

The kitchen area after vinyl flooring was installed

The steps waiting for vinyl flooring

The finished project of the steps

Gluing the steps

Cutting the vinyl flooring
When I watered my flowers today I saw there were a lot more starting to grow. This is so exciting.

More plants coming up

After we finished the Minnie's flooring project Larry decided to smoke a pork roast on the grill. It took about five hours to smoke. While the meat was smoking I worked on my puzzle and did laundry. I did my daily challenges and The Event: Hard Road Mini, which had 3 games. It took me 22.5 minutes and I came in 45th in my group. We watched an episode of GizWiz. 

Doing laundry
Smoking a pork roast
Smoked Pork Roast

In the evening we watched a movie off of Amazon called This Beautiful Fantastic. The movie was a romantic drama where a young woman finds friendship with a cantankerous rich widower. It was a good movie. Then we finished watching the sixth season of Travels By Narrowboat. Then I started watching a new series on Acorn. The 1993 Scottish series was Dr. Finlay, it is about a doctor who returns from World War II to return to his practice. We had a very good day.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Saturday 3-28 Another Busy Day

I hope you had a nice day!!!!

The morning started out with a little bit of rain. It only sprinkled and lasted about a half hour. Afterwards we went back to work on the Minnie floor project. We were busy the rest of the morning and part of the afternoon. We finished the hallway and kitchen area. It took awhile because Larry had to cut angles and around trim and the electrical box. By the end of the day only the step remain to be done, we will then need to reinstall the cabinet doors and put other stuff back in place. We have also ordered a new seal for the toilet, it is suppose to arrive Monday. We're almost done.

While doing this project we saw our neighbors and other people in the neighborhood walking around. One positive thing about the Coronavirus, we have seen more families out walking then we have every seen before. It was another beautiful day.

In the evening we watched an Amazon movie called Blow The Man Down. The movie took place in a small town in Maine about two sisters who cover up a murder. It was a slow moving movie. I didn't like it. Afterwards we watched a couple of episodes of Travels By Narrowboat. I started a series last night called Acceptable Risk and I finished it tonight. It was an Irish drama thriller about a wife, who investigates her husband's death. I did my daily challenges and The Event: Solitaire World Tour of 30 games. It took me 3 hours and 50 minutes to complete them. I came in 26th in my group.  I did 20,000 steps. 

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Friday 3-27 Minnie Project and Flowers

Spring is here

We had an overcast day with wind. The temperature got up to 85 degrees and the humidity was 53%.

Spring is definitely here. Every year in the spring our live oak trees pollinate big time. They shed pollen constantly, you can spend your whole day blowing off the driveway and porches. Before starting to work on the flooring in the Minnie Larry blew off the drive so we wouldn't track stuff into the Minnie. He also blew the out the garage and the driveway after stopping for the day. We have also been tracking it in the house for days.

We spent the morning and part of the afternoon working on replacing the Minnie's flooring. First Larry finished installing the support rail for the floor. Because it was going to be exposed to the weather he put sealant around the bolt holes. He didn't want water to leak under the floor. Then he screwed the rail down with bolts. I helped him by holding the bolt heads with a screwdriver while he was underneath the Minnie tightening them up.

Yesterday, he had sanded down a support board in the Minnie, this morning he taped it off and painted it. He ended up putting on four coats. In between each coat he worked on laying the flooring in the Minnie. He started in the bathroom. This took the rest of the day, the bathroom is a small area and he had to cut the vinyl to fit around the walls and the door frame. When he had to cut the vinyl I helped by holding the vinyl. It took longer than we expected, that's ok, we're in no hurry.

Lots of corners to cut around

Bathroom before the vinyl planks

Cutting the flooring to fit

The vinyl floor installed around the toilet

The finished project in the bathroom

In the afternoon I worked out on my Gold's Gym for a half hour. I did my daily challenges. I didn't have an event to do. We watched YouTube videos.
Today when I went outside to water my flowers I was surprised because some of the seeds were starting to germinate. I was so excited I had to run into the house and get the camera to take pictures. It has been only three days since I planted the seeds. The seeds that are starting to germinate are the Partial Shade Seeds. This was a nice way to start the day.

Flowers starting to grow
In the evening we watched a two part series on Amazon called Going Postal. It was a movie taken from a novel by Terry Pratchett. It was a cute movie about a con artist who was conned into taking over the Postmaster job in the Ankh-Morpork Post Office. It was a comedy.

A while back I watched all three season of the Miss Fisher murder mysteries. I really enjoyed them. The last season ended five years ago but the other day Larry read they brought her back in a new movie titled, Miss Fisher & The Crypt of Tears, the movie was available on Acorn. I watched it tonight and enjoyed it. The movie had all the actors and characters who were in the original series, it was just as good.

I did my daily challenges and 20,000 steps.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Thursday 3-26 Minnie Project and Mowing

Busy day

Yesterday, we spent an hour or so getting the Minnie ready for it's new kitchen floor. Larry removed the bathroom door and a couple of cabinets doors. He removed the toilet and the old stick on vinyl on the steps. While he was doing this I removed the old vinyl flooring. This part of the project was hard because when RV's are built they put the flooring down and then they put the walls on top of the flooring. I had to trim around the walls and the ring around the toilet. When I was doing this I had to be careful not to cut too deeply and cut the walls boards. The vinyl flooring goes into the bathroom, after Larry removed the toilet he removed the wood box that was covering the pipes and some wires. It took him awhile considering he couldn't see how the box was held in, he finally found three screws that were covered with carpet. Once he removed the box I finished removing the vinyl flooring.

The plywood under the vinyl floor in the kitchen and on the steps

Old vinyl flooring in the bathroom

The power tool Larry used to remove screws

The vinyl flooring on the steps

Over the years we have noticed the floor in the kitchen area has been flexing more and more. This morning Larry moved the Minnie to the driveway so he could use his creeper to get under it. He found a perfect place to add a bit of support. He found a square aluminum bar and some bolts that were hanging around the house to use for the project. The bar had been used for something else and already had a few holes drilled in it so he only had to drill a couple more. Once he drilled the holes in the bar he crawled back under the Minnie and put the bar up and lined the bar up with where the floor was. He drilled holes through the floor, then he put the bolts in and tightened them down. The extra support took out a lot of the flex.

It was cooler today so in the afternoon I decided to mow the yards. I mowed both yards and I also mowed the back of the backyard. While I mowed Larry weedeated. It took me an hour and a half to mow. By the time I finished I was exhausted, the humidity was very high. The temperature was 83 degrees and the humidity was 56%.

The backyard mowed
Last week I hung my hummingbird feeder off the back porch. The other day the nectar was gone, I figured that was because of the weather so I put more nectar in. While I was barbecuing some sausage links for dinner today Larry told me that a hummingbird came to the feeder. What a surprise because I didn't see it. When I had put the feeder out I thought maybe it was too early but I guess not. 

In the evening we watched the old Jame Garner movie Support Your Local Gunfighter. I love these old comedies. Then we watched an episode of Travels By Narrowboat. I finished watching Vexed. I did my daily challenges and The Event: Two Games Tango 10 games of spider and 10 games of Free Cell. It took me about 4 hours and I came in 23rd when I went to bed. We had another busy day.  

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Wednesday 3-25 Goegeous & Busy Spring Day

Gorgeous spring day at home

Spring started four days ago. The last two days have been gorgeous with plenty of sunshine. The temperature has been in the mid to high 80's.

I was going to mow today but the yards were too wet in the morning. In the afternoon it was 87 degrees. So I passed on it. 

Instead of mowing we went to the storage center to get the Minnie, Larry wants to do a couple of projects. First up was to dump the tanks and change the oil.  I helped him when needed.

Doing Minnie Projects
Dumping the tanks

Removing oil filter

Draining old oil
Putting fresh oil in

For many years our vinyl flooring in the kitchen has been coming up but we have been putting off replacing it, during the best times of the year to work on it we were using it and we were concerned of what we would find. This month the Seeds Program had some snap together vinyl floor planks that we decided to use in the Minnie. Now Larry can review the flooring for the Seeds Program at the same time replace the kitchen flooring. After changing the oil Larry peeled back the vinyl flooring and was pleasantly surprised to find that the plywood under the flooring had no damage. Yesterday, Larry had put some items in his cart on Amazon that he thought he would need to repair the plywood, he was glad he hadn't ordered the items.

We received an e-mail from Walmart about 1:30 that said they substituted some of our grocery items with other similar items and that other items were out of stock. When the order was complete we received another e-mail to come and pickup our order. While we were waiting for our order to be delivered to the car Larry went inside to see what he could find to replace the items that were out of stock, he hit the jack pot, he found other substitutes for the items and found items that had shown to not be available at all. On the website there was absolutely no meat of any kind available but in the store they actually had a bit of everything. He picked up a pound of hamburger and a pork loin. Bread is still a problem, none online nor in the store, however he did find a loaf of sliced french bread in the bakery area. The gentleman, who delivered our groceries to the car was very friendly and helpful. Walmart did an excellent job of filling our order.

The downside of going into the store was that we have been working very hard to avoid being near other people. Due to this Larry went in alone, he said there were very few people in the store and he went out of his way to avoid getting close to anyone. He only picked up a few items and was in and out very quickly. He said checking out was a bit less efficient since I was not there to help. At Walmart we almost always use the self checkout, he scans and I bag.

Grocery shopping
In the evening we watched Support Your Local Sheriff. It was an old movie and I enjoyed watching it again. Then we watched a couple of episodes of Travels By Narrowboat. Last night I started to watch a British detective series called Vexed. It's a very laid back movie with humor. Tonight I finished the first season and started watching the second season. I did my daily challenges and The Event: Tri Peaks Mini of five games. I came in 42nd in my group and it took me 8 minutes and 5 seconds. I did 20,000 steps. We had a wonderful day.

Relaxing in front of the television