Chores Day

Creosote Bush

The Better Half and I tended to a couple of chores today, the first of which was to rescue some of the lemons in the orchard that had begun falling from the tree. We picked a few of the low-hanging fruit, some of which were still changing colors. We took one of the mature lemons and juiced it into a post-chores margarita that TBH concocted. That was a very good use of the first of the crop.

The second chore was to trim back a creosote bush that had badly encroached on the little creek (seen in the foreground above). When we finished, this is the view from the courtyard - much improved since we looked at it yesterday and decided to do something about the encroachment. Clickable image.

Medical note: I had yet another procedure a week ago, to remove another suspicious lesion from the bladder. That went well and I have been without symptoms since the day after the procedure. We get another pathology reading next week and a probable course of treatment prescribed then.

Braying Jackass Characteristics

jackass.jpgYou know you’re a LIBERAL DEMOCRAT if:

  1. You’re outraged at the truth
  2. You believe your own lie
  3. Conservatives are out to get you with their mind rays
  4. You’re driven to work in a limousine and complain about the way poor people are treated
  5. You want to build a homeless shelter but you don’t want it near your $2 million estate
  6. The war was a lie but you’re still a “patriot”
  7. Losing a war is a good thing
  8. Illegal aliens are great for votes but you wouldn’t want one in office
  9. You disagree with profiling terrorists insurgents
  10. You think a good day in school teaches evolution is fact, God doesn’t exist and 2+2=3 is acceptable
  11. You believe that the US Constitution is wrong-headed and should be subject to “the new world order”

The previous found in some old notes I am currently reviewing; some items have been updated to contemporary terms.

The “Dirtied Chronicle” Continues

As more documentation continues to lint the corrupt Obamination and, principally, Eric Holder and the DOJ to more Fast and Furious victims, it seems too late to FIRE HOLDER as called for in the following RIFLE HORDE anagram animation (click to alternate between messages).

However, according to a recent discovery, the FAT FRAUD IS (still) UPON US at this late date. Click on this animated anagram message to alternate:

With Holder resigning and no resolution at this time of the most racially corrupt Attorney general stepping down, we must at least deal with the DIRTIED CHRONICLE by invoking the next step in the process of bringing justice to this disturbing FAST AND FURIOUS debacle. Click on the animated anagram for the next step:

Ed Note: I know posting has been a bit scrimpy lately, but it comes honestly enough. We are in the middle of post season Major League Baseball playoffs (which we love) among other fall sporting events, we have been closing out the last details of our evacuation from Kalifornistan and, finally, I just finished with yet another procedure to deal with my troubled waterworks yesterday. We should know in two weeks if there is any follow-up to that.

Proper Disposition of Worn American Flags

American Flags

Today, Columbus Day and the 239th Anniversary of the US Navy, The Better Half and I took our usual contribution of smashed aluminum cans (3 35 gallon bags full) to the American Legion Post here in town. While we were there, we took a couple of care-worn American Flags from the flagpole at the old house to be respectfully destroyed by the legionnaires.

It is (still) our intention to have a proper flagpole erected at our Arizona home, but it is one of those elusive round tuits that have as yet failed to materialize. Not to worry, though, we have a few extra bucks set aside to get that done soon.

TBH took the photo of the old flags as we were in the truck on our way to make the cans donation and to have the flags transferred to the legion for disposition. Clickable image.

What’s For Dinner?

Chili Size

On a notion during the week, The Better Half suggested having Chili Size for one of the weekend meals. Being a junk food junkie, I, naturally, said “Good idea!”

We bought a 1½ lb. London broil top round cut at the supermarket. Today, I cut in in half, chopped half of it into half inch cubes for the chili and ground the other half to be used for the hamburger patties.

The Better Half, having never made this kind of robust chili, found a recipe that we both liked, mainly because it included BACON in the mix. TBH cooked up a world-class batch of beef chili and beans, fried the hamburger patties and served them open face on buns topped with chili and shredded cheese. DAMN was it good!

We took a long walk afterwards. Clickable image (drool alert!).

Rummaging Through Old Photo Archives

jumbLâ„¢ scanner - clickable

I bought a digital slide and negative scanner through Amazon Marketplace and started using it today to scan in selected old photos from both slides and negative film strips. The new doodad is a jumbL™ Film Scanner and does a reasonable job with 35mm slides and negatives.

There are some drawbacks in that the transparent plastic filmstrip guide is easily scratched by drawing the film through. Also, any dirt or other particles shows up as white specks on scanned negatives and black specks on scanned slides. Regardless, I got several ancient treasures scanned through today.

I posted one of my daughter when she was twelve or so on the book of face and my granddaughter came on and said that was the first photo of her Mommy as a kid that she had ever seen. I guess I will be posting more for them as I wade through the hundreds of photos and slides in the collection.

Vintage Aircraft “Wet” Compass

CompassAlso known to us older aviators as a “whiskey” compass, I found this treasure among the junk left in the K-Stan house last week. It was my intention, a long time ago, to add the missing kerosene that floats and lubricates the compass card, but it was one of those round tuits that never came high enough on the priorities list. I intended for it to be sold on Ebay after that minor restoration.

Clickable image: Antique three inch wet compass

I saw a compass like this on Ebay listed in one of the aviation boutiques for $130, so I figure I can list it “as is” and auction it off to someone who needs one of these and can add the kerosene. I checked the instrument for leaks and could not find any, so it’s a mystery to me how the fluid level became as low as it is.

I had this instrument and an old Taylor Cub engine tachometer in my collection of aviation junk. I sold the tach on Ebay and got over $150 for it, so I expect the compass will attract a few collectors. The more common wet compasses came in 2¼-inch size and this one looks like it may have come from a WWII era aircraft which used the three inch instruments.

Overdue Chores

Draining the tub

Having spent the last several weeks with Family events and the sale of the K-Stan property, a lot of things at the Arizona end have been neglected. One such chore is to drain the patio spa; neither of us have been able to use it because both of us have temporary skin problems. It makes no sense to heat it and just letting the water sit in there will likely produce mildew and/or mold.

Also, it is second spring here (that period between summer and fall when the weather resembles April or May) and the weeds have taken the cue to grow everywhere after the recent rainy season. The weekend will be a combination of weed pulling and spraying until it is time to prepare our traditional weekend foodfests. More on that later.

We are really glad to be home, chores notwithstanding. In the days ahead, we intend to do a lot of relaxing and catching up on other items necessary to perpetuate our health (dentist, flu shots, health screening tests, etc.). I have yet another procedure for the ongoing waterworks problems, but when that is concluded, we plan to hit the road again, intent on visiting our folks in SoCal and NoCal.

We will post about our adventures as time permits.

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