Monthly Generator Run

Generator Run Day

It has actually been a little over a month since we fired up the little 3KW Honda Generator. We ran it for a while today in the truck bed parked by the “orchard” next to the RV Driveway.

We took advantage of the electricity generated during the run and trimmed up some of the stubble from the lemon tree where the mule deer had eaten the outermost leaves. They did that last year too, but the tree came back with a lot of growth to compensate. The lemon tree, on the left in the clickable image above, looks a lot better than it did before using the hedge trimmer on it. I didn’t take a before picture.

I was going to change the generator oil after this run, but decided to do that next month and help The Better Half who was working on her Xeriscape Garden in front of the garage.

A Classic Ford Sighting

Classic Ford Four Door Sedan

The Better Half snapped this (clickable) image of a very shiny and nice classic Ford heading east on US 60. Judging from some photos on the internet, I think this is a 1940 Ford 4-Door Sedan, suicide doors and all. It’s always nice to see the restored cars around town.

We were headed to one of our stops on “Shopping Thursday” when we get out of our jammies and do our weekly provision shopping. By Thursday (generally), we have made our selection for the weekend menu. We like to prepare special food for Saturday and Sunday Dinner. We’ve been known to occasionally post photos of “What’s for Dinner” here when we feel the meal was exceptionally good.

The weather has been pretty good thus far for January and we actually are forecast for temperatures to reach in the low 80’s early next week with 68 to 75 as highs in the interim. No wonder the aisles at the supermarket and the streets and parking lots are congested with “snow zombies” this time of year. We use the Z-word due to our observation that they seem clueless that somebody else might want to pass them in the aisle as they blankly stare at something on the shelves. These folks are definitely in Colonel Jeff Cooper’s “white” category, being oblivious to activity around them.

An Interesting Bullpup Shotgun

In January, when SHOT SHOW opens, a lot of new and interesting weaponry and accessories make their debut. I was reading the weekly email from American Rifleman Insider today and this beautiful and exotic shotgun jumped off the screen. I was immediately intrigued and had the urge to add one to our selection of security arms.

From American Rifleman:

Last week IWI US announced its first bullpup shotgun, the Tavor TS12, but we didn’t have to wait long to check out this interesting new gun. During Industry Day at the Range at the 2018 SHOT Show, American Rifleman’s Brian Sheetz had a chance to check out this first for the manufacturer who has brought us the popular Tavor rifle and subsequent variations. For more, visit IWI.US.

There is a descriptive video at the American Rifleman link above. Depending on the shotgun shell size, one can load up to seventeen rounds into the three magazine tubes and the chamber. The weapon is friendly to both right and left-handed shooters.

Alas, the MSRP is a bit high for those of us on a limited income, but it was sure fun to fantasize about having one of these in the arsenal.

The Magnificent Seven

2011 Move In House Recent Photo

It was seven years ago today that The Better Half and I took possession of the retirement house we had our contractor build. After many home improvements and landscaping events the (clickable) images show the then and now images of our humble abode. The left image is how the place looked when we moved here; the right image is from last year but essentially how we see it today.

Even after seven years of being magnificently happy here, we are still making changes to the landscaping and other things to try and constantly improve and/or maintain the property. 2018 will likely see new paint for the house, courtyard wall and retention walls. We also still have it in mind to build an RV shelter on the south side of the property with full hookups.

We are still having to deal with some health issues this year with ongoing visits to various medical professionals for checks this and that plus we will probably undergo some fairly invasive procedures which are a little risky, but considered to be necessary for continued well-being. More on that after we’re done with it.

We are looking forward to a great new year with plans to see the families on yet another motor tour or two in the Class A Motorhome. Hope your year is going as well.

What’s for Dinner? New Year’s Eve Version

Grilled Pork Loin Filet

On this last day of 2017, The Better Half and I collaborated on this wonderful, healthy and delicious dinner. She prepared the sugar snap peas and baby bok choy on the side, as well as the marinade for the entrée which was reduced later to be used as the sauce drizzled over the food. My part was to prepare the pork on the grill using a timer/temperature probe to ensure the meat was cooked to perfection. And, as you can see in the clickable image above, it indeed was.

We had decent weather today with the high temperature here about 65° and partly sunny. Three years ago, on this day, we had snow! So, we’re thankful for the climate we got today.

We hope your holidays are going as well as ours.

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Today was ‘Run the Generator Day’

Clickable ImageWe try and maintain a schedule to run the little Honda EU3000is generator from time to time in order to keep it ready for use. However, due to a couple of extended excursions in the big RV, we let the regularity lapse a bit. It was long overdue, but today, we got it running again. It was a bit hard to start, but the generator finally started after several tries.

We originally bought this generator to power up our travel trailer. Now, however, we have the Class A diesel pusher which features an integral Cummins Onan 6KW diesel generator.

These days, the Honda only gets used for several things as needed, including running garden tools in areas where there is no commercial electricity. This includes the west rock and cactus garden for bush whacking and cactus clean up and once in a while down the road when native vegetation grows into the roadway.

It ran for thirty or forty minutes today using one of the big RV’s A/C units as a load. Next time we run it, an oil change will be due for the Honda.

2017 Federal Tax Preparation - First Cut

tax timeWe now have taken a first cut at our 2017 tax situation. After paying out to the Feds last year, we adjusted our withholding to try and prevent paying the lump sum. I used a spreadsheet earlier this year to figure how much we were going to withhold and from which (we have several sources of income). Unfortunately, after putting the preliminary numbers into the tax program, it looks as if we have over withheld and will likely get a larger than we like refund (hate to lend money to the government). The preliminary refund calculation shows that we’re going to be getting back over $2k.

I suppose that after we have completed the final cut for 2017, I will re-assess the withholding and make adjustments. A couple of things may have changed in our favor, including a slightly lower annual income and we have begun supporting the tuition fund for our local Christian Academy which is not only a 501(c)(3) Federal deduction, but a dollar for dollar state income tax offset. We paid no Arizona state income tax last year nor will we this year.

Now, all that’s left to do for the tax return is to wait while the various 1099 forms trickle in and go over each item again. I may tinker with some withholding numbers for 2018 in the meantime.

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