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10 November 2018
Saturday - A nice winters day here.
About 29F in the morning, warming into the 60's in the afternoon.
There was a substantial amount of smoke from the fires to the southwest,
poor Camarillo and Malibu. That should make the days cooler and the
I did chores around the house in the morning, including a quick rinse of the
Explorer. I had the urge to work on the house, but common sense and other
Then I did lunch with R&S, down at Mahli's in Palmdale. Delicious
Coming back the transmission started slipping between gears in the
Explorer. I checked and it had fluid, and the fluid didn't look bad,
so maybe it's just age, about 273k miles at this point. My neighbor has some
magic fluid that we can add, and I guess I could take it to a transmission
specialist - since I just passed smog in August spending a thousand or so on
a rebuild might be a good option - it'll get me through until 2020...
It comes at a bad time though, lots of expenses this time of year. Oh
Huge fires in Malibu and in northern California, in Paradise, homes destroyed
and people killed :-(.
Friday 9 November
Windy. Feeling a bit ill for some reason, headache and nausea.
Read, watched TV. Fire's are still raging around the state.
My brother had a leak upstairs in his house, which messed up his
kitchen. He had contractors working on it, but Farmer's Insurance was
screwing around for over a week before agreeing that it was covered...
Insurance companies are mostly scum. There are a few exceptions, but
Thursday 8 November
Taking the day off for the most part, very tired after 4 days of non-stop
Huge fires down in the Camarillo area. Both by the 101 Fwy and the
Santa Rosa Valley. I've inspected water courses in both those areas.
I talked to TD a bit in the evening. He took the CA-1 south, as the
101 was impassable, but said it wasn't too bad going south but that it was
stopped going north. Yikes!
Wednesday 7 November
Wednesday - Nice again.
I went ahead and power-washed the soffits. I borrowed the sprayer from
someone, and only had the jet nozzle, so I had to be careful, but I think it
came out OK. I can seem some hanging paint flakes here and there, but
a good brush should remove them.
It only took a couple of hours. I did the garage first, so that I could
check for water penetration - that was only minimal so I felt better about
the house portion proper.
By mid afternoon the wind was coming up, but I was done. That and the
extremely dry conditions - single digit humidity - should dry things out by
the weekend I should think.
I had a nice late lunch with Dr. G, and we talked a bit about STARS. I
had a little demo, but of course it wouldn't work properly...
Tuesday - Nice weather. A bit of wind in the
I walked over to the community center and voted in the morning. Only
about a 5 minute wait.
Still trying to get the house ready for power-washing. Finally got
everything caulked. It should be dry (clear) tomorrow, so I'll
My hands hurt, but contrasting baths seem to help a LOT.
Monday - Nice weather.
Working on the house, refastening trip, caulking, and so on.
Sunday - Cool in the morning - wool shirt
weather, again, for a few hours.
I went shopping with S for a few things. I picked up a bunch of soup,
since I'll be back at the dentist in a week or so.
October 23 was the two year anniversary of my getting Budd from the Lowe's
we were loading groceries into the Explorer at WinCo a stray cat
came up and started begging food. He was a young tom, but
sweet and obviously people-friendly. He rubbed against our
legs and my friend gave him some fresh sliced turkey, which he
devoured instantly. He was very thin and clearly hungry.
With only minimal effort we lured him into the Explorer, a "ttcchhh"
of the tongue and a pat on the seat."
He and Jim are getting along well now...Suzy not so much. Oh well.
I also picked up an entire box of painters caulk from Lowe's (which is next
to WinCo). I have vastly underestimated the amount of caulk I needed
all along, and have been buying five or six at a time, but this
should be enough to let me finish enough to proceed with washing the
house. It's much cheaper in bulk.
I had G come by and help with painting the trim around the windows.
Even in the grayish Valspar primer they look a LOT better. The Valspar
is a LOT harder to get off my hands, hopefully that translates into sticking
well to old wood...
Not too much going on, I watched a little bit of football at a friends