What did you do today? - 2023/2024 version

Spent the entire day cutting grass, transplanted squash/pumpkins, watered the new trees, worked on riding mower. It was a great day at the ranch and I always enjoy lunch time just sitting there and taking in the sounds and sights.

Here is a picture of how I'm going to try gardening on this slope. Above is a ditch that carrier's water for crop/hay fields. The slope has two saddles and I transplanted in both those valleys. My objective is when it rains those valleys/saddles hold water and will water those plants. It also will stay very moist under the fabric and is a great weed barrier. I also can run water down those valleys from above to water when I need too. I have the old corral planted like that and really works great. I don't have to water but a few time all season.
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Day following DW's knee replacement. She spent yesterday walking with a walker. Today no walker. Up and down stairs. Gets around very well. No pain. She takes meds at 6 am, 8 am, noon, 4 pm, 6 pm, 8 pm and midnight.

Doesn't look like I'll have housework/laundry for more than a couple of days.
 
Day following DW's knee replacement. She spent yesterday walking with a walker. Today no walker. Up and down stairs. Gets around very well. No pain. She takes meds at 6 am, 8 am, noon, 4 pm, 6 pm, 8 pm and midnight.

Doesn't look like I'll have housework/laundry for more than a couple of days.
Good to hear, but let us know how she is getting along once the pain meds are stopped.
 
Day following DW's knee replacement. She spent yesterday walking with a walker. Today no walker. Up and down stairs. Gets around very well. No pain. She takes meds at 6 am, 8 am, noon, 4 pm, 6 pm, 8 pm and midnight.

Doesn't look like I'll have housework/laundry for more than a couple of days.
Well, that is great!!! She is doing very well. My dad had one done and was up and doing his regular routine after a few days also. He was about 80 when he had that done.
 
Good to hear, but let us know how she is getting along once the pain meds are stopped.
Thanks - So far she's only had minor pain so she hasn't needed any Oxycodone or Tramadol. But she'll be on the other 9 meds for a while.
Well, that is great!!! She is doing very well. My dad had one done and was up and doing his regular routine after a few days also. He was about 80 when he had that done.
Thanks - It's amazing how fast one can recovery from a joint replacement - especially in the case of your dad at 80.
 
Yesterday's adventure was interrupted with a surprise thunderstorm. I was hiking in the high country and was caught in a storm but found a huge rock quarry with overhanging rock shelve to get under and out of the storm. The rain finally stopped and then the high winds started. I headed back down and left for home.
In the evening, I mowed the grass and took a tomato plant to a friend and planted it for him.
 
In my opinion there isn't a more beautiful place on earth then the badlands.
Agreed! We only live 2 hours a way but this was our first overnight trip. Don’t know what took us so long. Well, dropping back to part time w*rk certainly was certainly a game changer.
 
Crazy busy from Tuesday:

- Tuesday: worked as election judge for state primary. Fortunately everything went well and all the voters regardless of affiliation were polite. Done by 9pm, then DW and I hit the road at 10pm to get to a hotel near Newark Airport by 2am, for the next days adventure, which was...

-Wednesday: headed into New York City, one of our sons was receiving a graduate degree from NYU. School-wide ceremony was in Yankee Stadium. Smooth sailing from airport airtran to NJ transit to Penn Station to subway to the Bronx, and we met up with our son beforehand. Of course, it was mass confusion outside the stadium. Not only was it, to quote Chicago, "another rainy day in New York City", the stadium wifi was overloaded by everyone trying to get and show their tickets (no paper tickets, everything electronic via Yankees and Ticketmaster). Took us about 2 hours to get in, but we did not miss much of the ceremony. afterwards met up with more family who did not have tickets but wanted to congratulate DS, and we treated everyone to a late lunch, before heading back to NJ and hotel. I needed rest to get up the next day, because...

- Thursday: Back into NYC, this time Manhattan, for the NYU graduate school ceremony where he actually walked across the stage to get his diploma (actually they did not give out the diplomas, just "hooded" them). Still another rainy day in NYC, but no transportation problems. Much better wifi at the theater where the ceremony was held so no delays conjuring up etickets. After the ceremony he and rest of family who was around just wanted to relax and hang out in apartment he was staying at (very large and nice place) and we picked up takeout. DW and I and the "older" family folks left around 7, son and some of the "younger" ones hung around and went to a jazz club later that night.

- Today: the first day this week I was not required to be up no later than 5:30AM, so we slept "late" until around 8, grabbed breakfast, and hit the road to get back home in the afternoon before Friday rush hour.

An exhausting but good visit. Despite all the issues you hear about NYC, we really did not encounter anything. Of course, having grown up there, I know how to be alert and aware as to not be caught off guard :) , and how to politely but firmly deal with the various people who come up to you. Another DS decided to drive into Manhattan because he had never driven there before, and now says he will never drive there again. Sometimes you have to let them find out these things for themselves.😁
 
Busy day. Drove DW to a 9:30 Physical Therapy appointment (she has a lot of back pain and it's painful for her to drive) then back home, then to a 2:00 Dr. appointment. We drove the truck both trips because the truck passenger seat is more comfortable than the Honda for her. Then when we got home the new APC UPS for the new computer was on the front porch.

Got that set up and tested. It turns out it'll run for almost an hour and a half on battery (87 min. according to the software) which was a bit of a surprise. I'll admit I didn't bother to do any calculations about what size to buy, I just got the biggest that seemed reasonable for home use (1500 watts) in part because I assumed that the 34" screen would be a power hog. Evidently not so. And operating on that now-known-to-be-false assumption I also ordered an external battery pack for it which doubles the run time. So when the power goes out here (rare) I can sit in the dark and play on the PC for three hours while DW glowers at me. Hmm... maybe I should rethink that plan.
 
Went to the doctors office, glad they accept walk ins, had the Doc look at my leg and got a scrip for antibiotics. Wednesday I was watering plants on a hillside and slipped and fell. Shin must have landed on a rock and it took a bite. Did not break the cloth of my Levis at least. Spending the rest of the day chilling, it is kind of sore. :nonono:
 
Out the door by 530, I took a trailer up to Port Townsend to pick up a rental Kubota with mower, and mowed the new property.
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After I was done I checked out some live edge slabs for the kitchen island.
This interesting matchup is myrtlewood. Neat but a little bit wonky for island duty.
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The wenge is spectacular, not wide enough.
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Fun bike race this week. Had a sprint finish … which I lost … finished 4th.

Have a couple week break and then a gravel road race of 94 miles with 8,600 ft of hills to climb! It’s in Sisters, Oregon near Bend. The master class field for this one has some very fit and fast old guys. Have been training up for this one for last two months! Bring on the pain.
 
Fun bike race this week. Had a sprint finish … which I lost … finished 4th.

Have a couple week break and then a gravel road race of 94 miles with 8,600 ft of hills to climb! It’s in Sisters, Oregon near Bend. The master class field for this one has some very fit and fast old guys. Have been training up for this one for last two months! Bring on the pain.
When you say "very fit and fast old guys", what ages are you talking about?
 
Off & on rain all day so we stayed inside and I watched some videos on new features in Lightroom (way cool stuff if you're into that) and did a backup on the new PC, and updated one of our old Garmin GPS units. It took a big part of the day on the old PC so I'll do the other one tonight and let it run overnight.

They're both Garmin nuvi 2555LMT units so they must be about 15 years old. So far Garmin is still good for the lifetime map updates. We both prefer these over using a phone in large part because the screens are bigger.
 
Off & on rain all day so we stayed inside and I watched some videos on new features in Lightroom (way cool stuff if you're into that) and did a backup on the new PC, and updated one of our old Garmin GPS units. It took a big part of the day on the old PC so I'll do the other one tonight and let it run overnight.

They're both Garmin nuvi 2555LMT units so they must be about 15 years old. So far Garmin is still good for the lifetime map updates. We both prefer these over using a phone in large part because the screens are bigger.
I like to also have a standalone car GPS (and paper maps!) even though I mostly use my iPhone with just one Airpod when I drive to an unfamiliar location. I hear the directions even with the top down but don't have to take my eyes off the road. Unfortunately when wearing distance glasses, I can't focus on a GPS or phone screen.

I'm decluttering and am on the fence about whether to recycle my old Garmin Nuvi 760 with LMT and Garmin GPSmap CSX with car mount for off-road navigation. Both still work, but the time to acquire satellites is so slow compared to modern units like Garmin Edge Explore 2 for bicycle. I haven't researched too deeply, but the newer Drive car GPS units work in conjunction with phones and may require a subscription. However my car doesn't have Bluetooth.

DH's Nuvi 2455 LMT doesn't have the ancient charging, antenna and speaker connectors as the Nuvi 760. DH just updated the maps for my upcoming OR road trip.
 
Ran my first 5k today. I’ve never been much of a runner, but have started to enjoy it. Even after a short run I feel great. This might become a new hobby.
 
jacked up and inspected the Beetle brakes today. Shot as expected.
Ordering new parts from Rock Auto, and spoke to the neighbor about getting it on the lift. We are going to town on it with new brakes including rotors, front calipers, new struts all around, control arms, ball joints.
When I get the total for all that I will post it in the cheapwads thread. :)
I spoke with our nephew about being our personal representative on new wills. Our current personal representative has a few days left in hospice.
She was one of DW's besties and a legal secretary who got all that done for us back in the day.
 
Another in a string of very productive days. Up at 8am, 25 min drive to the Health club to play 1.5 hours of Racquetball (been playing since 1976). Home for lunch, then DW and I washed the RV travel Trailer that we took on a nearly 10k mile, 75 day trip the SW US this past winter. Scrubbed bugs off the front of our daily driver sedan, then did the final tweaks to the engine install from yesterday on my 1957 VW Beetle. I finished this car in 1999, had been driving it with a 1959 engine it for nearly 25 years, but finally rebuilt and reinstalled its original engine. Took a quick test drive to a local gas station. It runs SO smooth. Inside for a cleanup, then a drive to a neighboring town's Italian restaurant for a really nice dinner.

Oh, is it Sunday night?
 

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