Feb 4, 2011

One of the pipes that was frozen has broken. Cracked right at the hosebib out back. Water was spurting out into the backyard and running into the house…. water in the guest bedroom and bath. Can’t tell if it’s broken in the wall as well.

We’ve turned off the water to the house for now. We’ll have to wait till everything thaws out.

This is why I don’t complain when it hits 105 degrees in Central Texas. 😮

Jan 13, 2011


Our cupboards are getting a little bare, so last night on our way home we stopped at the nearby Tetco and picked up a gallon of milk.. AND $3 worth of lottery tickets.

I was so tired last night I forgot to check the nums… I actually ran across this ticket this morning, almost buried under the couch.

For the record… I did *not* win a bazillion dollars.

Maybe next time.

Jan 3, 2011

Spring has sprung.

We have been shut out of our garage for the last few days.   I went to Ann’s for my inaugural New Year’s game day on Saturday and when I came home the garage door could not be opened.  It’s a good thing all the cars were out of the garage at the time, or they would have been trapped there until we got it fixed today.

Turns out when your garage door torsion spring looks something like this picture, you need to get it replaced.   Monte toyed with the idea of fixing it himself.  But when the first hits on google for “Do-It-Yourself broken garage door torsion spring” brought up things like:  risk of death, maiming, danger, danger, danger, I looked for a local company to come fix us up.

Les from Cedar Park Overhead Doors came to the rescue today, and we were all set in under an hour.

I’m enjoying this first Monday of the new year… good thing it’s a vacation day!

Tomorrow…back to the grindstone.

Dec 18, 2010

Galloping Gertie.

I took a drive today to visit Brian, Gail, Josh and their friend Edgar.

To get from the peninsula side of Puget Sound to the Seattle/Tacoma side you can take a ferry, or you have to drive around the south end of the Sound.  The Tacoma Narrows bridge was built in 1940 to make that drive shorter.

This is a shot of the crossing today from the Gig Harbor side.   The old bridge is on the left.  On the right is a newer, twin span that was completed only several years ago.  Now each bridge carries traffic in only one direction.

The original span was completed in July 0f 1940.   It was the longest man-made suspension bridge in the US at the time, and the 3rd longest in the world.   Only four months later it had collapsed.   Let that be a harmonics lesson to all of us…

Here’s a youtube video with footage from November 7, 1940, the day the bridge collapsed in 40 mile an hour winds after pitching and swaying for over an hour.

Aug 23, 2010

Where's Mario?

So…. I have my regular appointment with my stylist/hairguy tomorrow that I needed to move out several hours.  I called the salon this morning to change the appointment time, and they informed me that Mario is no longer working there as of the day before last, and they had no contact info for him.  WHA?!  I’ve been going to him for 8 years (!)

Well, Mario called tonight to tell me that he’s got a new gig at the Sax 5th Ave salon in the Arboretum and so we’re on for tomorrow night.     Whew.

Unfortunately, this hairline shot that I took earlier today is the only material I have for the day. It may be an all time low for photo blog entries.  But, I’ll just call it a self-portrait shot.   🙂  One of these days (apparently not that far off)  I’ll just let it go all gray.

But not this week.

Aug 11, 2010

Werk sux

This week has been especially hectic with work — long days, and a seemingly endless stream of things I’m already behind on before I get started.

The fact that I keep waking up in the wee hours unable to get back to sleep doesn’t help much.

I can’t wait for the weekend.

Jul 21, 2010

Got gas?

When we bought this house 4 years ago (how time flies!) one of the “must haves” that it didn’t have was gas.  We love to cook, and we simply LOVE cooking on a gas range.   The house was all electric, and our bizarre built-in-the-70s-and-80s neighborhood doesn’t have natural gas plumbed to all the homes.   So, our only choice was to have a propane tank put in.

So, we cooked for 3 years on that old crummy electric range.  As a part of the big remodel last year, we had a small propane tank installed out back.  The nice gas company people said it should only need filling a couple times a year.  Since then we have been blissfully enjoying cooking to our hearts’ content on our big, bad gas range.

The only problem is that we’re not sure exactly when we’ll run out of gas.  The gauge that the nice gas company people put on our tank reads 70% full.  Problem is, it hasn’t moved for 6 months.  So, we think that it’s broken and that we really don’t know how much gas is in the tank.   So, we called the nice gas company people to ask them to come check the gauge and to please fill the tank.  Then, based on how much they put in, we’ll have a rough idea how much gas we burn through in a year and when we need to call for a refill.

The catch-22 is that the nice gas company people say that they use the gauge when they’re filling it to tell them how much is in the tank.  So they say they won’t fill it if it says it’s 70% full.   >:|

So, at the moment we are basically just waiting to see when we run out of gas.   I’ll keep you posted.

In the mean time, I went out to the tank tonight to take a picture of said gauge.   See, it’s showing 70%.    Then I noticed the small print that says “do not use for filling.”   That’s odd.    I guess we need to call the nice gas company people again….

May 19, 2010

Goody bag

Bleh!  Dental appointment for twice-a-year cleaning today.  One of my least favorite things to do.  But do it, I must.  At least this time they didn’t break off a part of one of my tiny teeth while cleaning them.  Sheesh.

I’m always glad to get out of there.   To make it seem like a festive occasion, they always send me home with a goody bag of dental supplies.   woo hoo.

May 12, 2010

Scorched earth

Well, let’s see.  It’s mid-May.  Temperatures have snuck into the low 90s only once or twice this year.   We’ve had so much rain in the Fall/Winter that the lake is full (yay!).

The Earth has a short memory, though, because things are looking very parched already in the way back part of the yard.

Let’s see how it looks after another, long summer of 100 degree temps and little rain.

Apr 14, 2010

Feeding a monster

It’s that time of year.  If you paid any Federal Income Tax at all for 2009 you are one of the 53% of American households that carry 100% of the tax burden (ref).

I waited until just about the last day to put mine in the mail.

The following is worth reflecting on this Tax Day Eve…

The 10 Cannots (William Boetcker, 1916)

  • You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
  • You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
  • You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
  • You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
  • You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
  • You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
  • You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
  • You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
  • You cannot build character and courage by destroying men’s initiative and independence.
  • And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.

Apr 13, 2010


I had a flat from a nail in one of my tires last week.   I took it in and had it fixed.   Then this weekend I was running some errands and about half-way through discovered the same tire was flat again (grrr).   So today I took it back and they talked me into new tires all around, as they were pretty worn and someone used the word “dry rot.”     Hard to believe it had been about 6 or 7 years since I bought new ones.   How long are they supposed to last?

I love my Audi… it’s 13 years old and going strong.

Mar 7, 2010

Damage to Echelon building

The damaged Echelon building off of Hwy 183 in the Arboretum — some a-hole crashed a plane into it a week or  two back aiming at the IRS office.  Tragically, he hit his mark and killed one man that worked there.   Thankfully all the others in the building made it out ok — it could have been much worse.    The camera was running out of battery, so this was the only shot I was able to take before it conked out.   It’s a bit obstructed in this shot, but the big hole where the plane hit is at the bottom of the building just to the right of the post of the highway sign.   Very sad.