REXTINE1   97,471
80,000-99,999 SparkPoints
REXTINE1's Recent Blog Entries

Finally Opened the Box

Friday, March 18, 2011

I saw my cardiologist yesterday, and he said to just keep taking the Atenolol and I would live forever, which was a relief. I was afraid that he was going to want to do another catherization. Then I weighed in in leeway.

Today I finally got the pressure sprayer out of the box, and couldn't get the detergent tank out of the body of the sprayer, so I had to call the help line to see if brute force was needed. It was. After that all was well until I tried to spray without the detergent, and couldn't get any water through the thing. After reading the entire book all over again, and trying every possible problem fix, I called again. It turns out the quick disconnect has a backflow preventer, and I had installed it backwards. Then it worked.

I had started on a rocker, but the BW came out and before I could go on I had to do two white plastic chairs and the bird bath. She got in on the second chair, and was cutting away at the sidewalk when I told her to just let me know when she was done - at which point she told me to take it. I offered to set it up for her whenever she wanted to mess around out front.

Then I started on the fence. I used the detergent by spraying it over the dark patches, then hit the fence with clear water. I did about two thirds of the back fence in three hours, and finally realized that I had wasted eleven dollars when I bought the detergent. The way this thing cleans is to abrade the dirt away. If I get too close I can make groves in the wood, and have to be careful to keep the spray at a shallow angle, just as the book says. The manufacturer claims 30 degrees is good, but it's hard to keep it at that angle all the time. The net result is that it's sort of work, but the area I cleaned looks like a new fence. I would guess there's another six hours left if I do all the fence.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TUBLADY 3/19/2011 4:47PM

    That sounds like some work. You must of burned up some calories doing all that power washing.
Take care.

Report Inappropriate Comment
THINRONNA 3/19/2011 11:51AM

    OOOOHHHH! I LOVE power washers! And you have one at home! I have only used them at work. Fun!

Report Inappropriate Comment

    I love power washing. It's tedious and time consuming, but you're right, the fence and concrete looks brand new when you're done.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TWOTIMESS 3/18/2011 11:37PM

    I'd love to play with that pressure sprayer, but methinks perhaps not... How will it work on concrete walls, I wonder?

Report Inappropriate Comment
MS.ELENI 3/18/2011 11:28PM

    Just lost what I said. Have a good weekend.Find some time to relax and do nothing

Oops looks like I didn't lose it

Comment edited on: 3/18/2011 11:29:06 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
MS.ELENI 3/18/2011 11:27PM

    You are one busy man as usual. Sounds like too much work to me. Congrats on doc's report.
have a good weekend and find some time to just do nothing and relax.

Report Inappropriate Comment

Not Like Christmas in the Old Days

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Yesterday we did a lot of things, but the big one was to make three forays into Home Depot to buy mulch, plants fertilizer, weed N feed, and a pressure sprayer. The clerk convinced me that the cheap one was a bad choice, so I got the best one with electric power. It is supposed to be 1800 PSI but I don't know if it would cut the toe off of steel tipped shoes. It could hurt you though. I had seen one at Costco, but it turns out that the one at Home Depot cost less, generated higher pressure, and had the same features.

I didn't get to open the sprayer last night - getting ready for the Kiwanis banquet tonight, then going around with how much money to give the Historical Society for Murray took a lot of time, and I finally wrote another check today. Having a decision doesn't seem to make things easy because there never is a final decision.

Today I planted 36 Sapphire St. Augustine grass plugs, and did another bunch of chores. I started the day seeing a podiatrist, and finally paid him $270 for three laser treatments for toenail fungus. I hope it works. Anyhow, now it's time to get ready for the banquet (the BW has been working on that for some time) and I still haven't opened the box of the pressure sprayer. It's not like being a kid at Christmas. I guess I'm getting old.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MS.ELENI 3/16/2011 8:17PM

    Another man toy. emoticon I am sure you will get to try it out soon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TWOTIMESS 3/16/2011 4:28PM

    LOL, that sprayer would be out of its box and blasting in two minutes flat! Good luck with your toe nails - try to get them in the sun - I undersand sunlight also kills off the fungus, which is really hard to kill.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MRDPOLING 3/16/2011 4:08PM

    Oh I am so itching to get to the landscaping too. I hope to get to play in the dirt within the next week or two.

Report Inappropriate Comment

Bad Eyes

Monday, March 14, 2011

One of the joys of lasting a long time is that various body parts start to work erratically. My latest problem is with the eyes. I seem to be allergic to oak pollen, and it affects my eyes more than the rest of my head. I was never allergic to anything except poison ivy and honeysuckle sap until about 10 years ago. We were living underneath big live oak trees, and the BW was bothered a lot. I hadn't noticed it for the first few years except when she pointed out the yellow dust all over the van. Then one year it seemed as if I had a cold, and I finally realized that maybe it was the oak pollen.

Since then it had gotten worse, and I started being affected two or three months ago. At first I assumed it was dry eyes, and just being an old fart was the cause. When I looked them up on Sparks, it said that age was a big factor, so I just accepted it. But it kept getting worse, and now it drives me up the wall. I tried a number of the BW's suggestions, but the thing that finally helped a lot was to take an antihistamine. It was like magic. Unfortunately, as time goes on, the magic doesn't seem to work as well as it did before. There was a little article in the paper that this is an unusually bad year for tree pollen - possibly a record - so maybe it will slack off in a month or so, but I suspect there will be something else to irritate me then.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

S3XYDIVASMOM 3/15/2011 8:34PM

    Use local honey as a sweetener in your tea (or whatever). It contains minuscule amounts of the local pollens and acts rather like a homeopathic remedy. My husband swears by it. I don't suffer from allergies (yet) so I cannot offer my personal endorsement. (Another affective treatment he tried, but WOULD NOT recommend, was a small piece of jalapeņo up the nose.)

Report Inappropriate Comment
TWOTIMESS 3/15/2011 3:27AM

    That must be what's ailing me right now - allergies. I've always had dry eyes, but the last few days I've been tilting my head this way and that just to read with my vari-focals and it's not working too well! Sneezing and siffling all morning long and fine in the afternoon.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MRDPOLING 3/14/2011 11:06PM

    I know Oak is supposed to be like everyone's favorate wood but frankly it isn't mine. There is really nothing I like about it from the way they look in the yard, the snell of the raw wood or the way it looks when stained and finished.

As for your allergy... I have never heard of anyone being allergic to an oak tree but then again, until about 10 years ago, I didn't really have much experiance with allergies myself.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MS.ELENI 3/14/2011 10:57PM

    The pollen started bothering Bill about a year ago.So far I am good.But I am not out and about a lot.I wonder if you wore one of those dust masks if it would help/

Report Inappropriate Comment
CAROLJEAN64 3/14/2011 10:15PM

    Luckily for me my eyes weren't affected by pollen. The spots I was seeing were cataracts and boy can the medical profession ever do a great job on that problem. Out go the bad lenses (which were very near sighted) and in come new lenses with perfect vision. I am almost 66 years old and need no glasses.

Report Inappropriate Comment

Quiet Sunday

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Today I reset a whole lot of clocks, read the Sunday paper (especially the comics and Comp USA ad), and washed the inside of the refrigerator while waiting for the BW, who was going to do it. I just started, and by the time she came back it was done.

Then we went to Sweetbay and bought a cart full of groceries. After they were all put away, I spent nearly two hours spraying where the bees weren't thick, but saved some for the Meyer lemon and avacado tree because the bees were swarming there. After that I spend nearly two hours digging out nutsedge and sand burrs, with a few odd weeds thrown in. I kept going until the grocery bag was too full to tie fully closed.

And I didn't overeat, at least so far. Sounds like a miserable Sunday, right?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ALEXTHEHUNN 3/14/2011 8:26PM

    A colleague comments that most of his clocks reset themselves. It highlighted our age difference.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MRDPOLING 3/13/2011 9:09PM

    Yeah I thought I had all of my clocks taken care of before I went to bed Saturday night but when I got in my truck today I realized I had missed too and they are the two that I always have to look up how to change them. The hard part was looking for the manuals and then looking up how to do it. The actual changing for both took like half a minute.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MS.ELENI 3/13/2011 6:07PM

    That is not a quiet Sunday,That was another one of your busy busy days. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TWOTIMESS 3/13/2011 5:43PM

    Sounds like a perfect Sunday!

Report Inappropriate Comment

New Toilet Seat

Saturday, March 12, 2011

I rolled out at 6:00 this morning and made it to downtown Palm Harbor before anyone else, but Dan drove past me, looking for the trailer which wasn't there just as I got out of my car. I waved my arms in his rear view mirror to stop him.

We did more than $100 again today, and I made the pancake batter, loaded the dispenser, and after a while greased the grill and made pancakes, but only a dozen at a time. We normally turn out three dozen on each of the two grills, but it was so slow than I just wanted to keep the grill working while waiting for customers. It turned out OK, as we never did run out completely, and we only used up 10 pounds of pancake mix today. That still left us with excess pancakes, which we put in the trash yesterday. I brought some home today, even though they do have a lot of sodium in them.

Then I washed everything again, and how my car is completely packed full. I gave my key to the storage facility to Jim Angle, so he could drop off the frozen sausage, so I'll have to wait until Monday to put everything back in storage.

It's lucky we have two cars, because I took the BW to Ace Hardware to pick out a new toilet seat today. A hinge broke on one of our toilets this morning, and it was her favorite. The new seat made her happy.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TWOTIMESS 3/13/2011 3:43AM

    Strange how a simple thing like having a good toilet seat can make us happy. I hate using those cheap plastic seats.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MS.ELENI 3/12/2011 9:40PM

    Well at least A is easy to pleased. sounds like you are ready to do some relaxing

Report Inappropriate Comment
S3XYDIVASMOM 3/12/2011 7:37PM

    May you always make the BW happy. Better than crappy.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MRDPOLING 3/12/2011 7:14PM

    Sounds like a crappy job. hehe

Report Inappropriate Comment

First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 Last Page