Today Janet and I went to Oak Glen for her birthday. We had the opportunity to take Elizabeth along. I though it would be great fun. We ended up at Los Rios Ranchos for lunch, apple cider and a little bluegrass music. Lunch was good. Elizabeth especially liked grandma’s apple cider over the water that I gave her. Go figure.
After lunch we listened to music and wandered around the store. After we purchased some apples, some old fashioned candy and of course a couple gallons of apple cider, we turned to the outdoors for some adventure. Just out the front doors were a couple of large horses that Elizabeth got excited about. She pointed and said, “wow wow,” her regular phrase for dog. Then again, wow wow may be big furry animal on four legs.
Form their we went to the petting zoo, which was closed. We still got to see the goats, sheep, pig, llama and horses. Wouldn’t you know it, wow wow was the phrase. It must be applicable to four legged animal. I wounder what she will do when she sees a chicken or turkey?
We then wandered out to the Oak Knoll Park. Elizabeth stood still for a picture. I should say, kind of stood still. She slowly moved towards me.
Of course then it became a game. Chase after grandpa as he walks backwards snapping pictures.
She thought it was so fun she started making the noise and facial expressions she does now and then. I took several pictures just to catch those rare expressions that happen so quickly. And, yes the chase was on.
We reached a point where we had to return. But not before giving a real wow wow (dog) a rub on the head. Elizabeth was not as interested in walking uphill as she was chasing grandpa downhill. I piked her up and we made out way back to the truck. It gave us an opportunity for a few more pictures.
Soon we were in the truck and on our way to find a geocache. We went to An Apple for the Teacher – GCPVQQ It was at the old historic school house in Oak Glen. After logging our find, we got back into the truck and headed home. It was a great day for lunch, a little hike and grabbing a geocache.
Early in my day my daughter complained about the washing machine. It had given us a error code of F02 the evening before and now it was fairly consistent. Washing one load of closes was not working. Knowing that with the right search I could find an answer I searched “Whirlpool Duet F02 error code” and came up with several hits.
The first one was a YouTube video so I watched it. It gave me my answer, pull the lower front off the washer and unscrew the cover on the water pump housing where there was a filter. I went to the washer and followed the instructions. Stinky water drained as I pulled out the filter which was a fairly solid mass of black spongy stinky grossness. The guy in the video said he found a sock. I found three, how could that be?
Three baby socks is about all the filter will hold. The small holes in the filter also had a few air-soft BB’s in them. Of course there was what was left of a few pens, and shredded paper. There was the imagination flowering with the thought that this washer is used to wash baby diapers as well. Realistically, that thought stunk.
I cleaned the filter out in the laundry sink, which was not draining well at all. Cleaning out the trap became the next Saturday morning job. Much to my surprise, there was more in the trap than I thought. In fact, as I lowered the trap, the slimy stretched out fibrous mass of hair, string and who knows what all snaked through the trap.
I had to cut a few hairs and a piece of string at the drain of the sink and the black snake fell to the ground. I handled it with care as this is the sink that the baby diapers get washed out in before they make their way to the diaper pail to be cued up for laundering. The thought of baby diapers decorated with what they are decorated with being rinsed off above. I guess it gives a new meaning to dingle-berry . . .
After the mass fell to the floor I picked it up with my slip joint pliers and put it on the back stoop so I could get a trash can. Can you say green toothbrush? And yes you can click on the pictures to make them bigger. However, I do not think scratching your monitor will allow you to get a whiff. You will have to use your imagination there.
I was glad to put the trap back together and be done. The day went better as I did not go anywhere where a diaper or its contents had gone before me. All because of the F02 error on the washing machine. Those darn computerized washers . . .
As for the socks, I text-ed the picture of the filter to Emily and she replied that she was missing some socks. When I was a kid I thought socks left the house because they were not happy. They always left as a single sock and never in a pair. Silly me, all these years and the socks may have been falling victim to some other problem. I will let her clean up the sock filters from the filter . . .
I was traveling back from Jacobs last track meet and the sky looked gorgeous. I had to choose an off ramp and get to a place that I could take a picture without all the city clutter as I was in Riverside. Luckily, by UCR there are some fields that work well to allow one to see off in the distance and get a glimpse of the sun setting in the West for the day. Sometimes you just need to stop, look, and appreciate what God has done for you.
Today I took off work early to see Jacob run his last Cross Country race in High School. First, I thought I would get an early start so I could be sure to make it there before what I thought his race time was. I had checked the schedule on the schools web site.
I got to my truck and looked at the keys sitting in the ignition through the window as the doors were locked. Luckily for me, Janet came to the rescue and my planning for an early start paid off.
As I was getting closer to the even i learned that Jacobs race start time was going to be an impossibility for me. I drove on through the freeway construction and traffic to finally get off the freeway. I took the highway to the east and was a few miles past any gas stations when my light went off an the bell chimed. Knowing my truck, that meant perhaps twenty miles at most. I kept on track to get to the race, which had started.
I arrived, found a parking spot and started looking around. Soon enough Jacob popped up out of nowhere. We talked and spent a few minutes together. We guided Emily in as she was on the same schedule as I was. I also sent Eric an address that he could put in his GPS to guide him to the race as well.
Jacob and I talked a little more and he was kind enough to pose for a picture with a smile. I actually got tree pictures in a row with a smile.
This morning I decided to break out a straight razor for the shave. The shave was great and I will go into more detail below. However, as I was preparing this post I looked at my last shaving post. Everything was the same, except for the brush. There must be something I like about the products. Now for shave details:
It has been a 11 months from my last shave and I had some extra time to shave with the strait razor today. I reached in the cabinet, while my sweetheart was trying to sleep, and did a little banging around. I picked up a few different shaving soaps and chose the one that was making the most noise due to the ceramic container. Additionally, I like Mitchell’s Wool Fat Shaving Soap. As for the razor, it was the Timor. I knew that it needed a little work and I had time so I chose to take care of a small problem on the edge. As for the aftershave, I really enjoy Hoyt’s so I quickly grabbed it.
The brush was the puzzling part as I picked up a couple of different brushes and could not decide. The Simpson Super Badger Chubby 1 is my usual choice for puck style soaps. I popped open the Kent container, a regal red cylinder with a padded top, and stroked the badger bristles. They felt stouter than the super badger brush I felt and had more flex than the Chubby 1. I thought that it would work well with the Mitchell’s. It was to be the Kent BP-4 for today’s shave.
Today’s shave started with grabbing a couple of stones that were given to me by an old barber. The edge had a almost microscopic ding in it. I really could not see it, however I could feel it. I carefully ran the blade on the stone that was slightly coarser a couple of times. I then ran the blade across my thumbnail to check it I could feel the aberration in the blade. It was ever so slight now, so I gave the blade a couple of more runs across the coarser stone. Upon checking the blade, it was good for the finer stone. A few strokes on the finer stone and the work with the stones was one.
The next step was the green side of the Timor hand held adjustable two sided strop. The green color is due to a treatment of chromium oxide paste. Then it was off to the Dubl Duck No. 50 strop. Several passes and everything was set for a great shave. I just needed some softened whiskers.
With softened whiskers, I started the process of creating a good lather with the Mitchell’s and the Kent brush. The Kent brush worked well with the puck soap and felt great on my face. With a nice later I started the shaving process. I worked the razor down with the grain of my whiskers to begin clearing my face of the roughness.
Once that was complete I applied another lathering of the Mitchell’s Wool Fat Shaving Soap. This time I went up against the grain. Being several months I had a little trepidation with using my left hand on the right side of my face. However, it worked out well. For the chin I did a little cross grain cleanup. That went quick and easy. The Mitchell’s shaving soap has a nice light fragrance. I cooled my face off with some cold water and then applied a hearty helping of Hoyt’s.
The whole of politics sometimes annoys me. Being mostly libertarian, I get tired of the back and forth. I think, just give me my freedom. However, sometimes there a kernels of humor within the back and forth that cause me to smile. From Breitbart
Tennessee State Senator Brian Kelsey presented HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius with a gift of Websites For Dummies during a Memphis ObamaCare event, evoking annoyed, constipated looks from the people around her.
Now I find that hysterical. I do not own Websites for Dummies. However, I own a copy of CSS for Dummies. I gave my wife a pin that says “You are the CSS to my HTML.” For those of you that want to know more or do not understand “You are the CSS to my HTML”, go to CSS Zen Garden and look at the different presentations of the same HTML. With the same information or HTML, it can be presented in many ways with changes in the CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) So if you do a little clicking, you to will understand the statement, “You are the CSS of my HTML.” As for healthcare.gov, I do not know of any CSS that could fix that mess.
As I received an email at work yesterday regarding our workplace healthcare plan, I shuddered. No, it was not being canceled. The co pay was going up. Additionally, there is a tax in the future if our plan is better than the Affordable Care Act. I thought of all the people receiving notices that their plans were being canceled. The answer was, buy a new plan, which will also cost more.
I pondered the reality of the health care mess and came across the post “The First Hustler Runs the Big Con” at www.creators.com As I read it, I thought over and over about the title of the article, “The First Hustler Runs the Big Con” and came to the conclusion, we have been conned. I just hope we can recover from the “Big Con” so my children and grandchildren can live in freedom.
Tonight was the broadcast, “A Century of Honor” celebrating 100 years of Service to God and Country. It is the 100 year anniversary of Scouting in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The production was well done. It lasts about the same amount of time that a 5 mile hike does.
More people are killed each year by a hammer than a semiautomatic sporting rifle (known as an assault rifle to the uniformed). Why the big push to control the semiautomatic sporting rifle? I guess the gun control groups cannot debate a point on level or make a square argument. Fallacy and fiction may be a way of life in some people’s worlds. Perhaps they are full of gas and cannot stick to the truth. For me, my hammer and handgun seemed too sit on the workbench quietly and did not maim, molest, intimidate or assault anyone. This is just a random thought because a picture can be worth a thousand words.
Today was a day to clean up the garden a little. There were a few areas that the weeds had grown which needed to be cleared as well as pruning back the tomato plants that had grown out of control. If the tomato plants had fruit on them, I would leave them. However, out of control and no fruit and you get the pruning shears.
I had a little helper. As I hoed the weeds and put them in a small pile, my helper picked them up and put them in the trash can. She even got into weeding the garden as well.
Weeding the garden is considered one of the do’s. As for the don’t, stay away from the habanero. They are nice and colorful. They even taste good, if you are prepared for the fire. I was a little surprised when Elizabeth grabbed one today.
It was only a couple of days ago that she grabbed a nice red one and put it in her mouth as her mother told her no. She took a bite and got bit. Mom said she cried for about 20 minutes and was putting her hands in her mouth. Mom washed her hands and face. Even with that, when Elizabeth put a hand in mom’s mouth, she could feel the heat. After some peanut butter and some milk things were better.
So, do weed you garden and do not eat the habanero’s if you are not up to it.
Tonight for dinner I heated up the last of my home made black beans. Added some brown rice and yesterdays stir fry of onions, red bell peppers, a red jalapeno pepper and small cubes of zucchini. I placed the mixture in a large 12″ flour tortilla and spread some grated sharp cheddar cheese on top.
When I turned to put my dishes in the dishwasher, Emily kindly folder my burrito up. As I grabbed my Sriracha sauce from the refrigerator, I commented that I could squeeze some in my burrito. Emily said that she would help me out. I though she would unfold the burrito, squirt a little in and fold it back up. Much to my surprise, she liberally squirted it on the burrito. She stated, “Here dad, you now have a wet burrito.”
I sat down and began the process of eating dinner. There was more Sriracha than i was used to. However, it was good. I stopped to take a picture of the “wet burrito” and continued eating. My nose was running, my mouth was feeling the heat and some time after my lips were still stinging. Nonetheless, it was a great burrito.
Sriracha wet burrito
As a matter not note, the Huy Fong Foods Sriracha sauce is made locally here in Southern California from red jalapeno peppers. It is a great sauce and in December 2009, Bon Appetit magazine named its Sriracha sauce Ingredient of the Year for 2010. As for our household, it was the ingredient of the evening . . .
Somehow the monthly pictures of Elizabeth went away after she turned 12 months. She is walking and likes to look at things she finds. Anything within her reach is subject to examination. This past Saturday she was dressed up and I got a picture of her before she went on an adventure. Today Emily posted a picture of her at the park. With that said, I will need to stay on top of the picture posting of Elizabeth.
A few months ago Jacob was asking me questions on dates he provided leadership in scouting. We also talked about the service that he had done over time. He really did not elaborate on what he was filling out.
Tonight I went to a program for the National Honor Society (NHS) at Beaumont High School. It is a society to recognize and support the outstanding students. Juniors and Seniors at the high school with overall GPA’s of 3.50 or higher are eligible to apply for membership in NHS. This year 149 students met this GPA requirement. 21 returning seniors in the NHS program met the GPA requirement which left 128 eligible students. Of the 128, over half submitted applications and 29 student were chosen.
What makes the difference? The NHS Advisory panel takes into consideration the students’ written applications, their GPA’s and the teaching staff’s evaluation of their leadership, service and character in making its selections. During the presentation their were short talks on Character, Scholarship, Leadership, and Service.
So with all that said, I have a pretty good idea that Jacob was filling out an application for NHS. He has worked hard in high school and I have seen him over the years provide leadership, service and exhibit good character. Congratulations to Jacob and all the other students on their induction into the National Honor Society.
As for now, I have a picture of Jacob receiving his pin and certificate along with the group picture. I may have better photos in a couple days.
Better photos have arrived. Thanks to Mr. Cantrell for the photos.