Monday, July 16, 2018

Window Washer

By Uncle Hans

Once a year, there is a job I don't care for.  Powerwashing the windows.  They always need it.  It is like taking a shower with dirty water and spiders raining down on you.

YYuucckk!!

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So Renee decided to make home-made potato salad.  Mary will get a giggle out of the tools, especially the BLUE ones.....

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Mary also asked, as politely as she could muster, "Why do you have thistles growing in your flower garden?", when she was here for the summer visit.  Renee tried to explain that they had really pretty flowers.

Really.....

So, here they finally are. 

Flowers on thistles in a flower garden......

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What next?

Uncle Hans

Thursday, July 12, 2018

WISCONSIN TRIP

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MARY AND I MADE OUR ANNUAL ROADTRIP TO WISCONSIN. THIS YEARS TRIP WAS 3,850 MILES WHICH WE MADE WITH THE PRIUS AND GOT 61 MPG.  WE DID THE TRIP A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY THIS YEAR DRIVING ONLY 750 MILES ON THE INTERSTATE HIWAYS.  WE ENJOYED SOME NEW SCENERY THRU ARIZONA, NEW MEXICO, COLORADO, KANSAS, NEBRASKA, MINNESOTA, IOWA, AND WISCONSIN.

WE WENT STRAIGHT THRU TO SPOONER FOR FOUR DAYS, THEN PRAIRE DU CHEIN TWO DAYS, AND LA CROSSE FOR FIVE DAYS. IT’S ALWAYS FUN TO VISIT FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

hans

Friday, June 8, 2018

EXCUSES

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I HAVEN’T BLOGGED FOR TOO LONG, BUT I HAVE TWO GOOD EXCUSES.

EXCUSE #1

THIS IS THAT TIME OF THE YEAR WHEN WE OFTEN POST PICTURES OF MARY’S PLANTS  SHE SPENDS A LOT OF TIME, EFFORT, AND MONEY ON PLANTS AND FLOWERS FOR HER YARD. THIS YEAR SHE’S BEEN UNDER ATTACK BY A HERD OF NOCTURNAL HAVALINAS. MAN, DO THEY RAISE “HELL” IN THE YARD, AND THEY EAT ANYTHING.

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EXCUSE #2

WHEN I CHANGED MY RESIDENCY FROM SOUTH DAKOTA TO ARIZONA I BOUGHT A FISHING LIC. AND WENT BACK TO TROUT FISHING. I DECIDED TO POST TO THE BLOG WHEN I CAUGHT MY FIRST TROUT IN OVER 18 YEARS, BUT I’VE BEEN OUT FISHING A HALF A DOZEN MORNINGS AND HAVE BEEN SKUNKED EVERYTIME.

WHY?

ON SUNDAY WE’RE GOING TO PHOENIX? THE TEMPERATURE IS GOING TO BE 110 DEGREES! WHY IN THE WORLD? TO MEET DAVE AND CINDY TO HAVE BREAKFAST WITH THEIR BEAGLE “SALLY” AT THE LOCAL SPORTS BAR……. DUH

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

TOYOTA PRIUS

WE RECENTLY BOUGHT A USED 2016 TOYOTA PRIUS, A SMALL COMPACT CAR, BUT HAS PLENTY OF ROOM FOR THE TWO OF US. IF YOU BUY A PRIUS YOU’RE INTO GAS MILEAGE (MPG).

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THE EPA RATES OUR PRIUS AT 54 MPG CITY AND 50 MPG HIWAY. THE CAR HAS A 4 CYLINDER GAS MOTOR AND AN ELECTRIC MOTOR WITH A BANK OF BATTERIES UNDER THE BACK SEAT.

ACCORDING TO THE COMPUTER IN THE CAR, OUR PRIUS HAS AVERAGED 54.6 MPG FOR THE LIFE OF THE CAR (21,370 MILES).

THE GAS TANK HOLDS 11.3 GALLONS, SO IN THEORY WE CAN GO 600+ MILES ON A TANK OF GAS FOR $33.

SHAKEDOWN

WE DECIDED TO TAKE A SHAKEDOWN ROADTRIP WITH THE PRIUS TO LAUGHLIN FOR A NIGHT AT THE COLORADO BELLE HOTEL AND CASINO. THE JUSTIFICATION FOR THE TRIP WAS THAT MARY COULD NOT FIND HER PURPLE JEANS AND WE WENT TO SEE IF WE LEFT THEM AT WINTER QUARTERS.

WE FOUND THE CAR TO BE COMFORTABLE ON THE TRIP, AND TOYOTA HAS ACTIVATED THE XM SATELLITE RADIO FOR THREE MONTHS SO WE WERE GROV’IN TO THE MUSIC OF THE 60’S. WE ALSO CHECKED  THE GAS MILEAGE THE OLD FASHIONED WAY BY FILLING UP THE GAS TANK AND DIVIDING MILES TRAVELLED BY GALLONS USED AND FOUND THE COMPUTER’S NUMBERS TO FAIRLY ACURATE.

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HERE ARE THE RESULTS, THE TRIP WAS 702.6 MILES AND WE AVERAGED 59.4 MILES PER GALLON OF GAS. AFTER DRIVING THE BIG RED MOUTAIN TRUCK AND GETTING 8 MILES TO THE GALLON PULLING A TRAILER I WAS SHOCKED BY THE LITTLE WHITE CAR !!!

ACTUALLY ON THE TRIP DOWN TO LAUGHLIN WHERE WE DROPPED FROM A  MOUNTAIN ALTITUDE OF 6300 FEET TO THE LOWER DESERT AT 600 FEET WE GOT 66 MPG. I ADMIT WE WERE TRYING AND ONLY USED THE FREEWAY FOR 300 MILES OF OUR 700 MILE TRIP. ON A 55 MILE STRETCH FROM WINSLOW TO FLAGSTAFF ON INTERSTATE 40 WE SET THE CRUISE ON 80 MPH AND THE LITTLE CAR GOT 43 MPG.

WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE ROADTRIPS IN OUR FUTURE.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

THE END OF AN ERA

I BOUGHT THE BIG RED MOUNTAIN TRUCK EIGHTEEN AND A HALF YEARS AGO TO TOW MY 32 FOOT CAMPER THRU THE MOUNTAINS OF THE WEST. IT WAS A FORD F-250 WITH A GAS V-10 MOTOR. I KNEW WHERE EVERY GAS STATION WAS IN EVERY STATE WE EVER TRAVELLED THRU.

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TODAY, I TRADED IT ALL IN FOR A COMPACT “NEW TO ME” TOYOTA PRIUS.  IN ALL THOSE YEARS, THE TRUCK ONLY HAD 102,000 MILES ON IT.

SCOOTER

THE SCOOTER CHAPTER DIDN’T WORK OUT THE WAY I HAD DAY DREAMED IT. I THOUGHT I’D BE RIDING THE SCOOTER ON LOT’S OF TOURING ADVENTURES IN RETIREMENT. IN THE THREE YEARS I WENT ON ONE FANTASTIC TOUR WITH BOTH MY BROTHERS FROM WISCONSIN AROUND NORTH WESTERN ARIZONA.- INCLUDING THE GRAND CANYON. ONE PERFECT TOUR IN THREE YEARS? SO THE SCOOTER AND THE CARGO TRAILER WENT AS WELL.

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TOYOTA PRIUS

THE “NEW TO ME” COMPACT CAR IS A MIX OF THE OLD AND THE NEW IN MY MIND. IT REMINDS ME A LOT OF THE GREMLIN I BOUGHT IN 1970, WITH THE FOLD DOWN REAR SEATS AND CARGO AREA.  ON THE NEW SIDE I’D HAVE TO SPEND A WEEK WITH MY 14 YEAR OLD GRANDSON JUST TO UNDERSTAND THE ELECTRONICS AND SCREENS. APPARENTLY IT WILL PARALLEL PARK ITSELF IF YOU KNOW WHICH BUTTONS TO PUSH AMONG A MILLION OTHER FANCY THINGS. SHIT, I CAN’T EVEN TURN ON THE WINDSHEILD WIPERS. WISH ME LUCK!!

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  “SUNNY & 80”