Monday, November 11, 2019

DECK RAILING

IT'S THE LAST PROJECT OF THE SEASON, TO REBUILD THE DECK RAILING. IT WAS AN ENGINEERING PROBLEM, THE SPAN WAS TOO LONG AND NOT STABLE ENOUGH.



EVEN THOUGH WE SPENT 6 WEEKS IN WISCONSIN AND A MONTH AT SOUTH PADRE ISLAND WE DID GET FIVE PROJECTS COMPLETED, 4 NEW WINDOWS INSTALLED, A NEW WATER HEATER, INCLUDING A REBUILD ON THE FLOOR UNDERNEATH, WE FINALLY FOUND THE ELECTRICAL GREMLIN WITHOUT TEARING DOWN ANY WALLS, WE HAD THE SAUCER BOYS INSTALL A BIG FLAT SCREEN TV, AND THE FINAL PROJECT OF REBUILDING THE DECK RAILING.

NOT A BAD YEAR, BUT WE ALREADY HAVE A LIST GOING FOR NEXT SUMMER INCLUDING SOME PAINTING, A PLUMBING PROJECT, AND A FRONT RAILING REBUILD. THEN ON THE BACK BURNER IS THE PROJECT OF GLASSING IN THE SCREEN PORCH.

NEXT WEEK WE RETURN TO THE LOWER DESERT AND MOHAVE VALLEY TO SEE WHAT PROJECTS AWAIT US TO LIVE IN OUR TWENTY YEAR OLD CAMPER.  LAST YEAR'S LIST WAS LONG AND EXPENSIVE.  WE ARE HOPING FOR BETTER LUCK THIS YEAR.

I CAN'T RESIST A WEATHER DIG BEFORE I SIGN OFF.  YESTERDAY WE ENJOYED WATCHING THE PACKER GAME AND THE SNOW FLURRIES WHILE DRESSED IN SHORTS AND T-SHIRTS, AND WE ARE STILL ON THE MOUNTAIN.

   "SUNNY & 73"

Saturday, November 2, 2019

HOME AGAIN

WE RETURNED HOME ABOUT A WEEK AGO FOR THE MOST RIDICULOUS REASON. WE LEFT  SOUTH PADRE ISLAND BECAUSE THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR SHOW LOW HAD NIGHT TIME LOWS OF 19 DEGREES.

YUP, YOU READ THAT CORRECTLY WE LEFT THE "SUNNY & 80" BEACH BECAUSE IT'S TOO F*CKING COLD AT HOME? WE HAD LEFT THE YARD SPRINKLER SYSTEM ON AND NO HEAT IN THE CABIN.


WE'RE GONNA HANG OUT ON "THE MOUNTAIN" UNTIL THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH AND THEN RETURN TO WINTER QUARTERS IN MOHAVE VALLEY ON THE LOWER DESERT.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

BIG STORM

WE HAD WHAT'S CALLED IN TEXAS A WIND SHEER. THE POWER WAS OUT 2 OR 3 HOURS AT OUR CONDO, BUT ON THE MAIN DRAG THE POWER WAS OUT MUCH LONGER.





THIS TRANSMISSION LINE SEEMS TO BE THE ONLY DAMAGE.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

STILL HERE

MARY AND I ARE STILL HERE ON SOUTH PADRE ISLAND.  THE BESL BUNCH LEFT LAST FRIDAY AND UNCLE HANS AND RENEE LEFT MONDAY, SO WE ARE ALL BY OURSELVES FOR THE REST OF THE MONTH.


WE HAVE A LIST OF THINGS WE'D LIKE TO DO, SO WE WON'T BE JUST SITTING WATCHING THE SUN RISE AND SET.  WE HAVE PLENTY OF GULF SHRIMP AND BUSH LIGHT SO THERE IS NO NEED TO SEND MONEY, BESIDES IF WE GET BORED WE CAN JUST CHECK ON YOUR WEATHER AND ENJOY THE REST OF OUR DAY.

     "SUNNY & 80"

Sunday, October 13, 2019

BOCA CHICA

BOCA CHICA IS A SMALL BEACH AREA BETWEEN SOUTH PADRE ISLAND AND THE RIO GRANDE RIVER, THE BORDER WITH MEXICO. ALTHOUGH IT'S JUST A FEW HUNDRED YARDS ACROSS THE BROWNSVILLE SHIPPING CHANNEL, IT'S A 42 MILE DRIVE AROUND THE ROADS TO GET THERE.  IT WAS A SMALL RETIREMENT COMMUNITY AND VERY SECLUDED.



THAT'S ALL CHANGED AS ELTON MUSK HAS BUILT THE SPACE-X LAUNCH AREA WITH REUSABLE SPACECRAFT AND FUTURE MANNED FLIGHTS TO MARS.



THIS IS A ROCKET ENGINE THEY RECENTLY TEST FIRED 500 FEET UP AND THEN RETURNED TO LAND.


NEITHER UNCLE HANS OR MYSELF MADE TRAVEL RESERVATIONS TO FLY TO MARS AS THE WHOLE PROJECT LOOKS UNDERWHELMING.