Well, I’m Twelve Shades Of Bummed

b_shot0014aOur Renter texted me that she’s moving in with her boyfriend over Tacoma way. That Sucks! She’s been living here 3-4 years. I’ve gotten used to there being 3-8 tore-down cars in the lower driveway. And she’s pretty easy on the eyes too. But, she and the new “love of her life” (this is the 3rd I’ve known about) deserve a chance. I hope they’ll make it. She still has to give me written notice with the date she’ll be out on and we’ll go from there. I’m really going to miss her. And will forever cuss the name Mitchell.

Not a whole hell of  a lot going on around here otherwise. Raining. Raining some more. Then, when the Dog and I head out on our walk, it rains again. Starting to get pretty sick of it. Yes, even snow would be better. At least we didn’t have that wind storm Seattle area had last weekend.

This Windows 10 computer is working pretty well. Especially for the radio “stuff.” Hooked what I thought was the data/programming cable to my 857d but couldn’t get CHIRP to connect; so I put the regular “data” cable back on it. CHIRP connected and downloaded the memories just fine! So I added to them and wrote them back to the radio and everything works great. So I did my Baofeng. Nice. Now to get a programming cable for that B-Tech tri-band radio so I can do the same. Hopefully.

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This 45” monitor is just too damned big for anything other than X-Plane or one of the other flight simulators/games. One has to tilt ones head back to look at the top of the screen. Uncomfortable.

Love my new photo frame thingie that I got. Really clear picture and it plays HD video’s too. I put a lot of our trip pictures (and all my pictures of SWMBO) on a memory card and have that in. It turns itself on at 0600 and off at 2300! Neat! Need to get some 4gb cards though. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it just plays EVERY photo or video on the card. You can’t pick just one directory and play it. So I can’t play just “landscapes” or “SWMBO”; it plays them all. But it plays them really nice!


I’ve Lost My Focus. Mostly Here

I used to post a LOT more than I have been lately. Not sure what exactly the problem is. Probably cause it’s Winter, Dark, Rainy, Dismal, Dreary, and get’s dark WAY too early. Lucky y’all!

Took This In Allyn A Couple Of Years Ago

And, honestly, not a lot going on around here other than SSDD. Did try pushing a Honda (Civic?) off my drain field (where it was delivered after dark by someone that dropped it off (for my Renter) and booked as fast as possible) and thought I was going to die! Chest pains. Dizziness. Shortness of breath. HAD to sit down or fall down. Man! Sucked cause I don’t think that car can weigh in at 1200 lbs. Think I’m getting Old.

Got my new Windows 10 machine in and set up. Ordered a new half-height video card and that came in and was installed with a minimum of fuss. Works great! I have maxed out all the settings in X-Plane, MSFSX, and Lock-On and everything looks great! We’ll see how it holds up to installing and running plug-ins and stuff. So far I am not disappointed. I do need to get a bigger power supply though. Soon.


So, my room is starting to come together rather nicely. Five monitors hooked to 2 desktops with the option of hooking up 2 laptops and have 2 Raspberry Pi3’s doing various things. Also have a Pi3 left over that I’m thinking of turning into a weather station. We’ll see.

But, now that I have a Windows 10 machine (would prefer Windows 7) I’ve moved Open Live Writer to it and now no longer HAVE to run that Windows 7 virtual machine. Which I will keep “just in case.”

Ordering a Yaesu ft-991a in the next few days. Thinking of mounting my 857d in the truck or the Caravan. Probably the truck though cause I can still use the 140/440 in the meantime. Then if we get somewhere and I feel like doing some HF I’ll take the Alpha Antenna out of the tool box, hook it up, and see who I can contact. Probably need to get a smaller tuner though. Hmmm…

Painted Hill in Oregon

SWMBO made London Broil for dinner tonight so I made her Snickerdoodle cookies for a snack.

Yesterday she took me to El Sombrero for dinner. Had way (way!) too many refried beans and am paying for it tonight. Honestly, something died…


Nice Day Trip With SWMBO

We got up and was out of the house by 0900 yesterday for a trip to Leavenworth, WA. Should have taken about 3 hours but I got turned around so it took 3.5 hours. AND, we got within  miles and got slowed down by a 4 mile backup!

When we finally got ito Leavenworth there was NO parking. I’d hazard a guess that there were 100 cars looking for every possible empty parking spot. Of which there were none. After about half an hour of driving around looking I just gave up and we started back.

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Stopped at a Fruit Stand & Quilt Store just south of Leavenworth. SWMBO got some stuff at the quilt store and I got a 5-leter box of some of the best Apple Cider I’ve ever tasted. Well worth the $20! Also got some huckleberry honey that tastes really good.

Then, after a long and convoluted drive to Ellensburg, we stopped for dinner. Stopped at another Quilt Store in “downtown” Ellensburg for awhile then headed home.

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Made our usual Saturday stop at  Walmart (where we spent WAY too much) and made it home about 2100.

I had a great time being out with my Schweetie and getting to see “new” scenery and just being together. She’s the best.

Otherwise, it’s just a lot of freakin’ fain around here!