Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Just chilling out with the dog. Put the turkey in pretty soon, watch some old James Bond movies and relax. Nice to have a few days off work to unwind. Plenty of chores to do, but I am taking today off.
Picked up a Stihl gas powered leaf blower at a holiday price. Be nice to cut the cord as my yard is significantly bigger than old house. Lots more mature trees as well. Be breaking it in tomorrow. They had a $50 gift card if you spent $200 or more on Stihl products. I bought the gutter cleaner kit which put me just above the amount. They also had a double warranty and a six pack of oil for it for free. So, four year warranty, and I only have to drop it off where I bought it. No mailing it somewhere or traveling anywhere special. Hopefully wont need servicing as all reviews were positive and most of the people at work swear by them. Hope everyone has a happy Thanksgiving and a safe holiday season in general.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

It's more money out the door

It is Sunday, before the evil Friday that starts the Christmas madness. But, the sales start today. My poor Galaxy s5 has been limping along, poorly. I do love the phone, and the removable battery. It has hit the point where it overheats and goes into shutdown loops where I have to pull the battery and let it cool down. I have been putting off the inevitable. They have terrific sales going on now. I upgraded to the s8. Though it doesn't have the removable battery, it has more features than I will ever need, and the price was slashed for the sale, so it is easy on the wallet. Actually got a good salesperson this go around. He transferred everything over to my new phone for me. Last time I bought a phone, the salesman couldn't get me through fast enough. I had to download an app at home and struggle through the madness. It went very smooth. I will definitely give him a good review. Still trying to enter my email passwords for mail and apps. It will take a while to get it all ironed out. Want to get a case for it as I always hate the thinness of the new phones.

Also, bought some new Klipsch speakers. BestBuy has an amazing deal going. The salesman didn't even know about it. I had to show him on the web. Buy two floor standing speakers and a subwoofer, get half off. HALF. They are very high priced at regular price, but amazing speakers at half off. Big difference when I installed them. I want to eventually get the surround speakers for it, but they are not on sale this time around. I will wait. They too will go half off as they do about twice a year.

Bank account will get another hit later in the week. I plan on buying my dishwasher and refrigerator as this is the best time of year to get a good deal on them. Range may wait until I determine what I want and run a gas line.  I have the refrigerator pretty much picked out. I am still trying to determine the dish washer as I bough a whirlpool last year for my old house, before I decided to move, and was not happy with it at all. My twenty year old dishwasher was better than it, and it was one of the higher end models with the stainless steel tub. Range, I am still bouncing around on. I am leaning towards a 36 inch, which there is not a huge selection to choose from. I could go 30 inch, but would have to pull the cabinets and move them around. Easier to just buy one to fit the opening. I want to buy new countertop this winter as well. Doing away with the built in range top gives me more counter space. Don't know how much I can get done this week, but I will try and get some of it done. Countertops may wait until spring.

I am waiting for a four day weekend. These one day weekends are getting old. Money is good, but I need some downtime to relax and get some work done. After Thanksgiving, I only have three more weeks to work this year. Have a lot I hope to get done in that time. New windows should be getting done fairly soon. Haven't heard back on a delivery date yet. Looking forward to a done house. Spring is the new garage.

Sunday, November 5, 2017


I actually had a second weekend in a row off. That almost never happens. I wasted it though. Saturday, I didn't get out of bed until afternoon, and napped on and off most of the day. I finally feel like I am over the worst of the illness. They get a good one going around work once in a while, and it usually hangs in there. Been a couple weeks of ailing, but I feel pretty good finally. Caught up on laundry and inside chores. Wish I had felt better yesterday as the weather was perfect and I could have got my yard work done. Today has been on and off severe storms. Hope the trees are all standing. Really don't want to look. Saw lots of lightening hitting close and heard thunder touching down really close. Close enough to shake the house. Crazy weather. Only a couple more weeks until Thanksgiving week. Then, only three working weeks left in the year. I could use a little time off. House is looking pretty good. I did some more organizing today and actually hung some pictures as well. Finally starting to look more like home.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Slow gains

Twisted the heck out of my knee organizing the shed a couple weeks back.  Been a slow recovery working ten hour days six days a week hobbling with a knee brace, but able to walk much better finally. Probably should go to the doctor one day to get it checked out as it frequently decides to pop out and back in from time to time, and hurts like hell when it does. Short of a replacement, not sure they can do much and I intend to put off knee replacement as long as possible. Just sucks having to be extra careful how I lift and do things. I do try and get enough walking in during the day as to keep the muscles up, which helps for normal movement. Just not able to do the constant heavy lifting I use to do. Have a treadmill for the winter time as I don't need to fall on the ice.

 Cell phone was having major issues with rebooting frequently with no warning. After reluctantly searching new cell phones, I took a gamble and tried a new battery on my cell phone. Problem went away. Cheap fix. It is a galaxy s5. Dated, but more than what I need. Don't want to get caught up in another contract. Now if I can just get rid of this nasty cold flu thing, I should be back to somewhat normal. I can't stand doctors, but after a week and a half of nonstop hacking and gagging, I caved. Got a slew of pills to take and it seems to be taking the edge off.

As far as the house, I have a contract for all new windows. They measured yesterday and I should have them installed before the holidays. One more item off of the check list. Garage will be in the spring. I have the money, just late in the year and I want to get it right, not fast. I am about positive of what and where I want it. Have to see if the city will let me build as big as I want. I intend to go as big as they will allow. Hoping to get this cold killed off so I can play catch up in the yard. Old trees are great for scenery, but in the fall, a lot of leaves and work. I usually give out candy for Halloween, but with the cold and the cold weather, I am reluctantly going to sit this one out. Like seeing the little ones going around, but need to stay out of the cold until I have this bug killed off.

 Have a plan for the kitchen. Hoping on getting it done this winter as well. Leaning toward a 36 inch gas convection oven where fridge is at now. Leaving wall oven in place but getting rid of the countertop range. Put in new countertops and back splash. New refrigerator. That is the plan anyway.
Not ready to go back to work tomorrow, but trying to save personal days back up again. It was good to have the whole weekend to try and rest up and get better. Only a few weeks until Thanksgiving, so that will be a four day weekend. Then only three weeks of work and I get a couple weeks off, so the year is getting down to the wire.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Who would have thought that was a bad idea

I have been down here about nine years. At work, we have a few CNC grinders I run when I am not repairing them, seeing as how they are Swiss made. They may know watches, but they suck at electronics. When we brought the Kelvaria down from Chicago, it had a bad air conditioner in the electrical cabinet. We were running it with the door open to keep the electrics cool. Being a tool and die shop of high precision parts, it is temperature controlled rather well, so all was good. They didn't like that down here, as I am sure OSHA wouldn't as well, so, they ordered a new unit. The company sent the wrong one, from Switzerland, for several thousand dollars. Our genius bosses didn't want to send the unit back. Against my wishes, they made it fit, with the help of a plasma cutter. They cut a hole in the back of the cabinet and the floor of the cabinet. Nine years I have had issues with the machine. It has sucked the oil and filth from the floor under the machine and blown it directly into the Siemens drives which are located directly above the AC unit.
The workhead on the machine has been dying all week. The drive finally succumbed to the oil dripping off of it. I can't believe the electronics didn't fry years ago. The drive was alarming the machine out, but I was able to limp it along for a few days if I moved chuck by hand as I hit the start button. The initial inertia was enough to get it going. The boss finally let me look into fixing it. I told him I thought the AC unit was the root of the problem and showed him the oil soaked drives. I removed the AC unit and ran machine for a few days. Without the AC unit, ALL ALARMS I have been getting intermittently for years went away. ALL of them. The drive died altogether yesterday. I ordered a new one online and robbed one from the other Kelvaria grinder to test out. Machine is running flawlessly for the first time in nine years. Boss let me order the proper AC unit for it. He would not however let me castrate the person who butchered it years ago making life a living hell. Typical lack of logic in management, they won't let me replace the other drive cards that are dripping oil and grit. I told him the place that rebuilds them would only cost us about three grand to do the rest of the drives and the power supply. Twenty five year old machine, the drives owe us nothing. Boss says we will wait for them to die. Down time will cost us way more than what preventative repair would cost. Total lack of logic in the work place. I am glad I am closer to retirement than starting out. I sure don't like the way things work anymore. Total lack of logic.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Gun show day

Made it out to the gun show at the armory. My buddy was there with some rather interesting stuff as usual. He has a very extensive collection of guns. I have bought a few. He reminded me of the pumpkin shoot they have at their club after Halloween. I need to check it out. They buy a bunch of surplus pumpkins for next to nothing after Halloween and, have a machine gun shoot. Kinda like Gunny has with watermelons. Sounds like a great time. He introduced me to his buddy at the show who sells full auto weapons. He will be there as well. They have several machine guns each, so it should be rather fun and educational.
House is coming along finally. Kitchen is pretty well in order. I bought some cabinet organizers I have yet to install. Dining room is finally cleaned out of empty boxes and miscellaneous items that needed sorting through. I found a tv stand I want so I can get the living room situated the way I want it. I was going to pick it up while I was out, but got to feeling pretty lousy, so I came home and laid down. Been working a lot of hours and I think I am just ran down a bit. Feeling rather tired and blah. Things to do, but no ambition to do them with. They will still be there tomorrow. Hopefully I will be up to doing them. They keep talking cutting overtime at work, but it hasn't happened yet. It is hard to cut hours when you have an over abundance of millennials for help that don't do much other than take up space. I could get more done if they would get them out of the way. Probably work less hours if I didn't have to fix what they mess up after I go home. Two weeks until I get a couple vacation days. Hopefully go to the machine gun shoot out in Kentucky. That is always a good time.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

It's a bit comical, in a sad way

I moved down to southern Indiana and absolutely love the area. I have all the restaurants, stores and conveniences I had up north, without the traffic and congestion. I love it. Don't miss the liberal agenda being so close to Chicago. Don't miss the crime at all. It is nice. The news media down here wishes they were bigger. It is very sad, to the point of being almost comical. We had a demented individual, who happened to be black, get shot and killed. This particular individual positioned himself outside a federal building and was ranting and threatening one day. The next day, he came back with a baseball bat and started taking out windows. Police tazed him, and it didn't slow him down. He went to attack, they shot and killed him. Local news tried doing the BLM bit. Built up the fact that there was a crowd forming to protest at the federal building. I looked at the pictures. Both pictures. Six people. Same six people in both pics. One laying on the ground drawing so and so's life matters in chalk on the sidewalk. Cute side note, the authorities warned the protesters if they drew on the building, it was federal property, and they would go to jail and be prosecuted. So, draw on the sidewalk. News tried their best to build up the scenario, but nada. No mob. I love this area. Most people responding in the news posts were on the side of the police and justifiably so.

Today, the DACA protesters are in the news. They numbered in the single digits as well. Eight. Four on each side of the street. Creative photos in the news tried their best to make it look like more. Hard to do with eight people. One shot, the photographer had to be on a knee shooting almost straight up so you saw one face and a few picket signs. All the signs there :)  I am so happy that we lack the protesting idiots the big cities have. It does look almost comical at times though. Liberals are too dense to realize all Trump is trying to do is get congress to do the job they are suppose to do. DACA was an Obama overreach. Executive branch isn't suppose to make laws. That is congresses job. By killing the DACA order, it throws the ball into the lawmakers arena for them to hash out. Not being heartless, but I have no soft spot on this issue. It may not be the fault of the kids dragged here, but where do you draw the line. If you grant amnesty now, you will always grant it forever. The so called dreamers, if you do the math, are the kids dragged here by their parents after the Reagan amnesty. Fat lot of good that did as they kept sneaking in. Nothing against immigrants. Come in legally. Get a permit. Get in lint. Farmer needs help, hire workers using the work permit system. Bring them in legally. They get background checked. They are checked for diseases. If they are here legally, they don't have to put up with the abuse many do out of worry about being caught. It is a win win. Enough of the amnesty nonsense. It does nothing but tell the rest of the world, go ahead, sneak in, eventually we will grant you citizenship and you don't need to conform at all. I feel sorry for the kids that were dragged here, but at some time, you have to draw a line and stand your ground.