Sunday, May 19, 2013
A QUICK VISIT TO WALT DISNEY WORLD
Saturday, May 18, 2013
FINALLY- NEW PRESSURE TANK
Been sitting on this for a couple of weeks- well, broken ankle kinda interfered .. and have needed it for about a year, but finally got "up" enough today to go at it. Something like this, not the job, it's where you are if something goes wrong. Nothing went wrong.
Friday, May 17, 2013
SCREAMING YELLOW GRASS ZONKER!!!
Suddenly there was this outrageous noise blasting the entirety of my universe, and I was all like what is that? Where am I??? Rolled over and looked at a clock and saw 8:45 and said oh oh! I was supposed to be up! Got my pants and boot on my broken ankle and jumped on the scooter (okay, more like crawled onto the scooter) and headed out the door and down the ramp to find my new (used) lawn Tractor! Saaaaaaaaa Weeeeeet!
WHITE VERSUS BLACK FOR A CAR
A friend told me not to bother, that scientific studies had shown no difference in car color and heat: he also votes Republican and thinks Fox is news... :)
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
AROUND CITRUS- AUTO REPAIR
We have a really huge auto parts central here! Who'd a thunk it!
The front edge of the hood was rusted pretty bad and I was getting concerned about the latch giving way. I could rebuild it with bondo and stuff, but given the way I am these days, I decided to look into buying a replacement and this place had one for 175 so I went for it. Best I found on the net was 250.
Then this morning, I think, hey... I have a mechanic- can't take him more than an hour to put that hood on... and the way I am these days... and I want him to check the AC anyway...
Go back to sleep. Around noon, up and shower and call mechanic- do you want to? When? Sure, now. I say I'll go pick it up and come over. Did so.
Unboxed, it looked like a wing or spoiler after I strapped it on my roof. Drove back carefully, pulled over to let cars pass my slow driving... made it fine.
Guy asked if I wanted it painted, I said no. After 45 minutes, tells me AC is going to be 800 bucks: whole thing is shot. Or basically, the heart is shot and can't replace that without doing everything cause that would just wreck the new one... I had had him do a visual check a couple of weeks ago and top it off so the dye would show over time what was actually happening: that showed now, it was just leaking all over. But out of my budget so I said, thanks, but no thanks... Saw hood wasn't even off yet, so scooted over to Publix, talked to the cook lady there, demo's recipes- always good stuff, sometimes I can eat it (food allergies)- but we chat, a lot about food stuff, suggested the Publix Greenwise Beef, free range and no injections. Got some, went back to auto repair and car was ready and I loved the look!
Off in the distance...
Top of the hill on the left...
LKQ of Crystal River. Main shipping and receiving building. (The highway is being widened here.)
Beside that, the other building where one goes for parts.
My new hood (they didn't have black available so I went with white) securely strapped to my roof. The salesman saw my car and asked where I was going to put it: I replied, "The hood!"
Drove over to my auto repair shop- have used them a couple of times and am very happy with them.
Liked the "winged" look... Publix Plaza in the background.
My new Black and White!
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
BIRD FAMILY SPOTTED IN THE YARD
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
BABY BIRDS DEPARTING
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Those who follow me on Facebook have seen a couple of shots over the last months such as this one...
This little fellow, or one looking like him, has been flitting into my house several times over the last couple of years, and I have always been torn between scaring him and trying to get the picture; but mostly, just trying to help him find his way out.
This evening, I was out on my covered deck trying to find an old graphics card cause I suspect that is what is broken in my desktop, when this guy landed on the drooping corner of the screen over one of the openings (top left in the photo) and stopped upon seeing me. I calmly told him to get out- he knows better, he's going to get stuck again etc etc...
Instead, he hopped down to another level, jumped back and forth among the various things stored out there, all as I continued to advise his exit.
Surprisingly, he was actually moving to positions that were closer to me.
Then I spotted something in his mouth, something rather large. On his next hop, dangerously close to me I would think, I saw that it was a large bug.
I stopped talking and went still: I was starting to have suspicions.
He came closer and closer and then perched on the edge of a wooden drawer that is on one of the shelves of my tool storage case, just right of center there, the shelf below the one with the matching white containers.
I remained absolutely still.
After a moment, he slipped inside, out of sight, and out of mutual view.
A moment later, he reappeared, mouth empty.
He jumped again from location to location and worked his way back to the droopy screen (which I would have secured the other night if I weren't so limited by my cast at the moment) and after sitting there for a moment apparently deciding if it was safe to leave with me still there, flew off.
I immediately hopped forward carefully on my good ankle and looked into the shelf box. Do you see it? I was being quick so as to create minimal disturbance.
So. I guess it is she. (And there are four.)
I just made a little adapter ramp thing from the ultra thin paneling I took off the walls (cut it with a utility knife) to "gentle" the transition for the scooter over the door sill The floor level changes that is why I put the stoop there, but it is a big jerky hump for the scooter and can rattle my filled Pepsi cup and cause spills. Much nicer now- more like a very mild rumble strip. Put the larger rubber backed bath mat over it to hold the two pieces in place and further smooth it.
While I was waiting at the VA yesterday, and further refined this morning, I have designed a very simple and cheap lift mechanism for my getting my scooter onto the car-carrier! Would be much nicer if I could weld, but can be built without it. Small, light, easily attached and removed, and used; and working on one detail to make it work not only on the back of the carrier, but also in the trunk for when I don't use the carrier but just stick the small scooter in the trunk.
Monday, April 15, 2013
LATE BUT HE'S BACK!
Sorry about the blur, but it was dusk and I was wobbly on my crutches as I zoomed and anxious he would bolt at any moment!
Thursday, April 11, 2013
In Florida, you wear sunglasses. Just a given. There have been days when the sun is so bright and penetrating that I have desperately looked for my sunglasses only to find out I already had them on!
But, when I go in the stores, I need to take them off- as well as my regular glasses so I can see up close while checking out items. I have out of necessity simply tucked them in the neck of my shirt, but this has never been really satisfactory, so I decided I would get something to give me a place to store them on my scooter when needed, and thanks to a helpful employee at my local Walmart, I found these clip on small bottle holders in the sporting goods section and they fit both my over-sized sunglasses and regular glasses just right! So, I drilled a couple of quarter-inch holes in the frame of my seat and voila!
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
HOMOSASSA HERITAGE DAY
In Part 2, Park Services Specialist Andrew Moody talks caring for and interacting with the animals at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, both before and since it was part of the Florida Park Service. His talk took place at the park on 9 March 2013 at Homosassa Heritage Day.
Running time: 12:50
Monday, March 11, 2013
HOMOSASSA HERITAGE DAY
Part 1: JD Mendenhall on Ivan Tors
Park Services Specialist JD Mendenhall talks about Ivan Tors and his role in the entertainment industry and Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.
His talk took place at the park on 9 March 2013 at Homosassa Heritage Day.
Running time 22:15
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Back of the Space Ship Earth building at EPCOT during the Flower and Garden Festival through the years. Unfortunately, there were several years I did not take this shot- which came as a big surprise to me! But this is something.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
CROSS TURTLE CROSS
So, I am pulling out of my yard and I look both ways, and I see something. Put it in park and open the door- he jerks everything back into his shell and sits there. I'm not even close. Chicken. Or overly cautious; but then if he were overly cautious, he shouldn't be taking a break two feet out onto the tarmac and I wouldn't have to be stopping to help him out in the first place.
I walk over and give him a very gentle touch on his shell with my toe and he leaps out and around and comes at me! No where near, but he went for me... then pulls back in.
I tap him again, way on the back of his shell; and he moves a bit then stops and hides again.
I tap again; he moves again; he stops again.
We play this game a few more times and finally he decides I am not going to do anything more than tap, and/or I am going to bug him until he gets somewhere else and he starts walking across. I follow until he is on the grass on the other side, then get back in my car, and he watches as I close the door, gives me one last look and heads away from me into the deeper growth.
I drive away.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Friday, February 01, 2013
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Gawd I hate sanding; gawd, I love the results.
This year, I bought a couple of calendars. I hate hanging them by a center hole as the edges tend to droop and it just isn't a very good way to hang such a thing. Unable to find anything that fit my needs, I made a couple of Calendar Clips.