Monday, July 21, 2014

Sunday, July 20 45 years ago

Sunday, July 20, 2014
Holly Springs, NC  - 68 degrees and cloudy rain mid morning to 86 degrees and partly sunny after the rain. Another rain after dark thunder off in the distant area, nothing close to us here.

Lunar Module
 I was there (45 years ago) in nineteen-sixty-nine, Kennedy Space Center, Florida working for Grumman Aerospace, on the launch team loading propellants for the engines.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Holly Springs, NC - Jul 17 - 19

Thursday, July 17, 2014  (Revised)
Holly Springs, NC  - 63 degrees and partly cloudy to 88 degrees and partly cloudy. Cooler after that front passed thru the area, these are nice temperatures.
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Yesterday I ordered a set of LED’s to convert the front fluorescent fixture. The only one I have not previously converted. These are different as they are flat with double stick tape. I read about these on another blog and wanted to give them a try.

LED lights
Ariana holding bracket card

Ariana front second from the left
Friday, July 18, 2014
Holly Springs, NC  - 62 degrees and partly sunny to  87 degrees and partly sunny.
Ariana and her girls softball team are doing well at the national (regional) tournament. This tournament was entered after qualifying, game and tournament’s won in the “home region”.  They are still in the “winning” bracket (no losses yet). Two win’s tomorrow and they will be the tournament champions. Chris and Zane came home from the tournament tonight after the second game that ended just before five. 

Back side double stick tape
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Holly Springs, NC  - 66 degrees and partly sunny to 83 degrees and partly sunny. 

Ariana  & John with team trophy

Yesterday’s mail had the LED lights delivery so that job was the priority today. The difficult part for me was the small wires cutting the insulation would also cut the wire very easy. Otherwise it is an easy conversion like the others I have done. 

NSA Williamsburg 2014 14 & Under Champion - NC Challengers (Ariana’s Team). Won both their games today no loses in this tournament of thirty-seven teams over six days. Monday thru Thursday they played only one game each day. Friday and Saturday there were two games each day. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Holly Springs, NC - Jul 13 - 16

Sunday, July 13, 2014
Holly Springs, NC  - 67 degrees and mostly sunny to 91 degrees and partly sunny.

Chris, John and the children went to Williamsburg, VA as the regional softball tournament is there this week and could last until Sunday.  That leaves us (Bonnie and I) home alone!! NASCAR Sunday from Loudon, NH

Monday, July 14, 2014
Holly Springs, NC  - 74 degrees and mostly sunny to 95 degrees and partly sunny as there were clouds off and on with thunder storms forecast for the afternoon.

Hiding from the heat today, only outside for the daily chores. July of eight there were one hundred degree days for a week were had come up here from Florida where the temperatures were only into the ninety's and we felt the difference. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Holly Springs, NC  - 77 degrees and mostly sunny to 93 degrees and partly sunny. Well those thunder storms did finally come this afternoon. And keep coming in waves some light and others heavier. 

Just doing the usual Tuesday senior discount shopping at Kroger today.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Holly Springs, NC  - 71 degrees and partly sunny to 94 degrees and mostly sunny. Boy did we get the rain at bed time last night. There was one lightening and clap of thunder that seemed to be right outside the bedroom window, and the thunder was right at the lightening strike, no delay.  I had to get up and look around outside to see if there was any damage from that one, there were more after that but not as close to us. The rain was not heavy enough to knock out the satellite signal and there was a measurable amount of rain.

Taking some time today to complete our travel plan to Florida at the end of the month. Bonnie and I will be there a week seeing my sister Alice and some friends from when I worked for SRI there in Tampa. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Holly Springs, NC - Jul 10 - 12

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Holly Springs, NC  - 76 degrees and mostly cloudy to 88 degrees and mostly cloudy, forecast is for rain showers today. We did get a thunder storm with heavy rain late afternoon and overcast the remainder of the day.

Bonnie and I went to Harris Teeter (grocery store) today as they have five percent off for seniors on Thursday. Otherwise, I took it easy today.
Bonnie and George outside Beef O’Brady’s in Fuquay Varina
Friday, July 11, 2014
Holly Springs, NC  - 71 degrees and mostly cloudy to 84 degrees and partly sunny.

After work today John did the summer trimming of the bushes and “I helped”, well I raked and picked up the trimmings, it all helps.

John and Zane went to the baseball practice field after that (trimming) and worked out a boy wanting to join the team. Chris was late getting home from work as there were lots ends to complete prior to her week off from work. We all met at Beef O’Brady’s in Fuquay Varina for dinner tonight.
George at Natural bridge, VA. 
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Holly Springs, NC  - 71 degrees and mostly sunny to 90 degrees and mostly sunny.

Bonnie and I did less than Thursday today, ok NASCAR practice on television as my big thing today and the Saturday race from Loudon, NH. John was out cutting the grass and I stayed out of the way.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Holly Springs, NC - Sound Bar

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Holly Springs, NC  - 75 degrees and mostly sunny to 105 degrees and mostly sunny, hot out there today.

Bonnie and I took Zane to a morning movie Lego, be careful of the “Crackle” (glue), a good children’s movie. We were up early as the movie started at ten o’clock, we were there by nine-thirty and there was a line at the ticket booth. Parents and plenty of children for the one dollar movie.

I did get carried away and put the sound bar picture on the last post. I was talking with John about low television volume with our rear television sound (too low). I purchased this twenty-two inch Sharpe LCD television in twenty ten thus completing the conversion to LED televisions in Buster. I had one there for a while but I moved that twenty-inch model outside to the box behind the right front wheel, and we use that when sitting outside. My hearing is not the best and this television has always been operated near the maximum volume since installation.

I did try some speakers from Radio Shack in the next year but I returned them, not satisfactory. It is more troubling to me in the summer as the air conditioner is operating raising the ambient sound level and the television sound is set the maximum output. Well this year I miss more words (almost all) when the air conditioner is operating. I need to do something and want to look into a sound bar.

Just so happens that John had one in the storage. I tried to connect it last night to any way I could and it was not working. Tomorrow is another day.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Holly Springs, NC  - 76 degrees and mostly sunny to 93 degrees and partly sunny, with rain showers came, while I was napping in the chair and had to get my shoes on go out and close the car windows and get back into Buster. Then the shower is over, but there were more light showers cooling down later in the day.

This morning I went to the Vizio Sound Bar online and downloaded the quick start brochure. I was also able to see the back side of the television better and today found the earphone jack for the first time in this effort. That works, connecting there and power to the bar we now have SOUND.

I am able to operate the Dish remote and control for the sound and hear all the words with the air conditioner operating. I have the sound bar volume set about half way up to full volume and the television sound is below half way up to full volume leaving me adjustment room on the Dish remote for any occasion. I have never operated the television with the volume set this low since I installed the Television in Buster.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Christiansburg, VA - Jul 6 -

Sunday, July 6, 2014
Christiansburg, VA - 52 degrees and mostly sunny. Travel home day, Bonnie, Cindy and
 I were on the road at eight for the trip home to North Carolina. Virginia state troopers were also out in force on interstate eight-one and seventy-seven and not so much in North Carolina. We stopped at Cindy’s house then got some lunch and headed to Buster.

Holly Springs, NC -  89 degrees and mostly sunny, cooler then when we departed on Thursday.

I unloaded Tan Jan and Bonnie put things away in Buster getting settled back in. I was then able to watch the Daytona NASCAR race until it was rain shortened.

Monday, July 7, 2014
Holly Springs, NC  - 61 degrees and mostly sunny to 93 degrees and partly sunny.

Most of the day was recovery for me, but the electric power went out for a couple of hours again, the third time here this summer, story has it a transformer blew. I just got up from my nap and turned on the generator. I know when the power goes off because the c-pap machine is plugged into an interruption circuit. If we were really boondocking I would have it connected to the inverter circuit for battery power. Latter in the afternoon I rode the mower cutting the front grass, just helping out otherwise a rest day for me.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Christiansburg, VA - Jul 5

Saturday, July 5, 2014
Christiansburg, VA - 48 degrees and mostly sunny to 83 degrees and partly sunny.

We all played tourist today and went to Natural bridge, VA. Then went to Irene’s in the afternoon and evening this July fourth weekend was a nice family visit.

Ariana & Zane at Natural bridge, VA
Zane, Bonnie & Ariana

chris, Bonnie, ariana, John & Zane

George, Bonnie, Ariana, John & Zane

Paul, Irene & Will

Irene, Will & Cindy

                                                 Cindy (back), Greg & Cathy

Larry & Jess