The screw extractor tool came yesterday but Valentine’s Day activities got in the way of getting back to the computer. So today I got back to it. I had no problem getting the screw out and taking the computer apart to get to the logic board. I started to remove the old capacitors but had a problem with the soldering iron. I spent most of the day working on this. I could not just heat them up and pull them out. After doing some more research I needed to get a DE-soldering iron. So I ordered it and it will come tomorrow which means at the end of the day when I need to spend time with my husband so this won’t get touched again until probably Saturday afternoon or Sunday. Ugh! I hate not having the tools I need to get these things done. It will get done though.
1.88 miles indoors today. Although the temperature got up to 71 degrees today I didn’t get outside because of some intermittent rain. Later in the afternoon I did get outside and enjoyed the temps and walked half a mile. The temperature broke a record at Dulles Airport when it got up to 76 degrees. Too warm for mid February.
Happy Valentine’s Day! This evening we went out to dinner for Valentine’s Day. We went to The Grilled Oyster not far from out house. We had a delicious pinot noir. I really enjoyed it! Before dinner we exchanged gifts. We bot got each other candy. I got simple milk chocolates and I gave him a box of Godiva dark chocolates. That’s what he likes. I made him take a picture with me before dinner.
Today I began my eMac project. I am soldering on new capacitors on the logic board. I began by taking out all the screws holding the case on. When I got to the last one it would come out and it got stripped in the process. So I had to halt the upgrade of the logic board and order some stripped screw remover. I’ll get back to it tomorrow when the tool arrives.
Today I ran some errands. When I was bringing the stuff through the garage I saw this bird on the railing. It’s a Northern Mockingbird. He just sat there and let me take his picture. I used my iPhone so it’s not the best picture but you can see him though.
The rest of the day I spent cleaning an old Apple keyboard. I took that thing apart and cleaned every key. You can see how filthy it was. It took forever but the keyboard is like new now.
Tonight for dinner we had some leftovers from the Mardi Gras party we had last night. I had some delicious meatballs and Mac and cheese. My husband ate more than I did. As you can see we are using the leftover plates too!
This evening we had a Mardi Gras party. We had about 12 friends over and enjoyed some wonderful food created by my husband. We also enjoyed lots of wine and great conversation. Of course I was so wrapped up in the party I totally forgot to take any pictures. However, here’s one of the decorations we used.
My Apple HomePod arrived today. I went ahead and joined Apple Music so that I could have access to all the music Apple has in iTunes. The speaker is really cool. The sound is amazing. Ever song I’ve asked her to play, she’s been able to play. I’ve asked her to play certain kinds of music and she plays a playlist of that music that’s already been created. She will also play any of my playlists that I created in iTunes. It’s what the first iPod Hi Fi should have been. She is limited in the amount of information she can give you though. Unlike Alexa, Siri is limited to only certain types of information. She can give you the weather, what the stocks were for the day, basic information about songs, etc. She can’t tell jokes, or play games or anything like that. Maybe in time she’ll get better. I’d say she beats all the competition when it comes to sound. It really sounds great. When the ability to have two HomePods playing the same music is added later this year, I’ll have to get another one. I’m pretty pleased with the way it sounds and operates. It was a breeze to set up too!
On Monday the market dropped 1175 points. On Wednesday it was back up about 500 points. Today it dropped again. It went down 1032 points. I think we can safely say we are in a market correction. Of course Trump won’t say anything about the market going down and won’t tie it to his horrible economic decisions. Congress is battling out a new spending plan. Sounds like they have one almost set…it will only last two years. It continues to be a Trump mess in the United States. We will continue to slide into a recession I’m sure.
In other news, Mardi Gras is next week. We are having a party on Saturday night. It should be fun!
It’s been raining all day today. It was supposed to start out as snow and turn to ice but here in the city we have only seen rain. Just 45 minutes away they had snow and ice. Because of that the husband had the day off. We were pretty lazy today. I ended up walking inside. I walked 2.16 miles today. It was a good walking day.
I belong to several wine clubs in Virginia. Usually we go to the wineries and pick up the wines to avoid the shipping costs. However, a few of the clubs are down in Charlottesville and that requires and overnight stay unless I want to drive almost 3 hours down there, pick up the wines and drive 3 hours back. I don’t really want to do that. One of the clubs is Blenheim Vineyards…it’s the one owned by Dave Matthews. I was two shipments behind. So I decided to switch to shipping. Well the wines arrived today. Eight bottles of wine! Yikes! I’m glad I switched to shipping. Now they will just arrive without me knowing it. It already gets charged to my credit card so nothing will change there. I think I already have the other two clubs from down there on shipping.
It’s happening. The Trump effect is beginning. The country is in the midst of a horrible decline…in every aspect. Today it was the stock market. At one point it dropped 1600 points. The most in history. He’s ruining everything. The Dow closed down 1179 points. The single biggest drop in history. There goes some retirement accounts. I blame it all on Trump.
In other news I have been working on another computer. I got this 17-inch Late 2006 CD iMac on eBay for 99 bucks. It is in great shape. However, when it was shipped the guy stuck tape all over it. I had to use WD-40 to clean all the sticky off it. Then I maxed out the ram and replaced the hard drive with a 60 gig SSD. This one wasn’t nearly as bad as taking that eMac apart. And when I first plugged this thing in it began to stick like Indian food. So while I had it open to put the SSD inside, I cleaned it out really well. Now it’s like a new iMac! It’s fast and clean. I don’t have much use for it though. Maybe I’ll sell it on eBay and make some money. I don’t know. We’ll see.
We didn’t do much today. It was raining, sleeting, snowing…a bit of everything. It didn’t add up to anything. By the evening it was just rain. The only thing we did was go to the grocery store. I didn’t take a single picture today either! But I did walk 1.40 miles indoors. That’s all I have to report.
I’ve been buying a couple of old computers on eBay lately. Here’s my latest find. I got it for $80. It’s an eMac (USB 2.0). It is the low end eMac from 2004. It doesn’t even have Bluetooth. I have to use a wired keyboard and mouse. The problem is it keeps freezing up. After doing some research and taking the machine apart, I find that the capacitors need to be replaced. I’ve never done that before. But I ordered the parts I need and a soldering iron and I’m going to attempt to get this thing fixed. It’s like brand new. There was no dust inside and it came with the original box and cords. I think it was a good buy. I just want it to work. It’ll be a challenge but I’m up for it.
Today the groundhog saw his shadow so we have 6 more weeks of winter. This is fine with me because we have seen so little snow this season. I’m really looking forward to a big storm before the season is over.
Here’s the beautiful bottle of wine we had this evening with our steak dinner. It was delicious!
Tonight we went to dinner at Cafe Deluxe for our date night. We always start with bubbles. Our dinner was delicious. My husband had a free birthday dessert on his Cafe Deluxe card so they put a candle in it and we celebrated one more time. He enjoyed it. I ate way too much and will feel it later tonight I’m sure.
During dinner tonight my husband was telling Alexa to do silly things. He told her to bark like a dog and she did! He got so tickled by it. He was laughing light crazy. I tried to snap a picture but I was laughing too so it’s out of focus a bit but you get the idea.
Today we met the Dails at Gray Ghost Winery for the library tasting event. We started with a regular tasting and then went down to the barrel room to enjoy some older vintages of their wines. Our wine friend Susan also joined us for the event. It was a fun event. We then went up to the lounge to enjoy a bottle of their Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. My husband and I do this every year for his birthday. We always enjoy our time at Gray Ghost. We then went to dinner with the Dails at Two Amys. Yum!
Tonight we had the Dails over for dinner. It was Jill’s birthday on January 3rd so we decided to celebrate some more. I made a dark chocolate cake for the two of them. We had lots of wine and tons of fun. We love our friends!
Today was my husband’s 54th birthday! Happy Birthday! For his birthday we started the day shopping in Georgetown. Then we went to a restaurant overlooking the Washington harbor. We had some bubbles and a cheese plate. In the evening we went out to dinner at The Hamilton in downtown DC. Again we had bubbles and a birthday dessert! When we got home he opened his gifts. It was a really nice day!
The weather was really nice today. It was 65 degrees! I decided to get back on the trail and get my exercise in. I walked 2.31 miles on the trail. I was sweaty by the time I got home. I walked on the Glover-Archbold Trail. I got some good exercise in today. Yay!
Today we went to another winery. I was a club member at Casanel Vineyards in Loudoun County Virginia but let my membership lapse because we didn’t buy a case within the year. So we headed back to Casanel for a tasting and to buy a case to get back in the club. We tasted some really nice wines and enjoyed a bottle of the chardonnay with cheese and a baguette. It was a really nice afternoon!
Today we went to a cabernet vertical tasting at Breaux Vineyards. We had a 3 course meal and tasted six different vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon. We attend these each year. This one was fun as usual but I didn’t eat any of the second course…it was salmon. It was cool to see our reserved table for the members of our group. I was impressed. This was the first time they’ve done that.
The sun came out today but it was still very cold. It did warm up a bit to 43 degrees this afternoon but it felt cold. I walked indoors again today. I walked 2.16 miles. here’s a shot of the sun through the window.
It snowed about an inch overnight. My husband didn’t have to go to work today. We had a leisurely breakfast and relaxed most of the day. I did go on a walk in the building and walked 2.14 miles. Then in the evening we went to The Grilled Oyster Company for dinner. It was date night!
When I got up this morning I decided I wanted something different for breakfast. I was tired of eating cereal or spending the time to scramble eggs and all that. Instead I took those eggs and put them in a container. I put some cheese and ham and some old bread and made an egg casserole. While it was cooking I decided to do my walk. I only walked 1.33 miles while it was cooking. But the casserole was perfect! It was small enough to have for breakfast and was cooked just right! It was delicious!
The lead singer of The Cranberries, Dolores O’Riordan, died today. Cause of death was unknown. I’m sure we’ll heard more about that in the days to come. I loved The Cranberries. Those 80s and 90s songs bring back memories. I loved this song:
Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! I hope you took some time to think about his contributions to our country and our world.
I got back to walking in the hall to get my exercise all at once instead of spreading it out throughout the day. I walked 2.16 miles in about 40 minutes. And of course since there is nothing to look at in the hall, I have a hall picture to share.
For dinner my wonderful husband baked a chicken! It was delicious.
By the end of the day I had walked 4.43 miles and got 10,180 steps.
Today we went to the National Gallery of Art. We wanted to see the new Vermeer exhibit but the line was SO long. We didn’t think we could stand in that long line.
We decided we would wander around the 18th and 19th century painters and see their paintings. We saw some really nice paintings. It was fun walking around, studying a painting and then talking about what we see. It seems like we must have walked into 30 or so rooms. Here are some paintings I really enjoyed:
After a few hours of viewing paintings we decided to have some lunch. We went to the museum cafe. It happened to be the same cafe we went to on our very first date. We had fun reminiscing about our first date.
You might remember from back in October that I bought a sewing machine. Yesterday I got it out and began a new project. We had a table runner that was too long for the table. To keep the pattern and to shorten it a bit to fit the table I had to cut some off and resew the ends. I made a video of the project. I think it came out really nice.
Today I decided to take a walk on the trail and look for birds. I didn’t find any new birds but I did see some icy creeks. I thought it was beautiful.
In other news our horrible president said this about immigration: “Why do we want all these people from ‘shithole countries’ coming here?” Can you believe this is the leader of the free world? What a shithole racist he is. I don’t know how much more of this man I can take. Our country is so embarrassed by his words. It’s so sad. He really needs to be removed from office.
It’s been really cold lately! Today I ran errands and on my way back over the Potomac river I noticed it was frozen. While stopped in traffic I pointed my camera to the river and snapped a picture. Not the best but you can see that it’s pretty frozen.