The weather changed today and got a little chilly and cloudy. It even rained a few times. While working in the office, I noticed there were a bunch of birds in the tree outside the window. I took a closer look with my camera lens and found they were Cedar Waxwings. I hadn’t seen them for a few years. So I spent some time taking a bunch of pictures of them. Here’s one of the better shots.
Since it was raining I walked inside. I did well! I walked 2.18 miles. I felt good about that.
The weather was really nice today! The temperature got up to 79 degrees! It was a record for DC. So I decided to get outside and walk. I walked 1.40 miles outside. It actually got a little warm towards the end of the walk. I should have kept going to get 2 miles but I was too warm.
Today is our 3 year anniversary. We went on our first date 13 years ago today and 3 years ago today we got married! It was a gorgeous day today! It got up to 77 degrees and broke a record.
This evening we went out to dinner at Chef Geoff’s. We had our reception there after our wedding. We had a wonderful dinner and a very nice bottle of wine. It was a great day!
I walked 1.01 miles indoors today.
It was raining today so I didn’t get to walk outside. So I took this picture. I saw a video on YouTube about Instagram and it said that if you give your photos a blue tint they are supposed to get more likes. Not sure about that. But I went ahead and give this photo a blue tint and tagged it blue. It got 24 likes so far. I get a range of likes so I’m not sure it’s more or not.
2.05 miles inside today. I went on an actual walk up and down the stairs. I was tired.
My husband was being silly at dinner tonight. Must have been the wine. 😜
1.52 miles indoors.
Today we went to Linden Vineyards to enjoy a cellar tasting and to see what was new on the tasting menu in the main tasting room. We had a very nice time. While we were in the cellar doing our cellar tasting, it started to snow. We knew it was cold and knew it was going to snow but wasn’t expecting it to start so early. It started to stick right away. We hung around awhile and enjoyed some food and wine. Then we decided we should get going. We drove home in the slushy snow on 66. It was just a little scary. We got home fine though. It was so pretty to watch while we were at the winery. By the time we got home it had pretty much stopped and hadn’t accumulated very much in DC. Maybe an inch.
1.56 miles indoors because of the cold and snow.
This evening for dinner my husband picked out the perfect wine. It’s called “3”. It was produced in 2010 by three wineries in the Charlottesville area. We know all three winemakers who had a hand in making it. I say it was the perfect wine because next week is our 3 year anniversary. We got married 3 years ago. And we had it with filet mignon which was delicious. It was a wonderful meal!
1.14 miles indoors because it was cold outside.
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.
2.07 miles indoors today.
In other news there was another mass shooting today at a high school in Parkland Florida. 17 students and teachers were shot and killed. Many others were injured. Will this be the one to change the gun laws? Who knows.
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.
Total of 1.97 miles today.
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.
2.24 miles indoors today.
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!
1.86 miles walked indoors.
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.
A total of 3.47 miles today.
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!
2.26 miles today.
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!
1.55 miles today.
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.
1.32 miles today.
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.
I walked 1.81 miles today.
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.
1.34 miles today.