Septic Tank Problems

This week I'm having my septic system worked on.  When I called for a periodic draining they found a problem with the tank. It may have somehow cracked.
Septic tanks can last about 25 to 40 years. Ours is 40 years old so I guess it must be time.

They dug up our tank and distribution box.  The distribution box is further back in the photo.

Here is the tank with its two lids.

This is the distribution box which empties into the drain field.

Below is a short video showing how it works.
It's sort of gross so skip it if you think it will bother you.


National Garage Sale Day

I don't go to garage sales myself.  Maybe I'll give it a try.

My First Tractor Pull

I thought a tractor pull was like a tug of war with two tractors pulling apart with a chain holding them.  But it's a tractor pulling a heavy sled.  The winner is the tractor that pulls the sled the farthest down the track.

Here's a description from Wikipedia:

Truck and Tractor pulling, also known as power pulling, is a motorsport competition, popular in United States, Europe (especially in the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany), Australia and Brazil, and New Zealand which requires modified tractors to pull a heavy sled along a 35 foot wide, 330 foot long track, with the winner being the tractor that pulls the sled the farthest. The sport is known as the world's most powerful motorsport, due to the multi-engined modified tractor pullers.

All tractors in their respective classes pull a set weight in the sled. When a tractor gets to the end of the 100 metre track, this is known as a "full pull". When more than one tractor completes the course, more weight is added to the sled, and those competitors that moved past 300 feet will compete in a pull-off; the winner is the one who can pull the sled the farthest.

The sled is known as a weight transfer sled. This means that as it is pulled down the track, the weight is transferred (linked with gears to the sled’s wheels) from over the rear axles and towards the front of the sled. In front of the rear wheels, there is a "pan". This is essentially a metal plate and as the weight moves over this the resistance builds. The farther the tractor pulls the sled, the more difficult it gets.

The most powerful tractors, such as those in the 4.5 modified class in Europe, can produce over 10,000 horsepower. 

This is the sled they have to pull.

Something went wrong, maybe the wheel.

This tractor was driven by a woman with a pink helmet.

Finally a short video:

I'm not sure if I'll go again but at least I've seen something new.

Cable TV Mess Up

This is how the technician left the outside cable box after the repair.  The kitchen TV was not working after the storm we had the other day.  Luckily the bedroom TV was working.  He told me not to worry because it is still waterproof!
But how?

This is the way it looks from inside the house behind the TV.

This is the view from the other side where he added some sort of plug which it didn't have before.  He said that this time both TV's will stop if something goes wrong.  Why did he do that?  There was no way he was listening to what I said so I let it go, for now.  It was not worth getting into a fight.  Besides, he was much younger than me.

I called the cable company to get a different technician to fix up the mess. But for now both TV's are working.

What happened to pride in workmanship? 

Tomato, Olive Oil, Basil and Mozzarella

My garden tomatoes taste great!

Sliced Italian bread makes it even better.

I have some of the sandwich with fresh basil and some without.

Soaked in olive oil adds the final touch.
These slightly different photos make me hungry.

Evey and Her Brother Miles

Evey is tucked in, nice and neat.

Miles came down for a rough landing.

Asleep Together

Granddaughter Evey

Looks like she's exercising, while the dog stands by.

In this video her mother called her "My Little Conductor".

Mystery Man

As a hobby I do a little Family-Tree type genealogy and I came across this old photo.  It's not my father but the family resemblance from my father is there.  I look different because of the effects of my mother's and grandmother's genetic influence. I think he's one of the grandfathers I never met.

Here's an extra large view:
Here's the back.  I can't make out the writing but I can see a few Italian words. Some blue numbers are written over part of it.

Here's an extra large view:

Some of the words I think:
"Hope that...true..."

Mt guess on the numbers on the back:
500, 1072, 1011, 1010
Could it somehow be a phone number?
I don't think it's some coded message.
It was written upside down over the letters with a thicker pen and different ink.

I'm considering having it restored by a professional.  Some sites can do it from an uploaded photo.  That way the original will always be with me.

If I do it myself using Photoshop it will be expensive. GIMP is free.  I'll have to learn what to do with either program.  But it will be a hobby I can use on other images.

Upscale Tricycle & ...

This must be a limited edition.

I rode a tricycle like this for a summer job with Good Humor Ice Cream. That's not me in the photo.

Safety First!

Playing with her extra large friend.

Dream-cycle 😊

Backyard Trumpet Vine 2017

Hopefully it will continue growing down the other side of the trellis.  We should have planted one on both sides so they could meet in the center.

Here is a seed pod.

Funny? Confusion

My brother Tony sent me this link.  I think everyone has a day like this sometimes.
Every now and again someone puts into words what so many people are feeling! Read this amazing email and let us know if you can relate. 
 Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. –
Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.
This is how it manifests:
I decide to water my garden.
As I turn on the hose in the driveway,
I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.
As I start toward the garage,
I notice mail on the porch table that
I brought up from the mail box earlier.
I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.
I lay my car keys on the table,
put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table,
and notice that the can is full.
But then I think,So, I decide to put the bills
on the table and take out the garbage first.
since I’m going to be near the mailbox
when I take out the garbage anyway,
I may as well pay the bills first.
I take my check book off the table,
and see that there is only one check left.
My extra checks are in my desk in the study,
so I go inside the house to my desk where
I find the
can of Pepsi I’d been drinking.
I’m going to look for my checks,
but first I need to push the Pepsi aside
so that I don’t accidentally knock it over.
The Pepsi is getting warm,
and I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.
As I head toward the kitchen with the Pepsi,
a vase of flowers on the counter
catches my eye–they need water.
I put the Pepsi on the counter and
discover my reading glasses that
I’ve been searching for all morning.
I decide I better put them back on my desk,
but first I’m going to water the flowers.
I set the glasses back down on the counter,
fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote.
Someone left it on the kitchen table.
I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV,
I’ll be looking for the remote,
but I won’t remember that it’s on the kitchen table,
so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs,
but first I’ll water the flowers.
I pour some water in the flowers,
but quite a bit of it spills on the floor.
So, I set the remote back on the table,
get some towels and wipe up the spill.
Then, I head down the hall trying to
remember what I was planning to do.
At the end of the day:
the car isn’t washed
the bills aren’t paid
there is a warm can of
Pepsi sitting on the counter
the flowers don’t have enough water,
there is still only 1 check in my check book,
I can’t find the remote,
I can’t find my glasses,
and I don’t remember what I did with the car keys.
Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today,
I’m really baffled because I know I was busy all the damn day,
and I’m really tired.
I realize this is a serious problem,
and I’ll try to get some help for it,
but first I’ll check my e-mail….
Do me a favor.
Forward this message to everyone you know,
because I don’t remember who the hell I’ve sent it to.
Don’t laugh — if this isn’t you yet, your day is coming!!

Cucumbers & Basil July 2017

I have more Basil than I can use right away so I'm going to freeze some.  This is one of my six plants.
Here's the procedure I'll try:
(From the web)

My cucumbers are growing faster than I can eat them. Here are three from the past two days.
I'll try to pickle some of them by using this recipe from Easy Summertime Sweet Pickles | McCormick


These easy-to-prepare sweet pickles require no special jars or vacuum sealing since they are stored in the refrigerator. Perfect for when you have a bounty of cucumbers.

2 cups thinly sliced cucumbers (1/4-inch thick)
1/2 cup thinly sliced sweet onion
1 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon McCormick® Celery Seed
1 teaspoon McCormick® Mustard Seed
1 teaspoon non-iodized salt

1. Place cucumber slices and onions in medium glass bowl. Set aside. Mix remaining ingredients in medium saucepan. Bring to boil on medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar and salt. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes.
2. Pour hot liquid and spices over cucumbers and onions. Cool slightly. Cover.
3. Refrigerate pickles at least 2 hours before serving. Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator up to 2 months.

I've heard about cucumber soup and cucumber sandwiches.

If you know a cucumber soup that's not with sour cream or yogurt, please let me know.  I'll also search the web.

What's the best way to make cucumber sandwiches?
I found these two:

1. The Traditional Cucumber Sandwich is composed of paper-thin slices of cucumber placed between two thin slices of crustless, lightly buttered white bread. Wikipedia

2. English Tea Cucumber Sandwiches
Place cucumber slices between 2 paper towels set in a colander. Allow liquid to drain, about 10 minutes.
Mix cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, onion salt, and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl until smooth. 
Spread cream cheese mixture evenly on one side of each bread slice. Divide cucumber slices over half of the bread slices; sprinkle lemon pepper on cucumber. Stack the other half of the bread slices with spread sides down over the cucumber slices to make sandwiches.

Any recipes you'd like to share?


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