Monday, March 28, 2016

Year 16, Week 11, Day One (week 845)

Year 16, Week 11, Day One (week 845)
(January 17, 2000 was my first carving day.)
03-26-16 Saturday

75 early morning 82 in the afternoon. There were a few lines of showers when I first got up but they faded out before I left. I did drive through one shower but it was small. A quarter mile at most. The rest of the day was nice. Mostly cloudy, brisk wind, a couple moments of sun in the early afternoon, then nearly clear sky late. This weather report was brought to you by The City Of Pompano Beach Department Of Tourism.


I had sharpened the blade of my meat slicer last weekend and decided to give it a try. I got some hot sausage (like super sized hot dogs) and also roll of wet Salami (as opposed to the dry you normally see). I set the meat slicer really thin and sliced both types of meat fine (they had to be rotated to keep the skin from danging on the back side). It was a real pleasure to be able to make the meat thin. I bagged the meats and then cleaned up. I then noticed the screw that holds the blade in place on the meat slicer disappeared. I hunted and could not find it. 
A bit later I took out the hot sausage to put the meat in the freezer, laying in thin layers on plastic wrap. On the second handful, there was the screw. The hot sausage was the second meat I sliced and the screw somehow got in with the meat. I decided one project was to get some replacement screws. 
I do have the other frame and blade, but I don’t like the attachment system on that one quite as well. That has a spring, a washer along with the retaining plate that retains the blade. It is easier to deal with a screw and the retaining plate, so getting extra screws is a good idea. It would be harder to find the right screw if it disappeared first..


I was not full of energy when we finished breakfast. We hit a few yard sales in our general area with mom driving. One of them had a sale a month or so ago. I had passed on some silicone cookware. I decided to get them this time. I got a good deal, not that I was expecting it, but since I was getting three pieces, she gave all three for the price of the cheaper one. 
We got back and Mom said “you can go out on your own.” I said, “I think I will take a nap first.” Then she said while looking in the paper, “Auntie’s Attic is going on. Let’s go.” 
Auntie’s Attic is mostly collectibles. It is in a lunch room / meeting hall. Lots of tables this time. The last time, they had some empty spaces.  I did a quick walk through all the isles to see what they had at first, then slowed down and looked a bit more closely. I saw an old Singer Sewing machine but chose not to get it. I did not know if it was electric or treadle powered. It caught my eye anyway. I find my eye going to obviously old things that do something.
Part way through, a pair of TY collectable Beanie-Babies drop kicked me to the ground from behind, pulled out my wallet and gave the woman some money. Then they refused to let go of me as I got up off the ground and staggered away. I had to take them home. I did like the colors of them. Teddy bears have a cute giggle when they come home with you.
Later, I picked up an insulated pitcher. I use one of them at work and have another at home. I try not to get more than two of things I know I have, but these are extremely  useful.
I had walked past a friend of mine three times before her daughter caught my attention. Sorry I am sometimes so blind. Also sorry she had nothing like what I was looking for. 

When we got home, I laid down and zonked out for a few hours. It helped a lot.

I went out back, photographed my finds, and then repaired a children’s step stool I had gotten a couple months ago. The lower step was loose, which is likely why I got it. I popped the step off, pulled the brads out with a pair of plyers and then straightened them out again. Not perfectly but good enough. 
I gobbed glue at the mating surfaces and put the step back in place. I then drove the brads back into the holes they came out of and set it to the side to dry. It might not be a professional repair, it will likely hold far better than the original design would hold, as it wsa just four wire brads keeping it in place.  I am thinking, though, that I should have clamped it to dry, rather than depending on the brads and the stick of the glue. 

I then needed to find something and figured the best place to find it was the Festival Flea Market mall. This is a mall without the big stores most malls have. On the back side are some stores, but the rest of the building is filled with little booths of many sizes. It happened that two of the four stores I was looking for, were at opposite ends of the mall from each other. I started at one end of the mall and hit two stores going, got to the one at the far end, and then the last one part way back, then had to walk all the way back to the end my truck was parked and go out to the parking lot. Luckily, I parked close to the building. 
That is longer than I really should walk. I likely would not have minded it quite as much had I found what I was looking for. I had seen it around Christmas time, but no one had it this time. It was fun looking at what is in the various booths as one goes down the isles even if I did not pause.
On the way home, I stopped at Ace Hardware (actually it is now a True Value, but it will always be Ace to me. It is owned by the same guy who has several Ace Hardware stores in the area). It was a short walk but I felt it. I was looking for replacement screws for my meat slicer. I found the screws. They were just a little longer than the one that came with my machine. 

I got home and laid down and rested with my legs up, listing to music and playing games on my tablet until it was time to leave. 

I will see what I do tomorrow.

Year 16, Week 11, Day Two (week 845)
(January 17, 2000 was my first carving day.)
03-27-16 Sunday

Low puffs, medium puffs, and high feathers, with a haze in between. Some sun now and then, especially in the afternoon. A wind that caused one to pull the hat down a little tighter. This weather Report is brought to you by the City Of Pompano Beach department of tourism. 

The screws I got yesterday turned out to be a little long. I have several ways to handle it. One is to grind them shorter. The other is a bit more major and that is to modify the screw hole on the frame itself, drilling the screw hole to go all the way through and then any length screw will work. The ones I got were phillips and the original is slot head. I like phillips a bit better. They are easier to deal with, though a slot head can be turned with a knife or other utensil.  

When I got to Mom’s we headed out for lunch with some friends.  Between every seat filled, slow service and lots of talking, that killed three hours right there. No work was to be done.
I did go out back and put a couple screws to the grinder to shorten them. I held the screws in a pair of plyers. When the grinder was just starting up, I touched the screw to the stone and then had to pick it off the ground. The roughness of the stone caught the end of the screw. One needs a bit of slide instead.  Once it was going fast, it did not grab. The screw did twist a little in the plyers. I really needed to taper the last thread a bit more so it would go into the threads easier. 
I tried the screws when I got home. The shortest one needed to be a few more threads shorter. The second one I shortened needs to be shortened even more. I had not touched the other two I bought. It would not be too hard to shorten these. I likely could do it with a grind stone on a dremmel. I will see if I do it this week or wait until the weekend. I will be happier with spare screws, as long as I can find them when I need them. I will have to figure out how to keep them together in an easy way.

I have to get my truck serviced next weekend. Because I will be waiting, I will likely do a lot of crochet. Beyond that, I have no idea what will be going on. 

I will see what I do next weekend.

\Silicone baking dishes, two loaf pans and one muffin pan. silicone is a rubber material that can bend easily. Really great for removing foods that stick.

the two teddy bears that kidnapped me The pink one is a centennial bear.

insulated pitcher. I have two others. 

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