Friday, April 13, 2018

Continuing the 'until next time' tour.....

6:59 am - Friday - April 13th - SoCal - 54º F, 27% humidity (how dry I am), wind 13 mph out of the north......clear blue skies.  It was windy all night and that wind, according to the forecast, should continue into the early evening.  The forecast high today is 80º F.

I was up a little after 7 am, and TLE followed about 45 minutes later.  Getting out of bed Thursday was much easier than Wednesday.  While I am still quite sore from my bike crash on Tuesday the improvement in my condition was 100% better Thursday over Wednesday.  It took a couple of days, but the bruising on my ribs and left hip is now quite apparent, and one can now see exactly where my rib cage contacted the concrete curb......



.....there is also a long vertical bruise on my left hip, but taking a picture of that would necessitate taking off my pants, and I will not burden you with that image....😁

So, we have set our new anchor weighing date for this coming Tuesday (April 17th).  Based on my quick improvement that should allow me time to heal enough to begin driving, as well as finish a number of tasks on my 'to do' list.

Around 10 am my son Chris arrived to drive TLE and I over to Joel's Automotive to pick up the VW Beetle.  We arrived at Joel's about 10:30 and they were just about finished putting the air intake manifold back on (you have to remove it to get at knock sensor #1, which is why I didn't tackle it), so we walked over to Rabi's Cafe to have a late breakfast.  Yelp gives them 4 stars on over 200 reviews, and we would agree.  We have eaten here on several occasions over the years while having the oil in the Newell changed......



.....I ordered their Country Breakfast and TLE their Egg Melt, and just after we received our orders I got a text message from Joel advising the VW was ready.....perfect!  We finished breakfast a little after 11 and walked back to Joel's to pay our bill and then run a couple of errands on our way back home which included an obligatory stop at the local Trader Joe's.  We understand there is a Trader Joe's in Portland, ME which is about 174 miles from where we will be spending our summer in Maine, so if we do drive down it will probably be an overnight kind of deal.

After arriving back home TLE got to work on another seat project.  When she remodeled her passenger chair she had to take off the 'skirting', and decided she would replace it with something much newer and less ratty looking.  She ordered some valance material via Amazon and it was delivered to our P.O. Box Wednesday (Chris had picked it up on his way over to pick us up).  She spent and hour, or two working on installing the new 'skirting'.  This is the before (a picture of my driver's seat without the skirting....she's replacing my skirting, also)......


.....below is the finished product on TLE's passenger chair......I think it came out pretty well....


.....TLE didn't really have to modify the valance material.  It was already the right length and width as well as hemmed, so it was just a matter of her attaching it with the same stainless steel screws and grommets from the old one.

Around 6 pm we drove into Ontario to have dinner at the home of our son Tim and his lovely wife Laila continuing on with our 'until next time' tour with our kids and their families.  We spent close to 3 hours with them finishing evening sitting in their backyard around their gas fire pit talking and laughing until after 9 pm before we exchanged our final hugs and headed for home.  Once again it was wonderful to spend 'one on one' time with them.

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