Saturday, February 20, 2021

Time for a day off......

 7:45 am - Saturday - February 20th - Wittmann, AZ - 43° F, 41% humidity, wind 3 mph out of the west by northwest......crystal, clear, blue skies again today with amazing forecast high of 73° F!  On this date in 2011 I was at the Blast Soccer Complex preparing to officiate a soccer match......↴


....and on this date in 2017 we awoke to 0° F, and 5 inches of snow on the ground at the Grand Canyon.......



I began Friday with low expectations, but ended up doing quite a bit.  I began slowly,  sitting in a camp chair, masking off the black area around the headlights on the driver side, then applying 3 coats of black gloss Krylon aerosol paint.  The finished product makes me smile.....


.....next up I needed to install the new Sirius/XM radio antenna.  The old one was about 7 years old, and reception was becoming spotty at times.....


.....first I had to remove the old lap sealant which covered the opening in the roof near the driver side air horn where the XM antenna, and DirecTV cables pass through the roof, and from the wire, and antenna, then clean the area with acetone in preparation for the application of fresh lap sealant.  Once that was done I removed the old antenna and wire, and then began to feed the new antenna wire through the hole in the roof into the compartment just above the driver seat inside.  Next I returned to the roof to apply the new lap sealant to cover the hole in the roof, and the wire leading to the antenna.  I seated the antenna head with silicone caulk affixing it to the aluminum roof.  That was the easy part....the hard, time consuming part was feeding it through the hole in the floor of the compartment over the driver seat (where our DVR is), then down the wire chase along the driver side windshield post, then under the dashboard to the Sirius/XM receiver.....

The overhead compartment

There's the antenna wire

The hole in the floor of the overhead compartment

The driver side window post wire chase

Plugged into the receiver!

.....after that I applied some grease to the track under TLE's Ekhornes chair to make it easier to rotate the chair, then tightened the screws affixing the shelf by TLE's chair to take the 'sag' out of it.  By the time I finished with TLE's shelf I was beat.....time for a much deserved jacuzzi.....


....shortly after I finished my jacuzzi sojourn Tom got out his drone and shot some aerial pictures of our 1982 Newell......



.....and then as he was landing it he took a picture of Bob and I talking.....


.....we shared dinner again with Tom, Darlene, Bob and Sandy.....by 8 pm I was one tired puppy, so bid our hosts adieu and headed for my recliner....another great day of accomplishment, but I think after 5 straight days of one project after another I'll take *Real Saturday off, and just relax.....I think I've earned it.

Thanks for stopping by!

* - Real Saturday = When I retired every day felt like Saturday to me.  I began to call Monday 1st Saturday, Tuesday 2nd Saturday, and so forth.  Therefore, Saturday became Real Saturday, and Sunday remains Sunday.

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