Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Greg and Jenny came up from Philadelphia this past weekend to attend a wedding here in Connecticut. I grabbed this snapshot of the handsome couple as they headed out the door.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
"Thank you for getting back with me terry
I'm very interested in this but before I buy it I need to know if its
the same one I'm looking for because I can't afford another mistake
Please check out this video here I uploaded
If its the same one I will be there today to buy it
I was suspicious about this email right from the get go. It was from a woman inquiring about a clay pigeon thrower for trap shooting. Well maybe she was shopping for a gift for her husband, right? If you click on the link she provided you are redirected to a media player. This is the catch! The media player prompts you to download the latest version so you can watch the video. Of course whatever you download probably includes spy ware of something worse you don't want on your hard drive. What makes this scam so clever is that we are all used to updating the media players we use all the time. Another clever ploy is the way my name is used in the email. Scams are usually more generic than this one. The clincher is her almost irresistible statement "I will be there today to buy it". This is just too good to be true. No one on Craig's List is ever anxious to buy anything without haggling a bit first.
The internet is a lot like the wild, wild west. Lots of freedom and opportunity but be aware of the outlaws and predators.
P.S. I scrambled the characters in the link above so it no longer works.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Until we met with a couple Realtors this past weekend we thought we were making pretty good progress on our punch list. Though the Realtors were pleasantly surprised by our house they still had their own laundry list of improvements they'd like to see before showing it. Their suggestions were mostly related to painting and landscaping but will still involve many, many hours of more work.
The wall paneling, hall bookcase and mantel were finally finished last week. Twelve custom molding profiles were utilized to create this unique design.
The new marble and tile bath has been 95% finished for some time now. Still, the last few details seem to take the most time.
This 3' diameter circular window has been waiting for an extension jamb for 15 years! So, after 6 hours of work it's built and installed. Now all I have to do is make the circular casing which should take another 4 or 5 hours. Nothing is easy.
After working on the house for 10 hours Saturday and 5 on Sunday we had had enough. It was time to get away from the punch list and get in touch with our dream. Sunday afternoon we decided to set up the RV and spend the night. We had a few things to check off here but they seemed easy compared to the long list back at the house. We got the new sun screen installed on the windshield as you can see a bit of in the photo. It was cold enough that both furnaces ran all night but it was cozy inside.
I got to try out our new stainless steel grill which I am very pleased with. It rang true to the 5 positive reviews it received on Camping World.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Oil report for our Caterpillar diesel engine. Click to enlarge
A hand pump is used to withdrawal an oil sample out the dipstick tube. The sample bottle screws right onto the pump.