July 20th, 2019

Adventure, Just things, Uncategorized

It’s hard to believe that fifty years ago today a man actually walked on another planet. Despite the fact that it was solely done to give a metaphorical finger to “those commie bastards”, the fact is it was an amazing achievement for ALL mankind.

Perspective – an iPhone has enough power in it to manage 120 MILLION moon missions simultaneously! Think about that backwards – in terms of how little computers may have done. That is just amazing.

There is an excellent three-part documentary on PBS about it and I learned so much about it – the good and bad. I thought back to what they had done, but seeing how political it was really was very disheartening; it was not for the exploration of our universe.

I remember seeing the missions on TV as a boy; you really had no choice as ALL THREE TV CHANNELS covered it. I remember thinking about what these brave explorers were accomplishing but I also remember discussing it in school and, at the ripe old age of 9, creating a “protest poster” asking why we are wasting money doing this. The money would be better spent fighting cancer and feeding people was my thought. Boy, that really hits close to me these days in one regard. It turns out that it would have been a better choice of things to do with all those billions of dollars.

Regardless of the disgusting politics involved it still takes nothing away from the accomplishments of all the people involved and it was so amazing to be able to witness the history unfold.

Otherwise, I am still recovering from my surgery and I have a long way to go. I still cannot drive, but at least I can take the bus to pick up groceries and mail and get to my PT appointments. I have not been more than eight miles from my house the last six weeks and it probably won’t change anytime soon. I had so many things I wanted to do this summer – road trips especially – but those things are not going to be happening and it’s so frustrating. It looks like there will probably be nothing happening like that until late this year.

At least the weather has been nice so I can get out for walks and get to the bus without getting soaked. The rain has pretty much stopped so I can care even less about how tall the yard is. The cherries on my cherry tree came and went and they were sweet and delicious! When Meghan and Addie were here we ate quite a few of those along with the raspberries on my raspberry bush and my sugar snap peas. Even the dogs were picking peas and raspberries to eat!

I’m still really excited to get my dog but he won’t be a puppy any longer by the time I get him. Unfortunately Meghan had to take him back because we weren’t sure if I would’ve been able to handle him while recovering. It seemed like the smart thing to do and it was. I really hate to miss out on some of that puppy stuff, but Meghan will be able to whip him into shape until I can get him.

Otherwise life is pretty uneventful. I’m just trying to get through all this recovery and I’m anxious to move on with my life.

I need a vacation really badly.

March 20th, 2019

Adventure, food, Just things, Outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized

Another perfect day of weather today. I got home and put on a t-shirt and shorts, tossed a salmon burger on the grill for a sandwich and made up some southwestern spicy hash browns to go with it. Dinner on the patio, some sunshine, it’s nearly 70 degrees again…and life is pretty damn good!

I’ve been outside a lot more and I have been quite active, especially with the beautiful days we have been having. Still keeping quite conscious of the sun exposure, avoiding the mid-day sun, wearing sleeves and hats plus being in the shady areas.

Another couple of tomato seeds sprouted in one of my pots in the window today so that was a nice surprise to come home to. Funny, I was just looking at that very same pot this morning thinking “Where are you?!”. I got home and there they were…newborns! I have another one that is about 3″ tall now that got its main leaves last week so it is doing very well. I just pull seeds out of tomatoes I like that I get at the store and start from that – those came from somewhere too. Yeah, it is easier to just buy a started plant but this is free. Plus there is the challenge.

I hopefully will have better luck than last year, but last year there was a lot going on and I wasn’t really able to be home and take care of them like I needed to since I was going back to KS for my Dad. I have gotten to know a few of my neighbors pretty well so I am sure they would help me out watering if something came up and I needed help with it. Rain is coming in this weekend so that will help with the watering. I watered a little bit ago and I didn’t realize I had so much planted until I watered everything all at once!

I bought a couple of avocados the other day so I am gonna be planting those seeds and see what happens. I planted one a few years ago and the thing ended up being a monster…about NINE FEET TALL! Seriously, it grew and got that tall but only had about five branches. It was hard to take care of in Colorado with the weather but may do good here in Washington’s humidity. I need to look up how to take care of them. I may leave these in small pots and prune them so they won’t get so big and unwieldy…like my palm tree in a pot in the yard. It’s in a pot about two or three feet across and is about six feet tall and a real hassle to move. I am actually surprised it lived thorough the winter but it’s doing great.

Even with this weekend’s rain I may take a drive someplace. There should be fewer people out and the weather will be a big part of people staying home. A good time for me to get out and about. I need to get new lenses in my glasses so that may be what I get done. With the rain I guess being in the mall won’t be AS bad…

My MacBook Pro has been having a lot of issues, and each time I get it back from repair it has cosmetic issues that it didn’t have when it left my house. I raised hell with Apple about all the issues I have had and they are now replacing mine with a new one. It has been very frustrating but it is getting handled so I am happy with that. It’s not the refund I really wanted, but this is the next best thing.

I started going to a chiropractor to try to get some relief from my back pain and headaches. It is pretty bad most days but this seems to be helping some along with the acupuncture. Being up and around instead of sitting is definitely better but the relief is just not happening fast enough.

That’s all I have for now.

November 9th, 2017

Adventure, Just things, Outdoors, Uncategorized

I finally bought a wake-up light alarm clock made by Phillips. I have been intrigued by the thinking behind it. I’ve been looking at them for a while and found this one on sale so I snagged one. I set it last night to experiment with and completely forgot to set my regular alarm on my phone.

It wakes you up slowly by lighting up your room with a gradually increasing light – mine goes from dark to all the way on over a thirty minute time period. It is supposed to slowly and gently wake you up. I plan on setting it while off work this winter so I can keep a more constant light and sleep schedule, and I do not plan on using a regular alarm. With even shorter days coming up soon it is very easy to sleep WAAAY late. I don’t wanna do that.

I also got a Spigen case for my Apple Watch. After about two weeks of wearing it I find it very useful and really use it quite a bit…probably even more than I thought I would. I wear it every day, have used the phone on it, and it has been very handy to check messages at work I am expecting. I was very interested in the health-related apps and have been motivated to use the Activity rings to stay moving through the day.

I’ve been working outside the last few days and it was nice to be out even in the cold and wind. Today was nicer weather and I got to run a mini-excavator part of the day. I haven’t run one in a while so I was a bit rusty, but it was a good day and I started getting my chops back pretty quickly.

Wait a Minute…Not So Fast…

Adventure, Just things, Scotty Hilander, Travel, Uncategorized

Well, my long winter just got shortened today. I got extended at work for another month or so to cover for other people who are out and help out with some of the pre-holiday stuff that’s coming up.

I had some ideas to go a few places soon, and was actually getting ready to buy a ticket, but it looks like I’ll be postponing any travel for a bit and make some money instead. I need a break but I am okay with it. I am off tomorrow and through next week due to some prior ideas I had in the works.

It also looks like I’m possibly going to be winterizing the trailer tomorrow if my plans fall through. Got some freezing temps on the way and I need to make sure the water lines are emptied with the compressor and the drains are filled with RV anti-freeze. It won’t take too long. It is a little disappointing to have to put it away so soon, but that’s just how it goes sometimes. It’s tough to pass up making some money when you are a seasonal employee. I’ll still have 3 moths or so off!

And in other news…

I gave in and finally got myself an Apple Watch 3 LTE. I have been putting it off and going back on forth on it since they came out with the first version, debating it’s real usefulness. I have had discussions about them with others and everyone had a comment on some feature they liked. Those that have them really like them and find them handier than they thought they would be.

Now that I have one I have to say that it is really a useful item and I do like it. I like the Activity, Breathe, and Heart apps. I use Water Minder on my phone and it has an Apple Watch app built in for free. You don’t need to pull the phone out of your pocket or even have it with you all the time. I used mine as a phone to make a few calls and there are quite a few useful apps on it along with Watch versions of iOS apps. It will be very useful while at work to keep up on work messages, calls, etc. without having to dig my phone out of my pocket or even take off my gloves. It is really good at the things it does – the very reason I buy Apple products.



Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!

Just things

My new iMac arrived today. Remember how when we were little our parents told us to not sit so close to the TV? Well, that is gonna be a problem with this one. It is huge – 27″ worth of Apple computing beauty sitting on my desk. I could probably tan with it.

I do not own a TV, so this will suffice when I want to watch a movie and will also come in very handy when I want to edit songs that I am working on. First I have to get all my info over from the old one to the new one and that is gonna take some time. I want to sift through a few things and not copy everything over. After I get that info off I will scrub the drive and sell the old Mac (in case any of my readers are wanting a Mac. It is a good one!).

Someone gave me a bottle of wine today. I have never really been a connoisseur of wine – it just did not seem like something I wanted to do much of since alcohol, to me, was usually not a daily beverage; it was something to get a buzz on with. It is a screw-top bottle, which, I have found, tastes pretty good and really compliments a can of Chef Boy-Ar-Dee ravioli quite well.

Glad to have my new Strat back – I picked it up tonight. New light strings and a set-up and it sounds better and plays easier. Now, if I could just sell the other three I want to get rid of…

Back to the gym tomorrow afternoon. I need to work off my extra calories from the feasting this past week. I did do pretty good, though. For my Thanksgiving I grilled a chicken breast and had it with a little dressing and gravy. It was pretty good, healthy, and it cleaned out the freezer!

Well, better start on swapping my Mac info over. Gotta get to bed and work in the morning.

Good night, Earth.