Coffee, Sept 28 2013

Re: Coffee, Sept 28 2013

PostBy: jpete On: Sat Sep 28, 2013 12:32 pm

Well, I started off with 800lbs of "stove". I say that in quotes because there is everything from pea to whatever is BIGGER than stove coal in the pile!.

I went back and asked for a "strong half ton" figuring on 1200lbs to make up for being short on the first half ton. Well, 1750 lbs later, and I have my afternoon plans filled. :shock:

Time for some lunch and then off to shovel rocks. Have a good rest of the weekend folks!

EDIT: Just for the record, my coal bin hold EXACTLY 2600 lbs. :)
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Re: Coffee, Sept 28 2013

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sat Sep 28, 2013 4:23 pm

Hi Everyone,
We started out with sun shine but that quickly moved to heavy overcast. Bummer, I was going to start closing the hives out for the winter but trust me you don’t want to mess with honey bees in overcast weather - every forager bee will be home and they are nasty when they are stuck at home. I’ll wait for another day to check things out in the hives.

Instead, I spent the morning spreading mulch in the bare spots in the backyard. I let DK talk me into breaking that up over three weekends so I wouldn’t hurt myself. He’d like to help but has a metal appliance in his back that limits his movement. Truthfully, I didn’t make him argue over limiting my efforts long. I find him making more sense the older I get.

DK and I are enjoying being empty nesters. It’s great being able to just pick up and go. We are expecting our first grandchild in December - Frederic Reice Staton (Freddie). I’m sure that will be interesting and give us many reasons to pick up and go.

I hope everyone got something done from their to do list. Take care, Lisa
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Re: Coffee, Sept 28 2013

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:33 pm

A good,long day in beautiful weather has been had in N.E.Ohio. Tomorrow starts the two day process of saying goodbye to my Friend,Mentor and Colleague,Capt.(Retired) Stan Zona. "Uncle Stanley" came home from Sunny Southeast Asia after flying interdiction and supply runs for a few tours in 1967 and Started Ops with Cleveland Fire,and my Dept. in the late 80's. He helped raise us,gave a damn about us,and taught us to watch our 6. He was a consummate Firefighter and general S.O.B. :lol: ....Stand Down And Rest Easy,Stan.....
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Re: Coffee, Sept 28 2013

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:36 pm

Definitely sounds like my kinda guy:) Rest in Peace Uncle Stanley
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Re: Coffee, Sept 28 2013

PostBy: Mark (PA) On: Sat Sep 28, 2013 9:15 pm

Today was a good day overall for the family.

Spent the morning just a Daddy / Daughter day. She has been fighting a slight cold all week and mom had to Work. So we played hard til 1 pm when mom got home! We played Barbies, watched Disney JR, and Played a bunch of "restaurant" My daughter loves to play a waitress.

After that I brush hogged about 2 acres and raked over the last 4 acres of hay that was cut earlier this week. Should bale that up tomorrow.

the EFM has been chugging along since Tuesday Evening this week from its FALL cleaning. Recieved 6.5 Tons of Rice on Thursday Morning from my usual supplier. Prices has been the same for 4 years now. Can't really beat that! Great guys.

Have a good Sunday.
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Re: Coffee, Sept 28 2013

PostBy: wilder11354 On: Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:22 am

up early worked saturday,2004 Grand cherokee was chirping.. after work checked water pump, bearing is going south, ran back into work got new one off shelf installed it. At 162K miles i guess it was time. New front fenders are at Moms down in NJ, brothers painting them up. Need to put some small patches on inner rockers, and remove plastic lower outer rockers and clean them up before they rust to point of no return Going to use the Fusor structural adhesive for this, weldings good but time to do is longer than i have in one day. Now on to getting that wiring of boiler controls done. Need to mow down a few feilds, once again...time and too many things to do. priorities.....
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Re: Coffee, Sept 28 2013

PostBy: SMITTY On: Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:08 pm

freetown fred wrote:Definitely sounds like my kinda guy .. Rest in Peace Uncle Stanley

HEAR HEAR Fred!

RIP Stanley. I feel like all the good American heroes are leaving us, and soon we will be outnumbered ... :(




I want to give a big THANKS to those who expressed their concern ... but I was just on vacation. I was piloting that black SUV! :D

Just returned yesterday from our 2 week cross-country excursion out to Kalifornia. Got to see the communist checkpoint with my own eyes - Youtube vids were 100% spot on. I got a stare down, but was waved through by a less than enthused border "agent" without having to empty my truck of 1,200 lbs. of gear. :lol:

We did this trip on a mega tight budget, as fuel costs were going to eat up a large percentage of the funds. Flying and renting cars was out for us. All set - we'd never be talked into it no matter how great you make it sound. ;) We made it cross-country in a little over 2 days. No hotels - slept right in the front with seats that could not recline, due to all our crap packed back there. I've got some serious joint pain ... but that is probably due to the fact that I was able to skip the asthma meds for 13 days. Don't let people tell you asthma is caused by pollution - it's caused by what your allergic to. In my case, that's trees, weeds and grass ... everything in MA!

Truck made it no problem. Used one quart of Amsoil Signature 5w-30 in 6,474 miles of hard driving - guess I can't complain too much about that. Had the cruise control set at 95 half the way back home through the western states.

Fuel mileage sucked in the progressive states (MA, CA), which was to be expected. I got 13.7 mpg in CA on their fuel doing 75-80 up through the mountains. Filled up in NV and got 15 mpg going 95 mph the whole time. Across the midwest I got 17 mpg at 85 mph. Goes to show what these states do to their fuel!! Also, the spark knock I was getting on CA fuel was FRIGHTENING ... just absolute garbage gasoline. 85 octane mountain gas was better in every way! Also noticed how the police target drivers as you go east. Saw not a single speed trap in over 4k miles of western travel ... but the minute you get close to Chicago, look out! Saw a few in IN, a couple in OH, none in PA, and everywhere in NY and CT - plus the speed limits are FAR below the rest of the country. Drivers are less courteous, it's more congested, and you make little progress. Welcome to the northeast! After all the miles, just driving in MA, CT, & NY makes me not want to ever do this again.

Saw some interesting sights on the way, like a Cadillac El Dorado chopped into an El Camino! Also saw a guy lose a front wheel on 84 in CT. Watched another guy following the still rolling wheel down the shoulder! Had a few instances where my anger almost got the better of me. No less than 3 TIMES I had a tractor trailer swerve completely unannounced into my lane. If my wife wasn't with me I probably would've escalated the incident and ended up battering someone severely. I was livid!! One time I came upon a truck with a pickup drafting him. He pulled the same stunt on me! As I rode in the gutter on the rumble strip 1" from his ICC bar to let him know of his dumb ass move, he swerves back over to the right lane and cuts off the other guy who was now trying to pass! There are some real idiots now piloting trucks these days. Worse than ever! Never had issues like that in the past, and have never worked with anyone that dumb in my 8 years of driving!

But anyway ... we had an absolute blast out there. Sky was blue every single day but one. Did some miles on the bike, and got to do some serious off roading at Carnegie. After that ride I'm 100% sure I'm still afraid of heights! :lol:

Toured San Fran. My second time, but first for the wifey. We happened to pick the day the America's Cup race was going on out in the bay, so we got some pics of that. Not my cup of tea, but was cool to watch for a bit.

I'll post more pics later. Still have over 1k emails to weed through .... and over 200 pictures to sort and label. Plus word is out in town that Smitty is back .... so I've got cars, trucks, atv's .... trains, tractor-trailers, jet aircraft, & spacecraft sitting in my yard waiting for repairs!

I also have a boiler downstairs that needs hooking up! Getting damn cold over here ....

Great group of folks here - missed you guys!
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Coffee, Sept 28 2013

PostBy: SMITTY On: Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:30 pm

Also forgot to mention the HOURS of construction delays. The entire country is under construction. Mostly just barrels with tight passes between jersey barriers and not a soul in sight working. Nebraska was the worst for this! Seemed like every 4 miles there was another 10 mile section of road under construction. Revenue generators? Who knows! Fines doubled in construction zones ...

We'd have got cross country in probably 2 days flat if not for that.

A couple more pics ....
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Coffee, Sept 28 2013

PostBy: Freddy On: Tue Oct 01, 2013 6:48 am

Rest in peace Uncle Stanley.


Smitty.... welcome home! Glad you had a safe trip. We sent the troops out looking for you, but they only go 80 MPH so obviously they never caught up to you. You set a wicked pace! ;) Fun pics.... Some pretty ones too. Thanks for them all.
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
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Re: Coffee, Sept 28 2013

PostBy: freetown fred On: Tue Oct 01, 2013 6:56 am

Good to see you & Mrs SMITTY back home safe & sound John:) Oh NO--I guess we're shut down--:( What a bunch of useless fckin DRAMA QUEENS :mad3:
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Re: Coffee, Sept 28 2013

PostBy: KLook On: Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:16 am

Welcome back Smitty....great trip it seems. I have not been pulled over here in Tenn. or in Ga. but there are more cops then I have ever seen. Seems one lives on every street in my neighborhood. I don't know how they keep the taxes down with so many of them.
Now get back to complaining about mechanical issues! :lol:

Kevin
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Re: Coffee, Sept 28 2013

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:29 am

SMITTY wrote:



I want to give a big THANKS to those who expressed their concern ... but I was just on vacation. I was piloting that black SUV! :D

Just returned yesterday from our 2 week cross-country excursion out to Kalifornia.................




Now I know why all those helicopters were flying last night. It looked like the homing pigeons returning to the coop at the airport. They must have followed you to I-84 before returning back to PA. :yes: :funny:


Sounds like you had a real good trip. Hell you probably came home with clean hands and fingernails and all the skin on your knuckles.


Welcome home Smitty, welcome home.





Rick
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Re: Coffee, Sept 28 2013

PostBy: SMITTY On: Tue Oct 01, 2013 6:43 pm

Thanks guys! :cheers:




Yeah Rick, nearly all the grit was gone from my fingernails, & I lost not a drop of blood! My hands were starting to look girlish! :woot: toothy


I hear you Fred - if you were to believe the media, the country just completely ground to a halt today. I'd be willing to bet 98% of the country wouldn't give two ... er .. "loafs" .... if the ENTIRE gov't shut down PERMANENTLY! ;)


Another question .... why do we have "non-essential" gov't employees being paid with our tax dollars in the first place!?!?? Fire the SOBs! :doh: Could go on all day about that ...
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Coffee, Sept 28 2013

PostBy: Lightning On: Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:49 pm

Good to have ya back Smitty! I thought maybe a jumper cable fell outta yer breaker box and nailed ya. Looks like an awesome road trip. I've been to California and back on the road when I was a youngster. Long ride hahaha.
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Re: Coffee, Sept 28 2013

PostBy: freetown fred On: Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:10 pm

What else could/would they do SMITTY--collect welfare??? hell, that's what their doing now--wouldn't be much different--we pay for it either way :mad:
SMITTY wrote:Thanks guys!




Yeah Rick, nearly all the grit was gone from my fingernails, & I lost not a drop of blood! My hands were starting to look girlish!


I hear you Fred - if you were to believe the media, the country just completely ground to a halt today. I'd be willing to bet 98% of the country wouldn't give two ... er .. "loafs" .... if the ENTIRE gov't shut down PERMANENTLY!


Another question .... why do we have "non-essential" gov't employees being paid with our tax dollars in the first place!?!?? Fire the SOBs! :doh: Could go on all day about that ...
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
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