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This is how I start my morning on the  weekends. Now that it has warmed up enough to enjoy the morning outdoors.

Gandalf and I sit on the upper deck, I drink coffee and read, he watches the world. Take an hour or so to just relax.

Weekdays are, get up, make lunches, chug coffee, clean up, take kids to school, go to work, go go go. But weekends, I sleep in til 8 or 9, if I’m being lazy. Sip my coffee and enjoy the world view for a bit.

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I installed the Scala Rider G9x base to my helmet. I’m happy with my G9, but on the Harley I have difficulty hearing the radio, music, and forget about phone calls. The G9x let’s me plug in earbuds.

So, I ordered Radian custom molded earplugs, and molded the earbuds into the earplugs. Now, even at 75 mph I can easily hear the radio and music, over the sound of the bike and wind noise, with a low volume.

I was out enjoying some music on the cool, clear night and saw a brewery. Almost missed it. Hammered the brakes, crossed 2 lanes, and now I’m chilling out and enjoying a Bosque River Walker IPA before continuing on towards home.

No music here, but it is a pleasant environment.

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Just installed the Android WordPress app on my phone. Maybe I can do better with updating this blog. Which, believe it or not is almost 15 years old.

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To get out and about this weekend Morgen and I decided to head down to the Very Large Array. It featured prominently in the movie Contact with Jodie Foster.

Radio Antennas

VLA Radio Antennas

 

It’s about a 2 2-1/2 hour drive south. Should make a fun afternoon trip. Then is time to continue on down to Spaceport America!

We’ll stay in Truth Or Consequences New Mexico for the night and then catch the 9AM tour which lasts about 3 hours. Gilligan fans take note. 🙂

 

 

 

Birdcam

This “should” be a link to the bird camera. I’ve poked a hole through the firewall.

http://73.26.223.11:81/view/index.shtml

 

A snapshot from the Bird Camera

A snapshot from the Bird Camera

Last week while I was getting ready to head for Seattle, at about 9:30pm Wednesday, Gandalf starts going nuts out front. Running into the fence like he’s after something. Megan and I go out to see what’s going on and stand there in the dark looking out. Suddenly we hear the cat yowl and something fighting in the bushes. Lasted 2-3 seconds. Crap! Something went for the cat. Gandalf looks at us like “I tried to tell you” turns and walks back into the house. Megan and I grab our phones because we can’t find the flashlight. We’re wandering around in the dark hoping the cat made it up into a tree or something. Megan is about 15 feet farther into the bushes than I am when something growls at her, deep and low. I turn, yell “I don’t $@#$# think so!” and go tearing after whatever growled at my daughter. Whatever it was, thankfully, took off running. We figure it took the cat when it ran off because it is gone. Poor thing. It was a really nice cat too. Anyhow. After looking around some more we came across these prints. Good thing I didn’t see them before I went after it. I still would have, but I would have been a bit more worried.

The footprints we found outside our house in Tijeras, NM

The footprints we found outside our house in Tijeras, NM

So. On the upside, if there is one with having your cat killed and eaten by a fricken wolf/coyote. Is a few days ago I found a bird in our sun porch in the morning. Every morning I open the slider to the house and the slider out to the yard so that Gandalf can wander in and out during the day while I’m at work. Well, the last few mornings I would go out to open the door and a bird would be stuck in there and doing hot laps around the sun room until I opened the outer door and then it was out like a shot. This happened three mornings in a row. Okay. Somethings up. So I went poking around and in the upper corner by the garage I see a bird nest.

A birds nest up in the sun porch

A birds nest up in the sun porch

Uh Oh. Need to check it and see if I can kick them out before they lay their eggs. I climb on a chair and reach up with my phone to take a picture. I found this.

Birds nest with three eggs

Three little eggs

So. Since it is too late to kick the birds out of my sun porch I’m going to make the best of it and set up a web camera with a live internet feed. So watch for BirdCam2015 to be live streaming from Tijeras New Mexico soon.

Well, I flew up to Seattle last weekend to spend some time with family and to do some work on the Triumph. Dirk, Paul, and I pulled the bad rear differential out. The rebuilt one Paul found on craigslist looked good. Until we filled it with fluid. The front main seal leaked. Thankfully Carquest up in Everett had a new one in stock. Replaced the seal, tested it out, and installed it.

Once we had the rear end taken care of we played with the timing and carbs a bit, got her running, and for the first time in 17 years she drove down the road under her own power. (The last trip up we only had it go up and down the driveway, where we learned the spider gears in the rear end were broken). Here we are with Marnie letting the car warm up a bit before trying our first drive down the road.

Gandalf and I took some time today to make a quick hike up to the Travertine Falls.

The weather wasn’t really the best for a hike. Low 30’s with a dusting of snow. However, it was a good hike and we had fun. For our first hike together it was a good one.

Had to make Gandalf slow up.

Had to make Gandalf slow up.

The only issue we had was Gandalf really wanted to go faster than I. Once he was off leash I had to keep telling him to sit and wait.

Come on! Let's go already.

Come on! Let’s go already.

The falls themselves were pretty non existent this time of year. But the hike was worth it.

Gandalf wandering around the base of the falls

Gandalf wandering around the base of the falls

The falls were a bit of ice and a small trickle this time of year

The falls were a bit of ice and a small trickle this time of year

 

All in all a nice little one our hike. The views coming back down were pretty nice.

View from the trail

View from the trail

 

Some things I did learn. I’ll need to figure out my blood sugars better when hiking. I started with a blood sugar of 255 an hour before the hike. Took my insulin for it. At the turn around point 30+ minutes into the hike my blood sugars were 127 (where they should be if I were somewhere normal). So, to be safe I ate my only candy bar and Gandalf and I turned around to head back down the mountain. Now, don’t get me wrong, Gandalf is a great dog, but Lassie he isn’t. If I fall over in a diabetic coma up on the mountain, well, I’d be screwed. He would go play, not get help. 🙂

Anothing thing I learned. Keep my blood sugar meter in my jacket not the back pack. It got too cold and wouldn’t work until I warmed it up in my inner jacket pocket.  Next time I’ll take a couple of candy bars and some Cliff bars to munch on. Better safe than dead.

When we got back to the car my blood sugars had spiked to 290. Not sure why that happened. Usually exercise will drop my BS’s and a candy bar keeps it about right. An hour later my BS’s were 167. So, I’ve bounced a bit. Will need to figure that out if I get to taking this hiking thing seriously.

Well, I received a new insulin pump from Medtronic the other day. I’ve been pumping since 2005 and this makes my 3rd pump. They have a 4 year warranty. Once the warranty runs out the insurance company will allow me to get a new one. So, since my out of pocket maximum had been met, I figured why not.

So. I now have a Minimed 530G insulin pump with a continuous glucose monitoring system. IE. I have a small transmitter attached to me that sends my glucose levels to the pump.

The Minimed 530G insulin pump with the transmitter.

The Minimed 530G insulin pump with the transmitter.

Mine is actually a charcoal grey color. It’ll be interesting to see what the continuous monitoring shows. Living with Type 1 diabetes is a pain at times, and expensive as hell. But it’s livable, and it can be interesting at times.

We just can’t seem to stay focused on the drive. We detoured again. This time to see the Arizona Meteor Crater. Impact Crater?

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