Sunday, December 3, 2017

Super Moon Christmas Lights

Sister’s House -- Citrus Heights, CA

Super Moon

Went out to take pictures of the now finished decorated house that Arny has been working on all week…and got a real good picture, without a tripod, of the Super Moon.

Sister's House dressed up for Christmas with Super Moon over House

And the layout of their house had the Super Moon floating right over their house!  The car to the left which is hard to see is our HHR, and the motorhome is also just to the left of the house.  The dual driveway is something which really comes in handy, that’s for sure.

Family Room (originally a garage)   Window Star
Different Globes   3 Deer, candy canes, one globe and lights
Merry Christmas Banner

The star light in the upper right corner sits over an attic window right above their family room window.  This area originally was the garage, way before Arny bought the house over 30 years ago.  The Christmas Light Globes hang along the front porch…the larger ones are very old…I had to put new lights in two of them this year, while others just needs a few lights here and there.  The smaller globes, that are Red or White or Blue, are new this year…a good addition.  Most lights are LED, but the three deer and the large globes are mini-lights.  By the front door is this very welcoming Merry Christmas banner which hangs in the garden.

Neighborhood House     Neighborhood House
Neighborhood House

The neighborhood is really starting to light up.  The house in the upper left is the one that mom and dad use to live in…now a young man and his wife live there, but “he” is no stranger to the neighborhood because his mother lives right next door in the house he was raised in. 

Light Keeper Pro and LED Keeper repair guns

To help with the fixing of the lights Arny had me order these two gadgets from Amazon.  On the left is the Light Keeper PRO 01201 for $11.50, and on the right is the LED Keeper LED Light Set Repair Tool for $25.50.  The red ones does Mini-Lights, the yellow one does LED lights.  I did the mini-lights, and the tool is real easy to use.  Just run the tip along the plugged in light strand which is not working, and hold the top black button down…it will squeal until it hits a bad bulb. Replace that bulb and if the lights are still not working, just keep running it along the strand until you find all the bad bulbs.  There is also a bulb tester, fuse tester, and there is also the Quick Fix Trigger, which I really did not use.  Arny did the LED lights, and it works similar except that you literally put the wire into the grove at the tip, pull the trigger and it will beep if it is good, won’t beep if it is bad.  Well worth the $40, that’s for sure!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Let’s Have Lunch

Sister’s House -- Citrus Heights, CA

South chicken restaurant via Google Maps    

Yesterday (Tuesday) I had lunch with my son Michael at a place called “South’s” at 11th and T streets in Sacramento.  Not fancy by any means, but the food was sure good.

California State Capital

Michael works in the State Capital as a staff member for a prominent committee for the State Assembly.  Although all (if not all, nearly all) state’s have a State Senate, some states have either a Assembly, General Assembly, State Assembly, House of Delegates, or House of Representatives…California has the State Assembly system.  Since the house and senate are essentially on break, although they still hold hearings and committee meetings during this time period, it is a slower time for Michael, and going out to lunch was an easy meet up.  Besides, he wanted to buy his dad lunch for my birthday which I had last week (see previous blog).  So I picked him up just before noon, and we headed to South Chicken Restaurant.  While still adhering to my low carb diet, I had the Fried Chicken Kale Salad and tried pulling off the crispy batter from the chicken the best I could.  I am not a huge fan of Kale, but I really liked this Kale Salad topped with herbed buttermilk dressing, toasted pistachios and goat cheese (also comes with onions which I passed on).  Michael had the fried chicken…which looked even better than my salad, although I don’t think I could have handled the cooked kale greens that came with it.  Only thing missing was his fiancĂ© Anna who is also a state worker, but had a 1:00 meeting which she could not have missed.  They are getting married next year in July, so you can guess where we will be next year with dad turning 90, mom and dad celebrating their 70th anniversary, and son Michael getting married…and in between a few of these events, we will probably go to Yosemite (one of my favorite parks) and we plan to be in Southern Oregon for at least a month, probably 6 weeks.

Claim Jumper exterior via flickr

Claim Jumper interior via flickrToday (Wednesday) mom had a regular checkup with her primary doctor at 1 pm, so Marcia, Mom, Dad and I went to Claim Jumper in Roseville for lunch.  Claim Jumper is a Landry’s Restaurant, and I have a Landry’s card, and for my birthday they give a $25 birthday credit if you come in on your birthday month (or before the 15th of the next month).  We like Claim Jumper, although the price can be up there…but lunch is more reasonable.  Long time blog readers know that mom and dad use to live on the same cul-de-sac as my sister…where we stay with our motorhome when we visit the area.  There is only one house between where mom and dad lived, and Sandy Claim Jumper Chocolate Cake, via Yelpand Arny’s house…and the man of the house just happens to be a manager at Claim Jumper…and he worked today…and he had not seen mom and dad since they had to move.  Well, he made sure our orders were perfect…and they were…and he tossed in a free piece of birthday cake for me which I gave Arny and Sandy. YES, the picture to the left is what it looks like…it really is that big.  Marcia and I in previous years…before diet…would eat at Claim Jumper and purchase a dessert or two to bring back to Sandy and Arny which would feed the six of us (remember, mom and dad were still next door back then.)

In my next blog I plan to share pictures of Christmas lights around the neighborhood...Arny is still working on his, and some of the neighbors are already finished.  When you have a bunch of lights, the pain is making sure they all work.  Arny asked me to order a few tools which helped find the bad areas...and I will share pictures of that process with you all then too.

NOTE:  The only picture I took for this posting was the one of the Capital...all of the others came from the Internet, and are noted as such if you place the cursor over the picture.

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