A sign of Autumn and our 1987 Mercedes Benz 560SEL #TBT

Posted By on September 24, 2020

We had our first taste of cooler fall weather for 2020 last week as the hot 80+ degree days of August and early September gave way to pleasant mid-to-high 70s KBT_Fall_87MB560SEL1991and cooler evenings dipping into the 40s. Brr, my body has not adjusted yet.

As autumn approaches and the temperatures are more tolerable in the garage, it has me struggling with what to do about the brakes on the 1958 Packard Hawk. The additional cost of upgrading the brakes to disks in front (mentioned the Turner Brake conversion kit previously) plus having to switch from stock 14” wheels to 15” wheels plus new tires has me rethinking my strategy. The problem is that if I don’t to it this go around, I’ll need to do a full brake job (drums) anyway and then still likely need new tires before driving it on the road or even selling it. Yikes … first time I said that out loud. 

The whole BIG DOLLARS in servicing had me remembering the costs involved with maintaining our luxurious 1987 1987MercedesBenz560SEL_in92Mercedes Benz 560 SEL after buying it ‘right’ at an estate sale (I had been searching for a W123 diesel like my 300D Turbodiesel when this beauty crossed my path. I bid low and ended up with the car). Anyway, the autumn photo above of Katelyn, Brenda and Taylor in the early 1990s showcases the beautiful lines and one below from my mom and dad’s house was dated 1992. It was a great road car for the 10 years we owned it, but expensive to fuel (premium) and own (genuine MB parts), especially when trying to keep the “dealer stamps” up to date.

All in all, the car makes for good memories for Throwback Thursday #TBT post.

Time for another BMW X5 35d oil, filter and air filter change

Posted By on September 23, 2020

The weather has been just perfect for evenings in the garage or outside, so it is a good time to be checking off a couple of to-do list items – it was enjoyable.

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Although I’ve been slightly overdue for an oil change, the Ravenol oil I have been using is high quality synthetic oil so I’m not too worried about excessive wear on my 2010 BMW X5 35d SUV. Being a diesel, the oil always looks dirty, but the expensive full synthetic European diesel oils tend retain their properties for a long, long time. This go around I’ve opted for Rowe brand 5W-30 full synthetic European diesel oil. It came highly recommended and was a bit less expensive and sold by a Volkswagen vendor from the TDIClubIDparts.

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Unfortunately … once under the hood, there were a couple of unusual additions. First, a mouse (assuming) decided to added a nest to a warm spot under the plastic engine cover. Thankfully there wasn’t any nipped hoses or wires … just the largest under the hood rats nest I’ve ever seen. How in the world could this have happened on my regular driver?

Another concern is for the amount of gritty sand accumulating under the hood. I don’t even recall parking or driving in such a debris storm of sand?  I used the vacuum and some compressed air to clean things up a bit, but yikes … and I was under the hood working a few months ago in May???

No the front license plate on my car doesn’t say Trump 2020it was just a way of blurring the license plate – #photoshopped  (although I’m unsure why we do it?)

A couple granddaughter photos from Brenda’s babysitting

Posted By on September 22, 2020

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Since Brenda (Oma) is babysitting up in Perrysburg for Katelyn and Drew, I thought I’d archive a couple photos from her day (although the one above is from Katelyn marking that Ellerie is now 7 months old).

Since I’m writing this while eating my lunch on Monday, it is likely I’ll miss any afternoon photos, but at least here are a couple “happy ones” from the morning.

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Music Monday: "Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly" co-written and sung by Aaron Dupree Tippin

Posted By on September 21, 2020

There are a handful of songs that bring tears of pride to my eyes and  goosebumps to my arms in reflecting just how blessed we are to be living in the United States of America. Aaron Tippin, Kenny Beard Where_the_Stars_and_Stripes_and_the_Eagle_Fly_coverand Casey Beathard’s country song “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly” is one of them.

As we approach a presidential election day on November 3rd, it is difficult for me to understand the hate some people currently have for this magnificent country, let alone politicians fanning those flames? No matter how hard I try to see the BLM’s Marxist views and hatred of law enforcement (not just those who abuse their positions) and ANTIFA’s desire to bring down our country … along with rioting and destroying other people’s property and our cities … I just can’t rationalize it. Too many patriotic Americans have given their lives to preserve this freedom, and despite our shortcomings as flawed human beings, we have come together to constantly improve and live up to our founding principles. No other country has delivered opportunities for so many as the USA. As a nation, we have not only constitutionally protected and better the lives of our own citizens generation after generation, but repeatedly come to the aid of others around the world. Ours is the only country that stands above as a beacon of light and liberty … so why would people fortunate enough to have been born here, or immigrated here, want to destroy it? It make no sense.

  Where The Stars and Stripes and The Eagle Fly | Aaron Tippin (2001)

I’ve included this before, on 9/11/2020, but incase it was missed, I’m sharing it again. There is no question, 26 year old Alyssa Ahlgren gets it in her passed around social networked article.

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I’m missing sailing, but here are a few new knot tying ideas

Posted By on September 20, 2020

CoiledLineHangerMost people who enjoy sailing and undertake the sport/activity as a hobby, also enjoy learning how to handle the many sheets and lines (ropes) that are used aboard a sailboat. I’ve been sailing off and on my entire life and find myself relying on a few knots that I’m confident about. Oh, I also enjoy learning new and better knots and line handling techniques, but they all take practice.

Here are a couple from 101knots.com I’m adding to my “want-to-use-more” list … and it is going to take a little discipline to shift away from my old ways.

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Paintied the hinges and door hardware for the pool changing room

Posted By on September 19, 2020

PoolhousePaintedHingesIt has taken me most of the second half of the summer, but I’m finally finishing the poolhouse changing room … more work than I thought. The damage done by Katelyn’s “late” pet rabbit Pumpy Umpy was significant enough to require lower drywall (greenboard) and all new casing and baseboard trim. Part of my slowdown was the heat of the summer use … but most of it was me just moving from project to project.

This past week I worked on the rusted hinges and screws. Each brass-look hinge was taken off, wire brushed, then cleaned up on my Scotch-Brite wheel. After some Zine-Chromate priming, I added a couple thin coats of Rustoleum brand white gloss paint and did the same for all the once brass looking screw heads. This is a slow process and my wife asked me, “why didn’t you just buy new?” My answer, because they won’t fit the doors and frames.

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Tech Friday: A new feature update for my Fitbit Versa

Posted By on September 18, 2020

FitbitSpO2200916_mAfter a recent update from Fitbit, my Versa watch is now tracking my SpO2 level when I sleep. Unsure what to make of it, I asked my doctor-daughter Katelyn what it means: “looks good, no sleep apnea.” (Fitbit devices measure this while sleeping, since they are usually the lowest)

After a little reading on SpO2 levels, it is not exactly what I was thinking. SpO2 is also known as oxygen saturation. It is a measure of the amount of oxygen-carrying hemoglobin in the blood relative to the amount of hemoglobin not carrying oxygen. If it  low, the blood will not function as efficiently which is know as “Hypoxemia.”

Hypoxemia is determined by measuring the oxygen level in a blood sample taken from an artery (arterial blood gas). It can also be estimated by measuring the oxygen saturation of your blood using a pulse oximeter — a small device that clips to your finger.

Normal arterial oxygen is approximately 75 to 100 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). Values under 60 mm Hg usually indicate the need for supplemental oxygen. Normal pulse oximeter readings usually range from 95 to 100 percent. Values under 90 percent are considered low.

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