Saturday, February 8, 2014

Updated....A warmer day.....almost

Where has this morning gone? My god, it's 10am already an' I ain't done a thing. Well, I had'nt planned on doing a thing this early anyhows. Read blogs, Facebook an' news are a priority.

I was sit'n over there on the couch last night. Weren't a thing on the TV I was want'n to see, so I turn the sucker slap off. Which led to a period of some serious think'n. What am I gonna do???

Well I got problems ya know. Broke stuff. One being a major problem. I ain't never head off down the nations highways with the alternator not charging the batteries. That would be kind of silly don't ya think? Anyhows, I sit there an' thinked the situation over....."why don't my alternator charge my batteries"? Wrote down a list of "tests" to do to the system. A long list. Research on the internet was of no help. Come on sunshine an' warm weather, help me out here.....I got test'n to do.

My plans for today was to go outside. Fix some stuff. The weather forecast calls for a nice day. Well guess what? Everything is wet out there. It's still a bit too cool to be out there (49 degs). There ain't no sunshine. That leaves but only one thing to do.....Walmart.

Well, I ain't got no Walmart shop'n list. I don't need nuttin but my meds....been out for two days now. But I feel fine. Or at least I think I feel fine. Ya see, when ya get cooped up in "da house" for a long period of time, ya don't know if'n ya feel fine or not. You sure as hell ain't gonna find me sit'n outside in my easy chair, sip'n up a cup an' think'n, when it's 30 or so degs out there. I been called crazy many times in my life, but I sure as hell ain't no idiot. You do understand what I'm talk'n bout....right?

Yesterday I mentioned old folks an' get'n grouchy. One commenter disagreed with my analysis that when ya get older, ya get grumpy an' grouchy. Of course he based his assumption on less then 10% of the population. I fully agree with him on that 10% number, but the other 90%...yup, they be old grumpy an' grouchy people. Here is a plain spoken example of what I was talk'n bout. http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2013/aug/05/were-grumpy-for-a-reason/ 

Ok, it's get'n later an' I still ain't done a thing. I'm out of here for the day. Laters.
Small update:
Ok, I was sit'n here an' got to think'n....bout that alternator. I turns on the key....show something like 13.4 volts on the dash voltage thingy....coming from the batteries, converter an' solar panels. I cranks up the engine. Voltage goes up to bout 13.8 volts (should be bout 14.4 plus volts) and the solar controller amperage drops bout half a amp (from 3.3 amps to 2.8 amps). This is a indication that the alternator is putting some "charge" into the battery system. But it's the first time I have seen the voltage that low with the engine run'n. I'm figger'n that a fresh pot of coffee an' more think'n is necessary.

Ok...Walmart. I had the choice of two Jeeps for the trip. One, "that jeep", being legal, an' the other, "billy jeep", being illegal. I took "billy jeep". "What the hell is that whine noise"?
I got to Walmart an' drop off my med thingys for refill....."come back after 4pm" the nice lady says. Well crap, another trip to Walmart. Then I go look at microwaves. They all a bit too wide to fit in the hole (20 inch). Oh wait, lookie here....a West Bend 900 watt with a inch to spare each side. That the one I bought. Anybody ask' I'll just tell 'em those spaces on the sides are for ventilation. Or I could break out a roll of duck tape.


  1. It's going to be nice tomorrow...

    1. I hope it's nice enough to get some work done tomorrow. Been sit'n in "da house" for too long.
      It did make it up to 56 degs this afternoon, bout 10 degs less than what was forecast. So I went to Walmart.

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    1. Not at my house it ain't. This is the coldest an' longest winter I have ever spent in the area....Port Aransas, Corpus Christi and Sinton.

  3. I enjoy being a grumpy old man. . .

  4. lol DD, i got a license to be grumpy.
    That microwave sounds great, at 900 watts. I'm using a very small one, about 700W, but was given to me.
    Great weather today, and gonna be hot tomorrow,,,

  5. I can't believe you did not trade in that POS jeep :-(