April 1, 2013

Disaster Strikes

Planned to ride Monday and Tuesday at least this week but half way to work this morning the rear derailleur overshifted the chain past the last cog and took out two spokes and bent a few more on my low spoke count Rolf Vector wheel. And to add insult to injury (well, fortunately no injury) just as I determined the problem and the bike was not going to be rideable the Metro 238 passed me by and stopped at the light on NE 85th.  Tantalizingly close but no way I’d make it with bike to the far side stop so half hour wait for the next bus. Drive tomorrow and haul the Schwinn up to Woodinville Cycles. This time have the fix the wheel and the shifting!

March 31, 2013

Back in the Saddle Again

Rode for the 1st time this year last week.  Hoped for more but 2 out of 5 ain’t bad… er, well yeah it’s pretty pathetic. Did really have other issues that drove driving though. Wednesday was mega errand day and Friday was planned Subaru maintenance at the mechanic. Thursday was raining in the morning which the weather forecasters got wrong. Looks like Mon & Tues are ride days next week as well. Then it’s hard back on the remodel work.

No yard work hours this year. Last year was just to see what the ratio is with riding. Pretty pathetic but then I chose this poison. It’ll be the same this year but hopefully more mtn bike days. Getting close to a break through on the remodel with ground floor hardwood being done downstairs on the contiguous west end of the house. West bathroom work to follow but maybe leave some summer time weekends for trail riding.

February 22, 2013

Commute Week Ending 02/22

1st time for the year


  • Type: Cycle
  • Date: 02/22/2013
  • Total Time: 3:00:00.00
  • Calories: 1051
  • Distance: 28 miles
  • Average Speed: 9.33 mph
December 14, 2012

Chores Week Ending 12/14

Sat (8): Driver’s License, shopping FM and HF. Dig up sod in future Herb Garden.

Sun (8): Prepare Herb Garden for tilling with the Mantis. Till. Plant 150 bulbs.

Tues (1): Another wart treatment; pretty much knocked out any ability/desire to do any work in the yard


  • Type: Other
  • Date: 12/14/2012
  • Time: 19:02:03
  • Total Time: 17:00:00.00
  • Calories: 7553
December 7, 2012

Chores Week Ending 12/07

Sat (8): Mow all of the lawn and the pasture. First time dry enough to be effectively bagged!. Hang Xmas lights outside. Start on organizing the basement.

Sun (2): More work in basement

Tues (1): Kitchen clean-up. Last of the logs cut up for firewood. Shopping

Wen (5): Heat pump service.


  • Type: Other
  • Date: 12/07/2012
  • Total Time: 16:00:00.00
  • Calories: 7108
November 30, 2012

Chores Week Ending 11/30

Sat (3): Drive back from Lakewood and plant the rhodie. Move the fushias into the greenhouse.

Sun (3): Mow semi wet grass and bag. 2nd cutting at winter short setting.

Wen (1): Clean-up lawn from log being cut into firewood and mow the spot missed Sunday next to the Little House.


  • Type: Other
  • Date: 11/30/2012
  • Total Time: 7:00:00.00
  • Calories: 3110
November 23, 2012

Chores Week Ending 11/23

Sat/Sun trim more branches from the holly to pack one yard waste bin. Clean up down around the lower drive and trail along 134th to fill the 2nd. Logs in the pasture are GONE.

Move the entertainment center to free up north side of living room.

Mon/Tues: Get the right fuse/amp tester from HF. Found .2A drain. Letting sit with Aux fuse pulled. 12.6V after overnight.

Wen-Sat: Down to Lakewood to dig up rhodie and have Turkey Day feast. Dig out rhodie in front yard on Thur. Transplant to triangle garden next to fushia on Friday.


  • Type: Other
  • Date: 11/23/2012
  • Total Time: 1 days 6:00:00.00
  • Calories: 13328
November 16, 2012

Chores Week Ending 11/16

Mow the grass short including the pasture. Fill the yard waste bins. Rake leaves and layer with grass clippings in the compost pile. Spray weeds with Crossbow.


  • Type: Other
  • Date: 11/16/2012
  • Total Time: 16:00:00.00
  • Calories: 7108
November 9, 2012

Chores Week Ending 11/09

Sat-Sun (14): fill one yard waste bin with leaves and elm branches from around the birch and under the rhodies. Mow and fill most of the other with grass clippings. Take cut back and cuttings from the fuchsias even though it’s the wrong time of year for softwood cuttings.

Mon (1:30): Oil change for Subaru.

Thur (30): Recycle


  • Type: Other
  • Date: 11/09/2012
  • Time: 21:05:38
  • Total Time: 16:00:00.00
  • Calories: 7108
November 2, 2012

Commute Week Ending 11/02

Rode on Friday. Broke the 1k barrier for the year!  Woot!!! Think I’m done riding for the year. Dark, wet, shoes need new cleats, bike needs the wheels tended to, chain, derailieur, bar wrap. Brakes are good ;-)


  • Type: Cycle
  • Date: 11/02/2012
  • Time: 13:48:07
  • Total Time: 1:10:00.00
  • Calories: 817
  • Distance: 14 miles
  • Average Speed: 12 mph
  • Ascent: 100 ft