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Disappointed . . .

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For some reason the link to the Extendable Makeup Mirror in yesterday’s blog quit working, even after I check it before posting it. So here it is again.

Extension Mirror

Extendable Makeup Mirror

We left the rig a little after noon for a trip to the Monterey’s Little Mexico up in Pasadena. We were hoping to catch up with our favorite waitress Julie, who is a flood refuge from Harvey.

The Dickinson Monterey’s was flooded out and won’t reopen until March, so their staff was redistributed around to other locations in Houston. When we were at the Alvin location a few weeks ago, one of the displaced managers told us that Julie was working at the Pasadena location. But since she only works the lunch shift Monday through Friday, we’re limited to Tuesdays and Thursdays.

So, after the holidays, today was our first chance. But it was all for naught.

When we got there we found that Julie was out sick today. But we still had a great meal of Beef Fajita Nachos and Chicken Tortilla Soup anyway.

We’ll call ahead next time.

Coming home we made a Wal-Mart stop for a few things, and then it was on to the PO to buy Christmas stamps and get the first batch of cards in the mail.

Then after an Ace Hardware stop for a couple of things, we made a client stop to pick up a couple of Amazon packages that should have been delivered yesterday, but according to the USPS tracking, had been sitting in the local PO since Sunday afternoon. But at least they finally showed up.

Later in the evening, I followed the example of our friend Dave Evans and mounted a plug strip over the sink.

Kitchen Plug Strip

I shortened the cord using a new plug I picked up at the Ace Hardware stop and got it mounted. It’ll make it a lot easier to plug in all the different chargers and accessories we have.

Tomorrow it’s back to work.

The Word of the Day is:  Sagittate

Thought for the Day:

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.”  – George Washington


Mirror, Mirror . . .

Our friend’s Janice and Dave Evens headed out this morning, on the way to Florida for a couple of months.

I got up early, about 8:30, to walk down with Jan to see them off, but she beat me to it by herself.

A couple of weeks ago I ordered Jan an extendable makeup mirror for the bathroom.

Extension Mirror

5X/1X Extension Mirror

It pulls out 30” and has both 1X and 5X magnifications.

But with all the holiday stuff going on I didn’t get around to installing it until yesterday in between Instant Pot stuff.

Or at least I tried.

After marking the holes and drilling them out, I inserted the plastic anchors that came with the mirror.

Makeup Mirror Install 1

I did notice that these anchors had no lips to keep them from pushing on through the wall.

Plastic Anchor

And as I thought, as soon as I tried to screw in the bracket the anchor pushed through and fell inside the wall. So, since I didn’t have any other anchors I was done for then.

Today on my way home from work, I stopped off at Lowe’s and got some of my favorite anchors, like these.

EZ Screw-in Anchors

I’ve used these for years and never had one fail or pull out on me. So it was quick work to push through the remaining old anchor and then screw in the new ones, using the original holes.

Makeup Mirror Install 3

Then it was quick work to mount the mirror bracket.

Makeup Mirror Install 4

Next I screwed the mirror in place and it was ready to go.

Makeup Mirror Install 5

Then when we travel it rides flush against the wall.

Makeup Mirror Install 6

Looks pretty good.

Tomorrow we’ll going up to Pasadena to have lunch, and then run some errands. I know Jan’s looking forward to getting out.

The Word of the Day is:  Mazuma

Thought for the Day: 

Big governent is attractive to those who think that THEY will be in control of it.


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