Daily Archives: December 14, 2020

A Full Deck . . .

I took a dive into Privacy.com this morning to give a try. For you latecomers, Privacy.com is a (free) service that allows you to create one-time credit cards, or cards lock to a particular account. You can also set weekly, monthly, yearly, or even overall total charges.

Starting out, I set up 5 cards for particular accounts, our two storage rooms, our EZ-Tag account, and our Acorn TV, and CBS All Access streaming services.

This took me about 10 minutes total. Then I went to each of the accounts and entered the card information and save it off.

Easy Pezy!

Then as a test, I created a one-time card and then immediately used it to buy something online. And it went through fine.

But when I tried to use that same number a few minutes later for another charge, it was declined. Just like it should be.

So far, I’m very impressed with Privacy.com, especially since I’m using the free. This one lets me create 12 cards, of any type, per month. Then for $10 per month I can create 36 cards per month, plus I get a 1% cashback refund on purchases

So far I’m very impressed. But I’ll keep you informed.

Last up, a Miss Piper update.


When I told you about her graduating from college tomorrow, I forgot to mentioned that she’s graduating from the University of Houston, and she has a 4.0 GPA.

Way to Go, Miss Piper!

Thought for the Day:

“Environmentalists changed the word “jungle” to “rain forest,” because no one would give them money to save a jungle.”




December 14, 2011

Washer Repair Day . . .

Today was the day.

I couldn’t put it off any longer. Or, at least Jan said I couldn’t.

It was time to tackle pulling the dryer out of its cabinet and checking out the dryer fan motor.

The first step was to remove the retaining strip at the base of the cabinet. It looked like this was the only thing holding the washer in place, and it was.

Kind of.

Washer Removal 1


After removing the strip I found the washer still wouldn’t come out because the screws on the door hinges protruded just enough to block it.

So, off with the doors.

Washer Removal 2


Then after placing my furniture dolly underneath, I started inching the washer out.

Washer Removal 3

Washer Removal 4


Once the washer was out of the way, Mister had to immediately investigate things.

It was obvious that the cabinet was built around the washer since both the dryer vent hose and the water drain hose were too short to allow the washer to come all the way out, and in fact pulled loose before the washer was halfway out.

I’ll have to add extensions to both before I reinstall the washer.

Washer Removal 5


Jan’s now got that island counter in the middle of the kitchen she’s always wanted, at least until I’m ready to reinstall the washer.

Washer Removal 8


Luckily, only four screws and the top comes off. And even better, the fan motor is right at the top.

And here’s the alleged culprit.

Washer Removal 6


Looking closely it was easy to see what had happened. The circle with the tabs on it is actually a cooling fan for the motor underneath it. The motor bearings had worn enough to let the shaft with the fan on it drop down and start rubbing against one of the motor’s electrical connectors. This caused the noise I first heard for a week or so before the motor finally died.

Washer Removal 7a

A blog reader, Tom Van de Bussche, had already clued me in on where to get a new motor, so I was on the phone to Westland Sales in Clackamas, OR to get one in the mail to me.

As it turns out, it will be shipped out from their Elkhart, IN location. Sure wish it had died a month or so ago, I could have picked one up while we were there.

Thought for the Day:

Bad decisions make good stories.




December 14, 2013

Blasphemy . . .

Brandi sent over t his latest video of Landon singing Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer. Really Cute.

Landon Sings Rudolph


Landon’s black eye is due to a errant flying Lego at day care.

Also we got this photo of Jan’s nephew, Jason and his beautiful family.

From left to right, that’s Laura, Avery Jane, Ella, Annisten, and Jason.

Jason and Laura Robinson

We always enjoy seeing them when we visit Jan’s sister, Debbie, in Illinois.

About noon we headed out for the afternoon.. On the way we checked out the construction taking place on the new section of the RV park here.

Galveston Bay RV Construction 1

Galveston Bay RV Construction 2

Don’t know when the new area is supposed to be open, but the 90 new spaces are really needed, since the present 81 spaces stay pretty much full all the time.

Our first stop was our favorite burger place around here, Stomp’s Burger Joint. But I may have called down the anger of the burger gods. I didn’t get a hamburger, one that looks like this.

Stomps 4

Instead I ordered a hot dog. But not just any hot dog.

This was a Drunken Dog. A spicy jalapeno hot dog soaked in beer for 24 hours, then battered and deep fried, and garnished with spicy mustard, sauerkraut, diced onions, crispy bacon bits, and shredded cheddar cheese.

Delicious, and well worth irritating the burger gods.

Stomp's Drunken Dog

And of course we had to have a order of Stomp’s Half and Half, onion rings and fries.

Stomp's Half and Half

After lunch our next stop was to drop off some Christmas cards at the PO before headed down to the Victory Lakes Wal-Mart, a different one than last night, since I wanted to get another printer to replace the bad one from yesterday.

And even better, the same printer was $10 cheaper at this Wal-Mart than last night.

After finishing at Wal-Mart and stopping by a nearby Hallmark store, I came across this conundrum

What to Do, What to Do.

What To Do

Next, after a quick stop at a Family Dollar for some Christmas wrap, we headed up to SR96 to get coffee and muffins from Buc-ee’s.

While we were there I got this shot of a boat ready for tonight’s Clear Lake Christmas Boat Parade.

Clear Lake Boat Parade

We went last year and had a great time with the fireworks and the many decorated boats, but tonight’s weather is supposed to be cold and rainy. So we’ll just have to enjoy some pics from last year.

Boat Parade 11

Boat Parade 12

Boat Parade 13

Boat Parade 15

Speaking of boats, there’s a boat yard near the RV park that we pass by quite often, and it’s interesting to watch the boats come in looking much the worse for wear, and then in a few weeks looking brand-spanking new.

Hillman's Boatyard 1

So over the next few weeks I’ll try to document the changes.

Later in the evening I set up the new HP 2542 printer that I picked at Wal-Mart this afternoon and had no problems this time. So I’m now back in the printing business.

Thought for the Day:

“Government is not reason. Government is not eloquence. It is force. And, like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” – George Washington