We finished our walk by taking the 1.5 mile loop around a giant, open field.
Friday, July 31, 2015
Visiting Dyer Park on New Year's Day was quite delightful (see here). Our February visit was just as nice (see here). When we weren't able to finish the hikes on the list in the spring, I was disappointed. I really had no desire to go back in the summer. However, I lucked out and last Saturday was a nice, cloudy day, and we were able to enjoy our day in the park before the afternoon thundershowers came.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
One day we were able to watch a bird catch, and then eat, a fish. That was pretty fascinating.
And catching the sunset after it leaves!
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
One of the "come home from vacation" chores is to get caught up on laundry. After the first load had been in the dryer for a while, I realized that it hadn't "buzzed" so I went to investigate. I discovered that it hadn't buzzed because the clothes weren't dry. And the clothes weren't dry because the dryer wasn't getting hot. Not good!
Fortunately, our internet connection was working, and Google led me to RepairClinic where I found some great videos to give me an idea of what might be wrong. I started by ordering the cheapest part - a thermal fuse - from the various possibilities, and when it arrived a couple of days later, I got to work.
First you get to the back of the dryer, pull out the plug, detach the lint tube, and remove the cover. (At this point I was extremely grateful that one of the chores Jeff helped with last month was cleaning behind the washer and dryer! I don't like dealing with lint and dust.)
It was an easy matter to unscrew the old fuse and screw on the new one. However, that didn't solve the problem. So, I ordered another part - the cycling thermostat. A few days later I repeated the process with the same result. That meant I needed to order the actual heating element, which cost quite a bit more (although still less than the cost of a service call). And I was even able to find it cheaper on Amazon.
While I was waiting for that part to arrive, I also decided it would be a good idea to invest in an inexpensive multimeter. That's a pretty cool tool. It told me that the heating element was defective, but so was the thermal fuse that I had already replaced. The original cycling thermostat was okay. (So, if any one needs one, we have a spare!) In addition, I learned that a multimeter will test batteries. I had a couple of expensive batteries for my camera (found when I unpacked) that I thought were dead, but I decided to test them before getting rid of them. They were still good. The multimeter paid for itself in those few seconds!
|The pulled out dryer, the back cover, the multimeter, both heating elements, and the thermal fuse.|
Since I'm recording these experiences so I can remember what to do in the future, I should also mention that the very first thing you check is to make sure there's no lint buildup and that the vent pipe is clear. Many, many years ago we called out a dryer repairman and all he had to do was clean lint out of the back of the dryer. The lint trap had been broken for several weeks, and while I thought I was getting everything out, I wasn't. It would have been cheaper to just replace the lint trap when it first broke!
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Cleaning the carpets. And mowing the lawn.
Cleaning behind the washer and dryer. And replacing the hose that broke in the process!
Cleaning the tops of the cabinets.
Being an awesome nurse and chauffeur while I had to wear this contraption for a couple of weeks.
We tried to have some fun as well - kayaking on the Loxahatchee River.
Going to the beach.or two (maybe that was more work than fun).
Eating out a time or two (not sure what's up with the facial expression).
Taking advantage of technology to read a book to the 2nd grade class in Utah.
And he put the clubhouse facilities to good use on a regular basis.
And on his last day in Florida, he helped us celebrate Father's Day.
Once they were moved into their apartment and came down to retrieve the car, we celebrated the end of the separation with one more yummy dinner. They deserved a reward!
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
On our last day in Zion we hiked the trail to Weeping Rock. It was a good choice, because it's short. We didn't have to wake up early, and we were back in St. George in time to fix dinner for everyone.
|Wayne with Jeff - 1990|
|Wayne with the mountain peaks - 2015|
It looks like they've updated the informational sign, but the mountains haven't changed.
Then it was off to Weeping Rock where we met up with Weston's family.
The reward for obeying the rules on the trail was a chance to play in the creek back at the trail head.