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    Good morning from the Jersey Highlands where it is 63 degrees and partly cloudy. Breakfast today need to be fast as we are hitting the road to Michigan. So, it will be donuts and coffee and off we go.

    Chuck and I spent a few quality hours in high humidity loading the trailer yesterday. One thing about a good sweat is that it cleans the pores.

    We're driving and listening to an audio book. What is on your agenda?
    Bruce

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    Safe travels to Michigan, Bonnie and Bruce!

    I had no trouble sleeping last night, after spending a few hours helping Bruce load the trailer.

    I think I might spend some time in the paint booth, today. I plan to paint the pillar crane I have been working on.

    Chuck

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    • #3
      Good morning Bruce, Chuck, and the incoming crew. Sounds like you guys had a great afternoon. Humidity? It is 100% here as we are being blasted with another thunderstorm. Power dropped and came back on within 15 seconds, but you never know out here in the sticks.

      I've reset the coffee urn, and it's ready with RailBender blend. Scrambled eggs, bacon and toast if the donuts don't hold you.

      Spent some quality time down in the garage yesterday. Almost able to get a car in there, almost...too much stuff! I did find an item of interest from a long dead project. The body of a Challenger buried in a box of parts. The running gear is nowhere to be found. It was paint stripped and has that chalky patina, but if someone needs one, PM me.

      It is so muggy in the garage, I think I'll postpone heading down there for this morning.

      Too humid to paint, I guess I'll read War and Peace until the weather turns nice. :erm:

      Have a Super day!

      Jim
      Take the red pill

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      • #4
        Good morning Crew, Bruce safe travels! I am in the southwestern suburbs of Chicago and it is pouring. I will be heading home in a few minutes, with a quick stop at the local White Castle for a few sliders. I should make Rochelle, Illinois outside of the rain in 1 1/4hours. Some train watching at what maybe the busiest freight traffic crossing in the nation. They have a nice railroad park at the diamond. Then another 1 1/2 to home. Karl, ourrain is heading your way! Enjoy your day.

        TomO

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        • #5
          Cloudy after overnight rain and chance of more today. Temp in low 60s after mid 80s yesterday.

          I trimmed some trees and a couple things outside yesterday and worked up a sweat, too. No moving, tho. NEVER, as far as I know do I ever want to do that again.

          Not sure of plans today. The Doll is off to work after a week directing things here. I'll probably have to cook tonight.

          I have 10 4 tube lights in the basement. Of those 10 the 1 in the area I've been working on has gone out. I picked up a new ballast to put in it yesterday. That will be on the day's planned tasks. Another will be to reload firefox on my PC. It dropped off last night and I ended up with a Windows reboot and it says it can find firefox......and all my bookmarks.

          Everyone have a good day, Bruce and Bonnie travel safely.

          TomO, sliders, mmmmmmm......about once a year I have an old model of a White Castle for the layout.
          Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

          Cedar Swamp
          SW of Manistique, MI

          Avatar image by Savannah Lyn Burgess 7-15-2022

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          • #6
            Safe travels, Bonnie and Bruce!

            Weather in SE NH is perfect, 71 on its way to 79, relatively dry, bright and sunny. Yesterday I cut the grass for the first time. Our yard is a mess, it needs major work (about 1/2 ton of lime, then an inch or more of topsoil.) I'm in no rush to do that, because if we get grass, then I have to cut it! Wife wants a nice yard (but she doesn't have to maintain it.) sigh.

            Karl, you should consider replacing your tubes with LED tubes. The cheaper option is to remove the ballast and directly wire the end sockets. LEDs provide much better light, they run cheaper, and they don't have that UV that fades colors. I did that in the previous train room, and was thrilled with the difference.

            dave
            Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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            • #7
              Mornin' All!

              Overcast, 63 and headed for steamy today here in the northern mitten, with the heavy rain passing well to the south.

              Safe travels, Bonnie and Bruce, and please keep an eye on the sky-- you're headed toward it. Jim, this might be a good time to dig out Dr. Zhivago, All Quiet on the Western Front and A Tale of Two Cities-- you're likely to be hunkered in the bunker for awhile and you're downrange right now.... Stay safe!

              Just had a quick look at James' Strong Street house-- very nice touch with the central chimney, which was a feature of homes of that era, as the individual room fireplaces heated the place in the winter. Nice.

              Time to fall into a project here... there are plenty of them around, but I guess the first one will have to be to go dig out whatever additional records the Feds may want for the Census report that will take "between 42 minutes and 5 hours 36 minutes" to complete. Got well into it yesterday and found that they wanted information that I keep off-site, and that would have been relatively easily obtained if they had told me what sorts of stuff they were looking for right up front. :erm:

              So that's gonna shoot a good chunk of the day.... :erm:

              Make it a great day, folks, remember that as Will Rogers once observed, to "be glad you don't get all the government you pay for," and stay safe!

              Pete

              in Michigan

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              • #8
                Good morning-

                Just an update to our flooded basement and kitchen from the washing machine. Insurance adjuster was here yesterday morning, did a 15 minute walk through, took some pictures, and said all the flooring needs to be ripped out and replaced. New hardwood floors for back hall, eating area and kitchen and carpeting for basement work room. I spent the day hauling stuff out of work room into layout room. Can't get near the layout from all the stuff I hauled in there. Great chance to sort also. Two full dumpsters and 1/2 of a garage stall filled. Restoration guy came back after 6 and we removed basement carpet and he hauled it away. Going shopping for carpet, flooring, and the wash machine floor tub suggested by Walt. I never knew those things existed, but I'll be sure to have one now. Washer repair guy said cause of flood was a bad discharge pump that sent data to the electronic control panel telling it that all the water was out, electronically unlocks the door, and yes you can open the front loader door when all the water was actually still in the machine.

                With all the fans and dehumidifiers going our house sounds like the taxiway at O'Hare.

                Well it will all be better or so they tell me.

                Safe travels to all....

                Mark B.

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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by Mark B


                  Good morning-

                  Just an update to our flooded basement and kitchen from the washing machine. Insurance adjuster was here yesterday morning, did a 15 minute walk through, took some pictures, and said all the flooring needs to be ripped out and replaced. New hardwood floors for back hall, eating area and kitchen and carpeting for basement work room. I spent the day hauling stuff out of work room into layout room. Can't get near the layout from all the stuff I hauled in there. Great chance to sort also. Two full dumpsters and 1/2 of a garage stall filled. Restoration guy came back after 6 and we removed basement carpet and he hauled it away. Going shopping for carpet, flooring, and the wash machine floor tub suggested by Walt. I never knew those things existed, but I'll be sure to have one now. Washer repair guy said cause of flood was a bad discharge pump that sent data to the electronic control panel telling it that all the water was out, electronically unlocks the door, and yes you can open the front loader door when all the water was actually still in the machine.

                  With all the fans and dehumidifiers going our house sounds like the taxiway at O'Hare.

                  Well it will all be better or so they tell me.

                  Safe travels to all....

                  Mark B.


                  Mark,

                  Just make sure your wife picks out the colors of all the new stuff. Put a smile on your face.

                  Jim
                  Take the red pill

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