Three More Shots Please

2015 Jun 11_0103I haven’t driven the Chevy in weeks, there just hasn’t been time. Earlier this summer it wasn’t running quite right. I started it up and began adjusting the idle mixture screws when I discovered I could tighten one all the way down and instead of killing the engine, it had no effect. Now what? I’ve surprised myself with the good mechanical advice I have found on the Internet, often with helpful video. But, how do you search for, “tighten the idle mixture screw all the way on an Edelbrock with no results?” I typed in something like that and, wow – there was a helpful guy on a video telling me, “here’s what you do – remove the screw and blow the screw hole out with compressed air.” It worked!

I recently met a guy who had some dirt to get rid of. I had been watching for free dirt to raise the elevation of the lowest part of our back yard. He delivered, and a friend loaned me a small Kubota tractor to move it around. Before it was completely smoothed out, it occurred to me that it resembled a radio controlled car track. I mentioned that to my good friend, Jason, and with his help we made it look exactly like an RC car track. It’s a mud track now, but we did manage to run on it a few times before the rain began. If it turns out not to be all that much fun, I’ll smooth out the jumps and berms and throw some grass seed on it. So far, it has cost us zero. Don & Diane, I hope you can get out here next spring or summer and give it a try.

RC Track PanoramaI’ve done far more organizing of my photos than editing. I wonder if that means I’m more systematic than creative. The Photoshop Elements program says I’ve identified (and tagged) 302 people (so far) in 97,650 photos. Tagging faces is like eating potato chips, it’s hard to quit. I’ll stop and back up the catalog after one more folder; okay, maybe one more after that….

That's me next to the face I love tagging the most (1034 times so far).  This was on our 42nd anniversary

That’s me next to the face I love tagging the most (1034 times so far). This was on our 42nd anniversary

Some blessings require that you only sit back and enjoy, like a stunning sunset, or music that truly pleases your ears.

Other blessings seem to require constant maintenance, like this old house, or my hair. My life has been overflowing with blessings, and they do keep me busy. Grandchildren represent compound blessings. I love seeing our sons experiencing the same joy with their babies that we savored with them. We treasure the time spent with our grandson. We are anxiously looking forward to meeting our granddaughter. The arrival of Grandbaby number three has been announced for June.

The end of 2015 will bring the end of my two year series of bi-weekly low dose chemo maintenance shots. When I began this Velcade infusion therapy, my Oncologist said it gives patients “more time,” and also that after two years, it’s done all the good it is going to do. I’m grateful for more time. It’s a commodity I can never seem to accumulate enough of. Ending the cycle of shots feels a bit like removing training wheels.


5 comments on “Three More Shots Please

  1. Don MacDonald says:

    Hey buddy it is good to here from ya been wondering how ya been doing . O Ya We will get back out to ya for sure and  we will bring  something to play with on the track.   We have to to get Jason out there as well when we get out to ya. It will be like it use to be at Micky Vill. Cant wait.     Glad your doing good and things are going as plan for ya   YOU and I have to get back to the pond also in the sping . I have 3 more ships we have to get wet ya I said 3. Still working on the last one. have to send you some  web links on that those builds if you have not seen any of them . A shelly foss tug. Another iowa Battle ship  like the one you ran  that became a Montana class and  so when I got this last one It had to be my second  Wisky then the one I am working on now a 52 inch forest classs DD that is up in Bremerton THE USS TURNER JOY. So I have been busy myself..   A lot more has been going on during the summer and since we have last been together . I will have to call ya on that .   I do like that picture you have put on  FB you two look grate.    On on the 57  as soon as you were starting to tell what happen I knew right off  for that will cause those problem for those air holes has to be clearn  to get right the idel adjustment.  Sounds to me you  do did good. One more thing tthat can cause those problems are small vacuum leak around the mouting base of the carb gastic.  BUT sounds to me you found your problem with very little work or $  good for you. YES I have turn to the net at times for answers TO bad we did not have that information many years  ago . Would have save me some work sometimes.     OK Do keep in touch and I may bug ya over the phone soon.  Thank you gain That track looks like fun !!         DON

    • scanfie says:

      Hi, Don: It would be fun to run the track with you, Diane, and Jason. Maybe his son, Jalen, would join us, too. He’s a good driver, not just for an 8-year old. The track has a couple tight turns, some high speed stretches, and opportunity for some good air. A 52″ RC Ship? I think that alone would keep me busy for quite a while. I once had an intermittent vacuum leak on a 73 Toyota pickup that taunted me for months. My friend, Jon Cadd, found it with a mist bottle of gasoline. The carburetor was loose at the base, I couldn’t believe it was that simple. Thanks for writing.

  2. Tamara Wright says:

    Love the anniversary picture…you both look terrific. Just keep peddling, Scott!!

    • scanfie says:

      Thanks, Tami: We had a nice dinner at Gustav’s, just the two of us. Some earlier anniversaries have been celebrated at Taco Bell. I’ve enjoyed them all, but it’s still hard to believe there have been Forty Two!

  3. […] Jason and I built the dirt track for Radio Controlled cars in my back yard, I’ve been meaning to invite long time RC racing […]

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