Sunday, December 31, 2023

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

December 27th

I got the latest utility bill from Roseville.  Looks like the water leak's fixed :o)

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

December 25th

We spent the morning trying to get Tilly to eat something - she wasn't interested in her kibble, a little interested in chicken, a little interested in baby food with ginger cookies in it, a little interested in carrots and quite interested in bananas and sausage.  She's recently bored of fried rice, wet dog food (different flavours), steamed rice, hot dogs (beef and turkey) and most of her dog biscuits :o(

I spent a little time playing with some video, and came up with a Far West Lake flyby video for the year:

During that time, I managed to delete last year's flyby video, so I've reuploaded that:

I then went and took the plane out - mostly flying in a bigassed circle so I could bother some people who didn't come out and wave :o(

Sunday, December 24, 2023

December 24th

I flew out to Oroville to meet Chris for lunch.  We'd initially agreed on 12:00, but then Chris was running early so he called and suggested 11:45.  Paul was in his hangar when we got to Oroville, so we stopped and chatted to him long enough that Chris could no longer get the breakfast burrito by the time we got to the golf club for lunch.

December 23rd

The weather was bad, then goodish, then bad, then good, by which time I'd given up on trying to fly.  We did take Tilly next door to see Pumpkin, but all the grand dogs there sort of freaked her out and she wanted to come home again.

Thursday, December 21, 2023

Monday, December 18, 2023

December 17th

I've noticed that my ADS-B listener seems to be sending data, but I can't see anything on the "SkyAware Anywhere" page.  I started tinkering with things and found there'd been a software update, so I installed that.  I tried looking at the local maps, and couldn't even get to them.  They're provided by lighttpd, so I tinkered around with that to find it wasn't starting.  Checking around, it looks like it needed to be reinstalled, so I did that.  Despite it saying it wasn't touching the config, it screwed that up and I stopped uploading data.  I decided to just start over on a new micro-SD card.

Chris texted about meeting at the airport, so I drove over and collected him and Perry, then we went to lunch.

After lunch, I got the micro-SD card up and running, and got that working.  Data was flowing, the local maps are now working and updating but the Anywhere map still doesn't work.  So I gave up - that comes from the FlightAware servers rather than me directly.

Sunday, December 17, 2023

December 16th

I'm still not feeling great, so I wasn't going to be flying anywhere.

We took Tilly to see Santa.

I did start tinkering with some video, but I realised the clips are too long so I need to start over :o(

Thursday, December 14, 2023

December 13th

We were supposed to be going to the EAA Xmas party, but I'm sick - my second cold of the season.  It's my own fault for going out amongst the disease vectors, sorry, public.

December 10th

I got up stupid early and went to the airport to fly to Cameron Park and collect Judi.

Randy was flying Judi's cousin, and we went and met Chris at Auburn for lunch.

After lunch, Chris flew Judi back to Cameron Park and I went straight back to Lincoln.

At home, I got a load of leaves cleared out in the garden.  I'm sure that'll last, he said, knowing it won't.

December 9th

I started the day at the airport getting breakfast at the EAA hangar, then getting nagged into buying tickets for the Xmas party.

After breakfast, I took the plane out for a flight to look at Camp Far West Lake reservoir and the Feather River to see the leaves changing colour.

At home, we mounted a couple of solar powered lights to the side of the house to hopefully scare off the skunk that's tearing the ground to pieces digging up worms.

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

December 5th

We talked to the vet about Tilly's test results - it sounds like she has Cushing's disease and is unlikely to make it past her 18th or 20th birthday.

We've pretty much agreed that this isn't something we're going to stress about yet, as other than maybe drinking more (and a lot of that ends up on the floor, so who really knows?) she's not showing any of the standard symptoms... her appetite isn't great, her lethargy is probably because she's 16 (and almost 4 months,) her hair's looking fine and she definitely doesn't look bloated.  She also doesn't have thin skin or other skin problems or bladder infections.

Basically it seems that nobody realised how many dogs are getting this because it just looks like old age a lot of the time, and she is so very, very old.

Monday, December 4, 2023

December 4th

We took Tilly to the vet for her annual inspection.  This was our first visit as part of the Dog Aging Project's precision cohort, so there were a bunch more tests to be done.  We also decided to try some drugs to help her with her arthritis and (hopefully) sleeping all night.

I went and met Randy at the airport and got the oil filter wrench back so I could tighten the filter about 1/4 turn.  After lunch, I went for a brief test flight and everything seemed fine afterwards.

December 3rd

I went to the airport and test flew the plane.

There was a slight oil leak at the oil filter, and I need my oil filter wrench to tighten it.  I ended up driving up to Auburn to meet Chris and Perry for lunch.

Sunday, December 3, 2023

December 2nd

Vic and I went to the airport and finished up the service on the plane - greasing bearings and so on, then went to lunch.  It was crappy weather so there wasn't much else to do.

Saturday, December 2, 2023

December 1st

A new month, so here are the solar stats:

Power billed
Power generated