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Good Morning All. Cloudy and 68° on the SFW estate. Not supposed to rain again until tonight, but it wasn't supposed to rain yesterday but it did. 0.1" in the gauge from a shower just after noon time. After the last few weeks, I guess that I am thankful that it was just a tenth of an inch! Upper 80's today and tomorrow with high humidity, it's at 97% right now, but maybe a slight breeze later today. There was none yesterday and the THI was horrible all day despite a relatively moderate temperature of 81°.

On the cleanup front; me, 3 neighbors and 2 ATV's were able to rescue the trash dumpster from the front yard and set it back upright next to the road before the rain hit. It's still about 75' from where it should be but it's usable. I'll have the trash removal guy move it back where it belongs when he comes by Friday to empty it. I managed to haul two loads of debris and will get more today. I'm still dredging debris out of the pool, and I made the needed minor repairs to the pool deck. Downed tree branches are being hauled about, but the rain yesterday did interrupt activity.
I finally spent just a few minutes in the garden picking up the marble-sized tomatoes that were blown off the plants and adding them to the compost pile. I now have about a third of the t-posts and cages back in a vertical position, but it will still take a few more days for all of the plants to recover. Many trees on my property that didn't suffer any damage are leaning eastward, the result of the roots being loosened up by the tornado. My greatest concern right now is getting stuff off of the yard, so I don't find it with the mower later on. Right now the excessive water is keeping the yard from growing, but that will change real soon.

No real train shed time yesterday since there are other life priorities right now. I did get out briefly to move the fans around a bit and removed a few cardboard boxes that got wet. The small laser-cut wood structures that I have disassembled and weighted down the other day, seem to be recovering so far. Other projects are still on hold.

Todd - Yep! I can make all issues in the train shed good again, in some cases I can make some improvements. But it will be time consuming and I really won't be able to start anything major until I get the rest of the estate cleaned up and decide how to handle the barn. The set back in the train shed will be to the undecorated areas that I intended to do in the next few months, I will have to work them in more slowly while fixing any real damage.
Tom O - My daughter #2 and family had those smart LED bulbs in their old house, and many folks (not me) were impressed with Alexa controlling them. They bought another house about 2 years ago, and they chose to not install them, or even take them with them. It is interesting because they have always been gadget oriented, but I haven't asked why they stopped using them.
Louis - Don't worry about being a bit late with your thoughts regarding the disaster here. I am one of the fortunate ones, especially when I view the damage that several of the closest neighbors have. And then to know the death and destruction so close by makes me sad for them, but happy that the Lord protected me. We will recover, we have made great strides already. I will not overdo it, it is just a matter of sequencing things in the right order.
Interesting about the Fisher. We don't have them here in North Texas, so I haven't had any opportunity to see one in person.
Mac - I never run my trains like those in the video either. I get too much enjoyment watching them run normally.
By the way, I really enjoy your collection of various locomotives and other rolling stock. You get around.
Terry - While the damages might be a good write-off on the income taxes, it probably won't be worth the time or effort to calculate. The standard deduction from the Trump tax cuts is so generous that it probably covers anything that I could calculate.
Troy -
Part two: He was railing against my inclusion of a certain type characters, and making accusations against such people. His diatribe was political in nature, and accused me of being evil I slept soundly at night.
Those folks are everywhere, even on this forum. Last year I had one member PM me in late October asking me not to respond to any of his posts, because he disagreed with something that I had posted the previous August; wasn't even in regards to anything that he posted. He made it political which it wasn't. I responded that he could "Ignore" me, but I wouldn't stop posting regarding his posts if I thought my answers might help other members.

Today is National Bubba Day, to honor those with this nickname. One of the neighbors who assisted me with the dumpster yesterday is known as Bubba to me, ever since his family moved next door in 1981 when he was about 10 or 11.
Everyone have a great Sunday.
 
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Top of the morning all!

Kind of late getting on this morning. Wanted to get my household chores done early so I can get downstairs and start to figure out the last section of mainline that needs to be laid. Already have the second load of laundry drying, been to the store, ATM, and gassed both cars for the week.

Weather wise its very cloudy, but no rain, so I still have to mow and trim. If I hustle and stay with it, I can complete it in about an hour and a half. Haven't really looked to see what the forecast is for next week.

Be safe all!
 
Guy we have had tons of rain for the last 6 weeks. Unfortunately it hasn’t been dry enough for the area farmers to plant. Those that were able to look like great crops are coming

I couldn’t be a farmer with all the worries
There are a lot of fields around this area that still haven't been planted either. Yesterdays rain wont help that at all. Your right though, the ones that have planted have corn that's above the ankle already.

I don't really know any farmers, but I wonder when its considered too late to plant.
 
Top of the morning all!

Kind of late getting on this morning. Wanted to get my household chores done early so I can get downstairs and start to figure out the last section of mainline that needs to be laid. Already have the second load of laundry drying, been to the store, ATM, and gassed both cars for the week.

Weather wise its very cloudy, but no rain, so I still have to mow and trim. If I hustle and stay with it, I can complete it in about an hour and a half. Haven't really looked to see what the forecast is for next week.

Be safe all!
Here from your helpful neighbor 100 miles or so to the north. The weather forecast…

Nice temperatures you have coming up but good possibilities of more rain at 49% + on M/T/W

I predict more good layout time coming early this week for you

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Good afternoon all. Been in the train room. I purchased some resin buildings cheap. They need some TLC. hence the low price. Looking foa name for an Inn.

Farming. I do not know about crops, but Dawn's family are sheep farmers. Sometimes our son helps on one of the farms in Northumberland.
 
Good afternoon all. Been in the train room. I purchased some resin buildings cheap. They need some TLC. hence the low price. Looking foa name for an Inn.

Farming. I do not know about crops, but Dawn's family are sheep farmers. Sometimes our son helps on one of the farms in Northumberland.
The Crunchy Peasant
The Suffering Serf
Better with Ketchup
The Hungry Ghost
 
Afternoon All,

Started out the day with inside chores then did some laundry. Surgery will be tomorrow morning and we depart on vacation Wednesday morning for 8 days. Among other things, we will be riding the Cumbre and Toltec RR and the Durango & Silverton RR which are on my bucket list. Next April we're doing an Alaska cruise.

Grizzled-Interesting photos.

Chad- Subs used red lights at night when going to periscope depth but as I was retiring, they were experimenting with blue lights for two reasons. If you are in the red environment for long periods of time it tends to make you tired, and the red light can make red colors on a nautical chart disappear.

Troy- There is always that guy or gal emboldened by the anonymity of a computer.

Tom- The family guy segment is funny.

Louis- We set ours to 78F, but the electric bill is still ridiculous.

Bill- Nice photo.

David- In many ways the internet and social media are a curse on humanity.

TomO- I agree with the coach(s). Some parents are out of control and that will affect their kids.

Swal- Yet another one.

Joe- Awesome layout scene.

I hope everyone has a good night.
 
Good morning. I figured that I should check in.

I have just one thermostat but I have a small place now. Moved in over 2 years ago and set the thermostat for the heat pump at 70 degrees and haven't changed or touched it since.

As for remotes, I have too many. TV, Yamaha receiver, Disc player, vacuum cleaner and more in the bedroom. Have one that I don't know what it's for. Below is the entertainment center where I would like to put the model railroad display. There is a 6 inch tall void just above the TV and below the shelf with the stereo equipment and weather station. The shelf above has enough of a lip where LED lights could light the area. It would also hide the wires against the wall. Todd just dropped off a few sections of code 83 flex track. Now I just have to order a turnout and sort through what buildings I have for the display.

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Chad - I sure would like to see a photo of that bathroom when you're done. I assume the house is moving right along.

Willie - From what you posted, apparently your empire didn't suffer and major damage. Looking forward to a damage report when you manage to get the clean up done and have time.

Cell phones are a pain some times. There are areas here in Montana with no or limited service. There is an area I believe is call Clearwater where HWY 83 heads north from US-200 that as far as I know only has Verizon available. I had AT&T and only had emergency service. I changed to Mint Mobile, which is T-Mobile for a less expensive rate, $15 a month for unlimited talk and text and 5GB of data. It also does not work there. There are areas on hwy 83 where there is no cell service at all. I had the same heading south from my old place heading toward Yellowstone Park.

The NASCAR race is about to start so I will dive back into the archives for a few photos. Thanks for all of the people whosaw the previous photos.

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The race is starting. Later
 
Good evening everyone. Overcast today, but in the morning i decided to do some local used car looking (not that i need one). Ended up in Hanover:
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While driving back through York, a stop was made at the York Rail yard:
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I'm assuming those GP15s are former Conrail.
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At the east end of the yard a rare CF7 is sitting on the siding:
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Coupled to the CF7 is an Clinchfield hopper:
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A necessary stop at the gym was made since during the week i only worked out once. After that and a quick meal in nearby Waffle House, back in the house. Currently working on my loooooong 1 gauge steam locomotive project:
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Replacing the rather crooked copper tires with machined steel ones. Here is a comparison:
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After buying a mini lathe i played with it a little and these are actually my first machined tires. Wheel inserts are just in temporary since i still have to cut the rolling surface of the tires at an angle. And some more new steel tires:
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Good Afternoon All. When it rains, it pours!!! The rain predicted for tonight arrived early and chased me inside. I was deeply involved in trimming up many of the downed branches between the house and the pool. Then it hit. From what I can see from afar, it appears to be about a half inch in the rain gauge in just under 20 minutes. It has tapered off for now, but there is a second wave coming behind it according to the weather radar, but it is much lighter in intensity for now. Wind at 30 mph drove it mostly sideways. Train shed roof that was installed Friday looks like it survived intact. I didn't know if the self-sealing strip had time to work, but apparently it did. Thank goodness we got the dumpster moved yesterday before this.
On the plus side, while I had already cleared the path, I just piled everything up; it is now in a small pile of kindling and small logs, and a wagon full of brush. Just one of many piles, but an important one to get out of the way. If I could get a pile a day done, I might be finished by October.:eek:
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Of course I was standing where that puddle is now.
A fresh look at the radar indicates that a heavy thunderstorm has developed and is heading this way. Sigh!
 
While our rain has been no-where near Texas sized, we've been wet. I poured 3/4 of an inch out of the rain gage today.

But, this afternoon cleared up, and I was able to do this:

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Sirloins went on about an hour ago for a reverse sear. Wife made cornbread from scratch, and we had a couple of baked taters (mine was the orange variety).

Sitting outside now. Dealing with Mom's issues gave me little time this past month, and I realized early that I had most of my tokens for the image generation software about to expire tonight.

I'm running 8 images at a time, and spending 72 tokens for each batch. I started today at 6000 tokens. I've almost halved that, trying to make elements I can use on book covers.
 
Count 5 of my Larceny bourbon run

A black-eyed Susan (Anders Erickson style modified to what I have on hand)

2 oz larceny
1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps
3 oz. orange juice
3/4 oz. lemon juice
1/4 oz. simple syrup
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That's Whisper's buddy Babble next to my local 765 engine hat.
 
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