“My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.” – Martin Luther

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cabin Trip 2014 - Day Three - Internet

It is Wednesday. Sort of day 3. Day 2-1/2 really.

Anyway, I did not finish describing what happened yesterday.

To the most observant of you, you will have noticed that we are blogging. That means we have Internet access. Those of you who have kept up with our annual trips in the past know that it often takes a day or two to get Internet access. Last year on one of my long phone calls to technical support, the agent suggested that I upgrade to their "Gen 4" system...that the upgrade was free.

So, I did. I arranged to get an upgrade of our hardware. And, made the appointment for Tuesday morning after our arrival. And, sure enough, just before noon yesterday a guy and his helper (wife) showed up to do the upgrade installation. It went relatively well. It was a bit tough to position the satellite dish so that it can just see past the stone chimney and get line-of-sight to the satellite. It took a couple of hours, but now we have a fresh, new satellite Internet connection.

The upload speed is somewhat faster. The download speed is much faster. And, our bandwidth allowance increased by a factor of 20! We used to get 250MB per day of download bandwidth. If we exceeded that then we could not do anything for 24 hours. Well, we could buy a "token" that removed the restriction immediately, but those were $5 each (or something like that.) Now, we get 2GB of download bandwidth and at certain hours (2:00 am to 8:00 am) we get an additional 2GB that does not count toward our "normal" allotment. This is a good time to run program updates, download movies or music, etc. The new service is really tuned to today's Internet-based entertainment industry. 

It works great.

It is why I am able to tell you about it.

Tags:  cabin
Posted under: Cabin NewsStuff You Gotta Know! • by Rick on 09/17/2014 at 03:39 PM
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Sunday, September 07, 2014

Last of Summer—2014

While it is not officially the end of summer, today is pretty much the end for us.

We had our last swim tonight. It was wonderful. The water temperature was 82° and we swam 30 lengths. The pool will be closed on Tuesday.

I ran the heater all day to bring the temperature up from the mid 70s; and, it was worth it for that final comfortable swim. In previous years we would not be able to enjoy the pool after mid August. The nights are just too cool and the angle of the sun does not warm the water. So, the heater was worth it. It accomplished our goal of swimming earlier and later that before. 

We spent less than 1/2 what I had feared on propane. I think I based my calculations on degrees Farenheit instead of Celsius. wink 

We had a fire in the fire pit waiting for us as we exited the pool. We sat by the fire, had some ice cream and whiskey. 

It was a productive day in preparing for the Fall and our upcoming trip to Colorado. We took down the cabana, took the outdoor furniture indoors and cleaned the pool. 

Fireworks were going off just now. Not sure why. It freaks the dogs out, so I'll be glad when it stops.

Off to bed now.

Tags:  pool
Posted under: Stuff You Gotta Know! • by Rick on 09/07/2014 at 06:38 PM
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Sunday, June 08, 2014

Pool is Open

The pool was officially opened last Wednesday. But, that does not mean it is swimmable. Lynne ran Robby the pool robot for a couple of days to get it clean. Then, this weekend we fired up the heater. 

It started at 65 degrees and got up to about 76 on Saturday. Today, it make it the rest of the way to 80 degrees which is very comfortable swimming. It is a warm, sunny day and our first day spent out by the pool.

I am surprised by how little propane we are actually using, it took about 40 gallons to get from 65 to 77, and maybe another 10 gallons today to get to and maintain 80 degrees. My predictions were for a lot more use, so this is a nice surprise. I am adjusting the timing so it runs from about 11:00 am to about 7:00 pm instead of 8:00 to 4:00. That way it is running during the hotter part of the day when it is needed less, and it will run right up to the time we take evening swims.

Lynne will post some photos, I'm sure. So, check out her site soon.

Balsamic strawberry and arugula salad for lunch. Ceviche for dinner!

Tags:  at-homepoolfood
Posted under: Stuff You Gotta Know! • by Rick on 06/08/2014 at 01:52 PM
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Sunday, June 01, 2014

This Week’s Cocktail - Mojito

The pool isn't open yet, but we had a nice day by going to the Warwick market, having lunch at the vineyard, driving Mia, and then hanging out at home. We sat out by the pool and had a Mojito.

In a cocktail shaker, gently muddle a few fresh mint leaves. Add 3/4 shot of simple syrup, 3/4 shot of lime juice, 1-1/2 shot of white rum. Add 6 ice cubes and shake well. Pour, unstrained into a highball glass. Add club soda to taste, about 3/4 to 1 ounce, stir once and serve garnished with a fresh mint leaf.

Tags:  at-homemiatacocktailrecipe
Posted under: New JerseyStuff You Gotta Know!Food and Cooking • by Rick on 06/01/2014 at 03:24 PM
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Four Best Everglades Photos

On a recent business trip to Miami, Florida, I had a chance to visit the Everglades for a few hours. I took hundreds of photos, and here are what I think are the four best. I am thankful for digital photography!

You can see more photos in the Everglades Fancy Gallery.

Tags:  naturephotosother-wildlifegallery
Posted under: Stuff You Gotta Know!Travel • by Rick on 04/14/2014 at 10:41 AM
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