Monday, May 13, 2024

In Seven Years

 There are three pictures showing our front yard  at different stages within last seven years.

Top picture made today. That's how front yard looks now. (I just put fresh two cubic yards of mini red mulch on it).

Photo in the middle made a little bit more than two years ago in March of 2022.

And bottom picture is form April of 2017, right after we converted green lawn to garden.

Friday, March 15, 2024

The Pi Day

Yesterday there was March Fourteen. Since recently people around the world  used to  celebrate this date   as the Pi day.  After the work  my co-worker an myself   strolled   through  the  San Francisco downtown streets and found this view:

Would it be the decent tribute  to the 3.14 number?  

Overall the day was beautiful: warm and sunny. Here are some more street pictures:  

Transamerica Pyramid.

San Francisco mix.

Arks and Lights.

Early evening. Salesforce Tower.

Monday, March 11, 2024

Flower Bulb Day

Last Saturday (March 9, 2024) there was Tulip Day in San Francisco. Eighty thousands tulips grown in USA out of Dutch bulbs were deployed in Union square in San Francisco.

  Everybody could come to this garden and pick up ap to fifteen flowers. The only problem was a huge line. You can see two labyrinths with people lines (on the left and right of the garden) on the picture below, To avoid the line we decided  to enjoy the  view from windows on the Macy's top floor.


  Tulip garden was no only good thing in San Francisco this Saturday. The whole afternoon was beautiful.  "Sky of Blue and Sea of Green". Here is one more photo of Clock Tower  on Embarcadero.


Monday, January 1, 2024

Holiday Decorations

 Here are several photos made  during this Christmas season in our neighborhood. First two photos made  next to private Christian School in our city.

Next three photos are near houses located in the neighboring city. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Thursday, December 14, 2023

Wheel Work


Here is spare fifth wheel from my 2008 Ford Ranger. It is full size, so technically I can use it in  rotation. But this wheel looked very different to other  wheels.  Spare wheel is definitely made from steel, while four others have shiny aluminum  look. 

I should not simultaneously put on the car   wheels made of different  materials for a long. How to find out if my other wheels are  made of steel and painted or made out of aluminum  alloy. Permanent magnet came in handy. Magnet got  attracted the same to the spare wheel or to any other wheel  on the car.  That means all wheels are made of  steel  and I can safely  use  spare  wheel for rotation. Still I would like  all wheels to have more uniform look.

In local AutoZone  shop I bought can of silver wheel paint.

Rubber part of the wheel I covered  with paper and masking tape. Then, following paint can instruction,  I painted wheel with several layers of  silver.

Here is my freshly painted wheel installed as the rear wheel  on the  driver car side.

And here is sideview of the car. As you can see rear (former spare) wheel  and  front wheel now both look the same.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Autumn Colors

 Some images from Bay Area (November 2023)

This is America!

Very unlikely these scarecrows may scary any crow.


This Thanksgiving gas is relatively cheap. Especially  if your car is that small.

Holiday Mushrooms family reunion. 

Children, don't be lost! Keep closer.


Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Soda Can: Bottom Part


Two years ago I published  the post   about using soda can tab in DIY projects. Now I have found one more usage  for a soda can: this time for its bottom part. I used can bottom part  as cheap LED reflector for some home lighting projects, in particular  for Halloween Decors. Above you can see  Pumpkin Glister with  multi-colored eyes.

Here is the Bat Decors  with Red eyes..

The last picture is the Bat Decor shot at the moment, when eyes were not that bright and with some whitish color, so reflectors are better visible as they are.

Making  reflectors is very simple: just cut bottom parts of cans, bend edges of these parts with pliers, drill holes for LED to fit, and attach reflectors to the Glister or plywood decor with staples or pieces of cooper wire.