Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Ending

June 1st marks the ending of the first six months of 2012. Thinking ahead....I wonder what all of those superstitious people are gonna do about next year.....anyway, my mind goes to all of the resolutions that have been broken or never made it out of the gate. It's been awhile since I've done the resolution things....very long time.


I penned the poster below November 12, 2011. I'd have to do a little more digging to see when it was first published on my blog or my CafePress website. It may sound cliche but I do get inspired when I read it. I wrote it in a way that whoever reads this, can apply it to themselves....the question at the end?....I ask myself, what have I done since the last time I read it. Sometimes I am so angry with me because I've missed easy ops, but I know there are more doors ahead. There are times when I muster a smile or two just knowing I am able to even try to pursue dreams. I frustrate myself by trying to do too much at one time....multi-multitasking. I love it when I get that giddy feeling.


I'm more determined than ever to reach for goals, achieve them and reach for more. I'm not going to wait until the beginning of the year to start my new year. Right now I feel as if I'm making that turn....you know the feeling....you've been on THAT road for such a long time you can tell that the scenery is starting to change. It's such a good feeling.


I did edit the wording on this new poster...I took out the words "have to" on the third line and replaced them with the word "can" and did a little realignment with the rest.




I'm going to be posting pictures in a couple of weeks and I would very much  your advice, opinion, input. I'm going to have a few small giveaways during the month of June so it would be a good idea to tell your friends to like my Facebook page. That's a few of what's up and coming....gonna ride this wave as far as it will take me.


If you'd like to see this in a different flavor you can go here.
  

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Again?...Now Really

If you read my post not long ago about the two nails I had in my tires, my daughter was here a few days after that and they had a slow leak in their left front tire. I took a look see and lo and behold...




So I go to work. 





OK....

so now we fast forward to today....

I got this after I picked TheWife up from work

Like threading a needle


Add the glue


And voila! 

Here's the little booger
I must say that I am so happy that I got this kit from WalMart. The name of this brand is Slime....sure came in handy.

No I'm not getting anything for mentioning this product....just self satisfaction.

Hmmm....now how much money have I saved?....














Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Rain Storms

A popup rain storm is one that is not predicted by the weather personnel. When the conditions are right, they just appear. The lightning strikes, the thunder, the high winds and of course the rain.


Yes storms can do damage that can be costly, but they can also be beneficial. Breaking lose dead tree branches, clearing the air of pollen and pollution. 


When the storm is over and the damages are assessed, it can't be denied that everything looks cleaner, refreshing and you can smell it in the air. 


I guess it can be said that storms in our lives serve the same purpose even if we don't see it that way. It is not pleasant to be caught in a rain storm without shelter of any kind and the same can be said for the storms that develop in our lives. But how can anyone deny that once our life storm passes, we feel refreshed and stronger....triumphant. 


Do I welcome or seek these storms into my life?....no way! But I cannot deny that it is a good feeling when all is said and done. 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

As I Tweeted Earlier Today


Some of you already know that I replaced the oxygen sensor on my van earlier today. At first I didn't think I would get the old one out. A piece of cake is what I thought, especially since the van was driven which would heat the part enough....so I thought. Even with vise grips it would not budge. I almost gave up because I didn't want to damage the old sensor in case I couldn't get it out. So I go old school and apply heat directly to the connection with a propane tank....put the grips back on it, gave it a twist, and bingo! I just started thanking God right away because He gave me all that I needed to get it loose....patience and time to think it through without getting flustered. Image
After the new one was in place, I didn't wait to start it up...I wanted to see if it was going to be any different during starting and idling. So I fire it up and it didn't start right away, but it didn't drag either. I could tell right away....seconds after it was running, that it had made a difference. It idled quietly, but when I placed it into drive it was rough, as if nothing had changed.
So I take it out for a spin. Once I hit the road and accelerate, it had more power. It didn't drag during acceleration and I was really happy about that. I decide to take it on the interstate and on the entrance ramp it had more get up and go. I was able to change lanes faster. Now I'll have to be careful not to drive it like a race car or I won't be saving any fuel still. We'll see what happens this week.
Oh yeah...I also bought a grease gun and lubed the front end today...that made a big difference too.
Yeah...some of you know about that too. 
For those who don't, you can catch up here: This Takes Me Back 
                                                                 This Is My Yesterday
Reggie

Friday, May 11, 2012

One More Please

Hi everyone if you would like to see today's post, click one more please...here at WhatrUWorkinOn.com 


Thank you,


Reggie

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

This Was My Today

Today is not as busy as it was yesterday. I was able to get some things done online that I had on the table. I have been in my 'design studio' making some changes. I think I'm going to make a broad change on some designs and take some off the board altogether....although TheQuesMark will still remain the focal point.

I'm #workinon something that may be of interest to some. 

June is my date to bring everything into the public eye. I hope to have some fun with the 'thing' of interest. Getting to where I know I need to be on June 1st will take a lot of work.

  

It was really wet here today.

So what is now done on the van, is good it was done yesterday.



 Reg brought half of a chicken home from work today at The Cheesecake Factory. The Rice a Roni was already here so I was in the kitchen about to get dinner on the table.





About a half an hour or so and we were eating....no veggies....bummer.

I think I may stay up late tonight and get into my 'design studio'. I'm feelin' it tonight.

Reggie



This Is My Yesterday

One of the advantages of working from home is that I don't have to get up at the crack of dawn, but at the same time I don't sleep in either. It was around 7:30 when TheWife wakes me. I get myself ready and we're out the door just after eight. 


I forgot to mention in my last post about the nails that I found in  the two rear tires after I moved them to the front. They probably went undetected due to the lack of weight put on the tires because the van is empty at the moment. After I put them on the front I then noticed right away how deflated they were, now due to the weight of the engine. Since that time I have had to spend money to inflate the tires and I was about to make sure this morning was my last time doing that.


I drop TheWife off at work about nine and head to WalMart. In my haste to get food shopping out of the way, I forgot to stop at a parts store to get a tire repair kit, then as I parted the threshold of WalMart remembered I can pick one up there. 



I've used one of these before, years ago and was really pleased with the outcome. I like the handle on this set because the first one I had was like a screwdriver handle. 

I didn't get pictures during the process because if you don't want to lose all of the air from the tire...if it isn't flat...you need to move fast. But I did get pics after the test drive.


What air I did lose , was replaced using this portable air compressor.



Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the other motivating factor in doing this myself...I stopped at a gas station to see how much to plug one tire...$25.00.

Moving on, while in the automotive section I spot spark plugs and put those in the cart too...knowing I should get everything for the tune up at one time. 


I think this van had been sitting for awhile because of the corrosion on the plugs....I don't think you get that when a vehicle is driven regularly. 

Darcel and The3Grands were still here while I was replacing the plugs....the kids sat in the van while I worked. They left just before I was finished with that and that is when I repaired the tires. 

After the test drive, I hit the shower, finished drying and folding the clothes, and did the dishes.  By the time I sit to do this post, it was 10:00....checking email, facebook and what not. I finally give in with an unfinished post just after 11....what did it cost me to purchase the parts?....about $25.00. 

I almost forgot about whipping up pancakes for Kiah and Darcel....hot dogs for Ava...more pancakes for Kiah....playtime outside...this not long after getting home from shopping. Picking up TheWife from work, before working on the van.....I did mention the laundry...didn't I?

That was my yesterday....WhatrUWorkinOn?

Reggie


                                                 



Saturday, May 5, 2012

This Takes Me Back

I'm tellin ya ahead of time....it's a picture heavy post.


It was time for me to take a closer look at the engine of my van. This won't be the first time I had the "dog house" cover off, but it will be the first time I'm taking a good look into what I'll have to do in the near future.


















It comes apart in two sections.







It's really pretty easy to 
take apart....two 1/2" bolts
on the floor....



 ....and two clamps on both sides 
at the top.


Once you get both sections off, you have access to a great portion of the engine.



When I removed the breather cover, there was a strong gas odor. I'll probably replace the oxygen sensors.

Spark plugs don't look so hot either.   

I climbed underneath to see why my 
tires were worn and part of the reason, 
the ball joints have no grease. 


I rotated the tires to finish up. The van is in sound condition and once I get the tune up and some tires I should be good for a bit.


I tinted the windows a couple weeks ago...it looks much better from a distance, but not bad for doing it alone. The instructions suggest two people; that is some hard stuff to work with I'll tell ya! I removed the windows from the van and tinted them that way.

On another note....I'm thinking of designing new signatures for my blogs.

Reggie


                                            

Friday, May 4, 2012

By The Way Ava

I heard you ask Mamaw one day when you were visiting if she slept with the dog you gave her and she said yes, that it is on her pillow above her head every night.


Well....




I used a flashlight the other night to take this picture for ya!



TheRegMystr

Thursday, May 3, 2012

I Couldn't Forget You Ava

If I'm not mistaken, I haven't highlighted Ava in any of my posts. Yes she has been included as a group or pair and yes I have pictures of her by herself, but she doesn't have her own post.


So Ava my sweet....this one is for you.


Ava will be 5 this month and like the other two, seems to be older than she is. She's taking ballet lessons and from what I hear she absolutely loves it.


Ava is the second of three Grands. She has this cute little girlie voice that matches the ballerina in her and a very high pitch screech that pierces every nerve within you when she is playing. 


She is really meticulous when she gets into doing things sometimes and that's when the tongue comes out. She was doing this before she she could walk and talk. Sometimes it takes her awhile to get things done and it's not because she doesn't want to get it done, but she wants it done right....perfect could be a good way to describe it.





It looks like Ava is going to be the neater one between the two girls. Here she is putting the puzzle pieces back in the bag...without being told to do so. She handed the bag to me when she was finished and went on to play something else.

Ava my sweet, sorry it took so long to get ya featured but I hope you like it.


Wheeeeee!!!!!


TheRegMystr

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