For the last several weeks I’ve been living the inconvenience of no hot water on my boat/my home. Not to worry, I still found a way to get my daily shower. I would shower at work or at our clubhouse in the marina but not nearly as convenient as showering in your own home! My water is heater has worked flawlessly for the last 15 years (and it’s been on my boat much longer than that!). It is a Paloma (Legacy -as in old) Ph5 propane tankless/on-demand water heater. The last time I changed my propane tank out, in later December, I noticed that the water was just not as hot as usual! The situation quickly worsened. Luke warm at best showers and the research began. The flame in the heater would light but the water wouldn’t get very warm and then wouldn’t stay even luke warm. There are a lot of newer version on demand heaters out there but the main thing I love about this one is the compact size and the fact that it completely mechanical. No electronic control board -a simple piezo ignition so no battery or power required. The first thing I checked for in the troubleshooting process was a propane leak. I soaked all my lines with leak detector and could find no flaws. The Tankless Water experts at Low Energy Systems have a great website for the purpose of parts and even troubleshooting on a unit as old as mine. They have a section that addresses common problems, complete with pictures and parts. For the problem of water not getting hot enough the first suspect on their troubleshooting list is the water valve and this same company sells the water valve rebuild kit for $60. the part that troubled me with this was the...
Living in a rural area as I do means living in the vicinity/proximity of wildlife. We have deer, turkeys, rats, raccoons, snakes and even a mountain lion has been sighted on occasion. My dogs for the most part stay reasonably close by but once they get the scent for something to chase -well the chase is on! At night time I have lights for them to wear. Super bright led lights. Sky my Australian Shepherd wears the red lights and Zulu the green lights so I can easily tell them apart when they are running in the dark. Last Tuesday when I got home from work at about 11pm after a double shift I had plans to take the pups for a brief walk around our marina. Mostly just over to the beach but not too far from my dock. We had barely started our walk when Zulu, my 48lb Catahoula took off and ran all the way up to the habour master’s house. I could see his green lights from his collar going crazy as if he was in a fight with something (wild animal) but without the noise from his adversary. I ran to his aid. (This is the first time I have attempted running since my ankle tendon replacement surgery last July – and I mentally took note of this and mentally said a short prayer for both myself and the pup). I was terrified that he was being injured by his prey which I could only assume to be the most common of our night critters, the raccoon. Anyone who has encountered the cute little raccoon up close knows that there cuteness is generally accompanied by a ferocious claw and a temperament that is not prone to surrender. They are vicious animals in the up close and personal!...
There is so much we can all learn from one another and especially from ‘man’s best friend, the dog!. The other day as I accompanied my pups on a walk at the beach I once again noted especially in Zulu, his innate desire to meet and greet. As a puppy he thought he was tough and larger than he was and wound up getting out run and out smarted. As an adult 4 year old dog he has learned the art of chivalry and perception. He runs with joy to meet new dogs or people and seems to know when that joy might not be reciprocated. He seems to know those humans who may not want to pet a dog and likewise those dogs who don’t want to partake in the sniff and greets. On those times when his perceptions incline him, it is really incredible to see the interactions. Zulu and his new found friend of the moment run up to one another and kind of crouch down nose to nose, both tails wagging. The pose can be held for seconds until they determine if a playful chase is in order. In quick order a friendship is made with playful interactions. In like manner I notice us humans. The humans with dogs seem to instinctively follow their dogs’ well-taught manners. There is something about having a dog with you that encourages you to interact with other dog owners. It’s rare that two dog owners can do less than at least say hello to one another as they pass. Even people without dogs will greet you when you have a dog with you. There are those who prefer to not interact in anyway but for the most part dogs are a great example for us all. Dog owners always seem to find something in common...
A love of sunsets, my pups & my marina home is the essential subject of this video slideshow. The first dog silhouette is of Boeing, my Australian Shepherd who passed away a few years ago. An array of marina photos and sunsets follows. The one bridge pictured within is the Richmond San Rafael bridge with Mt Tamalpais in the background. The bridge is not visible from the harbour but a great sunset just the same. The last two dog-sunset-sihouettes are of my current family members, Zulu (a 4yo catahoula) and then Sky (a 6yo Australian shepherd). The slideshow ends with a couple of stunning moonrises! The background music is “Oh! Mio Babbino Caro” sung by Gianni Schicchi. I’m not really an opera music listener but this piece of music inspired me to get the photos together and there is always the option to turn your sound off if the music doesn’t suit you. Overall the slideshow is for me to remember special moments and images from the last several months and if they suit your taste you will enjoy as well.
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” ― Maya Angelou What a saying and how true. The breaths that take our breath away are those individually special moments. For me it is things like sunsets and the way the same scenery can look so different each day as the sun sets and illuminates the surroundings with that very special sunset light.
Cee’s Share your week challenge – When was the last time you sat on a park or garden bench for more than ten minutes? Describe the occasion. Our marina has a couple of chairs on the end of the levy and I frequently sit there in the morning reading a book (via kindle) in the morning but more often I love watching the sunsets from this vantage point and it is no problem to spend 20-30 minutes minimum..so the occasion is, as frequently as possible! I have noticed that as much as I love Day Light Savings time -I have been kind of missing the sunsets since they come later and before I know it! Would you ever be interested in observing a surgery or do you turn away when the nurse brings out the needle? I have assisted in some surgery stuff for my dog- but overall not interested. I do watch if I’m getting an injection -I think more to convince myself that I can rather than wanting or liking to look. Where’s your favorite place to take out-of-town guests? It used to be the Metreon in San Francisco. There was a really cool virtual bowling alley. Overall depending on the guests -if they are people who enjoy the outdoors then it is Muir Woods and Crissy Field / Golden Gate Bridge. If you had an unlimited shopping spree at only one store, which one would you choose? Why? Home Depot! Always have a million projects -would probably just bring the store home :)
Incorporate glass in today’s image: a window, a mirror, a wine glass, sunglasses, or something else. It doesn’t matter what form the glass takes. Today’s Tip: We’ve practiced shooting at different angles and from unique POVs. How can you interact with glass to create an interesting photo? Look through. Look between. Find an unconventional surface. Experiment with your flash both on and off.
Today, snap a picture of a landscape. Focus on the gestalt — the entire setting as a whole, …— rather than a specific subject or focal point within the scene. The setting itself is the star. I decided to use a panoramic shot for my landscape and then crop it down to be the actual desired image. See the cropped image below. Tip: Ready to do some basic image editing? After your shooting session, sift through your landscapes and find one that needs cropping. (You can look back to previous shots from the course, too.) Look out for: Stray objects in the background, near the frame’s edges and corners. People around the perimeter of the frame that might have “photo-bombed” your picture. A foreground or background that is too prominent or “heavy.” A composition that is too-centered, with your subject right in the middle, that might benefit from cropping along two sides (in other words, cropping to the Rule of Thirds).
Today, play with scale: you can use anything and everything to help convey size in your image, from your Chihuahua to your Mini Cooper, to an aerial view or perspective from a penthouse floor. Tip: Don’t just point and shoot. Observe your scene closely before pressing the shutter, considering how all the elements in the frame interact with your subject, and how all objects in your foreground and background relate to one another. Make an object appear larger through a ground-level POV. Place two things side by side in an unexpected way. Surprise us!