Old Home Week
Sep 19th, 2017 by Mike

Old Dad…this is for you!

Perusing photos from a trip to California, I found these photos:

First is the home in East Palo Alto where we lived while I was in third grade through half of sixth grade.

2243 Menalto

Our East Palo Alto House

It didn’t have the fence when we lived there and the grass was green. The front room with the slider was a garage. I remember my brother, Dan, and I getting our heads washed with Desenex shampoo (horrible stuff) because we had ringworm. Brother Tim was born when we lived here.

The we moved to Mountain View.

1221 Springer

Our Mountain View Home

I lived here until I went away to Willamette University in Salem, OR. Then I lived here off and on for my junior and senior years at San Jose State until I married Charlene. Notice there is no lawn. Dan and I each mowed half of it every Saturday with a reel style push mower. Those were the days.

New Floors
Jan 27th, 2015 by Mike

What a process. We had the carpet replaced with laminate in all of our house except the bathrooms. It was about 1150 square feet of floors.

First we had to move all the stuff that might break or fall out of the cabinets. We moved it all to the garage:


Packed Garage

Then the workers got busy.

Replacing Tile

Entry Way All Torn Up

And after two days, they finished. Wow, what a difference!


The Finished Living Room

Then our work began. We had to unpack all the boxes we’d moved to the garage and rewire all the electronics. Our son, Dave, painted the living room and both smaller bedrooms in the mean time.


Just Behind The TV


Clean Garage

And finally the garage is back to normal after having laid some of the rescued carpet down on the garage floor. We still have a few boxes to unpack, then we’ll be done. It turned into a two-week process even though the flooring guys only took two days to lay the flooring. Fortunately, they moved all the furniture, so we didn’t have to.

My Favorite Hot Sauce
Sep 5th, 2014 by Mike

Just got a shipment of four bottles of my favorite hot sauce, Scorned Woman. I like a few drips in casseroles and soups. It’s very hot, so I don’t use much.  The four peppers, aged tabasco, red, black, and Habañero, give it a unique flavor. I ran out a few days ago and found it online at I ordered four to amortize the very reasonable shipping charges.

Scorned Woman

The Best Hot Sauce Ever

Great News!
Jan 7th, 2014 by Mike


Kelijah In The Shredder Confetti

Just before Christmas, son, David, got engaged to be married. His future bride, Mindi, comes with a three year-old son, Kelijah. They’re planning the nuptials for early August (the 2nd or 3rd at this point). Mrs. Major and I are very excited and Mrs. Major is already chomping at the bit to plan and offer suggestions and advice. Sweet Dau #1 is also very excited and can hardly wait to meet Mindi.

David and Kelijah have strongly bonded already. Kelijah is a very smart, strong-willed child who is adorable. He’s curious about everything and remembers what he learns…careful what you teach him. He and I are already building a bond…the photo at left, for example. As we don’t have snow in our area of Florida, we created one out of shredder confetti. I think Mindi was a little taken aback when she saw the mess, but we’ve done crazier things around the Erickson house.

Nov 25th, 2013 by Mike

We just got home from a Caribbean cruise with our good friends, Jerry and Lori Roames. I just picked up the accumulated mail and we are inundated with 27 (count ’em twenty-seven) catalogs.

Bathroom Complete
Jul 12th, 2013 by Mike


Finished shower with glass

Finished vanity top

The master bath is finally done. The glass is on the shower (pictured left), the vanity top is in place (pictured below), and the tile is laid (not pictured). In the guest bath, the vanity is in place and the only thing left is to tile the floor and install the new toilet. Those tasks will probably be done early next week.
It will be good to have the workmen out of the house and have it to ourselves again.

New Shower
Jul 7th, 2013 by Mike


Shower Sans Glass

For two weeks now, the workmen have been tearing out our old shower and installing a new one. Here it is without the glass installed. The glass comes on Tuesday.

The original shower has been leaking for several years and has responded only temporarily to my occasional caulking efforts. Gradually the vinyl flooring was getting darker in the leaky spots, so we decided to replace the shower and tile (done but not pictured, here) the floors.

We are pleased with the outcome, but can’t wait for the glass enclosure so we can shower in our own bathroom again. How spoiled we are.

Bloomin’ Orchids
Dec 6th, 2008 by Mike


Blooming Orchids

Blooming Orchids

Just in time for our cruise. Two of my orchids are in bloom. Fortunately, dendrobiums bloom for many weeks so we’ll be able to enjoy them for a while after we get back.

I haven’t decided yet how many books, if any, I’ll take off my yet to read list and put on my currently reading list. I’ll probably read at least eight books while we’re on the cruise. Mrs. Major has already informed me that I’ll be playing cards with her every day. But with two travel days and seven days at sea (one of which will be transiting the Panama Canal), I’m sure I can find some quality reading time.

It’s only two days and a wake-up until we head out, I may not post until we get back at zero dark thirty on Christmas Eve.

Just in case I don’t post again, Merry Christmas to all of you.

Nov 11th, 2008 by Mike

I’m 98% recovered. Whew.

Not Well
Nov 9th, 2008 by Mike

I have not been feeling well today. But I learned something about diarrhea: It’s dangerous to just fart as usual. You know what I mean.

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