Face boards painted. Newsletter published.

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Two of the five face boards for the planter boxes. All are painted now.

I finished painting the five boards that will be used on the face of our new planters. We used the same paint as our house trim, a dark purple. There are two of them on the stands and three more on the table in the back of the photo. They have been painted on both sides and are now ready to be installed. I will do the drip plumbing first, since it will be easier to do without the boards in place.

I finished the newsletter this morning and took it to the UPS at E Dunlap and Central to be printed. They struggled with it at first but finally discovered what setting needed to be changed so that the cover would get picked up and added to the book. I left after being able to see the first one come off and will go back tomorrow morning to pick them up. I also got the electronic copy posted to the RoyalPalmSocialClub.com web site, from there it gets posted in the Royal Palm Social Club Facebook group.

We had a good visit with George Immerso this morning. He stopped by to drop off his notes from newsletter review and stayed for a while to chat.

We went to the pool this afternoon but ended up not swimming. The pool water had gotten cloudy over the weekend – probably from the extra load of kids and adults there on Saturday. The crew shocked it this morning, but we decided to wait and let it clear up before swimming again. We did go in the spa while there, though.

Cat in tree. Faces for planters. Newsletter done.

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The cat high in the tree.
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Here’s the tall royal palm tree with the cat

A day or so ago I heard a cat crying when I took the boys out for a walk. I tried to figure out where it was coming from; it seemed to be coming from high in a royal  palm tree, but I could not see a cat or accurately locate the origin. I heard it several times. This morning I heard it again and this time was able to locate the cat, high in the palm tree about 35 feet above the ground. I called the Fire Department non-emergency number and the woman I spoke with said that most times these cats come down on their own. She’s known of one that spent a week high in a tree in the middle of summer. Continue reading Cat in tree. Faces for planters. Newsletter done.

Breakfast in the Park. Elaine card class. Newsletter done, except for proofing.

Yum, yum. Biscuit and sausage gravy, scrambled egg with cheese, sausages, bacon, blueberry pancake – THAT’s what’s for breakfast. And there were other choices I passed up such as fruit cups and beverages. A great deal for $5 each. Attendance was down today since the RVers are leaving the Park, but we still got to have breakfast with friends.

Around 11:00 Elaine headed to Sun City West to attend a card class at The Paper Collage with Jan Ostlund. She had a good time and got back around 5:30. This will be the last class with Jan until Jan returns from Minnesota this fall, but Elaine will continue. In fact, she will be going to another class next Wednesday.

My day was spent working on wrapping up the newsletter. I should have had it completed a couple of days ago, but I lost sight of the calendar and the dates. I got it done today, though, and delivered it to the reviewers/checkers this evening. I’ll get their comments back by end of day tomorrow. I’ll have it ready to go to the printer on Monday, and it will get delivered on Tuesday, one day later than normal.

This issue had some space planning needed. I started out with it being 22 pages; I needed an inserted page due to two ads in color beyond those on the covers. As I worked on it today I decided I really needed to add another page to show some of the latest changes around Royal Palm, so that meant adding two pages since there was no sense having a blank page. I had originally planned to leave out the Senior Resources page for space considerations, but added it back in to fill that added blank page. It was a scramble to develop that content but I got it done. Now it will end up being 24 pages, including two inserted sheets.

When I got to the pool this afternoon Bill Russell and Marty House were there as well as a friend of Marty’s, Rex. I had no sooner gotten in the water when Marty and Bill wanted to hear more about my interview with Forrest Sessions for the Royal Palm Spotlight page. I guess they had read about it in my blog entry yesterday. So I gave them some more details and they seemed to enjoy hearing them. When I was done, Marty asked if I was recording my interviews; I said I was not and that I only took notes from which to prepare the story. But Marty pointed out that recording the interviews could provide a valuable resource and that they could even be offered to a TV station for a local color piece. Such publicity might be good for Royal Palm, he said. That’s food for thought; I have never done recorded interviews, only taken notes and writing with the help of memory.

A couple of hours in World War II. Electrical problem fixed. The Blood Whisperer.

Forrest Sessions, WW II veteran

I spent about 2½ delightful hours this afternoon interviewing Royal Palm resident Forrest “Scotty” Sessions for the Royal Palm Spotlight section of the upcoming newsletter. This 95-year old gentleman was excited to share his history with me, after wondering on the phone why anyone would be interested in hearing his “uninteresting” story. Forrest was part of an Honor Flight from Phoenix in 2015 and brought out a wonderful photo album prepared by this grandson Jared and went over all the memories those photos entailed. Continue reading A couple of hours in World War II. Electrical problem fixed. The Blood Whisperer.

Women On The Go. Electrical problem. Planter boxes.

Women On The Go at Deer Valley Airport Restaurant

Elaine attended the Women On The Go luncheon this noon. This is an informal group of women from Royal Palm who get together every two months and go out to lunch. Today’s lunch was at the Deer Valley Airport Restaurant, and nine women attended. There are often as many as 25 or so attending these events, but the winter visitors have mostly left now so there are fewer to go. Continue reading Women On The Go. Electrical problem. Planter boxes.

Planter boxes – oops. Dog cookies. Elaine to nails, shopping. More newsletter ads.

Part of the line of brackets that will support the planter boxes. The first one shows how two brackets will be joined to form support.

I started my planter box project today, and soon ran into (or created) a problem. The planter boxes will extend across the whole front of the house and will wrap around the sides for about four feet. They will be a simple affair, with two 5-inch corner brackets bolted together to form the support and a series of plastic planter tubs around 6 inches wide and 32 inches long will be set on them. The brackets will be attached to the house on 16-inch spacing, so that works well with the 32-inch trays. You can get the idea from the photo at left. I have some leftover siding from constructing our shed that matches the house siding, and will use 7½” wide strips of siding on the outside face to hide the brackets and trays and provide decoration. The siding will be painted the same color as our dark trim.

So far, so good. I worked on it this morning and quit about 11:30 as it got hot in the sun. I was going to go back to the project in the afternoon once the sun swung around and put the front in the shade.

But when I got inside the TV in the living room was off; it had been on when I went out an hour or more before. I tried the remotes and nothing happened. I started checking electrical systems and found there was no power to the plug strip where the TV plugs in. Further, there was no power to the outlets in the office; the TV outlet is on the other side of the office interior wall. I checked the breaker box and found one breaker popped; I reset it and no difference. Obviously something I did outside had affected that circuit. Pete came over later and we did some further checking and measuring, and it appears that one of the bracket screws had probably done some damage. I have an electrician coming on Friday morning, but in the meantime I ran a couple of extension cords and have the living room TV and the office equipment running.

Elaine made cookies for the dogs today.

While I was working outside, Elaine was busy in the kitchen making some cookies for the dogs. She used pumpkin pie mix, peanut butter, coconut oil, eggs, and wheat flour for the cookies and decorated the tops with peanut butter mixed with coconut oil. Kerby loved them, and Gizmo was OK with them.

Elaine headed to Walmart this afternoon to get her nails done and to do some grocery shopping. She did not get back until 4:30, so she missed swimming today. I went, though.

I got two more newsletter ads today – a half page and a full page. Those will greatly help with the newsletter printing cost. I still have two more to check on.


Bridge reconstruction. Pulling poppies. Work on newsletter.

A few weeks ago I went to the dentist at Aspen Dental on W Peoria Ave to have him check out my bridge (on the top middle). The right end seemed to be loose, but he said it was not loose enough to come out easily and suggested waiting another couple of weeks or so to see if it became looser. Today was the day, and while it had loosened a little more, it still did not come out easily. However, with some hammering on the left end he was able to remove the bridge unharmed! He then inspected and found that a small portion of the top of the right abutment tooth had broken off. He cleaned out the end of the bridge and generally cleaned up the area and then recemented the bridge back in place. Done! Continue reading Bridge reconstruction. Pulling poppies. Work on newsletter.

Bye, bye, Shauna.

We took Shauna to the airport early this morning for her return to her Green River WY home. We had a wonderful visit with her! Now that we don’t travel as much we don’t get to see kids often, and she had never been to our new place in Phoenix though she had visited our previous residence on Sweetwater Ave. Her flight went out at 8:40 from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, so we all had to get up before breakfast to get her there in time – we left home at 6:00. But all went smoothly. Continue reading Bye, bye, Shauna.

Easter cookout with friends

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The gang at the cookout at our place this afternoon
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Another view of the table at our Easter cookout.

We had a wonderful day with Shauna and some of our friends. We had a cookout on our patio this afternoon, and a dozen or so of our friends from here in Royal Palm joined us for the potluck. We supplied the burgers and brats and did the cooking, others brought hotdogs, potato salad, and other foods to round things out. We certainly had more than enough food and there was plenty left over. Continue reading Easter cookout with friends

Kiss The Cook for breakfast. Quilting shopping. Dinner at Pappadeaux.

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Elaine and Shauna at our outside patio table at Kiss The Cook
My Carrot Cake Pancake breakfast, with sausages

Saturday Breakfast Out was at Kiss The Cook in Glendale, a place we like to go to if we can get there early enough to avoid the rush and wait lines. Getting there around 7:45 accomplished that. Shauna spotted the Spinach Omelet on the board outside and had that, and I spotted the Carrot Cake Pancakes and had that. Elaine had Oatmeal with the works. It was such a nice day that we decided to eat on the outdoor patio at the front. Very comfy, but somewhat noisy. My sausage with my meal provided some leftovers for the boys, which they “attacked” me for upon arriving at home. Continue reading Kiss The Cook for breakfast. Quilting shopping. Dinner at Pappadeaux.