Breakfast excursion. Dog show. Violette database work.

Breakfast excursion

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My Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pancake breakfast

Breakfast out turned out to be an exploratory adventure this morning. I had originally planned to go to Cracker Barrel on Deer Valley Rd but drove past the exit thinking there was another up ahead. There was not. So I continued up I-17 and got off at Happy Valley Road, knowing there were restaurants in that shopping center. Once there I pulled over and did a Google search and found only a couple; we ended up going to IHOP.

This IHOP is a new one and is much larger than the one we often go to on Northern Ave. Same menu selections, of course. I had the Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pancake Combo with Scrambled Eggs and Hickory-Smoked Bacon Strips. Elaine had French Toast and Pork Sausage Links. Continue reading Breakfast excursion. Dog show. Violette database work.

Never wear brands. List cleaning. Newsletter delivered.

I never wear brands

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My new Nike sliders. I wish they didn’t have the swoosh!

One of my personal quirks is that I never wear branded clothing or clothing with a legend or image. The only exception might be in a cap, but even then I am particular about what I wear. I don’t wear tee shirts in general, except under a collared shirt. You might see me wearing a decorated  tee shirt at an event for a company or organization if I am a member of that group. You will NEVER see me wearing a tee shirt as outer wear, but even if I did it would be a plain color with no logo or brand. Continue reading Never wear brands. List cleaning. Newsletter delivered.

Gizmo making tracks. Newsletter done and printed. Trader Joe’s shopping. Elaine to Bingo.

Gizmo making tracks

Gizmo tracks
Gizmo accidentally made some tracks across my arm

We stopped to talk with a neighbor who was walking his dog, and Elaine had Gizmo in her lap in the golf cart. Gizmo wanted to go see Packer, the other dog, and had to go over me to get there. My arm was his launching pad in his abortive attempt to get out of Elaine’s grasp. You can see the result in the photo. Four gashes and lots of bruising. Thankfully, it doesn’t really hurt. Gizmo is strong and hard to hold when he really wants to go somewhere! Continue reading Gizmo making tracks. Newsletter done and printed. Trader Joe’s shopping. Elaine to Bingo.

Birthday Bash at Manuel’s. Newsletter.

Birthday Bash at Manuel’s

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Here’s part of the group at the dinner tonight

Tonight was Birthday Bash night, and we went to Manuel’s on Cave Creek Rd. This excellent Mexican restaurant offers a fund-raising program whereby they will send us a check for 15% of the total spent by our group at the meal event. I figured we probably spent about $600, so that is not inconsequential. There were 29 of us there tonight, and we all had a great time. Of course a real draw for Manuel’s is their food – always good. To prove who was part of the group I had printed tickets that were given out and we just handed in the tickets when we paid our bills – one with each check. There was no charge for the ticket. Continue reading Birthday Bash at Manuel’s. Newsletter.

Printer panic. Newsletter out to reviewers. Women on the Go.

Printer panic

This is newsletter week, meaning that I will be printing 100 or more pages in the process of getting the newsletter reviewed and out. So this morning when I went to print out some more tickets for the Birthday Bash and I was greeted by a continual error message on the printer I panicked! It looked like a message I had been getting over the last month or so, but the measures that worked in the past to clear the error did not work. I quickly went online to BestBuy, Walmart, Staples, and OfficeMax to see if a replacement was available. Yes, if I wanted to wait for a week or more to get it! At one place I could get one in the store but at a $169.95 price compared with the $49.95 I paid for mine. I could get it at BestBuy at the lower price but would have to wait for a week for delivery. Continue reading Printer panic. Newsletter out to reviewers. Women on the Go.

Delicious pasta dinner. Meeting with CPA.

Delicious pasta dinner

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Elaine’s pasta supper was delicious

Elaine made a delicious pasta dinner tonight; I got full fast but I wish I could have eaten more! She used a pasta we have used before (I can’t ever remember its name) which holds the sauce so well and is tasty. And she used a new to us marinara sauce that we bought at Trader Joe’s – Trader Giotto’s. She heated up some rolls to go with it and I added the cheese you see at lower left. Continue reading Delicious pasta dinner. Meeting with CPA.

Grout sealer gone. Fajita Crunchwrap. Boys groomed. Newsletter.

Grout sealer gone

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Scrubbing the tile floors and treating them to remove excess grout sealer

When our tile floors were installed in the living room, kitchen, hall, and master bathroom grout sealer was applied. The problem is that the sealer got slopped over onto the tiles themselves; in some places there was a lot of sealer on individual tiles. Aside from changing the appearance of the tiles (from flat matte finish to shiny finish in areas where the sealer was applied) the sealer also attracted dirt and grime and made the floor look unclean. We tried several methods to remove that unwanted sealer, but none worked well. We even had a floor specialist come in and work on the tiles but he could not get rid of the sealer. Continue reading Grout sealer gone. Fajita Crunchwrap. Boys groomed. Newsletter.

Il Posto for supper. Park Association meeting. Newsletter. Violette post.

Il Posto for supper

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Our leftover pizza from Il Posto

Tonight we headed to Moon Valley Cafe for dinner only to find out they are no longer open past 2 pm. Heading back down 7th Street we stopped instead at Ziggy’s Il Posto, an Italian restaurant near Mountain View and 7th. It has been some time since we ate there last, but we have enjoyed it the times we were there in the past. And we were happy with the pizza we shared tonight. We ordered a combo: half Ziggy’s Meat Pie (Pepperoni + sausage + bacon and Ziggy’s homemade meatballs with mozzarella + tomato sauce) and half Il Posto (Pepperoni + mushroom + sausage + pepper + onion + black olive + fresh garlic). Both halves delicious. Elaine also ordered an extra side of their marinara sauce; it is rich and tasty, and we like it. Continue reading Il Posto for supper. Park Association meeting. Newsletter. Violette post.

Getting nailed. Newsletter work. Solution did not work.

Getting nailed

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Elaine’s freshly-done nails, in purple of course!

Elaine headed to Walmart this morning to get her nails done. She has a tech at the Walmart at 19th Ave and Bell whose work she likes, and she always goes there when she can. While there she did a little shopping as well. Continue reading Getting nailed. Newsletter work. Solution did not work.

Dry again. Board meeting. Web progress. Bingo. LED lights.

Dry again

We’ve had some rain over the last couple of days, resulting in about 3/10ths of an inch in our area. In fact, we had several consecutive hours of rain yesterday; not raining hard but fairly constant. That was good, for we need it. It looks like we’ll be clear for the next few days, with temps in the mid-70s, but next week the forecast calls for temperature drops to below normal (69-70° is normal this time of year) and the possibility of more rain. Continue reading Dry again. Board meeting. Web progress. Bingo. LED lights.