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.
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.
We attended a Valentine’s Day Dance and Party at the Clubhouse tonight. It was put on by the Women’s Club and was attended by 35-40 people. Marv Fitchett was our DJ (not KJ this time) and played a great selection of music. Many folks danced, and during one period a group did some line dancing, for which they had practiced on Sunday. Not every song brought people to the dance floor, but those from the 40s and 50s and 60s brought the most. Not surprising, given the age of the crowd.
Two couples were celebrating anniversaries in addition to Valentine’s Day. Elaine and I are celebrating our 33rd and Denny and Marvelyn Splangler are celebrating their 37th. Another couple, Nellie and Jim, also have an anniversary today but were not at the party. We also had ice cream and there were many other treats as well. Continue reading Valentine’s Day. In hot water (again). Early morning. Taxes.
My taxing work was getting things ready for our meeting on Monday with our new CPA. I had been putting tax year items aside in one pile as they came in, and today I opened the envelopes and gathered the paperwork. Earlier I had downloaded year-end reports from Chase for our credit card and banking accounts and I will go through those tomorrow. In the past I went through these reports and marked them up for deductible items. I still have at least one report yet to obtain. In past years I just had to scan these documents and upload them to our previous CPA’s server and he would take them from there. I suspect we’ll be able to do the same with the new guy, but won’t know until Monday. Continue reading Taxing work. Desk cleaning. Elaine at crafts. Gizmo eye drops.
Remember I told you that Elaine cleared out some rubber stamps last week? Well, she was at it again today and did a major clean of her shelves in the office bathroom. When we remodeled this house we had Marv build a shelving system over the office bathroom tub, and this provides a large amount of very useful deep storage. Elaine uses four of the shelves, I use the other. (That’s a little higher ratio of space allocation than in the office itself, where I use less than 20%.) In the photo at left, you can see the three bottom shelves she worked on today. I don’t know what her plans are for the stuff she removed, but I suspect she is sorting it out and will sell a fair amount of it. She has a plastic tub on the bathroom floor, and I see a number of craft items in it for project types she hasn’t done for years. Those will probably be sold. She is an avid crafter and often tries new things she sees but then does not continue once she has done a few and mastered the craft. That’s what makes her talents so useful. Continue reading Cleaning house. Rain. Newsletter. Web work.
I started today working on the March issue of The Palm Press, the newsletter of the Royal Palm Park Association. It will go to press in a week and a half, so I have to get started now. Today I copied February’s file to start March’s, and then did the basic edits such as replacing “February” with “March”. I also removed all the items pertaining to events that are February-based. Tomorrow I will work on content for March. Continue reading Newsletter. Web work.
Pete has been raving about breakfast at a restaurant in Scottsdale that friend Lisa took him to some time ago. So this week I decided we should try it and asked Pete for the restaurant’s name so I could check it out. I found Butterfield’s Pancake House on E Shea just east of Scottsdale Rd. He called last night and we made plans to go this morning – all four of us.
We’d go back! I had a Classic Bennie (poached eggs, canadian bacon, english muffin, and hollandaise), Elaine had Banana Pecan Cranberry Oatmeal (she gave me all her cranberries). Pete had an omelet. But Lisa’s choice was impressive – the Wildberry Bliss Toast (Stuffed with wildberry mascarpone, topped with vanilla cream, fresh wildberries, and glaze). She shared tastes with Elaine and me. Continue reading Breakfast at Butterfield’s. Stamp sales. Web work.
When I took my shower this morning I noticed a reduced water flow. We have the type of shower head that has the little rubber nozzles, so I flicked and manipulated them to help clear them from scale. This did some help, but did not thoroughly remove the scale. When Elaine went to the kitchen sink to fill the water pot she commented that we had reduced flow there as well as in the shower. I removed the faucet aerator and we soaked it in vinegar all morning and that seems to have removed most or all of the scale. We then put vinegar in a plastic bag and stuffed the shower head into the bag and left it the rest of the day. We’ll find out in the morning if that did the job there. Continue reading Scale removal. Bluetooth hassles. Learning PHP.