We are at the current end of the new Valley Metro light rail line, and that is bringing a lot of new people into our area. Many hang out at the new Quik Trip station/convenience store next door. And many transients are camping along the canal behind the property. As a result residents in Royal Palm have become concerned, though we haven’t seen any rise in crime in our community yet. So President George Immerso set up contacts with the City of Phoenix Police Department’s team that interacts with neighborhoods and Officer C J Young came to us tonight to help us get started with a Block Watch program. He also gave us a lot of information about other programs. Continue reading Block Watch. Leftovers. Remote batteries.
“You’ve got a purple flower!” is a cry Elaine often hears from me after I come back from walking the dogs in the morning. There is a pot by the front of our deck that gets the morning sun and has been producing flowers on many days. I don’t know the name of this plant; it and some others were given to us by our neighbor across the street, Chino, who loves flowers and plants of all kinds. When we returned from our RV trip this spring we found all these plants happy in our front yard. That purple flower plant does not bloom every day, but has started blooming on most days. Only once or twice have there been two blossoms on the same day. And the blossoms last only one day, then fall off. Continue reading Blooming flowers. Newsletter.
Tonight was the second karaoke session of the month and the continuation of the Royal Palm Voice contest. Early in the year about ten or so contestants started out, with each singing a song in the competition. Each month one contestant was eliminated, and in this month three remain. Each time a tip jar was passed around for contributions, and the final winner will take home the pot. I have to say that the three contestants who sang tonight did an excellent job, and it has become increasingly difficult to choose among them. Continue reading Social Club meeting. Karaoke. Breakfast.
A broken vegetable chopper required a trip to Bed, Bath & Beyond so we decided to go on to Trader Joe’s while we were close by. Elaine bought one of those Vidalia Chop Wizard choppers some months ago and has used it extensively several times a week. But earlier this week it broke at the hinge point in the base, making it no longer usable. We definitely do not want to be without one; it gets so much use. She chops fresh vegetables just about every day for our supper meal and lately she has been eating soup often and she chops the vegetables for that as well. Continue reading Trader Joe’s. Web work.
We’ve been hearing from Pete Petersen about Jason’s Deli but had never yet been to one until tonight. Rather than go to Pei Wei as we have been lately, we decided to do something different. Jason’s Deli has mostly sandwiches, though they have a copious salad bar and a few dishes. The typical order for a Muffaletta is a quarter sandwich, for the Muffaletta roll is about nine inches in diameter. But I decided to order a whole one, knowing I would have plenty of leftovers (three quarters of the sandwich) for the rest of the week. Elaine went to the salad bar, and she had leftovers as well. I had ham on mine; I also asked for salami, but they forgot to put it in. Continue reading Muffaletta. Royal Palm web site. Shirts.
I mentioned a few days ago that I have decided to learn to use WordPress, a robust tool for creating and managing web sites of all kinds. In time, I will convert my existing client web sites to a WordPress base so that when I decide I no longer want to maintain them it will be easier and less expensive for them to find someone else to take them over. These are sites that I developed using my own SitePower system, but since that system is going nowhere further it is time for that change. But it will take some time for me to learn this new system. Continue reading Learning WordPress. Help for friend. Cool swim.
It was time to renew our passports. They were set to expire in February 2017, but you can’t go into places such as Mexico if your passport will expire in less than six months, so it was time. I filled in our application forms online and this morning we went to the Walgreens at 19th Ave and Northern to get our photos taken. Then it was just a matter of writing the checks ($140 each) and getting it all in the mail. I opted to get both the passport book and the passport card; the latter is all you need to go to Canada or Mexico if you are not flying, and is a lot easier to carry. I expect it will take a month or so to get our new ones. Continue reading Passport renewal. Motorhome to LaMesa.
Abuelo’s offers great Tex-Mex cuisine. We ate there tonight with Nancy and Bill Schuling; it is one of their favorite places and they used to live in that part of Peoria so ate there in the past. I took Elaine there for lunch a few weeks ago and we have been wanting to return for a supper meal. It didn’t take much to convince Bill and Nancy to join us; we just had to wait for an opportunity when Bill was off duty so we could do it. Ah, but the wait was worth it, for the meal was great as was the company. Continue reading Abuelo’s. Tablet backup.
I struggled most of the day with a thorny problem: how to backup Elaine’s Scatter Slots game data and status from her Samsung Tab 2 tablet. We are going to have to send it to Samsung for battery replacement and we don’t know if this information will get lost in the process. And we don’t want to take a chance that it will get lost. She has been using that app for a year or more and has gained substantial status points and has invested some dollars in it as well. We certainly don’t want her to have to start over, after all those hours spent with this fun game. Continue reading Tablet backup and sync.
Our TV in the office/craft room should now work as well as the one in the living room. I had installed an indoor antenna in the office, along with an amplifier, but still Channel 12 and sometimes others were subject to pixelating. Not a good situation. So I ran a new coax cable from the office, out through the wall, and along the trim at the top of the outside wall all the way to the back end of the house. From there I made a temporary run over to the other side of the back wall, where the feed from our outside antenna comes down the house. I installed a splitter in that feed and connected both the previous cable running under the house to the living room as well as the new coax I had run to that splitter. Continue reading Coax and splitter. Elaine tablet.