Barley Shrimp. Desk cleaning. New Year’s Eve.

Barley shrimp
Elaine’s Barley Shrimp

Elaine loves to experiment with creating her own recipes, and they are usually great. Tonight was a good example: Barley Shrimp. She cooked barley in chicken broth; roasted some onions, and red, green, and yellow peppers; and sauteed some large shrimp, then cooked them all together to blend the flavors. I like the chewiness of the barley and its flavor. And of course I love shrimp and the veggies. Great recipe! Continue reading Barley Shrimp. Desk cleaning. New Year’s Eve.

Goodbye to Jake.

Marc and Jake
Marc playing with Jake

A call late last night from my nephew Marc Violette brought sadness to our home. Jake had passed away. Jake was Marc’s dog at first and became like a member of our own family during our stay in NH over the winter of 2013-4. We were in my parents’ house and Marc lives next door. Since Marc worked days Jake spent a lot of time with Elaine and I and our boys, and was well loved by us all. Continue reading Goodbye to Jake.

John Ogden visit. Chronic Tacos.

John's rig
John’s bobtail rig parked in an open area here at Royal Palm

We had a surprise visit from son John today. He arranged his schedule so he had a load to drop off in the Phoenix area and came in late last night. He had been in touch with his Mom for about a day, trying to let her know about his plans as they changed. This time he was able to arrange to drop his trailer off in a secure yard so he could then drive his rig as a bobtail here to Royal Palm. We found a spot for him to park here in the Park so that was also secure overnight. Continue reading John Ogden visit. Chronic Tacos.

Undercabinet LEDs – purple. Elaine reorganized shelves. Chicken Lombardy.

LED undercabinet lights
Our new cabinets now have LED light strips under them to cast a warm violet glow to the kitchen.

Pete finished up our kitchen undercabinet LED lights yesterday and we love ’em! Without the white elements on there is a soft violet glow, as shown in the photo. Adding the whites increased the lumen output and there is more usable light. I had hoped there would be more light output but am happy with what we have. Continue reading Undercabinet LEDs – purple. Elaine reorganized shelves. Chicken Lombardy.

Chocolate Chipotle Hot Sauce. Newsletter advertising. 2016 will be even longer.

Daughter Shauna sent me a bottle of Chocolate Chipotle Hot Sauce for Christmas, as I wrote a few days ago. We had some orange chicken the last two nights and I used the sauce for dipping on the side of my plate. Tonight Elaine cooked some shrimp and I used the hot sauce again as a dip. It was great! Yes, it is hot but the hot does not overpower the flavors. Great choice, Shauna! Thanks. Continue reading Chocolate Chipotle Hot Sauce. Newsletter advertising. 2016 will be even longer.

Kasperksy. Alerts and mailings.

Kaspersky screen shot
A Kaspersky screen shows the three computers that are using the service and which applications have been installed. I had not yet installed the password manager on Elaine’s computer.

It was a busy morning! I finally installed Kaspersky Internet Security 2017 on Elaine’s computer; our Bitdefender subscription is close to running out and I have switched to Kaspersky because it is part of our Best Buy Geek Squad support package. I have already installed it on my laptop and my tablet (both are Windows computers) and the last of our three installs went on Elaine’s. There will be a learning curve for her since Kaspersky does a few things different, but I can help her through that. Continue reading Kasperksy. Alerts and mailings.

AirDroid connects my phone and my computer.

QX10 camera
Sony Quick Shot DSC-QX10 camera

I received a Sony Cyber Shot DSC-QX10 camera for Christmas from Elaine and I have been learning how to get its photos from the smartphone to my laptop. The QX-10 uses the phone for its preview screen and some functions, and it transfers its images to the phone for storage; it does have a MicroSD card in itself, though. While the phone’s internal camera stores its images in a folder named DCIM, the QX10 stores them in a different folder. I have my DropBox set to automatically upload photos from DCIM but haven’t figured out how to have this new folder do the same. So I did a little searching and found the AirDroid app already installed on my phone. Continue reading AirDroid connects my phone and my computer.

Merry Christmas Day. Great gifts. Potluck dinner.

The day dawned bright and cold; it was 41° this morning and got up to around 62 by afternoon. But with a brisk breeze it felt much cooler. After our breakfast of Breakfast Burritos that Elaine made we opened the gifts that had accumulated in the living room. We both got mugs – one pair were thermal mugs – and some decorations in purple. I gave Elaine a Pandora charm in gold; she has been collecting the silver up to now but with a large collection of those she can now start with the gold. She gave me a Sony Cyber Shot DSC-QX10 camera. The latter is a standalone camera that can be controlled by a smartphone or Android tablet. I had seen the one that Pete Petersen has and liked it, so he helped her pick it out and equip it. Continue reading Merry Christmas Day. Great gifts. Potluck dinner.

Merry Christmas. Happy Hanukkah. Ho, Ho, Ho.

Christmas card
My electronic Christmas card. Click on the image to see the card.

It’s a magical season for many, at least in this country, with the holiday season upon us. For us it is a quiet time, since we are not traveling anywhere and no one is coming here. We have been in touch with many and are not, thus, “alone”. We went out for our usual Saturday Breakfast Out (to IHOP) and did some grocery shopping, but spent the rest of the day at home. Elaine made some chicken noodle soup for supper using the chicken we rotisseried a couple of days ago. It was delicious! And I sent out my electronic Christmas cards via Continue reading Merry Christmas. Happy Hanukkah. Ho, Ho, Ho.

Newsletter done and out. Reorganizing cupboards.

Elaine and pantry stuff
Elaine glaring at all the stuff from the pantry

I was in the rear bathroom this afternoon and suddenly heard lots of noise from the kitchen on the other side of the wall. I had a feeling I knew what was going on and sure enough, when I returned to the kitchen Elaine was madly taking stuff out of the pantry. She said she was tired of not knowing where things were and it was time to reorganize/organize. When she unloaded the boxes after the kitchen was done much was done in a hurry and without much thought of organization. Continue reading Newsletter done and out. Reorganizing cupboards.