Big storm. Hot sauce. Trader Joe’s.

flooded street
This is at the lower end of D Street, looking north. The street is flooded from sidewalk to sidewalk.

Boy, it rained last night and today! Not constantly, but in bursts lasting 30 minutes or more. Channel 5 reported we had 1.18 inches of rain in our part of the Valley, and that’s a lot considering our average annual rainfall is 7-10 inches! I could hear it last night whenever I woke up and we had several bursts of rain this morning. We had some temporary flooding here in Royal Palm as it took some time for the runoff to reach the storm basins. Continue reading Big storm. Hot sauce. Trader Joe’s.

Rotisserie chicken. Newsletter done.

rotisserie chicken
Chicken cooking in Ronco rotisserie

It was chicken time tonight. We had purchased a 6-lb chicken a day or so ago and decided to cook it in our Ronco rotisserie today. Longtime readers of my blog will remember me speaking on occasion about our Ronco rotisserie; we have been using one since about 1995 and are on our third one. The others burned out or quit working in one way or another. When we started RVing in 2006 we decided to carry our rotisserie with us instead of getting a grill, and the one I brought in from our motorhome today is that same one. Continue reading Rotisserie chicken. Newsletter done.

Electric rate DECREASE? Royal Palm newsletter.

I had to check the email twice, and then it was hard to believe! SRP told me that our electric rate will be going down in January. They said this is a temporary decrease, but it is the SECOND decrease we have seen this year. I went to the SRP web site to check it out, and sure enough – here is what they say there: “For the second time in less than a year, SRP’s Board of Directors has approved a decrease in electricity prices for its more than 1 million customers. The 10–month temporary decrease, effective with the January 2017 billing cycle, averages an overall 1.6 percent.” Continue reading Electric rate DECREASE? Royal Palm newsletter.

Kitchen finished. Pete on LED. An added email address for me.

Backsplash outlet strip
Backsplash outlet strip
range shelf
Shelf and box-in over our range

Marv finished up the last small items on our kitchen remodel project this morning.  The new plug strip on the backsplash was an ivory color, which did not fit in with our kitchen design. So Marv spray painted it a gloss black and now it fits in nicely. We also had him build a shelf and frame to fit over the back of the range to provide a place to put salt and pepper shakers and other items and to prevent things from falling behind the range. Continue reading Kitchen finished. Pete on LED. An added email address for me.

Thank goodness for Akismet!

From June 2006 until October 30, 2016 I did not allow comments at my web site. I had never built commenting ability into my SitePower system. Most readers read my stories through my Facebook link and others received them by email, and since both those routes had built-in commenting capabilities I never saw the need for doing it otherwise. With my switch to a WordPress-based site commenting ability was built in, however. And that is when the spam began! Continue reading Thank goodness for Akismet!

Christmas cards mailed. Pete and breakfast burrito. Chilly morning.

Elaine putting finishing touches to our Christmas cards

Yeah! Our Christmas cards have been mailed! Elaine and I worked for about two hours this morning on the final steps of adding the card message, addressing the envelopes, stuffing the envelopes, and adding postage. We had almost enough stamps to do the job but had to stop at CVS on our way to the Post Office to buy some more. We are glad to get those 72 cards on the way to our family and friends. Continue reading Christmas cards mailed. Pete and breakfast burrito. Chilly morning.

Bosch quiet. Social Club meeting. Kitchen done.

Our new Bosch dishwasher

We tried our new Bosch dishwasher tonight for the first time. And I can tell you that it is quiet! Except for a few instances you have to put your ear right down next to it to hear it running. It has been a long time since we had a dishwasher – since we had the house on Sweetwater Avenue here in Phoenix and except for when we stayed at my parents’ house in NH. But we decided it would be a good thing to add in our kitchen remodel here. Continue reading Bosch quiet. Social Club meeting. Kitchen done.

Kitchen counter. Christmas decorations.

Before: The kitchen with the temporary countertops.
After: The new granite countertops are in place

At long last, our kitchen countertops were installed today! And we are as pleased with our choice of granite material as we hoped we would be. The granite crew spent much of the day doing the install. Marv Fitchett was here all the time to help in preparing for the countertop install and to pitch in when needed. And now this evening Elaine is unpacking more boxes and putting things away in the kitchen; only seven boxes to go. She did not want to do that before the tops were finished. Now we get to make those decisions about how to arrange our kitchen and everything that goes into it. Continue reading Kitchen counter. Christmas decorations.

Board meeting. Newsletter. Gallery.

It was Royal Palm Social Club Board meeting time. Elaine, as an officer, attended it this morning and I went along as newsletter and web editor to watch and listen from the sidelines to be prepared for newsletter content. It was a fairly short meeting; there were only a few items to discuss and only one to take action on, and three of the Board members had something to do around 11:00. The newly-elected Board members attended the meeting as well; they will take office in January. Continue reading Board meeting. Newsletter. Gallery.

More deck cleaning. Golf cart. Christmas Dinner.

Rear seat up for riding
Rear seat down for hauling cargo

Yesterday the new golf cart deck was loaded with cardboard going to recycle so I couldn’t show it fully. So here’s a couple of photos to show you the features of that new seat/deck. The seat can be folded up as in the first photo to provide a seat for one or two people. By flipping the seat down, as in the second photo, it forms a deck for hauling cargo. In both photos you can see the lower step that makes a foot rest when riding; that same step provides room for more cargo when the seat is down. In addition, the original cargo space now under the seat is still there and can be used whether the seat is up or down. Continue reading More deck cleaning. Golf cart. Christmas Dinner.