New glasses. Violette Family website rework.

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Dave Violette, new glasses

My old glasses were getting scratched and then the left bow broke at the hinge, so it was time for new ones. I went to Nationwide Vision last week and they called to tell me the new glasses were in late this afternoon. So off I went after supper and picked them up. I think they got the prescription correct; upper zone for computer work, lower zone for reading (I don’t need glasses for distance vision). I know better in this coming week. Continue reading New glasses. Violette Family website rework.

Fritatta supper. Web site redesign. Changed to normal. Racks on the wall.

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My chicken fritatta

I had bought some ricotta cheese a week or so ago and decided it was time to use it. So I prepared a chicken frittata for supper tonight; the ricotta got mixed in with the eggs while being beaten, to give the egg mixture a bit fluffier texture. I also chopped up some green onion and red, green, yellow, and orange peppers and sauteed them with the shredded chicken. Continue reading Fritatta supper. Web site redesign. Changed to normal. Racks on the wall.

Simple supper. Home projects. Great weather.

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Soup, beer bread, and gruyere cheese

Tonight we had a simple supper: soup, bread, and (for me) cheese. The soup was leftover from yesterday’s Penny Raffle soup lunch, and we had beef and vegetable augmented by Elaine with some snap peas. The bread was made from Bountiful Beer Bread Mix by Tastefully Simple; Elaine used a can of Pineapple Wheat Beer, made from beer with natural pineapple juice added for the moisture in the mix. The cheese I had was some gruyere. Continue reading Simple supper. Home projects. Great weather.

Penny Sale and Raffle. Theme change. Sandy Hiner.

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Cathy, Mary, Cheryl, Peg, and Chris handling raffle process

The Women’s Club Penny Sale & Raffle started this morning at 9:00 and ran until around 1:00 this afternoon. This is an annual event, where residents contribute items to be raffled. Attendees can purchase groups of blind raffle tickets and place one ticket (or more) in a container in front of each item they want to bid on. The drawn ticket wins the item for the holder. There was a separate 50/50 raffle event, won by John Koch in the amount of $71. In that event half the proceeds from ticket sales for the event went to the winner. Continue reading Penny Sale and Raffle. Theme change. Sandy Hiner.

Changing login page. Tile cleaning.

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Kerby and Gizmo trying to figure out their way through the hoses and cables

Page Carpet Cleaning was here today cleaning our tile floors. There was a lot of grout sealer slopped over onto the tiles themselves and we did not like the appearance of it. It also made it hard to keep the floor looking clean in those areas. We spent the time in the office with the boys, to keep us out of Alan’s way. At one point Gizmo wanted to go out for a walk so I took them. You should have seen the dismay on their faces and in their actions when they started to walk out the door and saw all the hoses and cables on the deck! Continue reading Changing login page. Tile cleaning.

Gizmo and Kerby checkup – all OK. Dave eye checkup – OK.

The boys are OK. Today they both had their annual checkup session with Dr Brandon Young at Companion Pet Clinic in Phoenix. We have been going to this clinic almost the whole time we have been in the Phoenix area and like them very much. What’s more, both Kerby and Gizmo like them as well. Both boys are in good health. And now their immunizations are up to date. Continue reading Gizmo and Kerby checkup – all OK. Dave eye checkup – OK.

Skin cancer check – OK. Appointments.

I am on a semiannual basis for skin cancer checks, and today was the day for my appointment with AZ Dermatology. No new problems were found, they just had to freeze about eight different spots on my head and face that are typically precancerous. That is a common occurrence for me, though the number was higher than usual. Having had a history of skin cancer over the last dozen years I highly recommend that anyone over the age of 50 or so have regular skin checks. So much better to catch ’em when they are relatively small and harmless! Continue reading Skin cancer check – OK. Appointments.

Newsletter done. Irrigation underway. Jay and Bonnie Groendyk.

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The Palm Press cover for Feb 2017. Click the image to download the newsletter.

The Royal Palm newsletter was published today. Our volunteer crew met at 9:30 in the Clubhouse to fold and band each newsletter and I assembled them into groups for each of the volunteers that distribute them throughout the Park. There are six teams that do the distribution, each handling from 50 to 100 newsletters. That work goes fast for those of us with golf carts; Elaine and I did our D Street route of about 50 in about ½ hour. Continue reading Newsletter done. Irrigation underway. Jay and Bonnie Groendyk.

Dog role change. Trader Joe’s. Newsletter to printer.

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Kerby goes down the wet sidewalk while Gizmo stays on the dry pavement

Ever since we’ve had him (2006) Kerby has gone out of his way to avoid puddles. Gizmo, ever since we got him (2012) has never avoided them and seemed to enjoy paddling through them. Until this year, that is. Now their actions are reversed. Gizmo walks in the middle of the street on rainy days and Kerby paddles down the sidewalk and through any puddles there. Who knows how come! Continue reading Dog role change. Trader Joe’s. Newsletter to printer.

Tiny houses. Motorhome recharge.

I read an article recently about a trend in New York City and large California cities where new apartments are being built that are much smaller than previous standards. These are in the 350-450 square foot (sf) size. A major reason for this trend is the higher cost of housing in those places and trying to create more affordable housing. Many of these are being built in inner cities, close to employment, and mostly of interest to younger workers. The story made much of how to live in such a small space, but we lived in such for several years – in a motorhome. Continue reading Tiny houses. Motorhome recharge.