Elaine and Crafts. Dave and dentist. Tax prep is done.

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Elaine’s I Am Not A Hoarder tee shirt

Today was craft day for Elaine. She did a lot of preparation work prior to going to the craft session at the Clubhouse and I helped her with some of that. She wanted copies of several stamping designs made so that she could print them out in the future, and I did that using our scanner/printer. And she wore the shirt in the photo at left; she had bought it online as soon as she saw it advertised. Continue reading Elaine and Crafts. Dave and dentist. Tax prep is done.

Cheeses. Taxes. SitePower.

Toscana with Black Pepper, Cheddar, Gruyere, Cheddar and Gruyere, Havarti, Dill Havarti, Jalapeño Havarti, Irish Cheddar, Muenster, Swiss, Pepperjack, Habanero Pepperjack, Jarlsberg, Gouda, Smoked Gouda – these are just some of the cheeses I have been eating lately. I like cheese, but Elaine doesn’t care for cheese as much. I usually have two slices in my sandwich at lunch and I often have a chunk with supper. As I reported a few days back Gizmo likes cheese as well, as does Kerby. So I share some small bites of my supper cheese with them. Continue reading Cheeses. Taxes. SitePower.

Back to Home Depot. Breakfast treats. If all else fails.

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Kerby and Gizmo in shopping cart at The Home Depot

We were back at The Home Depot again this afternoon; this time to return some items purchased a couple of days ago and to purchase some others. Pete Petersen took advantage of our trip to go along and buy some lumber items he needed for projects he is working on. And Kerby and Gizmo went again, too. They love to go shopping! They didn’t get as much attention today as the last time, but they still enjoyed it. I just had to buy some shelf supports and some brackets; I am going to install them on the outside of the shed and use them to hang an extension ladder to get it out of the way. Continue reading Back to Home Depot. Breakfast treats. If all else fails.

Ladders. Tickets. Elaine class with Jan.

My tall stepladder now hangs on the side of the house and out of the way

Today I mounted one of the ladder brackets we bought at The Home Depot and hung my tall stepladder from it. I had been storing the ladder by leaning it against the front of the shed and on the patio, but now it hangs on the house wall just behind our bedroom window. It is out of the way but easy to get to. I also hung our short stepladder on the railing of our back porch, making it easy to get to from inside the house. Elaine uses that short one most often to reach the higher cabinets in the kitchen. Continue reading Ladders. Tickets. Elaine class with Jan.

Las Jicaras restaurant. Ad sales. Home Depot.

Grilled Steak Fajita Quesadilla

For months we have driven by Las Jicaras Mexican Restaurant on W Hatcher Rd time and time again. And every time I drive by I make a mental note to check it out sometime. Tonight was that time; I suggested it to Elaine yesterday and she agreed. This is a fairly simple home-style Mexican food restaurant; it is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I had the Grilled Steak Fajita Quesadilla; the steak was chopped and cooked with fajita-style vegetables, then cooked in a flour tortilla with cheese. It was good. Continue reading Las Jicaras restaurant. Ad sales. Home Depot.

Ad sales. Newsletter out. FMCA.

Cheryl Ringer stopped us in our golf cart this afternoon to tell me she had just come from 3A Automotive Service on Hatcher, where she had some work done. Cheryl talked with the manager about advertising in our newsletter and he seemed positive, so I followed up this afternoon. I left him a copy of the February issue so he could see what it looks like and it sounds like he would be interested in advertising. Way to go, Cheryl! Continue reading Ad sales. Newsletter out. FMCA.

Newsletter published. On to taxes.

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Cover of the March 2017 Royal Palm Social Club newsletter

Whew! The newsletter has been printed and is ready to distribute tomorrow. This issue has been more of a hassle than recent ones for a couple of reasons. Until this month I have simply copied the previous month’s Microsoft Publisher file and made changes for dates, etc. The layout remained the same, so I only had to change the content of the features. But in March we added an extra full page color ad which meant I had to add two pages, and since the printing works with four-page folios those two pages had to be an insert. I moved the ad that was on the inside back page to one page of the insert and then had to rearrange several pages so that the page numbers for the insert page fell where they needed to and so that the internal flow of various features made sense. Continue reading Newsletter published. On to taxes.

Beautiful quilt. Cleaning medical shed. Newsletter almost done.

Craft ladies admiring the quilt Shauna made for Elaine.

We came back from doing some work this morning to find a surprise package on our deck. Addressed to Elaine, it was a beautiful large quilt done in – wait for it – violet and purple colors! It was from daughter Shauna; she made it herself, using her large quilting machine to finish it off. Elaine was so excited about it that she took it to her craft session this morning to show it to her crafting friends. I was there, and there were lots of wonderful comments about the handiwork. It will now fit nicely on our bed. Continue reading Beautiful quilt. Cleaning medical shed. Newsletter almost done.

The cheese stealer. Pépère’s tools.

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Gizmo licking his lips for the taste of the Gruyere cheese he stole from me

Is nothing sacred? I had a chunk of Gruyere cheese for supper tonight but did not finish eating it. I set it aside on the table beside my recliner, along with part of a slice of toast, to munch on this evening. I got up and did the dishes and cleaned up the kitchen, then got my laptop from the office and returned to my recliner to write this story. And lo and behold, my chunk of cheese is gone! The piece of toast was still there; I had set the cheese on the toast for later. Continue reading The cheese stealer. Pépère’s tools.

Even the poppies are on strike! Newsletter. Boxes.

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The poppies won’t open if the sun does not shine as on this rainy day

We’re in the second day of gray skies and occasional showers or downright rainfall. It’s so bad that even the poppies don’t want to open their blossoms! They only open up when the sun shines. The photo at left is of the same area I showed in my story on February 16th when they were all open. But they should be open again tomorrow. Continue reading Even the poppies are on strike! Newsletter. Boxes.