Happy Birthday, Marilyn.

The party setting

Tomorrow is Marilyn Johnson’s 80th birthday, and this afternoon her nephew George Immerso threw a party for her at the pool. Marilyn spends winters here in Royal Palm and is much loved by all with whom she comes in contact. About 20 or so of us gathered at the pool around 3:00, and we had a great party. Some swam, some sat in the sun, and others sat in the shade. We all enjoyed the gathering and had fun. Continue reading Happy Birthday, Marilyn.

Scavenger Hunt. More landscape edger painting.

Leslie Nielsen announcing winners at the Scavenger Hunt

The Royal Palm Social Club had a Scavenger Hunt event tonight. There were 8-10 teams competing to collect 45 items on a list prepared by Leslie Nielsen, the event organizer. We could only collect from residents in the Park, could not get any items from our own houses, and had about 45 minutes to an hour before we had to turn our collections in. The most challenging item on the list for everyone except the winners was a Domino’s napkin, though a 1¢ stamp was very hard to find. We got most of our items at one residence; the lady there was excited to dig around her house to dig up things for Elaine. I think we stopped at about ten houses and were able to collect items at all but maybe one. Continue reading Scavenger Hunt. More landscape edger painting.

Landscaping edgers. FCOC rally dinner.

A trip to Lowe’s this morning yielded some concrete edging blocks for our front yard and some paint to use to make them fit in with our house. We bought 24 of them and I started painting them, six at a time. I got half of them done and will finish the rest tomorrow. Next week, we will hire Andy to install them along the sidewalk out front; they will help to keep the gravel and rocks from wandering onto the sidewalk as well as to dress up our front yard. I won’t show them to you until they are installed, though, to keep the scheme a mystery. Continue reading Landscaping edgers. FCOC rally dinner.

Cat in tree. Shopping online from now on. Mountain lion urine.

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The firefighters have the cat in hand from high in the palm tree

Either the cat in the royal palm tree across the street from us never left or it came back. I lean toward the former. I first noticed the mewing about a week ago and after 2-3 days I put out food and water to encourage it to come down. This was the suggestion of the Phoenix Fire Department and the Arizona Humane Society. Both said the cat would come down on its own. Continue reading Cat in tree. Shopping online from now on. Mountain lion urine.

Irrigation work. Andy yard work. Dish upgrade. Card class.

I finally fixed the drip line today that was putting out too much water. This is the one in which I had soaker hose segments; I replaced them with drip emitters. Pete Petersen came over this morning and attached the compression fittings for the distribution line for the planter boxes, and I also tested out the new line for leaks. Next step: attaching the drip line systems.

Andy Goodhart from here in Royal Palm was here this morning to clean up the now-gone-by poppy plants and I had him also clean up the dead weeds in the back and side yard from where I had sprayed them. He is very popular in the Park for doing yard work of various types.

Elaine headed to The Paper Collage this morning to take a card class being offered there. She really likes this shop and their classes; too bad it is so far for her to drive out to Sun City West.

A few weeks ago the hard drive attached to our Dish receiver failed and I have been holding off replacing it while deciding which way to go. Our receiver has been the VIP211k, which was the only one that would work with RV systems at the time we got Dish service back around 2010. While it supported an external hard drive for DVR capabilities, we could only record one channel at a time and the TV had to be set to watch that channel during recording. This worked fine when recording something while we were not at home, but not if we wanted to watch one channel and record another. I had solved that problem when I switched to over-the-air broadcasts and used Tablo, but the complexity of that approach made me switch back to Dish and I moved the receiver from the motorhome to the house and we have used it there. Today I decided to upgrade to Dish’s Hopper/Sling system and added a Joey for the office TV. Now we can record two channels while watching yet another. And we can watch recorded content from the office as well. Plus there’s a whole bunch of other features, most of which we will not use.

AZ hot, AZ cold, AZ windy.

We have been having above-average temperatures here in the Valley of the Sun the last couple of weeks. Average is around 85° at this time of year yet we have had many back to back 90+ days; this last Sunday parts of the Valley had temps of 100° and 101°. Not totally unusual. From ABC15.com: “Over the past 30 years, the average first day of 100-degree weather is May 2, according to National Weather Service statistics. We’re already a month past the record for earliest triple-digit temperatures — that happened March 26, 1988.” Our current forecast calls for a drop to just below average on Thursday, but the temperatures will climb above average and into the 90s again soon. Continue reading AZ hot, AZ cold, AZ windy.

Face boards painted. Newsletter published.

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Two of the five face boards for the planter boxes. All are painted now.

I finished painting the five boards that will be used on the face of our new planters. We used the same paint as our house trim, a dark purple. There are two of them on the stands and three more on the table in the back of the photo. They have been painted on both sides and are now ready to be installed. I will do the drip plumbing first, since it will be easier to do without the boards in place.

I finished the newsletter this morning and took it to the UPS at E Dunlap and Central to be printed. They struggled with it at first but finally discovered what setting needed to be changed so that the cover would get picked up and added to the book. I left after being able to see the first one come off and will go back tomorrow morning to pick them up. I also got the electronic copy posted to the RoyalPalmSocialClub.com web site, from there it gets posted in the Royal Palm Social Club Facebook group.

We had a good visit with George Immerso this morning. He stopped by to drop off his notes from newsletter review and stayed for a while to chat.

We went to the pool this afternoon but ended up not swimming. The pool water had gotten cloudy over the weekend – probably from the extra load of kids and adults there on Saturday. The crew shocked it this morning, but we decided to wait and let it clear up before swimming again. We did go in the spa while there, though.

Cat in tree. Faces for planters. Newsletter done.

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The cat high in the tree.
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Here’s the tall royal palm tree with the cat

A day or so ago I heard a cat crying when I took the boys out for a walk. I tried to figure out where it was coming from; it seemed to be coming from high in a royal  palm tree, but I could not see a cat or accurately locate the origin. I heard it several times. This morning I heard it again and this time was able to locate the cat, high in the palm tree about 35 feet above the ground. I called the Fire Department non-emergency number and the woman I spoke with said that most times these cats come down on their own. She’s known of one that spent a week high in a tree in the middle of summer. Continue reading Cat in tree. Faces for planters. Newsletter done.

Breakfast in the Park. Elaine card class. Newsletter done, except for proofing.

Yum, yum. Biscuit and sausage gravy, scrambled egg with cheese, sausages, bacon, blueberry pancake – THAT’s what’s for breakfast. And there were other choices I passed up such as fruit cups and beverages. A great deal for $5 each. Attendance was down today since the RVers are leaving the Park, but we still got to have breakfast with friends.

Around 11:00 Elaine headed to Sun City West to attend a card class at The Paper Collage with Jan Ostlund. She had a good time and got back around 5:30. This will be the last class with Jan until Jan returns from Minnesota this fall, but Elaine will continue. In fact, she will be going to another class next Wednesday.

My day was spent working on wrapping up the newsletter. I should have had it completed a couple of days ago, but I lost sight of the calendar and the dates. I got it done today, though, and delivered it to the reviewers/checkers this evening. I’ll get their comments back by end of day tomorrow. I’ll have it ready to go to the printer on Monday, and it will get delivered on Tuesday, one day later than normal.

This issue had some space planning needed. I started out with it being 22 pages; I needed an inserted page due to two ads in color beyond those on the covers. As I worked on it today I decided I really needed to add another page to show some of the latest changes around Royal Palm, so that meant adding two pages since there was no sense having a blank page. I had originally planned to leave out the Senior Resources page for space considerations, but added it back in to fill that added blank page. It was a scramble to develop that content but I got it done. Now it will end up being 24 pages, including two inserted sheets.

When I got to the pool this afternoon Bill Russell and Marty House were there as well as a friend of Marty’s, Rex. I had no sooner gotten in the water when Marty and Bill wanted to hear more about my interview with Forrest Sessions for the Royal Palm Spotlight page. I guess they had read about it in my blog entry yesterday. So I gave them some more details and they seemed to enjoy hearing them. When I was done, Marty asked if I was recording my interviews; I said I was not and that I only took notes from which to prepare the story. But Marty pointed out that recording the interviews could provide a valuable resource and that they could even be offered to a TV station for a local color piece. Such publicity might be good for Royal Palm, he said. That’s food for thought; I have never done recorded interviews, only taken notes and writing with the help of memory.

A couple of hours in World War II. Electrical problem fixed. The Blood Whisperer.

Forrest Sessions, WW II veteran

I spent about 2½ delightful hours this afternoon interviewing Royal Palm resident Forrest “Scotty” Sessions for the Royal Palm Spotlight section of the upcoming newsletter. This 95-year old gentleman was excited to share his history with me, after wondering on the phone why anyone would be interested in hearing his “uninteresting” story. Forrest was part of an Honor Flight from Phoenix in 2015 and brought out a wonderful photo album prepared by this grandson Jared and went over all the memories those photos entailed. Continue reading A couple of hours in World War II. Electrical problem fixed. The Blood Whisperer.