New printer. Costco shopping. Web progress.

Envy 4500
The HP Envy 4500 all-in-one printer

Though my existing HP 4500 Envy all-in-one printer has been doing a great job for me, it was time to buy another. One thing the Envy would NOT do is print on heavy card stock, and Elaine needs that capability. I did a lot of research – there is simply very little information about what paper stock thicknesses printers will handle. They instead list the paper “types”, and I have to impute to what thickness each type is equivalent. The replacement? A Canon Pixma TS9020. I have had Canon Pixma printers in the past and was happy with them, and this one had good ratings. Continue reading New printer. Costco shopping. Web progress.

A quiet day earned. The Cracked Egg. Violette Family and genealogy.

As you have read, we had a very busy time over the last week and especially the last couple of days, so today we decided to not be as busy. And for the most part we accomplished that. We started with Saturday breakfast out at The Cracked Egg on Glendale Avenue. Yes, I know it is Sunday, but we did not get a chance to go out yesterday because we had to get ready for the yard sale. We’ve been to The Cracked Egg before and liked it. We ordered a skillet but probably won’t again. It was too large (we shared it and still only ate half) and was mostly potato. Continue reading A quiet day earned. The Cracked Egg. Violette Family and genealogy.

Yard sale. Tired.

A lizard stopped by our yard sale for a half hour or so,but did not buy anything.

Day two was not as successful in sales, but was still fun. Of course the fact that we sold so much of our stock yesterday may have made a difference since there was less to buy, but there were only about one-third of the number of people attending today. Our total take for the two days was around $270, which is pretty good. From what little I heard, many others in the Park did well also. We had our stuff out by 8:00 this morning and shut down just after noon.

I spend the morning at our sale, but Elaine spent most of the morning gallivanting around the Park. She was having a ball! I saw her several times during the morning and each time there were different people with her on the golf cart. I think she used the golf cart to take friends around to visit all the yard sales in the Park. At one time she had five people on the golf cart, she said!

It was also a good time for visiting at our place, with friends stopping by to say hi. I tried to keep Gizmo and Kerby on the porch with the gate closed, but each time a friend came by they made a ruckus and wanted to come greet them. So I gave up and just let them out if they wanted. Kerby stayed in the house for the most part when it started heating up, but Gizmo hung with me down on the patio. They were both great with both friends and strangers who came to our sale.

popcorn machine
Our popcorn machine and its product was very popular at the yard sale event.

I continued to make and sell popcorn today, and it continued to be in demand. All told for the two days I sold about 65 bags of popcorn at 25¢ each! While most only bought one, some bought two or three or, in one case, six bags.

There’s no question that the bright red popcorn machine sitting by our sidewalk attracted people. And we had put out a sign down at the intersection of F and D Streets, a major intersection in the Park, advertising the popcorn. A lot of people got the word this way.

All popcorn sales proceeds go to the Social Club, since the Club had paid for the popcorn supplies. We had bought the supplies a while back for when we took the machine to the Clubhouse for events. But now we have decided to donate the popcorn machine to the Social Club so they can have it at the Clubhouse. It will get much more use there than at our place, and it is too hard to wheel back and forth.

We packed up whatever we had leftover from our yard sale, except for the sewing machine and the Cricut machine, and took it all to the St Vincent de Paul thrift store on 7th Street and donated it there. We did not want to keep it here.

Though I had fun with the yard sale event, I also got tired. As soon as we got back from St Vincent de Paul, around 1:30, I laid back in my recliner and dropped off quite soon after. The next thing I knew Elaine was asking me if I wanted to go swimming. It was 2:50. Elaine was tired, too, but she could not drop off I guess.

Yard sale. Carrabba’s.

These are all the leftovers we brought home from Carrabba’s tonight.

“I feel like Italian tonight”. That was my answer to Elaine’s question about where I was taking her to supper tonight. The next question was “where”. Olive Garden is, of course, available. But I wanted to try something different so I remembered Carrabba’s; we have not been to that restaurant for a long time. We were in the pool at the time, and the discussion included others. Pete Petersen had never been to Carrabba’s, so that was our choice. And we invited him to come as well; others declined. We had a great meal and ordered two appetizers as well as our main course, so we had lots of leftovers to bring home (see the photo). Continue reading Yard sale. Carrabba’s.

Banners hung, signs out. Frantic yard sale prep.

The yard sale banners are now on the front fence of the Park, readily visible from Dunlap Ave

We started the morning with Elaine painting some posters, one with “FRI SAT“, the other with “8-?“, which we attached to the ends of the YARD SALE banner we picked up yesterday. And we went out front and fastened both that banner and the SPECIAL EVENT banner to the front fence. This will let passersby know about the event that starts tomorrow. Then Elaine also painted two large sheets of butcher paper, one with YARD, the other with SALE, and we attached them to two large A-frame panels that Dale and Betty Stroh recently built and George Immerso painted white. We attached the paper signs to the boards and took them out front as well. Continue reading Banners hung, signs out. Frantic yard sale prep.

Elaine the card maker. Making snowmen. Another load.

Cards Elaine made today

Elaine was off to another craft class at The Paper Collage today with Jan Ostlund. This one was a card-making class; you can see some of her results in the photo. Nothing special about the techniques or the project; it was just a make-and-take class. They have these every Wednesday. Elaine says it is good to just go and socialize and not have to listen to a lot of instructions and complications. Continue reading Elaine the card maker. Making snowmen. Another load.

Drip fix. A job that sucks. Getting ready for yard sale. Less wind.

This was the morning the drip system for the pots out front was to run, and when I came back from walking the dogs my neighbor rushed over to tell me something was wrong. There was water all over the front sidewalk. He said he looked for a shutoff and not finding one was ready to knock on the door to let me know when he saw me walking up the street with the boys. Remember I mentioned a couple of days ago that the soaker line I put in the tray planter was putting out too much water? And remember I said I would fix it yesterday? Guess what I failed to do yesterday? Continue reading Drip fix. A job that sucks. Getting ready for yard sale. Less wind.

A banner day. More hauling. Very windy.

Elaine and I had a banner day today, as in ordering some banners for the Royal Palm Social Club to use to advertise events. The immediate event is the community yard sale coming up this weekend, and the banners will be placed on the front fence along Dunlap Avenue to catch the eyes of passing motorists. We had talked with one company on Hatcher Drive on Friday but the owner was out and not expected back until today. So I went over there around 9:00 only to find the place locked and no one answering the doorbell. We had already tried the banner shop across the street and found them closed, so I decided to try one of the others along Hatcher. There are at least five shops advertising banner production. Continue reading A banner day. More hauling. Very windy.

More motorhome moveout. Added to irrigation.

motorhome stuff
Another load from the motorhome

We took a trip over to the motorhome in the storage yard this morning and brought back another load on the golf cart. I finished clearing out the front basement storage bay and Elaine loaded some stuff out of the kitchen. We still have many loads to go, but will work on it every few days. It is important to get some loads out this week, however, because there is a Park-wide yard sale coming up this next weekend so we want to get stuff out for that.

flooded tray
This tray got flooded when I added a section of soaker line to it. I’ll have to use less soaker line.

I got some ¼-inch soaker line today at Ace Hardware to use in the long planter tray I still had not done a drip for. I cut a length as long as the planter tray and connected it with a feed line from the distribution pipe and turned it on. Within two minutes the tray was flooded to overflowing! I did not realize the soaker hose put out that much water. Later on I drilled a couple of small holes in the tray to drain it. Tomorrow I will modify it to only have a few inches of soaker hose. I’ll learn! It has been many years since I worked with irrigation systems, and I am relearning about the various components and how they function.

I did some more work on the new Violette Family Association database system today, still learning about how to use the plugin I recently acquired. I am getting more and more appreciation for the thought and work the developer put into it.

Elaine and the box. Breakfast in the Park. More drips. Database progress.

craft box
The box Elaine made today. It is designed to hold custom cards and/or envelopes.

Elaine and Jan Ostlund took a class at The Paper Collage, a craft store in Sun City West, today. This one was on making a paper box designed to hold paper cards and envelopes. It’s a neat design, and can be customized with different papers and designer covers. I can imagine this being used to hold custom cards and envelopes made for sale or for gifting. The ribbon you see above it can be used to wrap the box for closure. While it looked good to me, Elaine was not satisfied with this, her first effort. But I know it will improve with the next ones!

This being the first Saturday of the month, it was time for Breakfast in the Park. We attended, along with over 65 other people, so it was a great success. As usual, the meal was great and was easy to overeat.

drip feeds
These four planter pots now have drip irrigation, fed by the 1/2-inch pipe you see on the ground and with individual 1/4-inch drip feeds leading from it.

I did some more work on our drip irrigation system today. Yesterday I went to Ace Hardware on W Glendale Ave to purchase a couple of tools I forgot to get before and to get a different kind of drip head. I needed a tool to punch the holes in the ½-inch supply piping for connecting the barb fittings, and I also got a ratcheting cutter for pipe.

I tried to make the first connection to the ½-inch pipe but was not able to push the barb connector into the pipe wall. Grrr. I figured I would have to get someone with more strength to do those for me, but later this afternoon I thought of using pliers to hold the barb fitting while doing the pushing and it worked fine. No help needed.

So then I went on and did the drip lines for the five pots we have out front. In the four at the right in the photo I used regular 1 gallon per hour (gph) drip heads, but on the larger pot on the left I used an adjustable spray head since the pot is larger. I tested, and no leaks. Then I set the controller to run this zone twice a week for an hour at 7:00 AM. I still have to place a drip line to the tray in front of the larger pot; I will try a soaker line for that.

I am excited about the progress I am making on the new database system under WordPress for the Violette Family Association membership. I am using the Participants Database WordPress plugin. I had to work my way through several setup glitches, figuring out how to set things up and how to make corrections or changes when I want to do something different. It’s a learning curve situation, but I  am quickly getting stronger and more confident.