I posted a couple of items for sale on Craigslist today. One is a golf cart battery desulfator for 36-volt systems (the link is for my craigslist listing). New. Never used. It is intended to keep the batteries from building up sulfates, which can reduce their capacity. I bought this when we had our first golf cart, which had a 36-volt system, but we bought our current one, which has a 48-volt system, before I could install it. I haven’t gotten around to buying a 48-volt version. Continue reading Stuff for sale. New cards.
I recently wrote about changing the deadbolt on the shed door; I had installed a Schlage BE365NX model. But when I started setting it up I realized it would not work the way I wanted. I wanted to be able to unlock the deadbolt remotely from the house and lock it the same way. I did some further research and found out that the model BE469NX would do that. Too bad this was not discussed either at the Nexia web site or at Schlage’s. I ordered the BE469NX and installed it today. It works great – we can lock/unlock it using a key or using the keypad at the lock. We can also lock/unlock it using the Nexia app on smartphone, tablet, or computer. Continue reading New deadbolt, finally. Garden flags. Fire extinguishers. Refrigerator cleaning. Dentist. Dog licenses.
Memorial Day always brings me memories of my home town, Warner NH. Unlike living in a large city such as Phoenix, many aspects of life are much closer in these small towns. There is a closeness and community and sense of history that you don’t find in large cities. In Warner, as perhaps in many other towns. Memorial Day has a lot of meaning. Those who died in service are remembered with ceremony. I don’t know if they still do, but when I was a youngster even school kids participated in Memorial Day exercises and we knew what it was all about.
Meanwhile, here in Royal Palm we celebrated Memorial Day with a party attended by about 25 residents. The invitee list started with those of us who frequent the pool on summer afternoons and grew from there. Bill Russell sort of organized it and Elaine expanded on his ideas. It was a total potluck, and we had an overwhelming amount of food. Bill with Wayne Moderson’s help cooked some burgers and brats on the grill, but the rest was prepared and brought in by us all. Elaine baked two pies: one regular apple and one caramel apple. They must have been good, because only half of one came home with us. I contributed my premixed margaritas.
We got there around 2:30 and left around 5:30, so it was an afternoon of fun. The party was held outside at the Clubhouse and Pool, with the food tables in the shade outside the Clubhouse. We mostly chatted and chewed for about an hour and then Agnes Volk started the move to the pool, followed by me. Others came in a soon we had more people in the pool than we have seen in a long time. I think there were at least a dozen at one time.
A high point (of sorts) was when the Immersos got immersed (sorry, couldn’t help that one). George Immerso’s parents are here for the season and his mother has been wanting to get in the pool for several weeks. In her 90s, she doesn’t get around well and gets to the pool area via motorized scooter chair. But with the help of son George and Wayne Moderson, Dale Stroh, and her husband she was able to get in the water, slowly. But once there she walked around the pool freely with the help of a pool noodle for support.
Elaine and Bill put together some takeout dinners and Elaine and Pete delivered them to some who could not get out for the party. They were well appreciated!
That extra half-ton of stone has been moved. Andy Goodhart came over at 8:00 this morning as did George Krause with a small dump rig. Andy and I shoveled the remaining stone from our front yard project into the dump body and then it was driven to two different yards that needed some fresh white stone and to whom we donated those leftovers. We did not need any more. Both Andy and I were amazed that the whole job was completed in less than an hour! He had been dreading the effort of shoveling all that stone again and had anticipated a 2-3 hour project. Glad it turned out to be less! Continue reading More stoning. Schlotzsky’s again.
Proudly flying the US flag at our house now. I finally added a flag and flagpole, attached to the front of the house, and will continuously display it from now on. I have been meaning to do this for a LONG time but kept forgetting about it. I would think about it when I was not in a place to buy one, and when in such a place I would forget to get one. There is a street light across the street from us and I will initially call that good enough for lighting at night, but I will soon add a small spotlight shining on the flag. Continue reading New flag. Lunch at Silver Spur Saloon. Breakfast at Schlotzski’s.
The stone for the front yard was delivered today, and Andy Goodhart and I got it spread in its final spot. The truck that delivered the stone from Pioneer Sand was too large to be able to dump directly into the yard, so I had him dump in three piles on the sidewalk and street in front. But that meant it all had to be shoveled from the street into the yard. I pitched in and did some shoveling – about 800-1000 pounds of it – but Andy did the rest of the 3000-3200 pounds. Yes, I was tired. Oh, and Elaine laid claim to 6-8 chunks of stone placed in the yard. Continue reading Stoning.
I installed a new deadbolt lock on the shed door today. This is a Schlage BE369 lock that works with Z-Wave technology so I can connect it into my Nexia home automation system. My goal is to have a lock we can operate from inside the house. This will make it easier to control as well as make it easier to lock the door at night on those occasions when I forget to lock the door after using the shed. Continue reading New shed lock. Lunch with John.
106° today – about 8° above normal – and a good day to be in the pool. We’ve had a couple of 100+ days this week and will have at least one more according to the forecast. When the temperatures are up there we still do pretty much the same things we would have at lower temps, however. After all, this IS Phoenix! Continue reading High temp. Work on planters. Newsletter delivered.
We selected the Sierra Mist white stone for our front yard today, from Pioneer Sand‘s plant on W Northern Ave. This is the whitest stone we could find here in the Valley, though I think we could have bought some white quartz in Tucson. Just not practical to get it here from Tucson! We saw some here in the Park that we thought was Sierra Mist, but took a ride out to the plant this morning to see it for ourselves. They will deliver it when we are ready to place it. Sorry – I forgot to take a photo while we were there.
Elaine went to Costco this afternoon to get some prunes and some tuna. She came back with those and much more, including some fresh halibut which we had for supper tonight. Pete went along, and while he did no shopping for himself he did select a cheese he thought I would like (I did). She also found a pair of stainless steel vacuum containers in which to carry her iced tea and other drinks. The plastic ones she has been using have not done a good job, but it looks like this new steel one will work well. She took it to the pool this afternoon to give it a test.
I got the newsletter completed this morning and took it to UPS to be printed, then picked it up this afternoon. You can download the newsletter in PDF format by clicking on the cover image at the right.
Elaine visited Dr Kaufman this afternoon as a follow up on recent testing. She has been having rapid heart beats on occasion, and wildly varying blood pressure. When a rapid beat episode comes on she has to sit and relax until it passes. The doctor reported that her heart is strong and there are no blockages, which is good news. He will start her on a beta blocker to see if that will eliminate or reduce the problem. It may take some time to get the correct dosage and she may even have to make future medication changes. She goes back in a month. Continue reading Elaine heart doctor. Newsletter done.