Headlights not good. Golf cart rain cover.

We got a few complaints about the headlights on our golf cart being aimed too high. They were blinding oncoming drivers. Some time ago I added some plastic bumpers at the bottom of the lights, trying to tip them down. While it may have helped a little, it was not enough. So I tried adding another layer of bumpers, but still no good. My next trial was to add some screws at the bottom of the light fixture so I could maybe tip them further. That did not work. Continue reading Headlights not good. Golf cart rain cover.

Strange DNA results. Wildfires and smoke.

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My DNA profile has a surprising Ireland component!

I recently sent a DNA sample off to AncestryDNA for testing and received the results shown at left. Rod Violette, a fourth cousin and the Genealogist for the Violette Family Association, and I compared results and there are (as expected) many similarities. There are two anomalies, however, that neither of us can explain at this time. That’s the Ireland component; we both have similar percentage for that ethnicity! Rod’s family is strongly Acadian and our common ancestors came from the south of France, hence the Iberian Peninsula component. I also don’t understand the Scandinavia and Italy/Greece components. My father’s parents have similar backgrounds and my mother’s parents also have a similar background. And neither of them come from those areas. Continue reading Strange DNA results. Wildfires and smoke.

First Watch breakfast. Monsoon closer.

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My Barbacoa Benedict: delicious on ciabatta bread. Elaine donated the strawberries to me.

Sharlene Froberg asked us last night if we ever eat breakfast at First Watch, a breakfast and lunch place relatively near us. I told her we had gone there several times many years ago but had not returned in recent years, though I could not remember why. Elaine also could not remember why we stopped, so we decided to try it again this morning. Based on today’s experience, we will return to First Watch again! Elaine had Steel-Cut Oatmeal (made-to-order topped with house-marinated berries, fresh sliced banana and pecans. Served with low-fat milk, brown sugar and a fresh baked muffin of the day) and I had Barbacoa Benedict (two poached cage-free eggs atop toasted ciabatta with seasoned braised beef Barbacoa, hollandaise, sliced avocado and fresh cilantro. Served with pico de gallo and lemon dressed organic mixed greens). Continue reading First Watch breakfast. Monsoon closer.

Pete birthday at Pappadeaux. Hot 118 day.

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Bill, Sharlene, Pete, Dave, and Elaine at Pappadeaux

Today was Pete Petersen’s birthday, so Bill Russell, Sharlene Froberg, Elaine, and I took him out to dinner at one of his (and our) favorite places – Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen. It being somewhat spendy, we don’t go there often but it sure is a great place to go for special occasions. Since it is Friday I made sure to call ahead this afternoon to make reservations – Pappadeaux is VERY busy on Friday and Saturday nights. We only had about a ten minute wait for a table to be ready, and we got there about five minutes ahead of the reservation time.

Pappadeaux has so many great dishes it is always hard to select what I want at any time. I ordered Fried Alligator and Crab and Spinach dip for appetizers; both were delicious. Pete and I both love the alligator.

Bill had lobster, Sharlene had Jumbo Shrimp Brochette, Elaine had Pasta Mardi Gras (her favorite), Pete had a chicken tenderloin dish, and I had Alaskan Halibut Piccata. Elaine and I both brought home three-fourths of our meals and we’ll have some great leftovers. Sharlene and Bill each took some of their meal home as well. We had a large order of Onion Rings; Elaine found them too spicy for her but Pete likes them so he got to take the leftovers home.

Desserts? Of course! Pappadeaux is well known for the high quality of their desserts. I ordered the Turtle Fudge Brownie with Pecans to take home, as did Sharlene (though she started hers at the table and I snitched some bites). Bill ordered the Praline Bread Pudding Souffle with Vanilla Ice Cream and Bourbon Sauce as did Elaine (all of Elaine’s went home as did much of Bill’s). Pete ordered the Banana Pudding, which comes in a jar which you can take home.

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Our high for the day was 117

It heated up a lot today – the high reached 118° this afternoon while we were at the pool. It has been so hot lately that the pool temp was 92°, even though they run the aerators all night. The high is usually reached around 3-4 in the afternoon, but it was still hot after 5:00, as you can see in the photo at right. The 118° was a record for the date.

Monsoon in the desert?

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Monsoon storm clouds building up over the desert. Source: http://arizonaexperience.org/land/arizonas-monsoon-season

I made a reference yesterday that “we are headed into the season of monsoon storms”, and one of my readers made a comment that he did not associated “monsoon” with “desert”. But he did his homework and added a link to an excellent article that explains the phenomenon. Several years ago a granddaughter from Wyoming mentioned a monsoon reference from my blog to a high school teacher, who then took her to task saying “there are no monsoons in the US”, or similar. Once I provided her with the explanation, she passed it along to the teacher, who then apologized. I think the link provided in the comment to yesterday’s story explains the monsoon concept as well as I could, so I will quote from it here. Continue reading Monsoon in the desert?

Naked golf cart. Hot. Dry.

Independence Day is over, so today we stripped all the decorations off the golf cart. They came off faster than they went on, though we were careful in removing them so they can be used again another year. Elaine carefully packed almost all of them in a single large tub and I snapped a cover on it. The large flag wreath that was on the back of the golf cart is too large to fit in the tub, so it stayed separate; I will pack it in a large plastic bag to keep it clean. We set the tub in the shed in a temporary place; I will make a spot for it on the shelves when I reorganize some of the stuff already on the shelves. Continue reading Naked golf cart. Hot. Dry.

Happy Independence Day!

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Golf carts on parade

I hope that everyone who reads this had a happy day and enjoyed celebrating the 241st anniversary of our nation’s independence! I hope that your personal celebration was enjoyable. Elaine and I took part in some of the FRIENDS & FAMILY FUN FOURTH AND POTLUCK event that started at 10:00 this morning with a golf cart parade, followed by a Poker Run at 11:00, and then a hot dog cookout and potluck lunch at noon. Most people were dressed special for the day, and the eight or so golf carts and scooters that took part in the parade were all festively decorated in red, white, and blue. Continue reading Happy Independence Day!

Decorating golf cart. Dropbox vs. OneDrive.

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Front view of our golf cart decorated for Independence Day

Elaine did a wash job on the golf cart today – wow, it sure looks great again! (She also washed half the driveway as well.) That was in preparation for decorating it for the golf cart parade tomorrow morning. After swimming this afternoon we did the decorations and now it is ready to go. I think she did a great job in picking out decorations to use. It sure is colorful! Continue reading Decorating golf cart. Dropbox vs. OneDrive.

Brunch with Sharlene. My workbench is clear.

 

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My Breakfast Pizza was great

Pomelo at the Orchard – we had never heard of it, but now appreciate Sharlene Froberg’s choice for brunch today. It had been some time since we joined her and we looked forward to it. We would go back there. I had the Breakfast Pizza, and expected something the size of a personal pan pizza. Instead, I got one about 12 inches! It had garlic cream, hollandaise, fresh mozzarella, Schreiner’s sausage, peppers, onions, breakfast potatoes. And plop in the center were two eggs, sunny side up! It was very, very tasty though far more than I could eat. Three-fourths came home, and I shared some of that with Pete Petersen. Continue reading Brunch with Sharlene. My workbench is clear.

U. S. Egg. 112 today. Workshop parts boxes.

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Wall art at the U. S. Egg restaurant on W Bell Rd is a US flag made from colored egg cartons. Appropriate to eat here on this holiday weekend

We had breakfast this morning at the U.S. Egg restaurant at 2957 W Bell Rd here in Phoenix. I took us there mainly because I wanted their Protein Pancakes (Filled with Wild Maine Blueberries, homemade granola, cinnamon, and silvered almonds), but when I got there I realized it was appropriate for this Independence Day weekend because of their wall art. That flag, made from colored egg cartons, has always made me smile! There are several U.S. Egg restaurants around the Valley, but we have only eaten at this one and the one at 402 E. Greenway Parkway in Phoenix. Continue reading U. S. Egg. 112 today. Workshop parts boxes.