Heating up. Newsletter coming along.

temp forecast
Average temp this time of year is around 102-103. We’ll be warmer this week.

After a short period at or around normal temperatures we are experiencing a heating up period this week. Ask Kerby; he wants to go out around 4:00-4:30 in the afternoon but if the temp is over 103° or so after peeing he also wants to come back in and then go for a walk later in the evening. Gizmo doesn’t care – he’ll go either way. So with a high of 108 today we did the short walk routine this afternoon. But except for a small chance of rain tomorrow we’ll stay dry. Continue reading Heating up. Newsletter coming along.

Not so alarming. Work on newsletter.

“Follow up with a cardiologist within 72 hours”. That was the message printed on my Preliminary Test Report at the health screening last Wednesday and it was orally communicated to me and separately to Elaine. “Abnormal EKG” was another notation. And notations on the EKG printout said things like “consider anteroseptal myocardial damage”. Obviously I contacted our family doctor, Warren Johnson, that same day and got a referral to Dr Gary Kauffman, for an appointment this morning. Dr Kauffman is Elaine’s cardiologist as well. Continue reading Not so alarming. Work on newsletter.

Look back: Newfoundland. Motorhome cleaning. Interview. Delicious supper.

Humber Arm
Humber Arm on the west coast of Newfoundland. This is where the Humber River joins the Bay of Islands.

[Note: Occasionally I will introduce photos from the past showing places we have been.] On August 22, 2011 Elaine and I (and Kerby) were traveling on the island of Newfoundland in Canada in our motorhome and visited the area of Humber Arm, where I took this photo. The Humber River is a major fresh water stream on Newfoundland’s west coast and this arm or bay contains mainly fresh water from the inflows of the Humber. We stopped and walked the stony beach you see in the photo and enjoyed looking at the many boats anchored there. The Bay of Islands and the Atlantic Ocean lie beyond the point in this photo. Continue reading Look back: Newfoundland. Motorhome cleaning. Interview. Delicious supper.

I finished the addition to Elaine’s Copic bin. Social Club meeting. Breakfast at Moon Valley Cafe. Class at The Paper Collage.

Copic bin
This is the bin for Elaine’s Copic pens to store upright

I finally got around to finishing the project on Elaine’s Copic storage bin. She had bought this to store all her Copic pens but found that they slipped right through if she lifted the grillage that holds the pens upright. My solution was to add a sheet of plastic to the bottom of the grillage so the pens would not drop through and a week or so ago I made my first attempt at doing this. Unfortunately my first attempt did not work because I did not cut the plastic square, despite using a combination square to lay out the cut lines. The second time I did it correctly and now she has the bin fixed. Continue reading I finished the addition to Elaine’s Copic bin. Social Club meeting. Breakfast at Moon Valley Cafe. Class at The Paper Collage.

Iron Works – all you can eat fish fry. Making final arrangements. Funny Gizmo.

fish fry
Here’s the group from Royal Palm at the Iron Works restaurant

Wayne Moderson suggested to Bill Russell and others a trip to IronWorks restaurant at Bellair Golf Course near 45th Ave and W Bell Road. Wayne has been there many times and suggested the Friday night All You Can Eat Fish Fry. Others latched onto the idea when it was raised at the pool earlier this week and twelve of us headed there tonight. It was well worth going for! The fish was excellent – it was Alaskan Pollock. I had the fish and Elaine had their Chicken Fried Chicken, which was a huge meal with mashed potatoes and vegetables. Continue reading Iron Works – all you can eat fish fry. Making final arrangements. Funny Gizmo.

Lattice buckling. Board meeting. Consignment selling.

panel edge
This shows both the wire I used to tighten the panel to the post as well as one of the places where the panel has broken loose

The south side of our patio has a plastic lattice wall made using panels attached to the aluminum awning support frame. This provides some privacy and shade while still allowing free air flow. But we have noticed that the lattice panels are buckling with the heat and the edge of one panel has totally broken loose from its fastener screws. Aside from looking bad I was concerned that the unfastened panel could easily break in the wind. So today I used some stainless steel wire to fasten that loose edge to the post. Continue reading Lattice buckling. Board meeting. Consignment selling.

Elaine’s nails. Web site working again. Health screening.

nails
Elaine’s latest nails look good

Elaine went to the Walmart store at 19th Ave and W Bell Rd this morning to get her nails done. Purple as usual. They look great! She has a nail tech there that she always goes back to; she likes his work.

I was able to reach Arvixe tech support this morning and they were able to quickly get the Royal Palm Social Club web site (RoyalPalmSocialClub.com) working again. They had to make a change in the server’s IP address for some reason. I tried three times to reach tech support today but on the first two it took so long I got busy on something else and missed the connection when they finally came on. On the third time I stuck with it and was able to make the connection and get the problem fixed. Continue reading Elaine’s nails. Web site working again. Health screening.

A chair and float boards did the trick. Newsletter ad sales.

Remember I said yesterday I can’t get the dressing wet on the surgery site on my back? I still wanted to go to the pool to at least enjoy the sun and water and company. When I first got there I tried sitting on the pool steps and was able to sit high enough to keep the wound above water. But I soon found that this exposed my skin above water to the hot sun and I worried about sunburn. Never had that problem when totally immersed! But Elaine came to my rescue with a solution. Continue reading A chair and float boards did the trick. Newsletter ad sales.

A skin problem fixed for me. Elaine’s hearing test.

When I was last at Arizona Dermatology I asked for a cyst on my back to be removed, and today was the day. This has been bothering me for years, at times quite irritatingly. Now, due to the quarter-size incision I will not be able to swim for two weeks. Oh, I can get in the pool as long as I don’t get the incision in the chlorine water, so I suppose I can get some exercise by walking around in the pool. Continue reading A skin problem fixed for me. Elaine’s hearing test.

3D printing. More on lobsters.

the printer
This is Pete’s 3D printer with the finished policeman object on the platen. The black filament spool is on the left.

Our friend Pete Petersen recently bought a 3D printer and this last week he has been bringing samples of the output to the pool to show the gang. He has made several little policeman dolls, a whistle, and other items. His printer is a MP Select Mini 3D Printer and it can handle objects up to about four inches. Many people are confused by the term “3D printer”, since it does not actually do any printing as we normally think of printing. Instead, it forms three-dimensional objects using, in most cases, colored plastic filament. Continue reading 3D printing. More on lobsters.