Tablet stand. Breakfast at IHOP. Elaine to card class. Dinner at Papa Joe’s.

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Elaine using her new tablet stand. It holds her tablet (or phone) so she does not have to hold it in her hands.

Elaine uses her tablet or her smartphone much of the time while sitting in her recliner. In the past she just held the device in her hands, but she complained that after some time her hands would hurt. Granddaughter Taylor told her about an expandable button that can be attached to the back of the phone or tablet around which you place a couple of fingers and this avoids having to grip the tablet or phone. I got her one of those and it worked fine, but her fingers still got tired. Then she spotted a different device intended for the same purpose and I ordered that. She has used it now for a couple of days and seems to like it. Continue reading Tablet stand. Breakfast at IHOP. Elaine to card class. Dinner at Papa Joe’s.

Shopping and then some. Let’s go a year. Fever gone.

Pete Petersen needed to do some shopping this morning as did Elaine, so she picked him up and headed out; he can’t haul much on his scooter. At first she only thought they were going to Albertson’s, but it got to be more than that! He had a list of stuff to buy for Lois, so they headed off to other stores and by the time they were done they had been to Albertson’s, Walmart Neighborhood Market, Fry’s (for fuel), the 99¢ Store, and St Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop. And not having done enough this morning, she went to Hobby Lobby this afternoon! Continue reading Shopping and then some. Let’s go a year. Fever gone.

Bingo’s back. Blood tests. Recovering.

After taking the summer off, the Bingo crew has it back in operation here at Royal Palm starting tonight. There were several that were traveling this summer so they would have had a problem assembling the needed team; those who work Bingo games have to be licensed by the state, so not just anyone can work the games. Elaine knew all day that there was something she was supposed to do but it wasn’t until just before dinner that she remembered Bingo. She dug out her daubers and set them out to be ready for tonight. Continue reading Bingo’s back. Blood tests. Recovering.

Hernia repair surgery.

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My wrist band from Honor Health John C Lincoln hospital

Today was the day for my inguinal hernia repair surgery at Honor Health John C. Lincoln hospital (JCL). Elaine took me to the hospital around 6:30 AM to get prepared for the surgery, scheduled for 8:45 AM, and she brought me home again around 12:30 with the surgery done and recovery completed. Dr Rodriguez reported that the surgery went well and got the job done. I suspected a hernia a few months ago, and the pain has increased over that time. Most of the time the pain levels had been in the 1-2 range but there have been several episodes in the 5-6 range. I am glad to have it done. Continue reading Hernia repair surgery.

Antifurl flag pole. Fry’s, Costco, shopping.

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My new Grace Alley tangle-free flagpole will keep my flag from wrapping around the pole, I hope.

While I have enjoyed having the US flag on the front of our house, I was not happy that the flag would get wrapped around the pole when blown in the wind. This was because it was fastened tight at the top with no way to move around the pole as the wind blew. That pole was a simple wooden one, so I bought a different one from Grace Alley on Amazon that is designed to prevent that. This one is made with a two-piece pole and the upper half is free to rotate around its central shaft and this is intended to keep the flag flying free. We’ll see if it works. The flag I had bought does not have grommets for fastening it to the flagpole so I will have to modify it by adding grommets. In the meantime I just cut small slots for the fasteners to attach. Continue reading Antifurl flag pole. Fry’s, Costco, shopping.

Morning cool. Swimming again. Travel plans.

I couldn’t believe the temperature I saw on the thermometer this morning, it was 57°! We’ve had nights down in the 60s lately, but this is several degrees lower. Not that we won’t be seeing temps like that soon – but after several months with overnight lows in the 80s it is a surprise. Our heat even came on once this morning! I have the thermostat set for heating to 75° and cooling to 78° in the fall and spring, so it had dropped below 75. Our days are very nice this time of year; normal is around 98° and they will being dropping further still. Continue reading Morning cool. Swimming again. Travel plans.

Look back: San Antonio Riverwalk. Quiet day.

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The Riverwalk provides a peaceful setting in the heart of the city

[Note: Another photo from the past showing places we have been.] In December 2011 we visited San Antonio TX for the second time; our first visit was in December 2006. Our 2001 visit was planned to be there during the Christmas season, as we were impressed with the Riverwalk at that time on our first visit. For a wondrous tour through the heart of a city San Antonio’s Riverwalk is one of the best. You walk along the banks or float on the river 20-30 below street level and in a magical kingdom just barely aware of the world above. This watery kingdom has restaurants and shops, and connections to hotels that line the streets above. Bridges arch over the water to allow you to easily go from one side to the other, and bridges carry the streets over the water as well. Though colorful during the day, at night and especially at Christmas trees lining the river add their own magic of colored lights that make them seem almost imaginary. The photo here is one of my favorites and we use it as one of our wallpaper images on our computers; you can read my story from that visit at http://violette.com/2011/12/21/san-antonio-riverwalk/.
Continue reading Look back: San Antonio Riverwalk. Quiet day.

Lantana blooming more. Breakfast in and out. Sorting photos.

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Our Lantana shrubs are putting out more blossoms now that temperatures are cooling.

I have noticed over the last few days that our Lantana shrubs are putting out more blossoms, and suspect that it is due to cooling weather. Our temps have been as much as 12° below normal the last week or so, down into the 80s and low 90s. I think our Moss Rose plants are putting out more blossoms as well. When I mentioned it to Elaine this afternoon she mentioned that it may be time to plant some pansies, petunias, and other annuals. Here in Phoenix we plant those flowers in October and they thrive through the winter, unlike in northern climes where they are planted in late May. It is too hot for them in May-October. Continue reading Lantana blooming more. Breakfast in and out. Sorting photos.

Birthday and end-of-summer celebration. Newsletter distributed.

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Dale Stroh and Dave working the grill at the birthday bash tonight

As we have done for the two months previous, tonight we had a gathering to celebrate those in Royal Palm whose birthdays are in September. But this party was also to celebrate the end of summer, and instead of going out to eat we had the party in the Clubhouse. That meant a lot of work for some people, and especially Elaine and Dale and Betty Stroh. Sharlene Froberg helped with organizing and also did some cooking for the meal. The main course consisted of grilled ground beef patties and grilled bratwursts, but there were several other dishes to go along with those. Continue reading Birthday and end-of-summer celebration. Newsletter distributed.

Copic bin fix. Fall flags now. Newsletter printed.

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Elaine’s bin for storing her Copic pens. I had to fix it today so the cover would snap in place.

I had added a false floor to the bin Elaine bought to store her Copic pens in, so the whole grillage could be lifted out if needed to access the bin bottom. But she told me a couple of days ago that she was having trouble latching the lid. Today I checked it out and realized that all I needed to do was change the nut and remove the washer that were at the bottom end of the four corner bolts holding the grillage and false bottom together. The original nuts were the self-locking type so were thicker. I swapped for regular ¼-inch nuts and left off the washers and now the cover can be latched in place fine using the blue handles at each end, as you can see in the photo. Continue reading Copic bin fix. Fall flags now. Newsletter printed.