Bug in the pool. Warmer day. Newsletter.

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Elaine placing the large plastic roach-like bug on the pool steps

Among the decorations Elaine bought for Halloween were three large plastic roach-like bugs. Then in her perverse humor she decided to play a trick on Bill Russell at the pool today, so she took one of the bugs and placed it on the pool steps near where the handrail leads down. Her intent was to get a rise from Bill Russell when he came to the pool, but she also got a response from some others. Bill started down the steps but immediately saw the bug and exclaimed “What’s that?!?” Pete Petersen, who was in on the gag by that time, walked over in the pool to take a closer look then reached down and said it was moving as he put his hand close. Continue reading Bug in the pool. Warmer day. Newsletter.

Fast Eddie’s Breakfast. Social Club meeting.

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The decor at Fast Eddie’s is always fun to view

Saturday morning breakfast out was at Fast Eddie’s Diner at 33rd Ave and W Bell this morning. We go there on occasion and always enjoy the atmosphere and the food. It is a fun place with lots of character; the photo shows examples of signs and photos seen on their walls – always humorous. Elaine discovered a part of the menu we had not seen before – half size meals! That suited us just fine, and she ordered the half size French toast with bacon and egg and I ordered the half waffle with bacon and scrambled eggs plus a couple of sausage links to have some to take home to the boys. Both meals came with cheesy hash browns, but we didn’t have much of those. Continue reading Fast Eddie’s Breakfast. Social Club meeting.

Getting flu shots. A shed extension. October birthday bash.

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Elaine getting her flu shot, with Annie Wallace helping her

Walgreen’s sponsored a flu shot clinic here at Royal Palm today. They provided flu shots to residents at no co-pay cost; all we had to do was show up and bring our ID and insurance card. We just needed a minimum of 25 to keep it free. Elaine does not like needles, however. She shielded her eyes while I got my shot and then Annie Wallace had fun with her by offering to hold her while she got hers. It was a fun scene, as you can see in the photo, and all those in the room got quite a charge from it! The lady administering the shots did not quite know what to make of it. Continue reading Getting flu shots. A shed extension. October birthday bash.

Rain this morning. Social Club Board meeting. Women On The Go. Bingo.

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I call that a one-inch Arizona rainfall – the drops are one inch apart

We were pleased to hear some raindrops on our awning roof this morning. It was about 7:30 or so and I had the front door open to get the morning air, so we could hear the rain quite clearly. As I mentioned a couple of days ago it’s been over 55 days now since the last measurable rainfall, so this was a big event! Don’t know when we’ll get rain again, though. Continue reading Rain this morning. Social Club Board meeting. Women On The Go. Bingo.

Fixing leaks. Improving web site. Sunset.

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Marv coming off the roof in his Tyvec suit.

Marv worked on our patio awning roof today, sealing old holes from previous installations so we don’t get leaks on the deck and patio. Apparently the awning panels at our house were used at a previous location with the support beams in a different location. This left two series of holes, though someone did try to seal them off at one time. For the most part, that sealing worked but we were stillĀ  left with some holes leaking on our deck furniture and on the patio floor. Today Marv sprayed an elastomeric coating on the top of the awning roof wherever those holes showed; this should solve the problem. Continue reading Fixing leaks. Improving web site. Sunset.

Signmakers. Ed Nagle update. Newsletter.

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Chris Nugent making a Women’s Club sign and Elaine making a Flu Shot Clinic sign

It was crafts day at the Clubhouse, but only Elaine and Chris Nugent were there. Both were working on sign projects, and the large tables in the Clubhouse make it easier to do such work. Chris, President of the Women’s Club, was making signs that go out each month to remind women of the upcoming meeting. Elaine was making signs to advertise the Flu Shot Clinic coming up this Friday. These signs get set out on sandwich boards placed for good visibility within the Park. Continue reading Signmakers. Ed Nagle update. Newsletter.

Shelf fixed. Proof reading. Newsletter.

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I fixed the attachment for the lower floating shelf so it no longer tips to the front.

First thing this morning I went to Ace Hardware and bought some 3/16″ toggle bolts so I could fix the floating shelf I could not do yesterday. I left the fasteners in place at each end that Marv had used and added the toggle in the top hole of the middle pair of mounting holes. Once tightened in place, the floating shelf is now more stable and does not tip to the front. As you can imagine from the photo, that tall Galileo Thermometer at the right end would quickly indicate any tipping out of level. Continue reading Shelf fixed. Proof reading. Newsletter.

Home tasks.

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I moved the light to the rear corner to leave more room for my tablet and to avoid knocking my drinks off the table.

Mostly I did some house tasks today, catching up on a few things that have needed to be done for a while. I have been annoyed because I keep knocking my drink off the table beside my recliner – usually when I set my tablet down on the table. The post for the light was in the center at one end and to avoid it when setting my tablet down I often hit my drink at the other end. So today I drilled another hole in the table top and now have the lamp mounted at the back corner instead of the middle, giving me more room for the tablet. In the photo you can see where the old hole is and how it would interfere with the tablet. I need to get or make a plug to fill the old hole. Continue reading Home tasks.

Busy day. Neighbor update.

Interior at Kiss The Cook
The interior at Kiss The Cook is kitschy-cute

“Every meal served with a kiss!” That’s the motto at Kiss The Cook (KTC), a favorite restaurant on W Glendale Ave in Glendale and where we went for breakfast this morning. The kiss, of course, is a Hershey’s Kiss placed on your bill at the end of the meal. The decor at KTC is eclectic, with mostly kitschy antiques and household items. We ate inside, but they also have outside seating. On Saturdays you should plan to get there by 7:45 AM at the latest, for it gets quite busy after 8:00! Continue reading Busy day. Neighbor update.

Rescuing dying plants. More shopping.

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Elaine put some new plants in the gap left when some of the previous died.

Last weekend Elaine bought some plants to put in the planters in front to replace some that had died. I had planned to have Andy do the planting but he would not be able to do it until the end of next week so tonight Elaine dug in (so to speak) and did the planting herself. As it was, one small flat of plants did not survive the wait. But now our planter boxes look more full again, with the holes filled. Great job, Elaine! Continue reading Rescuing dying plants. More shopping.