Kerby and Gizmo maintenance. Patio cleaning. Great leftovers. Newsletter.

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Our patio, tables, and chairs are now clean from the summer accumulation of dust and dirt.

We finished up the patio cleaning task this afternoon. Elaine cleaned tables and stair railings while I hosed down the patio floor and the patio chairs.  I had swept the floor earlier to remove the majority of the dust and debris, mostly leaves, to make it easier to clean. It all looks clean and sparkly now, especially when the floor was still wet. While I had the hose in hand I also washed down the skirting around the house in the patio area as well as the awning posts. The posts tend to collect dust and dirt over time. Continue reading Kerby and Gizmo maintenance. Patio cleaning. Great leftovers. Newsletter.

Burrito breakfast. Work on newsletter.

Sunday morning at our house means one of Elaine’s special Breakfast Burritos. A truly outstanding treat. I can eat about half so I save the other half for lunch. Jimmy Dean Regular Sausage mixed Jimmy Dean Hot Sausage, cooked with red and green peppers and onions, and served on a flour tortilla with scrambled eggs and shredded cheese and salsa. Yum! Continue reading Burrito breakfast. Work on newsletter.

Cleanup day. Great burritos. Great supper.

My major efforts today were in doing some cleaning and rearranging outside on the patio and back yard. Over time the winds had blown a bunch of palm husks and leaves onto our patio along with a coating of dust and dirt. It was time to sweep and clean, and that I did. Another time soon I will wash the patio as well and clean out the joints in the concrete slabs. But by the time I got my projects done today I was ready for a break and besides the heat was building up. Continue reading Cleanup day. Great burritos. Great supper.

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

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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.

Still no flasher. Consignment maybe. Halibut delicious.

As you may recall, once we switched to LED lights on the golf cart the signal lights no longer worked properly. They come on but do not flash; they stay solid. Steve Fritts told me to get “low pass flashers” – the kind that will work with LEDs instead of incandescent. Incandescent bulbs have a resistance that LEDs do not. I went to O’Reilly’s a few days ago and was given a flasher unit that, while it said on the package “for incandescent bulbs only”, the sales guy assured me from his computer screen they would work with LEDs. Believe the package, fellow! Continue reading Still no flasher. Consignment maybe. Halibut delicious.

Skin check – OK. Golf cart lights. Weather moderating. Delicious pot roast.

I had my semi-annual skin cancer check at Arizona Dermatology today, and there were only 3-4 growths that needed freezing and none that needed surgery or further treatment. Having had several squamous cell and basel cell carcinomas that had to be surgically removed over the last few years, I have these semi-annual checks on a regular basis. Tirsa Quartullo, DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice), has been my practioner the last year or so. She commented on my tan and I told her I spend an hour or so a day in the pool but wear a hat while there. She said I probably have good genes to take that much sun without more skin problems. Being in the water during that time I cannot wear skin protection, of course. Continue reading Skin check – OK. Golf cart lights. Weather moderating. Delicious pot roast.

Back yard awning. Card class. Potluck.

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This is the first step: the awning structure is in place

Marv Fitchett worked today installing our back yard awning. This awning is about 4 ft wide by 20 ft long and covers the back porch and back to the rear of the house. The idea is to keep rain off the porch and to some extent off the dogs’ outside area. It will also provide some shade except in late afternoons in the summer. We have fenced the area off so far using the portable foldable dog fence we used during our RVing years, but Marv will be installing a 4 ft high lattice fence in the new system. Continue reading Back yard awning. Card class. Potluck.

Dogs got bathed. Board meeting. Getting ready to test margaritas.

Off they went to Pet Club first thing this morning – it was time for Kerby and Gizmo to have their three-week maintenance session with Danielle and Amber at Pet Club at 19th Ave and Northern. They go for grooming, then three weeks later go for maintenance bathing and minor trim. Elaine said that Gizmo was more than ready for a bath; he was getting a little odorous when up close, such as sleeping beside her at night! Perhaps this is because we have left his hair longer the last couple of months; we can’t help it because he looks so cute with longer hair. But next time it will be cut shorter. Continue reading Dogs got bathed. Board meeting. Getting ready to test margaritas.

Cheeses. Taxes. SitePower.

Toscana with Black Pepper, Cheddar, Gruyere, Cheddar and Gruyere, Havarti, Dill Havarti, Jalapeño Havarti, Irish Cheddar, Muenster, Swiss, Pepperjack, Habanero Pepperjack, Jarlsberg, Gouda, Smoked Gouda – these are just some of the cheeses I have been eating lately. I like cheese, but Elaine doesn’t care for cheese as much. I usually have two slices in my sandwich at lunch and I often have a chunk with supper. As I reported a few days back Gizmo likes cheese as well, as does Kerby. So I share some small bites of my supper cheese with them. Continue reading Cheeses. Taxes. SitePower.

Fritatta supper. Web site redesign. Changed to normal. Racks on the wall.

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My chicken fritatta

I had bought some ricotta cheese a week or so ago and decided it was time to use it. So I prepared a chicken frittata for supper tonight; the ricotta got mixed in with the eggs while being beaten, to give the egg mixture a bit fluffier texture. I also chopped up some green onion and red, green, yellow, and orange peppers and sauteed them with the shredded chicken. Continue reading Fritatta supper. Web site redesign. Changed to normal. Racks on the wall.