Garden flags flying again. Wound healing nicely. Crafts going on.

garden flags
My garden flags now have a more secure way to be displayed. One at the awning, the other at the other side of the house.

I have wanted to have my garden flags flying again but needed to make a better way to hang them. They came with a plastic and metal stand that could be stuck in the ground and with an arm from which to hang the flags. The problem was that the flags kept being blown off the arm. I attached a piece of conduit to an awning post and used it to hang one flag, but with the high wind last week the plastic ties that held the conduit to the post were broken. So I ordered a pair of flag pole holders and today I fastened one to the awning post and the other to the corner trim of the house at the other end.  Continue reading Garden flags flying again. Wound healing nicely. Crafts going on.

Fast Eddie’s. More newsletter. Bottle rack. Potluck.

Fast Eddie's decor
Some of the decor at Fast Eddie’s Restaurant

We went to Fast Eddie’s at N 33rd Ave and W Bell for breakfast this morning. We have been there often and enjoy the food and the atmosphere. Fast Eddie’s has an antique auto theme, with photos of old autos and their owners adorning the walls and other items in the auto theme as well. The sign shown in the photo is typical of the tongue-in-cheek attitude shown in some of the decorations. Continue reading Fast Eddie’s. More newsletter. Bottle rack. Potluck.

Via Delosantos supper. Hernia diagnosis. Wound still infected. Elaine’s Copics tub.

group at Via Delosantos
Dinner at Via Delosantos: Dave, Elaine, Bill Russell, Joyce Garcia, Sharlene Froberg, Wayne Moderson, Pete Petersen

A few weeks ago Wayne Moderson mentioned a Mexican restaurant on Central between Dunlap and Hatcher called Via Delosantos. He thought it was one of the better ones he had been to. We have seen the place many times before driving by, but the outside appearance did not attract us so we ignored it. We owed Pete Petersen a dinner out in payment for taking care of our dogs while we were gone and asked him where he wanted to go. He had never been to Via Delosantos either and said that was the place. So while in the pool this afternoon we set that up and also invited Bill Russell and Wayne Moderson. We stopped at the Park office to ask Sharlene Froberg something and invited her as well. She had been invited to dine at her sister Joyce Garcia’s house but called and said they would join us as well. Continue reading Via Delosantos supper. Hernia diagnosis. Wound still infected. Elaine’s Copics tub.

Look back: North Little Rock AR. Elaine working crafts. Newsletter almost done. HVAC system checked.

The Old Mill
The Old Mill in North Little Rock AR. This mill building and all the associated structures were made of concrete though they look like wood, iron, or stone.

[Note: Another photo from the past showing places we have been.] On December 1, 2011 Elaine and I made one of our visits to North Little Rock AR to visit Cousin Tony Violette and his wife, Kay. We’ve been there more than once because this is an attractive and easy area to visit. A highlight of any visit to the area is The Old Mill in T. R. Pugh Memorial Park. This is an authentic reproduction of an old water-powered grist mill was built in 1933 and designed to look old so it would appear as if it was built the 1800s. The park is decorated with sculptures of toadstools, tree stumps, and a tree branch-entwined bridge that connects the mill to the rest of the park. Senor Dionico Rodriguez, a sculptor and artist of Mexico City, was responsible for all the details of each piece of concrete work. Though things are made to look like wood, iron, or stone, they are all made of artistic concrete. The Old Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Continue reading Look back: North Little Rock AR. Elaine working crafts. Newsletter almost done. HVAC system checked.

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.

The Paper Collage. RV consignment.

Elaine went to The Paper Collage in Sun City West for a card class today, only to find out those classes have been canceled for the time being. Apparently she did not get the email that Pamela sent out. But that was OK; Pam invited her to come on in and work on some cards anyway! She’s good that way. This is the shop Elaine and Jan Ostlund go to often because they like the shop and the quality of their material and instruction. Continue reading The Paper Collage. RV consignment.

Box for Copic pens. More office organizers. Hotter.

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This is one of the smaller boxes in which Elaine stores Copic pens

Elaine has been keeping her Copic pens in some plastic boxes that will hold about 144 pens. She has two and they are mostly full so she needs more storage. She recently found and ordered a larger box, about 11×15 inches in size, that will hold ALL her Copic pens plus more that she hasn’t bought yet. This new box will hold 406 pens. She thinks it will be easier to carry the single box and have all her colors available when she goes to a class. And she has A LOT of Copic pens – more than 250 of them, in fact! Continue reading Box for Copic pens. More office organizers. Hotter.

Cardmaker.

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Elaine’s new organizer in place on her desk

Elaine has been busy off and on over the last couple of weeks reorganizing her craft workspace. She cleared out some space in her craft storage closet and she has rearranged her desk. She recently bought a desk organizer unit and assembled it today and set it up on her desk. I think this will allow her to keep tools and other items close to hand. Remember, she also has six desk drawers in which to keep tools, etc! The craft paper you see filed on top of the organizer was previously stored on edge in the space where the organizer sits. Continue reading Cardmaker.

Tired slowdown; slow day.

Elaine and cards
The artist Elaine hard at work on her cards.

I started the day tired, but it improved as the day went on. I think I was reacting to the turmoil and pressure over the last few days associated with choosing a new Class C motorhome and not having the one we want available locally. I spent much of the morning reading and relaxing and it helped. Elaine read for a while as well, but then repaired to her craft room and was busy for hours, working on her cards. She has been doing a lot of work on cards lately, and the results are great. She’s building up quite a stock of finished cards. Continue reading Tired slowdown; slow day.

Gyro at Lucky’s. Craft stuff from Shauna. Yet another load. Elaine to WinCo.

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Chowing down at Lucky’s Burgers and Shakes

In a change from usual, we headed to Lucky’s Burgers & Shakes for our supper tonight. Pete Petersen mentioned Lucky’s while we were at the pool and it sounded like a good idea to us, especially since Elaine had not decided what to make for supper yet. Plus, she had not been to Lucky’s yet. Pete and I had a gyro and Elaine had a burger and fries. Those gyros are delicious and generous; I brought half back for another meal. Elaine did the same with her burger. The fries are so outstanding I bought another order to take home; we’ll heat them up in the toaster oven tomorrow. Continue reading Gyro at Lucky’s. Craft stuff from Shauna. Yet another load. Elaine to WinCo.