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

Lantana plants
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.

Dale and Dave at grill
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.

Grooming day. John quick visit. Cardiologist visit. Expired registration.

Kerby after
Kerby after grooming today
Kerby before
Kerby before grooming today

For some reason Kerby looked much shaggier this time than usual, but he sure cleaned up nicely as did Gizmo! Lately they have been going on Sundays to Danielle, but this time it went an extra day to Monday, but I don’t think an extra day made a shag difference. Kerby, having a light-colored coat, gets dirty looking so quickly it is always nice to see him clean again but it only lasts for a day or so. Continue reading Grooming day. John quick visit. Cardiologist visit. Expired registration.

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.

Cooler weather. Country Boys Restaurant. Social Club meeting. Newsletter.

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A break in the weather as we approach fall.

“I wish it could be like this year-round”, Elaine said this afternoon as we headed to the pool. Temperatures in the 90s after weeks over 100 make this current weather seem mild. I know, for our friends and family in most other parts of the country temperatures in the 90s are anything BUT mild. But it’s all relative! We may still get 100+ temps but in any case it portends coming milder weather. Continue reading Cooler weather. Country Boys Restaurant. Social Club meeting. Newsletter.

Gizmo eye doctor. Texas Roadhouse dinner. Newsletter.

Gizmo at eye doctor
Dr Carla HIbbs and Assistant Miranda with Gizmo at Eye Care for Animals

It was time for Gizmo’s six-month eye checkup today at Eye Care for Animals and he got a good report – he can go nine months to his next one. He has Pigmentosa Keratitis in both eyes (a brown pigment band runs across the center of each eye) and fluid in the cornea of his left eye (the one that got damaged when he was younger) that gives it a white appearance. Dr Carla Hibbs said his condition was stable enough to go a longer period. He will still have to have multiple eye drops and ointments applied morning and evening, for the rest of his life. But those are to keep infections down and maybe keep the conditions from getting worse. Continue reading Gizmo eye doctor. Texas Roadhouse dinner. Newsletter.

A new car key. Dinner at Outback Steakhouse.

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This is the replacement key fob for our Equinox

Recently the Unlock button on my key fob for our Equinox got pushed too hard and the rubber cover got depressed inside and broken out. I was able to slightly rearrange the broken cover to be able to use the unlock function, but I figured it was only a matter of time before it broke out completely and I would not be able to use my key fob to unlock the doors. I have heard that dealers charge from $150-300 to make a new key fob for you so I did some research online and found I could avoid going that route. I bought a pair of blank key fobs on Amazon for less than $29 for the pair. Continue reading A new car key. Dinner at Outback Steakhouse.

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.

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.

Motorhome for sale. Shopping trip. More dental work. Ghost pepper.

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Our Phaeton 40QTH motorhome as shown at the Sun City RV web site

Our 2012 Phaeton 40QTH motorhome is now listed at SunCityRV.com! You can view the listing, read the details, and see all the luscious photos by clicking on the link above. They did a great job of cleaning it up. It is so temptingly described and depicted I would be tempted to buy it! (Were we not SELLING it) Aside from several misspellings they did a good job in the description. I think they should have included a photo showing the slideout basement storage trays and others showing the inside of the basement compartment doors with the enhancements I made, and I will suggest those. Continue reading Motorhome for sale. Shopping trip. More dental work. Ghost pepper.