Strange DNA results. Wildfires and smoke.

DNA profile
My DNA profile has a surprising Ireland component!

I recently sent a DNA sample off to AncestryDNA for testing and received the results shown at left. Rod Violette, a fourth cousin and the Genealogist for the Violette Family Association, and I compared results and there are (as expected) many similarities. There are two anomalies, however, that neither of us can explain at this time. That’s the Ireland component; we both have similar percentage for that ethnicity! Rod’s family is strongly Acadian and our common ancestors came from the south of France, hence the Iberian Peninsula component. I also don’t understand the Scandinavia and Italy/Greece components. My father’s parents have similar backgrounds and my mother’s parents also have a similar background. And neither of them come from those areas. Continue reading Strange DNA results. Wildfires and smoke.

New permanent bridge. John is off. Sorting parts.

Finally, my permanent bridge is in place. The dentist told me to not bite with those teeth for another 24 hours, while the cement is curing. But after that I should be able to eat as normal. The new bridge has none of the roughness and edges the temporary one had. I must have been good, because the last temporary did not break and did not come loose. The tech had to work hard to remove it. Continue reading New permanent bridge. John is off. Sorting parts.

John in town. New gate in Royal Palm. Swimming.

John's truck
John’s truck parked on a lot down the street from us

We were delighted to hear yesterday that son John Ogden was coming to Phoenix, and he arrived at our house this afternoon around 1:30. He parked his truck on the vacant space across D Street and down a little, as usual, with permission from the office. Not sure how long he will be here, but at least until tomorrow.

at Las Gloria's
John, Elaine, and Dave at Las Gloria’s

We headed to Las Glorias Grill for supper tonight, since John wanted some Mexican food. It was delicious, as usual. John and Elaine had the Fajitas Supremas (Grilled steak, tender shrimp, and marinated chicken breast served on a sizzling bed of sautéed vegetables) and I had the Steak Picado (Diced grilled steak with bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, and spicy sauce. Served with rice, beans and flour tortillas.) Elaine and I both brought home full takeout boxes, so we’ll have leftovers for a couple of days. Yum!

New gate
The new gates are a little fancier in design and have a large emblem facing the street. That’s George Immerso “behind bars”.

The new entry gates were installed here at Royal Palm this morning. The old ones had to be replaced because they were badly bent due to someone running into them. This seems to happen 2-3 times a year, but is so senseless. People are in such a hurry and try to beat the gate while it is closing. How stupid!

The replacement includes a new operating system as well, with new gate operators and new controls. While we will be able to open the entry gate remotely as before, instead of using a clicker remote the new system will scan a card mounted on our windshield (or held up for the scanner to view). We’ll also be able to enter a code on the new control panel to open the gate.

We went swimming this afternoon as usual, but were by ourselves for the first twenty minutes. Then a few others came in and by the time we left there were six of us. That was quiet compared with yesterday, when there were eleven of us in the pool before we left!

New temporary bridge. Father’s Day was great. 118 today.

new bridge
I have a new temporary bridge on top in front

Back to Aspen Dental this morning to have the previous temporary bridge removed, things cleaned up, more fine tuning done on the posts, and a new temporary bridge installed. The previous one was installed a month ago and I had to wait while the gums healed from having three teeth removed in preparation for the new bridge. All healed well, and I got the new temporary today. In two weeks I’ll get the permanent one. The previous one broke a week ago, so this last week I have had no teeth in the front on my upper jaw. Check out my photo at right – see, I know how to do selfies! Continue reading New temporary bridge. Father’s Day was great. 118 today.

Posts are in. John is off. Glasses fixed. Newsletter.

I went to Nationwide Vision this morning to get the screw in my glasses fixed. The screw holding the left lens has loosened three times now, letting the lens fall out. They replaced the screw with one that has glue on it, hoping that will stay in better. She also suggested that I use two hands to take my glasses off and put them on.

mixing concrete
Andy mixing concrete in which to set the post bases

The next step in our front yard project is done – we now have seven black posts, two feet high, around our front yard. The next step is to add solar post tops and two rows of white chain hung between the posts. Andy got the job done in about two hours; I had the posts ready to be installed. Andy used a posthole digger to make the seven holes in some tough ground. I had been soaking the surface for a couple of days but it had not penetrated far, so he had to add more water as he dug to help soften the soil. Continue reading Posts are in. John is off. Glasses fixed. Newsletter.

John visit. Elaine cardio testing. Dinner at Bobby-Q. Lost lens.

Elaine and John
John sitting on Mom’s lap. Haven’t seen that for quite a while!

Elaine was delighted to get a call from son John letting us know he would be in Phoenix at least for tonight. He came in around 3:00 and parked in his usual spot on Lot D49 (with manager permission). Time for a shower and get the laundry going and then we headed out to supper. John drives for Pride Transport out of Salt Lake City UT, and every once in a while he gets to bring a load to the Phoenix area. When that happens, he arranges to spend at least a night with us, and we are always glad to see him.

at Bobby-Q
John, Elaine, and Dave at Bobby-Q.

Dinner was at Bobby-Q as John’s Mother’s Day gift to Elaine. It was his first time there, but he said he would happily come back anytime. He liked the food. He had a Three-Meat Dinner (pulled pork, sausage, brisket). Elaine had Southern Fried Chicken, and I had a Rib Eye Steak. All were great!

When I arrived home I discovered that the left lens on my computer-reading glasses was missing – again. That’s the third time! So I started retracing my steps: from the car, down the street where I walked the dogs, in the house, but no lens. Off I went back to Bobby-Q, where I looked in the street and walk where we came out. No lens. I went inside and to the table where we sat, and when I mentioned what had happened Wanda Perry scooted back and saw it on the floor near husband Tom’s feet! Yes, Wanda and Tom (and another couple) were at the same table we three had just left not long before. Whew! Back home, I replace the lens in the frame and tightened the screws once more. For some reason that left one keeps loosening; I am going to the eye doctor tomorrow to see what can be done.

Elaine’s echogram
On the treadmill






Today was cardio testing day for Elaine. It started with a detailed echogram and followed with a treadmill stress test. The stress test tech described the first one as checking the plumbing, the second as checking the electrical system! She did well with both. Then she was set up with a Holter Monitor which will record her heart activity over the next 24 hours.

I did some shopping for concrete mix for the front yard posts and for landscaping fabric for the front yard. I also got some 1×1 to use for fixing the planter joints. Andy came over this afternoon to go over what was going to be done tomorrow, to make sure we had everything ready.


Thanks, Tom and Marlys. Rod genealogy. Card making. Computer back.

light post
The light post Tom and Marlys James made for us. Elaine added the greenery.

I have been so busy reporting about planter and front yard activities that I forgot to show you a front yard attraction made for us recently by Tom and Marlys James. They are friends from our RVing days, and Tom is on the board of the Freightliner Chassis Owners Club. Over the years they have made front yard light posts for their RV friends, and several years ago they gave us one. I put it out at every campground we stopped at, but one time someone stole it from our yard. So Tom and Marlys made another for us and gave it to us when we met with them at the recent FCOC rally in Mesa. We hope it won’t be stolen from our current front yard! We will add a name sign to this, probably at the bottom. Continue reading Thanks, Tom and Marlys. Rod genealogy. Card making. Computer back.

Bye, bye, Shauna.

We took Shauna to the airport early this morning for her return to her Green River WY home. We had a wonderful visit with her! Now that we don’t travel as much we don’t get to see kids often, and she had never been to our new place in Phoenix though she had visited our previous residence on Sweetwater Ave. Her flight went out at 8:40 from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, so we all had to get up before breakfast to get her there in time – we left home at 6:00. But all went smoothly. Continue reading Bye, bye, Shauna.

Shauna here for a visit.

Daughter Shauna Dockter flew in from Provo UT, having driven down from Green River WY, and we picked her up just after noon at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport out in East Mesa. She had a good flight down, and she was hungry. So we stopped at the Applebee’s on Power Rd and had lunch. Then she got to see mid- to late-afternoon traffic in the Phoenix area, made worse because it was a Friday afternoon, and probably worse because it was Good Friday.

We got home in time to change for swimming, and while Elaine and I were in the pool Shauna took advantage of the sun and a lounge to get some sun. At 92° it was a good day for it. The temp back in Green River was probably in the 55° zone!

Back home for a bit and for Elaine to have a chance to show Shauna around our house (that’s a three-minute tour in a place the size of ours). Then shortly after 5:00 we headed to Las Glorias Grill for supper. It was our second time there and, of course, Shauna’s first. We all enjoyed our meal. I had Pescado a la Diabla (tilapia fish in a spicy sauce). Elaine had a Shredded Chicken Chimichanga, and Shauna had a Steak Street Taco. We each brought home some leftovers, of course.

Shauna relaxing on the couch
Elaine and the boys
Elaine and the boys relaxing after dinner

After dinner, none of us felt like doing more so we are relaxing in the living room watching Friday night TV. Gizmo and Kerby have been staying close by Shauna, enjoying having someone different to give them attention.