It was time to recharge the golf cart batteries, but first I knew I should top off the electrolyte in the cells. I got out the distilled water and my battery filler jug and got that job done. Glad to see the levels were not down far. Then I put the cart on charge for a few hours to bring them back up to full. We have to recharge the batteries every week or so. Continue reading Getting a charge. Board meeting. Violette Family Association.
This morning I removed some of the decorations on the golf cart, but only the wings, crown, and halo. Elaine wanted to leave the rest for a while at least, but I wanted to get rid of the things that caused obstructions (the wings) or were likely to come apart (the crown and halo). What’s left will still leave a brightly decorated golf cart for the season! Continue reading Golf cart undecorating. Christmas dinner prep. Elaine update.
Yesterday we had a record high temperature of 84°. The average is 68° for the date and the previous record high was 81° in 1940. Today we were short of the record – 80° instead of 81°. And this week the forecast is for continuing above-average temperatures. Not that we are complaining, mind you! It’s just that we are in the Christmas season and going through all the preparations, but having been raised in NH and lived in the northern US until 2000 I still have an expectation of cold and snow at this time of year. Continue reading Record high temperature. Inflation. Royal Palm stuff.
We tried a new (to us) place this morning – Joe’s Diner on 7th Ave in the Melrose District. It is a family-style restaurant that seems to have a large clientele. We arrived just before 8:00 with plenty of seating and within 20 minutes it was almost full. Service was fast and we were served our breakfast in a reasonable amount of time. Continue reading Breakfast at Joe’s Diner. Halloween Parade. Halloween Dinner.
Our great volunteer crew gathered at the Clubhouse at 9:30 this morning to fold and stuff the newsletters. This month’s issue is 24 pages, and four of those are inserts. There is a back-to-back color insert and a back-to-back black-and-white insert. The inserts are necessary because the newsletter is printed in four-page folios; the outside front and back inside and outside pages are in color and the other pages are in black-and-white. If the other four pages were all black-and-white they could have been printed and bound with the rest, but since two pages are color ads they have to be separate. Continue reading Newsletter panic. Golf cart decorating.
We got a surprise visit by son John Ogden today. He posted on Facebook yesterday that he was in Panguitch UT and expected to be in Phoenix today to take his Mom for breakfast; he knows we always go out for breakfast on Saturdays. Then he contacted Elaine late yesterday that his truck was late in getting loaded and he would not arrive in Phoenix until late so would not see us until today. Elaine called him about 8:00 this morning – no answer. Again around 8:20 – no answer. Then she left a message around 8:45 that unless we heard from him by 9:00 we would head out on our own. Continue reading “Awful” House. Still no flashers.
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.
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.
The push has been on over the last couple of days to wrap up the Royal Palm newsletter, and it went out to the reviewers this afternoon – meaning it is essentially done. That is always a good feeling. I will do the final edits tomorrow and deliver it to the printer on Thursday morn. It was a little more relaxing pace this month as I got more done earlier. I still need to do the spotlight interview earlier in the month, though! Continue reading Newsletter almost done. More ads. Milder storm. Golf cart lights.
I took the dogs out around 9:15 for their evening walk last night and was treated to a spectacular lightning display off to the northeast. The lightning was probably 20-25 miles away. About a half hour later the wind started blowing – hard. That is the first sign a monsoon storm is coming, for the wind direction was from where the lightning had been. Within 10-15 minutes the rain hit – hard – blowing horizontally. The storm ran for a half hour or more and then died out. This is typical of a summer monsoon storm around here. Continue reading Our turn for storm. Cooler today. Golf cart lights update. Newsletter.