Karachi didn’t work, either.

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The LED light strip runs along the center awning beam.

We’ve become more security-conscious here in Royal Palm since the street in front of the park became the “end of the line” for Phoenix’s light rail system and there are more itinerants in the area. I have been advising residents via our newsletter to leave outside lights on at night to reduce hiding places. We have a string of LED lights running under our patio awning from front to rear and since they do not consume much electricity it makes sense to use them for that purpose. Continue reading Karachi didn’t work, either.

From motorhome to mobilehome

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Our house decorated for Christmas

Up until the end of 2010 we lived in a 2,850 square foot (sf) ranch-style home here in Phoenix. We had lived in similar in other places we have lived. Then we sold that and moved into our 360 sf motorhome and lived in it for another two years. We then traded for a 450 sf motorhome and lived fulltime in it for another two and a half years. What a change! But we lived well and learned how to use the reduced space. Today’s motorhomes are so well designed that every cubic inch of space is made usable. I should mention that those square footages I quote are based on gross dimensions and with the slides extended. Then in mid-2015 we bought and moved into a 960 sf mobilehome, our now permanent home. Continue reading From motorhome to mobilehome

Life after RVing – Royal Palm Community

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A sunset as seen through our front motorhome window here in Royal Palm

Yesterday I wrote about “hanging up the keys” to our motorhome, and received many nice comments. A lot of folks talked about opening the next door, or starting a new chapter in our lives, or enjoying the rest of the adventures in our lives. There were some nice comments from people who have followed my posts for the many years of our travels, hoping I would continue writing; I will. So I thought I would follow yesterday’s story with a description of what we have moved on to; I have posted in the Facebook Living the RV Dream group and know there are a lot of people in that group who will someday be faced with the same choices. Here’s another aspect of our story. Continue reading Life after RVing – Royal Palm Community

End of an era, moving out. Moving web stuff.

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Our 2006 Itasca Sunrise 35A towing our 2002 Trailblazer

Back in the spring of 2006 we bought our first motorhome, a 36-foot Itasca Sunrise gasser. In the spring of 2012 we traded it for a 2012 40-foot Phaeton diesel pusher. We lived in the Sunrise about half time from 2006 through 2010, and then fulltime the next year or so. And we lived fulltime in the Phaeton from 2012 until May 2015. And now we are getting ready to sell the Phaeton. Continue reading End of an era, moving out. Moving web stuff.

Light on the deck. Breakfast burritos. Elaine got hacked.

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The new light in place, and working

Several months ago I set out to replace the porch light on our deck – so many months ago I cannot remember when. It got done today. When we added a security door its swing hit the existing light so I decided to replace the old carriage-lamp style with a new LED light that only protrudes an inch or so. I immediately ran into a problem in that the mounting holes for the light fixture did not match either of two sets of mounting holes in the electrical base installed in the side of the house. Continue reading Light on the deck. Breakfast burritos. Elaine got hacked.

Jan Ostlund. Breakfast in the Park. Elayne Stettmeier birthday. Elaine’s plug strip.

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Elaine and Jan clinking margarita glasses in the craft room

Elaine finally got the call about mid afternoon; Jan Ostlund had tried three times before and we had not been at home any of those times and Elaine never noticed she had received those calls. But it was not too late – she invited Jan to come over to do some craft stuff and she arrived shortly after. They had a great time for several hours – perhaps lubricated by the margaritas I made for them early on – and then we headed to Pei Wei for supper. Great to see Jan again! Continue reading Jan Ostlund. Breakfast in the Park. Elayne Stettmeier birthday. Elaine’s plug strip.

Violette Family Association web site almost ready. George Immerso. Dave’s plug strip.

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New Violette Family Association web site

I did more work today on the new Violette Family Association web site, and it will probably go live tomorrow. I am pretty happy with the results so far, but still have some tweaking to do to get it the way I want it. This site has some features I have not used yet in my previous WordPress-based sites, so I have some learning to do on how to incorporate and manage those features. That is all part of the fun! Continue reading Violette Family Association web site almost ready. George Immerso. Dave’s plug strip.

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.

Simple supper. Home projects. Great weather.

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Soup, beer bread, and gruyere cheese

Tonight we had a simple supper: soup, bread, and (for me) cheese. The soup was leftover from yesterday’s Penny Raffle soup lunch, and we had beef and vegetable augmented by Elaine with some snap peas. The bread was made from Bountiful Beer Bread Mix by Tastefully Simple; Elaine used a can of Pineapple Wheat Beer, made from beer with natural pineapple juice added for the moisture in the mix. The cheese I had was some gruyere. Continue reading Simple supper. Home projects. Great weather.

Changing login page. Tile cleaning.

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Kerby and Gizmo trying to figure out their way through the hoses and cables

Page Carpet Cleaning was here today cleaning our tile floors. There was a lot of grout sealer slopped over onto the tiles themselves and we did not like the appearance of it. It also made it hard to keep the floor looking clean in those areas. We spent the time in the office with the boys, to keep us out of Alan’s way. At one point Gizmo wanted to go out for a walk so I took them. You should have seen the dismay on their faces and in their actions when they started to walk out the door and saw all the hoses and cables on the deck! Continue reading Changing login page. Tile cleaning.