Getting a charge. Board meeting. Violette Family Association.

Getting a charge

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.

Twelve Days of Christmas – decorations down. Breakfast in the Park.

Twelve Days of Christmas

Today is the Day of Epiphany, and the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas. I have traditionally left Christmas decorations in place for those twelve days, so today they started coming down. Pete Petersen helped me take down the icicle lights today and I have them all bundled and ready to store. Tonight I turned off the controllers that turn on and off our outside lights, and tomorrow we will continue taking down decorations. Our house always looks so plain once our violet lights and the decorations are gone. But they will be back next year! Continue reading Twelve Days of Christmas – decorations down. Breakfast in the Park.

Back and forth. Carbonite vs CrashPlan. External hard drive.

I did some desk clearing today, making sure I did not have bills to pay and clearing up work papers from the last newsletter. I made several trips as a result of stuff I found. I went to Jo Elmore’s three times with checks and receipts associated with the newsletter. I dropped some stuff off at George Immerso’s. I went to Gail Brazell’s twice with some flyers and tickets for events coming up in January. I dropped off some forms with Mary Jane Caraher that the office had given me by mistake. Now my desk, while not totally clean (like Elaine’s is) it is at least more organized and there is much less on it. Continue reading Back and forth. Carbonite vs CrashPlan. External hard drive.

Christmas Eve.

If you have ever had one of Elaine’s Breakfast Burritos you know how lucky I was this morning. That’s a regular Sunday feature in our house. I have half for breakfast and the other half for lunch. Yum!

The discomfort I had the last two days did not return this morning. I hope it is over. Continue reading Christmas Eve.

Newsletter delivered. Elaine picks up dress. Mostly quiet afternoon.

Newsletter delivered

It’s done and delivered (well almost; we still have to deliver to the doublewide section, streets L through M plus R and O). I’m talking about the Royal Palm newsletter, The Palm Press. Our volunteer team, consisting of Agnes Volk, Peggy Glidden, John Koch, Melody Murphy, Mary McDougale, and Elaine, spent about an hour this morning preparing them for delivery. The three inserts were stuffed and the package folded lengthwise and a rubber band wrapped around each. I bundled them into shopping bags counted out by area for delivery. Continue reading Newsletter delivered. Elaine picks up dress. Mostly quiet afternoon.

Brrrr: first day of winter. Choco treats. Off to printer.

Brrrr: first day of winter

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Our 7-day forecast here in Phoenix shows some quite cold morning temps the next day or so.

For once, the first day of winter here in Phoenix is the first winter day. It started with an overnight low of 41° – which is not unusual recently – but by noon it had only gotten up to 53° and did not get above 54°. With a 15 mph wind, it felt downright chilly outside, and the wind chimes on the patio were clinking! Bright sunshine, though. When I took the boys out for their morning walk around 7:30 the wind had not started up yet, so it was not too bad. As part of wintery conditions, Flagstaff AZ had its first snow of the season. All this is the result of a cold front moving into the area. Continue reading Brrrr: first day of winter. Choco treats. Off to printer.

Women’s Club Christmas Party. Newsletter too long.

Christmas Party
Women’s Club Christmas Party

The Royal Palm Women’s Club had their Christmas Party today at the Clubhouse, and Elaine was part of it. This group has fun together a couple of times a month during fall, winter, and spring and the Christmas Party is a celebration for them. As you can see in the photo, it is a fairly large group. They brought refreshments, though Elaine said there were so many she could have not brought anything and there still would have been plenty. Continue reading Women’s Club Christmas Party. Newsletter too long.

Jan Ostlund visit. Crafts. Jared’s. Newsletter.

Jan Ostlund visit

Jan and Elaine
Jan and Elaine at Las Glorias

Jan called this afternoon to let Elaine know she wanted to come in for a visit. We haven’t seen her for quite a while, so looked forward to her visit. We were out shopping when she called but got back home for her arrival around 3:30. The two of them visited while I finished up printing the newsletter draft copies for the reviewers. Then around 5 we headed to Las Glorias Grill for supper; this is one of our favorite places but Jan had not been there yet. She liked it, too. Continue reading Jan Ostlund visit. Crafts. Jared’s. Newsletter.

Birthday Bash. Cardiologist. Newsletter.

Birthday Bash

Birthday Bash
Birthday Bash crowd at Bobby-Q tonight

We had our monthly Royal Palm Birthday Bash tonight at Bobby-Q, a famous and award-winning local steak and barbecue restaurant. Our group numbered around 35, with about six actually having a birthday in December. This is the sixth month we have done this birthday thing, and it has proven to be very popular – judging from the numbers who attend. Bobby-Q is always a good choice, and it is close to Royal Palm so it is easy to get to (getting back is a little tricky due to the local street pattern). Elaine and I shared a Three Meat Platter, with baby back ribs, brisket, and pulled pork. Yum! Continue reading Birthday Bash. Cardiologist. Newsletter.

Day off. Breakfast at Melrose Kitchen. Instant Pot dinner. Newsletter.

You may have noticed that there was no post from me yesterday. I took the day off. When it got time to do the post I was huddled under a blanket in my recliner, with a chill, too tired to do much except snuggle with Gizmo. Better today!

Elaine at Melrose Kitchen
Elaine at Melrose Kitchen for breakfast. Interesting interior!

We went for breakfast on Saturday to Melrose Kitchen on N 7th Ave in the Melrose District. It was our first time there, but it won’t be our last. Excellent food, great menu choices, and an eclectic interior. Elaine said it reminded her of the Sugar Bowl, an old-time restaurant in Green River WY when she was young.  The decorations are old time and the restaurant interior is as well. But it is well kept and clean and the tables and seating are fairly new. The staff was mostly Chinese, which I found unexpected for the restaurant theme! Continue reading Day off. Breakfast at Melrose Kitchen. Instant Pot dinner. Newsletter.