Sweet Tomatoes. Hashtags. Making blog tweeter. Yard sale prep.

Once more out to dinner – this time to Sweet Tomatoes. We joined Larry and Kay Hale, Bill Russell, and Pete Petersen there; it is the Hales’ last night in Phoenix as they are headed home to Michigan tomorrow. We will miss them! We had never met Larry and Kay before, but have come to enjoy them very much in the few weeks they have been here. #SweetTomatoes was good; Elaine and I have not been there for a couple of years, though we have liked it in the past. They have a great salad bar, good bakery selections, and lots of dessert choices. Pete and Bill go there often enough that the staff at checkout know them by name! Continue reading Sweet Tomatoes. Hashtags. Making blog tweeter. Yard sale prep.

Taco Tuesday at Beaver Bar. Craft Tuesday. Shopping. More yard sale items.

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A gang of 18 from Royal Palm at The Beaver Bar tonight

There were eighteen of us from Royal Palm at The Beaver Bar tonight! This is the third Tuesday in a row that a group of us have gone, and the group has gotten larger each week. The Beaver Bar is not normally staffed to handle such a crowd so this week someone called in advance to let Mike Beaver know about how many were coming, and they had our tables all rearranged for us when we got there. And Mike had made sure he had enough staff to handle the load. Other than our group, there were only about 6-8 people there tonight. Part of the draw is their 99¢ Taco Tuesdays. Continue reading Taco Tuesday at Beaver Bar. Craft Tuesday. Shopping. More yard sale items.

More RV stuff out. More shed rearrangement. Pool is still cool.

I spent a couple of hours today getting RV and camping items out of the shed and into the table area where we will be having the yard sale on Friday. The new items included two folding recliner chairs and another folding chair – each in a protective sack. And from another area I got out the long-handled scrubber/squeegees, of which I had two or three. I think we now have all the RV-related items out. Continue reading More RV stuff out. More shed rearrangement. Pool is still cool.

Happy Birthday, Agnes. Stamping show. Shelves.

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Agnes Volk and her birthday cake. Donna Volk in upper right

Happy Birthday, Agnes Volk! She is 93 years old and a lively, wonderful person – a real asset to Royal Palm. Her daughter-in-law, Donna Volk, organized a surprise birthday party for her and invited a lot of people from the Park – there were 23 of us at North Mountain Brewing Company for dinner tonight. We all enjoyed a great dinner and then shared a birthday cake with Agnes. I don’t know how Donna did it, visiting in Agnes’s house, but she made tons of decorations for the tables and had lots more for the walls. She and husband Glen, Agnes’s son, arranged for him to take Agnes out on some pretense and they “just happened” to end up at North Mountain where we were all gathered. It was a total surprise for Agnes! Continue reading Happy Birthday, Agnes. Stamping show. Shelves.

Office cleanup. Newsletter ad work. Kentners back. Shed addition.

As usual, after the newsletter goes out I have to do a major desk cleanup and that was my morning task. Stuff I am using for the newsletter accumulates and I am so busy that other items get set aside and not handled right away. But with a few hours’ work I can get things filed, pitched, and organized as appropriate – ready for the onslaught of the next issue. Continue reading Office cleanup. Newsletter ad work. Kentners back. Shed addition.

Christmas dinner planning. Costco. Shed addition.

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Marv working on the shed addition

Marv Fitchett was back at work on our shed addition today, and is making good progress. The roof panels are in place as is some of the siding, and he added two of the three doors today. At this point you can get an idea of what the space will look like, and I think it will provide a good amount of added room for storage. Continue reading Christmas dinner planning. Costco. Shed addition.

Breakfast at Joe’s Diner. Halloween Parade. Halloween Dinner.

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The interior of Joe’s Diner

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.

Newsletter panic. Golf cart decorating.

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Cover of the November 2017 The Palm Press. Click to download the newsletter

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.

Shed addition. Newsletter printed. Leftovers. Internet down.

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Part of the shed addition framing is in place.

Marv worked some more on our shed addition today and now has two walls up as well as the roof structure. I expect he will continue with it now that he has gotten back to it. He sometimes has to juggle projects, as he has a number of them going at any time. That’s the way it is in the life of a contractor handyman! He has to have several jobs on tap or in the works to keep the revenues flowing. Continue reading Shed addition. Newsletter printed. Leftovers. Internet down.

Great pool weather. Newsletter to reviewers. Ed Nagle home.

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Dave and Elaine at the pool today

Our great fall weather continues. It was warm today at 94°, but that was not a record for the date. With little wind and almost cloudless skies, the days are just great to be outside. The sun angle is lower, and the rays seem less intense. As an example of the difference, when I go to the pool I can leave my sandals face up when I head into the water; during the heat of the summer I have to turn them on their sides facing away from the sun’s direction to avoid them getting so hot they hurt my feet when I put them on upon leaving the pool. Continue reading Great pool weather. Newsletter to reviewers. Ed Nagle home.