A Thank You Dinner. A sun streak. More web work.

A Thank You Dinner

diners
Diners at the Thank You Dinner tonight.

We were invited tonight by Gail Brazell to a thank you dinner for those who helped with the recent Taco Dinner event here at Royal Palm. About thirteen of us gathered at the Clubhouse to enjoy salad and lasagna and cake, and it was delicious. The place was decorated in an Italian restaurant theme – in keeping with the lasagna – and she had Italian music playing in the background. The latter was a nice touch. We enjoyed the company and had a good time.

We were also invited to a Super Bowl party, but neither of us felt we wanted to take on more food or snacking, so we went home. Elaine is napping while I am writing this, in fact. Continue reading A Thank You Dinner. A sun streak. More web work.

Family trees. 216000 people. Breakfast in the Park.

Family trees

DAV family tree
The start of my ancestral family tree. It goes back several generations more on both sides of my family.

I made a major step forward for the Violette Family Association web site over the last few days by incorporating the ability for people to search their family trees – at least those who are related to the Violette family descended from François Violet/Violette. People can go to http://VioletteFamily.org/FamilyTree and do searches. They might want to see if they are in this Violette family or may want to know more about their ancestors. They can also check to see if we are missing family members or need to correct info about family members. I will be encouraging those in our Violette Family Facebook group to visit the site and do searches. Continue reading Family trees. 216000 people. Breakfast in the Park.

Melrose Kitchen breakfast. Dennis Murphy visit. Hobby Lobby bargains. Taco Dinner.

Melrose Kitchen breakfast

Melrose Kitchen entrance
The colorful entrance to Melrose Kitchen reflects the overall atmosphere of the restaurant

Our Saturday morning breakfast out took us to Melrose Kitchen, on 7th Ave in the Melrose District. We’ve been there once before and I wanted to go back to try something else. Besides, we kind of like the atmosphere and the decor. They have a good and varied menu, with a mix of Mexican and American dishes. That’s kind of unusual, because the owners are of oriental descent. I tried their Biscuits and Sausage Gravy with Scrambled Eggs and Link Sausage, and Elaine had their French Toast and Sausages. Good meal, and lots of sausage to bring home to the boys. Continue reading Melrose Kitchen breakfast. Dennis Murphy visit. Hobby Lobby bargains. Taco Dinner.

Newsletter delivered. Trader Joe’s shopping. Good supper. Web glitch.

Newsletter delivered

Feb newsletter cover
The cover of the February Royal Palm newsletter. Click on the image to download the newsletter.

The February issue of The Palm Press was delivered today. You can download it by clicking the link in the previous sentence or by clicking the cover image at right. A volunteer team of about ten gathered at the Clubhouse this morning to prepare the newsletter for distribution by inserting the three inserts. That took about an hour, and then Dale and Betty Stroh and Mary McDougale did the deliveries. Elaine and Mary usually do a part of them but our golf cart needed charging and Mary did not want to wait, so those three did the whole Park! Later I posted the newsletter on the usual bulletin boards, and dropped some off in the Game Room and at the office. I had the delivery crew report back to me for each section of the Park how many were short or over so I can adjust the count for the next printing. Continue reading Newsletter delivered. Trader Joe’s shopping. Good supper. Web glitch.

Pharmacy shock. Newsletter printing. Elaine and Gladys shopping.

Pharmacy shock

I mentioned yesterday that I was prescribed an ointment to use on precancerous skin lesions – actinic keratosis – on my face. Tirsa, the NP who treated me and made the prescription said there were two versions. The more expensive takes three days, the less expensive seven days. She wasn’t sure if the insurance company would cover the first but would try it first. I learned today that the insurance company did, indeed, cover the three-day version and I picked it up at Walgreen’s this afternoon. It was when I read the details on the prescription label that the shock came: I paid $45 as my share for the prescription and the insurance company paid the other $1,157.09! Yes, $1,157.09! I hope it works! Continue reading Pharmacy shock. Newsletter printing. Elaine and Gladys shopping.

Skin checkup. Newsletter wrap-up. Women’s Club. Chest clear.

Skin checkup

Today was the day for my semiannual skin check with Tirsa Quartullo, Nurse Practitioner at Arizona Dermatology. I have been going to them for about three years now, and have been happy with their services. She does a full body scan at these semi-annual sessions and so far we seem to stay ahead of any problems. I have experienced both basil-cell and squamous-cell skin cancers in the past. Today she just froze 6-8 precancerous lesions on my scalp and prescribed a cream treatment to use on my face to take care of some things that keep coming back but have required surgery in the past. Continue reading Skin checkup. Newsletter wrap-up. Women’s Club. Chest clear.

Birthday Bash. Medical stuff. Newsletter.

Birthday Bash

group at The Horny Toad
This is the group from Royal Palm that attended the Birthday Bash at The Horny Toad tonight

Tonight a group from Royal Palm went to The Horny Toad in Cave Creek to celebrate January birthdays. About 35 or so people went; six of these actually had January birthdays, including Elaine. We took up two long table groups in the back room at the restaurant. This gave each person a chance to visit with at least six to eight others in the group, which made it enjoyable. Having such a large group meant some were served way ahead of others, but ti all worked out well in the long run. Continue reading Birthday Bash. Medical stuff. Newsletter.

Newsletter work. Still coughing. Instant Pot cooking.

Newsletter work

I spent most of the day wrapping up the Royal Palm newsletter today, and printed out a copy late this afternoon for Elaine and me to review. She did her review and I will do mine later on. Tomorrow I will do the fixes and print it out for the other reviewers. This issue has 22 pages, down from 26 last month, and it took some creative editing to get everything to fit in. We are trying to keep the newsletter costs down and within the ad revenue, and this issue should be close. At this point I am pleased with the final results. Continue reading Newsletter work. Still coughing. Instant Pot cooking.

Gizmo: escape artist. Cooler day. Newsletter work.

Gizmo: escape artist

Gizmo escape attempt
Gizmo dug at the ends of the blocks on both sides trying to escape again.

Well, he did it again. Or at least tried to. On Friday night we went out to dinner with Lisa Violette and when we returned we noticed mud spots on the living room floor. As we investigated further Elaine discovered his jowls were mud-caked as were his front paws. She took him to the kitchen sink to clean up his mess and did a mop job on the floor. A little investigation showed that he had done some more digging at the rear gate, trying to get out. Why? We don’t know, but this behavior has just started recently and occurs when we are gone for a couple of hours or more. The photo at left shows how we tried to block him from digging under the gate, but this time he tried to dig at both ends of those blocks! He almost made it on the right end. Continue reading Gizmo: escape artist. Cooler day. Newsletter work.

Breakfast at IHOP. Association meeting. Open house at Shirripa’s. Shauna table runner. Gizmoed.

Breakfast at IHOP

omelets at IHOP
Our omelet breakfasts at IHOP this morning

Because we had a meeting coming up later this morning we headed to IHOP for Saturday morning breakfast, since it is close by. We both opted for omelets. I had the new Spicy Poblano Omelet (it was good and it was slightly spicy with serranos) and Elaine had the Denver Omelet. We had lots of leftovers to bring home along with a sausage link for the boys. Continue reading Breakfast at IHOP. Association meeting. Open house at Shirripa’s. Shauna table runner. Gizmoed.