IHOP. Social Club. Newsletter.

We had a good breakfast at IHOP this morning; I had a short stack of pancakes, free for doing an online review last time, plus sausage and ate part of Elaine’s omelet.

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2017 officers: Dale Stroh (VP), George Immerso (Pres), Elaine Violette (Sec), Jo Elmore (Treas)

Then at 10:00 we attended the monthly Social Club meeting. It was a good meeting, with lots of residents in attendance. We bought the cake and doughnuts for the meeting at Albertson’s after we had breakfast; the cake honors the January birthday members, including Elaine. Continue reading IHOP. Social Club. Newsletter.

Dull and dreary day. Dogs groomed. Board meeting. Newsletter.

As I started out with the dogs for their walk this morning it started to sprinkle lightly, and that is what we had off and on all day. The skies were grey and cloudy, though patches of blue came through at times. And it looks like we will have more of same over the next 2-3 days. The Arizona high country is getting snow – large amounts of snow. Forecasts for the Flagstaff call for 18-20 inches of snow! Continue reading Dull and dreary day. Dogs groomed. Board meeting. Newsletter.

A great dishwasher. Newsletter work. Women’s Club.

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Our Bosch dish washer open and loaded

As part of our recent kitchen remodel we added a dishwasher. It has been years since we had one in our house but I didn’t mind. Our deal has been that one of us makes dinner, the other washes dishes. And since Elaine does most of the cooking that meant the dish washing fell on me. Continue reading A great dishwasher. Newsletter work. Women’s Club.

Newsletter and ads. Surface Pro 2 charging.

Today was a newsletter day; the February issue goes to press on January 23rd. I worked on content – adding some stories and updating some categories. I have an interview to do tomorrow for the monthly Spotlight feature and the Social Club meeting comes up this Saturday; both will provide content for their respective sections of the newsletter. So at this point the February newsletter is progressing well. Last month I messed up two items on the calendar but I have now taken steps to avoid that problem in the future. Continue reading Newsletter and ads. Surface Pro 2 charging.

Sausage frittata. Potluck supper. Elaine card class. Christmas put away.

Happy Birthday, Elaine!

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My sausage frittata

It was potluck night at Royal Palm tonight, and about 40 residents were there to enjoy the feast. Since Elaine was gone to a card class this afternoon I decided to create our contribution. After tossing around ideas for a while last night I decided on a frittata. Why not! I’ve never made one before but I sure enjoy them! It must have been a hit, because the platter was empty before the meal was over. Continue reading Sausage frittata. Potluck supper. Elaine card class. Christmas put away.

Start newsletter. Weeding. Wood flowers.

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A bouquet of flowers made from wood
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Karen Egbert and our boys

Karen Egbert came over today to express condolences to Elaine and brought with her a beautiful bouquet of purple flowers made from wood. Her grandson makes these for sale, and we had bought some during the community yard sale here in the Park a couple of months ago. Thank you, Karen! What amazed us is how quickly Kerby and Gizmo took to her; they were both in her lap in a heartbeat. While that is not strange for Gizmo, it is for Kerby. Continue reading Start newsletter. Weeding. Wood flowers.

Christmas gone. Another great meal. GoWISE Air Fryer. Poppies are in bloom.

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Elaine removing ornaments from Christmas tree on porch

Our Christmas decorations are finally down. Elaine and I are feeling better so this morning we got started and got a lot of them taken down. Then this afternoon, after a break for a rest and for lunch, we finished up packing them in their boxes. Pete Petersen came over this afternoon to take down our icicle lights to finish up the job. Now all we have to do is pull out the storage tray under the deck and pack them away. Continue reading Christmas gone. Another great meal. GoWISE Air Fryer. Poppies are in bloom.

Barley Shrimp. Desk cleaning. New Year’s Eve.

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Elaine’s Barley Shrimp

Elaine loves to experiment with creating her own recipes, and they are usually great. Tonight was a good example: Barley Shrimp. She cooked barley in chicken broth; roasted some onions, and red, green, and yellow peppers; and sauteed some large shrimp, then cooked them all together to blend the flavors. I like the chewiness of the barley and its flavor. And of course I love shrimp and the veggies. Great recipe! Continue reading Barley Shrimp. Desk cleaning. New Year’s Eve.

Chocolate Chipotle Hot Sauce. Newsletter advertising. 2016 will be even longer.

Daughter Shauna sent me a bottle of Chocolate Chipotle Hot Sauce for Christmas, as I wrote a few days ago. We had some orange chicken the last two nights and I used the sauce for dipping on the side of my plate. Tonight Elaine cooked some shrimp and I used the hot sauce again as a dip. It was great! Yes, it is hot but the hot does not overpower the flavors. Great choice, Shauna! Thanks. Continue reading Chocolate Chipotle Hot Sauce. Newsletter advertising. 2016 will be even longer.

Merry Christmas Day. Great gifts. Potluck dinner.

The day dawned bright and cold; it was 41° this morning and got up to around 62 by afternoon. But with a brisk breeze it felt much cooler. After our breakfast of Breakfast Burritos that Elaine made we opened the gifts that had accumulated in the living room. We both got mugs – one pair were thermal mugs – and some decorations in purple. I gave Elaine a Pandora charm in gold; she has been collecting the silver up to now but with a large collection of those she can now start with the gold. She gave me a Sony Cyber Shot DSC-QX10 camera. The latter is a standalone camera that can be controlled by a smartphone or Android tablet. I had seen the one that Pete Petersen has and liked it, so he helped her pick it out and equip it. Continue reading Merry Christmas Day. Great gifts. Potluck dinner.