It was a busy and hectic day today! I started off putting on the finishing touches to the Royal Palm newsletter, then took it to UPS for printing around 8:30 this morning. When they brought it up on the screen there we noted a problem with the front page; the masthead is supposed to have a faded-back photo of the entry sign with the words The Palm Press superimposed near the top. However, the photo was not faded, so the name did not show up well. I headed back home and worked on that, finding that I had not used the correct PDF printing routine to produce the file I took to the printer. Once I used the correct driver the front page came out properly. Then back to UPS again. It was a busy morning for them with only one person on duty, so it took a while before the project was a go. I got home around 10:00. Continue reading Hectic day. Newsletter.
Final edits are being done on the Royal Palm Social Club newsletter – The Palm Press – and it will go to the printer tomorrow morning. I printed out two draft copies yesterday and gave them to George Immerso and Leslie Nielsen for review. George and Leslie both reviewed the content and Leslie also did an excellent job of proofreading and suggested some valuable changes. As of late this afternoon I have all the copy available and will wrap it up this evening and have Elaine do a fresh review before it goes out. Then on Friday our volunteer team will do two inserts and fold them, then they will be delivered. Continue reading Newsletter. Motorhome.
We are at the current end of the new Valley Metro light rail line, and that is bringing a lot of new people into our area. Many hang out at the new Quik Trip station/convenience store next door. And many transients are camping along the canal behind the property. As a result residents in Royal Palm have become concerned, though we haven’t seen any rise in crime in our community yet. So President George Immerso set up contacts with the City of Phoenix Police Department’s team that interacts with neighborhoods and Officer C J Young came to us tonight to help us get started with a Block Watch program. He also gave us a lot of information about other programs. Continue reading Block Watch. Leftovers. Remote batteries.
“You’ve got a purple flower!” is a cry Elaine often hears from me after I come back from walking the dogs in the morning. There is a pot by the front of our deck that gets the morning sun and has been producing flowers on many days. I don’t know the name of this plant; it and some others were given to us by our neighbor across the street, Chino, who loves flowers and plants of all kinds. When we returned from our RV trip this spring we found all these plants happy in our front yard. That purple flower plant does not bloom every day, but has started blooming on most days. Only once or twice have there been two blossoms on the same day. And the blossoms last only one day, then fall off. Continue reading Blooming flowers. Newsletter.
Tonight was the second karaoke session of the month and the continuation of the Royal Palm Voice contest. Early in the year about ten or so contestants started out, with each singing a song in the competition. Each month one contestant was eliminated, and in this month three remain. Each time a tip jar was passed around for contributions, and the final winner will take home the pot. I have to say that the three contestants who sang tonight did an excellent job, and it has become increasingly difficult to choose among them. Continue reading Social Club meeting. Karaoke. Breakfast.
A broken vegetable chopper required a trip to Bed, Bath & Beyond so we decided to go on to Trader Joe’s while we were close by. Elaine bought one of those Vidalia Chop Wizard choppers some months ago and has used it extensively several times a week. But earlier this week it broke at the hinge point in the base, making it no longer usable. We definitely do not want to be without one; it gets so much use. She chops fresh vegetables just about every day for our supper meal and lately she has been eating soup often and she chops the vegetables for that as well. Continue reading Trader Joe’s. Web work.
We’ve been hearing from Pete Petersen about Jason’s Deli but had never yet been to one until tonight. Rather than go to Pei Wei as we have been lately, we decided to do something different. Jason’s Deli has mostly sandwiches, though they have a copious salad bar and a few dishes. The typical order for a Muffaletta is a quarter sandwich, for the Muffaletta roll is about nine inches in diameter. But I decided to order a whole one, knowing I would have plenty of leftovers (three quarters of the sandwich) for the rest of the week. Elaine went to the salad bar, and she had leftovers as well. I had ham on mine; I also asked for salami, but they forgot to put it in. Continue reading Muffaletta. Royal Palm web site. Shirts.
I mentioned a few days ago that I have decided to learn to use WordPress, a robust tool for creating and managing web sites of all kinds. In time, I will convert my existing client web sites to a WordPress base so that when I decide I no longer want to maintain them it will be easier and less expensive for them to find someone else to take them over. These are sites that I developed using my own SitePower system, but since that system is going nowhere further it is time for that change. But it will take some time for me to learn this new system. Continue reading Learning WordPress. Help for friend. Cool swim.
For the past few weeks Elaine has been busy in her craft corner here at the house, making Christmas card kits. She is going to offer these kits to people at the Royal Palm craft sessions in October, so they can make the cards for themselves. I think she has about 10-12 different designs so far, and she is busy making the parts for these for a session in mid-October. These are all her own designs, using components available thru her Cricut system and other sources. And I have to say, these are truly outstanding cards and truly unique. I think these will go over well. Continue reading Christmas cards. Newsletter. Web site.
Today was party day. Labor Day Weekend party day. So we went to two! This afternoon Leslie had organized a pool party for those of us who frequent the pool regularly. We each brought something to snack on and our own drinks. We spent our usual 30-45 minutes in the pool, doing our usual pool things, and then gathered in the shade of the pool umbrellas and shared the food that had been brought. There was a variety of snack items from which to choose, so no one would go hungry. I prepared some shrimp by marinating in teriyaki sauce for a couple of hours and then grilled them on the grill. They came out good. Continue reading Parties