New printer. Costco shopping. Web progress.

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The HP Envy 4500 all-in-one printer

Though my existing HP 4500 Envy all-in-one printer has been doing a great job for me, it was time to buy another. One thing the Envy would NOT do is print on heavy card stock, and Elaine needs that capability. I did a lot of research – there is simply very little information about what paper stock thicknesses printers will handle. They instead list the paper “types”, and I have to impute to what thickness each type is equivalent. The replacement? A Canon Pixma TS9020. I have had Canon Pixma printers in the past and was happy with them, and this one had good ratings. Continue reading New printer. Costco shopping. Web progress.

Los Compadres. Dogs groomed. Tablet keyboard. Royal Palm news.

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Machaca Relleno at Los Compadres

Supper tonight was an impromptu affair. As we getting ready to leave the pool Elaine mentioned something about getting supper ready; I  knew she had set some fish out to thaw. But she seemed tired, so I suggested we go out to dinner instead. She quickly agreed! Agnes Volk had mentioned Los Compadres, a Mexican restaurant down on Northern that I used to go to when I worked at Wood Patel nearby but have not been to for a few years. So I thought we should give it a try, since Elaine had never been there. We were happy with our meal and, of course, brought about half home as leftovers. She had a Chicken Fajita, I had a Machaca Relleno. both good. And we both had a margarita. Continue reading Los Compadres. Dogs groomed. Tablet keyboard. Royal Palm news.

Hot. Granite. Good customer service.

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It was hot today here in Phoenix!

Talk about hot – it reached 100° today here in Phoenix. It was the latest day on record to reach 100°, a record temperature for this date, and it was the 24th day this month with a temperature at 90° or higher. Average temps for this time of year are in the mid-80s. It honestly didn’t feel that hot, though. While the skies were fairly clear this morning it got clouded over this afternoon. Humidity was in the low 20% range, so  it was comfortable. We expect to have a few more 90+ days, but then the forecast is for temps to drop closer to normal. Continue reading Hot. Granite. Good customer service.

OurHous to storage. Shopping.

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OurHous behind bars. Well, only in storage as it turns out.

We moved OurHous into storage today. I had done enough with it on an RV space to get it ready and it was time to make the move. It took me about 15 minutes to get it done! I decided that this time I would store it with the rear facing south to limit sunlight on the windshield side. All I had to do was disconnect the water and electric lines, stow them, and bring in the slides. Once in the storage spot I brought down all the night shades, opened the refrigerator and freezer doors, and opened two of our roof vents to relieve heat buildup. Those two vents have covers over them to prevent rain from coming in. Continue reading OurHous to storage. Shopping.

Fuel points. OurHous. Samsung tablet.

I pulled up to the pump at Fry’s yesterday and found we had no fuel points available to use. That was a surprise to me, since we regularly shop at Fry’s on purpose to get those fuel points. Then, when checking out inside I saw that we had 250 fuel points showing on the receipt. I stopped at customer service in the store to try to figure that out, but got nowhere with the staff there who treated me like I was stupid. So this morning I did some digging and finally figured out what happened. And then I got on the phone and made further changes to get it all straightened out. Continue reading Fuel points. OurHous. Samsung tablet.

An Uber experience. VFA newsletter going out.

At 9:30 this morning my smartphone alerted me to a dental appointment coming up at 10:00. Slight panic; both Elaine and I had forgotten that was coming up and she had a nail appointment at 9:30! She had the car. I quickly decided to take a taxi and thought of Uber. I had never used Uber, and wasn’t even sure how it worked. But I installed the Uber app on my phone, created an account, and made a request for a pickup in about 8 minutes. The request was made and I soon had a map on my phone showing who was coming, what car he was driving, and the map showed his progress to my location along with a countdown timer to his arrival. The address I was able to enter did not include our lot number, so he did not get right there. But he quickly called me and we met up. Continue reading An Uber experience. VFA newsletter going out.

Trader Joe’s. Web work.

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The Vidalia Chop Wizard Elaine likes so much

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.

Printer stand. Quiet day.

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My new printer stand gets my printer up off the desk and prevents stuff on the desk from interfering with paper coming out of the printer.

For a long time I have been frustrated as paper coming out of my printer encounters papers or other stuff on my desktop and does not come out cleanly. Finally I did something about it. I had found a solution at the Staples web site and went to the closest store and bought one today. Actually, the device is sold as a monitor stand, but it works just as well for printers. The design comes in two sizes – the large stand (22″ wide) and the standard stand (14″ wide). I got the large size and it fits my printer very well. We also tried to put Elaine’s Cricut machine on the stand but the space between its feet is too short to fit on the stand top. We’ll get another for her. Continue reading Printer stand. Quiet day.

Storage containers. Wiped out. Channel 12.

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Our lunch meat containers

I know it is not an earth shattering thing, but some time ago Ziploc quit making 4-cup (32-oz) storage containers. Instead, they started making 5-cup (40-oz) containers. But those larger ones are just too large for our needs and waste space in the refrigerator and in the cabinet. Our leftovers usually fit quite nicely in the 4-cup size. What’s more, we could not find the 4-cup size by any other manufacturer. But then we started buying lunch meats at Fry’s (Kroger, nationally) and those come in very nice 4-cup reusable containers so we are back in business again. Between the two of us we go through about two of those sliced meat packages a week, so the containers have started building up. Continue reading Storage containers. Wiped out. Channel 12.