Posting to Craigslist. Elaine update. Warm and dry.

Iris Smart Kit
Lowe’s Iris Smart Kit home monitoring and automation starter kit

I have started posting some items for sale on Craigslist; these are the “high-ticket” items that did not sell in the yard sale over the weekend. I have only a little experience with using Craigslist. I had advertised some items last year but the only response was from a scammer and I cut that off quickly. A couple of items are things I had bought for the house but never used. One is an Iris Smart Kit – a home automation and monitoring package. I bought this but before it got installed we replaced our HVAC system and the new system came with a Nexia bridge built into the thermostat, so I didn’t need the Iris system. Price new $299; I am asking $125. Here’s a link to the listing. Continue reading Posting to Craigslist. Elaine update. Warm and dry.

Shelve it. Great weather. Newsletter.

shelving materials
Shelving materials for our shed addition, bought at The Home Depot today. The 2x4s and standards are on top of the seat backs, the shelf brackets on the floor.

I started the next step in our new shed addition – adding the shelving system. I decided to use the ClosetMaid 60-inch twin track standards and the shelf brackets to match. I attached 2x4s on the back wall, which was the outside wall of the original shed, and attached standards to them. On the front wall I simply attached the standards to the 2x3s Marv had used to frame the addition. I will only have deep shelving in two of the three bays and will leave the other bay available for taller items. Tomorrow I will get the shelving material and finish the job. Continue reading Shelve it. Great weather. Newsletter.

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.

The Beaver Bar for supper. Back to swimming. 99°.

group at The Beaver Bar
Our group: Bill Russell, Kay, Agnes Volk, Pete Petersen, Elaine, Donna Volk, Lisa Boyd, Jeff Tennyson, Larry

We have heard from Pete Petersen and Bill Russell how good the food is at The Beaver Bar & Grill is so tonight a group of us headed there; it’s on N 19th Ave. In addition to Pete, Elaine, and me there was Agnes Volk, Donna Volk, Lisa Boyd and Jeff Tennyson, Bill Russell and his sister, Kay and her husband Larry. It was a fun gang to go with. The place is what it sounds like – a bar and grill. Lots of sports TVs, loud music, pool tables, and a bar. Their Tuesday special is 99¢ tacos and $4.95 margaritas. Continue reading The Beaver Bar for supper. Back to swimming. 99°.

Bug in the pool. Warmer day. Newsletter.

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Elaine placing the large plastic roach-like bug on the pool steps

Among the decorations Elaine bought for Halloween were three large plastic roach-like bugs. Then in her perverse humor she decided to play a trick on Bill Russell at the pool today, so she took one of the bugs and placed it on the pool steps near where the handrail leads down. Her intent was to get a rise from Bill Russell when he came to the pool, but she also got a response from some others. Bill started down the steps but immediately saw the bug and exclaimed “What’s that?!?” Pete Petersen, who was in on the gag by that time, walked over in the pool to take a closer look then reached down and said it was moving as he put his hand close. Continue reading Bug in the pool. Warmer day. Newsletter.

Fast Eddie’s Breakfast. Social Club meeting.

Fast Eddie's decor
The decor at Fast Eddie’s is always fun to view

Saturday morning breakfast out was at Fast Eddie’s Diner at 33rd Ave and W Bell this morning. We go there on occasion and always enjoy the atmosphere and the food. It is a fun place with lots of character; the photo shows examples of signs and photos seen on their walls – always humorous. Elaine discovered a part of the menu we had not seen before – half size meals! That suited us just fine, and she ordered the half size French toast with bacon and egg and I ordered the half waffle with bacon and scrambled eggs plus a couple of sausage links to have some to take home to the boys. Both meals came with cheesy hash browns, but we didn’t have much of those. Continue reading Fast Eddie’s Breakfast. Social Club meeting.

Rain this morning. Social Club Board meeting. Women On The Go. Bingo.

rainfall
I call that a one-inch Arizona rainfall – the drops are one inch apart

We were pleased to hear some raindrops on our awning roof this morning. It was about 7:30 or so and I had the front door open to get the morning air, so we could hear the rain quite clearly. As I mentioned a couple of days ago it’s been over 55 days now since the last measurable rainfall, so this was a big event! Don’t know when we’ll get rain again, though. Continue reading Rain this morning. Social Club Board meeting. Women On The Go. Bingo.

Signmakers. Ed Nagle update. Newsletter.

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Chris Nugent making a Women’s Club sign and Elaine making a Flu Shot Clinic sign

It was crafts day at the Clubhouse, but only Elaine and Chris Nugent were there. Both were working on sign projects, and the large tables in the Clubhouse make it easier to do such work. Chris, President of the Women’s Club, was making signs that go out each month to remind women of the upcoming meeting. Elaine was making signs to advertise the Flu Shot Clinic coming up this Friday. These signs get set out on sandwich boards placed for good visibility within the Park. Continue reading Signmakers. Ed Nagle update. Newsletter.

Lantana blooming more. Breakfast in and out. Sorting photos.

Lantana plants
Our Lantana shrubs are putting out more blossoms now that temperatures are cooling.

I have noticed over the last few days that our Lantana shrubs are putting out more blossoms, and suspect that it is due to cooling weather. Our temps have been as much as 12° below normal the last week or so, down into the 80s and low 90s. I think our Moss Rose plants are putting out more blossoms as well. When I mentioned it to Elaine this afternoon she mentioned that it may be time to plant some pansies, petunias, and other annuals. Here in Phoenix we plant those flowers in October and they thrive through the winter, unlike in northern climes where they are planted in late May. It is too hot for them in May-October. Continue reading Lantana blooming more. Breakfast in and out. Sorting photos.

Below average temps continue. Newsletter work. Crafts session.

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Our cooler trend continues. Normal temps are around 100.

We delight in the continued below-average temperatures. Normal for this time of year is 100° but we’ve had temps 2-3° below that and the forecast calls for this to continue. Look at the 88 and 89 and 90 in the forecast! We’ve enjoyed those lower temps and the Park even had to start up the pool heater again because pool temps were getting down into the low 80s. It was comfortable enough that Elaine washed down and cleaned the golf cart after we returned from swimming this afternoon; it really needed it. Continue reading Below average temps continue. Newsletter work. Crafts session.