Elaine feeling better. Lots of cooking. Cooler weather.

Elaine feeling better

It is so good to see Elaine feeling better! She still tires easily, but she usually gets 5-6 hours of activity in before it hits her. She recovers faster, too. Dr Johnson told her she would recover slowly and that it would take some time, but that she would get over the viral infection in time. It has been 3-4 weeks now that she has been not well and that is strange for her. She is rarely sick for long. Continue reading Elaine feeling better. Lots of cooking. Cooler weather.

Wedding preparations. Finally some rain. Living wills.

Wedding preparations

David's Bridal
Elaine got her dress from David’s Bridal

We needed to make some added preparations for granddaughter Taylor Dockter’s wedding at the end of this month. The wedding is in the Bahamas on December 31. Elaine had bought a dress a few months ago but needed to have it finally adjusted. So we went to the David’s Bridal store on N Tatum near Paradise Valley Mall to have it done. She had bought it at a David’s Bridal in Salt Lake City. Probably she should have gone to them sooner, but they will have it done in time. Continue reading Wedding preparations. Finally some rain. Living wills.

Bye bye Shauna and Casey. Still warm. Newsletter to reviewers.

Casey, Gizmo, Kerby, Shauna
Casey checking in at his plant while Gizmo and Kerby pal with Shauna.

We said goodbye to Casey and Shauna this morning. They came by around 7 or so, all packed up and ready to head back to Rock Springs WY. They fly into Salt Lake City and will do some shopping there before driving back home to Rock Springs. We’ve had a great visit with them, but we all need to head back to our regular lives again. I think not only Elaine and I but the boys as well will miss them. Notice in the photo that Kerby is up on the couch and Shauna’s lap; that is very rare. He does not get on lap or couch very often so it amazes us when it happens. As usual, he did not stay long. Continue reading Bye bye Shauna and Casey. Still warm. Newsletter to reviewers.

A great sunset. Elaine update. Shopping. Hot forecast.

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Another glorious sunset here in Phoenix, accompanied by a sliver moon.

Occasionally I comment about, and show photos of, our Arizona sunsets. Tonight it was so bright and brilliant I had to share once again. Our mostly clear skies that have clouds on the western horizon late in the day create conditions for these great sunsets. We also have conditions in the morning for great sunrises, but they are harder to take photos of because of the mountains to the east of the Valley. That is why you are most likely to see sunset photos here. Continue reading A great sunset. Elaine update. Shopping. Hot forecast.

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.