Fixing leaks. Improving web site. Sunset.

Marv on roof
Marv coming off the roof in his Tyvec suit.

Marv worked on our patio awning roof today, sealing old holes from previous installations so we don’t get leaks on the deck and patio. Apparently the awning panels at our house were used at a previous location with the support beams in a different location. This left two series of holes, though someone did try to seal them off at one time. For the most part, that sealing worked but we were still  left with some holes leaking on our deck furniture and on the patio floor. Today Marv sprayed an elastomeric coating on the top of the awning roof wherever those holes showed; this should solve the problem. Continue reading Fixing leaks. Improving web site. Sunset.

Elaine’s nails. Web site working again. Health screening.

Elaine’s latest nails look good

Elaine went to the Walmart store at 19th Ave and W Bell Rd this morning to get her nails done. Purple as usual. They look great! She has a nail tech there that she always goes back to; she likes his work.

I was able to reach Arvixe tech support this morning and they were able to quickly get the Royal Palm Social Club web site ( working again. They had to make a change in the server’s IP address for some reason. I tried three times to reach tech support today but on the first two it took so long I got busy on something else and missed the connection when they finally came on. On the third time I stuck with it and was able to make the connection and get the problem fixed. Continue reading Elaine’s nails. Web site working again. Health screening.

A chair and float boards did the trick. Newsletter ad sales.

Remember I said yesterday I can’t get the dressing wet on the surgery site on my back? I still wanted to go to the pool to at least enjoy the sun and water and company. When I first got there I tried sitting on the pool steps and was able to sit high enough to keep the wound above water. But I soon found that this exposed my skin above water to the hot sun and I worried about sunburn. Never had that problem when totally immersed! But Elaine came to my rescue with a solution. Continue reading A chair and float boards did the trick. Newsletter ad sales.

Elaine skin check – OK. Warming up. Adding earlier stories.

Elaine had her annual skin check at AZ Dermatology today, and got a good report. Nothing needed attention. Come back in a year. That’s good news. Since daughter Shauna was recently treated (successfully) for melanoma, Elaine mentioned this to her doctor and was told that while melanoma can be hereditary it can come from either side of the family. No signs of it for her, thank goodness! Continue reading Elaine skin check – OK. Warming up. Adding earlier stories.

Rebuilding our history.

When we started RVing in June 2006 I started writing a blog. At first it was to record where we were and what we were seeing and to keep family and friends aware of where we were. In fact, in those early days if I didn’t write a story for a couple of days or so we would get phone calls checking to see if we were OK! I used a system of my own design on which I did all the programming – one that I developed starting in 1996 and had improved on over the years. Continue reading Rebuilding our history.

Crafting. Patio cleanup. More web work.

The group doing crafts this morning at the Clubhouse

Today was crafts day in Royal Palm, and this may be the last time this spring that there will be as many at these Tuesday sessions. The folks in the RV section are starting to head off to their summer homes or on their summer travels. But the remaining group will continue to meet on Tuesday mornings as always. Those who have left will be able to sort of stay in touch with the group through my blog posts as well as through the web site and the monthly newsletters.

We both did some work in cleaning up our deck and patio today. Elaine worked on the former, I worked on the latter. Both got cluttered over the last few weeks as items were gathered to put out for our yard sale, but now that those are gone it was time to put away or toss whatever was left. Part of my putting away included some leftover plastic pipe from our irrigation projects; I bundled the pieces together and put the bundle on the high rack where I also store leftover small size lumber pieces. They are easily available but out of the way.

Though I had vacuumed the dead leaves on the patio a week or so ago, there were still a few that I had missed because they were behind some items I did not move. Plus the deck had a layer of dust blown in by various storms over the late winter. So I got out the broom and swept all of the patio except where the car was parked; I will do that tomorrow or Thursday. Now at least the patio is clear and more organized. When I wash it down it will be really clean.

I am really pleased with my progress on the new Violette Family Association member profile database. Since the new web site is based on WordPress, the database is set in MySQL. My old database was in SQLServer and there is not a direct import function. I have been setting up the member profile data fields and input/edit forms and this has created the new MySQL database tables. I’ll be able to export the SQLServer data into a comma-separated-values Excel spreadsheet and then import that spreadsheet into the new MySQL database. But first I have to carefully rename and reorganize the data fields. The old ASP.NET and SQLServer system is quite generous in how field names are constructed, but in PHP and MySQL everything must be in lower case. But once I am through with my current tasks I will be able to quickly import all the old data into the new system and make it available to members and admins to work with at the new web site.

A quiet day earned. The Cracked Egg. Violette Family and genealogy.

As you have read, we had a very busy time over the last week and especially the last couple of days, so today we decided to not be as busy. And for the most part we accomplished that. We started with Saturday breakfast out at The Cracked Egg on Glendale Avenue. Yes, I know it is Sunday, but we did not get a chance to go out yesterday because we had to get ready for the yard sale. We’ve been to The Cracked Egg before and liked it. We ordered a skillet but probably won’t again. It was too large (we shared it and still only ate half) and was mostly potato. Continue reading A quiet day earned. The Cracked Egg. Violette Family and genealogy.

Drip fix. A job that sucks. Getting ready for yard sale. Less wind.

This was the morning the drip system for the pots out front was to run, and when I came back from walking the dogs my neighbor rushed over to tell me something was wrong. There was water all over the front sidewalk. He said he looked for a shutoff and not finding one was ready to knock on the door to let me know when he saw me walking up the street with the boys. Remember I mentioned a couple of days ago that the soaker line I put in the tray planter was putting out too much water? And remember I said I would fix it yesterday? Guess what I failed to do yesterday? Continue reading Drip fix. A job that sucks. Getting ready for yard sale. Less wind.

Elaine and the box. Breakfast in the Park. More drips. Database progress.

craft box
The box Elaine made today. It is designed to hold custom cards and/or envelopes.

Elaine and Jan Ostlund took a class at The Paper Collage, a craft store in Sun City West, today. This one was on making a paper box designed to hold paper cards and envelopes. It’s a neat design, and can be customized with different papers and designer covers. I can imagine this being used to hold custom cards and envelopes made for sale or for gifting. The ribbon you see above it can be used to wrap the box for closure. While it looked good to me, Elaine was not satisfied with this, her first effort. But I know it will improve with the next ones!

This being the first Saturday of the month, it was time for Breakfast in the Park. We attended, along with over 65 other people, so it was a great success. As usual, the meal was great and was easy to overeat.

drip feeds
These four planter pots now have drip irrigation, fed by the 1/2-inch pipe you see on the ground and with individual 1/4-inch drip feeds leading from it.

I did some more work on our drip irrigation system today. Yesterday I went to Ace Hardware on W Glendale Ave to purchase a couple of tools I forgot to get before and to get a different kind of drip head. I needed a tool to punch the holes in the ½-inch supply piping for connecting the barb fittings, and I also got a ratcheting cutter for pipe.

I tried to make the first connection to the ½-inch pipe but was not able to push the barb connector into the pipe wall. Grrr. I figured I would have to get someone with more strength to do those for me, but later this afternoon I thought of using pliers to hold the barb fitting while doing the pushing and it worked fine. No help needed.

So then I went on and did the drip lines for the five pots we have out front. In the four at the right in the photo I used regular 1 gallon per hour (gph) drip heads, but on the larger pot on the left I used an adjustable spray head since the pot is larger. I tested, and no leaks. Then I set the controller to run this zone twice a week for an hour at 7:00 AM. I still have to place a drip line to the tray in front of the larger pot; I will try a soaker line for that.

I am excited about the progress I am making on the new database system under WordPress for the Violette Family Association membership. I am using the Participants Database WordPress plugin. I had to work my way through several setup glitches, figuring out how to set things up and how to make corrections or changes when I want to do something different. It’s a learning curve situation, but I  am quickly getting stronger and more confident.

Coyote update. Membership database update. Strong Pete.

More coyote sightings here in Royal Palm. One rumor has it that the two are making a “nest” in the back yards between B and C Street. That’s not good; we don’t want them raising a family here!

No one seems to know if anyone is taking any action regarding the coyotes, so this afternoon after the pool time I made some calls. First was to Arizona Game & Fish; they don’t handle these situations but gave me two references to companies that trap and relocate such animals. We had to hire one several years ago to remove a racoon family that had made a home in the attic of a home we were renting. Continue reading Coyote update. Membership database update. Strong Pete.