Monsoon storm. Motorhome clearing. Motorhome and dealer research.

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A TV screen shot showing the storm through the West Valley tonight.

The temperature dropped from 109° to 74° in 30 minutes. 0.84 inches of rain fell in less than 30 minutes out near Lake Pleasant. A dust cloud rose ahead of the storm, towering 2,000 feet or more high. Winds blew in excess of 47 mph. The storm moved into the Valley from the north-northeast. That’s what we got from watching Channel 5 news tonight. In fact, that’s about all they were talking about during both the 5:00 and the 5:30 news segments. This was the first big storm of the 2017 monsoon season. That storm moved down through the West Valley (Peoria, Glendale, Goodyear, etc).  There was also another storm traveling in roughly the same direction but much further east – out near Superior and Globe. Continue reading Monsoon storm. Motorhome clearing. Motorhome and dealer research.

Board meeting. Motorhome clearing. Newsletter interview.

Elaine and I went to the Royal Palm Social Club board meeting this morning. It was a good hour spent discussing potential programs and activities for the Club. Part of the concern is to have activities that will bring income to the Club to help support its programs. There was a lively discussion on several topics. One activity that the Club voted to have is a “Share The Pot” activity at Social Club meetings and other Club events. People buy tickets and the proceeds will be split 50% to the winner, 50% to the Club. The first of these will be the Social Club meeting coming this Saturday. Continue reading Board meeting. Motorhome clearing. Newsletter interview.

Forecast: below normal. Management crisis at Royal Palm.

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Our 7-day forecast is for mostly below-average temps

Yesterday our temps were below normal, today they were around normal, and our forecast is for several below-normal days ahead. Normal for this time of year is around 107°, and the 103-104 range feels good. However, the humidity is rising with the monsoon shift and we are seeing towering cumulus clouds building up to the north and the east in the afternoon and a more general cloud cover in the evening. Definitely a sign that there is more moisture in our atmosphere! Continue reading Forecast: below normal. Management crisis at Royal Palm.

Babbo again. Ace coupons. Newsletter.

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Pete, Leisa, and Elaine at Babbo’s

We went to Babbo’s Italian Eatery again tonight. Pete Petersen and Leisa Herbst went with us this time. It was Pete’s first time; Leisa had been there a long time ago. Once again, great meals. I had the Pasta Puglia (Fresh Tomato Brodo, Fresh Mozzarella, Italian Sausage topped with Fresh Basil and Shaved Parmesan Cheese. Served on Fusilli), Elaine had Crusted Parmesan Chicken, Pete had Chicken Artichoke Calzone, and Leisa had a tomato pasta dish (sorry, I don’t remember). Continue reading Babbo again. Ace coupons. Newsletter.

Headlights not good. Golf cart rain cover.

We got a few complaints about the headlights on our golf cart being aimed too high. They were blinding oncoming drivers. Some time ago I added some plastic bumpers at the bottom of the lights, trying to tip them down. While it may have helped a little, it was not enough. So I tried adding another layer of bumpers, but still no good. My next trial was to add some screws at the bottom of the light fixture so I could maybe tip them further. That did not work. Continue reading Headlights not good. Golf cart rain cover.

Strange DNA results. Wildfires and smoke.

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My DNA profile has a surprising Ireland component!

I recently sent a DNA sample off to AncestryDNA for testing and received the results shown at left. Rod Violette, a fourth cousin and the Genealogist for the Violette Family Association, and I compared results and there are (as expected) many similarities. There are two anomalies, however, that neither of us can explain at this time. That’s the Ireland component; we both have similar percentage for that ethnicity! Rod’s family is strongly Acadian and our common ancestors came from the south of France, hence the Iberian Peninsula component. I also don’t understand the Scandinavia and Italy/Greece components. My father’s parents have similar backgrounds and my mother’s parents also have a similar background. And neither of them come from those areas. Continue reading Strange DNA results. Wildfires and smoke.

First Watch breakfast. Monsoon closer.

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My Barbacoa Benedict: delicious on ciabatta bread. Elaine donated the strawberries to me.

Sharlene Froberg asked us last night if we ever eat breakfast at First Watch, a breakfast and lunch place relatively near us. I told her we had gone there several times many years ago but had not returned in recent years, though I could not remember why. Elaine also could not remember why we stopped, so we decided to try it again this morning. Based on today’s experience, we will return to First Watch again! Elaine had Steel-Cut Oatmeal (made-to-order topped with house-marinated berries, fresh sliced banana and pecans. Served with low-fat milk, brown sugar and a fresh baked muffin of the day) and I had Barbacoa Benedict (two poached cage-free eggs atop toasted ciabatta with seasoned braised beef Barbacoa, hollandaise, sliced avocado and fresh cilantro. Served with pico de gallo and lemon dressed organic mixed greens). Continue reading First Watch breakfast. Monsoon closer.

Pete birthday at Pappadeaux. Hot 118 day.

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Bill, Sharlene, Pete, Dave, and Elaine at Pappadeaux

Today was Pete Petersen’s birthday, so Bill Russell, Sharlene Froberg, Elaine, and I took him out to dinner at one of his (and our) favorite places – Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen. It being somewhat spendy, we don’t go there often but it sure is a great place to go for special occasions. Since it is Friday I made sure to call ahead this afternoon to make reservations – Pappadeaux is VERY busy on Friday and Saturday nights. We only had about a ten minute wait for a table to be ready, and we got there about five minutes ahead of the reservation time.

Pappadeaux has so many great dishes it is always hard to select what I want at any time. I ordered Fried Alligator and Crab and Spinach dip for appetizers; both were delicious. Pete and I both love the alligator.

Bill had lobster, Sharlene had Jumbo Shrimp Brochette, Elaine had Pasta Mardi Gras (her favorite), Pete had a chicken tenderloin dish, and I had Alaskan Halibut Piccata. Elaine and I both brought home three-fourths of our meals and we’ll have some great leftovers. Sharlene and Bill each took some of their meal home as well. We had a large order of Onion Rings; Elaine found them too spicy for her but Pete likes them so he got to take the leftovers home.

Desserts? Of course! Pappadeaux is well known for the high quality of their desserts. I ordered the Turtle Fudge Brownie with Pecans to take home, as did Sharlene (though she started hers at the table and I snitched some bites). Bill ordered the Praline Bread Pudding Souffle with Vanilla Ice Cream and Bourbon Sauce as did Elaine (all of Elaine’s went home as did much of Bill’s). Pete ordered the Banana Pudding, which comes in a jar which you can take home.

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Our high for the day was 117

It heated up a lot today – the high reached 118° this afternoon while we were at the pool. It has been so hot lately that the pool temp was 92°, even though they run the aerators all night. The high is usually reached around 3-4 in the afternoon, but it was still hot after 5:00, as you can see in the photo at right. The 118° was a record for the date.

Monsoon in the desert?

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Monsoon storm clouds building up over the desert. Source: http://arizonaexperience.org/land/arizonas-monsoon-season

I made a reference yesterday that “we are headed into the season of monsoon storms”, and one of my readers made a comment that he did not associated “monsoon” with “desert”. But he did his homework and added a link to an excellent article that explains the phenomenon. Several years ago a granddaughter from Wyoming mentioned a monsoon reference from my blog to a high school teacher, who then took her to task saying “there are no monsoons in the US”, or similar. Once I provided her with the explanation, she passed it along to the teacher, who then apologized. I think the link provided in the comment to yesterday’s story explains the monsoon concept as well as I could, so I will quote from it here. Continue reading Monsoon in the desert?

Naked golf cart. Hot. Dry.

Independence Day is over, so today we stripped all the decorations off the golf cart. They came off faster than they went on, though we were careful in removing them so they can be used again another year. Elaine carefully packed almost all of them in a single large tub and I snapped a cover on it. The large flag wreath that was on the back of the golf cart is too large to fit in the tub, so it stayed separate; I will pack it in a large plastic bag to keep it clean. We set the tub in the shed in a temporary place; I will make a spot for it on the shelves when I reorganize some of the stuff already on the shelves. Continue reading Naked golf cart. Hot. Dry.