Ladders. Tickets. Elaine class with Jan.

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My tall stepladder now hangs on the side of the house and out of the way

Today I mounted one of the ladder brackets we bought at The Home Depot and hung my tall stepladder from it. I had been storing the ladder by leaning it against the front of the shed and on the patio, but now it hangs on the house wall just behind our bedroom window. It is out of the way but easy to get to. I also hung our short stepladder on the railing of our back porch, making it easy to get to from inside the house. Elaine uses that short one most often to reach the higher cabinets in the kitchen. Continue reading Ladders. Tickets. Elaine class with Jan.

Las Jicaras restaurant. Ad sales. Home Depot.

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Grilled Steak Fajita Quesadilla

For months we have driven by Las Jicaras Mexican Restaurant on W Hatcher Rd time and time again. And every time I drive by I make a mental note to check it out sometime. Tonight was that time; I suggested it to Elaine yesterday and she agreed. This is a fairly simple home-style Mexican food restaurant; it is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I had the Grilled Steak Fajita Quesadilla; the steak was chopped and cooked with fajita-style vegetables, then cooked in a flour tortilla with cheese. It was good. Continue reading Las Jicaras restaurant. Ad sales. Home Depot.

Ad sales. Newsletter out. FMCA.

Cheryl Ringer stopped us in our golf cart this afternoon to tell me she had just come from 3A Automotive Service on Hatcher, where she had some work done. Cheryl talked with the manager about advertising in our newsletter and he seemed positive, so I followed up this afternoon. I left him a copy of the February issue so he could see what it looks like and it sounds like he would be interested in advertising. Way to go, Cheryl! Continue reading Ad sales. Newsletter out. FMCA.

Newsletter published. On to taxes.

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Cover of the March 2017 Royal Palm Social Club newsletter

Whew! The newsletter has been printed and is ready to distribute tomorrow. This issue has been more of a hassle than recent ones for a couple of reasons. Until this month I have simply copied the previous month’s Microsoft Publisher file and made changes for dates, etc. The layout remained the same, so I only had to change the content of the features. But in March we added an extra full page color ad which meant I had to add two pages, and since the printing works with four-page folios those two pages had to be an insert. I moved the ad that was on the inside back page to one page of the insert and then had to rearrange several pages so that the page numbers for the insert page fell where they needed to and so that the internal flow of various features made sense. Continue reading Newsletter published. On to taxes.

Beautiful quilt. Cleaning medical shed. Newsletter almost done.

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Craft ladies admiring the quilt Shauna made for Elaine.

We came back from doing some work this morning to find a surprise package on our deck. Addressed to Elaine, it was a beautiful large quilt done in – wait for it – violet and purple colors! It was from daughter Shauna; she made it herself, using her large quilting machine to finish it off. Elaine was so excited about it that she took it to her craft session this morning to show it to her crafting friends. I was there, and there were lots of wonderful comments about the handiwork. It will now fit nicely on our bed. Continue reading Beautiful quilt. Cleaning medical shed. Newsletter almost done.

The cheese stealer. Pépère’s tools.

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Gizmo licking his lips for the taste of the Gruyere cheese he stole from me

Is nothing sacred? I had a chunk of Gruyere cheese for supper tonight but did not finish eating it. I set it aside on the table beside my recliner, along with part of a slice of toast, to munch on this evening. I got up and did the dishes and cleaned up the kitchen, then got my laptop from the office and returned to my recliner to write this story. And lo and behold, my chunk of cheese is gone! The piece of toast was still there; I had set the cheese on the toast for later. Continue reading The cheese stealer. Pépère’s tools.

Even the poppies are on strike! Newsletter. Boxes.

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The poppies won’t open if the sun does not shine as on this rainy day

We’re in the second day of gray skies and occasional showers or downright rainfall. It’s so bad that even the poppies don’t want to open their blossoms! They only open up when the sun shines. The photo at left is of the same area I showed in my story on February 16th when they were all open. But they should be open again tomorrow. Continue reading Even the poppies are on strike! Newsletter. Boxes.

Social Club meeting. Winco shopping. Pappadeaux with Bill and Nancy.

Elaine slept in this morning so no breakfast out. Instead she made breakfast burritos for us. Then we went to the Social Club meeting at 10:00. We didn’t win the Rent Raffle this year (we did in 2015); someone else got the $475 credit against their rent for March, and others won the $100, $75, and $50 prizes.

After lunch we went to WinCo to do some shopping; Pete Petersen went along with us. While Pete shops at WinCo often, we have not been there for a couple of years. It is a great place to shop. They have a great and wide range of things to buy and their prices are excellent – lower than any of the grocery chains and maybe lower than Walmart. I know their produce is better than Walmart.

We really like the egg rolls from WinCo; Pete has shared some with us in the past. So that is one specific thing we went for. But while there we did buy several other things as well. The WinCo store is huge! I managed to get about 1/3 of the way through and had to call it quits and return to the car. Elaine finished the shopping as did Pete; I don’t know how much more of the store they covered!

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Nancy Schuling, Elaine, Dave, Bill Schuling at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

This evening we went to Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen with Bill and Nancy Schuling. Their anniversary is tomorrow and ours was four days ago, so we went out to celebrate together. Pappadeaux on a Saturday night is a challenge. We got there at 5:15 and it was already packed and had a long waiting line. But we decided it was worth the wait so I got signed in and we waited. We would have had to make the reservation call at least two days ago to be able to make one for a Saturday. I found a seat at the bar and the others stood for a while waiting. Then two more seats opened up and Elaine and Nancy took those while Bill stood by; he ordered drinks for us all while we waited. It took 1:15 before we got seated and it was 8:30 by the time we got out. Elaine wanted a large (3 lb) lobster but they did not have one so she ordered Pasta Mardi Gras. I ordered Atlantic Salmon Alexander. I had a Andouille Sausage Gumbo for an appetizer, Elaine had a Lobster Bisque. Needless to say, we had lots of leftovers to take home from our main courses plus we ordered some dessert to take home as well. It was a great evening; we always enjoy being with Nancy and Bill.

Newsletter work. Interview with a lovely woman. Costco shopping. No Reunion.

Much of my day was spent working on the upcoming Royal Palm newsletter. I have most of it done now; just waiting for news from the Social Club meeting tomorrow and any last-minute ads or items. This afternoon I interviewed Agnes Volk, who has been in Royal Palm since 1990. I always enjoy visiting with Agnes and miss seeing her at the pool. She’ll be back once it warms up again, she says. She is still very active for a 92-year-old! Continue reading Newsletter work. Interview with a lovely woman. Costco shopping. No Reunion.

Plentiful poppy season. Board meeting. Grooming day. Office repainting. No ADT..

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The California Poppies in our neighbor Chino’s yard get sun exposure all day long and the blossoms are plentiful.

I love this time of year, when the California Poppies come into their own. We started seeing the little green plants about three weeks ago and now they are in full bloom in most yards. Our neighbor across the street, Chino, has a yard with exposure to the sun from  morning to night, so his blossoms are more plentiful, whether poppies or something else. And Chino takes great pleasure in gardening and spends a lot of time in caring for his plants. Continue reading Plentiful poppy season. Board meeting. Grooming day. Office repainting. No ADT..