A Grand Bahamian day.

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This map shows how close Grand Bahama Island is to the Florida coast.

We don’t usually realize how close the Bahamas are to the Florida coast, so I thought I would show you a map with the relationship. The Bahamas are a group of islands and Grand Bahama Island is toward the north of the group. The dot on the map shows our location in the Bahamas, and I think we are closer to Florida than to the major islands to the south in the Bahamas! From what we have seen so far it is a nice place to stay. The natural language is English, which makes it easier, though there are some island accents that can be hard to decipher. Those folks are probably from Jamaica. Continue reading A Grand Bahamian day.

At Grand Lucayan, Bahamas.

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The view from our room, looking toward the pool and the ocean.

We are at the Grand Lucayan resort in the Bahamas now, and more or less settled in. We will be here for a week, primarily to attend the wedding of granddaughter Taylor Dockter to Kenley Brester. The Grand Lucayan is an all-inclusive resort near Freeport on Grand Bahama Island. From first impressions, this will be a great place to stay. There are several restaurants, a couple of bars, a large fresh water pool, a spa, and other things we have not seen yet. Every staff member with whom we have come in contact so far has been very gracious, friendly, and helpful. Continue reading At Grand Lucayan, Bahamas.

Atlanta: mixed emotions.

Our flight yesterday from Phoenix was delayed about ½ hour, getting us into Atlanta later than we hoped. We were staying overnight in Atlanta and have an 11:00 am flight out to Freeport, Bahamas. We got through baggage claim and headed out for a shuttle bus to our hotel. What a shock when we walked out the door into 35° weather with a 5-10 mph wind! I was dressed in my usual shorts and short-sleeved shirt; after all, we are headed to Bahamas! Elaine at least had long pants on and a long-sleeved shirt. We had to stand waiting for the shuttle for about 20 minutes, and tried to find the most sheltered spot we could. Continue reading Atlanta: mixed emotions.

Look back: Rosson House

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The front view of Rosson House

[Note: Another photo from the past showing places we have been.] In November 2010 we visited the historic Rosson House in Phoenix’s Heritage and Science Park. This elegant Victorian home shows what life was like for many in early Phoenix. When built, it was on the outskirts of Phoenix though today it is part of the downtown area. You can get a guided tour of the home and get good descriptions of what like was like in the 1895 era. Dr Rosson was active in early Phoenix politics and was a city leader. You can read my story from that visit at http://violette.com/2010/11/13/rosson-house-elegant-old-mansion/. Continue reading Look back: Rosson House

Back and forth. Carbonite vs CrashPlan. External hard drive.

I did some desk clearing today, making sure I did not have bills to pay and clearing up work papers from the last newsletter. I made several trips as a result of stuff I found. I went to Jo Elmore’s three times with checks and receipts associated with the newsletter. I dropped some stuff off at George Immerso’s. I went to Gail Brazell’s twice with some flyers and tickets for events coming up in January. I dropped off some forms with Mary Jane Caraher that the office had given me by mistake. Now my desk, while not totally clean (like Elaine’s is) it is at least more organized and there is much less on it. Continue reading Back and forth. Carbonite vs CrashPlan. External hard drive.

Merry Christmas

We had a Merry Christmas, thank you! It was a quiet day. A few friends came by to drop off a Christmas gift of handmade goodies and to leave with similar in hand. Elaine baked four loaves of banana nut bread today as well as a batch of chocolate fudge, and that was what people left with as well as some peanut brittle she had made a few days ago. Believe me, they were all good. I know, because I liberally sampled them all! Continue reading Merry Christmas

Christmas Eve.

If you have ever had one of Elaine’s Breakfast Burritos you know how lucky I was this morning. That’s a regular Sunday feature in our house. I have half for breakfast and the other half for lunch. Yum!

The discomfort I had the last two days did not return this morning. I hope it is over. Continue reading Christmas Eve.

Breakfast at First Watch. Elaine busy day.

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My frittata in the foreground, Elaine’s french toast in the background, and the bacon in the middle.

We went to First Watch for breakfast this morning. It is close and I was not comfortable driving too far due to not feeling well. First Watch is a breakfast-brunch-lunch place with an eclectic menu. We don’t go there often, but do enjoy their food when we do. I had their Frittata Rustica (A classic Italian-style omelet with kale, house-roasted Crimini mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes topped with Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Served with ciabatta toast) and Elaine had French Toast (Custard-dipped, thick-cut brioche bread topped with whipped butter and powdered cinnamon sugar). While my meal was a reasonable size, Elaine’s French Toast was two huge slices! I also ordered their Millionaire’s Bacon (Four slices of signature hardwood smoked bacon baked with brown sugar, black pepper, cayenne, and a maple syrup drizzle). Continue reading Breakfast at First Watch. Elaine busy day.

Newsletter delivered. Elaine picks up dress. Mostly quiet afternoon.

Newsletter delivered

It’s done and delivered (well almost; we still have to deliver to the doublewide section, streets L through M plus R and O). I’m talking about the Royal Palm newsletter, The Palm Press. Our volunteer team, consisting of Agnes Volk, Peggy Glidden, John Koch, Melody Murphy, Mary McDougale, and Elaine, spent about an hour this morning preparing them for delivery. The three inserts were stuffed and the package folded lengthwise and a rubber band wrapped around each. I bundled them into shopping bags counted out by area for delivery. Continue reading Newsletter delivered. Elaine picks up dress. Mostly quiet afternoon.

Brrrr: first day of winter. Choco treats. Off to printer.

Brrrr: first day of winter

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Our 7-day forecast here in Phoenix shows some quite cold morning temps the next day or so.

For once, the first day of winter here in Phoenix is the first winter day. It started with an overnight low of 41° – which is not unusual recently – but by noon it had only gotten up to 53° and did not get above 54°. With a 15 mph wind, it felt downright chilly outside, and the wind chimes on the patio were clinking! Bright sunshine, though. When I took the boys out for their morning walk around 7:30 the wind had not started up yet, so it was not too bad. As part of wintery conditions, Flagstaff AZ had its first snow of the season. All this is the result of a cold front moving into the area. Continue reading Brrrr: first day of winter. Choco treats. Off to printer.