Motorhome for sale. Shopping trip. More dental work. Ghost pepper.

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Our Phaeton 40QTH motorhome as shown at the Sun City RV web site

Our 2012 Phaeton 40QTH motorhome is now listed at SunCityRV.com! You can view the listing, read the details, and see all the luscious photos by clicking on the link above. They did a great job of cleaning it up. It is so temptingly described and depicted I would be tempted to buy it! (Were we not SELLING it) Aside from several misspellings they did a good job in the description. I think they should have included a photo showing the slideout basement storage trays and others showing the inside of the basement compartment doors with the enhancements I made, and I will suggest those. Continue reading Motorhome for sale. Shopping trip. More dental work. Ghost pepper.

Back to heat and storm. Teeth clean.

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Vivid storm clouds to the northeast. Those are towering cumulus clouds that may rise to over 60,000 feet. They are awesome when lit by evening sun.

Elaine has commented several times last night and today that she is aware that we are back in Arizona because of the heat. It hit a high of 108° today (average high for the date is 103°), compared with the mid-80s we experienced recently while in Wyoming and Utah. She is quick to say, however, that she prefers the heat here to the cold in Wyoming; that’s a preference we share and is the reason we moved here from Wyoming 17 years ago. Continue reading Back to heat and storm. Teeth clean.

Newsletter published. Kim Kommando.

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Cover of the August issue of The Palm Press. Click the cover to download the newsletter.

The Royal Palm newsletter has been printed and is going out electronically tonight. The printed version will be delivered tomorrow. I had already copied to the USB drive last night, ready to go this morning. Then, after it was at UPS being printed, Park management said they wanted to get some news out to residents about testing of the new gate next week. So I went back home and did a quick flyer, printed ten color copies for bulletin boards, and printed a black and white copy for copying. Then this afternoon I took the flyer to UPS so they could print 330 copies to go as inserts in the newsletter. Good thing they said something about it in time! Continue reading Newsletter published. Kim Kommando.

New permanent bridge. John is off. Sorting parts.

Finally, my permanent bridge is in place. The dentist told me to not bite with those teeth for another 24 hours, while the cement is curing. But after that I should be able to eat as normal. The new bridge has none of the roughness and edges the temporary one had. I must have been good, because the last temporary did not break and did not come loose. The tech had to work hard to remove it. Continue reading New permanent bridge. John is off. Sorting parts.

New temporary bridge. Father’s Day was great. 118 today.

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I have a new temporary bridge on top in front

Back to Aspen Dental this morning to have the previous temporary bridge removed, things cleaned up, more fine tuning done on the posts, and a new temporary bridge installed. The previous one was installed a month ago and I had to wait while the gums healed from having three teeth removed in preparation for the new bridge. All healed well, and I got the new temporary today. In two weeks I’ll get the permanent one. The previous one broke a week ago, so this last week I have had no teeth in the front on my upper jaw. Check out my photo at right – see, I know how to do selfies! Continue reading New temporary bridge. Father’s Day was great. 118 today.

New deadbolt, finally. Garden flags. Fire extinguishers. Refrigerator cleaning. Dentist. Dog licenses.

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Our new deadbolt for the shed door

I recently wrote about changing the deadbolt on the shed door; I had installed a Schlage BE365NX model. But when I started setting it up I realized it would not work the way I wanted. I wanted to be able to unlock the deadbolt remotely from the house and lock it the same way. I did some further research and found out that the model BE469NX would do that. Too bad this was not discussed either at the Nexia web site or at Schlage’s. I ordered the BE469NX and installed it today. It works great – we can lock/unlock it using a key or using the keypad at the lock. We can also lock/unlock it using the Nexia app on smartphone, tablet, or computer. Continue reading New deadbolt, finally. Garden flags. Fire extinguishers. Refrigerator cleaning. Dentist. Dog licenses.

Plants planted, post set. Dental work done.

Andy Goodhart was here after lunch and dug the hole for the eighth post in the front yard as well as for several of the plants we bought recently. So the last post is set and three plants are planted. Elaine and I worked out the start of the plant arrangement for the front yard, which includes the two lantanas, the sweet pea, and the ruellias. He’ll be back tomorrow to plant the remaining items and to spread the excavated dirt smooth to make it ready for fabric and new stone cover. Continue reading Plants planted, post set. Dental work done.

Go for a walk. Bridge down, temporarily repaired. Pretty posies. Painting posts.

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Kerby and Gizmo loudly telling me it is time for a walk

Twice a day the boys and I get to go for a walk. In the morning I usually wait until they tell me it is time to go; it is usually Kerby who first goes and stand by the front door, looking at me. Gizmo soon joins him. In the evening I often initiate the walk process as part of our schedule just before dinner. But tonight I waited until after dinner. Gizmo was sitting with Elaine on her recliner and Kerby was on the floor between us when Elaine asked about our w-a-l-k, spelling it out. She commented that it would not be long before they understood the spelling and, sure enough, Gizmo hopped down and went over near Kerby. I looked at them and spoke the walk word and you can see the result in the photo! Continue reading Go for a walk. Bridge down, temporarily repaired. Pretty posies. Painting posts.

Bridge reconstruction. Pulling poppies. Work on newsletter.

A few weeks ago I went to the dentist at Aspen Dental on W Peoria Ave to have him check out my bridge (on the top middle). The right end seemed to be loose, but he said it was not loose enough to come out easily and suggested waiting another couple of weeks or so to see if it became looser. Today was the day, and while it had loosened a little more, it still did not come out easily. However, with some hammering on the left end he was able to remove the bridge unharmed! He then inspected and found that a small portion of the top of the right abutment tooth had broken off. He cleaned out the end of the bridge and generally cleaned up the area and then recemented the bridge back in place. Done! Continue reading Bridge reconstruction. Pulling poppies. Work on newsletter.

Drip good, grip bad. Bridge over troubled… teeth? SpamFighter.

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The irrigation controller. I had connected the common wire to the blue MSTR terminal instead of the white COMMON terminal. Duh!

Remember I said a week or so ago that I could not get the irrigation valves to operate? Today Pete Petersen came over with his multimeter to check out my system to see if we could figure out what was wrong. It didn’t take long – I had connected to common wire to something other than the common post! Once moved where it should be all valves worked fine. Continue reading Drip good, grip bad. Bridge over troubled… teeth? SpamFighter.