Shelf fixed. Proof reading. Newsletter.

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I fixed the attachment for the lower floating shelf so it no longer tips to the front.

First thing this morning I went to Ace Hardware and bought some 3/16″ toggle bolts so I could fix the floating shelf I could not do yesterday. I left the fasteners in place at each end that Marv had used and added the toggle in the top hole of the middle pair of mounting holes. Once tightened in place, the floating shelf is now more stable and does not tip to the front. As you can imagine from the photo, that tall Galileo Thermometer at the right end would quickly indicate any tipping out of level. Continue reading Shelf fixed. Proof reading. Newsletter.

Home tasks.

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I moved the light to the rear corner to leave more room for my tablet and to avoid knocking my drinks off the table.

Mostly I did some house tasks today, catching up on a few things that have needed to be done for a while. I have been annoyed because I keep knocking my drink off the table beside my recliner – usually when I set my tablet down on the table. The post for the light was in the center at one end and to avoid it when setting my tablet down I often hit my drink at the other end. So today I drilled another hole in the table top and now have the lamp mounted at the back corner instead of the middle, giving me more room for the tablet. In the photo you can see where the old hole is and how it would interfere with the tablet. I need to get or make a plug to fill the old hole. Continue reading Home tasks.

Busy day. Neighbor update.

Interior at Kiss The Cook
The interior at Kiss The Cook is kitschy-cute

“Every meal served with a kiss!” That’s the motto at Kiss The Cook (KTC), a favorite restaurant on W Glendale Ave in Glendale and where we went for breakfast this morning. The kiss, of course, is a Hershey’s Kiss placed on your bill at the end of the meal. The decor at KTC is eclectic, with mostly kitschy antiques and household items. We ate inside, but they also have outside seating. On Saturdays you should plan to get there by 7:45 AM at the latest, for it gets quite busy after 8:00! Continue reading Busy day. Neighbor update.

Rescuing dying plants. More shopping.

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Elaine put some new plants in the gap left when some of the previous died.

Last weekend Elaine bought some plants to put in the planters in front to replace some that had died. I had planned to have Andy do the planting but he would not be able to do it until the end of next week so tonight Elaine dug in (so to speak) and did the planting herself. As it was, one small flat of plants did not survive the wait. But now our planter boxes look more full again, with the holes filled. Great job, Elaine! Continue reading Rescuing dying plants. More shopping.

Shake Shack. Office work.

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The gang eating out at Shake Shack

60 Minutes on last Sunday featured Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer in one segment, and several at the pool on Monday talked about it. The report seemed to give Shake Shack a good review on their fare, so several of us decided to go try them. There are three stores in the Valley, one in the shopping center at Camelback and Central and two in Scottsdale. We went to the first one tonight. Elaine and I brought Pete Petersen and Agnes Volk; Dale and Betty Stroh were there as were Bill Russell and Marty House and Bill’s sister Kay and Larry Hale. My first impression was negative: WAY TOO LOUD and the seats are very hard to sit on. Continue reading Shake Shack. Office work.

Looks Halloween-y. Surgery followup. Dinner planning. George Immerso birthday. Update on neighbor.

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Pete Petersen working on setting up our Halloween spider

We took more steps in getting our house decorated for Halloween today. This morning Pete Petersen came over and started helping Elaine put up some decorations – the ones requiring use of a ladder – while I was at a doctor appointment. They got quite a bit done by the time I got back, but there is still a lot to go, I am sure! Continue reading Looks Halloween-y. Surgery followup. Dinner planning. George Immerso birthday. Update on neighbor.

More shopping LOL

Last week Elaine had placed an order with Bed, Bath & Beyond for an item to be delivered but realized when she got home she did not have a receipt for it and she did not get email confirmation. I checked our credit card account and saw the charges had been made so the transaction had happened. So today she wanted to go back to the store to be sure the details had been handled correctly. We stopped to chat with Pete Petersen and Bobby Fierro on our way out and asked Pete if he wanted to come. He said yes, if we were also going to Trader Joe’s, which is nearby. Sure, we told him. Continue reading More shopping LOL

Doggy maintenance. Shopping at The Home Depot. Leftovers.

It was time for Kerby and Gizmo to have their three-week session with Danielle, this time for maintenance only. That’s bathing and minor clipping where needed. She also checks and clean Kerby’s ears; the latter is needed lately as he has some ear mites. We also treat the ears with an otic solution provided by his vet. Three weeks from now they will return for a full grooming. Continue reading Doggy maintenance. Shopping at The Home Depot. Leftovers.

Great deal at Applebee’s. Breakfast in the Park.

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Dave, Elaine, Kay and Larry Hale, Bill Russell at Applebee’s

The topic of $1 margaritas at Applebee’s came up at the pool today, so those of us there decided to head to Applebee’s tonight for supper. That included Bill Russell, his sister Kay and her husband Larry Hale, and Elaine and me. Not only were they offering $1 house margaritas (Elaine, Larry, and Bill each ordered one) but they also have a 2 For $20 deal as well. The latter consists of two selected main courses and one appetizer for two people and that’s what Elaine and I ordered. She had Lime Chicken and I had Bourbon Chicken and Shrimp. Both were delicious and we have, of course, lots of leftovers for another day. What’s more, we had a great time with good company. Continue reading Great deal at Applebee’s. Breakfast in the Park.

Getting ready. Last of the hot stuff.

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The stack of skulls is out of the box

It’s time to be thinking of Halloween decorations for the outside of the house and we took the first steps today. Pete Petersen came by and pulled out the under-deck storage tray where we store many holiday items and Elaine and I took out the Halloween stuff. One box was too heavy for either of us to lift, so Pete also took that one out and removed its contents; that was the stack of skulls you see in the photo. We have lots more to go! Continue reading Getting ready. Last of the hot stuff.