Sweet Tomatoes. Hashtags. Making blog tweeter. Yard sale prep.

Once more out to dinner – this time to Sweet Tomatoes. We joined Larry and Kay Hale, Bill Russell, and Pete Petersen there; it is the Hales’ last night in Phoenix as they are headed home to Michigan tomorrow. We will miss them! We had never met Larry and Kay before, but have come to enjoy them very much in the few weeks they have been here. #SweetTomatoes was good; Elaine and I have not been there for a couple of years, though we have liked it in the past. They have a great salad bar, good bakery selections, and lots of dessert choices. Pete and Bill go there often enough that the staff at checkout know them by name! Continue reading Sweet Tomatoes. Hashtags. Making blog tweeter. Yard sale prep.

Bug in the pool. Warmer day. Newsletter.

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Elaine placing the large plastic roach-like bug on the pool steps

Among the decorations Elaine bought for Halloween were three large plastic roach-like bugs. Then in her perverse humor she decided to play a trick on Bill Russell at the pool today, so she took one of the bugs and placed it on the pool steps near where the handrail leads down. Her intent was to get a rise from Bill Russell when he came to the pool, but she also got a response from some others. Bill started down the steps but immediately saw the bug and exclaimed “What’s that?!?” Pete Petersen, who was in on the gag by that time, walked over in the pool to take a closer look then reached down and said it was moving as he put his hand close. Continue reading Bug in the pool. Warmer day. Newsletter.

A new car key. Dinner at Outback Steakhouse.

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This is the replacement key fob for our Equinox

Recently the Unlock button on my key fob for our Equinox got pushed too hard and the rubber cover got depressed inside and broken out. I was able to slightly rearrange the broken cover to be able to use the unlock function, but I figured it was only a matter of time before it broke out completely and I would not be able to use my key fob to unlock the doors. I have heard that dealers charge from $150-300 to make a new key fob for you so I did some research online and found I could avoid going that route. I bought a pair of blank key fobs on Amazon for less than $29 for the pair. Continue reading A new car key. Dinner at Outback Steakhouse.

Via Delosantos supper. Hernia diagnosis. Wound still infected. Elaine’s Copics tub.

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Dinner at Via Delosantos: Dave, Elaine, Bill Russell, Joyce Garcia, Sharlene Froberg, Wayne Moderson, Pete Petersen

A few weeks ago Wayne Moderson mentioned a Mexican restaurant on Central between Dunlap and Hatcher called Via Delosantos. He thought it was one of the better ones he had been to. We have seen the place many times before driving by, but the outside appearance did not attract us so we ignored it. We owed Pete Petersen a dinner out in payment for taking care of our dogs while we were gone and asked him where he wanted to go. He had never been to Via Delosantos either and said that was the place. So while in the pool this afternoon we set that up and also invited Bill Russell and Wayne Moderson. We stopped at the Park office to ask Sharlene Froberg something and invited her as well. She had been invited to dine at her sister Joyce Garcia’s house but called and said they would join us as well. Continue reading Via Delosantos supper. Hernia diagnosis. Wound still infected. Elaine’s Copics tub.

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.

Breakfast burritos. Pot roast supper. Murky pool. 112.

Sunday is Breakfast Burrito day at our house – Elaine’s excellent ones. She cooks the meat mixture in advance in a large batch and freezes it in packages the correct size for two burritos. It’s a mix of ground beef and sausage with red and green peppers and onions chopped and mixed in. On burrito day she cooks some eggs, heats the meat mixture, puts some grated Mexican style cheese down on a tortilla and adds the eggs and meat on top and we are ready to go. Very fast to prepare and very, very tasty! The only other thing we add is salsa. Continue reading Breakfast burritos. Pot roast supper. Murky pool. 112.

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Vaneddie Jones, Bill Russell, Marty House, Sharlene Froberg, Pete Petersen, Elaine Violette at Pappadeaux

When we heard Pappadeaux was having a Maine lobster special on Friday night, we knew we had to go. And so, it developed, did some others from here in Royal Palm. So group of us made arrangements to go together tonight. Vaneddie Jones, Bill Russell, Marty House, Sharlene Froberg, Pete Petersen, Elaine, and I went as a group. And as it turned out, Dale and Betty Stroh also went on their own; they would have been welcome to join our party had we know they were coming. The special was two one-pound lobsters for $29.95 along with  dirty rice. Elaine and I each ordered that meal and we brought home 2½ lobsters along with a bread pudding dessert. Continue reading