Starting Christmas decorations. At the pool. Christmas display.

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Our violet icicle lights are in place

For many people the passing of Thanksgiving is the signal to put up Christmas decorations. While we don’t necessarily hold to that schedule, I took advantage of Casey being here to help put up the violet icicle lights around the edge of our roof and awning. This has been a chore in years past, because there are a lot of support points where the light strings have to be attached. Pete and I had installed a series of hooks last year to which the light strings are attached, but we used a stepladder to reach those hooks. I have these lights set to come on at dusk and off at dawn. Continue reading Starting Christmas decorations. At the pool. Christmas display.

Thanksgiving Day with family and friends.

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Our Thanksgiving dinner set out on the patio.

What a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! We enjoyed a great turkey feast with Shauna and Casey and Pete Petersen. Later on Bill and Nancy Schuling stopped by and later on Bill Russell came by.  Those three did not come for dinner, though. The turkey went in the oven around 9:30; Shauna had prepared it to soak in brine overnight and it went in a roasting bag this morning and into a roasting pan. The turkey came out deliciously tender and moist. Shauna and Casey came over about 10:00 and she continued with dinner preparations. Continue reading Thanksgiving Day with family and friends.

A day with Shauna and Casey. Pappadeaux.

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Casey and Elaine visiting on our deck

Casey and Shauna came over about 11:00 this morning and we got to visit for a while before Elaine and Shauna headed off for their mani/pedi appointments. That gave Casey and I a good chance to visit. Casey works at Tata Chemicals near Green River WY, a soda ash production plant. I worked as an engineer consultant at that plant for a couple of years some time ago, so I know much of the plant well and somewhat of its operation. So I can relate directly to a lot of what Casey does and where he works. He has lately worked as a Surface Shift Superintendent, and he described a lot of what his job entails. Continue reading A day with Shauna and Casey. Pappadeaux.

Shauna and Casey. Newsletter. Elaine improving.

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Casey and Shauna giving Gizmo his expected due.

Shauna and Casey Dockter, daughter and son-in-law, came down from Rock Springs WY for a Thanksgiving visit – arriving this afternoon. We get to spend a few days with them. They are staying at the Sheraton Crescent hotel just down the road on W Dunlap Ave. They got to our place around 4:30 and after a short visit here at the house we all got in our Equinox and headed to Las Glorias Grill for supper. Shauna had been there with us on an earlier visit but this was Casey’s first visit to us in Phoenix since we moved into Royal Palm. Continue reading Shauna and Casey. Newsletter. Elaine improving.

Family breakfast. On the road again.

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The Ogden group at breakfast

It was leaving day for Destry’s family and for Elaine and me. They are returning to Gladstone OR, we are returning to Phoenix AZ.  Taylor Dockter will be leaving soon for Missoula MT. So the Ogden family got together one last time for this visit, and had breakfast at The Viaduct Grill in Green River. This is where Johnna Ogden works and her daughter Tara does as well; Tara was our server this morning. The food was good and the company was excellent. We filled quite a table, as you can see in the photo! Continue reading Family breakfast. On the road again.

Breakfast at Village Inn. Elaine at Taylor shower. Supper at Pizza Hut.

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At Pizza Hut for supper. Cora on Elaine’s lap, Rachel, Johnna, granddaughter, Shane, Cody, Taylor, Shauna, and Casey

We started off our day with our usual Saturday morning breakfast out, this time at Village Inn. Rachel, Destry, Cora, and Cody went with us. Then we finished the day with supper at Pizza Hut. The same group was there plus Shauna and Casey Dockter, Taylor Dockter, and Shane and Johnna Ogden plus one of her granddaughters. A good time was had by all. Continue reading Breakfast at Village Inn. Elaine at Taylor shower. Supper at Pizza Hut.

In Wyoming. Lots of family. This Old House.

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The house where we are staying for this visit

We arrived in Wyoming around noon today, leaving Beaver UT around 8:30. Elaine had been in touch with Destry and Rachel and we knew they were somewhere behind us. They had flown into Salt Lake City this morning, rented a car, and headed up. They had their lunch on the way so we stopped at JB’s in Evanston for our lunch. After that they got a little ahead of us, but we were both heading to the same place. Destry had rented a house under AirBNB for the weekend and we were going to stay there with them. Continue reading In Wyoming. Lots of family. This Old House.

67 degree difference. On the road.

From -26° to +41° – that was our range today, a 67° difference. It started in Green River WY at that lower temperature. Even though our Equinox started OK yesterday at -27°, the battery refused to turn the engine over this morning. But Casey pulled his Jeep out of the garage and with jumper cables the Equinox started right away. Casey and Shauna and Elaine and I then headed to The Hitching Post, a restaurant in Green River, where we met with Shane and had breakfast. We were on the road about 9:00. Continue reading 67 degree difference. On the road.

R.I.P. Jo Behrman. Snow and cold.

May she rest in peace. Jo Behrman (Elaine’s sister) died peacefully this morning around 7:45. She had been moved from the care center yesterday afternoon about 2:00, so at least she was at home in familiar surroundings with all her smells and sounds. She was still in the same position throughout the night, though, as she was when she arrived; she was comatose and she did not respond to voices at all. What was important was that she was home, where she wanted to be. Continue reading R.I.P. Jo Behrman. Snow and cold.

Server problems. Jo Behrman. Shane. Shauna and Casey.

The last 24 hours has been very frustrating! Right after I finished writing and publishing my entry last night a problem developed at the web server and my web site has not been available. That means that that even though there was a post to Facebook, people could not reach the story. I made a chat session with Arvixe tech support last night; that tech could not solve the problem and bounced it up the line to a higher level. But no response. Two more sessions with tech support today and still no resolution, though the last one did more testing and made the priority high when he bounced it up the line. I am writing this tonight using the server on my local laptop; this works fine and I will find a way to be able to post these stories for access until the problem gets fixed. Continue reading Server problems. Jo Behrman. Shane. Shauna and Casey.