Violette sign. Deck footstool. Echo vs Alexa.

name sign
Here’s the new Violette name sign recently added to our front planters

I completed installing our new Violette name sign this morning. This is a metal sign, painted black, with our last name in light violet done with vinyl lettering. We had it made at deSIGNery Sign Company on W Hatcher, the same place where we had the banners made for Royal Palm Social Club. Bill was very helpful in selecting sign materials and techniques.

front name sign
An overall look at the new Violette name sign

The sign is placed to cover the gap between planter face boards and helps to identify who lives here. As if they couldn’t tell from all the violet colors on the house! It fits in very nicely.

assembling foot stool
Pete assembling our new deck footstool
Elaine and footstool
Elaine and Gizmo relaxing and using our new deck footstool

My second project this morning was to assemble the deck footstool Elaine bought at IKEA the other day. Actually, Pete Petersen did the assembling while I sat and read the instructions and held some parts while he fastened them. Elaine thought the colors and materials would complement our rattan deck chairs, and she was correct. It fits in well. We both prefer to have our feet elevated when relaxing and needed something on which to rest them while sitting in our deck chairs. We both agreed that we are more likely to use our deck in good weather now that we have that footstool.

I changed the code word from “Alexa” to “Echo” for our Echo Dot. Those are two of the four options recognized; the other two are “Amazon” and “Computer”; the latter word is used often enough in our house that I didn’t want to use that one. The reason I changed it is that Elaine was having trouble remembering “Alexa” and kept wanting to call it “Alexia”. She tried some commands and got frustrated and gave up when she was not getting proper results.

A banner day. More hauling. Very windy.

Elaine and I had a banner day today, as in ordering some banners for the Royal Palm Social Club to use to advertise events. The immediate event is the community yard sale coming up this weekend, and the banners will be placed on the front fence along Dunlap Avenue to catch the eyes of passing motorists. We had talked with one company on Hatcher Drive on Friday but the owner was out and not expected back until today. So I went over there around 9:00 only to find the place locked and no one answering the doorbell. We had already tried the banner shop across the street and found them closed, so I decided to try one of the others along Hatcher. There are at least five shops advertising banner production. Continue reading A banner day. More hauling. Very windy.