Golf cart undecorating. Christmas dinner prep. Elaine update.

This morning I removed some of the decorations on the golf cart, but only the wings, crown, and halo. Elaine wanted to leave the rest for a while at least, but I wanted to get rid of the things that caused obstructions (the wings) or were likely to come apart (the crown and halo). What’s left will still leave a brightly decorated golf cart for the season! Continue reading Golf cart undecorating. Christmas dinner prep. Elaine update.

More rope lights. Lab and shopping. Prescriptions timing.

More rope lights

more rope lights
I added the rope lights on the deck railings today plus some added ornaments hanging from the edge of the awning

The second and third set of rope lights came in today, so I installed them this afternoon. One rope extends from the rope on the planter boxes, wraps around the top rail on front of the deck and the stair railing, and ends on the rail post. The other starts at the stairs end of the top rail along the main part of the deck and wraps its way as far as it will go. Both ropes are 24-foot with violet LED lights. They are sold by Lamplust on Amazon. I discovered after receiving the first rope that you can join together up to seven of these ropes. This would give you about 170 feet of lights. Continue reading More rope lights. Lab and shopping. Prescriptions timing.

Elaine better. Shopping, shopping, shopping. Purple lights, red lights.

As proof that Elaine is feeling better, we went shopping this morning at Trader Joe’s and Costco and this afternoon at Winco! Each of those stores has things that we buy there rather than other places, including our regular grocery shopping store – Fry’s. Pete Petersen went with us to take advantage of the transportation and to share in the shopping. Elaine made it through the morning quite well, but took a short nap after lunch. And then she handled the afternoon shopping as well. That was good news! Continue reading Elaine better. Shopping, shopping, shopping. Purple lights, red lights.

Bye bye Shauna and Casey. Still warm. Newsletter to reviewers.

Casey, Gizmo, Kerby, Shauna
Casey checking in at his plant while Gizmo and Kerby pal with Shauna.

We said goodbye to Casey and Shauna this morning. They came by around 7 or so, all packed up and ready to head back to Rock Springs WY. They fly into Salt Lake City and will do some shopping there before driving back home to Rock Springs. We’ve had a great visit with them, but we all need to head back to our regular lives again. I think not only Elaine and I but the boys as well will miss them. Notice in the photo that Kerby is up on the couch and Shauna’s lap; that is very rare. He does not get on lap or couch very often so it amazes us when it happens. As usual, he did not stay long. Continue reading Bye bye Shauna and Casey. Still warm. Newsletter to reviewers.

Shauna and Casey. Newsletter. Elaine improving.

Casey, Shauna, Gizmo
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.

Pizza at Joey’s. Social Club meeting. Elaine better. Patio cleanup.

pizza from Joey's
The Meat Pizza (sausage, salami, pepperoni) with anchovies on my half and pineapple on Elaine’s.

Since we did not go out for breakfast this morning we decided to go out for lunch instead. I have been wanting to go back to Joey’s California Bistro, near 7th St and Bell Rd, so we headed there. We’ve been to Joey’s once in the past, when we lived on Sweetwater Ave, and I remembered the fare as being good but I could not remember why we have not been back since. Perhaps it is because we seldom go out for pizza. In any case, we had the 12-inch pizza (the only size on the menu). We ordered the Meat Pizza: sauce, cheese, sausage, salami, and pepperoni. I had anchovies added to my half, Elaine had pineapple added to hers. Continue reading Pizza at Joey’s. Social Club meeting. Elaine better. Patio cleanup.

Elaine: better. Alexa Dot.

Good news – apparently the antibiotic is working, and Elaine is starting to feel better. She went to Dr Warren Johnson today, our primary care physician, and he ordered some blood tests which should help identify what is happening. And we should have the urine culture results back in a day or so, which may indicate a change in antibiotic. While still very tired, she has better color today, and by this afternoon seemed a little more lively. Continue reading Elaine: better. Alexa Dot.

Elaine: infection. Gizmo Walgreens account. Gizmo new leash.

Thank you to all her friends and family who encouraged (persuaded?) Elaine to (finally) go to a doctor! Last night she said it was time to go to FastMed, an urgent care facility near us, in the morning. So off we went at 9:00 and she was seen by the medical assistant and the nurse practitioner. The immediate diagnosis was a urinary tract infection, which surprised Elaine since she did not have the usual symptoms. They prescribed an antibiotic but said she should go to her primary care physician, because there were other possible symptoms. We have an appointment with Dr Warren Johnson tomorrow morning. Continue reading Elaine: infection. Gizmo Walgreens account. Gizmo new leash.

Posting to Craigslist. Elaine update. Warm and dry.

Iris Smart Kit
Lowe’s Iris Smart Kit home monitoring and automation starter kit

I have started posting some items for sale on Craigslist; these are the “high-ticket” items that did not sell in the yard sale over the weekend. I have only a little experience with using Craigslist. I had advertised some items last year but the only response was from a scammer and I cut that off quickly. A couple of items are things I had bought for the house but never used. One is an Iris Smart Kit – a home automation and monitoring package. I bought this but before it got installed we replaced our HVAC system and the new system came with a Nexia bridge built into the thermostat, so I didn’t need the Iris system. Price new $299; I am asking $125. Here’s a link to the listing. Continue reading Posting to Craigslist. Elaine update. Warm and dry.