Cardmaker.

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Elaine’s new organizer in place on her desk

Elaine has been busy off and on over the last couple of weeks reorganizing her craft workspace. She cleared out some space in her craft storage closet and she has rearranged her desk. She recently bought a desk organizer unit and assembled it today and set it up on her desk. I think this will allow her to keep tools and other items close to hand. Remember, she also has six desk drawers in which to keep tools, etc! The craft paper you see filed on top of the organizer was previously stored on edge in the space where the organizer sits. Continue reading Cardmaker.

Las Glorias Grill. Coyotes. WordPress membership sites.

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I had the Alfredos Combo – jalapeno marinated steak and shrimp

We have heard from others here in Royal Palm about how good the food is at Las Glorias Grill on N 19th Ave, just south of Northern. I have seen that restaurant hundreds of times over the last 14 years driving by and have always thought we should try it. Well, tonight we did, and it won’t be the last time! We both had excellent, tasty meals. I had the Alfredos Combo – a combination of grilled marinated steak and succulent shrimp, sautéed in a jalapeño butter sauce, atop a bed of rice, and it was one of the best Mexican dishes I have EVER had!

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Elaine had Fajitas Supremas – very good

Elaine had the Fajitas Supremo – grilled steak, tender shrimp, and marinated chicken breast served on a sizzling bed of sautéed vegetables. She exclaimed about the flavors of it as well.

The restaurant has an unpretentious interior, but very comfortable. There were plenty of servers so everything moved along very smoothly. I started with a Long Island Iced Tea – never had one before and when I saw it on the menu I thought I would try it. Good. Elaine had a house margarita; good but not as good as the ones I make.

We have had a pair of coyotes in the Park over the last day or so. At first people were seeing only one, but today there were two. I sent out an alert message early this morning after Bill Schuling stopped by the house and told me about them. We haven’t seen them yet, but several people have told us about seeing them. In fact, Bill said the two were in our backyard this morning. We are very careful to be sure the boys are not in a position to become food! It will be interesting to see if the several rabbits in the Park survive.

I spent several hours researching WordPress plugins for managing organization memberships. The first problem I had was in finding the proper search terms to use. “Membership” brought up plugins that handle paid membership, and especially where there are products for sale. I tried “association” and it brought up dues-paying groups. After reading about the various plugins that came up with those searches I decided what I want is to have a custom member profile, so I used “profile” in a search and came up with at least four candidates. One was very expensive, two were moderately expensive, and one was free.

I ended up selecting the free one, mostly because it seemed to offer better features. Then I installed in on my SitePower test site and did some exploring. My conclusion is that probably none of them will provide the specialized features I need for the Violette Family Association web system, so I will have to write my own.

Perfume in the air. Tax meeting. Elaine hearing check.

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Citrus blossoms and buds contribute a heady perfume to the air

It is that time of year when you immediately notice a distinct perfume in the air when you walk outside. That comes from the citrus fruit trees as they put out a new set of blossoms for the spring. We have orange, lemon, and grapefruit trees in Royal Palm so there are a mix of scents depending on where you are. The photo at right shows, if I remember correctly, lemon blossoms on a tree behind our neighbor’s house. Right next to it is a grapefruit tree. Continue reading Perfume in the air. Tax meeting. Elaine hearing check.

Elaine nails. Park gate is closed. Ladder on a rack.

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The entry gates at Royal Palm now remain closed unless a vehicle is going in or out

Starting today, the entry gate to Royal Palm Community will be closed all the time instead of just from 6 PM to 6 AM. This is in response to a number of factors: an increase in traffic in and out of the gate having nothing to do with Royal Palm and its residents, an increase in transients entering the Park and the potential for mischief, and an increase in unease of Royal Palm residents. The Park is (or was) advertised as a gated community and many residents plus the new managers want it to be that way. This will require a change in a number of behaviors. Continue reading Elaine nails. Park gate is closed. Ladder on a rack.

Elaine and Crafts. Dave and dentist. Tax prep is done.

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Elaine’s I Am Not A Hoarder tee shirt

Today was craft day for Elaine. She did a lot of preparation work prior to going to the craft session at the Clubhouse and I helped her with some of that. She wanted copies of several stamping designs made so that she could print them out in the future, and I did that using our scanner/printer. And she wore the shirt in the photo at left; she had bought it online as soon as she saw it advertised. Continue reading Elaine and Crafts. Dave and dentist. Tax prep is done.

Ladders. Tickets. Elaine class with Jan.

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My tall stepladder now hangs on the side of the house and out of the way

Today I mounted one of the ladder brackets we bought at The Home Depot and hung my tall stepladder from it. I had been storing the ladder by leaning it against the front of the shed and on the patio, but now it hangs on the house wall just behind our bedroom window. It is out of the way but easy to get to. I also hung our short stepladder on the railing of our back porch, making it easy to get to from inside the house. Elaine uses that short one most often to reach the higher cabinets in the kitchen. Continue reading Ladders. Tickets. Elaine class with Jan.

Newsletter work. Interview with a lovely woman. Costco shopping. No Reunion.

Much of my day was spent working on the upcoming Royal Palm newsletter. I have most of it done now; just waiting for news from the Social Club meeting tomorrow and any last-minute ads or items. This afternoon I interviewed Agnes Volk, who has been in Royal Palm since 1990. I always enjoy visiting with Agnes and miss seeing her at the pool. She’ll be back once it warms up again, she says. She is still very active for a 92-year-old! Continue reading Newsletter work. Interview with a lovely woman. Costco shopping. No Reunion.

Light on the deck. Breakfast burritos. Elaine got hacked.

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The new light in place, and working

Several months ago I set out to replace the porch light on our deck – so many months ago I cannot remember when. It got done today. When we added a security door its swing hit the existing light so I decided to replace the old carriage-lamp style with a new LED light that only protrudes an inch or so. I immediately ran into a problem in that the mounting holes for the light fixture did not match either of two sets of mounting holes in the electrical base installed in the side of the house. Continue reading Light on the deck. Breakfast burritos. Elaine got hacked.

Simple supper. Home projects. Great weather.

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Soup, beer bread, and gruyere cheese

Tonight we had a simple supper: soup, bread, and (for me) cheese. The soup was leftover from yesterday’s Penny Raffle soup lunch, and we had beef and vegetable augmented by Elaine with some snap peas. The bread was made from Bountiful Beer Bread Mix by Tastefully Simple; Elaine used a can of Pineapple Wheat Beer, made from beer with natural pineapple juice added for the moisture in the mix. The cheese I had was some gruyere. Continue reading Simple supper. Home projects. Great weather.

Penny Sale and Raffle. Theme change. Sandy Hiner.

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Cathy, Mary, Cheryl, Peg, and Chris handling raffle process

The Women’s Club Penny Sale & Raffle started this morning at 9:00 and ran until around 1:00 this afternoon. This is an annual event, where residents contribute items to be raffled. Attendees can purchase groups of blind raffle tickets and place one ticket (or more) in a container in front of each item they want to bid on. The drawn ticket wins the item for the holder. There was a separate 50/50 raffle event, won by John Koch in the amount of $71. In that event half the proceeds from ticket sales for the event went to the winner. Continue reading Penny Sale and Raffle. Theme change. Sandy Hiner.