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)┬áin 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.

IHOP. Social Club. Newsletter.

We had a good breakfast at IHOP this morning; I had a short stack of pancakes, free for doing an online review last time, plus sausage and ate part of Elaine’s omelet.

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2017 officers: Dale Stroh (VP), George Immerso (Pres), Elaine Violette (Sec), Jo Elmore (Treas)

Then at 10:00 we attended the monthly Social Club meeting. It was a good meeting, with lots of residents in attendance. We bought the cake and doughnuts for the meeting at Albertson’s after we had breakfast; the cake honors the January birthday members, including Elaine. Continue reading IHOP. Social Club. Newsletter.

Doggie door update. Tablet charger update. Crafts.

It’s working! Kerby has been using the modified doggie door on a regular basis and without any fuss or hesitancy. You’ll remember a day or so ago I added a tieback feature that allows us to lift the doggie door flap and hold it open when we want. Kerby would not go through the door with the flap down, but he goes freely with it open (pun intended). We close the flap at night so no skinny burglar or stray animal will come in while we sleep. Continue reading Doggie door update. Tablet charger update. Crafts.

Sausage frittata. Potluck supper. Elaine card class. Christmas put away.

Happy Birthday, Elaine!

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My sausage frittata

It was potluck night at Royal Palm tonight, and about 40 residents were there to enjoy the feast. Since Elaine was gone to a card class this afternoon I decided to create our contribution. After tossing around ideas for a while last night I decided on a frittata. Why not! I’ve never made one before but I sure enjoy them! It must have been a hit, because the platter was empty before the meal was over. Continue reading Sausage frittata. Potluck supper. Elaine card class. Christmas put away.

Start newsletter. Weeding. Wood flowers.

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A bouquet of flowers made from wood
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Karen Egbert and our boys

Karen Egbert came over today to express condolences to Elaine and brought with her a beautiful bouquet of purple flowers made from wood. Her grandson makes these for sale, and we had bought some during the community yard sale here in the Park a couple of months ago. Thank you, Karen! What amazed us is how quickly Kerby and Gizmo took to her; they were both in her lap in a heartbeat. While that is not strange for Gizmo, it is for Kerby. Continue reading Start newsletter. Weeding. Wood flowers.