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.

Christmas gone. Another great meal. GoWISE Air Fryer. Poppies are in bloom.

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Elaine removing ornaments from Christmas tree on porch

Our Christmas decorations are finally down. Elaine and I are feeling better so this morning we got started and got a lot of them taken down. Then this afternoon, after a break for a rest and for lunch, we finished up packing them in their boxes. Pete Petersen came over this afternoon to take down our icicle lights to finish up the job. Now all we have to do is pull out the storage tray under the deck and pack them away. Continue reading Christmas gone. Another great meal. GoWISE Air Fryer. Poppies are in bloom.

We made it to Rock Springs

Phew! It was a variable day! We left Panguitch UT this morning at 30° and no storming. As we went over the pass on UT 20 the temps dropped down to around 19°, but once we were on the other side they were back up to the 28° range. No snow. North on I-15 the going was great until we reached the Nephi area where we started getting snow falling and the roads were slushy. From Nephi to Provo we saw several vehicles the slid off the road both northbound and southbound. We did not, however. Continue reading We made it to Rock Springs

Barley Shrimp. Desk cleaning. New Year’s Eve.

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Elaine’s Barley Shrimp

Elaine loves to experiment with creating her own recipes, and they are usually great. Tonight was a good example: Barley Shrimp. She cooked barley in chicken broth; roasted some onions, and red, green, and yellow peppers; and sauteed some large shrimp, then cooked them all together to blend the flavors. I like the chewiness of the barley and its flavor. And of course I love shrimp and the veggies. Great recipe! Continue reading Barley Shrimp. Desk cleaning. New Year’s Eve.

Undercabinet LEDs – purple. Elaine reorganized shelves. Chicken Lombardy.

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Our new cabinets now have LED light strips under them to cast a warm violet glow to the kitchen.

Pete finished up our kitchen undercabinet LED lights yesterday and we love ’em! Without the white elements on there is a soft violet glow, as shown in the photo. Adding the whites increased the lumen output and there is more usable light. I had hoped there would be more light output but am happy with what we have. Continue reading Undercabinet LEDs – purple. Elaine reorganized shelves. Chicken Lombardy.

Newsletter done and out. Reorganizing cupboards.

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Elaine glaring at all the stuff from the pantry

I was in the rear bathroom this afternoon and suddenly heard lots of noise from the kitchen on the other side of the wall. I had a feeling I knew what was going on and sure enough, when I returned to the kitchen Elaine was madly taking stuff out of the pantry. She said she was tired of not knowing where things were and it was time to reorganize/organize. When she unloaded the boxes after the kitchen was done much was done in a hurry and without much thought of organization. Continue reading Newsletter done and out. Reorganizing cupboards.

Kitchen counter. Christmas decorations.

Before: The kitchen with the temporary countertops.
After: The new granite countertops are in place

At long last, our kitchen countertops were installed today! And we are as pleased with our choice of granite material as we hoped we would be. The granite crew spent much of the day doing the install. Marv Fitchett was here all the time to help in preparing for the countertop install and to pitch in when needed. And now this evening Elaine is unpacking more boxes and putting things away in the kitchen; only seven boxes to go. She did not want to do that before the tops were finished. Now we get to make those decisions about how to arrange our kitchen and everything that goes into it. Continue reading Kitchen counter. Christmas decorations.

Back in the turmoil. Setting up kitchen.

A view of the range and refrigerator area showing our temporary counter and new cabinets

We got back into activity quickly, or at least Elaine did. Immediately that we returned she had a sign project to do for an upcoming bazaar this Saturday. Yesterday she started unpacking kitchen stuff, at least enough for us to start living in our new kitchen for the next few days. You see, while our new cabinets are installed, our new countertops won’t be installed until next Tuesday! Marv did his work on schedule, but the company doing the countertops was slow in getting here to make the templates and then it will take 7-10 days to produce and install the countertops! Continue reading Back in the turmoil. Setting up kitchen.