Looks Halloween-y. Surgery followup. Dinner planning. George Immerso birthday. Update on neighbor.

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Pete Petersen working on setting up our Halloween spider

We took more steps in getting our house decorated for Halloween today. This morning Pete Petersen came over and started helping Elaine put up some decorations – the ones requiring use of a ladder – while I was at a doctor appointment. They got quite a bit done by the time I got back, but there is still a lot to go, I am sure! Continue reading Looks Halloween-y. Surgery followup. Dinner planning. George Immerso birthday. Update on neighbor.

Face boards painted. Newsletter published.

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Two of the five face boards for the planter boxes. All are painted now.

I finished painting the five boards that will be used on the face of our new planters. We used the same paint as our house trim, a dark purple. There are two of them on the stands and three more on the table in the back of the photo. They have been painted on both sides and are now ready to be installed. I will do the drip plumbing first, since it will be easier to do without the boards in place.

I finished the newsletter this morning and took it to the UPS at E Dunlap and Central to be printed. They struggled with it at first but finally discovered what setting needed to be changed so that the cover would get picked up and added to the book. I left after being able to see the first one come off and will go back tomorrow morning to pick them up. I also got the electronic copy posted to the RoyalPalmSocialClub.com web site, from there it gets posted in the Royal Palm Social Club Facebook group.

We had a good visit with George Immerso this morning. He stopped by to drop off his notes from newsletter review and stayed for a while to chat.

We went to the pool this afternoon but ended up not swimming. The pool water had gotten cloudy over the weekend – probably from the extra load of kids and adults there on Saturday. The crew shocked it this morning, but we decided to wait and let it clear up before swimming again. We did go in the spa while there, though.

Banners hung, signs out. Frantic yard sale prep.

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The yard sale banners are now on the front fence of the Park, readily visible from Dunlap Ave

We started the morning with Elaine painting some posters, one with “FRI SAT“, the other with “8-?“, which we attached to the ends of the YARD SALE banner we picked up yesterday. And we went out front and fastened both that banner and the SPECIAL EVENT banner to the front fence. This will let passersby know about the event that starts tomorrow. Then Elaine also painted two large sheets of butcher paper, one with YARD, the other with SALE, and we attached them to two large A-frame panels that Dale and Betty Stroh recently built and George Immerso painted white. We attached the paper signs to the boards and took them out front as well. Continue reading Banners hung, signs out. Frantic yard sale prep.

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.

John visit. Happy Anniversary. New LED lights.

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John’s truck parked on a vacant lot down the street

John is in for a visit today for a day or so, and this time we arranged for him to park his tractor on a vacant lot nearby us. That way he can check on it whenever he wants and he feels more secure. The Park gate is closed from 6 PM to 6 AM. Tonight he took us to Red Lobster to celebrate our 32nd anniversary as well as Valentine’s Day. Dinner was delicious! Continue reading John visit. Happy Anniversary. New LED lights.

Violette Family Association web site almost ready. George Immerso. Dave’s plug strip.

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New Violette Family Association web site

I did more work today on the new Violette Family Association web site, and it will probably go live tomorrow. I am pretty happy with the results so far, but still have some tweaking to do to get it the way I want it. This site has some features I have not used yet in my previous WordPress-based sites, so I have some learning to do on how to incorporate and manage those features. That is all part of the fun! Continue reading Violette Family Association web site almost ready. George Immerso. Dave’s plug strip.

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.

Good news Gizmo. Jo update.

Gizmo, our youngest Shih Tzu, has had eye problems almost since birth. He has had and been treated for pigmentosa keratitis for a year or more; this is a brown pigment coating covering part of the surface of both eyes. Recently he had a bulge in his left eye which has been treated by Eye Care For Animals in Phoenix as well. He was due for a followup and I had made an appointment for today. Then last week we started noticing a white streak near the bottom of his left eye and another just over the center. Continue reading Good news Gizmo. Jo update.

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.