Iron Works – all you can eat fish fry. Making final arrangements. Funny Gizmo.

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Here’s the group from Royal Palm at the Iron Works restaurant

Wayne Moderson suggested to Bill Russell and others a trip to IronWorks restaurant at Bellair Golf Course near 45th Ave and W Bell Road. Wayne has been there many times and suggested the Friday night All You Can Eat Fish Fry. Others latched onto the idea when it was raised at the pool earlier this week and twelve of us headed there tonight. It was well worth going for! The fish was excellent – it was Alaskan Pollock. I had the fish and Elaine had their Chicken Fried Chicken, which was a huge meal with mashed potatoes and vegetables. Continue reading Iron Works – all you can eat fish fry. Making final arrangements. Funny Gizmo.

Box for Copic pens. More office organizers. Hotter.

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This is one of the smaller boxes in which Elaine stores Copic pens

Elaine has been keeping her Copic pens in some plastic boxes that will hold about 144 pens. She has two and they are mostly full so she needs more storage. She recently found and ordered a larger box, about 11×15 inches in size, that will hold ALL her Copic pens plus more that she hasn’t bought yet. This new box will hold 406 pens. She thinks it will be easier to carry the single box and have all her colors available when she goes to a class. And she has A LOT of Copic pens – more than 250 of them, in fact! Continue reading Box for Copic pens. More office organizers. Hotter.

Gizmo cutie. New batteries.

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Sometimes Gizmo will lay on my lap, but is more likely to be found on Elaine’s

I had a piece on Kerby a few days ago, so thought I would give Gizmo a turn today. Unlike Kerby, Gizmo is not camera-shy and will usually let me take his photo. However, he is easily distracted by anything that sounds like food or a package being opened so if you want him to stay for a photo you make sure not to have those noises going on. Gizmo loves being close to us and to sit in a lap or beside us in our recliners. He snuggles in close between us and the arm of our chair. But he can often be found curled up on the couch or in the dog bed on the floor. Continue reading Gizmo cutie. New batteries.

Outstanding House. 24PetWatch. Shed light switch.

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Our house was selected as the Outstanding House Of The Month here in Royal Palm

Our house was selected as Outstanding House Of The Month in Royal Palm for June. This was the second time we were selected; the first was after our remodeling and repainting a year or so ago. We are proud to be so designated. We have put a lot of work into making our house more attractive, and would enjoy the result even without this honor. You can see the sign in our front yard all this month.

Having updated the licenses for Kerby and Gizmo, today I updated the info at 24PetWatch.com – where their microchips are registered. The last address on file was our Texas mailing address and Gizmo’s info was not complete and there was no photo for him. While I was at it, I updated Kerby’s photo as well.

I added a z-wave light switch to operate the ceiling lights in the shed today. Or rather, I should say that Marv Fitchett did the wiring for me. This replaces the regular switch that has been there all along. The GE 12722 In-Wall Smart Switch connects nicely in our Nexia system. While it works locally by pushing the paddle on the switch, with a z-wave connection I can also operate the light from my smartphone, tablet, or computer. I also set up two buttons on the button panel by the front door to turn the light on and off as well.

Elaine did some major shopping at Winco and at 99ยข Only Store today. Part of it was shopping for the Royal Palm Rescue Pantry, part was for our own stores. Pete Petersen is an avid shopper at both places but has no car of his own, so he went along with her. I wish I could, but the Winco store is so large I cannot walk that far so Elaine has to handle it.

New deadbolt, finally. Garden flags. Fire extinguishers. Refrigerator cleaning. Dentist. Dog licenses.

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Our new deadbolt for the shed door

I recently wrote about changing the deadbolt on the shed door; I had installed a Schlage BE365NX model. But when I started setting it up I realized it would not work the way I wanted. I wanted to be able to unlock the deadbolt remotely from the house and lock it the same way. I did some further research and found out that the model BE469NX would do that. Too bad this was not discussed either at the Nexia web site or at Schlage’s. I ordered the BE469NX and installed it today. It works great – we can lock/unlock it using a key or using the keypad at the lock. We can also lock/unlock it using the Nexia app on smartphone, tablet, or computer. Continue reading New deadbolt, finally. Garden flags. Fire extinguishers. Refrigerator cleaning. Dentist. Dog licenses.

Go for a walk. Bridge down, temporarily repaired. Pretty posies. Painting posts.

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Kerby and Gizmo loudly telling me it is time for a walk

Twice a day the boys and I get to go for a walk. In the morning I usually wait until they tell me it is time to go; it is usually Kerby who first goes and stand by the front door, looking at me. Gizmo soon joins him. In the evening I often initiate the walk process as part of our schedule just before dinner. But tonight I waited until after dinner. Gizmo was sitting with Elaine on her recliner and Kerby was on the floor between us when Elaine asked about our w-a-l-k, spelling it out. She commented that it would not be long before they understood the spelling and, sure enough, Gizmo hopped down and went over near Kerby. I looked at them and spoke the walk word and you can see the result in the photo! Continue reading Go for a walk. Bridge down, temporarily repaired. Pretty posies. Painting posts.

Shaggy Gizmo. Breakfast in the Park. More on planters.

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Our shaggy Gizmo.

Gizmo is really shaggy, because we have let his hair stay longer in the winter, but it is time to go shorter again. That will happen tomorrow when they both go for grooming with Danielle. The photo of Kerby I included a day or so ago showed how dirty he has gotten, in addition to being shaggy. With Gizmo’s color we don’t see the dirt, but we sure can see the shaggy! And Elaine has commented the last few days that when he gets close she can smell his doggy body odor. Continue reading Shaggy Gizmo. Breakfast in the Park. More on planters.

Off to the printer. Dogs to grooming.

Finally, the newsletter went to the printer – UPS on E Dunlap Ave – this morning. I felt sorry for the manager, though, because he was alone in the shop today and my newsletter project was complex. In addition to the normal routine (inside and outside covers in color, all else inside in black and white), I also had a two sided insert (one side color, the other black and white), another two sided insert (both sides black and white), and a one sided insert in black and white. It started out OK, but then his main computer locked up and would not handle the project. He switched to his secondary computer and got one copy of everything printed OK. I left at that point. Continue reading Off to the printer. Dogs to grooming.

Bingo Cushion. Allergies lessened. O’Reilly Auto Parts. Web work.

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The Bingo Cushion Raffle flyer I made this afternoon

Gail Brazell called this afternoon and after apologizing for the short notice asked if I could make a flyer for her. She and others who run the Bingo operation here at Royal Palm had done some shopping this afternoon and they found seat cushions for sale. The one that caught their attention had Bingo sheets imprinted on it. These cushions would be good for stadium seats but also for typical folding chairs such as are found in Bingo parlors. While the folding chairs in our Royal Palm clubhouse are much more comfortable than others, I am sure they can get tiring after a time. So the Bingo team will raffle off the first one they bought today and, if successful, may purchase more for raffling in the future. Ticket prices are shown in the flyer. The proceeds will go to the Social Club, which sponsors the Bingo operation here. Bingo runs every Thursday evening and Elaine is a regular. Continue reading Bingo Cushion. Allergies lessened. O’Reilly Auto Parts. Web work.

Remote capture. Clearing my desk.

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My new tableside basket helps to corral all the items I keep on the table beside my recliner

After months of cursing when I brush items off the table beside my recliner, and having to get up to retrieve them, I finally made what I hope will be a solution. I bought a 3″x12″ wire basket, painted it black, and attached it to the far side of my tabletop. In addition to my tablet and my drink glasses, I also have the Dish remote, the TV remote, the Roku remote, the remote for volume adjustment of our wireless speakers, the mouse for my tablet, and several eye medicines for Gizmo. The tabletop was very busy, and though I tried to keep things organized some were always dropping off the far side. The basket not only extends the area of my table space but will also capture anything that gets brushed to the back. Continue reading Remote capture. Clearing my desk.