Sharlene Froberg asked us last night if we ever eat breakfast at First Watch, a breakfast and lunch place relatively near us. I told her we had gone there several times many years ago but had not returned in recent years, though I could not remember why. Elaine also could not remember why we stopped, so we decided to try it again this morning. Based on today’s experience, we will return to First Watch again! Elaine had Steel-Cut Oatmeal (made-to-order topped with house-marinated berries, fresh sliced banana and pecans. Served with low-fat milk, brown sugar and a fresh baked muffin of the day) and I had Barbacoa Benedict (two poached cage-free eggs atop toasted ciabatta with seasoned braised beef Barbacoa, hollandaise, sliced avocado and fresh cilantro. Served with pico de gallo and lemon dressed organic mixed greens). Continue reading First Watch breakfast. Monsoon closer.
Today was Pete Petersen’s birthday, so Bill Russell, Sharlene Froberg, Elaine, and I took him out to dinner at one of his (and our) favorite places – Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen. It being somewhat spendy, we don’t go there often but it sure is a great place to go for special occasions. Since it is Friday I made sure to call ahead this afternoon to make reservations – Pappadeaux is VERY busy on Friday and Saturday nights. We only had about a ten minute wait for a table to be ready, and we got there about five minutes ahead of the reservation time.
Pappadeaux has so many great dishes it is always hard to select what I want at any time. I ordered Fried Alligator and Crab and Spinach dip for appetizers; both were delicious. Pete and I both love the alligator.
Bill had lobster, Sharlene had Jumbo Shrimp Brochette, Elaine had Pasta Mardi Gras (her favorite), Pete had a chicken tenderloin dish, and I had Alaskan Halibut Piccata. Elaine and I both brought home three-fourths of our meals and we’ll have some great leftovers. Sharlene and Bill each took some of their meal home as well. We had a large order of Onion Rings; Elaine found them too spicy for her but Pete likes them so he got to take the leftovers home.
Desserts? Of course! Pappadeaux is well known for the high quality of their desserts. I ordered the Turtle Fudge Brownie with Pecans to take home, as did Sharlene (though she started hers at the table and I snitched some bites). Bill ordered the Praline Bread Pudding Souffle with Vanilla Ice Cream and Bourbon Sauce as did Elaine (all of Elaine’s went home as did much of Bill’s). Pete ordered the Banana Pudding, which comes in a jar which you can take home.
It heated up a lot today – the high reached 118° this afternoon while we were at the pool. It has been so hot lately that the pool temp was 92°, even though they run the aerators all night. The high is usually reached around 3-4 in the afternoon, but it was still hot after 5:00, as you can see in the photo at right. The 118° was a record for the date.
Independence Day is over, so today we stripped all the decorations off the golf cart. They came off faster than they went on, though we were careful in removing them so they can be used again another year. Elaine carefully packed almost all of them in a single large tub and I snapped a cover on it. The large flag wreath that was on the back of the golf cart is too large to fit in the tub, so it stayed separate; I will pack it in a large plastic bag to keep it clean. We set the tub in the shed in a temporary place; I will make a spot for it on the shelves when I reorganize some of the stuff already on the shelves. Continue reading Naked golf cart. Hot. Dry.
We had breakfast this morning at the U.S. Egg restaurant at 2957 W Bell Rd here in Phoenix. I took us there mainly because I wanted their Protein Pancakes (Filled with Wild Maine Blueberries, homemade granola, cinnamon, and silvered almonds), but when I got there I realized it was appropriate for this Independence Day weekend because of their wall art. That flag, made from colored egg cartons, has always made me smile! There are several U.S. Egg restaurants around the Valley, but we have only eaten at this one and the one at 402 E. Greenway Parkway in Phoenix. Continue reading U. S. Egg. 112 today. Workshop parts boxes.
Finally, my permanent bridge is in place. The dentist told me to not bite with those teeth for another 24 hours, while the cement is curing. But after that I should be able to eat as normal. The new bridge has none of the roughness and edges the temporary one had. I must have been good, because the last temporary did not break and did not come loose. The tech had to work hard to remove it. Continue reading New permanent bridge. John is off. Sorting parts.
I think I felt a temperature drop today – it was only 109°! That didn’t stop Elaine from remarking about the heat when we went out this morning, though. The forecast for the next week calls for temps in the 107-109 range.°
We went out this morning to cruise the Park looking for newsletters still hanging on mailboxes. We had been alerted to this over the weekend and had picked up some we knew were on vacation, but there were many others about whom we did not know, so we waited until after mail had been delivered on Monday. Continue reading Temp drop? Newsletter pickup. New managers. Score sheet.
It was a simple request, and one I thought would be easy to accomplish. It turned into an hour or more of complexity! Elaine asked me to install the Kindle reading app on her new tablet. As it turned out, the app was already there but there were only four books showing when there should have been hundreds. That was because the app was logged in under her Amazon/Kindle account instead of mine. So my first step was to add her account to mine and form a household account so we can share the library. That way she can also share in my Amazon Prime account. Continue reading Kindle app. June 26 1990 =122. 112 today.
I discovered that my Allway Sync Pro backup system was not operating. It must have gotten lost when my computer was last worked on by Geek Squad. I use CrashPlan by Code42 for my online backups and also have CrashPlan do a backup to my external hard drive. But those backups are in a compressed format not directly readable without going through CrashPlan, so for convenience I also do plain file backups to the external hard drive using Allway Sync. I have been using Allway Sync for more than ten years, with great satisfaction. Continue reading Backing up. Vacationers. 114.
We had an excellent supper tonight at Las Gloria’s Grill, with Pete, Lisa, and Bill. At the pool this afternoon Elaine asked where I was taking her for supper, and that was my choice. Apparently it also suited Pete and Bill since they said they wanted to join us. And Pete contacted Lisa, who had been wanting to go there for some time so she joined us as well. Continue reading Las Glorias. Village Inn. Clean desk. 115.
Elaine had a eye doctor appointment and got a good report. Her eyes are healthy and in good shape, except for cataracts that are forming. The latter will not be ready for surgery for a couple of years or so, Dr Jacobson said. She has reported a strange spot pattern upon arising in the morning that goes away right off, but they did not find any reason for this to happen. I have a theory that I shared with the doctors and they thought it likely, but we have to do some testing at home to determine if it is true or not. Continue reading Her eyes have it. Newsletter delivered. 112.