Violette sign. Deck footstool. Echo vs Alexa.

name sign
Here’s the new Violette name sign recently added to our front planters

I completed installing our new Violette name sign this morning. This is a metal sign, painted black, with our last name in light violet done with vinyl lettering. We had it made at deSIGNery Sign Company on W Hatcher, the same place where we had the banners made for Royal Palm Social Club. Bill was very helpful in selecting sign materials and techniques.

front name sign
An overall look at the new Violette name sign

The sign is placed to cover the gap between planter face boards and helps to identify who lives here. As if they couldn’t tell from all the violet colors on the house! It fits in very nicely.

assembling foot stool
Pete assembling our new deck footstool
Elaine and footstool
Elaine and Gizmo relaxing and using our new deck footstool

My second project this morning was to assemble the deck footstool Elaine bought at IKEA the other day. Actually, Pete Petersen did the assembling while I sat and read the instructions and held some parts while he fastened them. Elaine thought the colors and materials would complement our rattan deck chairs, and she was correct. It fits in well. We both prefer to have our feet elevated when relaxing and needed something on which to rest them while sitting in our deck chairs. We both agreed that we are more likely to use our deck in good weather now that we have that footstool.

I changed the code word from “Alexa” to “Echo” for our Echo Dot. Those are two of the four options recognized; the other two are “Amazon” and “Computer”; the latter word is used often enough in our house that I didn’t want to use that one. The reason I changed it is that Elaine was having trouble remembering “Alexa” and kept wanting to call it “Alexia”. She tried some commands and got frustrated and gave up when she was not getting proper results.

Alexa and Dish. IKEA. Las Glorias Grill.

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Elaine’s two large IKEA shopping bags

Elaine got invited to go to IKEA this morning with Pete Petersen and Bill Russell. They have often talked of shopping there but we have never been to an IKEA store mostly because they are just too large for me to last long in. So she was pleased to have this opportunity. They left around 9:30 and returned around 2:30, which means they spent about four hours in the store! She came home with two very large blue shopping bags as you can see in the photo, plus a box containing a knocked-down hassock or footstool for the deck that will need to be assembled. Continue reading Alexa and Dish. IKEA. Las Glorias Grill.