Valentine’s Day. In hot water (again). Early morning. Taxes.

Valentine’s Day

dancers
Dancers active on the floor

We attended a Valentine’s Day Dance and Party at the Clubhouse tonight. It was put on by the Women’s Club and was attended by 35-40 people. Marv Fitchett was our DJ (not KJ this time) and played a great selection of music. Many folks danced, and during one period a group did some line dancing, for which they had practiced on Sunday. Not every song brought people to the dance floor, but those from the 40s and 50s and 60s brought the most. Not surprising, given the age of the crowd.

anniversary cake
There was a cake to celebrate two anniversaries; Denny and Marvelyn, and Elaine and I.

Two couples were celebrating anniversaries in addition to Valentine’s Day. Elaine and I are celebrating our 33rd and Denny and Marvelyn Splangler are celebrating their 37th. Another couple, Nellie and Jim, also have an anniversary today but were not at the party. We also had ice cream and there were many other treats as well. Continue reading Valentine’s Day. In hot water (again). Early morning. Taxes.

Happy Birthday, Elaine. Pappadeaux. Gizmo escapes.

Pasta Mardi Gras
Elaine’s favorite – Pasta Mardi Gras

Happy Birthday, Elaine! For the most part we had a quiet day. She fixed breakfast burritos this morning (yum!) and we took it easy the rest of the morning. This afternoon she worked at her computer doing minutes from the last Park Association board and club meetings and I spent a couple of hours working on the upcoming newsletter. It was easy. She had birthday phone calls from her kids, which made her very happy. Tonight I took her to Pappadeaux for dinner – it was her choice. Continue reading Happy Birthday, Elaine. Pappadeaux. Gizmo escapes.

Shed addition. Women’s Club. A visit to Chase Bank. Shopping at JoAnn’s, Hi-Health, and Fry’s.

shed addition
The addition to the rear of our shed has been finished

Marv finished his work on our shed addition today. It is now painted to match our existing shed and our house, and fits in quite well. Now it is my turn; I have to add the storage shelving inside as well as the padlocks for the doors. I am looking forward to getting those tasks done so we can start sorting out the plastic tubs now stored in the middle of the shed itself. That is mostly stuff from our motorhome, and we need to go through it to determine what to keep and what to get rid of. Royal Palm Social Club will hold a community yard sale on November 11th, and we want to have stuff ready to sell then. Continue reading Shed addition. Women’s Club. A visit to Chase Bank. Shopping at JoAnn’s, Hi-Health, and Fry’s.

Christmas dinner planning. Costco. Shed addition.

Marv and shed addition
Marv working on the shed addition

Marv Fitchett was back at work on our shed addition today, and is making good progress. The roof panels are in place as is some of the siding, and he added two of the three doors today. At this point you can get an idea of what the space will look like, and I think it will provide a good amount of added room for storage. Continue reading Christmas dinner planning. Costco. Shed addition.

Shed addition. Newsletter printed. Leftovers. Internet down.

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Part of the shed addition framing is in place.

Marv worked some more on our shed addition today and now has two walls up as well as the roof structure. I expect he will continue with it now that he has gotten back to it. He sometimes has to juggle projects, as he has a number of them going at any time. That’s the way it is in the life of a contractor handyman! He has to have several jobs on tap or in the works to keep the revenues flowing. Continue reading Shed addition. Newsletter printed. Leftovers. Internet down.

Getting flu shots. A shed extension. October birthday bash.

Elaine getting shot
Elaine getting her flu shot, with Annie Wallace helping her

Walgreen’s sponsored a flu shot clinic here at Royal Palm today. They provided flu shots to residents at no co-pay cost; all we had to do was show up and bring our ID and insurance card. We just needed a minimum of 25 to keep it free. Elaine does not like needles, however. She shielded her eyes while I got my shot and then Annie Wallace had fun with her by offering to hold her while she got hers. It was a fun scene, as you can see in the photo, and all those in the room got quite a charge from it! The lady administering the shots did not quite know what to make of it. Continue reading Getting flu shots. A shed extension. October birthday bash.

Fixing leaks. Improving web site. Sunset.

Marv on roof
Marv coming off the roof in his Tyvec suit.

Marv worked on our patio awning roof today, sealing old holes from previous installations so we don’t get leaks on the deck and patio. Apparently the awning panels at our house were used at a previous location with the support beams in a different location. This left two series of holes, though someone did try to seal them off at one time. For the most part, that sealing worked but we were stillĀ  left with some holes leaking on our deck furniture and on the patio floor. Today Marv sprayed an elastomeric coating on the top of the awning roof wherever those holes showed; this should solve the problem. Continue reading Fixing leaks. Improving web site. Sunset.

Busy day. Neighbor update.

Interior at Kiss The Cook
The interior at Kiss The Cook is kitschy-cute

“Every meal served with a kiss!” That’s the motto at Kiss The Cook (KTC), a favorite restaurant on W Glendale Ave in Glendale and where we went for breakfast this morning. The kiss, of course, is a Hershey’s Kiss placed on your bill at the end of the meal. The decor at KTC is eclectic, with mostly kitschy antiques and household items. We ate inside, but they also have outside seating. On Saturdays you should plan to get there by 7:45 AM at the latest, for it gets quite busy after 8:00! Continue reading Busy day. Neighbor update.

Back yard awning. Card class. Potluck.

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This is the first step: the awning structure is in place

Marv Fitchett worked today installing our back yard awning. This awning is about 4 ft wide by 20 ft long and covers the back porch and back to the rear of the house. The idea is to keep rain off the porch and to some extent off the dogs’ outside area. It will also provide some shade except in late afternoons in the summer. We have fenced the area off so far using the portable foldable dog fence we used during our RVing years, but Marv will be installing a 4 ft high lattice fence in the new system. Continue reading Back yard awning. Card class. Potluck.

Breakfast in the Park. Video visit with Destry family.

We had Breakfast in the Park this morning; 45 people attended, which was a good turnout for this time of year. It was the usual offerings – biscuits and sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage and/or bacon, blueberry pancakes, hash browns, fruit, and juice. While I didn’t eat all of those things, my biscuit and gravy, eggs, and sausage were great. The best part is all the people we got to have breakfast with! Continue reading Breakfast in the Park. Video visit with Destry family.