Charles and Chris. Newsletter published.

Charles and Chris Yust
Charles and Chris Yust

What a great opportunity for a visit with Chris and Charles Yust. We met them several years ago at an RV rally in Indiana and ended up getting our RV and vehicle insurance with them. Chris is a specialist in insurance and gives seminars at RV rallies all over the country. They live fulltime in a motorhome and have for a number of years. As a result, they are very knowledgeable about RV matters as well as the specialized insurance needs of RVers, whether part time or fulltime. And Chris watches out for her customers; when she read last year that we were putting our motorhome in storage she immediately contacted me and asked if we wanted to put our insurance on storage basis. This saved us quite a bit of money. Continue reading Charles and Chris. Newsletter published.

Web changes. Newsletter.

Not much to  report today. Elaine went to the Women’s Club meeting this morning, and ran the meeting since the President was out sick. She is Vice President. I am sure she did a good job. While she was doing that I worked at my computer making changes to the newsletter in process. I received a lot of information yesterday that let me finish several stories for the newsletter. I have just a couple more people to check with to finish it up. Continue reading Web changes. Newsletter.

El Encanto. Newsletter.

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The view off the end of our table included a pond, some ducks, and some turtles

Dinner tonight was at El Encanto restaurant in Cave Creek. Pete Petersen and Sharlene Froberg went with us and we had a great time. While it was a first time in this restaurant for the other two, Elaine and I have eaten there several times over the years and always enjoy it. This restaurant is set as a Mexican town, with a pond in the middle, complete with ducks and turtles, an inside eating area, and an open patio and closed patio area. There is also a large open space in the front that is a popular venue for weddings and celebrations. All in all a great experience. Continue reading El Encanto. Newsletter.

Halloween decorations. Newsletter. New webs.

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Elaine (R) working on her witch (L)

Hallowe’en season is here, and decorations at the Violettes now show it. We dug out decorations we used last year and Elaine has added some to them for this year. A notable addition is the large witch on our deck. I know there are yet a few more to put up and I am sure Elaine has some in mind beyond what I already know about. That’s a given! Hallowe’en is a fun time to decorate, and is a popular holiday in general. Elaine gets excited about Hallowe’en but it seems she got started later this year than usual. Probably because we took that trip to Wyoming a short time back. Continue reading Halloween decorations. Newsletter. New webs.

Working on newsletter. Some web work.

It’s newsletter time – The Palm Press goes to press at the end of this week. So I spent a fair amount of this morning working on the latest issue and will be doing so during the coming week. A lot of it had to wait until the Social Club meeting was held, since a number of items came up at that time that have to be reported on. And now that the meeting is over, I can proceed. So on I go, writing section  after section. I still have to meet with a couple of people to get more details on some issues, but that will get done this week. Continue reading Working on newsletter. Some web work.

An Uber experience. VFA newsletter going out.

At 9:30 this morning my smartphone alerted me to a dental appointment coming up at 10:00. Slight panic; both Elaine and I had forgotten that was coming up and she had a nail appointment at 9:30! She had the car. I quickly decided to take a taxi and thought of Uber. I had never used Uber, and wasn’t even sure how it worked. But I installed the Uber app on my phone, created an account, and made a request for a pickup in about 8 minutes. The request was made and I soon had a map on my phone showing who was coming, what car he was driving, and the map showed his progress to my location along with a countdown timer to his arrival. The address I was able to enter did not include our lot number, so he did not get right there. But he quickly called me and we met up. Continue reading An Uber experience. VFA newsletter going out.

Newsletter 1. Newsletter 2.

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The cover of the October issue of The Palm Press

Whew! Glad to get the newsletter out! The volunteers gathered at 9:30 this morning in the clubhouse and by 10:00 all 320 newsletters had three flyers inserted, had a rubber bank wrapped around them, and were distributed into bags for the delivery volunteers – there are seven “routes”. They were augmented today with three ladies who will be involved with an upcoming health fair, which was the subject of one of the flyer inserts. This newsletter is larger than my previous two, at 20 pages. I think that is an optimum size since it seems to give me enough room to express what I want and to report on what is happening. We use the  UPS office near Central and Dunlap; the newsletter is printed with the covers, inside and out, in color and the rest in black-and-white. The 20-page version costs us less than 87¢ each. Continue reading Newsletter 1. Newsletter 2.

Hectic day. Newsletter.

It was a busy and hectic day today! I started off putting on the finishing touches to the Royal Palm newsletter, then took it to UPS for printing around 8:30 this morning. When they brought it up on the screen there we noted a problem with the front page; the masthead is supposed to have a faded-back photo of the entry sign with the words The Palm Press superimposed near the top. However, the photo was not faded, so the name did not show up well. I headed back home and worked on that, finding that I  had not used the correct PDF printing routine to produce the file I took to the printer. Once I used the correct driver the front page came out properly. Then back to UPS again. It was a busy morning for them with only one person on duty, so it took a while before the project was a go. I got home around 10:00. Continue reading Hectic day. Newsletter.

Newsletter. Motorhome.

Final edits are being done on the Royal Palm Social Club newsletter – The Palm Press – and it will go to the printer tomorrow morning. I printed out two draft copies yesterday and gave them to  George Immerso and Leslie Nielsen for review. George and Leslie both reviewed the content and Leslie also did an excellent job of proofreading and suggested some valuable changes. As of late this afternoon I have all the copy available and will wrap it up this evening and have Elaine do a fresh review before it goes out. Then on Friday our volunteer team will do two inserts and fold them, then they will be delivered. Continue reading Newsletter. Motorhome.

Blooming flowers. Newsletter.

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Our Ruellia blooms for one day then disappears. Others come along later.

“You’ve got a purple flower!” is a cry Elaine often hears from me after I come back from walking the dogs in the morning. There is a pot by the front of our deck that gets the morning sun and has been producing flowers on many days. I don’t know the name of this plant; it and some others were given to us by our neighbor across the street, Chino, who loves flowers and plants of all kinds. When we returned from our RV trip this spring we found all these plants happy in our front yard. That purple flower plant does not bloom every day, but has started blooming on most days. Only once or twice have there been two blossoms on the same day. And the blossoms last only one day, then fall off. Continue reading Blooming flowers. Newsletter.