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.

Elaine new computer. Dave computer at Geek Squad.

Elaine new computer

new Lenovo
Elaine’s new Lenovo All-In-One has a 23.8-inch screen, The whole computer is contained in the screen housing.

It was way past time, so today we went to Best Buy and bought a new computer for Elaine. Hers has given good service for several years but has become slower and slower as time goes on. I have called on Dell tech support a couple of times to fix it, have taken it to Geek Squad, and have done some fixes several times myself. But the end result in each case was only temporary improvements. So what to buy? We have both used laptops for many years (since 1993 for me) but when we travel Elaine most recently has taken only her tablet. So maybe a laptop is not needed? A desktop? Too large, takes too much space on and under her desk. We finally decided on an all-in-one. Continue reading Elaine new computer. Dave computer at Geek Squad.

Favorite Velcro strips. X-Rays. Lemon-frosted brownies. Rain coming.

Favorite Velcro strips

velcro strips
Finally found them – my favorite Velcro fasteners

Several years ago I found some Velcro strips that came on a roll, and I loved ’em! These are ½-inch wide by 8 inches long and come connected end-to-end on a roll. You simply unroll as many as you need and separate them one at a time to use them. They are perfect for cables and wires because they can be attached to the cable using the loop at the wide end and then wrapped around the coiled cable when needed. What’s really great about them is that they are thin and not fuzzy. Continue reading Favorite Velcro strips. X-Rays. Lemon-frosted brownies. Rain coming.

Dirty white boy no longer. More decorations down. Panic.

Kerby before
Kerby before his bath and grooming
Kerby after
Kerby after his bath and grooming

A week overdue, Kerby and Gizmo went to Danielle’s home shop today for grooming. We were shocked when we returned home from our trip to see how dirty Kerby had become. He always gets dirty legs, but this time they were even dirtier, as was his belly. With so much white hair it really shows on him, where it doesn’t on Gizmo with his black/grey hair. Continue reading Dirty white boy no longer. More decorations down. Panic.

Twelve Days of Christmas – decorations down. Breakfast in the Park.

Twelve Days of Christmas

Today is the Day of Epiphany, and the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas. I have traditionally left Christmas decorations in place for those twelve days, so today they started coming down. Pete Petersen helped me take down the icicle lights today and I have them all bundled and ready to store. Tonight I turned off the controllers that turn on and off our outside lights, and tomorrow we will continue taking down decorations. Our house always looks so plain once our violet lights and the decorations are gone. But they will be back next year! Continue reading Twelve Days of Christmas – decorations down. Breakfast in the Park.

Boys are happy. First day home.

We arrived home around 12:15 am this morning, via Uber ride from the Phoenix airport. We got out of the car and Elaine headed for the house while the driver and I got the luggage out from the rear. She says she walked in the door and it took a few seconds to get a reaction from the boys, but then Gizmo and Kerby were all over her. They followed her into the kitchen, excited as can be, with Gizmo dancing and Kerby being as excited as his old body would allow. In a minute or two Gizmo headed for the door to see if I was there, too. Continue reading Boys are happy. First day home.

Merry Christmas

We had a Merry Christmas, thank you! It was a quiet day. A few friends came by to drop off a Christmas gift of handmade goodies and to leave with similar in hand. Elaine baked four loaves of banana nut bread today as well as a batch of chocolate fudge, and that was what people left with as well as some peanut brittle she had made a few days ago. Believe me, they were all good. I know, because I liberally sampled them all! Continue reading Merry Christmas

Christmas Eve.

If you have ever had one of Elaine’s Breakfast Burritos you know how lucky I was this morning. That’s a regular Sunday feature in our house. I have half for breakfast and the other half for lunch. Yum!

The discomfort I had the last two days did not return this morning. I hope it is over. Continue reading Christmas Eve.

Thanksgiving Day with family and friends.

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Our Thanksgiving dinner set out on the patio.

What a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! We enjoyed a great turkey feast with Shauna and Casey and Pete Petersen. Later on Bill and Nancy Schuling stopped by and later on Bill Russell came by.  Those three did not come for dinner, though. The turkey went in the oven around 9:30; Shauna had prepared it to soak in brine overnight and it went in a roasting bag this morning and into a roasting pan. The turkey came out deliciously tender and moist. Shauna and Casey came over about 10:00 and she continued with dinner preparations. Continue reading Thanksgiving Day with family and friends.

Elaine: better. Board meeting. Church’s Chicken. Newsletter ads.

Good to see that Elaine is feeling better and stronger! She felt good enough to go to the Royal Palm Social Club Board meeting this morning. That was a great effort for her, but she handled it well. She knew she was not over the infection problem as her mind was still fuzzy, but she got through the two-hour session. She was glad to get back home, though, and she spent most of the afternoon in her recliner. Continue reading Elaine: better. Board meeting. Church’s Chicken. Newsletter ads.