Dog role change. Trader Joe’s. Newsletter to printer.

Gizmo dry, Kerby wet
Kerby goes down the wet sidewalk while Gizmo stays on the dry pavement

Ever since we’ve had him (2006) Kerby has gone out of his way to avoid puddles. Gizmo, ever since we got him (2012) has never avoided them and seemed to enjoy paddling through them. Until this year, that is. Now their actions are reversed. Gizmo walks in the middle of the street on rainy days and Kerby paddles down the sidewalk and through any puddles there. Who knows how come! Continue reading Dog role change. Trader Joe’s. Newsletter to printer.

Christmas gone. Another great meal. GoWISE Air Fryer. Poppies are in bloom.

Elaine and tree
Elaine removing ornaments from Christmas tree on porch

Our Christmas decorations are finally down. Elaine and I are feeling better so this morning we got started and got a lot of them taken down. Then this afternoon, after a break for a rest and for lunch, we finished up packing them in their boxes. Pete Petersen came over this afternoon to take down our icicle lights to finish up the job. Now all we have to do is pull out the storage tray under the deck and pack them away. Continue reading Christmas gone. Another great meal. GoWISE Air Fryer. Poppies are in bloom.

John Ogden visit. Chronic Tacos.

John's rig
John’s bobtail rig parked in an open area here at Royal Palm

We had a surprise visit from son John today. He arranged his schedule so he had a load to drop off in the Phoenix area and came in late last night. He had been in touch with his Mom for about a day, trying to let her know about his plans as they changed. This time he was able to arrange to drop his trailer off in a secure yard so he could then drive his rig as a bobtail here to Royal Palm. We found a spot for him to park here in the Park so that was also secure overnight. Continue reading John Ogden visit. Chronic Tacos.

Undercabinet LEDs – purple. Elaine reorganized shelves. Chicken Lombardy.

LED undercabinet lights
Our new cabinets now have LED light strips under them to cast a warm violet glow to the kitchen.

Pete finished up our kitchen undercabinet LED lights yesterday and we love ’em! Without the white elements on there is a soft violet glow, as shown in the photo. Adding the whites increased the lumen output and there is more usable light. I had hoped there would be more light output but am happy with what we have. Continue reading Undercabinet LEDs – purple. Elaine reorganized shelves. Chicken Lombardy.

Kitchen finished. Pete on LED. An added email address for me.

Backsplash outlet strip
Backsplash outlet strip
range shelf
Shelf and box-in over our range

Marv finished up the last small items on our kitchen remodel project this morning.  The new plug strip on the backsplash was an ivory color, which did not fit in with our kitchen design. So Marv spray painted it a gloss black and now it fits in nicely. We also had him build a shelf and frame to fit over the back of the range to provide a place to put salt and pepper shakers and other items and to prevent things from falling behind the range. Continue reading Kitchen finished. Pete on LED. An added email address for me.

Christmas cards mailed. Pete and breakfast burrito. Chilly morning.

Elaine putting finishing touches to our Christmas cards

Yeah! Our Christmas cards have been mailed! Elaine and I worked for about two hours this morning on the final steps of adding the card message, addressing the envelopes, stuffing the envelopes, and adding postage. We had almost enough stamps to do the job but had to stop at CVS on our way to the Post Office to buy some more. We are glad to get those 72 cards on the way to our family and friends. Continue reading Christmas cards mailed. Pete and breakfast burrito. Chilly morning.

Bosch quiet. Social Club meeting. Kitchen done.

Our new Bosch dishwasher

We tried our new Bosch dishwasher tonight for the first time. And I can tell you that it is quiet! Except for a few instances you have to put your ear right down next to it to hear it running. It has been a long time since we had a dishwasher – since we had the house on Sweetwater Avenue here in Phoenix and except for when we stayed at my parents’ house in NH. But we decided it would be a good thing to add in our kitchen remodel here. Continue reading Bosch quiet. Social Club meeting. Kitchen done.

Board meeting. Newsletter. Gallery.

It was Royal Palm Social Club Board meeting time. Elaine, as an officer, attended it this morning and I went along as newsletter and web editor to watch and listen from the sidelines to be prepared for newsletter content. It was a fairly short meeting; there were only a few items to discuss and only one to take action on, and three of the Board members had something to do around 11:00. The newly-elected Board members attended the meeting as well; they will take office in January. Continue reading Board meeting. Newsletter. Gallery.

Back in the turmoil. Setting up kitchen.

A view of the range and refrigerator area showing our temporary counter and new cabinets

We got back into activity quickly, or at least Elaine did. Immediately that we returned she had a sign project to do for an upcoming bazaar this Saturday. Yesterday she started unpacking kitchen stuff, at least enough for us to start living in our new kitchen for the next few days. You see, while our new cabinets are installed, our new countertops won’t be installed until next Tuesday! Marv did his work on schedule, but the company doing the countertops was slow in getting here to make the templates and then it will take 7-10 days to produce and install the countertops! Continue reading Back in the turmoil. Setting up kitchen.

gang at dinner
Vaneddie Jones, Bill Russell, Marty House, Sharlene Froberg, Pete Petersen, Elaine Violette at Pappadeaux

When we heard Pappadeaux was having a Maine lobster special on Friday night, we knew we had to go. And so, it developed, did some others from here in Royal Palm. So group of us made arrangements to go together tonight. Vaneddie Jones, Bill Russell, Marty House, Sharlene Froberg, Pete Petersen, Elaine, and I went as a group. And as it turned out, Dale and Betty Stroh also went on their own; they would have been welcome to join our party had we know they were coming. The special was two one-pound lobsters for $29.95 along with  dirty rice. Elaine and I each ordered that meal and we brought home 2½ lobsters along with a bread pudding dessert. Continue reading