Dry again. Board meeting. Web progress. Bingo. LED lights.

Dry again

We’ve had some rain over the last couple of days, resulting in about 3/10ths of an inch in our area. In fact, we had several consecutive hours of rain yesterday; not raining hard but fairly constant. That was good, for we need it. It looks like we’ll be clear for the next few days, with temps in the mid-70s, but next week the forecast calls for temperature drops to below normal (69-70° is normal this time of year) and the possibility of more rain. Continue reading Dry again. Board meeting. Web progress. Bingo. LED lights.

Cleaning house. Rain. Newsletter. Web work.

Cleaning house

shelves cleared
Elaine cleared a lot from three of her shelves in the office bathroom. There’s another shelf higher, but I couldn’t get it in the photo.

Remember I told you that Elaine cleared out some rubber stamps last week? Well, she was at it again today and did a major clean of her shelves in the office bathroom. When we remodeled this house we had Marv build a shelving system over the office bathroom tub, and this provides a large amount of very useful deep storage. Elaine uses four of the shelves, I use the other. (That’s a little higher ratio of space allocation than in the office itself, where I use less than 20%.) In the photo at left, you can see the three bottom shelves she worked on today. I don’t know what her plans are for the stuff she removed, but I suspect she is sorting it out and will sell a fair amount of it. She has a plastic tub on the bathroom floor, and I see a number of craft items in it for project types she hasn’t done for years. Those will probably be sold. She is an avid crafter and often tries new things she sees but then does not continue once she has done a few and mastered the craft. That’s what makes her talents so useful. Continue reading Cleaning house. Rain. Newsletter. Web work.

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.

Wedding preparations. Finally some rain. Living wills.

Wedding preparations

David's Bridal
Elaine got her dress from David’s Bridal

We needed to make some added preparations for granddaughter Taylor Dockter’s wedding at the end of this month. The wedding is in the Bahamas on December 31. Elaine had bought a dress a few months ago but needed to have it finally adjusted. So we went to the David’s Bridal store on N Tatum near Paradise Valley Mall to have it done. She had bought it at a David’s Bridal in Salt Lake City. Probably she should have gone to them sooner, but they will have it done in time. Continue reading Wedding preparations. Finally some rain. Living wills.

Rain this morning. Social Club Board meeting. Women On The Go. Bingo.

rainfall
I call that a one-inch Arizona rainfall – the drops are one inch apart

We were pleased to hear some raindrops on our awning roof this morning. It was about 7:30 or so and I had the front door open to get the morning air, so we could hear the rain quite clearly. As I mentioned a couple of days ago it’s been over 55 days now since the last measurable rainfall, so this was a big event! Don’t know when we’ll get rain again, though. Continue reading Rain this morning. Social Club Board meeting. Women On The Go. Bingo.

Dark thirty. Soaking rain. More motorhome shopping.

I got up around 6:30 this morning and was surprised to see it was dark enough in the kitchen I had to turn on the lights. I even double-checked the time, to see if by some chance it was 5:30 instead. It wasn’t. It was just that the sky was totally clouded, and that is unusual for Phoenix. I know it is only a matter of time before it will be dark enough at that time even with clear skies so I will have to turn on kitchen lights in the morning, though. I don’t turn on lights unless I really need them. Continue reading Dark thirty. Soaking rain. More motorhome shopping.

Smashburger. Rain. Shopping.

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My Black Bean Burger, and Elaine’s Avocado Club Sandwich plus Veggie Frites

Come time for lunch, I suggested we try the taco place for which we have some coupons for free tacos. “No”, said Elaine, “If I have a choice let’s go to Smashburger.” So Smashburger it was. “Our smashed burgers are always made-to-order, never frozen, smashed and seared to perfection on our grill.” And we will agree they are tasty. A choice for Smashburger is always good. Continue reading Smashburger. Rain. Shopping.

Dull and dreary day. Dogs groomed. Board meeting. Newsletter.

As I started out with the dogs for their walk this morning it started to sprinkle lightly, and that is what we had off and on all day. The skies were grey and cloudy, though patches of blue came through at times. And it looks like we will have more of same over the next 2-3 days. The Arizona high country is getting snow – large amounts of snow. Forecasts for the Flagstaff call for 18-20 inches of snow! Continue reading Dull and dreary day. Dogs groomed. Board meeting. Newsletter.

Big storm. Hot sauce. Trader Joe’s.

flooded street
This is at the lower end of D Street, looking north. The street is flooded from sidewalk to sidewalk.

Boy, it rained last night and today! Not constantly, but in bursts lasting 30 minutes or more. Channel 5 reported we had 1.18 inches of rain in our part of the Valley, and that’s a lot considering our average annual rainfall is 7-10 inches! I could hear it last night whenever I woke up and we had several bursts of rain this morning. We had some temporary flooding here in Royal Palm as it took some time for the runoff to reach the storm basins. Continue reading Big storm. Hot sauce. Trader Joe’s.

Kyle, Ashley, Brycen. Less wind. Mud again. Slowwwww.

Elaine, Brycen, and Gizmo

Kyle, Ashley, and their baby Brycen came over for a visit this evening. Kyle is our grandson; Shane’s son. We brought with us a box containing a bunch of albums of old family photos from Elaine’s side. Kyle had said he wanted to have them and go through them, so Elaine had several months ago gone through them all and marked as many as she could that were not marked showing the names of the people in the photos. Kyle is interested in family history, so he is a good one to keep those photos. Tonight he and Elaine went through the albums and Elaine (and I to some extent) helped him learn who the people were that he did not know. This will be fun for him. Continue reading Kyle, Ashley, Brycen. Less wind. Mud again. Slowwwww.