Elaine and the box. Breakfast in the Park. More drips. Database progress.

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The box Elaine made today. It is designed to hold custom cards and/or envelopes.

Elaine and Jan Ostlund took a class at The Paper Collage, a craft store in Sun City West, today. This one was on making a paper box designed to hold paper cards and envelopes. It’s a neat design, and can be customized with different papers and designer covers. I can imagine this being used to hold custom cards and envelopes made for sale or for gifting. The ribbon you see above it can be used to wrap the box for closure. While it looked good to me, Elaine was not satisfied with this, her first effort. But I know it will improve with the next ones!

This being the first Saturday of the month, it was time for Breakfast in the Park. We attended, along with over 65 other people, so it was a great success. As usual, the meal was great and was easy to overeat.

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These four planter pots now have drip irrigation, fed by the 1/2-inch pipe you see on the ground and with individual 1/4-inch drip feeds leading from it.

I did some more work on our drip irrigation system today. Yesterday I went to Ace Hardware on W Glendale Ave to purchase a couple of tools I forgot to get before and to get a different kind of drip head. I needed a tool to punch the holes in the ½-inch supply piping for connecting the barb fittings, and I also got a ratcheting cutter for pipe.

I tried to make the first connection to the ½-inch pipe but was not able to push the barb connector into the pipe wall. Grrr. I figured I would have to get someone with more strength to do those for me, but later this afternoon I thought of using pliers to hold the barb fitting while doing the pushing and it worked fine. No help needed.

So then I went on and did the drip lines for the five pots we have out front. In the four at the right in the photo I used regular 1 gallon per hour (gph) drip heads, but on the larger pot on the left I used an adjustable spray head since the pot is larger. I tested, and no leaks. Then I set the controller to run this zone twice a week for an hour at 7:00 AM. I still have to place a drip line to the tray in front of the larger pot; I will try a soaker line for that.

I am excited about the progress I am making on the new database system under WordPress for the Violette Family Association membership. I am using the Participants Database WordPress plugin. I had to work my way through several setup glitches, figuring out how to set things up and how to make corrections or changes when I want to do something different. It’s a learning curve situation, but I  am quickly getting stronger and more confident.

Coyote update. Membership database update. Strong Pete.

More coyote sightings here in Royal Palm. One rumor has it that the two are making a “nest” in the back yards between B and C Street. That’s not good; we don’t want them raising a family here!

No one seems to know if anyone is taking any action regarding the coyotes, so this afternoon after the pool time I made some calls. First was to Arizona Game & Fish; they don’t handle these situations but gave me two references to companies that trap and relocate such animals. We had to hire one several years ago to remove a racoon family that had made a home in the attic of a home we were renting. Continue reading Coyote update. Membership database update. Strong Pete.

More allergies. Women’s Club elections. Working on new web features.

Still suffering from seasonal allergies today, but not as bad as yesterday. I took one loratadin early this morning, another in early afternoon, and another after supper. That has kept things in check, though I am still having trouble breathing and I tire very easily. This too shall pass!

Elaine went to the Women’s Club meeting this morning; it was the annual elections meeting. Chris Nugent is the new President, Valerie Grotefend the new Secretary. Elaine, Vice President, and Mary Espinoza, Treasurer, were not up for election. The terms of office are two years and they elect half the officers each year. Elayne Stettmeier is the outgoing President, Cheryl Ringer the outgoing Secretary. The women are busy getting ready for the Paramedics Raffle and Party coming this Friday.

After she came home from the meeting we headed out right away for grocery shopping at Fry’s. Then after lunch we headed to Walgreen’s to pick up some prescriptions and a couple of other items and then headed over to Jared’s in Paradise Valley Mall area to pick up some earrings Elaine had left for repairs. That got us back home around 2:45 and Elaine went to the pool. I was so tired by that time that I laid back in my recliner and slept for about an hour.

I have been working over the last three days studying how to incorporate member management into my web sites. The RoyalPalmSocialClub.com site as well as the VioletteFamily.org site both need some aspects of member management, though the need for the Violette Family Association is much  greater and more complex.

The previous Violette Family site had a Member Profile page where members could log in and update aspects of their member info and had a similar function in the admin area. This was a robust system that I had written over the years and had used in several different sites. But when I moved from my SitePower system to WordPress this feature did not come right away. As evidenced by a woman who commented on one of my recent stories, there is a need for Violettes to join online as well as to maintain their info.

I have researched several plugins that provide member management functions for WordPress sites and found aspects of a couple that might do some of the job we need. But the needs of the Violette Family Association go beyond what all of them offer, so I will need to do some additional custom programming. My decision at this point is which will provide me the best base from which to start. I will also be able to use whichever system as a learning opportunity to see how various operations are carried out in WordPress systems.

For the Social Club, I just need a function to store info about members who have signed up to receive alert messages by email and/or text message and to then send the alerts when needed.

New glasses. Violette Family website rework.

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Dave Violette, new glasses

My old glasses were getting scratched and then the left bow broke at the hinge, so it was time for new ones. I went to Nationwide Vision last week and they called to tell me the new glasses were in late this afternoon. So off I went after supper and picked them up. I think they got the prescription correct; upper zone for computer work, lower zone for reading (I don’t need glasses for distance vision). I know better in this coming week. Continue reading New glasses. Violette Family website rework.

Penny Sale and Raffle. Theme change. Sandy Hiner.

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Cathy, Mary, Cheryl, Peg, and Chris handling raffle process

The Women’s Club Penny Sale & Raffle started this morning at 9:00 and ran until around 1:00 this afternoon. This is an annual event, where residents contribute items to be raffled. Attendees can purchase groups of blind raffle tickets and place one ticket (or more) in a container in front of each item they want to bid on. The drawn ticket wins the item for the holder. There was a separate 50/50 raffle event, won by John Koch in the amount of $71. In that event half the proceeds from ticket sales for the event went to the winner. Continue reading Penny Sale and Raffle. Theme change. Sandy Hiner.

Changing login page. Tile cleaning.

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Kerby and Gizmo trying to figure out their way through the hoses and cables

Page Carpet Cleaning was here today cleaning our tile floors. There was a lot of grout sealer slopped over onto the tiles themselves and we did not like the appearance of it. It also made it hard to keep the floor looking clean in those areas. We spent the time in the office with the boys, to keep us out of Alan’s way. At one point Gizmo wanted to go out for a walk so I took them. You should have seen the dismay on their faces and in their actions when they started to walk out the door and saw all the hoses and cables on the deck! Continue reading Changing login page. Tile cleaning.

Merry Christmas. Happy Hanukkah. Ho, Ho, Ho.

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My electronic Christmas card. Click on the image to see the card.

It’s a magical season for many, at least in this country, with the holiday season upon us. For us it is a quiet time, since we are not traveling anywhere and no one is coming here. We have been in touch with many and are not, thus, “alone”. We went out for our usual Saturday Breakfast Out (to IHOP) and did some grocery shopping, but spent the rest of the day at home. Elaine made some chicken noodle soup for supper using the chicken we rotisseried a couple of days ago. It was delicious! And I sent out my electronic Christmas cards via JacquieLawson.com. Continue reading Merry Christmas. Happy Hanukkah. Ho, Ho, Ho.

Thank goodness for Akismet!

From June 2006 until October 30, 2016 I did not allow comments at my web site. I had never built commenting ability into my SitePower system. Most readers read my stories through my Facebook link and others received them by email, and since both those routes had built-in commenting capabilities I never saw the need for doing it otherwise. With my switch to a WordPress-based site commenting ability was built in, however. And that is when the spam began! Continue reading Thank goodness for Akismet!

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.

Learning WordPress: header images

I have used the theme named Twenty Eleven for the Royal Palm Social Club web site because I liked having a series of banner images show in the header. I used various scenes from Royal Palm that swap out each time a page is selected. But what I didn’t like is that the images also showed up on the pages when a post was being shown, because the generic images do not relate to the post topic. Continue reading Learning WordPress: header images