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Swapping spaces    (Click for full story)

Posted: Sunday, July 5, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

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All this stuff was in Elaine's metal craft cabinet outside

Today was a pick up, clean out, organize, file, and move things kind of day. One major task I accomplished was to remove all the miscellaneous items I had been storing on the top shelf in Elaine's craft closet in the house and replace them with the contents of her metal craft cabinet out on the patio. And my stuff went into the cabinet for now, but all that will be stored in our new shed when it is done. This now brings all of Elaine's craft tools and supplies into the house and either at her desk or in her craft closet nearby. She will now be better able to sort through and reorganize her craft area and tools and materials.

Independence Day at Royal Palm    (Click for full story)

Posted: Saturday, July 4, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

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Uncle Sam (Marv) came by to pick up Elaine's chili entry this morning

Our day started with Uncle Sam knocking on our door to pick up Elaine's chili contest entry. Marv Fitchett was all decked out in an Uncle Sam suit which highlighted the festivities of the day! Then we headed on over to the club house to prepare for the poker run. About 30 people participated in the poker run. Several stations had been set up in the park where people had a deck of cards, and participants each picked one card from five stations and returned ot the club house to turn in their poker hand. The high hand won a prize, which turned out to be $90. Most participants traveled in golf carts - there are many here at Royal Palm - though participants could walk or ride a bike. Elaine and I each played.

Shopping with Kerby and Gizmo. Rib rubbing.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Friday, July 3, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

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Kerby and Gizmo in the shopping cart at Home Depot. They loved it.

Another day of shopping, this time at Home Depot so Kerby and Gizmo got to go along. In hot weather they don't get to go for a ride often since we can't leave them in the car while we shop. But they get to go in at places like Home Depot and Lowes, and they enjoy it. It is especially good for them on a busy day like today, since there were a lot of other people shopping so they got lots of attention. They are so well-behaved in the stores that we do not hesitate to take them when we can. But we always put them in a cart so they are not tempted to lift a leg.

New deck chair. Shed progress. Parakeet.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Thursday, July 2, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

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Dave, Kerby, and Gizmo try out our new swivel rocker chair on the deck.

Elaine and I got the first of two deck chairs assembled today. These are patio swivel rockers in the Spring Haven line from Hampton Bay, bought at Home Depot. These kits are very easy to assemble and have just a few bolts to install in order to finish the assembly. And as with the associated tables I assembled and described earlier, the chair is very sturdy; it is built with plastic wicker over a steel frame. The chairs are shipped with bare cushions and you order the cushion covers separately in your desired color from the ten or so available colors. I found the chairs to be comfortable, and being able to swivel is good when you have company on the deck. We will keep the two swivel rockers on our new deck.

Deck furniture. Plumbing and electric in shed.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

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These tables are for our deck and are part of our new deck furniture set

Our new deck furniture is getting in place. We bought the Spring Haven line of Hampton Bay from Home Depot. I assembled the two small tables today, as you can see in the photo at left. And two swivel  rockers got delivered today and have to be assembled. While the style has wicker finish, it is built on steel frames so it is quite sturdy. This should not break down with years of use. We'll also buy a dining table and chairs for the patio later on. We were able to see a collection of the pieces in the collection at the local Home Depot store, and liked the design and comfort.

Coco's gone, IHOP instead. Doctors.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

"Let's have supper at Coco's. We haven't been there for a while", I said. Elaine agreed, so we headed north on Tatum and turned left on Cactus and prepared to turn into the Coco's sidestreet. But - the restaurant is closed and there is fence all around the site! I guess it HAS been a while since we ate there. We always liked this Coco's restaurant, though we have eaten at a couple of others. So I checked them out online after we got home and found that this one is no longer listed at their web site, though the other three in the Phoenix area are still open. Strange, because the Paradise Valley Mall area is a very active shopping area, and this restaurant has always been busy. So we went to the IHOP across the  street instead.