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Knees and fingers and hair    (Click for full story)

Posted: Friday, March 6, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

She was dreading the shots. All day long Elaine was a little uptight about her upcoming knee injections with Synvisc-One, a gel that helps to lubricant knee joints and ease the pain where arthritis has damaged the joint. She has had cortisone injections in the past, and they can be uncomfortable, and the last cortisone she had resulted in Baker's cysts behind both knees. She did not want that to happen again. But she is a trooper, and she went through with it, and now we get to wait and see whether it will give her relief or not. Synvisc-One is intended to give six months or more of relief and can be redone at least once. Both my knees received injections in January; I feel that it has helped my right knee, but I haven't see a difference in my left. But I would recommend it to others.

Jack pads; gas furnace; web work    (Click for full story)

Posted: Thursday, March 5, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

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This is the wood block I put under the jack pad a couple of months ago. The ground under it softened and settled.

A settlement that wasn't fair. A couple of months ago the ground under our left front leveling jack settled and the jack pad was driven into the ground. I put a wood block under it after filling in the settlement, but last week we had another settlement event and THAT wood block got broken. I think it was rain this last time that caused the settlement, and it may have been so the first time as well. I filled in the current settlement with gravel from the yard so that it was heaped up, and put the redwood block back in service turned over the other side. I think that unless we get another 1" rainfall that will probably serve as long as we are here this winter. If it looks like rain is coming I may double up on the blocks to spread the load out more.

Elaine and Jan; planks; Papa Joe's    (Click for full story)

Posted: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

We went back to Papa Joe's tonight, this time as a first choice. Elaine had cod and shrimp combo again and I had their ribs. I had baked beans and cole slaw for sides. The ribs were tasty; though not as fall-off-the-bone tender as I have had elsewhere, they were well cooked. And I loved the barbeque sauce they use. I think they probably cook the beans themselves, because they taste better than any I have bought in a can. And for dessert we shared a peach cobbler. Very filling, very satisfying. We'll definately go back again. When we arrived Gail andher husband from Royal Palm were already there and Gail said they come 2-3 times a week. I know there are others in the park that also eat here frequently,  and with good reason.

Card class; filter change    (Click for full story)

Posted: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

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Elaine teaching a card-making class

No one brought the teacher an apple, but they sure seemed to enjoy Elaine's card-making class today. So much that they asked her to do a class every month next winter when we are back. Elaine worked hard to prepare for the class, and was happy that everyone enjoyed it and wanted more. She does a good job, both in her designs and in her teaching. She never even thought she would be a teacher until she bought a ceramics shop in Rock Springs WY back in 1993. But once she started she learned more and more and got better and better. Now she does not hesitate to give classes or instruction. And people seem to get drawn to her teaching. Good job, Elaine!

Beer bread; rain; gas furnace; web work    (Click for full story)

Posted: Monday, March 2, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

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Here's the beer bread Elaine made from scratch

I knew she could do it. Elaine made some beer bread from scratch today, following a recipe I got on the Internet. You've heard me mention beer bread several times over the last year. We were first introduced to it by Lisa Violette, my brother's wife, in the form of a package kit from Tastefully Simple. She gave us a couple of packets and we liked it so much I have been buying it from Tastefully Simple ever since. But the woman through whom we had been buying it is no longer in the business and the one I tried to contact here in Phoenix would not return my inquiry. So I said "Let's try making it ourselves - it can't be that difficult". Beer bread is a simple quick bread, using baking powder and carbonation instead of yeast to get the rise.

Planning for Alaska trip    (Click for full story)

Posted: Sunday, March 1, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

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My first cut at an itinerary map for our trip to Alaska this year.

I decided it was time. Time to start planning for our travels this summer, which includes several months in Alaska. While we will not reach Alaska for several months, there are several aspects that need some advance planning. The ferry legs, for example. We plan to travel via the Inside Passage, taking OurHous onto the ferries and getting off at several places where we will stay for some days to visit and explore. Since we have never taken those ferry routes before, except for the single leg between Haines, AK and Skagway, AK there is a lot to learn. But it will be fun to do that research and planning! And we are excited about this year's travels.