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New orthopedic surgeon; furniture delivered; did you fart    (Click for full story)

Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

We don't have any different news, but Elaine saw her new orthopedic surgeon today - Dr Grant Padley of the same orthopedic practice as our knee doctor. We brought copies of the x-rays taken in the hospital and Dr Padley had new ones done today for comparison. We asked about the nature of the fracture and he said the shaft of her humerus got shoved up into the head of the humerus. They can't tell from the x-rays if the humerus head is broken in any way, however. They want to do a 3D study of the fracture area to get a better picture of what has happened, and then will evaluate whether surgery would be of benefit. The new study should be done soon so we will know shortly thereafter.

More shopping; Red Lobster; automation    (Click for full story)

Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

Another trip to Walmart has almost completed our initial shopping for our new place. We bought things like a vacuum cleaner, broom, dust pan, and various other items. At this point I think we will probably wait until we actually get moved in to see what else is needed. And, it looks like we will start the moving process this Friday; I think we will be sleeping in the new place Friday night. Our grandson Cameron has offered to help us with the move and we expect to have him helping for a couple of days. I will probably drive the motorhome over and park it on the street in front of the new place to make the transfer process easier. With me in the motorhome handing off to Cameron going up and down stairs and Elaine in the new place to show where to put things away it should go smoothly.

Fraud alert! More buying.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Monday, May 25, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

I hate when that happens! I received a text message this morning from Chase bank alerting me to a fraud alert on one of our credit cards. I called in to check on it, and we could not remember making the charge in question. The charge was first made on May 15th and had been pending since, and then the same amount and payee charge came though again this morning so Chase did the alert. The agent went through all charges on that card since May 15th and we recognized all of them as legitimate charges we had made except for the one in question. Then this evening Elaine remembered what that charge was about, and since it was legitimate I called Chase Fraud group back again to let the charge go through.

Goodbye to Kelly and Brian    (Click for full story)

Posted: Sunday, May 24, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

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Jim Clark, Gerri Clark, Kelly Maxwell Proulx, Brian Proulx, Elaine

They have been here in AZ for several years, but it was time to say goodbye to Kelly Maxwell Proulx and Brian Proulx. Brian recently received his doctorate from ASU and they are moving to Woburn MA and his new job. Kelly will also be looking for work in MA once they get set there. Kelly is Jim Clark's niece, daughter of Jim's sister, Marty Clark Maxwell. We have enjoyed seeing Kelly and Brian on many occasions over the years, but wish them well in their new endeavors. And having them here in AZ meant we got to see her parents more often. As always, we had a good time at Gerri and Jim's home. It was a simple gathering and meal, but enjoyable.

Outfitting a house from scratch...    (Click for full story)

Posted: Saturday, May 23, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

Outfitting a house from scratch is: expensive..... time-consuming..... thought-provoking..... decision-requiring..... confusing..... fun..... and many more! Since we have been fulltime RVers for the last few years and prior to that sold the house we lived in and essentially everything in it, aside from food items and our personal stuff we have nothing with which to start a new household. That means that everything from furniture to ant cups has to be bought from scratch. We will leave all the household goods in our motorhome so we don't have to move all that stuff back and forth. And outfitting a house from scratch means we can make design decisions almost all at once; the content of most houses reflects changes in taste and availability over a wide range of years. This will start all at once.

A different pasta; the three "Cs"    (Click for full story)

Posted: Friday, May 22, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

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My radiatore-sausage dinner.

I like it! While shopping in the local Walmart Neighborhood Market a couple of days ago I noticed a pasta type that I have never seen before - radiatore. The shape has a number of fins and get its name from the resemblance to a radiator. I thought they would hold sauce very well and that is what attracted me to them. I bought a box and tried them tonight, and they do, indeed, hold the sauce well. I cooked a Classico Family Favorites Meat Sauce and added some frozen mixed vegetables to it to cook. And I cooked some Johnsonville Mild Italian Sausage to go with it. It tasted great and worked well with that thick sauce. Check out the interesting shape in the photos at left.