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Newsletter folding. Marv party. Honey Jalapeno Bacon.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Saturday, July 23, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

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Team folding newsletters: Elaine Violette, Agnes Volk, Chris Nugent, Mary McDougale, Peg Glidden, John Koch, Diana Carter (former editor)


On the 23rd of the month a group of volunteers gather at the clubhouse to fold the Royal Palm Social Club newsletter - The Palm Press - and prepare it for distribution. While the newsletter comes from the printer with each newsletter already assembled and folded, we also fold each one lengthwise and wrap it with a rubber band to make it easier to hang on the residents' mailboxes. While this folding is being done, someone (the editor) places the appropriate number of newsletters in individual bags separated by area in the community. These bags then go to the volunteers who deliver them to the  residents. It takes about a half hour to do the folding and gathering. This whole process was developed by Diana Carter, the previous editor, and it is well organized and effective. This completes the monthly newsletter cycle.




Newsletter printed    (Click for full story)

Posted: Friday, July 22, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

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The front page of The Palm Press, the Royal Palm Social Club newsletter printed today.


My morning was spent with the Royal Palm Social Club newsletter - The Palm Press. I had some last-minute edits to make this morning, and I had done some edits as well last night. Still doing tweaking to make my own design. I have not completed the transformation, but many parts of this edition will have the new concept. I'll do some more work on it over the next few months. I am not changing the newsletter completely; just modifying some formats and adding some features. It has been fun, and challenging, to try to develop my vision of what the newsletter can be. My goal is to increase its relevance to the residence of the Royal Palm Community and to give them more insights into life in the Community.




Back in storage, for now    (Click for full story)

Posted: Thursday, July 21, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

I was accidentally lucky this morning. I needed to drain and flush the waste tanks on OurHous before putting it in storage and I forgot that water was to be shut down in the RV section at 9:00 this morning. Fortunately I had my work done by around 8:50, so I had all the water I needed. After getting that done, I brought it over to park in front of the house so we could finish offloading items. That got done fairly easily, thanks to some great help by Pete Petersen. He did the stairs and hauling while Elaine and I either loaded at the motorhome end or unloaded at the house end. It was good to have that done. Also fortunately Elaine's backache of yesterday had reduced so that she felt up to getting that task done.




Take another day    (Click for full story)

Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

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Some of the gang in the pool here at Royal Palm this afternoon


When Elaine woke up with a severe back ache we decided to not move stuff out of the motorhome today but instead to wait a day. And the back ache has persisted all day. I still made a couple of trips with the golf cart to move additional items we needed, such as for lunch and for swimming. I guess I could make six or eight more trips and it would be complete. The advantage of that is that there would/could be a break between trips to recover from the up and down stairs. But with Pete's help and with moving the motorhome outside our driveway it can go much faster. We just need Elaine feeling better to handle things at one end.




From heat to hot    (Click for full story)

Posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

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The temp on the left was inside the house, on the right was outside.


Our plan had been to have a (relatively) short ride from Flagstaff to Phoenix and to get our stuff moved from motorhome to house by, say, 2:00 PM. That was the plan. Reality was that when we arrived at the house we found the temperature inside was almost as hot as it was outside! Our air conditioner had quit working. I first checked to see if something had been turned off or maladjusted - nothing was. I then called Parker & Sons to request help; we have an annual contract with them for service and maintenance. Then, instead of unloading the motorhome we moved it onto the lot we had signed up for and got it plugged in and working. We made our lunch and relaxed for a while, until I got a call from the technician.




Short leg, long leg.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Monday, July 18, 2016 - Flagstaff AZ

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Trees blowing in the wind at the Fillmore KOA


Had you checked our itinerary map you would have seen that our stop for today was Kanab UT. But when I plugged it in the GPS I realized that it would only be about four hours travel time. So I suggested to Elaine that we go on further, and she agreed. We were on the road at the time, so on our next pit stop I called the RV park in Page where we stayed on our way up; no vacancies. I also called the park at Wahweap, a little further north in UT; no vacancies. I called the Page Walmart and was told we could park in their parking lot overnight. But then I checked the weather forecast for temperatures and saw that the temps in Page overnight would be in the 80s. While we could run the generator and air conditioners until bedtime, I knew it would heat up during the night and be uncomfortable.