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Some wild weather. Kyle update.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Monday, August 31, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

Photo of haboob

A haboob in Phoenix on Aug 11, 2015

Summer in Phoenix consists of some very hot weather, as in 105-115°, and some very wild storms. The latter is the result of a phenomenon called "monsoon". Monsoon simply means a period when the winds shift more to the south and they pick up more moisture over the Gulf of California and bring unstable air into the area. One type of event that occurs is the "haboob", which is a severe dust storm that travels fast over the land and has strong down flow that picks up dust and raises it high into the air. The first photo at left is a recent example. This front of dust travels at 25-30 mph across the land, engulfing everything in its path.

Some shopping. Minor tasks. Kyle update.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Sunday, August 30, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

Today was a day of small tasks and some shopping. We went to Wal-Mart this morning, risking the weekend rush by going around 9:00 this morning. I got a stool for my workbench along with a wastebasket for the shop and a clock for the wall. Elaine got some clothing items. I had several other things on my shopping list but did not find them and we quit looking because we were both tired.

Finishing workbench. Opening boxes. Kyle update.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Saturday, August 29, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

Photo of workbench

My workbench now has a lower shelf, on which our golf cart charger sits along with my air compressor. The pegboards are fully mounted, too.

My workbench now has a top as well as a full shelf underneath, and that makes it essentially complete. And the two pegboards are mounted above it and I have started to put some hooks up and am hanging things on them. I am sure the pegboards will get reorganized many times in the future, though. Now that the bottom shelf is in place, I have placed the charger for our golf cart at the far end of it. I had Marv put an electrical outlet just above the planned shelf location at that end for that purpose, and he made a hole through the wall for the charging cable to go outside. I have also placed the small air compressor on that shelf that I have been carrying in one motorhome after another for several years. I think it will have a permanent home in the shop now.

Storm damage. Hot day. Kyle update.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Friday, August 28, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

Photo of awning damage

This awning was mostly ripped off the house. Notice the dirt where the anchors were pulled out of the ground.

That storm I described yesterday actually did some damage here in Royal Palm. While we did not see much except strong winds for a period and some rain, just a couple of blocks away a couple of whirlwinds ripped some awnings off the houses. George Immerso told us about it today; the second one shown in these photos is his aunt's house across the street from his own. The other was a couple hundred feet away, and you can see in the photo that the anchor blocks were ripped from the ground. But yet no others in between were so damaged. We toured the park in our golf cart this morning, and saw some others with minor damage. We had no damage to ours.

Awning lattice. Medical tests. Storm. Kyle update.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

Photo of lattice enclosure

This is the view from the street showing our new lattice enclosure.

Another big change at our new place - our patio and driveway is now enclosed with lattice work attached to the outside of the awning support frame. This will help shade the inside from direct sun and will also provide some privacy. We also had Marv add a section at the front end of our deck to block the early morning sun and make it more comfortable to sit out in the early day. I think we will like the result and the effect. We had him paint the awning supports black to match the black railing on our deck, and it looks sharp. The vinyl lattice will stay white. You will notice in the photos that most of the lattice work runs almost full height on the supports but the front part only drops part way. That allows our car door to open outside the awning on the driver's side, with enough space on the passenger side for those doors to open.

Home again. New golf cart. Kyle update.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

We made it back to Phoenix, after a six-day trip to Wyoming and Utah. We intended to go to Wyoming, but spending time in Utah came as a result of the terrible motorcycle accident our grandson Kyle Ogden experienced early Saturday morning. He is currently in the Neurological Critical Care Unit at University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City. Today the news contains both good and bad. He developed pneumonia and was running temperature of 103° or more this morning, but they were able to cool him down during the day. His intercranial brain pressure remains good. And he continues to move his limbs and has opened his eyes a couple of times (though not in a focussed manner). More good news - he is mostly breathing on his own.