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Park Christmas party    (Click for full story)

Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - Phoenix AZ

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Elaine, Ron, Barb, Mary, Suzanne, Marv at the Christmas dinner

We enjoyed a Christmas dinner tonight with about 85 others from Royal Palm. The park consists of about 388 spaces, most of them permanent mobilehomes, so there are a lot of people living here. About 85 or so are RV spaces but less than half are filled at this time. The group is large enough that they hold the dinner on two nights, since the community room is not large enough to hold everybody. We heard that there were about 75 or so last night. We chose to go tonight so we could be with friends Suzanne, Mary, Marv, and Ron and planned it accordingly. The meal was good: turkey, dressing, ham, potatoes, corn, and a couple of other items. And plenty of pie for dessert. No one went away hungry if they didn't want to.

Cranberry comeback; banking for RVers    (Click for full story)

Posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - Phoenix AZ

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Cranberries now in feta cheese

Cranberry comeback? Well, maybe cranberry expansion since they were probably not all that popular in years past. But I love cranberries and am happy to see cranberries showing up in the markets in many new forms all the time. It used to be that I could only find whole cranberries in November and December, but now I can find them most of the year in supermarkets. I am not talking about the cranberry jelly you can find in cans most all the time, I am talking about whole cranberries as well as cranberries combined with other things such as cheese. Recently I bought some cheese - I don't recall what kind it was - that had cranberries in it. And today Elaine spotted a container of feta cheese with cranberries in it.

Coolish; PT workout    (Click for full story)

Posted: Monday, December 15, 2014 - Phoenix AZ

After several weeks of above-average temperatures, we've had cooler weather the last few days. Today the high was around 62°, which is about 3° below normal for the date. It started with a storm coming through the area late last week and it has stayed cool since. I saw on the forecast tonight that the cooling will continue this week and the forecast high for Sunday is 58°. And the overnight low is forecast to be 35° on Thursday and 38° on Friday. While such temperatures are not unusual for the Phoenix area, they are also not common. In the higher parts of the Valley they are likely to have frost on those cold nights.

A Mystery Castle    (Click for full story)

Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014 - Phoenix AZ

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Elaine at the entrance to the Mystery Castle

"Build me a castle that won't wash away, Daddy", was the cry from a three-year-old little girl in Seattle. She and her Dad would go to Alki Beach on Puget Sound and build sand castles, but with the way of all beach castles sooner or later they would get washed away. Fifteen or more years later, in 1945, she received a telegram from a lawyer in Phoenix telling her and her mother that the father had passed away. And shortly after she received a letter written by her father shortly before his death that explained much that had been a mystery since a fateful day in 1930 when her world was turned upside-down forever. Her name was Mary Lou Gulley, and this is a story of love and despair on the part of her father, Boyce Luther Gulley.

Christmas party at Clarks    (Click for full story)

Posted: Saturday, December 13, 2014 - Phoenix AZ

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Finishing dinner preparations. Gerri, Kelly, Elaine, friends

A feast fit for a queen! Queen Gerri outdid herself with the Christmas dinner she and Jim put on tonight for a group of about 30-40 people. Yes, Gerri is the queen of such events. And this one is probably the most decorated and with the most food choices and the largest group that we have attended. And on those food choices, all of them were excellent! Gerri has an Italian background from Brooklyn NY and expresses it in her cooking and some of her food choices, but there were many other styles as well. There is no question, Gerri loves to entertain!

The eyes have it - good    (Click for full story)

Posted: Friday, December 12, 2014 - Phoenix AZ

My eyes are doing fine - just need a small change in my prescription for computer use. That was the result of my annual eye exam today. I went again to Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center in Phoenix. I went there two years ago but was not here last winter to go again. This is a large and busy eye practice, with several doctors and many capabilities. I feel comfortable going there so far. I don't need glasses for distance vision - in fact my far eyesight is quite good. It's for reading and computer work that I need glasses. And this has been the case since I had the cataracts removed several years ago. Prior to that I wore glasses for everything.