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Shed on a roll. Pool day.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Saturday, August 1, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

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Marv pulling the shed, with the shed of dollies.

I never thought it would go that easy! We had sold our old 8x10 aluminum shed to Marv and now that he no longer needed it for construction storage he was ready to move it to his lot. He did this by raising each of the four corners in turn and placing a four-wheel dolly under the corner. Once done, the shed could easily be moved by hand by one person! George Immerso was on hand to help and the three of us easily moved it out onto the street, where Marv hooked onto it with his golf cart and towed it to his lot, a block or so away. Because the door did not allow him to connect to the center of the shed, we had to go along beside the shed on each side to keep it going straight.

Elaine driving. Storm. Computer.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Friday, July 31, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

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Elaine at the wheel again! First time since early May.

Elaine back behind the wheel! She has not driven a car since her left arm was fractured back on May 8th, but today she took a short trip of about three miles to go to Michael's and Chase Bank on Peoria. She decided it was time to try it out. I went with her in case she was not up to it and needed help, but she did well. It was a little awkward turning corners since she still can't use much force with her left hand. And at one point she commented that she missed the suicide knob I installed on the golf cart steering wheel. She has been driving the golf cart for a few weeks now, with no problems. But that was here in the Royal Palm community, of course.

Bobbie-Q. Awning.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

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My plate, with prime rib and BBQ ribs

"I'm not partial to barbeque, but I would come back for this!", said Elaine when asked how she liked her dinner at Bobbie-Q this evening. Bobbie-Q is located just south of W Dunlap Ave and near I-17, so I have seen this restaurant for 15 years, but this is the first time we have even been to it. Believe me, we will return! Their barbecued ribs were very tender and tasty and their prime rib was delicious. We shared the prime rib/barbeque ribs combo and brought home enough for at last one more meal. We also had their Q-Rolls for appetizer; these are tortillas (I think) stuffed with shredded smoked brisket and served with chipotle and BBQ sauces. Also delicious.

Spiders. Air conditioning.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

"You have Black Widow Spiders!" That was Marv's report after storing some leftover construction items under our deck yesterday. Not good news! So I called Phoenix Pest Control and made an appointment for them to come out today to take care of the problem. I was away when they came, but Elaine reported that they also found Brown Widow Spiders. I had never heard of the brown variety. They also have the hourglass shape on their undersides, but it tends to be more yellow. Phoenix Pest sprayed the baseboards throughout the house inside and did a more intense treatment on and under the deck. I am not sure how often we should have them come back, but will have them check again in six months.

Crafting is active. Trip to Maricopa. More on shed.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

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The crafting group is active, even in the summer.

Tuesday is crafts day in Royal Palm, and Elaine was there as usual as were 6-7 others. There is enough interest so  that the group gets together even in the summer now, whereas in years past they didn't. They get together for several hours and share ideas and (probably) gossip and help each other out. Each one brings their own projects to work on. Elaine sometimes brings some of her equipment for others to use, so  they don't have to purchase the equipment on their own. She is well equipped and is happy to share and show how to use the tools. Her embossing tool has been very popular lately since she showed how to cut shapes from flattened aluminum cans and other random stock.

Office lights. Shop floor.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Monday, July 27, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

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We now have lights over our desks. Three LED bulbs should give us enough light.

Our office/craft room is now brighter! While Elaine has an Ott light over in her corner, I had no direct light over my desk area. During the day it is no problem, but at night more light is needed. We decided to use the same kind of fixture installed over our kitchen bar, bought at Lowe's, and Marv installed it today. We debated about how to get power to the light fixture and decided not to go through the ceiling and walls but to instead use a swag run to an outlet under Elaine's desk. That outlet is the standard switched outlet for what was designed as a bedroom, so now we can use the wall switch by the door to turn the lights on and off.