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Rent raffle. Violette Family Association.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Sunday, February 7, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

We are done. We finished canvassing our assigned district here in Royal Palm Community selling tickets for the annual rent raffle. First prize is $475 applied to the winner's rent and there are three other cash prizes. We sold about $200 worth of tickets in our area, consisting of about 35 homes. It was enjoyable for the most part, since we got to see neighbors we already knew as well as to meet some we had not met yet. For the most part we were greeted cordially, though a couple of neighbors were quite brusque in their rejection. That's okay. They were more than made for by the others!

Shrimp on the barbie. Breakfast in the park. Karaoke.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Saturday, February 6, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

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Cooking shrimp on the grill

When the topic of what to have for supper came up around noon today, I suggested that I cook some of the frozen shrimp on the grill tonight. Elaine agreed, so I got them out and broke some out to thaw. She said she had forgotten  about them because they were in the freezer in the shop. I marinated them in Peanut Sauce once they thawed and added more sauce while they were cooking. They were good! Elaine cooked some baked potato, and some biscuits, and added a salad. And because it was so nice, we ate on the patio.

Pei Wei. Engineering. Web work.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Friday, February 5, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

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My Thai Dynamite from Pei Wei

We had dinner at Pei Wei tonight, not that we planned to. For the time in 31 years, Elaine had to throw out the meal she prepared! That's quite a record. Something went wrong, and the sauce curdled. So we headed out instead. We were going to Denny's but ran into Pete Petersen on our way out and he mentioned Pei Wei,so we changed our plans once again. I had the Thai Dynamite with Shrimp on salad, Elaine had the Teriyaki Chicken. Thai Dynamite is Sriracha chile soy sauce, fresh lime, scallions, red bell peppers, carrots, and Thai basil. It is moderately spicy. Pete had suggested that we have them on salad instead of rice, and that was a good choice.

Dick Violette birthday. Warming up. Computer swap. New drive.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Thursday, February 4, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

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Mom and Dad from around 2005. Mom would have been 99 yesterday, Dad 100 today.

As a measure of how time flies, I had to do some remembering and some math to get the numbers for Mom and Dad. Today would have been Dad's 100th birthday, and yesterday would have been Mom's 99th. They both died in 2013; Mom in July and Dad in September. And they are so close in my mind that it seems like only yesterday. I still get the urge to call them on the phone, only to realize I can no longer do that. I miss them terribly. There are so many questions I want to ask them, and wish I had while they were still alive. But back then I guess I knew I could ask anytime so there was no pressure. It is only since they are gone that all those questions about their past and their lives and their families have arisen. I tell you this so maybe you will not waste such opportunities while you still have them - while your own parents or maybe even grandparents are still living. Don't let yourself get too busy or too wrapped up in your current affairs to not think about your history.

Women's Club. Computer off.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

It was cold this morning, but Elaine decided to take the golf cart to the meeting even though it was about 42°. The low was about 36°. But before she headed out she asked if I would take the toilet risers that were in the back over to the medical shed. I did. And as I headed out the door Gizmo was ahead of me, and he went directly to the golf cart. I knew he was going to be cold, but took him anyway. And he shivered the whole time we were driving. I waited another hour or so to take them out for their morning walk.

Cold, windy. Computer swap.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

On Sunday it was 76° and nice and sunny, though on Sunday evening we had heavy rain and strong winds. On Monday it was 55° with threats of rain and it was very windy. Today (Tuesday) we had sunshine but it stayed at 55° and the wind stayed with us. And while we expect it to be in the mid-50s again tomorrow, we are also expecting high 70s by Sunday. Hooray! Those rising temps will be great for the Phoenix Open golf event this weekend. That always brings lots of people to Phoenix, and it is much better if the weather cooperates.