I can't believe I've been unable to post from Open Live Writer to Blogger for the past several days. So here goes another frustrating effort to copy and paste into Blogger to publish directly.
December 30 -
Our day started off a little slow because Don had a nosebleed during the night
and didn’t get much sleep. Due to naps and other activities, he and Dennis kept
missing each other during the day. We finally got everyone together for happy
hour and Mexican dinner at our place. Ed & Sandy Kruty are here now, so we
had multiple conversations going almost non-stop during the evening. Unlike the
previous day, nobody got out the Fireball, so we only had beer and other
relatively tame drinks.
The idea for this meal started with Sandy posting on Facebook a couple of
weeks ago that she was making tamales. When I commented, she said she was
bringing them with her to Tucson! She suggested we have a Mexican dinner and I
said I’d make chicken enchilada casserole. Carol brought refried beans and
Spanish rice, and we had a feast!
Gigi became good friends with both Sandy and Carol, then wound up in my lap.
There’s never enough attention for her!
Dennis got ahold of the camera and took some that I can’t publish, but this one
of Don turned out pretty good!
Don and I recently replaced a Kidde smoke detector in our bedroom with a 2-in-1
smoke & fire alarm from Universal Security Instruments, Inc. Imagine not
only a battery that lasts for 10 years, but a detector that can tell the
difference in cooking and real fire! It claims to “virtually eliminate nuisance
alarms” in the kitchen. This will be a boon to Gigi as her ears really hurt
whenever the alarm goes off. It’s happened a few times lately due to us
forgetting to turn on a vent/fan when cooking, and she always jumps in my lap
and cries! Poor baby! When the old detector started throwing false alarms with
no smoke or cooking going on, we decided it was time for a replacement. We found
this one at the base exchange, and I’m sure they’re available from other stores.
(Sorry, I can't figure out how to rotate this pic.)
So now we have two of these detectors, one in the bedroom and one above the
driver’s seat. So far, so good – no alarms from cooking.
We’re looking forward to a nice evening with our group, plus Susie &
Denny Orr are arriving today. We’ll likely ring in the New Year early because
none of us like to stay awake until midnight. Wherever you are, we wish you a
sane, safe and happy New Year!
January 2 Update -
We continued to enjoy the company of Dennis & Carol, Ed & Sandy, Denny & Susie and rang in the New Year. They all departed this morning - sad to say goodbye but we look forward to getting together again in Quartzsite later this month. For more pictures and reports, go to Dennis' blog at http://rvdrivingschool.blogspot.com/