Saturday, March 6, 2021

March News

 Haven't had much to post about during the last month, except - We Get Our Second Covid Vaccine on Monday!!!

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Finally Finished!

 Finished this yesterday.  Took almost two months!!  If you need a difficult puzzle - this is it.

Monday, January 18, 2021

From the BBC

 There is an old saying to the effect that "there is nothing new under the sun".  Here's an article from the BBC - The 432-year -old manual on social distancing.

Monday, January 11, 2021

New Water Softener

A couple of months ago I decided to remove the monthly-serviced water softener ($45/month) system provided by a local business.  That service replaced a tall metal cylinder every 30 days with one that had been regenerated.  It worked well.  The downside was the monthly cost.

The arrival of an RV near us caused me to rethink our softener solution.  This RV used one of these -

If an RV can use this with success, why couldn't I do the same in our "RV"?  The only downside was the requirement to regenerate the system every two weeks.  The upside is that the ongoing cost of the regeneration process is the cost of the "service".  I have to drain the tank and add two boxes of table salt (currently 80 cents at Walmart!).  So, do I pay the service $45 a month or do I pay Walmart $3.20 a month.  I think the $3.20 is the best way to go.  Additionally, it forced me to get out of the house.

Here are a couple of pictures of my new installation.  Almost looks professional 😀!

Hazardous Waste Event

Household hazardous waste event March 6 in Apache Junction

The city of Apache Junction will hold a collection event for household hazardous waste, white goods, electronic recycling and document shredding on Saturday, March 6.

It will be 8 a.m.-noon at the city’s Public Works yard, 575 E. Baseline, according to a release.

The household hazardous waste collection is for items that typically cannot be deposited into your regular trash. Residents may bring from their homes hazardous waste items such as anti-freeze (up to 20 gallons in up to 5-gallon containers); batteries (auto/truck and marine); oil — motor only (up to 20 gallons in up to 5-gallon containers); paint (latex and oil based, aerosol); and passenger, light-truck and semi-truck tires (rims will not be accepted). Collection of hazardous waste and tires will be free of charge.

White goods are any large household appliances such as refrigerators, air conditioners, freezers, stoves, washing machines, clothes dryers and related. All refrigerators and freezers must be emptied of food before they will be accepted.

Electronic recycling are items such as personal computers, laptops, flat panel monitors, modems, switches, power cords, printers, wire and cabling, mice, keyboards, hard drives, floppy, DVD or CD drives, telephones, cell phones, printers, fax machines, copiers, calculators, typewriters, flat panel televisions, stereos, radios, projectors, cable equipment, video equipment, VCRs, video game equipment, etc.

Document shredding of confidential documents will be accepted.

Among the items that will not be accepted are furniture, lamps and small appliances, or any items from businesses or commercial interests.

The event is open to city of Apache Junction residents and Pinal County residents in the surrounding area. Participants are responsible for transporting the goods to the city collection site and will be asked to show proof of residency. A map outlining the area eligible for the collection event can be found at

For additional information about the collection of household hazardous waste and other items, call Heather Hodgman at 480-474-8500.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Puzzle Update

 It's been a month of frequently bending over this table and trying to find the "piece" to fit.  This puzzle is slowly being solved.  Whew!  Can't wait to try an easier one!