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"App of the Month" Club
This month's app of choice is the Presence app by People Power. Download it for free and convert your old smartphone into a security camera where you can monitor anywhere in the world. A homeowner at Palm Royale used the Presence app to keep an eye on his place in Canada. Using his current iPhone, he uses the Presence app to check in on his place. The nice thing about the Presence app is that he can set a motion alert to start recording if his remote camera detects motion. This is what he tells us "I mounted my iPhone on the window ledge with the front camera facing outside and the back camera facing my kitchen. With the Presence app, I can choose which camera to view. With just an iPhone, I can either check on my yard or my kitchen."
If you've read the Seven Tips for Stunning Desert Photography on MyPostCard Blog, you will know there are ancient secrets [in the desert] waiting for a keen eye. To develop a keen eye, learn the laws of composition then practice, practice, practice.
One Desert Photography Tip is to "Pay Close Attention to Detail". An avid photographer at Palm Royale decided to take a picture of an interesting desert flower growing near his garage door. After taking his shot, he later realized that there was a sprinkler head right in the middle of his shot. (Can you see it under the flower on the left?)
Without it, his picture would had been perfect. The photographer did not pay enough attention on the surroundings.
From November to March, there is Movie Night. For just $2 per person, you can join us on a Monday night to watch a Box Office hit. With a paid admission, you get a bag of popcorn and a soda. But what if you want to watch a movie on another night? Does Palm Royale have a DVD-rental service or a library full of movies? Not yet but if you are interested in a DVD-Exchange program then vote below.
The beautiful purple plant pictured on the right is a Wisteria. Forget about growing one from seed on your Palm Royale patio because it may take 20 years to bloom. It also likes moist, well-drained soil and a sunny or semi-shaded area.
Besides Wisteria, there are a lot of interesting plants you can grow in pots at your Palm Royale home. According to the USDA chart, Palm Springs in in zone 9b and has an extremely long growing season. With most of us living as north as zone 4, by the time our plants are ready to bloom, winter is around the corner. Not so in the desert because there is plenty of sun and warmth but moisture is scarce.
For gardening tips around Palm Royale, check back with us for more ideas.
Ring, Ring...Who's at the Door?
When it comes to safety, we are lucky because we live in a safe and gated community at Palm Royale. However when the door bell rings in the middle of the night, it is not too assuring to open the door to see who it is.
Thanks to the Ring Camera Door Bell, you can grab your smartphone and bring up the Ring app to see and interact with the person at the door. With the built-in camera, you can see who it is and with the built-in mic and speaker, you can talk to the person too.
Before you install this at your Palm Royale door, check the CC&R or check with our HOA Management first.
Every year around February, the Can-Am Golf Tournament is held at Palm Royale. It is a very colorful time at Palm Royale because there are both Canadian and American decorations on people's decks.
**Canadians: Shop at the local Dollarama stores for flags, banners, sleeves, caps, t-shirts and more. The best time to shop for these items is Spring time. Just stock up and bring it down in the winter.
Mix tennis, badminton and racquetball and you get pickleball. Did you know it is the fastest growing sport in North America? And the vast majority of players are over 60.
Palm Royale has three pickleball courts and it is very popular in the community. Residents playing the sport tells us "it is great exercise and you don't run around a lot, like you do in tennis".
You can fit four pickleball courts in just two tennis courts, so there's less running. Don't let the sport fool you - it's still a work-out!