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Saturday, May 27, 2017

a downtown excursion

Good morning.
Yesterday, we went down to the Fremont street area, (old downtown Las Vegas) and had lunch at the Triple George Grill.

We sat in the large outdoor dining area. We had gotten a gift certificate to Open Table as one of our many going away presents. I went online and found this restaurant. It's about 2 block from Fremont Street. I had the Lobster, Avocado BLT and Craig had a Reuben. Both were very tasty, and we have enough on the certificate for maybe 2 more visits.
After lunch, we walk down to Fremont street and over to Binion's Casino.
Way back in Jan for Craig's birthday, we went down to Fremont street and used free play coupons at 5 different casinos. So we had to get a players cards at each one. Well, I got a letter from Binion's saying they were giving me $20 in free slot play added to my card as a welcome present. . I was able to turn that free play into $26.00 cash when we left. Craig ended up losing $10, so we still left ahead.   :-)
And, we've been going every Wed. to a Station Casino for their free senior slot tournament. It costs nothing to play and you have 5 minutes to try and get as many points as possible. If you hit 50,000 points in that 5 minutes, you get a chance at a money prize from $5 to $1000. You have to go back at the end of the day or next day to find out if you win anything. Well, we've never even got close to hitting the minimum threshold and Craig thought it was just a waste of time. But I told him it gives us something to do, doesn't cost anything, and I get my little gambling fix satisfied.
Well, this past Wed. Craig hit 67,000 points! So we went back Thursday morning to see if he won anything and he got $25! Apparently they pay the top 100 point getters and Craig fell right in the middle. He now doesn't think it's a waste of time anymore.   :-)
So a slightly profitable week.    :-)
And one day we walked at the Nature Discovery Park just across the highway from our community and saw these odd looking ducks.

At least I think they are some sort of ducks.
And baby geese in the large pond....
And turtles sunning on rocks.
This park also has a huge playground with all sorts of things for kids to do. And on Sat. the entire side of the park is filled with soccer games.
And with a number of pavilions and a lot of grass, it's also popular for picnicking. It should be packed all weekend!
So happy Memorial Day weekend. Have a safe and enjoyable one, and remember why we're able to enjoy it.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Craig's finger looking better

Good morning.
Just a quick update on Craig's finger.

Most of the dead skin has flaked off and he's been massaging it with vitamin E oil. It has really helped. Especially since it originally looked like this......
The physical therapist recommended the vitamin E oil. He is also exercising the finger every 2 hours. The PT also gave him a little compression sleeve to put on the finger to help with the swelling.
So now, his finger is once again straight, and he can almost completely close the hand so he is slowly getting some flexibility back.
Not much else going on.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Is that a grasshopper?

Good morning.
Saw something new yesterday that I haven't seen out in Vegas before.......

A giant Grasshopper! That bugger must have been at least 4 inches long!
It was on the wall above our patio door. I got out our bug spray and gave it a good shot. That's when it flew over to the chair. I hit it again and it flew over by the grill. It then tried to fly toward the gate, but the effects of the spray started to work.
I was surprised to see this here in the desert. But then, I've seen quite a few birds/animals I wasn't expecting to see. I wonder if that was what was eating my purple spreading Lantana. I was beginning to think it must be some type of rodent. But I'll keep an eye on them and see if there is any more nibbling.

Monday, May 22, 2017

yellow everwhere.

Good morning.
We've had beautiful weather, with highs in the 80's, but now a heat wave is coming. We reached 95 yesterday, and the forecast for today and tomorrow is 100. But we sat on our patio yesterday afternoon, and in the shade with a light breeze, it was very comfortable. Of course, the humidity level was 1%.  I keep trying to tell people that even 90's to 100 is not bad without the humidity. I'd compare it to 75 and humid. Anyway, it's true once the temps get past 100, it is just plain hot. But unlike Michigan winters where it's just bitter cold all the time, our summers are very nice in the morning and late evening. So you do what you want outside  early, and stay inside in the afternoon.
Anyway, here's a pic I took on our walk yesterday....

I don't know the name of the tree or bush, but the tree has green bark and get covered with yellow flowers. They are all over the valley. They are very pretty with the green branches and yellow flowers, but I'm glad we don't have one in our yard, as when the flowers fall, the ground is solid yellow. It's hard to see the bush in front, but I believe it's a type of Butterfly Bush. It gets long conical blueish flowers. There are a lot of them around too! My yard is in a lull between blooming but when it starts up again, I'll post some pics.
During our cooler spell, Craig made a meatloaf, and have enough leftovers for 2 extra meals. We had one last night, and we'll have the other tomorrow. Today is leftover pork cutlets I cooked 2 days ago on the grill.
And our camera system is working out good. Craig was in the living room reading and had the cameras on the TV screen when something caught his eye. A dog came up the the front door and then wandered off. I pulled up the recording to see it came from the north and went back that way, with no owner in sight. Our HOA states that all pets must be on a leash. So this dog must have gotten loose. We opened the front door and a few minutes later, it came back. I cautiously opened the screen trying to feel the dog if there was any aggression. It was very friendly and came to the door waging it tail, and then promptly laid on it's side. There was a tag on the collar so I was able to call the owner who ended up living about 4 blocks away. Craig brought out a bowl of water for the dog while I waited for the owner to pick her/him up.
So not much else going on. Time to get Craig up for his PT appointment.

Friday, May 19, 2017

post 2016

Good afternoon.
Yep, I've actually done over 2000 posts. But of course, I started  back in 2006.   :-)
Can you believe I'm still doing this after 10 years?
Well, the days go by quickly!
Here's a pic of some type of Yucca Tree, I believe, in full bloom we saw on one of our walks....

It's very large and quite impressive! And here's a before and after pic of Craig's hand before he had his stitches removed today.....

They put these tine bandages on and cover them with what the nurse called super glue to protect the tiny holes left by the stitches. You can see his finger is still a little swollen. That will last a few more weeks according to the doctor. The next thing will now be all the 'dead' skin that will start to flake off. It wasn't pleasant for Craig having all those stitches cut and pulled out. I originally thought there must have been near 30, but there were actually only 17. I'm sure Craig thought it felt like 100 when they were taking them out. But they're now gone, and Craig can start the next process of healing.
I had my first appointment with my new doctor yesterday. He seems very nice and laid back. Looks just like Ichabod Crane. If you remember who that was.   :-)
But he switched my blood pressure meds. I think that was the problem with my  being lightheaded.  We'll see.
I've talked to a few people from Lansing this week. Everyone was anxious to share the news. A building in the apartment complex we lived in or the last year completely burned up. All 12 units destroyed. I already knew that since I subscribe to the online version of the local newspaper. But it was nice to talk to them and catch up.
So, that's it for now!