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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

coyotes, cabbage, cactus and a cruise

Good evening.
Another beautiful day in the valley. 67 and sunny!   :-)
Here's a few pics of stuff currently in my yard......
I don't remember if I shared this, but I put the Elephant Food plant in a plant stand  near my fingerling cactus. It tends to have a weeping type growth so the stand makes it look so much better.
And here's my ornamental cabbage....
I planted 3 different varieties. They will thrive and look good until about March.
And, the rest of the yard....
A pink flowering type of annual, and a geranium that's loving the cool weather.
My Yellow Daisy is just starting to bloom and will bloom all winter. And pansies in the little pots. They will thrive also until about March.
And a few pics of snow over on Mt Charleston.

You need to click on the pics to see it better. It's really pretty!
And it's a bad pic, but if you click on it, you may see a coyote right in front of the middle pine tree.
While walking with some neighbors a couple of days ago, we saw 5 together out on one of the fairways.
And I just got the e-mail today from Norwegian Cruise Lines that our bid for a balcony upgrade was accepted! That will take us from an inside 142 sq ft room to a balcony 203 sq ft room! And it ends up costing us half of what a balcony room would have cost if we booked that back in June. So very happy for that!
And here's a stock pic showing the difference....
It will feel more like an apartment instead of a closet! And actually have a place to sit besides on the bed. And not to mention all the natural lighting from the large patio doors besides extra seating outside!
For a 2 week cruise, this will be nice!
Well, I guess that's it for now....

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Pansies, pie and puzzles

Good morning.
Just got back from my walk. A cool 46 out this morning. Very cloudy out also, which is unusual. We have a chance of rain today.
And here's another puzzle I completed a few days ago....
And I made another grape pie......
They had grapes on sale for .88 a lb. Craig wanted a mixture of black and red grapes in this one. And as usual, I put a pecan crumb topping on it.
And my latest puzzle.....
And another pic of our lights......
We also went to the local nursery and bought some pansies and ornamental cabbage. I have 5 pots I put annuals in.  With our weather, we have several different planting times. Pansies and cabbage grow well here in the winter. And they'll look good until about March. Then I plant mainly vinca which likes the heat, then in the early fall I plant daisies, petunias, dianthus, and any annuals that normally  grow back in Michigan in the summer. I'm also trying Geraniums in one pot. They are looking really good right now, and should last most of our 'winter' as the do better in colder weather. We'll see.
I also have a perennial type bush that is just starting to bloom called Euryops, and it'll bloom all winter. It has yellow daisy like flowers.
I think that's it for now...
Oh, and I saw 4 coyotes out on the golf course this morning. I wonder if they'll head back to the mountains when the rabbit population is about shot.  Or, maybe they'll start going after little dogs that people walk in the morning. I have seen people walking with golf clubs, which I imagine are to beat off the coyotes should they try to take their doggies.

Sunday, December 02, 2018


Good afternoon.
Fall weather certainly has arrived here in the valley.
There is a significant amount of snow up on Mt Charleston...
 You may have to click on the pic to see it, but while we got all the rain a few days ago, Mt Charleston got over a ft of snow. Let's hope it stays up there.   :-)
But it's definitely gotten cooler here. Our highs this week, only in the low 50's.
So, I've been working on puzzles, and here's the latest....
Kind of appropriate for the holiday season.
And we finally got a wall mount for the second TV...
We placed it above the new one. Now we can have our security cameras on all the time if we want, and we can watch two things at the same time also.  Like maybe the New Years Day Parades.  Instead of flipping between stations. Oh, and sports! Good thing we have 10 ft ceilings!
We're really enjoying our 70 inch TV! Not too big for our living room. Just right!.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

rainbows and food

Good afternoon.
It's been a rainy day today. Can't remember the last time we had rain. It was kind of nice!
Here's another sunrise I took on my walk yesterday morning.....
Then, I made a batch of mini quiches...
It involves taking shredded potatoes, add a couple of eggs and half a cup of shredded cheese. Mix together and press into the bottom of muffin pans. Bake at 400 until golden then add 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese, dividing evenly into all the cups. top with 12 eggs I blended together and poured into each cup. Then add your choice of meat. This time I used turkey sausage crumbles.
Craig really likes these, and they freeze well.
And after my walk this morning with a neighbor, she gave me a pan of Cranberry, banana nut cake.  It was very good with our coffee!
And here's my Christmas lights.....

It's so nice doing these when it's 60 out compared to 20's or 30's back in Michigan.   :-)
And after our rain today....a beautiful rainbow!

You don't see that out here very often!
And just when I was ready to spend the money and get cable for our new TV, after researching, I've decided on Sling TV. It looks like I'll get most of the channels I want, for about half the cost of cable which has a ton of channels I'll never watch. And, our new TV has Sling already installed, so I don't need a box or stick thingy.   :-) And, my 30mps Internet connection looks like it'll be fast enough to stream. So we're happy for that. And with 1048 Gb's monthly Internet limit, I should have plenty for streaming. I only use about 35 Gb's a month right now. And out Internet provider posts my usage online so I can check anytime to make sure I'm okay.
So that's all I can think of right now....

Monday, November 26, 2018

big post!

Good morning.
Just returned from my morning walk. Cleaned up the kitchen, and sat down to do a post.....
Here's a couple of full moon pics I took a couple of days ago on one of my morning walks....

You can see where they've over seeded the fairways for the golfers and let the rest of the grass go dormant for the winter.

This pic was taken outside of our community center as I left last Saturday after my workout.
No moon here, just a view of the Sheep Mountains as I walked.
And the latest puzzle I did......
You may not see them well, but there are 2 coyotes out on the fairway. One in the middle of the pic, and one way over in front of the large bush on the left. I see a group of 3 every few days or so. They are looking nice and healthy from all the rabbits and such they are eating. And we've seen a big reduction in the rabbit population. But I still see plenty of rabbits on my morning walks, so the coyotes still have plenty more to get.
And after I de-boned the turkey carcass, Craig made a batch of broth...
And on Thanksgiving Day, I took advantage of early Black Friday deals and got us a new 70 inch TV!
Buying online is so much better than going to the store early and fighting crowds. I don't know why anyone would do that anymore since you get the same deals online and usually earlier. Just like the Chromebook I bought last year online on Early Friday.    :-)
They even had free delivery. It came yesterday, and we were fortunate that we could use the same wall mount and didn't have to reposition it. So a fairly easy install.
We also finished up the last pieces of the huge pumpkin pie our realtor gave us. The pie was good, but we didn't care for the canned whipped topping. We like the Coolwhip that comes in the tub better.
But I'm not complaining about free.   :-)
Okay, I think that's got us caught up for now....