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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

vegas backyard plan

Good morning.
It was a beautiful day yesterday and we spent as much time as possible outside. Took a nice long walk and enjoyed the spring flowers.
Here's a few pics of the backyard....

These were from when we first brought the house. Most of the dead  plants have been removed.

It's a small yard, measuring 14 1/2 ft from the back of the house to the wall, and 39 1/2 ft long.
The yard is enclosed by a wall. 5ft high across the back, and 4ft high on the sides.
Here's the plans I did online. The first pic showing what is currently in the back yard.
The large round green tree on the left is the nearly dead apple tree I've mostly cut down. In front of that is some type of rose bush. I'm hoping  to keep the Desert Willow tree on the right, along with the 2 red flowering bushes.
This is what I'd like to have the backyard look like when done.
Extend the patio out into the yard with a sunny lounge area.  Put in a dry riverbed that would extend from the back wall down around the Desert Willow over to the side of the house. That is also how the drainage of the back yard now goes.
Of course, this is all going to wait until we move out there. And also depend on cost and what the landscaper we use suggests. But it's fun to play around and see what we might be able to achieve in that small area.
 We ended the day with Chicken thighs with roasted potatoes and carrots on our grill.
Now, it's back to work. Going to be a busy week!

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

hey, a post!

Good morning.
It was a crazy busy day last Saturday.  Happy to get home after work and looked forward to a nice weekend. Unfortunately, Sunday and Monday were cold, wet, cloudy and windy. Today looks to be the best of the 3 days. Sunny and warmer near mid 60's. So, one nice day out of 3.  :-/   Typical Michigan.
So Sunday I cleaned the Salon, and cleaned the apartment while Craig tried to catch up on all his paperwork. Monday, we did our usual running, bank, post office, and getting supplies for the Salon.
One good thing about the crappy weather.....I don't stress about not being able to get yard work done. That's really nice! Normally I'd spend all day today trying to work in the yard to make up for not working the crappy two days. But's not a big deal if the weather is crappy.   :-)
Here's a few more pics of Vegas......

These pics aren't very good. It was very sunny(  :-)  ) and I shot them through the window. But I wanted to show all the plantings on the boulevards around our community.

Another view of Mt Charleston in the distance.

So even with pretty much no grass, there is still a lot of greenery. And that's another nice grass to mow when we move out there.  :-)
And I'm working on a plan for the Vegas back yard. I found an online design site that seems to be very adequate for what I want. I'll post them when I finish.
And it looks to be a very busy week in the Salon. That will be good.

Friday, April 29, 2016

our latest Vegas trip

Good morning.
As I said yesterday, we've just returned from our latest trip to Vegas. The flights were good and we got there safe and returned back safe, so a good trip.   ;-)
This trip, we flew United through Chicago instead of our usual Delta flights through Detroit.  I have to say, Detroit, Minneapolis and McCarren in Vegas are all nicer than Chicago.
Anyway, we arrived in Vegas around 10am, and took a short cab ride to the bus stop. About an hour or so later, we arrived at the front pf our community. From there, an 18 minute walk to the house. Here's a pic we took on the way to the house......

That snow capped mountain in the distance is Mt Charleston. The highest peak in the Spring Mountain range which lies west of our community.
 And closer and just north of our community is the Sheep Mountains. as you can see on one of our walks around the golf course that snakes through our community.
And here's a pic of our weather station showing the inside and outside temp and humidity. That's right! The outside humidity was only 11%. I have seen it as high as 35% during showers.
We had a nice stay. The weather was all over the place with temps one day in the 80's and another only 66. We had a couple days of sun and a couple days of clouds and wind. I've been disappointed in the looks of our yard plants, and with conflicting opinions from the neighbors, I went to a large local nursery to see if I could get some definitive answers. Half my plants and trees look fine, but the other half look spindly and not very healthy. The guy at the nursery was very helpful. It appears I'm not watering enough. Only about half of what they should have. Also I bought some granular fertilizer since the soil isn't the best. So I made some adjustments and I'll see if they look any better the next trip out.
We had a couple of get togethers with neighbors. One day over to the Aliante Casino for Margaritas and another a patio party at a neighbor. We've met some very nice neighbors. We also took a couple of drives and explored more of the valley.
Here's a pic of Craig relaxing in our room at the Excalibur hotel before our next day early flight back to Lansing.
So another nice trip.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

I'm back

Just returned from our latest trip to Vegas. Will update soon. Right now....I'm exhausted from travel.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

it's always something

Good afternoon.

It's a beautiful weekend here in Lansing. Currently 76 out.  :-)
We've just returned from a nice walk.  Our walk took us to Reno's where we had a couple of drinks and split a tasty sandwich. It's so nice to be outside again. And the long walk there and back surely negated the calories we consumed there. Right?
Anyway, our work week ended on a very busy note. Worked much later on Saturday than usual. But not unhappy to have customers. I cleaned the Salon this morning and on the way back home drove over something that punctured a tire. Made it back to the apartment to find a gash in the tire. Didn't see anything I drove over, but the tire was flat. Soooo, I took off the tire and drove over to Firestone to see if they could repair it. Of course, the damage was to close to the sidewall to repair. So, I'll wait until tomorrow and call the dealership to see if it may hopefully be under some new purchase warranty. If not, I'll need to get  a new tire.  :-(
And this episode just reinforces why Craig wants a spare tire. New cars don't come with them anymore, but we will buy one now.
Sooo, Our new car sits in the parking lot while we wait for the dealer to open tomorrow. Firestone did say they could get us a new tire in a day or so if the dealer doesn't help.
Now I'm going to fix a cocktail and go sit on the balcony and take in the beautiful weather..     :-)