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Monday, March 27, 2017

morning update

Good morning.
It's a nice crisp 55 out this morning so I put on a hoodie for my early morning walk. I usually go out around 7am just as the sun is coming over the rooftops. Should reach 75 today.
Here's a few roses that are in full bloom here.....

Most of these rose bushes are 5-8 ft tall. They seem to really like the desert weather.
And here's the bougainvillea plant I bought for the backyard....
 It had a lot more flowers on it when I bought it but between re-potting and separating the stalks to tie to the trellis, a lot of them came off. But I added fertilizer to the soil and watered it good so it should bounce back nicely. It's in a pot as the HOA doesn't allow plants in the ground any closer than 3 ft to the wall.
It's on the north wall so should get a good amount of sun.
And here's a special treat....
You might need to click on the pic to see it better, but that's a Road Runner on the roof of our neighbor. He came down the top of our back wall, around the corner and hopped up on the roof. Later, we saw him/her out in the front yard.
Cooked our last of 4 turkeys yesterday, and today will be a leftover dinner. I just love turkey!
Not much else going on so later!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

And they ate them up!

Good morning.
After a few 80 some degree days, we are going back to normal temps of only low 70's.   :-)
Yesterday we bought a bougainvillea for the back yard.  I'll get a pic once I get it situated with a trellis. They are hardy to 20, so even though we can get lower than that, it will usually die back and regrow from the base. I've seen a few in the community and they look rally nice so I thought I'd give it a try.
Thursday, we went to a birthday party. I decided to take fruit kabobs with a special added ingredient.

I made them with cantaloupe, strawberries and kiwi. And added, that's right, the item in the top left corner are Twinkies! Cut each of the Twinkies into 4 pieces and placed them between other fruit.
Most people who took them didn't realize what they were until they ate them. And eat them they did! Every single one got eaten. They were a surprise hit! Mostly healthy with a little bit of decadence.
Craig and I first had these at a camping pot luck back when we had our mo-ho. I was very impressed then and wanted to try them in another setting. Happy everyone liked them.   :-)
It was a nice party, not too big, and we even got to meet some new neighbors. Everyone seems really nice.
Went to the ARC meeting Friday morning, and as expected, my surveillance cameras were approved.  I'll call Monday and get the ball rolling on installation.
And that's it for now.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

a little catch-up

Good morning. Well, my absence doesn't mean I won the Mega Millions and disappeared.  I didn't.   :-)
I guess I just get busy and forget how much time has whizzed by since my last post.
Anyway, here goes......
Here's a pic from one of our daily walks...

I forget what they are called, but we get these strange cloud formations over the valley from time to time. They are caused by how the air comes over the mountains. Anyway, they are pretty freaky looking.
And here's a few things starting to flower in my back yard...

They are still pretty small and I'm anxiously awaiting for them to grow.   :-)
I also did a little craft project.
Wanted a little something extra on the stand below the TV.
Got a long 'pot', added some Styrofoam, covered that with a moss like material, and then stuck assorted fake succulents in it.
Simple, colorful, and no watering!
I also submitted an application to the ARC committee for the surveillance cameras and will go to the meeting tomorrow. They should be approved but you have to go through the formalities.
Had brunch yesterday at the Aliante Casino/Hotel just outside our community. Haven't had the buffet there before. It was really good! A very good selection and very tasty. And we get a mailing every month from them for a buy one get one, so for a $9 bill for both of us, we may be eating there more often. You just can't beat the price and selection. No wonder so many of our neighbors go to buffets. The only problem is I go there and see all this food and want to sample everything. I eat way too much. I'm going to have to try and restrain myself if we're going to eat there often or I'll look like the Pillsbury dough boy when I go back to Michigan this summer.  I have been walking 2-3 times a day, so that has been working very well, but not if I eat like I did yesterday too often.   :-)
And, we got a quote for the security film we want on the windows. We're going to have the sliders done first to make sure it looks good, then probably the rest of the house.
We haven't had any break-ins in our community since that couple was caught back in Jan. But it doesn't hurt to be a little proactive to make sure your not a viable target. And it'll be cheaper in the long run than having an alarm system.
Today, there's a birthday party for a neighbor. I'm taking fruit/Hostess Twinkies kebabs. I'll try to remember to take a pic of them when I make them later. Someone brought them to a camping trip potluck several years ago and they were good! Healthy fruit with a little sinful indulgence thrown in.   :-)
I think that's everything right now.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

maybe a little luck?

Good morning.
Weather has been beautiful! Walking twice a day now. Morning and evening. Been a little hot during the day with temps getting close to 90. But we're expected to return to 'normal' next week with highs around the low 70's.
Our entertainment is just about over. It's taken a good 5 days, but the new driveway/yard work across the street is just about done. It's looking really nice! I'll take a few pics when I get a chance.
 And we got this in the mail a few days ago. Our realtor, that helped us buy our house 2 1/2 years ago sent this nice card signed by everyone in the office.

The card says.....
Rainbow, Leprechauns, and some wee other folk, Hope they make your St Patty's Day joyous and hope you find a pot of gold!
Happy St Patty's Day!
And inside the card was a Mega Millions ticket.
I haven't checked the numbers yet as I'm waiting for Craig to get up so we can check together.
And our realtor has done other things besides. Every Thanksgiving, we get a Pumpkin or Apple pie. Once a month they do an e-mail Funday Monday. It's a question with 4 answers. You reply with the correct answer and your name is put in a drawing for an Amazon $25 gift card. Over the last 2 years, we won it twice. Any of you have a realtor that does things like this?
And we received a quote for the surveillance system and decided to go ahead and have it installed.
Here's a pic of the type of cameras they will put in...
There will be 4 cameras, hard wired and connected to a DVR. We'll be able to 'see' with them from my puter, TV and phone. It will all be connected to our wi-fi. Of course, first thing is to get ARC approval. They meet next Friday. Shouldn't be a problem as we've seen similar cameras around the community.
And as tradition, Craig did his delicious corned beef for St Patty's day and I think it turned out good as usual.
Well, that's all for now. Wish us luck on the Mega Millions!  :-)
ps.... just checked. We lost. how surprising.  :-)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

2 days in a row!

Good morning.
I know, 2 days in a row! Don't get too excited as it most likely won't happen often.   :-)
But one of our neighbors has decided to tear up their driveway and redo it with pavers.
So, since we don't have much excitement in our neighborhood we took our patio chairs out front to watch.
Two of our neighbors even joined us.

They had the entire driveway and sidewalk to the front door torn out yesterday.  They had 5 people working and they worked hard! I can't imagine spending the money to tear out a perfectly good concrete driveway if there is nothing wrong with it, but he's got a big pickup truck and she wants more room to get in and out of the garage. So they wanted to widen both sides of the driveway but didn't like the looks of adding pavers to both sides so thought it would look a lot better all redone. And it will. We've seen a few other driveways that have been done like that and they look real nice. Now we don't have that issue with needing a wider driveway as both of our cars fit nicely in the garage, but his big pickup is to long for the garage so has to sit in the driveway. So by making the driveway 2 ft wider on both sides, she'll have an easier time getting in and out of the garage. So it's suppose to be a 3 day job, so we'll have a little extra entertainment for a while.
Also, Craig went to his doctor yesterday so they could order the tests he needs to have before his finger surgery. While there, they discovered his ears were impacted with wax, so it took an extra half hour to soften and remove the excess wax.  He had this done a year or 2 ago in Lansing, so he must have some wax issue going on, so I guess it's good that they caught it because if it gets too impacted it gets harder to remove.
And, we had lunch at the golf club for the first time in months! Except for the occasional buffet and Taco Tuesday at the casinos, we haven't eaten out much. We both had the Avocado BLT. One with fries and one with onion rings so we could share. Their menu isn't very extensive, but what they have is very good, reasonably priced as we get coupons out of our community magazine for buy one get one half off, and we love the view of the golf course in front of the mountains.
So, that's it for now...