Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Waiting for Odile

I'm going to call this photo...."Waiting for Odile". 
We had a spectacular sunset last night.  We came out of the movies, saw the sky, and couldn't wait to get home and bring out the camera before it was too late. 
Weather forecasters are warning us regularly that the hurricane is on its way.  Phoenix is making up sandbags by the tons in preparation in case the storm hits like it did the last time.  Keep an eye on the weather news tonight and keep your fingers crossed that we don't get hit too hard.
Today we have gray sky with heavy cloud cover.  Right now we're at 82 degrees with 61% humidity.  That means there's already a lot of moisture up in "them there clouds".    It should be an interesting day.
We met Fernando while out on rounds this morning.  His crew is prepared and ready to have a rainy day.  If it rains, the whole crew will be indoors painting all the yardage markers and doodads from the golf course. 
They will be reseeding the ballfield and palm park next week.  Yesterday we stopped to chat with the landscaper who was trimming these trees.  He was just recovering from another scorpion sting.  Ouch! 
Trees on the golf course must get trimmed so all the debris is picked up and cleared before reseeding.  Soooooo much work and planning to do to keep our resort beautiful.
Have you heard about Casa Grande's "Doggie Dive-In"?  Every year when the city closes the main pool, they sponsor this one day event.  Sandy Morin sent this article and the pictures.
Doggie Dive In September 13, 2014
This event was sponsored by the City of Casa Grande Community Services Department. Dog owners brought their four-legged family members to the Palm Island Family Aquatics Park to soak in the pool or soak up some sun on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Admission was $2.00 per dog and humans were free. They had contests, prizes and vendors for your precious pets. Contests included: Bathing Suit Contest, Dog Paddling Contest, Water Retrieval Contest (Long Jump) and Best Dressed Family (this one includes humans!!).
Several members of the Palm Creek community came, both to participate and also to support others.  There were at least nine members of Palm Creek there.  Fours dogs came that I was aware of and two of the dogs won prizes.  Grace (Sandy Morin) won 1st prize in the bathing suit contest, while Sophie (Sam & Donna Cox) won a close second. 
One special dog came to enjoy being cooled off in the water Villa (a beautiful Lab Retiever owned by Phil & Cathy Paramore) who was suffering from kidney failure, died on Sept 15.
The event was well organized and had separate entrances for small dogs and large dogs.  Mark your calendars for next year 1st Saturday after Labor Day 2015!
Here's Sophie on stage:

Cathy Paramore and Villa

Sandy Morin (Grace) with Donna Cox (Sophie)

After looking at all these photos of sunshine.....be sure to check out the link at the top of the page called "notes from fellow residents".
How about some "one liners" today?
* I just got back from a pleasure trip. I took my mother-in-law to the airport.

* I've been in love with the same woman for 49 years.  If my wife finds out, she'll kill me!

* Someone stole all my credit cards, but I won't be reporting it.  The thief spends less than my wife did.

* We always hold hands.  If I let go, she shops.

* My wife and I went to a hotel where we got a waterbed.  My wife calls it the Dead Sea.

* My wife and I revisited the hotel where we spent our wedding night.  This time I was the one who stayed in the bathroom and cried.

* My Wife was at the beauty shop for two hours.  That was only for the estimate.  She got a mudpack and looked great for two days.  Then the mud fell off.

Have a GREAT day (and watch the weather report for Casa Grande).

Monday, September 15, 2014

Updated Remodeling Photos

Walked up to the clubhouse a little while ago and took some photos now that much of the artwork and photos are hung on the walls.  The place certainly looks nice.

Are you dreaming about owning a new home in Palm Creek?  This would be a Great time to purchase one as there seems to be big reductions on the new spec and model homes!! 
We swam with the wildlife last night up at the north pool.  This cute Sonoran Desert toad jumped in and swam around capturing any insects that haphazardly landed in the pool.  It's always handy to have my cell phone camera along for moments like this.
It was certainly a surprise to see this cactus cluster in full bloom this morning.  I thought the cactus plants would be done blooming for a while but this one certainly ignores the calendar.  Too bad Bob and Lucy Cadwell on Putter Place aren't here yet to see their blooming beauty.
With all the new technology regarding fertility recently, a 65-year-old friend of mine was able to give birth. When she was discharged from the hospital and went home, I went to visit.

'May I see the new baby?' I asked.
'Not yet,' she said 'I'll make coffee and we can talk for a while first.'
Thirty minutes had passed, and I asked, 'May I see the new baby now?' 
'No, not yet,' she said. 
After another few minutes had elapsed, I asked again, 'May I see the baby now?'

'No, not yet,' replied my friend.
Growing very impatient, I asked, 'Well, when can I see the baby?'

'WHEN HE CRIES!' she told me.
'WHEN HE CRIES?' I demanded. 'Why do I have to wait until he CRIES?'


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A toad, some owls, and some updates

Would burrowing owls take shelter under an RV?  Yes, they would and they do!  This is the second time we've disturbed a pair of owls as we approach a 5th wheel to inspect it.  They squawked at us and only flew a short distance away when we approached. 
I made Don get down to look underneath the rig and look for any kind of nest but he didn't see anything.  The owls probably just take shelter from the hot sunshine.  It's always fun to see them and get that close.
Look at this handsome fellow!  Kent and Lesley Evans found this guy over at the recycling center this morning.  He's a Sonoran Desert toad.  It's quite common to see them during the monsoon season and especially soon after the recent rains.
Eddie (from our maintenance dept) has a soft heart when it comes to any kind of animal or critter so he is going to take the lucky toad home with him to join the others that inhabit Eddie's yard.
The Sonoran toads are the largest toads in the United States.  I did some quick research this afternoon and found that they have a life expectancy between 10-20 years! 
Don't let your pets disturb these toads though as they emit a toxic substance that will definitely do harm to a dog or cat.  Eddie will give him a good home.
Don and I took a tour this morning to get some update photos for you.  They're not wasting time remodeling the sales office.  Everything is completely moved out and work is underway.  Of course, we just happened to catch the crew on a quick 10 minute break.
The ballroom is completely locked up while the floor is drying.  I tried to get a picture through the windows but without much luck.
I think they have to finish the ballroom before they can have access to the kitchen.
I see some of the shelving in the new freezer compartment.
Our new library and computer lab is a showcase!  Very nice!  Bonnie and Roger Koons have dedicated a lot of their time to getting the library back up.  Thank you!!
The new display cases at the front of the room look really nice.  This is a great place to display some items from each of the craft areas.
Computer access at the back of the room.
Still adding finishing touches to the bistro patio area too.
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