Thursday, September 22, 2016

Gate Update & Ballfield Seeded

Short story today.

Ha Ha to the pigeons.  No more place to roost.

The ballfield is seeded and watering has begun.  It's always fun to watch how fast it turns its vibrant green color.

This friendly fellow posed for a picture this morning.  Isn't he pretty?!

I was going to load all the calendar events into my phone and then had a brilliant idea.  I just took a photo of each page and will store them in my gallery.  When I want to review events for the month, I can just pull up the photo, zoom in, and check the dates.  Yahoo!

National pickleball tournament runs Nov 4 through the 13th according to the park calendar.

Tina Heward at the Cypress Point Beauty Salon on McMurray is going to try holding a little boutique once a month through the season.  First attempt is this Saturday, Sept 24 from 8 - 2.  She's calling it "Junk in the Trunk" and will offer jewelry, fall home decor, knock knacks, etc.  Stop in & give her some support.  I always like to help an entrepreneur get started.

You see ugly political ads on TV so you might as well see them here too.  Sorry.

If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates.
~Jay Leno~

The problem with political jokes is they get elected.
~Henry Cate, VII~

Politicians are the same all over.  They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.
~Nikita Khrushchev~

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Front gate update & nature stuff

Yes..........the front gate house and arch are a bigger job than expected.  See this announcement from Gary Lambert:

As sometimes happens, when a job gets started you realize that there is more to it than initially expected. Accordingly, it would be a real stretch for the contractor doing the work at the Main Gatehouse to be finished on Friday, so we have decided to keep the Main Gate closed through the weekend. The plan at this point is to reopen the Main Gate at 7AM Monday morning. I’ll post again if things change.Thanks to all for your understanding and cooperation.  Gary

We stopped up at the front gate again this morning to check on progress.

I'll put in a tip for Tom Keeler's business if you're looking for someone to do some custom cabinet and counter work.  

Tom has handled all the remodeling jobs for our offices, craft rooms, etc.  He does beautiful work!

I was wondering how they would manage closing off all those roosting places for the birds.  This should work.

Our ducks are becoming more plentiful too.  At least they don't do their roosting overhead.

Had fun pasting some google photos together to create an animation.  I really love the new Google Photos app.  They've upgraded to a total web site and are putting my beloved Picasa to sleep.  I'd love to teach some classes on it this winter if anyone is interested.

Up north and in the eastern states, you are enjoying beautiful fall colors.  Our desert has fall colors too when these purple sage bushes are in full bloom.  

Branches are loaded with almost solid color instead of green leaves.

Our golf course turns a fall color too!!  Time for it to get shaved and reseeded.  Our summer golfers are going through withdrawal.


Palm trees and shrubs add some color too.

Hey..............remember when I posted these pictures of the strange cactus fluff?

I had no idea that this was the beginning.

Look what those puffs turned into in just two weeks!!

Yes, this is the same plant.

Mother Nature is just awesome!
I love all the little surprises Arizona keeps giving us.


When I was a young gal, I was told that anybody could become President;  I'm beginning to believe it.
~Clarence Darrow~

If you want a real friend that you can trust in Washington get a dog.
-Harry Truman

Monday, September 19, 2016

Front Gate + Golf Course Reseeding

The front gate is closed for the next week or so while the guard shack and the entry arch are being renovated.  We all know that and were notified but I bet there will be lots of us headed to the store that will only remember once we turn the corner to leave.

 Bob Hernick gave us a guided tour this morning so we could take some before and after shots.

The inside will be completely redone with new cabinets and counters.

If I understand correctly, this overhang at the entry arch will be closed to prevent the pigeons from roosting there.  Right now it seems to be the perfect spot for them.

This really does make a lovely place for the pest pigeons to roost.  No wonder they became so plentiful. 

WOW!  Spotted four night herons at the lake this morning!  Awesome!!  We don't see them very often so it was a big treat for us.  Looks like they were talking to the ducks.

Here's a photo Kent Evans sent me a year or more ago when he spotted them over on #13.

Photo by Kent Evans's that time of year when we reseed the golf course.  
Don't bother washing your house or your car this week.

Landscaping is still trimming bushes and trees too.  We summer folk get to see all the oleanders in full bloom but they get trimmed back in time for your arrival.

Elsewhere ... new houses continue to arrive and get assembled.

Tom Gottfried has a new camera lens that he will be working with at the upcoming pickleball tournaments.  His new fisheye lens can capture a wide range.  Check out this photo of the south lake on #7.

Photo by Tom Gottfried

We seem to have hatched a large batch of black cats recently as they'be being spotted quite frequently.

Speaking of stray animals, there is a relatively new store in town and we'd like to send lots of business their way.  The Bow Wow Meow Thrift Shop is up and running five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 until 2:00.  The address is 112 W 2nd Street which is just around the corner from the Cookie Jar Restaurant.  The proceeds all go to the Valley Humane Society which is a No Kill Shelter.  Your donations will be most appreciated and you are encouraged to stop by and shop to see what treasures you can find.  Think of all our precious furry friends you will be helping.

Here's another way to help the Humane Society without costing you a penny.  This does not affect your fuel points or any other discounts you may receive.