Monday, September 25, 2017

Be Patient!

If you've been following the blog this summer, you've seen how hard everyone is working to complete the multi-million dollar expansion of facilities here.  As dedicated as the crews are, I'm "thinking" they can't possibly have it all ready for regular use by the time our residents return.  I certainly hope everyone will be a tad understanding of the magnitude of the project and be patient while finishing touches get completed.  

I donned my hard hat today (selfie portrait didn't turn out well....sorry) and toured the inside of the massive ballroom.

Lots of work to be done with electrical lines and duct work in the ceiling.

This is toward the front of the entrance where bathrooms will be located.

Entry and foyer.

Lots of electrical cable running throughout the building.

I believe MaryAnn will have to move some activities from the ballroom to the SanTan area.  The Activities Dept. will keep us updated as work continues.

 We spotted Paul Ragains by the horseshoe courts this morning so stopped to see what he was up to.

Paul is replacing the top boards on all the horseshoe pits.

That sounded easier than it turned out to be.  This photo shows how the bottom cushions have filled with sand over time.  This all has to be cleaned out before Paul can replace the top boards.  I asked Paul how he got "roped" into doing the job and his reply was very impressive.  He said he and his wife, Cher, really enjoy living here and they want to give back to the community.  

Pro Shop crew is focusing on the roof today.

We stopped for quite a while this morning as a big covey of quail was crossing the road.

They are so cute to watch as their little legs scramble in a flurry.

We see the big hole in the street is repaired in the aftermath of the water main break.  Now we need a good rain to wash the streets.  Good luck with that.

New fertilizer for the golf course arrives by the truck load.

Our landscape crews are reseeding the course.

Must always add a few pounds of seed for the hungry doves.

They must really look forward to this time of year.

New arrivals checking in at the front desk.


And now for our reader's favorite part of the blog:
"Mouse Tails"

You must realize how hard we are working to "train" our cat NOT to get up on the kitchen table or counters.  This is TRULY a challenge now that he is old enough to jump.  We have an ample supply of water spray bottles which is the best deterrent but they don't seem to work too well....or Mouse has a short memory span.

Now he thinks if he jumps straight into the sink that its legitimate as he's not ON the counter.  

The lure of the hummingbird that sits right outside the kitchen window is a true magnet for him as are my little Mexican decorative turtles on the windowsill.  Somehow, these little turtles wind up anywhere in the kitchen except where they belong.

I should write a thank you letter to Sam's Club for sending this particular box home from our last shopping trip.

It appears to be the perfect hiding place.

Have a GREAT day.................and thank you everyone for the fun comments you send us regarding the blog.  We love hearing from you.......right Mouse??

Saturday, September 23, 2017

New Restaurants

McDonalds isn't exactly what we'd call "new" but their new building on Florence Ave. is now open.  Don and I decided to stop in and give it a try.  

Yeow!  It was PACKED with people and Kids galore.  I'm guessing the crowds were just because it is a new opening....not that the food has changed at all.  There's a huge Ronald McDonald on the roof.

Perhaps the big draw is the in-house playground for the kids.  As busy and crowded as the place was, I must say that our ordering and food delivery was fast.  We were in and out of there in about 20 minutes.  (thank goodness)

A fun place to go is the new Anayas.  It was open at the end of last season so its not entirely "new" but it's a fun destination if you like Mexican food.

Booths, tables, chairs, are all VERY colorful.  Fun decor.

I snapped some photos of the menu for you.  Click on a photo and then enlarge it with your mouse scroll wheel or by using the control key and the plus key at the same time.


Mouse Tails:

Wonder how much longer Mouse will be able to escape from under the doors in our park model.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Signs of Progress

Sure do LOVE these cool 70+ degree mornings!!  What a relief!

We tried to get a photo across the north 40 so you could see the virtual forest of green sewer pipes.  Many sites will be ready for new homes.

Still scalping the golf course in prep for reseeding.

Plenty of dust in the neighborhood.  

Here's the rich new soil additive to spread on the course.

 There are mountains of grass and debris from the course.  It gets stored on empty lots until it dries out a little and then gets hauled to the landfill since we can no longer recycle it ourselves.

I sent Don out to take a bunch of photos of the staging area for the north 40.  There are pallets and pallets full of supplies to be used in this area.  

Looks like we purchase fire hydrants by the dozen.

So much money being invested here.

The entire area is definitely a work in progress.

It must feel like a never ending job to be assigned to this wall.  

That's a LOT of bricks to lay!

Every construction project needs a place to pile the junk until it can be disposed of.
This must be the place for now.

The ballfield has been reseeded and is turning its luscious green color.

I'm already anxious for the ballgames to start.

Cleaning our pools is a daily chore for our maintenance crew.

Thank you to all for doing such a nice job day after day after day!

Door and window frames are being installed at the ballroom.

Here's exciting news about our messy dirty pigeons!  Our crews are installing bird spikes in all the roosting places where the pigeons used to roam.

LOTS of spikes to deter the feathered rats as we call them.

Thank you for this investment in pigeon prevention.
I'm an avid bird watcher and love the birds......but the pigeons are soooo dirty.  Yuck.

The expanded bistro will be a wonderful addition.  
Thank you to Robin and her kitchen staff for all the goodies they prepare for us!
They'll have an even bigger job with this expansion.


Mouse Tails:

Mouse tail:  perfect name for this photo.

I have the window open but have to close the blinds while I work at the computer.  Mouse likes the open window so doesn't let the blinds deter him.

Have a great day!!!!

Have I ever mentioned how lucky I feel to be living this life at Palm Creek???