Saturday, August 18, 2018

Doesn't take much to entertain us.

We actually had a day under 100 - my first thought was boy it is cooler out maybe I'll fix that roast in the freezer. Then more sane thoughts took over. 99 isn't cool!
According to the news this has been the  worst monsoon season since 1989 especially for destructive winds. Hopefully only a month to go before it stops. 
Heard some engines rumbling out front and look what I saw. Another new house coming in. You can see the other half of it waiting down the street. That makes four in the last year on our short eight house block. I like the back of his truck. These guys make this look so easy!
One half in. To the right is the house that came in a week or so ago. 
Had to drive up over the corner of the yard to make this turn up our street.
Hello there, are you coming in? He even managed to stay off the curb. 
In it goes. Notice the gray skies. We didn't get but a very few drops of rain but some of the valley got pounded. 
That evening, the sun reflecting off the clouds out over the desert east of us. 
Boy I finally managed to up in time to see the sunrise. Not spectacular but nice. 
The house on the left end got put in last year. Already has someone living in it as does the one right next door to us [not in this picture] The house on the right was brought over last week. They have been working on it full time. 
Oh my gosh, another new one coming in, just down the street from us. Where our street turns west. Notice the blue dumpster in the house next to it. That house is empty, owner to assisted living a couple of months ago. So guess they are cleaning it out to get ready to sell or...
Lots of trucks out front. This one is double parked. Workers on both houses.
Notice anything about all of these houses? They are basically the same color except for the porch size and color of the trim. Talk about cookie cutters. And their back and side yards are about 4 feet wide!!

This is one one right next to us, It has people living in it we think. See a car there off and on. Same color, same porch.
This is why we keep the Jeep in the back. The driveway isn't long enough to park facing the garage, so we have to pull in sideways to stay off the street.
How I'm keeping occupied during this hot spell. Bought a box of 12 different sized puzzles. From 150 pieces to 500 pieces. This is a 500 - it was a challenge but fun. 
Also today was the first soccer game of the Spanish league season and the Bristol NASCAR race. Easier to stay inside under the fans when it is 109.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Mother of all storms

We shouldn't have cleaned our patio! We've been looking at all the tree/leaf/garbage debris on the patio for a couple of weeks. Finally Saturday afternoon I swept a lot of it up then Bill brought out the blower. In no time it looked nice again. 
Well about 8:30 I heard a big WHOOSH and thumping and banging. Another storm had arrived - in force. Before I got to the door to look out the rug was rolled up, one of the chairs had blown across the patio and the rockers were moved back. 
 And what was left of the cover on the Jeep was in pieces and most of it gone. 
Lots of lightening, horrid winds and a dust storm. Then rain and flooding. Over 63,000 people were without electricity. Ours stayed on thank goodness, some are still without as I write this Monday afternoon. Lots of trees and power poles down. We live not to far from, Nellis - both of us backing right up against the desert.  
I was trying to get some of the lightening but it always happened in the area I wasn't filming. Glad our patio roof is fixed down tight. 
Sunday Morning we went out to the market, their cart racks were blown over and a couple of trees in the parking lot were down. 

We are not supposed to get any bad weather for a week or so. And it isn't even boiling hot - in the low 100's which is livable. Especially with the humidity in the teens or less.
To change the subject, just grabbed this picture off their mom's page. Great grand children, kindergarten and 2nd grade first day of school. He is almost as big as his sister. (Our oldest son's daughter is their mother. She just had the new baby girl.)
 With the cover off the Jeep Bill thought he would clean it up a little and start it. Well the Jeep had different thoughts. Would not start, not even a sound. So Bill put his handy dandy battery quick charger on it and when he got it going we headed out to get a new battery. Here he is talking to the scheduler. Yes he is wearing his glasses. Bifocals for reading and prism to correct double vision. He looks like himself now. He is really enjoying how clear and colorful life is now days. Windshield wasn't too clean. 
We still are getting a lot of smoke over the valley. Makes you not want to be out very long. 

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Too much wind this week

As you can see by the pictures below we've had more storms. The one that did this did not drop any rain on us. Just 40/50 miles an hour winds. 
Today it is a little cooler and rain is forecast for next couple of days. 

We still have not got the wind turbine on the garage replaced. All contractors are busy with other bigger jobs. Lots of roofs, car ports and patio covers have gone down in the last month. 
A friend mentioned some furniture she and her husband had bought many years ago and how well it has lasted. Made me think of our bedroom set. We bought it from Sears in 1965. It is solid maple. And still works and looks great. [the pillows on the floor are the shams that go with our bedspread, made them same time I did the bedspread. The candle holder on the right was made by one of our kids in school - many, many years ago.]
 The second dresser.
The head board, it works with all sizes of beds from full to our size California King. Notice the lamp sitting on the doily, it is there for a reason. This top piece is a solid over one inch thick piece of maple. 
During the Northridge earthquake in 94 this happened. Next to the bed were big bookcases. One fell over and hit the headboard. Cracked the wood. Good thing it didn't hit Bill. It is cracked all the way through. 
All the toys and too hot or windy to go out and play with them. 

And each one has his own case. See them lined up on the floor in the first picture. 
I went to doctor this past week and now have three more appointments to go to. UGH! Next year neither of us is going to a doctor.