Monday, October 24, 2016

Rain in the desert!

Wow! Surprise awakening this morning. Rain, lightening and thunder. I knew they said "chance of rain" but really didn't expect quite so much or so much noise.
 After it stopped right over us it was still storming to the southeast. 
Been working on setting up my pattern for a stained glass window for my bathroom. This is the pattern sized to fit the window. It will look kind of like the colored picture of it. Depending on what glass I use for it. I printed two of these large patterns. 
Each and every piece will have to be cut out then transferred to glass. I'll have to be careful how they are placed on the glass as I want the pattern to run a certain way AND I don't want to waste too much glass. Not going to do it until we get home in the spring, but we will be going to the glass store this week so I wanted to make sure I have what I'll need.
This was the sunrise from a couple of days ago. This rain today was proceeded by lots of clouds for the last couple of days. So we've had a couple of nice sunsets and rises. 

This little guy came out right after the rain. He sat in the yard until Bill threw him the carrot. 
 He took a good size chomp out of it. I'm writing this about four hours later and there is not a speck of carrot left out back. 
Went out to run a few errands between rain. So a couple of things to check off the "do before" list. Had a hard time finding strawberry JELLY. All kinds of jam and preserves. Finally saw it on the very top shelf. Had to get a clerk with a ladder to get it down. Also bought a pair of those glasses "As Seen on TV" - the kind you can adjust each side to your eyes. And they work pretty darn good. Might get another pair to keep in the car or RV for when I forget to put mine in my purse. 
The older house next to us that has just been sold was being emptied out by the seller today. And the new house next to us other side was being worked on inside. Lots and lots of traffic around here again. My car can be seen just behind the red pickup as we couldn't get it in the garage when we came home. 
Boy lots of thunder going on again. Raining so hard I can't see the mountains behind us. 

Doing laundry and going to watch NASCAR commentary later. Sure didn't like that race yesterday. If you're going to be in a race - RACE - don't ride around in back all day. I know it was the safest thing to get the cars in the next round but...none of the three JGR drivers were happy about it either. Team orders I guess. So guess we won't be leaving for Mexico until the end of November. We will be on the road though. A vague plan for the next few weeks. 
This will probably change a lot. Depending on when we leave and if we can meet up with our kids and Bill's brother in California. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Every one is finishing projects

This picture was taken on Wednesday. The gas company workers had dug their hole and put a big metal plate over it. In fact they dug two holes on our block. Had big crews in here doing a lot of work. 
This morning the big metal plate was removed and the asphalt filled in. Guess the gas company's work is done here on our street. Pretty quick work replacing all the pipes.  Had to laugh at the guy running the tamping down machine. With each thump his pants slid lower down his backside. 
On Wednesday the park also moved in another house down the street from us. Its the lot where the big pretty bushes used to be. The first section moved in. A couple of guys were also working on the new home right next to us. Busy busy day. 

 This is right in front of us - the gas company. 
 And here comes the other half of the new home. 
 This is the newest home. All leveled and put together by yesterday afternoon. 
In the mean time I've been busy - finally finished the angel I'm making for a friend. Now just have to figure out how to pack it for shipping so it doesn't get broken
 Also finished my Irish sun catcher. Doesn't show it here but it is really pretty hanging in a window with the sun coming through it. Still have to put patina on the solder, but have to go buy some first. What I had leaked and dried up when we moved it here. 
Last night we met our son and his family for dinner at the Green Valley Ranch Casino. It was for Bill's 80th birthday which is coming up on Saturday. Walked around some while waiting to go to dinner. 
Guess I haven't been in a casino for a while. Couldn't begin to figure out how some of these slots work. One even had a "Help" button. So I pushed it and up came page 1 of 11. Gad need a college degree to gamble now days. They take no change - either bills or tickets. 
We ate dinner at Hanks Fine Steakhouse in the casino. It was one of the best steaks I've ever had! The entire meal was outstanding. Three people waiting on our table, Music was a little loud, but guess that is an old people thing. Attention and food was fabulous. 
Spent this morning on the phone with our prescription insurance - Silver Script. Got a couple of meds straightened out. The customer service there is really good, in fact every time I've had to call them they are very efficient and helpful. So by Monday we'll have everything we'll need for the winter. 
Took care of a few other - going away - odds and ends. And watched some of the practice for the races this weekend at the crap shoot Talladaga. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Walking and watching

A whole lot of construction still going on around here. They were working in the street, across the street and right next door. 
To get a way from it all yesterday afternoon Bill and I went for a walk in The Wetlands. The weather was perfect for a walk, not too hot and a slight breeze. Green in the desert.
We walked out to the pond I'd seen the other day. This time Bill noticed fish in the pond. This was about a 24" Koi fish. Couldn't get a good picture of him as he swam under the dock just as we got there. 
Just looking out over the pond. There was a turtle out there swimming around, but couldn't focus on him fast enough. 
Love the sounds of water falls - even if they are small. 
Some kind of water fowl. There were two of them. 
Just different colored bushes and plants and a swift moving creek.

Another small pond. All of this is less than 1/4 mile from our house. 
Turning around and looking the other direction. Amazing what water can do for the landscape. 

Well, look who is here. Enjoying the sun. 
On towards home and the noise. 
One of the perks of the community is a key to the gate to the wetlands. Hate to cross back through. Two big cement mixers sitting on this street waiting to go somewhere. Turned out one was coming right in front of our house. 
Did I ever mention that we have a Black palm tree. At one time, before we lived here,  it was burned so the  entire trunk except for the very top is coal black. And it didn't kill it. 
No cooking today, eating leftovers. 
The other new home got put in today. Surprised they could do it with all the other trucks on the street.