Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Getting things done

We have been keeping busy the last few days. Running  all over town trying to get one thing done. Finally accomplished it today. More on that later.
One place we've visited a lot the last couple of weeks is our local CVS Pharmacy. First turning in all our new prescriptions and getting them filled last week. And then this week getting them all refilled again using our "vacation override" so we have enough to last us until we get home around the end of March. Almost got it all done without a hitch - almost...But all is taken care of now. Also had a doctors appointment where I had to leave a sample - and they LOST it - so back across town [about 19 miles across town!] to redo. Almost didn't go back but it is a good thing I did as I'm now on antibiotics for not one but two types of infection. 
As we were running in and out of CVS we noticed the Star Shower Motion Laser Lites on sale. So of course had to get one for the RV while in Mexico. 
This is it in our computer room - just checking it out - wasn't very dark in there but we got the idea. It is now waiting for a place to go in the RV. 
 I'm glad I'd ordered our meals in a box for the week, came in handy. This was our last one. Baked and flavored sweet potato wedges, salad with mango and red pepper and chicken with spices. Very good. Bill wasn't too impress with this one. Not into mango or raw peppers. So yesterday I remembered to go on line and cancel our account. No more meals.
 And my sewing machine finally came back and it is repaired. So over to pick it up. The lady in the repair department was working on this Thanksgiving table runner. Thought it was cute, because there was so much delay in getting my machine back she gave me the pattern. Something to do next year. 
 A turkey at each end. Good way to use up scraps!
 Las Vegas has a brand new ice hockey team - The Golden Knights - so far they've won 4 out of 5 games! The team also has put out a shirt for the 1 October victims. 100% of proceeds will go to families.  From the first time I saw the shirt I wanted one. So while across town we went to their new practice facility in Summerland.  The outside of it. 
Going into their gift shop. 
 The gift shop is called The Arsenal. I looked around and didn't see any shirts. So asked - SOLD OUT. But they'd be getting more in. This was our first trip there. 
 Yesterday we had to go across town to set up our mail forwarding box so since we were over there we stopped at the rink again. The day before yesterday I'd called the shop and was told by a young man that he was going to pick up a load of the shirts yesterday morning and they should be in the shop around noon. He asked for my name and phone number and said he'd call me when they got there. Well we already across town and it was after 1:00 so we went to the rink again. No shirts, told they wouldn't be getting any in and I should order them on line. Only problem was they wouldn't be shipped until end of October. So on home. Later yesterday evening I got a call from the young man. He had the shirts and would hold two for me if we could get there today. YES.
Up early this morning. In time to see the sunrise. 
 The jets contrails are really lit up. 
 Kind of weird formation. 
 So here we were this morning at 10:00 back at the arena. There are two rinks there. One for the Golden Knights practice the other for the public.

 And we got our shirts. This is the logo on the front of the black shirt. The Golden Knights logo is the star and swords at the bottom. I guess persistence pays off.
Bill is outside cleaning up Willie and starting to load him up. We have bags all over the house with stuff to take in them. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Not keeping busy


Been a while since I've posted - really had nothing to post about. My sewing machine is still out for repair -I'd better get it back soon! And the glass I ordered to finish the border on my window probably won't be here in time for me to finish it. 
I did put us some Halloween decorations. These are nicer than they appear in this pic. I had the ghost one pumpkin and the bat. Somewhere somehow my fourth sun catcher must have either been sold or broken as I know at one time I had four. So I had to make the pumpkin in the upper left of the pic. 
 I forgot I had made these place mats last year but found them when I went looking for something fallish. 
 And because I have a lot of scrap glass I did this flower and butterfly. It is about eight inches across. Put it in my bathroom with the other flowers. 
And I finished up this frame that I started way before we left Indiana. The area for the picture is 4 1/2 x 6 1/2. It can be hung on wall or stand on a table. The colors are nicer than they photographed. 
 Bill giving Willie a hug. No not really - we had another big wind storm blow through 55-65 mph gusts and they tore the cover off the back of the car so Bill decided to take the old antenna brackets off the roof rack before covering him back up. Notice the long sleeve shirt on Bill. Earlier he had on jeans too. Got down to low 60's at night and early morning. He is ready to head south NOW.
 We ordered another batch of Hello Fresh meals This is one of them, breaded Italia with a sour cream lemon and chive sauce, asparagus and the bread. I added the salad. Very good. 
 Yesterday we had errands on the other side of town so we stopped at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign to see the memorial there. I wanted to take a picture of the cross of our daughter-in-law's friend.  There are 58 crosses there each made by a man in Illinois who put them in his truck and brought them here. Each one has a name on it. 


 Then we went to the glass shop to see if there was any other glass I could use for my border. Hopefully the one I need will come in while we are gone. They will save it for me. 
Then up to the new practice Ice Rink for the hockey team the Golden Knights. They have a t shirt I'd like to get but were sold out. 
And then fixed another box meal. Stuffed peppers. Very good and easy to make. Even have left overs for tonight or tomorrow.  
Today we went to the pharmacy to order our meds for the whole winter. So far no problems, they should be ready by middle of next week.
Weather is perfect finally. Even managed to get in  a walk the other day. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Tribute to a victim of the Las Vegas shooting.

Our daughter-in-law has made a tribute to her friend who died in Las Vegas. She has signed the song "I Hope You Dance" Very moving. Right click on the video to unmute it. From her Facebook page. "A friend of mine was one of the victims in LV. This devastation has affected so many people. My heart and soul goes out to all the families, friends, and loved ones forever changed by this senseless act. In this time of tragedy and darkness, I feel best thing to do is to spread love, light, and warmth to every single person I know. That is how my friend lived her life, and that unstoppable spirit is something no one can ever change or take away from you. She lived her life always smiling and always dancing. Pati, this ones for you babe 💫💗 💃 Lee Ann Womack "I Hope You Dance"

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Food Insecurity - where is the logic?


It is kind of hard to write a post considering what is happening here in Las Vegas. There are no words to express our feelings and no way to understand how something like this happens. 
We are fortunate that none of our family or friends were in the area at the time. I was still up watching the local 10:00 news when the story broke about 10:10. Watched as the police cars and emergency vehicles arrived and people began streaming down the sidewalks and streets. Here the TV stations have been playing over and over again a scene from the concert that happened about an hour before the shooting. The entire audience was on their feet with their cell phones lit and they were singing God Bless America. I hope that is what this event is remembered for. The unity not the terror. Click here to watch

We live about five miles due east of where it happened. To look out our windows on the peaceful desert scene makes everything even more surreal. 

But life continues on. Our little glitches seem so insignificant now. I went to the doctor last Thursday and had some lab work done. Got a call Friday that somehow "it got thrown out." Could I come back and redo it. The doctor is about twenty miles across town. I was supposed to go yesterday. It seemed like a quarter of the streets in town were closed to through traffic so we didn't go. Now they are supposed to send me a lab request so I can go to a lab closer to where we live. 
I saw another sign about Logic - here it is available, not for sale. Still think a lot of people should go visit this area - logic seems to be lacking in society these days. 
One example of a lack of logic was an article I read about feeding the hungry. . The article was titled "Combating FOOD INSECURITY one mouth at a time. Aren't we getting just a little too PC here. Hello people - HUNGER is not a bad word.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Las Vegas

We, along with most of the country, are watching TV this morning. I was watching the local 10:00 news last night when the story broke. Cannot believe what has happened.
All of our family and friends are fine.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Bill and his toys

Now is when it is delightful to live in Vegas. The weather is PERFECT! Low 80's during the day and high 60's at night,. Humidity is in the teens. Only two low 90 days in the future forecast. 
One of the sunrises over the wetlands this past week. 
 Walking out around the back yard. Our landscaping is doing great. So much pretty color in the flowers. And lots of butterflies. And yesterday I had to make more hummingbird nectar. They are going through it fast.  
 The jasmine by the garage door is growing like crazy.
 I continue to work on my window. Except now I'm at a standstill. Have as much done as I can do without the border glass. It is on order for me. I took this picture before I did any soldering. 
 Now that I don't have any work on the window and my sewing machine is still in for repair I'm not sure what to do. Maybe drag Bill around town trying to find interesting things to see. 
He is filling his spare time with his drones. Think he has enough of them? 
 Don't think he realized he was taking a picture of himself taking a picture.  He is reflected in the double mirror doors. 
This video has no picture, taken at night, but turn up your sound. The coyotes yipping and howling out in the Wetlands. They sounded pretty close. 
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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Logic and Luau

Been enjoying the cool weather. Highs in the high 70's lows in the 60's. Love it. Though I found Bill all wrapped up in his blanket earlier today. 
I saw this sign and thought OH YAH! I know a lot of people who need to shop here. 
Lets see...I have my computer back and it is running great. And the new modem for the Internet is working great. Two out of three isn't bad. Probably won't get my sewing machine back for a couple of weeks. 
So with nothing else to do and the cooler weather I've been busy in the garage with my window. Here it is with all the pieces ground, fitted and taped together waiting for solder. 
Caught a picture of Bill personalizing one of his drones. He bought a face for it. eyes and mouth. Toys, toys. 
And payback he got a picture of me in the garage soldering on the window,. See our matching haircuts!
Today was a good day for me, my hands were hardly shaking so I finished everything I needed to do before I start making the background. 
Yesterday the community had a Luau for everyone. Lots of food and entertainment. Male dancers for the ladies. 
And hula girls for the men. Everyone seemed to be having a good time. 
Even a whole little pig. Only the face was left when I took this. 
Today we went out early to breakfast and to the market. Then cooled a roast, potatoes and carrots for early dinner. Finally cool enough to use the oven. 
Then I watched my favorite NASCAR driver #18 M&Ms car, Kyle Busch win the race in New Hampshire. YES!!!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Day of repairs.

Check out this wonderful weather. High of 79! My kind of weather. It might be cool enough to cook a roast this weekend,

Up early again, a lot of time to work in the garage on my window. Got almost half of the glass pieces ground and shaped. 
Spent the rest of the morning on errands. My sewing machine is on its way to be repaired. Needs a new "card" for all it's buttons. More money.
Then to Best Buy to drop of my PC. Will get it back on Saturday. Hope all the little Gremlins are caught and eliminated. So will be using the laptop for a few days.
Then waited at home for the Cox Internet technician. He was right on time. Needed a new modem. And of course they don't carry the kind we had, so had to get a new "upgraded" one. Of course, at $5 more a month. It better not give us any trouble. 
While waiting for him I worked on finishing my Christmas place mats. When I get the sewing machined back I'll do some kind of quilting on them. 
Been watching the news from Mexico and Puerto Rico. What disasters. Over 400 dead in Mexico City already. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Electronic gremlins are having fun with us.

After watching the news this afternoon our electronic problems are nothing. Another powerful earthquake in Mexico, this one near Mexico City. 7.1. Many, many people dead already. 44 multi story buildings have collapsed. One 4 story school is now only 1 story high. People are forming bucket brigades to remove the rubble from collapsed buildings. 
But back to us...Been cool enough out in the garage to work on the second window. I've got all the foreground glass [flowers, stem and leaves] rough cut. Next is grinding and fitting. That takes a while. 
Also started another sewing project. The fall place mats are finished, even have Scotch Guard on them. Just found out one of our grand sons got married over the weekend. Wedding present!
So starting a set of Christmas place mats.What I'm trying to do, besides keeping busy, is use up bits and pieces of material I have. 
Here are the centers of them. Today I put the borders on, cut the batting and backing and put the binding on with the sewing machine. Still have to hand finish the binding on two of them. Turned out kind of pretty. 
A few days ago our youngest son, who lives here in Vegas, called us wondering when his Dad was going to make more milanesa - he was craving some. I told him we had some in the freezer but to get it he had to help us ;) hook the DVD and surround sound up to our living room TV. He said okay and was here yesterday afternoon with the whole family. Wife and son. It turned out to be quite a project. The TV had to come off the wall. Glad he was here to do it. Now we have too much sound and can watch movies in the living room. 
You notice Bill and I aren't doing any work. 
Both of us were up early enough this morning to see the sunrise. Kind of pretty. 

Bill is feeling fine again. Hope he never gets another kidney stone - WOW.  
Since I got my sewing machine back from repair it has been giving me fits. Several things that I've never had problems with are now not working at all or causing problems when they do work. Finally had enough and will take it back to repair tomorrow. Wouldn't you know my 90 day warranty was up 3 days ago. 
Also made an appointment to take my PC into the Geek Squad. It is doing some really strange things. When it sits for a while it disconnects itself from the Internet and I have to restart computer to get it to work. It has also been making some really loud fan noises. Like it was trying to take off. 
After making the appointment with the Geek Squad I called Cox Internet to complain to them about the Internet cutting in and out.
Come to find out we need a new modem - the tech will be here tomorrow afternoon to replace it. Hum...maybe that what was wrong with my PC...Still going to take it in. 
And that has been our last couple of days. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

I spoke too soon, Bill still in pain.

I've been up since 2:00a.m. Bill got up then and I got up with him. Spoke too soon when I said the kidney stone had passed. It for sure hasn't. We went to emergency on Friday night,. Where he was diagnosed and given pain pills. Had a bad night. Saturday morning he felt fine. Thought it was over with. We went out and ran errands even. But by Saturday late afternoon he could barely move it hurt so much. Of course he'd quit taking the pain pills earlier in the day, cause they upset his stomach. Bad move. So as I write this Sunday evening he is laying down trying to get some relief. Also back on the pills, but only has a few left as the hospital doctor thought it would pass by now. Nope! So tomorrow will try to get into see our regular doctor - or back to emergency. 
We got three meals again this week. This was one of them. Duck with a good sauce, asparagus with tomatoes and fingerling potatoes. Very, very good. 
 We've had tow more since that one. Also very good. Tonight we had chicken breasts with mushroom, sour cream gravy on Couscous and salad. Last night steak and mixed green salad with braised nectarine and pecans. Just the right amount of food and a good variety. Pleased with it. But am skipping next week. Have to use stuff out of freezer. 
This morning's sunrise. I meant to go out later to see how it turned out but got busy sewing and forgot. 
 I finished my fall place mats. Now who to give them to? See the pumpkin quilting on the larger part of the mat. That was fun. 
 Also did a little work on the new window today. Mostly just trying to find the glass I needed. Think I'm going to have to buy a couple of pieces. I already bought the blue background and the border is on order. But I ran out of the brown I use for the flower centers. And might not have enough green for the leaves. 
 This is kind of what it will look like when done. The colors are not true but close enough to get the idea. This is just the pattern with close to the colors added. 
Ordered some Scotch Guard spray for the place mats and the new RV quilt. Hope it works to keep them clean. I couldn't find any in WalMart so ordered it from Amazon, also ordered a ceiling fan duster. Looked up the other day - UGH!
At least the weather has cooled down some. No more 100+ days I hope. And the nights are getting cooler too. 
I think I'm going to have to take this PC in to the Geek Squad this week. It is doing some really weird things. It made a really noise yesterday. Thought it was trying to take off. And it keeps disconnecting itself from the Internet. Just lots of little annoying things. 
That's All Folks!