Friday, April 21, 2017

Flowers, tables and pans.

Well CRAP - I was just checking my FitBit and I had a little over 6000 steps on it already today, it is now only 1:30 and somehow I pressed the button and zip everything went back to zeros! Grrr
Took this last night looking over The Wetlands. I love seeing all the mountains behind us. It was kind of a strange time of night with the sun just going down. 
 There were actually three jets up there but I couldn't see the last one through the camera lens - thought I had it. It was coming across the other two. 
 So anyway I did take a walk this morning. Lots of pretty flowers in bloom. Lots of different colors. 

 And I saw him sitting way up on top of a tree. Tried to get a better picture but my camera battery died. Is he a desert bird? Or is he lost?
 I mentioned that I've got my window done up to the point where I have to solder it all together. I didn't want to do that inside a room and for sure not on my sewing table. So every wonderfully helpful Bill built me a table out in the garage. Luckily I'd taken a walk this morning and still had my tennis shoes on as between us we managed to drop one of the side on my big toe. I thought he was holding it and he thought I was holding it. And it had a mind of its own. OUCH.
My car in the driveway and Willie across the street in the empty lot driveway. And I bet our neighbors loved the sound of the saw. And I was grinding glass too. But the house in the middle back of photo was getting a new roof so they were making noise too. 
 Still need to get something to put on the top to smooth it out and finish the edges. Trip to Home Depot coming up. I need to go to the glass shop too to get some zinc strips to frame the window and some flux, my old flux is more like gunk now. 
In the last few months we've been getting rid of some of our old scratched up pans and replacing them with Copper Chef and Red Copper pans. LOVE THEM. Well worth the price. Will never use anything else. Going to make scalloped potatoes with ham for dinner tonight. Going to use one of the square ones (depending on how much I make) and cook in oven. Scalloped potatoes always stick to the sides of what ever I've used. And Bill likes them crispy. Should be interesting to see how it turns out. 
 Was planning on going up to the office and asking about our roof invoice but got a text message that the office is closed as they are in the area of the park that has no power - And part of the park has no water due to a main line break. Neither affecting us. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Some things getting done other not so much.

I have at least been getting in over 6000 steps a day lately,. Between walking around the neighborhood and working on my window.  A lot of them are from all the  back and forth from where the window is [in my sewing room] to the garage - each piece of glass takes several trips to get it shaped with grinding so it fits just right. After the grinding all the pieces have to be washed to get the marking pen and the grinding dust off.  Then the next step is putting the copper foil around each piece. After the foil is on the glass it has to be press hard oi the glass to make sure it sticks. Now that that is all done it is time to solder it. I don't want to do that in the house- to many fumes from the flux and solder. Also I don't want to do it on my sewing table. So here it is waiting until I figure out where to put it to finish it. 
The other day while Bill was at the hobby shop I went to the quilting store and signed up for a class 
to learn how to do 3 dimensional quilting. specialty pieces - not whole quilts. More wall hanging type stuff. Stuff like this.
For the class we have to have material that looks like a tree trunk and material that looks like rocks. It should be fun to do. 
So the roof, well it is done but... The insurance company gave me check for roof, but it was made out to me and mortgage company. So I had to endorse it and give it to them - them being the corporate office of the mortgage company who are the owners of the community where we live.  They would put check in an escrow account and pay final bill. BUT the roofer needed a down payment for supplies to start the roof. No one from the office was here the day we had to give down payment to roofer. So I wrote him a personal check. Now roof is done. Roofer has sent the invoice to our communities corporate office. They are supposed to send it to the local manager. He hasn't heard any thing. Doesn't know about the invoice. Before it can be paid he also has to inspect our roof AND the general manager has to sign off on it. What a freaking mickey mouse company. No one knows anything. I wonder if I call the insurance company and ask them WTH? if we'll get paid back and the roofer will get paid. After all the insurance has already paid the full amount plus. I'm also trying to get a copy of the invoice for my files. I keep getting - I'll have my bookkeeper send it to you...Yah when? Eventually it will show up. 
We've had more high winds the last couple of days. Gusts up to 50mph again. Glad we got the roof done when we did. By this weekend the temperature is supposed to be up in the 90's! OH NO NOT ALREADY!
Bill has an eye infection. went to the doctor this morning and got a prescription BUT the pharmacy doesn't have it and doesn't think they will get any. The girl says it's been really hard to get that medication for eyes. The drug company won't send it. Now what. They are supposed to call around to other CVSs to see who might have it, call the supplier to see if/when they might get it and/or call the doctor to see if there is anything else Bill can use. His one eye is a mess, swollen and running gunk. Doesn't put him in a good mood. And with the winds stirring everything up - the dust and pollen...Good - CVS just called the medication will be in tomorrow. 
Well Barcelona soccer club won't be in playing for the European championship this year. They lost today. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Nevada State Veterans Memorial

Have been slowly working on the window. Getting it all resized and adding the background. 
Stopped though and fixed a couple of dinner. One night curry chicken and rice. Turned out really good. In fact I just ate the leftovers for lunch today.
Also fixed a ham, sweet potatoes and asparagus for Easter dinner. Even used our pretty hand made Mexican dinner plates.  The smallest ham I could find, I think we'll be eating ham for a while. Need to vacuum pack and freeze some. 
This morning we had to go to the hobby shop way across town. One of Bill's RC planes wouldn't fly so he took it to them to fix. On the way home we decided to make a stop near downtown. Some more of the metal work in the center dividers. Don't know why the jeans over the little donkey. 

 Cactus, coyote and a metal frame full of big rocks saguaro. Very pretty. That's what we need for our yard. No maintenance. 
A year an a half ago our youngest grand son who lives here in Vegas marched in the Memorial Day parade. We watched it on TV - mention was made of the not yet open Nevada State Veterans Memorial. It sounded like it would be great to visit. It opened about six months later. And I've been wanting to go there ever since. It is on the corner of Las Vegas Blvd and Washington - if you are ever in Vegas it is a must see.  
 A diagram of the park. There was plenty of parking, free. 


Some information about it. "The centerpiece scene at the 2-acre site stands at the foot of stone terraces with 18 metal-alloy and bronze statues backed by walls of black granite engraved with historic quotes. They represent the nation’s war eras all the way back to the Revolutionary War.
Sculptor Douwe Blumberg, who designed and produced the statues, said he feels “like a marathon runner crossing the tape. … It marks the end of a six-year journey, which was never just another cool, artistic endeavor but from Day One a passion and a labor of love for our veterans.”
“These are the heroes among us who represent something larger than all of us: a way of life, freedom for us to be what we want to be, say what we want to say and worship how we choose to worship.”
I wish the light had been better. It was overcast with a gray glare so not all pictures turned out really good. 

 50,000 Americans were wounded or died in the Revolutionary War. 





Interesting comment by Reagan. 
 750,000 troops casualties in the Civil War. 



4,068 Americans were wounded or died in the Spanish American War.



 
 World War I claimed 320,518 wounded or dead. 




 The war to end all wars -  WWII 1,076,245 dead, wounded or missing. 
 The only statue of a woman, she had a red cross patch on her arm. 


 
128,650 wounded, dead or missing in Korean War. 


Vietnam - 211,454 missing, dead or wounded. Not counting the walking wounded who came home to hate. 


US forces suffered 148 battle-related deaths  with 1 pilot listed as MIA (his remains were found and identified in August 2009). A further 145 Americans died in non-combat accidents







So far 38,614 U. S. causalities - wounded or dead. 





 
 A very sobering experience. So glad we went though. Beautiful in a somber kind of way. So not "Las Vegas."