Tuesday, October 16, 2018

You know you're in Vegas when...

Yep, you for sure know you're in Las Vegas when you see Elvis standing on the corner waiting for a bus. Didn't think fast enough to get my camera out.
We were going north on Boulder Highway to pick up the Jeep from the mechanic. Another new part for Willie - I didn't think there were any old parts left. This time he got new front lower ball joints and upper control arms. [Hum...wish I could get new upper arms.]
I saw something in WalMart the other day that surprised me - a bread box. Didn't know they were still being used. I remember them from when I was a kid. Bill asked why keep bread in a box when you can keep it in the refrigerator. Couldn't answer him, don't know. Except maybe refrigerators were smaller then. I know we had an ice box - yep, with real ice and the drip pan you better remember top empty.
 Also saw something else that reminded me of being a little girl. We used to cut a patch out of side of an oatmeal box leaving on the ends and then make them into cradles for our dolls. Much simpler times then. A  child now would think you were crazy if you suggested that. I wonder if there is an app telling you how to make a box cradle.
It is quite COLD here today, only 42 this morning and the counties north of us had freeze warnings! Early in the year for that. Bill is freezing. We're going to have to turn the furnace on in here by tonight. I'm making empanadas to warm up the kitchen a little. Actually I had the dough and they make good snacks when traveling so trying to use up things from the freezer. In fact we had corned beef and cabbage a couple of nights ago when I discovered the corned beef in the back of the freezer.
Made the filling for the empanadas and ended up making five dozen, but still have more filling. Hope when we go to WalMart tomorrow they have some of the frozen pre cut packages of the dough. We use Goya brand for the oven. Very good dough. We also used our handy dandy empanada "Dough Press Set" - Bill bought it on line. The green one is the perfect size.
Sure makes it easier. The dough on the press.
 Getting the filling.
Pressing it shut to crimp the edges.
 My job was putting the egg wash on them. See how nice the edges look.
A few of the finished product. The rest are already in the freezer.  The one piece about 11:00 was crimped by hand.
And the house is warm from the 400 degree oven. Everyone is happy.
I discovered something with our new Dish TV. The On Demand feature. I've been pigging out on Ice Road Truckers. So far have watched seasons 1, 2 and part of 3. I've also managed to get the Dish Anywhere feature to work on both our laptops. Supposedly it should work in Mexico. But to use it I have to leave both the Dish and Cox Internet accounts running. I usually put the TV and Internet on vacation suspension when gone. We'll see what happens.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Mother Nature at her finest

Not much to say, mostly pictures.
I just happened to go outside Thursday evening and saw this. This picture was taken at 5:31 looking south east over the desert. 
 Then I noticed it was a double rainbow, can barely see the second one.
 Just more pictures of it with different zoom. 
 I turned around and saw this scene out front. Look almost due west. 
 More of the rainbow.

 Moving the camera to look a little more north east. See the blue sky. Still in our back yard overlooking the Wetlands and the mountains. 
 Back at rainbow.
 It is now 5:41 - the rainbow has been there for 10 minutes and is still bright.
 Walked out front to check on sunset. 

 Out back the rainbow is gone now 5:48. And the rain is moving more north.
 Strange sky out front, partly yellow and partly blue. 
 Looking right at the horizon, some colors

 And no another rainbow, this one is faint but there, right above the garage. 
 Back out back to check it out. 
The last of the sunset. We got just enough rain drops to dirty the windshield of the Jeep. Bill was right there with his towel cleaning it off. 
Just a short video I took. The blue sky, the rainbow and the clouds out front. As I pan over the house you can see a jet leaving the Vegas airport/ It must have been a popular departure time as they were going one right after the other. When I ask,"is that an RC plane?" It is because we could hear an RC plane flying over the Wetlands,  the Radio Control airport is right next to us. 

And then about 9:30 we heard the coyotes yipping and howling in the desert. 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

We have Dish TV working.

I'll go into the title in a bit. Just wanted to share the last of our Halloween decorations. I did these with my embroidery machine. It is so fun to use. I make up reasons to use it - like these hangings for the patio door. 
 On our way to the store the other day we stopped at an auto restoration place. They had so many beautiful old autos. Good thing we don't have money to throw away. This is called a delivery van. Kind of a station wagon without back windows. It was yummy. The paint was perfect. Like brushed aluminum.
An old Cadillac. Perfect inside and out. Years ago we had one just like it and the hood came up while driving down the freeway.  Exciting to say the least. Bill managed to pull off and tie it down for the rest of the way home. All the air planes are old radio control planes that are just on display now.
 So we continue to check things off the list getting ready for our trip south.
This doesn't have anything to do with the trip but it finally got checked off the list. Our Dish TV is all up and running. Dish sent me a survey - I filled it out. This is when I was extremely unhappy with Dish. And I made my feelings known. The next day I got an email from customer service representative Laura H. She was wonderful - Dish should give her a blue ribbon. We now have a new Hopper with Sling. It gets on the internet and we can talk to it. Also with the Sling feature IF we have decent Internet in Mexico I should be able to watch TV from our house. Laura H. talking me through setting up the Hopper and getting it activated. 
She went above and beyond anything I expected.
So we are now happy Dish customers. And IF I can get it set up to work in MX ...It will go from our receiver at home to an app on our Android tablet that we can connect to our Mexican Internet and we'll be able to watch the important things - soccer and racing. I hope. Today I got it so I could watch live TV on my android phone.
It will be a challenge - we'll see who wins.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Colors of clouds

Days of rain forecasts and this is all we got. Look closely to see the few drops. Just enough to to make a mess of everyone's windshields. Not practical but cute. 
We're still here so decided to put up our Halloween decorations. Made the place mats a few years ago.
Also put up the stained glass sun catchers. Again things I made a long time ago. 
While digging for the stained glass I came across this fall table runner I forgot I had. So put it out too. 
We had several days in a row with very dark skies. Took this in late afternoon as the sun was low. See the black trunk on the palm tree. At one time before we lived here it was on fire. 
I love the view out across the desert. These are the clouds that gave us our few drops of rain. Sure thought we were going to get a lot more. 

Noticed our Palo Verde tree is starting to get flowers again. I thought they only bloomed in the spring. I haven't seen any of the other ones around town with flowers on them. Guess it is confused.
Looking out back again as the sun was setting. 
A little later I happened to look out the window to the west. Oh boy, grabbed the camera and ran outside. So pretty. 

Just managed to catch it. A few minutes later it was gone.
We are still dealing with Dish TV but things are really starting to look up. Will write about it in a day or two after we get our new equipment. 
We now have blue skies and perfect weather -high 70's low 80's. And in the low 60's at night. 

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Getting things done

Woops, instead of updating this blog draft I updated, somewhat, the last blog post. While doing it I was thinking "I thought I'd already written that." Yep I had. So you might want to read previous blog - it is now a little different. 
We are actually staying quite busy, getting things done - but not much to write about. 
Every morning when I look outside I'm so glad we bought this house with the desert and mountain view. So peaceful out there. Quite cloudy this morning, forecast says 20% chance of rain today and tomorrow.
We have several rogue palm trees growing in the middle of the lantana. We thought there was only one growing there, that was okay, but now it looks like there are five or six growing. Not good - some have to go. 
Bill's jasmine is growing like crazy.Pretty soon it will take over the garage door and the shed.
Remember the strange little plant I bought in Mexico last winter. It is growing like crazy, getting all kinds of new stalks.  
Yesterday I got in 9723 steps, didn't notice how close it was to 10,000 until I took the fitbit off. Have not made 10,000 since spring. Shame on me. Also yesterday we mailed the extra Dish receiver back to the tune of $32! I have an appointment to talk to a customer service representative on Monday. I am going to strongly request that be refunded to me along with the price of the unit. This whole Dish TV thing has not been a good experience.
We also went to the pharmacy to order all our medications for the winter. Will know in a day or two if that goes through without any problems. Sometimes it is smooth, other times it is a nightmare. But it always gets done.
Also scheduled final outside/inside pest control appointment. They will continue to treat the outside every two months while we are gone and email me the invoice - I hope. 
Finally cooled down enough to turn on the oven and fix a roast with potatoes and carrots last night. Tasted really good. Going to try to eat a few of the things in the freezer before we go. 
Just before I wrote this today I got an email from Direct TV with instruction on how to return the five receivers to them. Just take them to a UPS store and give them to them. No cost to me. One more thing checked off the list. 
Very cool here today mid to low 70's, Bill has on jeans. I'm loving it. Maybe we'll get some rain. Yesterday here in our area we got about 73 drops on the patio. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018


Got out walking again so nice that the mornings are cool. So cool in fact I'll be putting the electric blanket back on the bed today. No, not for me but...Today was a perfect weather day, slight breeze low 80's, blue sky with puffy white clouds. If only it could stay like that. By Sunday our HIGH will be 75, yes! But then it is warming up a little again. 
Saw these in a yard on my walk. Might be a fun project to do next year. All through with projects this year.
 Also a kind of nice sunrise yesterday morning, nothing this morning.
So anyway - yesterday we got the two Wallys - the receivers for the Dish TV in the RV. After much searching found someone who would set up dome and install the receivers. According to the person I spoke to at Dish when I ordered the Wallys to the tune of $119 EACH we would be able to install both of them in the RV and be able to watch different channels at the same time. Good that is what we had with Direct - more on that later. Called the installer this morning and he had just received a cancellation, would we like them to come right over. Of course!
We rushed up the street to get the RV and bring it home, luckily it is only two blocks away. Got it parked and hooked up and the installation truck came around the corner. Wow service! From there it kind of went downhill. Settings on dome were changed with no problem. Receiver was set up in living area no problem. Now Problem. With the dome we have [when talking to Dish TV I told them which satellite dome we had] not only couldn't we watch a different channel on the back box, but most of the time it wouldn't work anyway because of Dish using 3 different satellites...They would install it but we would be throwing our money away. UNLESS, and he didn't recommend it, we got a wifi set up for an additional $299!!!! then we could watch the same channel in the back as was on in the livingroom. OR we could buy a regular satellite dish for the second box - then we could watch something different on each TV. No thanks. So the one box is working and I called Dish and told them I wanted to return the other box and wanted a refund. No problem, in fact I called about four hours ago and already have had two responses and the info I need to return the box at no cost to me. More on that later.
I also received a call from Dish because I filled out a very unsatisfied customer survey because of an earlier misrepresentation. And because I didn't answer the phone, we were in a restaurant I got a very nice e-mail requesting me to contact them to discuss my problem. They will probably wish they never contacted me cause now I have a 2nd cause to complain about. And complain I will do. It cost me $32 to mail the unwanted receiver back to Dish!!!
Tonight is the first game of the season for our hockey team. I hope it is sold out so it isn't blacked out here. (I wrote most of this a day or so ago - the hockey team has since lost 2 games in a row. And discovered I could watch the games on an alternate channel if they aren't broadcast on the regular channels.)
Bill is still feeling good, gets more strength and normalcy back every day.
While the RV was out front he washed part of it - and loaded a lot of the stuff that goes in the basement compartments. Then we went to lunch and grocery shopping. Last week he couldn't have even gone to lunch.
Tomorrow another challenge with the prescriptions and the insurance company. We need a six month supply. Some years no problem, some years lots of problems.