Friday, May 14, 2021

Went out to eat today.

Went walking this morning - started at 7:30 while it was still kind of cool. Got in 7500 steps in a little over an hour. It ended up close to 100 today. Guess summer is here early. 

I was looking at this lantana in the backyard this morning. It is one plant with four different colored flowers on it. Yellow, orange, red and some multicolored ones. Nature is amazing.

I continue to waste spend time working puzzles. Just finished this one. It was fairly easy.

There is a certain kind of sandwich Bill really likes. It is an Argentine food and can only be found in Argentine restaurants. The other day when we stopped at the Argentine restaurant over on the other side of town to buy the empanadas they didn't have any of the sandwiches. So this morning Bill called them to find out if they were making any today. Yes, they were but they wouldn't be ready until about 1:00. So just after noon we hopped in the car and drove across town.  The outside of the restaurant. They have a small patio out front but it was way too hot to eat outside. [This sentence is for our son - it is located at 5190 Valley View - open from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m.]
We went inside to pick up the sandwiches. They have an extensive Argentine and Mediterranean menu - both eat in and take out. 
They were in the process of making the sandwiches so we decided to have lunch there. The decor is mostly Argentine soccer.
We sat way in the back by ourselves. The tables are separated and masks still required to enter the restaurant. A few other people were in there.
Ordered our meals. I had beef milanesa with a garden salad and Italian dressing and ice tea. It was very, very good. Lots and lots of food, in fact it is what I'll be eating for dinner tonight too. 
Bill had Milanesa a caballo - chicken milanesa topped with two eggs. He likes his eggs VERY hard. He also requested his salad be just lettuce and tomato and his dressing oil and vinegar. By the way caballo means horse. I asked him why it was called that, best he could explain the eggs are the person and the meat is the horse?!?!?! Okay. Said it was the best he's had since Argentina! Will also be eating it for dinner tonight. 
So the sandwiches we went over there to get. Here they are. Why are they so special? Well they are made with very, very thin bread that has had the crust removed. Triple decker. Inside is mayo, very thin slices of ham, cheese, tomato, and lettuce. He had one the minute we got home, says they are like mama used to make. 
We also brought home more empanadas. Guess we will be going there again.
On the way home we needed gas. On the west side of town all the stations were showing $3.69 a gallon. WHAT?  I remembered we'd be passing a Sam's Club so why not stop there. Good idea - $3.05 a gallon. No wonder there were long lines. In front of us. 
Next to and behind us. People are weird. There is no shortage here. Why did the prices go up so quickly? 
So this is the fourth time I've written this same blog. Every time I've tried to post it Google tells me there is a problem. I've been fooling around with it and hope it works this time. If not - well tomorrow is another day. 

Monday, May 10, 2021

Mothers Day Sunday

Monday morning. Will try to get this done and posted before I go walking. Did not get many steps in over the weekend. Tend to be lazy the whole day if I don't get out in the morning. 
Walked into the computer room yesterday morning to see this...Bill made me the sunflower (all carved wood) two years ago. The note and jasmine he put up for Mother's Day. 
 And he also cooked me a whole package of BACON - just for me. I've been saying I wanted to go to a restaurant to get some BACON since we got home from Mexico. He will only eat turkey bacon - not the same. And no I didn't eat all of it. Still have some left for a BLT today. 
He spent most of the day updating the software in his drones. They are a full time job. Here he is out back calibrating the GPS - or something. Has to spin in a circle a couple of times to do it. As you can see it was a beautiful day yesterday. For once no wind. 
Because didn't do much to write about I took some pictures from our yard. The flowers are exploding in our front door side yard. 
The cactus flowers are still blooming. This one is bright yellow instead of pink. 
Not a good picture but my ocotillo is getting new branches, a lot of them. 
Out back, the jasmine has so many flowers we can smell it with the doors closed. Wish it would bloom all year. 
Just looking across the back yard. All the lantana are getting really big and blooming. 
My weird little cactus is getting a new nub - it is about an inch and a half big. bottom left. 
Started a new puzzle. Watched a soccer game, well Bill did and I watched the NASCAR race. Liked the results of both. 
Talked to all of our sons.
Other than that not much going on over the weekend. Will meet the walking group in about a half hour, weather is finally a little cooler thank goodness. 


Saturday, May 8, 2021

More than 10,000

We've had a couple of busy days. On Thursday we had a home visit from a representative from our medical insurance. I guess once one reaches a "certain age" the insurance company likes to check things out. Like are we capable of taking care of ourselves and did we understand any medical conditions we have and if we knew why we were taking certain medications and how and when to take them. Rather interesting. I guess we passed inspection. Good to know we still have our act together. Just kidding. He told us that sometimes they find very confused seniors living alone. 

Yesterday morning again went with walking group. Got in just short of three miles before it got too hot to walk. So by the end of the day I'd racked up 11,600 steps! Today I'm being lazy - just walking around the house. 

Also yesterday we had appointments with the cardiologist. Our appointments were at 1:00 and we were done and leaving the office by 1:45. So glad there was no waiting in the waiting room involved. We are scheduled for echocardiograms and stress tests within the next few weeks. He does that every two years. Then we see him again on June 9th for results. Baring any unforeseen circumstances we'll be good to go for another couple of years. Surprised we are able to get things done so quickly. 

Went to a new Argentine restaurant we'd heard about on the way home and picked up some empanadas. They are delicious. They have a great menu so think we will be ordering from them quite often. 

Then home to watch NASCAR and the hockey team play.  And I finally finished the puzzle. Took me almost a week. 

Also doing more earring beading. I think I went overboard. Made these for me though - if I remember to use them.  Think I have enough?

These remind me of crocheted doilies. They are a little different then the original design because I made a mistake and didn't notice it until it was too late to undo it so had to continue with the mistake.  So they have a little different look. 
These don't have the outer row of beads, think I like them better. 
The original design when I was just learning. Every pair I made I learned more on how to do them. 
This morning just watched another NASCAR race while Bill was updating the software in a couple of his drones. Pretty much a lazy day.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Surprise when I went outside today.

 Yesterday we walked in The Wetlands again, over the whole day I got in 8000 steps. Tomorrow we walk again, but it is getting hot again, going to have a string of 95+ days. If it is too hot too early won't be doing much walking. 

Today I started another pair of earrings, this pair in shades of green. They are fun to do. Got one done, will work on the other one tomorrow. 

Sat and watched YouTube this afternoon - Watched " The Real World of Nomadland." Interviews with some of the people in the book and the author of the book. Interesting. About an hour long. She says the movie is quite different from the book. More fictional. 

I've been working on a puzzle for several days now. I think I have met my match. Getting very little done but not for lack of trying. I have a lot of groups of pieces together but no idea where they go in the puzzle. The picture is of ribbons and confetti - or something like that. And the picture I have is not the same layout as the puzzle.

My surprise? Walked out front a while ago and discovered the cactus we've had since we moved in was blooming. It has never bloomed before. 
Delicate pink/yellow flowers. I guess it likes the heat. 
And the Palo Verde is blooming like crazy. So pretty. And all the lantanas are getting BIG. There is one on the left bottom of the picture. 
Our son sent someone over to pick up our wool area rugs to take them and clean them. Really need that done. The living room looks so bare without them. 
Learned about QR codes today. Bill had to re-register some of his drones and the only way to get their serial numbers was with the QR code. Have never paid attention to them before. Couldn't even remember what they were called to get the app to read them. Luckily Google understood what I was asking. Got the app then had to figure out how to use the phone's camera to read them. Learn something new every day. 

Monday, May 3, 2021

Win, Win, Win, and Win

We had a rather quiet weekend either watching TV or beading and cooking on my part. 

Saturday afternoon watched the NASCAR truck race and my favorite driver won the race. In the evening we watched the Las Vegas Golden Knights hockey team win their game in over time. Sunday morning saw Barcelona soccer come from behind to win their game and keep their title hopes open. And Sunday afternoon watched the NASCAR cup race and again m y favorite driver Kyle Busch WIN the race. He needed the win - has had a not so good season until now. 

While not watching TV I made myself a couple of pairs of earrings. A little different take off on the design of the other ones I've learned to make. 

They still needed to be flattened out and formed. Think I'm gong to make a set in greens and maybe black, gray and red...
Have cooked a couple of dinners the last few days. Chicken, corn on cob and oven roasted potatoes and another dinner of paella. Both had enough left overs for lunches. Tonight maybe pork roast - or not. 
It is about 2:00 now and I already have over 7200 steps in. 
Went with the walking group this morning  and walked around the Wetlands again. Different trail this time. So hard to believe this is only 1/2 mile behind our home. Swimming serenely along. 
Lots of turtles on this rock. All Sizes. 
Was surprised to see a really big Koi fish in one of the ponds. The best picture I could get as the water is a little murky. 
A little turtle off by himself. 
A quail, he was not to close so didn't get the picture focused before he flew away. 
Madea short trip to the nursery to pick up a couple of lantanas to replace a couple that died when the little palm trees tried to grow in the middle of them. Pulled the trees out but too late to save the plants. Our Palo Verde tree is full of blooms. 
Working on a new puzzle that is driving me nuts. The colors are all over the place. I can get hunks of it put together, but can't put any where they belong in the puzzle yet. Been working on it for three days already. 


Saturday, May 1, 2021

A milestone day.

Yesterday was quite a day. My FitBit. It vibrates when it hits 10,000, about jumped a foot! YES! I got in over 10,000 steps by evening.

Took an early walk in the morning 7:30 - by the time we were heading home it was already HOT. We walked in The Wetlands again. So pretty out there. Hard to believe it is within a mile of our house. Saw lots of bunnies.
Took a paved trail this time. 
Just a look out at the mountains. 
One of the little creeks that run all over the area. 
You sure wouldn't think this was taken in Las Vegas. 
There are some really big fish in this section - see them. About 12 to 18 inches long. 
More of the river heading towards Lake Mead. 
The hike/walk was almost 3 miles. I was more than ready to go home.
Finished another pair of earrings, these are for me. Going to work on another pair today - but kind of different I think. 
Also finally got my drapes cut, hemmed and up on the window. Looks more finished now. They don't go all the way to the floor, cut them off to go just under the window.
Last night we were watching a hockey game the Vegas Knights were playing the Arizona Coyotes. We could hear howling, thought it was coming from the game. Shut the sound from TV off and listened. Nope coming from the coyotes that live in the wetlands. 
Don't know how many more times I'll go walking, it is getting hot very early. 
Fixed a good dinner last night. Managed to get some Yukon Gold potatoes. They are hard to find here. And they are so good. 

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

UGH, UGH, UGH

Spring lasted about two days and summer has arrived full force.  Although it did snow in the mountains around us yesterday. At the house it only got to 67 as the high. Today it will be mid 80's with WIND and more WIND. So we will have blow dryer weather for a while. Hot and windy. 

Got out for my walk both Monday in the cold wind and today in the warm wind. Monday got in 9100 steps, so far today 6060 and it is only noon. Saw this pretty flower while walking today. It looked like it was part of an oleander bush??? Going to try to find it on line. Almost looks like an iris.
The last couple of days been trying to stay busy. Working on puzzles. This one was fun. Every piece had three to six different colors on it. Also have done a couple of 150 piece ones - they take less than an hour. 
Also got the Bissel wet dry cleaner out. Was embarrassed to discover how dirty our kitchen floor was. I mop it all the time but guess I wasn't doing a very good job with just the mop. I wish this has a stiffer brush though instead of a cloth brush. So now have a clean floor and will use this and the mop from now on. 
I finished the third pair of earrings. These are sparkly pastel colored beads. Turned out pretty. I checked how long it took me to make just one. About 1 1/2 hours - including ripping out and redoing some. Thinking about doing one in black, white and gray and maybe red. 
Think I mentioned we have another great granddaughter on the way. So I've been thinking about making her a quilt. The other nine got quilts so...I have had the pretty checked material for a long time so though it would be pretty with the little girl/lady embroidered pieces. 
So I did one of the embroideries - it is a series of five. It has many, many stitches in it. And the thread kept breaking from the intricacy of the pattern. Drove me nuts. Thought maybe it was just this pattern, but tried one of the other ones this morning. About 1/4 of the way done I just stopped. Not worth the aggravation.  So rethinking quilt. 
And I heard from the stained glass shop this morning. They tried to order my glass but the glass company that makes it is out of the particular glass I need for my window. So have to wait to see if they get it back  in stock. So that is on hold for a while. 
Got my drape for the small room window yesterday. So maybe later today I'll cut it in half length ways so I'll have a set of drapes and then  shorten it to fit the window. Should look finished then. 
Been working on the plans for a trip later this summer. It will include four weeks on the Oregon coast - plus getting there and back. At least we'll be out of the heat for a while.