Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Kittens and Cats

Setting out a trap for feral cats is quite common here or the critters would soon be way over populated.  This week's catch though was quite remarkable and newsworthy.

SEVEN little kittens all wandered into the trap at once!  I guess they wanted to stay together.

All trapped cats and kittens are quickly taken to the Valley Humane Society 
15699 W Aniceto Rd, Casa Grande, AZ 85193

Here is a link to their website:

The no-kill shelter is run entirely on donations and had a bad incident this past month when they encountered some big electrical problem that left the kennels without air conditioning.  They're temporarily back up and running but need help to pay the bills.  Visit their website and click on a link where you can donate to the cause.  Mouse and his friends will certainly appreciate your help.  


Time to reseed the golf course and get it ready for your return.  Achoo!

It's a messy dusty job but must be done each year.

Footings are now poured at the sewing room.

Big crew working over there today.


I like to show the desert wildlife photos as they become available.
Found this black widow spider (eewwww) at a house we were inspecting.  Luckily, it was outside!  
No.....I did not take it to the shelter.

Mouse Tails:

Don just wandered through the kitchen and snapped a quick candid photo so I'll use this as my Mouse Tails for the day.

It's nice when he lays here to keep me company but usually he gets curious and walks across the keyboard a few times before he settles down.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Marion is back

We had a Monday morning coffee and doughnuts today.

It was good to see our Events Director, Marion Nelson, back on duty!  I neglected to get a photo of her this morning so scanned back in my computer to get a past picture.

Marion gave us a brief update on events being affected by construction for the beginning of this season.  Planning ahead as always, Marion and MaryAnn were careful last year to not schedule any NPA events until January.  Hopefully, our new ballroom expansion will be completed by then.

Right now the only room available for events is the SanTan room.  The Adobe room is packed full of kitchen supplies, equipment, and machines.  The other rooms are being used by the contractors.  To help us out as our residents arrive, the park will be renting a couple pods to store all the equipment so the Adobe room will soon be available for our use.  That's kind of management because it will take a lot of muscle power to move all that stuff again.

The first bingo game is tentatively scheduled for November 6 in the Santan room.  Poker and cards should be back in the Adobe room by then.

I took a couple photos of our Maverick in action when we did the videos I posted yesterday.

Still amazes me to watch the thing hover so steady while it records.

Grabbed a couple quick pictures inside the pro shop but you can't really see much other than wood and 2x4s.

Stopped by MaryAnn and Ed Brown's place this morning to commiserate with them regarding the muddy mess from the water main break.

MaryAnn planted a pretty flower in the street to cheer us up.  LOL

Hey!!  We met Jerry this morning who operates a handyman service here in Casa Grande.  He is currently helping with some projects in the mailroom and at a couple sites within the park.  His service is exactly what we need around here so write down his number.


Tell him Don and Sue sent you from the blog.  We told him we'd provide free advertising.


Mouse Tails:

Don says its hard to concentrate on his Flight Sim project when Mouse wants attention.
How could you concentrate on something when that cute little face is staring up at you?

He often times lays behind that control panel to keep Don company.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Maverick at work

It was a lovely cool morning in the upper 70s so we took advantage of the weather and put Maverick up for some exercise.  Here's the view from over the North 40.

We noticed several fire hydrants being installed this week.

The ballroom, pro shop, and bistro are coming along nicely.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Two broken lines

They say bad things happen in threes.  Wonder where the third one will be as we have discovered the first two with water main breaks.  Found another one by site 1484 on Moon Shadow Lane.  Crews are on the scene to get both breaks repaired.

Understandably, the park is without water for an estimated 4 hours.
We have Fernando and Faustino on the job.  If anyone can get it fixed in a hurry, this duo can.  We are so lucky to have their skills on our staff!!

P.S.  Park phones are now discontinued.

Water Water Everywhere

Uh Oh...............big water main break started last night and no one could get the water shut off.

It was fun to watch the crowds show up as residents came to investigate.

Water flowed heavily through 5 different streets.

The golf course received the water.

Of course, there's always the kid in me that couldn't resist wading in the flow.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017


WOW!!  The new emergency telephones are high tech!  Just push a button and you'll be contacted to a 911 call center.  Gary Lambert will be sending out a brochure and notice later this week with full information.

The mailroom receives their new window today.

The walls on the pro shop are going up FAST!


Mouse Tails:

Mouse is learning new tricks!  He can open the treat drawer now.

......and tries to help himself.

Later he just chills out on his bed and watches the birds at the hummingbird feeder.
There's no end to the entertainment of having a rambunctius kitten in the house.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Phones and more

Message from Gary Lambert about the in-park phone service:


You have been hearing for a while now that we will be shutting down the residential phone system. Several shut-off dates have come and gone and I apologize for this. The reason this has happened is due to the red emergency phones that are located strategically throughout the Resort. If I shut down the Resident system, those would stop as well. This was unacceptable, so we had to find a solution.

Starting this afternoon, we will be installing emergency call boxes at the same locations as the existing red phones, plus we will be adding new locations. I will provide more details on that once the installation is complete.

Assuming all goes well, the resident system will be shut down this Friday, September 15th.

Thank you for your patience as we work through this.

Gary Lambert
Operations Manager


No rest EVER for our landscape crew.  Always work to do here.

Still digging trenches and laying pipe at the north 40.

Lots of progress at the bistro.  

I was going to hunt up a supervisor, get a hard hat, and go inside the ballroom but all the pictures will show is a bunch of 2 x 4s at this stage of the game.  From photos, you can't really see all the rooms yet.


Mouse Tails:

Mouse isn't very interested in his dry cat food but if you feed it to him one piece at a time, he LOVES the game.  Guess it's his hunter instinct.