Saturday, May 20, 2017

Ballroom Floor's no small task to pull up the floor in the ballroom.  It was interesting to watch the process.  There is a black plastic moisture barrier on top of the concrete base.  Then two layers of thick plywood were nailed into place............with MANY nails by the looks of it.  First they saw through a chunk and then pull it up with big crow bars.  All must be pulled up and removed to put in a new floor.  Whew!

My knees would definitely disqualify me for this job.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Ballroom, Bye Bye Barbie, and moving a palm tree

Work on the ballroom progresses.  Looks like the next step is to tear up the entire floor.  First they saw through it and then remove the flooring in chunks. 

Up at the north 40, we saw evidence of removing some of the oleanders along the berm on Granite Street.  Don't know how much they plan to remove so we'll be watching the progress.

Uh Oh..............Barbie Rasmussen is leaving us and will be moving back to her home turf in the Show Low area.  Thank you, Barbie for all your help in the past.  

Here's a posting of a drone video where they dug up one of the palm trees at the north 40 and they're using it as a replacement at a site where one had expired.

Big tree to be cruising down the street.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Cactus Flowers

Still nothing exciting to see regarding construction but our weather has been absolutely gorgeous!  Perfect temps and lots of sunshine.  Weatherman says triple temps are on the way but we're loving this cool below average stuff.  

Because it is such a joy to be outdoors, Don doesn't even complain (much) when I yell at him to stop for a cactus flower picture.  This one was cute as one last blossom held out while the others had obviously expired.

This one has pretty red flowers.

This crazy potted cactus with its long crooked stem is showing off too.

Such a huge variety of landscaping here.  I never tire of watching it.

Lorraine & Jerry Walden at Site 2014 posted this picture on Nextdoor.  Awesome!!

I've never seen so many blossoms at the top of a saguaro before.

Beautiful scene from someone's backyard.

We say THANK YOU to our hard working, dedicated crew that keeps this place so nice.
Clint spends MANY hours on a mower.

Faustino is a master with a shovel and gets a lot of hard assignments.

The golf course and the lawn bowls area are getting aerated.

Need to open the soil so nutrients and water can get in.

Here's the exciting news!  Don bought a new drone!!!  We're going to have some FUN taking videos and pictures for the blog.  Will give him some practice time and then will be able to post pics from a bird's eye view.  We wanted to make sure we weren't violating any rules or privacy things so got clearance from Kevin Flynn to take pictures over the construction area.

Here you can see us practicing in front of our home.  Awesome!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Beautiful Weather

Haven't had any big construction news to share the last few days but I hear that the major contractors are on site today so we should be seeing more action soon.

We residents have plenty of action all by ourselves though.  Don and I were on our way to today's coffee and donuts event in the Santan Room.  Along the way I saw several folks out walking the dog or just out walking themselves and enjoying our beautiful cool weather.  There were several people on bikes carrying their backpack with pickleball paddles on their way to play.  There were golfers out on the course and swimmers up at water aerobics.  I said to Don that there wouldn't be many folks at the coffee because they're all out playing.  

I was surprised to see such a nice turnout when so many were busy elsewhere.

Thank you, MaryAnn Brown for keeping our summer activities.  Our sponsor this morning was Amazing Dental.  They also sponsored our Cinco De Mayo event.  This morning she reviewed their services with us again and it sounds very inviting to give them a try for the next Mexico dental appointment.  During the slower summer months, they will even allow the spouse to go along on the free bus trip back and forth.

Now for some miscellaneous pictures we take on our morning rounds.  

JoJo and Richard are happy new home owners on Granite.  They said our blog truly enticed them to buy a house at Palm Creek.  Maybe I should apply for that friendly referral program??  LOL

Yes.  That's ME.  Had to take this picture and send it to my sons just to show what a good time old Mom can have.

Took this selfie at the pool last night as I spent some relaxing time at the pool. Sent it to my son up in Idaho where it was 32 degrees.  Tee Hee.

Water aerobics every morning.

Found Fernando and Mark Kenner checking plans for a new wall in front of a house on Granite.

Say hello to Gabe.  He is the newest member of our maintenance staff.


A Florida senior citizen drove his brand new Corvette convertible out of the dealership. Taking off down the road, he pushed it to 80 mph, enjoying the wind blowing through what little hair he had left.

"Amazing," he thought as he flew down I-95, pushing the pedal even more.

Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw a Florida State Trooper, blue lights flashing and siren blaring. He floored it to 100 mph, then 110, then 120. Suddenly he thought, "What am I doing? I'm too old for this!" and pulled over to await the trooper's arrival. 

Pulling in behind him, the trooper got out of his vehicle and walked up to the Corvette. He looked at his watch, then said, "Sir, my shift endsin 30 minutes. Today is Friday. If you can give me a new reason for speeding--a reason I've never before heard -- I'll let you go." 

The old gentleman paused then said: "Three years ago, my wife ran off with a Florida State Trooper. I thought you were bringing her back.  

"Have a good day, Sir," replied the trooper.