Tuesday, September 27, 2016

New Champion Homes

Welcome to a peek into the new Champion homes!  We've been sooooo curious.  What makes them different from the Cavco homes?  The first one arrived on Site 2017 and is called the Finestra.  Two bedroom, two bath, 1206 sq ft. starting at $129,900.

We've been bugging Nancy Paupst for a early bird tour.  She's hesitant to let us in because she wants it to be complete and fully ready for touring before we take photos but we begged and she relented.  She's so nice.  Thank you, Nancy.

The first and most impressive feature is the 9 foot flat ceilings!  It makes the area very open and spacious.

This model has a huge island in the kitchen with seating for barstools on one side....plus a large sink.

Nice cabinets.

You may need a step stool to get to those top cabinets.

This open dining area will be great for entertaining.

Drawers are self-closing.  

Lots of extra storage area above the bedroom closets.

Nice woodwork and trim throughout the house.

Bathroom sinks have a new look.

This particular corner lot will be nice and spacious when completed.  

Even in it's unfinished state, the home is quite impressive.  In fact, someone has already ordered one of these and is having it customized.  

The second Champion model that arrived is on the golf course at 1942.  It's 1280 sq ft.

I've not seen a special feature like this before.  This faucet is called a pot filler.  Viva Italian!  You can fill a large pot right at the stove.

All these photos are just fast snapshots to give you a rough idea about the new homes so don't scoff at my less than professional quality.   The homes will be lovely when completed.  In fact, 1942 has already sold!  There are only four more lots left on the golf course.  

If you want to learn more, stop up at the Sales Office.  They have some really nice brochures available with floor plans.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Gate Update & Ballfield Seeded

Short story today.

Ha Ha to the pigeons.  No more place to roost.

The ballfield is seeded and watering has begun.  It's always fun to watch how fast it turns its vibrant green color.

This friendly fellow posed for a picture this morning.  Isn't he pretty?!

I was going to load all the calendar events into my phone and then had a brilliant idea.  I just took a photo of each page and will store them in my gallery.  When I want to review events for the month, I can just pull up the photo, zoom in, and check the dates.  Yahoo!

National pickleball tournament runs Nov 4 through the 13th according to the park calendar.

Tina Heward at the Cypress Point Beauty Salon on McMurray is going to try holding a little boutique once a month through the season.  First attempt is this Saturday, Sept 24 from 8 - 2.  She's calling it "Junk in the Trunk" and will offer jewelry, fall home decor, knock knacks, etc.  Stop in & give her some support.  I always like to help an entrepreneur get started.

You see ugly political ads on TV so you might as well see them here too.  Sorry.

If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates.
~Jay Leno~

The problem with political jokes is they get elected.
~Henry Cate, VII~

Politicians are the same all over.  They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.
~Nikita Khrushchev~

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Front gate update & nature stuff

Yes..........the front gate house and arch are a bigger job than expected.  See this announcement from Gary Lambert:

As sometimes happens, when a job gets started you realize that there is more to it than initially expected. Accordingly, it would be a real stretch for the contractor doing the work at the Main Gatehouse to be finished on Friday, so we have decided to keep the Main Gate closed through the weekend. The plan at this point is to reopen the Main Gate at 7AM Monday morning. I’ll post again if things change.Thanks to all for your understanding and cooperation.  Gary

We stopped up at the front gate again this morning to check on progress.

I'll put in a tip for Tom Keeler's business if you're looking for someone to do some custom cabinet and counter work.  

Tom has handled all the remodeling jobs for our offices, craft rooms, etc.  He does beautiful work!

I was wondering how they would manage closing off all those roosting places for the birds.  This should work.

Our ducks are becoming more plentiful too.  At least they don't do their roosting overhead.

Had fun pasting some google photos together to create an animation.  I really love the new Google Photos app.  They've upgraded to a total web site and are putting my beloved Picasa to sleep.  I'd love to teach some classes on it this winter if anyone is interested.

Up north and in the eastern states, you are enjoying beautiful fall colors.  Our desert has fall colors too when these purple sage bushes are in full bloom.  

Branches are loaded with almost solid color instead of green leaves.

Our golf course turns a fall color too!!  Time for it to get shaved and reseeded.  Our summer golfers are going through withdrawal.


Palm trees and shrubs add some color too.

Hey..............remember when I posted these pictures of the strange cactus fluff?

I had no idea that this was the beginning.

Look what those puffs turned into in just two weeks!!

Yes, this is the same plant.

Mother Nature is just awesome!
I love all the little surprises Arizona keeps giving us.


When I was a young gal, I was told that anybody could become President;  I'm beginning to believe it.
~Clarence Darrow~

If you want a real friend that you can trust in Washington get a dog.
-Harry Truman