Monday, June 26, 2017

Berm progress (2nd post today)

It is now three hours since my last post.  Just for the heck of it, we hopped in the cart and took a ride over to see how far they had gotten on leveling out that huge berm at the north 40.  WOW!  They are working hard and fast!

This video helps portray how hard those tonka trucks are working as you watch their wheels spin.

On the way, we spotted Jim Sabia unloading the Monday mail.  He drives to the post office each day to pick up our deliveries.  Thank you to ALL the folks in the mail room who keep our mail boxes full.

Here's another pile of debris from the palm trees.

Hot week

Yes, we're definitely in the throes of summer with routine triple digits.  I'm receiving daily emails from you readers who are in cooler climates who now brag about your weather.  I guess that's payback for all the times I brag about our paradise.  LOL

With the hot temps, we do have pure blue sky with NO clouds to block the sun.  Yesterday though we saw a few clouds on the horizon.  Maybe that means we'll soon see some monsoon activity??  Suzette Taylor was so excited to see a cloud for a change that she sent a picture for you.  Thank you, Suzette.

Ground leveling has definitely moved to the south end of the "north 40".  Today's challenge is the big berm that was built up along this edge.  

Two earth movers, a big grader, and two water trucks are on the job.

Awesome to sit and watch.

Wow.  They took out all the sidewalk and another big chunk of the parking lot in preparation for the ballroom expansion.


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Mouse at Play

We liked the name "Shadow" but we always wind up calling her "Mouse" so that's her name now.  She squeaks like a mouse because she's too little to meow and she scurries across the room or hides around corners like a mouse.  Since there's no action in the construction zones, you're stuck looking at pictures of our new kitten.

Saturday we had to take Mouse back to the shelter for her first shot.  She weighed in at a whopping 1.6 pounds.

The laser light is her favorite toy.  Or should I say it's MY favorite toy??

This one is "Mouse" vs mouse.

Some folks say they can't open my videos from here at the blog site so I will also include a link to the YouTube page where the videos are stored.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

North 40 Progress

From the street level, we just see the big tonka trucks going back and forth but an aerial view shows it quite differently.  We can see the beginnings of the streets now.  Don was out at 5:45 this morning to get some drone footage before the temperature got too high.  Can't fly over 104 degrees.

We watched Pasqual picking up the dried palm fronds yesterday.  I took a series of photos and then automated them.  Aren't cameras fun these days??!

Our landscape crew is clearing out the weeds, algae, and muck from the creeks.

The ducks are loving it!  They're nestled down in the wet weeds to help keep them cool.

I took this photo yesterday while checking a house for Ray and Cheri Norsted.  Look at the great project Ray created in our glass shop.  Great job!!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


I guess the big news from here is our heatwave and beginning of monsoon season.  

All work crews begin their day around 5:00 a.m. at the first sign of daylight.  Can you blame them?  The afternoon sun and heat is quite intense.

We have to take "DJ" (drone) out in the early morning as well because all the warning labels and instructions broadcast that the machine won't fly in temperatures over 104.  The airlines even had to cancel over 40 flights for today due to excessive heat.  

We just did a short flight over the north 40 this morning.  You can see the beginning of the roads now as they're etching them into the dirt.  Don does all the video editing as you may have guessed.

I think the big earth movers will start to focus on the south end of the area soon.  They really have their work cut out for them here because of all the BIG mounds and berms.  We tried to get a "before" picture for you.

Lots of activity up by the pro shop too.

The concrete footings are poured for the new pro shop.

Monday morning was coffee and donuts time and today is Tapas Tuesday (happy hour) where folks gather for some social time.  I wasn't there for photos, however, as I'd rather stay home with our new kitten.  LOL  She is soooo entertaining. 

Quite a few readers submitted names for kitty.....thank you.  Because of the white paws, most suggested Boots, Mittens, or Socks.  We chose "Shadow" however as she absolutely IS Don's shadow.  She follows him all around the house and has obviously adopted him as her protector.  

Afternoons are siesta time for both of them.  I think Don is a little offended, however, in that she always picks the "shelf" provided by his tummy.  LOL


Sunday, June 18, 2017

New Family Member

Don and I went to the Valley Humane Society yesterday..................just to look around and tour the facility.
Now say hello to our newest family member!

The folks at the shelter called her one of the "box kittens" because they were found in a box alongside the road.  Estimated age of 5 weeks old.

There were soooooo many cute kittens that needed loving homes.  When Don put his hand next to one of the cages, this little girl reached out and pulled his hand closer.  That's all it took.  No name yet but we'll keep you posted.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Flowers and more

Some of you (and me) like to see the cactus flowers when they open.  Yes they do, Don!  
This plant has LOTS of buds that will be opening in the next few days.

I got to watch the great blue heron hunt  for tender fish in the creek.

Our tennis players want their fellow club members and family back home to know they're still out on the tennis courts while they're here in summer..


 Money can’t buy happiness, but it keeps the kids in touch!

 Did you know that dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish?

 Relationships are a lot like algebra. Have you ever looked at your X and wondered Y?

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Desert Surprise

Another surprise from a desert plant!  Look at the cute blossom sent up by this tiny tiny cactus.  Awesome!

Even though they're quite numerous and sometimes annoying, its still fun to see a young baby guarded by Mom. Even when we approached in our golf cart, she stood steadfast to protect her babe.

Yikes!!!  Look at the forecast for the coming week.  The month of June so far has been a wonderful gift as it cooled down every night but it looks like that's about to end.  They're actually predicting 120 on Tuesday which will be another record breaker.  

We take casual photos of different sites as we make our rounds.  This one just seemed to turn out lovely so thought I'd share it.  We live in such a pretty place.

Here's an update from our DJ drone overlooking the proshop and ballroom area.  Enjoy the ride!!


Redneck Mini Blinds.  Just tear off and throw away.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Hard Hat Tour

Fernando and crew were in the trenches again to assist with putting in water lines by the ballroom.

I loved the hard hat on top of the sombrero.

Dang!  I didn't get a picture of ME wearing my hard hat when Art McCoy took me inside the ballroom for some pictures.  Missed that great photo opportunity!

They're getting ready to install a HUGE steel beam that will reach across the ceiling where the movable wall will be.

Step one is to drill holes for the footings.  If I could hear correctly over the noise of the jackhammer, I believe he said this hole would e 6' by 4' and at least 4' deep for the concrete footings to support that beam.

Play this short video. was noisy in there.

Tile floors from the bathrooms have been chopped up and will be removed today.

Here is inside the Sonora South room where the contractors have their office and work space.

Here's the blue print for our ballroom.  You'll have to zoom in on your computer to get to the details.

The main entrance to the ballroom will be facing the current parking lot.  You can see the pottery room over there at the right.  The structure at the far left is where the kitchen will be. 

The pro shop will have a nice drive up area to drop off your clubs.

Say hello to part of our maintenance team.

Jaime and Louis