Thursday, May 25, 2017

Pre-Construction View of North 40

I call the north corner of the resort to be "the north 40" which we understand will be under major construction this summer to create home and RV sites plus another swimming pool and pavilion structures.  It will also have what desert dwellers call a "green belt" meaning a path of grass and trees for a walking and fitness trail.

It will be fun to watch it all happen and what better way to do that than by Don's new drone.  I usually groan at each of his new electronic gadgets but I must admit that this will be FUN.

Here's his first pass over the area.  It's almost 10 minutes long but future ones will be shorter.  He has plotted the course to view the work as it is completed.

If the above embedded file doesn't work, try clicking on the link below which will take you directly to You Tube.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Phone Lines

From Gary Lambert regarding the old Palm Creek phone numbers:

Here is a compilation of information Gary has gathered on the necessary steps to keep your existing site numbers. 

Dear Resident,

Below is a cut and paste of several answers I have compiled in trying to understand what it will take to get your current site phone number ported over to whichever service you choose.

The service is currently with a company called Integra. They are also known as Electric Lightwave.

From our Telecom consultant: “I want everyone to understand that this is not a mobile-to-mobile consumer port. This is a business to consumer port (challenge 1) plus may add complexities of business land-based services to residential mobile services (challenge 2). Easy porting has been set up for high volume, consumer transactions. This is neither. Business porting requires exact documentation, scheduling, and is not typically done from business to consumer. I only point this out to help you set their expectations as this is a lot different than talking to Verizon or Costco.”

In general, here are the steps that must be followed (it may vary somewhat by company):

·         Each resident should obtain the winning carrier’s paperwork with the number in question to allow Palm Creek to release the number to them.
o   The name on the paperwork for Palm Creek as the entity releasing the number (SUN COMMUNITIES OPERATING LP DBA PALM CREEK GOLF (900301)) must match your Integra bill or it will be rejected by Integra as Name Mismatch. If the winning carrier insists on a bill copy, just give the resident a copy of the first page of the most recent bill. (Request from Gary if required).
·         An authorized Palm Creek person will sign the paperwork (Integra can reject the request if it is not signed by an authorized person). This will be Gary Lambert
o   The resident signs the form as well accepting ownership of the number
o   The resident then submits everything to the new carrier and if all goes smoothly, the number ports and comes off your bill and onto theirs.

Usually the signatures and bill copies are only good for 30 days. Once we cancel our account with Integra all of those numbers are no longer available to be ported because they are back in “general population”.

Please email me your filled out forms from your new carrier, and I will complete my part and return to you. Email is preferred, and my email address is We anticipate cancelling the account with Integra on or about July 1st, so please act now if you want to keep your site phone number.


(from Sue).....My Opinion:

It seems to me that it's a whole lot easier to just use our cell phones and forget about these specialized site/phone numbers.  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Palm Tree Trim has begun

OMG.  It never occurred to us that someone would be out washing our stop signs (all outdoor signs).  Never gave that job a thought before.  Here's our favorite Dora, Housekeeping Manager, busy at work.  Thank you, Dora, for all the work you and your team do to keep our resort so lovely.

Great Blue Heron fishing at the lake.

Greens being aerated.

Yesterday was the first day of the tree trimming process.  Here's about 14 trees trimmed and only 2000+ to go.  LOL

Fernando's goal is to get 60 trees trimmed per day.  
There are close to 3000 trees in the park!!!

All the oleanders along the berm on Granite are completely gone.

It will be an exciting summer to watch the change in this area.

The young man from Mississippi came running into the store and said to his buddy, "Bubba, somebody just stole your pickup truck from the parking lot!"
Bubba replied, "Did y'all see who it was?"
The young man answered, "I couldn't tell, but I got the license number."

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.