Monday, January 09, 2012

Today’s Busy Tour

What a beautiful day it was today.  That good old Arizona sunshine felt wonderful, healing, comforting, invigorating, and seems to have put everyone into a jovial good mood. 

The sewing ladies were hard at work with the big move into their new building with load after load of items to their new home.  I tried to get a glimpse inside but was denied access due to moving day.  Must wait till the job is done and I didn’t want to get in the way. 

sewing room move

Trenches were dug, cables and pipes were laid, repaving is done, finishing touches still being tended.

sewing room

My next stop was at the Computer Lab.  Bonnie Sewell was on duty as the day’s monitor and it was interesting to talk about how much the computer lab gets used every day.  I learned that internet access is now free and the lab is one of the “hot spots” in the park.  You can take your own laptop in to get connected or you can use one of the lab’s computers.  The only charge is 10 cents per page if you print something. 

computer lab

On my way to the pottery room, I spotted this gentleman outside sanding away on his project.  I stopped to chat with him and learned he is making a garlic oven for roasting garlic.  This dome fits over a plate and then gets baked in the oven.  Ya learn something new every day.

pottery garlic oven

Sandy showed me some beautiful finished pieces that were ready for the silent auction at the pottery sale.  Make sure to mark the date on your calendar!!  Sunday, February 19.  The potters will have their own personal masterpieces on display plus they make many items that will be for sale.  They’ve made some beautiful projects!

pottery

pottery

Suzette was hard at work making small pottery beads that she will bake and paint and glaze (or whatever else gets done) so she can make more of her hand made jewelry. 

pottery

pottery

pottery

The pottery wheels were busy as well.  This is where the clay gets molded into some of the shapes.

pottery

pottery

It was such a lovely day that I couldn’t force myself indoors so just drove around the resort and chatted with the folks who were out enjoying the sunshine.  I stopped off at lots of sites to chat and share a cup of coffee or tea.  (too early for happy hour).  I spotted this palm tree? plant? bush? on my way down Cole Circle.  It’s right at the intersection of Cole Circle and Desert Wind Lane.  I absolutely love all the varieties of southwestern and tropical plants here in Arizona but I have no idea what their specific names are or how they grow, etc.  This particular plant really caught my eye though as it seems to be in all different stages of bloom.  Very very interesting to see how the seeds? flowers? grow and develop.  Maybe someday we can talk Jim Dawson into giving us a horticulture class on the different plants found here in the resort.  Somebody please drop a hint to Jim?

blog  landscaping

landscaping blog

landscaping blog

landscaping blog

That concludes today’s tour. It took quite a few hours to complete so you are getting a small nutshell of today’s fun. Take time to look at the scenery around you. Look at all the different plants and trees and flowers here in the resort. This place is beautiful.

Monday

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