Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Another Haboob

I think Gamble Quails are really cute!  They run along the ground making cute soothing cooing sounds and the little bobbers on their heads bounce around.  We spotted this little family this morning.  Couldn't get close enough for a decent photo but I wanted to share anyway.


Here are some cute pictures I "borrowed" from the internet.


Some cactus don't necessarily need flowers to show off their color.  Look at this pretty purple guy that resides at 1647.  Very nice!

We had a sudden dust storm again last night.  It wasn't strong enough to do any damage but left us with plenty of good old desert dirt to clean up this morning.  Now with the palm trees in bloom, we have discarded blossoms to clean up also.  Here's our street after we and our neighbors blew off our patios. 
All those teeny little blossoms come tumbling down like snow.


Don and I had a nice chat with an APS driver yesterday.  We asked him for more details about the upcoming meter changes.  He said the switch shouldn't be any problem for homeowners as it will just be a short blip in connection.  They're going to do the whole park within two days.

The crew will come in and release the silver ring around the meter, pull the old meter out, and snap in the new meter.  They don't need access inside any electric panels or inside anyone's home.  Yes, I will take photos during the process.  Should be happening next week.

I took these pictures of the construction site this morning.  There is progress but it's hard to see in a photo.  The fencing is down.  There are many survey markers in place.  Gravel has been scraped away.  Sprinkler systems removed and I can't really tell what else has been done. 
 

As you see from my thermometer, it has been a tad warm lately with a low of only 86.  Humidity at 16% until the storm blew through last night.  That cloud on our thermometer looks like rain......but it is actually dirt!  We don't have rain here....just dirt and lots of it.
We went to Barro's Pizza for dinner last night and laughed as we approached the building.  They had to tie cloths around the door handles because they're too hot to touch.  We think Barro's has the best pizza in town in case you haven't been there yet.  AND...we get a lovely 12% discount if you have your Palm Creek ID card.
 
 Here are some pictures from the dirt storm last night.  It wasn't bad....no damage that we saw this morning other than those troublesome car covers that blow off at the slightest opportunity.  To the untrained eye, this might look like fog...........but it is NOT fog.  It's just plain desert dust.  As many times as we've watched these haboobs roll through, it is still fascinating.  They come and go so fast and without much warning.
 

That's my news for now.  We're having an ice cream social this afternoon so I must hurry to the shower and get ready.  You folks have a great day!
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