Monday, June 25, 2012

Cactus Stories

Good Morning Readers--

I'm sure you would love to see some construction progress pictures but all the work is still just digging up the ground, leveling, and removing gravel so it doesn't make for exciting photos.  Instead, I shall entertain you (or bore you) with more cactus pictures.  I'm sure Gary and Rosemary Schatz at 1655 will be happy to see their cactus in bloom as they just moved into their new site this past season.  This skinny little guy sprouted a bud earlier this week.

I drove by this morning to see poetry in motion as this big beautiful blossom opens.

By this afternoon it will probably spread out even more.  Cactus are just amazing plants!

I also went back to visit mama dove up in her cactus tree near 684.  Even more interesting than the dove is the cactus itself.  Look closely at how precise the rows of thorns grow.  Every thorn bud is perfectly spaced along the arms of the cactus.  I find it quite fascinating.

And then there are the oleanders.  I don't think you could kill an oleander if you poured gasoline and lit a match.  The landscape crews cut these bushes down to within a foot of the ground.  By the time you folks return to the park, they'll be all grown up and in bloom again.  In fact, they like to be trimmed and they come back healthier and more determined to show off their blossoms.

By now, many of you have received your letter from APS (Arizona Power Service) announcing that all meters are being switched out to digital.  Gary Lambert (Palm Creek's Office Manager) explained that APS is switching the entire city of Casa Grande to digital meters over a 3 month period.  All of Palm Creek will be converted sometime by the end of the first week of July.  I posted this announcement earlier but will post again.  I copied this from the Palm Creek Facebook page.  If you have trouble reading the small print, remember your hint of using the key and the + key.

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