Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Tuesday

Summer time Bingo is certainly different than what we see during season.  We had about 25 players last night.  Jackpots were a roaring $5 per game with the final payout of $45 for the black out.  Lucky Connie Morin won the very first game............AND the last game jackpot so went home with a nice $50 in her pocket.  Congratulations, Connie.


Continual landscaping chores occur on a daily basis.......and these are NOT easy jobs.  Those oleanders grow faster than weeds.  It seems no matter how far to the ground they get trimmed, they're soon reaching for the clouds again.


Shaving the old bark off the palms is tough too.  Clouds of dust arise with each swipe of the knife.


Progress continues on the two new spec homes at the far north end along Sandy Desert Drive (the west wall).
 
Ernesto is adding some finishing touches to the new fence around the agility dog park.

 
 
Looks like the Rietz residence at 166 is done.
 
Oleanders are planted outside the wall by the main pool.
 
 
Pretty flowering vines are planted along the inside of the fence to replace the oak trees that were removed.  These vines should make a very pretty flowering wall.
 
 
We found handyman Dan (Dan Stroud) doing some "moonlighting" as he calls it.  He's assisting Wade from SunState Pest Control.  I have Dan's phone on speed dial for the handyman chores we can't handle while Steve Endsley is still recovering.
 
These agave plants amaze me.  This one in front of Joe and Jean Reisling's home is really reaching for the sky.  
 
I used my handy zoom lens to take a closer look at the blossoms.
 
Yes!  I really like this camera!  Thank you, Don.
 
Tis time once again for the annual trimming of the palm trees.  I'm guessing that they started near the tennis courts so that would be done early and be out of the way before the resurfacing of the courts starts.
 
 
The bucket truck takes a worker up to saw off the branches with a chain saw but someone has to follow along and pick up the debris.  Remember how SHARP the thorns are along each and every stem.
 
but we still get a friendly smile and a wave when we drive past.  
 
Our air conditioning bill will definitely be on the rise as the triple digits seem to be here in full force for a while.  It still cools to the 70s at night though.  We're all very early risers these days to take advantage of the cooler temperatures.  We get "some" power saving advantages though...........we can shut off our hot water tanks as they're no longer needed for the summer.  The underground water stays at bath temperature.  :)

The June newsletter had some exciting news from Wendell.  I quote:
We are proud to announce that Catherine "Cate" Leu will join our staff on June 3.  Cate will be our Director of Guest Services.  In this position, she will oversee Guest Services, Activities, Food Services, Po Shop and the Mailroom.  Cate resides in Casa Grande and brings several years of property management experience and most recently was involved in a 55+ Resort Lifestyles property as the General Manager.  We welcome Cate and feel that this appointment will strengthen our management team and build for the future.  We look forward to you meeting Cate this coming season.


Yes, I'll be watching for Cate and will get a picture as soon as I find her.

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Have a GREAT day.  Remember to send me some photos and stories about your summer vacation.  
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