Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Summer Action

The weatherman (woman?) Meteorologist says it's going to warm up to the upper 90s this weekend.  We've been so very happy with the April weather!  It's been just perfect day after day so far.  We had a real thunderstorm a couple nights ago. Actually saw some lightning and heard the ominous rumble of thunder.  Had some beautiful rain but it didn't last very long.  Now we're back to clear blue sky.

The view across the street from our house certainly looks different now that all the RVs are gone.  We once again are back to open spaces with a nice view.
Don't think that because it's quiet that it means we don't have anything to do.  MaryAnn revised our summer calendar to include the hours that the remaining clubs and crafts will be available.  We still have activity.
Took a couple photos along our daily tour.  Baby doves are abundant.  Saw these beauties nesting in a cactus.  I think I'd like a little more padding if it were my nest.

Whoops....don't know if it was the wind or another tight corner for someone, but Nick from our maintenance department was replacing a stop sign this morning.  Hi Nick!
Donna Cox is busy busy busy in the mailroom now that her winter helpers have all gone home.  She still keeps her smile though.

Say hello to Dorothy Quigan.  She has been volunteering in the library for quite a few years and is always glad to help.  The computers are still used every day and jigsaw puzzles are always under construction on the table.  Our library gets used a lot.  It's a great place to stop in and read the daily newspapers that are always available.
Aha......there's hubby and his friend Bob Anderson in the pool room.  They're having fun shooting different games.
Here's Neil Jeffers checking out the water cooler that decided to spring a leak.  Never a dull moment for our maintenance crew.


How about some creative art and word games??
Can you tell the names of the photos?  Try to guess before you scroll below the photo.

A fork in the road.
Assaulted peanut.
Dr. Pepper
Egg plant
Gator Aide
Hole Milk
Lite Beer
Money laundering
Okay...............that's enough.  Have a GREAT day!




Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Women's Tee

The Women's Tee

This little video is good for a laugh!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

What to do in summer?

April weather is fantastic!  One of our favorite months to enjoy the outdoors.  Don and I have started our morning house watch rounds and really enjoy being out in the early morning.

We had to stop at the north gate just to gaze over at the mountains in the distance. 

Then, of course, we stopped to chat with the guard covering the gate entrance.  Say Hi to Charles Raider who was on duty that morning.  The north gate will close on May 2.  Charles says traffic through that gate is already very slow.

Readers ask how we keep ourselves entertained during the summer season.  Our Activities Dept is certainly helping to keep us in the action.  Look at the nice calendar MaryAnn Brown has prepared for us. 

She has arranged for an event each week all summer long.  Those who are still here should go up to the front desk (Activities Office is officially closed for the summer) and get tickets for the Cinco de Mayo event on May 5. 

Next comes Coney Island Dog day on May 15.

While doing our house checks for the day, Don took time to amble over and chat with Clint who was out on the golf course with the lawn mowing chores. 

Clint has been with Palm Creek for many a year and contributes a great deal to maintaining our pretty course and landscaping plus a multitude of other behind the scene chores.  Thank you, Clint, for all you do for us.

The wildlife around here keeps us entertained too.  I know some folks complain about the noisy birds but I really enjoy their sounds and antics.  We watched Mom and Dad grackle as they were teaching their young tribe to scavenge the white garbage bags on trash day.  They're clever enough to tear through the bags to get to the goodies inside.

I'd like to take a moment to introduce some relatively "new" friends here in the park.  Say Hi to Dan and Loretta Spanton.  They moved here (full time) from Washington and have quickly made Palm Creek their happy home.  Loretta discovered the pottery, lapidary, and silver smithing and immediately got hooked on all of it.  In addition to the six display trays of jewelry she'd created, you can see the beautiful flower she made in pottery and the majestic owl too.  Not bad for a beginner, eh?

Dan is enamored with painting water colors.  He enjoyed the classes taught here and has done some great works already.  I especially love the painting he's done of the bistro area.  Love those palm trees!!

I've received a number of fun emails from those folks who have returned to their "other home" only to find themselves in dreary rain or cold SNOW.  I'll think of you as you are back there shoveling snow or raking yards, or other household chores while I bask in the sunshine or go swimming in our beautiful pool now we have it back to ourselves. 
Y'all have a great day!
Over the years, I've acquired quite a weird collection of photos.  Perhaps I can share them with you here occasionally?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Here Comes the Quiet Time

Whew!  What a busy season that was.  Now it's time to slow down the pace a step or two.

The flowers are done.  Our flower season is just the opposite of what folks back east experience.  You're just getting ready to plant your spring annuals and we're pulling ours out.

That doesn't mean we're done with colorful and cheerful colors though.  The Palo Verde trees are in full bloom and decorate all the streets with their brilliant yellow blossoms.
These gorgeous cactus flowers continue to pop out at various sites around the park.  You never know when to expect them as they keep their own time line.  This fantastic beauty is on full display this morning on Oasis at Site 1857.  Congratulations to Rose Neuman for raising such a beauty.

This little guy is showing his first blossoms behind Paul and Betty Preston at 1952 on Granite.  He's doing a great job for such a new plant.  Two more big buds ready to pop in another day or so.

Lots of folks have left the park but there are still enough die-hard poker players to strike up a good game.  We even held a special Omaha tournament on Tuesday night!
Found a couple interesting tips on the internet.  Thought I'd share them with you.  Have fun!



Monday, April 13, 2015

Trap Shoot

There are many clubs and activities available through Palm Creek.  Some strike out on their own once they get acquainted.  Here are some photos of the folks who go out to the local shooting range for some Trap Shooting.

Photos courtesy of Harold Mackenthun

Front Row:  Dan McKinnon, Orla Wanless, Alex Gendron
Back Row:  Bob Tabor, Harold Mackenthun, Darrel Whipple

Missing from photos:  Hank Corbitt, Steve Gaines, and Terry Esch

Alfa Rally Week

The Alfa Rally is in full swing this week and they seem to be having a great time.  There are many activities lined up to keep their days busy.

They need a lot of rooms for their meetings and seminars but you can't keep the poker players from getting together.  We still managed an Omaha game Saturday afternoon in the new Prickly Pear room. 

I was invited to the ladies luncheon today as a thank you for presenting a computer class about how to create a travel blog.  Lunch was great. 

The speaker was the same motivational speaker we had at our Palm Creek fashion show followed by a boat load of lovely door prizes that were given away.

Look at the cute scrubbie things we each received at our table. 
The agenda was interesting.  Here are some of the seminars on their list:
  • Travel talk on Alaska
  • Travel talk on Mexico
  • Travel talk in the Rockies
  • Convention oven cooking
  • Travel in a caravan
  • Communication on the road
  • Fire safety and window escapes
  • Tech talks
  • Genealogy
  • How to write a blog.
  • Pet parade
  • Weigh your rig
  • SkyMed wine & cheese
  • Battery maintenance
  • ....and an RV driving school

RV mechanics were abundant and traveled to the Alpha rigs for any requested repairs or upgrades.  Nice service.

Tomorrow is the last craft fair of the season so our rally visitors will have even more stuff to do while they're here.  Plus all the usual happy hours and potlucks I see occurring at individual sites.