Tuesday, June 20, 2017


I guess the big news from here is our heatwave and beginning of monsoon season.  

All work crews begin their day around 5:00 a.m. at the first sign of daylight.  Can you blame them?  The afternoon sun and heat is quite intense.

We have to take "DJ" (drone) out in the early morning as well because all the warning labels and instructions broadcast that the machine won't fly in temperatures over 104.  The airlines even had to cancel over 40 flights for today due to excessive heat.  

We just did a short flight over the north 40 this morning.  You can see the beginning of the roads now as they're etching them into the dirt.  Don does all the video editing as you may have guessed.

I think the big earth movers will start to focus on the south end of the area soon.  They really have their work cut out for them here because of all the BIG mounds and berms.  We tried to get a "before" picture for you.

Lots of activity up by the pro shop too.

The concrete footings are poured for the new pro shop.

Monday morning was coffee and donuts time and today is Tapas Tuesday (happy hour) where folks gather for some social time.  I wasn't there for photos, however, as I'd rather stay home with our new kitten.  LOL  She is soooo entertaining. 

Quite a few readers submitted names for kitty.....thank you.  Because of the white paws, most suggested Boots, Mittens, or Socks.  We chose "Shadow" however as she absolutely IS Don's shadow.  She follows him all around the house and has obviously adopted him as her protector.  

Afternoons are siesta time for both of them.  I think Don is a little offended, however, in that she always picks the "shelf" provided by his tummy.  LOL


Sunday, June 18, 2017

New Family Member

Don and I went to the Valley Humane Society yesterday..................just to look around and tour the facility.
Now say hello to our newest family member!

The folks at the shelter called her one of the "box kittens" because they were found in a box alongside the road.  Estimated age of 5 weeks old.

There were soooooo many cute kittens that needed loving homes.  When Don put his hand next to one of the cages, this little girl reached out and pulled his hand closer.  That's all it took.  No name yet but we'll keep you posted.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Flowers and more

Some of you (and me) like to see the cactus flowers when they open.  Yes they do, Don!  
This plant has LOTS of buds that will be opening in the next few days.

I got to watch the great blue heron hunt  for tender fish in the creek.

Our tennis players want their fellow club members and family back home to know they're still out on the tennis courts while they're here in summer..


 Money can’t buy happiness, but it keeps the kids in touch!

 Did you know that dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish?

 Relationships are a lot like algebra. Have you ever looked at your X and wondered Y?

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Desert Surprise

Another surprise from a desert plant!  Look at the cute blossom sent up by this tiny tiny cactus.  Awesome!

Even though they're quite numerous and sometimes annoying, its still fun to see a young baby guarded by Mom. Even when we approached in our golf cart, she stood steadfast to protect her babe.

Yikes!!!  Look at the forecast for the coming week.  The month of June so far has been a wonderful gift as it cooled down every night but it looks like that's about to end.  They're actually predicting 120 on Tuesday which will be another record breaker.  

We take casual photos of different sites as we make our rounds.  This one just seemed to turn out lovely so thought I'd share it.  We live in such a pretty place.

Here's an update from our DJ drone overlooking the proshop and ballroom area.  Enjoy the ride!!


Redneck Mini Blinds.  Just tear off and throw away.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Hard Hat Tour

Fernando and crew were in the trenches again to assist with putting in water lines by the ballroom.

I loved the hard hat on top of the sombrero.

Dang!  I didn't get a picture of ME wearing my hard hat when Art McCoy took me inside the ballroom for some pictures.  Missed that great photo opportunity!

They're getting ready to install a HUGE steel beam that will reach across the ceiling where the movable wall will be.

Step one is to drill holes for the footings.  If I could hear correctly over the noise of the jackhammer, I believe he said this hole would e 6' by 4' and at least 4' deep for the concrete footings to support that beam.

Play this short video.  Yes....it was noisy in there.

Tile floors from the bathrooms have been chopped up and will be removed today.

Here is inside the Sonora South room where the contractors have their office and work space.

Here's the blue print for our ballroom.  You'll have to zoom in on your computer to get to the details.

The main entrance to the ballroom will be facing the current parking lot.  You can see the pottery room over there at the right.  The structure at the far left is where the kitchen will be. 

The pro shop will have a nice drive up area to drop off your clubs.

Say hello to part of our maintenance team.

Jaime and Louis

Monday, June 12, 2017

Monday Update

We awakened to an absolutely beautiful morning with a cool 69 degrees and enjoyed TWO great cups of coffee out on the patio before we started our day.  Awesome!

First stop was to take some trash to the dumpsters where the pile of trimmed palm branches has grown considerably.  They're here for a few days to dry out so they won't be so expensive to haul to the landfill where we pay by the pound to drop a truckload.

Getting a picture of a roadrunner isn't easy, but we always try because its a joy to see them.

There's lots of activity at the North 40 this morning.  Granite Street really looks different with the oleanders and the berm all gone.

Still lots of leveling to do.

Our drone's name is now "DJ".  DJ went up for an aerial view this morning.  If you see the surveying stakes with big mounds of dirt around them, that shows how high the dirt used to be before the leveling started.  Those machines have really moved a LOT of dirt.

They're primarily working at the north end of the field.  As soon as it gets leveled, a different contractor will come to dig all the trenches for the home and RV sites at that end while the first crew levels off the second half of the field.  That will expedite the process of leveling and putting in 240 new sites.