Thursday, June 21, 2018

4th of July



Wednesday, July 4, 4:00 m in the SanTan Room
Bring a dish to share and your beverage.  Paper plates, napkins and tableware will be provided.  Please sign up a Guest Services and indicate what dish you are bringing.  

We'd love to have some fried chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, potato salad, baked beans, cole slaw, watermelon, apple pie, cherry pie, homemade ice cream,, etc.

No Tapas Tuesday on July 3.

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DON'T FORGET FREE MOVIE DAY AT HARKINS
Sponsored by Amazing Dental

Monday, July 2, at 11:00 a.m. at Harkins Theatre
Show title hasn't been announced yet.
Deadline to pick up tickets at Guest Services is June 29.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Palm Trees Trimmed

This photo looks a lot different than the two posted earlier this week as all the palms in the area have been trimmed.  There are tons and tons of leaves and debris removed from the trees every year.  




Maverick went up for a bird's eye view this morning.


I don't have any exciting news to report as other than our afternoon card games, Tapas Tuesdays, and Saturday night bingo .... it's pretty quiet around here.  Thought I would share some random pictures of the Heplers as we go about our house watch chores this past week.

The worst part of the job is fixing and maintaining the many irrigation issues that arise.  Sometimes there's not enough water....sometimes too much.  These underground timers are the worst!  Just getting down there is hard enough but this brand of timer is very complicated.


I water these potted cactus plants............when mama dove isn't perched on the nest she builds there every year.


We get silly with all the photos we take.


Many many nesting doves.


Underground hoses spring a leak.  This requires Mr. Maldonado's tender care.


Another one of the dreaded timers.


In the early morning, it is actually cooler outside than it is inside houses.  Inside doesn't cool down very much when the AC is set at 90.

Always water pails to rinse and refill.


RVs and 5th wheels have water buckets too.


I like it when folks leave a scrub brush to get the heavy water deposits.


Sprinkler heads have a way of popping off and need replaced.


Very uncomfortable places to work for my poor hubby.


Another underground hose with a break in the line.

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It was a quiet afternoon so thought I'd play some computer games.
Guess I have to share.



Sunday, June 17, 2018

It rained!!!!

 June 16 -- one day before monsoon season officially starts and we had rain for the first time in over 100 days.  It was funny to listen to the meteorologists get excited about "potential" rainfall headed our way.  Yes, we can say it rained here but it wasn't even a measurable amount in our rain gauge.

There was a promising cloudy sky for the first time in months.


Today we are back to our normal clear brilliant blue sky.


It is a gorgeous morning at a cool 74 degrees with a light breeze.  Love it!!

The palm trees have had a very healthy year as evidenced by their thick foliage and heavy blossoms.  I'll be glad when the landscape crew gets to our trees for trimming as all those flower petals come down like white snow.  We call it Arizona snow.


I don't have a strong telescopic lens for my cell phone camera but all the little black dots you see amid the blossoms are bees.  Every tree is loaded with them.  You can actually hear them buzzing under each tree.


While we had our "rain storm" yesterday, I saw a dove flapping around in the street.  At first I thought it was injured but further observation proves he was just taking a shower and enjoying the cooling rain.


Watch the dove in this little video.  He was loving it.  LOL



Every Saturday night, folks gather in the Adobe room for an evening of card bingo.  There were 42 players who showed up last night.  They waved to say hello.




Thank you to Avis Gray for hosting Saturday night bingo and helping to keep us summer folks entertained.


That's all the news for today.  Looks like a beautiful week ahead.
We'll definitely be enjoying morning coffee out on the patio!  Early morning Pickleball players and golfers will have perfect weather.







Saturday, June 16, 2018

One Year Ago -- June 2017

Just for fun while enjoying this morning's coffee, I looked back on the blog to June of last year.  It is incredible to see how much has been done here at Palm Creek in that year's time!  

A huge ballroom expansion.


A new pro shop.


A Bistro expansion.


......and a HUGE new neighborhood development!


Hats off to Sun Communities and the entire staff that made all this possible in just one year's time.

We've had a lovely spring so far this year.  Here is a weather report from June of last year when all this work was being completed.  It was a HOT record breaking summer.  They worked day after day through 110+ heat.


On a lighter note.........our little Mouse is celebrating his one year anniversary of adoption.  He weighed 1 1/4 pounds when we brought him home.



HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MOUSE!!!

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Movie Night & Ice Cream

It was HOT already at 5:03 in the morning yesterday!  Too warm to have coffee out on the patio.  Monsoon season officially starts June 17.  It will be interesting to see what Mother Nature brings us this summer.


Movie night in the Santan Room brought out quite a few residents. 



Most of us were there for the ice cream treat before the movie.  They even had Ashley's husband there to assist with Sundae preparation.



Folks were having fun even while waiting in line.



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Be prepared for a shocker!!

A mama scorpion tried crawling under a door to get in a house when she still had babies clutching to her back.  She not only got stuck on a glue pad but so did a myriad of her babies.  Glad the whole crew didn't get past the guard.  Yikes!!



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Kat and Mouse love the challenge to get a treat....especially if they're on the other side of the door.




Watch how Kat managed to get the last treat that was just out of reach for Mouse.





Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Free Movie Day from Amazing Dental

Amazing Dental has done a FANTASTIC job of sponsoring events here at Palm Creek.  Thank you to Andrea for her continuing loyalty to our residents.

On July 2, Andrea is leasing the Harkins Theater for a private showing!!  Follow the instructions on the attached flyer and you can vote for the movie of your choice.

Vote by June 21 and pick up your free ticket by June 29.  Let's fill the theater with Creekers!




As a bird watcher, I am proud to have captured the three varieties of doves that reside here in the park.  Getting all three in the same photo is awesome!


 Also discovered a very colorful new plant this past week.  It's called "sea lavender".  Check it out in front of 1943 on Granite.  Very pretty.


We never know where little Kat will decide to take a nap.  I think when he wants to be undisturbed he seeks out high places where Mouse can't find him.


Mouse loves to play with a plastic ball containing a jingle bell so it makes lots of noise when he rolls it around the room.  He recently discovered that the ball makes even more noise when he takes it in the bathtub.  I've learned to hunt and pick up all the jingle balls before bedtime.


Watch him at play.




Thursday, June 07, 2018

This Week


Palm trees (all 2700+) are getting a trim during the next several weeks.

Not a pleasant task!  The trees with flowers blossoming are loaded with bees and bugs and pollen.  What an adventure!


The clean up  process must seem never ending as load after load is hauled over to the dumpster area where it gets piled up, then loaded into the garbage truck and hauled to the landfill.  


Andrea with Amazing Dental sponsored a coffee and donut session for us this week.  Always fun to get together with the summer residents.



There's a funny story about the ceramic piggy banks.  Andrea's assistant was asked to get little table trinkets for the Cinco de Mayo celebration here.  She inadvertently ordered these piggy banks thinking they would fit the bill.  Whoops.  Now Andrea has over 70 excess piggy banks.


She held a cute raffle prize today.  This is the cute piggy I originally won.....until a competitor won "taking rights".


I wound up with the plain pink piggy bank without the cute painted flowers.....but it came with $25 for Olive Garden so I am NOT complaining.  Thank you to Andrea for ANOTHER nice event.


  Amazing Dental will be back next month with another huge surprise for us summer residents.  Wait for the announcement in a couple days.


Ron St. Pierre has been an avid RC flyer here and is now very active with the Casa Grande group.  They had a nice press release this week.


Casa Grande RC Flyers presented to the students of the Palo Verde "Drone - Summer Of STEM" program

Ron St. Pierre flew a drone and a 3-D fixed wing aircraft for the students.



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Readers ask me:  "So what's new with your cats?"

Well.........they seem to be mellowing down from their wild kitten antics.  Kat curls up under Don's computer station.  The two of them spend endless hours there during the day.


Kat is curled up under all the cords snuggled in where its nice and warm.

I found Mouse just sprawled across the living room floor where he's cooling down.


I like having cats!!

Ours are well trained and very studious.  
They've learned their lessons well.