Always Something to Do

Gate Repair

Owning a home, as the title of this post suggests, requires a little tune-up here and there from time to time (pardon the repeated trite metaphors). I was in the courtyard to fill in a hole that one of the little varmint squirrels had dug by the new plum tree, when I noticed that the gate latch was not tightly screwed down. Verna got this photo of me tweaking the screws a bit tighter. Click on the image to enlarge.

The repair of the latch, however, generated another problem with the gate; the latch bar no longer lines up with the hole in the post plate. I couldn’t fix that problem on my own, but we have a crew coming in next month to fix a lot of these little gripes. This is just another on the list of stuff that needs work.

We’re also getting retaining walls for the monsoon floods, a new flagpole, a new bathtub enclosure, concrete driveway and the list goes on. I will post about the progress of the work we’re getting done.

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Grill Season Returns

Bob at the grill

Well, grill season never ended, Wickenburg winters being what they are. This was the second weekend in 2015 that we grilled our dinner. Two weeks ago, we had Grilled New York Steaks and this weekend, we grilled a Santa Maria Tri-Tip Roast.

This is the first time this year that I opened the awning on the trailer to provide shade for the grill. Verna helped me to lift the grill onto the RV drive.

I took this self-portrait of me having fun grillin’ using the new camera. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Backlighted Tulip

Back-lighted Tulip

The tulips I put up a few days ago have completely opened. I took advantage of the light coming in through the front bedroom window to capture this image of the inside of the flower with natural sunlight lighting up the base of the flower. Very pretty colors. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Scenes from the Dog Park


This slideshow is of our visit to the Wickenburg Dog Park today. Cabela and Bay Bay always have a lot of fun when we go. The Mama and the Daddy also get a little exercise chasing these two around the park for three laps or so. Click on the slideshow above to advance through the seven images.

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Orange Tulips

Orange Tulips

Last week, I bought a potted tulip plant at the garden concession in the supermarket. This week, the tulips are out and they’re a beautiful orange color. It just so happens that my amaryllis flowers opened and they are orange too! Click on the image to enlarge.

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Cholla in the Wash in 3D

Cholla in the Wash

I had the new Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR camera with me today when I took the bird seed bell up on the hill. On the way across the wash coming back to the house, I paused to snap an image pair of a large cholla cactus which I combined into the 3D image above.

You will need your free pair of 3D glasses to view the image (click image to enlarge). As usual, I have posted the 2D image here.

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Vigil

Vigil

Cabela and Bay Bay anxiously wait at the backdoor screen while the Mama is out back throwing veggie scraps in the wash for the local critters. They would like for the Mama to give them the scraps, but there were too many of them for a couple of eighteen pounders.

Regardless, they paid close attention while the Mama did the distribution for the wild critters. Click on the image to enlarge.

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