Sunday, July 23, 2017

MARY’S POTS

LOOK HOW NICELY MARY’S POTS HAVE FILLED OUT.

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I HAVEN’T BLOGGED ABOUT THE SCOOTER IN AWHILE, I DID HAVE IT OUT ON FRIDAY AND DODGED THE THUNDERSTORMS AS I MADE MY WAY TO HEBER-OVERGUARD ON FRIDAY TO CHECKOUT A BIKER EVENT AT THE LOCAL BAR. THEY WERE JUST SETTING UP AND AND I DIDN’T NEED A TATOO SO I HAD A BEER AND RETURNED TO THE MOOSE LODGE IN SHOW LOW. IT WAS A 75 MILE ROUND TRIP AND FELT GOOD TO BE OUT ON THE HIWAY.

  “SUNNY AND 80” (BETWEEN THE MONSOON RAINS)

Saturday, July 15, 2017

TOMATOES

WE DON’T HAVE ANY TOMATOES. JUST HOW BIG DO THE PLANTS NEED TO BE? MARY STARTED THESE PLANTS LAST FEBRUARY FROM SEED AND JUST LOOK HOW BIG THEY ARE.

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THEY HAVE HAD A FEW YELLOW BLOOMS, BUT NOT ONE GREEN TOMATOE.

THE BLOOD RED GLADS ARE A MYSTERY AS WELL.

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LAST YEAR THE BLOOMS WERE A REAL PALE GREEN COLOR, AND THIS YEAR RED?

THIS IS THE THIRD SUMMER FOR THIS HANGING BASKET ON THE BACK DECK. WHEN IT RETURNS FROM THE DESERT IN THE SPRING IT LOOKS HALF DEAD, BUT BOUNCES RIGHT BACK ON THE MOUNTAIN.

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TONIGHT IS ITALIAN NIGHT AT THE CLUB HOUSE AND WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO PASTA AND SOME GREAT SAUCES.

  “SUNNY & 80”

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

PRETTY

MARY’S FIRST GLAD OPENED TODAY. AND IT’S BLOOD RED.

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GEES, ANOTHER WEEK FLIES BYE. THE SUMMER SEEMS TO BE FLYING!

AFTER MIKEY WAS HERE WE HAD A VISIT FROM DAVE AND CINDY OUR GOOD FRIENDS FROM GILBERT. THEY VISITED “THE MOUNTAIN” WITH THEIR DAUGHTER AND FAMILY AND A VISITING GRAND-DAUGHTER FROM LA CROSSE. THANKS TO DAVE FOR TAKING US TO DINNER AT CHARLIE CLARKS.

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THE MONSOON SEASON HAS STARTED, BUT I’M NOT GOING TO LET IT GET ME DOWN AS IT HAS THE LAST COUPLE OF SUMMERS. I BOUGHT RAIN GEAR SO I CAN  RIDE THE SCOOTER EVEN IN THE THREAT OF RAIN SHOWERS, AND I STILL HAVE MY CENTRAL COLLEGE UMBRELLA.

WE’VE STILL BEEN GETTING OUR MORNING WALK TO WALMART IN AND THAT GETS US BOTH STARTED WITH 4500 STEPS FOR THE DAY.

TUESDAYS ARE BUSY WITH 8AM COFFEE HOUR AND 7PM POKER GAME. WEDNESDAY WE SEEM TO  GET TOGETHER WITH OUR FRIENDS THE HUNTERS, AND TODAY WAS A TREAT TO SIT OUTSIDE ON THE DECK AND EAT CHICKEN LEGS OFF THE GRILL.

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NO NEED TO REPORT ON ANY FAMILY NEWS AS WE ALL LEARN THAT ON FACEBOOK. I GUESS I COULD GIVE UP THE BLOGGING , BUT THIS IS THE WAY I PREFER TO REPORT IN. IT’S NICE TO LOOK BACK OVER THE YEARS TO SEE WHEN AND WHERE WE DID WHAT.

I’M GETTING A LITTLE TIRED OF EATING FRENCH TOAST AS I TWEEK MY RECIPE AND TRY OUT THE THREE ELECTRIC GRILLS FROM THE CLUB HOUSE. AT THE END OF THE MONTH I’LL BE COOKING FRENCH TOAST AT THE MEN’S BREAKFAST FOR ABOUT 30 PEOPLE. MAKES ME THINK ABOUT THE SUNDAY BRUNCH DAYS IN FRANKVILLE. WISH PAULIE WAS HERE TO ORDER AROUND AND FRY THE TOAST.

“SUNNY & 80” (WITH AFTERNOON RAIN SHOWERS)

Saturday, July 8, 2017

MIKEY ON THE MOUNTAIN

AS I PREDICTED IN MY LAST BLOG, IT WAS A FUN FILLED THREE DAYS WITH MIKEY. SUNDAY NIGHT WE STAYED AT THE APACHE GOLD CASINO IN GLOBE, AZ. WE ALL FOUR LOST OUR ASSES. FOUR? YOU ASK? YUP, WE WERE HAPPY TO MEET MIKEY’S TRAVELING PARTNER, CHERYN.

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MONDAY WE MADE THE TRIP UP THE MOUNTAIN THRU THE SALT RIVER CANYON.

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LUNCH AT THE DRIFT INN, IN GLOBE, WHICH OPENED IN 1905, AND NOT MUCH HAS CHANGED SINCE. WE HEADED RIGHT OUT TO CHARLIE CLARKS ORCHARD WHERE THE LADIES ENJOYED THE ART FAIR, AND MIKEY AND I FOUND THE BAR AND LIVE MUSIC OUTSIDE.

TUESDAY WAS THE FOURTH OF JULY AND WE STARTED THE DAY WITH STICKY BUNS, OUT ON THE DECK WITH OUR MORNING COFFEE.

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THE DAY ENDED THE SAME WAY, WITH A “GO-TO-TOWN” MEAL OUT OF THE DUTCH OVEN ON THE DECK. IN BETWEEN WE CHILLED OUT AT THE INDIAN CASINO WHERE WE TRIED TO RECOVER FROM OUR VISIT TO APACHE GOLD ON SUNDAY. MIKEY RECOVERED, REX MADE $25, AND CHERYN AND MARY DON’T WANT TO SEE THE INSIDE OF AN INDIAN CASINO FOR THE REST OF THE TRIP.

WEDNESDAY WAS A ROADTRIP TO THE METEOR CRATER AND WINSLOW, ARIZONA.

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THE THEME OF THE DAY WAS “TAKE IT EASY”.

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Well, I'm a standing on a corner
in Winslow, Arizona
and such a fine sight to see
It's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed
Ford slowin' down to take a look at me
Come on, baby, don't say maybe
I gotta know if your sweet love is
gonna save me
We may lose and we may win though
we will never be here again
so open up, I'm climbin' in,
so take it easy

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THE THREE DAYS WENT WAY TOO FAST AND WE RETURNED TO THE VALLEY OF THE SUN, AT 113 DEGREES, TO DROP THEM OFF AT THE AIRPORT.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Loons

By Uncle Hans

Been a while for a blog from Uncle Hans.   The pair of Loons that live on our lake have not produced a baby for 3 or more years.  Yesterday, the little one appeared (at least to us) for the first time.

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  The cell phone camera struggles with the distance through the living room window glass, but you get the idea.  I worry about the size of the baby.  I think they are running late. They have about 90 days to make an adult that can fly a thousand miles out of that thing no bigger than my fist today.  The last picture, with the flag, is of Mom with the baby on it's back.

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They are hiding out in front of our house because the lake is quite active today for the holiday weekend and there is really no safe place that's not near the edge.  Mom and Dad don't like the edge that much either with the little one so vulnerable....

The Climatus are having a banner year....always fun to watch.

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Uncle Hans

Sunday, July 2, 2017

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY

OUR CLUBHOUSE WAS COOK’IN ON SATURDAY NIGHT FOR OUR 4TH OF JULY COOK-OUT. MARY LET THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG, THAT I HAD SOME FOOD EXPERIENCE SO I BECAME ONE OF TWO GRILLERS.

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I THINK IT WAS ABOUT 50 BURGERS AND 30 HOT DOGS. WE TRIED OUT THOSE COPPER GRILLING SHEETS YOU’VE SEEN ADVERTIZED ON TV. THEY BASICALLY TURNED THE GRILL INTO A GRIDDLE AND WE HAD FRIED BURGERS. I WON’T BE PICKING ONE UP FOR HOME.

THE INSIDE LINE UP OF SALADS AND DESSERTS WAS EXCELLENT.

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I MUST HAVE COOKED OK, AS MY NEXT ASSIGNMENT IS TO COOK FRENCH TOAST AT THE END OF THE MONTH FOR THE MEN’S BREAKFAST. FUN COOKING FOR A GROUP AGAIN, I ENJOYED IT.

TODAY (SUNDAY) WE’RE OFF TO THE PHOENIX-MESA AIRPORT TO PICK UP MIKEY FOR A VISIT TO THE MOUNTAIN. THIS IS THE THIRD TIME THIS YEAR WE’VE GOTTEN TOGETHER WITH MIKEY AND HIS SECOND VISIT TO THE SOUTHWEST, I THINK THE SOUTHWEST IS GROWING ON HIM.

BREAK OUT THE JACK AND BEER, IT’S GOING TO BE A PARTY FILLED NEXT THREE DAYS!!! I’M WONDERING WHAT MIKEY WILL THINK WHEN HE LANDS AT 8:30 PM AND THE TEMPERATURE IS STILL OVER 100 DEGREES?

Thursday, June 29, 2017

-35 POUNDS

WOW, ANOTHER WEEK ZIPS BY. ON THURSDAY AFTERNOONS WE HAVE A COCKTAIL HOUR AT THE CLUBHOUSE AND WE HAVE A FEW FISHERMEN IN THE PARK THAT SHARE THEIR CATCH OF TROUT. MARY AND I BEER BATTERED A MESS TO TAKE TO THE WEEKLY GATHERING. TODAY MARY’S MAKING CHICKEN MEATBALLS WITH HONEY-MUSTARD.

THE DREADED MONSOON RAINS HAVE NOT STARTED YET AND THAT’S GOOD NEWS. WE GOT THE FRONT FENCE PAINTED AND THAT WRAPS UP THE OUTDOOR PROJECT LIST FOR THIS SEASON.

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WEDNESDAY HAD US AT THE MOOSE FOR OUR THIRD TRY AT BINGO. HAVING NEVER WON, I’D SAY OUR BINGO DAYS ARE ABOUT OVER?

OUR DAILY QUEST FOR 10,000 STEPS A DAY IS GOING WELL WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ONE DAY WE’VE HAD OUR STEPS EVERYDAY SINCE OUR WISCONSIN VACATION. SINCE FEB 11TH I’VE WALKED 807 MILES AND LOST 35 POUNDS.

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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  “SUNNY & 85”

Thursday, June 22, 2017

HOT ARIZONA

IT’S BEEN A WEEK SINCE I CHECKED IN ON THE BLOG, AND SO HERE GOES. MARY AND I GOT A LITTLE BORED WITH THE LOCAL TAVERNS, THERE IS A SELECTION, BUT WITH THE MIX OF INDIANS AND MORMONS THE SELECTION IS LIMITED. A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO WE JOINED THE LOCAL MOOSE LODGE, AND WE’VE BEEN HAPPY WITH THE BAR. THEY PLAY BINGO A COUPLE OF TIMES A WEEK AND WE’VE GONE JUST TO ENJOY THE AIR CONDITIONING. THEN ON TUESDAY WE STOP TO PLAY A GAME CALLED THE QUEEN OF HEARTS, WHERE WE HAVE WON $25, AND TWO FREE DRINKS.

THE SCOOTER ROLLS OUT MOST DAYS AS I USE IT TO GO IN SEARCH OF MY 10,000 STEPS A DAY. YESTERDAY I RODE TO SNOWFLAKE, AZ TO DO SOME SHOPPING.

HERE IN THE PARK, MARY AND I HOSTED THE WEEKLY COFFEE HOUR ON TUESDAY, AND I’VE BEEN BUSY THIS WEEK WITH THE ANNUAL DOCTOR THING. MARY GOES ONCE AND IS TOLD SHE IS HEALTHY AS A HORSE, BUT WHEN I GO, IT TURNS INTO SEVERAL APPOINTMENTS AND A TRIP TO THE HOSPITAL FOR LABS AND IMAGERY. IT’S NOT FAIR. I PLAY POKER ON TUESDAY EVENINGS WITH THE BOYS AND HAVE HAD MY ASS HANDED TO ME ON A PLATTER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. I’M GONNA NEED A COUPLE OF ROLLS OF NICKLES BEFORE NEXT WEEKS GAME.

MARY STILL SPENDS A LOT OF TIME IN HER YARD WITH HER FLOWERS. THIS YEAR SHE’S AT WAR WITH THE DAMN GRAY SQUIRRLS. THE LADY ACROSS THE ROAD FEEDS THEM BY HAND AND THEN THEY COME ACROSS THE STREET TO DIG UP MARY’S FLOWERS AND DESTROY THEM.

WE’VE FINISHED THE HAND WAXING OF THE CAR AND TRUCK, AND HAVE ADJUSTED THE FRONT FENCE. NEXT WE NEED TO PAINT THE FENCE. ARIZONA HAS BEEN IN A HEAT WAVE SO WE KEEP PUTTING PAINTING OFF. EVEN HERE ON THE MOUNTAIN AT 6300 FEET THE TEMPERATURES HAVE BEEN IN THE 90’S. I’M SURE YOU’VE SEEN THE PHOENIX WEATHER STORIES WHERE IT IS EVEN BEEN TO HOT TOO FLY.

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“SUNNY & 92”

Thursday, June 15, 2017

AMARYILLIS

YOU MAY REMEMBER THE AMARYILLIS FROM LAST JANUARY. IT WAS A GIFT FROM THE HUNTERS. AFTER IT BLOOMS YOU ENJOY THE THE FLOWERS AND THEN CUT OFF THE FLOWER STALKS AND PLANT THE BULB. AFTER IT GROWS ALL SUMMER, IN THE FALL YOU CUT OFF THE LEAVES AND PUT THE BULB INTO A DARK DRY PALCE.

AT CHRISTMAS TIME YOU BRING IT OUT AND START WATERING IT AND IT GROWS A FLOWER STALK AND BLOOMS AGAIN IN THE WINTER.

WE TRIED THIS YEARS AGO AND PLANTED THE BULB OUT IN MIDDLE OF THE YELLOW RIVER FOREST. IN THE FALL WE WENT BACK AND DUG IT UP TO SAVE FOR FLOWERING AT CHRISTMAS. IT FAILED !!!

CHECK OUT THIS YEARS ATTEMPT, WE’VE NEVER SEEN ONE GET THIS BIG AND IT’S ONLY JUNE.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

MARY’S FLOWERS

IT’S TIME TO TAKE A LOOK AT MARY’S YARD AND THE FLOWERS SHE HAS PICKED OUT THIS YEAR. LAST YEAR HEATHER WAS HERE TO HELP HER DECIDE AND PLANT, BUT THIS YEAR IT WAS REX.

FIRST THE BAD NEWS

FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW WE STARTED ZINNA PLANTS FROM SEED DOWN IN THE MOHAVE VALLEY TO PLANT ON THE MOUNTAIN. THIS YEAR WE STARTED THEM IN FEBUARY SO THEY WERE A NICE SIZE. WE ALSO DUG OUT AND LINED WITH BRICKS A ZINNA SPOT.

THE RULE ON THE MOUNTAIN IS TO NEVER PUT YOUR PLANTS OUT BEFORE MOTHER’S DAY OR A HARD FREEZE WILL KILL THEM. WELL, WE DIDN’T HAVE A CHOICE AS WE WERE GOING TO BE IN WISCONSIN ON MOTHER’S DAY, AND WE PLANTED THE ZINNAS JUST BEFORE WE LEFT.

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AS YOU CAN SEE THE FROST DID A NUMBER ON THE ZINNAS FOR THIS YEAR.

OUT FRONT

THIS IS A VERY SHADY AREA OUT FRONT OF THE CABIN. THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS WE DIDN’T PLANT ANYTHING. IT’S SO SHADY THAT THE WEEDS DON’T EVEN GROW. WE DECIDED TO GIVE IT A TRY THIS YEAR AND SEE WHAT LIVES, AND WHAT DOESN’T.

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HANGING BASKETS

THE PLASTIC HANGERS ON THE FOUR HANGING BASKETS BY THE FRONT DOOR WENT TO HELL, SO WE HAD TO DESIGN WIRES AND HOOKS TO REUSE THEM THIS YEAR.

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GERANIUM CORNER

WE HAD GOOD LUCK SAVING OUR GERANIUMS OVER WINTER DOWN ON THE DESERT, AND WE ADDED A COUPLE OF MORE TO FILL IN A CORNER OF THE FRONT WALK WITH ALL GERANIUMS.

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I’LL POST A BETTER PICTURE NEXT MONTH WHEN THEY ARE ALL IN BLOOM. THERE ARE ACTUALLY SIX PLANTS IN THIS GROUP WITH FIVE DIFFERENT COLORS.

THE MAIN YARD

HERE ARE THE PICTURES FROM THE MAIN YARD, AND EVEN IF I KNEW THE NAMES I’D NEVER BE ABLE TO SPELL THEM.

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TOMATOES

MARY STARTED TOMATOES FROM SEEDS SHE GOT FROM TODD IN FEBRUARY. SHE ENDED UP WITH TWO POTS THAT LOOK LIKE THIS. TOMATOES ARE TUFF IN OUR SHADY AREA SO IT’S AN EXPERIMENT.

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I MISSED A COUPLE OF OTHERS WHICH I’LL POST NEXT TIME I DO A BLOG ON MARY’S YARD.

  “SUNNY & 80”

Thursday, June 8, 2017

PORCH FLOOR

THINGS ARE BACK TO NORMAL HERE ON THE MOUNTAIN AFTER HAVING THE THREE GRANDSONS VISITING LAST WEEK-END. IT’S BEEN AWHILE SINCE WE’VE HAD YOUNGSTERS UNDERFOOT. AIM- THANKS FOR PUTTING US ON YOUR ITINERARY AND WE ENJOYED HAVING YOU ALL HERE!!

THE NEXT PROJECT ON THE SUMMER LIST, IS TO RESTAIN THE PORCH FLOOR.

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OUR ORIGINAL PLAN WAS TO DO THE WORK IN TWO HALVES, BUT ON THE WAY BACK FROM MY MORNING WALK TO WALMART WE DECIDED TO DO IT IN FOUR SECTIONS.

IT’S NOT A BAD PROJECT JUST A LOT OF TIME ON THE KNEES.

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HOPE TO FINISH UP ON MONDAY OR TUESDAY. FRIDAY AND SUNDAY WE HAVE COCKTAIL PARTIES TO ATTEND AND SATURDAY IS THE ANNUAL TALL PINES BUSINESS MEETING, AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS, SO WE ARE KEEPING BUSY.

  “SUNNY & 80”

Monday, June 5, 2017

STICKY BUNS

IT WOULDN’T BE A VISIT TO GRANDPA REX WITHOUT GETTING THE DUTCH OVENS OUT. YESTERDAY WE STARTED WITH STICKY BUNS.

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IN THE EVENING EDDIE WAS IN CHARGE AND MADE PAULIE’S FAVORITE STEW. UNFORTUNATELY THEIR ARE NO PICTURES OF TWO DUTCH OVENS FULL OF STEW WITH BEAUTIFUL BROWN BISQUITS BAKED OFF ON TOP. GOOD JOB EDDIE !!!

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  “SUNNY & 80”

Sunday, June 4, 2017

AMY AND THE KIDS

LOOK WHO IS HERE FOR A JENGA GAME !

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IT’S EDDIE AND JOEY TWO OF MY GRANDSONS.

AMY AND HER THREE BOYS ARE ON A CROSS-COUNTRY TRIP IN THEIR MOVE FROM DAYTON, OHIO TO HAWAII WITH THE AIR FORCE. THEIR NEXT STOP IS LAS VEGAS TO SEE PAULIE, AND FROM THERE THEY WILL SHIP THE VAN AND FLY.

WE ARE HAVING A GREAT WEEK-END AND VISIT WITH PERFECT “SUNNY & 80” WEATHER. YESTERDAY WE DID SHOW LOW DAYS AND PIZZA OFF THE GRILL.

GOOD LUCK GUYS AND ENJOY THE HAWAIAN PARADISE !!!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

MEMORIAL DAY POTLUCK

HERE AT TALL PINES RV PARK WE HAD OUR MEMORIAL DAY POTLUCK ON SATURDAY NIGHT. THERE WERE 30 PEOPLE THAT SHOWED UP FOR HAM, RIBS, AND HOT BEEF SANDWICHES, ALONG WITH ALL THE SALADS, SIDE DISHES, AND ICE CREAM.

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THEN ON SUNDAY WE HAD A GAME OF JENGA AND SANDWICHES OFF THE GRILL WITH THE HUNTERS.

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  “SUNNY & 80”