Friday, June 18, 2021

NEVADA/ARIZONA ROADTRIP


 WE HAD A GREAT ROAD TRIP THIS WEEK. THE FIRST STOP WAS THE EAST ENTRANCE OF THE GRAND CANYON WHERE WE'VE VISITED BEFORE AND DIDN'T TAKE ANY PICTURES.  THE SECOND STOP WAS THE HORSESHOE BEND ON THE COLORADO RIVER AT PAGE , AZ. (PICTURED ABOVE). A MILE AND A HALF HIKE.








THIS IS THE GLENN CANYON DAM ON THE COLORADO RIVER AT PAGE, AZ. THAT FORMS LAKE POWELL (WHAT'S LEFT OF IT).




THE NEXT DAY WE DROVE ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PART OF ZION NATIONAL PARK INCLUDING THE FAMOUS TUNNEL.





THE SECOND NIGHT WAS AT THE VIRGIN RIVER CASINO IN MESQUITE, NV.  THIS IS OUR FAVORITE CASINO AND STILL RUNS ON THE OLD VEGAS BUSINESS MODEL.


IF YOU'RE NOT GAMING YOU CAN ACTUALLY PURCHASE A BOTTLE OF BEER FOR ONLY $3. OR A JACK & COKE FOR $4.



LUNCH IS CHEAP AND FOR DINNER YOU STAND IN A LINE TO ENTER THE 24 HOUR CAFE FOR A PRIME RIB SPECIAL FOR $8.99.





THE ROOM WAS $27, BUT THEY COMPED THE ROOM, GAVE MARY $20 IN FREE PLAY, AND A 25% OFF COUPON ON THE PRIME RIB. THE BEST PART IS YOU CAN SIT AND PLAY NICKEL VIDEO POKER A FEW HOURS ON $20 AND HIT 4 OF A KIND ONCE IN AWHILE.

IT'S ALL GREAT OLD FASHION CASINO FUN!


ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT WE STAYED DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS ON FREMONT STREET AT THE 4 QUEENS AS USUAL WITH NO RESORT FEE, AND FREE PARKING FOR $44.  THE LAST TIME WE WERE IN VEGAS WAS MARCH 17, 2020 AND THE GOVERNOR OF NEVADA CLOSED ALL THE CASINOS BECAUSE OF COVID.  ON THIS TRIP WE MADE HISTORY AGAIN AS THE OLD RECORD FOR THE HOTTEST DAY AT 114 DEGREES WAS BROKEN AT 4 PM WHEN THE TEMPERATURE HIT 116 DEGREES.  DESPITE THE HEAT, I HAD MY WALKING SHOES ON AND SET A NEW PERSONAL HIGH FOR STEPS IN ONE DAY.




 OUR PURPOSE FOR VEGAS WAS TO CHECK OUT THE NEW CIRCA CASINO.  FROM THE GROUND UP IT COVERS ONE CITY BLOCK. 





THE VEGAS VICKY SIGN FROM THE OLD STRIP CLUB, GLITTER GULCH, SITS INSIDE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE TWO STORY CASINO.




THE SPORTSBOOK IS DESIGNED LIKE A STADIUM AND THAT VIDEO SCREEN IS TWO STORIES TALL.  THE MEGA BAR (LONGEST BAR IN VEGAS) HAS 56 BIG TV'S ON THE BACK BAR.



 

STADIUM SWIM IS ANOTHER BIG DRAW FEATURE AT THE NEW CIRCA. THE SIX SWIMMING POOLS ARE LOCATED ON THE 5TH FLOOR. THAT VIDEO SCREEN IS 40 FEET LONG. I STOLE THE PICTURE OFF THE INTERNET AND THIS IS HOW CLOSE I GOT TO SEEING THE POOLS AND SCREEN.




INSTEAD OF PAYING $40 TO SWIM WE ELECTED TO GO TO THE TOP (60TH FLOOR) TO THE LEGACY BAR FOR A BEER.






AS YOU CAN SEE BY THE PRICE ($30) WE WEREN'T IN MESQUITE ANYMORE.




THIS IS A DISPLAY OF 2 OZ GOLD BARS AND A DIGITAL DISPLAY OF THEIR NET WORTH THAT CHANGES AS THE CURRENT PRICE OF GOLD FLUCTUATES. 

THE REST OF THESE PICTURES SHOW THE VIEWS FROM THE LEGACY BAR WHICH INCLUDES AN OUTDOOR PATIO.











 ON THURSDAY WE RETURNED TO OUR COOL WHITE MOUNTAINS OF ARIZONA.




                             THE END



Friday, March 26, 2021

Golden Birthday

My oldest granddaughter is celebrating her Golden Birthday today which makes her 27 years old.  Her name is Delilah Mary. And yes, I totally love the fact that her middle name is Mary. I have decided that on Delilah's golden birthday I will tell a Delilah story.

I have always been a long-distance Grandma so have mailed my grandchildren their birthday cards.  And when we were all a lot younger the cards even had money in them.  

So imagine my great surprise and delight when my granddaughter, Delilah, sent me this.


With these treasures inside.

She sent me this in 2004 when she was 10 years old.  I wonder if she remembers sending it?  Guess I will have to ask her on Monday when she comes to visit us on the Texas Gulf.



Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The Fuller Brush Man

Do you remember the " Fuller Brush" man? 

I grew up on a small dairy farm in Southwestern Wisconsin and believe me, it was quite exciting when the Fuller Brush man came.  As it was when the Watkins man came.  Thank God there was an Avon lady, otherwise, people might wonder about all the men. 

I recently saw an ad for Fuller Brush on the Internet. Must not have salespeople working the countryside anymore. Long story short, I ordered this:

An old-fashioned carpet sweeper.  It really is handy. So much easier than dragging out the vacuum every time there is a little bit of something on the carpet and it works on bare floors too. 

In fact, it is so handy even Rex uses it!!

Saturday, March 20, 2021

The Bishop's Wife

On Facebook this morning I saw a post that asked for the name of a movie that you had watched more than five times.  My initial thought was "NO WAY"!  I can barely get myself to sit and watch once let alone five times.  Sitting is not my strong suit.  But as I actually thought about it, I realized I had watched one movie several times, probably at least 5.

The movie is, " The Bishop's Wife"* starring Cary Grant, Loretta Young, and David Niven-it's an old movie.  From the same era as "It's a Wonderful Life" with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. Most people probably won't recognize these actors but they were some of the biggest stars of their generation.



It is a wonderful movie with many life lessons beautifully woven into the script.  Some so subtle you almost miss them.  There is humor, and scenes that are so beautiful I can't think how to describe them.

I cannot think of a more uplifting movie.


 *Obviously, not a Roman Catholic Bishop.

   

Monday, March 15, 2021

Charitable Giving

 In my mailbox one day, was a fundraising letter from the American Heart Association.  I have had solicitations before and just filed them in the circular file. 

But I looked at it and thought about the fact that my son has had open-heart surgery.  So a modest sum was sent.

A tsunami ensued!!  My mailbox became loaded with solicitations.  I'm not going to list them all but I would say at least 10 different charities sent me stuff.  And when I say stuff, I mean stuff. 

I started receiving return address labels and scratch pads.   Lots and lots of them.  And all so cute with seasonal themes, think Christmas, Halloween, spring, winter, and all so very cute!  I would feel bad to ignore them so I gave myself a small budget to sort of "spread around".

That just created an avalanche of mail.  Whatever donations I have given, have long since been used up in printing costs. Does that make any sense???

This is just a small pile of the stuff I have received.

Sometimes my mailbox has solicitation letters, I file them in the circular file.

Let me clarify, I file them after removing the usable "stuff".  I just could not see that filling a landfill with them gained anything.  I am confident they will quit sending stuff as I have quit sending money.