October 18, 2010 - Evening

EG commented that I should have just looked for a McDonalds for a WIFI hot spot Saturday night. I don't think EG has ever been in Jackpot, NV before! To get to the nearest McDonalds, we'd have had to backtrack fifty miles or drive 70 miles to the south of us! Not something I would be apt to do in my pajamas ;-) That area of Nevada is high desert, and miles and miles of nothing. Nothing!

There wasn't much excitement on the trip down. Unless you consider my driving through Las Vegas in a pouring rain, and getting from one side of the city (at the Las Vegas Speedway) to the other (Henderson, NV) in 19 minutes flat. I always try to hit Vegas on a Sunday, the traffic is light and seldom moves under 70 mph through the city.

Someone had an exciting (terrifying) day, though. We just missed seeing the accident, the ambulance passed us a few miles from the scene (*none of the people pictured are known to me)........

A peaceful little rest stop north of Las Vegas.


Somebody missed the turn to the entrance.


Mr. Granny thinks it used to be a Cadillac.


Not much left after the jaws of life peeled back the top and pulled off the passenger door. Note the wheelchair on the rear bumper. It was probably an elderly couple. I wonder if they survived it, the ambulance wasn't traveling very fast. Sad.


Weeds, weeds, everywhere! I got everything unpacked and put away today, then cleared the weeds from around the front porch, and got most of them pulled and raked from the fenced in area in front. Then I cleaned the entire front porch. I scrubbed the outdoor furniture, hosed off the concrete, the railing and the big rug, cleaned the barbecue and found my seashell thingy and got it hung up. I bought it at a yard sale a few years back, love to hang it on the porch or from a tree, for a bit of whimsy. I took thirty minutes for a quick nap, then hauled out a hose and sprinkler and gave the palm tree and the front cactus beds a much needed drink of water. It looks as though the drip system hasn't worked for quite some time. Evidently the minerals in our well water clogged all the emitters, so everything was terribly dry.



Nice clean porch. The rabbit is still in his travel cage. He'll be back into the larger one tomorrow.

Cookie


I got the entire fenced in area weeded and raked. It probably doesn't look like a big deal unless you know that, after being abandoned for 7 months of hot, dry summer, the entire property looks like this.....


And if you think this is bad, how many of you remember my pretty little garden from last winter?


My tiny Arizona garden last winter.


Here it is now.......

So, I think you can see why we had to get down here. We have the place up for sale, and it's going to take extra work to get it in shape this year. We've only had one other "weedy year" in the seven years we've lived down here, thank heavens!

It was lovely and cool outside this evening, so I put some potatoes and hamburger patties on the grill, heated some veggies in the microwave, and we ate our dinner on the porch. There was lightening in the sky towards Wickenburg, so we enjoyed the "fireworks" while we ate.


17 comments:

  1. What a scary accident! I hope they are okay.

    Cookie is so so so so cute! Awwww! How old is Cookie and what kind of bunny is it?

    Glad you made it to your house safe and sound!

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  2. Glad you made it safe and sound. You will have something green in your little garden in no time. Enjoy that dryer, warmer weather.

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  3. The garden looks so desolate right now. I'm sure you will have it up and running in now time though.

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  4. Is that some butternut squash I see adorning the center of that patio table?

    The tidy up looks good and you will have the place whipped into shape in no time at all.

    That was a serious looking car accident. Frightening when you see something like that.

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  5. Look at you, wasting no time getting into the AZ mode! Sad about that accident, hope they were okay.

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  6. Looks good now. Boy oh Boy, you have enough energy for ten people. I know your winter garden will look great when you are finished.

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  7. Glad you made it safe and sound. I always hate to see wrecks like that. I'm sure you'll have your little garden looking great in no time. :)

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  8. Well, i've never been to the area you mentioned before, so didn't know about that. I'm sure you'll have the little garden back in shape real soon....

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  9. What a nice way to end of day ...dinner on the porch and fireworks.. Did you only lived there 7 years? I remember reading you were going back and forth more than that

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  10. Glad you arrived safely and are putting the place back together! I can't wait to see what you do with the yard. :)

    Do you keep the cactus that grow or do you rip them up? And how does one go about removing cactus?

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  11. Auto accidents are so scary. Glad you missed it!

    I hope you settle in well, does the for sale part mean no winter garden this year?

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  12. Granny, your porch looks so inviting.

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  13. Meems, Cookie is a Netherlands Dwarf rabbit, and he'll be nine years old this month. We've had him for 8-1/2 years now. He's grown old and crotchety, and prefers to just stay in his cage now, but he used to be free to roam the entire house. We've lost a few light cords, and he's chewed his share of carpets, so I'm not unhappy that he now remains caged.

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    Thanks, Lorie. I'll give me about two weeks to have something green in that garden, if not sooner ;-)

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    Daphne, by the next grocery shopping trip, I'll have it ready for some green onions. And I already have a mix of lettuce seeds ready to go, just as soon as I get it weeded and smoothed out.

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    Kitsap, that's three of the five butternuts I brought with me. I had two more in the kitchen, but one of those was eaten for dinner tonight. It was really good with the pork roast and roasted potatoes that I cooked out on the barbecue grill...too darned hot in the kitchen! Yes, we have air conditioning, but it's just so nice outside I like to take advantage of it. I don't think we've run our AC here since the first year we moved in!

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    Erin, when there's work to be done, I do it. No sense putting it off ;-) I finally got a good 8 hour sleep last night.

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    Debbie, I don't think it's energy as much as it's the will and determination to get it done and over with!

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    Char, I do hope so. Things went slow today, because neighbors came visiting and we had to go into town for groceries. I hope to get more done tomorrow.

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    EG, even where we live down here, it's a half hour's drive to McDonalds! Heck, it's 30 miles to a grocery store!

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    Sarada, we came down in our motor home and lived here (at the RV park across the street) for several years before we bought this property. We've been wintering in Arizona since 1995.

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    Chelsea, all the cacti on the property were planted by me. There was nothing here but a bunch of creosote bushes and a nice oleander hedge, so I bought cacti or begged for starts from neighbors until I had them most of the way around the house. How do you remove them? Well, I don't, unless they die, and then I do it very carefully, LOL. The best way to plant or remove them is to wrap them in several layers of newspaper.

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    Kelly, do you really think I'd let something like a for sale sign keep me from planting something? Silly girl. Lettuce, spinach, onions and radishes will be in as soon as I can get the garden cleaned up.

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    Debiclegg, come sit with me, and have a tall glass of filtered ice water. We'll listen to the quiet, and let the cool breeze caress our faces.

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  14. Granny, sounds mighty good to me.

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  15. I'm glad you had a safe trip Granny! Enjoy the nice warm weather, it is getting cold (brr) around here.

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  16. Glad you got there unscathed.

    So, you've arrived in the heat, and last night we had our first night below freezing.

    Oh well, I guess the parsnips are ready!

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  17. I'm sure you will green up that garden soon. Good luck with the sale! I wish we had some place warm to go to in Canada. The only place warmer then our area is Vancouver and all it does there in the winter is rain.

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