Cooper especially loves the bowling alley living room where he can chase his ball for hours and not get it stuck under furniture. Once done, I headed off to Ace Hardware with my list of "needs". Boy is that place expensive. I almost bought a can opener (it's amazing how many things you use every day in your home) for $14.99. They had the exact same opener at Walmart for $4.49. I know, because that's where I went to get everything else I needed.
Two hours of hunting for stuff like dog bowls and outdoor rugs and I was beat. It was a lovely hot day and I was on my very last shirt, not to mention my ONLY pair of shorts. The second I walked in the door, Miss Patty called. We're going to Saguaro Corners for dinner and some music. Wait ... I have a carload of stuff ... I need a shower and have to feed the dogs ... what, don't you have a shower in that place she asked?
Why yes ... yes I do. I threw everything on the floor, fed the dogs and got cleaned up as much as I could. Saguaro Corners has a huge patio outside, misters to keep you cool and really great food. Every Thursday night they have entertainers who sing (the guy way in the back) while you eat their wonderful food.
That's Pat on the left with her two friends in white (I'm terrible with names, but their mare just had a filly and they were pretty excited about it), mother Gloria who is 86 years old, me, Miss Patty and finally Pat's husband Jim ... it's JIM not Bill. I told you I was terrible with names. Gloria and I talked like school girls all night. She's originally from Columbia, now living in Denver.
We have a lot in common, including her french fries, my beans and rice and our dessert ... cheesecake with mango sauce. She says anything mango here, doesn't really taste like mangos when you've had them ripe in Columbia. What a sweetheart!!
Just the night before, I was awarded with my first official Arizona property sunset.
They can be pretty spectacular!!
So the very first thing on today's list is HOME DEFENSE. I've found a couple of critters inside, but nothing like the one I found IN MY BED this morning. I'd swear it was a scorpion, but the tiniest little thing I've seen ... maybe 1/2 inch across. I smashed him to smithereens before I could really see what it was. That's when I read a note from the previous owner about those little sticky boards in the garage. I thought they were just for bugs, but he said they are scorpion boards. Good grief!! I thought scorpions were big ... like 2-3 inches long!!
I did catch a poor lizard on one board ... it was so hot the glue was liquid, so I used a small stick to pry him off. He ran away into the bushes. I'm sure I'll be able to spot him again ... he'll be the one with a million tiny rocks stuck to his belly!!