Monday, December 29, 2008

A Christmas Computer

Our grandson, Zach, is an exceptionally bright 8-year-old in the third grade in Billings, Montana. We made a the decision to bring them to Tucson for Christmas and to purchase a MacBook computer for Zach's use in his studies at Lockwood School.

As you will see, it was not under the tree during the opening of other presents. Kathy brought it out from our bedroom and the rest is evident in the video below.


video

Sunday, November 16, 2008

New Car

The Internet is a wonderful thing. Kathy has been looking for a new car for a couple of years. While she looked at several makes and models, her dream car was a Toyota Highlander Hybrid. Last week, she received an email from a salesman in Peoria, Arizona (north and west of Phoenix) that they had a used 2008 model that had been leased for a year and only had 6100 miles.  The dealership hired someone to drive it from Peoria to our house in Tucson where we signed the purchase papers on our dining room table.  Kathy will now have a ride for her 40-mile daily commute that gets 27 miles to the gallon in the city and it has seats that better accommodate her tender lower back.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Landscaping


The landscaping, including a dining patio by the pool, dresses up the backyard.

Landscaping


Desert landscaping adorns the area around the new swimming pool.

Renunion


Bill and Lorie Hougland, my sister and brother-in-law try out the new swimming pool.

Reunion


The first weekend in October featured a mini-reunion of sorts as my sister Lorie and her husband, Bill, from Houston, and our second cousin, Judy, from near Melbourne, Australia, came to Tucson for a short two-day stay.

Judy had visited Tucson nearly five years ago. Lorie and Judy had not seen each other since she had moved to Australia in the 1970s.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Gully Washer


For those of you who think Kathy and I live in a bone dry desert here's proof to that it rains from time-to-time. Last night it rained harder than we have seen in a long time. Here's the proof, a rain gauge that Kathy deployed about a year ago. It reads 2.8 inches of rain.

Gully Washer

The rain gauge used to be in the middle of the backyard, but was displaced by the swimming pool. Now it resides at the back wall.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Waterworld

Kathy's Daughter Carla and grandson Zach are spending the weekend, flying in Thursday night from Billings, Montana.

Waterworld


Kathy's grandson Zach enjoys the new pool.

Waterworld


Zach uses a water toy.

Waterworld


Carla and Zach have been in the pool constantly during their visit.

Waterworld


Carla uses one of the float tubes to blow water at Zach.

Waterworld


Zach is pleased after his morning swim.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Pool update


Before the water comes the pebble tech.

Pool update


The pebble-tech grew coates the inside of the pool shell.

Pool update


Ready for a quick dip. The water temperature was 91 degrees without using the heat pump.

Pool update


Kathy couldn't wait.

Pool update


Kathy starts the never ending battle to rid the pool of leaves and other debris.

Pool update


Kona was happy to see the pool was ready to use.

Pool update


Kato just plain beat by all of the pool construction.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

A lazy Sunday


After the chores are done on Sunday morning, the dogs like to spend time in the laps of either Kathy or Dave. Here we see Kato laying half on Dave's chair and half on the end table. He's actually guarding the remore controls.

A lazy Sunday


Kona rides shotgun for Dad as he uses his computer from his easy chair.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Pool update


The decking and patio were coated today. No word on when the pebble tech will be applied to the inside.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Pool update


It was about 105 degrees as this concrete worker was finishing his task.

Pool update


We arrived home today to find the concrete guys putting the finishing touches on the bottom of the pool. Kathy wanted to fill the pool and jump in but she returned to her senses and decided to allow the concrete to set.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Momma bird


This morning dove and her two babies have taken up residence in Kathy's cactus planter at the front door.

Pool


The iron was installed, as well, last week. Next up are the electricians.

Pool


The pool filter system and a heat pump tp heat the water were also installed last week.

Pool


The plumbers were here last week to install drains and feed pipes.

Pool


The construction foremen, Kato and Kona, are on the job.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Pool


Digging on our latest adventure began on June 12. This image was lifted from video taken by Kathy.

Pool


The ground was fairly hard so an electrical jackhammer was needed to break it up before the backhoe could dig it out.

Pool


A front end loader takes the dirt to a waiting truck at the street.

Pool


A swimming pool in the making.

Pool


That trench will carry the electrical and water supply to the pool.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Mother at work




















Every spring the morning doves find creative places to start their families and they don't even pay any rent. The one above took up residence in the cactus planter at our front door.

Geraniums in bloom























The geraniums that Kathy's Mom bought when she visited at Thanksgiving are in full bloom on the back porch.

Oleanders in Bloom
















The red oleanders that belong to our neighbors were in competition with our pink oleanders.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Reno 2007

While working through the pictures taken at the National Championship Air Races in September 2007 when I discovered a picture I did not realize I had taken.

This picture appears to show Formula One pilot
Jason Somes flying over the crash site of fellow pilot Gary Hubler near the first pylon on the race course. Hubler was killed as a result of the crash and Somes was able to land safely.

This picture seems to show that the plane piloted by Somes appeared to be under control immediately after the collision with the tail of Hubler's plane.