In and Out of The City

I have dug deep into the archive this morning to pull these photos out since there are no new photos to process today. Yesterday, I added some Moon Juice fertiliser to the new Sago Palms. Giving them their daily morning watering, I didn’t notice any difference in the appearance of the trees. Apparently, it’s going to take a few days to see any difference but at least now I know they aren’t dying. No plans for today, just hanging around at home. Right where I want to be!

Revisiting The Nursery Today

I have become increasingly concerned about the larger Sago Palm that was planted several days ago as it’s color has changed sharply. This morning, I took a couple iPhone photos of them both and headed back to the nursery where I purchased them.

The very nice lady that greeted me in the office is also a worker among the many plants and trees there (there must be thousands) around the property. I showed her the photos, and to my relief, she said the trees are doing fine.

The reason they fronds are changing color is heat stress from the walls on two sides of it, and shock from being pulled from the fifteen-gallon bucket it lived in for a long time. I have watered the trees as prescribed so I haven’t apparently killed them. Yet!

I am going to mix up some Moon Juice as they call it to fertilise them a bit at the woman’s suggestion. The name of the company is Moon Valley, hence the fun name of the fertiliser. Let’s see how this goes! Nobody wants dead palm trees in the backyard…

The Ceement Factory, Reworked

I always pronounce Cement as Ceement, I suppose this is because of my Michigan upbringing. Or not. Anyway, these are more reworks, re-colored a bit. Today, I plan to drive north to the nursery where I purchased the Sago Palms armed with photos of them both. The larger palm isn’t looking too god regardless of my watering it as suggested by the nursery.

Gladly, there is a warranty period on the trees which is very nice. If the tree croaks, they will replace it at zero cost to me. I love free stuff! As I’ve said before in this space, John has not a green thumb but I’m not so sure this is my doing. Honestly, it’s a great excuse to get out of the house for a bit and get some fresh desert air!

Out The House For A Bit

I had a short ride around the area a while ago and grabbed these photos. Along the way, I passed a few parks where lots of people were gathered for cookouts and boy did it smell good! At least a few people were masked and keeping a distance away from others, that’s good to see. The little man-made lakes are pretty to look at and are stocked with fish, I don’t know which fish though. There were about a half dozen people fishing on one end of a lake.

Big Blue

These photos are from earlier today on a ride under our usually blue sky. Not always blue, but mostly blue. If you are going to feel blue, I say this is the best way to be blue!

Still Surviving!

Two days in and I’m still following the watering schedule given to me by the crew chief who delivered the new Sago palms. The Lantana seem happy too as they get full sunshine and indirect light too through the day. For now, I parked Wilson atop the tubing junction that waters the that palm tree. Another lovely day is underway with 102 degrees forecast. 🌵🌴🌞🔥

On My Way to The Eye Doctor

Here are eight photos taken today heading for the doctor office, I am glad that the doctor found zero indications of Macular Degeneration or burst and popping blood vessels. Thanks be to my very diligent taking of medications and diet. I haven’t seen a cloud in the sky today, the temperature at my home is ninety-eight degrees. Not too bad, another great day in the valley.

Adding Lantana to The Backyard

Last night, I thought about adding some color to the two pots on either side of the yard. Last year, they had Indian Blanket flowers which looked great but died off. Lantana is commonly used here for both homes and other places such as office building complexes. It’s easy to maintain according to the folks I’ve spoken with, we shall see how they do as I follow the watering guidelines given to me at the nursery. It will add a nice pop of color to the backyard.

With luck, the Lantana will spill over the edge to the ground.

Palm Tree Pruning and Quackers

I’ve had some running around the city today, I grabbed these shots on the way home. It’s deep into palm tree pruning season as you can see crews both run by the city and private companies doing the residential trees. The quackers seemed to be enjoying the shade on this one hundred degree day. And I got brand new lenses in my glasses via warranty too, score!

More Backyard Photos

I missed these three photos yesterday of the new palm trees, so here we go. I was up almost at the crack of dawn this morning, so I went back there to give the new trees their morning watering. It’s just 73 right now, so nice!

The New Sago Palms are Planted!

Today, the nursery I hired showed up right on time to plant the new palms I chose several days ago. They did a great job and took care of the old water lines, taking both locations from four to two ejectors. As a minimalist, I think it looks perfect. Very simple and clean looking backyard.

These trees will grow very slowly, just what I want.

The Piggy in The Window

Well, today has been a bit busy around my house with five new ceiling fans being installed (looks great) and two Sago Palm trees being planted in the backyard which finishes off my very minimalist design. They look great too! Damn, I’m good. I’ll snap some photos of them.

The Sagos need water every morning and evening for two weeks, then they should be OK with the volume of water they receive from the irrigation system. Always be sure to drain the very hot water from the hose first though as it will doom the trees!!

So how much is that piggy in the window?

Sundown, Cool Down

After yet another scorching Las Vegas summer day, it’s always so nice when the sun dips behind the western mountains. Having a cold one in the backyard after dark under the palm tree, the warm, soft breeze blowing and swirling around you is always a treat after the big heat.

Sunshine Past

Here are a few snaps from a couple days ago, I’m on the way home after having the new wheels put on my truck. If you are wondering what the temperature will be here today (probably not), it’s forecast for 106 again. Walking through air that hot and hotter at times, is an experience that you will either love or never want to experience again! I love that heat…!

An iPhone Sunset

Instead of using the Nikon, I tried for decent sunset photos via my iPhone Ten. Yep, I still use an older iPhone! Why? Because it’s paid for, and it still does everything I need it to do!

Sky Palms

After making the video of the pigeons going nutty for a buggy breakfast, I turned around and snapped these iPhone photos right behind me. Usually, my iPhone photos process very well, these two nearly identical images are no exception. It’s another palmy, sunshiny day!

Another Sunset For You

Here is last night’s sunset. Not as vivid as I would like but still nice. Photos were taken in my backyard, and looking west down my street. Today’s forecast is for 108 degrees, we need a cooling trend! My truck will have its shiny new wheels installed later today, that’s the extent of modifications I will do.

Other than a new battery and tires, the truck is completely stock except for the wheels. I believe in keeping cars and trucks as-is. Anything more, the vehicle becomes less dependable in my opinion.

Good Morning, Blue Sky!

I admit that my palm trees appear too often on the blog but oh well. I snapped this beauty directly after photographing the feeding frenzy being enjoyed by the pigeons on the neighbor’s Sumac trees. Having a look at the weather app on the iPhone, today’s forecast high is 108 degrees. The next few days will be slightly cooler, yay! Such is desert living…

The tree looks much better after pruning!

A Tivoli Village Drive-By

I had several stops to make around town this morning, as I stopped at a light I liked this view of Tivoli Village. Click! I found a nasty scratch on the right lens of my glasses this morning, dammit! I hope the lens can be replaced under warranty!

Of course, a visit to the pharmacy was in order, and I hit a lamp shop I like and purchased five new ceiling fans for the house. The old ones are just that, old, permanently dirty, and they squeak and wobble when rotating. Enough already!

That was a costly purchase but it’s time. I will have to hire an electrician to install these as I know nothing about working with Alternating Current. Direct Current? No worries, I’ve played with that for decades.

Pretty Petrol Stations

Las Vegas has some very well-manicured fuel stations, certainly nothing like I have ever seen in Michigan. I snapped this photo today on the way home from getting a Subway sandwich. Yum!

65 Million Years Ago

Those many millions of years ago, these big critters roamed the area. I am grateful that they are not around today! So why was I there? A few days ago, two trees were removed in my backyard as some of you know. I decided that today is the day to find some replacements and fill the empty space in each corner of the backyard.

I have looked into several kinds of palm trees as replacements, absolutely no deciduous trees!

I chose the Sago Palm for the replacements, mainly because they grow very slowly. They are in fifteen-gallon buckets right now and are still at the location I purchased them at, they will be planted June 30th. The cost for everything is less than I expected too which is wonderful! Of course, I will upload photos of the backyard when they are in place.

The Sago palm tree photo is not my work, no copyright inferred.

Back To Sunset Park

Today is so gorgeous that I really wanted to get out of the house, so off to Sunset Park again. I took the city streets down there and man what a pain in the ass. Honestly, I’ve never witnessed so much driving ignorance in my life. These dolts take some unbelievable chances with other people’s lives and property. And turn signals? Duuuuhhhhh what is a turn signal?

I took the 215 freeway home, much faster and mostly dolt-free.

Here are the first photos of around sixty that I snapped this morning. The last time I was here, the island had a whole lot more overgrowth on it, it looks so much better now. And you can see the Easter Island statue better too. This place is a waterfowl paradise for the many ducks and other birds that hang out around the manmade pond.

After photographing some wonderful birds, I crossed Sunset Road looking for a few airliner photos on approach to our McCarran International Airport. There were several flights touching down and lifting off which I am happy to see, yet I believe it’s still too risky to fly. I rang my dad in Michigan about flying up there this morning.

He and I are on the same page with flying right now, I think it’s still too risky to make my usual summer journey up to Michigan to visit my family. That really sucks so bad! Chatting on the phone or texting is better than nothing, but you can’t hug your children over the phone! I miss my family so much. It’s a price I’ve paid for staying in Las Vegas after the divorce in 2016.

That said, it was the right choice for me, I love the desert and the city, sans the drivers!

On The Way to The Tire Store

I decided this morning to change the wheels on my five-year-old truck that still has the stock wheels. I’ve thought about this for a while now, why not go for it? Other than the wheels, the truck will always remain completely stock as it has been since day one.

I believe in keeping vehicles as-is from the factory. On the way there, I was stopped at Azure and Centennial Boulevard I think it is, and grabbed this photo. Not for the traffic, more so for the palm trees and beautiful blue sky that we locals enjoy so much.

The payments will end very soon on this near-mint condition vehicle thanks to the mild climate!

Casino

This is an iPhone photo taken at the Red Rock Hotel and Casino. This a bit like a rear entrance to the casino and food area on the south end of the building. Good food, everything is always clean and neat. The hotel is on the 215 freeway and Charleston Boulevard. Do have a visit!

Backyard Time

Good morning from Las Vegas! Another beautiful day is on tap in the valley with sunshine and 99 wonderful degrees. Three of these photos were taken yesterday, the grill photo is an iPhone image from last year, note the Privet tree is still in the corner.

Wilson approves of the new look too!