Sunday, March 26, 2017

Double date...


I took my Honey to a movie today.  Along with a couple whippersnappers.

Steph and Dan are nearing the end of their spring break.  We are nearing the end of our time in the desert.  Well, they are way closer than we are, since it is back to school tomorrow for them.

The "comfortable seats" theater, where we saw CHiPS.  I've seen some less than enthusiastic reviews... mostly that it is not true to the original series and is pretty much just another buddy-cop movie.  Well... yeah.  On both counts.  The TV series took itself pretty serious - this does not.  There were a few plot twists, but the movie is more about the action, the riding, and some occasional comedy to go along with the action.

I enjoyed it.  My date and the other couple also felt it was a good time at the movies.  It isn't going to win an academy award, plays it pretty much by the buddy/bro formula, and does a decent job with that.


The double date will continue with some grillin' and eatin'.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Do you know how many kinds of cactus there are??


If you said, "About 2,000," you don't get any bonus points... this isn't music trivia... but, you would be right!  And today, we saw about 1873 types... and other cool stuff!

Our friend Cindy has a membership to the Desert Botanical Gardens and asked if we'd like to see it... "Absolutely!"  Today was the day.

We met Cindy there.  This is SO well done.  I may put a description or twelve in here, but the following is a portion of the photos I took today...




Glass Cacti at the entrance...




Joan and Cindy...


And a "Cactomaniac"...







Trails take you around the grounds, opening up to all kinds of pretty desert flora and fauna.


A fence made from Ocotilla, used by the Indians in this area - I'm guessing the kids won't try to get out of the yard with this...






A sundial (yep, pretty accurate)...






Some metal art (photo-realistic painting on metal) on display in one of the buildings...




Back to the cacti...



This is called "The Old Man of the Desert"...


Not the guy, that fuzzy-looking cactus to the right.


Delicate little blooms...



Our wrap up to the gardens was the butterfly pavilion - thousands of butterflies in a large mesh enclosure that you can walk through...





The weather was lovely - in the 70s, sunny, and near calm the whole time we were there.  From the Botanical Gardens, the three of us went out for a late lunch... Cornish Pasty-o.  All manner of meats, cheeses and vegetables rolled in a baked pastry.  The first go-around was left in the oven too long, and our waitress said, "You'll probably want us to remake these - they are way beyond crispy."  Yep, she was right.  No schedule and the conversation was lively.

We said our good-byes to Cindy, then a stop at Penzie's Spices before heading back across Phoenix... in the afternoon rush hour traffic.  Slow-going, but again: no schedule.  We stopped to see Steph, Dan, and the grandkitties before heading home.  My feet were tired from all the walking today, but little Izzy was anxious for her evening walk... and I am a good cat-daddy.

I'm going to sleep good tonight.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

In honor of National Puppy Day...



Really?  What else were you expecting here??

A cool day in the desert.  Steph came by this morning for a visit, and got to take Izzy for a nice walk.  I joined them after a bit - Steph did a fine job of guiding Iz.  Steph even got some leg rubbing when she put Izzy's lunch down for her.

This afternoon, we showed Steph and Dan more about being old people.  No, we didn't holler at kids to get off their lawn... well, because they don't have a lawn - it's Phoenix, they have a dry river bed.  Oh, and there were no kids around.  But, I am digressing again.  The four of us went out for an early supper, as in: before 4:00.  Texas Roadhouse.  Which is not from Texas (corporate office is in Louisville, KY), nor is it a roadhouse.  But, they do have a good early bird special.  Three of us had steak, Joan had chicken; everybody got their bellies full.

We stopped for a bit at their house afterwards, so we could visit the grandkitties, and Joan and Steph could get us seats for a movie this weekend.

Then, to demonstrate the whole idea of "early bird special," we were home before sunset.  And, yes, Izzy wanted to go for a walk.  It was a mostly clear and cool day here in the desert; just before sunset...


Little Izzy with sun on her cute face...


That is a long shadow...


And, the actual sunset...


We walked for a while more.  Time for a couple on bikes and a lady on her way to Bingo in her golfcart to stop and tell Izzy how pretty she is.  No, they didn't say anything about me... and I think I was looking pretty good in the dusky light.  There was another couple with a black lab who kept looking nervously over his shoulder at Izzy.  She can be pretty scary.

Since it really is National Puppy Day, I asked Iz if she'd like a puppy...

"Will it crap outside?"

"Yes," I answered, "that is what dogs generally do."

"Forget it.  That is gross and I am not cleaning that up."

So... no puppy.  But, we do have a really cute kitty.