We finished the remodel of the laundry room today. "We" means mostly Ed! I removed the wallpaper and painted it. Ed took the drawers out and replaced them with higher ones. This also meant taking out the corain countertops and re-installing them..
He had to replace the molding and stain the insides of the drawers to match the wood. He also replaced all the knobs.
Not too mention making nice shelves inside the old ironing board cupboard! We love it!
Here is a BEFORE picture, with the wallpaper.
The counter-top was too low to use for folding clothes. Now I can sort laundry to my heart's content!
Guess who saved her own life today! Coda! She chewed through her own leash to get back to us after she ran off after a herd of deer.
Ed (tiny black dot in the middle of this picture) was so worried about her getting caught on her leash that he climbed straight up the side of the mountain to find her. He had heard her yelping. I figured she was still chasing deer!
When she finally freed herself she ran to join Ed and he brought her down the mountain!
Next time Ed sees a deer on our walk he will hold on to the leash tighter before he says, "Look Judy! A deer!"
We went to the Venetian Hotel yesterday and had lunch at the shops on the Grand Canal. Buddy V's is a taste of New Jersey, as it is owned by the Cake Boss from Hoboken, New Jersey. Tom, Tina and Ed felt right at home!
We considered going for a Gondola ride in the Grand Canal, but at $136 per couple, we decided to save up for when we go to the REAL Venice! It was fun to watch, however, and the entire hotel was incredible!
There is such a maze of shops that we had a hard time tracking down the Honolulu Cookie company, which Tom had told us all about. We were happy we found it, as we stocked up on a few cookies for our ride home last night.
Note to self: Do not weigh in the morning after a weekend in Vegas! Who knew a few hearty meals could do so much damage? Oh, well, we had a great time and enjoyed spending time with Tom and Tina!
Yesterday morning Ed and I explored Red Rock Canyon about 20 miles Northwest of Las Vegas.
We doubled our usual morning hike, by going 6 miles instead of 3. We were happy to find out we had no problem hiking that long. It wasn't until we got out of the car after driving back to town that we realized how stiff we really were!
We chose the white rock loop and were rewarded with a view of Desert Bighorn Sheep. There is one perched on the white rock dead center in this picture.
He and his friend later sat on the rock to watch us watch them watch us.
We enjoyed the beautiful array of wildflowers in bloom. We only saw one cactus in flower, but it was a good one!
We rewarded ourselves by eating Mexican food at Toros Cantina afterwards.
We spent the afternoon lounging by the pool and waiting for Tom and
Tom and Tina, along with their friend, Hector, arrived in time for dinner at the hotel. We didn't get to eat till about 8, as all those bowlers, prospectors and quarter horse owners were quicker to the table than us! This is one happening hotel!
Ed and I did not go to Paris, but Las Vegas felt like a foreign country, as we hadn't been here in 25 years! Boy has it changed!
We're staying at the aptly named South Point Resort. It is so far south of the main hotels on the strip that it is even south of the airport! It is notable for hosting equestrian and bowling events (both of which are going on this weekend)!
We're here to meet Ed's brother, but as we arrived a day earlier than Tom, we decided to take in the Donny and Marie Show at the Flamingo. It did not disappoint! It was fun hearing them sing, but also fun going through the stages of their singing careers with lots of video to accompany the show.
We had a really deep dish pizza at Giordano's in the Grand Bazaar. It was great eating al fresco! It's summer in Vegas!
We went to the Tulip Festival in Lehi yesterday, and it was just as beautiful as advertised! The setting enhanced Mabel and Calvin (her second cousin's) cuteness!
My sister Barbara said, "Did you ever imagine we would be grandmas and be able to take our grandchildren out on a beautiful day like today to enjoy the flowers." We even got mom to go with us. She walked the entire way! Not bad for 88 years old!
Although Barbara and I took posed pictures with the kids, it was Kent and Ed that spent the most time wrangling babies!
Mabel's favorite thing, bar none, was running around in circles on the bricks of the gazebo!
A close second was feeding the fish in the koi pond!
Fun, fresh air and family--a moment to take time to smell the roses (tulips).
There are signs of spring in Lambert park. I had fun taking pictures of wildflowers on our walk this morning. I would put their names here, but I don't know them! I have a new app that is supposed to help me identify them! I hope it works!
You wouldn't think much would be growing on this hillside, but there are signs of life everywhere.
Coda was not impressed! She said, "Let's get moving, ma!"