On Monday, Terry and Kirk returned to Palm Creek for the week.
Pam grilled homemade pizza Monday evening and we had a nice fire and drinks.
Tuesday, Kelly played pickleball in the morning, and then we both played in the March Madness Golf Event. An18 hole scramble here at Palm Creek. We were paired up with Karen and took 5th place shooting 3 under par.
Thursday, the group went for dinner at Perch Brewery. They have a collection of over 50 brightly colored, tropical rescue birds. See blog post for pictures and details
Friday, we played another 9 holes of golf on the back nine at Palm Creek. Pam is really getting better; she had 2 legitimate pars! These lead to “Birdie Juice” shots! Kelly also played well and shot 3 over; 6 pars, 1 bogey and 1 double bogey after hitting into the creek.
We finished the week having dinner at the Airport Tavern. Highly recommend this dive bar / restaurant. They had live music outside. On Friday and Saturdays, they server Rib Eye Steak Dinner for $1/oz + $10. They buy 1 slab of beef and cut up all the rib eye steaks into different sizes and put them on a white board by size and hash marks for the number available. By the time we got there, the total was getting low. All the food was very good.
This week started out with Mark & Connie Miller visiting us, our good friends from the Cascadia Caravan. They stopped by Casa Grande on their way to the Cajun Country Caravan. We met at Dukes Bar at Francisco Grande Resort. John Wayne loved Francisco Grande as he kept a penthouse suite at the top of the hotel where he often stayed since he co-owned the largest cattle ranch in North America to the west of the property. Afterwards, Mark & Connie followed us to Palm Creek to see Billy and get a tour of the resort.
On Tuesday, we headed north to Pheonix to watch a Brewers vs Cubs game at American Family Fields. What a great little ballpark to watch a ball game. We had great seats behind first base. Kelly almost caught a foul ball and then got close to 2 balls throw to the crowd by first baseman Rowdy Tellez. The Brewer’s won 6 to 3 on 3 home runs.
Wednesday night and Thursday morning, it rained quite a bit. The front nine on the golf course was shut down due to flooded holes. Thursday evening, we walked over and took some cool night photos with the palm tree lights reflecting off the standing water on hole #7. Also, the night sky after the sun set was beautiful with the trees and the water.
The rest of the week, we continue to play golf and pickleball. Pam took a group pickleball lesson on Saturday. We continue to get our steps for the Camino de Santiago walking challenge. Kelly is 42% complete and has walked 202 miles. Pam is 38% done with 185 miles. We have received a couple more post cards.
Finally, for those who want to see the magazine article / plans to make Pam’s Rolling Pin of Many Colors, here they are. It is 4 pages of illustrated instructions from beginning to end. The article was in the premier edition of Woodturning Design Magazine in 2004.
Pam took another wood working class this week. There were 4 students making a beautiful rolling pin from 4 different woods (Black Walnut, Cherry, Maple and Padauk). It was a 4 day x 3 hour class. Ron (from Canada) was the instructor – just great and very patient. Pam really enjoyed woodturning. She is going to buy her own 4 jaw chuck so she can keep making stuff in the woodshop and not have to borrow a chuck.
The rolling pin is made from plans from: Woodturning Design Magazine, Spring 2004 (Issue No. 1) – The Premier Issue. You could hardly read the instructions (a copy of a copy of a fax), so I found an old copy of the magazine for sale on Amazon and bought it. Click on the magazine cover to see the instructions.