Thursday, March 30, 2017


While we were gone for our winter vacation in Arizona, we had our master bathroom completely redone.  It has turned out real well.  The project went smoothly and there were only 3 or 4 telephone calls with questions for us on what we wanted.  We had picked out all the tile for both the floor and the new shower as well as the fixtures.  The plumber, electrician, carpenter and tiler just had to take it apart and put it back together with the changes and new stuff.  We want to thank Roman Richter who was the general contractor and also did the carpentry work.  He built the new vanity and linen/storage cabinet.  The following are the pictures of before, during and after.

This is a before picture of the vanity area with the divider wall.

Another before picture of the vanity showing the divider wall and the drop down area over the vanity.

The before picture of the shower door and linen storage area to the left side of the picture.

Before picture of the inside of the shower.

Before picture of the end area of the vanity.

This is a picture of Styrofoam that was on the outside wall.  The crazy design is from a colony of ants that lived there some time in the past.  They probably left when we had the new siding put on the house summer before last.  Could be some "real" modern art.

 Shower wall and end of bathroom after gutting.

Bathroom floor after removal of all old tile.

Starting to be put back together.

One end of the new shower area.

Other end of new shower area.

Middle area of shower showing the soap/shampoo storage area.

One end of the shower with new tile installed.

New floor in the shower.

Side wall of shower with the soap/shampoo storage area.

Other end of shower with new tile

New vanity installed.

New vanity with drawers and doors.  Also shows the new mirrors.

New vanity with new granite top.  The new cabinet is on the right of the picture.

New vanity with faucets and our stuff in place. 

New light fixtures and mirrors for the vanity.

Pat's end of the new shower.   For some reason this picture looks more brown than it really is.  See the next picture for a better picture of the color.

Patrick's end of the new shower.

Soap/shampoo in place.

New linen/storage cabinet.

Shot of the new vanity from the door.   This compares to the very first picture at the beginning of this blog.

We also had the floor of our downstairs bathroom re-tiled.  This is after the old tile was removed.

Downstairs bathroom floor with new tile installed.


Monday, March 13, 2017


Today was my 74th birthday.  Never ever thought about getting to that age.   Maybe I am getting old enough now to know better.  We went to a casino for awhile this afternoon and then had a nice dinner at a local spot we like.  Below are the pictures for the day.

This is a shot of the full moon when I went out this morning to get the paper.  The plant on the left of the picture is the Ocotillo cactus in the front of house and the one on the right is the Bougainvillea bush.  You can't see it in the picture, but the Ocotillo is starting to bloom.  It has pretty red flowers. 

Here is a little closer shot of the moon.

Sun just starting to come up.  The white streak is a con trail from a jet liner heading east.

Sun just starting to hit the mountains on the other side of the lake.

Sun is up and bright as ever.  The two black things in the upper part of the picture are Pigeons.

This is the casino we visited.  It is the Blue Water and is near Parker AZ.  It is located right on the Colorado river.   It was not a profitable visit.

This is the place where we ate this evening.  That's me in the middle of the picture.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Pat's birthday was Monday and we went to Laughlin Nevada to celebrate.  Had a nice day and visited some casinos with an overnight stay at the Golden Nugget.  Took a couple pictures while we were there.  Here they are.

Our first visit was to the Colorado Bell.  Had a little luck there.  We then went to the Tropicana
and also had a little luck there.  Then we went to the Golden Nugget where we stayed overnight. 
Luck was not as good there, but we had a good time.

This piano player is here 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  This is in the lobby area of the Golden Nugget.

This nugget is  in the shape of a hand and is named the The Hand of Faith Nugget.  It weighs 16 pounds, 11 ounces and was found in Australia.  It is in this case in the lobby area of the casino.

This was the view out over the Colorado river from our room.

A shot of the "Cowboy" at the Pioneer casino.

Another shot of the mountains across the river from the casinos.  The sun gave them the special color.

This "taxi" runs on the river from casino to casino.

This is where we had Pat's birthday dinner.  We found this place when we were in Bullhead City last winter.  They have great food, great prices and the dinner portions enough for two.  Worth a visit if you are ever in Bullhead City.


Thursday, February 16, 2017


Today we took a boat tour up the Colorado river from Lake Havasu.  The tour went just past the I-40 bridge over the river to Pirates Cove Resort and Marina.  It included going through the Topock Gorge.  We left at 10:30 in the morning and got back around 3:30 in the afternoon.  We had a hour and a half layover at the Pirates Cove to eat lunch.  It was a very interesting and scenic trip.  I would recommend it to anyone that visits Lake Havasu City.  The pictures are mostly scenery which means a lot of rock formations.

 This was our boat for the tour.  It is powered by three 460 cubic inch Ford V-8's which run the three water jet drives.

This is London Bridge in Lake Havasu City. 

There are the Needles mountains.

Just a scenery shot.

This is a Bald Eagles perched on top of a very high cliff.  He/she stays in this area according to the boat Captain.

Closer shot of the Eagle

Real up close.  He/she didn't seem to mind the boat hanging around while we were taking pictures.


These two rocks use to be used as a place to tie up the paddle wheel boats that use to haul cargo up and down the river.  The captain said that before the dams were built on the river, it use to flood to the extent that these rocks were almost covered up with water and couldn't be used by the paddle wheel boats to tie up at night.  They didn't like to go on down river from here at night because of the dangers of rocks and sand bars in the river.

Old highway 66 came through this area and this was a sign just on the California side of the river.

Pirates Cove where we ate lunch.

Pat and I met this lady and had our picture taken with her.  Not sure what I was looking up at?

Here is our boat parked at the Pirates Cove.   We sat by the very front side window.

This was an old airplane moored in the marina area.  It has been converted to land on water with the floats.

An old pirates ship replica moored in the harbor.

This tower over the Pirates Cove restaurant is used for zip lining to some other towers that were across the harbor area.  It was closed today. 

Two yachts parked in the harbor.

This boat came in while we were at lunch.  Checked it out after lunch.  It has two V-10 engines which are attached to water jet drives.  The captain of our boat said it would likely do over 100 mph.

The Pirates Cove Resort and Marina has these cabins for rent.  They all face the harbor area and have a nice sandy beach between them and the water.  This whole resort marina area was man made.  The harbor and  inlet from the river were dredged out so that a boat launching place could be built by California and also the marina and resort.  The harbor area is around a mile in from the main river.

Mountains on the downriver side of interstate 40 at Topock.

More scenery.


More rocks.  It is very rugged country on both sides of the river in this area.


Looks a little like a castle at the top center.


A little hard to see, but these are sand drills in the rock walls.  They were caused by the current of the river eating into the wall with all the sand and rocks carried by the current during flooding.

Close up of a sand drill.

Indian head with an eye.  The story was that if you could see the open eye it was safe to travel on.  If not, there was danger ahead.  Guess that meant you didn't go after dark.

Closer shot with the eye more in view.  It was safe for us to go on.

More scenery

Different colored rock.

Praying Indian head.  You can see his hands clasp below his head.

These are the Indian Petroglyphs that are suppose to be over 3,000 years old.

More of the Petroglyphs

And more.

Last one.

These are the three water jet drives putting out a lot of water to move us on down river.

This is the wake of our boat and the water coming up from the jet drives.

That's the tour.  Hope you enjoyed it.  If you ever get here you should take the tour for yourself.