Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Reason We Really Came To Vegas


The reason we came to Las Vegas:  to talk to our youngest as we always do on Sundays, but this time, live and in person.  Painting and drawing is farthest from my mind.  Hugs are what I'm after.

Another corner of the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa. With my kids here, all is well in the world. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Painting From Life Plein Air

Painting poolside from life using Art Rage.    Finesse is many failures away, but the process is fascinating enough to keep me at it.  

Renting the car yesterday perked us up. We spent the morning exploring the neighborhood and familiarizing ourselves with what restaurants are where, what condo developments look like us, where's the drug store, the super market, the services you need to survive in this world. Summerlin Nevada looks like a suburb where you could live comfortably as long as you had pounds of moisturizer and Blistex in every pocket of every jacket and pair of shorts.    While the extreme of the desert dryness has been a shock, I haven't had one wave of lightheadedness from my chronic vertigo since we got here in spite of eating over salted restaurant fare.  This is something to think about. Dry skin? Chronic vertigo?

Tonight, my youngest son and his wife are joining us for the weekend. We're looking forward to hugs and laughs. Their room is adjoining ours. We have a lot of catching up to do. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

A Driving Fete; A Construction Fete

An awesome structure!  An awesome drive for strangers to this part of the country.  An awesome workout for two seniors who sat on the couch all winter.  These are Bing images; mine will show up after I'm sitting back at my computer.  This made the cool weather worth it. Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, being close to Boulder City, is an awesome engineering construction located on the border  between Nevada and Arizona. Unfortunately, in these times, Lake Mead's water table is down 14%. All the more reason to stay in Michigan. Fresh water will be the most precious commodity in the future. I'm looking forward to reading the history this afternoon poolside. I'm curious about the  amount of electrical power this dam generates.