Summerlin to Southern Highlands (Florida to Las Vegas)

After being notified of my “memories” from two years ago today (the Magic Kingdom at WDW), I began sorting through my videos, and I realized I hadn’t updated you guys on recent ones:

(1) Scouting out the neighborhood pool before we got the pool key – you can find this video here.

(2) Visiting our favorite park path in our old neighborhood – checking out a potential house here.

(3) Solo trip to the Magic Kingdom at WDW from two years ago (we’d just landed in our Orlando apartment, waiting for our house to be built, so I did a solo trip to the MK while Rich was at work) – that memories video is here.

And then I realized I hadn’t written up the trip report from my birthday trip to SoCal, catching up with Disney and the beach. In my defense, I’ve been participating in 50/90 where you’re challenged to write 50 songs in 90 days. It began on July 4th, and so far, I’ve written 11 songs. I’m totally exhausted already – lol!

 

Living in Las Vegas (Summerlin), 3rd Time Around Highlights

We’re more than halfway through our Summerlin rental here in Las Vegas, so I thought I’d post a video of some of the highlights of being back, including the business trip last summer that started the path to moving back for Rich’s job here at headquarters from Central Florida.

Malbec, Margaritas and Martinis seem to be the stars. Besides the Pahrump Winery, our favorite hangout this time around is Hussong’s Cantina (video of the original in Ensenada, Mexico is in the sidebar). Enjoy!

Neighborhood Walks in Summerlin (Las Vegas)

I’ve been taking morning walks around the neighborhood before it gets too hot. It is so beautiful, especially in the shade – lol! Summerlin is quite lovely (similar to Irvine, CA) and the best place to live in Las Vegas, in our opinion, and where you can find more California transplants than anywhere else in the Valley, but our old neighborhood in Southern Highlands still holds our heart.

I thought I’d share a few videos from my morning walks taken from my iphone (still working on my “YouTube” voice – lol!) And in the third video, I mistakenly called the new condos “apartments.” Ooops!

I haven’t figured out how to add captions to correct wrong information, and not sure I will take the time to figure it out. My youtube adventures are just for fun, as writing and music are my main priorities. But sharing videos is also a creative endeavor so you never know. I may even get out the GoPro again.

Hope you enjoy a peek into this new Las Vegas world we’re experiencing – at least for the moment. 🙂

Neighborhood Park, Summerlin (Las Vegas)

Single Family Homes, Summerlin (Las Vegas)

Townhome Community (with peek at new Condos), Summerlin (Las Vegas)

Brunching From Las Vegas to Disney World to Disneyland (#Writer’sLife)

Brunch seems to have hit it big everywhere these days! Weekend brunch, that is. From Las Vegas to Disney World to Disneyland even. with the latest brunch place being Lamplight Lounge in DCA at Disneyland Resort. Check out the video below. We’re definitely adding that to our next trip plans.

Okay, so we miss being able to just drop into Disney World when we were living in Florida. That is always the difficulty when we move back to Vegas. And brunching at the resorts and Disney Springs was one of our favorite activities.

But I have to laugh when I think back to when I was first writing and submitting to RWA (Romance Writers of America) contests. My character was having brunch and one judge wrote that brunch would be way too expensive for my character. Totally ridiculous! She wasn’t poverty-striicken, but an average working girl who could definitely spring for a brunch. Mind you this was years ago before the brunch phenomenon hit but there were plenty of brunches out there. Obviously this RWA member was unaware of brunch. Maybe she came from a small Midwestern town and was clueless. And so I quit submitting my work to contests.

Back in the day, Las Vegas (Reno, Tahoe, etc) was the place to brunch and food, especially brunch, was quite affordable. The latest trend here isn’t brunch because everybody has brunch, but it’s Happy Hour during those brunching hours. Our favorite place for brunch time Happy Hour is Bobby Mao’s (I wrote about it here).

Anyway, check out Mr. CheezyPop’s brunch experience at Lamplight Lounge:

Catching up with Galaxy’s Edge and Las Vegas Local Stuff

While I catch up with the DIS Unplugged Galaxy’s Edge coverage, I thought I’d post some stuff about catching up with some of our favorite local hangouts – some old, some new.

One of the few sit down restaurants in our old neighborhood is Famous Dave’s BBQ. We hadn’t been there for years but while we were revisiting the neighborhood on Saturday, we thought we’d sit down and have some lunch. They are now offering lunch specials, calories listed, so it was much easier to choose a reasonable meal.

Rich:

Texas Beef Brisket (with Sweet & Zesty sauce added)
Piled high with hand-seasoned, hickory-smoked Texas Beef Brisket
Dave’s Cheesy Mac & Cheese

Kathy:

BBQ Tacos

Flour tortilla filled with pico de gallo, cilantro and fresh jalapeño
Our homestyle version blended with four cheeses
Wilbur’s beans

We each had a glass of Blue Moon, although neither of us finished it. All was delicious, and it was awesome to be back in the neighborhood.

One of our new discoveries is Bobby Mao’s Chinese Kitchen & Mexican Cuisine, located in the former Chevy’s (officially Henderson).  We were so disappointed when so many Chevy’s closed out here, including the one in Vegas, but we’ve come to love Bobby Mao’s. So far, we’ve been focusing on the Mexican menu: Carne Asada Street Tacos (6 to share), chips, salsa and guac, and Margarita for me and beer for Rich, all on the Sunday lunch Happy Hour Menu.

The big surprise for this time was addition of live music was awesome. We were seated to the sounds of “Route 66.” At first we thought it was on a playlist but then we noticed the musician sitting on stage – Calvin Brooks – he was pretty amazing!

Check out his credentials on his web site. I’m dumbfounded that we got to see him perform while eating lunch. That’s Vegas for you – kinda cool! So much talent in this town, and you never know where it’s going to pop up.

Money Pit, Kitty Haven, Awesome Studio

The master toilet was leaking. Rich took a photo to submit for repair but, first, after work he planned to see if he could tighten it and maybe that would do the trick. In the meantime, the second floor toilet decided to stop up. I got out the handy plunger and while I seemed to be making progress, I gave it a final flush and it blew like a volcano. Huge amounts of water regurgitating round after round.

I called Rich and while talking to him, I did my best to turn off the water but first turned in the wrong direction. Finally, I got the water off and Rich was on his way and I started mopping up the volume of water all over the bathroom and kitchen floor. Thankfully, it didn’t get beyond that.

Rich called the plumber – the company we’d used before when we lived here – and they sent out a technician within two hours. So all is well that end’s well – just our bank account is a bit lighter. Sure, we could have submitted it for repair but the soonest anybody would come out for an “emergency,” if they deem it one, is 48 hours. On most cases, they have a full 30 days to repair something. So, we’re pretty much getting the fixes done ourselves. What a money pit.

I’ve never really had to deal with anything like this before. Most of my life – childhood and adult – I’ve lived in new homes or had a 24-hour apartment maintenance service. Nothing like finally learning some basics at my age – lol!

We are settling in here, and it’ll be good to get most of the things fixed on our list. The cats are loving it! Daisy loves the master bedroom on the third floor – it’s her queendom, and both cats love the stairs.

I’m loving my studio. We got a really nice automatic portable heater that’s working well for the cooler time of year. And just before the hot weather arrives, we’ll make sure they do fix the A/C in here. Something about a missing remote and/or locked box – maybe. Guess we’ll find out then. Hopefully.

I really love having a separate space for my writing and music – especially for music. I stayed out here all day yesterday.

Studio

Balcony between house and studio

Studio setup

What a Difference a Year Makes

It’s shocking to note how different our lives were one year ago. There we were in January 2018, new owners of a Florida beach house, buying new furniture, getting new kitty, new car, settling in, so pleased to see how much Skipper loved the single story – he never did like our two-story house in Vegas – not the stairs anyway.

And here we are in January 2019, Skipper is gone, my dad is gone, Rich’s dad is gone, and now his aunt is gone. Such losses and we feel every one! On the house front, here we are making repair lists for a rental home in Las Vegas, a bit shocked at the new home prices in Vegas (so outrageous, they’re bound to crash and burn again – does nobody learn anything?), Disneyland prices, and travel prices in general. I blame the vloggers on YouTube. 🙂

All in all, I’m very happy to be here. It’s home. The morning desert sun peeks through the red-tiled roofs of the neighboring houses and I feel like I’m in California. The Summerlin/Red Rock area is so very nice, if you don’t mind high-density living, but, then, that’s Vegas just about everywhere now. Forget backyards – we used to feel so smug at the size of our Southern Highland backyard – but now you’re lucky to have a driveway. I guess the desert is precious land now. Must conserve the dirt – lol!

We’ve been having such fun catching up on old and new favorite places, returning to our church, which is such a blessing.

Well, I think this just about catches us up with the whole “Florida beach house to Las Vegas RV boat house” report. Moving forward, we’ll be planning our first trip back to Disneyland this spring before the whole Star Wars hysteria begins.

Red Rock Casino – you might recall we stayed there last August on Rich’s business trip – a trip that was the instigator to calling us back home, both job-wise and personal-wise.

 

Hussong’s – there are two Vegas locations of the famous Hussong’s in Ensenada where the Margarita was invented.

Video captured from one of our cruises to Ensenada, Mexico.