Monday Morning Memo

October 26, 2020                Esperanza Estates                    Green Valley, AZ
Mystery Spot
Where is this spot in Esperanza Estates?
Photo by Hugh Rhine
8:30 AM
8:00-10:00 AM
Pickleball Time Change
It's getting cooler in the mornings, so Pickleball is changing the play time to 8 to 10 am, everyday.  Greg Gramstad, Pickleball Master, says they have plenty of room for more players, and all are welcome.  If you want to learn the game, you can get lots of help there.
Annual Craft Sale
There have been a few inquiries about whether the Annual EE Craft Sale will be held this year, which is normally held the first Saturday in December.  At this point, during this year of COVID, last year's organizer, Robin Lockwood, has declined organizing a large event at the Ramada. If anyone else wants to jump on board and organize something that meets health and safety criteria for the state and for the Ramada, or to plan an alternate option, please feel free to volunteer.  Please contact Robin for information and last year's participant list at, or at 612-618-5582.  Stay safe and keep on crafting.
A Place For Memorials
In case you were not aware of it, we encourage people to leave memorials in our Ramada. There are two ways you can do this: the first by having a brick inscribed for a loved one, special event, date, or some other item for memorialization, which will become a permanent part of a special section of the Ramada floor. The cost is $50 which covers the cost of having the inscription made and also includes a donation to the HOA for Ramada maintenance. The second way you may leave a memorial in the Ramada is on our Pet Post, located in the southeast corner. If you have or have had a pet who occupies a special place in your life that you would like to have forever remembered, you may add a plaque to your pet's memory at the nominal cost of $25, which covers the cost of the plaque and its installation and future care.  If you think you might be interested in either of the above items, or if you have questions, please call Tom Cooke at 520-399-0455.
A Friendly Reminder About Street Lamps

Our Esperanza-Estates residents are reminded of the following:

1. The CCR's of our subdivision require that all homeowners must keep their street lamp in working condition. This includes time when you may not be in residence. It is not permissible to turn off your electricity if you leave for the season.

2. The only lightbulb allowed for use is a 60 watt CFS Type, which the HOA will supply free of charge. Any other type of bulb will be removed.
3. Should your bulb need replacement, or if you observe a neighbors street lamp not working, please call 399-0455 for replacement which will be made for you or your neighbor at no charge.
4. If your lamp fails to work after the bulb has been changed, or if the bulb stays on during the daytime, in most cases that means the sensor needs replacement. This is the responsibility of the owner.
5. If you have questions please call 520-399-0455.
Your Board thanks you for your compliance.
Caring Connections is a way to share information about EE neighbors who may be experiencing a health crisis or need a little pick me up so neighbors can reach out to provide assistance.  If you know of a situation, please call Judy Hayes, 720-201-9260, or email
  • This is also an opportunity to welcome new EE residents.  Welcome to Darren, Penny, and Mike Wiemer, 974 Regalo.
Pima County Voting Information
Curbside ballot drop off is currently available at The Good Shepherd Church,
17750 S. La Canada.  Early Voting starts today, Oct. 26, and Emergency Voting will start next Saturday, Oct. 31.

Early Voting:
10/26 through 10/30
Monday - Friday
9 am - 5 pm

Emergency Voting:
Saturday, 10/31, 9 am - 3 pm
Monday, 11/2, 8 am - 5 pm
Tuesday, November 3, 6 am 7 pm

For more voting information, please see: or call the elections department in Pima County at 520-724-4330.
You can check the status of your Ballot By Mail at this link on the Pima County Recorder website.
Dividing and Transplanting Perennials
By Mary Kidnocker for the Green Valley News
Source:  Green Valley News, October 18, 2020
Dividing and transplanting perennials is recommended every few years to refresh blooming and give the plants adequate growing room. Many are long-lived so, over several seasons, crowding occurs. This is when they need to be divided and transplanted or spaced out. With more growing space, the invigorated plants gain better air flow and more light. It is recommended to divide most perennials every three to four years, or when growth and blooming are noticeably decreasing. In certain cases you may notice the mother plant, usually in the center of a cluster, beginning to show signs of weakening and dying. Autumn is the best time to divide most herbaceous perennials because the soil is still warm enough to stimulate new root growth. Also the season's cooler air lessens the shock created when the plants are split apart and uprooted. Among plants that are commonly grown in our area and require periodic division are: Gaura, Penstemon, Catmint, Day Lily, Society Garlic, Mexican Purple Sage, Candelilla, Ruellia, Iris and Artemisia. Healthy bulb plants that should also be divided every few years include: Rain Lily, Freesia, Spider Lily and Amaryllis.
Good News..."The Whales are Singing"
Because of lower tourism in Alaska this year, far fewer whale watching boats are out in the bays. The result? The whales are singing loudly and more often. They are also resting and socializing more. Researcher Michelle Fournet said it was the first time in human history that they have been able to use their technology to listen to the whales without any human interference noise. The humpback whales are so happy! (The Week, for the week of 10/23/2020)
Source:  GVC Newsletter, 10/22/20
National Cat Day, Thursday, October 29
National Cat Day is this Thursday, a time to celebrate our aloof, low maintenance, furry friends and their unconditional love.  But, what about National Dog Day, a time to celebrate "man's best friend?"  National Dog Day was August 26.  After a short bit of research, here's a complete list of pet holidays.  Might need to post this on the fridge...not likely to remember all of these.  
Thanks, Neighbor Tom Cooke
Source: Belly Full
Source: Heirloom Traditions Paint
Last night my neighbor came home drunk, and banged on his own door for like five minutes.  Problem is, he lives alone, so I went outside and told him he wasn't home, so he left.
Thanks, Neighbor Jim Sollars
Two little boys were at a wedding and one leaned over the other and asked, "How many wives can a man have?"  His friend answered, "Sixteen....four better, four worse, four richer, and four poorer."
Source:  I might be Funny
My girlfriend broke up with me when she discovered I only had 9 toes.
Sadly, she has lack toes intolerance.
Source: Humor Train
Just went into the shop and said "Can I pay by card?"
Shop assistant said "No problem, what card do you have?"
I said "The six of spades."
Source:  Humor Train
DIET TIP: if you think you're hungry, you might just be thirsty. Drink a pitcher of margaritas and see how you feel.
Source:  Just For Jokes
I'm fairly certain that the person who put the first r in February also decided how to spell Wednesday.
Source: Cracked But Not Broken
Please share your jokes....Judy Hayes at  
Let's keep Esperanza Estates laughing!!
The Mystery Spot picture is a beautiful Arizona sunset taken on the EE Trail near our Pickleball Courts. 
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