Friday, December 31, 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR






AS 2010 ENDS AND 2011 ARRIVES
HAPPY NEW YEAR
FROM OUR HOUSE TO YOURS
WISHING YOU A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR

Sunday, December 26, 2010

SHOPPING AND OUR DRIVE HOME

I woke up this morning, and told my husband I would like to go shopping for some new jeans. So off to the Mall we went. I had not been to the Mall in about a year and it was a lot of fun shopping but somewhat frustrating. We have 2 Kohl's and 2 Target's here, where we live and a skeleton of a Mall as the economy stopped that from completion.

The thing that is very hard for me to find is jeans long enough for me and not stretch as they do not go back to the size and the way that they fit after washing and drip drying them. I was told by a Manager at Kohl's that my Gloria Vanderbilt's are made all over the place except the USA. Today I was told by a Manager at J C Penney's that all of the jeans are now made in Shri Lanka, Egypt, Mexico, Omad, etc., none in the USA. The quality is terrible and not many brands to choose from. She and my husband found a few pair and I bought one after trying them on, to see how these work out for me. What ever happened to good old USA made denim jeans?? We did a bit more shopping at the Mall and headed home.

My husband decided to take the country roads home. The sky was so beautiful that
we turned right on a road for me to take some photos.





Little did we know that there would be an
extraordinary donkey and sheep,
all obviously well taken care of.



The donkey turned to glance at us



Then it stopped and stared at us
It was so muddy between the road and the fence
that I could not get closer and probably just as well



As we drove away the donkey ran along the fence
at the pace of our car
How I wanted to stop and take it home
Something so special had happened
My husband asked me as we left if I was crying
and I said yes
How I wish my last two photos did not come out so blurry
THIS DONKEY MADE MY DAY!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

CHRISTMAS 2010


On Christmas Eve, my nephew arrived
and soon after fell fast asleep.
We ate dinner and let him sleep.



My sleepy nephew was woke
to eat dinner and open gifts



Oscar was ready for Christmas



Something nice and warm



Our son put on a few things
he got, right away



Hubby got a very funny hat



My nephew took a big bite out of his
Chocolate Santa
with one front permanent tooth, so cute.
Then they were on their way.



Christmas Day, we exchanged our gifts
and since we were
having no company,
we spent Christmas Day relaxing.


It is hard to believe that Christmas is over
once again
hope you all had a wonderful Christmas 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

MERRY CHRISTMAS 2010









MERRY CHRISTMAS
FROM OUR HOUSE TO YOURS

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER


** True Story of Rudolph**

A man named Robert L. May, depressed and brokenhearted, stared out his drafty apartment window into the chilling December night.

His 4-year-old daughter Barbara sat on his lap quietly sobbing.

Bobs wife, Evelyn, was dying of cancer. Little Barbara couldn't understand why her mommy could never come home. Barbara looked up into her dad's eyes and asked, "Why isn't Mommy just like everybody else's Mommy?" Bob's jaw tightened and his eyes welled with tears.

Her question brought waves of grief, but also of anger. It had been the story of Bob's life. Life always had to be different for Bob.

Small when he was a kid, Bob was often bullied by other boys.

He was too little at the time to compete in sports. He was often called names he'd rather not remember. From childhood, Bob was different and never seemed to fit in.
Bob did complete college, married his loving wife
and was grateful to get his job as a copywriter at Montgomery Ward during the Great Depression. Then he was blessed with his little girl. But it was all short-lived. Evelyn's bout with cancer stripped them of all their savings and now Bob and his daughter were forced to live in a two-room apartment in the Chicago slums. Evelyn died just days before Christmas in 1938.

Bob struggled to give hope to his child, for whom he couldn't even afford to buy a Christmas gift. But if he couldn't buy a gift, he was determined a make one - a storybook!

Bob had created an animal character in his own mind and told the animal's story to little Barbara to give her comfort and hope.
Again and again, Bob told the story, embellishing it more with each telling.

Who was the character? What was the story all about?
The story Bob May created was his own autobiography in fable form. The character he created was a misfit outcast like he was.

The name of the character? A little reindeer named Rudolph, with a big shiny nose. Bob finished
the book just in time to give it to his little girl on Christmas Day.But the story doesn't end there.

The general manager of Montgomery Ward caught wind of the little storybook and offered Bob May a nominal fee to purchase the rights to print the book. Wards went on to print, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and distribute it to children visiting Santa Claus in their stores.
By 1946, Wards had printed and distributed more than six million copies of Rudolph.

That same year, a major publisher wanted to purchase the rights from Wards to print an updated version of the book.
In an unprecedented gesture of kindness, the CEO of Wards returned all rights back to Bob May.

The book became a best seller.

Many toy and marketing deals followed and Bob May, now remarried with a growing family, became wealthy from the story he created to comfort his grieving daughter.
But the story doesn't end there either.

Bob's brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, made a song adaptation to Rudolph. Though the song was turned down by such popular vocalists as Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore, it was recorded by the singing cowboy, Gene Autry.

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was released in 1949 and became a phenomenal success, selling more records than any other Christmas song, with the exception of "White Christmas."

The gift of love that Bob May created for his daughter so long ago kept on returning back to bless him again and again.
And Bob May learned the lesson, just like his dear friend Rudolph, that being different isn't so bad.
In fact, being different can be a blessing.

* MERRY CHRISTMAS 2010*

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

TURKEY SOUP

We have been enjoying our left over turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy until that is gone in the next day or two. Last night we made a large pot of turkey soup. With the weather gloomy, cold and rainy, it is a wonderful comfort food. I hope you are all enjoying this week of Christmas, staying warm where it is cold and cool where it is warm and looking forward to the festivities.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

BUSY DAY TODAY

Turkeys went on sale during the week, so I picked one up and today hubby and I made a stuffed BBQ'd turkey dinner with all the trimmings. It was so good. Now we have left overs and soup to make in the next day or two. We also made two dozen Oatmeal cookies. It is a busy time of the year yet very festive. Hope you all had a great weekend.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERIK


Happy Birthday to my wonderful son, Erik. It is hard to believe that 26 years ago you came into my life and changed it forever. Enjoy your day. Love and hugs, Mom

WHAT A WONDERFUL CONCERT - Tuesday 12/7/2010

Tonight, our local JC Jazz Band that my son is in performed at the downtown plaza in Sacramento. Wish I had a photo to put up, but they did not come out too good. The memory of a wonderful night remains with me. A variety of Christmas songs and Jazz music filled the air and was enjoyed by many.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

HAPPY HOLIDAYS


I bought this little living tree
to enjoy
and plant after Christmas
to have for years to come.
I hope you enjoy it as well.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL


It is an absolutely beautiful day to celebrate Thanksgiving.
I hope all have had a wonderful day and safe travel
for those traveling.

Monday, November 22, 2010

A WONDERFUL SURPRISE



My good friend Carol, surprised me with
this beautifully crocheted jacket that she
made and gave to me, this past weekend.
I love it.
She is so talented as she also made for me
the beautiful silver heart shaped necklace
with a paw print that I am wearing,
in memory of my 18 year old cat
that passed away last year.
She can be located at her silver website
which also links you to her Blogs
silver-byfire.com
Thank you so much Carol, for the surprise and
the wonderful Friendship we have.


Friday, November 19, 2010

IT'S RAINING, IT'S POURING AND IT'S COLD

What a change from the warm weather. Will take some getting used to. Gutters cleaned, (check) shrubs all trimmed back (check), warm meals to eat (check), Winter clothes out (check) and sitting here freezing, definitely. Hoping the weather lady has Thanksgiving correct with no rain and a little warmer.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

NOTHING LIKE A BEAUTIFUL SUNSET - 11/13/2010











Walked out of the last store on our grocery list today
and
this was the view
beyond the field as we turned to drive away.
Pulled over and stopped the car.
Got out
and took several photos.
How I love a beautiful sunset
after a sunny day and beautiful Fall day.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

TODAY IS SAXOPHONE DAY - 11/6/2010


IT IS SAXOPHONE DAY
SUCH GREAT MEMORIES OF HIGH SCHOOL
AND MY SON PLAYING TENOR SAXOPHONE
IN MARCHING AND JAZZ BAND
HE CONTINUES TO PLAY IN A JAZZ BAND TODAY


When : Always November 6th

Saxophone Day is today. The Saxophone is a classical woodwind instrument. It is an essential instrument in jazz bands, symphonic bands, marching bands and more. It's only fitting that this great instrument has a day of recognition all to its own.

The Saxophone was invented around 1840. It was created by Adolphe Sax, a Belgian musical instrument maker. The sax is made of brass.

Adophe Sax invented 8 types of saxophones: Sopranino, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone, Bass, Contrabass, and Subcontrabass. The first Saxophone ever created was the Bass Saxophone. A 9th type of Saxophone, the Soprillo Saxophone, was invented in 2004. It is the smallest Saxophone.

Some famous Saxophone Players (Alphabetical order):

  • John Coltrane
  • Stan Getz
  • Coleman Randolph Hawkins "Hawk"
  • James Moody
  • Charlie "The Bird" Parker
  • Lester Prez Young

Happy Saxophone Day!!!

INFO FROM:

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/November/saxophoneday.htm

Friday, November 5, 2010

SUNRISE - 11/4/2010


I HAVE BEEN DETERMINED TO CATCH
A
BEAUTIFUL SUNRISE THIS SEASON
TODAY I MISSED THE BEST PART
BY ABOUT 10 MINUTES
BUT HERE IS WHAT I WAS ABLE TO GET
BEFORE THE TIME CHANGES
AND I HAVE TO WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

HALLOWEEN - OCTOBER 31, 2010









IN ALL OF THE EXCITEMENT
OF THE SF GIANTS GAMES
I FORGOT TO POST
OUR HALLOWEEN PHOTOS
HOPE YOU ALL HAD A FUN HALLOWEEN

Monday, November 1, 2010

OUR SF GIANTS ARE THE WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS - MONDAY NOVEMBER 1, 2010







GAME 5
SF GIANTS WIN THE WORLD SERIES
NOVEMBER 1, 2010
GIANTS 3 - RANGERS 1
PLAYED IN TEXAS

Sunday, October 31, 2010


GAME 4
2010 WORLD SERIES
GIANTS 4 - RANGERS 0
OCTOBER 31, 2010
ONE MORE GAME TO WIN
AND OUR GIANTS
TAKE THE WORLD SERIES

Saturday, October 30, 2010

WAYNE AND JOE AT GAME 3 OF THE 2010 WORLD SERIES IN ARLINGTON TEXAS

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Wayne Bascom (left) and Joe Bascom of San Angelo, Texas, ... Lea Suzuki / San Francisco Chronicle

Wayne Bascom (left) and Joe Bascom of San Angelo, Texas, show their support for the San Francisco Giants before Game 3 of the World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday.

Note: photo from SF Gate home of The San Francisco Chronicle

GAME 3
2010 WORLD SERIES
RANGERS 4 - GIANTS 2
OCTOBER 30, 2010
YOU CANNOT WIN THEM ALL
NOW TO WIN GAME 4
TOMORROW
IN TEXAS

Friday, October 29, 2010

MY PINEAPPLE SAGE



My Pineapple Sage is in bloom already.
We have had hummingbirds coming by
to get some nectar from the flowers.
It was early to see this as
I bought this plant last year and
decided to cut it back late in the season.
Getting the hang of this particular plant
and enjoying it so much as Pineapple
is a favorite of mine.
Rub the leaves between your fingers
and you smell fresh Pineapple.

OSCAR ENJOYING OUR EARLY AFTERNOON SUN






Oscar was meowing to go out back.
I could not resist and enjoyed watching him roll in the sun
this afternoon,
and took in a few rays myself.
Surprising how the birds come out when he does.
Tonight it is raining and Fall weather is setting in more and more.

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