Thank you Anneke Moresco, wildlife veterinarian at UC Davis, for sharing this great photo. "One of my patients. Anna's Hummingbird nests are made out of spiderwebs, feathers and lichen. They stretch as the babies grow, this way there is always a snug but not too tight fit (this one is missing a sibling). The ultimate one-size fits all."
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Thank you Alicia Cameron for sharing this photo of her Chihuahua "Lolita" in her special car seat. These sassy little dogs are well known as "purse dogs" like the famous Bruiser in the movie Legally Blonde.
According to the AKC, The Chihuahua’s history is shrouded in mystery, but some believe he originated from the Fennec Fox, a very small animal with big eyes and ears, which could explain the tiny frame, luminous eyes and large ears on the breed today. Chihuahua’s were used in religious ceremonies and were pets to the upper class. The breed derives its name from the Mexican State of Chihuahua, where the earliest specimens of the breed were found.
Posted by Barbara at Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
John Harvey Kellogg (February 26, 1852 – December 14, 1943) was an American medical doctor in Battle Creek, Michigan, who ran a sanitarium using holistic methods, with a particular focus on nutrition, enemas and exercise. Kellogg was an advocate of vegetarianism and is best known for the invention of the corn flakes breakfast cereal with his brother, Will Keith Kellogg.
Posted by Barbara at Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Eternal blooms that only plastic flowers can offer are displayed with an assortment of garden sculpture in this neighborhood yard. No watering, weeding or feeding required. Every year the display changes slightly..with new varieties added as the colors fade..
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Safeway's Signature Cafe on West Capitol Avenue offers a great place to have lunch and also has Free WiFi! We especially love their Artisan Turkey Breast sandwich. Use your club card in the store to buy 7 sandwiches and the 8th is free!
Posted by Barbara at Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Thank you Joan Barber for sharing this photo she shot at St. Joseph Church on the River Road in Clarksburg. Father Dan Madigan recently rescued these two ponies. Last week he paraded them into the church and introduced them as the new parishioners. They have Irish names of course--Mick and Moss--named after his two brothers in Ireland :-)
Monday, February 22, 2010
Thank you Janine Vine for sharing this photo of her backyard in bloom. Our city of West Sacramento has so many beautiful trees in bloom right now.. How we love spring...achoo, atchoo, achew, and atishoo!
Posted by Barbara at Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
A little more light and a bit more warmth creep into the days bringing new life and signs of spring...my favorite season! In the vast majority of Northern Hemisphere locations, spring occurs during the months of March, April and May. According to the Celtic tradition, which is based solely on daylight and the strength of the noon sun, spring begins in early February and continues until early May.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Thank you Greg Price for sharing these pictures from their visit to the Sacramento Waterfowl Refuge. Located in northern California's Sacramento Valley, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex, helps provide habitat (resting and feeding areas) for more than 40 percent of the Pacific Flyway's wintering waterfowl.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
We stopped by the Sandwich Stop to try their sandwiches because everyone has been raving about how great it is. Well, we agree...and the food preparers are full of personality and aim to please! I had the Bay View and it was totally delicious and huge! We learned that the owner was a partner in the Mister Pickles Deli and is in that same spot in the shopping center located at 3015 West Capitol Avenue.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
We took this photo last August of one of the Sumatran Tigers housed at our Sacramento Zoo. Since the last Year of the Tiger 12 years ago, the worldwide population of wild tigers has almost halved to 3,200. What do Chinese Astrologers predict for The Year of the Tiger? Watch this video on Youtube What will the Year of the Tiger hold for the world?
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Happy Valentines Day! What better way to say it than with delicious pancakes prepared by Christy Jourdan (my daughter) a kitchen volunteer at the weekly Sunday breakfast at the West Sacramento Moose Lodge.
One theory is that Valentines Day was fashioned from Courtly Love (medieval Europe) ....a secret romance between members of the nobility..It was also generally not practiced between husband and wife.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
The West Sacramento Moose is hosting a Mardi Gras Party to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on Saturday February 20th at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $25 in advance for gumbo and other delicious cajun-style food, plus live music by Ron Bombardier & the Bayou Boys. WS Moose is located at 3240 Jefferson Blvd. Tickets can be purchased from Debbie Johnson at 916-600-1652 or Buddy Linker at 371-6303.
Saturday, Feb 20 6:30p at the West Sacramento Moose Lodge, West Sacramento, CA
Ron Bombardier is a native of West Sacramento and many enjoyed his Cajun music at West Sacramento Parks & Recreation Grand Opening of the Delta Gardens Park.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
This diva was showing off her dangerous stunt driving techniques on Jefferson Boulevard. With a cigarette in her left hand and a cell phone in her right..she was careening down the road swerving left to right. I was going to let her know that her unique driving abilities were illegal in California but Debbie advised I should take care...she could be a "kamikraze" driver.
Posted by Barbara at Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
This poster is part of the historical photo collection on display at SAFE Credit Union in Southport Town Center (courtesy of the West Sacramento Historical Society, California California State Library-California Room Collection). See more about the celebration that was held for the opening of the causeway in 1916.
Posted by Barbara at Monday, February 08, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Per Cindy "Airline ticket to China - $750; New hiking boots - $125; Hat, scarf and gloves - $20; Walking on the Great Wall... PRICELESS. Having gone to China in the dead of Winter has its advantages, as you can see the Wall is empty! You can look at pictures and read numerous stories about the Wall, but until you are actually there, nothing captures the overwhelming feeling you get actually being on site! As I walked the Wall, I was overwhelmed from the sense of history and personal sacrifice that the Wall represents. At one point I just sat down and cried!"
Trivia: From 1992 to 1996, Cindy Tuttle was the mayor and a city council member of West Sacramento, and she sang with her "gang of local celebrities band" at our wedding in 1994!
Saturday, February 6, 2010
The Bryte Post Office at 1548 Lisbon Avenue was established in 1915 to serve the neightborhood community and now the Postal Service is considering closing this little branch post office. It is urgent that West Sacramento residents complete a survey and mail it before February 10, 2010. Please see this website: http://www.bryteandbroderick.org/SaveBrytePO.cfm for more information.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Thank you Tamara Carr for sharing this beautiful shot of the view from her office window in the new CalSTRS Building in West Sacramento. Tamara said as soon as the haze and clouds are gone she will send us a spring time photo of Raley Field!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Thank you Rich for sharing these photos of folks working out at a new private gym in West Sacramento called Crossfit West Sacramento. Per Rich "Crossfit opened a few months ago and I've been a member since the beginning. Their website is http://www.crossfitwestsac.com/ . It's a pretty intense fitness facility that's open for everyone to try...."
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Hello--is it spring yet? This is not a ground hog...but a curious squirrel that jumped up to greet me. The groundhog or woodchuck is a rodent belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots.
Trivia: Tradition has it that if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow on Groundhog Day—always February 2—winter weather will continue for six more weeks across the United States. But if Phil doesn't see his shadow, then spring temperatures are just around the corner.