Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Casting a long shadow--as seasons change!

The mantis was sunning himself on the wall next to our Starbucks drive-thru window. He obviously was enjoying the long shadow he was casting, because they said he had been there for several hours!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Street Vibrations in Reno

Harley Davidson riders of all ages, shapes and genders were in Reno, Carson City and Virginia City last weekend. It was great to see all the beautiful custom bikes on display at the Silver Legacy during Street Vibrations. I like this silhouette of one of the bikes.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Snake !!!

Today the kids were riding the Razor Scooters in the court and encounter this dead snake in the road. They were total mesmerized and every time they road by they would have to stop and look again just to make sure it was really dead... Photo by Debbie

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Pulling Sponge Bob's Strings

Pull the strings on this Sponge Bob Pinata...--a new approach to pinata breaking..the kids took turns pulling on the strings..causing the bottom to break open to spill out the goodies!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Heirloom Tomatoes

Delicious heirloom tomatoes are thriving in Kurt and Christy's organic garden.
Christy is a master at creating fresh salsa, bruschetta and pasta sauce using the fresh herbs and vegetables from their bounty. Since the arrival of our grandchildren, our family has fashioned a tradition of gathering at our house for Sunday supper most weeks...and enjoying the fresh garden vegetables that are in season is wonderful.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Two front teeth

Do you remember when you lost your two front teeth. First grade?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Redwood Park in West Sacramento

An elegant little park on Redwood Avenue..Redwood Park has picnic areas
and horseshoe pits....and best of all very few people even know about it. Photo
by Debbie.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The shoe mystery

Abandoned shoes today!! Photos by Debbie.

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Ivy Cottage

Part of the charm of West Sacramento are homes such as this Ivy Cottage, located in the area that the old-timers fondly refer to as the State Streets. Photo by Debbie

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Rudy's Hide Away

Rudy's Hideaway off Highway 50 in Rancho Cordova has been serving the Sacramento area for 35 years. I remember having a 16 ounce lobster tail there that was pretty good and cheap. --I've heard they have remodeled and updated the place recently; we haven't been there in a few years, but I think the graphics on their truck reflect the old Rudy's image! ~ Barbara

Trivia from Florene in West Sacramento: The original owner of Rudy's was a neighbor of mine in Rosemont, back in the early 70s. And Rudy's was one of Aerojet employees' favorite watering holes and dining spots back then.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

New Barber Shop on 15th Street

A new Barber Shop is now open in the old West Sacramento Cleaners Building on Fifteenth Street. Photo by Debbie

According to a West Sacramento Historical Society publication, the West Sacramento Cleaners Building on the corner of Fifteenth Street and Virgina Avenue was built in 1946 by Hubert and Grace Beers. Mrs. Beers sold the building in 1971. At one time there was also a restaurant on one side of the building.

Over the years it has housed Sam Young Studios, Blanche's Flowers and Gifts and several other types of business residences. View a photo of this building last March.~ Barbara

Friday, September 19, 2008

DBI -- Great Artwork on Vehicles

Look for the DBI Beverage, Inc.trucks in West Sacramento. Their vehicles have great artwork representing their range of products! ~ Debbie

DBI operates distributorships in five markets: Memphis, Napa, San Francisco, San Jose, and Sacramento and supply thousands of retail accounts with a wide variety of domestic, craft and import beers, specialty waters, energy drinks and soft drinks. Their local distribution facility on Carlin Drive in West Sacramento.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

In-N-Out Burger on Ikea Court Coming Soon

I know not everyone loves fast food, but an In-N-Out Burger is the exception and many residents are very excited we will have our own. Great, fresh made food and friendly service make it a family favorite! In-N-Out Burger - Welcome
Photo and post by Debbie

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

More Urban Art on Maryland Avenue

We found this cool mural on someone's house on Maryland Avenue. ~ Debbie

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

House Mural on Anna and Holland

These mural pictures were taken of a house on the corner of Anna and Holland. We love the creative and artistic talents in our neighborhoods!~ Debbie

Monday, September 15, 2008

Soccer at Bryte Park Soccer Field

We went by the Bryte Park Soccer Field this morning to take pictures. There were 5 or 6 games going on at once! Here is a link to their web page. West Sacramento Soccer Club
Photos by Debbie

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Church for Lease on Lisbon Avenue

Remember this site? Formerly the location of that quonset hut church building? A new church is under construction, but what I thought was interesting is that the Church is for lease! Photo and post by Debbie

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Bryte Community Garden

Community gardens transform empty lots into green, living spaces. They are collaborative projects created by members of the community; residents share in both the maintenance and rewards of the garden. There are an estimated 10,000 community gardens within U.S. cities. Photo by Debbie.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Remembering Ground Zero

Local resident, John Vinson erects this display on Jefferson Blvd each year to mark the memorial of September 11th. Photos by Debbie

More photos of this memorial taken by Florene Kunder of West Sacramento can be viewed at Webshots.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

California Highway Patrol Academy in West Sacramento

The CHP Academy is located in West Sacramento on Reed Avenue. The campus features a monument dedicated to fallen officers. ~Debbie

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Staying Cool in Baja

This gas station attendant has a practical solution for keeping the sun out of his eyes!
Thanks to Cathy P. in Mulege for sending this great photo.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Emile "Whitey" Boisclair 1919-2003

Emile "Whitey" Boisclair Park (dedicated and named in honor of home town hero and founder of Whitey's Jolly Kone on Jefferson Boulevard) is located at 1728 Lake Washington Blvd (Behind Nugget Market) The park features mature Heritage Oak Trees; a tot play structure; picnic area; BBQs; full basketball court; turf play area; walking path and through-block connections. ~ Debbie

Monday, September 8, 2008

A Fish Cupcake Cake

This clever cupcake "fish" cake was baked by our WalMart Bakery.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

A Playground For Dogs

Canine exercise yard at UC Davis.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Friday, September 5, 2008

Saturday morning yard sale at Jefferson and Higgins

Saturday morning yard sale at--so many interesting finds and I personally love to search out unique treasures. Officials in West Sacramento are considering an ordinance limiting how many garage sales residents can hold. Maybe it is time for the city to sponsor a flea market for our community sellers!

Around the region, ordinances on residential yard sales vary:

• Sacramento has a limit of one per calendar year, not to exceed two consecutive days.
• Sacramento County allows up to three sales per year at the property where the sale operator resides. The sale may not exceed two consecutive days.
• Folsom limits residents to two garage sales a year.
• Citrus Heights limits a parcel to no more than three sales per year, of no more than two consecutive days.
• Rancho Cordova allows three sales a year, of no more than six straight days.
• Elk Grove allows three weekends a year.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Kinder Happy Hippo

Kinder Happy Hippo is a cookie/candy made by Ferrero SpA, the same company that makes Nutella, Kinder Surprise and Tic Tacs, among other candies. Visiting grad student Barbara Gandolfi brough this Happy Hippo treat from Italy where they are all the rage.

Trivia: "Happy Hippo were made famous by a smash-hit commercial where a CGI-animated Hippo sang The Lion Sleeps Tonight while a CGI dog tried to distract it/catch its attention by dancing to the music in increasingly funny and bizarre ways. It has an unusual name for a biscuit, stemming from the character "Happy Hippo" (a cartoon hippopotamus) created by the French designer André Roche for the Ferrero chocolate hit "Kinder Surprise Eggs"."

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Side by Side

Miss Gray Kitty adopted us after her family moved away last year. She has now adopted the kitty lawn ornament as her buddy to hang out with. I guess she feels safe taking a snooze when lawn kitty is on watch. ~ Barbara

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Nugget Market Annual “Bag Off” competition

Grocery Bagger's from many other local Nugget Market Stores were gathered last weekend at our West Sacramento Store practicing for the annual Nugget MarketBag Off” competition.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Theme Day: Our Sister City, Alaminos, Republic of the Philippines.

Jemima Hall provided the above photos that were taken during her trip to visit Alaminos, and the 100 Islands National Park.~ Barbara

On January 15th, 2003, the West Sacramento City Council adopted Resolution 03-2 establishing a Sister City relationship with the city of Alaminos, Republic of the Philippines. This was done in response to the City Council of Alaminos Resolution No. 2002-130, which initiated a request for such a relationship. The relationship was formalized with the signing of a Sister City Agreement which was hand-delivered by West Sacramento City Council Member Mark Montemayor during his trip to the Philippines during late January 2003. One of the elements of the Agreement was to link web pages to inform the citizenry about each other's city.

Click here to view thumbnails for all participants in this months theme day.