Sunday, November 30, 2008

Will you walk into my parlour?" said the Spider to the Fly,

Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "to ask me is in vain, For who goes up your winding stair can ne'er come down again."

The Spider and the Fly
Mary Howitt

Saturday, November 29, 2008

A Piece of My Heart

The War in Afghanistan, which began on October 7, 2001 as the U.S. military operation Operation Enduring Freedom, was launched by the United States with the United Kingdom in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks. The stated purpose of the invasion was to capture Osama bin Laden, destroy al-Qaeda, and remove the Taliban regime which had provided support and safe harbor to al-Qaeda.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Bombay Fashions

Bombay Fashions is located in the shopping center at Harbor and West Capitol Avenue. They also have an on-line store call Trends of India featuring Indian fashion clothing, BOLLYWOOD jewelry and kids wear.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

No turkey and pumpkin pie for us this year will be fish tacos and Cerveza Sol by the pool on the Riveria Maya.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Holiday Traffic on I-80

Slow going on the freeway as folks start their holiday travel.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Cycle Jump

Josh shows off his cycle jump technique.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Goodwill Hunting

The Goodwill store on West Capitol Avenue is very busy in the daytime and evenings...with the the crunch on the economy it is a great opportunity for folks to think about purchasing recycled merchandise. It is good for the pocket book and for the environment!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Shopping at Cafe Europa

Europa Foods located in the shopping center at 2929 West Capitol Avenue has a great selection of Russian Foods.

Their websites advertises that they offer a travel agency, gift shop, florist, and European deli all under one roof.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Lunch at Tower Cafe

We went to Tower Cafe for Joan's Birthday lunch last weekend...What a great way to spend an afternoon-- we sat on the patio and had Asian salad and iced coffee surrounded by an eclectic grove of exotic plants and artwork.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Storing up for winter

This blue jay was collecting the nuts as fast as I could put them out...

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Wildlife Anatomy: The American Beaver

Beavers are fantastic swimmers, but they are very awkward on land. Their webbed feet are the size of Ping-Pong paddles and cause them to move very slowly on land. More about the American Beaver here.

Trivia: See the City of Elk Grove Beaver management program.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

West Sacramento Smog

Another interesting old building on West Capitol Avenue is the West Sacramento Smog at 1922 W Capitol Avenue.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Persimmons from Otow Orchard Fruit Stand

Otow Orchard Fruit Stand is located in Granite Bay and was recently featured on California Gold. Thanks to Florene and Laura for sending these great photos.

According to their website, here's what's at the fruitstand now:

  • Persimmons--Hachiya, Maru, Hyakume (vodka-treated), and Hoshigaki (dried)
  • Asian Pear--Okusankichi (seconds)
  • Pomegranates--white and red varieties
  • Quince
  • Walnuts--in the shell
  • Olives--cured
  • Vegetables--zucchini, hot chiles, garlic, Swiss chard and basil
  • Pumpkins
  • Gourds--lots of different kinds for decorating and crafting
James Beard's Amazing Persimmon Bread Recipe

Monday, November 17, 2008

Lower Northwest Interceptor-West Sacramento Force Main

The West Sacramento Force Main (WSFM) crosses the northern portion of the City of West Sacramento and consists of two 60-inch diameter pipes. The WSFM connects the Northern Sacramento River Crossing to the West Sacramento Transition Structure located near Linden Road. Photo courtesy EPC Consultants Inc. and Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District LNWI Program.

The Lower Northwest Interceptor route begins in Natomas and continues through the City of West Sacramento, through rural Yolo County and ends in Sacramento County at the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant (SRWTP) in Elk Grove.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sam Comb's Club House

The Club House/Family Center at Sam Comb's Park on Stone Boulevard is the location of the Discovery Preschool, a year around program sponsored by the City of West Sacramento.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Die-hard Raiders Fan

Tom decides that washing his Raider floor mats might help his team this weekend!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Mickey D's on Harbor Boulevard

Harbor Boulevard at West Capitol Avenue. A busy intersection and an absolute gold mine for people watching! See the older gentleman crossing the street with his rolling suit case ...when he got closer I saw he was very well dressed and about 70ish or so. I wonder what his story is? I'm hoping he was just out for a walk and found a deal on a suit case at a local flea market or garage sale....and not another worst-case scenario ....

Thursday, November 13, 2008

9th Hole Surprise

Found on the 9th hole at Haggin Oaks...obviously the folks in front of us felt sorry for our pathetic shots.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Kindermusik in West Sacramento

Pictured is Sunny Kira, Director and Educator of Music & Motion, a Kindermusik Program offered in West Sacramento.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veteran's Day: Honoring our Heros

An old Navy Salt-Tom meets the new Navy while we toured the Midway in San Diego. (Tom is a veteran of the Viet Nam War and served on the USS Eversole DD789 Destroyer )~ Barbara

Monday, November 10, 2008

Expon Exhibits

Some very interesting graphics painted on this vehicle parked in front of Expon Exhibits on South River Road. Their website gives more information about design services they offer to commercial clients. ExponHomepage

Sunday, November 9, 2008

U-Haul on West Capitol Avenue

This tall sign is still standing at the U-Haul on West Capitol Avenue. When you drive down the avenue all the old signs are gone now, replaced by the more "sedate" monument style signage that the City of West Sacramento's sign ordinance now requires.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Southport Elementary School's Mural

Debbie shot this photo of Southport Elementary School's Mural.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Peace garden blooming in West Sacramento

The International World Peace Rose Gardens, an organization involved in sponsoring activities to promote world peace and respect for others, sponsored this project at Southport Elementary School. Southport's garden is a sister garden to the World Peace Rose Garden at Capitol Park in Sacramento.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Vince's Motel and Ristorante has a new sign

The top photo shows the new sign for Vince's Ristorante and Motel...the lower photo shows the old sign before the City of West Sacramento enforced the signage ordinance.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


See these other photobloggers with great posts celebrating this day:

West Sacramento Wins!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Kings Restaurant for Dim Sum

You won't see many cars at King's Chinese Restaurant on West Capitol Avenue during the week, but check out how many are parked there on Sunday morning for Dim Sum. Take a look at the old tall sign on Tom Spaldings Website... it was removed when the sign ordinance was enforced.

Monday, November 3, 2008

El Rancho Mobile Home Park

The El Rancho Mobile Home Park is located at the site of the old El Rancho Drive-in Movie Theater (1 screen and held 780 cars). Photos of the old signage can be seen on Flickr by Tom Spalding.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Evening at Southport Town Center

I like the contrast of the backdrop of the storm clouds brewing aginst the early evening lights at Southport Town Center. Time for a change of seasons.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

November 2008 Theme Day: Books-Magical Realism

Magical Realism--is the term used to describe Gabriel Garcia Marquez writing style. I just finished Love In The Time of Cholera and decided to use a photo of the book for my theme day.

The City Daily Photobloggers Theme for November 1st is Books Click here to view thumbnails for all participants