Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Horses Welcome!

Horses Welcome! This hitching post in the lot adjacent to the Southport Market & Deli.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Rubicon Brewing Room Tour

Al is the brewmaster at the Rubicon Brewing Company in Sacramento. He gave us a fascinating tour of how their special beers are brewed...We especially like their IPA! For more photos of our tour see this link on Webshots.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Emma's Posole Stew..very good

I have been yearning for some Posole like my Aunt BJ and Uncle Norm from New Mexico would always make when they came to Sacramento for their annual trek..... I decided to order it at Emma's recently and will give it high ratings...2nd place only to my Auntie's... Of course I can never pass up the house salad, salsa bar and great Margarita's...Photo of the Margarita is copied from Yelp.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Naidu's Wholesale Icre Cream and Candies

Naidu's Wholesale Ice Cream and Candies is located on Sacramento Avenue in West Sacramento. They do not sell to the general public.

Construction on West Capitol Avenue Continues

West Capitol Avenue construction continues in front of the City of Dharma Realm.

Friday, June 26, 2009

The Yellow Brick Road at Fairytale Town

Jack and Maya show Sharon the brick their family donated to Fairytale Town for the Yellow Brick Road fund raising project.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The News-Ledger Since 1964

The above photo shows the layout board where Steve Marschke, editor of the News-Ledger is pasting up the weekly classified section. When I worked on our newspaper at James Marshall High School many years ago this is how we pasted up the paper...nice to see it still works.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

belVita cardamom-flavored biscuits from Dubai

My friend Coralie Munro vacationed in Dubai recently and brought back these cardamom-flavored biscuits manufactured by Nabisco Arabia Company Ltd. in the Kingdon of Saudi Arabia. They are delicious and very rich..

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Jamba Juice- Yummy!

My grandkids love to stop at the Jamba Juice in the Southport Town Shopping Center for a healthy drink. I personally like the fresh Mango~

Monday, June 22, 2009

Broderick Boat Ramp

Broderick Boat Ramp is a boating facility located on the Sacramento River in West Sacramento, California.

Sunday, June 21, 2009


I love the visiting ducks that stop by our neighborhood. I hope she enjoys this brief show of protection from this Drake, because Mallards form pairs only until the female lays eggs, at which time she is left by the male.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Sacramento's Second Saturday

On a recent Saturday, we met up with "Twist" a balloon artist and also watched a fashion show on the sidewalk in front of a boutique.

Every month, art galleries in the Sacramento area keep their doors open late and invite the public to participate in the Second Saturday Art Walk. Visitors can grab a bite to eat, walk from gallery to gallery viewing brand new art works, hear live music and explore the region's vibrant art districts.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Bobby's Barber Shop

Bob and Herb Luna have been cutting the local folks hair for many years. Bobby's Barber Shop is located in the Casa Mobile Center next to City Hall.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Alyce Norman School "Now and Then"

Debbie's grandma Elsie Norton worked at Alyce Norman School in the 1960's and 70's before she retired from Washington Unified School District. There were no names on the back of this photo of the staff taken in 1963. Many thanks to retired district school teachers Mary McReynolds and Patty Waggoner Yamat for helping to identify everyone.

Top left: Kay Munn, Miss Salazar, Mrs. Hickey
Second row: left - Leona Schaffer, Mrs. Smith
Third row: Jane Leek, Patty Waggoner Yamat
Fourth row: Alice Goldie Neil McGillivary, Naomi Paisly, Ruth Alling
Fifth row: Deon Chappo, Daryl Massick, Sue (O'Donnel) Glenn

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Ikea Swedish Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes

Don't shop on an empty stomach! Try the Ikea West Sacramento Restaurant, great Swedish Meatballs served with lingonberries and mashed potatoes. $4.99
Thank you Russ for letting us take a photo of your dinner..

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Beautiful "Bella"

Sporting one brown eye and one blue eye, Bobby and Diane's boxer "Bella" is a sweetheart!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Fresh salsa fixins at Denios Farmers Market

Stephanie and I drove out to Denio's in Roseville last weekend to take advantage of the wonderful bounty available at the produce market. I love the way this vendor has his veggies displayed in the colors of the Mexican Flag.

Click here for more photos of our trip to Denios.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Opera Night at Vinces: Pete Rossi Rocks!

Last night my family celebrated my retirement from UC Davis at Vince's Italian Ristorante in West Sacramento. Pete sang one of my all-time favorite songs... Con Te Partiro (Time to Say Goodbye). He is fantastico!!! Pete said they have some remodeling plans coming up soon for the rear dining room that will make it a better layout for live entertainment. Click here to see Debbie's video of Pete singing on YouTube.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Amber and Ice: Dale Chihuly Art Installation at UC Davis

Chihuly Sculpture Finds New Home at the University of California Davis
The glass sculpture by internationally renowned artist Dale Chihuly that previously graced the main lobby at ALZA plaza has found a new home at the University of California at Davis. The 1200-pound chandelier, donated to the University by ALZA with guidance from the Johnson & Johnson Office of Corporate Contributions, hangs in the main lobby of Valley Hall, a new instructional facility with the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Trivia: This is a very sentimental post for me ....as I am retiring from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine today.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

New Sign for Capitol Bowl

New signage for the Capitol Bowl on West Capitol Avenue.

Trivia: The bottom photo is the sign that we grew up seeing when driving down West Capitol Avenue when it was known as The El Rancho Bowl. In those days the Capitol Bowl was located in downtown Sacramento.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Patio Wildlife in West Sacramento

Ladybug on a tuberous begonia and bees in the privet blooms. Florene Kunder sends the beautiful closeups of the wildlife life on her patio in West Sacramento.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Lemonade, Cookies and Blood Drive for Robynn

The First Annual Memorial Robynn Goodell Blood Drive was a very nice tribute to a special friend, wife and mother. Nicole and Aimee headed up the bake sale and Dina sold lemonade. The delicious baked goods and yummy lemonade raised funds to support another local West Sacramento mom battling stage 4 breast cancer. The blood drive was also successful with over 54 people successfully donating that day. Thanks to everyone for their hard work and support to make this annual event a success.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Jackie Greene Concert at Fairytale Town

We took the kids to see Jackie Greene in concert at Fairytale Town Saturday eve, and Sharon posed with Jackie after the concert. It was a great venue for a family concert and his music as always was terrific! Even our 2 1/2 year old Maya is a "Greenehead". Many folks will remember seeing Jackie perform at the Neighbor's Fair and the Riverwalk concerts here in West Sacramento. I think he just keeps getting better every time we see him in concert! Below is a link to the video I recorded of his closing song "Sweet Somewhere Bound".

Sunday, June 7, 2009

The Big Ben Burger-WOW

Brian Noel ordered the Big Ben Burger at the Streets of London Pub yesterday.. it is not for the faint hearted! Be prepared...for it is one of the biggest burgers you'll ever see. A 3/4 pound patty on an 8" bun. Brian said it was delicious...he also was enjoying a couple of great brews with that burger!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

New Location for ATA Karate

The new Jefferson Plaza Center is now home to West Sacramento ATA Academy of Martial Arts. We live close to this charming new retail center and are glad to see new tenants finally moving in.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Future Class of 2021!

These first graders in Mrs. Burton's class at Westmore Oaks School celebrated their last day of class. The future of California, the United States, and the World will be in their hands.