Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Slacking Off

I have been slacking - or ignoring this blog. But it has been a busy month!

Spent Father's Day weekend in Nevada with DD #2 - DD#1 and her family came up too!

Friday we celebrated Grandson #2's birthday a week late. They played - we went out to dinner - then back to the house for cake and a pinata. And then the 2 older boys from the CA family had a sleepover with the Nevada grands.

On Saturday we rode the steam train from Carson City to Virginia City - and back again. Most of us had fun!

No, I did not leave my bra - none of us did - mid day, no drinking, no wish to go braless on the rest of a hot day!
Yard deco....not sure about the Acme Bomb Co - did it make this deco? Or are they wishing it would blow up and take it all away?

How would you like to climb all those stairs just to bring the groceries in?


Photo op in the middle of the train ride....

June 19, 2010.....and yes, that is snow on them thar hills....


4 of the cousins....funny how they divided themselves for this photo...not sure how happy Jack is in his choice! This was just before the train ride. Since the two CA boys stayed over night with the Nevada grands, we drove them in our car to Carson Ciry cause we stayed in Fallon while DD#1 and family stayed in Fernley.













Guess they are not train lovers? Or maybe they are picture shy? But they sure were beautiful!






Lesson #1, how to embarrass your kids....go shopping at Walmart and buy matching shirts to wear...too bad it back fired and none of them were embarrassed! And too bad we didnt know that the next day was Hippy Days in Virginia City or we would have saved them to wear then!






I know I am prejudiced - but arent they beautiful!!!!!!!!








Sunday we went to a Wildlife Preserve outside of Reno called Animal Ark which was a lot of fun. Then we drove home from there since I had to work the next evening. We had a lot of fun - and it was so wonderful to have all of them together!
But the best news is....we then cancelled our plans to go to Jamestown the next weekend because we had a chance to babysit the Nevada grands! More photos to follow....

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Who to be furious with? The company or the government?

A rant against the horror of the oil 'accident' in the Gulf of Mexico.....bits and pieces gathered from the Internet:

Mother Jones named BP as one of the 10 worst companies in both 2001 and 2005 based on environmental and human rights records. In 1991 it was cited as the most polluting company in the USA.

It is the hundredth largest political contributor in the US having contributed more than $5 million to both Republicans and Democrats since 1991and the company has lobbied to be exempt from US corporate law reforms.

Historical issues associated with BP include, but are not limited to:

1993 - 1995 Hazardous Substance Dumping
2005 Texas City Refinery Explosion
2006 - 2007 Prudhoe Bay
2006 - 2008 Texas City refinary fatalities
2007 Propane Gas price manipulations
2008 Oil price manipulations
2009 North Sea helicopter accident
2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Baku - Tbilisi - Ceyhan pipeline
Columbian pipeline
Mist Mountain project
Canadian oil sands
Refinery safety violations

Some of the names of the companies that BP owns and runs in the US:

BP
Castrol
Arco
AMPM

Memorial Day weekend Finds

It was not a great weekend for finds. Even Coarsegold Peddler's Fair was smaller than usual...
But we did find a few things.

Found the Mickey for grandkids. Not a good shot of the find I got - not sure what it is. A dough bowl on a stand....maybe a yarn bowl??? Very 50's.
Longaberger pottery for $1!!!

This was supposed to be a 2 pc set but could not find the 2d piece. It is pretty - those are black grapes and all on the little glass. This, and the mug, were from a Rummage Sale. Also got a daughter a wonderful French bread knife for 50 cents!!!


Great colander! And the bowl - I love this Fire King color. And most of the bowls I saw were $8 - $12 - smaller - and in worse shape. I got this one for $4!!!!



Homemade jams that are delicious. And I love this combo cake/pie carrier!
I also got a great vintage Cherry Ames book!!!
But none of the tools hubby was looking for.