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Friday, August 30, 2013

I’ve been giddy writing this family book

I’ve fallen behind with my posting here because I’m so caught up in a family project.  I don’t know how many of you have reminisced about your childhood, which is what I’ve been doing a lot of with my sisters lately.  I forgot about some very funny moments.  When they remind me, we have a good laugh over the phone or email.  On the other side, some events that make us mad too, but most of them are funny or appalling.

 Sometimes I look back at those times and wonder how we all survived into adulthood.

 I’ve been working on this nonstop for the last couple of weeks now and have one more chapter to write.  It’s been an ongoing project for the last ten years, but was put on the back burner to pursue other projects.  It will be good to see it finished up.  So we’ll have it done soon now except for corrections.

 I’ve decided to do the binding here with my binding machine instead of sending it out to a POD.  It is for family so this will do to give out to my siblings and to pass down to the next generation.

 It’s amazing to see how we all started out on the farm before computers or even TV and all the other technology we have today, and how far we’ve come over the years.

 Happy Labor Day everyone.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Beautiful Photo of the Milky Way

We rarely see the Milky Way because of so many lights, unless you’re lucky enough to live in the country or somewhere that lights aren’t visible at night.  We used to see it on the farm as kids growing up, but of course, I didn’t have a camera in those days so the images are only in my head now.

 I’ve always been interested in the moon and was reading a site about what determines a “blue moon” when I came across this beautiful photo and wanted to share it.


 Photo by Steve Zigler Crater Lake National Park - Oregon - May 2013

 Maybe some of you have been to this national park, but if not a few facts for you.  This lake is the deepest one in the United States at 1943 feet (592 meters), and the ninth deepest in the world.  This clear fresh water lake used to be a composite volcano called Mount Mazama. 
Geologists believe the creation of this lake occurred thousands of years ago.  Founded on 22 May 1902, Crater Lake National Park seeks to preserve these natural and cultural resources.  Parks are always good to see because people have a way of destroying the beautiful works of nature.
I’ve been to this lake a couple of times with my husband who grew up in Oregon not far from here.
On another note, I’m still taking care of the cat and watering the garden across the street.  I’m lying off tomatoes for a few days.  It’s obvious I’m eating too many when I get those ulcers in my mouth.  I hate that but I love tomatoes, especially homegrown ones.  They taste better.

 Garden - Sunni's Photo's
I’ve become a little lax with my posting of late because I have too many irons in the fire again with working on my mystery book, trying to finish a family book, the new writing group, taking care of the cat and garden, along with all the other daily things that life offers.  I have cat and garden duty until the end of the week.

 Snuggles - Sunni's Photo's
I may be going to visit my mother and part of my siblings the end of September, if I can get a decent airfare.  I haven’t had time to look yet.  My mother is getting so forgetful that I feel I can’t put that trip off much longer.  I’d like to take the family book with me to give to her, if I can get it finished.  I have a binding machine here and intend to bind it that way with old family stories and recipes from the farm.  I won’t be publishing that on Amazon.  I wanted to get it finished by Christmas, but now I’m trying to rush the job along.

 More later everybody.  Keep smiling, writing, and reading.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Miss Personality

Snuggles - Sunni's Photo's
I’m cat sitting again with this adorable little creature.  She is always so delighted to see me when I go over twice a day to check on her, pet her and chase her around a while.  She likes to hide around corners and jump out at me as I go by.  If I let out a yelp, she really goes crazy and starts bouncing off the walls and grabbing my ankles.

 When I’m outback watering the garden, she watches at the backdoor and paws at the glass.  I know she misses her ‘mom’ who is out hiking and camping in the Sierra Nevada’s in CA right now.  So I try to spend about 45 minutes or so with her each time I go over.

 She’s really a joy with so much personality, but I’m not getting much writing done with this and everything else I have to do.  That’s why this post is late.

Remembering Woodstock, the greatest music festival of our time

Poster Designed by Arnold Skolnick

This was a noteworthy time in our history.  It’s hard to believe it’s been 44 years.  For anyone interested, here are the bands that played for your review.  This schedule is from Wikipedia.  Even though the world was in turmoil with the Vietnam War, it still seems like a less complicated time than we live in today.

 I get nostalgic over this event.  It brings back many nice memories.  I still have bellbottoms and tie dye from that era that I still wear.  Things like that I will never throw away.

 I’m posting links for the opening and closing songs for anyone who wants to listen and reminisce this event.

 For Richie Havens click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fA51wyl-9IE

 For Jimi Hendrix click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU5zxEFq4wA


Friday, August 15 – Saturday, August 16
5:07 pm – 7:00 pm
7:10 pm – 7:20 pm
Gave the opening speech/invocation for the festival
7:30 pm – 8:10 pm
8:20 pm – 9:15 pm
9:20 pm – 9:45 pm
10:00 pm – 10:35 pm
Played through the rain
10:50 pm – 11:20 pm
11:55 pm – 12:25 am
12:55 am – 2:00 am
Was six months pregnant at the time


Saturday, August 16 – Sunday, August 17
12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Joe later performs with Country Joe and the Fish
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
3:30 pm – 3:55 pm
4:45 pm – 5:30 pm
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
10:30 pm – 12:05 am
their set was cut short after the stage amps overloaded during "Turn On Your Love Light"
12:30 am – 1:20 am
2:00 am – 3:00 am
3:30 am – 4:20 am
5:00 am – 6:05 am
Briefly interrupted by Abbie Hoffman
8:00 am – 9:40 am


Sunday, August 17 – Monday, August 18
2:00 pm – 3:25 pm
After Joe Cocker's set, a thunderstorm disrupted the events for several hours.
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Country Joe McDonald's second performance.
8:15 pm – 9:15 pm
10:00 pm – 10:50 pm
12:00 am – 1:05 am
Winter's brother, Edgar Winter, is featured on three songs.
1:30 am – 2:30 am
3:00 am – 4:00 am
An acoustic and electric set were played. Neil Young skipped most of the acoustic set.
6:00 am – 6:45 am
7:30 am – 8:00 am
Jimi Hendrix / Gypsy Sun & Rainbows
9:00 am – 11:10 am

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Inspiration comes in all Forms

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If this guy doesn’t motivate you, nobody will.  Watch this amazing video of a ninety-year-oldpole-vaulter.  It’s astonishing that anyone would even be thinking of doing this at this age, but it goes to show you that you’re never too old to go for it.

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Wouldn’t it be nice to have this kind of attitude at this age?  I hope I can be this inspirational in my later years.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


First, let me apologize for missing Sunday’s post.  With everything going on here, I never got one written up.

 I’ve been helping my friend get her book on Createspace.  It’s been on Smashwords for a while.  The biggest issue here has been putting the book cover into the right format for Createspace, but it’s getting there.
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Then we had all the writing group issues to smooth out and organize for our first meeting last Saturday.

 One of my sisters called me to tell me mama spent four hours in the emergency room.  She fell in the shower, but luckily didn’t break anything.  So she will heal, its just bruises everywhere, which isn’t good either but better than broken bones.  Everyone went to the hospital to support her except my youngest sister and me because we live out of state.

I had to go over to my neighbors too because starting tomorrow I’ll be taking care of her cat and garden again for the next three weeks or so.  She is off on a camping and hiking trip to the Sierra Nevada’s in CA.

Comet - Sunni's Photo's

Then, Comet, one of my cats has been sick, so today I took her to the vet.  She has terrible allergies this year and has never had them before.  I called his office on Friday.  They told me to get children’s Benadryl for her and give it twice a day over the weekend.  Well you can imagine how this went if you’ve ever tried to give liquid medicine with the syringe to a cat who wants no part of it.  We had Benadryl everywhere except in the cat.  What did go down her throat made her gag and she’d try to throw it up every time.  The only time things went smoothly was the first time because she wasn’t expecting it.  After that, she was ready for us.

 So today, she went to the vet and had an allergy shot.  She wasn’t happy about this either, but there wasn’t much she could do with three of us holding her down.  Once we got her back in the carrier to bring her home, she hardly made two meows.  I guess she was pleased to be going home.  She was raising a fit on the drive over there.  I think she’s better already.  We’re all happy about that.


Baby Jackrabbit by my front door
I was coming home from the neighbors later this afternoon and there was a baby jackrabbit by the front door.  Sadly, it was dead of natural causes (I guess) because we didn’t see a mark on it.  It’s been coming in the afternoons over the last week to sit in the shade there in a small cubbyhole on each side of our front porch behind a fa├žade.  What a shame.  It was very young and made me sad it won’t grow up to roam in the desert behind the house with the rest of the wildlife back there.

 That’s been my week.  I haven’t written a word on my mystery book and I need to finish it.  I’m working on the last chapter.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Some Good News, Crazy News, and Some Cute Pics

Edward Snowden - News Photo

Of course, this good news depends on which side you’re on in this whole affair.  but Snowden gets temporary asylum in Russia today after living for almost five weeks at the Moscow airport.  I’m happy to see that he’s safe, for now at least.  We all know he wont be safe here if he comes back.  He did all of us a big favor by “blowing the whistle” on the NSA.  I know there are two frames of mind on this, with some believing he’s a traitor and should be tried for that charges, but I think he’s a hero and I don’t mind saying so.  I’m sure he knew he as doing a dangerous thing form the get go et he still stuck his neck out there and risked it. 

 I hope they won’t send him back here, but I guess the coming months will tell.  We aren’t privy what goes on behind the scenes.  So that is my two cent on that.

 To read more on this story gt to Politico at this link:


 Michele Catalano - writer, blogger, News Photo

 Here is another story that will leave you wondering and scratching your head.  The headlines: Family visited by cops after googling pressure cookers and backpacks.  Of curse after six men show up to search the house and yard, and ask tons of questions, they leave.  The thing here is each police agency blames the other for the search, and no one will admit to sending anyone to search the house in question.  This is really suspicious and is proof someone is watching everything we do on the internet.  Beware what you’re searching for on there people.  Big Brother is watching you.  I wonder what George Orwell would say about the current world we live in?  You can read the rest of this disturbing story here:

Or here on Michele Catalano’s blog:

Now, on to some cute animal news, who doesn’t like animal babies?

 Mom with liliger cub
liliger cub
Speaking of Russia, these adorable triplet liliger cubs frolic around the Novosibirsk Zoo there.  They were born on 16 May 2013.


Mom and liliger cubs
A liliger is the offspring of a male lion and a female liger.  A liger is the offspring of a male lion and a female tigress.  Tigon’s are the offspring of a male tiger and female lion.


Mom and liliger cub
I thought everyone might enjoy these pics.  To view a short video, click here: