Brookfield Zoo

July 31, 2009

When I was little and growing up in the Chicago area, a trip to the Brookfield Zoo was always so special. It is still true today! Lots is going on. You can also visit interactively here! Plan your day here. Enjoy!

Mt Rose Scenic Byway

July 30, 2009

Here is a great little pamphlet on the Mt Rose Scenic Byway. It is on the Washoe County (NV) website. There are great trails (and wildflowers in the spring).

Hot Weather

July 29, 2009

I hope all of you in the unusual hot areas (like the Pacific Northwest!) are staying cool!!! I hope my daughter got her new air conditioner running! I’ll find out tonight, I think! 🙂

Grandpa Ron’s Review

July 28, 2009

At first, it was a series of pictures of Grandpa and Grandson enjoying themselves. Once the book Grandpa, Do It! I Do It, Too! was together with the words, it became how do you influence another individual – and it’s multigenerational when you look at it that way. Of course, then that path has a deeper meaning in terms of philosophy in terms of understanding relationships. Parents and grandparents have to be careful because here are examples of the child emulating adult behavior.

The book started out a simple story from Grandma Sue’s hand. It grew deeper and broader through her artistic endeavors. For anyone who considers themselves a teacher or a rabbi, this book truly captures that student/teacher or parent/child relationship. It certainly has given me an awareness of the influence I have had on the people around me that I never realized I had before. The book brings that all into focus: my relationship with parents, grandparents, brothers and sister. All these memories were dormant but right there all the same. It has done that for several other people who have shared their reactions, feelings and experiences with us.

So from a simple picture story of a magical week, it became a reflection of all those things that derive from earning and sharing love and respect. This book captured it all.

Not everybody gets it. Some see just the pictures and don’t put themselves into the picture – so they miss out on the meaning and opportunity to relive their own special moments. Every one of those pictures reminds me of antics with my brothers and sister in younger days with family members. My brothers and I built roads in the dirt, sometimes using rocks as the trucks, using knockouts as manhole covers and using electrical conduit as sewer lines. The morning cereal one reminds me of my daughter and me making breakfast together. The swimming picture reminds me again of my daughter. All brought back. All brought back into focus by Grandpa, Do It! I Do It, Too! – I didn’t even realize all those memories were there. I look at my relationships with other people and I see similar characteristics that I just didn’t realize were there.

From a family values perspective I don’t know of a better example. Age doesn’t matter. It’s two people having fun in a very classic sense. It’s learning from one another – a two-way communication – like the cereal picture, I thought about picking him up and holding him while I prepared the cereal but I knew he’d get too heavy to hold long. So I got the stool. That facilitated him doing his own cereal preparation.

It’s more than “just pictures” of a grandpa and grandson that were captured. It’s a trip down memory lane for most of us – young or old.

Sherlock Holmes Mystery in Reno

July 27, 2009

The Wilbur D. May Museum in Reno, NV, has a new interactive exhibit Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery. The Reno Gazette-Journal article by Carla Roccapriore in yesterday’s Sunday Edition. Set in Victorian London, it is like moving through a live version of the Clue board game. “It’s a multi-generational exhibit. People are never too young to learn and never too old to have fun with it.” said Bob Harmon, Washoe County Parks spokesperson, as quoted in the Roccapriore article.

For more details, see the linked article, call 775-823-6500 visit or click this poster from the Washoe County Parks’ website.

Squirrels Love Rose of Sharon

July 26, 2009

OK. We figured out who is eating the Rose of Sharon bushes to nubs and leaf snubs. It’s the darn squirrels! Anyone have any ideas to keep them off??

New Quail Babies

July 25, 2009

Today we saw two quail families with brand new, oh so tiny, baby chicks!! One family was at our bird feeder. The chicks are so cute!

I took lots of photos. Hopefully I will get some photos on the blog this week. I always think I will get to upload pictures on the weedend and then it is over and I’m into the next week already! Here they are!

This was a BIG day for us! I entered two competitions for book awards and Grandpa Ron and I went ring shopping. Now we’ll find out who is reading my blogs! :-))

Sunset Clouds and Big Baby Quail

July 24, 2009

The sunset over Reno tonight wasn’t that spectacular but the clouds put on a show of their own. The clouds to the west over the Sierras were all golden with highlights of Naples yellow. The clouds to the east were all red and rust hues.

The tiny baby Quail chicks that we saw two weeks ago are now about half the size of their parents. They still clammer and quick-step to keep up with the lead adult while the sentry adult in the back keeps chirping at them to keep moving. They run to and from the quail feeder we have for them at the edge of the patio. We counted 17 chicks this afternoon. We think it is three families…..

Seven Hour Road Trip For C-17

July 23, 2009

Great photo, by Eugene Garcia of The Orange County Register, of the C-17 in front of Mahe Seafood Restaurant in Seal Beach! It looks like the fish on the sign! Check out the rest of the slide show, too! Science Dude reports the 7 hour move from Long Beach to Seal Beach on his blog. Awesome!

Surfer Catches A Giant Squid Instead Of A Wave

July 22, 2009

ScienceDude has a blog with a video of a surfer catching a giant Humbolt Squid instead of a wave. When I told Don P., a co-worker who surfs, about the blog title this morning, he mentioned he’s seen more dolphins than usual but no squid. If I had read the blog below the first time I saw the article, I would have known to tell him they were probably Risso’s Dolphins — and Risso’s Dolphins feed on Humboldt Squid!

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