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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Annie Oakley

As most of you know I like to listen to audio books while I knit and recently I listened to "Annie Oakley". I remembered there was a movie about her and that she was in the Buffalo Bill's show but really didn't know a lot. Here is some tidbits...She began her marksmanship as a young girl around 9 years old and brought home dinner to the family only to later sell the surplus she bagged to the local store and totally support her family. No one taught her to shoot but somehow she had this amazing gift.

 
She entered a Thanksgiving shooting competition in 1875 and beat a top shooter and vaudeville performer by the name of Frank Butler. He was smitten with her and they married and toured the country with him letting her become the star and he the manager. A union that spanned more than a half a century and led them all over the world.
 
There had no children and the couple was often captured with a pet



After Annie met  "Sitting Bull" in 1884 he was so impressed with her abilities that he adopted her and gave her the name "Little Sure Shot" which followed her the rest of her life.

Petite in stature with thick chestnut colored hair she stood out from the crowd and once they saw here shoot they were totaled enthralled. She became a true star and was known world wide. She had never had the opportunity to go to school while living at home so that was a big pursuit when she was not in shows and she excelled in every area.

At the end of a long career and returning home from overseas, she was severely injured in a train accident upon which her hair turned white overnight and required several surgeries to heal. She had planned on retiring just prior to the accident but wanted to see if she could still do it and there she was in her 60's still shooting.

She continued to set records even in 1924 after a bad car accident they left her with a brace on her leg but in 1925 she began to decline and died on Nov. 3, 1926. Butler was so grieved by her death that he stopped eating and died 18 days later.

 
A true love story
 
 
 
The book was okay and led me to do more research of which I have shared.
 

 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Not a happy ending

A while back I posted about knitting this top for myself...

http://www.monirae.blogspot.com/search/label/Knitting

Well, I got it 3/4 done and guess what? I ran out of yarn! I bought the yarn online so there is no way to get more to match and it was turning out good too. Well, after fuming I finally figured out the problem. The pattern called for (7) 50g skeins which is what I bought. Little did I know that the amount of yardage would vary in 50g skeins. The pattern called for 105 yds. per skein and what I bought has 94 yds. per skein. I just assumed I had to pay attention to the amount of skeins not the yardage. Big lesson for me. Well at least I know I like the pattern and maybe I will give it another go later but I am not going to waste this yarn so maybe I might be able to get a couple of shrugs out of it....We will see. Sure hurt to frog all my hard work:(

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Records

If you watched the news you know that the Phoenix area had a day of record rain.
It doesn't take a lot to leave our streets flooded but this was unbelievable....
 
 
 
I must say that I am so thankful that I did not have to get out in it and try to drive anywhere but even here at home it left it's calling card.
ceiling in the kitchen
ceiling in the gun room
 
But it also left us with this unbelievable harvest moon!!
It shines so bright can see like it is daytime in the early mornings.
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Ecoduct

"Ecoduct" Do you know what it is? Have you ever seen one?
The first one was constructed in France during the 1950s and today there are hundreds of them.






Ecocuct are structures that allow animals to cross human-made barriers safely and may include underpass tunnels, viaducts and overpasses.


 Saves lives...animals and humans.





 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 

 
This one is Baniff Canada
 
I may have gone under one and just thought it was a tunnel:)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Desert Rain


It was a interesting morning here Tuesday. It was slightly overcast and calm and boom! It was pouring rain! Rain in the Arizona desert is always a big deal and that is why people like me post about it.


I can imagine my plants happy like this:

and if I had a cat:

and if I had a little grandbaby:

and if I were forty years younger:

and if I found a spider web:

and how the birds I feed must look like:

The local news:
and if you think it is a joke and not to be paid attention to you should watch the video:

 
But for me an hubby it means run get your coffee and come sit under the porch and watch it pour!!!!!
 
Sheets off the roof
 
 
and no where for the dog to pee

 
 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Central Park

 
 
 
 
 
 I was able to visit Central Park several years ago but only just to walk a short distance into the entrance.
 If I ever have the opportunity to go again, I would want to try to see it all, and as you can see by the map.....
that would take some time
 or maybe a carriage ride.
 
What an amazing place, it was initially opened in 1857 and covered 778 acres, it now covers 843 acres. The reason the park was even created was because between 1821 and 1855, New York City nearly quadrupled in population and people were so desperate to escape the city they were going to cemeteries.
 
At one point in time it fell into decline but when a new governor came on board it was turned around and continues to have top maintenance to this day. There are approximately 37.5 million people that come to visit annually and it is open all year.


In the summer of 1966, two-term mayor of New York (1966–73) John V. Lindsay, himself an avid cyclist, initiated a weekend ban on automobiles in Central Park for the enjoyment of cyclists and public alike – a policy that continues yet today.

 
Row boats and kayaks can be rented at the Loeb Boathouse, which also houses a restaurant overlooking the Lake

 

There are two outdoors swimming pools that convert to ice rinks in the wintertime.

and the most famous one....
 Rockefeller Center.
 
There is rock climbing...
 
The Central Park Zoo



which would take some time to see it all.....
 
You don't want to miss the polar bears!!
 
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There are a total of twenty-one playgrounds and twenty-nine sculptures....
 such as "Alice in Wonderland".
 
You will find the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater which was originally a model schoolhouse built in Sweden that hosts many plays and the Belvedere Castle.
 
 
 but the most awesome sites are the beauty of nature.
 
 
 






 

 Yes, a haven in the middle of a city.

 








 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Grand Canyon Trip Cont.

We finally arrived at the north rim and let me tell you..........it is beautiful!! Unlike the south rim the only place to take it all in is from the Lodge itself and it is right on the edge.





 
 
 
 
A ledge you could walk out on.
The south rim is only 30 min. across as a bird flies but a 5 1/2 hour drive by car.
 
Check out how old it is!!!
 
 
 
Now, the thing is there is only one place to stay here and even though I called two months ahead for a reservation they only had one "cabin" left with one full bed and one twin bed. Needless to say I took it but boy was it little..
 Here's the full bed
 Here's is the twin bed and that wall is the end of the cabin and the bathroom is to the left.
 
 
 Here is the entrance.
 
All this for $140.00 a night! Now if you saw how many there were you will quickly come to the conclusion they have a little gold mine here.
 
The little bathroom did have something neat in it.... this ceiling fixture.
It was a sucker fan, heating fan, light and night light all in one. Was nice to not have to stumble in the dark to find the bathroom and was such a soft light it didn't disturb you.
 
Now if you don't think these cabins are small check this out...
this is two cabins together and that is how all of them were. Some were a little larger with a porch but they were all duplex style and of course you could hear right through the wall. The grounds were pretty and we lucked out to be close to the lodge itself because hubby had a hard time in the high altitude with his COPD. It was so nice and cool and love the pine trees...
 
 
The lodge was real nice and they even had a little "saloon".
 
 
Check out the picture behind the bottles..
 
I had made dinner reservations at the lodge the same time I reserved the room and sure am glad I did. It was the only place to have a meal other than a little deli and the food and service were real good.
The lodge is impressive and well maintained...

 The backside of the Lodge with chairs to enjoy the view. Am glad we made the trip here. We got up early the next morning, had breakfast here at the lodge and headed out. We had a long drive ahead to get to our next destination.

We stopped in our little home town "Ash Fork" and saw hubby's brother and then headed on south to the Prescott Resort. We have stayed here many times but I never tire of the view of Prescott...
 See that little knob hill?
It is called "Thumb Butte" and see all these white things on the ground .....
Those are grave markers for this military graveyard that is close to the VA called Whipple.
 It is a beautiful area and one that holds many memories for me. My grandmother lived here, I went to beauty school here and my Dad died here at the VA. Although he was a veteran he is not buried here because it has been full for many years. He and my mom are buried in another cemetery here in Prescott Valley.
We have loved this resort but twice now after their big remodel our dinning experience had not been good and if we stay again we won't go for thirds. So it is with travel:)