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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Lombard Street

This is the famous Lombard Street in San Francisco, Calif.


wow


It is said to be the crookedest street in the world. Built in 1922, the design was intended to reduce the hills natural 27% grade. It is about 600 feet long and is paved with red bricks. The sign at the top recommends 5 mph. It is lined in flowers and greenery and is beautiful but because of the tourist is have become bit of a hazard.
 
Lombard Street

But how about going down it on a skateboard with no brakes?

Not for the weak hearted

 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Can you pass?




 
 
New Exam, you only need 4 correct out of 10 questions to pass.

1) How long did the Hundred Years' War last?

2) Which country makes Panama hats?

3) From which animal do we get cat gut?

4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?

5) What is a camel's hair brush made of?

6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?

7) What was King George VI's first name?


8) What color is a purple finch?


9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from?


10) What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane?

Remember, you need only 4 correct answers to pass.


Check your answers below
....



ANSWERS TO THE QUIZ
1) How long did the Hundred Years War last? 116 years

2) Which country makes Panama hats? Ecuador

3) From which animal do we get cat gut? Sheep and Horses

4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution? November

5) What is a camel's hair brush made of? Squirrel fur

6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal? Dogs

7) What was King George VI's first name? Albert

8 ) What color is a purple finch? Crimson

9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from? New Zealand

10) What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane?Orange (of course)

What do you mean, you failed?


Me, too!

(And if you try to tell me you passed, you LIED!)

 













 



 

 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Parcel post

“After parcel post service was introduced, at least two children were sent by the service. With stamps attached to their clothing, the children rode with railway and city carriers to their destination. The Postmaster General quickly issued a regulation forbidding the sending of children in the mail after hearing of those examples.”


A little history is you please:)



Sending packages via the U.S. Parcel Post Service began on January 1, 1913. Regulations stated that packages could not weigh more than 50 pounds but did not necessarily preclude the sending of children. On February 19, 1914, the parents of four-year-old May Pierstorff mailed her from Grangeville, Idaho to her grandparents in Lewiston, Idaho. Mailing May apparently was cheaper than buying her a train ticket. The little girl wore her 53-cents worth of postal stamps on her jacket as she traveled in the train's mail compartment.
 
After hearing of examples such as May, the Postmaster General issued a regulation against sending children by mail. This picture was meant as a humorous image to the end of such practice. (Picture courtesy of the Smithsonian Institute.)








 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Computer








With all the computer issues I have had, I have learned a few things and I thought I would share.
First off I downloaded the two programs below and I run each one once a month. They are free and safe and make a huge difference in how your computer runs.



After purchasing the new computer I wanted to donate my old one to a school but of course you have to be careful that all your personal information is erased and just deleting them is not enough. Fortunately, I found on the clearer program a erase for the hard drive and if you set it to swipe three times you can be reasonably sure that nothing can be brought back to life.


Malwarebytes Anti-Malware



Cleaner
http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner


 I wish you smooth computering  for 2015!!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Out with the old and in with the new

Had a nice Christmas Eve with family and daughter brought this darling cake to share...
Sadly it looked better than it tasted...it was sooooooo sweet!!!
We drove up North Christmas day and had a little white Christmas at Little America. They were super busy with a special brunch and of course packed for dinner but they had pretty decorations like this cute Santa...
and all the pine trees outside were lit up.
Went on to Payson and spent a night there and then home. I put up our Christmas decorations rather late so didn't take them down until today.....will miss this sweet little spot....
 
It has been unusually cold here and wouldn't you know that we hadn't filled the propane tanks so we couldn't have a fire but got that done today. Heard on the news it is suppose to be up in the 70's this coming week so guess we won't be using it soon.
As you know I had to buy a new computer recently and you know how it is to get use to things and if that wasn't enough we switched from Dish TV to Direct TV due to the problem with Fox News so now we have to learn all the channels and etc. When I told the lady I was discontinuing my service she said "but you have been with us for 12 years!" Must say that I am glad we did, we get twice the reception and almost all the channels are hd and less money for the first year:)
Wrote my first check today with 2015, they just roll by don't they?
 
On a side note; Horse & Guns magazine published a nice two page article on my hubby in the  Feb/March 2015 issue .
 
 
Happy New Year!!
 

 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas

 
It's Christmas Eve morning
 
 
with my early cup of coffee in my happy cup ...I see so many wonderful pictures that would be fun to share...
but mostly I hope you will have peace this Christmas and coming New Year
 
 
 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas in Arizona


Here are a few unusual, only in Arizona, Christmas sights:

A blooming prickly pear cactus and here is the recipe if you want to make some of that famous Prickly Pear Jelly:


PRICKLY PEAR JELLY 

1 gal. prickly pear cactus fruit, very ripe, deep garnet color
4 c. juice
4 c. sugar
2 pkgs. fruit pectin
Gather the fruit using tong and gloves. Put fruit in sink with water. Using tongs, swish in water to remove stickers. Cut fruit in half. Place in large pan. Boil until fruit is shriveled. Mash with potato masher. Strain through jelly bag or cheese cloth. Bring juice and pectin to boil. Add sugar and boil to jelly stage. Pour into jelly glasses and seal.


 
A rooster pulling a decorated wagon (matches the chili peppers I think).
 
My computer screen saver and it isn't even close to below freezing outside:)
 
 
 
 
 
 



 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Finally!!

Well the computer was a little better for a short time and then went crazy again so decided it was time to buy a new one....

Of course the fun now is getting everything transferred and working but at least on the blog I can  grab the pictures again.

Here are some things that have been happening on the home front.
We decided to update our master bath....
 Before


Of course you first have to tear it all down..



After a lot of mess we now have the results...
I am very pleased and the dust and dirt prompted a good cleaning:)

We were invited to a friends house for his 65th birthday and he has restored Tom Mix (old famous western actor) car in which he lost his life here in Florence, Arizona. Seeing pictures of it and reading about it is one thing but to see it in person is overwhelming. Well, here is a picture anyhow...









You can go to this web site and see so many great ones along with the before pictures and awards and etc.






And the granddaughter's volleyball team placed second in the State Championships! Good job Cobra's!





Got to see them play a couple of times (Granddaughter is fourth from the left).

We had Thanksgiving at Black Angus Restaurant this year because Granddaughter got a job there and promised she would work that day. It was pretty good and we had a nice time.

It is already Dec. and I am procrastinating about Christmas.....that is a bit of my norm I am afraid.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Troubles

Having computer problems so can't add any pictures:(
Hopefully it will be fixed this week.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Our Mexican neighbors have it right




Voters casts their ballots at a polling place in Thornton, Colo., on Tuesday. AP
 
This picture was recently featured with an article of growing signs of voter fraud across the nation, and that the question isn't whether it's happening, but how widespread it is — and why the media refuse to treat it as the serious problem it is.

In a recent study the US came in 3rd in assessing elections but our neighbor, Mexico, came in 1st on all eight criteria for assessing election administration.


Check it out:

1. Nonpartisan election administration. Mexico's Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) is a nonpartisan, professional institution in which political party representatives have access but no control. IFE manages a nation-wide system with uniform rules. In contrast, the United States has 13,000 counties and municipalities that manage our national elections with different rules and less capacity. Partisan officials generally control the process, and in a close election, the opposition is often suspicious of the result.

2. Registration and identification of voters. IFE actively registers about 95% of 77 million eligible voters and gives each a biometric, photo ID card, which Mexicans use as a primary identification. The registration list is audited regularly, and the photos of the voters are on the list in each polling site.
In contrast, U.S. states and communities passively register about 55% of eligible voters, and the lists are flawed with many duplicates and errors, especially between states and counties. Each state has different rules, and in states where Republicans have a majority, their focus on preventing electoral fraud has led them to restrict registration and require IDs, while Democrats are more concerned about voters' access and believe the Republican ID laws are aimed to suppress voter turnout from poor people or minorities. The truth is that we ought to adopt Mexico's national, biometric ID system. That would eliminate duplicates and simplify the registration and voting process.

3. Poll workers. Mexico views the conduct of elections like Americans view jury duty – a civic obligation – and they recruit on a random basis a large number of people from each district. They are well-trained in every stage of the electoral process. When I asked a U.S. election official about the criteria for choosing poll workers, he said: "I'll take anyone with a pulse." Most poll workers are very senior citizens without the kind of stamina necessary to manage a polling station for 12 hours, and in most cases, they are poorly trained as compared to their Mexican counterparts.

4. Campaign finance/corruption. Each of Mexico's main political parties receive approximately $24 million of public financing for a three-month campaign. They can also receive 10% of their funds from supporters, but no one can give more than $71,000. In contrast, in the United States, there will be an estimated $6 billion raised privately, and with the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, corporations can spend unlimited amounts of money. Major contributors could have extraordinary access and substantial influence over public policy. Some would define that as corruption on a scale that even the drug cartels couldn't compete.

5. Equitable access to the media/negative advertising. IFE pays for media advertising, and ensures that the candidates have equal access. IFE also tries to discourage any negative advertising. A substantial amount of the $6 billion raised by the candidates in the United States goes for media advertising, and a recent study showed that 70 percent of ads in this year’s presidential contest has been negative. Just think what $6 billion could do as an endowment to a university; it would have lasting positive effects. Who believes that negative advertising can have a lasting positive effect?

6. Neutralizing incumbency. Since its revolution, Mexico's constitution prohibits re-election in order to prevent incumbents from using government to manipulate the electoral process. IFE goes even further by trying to prevent the president from even campaigning in the most indirect way for his party's candidates. In the United States, incumbents have a huge advantage in fund-raising because special interests can contribute to members of Congress while they are writing laws.

7. Judging disputes. Mexico has minutely-detailed election laws, and a professional and independent Electoral Tribunal to judge election disputes. The United States has few laws and no court with the expertise to settle such disputes.

8. Observers. Mexico invites international polling observers while the U.S. government does not welcome any international observers, and only two states allow them.
It was partly because of decades of electoral fraud that the Mexican people decided to construct a completely professional, independent and nonpartisan election organization. This has not eliminated all problems, but as compared to the thousands of complaints received by U.S. election authorities, the concerns from Mexico are minor.
A measure of commitment is that Mexico's IFE spends roughly 10 times more per capita than the United States to manage a state-of-the-art electoral process.

Our  U.S. system is so antiquated, decentralized, dysfunctional, under-funded with public resources, and over-funded with private interest money that we should maybe start asking why can't our electoral system be as good as Mexico's. Instead, any suggestions of change and improvement are met with accusations voter suppression and/or being a racist. Being able to count on fair electoral procedure is paramount for our United States of America.
 
Hey Congress how about this be your first call to action along with guaranteeing you have to adhere to the laws you pass and limiting your time in congress and...whoops I got carried away........








 

Friday, October 31, 2014

The tallest building in the world


Tallest building in the world, The Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
At 2,722 ft
 
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest building in the world

Here are some comparisons


Construction began on 21 September 2004, with the exterior of the structure and completed on 1 October 2009. The building officially opened on 4 January 2010

A 304-room Armani Hotel, the first of four by Armani, occupies 15 of the lower 39 floors.

The  sky lobbies on the 43rd and 76th floors house swimming pools. Floors through to 108 have 900 private residential apartments (which, according to the developer, sold out within eight hours of being on the market). An outdoor zero-entry swimming pool is located on the 76th floor of the tower. Corporate offices and suites fill most of the remaining floors, except for a 122nd, 123rd and 124th floor where the At.mosphere restaurant, sky lobby and an indoor and outdoor observation deck is located respectively.

There are a total of 57 elevators and 8 escalators and the building has 2,909 stairs from the ground floor to the 160th floor.

Look at the buildings next to it!
 
No trick or treat here....just the facts.
 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Voting time



I hope each person that has the privilege to vote, studies and prays about their choices. For me, when it comes time to  decide on judges this is my highest quality.


integrity
  1. 1.
    the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.
    "he is known to be a man of integrity"
    synonyms:honesty, probity, rectitude, honor, good character, principle(s), ethics, morals, righteousness, morality, virtue, decency, fairness, scrupulousness, sincerity, truthfulness, trustworthiness
    "I never doubted his integrity"
    antonyms:dishonesty
  2. 2.
    the state of being whole and undivided.
    "upholding territorial integrity and national sovereignty"
     unity, unification, coherence, cohesion, togetherness, solidarity
    "the integrity of the federation




    What are some of your standards that you  make your voting decisions by?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Caution

I have gotten a flu shoot every year for the last couple of years...
 
But this year they asked me if I wanted the super dose and I figured I should have all the coverage possible.
In less than four hours I became very sick....fever, vomiting, diarrhea and etc. I called the Pharmacist and she said yes you can experience flu like symptoms and it should only last about 24 hours. 
 
Lord I am glad I didn't have the real thing! It is awful.....
 
I wished they would have told me ahead of time! So how about you? Have you ever gotten sick after taking the flu shot? Do you know anything about the "super dose"?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fascination


I have a fascination with Queen Elizabeth. I can't imagine living in the spotlight your  entire life. Here she is just a baby...

<3 the Duke of York with Princess Elizabeth

Princess Elizabeth 1931and here as a little girl. Can you imagine not growing up with the idea that you can be anything you want to be but instead...you will be the Queen of England?

And what about her sister Princess Margaret (on the left)
The Royal Family 1936  (Queen Elizabeth, Princess Elizabeth & Princess Margaret.)
Did she feel she lived in her sister's shadow?

Can you believe she trained as driver in 1945 during the war...
Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II) in 1945 in her ATS uniform during the war where she was trained as a driver. S)
From a uniform to the Princess
Queen Elizabeth when she was Princess Elizabeth
A young woman who displayed great independence...

Queen Elizabeth II


And so who does a potential Queen date? Well supposedly she met her man when she was only 13 years old and not without controversy (read more here) but she indeed married Prince Phillip in 1947
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, 1951The marriage produced children Charles in 1948 and Princess Anne in 1950
Queen Elizabeth




Queen ElizabethHere she is at the coronation in
1953






















and now add Queen to Wife and Mother and represent all of England.


She has met and been photographed with 12 U.S. Presidents over the years.


queen elizabeth herbert hoover Herbert Hoover 1957


princess-elizabeth-with-harry-s-truman-canadian-embassy-nov-1-1951 Harry Truman 1951


queen-elizabeth-dwight-d-eisenhower Dwight Eisenhower 1957



Queen_Elizabeth_and_Prince_Philip_host_Queen's_Dinner_for_President_john f and_jacqueline_kennedy JFK in1961

queen-elizabeth-richard-nixon-buckinghamshire-1970 Nixon in 1970

queen-elizabeth-gerald-ford-white-house-july-17-1976-washington Gerald For 1976


queen elizabeth jimmy carter Jimmy Carter 1977


Queen_Elizabeth_toast_and_Reagan Ronald Reagan 1983 (at a roast)
queen-elizabeth-george-hw-bush-baltimore-baseball-game-may-15-1991-washington HW Bush 1971

queen elizabeth bill clinton Clinton 1994


queen-elizabeth-george-w-bush-windsor-castle-england-june-15-2008 George W. Bush 2007

queen elizabeth barack obama toast cheers Obama 2011

A lady through and through, I love her smile.
Queen ElizabethQueen Elizabeth II  walks with a guide in the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, as part of a five-day state visit to the Gulf...This picture was taken on her 88th birthday...


and this photo was taken just this past April....

Queen Elizabeth II sits with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as she delivers her speech during the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster, 04.06.2014 in London, England.
 Queen Elizabeth II sits with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as she delivers her speech during the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster, 04.06.2014 in London, England.
 
This woman is amazing so you can't blame me for posting this one last picture...
 
Men
          Go Queen Elizabeth !