Sunday, December 31, 2006

Last Hours Before the New Year

We had a preview of some of the floats for the Rose Parade 2007!

Monday, December 25, 2006

New Santa

~Letter from Santa Claus~ I regret to inform you that, effective immediately ...... I will no longer serve the States of Georgia, Florida, Alabama, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas, and Arkansas on Christmas Eve. Due to the overwhelming current population of the earth, my contract was renegotiated by North American Fairies and Elves Local 209. As part of the new and better contract, I also get longer breaks for milk and cookies so keep that in mind. However, I'm certain that your children will be in good hands with your local replacement, who happens to be my third cousin, Bubba Claus. His side of the family is from the South Pole. He shares my goal of delivering toys to all the good boys and girls; however, there are a few differences between us. Differences such as: 1. There is no danger of the Grinch stealing your presents from Bubba Claus. He has a gun rack on his sleigh and a bumper sticker that reads: "These toys insured by Smith and Wesson." 2. Instead of milk and cookies, Bubba Claus prefers that children leave an RC cola and pork rinds on the fireplace. 3. You won't hear "On Comet, on Cupid, on Donner, and Blitzen..." when Bubba Claus arrives. Instead, you'll hear, "On Earnhardt, on Andretti, on Elliott and Petty." 4. "Ho, Ho, Ho" has been replaced by "Yee Haw" And you also are likely to hear Bubba's elves respond, "I her'd dat" 5. As required by Southern highway laws, Bubba Claus' sleigh does have a Yosemite Sam safety triangle on the back with the words "Back Off." 4. "Ho, Ho, Ho" has been replaced by "Yee Haw" And you also are likely to hear Bubba's elves respond, "I her'd dat" 5. As required by Southern highway laws, Bubba Claus' sleigh does have a Yosemite Sam safety triangle on the back with the words "Back Off."
Sincerely Yours, Santa Claus

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Day Before Christmas Day

Kobe got a big bone as his christmas treat!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Winter Solstice

Today marks the solstice - the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and summer in the Southern Hemisphere.

In astronomy, the solstice is either of the two times a year when the Sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator, the great circle on the celestial sphere that is on the same plane as the earth's equator. In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice occurs either December 21 or 22, when the sun shines directly over the tropic of Capricorn; the summer solstice occurs either June 21 or 22, when the sun shines directly over the tropic of Cancer. In the Southern Hemisphere, the winter and summer solstices are reversed.

Reason for the Seasons

The reason for the different seasons at opposite times of the year in the two hemispheres is that while the earth rotates about the sun, it also spins on its axis, which is tilted some 23.5 degrees towards the plane of its rotation. Because of this tilt, the Northern Hemisphere receives less direct sunlight (creating winter) while the Southern Hemisphere receives more direct sunlight (creating summer). As the Earth continues its orbit the hemisphere that is angled closest to the sun changes and the seasons are reversed.

Longest Night of the Year

The winter solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. The sun appears at its lowest point in the sky, and its noontime elevation appears to be the same for several days before and after the solstice. Hence the origin of the word solstice, which comes from Latin solstitium, from sol, “sun” and -stitium, “a stoppage.” Following the winter solstice, the days begin to grow longer and the nights shorter.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

How Cold Was Last Night?

A thin sheet of ice from my water bucket!

Can you see the wintriness on the grass?

Friday, December 15, 2006

Happy Hanukkah!

Hanukkah is the annual Jewish festival celebrated on eight successive days beginning on the 25th day of Kislev, the third month of the Jewish calendar, corresponding, approximately, to December in the Gregorian calendar. It is also known as the Festival of Lights, Feast of Dedication, and Feast of the Maccabees, Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem by Judas Maccabee in 165 BC after the Temple had been profaned by Antiochus IV Epiphanes, king of Syria and overlord of Palestine.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

What Happens After Thanksgiving?

Yeah, you've guessed it...

with my dogs of course!

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Bees Wanted!

I have planted a couple of roses (red and yellow) spaced out at about ten feet from each other to attract bees and other insects to pollinate my vegetables. Some were self-pollinating like the beans and so they don't make me worry that much. I'm having trouble attracting bees as I only see a few of them and the roses have few flowers. The hummingbirds come visit once in a while but I'm not sure if they are attracted to tomato flowers. Have you heard that you can manually pollinate your tomatoes? Yes, you can! There are several ways. Attach a toothpick to your electric toothbrush using a rubberband and gently buzz the flowers. This mimics the buzz the bees make on the flowers. Some guy on the web said to do this around 10.00 AM to 11.30 AM when the pollen count is at its highest. I have to do more investigation about this. Some use Q-Tips or paint brushes. And who said they were using their vibrators? Hahaha!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Beans, Beans, And More Beans!

I have three kinds of beans - royal burgundy, green crop, and the stringless green pod. They've been growing over a month now and I'm so happy they have flowers and tiny pods! Quick info: Since beans are members of the legume family, bean flowers are asymmetrical flowers with distinct upper and lower lobes, features characteristic to this family. I've never grown these before but I think I'm doing okay.

Bean Royal Burgundy. I have about 10 of these growing - I know what you are thinking... space really is an issue. It's flowers are purple. It's a bushy plant that's why I have those tree branches as stakes to support them. The branches are from my tree that is growing wildly on the front lawn.

Bean Green Crop.

Stringless Green Pod. Notice the tiny pod?

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

My Squash Seeds

I've bought a couple of squash seeds last month and it's a little over a month now since I've sown them. The early prolific straightneck and the dark green zucchini types are growing nicely in my little garden! But I'm still waiting for the kabocha squash to germinate. I think the cold weather is to blame.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

"Tom", the Tomato

Aside from my passion for lifting weights, one of the things I love doing is GARDENING. Yes, I love growing and taking care of plants. Since I've moved here to my new place, I've started my own garden of vegetables and ornamental plants. I've bought seeds and sow them a couple of months ago and now they're all growing! The back lawn is big enough but I don't have much space for growing vegetables. Actually, the back lawn is for my dogs to play around. Remember, I have two of them - Kobe (AKA Bob) & Bryant (AKA Giz). Most of the ornamentals that I have are still in the pots and nowhere to go in the lawn. My vegetable garden is small but I have so much going on in there. Anyways, I am so happy to find out that one of the tomatoes is bearing flowers and fruit now. I'm going to name it's very first fruit (and the very first fruit from my vegetable garden), "Tom - the Tomato" and we'll see what happens to Tom in his journey from my garden to my plate - maybe?
PS: What kind of tomato is Tom? Can you help me ID him?

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Friday, October 13, 2006

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Walk for Hope

Fighting Breast Cancer Takes Legwork!

Celebrities join thousands of participants for 10th anniversary of City of Hope’s Walk for Hope to Cure Breast Cancer, October 8

For thousands of women with breast cancer, and for those at risk for developing the disease, medical research provides hope. Take steps on Sunday, October 8, at City of Hope's Walk for Hope to Cure Breast Cancer and support groundbreaking research to prevent, combat and ultimately cure this disease. This year marks the 10th anniversary of City of Hope’s Walk for Hope, which will feature Grammy award winning singer, songwriter, actress and breast cancer survivor Olivia Newton-John, 2006 National Walk for Hope Celebrity Ambassador actress Andrea Evans of NBC’s “Passions,” and Lisa Joyner, host of TV Guide Channel’s “In FANity.” More than 8,000 participants are expected to attend. Walk for Hope takes place at City of Hope’s campus, located at 1500 E. Duarte Road, Duarte, Calif.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

the Bunny Museum in Pasadena

The Bunny Museum is the private home of Candace Frazee and Steve Lubanski. Therefore it is a "living museum". The world's largest bunny collection opened to the public 20 March 1998 housed in a living museum with bunny collectibles of every size, shape, and matter; featuring six Rose Parade® float bunnies.

Guinness World Record Holder! Most bunnies in the world! Over 22,000 and multiplying daily!

The museum is home to Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, Peter Cottontail, NesQuik Rabbit, Peter Rabbit, Brer Rabbit, White Rabbit and March Hare (from Alice in Wonderland), Roger Rabbit, Trix Rabbit, Rabbit (from Winnie the Pooh), Thumper (from Bambi), Uncle Wiggily, Energizer Bunny, Miffy, and Mashimaro, to name a few.

Five of their bunny pets live in the museum gift shop. They are: • Open • Road • Bicycle • Shop • Incorporated

The hoppiest place in the world!

The first bunny that started the whole collection.

Almost 12,000 people have visited the museum. You got to see it!

1933 Jefferson Drive, Pasadena, CA 91104 U.S.A.