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McKinley Park & apartment search rpt; +cactus & tomato Tuesday

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

emoticon It was a little toasty yesterday at 5pm, but made it out to McKinley Park and hung out in front of the library w/my red ribbon in my tennis shoe & my garden hat on. Waited about 10 minutes to see if any other sparkies would show up; but alas -no other red-ribbon folks appeared.

There's actually more available on street parking at 5pm than at 11am (which surprised me). The number of folks walking was about the same, but seemed to be more individual walkers than buddies. It was warm, but our lovely delta breeze was coming in intermittently so when you walked through the tree canopy you really felt the cool breezes. However, when you got out of the shade, the heat was there -but not bad.

emoticon The apartment search earlier in the day with my cousin was interesting. She found several potential places, but wants to keep looking this week to get a better idea of what's out there. We also checked out some duplex rentals in Carmichael area, which were nice because they had garage -but some of the neighborhoods were a bit 'messy'? -not sure how to describe the negative aesthetics of neighborhood where autos are everywhere and folks keep their garbage cans, grills & picnic tables in their front yards. Just way too cluttered for our taste, but thats us.

Today I leached and repotted several of my cactus plants; and the prickly little darlings were truly a handful -OUCH, OUCH, OUCH!!! Any cactus lovers out there???

Later I enjoyed my fresh tomatoes w/cucumbers for lunch- delish!!! I LOVE TOMATOES!!! Any tomato lovers out there???


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ASKETCH 7/10/2009 3:49AM

    I have been reading your venture as you walk like wearing red shoe laces and your hat, that is so ingenious I love your blog. I too love fresh tomatoes from my garden but this year I started when the cold weather was past and we had here in california some cold weather until it started to get warm for a few by then it was already summer. And I do have succulents because that is what interests me. Well hope tomorrow will be better and hopefully you will find another sparkie person, but I will be remembering you when I go out for a walk. :--) emoticon

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McKinley Park walk 5PM today (vs 11AM) & looking for rental

Monday, July 06, 2009

Today my cousin Alma & I will start to look for duplex/apartment rental in $850/month range in Carmichael, Citrus Heights & Orangevale communities, so prayers and positive thoughts for her would be appreciated.

Her hubby passed in February and after all things were settled she was advised that she would not be receiving hubby's widow/survivor benefit (sad story)... so now has to sell her home and find apt or duplex based on her very limited income.

Since I'll be busy w/my cousin today, I'll be walking at Mckinley Park at 5PM today (vs 11AM) in front of the library, with red ribbon in my shoue, to meet up w/any Sparkies that can make it.

TaTa for now.



Walking at Land Park @ 5pm - lets have a picnic!

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Yesterday's walk at Wm. Land Park was great. The delta breezes were kicking in and yellow swallowtail butterflies and humming birds were flitting around and just adding to the beauty of our walk. When we ended the walk, we all decided that we wanted to have a picnic after our walk next Friday to relax, get to know each other a little better and to enjoy the park. Then we decided to post an invite to all on the SacSparkles & Official Sacramento Team sites! Funny how this ball gets rolling eh?

Below is general announcement I worked up. Please let me know if it needs clarification, if you can make the walk and/or picnic, or if you love the park too.

Hope to see you there next Friday!

Land Park Walk & Picnic

Come join Sacramento Sparkles team Friday July 10, 2009 for family walk at 5PM and/or picnic in lovely William Land Park at 6:PM.

For family walk please wear comfortable shoes and bring a smile and water for sipping. For family picnic, please bring enough for you/your family and 2 quests plus anything else that will help you relax, get comfortable and have fun at the park (i.e. blankets, lawn chairs, frisbees, etc.) Iced bottled water at the picnic will be provided by the SacSparkles team.

The walk will begin at the entrance of the Sacramento Zoo in William Land Park, 3930 Land Park Drive and end at the picnic tables on west side of Land Park Drive, southeast of the softball fields. (We recommend parking cars/bikes on side roads and area to south of softball fields.) Come at:

4PM if you can hep MIMULUSBUG with picnic area set up & company;
5PM to begin family walk in the park with K-GECKO & EVASOMA;
6PM to join Sacramento Sparkles-Peeps for family picnic & fun

Hope to see you there!



Southside Park @ 11am

Thursday, July 02, 2009

emoticon Well I made it to Southside Park today at 11am. I had my garden hat on and a red ribbon tied to my laces. I waited about 10 more minutes, but no one else made it so I headed out. It was another great day to go for a walk. The only downer was traffic from the elevated freeway (US50/Bus80; aka the WX Freeway) was super noisy, so it was a bit distracting when I walked along W Street. Still a lot of butterflies (mostly yellow w/Black & pale-creamy colored ones).

Sad to report that I was not able to stop by at 5pm today, incase others stopped by. I had hoped to make walks in park twice a day to get things rolling- but other commitments and family currently need me more than I realized.



Southside Park meet up spot at "Universal Universe" adventure area (a space age playground complete with Buck Rogers-style spaceship sculpture).

Brilliant mural backdrop at the park amphitheater, a must see!

(FYI: The aphitheater mural was painted by members of the Royal Chicano Air Force, a long-time Sacramento group of Chicano artists/activists.)

Lovely mosiac on exterior south wall of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.

(Historical FYI: Cesar Chavez's historic United Farm Workers march from Delano to Sacramento in 1966 came to Southside Park and Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.)

I love this colorful mosaic located on outside of the pool building.

This is tiny graphic of Southside Park.

For more park info park visit following City web site:

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MIMULUSBUG 7/6/2009 9:10AM


Thanks so much for the encouragement! A walk around Maple Lake sounds delicious!

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  Hey I'll tell you what. I wil be at Maple Lake at 11:00 A.M and I will wear my Bubba Gump Shrimp hat and I will wear a red ribbon in my tennis shoe. I can't be in Sacramento, California, but I will be with you in spirit even if my body is in PawPaw, Michigan. You go girl!


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McKinley Park 11am walk

Monday, June 29, 2009

Another beautiful day at McKinley park! I got there in front of the library with time to spare and a red ribbon on my shoe laces. Alas, no fellow Sparkies showed up, so I headed out about 11:10am. Man was the park busy with kids! I think I counted 4 groups of 20+ kids each (elementary school age, boys and girls) scattered around the park. They were laughing and having so much fun, it just kept a smile on my face listening to them laugh and giggle and yell at each other. The pond turtles were all out on the middle rocky spots sunning themselves and the ducks were chowing down on goodies being handed out by a mom and her preschooler. The yoga ladies were at their same shady location, stretching and sipping water; and the tennis court was BUSY. Parking around the park was pretty good, but there were a lot more folks at the park this Monday than last.

Well I'm off for grocery run, see ya!

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MIMULUSBUG 7/6/2009 9:13AM

    This week I think I'm going to do 5PM walk at McKinley Park on Monday & South Side Park on Wednesday. Hope you might be able to meet up.

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STILLPT12 6/30/2009 6:41PM

    How about an evening walk when it is cooler? I was away last week. Now back for a while.

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