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Happy Memorial Day

May 25, 2015


Did you know that Memorial Day became an official federal holiday only in 1971? Today, and everyday really, we honor everyone that perished while serving in the U.S. Military, whether male, female, or animal. Our sincerest appreciation to those that have served, are serving now, and will serve in the future, to maintain our freedom in this country of ours.

The photo is of Marine Lt. Col. Cal Worth saluting the grave site of a fallen comrade during a Memorial Day visit to Arlington National Cemetery.

Happy Earth Day!

April 22, 2015

Happy Earth Day!

The first Earth Day family had participants and celebrants in two thousand colleges and universities, roughly ten thousand primary and secondary schools, and hundreds of communities across the United States, in 1970.

More importantly, it “brought 20 million Americans out into the spring sunshine for peaceful demonstrations in favor of environmental reform.” Earth Day is now observed in 192 countries, and coordinated by the nonprofit Earth Day Network, chaired by the first Earth Day 1970 organizer Denis Hayes, according to whom Earth Day is now “the largest secular holiday in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year.” Environmental groups have sought to make Earth Day into a day of action which changes human behavior and provokes policy changes.

What will YOU do to celebrate Earth Day? Maybe plant a tree? How about planting milkweed for Monarch butterflies, or start a compost bin, avoid your car and ride your bike instead, or go paperless (pay your bills online).

The best part about Earth Day is that you can (and should) celebrate it whenever you’d like!


Happy St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2015


Were you aware that exactly 253 years ago today, the world celebrated its first St. Patrick’s Day Parade, in New York City?  However, New York can hardly lay claim to being home to the most state residents with Irish ancestry. That honor goes to Massachusetts, the state with the largest share of residents who claim Irish ancestry. It and New Hampshire are the only two states where more than 1 in 5 residents claim some Irish ancestry. Just under 1 in 17 people in Utah, New Mexico and California claim Irish ancestry.

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light. May good luck pursue you each morning and night…

Pearl Harbor Anniversary

December 7, 2014

More than a dozen Pearl Harbor survivors, each more than 90 years old, gathered in Hawaii this week to share stories as they marked the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack that killed 2,400 sailors, Marines and soldiers.

The gathering has been called the last meeting for the USS Arizona Reunion Association – comprised of the remaining nine survivors of the USS Arizona, a battleship that sank in the Dec. 7, 1941, attack.

Donald Stratton, 92, of Colorado Springs, Colo., was one of the few survivors of a gun director in the forward part of the ship. More than 65 percent of his body was burned. Stratton was hospitalized for more than year and then was medically discharged from the Navy.  He re-enlisted a year later. “The good Lord saved just a few of us,” he said.

During a private event today, the men will toast their shipmates, drinking from replicas of champagne glasses from the Arizona. They will share a bottle of sparkling wine that was a gift to the survivors association from President Gerald Ford’s visit to Spain in 1975.

“I learned something about faith,” said John Anderson, 97, of Roswell, N.M., recalling that he had just gone to church services and was heading to breakfast when someone said they saw the planes coming. He became teary-eyed as he discussed his twin brother dying in the attack. “It’s always like yesterday when we’re out here,” Conter added.

Earlier in the week, the survivors watched a live-feed of a dive along the Arizona’s sunken hull, which still holds the bodies of more than 900 of about 1,177 men who died on the battleship.  Ashes of 38 survivors are interred there.

–adapted from The Associated Press

Memorial Day 2014

May 26, 2014

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery


Not just on Memorial Day, yet throughout the year, we think about the fallen as evidenced by our visit to Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery situated in San Diego County on the Fort Rosecrans Military reservation.

There are interments that date to the early years of the California territory (mid 1800s), including the remains of the casualties of the battle of San Pasqual. It is sad to be in the presence of so many fallen, and to realize just how many have lost their lives for our country.

Hand over our hearts, we honor the fallen on this dedicated day…



December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas 2013 from "The Sister Team"!


Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanza…   Whatever you celebrate, we wish you the best this holiday season!!!

Be safe, have fun, and most of all, be good to yourself and others!!!

Wishing you all the happiness your hearts can embrace!

~Tara and April

Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2013



This photo is of Gracie as a sea monster holding Brooklynn the mermaid (Halloween 2012).  Last year may likely have been the final year of the girls dressing as a theme.

Gracie is a teenager now and wants to do her ‘own thing’.  In the past, the girls have dressed as a bee keeper and bee, Oscar the Grouch and Elmo, Snow White and the Evil Witch, etc.  Our family has so much fun during the Halloween season each year.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN from “The Sister Team”.

Be safe out there tonight!!!

Happy Independence Day!

July 4, 2013



Two hundred and thirty seven years ago today, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation.  As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country.

Did you know that there were an estimated 2.5 million people living in the newly independent nation; and this July 4th, there are estimated to be 316.2 million people.  That is a lot of celebrating!!!

Happy 4th of July!

Be safe, keep your animals locked up tight, and be thankful that you live in America!!!




Fee-Waived Pet Adoptions

June 28, 2013

Riverside County Animal Services

Riverside County Animal Services

Saturday, June 29th, from 9 am to 5 pm, come to the 4th Annual Park ‘N Bark car show and fee-waived pet adoption event!!

Riverside County Animal Services will be offering fee-waived pet adoptions (translation: FREE!) all day at its two largest shelters (Jurupa Valley on Van Buren Blvd in Riverside and Coachella Valley in Thousand Palms).

The Inland Empire Classic Mustang Car Club is sponsoring a vintage car show (from 9 am to 2 pm) at the main shelter, 6851 Van Buren Blvd., and a band will help make the day extra festive.  There will be food vendors too.

The FREE ADOPTIONS run from 9 am until closing time at 5 pm.  Please consider saving a life and adopting a dog or cat that needs a loving fur-ever home.  Everyone’s heart has a little more room for some 4-legged love!

For more information and to be directed to the Department of Animal Services website, please click here.

Please OPT to ADOPT!




June 13, 2013

Estate Sale June 14-16, 2013

Estate Sale June 14-16, 2013at 5809 Brockton Avenue, Riverside CA 92506

Please join Odekirk’s Estate Sales at 5809 Brockton Avenue:

Friday, June 14th  8 am to 3 pm
Saturday June 15th  8 am to 3 pm
Sunday, June 16th  8 am to 1 pm

They have just about everything under the sun, with great deals on tools for Father’s day, to yard items, and household goods.

The house is also for sale, at a great value, for $549,900.  Click here for more information on the home, as well as lots of photos.

It’s a great day to buy real estate….especially in the historical Wood Streets neighborhood!


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