myrl jeffcoat: What's a 'Granny Pod' you ask? - 12/10/12 08:52 AM
There may be a viable solution for Baby Boomers and GenXers, who have managed to get the kids through college, only to find it necessary to help mom or dad out, with nursing home care.This afternoon while looking for material on the www.aarp.org website, I came across interesting information about “Granny Pods” - or backyard cottages.  These high-tech alternatives can offer another choice to a nursing home.
 
These prefabricated homes start at $85,000 for a 12x24 foot house.  They are equipped with advanced safety features, webcams and cushioned floors.  For more information about this innovative idea, you can access the … (15 comments)

myrl jeffcoat: A Marriage of Pixels and Photo Editing Tools and Apps - 12/08/12 10:53 AM
The photography of today most certainly isn’t the experience it was when I was a kid shuffling around with a little Kodak Baby Brownie   We didn’t know what a pixel was, back then.  In today’s world of digital cameras coupled with available editing tools and applications, we are capable of tapping realms not previously seen.Recently, William Johnson presented a blog tutorial on the use of “Experiemental High Range Imaging or HDR” effect, while using iPiccy, an on-line photo editing application.  This afternoon, I took a little re-adventure, while editing some pictures taken while on a trip along Utah's Highway 12, a couple years … (21 comments)

myrl jeffcoat: Reduced Numbers of Listed Homes Continues in Sacramento - 12/06/12 01:53 AM
Sacramento County’s housing statistics for the month of November continued to reflect declining numbers of homes listed for sale in the Greater Sacramento region.  This trend has continued for several months now, and has moved our region from a buyer’s market to a seller’s market.
 
The graphs provided below, drive home the difference a year has made.  The top graph compares numbers for November 2011 vs. November 2012 “For Sale – Sold – Pended” homes in all of Sacramento County.   The lower graph provides the stats for October 2011 to October 2012. Interest rates continue at historic lows.  Modest home … (15 comments)

myrl jeffcoat: Old Sacramento Holiday Merry Making - 12/01/12 11:53 AM
The Raley’s Theatre of Lights is quickly becoming an annual Old Sacramento holiday tradition.  The delightful event provides the live-action story telling of “A Visit from St. Nicholas” - or as more popularly known, “Twas the Night Before Christmas” as narrated by “Mark Twain.” 
 
The historic Old Sacramento buildings and balconies become the stage, with theatrical lights, accompanied by sound, music, and live actors.
Raley’s Theatre of Lights is FREE of admission, with only parking being charged!The dates and times for the 2012 event can be accessed via: “About Raley’s Theatre of Lights and the Schedule.” Old Sacramento is … (23 comments)

myrl jeffcoat: A Stormy, Clammy, Fire Driven, Marigold, Yemen Evening - 11/29/12 10:53 AM
When I arrived back home this evening, I grabbed a few logs from the side yard, and placed them on the back step next to the door.  The Greater Sacramento Region is bracing for another wave, in a current cycle of storms coming through.   We are slated for significant rainfall and winds beginning tonight and lasting through Sunday.
Once I secured the firewood in a handy location, I unloaded a bag of groceries.   It is the perfect night for a pot of Creamy Clam Chowder.

Ingredients-
 
1 - 6 1/2 oz can minced clams
4 slices bacon, cut in … (20 comments)

myrl jeffcoat: A Place to Complete the Circle of Life - 11/26/12 11:49 AM
The following scenes were snapped from the bike and footbridge across the American river at about Mile 13 of the American River Parkway.  The bridge connects William Pond Recreation Area in Carmichael to River Bend Park near Rancho Cordova.Sacramento was enjoying a spectacular late November day, with temperatures in the upper 60s.  The river looked placid.  A lone fisherman was trying his luck, although this part of the river is supposed to be off-limits for fishing due to the Salmon spawn.  The last picture is of a finned one, working to accomplish an important step in the circle of life.
 
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myrl jeffcoat: Some Days I'm Holiday Challenged - 11/23/12 01:33 AM
It should have been a quieter day, because our group of 9 yesterday, was significantly smaller than I normally have at home on Thanksgiving Day.  But the craziness of the day, more than made up for chaos usually promoted by a burgeoning house full of kids and grandkids. 
 
I was up early, even by my standards.  I wanted to make sure our dinner was put together well and I had it all under control, even for temporary moments.  I set the table.  I checked my task list, and then I checked it again.  After swaddling it with butter and … (24 comments)

myrl jeffcoat: Bright Blessings in Anticipation of a Happy Thanksgiving! - 11/21/12 05:31 AM

 
It’s pie and cookie baking day at my house today.  It’s also chop, dice and grate day.  However, before my family descends on my home, in celebration of Thanksgiving, I want to take this opportunity to wish you and yours, a very bountiful day.  I hope there is much you can be thankful for. 
I feel very blessed for my family, my friends, and all of you I have met through the wonderful ActiveRain Community.Sometimes, it is the simplest of things that provide the Greatest Blessings!Enjoy this Special Day – Happy Thanksgiving!
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myrl jeffcoat: A Cheerleader Along The American River Parkway - 11/18/12 03:46 PM
One of the more important things I’ve experienced since beginning to access The American River Parkway on my bicycle these past couple months, is that no two rides are alike.  There is always some new experience, which defines the ride from the rest.  It may be a whiff of seasonal flora in bloom, or the sound of the river quickly rushing from recent rains.  It could be a wisp of cool air sent by a late autumn breeze.  And always, there is some form of wild life, interacting with nature that teases.
Soon after my first ride along The Parkway, I … (27 comments)

myrl jeffcoat: Monster Truck Show in Sacramento - Tonight and Tomorrow Night - 11/16/12 09:51 AM

It’s raining in Sacramento this afternoon and evening!  But rain or shine, the Monster Truck Show is happenin’ at Raley Field tonight and tomorrow evening.  Always a crowd pleaser for young and old, the Pit Party begins at 6:00 pm until 7:00 pm.  The show starts at 7:30 pm.
 
The picture above is of my grandson, Ryan, who was born into the world, hardwired for NASCAR, Monster Trucks, and Mustangs.  He was a mere 3 years old when this picture was taken.  He and I did an evening of Monster Trucks back then.  Ryan is 17 years old now.  … (16 comments)

myrl jeffcoat: A Ladder For Fishes - A California Thing - 11/12/12 12:00 PM
On Sunday when I blogged about my eleven mile bike ride up to Historic Folsom, there was another spot along the American River Parkway that many Greater Sacramento locals find of interest this time of year.  It is the Nimbus Fish Hatchery, near Hazel Avenue and Highway 50. 
 
The hatchery becomes brisk with activity each year, near the first of November.  The Salmon, native to the American River, are returning home from the ocean, to spawn.  When Nimbus Dam was built generations ago, it impaired the Salmon journey.  So a “California” solution was found to the problem.  A fish … (26 comments)

myrl jeffcoat: The Ice Rink is OPEN in Historic Old Folsom - 11/11/12 08:27 AM
While riding my bicycle this morning, I found myself in Historic Folsom.  There is never a shortage of events, or fun things to do along Sutter Street in Old Town.  This morning, workers were grooming the ice at the rink, which celebrated its Grand Opening for the season yesterday - November 10h.  The location adjacent to the Folsom Railroad Museum, provides a circular donut shaped rink for skating this year.  The Historic Railroad Turntable, acts as centerpiece to the ice.  I snapped these photos a little before the morning opening.  But, it was easy to imagine gaiety arriving shortly.  Music was … (18 comments)

myrl jeffcoat: Dwindling Inventory Continues as Challenge for Home Buyers in Sacto - 11/09/12 09:19 AM
Sacramento County’s housing statistics for the month of October continued to reflect the shrinking inventory of homes listed for sale in the Greater Sacramento region.  This trend has continued for several months now, and has moved our region from a buyer’s market to a seller’s market.
 
The graphs provided below, drive home the difference a year has made.  The top graph compares numbers for October 2011 vs. October 2012 “For Sale – Sold – Pended” homes in all of Sacramento County.   The lower graph provides the stats for September 2011 to September 2012. Interest rates continue at historic lows.  Modest … (12 comments)

myrl jeffcoat: How Would You have Looked 150 Years Ago? - 11/07/12 09:16 AM
 

 
While my sister, Gloria, was in town visiting a first time in awhile, the two of us meandered down to Old Sacramento, on a pleasantly warm sunny day.  While standing in front of O’Grady’s Old Time Photos, we lamented there had never been a formal picture taken of us together.  It was time!  Within a heartbeat we found our feet crossing the threshold and stepping into the studio.  Over the years, I had experienced a love-hate relationship with this type of photography.  I had always thought of it as whacky, but cute.  Then seeing it as a little … (30 comments)

myrl jeffcoat: The Delightful WPA Rock Garden in William Land Park - 11/05/12 12:53 PM
On a warm sunny day last week, my visiting sister and I decided to take a little ride over to the Sacramento neighborhood we had grown up in.  We stopped by the home we had lived in and other landmarks, but especially William Land Park, a favorite place we spent much time, during our growing up years.
 
While in the park, we drove by the Zoo and Fairytale Town, the old familiar ponds, and amphitheater.  Immediately adjacent to the amphitheater, is a delightful area with a sign, which reads, “WPA Rock Garden – Established 1940.”  In 1935, during the Great … (14 comments)

myrl jeffcoat: Recapturing The Hour of Sleep Lost Last Spring - 11/02/12 11:17 PM

How swiftly the year is passing.  To honor the ritual return to standard time, it’s important to remember setting clocks back, either late this evening; or first thing in the morning.Celebrate an extra hour of sleep tomorrow morning.  Make certain you have ditched daylight saving time!I hope you all have a wonderful and very special autumn weekend!
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myrl jeffcoat: Happy Halloween! - 10/30/12 10:05 PM
Happy Halloween!

I take pictures for the purpose of remembering fond times.  I do not impose copyright restrictions on this photo, so you may feel free to use, or distribute as you wish.  However, should you need a Real Estate Professional in the Greater Sacramento area, I hope that you will contact me by email or by visiting my website www.myrljeffcoat.com - Thank You!
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myrl jeffcoat: Life Sometimes Burns Brightest. . . - 10/27/12 01:24 PM

I found solitary vivid leaf, the last of its kind, struggling to remain attached to limb.  I am reminded life sometimes burns brightest before season is at end.  I think Emily Jane Bronte’ said it best in her poem, “Fall, leaves, fall”
 Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night’s decay
Ushers in a drearier day
 
 
I take pictures for the … (19 comments)

myrl jeffcoat: Anxious For It To Be OVER! - 10/25/12 07:15 AM
I suspect I am like many Americans, regardless of whom they support in this coming election, who will be VERY glad when it is all over!  As a registered Independent voter, I have made no secret of my overwhelming disdain of feeling caught between lunatic fringes of the Democommies and the Republinazis.   This year, I think the American voter is under siege.  If an overly stuffed mailbox, with campaign propaganda, doesn’t get you, then certainly the constant ringing of your telephone with political robo-calls will.  If you hope to escape to your television for a little relaxation, forget it.  A good percentage … (23 comments)

myrl jeffcoat: Greater Sacramento Halloween Haunted Houses, Trains and Other Events - 10/24/12 06:32 AM
There is no shortage of events in October to add fright to the lives of Greater Sacramentans, in search of Halloween activities.
 
~THE GHOST TRAIN!
One of my favorites is the Ghost Train, at Hagan Park, in Rancho Cordova.  The Sacramento Valley Live Steamers sponsors this annual event, which features roaming ghoulies and flying ghosts, along the rail tracks.  There are graveyards, creatures and a mad scientist.  The remaining dates for the Ghost Train are October 26th, 27th, 30th and 31st.  From 7 to 10 pm.
Hagan Park is located off Chase Drive in Rancho Cordova
Price: $5.00 for Kids 5 and older 
 
Click Here … (13 comments)

 
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