Friends of the Library Book Sale...

After a few feet of snow and the library being closed yesterday, the powers that be decided the sale must go on. So I walked to the library to help with the set up.

It was a spectacular time to be out in it all.
Book sales are always fun because of the other volunteers and the 'customers' who come in to shop. We all have at least one thing in common- a love of books!
Steve dug out the truck and picked me up with my bag of literary fun. St. Patrick's Day has started out quite well. On to the party... Beimedh a gole! (Let us be drinking!)

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Meet Fritzi Dangerg...

Mark Jensen, the curator at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park, shared with an eager library audience, the Adventures of Fritzi Dangberg, a Nevada Gal.

Have you ever learned of someone and so regretted that you never had the chance to meet that person? That's how I feel about Fritzi. This is a photo (ca 1942) of her holding the German Shepherd puppies she raised and contributed to the Dogs for Defense program in World War II. How very cool!
Since moving to Tahoe, we have been huge fans of this historic home in Carson Valley. To learn more about its more colorful and exceptional resident was a huge treat.
The Dangbergs held on to a great deal of their possessions and thankfully, they are still in the home (which is open for touring in the summer and so well worth the effort). Mark shared with us Fritzi's travel documents and souvenirs. These incredible artifacts gave us a glimpse into making the most of life in the first half of the 20th century.
Fritzi was not your typical rancher’s daughter. Born in 1907, her family was one of the most influential in Nevada’s Carson Valley, with a stake in several businesses and a livestock ranch that included tens of thousands of acres and animals. Her family’s prosperity made life comfortable and gave Fritzi many opportunities: college, travel and notable friends. While her heart was always at the ranch, her mind and spirit were ready to conquer the world.

This gal was educated at UC Berkeley, earning a degree in Philosophy in 1926. Can you imagine the fun she had, at college, having grown up in isolated Minden, NV?
Sadly, Fritzi Dangberg died in 1946, at the age of 38, from breast cancer. I can only imagine the even greater legacy she would have left behind had she had a longer life. She was a mover and a shaker. What a gal!

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Six Year Anniversary in Tahoe...

Wow, six years ago we left a Southern California town we had been in since 1993 and moved to the Sierras.

The decision to move here is still one that is in our top five best decisions of all time:

  1. Marrying each other
  2. Son #1
  3. Son #2
  4. Travel as a priority
  5. Moving to South Lake Tahoe

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Birding... Yes, this is what we do!!!

Happy Day #15 of my birthday month...or The Ides of March, a day on the Roman calendar that was marked by several religious observances and was notable for the Romans as a deadline for settling debts. In 44 BC, it became notorious as the date of the assassination of Julius Caesar which made the Ides of March a turning point in Roman history.

We decided to go out and do some birding. We eyed some pretty awesome sights.

What a difference a day makes in a Tahoe winter!

After tromping through various snowy locations, we went back to Bob and Jenny's house and observed birds at play in their heated birdbath and well visited feeder. What fun! I always say their home is right out of National Geographic.

Creative expression, whether that means writing, dancing,
bird-watching, or cooking, can give a person almost everything
that he or she has been searching for:
enlivenment, peace, meaning, and the incalculable wealth
of time spent quietly in beauty.
-Anne Lamott

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Snowshoeing Castle Rock Trail...

I was greeted with the warning below, as I drove to Gardnerville yesterday. Today, we donned our snowshoes and embraced the new snow before the impending storm arrived later in the day.

So the photo ops didn't start off well. I am typically the person who sets up the camera on the tripod and runs to get into the frame before the ten seconds are up. The snow was thicker than I anticipated.
Once we got going on the trail, it was smooth sailing. I'll let this series of photos tell you about our outing.

Needless-to-say, there were many audible "And we live here!" proclamations. What a lovely lull between storms.

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A Rendezvous at Sharkey's Casino...

We have an author, Karen Dustman, coming to Tahoe to present her book and unfortunately I have had plans for months, for that same day, and can't attend. So today we met for coffee at a cool little spot.

When Karen suggested we meet at Sharkey's Casino in the Jackpot Cafe, I was intrigued. I have passed by this Gardnerville landmark numerous times yet never stopped.
Milos S. “Sharkey” Begovich, opened his namesake casino in 1971. Sharkey’s Nugget Casino, was famous for its collection of Western memorabilia and an endless array of kitschy collectibles, including some awesome vintage slot machines displayed in the cafe.
I know Steve and I will return to dine here. Good food at reasonable prices with a whole lot of interesting things to look at. It is just my kind of place. Great suggestion by Karen.
And if you are anywhere near Tahoe, you really should swing by the South Lake Tahoe Library and meet this interesting woman yourself.

Saturday, April 21, 1 PM Genoa Cemetery, Markleeville Ghosts & More. Join local authors Karen Dustman, Laurie Hickey, and photographer Judy Wickwire to hear stories from their recently-released book, The Old Genoa Cemetery.  The first in a four-volume series, this fascinating book takes readers on a tour of the southern-most section of this historic cemetery, and honors the lives of some of Carson Valley's earliest and most prominent settlers who are buried here. As an added plus, Karen will also share stories from her second newly-released book, Markleeville Ghost Tales -- a collection of the fascinating, true stories about ghost sightings told and re-told by the locals in this small frontier town. Join us for a fun and fascinating afternoon! Free and open to all.
“I have always enjoyed cemeteries.
Altars for the living as well as resting places for the dead,
they are entryways, I think, to any town or city,
the best places to become acquainted with the tastes of the inhabitants,
both present and gone.”
― Edwidge Danticat

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Birds & Views... A Great Tahoe Day

In anticipation of a new, big storm coming, I accepted Jenny's invitation to come birding with her. Who knows when it will be this beautiful of a day, any time soon.

Though the day began with fog, the warmth of the sun made us happy to be out in it all.

I was rewarded with five new species for the Tahoe Big Year competition, including this handsome Hairy Woodpecker.

The sights were pretty rewarding as well.

I loved this American Pipit frolicking lakeside.

Not one but two different Bluebirds provided us happiness today!

"Dawn-giddy birds chirp
as if every morning is a special occasion.
Wise, wise birds."
-Terri Guillemets

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