Monday, November 28, 2011
Gearing up for the Christmas holidays. Got the tree up and decorations on and around the inside of the house. The temps are a bit cooler and we had a couple of very blustery days. With it getting dark so early, the lights may have to wait until this weekend. I'll put up my few things that I can do without Dan's help and the ladder.
One of our traditions is to turn on Christmas music while the tree is being put up or at least while it's being decorated. Another is that the tree or decorations don't go up before Thanksgiving. It's usually the day after.
What are some of your holiday traditions? Let me know.
Also put up a new list this weekend so check it out. We have cassettes on sale - buy 2 get 2 free.
Gotta get back at it!
Have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year, if I don't get back to the blog before then!
Friday, November 11, 2011
I just love this time of year! The changing of the leaves is beautiful. I took a road trip to pick up some players and tapes the other day and ended up going down a state highway. I saw some amazing foliage as well as buffalo, ostrich or emu, lamas and other wild life.
What's crazy around here is that I've been seeing some of the Bartlett Pear trees blooming. This crazy drought and now cooler weather has tricked them into thinking it's Spring.
I've uploaded some of our San Francisco photos from Photobucket - so take a look. Some of the photos are from a trip we took to Wisconsin a few years ago. Sorry for any dups of pics and all of the aerial photos, but some of those were pretty cool from the air. What can I say, it was a long flight! (I corrected all of my poor spelling on the photos in the slideshow, but it doesn't seem to show them (the corrections) on the uploads).
We've also put up a new list so check it out - www.katestrackshack.com. Remember that we also have a mobile site that you can check out on your mobile devices. It's still under construction, but getting there. You can check it out at - www.katestrackshack.mobi.
We hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving Day next week! Don't eat to much, shop to much or watch to much TV!
Can you believe that they are already laying on heavy Christmas ads. I've seen stuff out for Christmas since before Halloween. I saw some folks who already had their outside Christmas decorations up. I love Christmas, but let's at least get through Thanksgiving first!
Enjoy a wonderful holiday with your family & friends! We will be!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Just got back from a great trip to San Francisco! Lots to see and do and even got to experience two earth quakes while we were there! The first one was 3.8 and the second 4.0. Not huge, but a quake non-the-less. The funny part was that it happened on "Earthquake Awareness Day." The other thing I found of interest, was that it happened during the World Series, which is when the last really big one hit SF in '89.
Here are some pics of the trip:
Painted Ladies Houses (I think)
Golden Gate Bridge from the Presidio
Inside a giant sequoia tree at Muir Woods
Houseboat in Sausalito - lots of cool houseboats, but this was the best!
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz "The Rock" Island
Dan about to be locked up on Alcatraz
Sunset view of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way back from Alcatraz
Another sunset view of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way back from Alcatraz
There are lots more pictures, but I need to download them from mine and Dan's phones.
I also went to a fortune cookie factory (well maybe not that big), but it was fun watching the three ladies cook and make the fortune cookies. They even make "adult" fc's.
For those of you who use your mobile devices to check out the website, we have just added a mobile site for you. It's still under construction, but take a look and let us know what you think - http://www.katestrackshack.mobi
We also just put up a new list today so take a look - http://www.katestrackshack.com
We've added some more bulk lots so be sure to check those out. We'll be adding more as time permits. Also have lots of cassettes that need to move!
Have a good week/end!
Kathy & Dan
Thursday, August 25, 2011
We took our vacation this year in conjunction with two conferences Dan had in Washington DC. It stunk for him to not be able to go and do a lot of things with us, but he did get to do some things. Instead of flying this year, we drove.
Since we needed to be up in DC by Monday, we headed off on Friday morning. We didn't push ourselves and made it to Memphis, TN. By the time we got there it was really to late to do much site seeing. We were going to see a movie, but decided dinner and back to the hotel sounded better. Saturday we drove until we got to Abingdon, VA. Dan and I left the girls in the hotel and we went off to the movies. We saw Cowboys and Aliens. Not a bad flick. The popcorn machine was hosed up and they didn't have any ready before our movie so they hand delivered it to us just before the movie started. Very nice folks there!
Dan wanted us to go to the Air/Space Museum near Dulles Airport so we did that before heading to the hotel where his conference was being held and we were staying. Here are a few of the many pictures that we took while we were there.
This is the Enola Gay, the airplane that dropped the bomb on Japan.
Dan and two of of the girls in front of a flying car. We need one of those to go with our boat car!
Another picture of the Enola Gay with Dan and girls.
An overlook of the space area. You can see a small part of the life size mock up of the Enterprise Space Shuttle.
On Monday, before Dan had to go to his conference, we went to Arlington Cemetery. What an awesome place to go. To see the gravestones of so many men/women who gave their lives for this country. Some very famous and many not so famous, but the sacrifice was the same.
Lee's Home. They were remodeling when we were there so a lot of the furniture is at Mt. Vernon - Robert E. Lee married the granddaughter of Jackie Custis who was Washington's stepson. Lee is also GW's third cousin, twice removed, since both men are descended from Augustine Warner, Sr., and Mary Towneley Warner (GW by way of their son, Augustine, Jr., and Lee by way of their daughter, Sarah. Just a brief history lesson.
View of DC from the front yard of the Lee home. It was very hazy that day. You may have to enlarge the picture, but you can see the Washington Monument and the Capital in the background.
Another view from the front lawn of the Lee home. In this picture you can see the Capitol and Jefferson Memorial in the background.
In this picture you can see the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial (left side of picture) in the background. They have dug up the Reflecting Pool to do renovations to it. Pretty weird not seeing it there with water in it.
This is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Very solemn place to be in the cemetery.
This is John F. Kennedy's grave. Jackie O. is buried beside him as well as two of their children who died as infants. Bobbie is not buried here, which I thought he was. Teddy is buried near but not in the same plots as JFK, Jackie O. and the two children. I was also surprised to not see John Jr. buried with his parents.
I took the girls to New York City for a couple of days. Except for Susie getting sick, we had a great time! Here are a few pics of that trip -
These are a few pictures from Central Park -
The Plaza Hotel outside of Central Park. This is where the Eloise movie with Julie Andrews takes place.
Carriage rides around Central Park. There were lots of guys trying to get us to buy a ride on the carriage, bikes or rickshaws, but we wanted to walk. I didn't get a picture of it, but we did buy hot dogs from one of the vendors at the entrance to the park. A little pricy, and not that good!
A beautiful view of NYC from Central Park.
A guy playing the sax in the park. He was good, but forgot to put money in his case.
Mary posing for me in CP.
Off to 5th Ave and Tiffany's
Susie in front of Tiffany's window - just like Audry Hepburn in Breakfast at Tifrfany's.
Front of store. Lots of women getting their picture taken in front of the store. We went in and the cheapest thing they had was a charm for $150! BTW, there are 5 floors to the store.
When we came back to DC, we walked the National Mall, but I forgot to take my camera with me. We also did one of the museums at the the Smithsonian, but again, I forgot my camera. The girls got some cool pictures. I think I might have a few on my phone that I'll post when I get them uploaded to the computer.
I was grateful that we were not there for the earthquakes. I can't imagine how terrifying it would have been to be on the Metro (subway) or in the Washington Monument or the Pentagon when they hit.
As for business! We just put up a new list yesterday. Sorry it has taken so long! Trying to get ready to go on vacation, being gone and then getting back and trying to get the kiddos ready for school.
We've added a new page for cassette tapes. Folks have asked for them, so we've put them on. We also have lots of cases, both for cassettes and 8-tracks, so let us know what you need.
We're also having a 10% off back to school sale (doesn't include s/h).
We've got a couple of other things in the works. One of the things we're working on is putting up an auction site where you can sell anything musical - tapes, players, etc. We'll keep everyone posted when it's all up and running.
Have a great week(end)!
Sunday, July 17, 2011
It's been pretty busy around here!
A couple of weeks ago, Dan and I went to an air show. It was pretty small, but we were able to see some cool planes. I went up inside a B25 - Fifi. We saw her in Midland, Texas at the air show there where we flew on a B17 but she wasn't flying at the time. Pretty small quarters up there!
Late last week, Dan and I headed up to Wisconsin to a car show - Iola Old Car Show.
They said there were over 115,000 people this year. We went last year and it was great! Very hot and humid last year, but this year it was in the high 80's! People were complaining about the hot temps up there and we just laughed. We left temps of 100. I'm posting a picture of our thermometer in the kitchen. You'll notice the outside temp of 110! The inside is high because I accidentally weed-wacked one of the a/c lines and I didn't want to run the a/c until Dan could get home from work and make sure I hadn't damaged anything (I did, but nothing he couldn't fix!!!). We left on Thursday, got up there Friday night and back home early Sunday evening! We stayed at a wonderful Bed & Breakfast called Apple Tree Lane B&B in Waupaca, WI. It was located in an historic Victorian farmhouse built in the early 1880's and sits on 7.5 acres in a park-like setting along 400 feet of beautiful Crystal River frontage. The rihttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifver was beautiful, but the mosquitoes were horrible! We want to come back here again when we have more time to enjoy everything.
We also just closed on the house that we've been working on. This was our first house that we bought 24 years ago. We sold it to a friend and he needed to sell it and we were given first dibs out it. It needed a ton of work on the outside, which is almost finished except for the landscaping and the inside will be next. Two of our three kiddos were born while in this house. It backs up to a horse field, which is kind of cool! We will probably move the oldest into this house once we get it fixed up. Right now she lives down the street in a little bit smaller house. We've already got lots of folks wanting to rent hers out. This was such a cute, well kept house :( We'll get it back to that state again! This is not the best view of the house. I'll try to find a better one and post it.
And let's see, I ended up with a black eye earlier this week! I promise, Dan didn't do it! One of the dogs (youngest corgi) did. Man does he have a hard head! It seems like it just keeps getting worse.
We also just updated the list with lots of tapes so you'll want to check it out - www.katestrackshack.com. We have tons of cases for sale so get 'em while you can.
We'll be headed up to DC for vacation in mid August. Dan has a week long conference and the girls and I will be out doing stuff while he's stuck in his conferences :(.
We'll be driving for about 3 days up/back. If anyone has any good places that are worth stopping out, please let us know. We like the weird and crazy places!
Everyone have a great week and stay cool!!!!
Kathy & Dan
Friday, July 01, 2011
It's been a busy May and June for us! Dan having a huge kidney stone (8mm) that took a month and finally surgery to get rid of. Kids are now out of school. We're buying back our first house and about to take the contract over to the title company to get scheduled for a closing date! We picked up close to 5000 8-tracks (most in cases - around 300+), about 1000 cassettes in cases, and around 30 players. So, how's your summer going so far...
I'll be posting some pictures of the haul so you can see how crazy this is. This isn't, however, our largest haul of 8-tracks/players, etc. I think our biggest was 10,000 from a friend up in Oklahoma. We haven't even had a chance to look through the boxes and cases, but hopefully will get to this weekend.
We've got a sale on these tapes for a very short time - A case of tapes for $.25 a tape (must take a whole case of tapes). Most of these cases hold 24 tapes. S/H depend on the weight of the cases with the tapes in them. They'll ship media mail. Keep in mind that the cases are just shipping vessels. You might get lucky and get a good case, but you might not. The tapes are as is and we won't do special requests. What's in the case is what you get. We also have some of the bargain basement tape lots on sale 30% off regular price. Check out the website at - http://www.katestrackshack.com.
I thought I had some pictures of our first house that I could put up, but can't find them. Next update. I've got some from when we first moved into the house and I'll find some of when we first started working on the outside to what it looks like now on the outside.
Again, have a Happy 4th!!!