On a hot Sunday, July 19, we drove up to the mountains to cool down and meet up with Alex and his boys, who spent the weekend there. Sofae and her third cousin, Jason enjoyed an afternoon moment at a kids playground in Keystone.
"The Feds are making the mortgage mess even worse" goes the title of a July 7th letter to the editor of Delaware Online by Linda A. Moffett, a Realtor from Newark. In it Linda charged the Feds with forcing mortgage lenders to deal "with such ridiculous government-imposed regulations that it is becoming more and more difficult to settle on time, if at all... Banks laid off the majority of their mortgage department staff and hired temps with little or no real estate knowledge to get through the overabundance of refinances and short sales."
About four months ago a feral cat that befriended us when we first moved into the house gave birth to yet another litter. This one was the biggest one yet - nine kittens in all (see them in the first picture taken by my sister, on her visit Tuesday, June 16, 2009). I have no idea what happened to kittens from all her previous litters - they all just disappear after a while.
Shares of Cigna Corporation (CI)(and other health insurance companies) have been depressed for quite a while now, pressured first by Cuomo's investigation, then by general recessionary pressures, followed by overwhelming one time losses from a run down business and finally by the uncertain threat of a health care reform that can wipe out all private health insurers. However, Cigna shares have now more than tripled since their March low of $8.
I am happy to report that after an almost six month hiatus, I have cherry picked a worthy stock to buy and that stock is... (drum roll, please...) Abbott Laboratories (ABT). My last stock buy was a late January of this year purchase of Pfizer, Inc. (PFE) I will begin with a few words about why I continue to like big pharma (I am also holding a position to Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) - acquired late March 2007) and then go more specifically into Abbott Labs.
A Denver Grand Jury has handed down a 70‐count indictment against two men accused of running a Ponzi scheme to take in millions of dollars. The indictment is the result of an investigation conducted by the Colorado Division of Securities.
Michael Marshall (dob: 06‐28‐48) is charged with violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (F2), conspiracy to commit securities fraud (F4), conspiracy to commit theft (F4), four counts of theft (F3) and sixty‐three counts of securities fraud (F3).
Marina, Dima and Benjamin came to visit us from the San Francisco Bay Area July 1st - 7th. They stayed with us the entire time and made day trips to see Downtown Denver, Royal Gorge and the Garden of the Gods area, including Indian cliff dwellings, Seven Falls and the Cave of the Winds.
A very short tale of two lilies, actually... Really, just wanted to share with everyone pictures of two different lilies growing in my backyard. One is an Orange Daylily (aka Tawny Daylily, Tiger Daylily and Ditch Daylily, Latin name - Hemerocallis fulva var. fulva) and the other - an Orange Asian Lily. Their flowers look very similar, but these two plants are quite different. Daylilies are not true lilies, but are members of the Hemerocallidaceae family, while Asiatic lilies indeed are members of the Liliaceae family.