September 27, 2013

Fluffy Puppies Baby photos ~

wOOf...wOOf...everyone!  Happy Friday to one and all!

Human was going through some old photos and found a few cute ones of me when I was 6 weeks old.  I will be 6 years old in a few weeks.  Boy time sure does fly by.  I was so fluffy and cute back then, however I still think I am that same cute handsome fluffy pup.

Wet slobbery kisses from Eddie on Earth and wet ones from Lucy in Heaven.

My Christmas Portrait as I look so innocent. 
Don't touch my toy!
Chewing on authorized item.
Watching the peeps at Happy Tails Barkery make biscuits, I hope they give me one! 
First day in my new dog house.
Ashland Oregon is a dog friendly town and these water bowls are all over the sidewalks.

September 12, 2013

Handmade Wooden Urns for my Human Grandma & Grandpa

Custom handmade Oak wooden urns for our human's mom and  dad who passed away.  My human Grandma loved Betty Boop as that was her nickname and she loved beach combing and looking for agates at their summer home in Trinidad.  My human Grandpa played golf every day while he was able until he got sick.  

wOOf...wOOf...Eddie the Fluffy Puppy

September 06, 2013

Last of a Legend ~ WWII B-17 Bomardier Captain Einar "Hal" Hallstrom 1919-2013

Dad and his Flight Crew on B-17 "The Thing of Beauty"
Dad's Obituary 9-6-13
Dad's photo for my mom when he was much younger
Dad General Manager of McKesson Wine & Spirits with his sales managers
Dad and his 9 siblings and parents
Dad's B-17 The Thing of Beauty
Dad and mom just got engaged
Mom and Dad at our Cabin in Lake Tahoe
Mom was a model for Loreal and Lancome
Mom going to her prom
Mom and her horse

September 05, 2013

Breaking News: WWII Bombardier Hero passes daddy is now in Heaven~

Captain Einar Henry “Hal” Hallstrom, 94 endured Cancer/Parkinson’s for the past 3 years; passed away on September 4th, 2013 at home with family by his side in Redding, CA.

His loving wife Patsy Lee who passed June 7th, 2008 of Breast Cancer precedes Hal in death.

Hal is survived by his son Bill (Sheryl), daughter Kym (Tom), twin daughters Stace (Rodney) and Traci (Paul), five grandchildren Colter, Jacob, Amanda, Jered, Heather and three great grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

Hal was born in Sacramento California, spending his childhood with his parents and 9 siblings working on the family farm and then joined the US Army Air Corp as a B-17 Bombardier and fought in WWII.  Hal shot and sunk every Japanese Submarine in the Battle of the Bismarck Sea in the South West Pacific in March 1943.  Hal has been featured in several history books and a documentary was made of him. 

Hal and Patsy were married in Reno, NV after the war and moved to Redding where Hal became General Manager of McKesson Wine & Spirits. His passion was playing Golf everyday and restoring old homes.

Outside Services will be held at the Northern California Veteran’s Cemetery in Igo on Friday, September 20th, 2013 at 9:30am sharp.
We ask that you do not wear black.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105
C/o In Memory of Einar Henry Hallstrom

January 17, 2013


National Federation of Federal Employees, Local 2152 vs. US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management - FLSA Settlement Disbursements Scheduled to Begin 12/17/12

JANUARY 17TH, 2013

The disbursement of settlement funds for NFFE 2152 vs. BLM - FLSA is scheduled to begin on MONDAY, December 17, 2012.

On Monday, (Dec 17th, 2012) some of you will receive an email from "" with instructions on how to submit all documentation needed to release your payment. Members of the class can expect to receive payment within 5-7 days of successful submission of documentation.  You can also call 1-855-342-2244 (Toll Free) to give personal information.

In the event that you do not receive an email, and for those whom we could not find an email for, please send CAIG an email at: "" with the below information listed. You will be putting your data in to a secure website, but because you are providing so much personal information you should do this from a personal computer or your personal smart phone vs. a BLM computer/device.

Last Name:
First Name:
Middle Name:
Phone Number (Evenings):
Phone Number (Day Time):
Mailing Address:
Zip Code:

If you know of a bargaining unit employee that was employed at DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT CALIFORNIA between June 2003 and March 2011 that has moved on to another agency or has retired, please let them know about this settlement. That includes next of kin for those employees who have passed on as well.

We will also be sending notifcations to previous known addresses in January via snail mail, if we haven't heard from you before then.

In Solidarity,

Elaine Downing
NFFE 2152 President 

Tracy Hallstrom 
Retired Federal Employee/Federal Whistleblower

Here is a list of names/titles/grades that were misclassified as exempt and we agreed upon that would be reverted back to non-exempt status. There were four settlements total in the process. The agency has breached the last settlement agreement. Note: (This is not a list of the above stated settlement disbursement, although everyone on this list is in the settlement. If you want to know if you are receiving a check, you need to contact CAIG! at

Remember - you should fill out the Overtime Request form (1400-64) or make a request for overtime in Quicktime for any work ordered by your Supervisor on a non-duty day, outside of your normal working hours (if on a fixed schedule), or for any hours required over 8 hours if on a maxiflex schedule! 

If YOU want to take comp time in lieu of overtime YOU have to put your initials in that column. They cannot force you to take comp time or tell you to "flex" and leave early another day.

 If they deny your overtime request please notify the Union President immediately about the situation.