Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Mexico's Big Freeze

Just got this email yesterday. Do we all have our food storage? It looks
more and more like the time when we will need it is coming soon. Love you
all!
Alli

> February 8, 2011
> Mexico's Big Freeze
>
> ALL OF OUR GROWERS HAVE INVOKED THE ACT OF GOD CLAUSE ON OUR
> CONTRACTS DUE TO THE FOLLOWING RELEASE. WE WILL BE CONTACTING YOU
> PERSONALLY TO REVIEW HOW THIS WILL AFFECT OUR CONTRACTED ITEMS
> WITH YOU GOING FORWARD.
>
> THE DEVASTATING FREEZE IN MEXICO IS WORST FREEZE IN OVER 50 YEARS...
>
> THE EXTREME FREEZING TEMPERATURES HIT A VERY BROAD SECTION OF
> MAJOR GROWING REGIONS IN MEXICO, FROM HERMOSILLO IN THE NORTH ALL
> THE WAY SOUTH TO LOS MOCHIS AND EVEN SOUTH OF CULIACAN. THE EARLY
> REPORTS ARE STILL COMING IN BUT MOST ARE SHOWING LOSSES OF CROPS
> IN THE RANGE OF 80 TO 100%. EVEN SHADE HOUSE PRODUCT WAS HIT BY
> THE EXTREMELY COLD TEMPS. IT WILL TAKE 7-10 DAYS TO HAVE A
> CLEARER PICTURE FROM GROWERS AND FIELD SUPERVISORS, BUT THESE
> GROWING REGIONS HAVEN'T HAD COLD LIKE THIS IN OVER A HALF CENTURY.
> THIS TIME OF YEAR, MEXICO SUPPLIES A SIGNIFICANT PERCENT OF NORTH
> AMERICA'S ROW CROP VEGETABLES SUCH AS: GREEN BEANS, EGGPLANT,
> CUCUMBERS, SQUASH, PEPPERS, ASPARAGUS, AND ROUND AND ROMA TOMATOES.
> FLORIDA NORMALLY IS A MAJOR SUPPLIER FOR THESE ITEMS AS WELL BUT
> THEY HAVE ALREADY BEEN STRUCK WITH SEVERE FREEZE DAMAGE IN DECEMBER
> AND JANUARY AND UP UNTIL NOW HAVE HAD TO PURCHASE PRODUCT OUT OF
> MEXICO TO FILL THEIR COMMITMENTS, THAT IS NO LONGER AND OPTION.
> WITH THE SERIES OF WEATHER DISASTERS THAT HAS OCCURRED IN BOTH OF
> THESE MAJOR GROWING AREAS WE WILL EXPERIENCE IMMEDIATE VOLATILE
> PRICES, EXPECTED LIMITED AVAILABILITY, AND MEDIOCRE QUALITY AT BEST.
> THIS WILL NOT ONLY HAVE AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT ON SUPPLIES,
> BUT BECAUSE OF VERY STRONG BLOSSOM DROPS, THIS WILL ALSO IMPACT
> SUPPLIES 30 – 60 DAYS FROM NOW. SOME GROWERS ARE MEETING WITH
> THEIR BOARDS RIGHT NOW TO DETERMINE WHETHER THEY SHOULD
> IMMEDIATELY RE-PLANT, HOPING FOR A HARVEST BY
> LATE-MARCH-TO-EARLY-APRIL, OR WHETHER THEY SHOULD DISC THE FIELDS
> UNDER AND WAIT FOR ANOTHER SEASON.
>
> We are doing everything we can with our growers to minimize the
> effect of this disaster on you. With the unprecedented magnitude
> of this event we wanted to immediately make you aware of the
> conditions. We will continue to send out communications as our
> people on the ground report back to us. We thank you and we
> appreciate your understanding during this time.
>
> Sysco Intermountain

Thursday, January 6, 2011

My little boy is growing up! (sigh)

Cole feeding himself at Jacqui's house.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The girls

On their way to sit on Santa's lap. Gifts asked for in order from left to right ... Light bulbs (yes, light bulbs), pink bubble gum (seriously? Lucky mom!), and the sucker given to every kid who sits on Santa's lap. Way to dream big kids!!!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Like father like son

The Thornton boys all spiffed up for church.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Cutlery Corner's first Muslim customer

The only question is how did she make it through the rigorous security of CutCor?

Friday, September 3, 2010

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Davis' first dance performance!

Message from Alli, Gary, & Davis:

Davis dancing at the Flash halftime on Friday, February 5, 2010.

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Grand Champs ... Again!

Here is our prize winning pumpkin from this year. This was the 10th
annual Thornton pumpkin carve off and our fifth Grand Champion
pumpkin. This was also the third year in a row that we've won. We had
a blast as usual!! I give it a week before it's splattered across the
road by some kid. :)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Davis T. is entered into the Gap Casting Call

Hello everyone!  I entered Davis for the Gap Casting Call online. No, I don't really think that she will be the 'new face of Gap' ... not because she's not cute enough :) ..., but if she's the fan favorite you can win a cruise. And after... all who couldn't use a cruise every now and then? You can vote once per email every 24 hours ... and if she wins I promise to bring you all back a fabulously cheesy souvenir ... the quality of which will be determined by how many times you vote!
Alli

Gap is holding a nationwide contest to find the next faces of babyGap and GapKids, and Davis T. is entered into the contest. Check out Davis T.'s entry here:


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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

H1N1 Family Considerations

Us old guys just got back from a great time at Lake Powell. It was fun to spend time with Mom & Dad Gunn. When we got home I had a chance to speak to Savanna who had just finished a government mandated H1N1 training session for Jordan Valley Hospital. She had some important information that I think is pertinent for all of us to consider this winter.

First, I must put this information in context. Savanna has over the months expressed a personal feeling that the H1N1 information being diseminated through the media was a bunch of baloney. She has changed her attitude completely after the training.

So here again are some things we should/must consider as we interact as a family.

1. H1N1 virus is different than the normal flu. The government is expecting an outbreak similar to the Spanish Flu decades ago that was devastating world-wide. This virus can be a killer, particularly to those groups considered to be at risk. We must be more careful in exposing each other to this virus. Even when it is inconvenient.

2. Mom & Dad Gunn are in one of the high risk groups. People over the age of 65 with kidney disease, diabetes and respiratory issues are at very high risk. Please do not expose them through personal contact if you or your kids have ANY of the following symptoms. Fever (101 or higher), cough, aching muscles, or any other flu like symptoms. If in doubt, don't expose. We will all need to be very mindful of this, even if you aren't getting sick from the exposure and even if Mom & Dad poo-poo the risk.

3. The H1N1 vaccine is limited and will be given to the highest risk categories first. Anyone that is pregnant and in the third trimester is at great risk. Children under the age of 5 are at high risk too. I know all young people are immortal but it is better to be safe than sorry.

4. Savanna is not trying to panic or scare people but she says that the government is expecting the worse starting next month. As an example, she knows of some hospitals that will be triaging emergency room visits through a drive-up window. Those having ANY flu like symptoms will be quarantined in a separate facility to avoid exposure to the general public/hospital goers. This isn't the only information that has caused her concern but the gist of the message is to that we need to take this potential epidemic seriously.

Now, you all know I'm not a doctor and I certainly don't want anyone to go out and act singly on the information I have given. Maybe the impetus for all this is to start a discussion that will have us all consider how we interact in the coming months, particularly with Mom & Dad Gunn, so as to not expose each other to this potentially deadly virus. As a bishop it seemed to me that most Mormons thought that the ends justified the means when exposing each other to sickness. Certainly no one can get sick if they are simply going to Church and doing the right thing...can they?!

Let's don't use this mentality with those we love. The risk is just might be too great.

Thanks for the forum.

Glenn