Monday, June 19, 2017

A long weekend with Paul and James

Paul and James arrived Friday, June 16, at 2:30 p.m. I expected them about four hours earlier so had taken the day off. The highlights of the weekend are memorable starting with temple attendance at 8 p.m. that night. We ate at Applebee's Grill & Bar in Walnut Creek afterwards. Saturday morning I took an early swim for 30 minutes prior to cooking my vegetable dish and setting up around 10 a.m. at Holbrook. This year's guest list for the family picnic included Joy, Paul and his good friend James who traveled from Orem via Las Vegas to pick up James to spend the weekend with me. Eating under the giant tree on a hot day was wonderful as was a game of Scrabble together, minus James. We rallied a few minutes with the volleyball after Joy left and called it a day at 4:40 p.m. Then it was off to haircuts for the boys followed by some Los Gallos tacos and burritos near by. We tried to see Wonder Woman and had success at the second theater. We all thought it was phenomenal and great entertainment. I was grateful to have Paul's help to shop and get the 25# bag of carrots.  On Sunday I walked to church and enjoyed sacrament meeting then went with the boys to the Richmond YSA branch from noon to 3 p.m. The boys shared their deli food at the outdoor table in the breeze with me, we talked to Adam and Stephanie and though we couldn't get in touch with Richard we headed to Napa to visit him on Father's Day. He answered his phone and we had a great visit one day after his 84th birthday. Paul and I asked him lots of questions and got good answers and some interesting stories. He joined the Navy at 18 and saw action on a destroyer in the Korean War going to Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, etc. He said it was great fun being on his own and away from home. After more than an hour we left him in peace and I drove Paul's car to Glen Ellen to see Jack London State Park which was closed but we loved our self-guided walking tour in the beautiful Benziger Family Winery. At the top of a short hill we had a 360 of the entire area that was breathtaking. James was very impressed and glad to be there. Paul mentioned A Walk in the Clouds which we watched back home after some heated food and Paul opening a coconut from Thailand. Monday morning I was in the pool for laps at 7:40 a.m. and was told it was 108* Sunday in Concord! There were five other lappers. I made a waffle and omelette breakfast and the boys packed to take off for Orem, dropping me at the train station where I caught the 11:23 for a half day. Thank you Paul and James for a walk on the wild side. It's been fun.
Richard as his handsome, younger self.
 Father's Day in Napa with Richard, 84, Paul and me.
 Richard and me.

 Benziger Family Winery in Glen Ellen when Jack London State Park was closed.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


They are full. Especially Saturdays which are packed. During the warm months I swim laps 30 minutes and dance a couple hours at free outdoor concerts in the evenings. My priority has been temple attendance these last 7-1/2 years and the Family History Center is where I learned to navigate familysearch.org. Since August 2016 I've made hundreds if not a thousand corrections on my ancestral lines, thereby finding even more names that need temple work done. Presently we are over 1600 completed ordinances. Helping has been my own children, their spouses, the youth and brethren. I've recently realized that my mother never entered a temple. She died ten months after her baptism and there was no temple in 1962 here anyway. Sundays can be long for me and that's why I make every effort to attend a fireside, event or concert on Temple Hill which breaks up the Sabbath nicely and gives me social interaction again after church. I'm known for walking to church, three miles round-trip. My Scrabble Club and I meet often for pot luck and a game or two. I enjoy the visits of my children with their families and times I visit them. Life is good and I'm grateful.


On our trips with Mother she would alert us to the odometer and we'd watch all the same numbers roll over. I knew all fives were coming but had forgotten to take notice lately. But this morning at 6:25 there it was as I sat in my driveway ready to leave! I was so excited. My neighbor Mike graciously agreed to come out and take this picture for me. What a great way to start the day. Now I have to tell my sister what happened. It will remind her of Mother's excitement and sharing with us girls on our many road trips together.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Mother's Day 2015 in New York and Mother's Day 2017 in Utah

As I was visiting my latest grandbaby I realized I had done the same scenario in New York two years ago visiting my fourth grandbaby, both on Mother's Day. The last two babies were born one day apart. Here MM and I are playing "hockey hockey" and he cheered the loudest for my wins. On Mother's Day I gave the boys gifts including their own gloves, and shirts their father wore. I was very glad the boys did not hesitate to run into my arms. I played with them, read to them, held baby, changed diapers, played catch and bat and ball outside and with their father. I attended the singles ward on Sunday and went to a softball practice for three hours the next night. There was a houseful of family and friends for a delicious Mother's Day buffet. My sons each wanted to go out to eat so I went with one and his three friends to Buca di Beppo and the other took the family to Japanese, both delish and fun. I am blessed to have shared time with family and friends. It rained and snowed making their million-dollar view spectacular. This is the dress I wore on Michael's last birthday when we played Scrabble together. Good times.
 M busy coloring the book from John Muir Festival.
Note the park ranger hat on J. If you put something on his head he leaves it on.

Monday, May 1, 2017

May Day May Day

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"Zechariah Paul born this morning at 6:40am. 8lbs 15oz! 21 inches long. We already love him to pieces." Mother of newborn

Monday, April 10, 2017

Home on the range and a day on Temple Hill

Brenda and I met in 2000. I was her visiting teacher and before they moved to Lincoln she was mine. We shared good times over Scrabble with and without our husbands and most recently spent all day Sunday together at church, my place for lunch, Scrabble, Temple Hill for the new Cowdery video, Why I Believe fireside in the chapel and back to the Visitors Center for a choir concert by Lone Peak from Utah here to compete at Davies Symphony tonight in the city. Good times Brenda!