Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Lunar phases

These are my favorite moon phases that take my breath away. The picture below is exactly how it looked as I walked the path home the last full moon.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thursday, November 17, 2016

A Thanksgiving Day Memory or Two

Rose and I wound up in Salt Lake City having lived in and moved from Provo after she graduated from high school in California. We made the decision to eat at a modest diner close to Temple Square. Big mistake. It was so odd and impersonal to be out and among strangers on such a wonderful day. We determined we would never eat out again on a holiday and heat a turkey pot pie if need be at home. I also was not much of a baker then and actually made a pumpkin pie with the stringy insides of the pumpkin instead of the shell. Hard to believe but true. I guess I wasn't following a recipe and had no idea where pumpkin filling came from.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Four out of five isn't bad.

October 29, 2016, ward Fall Fest. Photobombed here are Scrabblers Sheila, Kelley, Olie and Lorraine. Julia moved out of the ward. Good times!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Here's what sixty looks like.

Blue Rock Springs, 60th birthday party for Class of 1964. This group: Olie, Barbara, Gail, Jeanne, Carla.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Seventy was celebrated in style with my family and Utah friends

I flew to Utah October 30 to stay with my son's family and my youngest son lives nearby. My daughter brought her sons from Colorado. Sunday she and her boys and I went to church and that afternoon friends came over and we all enjoyed pizza and salad. Next day was Halloween and the kids were cute as can be as train engineer, tiger, Woody and Buzz Lightyear. We walked down the steep hill stopping at every lit house until the buffet of hot soup and homemade bread, then walked back up the other side. It was a perfect night for it and went very well. November 1 we had a delicious dinner and then friends stopped by who recently married and I got to meet the groom. Then my long-time friend Carolyn and her husband came by. Paul brought out balloons at some point and friends just kept coming in. It was a surprise party put on by my daughter and daughter-in-law! I was thoroughly surprised. We danced to Happy which I really wanted to do on my birthday. How fun. German chocolate cake and all kinds of eats came out. Thank you all for that. Steph took us to the stables to ride Rosie on my birthday. Her children and Ev rode with her. What fun. Then my children and grandchildren and I went to beautiful Tucano's for dinner on my birthday and I danced in a circle as staff sang to me in Portuguese. I enjoyed the delicious salad bar and sampled lots of meats cut at our table. The diamond circle pendant my children chipped in for wasn't quite right and next day Eve asked if I wanted to go exchange it for another which we did with Steph and boys and found one with more heft and bigger at Kay's. And Paul called and met us for lunch before I left for the airport. It all worked out amazingly including a walk to the park and a drive up the canyon seeing four deer. I went into a new decade in style alright and sent off the ancestry DNA yesterday that Adam gave me. I'm feeling very blessed. Thank you all family and friends. I got so many nice gifts too.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Monday, October 3, 2016

Here's what 70 looks like

Take one spectacular garden, thousands of fragrant flowers, numerous hummingbirds and tiny birds in flight, delicious Mexican buffet and homemade caramels, add Class of '64 from Hogan and Vallejo and what do you get? A birthday celebration of us all turning 70! Granted, language was coarse at times which I deplore. I did connect with Roxie and Mary Ellen whom I hadn't seen in decades. Three hours of delight and even the weather cooperated after a rain shower an hour earlier in Concord. Ending General Conference weekend with a baptism could not have been better.

Mary Ellen, me, and Roxie. These were friends from the 60s.