Monday, April 24, 2017

Busy Weekend

I think we all know that I love Tulip Season.

I love it when they come up and visit for a few weeks.

It make me happy.

Speaking of happy,

 I had visitors this weekend.

We had a good time.

Plus, we will be seeing them again next weekend.

Tender Mercies.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Prince of Peace: Find Lasting Peace through Jesus Christ

It is hard to know where to turn in this world of  commotion and turbulence.

I believe in the Savior, Jesus Christ.

He is where I find peace amid the storm.

Happy Sunday.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Lucy's Tulips

A couple of years ago, 
Lucy was here for Spring Break 
and wanted to plant some flowers.

I had some tulip bulbs that I wanted to move.

They have done so well in their new home.
They will always be Lucy's Tulips to me.

And we have a new grand daughter,
So sweet.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Spring Break 2017

I always need to get out of town during Spring Break.
Preferably somewhere warm.
So, we decided that this was the year to go the Phoenix area for a little baseball.

It was lovely.

We had good seats.

We love our A's and they won for us.

We stayed with Wes's niece.

These two melted my heart.

Sometimes I look around and just can't believe the beauty of this earth.

The wild flowers were in bloom.

Lots of cactus and mountain tops.

We went to see the Mesa Temple

Our guide at the Visitors Center suggested we pick some fruit,

So we did.

We also went to Lowes in search of a Jasmine plant.
It may have been my favorite spot on the trip.
I brought home 2.
I am going to try and see if I can get them to live in Idaho.
I will post a picture soon.

We stopped at the Hoover Dam on the way home.

I'm still freaked out by the size and height of this bridge.
You can walk across it, but I passed.

And my favorite picture ever,
Here I am taking a picture for strangers on the bridge.

It was a beautiful day.
I enjoyed this little outing.
Go Again?
Definite possibility.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Results of a Snowy Winter

 We have had a snowy winter.

 But there are some benefits.

The Shoshone Falls are beautiful. 

 They have so much water going over them right now.

I remember seeing this much water as a child,

but back then, there was an old, rickety wooden observation deck,

that I was sure was going to fall apart while we were out there.

In other words, I was much more worried about were I was standing than what I was seeing.


And because I posted too many snow pictures,
My little bulbs are all so happy to be poking their heads up.

And I'm so happy to see them all.

My babies children are doing very well.
Rich looks so much better today.

And Callie went on an adventure with her husband Friday.

They will start a new adventure in the Fall.
She has been accepted to Columbia for Grad School.
It's hard for me to imagine my children being so far away.
But I wouldn't want to stop them.  

Monday, March 13, 2017

Work -- a blessing

I had the weirdest experience this week.
On Friday morning, both Callie and Richard had procedures done...
on the same day...
at the same time...
with all of us in different states.

It kinda freaked me out for a while.
So I said a prayer, 
did some work.

Before I knew it,
they were both out.

I heard from the mission nurse that Richard was out and well,
and Callie also came through well.

From everything I hear....
I can't tell a lie, I have had a few phone calls from concerned members in Texas
He is in more pain than Callie.

But they will both be walking soon.

In the mean time,
I will get back to work.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Summer Project

When I look out my front window I see this bush.

Unfortunately, with our abidance of snow this winter,
most of the time it looks like there is 6 feet snow outside my window.
So, I say,
Let's meaning Wes  take out that bush.

What will I put there?

Well, something that doesn't need full sun.

Bleeding hearts, Dahlias, Hydrangeas, Camellias.

 Hydrangea blooming.

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Bring on Spring!


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Letters to the White House

We only had a two day work week this week.
What?  Really?
I am so sick of snow.....

Let me start again.

This week at work
my students wrote letters to President Trump.

We followed the election,
We talked about the inauguration. 
So for President's Day, it seemed natural to write him a letter.
We looked at pictures of the White House.
We read a book about White House pets.
-they really enjoyed that-
and we wrote letters.

I wrote a cover letter and sent them to Pennsylvania Ave.

I couldn't write what I wanted to in that cover letter, so I will write it now.

Dear President Trump,

I teach 1st grade in a small dairy town in Southern Idaho.
My students come from families  that have come here, to Idaho, to work on the dairies.
They work hard. They are focused on family and making a better life for them.
It has been my experience that there is always one person in the family that is here illegally.
Please don't throw them out.  They're not all 'bad hombres'.  They are a vital part of our economy in Southern Idaho.  They are learning our language and encouraging their children to their best at school.  
We have enough to share.  America is great, because we include and help others.   

God Bless America.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Shoe Shopping

Sometimes you need a little time away.

I am always ready for some time away in February.
It happens every year.
I just need some shoe shopping time.

So we went to Provo to visit Callie.
I miss that girl and she makes a great shoe shopping companion.

It turns out that Spencer and Wes can keep themselves busy also. 

As for the shoes, 
well, I ended up with two pair of sandals.
I'm very aware that I can't wear them for a while,
but I will be so ready when I can.

We also went to a museum and used our selfie stick. 
It was a gift.  
Poor Spencer.   

Sunday, February 12, 2017

I just can't decide

I woke up this morning and thought I would blog about the three branches of Government.
You know?  

And then I thought about posting some pictures of our recent flooding in the Magic Valley.
What happens when 3 feet of snow melts in 2 days?

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A lot of sandbags.
Rivers running through town,
and country roads flooded big time.
Not to mention roads falling apart.
-we were very lucky and didn't have any flooding in our basement-

Then I started watching the Oroville Dam
because, well, most of my family lives down the river from it.

They have evacuated before.
They know the drill.
At this point, I'm just hoping that my parents are with my sister. 
We will pray for them.

As it turns out, my mind is overflowing also.

Sunday, February 5, 2017


We are melting!
Slowly, we hope, but we are melting.

This brings me to a question.

Why don't  people clear their driveway when it snows?

I make my family clear mine after each storm, because it is easier to get in and out of the driveway.

The people across the street never clear theirs.  They have provided us with countless hours of entertainment as they have gotten stuck.  

I have another neighbor digging out today.
They have an ice pick.  
Again, more entertainment.

What have I learned from this icy, snowy, awful, winter....Take care of the driveway one storm at a time.  

As for the groundhog who is suppose to predict the end of Winter.  
Around here, when I see a rock chuck, I know it is almost over and
my friend has seen one.  

Really?  That's what she said.
I worry that it may be a weird rock chuck.

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The end is near.

Yes, my fingers are crossed.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

52 Questions

I'm not really sure how I ran into these questions,
but last year Wes and I answered them. 

There are 52, one for each week of the year.
When you are done, 
you have a pretty decent life history.

We gave them to our kids for Christmas.
Just what they wanted.
It was a good experience.
Literally and nice journey through life.

I kept thinking that I should add pictures to it.
I have started scanning in pictures so 
I can put a face to all those stories.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Winter of '48

Here we sit in our warm house.

We are having another Snow Day.

I used to like Snow Days,
but not so much any more.

I took this picture for Richard on Sunday.
My little snow mounds are now about 7 inches taller.

Here is the deal.
A snow day starts with a 5 am phone call.
Why can't they call it the night before?
It is not fun to be woke up by the phone.
I am tired.

Yesterday, as it was snowing like crazy and we were at school,
I said to my dear friend and helper,
Grandma  Susan,
"What is with this winter?"
She said to me,
"It is like the winter of '48'"

I don't want to relive history.
I feel like I live in a snow globe.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Staying Positive

I have made it a goal to stay positive this week.
There are some things that make it really hard.

1.  It is so stink'n cold here.

2. There is ice everywhere.

3. The media is making Trump look like an idiot.
or maybe he does it himself, I really don't know.

So here is my positive list.

1.  I have had house guest since the 23rd of December.
The last one left on Friday.
Scott is here, but he is not a guest.

2.  The full moon shinning on the snow was beautiful.

3.   I have been reading more and it is very enjoyable.

New list next week.
Peace Out.

Sunday, January 8, 2017


We have had some snow this week.
We had a blizzard.
We are now going to have an event/storm.
I am going to call it a mess.

But I have something else on my mind this morning.

I have this on my mind often.

I'm calling this, 

I don't think Jesus loves guns.

First of all, I'm not a believer of taking away anyone's right to have a gun.
However, I don't think anyone has a right to a semi automatic weapon.

If you want to go hunt, so your family can eat...knock yourself out.
If you find it relaxing to shot..go to a shooting range and shoot.
But I have yet to find a reason to own a weapon that's only purpose is mass killings.

Here are some questions I have been asked.

What if someone wanted to steal your stuff?
You can have my stuff.  I don't need it.

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 
Luke 12:34

What if someone wanted to kill you?
I'm not afraid to die,

And it shall come to pass that those that die in me shall not taste of death
for it shall be sweet unto them; 
D&C 42:46

Why don't you support the NRA?
I believe the NRA is lead by Satan himself.

And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well—and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell.
2 Nephi 28:21

What if you need to defend your family?
I've never felt mortal danger to my family
and we lived in Stockton.

There are some things that I need to defend my family from.
If I want to help my family I will teach them to look to Jesus Christ for answers.

We talk of Christ that our children may know to what source they may look.
1 Nephi 8:37
Teach them to love one another and to serve one another, 
Jacob 3:7
Their husbands and their wives love their children, 
2 Nephi 25:26

So here is my deal.
If guns are your thing - fine,
but they are not mine.

 I hate every news story that tells of mass shootings.

I hate school know,
when someone brings a gun from home.

And when someone flips out and decides to go kill a bunch of people,
They just happen to have access to a gun.

I don't live in fear, but it is easy to see why some people do.

They are not toys.

They should not bring you joy.

And they should not bring you peace.

Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all. 
2 Thessalonians 3:16

Peace Out.

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Monday, January 2, 2017

I can't believe it!

Am I the only one who is wondering where last week went to?

I have no Christmas pictures from my house.
I tried to take a picture on Christmas, 
and it just didn't happen.

Here are some after Christmas pictures.

I love going to Sun Valley in the winter and the summer.

This kid had his own kind of fun.

Everyone else had to work for it.

It was a beautiful day.

They did a good job.

It wasn't too cold.
Between you and me, that's why we went.

It felt great to be outside in the sun for a while.

Here are a couple of pix's of my grand daughters.

For the record,
they were not in Sun Valley.
But they were having a great time.

And the grand sons.
They are crazy little men.