Sunday, October 15, 2017

True Story

I work  in a school that has a 4 day work week.

I will not lie.
It is AwEsOmE !!

We do have to work 1 Friday a month.
Professional Development days.

I hate to complain, but 
it is my blog

#1. Professional Development really means you are going to have meetings where they can find one more thing for you to do.   

#2. I hate meetings

#3. I hate working a 5 day work week.  

There I said it...

We have had to work the last 3 Fridays.

I hope I recover....

Sunday, October 8, 2017


I just finished a wild week getting ready for and having parent teacher conferences.
As a parent, I was not always so happy to go to these things.
Teachers would always say, "You must talk about some interesting things around the dinner table!"
or "They are so good at math, Wes must teach them math all the time."
The reality was, I asked them if they did their homework everyday.
They were smarter than us.
They talked about football or baseball all the time.
And Wes did not have private math lessons with the kids.
Sometimes I would come home from conferences feeling like a failure.

It is a different to sit on the other side of the table.
There was some bad news to deliver, mostly about bad behavior.
There was some good news to deliver, mostly about good behavior.
There was plenty of laughter.
My favorite thing to hear from a parent was that they loved to come to school.
And even better..." They come home singing your songs." or
 "You should hear them sing in the shower."

All in all, I make an effort not to make the parent feel bad.
I always thank them for their hard work and for reading to them. 

Life should be good when you are 5.  

Kinder is the Best!

Sunday, October 1, 2017


I'm not sure when it happened, 
but Fall has arrived in Southern Idaho.

No snow in the Magic Valley,
but you defiantly need a jacket in the mornings
and sometimes all day.

If you know how time passes so fast,
please tell it to slow down.

What do you think of the grey pumpkins?

We also had Homecoming.
To be honest,
it wasn't a bad parade.

Times are a changing.

Sunday, September 24, 2017


Yesterday, I went to a wedding of a friend of my daughters.
I have to admit, that I love these girls.
When we first moved here, they took in my much younger daughter.
She needed a friend and they showed her kindness and love.

Well, this weeding was at St. Edwards in Twin Falls.

This was the last time I was there.
Needless to say, 
it has been a few decades.

This sweet bride was a high school friend of mine.

It brought back many memories.
Funny how life does that.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Crazy Days

Sometimes I can't believe how fast times goes by.

With the Fall coming this week, I wanted to list some of my favorite summer memories.

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1.  Water Aerobics at the Rec
I do this every year. 
I love it.
I love my buddies at the pool.
It is a great way to spend 45 minutes of my day.

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2.  The Piggly Wiggly.
Holy Moly people
I went to the Piggly Wiggly in North Carolina!
I have wanted to this for a few years.
You know, I read it in a book.

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3.  The Sandbox.
We stayed in a little cinder block house on the OBX.
I looked at that sweet little house and
wondered how many storms it had stood through.
-possibly a metaphor for life-
It was a great little place.

I am ready for fall now.  

Monday, September 4, 2017

Labor Day

 I picked blackberries this weekend.

That left me with making jam this morning.

It isn't hard.
It certainly isn't sugar-free.

It seemed like the perfect labor for today.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

He is near

I was thinking of this scripture this week:

The scriptures are laid before thee, yea, and all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator.

I love taking care of the flowers in the summer.

I often bring home sad, little, flowers,
but they thrive once they can spread out their roots
and sit in the sun.

I have a soft spot for Gerber Daisy's and this one has bloomed all year.

And here sits my mini rose from Valentines Day.

I love having the flowers.
They attract butterflies and humming birds and they just make me happy.

I feel like I would be missing out if I didn't say something about the eclispe

I was at work.
We were at 97.5%
The thing I found most fascinating was the how much the temperature dropped.
We need the Sun.

-It is impossible to take a selfie wearing these glasses...just saying-

 It turns out that I have a lot of family that also enjoyed the eclipse.

My sister.


My son and grandson.

People who saw it at 100% described it as a spiritual experience.
Check out this amazing video at Redfish Lake.
(Sorry, you will have to scroll down to it)

I truly felt tender mercies of a loving Heavenly Father
as I experienced it, and heard others talk about their experience.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Weekend in Calgary

As I was driving through Montana I was thinking how I really don't like that my son lives there.
I mean, I'm happy they are there and they are well taken care of,
but who wants to use a passport to be able to see their grand children.
As I was thinking these thoughts, I thought 
You know who understands this, 
My great grandmother.
Her daughter married and moved to Alberta.
To my knowledge, she never saw her again.
I have no doubt that she knows exactly how I feel.

Having said that,

It is always beautiful and we always enjoy it.

There is nothing as sweet as holding a newborn baby.
She was sweet and easy to love.

This means Keith has 4 little girls now!
That is a lot of drama!

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I love this picture of all my Canada family.
We love visiting them all when we go there.

One of my favorite parts of driving to Canada is driving through Montana.
Don't get me wrong,
I don't want to drive through in the winter,
but I love this place in the summer.

Next year, I am taking at least 3 days to drive it.
We need to stop and enjoy it.
Get out the kayak.
Have a picnic in the shade.
Take a hike.
Next  year!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Summer Days

We have a small Farmers Market here.

It was Sunflower  Day yesterday.

I like the edible ones too.
Even if I gave them to my boys.

I did buy some veggies too.
It's nice way to spend an hour on Saturday morning.
I am always surprised by how many people I visit with.

My daughter asked if we would meet her at Redfish Lake for her birthday.

That's not really a hard sell.
I love this place.

 Yes, I realize that there is no picture of Callie.
I lost it on my phone.
But she was there and I made her a cake.

Did I mention that grand daughter #5 has arrived.
I am looking forward to holding her this week.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

A Day Out on the Town

My friend Dixie, is living in Twin Falls at an assisted living place.
I took her and a couple of her friends to lunch this week.
This may seem nice, but it was an adventure for me.

First of all, Dixie wanted a fish sandwich,
-which they don't have at McAllisters-
Then she just wanted a hamburger,
-which they don't have-
Then she didn't want any sides, just an ice cream,
-which they don't have at McAllisters-

In the end, she was happy with what I ordered for her.
We had a nice visit.
When we left, the other two little ladies said,
"Boy am I happy I have a house to go home to."

I couldn't agree more.

It is fun to hear them talk about how things used to be.
They have been friends for many, many years.

I have been working on putting pictures into my 52 questions.
I wish there were more stories about how things were
from my grandparents.

Make sure you share your stories.
Someone will want to hear them someday.

Monday, July 24, 2017


You are never going to believe this, but I stayed home this week.
Well, I did go to Boise one day this week.

So that left me the rest of the week home.

I usually love my summers.
The weather is perfect in Idaho,
I love to go to Water Aerobics  every day.
I take care of my flowers and garden.
And I sew.
Life is pretty much perfect.

This year, I am sharing my house with 2 of my sons.
They are,, what I like to think of as, Millennials.

I have done a lot of reading about Millennials,
because my children fit in the age group,
but I haven't lived with my children for many years.
They have been away at school.

So here I sit with two of them.
One 26 and one 20.
They are suppose to be working.
Not looking for work, but working.

At some point this week, I told them just that.
And I told them that they needed to be working in 2 weeks 
or move to an area where there is more employment.

Interesting things happen when you say this.
I think the 26 year old is moving and the 20 year old is going to work.

I, on the other hand, will keep busy and try to be patient.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Pacific Ocean

I can't tell a lie.
I love to see the Pacific Ocean.

Wes was pretty excited to use his boogie board.

We went to Dillon Beach.
It was also  pretty cold.

I was happy when the sun came out.
-I don't know why I always forget a hat, but this one is staying in the car-

The marine layer had been so thick and then it lifted in a heart beat.

Always makes me think of 'Here Comes the Sun'

We went to Bodega Bay for dinner.
It was delicious.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A Visit from the Grand Daughters.

We have had a visit from our grand daughters.

They love to help me with things in the kitchen.

We spent a lot of time on the swings.

It took 3 adults to take 3 kids to the pool.
For the record, I used to take 5 kids to the pool by myself.
I'm not sure what happened.

They love their Uncle Richard.

We had a little ice cream by the pool.

We had fireworks before it was dark.
The girls went to bed,
I have no idea how they slept through the
wild firework shows around here.

And what is a summer gathering without some baseball?

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Two years is a long, long time

We were happy to get home and and pick up Richard.
I am happy to have him home,
and happy not to send another one out.

Before Keith went on his mission,
we bought a van.

I always told Rich that we picked up his brothers in this van,
and we would pick him up in it too.

It has been 12 years, and it has delivered all my boys safely home.

Family Time

I have a son getting a PhD at Duke.

To be honest, 
I have never really thought about Duke.
But now that I have my grand children there,
I think about it all the time.

Here are some pictures of the Duke Gardens.

Then we visited the chapel.

It was pretty amazing.

We enjoyed it..

They had air conditioning.

We also took a little trip to the Outer Banks.

Wes was very excited to visit Kitty Hawk.

Kitty Hawk was okay, 
but the beach was great.

I love my toes in the sand.

This is the way to have a beach day.

The sand was good for digging.

We bought boogie boards at the grocery store.

The morning walks were awesome.
Dolphins were swimming around out there.
Couldn't have enjoyed it more.

Everything about the South is Civil War related.
There are 4 Civil War light houses.

We only visited this one.

Which means I will have to go back to see the other 3.

I really want to take my entire family.
I would love to spend some time at the beach with them.