Sunday, May 24, 2015

New DESERT GARDEN




Yesterday we decided to take a look at the new Red Hills Desert Garden just opened to the public to demonstrate use of native plants, desert landscaping and water conservation. It's a fun free park with paths leading along a typical winding stream with lots of red rocks-some natural and some manmade. lots of red sand and shady places to sit and think. Lots of young families visiting and enjoying nature.
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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Earthquake....

 Well, yesterday at 12:47 pm we felt an earthquake of 5.4 magnitude not far from us in Caliente, Nevada-where I was born. Sitting at my makeup table curling my hair, I felt the house move to the right a little and then back.This happened twice. At first I thought I was hallucinating, then I thought I bet that was a small earthquake which was confirmed quickly afterward on the Internet and in today's papers.

I remember my first earthquake in 1952 after we moved to California from Utah in 1950. It was centered in Techachapi by Bakersfield out in the desert 100 miles north of Los Angeles with a magnitude of 7.7. It was strong. My mom and I were sleeping in our small apartment in Lawndale when everything started shaking. I didn't know what was happening. We both jumped out of bed and huddled together in the frame of the doorway until the shaking stopped. Not sure how long it lasted and then there were about 50 aftershocks of a magnitude of 5 or more. Seven lives were lost and 50 million dollars of destruction near the epicenter.



After living in Utah for many years, this earthquake was the first one I've felt though I know we have faults running all across Utah. We even have earthquake insurance. The best place to hide I've read is under something strong like a table or by the side of your bed. Watch out for shattered glass and any downed electrical lines outside. There's a whole website telling you how to prepare. Duck, cover and hold! 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Lost in SPACE

Still recovering from my bout with the 24 hour flu, seems all I want to do is nap even while working on my computer. Then I noted that I haven't blogged for quite some time, so I'M BACK! Seems like my weeks are flying by. Monday starts and soon it's Friday. Along the way meals have been prepared daily, laundry done, grocery shopping, even some poetry written. This past Monday was the closing social for Daughters of Utah Pioneers until next Sept. The summer is before me full of possibilities that I need to grasp or create.

HERE'S MY LIST:

1. Have a VISIT BY THE TWINS now almost 17. They will come down in June and each stay a few days with their grandma exploring our area, talking and having fun together. I can't wait.

2. Soon time for a 22nd wedding ANNIVERSARY on June 12th-will try to get hubby to go somewhere in Utah to stay overnight and explore. Thinking I'd like to see Capitol Reef again.

3. CELEBRATE my 75th birthday on July 12th-nothing special planned for that except an Alaskan Cruise later in Aug.

4. Would love to SEE MY FAMILY that live in New Mexico sometime this summer. Hopefully will visit my son in Seattle this summer on my way to Alaska.

5. ALASKAN CRUISE-coming the first week in August with Daniel, Tina and kids on Norwegian Crusie Lines-my first cruise ever. Hubby's not interested in big boats, so he'll stay home and work on his little 16 ft. sailboat.

6. Squeeze in some GENEALOGY and indexing activities. Still have tons of files to go through after 55 years of doing family history research.

7. Go to LEAGUE of UTAH WRITER'S Conference in Logan the end of August and visit my friend Caryn who  is living near Ogden,  Then it will be  FALL again.

8. More EXERCISING and healthier eating, so I can loose some weight.

9. Work on a new PHOTO-POETRY book which includes writing more poetry.

10. HAVE FUN!

What are you planning to do this summer?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Wall of LOCKS...

 On one of our shopping days, Caryn and I discovered this Love Lock
Gate in St. George, where couples are invited to express their love.
Maybe this is better than carving your initials in a living tree?







Saturday, May 16, 2015

Boat UPDATE

Hubby is still working on the boat after about 2+ years of assembling, painting, sanding and repainting the outside, that part is finally done. Now it's soon time to turn it over...here's some history-started about three years ago and it will be another year before it's ready to launch...

The boat came in a computer drafted kit, lots of pieces
These are the strakes or sides of the boat that were carefully assembled
This is the frame that the boat will be built around, then taken out...
It's coming together slowly, this is a BIG PROJECT or HOBBY!
Sanding first then epoxy and finally painting...for years it seems.
Finally it's painted and finished to perfection, time to turn it over.
Making a template for the bottom of the boat so it can be turned over. 
An engineer at work, designing a cradle for the boat bottom to rest on.
His original plans are in French but drawings help lots to get measurements.
Soon it will be time to wince the boat up in order to turn it over-stay tuned.

Friday, May 15, 2015

DIFFERENCES



DIFFERENCES

How boring life would be IF:
we all thought the same,
looked alike, always agreed.

Instead...there are differences
in talents, outlooks, philosophies,
religious views and more.

Personalities from the same family
can be  unrecognizably different though
coming from the same background.

Creativity is at work before birth,
coming here from afar with uniqueness
in pre-earth experiences and reactions.

Acceptance in this life is the only path
to understanding, not bullying or ignoring
each other’s efforts, but appreciating them.

Even identical twins are different inside.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sudden SICKNESS

Well coming home my stomach felt uneasy
but what could I do waiting at the airport
for my forty minute flight...not board the flight?

Luckily for me, the seat next to me was empty
because before our plane left the ground,
I was upchucking my lovely Sunday dinner.

Prepared, I had plastic bag in hand which came
in handy over and over again. By the time I
arrived at my destination, I felt terrible and weak.

So I asked for a wheelchair to get me through
the lobby. Imagine my husband's surprise
when I was pushed up to the front door.

Twenty-four hour flu is my only conclusion
since no one else who ate dinner got sick.
Thankful to be home, out of the public eye.

Now two days later, I'm still not quite the same.
But happy for normal days with no upchucking 
while cruising at 35,000 feet in the air.

With sore muscles in my side as a memory,
eating food as a welcome activity is slowly
returning as I regain taken for granted days.