Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Interesting ACTIVITY

Today we had a lecture about local Anasazi petroglyphs and their possible interpretation.

Our presenter showed a video of light and shadow on petrogylphs on Solitice this year
Great attendance as two branches came together for visiting and refreshments after
Volunteers brought healthy snacks to enjoy and we did...
Lots of talking and visiting took place
Our menfolk enjoyed the tasty refreshments and visiting

Our presenter on the left Patricia Kent

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In charge Akemi Cardon

Saturday, August 10, 2019


One of the rewards of a hot summer is FRESH FRUIT. We've been enjoying watermelon, peaches, cherries, plums, raspberries, blueberries and apricots. A new discovery for me that makes a great healthy breakfast is STEEL CUT OATS. Never heard of it before until my daughter in law bought some cooked and frozen at Costco. Well, I found it uncooked at my local grocery store and wanted to try it BUT it take 30 minuets to cook. Who has 30 minutes to cook MUSH? I usually do instant ROLLED OATS but they don't taste the same. So now I cook steel cut oaks once a week and add fresh fruit plus coconut, sliced almonds and milk. DELICIOUS. Try it, you'll LOVE IT!

Try it, you'll love it!

Delicious with blueberries and peaches!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Time with FAMILY

Been wanting to see more of my grandkids but everyone is busy with trips, etc. So when we got invited to come to a piano recital for the Karlsson grandkids in Northern Utah we were off.

Dad Jeffrey is recording Edmund's piano solo while mom and Lorien watch
Lorien will be in 4th grade this year and Edmund in 2nd grad
Rachel's mom and dad were able to come also and cousin Emilee
No stage fright at all, Eddie is serious about this piano playing
Lorien had on her special "recital dress" and looks beautiful
Mom and daughter duet was special

Friday, August 2, 2019


This time we are going to Utah Valley via I-70 through Price and up to Strawberry Reservoir to stay in a favorite place DANIEL'S SUMMIT INN by Heber. A lovely place at about 7000 ft elevation with cool breezes blowing and aspen trees out the window. Also a few mosquitoes I'll have to avoid.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019



At age 20, I took a family history class at BYU and started gathering my family history from my grandparents and aunts. I discovered that I had Mormon pioneers on all but one of my family branches. (See chart below.) As a young girl, I remember my mom making me a pioneer costume to wear for my first grade program in Eureka, Utah. In 1947. We were celebrating the centennial of the pioneers coming to Utah on July 24, 1847. I didn’t realize then that I was a pioneer descendent as I marched in my first pioneer parade with my cousins. All of us were in costumes pulling a small cart decorated like a pioneer wagon.

Mormon pioneers had been driven from their homes in Nauvoo, Illinois by mobs who persecuted them for their religious beliefs. Other pioneers had gathered later to the Church in Utah after being converted in their homelands. My ancestors were from England, Iceland, Scotland and other areas. Many took sailing ships to America, then came across 1000 miles of desolate plains, walking, riding in covered wagons or pushing handcarts to settle in ZION or the promised land where they could worship God as members of the restored Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Click to enlarge and see my Johnson, Vernon pioneers family tree

Saturday, July 20, 2019


We have a new monument in UTAH called Grand Staircase Escalante. I've always been curious as to where it is located and discovered there is a paved road access from Boulder Utah where we took a short vacation this past week. Driving down the Burr Trail Road, there was very little traffic in this scenic area and the weather was in the 80s not 100s as Zion Park near St. George had with lots of visitors and traffic.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Birthday Anniversary Trip

We've off out of town to central Utah looking for land in Boulder, Utah to perhaps build a summer cabin. Good to get out of the heat of St. George. The temps are cooler here at 6200 feet. Lots to see and do. And a chance is always good.

Through Red Rock Canyon near Bryce Canyon
Love the contrast of red rocks and green pines
This land is really off the beaten track...
Boulder Utah valley
Lots of farms and water in this high mountain valley

Our room at Boulder Mountain Lodge
View from our hotel room, quiet and peaceful
Our room is on the second floor
Enjoying a lovely trout-rice dinner in a local restaurant outside...