Thursday, May 5, 2016

Busy week again...

Tuesday was my monthly eye appointment for another injection to help my eye in healing. Not fun but necessary. As they say and I now understand, old age isn't for sissies.Then it takes a day to recuperate. Today we took off for Zion Park to evaluate my volunteer work as chair of Poetry in the Park held on March 4, 2016. It went well and we will go forward with the planning for next year's event. It will be my 5th year of coordinating this activity.

Busy time of year at Zion Park and long lines waiting to get into the park...
My meeting was at the park museum so Allen went to a geologylecture
Amazing color and layers of geologic time are everywhere.
I love Utah's redrocks, it is home to me.
Lots of quaint older homes in nearby Rockville
Sand Hollow reservoir near St. George where one day Allen will launch his boat.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Electronic MONOPOLY

While visiting in northern Utah last weekend, my grandson James-age 10 wanted to play a game. I said sure...and he brought out MONOPOLY. One of my favorite games from the 1950s, BUT this was ELECTRONIC MONOPOLY. No play money––only CREDIT CARDS and a calculator to keep track o your money! And the prices of real estate had changed from reasonable to only available for MILLIONAIRES! Well, it took some adjusting to figure out HOW TO PLAY this mutated game that hardly resembled my childhood game.

The board looks familiar and the real estate but it's quite different.
What are your childhood memories of MONOPOLY. I used to play it everyday after school with my lifelong friend Mary Anne while living in California. We'd get a bunch of penny snacks and have a fun afternoon while my mom worked at the telephone office. What's your story?

Friday, April 29, 2016

Poetry CONTESTS galore...

Well, this month of APRIL is National Poetry Month. I attended the Utah State Poetry Society's annual awards conference last weekend, and won four awards for my poems which was exciting as I won nothing last year. Then it was time for the annual Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery's Poetry and Art contest where we entered poems and an artist chooses a poem to make an art piece. Last year I won BIG with a 1st place and Honorable Mentions. This year nothing, but it was fun to see the artwork that my poems had inspired. If you don't enter, you don't have the possibility of winning ever.

Dixie Poets: l-r Buss, Bonnie, me, Julie, Marie and Gary
not shown-Marilyn B.
A lovely buffet was served before the awards were given out.
Marie's poem About Red has an abstract painting and Best of Show
Bonnie's poem elicited a 3d collage piece with real animal bones and
an Honorable Mention award.
Julie a new poet to our group, won 1st place with a poem about Berries
My poem about Turquoise Memories had a beautiful painting with it.
Poet Gary on the right had several honorable mentions and a 2nd place
Another contest DSU's Southern Quill  magazine-some of the same faces:
l-r: Marilyn Ball, Marilyn Richardson, me, Gary and Julie.
Members of Heritage Writers Guild : Marilyn, Chris Abbott +  Julie

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Spring AGAIN...

I spent the weekend in Northern Utah going to a poetry conference and visiting family. So it was spring there again. Our spring is almost over and done. Here's some photos I took.

Love the snowcapped mountains of early spring in Utah Valley
An orchard with white blooms probably apples or maybe cherries.
Decorative fruit blooms by Daniel's home
Crabtree blooms?
Daffodils almost done mixed with dandelions.
Forsythia however you spell it...
Blue skies, clouds and snow covered mountains.
Healthy dandelions are considered a weed......
Fun homemade birdhouses
Tulips are SPRING!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Shopping again

Our favorite thrift store, always something new to see and buy.

Some thrift stores are junky but others have quality stuff
Lots of fun used furniture, and decorating items.
Want a painting, lamp or fake plants-they have them...

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Goodbye old frig, welcome new frig!

Our old frig about 15 years old has been making strange sounds, so we decided it was time to replace it. This year it's been one thing after another-water heater, cooler in the casita, etc. It's called home ownership.

Unloading the old frig was labor intensive, finding iceboxes, etc.
Then it was time to clean out all the shelves, it will b recycled.
Of course the small table and chairs had to be moved out first.
Here comes the new frig=will it fit through the door?
It looks like the old frig but is quieter.
Isn't it pretty and so shiny clean!
This frig has more shelves and it's almost empty!
I like the freezer on the left.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Roses Everywhere....

This time of year the rose bushes and cacti are blooming like crazy, it's SPRINGTIME!

Our anniversary garden is full of blooming rose bushes
It's the yellow rose of Texas rose bush
These rose colored roses are my favorites.