Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hummingbird Nest

In our backyard, there's a roadrunner wind chime
Just today a female hummingbird decided to build a nest to lay eggs in
The nest is tiny, made of leaves, twigs, feathers and spider silk (webbing)
How fun to watch a family being created from eggs to fledgings in a few weeks

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Happy Birthday to the BOATER

Today is my husband's 70th birthday. We were featured in a local magazine Sunriver Living for our retirement community in an article called RESIDENT LIVING "The Boater and The Blogger." If you click the photos, they will enlarge. I'll also type in the text of the article under each photo.

           Meet the Floyds. Lin and Allen have lived in SunRiver for nearly seven years. They retired to New Harmony, Utah for a few years but moved to SunRiver because Lin couldn't deal with the harsh winds in that area. She also loves that St. George's lower elevation provides much warmer temperatures in the winter.

            Lin and Allen's home was one of the first built in SunRiver. They love having a casita and use it often when accommodating their large family. From their previous marriages, combined they have 8 children and 24 grandchildren! The casita works great for their family to stay in when visiting.

           Allen had been designing boats for a couple of years before he decided to tackle the task of building one. He purchased the design from a naval architect in France and was actually the first American to begin construction on this particular boat. He purchased the plans in 2011 and has had this side project going on since then. His next step in the process is to paint the whole boat in an epoxy clear coat.

           When it comes time to apply paint, allen is thinking he will paint it white. When finished the boat can function as a row boat or as a sail boat. Even though it's a smaller boat it's designed for larger waters. He anticipates that he will spend most of the time on Lake Powell or Lake Mead. On his computer his screen saver is an image of what the boat will look like when it's finished, a little visual reminder that the hard work will pay off in the end. Allen is a member of the woodworking club and has used some of their tools building his boat.

          "I love living in St. George. There is so much culture!" Lin remarked. She also enjoys shopping and uses the community center quite a bit. She likes the water aerobics and different low impact exercise classes offered. She is a very active member of the photography and computer clubs. 

           Lin has a few blogs that she updates regularly. She is also very involved in family history work. When she was 20 years old and attending BYU she took a class on family history and has been working on it since. She began writing stories about her ancestors and then decided it was time to write her own life story. Lin now teaches classes on writing your own life history and has published books on the subject as well.

          These are not the only books she has published though. She has written a children's book, self-help books, and many family history books. "Retirement is a time to develop all the talents that you've never had time for," Lin remarked. And SunRiver certainly has the resources to help you develop those talents. Check out Allen and Lin's blogs to see more into the Floyd's daily life. 
http://lettersfromlin.blogspot.com and http://captain-allen.blogspot.com

Friday, April 11, 2014

Article #388 More Family Memories

             Each family has its own unique beginnings, events and history. Time to share your story with us. Doyle Wilcox Perkins of St. George recalls something different about his extended family: Early in 1900, the Perkins family and the Wilcox Family had farms in Preston, Idaho. The farms were on different roads, but backed up to each other. Three Perkins brothers ended up married to three Wilcox sisters. They all named their children with the middle name of Wilcox. It ended up with 37 children or cousins with the same middle name of Wilcox. At this writing the total count is only five cousins living, but the legacy has carried on the genealogical line for many years.
I’m still looking for stories of how your parents met. Wanda Bublik of St. George tells us of her parents courtship: Moraine Hicks worked at DeWinnes Café in San Antonio, Texas.  Herb McDougall came in for lunch every day.  On the 30th day of April, 1936 he asked, “What would it take to get you to go out with me?” Somewhat surprised, she just laughed and said pointing to the floor, “Stand on your head.”  Looking crushed he began to unwind his legs from under the counter and stood, walking toward the door. As Moraine turned around she was astounded to see two long lanky legs straight up in the air.  Herb stood on his head right in the middle of DeWinnes Café.  He ungracefully crumbled into a heap, and she laughed.
             Herb sat right there on the floor and asked “Well, now will you go out with me?” Motioning him to get up, she said, “I don’t even know you.  Let me buy you a piece of pie.”  As they talked he told her that his name was Herb and that it was his 21st birthday. He proposed to her on 28th November, her birthday. They were wed on Christmas Eve 1936, had 6 children and were married for 64 happy years.
             Please send me your family stories. Make it a priority to write down and preserve your family’s unique traditions and background. Where did you ancestors come from? Did they prepare any special dishes that are still enjoyed in your family today? Make time NOW, sit down and write something about your heritage. I’ll help you edit and publish it for others to appreciate and enjoy. You can do it in a comment on this blog. NEXT TIME: Unique Traditions. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

POETRY to ART reception

For several years I've wanted to have a local venue in St. George
like the Mesquite Art-Poetry event held last month. Caroll Shreeve
has an art studio so we decided to do it for Heritage Writers Guild.

Caroll Shreeve on the right with two of her Blue Raven artists in Kayenta
Painting Native American designs on goblets and mugs! 
Rose Mary Brossard and Amy Jarecki visit and discuss the poetry to art show
Sue Leth-Stevenson and her husband visit with Marie Tollstrup  (on the left)
Poet writer Marilyn Richardson (in the center) waits for the program to start
About 26 individuals attended our Poetry to Art Reception in Kayenta
Wroter Russell Estlack reads his first poem ever written to start our program
Marie Tollstrup reads her poem while the artist show her artwork created
Many different types of media were used by the artists for their pieces
This artist created on silk for Marilyn Ball's poem about a pony
Caroll is both artist and poet plus co-owner of Blue Raven Art Studio
which offers classes for adults and children as well as open art session
Liesa Hafen poses in front of the display of Blue Raven's student's artwork

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Celebrate FAMILY

Two full days together went fast. Exhausting, exhilarating and fun family time too rare in modern families who don't live close to one another! Let's do it again soon. Love you all...especially those who weren't with us.

Click to enlarge-family hike and picnic in nearby Snow Canyon
Click to enlarge-only some of my grandkids, none of my stepgrandkids!
The boys sitting quietly together-it didn't happen often...lol!
Soon the table will be empty...
Daniel my second son, cook and kitchen helper
Last breakfast together, only the boys made it to eat early.
The cousins doing origami quietly...
My oldest son Frank leaving for New Mexico with his family today...

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Family TIME-Spring Break!

The cooks:( l-r) Nathan and James making egg mcmuffins!
Grandma time-putting together puzzles, origami and zentangle 
Picnic in the park with sandwiches, 70 degrees and bees! 
Children's  Museum has something for everyone: (l-r) Heather+Emilee
Emilee trying pointillism and creating an impressive picture
Mom Tina takes a photo of our family artist Emilee
Exploring science and bubbles enthralled Nathan 
He's inside the bubble, James was busy elsewhere.
Tornado demonstration-quite impressive
Busy parents: my son Daniel and his wife Tina
Tired but enjoying ourselves in the Children's Museum
Birthday dinner for James at Golden Corral on Friday night
James wanted to be sung to...Happy Birthday #8 on April 6th!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Making MONEY

Good news-Amazon just deposited $31.87 in my checking account for sales of 11 electronic copies of my e-book DISCOVER YOUR VOICE AFTER DIVORCE for Kindle from the following countries: India, United Kingdom, Denmark, France, Spain, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and Australia. Amazing how that happens without the author being aware as people throughout the world via the Internet download my book for $5.99 then Amazon pays about 70% of that money into my account. If you are interested in looking at my book-check it out here.

I also sell from my home a printed version which is easier to use as a Writing Workbook for Healing and Recovery. It costs $15 plus $5 postage. Mail me a check for that amount and I'll get you a book via US mail. Email me at lin at sunrivertoday dot com for details. Review of my book by Amy Freeman.