Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Welcome SPRING....

I'm ready for new experiences, regaining old strength that got lost somewhere in the battle the last two weeks with the FLU BUG or whatever is out attacking everyone. Trying to SIMPLIFY my life, do less and enjoy it more. As I look around my cluttered home, I know that I can only neglect it so long then I''ll have to DIG MYSELF out of the CHAOS and BRING ORDER back into my life. Just SIMPLE THINGS like shopping for food, planning meals, then cooking them is EXHAUSTING. We certainly take for granted––little blessings like STRENGTH for daily chores- washing clothes, etc. Don't know how I did it years ago as a single mother mostly with a full time job and sons to raise but I was YOUNGER then...this summer I turn 78!

So happy that SPRING is SPRUNGING, if that's a word.  Even our peach tree is blooming again-promises of fruit and better times for those who are patient...Happy that winter is over though it was mild this  year in our high desert country, only one little snow storm and it soon melted. Love SUNSHINE and warm days.

Monday, March 12, 2018


Not sure what the flu bug looks like but I know what it feels like.  After avoiding getting the BUG for decades, it found me last week just as I started to direct Poetry in the Park. What a challenging weekend and week following. As I never get a flu shot, I'm wondering if maybe I need to change that tradition. I had the flu without the stomach distress part just fever, headache, sore throat, coughing and all that good stuff plus ZERO ENERGY which continues today 10 days later. 

Just made my first trip to the GROCERY STORE to find some food that seems edible. I think that's the worse part of being sick and especially when your normally healthy spouse is sick too. Who is going to nurse who or do we just ignore each other and try to sleep it off? I'm hopingwe are on the tail end of this experience for this year. I cancelled everything on my schedule last week except for trying to teach Sunday School yesterday and that was a mistake with little to no energy I was a pathetic teacher but made it through my 3 hour block of meetings. So now this week I'm adding a few activities that are unavoidable-grocery shopping and eye doctor appt. SPRING MAY HAVE SPRUNG at least day light savings time, but I'm on another planet.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Poetry in the Park #9

Survived a busy weekend at Zion Park with our annual poetry activities in the park. weather was cool but sunny. Good teachers and a nice break except I caught a cold or flu bug and am now recuperating at home exhausted, congested, head stuffed and just wanting to hibernate...
Zion Park's beauty in every direction from Springdale, Utah

Poets going on a nature hike

 It's perfect weather for a walk in the park...

Poets being inspired by our guest poet Shanan Ballam from USU...

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Progress...bought a new mattress and pillow

Can't remember how long it's been since we bought our mattress but hubby is complaining of back and neck aches after sleeping. So, it was time to go shopping to find a new one. Wow, have prices changed. I found a pillow that I love, it's memory foam and only $69! That's about what I would pay for a mattress in the good old days. Ours was on sale for $1599––a real steal, lol! We tried out several mattresses at our local Mattress Store and found just the right one as Goldilocks would say. It's pillow top but not memory foam, wrapped coils or something like that.

We like queen beds not king size as our bedroom isn't that big and I also don't like to hunt for my husband on the other side of the bed. Plus now I don't need to buy new mattress covers, sheets and bedspread. I love our bedspread and it's only 11 years old. It matches our colors aqua or turquoise in our bedroom.  We get our new bed next week but have our new pillows to use now. Comfy!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Twins RULE!

So happy to have identical twin grand daughters: Emilee and Heather. They were my first grand children and so eagerly anticipated by their parents and the whole family. The first grands and great grands on my side of the family brought miracluously to us through adoption then sealed forever to our family in the Mt. Timpanogos temple. I love you and all my other grand children.
Photo taken by Heather on the right of her sister Emilee on the left. Love you both!
Here they are at age 18, they will soon be 20 in May...

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Hectic WEEK-but it went fast...

Life has a way of bringing little unexpected SURPRISES to us...keeps you on your toes I guess you could say. Also makes you be GRATEFUL for just ordinary days with ROUTINES that we take for granted: the COMFORTS of a warm home, food to eat, a body that continues to function, OPPORTUNITIES to learn and grow from challenges that come our way. Been enjoying the OLYMPICS watching the ice skating or dancing especially, being amazed at the skills, and commitment involved to perform at that level. Looking back and remembering my earlier years of ballet lessons and rehearsals that were so fun. Now I've SLOWED DOWN but can still walk around the block safely and participate in lots of enjoyable activities: church. Daughters of Utah Pioneers, poetry, family history, indexing, daily journaling, visiting with friends and family. Here's some photos of my friend Caryn's home and her decor for Valentine's day.

Caryn's table decoration for Valentines Day
Some of Caryn's necklaces...
Fun collection of pottery
Caryn and her beauty crowns-amazing and wigs too.
I love her huge bedroom and especially the kiva fireplace!
Any one need dark glassses or reading glasses?
New area rug that Caryn found for her living room
Love her mantle arrangements with frames.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Another fun Red Cliffs hike yesterday

Since our weather is still warm not hot, we've decided to explore some of the gorgeous hikes around St. George.
Only a two mile hike, note our walking sticks made by hubby!
Looks like an elephant...
Just a hollowed out dead tree trunk, I'm standing inside it....
Lots of dying cottonwood trees by the stream
End of the trail has a small waterfall and a swimming area
Lots of interesting places to explore
Interesting cactus plants
Up close-don't touch!