Tuesday, February 19, 2019


Always amazing but welcome moisture and especially because it melts quite quickly...

It snowed quietly through the night then when morning came-surprise!
This palm tree was almost frozen several years ago but survived
About 3-4 inches is what we were told fell
Notice the pathetic Charlie Brown Christmas pine tree on the left...lol!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Valentines and LOVE in MY life

So thankful for a companion to share life with...daily for the past almost 26 years. Love that I got yellow roses for Valentines. Today we went to a lecture on pioneer photographs then out to lunch. Beautiful scenery with our redrocks and snow in the mountains while it's 50 degrees in town.

St George temple with Pine Valley snow covered mountains
View from old airport road looking east
Looking north at Tabernacle below
Love our winters with snow in mountains and 50 degrees below

Tuesday, February 12, 2019


Our theme this month was "Learning Expo." Trying to get some interest in exploring some of the many options for learning that we are surrounded by in our communtiy. We had 5 classes organized: 1. Growing Microgreens, 2. Navigating LDS tools and Gospel library on your electronic devices, 3. Basic Crocheting, 4. BYU Talk Faith and Fear, and 5. Beginning Ukulele. Elaine was in charge.

Lots of tables filled with eager learners
Lots of talking and getting to know each other better
Plus great refreshments
Veggies and dips, crackers and cheese and a Valentine cupcake of course
Another theme was connections with each other and our community

Classes-how to grow micro-greens from seeds by Jan
How  to use our smart devices to navigate and use LDS tools by Branch Prez
Lecture-discussion on Faith vs. Fear by Pat

Beginning crocheting with Claudia, Wilma and Muriel
Beginning ukulele with guest teacher

Friday, February 8, 2019


Fifty-three years ago, I became a mother on a cold snowy day in Provo, Utah as the first of my four sons was born to me while I was teaching Dance at BYU. I taught until the day before he was born, then returned to teaching 2 weeks later. He was hungry from the beginning and wanted to eat every two hours. The doctor recommended that he be given cereal at an early age which perhaps helped him grow to be over 6 feet tall. He now lives in New Mexico with his wife Nedret and son Hakan. Love them all.
Frank V, wife Nedret and son Hakan-he's tall now

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

SPRING vs. WINTER-who will win?

Too early for Spring but love those rare days of 60 degrees. BUT then comes a STORM with a cold front and turns our mountains into WHITE reminding us it's not Spring but WINTER still for a month or so.
Grackles  enjoy the sunshine and warmth
Pine Valley Mountains covered with snow
Waiting for SPRING, me too!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

WORDS to live by....

 Around my house I have lots of WORDS displayed to remind me of qualities to seek after. Today JOY stood out as the morning sun made reflections on the wall. I love the shadows. I found the happy frog jumping for joy in a fabric store and of course it had to come home with me. 

So what is JOY? It's more than HAPPINESS or temporary pleasures. It seems to me there is an eternal aspect to it. Realizing that there is more to LIFE than what we realize. A DEEPER HIDDEN MEANING that gives us a spiritual happiness that I would call JOY. Those moments when we feel in synche with a higher power or nature or whatever we perceive to be in charge of our EXISTENCE. For me, it's the SPIRIT of GOD witnessing to me that I'm on the right track and making PROGRESS.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019


It seems difficult to get family together these days for holidays but FUNERALS are a once in a lifetime experience that can bring us together to say goodbye to the loved one being honored for their memory and contributions to our lives. Was able to see six of my seven grandchildren and two sons with their wives for a dinner at Chuckarama during this past weekend. Here's my photos.

Grand kids: l-r Heather, Eddie, James, Nathan and other twin Emilee
Eddie, now almost 6 years old is the youngest grandkid
l-r Rory-Eddie's sister, dad Jeff, (missing mom Rachel), Tina (wife of), Dan and me
Lorien is loving playing with her jello
Loved the wild west chuckwagon in foyer of Chuckrama