Friday, April 3, 2020

HAPPY NEWS-A Wedding of my Granddaughter

Emilee and Daniel were married today in a private ceremony at her home that was broadcast by her father/my son Dan to family and friends on many continents-USA, Peru, France and England. Amazing technology in these scary days of Coronavirus that demands social distancing. They were originally scheduled to be married in the Mount Timpanogos temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but then temples all over the world were closed. So, they were married for time only at her home by her bishop, and will later attend the temple when it opens to be sealed together forever. Happiness and love triumphs!

Mr and Mrs...they did despite all obstacles!

Sunday, March 29, 2020


It's a different world we all live in now with the CORONA VIRUS sweeping across the world and especially in our UNITED STATES. It's a time for REFLECTION and INTROSPECTION when just a little trip to the grocery store is our EXCITEMENT for the week as we try to keep our SOCIAL DISTANCING as we gather supplies for the upcoming week as we try to fill our days with MEANINGFUL ACTIVITIES besides listening to all the NEGATIVE NEWS. How are you doing?

My day STARTS EARLY as I love the quiet morning time when I can PRAY, STUDY SCRIPTURES and write in my JOURNAL. A time to reflect on how I'm doing and SET SOME GOALS for the new day.
1. Focus on FAITH not FEAR
2.  REACH OUT TO FAMILY-near and far through digital means or interaction with hubby
3. LISTEN for inspiration on how to best spend my time
5. FILL MY WELL-listen to music, read up lifting materials, create, walk-exercise

HANG IN THERE...this is another lesson on PATIENCE––Remember This too shall pass...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

So What am I DOING?

With all this free time on my hands, I volunteered with some sisters from our Church's Relief Society to make hospital masks for a daughter of one of our members (who lives in Tucson Arizona and works with NIC newborns intensive care.) They are without masks because of the needs for other medical workers helping corona virus patients. So with the help of a  tutorial, and there are many of them there are 10 of us trying out our forgotten sewing skills and learning to make masks. It helps to feel productive in this time of severe stress. Rather than worry, we keep busy in a positive way. Many women all over are volunteering their labors in their individual states or countries.

It helps to have the pieces already cut to size by Wanda B.

It's been awhile since I've sewn anything but my machine still works!

Amazing all the steps in the tutorial without sounds has but it helps!
Several hours later I have made the first mask, hopefully the others will be faster.

Looks good, has a wire in top for nose and opening in back for filters

I'm smiling but your can't see to make the second one.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Corona Virus Challenges

Amazing we made it through Poetry in the Park before the world as we know it started to collapse with a run on grocery markets for toilet paper, cleaning supplies and bottled water. Today we went to Walmart and were amazed by the empty shelves though there still are items available to buy. We are restocking our food storage. For years we carted 100s of pounds of wheat from place to place then finally about 15 years ago we downsized, gave it away and moved to St. George. Now we are restocking canned goods, frozen pizzas and all the necessities of life. Here we are at our local store.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020


It 's time again for the 8th annual POETRY IN THE PARK that I've organized at Zion Park. We had a very successful event with a poet from Utah Valley University Rob Carney and had wonderful weather 70 degrees to enjoy the beauty of our red rock country.

Driving to Zion Park before the sun rises was spectacular!

We had students from middle school through college age to retirees

English teachers and poets from Utah State University

Our teacher Rob Carney gave an excellent presentation

Saturday, February 29, 2020


This is their 4th year, 2 years ago I taught a class on Creative Journaling
Here I am with my Poetry display at the Conference
Fascinating lectures on healing qualities of the arts in our lives

I went to a session on movement exercises for aging senior sitting in chairs

Quite a large group in a fun location DSU's Eccles Theat

It's amazing what the arts-music, drama, dance and more can add to our lives

Friday, February 21, 2020

Branch Party

Tonight we had a fun potato bar dinner and opportunity to get to know each other better by sharing a talent or service with other members of our church. I donated a service of helping someone to edit or write their testimony for their family. Others donated baked goods, rides, lunch together, yard work and all kinds of things. It was fun and an opportunity to get better acquainted.

Theme Go and Do with Love and Service
Tickets were handed out then when your # was called, you came up to choose 
There were over 150 services listed on the hearts on the front wall
A delicious potato bar was served to everyone

Lovely decorations