Thursday, September 21, 2017


You can tell from my lack of posts that life has sped up for me, but it's all good stuff. Today I got the opportunity of speaking for an upcoming Creative Aging Conference at Dixie State University Oct 12-14. Last year I attended the first annual conference and found it very interesting with lots of classes for us elderly people to improve our lives with art, exercise, therapy, etc., but no writing or poetry activities. So, I suggested that they include the literary arts, but when the schedule came out for this year-there were no poetry classes. Guess what-I got asked to teach one. Serendipity-there was one unfilled time spot. Also found a new unused photo of me from a few years back for the program that I like-see above. So I'll be teaching:
WORDS CAN HEAL: DISCOVER YOUR CREATIVE VOICE-Do you long to rekindle the desire to express yourself, discover who you really are and free your spirit to fly to new heights? Learn how to explore your inner voice through Morning Pages (Julia Cameron free association journaling) and then create a collection of words to play with using free verse poetry. It’s easy, fun and fulfilling.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Another week rushing by...

Had a fun RS luncheon and discussion/lecture on how to avoid scams necessary in the world we live in...Thanks to all who worked so hard to bring together this fun time and great taco salads and yummy desserts.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Returning from Utah Valley

Made a quick trip up north, flew to SLC then rented a car to visit some cousins and family in Utah Valley.
Flying over the Great Salt Lake which is quite empty except for salt ponds

Meeting my cousins from California: Mimi and Doug with my aunt Ethel in ctr.
Enjoying a family visit...
Visiting my 97 year old aunt Ethel (center) in Genola, my cousin Mmi is on the right

Ethel lives in the country at the south end of Utah LAke

By the side of her garage
 It's Sunflower time in Utah

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Time is FLYING BY....

Month after month, new projects appear to engage my interests. Trips beckon as I head north this weekend to SLC to visit cousins. Then later in October going to Texas for hubby's 55th reunion and he asks where did the time go?'s made up of those tiny inconsequential moments that fill each day from the moment I arise then journal, walk, curl hair, listen to scriptures on tape, make breakfast, go grocery shopping then off to a Doctor's appointment. and lunch with hubby. Some activities I just can't fit into this day-are a Tai Chi class, a temple session but I will make more meals, plan classes I'll be teaching, organize plans for the weekend, etc. etc. etc. Oh yes, then there was the critter that dug up part of our back lawn last night. Had to investigate that and fix the diggings. Probably looking for grubs. Tell us about your day so far...

Friday, September 1, 2017

Welcome to SEPTEMBER-Goodbye AUGUST

The calendar turns over to a new month.
Goodbye to August and a hot hot summer,
welcome to September followed by
fall at last and welcome to cooling temperatures.

School has begun again for many not me,
family vacations are almost over after 
Labor Day's holiday as our sun moves 
further to the South, we will travel to Texas.

Sunrise comes later each day as
sunset arrives sooner in the evenings.
The sun is less intense as harvest time 
comes with its welcome succulent fruits.

Rewards for planting, tending and waiting 
for results patiently come to many
as we try to forget that cold winter days
are too soon to arrive and send us indoors.

What life season are you moving through
at this time? Some older people like me
would say winter, but inside my spirit remains 
young though I am ready for fall's harvest.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Peach PIE at home...

I made a homemade pie with a little help from Philsbury pie crusts.
Years ago I used to make my own fluffy delicious pie crusts but...
Now I can use all the help I can find...
It turned out okay and smelled luscious while baking!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Eclipses and Clouds

We live in the high desert where it hardly ever rains or is cloudy. So, yesterday we had light rain and thick clouds which only parted for a little while to let us see a partial eclipse but we weren't over the direct path anywhere but it was fascinating to watch it on TV.

Clouds got in the way
Partial eclipse through my collander as we didn't have any special glasses
Great coverage on TV especially when the total eclipse darkened crowds

Friday, August 18, 2017

Needing a RECHARGE?

In this day of multiple electronie devices, sometimes I feel like I need a station to plug me into to GET RECHARGED? It's been a long hot summer this year with a few medical challenges to overcome, BUT now that Fall is in the air-it's only 69 degrees at 6 am rather than 80 degrees––I'm reinvigorated. It always seem that way each year. Somehow with school starting even though my sons now have kids in school, I start to get a better routine going and work on some new projects.

My projects are mostly poetic as President of Dixie Poets, chair of the Youth Poetry Contest now in its 7th year and also finalizing some details for Poetry in the Park for next March plus will serve as Daughters of Utah Pioneers Historian for my camp to try to motivate them to write and collect their family histories. Then I'm doing several blogs and miscellaneous projects AND hubby just decided to trip to Texas for his 55th HS reunion-so that will be a fun adventure. Probably too many projects, but it's fun to feel my energies return as the sun heads south towards fall and winter.

How about you, what are you looking forward to?

Monday, August 14, 2017


A small miniature peach tree produces!
Loaded with peaches we found this under the tree yesterday
Luckily the critter got full, so hubby picked these remainders for us

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Returning from Vacation

Driving back through the redrock deserts of Southern Colorado, Page Arizona through Kanab, we were headed HOME to St. George Utah...our retirement home sweet home.

Coming down from the Colorado Mountains to the desert below
Quite the view below, I love mountains and valleys
A few puffy monsoon clouds are trying to form.
Colorado River in Colorado
Navajo Reservation views
This is the land we gave the Navajos to live on in Arizona
Lake Powell Arizona-popular tourist and boat destination
Anyone have an extra house boat? It's only 90 degrees today so far.
Heading towards Kanab and Utah-our home!!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Rocky Mountain National Park-Colorado

Driving into the park, lots of wildlife-an elk here
Scenic drive up to 11,000 ft and back down into Estes Park
Views in every direction and coolness
Snow near the summit and not trees

I loved the green coolness
Rocky Mountain HIGH Colorado!
Beautiful landscapes in every direction.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

More Vacation Photos

Been home for a week or more but still have lots of great photos to share...

Leaving Wyoming, heading to Colorado
Beginning of Colorado River at Fair Play elevation 10,000 ft-that's high!
Heading to the Pine trees
Granby Lake outside of Rocky Mountain State Park
There's something peaceful about lakes and open space and mountains
Great place for a cabin by the lakeside

Great place for boating....
Peaceful surroundings....