Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
1. I have a thing about hair. In my life time of 50+ years there have only been 6 people that have ever cut it, curled it, or touched it. I won’t let just anyone “do” my hair. People thought I was crazy when I drove almost two hours to get my hair done. Now I must travel 800+ miles to get my hair done. No one touches my hair now but Amy.
2. When I was in first grade I almost drown. Because of that experience I have a great appreciation for water and what it can do.
3. I don’t toss. Everything I have ever tossed I always wanted/needed back within 36 hours of the tossing. I realize this is a problem and will be problem for the next generation so I’m working on this phenomenon by having Val toss it without my knowledge. I simple say something like this to him, “please take care of this.” He knows exactly what to do.
4. I love cars. Who doesn’t know this about me? Seriously? The hardest thing for me to do is sell a car; I want to keep them all, maybe you didn't know that. They become a living thing to me and it is hard to part with them. To this day I can’t look at a white VW Bug and not wonder where my 2000 Bug is……..lonely on the streets of San Francisco I’m sure. Sad.
5. I love dogs. I would have a whole pack of them if I could. My life is not complete if I don’t have a dog. I have two dogs currently Belle and Lola. Next spring I will be getting dog number three!! Dog, dog, dog!
6. There was a time in my life (bc) I wanted to be an attorney. I’m not sure what happened to that dream or why I didn’t pursue it. But I do know this, nothing in my life could possible be better than the life I have now (ac) and especially (ag). bc=before children, ac=after children, ag=after grandchildren
Wow I’m on a roll I guess I’ll toss in some bonus random useless knowledge.
7. I like to work on projects in the middle of the night. When the house is quiet, the dogs are sleeping soundly and all you can hear is the clock and the hum of the refrigerator. I can accomplish so much it is amazing.
8. In my perfect world I dream of living on a farm. I love all things living. The animals, the garden, and all that goes with it. Farm livin’ is the life for me…..land spreading out so far and wide……..ah you get the picture.
9. I love work. My life is blessed with work and by work.
10. I don't consider myself a great speller but I know when a word is spelled wrong even if I don't know how it should be spelled I somehow can tell it has been spelled wrong, that's weird to me.
11. I love numbers and the order they bring. My mother was a counter so maybe I come by this naturally. So here is a combination for you. In 2010 Val and I will celebrate our 37th wedding anniversary. In that year Amy and Rick will celebrate their 14th, Grant & Brittani their 10th, Kimberly and David their 8th and Justin and Ashley their 5th. If you add up the number of years are children have been married you come up with 37!! How random is that?
This last "thing" is neither random or useless but is the one thing I know for sure and what I would want others to know about me as well.
12. I know that God lives and that all I have in my life is because of Him.
Now I pass this tag to Ashley, Amy, and Lynette..........and all who view but don't reveal; I extend to you a special invitation.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I haven't tried this yet, but it must be good and yes I know this goes completely against my previous Cholesterol Blog but I couldn't not share!
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug
Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again. Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (high). The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed! Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.
"I know that God loves us. He allows us to exercise our moral agency even when we misuse it. He permits us to make our own decisions. Christ cannot help us if we do not trust Him; He cannot teach us if we do not serve Him. He will not force us to do what’s right, but He will show us the way only when we decide to serve Him. Certainly, for us to serve in His kingdom, Christ requires that we experience a change of thought and attitude."
--Thomas S. Monson, "Looking Back and Moving Forward", Ensign, May 2008, 87–90
Monday, October 20, 2008
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Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I know where I was the day of John F. Kennedy’s funeral. I was in the doctor’s office, I had strep throat, I was nine; it was Monday, November 25, 1963.
Oddly enough I remember I had strep throat 10 years later. On Monday, December 31, 1973; Val and I had gone to the late showing of the movie “The Sting” in Salt Lake City and as we were running to the theater on that cold, cold night I developed a very bad sore throat that turned to strep.
On Tuesday, January 28, 1986, I was on my way to get my hair cut when I heard this news; the Space Shuttle Challenger had exploded. I couldn't get the those families involved out of my mind.
On Tuesday, September 5, 1989, we were rushing to Woodland in hopes of seeing Dad one last time. We heard a Code Blue called shortly after arriving at the hospital in Woodland. I remember frantically running to find my friend Susie who was an ER nurse working at the hospital at the time. What I hoped for that day wasn’t meant to be.
On Saturday, March 31, 1990, we had just arrived home from a swim meet. Val was hurriedly changing so he could go to the church to listen to the Priesthood session of conference. He didn’t go to conference that night. We would pack the car and head to Roseville. Val’s brother Doyle had just died of a brain aneurysm. Six months earlier we had buried my Dad.
It was Tuesday again and I was standing in our bedroom watching the news it was September 11, 2001; rarely did we turn the news on in the morning we did for some reason that day. Val had just flown home from Salt Lake the day before. We watched in utter unbelief as did the rest of the country.
This time it was a Thursday and I was at my desk at work. The date was May 15, 2003. Jamison was just two days old. Grant called to tell us she might be blind. I remember trying to say words of comfort to him; later I learned he thought I seemed unconcerned. He didn’t know after hanging up I fell into a heap on the floor weeping in unbelief. So far away I felt. We would leave the next day to be with Grant and Brittani and to meet our sweet Jamison.
On January 7, 2004, a Wednesday, William was born. David calls with the news that they suspect William has Down Syndrome. Again at my desk, this time at home. Again I sat in disbelief; again I felt so far away; could this be true. Although at that point the diagnoses had not been confirmed, my anxiety level was over the top; so far away I felt. Several days later on the way to work I had a melt down so to speak and reached over and grabbed Val’s shirt and ripped it……fortunately we weren’t far from home so we turned around so he could change. I laugh at myself now. When it was confirmed that William did have Down Syndrome I was at my desk at work. Although I knew in my heart of hearts the phone call was merely a confirmation. Again I was weeping, I’m not sure why. At the time we had a college student working for us, her name is Nadine Simms. From time to time she would use the spare desk in my office and on that particular day (and I’m sure for very good reason) she was in my office when I took that phone call. After I hung up she asked me if everything was okay. I proceeded to tell her about William. She smiled and gave me a hug and said, “Oh, everything will be okay.” “He will be a wonderful blessing.” “I have a sister who has Down Syndrome.” I never knew. Nadine was my blessing that day.
On Monday, July 23, 2007, I witnessed the birth of grandbaby number eight, Maxwell Reed Francom. This was the first time I had been able to witness the birth of one of our grandchildren. Priceless.
On Sunday, August 12, 2007, I answered the phone to hear Jim’s voice on the other end say, “she’s gone, Mom’s gone.” Val was in Farmington, New Mexico. I was home alone; at my desk.
On Friday, February 29, 2008, we were at the temple. We felt sure that grandbaby number nine would be a leap year baby. He didn’t; Teigen James Allred was born March 1, 2008, just hours after midnight.
On Wednesday, July 2, 2008, driving down 101 headed for home; just hours earlier we had talked to Kimberly. Little Miss Mary was here! David calls (note to self when David calls hand the phone to Val). I motioned for Val to take the next exit so we could return back to work inasmuch as I had taken work home that night and knew instantly we would be on a plane to Kansas the next day. Back at work I talked with those who are my “working family.” The next morning we were on a flight to Kansas. Mary has Down Syndrome; Kimberly is in surgery.
These are just a few of my “where were you” moments. They are important moments to me and a constant reminder that life is short, life is sweet, and life can change without warning. But most importantly this I know my life is blessed.
Monday, October 13, 2008
We can learn from our leaders of the past. Thomas Edison’s great optimism gives us a quintessential example of welcoming disaster. On a December night in 1914, fire broke out in the film room of Thomas Edison’s laboratory. As his assets were going up in smoke, it would seem that this sixty-seven-year-old man’s spirit would certainly be crushed. Instead he saw the fire and shouted to his son, “Where’s Mom? Go get her! Tell her to get her friends! They’ll never see a fire like this again!” Later, he said,
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
We even have rooms with a view
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
- Contentment isn't getting what we want but being happy with what we have.
- It is difficult to live in the present, ridiculous to live in the future and impossible to live in the past.
- You must do the things you think you cannot do.
- Love is what's left of a relationship after all the selfishness has been removed.
- Counting blessings is better than recounting problems.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
"We don’t have to be perfect today. We don’t have to be better than someone else. All we have to do is to be the very best we can." Joseph B. Wirthlin
I needed that thought, thanks Elder Wirthlin!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
"Life is too short to dwell on every bump in the road try to take pleasure in the simple things - in short eat a cookie!"
I think I shall!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
“There comes a time when you must make yourself that person you want to become; work, progress, and rejoice in the change.”
I received this “thought” in a Relief Society meeting over 25 years ago; it is still posted on the wall in my office after all these years. And after all these years I’m still working and progressing and yes, I do rejoice in the changes and wonderful blessings I have been given as I have tried to become the person I want to be!