Sunday, July 14, 2019

A Magical Walk

We were walking in a Salt Lake City neighborhood near my mother-in-law's house in the vicinity of 900 East and 3300 South, when we came across a street sign that made Carolyn feel right at home.
(And a happy birthday to you, Carolyn!)
She and my grandson Caspian also found a giant sized mural to their liking. 
Here's a broader perspective of the mural. 
So whatever it is or wherever it may be, I hope you find your happy place! 
Where's a place you've been that makes you feel good?

Monday, July 8, 2019

Reluctant Carolyn Ends Up Having Fun!

Carolyn and I got to go on our first cruise last fall! 
(THANKS Jeff and Jamie and family, and Brian and Aspen!)
Since Carolyn has a birthday coming up, and since she LOVES her birthdays and LOVES to have fun, here's a picture from one of her adventure times, even though at first she didn't think it would be any fun.
When we first climbed the ladder up, up, up to the platform, she said she didn't want to go. But thanks to holding hands with my daughter-in-law, Aspen, as they flew along on parallel zip lines, Carolyn decided it was a thrilling adventure after all!
(Brave Brian and Awesome Aspen)
Here's to many more adventures, Carolyn!
How about you? Would you go on a zip line?
Or would you rather watch someone else ride one?

Monday, July 1, 2019

The End of the Mormon Miracle Pageant

I wasn't in the very first Mormon Miracle Pageant in 1967, but I came on the scene in 1970 when my family moved from Haddon Heights, New Jersey to Manti, Utah.
Now it's 2019 and the pageant is over.
Bob gave Carolyn and me a good-bye Pageant squeeze!
 My arms weren't quite long enough to get a very wide-framed picture of me, Andy, and Bob with Pageant props in the background. (What ARE they going to do with all those fake rocks, I wonder?)
Andy made a pretty good security guy before he played the role of the Savior in his home-grown beard.
Once we found seats, we saved them with a sign our son wrote that says: "RESERVED FOR JOSEPH SMITH'S GRANDPARENTS. Seriously, their son's son is playing mature Joseph tonight and they'd appreciate it if you let them sit here to watch. Thanks."

 We even got pictures with some of the cast members! 
(Our grandchildren, and nephew, Jonathan, who's not a cast member this year, but was in years past.) 
 Bob helped Carolyn stand on a chair so she could see how many people were in the audience.
 Our sister Rebecca was there, too!
 I took a picture for the family album of Andy in costume "descending" to the people in the Americas.
 It was a good run, Mormon Miracle Pageant!
I know some people are sad the pageant is over, but, hey, even the dinosaurs didn't live forever.
I used to miss old things much more than I do now that I've learned that things change. It's much more rewarding to look forward to what's next instead of getting a neck ache twisting around to stare back at the past.
Do you like change?
Or do you prefer things to stay the same?

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Why Bob Cooks

Bob is the main cook in our house, but I was willing to help with dinner. 
He asked me to boil potatoes, then squish them.
(Yes, he says, "squish." No mashing potatoes in this house!)
When I got done, the squished spuds looked nearly normal. A bit shiny, but, hey, they were real, live potatoes!
 But when they were put on a plate, they seemed a bit...sticky.
Where did that come from? They just had the traditional addition of milk/butter before I whipped them.
Uh-oh...whip? That wasn't in the instructions.
 Well, with a solid scoop of spuds, it might make sense that they'd hold together somewhat. Wouldn't it?
But when they're THIS stretchy....ahhh! It's more like eating glued potatoes!
So here's my advice...do not use an emulsion blender to squish potatoes.
Get Bob to do it!
Do you like potatoes?
What's your favorite way to eat them?

Monday, June 17, 2019

One Fancy Truck


When I was a mom of young boys, I went to a used car lot with Bob and told him I really wanted to buy an old white van that had been splatter painted with various colors. Bob had to explain that the van, with its marvelous roomy interior, wasn't really in very good shape, regardless of its party-time paint job.
(I admit, that was the main reason I liked it!)
I found another even fancier vehicle in a parking lot. Take a look at this truck that was backed up to a loading door at a home improvement store!









So, was she going to do the remodeling? 
Or did the guy borrow the girl's truck to pick up the supplies?
This is kind of like using all your nice linen and lacy-edged pillowcases instead of saving them for "best occasions." 
Make everyday your best occasion!
Are you a do-it-yourselfer? Or do you hire your home repair projects out to professionals?

Monday, June 10, 2019

How You Know When You Need To Declutter

Anyone who knows me well enough knows that I'm not a "matchy-matchy" type of person. I don't mind if all the silverware has different patterns, if the plates are various sizes, or if drinks are served in jelly jars, cans, or a once-upon-a-time yogurt container. 
Thus, we have an interesting array of cups in our kitchen (and office, and bedroom.) Since Carolyn works at a thrift store and loves pretty things, we actually have more cups than we need, more than we have hooks for, more than we can use for our table when it folds out to comfortably seat 8 regular-sized people or 14 miniature ones.
I didn't realize how much I didn't like how many cups we had until I tried hanging one up, missed the hook, and dropped it on another cup on the counter, breaking both of them.
I was so happy.
Even while cleaning broken glass off the counter, I was happy.
Even while sweeping and wiping the floor to catch any stray glass shards, I was happy! Two fewer cups to deal with.
Yep. It was prime time to declutter.
Is it easy for you to throw stuff away? Or do you prefer to hang onto things?


Monday, June 3, 2019

Animals, Animals!

Carolyn and I had fun at the Scandinavian Festival! The town of Ephraim, Utah, gets so immersed in the Scandinavian culture on Memorial Day weekend that even the dinosaur at the Sinclair station wore a Viking hat.
This Great Dane walking around the booths was a bit too friendly, pushing his nose up into Carolyn's face. She didn't hold it against him, though, and still followed through on the owner's permission to pet the Very Tall Dog.

This monkey logo signaled Carolyn's favorite food...well, one of her favorites. There's always chocolate, but she chose a cool, sweet pineapple float.

Carolyn was very impressed when the owner of this animal identified it as a wolf.

We appreciate that Carolyn is always nice to our pets. I think she might have learned that trait from our father, who was a veterinarian, but it might just be her nature.
How about you? Are you a pet person?

A Magical Walk

We were walking in a Salt Lake City neighborhood near my mother-in-law's house in the vicinity of 900 East and 3300 South, when we came...