Monday, August 19, 2019

When Old Doggies Die

Our longest lived doggie, Bibs, was past 14 years old and aiming for 15 when she decided to go last night. 

One comforting thought is that my gentle veterinarian father was already there to greet her and throw a Heavenly tennis ball for her to chase, because now she can run again.
 (Have fun 'til I get there, you two!)

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

What's Your Style?

I don't know if anyone else notices patterns in cars. For example, I often make note of a red, white, and blue car in close proximity while driving along a road.
So when my candy blue car (yes, that is the actual manufacturer's name for the paint color) found some friends, I just had to take a picture. 
I once read a statistic that white is the most popular car color, and the easiest to keep looking clean even from road dirt. 
What's the hardest color to keep looking clean?
What color of car do you like? Are you a calm neutral color fan, or do you like to make a bright color impact while getting from here to there?
(In case you were wondering, my car's the one in the middle.)

Monday, August 5, 2019

I'm supposed to PAY for that?!

I've seen distressed clothing before, and pondered the appeal in an effort to understand it, but still can't figure out how the style persists. I could get it if the clothing is something a person has worn and loved for years, a piece that's accompanied a person through thick and thin, almost taking on the sentient quality of a friend. (I actually know someone who is loathe to give up on his/her old, softened-from-multiple-washings-and-wearings underwear until it just won't stay together on his/her body anymore.)
But if it's a NEW worn out piece of clothing, a complete stranger, to one's body, why would someone want to welcome it to their wardrobe?
If I'm expected to pay for it, I prefer to get my money's worth in buying something that will last beyond tomorrow. If it's got scars, I want to appreciate how they were earned.
Are you a lover of distressed clothing? Do you like your own worn out duds, or do you like to buy soft, old things? Or would you rather put your money down on clothes that look new? 

Monday, July 29, 2019

Party Girl

Before her birthday month is completely over, here are some snapshots of Carolyn's birthday bash.
 She's had 53 years to get this celebration thing down.
 She made the most of seeing her family, including oldest sister, Melinda (also Biddee or Auntie M.)
She even had great nieces and nephews there to celebrate! (That makes her a great aunt!)
 Big brother DellRay got (and gave) a hug.
 Bob was there, too.
 All but two siblings were there to party hearty! (Back row: DellRay, Shirley, Gregory. Front row: Rebecca, Melinda, and brother in law Paul. Middle: CAROLYN!
 Nephew Brian and his wife Aspen were happy to have made it to the party.
 One of Carolyn's special friends, Jill, loved every hug she could get.
 Oh, yeah, and there were even a few presents.
 Brother Greg, sister-in-law Judi, and niece Alana converged in a group hug!
 Sisters Penny and Deanna came to kick up their heels...or keep them on the floor. (Their choice!)
Nephew Hayden gave Carolyn celebration birthday flowers. You won the race to age 53, Carolyn. Now you're in the race for the age 54 finish line. We look forward to seeing how you make age 54 rock and roll!

Monday, July 22, 2019

Extreme Vandals

I've seen vandalism writing on the sides of bridges, buildings, and bathroom stalls, but never before have I seen it on a highway sign. This one is above the road running East/West past Cove Fort, Utah.
First of all, how did they get up there? 
Secondly, what painting is so important that the artist would dangle above traffic passing below at 80 miles per hour?
(Can you read it? What does it say?)

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 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?

When Old Doggies Die

Our longest lived doggie, Bibs, was past 14 years old and aiming for 15 when she decided to go last night.  One comforting thought...