Sunday, October 3, 2021

Surprise in the Princess Cart

Carolyn likes to ride in the princess (kid seat) carts at WalMart, but one day there was something different in the handle well behind her.
What was that? A warped cucumber?
It looks kind of squishy. Is it an overripe avocado?
Oh, uh, is that a real green living thing?
Ah! ALLIGATOR! Squishy rubber alligator that we left in the cart to surprise the next user.
Would you leave an alligator in the cart?
Or would you give it a home?

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Carolyn at the Prom

It was a little bit rainy on prom night, so Carolyn borrowed a bit of Mary Poppins Magic.
Her football player escort led her into the school where two more football players waited to take a prom picture with her!
She's good at all kinds of dancing, even the Conga Line!
(I can't help wondering if ALL high school girls wear high top sneakers to prom these days.)
Now for some 3-D dancing by Miss Carolyn Ruth Anderson!

She danced every dance, not even veering toward the cookie table. What joy, what passion, what a good weight loss strategy!
(Not that she needs to lose weight.)
Do you like to dance?
What do you like to do for exercise?

Sunday, September 19, 2021

A Helpful Nail

My son had a nail in his tire, but said he wasn't going to take it out.
(Can you see it?)
This seemed counterproductive to me. Nails don't belong in tires. Nails punch holes in tires. Holes in tires let air out.
But my son said that his tire pressure was steady. The nail was actually plugging its own hole, successfully trapping the air inside the tire.
In spite of his assurances that all was well in Inflated Tire Land, I had the urge to grab that nail and pull it out because it just doesn't belong there!
His plan is to keep close track of his tire pressure, and then have the problem taken care of the next time he takes his vehicle in for routine service.
What would you do? Leave the nail in for awhile? Or pull it out now and get the tire fixed?

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Fun Farmer's Market!

If you were driving down Highway 18 and saw this smiling guy dancing with a giant sunflower on the side of the road at a Saturday Farmer's Market, what would you do?
Since I am a fan of smiling and dancing, I pulled over. It was an extra bonus that I also saw a "sweet corn for sale" sign, even though it wasn't at sunflower dancer Brenden Whitelaw's booth. Among other yummy looking plants, he offered exotic cucumbers, fancy zucchini, and Scottish kale, which I wish I'd tasted while I was there.
Coming up, not this weekend because of the St. George Ironman competition, which tends to close roads, are lemongrass, dill, kohlrabi, White Spice Carrots (what?!) and, of all things, Cosmic Purple Carrots!
Brenden also sells colorful corn, perfect for fall decorations or eating, and he promised larger ears to come! 
So if you're in the market for entertainment, good conversation, and fresh vegetables that you aren't likely to find at a grocery store, then stop by the junction of Highway 18 and the turnoff to Pine Valley, (which is roughly the center of the town of Central, Utah) on Saturday.
For even more fun, there are other booths there, too, such as easy-to-talk-to Dale in his genuine cowboy hat, offering his homemade flutes and unique one-of-a-kind Western decorations for sale.
You're sure to find something fun and interesting there, so stop by if you can!
Have you ever been to a Farmer's Market?

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Odd Role Model

I saw this picture at a thrift store. I don't know what that golden colored figure is. What are the children lined up behind it doing?
 They appear to be mimicking the figure's pose.
But why?
Is it seen as the epitome of behavior in their place of learning?
Is it their teacher?
Is it an alien?
I think those children need to take their own poses.
Have you ever followed someone/thing that you later questioned?

Sunday, August 29, 2021

A Most Unique Garden

 One day I was walking with my grandchildren in Ephraim, Utah when I chanced upon a most surprising garden.
If you'd like a closer look, scroll down.
Even the "stems" and "leaves" were unusual.
Here's a closer look at the creativity of putting dishes together to make this surprising garden.

The garden even had a final polite word for me.
It thanked me for stopping!

Would you like to build a dish garden?

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Don't Let Me Tell You!

Some people care what other people think of them. Others don't. At least they don't seem to, but I've actually heard people say they don't care what others think of them.
Whether you do or not, I had to laugh at this sign I saw in a store.
When it comes down to nitty gritty feelings, we humans actually do not have to believe what others say about us.
No, we don't.
Back when they lived at home, if one of my boys told me someone called them a name, I would usually reply, "You have a blue face."
When my son looked confused, I insisted, "You have a blue face. Go look in the mirror."
Sometimes they did, sometimes not, but they challenged my statement. So I'd say, "Just because I say you have a blue face doesn't make it true. So you don't have to believe whatever people say about you, do you?"
Even though that was a couple of decades ago, the same thing applies today to everybody. You don't have to believe what people say about you unless you want to!
What amazing freedom of thought you possess.
Have you let other people tell you how you should feel?
Do you still? ;o)

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Flower Boy

 There's a song by the Cowsills with the lyrics, "I love the flower girl" that I've liked listening to for years, but I never met a real flower girl, or even anyone in the Cowsills. (Click their name or lyrics to hear the song.)

Well, interestingly enough, I found a flower boy!

He said he likes to make his job fun. That's great advice, and it's easy to see at least one way he achieves that goal. I think someone should write a song about him, something about the flower boy with the flower hat.
Do you find fun in your job?

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Ice Acrobats

It seemed like a regular restaurant when we went in, that is, until my grandson drank his drink and the ice in his cup defied gravity.
Maybe it was magic, maybe it was physics, or maybe they were acrobatic ice cubes that pressed against the sides of the glass like some people spread out their limbs in a doorway and stick there.
Whatever it was, it was an unusual sight.
What unusual sight have you seen?

Monday, July 19, 2021

Cheese Boorger

Do you remember learning how to spell?
I remember some of it, and none of it made much sense. The English language has so many exceptions to rules that perhaps the rules should be thrown out altogether.
I mean, who DECIDES that "gh" is pronounced with an "f" sound, an "oo," or is completely silent?
 So it's no wonder that the person who wrote their favorite dish and posted it on the 5 Guys Burgers and Fries bulletin board failed to follow the dictionary guidelines.
It must have made sense to the hungry author, but it looks like something else to me, so whoever wrote this can keep it all to themselves.
Do you like boorgers?

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Youngest Son = So Much Fun!

Happy July birthday to our youngest and 6th son, Michael (on the right, admiring big brother Jeff, alias second son's, beard.)

 And, yes, it seems the lack of sisters has spurred our boys on to become fairly good cooks. Besides that,, we had a tradition (with the older ones anyway) of them taking turns cooking a family meal every Saturday.
The boys also had to start doing their own laundry after I found that their version of cleaning their room was to stuff all their clothes, dirty or clean, in the laundry basket, but that's another blog.
Even though as the youngest Michael got picked on, he also grew up fast, and learned how to get along with many ages and types of people.
Hey, he's a fungi...or is that fun guy?
No matter how big they get, our sons will always be my much-loved baby boys.
(And there's no question about that!)

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Cancer Free Fandango!

Last year I declared that when I was pronounced cancer free, I'd be so happy I'd dance the Fandango!
At the end of June, the oncologist declared that my cells were normal, and Bob said, "That's the only normal thing about her."
Then I jumped up from my seat and threw confetti in the air.
Doctor Tudor said, "In 41 years of practice, that's the first time anyone's thrown confetti here."
Bob offered to sweep it up, but the nurse said no, she didn't want him to, because she was going to show it to her coworkers.
I think I should have thrown more...
I looked up Fandango dance moves, but couldn't pull anything together that didn't look awkward, so I consulted my nearly-10-year-old granddaughter Kimbree for choreography help. (She makes a cameo appearance at the end.)
 She can do the moves much better than I, but encouraged me to, "Move your hips, Grammy! Swing your arms!" Since I'm the cancer survivor, here's my Funky Chicken style FAN-dango! 
(Watch for it at the end!)
I enlisted my 13-year-old grandson Landon as cameraman, and here's what we came up with!
I'm so happy to be granted a few more years on this vacation we call life, and I'm so glad you're vacationing with me.
Love you!

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Summer Day Unique Seat

While walking around a nice neighborhood in Logan, I noticed a most unexpected sight outside a high-class home.
Do you see it? 
There it is! A bench with a breathtaking view made out of a bathtub!
Would you like to sit in a bathtub to watch the sunset?

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Desert Alligators

See the volcano in the background in this picture, taken looking south from Veyo, Utah?
Does it look primordial?
How about alligator country? Does it look like that?
I always imagined alligators in wet, green areas. 
I don't see wet.
I don't see green.
I see desert. (No, desert, as in dry land, not DESSERT! That's a sweet post-meal concoction.)
So if this isn't alligator country, then where does the alligator meat come from?
If we look on the other side of the sign, will there be dinosaur meat offered, I wonder?
Do you like to try new foods, ones that you don't normally eat?

Sunday, June 20, 2021

What Would You Name Your Boat?

When I went with Bob while he went fishing (I was a boat rider. I'm not a fisher girl.) I saw a boat parked off to one side. When I read the name of the boat, I couldn't help but smile!
It was a fishing boat, after all, so "Hold To The Rod" made a lot of hilarious sense.
I tried to think of something I'd name a boat. Floatie? Fish Roof? Bobbin' Along?
No wonder I don't have a boat!
What would YOU name YOUR boat?

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Hands Off My Food!

When my sons lived at home, I'd hide chocolate in the freezer behind the yeast. I figured my boys wouldn't have any interest in yeast, but I'm not 100% sure that they didn't ever find the chocolate, since they all show signs of high intelligence, and I could never remember how much I'd left from my previous raid. (There was always some...) 
So I can understand why Carolyn felt the need to mark the food she saves in our fridge. After all, Bob eats stuff from the refrigerator, and so do I. If we don't know it's hers, well, then, we might just eat it...unless she writes a message on the plastic storage container in permanent marker!
Message received.
Do other people eat your food?

Sunday, June 6, 2021


I don't know how old these blinds in our house were, but the house was built in 1980, so potentially more than 40 years. The window it covered got more sun than the other windows, so that might have been part of the reason I couldn't get these things clean, no matter how many times I dropped them in a bathtub full of different kinds of cleaner.
Then Bob had a better idea.
A new window shade! A version that tolerates sunlight better, and can be pulled up and down with NO STRINGS!
Sometimes you just need to get something new.
What new thing have you gotten?

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Princess Cart Birthday

Last Monday my birthday was on the for-real-and-for-true Memorial Day holiday, which occurs once every 7 years or so (depending on Leap Year.)
Here I am in WalMart's Princess cart, only seen in the Washington WalMart as far as I know. Sometimes when I sit on the seat to wait for Carolyn to use the restroom, she'll come out and push me around the store for a few yards.
As the real princess, she prefers to be pushed around, which is good for my have-to-shop workout anyway, especially since this cart is heavy and long, like a BUS!
But we do what we do to have fun, right?
Simple pleasures are the best!

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Popular Green Soup

When we had a potluck dinner at our church, a few of us were asked to bring soup. Before I could even decide what I would make, a lady I've known for four years said to me, "You've got to bring your green soup!"
I don't know why the soup looks yellow...perhaps it's the yellow bowl I put it in to show how little soup was left from that great big crockpot! (But the bowl makes it look like a lot of soup leftover...I'm not the best size estimator girl, nor the best photographer, apparently.)
If you like broccoli, zucchini, onions, and garlic, then you might like green soup.

Saute 1 large onion and 2 cloves finely chopped garlic in 1 TBSP butter, olive oil, or vegetable stock.
Simmer 3 medium sliced zucchini and 2 heads chopped broccoli in 3 cups vegetable or chicken stock.
When tender, stir both pans of ingredients together and add salt and pepper to taste.
Blend mixture in batches until you have smooth green soup.
Return the saucepan over medium heat. Stir in 3/4 cup cream (or coconut cream) and 3 TBSP pesto.
Add additional pest to individual serving bowls as desired.
Do you like soup?
What's your favorite?

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Grow So Fast

This week is my oldest son's birthday, my little boy Andy who's suddenly, unexplainably big enough to turn into a makeshift house for his youngest child, who also happens to have a birthday this month. 
Hey, it's 3rd generational, because it's my birthday in May, too!
Make that fourth generational, since Andy's grandma's birthday happens to be only two days after his.
It's also my uncle' aunt' daughter-in-law' nephew' cousin' great nephew' dear departed daddy's birthday, too...
Are you a spring baby?
When's YOUR oh-so-happy birthday?

Surprise in the Princess Cart

Carolyn likes to ride in the princess (kid seat) carts at WalMart, but one day there was something different in the handle well behind her. ...