Tuesday, March 31, 2009
How then did you come up with this mosaic? These are photos from previous years. Only three of these pictures were ones that I actually took for this photo challenge.
Hey, at least I'm honest. Next month though I will do better. Hopefully.
1. moss, 2. Aspen leaf in the rain, 3. dead dragonfly, 4. the bud of a sunflower, 5. rain on maple leaves, 6. green porch railing , 7. butterfly, 8. aspenleaf, 9. greenhippie, 10. plant, 11. green hen, 12. greendoor, 13. green egg, 14. rain on maple leaves, 15. spring green, 16. green bean, 17. kermit, 18. Lilac leaves, 19. maple leaves, 20. ferns, 21. clover, 22. silverleaf, 23. leafhopper, 24. gilamonster, 25. green eggs
Monday, March 30, 2009
And although I'm not to thrilled that my heart is doing this. I am grateful that it's happening while I have this King of Hearts on so the dr. can hopefully figure out what's going on. And so I don't feel like it's all in my head. Which is kind of how I was feeling.
Anyhow. I'm going to take my vacay, in a foot of snow that was on my lawn this morning. Oh yeah.
And because I found this yesterday I thought I would share.
Quite possibly, the best, most romantic scene in a movie. At least in my mind.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
"The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire."
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
When he was going into seventh grade and told me that he wanted to take percussion I was surprised. You see Jona has mild Autism and with that comes a dislike of loud noises. He had a hard time going to see movies because of the noise level.
I talked with him about that. And asked him if he was sure he wanted to take it because it would most likely get very loud in that class. He assured me that he wanted to take it. We signed him up and he's loved it.
I've loved it because he has good friends in there. His teacher has been awesome and it's built up his self esteem. Anyway, here is a video from last nights concert. He's the one in the yellow tie right up front and center. Enjoy.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
The joker ain't the only fool
Who'll do anything for you
And for those of you who are too young to remember this song, which is actually "The Queen of Hearts" here is the video for you.
Now to explain my title.
I'm not talking about this....
I'm talking about this....
It's a lovely little heart monitor that I have to wear for two weeks. I've been having issues with heart "palpitations" for a while now. Off and on for months.
With a family history of heart problems I wanted to make sure things in the chest were okay. I know I need to lose some weight that could help. Though I'm a little leery of working out too hard until I get this figured out. Partly because my heart flipped out during a workout about a month back. Not. Fun. A little freaky in fact. That's part of the reason I decided to go and talk to the doctor in the first place.
I've already tried one monitor that I kept on for 48 hours and it did catch a few extra beats but that was it. Unfortunately things have kind of escalated to being short of breath and feeling dizzy and like I'm going to pass out along with the palpitations. I haven't passed out but there are times when I feel like it.
I've had a Echo cardiogram and now I'm on the monitor for a couple of weeks. Whenever I have an episode I push the big round button and it records it. It records for one minute before and one minute after I push the button.
Then I call a number and send the info from the little black box over the phone. I actually had to go out and buy a corded phone. Because sending the info over cordless or cell phones won't work.
So I'm wired. And hopefully this little black box will help the heart doctor figure out what that little beater is doing in my chest.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
They DO NOT go in the middle of this....
I know that this is a difficult concept for some people to grasp but when you are shopping there are other people around you that are shopping as well. Isn't that strange?
You don't own the aisle that you are going down. And you are not alone in the store.
You need to be aware of others around you who may be trying to get by you. It is proper store etiquette to move your cart to one side of the aisle or the other.
Please remember this next time you grab a cart and go down the isles of Wally World.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Do "emo" kids ever grow up? And if they do what do they look like? Do they then have little "emo" kids? Because I don't think I've seen an emo baby. And I don't know what I would do if I did.
In what universe would Tripp pants be comfortable? (and I totally can see why they are called Tripp pants. Because if you aren't very careful how you walk in them there is so much fabric you could trip.)
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Because he's only three months older than me.
It's in reference to his name.
He honestly has the coolest name. Ever. (I have never let on to him that I think this because I haven't wanted him to get a big head ;)
When his dad was young he had thing for dinosaurs. Especially the Tyrannosaurus Rex. He told his mom that when he grew up he was going to name his child after this dinosaur.
Time passed and his dad met his mom they married and had a child. A boy. The moment came when the couple had to decide a name to bestow upon this boy child. His dad still had the wish of passing on the name of his favorite dinosaur. His mom? Not so much.
A compromise was made and my husband received his name.
See? I told you. Coolest. Name. Ever.
I keep trying to get him to go by T. Rex but he's not up for it. Yet. Maybe when we are old (or older) and have grandchildren they can call him Grandpa T. Rex. What do you think?
Friday, March 20, 2009
Sunday evenings of my youth were spent in her back yard. Enjoying her homemade ice cream and cake. Climbing the trees in her yard, playing no bears are out tonight or hide and seek with my many cousins. On Winter evenings playing board games or watching the wonderful world of Disney.
Her cooking was legendary. Especially the aforementioned homemade ice cream and cake. Often we had Sunday dinner with her and Grandpa George. My mouth still waters at the thought of her homemade individual meat pies. She was a "lunch lady" at the local high school for many years at a time before most of the meals came out of can.
The sewing machine or a needle was her brush and fabric was her canvas. Every year she would make each of her grand daughters a new dress for Easter. Oh how I looked forward to that special Sunday when I would slip into her newest creation and feel like a princess.
On Christmas morning her house was the first stop on the list. She had a gift for each grandchild and great-grandchild as the family grew, handmade with love by her. One year it was fabric teddy bears. Another big huge pillows shaped like a foot. And another it was personalized Christmas stockings.
Then there were her quilts. As each grandchild would get married she would make them a quilt. Me, I was doubly blessed. Do you know of, or do you remember the "Puff Quilts"? Well I wanted one. There wasn't even a boyfriend in the picture but she and I went out and picked out fabric. She wasn't even sure how to go about putting it together but that didn't stop her. She took the challenge. We cut and stuffed and sewed. All the while watching the Olympics that being held in Barcelona, Spain. It was beautiful. Colored cream, maroon and deep green
When we finished it up she wanted to put it into a quilt show in town. I agreed. Then she said we had to come up with a name for it. In honor of the time spent watching the Olympics as we put it together we named it the "Barcelona".
This is me and Grandma standing by the Barcelona at the show. (Don't you love my socks and Birq's?)
She met my three older kids and got to hold each of them. She passed away in November of 2002. I was pregnant with my last. I believe she got to hold her up in heaven and then sent her one her way down to me.
I've missed her these last few years. A couple of years ago I had a dream. It was a seriously bizarre dream. (And for me to say that is big because my dreams are usually pretty strange.) But in the middle of all the bizarreness I looked to my right and there was my Grandma Louise. Dressed in white and young. She was among friends and she looked at me with a bit of surprise.
Then she said to her friends "Wait! There's my grand daughter. I need to go and say hi!" Then she walked over to me and wrapped me in the most delicious hug. It was wonderful. She went back among the other people I went on my way and my bizarre dream continued. It was amazing. And I will always remember it.
So I'm remembering my Grandma Louise today. My dad is now with her. I wonder if they celebrate birthday's up in heaven? If they do I hope she's having a beautiful day and celebrating it with my Grandpa and my dad. Love you Grandma. Happy Birthday!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
- I'm Thankful for this meme. Right now I'm running short of things to come up with so as I was thinking "What am I going to blog about?" I realized it was Thursday so I could do Thankful Thursday.
- I'm thankful for chickens and the lovely white ovals that come out of their hineys. Eggs=Yum.
- I'm thankful for this blogging world. To know that other women out there are thinking the same things I'm thinking, or going through the same things I'm going through. And conversely to read other view points from my own, getting to travel vicariously through other blogs and see that maybe my trials aren't all that much to worry about. The blogoshpere offers me all of this from the comfort of my couch. How awesome is that?
- I am thankful for my wrinkles. Yes you read that right. I am earning every single one of them. I look at my mom's face and the face of my grandma and my aunts and see the wrinkles there. They are some of the most beautiful people I know. I hate the fact that in our country we don't revere the elderly. We want them out of site and out of mind. Why? They are the ones who have made it possible to be where we are today. So even though I may try to fight the wrinkles I am thankful for them. Strange I know.
- I'm thankful that my dad's headstone was installed yesterday and it is beautiful.
- I'm thankful for the knowledge that my dad isn't in a box under that headstone. His body is but he isn't. I know that will see my dad again someday. And I am so excited for that day. To see him walking tall and strong and be able to feel his arms around me once again. To sit by his side and hold his hands. His big beautiful hands. It will happen. That knowledge makes the days I spend missing him a little bit more bearable. (Miss you dad)
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Well because St. Patrick's Day to me is the anniversary of when my husband and I announced our engagement to the world or at least to our families.
(it always cracks me up to type or write engagement/engaged because it reminds me of the quote I read years ago that says "Ever notice that the word engaged has the word GAG right in the middle of it?" Ha! So true. )
He actually asked me to marry him on March 8th but it seems like I'm always forgetting that until St. Patty's rolls around. And then everything clicks into place.
I remember sitting on the couch late into the evening of March 8th watching, what else? Sesame Street. He was holding me in his arms and he said "What would you say if I asked you to marry me?" (We had been dating for around three months at this time) I just sat there stunned. I guess I was quiet for too long because he then started in with "I don't mean tomorrow or anything..." I don't remember if I looked at him or not but I said "I would say yes."
We went out looking at rings but didn't say anything to our families because I had a brother who was getting married on March 13th and I didn't want to steal any of the spotlight away from him.
I even had a good friend who I hadn't see for a while call me up and ask me if I wanted to go out during this time. Thankfully I had the excuse of my brother's wedding to fall back on.
So March 17th rolls around. I have a dinner with Ty and my parents all set up so that we can talk to them. And after dinner I have invited all of my family over for ice cream and cake to celebrate St. Patty's day *wink wink*. Which you may think is strange but in my family, not so much.
During dinner before we could tell my parents and talk with them my baby brother came in to visit with mom and dad and he wouldn't leave!! I got so stressed out by that I got my very first cold sore.
After dinner and everyone's arrival for said refreshments we waited until the family was all together in the living room. My dad was in his recliner with mom standing close by and the room was packed with probably a good 20 or so people (with 7 siblings and 25 nieces and nephews at the time this was totally normal). My grandma Louise was sitting on the couch across the room from me. Grandma was a great seamstress and she'd made some wedding dresses during her time.
So I looked at grandma and started talking to her. I said "Hey grandma? What would you think about making my wedding dress?' My grandma gasped as did everyone else. I believe that the air was sucked out out of the room. My grandma started laughing and my dad came up out of the recliner with a "What???" And then everyone was laughing and congratulating us.
To my surprise Ty pulled a ring out of his pocket and put it on my hand. A beautiful solitaire diamond with a gold band. We had looked at rings but I didn't know we had bought one. We then had to explain to my mom and dad why we hadn't talked with them before hand (thanks little bro). After hugs and congratulations all around we left to go and break the news to his parents and his younger brothers.
We got engaged (Ha! there's that gag again) on March 8th, announced it on the 17th and were married four months later on July 10th, 1993 in the Jordan River Temple.
So to my hub. Happy 16th Engagement Announcement Day!! I love you!
Monday, March 16, 2009
I have this thing for Jeff Goldblum. Ever since Jurassic Park and Independence Day. His long lanky look and quirkiness. So when I found out he was joining Law and Order CI I was, to put it mildly, slightly pleased and excited. I'm looking forward to see what he will bring to the show.
But then I have kind of have this thing for "geeks". Handsome, funny, quirky geeks.
When you move this something magical happens.
This....A light goes on outside your car and lets people know which way you are going to turn!!
Crazy I know, but it is proper road etiquette to use this magical lever.
You need to use this not only on the road but in parking lots as well. It can be a bit tricky though because sometimes when you use it you can forget to turn it off and that is just as bad as not using it at all.
Try to remember use it but don't abuse it.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
2. Did you marry someone from your high school?
Sho'nuff! But I didn't date him in school. I dated him about two years after we graduated.
3. Did you car pool to school?
Yes until I could drive myself....and even then.
4. What kind of car did you have?
A brown Chevy Nova with a velor interior. Yes, I said Velor. We named it "Moose". For the record I wanted a VW Bug but my dad was against it because he didn't feel that they were safe enough. So I ended up dating a guy that drove one when I was a Senior.
5. What kind of car do you have now?
A red Ford station wagon.
6. Its Friday night...where are you now?
Sometimes I'm out to dinner with the hub, maybe playing board games with the Jarvis', but usually I'm sitting at home on the computer or watching tv or both.
7. It is Friday night...where were you then?
Depending on the season. Football games, basketball games, track meets. But if something wasn't going on I was usually at home. Sr. year I was out with my steady either at a movie or just making out.
8. What kind of job did you have in high school?
I didn't have a job. My parents didn't want me to.
9. What kind of job do you do now?
I'm a mom, I do pretty much everything.
10. Were you a party animal?
11. Were you considered a flirt?
I wouldn't think so. There might be some who disagree.
12. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir?
I was in Choir. I loved to sing. Still do.
13. Were you a nerd?
In the strictest sense? No. I wasn't very smart. In a round about way yes. I was probably considered a goody-two shoes.
14. Did you get suspended from school?
Nope. See that goody-two shoes thing in the last question? I was (and still am) a bit of a rule follower not breaker.
15. Can you sing the fight song?
16. Who was/were your favorite teacher?
I had an awesome Psych teacher who rocked and my gym teacher was pretty great too.
17. Where did you sit during lunch?
We had an open campus so when I had the chance I left. When I was there I just sat where ever.
18. What was your school's full name?
Pleasant Grove High School.
19. Where did you party the most?
In my mind.
I wasn't invited to many parties. Something to do with my goody-two shoes label.
20. What was your school mascot?
21. Would you do it again?
It would depend. Would I have to do it ALL over or could I just go back for a day or a week...knowing what I know now? I enjoyed High School but I wouldn't want to go back and redo the whole thing.
22. Did you have fun at Prom?
I did at Jr. Prom. I was in heaven because the guy that I had stalked for months had finally noticed me and asked me out. We ended up going steady my Senior year. I broke it off with him just before my Sr. prom. Therefore I didn't go to my Senior prom.
23. Do you still talk to the person you went to Prom with?
No. I haven't seen him for years. He was a good guy. I wouldn't mind having a conversation with him just to see how he is and what he's been up to.
24. Are you planning on going to your next reunion?
Yup. 20 years this year. Looking forward to it. Crazy.
25. Do you still talk to people from school?
Everyday. I even sleep with one. ;)
26. What are/were your school's colors?
Blue and White.
Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.
-------------Sarah Ban Breathnach
Friday, March 13, 2009
Stay tuned for more etiquette lessons.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
- Prayer. It is always amazing to me that my Heavenly Father actually listens to my problems and cares about them. But it amazes me the most when I can see or feel definitive answers to my prayers. I know that sometimes I don't get the answers I want or the answer is "Wait. Be patient." Those answers are never easy. But He does answer. He hears me. He loves me and cares about me enough to listen no matter how big or small my problems. He hears me.
- Scriptures. Especially modern day scriptures. Especially these that I read just this morning. 2 Nephi 4:28-30. These scriptures were meant for me. Especially giving up the anger part.
"Awake, my soul! No longer droop in sin. Rejoice, O my heart, and give place no more for the enemy of my soul. Do not anger again because of mine enemies. Do not slacken my strength because of mine afflictions. Rejoice, O my heart, and cry unto the Lord, and say: O Lord, I will praise thee forever; yea, my soul will rejoice in thee, my God, and the rock of my salvation. "
- The Temple: I was able to attend the temple with my older sister on Tuesday. She called me and asked me if I wanted to go with her. That phone call, in and of itself, was an answer to one of my prayers. To be in the temple, the house of the Lord here on the earth. To be so close and feel His spirit. I am so Thankful for this blessing in my life.
- My mom: I'm thankful for her faith and her love and her example.
- My husband: For his listening ear and his strong shoulder that he lets me lean on frequently.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
That said I do enjoy the longer evenings especially in the Summer. And I will mostly likely do a post about how wonderful those evenings are.
And thank you for the input on my header. I am working on making it more legible.
Monday, March 9, 2009
First all thanks for all of the compliments on my blog! I love the color. I have a question for you all though. Can you read what my header says? If you didn't know what the blog was called would you know what it says or is it too hard to read?
Today the kids are out of school and we are waiting for a snow storm to hit. I need to get groceries. And make my bed. And do laundry. And dishes. And I should probably get in the shower and brush my teeth.
Yeah, it's just another day.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Then I remembered the song.
The song that played on the radio just after my husband proposed and I accepted. It's what I would consider a pretty good theme song. My theme song.
and I say it's all right
Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
and I say it's all right
Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
and I say it's all right
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...
Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been clear
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun,
and I say it's all right
It's all right
So I choose this song as my Theme song. Even in my darkest times I know the sun will be coming.
In fact it's shining outside my window right now.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
1 - Go to Wikipedia. Hit “random”
or click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Ran
The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.
2 - Go to Quotations Page and select "random quotations"
or click http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php
The last four or five words of the very last quote on the page is the title of your first album.
3 - Go to Flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
or click http://www.flickr.com/explore/interestin
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
4 - Use Photoshop or similar to put it all together.
I don't know if I would buy this. And I obviously do not have a future in album art.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Okay I said it was coming! Here it is. My pay it forward post.
For those of you who don't know how this works.
The first three people to comment will receive a handmade gift from me to be delivered to your door sometime through out the year. Those of you who do make the first three comments then must "Pay It Forward" themselves and put this their blogs and continue sending out the love. (They must also be willing to give me a snail mail address so that the goodies can get to them.)
I am a HUGE believer in Karma or in other words if you send out good into the Universe, good will come back to you. Or in more mainstream religious terms "You reap what you sew." I think that P.I.F. is an awesome way to send good out into the Universe and keep it going.
Ready. Set. Comment!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Things I have absolutely
- I did not go to my son's Jr. high with no make up and hair undone for his SEOP where we would meet with a counselor and see other parents. I always look fab before going out the door.
- I did not almost cry upon hearing that there would be a 20 degree drop in temperature from one day to another. Spring can be so cruel. And yet I love it so much.
- I did not go ballistic on my son for eating some cinnamon toast before dinner. I am a cool, calm and collected mom.
- I did not watch the All American Rejects "Give You Hell" video an insane amount of times and I didn't enjoy it every. single. time.
- I did not leave a big pot of chicken chili out on the stove, forgetting to put it in the refrigerator after dinner was over. And I was not exceptionally sad about the fact that I wouldn't be able to have leftovers.
- I did not become giddy over a 6 word email from Tara Whitney in response to one of my comments on her blog. And I definitely will not be saving said email because that would just be kind of stalkerish? shall we say?
- I did not shed tears over the fact that this Sunday we lose an hours worth of sleep.
- I did not play Scramble on Facebook obsessively until I reached the 200 point mark.
- Thankful Thursday. That's right. I'm thankful for this little meme that gives me something to blog about when I don't feel that I have much to blog about. I mean I did blog about the death of my radio but that's a downer post and I didn't want to end with that.
- I'm Thankful for the drama that I have in my life, which is really very minimal. I know this sounds strange but when I hear how other people's lives are filled with drama serious, serious drama. I'm talking murder and baby daddy type drama it makes me ultra grateful for the minimality of mine.
- Furniture sliders. Yes the do work. I can move my tall six shelf bookcase full of books without emptying it. These suckers are miracles for me because I am an obsessive furniture rearranger. It used to be once a month now it's closer to quarterly.
- I'm thankful for my husband and his willingness to take care of our family and make it so I can be a sahm. I'm also thankful for his job security. Need I say more?
- I'm thankful for my bed. Yep. I sure am. I had a conversation with my kids last night about this very thing. I think I'll save the details for another post though.
- And I'm thankful for in-laws, who upon hearing of the death in our family, sent me home with a boom box with a radio and cd player!
Yesterday we lost another small appliance. Our stereo in our front room gave it up after fifteen years. Yes fifteen years of music and magic. It was getting old. You couldn't turn it up using the actual volume knob on it any more because doing that would only turn it down. Thankfully there was a remote and the remote would make the volume work.
Unfortunately yesterday as I was in the midst of moving the front room around I caused the stereo to meet and early death. I was trying to put it back in the bookcase and in doing so it fell out of my hands and onto the floor. I did try to resuscitate it. Took all the screws out and took the back panel off even though it told me not to do so because of a risk of electric shock. But I did. I took my life into my hands to see if I could bring back life into my stereo.
It was not to be. It was getting power to it but when you tried to turn it on nothing happened. So I sadly, I had to pull the plug.
Farewell fine stereo who played many hours of enjoyable music. You served us well. (except for the times in this last little while when you've played that darn Katy Perry "Hot n' Cold" song FAR too often, but then nothings perfect.)
May your tuner find many new and wonderful stations free of static and Green Tea Lady and SuperDell commercials.
I bid you adieu.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Wal-Mart customer in Mass. finds teeth in wallet
FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A customer shopping at a Wal-Mart for a wallet claims he found something that definitely didn't fit the bill: human teeth.
Police say the man found 10 human teeth Saturday when he unzipped a compartment in the wallet. One tooth had a filling.
The customer turned the wallet and the teeth over to employees at the Falmouth store but left without giving his name.
Police investigating the incident told The Cape Cod Times that the teeth belong to an adult, but since there was no blood or gum tissue on the teeth, they would be unable to perform DNA tests.
A Walmart spokeswoman said the company believes it was an "isolated incident," but will investigate.
Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
*I added the picture
And I wanted to share the shirt I'm sporting today. It's one of my favorites.
I found this shirt at the local thrift store. I actually had someone come up and ask me if it was a serious shirt. Excuse me? Can you see the DATE on the shirt? 1977. Just how old do I look???? I was SIX in 1977.
You can kind of see the police escort coming down the road.
of the street and walked up the street greeting friends that lined the way.
Here he is coming down the road. He's shaking hands with our
current bishop, who happens to be my older brother.
Getting a warm welcome from some of his former students. He was a sixth grade
teacher for a while and had obviously made an impact on these kids.
Chatting with the crowd
Two of my favorite people together again!
Here he is hugging another one of my favorite people, my mom.
He gave my mom an American flag that was flown over where he was stationed on
November 11th, in honor of my mom and dad. He said that there was fighting that day.
I tear up even thinking about it.
The obligatory arms length picture.
Here his going to get a big welcome home hug from one of his sons.
Here they are in front of their home.
Of course I asked for a kissing shot. What's a welcome home without a big kiss??
And a hug.