Thursday, June 26, 2008

Forget the slide show





I was trying to put a slide show I put together. It's just something that automatically happened with Adobe Elements and I liked it. Oh well, it didn't work. So here are the pictures of the day. I used both of the pix with mom and dad because Tanner had some eye issues.

Visit to Grandma and Grandpa Greats

Today was a good day. I picked Tanner up and we met Shauna and Abbi in Ogden and headed to Tremonton for a couple of hours. Abbi and Tanner played so nicely. We really didn't accomplish much but we were extremely grateful for the blessing of the day. Dad thought he'd take the tractor for a spin around the garden - just to eliminate a few weeds that would be a lot easier to extract with machinery. He didn't realize that the last driver of the tractor left it in reverse. When he turned the key (as he was standing next to the tractor), it took off toward the back of the shed. It was stopped by a small lawn mower and the big mirror that was a hundred pounds that use to be in the house. Oh the mirror is history now. The mower is probably okay. When we arrived at the house, Dad had just barely gotten himself onto the love seat and was sitting there rather sheepishly. He admitted he had been a bad boy. We were all relieved that he was okay, but this is a story that could have ended much differently. Definitely he had a guardian angel watching out for him because he well could have been run over. I'm not certain how he managed to hang onto the tractor without going under the wheel. Needless to say, it was a mini miracle. Maybe not even so mini.
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Monday, June 23, 2008

Is Everybody Happy Now?



Carli saved the day by showing up at D.I. first thing this morning and searching for the donated pictures I took down Thursday. They were there. And now the day is over and everything is back where it belongs - at least the bookcase and pictures in the stairwell. It looks nice.
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Happy Birthday Jake

Jake is being entertained by Aunt Carli while we wait to sing Happy Birthday to him.
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Jake Blows out the candles

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Jake is Two



Today is Jake's birthday. After a quick dinner, we drove up to Lybbert's to watch him open his present and share his birthday cake.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Cymony's assignment

Cymony tagged me with this assignment. I'll do the assignment, but I don't have anyone to tag who wasn't tagged at the same time. Sorry, Cymony.


3 Joys

  1. My family – I love being with any and all of them – my extended and my immediate.
  2. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ – I love reading the scriptures, pushing myself out of my comfort zone in sharing it and digging deeper than just reading for the nuggets.
  3. I find joy in watching the face of a child as he/she is being introduced to new things.

3 Fears

  1. Although I haven’t done it in the open waters yet, I’m somewhat fearful of breathing under water. I’ll do it when it’s time, but I’m not the one pushing for this adventure.
  2. Singing in front of people. I can do it, but it scares the soup out of me.
  3. Saying something that will offend or hurt someone. I’ll keep my mouth shut to avoid doing that, though it doesn’t always help.

3 Goals

I want to serve at least two missions before I’m too old to be useful.

I want to study the scriptures with Clyde regularly.

I wan to be the fun Grandma. That’s harder than it sounds.


3 Current Obsessions/collections

  1. Dejunking my home. I swear it is the most constipated house in the world. I don’t even know where to begin.
  2. I enjoy making temple aprons. I’ve made 9 – one for each of my daughters, granddaughters and daughter-in-law. If I don’t get anymore granddaughters, then I will give them really special young women who get married in the temple.
  3. Crocheting baby hats for the Humanitarian Center. It keeps me busy when my body has had it for the day.

3 Random Surprising Facts

  1. I love working outside (in the cool mornings), but hate working alone. Therefore I hate working outside. I absolutely loved digging in the dirt at my parents two weeks ago. I would love rich, brown dirt like that.
  2. I love waking up in the early morning. Nobody competes for those early morning hours and I can pretty much do what I want – usually.
  3. I made my first batch of bread at the age of 10 and found great pleasure in taking warm, homemade cinnamon rolls outside to the workers in our fields. I’ve been baking bread all my life and still find great joy in sharing it. Now that’s random.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

More pix



Father's Day and Construction mostly done






I'll try to get a few pix off before bedtime. It's really tricky to get anything written when we get everybody here in the evening. Clyde was given appropriate homage for Father's Day. We also paid tribute to Tommy for Father's Day and his birthday.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Just about there

Here are the pictures I took this morning. We're getting very close to finished.
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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Worst day ever!



Today was the hardest day I've had in a very long time. I would have called the day off in a minute if I hadn't put so much money into the event. Cindy and I left in the rain at 5:30 a.m. to drive to Wellsville. The weather let up by the time we were there, but it was cool. I was never miserably cold, but the wind beat and battered us something fierce all day long. We thought for sure that when we reached Preston and turned around that the wind would be in our favor. Not so. How does it do that? It shifted at the same time and we had to battle the wind coming back as well. It started to rain after we ate around 1:30 and I called Clyde and encouraged him to come sooner rather than later. He and Cindy's husband, Jordan, were going to meet us at the finish line. Instead, they picked us up at mile 89. I was not too proud to get off my bike and pack it in. We had just passed LaRee's office, which was about the highlight of my day. Does that tell you anything? They changed the route from last year and we had several major climbs to make, which added to the pain of the wind. Oh well, I'm home now and the carpet is two thirds complete. It will be finished Monday. What added to my frustration of a miserable bike ride was my strong desire to be home cleaning up the cupboards that were finished late last night. I won't be doing anything to them tomorrow, so it will be Monday before I can start putting things away. I simply did not want to be biking today - poor timing on my part.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Thursday of Week Four






Here is the action encountered today. The windows were supposed to be put in, but the weather caused them to delay it to Monday. Grrrr.. The big boxes are the kitchen appliances. They'll be put in tomorrow. For now they stay in the boxes. They are safer that way. The video is of the back splash in the kitchen. A real work of art.

We had a bit of a heart stopper this morning when Dad realized the center cabinet for the desk is indeed sitting on top of the counter top. So now where are you going to put your printer? scanner? and other toys??? I think Aaron was about ready to wring my neck. Dad had not really looked at the drawing, which shows clearly that was the plan. Camber came up with the ingenious idea of enclosing the "toys" inside the cabinet that is sitting on the counter top. Viola! It was an amazing idea. Everybody is happy - especially me. The unsightly things will be hidden. R2D2 is going undercover.
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Wednesday, June 4, 2008


Here is a video of the door being installed. The picture to the left is the inside, not painted yet. It will be dark brown, like the floors and other wood.
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Wednesday of Week Four

Today was a busy day. New front door, banister nearly completed, counter tops in, electrical and sub floor in master bath. Things are coming together nicely.
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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Happy Birthday to Dad


Here is dad blowing out his candle - 8 on one row; 7 on the other. It was hard to get him to crack a smile. I finally said: This is where you smile. That got a chuckle out of him. He was pleased at the days' activities. He even said it was his best birthday ever.

Faux Wall


Here is a poor picture of the faux wall. It's coming along nicely though. It's almost impossible to see what it really looks like. I'll spare you putting any more on like this.

New cabinets


The cabinets are slowly appearing. They're supposed to be finished by the end of the week. These are the desk cabinets. There will be a solid one in the middle. I'm not certain exactly how he's fixing it. Keep your fingers crossed for me.


It's week four. I took off last night to celebrate my dad's birthday with him, Aunt Shauna and mom. We had a great time. We got up early this morning and planted some tomatoes and peppers in a tiny spot north of his patio. He can tend it or just watch it grow.

Here are some pictures of our celebration, etc. Also what was happening when I returned home. We're starting to put things back together now.