Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Current Reads...

I've completed this one...
I'm reading this one now...
I'm having a hard time not getting into this one before I'm done with the one above...
One of my daughters turned me onto this trilogy.  They're written in journal form and a good read.
The story is fiction with truth mixed in.  It takes place in the Arizona Territory around Tucson and follows the lives of the Prine family and their neighbors.
The first two novels can get a bit wordy in places so I speed read through that part to get on with the story.

Pick up These Is My Words and see if you don't want to sit for the afternoon in your favorite chair wrapped in your favorite throw and read till the cows come home. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

January 2011...

It's cold in the Heartland, snow on the ground BUT we had sunshine today! 
I don't care how cold it gets if the sun shines with the dipping thermometer.  We have days and days and sometimes weeks with no sun, it bums me out.  I can stay in when it's sunny but I have a difficult time staying indoors when it's overcast.  I get really antsy.  Do you?
Can you believe another year has gone by?  I don't know where 2010 went and here we are in 2011!  What's up with that?  I remember my father saying, "the older you get the faster it goes (speaking of time)."  Of course I didn't believe him but I can tell you now, I'm a believer!
Sweet Man is on the road somewhere in the hills of Virginia tonight as I post. 
I'm on my way to the sitting room to watch one of the movies one of my Arizona girls sent us and wrap up in the new quilt throw my Canadian girl made me.
I want to wish any and all who peruse this blog a wonderful and prosperous New Year with lots of happiness and joy thrown in.  

Friday, October 15, 2010

Here I Am...

I'm sorry to have been so lax in my blogging but just haven't had the umph to sit down and share my thoughts.  I haven't yet given up on this blog but don't know how reliable I will be either. 

 Not much new and exciting has been happening or so it seems to me.  I think I'm in a funk.

I May take my camera and go out for some photos of the lovely fields and trees and then post.

Have a lovely day wherever in the world you are.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Forgiveness...A Load-Lightening Experience

Please turn off music at the bottom of this page before starting video.
I want to testify to the truthfulness of what this man is talking about. Most of us will never have to extend forgiveness as great as Chris Williams.  That said, forgiveness, regardless of how great or small, lifts a burden from us that is senseless to carry.  The Atonement of Jesus Christ can help us with that burden, I so testify in the name of Jesus Christ.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Radiation, How Much Is Too Much. . .

Have you seen this?
It's an interesting read and very enlightening.  Ever notice how many tests it takes to get one diagnosis and then sometimes they still don't know what's wrong with you?  

Monday, May 31, 2010

Arizona, Land That I Love...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


My iris were especially beautiful this year and the spiderwort planted with them were equally as pretty.
 I took a ride out by the lake a few days back and found the Sweet William blossoming all over the place.  Aren't they pretty?  This was one of my Mom's favorite wild flowers.

A Monday Moon...

The group came out of Family Home Evening last night and this is what we saw...

The sky was magnificent, the colors in this photo does not do it justice.  The night cooled off enough to sleep with the windows open...Yippee!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Checking in. . .

I haven't been on for a while so thought I had better check in. It's 8:25 a.m. in the Heartland and a beautiful morning. It's cloudy, 56 degrees and not-quite-a- -wind-yet breezy. We're going to have rain again today which makes the grass a beautiful emerald green but then it requires extra mowing. Darn!

I think Sweet Man has to call in this morning to see if he's leaving in his big blue truck today. He's been gone once this week on a run to Ohio but was back home after 2 days.

Signing off for now to get some breakfast, have a lovely day wherever in the world you are.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

My Mother, My Friend. . .

"Is this the long way?" asked the young mother as she set her foot on the path of life, the Guide said: "Yes, and the way is hard, and you will be old before you reach the end of it. But the end will be better than the beginning."

The young mother was happy, and she would not believe that anything could be better than these years. So she played with her children, she fed them and bathed them, taught them how to tie their shoes and ride a bike, and reminded them to feed the dog and do their homework and brush their teeth.

The sun shone on them and the young mother cried, "Nothing will ever be lovelier than this."

Then the nights came, and the storms, and the path was sometimes dark, and the children shook with fear and cold, and the mother drew them close and covered them with her arms.
The children said, "Mother, we are not afraid, for you are near, and no harm can come."

And the morning came, and there was a hill ahead, and the children climbed and grew weary, and the mother was weary. But at all times she said to the children, "A little patience and we are there."
So the children climbed and as they climbed they learned to weather the storms. And with this, she gave them strength to face the world.

Year after year she showed them compassion, understanding, hope, but most of all unconditional love. And when they reached the top they said, "Mother, we could not have done it without you."

The days went on, and the weeks and the months and the years. The mother grew old and she became little and bent. But her children were tall and strong, and walked with courage. And the mother, when she lay down at night, looked up at the stars and said: "This is a better day than the last, for my children have learned so much and are now passing these traits on to their children."

And when the way became rough for her, they lifted her, and gave her strength, just as she had given them hers. One day they came to a hill, and beyond the hill they could see a shining road and golden gates flung wide.
And Mother said, "I have reached the end of my journey. And now I know the end is better than the beginning, for my children can walk with dignity and pride, with their heads held high, and so can their children after them."

And the children said, "You will always walk with us, Mother, even when you have gone through the gates." And they stood and watched her as she went on alone, and the gates closed after her. And they said, "We cannot see her, but she is with us still."

A mother is more than a memory. She is a living presence. Your Mother is always with you. She's the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street, she's the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you pick and perfume that she wore, she's the cool hand on your brow when you're not feeling well, she's your breath in the air on a cold winters day.

She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, the colors of a rainbow, she is your birthday morning. Your Mother lives inside your laughter. And she's crystallized in every tear drop.

A mother shows through in every emotion - happiness, sadness, fear, jealousy, love, hate, anger, helplessness, excitement, joy, sorrow - and all the while hoping and praying you will only know the good feelings in life.

She's the place you came from, your first home, and she's the map you follow with every step you take. She's your first love, your first friend, even your first enemy, but nothing on earth can separate you.

Not time, not space - not even death!
Written for Good Housekeeping, 1933 by ~Temple Bailey ~

Happy Mother's day to my daughters, daughters-in-law, friends and the women of the world. Thank you for all that you have been, all that you are, and all that you yet will become. You have been my anchor in the storm and I appreciate it.
May you each have a lovely day wherever in the world you are.

I want to send a special Mother's Day wish to my mom and sister who left this earthly existence many many years ago. Just want you gals to know how much I love and miss you.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Grad Coming Up...

This is our Dustin, he's the third son of our Canadian daughter.  Dustin will graduate in May, he is 17 years old, a fine young man, a fine athlete, and a wonderful son & grandson.  We're proud of you Dusty Man and wish you all the best life and the Lord have in store for you.  Go forward with confidence and zeal, you are one of the Stripling Warriors.  Always remember who you are and what you represent because you never get a second chance at making a good first impression.  We love you to the moon and beyond. 


Some little time ago I challenged the sisters I visit teach and then the sisters of the Relief Society to read two pages of the Book Of Mormon a day until completed. As I began this challenge I have again renewed my testimony of the truthfulness of this book. I would like to share this testimony from Jeffrey R. Holland, of the Quorum of the Twelve and add mine to it that I know of a surety this is the work of the Lord. Click on link to watch.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

So true. . .

How does one live without the guidance of the Holy Ghost and stay on the straight and narrow path? It's beyond me. Speaking for myself, I can't do it alone. I'm the first to admit I need spiritual guidance, I require it, I desire it.

"When we invite the Holy Ghost to fill our minds with light and knowledge, He 'quickens' us, that is to say, enlightens and enlivens the inner man or woman. As a result we notice a measurable difference in our soul. We feel strengthened, filled with peace and joy. We possess spiritual energy and enthusiasm, both of which enhance our natural abilities. We can accomplish more than we otherwise could do on our own. We yearn to become a holier person."

Keith K. Hilbig, "Quench Not the Spirit Which Quickens the Inner Man," Ensign, Nov. 2007, 38

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

So You Think English Is Easy. . .

The bandage was wound around the wound.
The farm was used to produce produce.
The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
He could lead if he would get the lead out.
We must polish the Polish furniture.
The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
I did not object to the object.
The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
They were too close to the door to close it.
The buck does funny things when the does are present.
A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Sunday, April 4, 2010

For God So Love The World...

   John 11: 25-26
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
 Do I believe it?  
With every fiber of my being!