Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
HAPPY THANKSGIVING..........Here is a recipe I received from my sis and wanted to share with you for the holiday.
1 whole turkey
1 large lemon, cut into halves
salt and pepper to taste
butter or olive oil, whichever you prefer
Heat oven to 350 degrees
Rub butter or oil over the skin of the turkey until it is completely coated.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper and any other seasonings you prefer.
Take a knife and gently separate the skin from the breast meat;
Slide lemon halves under the skin with the peel side up, one on
each side. This way the juice from the lemon will release into the breasts.
Cover and bake for 30-45 minutes. Remove cover and continue
to roast until juices run clear, basting every 15-20 minutes.
If you've followed these steps correctly, your turkey should
look like the one in the picture.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
The Greatest Contribution
The greatest contribution you can make to this world is to better yourself. God works directly through you, so his work is an outcome of the person you make yourself out to be. Marianne Williamson talks about dealing with your issues and knowing that you're healing the world.
I receive an email from Marianne Williamson through Oprah. She has such good thoughts for improving your life. I have decided to start posting these to share with all of you.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
The Sleeping Lady
Legend tells us that a millennia ago, the Great Land known as Alaska was inhabited by a race of giants. Among these people was a beautiful young maiden and a handsome young man whose devotion to each other was admired by all the villagers. Wedding preparations were underway when word reached the village of a warring tribe approaching from the north.
After a village council it was decided that the young man would bring gifts to the invaders to show the peaceful and friendly intentions of the villagers. Keeping herself busy while waiting for the young man's return, the maiden eventually grew tired and laid down to rest.
Soon after, word reached the village that the invaders rejected the offer of peace and a battle ensued in which the young man was killed. The villagers, gazing at the sleeping maiden, did not have the heart to wake her.
So there she rests today, still waiting for news of peace and the return of her love . . .
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I have a widget from weather.com. It shows the weather in different cities and turns dark at night and daylight during the day. And I was wondering…..
Why is it light in Boise and dark in Brigham. they are just not that far apart.
By the way, it is 41 degrees in Boise, 37 degrees in Brigham, and 25 degrees in Anchorage.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Do you want to moved to Alaska?
This is taken approximately eight miles from Anchorage at the Glenn Highway Weigh Station, pointed west, toward Anchorage. The camera provide a very nice view of the Glenn Highway and the entrance to the weigh station.
Yesterday the highway was snow packed. I am wondering if this is as good as it gets.
Here was downtown Anchorage yesterday
And here it is today…..
Can you say……. SNOW
Thursday, November 5, 2009
I am having a countdown to surgery. About a year ago I met with my cardiologist concerning an echocardiogram that was done. The opening on one of the valves had narrowed. Last spring there was another echocardiogram done and the valve opening had again narrowed.
We scheduled another echocardiogram this fall, which is not all that unusual. The studies have been about six months apart in the past. Well the opening had narrowed even further so a transthoracic echocardiogram. These is where a probe is passed down your throat to better measure the valves from the back side.
I don’t know what the measurements were, but the did an angiogram. That must not have been very good, because she did not even wait for me to come in for an office visit. We discussed the test and the doctor who did my previous surgery, who is Dr. Bull. He now heads the transplant team at the University of Utah and works at the VA Hospital.
So I decided to go with the surgeon at Ogden Regional Hospital. Of course, I want to do some research on these doctors before the appointment. I am scheduled to meet with him on the 19th.
Now that I have reached this point I can relax. I don’t have to be concerned that something is going wrong and my doctor was not catching it. Although I have not had that concern with this cardiologist. She is right on top of everything.
So don’t anyone worry. I am good, just a little tired. I am able to do nearly everything I could do last year. I do have a little trouble shoveling dirt, but people keep telling me I should not be shoveling dirt anyway.
Thanks for all of your good thoughts.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Here is my Halloween wish to all of my dear friends…
Have a ghoulish day.
in every way
and let your inner child – or outer child if possible – remember the fun of the day…
And remember, Mom is always there to rescue you from the “scary” strangers
This is my Halloween Card to all of my friends. The pumpkin drawing comes from free clipart on the Precious Moment’s website. I am not sure where the font came from, but it was on my word program.
Don’t let the mean old grownups ruin what could be the best day of the year so far. I will be thinking of all of you.
Loves and Hugs……
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
A few weeks ago Trisha invited me to go to the movie “New Moon” of the Twilight saga. While I enjoyed the first movie a great deal, there were times where I was lost and there was Trisha and I whispering like a couple of rude teenagers.
So I decided I had to read the second book before going to the movie. Easier said than done……
But I have just finished the first book. It was wonderful, everything that I was led to believe. If you have not read the book and want to read a fun teen love story, this is it. It is all about innocent, endearing love that can overtake all challenges.
Now I am really looking forward to reading the next book
Thursday, October 15, 2009
1 cup butter
2 cups white sugar (I used Splenda granules)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups raisins (I used Chocolate Chips)
3 cups applesauce
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
2-3/4 cups and 3 tablespoons chopped nuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees I. Line one sheet cake baking pan with parchment paper. Cream butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla; beat well. Blend in cinnamon, flour, baking soda and salt; add raisins, nuts and applesauce. Mix well. Place batter into the prepared baking pan and bake at 350 degrees I for 30 minutes. Cut into squares and serve.
Since Dell is diabetic, I used Splenda instead of sugar and could not tell the difference.
I could not find the raisins (and they may have been eaten), so used chocolate chips. Hint: 2 bags are too many. Use only 1 bag.
I put pecans in half of the bars. My applesauce was homemade and was very thick, so I added water until the consistency seemed right, maybe 1/3 to 1/2 cup.
There was left over, which I put into cupcake pans. They ended up being about an inch thick and were wonderful. I cut parchment to line the bottom of each and they baked wonderfully, except that I should have sprayed the pan with Pam first.
Enjoy. We sure did.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Just for those who enjoy Ice Fishing, I thought I would reprint something I received some time ago. First you get there….
Then you find the right spot…..
And drill your hole
or was it scuba diving
But you could not possibly carry all of that stuff out on the ice, so where’s the…….
Oh yeah we brought a snowmobile….
And now for the fishing part…..
You need to remember that it does get warm later in the day and…..
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The Cab Ride
So I walked to the door and knocked. 'Just a minute', answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor.
After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90's stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940s movie.
By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets.
There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware.
'Would you carry my bag out to the car?' she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman.
She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.
She kept thanking me for my kindness. 'It's nothing', I told her. 'I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother treated'.
'Oh, you're such a good boy', she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address, and then asked, 'Could you drive through downtown?'
'It's not the shortest way,' I answered quickly.
'Oh, I don't mind,' she said. 'I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a hospice'.
I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. 'I don't have any family left,' she continued. 'The doctor says I don't have very long.' I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.
'What route would you like me to take?' I asked.
For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.
We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds. She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.
Sometimes she'd ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.
As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, 'I'm tired. Let's go now'
We drove in silence to the address she had given me.It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico.
Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her.
I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.
'How much do I owe you?' she asked, reaching into her purse.
'Nothing,' I said
'You have to make a living,' she answered.
'There are other passengers,' I responded.
Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly.
'You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,' she said.
I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light. Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life.
I didn't pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift?
What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?
On a quick review, I don't think that I have done anything more important in my life.
We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.
But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.
PEOPLE MAY NOT REMEMBER EXACTLY WHAT YOU DID, OR WHAT YOU SAID, ~BUT~THEY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Saturday was Peach Days in here Brigham City. And this year we decided to go to the Parade. Now, the parade starts at 10:00 in the morning. So off we went.
Isn’t he cute. How could he ever do anything wrong?
But first…. Bear (the dog) went outside before anyone got dressed to “do his business”. Then, right before we left, we brought him inside.
Now, bear is a Chow/Husky mix. And quite possessive. And quite vocal about the whole thing. So we are very careful. And he is quite strong. I am no longer able to hold onto the leash when he runs away.
So now, whenever he moves from the house to the to his chain in the backyard, there is a rope that I use. One end is hooked to the chain outside and the other end is hooked to his collar. That way, when he decides to chase a cat I do not risk him running away or getting someone else’s pet.
Now here’s the problem…. If the cable hooked to Bear’s collar is not shut “under” the door when you leave, but into the “side” of the door, bear has figured out how to open the door. Bad Dog!! Bad Dog!! Bad Dog!!
So today when we got back from the parade the back door was open. And there was Bear. Grinning at us and wagging that bushy little tail.
So, how do you get angry with a dog who, while he may have left, he did come back. And he is so very cute.
What’s a girl to do??@??##?
What is a beginning. I did really plan to start the beginning of a new life. But that is not what is happening. It seems that to start a new beginning, you need to have to have an end. And how often can you have a new beginning anyway?@#??
The name of my blog is “My New Life”. And that is where I started. What is the new beginning that I wanted. We all want changes in our life, but how do you decide what the beginning would be.
How do I want my new beginning to start.
I did want to travel. I even found an apartment in Anchorage. Of course, I do know that is not real, but it sure would be fun.
And who would not want to live there. Yes, it is a city. And I am sure there are lots of people. And, of course, there is SNOW!@!. But what is wrong with that.
It is September. And that is the time School starts around here. So let’s have our beginning right now. And just what am I beginning. We’ll have to wait and seen. I think I will start a new page. I believe one day a week I will continue the plan on my Beginning. We’ll just have to see where we go.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
If it were a movie it would be rated R. It is much different from the movie. Not only is the story more involved, but there are more characters (which is no surprise), but the "payback" is more intense too.
View all my reviews >>
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
This weekend Trish and I went to see the new Harry Potter movie.
Now, I am not a Harry Potter devotee, but I have read a couple of the books. Not enough to know what was happening, so Trish had to explain what was going on a few times.
I really enjoyed the movie, and not just because I went with Trish. I was surprised how much I recognized and understood from what I had read and watched.
If you are looking for something to do and have a couple of hours to kill, this was a lot of fun.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
We went for a drive on Saturday over Monte Cristo. First we went up Ogden Canyon, then to Eden, Utah, then Monte Cristo.
We picked up Subway sandwiches, which is the best way to picnic, then stopped at the side of the road with our blanket. It was wonderful. There were not too many bugs. Trish and I sprayed with bug spray, so they did not bother us too much. One of the things that surprised me, is that the flys did not The drive was wonderful.
The surprising thing was that the Indian Paintbrush was blooming on top of Monte Cristo. As we all know, Indian Paintbrush is a spring flower. I used to pick it every spring to put on the graves for Memorial Day, along with Sego Lilys. That is what I miss most about Herriman. The Sego Lilys growing in the yard. I used to have many and they would last quite a while. I just wonder how the pioneers found the bulbs to eat. I dug and dug, but never got down to a bulb. They sure are deep.
A word to the wise…. If you are going on a 200 mile drive, start before 1:00 in the afternoon. It would make the drive much more fun. And do not take your water pill before you leave. We actually had to stop in the trees. But that is nothing new, right.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Here's what you're supposed to do...
and please don't spoil the fun....
Leave one word answers…
Don’t spoil the fun.
Remember only ONE WORD!!!
1. Where is your cell phone? pocket
2. Your significant other? Dell
3. Your hair? blonde
4. Your mother? Patty
5. Your siblings? 6
6. Your favorite thing? Alone
7. Your dream last night? nothing
8. Your favorite drink? Coke
9. Your dream/goal? Eternity
10. The room you're in? Living
11. Your fear? Heights
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Pennsylvania
13. Where were you last night? home
14. What you're not? thin
15. One of your wish list items? chocolate
16. Where you grew up? Boise
18. The last thing you did? dishes
17. What are you wearing? dress
18. Your TV? Old
19. Your pet? bear
20. Your computer on? yes
21. Your life? Good
22.. Missing someone? Mom
23. Your car? gold
24. Something you're not wearing? Makeup
25. Favorite Store? Joann's
26. Your summer? Painful
27. Your favorite color? Red
28. When is the last time you laughed? Saturday
29. Last time you cried? Today
Now it's 4 answers:
30. FOUR PEOPLE WHO E-MAIL ME? Trish, Alice, Christine, Beci
31. FOUR OF MY FAVORITE FOODS: Cake, candy bar, BBQ ribs, crab legs
32. FOUR PLACES I WOULD RATHER BE RIGHT NOW: relaxing, Boise, Salt Lake, Logan, Some where else...
33. FOUR PEOPLE I THINK WILL RESPOND: Katrina, Alice, Trish, Christine
Saturday, July 11, 2009
What is it like to have a broken arm?
One broken arm is awful. You cannot move it and it hurts so you take pain pills, so you cannot drive, so you are stuck. I do not know which is worse. The pain or being stuck at home.
So I went to the doctor because the “other” arm was hurting so badly. And after poking around a bit, finding the sore spots. And sure enough. The arm was broken. So then I got 2 splints. The good thing is that I can take them off from time to time when I am resting or watching TV. Unfortunately they have to stay on when I sleep.
Unfortunately I have not been able to mail my pincushion, and for that I deeply apologize. It will be off on Monday.
But I am feeling better and hope to be better soon.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
I have received the most wonderful pincushion on the exchange. It is from chookyblue.blogspot.com and it is absolutely wonderful.
Thank you o much. It is absolutely perfect. I had to take all of the needles out to take the picture.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Next Tuesday is my birthday. And I have always wanted a wireless mouse. So, since Dell is still laid up in bed, he bought me a birthday present at the store today.
I am now the proud owner of a wireless mouse and wireless keyboard. I have always wanted a mouse, but when I checked out the different computer mouse, mice, mouses…, the box on the next shelf with both a cordless mouse and cordless keyboard was on $20.00 more. It is a Logitech keyboard, mouse and speaker in a box. So far the mouse and keyboard are great. I can’t wait to try to speakers.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Kalling all friends. As you can see, I have joined the Pincushion Swap. And, being from Utah, I plan to make the beehive a part. But I really have not found one I love.
So……If anyone has seen or found a cute pincushion centering around a beehive, please leave the location for me.
Or if you think on of the beehives below is “to die for”, vote on it now.
Thanks for your help.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
If you remember, my niece, Alicia, is getting married. Her mother is a single Mom, so I want to help if I can. Well, I have agreed to help with the decorations at the Wedding. I need to call Alicia and get all of her specs about what she wants, etc., what colors she thinks to include, etc. Can you say Answer Your Phone…
Mom is making the dress and it will be beautiful. She was stressing because she wanted to have a fitting and SOMEONE was not answering her phone. I told her that after dark on Saturday night was SUNDAY and that she should not be sewing. It was rest time. I don’t think she took my word though. I’ll bet she kept working. She IS like that.
Oh yeah….. I think I have volunteered Christine and I to do the decorations. I probably should call her before she gets a chance to look at this. Or she will get a big surprise.
We are also planning a Bridal Shower for Lish.
Can you say… “What were you thinking” No, just kidding. I am looking forward to the entire summer.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Does anyone remember was U.N.C.L.E. stood for? No fair cheating BY looking on the Web. Or on Netflix.
I remember watching this show as a child. The first season was in 1964, which I barely remember, so it was probably much later that I remember, especially since these episodes are in black and white.
I had this confused with Get Smart, because I though their arch enemy was KAOS. Of the 3 episodes on this disc, each had a different group trying to overthrow a government, each time a different country. One was what I assume was a country in South or Central America, because she had a Spanish accent. The second was a country in Africa where the "bad guy" was the President and he was going to kill off his ministers. The third was a group from Yugoslavia.
What I had forgotten, or not realized at the time, was the role women played in these films. Either she is answering the phone 0r radio in a bikini (2-piece swim suite to those of you under 50) or she is pulling files to be ogled at or getting coffee for the men.
There are female guest characters who plan a strong woman who is in control. But most of the strong women were "bad guys". No wonder I wanted to become a secretary
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
The first time I became disolusioned with Jack Hannah was on the Tonight Show. He was showing some type of monkey. Unfortunately, the cutie chose just that time to relieve himself. Yeah. He peed on Jack Hannah.
Now when you work with animals, it should not surprise you when the animal relieves itself. Hardly anyone in the family has not had Roger or Blanket relieve themselves when being held. It is sort-of an editorial comment. You know.... Put Me Down NOW!!
Well, tonight Jack Hannah was on Letterman. First, he brought out a baby porcupine, and gave Letterman some dead crickets to feed it. It was not hungry and Letterman got poked by the quills. then Letterman brought out this bird, a crane I think. The assistant put food on the desk so that it would land on the desk. Then Hannah gave Letterman some food in his hand to feed the bird. And the bird pecked the hand instead of the food, spilling it all over the desk. Needless to say, anyone who has been pecked knows that HURTS. Last was a cat, I cannot remember what kind. They brought out a milk bottle for the cat, but he wanted the crickets, probably because their natural food is bugs. So the cat is scratching at Letterman, probably quite hard, as cats will do.
Then Jack Hannah was calling for another animal, but Letterman called for a break, saying there were no more animals. Hannah was trying to explain that there were more animals to come out, but Letterman would have nothing of it. Hannah was given the bums rush.
I don't know how to make a "link" yet, but here is the place:
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Trish is coming home tomorrow after work to help for the weekend. Originally the surgery was scheduled for Monday, so she took the day off. Unfortunately she cannot get Fridays off, so I will be picking her up.
Wish us well.
Monday, May 25, 2009
She has never sang professionally, I am told only with a church choir. WHen you are done, go to YouTube and search for her first performance. It was amazing. Even Simon was surprised and loved it.
Friday, May 22, 2009
The next day we drove around Wendover and toured what we could of the Wendover Air Base. This is what the base looks like now. It is quite run down and many of the building's roofs are falling in, which is such a shame. With all of the condos and apartments, it is too bad that they have not remodeled more of those barracks instead of letting them fall into the ground.
We would miss this puppy lots if he were to get lost.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
This is the front cover. The paper was actually 12x12 that I cut to size. Then I had to move the "day" back onto the book because it was off the page.
On Saturday we plan to go to the Hill Air Force Museum, so I put these planes on the first page. Dell and Trish will sign this page too. Just think, when he is old like me, he will have a copy of the handwriting of all of the people who are dear to him.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
This is a photo I pulled off the nasa website. Here is the location:
Can anyone say "Hand of God"?
A Young Pulsar Shows Its Hand
A small, dense object only 12 miles in diameter is responsible for this beautiful X-ray nebula that spans 150 light years. At the center of this image made by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory is a very young and powerful pulsar, known as PSR B1509-58, or B1509 for short. The pulsar is a rapidly spinning neutron star which is spewing energy out into the space around it to create complex and intriguing structures, including one that resembles a large cosmic hand.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
At my desk
Wondering just why
I do what I do.
I hate that the games
waste my day
but here I sit
Sore hand and all
But if I leave
This little room
there is so much work
That needs to be done
So I sit and I sit
But it won't go away I
don't worry a bit
Cause I know it will stay.
My job is my job
It waits just for me
No one else cares
If it let it be
Until someone comes
Then we rush about c
leaning this and clearing that
without any doubt
But the seed always remains
To start over again
And Grandma warned me
THE SEED ALWAYS SPROUTS
Friday, April 3, 2009
but the sky is gray
what will happen
during this day.
The dishes are dirty
and so is the floor
I'm at the computer
Thinking of more.....
Of things to do
Cause that's no fun
I could go bezerk
So you go have fun, okay
Thursday, April 2, 2009
The sky was blue
The day was warm
But what else is new.
And I went away
Just for the day
Oh, how wonderful
The FaBric StoRe...
And home again
Sky is gray
Wind is blowing
It just could not last
The weather predicts
more snow tonight
To make the week
Quite a fright...
So I hold up in the house
Turn the furnace on HIGH
And hope against hope.
To pass this night
WITHOUT MORE SNOW
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
I would show you a picture of today, but I cannot locate the cord to my camera and I do not have the driver for the camera with a cord.
So, That's Live.
I am stuck in the house. In the snow.
And here is my car.
And the street.
And the beautiful blue sky.
Hope Springs Eternal.
Spring will come
sooner or later.