Tuesday, March 31, 2009


It has not snowed yet today. But I am not holding my breath.

This morning all I wanted to do was call Mom. Unfortunately Tuesday is the only day of the week that she is unavailable.

Guess I will have to remember to call her tonight so we can talk.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Winter is not gone

It's Snowing Again.



I thought winter was over. It has snowed, like, a zillion times. And it is snowing again this morning. Yesterday I did not want to go anywhere because I was cold (I did not warm up until about 8 last night) and, honestly, being lazy.

Now it is snowing. We have no eggs. We have no dog food. I really NEEED to go to the store. But I don't want to.

Oh Well.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Bread again

I made bread again today.

Word to the Wise........

When you smell the bread cooking.
And you think "I probably should get it out.
Because it probably has been in too long."

Get your butt off tghe chair.
Because it is waaaaay past time
To take it out.

The good thing
Is that the rolls
still tasted wonderful.

But the second batch
tasted even better.

I am on the track
to duplicating the
Maddox recipe.

Bet ya can't wait to find out.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Winter is not gone

This is Bear.
Bear is outside.
The grass is green
Bear does not have dandruff
No, the camera is not making funny spots.
Yes It is snowing again.

Just in case you missed the snow in the last picture.

Firefighter Museum

We went to the Firefighter's Museum in Tooele, Utah. Tooele is just west of Salt Lake city, almost a bedroom community. This is a mountain just outside of Brigham City on the way down to Tooele.

There are lots and lots of fire engines from over the years. All of the engines have a connection to Utah in some way. The museum is in the Larry Miller complex between Tooele and Grantsville. Just drive around the entrance booth to the west.

I do not remember what engines were what years. These are just some that I enjoyed.

This is my Trish and my Dell in front of a horse-drawn fire engine. Aren't they great?

Know how to have fun

This is wonderful. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Sunday, March 22, 2009


I received this email from my Sis-in-law, Beci. It will give you a bright spot on what, for me here in Brigham, is a rainy day. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

This is just too good not to pass on to all. Here is something absolutely positive for a change. I have repeatedly seen the breakdown of the cost of raising a child, but this is the first time I have seen the rewards listed this way. It's great.

The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140.00 for a middle income family. Talk about price shock! That doesn't even touch college tuition. But $160,140.00 isn't so bad if you break it down. It translates into:

* $8,896..66 a year,
* $741.38 a month,
* $171.08 a week.
* A mere $24.24 a day!
* Just over a dollar an hour.

Still, you might think the best financial advice is; don't have children if you want to be 'rich.' Actually, it is just the opposite.

What do you get for your $160,140..00?

* Naming rights . First, middle, and last!
* Glimpses of God every day.
* More love than your heart can hold.
* Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.
* Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies.
* A hand to hold usually covered with jelly or chocolate.
* A partner for blowing bubbles and flying kites.
* Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day.

For $160,140.00, you never have to grow up. You get to:

* finger-paint,
* carve pumpkins,
* play hide-and-seek,
* catch lightning bugs,
* never stop believing in Santa Claus .

You have an excuse to:

* keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh,
* watch Saturday morning cartoons,
* go to Disney movies, and
* wish on stars.

You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator magnets and collect spray painted noodle wreaths for Christmas , hand prints set in clay for Mother's Day , and cards with backward letters for Father's Day .

For a mere $24.24 a day, there is no greater bang for your buck. You get to be a hero just for:
* retrieving a Frisbee off the garage roof,
* taking the training wheels off a bike,
* removing a splinter,
* filling a wading pool,
* coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs, and
* coaching a baseball team that never wins but always gets treated to ice cream regardless.

You get a front row seat in history to witness the:

* First step,

* First word,
* First bra,
* First date,
* First time behind the wheel.

You get to be immortal. You get another branch added to your family tree, and if you're lucky, a long list of limbs in your obituary called grandchildren and great grandchildren. You get an education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice, communications, and human sexuality that no college can match.

In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there under God. You have all the power to heal a boo-boo, scare away the monsters under the bed, patch a broken heart, police a slumber party, ground them forever, and love them without limits, so one day they will, like you, love without counting the cost. That is quite a deal for the price!

Love & enjoy your children & grandchildren & great-grandchildren! It's the best investment you'll ever make!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

I just saw some film of our last big snowfall. This was taken in Logan, Utah, just east of me. And they did have more snow that I did, about 4 inches. This is the blog of Laura, a friend of Trish.

Her blog is http://www.barlowbuzz.blogspot.com/ Click on the video of her husband and wait. It is priceless. You will want to watch them all.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

You Can Make This

You Can Make This! Blog

My sister, Christine, blogged about a contest where you could win a quilting machine. I copied this from their website:

"This is an exciting week for me because I get to reveal a NEW website set to launch this April! To celebrate, you could WIN a Marie Osmond Quilter’s Companion sewing machine from our friends at Janome! Isn’t that exciting?

You may have guessed it by now - This April we will launch www.YouCanQuiltThis.com! We can’t wait to share with you the projects, tutorials, and patterns brought together by a team of experts and lead designers in the industry."

Their website is http://www.YouCanMakeThis.com/. Their new website is http://www.YouCanQuiltThis.com/ I urge each of to ignore this. You are much, much too busy to enter this contest. Besides, I am sure there are too, too many entrys to make it worth you while. So please, please do not waste your time. Leave the machine for me.

Thanks So Much.

Hudson Hawk

I just watched this movie online from Netflix. Although it is rated R for definite "F" language,and I will never understand the need to color such a fun film, this is a delightful, funny, campy film done with full tongue-in-cheek effort.

For those who can ignore the "F" phrase about ever 10-15 minutes, it is a delightful film. Unfortunately most will miss this fun film because the filmmakers chose to target a different audience. Too bad.

Guess I should make it more clear. There was lots of "FU" and "MF" using the *uck word that everyone knows but very few people actually use. It is such a shame to take such a wonderful movie and ruine it with that phrase. Imagine Bruce Willis skipping and singing along. It was fun.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Is Winter Gone??

This is my front porch. The snow had been falling all day.

This really isn't a big bush. Rather, it is one of those tall, narrow trees that sit next to the porch. Although it is a bit overgrown, it usually does not block the stairs.

Here is my neighbor across the street's car. And the street.

The snowploy had made a couple of passes on the street so you can see some tracks, but it was not really clear.

And this is Bear, the best dog in the world.

He just oves sitting and watching the world

And here is my big, beautiful back yard. It looks so wonderful with snow covering everything.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I saw this cat and just could not pass up sharing with everyone. I hope you enjoy it too.


Take time to look at all of the cats in this next one. You are certain to find someone you know.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

What's in a Name????

What's in a name??
Trisha and I were playing with the turtles, spinning them and taking them off screen and watching them... And we were talking about how to get the guests comments to show on screen.. Then she said "Name them Cheech and Chong" It sounded perfect. One of the best ideas around. Hope everyone enjoys it.

Friday, March 6, 2009


Is winter over? This is all there is that is left of the snowstorm I posted earlier. And I would not have this pile except this is where my neighbor pushed the snow in my driveway to the front.
This morning we were having light snow - very light snow, but very constant. That was, at my house and in Logan. But by the time we made it to Ogden there was no snow. Now, it might have just been the time of day, since we left Logan about 1:00. And Ogden is lower altitude than Logan and normally about 5 degrees warmer.
We'll just have to wait and see

Monday, March 2, 2009

Name the Turtles

Name the turtles.

Trisha asked for the names of my turtles. I was thinking of Jim and Jack.

But that is without imagination.

So for the contest.......

Everyone nominate your favorites for a name.......

By the way...... Click on the turtle and hold down the button and twirl...... It's fun.

Sunday, March 1, 2009


If the person you are "teasing" does not think it is funny, maybe you are the one who is wrong>