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Seeing the Savior Face to Face

2 Nephi 33:11 reads, “… for Christ will show unto you, with power and great glory, that they are His words, at the last days; and you and I shall stand face to face before his bar…”

I believe that each time I read the Book of Mormon I come to know the Savior a little better. My goal in starting over this time is to increase my relationship with the Savior, but also to share with my future grandson my testimony of the divinity of Jesus Christ and the Plan of Salvation. I want all my children and their children to know that I believe in Christ; that all that I am and do is to be like him and closer to Him.

We need to become like him. I love all the examples of Christ-like living of the people in the Book of Mormon: Moroni – an example of forgiveness and courage; Ammon – and example of repentance and service to his fellow people; Alma the Elder – example of faith as he earnestly prayers for his wayward son, and an example of perfect hope; the Stripling Warriors – examples of obedience; N…

Book of Mormon Challenge in Two Days! Are You Ready?

It's almost time for my book of Mormon Study.  This time I am studying the book of Mormon with my new grandson, Benjermin, in mind.  I've been thinking about what I hope it learns from my most favorite book.  Hear are the basic truths I hope he learns as he studies the Book of Mormon and as he reads my thoughts and testimony that I record in "his" special copy:

a. The Book of Mormon is an independent witness that Jesus is the Christ.  Through this marvelous book I have learned more about the Savior and gained a better understanding of His role in my life.

b. The Book of Mormon is a witness to the Bible. Remember, all saving truth will be established in the mouth of two or more witnesses.  Because of the Book of Mormon, I know the Bible is true.

c. It is tangible proof that Joseph Smith is a Prophet.  There is no way an uneducated farm boy could have come up with such an elaborate story in such a short amount of time.  Besides, he didn't even write it.  He had scr…

I Can See Clearly Now...

I can see clearly now, the fuzz is gone,

I can see all obstacles on my way

Gone are the aging eyes that had me blind

It’s gonna be a clear (clear), bright (bright)

Sun-Shiny day.

I think I can make it now, the headaches are gone

All of the stabbing pains have disappeared

There is a whole world out there unseen before

It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)

crystal clear day.

Look all around, there’s nothin’ but a clear view

Look straight ahead, I finally have a clue

I can see clearly now, the fuzz is gone,

I can see all obstacles on my way

Gone are the blurry eyes plagued my day

It’s gonna be a brand (brand), new (new)

crystal clear day.

Today, I picked up my new glasses. I had threatened not to leave the building today unless I was leaving with glasses or my money back. 9 weeks is a long time to go without clear vision. To clarify, I picked up my new progressive lens glasses. Yup, it's official and I can no longer live in the sweet shadow of denial. I need bi-focal len…

Salad Days 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, and 241

Monday, November 21, my daughter made me this salad for lunch so I could eat between lessons.  She did a real nice job mixing  salad greens, red onions, hard boiled egg, tomatoes, and ham.
Tuesday, November 22, I made a quick Taco type salad with salad greens, guacamole, and tortilla chips.
Wednesday, November 23, I got a salad from the grocery store.  It included lettuce, tomatoes, pepperoni, olives, salami, and I added feta cheese.
Thursday was Thanksgiving day.  I followed the recipe my sister gave me and made a Spinach salad that included spinach, sliced apples, almond slivers, bacon, red onion and raisins.  We also made a vinaigrette.  It was yummy.
Friday, November 25, I enjoyed spinach, curried chickpeas, tomatoes and feta mixed together as a salad.
Saturday, November 26, we celebrated our anniversary a little late.  Our real anniversary was Thanksgiving Day.  We went to a Thai restaurant.  I ordered a Thai salad .  It had lettuce, cilantro, cucumbers, bean sprouts, and fried rice n…

Life is Short... find the Joy Now

The past couple weeks I have been reminded of the fact that life is short.  I good friend, a young mom of 6 great kids, started chemo for breast cancer; a young man died leaving a grieving fiance and family; and today a friend posted that her 16 year old son died yesterday.  My heart is breaking for them all. My heart is breaking for their loved ones. All are young.  All had dreams of being with family and friends forever. 

Life is short. We seem to think that we’ll live forever on this earth. We spend time and money as though we’ll always be here. We buy shiny things on Black Friday, fighting through crowds and standing in lines, as though they matter and are worth the debt and stress of attachment. We put off the so-called “trip of a lifetime” for another year, because we all assume we have another year. We don’t tell the ones we love how much we love them often enough because we assume there’s always tomorrow.

And we fear. Oh, do we fear. We stick it out in dead end, miserable jo…

On to the next Holiday

Well, round one in the holiday feasting has come and gone.

I believe I soundly defeated one of the worst eating days of the year.  I successfully ate a spinach salad, whipped sweet potatoes, turkey and ham.  I stayed away from mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cheese bread dip, cream cheese and yogurt fruit dip, rolls, stuffing and pie.  My mom goes nuts when making pie.  I think there were 14 pies and 2 cheese cakes.  I know.  Tempting.  But I kept in mind the aches and pains eating wheat and dairy bring and I just said no.

Friday... same story.  Friday after Thanksgiving is traditionally a gluttonous day of eating leftover.  I ate salad.  I ate GF bread and Marionberry jam.  I did taste the inside of a fruit pie, but no leftover potatoes, stuffing, and the like for me. 

I may have consumed more calories than I usually do, but I didn't come close to eating the caloric intake of family members (teehee) or that I have in the past.

So... I call it a win.  One down, 35 days to …

22 years...

Today is my anniversary.

Funny.  Today reminds me of our wedding 22 years ago.  Like then, today has been focused on family, not the event.  Today we spent making and eating food and hanging out with family.  22 years ago we had Thanksgiving in the driveway of our apartment.  Thankfully, the weather was nice that day was we played some goofy game my mom made up with clothes pins and a milk carton out side of our tiny apartment.  The weather is not so nice today.  The wind is blowing and the snow and rain mix driving side ways.  Thank goodness it's wasn't like that 22 years ago.

There are some days I wonder how we made it this far.  Some years were rougher than other years.  Some years seemed like smooth sailing.

22 years.

Well... at least I still like him.  He can still make me laugh.  His real smile still makes me smile.  I still think he's smart... most of the time.  He still brings me water... even if I trick him to get out of bed to get me some.  He still surprises me.…

Thankful for... the memories... new and old

Today I am thankful for my memories of holidays past and present.
My family loves to laugh... especially when the sentence begins with, "remember when..."

Today as we were all getting ready for Thanksgiving feasting many such belly laughs burned calories.  (Good thing to since we had so much food).

"Remember when dad sat outside and cooked the turkey with his flame thrower?"  Actually, I don't remember that.  It was a year I didn't come to Thanksgiving with the rest of the family.  Apparently, my dad wanted a deep fried turkey.  Being the safety conscience guy that he is, he decided to skip the boil of boiling oil and opted for the turkey in a bucket and his flame thrower.  He sat out there a good 2 hours carefully checking the temperature of the bird and minding the flames.  He finally brought in a char broiled, shrunken offering that didn't make it to the table.  Good thing mom had an additional turkey in the oven.

"Did I remember the yeast?&quo…

Thankful for... my bed

It's been a long day.  5 am was ever so long ago.  After teaching Seminary, working out, teaching voice from 9-11:30, teaching Institute from 12:30-1:30, carting Chad to school and then teaching from 2-5, and visiting a sick friend, I went to a rehearsal for the Messiah sing in happening next week.  By the time I got home at 9:45 I was beat.  I am looking forward to snuggling down in a cozy bed. 

I haven't always had a cozy, comfy bed.  One day, as I walked home across the field, I saw my bed go flying out of the bedroom window.  At first I was confused.  Had I been kick out and if so, what I had I done?  Thankfully, my mom had been given a mattress that fit my box spring.  She thought it would be a good idea to get rid of my mattress, with the springs poking through, in favor of a "new-to-us" mattress.

Years later, that same mattress moved into my first apartment as a married lady.  The two of us were very cozy on that full size lumpy mattress... and soon the three…

Pumpkin soup

Many people have ask how I made my pumpkin soup.  To be honest, I am mainly a dump-in-what-I-can-to-come-close-to-the-recipe kind of cook.  Thus, the following is as close as I can get to the recipe I made for...

Pumpkin soup

4 tablespoons butter (I used Smart butter)

1 cup chopped onion

1 clove garlic, crushed

1-2 tablespoon Thai red curry paste

4 cups chicken broth

1 can pumpkin

1 can bamboo shoots

1 can mushrooms

1 butternut squash, peeled and chopped

1 can coconut milk

Green onions curls, optional


1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Sauté onion and garlic in hot butter, stirring continually, until tender, about 2 minutes. 2. Add curry to onion mixture and mix well. Cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute. 3. Stir broth into onion mixture. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 10 to 15 minutes. 4. Add pumpkin, butternut squash and coconut milk to broth mixture and mix well. Cookuntil squash is tender b…

Thankful for... my general well being and health

Lots of thoughts today... however, I think I'm most thankful for my general health and well being.  I am thankful for all the little things that help a person be a better person.

I'm thankful for my yoga time.

I am thankful for my oils and herbs.

I am thankful for healthy food and clean water.

I am thankful for a good massage once in a while.

I am thankful for I am rarely sick... if you don't count the headache I have currently due to a lack of glasses.

Salad Day 231, 232, 233, and 234

Thursday, November 17 I mixed Hawaiian chicken with mixed greens, and left over 5 bean salad.  It turned out pretty yummy.
Friday, November 18, I made a Broccoli Slaw with shredded broccoli, mayo, and craisins.  Turned out yummy!
Saturday, November 19, John took me to Marco Polo for my birthday.  Dinner came with a yummy salad of greens, a couple carrots, tomato, and honey mustard dressing.
Today, Sunday, November 20 was a little boring.  I just had lettuce with Italian dressing.  At least I had a salad.  Right?

The Hint Couldn't Be Any BIGGER

About a week ago I posted about how I felt impressed to increase my reading of the Book of Mormon.  At the time I was pretty sure I was ready to add one more thing to every day.  Today I'm sure I' had better follow through.

The talks at church today centered the same Conference talk that had prompted my desire in the first place. 

Primary seemed to talk about making scriptures more prominent in your life.

Our home teachers came.  Guess which talk they focused on.  Elder Scott's scripture talk.

Ok... I get the hint.

I've been thinking about giving this marked copy to my coming grandson.  I've been think about when would be a good time to give him this marked copy.  I've been thinking about what would I want him to know about me and about how I feel about the scriptures and the gospel.  I'm excited to get started reading and marking just for him.

This week I will get that new copy of the Book of Mormon.  I will Write his name in it.  I will think and pray ab…

Thankful for Parents...

Today I am thankful for parents.

Yesterday was my birthday.  I spent the day "parenting" and attending a school preview with my daughter.  I came home to "parent" the kids at home.  Thankfully, I didn't need to boss them about cleaning up.  John had done that for me.  But I did "parent" and watched the last part of our Harry Potter-a-thon with the kids.  Then I left them to their own devices and went out to dinner and to a play with John.

The whole day, I kept thinking how much what I was doing reflected my own experience with my parents.  I didn't talk to any of my siblings or my parents yesterday.  I guess they were all busy, as was I.  But I kept thinking of of them and memories of birthdays past.

Going to the school thing reminded me of how my parents taught me to love education; to love reading and good books; to value bettering myself.  We aren't going to be paying for my daughters schooling, but we are going to help her with transportat…

Thankful for... live theater and other forms of entertainment

Yesterday I went to see Lion in Winter at Pentacle Theater for my birthday.

I do love live theater.

I had taken a long break from theater.  Raising kids, lack of money and time, and availability in a small town all contributed to my theater fast. 

As my kids got older and more independent I snuck back into little roles of tech help in the local dance studio and HS productions.  I think it's safe to say that this year I no longer lingered along the edge with my toes in, I dove right in.  This year John gave me tickets to see Broadway tour shows in the Portland.  This year I volunteered at a local community theater as an assistant (maybe even co) director.  This year I designed 4 fantastic sets and lights to go with.  This year I even directed a thriller.

I've missed live theater.  I fear, however, that 2012 may not have as much theater involvement.  Thus far, I am not directing a show.  I am not involved at the community theater for the next season.  I don't know any of th…

Thankful for... honey do lists (Some how missed posting this yesterday)

Yesterday was an extremely busy day of laying around and watching movies.  Yesterday, Kimber and I had our second annual Harry Potter-a-thon.  It has become "the Birthday" celebration.

Kimber came at 5:45 am and snuck around the house in the dark giggling because she felt like Santa.  Goofball.

I rolled out of bed around 6 and we started the first movie.  John jumped out of bed and got dressed without a shower.  I thought that was odd, but he just said the sooner he got out the door the sooner he could come home.  So off to work he went.  About 15 minutes later he came back into the house with some wheat free brownies singing.  He took the day off to do all the chores I'd been asking him to do for the last couple of years... as my birthday present. 

He worked on the kitchen floor that is now coming up because he never got to seal the crack where the two pieces meet.  He reinforced all the kitchen chairs.  (It helps that we were down to 2 kitchen chairs and all the desk c…

Thankful for... good friends

Today I am thankful for good friends. I have many friends (family included) who are reliable, kind hearted and thoughtful.

A good friend is honest. A good friends keeps promises. A good friend is dependable. A good friends will own up to their mistakes. Good friendship is based on trust. A good friend keeps private things private. A good friend knows the old saying, if you don’t have something nice to say, say nothing…. But mostly they shower people with nice things to say.

A good friend is loyal. A good friend defends your honor.

A good friend shows respect for others.

A good friend helps out… sometimes even before you know you need help.

A good friend listens… and stays calm. A good friend shares tears, shares joys and shares laughs. A good friend is there for you.

A good friend doesn’t judge.

A good friend is selfless and will often go the extra mile.

A good friend lifts and doesn’t tear down.

A good friend is generous… shares… is not demanding… doesn’t “size up”… returns things …

Thankful for a Way to Make Ends Meet...

In a world where many are under-employed, it is a blessing to have a job.

I am thankful for my husband's job and that his income covers most of our expenses.

I am grateful for the variety of odd jobs that bring in the extra cash we need for groceries, glasses, medical needs, and the rapidly approaching holiday season.  I am thankful for the little people I watch and the small income it brings in.  I am thankful for my voice students and the small income teaching brings in.  I am thankful for the occasional surprise of a stipends from the HS.  I mostly volunteer, but sometimes, I get a little something, and it's always right when we need it most.

I am grateful that my daughter got a job and is earning money for her college education.

I am thankful for a bounteous garden and the harvest of fruits and veggies we canned and preserved for the long winter months.

I am thankful for my food storage and how the food in the garage somehow helps the food budget stretch farther.

I am than…

Salad Days 226-229

Saturday, November 13 my son-in-law made a yummy salad with fresh spinach, snap peas, avocado, chopped apple, green peppers and tomatoes.  Add a little mashed potatoes and one slice of ham and you get one yummy dinner.
Monday, November 14, I enjoyed leftovers of Sunday's salad.  I did add some chicken. Monday night I finished off the Sunday salad.  I don't know what is wrong with my family.  They won't eat salad.  At least I got the leftovers.
Tuesday, November 15 I made a spinach and veggie salad for lunch and...
... enjoyed a 5 bean salad for dinner.
Today, Wednesday, November 16 I had a taco salad for lunch.   However, I am most impressed with my dinner.  I made pumpkin soup for the first time.  I have to say it tastes better than the pumpkin soup I tried at a Thai restaurant.   As a side line.... I've been to Curves for the last 4 days, not including Sunday.  I'll give this one more shot... I guess.

Thankful for... Modern Communication

I am thankful to FACEBOOK, and all other forms of communication. On Facebook I’ve found many old friends from high school and college. I’ve hooked up with people who have moved away. I can keep up with my siblings, some of which in far off places like Boise, Idaho Falls, Phoenix and Australia. Today I got to chat with a former exchange student. I was so excited to hear about his life, that he was back to church and planning on taking his family to the temple. What a day! I am most thankful for Facebook because it makes stocking my kids so much easier. :)

I am thankful for e-mail. I like to write letters and notes, but they often take far too long. I like the convenience of electronic mail.

I am thankful for cell phones. It sure makes it easier to track down my teenagers.

Today I am grateful we have all advanced past sending up smoke signals.

Thankful for... music

Music... among the gifts that God hath sent, one of the most magnificent! - Longfellow

I spent the day teaching music. it wasn't perfect. But it was music, and it was joyful. I love music!

Music is like an old friend; there when I need him. When I’m feeling low – music is the comforter. When times are rough; music softens the blow. There’s something very, very special about music.

Music is so expressive. With it, one can speak out joy, sadness, praise, despair, and any degree of emotion in between... without using a single word.

I also love fun, bouncy music that you can play while cleaning the house - to keep your spirits up while you eradicate dust and dirt. The louder the better!

And I love quiet, contemplative, instrumental music to play when I'm in a thoughtful or quiet mood.

I can’t think of a time of day at my house that you can’t find music raising the roof and filling the air.

I enjoy nearly every kind of music you can think of… Broadway musicals; classics such as…

I am Thankful for scriptures!

Today I am grateful for scriptures and the opportunity study them.  I am including Conference in my list of scriptures to study and to have gratitude for.

Today I have spent a few hours studying the Old Testament for my seminary lessons of the week.  I love the stories found in the Old Testament.  I love the principles of the gospel they so beautifully illiterate.  I love to carefully mark passages in the margins of my scriptures with thoughts and impressions as I study.

Today I also read the first two talks in the November 2011 Conference issue.  I feel inspired to act on an impression I had a few weeks ago.  Today's post is to test the waters.

Elder Richard G. Scott spoke on the power of Scriptures in our lives. 

"Scriptures are like packets of light that illuminate our minds and give place to guidance and inspiration from on high."

I made a list of the principles he taught us regarding the scriptures:

1.) Scriptures offer "solutions to life's most perplexing…

Today I am thankful my vacuum sucks... finally....

Lately, I've been having trouble with me vacuum.

This vacuum is most likely the best vacuum I have ever owned.  The first week I owned it, my carpets were clean.  In fact, if carpets could sparkle, mine did.  A couple years have passed now.  The carpets no longer "sparkle".  In fact, they look down right dingy. Three dogs, three cats and 4 kids at home have a way of trashing carpet.

I decided to take apart the whole thing.

It is a bag-less vacuum.  I got a screw driver and took the whole thing apart and washed it.  Sadly, it still didn't suck well.

I discovered a filter I had never noticed before and washed it.  It still didn't suck well.

Frustrated, I decided to actually read what was printed on the machine next to the filter indicator.  It suggested that I empty the canister.... check... clean the filter.... check... check the hose for blockage... oops.  My bad. 

I pull the the hose off and successfully removed a hairball the size of a small rodent.

My vacuum …

Salad Days 224-225

Friday, November 11, my husband took me to one of out favorite Mexican restaurants and I got a Chicken Taco Salad.  I asked them to hold the cheese and sour cream and got extra guacamole.  I also avoided shell bowl.  It was yummy.
Today, Saturday, November 12 I had a Greek Salad.  It was also yummy. Today I also officially started Curves again.  I hope I can kick my fitness butt...  wish me look.

Thankful for ... Veterans

Today’s thankful post is easy. Today I want to express my heartfelt thanks to American’s veterans for their dedication and service to our great country. I am thankful for everyone who has served our country in the armed forces. I am proud to count so many people in my life as veterans – both my grandfathers, my dad, my uncles, my father-in-law, and even my friend are all veterans.

Not only have our veterans protected us and our freedom during times of war, they also look after us during times of peace.

While we would prefer that things always be peaceful the reality is often otherwise. During times of war or crisis our veterans were there. It’s not just the human veterans that I am thankful for today, I am also thankful for the countless animals that served our country too. The horses, dogs, mules, homing pigeons, and others served our country with pride and dignity too.

Thank you for your selflessness, thank you for your sacrifices, thank you for your commitment, thank you for your b…

I am grateful for ... seminary...

I have to say... seminary keeps me sane.

I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to grow and to learn and to teach in seminary each morning.

Today was extra special.

Today's lesson was a discussion of Genesis 42-45... the story of Joseph and his brothers... a story of forgiveness.

I started down my lesson plan but soon through that out the window.  I may have been teaching the class, but the Spirit was teaching me.

These chapters really should be titled "Pause and Think: How Do I Treat People Who Wrong Me?" 

Joseph amazes me!  After all, his brothers treated him poorly.  They were jealous of his station in their father's heart.  They were jealous of his obedience.  They sold him for mere change because of greed.  They wanted their cake and they wanted to eat it too.  Once he was sold into servitude he life didn't improve right away.  He was a slave and then thrown into jail when his employer's wife lied about him because she was angry that he wouldn'…

Salad Days 220, 221, and 223

Tuesday, November 8 I got adventurous with my salad.  I combine mushrooms and thinly sliced onions and sauteed them in olive oil.  I then tossed them with European salad greens and fresh chopped  basil.  It was very yummy!Wednesday, November 9 I tossed salad greens with toasted slivered almonds and chopped figs.  For a dressing I watered down almond butter and added red wine vinegar.  I then added a little feta goat cheese.
Thursday, November 10 I mixed pickled beats, toasted almonds, a tablespoon of orange juice and olive oil.  It was surprisingly yummy!

Thankful for motherhood, daughters and best friends

“Mom! Mom, you’re my best friend.”

I first hear those words just over 18 years ago. Once in a while, I still hears them from one of my four daughters… sometimes even from my teenage daughters.

At the time, I worried that I would never live up to the title. I worried that, maybe, I couldn’t be her best friend. I will be the mom, for life.

This isn’t to say that mothers can’t also be friends or that we can’t be, at the very least, fun. When it comes to your children, you love them so much and you honor their clever insight, wisdom and how well they know you. Sometimes your children crawl into bed with you at night and snuggle. There is plenty of room in there after all. The next thing you know they are borrowing your clothes and confiding in you. All like that best friend you cherish so much. BUT THEY ARE STILL YOUR CHILDREN.

But motherhood is a cosmic force. It is a love that is bigger than me, bigger than my biggest ideas, bigger than any of my understandings of how the cosmos works.

Thankful for... dishwashers

Weekends are rough on my kitchen.  We are so busy playing and working that we let the dishes stack up.  Sure, we get a few loads in, but I can guarantee that by Monday both sinks are full.  Today is Tuesday and I am just now getting so I can see the bottom of the sink.

Yesterday there were

So. Many. Dishes.

But I haven't done it alone.

Today I am thankful for dishwashers... of the beautiful two daughter variety and the power variety.

Today I'm thankful that one daughter did 2 loads and the youngest stepped up and even did a load.

Yesterday I was thankful that dishwashers exist.

Today I'm grateful when they are put into use.  :)
I am thankful to have a dishwasher so that I can get the dishes done more quickly, generally, which allows me more time to do more chores! Who doesn't want to do more chores? Thank you, dishwasher!

Salad Day 218 and 219

Sunday, November 6 I had salad greens, dairy free dressing and yummy Cranberry Chicken as my salad.  It was pretty yummy.
Monday, November 7, I tried to make a veggie salsa kind of salad I had tasted a couple months ago.  my friend Rachel made it.  I never asked her for a recipe, so today I tried to wing it.  It was pretty good.... but Rachel's was better.  All I did was drain a can of corn, a can of kidney beans, diced a red pepper and a green pepper.  Chopped some cilantro and an avocado.  Sprinkled some Mediterranean sea salt and some cracked black pepper.  I mixed it all together and use tortilla chips as my utensil.  I thought I'd be eating it tomorrow to, but my kids surprised me and ate it all.  go figure.

Thankful for... SOUP!

You’ve been working hard all day and you come home to a warm bowl of yummy soup. Delicious.I love split pea soup…such comfort food! My kids calls it “slop,” but likes it too, I guess.  LOL.

When you get sick, what does your mom bring you with the cup of herbtea? Big bowl of soup. Perfect!

Think of great childhood memories, or at least good childhood meals, I guarantee at least one of them deals with soup. Why? Because soup is magical comfort food.  That's why.  Lets think about this, soup with its warmth and deliciousness can be made to increase the amount of food we have. Beef, Chicken, vegetables can all be used to make soup, and just about anything can go into it (even in cartoons where they pull out a shoe).

Today was National Split Pea Soup day.  I made soup.  Perfect for the blustery, rainy day that it was.  I even got to share it with my pregnant daughter who doesn't feel well today.

Split pea soup is probably the best tasting ugly food there is.

Who ever made the firs…

Thankful for...

I know.  I missed a couple days.  It wasn't because I wasn't thankful for something... I was just obsessed with getting the model for the set I'm designing done.  I was so obsessed that I nearly forgot about eating, and laundry, the kids.... the works.  Thankfully, I finished the model and the director loves it.  I'm happy.  I can now move on to find a new obsession for the day.

This week we made dinner for the missionaries.  The power went out 45 minutes before they were to arrive.  We started the meal outside on the big propane burners.  Not my favorite way to cook, but it will do.  We ended cooking the meal in the kitchen... on the stove... like normal people do because the power was restored. 

My thankful for Friday?  Good food and modern appliances, kitchen tools, etc. I'm grateful to live in a time when even the worst ovens are still more reliable and consistent than the options that were once available. I'm grateful to have the things that I need in ord…

Day 215, 216, and 217

Thursday, November 3,  I had potato salad.  Nothing special... just got it in a tub at the grocery store.
Friday, November 4, I had the leftovers from the potato salad from the day before.  Some days I'm lazy like that.
Saturday, November 5, John took me to Northern Light, and movie place that has tables and you can order food.  I would have taken a picture of the taco salad... hold the cheese... that I enjoyed.  Unfortunately, I couldn't see it in the dark.  The people around me, enjoying the Planet of the Apes movie would not have enjoyed my use of a flash to get a picture either.  Thus, I found a picture of a taco salad that I imagine it looked like.  It was most definitely delish!

Salad Day 214

I've got this killer head cold for the last couple of days that is giving me headaches that are stopping me in my tracks.  I didn't feel like making a salad.  However, last night, I did manage to throw together some salad greens, and avocado, some peaches, and some dairy free ranch dressing.  It turned out pretty good.


I am Thankful for FALL!!!

I am thankful for the changing seasons.  Something about this season just warms my bones, makes me feel all warm and cozy and brings a genuine smile to my face. I love the transition from warm to cool and even from cool to cold. Fall is just so comforting, the way it wraps around you like a big, comfy blanket, filling your lungs with crisp air, sprinkled with warm tones of cinnamon, nutmeg and other delicious aromas. I love watching the changes in the trees and plants. It's a beautiful thing, and it makes my heart happy.

So today, I’m thankful for fall and all that it brings with it.

•Drinking my weight in hot apple cider

•Watching the leaves change color

•Long, crisp walks

•Fall clothes – especially BOOTS

No to mention, snuggling up with a warm blanket; Yummy soup; sweaters and sweat shirts; Need I go on?

I am LOVING this weather.  Still I dream of SNOW (rare in these parts) then I will LOVE the Peach on earth of Christmas season. And then the first blooms of spring. And the laz…

An attitude of Gratitude

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.”  Melodie Beatty

I know everyone and their dog is blogging about what they are thankful for this month... but just because everyone is doing it doesn't mean I should avoid making a list of what I am thankful for.

Then i remember what Thomas S. Monson taught, "We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude. If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues."

Thus, I leap onto the band wagon and begin a daily record of something I am grateful for:

I'm thankful for financial blessings. I know.  Shocker.  Especially in the light of recent complains of people not paying for my services and the fact that I've been know to complain in the past of a shortage of cash.  However, I must admit, miracles happen.  We often d…

Salad Day 213

Yesterday was my Salad Day 213.  Thinking back, that is a lot of salad.  I got to the end of the day and realised that I hadn't had a salad yet.  It was a little late.  I was coming home from observing auditions for the winter musical at the HS.  My son was lamenting that he wanted onion rings.  with  a quick turn to the left, both our issues were solved... a Dairy Queen grilled chicken salad for me and onion rings for him.  I know.  I could have made a salad for myself at home.  but there is nothing like being lazy to end a salad streak... so DQ it was.  at least it's tasty and I'm still moving forward on my goal of 365 salad days in a row.


So.... I've been a-wall from SparkPeople for a few months. I started blogging on my "Resigning as General Manager of the Universe blog (although I've backed off on posting on that blog too, due to my attitude issues), and beleived I was too busy to track myself on Sparkpeople.  Plus, I was suffering from a severe case of bad attitude.

The thing is, I have cut all wheat, dairy, and soy from my diet due to allergies. I've been eating a salad a day. No change in the old body. Boo!

Hello! I'm eating like a rabbit for heaven sake!

Ok... I will admit, that after a year of allergy free diet and no change in the body, I didn't make exercise a priority. Sure, I went on a walk, once in a while, with my daughter. I even got on the treadmill a couple times. I just didn't do all that I could to break a sweat every day, like I know I should.

In addition to my grumpy feelings of having a restricted diet and I am exactly the same weight, I was suffering from a severe di…