Thursday, March 26, 2015

One Thousand Gifts

~ Lovely Sunrise this morning

~ A sister doing her best to care for her family... I see you sis... You are the best!

~ A fun visit with my sister and mother... A standing date each month

~ Spying a spider basking in the sun in a hallway, I would have taken him outside but he ran away

~ That same spider inspiring me to write another book... A children's story book

~ A nudge from fellow blogger encouraging me to take up a dream long ago given up on... Painting

~ A home made walking stick gifted to me by my brother in law for my new hobby... Hiking! 

~ Being to busy to feel bored

~ The opportunity to pass on the art of crochet... a great pass time

~ A good review at work

# 192 Ice Cream.... Shh I am not suppose to eat ice cream... Yummy 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Lazy Day Stills

 St. Patty's Day 
 Spring, Springing 

 Baby Jade shoot
 Hummmm, Which color to paint with
 Lunch
 Dinner


 My new mountain climbing stick
 Diamond wood
 My sweet puppies
Happiness in the living of my daily life

Saturday, March 14, 2015

One Thousand Gifts

~ Spring time really blooming in our little corner of the world

~ The continued progress of the healing process after a ruff start the the new year

~ A precious son although living so far away is never to busy to talk to me

~ Messages that bring to mind that there really are good people out there who care

~ Women gathered to clean the church and then sharing breakfast together

~ The love and support of women who listen, care and share with each other

~ Long time friendships

~ A really special young man getting married to a wonderful woman

~ His sister giving birth to her first child and becoming a beautiful mother (she has the best example)

~ Excitement over things done and time spent with my special husband 

~ Crunch 'n Munch... What more do I have to say

~ Clean and happy puppy's running around to get dirty again... Fun to watch

~ Comfort of a best friend who's attention has kept me up through some pretty bad times

~ The beauty of the sun poking its rays through the clouds and feeling warm on my skin (my personal spotlight today saying your a child of God)

~  Long talks, shared love, plans made and executed... now reaping the rewards

# 181 Having knowledge enough to help someone who is confused with certain technology even though I am not the best at it myself

Joining here with Bron

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Granny's Box of Papers

Class Autographs
I discovered my grams autograph book from school and it made me smile! I found out some things about my grandmother that I did not know

Gram Class of 1928... But no where does it say the name of the school but I think it was central high
Gram belonged to the "Young people's meeting" and "Girls League" I would love to ask her what were the meetings about. And I never knew she played the Violin and saxophone! She did try and teach us girls piano but it never took
Gram was class president!?!?!?! Wow, I never new that! She was a shy person and didn't like to draw attention to herself
Elsie Gray and Ethelyn Hurd where two people she kept in touch with for as long as I knew her. Ethelyn Hurd was the sister of her sister in law when she married my grams brother. And for sports? Basketball and Volley ball? wow...
School Yell how cute is that, I don't remember our high school having a school yell

Grams book is completely filled out with autographs like these two... Such fun words in her book. I will share some of them
Dear Vinita,
1. When you are married and live across the lake send me a piece of your wedding cake. Yours truly with love Pete (no last name but gram has a picture of a Pete with his arm around her... could have been her bo)

2. May your life be like a snowflake. Leave a spot but not a stain. with love from your S.L. teacher Mrs Hurd. (I wonder if Mrs. Hurd was her sister in laws mother)

3. Let your life have just enough clouds to make a beautiful sunset Ethelyn Hurd P.S. Yours till the Statue of Liberty has red headed twins (haha so funny)

4. As you go sliding down the banister of life please remember there are splinters your friend Katherine

5. Remember me early, remember me late, remember me as your dear class mate. Elsie Gray

6. Remember me and bear in mind that a good true friend is hard to find. Homer Bryant

7. When you are old and mending britches think of me between the stitches Tom Patterson

8. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes Vinita pushing a baby carriage. Your all step ins, step outs. Mildred Patterson

9. Vinita now, Vinita ever, Sparks now, but not forever. Yours till the Statue of Liberty floats down Broadway

10. Your book is a garden spot where in each friend may sow, I plant the seed for-get-me-not and hope that it may trow. yours till the Pacific ocean has permanent waves . Your true friend Lela Hall

11. When you are married and your husband is cross, get the broomstick and show him your boss. Yours truly Harold Newham

12. When you are married and have twins, Don't come to my house for safety pins. Mary Carter

13. When you are married and live across the river, I'll come to see you in my little red fliver. Yours till the flowers cease to bloom in the spring Lila Ernestine Gigap

14. I wish you health and happiness, I wish you gold in store, I wish you heaven after death, What could I wish for you more Josephine Thomas

15. Mary had a little goat she feed it on tin cans and when the little goat's came they came in Ford sedans. Wilma McBride

16. When you get old, and cannot see, put on your specs and think of me Your friend Vilma Evans

17. Round is the ring that has no end, so is my love for thee my friend Your friend Vernon Whittenberg

18. In the album kept by angels with its leaves of massive gold, may your name be found written where its pages shall unfold. Your loving pal Marjorie Hall

19. Mary had a little lamb her father shot it dead and now Mary comes in to school between two chunks of bread Yours Truly Oleta Sparks (hahaha That was my grams sister)

20. There was an old man who was very famous he said," count to ten, when you are angry, before you speak to succeed it might be well to follow his advice, Sir Hermano (this was signed by her older brother Ted...)

21. Alas, Alas, I am to dumb to write anything down on your album, Ted (My great uncle Ted was a big prankster)

22. When you are married and live across the river and your husband grumbles come over to my house and eat applesauce your friend Irvana Hall

23. When the golden sun is setting and your thoughts are far and free, when of others your are thinking will you sometimes think of me? Your friend Helen Harrington

24. As you are floating down the stream of life in your little bark canoe may you have a jolly ride with just room enough for two. Yours till Niagara falls Adda Gott Childress

25. In your fire place of friendship count me as a glowing ember. Your friend Julia R. Gallegos

26. Long may you live, Happy may you be, loved by all but most by me. Your friend Rose

27. Its the little things that separate us from success not the big ones. Gladys Guillet

28. Upon this page I'll write my name and when you read it think of the same. Your sister Genevieve

29. Vinita is her name, Single is her station, happy be the little man that makes the alteration, Your friend always Pearl Sweetman

30. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, if Pete won't have you then I must. Yours only for always Gene Hensley

It was so fun for me to read all the saying written for my gram! It makes me wonder if what she wrote in others autograph books?


Friday, March 6, 2015

A Little Seven year old angel








This sweet little angel is my niece. She has CP and suffers from a bunch of complications due to her condition. She was just out of the hospital a few days before her birthday trying to get her seizures under control, but that did not dampen her sweet little angel spirit.

She was beyond excited for her birthday. She was really happy to have all her family and friends over to visit. To her the cake and presents were just a added bonus to all that came to celebrate with her. Only one out of the 150 times that I get to see her she is happy, smiling and spreading her infectious joy. On her birthday I made her a doll birthday cake and she was so happy to see it she jumped up... She's so fun

The high light of the evening for me was when she said the following as she was eating her Hot Dog
"Mmm this is so good it reminds me of the good ole days" Soooooo funny... She is only seven the good ole days were probably... What... a week ago.

Next as her father handed her each present to open he would say something like this "Uncle Joe gave this to you." then before she even opened the gift she took a deep exclamation breath and smiled really big then turning to that person said "Uncle Joe... Your the best!" with a very genuine smile on her little face. She made you feel good just for being in the room with her.

My sweet little Angel niece Happy Seventh Birthday sweetheart

Thursday, March 5, 2015

One Thousand Gifts


~ Loving my new route that takes me out to far places where the only thing I see are mountains, animals, fields of sage brush and alfalfa and an occasional rumbly tumbly storm.

~ Clouds, clouds and more clouds. I love clouds

~ A quiet day spent doing laundry, reading and basking in the sun

~ Enjoying each month a new family photo on the calendar my son and daughter in law made for me this past Christmas

~ Spending time with my nephew and his family celebrating his daughters 7th birthday and having the opportunity to make her birthday cake

~ Although my great niece has CP, she is one of the most sweetest persons I know (I may be prejudice though lol)

~ Eating fresh sweet and juicy strawberries

~ Gentle touches from my sweet husband (I love this man)

~ Climbing into bed after a long and busy day of spring cleaning before spring

# 165 Spending a wonderful date night with my sweet husband

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

February Date Night

Another successful date night with my baby
The month of February was movie night at home with treats
No dressing up, no fighting crowds, no finding the best seat and... no feet in the back of my chair while trying to watch the movie... Just pure comfort with my baby
Movies: "Taken 2" "Planet of the apes"

I thought "Taken 2" was just as good as "Taken" but I cannot watch any fight scenes... They make me stressed out so I close my eyes... I know kind of weird but that's just me lol

We found a collection of the "Planet of the apes" all the same movie just different years

The first one is from 1968 with Charlton Heston a classic
The second one from 2001 with Mark Wahlberg done well and is my favorite out of the bunch
The third one is from 2011 and mostly done with CGI work and very distracting but still good

But... The best was just spending time with my sweet husband! 
This once a month date night was the best idea and something that my husband looks forward to each month. He loves the idea and gets excited to open the envelop each month seeing what adventure is awaiting us next. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

One Thousand Gifts

~ Animal tracks... these are sweet bunny tracks... Well I think they are?

~ Together time with my sweet husband

~ Hot chicken soup (again) to help sooth a sore throat 

~ On the mend after being sick for 20 days

~ Discovering new science from a new book purchased last week!

~ Missing the wild coyote that ran out in front of my car... Phew!!!

~ Meeting a new co-worker for the first time and really liking her

~ Excitement for our date night this Saturday night

~ Spending time with my niece for her birthday and shopping to boot

~ A Doctor whom I am grateful to have helping me through new issues 

# 155 Finding a love note in my lunch bag sneaked in by my sweet husband,  collected for years

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Joy filled Happiness

Reading on line I stumbled upon this lovely video of Joy! I love it and wanted to share it with everyone! We sure need more of this kind of attitude in our world and lives today. I would happily join in on a flash mob like this one here!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

One Thousand Gifts

~ National monuments to pioneers paving new ways in their time that benefits us in our lives today

~ Having the love of literature enough to write a book for fun

~ Connecting to my ancestors through pictures

~ Thankful that my father in law did not loose his hand in the accident last weekend

~ Grateful for doctors who are experts at stitches

~ Very hot, soothing and comforting chicken soup for my head cold

~ Finally finished trimming all the trees and really looking forwards to fresh apples this spring

~ Dear sweet friends who will pick right up where you left off at, no matter how much time has passed

# 144 A Valentines gift from my sweet husband even though we usually celebrate Valentines day all year long

Joining here with Bron

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A World

A Poem from my daughter... She drew us on the bottom of the picture... Now my treasure
A World

Here, were a mother and a daughter nothing less

A mother and child in a world,

A world that could barely be,

Bothered with mothers and children

Mandy Spell

My sweet baby girl was older than her age, I use to call her my old soul... 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Dorothy Fisher

A mother is not a person to lean on 
but a person to make leaning unnecessary
By Dorothy Fisher

Here is my sweet baby boy as a child at one of his school Christmas party's.
This poem fits my son very well... 
I am so proud of him and what he is accomplishing in his life

He is very self sufficient knows how to care for others in his sphere, he lives and loves with special respect and honor to all in his life and still loves his mommy lol My sweet baby boy

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Granny's Box of Papers


I found this article in granny's papers, I never met Jerry Jilck because my grandmother didn't stay with him very long. My grandmother was married to three men. 1. Roy Apedaile, 1. Jerry Jilck and 3. Robert Acree of whom she became a widow from when he passed. Granny outlived all of them and spent many years single afterwards saying that she would never get married again and she didn't. It's pretty cool to see her in the newspaper. She and Jerry were married in April 1944 my mother was about two years old then.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

One Thousand Gifts

~ Preserved history

~ Historical landmarks

~ Sherbet ice cream

~ Brand new socks

~ Local news stations

~ A loving Uncle caring for his wife... my Auntie in her time of need

~ Prescription sun glasses on a sunny day

~ Watching CSI New York with the Love of My Life! (a show we both like)

~ Watching the look on my husbands face as he is scared witless (I laughed so hard I almost peed my pants... a box of cereal fell off the counter upon him unexpectedly... I am laughing still with memory of it)

~ The beauty of a multicolored sunrise

~ Re-reading letters from my family and friends kept for decades

# 135 Hearing a new childhood story from my mother about her childhood I've never heard before

Joining here with Bron

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Grannys Box of Papers



This Sunday I want to share a letter written to me by my grandmother... It is nothing remarkable and is rather mundane to outsiders but to me now a treasure. My grandmother corresponded to all the people in her life that she loved. She would write several times a week to family and friends and you could always count upon hearing from her consistently. That was something I loved about her, her constant affection to her family


Date January ? ( I added the year as she could not remember it) 2006
Dear Eva,
I can't write very good, my hand shakes so bad. But I will write a few lines to you. I miss visiting with you. (She lives with my mother in Nevada and I in California) I hear about you from your mother when you call ( I can no longer speak to her on the phone as she cannot hear well) I guess things are going all right with your family. I started this letter several days ago and put it away while we went to town, I finally am at it again. Irene and Mike and family came over to visit me and gave me a blessing. They stayed for a while it was good to see them. Vickie is my baby sitter when your mom and dad have a chance to get out. (My gran was a independent woman and never needed help from anyone... She did not like to be watched but she was too feeble to be alone) I am glad they have been tied down with me for so long ( I am sure she meant to say "Sad they have been tied down with me for so long" Granny always told my mother to take her to a retirement home so that they did not have to be burdened with her. Mom always said that if she went to a home she would die. She lived many, many years with my parents) Take time to write to me. I love to get letters. They are better than talking. I can remember what is said. I hope you can read this as I can't hardly. Maybe when spring comes you can come over and see us all. Well we're going to the chiropractor in a few minutes, I guess. I thought our appointment was for 1.00 pm oh well! ( at this point she quit writing and went to her appointment) Here it is another day again. Trying to snow a little out there. We just got back a short time ago. Our snow has last for quite some time, as you know it has been quite cold. I hope it dumps snow some more. I was raised in snow country and I just love it. Irene and Mike gave me a Sunday lesson. How nice it was. They started out in singing as we do in church and Irene gave the lesson. I enjoyed it all. Hated to see them go home. Hope you will write to me one of these days. Love to all Granny.

I really learned that being a responsible person from my grandmother meant that I needed to keep up to date with all that was going on in my family and extended family... That way I could offer assistance if needed and comfort those who needed comfort... I can only hope that I live up to her example of charity and service to others in my sphere. 

I sure miss my grandmother... 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

One Thousand Gifts

# 123 Right now living and loving life! And.... Really busy this week... weather a little on the cloudy side! Just the way I like it

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Granny's Box of Papers

Heaven’s Grocery store
Unknown author
I was walking down life’s highway a long time ago. One day I saw a sign that read heaven’s grocery store. As I got a little closer the door came open wide and when I came to myself I was standing inside. I saw a host of angels. 
They were standing everywhere one handed me a basket and said, “My child shop with care.” Everything a Christian needed was in that grocery store and all you couldn't carry you could come back the next day for more.
First, I got some patience, Love was in the same row. Further down was understanding. You need that everywhere you go. I got a box or two of wisdom, a bag or two of faith. I just couldn't miss the Holy Ghost, for it was all over the place. 
I stopped to get some strength and courage to help me run this race. By then my basket was getting full, but I remembered I needed some grace. I didn't forget salvation for salvation was free, so I tried to get enough of that to save both you and me. 
Then I started up to the counter to pay my grocery bill, for I thought I had everything to do the masters will.
As I went up the aisle, I saw prayer and I just had to put that in, for I know when I stepped outside, I would run into sin. 
Peace and joy were plentiful, they were last on the shelf. Song and praise were hanging near, so I just helped myself.
Then I said to the angel, “Now, how much do I owe?” he smiled and said, “Just take them everywhere you go.” 
Again, I smiled and said, “How much do I really owe?” he smiled again and said,
“My child Jesus paid your bill a long, long time ago.”
“All things whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.”

At the bottom of this tale is a message that said it originated from the Netherlands. 

This was from my granny's collection of papers she kept that I inherited when she passed 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

One Thousand Gifts

~ A new fish in our empty fish tank 

~ Enjoying the movement of our new fish

~ Picking a fun name for our new fish... Chester Copper Bottom lol from the movie "Goonies"

~ Starting a new Route at work taking me many miles out of the city

~ Being able to travel long distances again

~ Watching very large mountains covered with snow as I drive by

~ Visiting new clients and getting acquainted

~ Seeing new wild life on my new route and...

~ The joy of seeing brand new calf's running around playing with each other 

# 122 Coming home after a loooooooong day to relax... 12 Hours phew 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Granny's Box of Papers

It matters not
By Alice Hensche Mortenson
It matters not if I’ve been hurt it matters not at all, that sometimes from my weary eyes the scalding teardrops fall
What matters most is if I’ve erred and not confessed a sin, and through my lax some needy soul has failed to follow Him
It matters not if cherished friend’s, on whom I’ve leaned in vain, have wounded me by word and deed and left me with my pain.
What matters is – can I forgive again and yet again? It’s not, “Have they been true?” but “Lord have I been true to them?”
Twill matter not when evening comes how rough the road I’ve trod, if only I have talked with Him and led some soul to God.
For when I wake to be like Him who saved me by His grace, earth’s pain will vanish when I catch one glimpse of His dear face

This was from my granny's collection of papers she kept that I inherited when she passed 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

January Date Night

January date night at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. It was built in the 1960's. I remember as a teenager we would climb upon the roof, it was so close to the ground and way to exciting not to try
January, our first date night of the year. This year for Christmas I made up date nights for my husband and I... One date a month for just the two of us. Heart songs performed by "BYU Young Ambassadors" It was very nice to watch all the dancers on the stage! It brought back memories from the time that my children were in dance and we would go see them...
I knew that going on dates with my husband was going to be a lot of fun and I was not disappointed. My sweet husbands way is to always joke around when pictures are being taken... Tonight was no exception... Its too bad pictures cannot record sound because I am sure that he would have everyone laughing... Pictures are of poor quality but still are great reminders of our first date night this year