Showing posts from October, 2015

My Halloween Page

The highlight of our Halloween has been our phones. It dings and I 
feel like running to see the pictures as they come in. 

But no running today, and no seeing anyone in person since I have 
a fever.

But I've got pictures and only another Grandma would understand 
how much they mean to me!

first ones in from Vancouver, Washington...

McKenna is scheduled for a c-section on DEC 8TH!!!  That is my mother's BIRTHDAY! Scarlett's costume won first place at the church party! Grant, McKay, and Scarlett

Next these came in from just a mile away....the twins in Clovis....
Téa is looking more like her mom everyday!

And then the phone dinged again from Vancouver....
but this time it was Tyler, Rich and Leo.....
It was pouring in Vancouver!
Karen said she will send me a picture of her, and her baby-bump  tomorrow. :) Yay! I will be waiting for the ding!

It's better than a light

One day last week was a little challenging. I had been reading this book, so I picked it back up that day mostly as a distraction.
Instead of going to page 112 where I had left off,  I flipped it to Pg 136 for some reason, and I saw this:
"Give me a light  That I may tread softly and safely into the unknown And a voice said unto him, 'Go out into the darkness And put your hand in the hand of God, For that to you is better than a light, And surer than a known way."
It's by Minnie Louise Haskins, but it was quoted by President Thomas S Monson at the funeral of  three...all from the same family. (which is the story of the book above)
Turns out that poem was exactly what I needed to read at that very moment.  It buoyed me up and I was ready to go forward in faith. 
Some days just have challenges.  And all is well now. 
Back to the's about a family who was hit by a drunk driver on Christmas Eve, 2006. The mom and 2 of the children are killed. It's a book filled wit…

Very fun way to make Ice Cream

I had no idea ice-cream could be made so easily, with so much fun, and so little sugar. 
We (myself and 1 or 2 other women) meet with the Primary Activity Girls  (ages 8-11)
in our church, twice a month and we have the best times together.

They LOVED the 5-8 minutes of jumping around to get the ice cream solid, and it worked!   Dennis asked me when I got home if all the girls actually liked the ice-cream.  I said, apparently so because they happily ate it all up with none left behind.  And I kept hearing, "Oh this is so good!"
So here's the recipe:
Homemade Ice Cream

In a sandwich baggie, combine:
1 1/2 cups milk (whole or 2%)
2 T sugar
1 t vanilla

Then place the little baggie in a larger gallon size baggie.
Put in lots of ice and rock salt.
and shake it 5-8 minutes while dancing around the room (dancing optional) 

Enjoy immediately before it melts. 

For some reason I really liked the noise of the ice shaking around in those bags....

Really, too much rain?

Just before we were heading out this morning Den was standing in the kitchen reading the paper.  While looking at the front page, he said mostly to himself with a negative tone,  "Wow, southern California sure got a lot of rain yesterday."
I said right back,"And they're probably complaining about it, right?" (thinking some people can never be happy...)
Turning the front page around so I could see the picture he was seeing, Den then said,  "If this happened to you, wouldn't you complain?"

Sometimes life just can't get it right. or....I need to step inside the frame before making a judgement.

Sometimes we don't see it coming.

As I was sitting in Sunday School with Dennis 5 days ago I suddenly noticed the date on my iPad.  I pointed to it and looked up at Dennis. 
He said, "What?....oh is this the day of the first email I sent you? Oct 11th?" 
He remembered, too.

Right before Bill died he signed us up with AOL. I had no interest in the computer (it was 1996), but after Bill died,
my friend Wendy insisted I learn to use the internet and sat right there coaching me along,
as I was saying to her, "I have no use for this."
Yep, life got into place, awaiting his appearance.

Do you ever wonder how many things are happening to you now, to prepare you for later?

Think about it, or go back in time and notice what proceeded big events in your life.

53 seconds with Violet

Our granddaughter Violet. Just being who she is.

Sometimes analogies don't work

A few Sundays ago while teaching the 9 year olds, I was telling them the story of Feed my
Sheep. How Jesus asked his disciple Simon Peter three times if he loved him and every time
Peter said yes, Jesus asked him to Feed My Sheep.  So then one of the boys in my class said he didn’t understand why Peter was asked three times!
Why was once not good enough? I said Jesus told Peter over and over to Feed his sheep
because it was so important and he wanted to make sure he would do it.  They still looked baffled so I said, “Let’s see…..(trying to think of an analogy)…when Ruby said:
“It would be like having broken glass all over the kitchen….and …..” So I latched on to that, “Yes, it would be SO important that you not step on that glass that 
your mom would probably tell you several times. Your mom would tell you to be careful not 
to step on the glass and then she would tell you again if you were walking towards the 
kitchen…”  That’s when Ruby piped up and said, “No, because by then my mother…

The sacred corner of Temperance and Butler

I received an email recently from my 90 year old Uncle. He  was explaining to me the significance of the corner in Fresno 
of Butler/Temperance Avenues. My grandparents owned 40 
acres on that NW corner from 1938-1943. 

I became curious about the school Mom and her brothers 
walked to...just a short ways from their 40 acres where they 
So Monday evening Dennis and I did a "drive through" 
sort of get the feel of what my mom experienced everyday 
walking to school. 
Take a look what I mean....

Should you be interested....
here are the details of my Uncle's email:
Hi, Jill,
Our 40 acres of alfalfa was at the NW corner of Temperance and Butler. Dad bought the place in 1938 and sold it in 1943 as it became evident that Ted and I were headed to war and he would be without help. Besides, he was in foreclosure. Mom took a job to try to save the farm, and we would have been evicted but for a Depression-era law that allowed farmers in default to enter bankruptcy and stay on the l…

So I turned to my ward family....

Do you know what I thought of as I listened to Elder Larry Lawrence's talk  at conference yesterday morning?
I thought of my sister Peggy back in 1974. Poor thing
My parents were in Colorado and I was running the show at home.
Peggy came down with a severe case of hives. She was 12, and I was 19. 
I continually kept Peggy covered with wet baking soda and then placed towels
all over her body to keep the baking soda from falling off. 
I put some blankets on the floor by my bed,  so I could put fresh baking soda on her round the clock.
(uh, the patient should have been on the bed...sorry Peggy)
I guess it helped with the itching or I wouldn't have kept it up.
But still she was miserable.
Over a few days times she was not getting better.  The hives kept spreading...(Was there Benadryl back then?)
I knew we needed a doctor to look at her.
but by then it was the weekend.
We recently had a young couple, Larry and Laurel Lawrence with their baby Case,
move into our ward...and I heard…

A list of the changes back at the home

I'd been wondering what happened here since Dad and Susan left over a year ago....

So yesterday I went to find out.
But mostly I wanted to see Annette... I enjoyed getting updates about her children:  Paulette, Jeanette, and Annette Jr. and her sons, Peter, Paul, and John.

And this is what I learned about the residents:
1. She said 75 year old identical twins, Julie and Joan,  are living in Dad and Susan's old apartment. They dress alike everyday and their 102 year old mother lives with them there.
2. Last we knew there was a big romance between Richard and Margarite. So I asked if they were  still an item. She said Richard sadly passed away, and then Margarite moved in with her son.
3. Barbara W is 94 and she still swims but she can't drive.
4. Norma who had polio as a child, can no longer throw the dice during bingo.
5. My high school's coach from the 1970s is still living there.  He had a girlfriend but she broke her back and is now living in another facility. But the Coach vi…