Monday, March 19, 2018

Ten Things of Thankful

Since I last posted a little over a week ago, there has been much to be grateful for even though there have been some thoughts of sadness and concern for others during this time. That is one reason I keep showing up here. Writing this thankful post each week is one way to keep me focused on the positive. I'm linking my post to Josie Two Shoe's Ten Things of Thankful blog hop and encourage you to either join myself and others in writing a blog post and linking up or at least reading some of the thoughts others have shared. Even on the bleakest of days, there is something that is a sign that there is goodness in this world and in people.

1. Reminders of the importance of every single human life. We attended a funeral recently of someone we have known over two/thirds of our lives. He touched many lives and he and his wife went about doing good. It was touching to see how many people from many places came to remember him and support his family.

2. Recognitions of people who have accomplished what would have seemed to be the impossible. I attended a surprise party to recognize Wendy Garrett who has overcome a lot these past few years.

3. Discovering another relative thanks to utilizing some information I learned about GedMatch at RootsTech recently. Since finding her, I learned some information that I would not have known had it not been for some sources she had.

4. Celebrating a 90th birthday of a friend. A few of us met for lunch and to celebrate a special friend's birthday.

5. Getting an estimate on some pruning of trees on our property. The pruning will be done next month.

6. Knowing of the well being of family and friends via texts, phone calls, and messenger this past week, as they traveled, faced difficult situations, were concerned about hospitalizations of loved ones, facing bad weather, etc.

7. Getting a haircut.  After some time of letting my hair grow and watching it become bushier and harder to control, I opted to go back to the shorter style. I had to laugh when the woman cutting my hair said after trying a couple of hair products on one part of my hair, "It's just going to do what it wants to do." I was hoping the experience would be a little more helpful, but instead she said she was going to go home and google it. (Actually I'd already tried that and hadn't found anything helpful.) So, my hair has a mind of its own, and now it has been confirmed.

8. There was a Women's Conference at my church on Saturday celebrating the anniversary of the Relief Society. This women's organization is 176 years old.  I appreciate all the work and preparation that was made to truly make the program one to be remembered.

9. Getting the tax papers (ours and Mom's) ready to turn in to the accountants. I'm always glad to have that project done.

10. Observing short-eared owls about 50 miles south of here. These owls have been observed in a particular location for a couple of months now, and my husband has been able to get some great photos of them. I went with him one day recently. It was a beautiful day for a drive and for me to see what he had been observing first hand.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Six Sentence Stories - Curtain

It is time for me to get on stage. The audience may or may not be waiting. Some perhaps decided to see a different blog post by now. In case there is anyone still waiting, here is my post for the Six Sentence Stories - Curtain. I'm linking this to blog hop over at GirlieOnTheEdge.

At the time the brown shingled three-room house had been erected in the midst of acres of plum trees, it was near the end of the 19th century. The small rectangular shaped building, home for the hired hand, was evenly portioned in half lengthwise with the kitchen and bedroom on one side and the combined dining and living room on the other. The only source of heat was a wood stove located near the inner wall of the living room. 

It wasn't until some time in the first trimester of the 20th century that there was an unheated bathroom and an adjoining utility room built on to the end of the bedroom. In the middle of that century, after much of the land in the area had been planted in strawberries, hops, and other crops, the hired hand moved on and a family of four moved in and made three-fourths of the small attic into bedroom spaces for the children and then covered some of the rough wooden floors with linoleum.

Each window in the home was adorned inside with a roll-up blind and a sheer, white ruffled priscilla curtain, which offered a degree of privacy and also beauty.

Finish the Sentence Friday - Laughter

What would life be like if there weren't times of laughter? When there have been times of sorrow, worrisome occasions, and difficult spells, it has been partly laughter that has made it possible to make it through the tunnel to the other side.

I am linking this post to the Finish the Sentence Friday - Laughter blog hop hosted by Kristi Campbell at Finding Ninee and co-hosted by Kenya G. Johnson at Sporadically Yours. The challenge this time is to do a five-minute stream of consciousness post about laughter. 

As a young girl I remember listening with my paternal grandmother to Art Linkletter's radio show People Are Funny. Although I thought the show was funny, it was even funnier to share laughter with her. There were some other times when I remember having some giggling spells with her. I don't recall what was so funny, but we both ended up giggling, me at her, and her at me.

When we were rearing our children, I especially enjoyed the Family Circus comics. This little round circle of humor about family life just helped me realize some parenting struggles and situations are universal.

Now thanks to some FaceBook posts and Twitter posts we are given daily or weekly opportunities, depending on how often one visits these sites, to enjoy the humorous statements of little children, at least from the viewpoints of their parents who decided to share.

Spoonerisms have always made me laugh, and sometimes I have to think a bit before I come up with exactly how my brain decided to say what it did. Needless to say, comedians and authors who have intentionally said or wrote these odd combinations of words have been enjoyed by our family.

I've always enjoy poetry and limericks of Ogden Nash, and was glad to discover that my husband-to-be enjoyed his writings also.

Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett. Laughter is synonymous with both of them. Even though I have watched many of their shows repeatedly, I never tire of them, and they always make me laugh. Each of these links shows several clips of each of these comedians performing.

Lastly, there is memory that comes to mind of a time when I was about 11 years old and was supposed to sing with I believe three other girls at a talent show. I was very shy and scared to get on stage and sing, but nevertheless, on stage I went. When we were supposed to begin singing, a couple of us began giggling and couldn't stop completely. I don't remember if I ever was able to sing with the rest. Has anyone else experienced nervous laughter?

Friday, March 9, 2018

Finish the Sentence Friday - Listicle - Music

Music is as much a part of me as the air I breathe. This blog post is being linked to Finish the Sentence Friday - Listicle - Music. Although the Listicle posts are a list of 10, I felt like I could have gone on forever. There have just been so many experiences in my life, starting at a young age, where I recognized the power that music has. Thanks to Kristi Campbell at Finding Ninee and Kenya G. Johnson at Sporadically Yours we are able to enjoy participating each week in such great opportunities to think about these interesting writing prompts.

1. Handel's Hallelujah Chorus. As a young girl taking piano lessons, I would play this over and over, because I not only loved the music, but I loved how the music made me feel. It still has that same impact on me.

2. Climb Every Mountain by Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rogers. The message of this piece gave me the inspiration I needed at a time in my life when I needed it.

3. I Believe  by Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirland, and Al Stillman. I probably heard this first sung by Frankie Lane but have listened the The Lettermen and Elvis Presley sing this too. I even wrote a poem when I was in high school titled I Believe. I wish I had a copy of it now.

4. The Impossible Dream by Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion. At one time or another we all have what seems to be an impossible dream. 

5. Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg.

Lyricist ,Yip Harburg, sings the song he wrote, Somewhere Over The Rainbow from David Paul Kirkpatrick on Vimeo.

6. It's A Small World, by Robert B. Sherman and his brother Richard Sherman.  I know that there are some people who have tired of this song, but I will never forget the time I went to Disney Land when our children were young. When I listened to this music as we went through the It's a Small World attraction, it was truly magical and brought tears to my eyes.

7. Take Me Home, Country Roads by Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert and John Denver. This song makes me think of some of my roots, because many of my ancestors lived in West Virginia. When our children were growing up, my husband often strummed on the guitar as we sang folk songs as a family. This brings back such happy memories.

8. Water from Another Time by John McCutcheon. This song is a more recent discovery, but it is another piece that makes me reflect and causes me to feel. My husband and I attended one of John McCutcheon's performances and heard this piece.

9. Wanting Memories to Teach Me by Ysaye Barnwell. I recently shared this piece on another post of mine.

10. Remember Me. Many years ago I went to hear Deanna Edwards talk about grieving at an Education Week at BYU. I was so impressed by her music and the power of it. She shared many personal experiences of how music can help people through times of tragedy and sorrow. She has since passed away, but her music remains.

Ten Things of Thankful

Thankful and happy are words that come to mind after a week of spending time with one of our daughters and her family. However, with getting home on the cutoff day for the last TTOT post, I decided to just get an early post in for this next Ten Things of Thankful blog hop over at the Josie Two Shoes' site.  

In case you haven't discovered this yet, learning to recognize the good things in your life and in the lives of others and expressing gratitude for them brings a sense of joy in your life. So what if life seems a little gloomy at times, just look for one thing that is something unique and good in your life, or perhaps a gorgeous sunset you saw one evening, or a baby's smile, etc. Although this blog hop is titled Ten Things of Thankful, there are times when bloggers share more or less than ten, and that is just as acceptable. Read some of the posts by other bloggers at Josie Two Shoes' site and you will see how flexible this blog hop is. All are welcome at her site.

1. Snow seemed to frame my trip. A snowstorm arrived two days before leaving on my trip and two days before departing to return home. Fortunately, the roads were clear by the time I needed to get to the airports.

2. I had looked forward to visiting our daughter, but also had been anticipating attending the RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City with her. What I had not in my wildest imagination supposed would happen was this, but everyone needs to experience a bit of fun and laughter from time to time. 

My daughter and I  standing in front of a Legacy Republic photo booth in the RootsTech Exhibit Hall. We could choose from some wild dress-up items.

3. Being able to see two movies I hadn't yet seen was a bonus. Seeing The Greatest Showman and Coco in the same week in my vacation.

4. On the day before I left, we went to the BYU Museum of Art and saw some of the works of M. C. Escher and some Tiffany lamps and other Tiffany works.

5. Both of our daughters had raved about Hruskas Kolaches in Provo in the past, and now I know why. I consumed some of their freshly baked offerings several mornings as we headed to the conference. Since returning home, I have discovered that near the temple I attend there is a similar bakery. I look forward to comparing kolaches sometime.

6. Being able to visit with our one of our granddaughters, and one of our grandsons and his wife was a plus. I knew that I would be seeing our granddaughter, but seeing one of our grandsons and his wife was unexpected. I was introduced to BYU Chocolate Covered Cinnamon Bears by said grandson. These were a real treat!

7. At the RootsTech Conference attendees were able to discover cousins who were there. Those who had signed on to their Family Tree App were able to find their cousins who had signed on to the Family Search Tree App. Meeting some of my cousins was almost as much fun and attending the classes. While in Provo, we went to see a friend who now lives there, and by using the app, discovered she is a distant cousin also. I can't wait to try this among friends here at home.

8. Even though there have been a couple of mishaps this week, they ended up not being as bad as at first seemed. My husband said part of one of his teeth broke off. He found out it was a crown that broke off and just needed to be reattached. This was ever so much less expensive that the alternative. One of the temples on my glasses broke off. Fortunately I'd taken my extra pair of glasses with me on the trip and I was able to get another similar looking temple for my glasses when I got home and it was free!

9. My daughter's dog, Drexel, reminds me so much of our deceased dog. I enjoyed how Drexel welcomed me into his world.

10. My husband let me rattle on telling him all about my adventures from the trip as we travelled home from the airport. He didn't even turn on the radio. He just listened and we talked. I missed him and it was good to be back home with him.

Thanks to all my blogging friends who link up each week to express gratitude!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Six Sentence Stories - Crane

We have a new administrator for the blog hop, Six Sentence Stories. Thanks to Zoe at Uncharted for being the go-to-person of late. Hopefully we will still see some posts from her on the Six Sentence Stories. After this week she is passing the torch to Denise at Girlie on the Edge to be our hostess. The stories will continue, you can be assured. I'm linking my post Six Sentence Stories - Crane to Zoe's site this last time. 


When he was outdoors and wearing his leather jacket, he was feared although he wasn't quite sure why. Unlike others with underground connections, he intended no harm to the people around him. He was simply following in the footsteps of his familial roots.

The pot she brought introduced him into a world of warmth inside her home, quite a different feeling from all he'd previously encountered. Although it wasn't immediately apparent to him what was going to happen next, it was necessary for him to get rid of his leather jacket and to spread his wings.

At last he was free to fly and to adopt his new name of Hawk, short for mosquito hawk, but formally he would be known as crane fly.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Ten Things of Thankful

It is a sunny day and a perfect day to write my Ten Things of Thankful post to link to Josie Two Shoes blog hop. Click the link and lift your spirit by reading some of the things that remind others that there is much of life that is good, things that make them feel a significant degree of gratitude.


1. A week ago Wednesday my husband went to a bird festival at the southern part of the state. He had to chain up going over the pass. Things like that do not get any easier as one gets older, but he did it. Coming home last Sunday, there was already sufficient snow in the town from where he was departing that he just pulled in some place and let those who have a business doing such things put on the chains. I'm thankful he had a safe trip. His happiness is my happiness.

2. We watched the weather forecast a lot this past week because the forecast kept changing. The predictions had some people a little worried because of the big storm that hit the state last winter and kind of paralyzed our biggest city for a few days. Fortunately the storm this week did bring snow, but by the time the storm actually hit, there had been more preparation time. As for our household, we only stayed home one day because of the snow. Some other days I didn't travel much either because of not knowing if it was going to start snowing at our place before I would be able to return home safely. We live at a higher elevation than city center and the weather in town may not reflect what is happening at home. I'm thankful for the beauty of the snow, but just as thankful this past week I didn't have to travel in it.

The view from our front door as I overlooked the railing of the ramp which had about three inches of snow on it. The lawn and fir trees and butterfly bush and other shrubs are covered with the snow that fell overnight. Although there is a bank of stormy clouds just above the trees, there is bright blue sky above them.

3. When the temperatures drop, that is not a time for the pellet stove to act up, but it didn't get the message. One morning we discovered that the auger wasn't working. That is what causes the pellets to feed into the stove. Getting a repairman to come out isn't always easy and the stove is older, so we weren't sure what this might mean in the long scheme of things. My husband decided to remove all the pellets and with his handy dandy screwdriver try to gently nudge the auger a few times just on the chance that a pellet had somehow gotten stuck and blocked the auger from moving. Yeah! He got the auger working again. No repairman needed and no repair bill. 

4. There was one day this past week that I felt like I'd earned a "star" for how well I did with my Duolingo Spanish lesson. I had correct responses to everything and didn't lose any health. That usually is not my pattern, but practice makes perfect and I am progressing. I also bought three Quick Study guides this week to help me in my goal to speak Spanish.

5. Do you ever find some dressing or mix that you would love to discover how to make at home? A few months ago I ate at a CafĂ© Yumm (a northwest restaurant), and fell in love with one of the sauces they use. While you can buy the sauces at the cafe, and I have, I decided to see if anyone had tried to come up with a tastes like version. I haven't tried it yet, but will be trying it out. I'm thankful for the internet and for almost duplicate versions of bottled or canned products.

6. A while back I read a comment by a woman who wished she had a photo of one of her good friends when they were in their teens. I had taught both of them in a church class years ago. Imagine my surprise when I was looking through some old photos this week to discover I had a photo of the two of them together. I was actually looking for another photo, and came upon the one of them. I immediately messaged her on FB, then scanned the photo and attached it to an email for her. She was so happy to have it. I am thankful for even small ways to brighten someone's day.

7. Once I had scanned the one photo, I decided it was a good time to scan a few others and attached them to people on my Ancestry tree. Of course there are more for me to scan and attach, but I felt good about sharing them so descendants of my great uncle's family can see them. Everyone in large families do not get photos passed on for them to see, so perhaps my effort will be appreciated by some of them. I need to attach these photos to trees I have at other sites as well. I started with the Ancestry tree because I'd had contact with one of my great uncle's descendants through that site. I am thankful for ways to share family photos that do not require using snail mail. 

George Alfred Pierce and wife Regina Smith Pierce standing on Daytona Beach in Florida where they were vacationing on December 26, 1947.

8. For years I have used Reunion. It is a family tree app specifically for the Mac. They have a new upgrade and I was able to download it this week. I am looking forward to discovering all 80 of the new features of the upgraded Reunion app.

9. Gradually I seem to be improving my strength and flexibility, which I noticed a few days ago when I went upstairs and was able to use both legs, each one taking a different step than the other. Hey, these are things some of us begin taking note of in our upper years.

10. Seeing and hearing of the testimonies and strength of so many young people this week has reminded me once again of this amazing generation of youth who are not afraid to make their voices heard. Many of them will become a leaders of tomorrow. I am thankful for the youth and their example of resilience and desire to make a difference.

I am thankful for all the things I learn through the words of other bloggers. I found this song that sums up some of my own thoughts about memories, because a lot of writing draws upon our own experiences and memories whether directly or indirectly. Enjoy this YouTube NPR recording of Cantus singing Memories to Teach Me.