Friday, March 16, 2018

Final Cooking Meeting Post

In preparing for a getaway next week, I am cleaning up the pictures on my phone and camera. 
I always let that task get away from me and end up with random files of pictures on the computer. 
I know better than that.
Anyway, in the clean up process, I discovered I had not shared a 4-H Cooking Meeting.
Making marshmallows was requested by a couple of kidnicks and I decided to combine it with learning properly create a place setting.
I use this recipe and have always had success. 
We have added chocolate chips, pumpkin pie spice, crushed candy canes over the years depending on the season. 
Easy and fun.

Once the marshmallows were done and a place setting was explained, the kidnicks selected items to create their own.  

I have had a terrific group of young people in the project this year. 
They are kind, inquisitive, helpful and funny!
They made the year a good one for me.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

A Look Back

I haven't done A Look Back post in ages. 
I am going to make a concerted effort to do better in that  respect.
Let's see what was happening in years past.

March 12, 2009
This reminded me that I need to get another batch of meatballs. 
They are still a great go to meal to have in the freezer.
And feeling closer to my Grandmothers never hurts either.

March 15, 2010
I remember the hustle and bustle of having kids in high school and still wonder how everything got done.
Naps are always a good thing.

March 15, 2011
I am sure glad that my son and I have both grown up.
Teen attitude and my lack of patience was a tough row to hoe.

March 14, 2012
I have not been a leader of 4-H Mini Members for several years, but this brought back fun memories.
I love how their minds work and their creativity.

March 15, 2013
Good gracious!
An art show on our dining room table, caterpillars and classroom reading. 

March 15, 2014
I always forget this girl's birthday.
Nine years old, Miss Smokey is.

March 15, 2015
This Sunday Truism still rings true.
And I miss this show.

March 16, 2016
I do like beets, but this blender is a goner.
Worked well for a couple years, but that's it.
Maybe I killed it. 
Who knows.

March 15,2017
  I will tell you, they were scared of purple cabbage.
Seriously all of the hens would cower in the corner of the coop.
They would then wrangle enough courage to run to the other end, en masse.  
NEVER touched the cabbage.

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Kindest of the Kind

I have mentioned this lady before and the special spirit she possessed. 
Tia Rosie passed away recently and today we will gather to remember her kind heart, her wonderful sense of humor and her great pride and love for her family.
I will always remember the first time I met her.
Shortly...very shortly...after I met my hubby.
I will remember the sparkle in her eyes.
I will remember her calling me on the phone to thank me for sending her Christmas cards each year.
She will be missed by many left here, but I also know she has been welcomed in Heaven with open arms and I can only imagine the laughter and joy occurring at this moment.
Thank you for blessing me with your love, Tia Rosie.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Friday, March 9, 2018


It seems to be simply a number.
But is it?
It was an age that I finally felt like an adult...and that feels like yesterday.
Thirty doesn't feel as though I should be old enough to remember anything significant in my life and yet, here I am.
Thirty years ago.
Thirty years ago, today.
Thirty years ago, today, I kissed this man for the first time.

In this place.
In a castle.
Our castle.
Being able to share this place with our kidnicks was a powerful experience.

It is a number with meaning.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Fox and Some Fun. Fun, Fun

I received a fun gift from my sister in law last Christmas. 
A ticket.
A night of summer fun in March would be JUST what the doctor ordered.
And it was!  
The venue was perfect as well.
The Fox Theater was built in 1930...
(Mike Love joked that they had played there for its Grand Opening)
...and ran first run movies until multi-plex movie theaters began appearing. 
In 1976, the Fox was divided into three theaters in an attempt to compete. 
That lasted until 1996 when it closed.
But, a group was formed that was intent on purchasing the building and restoring it to its former glory. 
It took three years, but they did it.  
It is truly lovely.

And the Beach Boys?
They were great.
Mike Love and Brian Johnston (who has been with the band since 1965) along with some other terrific musicians (including Mike's son) had us all singing and clapping and enjoying ourselves.
People watching was fantastic as well.

What a fun night!
I was so happy to be there.

Monday, March 5, 2018

A Special Road Trip

There are a few people who cross the path that is our life and impact us in ways we will always remember. 
Mo crossed LPP's path first and somehow, became woven into all of ours. 
The girls' birthdays are days apart and we celebrated them nearly 3 years ago
Shortly after the party, Melissa moved to South Dakota and then began her LDS Mission.
It had been a long time since we saw her smiling face in person, although I have a sweet friend, whom I have never met in person, track Mo down at Temple Square in Salt Lake City for me in 2016, and took a photo.
I also forwarded it to Mo's mom.
It made her happy, too.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago when, Miss Mo made her way back to our town for a bit before she  starts school.
I went to hear her speak at her church (which was impressive, heartfelt and powerful)
I also got a hug that darned near knocked me off my feet.
And then we made plans.
Plans to surprise a special college girl in Santa Barbara.
LPP had a three day weekend, but with all of the driving she has been doing for school/fieldwork and evacuations, she didn't feel up to a road trip.
So we took the road trip to her.
Her roommate and another friend were in on the planning and scheming.
Payment was agreed upon in the form of cookies.
My normal pre-gymkhana posts were made on social media in case LPP checked.
She didn't.

And away we went.
I picked Mo up and we drove to Santa Barbara.
The reunion was sweet.
And a surprise until 2 seconds before we walked in the door.
It was fun to listen to these two catch up.
And smile.
And laugh.
I was blessed to be there.