Friday, August 30, 2013

Friday Family History: Running and Kicking

Tomorrow I'll be running in my first 10 K race, so I'm thinking back today on some fun 5 K memories. (That's not an oxymoron--really!)

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Thursday Thoughts: A Post a Day Keeps the Grouchies Away

Since returning from vacation last week, I have struggled with the return to "normal" life.  I forgot about a meeting I had, and I just haven't gotten into the autumn routine yet.  (I know it is still technically summer, but school has started for youngest daughter.)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tuesday Time to Tackle: September 2013 Visiting Teaching Handout


September's visiting teaching message speaks to me.  It's all about self-reliance.  I decided to use the photo of the Moulton barn, together with five principles of self-reliance, for a handout to accompany the lesson.






















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Thanks for the blessings of self-reliance.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Ten Things of Thankful: BYU Education Week Edition

Every August I am able, I find myself at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, for Education Week.  About 20,000 individuals from all over--I've met folks from as far away as New Zealand--gather together to enjoy classes on numerous topics.

Today's TToT post captures some of my thoughts from this year's experience.


Friday Family History: Moulton Barns on Mormon Row

As we left Yellowstone last week, we decided to drive through Grand Teton National Park.  Both my sister and my parents had arrived at Yellowstone via Grand Teton, and they both had ideas of what we might want to see.  My sister suggested we stop at Jenny Lake; my dad suggested we go by Mormon Row and see the barns.  We picked up a brochure as we entered the national park.  As we read it, our route became obvious:  the barns at Mormon Row had the Moulton name, a name of John's ancestors!

T.A. (Thomas Alma) Moulton barn.  Thomas' grandpa was also named Thomas Moulton.  The elder Thomas was John's g-g-g-grandpa.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday: Peek-a-Boo Utah Moose!



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Thanks for impressive antlers, wiggly ears, and the children's book, Morris the Moose Goes to School.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Monday Morning in the Kitchen: Getting Rid of Onion Smells on Hands

My daughter-in-law taught my son a nifty household tip that I wish I had known years and years ago.  I do not enjoy cutting up onions; not only do they make me cry, they leave an odor on my hands.  A food processor attachment on my blender solved problem number one, but if I happened to touch raw onions, I still had problem number two.  
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Friday, August 16, 2013

Ten Things of Thankful: Yellowstone Edition


My parents celebrate their 50th anniversary this year.  My dad  asked us kids to arrange a major surprise for my mom this summer.  My brother, sister, and I, together with my dad, plotted and schemed for a yearLast Saturday, on my mom's birthday, we surprised my mom at Old Faithful in Yellowstone.  I have much for which to be thankful this week.

1. I'm thankful for Dad and Mom, who made this whole reunion possible.  Without them, I wouldn't be part of this wonderful family.

Friday Family History: The Birthday We Surprised Mom at Yellowstone

Tuesday, I wrote about the surprise that awaited my mom at Yellowstone.  Because I wrote that post ahead of the actual event, I thought today I would let you know what really happened last Saturday.

Spoiler alert:  We succeeded in surprising Mom!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Thursday Thoughts: The Latest, Greatest Blogging Tool

After last week's post, which proved that I'm just a bit out of touch with technology, my son gave me this idea for a blog post.  I told him I'd use it.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Tuesday Time to Tackle: Surprise Reunion


Hee hee hee.  If all goes as scheduled, by the time you are reading this, my mom will have had a wonderful surprise.  The planning began about a year ago, but I think my dad has been dreaming of this for about 5 years. 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Monday Morning in the Kitchen: Freezing Grapes


I planted grape vines soon after moving into this house.  I thought it would be nice to have grapes for fresh-eating, so most of the grapes are Thompson Seedless.  I have a red seedless variety as well. 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Friday, August 9, 2013

Friday Family History: Mom

Tomorrow's my mom's birthday, so in honor of Mom, I thought I'd share a past Mother's Day post.  Come back tomorrow for the Ten Things of Thankful: Lessons Learned from Mom Edition!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Thursday Thoughts: You Learn Something New Everyday

Driving through town this week, I noticed something I had never seen before.  Because I was driving, I couldn't get a photo, but you can use your imagination.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday: 2 One-Eyed Hairless Wonder Cats


After Saturday's Ten Things of Thankful post, several people commented that I needed to post photos of the two one-eyed, hairless cats.  Here they are:

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tuesday Time to Tackle: Reading Quilt Top

I spent many hours in my childhood snuggled up on the couch with my nose in a book.  I love to see children reading.  I hope to pass on the wonders of books to my children and grandchildren.  When I found this pattern for the Reading Quilt, I knew I wanted to make one for my granddaughter, and each future grandchild.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Monday Morning in the Kitchen: Homemade Salsa the Cheater Way

I think I'm a bit weird, but I sometimes feel like I need to reinvent the wheel for my recipes to "count."  If a recipe calls for a mix, then I have a hard time calling it homemade.  If I think about it, this makes no sense.  Unless I'm going to grow all my food, I'm going to have to make do with some shortcuts here and there.  

This salsa uses a mix, but is oh-so-yummy.

 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Ten Things of Thankful: August 3, 2013

It's time again for another Ten Things of Thankful blog hop.  Thanks for stopping by, and please do consider linking up your own post!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Friday Family History: Great-grandmas in Photos

I'm fortunate to have photos of four women I never met, but who paved the way for me:  my great-grandmas.  Not only do I enjoy seeing their faces, I love to see their attire.  I'm not really a hat person, but given some of these photos, maybe I should be.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Thursday Thoughts: How to Age Gracefully




In three words:  be like Grandma.  My grandma turned 96 years old at the beginning of this year.  It’s one thing to outlive contemporaries; it’s another to do so gracefully.  Grandma has managed to live her life quietly, but with great determination and kindness.