Saturday, April 30, 2016

Blogging Buffet: Z is for Zucchini

The theme of my A to Z Challenge posts this year is "Blogging Buffet." In celebration of recently posting my 1000th blog post, I am revisiting posts from the past.  This post originally published on Thursday, August 11, 2011.


I started this year's A to Z challenge with a post about artichokes, so it seems appropriate to end with a post about another vegetable:

Who Knew???? Canning "Pineapple" from Zucchini


Friday, April 29, 2016

Blogging Buffet: Y is for Yin-Yang (of Labradors)

The theme of my A to Z Challenge posts this year is "Blogging Buffet." In celebration of recently posting my 1000th blog post, I am revisiting posts from the past.  This post originally published on

Wednesday, February 11, 2015.  I'm proud to report that the black lab, Willow, is now a working guide dog!

(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday: Yin-Yang of Labradors



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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Blogging Buffet: X is for eXercise

The theme of my A to Z Challenge posts this year is "Blogging Buffet." In celebration of recently posting my 1000th blog post, I am revisiting posts from the past.  This post originally published on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.  It was interesting to me to realize that I've been running 10Ks for 3 years now.  I'm still slow, but feel a sense of accomplishment, which helps me keep plodding along. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Blogging Buffet: W is for Wedding

The theme of my A to Z Challenge posts this year is "Blogging Buffet." In celebration of recently posting my 1000th blog post, I am revisiting posts from the past.  This post originally published on Tuesday, September 4, 2012.

Tuesday Time to Tackle: County Fair Themed Wedding Open House

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Blogging Buffet: V is for Violin and Vision

The theme of my A to Z Challenge posts this year is "Blogging Buffet." In celebration of recently posting my 1000th blog post, I am revisiting posts from the past.  This post originally published on August 17, 2011.  


Monday, April 25, 2016

Blogging Buffet: U is for UP!

The theme of my A to Z Challenge posts this year is "Blogging Buffet." In celebration of recently posting my 1000th blog post, I am revisiting posts from the past.  This post originally published on Sunday, August 14, 2011.

I'm Up in Utah!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Blogging Buffet: T is for Ten Things of Thankful

The theme of my A to Z Challenge posts this year is "Blogging Buffet." In celebration of recently posting my 1000th blog post, I am revisiting posts from the past.  This post originally published on

Saturday, June 8, 2013.  

Sunday Musings of the Spirit (on Saturday): Two Ten Things of Thankful Lists

Friday, April 22, 2016

Ten Things of Thankful: Life, Death, and Taxes Edition

This is going to be a stream of consciousness post, and I apologize in advance for the rambling nature of it.  Even though I am participating in the A to Z challenge this month, I'm recycling old posts.  I went on vacation with John and youngest daughter for almost 2 weeks, and left the computer at home.  I've been unplugged for the most part, and have enjoyed living in the moment, but have also felt detached from my online friends.  So many thoughts are rattling around in my brain, from light-hearted vacation posts, to deeper, I-must-be-getting-old-because-everyone-is-dying posts.  I want to have something significant and elegant to say, but my jet-lagged brain had to do a google search to come up with the phrase "stream of consciousness," so a polished post is not going to happen.  I guess the gist of my thoughts is summed up in the statement by Dieter F. Uchtdorf:  "We can choose to be grateful, no matter what." We know that death (and taxes, according to the old axiom) are certainties in life.  I have found myself thoroughly enjoying what youngest daughter dubbed "the best vacation ever" while simultaneously carrying sadness in my heart.  In happy times and in sad, gratitude and love triumph. 


Photo:  John, youngest daughter, and I sit on the lawn outside the Orlando, Florida temple


Blogging Buffet: S is for Small Acts of Kindness

The theme of my A to Z Challenge posts this year is "Blogging Buffet." In celebration of recently posting my 1000th blog post, I am revisiting posts from the past.  This post originally published on Sunday, September 18, 2011.

Thanks for the Little Things

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Blogging Buffet: R is for Rules

The theme of my A to Z Challenge posts this year is "Blogging Buffet." In celebration of recently posting my 1000th blog post, I am revisiting posts from the past.  This post originally published on Thursday, July 19, 2012.

Thursday Thoughts: Family Rules

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Blogging Buffet: Q is for Quilt

The theme of my A to Z Challenge posts this year is "Blogging Buffet." In celebration of recently posting my 1000th blog post, I am revisiting posts from the past.  This post originally published onTuesday, August 28, 2012.

Tuesday Time to Tackle: I Finished the Quilt!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Blogging Buffet: P is for Piano

The theme of my A to Z Challenge posts this year is "Blogging Buffet." In celebration of recently posting my 1000th blog post, I am revisiting posts from the past.  This post originally published on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.

Lessons Learned from the Piano

Photo:  An old upright piano

Monday, April 18, 2016

Blogging Buffet: O is for Ornament

The theme of my A to Z Challenge posts this year is "Blogging Buffet." In celebration of recently posting my 1000th blog post, I am revisiting posts from the past.  This post originally published on December 18, 2012.

Instead of other gifts, my siblings and I exchange ornaments at Christmas.  (Siblings, spoiler alert! Continue reading only if you don't want to be surprised this year.) Nothing says the ornaments need to be homemade, but I do try to make a new one each year.  I make them not only for my siblings, but also for my children and others. 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Blogging Buffet: N is for Nature


The theme of my A to Z Challenge posts this year is "Blogging Buffet." In celebration of recently posting my 1000th blog post, I am revisiting posts from the past.  This post originally published on July 25, 2011. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Blogging Buffet: M is for Mormon

The theme of my A to Z Challenge posts this year is "Blogging Buffet." In celebration of recently posting my 1000th blog post, I am revisiting posts from the past.  This post originally published on July 29,2012.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Blogging Buffet: L is for Love

The theme of my A to Z Challenge posts this year is "Blogging Buffet." In celebration of recently posting my 1000th blog post, I am revisiting posts from the past.  This post originally published on April 24, 2012.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Blogging Buffet: K is for Kitchen

The theme of my A to Z Challenge posts this year is "Blogging Buffet." In celebration of recently posting my 1000th blog post, I am revisiting posts from the past.  This post originally published on Saturday, May 7, 2011.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Blogging Buffet: J is for Joy

The theme of my A to Z Challenge posts this year is "Blogging Buffet." In celebration of recently posting my 1000th blog post, I am revisiting posts from the past.  This post originally published on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Blogging Buffet: I is for Independence

The theme of my A to Z Challenge posts this year is "Blogging Buffet." In celebration of recently posting my 1000th blog post, I am revisiting posts from the past.  This post originally published on Saturday, July 5, 2014.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Blogging Buffet: H is for Home

The theme of my A to Z Challenge posts this year is "Blogging Buffet."  In celebration of recently posting my 1000th blog post, I am revisiting posts from the past.  Today's post originally published on July 10, 2011.  

Photo:  A cooler and other items clutter the entryway of my home

Friday, April 8, 2016

Blogging Buffet: G is for Guide Dog Puppies

The theme of my A to Z Challenge posts this year is "Blogging Buffet." In celebration of recently posting my 1000th blog post, I am revisiting posts from the past.  This post originally published on

Friday, April 13, 2012.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Blogging Buffet: F is for Family History

The theme of my A to Z Challenge posts this year is "Blogging Buffet." In celebration of recently posting my 1000th blog post, I am revisiting posts from the past.  This post originally published on November 10, 2011.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Blogging Buffet: E is for Embarrassing Moments

The theme of my A to Z Challenge posts this year is "Blogging Buffet." In celebration of recently posting my 1000th blog post, I am revisiting posts from the past.  This post originally published on October 19, 2012.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Blogging Buffet: D is for Disneyland

The theme of my A to Z Challenge posts this year is "Blogging Buffet." In celebration of recently posting my 1000th blog post, I am revisiting posts from the past.  This post originally published on June 3, 2011.


Monday, April 4, 2016

Blogging Buffet: C is for Car

The theme of my A to Z Challenge posts this year is "Blogging Buffet." In celebration of recently posting my 1000th blog post, I am revisiting posts from the past.  This post originally published on March 29, 2013.

In November 2002, our family ventured out to watch the recently-released movie, "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets."  The kids loved seeing Harry, Ron, and Hermione on the big screen.  For John, though, the most thrilling part of the show was the realization that he had owned a flying car.  


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Ten Things of Thankful: No Fooling Edition

Though yesterday was April Fool's Day, this post is no joke.  There are many things to be thankful for, and each week, I enjoy participating in the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop.  Won't  you join us, too?

Blogging Buffet: B is for Basset Hound

The theme of my A to Z Challenge posts this year is "Blogging Buffet."  In celebration of recently posting my 1000th blog post, I am revisiting posts from the past.  Today's post originally published on August 3, 2011.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Blogging Buffet: A is for Artichokes

The theme of my A to Z Challenge posts this year is "Blogging Buffet."  In celebration of recently posting my 1000th blog post, I am revisiting posts from the past.  Today's post originally published on April 15, 2013.