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Ten Things of Thankful: "Staycation" Edition

Last week started with a bang (literally--Tuesday was Pioneer Day, and fireworks were legal in many areas from Sunday through Wednesday.)

I'm thankful for pioneers. Regardless of whether or not our ancestors were pioneers (Mormon or otherwise), we all benefit from those who came before us. 

I'm thankful for a better-than-expected outcome. On Pioneer Day, John and I ran the Temple to Temple 5K. I felt like I wasn't doing well; I took some walking breaks (and this was only a 5K!) and I just wasn't really into the run. However, as we approached the finish line and I noticed the clock, I had a change of attitude. Our pace was in the single digits! It was barely in the single digits, but it was! I'm pretty sure I was a teenager the last time that happened. (I ran two 5K runs as a teen, then didn't participate again until I started running in my 40's.)


I'm thankful for an unexpected phone call. Later in the afternoon on Pioneer Day, a friend from California call…

Happy Pioneer Day!

You might not know it, but today is a holiday--at least here in Utah. One hundred seventy-one years ago, Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley, after traveling over a thousand miles. July 24th is now a state holiday. Communities have parades, fireworks, and other gatherings.

This morning, John and I ran the Temple to Temple 5K race. We started at the Provo Temple and ended at the Provo City Center Temple. Over ten thousand people signed up for the event! Many chose to walk, and I even spotted a couple who were pulling a handcart--which is a much more historically accurate way to celebrate Pioneer Day. 

For those of you not familiar with the history, Mormons had been living in Illinois, where they had gone after the Missouri governor had signed an extermination order in 1838. (Not to worry, the extermination order was officially rescinded in 1976!)Mobs in Illinois drove the Mormons to again leave their homes and head west in the mid-1840s. Most traveled in wagons, though some push…

Ten Things of Thankful: First Week Report

We've been living in our house one week now. There are still plenty of settling-in tasks to complete, but most of the main living areas are fairly presentable and comfortable to live in. (My office and the entire basement are not included in the definition of "main living areas," fyi.) 

I'm exhausted and energized all at once--tired from just everything (including stairs--I'm getting little mini-workouts all day long!), and energized to see the once-blank canvas of a house becoming my home. 

1. I'm thankful for watching thunder and lightening storms from the safety of my own bed.

2. I'm thankful for sunsets, and the vantage point my house offers to see them.


3. I'm thankful for my dad, who celebrated his birthday this past week. There are many things he taught me, but one that I have been pondering since seeing the rattlesnake in my backyard is how he has instilled in me the ability to not be terrified around snakes. I have a healthy respect for them, but…

Thou Shalt Not: Flirting Tips from an Old Married Grandma (Don't. Just Don't.)

Recently I was in the Los Angeles area, helping my daughter for a couple of weeks. As she was having issues with her washer, on several different occasions I took her family's clothes to the laundromat. Usually this provided me a short "Grandma break," a chance to re-energize before returning to the cheerful chatter of little children. The final time I went to the laundromat, I did not have a zen-like experience. I did, however, have an experience that  made me realize that I had valuable information that needed to be shared. Though I don't consider myself an expert in the fine art of flirting, I do know what doesn't work on me.




Flirting Tips from an Old Married Grandma

1. Don't confuse politeness with interest. I accidentally dropped something; you picked it up; I said, "Thank you," and you interpreted that to mean, "Let's chat for the remainder of the time we are doing laundry!" I promise that the child's plastic toy that inadverte…

Ten Things of Thankful: Homecoming Edition

It's Sunday morning, and I'm relaxing on the couch with my computer on my lap. Empty boxes sit in the upstairs hallway and downstairs family room, and lean against the wall in the entryway.


I'm home in this not-yet-familiar house. John is here, Drexel is here, and my belonging are here (though in which box or cupboard is still anyone's guess--referring of course to the belongings; John and Drexel roam free in the house.) We still don't know which switches control which lights but, over time, we'll get the desired effect with fewer tries. In short, we're in the "unpacking and settling in" phase of moving--a phase in which what should be second nature is new and exciting.

This week's TToT theme is homecoming. 

1. I'm thankful for this house, which we plan on making our home until our knees give out and age forces a change.

It's obvious that #1 would make the list, especially given the theme, but the idea of homecoming has been popping up all…

Ten Things of Thankful: California and a Utah 4th Edition

I've been away from my blog for the past little bit, as I spent some time in California with my daughter and my grandchildren, but I arrived back home in Utah in time for the 4th of July. 

I'm thankful:

1. For my sweet grandchildren. We sang together, read together, talked together, ate together, worked together, laughed together, prayed together, and basically just had a great time!



2. For all of my children. Even though I didn't see everybody at the same time, in June I was able to spend time with all of my children. They are far beyond the little kid stage, but I am delighted with the adults they have become. 

3. For friends. One of my friends took time from her busy schedule to come down and help me for two days while I was at my daughter's house. The help was much appreciated, and we managed to have a lot of fun, too!

4. For missionaries, who spend their days in service. While I was in California, I found a washer/dryer set on Craigslist. My daughter's washer didn&…