Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Elinor and I celebrated by going to see "Saving Mr. Banks" this morning. It was a delightful film but the part I liked best was the end when you see Mr. Banks sing "Let's Go Fly A Kite". What a happy song and what a good idea. Let's all go and fly a kite. Let us be happy and share that happiness with others.
I know we all have problems but being miserable about them isn't helpful. Being hopeful is the key.
There is a solution if we are willing to look and try and work. Sitting back and doing nothing gets nothing. Doing a little bit is better then not. I am one of the worst offenders but I think I will try to change that. It is a thought.
Happy New Year World, especially to you, Cuz.
Friday, December 20, 2013
After dinner, we were treated by a concert. The first up was the Garner Men who sang a lovely song.
Then there was a piano rendition of carols. The third presentation was my favorite. It was a song sung by our State Representative, Paul Harris. That man has a beautiful voice. I have become very fond of it and of him. I even voted for him and considering the fact that he is a Republican, that is saying something. Paul and his lovely wife, Lori. sit behind Elinor and I and we have become friends.
The program closed with a terrific piano recital by a young man who was at death's door a few years
ago. He is very talented and it was a joy to hear him. All in all, it was a nice start.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
from all around the world. All different sizes, shapes, colors, made of different materials. Amazing.
Friday, December 6, 2013
I got a call from my buddy, Carleen, who is the planner of our games asking me what to do. Before I knew what I was saying, I said I would drive. Of our little group, there are three walking disasters and three who get around great. I am one of the disasters. I thought it would be wise if Berta (our oldest member) could be driven by her husband because he could load her in the garage and her chances of slipping would be less. The other disaster is our only male member, Gene. Carlene suggested I pick up her and Carolyn and then they could help Gene. That is what we did. We all got there safely and had a ball. It was a wonderful party.
When I got home, Elinor said how proud she was of me because I overcame my fear and drove in snow. Tonight, we watched INVICTUS, the movie about Mandela in his first year as President of South Africa. Now there was courage. I love that movie and as always, I noticed things I hadn't noticed the first time I saw it. Morgan Freeman was so dynamic as Mandela. It made me appreciate what a great man he was and what a loss is death is. Even at 95, he still was making a difference.
Courage......we all have it somewhere inside of us....we just have to call it forth.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
because she had to get her nativities over to the Stake where they will be on display for the Church's
Nativity Celebration. Each year Elinor's church puts on a celebration of Nativities where they
show Nativities from all over the world. They also have concerts and kids activities and it is open to all free of charge. I have posted several pictures over the years of her creations so she had a lot to take over. When she came home, she was going to meet with her daughter, granddaughter and grandson for lunch. She got in the car and off she went.
10 min. later, I got a call from Safeway (our grocery) and low and behold, it was Elinor. The car had broken down and she did not have her cell phone with her so walked to the store and they allowed her to use their phone to call me. She said to call AAA and then call her daughter. This I did and I called her back. She then headed back to wait in the van. On the way, a member of her church stopped and offered her a ride. Would you believe.......the guy repairs Dodges. He asked if she would like him to look at it and of course, she said yes. AAA arrived and they towed to car to Tim's place of work and Maureen arrived and they brought her home.
Well, it doesn't end there. Tim came by later this evening and gave me the bad news: the transmission was gone. Actually, gone is the wrong word. The term is BLOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kaplooooey!
It gets better. It seems that our wonderful neighbor, Todd( the repairman extraordinaire) has a car
that he has been trying to sell. In fact, he was going to list it on Craig's List. He doesn't have to do that now because we are going to buy it. It is in great shape and he has taken care of all the repairs.
If that is not looking out for someone, I do not know what is. We don't have to go and listen to
salesmen, kick tires, look under the hood at something we have no idea what we are looking at..........NONE OF THAT!!!!!!!!!!!
Our God is a wonderous God and a generous God. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
home. There were 19 of us sitting around a beautiful table with the most delicious food ever.
There was a big turkey which had been cooked at our house(boy, does it smell good here. I might
sleepwalk tonight to make myself a turkey sandwich except there is no turkey), mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and apples, brussel sprouts, rolls. cranberry jello salad, stuffing, gravy and pies.
As usual, we ate and enjoyed good conversation and then we began my favorite part which is telling
what we are grateful for. We go around the table and each person gives their list. The kids are basic but then you get to the adults and we get all misty-eyed because we realize how blessed we really are.
We have so much and as we talk about it, it becomes clearer. It is the little things that make the special differences in each of our lives. For me, it is doing things with my sister that make her life a little easier. It is helping Maureen by taking Thomas to band practice at 6am when she can't or buying Sam a concrete at Sherry's (getting Sam to eat is a major victory any time). It is getting a hug from John and knowing that he means it.. It is talking about my tv shows with my cousin, Margaret or doing my Bible study long distance with my good friend, Lynn. Little things mean a lot.
I am very grateful and I do thank you, God, for being in my life.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
What a kid!!!!!!! This is my great great nephew: Henry James Harris. He is as cute as a bug's ear and
happy to boot.
Here he is sitting with his Great Grandma and Mom and he is just lovin' life.
It is made from one of those things used to grow tomatoes. The Angel is shouting for joy the
great tidings. Next come the Kings and then Mary, the Babe and Joseph inside the circle with the
begin to do it justice. I am so proud of my incredible sister. Her art fills my whole being and brings
the true meaning of Christmas to my heart. This Nativity will join some of her others at the LDS
Celebration of the Nativity the first weekend in December. The Church brings together several hundred Nativities from all over the world along with musical concerts. It is a fun place to see
and a great way to start the Christmas Season. You can have your Black Friday....I will take this anytime.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
God definitely did a great job with color and aren't we lucky to be able to see it !!!!!!!!
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Salem is alive and well. There is a real witch hunt going on and the witch who is being burned at the stake is Paula Dean. I do not know the woman nor have I watched her show but to try and convict someone for something they said 30 years ago is wrong.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Monday, June 24, 2013
for the new baby's bedroom. There was the discussion about what colors to make it, what size it should be and all that. The results were fabulous. This is one lucky little girl.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Do not forget the old ones. You will lose something so valuable and once lost, you can not get it back. Include us in your gatherings. Listen to our stories. We are your history.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
So they left Winnetka, Illinois and traveled to the West Coast to begin their trip. The passengers included my Grandmother, Grandfather, My Great Aunt Marie(known as May), my Aunt Pat(Mom's youngest sister) and my Mother. It was one of the most incredible trips ever. They went to Hawaii, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Bali, Ceylon(now known as Sri Lanka), India, up thru the Red Sea to Jerusalem and then on to England. It took six months because it was all by ship.
While in Tokyo, Japan, they stayed at the Imperial Hotel. The Hotel was designed by the great Frank Lloyd Wright. It had been built in 1917 and was a masterpiece. He had many challenges ranging from earthquakes to designing patterns for hotel furniture, silverware, china and even notepaper. To decorate the banquet hall, Wright used a peacock motif. The above design was suppose to be for the carpet which never did arrive from China. The Hotel is no longer in existence. It was demolished in 1968.
Just one other tidbit. 1936 was the year in which the Imperial Army tried to over throw the government. The Army was coming in the front door while the Totman Family was sneaking out the back. They managed to get on a train and head south and over to China. 50 years later, my Mother graduated from Smith College as a Ada Comstock scholar. It was one of the proudest moments of her life. Well done, Mom.
This was one of the most difficult puzzles Elinor and I have ever done but was worth it.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Life happens and looks change but our true colors do shine through. My Mother always loved people
and I can still see her smile whenever I think of her which is often. She had a knack of making people feel welcome and she was a good listener. My knack is encouragement. I like to think that I am the biggest cheerleader in the world. I may not be able to do the splits but I sure can yell. I know that some people can see my true colors too.
Monday, April 29, 2013
I leave nothing of value. Was I really here?
I remember my great aunts but this future generation that is coming of age don't really know me. I'm not that much fun to be around with anymore so and most of them don't see me at all. I'm just a name.
They won't know about the pictures, the knickknacks, the medals, the blog. They won't know me.
Too bad. But I was here.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
alot. I hope anyone who reads this will enjoy this too. Happy Spring and thank you, God.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Sometimes you find a song that says it all. I hearsd a song by Sarah McLaughlin and it captured me.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
so wonderful. Everything is fresh. It takes away the blahs and boy have I had the blahs. Elinor has
been dealing with a bout of depression. She just got overwhelmed and there wasn't anything I could
do but be there. She received a blessing from two members of her church, she went to see her doctor
and slowly but surely, she is coming back to normal. She is creating again which is huge.
I'm lucky. When I get depressed, Cashew has taken to getting on my shoulder and purring in my ear.
I just found out that cats often purr to relieve a stressful situation. I didn't know that. I always thought it was a little weird when my cats would purr at the vets. Especially when the vet was taking their temperature. Very strange.
Oh well, back to Spring. It is almost here and I am very glad. I think I will just purr.
Monday, February 18, 2013
We feel cranky, we are coughing and wheezing.....in short...we don't feel good.
However, tonight we tried a new strategy: we prayed. If nothing else, we do have each other.
This is just one of those trials we are suppose to overcome and we will (with God's help).
We are going to get up tomorrow with positive attitudes and tell these colds to VAMOOSE.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
and Australia. Ok...so two of these trips are for graduations but what the heck. The Utah one is for Izzy and Johnny Harris's Graduation from BYU. I still think Izzy might have her baby on the stage but Elinor says no. The Reno one is a gig that her partner, Beth Watts, set up. St. Louis is her youngest son, George's Graduation from law school. Too Cool, George.
The Australia is a last hurrah gig with four of Elinor's dearest friends and hosted by the Grand Dame of Australia. Don't ask me her name but Elinor says she is fantastic.
Great Ceaser's ghost! I forgot the trip to Nebraska. That is happening in July. I love it. You go, girl!!!!!!!!!!!
Monday, January 28, 2013
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Elinor and I really enjoy doing puzzles. We say we don't but we do. We like it best when it is in the box. Once we have opened the box, then we begin to hate it. This puzzle was nasty. It was a gift from our neighbor, Kathie Dixon. Her lovely husband, Todd, made us this beautiful puzzle board. Note the sorting drawer on the side. There are actually four of them. This puzzle was truely a trial and tribulation but we finally finished it. We are going to invite Kathie over and show her. Then we are going to take it apart and give this rotten thing back to her so she can do it herself. Aren't we sweet?