Saturday, January 31, 2009


I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and a big part of my life has been centered around the temples. This morning we took some friends and family and went to the new Draper, Utah Temple open house. It is beautiful and not that far away. Yet, not as close, as the Mt. Timpanogas Temple. It is 1 mile from my front door to the Mt. Timpanogas Temple.

As a child living in western Idaho, the closest temple was in Eastern Idaho, at Idaho Falls, an 8 hour drive. I remember the first time going to Idaho Falls Temple and being so glad to see it after such a long drive. I was endowed (made covenants) in the Idaho Falls when I turned 21. That was 33 years ago. The other day I was contemplating on the temples and my experiences in the differing ones that I have attended. When I was a child there were 13 temples in the whole world, and you could pretty much name and make a goal to attend every temple. Today I looked at a list that had 144 temples on it, with the Draper Temple being the newest one completed and 9 more in the process of being built. Then I sat down and listed all the temples I have attended and seen. Even my modest list has more on it than the list I grew up with.

So here is a list of the temples I have been to, and the ones that I have at least seen from the outside.
Idaho Falls ID
Salt Lake City UT
Washington DC
Boise ID
Bountiful UT
Logan UT
Jorden River UT
Mt. Timpanogas UT
Provo UT
Manti UT
St George UT
Ogden UT
Las Vegas NV
Oakland CA
Las Angeles CA
Laie Hawaii
San Diego CA
Montecello UT
Colonial Juarez Mexico
Draper UT
Oquirrh Mountain UT

The temples pictured above are: Top to bottom - Idaho Falls, Mt. Timpanogas and Draper.
To view more pictures of temples visit: click on Family History and Temples, then click on Temples around the World.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


I don't where they got it from, but I have 2 very intelligent daughters. I went through 4 years of College and I never did what they have done! They both made the Dean's List at their respective Universities. We are so proud of them that we just had to take them out to CELEBRATE!

Maggie is on the left and Abby is on the right. I am so proud I could burst, (but I won't because I don't want to clean up the mess it would make.;))

Sunday, January 18, 2009


All my growing up years my mother made homemade bread, twelve loaves every week. She said it was an inexpensive way to keep tummies full. I loved the days I would come home from school and the house smelled of home baked bread. I didn't make bread for many years because the kneading of the bread caused my Carpel Tunnel. After My first husband died, I was asked what I wanted to Christmas and I asked for a Bread Mixer. That was what I got.
So I started to make bread for my family. Then, one day after school (I was attending BYU) I mixed up the bread, put the loaves in the oven, turned on the timer and sat down to study. My mind, come back to a kitchen full of smoke. I had burnt the bread. The second time I had burnt the bread was the day I gave up bread baking and went back to buying bread. Over the years I would make bread once in a while as a treat. Lately I have felt the need to make bread and I do a pretty good job of it too. I have been teaching my daughter and daughters-in-law and others how to make bread using my mother's recipe.

Here is the recipe.
For one loaf of bread:
1 cup liquid (any liquid, I use water)
1Tbls. sweet (any sweet, I use sugar)
1 Tbls fat (any fat, I use Olive Oil)
1 Tbls SAF yeast
1 tsp salt
2+cups flour (flour has a tendency to absorb moisture from the air- so sometimes you need to add more flour to get all the liquid absorbed.)

Mix all to gether. It should form a slightly sticky ball. Use a little more flour to make it less sticky so you can knead it by hand. If you are using a bread mixer the dough should pull away from the sides. Knead for 10 minutes. With the SAF yeast there is no need to let the dough rise, punch it down then let it rise again. Just form your loaves, or rolls, let rise about a half hour so that the loaf peaks above the top of the pan. Put it in a 350 degree F oven and bake for 25 minutes.

Maggie once told me that she felt loved when I made bread and homemade cookies. "Nothin' says lovin' like something from the oven."

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Let It Snow

Ever since I was a child growing up in western Idaho, I have hated winter. I especially hated the COLD! Then life picked me up and dropped me in a snow bank called UTAH. Winter isn't quite as bad here as the winters growing up, yet my opinion of winter didn't change much. It didn't change during the winter that the snow was so heavy that the carport roof collapsed. It didn't change the winter we got out of church early with the directions to get the snow off the roofs of our homes because the weight was too much for those structures.
Then a drought came to Utah and we had year after year with relatively mild, snowless winters. You would end up wearing you winter coat maybe 2 times each winter. A light jacket was good enough most of the time. You could count the number of times the snow reached the Valley floor on one hand and the snow rarely stayed. You would think my attitude would have been,"Hurray, winter is dead and gone. I can live with this! ;D" That may have happened at first, but my attitude toward winter changed as each year passed and I began to miss it. What I really missed was the anticipation that came with waiting for the first Robin and the first crocus to poke it's head up through the snow. I remember seeing the tulips pushing their way up through the soil and instead of being excited, thinking, "We haven't had winter yet."
So, this year we have snow and lots of it and it is sticking around. There is snow enough to get tired of it and then when the tulips finally push their way up through the soil to reach for the sun, I will be sick of the snow and rejoice that Spring has finally come.

Sunday, January 4, 2009



My son Larry and his family came for Christmas and New Years. Last Wednesday, Edana (Larry's daughter) came down with a virus we are calling the flu. She was one sick little girl and of course, we all took turns caring for her. While she was still sick, first Daddy came down with it and then Mommy came down with it. Nana (that's me) came down next. Then Aunt Maggie came down with it yesterday and finally Grandpa Mike came down with it this morning. This virus has major stomach problems and lasts 36-48 hours. PIT! The only one in our house who hasn't gotten it is Laura, our foreign exchange student. Her habit and of spending a majority of her time at home in her room with a door shut may just have protected her from this awful situation. Soon it will have finished the course though the household and I will have washed everything and a maybe at will gone from our lives.

Friday, January 2, 2009

New Year New Blog

Hi and Happy New Year! I have kept a journal for the past 34 years, yet this is a new experience for me. I have been following the blogs of my girls for several months now and have decided to join the blogging community. Here are the goals I have set for myself for this coming year: Note goals, not New Years resolutions. New Years resolutions have the aura of failure attached to them. Goals are usually do able.

1. Work on my blog at least once a week.

2. Keep my journal up.

3. Apply for my teaching licence.

4. ????????? Let you know when I figure that one out. If ever!

These are my rules for goal setting:

1. Never set a goal for yourself that depends on someone else to accomplish something first. (You have control only over yourself, never over anyone else.)

2. Set a place and time to do what is necessary to accomplish the goal. (For example, work on my blog every Sunday evening.)

3. Be flexible. If something comes up to make the goal not do able, alter the goal to fit the new circumstances.