Sunday, March 25, 2007


Our Ward Relief Society celebrated RS's One Hundered Sixty- something birthday with a Picnic Feast. The tables were gaily decorated with checkered table cloths and quilts. A kite hung from the ceiling. There were even ants on the serving table. (Plastic, thank goodness! They were quite large)

In the middle of the room was a cute park scene with a small park bench, picnic basket and cabbage patch dolls. During much of the event our little Eve Turpin quietly played picnic with the dolls and play food.

All the food was homemade and delicious. A variety of sandwiches, some tasty Asian noodle dishes, fruit salad, watermelon, fresh squeezed lemonade, finished off with homemade pies and vanilla ice cream. (OK, I don't think the ice cream was homemade.) After we got our pies, which were all scrumptious, the winners of the pie baking contest were announced. I envy the judges for getting to taste them all ! but pity the judges for having to choose! Carol Wright won first with her Sugarless Apple Pie, Lynn MClure placed second with Lemon Merigue, and Charlene Hisamoto's was a very honorable pie. Really, they were all winners.

During the meal we were entertained by the Jugless Jug Band - Billy Bob Frank McClure on guitar, Billy Bob Ray Hamaker on mouth harp, Billy Bob Gordon Lewis on washboard and hanging wrench "bells", Billy Bob Mark Turpin on washtub base, and I cannot remember what Billy Bob Ron Brown played. The music was surprisingly musical, pleasant and fun.

President Hannah Keller did a brief, charming obligatory tribute to Relief Society history.

The event was well attended, nearly every seat was full. One of the most enjoyable Relief Society luncheons ever.

Socket To Me or My Home is a Slider Puzzle

Before I could move my clothes to the closet in my new room, we had to move the lower wire shelf/hanger thing. It was too high for me to use the top one and too low for me to use it. With Joseph's help, I got that done - more holes in the closet wall, but that can wait. Most of my hangups got moved.

I am going to switch from the double (or queen?) bed I was using to a bunk bed. I don't have room in my new room for the bigger bed and I can use the top bunk for storage. Besides, the mattress I have is so bad, old and lumpy, that when David and Teresa were here and I gave them use of my room, they opted to share a bunk rather than spend a second night on it. My old back is asking for a change.

So, we took apart the bunk bed, carried the pieces into the other room and began to reassemble. (Toil and sweat! It takes a lot of socket turning!) At some point we cracked the socket we were using! Still usable - as long as it didn't meet any real resistance. We might have been ok, except as we were tightening the last bolt ont he bottom bunk (already thinking the top might have to wait for another day), we realized that we couldn't get it in because it wasn't quite straight and all the other 7 bolts needed to be loosened. Which the cracked socket couldn't do.

Even though it was nearly 8 and we still hadn't had dinner (I was finally starting to cook while the guys did the handyman bit), I went to Home Depot to get a new socket. Also to replace a small wooden peg my dog had eaten.

Have you heard the commercials that begin, "Day such and such" The most recent one I heard was "Day 21" our hero makes the dangerous ascent up one of the towering stacks of dusty goods, spots a search party in the distance, clambers down, and rushes into their arms - only to find that they thought he was there to find and rescue them! Last night I began to understand those commercials. Where are the helpful people in the orange aprons????

I found the sockets on my own. Even found sockets sold individually. Not in my size, of course. Also, noted that I was carrying a Craftsman (Sears, right?) while HD had something like Husky's or something - but not Craftsman. The way they were packaged, I could not tell if they would fit our tool handle thing. Spent some time searching for an orange apron. Finally found one guy who didn't know about sockets, but directed me to a guy who did, who assured me that they would most likely work. I had to buy a set of 10 to get the right size. It could have been worse. I found the dowels, but they didn't have any the right size.

Guess what, the sockets do not fit on our tool. I will have to take them back after work tomorrow. Maybe I will head to Sears after that. Possibly check Yankee Hardware, first, where they really are helpful.

The boys moved all the stuff we had moved off the bunk onto my bed back off my bed. We finally had dinner around 9 or so. oh well, makes Fast Sunday a little easier?

Every room has too much stuff in it. Every room has stuff that needs to be moved to another room - when that room is ready. We need to empty out the big room completely so we can paint and all. Not nearly all the stuff goes in my room. We folded up the dinner room table, so the dining room can be (again) temporary storage for things we want to keep whose room is not available yet - and for stuff that we are going to donate the Scout Yard sale until we get enough together to send on to the Scout storage. It will be a while before things begin to look better!

I am thankful
* for strong, helpful boys
* a house with multiple rooms
* it's OUR house!!
* close by Esther (who helped carry things like nuts and bolts) and Jared, not to mention also Tom and Ruth
* a place to sleep in peace
* my dog, even though she did eat that peg

No Body Lice! Hey, It's a Good Day!

Recently at work some of us were doing some minor griping when I said something like, "Yes, but when I think about how most of the world's population has lived and many still live, I have no complaints."

To which K replied. "No body lice! Hey, It's a good day!"

We exchanged a few more modern blessings and resumed our labors.

Now, when things are not going well, I remind myself, "No body lice!"

Grateful to live in this time and place! - just a few -
* no body lice or other vermin as constant companions
* plumbing!!!!!
* 5 day work week, 8 hour work day - people use to work as much as 14 hours, 6 or 7 days a week
* ease of communication and transportation
* computer, television and radio bring the world to us
* electricity
* variety and abundance of food
* educational opportunities
* political freedom
* restored gospel of Jesus Christ
* living prophets

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Home, Sweet, Home

My credit union - all hail USE Credit Union! - emailed me today to inform me that Glen (yay, good for him!) signed the papers releasing the house.
USE should do the funding tomorrow. Joy! Relief! Excitement! and a fair share of terror! I told the boys, the house is really ours and our responsibility. I told my boss that with this debt I am now her slave for life or something close to it.

We get to stay. No hassles of moving; a yard for Anna (and us); our orange trees; best of all, those great neighbors almost next door!

Thank you!
light rail
great guys to come home to
all the 8*3*4
friends and family

real moms...

Sariah tagged me - her picture is adorable! -

My camera died some time ago *sigh*, so I had to go back and find an old picture.

Real Moms teach their children about the good old days

To play all you have to do is come up with something that “real moms” do… and add a picture. I tag Ruth, Melanie, Pam, Woody, and East Coast Eddie, if you want. Why not guys? You can change to "real dads" or do a "salute" to a mother in your life. If I didn't tag you and you feel left out, "Tag, you're it!" Better now? Let's see what real moms do!

Saturday, March 17, 2007

What shall we name our house?

Spring has sprung here. In fact, already some of us are starting to complain about being too warm. Not everyone. The other day a gal at work was complaining about the cold morning. I was astounded. It was in the 50's when I Anna and I went to the dog park around 6:40 and I was thinking that it was more than warm enough!

Blessings upon blessings. Last night after I had been home awhile, I realized I didn't know where my Palm (PDA) was. I distinctly remembered putting it in my bag before leaving work. I also remembered my bag being jostled on the train. One of the boys looked in the car without success and we looked all over the house thinking I had put it down somewhere. nothing. In Family Prayer, Glen prayed for me to find it. In personal prayer, I did to, but also asked for faith and calm whether I did or not. Almost all the information is saved on the computer, but would I shell out for another PDA or go back to paper ? Either way, it would be awhile before things got back together. This morning on the way back from the dog park, I heard it reminding me about my Bloodsource appointment. Happy Day! It was on the floor of the car.

Even as I type, Glen and the boys are wrestling his bed pieces through the house. He is actually moving out today! The boys and I are excited about the possibilities. What a lot of work we have to do! years and years worth. As we can gather our minutes and our pennies.

Friday I signed papers for a loan for the house! With my credit union, USE. 30 year 6.375% - lower minimum payments than I have now and no pre-payment penalty. I think it is a good deal. The only thing left is for Glen to sign a release. He talked to his lawyer who said wait for some paper or other, he didn't remember
what., and that his lawyer had written to my lawyer, but not heard back. (I know the feeling! I will call his office Monday.) They want to make sure I am legally promising not to rip Glen off. (Of course, definitions may vary. ) They proposed that the IRA(s?) be his personal property. I think not.

Closer and closer to get things settled and completed!

Glen has completely redone his house and filled it with all new stuff. Which means he is leaving pretty much everything else in the house for us. Old stuff, but mostly working so far. I had thought that we would be dividing appliances and such. Relieved not to be! Ben thinks he is even leaving his old tools as he thought he saw new stuff in the garage. I don't know what he might want to come back for later, but at least for now we will have everything we have had all along.

A lot of stuff is going to have to go so we can really get our house right for us. I am not the only one with clutter collection problems, Although we, in theory, know that we only want to keep things that are useful, beautiful and/or sentimental, in practice we have problems. For some reason it is hard for us to sort and throw. But we have dreams about how we want the house, so we are going to dig in and do it - a little at a time.

I am moving into Glen's old room, which was Debi's before that. She painted it off white and put a pretty leafy boarder around the top. Glen put in venetian blinds which I am sure he is leaving.

As soon as we get my junk out of the master bedroom, we are going to rip out the old green carpet and paint the room with an under the sea theme. The initial inspiration was the old beat up bunkbeds -shipwreck! We are going to paint the walls watery blue. Maybe paint a sunken ship or two and some seaweed. Once it is painted we are going to do a kind of glaze to make it watery and wavy looking. We are hoping to find removable fish decals that the boys can arrange and re-arrange. They want to paint the double closet door with a shark that eats little fish when you open the door.

Then, the room that is now Joseph's. (All 3 boys will share the master bedroom) We have treat the peeling wallpapered walls. Then we want to paint the ceiling like a sky and the walls like a forest. Eventually, it will be our "office." Before that, it will be storage space while we work on room other things.

Number 3 -
Either the living room which I want to feel light and airy and a bit like a English country garden, or the family room which will be a day at the beach. I found a painting that I want in the living room (a print, of course). It was in the office where I was signing my loan papers. "Guardian of the Sea" by Nicky Boehme - in the style of Thomas Kincaid, but I actually like her work even better, I think.

My dream home!

Hopefully somewhere in the middle of all that, we hope to get the walls of the bathroom that was remodeled last summer correctly plastered. The guy that did it did a blotchy job, neither smooth nor textured. We will paint it blue. The question is will we leave it plain blue or add cloud effects. The blotchy white plaster over green whatever board has a little bit of cloud effect which I like.

The kitchen - I don't know what or when! It will take thousands of dollars. IF (and that's a big IF) Glen pays me back for the car, we can do something. After the family room gets more or less cleared out, because everything, EVERYTHING will have to come out of the kitchen. I still don't know what color I want it to be. Dining room either. But the dining room will probably be the same color as the living room or close. The living room hasn't actually settled on a wall color yet. fun fun fun.

Thankfully -
* I suppose some might think it a sin to be thankful for a divorce, but I am and for the many, many blessings I have received in association with it
*my Palm
*computer back up
* 8*3*4
* prophets
* books
* printing presses
* the ability to read
* good friends!
* my house and home, humble though it be

Friday, March 16, 2007

no limits

In a comment on Ben's blog, Sariah asks "What is your favorite scripture?"

Well, there are a lot of good ones! ; ) It depends on when you ask.

I think my most favorite is Alma 34:17-27 - pray all the time, everywhere, about everything - because the Lord loves you and cares about you and everything that matters to you.

17 Therefore may God grant unto you, my brethren, that ye may begin to exercise your faith unto repentance, that ye begin to call upon his holy name, that he would have mercy upon you;
18 Yea, cry unto him for mercy; for he is mighty to save.
19 Yea, humble yourselves, and continue in prayer unto him.
20 Cry unto him when ye are in your fields, yea, over all your flocks.
21 cry unto him in your houses, yea, over all your household, both morning, mid-day, and evening.
22 Yea, cry unto him against the power of your enemies.
23 Yea, cry unto him against the devil, who is an enemy to all righteousness.
24 Cry unto him over the crops of your fields, that ye may prosper in them.
25 Cry over the flocks of your fields, that they may increase.
26 But this is not all; ye must pour out your souls in your closets, and your secret places, and in your wilderness.
27 Yea, and when you do not cry unto the Lord, let your hearts be full, drawn out in prayer unto him continually for your welfare, and also for the welfare of those who are around you.

What is your favorite scripture?

Thank you friends and family

Today's LDS gem - so true. "In today's world, where Satan's aggression against the family
is so prevalent, parents must do all they can to fortify and defend their
families. But their efforts may not be enough. Our most basic institution
of family desperately needs help and support from the extended family and
the public institutions that surround us. Brothers and sisters, aunts and
uncles, grandparents and cousins can make a powerful difference in the
lives of children. Remember that the expression of love and encouragement
from an extended family member will often provide the right influence and
help a child at a critical time."

(M. Russell Ballard, "What Matters Most Is What Lasts Longest," Ensign, Nov. 2005, 43)

I and mine have been greatly blessed. Thank you dear friends, dedicated leaders and teachers, and extended family!

Saturday, March 10, 2007


I was thinking a little bit about hell today (maybe it helps to be prepared). About how I think hell is feeling all the hurt you caused (and didn’t repent of). I was thinking, what’s the point of that? Merely, justice? There doesn’t seem to be a lot of point to that. So, I decided that it was, if we are not going to learn to be good, thoughtful, kind, loving, and compassionate the easy way - can you believe that this life and all those Sunday School lessons and all this struggle is the EASY way???! but I think it probably is, heaven help us, and it will if we let it - if we refuse to learn the easy way, then we will get to learn the HARD way by feeling the all results of our unrighteous actions. One of the cool things about this perspective is that it indicates the opportunity for continued growth and progress, even in hell. But just because this offers hope even to the so-far unrepentant, we must remember, this is not a good thing to plan on because 1) it was just me thinking and 2) if it is the way thing are, it is going to be possible to progress, but even more painful and harder than it is here.

What do you think?

little bits

Sometimes I will save a little snippet on my Palm to post on my blog. Here are a few -

me: Do you want to hear what I learned in chapter 4? (Financial Accounting class the state is providing for me)
Joseph: What is this? Payback time?

7/23/06- Joseph told me that he read that Duct Tape is like the Force: there's a light side and a dark side and it holds the universe together .

Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don't believe a word of it. I will be more alive than I am today I will have just changed my address..

3/8/07 "If there are no dogs in heaven, when I die I want to go where they went." Will Rogers

7/14//09 Benjamin to Joseph "Don't throw things at yourself; sometimes they hit you."

world troubles

I am working on saving my old blog posts to my computer journal, which I should have done all along. I should also hard copy them. But time! money! paper!

One of my posts talks a bit about living in troubled times. I think it is good to have a reminder, so here is most of it again.

The world is full of troubles. My heart sorrows for them, I pray for them, and occasionally I cast my small pittance into an humanitarian pot.

Then what?

It doesn't do much good to be all glum and gloomy. I derive comfort and hope from the words of Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley - “Peace may be denied for a season. … But God our Eternal Father will watch over this nation and all of the civilized world who look to Him. … Our safety lies in repentance. Our strength comes from obedience to the commandments of God. “Are these perilous times? They are. But there is no need to fear. We can have peace in our hearts and peace in our homes. We can be an influence for good in this world, every one of us” (from an October 2001 general conference address).

I also think of the hymn Scatter Sunshine. In a troubled world, I believe that we should Do our best. Repent. Come unto Christ. Strive to live righteously. Give and serve when and where we can. Pray. Count our blessings. Be happy. Live Laugh Love May we seek the Lord's peace and receive His blessings with joy and gratitude.

I am grateful
*for a living prophet
* for the personal warmth, wit, charm and faith of Gordon B. Hinckley, man and prophet
* that I live in peace and safety, am sheltered, clothed and fed
* for family and friends

Friday, March 9, 2007

Thank you, Richard Drew.

I was going to say, Thank you, Mr Scotch. But actually, the inventor was Mr. Drew.

Yesterday started off well enough.

A pleasant visit at the dog park, then I picked up the boys from Seminary and took them and the dog home.

Somehow, we got behind schedule. Realizing that I was going to miss my best option train AND that I had run out of eggs and sausage at work, I decided to treat myself to a fast food breakfast sandwich betwene trains. FAST? food. Not when half the neighborhood lines up in the drive through for breakfast. I was barely on time for, not the second train, but the third train which would get me to work about 5 minutes late.

But wait, there's more! As I pulled into the train parking lot, I noticed that I had gotten greasy stains on my blouse. No time to go home and change as I was already late. I carry Tide To Go now. Unfortunately, it doesn't do too well on grease.

Cleverly, I decided to shorten my ID badge cord so that it mostly covered up the spots. Sadly, it didn't want to hold still and it sitting next to the spill was like pointing an arrow at it. That's where Richard Drew comes in. He invented Scotch tape. I rolled up a piece (and it really was Scotch tape, not some other brand tape) and put it between a strategically placed button and my ID so my badge would stay in place. It worked quite well, with one mid-day replacement.

Scotch tape saved the day.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

I hate change

blog-city is no longer going to provide free blogs after December, so I am moving. This means in my spare time, I am going to have to go through my old posts and save the ones I want for my journal somewhere else before they all disappear.

This is just a test post, to see what it looks like.