Sunday, May 1, 2016

Week of April 25 - May 1, 2016

Highlights:

Spiritual
Dad attended a wonderful Wednesday evening temple session.


For my cub scout church calling, we had pack meeting. Our den did the skit and did the BEST job. I really love the wolf cubs. They are just so excited about everything!! I prepared on Sunday for my scout meeting this Wednesday. They are meeting here to discuss camping prep and Dad will show them how to find animal sign and fire safety. Dad is now going to teach the High Priests Group on the second Sunday of the month. It will be interesting next week with his first lesson after we have a stake baptism. I got the program, script and general information for our baptism next Saturday prepared

We each had our second temple recommend interview on Sunday afternoon. (First one with the bishop and then with the stake presidency. We are now good for the next two years.

I indexed a bit every morning this week. I have indexed a total of 6383 records so far this year.

In scripture reading, I am in 2 Nephi 29. I printed my two most necessary conference talks and I read them every morning when I wait for Kaylee to come out to the car.

Family

The Wilkins Family
Wilkins may be searching elsewhere for a new home. Things keep falling through on their current home and it's getting very frustrating! Right now they are still working with their present landlord and waiting for the bank to continue on its slow process. Adam is running a fever and not feeling to well. Grace is doing well and has worked and worked and finally grown her hair long enough so that she can have it cut this week and donate it to an organization that provides wigs for ill children. I cannot think of a kinder thing for someone to do. So doggone proud of you, Grace! Josh is still our sweet little Dorito lover! He is a happy little guy. Sam was singing in the background when I spoke with Allison. It made my heart sing to hear his sweet voice! Adam and Grace tried out and each made the school talent show with their piano solos. Adam is going to play something from Green Day and Grace is playing "Ode to Joy", which she played for me on the phone. She has grown in her piano skills so much since we heard her play last! Allison has been working more at the temple and working in three church callings. Mike is busy working and serving as the High Priest group secretary.

The Ethan Rice Family
Here are some more pics from Ethan and Cameo from their Oceanside/Carlsbad trip
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They had a good week, both at work and home. Ethan is an offer up pro and ended up getting a better generator for their travel trailer, and selling their old one for a good price, plus he nabbed a cast iron griddle for a great price. Cameo had some late work hours due to end of month billing at work, but Ethan got here nice and often early so Kaylee left in a happy mood.

Friday evening, they took the boat and headed to Lake Pleasant with dad for some night fishing. Dad did catch one fish, and it was a keeper - about 12 inches long. Not much fish catching anywhere and there were problems with getting the boat motor to raise back up. The boat is now in the front yard awaiting repairs and maintenance.

Ethan, Cam and Kaylee spent Saturday fishing at Encanto Park.
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The Doran Rice Family
Doran and Amber had some excitement during their week. Apparently, some thieves deposited their loot in Amber and Doran's back yard and then were hiding in the neighborhood. Police searched briefly and made an arrest about eight doors down. Doran worked on the most amazing compost containers.  Kooper was feeling poorly on the weekend...hope he feels better soon.

Morgan
Morgan helped a friend move his belongings to a storage unit on Wednesday and borrowed the trailer.
He took a trip to the Grand Canyon last week. They originally thought it was one of those free National Park weekends, but alas it was not. His job is going well.

Kayty
Kayty had Monday and Tuesday off work, so she slept late, watched Netflix and Hulu, and went to pick up medical records to get her lawsuit from her October car accident moving along. Dad found a kitten in the back yard that someone had dumped, and Kayty adopted her.

I had better not see any mess from this little mess maker! (the cat too). CeeCee - our old and final cat - left too many horrible memories of clean up for me to ever deal with that again! Kayty had training in Tempe on Wednesday and Thursday, and regular work hours on Friday,
Saturday, and Sunday.

Total saves this week: 1


The Nathan Rice Family
Dad talked to Nathan late Sunday night. First week of school endured. He didn't get the internship day he originally wanted, but Tuesday early mornings will be ok. He learned last week that engineers write in only capital letters. Dad knew that. I never realized that the do, but now I do. He had a huge chemistry test, which he aced, and he managed to get that internship moved back to Friday. He likes his new English teacher, who replace the English teacher that never showed up to class. This teacher served his mission in Korea as well. Jessica is doing billing for her parents' plumbing company, so a new printer, and a larger desk are filling their apartment. Annalee received her six month vaccinations, not fun for her, but she smiled at Grammy on our Facetime and actually seemed like she remembered me! Dad spoke with Nate on Sunday evening and got to facetime with Annalee.

Work
Dad's week started with meeting after meeting on Monday, beginning at 6:30 am. Long week with supplier visits and frustrations, too much work to do and not enough time. He also did begin work on becoming a substitute school teacher.


Kaylee and I started "B" week
puzzles

blowing bubbles and playing with a beach ball

reading with Granny Dorrie when she stopped by to bring Papa his birthday card

making a Bee "B"

matching bees to their flowers (color match)
There was LOTS of outside play with beautiful temperatures in the 70's and 80's!



butterfly playdough

butterfly magnet pom poms
playing Polly Pocket dolls

Doing a small Button workbook

counting buttons

making cages for kayty's stuffed animals

Bear Activities involving color matching gummy bears and teddy graham cookies

She loves to be a Veterinarian, so she gave stuffed bears and a few other animals check ups
We spent hours watching Kayty's kitty



Dad's Garden
Our tomato plants are not improving. Seems we have a bad case of root wrot! Dad asked on his Maricopa Gardeners facebook group and they gave a diagnosis. We will plant in a different bed next year and once these tomatoes have ripened, he will tear out the dead plants and cover with clear plastic to sterilize. We picked very nice tomatoes.



We owe ten pounds to our bishop. who was the winning bid on 10 pounds of tomatoes at the Scout Auction.We had his first two pounds ready for delivery. We hung bird netting and tarps to prevent sunburn since the leaves are few now.

I made Dad a garden meal: pasta with fresh pesto from our basil, yellow squash and tomato slices.


Dad's Truck
No truck work this week.

Year of the House
No work on house this week.

Other highlights
The weather was BEAUTIFUL this week! Monday was cool and breezy. It has just worked out that I take care of Kaylee on the weeks Ethan and Cameo work five days, so having wonderful weather makes it much easier to keep this granddaughter happy! Saturday was cloudy and magnificent, so Dad and I did some trimming and hauling of branches out to the front pile for end of May bulk trash pick up.We had gotten a few spits of rain on us as we worked and were watching glorious rain and hearing thunder. At first, all we got was this,

but we ended up getting a bit more.

Not as much as near where Doran and Amber live, but still very nice!


Not so highlights
Our new neighbor has proved to be very 'interesting'. He wants to install pavers along the entire road out in front of our house. He received a $35,000 estimate...I laughed!

 We found what ended up to be four kittens in the back yard. Two are left and we are trying to find a new home...soon. I am NOT a fan of one cat, and surely not a fan of two others. (Ethan and Cameo took the little grey girl home with them.)

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Week of April 18 - 24, 2016

Highlights:

Spiritual
I began my Wednesday at the Phoenix Temple. It is nice to have so many more people in the sessions. There are always quite a few men - 18 this time, and there were 11 women, which is more than I have seen in a long time. It was a wonderful session and great to serve there.


I had a good scout meeting this week.We played some fun indoor games and talked a lot about good sportsmanship. Perhaps some of the Presidential candidates need the lesson our eight year old boys received!


I went visiting teaching with my companion on Tuesday and Thursday. One sister we visit had just completed jury duty service and told us a little about the trial she was on, since it was done. The second sister has homes both in Flagstaff and Phoenix and we had a fun visit. I had mailed the message, calendar and letter to my only-by-mail sister earlier in the month.

My visiting teachers came on Monday morning. Our home teachers came on Tuesday evening for a wonderful visit. We love our visits from Brother Parker and Bishop Edwards.

We had one of the many new families moving in our ward speak on Sunday. I love the stories of conversion and faith we heard. I was asked at the last minute to fill in for the Sacrament Meeting Chorister, and then I ran down to Primary where I substituted for the primary chorister in both junior and senior primaries. 

I am in 2 Nephi 12,
I have indexed  6015 records so far this year. 

Family

The Wilkins Family
This Wilkins family had a busy week with work, school and activities. All are well with them.

The Ethan Rice Family
Ethan and Kaylee came by on Tuesday night. She played with me and Dad and Ethan prepped ocean fishing rods for the trip to California.
Happy 10th Anniversary on April 22nd.
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Some pics of this family on their anniversary trip...

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Ethan needed his trailer hitch back so they also came by on Sunday for a visit and to get that so Ethan could move the boat stored at their house into the garage and move the trailer nearer the house.

The Doran Rice Family
I do believe we have Queen Elizabeth on her way to school...
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This made me chuckle.
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 There was one time in a Sacrament Primary Program that this little boy's father sat in front of the entire church doing the exact same thing. I kept trying to get his attention over and over. Finally, a teacher near him noticed my pleadings...

Doran is working on building his own composter. He is doing well at work and trying to find a suitable replacement so his promotion to technician can finally go through. 

Morgan
Morgan was busy with work all week.

Kayty
Kayty journeyed back to Phoenix on Monday night. I saw her and welcomed her home at midnight, and then checked on her periodically all night and till her time to go to work. She was zonked! She had a very frustrating work week and is seeking new employment.

Total saves this week:  ZERO! First time since last November!!!!!    A Huge thank you to the Wilkins family for making sure Kayty was well. It was a kind of vacation for Dad and I, though we now automatically wake up all night, we could return to sleep, and go on with our days without worry.

The Nathan Rice Family
We didn't talk to Nathan till Wednesday night. LOTS of homework already!! He will work in the machine shop early on Friday morning, get credit for that, and qualify for working there in future semesters.

Jessica spent Friday exploring and shared some wonderful pictures...
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He talked to dad en route from California about school and working on their car. it seems that something he had repaired and replaced months ago had already broken! Hard to work in an apartment parking lot rather than in a driveway near a tool filled garage!

Work
Dad's three day week was full of meetings. He tried to show me a screw that had been cut in half and analyzed and revealed that the supplier was cutting it incorrectly. It was like looking at an ultrasound. "Ummm...Whatever you say."

My "week off" was very busy. Being my last week to be able to accomplish April due dates, I completed my visiting teaching, paid bills, and went tot he dentist for my fillings and crown prep. As always, the shots and recovering is worse than the actual procedure. I have a list of goals that I have need to accomplish that is compiled starting at the end of my week off. This week, I wanted to clean and dust one shelf in the china cabinet. I got into it and ended up organizing the whole cabinet and put special dishes on display, kept favorites and prepped the rest to give to Deseret Industries. I also ended up weeding through the Easter decorations and getting rid of old/tired stuff. I had Dee grind down a nail or two on the bathroom door trim and then I filled and painted the rest of the trim around the mirror and door. I did my regular loads of laundry, dusted, vacuumed, scrubbed bathrooms, filled in spreadsheets, prepped and shopped for my month of cub scouts, took a load of stuff to Deseret Industries, sealed the granite kitchen counters, scrubbed the kitchen floor, powdered up the many eggshells given to us (thank you, Cameo and Nano!), restocked the paper towels and toilet paper, made a triple batch of basil walnut pesto from the garden, made dad's germann vanilla (can't have chocolate any more so it's going to be a white or yellow cake) cake frosting, prepared for scouts, prepared to sub in primary tomorrow, and watched Netflix decorating shows to my hearts content.

Dad's Garden
Snow peas have had it, and I just spend time gathering seeds for planting next year. Tomatoes are ripening and we will have to bird net cover soon.It is sad because our crop this year will be minimal. We just can't figure out what is causing the leaves to shrivel up and die. It happened last year, but later in the season, and he made sure he watered better and didn't overwater to ensure proper plant nourishment. They grew fabulously for four months and now the tomatoes on them are getting sunburned due to the leaves dying.  It is a good learning experience for us. If our crop isn't as good this year, we can make changes and just purchase canned tomatoes for the next year. It wasn't that way years ago with a farm. Crop would be planted and worked, and all of a sudden a storm or insects would destroy it...and their income for the year! Dad is trying to determine what went wrong.

Dad's Truck
No truck work this week.

Year of the House
Dad has a few tiles near the tub spout in the bathroom to still take care of, and I need to come up with a new piece of artwork to hang on the wall, but I am counting the bathroom as done. Dad's upcoming projects are creating a cabinet over the kitchen stove cabinets that allows for a vent tube to go out of the house, and then, the master bathroom. We are slowly going to replace the doors, but with Dad out of town this week, we didn't even purchase. 

Dad's birthday
His gift from me came in the form of a gift card that he received on his birthday eve. He got on ebay and purchased a sushi knife.  I took him to Ethan and Cameo's early on Thursday morning and off they headed to Carlsbad State Beach and a Friday 3/4 day fishing excursion.



They watched the sun set till it went into the sea!
Dad called early Friday morning, letting me know there were enough reservations for fishing to assure their trip would happen.




This ended up being the best part of the trip. Let's just say the ocean was very rough. Dad can't throw up, so he spent the entire trip seasick and nauseous. Ethan himself lost his cookies seven times, but was able to feel well enough to catch a barracuda and some other fish.

They had a good evening at the campsight.

Went to the beach on Saturday morning
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Got date shakes on the way home (that would be enough to make ME toss lose my cookies!!)

They got home late Saturday night with stories of more puking on the boat, and lots of fun. Kayty took a tour of their trailer and decided camping might be for her. (It seems she misses the 15 passenger van she and Allison took over as their hotel on wheels on our family camping trips through the years.)


Other highlights
Happy Anniversary to Us! Dad started the day having to be at a very early men's Stake Priesthood Meeting, and we went to church. I had hoped to at least sit together in Sacrament Meeting, but the chorister called 20 minutes before I had to leave to ask me to sub for her, since she hurt her knee. So, it was back and forth for that meeting, and then in Primary for the rest of the morning. When you go through your day to day life, often the bad things that occur seem to come more to mind, but when you stop and look at the big picture, you smile and feel such great joy! It has been a wonderful...albeit interesting, joyful, distressing, and adventurous 36 years, but I do look forward to the next years and eternity!!

Not so highlights
Seasickness...dry hot weather...car troubles in Idaho...that's all I can tell you for now.