Sunday, April 12, 2015

Week of April 6 - 12, 2015


Spiritual: It was a busy week, but I was blessed to be able to attend two early morning sessions at the temple this week. I was going to go another time, but my allergies from weeding were making my nose and sinuses crazy, so I stayed home. Dad was so busy with preparing and teaching cub scouts, and working on his truck, that he just couldn't make the sessions in the evening on time.

There had been a mixup with my visiting teaching route, and one of our sisters had been assigned to another person...two months ago! She had been getting double visits! Anyway, our route was reduced to one visit sister and one letter only sister, so that was a blessed relief this month. We had a great visit, and after we find out about our new bishop status, I will write to the other sister.

I started the Doctrine and Covenants, and when the General Conference talks became available, I began reading them. They are marvelous as usual.

I indexed over 100 names this week.

Family:  This week: youngest to oldest!

Nathan and Jessica: They completed their temporary relocation this week...AND...they found out that their little baby (I refer to as Tater Tot) is a girl! Both Jess and baby are doing well, and they are adjusting moving from cold to heat, and from a one bedroom apartment to a "studio" situation at Jessica's house. Nate was able to give Dad a TON of help on the truck and the garage this week, too.

Kayty: Car accident was a set back, but our insurance refers to us as gold members, so no deductible needed to be met. However, if Dad and I are ever in a collision, she agreed to pay half our deductible. She had three days off work and used them to recover from a cold and watch television and read.

Morgan:  We didn't see Morgan and didn't hear from him until late Saturday night, when he and his friend Kyle wanted to use the canoe. I was nearly asleep, but Dad got up and got them all fixed up.

Doran, Amber, Kelsie and Kooper: Doing well. They had a dog event on Saturday.

Ethan, Cameo, Kaylee: Busy, busy, busy!

Allison, Mike, Adam, Grace, Josh and Sam: They look well. We saw pics of sweet Sam and Jessica said he is the happiest baby she has ever seen!

Mom- week off was full of work, as usual. I did run a couple of times, but stayed home from any activity after the allergy act-up. I managed to get part of the front yard weeded, though.

Weeds are a menace.

I picked up a few kids books, some building blocks, and a few pink receiving blankets at yard sales. Dad got some cool huge seashells...

Dad worked on the garden, trying to work some more plants in the garden. He also taught a bunch of Wolf Cub Scouts about tools and woodworking and they made bookends on our back porch. He and Nathan got the engine installed on the truck frame, wire wheeled rust of bolts, did some grit blasting and painting, and sought lots of advice on how to put this truck back together.

Lily thought I was pretty sketchy...even after some ham and an oatmeal cookie!

Work: Dad worked hard this week, starting with a full day and then late Monday meetings and dinner. He met his newest edition of the new boss. He attended many meetings, both at home and at the Deer Valley plant. He spent hours on the phone with a supplier in Michigan.

Dad's Truck: With help from Ethan last week, and Nathan this week, the engine fits and is installed in the truck...AND...
for the first time EVER, we have a vehicle (well, the frame anyway) that fits in our garage!!! (Thank you, Morgan, for the initial clean up, Nathan for the final cleaning, and Dad for the courage to toss!)

Dad's Garden: Our plants are full of green tomatoes...and with the warmer weather will come many red tomatoes. It's time to pull up the dead pea vines but he hasn't had time, and my nose will not permit! Grapevines are full of leaves and young grapes. We will need to thin.

Other highlights:

We headed to Cabellas one evening and used some of our Cabela's points to get a 10 x 10 pop up! We are using it over the sandbox to replace our cut down tree's shade, but it will sure be nice on camping trips, when cars need to be repaired, etc.

Not so highlights:

Thursday was quite a day! After my regular exercises and brushing the pool, I went out in the front yard to weed. The house next door had many workers there, including some who were right near me measuring. Thus began a few days of discussions over easements and fence heights. We are not sure the fence height (we want it 36 inches, they want to wall us in), but we are sure they are building in the dedicated easement, which we have tried to explain is not permitted. Hopefully, the City of Phoenix can talk to them before footings are poured and walls are put up. Then,  we received a rather upset phone call from Kayty. She has rear-ended someone on the way to work. We hurried to the scene, and were grateful that no one was hurt, and that the lawyer she hit had minimal to no damage on his car. Her car would run, so Dad drove it home, and after she contacted the insurance company, and he duct taped the bumper and hood, she was able to go to work. "Ellie" is now in the shop and she is renting "Ruby" until it's fixed.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Week of March 30 - April 5, 2015


Dad attended the temple twice, doing work for family members. He also spent time Monday evening at Kathy Hayes' house and she showed him how and where to do research. After he left, Kathy and her husband even found some names and information for him. We were also blessed again this month to see a man that he home teaches that doesn't let visitors come. When we see him at a yard sale, he and Dee have a great visit, talking about gardens and fishing.

I couldn't get to the temple with the later nights, exhaustion, and the temple closing for General Conference, but I did get names indexed. I am now over 1400 names this year. I completed the April Ensign magazine, read the talks from the Women's Broadcast, and am ready for the Conference talks.

We have been so blessed to be able to see General Conference. Yard sales didn't interfere and we were able to see sessions on Saturday and Sunday, even with computer challenges. Dad went to Priesthood session at church, and was the only one there until right before it began. And then the Sunday sessions were superb! It was such a spiritual morning, listening to our prophet, Thomas S. Monson, speak to us. I felt joy for the people in Haiti, the Ivory Coast, and Thailand for the new temples to be built there. I know the temple here has absolutely been one of the greatest blessings in my life. And the talk by Jeffrey R. Holland touched my heart as I thought of the Savior Jesus Christ and what He does for us. I feel spiritually filled and cannot wait to begin reading the text of the talks this Wednesday or Thursday.

Allison, Mike and family enjoyed the kids Spring Break! And...Mike got the car power steering repaired! Hooray for Mike. Note: watch out for Allison. She is pretty strong from driving and might cause damage if she slugged you! They had a great Easter celebration, complete with new swimming suits! I loved Sam's green one!!

Ethan and Cam worked LOTS last week. Late nights. Regular early mornings. Ethan had a project for his boss on Saturday morning. They went to the Easter Pageant at the Temple in Mesa, and poor Ethan fell asleep on the cool grass. They had a great Easter at their house and with the family.

Amber had a rugged week, starting with tons of pain, her gall bladder removed, and a longer than predicted recovery. Kelsie is good. Kooper is apparently enjoying his independence and already having differences of opinion with his Daddy. They looked so cute in their matching Easter outfits.

Morgan stopped by a couple of times. Once, he helped Dad get some truck parts in the attic to keep safe and mow the lawn...and I did three HUGE loads of laundry for him. Normally, that wouldn't be a problem, but on a Kaylee week...Well, I just dried and bagged the stuff up for him. It was great to have him at our Easter celebration this year.

Kayty had a good week at work and spent some time after Priesthood Session of General Conference at her bishop's house. He is being released next week, so it was kind of a going away party.

Nathan and Jessica sold the truck and got all ready for their big move to Phoenix. Jessica is nearly finished with the semester at school. Hooray!

We enjoyed a really nice family Easter dinner and egg hunt after Conference was over. We headed to Dorrie's, had a great meal, great weather, and a pretty good Easter Egg Hunt.

Dad had a pretty good week at work. He has been trying and trying to bring people on these teams back to basic tools used in Six Sigma to discern problems. He has had some success, but often, as soon as something shows up as being possible, the engineers on the teams dive in to solve, when they don't have ALL data about all aspects. He went to many meetings at the Deer Valley plant, as well as participated in many at home. He found out that Honeywell wants us to use all our vacation time as it is allotted. Thus, one fourth of our time should be used by March 31! Nice to tell us on the final day! We can still use it...we just can't save it up till December.

Kaylee had a good week. Poor Cameo had to work a TON! Ethan picked up Kaylee on Monday, and Cameo worked till 11:40 pm, and the nights Ethan worked at the pizza delivery, Kaylee stayed later than usual.

I kept her busy with some indoor activities, since it was pretty hot outdoors during the day.

Evenings were wonderful, so outside we would go!

She did well all week...but by Friday, she was ready to go home with Momma!

Dad's Truck - Lots of grit blasting, painting, storing, and work. He got the engine put together and taken off the frame, with help from Ethan, got the frame painted, got the gauge panel all fixed up, and slowly got more and more done. He needs to let the paint harden, and then put the engine back on, and have it towed to get the exhaust set up. 

Dad's Garden -
The spring tomatoes are full of little green tomatoes, growing each and every day. I spent my week gathering snow pea seeds while Kaylee played right beside me. Dad picked more cabbage and we tried to juice some kale...not too successful. He also pulled lots of carrots and garlic. He planted cucumbers, peppers, and his spaghetti squash is doing well.

I used those eggs I cooled in the pool for deviled Easter eggs, and his cabbage and made the Easter cabbage salad.

Other highlights -

My car achieved 140,000 miles of driving Friday morning!

I received a letter from Gracie! She even drew a cute cartoon! So happy!!! We are trying to get to see you all. I have a date in mind, but I have to check with Allison first.

I woke up and pulled my tired body out of bed Saturday morning to see the Lunar Eclipse. It was so worth it! I didn't take pics or anything, but it was amazing.

I got Kayty's income tax papers done. It took FOREVER...and a few get her forms from work, but it is done and mailed.

Not so highlights

Warm days + not so cool nights + a stubborn lady who won't turn on the A/C in March made for some pretty warm and tough to sleep nights. I don't know why but the nights I NEED sleep when I watch Kaylee are exactly the ones I can't stay asleep at night. Ugh!

Open windows and dusty wind will make for a yucky dusting day on Monday!

Dad and Kayty are both struggling with colds. I am trying to stay away from both of them.

Really, either there wasn't much disappointing that happened, or I already forgot it. Isn't that the way it always is...don't dwell on the disappointments and they sometimes disappear. 


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Week of March 23 - 29, 2015

Weekly Highlights:

Our last week ended with a great call from Nate, with him sharing the classes he is going to take online in the upcoming semester as well as is plans for the next months. They are readying to come here temporarily by packing up the storage unit and Nate helping get another unit operating before the semester ends. Dad also talked with Doran for awhile.

Spiritual -

We enjoyed a wonderful week serving at the temple. I was able to attend the first early morning sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, we sealed members of our family for time and all eternity on Tuesday evening, and Dad and I attended a session on Wednesday evening.

The missionaries serving in our ward came to dinner, and Dad's Chinese was the best ever!

We had a wonderful eight year old baptismal service on Saturday, with six very happy children from five wards in our stake and lots of friends and family. I love our calling to work with these special children! It was LOTS of work setting up 50 chairs in four rooms, and lots of baptismal laundry after, but so worth it!

Since I usually sit alone at any stake event, I invited Mom/Nano to attend the General Women's Broadcast and I drove (like a crazy person, since I fell asleep on the couch and woke up ten minutes before I had to get to Mom's house) and picked her and Kathy up, and went to her stake center, which was the building I was baptized in. It was great to sit and hear inspired words with two very special ladies!!

I have indexed over 1300 names so far this year. Not near the record my mom set, though. Nano indexed over 55,000 names last year. She is a legend in her stake!

On Sunday night, since Dad has been trying all month and could not reach his home teaching companion, I went with him to visit the Bartons and the Burrows. Two very wonderful families!

Family -

Ethan and Cameo were invited to celebrate her sister, Jade's, 30th birthday, and were picked up by a limousine and taken to a nice restaurant. From the pics, it looks like they had a good time.

Amber had a rough week with her gall bladder. We hope and pray for her problems to be solved...and soon.

Kayty had a busy work week. She had to work two twelve hour days this week, both opening and closing the store. She did get her car emissions tested and she passed, and this week she will get her registration completed. She has to locate her w-4 forms to get her income tax done...and soon. She was in charge of a talent show at her ward for family home evening and it came out great...and she sang and was chosen to sing at the next level of shows. 

We talked a few times to Nathan. He spent the week fixing a truck for work so they can hire another person to clean carpets. He also worked hard fixing his truck up to get it ready to sell. He has been fighting a pesky oil leak and has changed or tightened nearly everything...and then it comes back! He was on a waiting list for an English 101 class and got in! He felt very blessed. They are moving out of their apartment April 8 and will get settled at the Hudson's house in time for both of them to begin their online semester of classes. Jessica is feeling a bit better, not so nauseous.

Work -

Dad is making more and more progress is getting these teams he is working with to use the basic tools to solve their problem parts. He is liking what he is doing more and more.

Saturday afternoon, after we got home from the baptisms, he did a side job for Bishop Layton, for his job. He made some complicated little metal thing that took two and a half hours to make. 

My week "off work" is always very busy, and I did lots of catch up cleaning, brushed the pool four times, worked around the yard, plus got things delivered for visiting teaching, cutting up the over abundant garden produce Dad brings in, and temple attending. I also boiled some of our hen's eggs, for Kayty and Kaylee to dye...and I cooled them in this the pool!

 Hopefully, they peel well...on Easter

Baking -

The oven was busy this week...which is not typical. I baked six dozen oatmeal cookies, three dozen Grace and Allison Chocolate Chip cookies, a pan of brownies (for those hungry missionaries - who ended up not eating any), and a key lime pie with a homemade graham cracker crust. Those cookies, plus some candy, ended up being used in two goodie plates that I delivered to two of my visiting teaching sisters.

I also baked a pretty awesome key lime pie!

I made two batches of prickly pear jelly...and the second one did gel! (It was gel-ing as soon as I added the sugar. The amount of pectin is the key!)

Dad's Truck -

He grit blasted, painted, and he and I together worked on getting the engine test-set in place so he could drill the holes in the frame to set the motor mounts. It took a lot of pushing and pulling, but us two old folks got it put into place and the front motor mounts are in place and things look like they will fit right.

Weather - only one word: HOT! Now, it is always like this...when 90 hits, it seems awful, but by September, it seems like sweater weather. I really, though, did contemplate selling this place and being somewhere cooler...

Dad's Garden - He picked some huge Asian Cabbages, which, at first, I was cross about, since I didn't know what to do with them,

until I looked on the internet. I made a pretty awesome cabbage salad with some (and I have one saved to use next Sunday for Easter at Dorrie's). I think it looks nicer in the salad too, so that will be my cabbage of choice in the future.

He is still getting tomatoes from our Fall plants, and the Winter ones are full of young ones. He picked tons of carrots, and he pulled up his kale (on a side note, we only had time for three yard sales, all right by us, yesterday, and he scored a Jack LaLane juicer for 15 bucks- and he juiced kale last night), an a/c heater unit to go on his truck, a very nice hand finish machine for 5 bucks, and a new Weber Grill for ten bucks (one of ours has no wheels- they melted with an over-exuberant fire). He also started new beds, which includes working in new mulch, chicken manure, and then relaying the watering lines and plastic. He planted cucumbers and pequin chili peppers.

Other good things this week...

Still loving my jogging this week. Mornings still run in the 60's.

I am in 2nd Peter in the New Testament and I hope to complete my New Testament reading next week before General Conference, so I can begin reading all those talks. I am also working on reading the March Ensign cover to cover. This was a goal I set last year, and since it is not a regular part of my life, I keep with the goal.

I LOVE my new steam mop!!! Mopping is SOOO much easier!!

Dad enjoyed the pool a few times this week. Not me, though. It is still way too cold.

Not so highlights:

During my cooking craze, we also made a batch of prickly pear jelly...that didn't gel. Ugh!!! I used to have no problems when I had MCP brand pectin to use. That was the only brand that worked. Another company bought them out and I cant for the life of me get a batch to gel. I even used citric acid rather than lemon juice...which just ended up making a tart flavored jelly.

My baptismal program typing ended up as crazy as it was to get the information. I had to keep adding and changing. The only thing was, I did not change the speakers from our last baptism. I had typed them correctly on Dad's conducting sheet, but did not compare with the program.

Next time, I compare before we get to church. I am so grateful that the two people on the program were not in attendance. That might have given someone a heart attack finding out they were to give a talk!

We also found out, via a post on Facebook by the realtor who sold the house, that our bishop and his family are moving out of the ward. He has been such a great leader and has valiantly worked to get us to make our lives more in line with the Lord and to get people to the temple. In his office, he has a picture of every single child and youth in the ward, with their name on each one. They are truly his focus. I am glad for them, though. They have been renting this huge gorgeous home for years. I guess they decided to settle here. They move in two to three weeks, so changes in our ward will be happening soon.