Sunday, July 20, 2014

Week of July 14-20, 2014

Monday - One purifying day, since I spent it sweating…a lot. I woke early, ran 3 miles, raked needles and bean pods, and used my new wheelbarrow for my needles.

 Our compost should be full of nitrogen next season! I woke up Dee and started my house work: bathroom, vacuuming…which worked up quite a sweat! I did work all day getting a visiting teaching appointment with one of my sisters…the next day at 4 pm and my companion could go as well! Score! Dinner was Hot and Sour Soup and some fried Korean things that Nate left in the freezer.

 After dinner, I sweated some more as I raked and bagged mesquite beans, and then worked on getting the outside stuff off the downed palm tree so Dee will be able to saw it apart. I learned how to from Youtube, but it's harder than it looks, especially when the tree is down. After 3 wheelbarrows full, I went inside to cool off, drink water, sweat some more, and watch Master Chef and 24…not sure if that was a good ending or not, since I didn't catch on to the series until a few weeks ago. Clean up, bathe, and bedtime followed.

Tuesday - Dee didn't sleep well last night, so thus I didn't sleep well. I finally got up at 3:15 and headed out the door on my run at 4 am. It's nice to run in those early hours right before dawn. After coming in the house, changing shoes, I headed out to brush the pool and get some mesquite beans raked and bagged up. Early wake up calls for both Dad and Kayty, since they had to be on the road early. I dusted and vacuumed, and headed to Michael's. I wanted paint for my ornaments, which they did not have. What they did have, however, was golds and browns, and purples and greens and pumpkins. Yes, Fall had arrived at Michael's and I was happy as a clam!
I ended up getting only four paints, plus some stocking gifts, both there and at Target next door. I headed home, started Grammy Bags for Kayty to take to the kids, but didn't get into much, since I had a visiting teaching appointment that afternoon. I got a call postponing the appointment, and so we worked in the yard - Dee fixed the drip system leaks and I pruned and raked and bagged mesquite beans. Dee talked with Grace and Allison for an update in the evening, while I recovered on the couch. After declaring that I smelled like a wet yak, we headed out to the pool, and then laundered Kayty's stuff from her last Vegas trip so I could re pack it after it dried. Sharynn called late, asking about Nate and Jess and the flooding rain in Pocatello, but since we hadn't heard, and I don't hover, we knew nothing. I couldn't keep my eyes open, so I crashed.

Wednesday - I kept hitting the snooze on my cell phone alarm, so I decided to exercise and do some yard work. I got my exercised half done, finished loading Kayty's suitcase from the dryer, raked some beans in the back yard and woke Dee and Kayty up. The morning was filled with cleaning and vacuuming, and reading Allison's blog. I headed out to my visiting teaching appointment late, but my companion and I had a good visit, and I headed to Fry's to get some groceries. While there, I got a treasured Joshy call, and ended up getting to talk to Adam and to Allison. It is hard as a mom to not want to just run and make things better, but I know that the Lord knows what's the right thing for these families my children are each part of, individually, and I must stand back and wait till directed. I do know that each child of mine is truly in the Lord's tender loving care. I pray with all my heart every morning and night, for my kids, for their jobs, for their health, for strength and protection for my school attending grandkids, for growth experiences. I truly know the Lord is watching over them, and loves each one of them even more than I do.

We were blessed with wedding pictures from Jessica, texts that they didn't have any storming, a call from Morgan, and a visit from the missionaries serving in our ward, showing more of Family Search to us. We watched Duck Dynasty and ended our day.

Thursday - I ran and was totally surprised to run by the temple and see lights on. It wasn't the upper temple lights, but it looked absolutely gorgeous, and the fountains were operating!



After running, I brushed the pool, watered the sunflower seeds (sunflowers are now just ugly sagging things full of seeds. At city of Phoenix rates, the seeds I get will end up costing over $100, though they would cost about $5 at the Dollar Tree). I raked more mesquite beans and swept up the lower courtyard. It should look good...for a few hours. Morning was filled with dusting, vacuuming and cleaning, interrupted with watching and listening to reports of a Malaysian Passenger Plane with 295 people on board shot down by Russian loyalists in Ukraine. So sad. Christmas in July has been a little inactive this week, though I did want to start ornaments. My remaining paint has been shipped, so maybe my next week off will start that. I did get much of Jessica's stocking embroidered. Now, I start the heel and toe crosshatch stitching. Dinner was salad and venison and we worked in the yard, a lot on trying to get anything done with that doggone palm tree. I was DEAD in the evening and could barely see when I finally went to bed. 

Friday - I had to get people up for work today, so I decided to hike. What a surprise to find the upper temple lights on! I guess they are working the neighbors into the idea that the temple is almost complete.


 I had a great hike...less humid and more cool (the temp gauge in my car said 77 degrees when I pulled into the driveway. I started up Dee's computer, ran outside to water the sunflower seeds and let the chickens out, and noticed that, yes...the lower courtyard was full of mesquite beans! ugh! I raked and swept a bit, ran indoors to make Dee's breakfast and get to work. Dee got out the door, Kayty woke up, finished getting ready and left, and I cleaned and vacuumed some more. We have had a Check Engine light on for quite awhile, and it is now emissions testing time, so we have to discover what is wrong. Vacuum problems.

 Dee is concocting a device to make smoke to locate leaks in the vacuum system.



I am laughing...or rather snickering...a lot.

Saturday - We had to leave early, so I just jogged to the temple, hoping lights would be on. They weren't but it was still great. The weather was cloudy and I could see rain off in the distance.

Nothing for us, as usual.

I brushed the pool, watered the sunflowers, and let the chickens out, got ready and Dee up...and we headed out to the Gilbert Temple to attend a sealing. We had been invited by a young lady and her husband who used to attend Dee's dances. That temple is HUGE inside. The waiting room for the sealing attendance is huge. The sealing room itself was huge. It was nice to just sit and take it all in for awhile, rather than rushing through like during the open house.

We traveled home, I cleaned, dusted, and vacuumed....and turned on Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Music. So inspiring!!!! I worked on Jessica's Christmas stocking and made a lot of progress!

Dee worked on his contraption (I snickered some more.) We shopped for groceries, and after dinner, we put the contraption to work.

Now, in his defense, the contraption DID work. After a small explosion, a new stove since the old burner was harmed in said explosion, we did get smoke into the system and find a leak...where it's most expensive to have a leak and we have to have someone else repair. So, instead of buying the cheap 30 dollar fix, we spent fourteen bucks to learn we need to spend over three hundred. Sixteen dollar savings. Oh, well, I am really glad these things happen now that it's not financially devastating to us...just a bit of an adjustment.


We enjoyed pics from Kayty in Vegas. Wishing we were there, but happy they are having fun.

Sunday - I tried to sleep nearer the fan...and slept little, though we woke up late, but made it to church. Sacrament Meeting was awesome as always and nursery was short and sweet. We lunched, I got more pics of my Arizona grandson and combined it with one of my Vegas grandsons...

 sat around, Dee scanned pics to upload to Family Search, ate fish and salad for dinner.

We did find out Morgan and friends had a falling out, and his friend Latricia hasn't seen him for three days.

Kind of concerned...

Here is the summary of my week...


Pruned and raked...

but still more beans!

I pruned this one...the one I thought had so few mesquite beans. I learned that big tree means many beans, but they are just spread out, kind of like when I used to spread the canned peas out on my dinner plate so they didn't look like as many to eat. 


My growing pile: 5 wheelbarrows full of palm tree stuff, four feed bags full of mesquite beans plus two hampers full, many mesquite branches as well as some mulberry and orange tree trimmings...

Pathway I pruned to above pile through stickery desert trees. 

Pouty sunflowers. I am still not sure they are worth ALL the water they get...


Nathan cut down the palm tree and Dee got it into more pieces which are way too heavy to get out to the pile. Ethan's gonna help when he gets Kaylee one night next week. 

My efforts at palm tree shaving...this is the good side...

This is the not so good side...
More mesquite beans in the lower courtyard. I promise this was empty, or nearly so, a few days ago.


And the tree is full of more...ugh!

brushed pool...beautiful!
 And Jessica's stocking...

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Week of July 7 - July 13, 2014

Monday - The day began with a very muggy 3 mile run. I was grateful for the clouds. Kaylee came and we had a good day. We celebrated Christmas in July by watching The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown".


Kayty was off and took her in the pool after her nap. Our friend helped complete our slide and delivered it. I took the first trip down.

After dinner and a trip to Lowe's for more paint for my chairs, I made sugar cookie dough, hoping to make some cookies for Christmas in July…on Wednesday, National Sugar Cookie Day.

Tuesday - I took a shorter jog…2 miles…and then exercised for a half hour before brushing the pool, cleaning the house, and Kaylee's arrival. Nano made an unexpected visit, so Kaylee and I spent the morning indoors. We watched Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, got a wonderful call from Joshy and family (I just LOVE it when Joshy calls me! I may not understand all he says, but it makes me feel loved and not so far away!) and after her nap, she swam with Kayty and Grammy went down the new slide 8 times trying to lure her to try it. Nothing doing! It took Daddy coming and putting her on the slide, and she went down over and over without a thought.
Kaylee shows Kayty how to sweep the floor. 

Kayty is NOT a good student!

I spent the evening baking star shaped sugar cookies to prepare for my Christmas in July activity tomorrow: icing sugar cookies.


 I was so tired after I finally got everything cleaned up that I just went to bed.

Wednesday - Dee had a rough night, and ended up in the recliner in the family room, which meant I couldn't get out to run or hike, so I ended up trying to sleep. Waking every 15 minutes is NOT sleeping, so I didn't get rest. National Sugar Cookie Day, and Jessica's birthday, were great, though it didn't work out the way I thought it would. Kaylee is not comfortable in new situations, and so this yellow icing thing, though tasty, was just too much after the first cookie, and she was done.


It was all good, though, and she took 9, or rather 6 cookies home (she made Mommy try a couple when she came to get her.)



We tried Charlie Brown Christmas, but she wasn't that interested, so we will attempt tomorrow. I did receive a call, and that spot on my back that hasn't changed in years and years, but IS dark and irregular shaped and colored, needs to be removed to make sure it doesn't' turn into melanoma. Appointment was scheduled for July 31st.

After a taco dinner, and Kaylee heading out with Mommy, we were Skype called by nephew Braydonn and were able to hear where he will serve his two year LDS church mission: Mexico Villahermosa Mission, right at the southern-most part of Mexico.


 We were so thankful to participate with our Utah family. After a quick trip to the Dollar Tree for unnecessary junk, and a brief stop by the Phoenix Temple to see another lighting test, we spent the rest of the evening readying for rest.

Thursday - It was humid, but humid makes a morning much more tolerable! I jogged and raked some pine needles, got the house clean and worked on Grace's baptism gift until Kaylee arrived. We swam, which was nice to do in the warm water, and with the deck still being cool. The day was filled with 18 month old play, a nap, and a sometimes cross little girl. Not sure what's wrong…but something isn't right. She perked up when Ethan came to get her! Dad painted more of my birthday chairs, and the evening was spent just recovering from the day.

Friday - The day began with a run, and a quick jump in the pool when I got back. Cameo took Kaylee to visit the doctor, so I worked on Grace's baptism gift (completed part of it) and Jessica's stocking. Kaylee finally arrived after noon, and the rest of the day was spent trying to get a urinalysis sample. Yep, you guessed it. Epic Fail! I tell you, I don't know whose idea it was to tape a bag on a toddler, in her diaper, and expect her to cooperate. I wouldn't have cooperated with that thing! We tried her potty too...nothing doing. She rested later, and was glad Mommy had come to pick her up. We headed to Costco, but Dee was bugged by the store not carrying the book "America" by D'nesh DeSousa, so I just hurried to get my necessities: water, salad, and some more alcohol (not the drinking kind) and peroxide. Nate gave us a phone call and told us of his week. He continues to look for work and work on the vehicles there. It was so nice to talk to him.  We watched the encore presentations of Master Chef and 24 because we missed them the other night (though the 24 episode was the one on the week prior, not the one we missed! Heck, we hardly watch any tv anyway, and when the wrong thing is on: waste of wasted time. Dee chatted with Gracie later, and heard of all the doings of the Wilkins family. I tried to encourage Dee to get to bed earlier, since we had to be up early for Saturday stuff...but he couldn't get to sleep till almost 2 am.

Saturday - I got up at 4:30 am, thinking I would exercise, when I realized we had to LEAVE by 5:30 am and I had a pool to brush, flowers to water, a tree to pull a hose to, and chickens to take care of, so no exercising for me. I got Dee up and going, and we headed out to the National Memorial Cemetery. Two young brothers in our ward are working on their Eagle Scout projects, so we went out and spent a little over an hour sweeping gravestones. I tell you, it was humbling to just read the names, and branch of military and the wars fought. I was so glad we spent some time there! On our way out, I looked and saw a vehicle with the back hatch open. Next to it, under a tree, sat a sweet elderly lady in a folding chair, right by a grave. She had bent over to get something off of the marker, and had flowers placed there. I thought of how sweet it was for her to come there to be able to spend time near someone she obviously loved very dearly. There were and continue to be many sacrifices for our freedom and way of life in America. I was so much more grateful. We yard saled, Dee napped while I cleaned, did laundry, and got my 2014 Christmas ornaments under way. We headed out to D.I. to leave a donation, and went to Smart and Final, Dee ate his favorite Chinese, Harbor Freight (blech) and home.  It was pretty hot, so the afternoon was more of a siesta time. Dee worked on my chairs when the clouds came out, and we actually took a swim...longer than a few minutes! (I have been waiting for these biopsy spots to be healing...and I finally could swim!) Evening was spent with Kayty spending the night at a friend's house, and we watched a movie on television, cleaned, and got ready for Sunday.

Sunday - I was awakened with a text from someone at church; the step-mother of those two eagle project boys from yesterday, asking if I could substitute in the nursery for her. She must have had too much sun the day before. I gladly said I would, and after another wonderful Sacrament Meeting at church, I spent the next two hours in the nursery. I was absolutely and totally wiped out afterwards, since we had one of the nine children in there that cried the entire time. Dee and I hung around church because we were attending the next ward's Sacrament Meeting to hear Brian Godwin, one of Nate's childhood friends, report after returning from his two year mission in Poland. Nate and him just missed each other by a couple of days. It was a very interesting and informative talk. I learned so much of Poland and the challenges Brian met and the difficulties life has brought for many many years to the Polish people. All the time, I could remember back to the time Nate and Brian and another young man in our ward went out trick or treating, all dressed as the Three Musketeers. Now they are all grown up! We arrived home, ate, and had a wonderful visit from Ethan, Cameo and Kaylee. The evening was spent just reading, etc.

Christmas in July this week covered two movies, sugar cookies, getting my ornaments ready to paint (I only have to buy a few more colors of paint), and working on Jessica's stocking, which I made a lot of progress on.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Week of June 30 to July 6 2014

Monday - I had a good run, though I am starting to be a sweaty mess upon returning. It's near 90 degrees, even at 4:30 am. I worked in the grapevines, and pruned some more grapes off. I heard Nathan out in front. It was the last day of preparation for them to leave, and he began by getting his truck as together as he could and prepared to tow to Jessica's.






 I had to leave for a dermatologist appointment for a skin cancer scan. They found two spots that they ended up biopsying...not a big deal until the Novocaine wore off. Nate was leaving as I returned, with a huge list to get done. I cleaned and my new visiting teacher came over. She is wonderful and we had a great visit. Nate and Jess returned to get tires from one vehicle to the other, oil and pack up the rest of his stuff.
Jessica watched how to add freon to her car on youtube and set out to do it. 

All too soon, it was time for him to get to Jessica's...we said our goodbyes (I am NOT a good bye fan!) and watched as the van left our house for the last time.




This van carried our family up Highway One in California,  to Yellowstone and The Grand Tetons, moved kids to Flagstaff, hauled miles to baseball and football games, dance practices, piano recitals, graduations, weddings, and even a couple of funerals, provided us with a second income from disc jockeying (and through that disc jockeying even provided a few prom dates...and a wife)  served as Santa's Vegas Sleigh and moved a whole piano. It was deemed unfixable, but one more thing was tried...and it worked. Thanks for the wonderful memories, van. Now, on to your new...and cooler...home in Teton, Idaho.
We couldn't sell it for much, and it was going to be too much work for Mike, so we let Nathan take over (rather than an illegal buy it for little and smuggle people across the border).
We ate taco soup, and I kept things as cool as I could, since sweating brought my biopsy spots great pain!

Tuesday - I hiked early, ran to Safeway for milk, and got the pool brushed, the chickens out and fed, and more grapes pruned off. I had to get Dee up and off early, and then I set in for my list of chores: bathroom scrubbing, dusting, vacuuming. I do much better with a list! I even started getting the stuff Nate didn't have time to get up into the attic ready for that. I find that I don't miss things so much when I can get a place organized, so it was very good for me. Once I figured that he hadn't forgotten anything, I boxed up and packed up. He made it to Vegas, and then to Utah where he planned to arrive, with Jessica in her vehicle, at Sharynn's for the night. Our evening was filled with yard work. Dee sprayed the white flies on the grapevines. Yes, grapevines are TONS of work! I babied those sunflowers in my back yard, which did NOT like today's heat. I raked some needles, got the other rake out and ready for more work the next morning. Dee helped me load the heavy stuff of Nate's up in the attic and the office was much cleaner. The next chore was for Dee to get his stuff cleaned up and out. My bandaids came off of the biopsy spots and I could shower...which was great after the sweating I did.

Wednesday - Ran this morning. I just ran to the temple and back. My favorite start to the day is running to that Phoenix temple. The day was full of work: cleaning, vacuuming, mopping, and pruning the mesquite trees. I cut with my clippers and then hauled them out to the pile out in front. It is tiring work and I cannot remember why we have the doggone mesquite trees anyway.Mom and Kathy stopped by to bring my birthday card...such a nice visit. Dee pruned and I hauled later.  In the midst of all my silly complaining, Adam called to let us know Mike had been in a car accident in their neighborhood. Prayers were said, and answered, as he could have been very, very hurt, and just missed. We were so thankful he was all right! Nate and Jess sent pics of their new apartment




Thursday - I ran, cleaned, and dusted. Cameo took me out to lunch at Souper Salad. She and Ethan also gave me the cutest people for my North Pole Village, and I put them out on my shelf as soon as I got home.

Dee cooked his grilled half chickens for the missionaries, and I made cabbage salad and beans...Fry's and I made apple pie for dessert. We shopped at Harbor Freight (blech!) . As we sat at home, I went out in the back yard...and it was pouring rain! It hasn't rained since Nate came home from his mission. (When we texted him, he said Arizona was crying because it missed him.) We were just blessed with rain, but many other areas had much wind and even some damage. Monsoon 2014 is here in Arizona.

Friday - Happy Birthday to me! My favorite thing to do every birthday is to hike Thunderbird Mountain Park, either on the morning of my birthday, or right before it if we are planning to be away. I got up at 4:20 am, and went in to check Kayty. She didn't seem right, and sure enough, her blood glucose was below 41. It only took one can of soda and some Starbursts to bring her back. I was so thankful something told me she wasn't right, since she really seemed fine. I checked my computer and was greeted with a Happy Birthday from Allison and family: so nice. I then headed out, complete with patriotic hat and Old Navy shirt, and was greeted at the park with this:

I took a flag and headed up the mountain. It was the BEST hike ever, with the clouds and humidity...and cooler temps...from the rain the night before, and no dust on the trail.
I made it up to the top, and finally got a decent selfie.
After hiking down, I returned the flag to the bin for the next hiker, and headed to Safeway, where I picked up cookies and patriotic goldfish crackers. I received many many wonderful Facebook birthday greetings. I got texts and calls from my kids, and updates on Ethan and Cam in California. Nate and Jess had begun purchasing items to furnish their apartment and they were so excited. Dorrie came by, and Doran, Amber, Kelsie and Kooper brought a beautiful gift that they had made




and then headed up to Prescott.

Dad and I went to see the D'Nesh DeSouza movie "America", which gave us much to think about and be thankful for, as well as goals to set so that the true stories of our country and our forefathers can be shared with our family. My mom faithfully called, and left a message, at 3:14 pm...the time I was born...Dee worked on the lawn, painted more chairs and worked on my wheelbarrow, and we watched Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks...on the couch...in air conditioning...under the ceiling fan: PURE HEAVEN.
From Kayty
Saturday  Those doggone biopsy spots are killing me. One is right on my collar bone, where my purse handles hang, and where everything hits and thus hurts. We yard saled a bit: got a cute Little Tikes Doll house for my playroom. We were in charge of the Stake Baptism this month, and we had two wonderful children choose to be baptized. I just love serving in this calling. I get to greet and welcome these special eight year olds on the day of their first Covenant they make! All went well, and a few hours later, we had the building all cleaned up and locked, and we grabbed some salad makings and headed home.  Dee worked on completing my birthday presents:




Ethan had to fix Kayty's best friend on the earth: her television that would only show in black and white (Oh, how that poor, poor girl must have suffered!!!!) They visited for a bit and shared pics from their adventure with Kaylee at Ocean Beach in San Diego. She was still satisified with Grammy and Papa's sandbox...I guess it's because we have more seashells in our sandbox than one can ever find on a beach! We did MORE yard work, and I got the baptismal clothing all laundered and so returned it to the stake center, got Dee a new dress shirt at WalMart and headed home. I hit the bathtub to rinse off my wounds and fell asleep.

Sunday - Happy Birthday, Baby Sister Sharynn!



Hmmm...no fireworks for you, huh? Sorry! (insert evil laugh...) Church was wonderful, as always, and I came home to blog while Dee sat in a boring cub scout committee meeting. When I went to pick him up, I took these:

It's almost done!

We attempted some family history work in the afternoon, but our computer is so slow that we just gave up. Dinner was blech. Complaints were being issued about the scheduled dinners so I asked everyone to give me suggestions. When no suggestions come, it has been interesting to see what happens. Tonight: leftover broccoli, salad (that had bitter lettuce that I couldn't eat) and goldfish crackers. Blech.

Well, that was the week. I sit here, wishing these doggone biopsy spots would heal, or that they would have just removed the offending spot. I worry about having to go through this more intensely...there were a couple of times this week I would have liked to swim, but didn't dare. My pains will end...I feel for those who are struggling through what doesn't always end with a bandaid and a couple of weeks healing. Those are the tough wounds!