Sunday, March 28, 2010


Mom and Dad met on a blind date sometime in 1956. They were set up by her friend Teresa and his friend Joe also now married for many years. Mom used to say she didn't like Dad when they 1st met.(I'm glad she changed her mind.)
Mom 1957

They were married on March 28, 1957, in Logan, Utah.

They moved to Northborough, Ma with 4 children in 1964.

They had 4 children and 5 grandchildren. And always set a great example of how to be a loving couple.

Mom and Dad would have been married 53 years today.
Happy Anniversary Dad!!

Coloring, High Tech & Wi 2

We had the opportunity to spend some time with Hunter and Jordyn Saturday afternoon.
The kids spent time coloring
Texting each other
and challenging their Dad & Aunt Leanne to Wi Bowling.
Hunter was the big winner this time.
We ended the day celebrating Tom's birthday with a steak dinner, fudge cake and at Jordyn's insistence ginormous presents.

Thursday, March 25, 2010


There are two different mindsets:

The Fixed Mindset and the Growth Mindset.

 A person with a fixed mindset views their talents and abilities as fixed – unchangeable. A mistake means that these attributes are somehow flawed. People with a fixed mindset go through life avoiding failure and challenge. If an error is made they are quick to hide it or blame others rather than learn from the experience. If something is ‘too hard’ they won’t try. Anything less than perfect is viewed as a personal flaw. Therefore, a fixed mindset limits people and holds them back.
People with a growth mindset, however, see themselves as a work in progress. They believe that they can continually enhance their intelligence, abilities and competence through effort and practice. They view challenges as learning opportunities. Failure is merely an opportunity to learn and grow. Therefore people with a growth mindset actively seek challenges even at the risk of appearing less than perfect.
A growth mindset is about learning how to compete against oneself. Having a growth mindset leads to much higher rates of achievement and happiness.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Last June I posted about some kittens that were born in our back yard and then abandoned by their mother. CHECK THE ORIGINAL POST .
Little Kitty in June
Big Kitty in June
During the year I have been feeding them and they have lived in the backyard/jungle. The 2 gray kittens have been joined by a blonde friend. The one we called big kitty is still skittish around human people, but little kitty is not as nervous and even let me take these pictures today.

He has been dubbed the Panther. He is more of a home body, choosing to sleep on the tool stand on the patio in the afternoon, and staring at me through the window if I fail to put food out in a timely manner.
Big Kitty and the Blonde aren't around as much and would never allow a picture if they were. We now call big kitty, the Lion and the blonde is the Cougar.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Sunday, March 14, 2010



It's CRAZY how accurate this is! No peeking!

1) Pick your favourite number between 1-9
2) Multiply by 3 then
3) Add 3
4) Then again, multiply by 3 (I'll wait while you get the calculator.)
5) You'll get a 2 or 3 digit number.
6) Add the digits together

Now Scroll down . . .

With that number, see who your ROLE MODEL is from below:
1. Einstein

2. Sandra Day O'Connor

3. Prince Charles

4. Genghis Khan

5. Bill Gates

6. Gandhi

7. Ronald Regan

8. Elvis Presley

9. Mary Walker

10.John F. Kennedy

I know, I know . . . I just have that effect on people.

PS: Stop picking different numbers! I AM YOUR ROLE MODEL, JUST DEAL WITH IT!

Saturday, March 13, 2010


LDS Author  Tristi Pinkston is sponsoring a sock drive in conjuction with the release of her new book Secret Sisters  on March 16.
A little about Operation Sock Hop:
The Road Home in Salt Lake City is experiencing an urgent need for cold weather clothing, and I'm heading up a new endeavor I've chosen to call Operation Sock Hop. I can think of few things more miserable than being cold when the weather turns icy, and having warm feet makes all the difference. I'll be gathering up donations of new socks to take down to The Road Home, and I'd like to ask you to participate with me in this.
To learn more about how to help Check out the Secret Sisters Blog .

Sunday, March 7, 2010


Saturday is a special day.
It’s the day we get ready for Sunday:

We clean the house, and we shop at the store,
So we won’t have to work until Monday.

Saturday is a busy day. I somedays wish I could just curl up on the couch with a good book and not have to go do the errands I don't get done after work.
This week was no exception. It was my get the work (shopping) done day.
My day started with a trip here:
to pick up a new right contact lens. I lost my spare last week.
On the way home I stopped at Sprouts
THey have really good chocolate, chocolate chip muffins, and bulk chocolate covered stuff.
After a trip home to pop my new lens in it was time for a run out to Glendale to Deseret Book.
I went in hopes of getting a couple of books by favorite authors that were released last week. I forgot to allow for shipping time. Darn I'll have to go back again.
I did get a good deal on another book I want to read, and a pan of Lion House Orange Glazed Rolls.
The next stop was Fry's for much hated Grocery Shopping.
Then home until I remembered:
I hadn't gone to Hobby Lobby. So off I went.
I was able to find Lime Green & Black yarn for a Steering Wheel Hot Pad I need to make.
On the way home I stopped for Icy Lemonade at QT

I was ready for a nap by the time I was finished.

Thursday, March 4, 2010


Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side.

With a 5-lb potato bag in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can.

Try to reach a full minute, and then relax.

Each day you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer.

After a couple of weeks, move up to a 10-lb potato bag.

Then try a 50-lb potato bag and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute.

(I'm at this level.)

After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each bag.

(Those under 50 should be able to do it with 2 in each bag)