Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Bucket list

These are not New Year's resolutions. It's not the beginning of a new year, nor are any of these, except maybe one, designed to make me into a better person. They are all strictly list items that will give me great satisfaction to cross off and say, DID IT!

1. I have lived in MN for most of my life, and have not yet been to the giant ball of twine in Darwin, MN. I WILL see it this summer. I have scheduled a Saturday in June for this day trip.

2. Jeffers Petroglyphs is another place I have seen signs for and haven't yet gone to see. It also is on my calendar, a week from this Saturday. I have determined that I like to get out of the house and see things and the only way I can do that is if I schedule it and then tell Jim to put it on his calendar.

3. Complete three pages of a quiet book for Jackson. Nuff said. I think I three activities already, and three more will be well on the way to something for Jackson to do during church.

4. Weird Al concert is scheduled in August. Of course I'm going. Mandatory Fun is Al's best album in my opinion and I must go sing along with the songs. I believe three children and husband will be there too, but mostly me.

5. Rifftrax/MST3k reunion, another CANNOT MISS OR I MIGHT DIE event. Plus, I backed the kickstarters and heck yes, I want to see where my money went.

6. Get a granddaughter, obviously not something I have anything to do with, other than providing this baby with a mother. But I look forward to cuddling a newborn and sewing ruffles and bows and pink things. I have to get going on pink things, so far, the things I've sewn have been black, gray, animal print, brown, etc. But they are still cute things.

7. I really want to dig up the hostas in front of the house and freshen up that area. Not that I don't want hostas, but it's getting awfully weedy and I want to dig the place up and put more plants there than just the hostas.  I'm not sure if this is going to get done, but I would like to do it.

8. I need to finish the 2015 photo album. Getting there.

9. I need to put together Paul's 2nd year mission photo/email album.

10. Keep up with the BofM365 daily Book of Mormon reading. There was a big part of March that I did not keep up, but I have since made up the reading and am now all caught up and reading along the daily verses. It's a year-long endeavor so by the end of the year, I'll have read the Book of Mormon again.

Ten things.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

We have 3 kids at home again--a bad poem

One of them bought a car with all his own money.
One of them likes pink now.
One of them still makes random strange noises at odd times.
One of them works on the roads of Minnesota.
One of them has blue hair again.
One of them will have braces removed at the end of May.
One of them goes to bed early.
One of them has been planning Korean food cooking and cake making.
One of them does not want to go to Prom.
One of them is now a gospel doctrine teacher in the singles ward.
One of them wants to sit with me in Relief Society.
One of them has about a month of seminary left this year.

The other two children are doing fine also. One got straight As (as did at least one of the two collegians who just came home--good kids!) and the other one is having a baby shower in a couple of weeks. I get to do the food. Lavender cupcakes again!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

It's a tie

Today, my oldest child asked me who was the naughtiest of my children. Like I was going to tell her. But I'll tell the faceless random stranger who happens by my blog....ALL OF THEM.

In other news, we regain two children this coming week. Jim and I are driving out to Utah to retrieve two collegers, Paul and Hayley. So the house will be moderately full again, especially if Katie comes over. We'll miss OJ though. I wonder if he'll move back here after he finishes college, which isn't that far off. He'll have to share a room with Matt.

Also, I feel a great weight lifted from my brain. In late February, I was asked to "facilitate" a class on modeling righteous marriages. I agreed to do it, and from that time forth, my life kinda got hectic. 3 people in my circle of acquaintanceship died, one of them being my husband's father (a great big bear of a man with the softest heart), necessitating a trip to CA for the memorial service. Which led to Jim going through his cycle of vaso-vagal syncope for a full day. Note to self: Dramamine. Then I was at my mom's for lunch with sister and sister-in-law and her kids, and Katie and Jackson, and niece, and the 9 yo nephew had a seizure. Panic ensued and it was very scary.

So I was close to telling the stake RS pres that I could not do the class. But I went ahead. Stress stress stress. But the conference was yesterday and now it is over and I do not have that persistent buzz of stress in my brain. Thank the heavens. It went fine, but I nearly toppled over from exhaustion after the class was over.


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Second to last Valentine treasure hunt

No puzzles to solve this year, just post-it note tags to find. 83 of them. Each tag has a number and refers to a letter.

I've set everything up and told Matt that his hunt is ready, but so far, I have yet to see any activity from him re: looking around. He doesn't even know he's supposed to be looking for post-it notes. We shall see how this proceeds forth.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Emptying nest

One left at home. And even he isn't around much. Jim and I have a lot of together time in the evening. I wish I could go back to my young mother self and tell her she'll get there. It was a long slog, but the time WILL come when the constant mothering will be done. Occasional mothering is much easier, and because I had that time of absolute tiredness and wondering when it will end, I really appreciate the gift of my brain being given back to me.

The time, energy, stamina, concern I gave to my children was well worth it. Three are in college and enjoying their time there. One has a family and they live close so I can visit the grandbaby with the cutest sweetest eyes ever when I want.

And now I have time for knitting, sewing, and cross-stitch. I'm doing a Stitch-Along with a facebook group: an ornament of our choosing every month. I finished two in January and still have time to work on my big Headless Horseman project. I took a month to knit up a 14 or 15 foot long Fourth Doctor scarf for Matt. I am now knitting lime green mittens (first time knitting mittens and boy do I like youtube for teaching me several methods of casting on in the middle of my work). I've cut out several shirts (two for Grandbaby).

I don't mind middle age! I have to supplement my vision with cheaters and extra light, but both are easily procured. 

Saturday, December 5, 2015


Random pictures from the last month or two:
Matt and Jackhand

Granddaddy and Jackson read Go Dog Go

Team 2169's bot grabs all the green garbage cans at the meet. (Matt helped build the bot)

KING TeC, team 2169 members

Matt, the embodiment of team spirit with his pompom hair and safety glasses

Matt talks to a good friend during intermission at the HS fall musical
 From Thanksgiving:
Jackson is enchanted by the Christmas tree lights--he calls them "tote"

some cousins that are not little anymore

Some cousins that are sort of little along with the not little ones. This is not a comprehensive group either. Three of my kids are missing, Jenni's older two, and then we have Gary's grandchildren that aren't in the picture. Still, that's a nice group of cousins.

Mother and children and children-in-law and the youngest grandchild

Grandma and grandchildren

Saturday, November 21, 2015


My house will be certified organic sometime in early December! No, I'm not removing pesticides. I'm getting an organ!

My mom taught me piano, most of the time not formally. I did go to a piano teacher for a couple years when I was 14-15, but I already knew the basics and was playing songs here and there. Then my mom got called to be the organist for our congregation, even though she had no experience (hello Mormonism). She tried to get me to play the organ and I had NO interest. I rolled my eyes AND threw my head back in exasperation.

Then when I was 36, I was called to be the organist in our congregation even though I have had no experience and never wanted any experience (hello, still Mormonism). But God had other plans. And He knew I would like it once I got over not knowing how to play it. I love playing Christmas hymns especially. "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" with the chimes, especially especially.

I did take organ lessons for a year as part of an independent study college course and I can't say I'm any great shakes at playing the organ even though I took the class, but at least I'm not afraid of it anymore. I can play for a congregation and not hang my head in shame after the hymn is done. I am used to having my mistakes broadcast to the whole chapel. They sing anyway.

So my mother has an organ. I enjoyed using hers to practice, and she enjoyed sharing new songs she learned by playing the for me. But mother is getting old and has recently been released from playing for her congregation.

As much as I am happy about getting her organ, I am sad that she won't be playing it. She used to practice hymns and her husband (my stepdad) enjoyed it too. When he got really sick near the end of his life, he would shout out hymn requests from his sickbed for her to play.

As much as I am sad about Mom giving up something she enjoyed, I am happy that I will get to have an instrument to practice on in my own home. Also, Katie will be able to practice at my house instead of having to go to the church building. I can watch Jackson while she plays. And that will be the best part. More Jackson.