Monday, December 29, 2008


We got a surprise today when we went to make an appointment with the doctor. He had told us he wanted to see us before we left for CA but then the doctor decided to take some time off so he had us come in today. He was very pleased with progress and said Grandpa could travel as soon as he was up to it. It may take a few more days but I look for us to be on the road at least by next Monday if not before. We are anxious for warmer weather and no snow. I think I have had my fill for some time.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Home Again

It has been a rough 8 days but dad is home from the hospital today. It is a great Christmas present to have him home. He is doing very well but it is a rough surgery. Every day he gets a little stronger. I think he was very relieved to get home as he said you get no rest in the hospital. Every few minutes they want to do something to you. We will stay in Utah until after New Years and then see how he feels about the drive home. We have to see the surgeon before we leave for home and hopefully by then he will be off the oxygen. Anyway, it will be a Merry Christmas to have him home.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Trip to Salt Lake

We got up early Sunday and headed for Salt Lake. We went through some beautiful country. The drive through Moab is always spectacular with its unique scenery. We got to Salt Lake in the early evening and we were all tired. We spent Monday just doing laundry and hanging out. On Tuesday I went stitching with Becky and worked on my rooster. He is coming along pretty good. On Wednesday we Wayne went to the doctor where he got some not so good news. They did a biopsy on Thursday to see what was causing the spot on his x-rays. We decided to head home on Friday so we could take care of some things here. When we got to Cedar City we got a call from Dr. Pearl that they did have the results and Wayne would have to have surgery as soon as possible. Dr. Pearl felt that Dr. Collins should do the surgery as he was the one who did the first surgery and knew the issues. We are waiting for a confirmation from Dr. Collins but it looks like surgery will be on Dec. 15th. It was a sad ending to such a fun trip but hopefully all will go well and we will have another good 8 years. We are not sure whether we will fly or drive back to Salt Lake but we will keep everyone posted

More Fun

On Saturday Kae and Andy decided they had better head home as he wanted to spend some time with his girls. We were sad to see them leave but so glad they came. He is such a nice person and fun to be around. I don't think we scared him too bad but then he hasn't met everyone. Those that were left went to the Pueblo Indian Cultural Center and it was so interesting. They had a Zuni Indian who gave some information about his tribe and did their a couple of their dances. After the museum we all went for Mexican Food and it was really good. It was really a fun time and we are so appreciative of Doug and Terri putting up with all of us.

Just Fun

Dave was in charge of entertainment for the weekend and he did a grand job. We left early Friday morning to visit the Acoma Pueblo which is also know as Sky City. It is a Pueblo built upon a mesa south of Gallup. You have to take a tourist bus to the top and they have a guided tour. It was truly incredible, in spite of the the cold. The wind was blowing and it was really cold. They live up there still with no electricity and no runnning water. They have beautiful pottery for sale and we each bought an ornament for our Christmas tree.


Dave and Lori and Tyler and Ashlee and Jenny and Elle arrived by car on Thanksgiving morning. Wayne picked up Tyson and Christina at the airport so we had 16 people for a very fun day and great Thanksgiving dinner. Doug worked his magic in the kitchen with Kathryn making pies, Terri making salad, and me making cheesy potatoes. It was a feast fit for a king.

Home Again

Now that I have organized chaos and caught up on a few things after being gone for two weeks I will update my blog. What a wild two weeks. We left early in the morning on November 24th. We drove to Apache Junction, which is East of Phoenix, to visit our missionary friends. We had a great time visiting them. They took us to Organstop Pizza which was great fun. They have this huge organ which comes up out of the floor and the musician plays requested songs. We could stayed until they closed listening to the music. We left the next morning and traveled to Albuquerque. The Arizona desert is so beautiful with all its large cactus. When you get to NM it is very different. We arrived early in the afternoon just as Doug was bicycling in from work. Kae and Andy arrived shortly after.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

As you get a little older you appreciate the time you have together even more. We have been married for 53 years and have been sweethearts for 55 years. We have enjoyed good times and some rough times but we have stayed sweethearts through it all. We have slowed down a little but our days still manage to be full.

Happy Birthday my love and have a great day.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Current Needlework Projects

Bump on the head

Sometimes life give you a good bump on the head to make you stop and think how important life is and your values and what's important to you. After a bad fall at work yesterday it made me think of what is most important to me. My dear husband, all my family, my talents, my friends, and most importantly the gospel. It is a good thing I am pretty tough or it could have been worse. The gospel was reinforced to me today when we went to sacrament meeting and it was the primary program. The children always make me smile. They are so cute and innocent. I loved every moment of it even if it was very long because we have such a large primary. I love the gospel and the joy it brings into my life.

I am doing fine today with just a little headache, stiff neck and sore shoulder which is from trying to break the fall. I am just grateful that my head didn't go through the glass on the door. We no longer have the floor mat that I tripped over.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Price is Right

For a long time we have said we wanted to go to a taping of the Price is Right. We got tickets online and on Tuesday we ventured out very early to be at the studio by 8 AM. After going around the block several times we finally figured out where to park. Then we had to walk a couple of blocks to the studio. We got our number and they sat us in numerical order on some metal benches. We sat there a very long time but got to know the four girls who were sitting next to us. They were from Salt Lake and are working as traveling nurses in LA. They were really cute girls. After sitting forever they come by and give you your name tag and then they come through and take your picture. This is so they can locate you in the audience. Then they interview in groups and send you to security. Finally about 1:00 PM they let you in the studio. It is really loud and noisy but a fun atmosphere. Then the taping begins. It was a lot of fun but I am not sure I would want to do it again. But it was on our bucket list. Cross that one off. Of course we were not called up and I am glad of that. We were very proud of ourselves for venturing downtown by ourselves and getting home safely.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Quilters weekend

Last weekend was a fun and relaxing weeking of food and quilting. You can only call it relaxing if you enjoy sewing at full speed all weekend on a mystery quilt. The quilt retreat is planned with fun breaks and great people to meet. For me it is a great learning tool as we do it step by step and since I consider myself still a learner it is very helpful. I do have to admit that it is very hot in Palm Springs but the hotel is nicely air conditioned.

The days and weeks sure seem to fly by and there aren't enough hours to do all the things you want to do. I think I am going to have to cut my part time job down to two days a week so I can accomplish a little more. This is going to be another busy week as we leave on Saturday to go back to Salt Lake for another doctor appointment. Hopefully all will go well and we will be back as planned.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Happy stitcher is a little behind on her blog but things are slowing down so I will try to catch up. The 4th of July was very busy for us at the park and we worked some long hours. Then on Monday Becky came for a week and we caught up on stitching and visiting. It was really a fun visit. Then that Saturday the Texas crew arrived and the fun continued. What a fun time we had. Since they left last week we have had time to catch up on a little sleep and I have even had time to do some stitching. I will need to take some pictures and insert them in my blog.

I look forward to the quilt show this weekend and the quilt retreat next week. It seems like the days go by too fast. Tomorrow is my stitching day with my friends at the shop. It is always fun and a great treat.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Here's a real cowboy hat???

Happy Fourth

What is there about the 4th of July fireworks that can bring a lump to your throat and tears to your eyes! We have not seen the fireworks up close in a long time as our dog Pebbles was terrified of them. We would have to take her downstairs and turn up the TV so she would stop shaking. I must say we had a wonderful evening with lots of food and great fireworks. I think we'll do it again next year.

By the way the identity of the person with her dad is a mother with all daughters and lives in CA.

Friday, July 4, 2008

A real cowgirl

After reading the blog of the mayor of crazytown and viewing the pictures of Little Miss that definitely is not a cowboy hat. We must do something about that. Is it possible to knit one?
Seeing the rodeo pictures it brought back a lot of memories of riding horses and rodeos. Do you recognize who is riding with grandpa? We have great memories of rodeo's. We spent many a night at a rodeo. Dave loves to remind us of the night we left him in the car when we got home from a rodeo. We thought we got everyone in out of the car and then in the night we heard this pounding ont he door and someone saying "let me in". Those were the days!!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

I am a very busy retired ? grandma who loves to stitch and travel. When I say retired I mean sort of. I work part time in the office at our local park 3 or 4 days a week. I have six children whom I love to visit. Sometimes not often enough it seems. Our grandchildren are all growing up too fast and now we have 6 great grandchildren.

My favorite day of the week is Thursday as I get to go needlepoint with my stitching friends at our local shop. We call ourselves the Thursday Whimsies. Not sure how to spell that but it is close enough.

Welcome to my blog and hopefully it will be kept updated with pictures, etc. as soon as I figure out how to do it.