Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sunday, January 27, 2013

My Zion

It's been a beautiful rainy Zion weekend!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

I ♥ Salt Lake City

How beautiful is my Salt Lake City?
It is my retirement dream to live here some day!
I hope they have the air pollution figured out by then....
This is one of the most versatile places on earth!! Mountains, rivers, lakes, deserts, shopping, amusement parks, state and national parks, resorts, tons of historical sites, etc. etc. etc. If you can't find anything to do here you definitely are out of touch.

Home Day

It's a home day and I am sewing for the grankidos for Valentines!
I have never had a problem with staying home on my days off but I love traveling to see my family most of all!
Since I have broken yet another toe....seriously...who in the world breaks two toes in seven months time?
Same toe, opposite foot!  It's been four weeks yesterday so things are progressing now and I am finally able to at least wear a loose fitting shoe when I am out. 
The moral of the entire toe breaking story here is this:
As much as it feels good to be barefoot ....just don't do it!
I remember one of two things I kept thinking back in May when I broke my other toe:'s summer and a flip flop is good!  Well......I was wearing a flip flop in snow two weeks ago and that was just so much fun! !
The other thing....Lordy, I'm afraid to say it out loud!
I'm grateful it was not an arm, hip or a leg....(whispering)  Ha Ha

Girl Scouts

As a wee one growing up in the midwest I loved Girl Scouts and went to Camp every year.
It is some of the best memories I have as being a child.
I think this photo was taken about 1965.
I still remember the cute red tennis shoes I wore that day! 
On the local news this morning it said that the last day to buy cookies here in Utah would be tomorrow?  Odd, as alot of my hometown (Iowa) friends on Facebook say it doesn't start there until Feb.  I will do some checking into this mystery and it's not that I need the cookies but I do love to support this wonderful program.
Long live the girl scouting program!
I still have my sash!  LOL

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I ♥ My Family!

I can't wait to see my "sweeties" next weekend!

So In Love!

The Ultimate Closet and it's probably as big as my apartment but I do believe that I could fit a rollaway in here ...right?

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Friday, January 18, 2013

I Love Abe!

Finally got to see "Lincoln" today!
Loved.....Loved ......Loved It!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Crockpot Corn Chowder

My girlfriend Kathy pinned this to one of her Pinterest Boards this week and said it was delish I am totally making it on Saturday. 

Crockpot Corn Chowder: Place 4 potatoes (peeled and diced), 1 can of cream corn, 1 can of whole kernel corn, 2 c. of chicken broth, 8 oz. of diced ham, & 1 c. diced onion in crockpot. Cook on low 7-8 hours. Mash the contents to the desired consistency and then add 1/4 c. butter & 2 c. cream. Cook for an additional 30 minutes.
Update:  Made it Today Jan. 19th.  It is super duper yummy!

More Frisco Photos

Haight Ashbury area!
Our tour guide said the "Grateful Dead" lived here for awhile in the late 60's or early 70's.
Cool looking homes huh?

Monday, January 14, 2013

San Francisco Random Photos

Alcatraz!  Looking eerie as always!
The Fairmont is located up in the Nob Hill area.
This photo was taken from the van on the movie tour... or we would have gone inside to see all the gorgeous holiday decorations.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Cupcake Onesies

How cute is this idea!  Click here:

Family History Expos

Please visit here for local Expo
Our local St. George Utah is  February 22 & 23rd.  I can hardly wait!

Christmas Greetings 2012

My adorable girls and their families!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Downton Abbey

"I would never be happy with anyone else as long as you walked the earth" Downton Abbey ♥ ♥ ♥


I love Turner Classic Movie channel!
I love old movies!
The other night I got to watch the last half of this old movie... but I only rent free movies from my local library and so many of these classics they don't have!  I sure would love to see the first half ;(

The Palace Hotel

The Palace Hotel is a landmark historic hotel in San Francisco, California, located at the SW corner of Market and New Montgomery streets. Also referred to as the "New" Palace Hotel to distinguish it from the original 1875 Palace Hotel (which had been demolished after being gutted by the fire caused by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake) that it was built to replace, the present structure opened on December 19, 1909 on the site of its razed predecessor although the hotel was closed from January, 1989 to April, 1991 to undergo a two year renovation and seismic retrofit. Occupying most of a city block, the now century old nine story hotel stands immediately adjacent to both the BART Montgomery Street Station and the Monadnock Building, and across Market Street from
 Lotta's Fountain.
The original Palace Hotel was built by San Francisco banker and entrepreneur William Chapman Ralston who heavily depended on his shaky banking empire to help finance the $5 million project. Although Ralston's Bank of California collapsed in late August 1875, and Ralston himself unexpectedly drowned in San Francisco Bay on the same day that he lost control of the institution, it did not interfere with the opening of the Palace Hotel two months later on October 2, 1875. Ralston's business partner in the project was U.S. Senator William Sharon who had helped cause the collapse of the Bank when he dumped his stock in the Comstock Lode. Sharon ended up in control of the hotel as well as both the Bank and Ralston's debts both of which he paid off at just pennies on the Dollar.
With 755 guest rooms, the original Palace Hotel (also known colloquially as the "Bonanza Inn") was at the time of its construction the largest hotel in the Western United States. The skylighted open center of the building featured a Grand Court overlooked by seven stories of white columned balconies which served as an elegant carriage entrance. Shortly after 1900 this area was converted into a lounge called the "Palm Court." The hotel featured large redwood paneled hydraulic elevators which were known as "rising rooms". Each guest room or suite was equipped with a private bathroom as well as an electric call button to summon a member of the hotel's staff. All guest rooms could be joined together to create suites, or to make up large apartments for long term residents, and the parlor of each guest room featured a large bay window overlooking the street below.
My mother and I had the best time on this "holiday trip" as we tried to wander into every wonderful hotel and experience their "grand" holiday decorations.  It was just all so magical!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Downton Abbey

I am still not able to post any pics and it appears that Blogger knows there is a problem. 
I'm hoping they are able to solve the issue shortly!
BUT..........I just wanted to remind everyone about the Third Season of
that starts tonite on PBS!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Blogger Problems


GRRR........trying to post more of my San Francisco photos but Blogger is not cooperating!