Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Visiting Teaching Messages

You can go here to make and print out these cute monthly messages!


How adorable is this?
I just printed it out to make for my little grangirlies!
I want them to know this very special message!

If you go here you will get the directions and be able to print it out!


What an interesting photo! 
As a youth I grew up in Southeastern Iowa and the cemetery where this is located is in Burlington, Iowa.
Aspen Grove was recently contacted by an aquaintance of mine and they told her this was used as a "Receiving Vault" back in the 1900's. It was built in 1933. This is where they stored the bodies until they were ready for burial. This vault has been closed now she said at least 60 or 70 years. Nothing is stored in there because they can't hardly get the doors open.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

We may not know the whole story....
May we always be more charitable and more understanding with others!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013


STOP..........NOT MATTHEW TOO.....


If your a fan of Downton Abbey then you too are sad.

Let's all say it together: Matthewwwwwwwwwwwww!! Yes, last night our dear Mr. Crawley, the unwitting heir to the Downton lordship who once served as our eyes into this ordered and buttoned-up world, was unceremoniously forced off this mortal coil. He was driving triumphantly home after meeting his new son in the hospital, his beloved wife Mary glowing beatifically, when some sort of truck surprised him and, boom, he was run off the road. In case there was any question as to whether or not Matthew might have pulled through, the camera focused in close on his open, lifeless eyes and a trickle of blood running down his cheek. Our Matthew has been cruelly snuffed out, though at least he went happy. It's everyone else who has to be miserable now.

Why Matthew? Why now, so soon after Sybil? Well, it was simply a matter of actors being actors. Both Jessica Brown Findlay and Dan Stevens wanted out, their careers taking off in big ways since Downton's mondo success, and they were only contracted for three seasons. Julian Fellowes has said in interviews that he would have liked to have kept both actors, and even asked them to just do a few episodes next season, but both were resolute. And because they're members of the family, rather than servants, writing them off meant killing them. And so kill them he did, both dying soon after the birth of a child, which is a rather obvious device. Sybil's baby is named Sybil and, one would guess, Matthew's baby will be Matthew. So really we haven't lost anyone! It's all a bit convenient, isn't it?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

My Beautiful Zion

Check out this awesome vacation rental here in Zion Canyon:  http://www.vrbo.com/427290

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to my brother STEVEN who turns the big 60 today!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Friday, February 8, 2013

Money Matters

"There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no independence quite so important, as living within your means." — Calvin Coolidge


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Living In the Past


Why is it that some of us choose to live in the past and just what is it that seems to take us there?

I listen to the music of the 60's and the 70's alot and I often wonder if that is the reason that I find myself browsing in the past. 

Other times it's certain sounds or smells that take me back!

People live in the past because that's where their thoughts are!  But is this behavior really healthy?

     Whether our thoughts are focused to one area in particular or a whole range of reasoning, it is an issue of self evaluation or comfortable living.  Because it is the past, people are more comfortable with the certainty of it, even if it was a negative experience.  Ahhhhhh.......I think the key for me here is the word "familiar".  

"Once upon a time" begins fairy tales of days long gone and tells stories of yesteryear. Some of us are stuck in the past and have no desire to move forward. Others want to but can't get motivated, or don't have the tools to make any progress. Living in the past takes away from the people in your life today

But, I love my memories of days gone by and I love that all of my friends from childhood and my teen years are friends of mine on Facebook and we love talking about old times............

So......when is it that we cross the line from living in the now to living in the past?  Is there really a place  where it's simply not healthy to visit the past?  I don't think so............

...................and aren't my memories really mine to think about whenever I want?