Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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John and Gracie

Miss Gracie

Today Gracie and I went to Walmart to get some stuff and I got her Chicken Nugget from McDonald for lunch. Then went over to visit Papa. He was doing good and gave Gracie rides in his walker all over the building. I worked on scrap booking and got these pages done. 
I made meat loaf for dinner and just felt tired so I sat in my chair and watch "Bull" and worked on more scrap booking.
The Young Men and Women from our ward came to my house and sang Silent Night to me. It was so special and I must admit I really didn't want anyone to come to my house tonight. But they all crowded into my house and sang to me. It made my night. Why oh Why do I get so ornery.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for the youth of our ward that would come to my house caroling. What a blessing for me.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Cleaning Cupboards

Rotisserie Chicken

I cleaned all the drawers and cupboards in my bathroom today. I really needed. In between doing that I put a chicken in my Rotisserie to make more Quinoa Soup. I had bought a chicken at Walmart and needed to cook. It was so yummy. And then I made my soup. No one next door likes my soup so I make a pot of pinto beans and corn bread for them. 
I started putting Gracie's books together. They are turning out so cute.
I didn't visit Tommy again today. He called me and I told him I wasn't coming down because Gracie was at Preschool and I could get a million things done while she was gone. He is a sweet man and just said it was okay. I can't wait until Thursday. He will be coming home.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful that Tommy is so understanding when I can't come see him. I am blessed because of his kindness. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Teaching Sunbeams


 Licking the Chocolate Cake Bowl

 Old Man Winter is Showing Up

Gracie Loves Her Barbies

Gracie and I went to church today. She loves to go and wanted to get up and bear her testimony. I told her we would practice so she could do it next fast Sunday. She loves to talk in front of people. She does NOT take after her Bamma.
I taught the lesson on belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Connie bought them each a Nativity Scene for their Christmas Present. They loved them. I love having her for my team teacher. The new little Sunbeams came from the nursery into Singing Time. They are so tiny and cute. We have 19 on the rolls and most of them are active. We are in for it. But I love this calling.
We came home and Gracie and I made a Chocolate Cake. She loves to break the eggs and she doesn't get shell in the batter. She had to lick the bowl and get it all over her face.
Then she played with her Barbies and I watch the First Presidency Christmas Program. It was so good. I am glad I remembered it was on tonight. 
I didn't go visit Tommy because it was really snowing and I didn't want to get out in it. At least it waited until we got home from church to start. Now it's my bedtime.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for all my many blessings. I am grateful for the programs the church has for us to watch. I am blessed.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Closet Done/Lemon Quinoa Soup Done.

 My Soup (Yummy)

 Shoe Boxes from Walmart

It is DONE

 Scorpion Sucker

My Kind of Snack

Today Janna took Gracie with her so I had no one to go with me to visit Tommy. He was doing good. I sat with him and figured out the payroll taxes and made a chart for paying the 941 after each payroll, 910 at the end of each month and the Unemployment Tax quarterly.
I went to Kohl's and bought a couple of pair of jeans. All my ones I used to wear are too big. Yay Me!! Then I ventured into Walmart. It was pretty busy but I got what I needed and headed out the door. I really need a few groceries and shoe boxes for my shoes. It's the last thing to do in my organized closet.
I came home and made my soup and finished my closet. Then it was time to get my Primary lesson finished. That took forever.
Gracie found the scorpion sucker that BJ had bought her. When I showed her that she was almost to it's tail she threw it in the trash. Funny kid.
Janna took my computer back to Best Buy to see if they could figure out why it wouldn't print to our wireless printer. I don't know what they did but I printed a Family Group Sheet out. I am super excited to be able to print out things for genealogy.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful that I love vegetables. It is a blessing to really enjoy them. God is good. He made us Vegetables!

Friday, December 1, 2017

52 Years With My Hubby.

My Salad Bar 

 Coloring with Papa

 Trying to make a mean face.

Gracie and I went to visit Tommy. She took coloring books to color with her Papa. She really loves this guy.
Today is our 52 Wedding Anniversary. What the heck. How have we grown this old together. I am so glad he came into the Cockpit Restaurant for lunch when I was working there. He has always been there for me. He has taken such good care of me all these years.
I came home and cut up salad stuff for my salads. If I have them ready it's easy to fix one whenever I need to.
I worked some more on my closet and sorted more pictures to scrapbook. Now it's bed time for me.
Grateful Statement: I am so glad that Tommy chose me to be his wife. What a blessing to be married to him all these years. I am blessed

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Starting WW Again

 My Breakfast

 My Lunch

My Dinner

Pulled Pork

Ruth and I decided yesterday that we needed to get back on Weight Watchers and stick with it. We are going to take a picture of what we eat each meal and message it to each other. It really helps me think about what I am eating.
I started cleaning my closet today. It isn't a one day job, that's for sure. But it needs to be done so I started taking everything out and folding, sorting and giving to DI.
I didn't visit Tommy so I could just keep plugging away at it. I also scrapped a page without a Quick Page for my Albums. I couldn't remember how to clip the picture to the Template and had to call Heather.

Gracie and Her Walker

It was fun to scrapbook again using kits and elements. I have lots of pages to go but I know I will succeed. Time for bed!
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful today for my cousin Ruth. We are truly Kindred Spirits. She is such a blessing to me.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

She Loves Her Barbies

 Her Collection

 Cheesy Smile

Bathing with Barbies

Gracie loves to play with her Barbies. She spends hours playing with them. And she loves to sit in my laundry baskets and play with her toys.
We went to visit Papa again and took him some Dr. Pepper and Mounds Bars. I think I spoil him too much.
I made Turkey Enchiladas for dinner with the left over Turkey from Thanksgiving. They were pretty yummy. And I only have enough Turkey left to make Turkey Noodle Soup. I am getting a little tired of Turkey. Soon it will be a thing of the past!
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for this little kids that brings such joy into my life. I am blessed beyond measure.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Physical Therapy




Gracie and I went to visit Grandpa. As we were going down the hall to Papa's room he was coming down the hall with his walker to go to Physical Therapy. Gracie hopped on his walker and away she went. I took Tommy's clothes and stuff to his room and decided I best go find the kid. She was in the Physical Therapy room with Papa. The therapist had Gracie help Tommy put a puzzle together and then he blew up this pink balloon so she could bat it back and for. She had so much fun with her Papa and when we got back to the room she just kept playing with it. 
We came home and I started on book work for Janna. I had to do payroll and pay taxes. But now it's done.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for the therapy they are giving Tommy. It is helping him so much. Blessing come in a different sizes!!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Taking a "Me" Day

Gracie went to Preschool today so I had the whole day to myself. I didn't go visit Tommy, I just stayed home and did whatever I wanted to do for the day. It was a much needed rest from all the taking care of Gracie and Tommy.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for peaceful restful days such as this one. I am so blessed to have this time to rest. Blessing abound!!

Sunday, November 26, 2017



Janna got a drug dog from Texas. AJ had to go for two weeks to work with him before he could bring him home. He is very hyper, which is what they want them to be, so he just mows Gracie down. She doesn't like him very much. It has helped Janna's rehab place so much because they know that Klaus will find any drugs they try to bring in.
Today Gracie and I went to church. They had a homecoming for one of the young men in our ward. There were lots of people there to hear him talk. We went to Primary and Connie taught the class. I was so tired by the time we got through that I could hardly walk. Gracie was very good so it made it easier.
We came home and I went to visit Tommy in Promontory Point. My home teacher met me there and gave us a lesson. It was good.
Then I came home and worked on genealogy. Now I'm going to bed.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for Church. I love the talks and the songs and especially the Sacrament. I am blessed!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Texas Road House

 Gracie and Janna



 Janna and AJ

My Tommy Dean

Dean and Amie got up and took off to see Tommy and get down the road. I am just grateful for any amount of time I get to spend with them
I did genealogy all morning and made Banana Nut Muffins. Then Janna and AJ took me shopping with them and then to Texas Road House. After dinner we went to see Tommy. He was doing good. Only one more week and he is coming home. Wahoo
After we got home I started doing more genealogy. I just can't stop when I start. I guess it's a good thing. And I made another batch of Peanut Butter Fudge for Janna. We all love it!
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to find people and get their work done for them. I love doing it and I know they are waiting for someone to do it for them.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Dean and Family Came

 The Beginning

Amie is Coloring with Gracie

Dean, Amie and Hayden decided to come up for the night to visit Tommy. What a dutiful son. It was pretty funny to see them with just one kid. I asked him how it felt to be the only one left at home. He smiled his cute smile and said " I like it".
I changed the sheets and straightened up my house and started doing Genealogy. I have begun to print out cards as I find these people.
Dean didn't get here until around 8:30. He stopped to see his dad and watched a basketball game with him. Tommy loves to watch sports, especially with his kids. I had to get this picture of Amie coloring with Gracie. She loves her Aunt Amie.
We talked for awhile and then we all went to bed. I was still tired from cooking all the Turkey stuff.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for Dean and his family. They are truly a blessing to me.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Turkey Day

 Gracie Blowing Bubbles

Papa Is Home For Dinner

I spent the day making rolls, cooking turkey and all the sides. Janna went and got Tommy for me today so he could come home and have dinner with us. He is doing really good.
The dinner was delicious even if I do say so myself. Janna and AJ took Tommy back this evening. He has one more week and them he gets to come home. This time it will be for a long time.
I downloaded Roots Magic on my new computer and signed up for Ancestry so I can start doing genealogy again. I know there are people that need their work done. So off I go hunting dead people.
Gracie found her bubbles and went out on the patio to have some fun. She is so cute.
Grateful Statement: I am so THANKFUL for my life. I am so blessed with the family I have and the Gospel that guides my life.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Going to Walmart Ugh

I clean my kitchen, folded laundy and paid Stewards bills. That took me all morning. Then I jumped into the shower and left to visit with Tommy. He was in therapy when I got there so I waited in his room until he finished. I visited awhile and then it was off to Walmart. What a mob. But I found all the stuff I needed.
When I got home Janna was still in terrible pain. She has two bulging discs in her back and a torn muscle on her spine. She is miserable. I did the dishes so she would relax. She likes a clean house and all the kids were working. Trevor Neville and Preston Floyd came over tonight and gave her a blessing.
Now it's time for me to relax and watch some "Bull". I love that show.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for Blessings that are given when we need them. And I am grateful for the wonderful men who give them.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Peanut Butter Fudge

Peanut Butter Fudge

I need a new candy thermometer. I don't think my fudge was cooked long enough. It is delicious but very soft and sticky. But the family liked it. I made White Chicken Chile for dinner.
I had to put all the sibling into My Tree on Family Search for Poley and Sandy. I am trying to print a card out to do the work for Jimmy. Wally gave permission for Kenny to do the work for him. Because I didn't have Kimmy and Wally listed as his sibling they couldn't establish a relationship between Wally and Jimmy. I had to go into Family Search and put them in. Now they will let me print out a card. So tomorrow that is my #1 job.
I didn't go to visit Tommy today. Just had to have a day off. I called him a couple of times and he called me so that just had to do today.
I did some bookwork for Janna. That's been my day.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for Genealogy. I know it is so important. I am blessed to have been able to do it for My family, Tommy family, Smokey's family and Johnny's dad and his family.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Harley is Here

Harley, Gracie and the Dogs

I went to see Tommy today. I made a video that I posted to Instagram. I am trying to learn how to do it. I love to see the stuff my grandkids put on. So I thought I'd give it a try.
I brought clothes for Tommy and put them all away. I had to go to Walmart and get some stuff that Tommy needed. I just kept saying "Ox in the mire".
After Harley's plane landed Janna brought her, Gracie and AJ to the rehab center to see Tommy. I just love that Harley is back. We had fun visiting and then they were off. 
I left Tommy to go home and Janna called me to get Gracie so she could go to the ER. She had a terrible back ache. I pick Gracie up in the parking lot of Cal Ranch and took her home. We pretty much hung out and did nothing all evening.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for this granddaughter of mine. She is such a hard worker and so dependable. We are blessed to have her in our family.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Promentory Pointe

Rehab Center

I went to the hospital this morning to wait for the Rehab Center to come and take Tommy. He was having a really hard time and so discouraged. After they took him over to the Center he was weighed and had to stand up to do it. He did so well. They laid him down in bed and gave him orders to not get up on his own. I left to go to the market to get him some Root Beer, Three Musketeers and some bottled water. When I got back they told me he had gotten up in the bathroom and to tell him not to do it. I was elated. He actually got up on his own. When I got into his room he was sitting in the recliner watching TV. I did make him promise me he would not get up on his own for now. Now whether he will listen or not is another matter. It made me realize just how worried I was that he would never get better. Now I am feeling so hopeful.
I came home and made "Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup" for my dinner. It is so delicious. Then I got a text from Janna that she needed a treat and wanted Gracie to ask me. What a daughter. I made Brownie's and a loaf of Banana Nut Bread. That the treats for the night. Then I cleaned up my kitchen and sat down to relax for the evening.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for all the answer to prayers. I learned an important lesson about waiting for Heavenly Fathers time and not mine to answer prayers. I am so Blessed!!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Bud's Gone On His Last Ride To Heaven

My Sweet Cousin Buddy

I looked at Facebook this morning and saw this picture that Frankie had posted with a beautiful message that he has passed away and was taking his last ride. I was so glad he came over to Johnnie's when I was there and we could talk and I could get my last fantastic hug from him. He was 80 years old and still riding his horse. He got a virus in his lungs and was gone in a week. It was such a shock. It just goes to show that when Heavenly Father wants us he will take us home. What a reunion in Heaven with his father that had died when he was 2 and my Grandma that raised him. It did made me sad though all day long.
Gracie and I went to the hospital to visit her Papa. She doesn't have much patience with hospitals so we didn't stay very long. She did like the little car that took us from our car in the parking lot to the front door. And she really liked to ride up and down in the elevators and push the buttons. Thank goodness Tommy is understanding and didn't mind that we couldn't stay. I did find the Social Worker and told her what Rehab facility the would take him to tomorrow. The same one he went to before.
We came home and I made Spaghetti and Garlic Bread for dinner. We watched Madagascar, Valiant and Beauty and the Beast all afternoon. I did laundry and worked on my scrapping.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for the Plan of Salvation. It is such a comfort to know where Buddy is going and who is there to greet him. The Gospel blesses my life everyday.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Breakfast With Connie

My Kombucha Maker
 Letter to Santa

I went to Breakfast with Connie this morning. It was fun to go and talk adult talk. We have tried to go once a month and we both had a super busy summer so we haven't been in a while.
Janna had Gracie because she had to go to the ENT to have her tubes in her ears removed. They were sitting in her ear canal. They removed the tubes and said to bring her back in 6 months. So that's what we will do for our little Gracie.
Gracie wrote a letter to Santa and listed all the toys she would like for Christmas. She is so funny. She got a envelop to mail it in and had me put her name on it so Santa would know it was from her.
I also got my Kombucha crock and bottles to put it in. Now I am ready to start Tuesday when my SCOBY is ready. I can't wait!!
I made sandwiches for dinner. Wow! That took lots of effort. Then I spent the night going thru all the pages for Gracie's books. Of course, I found a couple of duplicates that messes up the way the double pages fit so I will fix that.
Bedtime, so I'm going to gets some sleep.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful that Connie and I are team teachers. She is such a good friend. Blessing happen in my life all the time.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Visiting Tommy

 Dentist Office
 Dress Up
 Shopping at Winco
 Becca and Kathy

Today I got up and got my shower and went to visit Tommy. I saw two of his doctors and they still don't know what's wrong with him. I left to run home and get my computer so I could scrapbook while I sat there. 6 more pages for Gracie's books. So far I have 5 books completed and working on #6. Each book has 60 pages so I have been busy.
I know my way around the hospital now. I took a lot of walks in between scrapping. I know where to get my Diet Dr. Pepper and treats. I stayed until about 3:30 and left to go home and do some housework.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for my computer that keeps me from going stir crazy. Blessing abound.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

ER Again

This morning was without incident. Gracie played with her dolls and I got ribs rubbed for cooking and potatoes washed and wrapped in foil for baking and lettuce washed and spun for a salad. Which in the end all went awry.
Tommy started having tons of pain in his hip and had to go to the hospital. Janna and AJ came home from work and we got Tommy in the car, which constituted carrying him to the car in a chair and hoisting him in the passenger seat, while he was moaning in pain.
They took a biopsy of the swelling on his hip but couldn't figure it out. So they admitted him to the hospital until they find out what's wrong.
AJ drove Janna, Gracie and me home. I called my friend Crystal on the way to the hospital to see if she could turn off my oven for me. I had forgotten to turn it off and the potatoes were in it. I didn't really want to come home to burnt potatoes. I had one rack of ribs ready for the oven that I had pressured before I left. I finished them so Austin would had food when he came home from work.
Then I put Gracie to bed and sat down to watch "Bull".
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful that Tommy is in the hospital so they can control his pain. What a blessing Doctors and Hospitals are in our life.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Back To The Land of The Living

Gracie and Her Play Dough

Kombucha Starter

I spent the morning in my chair but by the afternoon I started feeling really well. I do believe I am ready to go again. 
Gracie had a runny nose so she stayed home from Preschool. She spent the day playing with her Play Dough and watching The Lion Guard. She was very good.
I worked a little organizing my scrapbooking. I am almost caught up on Gracie's books so I can start doing real scrapbooking and not just Quick Pages.
When Austin came home he brought in two packages. One was my journal for 2016 that I had sent in to be printed. And the second package was my Kombucha kit. I started re hydrating my SCOBY so when the rest of my order comes I will be ready to start making it.
I called my dear friend Debbie to see how she was doing. It was so good to hear her voice. She is doing well and works at the Sacramento Temple. I have to figure a way to visit her. It's good to have friends that know you from way back. We have history, lots of history.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for my friend Debbie. I am blessed to have know her since I was very young. She is truly a Daughter of God.

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