Friday, April 17, 2015

This week in Burley, IDAHO - Monday, April 13 to
Sunday, April 19, 2015.
April 13, 2015 - Monday
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April 14, 2015 - Tuesday
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April 15, 2015 - Wednesday
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April 16, 2015 - Thursday
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April 17, 2015 - Friday
WALT'S BIRTHDAY - "81" TODAY.
We always start birthday mornings with a breakfast of donuts and chocolate milk and birthday presents.
He chose some new sprinklers for the yard and some sweat pants for his gifts.
They're really nice sprinklers. Really.
The $6.50 sweat pants -- not so special.  But I forgot he also chose some clip-on sunglasses he's been needing for a long time. His old ones got so scratched he couldn't see out of them. That case will be good to keep these new ones from getting scratched.
Then he decided he'd like to go to the temple for either a session or initiatory.  We asked at the recommend desk which they needed done the most and they asked us to do a session.  There were 13 men and 21 women, so 34 is good for the 1:00 session.
Walt waited by the front entrance while I walked down the steps and drove the car up to get him.
He is not to bend more than 90 degrees (because it could pop-out the hip replacement parts), so he cannot tie his shoe laces. He's been wanting to get some slip-on dress shoes.  So we drove downtown Twin Falls to where Hudson's Shoes was the last we knew.  That building is now a "Thrift Shop."
  We called Dale to see where Hudson's is now.  Dale directed us to the Lynnwood Shopping Center.  Then we had to call him back because we couldn't remember where the Lynnwood was.
"Blue Lakes and Filer Avenue," he said.   We pulled off there, but we were on the west side of the little mall, and Hudson's is on the
south-east side we found out by asking a passerby.
   After going "around the block" via Twin Falls High School, we
found Hudson's and some wonderful SAS black slipon shoes, that can be both dressy and casual.  (They were on sale for $20 off.  I asked about their Berkinstocks and she said they go on sale around Mother's Day.)
   We asked her how long ago Hudson's Shoe had moved from downtown.  "Twelve years ago," she said.
What can we say?  We've been out of the country of 9 1/2 years.
   And that was the happiest birthday present of all!  
Walt has had one other pair of SAS shoes for about 8-10 years and they have been the most comfortable shoes he has ever had.
(He was self conscious about the white sox with his dark blue suit, but he can't bend down to put other socks on when he changes into his white clothes in the temple.)
We got home from Twin at 5:20...just in time to see the end of Jeopardy.  We only remember to turn it on about 2-3x a week.
We're lucky to get one or two of the questions right in the half-hour time.

Before I went in to bake the pie and cook Walt's birthday supper, I took a photo of the tulips.
Here's a closeup.  They're about the wither away I'm afraid.
They are all along the front porch.
Walt said he just wanted fried spuds 'n onions for his birthday supper.  I did add a tossed salad and hot veggie, with the dessert being his freshly baked hot apple pie. 
Yep, he got a "birthday pie," this year. 
Let's just say, it tasted a whole lot better than it looked.
I did carve "Happy B-day, Walt" in the crust...but it's illegible.
For the evening activity we opened the box of what we thought were photos of Grama Jane's that Phyllis had.  Dale Bunn brought them over when he and Mitch came to see Walt in the hospital.  We thought there would be more photos.  It is mostly letters and cards to Grama Jane from family and friends.
It did have a good photo of Bide & Rie Prescott's remaining four of their six children, plus two spouses, at the July 2000 Prescott Reunion, which Walt is holding in the photo below.
Here's a close up of it.  Left to right: Tess Prescott Julian, Betty Hudson Prescott, Dean Prescott, Jane Prescott Petersen Hashman, Tom Prescott, Marge DeMoss Prescott.  
And that what happened on Walter Ray Petersen's 81st birthday on this April 17th, 2 0 1 5.

April 18, 2015 - Saturday
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April 19, 2015 - Sunday
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Sunday, April 12, 2015

This week in Burley, I D A H O - Monday, April 6 to Sunday, April 12, 2015

This week in Burley, IDAHO - Monday, April 6 to
Sunday, April 12, 2015.
April 6, 2015 - Monday
I didn't take any photos today. What had his physical therapy #14 at 2:45p.m.
It was Dick Huzinga's 80th birthday today.

April 7, 2015 - Tuesday
We went to the viewing of Justin Graham, the 23-year-old son of Dr. Walt and Jolene Graham's son who was a senior at Utah State University.
They had a nice display of things he had made and what he had done.
We got there at 5:40 p.m. and the line was already long, but when we came out the line was clear down the sidewalk.
This is looking up to the door of the Church.  Many people came to express their condolences.  What a sad occasion. 

April 8, 2015 - Wednesday
We went to the funeral of Justin Graham.  The Chapel was filled, the cultural hall was filled, and the stage was filled.  There was no burial after the funeral, so I didn't get photos at the cemetery. 
It was a chilly and rainy day.
Darrell Roskelley came over to put in a closing the vent coming from the hood of our stove. Walt saw some starlings trying to build a nest in there.
 We appreciate Darrell doing these jobs for us.
At Walt's afternoon physial therapy #15 they told him he is progressing so well that he will only need to come 2x a week instead of 3.

April 9, 2015 - Thursday
We took our tax information to Todd Phillips at the CPA office.  We still need a copy of my Social Security forms.  It won't let me into the site online because my telephone number has changed.

We walked over to Mellings when we got back.  Their cherry tree is about 2/3 bloomed.
Don was just finishing his lunch.  Walt asked him how he was doing and he said: "About the same."
Then Walt helped Ruth in explaining some of the prescriptions that Don is taking.
Thursday night I coughed all night and didn't get very much sleep.
I had to sit up for a while, so watched the end of a Netflix movie I've been watching in spurts.  It starred Diane Keaton, whom I really like.  She reminds me of someone I know but I haven't put my finger on it yet.  (I think her smile is like Vicki Martin's.)

April 10, 2015 - Friday
This afternoon Walt got a haircut from his favorite barber, Bob Beaver.  He told us about the Mini-Cassia's Philharmonic Symphony Spring Concert that night.  So we went and enjoyed it a lot.  So many talented musicians in our "home town and across the river."


After the haircut we drove over to Goode Motor where they gave us a check for $581 because they sold our camper yesterday.  It was 30 years old (a 1985 Komfort) and didn't look all that great.  We had paid $4,500 for it June 13, 2003.  We had some good times in it and liked it a lot but Walt can't get it hooked up anymore.  Because of our old age, we are having to give up a lot of things we used to do.  
We hope whoever bought it has some good years with it.
As we drove away from Goode Motor, we saw them putting up the new Stokes sign, which now includes a True Value store.
April 11, 2015 - Saturday
A neighbor, Ken Weeks, came to mow our lawn.    Julie and John had done a lot of cleanup in the backyard last Saturday when they were here, so it wasn't as bad for him today as it would have been without their preliminary work.  He not only trimmed around the edges but also around the swing set and other places.

The lawn looks so good and we are so grateful to him for his kindness in volunteering to do this for us.  As Walt says: "There are a lot of good people in this world!"
I had coughed all Thursday and Friday nights, so was pretty wiped out all day Saturday. In fact, Walt had me stay in bed until almost noon.  When I take the cough syrup it puts me to sleep.  I slept for about an hour in the swivel rocker in the living room that afternoon.
Walt had me start a Z-Pak of Arythromicin on Friday.
April 12, 2015 - Sunday 
Gary came to visit us this morning.
It's always good to be with him.
He took a photo of us together.
He took one the other direction to show the tulips that have finally bloomed.  Oh rats, they don't show up.  
I'll have to take a closer photo of them tomorrow.
Early that evening we gave a fireside at the Young Singles Branch about our calling to the San Salvador El Salvador Temple.
We showed a power point of slides which took 15 minutes more 
than our allotted 45 minutes.  We hope we left a good message about temples and serving missions.
F A M I L I E S   A R E   F O R E V E R
because of the restoration of the Priesthood Sealing Power
to the Earth for this Last Dispensation.  
This sealing takes place in the Temples of
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Sister McMillan served some typical food from El Salvador - Flan, nuts, and Jarritos Soda: Orange, Mango, and Lemon-Lime.  
It's some of the best Flan I've ever eaten.
Then we took a photo of their leaders who were there.
President & Sister Ormond, Brother & Sister McMillan,
and Brother            . The other leaders were out of town...
one in Peru on a service trip.
We enjoyed being with them.  
Walt thought that about 25 were there.
I was showing some of our souvenirs on display,
and was sorry I didn't get a photo of any of the young adults.
We had a great Sunday School lesson today 
in Sister Bonnie Fronk's Gospel Doctrine Class about 
The Transfiguration.
Ten things that happened at The Transfiguration:
1. Heavenly Father introduced His Son by saying:
"This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
2. It shows that the Father and the Son are two separate beings.
3. Peter, James, and John were also transfigured.
4. Peter, James, and John received their Endowment.
5. Peter, James, and John had their Calling and Election Made Sure.
6. Moses gave them the Keys of Gathering.
7. Elijah gave them the Keys of Sealing.
8. (have to finish these another time; that's all I can remember out of my head.).
9.
10.
We hope you have had a peaceful and restful Sabbath Day.
Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ know each one of us personally by our name.
They love us unconditionally.
But they do want us to repent so we can return to Them.
Of this we testify.
In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Walt & Eileen Petersen
Burley, Idaho

Sunday, April 5, 2015

This week in Burley, I D A H O - March 30-April 5, 2015

This week in Burley, I D A H O
Monday to Sunday - March 30-April 5, 2 0 1 5

March 30, 2015 - Monday
Walt had his physical therapy #11 at the Burley Hospital.

We took an afternoon drive, then went to Parkview Care Center to
see Andy Wilson who is there recovering from a heart attack in
March.

    For Family Home Evening we read our Sunday School lesson for April 12. (There will be no Sunday School Sunday, April 5 because it is General Conference.)
Very interesting information about The Transfiguration. Can't wait for the lesson on it.
March 31, 2015 - Tuesday
We went to see Don & Ruth Melling.
When I went back over to take something to Ruth, Tom & Irene Blayney were there.  The Blayneys live between Mellings and us.
Here are Don & Ruth in the photo with Tom & Irene.  We've all been neighbors for 40 some years.
That evening we sat by George & Jacque Gorton, Ken & Bonnie Fronk, Bro. McClaws, and Christine Kemp at the Stake High Priests' Dinner.
Here are the Fronks and Bro. McClaws.
The "Forever Plaid" quartet Kerry Arritt, Wendell Wells, Wayne Blauer, and Mike Felman sang wonderful songs from the 1940s and 50s...like "We Will Have These Moments to Remember,"   " (I'm trying to remember the others...senior moment of remembering...)
Alan Hales played some Golden Oldies he had arranged for the piano.
We had a nice time, and the dinner of pulled pork with  Jay Ward's sauce over it, plus baked potato, cole slaw, and baked beans, with dessert of ice cream over peach cobbler was delicious--as always.
It was wonderful seeing several friends we had not seen since we've been back  home.
April 1, 2015 - Wednesday
We drove over to the temple to help with our Burley 3rd Ward's assignment for the High Priests to do sealings at 11:00 a.m.
We met with President Hobbs, the temple president after, and because of our health and age he recommended that we be released from our temple shifts.
    This is a sad day.
When we got back to Burley Dale & Connie stopped by to see us.
It always makes our day better when they come to see us.  They had brought their tax info over for Connie's son-in-law, Joel Robins, to do their taxes.
Then we had a nice visit from Dick & Jan Huizinga.  Jan is famous for her baking.  
She brought Hot Cross Buns... 
Billy Bread, and... 
...several varieties of yummy cookies.  Such a treat!  
What a sweetheart she is.
I am sad I didn't take a picture of Dick with her.
His "80th" birthday is next Monday, April 6.
We couldn't believe he was even near 80 years old!

April 2, 2015 - Thursday
 We did some dusting and washing bedding for the upstairs bedrooms getting ready for John & Julie and family to come Friday for Easter General Conference weekend.
   Then we walked over to see the Mellings.  We told them this was the one day of this week that we hadn't signed anyone of us to bring them dinner.  Ruth said they had so much food from the Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday dinners that they had plenty of food they'd saved to choose from for tonight.
  On our walk back home, we took a photo of the Blayney's home.
Walt walked along the rows of flowers in front of our home. Looks like we have almost a hundred tulips ready to bloom.
We hope they bloom when Julie & John and family are here.

April 3, 2015 - Friday
The April Ward Dinner was "Breakfast for Dinner."
The beautiful centerpiece display focused on the Savior and the Easter miracle of His Resurrection.
It's always nice to be with our Ward Family.  It was fun to have Darrell & MaryAnn Roskelley and their daughter, Jennifer, her husband, Bryon, and family here from Rexburg.
We sat by Ken & Bonnie Fronk, Christopher Fronk, and Scott Bloxham.
The "breakfast for dinner" had lots of delightful food which was scrumptious.
Alice Hansen always helps make it festive and colorful.
And many hands make the putting away of the tables and chairs fast.  McKay Gerratt, the Bishop's son, is a great young man!
More helpers...Scott Bloxham, and Eric Pierce, who is a great First Counselor in our Bishopric.
Diane Fluckiger, in our Primary Presidency, helped hide the many Easter Eggs for the kids.  On the right is Alice Hansen, mentioned above, and Kathy Marker, on the left, is always willing to lend a helping hand.
When we got home, we were happy to have the Saratoga Springs Petersons just arrive.
Julie & John, Jacee, Jackson, Maddie, and Rigdon came to be with us for Easter.
What a great time we had together for two days.
April 4, 2015 - Saturday
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April 5, 2015 - Sunday - "HE IS RISEN AS HE SAID"

We hope you have had a nice Easter General Conference Sunday with family and/or friends.
   We so enjoyed having Julie & John and their family here this weekend from Saratoga Springs, Utah.
 185th ANNUAL GENERAL CONFERENCE --
           In just 15 years will be the 200th General Conference.


H A P P Y   E A S T E R

We pray you have had a peaceful and restful Sabbath Day.
An extra special Sabbath Day to have
Easter and General Conference on the same Sunday.
Because Christ has risen, so will we.
This gives us a bright hope for the future.

C H R I S T   L I V E S -
AND SO WILL WE.
Of this we bear testimony,
Walt and Eileen Petersen
Burley, Idaho