Wednesday, March 18, 2015

This week in Burley, I D A H O - March 16-22, 2015

Burley, Idaho and 17 1/2 hours in Utah - 
Week of March 16-22, 2015

March 16, 2015 - Monday
I rendezvoused with Janie & Shawn in Pocatello. Janie helped me drive to Provo, Utah, for my sister's Retirement Dinner Party hosted by her four children.
Shawn drove on to Burley to stay with Walt while I was gone.  He is healthy enough to stay alone, but if he were to fall, there would be no one in the house to help get him up.

We got the the LaJolla Restaurant at The Riverwoods in Provo, Utah, at 5:40 p.m., just as Janice and Jeff had parked.

March 17, 2015 - Tuesday 
St. Patrick's Day
Janie and I pulled out of Julie & John's driveway at 6:15 a.m. and hit the Idaho border at 8:30 a.m.  We rendezvoused with Shawn at 9:30 and I headed on west to Burley as they went north to Rexburg.
I so appreciated their taking a day out of their busy lives to make it possible for me to help honor my sister at her Retirement Party.

That evening the theme of our Third Ward Relief Society Birthday Dinner was "Heroines Throughout Time." 

A delicious dinner of chicken salad made by Mindy Young, served in croissants, along with a yummy variety of salads brought by the sisters.

As I was looking at a potato salad, Sister Laura Nielsen said: "Try the potato salad.  It's really good.  I know, I made it."  She is a darling widow in our ward.  Brother Eric Pearce had told me that we have around 80 widows in our ward.

Sister Mary Ann Roskelley, chairman of the evening Relief Society Meetings, and her committee did a great job.
The pink and green colors added a festive springtime look.
The truffles in their truffle bowls made fancy center pieces. And Mindy Young's delicate holders with the flickering candles added just the right ambiance to each table.

Six sisters spoke about Heroines...
Old Testament Heroine - Amber Grayson chose to speak about Rebekah, and her

New Testament Heroine - Donna Westergard

Book of Mormon Heroine - Diana Prescott

Lanada Kerbs, accompanied by Emily Garrard sang "Mary Did You Know?"

Heroine from Early Church History - Michelle Gerratt chose Mary

Heroine from Early Church History - Wendy Weeks - Eliza R. Snow

Modern Day Heroine - Alyssa Carnaham

Pianist was Ellen Petersen and Chorister Jan P.

Prayers by Alisha Squires and Alice Hansen. It was an enjoyable and spiritual evening of sisterhood.
Each sister in Burley Third Ward is a heroine!

March 18, 2015 - Wednesday
Walt had physical therapy in the afternoon.
We spent a quiet evening.  I worked some on the blog; Walt read some of his cousin D.Lamar Jensen's autobiography "Abundant Life."

March 19, 2015 - Thursday
One month since Walt fell and broke his right hip.

March 20, 2015 - Friday
First day of Spring
Physical Therapy

March 21, 2015 - Saturday

March 22, 2015 - Sunday
Elder DeVar and Hermana Sharon Haroldsen spoke in Sacrament Meeting today in Idaho Falls about their mission as temple workers in the San Salvador El Salvador Temple from June 2013 to March 2015. 

We had asked for them to fill the vacancy left by Elder y Hna. Gibbons and Elder y Hna. Kitley who finished their 18 months in January 2013.

Today was also the Twin Falls Idaho Temple Devotional for Temple Workers.  We rode over with President David and Sister Marilyn Gibbons. (David and Marilyn Gibbons were in the first group of the four senior couple temple missionaries who served in the San Salvador El Salvador Temple.  He is now serving as the first counselor in the Twin Falls Idaho Mission Presidency.)

March 23, 2015 - Monday
Empty Nester Neighborhood  FHE at George and Jacque Gorton's home - theme " MARDI GRAS "
March 24, 2015 - Tuesday
A quiet, cold, rainy day.  We built a fire in the fire place and kept arm and dozy inside.  
In the evening I picked up a prescription for Walt and then went to the stake center for my temple recommend which expires the end of March.

March 25, 2015 - Wednesday
We walked over to Melling's home this morning to see how the ramp is coming that Ron Bench is building for the return of Don and Ruth on Saturday, March 28.  It should accommodate the wheelchair for Don very well.  

It appears that Don is getting more feeling in his left arm each day. That is a very good sign that his left side is waking up slowly but surely.

Here are some photos of the ramp.
Ron measuring.
Here's the ramp from the front of the house.
Here's from the west side of the ramp.  There are strict regulations and requirements for a ramp.  It has to be a certain length so as not to be too steep for the wheelchair to go up and back down safely.
This is one of the best ramps we have ever seen.  Ron has been working on this in all kinds of weather. Monday and Tuesday were cold, windy, with scattered rain showers.  Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are predicted to have warmer temperatures each day to finish the week.
Harry Carpenter stopped by to talk with us and to see the ramp.
As we left we apologized for taking Ron's time, but he said he was happy to talk with us.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

This week in Burley, Idaho...

The week of March 9-15, 2015 in Burley, I D A H O
March 9 - Monday
Here is the miracle of Shawn's over-night healing.
The blood test that was 763 yesterday, that the normal limits are from 7-81, was redone this morning and everything was normal!
Dr. Wells said to Shawn that his body had done its thing and the stone passed, unplugging that duct that was causing the problem with the pancreas.
   Then Dr. Wells added that we all know what that is called--"Priesthood."
Shawn was discharged from the hospital and they got to our home about 10:00.
I cooked them a "Grama-Jane breakfast" of fried bacon, spuds, and eggs, with toast and juice.
Except Shawn was on clear liquids (he'd had some clear jello and juice before he left the hospital), so he just had the Cran-Raspberry juice.
Janie and Shawn slept a couple of hours, then Shawn's Dad, Budd, came to drive them to Rexburg.
Here is Budd closing the door as Shawn got in and adjusted the seat to lie back a little.
Later that day Walt went in for his second physical therapy session as an out patient.  Brent McMillan worked with him today.
Our neighbors, Tom and Irene Blayney came over to find out how Don is doing since his stroke on Feb. 27.  We told them that he is paralyzed on his left side, and has lost the vision in his left eye.  He can talk, but it is hard to understand him.
   The physicians are telling them that there is still hope that some of the feeling will come back on that left side.

March 10 - Tuesday 
We voted today for a school bond for improvements in every school in the Cassia County School District.  Hope it passes.

Newspaper headlines the next morning said: "SCHOOLS WIN BIG."  It passed by 75% (needed a 2/3 majority, so it passed easily).
Tonight we watched the BYU vs Gonzaga Basketball Pacific Coast Conference Championship game.  Poor Cougars just couldn't get it together and lost by about 20 points.  They may or may not get a spot in the NCAA March Madness Tournament.  They are in a play off game Tuesday, March 17 to determine if they have a spot.
G O    C O U G A R S !
March 11 - Wednesday
Today our neighbor of 49 years, Irene Blayney turned "80".
I made her a personalized birthday card.
March 11, 2015
I included this wonderful photo of The Tom & Irene Blayney Family - Their Christmas card for December 2014

We’ve loved being your neighbors for these 44 years--
since 1971, plus 5 years before that just three houses north on Burton Avenue.

(I put a small wedding photo of Walt and Eileen when we were 27 and 22, then typed this beside it: "But we still all feel young at heart!")
We walked over early this evening just before sundown and gave Irene her homemade card and a print from El Salvador made from dried plants.
They told us that Ruth and Don Melling had called today and they were so happy to talk with them.
Kirt had told us this afternoon that Don had been able to push his left leg down with some force on his own after the physical therapists had pulled it up.  He was also able to move his little finger on the left hand, which he had not been able to do.
   Here is a photo of Don and Ruth with their youngest son, John taken five years ago on June 14, 2010, two months before their Golden Wedding Anniversary.
Walt had physical therapy this afternoon. Brent started with him, then Troy finished.   Troy put the security belt on and held on to it while he had walk with a cane without the walker.  Walt said he felt "shaky."
March 12 - Thursday
We would have driven to Utah today to help with Maddie and Jackson while Jacee competes at the National Ballroom competition held on the BYU campus in the Marriott.
But Walt is not to travel until four weeks after his surgery--for two reasons Dr. Crane said:
1. Increased risk of blood clots after surgery.
2. The jostling in the car driving for that long is not good for it repaired hip this soon after surgery.
    Put photo of Jacee and her partner at

Walt went to see Dr. Gilbert Crane today about his swollen knee.
  When his x-ray technician brought in the x-rays taken today of his knees, Dr. Crane exclaimed: "You have horrible knees.  How are you able to even walk?!"
They are full of arthritis and no cartilage, and look like you should be in a lot of pain.  So Walt feels blessed that he is not in a lot of pain with his knees.
The current swelling is from an infusion of fluid, partly from the arthritis and the manipulation necessary during the hip surgery.
Next Thursday (March 19--which is one month since he fell) Walt will keep his regular appointment to check on the hip surgery.
Dr. Crane just smiles and says okay when I ask 
if I can take a photo of him beside Walt.
Surprise! As we were leaving, Walt ran in 
to someone who knew him.  
This has happened a lot since we've been back home.
It always brightens Walt's day.
When we drove up from physical therapy, there was our dear friend and neighbor, Darrell Roskelley, mowing our lawn.  It made the whole yard look so much better.  We so appreciate his kindness and thoughtfulness in helping us so much!
Serendipity Study Club's program Thursday evening was given by Megan Petersen about her time in Africa.  She did an amazing job and we learned so much about that Continent and how people there live and about the health issues they endure.  
Megan is like her Mom--making the world a better place.
Pat Greenman was the hostess for the last time.  They have sold their beautiful home in Burley on Laurel Drive (it had been the home of Otis and Kathrine Williams) and they are looking at a home in Twin Falls.  We will miss them a lot!
Also pictured on the right is Karma Lambert, our hostess for last month.
I tried to get a picture of everyone around the room, but I missed one section.  (Sometimes I think a photo has taken, but it hasn't.)
We had 15 members there: June Tilley, Carol Cheney, Jennie Egbert, Terri Smith, Bonnie Hansen, Marilyn Gibbons, Susan Young, Karen Robins, Ilene Mai, Deloras Green, Gladys Harrison, Eileen, Petersen, Linda Petersen, Karma Lambert, and 
Pat Greenman.  We missed those who weren't able to be there.  
We hope Judy Ward will be able to be back with us soon.
Pat served some typical foods of Africa -- spicy hummus with chips, fresh fruit, and chocolate-covered pretzels.
"Now that we know about some of the needs there, what are we going to do about it?"

March 13 - Friday
Friday the 13th
John and Julie had tickets for us at the tables on the main floor to see Jacee's dancing.  We are so sad to miss it.

Walt went to physical therapy in the morning so I could go visiting teaching with LaRae Crane in the afternoon.
The visiting teaching messages this year are on the Attributes of Christ...this month on Patience.  LaRae does such a good job with these lessons.  We visited Cindy Young, Bonnie Rose, and stopped in to see Belva Gowen. LaRae had made delicious shamrock-shaped sugar cookies for our sisters. LaRae will contact Deb later.

March 14 - Saturday
We would have stayed with Jackson and Maddie today while Jacee danced in the final day of the National Ballroom competition.  Their BYU Pre-teen team won first place!

March 15 - Sunday
I have an interview at 10:15 this morning to renew my temple recommend. It was a nice surprise when Brother Crane called me Tuesday evening to remind me that my temple recommend would expire the end of March.    We had great lessons in Relief Society given by Ann Harper about The Savior.
Bonnie Fronk taught us in Sunday School about "Take My Yoke Upon You.

We pray you have had a restful and peaceful Sabbath Day.
We are thankful for the Sabbath Day to learn more about The Savior and His Gospel.

We have a testimony of the Savior, Jesus Christ, and of His Atonement for each of us.
He is truly our Redeemer and Savior.

In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Walt and Eileen Petersen - Burley, I D A H O

Monday, March 2, 2015

This week in Burley, Idaho

This week - March 2-8, 2015   
       (Sunday about midnight...
      I have finished the week! Horray...first time in a long time!)
February 2 - Monday  
(I'm going to try to post daily to see if I can
get a week completed instead of only the first half of each week.)

Walt had a quiet day.  Dan Green came this morning to visit him.  I didn't get there till noon today, so I didn't get a photo of Dan.

Walt was working on his computer when I arrived.

We had lunch together and then in his room planned to watch some TV. They have a program on PBS that we haven't seen before.  It's called "World."
Walt was in the soft recliner and I sat in a nice leather-like chair beside him.
    We both conked out for almost an hour.
We like this nurse's aid a lot--Katherine.
Then I left at 4:30 to run a couple of errands and be home in time to go to "The Music Man" with Kathleen Hedberg and Kenna Durfee.  Chase and Yamammy Anderson joined us. Kathleen took in two refugee sisters a few years back. Zynab and Yamammy.  Zynab couldn't come because her baby was sick.

It was an outstanding performance and received a standing ovation.
We are amazed at all the local talent we have in our Mini-Cassia Area.  Ken and Bonnie Hansen had a lot of grandchildren and great-grandchildren in this Mt. Harrison Heritage Foundation amateur production.
March 3 - Tuesday
This morning Walt was driven in the Countryside van to our home where the occupational therapist rendezvoused with him to do a home evaluation to see what hazards there might be for his convalescence here.
 He checked out the rooms on the main level, then went upstairs to see how he handled the stairs.
Greg had two items of concern:
1. The throw rugs in the master bathroom can be a hazard of catching a toe on the edge and falling.  So those need to be removed.
2. The half-bath in the downstairs hallway needs a riser on the toilet to eliminate a risk of falling.
3. For now, the therapist said it will be safer for Walt to shower in the main floor master bath room than in the main shower upstairs.  The shower chair we have from my back surgery in Dec 2010 fits well in this main floor shower.

This shows the snow we had gotten by 10:50 this morning.
Then it was time to go back to Rupert.
Walt didn't need to go in the wheelchair this time, but was able to get into the car seat okay.  When I asked the Countryside driver what her name was, she said: "Angel."
"Well named," replied Walt.
And there they go...  Walt has been well taken care of at this Coountryside Care & Rehab Center on the East Wing of the Minidoka Memorial Hospital in Rupert.  
By the time I left an hour later, the snow was gone from the roads and they were dry most of the way to Rupert.
I joined Walt for lunch there, and then the therapists came to have Walt try the walker with the four wheels instead of the silver one with only the two wheels on the front.
Below are Walt, Jeff, and Matt.
Our friend and neighbor, Scott Bloxham, was the head physical therapist for the Minidoka Memorial Hospital for many years. He has recently retired.
Jeff and Matt walked with Walt clear over to the East Dining Room and on to the fireplace room on the far east wing.  Walt's Room 317 is the furtherest one of the West Wing.
Jeff then showed Walt some new exercises with his legs while sitting in a chair.  The trick is for Walt to rotate his right leg over without the thigh rotating in.
Right after they left, these bright, darling arrangement of flowers from Reta Jane's Blooms sent to Walt by Bill & Sharon Prescott, very dear cousins of Walt's.
The fun card said: "For the Duracell Bunny... (have to get the rest from the card tomorrow....)
We were both tuckered out so had an hour nap before watching a little a couple of episodes of "Little House on the Prairie," and part of "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman"...or whatever the title is, with Jane Seymour. (Remember, she was invited by The Church to be a guest artist for one of the Tabernacle Choir Christmas Programs.

One of the aids came to take Walt's vital signs.
Then the Financial Manager for Countryside came to give him the information he needs about being discharged.
My right eye started stinging this morning when I was checking e-mails before I left the house.  I thought it was that the little bit of sun shining came in through the window.
  However by the time I left for Rupert it was so watery and stinging so much I had to close it most of the 20-minute drive over.
  After our nap the stinging and watering were gone, but about 4:00 (my favorite time of the day), it began stinging and watering again, so Walt said I probably needed some allergy medicine.
   So I drove over to Ridleys and got some Western Family equivalent of Claritin or Lotradine. (The latter two were $31 for 30 pills; the W.F. brand was $5.99 for 30 pills.)
    My eye has not stung nor watered since I took one of those pills.

Each hall-way in Countryside has a "street name."  The hallway going down in front of the West Wing dining hall is "Wisteria Circle."  Very clever idea...
After a light supper, we watched a PBS special called "Bing Rediscovered" about the life of Bing Crosby.
 I couldn't get the MMH (Minidoka Memorial Hospital) free WiFi to connect, so I just packed up my computer and planner and Walt's clothes that needed washing and headed home a little after 8:00.
       To be continued

March 4 - Wednesday 
Turned out to be the day Walt was discharged from the Rehab Center.  Joy Hurst __________ came by to see him.  She is over the Home Health for the Minidoka Memorial Hospital.  She has worked in many levels of medicine with Dr. Petersen over the years...way back when in Labor and Delivery at the Cassia County Hospital.
Some more walking through the hallways to finish out the day's exercising.
Dr. Gilbert Crane came by to check Walt and signed the discharge papers.
Then we were on our way home...
Dan Black was so kind to let us borrow a walker he has that is not being used.
It was a very good day!
March 5 - Thursday
How many days till Christmas...
  Just wondering how long till christmas...45 weeks...
Now moving on....
Walt was happy to be home having breakfast in our home.

March 6 - Friday
Day of physical therapy at the Burley hospital as an out patient.
Troy was so good going through the exercises with Walt.
It was a really warm, spring-like day -- almost 60 degrees.
Dan and LaRae Crane brought in a delicious dinner.  We've got to get her meat loaf recipe!
March 7 - Saturday
Janie & Shawn took 88 of their Idaho Ballroom Academy dancers to do workshops, perform, and dance with the youth of an Ontario, Oregon, stake.  Their rest stop was in Burley on the way.
After doing all this and other activities--like an etiquette workshop--they would head back Sunday after church there.
One of the management people in Wal-Mart told one of their chaperones, Bryon Kennedy, that they were very impressed with how well-mannered this group of young people were.
It was awesome to see these two busloads of young performers go on their way to Oregon.
Then that afternoon, Walt and I went to the matinee of "The Music Man" in their final performance.  It was a standing ovation!
Here we are outside the beautiful King Fine Arts Center.
Then I got a closeup of Walt when we got home. He's doing very well for 2 weeks and 1 day since his total hip replacement surgery.
That evening we went to Molly Heiner's wedding reception at Dave and Alice Hansen's home.  Kevin and Christine were the happy father and mother of the beautiful bride.
Molly's husband is Owen Barrott from Pocatello.  They were married on Friday, March 6 in the Salt Lake Temple.   Her turquoise and silver colors made lovely decorations.
Everyone was so nice to help Walt into and out of the chairs.
March 8 - Sunday
Today is our very good friend's birthday.
Our neighbor, Don Melling, turns 80 years old on this March 8!

We finally got the time figured out after I turned our clock back 1 hour. I turned TV on to hear the Tabernacle Choir and it was 11:30 not 9:30 like I thought it was.

We got to Church. Walt made it through Priesthood with the brethren helping him up out of the folding chair.  Then in Sunday School we got a call that Shawn was having severe abdominal pain on the bus ride from Ontario, Oregon, to Burley where they stopped for lunch before continuing on to Rexburg.

Walt felt he needed to go to the Emergency Room at the Burley hospital--Cassia Regiona Regional Medical Center. So Janie made arrangements with her chaperones to take over for the last 2 1/2 hours on to Rexburg.
And we headed to the hospital.  While waiting for the results of lab tests, Darrell Roskelley came to help Walt give him a Priesthood blessing.
Soon after that we were able to find Shawn's dad, Budd, who was in the hospital helping a neighbor.  The probable diagnosis is pancreatitis.  He is here in the hospital for the night.
Before we left the Sunday School class this afternoon, Sister Bonnie Fronk had taught us about disciples and hypocrites. 
To be a disciple we need to pray, believe, serve, do what is right for the right reason and become someone with the countenance of Christ.

We pray you have had a peaceful and restful Sabbath Day.
We pray we will be a true disciple of Christ.

We testify that He is our Redeemer and Savior.
In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen
Walt and Eileen Petersen - Burley, Idaho