Saturday, July 4, 2015

Traces of time...

This week in Burley - June 29-July 5, 2015

June 29, 2015 - Monday

We could hardly sleep because it was so hot.
This morning we were still so hot, Walt called Darrell Roskelley to come and help carry our two window air conditioners up from the new basement.
It was like having our own Celestial Room after being in Hades!
Even though they were getting ready to go to Rexburg to see Sam in a play and do some other things with their daughter Jennifer and Bryon and family, he still took the time to come over and help us.  What a guy!!
This evening was the monthly Family Home Evening at Ken & Bonnie Hansen's home.  They served Dutch oven bar-b-qued ribs. Delicious!
A strong wind came up and we took everything inside, but in 15 minutes it had blown over (we thought) so we took everything back outside.
And all the side dishes--potatoes & peas from, tossed salad from, fresh fruit, hot homemade rolls, rhubarb-raspberry muffins, dessert of strawberry shortcake, and refreshing cold cherry Sprite were all scrumptious.
Then they set up chairs for us to gather and hear Gary and Debbie Jones speak to us about their 18-month mission in Nauvoo that they returned from in April.
Gary said there are 350 missionaries in Nauvoo who are busy from early morning to late at night.   Debbie also talked about the marvelous experiences they had and what  testimony-strengthening time it was.  
Gary was assigned to the Facilities Maintenance (FM) and Debbie was assigned to the different sites, and then to the Land Records which has the family history of everyone who lived in Nauvoo.
They shared some of the of ♫♫♪ music ♫♪ they performed in the nightly productions about pioneer life.  The last few months Deborah was assigned and the Productions Director.
We all had a great time together.
Left to right: Bonnie, Ken, Walt, Gary, Debra, David, Marilyn, Scott, Dan, Jacque, George, Bonnie, Ken.  The Roskelleys were in Rexburg, McCalls had family here from out of town, and Mellings are in St. George. (They hope to be home by the end of July.)
Bonnie Fronk always takes a photo of the group that I can be in.
Same as above except Eileen by Walt.
We thank Ken and Bonnie for being such a gracious host and hostess.

We appreciated several who helped us carry in the different bowls of fruit, and those who helped gather it back into our car.  Just as we got everything gathered up. The wind return with rain.
Scott stopped at our home and helped us gather all the bowls of fruit into the house.  It was so appreciated as we would have been really wet from the steady rain.

June 30, 2015 - Tuesday
This is what the strong, strong wind burst did in the night. Several big branches were blown from the elm tree in the back yard over the fence into the Lutheran Church's lawn.  Our sweet new neighbors--brought their power saw and cut up these limbs and hauled them away. 
Here's our back yard, which the Nilsson's also gathered the limbs up.
Dan Murri and Steve Ormond came to see the damage.
Walt went down to the old basement to look for the wheat grinder again.  I went behind him.
July 1, 2015 - Wednesday
When we went to the funeral for Karen Wahlquist, we saw the big equipment clearing up the big tree by the Jeppsen's that the wind had blown down.
next There was a lot of family at the funeral and a lot of ward members and friends. Bishop Terry Jeppsen gave a precise summary about the Plan of Salvation and about families being able to be together forever through the priesthood ordinance of the temple sealing power.
   We drove to Twin Falls and rendezvoused with Dale and Connie to do the 3:00 temple session.
When we don't have someone to take the photo of all four of us together, we take a second photo.
We went to Idaho Joe's Restaurant for old-fashioned home-cooked food.  Dale and I had chicken fried steak.  Walt had a taco salad, and Connie had Quiche Lorraine with fresh fruit on the side.
We enjoy  our weekly rendezvous time to be together.
July 2, 2015 -Thursday
We still can't find our wheat grinder, but I did bring a can of white wheat up from the basement.
 I made blender whole wheat pancakes for breakfast.   Yes, you can put the whole kernels in the blender with milk and the other ingredients and it makes a  nice pancake batter.  I'll have to share the recipe.  They remind me exactly of the whole wheat pancakes my Grama Ella Huffaker used to make.  So yummy
This afternoon Walt had his toe nails checked and trimmed by the podiatrist.

July 3, 2015 - Friday    
I got my hair cut this afternoon at Salon Sensations by Jenny.  Then we rendezvoused with Dale & Connie in Rupert for dinner and to go to the stage play "Forever Plaid."  
Our original plan was to eat at one of the booth's around The Square, but it was so hot...right at 100 degrees--so Dale suggested we eat at the Drift Inn, which is right on the Square, and we readily agreed.
The building this is in is on the National Register of Historic Sites. It was originally a bank in the 1809--three years after Rupert was founded.
Walt had chicken fried steak this time, I had pork 'n noodles, Dale had home-made meat loaf, and Connie had chicken fried chicken.  We highly recommend the Henry's at Drift Inn!
Then we went to the refurbished, historic Wilson Theater to see "Forever Plaid." 
It starred four brothers from Provo, Utah.  They were good and we enjoyed it as did Dale & Connie.  
However, it didn't compare to the "Forever Plaid" performed at the Oakley Playhouse some years ago starring Wayne Blauer, Wendell Wells, Kerry Arritt, and Mike Feldman.  Walt and I thought our local cast in Oakley harmonized better and were just all around more enjoyable to watch.
Since Connie grew up in Rupert and graduated from Minico High School, we decided to walk around the Square to see if she saw anyone she knew.  There was a large crowd listening to a group singing in the Gazebo.
And then Connie did see someone she knew--her brother Boyd Phillips, his wife Jean, and their daughter who has just graduated from Utah State in communications.  How fun to talk with them!
We were dumbfounded that people were paying $20 to be slung up so high in a bungie-type ride.  It took our breath away every time we heard the bong when someone was slung up to the highest point in the sky.  Looks terrifying!!

You can see one of the two red towers and the light in the middle is how high the seating apparatus for two has been flung into the air, nearly above the trees.
We ended the evening with each having some ice cream, and enjoying sitting at a picnic table in the cool breeze.

July 4, 2015 -Saturday
We had a quiet Fourth of July at home together, watching Patriotic movies.  We did go outside to get a photo by the flag the Boy Scouts put in our yards each holiday.  We didn't see any neighbors out, so we took a photo of each other.
Here's the photo Walt took of me.
Then we took one by the flag on our front porch.  Then Walt took a "selfie."  Got half of his face and a tiny corner of my shoulder.
Here's one of him by the flag on our front porch.  And those are the only 10 minutes we were out in the heat.
On PBS we watched the Washington D.C. Symphony concert and fireworks.
Hope you all had a fun and safe Independence Day.

July 5, 2015 - Sunday
We had an inspiring Testimony Meeting with 13 sharing their testimonies: Bishop Gerratt, Sister Nelson, young missionary, a little girl, Emily Hill, Michael Hill, David Gibbons, Sister _____, Jacque Gorton, Missionary Sister, young boy who was confirmed today, Michelle Gerratt, Eileen Petersen.
   (I got mixed up and thought our Sacrament Meeting ends at 12:10....but it's 12:00 noon straight up.  So I may have caused our meeting to go overtime a few minutes. I apologized to the Bishop after the meeting.)
      Many testified of Heavenly Father, the Savior, of Joseph Smith the Prophet, and Thomas S. Monson, our current Prophet.
   We had another great Sunday School lesson in Gospel Doctrine class taught by Bonnie Fronk about the Holy Ghost, taken from John in the New Testament where Christ taught about this Third Member of the Godhead.
   And in Relief Society Ellen Petersen taught about pioneers, with Jean Hamblin and Amber Grayson sharing about their great-grandmother and 3-g-m.
We have been asked to teach a second couple for Temple Preparation. Walt says because of privacy I cannot share the two couples' names.  We are enjoying this calling and hope these two couples are, too.

Walt called Ruth Melling to see how Don is doing.  They have been at the Rehabilitation Center in St. George since the middle of May.  Ruth said today that Don can get out of bed on his own now.  It's not easy but he works hard to get onto his feet.  We continue to pray for him to continue to improve each day.  They do not know when they will be able to come back home to Burley.

We pray you have had a peaceful and restful Sabbath Day.
Heavenly Father directed His Firstborn Son, Jesus Christ and Adam to create this earth for us to live on.

   We are thankful for the beauty of the the parts of this world we have lived in or visited.  We pray we will be good stewards over our part of the world where we spend our mortal habitation.

We are thankful for having received the Gift of the Holy Ghost to be our constant guide and companion when we live so the Spirit will be with us.

 We are thankful for the freedoms we have in the United States of America, and thank all the men and women, past-present-and future, who have fought or will fight to keep it free.

We share these traces of our time this week with you at the end of this Sabbath Day -- A Hallowed Day set aside by our Father in Heaven.

With love, Walt and Eileen Petersen
Here we are at the Nauvoo Temple in July 2010 where Elder and Sister Jones spoke about at our FHE this past week.
Now in our 54th year together...

 Goodbye until next week...

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

This week in Burley - June 22-28, 2015

June 22, 2015 - Monday

♫♫♪♫♪ "Today is Monday, today is Monday...
  This is the day we wash our clothes....
    wash our clothes, wash our clothes,
        this is the day we wash our clothes,
          early on Monday morning."
     especially after being gone for five days.   

    Brother Weeks mowed our lawn.  It's really looking good!
For family home evening, we watched some educational short movies together.

June 23, 2015 - Tuesday

Today Walt worked some more on Lesson #3 for Temple Preparation, and we taught the Herreras at 7:00 this evening.

June 24, 2015 - Wednesday

Today our daughter, Mary Jane "Janie" celebrates her birthday in London, England.  They have been on a trip for Shawn's Sabbatical leave to work on his Ballroom Dance with the head of Dancesports top teacher who lives in Slovenia.  Janie has also been doing work for their Idaho Ballroom Academy to find sites for their tour next summer.

Here is her post from London today on face book.
Dad liked Paris so much more than he thought he would! We had an adventure traveling on the overnight bus (10 hours) to London instead of riding the bullet train ($18/ea instead of $250 each). Traveling with the commoners was not his normal travel experience!
But being back in London feels like being "home". Finally somewhere where we know our way around and can read all the signs!
We went to "Memphis" last night. Loved it! We hadn't even heard of it, but the ticket counter guy recommended it and it was great.
 — with Shawn R Fisher.
Here are Janie & Shawn inside the theater where they saw "Memphis" in London.
By the _ottenham Court
Janie and Shawn at Earl's Court Station.  They fly back home on Thursday, June 25, in time for the BYU-Idaho Dancesport Extravaganza Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, June 25-26-27 in Rexburg at
Here's what Heidi Fisher, Janie & Shawn's daughter, our granddaughter, posted on face book:

I love being apart of Dance Alliance especially because I get to dance withDaniel and Kelly Fisher! Don't miss our show this weekend! Thursday Friday and Saturday 7:30 @kirkum auditorium - BYU-IDAHO - June 25, 26, and 27, 2015. 
Heidi Fisher photo...

Here's one of her at ballroom dance practice with her brother Daniel Fisher.
And here's a photo of Daniel's wife, Kelly, (in foreground) practicing for the Dance Alliance Extravaganza....she is a wonderful addition to the Fisher Family!
All of the above pictures were what happened on the day before Janie's birthday -- June 23rd.

Now here are her actual June 24th birthday activities (just posted at 4:00 p.m. Mtn. Daylight Savings Time -- but be night in London.
 This is how we like to travel now: Through someone's pictures of the trip they are on.

Janie’s birthday – June 24, 2015 – in London
Had a very perfect birthday with lots of favorites: London, strolling through two museums - at my own pace (no bored children pushing toward the exit), enjoying the English gardens of St. James Park, Cornish pasties for lunch and American steak for dinner. Then - choosing a Birthday pastry of chocolate chocolate. Yum. Days don't get much better than this --
Updating our Big Ben picture - the first one together was in 2000. We're looking just a bit older these days...

[Eileen’s note: They sure know how to get the photo of a landmark in full view with them in the foreground, don’t they!]
 My favorite city walk - Buckingham to Trafalgar Square through St. James Park.

The Churchill War Rooms was truly fascinating. Made us feel so much gratitude for the sacrifice, leadership, and endurance that it took to win the war. Seeing the actual planning rooms and maps still with the final pins of the battle fronts was very sobering.

My choice for dinner? Steak of course!
Toughest decision all day - what to choose for birthday cake. I was finally able to settle on three... Thanks to hubbs for getting some milk from the corner grocery to go with it!!

Janie, looks like you've had a wonderful birthday in London today...

June 25, 2015 - Thursday

Today we left for Twin Falls to rendezvous at the Temple with Dale and Connie to do a three o'clock session.

Then we all chose to have lasagna at Maxie's.  We enjoyed talking with Doug and Edie Adams, who has been Connie's neighbors for many years in Burley.
With them was their daughter Danielle and her husband, and Charlie Jones.
    It's always great to run into old friends.

We stopped at Costco to get gas, since we were under a fourth of a tank.  As Walt said: "It's better to fill up and not worry all the way home (40 miles) to run out of gas."

We also got some fruit at Costco to fulfill our pot luck assignment for our Empty-Nesters' Family Home Evening next Monday when Ken & Bonnie Hansen are doing a "Dutch Oven" dinner.

Gary Jones stopped out in front to talk with Walt for a few minutes.  They got back the end of April from their mission in Nauvoo.  Walt and Gary have been close friends from the time we moved to Burley in 1966 -- wow, can it be 49 years ago?!

June 26, 2015 - Friday 

We were both out of energy today and had a hard time focusing.  However, Walt did get the lawn watered and we bought a new slow-soaker hose at King's.  The one we had for many years has stopped functioning.
  And we did go out to Walmart for Walt to order glasses for his new prescription.  I couldn't find my new prescription to also order new glasses.

I saw some pork chops I'd put in the freezer a couple of weeks ago so we had an old-fashioned farm supper of meat, mashed potatoes, home-made milk gravy, green beans and salad.

Walt had been wanting some Popsicles for these hot days, so I bought a bag today.  All that coldness tasted so good on this hot June afternoon.
June 27 2015 - Saturday  

Brother Weeks mowed our lawn.  He does a top-rate job and our lawn is looking better and better.  What a great service for us!  We so appreciate it.

We went to Walmart again for Walt to change his order.  Since he had picked out the same frames as he had before, he just had them take his lenses out of the broken frames and they put them into the new frames.  David had told him that the prescription had hardly changed.

We enjoyed celebrating the 50th Wedding Anniversary for Neal & Kenna Wyatt at the open house their three daughters held for them tonight.  (Their actually date was June 24.)

A lot of family and friends came.  And we were able to talk with some of our friends we had not seen since returning 9 months ago.
Two of their darling granddaughters opened the outside door for us when we were leaving.

June 28, 2015 - Sunday

After partaking of the Sacrament today, our Gospel Doctrine teacher, Bonnie Fronk, quoted some great doctrine from Jeffrey Holland that we can think about during the passing of the Sacrament:
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The speakers today gave inspiring talks which helped us focus on

Nolan Weeks spoke on
Fidel Gonzales spoke on 
John  Kloepfer, high councilor spoke on

We hope you have had a spiritual, restful, and peaceful Sabbath Day.

Heavenly Father continues to send revelation to earth.
Jesus Christ will return when it is time for His Second Coming...this time in power and glory!
The Holy Ghost prompts us when we have the Spirit with us.

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