Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Traces of Time . . . March 27-April 2, 2017

Traces of Time . . . 
Happy Month of Spring
This week 
March 27, 2017
April 2, 2017

End of Winter
Beginning of Spring
March April May

Monday - March 27, 2017

Today we 

Tuesday - March 28, 2017

Today we went to the CSI walking class, then to Institute, being taught from the new lesson manual Teachings of the Living Prophets, Lesson 1: "Our Need For Living Prophets" taught by Nancy Blauer. These are two stand-out quotes from today:

"we require a living tree--a living fountain--living intelligence, proceeding from the living priesthood in heaven, through the living priesthood on the earth..."

"...it always required new revelations, adapted to the peculiar circumstances in which the churches or individuals were placed..."

One more:
"...a former justice of the Supreme Court of England...said about living prophets on the earth: "If what you have told me is true, it is the greatest message that has come to this earth since the angels announced the birth of Christ." --Conference Report, Oct. 1967, 118, 120.

It is true!

This evening was another great Stake High Priests' Dinner.  Jeff Rasmussen, did a great job being the high councilor over it this year.  About a month ago he had asked Walt to speak about Burley Stake being divided and Burley Idaho West Stake being formed in May 1983.  

Walt was so nervous about speaking because of his bouts of having his mind go blank in mid-sentence since his open heart surgery (March 19, 2014).

He worked on this more than any other talk he has given since we were married--almost 56 years ago.  I told him the Lord would come through for him as He has done for him in his many other talks.  However, he was still so scared that he had me come up and sit by him to prompt him if his mind did so blank.

He gave a great talk.  He did lose the word he wanted a few times, but I was able to give him a prompt and he could go right on.

I was sitting by him in a chair, but at the end when he said some nice things about me, he had me stand up beside him.

Several said to Walt after: "It was so wonderful to hear you speak again to us!"

And, of course, President Paul Young and President Chad Jones gave very inspirational talks also--as we knew they would.  Each of these past and current stake presidents spoke 14 minutes each.  But with wonderful musical numbers* in between, it all went by very quickly and most everyone got home before nine o'clock (except those who helped put everything away and clean up).  

Chris Kemp and (Bench gal) sang two sweet songs:
"Whenever I Feel Afraid"
and "I Am Homeward Bound"
And any time Jeff Rasmussen is the piano accompanist,
everything is better.
Chris's son, Peter Kemp, learned how to play the ukulele on his mission in Norway, and played and sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

President Jones thought there were close to 300 in attendance.

We learned that President Joe and Sister Sherre Sagers return from their mission in North Carolina on April 10.  Rollo and Gladys Harrison just returned from their CES mission last Thursday and were there tonight.  And Mark and LeAnn Fillmore will return from their Guatemala Mission in April, also.

Wednesday - March 29, 2017

Today we 

Thursday - March 30, 2017

Today we 

Friday - March 31, 2017

Today we l

Saturday - April 1, 2017

We are anxious to be taught at the feet of our living Prophets and Apostles, and the Quorum of the Seventy.
General Conference - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Sessions 10:00-Noon and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00; Priesthood Session 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Final Four of the NCAA = National Collegiate Athletic Association...
aka March Madness.

Sunday - April 2, 2017

General Conference

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Traces of Time . . . March 20-26, 2017

Traces of Time . . . 
Happy Month of Spring
This week 
March 20, 2017
March 26, 2017

End of Winter
Beginning of Spring
March April May

Monday - March 20, 2017

Today we left in the early afternoon to go to the wedding reception of my sister's grandson, Andrew J. Hacking.  They were married at the Highland Gardens wedding/reception center.  There was a charming outdoor marque announcing their big day:

"I do," and "I do."
The new Mr. and Mrs. Hacking--

Andrew and Kassidy.

Carl and Vickie - parents of the groom.
Janice's daughter and husband.
The wedding line...
on the left by Carl and Vickie are
Jasmine and her husband Jonathan,
and I think Hailey, but I don't know if
that is Hunter on the left end or not.
 My sister, Janice, and me.
 Gary, Walt, and Eileen.
 Cute gal that Matt is dating at BYU,
Michaella.  He is the son of Janice's
oldest son, Scott and Melissa Robertson.
They have lived in Austin, Texas, for 17 years.
 It was a festive wedding reception.
 And their car was decorated for a
"Just Married" couple.

Tuesday - March 21, 2017

We spent Tuesday morning with Julie and Riggs and then left for Idaho after we had lunch with them.  Rigdon seems to get taller everytime we go to Utah.
 We still had green on for the St. Patrick's Day month.

We got home about five o'clock.

Wednesday - March 22, 2017

Today we rendezvoused with Dale and Connie for the 3:00 session at the Twin Falls Temple.
Connie took a photo with me in it.
Walt chose Perkins to go to for dinner.
I did something I've wanted to do for a long time--
I had a piece of pie before my entree.
You can see Connie's healthy salad in the background.
(Now I've got it out of my system and I can
return to making more healthy choices.)
Then I ate half of my turkey dinner,
and took the other half home which
was enough for Walt and me the next day.
Walt had a half ham 'n cheese sandwich with fruit.
He most always makes healthy choices.
We love our weekly temple sessions
with Dale and Connie.
We started this tradition back on
April 15, 2015 -- so almost two years ago.


Thursday - March 23, 2017



Friday - March 24, 2017



Saturday, March 25, 2017


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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Traces of Time . . .March 13-19, 2017

Traces of Time . . . Happy Month of Spring
This week 
March 13, 2017
March 19, 2017

End of Winter
Beginning of Spring
March April May

Monday - March 13, 2017

Monday morning, never did get the heart to start this week's blog post after I'd lost all of last week's.

So I'll just do the outline for this week and work at it later.

Tuesday - March 14, 2017



Wednesday - March 15, 2017



Thursday - March 16, 2017



Friday - March 17, 2017



Saturday, March 18, 2017


Sunday, March 19, 2017 s

Walt had me stay home from Church today because I've had this cold/cough for two weeks now and even after a 3-day course of anti-biotics it's still hanging on.

So now we know it's a virus and not bacteria based.
I coughed most of last night.    But then I didn't cough today during the 3-hour block Church time I was at home.  Well, I guess I did once or twice.

Our Sunday School lesson for today was Lesson #

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Traces of Time . . . March 6-12, 2017

Traces of Time . . . Happy Month of Spring
This week 
March 6, 2017
March 12, 2017

End of Winter
Beginning of Spring
March April May

Monday - March 6, 2017

Sad note from Eileen. Monday morning, March 13 I came into this post to finish my March 6-12 week's blog post.  I was adding something and all of a sudden everything was gone from what I'd worked all week long to put in...probably over 20 hours worth of work.   Gone!  I can't find it anywhere.
So I'm starting over.
       Right now it is Monday, March 13, and I'm getting ready to go visiting teaching with my wonderful partner LaRae Crane.  So I will continue trying to redo the week of March 6-12.  It is so disheartening to lose everything I had put in.

What's the saying: "Don't cry over spilt milk."  So I'm trying not to cry over "Accidentally deleted blog posts."

Photo for my sister of our home in Long Beach in 1942

Tuesday - March 7, 2017

Wednesday - March 8, 2017

Thursday - March 9, 2017

Friday - March 10, 2017

Saturday - March 11, 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Continuing on the article about the Doctrine and Covenants...

...from the Church News, Feb. 19, 2017, article by Gordon B. Hinckley, p. 16.

"...These revelations open with a thundering declaration of the encompassing purposes of God in the restoration of His great latter-day work:

"Hearken, O ye people of my church, saith the voice of him who dwells on high, and whose eyes are upon all men; yea, verily I say: Hearken ye people from afar; and ye that are upon the islands of the sea, listen together.

" 'For verily the voice of the Lord is unto all men, and there is none to escape; and there is no eye that shall not see, neither ear that shall not hear, neither heart that shall not be penetrated' (D&C 1:1-2)."  ...to be continued March 19, 2017.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Traces of Time . . . Happy Month of Spring
This week 
February 27, 2017
March 5, 2017
End of Winter
Beginning of Spring
March April May
Tulip flowers on rustic table for March 8, International Womens day, Birthday or Mothers day, beautiful spring card

Monday - February 27, 2017

Tuesday - February 28, 2017

Wednesday - March 1, 2017
Happy March...Spring is coming - isn't it?

Ash Wednesday means it's only 40 days till Easter--
which is April 16th.  
(That will be Dad's last day to be 82.)

I just found a great talk by Bruce C. Hafen and Marie K. Hafen about
  "The Redeeming & Strengthening Power
                      of the Atonement" about the
You can google it from the Women's Conference 2014.

We're on our way to the Temple at 11:30 to do a 1:00 session today because
Walt has volunteered the High Priest Quorum to help Marizza Shoup move her
desks, etc, out of her office to another building tonight at seven o'clock.
  (He's worried that he may have gotten into more than he anticipated for
        the "older" guys.  I guess the Bishop is having the missionaries help,
          plus maybe the Young Men.)

Love, Dad & Mom/Grama 'n Grampa/Uncle & Aunt/ Walt & Eileen

SIBLING BOOK CLUB - Janie's choice for March

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A thrilling novel based on actual events, about the nature of genius, the cost of ambition, and the battle to electrify America

Thursday - March 2, 2017
I got a blood test this morning before we went to our walking class at eleven o'clock, then to the Institute Class at Noon.
Bonnie Fronk taught the class while Nancy is out of town.
The lesson was "Kingdoms of Glory and Perdition."
We always learn so much.

This afternoon was my quarterly check up with our Internist, Dr. James Spackman.  He was happy that my A1C is down to 7.4 from 7.7 last November, but would like me to get back to under 7 to be more normal for diabetes.  I was 6.7 last May, then from there it went up to 7.4 in August.

My thyroid is 6.57 which normal goes up to 6.8.
So I need to be more careful with what I eat, keep exercising more and lose some more weight.  

Three regular meals a day with two healthy snacks in between are the best.  Walt and I have gotten into the habit of having a late breakfast then a mid-meal about 4pm so we're out of the habit of planning "3 meals a day."

We've watched some old movies this week that I recorded from TCM which had Oscar movies for February leading up to Oscar Night Feb. 26.  

We don't watch the Oscars anymore since they are on Sunday now and we hardly ever go to a movie.  We heard about the fiasco for the Best Movie of the Year award.  Sad for all involved.

Some of the movies we watched....usually in two or three sittings: "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," 

Friday - March 3, 2017

We watched "The Spirit of St. Louis," about Charles Lindbergh's solo flight from New York to Paris in May 1927.  We got really interested in him when we lived in St. Louis. 

We watched this movie all the way through at one time. We'd seen it before a time or two, but still love to see it.

(Walt was there from Sep 1959 to Jun 1963 going to the Washington University School of Medicine--a private university names after George Washington.  It was then and still is ranked #3 among medical schools in the U.S.  Harvard and Johns Hopkins medical schools trade back and forth fore the #1 and #2 spots.)

I was there with Walt June 1961 after we were married on June 14 in the Salt Lake Temple.

There's a special museum for Lindbergh in the Forest Park, which was across the street from the medical complex where we lived.

Saturday - March 4, 2017
The Fishers stopped by on their way back from Boise to Rexburg.  They went to the State High School Boys' Basketball Tournament.  The Madison High team had two heartbreakers -- losing in overtime to Centennial and then to Bonneville.

I had mixed bread and fried some 
fresh, hot scones for them.

Ashley was with two of her friends -- Brennda and Marie--an exchange student from Germany.
Michael in the next photo after this one,
is showing his second piece
 of Texas chocolate sheet cake.

All too soon, it was time for them to
head on to Rexburg.

In the next photo, Janie is 
proving that she is taller than I am.
And notice that Shawn and Janie's
youngest son, Michael, is now 
taller than his Mom

Sunday - March 5, 2017

This year in our Sunday School Gospel Doctrine Class we are studying from the Doctrine and Covenants

I am going to share parts of an article in the Church News, Feb. 19, 2017, p. 16:

"President Gordon B. Hinckley...called the Doctrine and Covenants 'a glorious book replete with words of heavenly wisdom.  It contains the word of God to us of this generation' (The Order and Will of God" Ensign, January 1989, p. 2).

"He explained that all the standard works are indispensable to understanding the things of God:  The Bible provides a foundation for faith.  The Book of Mormon stands as another testament of Jesus Christ.  The Pearl of Great Price supplies details missing form the book of Genesis and contains remarkable accounts of early events in the life of Joseph Smith.

" The Doctrine and Covenants, however, is unique.  'It is the constitution of the Church.  While the Doctrine and Covenants includes writings and statements of various origins, it is primarily a book of revelation given through the Prophet of this dispensation..."

I will continue this next week...

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Traces of Time . . . February 20-26, 2017

Traces of Time . . . Happy Valentine Month
This week 
February 20, 2017
February  26, 2017
December   January   February

Monday - February 20, 2017 - Presidents' Day

We spent the day getting ready to have our Neighborhood Empty Nesters' Family Home Evening at our home.
I kept trying to get outside to take a photo of the American flag that the Boy Scouts put up, but didn't get it done.

Then Tyler came by after he had loaded the flags in our neighborhood to return to their storage building.  

He was collecting the $25 yearly donation for having the flags put on our lawn for each national holiday.  We think it's the best bargain of the year and love to see the flags waving up and down the lawns in Burley on these holidays.

So I took a photo of Tyler.  Thanks, Tyler, for all the good things that you do.

Ormonds were going to bring rolls but since Roskelleys had so many left from their luncheon yesterday, they brought rolls. And Ken Fronk asked her if she would bring the homemade baked beans left.

So Ormonds brought a delicious hors d'oeuvres of
cream cheese on crackers with a chipotle raspberry jam,
which has a pleasant bite to the taste.
 We had chosen to prepare the main dish of Butter Baked Chicken...a recipe from our Julie's mother-in-law, 
Vicki Peterson.  Everyone loved it.
 Walt welcomed our neighbors to our home and
asked Ken Fronk to give a blessing on the food.
 Here are Scott, MaryAnn, Sherry, Gary, and G'lenn.
 G'lenn, Ruth, Colleen, Marilyn, and David.
 Steve, Scott, MaryAnn
 Ken, Bonnie...
 The menu was the butter baked chicken and gravy over rice...
Everyone is always so good at bringing all the side dishes, 
which tonight were:
Gibbons and McCalls - Rice for 9
 Hansens - Vegetable - Her home frozen garden corn
Ruth Melling - Vegetable - Cooked carrots
Blohams - Tossed Green Salad
Dan Black - Fresh Fruit
Fronks - Dessert - Cherry pie and ice cream
Walt helped set the table for the 18 we were planning on coming.  
 Roskelleys brought over two of their fold-out tables.
Gibbons let us borrow four of their folding chairs.
After everyone had filled their plates, Walt got his plate. 
This I filled my plate. 
Following dinner, the Rokelleys showed us slides 
from their mission and told us the 
rest of the story...
Here sitting in front: Walt.  Standing front row: 
Sherry Ormond, Ruth Melling, Marilyn Gibbons, Gary McCall,
Colleen McCall, Bonnie Fronk, G'lenn Bloxham, Bonnie
Hansen, Ken Hansen.  Second row: Steve Ormond, Dave Gibbon,
MaryAnn Roskelley, Darrell Roskelley, Ken Fronk, Scott Bloxham.

 Bonnie took a photo so I could be in it sitting by Walt.
We give a heart-felt "thank you" to Darrell and Mary Ann Roskelley for sharing their mission adventures with us
while it is still fresh on their minds. 
We know it will always be in their hearts.
 We know each one would have stayed and
helped do dishes, but there was only room for so many.
Fronks and Ormonds chose to get most of the dishes
washed, dried, and put away by hand.

 I did convince them to load the 18 plates into
the dishwasher.
 After everyone was gone, Walt showed me that
he was in such a hurry to get dressed that he
had put his shoes on the wrong feet.
Whenever we have company coming, I would never
be ready if it weren't for all his help.  He is a sweetheart!
We love our monthly gatherings with our neighbors,
who are the friends who have all raised our families
in the same neighborhood for the past 40-50 years.
It didn't matter which home our kids were in, 
we knew they were safe and in good company.
And now, as empty nesters, we still enjoy all
being together.  It is a tender mercy!

Tuesday - February 21, 2017

This morning we went to the funeral of Ormand Burch.  Then we went over to our noon Institute Class.

Walt had a 2pm appointment with his ophathmologist.  He has been seeing things in a blur for a while.  He will go in a couple of weeks to Dr. Michael Taylor's office in Twin Falls where he will have the laser remove the film that has developed between the cataract implant and his eye.  Dr. Taylor said it takes about 10 seconds.

Tonight we went to the presentation by Rex Gerratt about the Flood Prevention Miracle that happened here in May of 1984.  Keith Ramsey showed an 18 minute film he made from the 4 1/2 hours of video he took during that traumatic time. 

Wednesday - February 22, 2017

This morning we walked at our CSI Walking Class 11:00-12:00 Noon.  It was nice that there was no storm and the sun was shining.

We left Burley at 1:30 for the 3:00 p.m. session at the Twin Falls Temple where we rendezvous with Walt's brother, Dale, and Connie, his wife.  
Connie wasn't feeling well today, so just Dale came.  When we finished and left the temple at 5:15, we went out into a big snow storm.  It looked like really big, wet flakes. 

We told Dale we wouldn't stay for dinner because we didn't want to be driving in the dark in a snow storm.  We did do a quick drive through at Micky-D's where I got a "Happy Meal" because I can't go that long without eating.  It only took us 6 minutes to be back on the road.

About half-way to Burley it stopped snowing, although we could tell by the new snow along the sides of the Interstate that it had snowed.  When we pulled in at sunset, our lawn--which had been clear of snow when we left--was covered again with a couple of inches of snow.

We were relieved to be safely home.

Thursday - February 23, 2017

This morning we wondered if school had been canceled because of the blowing snow, but no when we drove by the new Burley High, there were a lot of cars, as well as a lot of cars at the Burley Branch of CSI (the old Burley High).  

So we joined our walking class--which was about 24 compared to the full class of about 50.  From there, at noon we went over to Institute Class which only had 6 when class began, ending up with about 10 of the normal 25 or so.

Nancy Blauer always does a great job of teaching each lesson.  Today was on "The Redemption of the Dead," which is always interesting to learn more about.

Friday - February 24, 2017

This morning Kathleen Hedberg continued helping Walt with his Grandmother Nellie Katie Olson Petersen's line back to the 1700s.
She pulls up the original Swedish records online--which are in Swedish--handwritten.  She points out that some of the Lutheran clerks were better at penmanship than others, so their writing is much easier to read.

Later in the day we drove over to Paul to get a 25-lb box of #1 potatoes for $6 at the Idaho Potato Company.  It's always so convenient to have these nice potatoes on hand always.

Then I had a short grocery list to pick up at Smith's where I picked up my refill of thyroid medicine.  There were a lot of icy spots to walk by and through, so we always say a prayer of thank yous when we don't slip fall or become injured.

This evening we went to Joe Lambert's viewing. I had loaded some photos but they evidentally did not "save."  So now I have to load them all over again.

Saturday - February 25, 2017

Today we went to Joe Lambert's funeral.  I think all of his daughters spoke, along with his one living son.  Only one spoke longer than 5 minutes so the funeral did not go longer than 1 1/2 hours, which seeing 8 speakers, in addition to the Life Portrait, would appear to be at least 2 hours duration.

We believe all the good things that were said about Joe, and know that he was a true man of Christ.

We were excited to go to the Open Hiuse for Gary and Linda Hollinger's birthday--which they said 
"Combined we are 150 years old now.  
Gary - 80, Linda - 70."

It was a fun 2 hours together with lots of friends and family there.
Here are some photos I took.
Gary and Linda Hollinger --
His Dad and Mom ran The Reminder for years.
Then Gary and Linda ran it.
She told me they sold it several years ago.

Here are some of their friends - 
Dick and Jan Huzinga, and Datha Cook sitting by Walt.
Some more friends...
Ro Gillette teaches the "Over 60 and Fit"
Walking Class at CSI that we are in...as
are Gary and Linda.
We loved talking with Gary's sister, Holly Hollinger Trumbull
who was here from Seattle.

Just as we were leaving, when the official
time of the open house was over, the grandkids
got Gary and Linda to come and dance with them.
They were having a great time!
You wouldn't know they are 80 and 70 years old.

Edward and Holly Hollinger Trumbull--
Gary's sister and brother-in-law from Seattle.\
He and another brother were so kind to help
Walt and me walk out to our car on the icy, slippery parking lot.
I love old-time memorabilia.
Here are fun family photos...
More photos...glimpses into the past...
Thank heavens for the man who invented cameras!
Wish I would have taken more time
to look closely at all these great photos...
I can enlarge them to see them better...
I put two views of some because the
light glared in different places.
I especially love the old-time photos...
This is like a "life story" in photos...
A treasure of magic moments...
We had our family Christmas letter
printed at the Reminder each year...
These prices seem so low...
but then so were salaries low...
I don't know if they did the Kings' Variety
Store ads for the 102 years that King's was
in business, but for most of those years
the Kings' ad brochures were printed
at The Reminder

Yes, it ws a "Happy Birthday" fun party
for Gary and Linda.
Linda told me the next week at
our walking class that a couple of her
friends told her they forgot about it.
Linda said to me: "I didn't have the heart
to tell them all the fun they had missed!"

We do wish Gary and Linda
"Happy Birthday for 80 and 70 years"

Sunday - February 26, 2017

This morning we were able to partake of the sacrament in remembrance of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  It is a sacred time to reflect on His Great Atonement for us, and to think about how we can be more Christ-like in the week ahead.  

In Sacrament, the first Youth Speaker, Annalee Fluckiger talked about the Sabbath Day and how she loved the peacefulness of it.
Koby Prescott talked about how we need to multiply our talents.

Mindy Hale, our Young Women president, was asked to share her testimony.  Since she had been to a Martin-Cove-Trek planning meeting that morning for the youth, she shared how the experience she and Russell had four years ago when they were a "Ma and Pa" for a group for the Burley Idaho West Stake Trek that year.
"It is a sacred experience," she said.

Our Choir sang a beautiful song...

We share testimony that The Church of Jesus Christ is true.

Heavenly Father knows each one of us personally, by name, and loves us.

Jesus Christ, His Son, also knows each one of us by name and loves us.  Because of His Atonement, we know that every person who has ever lived on this earth will be resurrected.

Joseph Smith is the Prophet of the Restoration.

The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ.
The Bible is the testament of Jesus Christ.

Thomas S. Monson is the Living Prophet for the entire earth today.

Of this we bear testimony at the end of this Sabbath Day on February 26, 2017.

Walter Ray Petersen - Eileen Marie Albertson Petersen
Burley, I D A H O