Monday, May 23, 2016

Traces of Time . . . May 23-29, 2016

Traces of Time . . .
This week 
~ May 23, 2016 
May 29, 2016
in IDAHO ~

May  22, 2016 - Sunday 
To keep the Sabbath Day Holy...
We went to our 3-hour block of Church from 10:50 to 1:50, then we had a quick snack and nap before we taught our Temple Preparation Class from 4:30 to 6:00.

This was lesson #6 which is the last lesson in the series.  Lesson #7 is given after the person receives his or her endowment in the temple.

Then we had our Sunday roast beef dinner.  At our age, once we cook a roast, we can freeze enough roast for several roast beef dinners on several Sundays.  And that's what we had today.

Sunday evening we went to visit Kent Tilley.

May 23, 2016 - Monday - FHE

This morning Walt had his physical therapy appointment #2 in this new series that Dr. Crane has him doing for his back.
He gave Walt some choices of where to go do this and Walt has chosen the Cassia Regional Medical Center again.  This is where he also did the P.T. after his hip replacement last March of 2015.

I went to Smith's to get some fruit to serve tonight at the FHE at Bloxhams.  When I got back to the hospital I was at the Registration Desk having them figure out a hospital bill for some of my diabetic counseling that we and they thought should be covered by our Medicare and Medicare supplement insurance from Mutual of Omaha.

Walt came over, out of breath, as he sat down and said: "They really worked me today."  When we got home, he laid down for a while because he was so worn out.

While he was lying down, he got a call from Dave Gibbons to come to the hospital and help with a Priesthood Blessing for Dan Black, who had just gone to the hospital and been diagnosed with pneumonia.

I was working on our blog and almost got it caught up.

Walt said Dan will be in the hospital 2-3 days and then should be able to return to his home.  We are praying for his recovery.

We had a fun time at our monthy Empty Nesters' Neighborhood Family Home Evening at Bloxhams tonight.
They had told us it was going to be a "camping out dinner indoors."
The Bloxhams served hot, tasty foil dinners. The Fronks brought very pretty and yummy hors d'oeuvres*, the Gibbons brought hot, homemade rolls and they made the tossed salad that Dan was going to bring.  Petersens brought fresh fruit--cantalope, watermelon, and kiwi.  Then Gary McCall (Colleen is in Texas helping with a new grandson) brought a cake, and Hansens brought a hot rhubarb cobbler, then topped with ice cream.  Everything was delicious!
[*hors d'oeuvre
ôr ˈdərv plural noun: hors d'oeuvres
  1. a small savory dish, typically one served as an appetizer at the beginning of a meal.]
Gary McCall, Walt Peteresn, Scott & G'lenn Bloxham, Ken & Bonnie Fronk, Ken & Bonnie Hansen, David & Marilyn Gibbons.

The lesson was a fun scattergories-type game which got our brains to working.  

Fun plaque...

May 24, 2016 - Tuesday 



May 25, 2016 - Wednesday



May 26, 2016 - Thursday



May 27, 2016 - Friday



May 28, 2016 - Saturday

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Traces of Time . . . May 15-21, 2016

Traces of Time . . .
This week 
~ May 15, 2016 
May 21, 2016
in IDAHO ~

May 15, 2016 - Sunday 
To keep the Sabbath Day Holy...

...we went to Church, Walt was asked by a neighbor for some iinformation about a sister-in-law in a coma from cancer, we taught our Temple Preparation Class, and went home teaching. 

Then we relaxed.

Our testimonies continue to grow each day.
We know that our Heavenly Father loves us and knows us personally.

We know that Jesus Christ was sent to the earth to become our Redeemer and Savior.  He, too, knows each of us by name.  

We now that Joseph Smith was foreordained to restore the Gospel to the earth for these latter days under the direction of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.  He is the Prophet of the Restoration.

We know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and Another Testament of Jesus Christ.  We know the Bible is the word of God.

We know that Thomas S. Monson is the living Prophet on the Earth today.

We sustain the Prophets, Seers, and Revelators.
We are thankful that because of the Restored Temple Ordinances of the Priesthood, families can be together forever when we do our part.

We are thankful for our parents, grandparents, and beyond and pray we will bring honor to the good names they have given to us.

We are thankful for all the tender mercies of the Godhead for each one of us.

In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

May 16, 2016 - Monday

I cooked a homemade taco salad for supper today. And we had our first corn on the cob of the season.

May 17, 2016 - Tuesday

We met with our accountant, Todd Phillips, this morning.  We are thankful for all his excellent work for us.

Then Walt had an appointment a doctor about his legs and back.  His hip replacement is still snugly in place after 15 months, but...
...the doctor said his back is not looking good. He needs to check with his neurosurgeon in Salt Lake, Dr. Charles Rich, Jr., in Salt Lake City who did the initial back surgery in May of either 2012 or 2013.  (Think it's 2012, but need to look it up.)
And the knees are in bad shape.  There should be a solid black line along that joint and it's mostly just white. ...bone on bone is painful.
So Walt had both knees injected.  We are thankful for the many great physicians and surgeons in Burley.
Shawn stopped in at our home on his way to a medical procedure in Twin Falls.  He was thankful for a priesthood blessing from his father-in-law, and family friend, David Gibbons.
Then Walt rode over to Twin Falls with Shawn. They enjoy being together.
He came back with a large dressing, but everything turned out excellent.  A great Moh's surgeon who was trained at Mayo Clinic in Rochester is now in Twin Falls.
Then we went to vote.
We are blessed to have great men and women in Burley, the Magic Valley, and our state of Idaho who will run for public office.

May 18, 2016 - Wednesday
We were out of sync today, since we didn't drive to Twin Falls to do a temple session. We began on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 doing a temple session each Wednesday with Walt's brother Dale and his wife Connie.  They live in Twin Falls, so we rendezvous for the session, then eat together at a restaurant after.  

May 19, 2016 - Thursday
Walt put up some "honey-dos" today.
I've been wanting the little pictures we have to "Blue Boy" and "Pinkie" put up again.  In April we has some family photos hung in our bedroom and those two little miniatures had just been sitting on our dresser.
Walt took a photo of me after my haircut.  It was raining so the hair got a little droopy.  I thought if I enlarged this photo we cold see the growth under my right eye that would be cut off the next day by the dermatologist, but I can't really see it.
Walt started physical therapy again at the Burley hospital.  This time it's for his back.
Here's Walt at the end of the day after we had gone home teaching to Dan Black in the early evening.   Then our home teachers, Eric Pierce and  Carson came about eight o'clock that evening.

May 20, 2016 - Friday
We drove to Twin Falls in the rain for our 11:10 a.m. appointments with our dermatologist, Dr. Kurtis Reed.  Walt was there for his six-month check, and I was there for the growth on my upper right cheek below my eye.  
Dr. Reed did a biopsy of it to rule out a pre-cancer, which he doesn't really think it is.

Then we went to the 1:00 temple session.  Dale and Connie are with Dale's close friends from high school, Roger Dixon and David Petersen.  The wives have become good friends, too--Connie, Deanne, and Nancy.  They are spending Wednesday through Friday or Saturday together at someone's time share condo in Park City.
These are friends in our same session who took the photo of us -- Rick Dayley's Mom and Dad.

May 21, 2016 - Saturday


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Traces of Time . . . May 8-14, 2016

Traces of Time . . .
This week 
~ May 8, 2016 
May 14, 2016
in IDAHO ~

May 8, 2016 - Sunday  - Mother's Day
Today we were in Rexburg for Mother's Day.
Shawn, Sam, Michael, and Grampa fixed breakfast for the two mothers.
Sacrament Meeting was a "Mission Farewell" for a missionary going to Chile, I think.

After Sacrament Meeting they had the mothers go out first and the Aaronic Priesthood young men were lined up to give each mother Florence chocolates packed in a 4-per-box package.  Now that's more delicious than flowers!
(don't know if we got a photo of them or not)

We had a wonderful Mother's Day Dinner which the boys, Ashley, and Daniel fixed.
Here's the other side of the table.
All too soon it was time to say goodbye and drive from Rexburg back to Burley.
Here is a photo with Jovan from Malaysia, who just graduated from BYU-Idaho.  He is staying with the Fishers for the summer.
Janie and Shawn are always so gracious and kind to us when we drive to Rexburg to stay with them.
We pulled out about 6:10, we were past American Falls before I remembered to get a photo of the sunset.
Got home about 8:30. What a fun weekend with the Fishers.
We are so blessed to know that because of the Restored Priesthood Temple Ordinances we can be a 
when we do our part.

May 9, 2016 - Monday

Didn't get any photos today.  I got my A1C blood test which I get every 4 stayed exactly the same as in January: 6.7.  This is barely below the high normal mark of 7.0.

May 10, 2016 - Tuesday

LaRae and I went visiting teaching today. 
Visiting Teaching Message – May 2016
President Thomas S. Monson’s message
From General Conference
Sunday Morning Session – April 3, 2016
“Our goal is to obtain celestial glory, and the choices we make will determine our destiny.” . . .

“If we choose Christ,
we will have made the correct choice.”

We love you…
Your Visiting Teachers,
LaRae Crane – 678-5904
Eileen Petersen – 670-7235
We are here for you always.

After supper, Walt and I did an hour scripture study time.

May 11, 2016 - Wednesday

We went early to Twin Falls to do the 11:00 a.m. sealing session with our Burley 3rd Ward High Priest Group.  We had Buddy McLaws, Dan Black, Elaine Anderson, Don and Ardyth Green, Dan Green, David and Alice Hansen.

Then we did the one o'clock endowment session. There were 13 men and 16 women.  It's always good to review how 
Brigham Young described the endowment:

Temple Endowment
Endowment: "a gift.”
“A Celestial Course of Instruction”

Brigham Young said:
              “Your endowment is, to receive all those ordinances in the House of the Lord which are necessary for you, after you have departed this life, to enable you to walk back to the presence of the Father, passing the angels who stand as sentinels being enabled to give them the key words, the signs and tokens, pertaining to the Holy Priesthood, and gain your eternal exaltation…”                  
It was my turn to choose where to go for a late lunch/early supper.  I wanted Mexican food so Dale and Connie told us that Garibaldis is good on Filer Avenue.
We all ordered something different....and each said it was delicious!  Taco salad - Steak-something-like-fajitas - Quesadillas - and Enchilada/Taco with rice and beans Combo.
I asked Walt and Dale to stand together for a photo.  This is what they did.
Then they did turn around for me.  
"The only difference between men and boys is the size and price of their toys."

May 12, 2016 - Thursday

I got to go to two book clubs today.  The Library Book Club.  It was a bonus to have our outstanding librarian, Julie Woodford give the review today on Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.
Here is the group.  Kathleen Hedberg had to leave before we took the photo. Left to right: Eileen Petersen, Luana Manning, Kathryn Hall, Marie Lambert, and Julie Woodford. 
Then in the evening we had our Closing Social for our Serendipity Study Club.  We had it the second Thursday instead of the third Thursday because May gets so busy with graduation things.
We started with a pot luck supper at Ilene Mai's beautiful home.
Karen Robins gave the "Whet Your Appetite" on The Lion and the Lamb about the 25-year mission of Willard and Rebeca Bean to Palmyra, New York. (more later)

Then each one had been asked to give a 3 minute summary of a favorite book they have read or one they want to read. 

Attending were Delores Green, Bonnie Fronk, Jennie Egbert, Terri Smith, Karen Robins, Marilyn Gibbons.  
Second row: Carolyn Taylor, June Tilley, Carol Cheney, Ilene Mai, Eileen Petersen, Kathy Barrus, Linda Petersen, Karma, and Karma Lambert.
Susan Young and Linda Petersen are not in this photo. Susan will send her better photos taken with her camera on a tripod.
I snapped this as everyone was gathering to line up for the photo.
It was a marvelous time together.
Here are the outgoing presidency with June Tilley.
Eileen Petersen, secretary; Kathy Barrus, vice president; and Susan Young, president.  
The new presidency will be Bonnie Fronk, president; Carol Cheney, vice president; Jennie Egbert, secretary, and Eileen will do the invitations.
Everyone helped clear with dishes. Ilene Mai's neighbor, Carolyn Taylor stayed late and helped rinse and load all the dishes into the dishwasher.  

We thank Ilene for all her work in preparing for us to come to her home.  I saw her Saturday night--2  days later and she is still tuckered out from getting everything ready.

May 13, 2016 - Friday

Kathleen came and worked with us from 10:00 to 12 noon on Walt's Swedish line.  We so appreciate her help!
I finished getting the life sketch of my  Mom's sister Lorraine Huffaker Christensen and her husband Ray Christensen into the "life story section" of
I had forgotten that my Uncle Ray was the only boy in a family of six children.

Eric Page came over to check our shingles which his Construction Company had installed in 2006 while we were in Guatemala.  There has been leakage under the bottom row of shingles causing water damage in the roof and also in the sofets and fascia.  He says the warranty should be good for 25 years.
I went over to see Bonnie Hansen.  She is better and could have come to our Closing Social for Serendipity Book Club, but the e-mail didn't get to her. I am so sad that she didn't know about it.

It was Ruth Melling's birthday today, but we couldn't find her at home to give her our homemade card.  We don't know if she went to Utah to be with her kids.
(Found out Sunday morning that her friend, Diane Hill, surprised and drove her to Almo to have her birthday dinner at The Out Post.)

May 14, 2016 - Saturday

We had a serendipity ourselves (happy surprise) when several ward members came on "Burley Clean Up Day" and helped us cut down a little dead tree, do some pruning of our other trees and lilac bushes, then hauled all the limbs and branches away.  The gals pulled out the quack grass and other weeds all along the front of our porch.

Here's the dead tree and some of the young men who helped.
Here's Loyd pruning the backyard lilacs.
The gals pulling weeds.
Almost everyone who helped. Steve and Sherry Ormond had already left.  McKay and Tyler had gone to the dairy to work.

Front row: Eric and Kiley Jones Pierce and their 3 darling daughters: Kinsley, Aila (oh, she's not in the photo, but she was there somewhere), and Becklyn; Amber Greyson.
Back row: Kathy Marker, Elder Murphy, Elder Wade, Matt Greyson holding his son Jeriah; Bryce Hales, Emily Hill, Philippa behind her husband, Lloyd Sutton, and Walt Petersen.

What a blessing this was for us!!

Tonight we went to the wedding reception of Jordan Pollard and Austin Dickson. It was so beautifully decorated in Victorian era lace and satin and lots of other lovely antiques.
You won't believe from the photo that it's in a barn out at Declo.

Ilene Mai took a photo of us.
...Then we took a photo of Ilene Mai and Elaine Fowles.
Here's some of their gifts.
Walt and I got some candy as we were leaving.
I'm so sad that I moved the camera and didn't get a good photo of these darling gals--Julene Thurston, Dawn, and I didn't know the third gal-- who were serving the yummy refreshments.
There were pies of every kind, ice cream, strawberry short cake, fresh fruit, and plates of chocolate chip cookies on every table.  The gal on the right in a white shirt is dipping ice cream.
All these pies were from Idaho Joe's in Twin Falls.
Terri Smith served the lemonade.
Just outside the front door of the barn were more tables, but also some of the old farm machinery.  I think Terri told me that Tammi was calling it "The Shabby and the Sheik" with the old farm implements along with the elegant Victorian.

As we were walking out to go to the car, Walt stopped to look at an old potato planter.  John Kloefer came over and shook his hand.
 It was fun to talk to him and Suzanne and their daughter, Jamie, who recently returned from her mission--I think it was in Florida.  She will be returning to BYU-I.  She said she had a social dance class from Janie Fisher when she was there before her mission.
Wish I'd taken a photo of the bride and groom: Jordan and Austin Dickson.  What a wonderful wedding reception they had!  Someone told us it was the first wedding reception they've held there.  But Edie Adams Jones said they are having one there in July for someone in their family.
I zoomed in for a picture of the "D" above the door.  It's one mile east of the turn off into Declo.  At 950 East go north a little ways and you can't miss it.   We left just before the dancing was scheduled to begin at 9:30.