Thursday, October 29, 2015

Traces of Time . . . Week of October 26-November 1, 2015

Traces of Time . . .

This week 
~ October 26, 2015 
November 1, 2015  
in IDAHO ~

October 26, 2015 - Monday ~ ~ 

Family Home Evening for our Empty Nesters in our Neighborhood was at Dave and Marilyn Gibbons home.
We had yummy hors d'oeuvres, tacos,and fruit.  Sherry Ormond made a Apple Strudel for dessert.  They have 5 apple trees that have had a bumper crop this year.

The fifteen attending are below--sitting: Eileen and Walt Petersen, Colleen McCall, Bonnie Hansen.
Standing--left to right are: Marilyn Gibbons, Scott Bloxham, G'lenn, Sherry and Steve Ormond, Dan Black, Ken Hansen, Gary McCall, Dave Gibbons, and Ken Fronk.
Bonnie Fronk took the photo.
Dave started the lesson by quoting from the Bible in Eccleseastics..."To everything there is a season..." and tonight is the season to have fun. We are going to play a game--Family Feud.
It was interesting to see the different fun personalities come out in our "older generation."  One team won more than the other team, but we didn't gloat about it. (Well, not much.)

It was a delightful time together.

October 27, 2015 - Tuesday
We did some catch up work around the house.  Walt worked on taking the final boards out from the back fence by the wood pile getting it ready to put up the new boards next week when Dale will come and help him.

In the early evening we went home teaching to David and Alice.  It is always a joy to visit with them in their beautiful home.

We had watched part of the movie from TCM early in October, but it had not recorded the entire movie.  So when I saw it was coming on again, I recorded the last hour and we watched the rest of it tonight: "55 Days at Peking." It took place in China in 1900 about the Boxer Rebellion.  We liked the three main actors: Charleston Heston, David Niven, and Ava Gardner.  It educated us about that era in China.  It was the end of the __________ Dynesty.

October 28, 2015 - Wednesday

We left at 12:30 noon to Twin Falls so we could go to the Chase Bank in Fred Meyer to deposit some money in the savings account of our friend in El Salvador who is helping us donate to a member in El Salvador who needs some help.

We also had time to go to Costco to get four items that we can buy there at a better price than anywhere else.  I also had the rechargeable batteries in my hearing aids checked.  They are still good.

We got to the temple in plenty of time for the 3:00 session.  However, Dale and Connie had some flat tire trouble, so Dale just barely made it into the session.  Connie did Iniatory work.  She didn't realize she probably could have made it into the session because it started about 7 or 8 minutes late because there were 12 missionaries in the session which took time to get them all in.  

President and Sister Curtis of the Idaho Twin Falls Mission said that ten of these Elders were going home, and their two assistants were there.
However, 19 new missionaries arrived in the mission yesterday, so they have more now than before.

We had dinner at Maxie's Tomatoes.  Three of us had lasagna and Walt chose a chef's salad.

Our home teacher had told us he would come tonight at 8:15, but he must have forgotten.  

October 29, 2015 - Thursday

I had an appointment with Dr. Spackman, our internist, this afternoon to check my thyroid and for an update on my diabetes.
My thyroid is doing okay.  My A1C had been 11.4 in the summer, but the blood test on Sept. 28 showed it had gone to 7.4.  The ideal would be below 7, but Dr. Spackman was happy with 7.4.

He advised both of us to get the flu shot and the new pneumonia shot, which we did.  We had had the first pneumonia shot a few years ago before leaving for one of our missions.  That is a life-time shot which prevents 10 strains of pneumonia.

Now this new Prevnar 13 penumonia vaccine is for 13 more strains of pneumonia.  
Dr. Spackman said there are about 50 known strains of penumonia, but these 23 are the more serious, which these two different vaccines guard against. 

Q: What is pneumococcal pneumonia? 
A: Pneumococcal pneumonia can be a serious disease and becomes more common beginning at age 50. It’s a bacterial illness caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, a type of bacteria that can be carried every day in the throats of healthy people. 

Q: How serious is it? 
A: Pneumococcal pneumonia is serious. Its symptoms can be severe, appear quickly, and can last for weeks or longer. 

Q: Who’s at increased risk for pneumococcal pneumonia? 
A: If you’re an adult aged 50 or over, you may be at increased risk for pneumococcal pneumonia. 

Q: Is there anything I can do to prevent it? 
A: If you’re 50 or older, vaccination is a way to help protect against pneumococcal pneumonia. Ask your health care provider if it makes sense for you. 

Q: What is PREVNAR 13®? 
A: PREVNAR 13® is a vaccine approved for adults 50 years of age and older for the prevention of pneumococcal pneumonia and invasive disease caused by the 13 Streptococcus pneumoniae strains included in the vaccine.

Walt teasingly told Dr. Spackman's nurse, Trina, that he wasn't going to come with me next time (if he had to get a shot), even though he had told her she was so good at giving these two injections that he felt no pain.

We stopped off at the post office for me to send a package off to return some curtains we had ordered for our bedroom on the main floor.  They weren't anything like the photo in the catalog showed.

October 30, 2015 - Friday
Kathleen Hedberg, our ward family history specialist came and worked with us on our family history for two hours. She and Walt found another of Nellie Katie Olson Petersen's ancestors.

Then I dashed over to the store to get the rest of the ingredients we needed to make a big pan of chili for tonight.

We enjoyed our ward's Harvest Dinner.  The cultural hall was beautiful with autumn decorations.  The chili, cornbread, and various desserts were yummy.

We enjoyed sitting by Kathy Marker, her daughter Katie and her three little boys who were in their Halloween costumes.

October 31, 2015 - Saturday HALLOWEEN

We went to Eileen's classmate's funeral this morning in Gooding.  Vard McHan and Crystall Peterson McHan have 9 children. Two daughters gave his life sketch and two sons spoke, another son a prayer and another son, Vance, gave the dedicatory prayer for his Dad's grave.  Everything was so well done.

Other classmates there were Dale Miles, Rupert; Beverly Brownlee Mason, Meridian; and Barbara Parker Frith, Filer. 
Walt's classmate, Rulon and wife Carolyn Chandler were also there.  Vard had been Rulon's counselor in the bishopric in Wendell, and also his counselor in the Wendell Stake Presidency.
  I'm trying to figure out how to download my photo from my cell phone to put into the blog.

We stopped by Dale Bunn's home in Wendell on our way back to Burley, but no one was there.  Then I found this photo of him with a granddaughter and lots of great-grandchildren in their Halloween costumes.
So he was having a fun time with family.
We got back to Burley about 2:30 and for lunch had some of the homemade chili I'd made the day before for our Burley 3rd Ward Harvest Dinner.  It's our family tradition to have chili on Halloween.

We had a lot of Trick or Treaters come by last night starting at 5:30.  By 8:35 I had to turn the lights out because we were out of candy, and we figured no more little kids were coming when three tall teenage boys came knocking on our door. 

Walt had never seen the movie Dorian Grey, which I had recorded from TCM so I had him watch it because it's referred to off and on and I wanted him to know the sad story of it.   Then we watched the crazy old movie of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Most of the actors have died. It was fun seeing most of it.  We speeded it up after the intermission so saw it in half the time.

November 1, 2015 - Sunday  Go off Daylight Savings Time
Sun rise was at 7:12 and sunset at 5:30. It sprinkled most of the day but wasn't too cold. Snow is predicted for Tuesday.

In our Church block of 10:50 to 1:50 we enjoyed the Spirit of the Lord.
The new son, Camdon, of Lori and Cameron Baker was blessed today by his father. Lori gave a sweet testimony.

We were blessed to partake of the sacrament and promise to always remember the Savior.  

There were 12 testimonies shared today--Dan Murri, Lori Baker, Little girl, Marty, Scott Bloxham, Kathy Marker, Little girl, Donna Westerfard, Bro. Winmill, Christine Willich, Walt Petersen, and Tim Preston.  

In Sunday School we learned from the Bible chapters of Colossians, Philemon, and Philippians that "We can do all things through Christ."

In Relief Society the subject was "Living the Gospel Joyful" as taught in October General Conference by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf.  Amber Greyson played the talk for us to see and hear President Uchtdorf and then had the sisters comment about it.

This afternoon from 3:00-4:00 we were able to teach Lesson #5 to the sweet couple who are taking the Temple Preparation class.  Lesson 5 is: "Learning From the Lord Through Symbols."

We hope you have had a peaceful and restful Sabbath Day.
To end this Sabbath Day post, I will share the testimony that Walt gave:

Walt said that since we have been home a year now, many "angels dressed as people" have helped us with many things, of which I am very grateful. The greatest angel of all is my sweetheart who takes such good care of me and never complains. I am so grateful for her kindnesses.  I thank each of you brothers and sisters who are an example to me. You are truly angels.
I believe that Joseph Smith is a prophet and that the Book of Mormon was translated by God. 
I believe Jesus Christ is our Savior.
I believe President Monson is the true prophet today.
I believe the Church is true.
I believe we were placed here on earth for our good so that we can return to Heavenly Father to enjoy the fruits of the Gospel.  In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen

I add my "Amen" to this testimony of my beloved eternal sweetheart.
In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Walt and Eileen Petersen
Burley, Idaho - U.S.A.

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