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February 8, 2016 - Monday ~ ~ Family Home Evening
I was baking some heart sugar cookies last night to send to our families for Valentine's Day. I couldn't believe my eyes when the 8-minute timer dinged and I opened the oven to this. The broiler was going full-blast, even tho it showed "Bake 350º." The tops were dark brown and the bottoms were raw dough.
I hit the "off" button, but the broiler wouldn't go off. I hit "off" again....the broiler coils just stayed bright red. I got Walt to come try....it still wouldn't go off. Finally, as Walt kept touching buttons, it finally went off. Our stove is 40 years old...so I guess we can expect it to start malfunctioning.
Luckily I had cooked the first batch while the oven was still normal. I put the two batches side by side for comparison.
So our kids/grandkids may not get Valentine cookies.
The second Monday of each month this restaurant serves a free lunch to senior citizens at 1:00 p.m.. There were three items to choose from.
Each of us chose this one -- the meat loaf. It was delicious! And the mashed potatoes are real - not from a box.
It came with ham 'n bean soup -- hot and yummy!
LaRae said that last week, when she asked what Dan wanted for his birthday supper, he said: "Ham 'n Beans."
She commented that the bean soup today was tastier than what she made for him, adding, because it had more spices.
LaRae also said the coconut pudding was better than the desserts usually are with this lunch.
Extra waitresses volunteer to come in--with no pay, except for tips--to help on this senior citizen day each month. What a great thing for them to do!
Our waitress was Stephanie Rose from Rupert. She was efficient and very nice.
It was fun to see the Wayside full of grey-haired people like us.
Stephanie took a photo of us four enjoying our free lunch. We were sitting right by the window that was by the door,
so Dan and LaRae saw lots of people they knew
as they were leaving.
Most places that we go, someone who has been a patient of Dr. Petersen's is so happy to see him. Lorene Maxie came rushing over and said: "Dr. Petersen, how nice to see you!
"You were my best doctor!"We were so happy to see Bonnie Rose, whom LaRae and I used to visit teach before she moved from Syringa Plaza. We miss her. She is a true Christian!
I wanted a photo showing the Wayside sign. LaRae said: "Dan, please turn around, Eileen wants another photo."
What an enjoyable time we had. Walt said to the Cranes as we got to our home. "The food was good but the company was better!"
Walt got a little exercise walking out to the mailbox and bringing in the mail. That morning he had already ridden the stationery bicycle for 30 minutes for over six miles.
I wouldn't have needed to wear my winter coat since it felt warm and probably got in the 40's again today as it did yesterday. Spring is coming soon, isn't it?
The rest of the afternoon, I put today's photos in the blog, and Walt got to do one of his favorite things, too--working on our financial records. [Not one of his favorite things at all!]
Homemade bread and milk for a light supper after that big lunch.
February 9, 2016 - Tuesday
Visiting Teaching day...we planned to go but none of our sisters was available. We gave it the college try.
Blast from the past. I came upon this photo when searching for something else.
This is in Minneapolis, Minnesota, when Walt was an intern at the Minneapolis General Hospital. Our first child was born on the day Walt began his internship--June 24, 1963.
When Janie was three weeks old, I had to go to work because Walt was paid just 17 cents an hour.
I was hired as the receptionist and secretary for two physicians who were specialists of Internal Medicine in downtown Minneapolis. I was 24, turning 25 in December of 1963. We were there from June 12, 1963 until June 25, 1964.
In the morning, I would push Janie in the buggy over to our neighbor, Margo Ward, the wife of another intern, who took care of her during the day. Then I caught the bus on that side of the low-income housing project. I'd get back about 5:30 or 6:00 to pick Janie up and go back to our apartment.
All through our first few years of marriage, I cut my own hair---not because I have any talent for that, but because of our small budget. We have fun memories of those years.
Here I am--evidently when it's colder ready to push Mary Jane in the buggy to the other side of the housing development--to Margo Ward's apartment. Her husband, Dr. Jon Ward, was also an intern at Minneapolis General Hospital. If I remember right, they had two little girls.
Every third day Walt was on all-night call. It was good I didn't have to stay alone, even though Mary Jane was just a few months old, I felt "not alone" with her there with me every third night.
In January 1964--half-way through the internship--the hospital became "Hennepin County General Hospital" and they gave the interns a raise in pay. It wasn't a whole lot, but by March Walt felt it was enough that I could quit my job and stay home with our little girl. From then on I was content to be "an at-home-Mom."
Back to the present. This afternoon I helped for an hour at the Burley Library Book Sale. For 5 days - Feb. 9-13 - you can fill a grocery bag full of books for $1.00. There will be more books put out each day.
It was fun to see so many children get a bag full of books, as well as their parents. (Photo not loaded from camera yet 7pm Tuesday when I'm working on blog._
February 10, 2016 - Wednesday
Temple Day. Connie wasn't feeling well today, so we three rendezvoused for the 1:00 session.
Walt and I did sealings with our Burley Third Ward High Priest's group at 11:00, then we did the session at 1:00 with Dale.
It was great to see The Gibbons arriving for their Wednesday afternoon/evening shift as we were leaving. Here is Marilyn.
And here is Dave. I think they have worked in the Temple for 12 years since they retired, in addition to a 2-year mission to Kentucky-Tennessee area, and an 18-month mission to the San Salvador El Salvador Temple. And since they returned in 2013, Dave has been the first counselor in the Twin Falls Idaho Mission. They are a dedicated couple and great friends!
It was Dale's turn to choose where to go for lunch. He said he felt like having Italian or pizza. The Pizza Hut won out.
We pick up items at Costco about once every three months. This was the day we needed to get two things there.
This brought a smile to our faces and the hope that Spring is just around the corner: a rack of beautiful Easter dresses for little girls.
February 11, 2016 - Thursday
To Provo, Utah for our grandson's State Swim Meet -- West Lake High School - Saratoga Springs - Kimble Petersen, a junior. Kimble is in the black swim trunks with the shaved head.
He won by 21.56 seconds to the defending champion's 21.61 seconds .... so .05 seconds. Only a few high schoolers have done the 50 yard free under 22 seconds.
Kimble's goal now is to break the state record, which is 1.6 second less than his personal record.
This is one happy family! Steve and Natalie, Kelsey, Cortney, and Carter with the state champion - Kimble.
Tonight Kimble will be competing in the 100-yard free style and some medley relays. We know you have made your good luck by getting up at 5:00 each morning to swim or to do cross fit for all of this!
Now we need photos of another Champion in the family.
Joshua Petersen played the piano concerto with his Canyon Corner High School in Draper, Utah.
We're so proud of our Music Champion.
We are proud of each of our 35 grandchildren and what you all do to make this world a better place to live!
And now we look forward to seeing what our great-grandchildren will be doing.
H A P P Y V A L E N T I N E ' S D A Y P A R T I E S in your school classes today everyone.
WE LOVE EACH ONE OF YOU!
February 12, 2016 - Friday
Utah State High School Swim Meet
February 13, 2016 - Saturday
February 14, 2016 - Sunday
H A P P Y V A L E N T I N E ' S D A Y