Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Traces of Time . . . April 24-30, 2016

Traces of Time . . .
This week 
~ April 24, 2016 
April 30, 2016
in IDAHO ~

April 24, 2016 - Sunday 

Janie, Shawn, and Ashley stayed overnight from Ashley's Jazz dance competitions yesterday here in Burley at the King Fine Arts Center.

Ashley had arranged with Grampa to receive her Patriarchal Blessing from him today.
Grampa hasn't given a Patriarchal Blessing since December 2013, so he was apprehensive about his ability to receive what he needed from the Holy Ghost.  As he began, it was evident that he was receiving all he needed.
Ashley received a wonderful Patriarchal Blessing from her Grandfather as he was mouth piece from the Lord.
Ashley, age 15 (will be 16 in November) with her Grandparents.
Ashley with her parents, Janie and Shawn Fisher.
We then attended Stake Conference.
    We love learning from our Stake Presidency, the Mission President, the Temple President, and the other speakers chosen by the Stake Presidency.
 President Chad Jones, First Counselor Tim Preston, and Second Counselor Tracy King were called in April 2010  before we left for our 3-year calling in 2011 to the San Salvador El Salvador Temple.  So they are over half-way to the average time of 9-years for a Stake Presidency.

I didn't take one photo at Stake Conference. It was cold, so we dashed right home to have dinner.

Our traditional Mormon Sunday Dinner - Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Corn, Tossed Salad, Jell-o Salad, Hot, Homemade Rolls, Ice Water, and today instead of the Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake and Ice Cream the dessert was Strawberry Shortcake.
As usual, we were all too full for dessert.  Walt and I had some later that evening.
After dinner, the Fishers headed home to Rexburg.
It's always special to have our family come to be with us. And always hard to see them drive away.
A couple of hours later we gave a Temple Preparation Lesson.
It's such a blessing to teach someone who is so excited to learn about going to the temple for the first time.
That evening we went to the 16th Annual "Celebration of Faith Through Music" which has Gospel songs from the many denominations from the Mini-Cassia area.  It was a spiritual performance which we enjoyed.

We give a shout out to three of our family members who have birthdays today...

Happy Birthday to Gary; John; Kimble 17.  Kimble's young enough to give his age.

Kimble... " 17" He is a junior at West Lake High School and one of the top swimmers on their Swim Team. (Steve and Natalie's son.)

April 25, 2016 - Monday

Happy Birthday, Jerry Brewer.

Our monthly Neighborhood Empty Nesters' Family Home Evening at our home was a "Luau."  We served Hawaiian Hay Stacks.  Thanks for all the side dishes everyone brought.
Front: Scott and G'lenn, Walt, David, Marilyn, Dan, Gary, Colleen Bonnie, Ken.
Here is the same group with Bonnie taking the photo so I could be in it.
The Ormonds had another FHE group scheduled for this fourth Monday.  I guess ours is supposed to be the third Monday.  Bonnie Hansen was ill and Ken didn't want to come without her.  And Ruth still doesn't feel like coming alone.

April 26, 2016 - Tuesday
LaRae Crane and I went visiting teaching to Cindy, Karen, and Debbie to share the message that teaches us that we are truly "Daughters of our Heavenly Father [and Heavenly Mother] and that He knows us by name.

This evening Walt and I went home teaching to Marizza.

April 27, 2016 - Wednesday

Our grandson, Ben Brewer, got braces today in Rochester, Minnesota, at the Mayo Clinic where his Dad, Jerry, is head of the Dermatology Surgery.
Walt cut some lilacs to bring to me.
I wish lilacs would bloom all summer long. We get to see and smell their pleasant fragrance only a little while in parts of April and May.

We rendezvoused at the Twin Falls Temple 
with Dale and Connie.
It's true, we learn something more 
about the ordinances and covenants 
of the temple each time we attend a session.
Walt chose our San Salvador friend, Jaime Lopez's 
favorite restaurant to have dinner.
We all got something different today...
Omlet, Chicken Fried Steak, Hamburger, and Turkey.
And perhaps you thought they just served pancakes.
April 28, 2016 - Thursday

Today I had an appointment with my dietitician nutritionist, then Walt and I went home teaching.  The first part of April went slow for us, but the last two weeks zoomed by.  We really usually get these assignments done earlier.

In the afternoon we went home teaching to our neighbor, Dan Black.  Dan lives just six houses north of us on Burton Avenue.  We enjoy so much visiting with him.  He does a great job as the president of our Sunday School class.  He is also part of our ward's high priest leadership group.
That evening we went home teaching to Alice and Dave who had a quick, fun trip to see their son Rodney in San Francisco.  They drove down on Friday (had to get chains to get through the snow on Donner Pass), were there Saturday and Sunday, then drove back this Monday.  We always love visiting with them, and the five others we have the privilege of being assigned to.

April 29, 2016 - Friday

Kathleen came this morning to help us with family history.  It's so enlightening to learn all that we can do in finding family members on  Today the search for more of Walt's Swedish ancestors wasn't as fruitful as it has been in past weeks, but as Kathleen said: "It's worth it to keep searching."

Brent Larson from Burley Electric came to fix two burners on our 14-year-old range.  We are so thankful for his expertise and that we don't have to buy a new stove.   I thought it was a lot older than it is.  He told us that it's a 2002 model.
Also, Mr. Coltrin came to give us an estimate on replacing our old rain gutters.  He also saw that the ends of the shingles on our roof have curled up and water in getting in under them.
Isn't there a song about "♫♪This old house is a gettin' older, this old house is a wearin' out...  ♪♫
In the late afternoon in a light rain, we drove over to the Paul Potato Company (not sure of the right name) to get a box of potatoes, but by the time we got there it was such a downpour that we didn't want the workers to get wet carrying the box out and then we would also have a wet box of potatoes.  So we turned around and went back.  

We dashed in to Redder's Appliance because the rain had let up to a sprinkle.  We had had Brent check the funny sound our refrigerator was making.  He said the compressor is about to give out.  When he checked the serial number he told us that our fridge is 26 years old.

So it has been cost effective lasting that long!
We, our house, and appliances are about to give out.
I think I mentioned somewhere: "We are older than dirt!"

April 30, 2016 - Saturday

It rained almost all day today.  We stayed in all day...doing some computer work, washing sheets, and doing a little genealogy.  I'm so thankful that I researched and wrote 39 life sketches for the 1989 Gooding County Historical book that was published for the Idaho Centennial Year of 1990.

I have been re-typing these for the "Stories" Section of  With each story I'm also putting a photo of the person or couple.

We listened to our Saturday evening tradition "The Lawrence Welk Show."  Then we know that Saturday is winding down and another week is ending.

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