Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A Day Junking With Cousins

Well, Hello everyone.
I am so glad you have come to visit.
I hope you are enjoying the Spring weather like
we are here in Utah.
It is gorgeous. . blue skies, sunny, and not to hot.
Just right!
A few days ago I met up with my Cousins.
Karma, Joan and Vickie.
Oh, how I love these gals.  We come from the same garden. . .you know.
We needed some time together and time Junking and being with our Aunt.
We were able to do it all in one day.
First we went to Reclaimology. . they were having a show.
What fun it was. . to wander through the many booths of reclaimed beauty.
I passed up buying so many things I would  like to have.
There was so much, that I couldn't decide. . and then when I 
went back to buy something. . .it was gone!
Story of my life.
There were some really cute ideas too.
I took a lot of pictures, and most of them didn't turn out very good.
Being the picture taker that I am you would have thought I would
bring my good Canon camera. . .Oh, no!
I left it home, so I was taking pictures with my phone.
And they just didn't turn out very good.
Needless to say it was a fun filled day.
After Reclaimology we went to visit my Great-Aunt Colleen.
She is 86 years old and still very active in-spite of some health challenges.
I know I have shown her beautiful yard before, but I
don't think I have shown her beautiful
Magnolia Tree when it is in full bloom
I didn't think we could grow Magnolia's in Utah
But my Aunt Colleen sure can.
Here she is sweet Auntie. What a sweetheart she is.
I have had some wonderful times with her. . .she has taught me so much.
We had lunch with her at her home, and we talked, and giggled and 
had so much fun.  She has taken up oil painting again.  I will show you some
of her paintings in another post.
I truly believe it is good for the soul to get together with family, and
friends often. It sure makes me feel good after I have been with
them.  Well this day was no different.
Love you Cousins and Auntie so much.
 Hugs to all.

BTW, our next Saturday together is in May. 
Fleaology is being held. . it is our favorite.

Monday, April 4, 2016

A Hankie ~ Families Are Forever

Hello to everyone this beautiful April day.  
A few weeks ago I attended the dedication of a new
Temple of The Lord.
It is a blessed event that we hold very sacred.
I am a Mormon!
Yes, I belong to 
The Church of  Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The Temple Dedication was for the
Provo City Center Temple
Located in the beautiful city of Provo, Utah.
The first Temple Dedication I attended was in  February 1972
The Provo Temple
Is also location in Provo, Utah
At the beautiful foot of the Wasatch Mountains.
The Provo Temple was the first temple to be dedicated in Utah
since the Salt Lake Temple, which was dedicated in 1895
I personally felt so humble that I would be able to attend the dedication.
All who attend the dedication  of the temple must bring a white hankie, 
which is used in the dedication ceremony.
In 1972 my Granny Daley was still alive and I ask her to
crochet a white hankie for me.
She was so happy that I would ask her to do that.
This is the beautiful hankie she crocheted for me.
Since 1972 I have attended seven temple dedications.
Each time, I take this beautiful hankie my Granny crocheted for me
to the dedication. It was with me when I went  to the temple 
to be sealed for time and all eternity to my beloved husband.

The temple is a Holy House to the Lord.
It is where eternal ordinances  are performed so that
Families can be together Forever.
Temple's are a magnificent blessing to the people of this earth.
The Lord blesses us through the Covenants we make in 
His Holy House.
I love and cherish my white hankie, but more than  that
I love and cherish the covenants I have made.  I know that
some day I will be with my beloved family.
Families Are Forever.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Easter ~ A Glorious Time of The Year

I just love Easter!
So here is a little show of Easter in my Home.
We have a big Easter Picnic planned for later today.
Saturday is the day we play and have our picnic.
Sunday is reserved always for Church
And giving thanks for the glorious 
Atonement and Resurrection of
Jesus Christ.
Spring means Easter. . .Little bunnies are suppose to welcome
all the pretty flowers and sunshine and blue skies.
But, I live in Utah and we never know what we might get
for our Easter weather.  Especially when Easter falls in late March.
So. . having said that. . .
We will be having our Easter Saturday Picnic in
Yip, this is what we woke up to this morning.
Snow is beautiful. . . but. . . not at Easter time!
We, will just have to make adjustments to our plans
The main this is that we are together as a family.
I hope you have a wonderful Easter. . .
It really is the most glorious time.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Spring and Easter Greetings

Well Hello my friends.  I don't know if you noticed or not I have been MIA. . . Nothing serious, just life.  Darn it sometimes things get in the way of the things I want to do.  Like tend to my blog.  But, I am still kickin' and ready to show my simple little Spring/Easter front porch.  It really isn't a porch as far as I am concerned, it is more of a "stoup", which I say is "stupidly small."!  Any way I do my best to decorate it.  Because you know I am just a Foo, Foo person.  Ah not to be mistaken by a foolish person! Nope, not me.

Cute bottles spray painted blue.  And NO! I do not drink the
beverage that comes from these bottles.  Nope! Not Me!
but I do like the shape and cuteness of the bottles.
So . . . I have sweet friends who give them to me.
I took these pictures in the late afternoon.
Not very good snaps.  So I fixed them up the best I could 
You get the picture. . .Not quite time for my cute little bench
to come out.  It is the bench that makes the porch have cuteness.
It is a beautiful day here in Northern Utah. 70 degrees.
No worries though. . it won't stay this way.
It may feel like Spring has arrived but it is going to change
By Tuesday, we will have snow. . 
When you live in Utah you get accustom to the weather changing from 
sunny and bright to snow and rain in a matter of minutes.
At least I have the porch all ready for Spring and Easter. It makes me happy and cheerful when I come home and I am greeted by my cheerful Front Porch. I hope you have a wonderful day and you are enjoying sunshine. Actually you can always carry sunshine in your heart.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

March ~ Luck of The Irish

Well, hello my friends.  I am happy you stopped by.  I have made some changes in the living room.  It is now March and I just have to decorate for St. Patrick's Day.  It is a tradition and a must.  First of all I descend from Irish ancestors.  And second, and most important, my daughter was born on St. Patrick's Day.  So it has always been tradition for the Green of the Irish comes out for March.  Even when we have Easter in March.  I will make a  quick change of a few things for Easter. . . .(I don't like having Easter in March.)

You will notice that I made some changes in the wall grouping.
Added a few things and re-arranged a few things.  Did you also
notice the blank in the center above the shelf?
Humm! Not sure what I am going to put there.
I am leaning towards a wreath.
We will see what I come up with.

I love my shelf for holiday decorating.
I don't have a mantle, so I pretend this is one.
I like to change the vignettes on it.

Did I tell you I am so ready for spring.
We are having beautiful weather right now.
But, it will change.  I live in Utah and in weather can change
within minute.  Right now I am enjoying the beautiful blue sky
and the bright sunshine.  The temperature is a delightful 67 degrees.
I can live with that.

Well I hope no matter where you are, you are enjoying your season.  I certainly love the changes of seasons.  By the time March comes along, I know that spring is just around the corner.  The fields are turning green, and a few of the little spring flowers are pushing their way up through the soil.  What a delight to watch mother nature make her change.  

I am going to share at

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

~Beddoes Family Heirloom~Cherished Collection~

I have several collections.  I am pretty sure you would call me a collector.  No, I am not a "hoarder"!  Yikes, I hope I don't fall in that classification.  My kids tell me I am too clean and I like things "tidy" so I don't fall in the dreaded "hoarder" circle.  But I most definitely have an obsession with the things I collect.
My Milk Glass Collection continues to grow.
In-spite of me telling myself, "Do not buy any more!"
Ha, that's a joke!  

And my Salt and Pepper collection is also something I keep collecting.  

Oh, did someone say Tea Cups.  Yes, yes! But they now have to be 
Three Legged.
Or of course very old, or belong to someone I love.

Well, I could go on and on about things I collect.  Including my family and friends.  They actually are my favorite collections and my most cherished.  But, there is something I cherish very much. 
It belonged to my Great-Great- Grandmother, Riah Brockhouse Beddoes.  I never knew her, nor do I know very much about her or my Beddoes family.  My mother's father Richard Bliss Beddoes died when my mother was very young.  And of course as you all know my mother, Bonnie Bliss Beddoes Daley died when I was very young.  Therefore I don't have a lot of stories about my Beddoes family, and many of their possessions went to other family members.  But. . . . . 

My family kept in contact with my Grandfather's Aunt.  Eliza Beddoes Curtis.  If fact I remember her. I went to her house often with my Grandmother.
In Great-Great-Aunt Eliza's possession was this beautiful old water pitcher and glasses.  Which had belonged to her mother, my Great-Great Grandmother Riah Beddoes.

It is beautiful, it is delicate, it is old.  I figure it is over
150 years old.  It came with Riah Beddoes from England. 
She and my Great-Great Grandfather William Beddoes came to 
American in 1860.  They sailed from Liverpool, England with two little girls.
They landed in New York City, and took a train to Cincinnati, Ohio, and then made
Their way to Winter Quarter, Nebraska.  There they purchased a hand-cart
And made the long treacherous trip to Salt Lake City, Utah.
They eventually settled in Salem, Utah.
In that small little handcart they could only have 14 pounds per person.
This water pitcher must have meant a lot to Riah, because she
brought this water pitcher and glasses from England to Utah.
Under very difficult circumstances.

My Great-Great Aunt Eliza took tender care of this beautiful amber set of glasses and pitcher.  When Aunt Eliza died at the age of 92, my Grandpa's cousin inherited all of Aunt Eliza's things.  One day cousin Flora came to see my Grandmother and she gave her this beautiful family heirloom.  She told my Grandmother that Aunt Eliza wanted her to have it.  Now how on this earth did I ever have this passed to me.  I am sure it was through the heavenly angels of my Beddoes family.  My Grandma Dot Beddoes died when I was 17 years old.  My two Aunts inherited her things, and I only received a few things that had belonged to my Grandma.  I am the oldest Granddaughter, and I lived with my Grandma.  When they were divided Grandma's things, they decided to draw names to see who would get this cherished Family Heirloom.  And my name was drawn! I knew then and I know now, My Great-Great Grandmother Riah Beddoes, and my Grandma Dot Beddoes wanted me to have this.  And I believe Aunt Eliza wanted me to have it also.  

I protect it, I cherish it. I love it.  It is a symbol of my Beddoes heritage. It is kept in my curio cabinet so everyone can see it. . .but never touch it. . .the glass is thin, it is old and very delicate.  It is mine. . just as my Beddoes family is mine.  
The Beddoes Family Heirloom

Some may say "oh, it is just things, or stuff." I say yes it is. . .but it once belonged to someone who cared about it. . .who cherished it.  Who took great lengths to preserve it.  "Things" are reminders of People. People who walked this earth, just as we do, they loved, they cried, they had losses, they had heartaches. They worked, they had challenges.  But through it all they experienced joy, happiness and great blessings from God. Only things? No, things had a life too.  They were part of a persons life. And very possibly gave them much happiness in having something.  
Yes, my most valuable and cherished collections is my husband and our children, our grandchildren, our posterity. My parents, my grandparents and the list goes on and on.  My friends I have "collected" along my journey here on earth  are treasures to me also. "Man is that he might have joy." 
My collections bring me joy. . .and this particular family heirloom brings me abundant joy.  It belonged to my Beddoes family, of which I am a daughter of. . .

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