Monday, August 14, 2017

This Beautiful World

With all the turmoil that is going on in the world today
one can become very discouraged and worried.
I certainly have my times of great concern, and anxiety
over events that happen.
I have reflected upon the great blessings 
I receive each day, rather than seeing the world
in such turmoil I stop and view the world
and see all the wonders and beauties.
I know my Heavenly Father loves me
And He loves all his children.
We are more alike than we are different.
I feel honored and blessed that I live at this time
here on earth. . 
 This past week end I had the opportunity to sing in my
Stake Choir, for our semi-annual Stake Conference.
(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).
The title of the song is 
My Heavenly Father Loves Me
Words and music: Clara W. McMaster

 Several phrases and lines touched my heart deeply.

He gave me my eyes that I might see

He gave the gift of touch.
That I might feel.

He gave me the ability to "feel"
with my heart.

He gave my ears that I might  hear
The magical sound of things.

He gave 
me my life, 
my mind, 
my heart

I thank him reverently
For all his creations, 
of which I’m a part.

We all live on this beautiful planet called earth.
We are part of His Garden. . . with its many colors.
and much diversity. 

I’m glad that I live in this beautiful world
Heavenly Father created for me.

I will be joining
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life

Friday, August 11, 2017

I Have Done What I Could

So much has been going on in my small part of the world.
I have missed my little blog very much.
As simple as it is, it still gives me pleasure
to post pictures and tell about my life.

There are times when "life" gets in the way of "living".
That seems to be the case for me this past month.
I have always know that life is fragile.
Things can change in seconds.
No one is immune to the bitter, but it rings true
for the sweet.  We all experience both.
How would we ever know the sweetness of life,
if we had not tasted the bitterness.

I count my blessings every day. Every hour, every minute.
I know that the trials of life are also here to be counted as
blessings. . .For everything gives us experience.  

Trials change us. . . hopefully for better. . .Nothing
goes unnoticed by our Heavenly Father and His Son
Jesus Christ.  If He cares for the little sparrow how much
more He cares for us.

I certainly have had my fair share of trials.
I have come to realize, that with my head held high
and my eyes wide open, I can face challenges and trials,
with the Grace of a Woman.
I believe God blesses us in all things.  

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy July 4th USA

  Hello Everyone! 

I am celebrating with family and friends.
Small town USA style.
Parade,  park activities, and a fun
Day barbecuing hot dogs and hamburgers.
A lot of good food made American style.
Fireworks later this evening. 
The day will be HOT over 100 drgrees.
Sunny and beautiful.  No where else I would rather be.
My home, my town, my family, my friends 
Celebrating the greatest country on this beautiful earth.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Hello July

Well, HELLO my friends,
And greetings to 
I was so busy in June
I feel like it went way too fast.

It just seems like that is the way it goes. . 
Time is flying. . is that what happens when you get older?

I hardly had time to enjoy my tiny little spot of garden
while the weather was a little cooler.
Now July is here and it is "hot as a 4th of July firecracker."
Speaking of which, it is just around the corner.
I do love July 4th. . .one of my favorite celebrations.

The Birth of A Nation!
I think another reason I like it so much is that I love
the small town celebration.  
What is more American than Small Town USA
Celebrating the 4th of July?

Right now I spend most of my time in my house.
My ALLERGIES are out of control.
The medication my doctor had me taking was working fine
but for some reason, I feel like it isn't even working.
Between allergies and being HOT, I just stay home.
If I need anything I hurry and do it in the mornings.
But the allergies are all day long.  

I mosey outside in the evenings to water my plants.
Me and the little Terrorists spend a little time enjoying 
the evening outside.
One thing for sure "this too shall pass".
I keep busy while I am inside.  I have several projects
I am working on.  I will show you when I have them completed.
Have a very enjoyable weekend. 
 Enjoy July. . 
for it too shall pass!

Monday, June 26, 2017

June Excitement

Hello Everyone!
This has been a very busy month for me.
A huge celebration!
My first Grandchild was married this month.
June 10, 2017
Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah

Joel Russell Jackson Spendlove
Lauren P. Frailey.

The beautiful couple starting their new life together
Husband and Wife 

Lauren is the beautiful bride.
Her dress is gorgeous.  
But most of all she is gorgeous both outside and in.

My daughter and son-in-law and my grandson Andrew
with Joel and Lauren.
My daughter is the happy mother of the groom!
Joel is my oldest Grandchild. . .He is such a delight.
And seeing the next generation marry is truly a blessing
I am so thankful for the blessings of wonderful
Children and Grandchildren.
The day was a beautiful June day for a wedding celebration.

And just this week, my Granddaughter
Bayli got engaged to Ryan.

Oh, dear Grandma has got to get busy!

Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Porch Sitting

I am a porch sitter, and very proud of it.  
Although my little front porch is what some would call a "Stoop."

I can still sit on it.  And I definitely decorate it.
I have a magnificent view when I sit on the front porch.

I dream of having a big porch to sit on. . ah that won't happen
Not in this lifetime.  I had three houses that had those beautiful 
big front porches.  Now I just enjoy my "stoop" and my patio.

I am content with my little "stoop" and my patio
But I still swoon over porches. . . 

I can still dream, even when I am content with my "stoop"~

 Oh, gosh I think I am in love with this turquoise one~
Ah, dream on~~

Oh, dear I guess I had better finish up here.  I must
get to my Patio so I can enjoy the coolness of the evening.
The moon, the stars are calling my name.
I hope you enjoy Porch Sitting.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

A Little Pruning and A Little Care

When I first moved to my little cottage condo about 6 years ago 
this little rose bush was pathetic.
 I wish I had a picture of it at that time. 
You can barely see it on the left of the porch.
It was nearly dead. . .there was no way I was going to lose 
that little rose bush.
So with a lot of tender loving care and of course pruning all the dead
from the bush, twice daily watering, and the right amount of
nourishment, my little rose bush started to have new little shoots.
She was experiencing new-growth
It took her a couple of years before she would bloom.

But look at her today!

Every spring when she begins to bloom, I can't help
but think I had a little part in her new growth.

I think my little Rose bush is a reminder to me
that I need tender loving care, I need
water, nourishment and sometimes the
pruning of the old is painful but it is part
of my new-growth, so that I can
bloom like my Rose.

Is she not beautiful.  Every time I look at her, 
which is often. . . .I smile!

Every now and then we all need a little pruning and cleaning up.
How can we ever grow with all that old dead "stuff" hanging onto us?

Friday, May 26, 2017

Education~It Takes a Village

My goodness time is moving fast.  May is nearly over!  It is Memorial Weekend, which seems to kick of the summer season.  The children are out of school, and those that work in the schools are doing the "happy dance."  I can't dance very well any more, but I can shout Hooray!  I survived another school year!  Oh, yes, I continue to work as a part-time school secretary.  I am so thankful for my job and I love working in the schools, but oh my goodness when school is out for the summer, I do shout for joy. . . I survived!

This is me and all nine of my Grandchildren!
Oh, my how I love them!
They are all at various stages of their lives.
My oldest grandchild Joel,(the tall one) is getting married
in just a few weeks.  And the youngest grandchild just
finished her 5th grade year in elementary school.
I have them finishing up university studies, high school
and junior high school.  
As you can see in this picture Maya is showing all the awards
she receive at her elementary school this year.
I am proud of each one of my children. . .they have all been
educated in the public school in the Tooele County School District.
My children and my grandchildren have gone on to 
Universities, and Technical school to complete their education. 
My children and my older grandchildren all have
jobs, and are responsible.
And there are a few of my family that works for the
school district, including myself.
In my years working in the schools, I have observed and learned 
many things.  Times have certainly changed since I was a child
attending school, and they have changed from the years my
children went to school.  In today's world there are many
challenges children will face. Moral values have shifted. 
More families are in crisis, more and more children are
left in a sea of confusion to which they must figure things out 
for themselves.  I have observed that the more stability in the family
the child is better prepared to learn, to make correct choices, 
and to face whatever challenge may come along.

Another things I have observed, the more involved the
parents are in the education process, the more  likely 
the child will enjoy learning.  Oh, yes there are a few
that challenge even the best of parenting
But in my observations eventually the child will come back
to the foundation the parents have given them.
I believe we embrace the uniqueness of each other.
We are all created with gifts and talents. 

Parents, Teachers, Administrators and School Staff are all 
in this together.  It truly does take a village to raise a child.
When everyone is involved in educating a child, I have found,
the child will find it within himself to learn and to thrive.
They will become responsible adults.  They will be involved
in contributing "GOOD" to the world 

I believe this is the desire of most families, to raise our children to
be life-long learners, to make good choices, to be a contributor of
kindness, goodness, and self-reliance.  

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Teddy and Cash

Ah, my sweet little fur babies....
What would I do without them?
This is how we spend our evenings.
All snuggled together.
We can hardly wait until it is time to settle
In the chair two little guys
And Momma. 
Snuggled together.
I had no idea how much comfort, security
And most of all love these two little dogs would give me.
Cash is obedient, sensitive, and gentle.
He has separation anxiety when I am gone.
He knows our routine and doesn't like change.
He wants only me. He stays close by me.
Oh, but Teddy is the spunky one.
He is always on patrol. Not much gets past him.
He thinks he owns the entire condo complex,
Oh goodness he thinks he owns the world!
They love me and I love them!
Yes, there are times they are a bother.....but
Not for long. They pretty much have
The run of the house.
Oh yes, we understand each other. 
They know when I am in need of comfort.
They know when I am having a good day.
When I am suffering with a migraine they know.
They lay at the foot of my bed and never leave me.

Little Yorkie's are "barkers". Somehow they know
When Momma is I'll with a migraine and they
Must be quiet.
So these little guys are my sweet companions. 
They do so much for me.
They make  me laugh.
They make me happy when I come home.
Their little dog legs are doing the
"Happy Dance".
They helped me to not feel alone.
They are life, action and movement in a 
Otherwise quiet home.
Teddy and Cash give more to me than I 
Could ever give them. about you? Do you have a dog to love?
I am always looking for better ways to take care of my little companions, 
I think everyone should have a fur baby. . I really do.
If you would like to know more about Yorkie's here is a very
helpful place to go......  PuppySpot

5 Basic Commands To Teach Your Dog.

We marvel at show dogs who show off their fancy tricks and agility skills, but before you can teach your pup how to jump through an obstacle course, it’s important to teach the basics. Many dog owners like to start with the following five obedience commands: sit, stay, come, lay down and leave it. These simple commands will be helpful in everyday interactions with your pup, and will serve as the foundation for training later on. Let’s get to work!
There’s more than one method for teaching your dog commands such as “sit,” so keep in mind that our suggestions are just that, and you’re free to use whatever method works best for you and your pup. The “sit” command is especially useful when combined with “stay” for times when you want your puppy to keep still.
1. Lure your pup with a tasty treat (or one of her favorite toys, if she’s not very food motivated).
2. Hold the lure above your pup’s head, causing her to lower into a sitting position. If necessary, guide her down by placing soft pressure on her rump.
3. As soon as she is sitting, say “sit!” while offering the treat and praise.
4. Repeat the practice a few times a day with breaks in between. Begin to reward her for sitting on the first attempt, and make rewards less and less frequent until she sits consistently on command.
Once your pup is an expert sitter, you can teach her “stay.” This command might be a challenge at first for a jumpy young puppy, but it’s a valuable tool in teaching obedience.
1. With treat in hand, have your pup sit in a familiar area with few distractions.
2. Hold out your palm towards her and back up, saying “stay!”
3. This next step involves a bit of luck. If she stays when you move back, then reward her with a *treat, even if the stay only lasted half a second. If she does not stay, repeat the process until she stays, and then give her the treat.
4. Repeat this exercise, moving a couple steps farther back every time your pup obeys consistently at a certain distance. Eventually, she’ll be able to stay at a distance with your voice command alone!
The “come” command is helpful for retrieving your pup and making sure she doesn’t get far from your sight or grasp. It can also help keep your pup from getting into a dangerous situation, such as if an aggressive dog approaches her on the street. Practice this command indoors or in a fenced area where your pup can’t escape.
1. While holding a treat, squat down in front of your pup, making eye contact and holding your arms outstretched before her.
2. Waving the treat in front of you, say “Come!” in a happy tone of voice. (Optional: If your dog is wearing a leash or collar, give her a gentle tug towards you.)
3. This position will most likely draw your pup towards you. When she approaches you, reward her with the treat and lots of praise, then let her get back to what she was doing before.
4. Repeat until your pup responds to the command without a treat, gradually increasing the distance every few times.
Lay Down
The “lay down” or “down” command is a common choice for dog owners to utilize, but it can also be difficult to accomplish since your dog may see laying down as a sign of submissiveness. Like all new tricks, this command will take some patience.
1. With a treat enclosed in your hand, start your pup in a sitting position.
2. Let your pup sniff the treat in your fist while using your other hand to gently hold down her shoulders.
3. Keeping your hand on her shoulders, quickly lower the treat to the ground while saying “Lay down,” and your pup’s body should follow.
4. This might be an uncomfortable position for your pup at first. As soon as her belly hits the floor, reward her with the treat and offer her soothing praises while slowly stroking her back.
5. Practice this command every day until your pup gets the hang of laying down without you making direct contact with her.

Leave It

Last on our list, the “leave it” command is not only useful when training your pup, but it can also be lifesaving. For example, if your dog gets her nose into a bag of chocolates or something contaminated by bacteria, you can use the “leave it” command to make your pup drop the object, sparing her from potential harm. This command will hopefully teach your pup that if she drops whatever interesting object she finds on the ground, she’ll get something even better in return!
1. For this command, you will need a “boring” treat and a tasty, more enticing treat. Hold the boring treat tightly in your fist while having the tasty treat nearby, but out of your pup’s reach.
2. Put your fist with the hidden treat near your pup’s nose and ignore her attempts to get at the treat.
3. Once she stops trying to get the treat, praise her and offer her the tasty treat instead.
4. Repeat steps 1-3 until your puppy ignores the first treat on her own. Next time you hold the boring treat out in front of her, say “Leave it,” then pause a second before handing her the tasty treat.
5. Once you feel your pup is ready for this next step, place the boring treat on the floor while keeping your hand hovering above it, then practice the “leave it” command, quickly covering the treat before she can snatch it.
6. Keep practicing until your pup can ignore a treat that is out of your reach!
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