Friday, June 26, 2015

Oh, No, Not the Washer!!!

So as soon as the Hardys leave I start washing and what?, water on the floor, all around the washer and dryer?

After draining the tub and hanging very wet towels on Sadie's runline (it is hot and they will dry fast) I start cleaning out all the stuff on each side of the appliances and then clean everything in there.

Through detective work I determine the washer is leaking from the tub and not the hose and make the executive decision it is better to replace the 16 year old machine than pay $200 for repair especially when I see Sears has a 40% off the machine my size and it is only $299!!

Negotiations on line and a good deal is made but cannot install till July 9th--yes they gave me more off to quit trying to get it sooner and be happy.  Yea, washer for two weeks!!!!

It's always something, can't life ever just coast along without something going wrong? I didn't send my brother Dave (who I called yesterday and wished a happy birthday) or James, whose birthday is tomorrow or Linda, whose birthday is Sunday birthday cards.  What is happening to me???  Where is my mind???  What ekse have I forgotten to do?

The Hardys are Here!!

James called early Sunday the 21 and said they were in Yuba City and would be coming straight to church and how to get there.  They had sent some pictures from their trip up the coast earlier.

He had a meeting in San Jose on Saturday and talked about coming late.  I told Camber it was a very dark road and there had been a lot of deer hit and they should wait till morning but they stayed at a little motel on  the way.

Anyway they got there just as the first song was started and we left after Sacrament Meeting and talking to a Jean, Ann, Maryanne and Ron.  I put chicken enchiladas in the oven and the vacation began.

Jimmy got in a lot of computer time while he was here.  This is how we saw him most of the time except when gone or playing games.

They rented a boat a couple of days


Jacob fixed one of the skateboards and got a few runs in down the street.

Lea liked listening to her music and watching movies in her room part of the time and the hammock is always fun.

It was so fun having them here.  They boated twice, played golf, and played a lot of monopoly, chinese checkers and cards.

Even Lea and Kelsi played golf.

James was getting up early every morning and doing business calls on the hammock.  One day he accidently broke one of the supports.  Without missing a moment on the phone he finds a board and tools in the garage and fixes it still talking on the phone.  How does he do that?

Jacob did some cutting of weeds and Lea collected a lot of the branches in the wagon.

And here is where Jimmy was a good part of the time!

 James had a meeting Thursday night in San Jose so they left in the morning and headed to visit friends in Reno and then on to San Jose.  So glad they could come after nine years!!  The children all wrote in my book about the good food and fun they had had!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Father of the Year

Here the Daddy bird is relieving the Mom for a bit but usually he sits on the runline all day watching for birds to chase away or critters to nip at until they leave.  He is so dedicated, what a great job he does.  He should get the Father of the Year Award!!!!

A minute ago I saw a big deer staring at me outside my window.  I yelled at him and Sadie, who was napping, instantly is on alert and runs with me to the patio door.  She immediately chases him (or her) away.

There are a couple of lilies almost ready to bloom and they are a delicacy for the deer.  I hope they don't get chomped when I am not looking, usually it happens in the early morning hours before I am even awake.  Of course, they usually wait until they are fully in bloom!!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Camber's Birthday

Camber's birthday today.  I have no idea how old she is but she will be forever young I believe.  So beautiful.  James will turn 49 on the 27th!!!  Wow, how can that be, time is going faster and faster, for me anyway.

Camber and James were coming up this weekend, now they say it will be next weekend!!

I always appreciate that Camber sends me pictures of the children and keeps me posted as to what is happening in their lives and tries to get them to talk to me occasionally.  She has always been good at that.   With all the driving she has to do for them she leads a very busy life.  She is so good at talking to their teachers and coaches and making sure all her kids are fully involved.  What a great Mom...and what a  big job in today's world!!  Thanks Camber...

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Triplets and then Twins

I forgot to tell the story about Carl Jonsson!!  We could not find his parents but Cathie's genealogist did.

He was four years old when his mother had triplets.  She died a month later and one by one the triplets died, November, December, January. Very sad.  But it is interesting to know we have had twins and triplets in the family, so it is possible.   You can just imagine how hard it must have been for a midwife to deal with that back in 1818.  (We can also see that bald heads are popular in the family.  Chris F says his brother Dave has hair just like this!!)

Carl's father (my g, g, g grandfather Anders Longvist Jonasson) must have been the prolific one.  His wife dies from the triplet birth November 27, 1818.  The following June he marries a second wife (who he must have impregnated soon after his wife died) and the second wife had twins August 27, 1819 (who both died also).   This was often the case in Sweden.  They married after they had children or at least not until they knew they were pregnant.  Carl's parents had another child (who lived) a few years later so Carl was not an only child.  Oh, the stories that can be told from looking at the records.

In fact, I have heard that the marriageable daughter would often have her bed on the extended porch of the house so she could get pregnant and snag a husband.

Rain, Birds, Pills and Family History

It has continued to rain almost every afternoon!!!  I must say I like it. I haven't had to water for over a week.  And everything looks so clean.

The bird drama goes on, though I wondered if a couple of the little birds have left the nest already.  I saw one little bird sitting on the run line and the father bird was taking short bursts of flight upward, fluttering his wings a lot as if trying to show the bird how to fly away, I wonder?  Meanwhile I am wondering if that other female I saw was really one of their little birds and he was shooshing it to fly away??.  Both of those birds sat on the wire a little differently than the parents.  They held their head down more as if unsure of themselves.  They are tree swallows definitely.  I described them to Karen and she said that is what they are and I looked it up and sure enough, she is right.  You would think I had nothing more important to do.

I have stopped taking all supplements and only take one prescription.  I am thinking like Mitch that all those things are not good for my system.  Just use healthy foods.  I am also walking more and not feeling any pain, just harder to walk uphill.  Sadie loves the extra walking.  It is so funny how she listens for the dog across the back yard or watches the house for him to come out.  She then races over and is gone for awhile.  When they go in the house, she comes back home.

I am enjoying the yogurt frozen desserts I am making so much I decided I need to start making my own yogurt.  The dessert is only a fruit, yogurt and a dash of honey to sweeten and then made in the ice cream maker.  I put them in little 1/2 cup plastic cups and then in a freezer bag so I can have a half cup anytime.  It works well.  So far I have made banana, peach, and "Cherry Garcia" imitation with real cherries!!!

Some lady who is a descendant of Grandfather Martin's sister Alfreda has been paying a genealogist in Sweden.  She has extended his line a lot!!!  Cathie and I have been communicating and she has extended certain names for me to do.  Linda prints them off and hands them off to the Hardys and herself.  It is working well and makes the Temple work more meaningful.  The system is working very well though I continually need to learn more about Family Search.  I got Erica's family all straightened out and I am happy about that. Linda will do the work for Dora!

Steven has been putting audios on Family Search and I was listening to part of Stan's funeral.  He was certainly well loved and did have an amazing sense of humor.  Steve has also put Mom's funeral in there, too, and that is enjoyable to hear the stories about her.  I wish more people in the family had time to investigate Family Search and become involved.  It is very interesting and enjoyable and the best system they have had.  You can communicate with others and reserve names etc all within the system so it is very fast,  And when the baptisms are done the dates show up on the same day!!!  I spoke about it in Church Sunday and two men came up after and wanted to talk about it.  It does take a little reading to understand!

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Me and My Books

It has been a very productive week--I got rid of my last three scrapbooks.

The first was the scrapbook of cards received after the death of Richard.  Instead of a scrapbook I put them into one of my collaged boxes.  Easier to save, easier to use.  I really enjoyed reading all the cards again.  His dear Aunt Zella, who claims to have a memory problem, had sent four.  But each one had such good information about family, encouragement and inspiration.  Most of us have difficulty writing one condolence letter and she writes four different ones!  Anyway this was an enjoyable task.

The second scrapbook I scrapped was my Guam book.  It was so hard to handle and was falling apart. I reput all the pix, articles and cards in one of my other SBA memory books.  Here again I really enjoyed living through the many experiences I had there. I was in such great health then, walking at least an hour every day and able to handle the heavy workload.  It was also a fun time of enjoying friendships with several SBA friends.

The last book was "Best of Scandinavia" scrapbook which was falling apart as well.  I was able to transfer everything to one of my larger notebooks.  That was such a fabulous trip and I am so glad I kept good notes and have all that information with pictures in there.  Very educational too as I had printed off many articles about Sweden and where my relatives lived before I went on the trip.

I know some people could think I was crazy with all my Memory Books and what is anyone going to do with them when I die.  But the point is, they are for me, now, and I really enjoy reliving a lot of wonderful events and trips and relationships as I go through my books.  It is very lonely living alone but I am not going to change that as in many ways it is a good thing.  Especially I can have the music as loud as I want!!! Ha.

What is left to finish?  The years from 1981 to 2005.  When that is done I hope to be able to throw away most of what is in my 10 four inch notebooks!!!!!!  I will then organize the left over pictures a little better with labels of who they belong to...Then I will be done with documenting my life.  I won't even count the books right now.  There are waaaay too many.

There is such interesting drama going on with the birds and their bird house.  Yesterday I saw the daddy bird swoop down and nitpick at a small critter who was drinking the water.  There were two small critters (smaller than squirrels and can't remember their name) around yesterday and she surely watched them and finally just chased them away. 

Today the mama bird made about three attempts to get a large feather in the bird house hole.  She would swoop around and aim for the door till finally it appeared it was in but was it?  Next thing the daddy bird swooped over and went in the house as she was already out and then I saw the feather fall to the ground and they were both out.  I listened to something on my phone and walked away for about 10 minutes and then walked out to look at the feather and lo it was gone.  They must have gotten it in there.  Wonder what it was for, warmth for the babies??? 

Friday, June 05, 2015

Lots of Rain and Other Good Stuff

We have had these afternoon rainstorms which makes everything just beautiful.  The thunder was so booming two days ago though that the clock fell off the wall and straight down and pushed the plug out of the TV.  We even had a lot of lightening and hail.  What is going on?
Two of these for $19 and change, can't beat that deal.  They replace the IKEA rag rugs I have had for years at the back door, etc.  I put one at the front door, too, hope to filter the dirt and sand a little.
Here I was worried about the deer eating my columbine and then I break the whole thing with my hose...but it makes a lovely inside flower, just feel so badly as it looked so beautiful outside.
The saga of the bird house goes on.  Momma and Papa bird are sitting in the left upper corner on Sadie's "run line".  Momma was inside for quite awhile but now they each go in and out and generally stay watch.  I can't hear anything in the birdhouse and I thought they had left for good when I did not see them for a couple days.  They chatter a lot and yesterday a third bird showed up and the Papa chased it away.  It was a grey color like the Momma so I figured it was an extra lady after the Papa, hmmm???  Supposedly  a bird sits on the nest for 14 days and then the birds mature for 14 days before leaving the nest, but they are surely quiet, if they are in there...wait and see.  Maybe it is just a summer love nest for the two and nothing more???
So I have been on the Special Carbohydrate Diet for about six weeks and I have to tell you, it is working!!!  I feel great--no grains, milk, ice cream, starchy carbs, sugar etc, but it is not hard at all.  Love the casseroles which substitute veggies for pasta and love the date or raison loaf and blueberry muffins and made a delicious banana yogurt in the ice cream machine.  I truly have more energy and have been so productive.  I just move from one project to the other and no depression...must be eliminating all those different kinds of sugar.  And no cravings, that is the best part!!!
I was worried for awhile when I was still having diarrhea, less but looser and I could not figure out what it was.  Then I researched and found magnesium supplements can cause it.  And lo and behold I found out when I had bought a new bottle it was a higher dose to be taken once a day and I was still taking it three times a day, no wonder I was having problems--Stop taking it and diarrhea gone!!!

John Hardy Memorial Hike 2015

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