Sunday, July 31, 2016

Pokemon Go from Coast to Coast.

What a week this has been ....
And for our family it started on the East Coast in Central Park in New York City!  Spencer and Brittney took a bike ride there  that morning.  Thankfully the near riot over a Pokemon sighting in the park had happened the previous week.   They may or may not have picked up a few Pokemon there themselves!!   

Then as the sun slowly  rose in the American west it spotted ...
This family of Pokemon Go  players parked in front of ...
The  Poke Stop that is our house, loading up on Poke balls on probably several phones. They were there for more than a half an hour ....
I headed to the antique mall where I moved everything from one booth, painted the booth white, then moved most of it back in .... In stifling heat!  Well at least it made the paint dry fast! 
I got home to find that Dad had built my laundry line end posts in the stifling heat of the garage!! 
My hero!! 
Back at the store early Tuesday, I finished most of the moving back in, leaving 3 baskets of goods to be replaced  after my event of the day ... 
Which was a tea party at my friend Kimi's with my art group and others. 
Kim was ready to take down her patriotic decor after the 24th and arranged the tea so we could see it all!! 
Here we are, excepting Jan who took the photo. 
In view of the fun that is art group I thought I'd share this quote from an IG post.   

After another hour at the mall finishing up I picked up my book club book at the library and read until Dad got home from the temple. 
On Wednesday we got up at 4:00 to fly to the west coast to Los Angeles for our appointment at the Finnish Consulate at 10 A.M.   This building was across from the consulate ... When I spotted that sculpture of a dandelion, I guessed that it would be .... 
A Poke Stop .... 
Here's Dad in the office ... 
This elder had to have his passport picture retaken because of the shadow .... He looks so different!! 
Here we are with the 6 MTC missionaries with whom we flew over. 
We ate at the cafe where this historic Mural was found ... 
Of course it too was a Poke Stop ... The hearts indicate that a lure's been set off there to attract more Pokemon.... 
.... Like this one!  Let's say I had a fruitful afternoon. 
Thursday morning Ginny brought these grands along on a Pokemon search ...
Later that day the stake President posted a Pokestop he'd visited that day!!  It's the Grandin Print Shop in Palmyra, NY where the Book of Mormon  was first printed. 
I spent the day at work ... Buying this set of I dishes from a picker. They are called Denmark and are made in England. You may recall that the two years we lived in Salt  Lake that we had Engish made dishes that looked a lot like them, but were named Finlandia ... Both are based on the hand painted patterns of Royal Copenhagen, a company that started with such patterns in 1775!! Love!    

That night I was off to book club. The flight to LA gave me the time I needed to finish reading the book. Yeah!! 
Loved this picture of our Beki who is anxiously awaiting her grandpa's arrival to drive her to Utah.  
How cute is Abbie? 
On Friday we drove to Rick's in St Geirge to celebrate his 60 th birthday!  
He really enjoyed the gag gifts!! 
So did his granddaughter Aleah, shown here with her aunt Katie.  
On Saturday Darby was able to start riding Dallas again!  Between four vet clinics they've found the problem and started treating him. He has lots of muscle mass and weight to gain. Riding helps with the muscle mass 
As it turns out his jaw issue is a cow disease that is highly resistant  to antibiotics ... There are now nine documented occurrences  in horses world wide.   But Darby, despite her thinner wallet, is euphoric. 
On Saturday we were up early to attend Don Sevy's funeral. Even Aunt Julie may recognize that name. He lived on Imperial street with his young family at the time we moved to Bountiful. His then young son Clark, became became Dad's bestfriend  after the Sevys moved to Cottonwood  when Clark was 10. 

Sadly Clark's wife Margaret died Friday night ... It made the funeral unbelievable sad for me!  I started crying when Clark walked into the chapel ...

Don Sevy spent a lot of his life as a scout leader, including to Emory ... Which was discovered when the Clark Sevys and Emory's family lived in the same ward years ago.  What a good man Don is. I know Dad idealized their family life growing up and wanted a family like that. What a good man.   

After the funeral we had lunch at La Cocina again, then 
we drove by the new house that sits on the lot where Dad's family home sat, it really is nice and looks good on the wooded lot!    

We had a couple of hours to kill and hit a couple of SLC DIs. 
Then we headed to Grantsville for Jerry and Amy Mason's daughter, EmmaLee's wedding reception. 
Here's Dad with the bride and groom. 
Jack Mason was there doing photography and invited us to their ward in a couple of weeks for a threefer. Their daughter and son have just returned from missions and another son is leaving. We love it!!  (Prayers for Jack who is suffering with cancer/treatments would be appreciated)    

Today we had a wonderful set of church meetings!  The spirit was very strong. I said the opening prayer and prayed for our ward family. One young man who has difficulty reading at age 15 read his talk, the second councilor stood by him and helped.  As he talked about helping a neighbor with his extensive animal collection, mostly birds, I turned to see the neighbor he's mentioned with tears in his eyes. I feel such warmth and love in this extended ward family.   

After church Dad and I read in Preach My Gospel before getting food ready for our family get together at Darby's. 
Dad and I were a little early so I took Harley for a walk by the nearby ponds hoping for some water Pokemon. Not to be, but there were a lot of horse Pokemon there on Black Horse drive. Enough so that I was able to use them to evolve one to a higher form adding a new Pokemon  to my collection!!  
When I got back there were a houseful of people I love.  
How cute is this boy!  
I love the matching seating positions!! 
Here Maddie plays on Darby's friend's phone. So cute!! 
Ben and I both played Pokemon Go there and found an unusual number of them, even in the house!! 

Last of all Dad and I caught the end of the concert in the park. 
Joe Weight caught me gathering Pokemon there, as I sat between two poke stops that had both had lures set off, alternately gathering Pokemon and stocking  up on Poke balls!  His family and the Andersons were there, it was fun to catch up!! 

While walking back to our car our stake mission prep teacher and his wife stopped to tease us for playing Pokemon Go, which they were also playing. They shared some tips too!! (I'm level 10, they are 19 and 20. 

So that was our busy week. Long sigh .... 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Mushrooms, Moving and Mawwiage.

It was another fun filled week .... I ran into Dianne at the joint doctor's. 
The low point followed when they were injecting part of my seperated blood into my heel.  The knee injections were a cake walk!  

When I got home I cancelled my Finnish skypping and told Scott to buy steak for that night as I was not up to making the chicken cordon blu we'd planned for our Finnish dinner. 

Then I took pain pills and a long nap. 
Dinner turned out great. We'd invited the other couple who's going in the MTC with us, the Vests, and the couple we met at the Finnish reunion in the spring, the Richardsons. We think we may be serving their exact mission.   To fill the table Scott invited a young couple who are engaged and who are both returned Finnish missionaries that he met at his mission President's granddaughter's farewell  
Here Sully shows us the must have Finnish dictionary. 
Here's the whole gang. I was also wearing a black and white striped shirt,  so that one of each couple was so garbed. 
On Tuesday I made caprese kabobs, adding mushrooms for our 'shroom fest at art group. 
Here are the girls. 
We each taught a mushroom project. Mine was the felted mushrooms in the lower right corner. 

Dad worked and did his temple shift so I was able to come home and make Cheryl's dinner before retreating to my bed with more pain killers .... 
I worked Wednesday but was later able to put my newly crafted mushrooms and other collected mushrooms in a shadow box. 
After work on Thursday we met up with the Heuers and Moes for some Joseph therapy!  It's been a long time!! 
This was the Spanish Fork Community Theater's  third time to do the play, and they added some stuff that I think detracted from the straight forward and simple structure, that is one of the things I love about the play. 
A neighbor from the Moe's and Heuer's Highland ward was in the play, that made it fun too. Her name is Emily Lloyd   
Though I got to see my second favorite play,  Spencer and Brittney got to see my favorite play, and on Broadway too! , as they spent the weekend in NYC to celebrate his birthday!!  How fun is that!! 
On Friday Ginny and I went down to the Young  Living Lavendar farm in Mona. 
It was fun to learn about essential oils and to eat Lavendar flavored ice cream.  I found out that Lemon Balm is also called Melissa! 
We went to Eli's in Payson for lunch and learned that the former library that houses it was originally a train depot!  
I'm just not sure why there was an American Flag in my Itailian sandwich. Hmmm 

I worked Saturday and Dad helped Trevor move furniture they'll not be using for a couple of years, into a storage unit. 

Then Dad came by to pick me up after work to go to Eszie's wedding,  

where we met up with Darby. 
Here comes the bride on the arm of her foster dad. 
She looked so pretty. 
Their bishop married them. 
Eszie's sister Megan (Jamie) came and met Eszie for the first time (in many years) 
Here they are together. 
Here the whole family. Eszie holds Leo who she gets on visits. His paternal grandparents care for him as his father has custody.  Baby Micheal is held by his step father Ben. It was great to see how sweet Ben is with both boys. As he held Micheal when other things were going on, he repeatedly kissed his head. It was very sweet. 
I liked this picture if Eszie. 
While we were having fun in Utah, Kai got his braces off in Idaho!  How fun is that. 
He also got to have fun with his cousin Scott who is living with them for a whole month!! Cousin time!! 

After a nap and dinner we headed to Seamon's where we celebrated Kaysen ...
And Kamryn's birthdays!! 
And then there was a Pokemon Go walk and fireworks!!