Friday, May 31, 2013

Pictures and Memorabilia

My home is cluttered with memorabilia.

I have an entire closet with boxes, scrapbooks, "stuff'" from my parents lives.

I have an entire book shelve filled with photo albums; they spill over onto other shelves also.

But, oh, how fun to look back and reflect.

How marvelous to see pictures of our previous days.

I am grateful.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Our Mission

it's a challenge,

it's hard to see and hear what we do.

But, we have met some of the most marvelous people...

Sharon and Ron
Annette and
Elder Larkin
Elder Bryd
both sets of sister missionaries
Kathy and
the Tripps

They are all so different, yet so inspiring.

What a blessing, and I am grateful.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


no long lines....

no rationing of food or gas.....

no shortage of items.....

at least for now...

and I am grateful.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Grocery Stores

Peas from the garden - Yum Yum.  But, we have just a very few.

Tomatoes from the garden, but they won't last long.

Beans coming on, but they will be gone soon.

Ah, the modern SUPERmarket is a marvel.

And, I am grateful!

Monday, May 27, 2013


especially those that remind us how grateful we should be to live in AMERICA!

I am so very grateful.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

the Book of Mormon

I love it.

I'm reading it this summer because the Bishop of our ward challenged the youth to read it during their summer break.

I can do that, I told myself.

So, I'm using this copy
It has helpful footnotes, definitions, lots of pictures; it makes it uncomplicated.

I wish I had kept track of all the times I have read the Book of Mormon.  One thing is certain, I never tire of it.

I'm grateful for this powerful book.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

My New Favorite Book - Apart From the Scriptures

"Jesus the Christ," by James E Talmage.

Incredible, inspiring, enlightening, and did I say inspiring.

It is filled with such rich insight into the life of Christ.

Jeremy has encouraged me for years to read it, and I am grateful.

Friday, May 24, 2013

the Body's Ability to Heal Itself

I'm thankful the body is so self-healing.

I'm very grateful the body is able to heal itself in many instances.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

the Internet

"What is the phone number for....?"

"What year did.....?"

"Where is the scripture that says.....?"

"I can order it cheaper online at...."

Every day, I use the internet in some way.

And, I am grateful for it.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


I love the light.

I love the long days.

I love the sunshine shining through my windows.

And, I am grateful.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Recurring Theme....HEALTH

I am reminded quite frequently what a great blessing good health is.

So, today, once again, I am grateful.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Extended Family

Allen and I are both blessed with marvelous siblings and nieces and nephews.

It is a great blessing to be a part of their lives.

I am grateful.

Friday, May 17, 2013


I love to read.

I love reading a variety of types of books.

I learn a lot.  My horizons are broadened.

Books are such a treasure.

And, I am grateful.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Taste Buds

S doesn't get hungry;

nothing tastes good to her any more.

I'm still liking the taste of food.

And, I am grateful.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Mail Service

Today 2 little checks came in the mail; they totaled $28.00, but it was still great to get them.

Last week, something came in a package in the mail.

I sent a letter to Miles for his birthday.

I'm just so grateful for postal service!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Sister McMichael gave me this; and it's so true.

I love chocolate.  But, truthfully, I do like quality chocolate better than just wal*mart brands.

I am grateful for the invention of chocolate.

Monday, May 13, 2013

My Legs

He's a new missionary.

He lost his leg to cancer and other ailments.

He loves the out of doors.  But, he doesn't let a leg loss stop him from having a grand time.

It made me so grateful for my limbs/legs.

I am thankful.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

the Moms in my Ancestry

I had a wonderful mother, mother-in-law, grandmothers, and so many greats going back so far.

They left a legacy of hard work, thrift, goodness, charity.

And, I am grateful.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Nap Time

Even as a college student, I would sometimes go home and take a nap.

I've just been a napper all my life.

And, now it has become an absolute necessity.

It's in the Gee Genes.

Dang it.

But, I'm grateful that I'm at a point in my life where I am able to take naps.

I'm thankful for naps.

Friday, May 10, 2013

the Use of My Hands

Sylvia is not even able to get a drink...or now, she can't feed herself.

No more indexing, emailing, or even putting on her own glasses in the morning.

I take for granted the use of my hands so much.

But oh, I am grateful....

Thursday, May 9, 2013

My Desk

We bought it several years ago in Rexburg, Idaho.  It's L-shaped and so perfect for me and my needs.

Allen has a puny little desk in the back bedroom.  Not really fair, BUT, I love the layout of my desk.

I'm grateful.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Pencils, Paper

I so take those little items for granted, but I'm reading a book about living in a dump in Cambodia.  The woman wants to learn to read and finding pieces of scrap paper is a challenge.

I have a deskful of paper, pencils, pens, etc.

Such a simple thing, but

I am grateful.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

My Heritage

I have some wonderful people in my family.

And, lots of them I have never met.

But, I'm very grateful.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Family Get Togethers

Pictures - forgotten.

Memories - forever.

Food - incredible.

Company - the best.

Calories eaten - beyond counting.

Happiness level - incalcuable.

I am grateful.

Sunday, May 5, 2013


Alexander Graham Bell, what an incredible invention you came up with.

And, I am grateful.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Puzzles, Games, Brain Challenges

Oh yes, I am a fan of the daily crossword puzzle; but I don't often get a chance to figure it out, as I don't take the paper...and the lady who shares it with me cuts out the crosswords.

But, it's okay...she's kind to share.

However, I do a word game every day, play wwf with Donna, Linda, and Kristi, so I have lots of opportunities to have brain stimulation.

And, I'm grateful that so far my brain works and I can do the puzzles.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Early Morning Walks/Exercises






those describe the out doors early in the morning; and so many people, including me, often miss those incredible moments.

I am thankful for the promise of a new day.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

FOOD, Glorious Food

I do like me some food

And, I'm thankful for a wide variety.

I'm grateful for means to buy the food.

I'm exceedingly grateful we live in a country where food is such easy access.

Yes, I'm grateful for FOOD.