Friday, January 19, 2018


There are definitely personality changes that happens when a person has Alzheimer's Disease.  Scott started doing something that is driving me nuts!  He has become fixated on pointing out every "beautiful" (as he describes them) woman he sees.  I am often embarrassed when we are in a store and he loudly proclaims how beautiful he thinks someone is.  Let's just hope that some spouse or boyfriend doesn't hear him or we may be in big trouble.  I have a new computer and I put a picture of our kids and their spouses that was taken when we were all quite a bit younger.  He came in one morning and saw it and exclaimed, "Who are those beautiful women?!"  I turned around and said, "they are your daughters!"  I think this new annoying habit is bugging me because as I pointed out to Ellis recently that my grandma used to say all the time, "You can't make a silk purse out of a sows ear!"  I've been feeling much like the sows ear lately and this new found change in personality is weighing heavy on me.  Fortunately when I told Ellis what my grandma use to say he said, "Grandma, you are a silk purse!"  Grandchildren are the best--thank you Ellis.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Happy Birthday Jeremy!


January 13, 2007 


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Happy Birthday Owen!

             Years                            Old 

January 14, 1998


Happy Birthday Ellis!


January 5, 2001


Monday, January 8, 2018

Journal Prompt

Time to put my thoughts on paper and the journal prompt I chose is--Small things that make you happy.

My friend Jody had a cross stitch that she made that said, "I love little things." Maybe that has always made me excited just thinking about that concept of little things!  So here are my happy things--I love when my phone rings and it is one of our kids calling.  I love when my grandkids are visiting and they are all laughing and playing together.  I loved seeing Perry throw his arms around his mother when he came down the stairs at the airport.  I love that little dog that made my grandson smile from ear to ear.  I am happy when Scott has a day without very much anxiety.  I am happy when I can talk to people.  I am happy when I have something to look forward to.  I love my friends.  There aren't bunches of them but the ones who have continued to touch base with me make everything more doable.  I am happy when it snows and I don't have to live in it but get to see and be reminded of how beautiful it is.  I am happy because my grandkids are so responsible. I am happy when I see our kids loving their spouses.  I am happy because we live in such a beautiful house in a safe neighborhood.  I am happy I can use a computer, a Tablet, and a fancy phone!   I am happy because I know that joining the Church was made possible because my dad and mom were humble enough to accept the missionaries.

I guess this could be a "count your blessings" list!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Nice People

I love nice people.  I met one today when dad got away from me at Winco.  I had gotten out of the car and opened the back door to get my bag out for groceries.  When I turned around he was gone.  I saw him walking into the store and by the time I got there he was pushing a cart back towards the entrance.  I called to him and when I did this sweet woman said, "oh, he is with you."  I told him that I already had the cart and went to take his back when the sweet lady said that the cart was hers.  Dad had told her he needed it and she just gave it to him and was headed back to get another one.  Often when dad has his moments people head the other direction or pretend like we aren't there.  I loved that she recognized right away that something wasn't right and helped him out.  Without realizing it she had helped me out too.  I love nice people!

Thursday, January 4, 2018


One of God's greatest gifts to us is the joy of trying again, for no failure ever need be final.
President Thomas S. Monson