Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tulip in The Wind

This tulip was whipping back and forth in the wind.  I thought that one petal would rip off.  I love what can be done with shutter speeds.   ISO 100 f/1.8 SS 1/5000    

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Salt Lake Temple

                       The sun was behnd that center spire.   It made this cool flare of light.  

Monday, April 14, 2014


 Everyone always said that time flies faster as we age.   I didn't believe that,  in fact,  I could never imagine getting old.    Ha ha.  Here I am approaching old age.  70 is not THAT old,  but I feel older for sure.  

Sunday, April 13, 2014


I had a few tulips around my rose bushes and they were not doing well,  so I dug them up last year.  I was surprised to see this one little one that survived.  

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Day 101

Dachshunds are never ending entertainment.    Gracie was obcessed with finding a place to hide her toy.   she carried it non-stop all over the house,  burying it here and there,  but always trying for a better spot.   S
he was crying and whimpering the entire time.    Finally,  she gave up and took a nap.  

Friday, April 11, 2014

My Hands

Many things come to mind when I look at my hands.  Wrinkles,  loose skin,  veins that stand out now, Arthritis.  But...70 years take their toll on hands that have played in fields,  worked in gardens, gone through school,  held hands of loved ones.  played musical instruments,  worked with tools, not just women's tools,  but hammers,  saws, sanders,  drills,  and all manner of products associated with such things.   
I like that my hands, have thumbed through scriptures,  folded in  prayer, and given praises to God, who has been the giver of all good things in my life.   Sacred, are many things my hands have accomplished. 
Thankful I am for  my hands, that have held my newborn babies,  wiped away tears, cuddled children,  and grandchildren,  curled and braided hair,  wiped feverish brows, pushed swings, baked cookies, tucked children in  for countless nights, prepared many thousands of meals, and clapped for my children and grandchildren, as they performed in all kinds of things from kindergarten to college.       
I am happy that my hands could comfort and serve my mother in her last years, and hold her as she passed from this life. 
I am happy that I can still accomplish many things with my hands.   Hobbies, (photography, family history, crafting),  loving,  and serving.  I hope they can keep working for me for another 25 years or so.   They are my favorite tool.   


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Apricot Pie

I grew up on Apricot pie and so it is still my favorite.  I made this for my brother,  who loves it too.  My mother was an excellent cook,  and we grew a beautiful garden at home,  indluding fruit trees.    Every Spring, found us praying for the Apricot trees, which were often coming out early and vulnerable to the frost.