Crinkled Oranges

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Grandfather Clock

Every time I've looked at my grandfather clock the last few years, I've felt sad.  It hasn't worked, and the weights were jammed.  Dad built it, and I love it, which was why I was sad.

A few times I've played around with fixing it, but to no avail.  Finally on Saturday, I decided to get serious about it and give it one more try. In fact, it was almost a challenge in my mind that if I could get it working that it was a message from mom and dad.

I pulled up instructions on the Internet, and basically troubleshooted by changing the weights, bending the pendulum, etc. -- all along figuring that the worst thing I could do was break it more and have to call a repairman-- which I was going to have to do anyway since it hadn't been working for years. 

Well, I feel loved, because now it is working. The chimes are erratic, but just having the mechanism work lifts my heart.  I'll deal with syncing up the chimes later, but for now I just love watching the pendulum swing and hearing the rhythmic tick-tock. 

Thank you. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Front Flower Garden

As of today.  I'm looking forward to it filling in. The grass is doing pretty well, too. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Significance of Butterflies

This morning I was feeling weighted down with worries and uncertainties.  It is hard to watch people you love go through hard things, and there seems to be a lot of that going around.   

I didn't really feel like going for a walk, but once I pulled myself out of bed and Gary suggested we go, I figured I should.  As we were walking and observing the demolition of the old Edgemont Elementary, a very large monarch butterfly kept circling us.   I was a little annoyed and said, "What is that butterfly doing?"

Then I remembered, and realized, that perhaps I was being sent a little message of inspiration.

What came to mind was an experience I had while we were "Wilderness Youth Conference" leaders about 30 years ago.  I knew I had written my experience down and was looking through some journals, but then remembered that I had blogged about it at one time.  I searched the blog and found this entry from July of 2010:

"Anyone who knows me knows that I'm not a camper.  I like the comforts of home and do not seek out challenging outdoor activities.  So when we were called in by the Stake President and asked if we would be group leaders to 10 girls and boys, I was honestly filled with much trepidation.  The more I read up on what we were to do, the more anxiety I felt. 

These were things like:  Meeting the youth, who we didn't know, at 9:30 at night and then leading them on a 5 mile night hike to our campground.  Having only one orange to share for breakfast.  Doing activities like "fireman's net"  and other various obstacle courses and games all day, and then preparing our first meal in the evening.  Those things might not invoke fear in some people, but it certainly did in me.

The week before the youth conference, we had a training day.  On that training day we made the 5 mile hike, and I honestly thought I would die.  I remember standing on the trail in the baking sun wondering if a helicopter would be able to come and get me.  After that training day and during the following week, my anxiety was even worse.  I wanted to call and bow out.  How could I lead the youth when I couldn't be a good leader?  But, I've always believed, and followed my belief, that if I am called to do something that I will do my best and that I will be blessed the rest of the way.   I was blessed. 

The night of the hike, it was like my feet hardly touched the ground.  In fact, at the end of the conference each of us wrote something nice about everyone in the group.  One of the comments made to me was "she is a good hiker."  Ha!  Little did they know.

So, this story is a very long set-up as to why the butterfly has significance to me. 

The last activity of youth conference was to have everyone go off alone for a half hour.   We were to ask God a question and listen for an answer.  That was also somewhat of a new experience for me.  While I often ask God questions, I seldom have the patience to stay still, meditate, and wait for an answer. 

My question was, 'Why does there have to be such sorrow and pain in the world?  Why do some people have to go through so much?'  That was very much on my mind at the time, particularly because of my nephew and niece, Chuck and Christine, who lived with such excruciating pain with EB.   

As I sat in silence in the mountains, a beautiful butterfly flew right in front of me.  As I watched it fly away, my heart lifted and I felt such peace.  What came into my mind was the thought that "without sorrow or pain we would not recognize or appreciate the opposite, which is joy and love and goodness."    I knew that my question had been heard and that I had been given a greater understanding.  The whole wilderness experience, from beginning to end, was one of the hardest and one of the most faith promoting of my life.

Later, when I shared that experience with Lynn (Chuck and Christine's mom), she asked me if I knew that the symbol for EB (Epiderolysis Bullosais the butterfly (They have skin as fragile as a butterfly wing which can blister at the slightest touch).    I had never known that, and hearing it gave me an even greater appreciation for my experience on the mountain."   (End of previous blog post)

So, when the butterfly was working so hard to be noticed, I did get the message.  My heart has felt lighter.

And, symbolically, the change (or metamorphosis) of the old Edgemont School being replaced by the new beautiful one, was not lost on me either.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Annie is 12!

Annie's Interview from December 31, 2016

If you could go on a family vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Dubai—Richest place in the word.  Man made islands.  Had a friend who lived there and she said it was cool.  Also has the tallest building in the world.   (Showed me the picture)

What superpower do you wish you possessed?  
Be like Flash – the fastest.

Where do your first and last name come from? 
First name from grandma’s, Suzanne and Annette.  Last name of grandpa born in France.

What is the hardest part of going to school?  What is the best part?
Worst part – grades.  Best part – 1 hour lunch

What show could you watch over and over and why?
Psych – super funny

What is your biggest fear or phobia?
Breaking a bone and not being able to play sports.  Or death.

Would you rather time travel fifty years forward or fifty years into the past?
Go backward.  If you go forward, then people will be dead.

Best Personality Trait?
Active – do fun things.

If you could have a wild animal from anywhere in the world, which would you choose?
Panda Bear – fluffy

What teacher or coach has had the most impact on you and why?
My basketball coach – she’s my best friend’s mom
My 5th grade teacher, Ryerson.  Didn’t act like a teacher but a friend.

What do you like most about the person to your right?
Grandma – love her so much, smells so good, pretty.  (Love You Annie!)

What special talent do you wish you possessed?
Shoot really far away from the basket and make it every time!

Using one word, how would you describe your family?

Do you have a family rule that is unfair?
If it is your birthday, you don’t have to clean (I BET YOU ARE LIKING THAT TODAY!)

What do you think is the greatest invention of all time?
Cars and Phones

What is your favorite smell in the whole world?
Gasoline, nail polish, chocolate cake and cupcakes, Grandma Ashton

Would you rather have a bigger closet, kitchen, or backyard?  Why?
Back yard – because then you could play more

If you could earn $250 by eating the same meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for an entire month, would you?
Yes – Pizza or Crepes

 What real (Pyramids in Egypt, Great Wall of China, Easter Island, etc.) or mythical place (Garden of Eden, Camelot, etc., would you like to visit?
Great Wall of China and Garden of Eden

Which of your relatives should get the drama king or queen award?
Luci and Estelle

If you could take over the garage and do anything you wanted with the space what would you do?
Living Room, couches, pillows, lot of TVs put together to make 1 big one.

Is there a foot or dish that you used to hate when you were young but you like now?
Like chicken but not salad, used to be the opposite.

Who snores loudest in your family?
Luci and Dad

What qualities do you look for in a friend?
 Nice, funny, fun, kid, stalwart and steadfast, stands up for you.

What is your favorite thing to collect?
Money and Candy

What would you sell if you created a family business together?
Candy – Me and Grandma


I was looking at my google photos, and it showed me this collage from 4 years ago on this date.

Annie is definitely growing up.  But she will always be our "Annie Pie"