Crinkled Oranges

Saturday, November 28, 2015


The Candy Shoppe.  Still a wirk in progress.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

An easy

and enjoyable Thanksgiving with wonderful people.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The funeral,

and everything surrounding it, was beautiful.   So many friends had worked together to make it meaningful.  At the funeral itself, the grandma, Mom, Dad, and five year old brother all spoke.  The overall message was they they felt honored to have been able to have had her in their lives and had learned so much from her.   They looked at the-glass-half-full instead of half-empty, and that knew they would see her again in her perfect form.  

In addition to the funeral, they planned a "Birthday Celebration" for right after the funeral.  As a friend asked me at the funeral, "Who would have thought that Natalie's wedding decorations could be recycled to decorate at a funeral?"   I didn't do the decorating, but some women in the ward came and got a bunch of the decorations and made it truly beautiful.

 One of her friends had taken pictures of the family both before and after her death.


Ladies preparing the sack lunches and refreshments for the celebration.




Monday, November 23, 2015

If you want to

put life in perspective, attend a baby's funeral and spend the afternoon in the emergency room.  

Through a series of communications, that came through the neighborhood grapevine (an-out-of state daughter calling to see if someone could check on her Mom),  Megan (another neighbor) and I ended up taking her Mom to ER.  It was fortunate that the grapevine was in place, as she ended up being hospitalized for number of issues that were working together to make her very sick.   By the time she was admitted and had an IV, she was doing much better and they were doing more tests.

While in the ER we saw some very ill and hurting people.  Some were alone and visibly frightened, some were with family who were trying to comfort them, some were brought in by policemen, and one man had come in because he was suicidal. 

I think that through hardships there is also the great blessing of empathy and increased humanity.  We had just left the funeral of baby Annalee, and were already feeling the tugs to our heartstrings.  

I'll post about that tomorrow, as it was truly inspiring and beautiful.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Gary feels vindicated.

As we were talking with the Arizona girls about food, it came up that they loved "Milk Toast."   They prepare and eat it exactly like Gary does;  homemade bread, sliced thick, toasted, buttered, drowned in hot milk, and then seasoned with salt and pepper.

Gary has tried to convert our girls and grandchildren to this delicacy, even to the point of offering 20 dollars for them to try it.  No luck.

I made bread the next morning so they could have it for breakfast. 

Gary feels validated and vindicated now.  He is thrilled to know that the Ashton tradition is being carried on, at least in his sister (Margie's) branch of the family. 


Saturday, November 21, 2015

8 dozen

Breadsticks, 12 dozen cookies, 7 dozen cupcakes, and 3 Hallmark movies later, I'm through baking for awhile.  

Friday, November 20, 2015

Not looking

Good for Timpview tonight.    3 minutes left with East ahead 49 to 14.  But the view is still beautiful.