Sunday, February 25, 2018


I went to a funeral yesterday for Kaycie Jo Ashburn  my second cousin.   She is the daughter of my dad's cousin, Wendy.

She was such a special spirit.  She born prematurely and was a primordial, only growing to 2 feet 10 inches tall.  She passed away at age 30.

She was such a big Harry Potter fan, that her family buried her with a wand in her right hand and a stuffed purple owl.  

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Daisy's Nest

Daisy has taken over a purple flower bush in the backyard, she likes to lay in it like she is a bird in a nest.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Back in June of 2017, I was having chest pain and noticed there was lump in my breast, that felt like a marble.  I had a mammogram and an ultrasound.  I found out I had two masses.  I had my second ultrasound today and there has been no growth, so the doctors believe they are Fibroandenomas, which are benign.  

President Thomas S. Monson passed away on Jan 2nd, at the age of 90.  He was such a great man, known for his charitable acts and missionary work.  He officiated the wedding of my aunt and uncle.  My dad met him, when my dad was serving a two year mission in Germany.  I saw Monson speak at a Branch Conference at the Conference center in SLC.  He's been the only prophet I have seen in person.  I always looked forward to his conference talks.  He was such a kind and generous man.   They called Russell M. Nelson, to be his successor.

I used the Google Arts and Culture app to see my look a like painting and this was my result:

Monday, December 25, 2017


I decorated the house for Christmas right after Thanksgiving Weekend.

I decorated the tree with green lights and woodland creature decorations.  I bought a snowman hat tree topper at Kohl's.

I decorated a Gingerbread house.

I made fudge and Dad made caramels for the neighbor gifts.

We went and saw the Christmas lights at Layton Park.

We went to Trolley Square.

We walked through the Christmas Village in Ogden Park.

On Christmas eve, we had a feast of deviled eggs, lil smokies, chicken tenders, crab legs, chips and clam dip, crackers and cheese ball.  We watched the movie, It's a Wonderful Life.  I made peanut blossoms for dessert.

On Christmas day, we had a feast of ham, funeral potatoes, and cheesecake.  We watched the movie, Pitch Perfect 2.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Ports of Call

Things I Recommend Doing or Seeing in the Ports:

Antigua: Nelson's Dockyard

Aruba: Alto Vista Chapel. Lighthouse, Rock Formations, and the Natural Bridges.

Barbados: Sunbury Plantation, Gun Hill, The Rocks at Bathsheba, and St. John's Church.

Belize: Altun-Ha Mayan Ruins

Calica: Shopping in Cancun.

Cabo San Lucas: Whale Watching during the winter months.

Costa Maya: Shopping

Cozumel: El Cedral, Punta Sur, Shopping, and Tulum.

Curacao: Seaquarium with Dolphin Show.

Grand Cayman: Amphibious Bus, Hell, Stingray City, and Turtle Farm.

Grand Turk: Her Majesty's Prison, Lighthouse

Key West: Duval Street

Martinique: Shopping

Maui: Lahaina, Haleakala Crater

Nassau: Atlantis, Flea Market.

Oahu: Ala Moana Shopping Center, Aloha Tower, Disney’s Aulani Resort, Dole Plantation, Pali Lookout, Paradise Cove Luau, Pearl Harbor, Polynesian Cultural Center, Waikiki Beach.

Ocho Rios: Enchanted Gardens, Dunn's River Falls.

Puerta Vallarta: Shopping.

Progreso: Shopping in Merida.

Roatan: Gumbolinda Park to see Monkeys, Jolly Roger Catamaran, West End

San Juan: Old Town, Walkway of US Presidents, Fort, Rainforest.

St. Kitts: Sugar Train.

St. Lucia: Catamaran to Pitons, Marigot Bay, Roseau Valley Banana Plantation.

St. Maarten: Shopping.

St. Thomas: Coral World, Trunk Bay.

Tortola: Bomba shack, Cane Garden Bay, Capoon's Bay, Carrot Bay, Smuggler's Cove

Saturday, November 25, 2017


My nephew, Coen loves our Thanksgiving porch greeters and call them his babies.

On Thanksgiving, we made cinnamon apples, cheese and walnut jello, Turkey, Italian rice stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, chip dip, rolls, and veggie dip.

On Friday, we went to the City Creek Center:

My Niece and Nephew got to sit on Santa's lap and tell him what they wanted for Christmas.

We ate dinner at a restaurant at Gallivan Center and watched the ice skaters:

It was opening night for The Lights at Temple Square:

My niece, Neve got to go up the temple stairs and knock on the door.

My nephew, Coen and my mom:

Coen took some selfies with my phone:

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Carnival Vista

On Saturday, we flew to Ft. Lauderdale with a layover in Denver.  We stayed at the Comfort Inn and Suites in Ft. Lauderdale.   It was pouring rain from Tropical Storm Phillippe.  We went and ate at Miami Subs.

On Sunday, we boarded the Carnival Vista in Miami.  Our Cruise Director was Steven Schwartz.  Our cabin is on deck 8.  We went to High Seas Karaoke, Gender Showdown, and the Welcome Aboard show.  We listened to the band play Golden Oldies.

I made this decoration for our cabin door, out of jewelry organizer.

On Monday, we had a day at sea.  We went and watched the disco dance class and the shopping talk.  I played Friends Trivia.  We ate lunch at Guy's BBQ and Seafood Shack.   It was a our first formal night. The waiters danced to Celebration from Kool and the Gang.  The show was Studio VIP, which featured Disco music.  We listened to the band play Motown songs.

On Tuesday, we docked in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.  We went shopping.  It was also Halloween.  My Costume was Hermione from Harry Potter.  We went and saw the comedian, Scotty K.  We listened to the band play Acoustic Jams.  The show was Love and Marriage and there was a surprise engagement.

On Wednesday, we sailed to Grand Cayman.  We took the Amphibious Bus tour, which a bus that goes on land and sea.  We got to feed the fish and had a nice stop at Seven Mile Beach.   It was our second formal night.  We listened to the string quartet in the atrium.  The waiters danced to I Gotta Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas.  The show was Flick, which was movie songs with magical special effects.  Dad and I went and watched the movie, Arrival, on the big screen.

On Thursday, we docked in Cozumel. We went shopping.  The show was America Rocks!  Dad and I learned the Thriller dance.  We got free neon bracelets as our prizes.  The Deck party was 80's Rock and Glow.

On Friday, we had a day at sea.  We ate breakfast in the dining room.  We went to the Q & Awesome with the cruise director.  We went to the shops one last time.  We watched the Hairy Chest competition.  We went to the VIFP party.  We went and saw the comedian, Scotty K again.  At dinner, our waiters surprised me with a birthday cake and sang to me.  The show was Lip Sync Battle.  We went and watched 80's Trivia with Schwartz.

On Saturday, we disembarked the ship in Miami.  We stayed at the Doral Inn and Suites in Doral, close to Miami Airport.  We went to the Sawgrass Mills Mall.  We ate dinner at Chevy's Fresh Mex.  We drove to South Beach and saw the Vista was still in port at 9 pm.

On Sunday,  We drove down to Key Largo and went to Shell World.  We ate dinner at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza.  We drove past Carnival Headquarters.

On Monday,  it was my birthday.  It was also the 25th  anniversary of my Grandpa Blaine's death.  We stayed at the Super 8 in Dania.  We went to Miami International Mall and drove past South Beach.  The Carnival Victory and Sensation were in port.  We ate dinner at Kelly's Landing in Ft. Lauderdale.

 On Tuesday, we flew home with a layover in Denver.