Monday, November 19, 2018

Christmas Decorating

We had Clementine and Mabel over this weekend, and we had a lot of fun showing them our Christmas decorations. They were awed by them!

We saved the ornaments for one of the trees so that they could help us put them on! It was fun seeing them look at each ornament and say what it was! Their enthusiasm made decorating more fun than ever!

Ed put together an old Disney train set for them to play with. It would have been even more fun if the battery-operated engine had worked!

We were happy to finish decorating our trees because we're going to Colorado for Thanksgiving, and it's nice not to have to have to decorate when we get home!

Hartman Visit

Carla and Tom, our good friends from Colorado, dropped in to see us on Friday. It had been a long time since we had seen them, but it was just like yesterday. We picked up talking where we left off last time we were together! It's so nice living in Utah, the center of the LDS universe. As long as people have children living here, they will keep coming out, and occasionally fit us in! It was fun catching up on them and hearing how Carla is enjoying retirement. It was also fun sharing our health problems! Especially since we're all feeling good now!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

CT scan

We were up at Huntsman at the crack of dawn this morning to begin prep for my CT scan. We're hoping it shows my spleen is back to its normal size. I had to drink 30 ounces of "Berry Smoothie" flavored Barium for contrast. Each bottle was marked with what time I had to finish each section.

While it wasn't completely horrible, each gulp made me want to retch! Compared to drinking the cocktail, the CT was a cinch! We were back home by 9:30, after which I took a well-deserved nap!

The Scarlet Pimpernel

Monday we finally made it to the new, much bally-hooed Hale Center Theater in Sandy! We went with Barbara and Kent to see the Scarlett Pimpernel, which was a fun and entertaining musical.

The theater was in the round, with seats on all sides We were so impressed with the gorgeous carousel in the center of the stage. But that was the tip of the ice-berg! It rose like the top tier of a wedding cake in the first scene as a bigger and more beautiful layer rose from the floor! The sets were so incredible!Some were lowered from the ceiling, and others rose from the basement.The costuming was equally extravagant. We loved it all! To top it off, the singing, dancing and acting were all unbelievably good!

We went out to dinner afterwards at Pulp Lifestyle Kitchen. Despite being billed as health food, it turned out to be surprisingly delicious! We may have also stopped off for a donut on the way home to counterbalance our dinner!

Seedling Replant Day

Saturday we helped with the replacement of seedlings in Lambert Park. Some of them did fantastic despite the hot, dry summer. We had a lot of help watering them. The sagebrush and alder leaf mountain mahogany both did especially well.

An Eagle scout from Lehi mustered a bunch of his friends to help with the planting, headed up by the Utah Department of Natural Resources. They did the heavy work of digging holes and mulching.

Ed and I got the easy job--marking which plants were dead and needed replacing! Out of the 1100 seedlings planted in April only about 200 had died! That was an almost 80 percent survival rate! Thanks to all you who helped water them this summer!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Book Club and Art Show

The Alpine Book club went to an art show last night. One of our members, Mary Ann Free Smith, had pictures on display, so we had to go see them. She does beautiful flowers! It made me want to commission something for the Alpine Nature Center!

We also went to dinner at La Jolla Groves and reviewed the poetry book Wild Iris by Louise Gluck. I enjoyed the dinner and discussion, although I didn't read the book. I couldn't get myself to spend the $16 on poetry! I try to like it, but I just don't get modern poetry. Deep thoughts and no rhyming words! If you like poetry, however, this seems like a good book!

Road to Ruin

Ed and I walked 3 miles every day this week! We felt great, and the only problem was starting our walk when it was 26 degrees out. It warmed up nicely, however, when the sun broke over the mountain.

Here we are with Coda, contemplating whether or not we should take the Road to Ruin! (We did!)

Other than constantly itching from the Bendamustine treatment 3 weeks ago, I am feeling very energetic. My next infusion is after Thanksgiving. Hopefully, the itching will clear up by then!