Thursday, January 19, 2017

Dobro Lessons

My wrist and fingers are still too stiff for guitar and banjo, so I thought I'd take Dobro lessons instead! I found a teacher in Draper, just 20 minutes from my house.

Fairly Sparks (what a great name for an artist), is a Dobro master and I hope I can share some of that with me over the next few months.

It's nice to be playing something again!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Mini Mission Reunion!

I had some old friends visit yesterday afternoon: Elaine Smith and Kent and Marca Merrell. They all served in the Bolivia La Paz Mission with me in 1976 and 1977. I knew Elaine even longer, as we met as students at BYU while serving in Project Mexico in 1975! It is amazing how 40 years doesn't make any difference, when you are good friends. You can just pick up where you left off! We had some great experiences together!

Kent and Marca even brought us some chicken noodle soup, which Ed and I have had for two meals now. I was glad they didn't find out my cancer was less lethal till they got here. Otherwise I might have been forced to make dinner myself last night!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Matriarchal Line-Up

My brother, Jon, made me a beautiful memory of the women that came before me, up to my great-great grandmother. It has a little blurb about each of them and their lives. I love the idea of looking at family through the matriarchal line. It is also nice to know a little more about those women I never met.

He also accompanied it with some thoughts my daughters wrote about me. That made me cry! It is nice when your children say nice things about you. I'll have to try harder to live up to the good side of Judy!

Goodbye VanValkenburghs!

My sister, Annette, hosted a farewell party for her daughter, Nikki and family last night. They are moving to Scotland to live in this gorgeous house just outside Glasgow (near Paisley)! She and her husband, Dave (right), are taking their three children on an adventure of a lifetime. Andrew (left) is going to have to find all sorts of ways to express his musical talents (singing, playing violin, cello and piano) in a new country!

We at home can keep Nikki in our hearts and minds by re-reading all her books! Hopefully, she'll keep pumping them out during their epic European experience! Check out her author page at Amazon!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Painted Study

We finished painting my study today. It took a good portion of 3 and a half days this week, but it turned out so beautiful! The chair rail and the boxes beneath it made it extra work, but we love the green walls with the crisp white wainscoting look.

Now we're waiting for my new desk to be delivered in 2 weeks.

We thought it would take us longer to renovate the room. It turns out living in chaos is very motivating! I can't wait to get my computer back again!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Second Second Opinion

We went back to Huntsman Cancer Center yesterday to consult with Dr. Halwani again. It is so fancy there that I feel like I am being disloyal to the much older facility at LDS hospital. Dr. Halwani said he would be happy to monitor me with monthly blood tests to make sure that I truly have an indolent form of cancer. In 10 years they will undoubtedly have a completely different way of treating it.

We went out to celebrate at Sizzler, which has every bit as good of a salad bar as the defunct Sweet Tomatoes!

As soon as I get my left hand working again I'll be almost as good as new!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

New Study

Ed and I started remodeling my study this week. We had been planning on remodeling the kitchen, but we couldn't get back in the cabinetmaker's schedule till February. We had put it on hold till my cancer treatment was over.

Ed is doing all the heavy labor. He put in a chair rail and framed boxes below it all around the walls. He got 16,000 steps today just working at home!

Painting is something I could do with one good arm. We're painting the top light green and the bottom will be white.

Even with making a trip to Home Depot for Ed, as well as helping shovel the driveway this morning, I still only got 8,000 steps. It's hard to keep up with Ed!