Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Laundry Room is Finished!

We finished the remodel of the laundry room today. "We" means mostly Ed! I removed the wallpaper and painted it. Ed took the drawers out and replaced them with higher ones. This also meant taking out the corain countertops and re-installing them..

He had to replace the molding and stain the insides of the drawers to match the wood. He also replaced all the knobs.

Not too mention making nice shelves inside the old ironing board cupboard! We love it!

Here is a BEFORE picture, with the wallpaper.

The counter-top was too low to use for folding clothes. Now I can sort laundry to my heart's content!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Dumb Dog....or Smart Dog!

Guess who saved her own life today! Coda! She chewed through her own leash to get back to us after she ran off after a herd of deer.

Ed (tiny black dot in the middle of this picture) was so worried about her getting caught on her leash that he climbed straight up the side of the mountain to find her. He had heard her yelping. I figured she was still chasing deer!

When she finally freed herself she ran to join Ed and he brought her down the mountain!

Next time Ed sees a deer on our walk he will hold on to the leash tighter before he says, "Look Judy! A deer!"

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Venice in Vegas

We went to the Venetian Hotel yesterday and had lunch at the shops on the Grand Canal. Buddy V's is a taste of New Jersey, as it is owned by the Cake Boss from Hoboken, New Jersey. Tom, Tina and Ed felt right at home!

We considered going for a Gondola ride in the Grand Canal, but at $136 per couple, we decided to save up for when we go to the REAL Venice! It was fun to watch, however, and the entire hotel was incredible!

There is such a maze of shops that we had a hard time tracking down the Honolulu Cookie company, which Tom had told us all about. We were happy we found it, as we stocked up on a few cookies for our ride home last night.

Note to self: Do not weigh in the morning after a weekend in Vegas! Who knew a few hearty meals could do so much damage? Oh, well, we had a great time and enjoyed spending time with Tom and Tina!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Yesterday morning Ed and I explored Red Rock Canyon about 20 miles Northwest of Las Vegas.

We doubled our usual morning hike, by going 6 miles instead of 3. We were happy to find out we had no problem hiking that long. It wasn't until we got out of the car after driving back to town that we realized how stiff we really were!

We  chose the white rock loop and were rewarded with a view of Desert Bighorn Sheep. There is one perched on the white rock dead center in this picture.

He and his friend later sat on the rock to watch us watch them watch us.

We enjoyed the beautiful array of wildflowers in bloom. We only saw one cactus in flower, but it was a good one!

We rewarded ourselves by eating Mexican food at Toros Cantina afterwards.

We spent the afternoon lounging by the pool and waiting for Tom and

Tom and Tina, along with their friend, Hector, arrived in time for dinner at the hotel. We didn't get to eat till about 8, as all those bowlers, prospectors and quarter horse owners were quicker to the table than us! This is one happening hotel!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Las Vegas Weekend

Ed and I did not go to Paris, but Las Vegas felt like a foreign country, as we hadn't been here in 25 years! Boy has it changed!

We're staying at the aptly named South Point Resort. It is so far south of the main hotels on the strip that it is even south of the airport! It is notable for hosting equestrian and bowling events (both of which are going on this weekend)!

We're here to meet Ed's brother, but as we arrived a day earlier than Tom, we decided to take in the Donny and Marie Show at the Flamingo. It did not disappoint! It was fun hearing them sing, but also fun going through the stages of their singing careers with lots of video to accompany the show.

We had a really deep dish pizza at Giordano's in the Grand Bazaar. It was great eating al fresco! It's summer in Vegas!

Coda's Big Adventure

We left Coda with Brittany and John for the weekend. She thought it was fun when we dropped her off, but looked a little concerned as we walked out the door. Mabel was happy to see her.

The cats were not so happy. We're hoping they are able to coexist peacefully while we're gone!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

More Tulips

You don't have to pay $20 at the tulip festival to see great tulips in Utah! Ed and I were able to enjoy these for free in front of the Timpanogas temple this morning!

Ed wondered why it is called the Timpanogas temple rather than American Fork, as most temples are named after their town. Maybe someone out there in cyberspace knows the answer to that question!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter with the Pinyon Rats

The Nuttalls invited us to Easter dinner yesterday. We were happy to see Ellis doing well after his surgery!

After dinner we had fun watching Mabel hunt for Easter eggs. She was amazingly motivated, considering they didn't even introduce her to the joys of eating the candy inside the eggs!

The Pinyon Rats have been practicing again, and we took the opportunity to play a few songs for the Nuttalls. It is always fun playing for an appreciative audience (like family)!

Here is a video of us doing You've got to Walk that Lonesome Valley!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Ghost Falls Trail

We went on a hike with Brittany, John and the girls this morning on the Ghost Falls trail.

We did a three mile loop, which started by the Draper temple, and went up into the hills to the east.
Brittany carried Mabel this time to get in practice for their backpacking trip in August.

There is a real maze of trails back there, but Ed and Brittany kept us on the right track!

The small waterfall was about half way on our loop. It apparently comes out of a nowhere, like a ghost!

The path was nice, because it went in and out of the trees. In the summer they will provide some nice shade, but this morning was cool enough to enjoy the hike just the way it was!

We're finding out that Utah has a LOT of places to hike!

Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point

We went to the Tulip Festival in Lehi yesterday, and it was just as beautiful as advertised! The setting enhanced Mabel and Calvin (her second cousin's) cuteness!

My sister Barbara said, "Did you ever imagine we would be grandmas and be able to take our grandchildren out on a beautiful day like today to enjoy the flowers." We even got mom to go with us. She walked the entire way! Not bad for 88 years old!

Although Barbara and I took posed pictures with the kids, it was Kent and Ed that spent the most time wrangling babies!

Mabel's favorite thing, bar none, was running around in circles on the bricks of the gazebo!

A close second was feeding the fish in the koi pond!

Fun, fresh air and family--a moment to take time to smell the roses (tulips).

Friday, April 14, 2017

Wildflowers in Lambert Park

There are signs of spring in Lambert park. I had fun taking pictures of wildflowers on our walk this morning. I would put their names here, but I don't know them! I have a new app that is supposed to help me identify them! I hope it works!

You wouldn't think much would be growing on this hillside, but there are signs of life everywhere.

Coda was not impressed! She said, "Let's get moving, ma!"

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Alpine Book Club Review Rain Reign

The Alpine Book Club, reviewed a young adult book called Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin today. It is a beautifully told story about an autistic girl (and lover of homonyms) and her dog, Rain. I enjoyed getting to know a new group of ladies who all had thoughtful and interesting comments about the book!

The cupcakes were a real plus, as well! They were artistically made by Cravings Cupcakes in Pleasant Grove!

Thanks to my special friend, Suzanne, for taking these pictures. I not only forgot my camera, but my cell phone, as well!

Hiking with the Ladies

We took a hike this morning along the Spring trail in Lambert Park. I call this picture Spring in the Spring! It was fun to hike after the sun came up to get the pretty flare in the picture.

I learn a lot as I hike with these ladies. I don't like to call them old-timers, because they look young to me, but they have each been in Alpine for decades, and know a lot about the history of the town!

Danish Cousins and Cabella's

We had lunch at my mom's house yesterday and met our Danish cousins, Dorrit and Per. They found mom through family search a few years ago. Dorrit's family had joined the LDS church in the 1950's and found out much later that a great great granduncle had also joined the church and moved to Utah with his family in the 1860's. It turns out we are fourth cousins! It was fun listening to what life is like in Denmark today! That could have been us!

On the way home we met Brittany at Cabella's and watched the kids for her while she shopped for hiking shoes.

If you need to entertain kids while someone is shopping you couldn't find a better place! It's like a wildlife museum in there! It's fun because Mabel knows the names of all the traditional animals. It is a little tricky because they also have more exotic animals like musk oxen and warthogs! How many animal names must a child learn?