Saturday, March 25, 2017

Laundry Room Remodel

The trickle down effect of the new kitchen, is that we would like to use two of the sets of drawers from the kitchen to raise the counter to a height where I could actually fold close on it.

This means taking off the wallpaper sooner than I had planned. We used a steamer and I took off every square inch of that wallpaper! It was a terrible job!

We are painting the room a very pretty color called chai from Home Depot. We have the left side done, so whenever our contractor is ready they can take out the two small sets of drawers on the right, and raise the counter. Then we'll finish painting the right side!

It was also invigorating to clean under the washer and dryer! It feels good to be dust bunny free!

Alpine North Stake Humanitarian Day

Thursday I went to the Alpine North Stake Center and volunteered for their humongous humanitarian project. I enjoyed stuffing bears with Marilyn and having time to just visit!

The bears were just a fraction of the items them made, including quilts, dolls, pillows and collecting items to set up entire apartments for people. It is an amazing undertaking!

Ed stayed home and supervised the kitchen work. We had the gas put in, as well as the cabinets finished. The backsplash is finally done, as well.

Now just the oven, electrical, pendant lights, chandelier, molding, and finishing the floor,,, Not to mention the return of the cabinet maker as soon as some of the panels come in!

We stopped by after nap time to see Brittany and the girls. They really wanted to go bar stool shopping with us. We didn't find any bar stools, but we found a nice bear at RC Willeys!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Walking in Cow Country

Ed and I took a different turn on Tuesday for our walk, and stopped to look at the cows. The little calf came to say hi to me and lick my hand. But then Mama came over to tell me to get lost. I wasn't going to argue with anyone who had horns like that!

It is fun to see the trees are starting to blossom out! Here's hope that spring is here to stay!

Coda is really happy to be walking regularly again, as are Ed and I. It was a long, cold winter, and we're not just talking about weather!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Therapy--Not for the Faint-Hearted!

Five months since I broke my wrist, and I'm still seeing the therapist once a week. I've regained a lot of wrist movement, but my fingers are still stiff. Steve smashes them down and causes me a lot of pain every week!

The good news is, I can play the banjo again, although it is still hard to do pull-offs or big chords.

Ed went to therapy with me today and Ed and I sang "I've Endured" for the office! We felt like it was a fitting song after all we've been through in the past 6 months!

Here's a video of our singing!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Spring Hike at Little Mill

This afternoon we went up American Fork Canyon with Brittany, John and the girls and hiked at Little Mill. It was a lovely 2 mile round trip, and the weather was great.

Despite a week of 70 degree weather since I was last here, about 25 percent of the path was still covered in packed snow!

Nobody slipped and fell on any babies, though! We had a little picnic dinner by the river when we finished our hike! There's a lot of hiking in the canyon, so it's nice we got an early start on summer to explore some of it!

Nature Center in Alpine

Ed and I went to a meeting this morning to talk about creating a Nature Center for the City of Alpine. We stopped by afterwards to visit the Alpine Arboretum at Peterson Park. It was developed about 10 years ago, and is mostly a park with a number of trees planted in it.

There is a derelict milking shed on the property.

There is also a lovely covered bridge and a short walking path.

Afterwards we came home and communed with nature over lunch. It was a beautiful day, marred only by a visit from a nasty wasp! (The ugly underbelly of nature!)

We've started working on developing a website for the Alpine Nature Center, as there would probably not be a physical presence in town for a long time. We're temporarily hosting it at  Maybe you'd like to visit it and give us suggestions for what you think should be on the site!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Paul Ream Wilderness Park

Yesterday afternoon Ed and I joined Brittany and the girls at Paul Ream Wilderness Park in Provo.

Mabel really loved watching the ducks!

Ed really loved showing Mabel the ducks!

Even the little stream had ducks in it, where you could see them up close and personal!

What Wilderness park would be complete without a playset? We had fun going down the slide with Mabel.

She's a big girl now and likes climbing up the stairs by herself.

It seemed a little dangerous for such a little girl, but we went along with it, as she was so proud of herself!

 Unfortunately, going down the slide wasn't always as smooth as it might have been!

Brittany even rode down the slide with Clementine strapped to her chest!

We plumb wore ourselves out and stopped for dinner at the Black Bear Diner on the way home. It has a nice atmosphere and gigantic portions! Happily, we had enough left for lunch today!

Kitchen Progress

The plumber and the cabinet installer both came yesterday. We now have sinks and faucets in our new kitchen, as well as an ice maker in the fridge!

Still to come: oven, gas for cooktop, crown molding on the right, backsplash...

Will it EVER be done?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Home Teaching on the Veranda

We enjoyed our home teaching visit on our front porch yesterday! The weather might have hit 70 degrees and we're loving it. The weather is great, the company lively, and the view of the valley (not included) fantastic.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Morning Walk

We're trying to get back into the habit of walking everyday, after a long, cold winter. Sorry to hear about the snow back in Maryland yesterday!

We're enjoying weather in the 60's! We like to think smugly that we're done with snow for the season!

It's fun to walk by the stream in the winter when there's water in it. They shut off the water flow for pressurized irrigation in the summer!

Soon all this will be green and beautiful!

A Walk to the Parkers

Ed and I stopped by at the Parkers yesterday to help them update their computer. It was Ed's second Apple tweaking in one week! He might eventually learn more than he wanted to about the Apple operating system!

They offered us a ride home, but we wanted some extra steps, so walked up the hill in the dark! Despite the absence of moonlight, we made it safely up the hill with only a few stops to catch our breath. The problem with living at the top of the mountain is that it's always uphill going home!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Blood Draw and Tacos

Ed and I went up to Huntsman Clinic for a blood test today. My blood counts seem to be stable, so that is good.

We stopped at Taqueria27 for lunch on the way home. Judging from the outside, we thought it would be our new favorite taco dive. But, inside it was fancy-schmancy! The food was fresh and delicious. Maybe our new favorite up-scale taco place!

There are three locations in the Salt Lake City area. We were at the Foothills location. You can stop by on your way home from the zoo sometime!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

A Shower for Clementine

Brittany's friend, Lani (right), gave her a baby shower today, which included several people in their ward. It was fun to celebrate little Clementine's arrival.

Clementine wasn't happy about it! She wasn't pleased with Marti and my attempts to soothe her! Nevertheless, we had fun passing her back and forth between eating, visiting, and opening some cute gifts!

Friday, March 10, 2017


Coda took off after a herd of deer this morning halfway into our daily hike. We were very sad! We called for her and searched for 35 minutes, till we finally gave up!

When she spotted a dozen deer on the top of this ridge she took off like a thunderbolt! No amount of calling could deter her!

We were at the top of Three Mines trail, and had followed it higher than we had ever gone before. We didn't know what Coda would do, as she crossed into the second valley and was beyond the next ridge.

We came down the mountain alone, and just as we were almost home we turned around, and who was bringing up the rear? Coda! It was a miracle!

Ed loves that little dog, and shed a few tears of gratitude to find her safely back with us! She had been MIA for an hour and 15 minutes by the time we were reunited!

We were so happy that we celebrated by going out to a late lunch at Chuck-A-Rama with my mom. We did a little shopping and moved some furniture for her while we were there.

Mom always amazes us about how clever she is. She was telling us how she went to the BYU TV Roku channel to show her home evening group an episode of Relative Race, about people searching out people who share their DNA! It sounded so fun. I want to be a contestant!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Creekside Park with Mabel and Clementine

The weather was so beautiful today that we decided to take the girls to the park with Brittany. Mabel hasn't been in a swing for 6 months, but apparently still loves it!

We had fun trying out all the playground equipment at Creekside Park in Alpine. Being surrounded by snow-capped mountains added to the magic!

Clementine hasn't yet discovered the pleasures of a good binkie, but she can be placated by some vigorous wacking on her back. It's a little exhausting, so Ed and I took turns spelling Brittany!

Mabel had fun climbing up the slide and steering the fake ship.

She mostly went down the slide on her tummy, but we convinced her to try a few slides face up at the very end. It's not as easy as it looks!

I hope we have more weather like this so we can go to the park again soon!

Book Club--The Secret Wife

I went to my first book club this afternoon. It is a group of ladies mostly from Alpine that have been meeting for years. They don't have a name, which I think is sad!

Velyn chose The Secret Wife by Gill Paul. It was a great choice, as it was a historical novel with a very complicated love story. There was lots to discuss afterwards. I enjoyed it very much!

I also enjoyed seeing Maureen's beautiful home with all the fantastic kinetic devices made by her husband.

She prepared some great snacks, and demonstrates here how to eat them! She is so fun to talk to because her English accent is so beautiful!

Snow Walk at Little Mill

I joined the hiking ladies this morning for a beautiful walk in American Fork Canyon. We parked at the Sawmill picnic area and walked in packed snow with our boots and poles up to the Little Mill campgrounds.

It was flat and pleasant, following the American Fork River. The only danger was the packed ice, which caused Kathy to take a tumble. Fortunately, she landed in the dirt, rather than on the asphalt! No harm done!

The weather was sunny and crisp. If we hadn't been in the shade the whole time we would have been hot!

Across from the Timpanogas Cave parking lot we stopped for Janis to show us the "eye of the needle." It is a hole at the top of this mountain! With Julie's binoculars we were able to see it clearly!

Apparently, this is more commonly called the "devil's eye." I found some nice pictures of it at this blog, in case you want to check it out!