Tuesday, March 31, 2009

It's Just the Little Things .... prompted by my Chelsie-girl!

Calm tea with Stevia extract; long "Shade" brand t-shirts; Hawaiian flip flops; Patricia Wexler (she needs to hire us for marketing purposes); wearing an apron when I cook; snorkeling with giant turtles in Hawaii; re-reading notes from my children when they were small; long walks and talks with Randy; violin music; the smell of bread baking; catching a whiff of coffee beans at the grocery store; any kind of surprise; eating with my fingers and getting really messy so I can lick 'em clean; long hot bubble baths by candlelight; Brody's gibberish*; waffles with peanut butter and maple syrup; making a hole in the center of a stack of pancakes and filling it with syrup; my big red velour VS robe; tea parties at the Beehive Tea Room with my girls; flying kites; music by Kenneth Cope; sneaking bites of ice cream from the freezer with a fork; Chelsie's "special" dance; watching birds at the feeder in our backyard; playing board games even when I never win; having everyone over for Sunday dinner; Chinese New Year in San Francisco; the sound of a waterfall or fountain; a massage by Tiffany Anderson; movies that make me laugh or cry (a movie that does both gets an A+); a cup of hot cocoa with whipped cream; tapping Randy on the shoulder when I want him to slow dance with me to a mushy old love song; salsa from Patricia's in Ogden; eating breakfast outside; getting flowers; tinted mint-flavored lip gloss; old photos; theater popcorn; foot rubs; peanut M&M's; my home-made granola and muffins; falling asleep watching TV; big long tight hugs and a kiss on the cheek; hearing my mother laugh; my girlfriends from 7th grade; getting a good pedicure; black tights in the winter; tonic water with 2 limes no ice
******************************************************************* * Wikipedia defines "gibberish" as: a generic term in English for talking that sounds like speech, but has no actual meaning. The common theme in gibberish statements is a lack of literal sense, which can also be described as a presence of nonsense.

Monday, March 30, 2009

What Does It Mean?

1999 - on the red convertible Mazda Miata I bought on impulse. The frame around the licence plate said, "I'm not a brat. I'm not. I'm not. I'm not." OK, it was a phase I was going through, but I outgrew it (and the car)!
2006 - on the Nissan Xterra that I bought right after we moved to California. Just in case anyone didn't know that I was a transplant from Utah.
2009 - on that same Xterra that I'm still driving since we moved back to Utah (and for the record, the best vehicle I have ever owned -- EVER!!). Just in case anyone doubts where my heart is, I will NEVER move from this state again. I love it here and I'm stayin' for good!
I think it's safe to say that this will probably be the last personalized license plate I will own. Unless I happen to find myself going through another phase sometime ..... then I'm sure I'll come up with something clever like I M B 4 U or 4DA GMA or WHO NOSE. No, I think I'll just stick with UT2STAY -- I hope you know what that means!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

What a Difference a Day Makes .....

..... or in this case, just a few hours!
Taken at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 29, 2009
Taken at 3:00 p.m. the same day!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Hello Spring-time!

This is the same spot where June-Bug faded from existence (see earlier post entitled "Meet June-Bug"). Although I mourn his premature departure, I rejoice in his replacement -- budding daffodils -- a sure sign of Spring! Isn't life extremely fair from time to time? We moved into this house in the middle of winter. As the snow melts everyday, we find new gifts left by Mother Earth. Proof that things do change. Drab replaced by color. The gift of HOPE! Rebirth of all beautiful things ..... flower blossoms, budding trees, and baby lambs in open spaces as I drive around this lovely town we now call "home" .....

Monday, March 23, 2009

My Little Betty Crocker Daughter!

Her name is really "Tiffanie" .... not Betty! Our ward Relief Society is having a huge birthday dinner tomorrow night and I signed up to bring a cake for dessert. Since Tiffanie is the baker in the family, I asked her if she'd decorate a cake for me and, being the sweet and kind daughter that she is, she whipped one together tonight! It's a four-layer chocolate cake with pink frosting between each layer, covered in chocolate frosting with pink polka-dots. A designer cake if I ever saw one! Now I ask you (dear readers of my blog), who's cuter, the cake or the girl? Are you kidding? Hands down, the girl -- inside and out! But we're gonna eat that cute cake tomorrow night, for sure!

P.S. Notice the apron? The girl just has class. And I really like her a lot. The end.

Oh Deer!

I woke up this morning and found two deer grazing in my backyard. I watch the "Today Show" each morning and heard that Matt Lauer was recovering from a bicycle accident he had over the weekend. Seems he had a run-in with a deer! Sounds like to avoid hitting the creature, over the handlebars he went! Coincidence? Well, I haven't seen a deer in my backyard before! Hope Matt recovers soon ..... the show isn't the same without him!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

A Really, Really Good Mom ..... Really!

Just a short little post tonight ..... cuz I'm just thinking about a really, really good mommy. She's totally and 100% devoted to her little baby boy. She works really hard to provide a safe and happy environment for him. She prepares really healthy meals for him and makes sure he eats, even when he doesn't really feel like it. She goes without some things in order to get him other things. She plays with him and sings really silly songs to him. She reads parenting magazines and tries new recipes that she thinks he'll really like. She lets him be a little boy and really encourages his creativity. She seems to glow just watching him discover new things. She double-checks his car seat and makes sure he's always buckled up and happy. She doesn't leave him very often, but when she does, it's usually with ME! She walks the floor with him at night when he's sick and gets medicine down him like magic. She takes lots of pictures of him and shares them with those who really care. She plans for (and worries about) his future. She brags about the cute things he does and shows a lot of patience when he tests her! She smiles a smile only a really, really good mother wears. She loves him like crazy. Yep, she's a really, really good mom. Really! You've probably already guessed it ..... I'm talkin' about my Courtnie. I admire and respect her for how she's raising her little Brody. Really. How I love her (and her little munchkin) ..... ..... really!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy Birthday Stephen!

Ashlie and Stephen arrived late Friday night to celebrate Stephen's birthday. Of all the places they could have chosen to go, they came to visit us! Portland is a 12-hour drive so they were all pretty tired when they arrived. Destiny (5) and Lyric (4) are such good travelers, and with lots of help from Stephen's mother, Sylvia, the trip was perfect! Sylvia is one of the greatest people I know and we are blessed to be friends. We're so happy she was able to come with them. The kids call her "NayNay" and I am their "Mawna." They call Randy "Peepa" and together we are one pretty happy bunch!
Destiny and Lyric made us two beautiful ceramic plates which have taken their place on the kitchen wall. I know that every grandmother thinks her grandchildren are the brightest and cutest and smartest and most delightful. But since this is MY blog, I will just say that they are simply two of the most precious little people in the world and I adore them with my whole heart!
Five of the Booker kids were able to get together at Chelsie's for a party Saturday night. I hear they had a marvelous time singing and laughing and talking about old and new times. They really enjoy being together and that warms my heart! The grandparents tended Kaiya (Dustin's) and Brody (Courtnie's) for the evening. The four cousins had a blast together and the grandparents were just plain worn out! I wouldn't have it any other way though. We laughed and sang and played games. This is exactly why I wanted to move back to Utah! It's so great to be around family again. I'm so happy and so grateful. My heart is overflowing! P.S. I got a phone call from Destiny today. She was crying, "I miss you Mawna." I told her I'd send her a calendar so she could mark off the days until we're together again. That dried her tears a little.

Thursday, March 12, 2009


"So far away, doesn't anybody stay in one place anymore?" ..... words from a song by Carol King back in the 70's. Well Carol, I'm here to address that question. And the answer is (in our case) YES, YES, YES!!!
Beth and Sally and I have been friends for 30 years and we make it a point to stay in one place at least once a month! Yessirree, the three of us have been having dinner together once a month for 100 years (or maybe just 20) -- minus the last few years while I lived in California. But even then, whenever I'd fly into Salt Lake we would get together if at all possible. We are kindred spirits. The best of friends. Buddies. The keepers of sacred confidences. We love each other no matter what. We support each other through good times and bad. We laugh together. We cry together. We respectfully disagree about some things and amaze ourselves at how often we agree on most everything else. We celebrate our successes and we console one another when there is heartache. We have watched our children grow and now we share pictures of our grandchildren. We share stories of up's and down's and yes, we have been known to talk behind our husbands' backs! We compliment each other on new hair-do's, fashionable clothes, and awesome jewelry. We hug each other every chance we get. And we can plant a kiss on the cheek like no other! Every woman on earth should have a friend like Beth and Sally. Try to imagine these words that I'm forming at this moment with my very own mouth ..... "I love my girlfriends, and I'd be lost without them!"
The end. No, I take that back. There is no end, this friendship has no end. It is, in our vocabulary, very eternal!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Now You See Him -- Now You Don't!!

Remember the scene in "Wizard of Oz" when Dorothy throws water on the wicked witch who's on fire and the witch squeals, "I'm M-E-L-T-I-N-G ...." in that annoying little voice of hers. That's what came to my beadie little brain when I realized that my June-Bug was almost gone! The past two weeks have been very warm and my solid ice of a snowman did not hang around until June at all. See that little white spot right there on the ground next to the rock?? That's all that's left of him!