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New Year-New Resolutions and a Quiet Book

This past year has brought many struggles and triumphs as we have dealt with Dave’s diagnosis and treatments.  We have grown more this past year than any other time in our lives.  I am so grateful to a wonderful husband that I have learned so much from.

As this new year starts, one of the things that I have decided to be better at is this blog.  Not that anyone really cares about it , but that it is therapy for me.  A place I can share my thoughts and also some of the successes in my life.  I need to do that at this time as I feel so dependent on outside factors.  It  is really hard to not live from one MRI to another.  This outlet helps me so much and I need to carry on with it.

As some of you know I have the most beautiful, intelligent, funny , sweet grandbaby in the world.  A sweet little spirit straight from God that has pulled us through some very dark times.  I always know when Dave needs an EM fix and she can sure cheer him up!!  She has him wrapped around her little finger and I am sure there will be nothing that she wants that he will not move mountains to give her.

I have spent the last six months working on a quiet book for her.  I really should have thought this one through.  I can’t say how many hours I have spent on this or what it finally cost me.  Also it really set a precedent and I know I will be making more of these in the future.

I think it turned out pretty cute and she loves it.    Just a little slide show to show off the pages .

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Posted by on January 23, 2017 in DIY, My Favorite Things, Uncategorized


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My Smokeless Griller


Dave knows the way to my heart.  It is not with candy or flowers or even jewelry.  It is cold hard cash!!  For Valentines he gave me some money to go and buy what I wanted.  I love that.  It may seem kind of unromantic but believe me the porky pig pajamas he chose one year were “unromantic”.   I love to have some cash in my pocket and not feel as if I need to worry about how I spend it.  I went straight to Williams and Sonoma and bought something that I really didn’t need but wanted.  Those are the best things.  I bought a smokeless table top indoor grill.  I know why not just go out and light up the gas grill.  Well because I don’t have to now, I can us my indoor grill.  It is really good for small quick grilling jobs as it heats up quick, and cleans up even quicker.

For Sunday dinner, I made my marinated flank steak and just used some of the leftover marinade and tossed some sliced zucchini and thickly sliced onions in it.  While the meat was cooking on the outdoor grill, I made the veggies on the indoor grill.  They were so good.  I think if I didn’t have he marinade made, I would just use some olive oil, garlic and salt and pepper.  Can’t wait to try other types of veggies–mushrooms, peppers, cauliflower, tomatoes, potatoes and the list goes on and on.

grilled-zucchinigrilled onions

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Posted by on March 6, 2016 in My Favorite Things, Recipes


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The Tradition Continues



We recently celebrated my father in laws birthday.  When he was alive there were not many things that made him as happy as a couple of Arby’s sandwiches and a large Dr. Pepper.  He was quoted as saying “The epitome of good feelings going down into my stomach.

I am so grateful for that man and the impact he has had on my life.  The biggest impact of course was raising a fine son that is a great husband and father.  I have been truly blessed by him every day.  The other was the experience that I had to know and be loved by him.  He did not say much but I knew how he felt. I have so many memories of our time at the ranch and they will forever be my choicest.

Probably the most important has been his impact on my children.  We tease Dave and Jace often about how they act and sound just like him as if that is bad.  In fact I am quite thrilled.  I cannot remember ever talking to someone and mentioning that Leonard was my father in law, that there were not words of praise.  An honest, loyal, hardworking man were often mentioned.  I find that same description  of Dave and the kids.

Each year on Leonard’s birthday, we all celebrate, wherever we are, by getting Arbys.  I remember the first birthday after he passed away, Texie made reservations at the Arbys in Kaysville.  I am sure that was a first for them.  When we got there, she said, “We have reservations, what should we do?”  The little gal behind the counter said ” Get in line and order”

This was EM’s first year celebrating the tradition.  I am sure they had a few very interesting talks before she came to earth.  She seems to be remembering them right now!!!






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What Were We Thinking ?

walt and charlie

One of my most recent posts documented the purchase of our newest family member.  The fact that there have been very few posts since, may have something to do with that purchase.  You can look back and see what a very cute and cuddly puppy he was.  Well fast forward that several months and you have 40 extra pounds and a somewhat destroyed house.  We have always been dog lovers and dog owners and this has been an entirely new experience for us.  I guess it is always a good idea to research a dog breed before you purchase.  If any of you have seen the movie “Marley and Me”, well Walt puts old Marley to shame.

The other day I was looking at articles about Weimaraners and read the following:

Weimaraners are devoted and loving members of the family. But they are not the type of dog to follow rote commands or have predictable habits. Though smart, Weims can be selective about when and how they use their intelligence. For example, they may yawn while being taught how to “stay” or “roll over,” but the moment you turn your back, they’ve figured out how to turn a doorknob and sneak outside. 

Weimaraners have the tendency to rule the household if they are not trained properly. A strong-willed owner—with the time and ability to train, socialize and play—is almost essential. As with most dogs, neglect or poor treatment of a Weim can lead to destructive behavior that could include property damage, excessive barking and soiled carpets.

Very gentle and kind, Weimaraners can inadvertently knock things (and people) over. For this reason, they are probably not the best apartment dwellers. Make sure they get plenty of exercise and (if possible) a yard to play in.

On the subject of yards, Weims are very good at escaping them. Known to unlatch gates and jump fences, they can also dig like groundhogs.

Maybe I should have read this earlier, but then maybe I would have missed out on one of the most loving dogs I have ever known.  He may cause a lot of property damage but he has stole my heart.

walt and santa doll

Don’t worry mom, I will protect you from this scary man in the white beard.  I know he got away the first 10 times I tried to get him, but he isn’t getting away this time.  I am just waiting for you to leave the room.  This won’t be pretty!!

walt and christmas tree skirt

So what you are saying is that I cannot wear this pretty gold Christmas Tree Skirt.  Why didn’t you just come out and say that the first 20 times I took it off the tree!! Oh and about all those ornaments–they just were so fun to watch roll down the stairs and break!









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Meet Walt

When Layne died, I told myself that I was not going to get another dog and go through this again ever!! The days that followed were terrible.  I cried at every reminder of that silly dog.  Even the littlest things would bring back a rush of memories and I would sob for hours.  I felt as if there was a big hole left where he had been.  As the days passed, I came to realize that with that deep loss, came a deep love that has brought us much joy and companionship over the years.  I would not trade that for anything.  I also realized that we were meant to have dogs in our lives and we had alot of love to go around.  I also noticed a sadness with Charlie.  He just didn’t seem to know what to do without his Layne.  That started the “browsing” on rescue sites and also trying to track down the breeder where Jace had gotten Layne from.  After some wise advise from Jace when he told me that he felt that we could not replace or replicate Layne with another German Shorthair, I just happened on a site for Weimeraner pups.  I had always thought these were so beautiful and had heard that they were somewhat similar to Shorthairs in personality.  So I talked Dave into just driving out with me to “look”.  This is when I knew how much Dave loved me.  He wasn’t ready for another dog and reminded of all that we would be taking on by starting over.  He told me all the logical things, but he went anyway to make me happy.

We drove out to West Ogden and the minute that we walked into the room with the puppies, I knew I was in trouble.  I think Dave did to because when I asked what he thought, He said “I will go get my checkbook”.  That was several weeks ago and yes all the things that Dave reminded me of were true.  I do remember one sleepless night thinking he was right and this was a big mistake.  But that was only one night.  Since then I have never doubted our decision.  Walt is a mini Layne and has brought us such joy in his short time with us.

Without further ado, Please meet Walt………DSC_0692

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Posted by on July 20, 2015 in My Favorite Things


And the Felt Food Fetish Continues

I am obsessed with my felt food.  I am not sure why I find this so addicting.  At the end of the day, after worrying about research trials, unhappy staff, mistakes and the constant pressure to be #1 in the country, I need something that takes my mind far away.  This does it for me .  I have added a few new items to my felt food collection and also a play grill for my felt cookout food.  I found this on pinterest and have added the link here:


It is so easy and pretty inexpensive.  I think I spent about $20 for all of the supplies.  These are just plastic bowls that I found at Bowmans grocery store in Kaysville, but I have seen them everywhere.  I think mine was $2.  I decided to spray paint mine the metallic silver  I used a hammered silver spray paint and it looks very authentic.  I also added some charcoals at the bottom.  I just used some spare floral foam that I had.  I carved them to look like charcoals and then spray painted them black and then added some silver to look as if they were burning.  I don’t think I would spray paint the bowls if I made this again, as the paint scratches off easily when applied to the plastic.  The bright colors would be fun for kids.   I also used a foil pie plate for my drip pan and I don’t like the look of that.  I am going to replace it with a small metal one to look a little more real.

I think it turned out so cute and will be perfect for the grandsons to come!!!

This is my latest Felt Food Dinner. I love this one.  I am not sure that kids will even know what all of this is, but I think it is awesome!!!!


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Posted by on July 16, 2015 in DIY, My Favorite Things


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The Best Day for the Best Dog


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There are people that come into you life and make such an impact that you will never be the same.  I have had a few people in my life like that, but to be honest, I cannot think of anyone that has made an impact on me like Layne.  Now for those of you that know me, you know Layne.  He came into my life when my crazy son purchased him his freshman year at college.  He did that without asking his landlord or all of his roommates.  He became a constant companion of Jace that first year of college and could be seen sitting in the front seat of his truck wherever he went.  There was something very unique about Layne from the start and he wasn’t like other dogs.  We joked a lot that he never knew he was a dog and politely tolerated the other members of the canine species.  He was much more comfortable around humans and felt that was where he belonged..  He did not know what it was like to sleep on the floor, much less outside.  He preferred a bed and his favorite spot on the couch.  He was known to whine at the feet of visitors that had mistakenly sat in his spot. When Jace left on his mission, I know that leaving Layne was the hardest thing he had to do.  It would have been much easier to leave a steady girl.  I was given the job of taking care of Layne while he was gone.  I think those first few weeks that I missed Jace so much, I filled the empty space with Layne.  I think it was at that time we developed the bond that would grow and last for years.  We both missed Jace so much and having him close by me helped in a way that I cannot explain. The plan was that Jace would take him back when he returned, but by then the bond was not to broken.  He was mine. I cannot express in words the joy that dog brought me and the rest of the family during the ten years we were privileged to be his family.   Many times I would express what I would do if I ever lost him, but nothing prepared me for that day. I have often wondered why Layne meant so to me and I think I understand.  Layne loved me with all is heart.  Many dogs love and give love vey easily.  For Layne, his love and loyalty was given to a select few and those that had it, had it unconditionally.  Layne for some reason, chose me to love the deepest and I feel so honored to have had that.  When I was around, he could not be budged away from my side, even for his favorite treat cupboard.  He felt my happiness and my sorrow and had a way of easing the latter.  Every day, I looked forward to pulling in the garage, yelling out where is my boy, and listening for his impatient whine and scratch on the door.  He always brought me a gift to the door, whether it was a pillow, a sock, or anything he could find.  The joy was so evident in his eyes and I so looked forward to those moments. I can’t tell you how many nights Dave and I slept cramped to one side of the bed so Layne could sprawl out between us.  And for some reason, most nights it really didn’t matter. Several weeks ago, Layne started having some labored breathing.  It would come and go and I tried to convince myself it was nothing, but down deep I knew there was something wrong.  Within a week, the breathing became worse and he started losing weight.  Knowing that I was in for some bad news, I took him to the vet and my worst fears came true.  His lungs were full of cancer and they told us the best thing to do was to put him down.  As we left the vet’s office, I cannot express the sorrow that I felt. Jordan and I took him home and then proceeded to give him  his perfect day.  First I fixed him scrambled eggs and ham.  Then we bundled him up and put him in the car.  Jordan sat in the back seat and held him up as it was getting so hard to breath. We stopped for McDonalds and then ice cream and then headed to Antelope Island.  We just drove and drove with his head out the window watching the things that he loved so much.  Jordan and I just drove and cried.. When we got home, he was getting so much worse that I called Dave and had him come right home.  It was then that we went out in the backyard and said our goodbyes.  Dave had the difficult task of giving the medication, but it was done in such a loving special way, that no one else could have done the same for him at the end. This was probably the hardest thing I have ever done but I would not change anything.  You cannot hurt so bad unless you love so much.  I feel sorry for those that have not experienced this kind of unconditional love Layne taught me so many things and I am better because of him

  • He taught me to love with all my heart
  • He taught me to be loyal
  • He taught me that you don’t have to be perfect to be loved
  • He taught me the joy of simple things
  • He taught me not to hold a grudge
  • He taught me to always greet others with enthusiasm
  • He taught me the importance of giving gifts to others
  • He taught me that you should always eat treats
  • and so much more……..

Layne I miss you every day but I know that it would not be Heaven if you were not there waiting for me with a pillow. Video of Layne’s last ride!!!!!!

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Posted by on July 2, 2015 in My Favorite Things



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