Happy New Year * Getting Better * Time Heals

Happy New Year, Getting Better, Time Heals and really good medication does not hurt either. My Mom and I went on a nice walk in her complex again. This time we were able to walk down to the complex office. It has been very warm in Salt Lake City, almost 60 degrees! And now tonight it will be 25 degrees. Not a big deal for most winter time folks, but I am from warm California. I was going through my Mom and Dad’s photo albums and found this vintage family photo taken in April 1970! Snowmen in April!

Here are photos from our walk.

Convalescing

It has been so warm. I am not as cold – as when it was 21 degrees outside. Now it is a warm 45 degrees for the 3rd day.

Mom is doing so good. The siblings and I are just thrilled. About every other night she sleeps all night.

 

 

I Heart Utah

It is so good to be back in Utah. It was very cold. 20 something degrees in the morning. I am not used to it at all. Oh I packed for it, hat, gloves, scarf! But just the cold coming in from my Mom’s little apartment windows – bbbrrrr.

Mom is convalescing well. She is on a “soft food diet”  I had to do an internet search to find out what I can make her. It is also recommend for her type of surgery – bowel resection, to eat very small meals, every 2-3 hours and no fiber until the doctor say ok. Anyhow what I found for eating was:

Jello

Jello pudding

scrambled eggs

soggy cereal (she had rice crispys in the hospital)

pasta

sauces and gravy and soups

pancakes (soggy)

Ice cream and sherbets

cottage cheese

foods that have been ran through the blender

Tonight she had bread soaked in milk. It does not sound good to me, but she really liked it. She also had a tiny bit of a Subway sandwich on very soft Italian bread with tuna fish. Nothing else added. She really liked it.

We took a short walk in her beautiful apartment complex. We did not want to over do it.

 

Please Put Away Your Portable Devices and Fasten Seatbelt

I heard that twice. I had a layover in Phoenix. Both times, their were people who did not fasten the seat belt. After a 2 warnings, they started naming row and seat. Each time the person thought they had bucked in – so they ignored the speaker. Other then that  theses were uneventful and awesome flights AND I did not get airsick like I normally do. I had my camera in hand and my lap top in my purse (I brought my BIG purse), so I watched Fast 5. That movie kept me occupied. I could have done with out the language, but over all it was a good movie. Not for children.

These are a few photos from Sacramento.

 

 

 

 

 

These are a few photos from Phoenix

 

 

 

 

 

These are a few photos from coming to Salt Lake.

Christmas Eve and off to Utah

We had a special time – Christmas Eve, savory every moment together. I left early Christmas morning. I called home several times from the airport. Every one is glad that my Mom, their Grandma, was getting out of the hospital!

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Christmas is almost here.

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The food is ready.

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Grab your plates.

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After dinner I read the pages of What God

Wants for Christmas and we passed around

the box.

After a fun dinner time we went to the living room to

open gifts.

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We had a very special Christmas Eve. When

I get back to California I am going to ask the

kids and husband if we can do this again next year,

dinner and open gifts on Christmas Eve.

I had already printed my boarding pass and had

my bag packed for several days, not knowing when

I would need to go. We all stayed up a little t0o late,

but I fell right to sleep. Good thing I set the alarm.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.  This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.  So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,  to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.  So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.  And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:1-7

2 Funerals A Wedding and 2 Surgeries

My Mom, Georgia, had emergency surgery on Monday. Please keep her in your prayers. I will fly to Utah right after Christmas to take care of her. It will be my 5th trip to Utah in recent years and only 1 – my sister’s wedding was a happy event. Each time I have gone I have taken many photos. Some were very bad photos because I had no idea what I was doing with a camera. I cherish those photos, blurry and grainy as they maybe. They tell a story in their own way. Some of those photos were taken when I was having a lot of grief. I am glad I took them and I do not feel that heart wrenching grief when I look at them. I am so glad.

My beloved Dad’s memorial at Murray Park  2004                                   My sister and kids with balloons for Papa.

My little sister gets married 2005.

The Anderson House in Salt Lake City.

After the wedding and the couple were off to the honeymoon, my little daughter flower girl and I went to an exhibit downtown at Museum of Church History and Art. When I was growing I think the building was called something else.

While at the History and Art building they had on display a lot of pioneer items. It occurred to me that some of those objects could very well have belonged to someone in my family. Taking the religion aspect out of all it, my family were the pioneers that eventually came to Idaho, Arizona and Utah. They were strong, self-sacrificing people that I am very proud of.

Kennecott Copper Mine                                                                                          Eagle Gate

My Mountains in the winter                                                                            My mountains in the summer

The oddest thing happened this Christmas. When I was a child, maybe once or twice, we went to the temple at Christmas time to look at the lights. I longed this year to see the lights. I wished my children could see them too. Now there is a Christmas display!

The Southland Corp. fed and clothed me as a child. I will always have a soft spot  for 7-11.

Sadly, my beloved Grandma passed away in 2008.

The doll, clock and lamp were my Grandma’s. The baby shoes are my Mom’s. The little flannel shirt was my uncle’s. The teapot lamp is in my bedroom now.

In 2009 my Mom has emergency hernia surgery. I flew out to take care of her and praise the Lord, she healed well and went right back to work.

 

 

 

 

I am phobic about flying. I get airsick and even have thrown up on a flight :- {  When I was younger, I rode the Greyhound Bus and the Amtrack Train to avoid flying. I was somewhat comforted when I read Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic also has a big problem with flying. I adore Southwest and have never thrown up on their planes :- } I have found it helps when I change planes, have a slight layover and can grab a bite to eat. Las Vegas is my favorite stop. And now that I am a Brandon Flowers fan, I wonder if he is ever at that airport and look for him!

Burbank Airport                                                                                                   Las Vegas Airport giftshop

Photos from sitting on the plane, trying not to be sick.

I am looking forward to going to Utah next week. How I wish it was for a family reunion or some other happy event.

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