New Task

I have a new task, creating tips and tricks for my 97-year-old mother so she can use her electronic devices.

This one is for using her iPhone.  She has hearing aids that link into the phone, sometimes it doesn't work and she gets confused.  These are instructions to put the phone on speaker so she can hear.  Feel free to use it.

189th Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

What do you do to make General Conference exciting in your home?  Here are a few ideas I and others have used to become and remain engaged in the process.
Make the weekend fun, plan a full two days of favorite foods and activities around conference time. Involve every family member in planning the weekend with crafts, food, activities, and journalsHave a project you work on only during conference. We worked on a conference quilt embroidering designs on blocks to include in the quiltHave everyone select a word ("the" is not allowed) and every time the person hears her or his word they get a small treatPlay conference bingoKeep a conference journal like this one or this oneListen and write down any blessings you hear in conference talksMake a general conference wall here is one way to do it for small childrenPlay Fantasy General ConferenceHave dinner with an apostleFor small children make General Conference Stations in the TV RoomDownload the Conference Family Packet October 20…

On Managing My Time

It seems a simple thing to write down a schedule and stick to it.  I made a nice little schedule to be sure I got everything done for BYU-Idaho.  See it really is a nice little schedule
What this nice little schedule doesn't account for is my 97-year-old mother.  She is self-sufficient, but not completely.  Between 7 and 8 a.m. I helped her three times, each time interrupting my thought process and requiring a reset.  They weren't big things, finding a cap to her pills that she dropped, reminding her how to use her new hair product, and then later taking the spray bottle for the new hair product and pumping all the air out until it actually would spray.

Something else this nice little schedule doesn't account for is my sweet Tarzan who called me during my 8:00 hour to discuss finances.  This caused an interruption of thought and required a reset as well.

And then there are the dogs.  They had cornered some little creature and were actively trying to "get" it from un…

Lucky Me

Lucky, lucky, lucky me
I'm a lucky son of a gun
I work eight hours, I sleep eight hours and save eight hours for fun ♪♫♫♪

Do you ever think about how lucky you are?  Getting away from thinking about your problems can make problems more bearable.  Try counting your blessings--you may have some of these and they are not in order, but here are a few things to think about.

Food on the table Car to drive House to live in Bed to sleep on Job to pay the bills Family Friends

The Godhead
Sun Clouds and Rain
Animal Life
Doctors and Nurses

Can't wait to see what's next

I woke up this morning to a normal day...Got up, went outside to water my flower/herb garden

Then, because it is Wednesday, I was going to clean the showers and tubs.  I went to get rags and all the red microfiber rags were in a pile waiting to be washed.  I have to use red in the bathroom because Tarzan now is the quality assurance manager for a corporate cleaning company and he has to keep them within OSHA rules.  One of those rules is only red in the bathroom and only green in the kitchen...
Green is for the Kitchen, blue is for dusting, yellow is for general cleaning, red for the bathroom...
So, I picked up the dirty cloths to put them in the washing machine and the washing machine had clothes in it that had been there for two days (in the Phoenix heat)...I put them in the dryer with extra Bounce in hopes they would not be sour and loaded the microfiber cloths in the washer.  Since I had nothing to wash the bathrooms with, I began assisting Tarzan has he put together our new coff…
I am not my hair I am not this skin I am not your expectations no no I am not my hair I am not this skin I am a soul that lives within
Does the way I wear my hair make me a better person? Does the way I wear my hair make me a better friend? Does the way I wear my hair determine my integrity? I am expressing my creativity..
This was written for a breast cancer patient.  But it acts as a reminder to me--my hair is the most unhappy part of my life.  However, I have a hairdresser for the first time in my life who is a genius.  Look at this...I am not my hair, but I like what she has done with it.

Putting in 400 amps

Well, it is 110 degrees outside and we are still laying pipe. This is the second weekend in a row that I have looked my absolute best. Last weekend I took Tarzan on a Father's Day fishing trip. He caught 15 beautiful trout. I sat and watched -- watching someone fish for 8 hours is akin to watching a computer boot up. Next time, I will fish too.