It's late but I can't go to bed until I can put my bread dough in the fridge for the night, so I thought I would just check in.
I've been at Time Out For Women in Portland this weekend with great friends who are a real blessing in my life. I don't know what I would do without these girls. We have so much fun, lots of laughter and girls I can bare my soul to and know they will love me no matter what. The theme this year was about Infinite Hope. We listened to women who shared stories of their life and trials and how they clung to hope to overcome feelings of despair. We listened, laughed until we cried and also shed tears when feelings of the spirit overcame us. They were wonderful and very, very funny. We started lists of what we hope for in life and what we have hope in.
Not much sleep was had amongst us, maybe 2-3 hours at best, but what fun. No pictures (forgot my camera), but will try to get one or two from Stephanie or Pinky tomorrow to post, just to let you in on the fun. I think I can just about put the dough in the fridge now, so I'm off to bed. (It's a new recipe: Artisan bread in 5 minutes a day.) I'll let you know if it turns out.
I'm tired, but it's a good tired of a great weekend. See ya!
Sunday, November 7, 2010
It's late but I can't go to bed until I can put my bread dough in the fridge for the night, so I thought I would just check in.
Posted by Luell at 1:20 AM
Friday, August 6, 2010
I finally got my new business logo up as a blog banner. It will also be used on my labels for everything. I love it! Now to just figure out CS3 and circles and texting in the circle (my fonts won't seem to work doing that, so I know I'm doing something wrong). It's probably a simple fix, but can't seem to get it to work.
Anyway, check it out, do you like it? Look here
Posted by Luell at 10:07 AM
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
they chase him when he makes his move. Seriously, these girls will probably walk up to the first coyote or Bobcat they see and try to make friends. NOT a good thing! I need them to grow up and give me nice big brown eggs, Yum!
Posted by Luell at 5:03 PM
Thursday, June 10, 2010
I can't believe I haven't blogged for such a long time. It's not that things are going on. I am not working and at least something is going on and I completely forget to blog, or to check blogs I usually follow. What's that all about? I guess I think that nothing is really that interesting, so why blog about it. Actually, I just haven't even thought about it. But since this is also a type of journal, why not keep it up, besides it's fun. There is plenty of rain to keep me inside. So, need to take advantage of it and do inside things. Like, clean out cupboards and closets and purge all those things that I don't need and I'm tired of looking at. You should see my living room. I'm getting rid of 90% of my scrapbooking stuff since I'm mostly doing digital now. Kept some stuff since I really love the look of the paper ones with all the real layers and such. Still love doing it though. My goal is to get at least 1-2 closets done a day, then do whole rooms, then the dreaded garage. Then start over and purge more. We are going to have a smashing garage sale in July or there abouts. I keep saying that but it never really happens and we just keep gathering. This time it's happening, I'm tired of all the "stuff". I want it gone! I also need to get rid of some books. We have way to many, but books are hard for me to part with, so I'll do that last. You know, those church novels that we all read. Do I really need to keep them? Am I really going to read them again, or just be someones library. No, probably not, it's just so hard to part with them.
I'm playing my Viola again and hoping to join the local chamber group within the year. I have forgotten so much, it makes me sad that I didn't keep going. Years ago when I was playing there were very few opportunities locally to play, or people to play with. I went to Eugene for a time and played with the Lane CC chamber group for awhile, but it is just a long way. It was fun though, and of course the local Oregon Coast Chamber Orchestra. Now we have one girl that is in our ward that plays violin and another that just decided to pick it up again. Now all we need is a cello. I've tried to convince Bill to play the cello. Maybe I just need to buy him one and have it sitting around for him to get interested. That would be so fun to have a little quartet in our ward. Anyway, I should, hopefully, be able to get back what I have lost within the year, so that will be fun. I really love it. Learning an instrument is so important I think. I wish I would have had my boys learn to play the piano. When they were little they did the violin for a short time, but they hated that. Piano should have come next. David played the sax and Chip the Oboe in Middle School, but they needed to continue some kind of instrument. Really, the piano should be something everyone learns I think. I wish I would have. I can play a little bit, but not really. Does that make sense?
Knitting and hand work have all been replace with keeping a puppy entertained, throwing balls, etc. Penny has really grown, and she is a blast. We took her down to my dad's house and he LOVED her. She loved him to. When we came back from walks she would run to him and jump on his lap. When we got home and I called him to tell him we were home (and even a couple of calls after that), he would say how much he missed ... Penny. What are we, chopped liver. I thought it was so funny. He would get down on the floor with her and play and was always excited when she came back in from walks, and would comment on whatever she was doing at the time. It was fun taking her down there, but she got very used to the weather and not having to go out in the rain to do her duty, which really made it difficult when we got home. She would just stand at the door and look outside and then look at me like, "ah, no thanks". Can't say I blame her.
That same trip we went to Disneyland with David and his family. What fun that was to see Milan loving Disneyland. The weather was perfect and we all had a great time. I didn't know you could spend a whole day in Fantasyland, but we wouldn't have had it any other way. Bill and I did sneak off and go on two rides, Splash Mountain and Soaring, which is in Calif. Adventures. That was very cool. It closes early and we barely made it so we didn't even get to look around it there, wish we could have, but that's okay, next time. Anyway, Soaring kind of makes you want to learn how to hang glide. I'll put up some pictures in the next day or two.
Well, enough jabbering for now. I'll post some pictures later. I have to make a dessert for a YW auction tonight (not in YW anymore, but just contributing). I think I'll make the coconut dish with cream cheese and coconut cream pudding and coconut on top, it is way yummy! It's been a lazy morning, so better get started.
Posted by Luell at 8:27 AM
Monday, April 12, 2010
Well, I finally have a moment to post. Actually, it's probably that I have finally taken the time, not that I've been too busy, though it does feel that way. So much has been happening it's hard to believe it is already April. I'll skip the little stuff and move on to the big change. On March 14th my whole department at the hospital was laid off. Most of us could see it coming, but they promised it wouldn't ever happen, so it was still kind of a shock. They really didn't have much choice. For those of you who don't know, I'm a medical transcriptionist and have been working at our local hospital for just over 13 years. The whole corporation, which includes hospitals and clinics in Alaska, Washington and Oregon, decided to go with voice recognition. Frankly, most of us saw the writing on the wall and in late April they announced they would be outsourcing the editing. So, March 14th was our last day. They have been kind and generous to us and we feel pretty good about the whole thing.
Of course, she turned her head so I didn't get her face. I think she weighed about 1.3 pounds here. We are so used to having big dogs, a Golden Retriever , Rotty', that this is sooo new. But we are loving her. She is a Yorkie, but a full-sized Yorky, not a tea-cup or toy. She will never be big though, probably about 9 lbs. She doesn't shed, Yahoo!, so no one will be allergic to her. Here is another picture of her. Everyone says she looks like a bear cub.Is she not the cutest! I think she looks like an Ewok, sounds like one too sometimes when she is trying to talk. No one passes her on the street without stopping and giving her attention, which she loves. Now she wonders why some don't.
She is so good. She has really grown, she now weighs a little over 3 lbs. Here is a picture of her on the beach for the first time. We are really having fun with her and she makes us smile all the time. She is such a kick!She still moves fast, so not great pictures. I'll have to get a video of her and post that. I also have to post another one that Bill would be embarrassed about, but oh well. I was in the kitchen making dinner or something and he called me out one day to look at what he was doing. This is the guy that was shaking his head about getting a small dog. (I had given him multiple opportunities to get a golden again, or a lab and he wouldn't go look, so this is what I decided on)
All of the boys have basically said it is official, we are getting old. But I have to tell you, she won't shed (no allergies), she is small enough to take anywhere without a hassle, she will be a breeze in the camper and traveling. We just love her to pieces. I think Milan and Eden will too!
Oh, and here is a picture of her brother, who we just saw yesterday. His name is Guinness. Not a great picture, but the best we could do. He is a little bigger than Penny, but is adorable. He chases his tail like a cat and has a great personality.
Posted by Luell at 7:59 PM
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Just a quick note to show you my new collection. I'm starting to collect white or whitish Christmas trees. I just love these. There are a few more I'm going to make to go along with these.
We had a wonderful Christmas with Chip and Andrea, and Zach this year, though we missed David, Amanda and the girls terribly. The only thing that would have made it perfect is if they could have come. Maybe next year. It was one of those beautiful sunny winter days here on the coast, so there was some relaxing on the deck, feeding horses and playing with dirt bikes and 4-wheelers. We had Salmon this year that was delicious (and ham of course) and all the fixings we needed. Our greatest gift was spending the entire day with our kids, or most of them. How I love my family and spending time with them. Hopefully we will have everyone together next year, which will make it the best!
Love to you all and have a Happy New Year!
Posted by Luell at 4:17 PM
Monday, December 7, 2009
I haven't had time to blog lately, but I want to get this on for people to see. I think it's wonderful. Let's all remember to not get caught up in the hustle and bustle and to relax and enjoy the season and remember the birth of our Savior. If you missed the LDS Christmas broadcast yesterday, go online and watch it. But before you do, watch this:
Posted by Luell at 2:08 PM
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Check out my other blog for a contest I'm running, I need some fresh ideas on a name, read all about it Here
Posted by Luell at 6:00 PM
I love Wyoming, especially Rock Springs. Now I know some of you will think I'm crazy. There really isn't a lot to do right there, though Walmart can keep me happy for awhile. I love the high Uinta Mountains and have great memories of camping there when our boys were young, before we moved away, But the absolutely, positively, most wonderful of all things, where ever you might be, thing to do while in Rock Springs, is play with Milan and hold Eden. We just got back from David's where we blessed Eden and spent a wonderful week visiting and playing and watching the girls to give some needed rest and relaxation to mom and dad. It was perfect fun and a great visit. Isn't this a great looking family!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Here is our camp site. Isn't it beautiful! That's us!
This is from the camp site.
These two pictures are from the top of the hill looking down as we were leaving.
These pictures below are from Quake Lake, made by an earthquake in 1959. You can see in the second picture below where the whole side of the mountain slid down onto a campground at about 100 mph.
See where the mountain came down? I can't imagine being camping and having that happen, 28 people died that were camping along that area. Can you imagine! It's kind of weird to see all the tops of the trees still out in the middle of the lake. It is 190 feet deep and 6 miles long. Pretty amazing. And very beautiful. You find Quake Lake from traveling along the Madison River towards, or from too I guess, West Yellowstone.
For some reason I can't get all my pictures to show. If I can, I'll post more, but really wanted to get these up. That day we arrived in Idaho Falls for Chelse's wedding, a couple of days early of course.
Had to share this, hope you enjoy it. I did!
Posted by Luell at 1:18 PM
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I'm sitting here waiting for Glenda to come get me and thought I would post some of the pictures we took on our way here. We decided to go through Montana, my favorite place in the whole world, instead of going the same way we always go to get anywhere. We have had a lot of fun camping and seeing old places I have lived as well as new places we definitely want to go back to. Just to let you know, the pictures really don't do it justice. We have been traveling through some amazingly beautiful country! I thought I would post some anyway. I hope you can see the beauty in spite of our lack of camera's ability to take awesome pictures.
It's now 9/15 and I'm just getting back to posting. Here are pictures of our trip. We both really want to get back. We loved it up there. Especially around Drummond, where we attended church.
We found out the next day that the lake was huge and very pretty all around.
Then off we went towards Bozeman and the Gallatin Canyon, one of my favorite places. It is so beautiful. Here we are heading from 4-corners, which I have to say is barely recognizable it is so built up. It was kind of sad to see how much it has been developed, though the pictures probably don't show that, at least not here at the mouth of the canyon, but there were houses all over in the canyon that weren't there before. I know, it was bound to happen, but still sad.
I couldn't believe it. I hope it is temporary since there was road construction going on, but as we camped on the Gallatin River that night the traffic was crazy busy, so maybe not. Now for the really sad pictures of Big Sky. It reminded me of Aspen. It is so sad. I guess there is a place up there called the Yellowstone Club or something like that. It is a Billionaire's club. Heard about it talking to someone that works there. I guess it's horrible, though I'm sure beautiful. It's on some falls that we used to cross country ski to, it was a wonderful place.
Can you see all the condos and houses? There aren't even a fourth of what is now in Meadow Village and on the way to the Mountain Village. When I was there, there weren't any houses between the two.
I'm going to start a new post with the rest of our Montana pictures. I'm tired of having to scroll down forever for every picture. Does anyone know how to make your pictures just pop right where the cursor is instead of all the way at the top and then adding tones of space between paragraphs? Would love to know if you don't mind sharing! Besides, forgot to add some of the Gallatin River, so will do that too.