Thursday, March 31, 2011
I am pretty excited about the discovery of these metal plates in a Jordanian cave. There are about 70 of these small plates (about the size of a credit card) and they are bound together in groups of 5 to 15 plates and fastened with metal rings. Some of them are bound all the way around (sealed). Some have speculated that they carry secret information that may pertain to the temple. They date back to the period between 200 BC and 100 AD. Scholars suggest that if these plates are authentic they may be the most important archaeological discovery ever (including the dead sea scrolls). Right now there is a dispute over ownership and I'm hoping that some angry Bedouin doesn't destroy them or hide them somewhere. I wonder if the church will get involved as they did with the dead sea scrolls. I will be watching this story with interest.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
We had our first ward activity since the church did away with the Activities Committee. They divided the adults into groups of 8-10 and had dinner parties in individual homes. Randy and I hosted one of the groups. It turned out to be the night of the BYU basketball game. We had a little bit of a dilemma because some of our group (including, or maybe especially, us) wanted to watch the game, but we also had the missionaries and they were not allowed to watch. We solved the problem by having an early 5:30 dinner. The missionaries then left to go make some visists and the rest of us watched the game.
Monday, March 28, 2011
The other day I was listening to the radio in the car and heard a little snippet about iodine being used as a treatment for nuclear radiation exposure. It has led me on an interesting little chain of thoughts.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I love this picture of Clayton. When was the last time you looked at yourself in the mirror with this much love and joy. These days I just try not to even look in the mirror unless I absolutely have to. It's hard to believe that the person looking out of the mirror is really me. What happened to the cute, young Judy I used to be (and still am in my mind's eye).
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Last week after I wrote about Quinn Patrick's birthday and posted the picture of him with his little dog, Fudge, he sent me this side-by-side picture of himself with a dog named Weazel. I was so struck with the similarity that I want to share this picture and the story behind it.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Thirty-one years ago today a leprechaun found a newborn baby under a cabbage leaf. Not knowing how to care for a newborn, he brought the baby to us and said that we could keep him on two conditions: We must give him an Irish name (hence Quinn Patrick) and we must eat corned beef and cabbage every March. We quickly became crazy about both the baby and the corned beef and cabbage.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
According to my iPhone, the temperature right now is 59 degrees. I just noticed that my neighbor, Daisy, has her grandson out digging in her flower bed. This might be my very last opportunity to post this picture of little Soren wearing his hat and mittens. (If I allow myself to believe that I'm setting myself up for disappointment. We're bound to see more snow before warm weather comes to stay.) Anyway, we haven't seen enough pictures of my adorable grandchildren. Who would post pictures of jello molds and toilets when they have pictures like this?!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Remember when I wrote this post in which I suggested that replacing a couple of toilets was sounding pretty fun to me? Well, we had some fun this past weekend. In case you're thinking about replacing a toilet, let me give you some advice on how to pick a good one. Color? Doesn't matter. Oval or round? Doesn't matter. Height? Doesn't matter. The ONLY thing I need to know is -- just how much toilet paper will it flush! We think we've got a keeper this time.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
I'm teaching gospel doctrine tomorrow. As usual, Randy asked me what I was planning to do with my lesson. I said, "I'm making jello." I put all my ideas in a bowl, added two cups of boiling water, and stirred it for about a week while I looked for additional ingredients (some fresh berries and a little bit of lemonade concentrate sounded good). Despite my best efforts I have not found the perfect story, a great personal experience, or not even any really new insights. I'm afraid it may turn out to be just plain jello after all. I put it in the fridge for a few days to see if something would gel. When I checked on it this morning I decided it has turned out to be "jigglers". I think I've got to get it out today and whip it up a bit, get some air into it. I'm still praying that the Lord will provide the whipped cream (spirit) to fold in. I love being a teacher. I've been tasting this "jello" all week and it has been nourishing and tasty to me, but I don't know if one giant spoonful tomorrow is really going to be satisfying to my class.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Last night we had a Relief Society activity and made these little photo clips. It was easy to do and oh so much fun to be together with a great group of women -- sharing paper, trading embellishments and stories that made us all laugh and feel better about ourselves. There were plenty of brownies for those that needed that kind of comfort, and veggies and dip for the strong. Love these ladies!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
My granddaughter Natalie made a 2011 Family Photo calendar for me. I love it and keep it here on my desk by my computer. I heard this little bit of trivia for the year 2011. This year we will experience four unusual dates: 1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, and 11/11/11.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Last night I finished piecing my Confetti Cake quilt top. While I worked on it I listened to a book on tape, The Quilter's Apprentice, by Jennifer Chiaverini. I actually learned a few things I hadn't known before.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
" Best friends graduated from medical school at the same time and decided that, in spite of two different specialties, they would open a practice together to share office space and personnel. Dr. Smith was a psychiatrist and Dr. Jones was a proctologist; they put up a sign reading: "Dr. Smith and Dr. Jones: Hysterias and Posteriors". The town council was livid and insisted they change it. So, the docs changed it to read: "Schizoids and Hemorrhoids." This was also not acceptable, so they again changed the sign. "Catatonics and High Colonics"......No go. Next, they tried "Manic Depressives and Anal Retentives"....thumbs down again. Then came "Minds and Behinds"....still no good. Another attempt resulted in "Lost Souls and Butt holes".......unacceptable again! So they tried "Analysis and Anal Cysts".....not a chance. "Nuts and Butts".....no way. "Freaks and Cheeks".....still no good. "Loons and Moons".....forget it. Almost at their wit's end, the docs finally came up with: "Dr. Smith and Dr. Jones--Odds and Ends" Everyone loved it."
Now after you finish laughing, try to think about me as the prim and proper person I should be. Have a great day!