Sunday, September 14, 2014

Contented Kitty

Picture of the Day for 9/14/2014. I was watching the new Ken Burns' documentary about the Roosevelts tonight with my sister Paula's family when the new kitty came over for a snuggle. It turns out that he likes having his paw rubbed which is so unusual for a cat. He totally zonked out while I was rubbing his paw. Cute kitty.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

No Northern Lights for Me

Picture of the Day for 9/13/2014. Seeing the Northern Lights is on my bucket list. I was so excited to hear that they would be visible as far south as Utah at around midnight. I stayed up late for this event, but when I scanned the sky, nothing. Sigh.

Friday, September 12, 2014


Picture of the Day for 9/12/2012. My 14-year-old (soon to be 15-year-old) great-niece Hayley has discovered eye shadow. I think this in direct correlation to her discovering boys. Just guessing...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Life Goes On...

Picture of the Day for 9/11/2014. I was just fittin to blog about the very mundane topic of road work. My street will be closed for re-paving tomorrow and I'll have to find somewhere else to park if I want to be able to use my car. Then I realized it's the 13th anniversary of 9/11. The fact that finding another place to park was my biggest concern of the day struck me as an example of how life sure does go on. 

I remember 13 years ago today that I was glued to the television in the early morning and then internet at work. We received regular updates from our employer as there were about 300 employees who worked at the one of the towers and were lost that day. I had spoken to one of them the day before- a man who worked in the travel center. He and I had spoken about my business travel planned for Tuesday, September 12. It was haunting to think that the man I had spoken with and joked around with less than 24 hours previously was gone.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A 1914 Photograph of the Beneficial Life Insurance Company's 9th Annual Banquet

Picture of the Day for 9/10/2014. I was at an antique store and came across this photo of the Beneficial Life Insurance Company's 9th annual banquet. This sounds like an event you would attend today, but the photo was taken 100 years ago in June 1914. I love seeing the clothing and hair styles from that era.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Picture of the Day for 9/9/2014. I've decided that I need to volunteer more and provide more service. Not a lot, mind you. I'm still mostly concerned about me, me, me, but everyone once in awhile I think about how I could be a better person. And then the thought quickly passes... ;-)

I agreed to say the closing prayer at a weekly Relief Society meeting that is held for the women at the elderly care center in my neighborhood. Not too taxing for a volunteer/service-challenged person like myself!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Before Astronauts There Was Outlander

Picture of the Day for 9/8/2014. Oh geez! I can't believe I forgot to blog about the Outlander viewing party my niece Renee held last Friday. Outlander is a new television series airing on the Starz channel and it's based on the novels of Diana Gabaldon. Any one-sentence overview of the premise can't do the novels justice. It's basically about a woman from 1940s England who ends up in 1740s Scotland married to a Scottish lad named Jamie and together they have many adventures together. See? Sounds like trite romance novels, but they are far from that. The novels are very intelligently written and give you a definite feel of time and place. 

Renee was impressed that we pretty much sat motionless for three hours while we watched all the episodes that had aired to-date. I think we would have sat there for several hours more if additional episodes had been available.

Before my obsession with space and astronauts started in 2009, my previous grand and all-consuming obsession was Scotland due to the Outlander novels. I arranged to get nearly three weeks off work in 1997 and traveled to England and Scotland with my friend Suzanne. I was with a tour group and I was so obsessed with seeing the places and landmarks mentioned in the novels that I managed to convince our tour guide to divert the bus from its planned route so we could drive through Inverness (one of the important settings in the novels). I suspect there are actual Outlander tours you can go on now since the novels are so popular world-wide. Scotland was everything I hoped for. I loved everything about it, but I especially loved the Highlands. They look wild and rugged and untouched by civilization.