Saturday, January 2, 2016

Lunch with Bonnie

Picture of the Day for 1/2/2016. I met up with my friend/voice teacher/neighbor Bonnie and our friend/neighbor Verlene who just sold her house and will be leaving the neighborhood. We had a lovely visit over lunch and I learned interesting things about Verlene that I never knew. Of course I forgot to take a picture of Bonnie and Verlene so instead I'm showing off the songbook Bonnie gave me today as a belated birthday present. A perfect gift from a voice teacher!

Friday, January 1, 2016

WASP Calendar

Picture of the Day for 1/1/2016. Had my annual New Year's Day visit with my 90-year-old neighbor Erma which is always delightful. For the 2nd year in a row, she let me look through all the calendars she received from various organizations and I selected the WASP Fly Girls calendar for a 2nd year in a row. WASP = Women Airforce Service Pilots. The WASPs were comprised of female civilian pilots who flew non-combat missions during World War 2 which freed up male pilots for combat. I love the pictures (now and then) of the women. Also, I use this calendar to record my weight during the year so if you ever got your hands on this calendar (and trust me, you won't), you'd know what I weigh!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Year's Eve Pow Wow

Picture of the Day for 12/31/2015. So, a couple of days ago when I visited the Native American Trading Post store that I adore, the owner mentioned there was going to be a New Year's Eve pow wow and that I should come. I didn't have any other plans so I dragged my friend Suzanne to the event and we had a fabulous time. We had Navajo tacos for dinner, shopped the vendors selling jewelry (I bought a copper bracelet), watched the dancing, and participated in the raffles. So much fun. I love what happens when you say "yes" to new activities and opportunities. Check out the videos at the end of this post.




Wednesday, December 30, 2015

New Scarf and Earrings

Picture of the Day for 12/30/2015. Just showing off the new scarf and earrings I received for Christmas.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Mother Kachina

Picture of the Day for 12/29/2015. I bought this Hopi kachina during my most recent visit to the Native American Trading Post. The owner looked up the meaning of this one and said it was the "mother" figure of all the kachinas.  I love that. I love that it is painted red which reminds me of my mother since that was her favorite color.  I placed this next to a Christmas decoration she made decades ago. I miss her a lot of course, but Christmas is when I miss her the most.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Another Sentimental Christmas Present

Picture of the Day for 12/28/2015. My brother-in-law Will used the limb that fell from my English walnut tree last year to make Christmas wreaths for everyone in the family. This was a HUGE hit. I know several people (myself included) are going to hang them up all year- not just at Christmas. It's special that these came from our parents' tree, but even if the wreaths didn't have that sentimental connection, they are still beautifully made and definitely to be treasured.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Mother's Portrait

Picture of the Day for 12/27/2015. I loved EVERY Christmas present I received (duh), but I have to say this one from my sister Paula was pretty special. She had copies made of a portrait of my mother that she inherited. This portrait was painted in 1948 by Mary Kimball, a well-known Utah artist. I believe Kimball and my mother were colleagues/fellow teachers at Irving Junior High School in Salt Lake City during that time. I'm so very happy to have a copy of this beautiful portrait of my beautiful mother. It's a true treasure.