Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Last spring when we were getting ready for our Easter Egg Hunt

Hollyhocks are kinda like weeds to me right now, but I sure do like this color.

Hooee in the flower bed just before the peonies started to bloom.

Cole and Tag hanging out in the garden.  Tag would eat the nasty rolly-pollies.

One day I asked Sierra to pick a zucchini.  She texted me this picture and asked which one.

This bowl has lettuce, cilantro, poblano peppers, onion, and tomatillos in it.
Added to rice and garlic to make a tasty/hot green rice dish for dinner.

Cole was helping to bring in the squash harvest a few weeks ago.  Summer said, "Looks like the Grimm Reaper dropped some zucchini."

This was the overflowing cucumber & pumpkin patch.  I got A LOT of cucumbers this year, they just didn't ripen on the days that were convenient for me to can them into pickles.

The pepper and tomato plants.  We had lots & lots of peppers this year.

And finally the beets.  It is hard work to pickle beets.  Good thing nobody else at my house likes them because it was such hard work, I really don't want to share them.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


So my neighbors, Mary and Bonnie, who are also sisters introduced the neighborhood to raising caterpillars into butterflies.  I have always wanted to do this.  I had no idea it was happening right here in my own neighborhood.  
Mary and Bonnie are neighbors with a big vacant yard between their homes.
They had gathered caterpillars as kids in Northern Utah.
They were thrilled when they were out in the yard this past summer and realized that there were Monarch butterfly eggs on the milkweed growing in the field.
They started gathering eggs, feeding caterpillars, and hatching butterflies.
By the dozens.
After searching milkweed plants all over Mapleton and Springville, they discovered a very interesting thing:  they could only find eggs on the milkweed plants in the vacant yard.  CRAZY!!
Everywhere I went in Mapleton and Springville, I was constantly looking for milkweed plants and checking for eggs.

On July 24, Bonnie came over and asked if I wanted to hunt for eggs with them.  So, I went over and found about 18 eggs and a couple of tiny caterpillars.  Sad to say, I did not have success at my first attempt. 

But, Bonnie was going to Nauvoo in late August and turned over a bunch of her tiny caterpillars for me to take care of while she was out of town.  It really does take daily care to keep these guys alive.
I was afraid I would murder more caterpillars.  But, they all survived.  Well, except one.  He started to make his chrysalis and then ran out of steam and just died.  so sad.

Then I discovered that there was milkweed growing in my very own backyard.
Jackpot!!  I didn't have to go clear across the street to get milkweed.  I sent Cole out to pick milkweed one day and he came back in the house with leaves that had eggs on them.  What a surprise.

I think we had a total of 8 butterflies that survived.  We have learned a lot of statistics about Monarch butterflies.  

It's pretty fun to farm caterpillars, but it is time consuming.  Good thing they have all gone to Mexico for the winter.  We'll be looking forward to spring when the Monarchs return and we have milkweed growing again.  
One thing we learned in the farming process:  you cannot feed your caterpillars milkweed that has been sprayed, it will kill the caterpillars.  
Also, caterpillars will eat each other if they run out of food.  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

MMHS Homecoming 2014

This is what my kitchen looks like when I make corsages for dances.
Also, I raid my neighbors' yards for supplies.

Summer kept telling me to make hers bigger, so I did!!

Summer went with Trevor.  They had a friend take pictures of them in Provo.
They told her to make them look like engagement photos!! What??

Trevor & Summer are best friends. But, not kissing friends. 

We ordered her dress online and she found her shoes at a thrift store.

They had a lot if fun taking pictures.

Trevor was distracted during dinner.
Trevor is in the SASH band with Summer. He's the drummer.  They played a show earlier in the day.  It was the Food Expo in Provo.  Thousands of people were there to sample the tastes of Provo.  The SASH got free tickets for playing music.  Trevor said, "don't eat too much, we're going to dinner later"
Summer said, "No, eat a bunch, then dinner won't cost you so much tonight!!"
That girl is a thinker!!  And kinda cheap.  Way to look out for Trev!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Heber Creeper

When I was a kid, my parents took us on our annual Summer vacation on the Heber Creeper.
We looked forward to it every year.
But I had completely forgotten about the train robber scene...

Put your hands up!!

Cole quickly obeyed!

Summer enjoyed a nice nap.  Or 2

We drove to Heber.  Rode the train to Vivian Park.  Rode the train back to Heber.
(A one-way trip would have been enough for this ADHD family.)

I'm sure this is a reproduction, but I loved these old signs.

I love timp.  From every angle.

Sierra enjoyed some rest, too.

Summer:  nap #2

Rick was antsy the whole time wondering if the train could go faster, 
and how much it would cost to fully restore the train cars to their original state.

Waiting for the afternoon train the cross the tracks in Midway.

The term "Heber Creeper" makes much more sense to everyone now.

What a beautiful Autumn.  Beautiful Weekend.  And beautiful state we live in!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cole & Cough Drops

Cole is just a fun kid.
The pictures don't match the story, but I just wanted to record this story about Cole from last week.
Cole came home from school and told me that his teacher was sick.  She had a cold and he wanted to do something for her.  I told Cole that we could make some bread and take her a loaf of bread to school the next day.  That suggestion didn't click with him.  So, I told him to think about it and we'd come up with an idea.  Cole was worried for Mrs. Foote.  She had used her last cough drops up during the school day.  So, after Scouts we went to the store.  I had to pick up a few things for lunches for the following day.  I told Cole that he could pick one thing--anything he wanted--to take to school for his sick teacher.  He picked a bag of cough drops.  And not just any bag.  He took special care to choose the bag that had the flavors that Mrs. Foote likes.  What kid even pays attention to what flavor cough drops his teacher likes?  And that she used the last cough drop?
Well Cole sure did.  We took the cough drops and a package of tissues and wrapped them in a clear bag with pretty ribbon and he took the package to school the next day.
A few days later I was volunteering in the class.  Mrs. Foote pulled me aside and told me how thoughtful it was for Cole to think of her and to notice that she wasn't feeling well and that she was out of cough drops.  She started to cry.  And, of course, so did I.
So proud of my little blonde tender hearted boy.  He really is thoughtful and generous.  And messy.