Wednesday, March 15, 2023

2023 A to Z Theme: Community College A to Z


I spent a good four years at the university a long time ago, and very significant portion of my day is currently spent at the local community college where I work.  I don't often mention my work in my blog posts, and I haven't blogged much about my own college years, so perhaps that will make an interesting and bit of a different theme for this year's A to Z Blogging Challenge happening during the month of April 2023. I'm not sure exactly where these posts will go. I attended a large 4 year university back in the day and I work at a large community college.   I'm definitely not an expert in all things regarding higher education but hopefully I can share a few tidbits from both types of institutions and my own experiences that might interest a few readers out there.   Welcome!

One of my favorite photos of the local campus -- taken the morning after a cold snap last fall.


Sunday, January 1, 2023

New Year 2023 -- Expecting Miracles

Welcome to the New Year 2023 Everyone!  

As per my personal tradition, today I'm looking back to previous posts and journal entries from New Years Day, especially January 1, 2022.   Unlike some years, in January 2022 I didn't set a list of goals or bucket list items.  The past few years have been quite different and challenging for most people, instead I chose to list many of the blessings and accomplishments I was able to see in my life in spite of the challenges.  Life must go on, and for the New Year 2022 I chose for my mantra to be . . . Carry On!

So how have I done?  What have I experienced and accomplished in 2022?

I've continued the daily work at the college

Teaching Primary classes -- now with four teachers for one class we teach about once a month instead of every other week, but it's all good.

Enjoying the company and contributions of two dear daughters living here at home with us.

Enjoyed visits with siblings several times during the year at family reunions and funerals.  Two sisters and I both lost our very noble and classy mother in laws this year.  And a dear cousin in law.

Completed 12 Endowments and 10 Inititories during the year at the Jordan River Temple.  I didn't quite make it to the temple every month, but was able to go several times during some of the months.  Most of the names (possibly all?) were relatives found through family search.

Raised quite a productive garden in spite of record heat and drought and invasive grass in the garden

Blessed to visit children in both the Seattle area and Big Bear California during the month of September, including attending and witnessing the baptism of our oldest grandson.

Enjoyed a blessed Christmas with most of the children and our youngest granddaughter.  Time with our family is the light of my life!

I am carrying on, one day at time, trying to do better and be a bit better every day.  With the help of dear daughters we've done a bit of cleaning and organizing, but much still remains to be done.  I've slacked off quite a bit on being creative, but am still trying to be more compassionate and recognize opportunities to help others.

So, what are my goals and objectives for the new year?   

Serve -- in the temple and anywhere else there might be a need that I can fill

Be creative -- sew, write, and garden -- organize and beautify my home

Add more relatives to the family tree

Exercise and stay healthy

And above all, I want to look for miracles and expect miracles, and recognize miracles and be a part of miracles.  The prophet has promised glorious things to come!

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Service Industries

 I'm grateful for auto repair people, plumbers, electricians, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, teachers, truck drivers, road workers, snow plow drivers, farmers, ranchers, grocers, cashiers, policemen, firemen, EMT's, receptionists, admin assistants, IT people, and all of you who provide services to those of us who can't do it ourselves!

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

My Family!


I'm grateful for my family!  My DH, all of my Dear Talented and Loving Children and their Spouses and Significant others, my beautiful, smart, and almost perfect grandchildren, and all three of the grandpuppies!  We don't post many photos on the Internet, but I love and appreciate you all!

(Please excuse the poor artistic quality of the sketch)

Monday, November 21, 2022

The Book of Mormon


I'm grateful for The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ.  I've just finished reading it once again this  past week, and started over at the beginning again this morning.  I recommend it to everyone!

You can read it here,  or comment if you would like me to send you a physical copy!

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Books and Reading

 I'm grateful for a free afternoon to read, and for the recent gifts of good books from family and friends.

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Time In The Temple

 I'm grateful to have time to spend in the Temple of God where I can feel close to heaven and serve those who have gone before.