Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
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Saturday, November 23, 2013
White House Down Trailer
Friday, November 22, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
We grew up on a dairy farm, so we always had plenty of milk to drink, and there was usually some Hersey's chocolate or Nestle's Quick in the cupboard for the special chocolate milk treat. I remember when I was in Kindergarten that the fad for a while was to bring a little bottle filled with chocolate milk powder to mix into the carton of milk that we received at snack time. So I did that a time or two, but if I remember correctly, the practice was not particularly approved of by our teacher, so after a while we didn't do that any more.
We also received a monthly allowance as children to spend as we saw fit, and as we grew older we were expected to pay for most of our own expenses. I remember sometimes walking or biking into town with siblings or cousins and buying a bag of penny candy at Hoyt's general store. One of my favorites were Sixlets . . . chocolate filled candy balls, similar to M&M's only spherical. Sometimes I would stop at the Hi Mountain Drug store on my way home from school and buy a full sized candy bar. I really liked Almond Joy, and another candy bar that had toffee and nuts and chocolate, similar to heath, but I can't remember the name of it now. After school we would come home and find a snack . . . often chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cake, chocolate ice cream or chocolate milk.
During my High School Years there was a vending machine with candy and other snacks available, but I don't think that I bought much candy. I preferred to save my money for things like books and clothes and school supplies, and preferred real food for lunch. I still came home to awesome afterschool snacks that often included chocolate. Onetime during my teenage years my Grandpa gave me a box of chocolate covered orange sticks for my birthday. They're still one of my favorites . . .
I don't remember a whole lot of chocolate during college. I'm sure we had brownies and chocolate chip cookies often enough. And there was the one part time job where they made regular donut runs to the Cougar Eat in the Wikinson Center. But my favorite donut was an apple spice cake donut, not chocolate.
My true addiction to chocolate has come in my later years. I've enjoyed it off and on while my children were growing, and of course for the traditional Easter, Halloween, and Christmas candies, but I think I truly became addicted to having a bit of chocolate once I started working part time. Just a little hershey's kiss or nugget or maybe two or three, preferably dark, and with nuts as a bonus, was just what was needed to make it through the afternoon. We have a candy tin in the office that many dear co-workers take turns stocking with various forms of candy, mostly chocolate. My dear MIL has also helped by introducing me to such delightful brands of chocolate as Dove, Lindt, and even Godiva. All in small doses of course. And my DH, well, he has been a good giver of chocolate as well. Thank you DH!
I was initially drawn to one of my favorite bloggers by the title of her blog: Chocolate On My Cranium. With a name like that, the blog had to be great, right? Well, it is. It is often humorous, often informative, and always uplifting. And the author, Cocoa, has chosen other chocolate product names for various members of her family as she talks about them on her blog.
So, how has chocolate blessed your life?
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I love and appreciate a good lotion, and I'm always grateful to have access to it. Of course we had Johnson and Johnson Baby lotion at our house when I was small, but when I was five or six years old I received a bottle of Jergen's lotion a friend who came to my birthday party. I was thrilled by the gift! The smell reminded me of my Grandmother, and I have loved the scent of Jergen's ever since.
While I was growing up my Mother always had a supply of Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion on hand, and it was often used, especially by those hardworking members of the family who were out in the varied weather milking, hauling hay, and caring for the other animals on our family farm. My dear mother also bought and gifted me with various of the wonderful smelling Avon lotion products. I remember that I especially liked the Timeless and Sweet Honesty fragances.
|St Ive's Oatmeal Shea Butter Body Lotion|
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Friday, November 8, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Gratitude Day 6: I'm grateful for central heating.
When the house gets a bit too drafty I can just turn up the thermostat and stand in front of the heat vent! I'm grateful to live in a time and place where I don't need to be chopping and hauling wood or keeping the home fires burning (literally, that is). I love being warm and toasty when the temperatures outside are below freezing. The summer weather is definitely over for this year, so we can look for the good things about the cold weather season!
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Today was election day, and I voted. It's a practice a try to follow every chance I get; every first Tuesday of November. My dear parents have set the example and have been involved in community meetings and elections throughout their lives. Today there was not a large ballot in our voting district, but the issues that were presented for vote were very important and widely discussed and debated in our local community. It's been said that our local community elections are where we can make the most difference and where our vote truly counts. Sometimes we might feel that our vote doesn't make a difference, and that is likely true in may elections, especially on the national level, but I'm grateful that I still have the opportunity to cast my vote and make my voice heard.
I'm also grateful to all of the wonderful citizens of this country who believe in freedom , including those who were born elsewhere and have come here and worked hard to help make this country a better place to live, including my wonderful dear Uncle who passed from this life earlier this afternoon. He was from Armenia, was not a religious man, but was one of the kindest, happiest, most hardworking and generous men I have ever known. In his retirement years he was a supporter of many causes that he believed in, trying to make this country and the world a better place for all.
We all have ancestors who have sacrificed and courageously come to this country, seeking a better life for themselves and their families. Sometimes we forget that there are many people here in this country today who are currently courageously seeking the freedoms that citizenship in this country offers to so many. They sacrifice, work, study, and do everything in their power to provide these blessings for themselves, their own families, and in doing so make things better for us all.
God Bless America, and her people too!
Monday, November 4, 2013
Sunday, November 3, 2013
When dark clouds of trouble hang o'er us
And threaten our peace to destroy,
There is hope smiling brightly before us,
And we know that deliv'rance is nigh.
We doubt not the Lord nor his goodness.
We've proved him in days that are past.
The wicked who fight against Zion
Will surely be smitten at last.
Feeling a little bit blue? Then go and sing or read or listen to a Hymn!
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ