Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Fifteen Pictures for the Fifteenth of June 2015

I always look forward to see what each person in our family is doing on this day of each month . . . 

Ty:  Took the girls to the post office to mail a package Afton had made for cousin Zeph.

Michelle: That's me. Stuck in the weight-induced crater,
at the bottom of the inflatable water slide, under a pile of children.

Afton: Having fun in my new Minnie Mouse swimsuit at a birthday party.
Mom said I couldn't stay on top of the slide forever so I had to choose the stairs or the slide.
I chose correctly.

Eliza: I like frosting.

Kathryn:  Sanctuary!

Joe: Even though Zeph was in bed when I got home from work, he heard me walk in the door.
We read books in bed.

Ande:  Eating animal crackers to tide me over until Joe gets home
from working late.

Zeph: splashing with the hose and searching for frogs and lizards.

Ezra: playing with my mermaid rattle and
enjoying rare alone time with mom.

Captain Levin fishing for salmon on the Copper River

Abe - no action shots of my boy from today.

Grace:  Abe teaching Henry to wrestle.

Henry:  Dad chasing me.

Calvin:  Traded a blackpowder gun I made for this WWII era jeep.
Item crossed off my bucket list.

Jane:  In Mississippi visiting Ty and Michelle.  We went downtown Columbus to see the old,
pre-Civil War homes.  The Confederates were able to keep the Union forces from destroying
the town.  We also went to the equally-as-old town cemetery.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Homemaking - Clean?

I hear about "clean eating" but I don't really know what it means.  The other day I made a smoothie with homemade Greek yogurt and strawberries and spinach freshly picked from the garden.  I don't know if that qualified as clean, but it was fresh and oh, so good. 

Sometimes I get arthritis in my mouth.  It hurts.  Badly.  Lesions line my tongue, and my jaws get tight and ache.  It shuts me up.  Homemade yogurt helps to clean up the sores so they heal faster, and the cool smoothie brings temporary relief.  Sounds clean to me.

Last night Calvin and I picked all of the cilantro and lavender.  

We pureed the cilantro with a little bit of grape seed oil and put it into ice cube trays to freeze.  It will nice to have.  

We laid the lavender out on newsprint in the garage to dry. It was a good lavender year.  I'll replace all the bundles in the house displayed in baskets and buckets with the fresh blooms and still have plenty lavender to share.  

While I'm not a fan of the smell of lavender, I do love it's colors and calming properties.  It's a clean, non-weedy, non-bugs plant, too, so the smell is growing on me the longer we grow it.    

Monday, June 8, 2015

Monday Memories - That Was Then, This is Now . .

That was then . . .

Back Row L-R:   Chris, Lynn, Lila, Tim
Middle Row L-R:  Davey, Mom, Dad, Marcia
Front Row L-R:  Lee, Rachel, me, Janet

This is now . . .

Left to Right


Lee and his family live in Alaska.  He teaches several subjects in high school.  He loves to fish and bargain for fish -- he said he can trade two loaves of home made bread for 5 gallons of fresh shrimp during shrimping season.  Some of the things that I love and appreciate about Lee:  He is a strong, involved, and kind father and he is very innovative.

Lynn and her family live in Idaho.  She is an editor for an agricultural publication and a published author.  She loves to quilt and be a grandmother.  Some of the things that I love and appreciate about Lynn:  She is well-qualified in many areas, skilled at many things, dependable and loves to learn.

Chris and her family live in Idaho.  She and her husband own the local livestock sale as well as run several head of cattle on their ranch.  She loves to bake, garden, and hunt for arrowheads. Some of the things that I love about Chris:  She is generous, quick-witted and multi-talented and skilled.

Lila lives a few miles from us here in Washington.  She loves to paint, decorate, and read.  Some of the things that I love and appreciate about Lila:  She is wonderful in a crisis, very creative and fiercely loyal to her kids.

Marcia lives in Idaho. She is a professor at BYU-Idaho. She loves to solve problems, study the brain, and travel. Some of the things that I love and appreciate about Marcia:  She is a strong advocate for education and children, she is a think-tank and works hard at creating family memories.

Janet and her family live in Idaho. She is a nurse at the hospital. She loves to camp, and be involved in her boys' 4-H and riding club projects.  Some of the things that I love and appreciate about Janet: She is very organized and clean (her home is immaculate), and she is a kind and caring nurse.

Uncle Duane is my dad's brother. He is 90 years old. He was a professor at Utah State University for many years. He loves to tinker with projects, tell stories, laugh, and entertain. Some of the things that I love and appreciate about Uncle:  He is positive, doesn't complain and he loves his roots and family.

Aunt Pat is Uncle Duane's wife and she will soon be 90. She has always been a homemaker. She loves to visit, and used to entertain and cater meals and occasions for others. It was at Aunt Pat's that I first tasted funeral potatoes. Some of the things that I love and appreciate about Aunt Pat:  She is open and honest, laughs easily, proud of her heritage, and has shown a lot of concern for our family.

Davey, Tim and Rachel aren't pictured in the bottom picture, but here is a picture of Rachel's daughter, Jesse, who was there:

Rachel and her family live in Texas. Rachel loves history, reading, and has homeschooled all seven of their children.  Some of the things that I love and appreciate about Rachel:  She can make a game out of anything and is a master of creative play, she enjoys irony and she's always up for an adventure,

Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday Memories - The Back-and-Forth Cow

Years and years ago my sister wrote this story and it was published in the Ensign magazine. The story is true, other than it makes me look better than I am.  I reread it this week and it reminded me of those sweet days of living next to my sister and her family. I hope you enjoy it  . . .   

By Lynn C. Jaynes

Ande helping me milk the cow.

Several years ago my sister, Jane, and I inherited a wringer-type mop bucket. We were next-door neighbors, so sharing the bucket was a simple matter of organizing our cleaning days. Although we both had young families, lived on farms, and had large linoleum floors that needed frequent mopping, we didn’t have any problems getting the bucket back and forth. She knew where I stored the bucket and I knew where she stored it, so we just helped ourselves on mop day.

Jane and I shared other things, too. I borrowed her bread pans on baking day, and she borrowed the pressure cooker during canning season. We planted gardens side by side and raised chickens in the same pen. We used each other’s lawn mowers and fed each other’s children. She taught my children piano lessons. When her three-year-old daughter “ran away” to my house, I assigned the little girl some work that was harder than usual—and she was soon ready to go back home.

We cried when changes in our husbands’ employment separated us. Tearfully, we divvied up our wares. I knew I would miss her greatly.

About a year later, we were thrilled to be neighbors again. By that time, she had a pressure cooker and I had bought my own bread pans. I got to keep the mop bucket because Jane’s new house was mostly carpeted. That’s when we bought the five hundred-dollar milk cow.

I don’t even recall now who bought the cow first. But our arrangement was for one family to milk her in the mornings and the other family to take care of her at night. The cow gave enough milk to supply both families, and we raised calves besides.

Through the years, both families occasionally had financial struggles. I remember a time when taxes came due for my sister’s family. They were short about five hundred dollars. At that time, they owned the cow. So we bought the cow from them, and they were able to pay their taxes. Meanwhile, they still milked mornings, we still milked evenings, and nothing really changed.

Then one day we needed funds to pay medical bills. My sister and her husband bought back the cow.

I guess we’ve lost track now of how many times the cow has been bought and sold, but during these ownership shuffles, the cow has never even changed pastures or had her milking routine interrupted. As far as I could see, there was never any real advantage to ownership. Sometimes we had to concentrate to even figure out who the current owner was.

And Jane seemed to agree. One day as ownership was changing hands again, she remarked, “This is silly that we pass this cow back and forth and declare ‘ownership’ as if it really meant something. We ought to just give each other the money whenever it’s needed.” We laughed about it and dubbed the animal our consecration cow.

Awhile back the pump in our well broke. A new one was going to cost a fair bit, and my husband and I were trying to decide how to pay for it when the phone rang. It was my sister.

“I can’t believe your pump went out! Listen, do you need us to buy the cow?”

I smiled. It didn’t even matter that they already owned her.


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Life in Our World: Fifteen (or so) pictures taken on the 15th (or so) of May in (definitely) 2015

Here is a snapshot of what our family was doing this week . . .

Ray:  Fifteen seconds wondering what is going on in the Supreme Court today.

Cali:  Dad is back.

Levin:  If it's good enough for George it's good enough for me.

Zeph: Building a temple. Mom only built the base.

Ande: The best part of my day has been this headband Cali made me. 

Ezra: For the sanity of all I took a 4.5 hour nap this afternoon.
Mom says that's what you have to do when you're a grump.

Joe: I call this a return on an investment.
I bought Ande this cookbook, now she makes me tikka masala and naan from it.

Ty: Michelle's brother Dallin sent us these hats from his mission in Peru.
This was one of many attempts at a decent picture.

Michelle: Thanks to a wonderful mother and husband,
I got to go back to sleep after a long night.
Next thing I knew, I woke up to sound of birds chirping,
it was 10am, and I opened my eyes to this. Life is good.

Afton: today Grandma Kathy helped me practice sliding down the pole,
and now I can do it all by myself!

Eliza: Today I went tromping thru the flowerbed and stopped dead in my tracks when I saw a "snake."

Kathryn: Listening intently as Dad eats his re-heated dinner
and tells me about his day.

Jane:  Teaching the kids the Patty-Cake Polka while learning about the pioneers coming west.

Calvin:  Planting Jane's Mother's Day present - 2 almond trees.

Abe: walking with my boy.

Henry: taking my dad for a walk.  

Grace: picking flowers with Henry.

printable property of Kiki & Co.

I'm grateful for our workshop . . .

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Thursday Thinking - "Babies are such a nice way to start people . . . "

A miracle happened this week in our family.  

On May 12, This little family of four became a family of five.

I love this picture of her on Michelle's chest and the wedding ring hanging from a chain around Michelle's neck.
Michelle texted soon after she was born:  "It's pretty cool how quickly (she) relaxed when (she) got put on (my) chest.
She went right to sleep. And pooped on me."

Welcome to the world baby girl!  Our family got better the day you were born.  

Thank you for getting her here Ty and Michelle.

Her name is Kathryn Cali Payne.  She is named after Michelle's mother, Kathy, and Cali.  Two of my heroes and women I love very much.

Three little girls.  Such a pretty and fun little family.

There is no danger she won't be loved.


"A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on."  ~Carl Sandburg   Welcome to this wonderful world Kathryn Cali.  We're so grateful you're here.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Monday Memories - Dominoes

Ray and I have played dominoes ever since he and Cali got married.  In the beginning Cali played with us every game, but now she's often busy taking care of behind-the-scene things so that we can play. 

Sometimes the loser has to buy milkshakes and sometimes he just has to fix the root-beer floats. 

Dominoes is one of my favorite games.  And playing dominoes with Atlas in his goggles is my new favorite way to play it.