Sunday, May 27, 2007

Memorial Day Meanderings

Tomorrow is Memorial Day. We have had some great Memorial Days.

I remember taking our 1968 boat out for the first time on Memorial Day. It was rainy and COLD! We drove the boat all over Canyon Ferry Lake and stopped on Cemetery Island where the girls put wildflowers on our pioneer ancestor’s graves.

I remember a M- Day when Wilbur taking my oldest daughter, Penelope, for a motorcycle ride on Saddle Mountain. Everything seemed fine until they came home and took off their motorcycle helmets. Hundreds off wood ticks had congregated in both Wilbur’s and Penelope’s helmet.

We performed wood tick experiments as we sent them down the drain. We discovered wood ticks congregate into a big ball and float. Amazingly, no one had a tick bore into him/her.

One M-Day we hiked the Water-main trail. The trail zigged back and forth following an old water main. The children were convinced we were going in circles. To them each part of the trail looked just like the last.

One rainy M-Day Penelope and Prudence, my two oldest daughters, talked me into forgoing the gardening in favor of a hike. Wilbur was working. The girls, Orville, Buster (the dog), and I started up the trail to Hanging Valley, but it didn’t take long until everyone had enough. They seemed to be more interested in the pop I bought.

Another cloudy M-Day we hiked into Humbug Spires. A hiking book recomended the trip. And I guess it was O.K. - if you like rocks.

Sometimes on M-Day we would have Grandma and Grandpa come over for potato salad, baked beans, and grilled hamburgers.

Memorial Day – good memories! Are you making some?

Thursday, May 03, 2007


Why does anything your husband would REALLY want for Father's Day cost thousands of dollars?

Why does a Labrador retriever want to spend a 75 degree day inside the house on your heels as you clean from room to room?

Why do the people who insist on doing all the phoo phoo for any undertaking involving school, church, or work always get their way?

With only 24 hours in a day, why do people want to spend their precious time doing phoo phoo?

Do men spend spare time actively thinking about this question: What toy can I spend $5000 on?

More later...

Dilly Salad

2 cups fresh cauliflower
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1 sliced red or orange pepper
1 sliced green pepper
1 medium purple onion, sliced
2/3 c. dill pickles (homemade are best) chopped
1 pint tomato juice or home canned tomatoes
3/4 c. dill pickle brine

Mix everything together.