Friday, August 22, 2008

I just had a wonderful visit with my sister, Stephanie. She came to visit for a few days and did wonderful things like fix dinner and take me to my hair appointment. She also took me to the BYUI, Thomas E. Ricks Gardens where we enjoyed talking and looking at the many features. I always come away inspired by the beauty and variety of plants there. I think. "You CAN grow something beautiful and useful in Rexburg!" Most of the rest of the time we talked while she worked on a quilt for her first expected grandchild.
Stephanie walked to the BYUI bookstore and bought some music. there. I enjoyed listening to her play the piano while she tried the pieces out. Ralph does a great job of seeing to my physical needs but I enjoy my sister because she lifts my psyche as well.
She left a few hours ago to drive home to Caldwell, Idaho. I am looking forward to her next visit, possibly in September. She might convince another sister, Priscilla, to come with her.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Every time I try to put a title I get something funny so I am just going to post unntitled. I spent last week at Sara's in Utah while Ralph took a trip to Guatemala with members of his family. He had a wonderful time and learned much. They saw ruins at Tikal and the place where archeologists agree that it was probably the place of "the waters of Mormon" called Atitlan. He brought home souvenirs, choocolate, and a good case of "Montezuma's Revenge".

I had a wonderful time at Sara's and enjoyed my grandchildren. Sara did many things to make the stay comfortable and enjoyable. I especially enjoyed conversations with my grandaughters, Ashtyn and Alayna. We took an excursion to IKEA Monday and all in all had a great time.

Now we are home in Rexburg, it feels like fall and Ralph is busy finishing up his research on his "Homes of the Prophets" project and getting ready for the fall semester at BYUI. He says this feels too much like his doctoral dissertation. I guess its the old school teacher in me but I am ready for fall to be here too.