10 February 2016



I love Amazon Kindle although reading a real book is my preference. I have quite the collection of downloads that I've picked up free thanks to OHFB.com.  I'm not sure if the link will work...

I've even found some big person coloring books that I can download and print.  Free!  I was looking through one the other day and came across some quotes I really like.

They're true.  For me, at least.
“You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear." 
"There are all kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice." F. Scott Fitzgerald 
"Once you truly believe you're worthy of love, you will never settle for anyone's second best treatment." — Charles J Orlando
I still hate Valentine's Day, though.

O'Dark What?

Poor poor Caboosey.  He has already decided he is getting his drivers license on his birthday next week. The only problem with that is that he needs to have three two-hour road tests to complete driver's ed.  Because he is in a graduating class of at least a thousand students, that means there's about 250 or so that also need their road tests after school.

He got around it, though.  He's doing them at 5 am.  That means he gets to get up at four-freakin' am each day--the first one being tomorrow.  The last one is the day before his birthday.  He has to get up that early and he has Utah Prime tryouts from 8-10 pm that night.

Poor, poor Caboosey.

(I remember having my road times be at 6 or 6:15 am.  And clearly recall stunning spring sunrises with the Tetons since I took my dr ed 4th quarter because I was the youngest.)

Perky... Seriously

I have three bowls of food out for our three kittehs.  I try to feed them twice a day in hopes of keeping the jungle pouch small and to try to trick them, I'll dump the food from two of the bowls into a third, making it look full.

The Perk-Brat doesn't fall for it.  He will not eat unless all three are full.  Completely full.  He even pushed the bag of cat food off the counter last night because I wasn't moving fast enough for him.

Yet there was one bowl that was completely full...

Silly kitteh.  Gotta love him.

Is It Really THAT Hard?

Traffic circles.  Roundabouts.

What ever they're called.  Why do people have such a hard time using them?

Lent? No. But...

I have to admit that Ash Wednesday and Lent aren't really practices I've understood.  I've been a Latter-day Saint for the majority of my life and honestly, I've never really thought about it besides noticing, especially back in the day when John Stockton played for the Jazz and a game was scheduled that night...

I came across this blog today that not only gives a brief explanation of the practices of both Ash Wednesday and Lent, but also why we as Latter-day Saints don't practice it.

The video included is a brief moment of one of my favorite General Conference talks.  I wrote that entry a couple years before Broken Vessel, which is definitely my most favorite General Conference talk--but None Were With Him is close behind.

Having said that we don't observe Lent, I came across an article that shares ideas of how we can participate in the spirit of Lent.  I like it.  AND I learned something new.  I'd always thought the robe  placed upon the Savior before His Crucifixion was a maroon type red.  I've often wondered why I've seen purple cloth draped on crosses across the internet around Easter.  Well, now I know, which is really pathetic considering it's in St. Mark! Yeah, pathetic.  I've read those verses many times in my life, I guess it just didn't...  click.  Purple, people.  It's right there.

I admit, Easter is my favorite holiday.  Spring is my favorite season.  It's close--and the Lenten season being upon us reinforces it.  I'm thankful for Lent, even though I don't believe or participate for just that reason.  If it's Lent, Springtime is soon, and Easter is right behind it.

09 February 2016

The Middle Belt

It's funny how one item or fact can totally affect a person.

The Caboose went snowboarding this past Saturday with *gasp* a girl.  He tried to un"date" the date but in the end, I think he realized it was a date.  Because he's not 16 yet, we picked him up in his Grand Cherokee.  He got in first and scooted towards the middle seat, after moving Sapphire to the seat belt behind Papa, who was driving.  The girl sat directly behind me.

After we dropped her off at her house, Papa (aka GB) mentioned to the Caboose that the polite, correct (?) thing to do for her safety would be to let the girl sit in the middle.  The Caboose responded with "yeah, I know, but I didn't want her to be sitting in the middle belt."

I understood instantly what he was talking about.  He's mentioned in the previous weeks about how he doesn't want to get a vehicle with a lap belt in the middle, yet his "Charity" (we're a car naming family, apparently) has a lap belt in the back seat.

It makes sense.


When the investigation into the accident that killed his friend, Cadee, was completed, it had been discovered that she was wearing her seatbelt, a lap belt much like the one that the Caboose was wearing on Saturday.  Unfortunately, though, the lap belt had a fatal malfunction and Cadee was (partially, I believe) ejected from the truck and killed.

As a result, the Caboose never wants to put anyone in a lap belt.  He doesn't want to run the risk of the same malfunction.  That's why he was sitting in the middle seat, rather than letting the girl he went snow boarding with use it.  He doesn't trust lap belts.  Can't say I blame him.  It seems like newer cars don't have lap belts anymore--though the Dakota did (it's sold now)--so they're not much of a worry.  Obviously, though, a 1993 vehicle still has a lap belt.

One the Caboose hopes is rarely if ever used in "Charity".

I have to admit, though, I'm proud of him to not let his friend use it when he's been traumatized by the cause of Cadee's death.  He was being polite and gentlemanly, in his mind.