Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Hawaii - Day Six - Polynesian Cultural Center

This was the day for the Polynesian Cultural Center. What a day!

As you can see President and Sister Hinckley visited PPC on it's 40th anniversary.

On the way there we stopped to see the turtles.

John and Karen showed us where they were on Sunday, but we didn't stop that day.

We didn't see any turtles on the beach but did see one in the water just a few feet from us. It was fun watching it. People were snorkeling next to them.

Then we went over to the beautiful Hawaiian LDS Temple. The grounds and waterfalls and pools are just gorgeous. We stopped in the visitor center and had a nice visit with a couple there and another missionary sister who showed us a film.

We intended to go by BYU Hawaii where Karen works but time didn't allow.

We spent a wonderful day at the Polynesian Center, from 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM and after a very long day headed back home.

We would have been there 30 minutes earlier but we got a little lost, and took a wrong turn that was taking us back where we had just come from. We figured it out fast and turned around.

John was up waiting for us. Karen has to go to bed early because she leaves for work at 4:30. They live an hour away from the college.

We'd had a big day. And we slept well!

Monday, May 28, 2007

Hawaii - Day Five - Sunday

John and Karen have a lovely home in a beautiful city. Their backyard is small, but beautiful. It's a patio surrounded by palm trees, plants, and other trees. Hawaii style!

Sunday was a relaxing day. Church started at 8:30. Early. I think 9:00 is early. We came home and John and Karen cooked salmon and wonderful vegetables for dinner. I love salmon! It was perfect.

John worked hard to keep me from getting sick. He forgot at one time and offered me a cookie. I ate it and then he offered another one. I said no, and reminded him that I wasn't supposed to have had the first one.

He was totally upset with himself for not remembering that I wasn't supposed to eat a cookie. I should do better than I do in abstaining. In fact, I did get sick by the time we got home.

I ate bad stuff on the plane ride home. It wasn't necessary at all! I had good food in my bag. I will never do that again. I say that a lot, but I have to do better. That food is poison to my body. It literally causes infection in my sinus's and intestines. And, it can cause colon cancer. I really need to get this straight!

But, as I say this I have to admit that after dinner I did cheat. They drove us around the north shore to the point. We drove through a quaint little town where everyone goes to get shaved ice, and there is a great bakery there also. We didn't stop for anything but made a point of doing it the next day.

We stopped at the Dole Store and that's where I cheated. We had pineapple ice cream. Mine was covered with shaved coconut. I knew better than to have ice cream. Milk is as bad as wheat.

Then we stopped for a - well I was going to tell you what it is but I can't think of the word. It's a Hawaiian donut though. They are very good. We had some that were sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, and mine was filled with custard. John's was filled with chocolate. That's wheat and milk!!!

Between the two cheats. I went to bed with a sore throat. It happens that fast!

It was a good thing that I had some antibiotics with me. The medicine helped fast so that I was able to enjoy the next day.

John, Karen, and I were very disappointed when we got to church because the genealogy I brought wasn't complete. I had three discs and there was only information on one.

We worked on a Harper CD that John's uncle Bob sent him. We got it loaded onto the computer.

And I helped Karen with the PAF program so she will have a better understanding of it.

These two last pictures were taken the last night at the Hale Koa.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

My Allergies

I can't believe how sensitive I am to foods! I have been so good since I got back from Hawaii trying not to eat anything that would trigger one of my symptoms.

Saturday night we went to Golden Corral for dinner and I made sure I didn't eat anything that would hurt me - except (you know there always has to be an exception.) I put a scoop of mashed potatoes on my plate. I only ate three bites, and then decided they weren't good enough to get sick on. See there's milk in mashed potatoes. The second cheat was that I had a rice krispy treat. It wasn't even worth it! It was dry and hard. I should be able to have rice krispy treats, but the problem is that rice krispies in the store have corn in them.

I had two rice krispies at Lisa's house Friday night. I won't do that again. I'll have to make my own with the rice krispies I buy at the "Good Earth." They are made with just rice.

Then yesterday after church we had stir fry. All it had in it was chicken and vegetables. I sprinkled about one teaspoon or less of soy sauce, and I had a horrible headache at the back of my neck, which is what happens every time I eat soy.

I will just have to learn that I can't tolerate any of these things. I thought I might be able to soy sauce if it's La Choy, because there is wheat in the other brands. But, it's not just wheat. I'm allergic to soy as well.

Beautiful Wikiki

Here we are in Hawaii, enjoying the beautiful island of Oahu.

We stayed 3 nights at the Hale Koa (military) Hotel. We checked out at noon today (Saturday) and I left kicking and screaming! Okay, not really, but I stayed until the very last minute. Actually, I met Mike in the lobby at 12:08, eight minutes late.

We drove through Honolulu and headed up to Punch Bowl. This is the cemetery where those who died during the raid at Pearl Harbor are buried. We visited Pearl Harbor yesterday. It was heart-retching both days thinking of these brave men and women who lost their lives.

We're now at my cousin and his wife's home. John and Karen have lived here on the island for the past 20 years. Karen lived here a few years prior to them marrying in 1983. They met, and lived at BYU in Provo. Karen worked at BYU and John was going to school.

They showed us around the city where they live, Mililani. It's beautiful here! They took us to dinner at Ruby Tuesdays. It was delicious.

Tomorrow morning we will go to church in Hawaii. I did that in 1976 and 1978. It will be fun to do it again.

Hawaii Here We Come

We leave for Hawaii tomorrow morning. Unfortunately, I'm still sick.

I have a sinus infection that is really holding on.

I keep counting the days that I should be able to rest and hopefully be well enough to do the things we hope to do that will take strength to do like: Visiting Pearl Harbor, and touring through the Polynesian Cultural Center.

The last one is the one I'm most worried about.

I've been there twice and can remember doing a lot of walking. There are wheelchairs there if I need one, but if it comes down to that, I will just cry.

I was in a wheelchair 10 years ago after I first came down with post-polio. It was a terrible time in my life - to find myself dependent upon people, and not have the freedom of mobility that I was used to having.

Mike just said that maybe we'd better cancel our trip, but I said, "No Way." Somehow, I will make it.

I hope I won't have any problems with the plane ride though. You shouldn't travel by air when you have a cold or a sinus infection.

This will be one of my last blogs for a week. I hope by the time I'm on here again, I have better news.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Mother's Day

I enjoyed Mother's Day in spite that I was sick all day.

I enjoyed visits from my kids and grand kids. Sherri, and Amy and their families came.

It was the first time they had seen the condo, and it was good to see the them all.

Chris and David came in the evening and we had a good visit.

Chris saw the condo a few days before, but it was David's first time here.

Little Lydia and little Eylse are growing and changing. It's fun to see them trying out their newly learned skills.

Lydia couldn't sit by herself when they visited us in Arizona. But sits very well by herself now, and easily amuses herself with toys, and everything in the diaper bag. She thinks that's a great toy all by itself.

Elyse pulls herself up to the coffee table and likes to walk around it. Her mother impedes her progress by moving her though. Which is a good things since it is a glass table and Sherri doesn't want her to get hurt.

Elyse just turned a year old three weeks ago and doesn't crawl or walk yet. But she walks by furniture and walks with a little help of others. She scoots around on her bottom, moving from side to side. She doesn't get very far, very fast, that way. But, that's her mode of travel for now.

We had a nice time seeing everyone at Mike and Susan's house on Saturday. I felt well that day, and was able to enjoy everything.

The kids gave me very nice gifts. Cari made me a necklace with my birthstone in it. And she gave me a little birthstone bear trinket.

Kim gave me a box full of homemade cards to be given at different occasions. That will certainly come in handy!

Lisa made me a calender that is stamped with cute things for each month. Now, I have an updated list of all the birthdays. Boy, did I need that!

Susan gave me a book entitled: Mom, The woman Who Made Oatmeal Stick to My Ribs.

Sherri gave me a towel and wash cloth for the kitchen, and an oven-mitt. This was very good since most of my kitchen stuff ended up in Arizona.

I had everything divided and on the shelves of the Clinton garage. One side was Arizona and the other side was Ogden. But, when the movers came, they didn't understand and several boxes when to Arizona that were meant to stay in Ogden.

Chris gave me a cute bird feeder. I really wanted one in Arizona. Everyone around us have bird feeders, and lots of birds around. Mike and I wanted one next to the Arizona room so we could watch the birds.

All in all, it was a wonderful Day!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Huntington Corea - Diabetes

I don't think there is a family in the world that doesn't suffer from some disease. Ours has Huntington Corea from my father's, mother's side, and diabetes from my mother's father's side.

I was on the web this evening looking up Huntington Corea and found a wonderful website. This isn't a paid post but well worth looking at if you have any disease. It says it can cure Huntington Corea and then goes on to say that it will cure diabetes, and every other disease like Fibromyalgia, and others. Sharon always says she doesn't trust something that claims it can cure everything.

This website says everything I believe though. It would cost you $77.00 for several books, which would be worth it, if it helps. The books basically teach you how to eat! And to eat a PH balanced diet, with lots of greens. Lots of fruit and vegetables, and get rid of the toxins that come with our fast food diet. I believe this is true. I ought to know. This is my diet! If I eat other foods I will have terrible symptoms!

I've read that this generation growing up is the first generation that will not live as long as the generations before them. This is due to the fast food industry, that is full of fat, preservatives, and has little food value.

Botox for Sharon

My dear sister Sharon has suffered for years with migraine headaches. She has tried everything possible that people suggest to relieve herself from these but to no avail. Until now that it. She just tried botox and has been migraine headache free.

I don't know if it is a cure or not because only time and she will be able to tell, and it's only been a few days. I hope and pray this is an answer for her. I can't really imagine how botox works, but whatever, as long as it works.

Actually, I just talked to Robyn and she said her mother had a terrible headache yesterday, but thinks it came from food. Neither of us can eat. It's ridiculous! We got this from our mother, and she probably got it from her mother. Oh well, I'd rather get my mother's bad genes than my father's. He and his family have Huntington Corea, a terrible disease!

Sharon also suffers from fibromyalgia and fatigue syndrome. I just want her to have the quality of life she deserves. I hope she continues to do well. I love Sharon!

This is not a paid post.

PS: Sharon still suffers. She hasn't found the answer yet.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Susan And The Kids Leave Syracuse

Susan, bless her heart, packed up the last of the remaining things after a two month move, and drove herself and the kids to Idaho, hauling a trailer they bought from the neighbor.

Mike, Susan, and her dad Billie, have been moving things for months now, every weekend. They had so much food storage, and the church wouldn't move it. That's an oxymoron, don't you think? Mike works for the church! They are paying to move everything in their house except the food storage that they encourage us to have.

It is not as strange as it seems. Mike and Susan don't have a one-year supply of food, they have a five-year supply of food, for six people, including treats! The church has a weight limit and their food storage alone was over the weight limit.

The pictures are of their Syracuse home. They had just put new tile in the kitchen.
Andrew is with his best friend Kodiac.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

I'm Feeling Better

Despite the fact that I didn't get any sleep last night - I am feeling much better.

The good antibiotic I'm taking for my sinus infection -and other supplements to support my thyroid, is beginning to strengthen my body. This is very good.

I only have 6 days before we leave for Hawaii, and I want to feel well and have enough strength to tour the Polynesian Cultural Center, and visit the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, and Mike wants to hike up to Diamond Head. I'm sure I can't do that one, but I'd sure like to give it a try.

One of my favorite things to do there is snorkel. That was such a fun experience when I was there in 1978. Jeri was there with me but wouldn't get into the water. The sun on the beach was so wonderful, she just wouldn't budge. She regretted it for years -listening to me talk about how much I loved it.

About 10 years ago or so, (Pam will have to tell me exactly when they went) Pam, Joan, Jeri and Heather went to Hawaii. Jeri wanted to snorkel for sure, but it was raining the day they planned on going.

She finally had an opportunity to go snorkeling on a trip she took with Larry. She loved it!

I was invited to go with them on that trip, but didn't want to go without Mike. He's never been, and I didn't want to go a third time, where he hadn't had the experience once.

Mike filled his suitcase this morning to see how everything fit. He was able to fit almost everything he intends to take in the second to the largest suitcase. Leaving the largest for me. I'm going to do my run through later today, to see how what I plan to take fits. I usually take more than I need.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Sinus Infection

I just can't seem to stay well, or rather I should say, get well, and stay that way.

Two nights ago after getting on the web at 2 AM, I ran across an article on thyroid, and realized I haven't been taking my thyroid medicine. Yep! That's what caused the whole problem with my heart racing, and potassium dropping.

I got on the medicine, and last night realized I have a sinus infection! I have these chronically.

Part of the problem comes from living in Utah. The temperature goes up and down and causes me problems, and then I'm allergic to so much of the growth here. I love trees and flowers, why don't they love me?

Next, problem as I've mentioned in lots of my blogs is food intolerance's. One thing that causes me to have sinus infection is sugar. This can come in forms that you wouldn't think of being sugar. We had spaghetti last night. I only use rice pasta, but rice is very high on the glycemic index, and it can cause sinus infection. I just want to eat like normal people!!!!!!!

Monday, May 07, 2007


Jesse, is one of Brian's best friends.

He is the most loyal friend to us for sure.

After Brian passed away, Jesse spent a great deal of time with us, making sure we were okay.

He brought me a card and flowers for Mother's Day, and brought Mike a card on Father's Day.

He dropped in for visits often before we moved from our Clinton home.

We lost contact after we've moved to Arizona. Although, I sent him a Christmas card, and then April 7, my sister Sharon's birthday, which is Jesse's birthday, I sent him a birthday card. He was so surprised!

He called us in Arizona, and said he would come see us when we got to Ogden.

He came for a visit, on May 5, which is the anniversary of Brian's departure.

We love Jesse! He is like one of our kids. He is very thoughtful, and sweet, and it's fun to be around him. He is maturing, and doing well with his job.

His birthday is only one week later than Brian's, and I can't help but look at Jesse and see where Brian would be if he were here today.

His visits are both wonderful and hard on me. As I said I am easily traumatized. It just hurts me too much to remember certain things.

Remembering Brian!

Our precious son Brian, died 3 years ago Saturday. It is very hard for me to write this blog, yet I want to.

I have a very difficult time honoring Memorial Day, visiting the graves, and hearing someone else says, "guess what today is?" They want to remember and talk about a birthday, or some other special day. I just can't handle most of it. It all traumatizes me!

Brain is my step-son. I raised him from the time he was 7. He died at age 21. He was a fun little boy! He was cute, curious, creative, and Very, Very Busy!

He loved holidays. Halloween, was a favorite. He made a scary man that sat at the front door, and turned our basement into a haunted house. He invited the neighborhood to a scary time and treats. He was always thinking and doing!

Our first Christmas was fun for the whole family. There was Mike, Me, Sherri, Amy, Lisa, Chris who was home from BYU and Brian.

Brian strung the trees outside with Christmas lights, but there was no outlet outside, so he strung the wire through our kitchen window (our kitchen was at the front of the house.)

The wire was strung across the kitchen and plugged into an outlet on the far wall. When I walked into the kitchen I nearly hung myself. I walked right into the wire. He made us laugh everyday.

He could also be very frustrating. When he got something in his head he wanted to do, no matter how unrealistic it was, you just couldn't talk him out of it. This was especially difficult when he was a teenager.

He wanted a new car every year, and just couldn't understand why we didn't get it for him. He got his first car when he was 17 and by the time he was 21 had had 6 cars!

His greatest love was working on his and all his friends cars. He became very proficient at installing stereos in cars and building and installing speaker boxes. He worked for several companies that dealt with these things, including "The Hi-Fi Shop," and one I can't remember the name of that built speaker boxes.

We always knew Brian was a little different. It wasn't until he was about 19 that I realized he was depressed! I got him into a doctor the first day he told me he wanted to die. Dr. Taylor was very helpful and got him on some medication.

He tried to commit suicide numerous times. We had so many doctors, therapists, hospital stays, and it goes on and on. I'm not going to go into the episodes he had. But, let it suffice to say, he was eventually diagnosed with a disorder called, Borderline Personality Disorder, and unfortunately,was successful in taking his life.

I'm in tears now, and need to quit for now. I love him so much, but thinking about him and talking about him is too painful.

I would like to end the blog with my testimony that I know where Brian is! I know he's been forgiven by the Father, and I know he's moving forward, and happy. I know someday we'll be reunited with him again. That day will be glorious!

Saturday, May 05, 2007

The Bathroom Is Painted

When we painted a few weeks ago we decided not to do the bathroom. There was wallpaper on three walls, the bottom half, that I didn't like and wanted it gone. Last week I started pulling it off, but it wouldn't come off without a struggle. Who ever put it there intended it to stay. Forever!

I used wallpaper stripper but that didn't do much. Pam suggested that I put a little shampoo or dish soap in the water and stray it on, and that it would come off easier. It did. But I finally gave up trying to get it off. I just sanded the rough places and painted it. I should say Mike painted it. He got up early this morning and it took him about 2 hours.

We're not done with the room yet because I'm still working on the part of the wall that had the wallpaper. It needs to be sanded a little better. But, at least most of the room is done.

I have a border for the top that will look perfect. I bought the border for a condo Mike and I planned on building, but the builder took two years and never got started on it. We gave up, asked for our deposit back, and bought the Clinton home.

I was going to put the border in the master bath there but I didn't have enough, and really didn't want anything there that wasn't neutral. I knew that someday we would sell that home.

We always intended it to be about a 6 year home, because we knew we would move to two homes when he retired. It turned out to be a seven year home. We certainly loved it there. We will miss it. But, for now, we sure love the two homes that we replaced it with.

I'm Freezing!

We came back to Utah too soon! I'm freezing! I run everyone out of the house with the heat, because they think it's hot, yet I am never comfortable.

Next year we aren't coming back until May, but I'm not sure that will do it, since it's almost the second week of May and it's not warm enough for me yet.

I am feeling a little bit stronger than I was two weeks ago, but my strength has certainly returned slowwwly. I need to get strong because Mike and I are going to Hawaii in a week and a half. Yeah!!!! How fun! We are really looking forward to it.

Mike is worried that I won't have enough strength to walk around and see the sights. I hope I will do alright, but I can tell you right now, if we went tomorrow, I would be in trouble.

We are still strolling through stores buying things for our condo, and after one store or sometimes two stores if we're lucky - I have to give it up and come home. I'm just worn out.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Birthday Party For Nicholas

Tonight is Nicholas's 6th. birthday party. I hope I feel better tonight than I do right now. We had Chinese food last night from Maple Express, and I must have gotten some wheat.

Okay, I know I ate some wheat because I ate szechuan chicken which is the best item they sell. I think everything there had wheat in it. That will be very sad for me to never have szechuan chicken again! I should learn how to make it myself using rice flour. I'm sure I could get the recipe off the web.

Mom Susan, offers up the cake, while Dad Mike, gets the camera ready.

Nicholas, showing his puppy dog, given to him by Grandpa and me. He was very in love with this puppy that sat on our bed. You would have thought I was giving away one of my kids when I decided to let it go to Nick. My good friend Nancy came to my rescue by giving me more stuffed puppy dogs. Now I have three on my bed.

Nicholas, opening his presents

Anyway, it will be fun seeing everyone tonight. I missed Elycs's 1st birthday party because I had just gotten out of the hospital. Mike brought me home and left for the party.

I also missed our great-grandson AJ's 1st birthday party because it was held the last week we were in Arizona. AJ and Elyse are only a few days apart.

Tomorrow night is Ashley's 3rd birthday party. They are talking about having a swimming party. I sure hope I start feeling better!

May is a big birthday month for us. Jake, Sherri, and Kim, were all born this month.

Mitt Romney

Did anyone watch the Republican Debate last night? It was held at the Reagan Museum, in Simi Valley, California.

Mike and I visited this museum about 4 years ago. It was very exciting for me to stroll though the museum, and suddenly come upon a picture of a relative of mine, James Whitelaw Reid.

Mike and I hope to go to the museum again someday. And, I'm going to remember to bring our cameraa

I appreciated most of the answers the 10 gave during the debate. Mitt was definitely the one I was impressed with. I think he would be a wonderful president.

He has the talent that is needed to pull this country together, and straighten out the messes that have been made.

My vote is with Mitt! I hope he gets the nomination, so I can vote for him.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

I Had Two Torn Retinas

A few years after my cataracts were removed, I noticed a dark area in my eye. This was 3 1/2 years ago at the time our son Brian had died. I thought possibly the eye problem had something to do with stress, or my blood sugar.

Luckily, I got into the doctor and it was discovered that there was a tear in the retina in the right eye. I was immediately sent to a specialist in Salt Lake City (Kirk Winward) who waited for me to get there in spite of the fact that it was 6 PM.

He lazered the tear and I had regular visits one a month for 6 months to make certain everything had healed right. I was shocked at the 6th visit to learn that there was scar tissue and I would have to have an operation to correct it.

It seems like it was only 1/2 hour after returning home from the operation at I had a dark area in the peripheral vision of that same eye, and was told to come in immediately.

He had me return to his office immediately, and sure enough I had a second torn retina.

He lazered that tear - right on top of the part of the eye that had the surgery on. Ouch!!!!
That was a terrible experience. And, I don't ever want to do it again!


Several years ago I went to the doctor with my daughter who was having lasik eye surgery. I talked to her doctor about my situation and told him that I had cataracts, but didn't know if they were bad enough to have them removed yet. He examined my eyes and the good news for me at least, was that they were bad enough to do the surgery.

I hadn't been aware that a new lens is put in the eye at the time cataracts are removed. I just thought they cleaned the original lens. I was shocked to find out that a new lens would have (hopefully) a vision of 20/20. Previously, I had the vision of 2400, and I started wearing glasses at age five.

My surgery wasn't as successful as I'd hoped. My left eye now had a vision of 20/40, which was wonderful compared to what it had been! And the right eye was 20/80. Still better, but not good.

I resorted to wearing a contact on my left eye to bring the vision to 20/20. And, left the right eye as it was - which created what's called mono-vision.

Now I could see fairly well with distance and reading.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Kenny The Cartoonist

Kenny, where are you when I need you. I have just taken an opp called Cartoon Caption Contest. They need a caption for a cartoon, and they run this opp every month. The prize is I win is $200. I could use $200. Since you're not here and I'm supposed to do this on my own - here goes. It will be fun to see how creative I am.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The Mormon's

I'm watching the second night of a PBS Documentary on the Mormon's. This documentary is not made by the Mormon Church, but by a non-member. It has been very good for the most part, and also frustrating because there are false ideas being said by non-members and also previous members who have left the church.

One of the things that was just talked about is baptism for the dead. A Jewish gentleman is very upset because he discovered that his parents had been baptized into the Mormon Church. This caused him pain because as he said, "he is a Jew and parents are Jewish, and that's the way he wants it to stay."

He doesn't want to get to heaven and find out that his parents are unhappy because they were baptized Mormon's and they didn't want to be Mormons.

Does anyone see the irony in this last paragraph?

Let me set this straight.

First: No one is being baptized Mormon's. They are being baptized into the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints. That sounds like the Mormon's and in a way is. Except the difference is - this is not Joseph Smith's church. It never was and never will be. Joseph explained that over and over, but the people wouldn't listen. This is Christ's Church. The people are baptized into Christ's Church.

Second: The person who is being baptized has their free agency to accept this baptism, or not to accept it. One of God's greatest gifts is free-agency!

Third: The Mormon Church is either true - or it isn't true. If it is true this man's parents and all those people who have been baptized are very very happy! If it isn't true - well it just doesn't matter. Does it?!

Moving Jay's Car

Kenny is going to have to help me write this blog. It's his story and I want it really correct.

This happened in the mid 70's, and is quite a story! My son Kenny is a sweet, talented, rascal! He got into some normal teenage trouble and was often the instigator!

This incident happened at our Sunset, Utah 5th ward chapel. His Sunday School teacher and scout leader, Jay Gregory, whom the boys really did love, was the brunt of a very creative joke.

Kenny and several of his buddies in the class saw Jay's car unlocked one Sunday and decided to move it. It wasn't hard of course. They just got in, put it in gear, and pushed it to the north side of the building. (You could do that back then.)

Later Jay came out and couldn't find his car. He knew exactly, or at least almost exactly where he had parked it, and it wasn't there. He called the police (Sunset is a small town, and the local police knew Jay) and within a short while they found Jay's car on the north side of the church, and asked, "is this your car, Jay?" Of course, he was confused and wondered how it got there. He had parked it on the west side of the church where he usually parked it.

Jay was more careful the following Sunday and locked his car. That would have worked under normal circumstances, but as I said, I have a clever and talented son! I'm so glad he's not a criminal. He would be a clever one! It just so happened that Jay had forgotten something and drove his car home. He didn't lock it, of course, because it was in his own driveway, and he was only going to be a minute.

However, Kenny and Dale Zanone, knew Jay was going home. They ran the two blocks, stayed out of sight, knew they only had a small window of opportunity to get into that car without being caught, and knew they were taking a chance of getting caught even after getting into the car, but they didn't! They sneaked into the back and ducked down and somehow got back to the church without being seen.

They had the two back doors and the passenger side locked, so all Jay had to do was lock his own door. He did! He locked the two boys in the car. No problem! As soon as they could see they were safe, they opened the door and with the help of the other boys in the class pushed the car back to the same spot on the north side of the church.

Jay was totally perplexed!

Kenny has told me this story in the past, but just refreshed it during his visit to our home in Arizona earlier this month. He lives in Connecticut and we had a wonderful visit.

I knew as soon as he told it to me again that I was going to get this story written down and mail it to Jay. Jay has a great sense of humor and loves these boys like his own. I know he would enjoy reading the story and it would be nice for him to know who was responsible for moving his car and how his car got moved when it was locked!

Kenneth said...
That is exacly how it happened. I remember waiting week after week for Jay to forget to lock his car, hoping for a repeat of the prank, but he never forgot to lock the car.

Keep in mind it was winter and evening time frame, so our hiding in the car was easy as long as we didn't brust into laughter about the whole thing.

We stayed silent and got away with it. The thing I tried to do with these jokes was to include as many friends as possible. This reduced the chances of someone ratting us off.

Good work telling the story, I hope Jay likes hearing about it.


1:19 PM

Cancer Is Reshaping My Nose!

As if I haven't had enough health problems lately - now I have skin cancer on my nose. Actually, this isn't new. During the last few years Dr. Maughan has burned two skins cancers on the tip of my nose.

I was upset the first time because it left a small divot. When I went back and showed him a second cancer had taken its place, he empathized and said that there would now be a deeper divot, and sadly, there is.

During our winter stay in Arizona I noticed a skin cancer just above the divot. It grew, fell off, grew back, and fell off again. I knew I needed to get in and get it checked and actually planned on making an appointment with Dr. Maughan in February when we came for Quincy's baptism, but I didn't. Darn it!

By the time we got back home in April and I finally got to the doctor's office - it had grown - and now I have another divot that is quite large, but not as deep.

Now I'm worried because it's been a week and it looks to me like the cancer is growing back. It could be a scab, but I've never seen a yellow bumpy scab before.

I need to call Dr. Maughan's office and hope the doctor says everything is normal. I'm afraid that's really hopeful wishing!

Oh, I forgot to mention that Dr. Maughan burned a cancer on my wrist, and cut out another one on the top of my head. Oh, my goodness! I want this to stop!