Monthly Archives: April 2012

Padparadscha Swarovski Crystals

I enjoyed using Padparadscha Swarovski Crystals with mother of pearl and white pearls.  Does anyone know how to pronounce Padparadscha? Apparently, this color comes from India and I adore it.

My cousin died in Idaho and I just got word of it last night so I’ve been doing some genealogy searching for his sister so I am not doing much blogging today. I also took my neighbor for a medical procedure this morning so my morning was at a doctor’s office.  Sad to say but it seems that most of my social life now a days is at doctor’s offices.

Bliss List End of April

Connecting to Liv Lane’s Bliss List Friday.

This is a postcard from 1909 that was sent to my grandmother before she married. Ervin lived in Standrod, Idaho and she lived in Almo, Idaho and had met at a dance.  He was trying to be the charming young man who enjoyed dancing with her and was anxious for the next dance to come.

1. We had three blissful days of warmth.  It even got up to 80 one day. The birds are back and I’ve kept a listening ear open to hear their tunes.

2. My neighbor and friend is moving – sad for me but happy for her. She asked if I could get boxes.  Well, now.  I took a look in my basement and found all kinds of odds and ends, small and big boxes that my daughter left when she moved.  As I was checking my garage, walla – found about 15 folded boxes that I hadn’t even noticed before.  It felt so good to help a friend and get rid of boxes that just take up space. Although, now I might have to clean my garage it is such a mess.

3. One of the better water aerobic instructors found out that I make hand made jewelry and asked if I wanted to display some at her home where she does nails. She is a sweet young girl who loves to dance just like I do. She went to Arabia this year and even taught water aerobics there. The jury is still out, haven’t decided if I like this necklace I made or not.

4. Count down begins, I’ll be going to California in August for my 4th grandchild’s birth.  Can’t wait.

5. I’ve been blogging about my adventures in Alaska which really takes me back to my single and carefree days when all I had to worry about was getting up on time to go to work.

Snow Up to Your Knees

I awoke to 14 inches

of fresh sparkling white
snow. I jumped into
my car and thought, 
“I’ll just gun it” and
back out into the
freshly plowed street.”
It’s only a couple of feet.
Nice thought, only
it didn’t quite work
that way.

I was definitely stuck
with no shovel at hand.
I thought, 
“I’ll just call work
and say I am not
coming into work.”
Turning to leave,
a car stopped in
the middle of the street,
two guys eagerly jumped out 
and began to
shovel the snow.
Along came another guy
and guess what –
they got my car out into
the street in no time.
My roommate, however,
just stayed home. I was
insanely jealous.



Anchorage picks up
the snow and puts it into
a dump truck which
in turn dumps the snow
into a dry lake bed. I
marveled at how they
handled snow.

By the way, I have it all figured out.
All of us wanted to
know what happened to
 winter.  Well, here
is a picture of where it
went.

 Road to Valdez in 2012. 


To get to Valdez, you
 drive over a mountain pass.
When I drove it,
clouds descended like 
heavenly angels so
that I thought I was
driving in fog.

Typical Alaskan humor.

Fur Rondy

The winter of 1974 was my first
Fur Rondy, held in downtown
Anchorage.

It was 5 degrees below zero
but hundreds lined the
street waiting for the Iditarod 
race to start. The dogs
were anxious to go,
the dog sleds were packed,
and the racers waiting for
that gunshot.
 Enthralling
to say the least, I
couldn’t take my eyes off
the dogs, sleds, the seal fur 
parkas and
Eskimos. I did not have a clue
as to who was racing – just
being there was a thrill.
The race began
 in Anchorage
 and ended in Nome.

I was there stomping around in
my grey suede leather
witch pointy 
cow pie kicking
boots. No matter how long
I stomped, my feet were
freezing. 
 Who in
their right mind goes to
a winter festival in below
zero weather?

These boots keep your feet warm, not
cowboy boots from Utah. 

You can bet these girls
were warm in their fur
coats.

After all the dogs and sleds
had left, the fascinating
walrus skin blanket toss
(Alaskan trampoline) 
began. Totally
mesmerizing!

Did you notice that same
bright in your face
yellow building? For the
life of me, I do not
remember what it was.


Downtown Anchorage had a
lower half that was a good
six feet lower on the north
side, it had sunk during
that devastating 1964
earthquake.


First Things FIrst

 I was told to have
an oil heater installed
on the engine of
my car.

The very first time I
forgot to plug in my
car at night, my
car wouldn’t start.
also had to remember 
to plugin
my car at work especially
when it was 40 below.
Westward view from my
apartment looking
at my car.

The first time a
woman propped
down $400 cash
and asked for an 
abortion at
the clinic,
shocked me.

My friend Kelly took
me to a stock car race 
in Fairbanks (now called 
Thunder on the Tundra).
Every time the cars came
by, a ton and I mean a
ton of dirt came
flying our way.

It was Sunday and I
had to drive 8 hours
back to Anchorage covered
with grimy gritty sandy
dirt. It was in my hair,
on my face, in every
crevice and pore.


And did I say that
I never ever had
the urge to go to
a stock car race
on a dirt track again?

Friday’s Bliss List #11

I am linking up with Liv Lane and her Bliss List Party.

1. I am grateful that I am a child of God and that He answers my prayers.

2. I am grateful that I know I will see my loved ones again after I die.

3. I am grateful for the sun because if we did not have its warmth, all on this earth would parish.

4. I am grateful for Jesus Christ and his sacrifice for us so that we may live again with Him.

5. My grandson got baptized and has his own new Bible.