Saturday, June 14, 2008


Compliments of August 1957 Seventeen Magazine
Don't even ask how I happened to have this magazine at the cabin with me.
Our assignment for this Saturday is "EMOTION '(S) Well since today is my 65th birthday, there will probably be lots of emotion today. I'm HAPPY that I'm this "old?" and I'm BEWILDERED because I'm this "old". I'm SAD about some mistakes I've made and DELIGHTED about others. I'm GLAD I won't have to pay my husbands past employer $400. quarterly for private insurance any more.

I feel so HUMBLE to live in this great country and to have the Flag flown on this day.

I feel EMPATHY everyday about what is going on in parts of the world. I feel ANGUISH at many of the front page photo's of the New York Times.

I feel FORTUNATE and PROUD that we have such beautiful and gifted children and grandchildren. I'm AMAZED and GRATEFUL that my husband loves and cares for me through everything. I feel LOVE and JOY when I think of him. I am blessed to feel the WARMTH of friendship from many friends.

Today I feel GRATITUDE for our 1st grandchild, for he was born on this day also, on my 50th Birthday. I remind him every year that
he was the "BEST" birthday gift I'll ever receive. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDSON

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Friday, June 13, 2008


I wish it was a Nursery with cute little 6 month old babies crawling around on the floor but it's not that kind of a nursery.
I'm babysitting 14 huge hanging baskets for my porch and Max's barn. I picked them up last Saturday and the weather is so cold at night that we can't hang them. Also 5 flats of assorted growing stuff. Every day they go out on the deck to "take the sun" and then back in before
dark to rest overnight. The last three nights of below freezing weather and today the weather starts to improve. Doesn't really feel like we've moved in until the baskets are hanging.
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Thursday, June 12, 2008


We have a great little 1890 museum on the shores of Grand Lake. It is a historical hotel named
The Kauffman House. Ezra Kauffman and his wife raised 3 daughters in the hotel and it was owned by the family until 1945. I'll be posting more about it often.

There is a wallpaper restoration taking place. They will leave this strip of the original paper.
The photo on the wall is of two of the Kauffman daughters.

Vintage washing machine

Beautiful pass-through. Originally there was one here that matched the small chest to the right, but it disappeared. This one was saved from the old ghost town of Gaskill shortly before the Park Service tore down what remained of the town-- sometime in the 60's probably.

Patience Kemp was the driving force towards saving the hotel and starting the Historical Association. She and her mother Mary Cairns were the town historians. Mary wrote the history of Grand Lake in a book called "Grand Lake in the Olden Days". The geraniums in the window are reminiscent of the ones Mrs. Kauffman kept in this window. It's my understanding that these geraniums are very old. Each fall a town gardener takes them home for the winter. She starts several plants from starts of these plants. At the town flower sale in late May they are rationed and always the first plants to go.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008


Abby's soccer game last week. They had to win by 3 or more goals to advance to the championships. They were ahead 4-0 when the coach took Abby out saying she had made enough goals--3 of the 4 made so far. They went on to win 8-0. They lost the championship game the next day. These are pictures of the three goals Abby made.

Tim raced at Deer Valley over the week end and took 2nd place.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Engagement Pictures
Bridal Photo's

We know the snow is real because the beautiful Bride has her hiking boots on.

Wedding Day

Monday, June 9, 2008


I missed last week so I hope to get up to speed this Monday. Our assignment this week is to tell about a happy childhood memory.
I grew up on a farm and had dogs, horses and hills and fields to play in. Our house always welcomed our friends and my mother was always cooking for more than our family. My grandparents were close and I had lots of aunts and uncles and cousins. Many of the things we did as kids in the early 50's would be so dangerous in this day and age, but at that time were just things everyone did. I had good friends and for the most part good experiences.
We had a huge cottonwood tree that we called "The Big Tree" and we built a haphazard tree house in it and would sit by the hour and talk and make plans. We would have neighborhood summer slumber parties and all sleep on our front lawn or our neighbors lawn (boys and girls) and the worst thing that took place was the boys would sneak off and try to scare the girls with scarry sounds. We had a canal that we would ride tubes down. Forget the fact that I didn't learn to swim until I was pregnant with my second child. I had a couple of girl friends that also had horses and we rode by the hour on the hills behind my house. We came home when we were hungry. We had a huge grain field in front of my house and we would pull up clumps of tall grain and stomp down huge "houses" that we would play in. There is a subdivision with huge houses and a large church house on the property now. The "Big Tree" has been gone for a while and the canal was piped about 10 years ago. Growing up in the 50's was really as idyllic for me as most T.V. shows say it was.

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Sunday, June 8, 2008


Saturday 12 Noon
Sunday 6 A.M.

Sunday 12 Noon

The town motto is "If you don't like the weather, wait 10 minutes"


View from the Dock

It's the second week in June and the daffodils are just starting to bloom

Got a little cleaning up to do from last fall

Got the important things done-- new deck chairs for the grandkids

The paddle boat will stay right there for awhile

Ditto for the Canoe