Sunday, September 27, 2009

Summer Place

Beverly, my mother-in-law called a few weeks ago and asked if I'd like to go to the beach with her - awww me and beaches were made for each other!

So instead of sticking around Concord in the 100 plus weather of the last few days, I traveled to Monterey and enjoyed the Beach with Beverly and got to meet some World War vets who were friends of my late father-in-law. They had been singled out in Boot Camp and asked to volunteer for the intelligence operations and the friendships and loyalty they developed as very young men is strong and vital today.

These are the women who stand by them - Phyllis (sp?) , Nancy, Beverly, and Mary -wives to Sam, Rodger, Duke, and Ralph.

We ate very well at great resturants, and took a bus tour of movie sites done in Monterey. He would show a clip on the Monitor overhead and we would see the place it was actually filmed. Very fun. We stopped in Pebble Beach - where some films have been done, and took in the beautiful course and Lodge.

Then we headed up to Paradise and attended a luau where Kim, Beverly's daughter and her granddaughter Jessica surprized her with a dance especially for her wedding anniversary that day and a lei.

Then back to Concord to play with her other grandchildren and then go to church with us on Sunday.

My children really love their Grandmama and I couldn't ask for a better mother. She is really terrific and I hope to be just like her when I grow up.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


I'm admiring the changing colors in the morning looking out over the rooftops from our bathroom window and today I'm slugging around in triple digit heat. How is it possible to be fall and deep summer on the same day?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Can you feel it?

Despite the 80 plus degree weather, there is just a hint in the air, a smell, a wisp of change.

A few days of cloud cover, thunder and lighting, a sprinkling of water

It's peeking around the corner
A season change!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Hero Material

Laura was telling me about her accident pron Labor Day pool party. One kid got jumped on and sprained his shoulder, one guy got a cement rash from slipping on the side of the pool. A neighbor had the paramedics come. One little girl floated off the step and her mom pulled her out immediately - but the most dramatic incident of the day was when a little boy stepped out into deep water and began flailing about. Kelly Kruse jumped in clothes, shoes, brand new cell phone, remote key pad and all and pulled the tyke out.

Kelly Kruse scoutmaster-2 of his Eagle Scouts

Laura said one woman asked, "Is he in trouble?" and another man was rising from his chair to fix the problem, but Kelly Kruse had an instinctive reaction and was in the pool before anybody else.

So what makes a hero?
A willingness to act
An instinctive reaction to danger

I'll bet he thinks he's an ordinary man who just happened to be there. Yup Hero Quality!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

BYU Oklahoma Nail Bitter

So I come home during the second quarter to angst and realized I was in the midst of blue-blood BYU fans. I like BYU I hope they win

but my blood pressure stays the same

and my heartbeat doesn't run faster

like some I know!

Ok, now life is A-OK, everybody here is HAPPY!!! That one little extra point is really good.