One Misty, Moisty, Morning

Look what we found in the backyard early in the morning!

Mr. Mallard and his wife –she’s hiding behind him. the perfect Easter week visitors.

They padded around in the squishy grass chomping on whatever they could find for about 2 hours. The picture is really tiny but I didn’t dare get closer.  The pair were really beautiful to watch, especially to think that they’re wild creatures that just flew in from somewhere else…maybe some faraway land, like…Lithuania. sigh…

Ok, maybe they came from down the street at Utah Lake, but it’s fun to think about.

I love that they choose our yard for a rest stop.

Come back soon guys. You’re welcome to eat our bugs anytime!

And I don’t say that to just anyone!

Family ‘Success’


“Families unite when they do meaningful things together. Children should work together under the leadership of parents. Common employment, even on a part-time basis, is valuable. So is a family garden. Common projects to help others are also desirable. Families may establish a perpetual missionary fund. They can research and write family histories and share them with others. They can organize family reunions. They can educate family members in the basic skills of living, including managing finances, maintaining property, and broadening their general education. The learning of languages is a useful preparation for missionary service and modern life. The teachers of these subjects can be parents or grandparents or other members of the extended family.

“Some may say, ‘But we have no time for that.’ As for time to do what is truly worthwhile, I suggest that many parents will find that they can turn their family on if they will turn their television off. . . .

“President David O. McKay taught:

” ‘The home is the first and most effective place for children to learn the lessons of life: truth, honor, virtue, self-control; the value of education, honest work, and the purpose and privilege of life. Nothing can take the place of home in rearing and teaching children, and no other success can compensate for failure in the home.’
Dallin H. Oaks


I have found…

that when it looks like this…

and this…

and this…

on the outside

…it becomes quite necessary…

to find this…

and this…

and this…

on the inside.

Warm tummies, warm hearts.

It can’t possibly be helped.


Happy Birthday President Lincoln!

Vintage TV


I was just dinking around on YouTube the other day and found the opening theme songs to some reeeeally old—and I’m not kidding—TV shows. Now, I realize that these critters truly date me in a pretty unflattering way, but I’m a sturdy mountain woman. I’ll handle it. Besides, it will be so good for all you “youngsters” to see what was on TV back when there were 5 channels and most of the them were in black and white. Besides, they’re pretty funny–in a lame sort of way.

Here’s the first one:


The Patti Duke Show (Click on the link)

For those of you who don’t know who Patti Duke is, she played Helen Keller in the movie, “The Miracle Worker,” and is also the mom of Sean Astin (Sam in “Lord of the Rings”) and Mackenzie Astin (Iron Will)


Petticoat Junction


Mr. Ed

These sincerely, were some of our favorite shows. Are you jealous?

Try this one: The Winchell Mahoney Show

Do you recognize his voice? In his later years, “Winch” was the voice of Tigger from Winnie the Pooh.

So, after you watch these clips–I expect you all to go to the “happy list” and write about how much you love your color tv and your channels and your cable…bla, bla, bla..

And me…I think I’ll go find Gilligan’s Island….or something.

Ahhh…television at it’s finest hour.