Lefty & Fifty-six

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Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial in MOAB

This weekend started as a spontaneous idea.....
My two "swedes" (hubby and my car) took me to MOAB, Utah for a get-a-way.

Our goal in life (just to name one) is to visit all
the National Parks in the contiguous U.S.
We had visited Arches already, but not Canyonlands

We went to the Needles area first.
Saw the towers of rock they call the needles.
We hiked about 7 miles on the first day.
The weather was a temperate 60-65 degrees great for hiking.

We were lucky to get accomendations with
booking on such short notice on a busy holiday weekend.
We didn't have much choice... so we took it.. and stayed in the...
the swede wanted to get the AARP discount but neither
one of us have bitten that bullet to sign up for it.
(who really wants to admit that
they are in their fifties?)

the boots...
he will only take them off to get in bed.
He is already talking of getting another pair!

We hiked up ladders, across slick rock, in between boulders and hide
in caverns or caves, we saw lizards,
were bitten by mosquito's,
drank a gallon of water a day, and meet
so many people from all around the world.
It was like we were the only Americans in MOAB!

These two formations are named after Ironclad ships of the 1800's
Monitor and the Merrimac

The second and last day of our adventure,
we went to the Island in the Sky area.
Here we hiked into panoramic scenes and saw what is believed
to have been a meteor landing about 60 million years ago.

What a nice semi-relaxing weekend. :(
Next time we visit MOAB, we will be Jeeping!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Pre occupied

I have been busy with.....watching the NBA Playoffs.

I love Basketball

I love the Lakers...

Last night was amazing sight, in the last second

and a half, only the Lakers could pull off that win.

If you want to indulge in last nights

viewers (2,349) commentary on the game click here.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Fifites Fhrases

If you were born or grew up in the Fifties you would like this book.

The author Lesley Kagen is very true to the time period.
She must have grown up in my same neighborhood, because her
characters were people I knew and lived by.

I didn't grow up in the fifties actually, I was a kid in the 60's and 70's but,
the sayings and the stories all fit into that time era.

After I read the book I sat for an hour and pulled out the sayings
that I remembered, sayings that brought a smile to my face.

There were so many that I wondered if she
had a group of fifty something year olds giving their input.

Here are some of the phrases I said or heard growing up:

"..last one there's a rotten egg"
"Henry and Sally sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g!"
..it's none of your beeswax"
"See the USA in your Chevrolet"
..ready or not here I come...
eenie meanie minnie moe, catch a _____ by a toe
"lair lair pants on fire"

...next up... games of the sixities

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Let The Soccer Season Begin!

She was only 4 1/2 yrs old when she started.

She really had a big smile
on her face when
the swede asked her if she wanted to play soccer.
They named their team "The Wild Pink Watermelons!
(they just ran all over the field chasing each other
and picking the dandelions.)

This is her High School team picture when they were in their:
PINK uniform for the breast cancer awareness game.
She was 3rd in her high school soccer league season last year.

(Dallas is fourth from the far right bottom )

She made JV but played equal time on Varsity,
(way to much game time to watch, that was 4 hours of soccer each game!!!)

Dallas plays for the club team: Northern Utah United Football Club (GLORY)

(Dallas is 5th from the left bottom row)
State Cup is for the next several weeks
so you know where I will be...

Friday, May 14, 2010

Red Mango Rocks

All you need are these items and ingredients to make the
BEST "Knock Off"-Red Mango frozen yogurt.

1. Krups Ice Cream maker
2. Greek whole milk honey yogurt
(found in upper tier grocery stores)
3. 1/2 c. sugar

Follow directions for prepping your Krups machine for making ice cream.
Take the yogurt in it's own container and mix into it 1/2 c. sugar
add into the frozen machine.
Place back in freezer for several hours.
Remove from freezer and turn Krups machine on for 30 mins.
Place frozen yogurt back in freezer for several hours to get a firm set.

I love to cut, slice, chop fresh fruit, whatever is in season.
You have got to try this, or stop by for a taste test.


Monday, May 10, 2010

50 Nominee

She is fifty years young, not married and there are many on the left who have loudly
asserted that she might move the Court to
the right, not the left.

She is:
Elena Kagen
supreme court nominee
(this is the best picture I found of her, a casual, relaxed look).

Here is a great link to learn more about her.
This one is updated and current on her nomination.

Would you vote for her?

Saturday, May 8, 2010

When a Good idea....

...goes really wrong....

..this is what I mean.

I love to sew. I love to make things for my home and for my family.
(they tell me that I sew cute and fun things,
sometimes beautiful things, sometimes heirloom things).

I was in the process of making a few 4th of July decorations for Aubry's home.

I pulled out my scrap box of patriotic fabrics and thought
I would "whip up" a 1/2 dozen drink coasters.
It was not difficult until the finished edge (the binding).

Well, I learned that you cannot, I repeat, you cannot sew binding on a small
item such as a coaster, take a look at the back and have a good laugh!

Star & Confetti Banners
This is what Aubry's getting that was fun to make.


My Three Greatest Gifts
(they call me grandma)

I love being a MOM and mother-in -law

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Never too Late

n. Slang
An old person, especially an eccentric old man.

Our family friend and the swedes cameraperson, DAN GILLMAN

has developed this website for all those men who

got started a little late in life with having a family..ie: (THE SWEDE)

The swede submitted this article.(true story)

The Badge of Honor

Some become Geezer Dads because they delay having children. I became a Geezer Dad because I delayed getting married.My family and friends were starting to wonder. 38 years old and no prospects…but I proved them all wrong and got lucky. Meeting and marrying my sweetheart Melanie in 1992, I had no idea what an instant family really meant.
With Melanie’s three daughters as consolation prize my first experience as a parent came cold turkey. It’s understandable that we decided to wait a couple years before we decided to have a child together. Little did I know that this delay would insure that I would become a certified Geezer Dad.At the time of my marriage I already had salt and pepper gray hair, a growing bald spot and needed coke bottle glasses to read the paper.
But with three healthy girls ages 5, 10, and 12 my grey hair quickly turned white.
Fast-forward two years and we welcomed to the family beautiful daughter #4. I had already experienced all the other phases of parenting and now welcomed the opportunity to get up in the middle of the night, change diapers and heat formula to the ideal wrist checked temperature. As my daughter grew and developed my Geezer status increased. “Is that your grand daughter?” was an oft-heard refrain. I just smiled and said, “Yes, isn’t she a darling?”
But the pressure to be a cool dad increased as I contemplated her first year in school…Kindergarten. Was I going to be the only grey haired dad in class? Would I be the dad that couldn’t run or jump or play like the other dads? Nay.Nay.
I determined that I would get fit and take the necessary steps to look the part.Just For Men was the answer. The miracle color that promised no one would recognize as fake. But what color? Brown, auburn, brunette? There were too many choices. I finally decided on the color that matched my high school graduation picture. After enduring ridicule from every friend and family member I settled into the routine of plastic gloves and tubes of dye. I looked good. But I didn’t look like me. The only negative was that hair
dye never really looks the color they promise.
My grey hair dyed brown started to look orange.
I finally gave up before my daughter reached first grade.Let’s skip ahead. My daughter is now in first grade. And as is the case for every child of a Geezer Dad she is selected to be student of the month. On the day of her award presentation my wife and I proudly assemble in the school cafeteria to watch the coronation. When it’s my daughter’s turn her teacher brings her up to the stage and as she presented the surprise award she says. “Look, there is your mother and grandfather in the audience.” My daughter makes a sour face… then turns to her teacher and says, “That’s not my grandfather! That’s my dad!”Some in the audience gasp. Others laugh nervously. I accept it proudly as another Geezer Dad Badge of Honor.Two weeks later while driving in the car and listening to talk radio I heard this same teacher describe the scene as her most embarrassing moment. At the end of the school year as my wife and I attended our daughters’ open house I was finally able to reacquaint my daughter’s teacher. I said, “Hello. I’m Sophie’s grandfather. You know… the one that sleeps
with Sophie’s mother.”My daughter is now 12 years old. I took her to the polling place in a recent election. The poll worker looked at Sophie and commented on how nice it was that she accompanied her grandfather to the polls.
My daughter and I just looked at each other and smiled.

(An essay written by Joel Swenson and submitted to GeezerDads.com in September, 2007

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A todos mis queridos amigos hispanos en tanto. Cal..
"Feliz Cinco de Mayo"!

They can say all they want about bad Mexican food.....
but I'll be heading to my favortite one right here in Provo, Utah...
Diego's right after work today!

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I am a Lefty. I was born in the Fifties. I am a multi-faceted non-reproductive woman. Mother of four daughters. Married to the "swede" Three handsome/beautiful grandchildren! Love: Family, Christianity, Friends, Home, Garden, Cooking, Pets, Pop up Books, Humanitarian Service,the Great Outdoors,Life and a whole lot more. Yikes I turned Fifty-four this year..... 1958-2012.. Do the math!

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