Lefty & Fifty-six

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Off the Grid

When I need a break, mainly from my 4-10 work week, 
I like to get away from my daily life and escape into nature.

I think I have posted my adventures many times but, there is always 
a space that I have not explored.

It has been several weeks now that the "swede" and I jumped in 
the convertible Jeep and drove down to Kanab (Utah).
 It's about 4 and half hour ride.

We didn't take any camping gear, it
was too cold for me to tent it in April.

We stayed in the Best Western Hotel (Kanab).
(I would go back)

Below are some of our adventure shots hiking the
 Coyote Butte in Vermilion Monument just on the
 border of Utah and Arizona.
Be sure to pick up a permit to enter into this area, you must
 have 4 wheel drive, it is back country.

Ha Ha, this picture is deceiving..
we are standing way in front of the sign.
The camera is sitting on the back fender of the Jeep

This area is really remote from the highway,
 it was worth the trip to see what nature and wind
can do with all the airborne sand.

Wide view of the sand dunes

The swede surfing the wave..

Layers swirling sandstone.

Wind weathered sandstone.

A moment of  contemplation of the wonders of this earth.

This area was where the swede surfed and I sat in the sand pit.
Sitting in a sand pit

A fun find in this area, I call them; worry sandstones.

-This quote sums up why I love to go off the grid.

 Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to 
play in and pray in, where nature may heal and 
give strength to body and soul.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Fresh Crisp Linens

My ironed linen napkins.
It took me an hour and a half to do this many linens. 

1800's women ironing linens for the hotel & restaurant industry.
Armand Desire Gautier

 Picasso's version than Boilly's lovely maiden.

Ironing Board in Chinese

 I really like ironing, I know, it is passe...but it is relaxing for me and
 it takes me back to my childhood when I first learned 
to iron pillow cases and table clothes and napkins.

 If you really want to see MORE ironing art click here
This blog is full images.

Monday, April 8, 2013


lem·on n
1. a yellow or, in some climates, green oval citrus fruit with a thick fragrant rind and sour juicy flesh
2.  the tree with glossy almond-shaped leaves and spiky branches that bears lemons. Latin name: Citrus limon
3. a pale yellow color typical of the rind of a ripe lemon.
Also called lemon yellow

This is my favorite treat to get a Starbucks, but paying $2.25 a slice,
 seems a bit pricey and so I thought I would google
 a "knock off recipe to satisfy my lemon tooth craving.

The real Starbucks lemon pound cake

1 box  lemon yellow cake mix
1/2 cup olive (vegetable) oil
4 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
8 ounces sour cream
6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3-4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and spray 2 loaf pans generously with cooking spray.
2. Place all cake ingredients in no particular order into stand or electric mixer, beating until well combined, about 1 1/2 minutes. Divide cake batter between two prepared loaf pans spreading evenly. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through. Remove and let cool for 15 minutes before removing loaves from pans.
3. To prepare icing, place powdered sugar into a large bowl. Drizzle in lemon juice stirring until smooth and thick. Should be a good drizzling consistency. Drizzle icing over cakes and let set for 20 minutes for a firm icing. Otherwise slice while still wet if desired.
Makes about 24 slices

Here is my cake.
 It is so yummy, my family loved this so 
much, I think I will make it again!

Happy Spring!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Mid Wifery

I am way past my child bearing age, and I couldn't have a child even if I had all the plumbing 
(of which I don't anymore).
But since I am a woman and a mother, I am interested in the
 birthing process, it is one of those miracles that seem to stagger the mind, 
because, of the hazards that it could bring to a woman.
I have started watching a BBC series called; CALL THE MIDWIFE
(you can check it out by clicking the title.)
These are the nurses that are the midwife's
These women are all very caring, there is not one
 that is the bad girl or the villain. 

It is an old fashioned story, tenderly written.
Here is a saying that started one of the episodes that I really 
liked enough that I had to listen over and over again to copy it exact.

Health is of the greatest of God's gifts, but we take it for granted,
 It hangs on a thread as fine as a spiders web and 
the smallest of thing can make it snap, 
Leaving the strongest of us, helpless in an instant,
 Hope is our protector and our love the baluster. 

...now onto episode 2

About Me

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Provo, Utah, United States
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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