Monday, September 6, 2010

Bloomington Lake, Idaho, on Labor Day

Today Man and I went to Bloomington Lake. The girls didn't want to go and we did, so we went. I drove up--past Riverdale, through Mink Creek canyon, over to Ovid and south, through Paris and to Bloomington (the village). We headed up the canyon road toward the lake in our van. After three portable speed bumps the pavement ended and we drove on a gravel road for quite a while. We passed some 4 wheelers and vehicles on the one lane wide road. When we got to the trailhead there were 38 cars, besides 4-wheelers and motorcycles. We had lunch in the quite cold air. I found a walking stick by our picnic table. We walked the .6 miles to the lake. The Pond came first. Bloomington Lake butted up to very sheer cliffs. The rope swing looked really fun to do. Many swung out and fell in to the water. Some just swung out and back for fun. I took a little thermometer. A few inches down into the water it read 56 degrees. PRITTY COLD! We waded a bit. Man went up higher onto some cliffs to look down into the water. He saw some fish in the very clear water. He showed me where he had been snowmobiling there on the lake and pond and up the hills. The drive each way took about 1 1/2 hours, but it was worth it. I'm so glad we went.

Monday, August 23, 2010

About Violence We See

From this blog the post of August 23, 2010 comes:

Question for you:

This is a general observation I have made among my friends and family:

Why is violence less offensive than s*x? (preventing strange google searches. . .)

I cannot tell you how many times I have heard people condemning this show or that movie for it's illicit content but praise another despite a torrid amount of blood and guts.

I guess what I don't understand is the double standard. Should death be at least equally offensive?

What are your thoughts?


This was my comment:

Well, since wise holy writ says sexual immorality is next to murder, I would think that murder is the very worst thing any person on earth could do.

That said, who but the enemy of all of us wants us to accept seeing murder, have no feelings about it, when reality is so drastically different. If you actually saw a loved one shot in front of you how would it be? If you killed someone's beloved mother how would it be?

We can't be coarse. We can't be emotionless about precious life, or the taking of it. How many of us would like to see our children beating up each other as on the screen? But isn't that exactly what they are learning to do?

An inspired booklet called "For the Strength of Youth" has a section on entertainment and the media. It wisely says, "Whatever you read, listen to, or look at has an effect on you. Therefore, choose only entertainment and media that uplift you. Good entertainment will help you to have good thoughts and make righteous choices. It will allow you to enjoy yourself...

"While much entertainment is good, some of it can lead you away from [joyful] living. Offensive material is often found in web sites, concerts, movies, music, videocassettes, DVDs, books, magazines, pictures, [phones], and other media.... Such entertainment [is used] to deceive you by making what is wrong and [bad] look normal and exciting. It can mislead you into thinking that everyone is doing things that are wrong.

[And this next sentence is posted largely on our TV:]

"Do not attend, view, or participate in entertainment that is vulgar, immoral, violent, or pornographic in any way. Do not participate in entertainment that in any way presents immorality [illicit sex] as acceptable.

[Then comes the section about the poison of pornography. Jumping on:]

"Depictions of violence often glamorize vicious behavior. They offend [you] and make you less able to respond to others in a sensitive, caring way. They contradict the...message of love for one another.

"Have the courage to walk out of a movie or video party, turn off a computer or TV, change a radio station, or put down a magazine, [or quickly delete off your phone] if what is being presented does not meet [good] standards. Do these things even if others do not. Let your friends and family know that you are committed to keeping...[high] standards. You [can have] make good choices."

So, we all, even or especially men should be tender, kind, and loving. The newer movie, "Red" has a sweet grandmother being terribly violent. It makes me sick.

'Nough said. ; )

Friday, April 23, 2010

Purse Tag

My purse is a black DI one (the best).

It has clear black Bic pens, one pencil, one red pencil. My wallet with bandaids, my temple recommend, safety pins, emergency numbers, my Red Cross blood donor card, my organ donor card, family lists, credit cards, my driver's license, several store cards, cute pictures of my kids and grandkids, addresses of friends, and a picture of Eric's dad who died when Eric was 14. My keys with a boondoggle courtesy of Allyson (sis-in-law) posing as Napoleon's girlfriend, also with a flashing "#1 Grandma" solar sign. My cell phone.  Chap stick and several shades of lipstick. A brush, comb, pick, hair twistie, 2 long bobbie pins, quarters, store coupons, Church pass along cards, blank note papers, folded kleenexes, and my heavy duty Eucerin handcreme.

Yah, too much. ; )



My daughter, Kristen, did this - so enjoy reading about me:

4 shows I watch:

1. American Idol
2. BYU Devotional
3. Sponge Bob Square Pants
4. General Conference

4 things I'm passionate about:
1. People
2. The Church
3. Music
4. Technology

4 phrases I say:
1. Wassup?
2. Hey Peeps...els
3. Kallina!
4. Sheen!

4 things I've learned from the past:
1. Doing right is worth it.
2. Don't run in cemeteries.
3. Make doctors answer all your questions.
4. Do overdo.

4 places I would like to go:
1. Italy
2. Spain
3. Wales
4. Hawaii

4 things I did yesterday:
1. Ran errands
2. Got groceries
3. Took Kallie to piano lessons
4. Went home teaching with Dad

4 things I'm looking forward to:
1. Dad's new calling Sunday
2. Warm weather someday
3. Going skiing someday
4.  Kristen's coming!

4 things I love about winter:
1.  The tall snow
2. Our ultra furry kitty
3.  Flipping deuters in the van--skidding
4.  Sledding

4 things on my wish list:
1. A complete knowledge of my Mac's capabilities
2. Teaching certifications for Utah and Idaho
3. A more complete food storage with Man's cooperation
4. A new wardrobe

4 people to tag if they wanna:
1. Lauralee
2. Stephanie
3. Melissa
4. Danette