08 December 2014

Merry Christmas All!

I just thought I would share some photos I had made, long, long ago in AutoCAD.  I was trying to get a well lite tree shot, but alas, it never got very lite like a Christmas tree would look.  But, it was still a very fun picture.  I really like colors that ended up on the tree.  Love it, hope you do to.

05 December 2014

Hello, I am Margaret

Hello, my name is Margaret, and I have taken over VaLon's blog for the day.  Recently I got to go on a trip with her.  She wasn't that excited to go to the Richfield area again, it being such a small town, and her being such a city girl.  But, it was for a special occasion.  Her favorite cousin passed away, Alma Joel Frandsen, but he's cool and goes by his middle name - Joel.

He was an amazing guy, VaLon's favorite memory of his was from a trip when she was small and he let her ride his race horse bareback around the corral.  It was fun.  She was recently getting to see him more and more, unfortunately only at funerals, and sometimes he was the only reason she felt at home in a place.  He was suppose to live forever, or at least outlive all the rest of his cousins, but alas.

We were a bit concerned about going down, the weather report kept saying that there would be snow, all the way from Northern to Southern Utah.  We didn't want to risk our lives and join Joel.  So, we said a prayer, and headed out anyways.  The snow was not bad, and stopped about a half an hour into the trip.

I snuck away in VaLon's Mother's purse, it was a lot of fun.  She let me ride in the seat, nice and secured, I even got to drive.

We stayed with another one of my Dad's cousin - Mac Neil, and he has a cool house.  It is perfectly preserved in all of the antique glory.  He also has collected such a cool collection of antique things.  I was so jealous of half of the things he had in his house.

Selfie with VaLon, proof that she was there, and I didn't just run away.  Mac's house has a lot of fun things in it.

Some cool doorknobs.

I got to sit in these cool chairs, very comfy.

I did some book reading.  He has tons of books, just sitting there waiting to be read.  Maybe one day I can have a life where I just read books all day.  Sounds fun.


I even did a bit of bike riding while I was there.  Nothing like a little bit of exercise to keep my figure up.

After a long day of fun, and travel, it was time for a well deserved rest.

I even made a friend while at Mac Neil's house.

Then a few more at the funeral.

You see, Joel was a forest ranger for years, and was even called Smokey Bear.  His grandkids called him Papa Bear, and they each got their own bear names from him.  I was honored to meet a whole family of bears.

As I mentioned before, Joel also loved horses.  He had lots of horses, that he raced, and they won lots of things.  He kept them in his backyard where they could roam wherever.  When we visited Joel's house, we went out to the car, and VaLon said "Hi Horseies." And they just came right over.  It was so cool.  They even posed for us, such pretty horses.  Although I didn't get to ride them this time, I did get to sit on Joel's saddle.  It was cool.


Elisnore also has sheep.  Ah, tiny towns...

It was a very neat trip.  We even had a pit stop on the way home, while it was dark of course.

Thanks for reading!  I hope that you enjoyed my blog as much as I enjoyed writing it.  Maybe VaLon will let me write one again if next time I go on a trip!  Until then....

01 December 2014

happy cyber monday to all!

Enjoy your shopping sprees online.  I happen to think that Cyber Monday is the way to go because you can safely get all the deals that you would like.  And, you can do it while doing other things.  Last year I went to lunch with a group of friends, and the whole time one of them was shopping online on his phone.  It was great.  Hope you find some fun deals.

02 November 2014

daylight savings....

Today Daylight Savings Time Ends, whoohoo! Extra sleep for me.....

01 November 2014

Visiting Cove Fort

As I remember it, when I was a child, we use to visit my Aunt Georgia a lot.  She lived in Vegas, and as we would pass by, we would always stop and visit Cove Fort.  It was just part of our routine until one trip we discovered, we didn't actually need to stop there.  I haven't been there for at least 15 years, yet when we found ourselves in Southern Utah, and I was driving, we happened to end up at Cove Fort.

I do have to say, it is a lot smaller than I remember.  However, I did really enjoy seeing it and having a missionary tell us all sorts of fun stories.  It was a lot of fun. 

You shall now get the chance to see a couple of picture and my brief version of the stories.  This isn't ment to be a complete history by any means, or ever a very good recap of it.  Just some photos with pictures.  I highly recommend you check it out.  Cove Fort Historic Site.

The doorway to the fort, large enough to get a way in.
Flag pole on top of the fort.
These large trees had been there, many years.  They were dead however, the insides completely hallow.  We were visiting on a Friday, and they were slated to come out that Monday.  So, I am pretty sure they are gone.  I was very disappointed, because these massive trees are what gave the interior of the fort so much character.  I just hope the new replacements grow fast so more people can enjoy the atmosphere it creates.

There was a time when the fort was abandoned, and most of the windows were knocked out.  A few survived and all panes are now in this window.  They have had new panes made that look just like these, but these are the originals.
The loom.  They would wear their clothes until they wore out to death, patching and fixing as they went along.  Then when they couldn't fix it anymore, they would make rugs out of scraps.  How amazing is that, reusing for as long as possible.  I love it.

The walls were built out of lava rock, from the nearby volcano, and concrete mortar, super strong, and super thick, like a three foot thick wall.  Very cool.
I don't normally post pictures of people, but gosh, we had my Dad go stand by the gun port, and he posed like this, so funny.  The gun holes are amazing, these great holes in a fortress incase anyone attacked, they were ready for battle.  They never did have a battle, always peaceful with the Indians, but they were prepared.  My favorite hole is the one right next to the door that points to the door, there is no mistake it was made to take out the enemy at the door.
Here is a shot of the door.  They were made out of wood, like eight inches thick, and filled with sand.  They were ready to be protected from whatever anyone tried to get through.  They were also massively heavy to move.  The sand has been removed now because it is just too much work to move them to open and close.
The inside of the courtyard is so beautiful.  In the middle of the harsh landscape, is this lush place.
Brigham Young even had his own room at the fort, even though he didn't live there.  But the family build him a room and he stayed there whenever he visited.  He even had some clothes and his hat there waiting for him.
They would sew their own clothes at the fort, fixing up those that were broken as well.  They had this great machine that helped a lot.  It was that popular to have a sewing machine in those days, but it made the work a lot easier.  I loved it because look at that old machine!  I love sewing.
Some dolls from the girls there.  I collect dolls, and would love to have these in my collection. But it is probably better they are here on display for other people to enjoy as well.
As we came up the little missionary man kept trying to get us to pose in front of the fort and he'd take our picture.  I guess a lot of people like that, and I'm not saying this is bad, just different from how I do things.  I have this theory that architects don't take pictures of people, we take pictures of buildings.  An architect can go on vacation and come back with all these shots of buildings and landscapes, and hardly any people.  As where most people come back with shots of people and very little of their surroundings.  So, I kept pushing him away nicely and as I was leaving finally was able to get this great shot of the building.
Pretty flowers.
More pretty flowers.
I had a blast while there, so much fun looking around visiting a place from my childhood.  I think everyone should visit it.  It is an amazing place with an amazing history.  The people who lived there - the Hinckley's - were even the ancestors of the great prophet Gordon B Hinckley.

We also picked up some pamphlets on the way out.  Enjoy reading them.

A little 'bookmark.'  The missionary says he uses his as he reads his scriptures.  I'm pretty sure mine just going to sit.

A brochure.
The fort had a place to make and send Morse Code messages.  They have it set up now to repeat the same message over and over, but they also had these sheets that were pretty cool telling you the alphabet.

This is just a small portion of the wonders there.  A video is coming soon, so check back for that. 

Visiting the Junction Cemetery

A few weeks ago I got the chance to once again visit the Junction Cemetery.  For all of those running out to go and see it, I wouldn't suggest it.  My mother loves it because it is a circular cemetery with varied heights on a hill.  As a child I didn't like it because it has just sandy dirt with little mounds where you can see where the people are buried.  Still sort of freaky, although I now know that they aren't really going to come and get me.  Let's just say, I don't do dead things.  However, now that I have been there as an adult, driving, I have decided I still don't like the Junction cemetery, because it is a circular cemetery with varied heights on a hill.  Let me show you.

So, as you can see, there is a lovely street, on a hill, which you fear you are going to fall off of, because the cliff like drop off is just to the side of the street, but you can't get away from it because the rock wall is right there next to you.  Needless to say this wasn't the funnest part.  I did drive up to the top as well, since we didn't know where we were going, and can I tell you, it is like a 40 foot drop!  Going up I could watch the wall because it was on my side and was fairly confident if I stuck to it I wouldn't fall.  Coming back I was by the cliff and it scared me so much, I was almost running into the wall.  Yep, fun times.  Never again.

The Junction Cemetery did have its fun times.  Like the random outhouse, falling apart.  We mentioned it and my Father couldn't see it but wanted to use it so tried to jump out and go.  Mind you this was on the narrow road where he wouldn't have been able to get out anyways.  But it was fun.  We also found a llama, which was cool.  She even looked up at us.

The other fun part was actually seeing the graves of people we are related to.  Here are some highlights.

Eliza Leslie
Joseph Fletcher
Fletcher - Eliza Anderson and Joseph
Anderson Baby Girl
Alma M Branham
Howes - Harriet Fletcher and Eerol S
Eerol S Howes
Kenneth E Howes

So, if you do ever get to go, it is unique, and kind of fun, but be prepared because it is the scariest cemetery I have ever been to.

Proof I was actually there.