Wednesday, August 19, 2015

She's Up to Something

It's been a long time since I've blogged on a regular basis.  I'm not sure why, but I do partially blame an uncomfortable computer chair.  But I want to try to blog more often, even if it is just to document my life.
So what have I been up to?
--I have once again started an independent study program to get my bachelor's degree.  I am short 38 credits.  Actually, I have 100 credit hours, but they are so scattered in subject that I need to do more to fulfill the requirements for my major.  I struggled the first time I started this.  I had difficulty with the logistics of test taking, and also with managing my time studying while fulfilling heavy church responsibilities.  My son graduated from BYU in April with a degree in computer engineering.  As I watched him walk across the stage to accept his diploma, it struck me that I am now in a great position to finish my own degree.  I have the time, and I am living close to BYU, so can test there.  I'm taking American Heritage right now.  It's a great class!
--My mother still lives with us.  Her dementia is slowly progressing, but she isn't too bad.  She can still enjoy life.  She would like to live alone, but that just isn't possible for her, and frankly I think she would be unhappy alone.  I keep telling her that you can never go back.  She usually agrees with me on that.
--We planted a vegetable garden abd it is doing very well!  This is my first time to start seeds in the spring.   I over planted cucumbers, but luckily my neighbors are all happy to get them.  I have 7 cucumber plants!  I know, what was I thinking?!  I have 7 beans plants which seems about right.  2 zuchinni, 2 yellow squash, 8 tomato (they aren't doing that well) 6 basil, 6 bell pepper, 4 hot pepper, 1 cantelope, 1 watermelon, and some volunteer tomatillos and cherry tomatoes.  I have also harvested about a gallon of black berries and a bushel of peaches.  Our apricots got frozen, and our apple trees are sickly so didn't produce.  I was out of town and missed the raspberries.
--I currently have 3 church assignments.
     --humanitarian service coordinator. (I organize humanitarian service projects for our Relief society)
     --my husband and I co-teach the high school seniors in Sunday school.  I love this calling and love these great kids!
     --My husband and I have just been called to work with the "SNAP" program in our city.  SNAP stands for "Special needs activities program". We will be working with the special needs members who live in this city.  We have a church activity with them every week.  Some are youths, but some are adult age who are mentally challenged.  I'm looking forward to this calling and I think it will be a great experience.  Our first activity is a kick off dance.  :)
--I have several projects that I am working on at home.  In June we acquired our first grandchild!  I'm working on a quiet book for him, as well as a quilt.  I hope to have them ready by Christmas.
Well, I hope to blog a little more often in the future.  I'll try to get a picture of my garden.


MJ said...

The first year we did a big garden we planted about 10 sets of squash & zucchini plants - it was a little crazy. Our apricots froze too.

You will be busy with all those church callings! What a great person you are to be so involved.

Inklings said...

I'm glad to see you blogging again. You are keeping quite busy, and I, too, am impressed with the 3 church callings.

Liz said...

Wow, you are busy!

Rummuser said...

No wonder you dropped off our sights! With that kind of activity level, I am not surprised that you have not been blogging. I am however very happy to see you back doing that too.

All the best.

Max Coutinho said...

Hi D,

Your agricultural production is admirable. G-d Blessed you.
And congratulations for going back to college, you do well :D.
We miss you in the Blogosphere but you have been living, which is always a fabulous thing to do :)

Still, it's great to see you writing again. And whenever you decide to post, I'll be here along with your other fans.


Amber said...

I think it's so great that you're working on getting your Bachelor's, it is NEVER too late, especially since knowledge and experience are the only things we can truly "take with us" when we die. Your garden sounds wonderful! And your grandbaby is so cute and sweet!