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Monday, April 30, 2012

Zion's National Park!

It was our anniversary.  So Scott and I took our motor home, left all our children home, and went to Zion's!




Neither of us had ever been to Zion's.  Little did we know what lay in store for us!




The geologic world just became more and more interesting...and then we were there!




Words and photos just can't describe the beauty!  The overwhelming presence of this canyon with it's red rock rising to the sky on either side of you!  It was a spiritual experience.









Our necks got sore from looking up!  


But the floor of the canyon also held many pleasant surprises!












We met lots of critters!  A few we were able to photograph:










We had a bit of fun....


 


We started on an easy hike......










But then got brave and went the whole way up!








Boy were we tired when we reached the "Upper Emerald Pool!"  But we felt very accomplished!  





We took an different, longer trail down and were very proud of ourselves.  But even more than that, we were profoundly affected by the immensity and beauty of Zion's.  I would go back.  Time and time again.  It was THAT amazing!




(More on other things we did on our trip---I'll post them later this week---here are some hints:)









Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Meditation



I love meditation!  Yes, the kind where you sit around thinking of nothing and humming "Ummmmmm."




Well, almost!


What I really like is meditation, Jon Kabat-Zinn style.  He gives a lecture about the health benefits of meditation at Google (the company with employees) and a video of it is found here.


I started following his guided meditation on this video a few years ago.  And I have found it to be a blessing in my life!  When I am consistent about doing it, I feel better able to face my day, less stressed, and more in control.  Recently, I started being very consistent and meditating every day.


I didn't realize just how much of a blessing it was going to be until we had a minor accident with our brand new motor home this last weekend.


Within seconds after the accident (and before we knew how minor it was,) instead of being full of anxiety and worrying excessively and feeling tremendous stress, my body immediately went into meditation mode.  My breathing slowed.  My mind "rested in the awareness" of my breathing.  And I was truly calm, cool, and collected.  Without even trying!  Everyone else around me had that stressed thing going on---but I was all peaceful.  


Meditation works!!!  And I really do recommend it for EVERYONE!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A bit of this and that!

Life has been going along!  I have been slow to blog, so I thought I would update a bit of this and that in picture form.




One morning, a few weeks ago, I looked out the window and what did I see?




"Popcorn popping on the apricot tree!!!"  The sun came over the mountain and you could literally watch the blooms pop as the sunlight hit each branch of the tree!




Spring finally came to Utah.  The apricot tree bloomed!  Last year we didn't get any blooms.  Not one single one.  Because there was a HARD freeze right before they were ready to bloom.  And no blooms means no apricots.  But this year?  We might have 56,478 apricots!  No kidding!




And we'll make a bunch more of this!!!  







Spring also bring weddings!  Our niece got married in one of the rooms of the old Ogden Railway Station. 




It is a museum now, but you could almost see and feel the bustle of people from yesteryear.  A crowded place filled with soldiers coming home from the army, or men dressed in suits going off to meetings in Salt Lake City, or whole families heading off to a new home or destination, their luggage piled around them.





I wanted to sit right down here and wait anxiously for someone!






I made homemade noodles for my homemade chicken soup when I got a nasty spring cold!




It was delicious.  And I DID get better.  So I think it worked!




I started a new project for the windows of my bedroom.....more on that later.




I moved all my art supplies into a room of their own.  So now I have a dedicated space for my art.....if only I could dedicate myself to doing it!!!




Started preparing ground for a garden....this time in the backyard!  We think we are going to sod over the front yard garden.....because who wants the neighbors to know when you haven't pulled weeds?






The mock apple tree bloomed.  (It's not exactly a crab apple---the apples come out medium sized and not round like crab apples.)  




We keep thinking we will chop it down because it is in an awkward space....but when something produces a bloom THIS beautiful?  How can you get rid of it?  







And the mint is just starting to peak out of the ground!  Can't wait for summer mint lemonade!