Saturday, October 31, 2009

Garden Update

Well, unfortunately, I had to use the flash so it washed out some of the color. These are the little spinach plants. The carrots aren't as exciting--you can see a few in the foreground. Pretty cool! They are doing pretty well, I think. I left to work at the temple today and when I got home, I could tell they had grown just a teeny bit while I was gone! Amazing!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My "Garden"

"The Box" My one foot by 2 feet box on my porch. This is the only space I have, really. The basil is on my back porch. It's pretty exciting to see some little plants growing! It's been about 25 years since I've participated in a garden!
These are my spinach sprouts!
This is my basil plant that I planted a few weeks ago...maybe like a month or more ago.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Finally! Alaska pictures!

This is a stuffed musk ox at the Anchorage Museum. He's a greeeeeaaat kisser! ;)
Me with Anchorage in the background. I'm standing at the edge of Earthquake Park where 75 houses once stood but got destroyed in the 1964 earthquake. The ground is still all lumpy, but that is behind me and you can't see it here.

Alaska didn't have a temple back in 1990 when we left, but now there is one there! It was fabulous to do work inside, when so long ago, the nearest temple was 3 hours by plane!

Blueberry! Delicious and wild! Mom and I went on a hike and picked a few. Mostly they had already been picked, so we mostly gleaned...

We hiked to Byron Glacier and took some way awesome pictures! A glacier is a "river of ice" made from compacted snow. It turns blue on the inside and is very pretty.

Byron Glacier. It looks like only a little way up there, doesn't it? It's a LONG way, I promise. The perspective is deceiving!

Mom and I went clam digging at Deep Creek by the ocean. This is called a clam gun.

Fishing in the Ninilchik River, the only river I fell into when I was young!

Eagle River Visitors' Center Center. One of my greatest fears is BEARS!

Anchorage Museum exhibits. This is a replica of a Native dwelling and a woman making a basket.

Protage Glacier, a place we used to go when I was younger.

Marc and some tasty halibut---doesn't look all that tasty in this bloody, smelly state!

Gateway to Prince William Sound.

Me tasting shark meat for the first time. Delicious! Melts in your mouth!

Another Anchorage Temple shot.

Cottonwood trees rot from the inside there a lesson to be learned from this???

Sunday, August 23, 2009


I am currently in Alaska and will post pictures upon my return. So far I have had fabulous adventures such as, fishing, (didn't catch anything) tasted shark, saw beluga whales, camped, climbed on a glacier, attended the Anchorage Temple, and had Jewish latkes. It's been pretty fun so far. Tomorrow: Museums and Whittier. Tuesday: Eagle River Visitors' Center, hiking and blueberry picking (hopefully). Then on back to 100+ degree weather in Mesa. Pictures to follow!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

So domestic!!!

This is me by some loaves of bread me and my friend Steve made.
This is my first time bottling chicken. My friend Amber and I learned how to do it from a nice lady who grew up preserving food and making bread. We learned from the best!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Me cuddling a koala!
This is me petting a kangaroo.

Crikey! Went to the Australia Zoo which Steve Irwin and his parents started.

This is me under the water of Lake McKenzie

This is at Lake McKenzie on Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world. It actually protects the Great Barrier Reef from getting smothered with sand by the "EAC"--Eastern Australian Current. Pretty cool. This is a fresh water lake with white sand. This is the life!

Some cool fish and coral. My brother may have taken some of these. I may have taken some of them, too. He owns both underwater cameras. :)

This is me snorkelling in the GREAT BARRIER REEF! Wow. It's so cool!

Sunday, May 24, 2009


Well, folks, I am in Australia right now and have no pictures downloaded on this laptop. I promise to download some here when I get them home. So far, I have pet kangaroos, held a koala, snorkelled in the Great Barrier Reef, gone to the Brisbane Temple, and walked around downtown Brisbane. Still to come: Zoo and Fraser Island. I love the Aussie style! People here are so nice and laid back! Very refreshing! Well, toodles for now!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Light Rail and Museum!

Some friends and I rode the light rail into downtown Phoenix to have dinner and go to the free night at the art museum.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Christmas and Birthday

A special time of year...

This is a family tradition...making gingerbread houses. Not the kind that come pre-cooked and cut out for $9.96 at Wal-Mart, this is the real thing! Therefore human error must be taken into account when constructing the structure...which sometimes leads to roofs sliding off, walls caving in, etc. Adds to the challenge! This is me and my sister and one of my adorable nieces keeping the tradition alive!

This is what I got for Christmas...not the AR-15, silly, the 9mm held in my left hand above! Nothing like a little outing with the brothers!

Somehow, I became old...pretty weird. Most of my friends were out of town for my birthday, as usual because of the date, but I still had fun with the friends that did come!

Free ice cream at Red Robin!What kind of person gives someone a 2 pound sausage as a birthday gift??? This answers the question: My home teacher, Hyrum! "Gee, Merilee, when I saw this enormous sausage on the shelf in the Christmas clearance aisle, I thought of YOU!" Thanks, Hyrum, I feel loved!