Sunday, February 04, 2018

Stake Conference

We just had Stake Conference and IT WAS AMAZING.  There's no way to actually relate all the wonderfulness of it but here's just a reminder to me for the future.  The best one in years. Truly.  

Our visiting authority was Elder Michael Dudley who started Sat night by proclaiming in a quiet but strong and tender voice, that we would start with the Name of Jesus Christ on our lips and would end it the same way.  He talked all the time about being on the Covenant Path..of getting on, keeping on, and staying on…quoting Pres. Nelson.  He encouraged us to read the biography Russell M. Nelson, Father, Surgeon, Apostle…a book that happens to have been written by a BYU bishop Robert had.  Spence Condie.  He conducted Saturday night session (which began at 6pm rather than 7 which was so much nicer) as we are instructed to hold our various classes.  In a discussion form, not a lecture.  He invited audience participation and still managed to get into the discussions all the things he had for us.  It was the manner in which he framed his questions. The congregations responded perfectly.

Sunday morning I played the piano for the new convert meeting so I was able to hear him again talk about Getting, Keeping, Staying On the covenant path.  This was almost a visual display as he talked  about Lehi’s vision and said he looked at the iron rod was what we hold onto when we are in an airport and get on one of those people mover moving treadmills…how you step on, hold onto the grip on the side and KEEP ON moving forward til you reach your gate. While he told this he slowly walked down the center aisle between the chairs and gave the image of a man on that people mover.  And reminded us how it’s important to know the end from the beginning.  Quoting the new prophet when he addressed church members from the SLC temple when his presidency was announced.

For the Sunday morning session he told 2 interesting stories, maybe more but these 2 were important.  He told how he had met his wife at BYU after his mission.  But just as they started to date more seriously his girlfriend’s parents were called to preside over the S. Africa mission and they wanted her to go, She wanted to stay, They said, Go,  She said NO.  She asked him and he said Go. So she asks, will you be here when I return?  He had not thought that far ahead.  But she went. While there, the President of the 12, Spencer Kimball, came to tour the mission with his wife.  One morning this girl heard a noise and went to look and saw Pres. Kimball on the ledge of a balcony trying to read a stick which was over the lake filled with alligators or crocodiles (whichever you have in S. Africa…i don’t remember which).  She had him get down to safely.  Pres. K asked her about her special friend. She asked him…Do you think it would be OK if he flew here, my dad married us and then we flew right back to the states and were then sealed in the temple? Pres K said, No, you must do the right thing in the right order.  And if you will do this I promise I will seal you.  So she waited but pretty soon Pres. K of the 12 got word that President Hunter, Prophet, had died and that he was to become the next president/prophet.  Yet, when this girl and our authority were sealed in the temple, President Kimball honored his promise and did the sealing.

Years passed.  Elder D’s wife took their 12 year old daughter to a  Broadway show in NYC.  The girl, Sandra came home and asked him, Dad how can I do that? I want to be on Broadway.  Elder D said, I don’t know.  I’m sorry.  If you had asked me about baseball I could help you.  But this I don’t know anything about This young girl persisted weekly looking at the theater classified and when there was a call for actress/singer she went.  She received various parts.  Then she got the choice role of Sandy in Grease on Broadway. But she knew from the fun film (and to this Elder D added that there was probably better films to see but that this was a fun one, even tho there were probably parts most parents would not want to have their kids see…do you know this movie, Elder Voss).  Anyway…there was that cigarette scene.  His daughter Sandra said she could not do that part, touching, smoking the cigarette. She went to the producer and director and told him, even telling him he might need to cast another girl in that role and that would be fine and in the discussion he said they would work it out.  So the practice began with that very scene. They got to the cigarette part and she stopped, said she could not/would not do it.  He said, NO?  She said No.  I thought we had discussed this and would find a way around it.  The Director said, you either do it or you can walk.  She turned and walked away…having chosen the covenant path, for her there was no other decision.  And yet, heartbroken as she might have been, very soon afterwards she was given the role of Cosette in Les Mis on Broadway and she was there for 6 years in that role which would not have been hers had she been in Grease.  I hope you know that musical

Anyway…it was a great story.  A great response.  A superb example for all of us.  In a way this is the choice I had to make.  At the time my dad was barely a member and a very ill man. I wasn't sure he would be able to get to Utah for my BYU graduation and my temple sealing the next day.  Back then women with nonmember husbands were not allowed to go to the temple for themselves.  But things worked out that it all came together   My parents were sealed on the 25th in SLC, I graduated from BYUon the 26th altho Daddy remained in the hotel resting, and Robert and I were sealed in Manti on the 27th. 

Linda Bruderer made this same choice as well and her parents flew all the way west to stand outside while she was sealed to Ken.  Her parents never did join the church but they supported her in her new religion and her belief in an eternal marriage.  She’s got a great story to tell.  So you remember that…you Get on, Keep on and Stay on the Covenant Path.

Friday, February 02, 2018

b.a. Sweeties

Hank and Marissa invited us to meet them at B.A. Sweeties, near Parma.  It was always a huge warehouse of candy (amazing) but now they've added a huge soda fountain.  All ice cream is home made.

 As you can see some of the tables even had swings attached to the ceiling for chairs. Very relaxing.  I had a chocolate shake and it was excellent...that's as far I as I will go in exclaiming over ice cream

Monday, January 08, 2018

An edited family photo

Last Thanksgiving I posted a picture taken out front, by the rock, when Pam Barlow came buy to snap the shutter.  I was sad that Jacob who had to work ER and Cody who was out west at college couldn't join us.  But I got a great picture of the whole family, minus those 2.  I had decided that I would somehow get someone to Photoshop these 2 in the picture.  And even if it wasn't perfect, at least I'd have one picture of all of us.

I know that within a month Baby (Coy) Boone would be out of the swaddling but I still wanted the whole family.  Up til this one, the only whole family picture I had was one taken at the cemetery after Bonpapa died, 9.5 years ago.  It was time.

And of course, Sweet and Wonderfully Talented Lauren Olson who now lives in GUAM took on the task.  Not only did she insert Jacob and Cody and she also got rid of the phone lines and poles.  I am forever grateful.

I had hoped Cara would take the picture of the guys before Cody returned to BYU with her camera but you know, phones seem to be the least bothersome but not the best.  The resolution was not as good as the photograph so it's more than obvious that these 2 were inserted...but still I don't care.  I had it printed off 8x10 and framed it and am now enjoying it on our mantel.

My family is wonderful.  Each is so special in his own way.  I've had one on one time with most of them.  The Lord certainly blessed Robert and me with all the choicest of spirits He had to choose from to send them to us.

So to be official, here is all the Hatch Batch at the rock, that has entertained all our 5 as they grew and now all the grands when they come to visit.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Hank's Babka

In December I had taken out a book from the library.  Hank saw it and of course ordered it and this is the creation he made Saturday and shared with us today.

LAQ Machine

My dear friend Diane Pepin who used to live in the Village but now lives in New Hampshire contacted me...altho we've never not been in contact after she moved.  Ron gave her a LAQ Machine which he set up but she's never used since it wasn't what she wanted.  She was bothered that it fills up the one room so much so that she cannot get into her closet that holds all her sewing things.  Some parts are still wrapped.

She had offered it to me before but this weekend, offered it again.  I could not accept a totally free gift of this magnitude so we came to an agreed price which is still basically stealing.  And I am so excited.  Ron will take it apart and with Diane (and maybe Billy Ochsher) will bring it here in a couple of months.  This way Ron and Robert can reassemble it together and renew that friendship.

This gives me a couple of months to dump the stuff in the basement, at least one area of the basement and there will be a designated area for my quilts.

This is the same size quilt Diane Colangelo has in her attic and works on.  Diane C has a larger one in the garage, which is the one I worked on last fall, but Diane says this will be a lovely machine for my needs.

I made another quilt last week when the temperatures were -20 or more with wind chills. We seldom ventured out. Robert spent most of his day stoking the fire or studying for Seminary.

As I was working on it yesterday I realized we had a  YW who graduates this year and it's been the custom to present them with a quilt from the RS and YW.  I've done a couple of these after Jan Warren, former RS president, started the activity because we had a couple years of quilts being tied during a mid week meeting.  So this one will be given to Jacintaya Boldware.  I had asked the current RS President, Elaine Guthrie, if she was going to continue this lovely tradition and  that I had one quilt top done.  She hadn't heard about it but was happy to welcome each new YW to RS this way.  Then before church today, she told me we actually have another senior girl, London Voss. So hooray for me, I get to start a 2nd one soon.

Then I may make a couple for us.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

The End of 2017

We have at last come to the end of this year.  I grow older, Robert grows better, the earth is really cold (weatherize), and the world is in such turmoil.  Makes me wonder how awful it is yet to get.

Patsy is still not living with us but that will probably change in 2018.  That frightens me a bit because I am not sure I'm up to the task but obviously the Lord thinks so.  But I am grateful she's still around and still is a family member.

Thanks to all my friend who have supported me this past year.  But mostly thanks and love to my family.  They are the best anywhere.

Dawn calls me all the time and shares all her ideas and encouragements.

Cara not so much but her life is busy.  It was great having her and the kids here for Thanksgiving.

Jocelyn has been calling more often and that's huge since her house is filled with busyness.

Marissa living close is nice and the fact they want to dine with us weekly is a plus.

Jordan is busy, too, but his son Rob is always FaceTiming or Skyping me. That's a huge plus.

Robert, tho extremely tired, enjoys least his own personal study and the time he spends with the kids.

2017 has been good to me.  2018 can only get better, right?

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

christmas 2017 for my kids

In the fall of 2016, late fall, I had the great idea to learn how to quilt and to gift each of my adult children/spouses with a quilt for Christmas 2017.  There were moments at the start that I wasn't sure it was such a good idea but I learned and improved.  The biggest thing I guess I have to figure out, now that all 5 are done, is about sizing.  Each of these 5 are totally different sizes and I didn't try for that, I assure you.

I began with Cara and Jacob.  Theirs was named  Paradigm Shift or newly called Around the World.    With her family they seem to always find things to do, not to mention the huge adventure of sending Cody off to a 4th world country for 2 years on a mission.  Ella will be next summer if she sticks with the plan. The Paradigm Shift is the idea that it's not a centered design.  I wanted to force myself to something that's not even on all sides.

Then came Dawn and Ken.  This was easy. It had to be about card making and rather the cards, I opted for the envelops.  This is called You've Got Mail.  Most of the envelops have fireflies printed on somewhere.

Jocelyn and Steve's was all about fun and colorful and outdoorsy.  Butterflies!  Her family are all fluttery type kids, anxious to head outside, to enjoy nature and colors of their personalities seem to fit this.
 Here's their quilt that's being held up after opening it Christmas morning...and then Jocelyn said she covered her head with it and went to nap.

Interesting development came while I started this project.  I happened to go to Cindy's Sew Easy Store in Sheffield Village.  I had been there years before but now, as I saw they sold fabric, I also learned they offered what's called Cindy's Surprise once a month.  This is a fun class when you learn new techniques.  Not so much about quilting but stitching and some techniques can transfer over.

What they do have there is a long arm quilting machine which you can 'hire' out.  You bring the finished quilt top, batting and bottom and for a fee, they quilt for you.  Then all I have to do is bind it off.  I saved up my piano lessons and dropped off the first three.  But boy do they charge an arm and a  leg for the doing so. Odd since their wonderful LAQM does it all electronically and by computer. Once it's set, it just goes on its own.

Then I dropped off the next two.

Next came Marissa and Hank. The Grand Adventure Quilt.   I wanted to remind them of the lake here at home and the mountains out there in California.  Naturally I had Robert help me lay out the colors.  Little did I know at the time that they'd be returning to Lakewood so now the pattern will remind her of the mountains there in California and then a soft memory of growing up along  Lake Erie's shores. Here's the couple on Christmas Eve after opening the gifts.

Jordan and Hillary's quilt is called Cutting Corners.  Jordan's family is always on the move but I doubt they cut corners.  I know they are where they need to be (all 5 of my kids) but I sure wish more were around the corner. The fun thing is with young Robert, he always wants to facetime with me so it seems he is around the corner.  And the kids all seem very good at running and jumping around corners.

Now after I had dropped off these last 2 quilts, Robert and I were in Walmart in Avon one afternoon and there in the aisle was a woman I knew from years ago.  A mom to a girl Cara befriended in marching band at Brookside.  Diane Colangelo.  We got to talking and it turns out she's big time quilter.  She makes more quilts than anyone I have ever known and gives them away, or makes them for other people as they request.  All her machines are used ones, bought on Craig's List.  Between Diane and hubby Charlie, they keep all things in working order.

She even owns 2 long arm quilting machines and she allows people to rent them and quilt at her home.  I went back to Cindy's and took back the last of these 2 quilts and paid Diane Colangelo to teach me how to quilt with her machines and then used the one in the garage.  It's a bigger one and has a bit more electronics.

I learned a lot from Diane about the finishing of quilts and am so grateful. We had so much fun together.  Not only was it cheaper to do it myself but I learned so much and was able to complete the quilting in about 4 hours or less vs 4 months each.  Plus there was a sense of completion in being able to do the total job.

Here's me working the machine.

Now Christmas hurry on...I have given all the quilts wrapped to everyone.  I'm writing this entry in July but saving it til the day after Christmas for publication.  I wanted to leave each child with a home made keepsake...I think I have successfully done that.

But oh the plans I have for future quilts.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Sweetness from Ella P for Christmas

Dear granny,

I hope you like this vase.  Usually people would use something like this for special occasions but I hope you'll consider using it on normal days to remind yourself that there is beauty is everyday situations.  Thank you for being such a wonderful lady to the world and Grandma to me.  The things I love about you are your personality and your testimony. I love you forever and always, Ella P

Christmas 2017

We enjoyed Christmas Eve with the Trefethens in Lakewood.  Santa managed to come down the chimney but also he left his boot prints in the snow that he brought with him.

This morning I am up making cupcakes and the rolls for later today.  Christmas, for all worldly intents and purposes, has concluded but for the other worldly it still offers hope and reminders to me on how to behave and be.

I think all my grown children will enjoy their gift.  I was so excited to work on them for the past 18 months.  Hated to have to box them up and give them out.  Really hated the waiting.  I was able to watch 3 of them open their boxes and see their reactions.  Cara and family have to wait til Jacob comes home from work, sleeps, gifts, naps and then he has to return to work.  I had hoped since he worked on Thanksgiving that he would have Christmas off with Cody being home from BYU.

It's still dark outside. We got some snow so at least it's white but not very white.  I was waiting for the cakes to bake and happened upon a FB post of Kristin Corbley Walsh's sweet daughter sing the song she performed in church was a rehearsal version since Kristin was so good and didn't record  the actual performance in I would have snuck and done.  Watching this sweet Maeve sing, legs gently swinging on the piano bench I was taken back to when Kristin and her family were great friends of ours but not members of the church.  Kristin had gone to Forestlawn to play on the playground and then, horribly, fell backwards off the slide.  Marilyn called and asked Robert to come and give Kristin a blessing that she's live, that she's be OK.  And now Kristin has been Primary president for years and years and years! and here's her daughter singing.  I think this was the best Christmas gift of the day for me. That my sweet friends, Marilyn and Bob, chose to hear the gospel, accept the gospel and years later still be active. Still be able to watch their daughters be active and raise up another generation...with Maeve as the star yesterday.

Robert and I decided that there would be no bought gifts this year since the kitchen has been remodeled, cried through, pained through, signed off on, and enjoyed everyday.  It was odd, this no gift buying.  I hate that we are at this time of life when we can't even say we want something, or that we need something.  It makes the worldly part of Christmas pretty pathetic.  But that's life as it winds down for us.  We just want and need to be remembered, hoping the kids will think up something fantastic for us and surprise us with it.  But I think even they were flumoxed  for an idea.

But I am grateful to have had missionaries come to our door, for my mom to have listened and led the way (who needs pioneers when I had my own personal one), and encouraged me to remain faithful.  Fortunately, I have a Heavenly Father who loves me enough to give His Son for me.  He calms me and puts all things into perspective when I am totally out of whack.

Merry Christmas to my family in the future who happen upon this blog, or the hard copy it becomes in another whatever year you may be in.  It's not the worldly things, it's not the things that get taken back.  It's the remembering and cherishing of moments (like the one with Kristin, so out of the blue) that makes each day a day special to only you.  Whether you have kids who stay awake planning to catch Santa and making lists of what they'll do if he doesn't show up, if they don't hear him.  Or if they are not living close to you.  Just pray they live close to the Father and His Son who gives us all the best gifts we need.

Monday, December 18, 2017


It's official. The kitchen is now officially ours.  This has been such an uphill battle.  Actually it felt more like a downhill battle most of the time.  Nothing has gone right. The floor was replaced twice. The cabinets and crown molding was replaced a second time, with all new cabinets and wood.  I think they put 3 different dimmer switches in to control the overhead lights and all we got were flashing lights.  I'm not sure it's all correct but I was tired of having people/men trooping in and out and being so lame.  I will not recommend Siarappa builders to anyone.  Demo day began Aug 14 and this was to have been completed by about October 9.  And today is.....drumroll.....Dec 18!

I just knew that if I could sign off on this kitchen work, the kitchen would feel like it belonged to me finally and maybe, just maybe, I can forget the horrors of the past 4 months.

But it is lovely.  And so much room to store everything.  I love it.

Here is the art work I bought in Wellington at a little shop that feature reclamation art:

This is the refrigerator. The cabinets on the left are only 5" deep and both top and bottom are filled with spices and flavorings.

Here is the sink, offset a bit from the window.  All under cabinet lightings.

The pantry is now opposite of where it had been, on the south wall. The counters are quartz and so very pretty and smooth.

The stove now has counters on both sides which make it idea for cooking.

The table is in the usual place but we added an area carpet.  The window sills for both windows are of the same quartz that is the countertops.  Very clean and pretty.  The floor is laminate and lovely.  It is overall a warm and inviting a kitchen should be.
I am grateful for this lovely new kitchen and feel my mom would enjoy it as well since she so loved beautiful things.

Keith and Christina Belanger

Keith and Christina are our neighbors across Lake Road.  A delightful couple.  Christina is the one who taught Cara and I how to make egg rolls.

We have had a pew from the Stake Center forever.  When the stake center was remodeled, they put in new pews and sold the old ones.  Initially the pew was at 809, behind the long kitchen table.  I loved it there.  I loved it, period.  But there was no room for it really up here at 3830.  So it sat in the garage until I was able to let it go.  And I could only let it go because this good couple wanted it for their home.

Robert helped Keith haul it across the street to their garage in the summer and he's been refinishing it.

Today Christina called and asked us to come over. First Keith needed Robert's help in getting it into the house and in place.  Second they wanted us to see it refinished. And it was lovely.  Really lovely.

 Before it was more of a light oak color but now it's deeper brown and fits perfectly with their furniture. They are happy.

We are happy.

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