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Friday, August 17, 2018

 Friday, August 17, 2018          Top soil spread / D2 to doc, no news is… / Lunch & planning with elders / DMV for handicap hangers / Sandra and Jared’s reception  

D2/MK:   I took my oxygen into Dr. Hardman’s office just to show I was still using it. She said my C-T scan showed the smallest improvement, but my oxygen exchange levels were unchanged.  She gave me the impression that I will be on oxygen from now on.  She even mentioned the portable units as a possibility.  I was a little discouraged.  On the way home, I stopped at Costco to get gas.  

       Sam’s son-in-law worked all morning spreading and leveling out the top soil. We used two truckloads.  He and Sam worked most of the day...they are finished and have been paid   Sam came into the kitchen to get a drink of water. He sat on one of our stools and destroyed it! 

        I came home to set the table for lunch. Sister Doyle had already prepared a delicious seven-can chicken taco soup and set out, chips, cheese and sour cream.  We had juice and rolls and dessert set out, too.  Elders Westover and Pearce were on time, and we had a nice lunch with some planning afterward.    We asked about Elder Westover’s final days on his mission – last district meeting Sept.4, final interview with Pres. Lansing on the 7th, SL Temple on the 11th, then gone on the 12th!  His plan is to register for Pathway!   Elder Pearce has until next August!!!  

       Mom collapsed downstairs in front of the TV with her eyes closed, while, I worked on my upcoming talk in the Edgemont Ward Sunday as companion to high councilman Fabio Pontes.  I tried to listen to the spirit, but there’s so much I wanted to say (about The Proclamation on the Family) that I couldn’t organize it very well.  I took a break -- I went to the DMV at Point of the Mountain and got two handicap hangers good for a couple of years (Dr. Hardman wrote out the request). I could have gotten plates, but I didn’t want to go all the way back to the car to get the registration. 

        The Bradshaws asked if we’d like to go out to eat and maybe play a game or two.  It was decided we’d go to the Sandra-Jared wedding reception and then meet them at Brick Oven.   Minutes later, Dan called back – change of plans!   He and Jolene needed to be at a granddaughter’s birthday party at 7!  

        We drove out to Jared’s parent’s house and joined hundreds of guests seeking parking for blocks, then walking quite a distance more…Matt & Mary were in front of us and Angie & Mark behind us.  We met Steph inside (she’d been with the bride & groom since 9 am). We met Andy, Camie and Lily inside and Mark appeared while we sat for refreshments!   It was a lovely reunion for us among a reception of joyful friends and family there to celebrate this happy union!!!!!     

        The house and yard were beautiful and the line loooong.  We talked with several people and waved at others.  We chatted with Lisa, who was on the EF France Tour of 2004 with her son Sam.  Sam was an incredible high school kid then and has continued to excel in an impressive manner in the years since – missionary in Nogales, Mexico, a graduate of Brown and Harvard with honors. He has learned Spanish, Portuguese, and Polish.  It was great reminiscing about the tour, too.  Steph and Sandra were on that tour, too!  

       Lily went to be tested for pneumonia because of her horrible cough -- doctors at Instacare had her go to the hospital for more tests and gave her an antibiotic.  She hasn’t heard the results yet.  Matt mentioned attending “Newsies” at Hale Center Theater with Mary and meeting Kevin, Janell, Ry and Asher there, too!    As we were leaving the party, Denny stopped to ask the tall, attractive blond why she looked so familiar –“I’m Heidi Hatch, news anchor on channel 2.”  Why, yes, indeed!  

       At the end of the evening (8:30), clouds rolled in, a little rain started coming down, and the thunder roared.  It brought a freshness to the air that we haven’t felt in a long time. 


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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Thursday, August 16, 2018:              the grass is gone!  

D2/MK:  I got off to a good start and hit the mall before nine.  Sam arrived with the bobcat a little after that and began scooping up the rows of cut grass and putting it all into the dumpster.   

        Sister Doyle had suggested I get my hair cut before the weekend, so off we went to the barber school. Tyler wasn’t sure what “high and tight” meant (a military expression for the military haircut), so a more experienced young man came over to show him how to do it.  He was a great instructor, but I still had him go to the waiting room to ask Mary Kaye to come back to give the final OK.  She made a couple suggestions and they completed the job.  I gave them each a tip.  

        From there, we went to Dr. Miller’s office to pick up another month’s supply of free samples of Eliquis, while negotiations are being made.   She received the samples and then was asked to fill out an application-for-patient-assistance!  Oh, la la!   She spoke up to Bri, then to Sara – “I have filled out this application already, and I have added pharmacy records and IRS papers months ago!”    

       They searched their files more extensively, and voilà, there they were – dated May 8th!  It wasn’t clear whether or not they had been faxed to Eliquis.  In any case, there was no response on file, so they were going to re-apply.  Mary is certain that she won’t be eligible because we haven’t paid out-of-pocket money to the required amount on our insurance, so she asked what will happen if she has to discontinue Eliquis?  She made her own suggestion – “How about a full-strength aspirin?”  Of course, the decision isn’t for the patient or the nurses to make.  It will require another appointment with Dr. Miller or Ballantine.   She asked for a second month’s of samples and Bri reluctantly complied, but MK is anticipating a long time before anything is decided!  

        Aubs texted me to remind me about picking up John at Lone Peak Hospital.  I headed over there a little after 1:00.  I waited outside in the lobby until they invited me in.  He was really groggy and in quite a bit of pain and without a gall bladder!  They gave him oxycodone, and he started feeling a little better.  He asked for a Dr. Pepper and some crackers and the nurse brought them to us both.  We also enjoyed some Lorna Doone cookies.  Finally, he was ready to get dressed and be discharged.  I brought him home. He leaned on me as I guided him to his bed.  He eased in between the covers and went right to sleep.  Aubs came home a little later with Lincoln in tow. He had played a wonderful game of soccer, and his team had won.  

        Pete Jensen came over and we discussed changing/adapting the sprinkler system for the new grass.  He turned off the front sprinklers temporarily, but allowed the back ones to go on. We added five minutes to the last station because the center of the grass is always dry. He’ll add the longer drip system next year rather than dig up our flowers.  I can hand water them.   

        Sister Doyle and I picked out some new names for our MLS visits.  MK called Betty Lee to ask to be able to visit her – she said yes.  We said a prayer and were off.  We had tried to visit Sister Lee unsuccessfully twice before today and were happy to have her consent now.  I double-checked the address and found out she lives on Serpentine, not on Sego Lily!  Crazy!  We had a wonderful visit her, in spite of a very noisy dog on her lap.  Her husband died a little over a year ago (she recited the year, months and days exactly) and is still trying to adjust to his absence.  Because he never mentioned them getting sealed in the temple when he was alive, she is hesitating now on her own.  Hmmm. We’ll visit with her again.  We kept our visit short and sweet. 

        We got empty houses on a couple of unannounced stops, but found Jeremy Larsen home, preparing the enormous “trailer” for a weekend camping trip to Rockport Reservoir with his side of the family.  His wife, Gabby, was gone, teaching gymnastics with their 5-year old daughter.  She arrived as we were leaving but walked inside and looked neither right nor left, totally ignoring us.  I’m glad we had such a pleasant visit with Jeremy before she got home!  

        It was getting after 8:3, so we moseyed up to Smith’s to buy ingredients for tomorrow’s dessert -- and Mom spent the rest of the evening making chocolate cheesecake.




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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

 Wednesday, August 15, 2018:     A Dolittle Day:  Sod dug up / MLS visit to Shirlene Emery / lunch at Zupa’s / MK finishes book, wonderful life of Dr. Ben Carson /D2 shops late        

D2/MK:     Sam came early, and he and a friend began peeling off the sod with a sod cutter.   One used the cutter, the other use a pitchfork to lift the strip to one side.  They made it look easy, but we were happy we didn’t have to do it!  It went quickly, too.  A huge dumpster was delivered, and tomorrow they’ll scoop up the strips of grass. 

 I was just going to have them do the front, but he convinced me that the side needed doing as well.  I also had him dig out a couple dead spots in back.  When they finished they took off to finish someone else’s job. They will be back with the bobcat tomorrow to load the dumpster parked in front.   

        We had a nice visit with Shirlene Emery at 3:00.  She has recovered from her surgery and is back to work.  She told us a little bit about her families (blended with a second husband).  Before our visit was over, we discussed FamilySearch as she shared photos of her grandparents, parents, siblings and children and great-grandchildren.  Family history may be the key to bringing back some interest in the Church.  I offered a prayer.  

        We hadn’t eaten lunch, so we went to Zupa’s for soup, salad, and sandwiches.  Sister Doyle brought home her sandwich for later.  The missionaries texted me asking if I were available for a possible lesson.  I immediately texted back that I would be glad to help, but what time?  I got no answer, so I was left in limbo.   I finally called to see what was going on.  They said they would call me if they needed me, around 8:00.  I waited on pins and needles but got no call. 

     MK watched the 
inspirational, amazing, fabulous movie on the life of Dr. Ben Carson,Gifted Hands.  She also had an emotional time as she finished reading All the Light We Cannot See.  What a great book.

       I made a late-night dash to Smith's for a few things.


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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Tuesday, August 14, 2018:           Mission Tour! 

D2/MK:  I picked up the elders at 8:10 and dropped them off at the mission office for our Mission Tour with Elder Funk of the Area Presidency.  It’s called a tour rather than a conference because he will tour the entire mission. 

        After breakfast and our usual morning prep, we took off for the mission office at 9:00 and arrived just before our 9:15 time.  I brought one of our large black suitcases from home for Elder Queiroz because his is broken.  I gave it to him during our lunch break and he was very grateful. 

        We sat near the back next to the Larsons.  All MLS couples sit in the rows behind the young missionaries.  It was a long but enjoyable day.  We started at 9:30 and didn’t finish until after 4:00!  Elder Funk, with Sister Funk, was our visiting General Authority. They have just recently returned from an 8-year assignment in the Asia/Indonesia area of the world.  They and the Lansings did most of today’s training with an emphasis on “the Holy Ghost.”  We enjoyed the relating of “miracles” by the elders and sisters and one MLS couple.  Eight departing missionaries gave their testimonies – we hadn’t realized that Elder Westover is in that group going home next!           

Canyon View Stake prepared the lunch.  We had pulled pork sandwiches, two salads, sweet watermelon chunks, and cookies and ice cream... always with bottled water.  

            Elder Bucklein sang “Lead Thou Me On” to begin the second part of the conference.  He has a marvelous voice.  Elder Funk taught missionary skills, the importance of unity between companions and planning, studying, teaching and inviting families/individuals to make commitments and come unto Christ.  He also emphasized “taking no thought of what you will say…”   When you prepare lessons for specific individuals, you are prepared for any given situation that arises-- the Holy Ghost will help you remember.  Pres. Bishop and his wife also gave some remarks. They are wonderful people and have worked with several mission presidents in this mission.  


        We waited around while Elder Pearce and Westover chatted up old comps and then picked up their mended clothes and some packages.  We dropped them off at their place and wished them well.  We went home to change into our civvies.  For dinner, we had the Hawaiian Haystacks again. I heard the doorbell ring -- Sam.  He said he’s ready to excavate!  He’ll start tomorrow.

       We were so tired that we forgot our weekly 8:30 meeting with Bro. Pontes and missionaries.  So sorry.




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