Dinner and a Portrait Session

I had another portrait session today.  I’ve been working on getting my lighting technique squared away for my new studio space. 

After the portrait session, I did a little grocery shopping – it had been a while.  I came home, we got things put away and I made a dish to take to dinner at the Ingold’s.
We had dinner with Bob and Linda Ingold, Jim and Georgia Hippen and Gary Morse at the Ingold’s.  We had a wonderful time talking about how we met our spouses.  I think the highlight of the stories was Jim telling us about a “Polygamy Party” at the “U”.  I couldn’t help by reply with, “Only at the U!”  (It was a young adult activity for their fraternity where each guy was supposed to bring as many dates as he could.  I’m sure there are some women who aren’t laughing, but I thought it was funny.  I guess what I really found funny is that they actually had such an activity.)

Ward Temple Night

After work Elizabethe and I came home for dinner, and then headed to the temple for ward temple night.  With spring here, there were quite a few people at the temple – both local and from far away places.  It’s nice to see the temple getting busy again.

Oh, and for those of you who are far away, it is okay to visit Palmyra in the winter too.  Our weather is fickle, so you can have a winter day with no snow on the ground and sunshine, or it can be snowy.  You take your chance.  But, either way, this place is beautiful 365 days of the year.

Flowering Plumb in Bloom

Deciding this Late

There’s a danger in putting things off to a later date.  Yup, I missed the deadline for International Print Competition.  That’s a potential 4 merits and another year to wait.  I can kick myself.

Likewise, we have people calling asking if we have rooms available during Hill Cumorah Pageant.  So, please take note:

If you plan to attend Hill Cumorah Pageant this year, you are too late.  There are no rooms.

If you want to attend in 2012, call us in August of THIS year.  🙂

There are so few places to stay around here.  It is best to plan your trip a year in advance for Pageant.  Seriously.  They are saying that pageant attendance is only going to increase in the years to come.

So, if you hear someone say they want to go to Hill Cumorah Pageant, advise them to book a place to stay a year in advance.  If they are flying, they should book at as soon as the dates open.

I speak from experience…. you snooze; you lose.

P.S.  I’m already starting to plan for 2012’s International Print Competition.  I’m not going to miss two years in a row.

Walking After the Rain

My Studio this Morning

I enjoy going for walks after a rain storm.  The colors are so vibrant and the air so clean.  This morning I just walked down to the tractor store and back.  Since pictures speak more than words, here you go…


Baritone at an Antique Shop
Masonic Temple
Front Porch of a Neighbor

Late Running Meetings

Spring 2011 at the Beckwith Mansion

I got stuck at work tonight because a meeting went over by an hour.  I don’t know why, but meetings that don’t end on time really stress me out.  That meant an hour of stress I don’t need.

We got to the temple about the time the rain just started coming down in buckets.  It was raining so hard it was washing dirt from the planters and down the parking lot.  We’re talking about a torrential downpour.

When we got home from the temple, I took a walk through the house looking for leaks.  We had water in four places in the basement.  There wasn’t a lot, but enough to remind me we still have things to maintain and repair.  (Owning an old house is a lot of work.)

New Breaks

We dropped Elizabethe’s car off at the dealer for servicing.  They called a bit later informing us we need new rotors and pads.  It is amazing how much they charge for that stuff.  But, they are consumable and like tires, part of owning a car.  I’ll just be glad when I don’t have to go to work so I can dedicate some time to maintaining the cars.

I think it is ironic that we spend so much time at work that we need to hire people to do other stuff.  I guess in the farming days, people with large farms would hire others to help around the farm.  Perhaps we are just spoiled in our era.

Sisters Crook and Morrison came over tonight to teach David and Angela.  We had a wonderful visit with them.  We are blessed to have good friends and good missionaries.

Easter 2011

Bishop and Sister Taylor talked in Sacrament Meeting today, and the Primary Children sang.  (I do miss being Primary Pianist.)  The choir sang also.  It was a nice Easter Sunday meeting.

For dinner I cooked a pork loin roast, made some garlic mashed potatoes with pepper gravy, cooked carrots, and Elizabethe fixed a toss salad.  It was just the two of us, but we have leftovers for a few meals now.

I made some cinnamon rolls and we sat and talked with Elder and Sister Steward while we ate cinnamon rolls.  (They are the missionaries who are renting the upstairs suite.)

Natalie Turns 23

Happy Birthday Natalie!

Today it feels like spring is really here.  I finished cleaning up my studio and office, and had the first studio photo sessions since the snow has melted.   It was nice to use the studio again.

Elizabethe spent part of the day working on the garden.  The sisters came over and helped for a little while.

For the most part, the weather was pretty decent today.  There was a short while that it poured like mad, and then stopped.  It didn’t affect my sessions any as we were in the studio.  (Thank goodness we were not outside during the down pour.)

$3.99 9/10ths

Yes, gasoline was just barely under $4 a gallon this morning.  Now, you have to ask yourselves, why are the following countries paying so much less for gas that we are?

These numbers came from CNN/Money today:

Estonia Tallinn $3.62
Bulgaria Sofia $3.52
Brazil Brasilia $3.12
Cuba Havana $3.03
Taiwan Taipei $2.84
Lebanon Beirut $2.63
South Africa Johannesburg $2.62
Nicaragua Managua $2.61
Panama Panama City $2.19
Russia Moscow $2.10
Puerto Rico San Juan $1.74
Saudi Arabia Riyadh $0.91
Kuwait Kuwait City $0.78
Egypt Cairo $0.65
Nigeria Lagos $0.38
Venezuela Caracas $0.12

All I can say is, we better think carefully about how we cast our ballots in the next few elections.

Anyone up for a road trip to Venezuela?

For Much Less

Past presents have been impeached for much less.

It’s no doubt we are living in troubled times.  The media are constantly misleading us in the news, and many are too ignorant to follow the facts.  Journalism in its pure form is dead in the mainstream.  The three branches of government have lost sight of whom they serve.  Unemployment is at all-time highs.  Inflation is creeping up on us.   Our President has refused to enforce certain laws.   Congress is passing laws for other countries (for example, H.R.4301).  I could go on, but these are trouble times.

And, with all of this going on, I question whether anyone is really pleased with their Congressman or Senator.  By that, I mean to ask, does anyone really think they should be thrown out and someone else elected?

When you look at the list of presidents who have been threatened with impeachment…

… one must ask, “Why isn’t Barack Obama on that list?”

For that matter, why aren’t we demanding many of our officials be held responsible for failure to represent us.  U.S.  United States.  Past presidents have been impeached for much less.

Why doesn’t someone  start a political party who, as part of their platform, will agree to take no salary, and vote to make it a constitutional amendment that Congress, the Senate, the Executive Branch, and Judicial Branch, receive no salary for their time served.  I’m suggesting we make it unprofitable to serve as an elected official.  Remove the campaign contributes.  Remove all of the money from the political scene.

Maybe I’m too much of a blue-skyer.