From "Desiderata"

You are a child of the universe no less that the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God - From "Desiderata"

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Jim and Lori Reunited

It has been a long time since my last post - and I'm not going to catch you up on my boring life. But Jim and I did remarry this past week, on Thursday, October 13, 2011.

It was a quiet ceremony with a few friends. We love each other and we love being together. Our focus is on the future and we will take it one day at a time.
Focus on Love - note the reading glasses

Scott & Barbara Burnett, Larry Bendall, Lori & Jim, Diane Thurmond, Randy Kellor

We love all of our friends and family and hope you will be supportive as we let the Lord work in our lives. We are truly blessed and we are determined to live worthy of our temple sealing.

1st kiss after being pronounced husband and wife - again

Monday, July 11, 2011

July 2011

Just an update. I have moved to Sandy and a great neighborhood. I live in the basement of the home of a single women (just a little older than me - Nancy K---e). It is comforting for both of us to have someone else around. We have so much in common (life experience and likes/dislikes) that it is spooky. I've settled in comfortably. I feel peace here. I mowed the backyard this weekend - it has been about 7 years since I had that opportunity. I also have flower pots and a small garden to play in. I planted the garden so late (Father's Day weekend) that I may get nothing for my investment, but it is fun to putter around and get my hands dirty.

Church - The ward is friendly and I'm the new assistant choir director - which I think means the recruiter and the person who calls choir members with reminders. I'm very happy with the calling. The ward is large and I'm just glad to have an opportunity to serve. When I was set apart by the bishop, you would have thought it was the most important calling in the ward. He also added to the setting apart, a very personal blessing to help me adjust to the changes in my life over the past few years. It was awesome and very insightful.

Work - I'm into the second session of summer financial training for principals. With help from our division, our three person review team is able to pull it off. It takes months of preparation. We are exhausted each day of the week long session. I don't know how teachers do it everyday. To be "On" for 6 plus hours. Although we love doing the training and we learn much from those in the field, we are always glad to return to the Church Office Building the first week of August and get back into our regular schedule.

Family - I'm still very lonely. I long for every opportunity I get with family (kids, grand kids, extended family). I enjoy attending some of Parker and Aiden's t-ball games. While I watch, I get to visit with Kim and play with Laney. It is often the highlight of my week. I had a 30+ minute Skype conversation with Arti on Sunday. She would love to visit with Grandma & pa and cousins when we gather for the Snow reunion. There is a 7 hour difference (London is ahead of us) if you want to give her a Skype call. I am excited to see all the Snows at the upcoming reunion.

Girlfriend - I must tell you - my girlfriend group has been a huge support to me. We get together often. And we all have someone to call when we want to do something. Thank gals!!!

Projects- I've been working on a life timeline in preparation for writing my life history. I can never remember when things happened, so I'm reviewing old calendars, journals, and photo albums for an outline. I'm still making earrings, and a few wind chimes. I will soon be starting a heritage quilt. I have old linens, dollies, and embroidery work from grandmothers - I'm piecing together for a quilt top. I hope to have the top ready and be able to start quilting it about Halloween.

I never was the one in the family to take pictures, so I don't have any photos. I depend on the kids to take them and share with me. I need to make photo taking a priority (maybe in 2012) - it would be a good New Year's Resolution.

Thanks for reading - I hope to see you soon.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

I really need to put up a new photo and post. So here I am~

I spent Conference weekend in Loveland Colorado with my friend. She has a home, her horses, and many friends there. She met with tax return clients and I relaxed, read, and even sat in the sun a little on Saturday. It was beautiful.  We took a drive up to Estes Park and saw mountain sheep and huge elk. The trip home on Sunday was snowy and nail biting at times, but we made it okay. 

I made some taco soup, and put a frozen berry pie in the oven for the family gathering at my home Sunday night. C & K and family and Holland attended. It was good to see Holland for a bit even though he was in SLC to see friends and missionary companions. He was happy to see his mission president, Elder Ian S. Ardern, called to be in the First Quorum of the Seventy.

My life is quiet and work is going well. I can’t wait for spring to come and STAY. I am still making earrings, chunk of charms, and junk wind chimes. I’m always looking for simple outlets to sell my stuff (let me know if you have ideas). Batty the cat is getting old but is still healthy and a comfort to me. 

I am working on a life time line since I can’t remember when I did what – When did we move? When did B graduate? When did we get Bella? How old is Batty? - You get the idea. I’m sorting through photo albums, old calendars, journals, and planner books. This summer I’m going do a ancestor quilt of linen, embroidery, tatting, and crocheting from my grandma and great grandma.

My friend Diane and me at the Opera of Little Women - March 2011

Looking forward:
I hope to see a few SL Bee’s games this spring and summer. I have plans to spend the July 4th weekend in PV and I’m looking forward to the Snow Family Reunion in July.  Labor Day weekend I’m headed to TF for the TF County Fair and Rodeo. Other than that, I’m staying close to home.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Girlfriend weekend

Diane, Lisa, Barbara, and I hung out with Arti on her birthday. We went to the Mistletoe Mall and the Boutique held this last weekend in Gunnison. It was a hoot! We spent money, talked, laughed and bonded. We need to do it again soon.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Random update

I went to St. George last weekend (to get my car back from Holland) and had a wonderful time with Holland (what a hoot), Bret and family, my Mom and Dad, and my former dog - Bella.The weather was beautiful. The homecoming parade (Dixie's Centennial) was great and it was so fun to watch Holland reconnect with all of his friends and college associates.

Faye at the great cupcake place for lunch
I went with my folks to the alumni banquet, where my cousin was the speaker. It was fun to hang with my folks and I even knew a couple of people. Plus a spirited group of alums did a somewhat spontaneous rendition of Dixie and Program Bureau songs. I enjoyed --- lunch with Bret, Faye, and Marley; games with Lori and Bret, church with Mom and Dad and then church with Bret, Lori, Faye, and Holland; and tasty stuffed peppers from the Olsen garden and kitchen. - Thanks to the St George bunch for a great weekend.  Note: Holland and I switched cars because he drives a stick and had surgery on his left foot in August. So I got to enjoy his zippy stick shift and he drove my smooth Acura.

I've been sick with a cold - Sitting around, blowing my nose, watching mindless TV, napping - are lonely activities. I didn't dare go out and share the love and my germs. Thank goodness for a needy cat who doesn't care if I'm sick and wants to be in my lap, on my chest, or in my face.

I went to lunch with work friends yesterday. The guys squished into the back seat of Benita's car. I had to get a pic. It was hilarious - and I'm sure uncomfortable for the guys. Two of them walked and took Trax back to the office. I don't think they cared for my laughter and picture taking - while I enjoyed the spacious passenger seat.

Monday, September 13, 2010

My little book

I lost my little book - with my WHOLE LIFE in it! I've looked everywhere. I looked in Lost and Found at Smith's and the ballpark. I looked in my car, Cody's car, in and under the couch and chairs, behind the dresser, and under the bed. I was frantic. This book contains:
- all the phone numbers and address of my loved ones
- loved ones birthdays and anniversaries
- important numbers like divorce file #, U or Phx student #, FASB certification system #
- my month to month budget
- the car mileage and mpg
- a running grocery and "Want" list
- my Christmas list
- notes I take for self-encouragement and words to live by
- a list of people to pray for
- a list of books to read and movies to see

Yep- my WHOLE LIFE. I decided to fast yesterday to find my little book and also to show my gratitude for all the recent blessings in my life.
This morning I was discouraged after taking a double look everywhere I could think of. When I got to work this morning, I looked around my desk and in my cupboards, bookcases - and then - THERE IT WAS! It was tucked behind my big book of policies and memos. What a relief -- And just another thing to be thankful for. My blessing and gratitude grow.~

Sunday, September 5, 2010


My new grandaughter born Friday, September 3rd, 2010 about 2  in the afternoon. 7 lbs 13 oz and 20 inches long. She has the same initials as me LSO. She is adorable!

I got to hold her when she was just a couple of hours old.

I got to babysit the boys all day Friday and stayed with them Friday night. They are sooo sweet. We watched their new movie Monster's Inc., played at the park, had ice cream cones, and played Legos.

Cody's family, their friends the Bucanans, Jim, and I went to the Bee's game the night before.

The baby is home and the boys are camping with G & G Jensen for the holiday weekend, which gives Kim and Cody time to settle in with the baby.

Here is Laney trying to open her eyes after those nasty drops they put in newborn's eyes.