Saturday, December 9, 2017

Thanksgiving With Blue Skies And Traffic

For Thanksgiving this year, we traveled to Utah.  We went to my sisters home and our daughter, who lives in Provo, also came and joined us.  Thanksgiving with family and great food was all I could ask for.  It was a great, short trip, but well worth the drive. 
For photos, I forgot to even get my camera out and take any pictures of Thanksgiving dinner, but I sure got enough pictures of the ride down to Utah and our ride back home.  I love taking pictures of the sky.  From one moment to the next, the sky gives you such a variety of cloud formations.  I also got some pictures of where we do, I'm sure not used to the traffic.
Traffic, traffic, traffic...........everywhere we looked!
Starting out, it was pretty gloomy and the sun was trying its best to peek through the clouds.
But the further we went, more and more of the sun made its way through.
According to Wikipedia, these next clouds are defined as lenticular clouds.  Here is the definition from Wikipedia:
Lenticular clouds (Altocumulus lenticularis in Latin) are stationary clouds that form in the troposphere, typically in perpendicular alignment to the wind direction. They are often comparable in appearance to a lens or saucer.
There are three main types of lenticular clouds: altocumulus standing lenticular (ACSL), stratocumulus standing lenticular (SCSL), and cirrocumulus standing lenticular (CCSL), varying in altitude above the ground. Because of their unique appearance, they have been brought forward as an explanation for some unidentified flying object (UFO) sightings.
As we traveled further, nearing Utah, the traffic started.  And the fact that we went through "5" construction zones really slowed our traveling.
And not including construction, the traffic was just...................
And, to top it off, a truck (SEE DETAILS HERE) hauling cattle took to sharp of a turn on the freeway at an overpass and overturned. Because of all the cattle on the top overpass and the cattle that fell to the lower part of the freeway, the freeway was totally closed for hours.  We were able to exit the freeway along with many others and it took us 3-4 times to get through each red light.  Aghhhhhhhhhhhh! 
I sure would not have liked being in the truck in front of us.  That was a lot of smoke he was blowing out his window.
Once we got back on the freeway, there was still a lot of traffic...going both ways.
I again turned my focus to the clouds.  Much more interesting than traffic.
Later in the evenings, the skies were beautiful.  The skies hold and give us so much to see if we only look up.  Sunrises, sunsets, stars, sun, moon, cloud formations......ETC.
And even some hang gliders. I took this picture at the "Point of the Mountain" as we were leaving Lehi, Utah.
As we entered Idaho, it was sure good to see cattle out grazing in the field.  I'll take cows over traffic, any day.
Ahhhh, back to beautiful scenery without cars, buildings, and traffic pollution. 
I'm not saying that cars, buildings, and traffic are bad, I'm just pointing things out from my perspective and the type of surroundings I am used to. I guess I'm just a country girl that loves wide open spaces.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

December 2017 Visiting Teaching Handout/Poster

As I mentioned before, I use these graphics as both a handout and a poster.  I place the poster (full-sized sheet of photo paper) in front of the R.S. room, posted as a reminder all month long as to what our message/theme is.  If you click on the picture, it should bring it up big enough to copy without making it blurry.
This months visiting teaching message is on "Willing to Bear One Another's Burdens."  What an appropriate message for this time of the year as our thoughts are turned to helping and giving to others.  What a great way to keep "Christ" in Christmas, as we bear one another's burdens.
As stated by President Thomas S. Monson..."We are surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness."  "We are the Lord's hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to life His children.  He is dependent upon each of us."

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Thanksgiving Desk and Horseshoe Tree Decorations

At first, I just started out decorating my horseshoe tree and placed it on the mantle above the fireplace/wood stove.  Then one time, I decided to move it to the entryway desk and add a few more decorations, tying it all in together.  The past few months, I have added more, and more decorations.
Here it is today, my Thanksgiving/November decorations for the desk and tree.  At first glance after getting it all decorated, I thought, hmmmm, added too much stuff.  But after looking at it each day, it grew on me, so grew on me is the way it stayed.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Heavy Snow & Fallen Electrical Lines

Yesterday morning we woke up to this........
It was so pretty, wet, heavy and deep.  All the trees and bushes were maxed out with the heavy load and most of the morning our power was totally blitzing off and on every few minutes.  I heard my husband leave the house and when he came back in, I heard these words "We've got big problems."  When I asked him what was going on.........well, see for yourself in the photos below.
The hot wires did not come down because of the heavy snow, but just because of an old, rotted out pole that fell on our shop (see 2nd photo below).  My husband called the power company and they came to our home and cut the wires from the main electric pole.  After they left, my husband put the wire away but we will not be able to get electricity to the shop until after the Holidays.
The pole was totally rotted at the base and didn't take much to push it over.
There was very little damage to the shop roof.  Just a small dent - Whew!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Vapor (Contrail) Trails

I have a blogging friend that posted a blog the other day and in that blog, it contained some pictures of clouds with vapor trails (A vapor trail or contrail is a condensation trail made by the exhaust of an aircraft engine).  I have seen the trailing's of jets in the sky before, but not to the extent as the one she had posted.  To see her vapor trails, go HERE.  If you would like to learn more about vapor (contrail) trails, go HERE.
After viewing her blog, I made a comment telling her this: The vapor trail photos are amazing.  I don't think I have ever seen a sky that looks like that. The top photo just had me spellbound.
This morning as I looked out the window, I couldn't believe my eyes.  There it was.....beautiful vapor trails.  They were not to the extent of hers, but non-the-less, I was able to view a sky full.
Like I stated earlier, I've seen a jet trail here or there, but never this many at one time.  It was so beautiful to me that I just kept taking one photo after another.
It's hard to see in the photos, but in the third photo down there are actually 6 trails.  I'm thinking I just had one of those special moments that God placed before me....especially where I had just stated a few days ago how amazing her vapor trails were and that I had never before seen a sky like that.  Coincidence?  Don't think so!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Raking Leaves on a Windy Day

November 1st was a windy day, and a day for raking leaves.  Well actually, when I started raking leaves the wind wasn't blowing too much but by the time I had finished the wind decided to really pick up. As you can see in the pictures, it was picking up a lot of leaves with it, placing them around the already raked piles.  But hey, look at it this gave me and my husband something to do a few days later.  Right?  What else have we got to do in retirement?!

Hoovers House of Horrors and School Halloween Carnival

The Hoovers House of Horrors is one of the main events that goes on in our little town. On Halloween night, I don't think there is anyone, big or small, that does not go to the Hoover place.  It's all in fun and games, but some of it is a bit gory, it's not the cutsie Halloween decorations, for sure!  This is your run-of-the-mill, haunted house stuff.  Here are some pictures I took on Halloween, just before it got dark.
And the video below is the action I took later that evening, after dark.

Now, a bit on the calmer side and the part I really enjoy, is going to the school Halloween carnival.  I like to go and sit on the bleachers in the gymnasium and see all the cute little costumes the children are wearing.  Actually, there are plenty of grown-ups that get into the spirit of things, too.