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Friday, December 15, 2023

Heart Stopping Reality

I'm getting a Watchman in my heart. It took hours and hours for all the tests and could save so much money. Pradaxa; the blood thinner (skin thinner) is super expensive vs. Cumadin aka Rat Poison. Getting the Watchman to catch blood clots saved money and possibly my life. We had to go to three different labs. Quest just didn't get it right and so much time, wasted and plus three more doctor visits. 

At the hospital I was all hooked-up and then another lab.  The  paper pusher lady came into see me. She was so nice and asked if I wanted to see one like I was getting. I held it in my hand and said, “What’s all the wires made of?” She said, “Nickel.” I laughed. I asked if she was sure it wasn’t surgical steel or 18k gold. She said it again, it was Nickel and I told her I was allergic to Nickel. We had spent so much time signing-in. We were sent-out quick. 

Do I call the Cardiologist, an allergist? I’m due for more Pradaxa. This whole heart deal is genetic My uncle just had heart surgery he’s the last of the  six and all had strokes like their grandpa and his father and his father. I’m so grateful for the wonderful Priesthood Blessing before going to the hospital. This Watchmen isn’t removable if it gets messed-up. Ugh!

The doctors thought I’d be okay because I have a pacemaker. Mine was layered over with silicon… my daughter-in-law engineered it. It’s the German one. So glad the lady showed me the Watchman before surgery and that I was prompted to ask about the metal.

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

I Haven’t Forgot To Blog... I Have Too Much To Do.

It has been a busy time since we visited so much of the western states during July. Wonderful trip and I would love the opportunity to share every campground, view, mountain range, and stuff we had to eat. Anyone (and that specifically means my family) that starts to look at it would be disappointed to tears. 

Others would close this site because it’s unless I'm sharing secrets like finds of hidden Mickey Mouses in Disneyland. All this stays the same. 

Go see the first KOA in Billings Montana. It's pretty wonderful. Lewis and Clark's Graffiti, Tags, and Scribble on the side of the bluff with the dates. I recommend it only because these will eventually be gone through erosion or human removal. Lots of the tags have been preserved by the government and cameras to prevent further damage to the site.

 I'm part Crow and I'm very sad that the Natives have decided to damage each monument. Sacagawea, the scout for Lewis and Clark was able to find her family and also is part of my family through marriage. The fur trapper Jean Baptiste, my uncle, "owned" her gave her to them and she took her one baby and was pregnant and went on the expedition and took them to the Pacific. I was thrilled to see one of the children's markers way out in Oregon. He lived a long life considering the circumstances. 

Sacagawea, depicted in a beautiful mural in the Rotunda of The Capitol Building. I praise her for her bravery, strength, and great skill and a much needed interpreter for Lewis and Clark.

 Maybe her life was good with Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, maybe not. But it had to be a trial necessary for her to be found. She had been kidnaped by another tribe and through Lewis and Clark was later reunited with her brother, now a chief with the Lemhi Shoshones.

Here’s her son’s grave and we put Sacagawea Quarters on his gave stone  

Sacagawea’s grave is inside Yellowstone. I truly believe there are pretty mountains, and trees, and lakes. The land is immense! It’s also a desert.


Some Things Are Really Heavy

 We’re at the beach house once again and in the early morning after taking a medication that’ll keep me awake all night, I decided I should put something in my blog about this particular stay. Here it comes…

This was fun painting circles

                          We have tons of sand

See the island ?

Kinda’ flat waves are unusual here and looks like a lake. So the fun begins and my nephew who’s a grandpa runs out to meet a great swim and gets sliced by a stingray. Used 170• hot water take the pain of the venom away. Works.

This was just the beginning 

This was actually 2 days ago and the sulfur smell was worse than the quake. My sister in law was talking to me in the living room and her eyes became huge-she was looking through me. We were close to the epicenter and felt the quake really jarring, not the rolly kind. So this poster says hurriquake. Yup! It was raining, smelling, small waves, and lots of dolphins jumping. I think the hurricane passed us. My family turned the cars around in case of a tidal wave. What a weird experience. We’ll be saying in years remember when Robert stepped on a stingray, the hurricane came, but just rained for one day? —Surfers all went home and we had that earthquake and not one thing fell; not even me?

Lost Kayaker
The fire department look for hours and hours and found the lost red 55 gallon barrel with a rope.

I should add all the kids, right? I will. All 50 of them and they’re not still! Where’s Dune?

Monday, July 17, 2023

My Truth and Testimony

Luke 15:


And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

-“He leaves the 99 to come find me?” 

I’ve looked for this Scripture for so long and my daughter in the Midwest found it. It carries a wonderful picture of a lamb lost and scared to what lies ahead.

He knows us, each one.

Hear Him
There is a meaningful scripture in the book of Ether: “… dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.” (Ether 12:6.)


I know Jesus is the Christ and our Savior and through Him our sins are removed as we work hard to change for good. His light testifies that this is truly the restored Church on earth today! There was a great restoration of the original church though our dear prophet Joseph Smith. 


Joseph Smith truly translated the Book of Mormon and received revelation. I know we have a prophet today and apostles like the early church. I appreciate their leadership and our own local leaders.


I pray to Heavenly Father for gratefulness for all that we have, especially our family. I try to strengthen my testimony every day and pray for forgiveness & increased happiness. I know my weakness is not to make me mentally weak but to humble me and I thank God for my personal spiritual witness of the Gospel. I write down the good things in my life each day.


I pray for our brothers and sisters that carry burdens in any way. I desperately want to come back to our dear ward here in Fillmore but it’s difficult for me to get in here and stand-up.


I have a testimony that I know Christ through the power of the Holy Ghost.  The Holy Ghost is real, and my testimony of the Savior isn't much of one without that divine companionship of the Holy Ghost. I do hear him. I know his voice. Whenever I feel prompted; even without the voice…and if it’s good- I try & do it. 


I have had scary obstacles that makes me struggle more than I thought would. The more tears I have, the more determined I am to try harder. 


I love to listen to talks and devotionals – it is my chance to learn and grow. I subscribe to the Come Follow Me program and receive notifications every morning at 8:00 am and study the lessons. I am thankful for our Gospel Doctrine lessons & newsletters. 


I have enjoyed studying the Old Testament and look forward to the New Testament study. I look forward to a better understanding.


Lastly, I miss the temple. I’m very blessed to do family history and find ancestors quickly and able to find lost ancestors. I always fill my personal quota of individuals and send cards to my family, and many go straight to the temple. So much has been changed at the Temple to help disabled brothers and sisters. 


I’m not letting my health halt my work for those needing to start their blessings of the Temple and receiving Jesus Christ. 


In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen