Sunday, April 22, 2012

Getting Away With Murder

Sierra with her Theatre teacher Kenna Dalley

I went to the Moapa Valley High School Theatre  play "Getting Away with Murder" last Thrusday.  I like to go on the last day of the play as that is when they give out all the awards, flowers, etc.  I had a wonderful surprise as my granddaughter Sierra won the Directors Choice Award.  Sierra did an outstanding job of playing her character.  She played the part of Nam-Jun Vuong who was a depressed cry baby, is the only way I can describe it.  Sierra had told me a while back that she didn't like her character.  She played someone entirely different than her bubbly personality.

Bret and I both had tears in our eyes.  I think it was being proud of Sierra, and also to know this is her last year of high school.  She graduates in June.  We won't be seeing her in any more of the high school plays.

I have to also mention my other granddaughter Anna, who also received an award for her role with the tech team. The play wouldn't be complete without the tech team.  Anna ran the lighting and did a great job.


This was posted on Facebook, and I really liked it.  I think it is something we can all use in our lives.  I hold no animosity towards my estranged family, just a lot of hurt, and wishing I could understand it all.  Some of the LDS Conference talks were on this very thing.  I am ready to make peace and let it all go, I want the pain to go away.

Busy, Busy April

This month has been one busy month, first our Anniversary trip to the Palm Springs area, then the fair with my St. George cousins, and a visit from my sister-in-law Artelle. We had Easter Sunday with Renee, Rozlynn, and Sherry.  Add in the doctor appointments that Frank had, one on Thursday and another on Friday the 19th and 20th.
 Renee came Saturday the day before Easter and we colored eggs.  Rozlynn is making crayon designs on the eggs.  She had so much fun, and it was fun watching her.
Renee's sisters Jordan and Alisha helped Rozlynn hunt the eggs.  Once Rozlynn got the hang of it, she ran all over the place finding surprise eggs.
 Before Rozlynn hunted eggs, Renee put her Easter dress on.  She looks like a doll.  She is getting ready for the hunt.
On Wednesday the 11th, my sister in law from the Salt Lake area came our way for a visit. She stopped in St. George to meet our St. George cousins for lunch, so she was able to visit a lot of our family.
It was just a one day visit and we took Artelle to Vegas for dinner and then over to Sherry's condo so she could see Sherry.  Artelle said her tongue was sore from talking so much as we all wanted to hear about her family news.  We had to leave the next morning to head to Mesquite for a doctor's appointment for Frank, and Artelle headed back to Salt Lake.  She followed us to Mesquite and as we got off the freeway exit for Mesquite, Artelle drove by blowing kisses our way.  I sent her some back.  I was a little sad to see her go as we don't get to see each other very often.  I hope we won't go so long in between visits.

Frank has lost over 50 lbs and we couldn't wait to see his cardiologist on the 20th.  When Doctor Savorn saw the blood test results and they were all normal.  He was really excited and was so proud of Frank.  He told us he would be out of business if all of his patients did what he asked them to do, and that is lose weight.

I noticed that the majority of his patients in the waiting room were over weight some more than others.  I should say they were obese.  Dr. Savron took Frank off of one of his heart medications, and said that he would be taken off more if Frank continued to lose weight, and keep it off.  He advised Frank on what to do to keep it off, and he highly recommended building muscles to help with his metabolism.   Dr. Savron told Frank that he had reduced his heart risk significantly.  He smiled through the whole visit.  Now if we could just get his pain under control and Frank could get off from pain meds I know he would feel a whole lot better.

Frank may have to have surgery on his shoulder as he has a bone spur that has caused his shoulder pain.  We will know as soon as he has an MRI.  Frank knows that he will have to have Physical Therapy and is dreading that already. I am hoping if they have to do surgery, they can do it microscoply, which would be a less painful procedure.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Where Does The Time Go

I have been feeling lousy lately and just haven't had the energy to sit and blog. I will be glad when allergy season is over. We have had a busy April so far and it looks like it will continue.  The 4th and 5th of April we were in Palm Springs area staying in a small town called Desert Hot Springs. This trip was to celebrate our 34th wedding anniversary. The whole trip was a wind blown experience, from Logandale and back.  We went to Desert Hot Springs through Barstow California. The trip was going well, until we had to come to a full stop on the freeway.  My first thought was that there had been an accident.  That turned out to be wrong.  Instead there was construction going on at all the bridges, and it caused the traffic to slow down and ended up at a dead stop, like stop and go.  It took us an hour to go 10 miles.  Any way I am going to post some pictures of our trip and make comments.
 This is a picture of our hotel.  It was a really nice.  It had a natural mineral fed spa and swimming pool.  We had full intentions of soaking in the spa.  It was an outdoor spa and pool.  The wind blew so hard and brought in a cold front, so no soaking in the spa.
 This is a distant view of our hotel and as you can see it sits in a desert climate.  It reminded me a lot of our area.
 This is a view of our drive home.  We drove a different route that took us through California, Arizona, to Nevada.  If you look close you can see a small home boarded up.  We saw a lot of these little boarded up abandoned homes.  Kind of made me wonder if it was on an Indian Reservation?  It was desert climate all the way home. Even though, I didn't see any signs saying that we were on a Indian Reservation.
 This should have been our first clue as to how much the wind blows in this area.  These wind generators were running constantly.  There was a huge area of these.
 We drove to Palm Springs and this is what we saw around a lot of the homes.  It was beautiful.  Palm Springs had some real pretty areas.  I still wouldn't go back there, too much like our area and Las Vegas. We should have gone to Salt Lake and stayed in our favorite hotel and visited family and friends.
 This was at a fancy hotel up the road from where we stayed.  We had a fancy dinner on our last night in Desert Hot Springs.  Had to take a picture of these beautiful flowers.  There is a mineral swimming pool in the back ground.  We saw some people coming out of the pool, and they were shaking and shivering from being cold.  That is why we didn't go in our hotel spa.
 We did get to go down to the tourest trap part of Palm Springs and we walked down one side of the street and came back the other side.  Wasn't really impressed, like I said tourest trap.  We wanted to ride the gondola but it was too windy so we didn't even check it out.  We decided we needed more than a two nights stay to explore more and to get to know the area.
Frank sitting on a pretty flower planter on our walk.  We discovered that Palm Springs isn't as windy as there our mountains around that protect it from the wind.  As soon as we headed for our hotel, the wind was blowing like crazy.  I doubt we will ever go to this area again. Too much like where we live and there are plenty of things to do in Vegas.  It was nice to get a way, but I have to admit the traffic on the way spoiled the trip.  It was much better coming home on a two lane highway with a lot less traffic.  It was a pleasant surprise to hit divided highway on the way to Vegas.  It has been a long time since we had been on this road.