Friday, May 27, 2011

Ebag deal

That ebag deal that I posted about a while ago worked out great. I bought 2 bags, kept one for myself and listed the other on I had it sold for the full asking price within 2 days of listing it and it sold for almost double what I paid for it...making the bag I kept only about $20.

New Word

My co-worker Andrea and I have come up with a new word, we think you should use it.

PRECIPIFOILED: Having fun plans foiled by precipiation. Example: We were going to go hiking but we were precipifoiled when there was a downpour at the trailhead.

Precipifoiled, it's the coolest new word on the block, spread it around.

Do you ever...

Do you ever get excited about a long weekend and the prospect of spending 4 straight days away from your place of employment...only to feel a major let down when you realise you will spend it cleaning, doing yard work and household chores (probably in the rain)? Trading one work for another work, awesome. Why is it that I clean and yet my house is never clean?

It never ends and you end up with one of 2 scenarios. #1 - You go and relax and have fun and generally ignore the work stuff and enjoy the weekend, but come home to a dirty house and a to-do list as long as your arm. #2 - You spend all weekend cleaning, fixing, gardening, and working, have no fun and find that you have to do it all over again the next weekend.

This is infinitely depressing to me.

Bye Bye Birdies

Does anyone know how to get rid of starlings and blackbirds? I have 2 feeders hanging from the trees in front of my house. I used to get lovely little house finches, gold finches, juncos, larks and chickadees (we even had a ring necked pheasant a couple of mornings)...but now the ugly, aggressive, and noisy blackbirds and starlings have chased them all away and they sit and cackle and caw all day long.

They don't seem to be afraid of me or my dogs. When I go outside they move to the roof of another house and caw at me, as soon as I am away from the trees in front of my house they move right back in.

Should I take down the feeders until they get the idea and move on? I wish it was legal to shoot them, I hate them.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


So I'm lousy at giving hints and most people I know don't take hints well. My birthday is coming up next month, no you don't have to get me anything...just shower me with love and devotion! But if you feel you really must get me a gift, I like private jets, diamonds, polo ponies, fast cars, big trucks, private islands and Exile Cycles custom motorcycles.

If that stuff is out of your price range then check this out...

That is my wishlist. Stuff I like, stuff I want, stuff I need. You can sort the list by priority, price (low to high, or high to low), most recently added, or items recently updated. I've got 14 pages of stuff ranging in price from $3 to $500.

Everyone should have one of these, it takes the guess work out of gift giving. It is free to register and start your own and people can search for you by name or email address.

Online Recipe Box

So in just about every room of my house you will find recipes...fancy famous chef cookbooks, hand scribbled recipes, recipe cards, church ward cookbooks, print outs from gourmet magazine (RIP), etc.

Hundreds and hundreds of recipes jumbled up around my house, I can never find what I need. I tried to enter them into word, but then I would have to be at my house to access them. So while browsing one of my favorite blogs, Confessions of a Pioneer Woman, I learned that on the food blog section of her site you can enter and track your own recipes. This section is called Tasty Kitchen and this is the link.

You can make the recipes private and then only you can view them when you log in, but you can still access them from anywhere that you have an internet connection. Or you can make them public and anyone can see them, I chose this option so that if a coworker, friend or family member asked for a recipe I can just shoot them an email with the link in it...instead of trying to dig out the recipe or trying to find and then copy and paste the word file.

They do have a few rules if you make your recipes public:

*They like you to search before you enter a recipe to make sure you aren't duplicating one that is already on the site.
*They do not want you to enter any copyrighted recipes (basically anything published in a book or magazine). *They want you to give credit where credit is due...if this is grandma, mom's, uncle Bob's, or next door neighbor Betty's recipe, let people know.
*They like photos, you aren't required to upload a photo but it helps.
*Capitalize all your ingredients in your ingredient list, but do not capitalize them in the recipe instructions.
*If you list a package or bottle or box of something, please state the approximately size of the packaging (ie. 2 lb. bag of frozen potatoes, 20 oz. bottle sprite, 3.3 oz. box of pudding mix., etc)

Here is a link to my recipe box...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Locking Gas Cap

Since we live in a neighborhood full of thieving knackers I decided to get a locking fuel cap for my car. I didn't want one with a key, I would only lose the key and then where would I be? My father had a locking gas cab that had a combination lock on it for our Chevy Suburban. I looked at 3 different auto parts store and no one carried them or had ever heard of them.

So what's a girl to do? Turn to the internet of course. Oh internet, you're the answer to everything!

I found exactly what I was looking for here:

One is ordered an it is on its way. They are a little more expensive than keyed locking fuel caps, but it is worth it. I never had a problem with this gas cap and it saved me in many a tight spots.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Um, yeah...

It is a "did I just hit reply TO ALL?!?" kind of day, I am an eejit. Anyone want to watch office space with me? More to the point does anyone have a copy/fax machine that we can destroy with baseball bats?

Some days it really isn't worth getting out of bed.

Time Suck

My brain is gone and has been replaced with a machine that enjoys time suck websites, for example:


I've lost my general. It might be the weather, it might be the stress from my jobs, it might be my crazy neighbor and her non-stop barking dogs, it might be the bad feng shui in my house (just kidding I have no idea whether or not it is bad). Who knows? But all year I've just been BLAH. Here's hoping the sun returns and it helps me get my mojo back.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Ok so I lied...

I am not going to do event lists this week. Since the weather has sort of been cooperating I've been busy trying to prune, feed, weed, spruce up, clean, water, train, tidy, and tame the container garden, planter boxes, trees, yard exterior of the house and flower bed. Even though it is a little space we still haven't had a chance to do anything with it because it has either been crappy weather or we've had a hectic weekend/work/family schedule.

I'd do it tomorrow night but I'm going hiking with Becca! Anyone who wants to join us, send me a message on my cell before 5pm tomorrow and I'll fill you in on the details. If the weather severely misbehaves we will push it back to Thursday.

Here are a few quick reminders...

Friday the USU Extension is offering an Apple Tree Grafting class at the AWHC. Call 435-752-6263 for more information.

Friday the USU Herbarium is having an introductory class on identifying edible mushrooms

Friday and Saturday there will be a massive USU Moving Out Garage Sale in the Nelson Fieldhouse with all proceeds going to Engineers Without Borders. Clothing, furniture, appliances, gadgets, toys, games, and more.

Don't forget that this Saturday is the third week of the Cache Valley Gardener's Market in Merlin Olsen Park! Lots of heirloom plant starts, fresh greens, crafts, accessories, art, treats, live music, and more for sale.

Saturday is also Black and White Days in Richmond...guess who got roped into driving the Willys again, text me if you want to ride with me, the parade is at 4pm so we'll leave Logan around 3ish.

The Cache Hikers will host a loop hike via Little Cottonwood Canyon and Willow Creek trails on Saturday. This is a moderate trip of approximately 6 miles and 1100 feet elevation gain. Bring food, water, appropriate clothing, and a donation for gas if carpooling. Call 435-760-5049 for more information.

This is just a small sampling of what is going on this weekend. Check the links in my Events tab for more information. There are dinners, breakfasts, charity motorcycle rides, dances, fun runs, garage sales, concerts, parades, seminars, and much more...almost every town in the valley has something going on this weekend.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Event lists are coming

It was kind of a nice lazy weekend. I didn't get much done because Mike and I went to the free day down at the the Logan Gun Range Friday night, ate at Texas Roadhouse after (Thanks Stacey & Rob!), and then I went to movie night at my sister Holly's house.

Saturday I drove the Willys in Smithfield's Health Days Parade, went to the Cache Valley Gardener's Market (pupusas for brunch, mmmmmmmmm), cleaned, and then we went to THOR in 2d (much better than the ineffectual digital 3d version).

After the hectic schedule of graduation last weekend it was nice to just veg. Unfortunately having no motivation to get out and do something also meant I wasn't checking calendars and schedules for things to do, and I didn't produce any lists. That is my project tonight while I'm doing laundry.

For any family members that still want to go and do some cleaning at Dave's house, I left a 3 gallon water cooler full of water on their kitchen counter, and a bucket to put it in while you are cleaning, until the water gets turned on. There are also some yard and garden tools, a vacuum, and some cleaning supplies that are mine. I will be picking up the vacuum and some of the supplies tonight but I'll leave most of them until Saturday if you want to use them.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Blogger, you so crazy

Anyone else having problems getting saved posts to publish? Blogger seems to have hit a petulant phase that isn't going away. At home when I try to click "publish" nothing happens and the whole screen goes dead. I can publish from other computers though. I don't know if this is another one of Blogger's quirks or if something has happened to my desktop to prevent me from publishing.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Lawn Care Un-Professional

Before our HOA switched management to Brent Bevan of American Real Estate we had a very fast, efficient, and good lawn care provider in the Fiefias. They were on time every week and never took more than an hour to do the common areas surrounding the 30 plus small homes in our subdivision. The lawns always looked awesome and we didn't have to worry about cleaning up after them or them taking forever to finish.

These are photos of the aftermath of his new "lawn care guy", if I knew his name or the name of his "service" I would post it here and tell you not to hire him. This guy came last weekend and worked for about an hour, that was the first time anyone had down anything with our lawns all spring, the lawns had needed to be mowed and fertilized way back in April. He came again today and was here for over 4 hours and then left and left the lawns in our section looking like this.

He mowed one strip of the lawn in front of our house before leaving.

The grass was so deep that Annie hated walking it.

The grass in these lawns was up to 8 inches high in some spots

Here the lawn guy came back at 4:30 and worked for several more hours. Sorry but it shouldn't take 7 hours to get a project like this done.

No one has fertilized, aerated, or sprayed for weeds on any of the common areas. The lawn in front of our house is about 75% crabgrass.

There is a garden in there somewhere.

4 hours of listening to a lawn mower and it isn't even finished. I am going to spend a small fortune on Excedrin this summer.

Guess I have ANOTHER job to add to the many...fixing the lawns after our lawn care provider butchers them. So much for having any free time at all on Saturdays. He doesn't edge, bag, or blow the clippings back into the lawn so we can walk around without tracking grass everywhere.

And, joy of joys, the renter in the 2 houses east of us have yet to pick up the feces from their combined total of 4 dogs for ALL WINTER. There is 7 months worth of poop from 4 small dogs...delightful. At least the felons and the drug addict family have moved out of the neighborhood. Although I'm sure when the lawn guy actually finished mowing that the lawn mower chopped up a bunch of the hidden treasures.

If we could afford anywhere else we would not be here.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Grilled Sweet Chili Corn

I love corn on the cob.  It doesn't matter whether the corn is blanched, roasted in foil over coals, grilled, or nuked...I really LOVE corn on the cob.  It is excellent with just butter and a little salt, but it is easily dressed up with sprinkle Parmesan cheese or hot sauce.  This is my imitation of Iggy's Chili Water, it goes great with corn on the cob.


*corn on the cob,
*1/2 salt
*1/2 sugar
*1 gallon cold water

Sweet Chili Sauce
*2 large garlic cloves peeled
*2 red jalapeno peppers with stem and seeds removed
*2 tsp chili powder
*3 T peanut oil
*3/4 c white sugar
*1/2 c water
*1/2 c rice wine vinegar
*1/4 tsp salt
*1 T corn starch
*2 T water

Shuck the corn. Mix salt and sugar into water until dissolved. Place corn in the brine and add something heavy on top to keep them submerged. Allow to soak for at least 1/2 hour (you can leave it up to 6 hours).

While the Corn is soaking make the chili sauce. Place first 8 ingredients in food processor and pulse until pureed, pour puree into sauce pan and simmer over medium high heat for about 4 minutes until thick (should coat the back of a spoon). In a bowl blend cornstarch and water until smooth, add to sauce pan and cook for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

Remove corn from brine and place on grill, turning every couple minutes until hot and lightly charred. Remove from heat and brush with sweet chili sauce

Missing Posts

Blogger is experiencing problems and they have removed all posts made since 5/11/11. Supposedly they backed up all those posts and are working on restoring them. That is why 5 of my posts (including all the embedded photos and videos with them) are gone. That was a lot of work and I am really annoyed. *DEEP BREATHS* Why can't this place just work?

If you are on Blogger you might want to start backing up your posts somewhere else just in case this happens again.

**Update** The missing posts have returned, and I lied, I had 7 that disappeared, not 5.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

72 hour kit bag

If you are looking to enlarge or upgrade your 72 hour kit from a simple backpack or 5 gallon bucket, take a look at this link:

If you get it in the blue color (red is much more) and click on the 15% off + free shipping (on orders over $50) banner it ends up being $59.49 (plus tax if you live in a state that does online sales tax, Utah doesn't).

If you are registered on the site and have made a recent purchase you could qualify for up to 20% off + free shipping (on orders over $100). The MSRP on this bag is $200. Ebags also offers free returns.

If you want to add a sleeping bag to you bug out bag/72 hour kit, has had some really good deals on 30F mummy bags for under $50, or you could take your chances and watch for one on Steep and Cheap

My Grandma Toni

Here are some photos of my maternal grandmother Toni. I don't know how many times I've seen some of these but I never really LOOKED at them before now. If any of my family members know more about these photos, please share what you know. If you have any old photos that aren't here, please let me know so I can get copies.

In this one I think she looks a little like Megan C.

And in this I think she looks like Rachel G.

This is my absolute favorite photo that I've ever seen of her. It is small and a little blurry but there is something extremely beautiful about her in it. She is sitting next to my grandfather and holding her first born child, my aunt Marion.

Grandma, Marion (so cute!), and Grandpa

Grandpa, Uncle Tommy, Aunt Marion, Mom, Grandma. There is something about my mom's eyes and eyebrows in this photo that remind me of Elayna.

This is a family reunion, I can identify 7 people but I don't know the rest.

My uncle Walter who died from measles when he was very young. Doesn't he look a little like Tate?

Uncle Tom, Mom, Aunt Marion, 5 of their half sisters (I know if I try to name them all I will get it wrong), Grandma and Grandpa

Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Marion, Uncle Del, and Del's parents (I love his mom's dress in this photo!)

Aunt Marion's whole wedding party. Looks like everyone was having fun, except for the one bridesmaid who is giving the stink eye.

Grandma Toni, Mom, Dad, Grandma Margaret, Great-Grandma Rebecca.

Mom, Uncle Tom, Aunt Marion, Grandma

I think the little girl is Heidi, but I'm not sure.

Ok so this is NOT my grandmother in this photo. My grandfather was first married to a woman named Isabelle who passed away. Seriously, how did she get her hair that big without a blowdryer, curling irong and some industrial strength hairspray?

Then he married a widow named Lavonne (sp?) who also passed away, and then he married my grandmother. This is Lavonne and my Grandpa, I don't know for sure which of my aunts they are holding, although I believe it may be Gwen.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

If wishes were fishes...

Tonight I have been editing some family photos that my aunt Marion let me scan. I remember being afraid of my mom's mother when I was a child. But now I look at the photos of her birthday party a few years before she passed on and she was just a frail old woman, and it makes me sad.

She was strong, independent, and different...but it meant that a lot of people thought of her as unpleasant and/or difficult because they didn't take the time to get to know her. Every moment I spent dreading going to her house or being afraid of her was wasted time.

I wish as a child I had been able to know her better, instead of being afraid. So many stories, memories, laughs, tears, and lessons lost because I was young and dumb. Tonight I am thinking about my grandparents and wishing I had been able to at least meet my grandfathers. And That I had paid attention to my grandmothers, and loved them more when they were here. I also wish I had more photos of "Teddy Day", I have one and it is on my fridge, I need to find time to scan it so I can share it.

It doesn't help that I am listening to Mumford & Sons, "After The Storm" always makes me feel a little nostalgic and weepy.

Yoga @ The Whittier Center

I received this in an email from Annie at Whittier Center Yoga:

Whittier Yoga is now offering a low cost community class beginning this week! Tuesday/Thursday 6:30-7:30pm directly after 5:30-6:30 primary asana class- Join one or both classes. Our full summer schedule will begin June 1st with added morning classes and additional low cost community classes. We are also offering an enormous discount on our personally instructed courses this summer- take advantage!
(Spring classes will remain the same through May. May 21st will be the last Sunday class until fall.)

Below you will find more information about our classes, spring/summer schedule and descriptions, and class fees. If you are receiving this email, you are added to the Whittier Center Yoga list. If at any time you would like to be removed from this list, you may place an email request to this address. We hope to see you very soon and thank you for your support and interest in Whittier Center Yoga.

Check out our website for further information

Whittier Community Center
290 N 400 E
Studio 4


WEDNESDAY/ PRIMARY ASANAS - 8:15AM- 9:30AM begins 6/1

FRIDAY/ PRIMARY ASANAS- 8:15AM- 9:30AM begins June

SATURDAY / FLIGHT TRAINING- 10:05AM-11:30AM (current class through summer)

SUNDAY/MODIFIED PRIMARY SERIES 9:15AM-11:15AM(last class May 21st)


TUESDAY / BASIC BEGINNING YOGA - TBA 5:30-6:30PM (current class- through summer)
TUESDAY/ COMMUNTIY CLASS- 6:30-7:30PM (current class- through summer)

THURSDAY / MODIFIED PRIMARY SERIES- 5:45-7:00 PM (current class- through summer)
THURSDAY/ COMMUNTIY CLASS- 6:30-7:30PM (current class- through summer)

For more info on class descriptions and/or teacher bios visit our website.


2 x /week monthly $36
unlimited monthly $56 (includes half hour personal/semi-personal instructed session /month)

(make all checks payable to Annie Kent)


*~*~*~*P E R S O N A L I N S T R U C T I O N~*~*~*~

Summer discount!! $20 for hour session

Get some personal attention to avoid overuse injuries! This training program is developed to create a symmetry of strength, flexiblity and coordination using three different methods: core building exercises based on the work of Joseph Pilates, heavy ball resistance training, and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. During this time students will strengthen their limbs to the core, to become more proficient and graceful in their yoga practice and every day life. Schedule an appointment to meet your needs.

Regular prices:
Half Hour personal yoga session $30
Single session worth $70 for 75min. +$10 each additional person

P A C K A G E deals ($40-$50 per session) Ask about our summer discount on these items
4 private sessions + 4 TIME CLASS PASS $230
8 private sessions + MONTHLY UNLIMITED CLASS PASS $360

To schedule an appointment or further information contact –
a n n i e k e n t 801.897.1960

Still a better pet choice than a chihuahua

Epic Parenting Fail of the Day

I love how the dad doesn't try to take it away from her and just keeps filming. Warning the mom drops the "f" bomb in this video when she walks past the dad to go into the house.

All that being said...I am still laughing about this video.

Friday 5/13/11 Events

Meditation @ Citrus & Sage
Every Friday 8am-9:30am at Citrus and Sage. Cost: Free! Location: 130 N 100 E Logan, Utah

NIMS 700.a (FEMA) Class
Friday, May 13 - 9:00AM to 11:00AM This course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestics incidents.
Location: USU Merrill-Cazier Library - Room: 204. Open To: USU Students Alumni Faculty Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: Free! Contact: Judy Crockett 435.797.0807

The Divvy UP Childrens Consignment sale
Our semi-annual Children's consignment sale will be May 13th (10-6) and May 14th (8-2 with most items 1/2 off this day). Thousands and thousands of gently used, good quality children's items for sale and FANTASTIC prices. It is easy to sell your items and/or stock up for your children. Think furniture, clothing, toys, books, shoes, junior and maternity items. Want to shop at our presale?-- find out more at Location: Cache County Fair Grounds Phone: 435-750-6274 Email:

Ellen Eccles Theatre Tour
Tours commence at 10:30 Am every Monday & Friday, except for show days & holidays. CVCA tours are free and take about 30 minutes. Groups larger than 15 should make reservations by calling the CVCA Ticket Office at 435-752-0026.

Cache Valley Public Shooting Range
Friday, May 13th, 3pm to 8pm Free admission to the rifle, pistol, and archery ranges. Discount rounds at the shotgun center. Manufacturer representatives will be on site with firearms to demo. A small fee for ammo will be charged. This will be an excellent way to test fire a variety of guns before you purchase, or just a great way to shoot a variety of different guns. Also find out about the many clubs that shoot at the range (Cowboy action, CAPS (action pistol), Cache Archers, Logan Rifle and Pistol, YHEC (Youth Hunter Education Challenge), Scholastic Clay Target Program, etc. Learn more about the Hunter Education Program. Visit with representatives from the various sportsmen's groups. Location: 2851 W. 200 N. Logan. Phone: 435-753-4600 Email:

Famous Aggie Ice Cream Tours
Friday, May 13 - 3:00PM to 4:00PM Come and learn how Famous Aggie Ice Cream is made, watch a video and tour the plant. Tour times are 3 and 4 p.m. in the Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science Building (750 N 1200 E). Buy tickets at the dairy sales store and meet in room 202. Cost is $3 and includes a Famous Aggie Ice Cream Cone. Location: USU Nutrition Building - Room: 202. Open To: USU Students Alumni Faculty Staff and the General Public. Contact: Randall Bagley 435-797-3483

Open Internet Cafe @ Logan Arthouse & Cinema
From 6pm until midnight come enjoy FREE WIFI in a great atmosphere at the Logan Arthouse (795 East Main St, Logan across from McDonalds) Come grab a signature steamer, coffee, espresso, or hot chocolate at the Cafe.

Andy Layne Benefit Dinner, Auction and 5K Family Fun Run
A Cancer Benefit, Dinner, Auction and 5K Family Fun Run will be held Friday and Saturday as a benefit for Andy Layne and his family to help them in his fight against cancer. Friday night a Spaghetti Dinner will be held beginning at 6p.m. at the Tremonton Senior Center (510 W 1000 North) followed by a Silent Auction. Cost is by donation. Then Saturday- a 5K Family Fun Run will be held @ 8:15a.m. at the American West Heritage Center (4025 S Hwy 89/91) in Wellsville, registration is from 7 to 8a.m. For more information call Andy Barnes 435-512-0648.

Youth Ballroom Dance Class
Youth Ballroom Classes: Fridays, April 22-May 27, 7-8 p.m. $8 per person. Location: Whittier Community Center, 290 N. 400 E., Logan, UT.

It's Your Time- Lets Celebrate Health
Curves of Cache Valley is hosting a community event in connection with National Womens Health Week. Guest appearances by Kalee and LeAnn, contestants from "Biggest Loser". Health and fittness information will be presented. Join us for an informative and funfilled evening. Cost: Free! Location: Cache Business Resource Center 1410 N. 1000 W Room 1901, Logan, UT 84321. Friday, May 13, 2011 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Name: Becky Johnson Phone: 435-994-1560 Email:

Meet Me In St. Louis
The Old Barn Community Theatre presents "Meet Me In St. Louis" May 6, 7, 9, 13, 14*, 14, 16, 20, 21*, 23, 27, 28. *Matinees on May 14th and 21sth. Shows are at 7:30pm *Matinees are at 2:30pm. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. Online Tickets or Call in Reservations (435-458-2276) are highly recommended. Location: 3605 Bigler Road Collinston, Utah 458-BARN (435-458-2276) Website:

Concert @ Why Sound
Friday, May 13th - Racecar Racecar w/Paul Christiansen, Sarah Olsen (Acoustic) Contact: Tim Moes 435-363-4700 Website: Time: 8:00 pm Location: Why Sound, 30 Federal Ave, Logan, UT 84321. Cost: $5 - $6

Fiddler on the Roof Jr.

South Cache 8/9 Center will be presenting the Junior version of the classic musical Fiddler on the Roof. Come join Tevye and all the villagers at Anatevka for this moving and enjoyable production. Cost is $4 an individual or $15 a family of five. Performances are Friday, May 13 at 8PM and Saturday, May 14 at 2PM and 7PM. Phone: 245-6433

Improv Comedy @ Logan Arthouse & Cinema
The Antics perform improv comedy every Friday night from 10:30 until 11:30 at the Logan Arthouse! Tickets are $5 at the door. Website:

Free Beading Classes

Beadles has a fantastic free class every Saturday for the month of May! It is free to attend and you provide your own materials or you can purchase the materials before class.

Just a reminder: The class will be taught every Saturday from Noon - 2 pm. It is first come first serve and we can accomidate up to 8 people. If more than 8 people show up or if you have a group that would like a private session we are happy to teach the project again from 2pm - 4pm for free.

The pendant is optional and can be added after the necklace is complete. This DNA rope also works up into a beautiful bracelet! Below is a detail picture of the stitch.

Beadles Originals Beads, Inc.
1115 N 200 E Ste. 210
Logan, UT 84341

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Fun With Porcelain

Got old junk laying around your house and you don't know what to do with it? You don't really have a use for it any more but you just can't bring yourself to throw it away?

Well just take a page from these college students' book and make a planter out it!

My favorite part were the yellow flowers. Yellow? Really? $20k for tuition, $10k for books, $10k for living expenses...leaving a toilet full of yellow flowers on the lawn outside your college apartment? Priceless.

(Gold star for anyone who can tell me exactly where this post modern artistic gem can be found!)

Thursday 5/12/11 Events

"Mighty Me" Workshops
Sunshine Terrace Wellness Center and BRAG are offering “Mighty Me” workshops on brain health from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays at SST Wellness Center, 209 W. 300 North. Classes are free of charge. Call Allison at 713-1468 or the Wellness Center at 752-9321 with any questions.

Cooking For Cancer Prevention
The USU Extension Office in Cache County will present a Cooking demonstration/ nutrition workshop on Cancer Prevention- Thursday morning at 11a.m. in the Cache County Administration bldg Multi-purpose room (179 N Main) in Logan. Cancer is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Scientific evidence suggests that one-third of cancer deaths can be attributed to poor nutrition and other lifestyle factors. This class will focus on the “super foods” that might help prevent cancer. A light lunch will be served. The cost is $3 at the door or $2 if you pay 24-hours prior to the class. For reservations, call (435-752-6263).

Triple Nickel Wings
$0.15 wings from 3-5pm at The Beehive Grill. Location: 255 South Main Street, Logan, UT 84321-5203. Phone: (435)753-2600 Website:

Canoe With Common Ground Adventures
Thursday May 12th, from 3:30pm to 6:30pm, We will try and paddle North to the "Big Lake", following the marked canoe route. Fishing Poles are encouraged for those who have up to date licenses. Cost: $3. Website:

Open Mic Night @ Citrus & Sage
Come share a talent at open mic night. Thu, May 12, 5pm – 7pm. Location: Citrus & Sage, 130 N 100 E in downtown Logan, Utah. Phone: 435-787-4080

Thursday Night at the Bar
The Cache County Bar Association sponsors a pro bono legal program each month. This free service is designed for those who cannot otherwise afford an attorney. Services will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. Call for more information. Contact: Kevin J. Fife, (435) 752-1551 Time: 5:30- 7:30 pm. Date: The 2nd Thursday of the month. Location: Historic Cache County Courthouse, 199 N Main, Logan, UT 84321

Get A Head Start Family Night
Bear River Head Start serves families by providing free education and social services to low income families and to children with disabilities. Join us for our Family Night to learn more about the services we offer. There will be free food, books, family activities, and prizes. Contact: Sami Evans, 435-755-0081 Time: 6-8 pm. Date: Thursday May 12, 2011. Location: Bear River Head Start PHS Center, 852 S 100 W, Logan, UT 84321. Cost: Free

Open Internet Cafe @ Logan Arthouse & Cinema
From 6pm until midnight come enjoy FREE WIFI in a great atmosphere at the Logan Arthouse (795 East Main St, Logan across from McDonalds) Come grab a signature steamer, coffee, espresso, or hot chocolate at the Cafe.

Knotty Knitters
The Knotty Knitters meet from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Senior Citizen Center in Logan. Everyone is invited to work on their crochet, knitting, needlework, cross-stitch projects and more. For more information, contact Cathy at 752-3923.

Kitchen Kneads Cooking Class
Whole Grain Essentials May 12th at 6:30pm. We all would like to be a little more healthy right? Come learn about all the benefits of whole grains in this class and how to start incorporating them into your diet. Learn the whole grain essentials and then you can start replacing the old foods with the new ones! Simple changes like whole wheat tortillas can make a lot of difference! You won't believe how your family will love these delicious whole grain creations from Joy Ercanbrack. Menu: So Soft Dinner Rolls-Also a great dough for breadsticks & cinnamon rolls, Whole Grain Tortillas-Served with lime chicken & black beans, Belgian Yeast Waffles with Creamy Maple Syrup, Other recipes included such as: Apple Pie Muffins & Buttermilk Biscuits. Yum! Price: $15.00. Location: 1211 N Main, Logan UT. Phone: 435-752-9220 Email:

USU Big Band Swing Club Dances
Everyone is invited to come Big Band Swing Dance the night away. We dance every week and provide lessons till 7:50 PM. $15 for club membership for the semester and get a free T-shirt or $2 a week. Weekly on Thursday at 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM from September 2, 2010 until May 26, 2011. Location: USU HYPER building room 215 7th North Logan Utah. Email: Link:

Macey's Free Cooking Class
Thursday, May 12th from 7 to 8pm in Macey's "Little Theatre". Brunch Anyone? Shauna Flammer will share some wonderful Brunch ideas with us. Now that school is almost out and the days are getting longer - sleep-in a little, skip breakfast, and just enjoy a late morning brunch! Seating is limited so reserve a seat today at the service desk or call 435.753.3301.

Monday, May 09, 2011

HIke to Wind Caves last week

Over the weekend, my friend Becca and I hiked Wind Caves. I took my beagle, Annie, with us. It was Annie's first hike ever and she did great!

This hike reminded me of a couple of things:

  • I am out of shape

  • I eat garbage and the saying is true "garbage in=garbage out"

  • Becca has way better eyes than I do

  • Annie is a world champion selective listener

  • I am REALLY out of shape

  • I need decent pair of sturdy binoculars

  • I need a much better camera

  • I need to get in shape, round is A shape...just not the shape I want

  • I need a bird guide for Northern Utah

  • Becca will save you from falling off of a mountain

  • Annie will not save you from falling off of a mountain

  • Random strangers always appear the moment you mention bowel movements or other embarassing bodily functions

  • We took our time and had one of our epic rambling conversations that seem to dumbfound people around us...always a good time. Annie smelled everything and seemed to enjoy it, although she was a bit peeved I wouldn't let her roll in the dead deer.

    About half way up (actually I have no concept of distance, let's just say it was somewhere on the trail, on the going up bit), Becca spotted a chicken-sized bird. I mistakenly went all smarty-pants and called it a Sage Grouse. I was WRONG *forehead smack*, it was a Dusky (or Blue) Grouse. Not only was I wrong but A) I made random strangers think I was photographing them, they just happened to be walking on the trail just above the bird and saw me but not the bird...of course. And B) I then felt like I had to stop them and explain to said strangers that I wasn't a crazy stalker lady, crouching around taking unflattering photos of strangers, but there was a bird. I pointed out the bird and then C) gave them the wrong name.

    Sorry random strangers, but let that be a lesson to you, random strangers are not to be trusted.

    I did get the sex and the usual habitat right though. You will usually see them around Tony Grove, they like dense conifer or aspen meadows with lots of sage. So we named him Chuck and as we made our way up the trail so did he...except Chuck feels that he is above the rules and cut the switchbacks. Personally I think Chuck digs us, every time we'd cross his path he'd fan his tail feathers and puff up the things on his neck (that's a technical term).

    All in all it was a pretty great way to spend a couple of hours, even if we did have to break Chuck's heart and leave him high and dry by the caves. Ain't that the way it always goes?

    Here is a link to an article about Chuck, OK it is just about Dusky Grouse in general, but Chuck deserves his own article.

    Ok, now find the bird...

    Can you see it now?

    This is Chuck showing off for us.

    Ok, now find him again...

    See him?

    Annie did not like the wind at the caves.

    Chuck found us again.

    The panoramic view on the way down, in three parts, #1