Saturday, November 30, 2013

Just Because...

Because it's Saturday...

Because it has been a long week...

Because I have a lot to do today (and miles to go) and not a lot of time this morning...


Life is about the people you meet, the experiences you have, and the lessons that you learn.  Make the most of it while you still can my friends.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

HELP!!! - Happy Ending!

11/29/13 UPDATE!  We've found her, she's safe and sound and we were able to bring her home today.  When Logan City Animal Control picked her up they registered at the Humane Society as a MALE HUSKY with a collar with paw prints on it.  Yeah, not male, not a husky, and her collar does NOT have paw prints on it.  The difference between a husky and a malamute?  Female huskies can get to be about 50lbs, female malamutes can get to be 90 to 100 pounds, big difference.

We called Animal Control on Wednesday, spoke with dispatch.  They asked for our contact information and the description of the dog, which we gave to them in detail.  The dispatcher said she would have the animal control officer call us back.  I waited for him to call for two hours before I called again and asked to speak with office.  When he did finally call me back he said he would go to the animal impound and check to make sure that the "male husky" wasn't really a female malamute with the collar I described.  He told me "if I find something I'll call you, but if you don't hear from me tonight, it's not your dog."  I didn't hear from him.

I tried calling the Cache Humane Society several times Wednesday afternoon but they were closed early, then closed all day on Thanksgiving.  I went down there today and with our lost dog poster and described Sid to them and they let me back to see her.  They felt like I had presented satisfactory proof to claim her, but told me I had to fill out paperwork with the Logan City police/animal control before they could release her to me.  I took my SIL and nephew to the Logan City police station and they were closed.  I called the after hours number and I was told by a grumpy operator that I would just have to wait until Monday.

We collected some of Sid's things, her vaccination paperwork, and an open bag of her food, and took that down to the CHS so that she would be more comfortable and they wouldn't have to spend so much of their resources on keeping her.  We talked to the office staff again, this time the executive director was there and when he heard that the dispatcher had told us we'd have to just wait until Monday to take Sid home he said "No you won't, she's going home with you today."  He pulled out the paperwork for us to fill out, helped us fill out the cards, rang up the impound fees and got us out of there in less than ten minutes.

The staff at the Cache Humane Society was professional, helpful, kind, and did everything they could to make this situation as painless as possible.  We're grateful to them for everything they did.  If you want to find out more about their rescue and adoption programs, education courses, how to volunteer, learn about the other valuable community programs they offer, or find out how to donate to the CHS, please visit their website:

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who posted fliers, reposted this message, helped look for her, and gave suggestions.  We appreciate all your efforts, THANK YOU!!!

I got Sid and her family a little present to replace the one she lost.


We have a lost dog situation.

If you see a friendly large female malamute running loose in downtown Logan, please let me know ASAP!  My brother's family dog went missing earlier this week while they were away and they have been searching their neighborhood (at the base of temple hill) and can't find her.

Her name is Sidka and she is very social.  She has brown eyes, a black, grey, and white coat, and was wearing a light green collar with grey hexagonal shapes on it.  Her tags came off somewhere in the yard last week.

She will often vocalize when she spots someone and is sounds vaguely like she is howling the phrase "I WUV YOU!".  We have reported her missing to animal control and have contact the Human Society to see if they have her, but neither of them have called us with a response yet.

Saturday, November 23, 2013


I've been doing all the winterizing things that one does around a home.  Had the house treated for insects, removed and stored my window screens, put away all the gardening equipment, etc.  Today I am packing straw around my outdoor plants to insulate them.  One of my roses is still is November 23rd, Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and we've had hard freezes on a fairly regular basis since October.  It is one hardy rose, and it smells divine.  This is a totally unpaid for and unsolicited plug, the rose is called Tropicana and is a Jackson & Perkins hybrid tea rose, just in case you want one for your garden.

It's been touched by the frost, but it is still beautiful to me.

“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” ~J.M. Barrie

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

So You Want To Make Paper Snowflakes

I've received a lot of email inquiries about how I make my paper snowflakes.  As much as I'd like to pretend that it's rocket surgery and I'm a genius, it isn't, and I'm not. 

Paper snowflakes are a cheap, simple, fun, and relatively blood free holiday craft/decoration.  If I can do it, you can do it...unless you don't have hands...or aren't allowed to hold sharp objects...or live in a stone age tribe that doesn't believe in modern devices like scissors (in that case, why are you on the internet?) 

So, dear readers, instead of answering each individual e-mail asking how I make snowflakes, I'm just going to post it here for you all to read. 

  1. Get yourself some copy paper and a pair of sharp and sturdy scissors, then follow this very easy guide to folding a 6 point paper snowflake.
  2. Use a pencil to lightly outline your pattern of choice, or just start cutting random shapes into the paper and see what comes out.
Notes on patterns:
  1. If you are doing a snowflake with a specific image (ie, unicorn, ballet dancer, snowman, reindeer, yoda etc) remember that if you put the whole image centered on the folded segment and cut around it, you will end up with 12 images. 
  2. If you only want 6 images AND the image is symmetrical, only trace half of the image and have its center line up with the fold, when you unfold after cutting you will have 6 images.
  3. If you don't trust your freehand drawing skills, go to google and do an image search for your desired image.  I always type in what I'm looking for and add the word silhouette to the end of it, for example "octopus silhouette" or "Irish Dancer Silhouette".  Select the image you like and save it to your computer, open it and resize it to a size that will fit on your folded segment of paper.  Turn off the lights and unfold your folded snowflake paper and hold one section of it up to the screen and trace the image onto the paper, then re-fold it and cut.
  4. Remember that if you don't have parts of the image touching on either side of the segment the points will not be connected and will be floppy.
  5. There are approximately eleventy million websites with snowflake templates.  If you need inspiration, seek them out, start with a more simple pattern and just keep cutting until you get the hang of it.  If you don't want to waste blank paper on your practice runs, I suggest practicing on old newspaper or magazine pages that you are just going to throw away, until you feel like you're ready to cut your final design.  Just like with anything else, practice makes perfect.
Notes about cutting tools and paper:
  1. Regular copy/printer paper is fine, you don't need to use fancy paper.  I absolutely do NOT recommend using scrapbook paper or construction paper.   It is difficult to fold and too hard to cut once folded.
  2. Tissue paper is OK to work with, but you have to be gentle because it tears really easily.  If you want a lot of fine detail in your pattern, then tissue paper is the way to go.
  3. You don't need small scissors or specialty shears, I use regular office scissors that you can buy at almost any office supply store.  That being said, if I have trouble cutting a really small area I will trim as much as I can with scissors and then finish with an exacto knife, but for me scissors are easier to handle.
  4. You don't need a special machine that cuts out patterns (cricut, brother, cuttlebug, cameo, etc).  People keep asking me if I use this machine or that machine, and I've had to look up what they even are.  I don't know if they can cut folded paper, if they can I say go for it.

First attempt at spider and spiderweb snowflake I made to decorate my desk at the pest control company.  This was made with scrap paper from the recycle bin.  The design needs a little more fine tuning, but it's a good first effort.  This is what it looks like when you center the design on your segment and cut the entire image.

This is my second spider snowflake.  On this one I put only half of the design on the segment, and ended up with 6 spiders, instead of twelve like the first one. 
In case you don't think spiders are very holiday friendly, keep in mind that A) I now work at a pest control company, and B) Christmas spiders.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Teeny Tiny Fun

My 2 year old nephew CJ was playing with some old plastic farm animal toys at my mother's house tonight.  We heard him say "Uh-oh" quickly followed by him running into the kitchen saying "Cow bwoke weg, get gwue an' fix it!".

This cow is older than I am, I think it's time to let it retire with dignity.
To which I reply "Sorry kid, time to get the teeny tiny rifle and put her out of her misery."  He just stared at me open mouthed for a second and then ran off to play some more.  CJ came back a while later saying "come on, wets go get gwue an' fix it!  I'm going a find the gwue."  So I brought the cow back to my house and fished out the super glue.

Try doing this with a real cow.
The procedure went well and Bessie is resting comfortably.  She's going to have to stay on bed rest, on top of my computer tower, until it heals completely.  I'm pretty sure this now qualifies me to veterinarian.

Friday, November 15, 2013

I Need A Life

I was making a sandwich today.  While making said sandwich I got to thinking about the lunch meat packaging.

And then I started thinking that Land O' Frost missed out on a huge promotional opportunity with the movie Thor: The Dark World.

And then I got sidetracked thinking about ham and a quote from Notes To My Future Husband popped into my head.
“If we have ham and you leave less than three slices in the package, you should just stab me in my sleep. What am I supposed to do with less than three pieces of ham? Dry my tears?”
And then I realized that I desperately need to get a life...or take a class in of the two.

Good News/Bad News

Someone told me to look on the bright side of life the other day.  Aside from getting a Monty Python song stuck in my head, it made me think that I should be more positive.  So in that vein, here is another Good News/Bad News, but a little backwards.

Bad News:

My life is a country song.  We know this, it isn't really news.

Good News:

At least my life isn't a Shakespearean tragedy.

And that is all the good news I can muster on a day where Molly the Wonder Dog woke me up at 5:30AM to go out.  The reason why she was so excited?  It was snowing.  It's still snowing.  MWD spent half an hour dragging me around so she could roll in as much snow as possible.  I'm cold, I'm wet, and now I have to go to work...excellent *she said sarcastically*.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Every Morning...

I see this...

and then automatically think of this...

Proof that my brain doesn't function properly before 8am.  Heck, who am I kidding, my brain never functions properly.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Warren Miller - Ticket To Ride

I love to ski...OK I used to love to ski, for a variety of reasons I haven't been skiing on a regular basis in 6 years.  I'm going to try and change that this winter, and to help get me excited for the new season I plan on going to see this:

Which may be a horrible idea because, at best, I'm an intermediate skier and trying anything on these videos would be a danger cupcake with murder frosting and razor blade sprinkles for me.  But it doesn't mean I can't sit back and enjoy the amazing footage.

Warren Miller's "Ticket To Ride" will have two screenings in Logan this week, Thursday (Nov 14th) and Friday (Nov 15) at the USU Kent Concert Hall.  Show starts at 8pm and tickets are $18 if purchased ahead of time (try Al's Sporting Goods), or $20 at the door.  All tickets include a free subscription to Ski Magazine, and a 2 for 1 ticket to Snowbird (that's a hundred bones worth of free stuff people), and a $5 gift card to Al's, and they will be having other door prizes and giveaways during intermission.

See you there snow-riders.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Veterans Day - Remembrance Day 2013

"When Lilacs Last In The Dooryard Bloom'd", stanza 15, by Walt Whitman
To the tally of my soul,
Loud and strong kept up the gray-brown bird, 
With pure deliberate notes spreading filling the night.

Loud in the pines and cedars dim,
Clear in the freshness moist and the swamp-perfume,
And I with my comrades there in the night.

While my sight that was bound in my eyes unclosed,
As to long panoramas of visions.

And I saw askant the armies,
I saw as in noiseless dreams hundresds of battle-flags,
Borne through the smoke of the battles and pierc'd with missiles I saw them,
And carried hither and yon through the smoke, and torn and bloody,
And at last but a few shred left on the staffs, (and all in silence,)
And the staffs all splinter'd and broken.

I saw battle-corpses, myriads of them,
And the white skeletons of young men, I saw them,
I saw the debris and debris of all the slain soldiers on the war,
But I saw they were not as was thought,
They themselves were fully at rest, they suffer'd not,
The living remain'd and suffer'd, the mother suffer'd,
And the wife and child and the musing comrade suffer'd,
And the armies that remain'd suffer'd.
Make sure to thank the veterans you know this Veterans Day and Remembrance Day.  And if you can, give them more than words, actually do something to support the troops currently serving, and the veterans who served with honor.

I say it every year and I mean it every year...

If you serve or have served in the armed forces, THANK YOU!  If your loved ones serve or have served in the military, THANK YOU!  If you have lost someone in the service of our country my heart and thoughts go out to you today and I know it isn't enough but I would still like to say, THANK YOU!

 A special thanks to the veterans in my life.  I love, respect, and thank you for your service, your example, and everything that you are: Dad, Uncle Del, Uncle Tom, and "Uncle" Jim.

Oh, Autumn... break my heart every year!  Every season has something that I love, but Autumn is special.

Winter has snowshoeing in the canyon, skiing at Beaver Mountain, waking up to winter wonderland type snowfalls, and ice skating at Merlin Olsen park...but it is fickle and overstays its welcome.  Spring brings flowers, gardening, and hope for a fresh new year...but it is slow in coming and often lets winter walk all over it.  Summer has hiking, picnics, floating the narrows, fireworks, and campfire cookouts...but it can be hectic, hot, and dry.

Autumn always was, is, and will be my favorite season.  It has all the benefits of summer (hiking, bonfires, and gloriously sunny afternoons) but with its own special feeling.  Things slow down, the world draws inward and nature puts on a show.  I love everything about it: the harvest season, the changing leaves, the crisp air, apple cider, Halloween, school football games, sweaters, the thunderstorms, and the way it feels like it is going to last forever.  The only thing I don't like is when it ends, that's the bit that breaks my heart every time.

Last Saturday I spent three house at my family's cabin in Logan canyon.  I did a bit of cleaning, checked the mouse traps and bait stations, and then went on a photowalk through our summer home site.  It was a golden day, the kind that makes it easy to lose track of time, the kind that is good for the soul.

I don't want rodents in the cabin, but I can't help but feel bad when I find a dead one.

Some interesting shadows that were falling across the road.  I couldn't get them to read well on camera so I propped up my diffuser to catch the shadows and then took the photo.

This sounds weird but have one of the most beautiful cemeteries that I've ever seen.  The South road in the cemetery is line with these trees (I'm not sure if they are London Plane Trees or Sycamores) that have the most beautiful bark and fall foliage.  It's a nice peaceful place for an afternoon walk.

Of course fall doesn't last long here.  The morning after I took those photos I awoke to a fresh blanket of snow on the valley.  Overnight we went from crisp golden perfection to a cold and snowy slush.  Even though it was Sunday and all I wanted to do was pull the duvet up over my head and go back to sleep, I still got up and got a few photos before the sun came up and melted it all away.

I went back up to the cabin yesterday to check on things.  Almost all the leaves had fallen now.  All the other cabins were locked up for the winter, I had the site to myself.  The difference between last week and this week were obvious.

Last Week

This week

Last week

This week.
Molly the wonder dog didn't care that all the leaves had fallen, it just meant more stuff for her to roll around in.