Here’s another photo from our Labor Day weekend trip. Toquerville Falls ATV’n was on Saturday, and we went on another ATV ride on Monday, but up in the mountains that day. This beautiful view is from a mountain property my family owns. We’re dreamin’ of putting some sort of get-away shack right here (if only the Forest Service road getting there was passable with anything other than ATVs – so we could actually get supplies up there to build our get-away shack!). Drreeeaam…dream, dream, dream.
Other random stuff:
Although I’m trying to get more fish in my diet, I recently learned that tilapia isn’t something I should be eating. Darn, because it’s pretty cheap and easy to prepare. But here’s a video explaining why it’s actually pretty unsafe (and gross)…HERE. Can I just get someone to be my personal chef – to cook or prepare good food for me, so I don’t have to worry about what to eat – or what not to eat!?! That would be heaven!
I’m such a wanna-be artist!!! I’m currently obsessed with watching YouTube videos of people working on their art journals. I really should stop watching videos about it and dive in and start me one! My excuse is…I really need to learn what Gesso and Matte Gel is first – then I’ll start my own! I’ve enjoyed watching Vicky Papaioannou and Donna Downey. Do any of you have any tips and tricks before I go for it?
And that’s about it. Have a great week ahead. Do or learn something NEW!
Happy Friday! It’s been a busy week – mostly with playing catch-up from being gone over Labor Day weekend. You know how that goes, right?
We had a fun weekend. These falls are called Toquerville Falls. We had planned to go to this spot the same weekend we hiked Kanarraville Falls (remember that post?)…but even with our four-wheel drive vehicle, we thought the road was too rough and we turned around without making it. But we took our ATVs this trip, and it was SO much more fun!
Fun ATV ride, beautiful waterfalls, family time, good weekend. I hope you all had a safe and lovely holiday! Enjoy your day and learn or do something NEW!
Don’t you love how I always share my very random, or very abstract, or sometimes just plain weird photos on Miscellaneous Monday? Well, here’s a photo I took on my phone while we were at the Piano Guys concert in Seattle in July. They had a video-feed on a big-screen behind the performers and I snapped this just as they faded from one guy to the other. Nice timing eh?
Anyway…here’s some other randomness:
I learned something NEW from my sister recently. She took a trip to Taiwan and China and she arranged to camp on the Great Wall while she was there! I didn’t know you could do such a thing! Did any of you? Have any of you done that? Very cool!
Also, I must confess I haven’t taken the time to read War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, BUT I highly recommend the audio dramatization of that book done by the BBC. I listened to it as I drove around in my car the last couple of weeks. I got the CDs from the library and I have to say, it is very frustrating when you invest many hours of listening and then there are major scratches on CD #9 out of 10!!! BBC did a good job on that project. Right after I finished, I attended a Josh Groban concert and he mentioned he would be making his Broadway debut in a musical adapted from that book. HERE is an article in the NY Daily News about it. So that was kind of serendipitously random.
And, let’s see….no other randomness comes to mind, so I’ll just say: Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!
Apparently I need to go to a butterfly farm and get me some good butterfly pics, because this is the only butterfly in my photo collection! I shared it way back in June of 2014 – so it’s an old photo. However, I needed a butterfly pic to go with today’s message. My sister, who lives in Nevada, came to visit and we were in the audience of the Music and the Spoken Word broadcast when this message was televised. I hope you like it as much as we did.
There’s something enchanting about butterflies. Even on our busy days, we almost can’t help but stop and watch when one flutters by. And most of us know the familiar green chrysalis from which a beautiful monarch butterfly will someday emerge.
But what’s happening inside that chrysalis may surprise you. Many of us think a caterpillar is simply hibernating in there, slowly growing wings. But what’s actually happening is even more miraculous. Once encased in a chrysalis, the caterpillar releases enzymes that turn its body into liquid. From this watery soup, the entire creature is rebuilt. The muscles, the nervous system, the heart — everything is completely re-created, and the lowly caterpillar transforms into a brilliant butterfly (see “How Does a Caterpillar Turn into a Butterfly?” by Ferris Jabr, Scientific American, Aug. 10, 2012).
And if such a transformation can happen with caterpillars, why not with people? Can we too, regardless of our past, “put off” our old selves and improve our lives (see Colossians 3:9–10)? Can we undergo an inner metamorphosis as wondrous as the outward transformations we see in nature? Can a life that has experienced failure become a success story?
The answer is yes — not only can we change, we were meant to change. Just as the caterpillar was not created to remain a caterpillar, we were created to grow, progress and improve. If we allow it, life’s experiences have a way of melting away our stubbornness, our selfishness and any other weaknesses we might have — changing us, in effect, into a wiser, more generous and more loving person.
Of course, great change is not immediate any more than nature’s miracle with the caterpillar happens in an instant. Sometimes it may even feel as though we’ve made a soupy mess of things. There may be days when it seems that “the harder [we] try, the harder it gets” (see “The Inconvenient Messiah,” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Ensign, February 1984). But if we believe enough to keep trying, we can become more than we have been in the past. Step by step, we can give up bad habits that hold us back, traits that damage relationships and attitudes that darken our outlook. We can acknowledge our mistakes, apologize to those we’ve offended and set a new course toward a brighter future of love, compassion and humility.
Every caterpillar carries within itself the makings of a beautiful butterfly. And every one of us can remake ourselves into a thing of wonder and, on glorious wings, discover we can fly.
Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!
I thought I’d add a quote from a cowboy to this western-looking-type scene. It does seem like we do gain good judgement from bad experiences, but I don’t think that’s always the case. Yet, this quote doesn’t mention that it has to be our bad judgement…I like to learn from other people’s mistakes or bad judgement. How about you?
Have a great day!
I snapped this pic this week in a lovely NEW garden that was recently completed close to my gym. I think it was a city project, but whoever it was, they did a really good job. This statue and another of a boy and girl twirling a jump rope was included in the area — and all the flowers there were just gorgeous!
I also recently learned of a NEW source for finding good books to read. Although, my to-read list is far too long as it is! Especially from BookClub Mom’s awesome reviews! My niece was recently telling me about The Tournament of Books where every Spring, when March Madness Basketball is going on, there’s a book tournament where people vote for books. They’ve been doing it a long time and past tournament winners are listed on the site. So many good books, so little time!
Have a great day! Do or read something NEW!
There’s a locate cookie/soda shop called Swig. I’ve heard people rave over their cookies and although I haven’t personally stopped by, I did try this copycat recipe. I tried it because it was EASY (and delicious). These are sugar cookies, but they’re quick because they’re drop cookies. I got the link from my sister’s daughter-in-law (I guess that’s my neice-in-law?). Anyway, she got the recipe from The Bountiful Kitchen, which is a new site to me. I think I’ll have to poke around that site a bit — it looked like there were other amazing recipes there too.
Have a great day. Do or bake something NEW.