Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share



Happy Monday!  Here’s my palm tree ‘Trio’ for the photo challenge.  And also some random, Hawaiian miscellany:

  1. I thought it was interesting to learn about some Hawaiian mythology…like the Menehune.
  2. I didn’t know Kauai’s Na Pali coast was on National Geographic’s ’50 places of a lifetime’ locations.  It was rainy and foggy the day we sailed past this coast, so my pics aren’t the greatest.  But that’s the type of weather you get in a rain forest, right?
  3. I enjoyed learning how the black sand beaches are formed; and I don’t think I had even heard of the green sand beach.  Also, I didn’t realize that Hawaii’s white sand beaches are actually made from parrotfish poop.  (Not sure I wanted to know, either!)

Explanation of collage pics:  Dancers on the Polynesian Cultural Center’s boat parade; My toes in the front of my kayak as I paddled down a river on Kauai;  The octopus our snorkeling guide rounded up to show us.

Have a great day. Do or learn something NEW!






a NEW photo of my week and a short Sunday sermon


Happy Sunday!  What do you think of this leaning palm tree?  I’m not really sure how it manages to keep alive.  It certainly isn’t perfect, but apparently it keeps struggling onward…apparently it’s not a quitter or gives up easily.

Have you ever wanted to give up? The scriptures are full of accounts of men and women who showed great courage to do whatever the Lord commanded, even when the tasks seemed impossible, even when they may have wanted to give up.  Read more at “Never, Never, Never Give Up” by Sister Mary N. Cook.

Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!


a NEW taste Tuesday


Happy Tuesday! Well, I’ve got to confess that my entire system is in shock!  Hubby and I just spent ten days in Hawaii…temps in the upper 80’s and I haven’t had to prepare a single meal for over a week and a half.  BUT NOW…this is what we’ve returned to:


…and tonight we are hosting a couple dozen college students (I’m cooking dinner :o).  I thought it best to choose a very simple meal – so Hawaiian Haystacks it is, along with this very simple ‘No-Bake Hawaiian Dream Dessert’ .  Little by little I’ll come out of my shock, but these things take time, ya know!?!.  Have a great day. Do or learn something NEW!

Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday!  Yeah, this is a random/miscellaneous photo I took recently.  If anyone can tell me the name of this plant, please chime in – I’m interested to know.  Since it’s hard to see the perspective from this photo…these were a lot taller than I am!

Other random stuff I’ve done or noticed lately:

  1. I enjoyed listening to “Racing Porcupines” on my way to work a few days ago.  Good motivational stuff!
  2. I studied a few parables of Jesus recently and was interested to learn that most parables are included in the books of Matthew, Mark and Luke…but not in the Gospel of John – there’s just allegories in the Book of John. I was also interested in the categorization of the parables…especially the eschatological parables.
  3. I was at a luncheon this week and they served a kale/quinoa/pomegranate salad that looked really Christmassy-Red-and-Green.  I wonder if I could pull off serving something like that at my house (???) I tried to find a recipe, but nothing popped up.  Anyone have any clues of where to find a similar-sounding recipe?

Have a great Monday!  Do or learn something New!


a NEW Thursday Thought


Happy Thursday!  One last pic from near Zion National Park…I think this is the last one. On the way home we saw a double rainbow and noticed the colors were inverted (don’t know why we haven’t noticed that before!)…but we were on the freeway without a convenient spot to pull over and take a pic.  We Googled rainbows to find out why the colors were reversed.  (see below).  Then I wondered if triple and quadruple rainbows were possible….so as we drove, hubby’s phone was busy for a while, answering my curiosities. :o)

So, if you see a photograph of a double rainbow with both colors in the same order…its probably photoshop’d.


Have a terrific day!  Do or learn something NEW!


a NEW photo of my week and a short Sunday sermon


Happy Sunday!  Here’s another pic from our hike in Zion National Park.  For today’s short sermon, I’ll pair this photo with a talk called ‘The Reflection in the Water’.

“Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, using the analogy of the ugly duckling, explains that young adults can find great purpose in knowing who they are.”

Here’s a small snippet of the talk after the Ugly Duckling analogy:

“…most people have felt sad or inadequate at one time or another. It’s natural to have times of self-doubt or unhappiness. The question, why should I go on living, is simply another wording of the age old phrase penned by William Shakespeare 400 years ago, and uttered by millions of Hamlets the world over since that time, “To be or not to be, that is the question. But Shakespeare was wrong. He was wrong.”  

President Uchtdorf goes on to suggest some edits to Shakespeare’s Hamlet and then comments that he understands that such an edit would hopelessly ruin one of the greatest literary masterpieces of all time!  President Uchtdorf is such a great speaker and wise teacher!  I loved this sermon!  I hope you do too.

Have a terrific day! Read and learn something NEW!