Thursday, July 30, 2009

At the Zoo

Dear Friends,

We're so glad you came to visit today~Would you like to join us for a trip to the zoo?

A.A. Milne -

"At the Zoo"

There are lions and roaring tigers,
and enormous camels and things,
There are biffalo-buffalo-bisons,
and a great big bear with wings.
There's a sort of a tiny potamus,
and a tiny nosserus too -
But I gave buns to the elephant
when I went down to the Zoo!

There are badgers and bidgers and bodgers,
and a Super-in-tendent's House,
There are masses of goats, and a Polar,
and different kinds of mouse,
And I think there's a sort of a something
which is called a wallaboo -
But I gave buns to the elephant
when I went down to the Zoo!

(Apparently peacocks are zoo employees!)

If you try to talk to the bison,
he never quite understands;
You can't shake hands with a mingo -
he doesn't like shaking hands.
And lions and roaring tigers
hate saying, "How do you do?" -
But I give buns to the elephant
when I go down to the Zoo!



Monday, July 27, 2009

Pioneer Day Fun!

Dear Friends,

The family had a fun time at the local Pioneer Day celebration, even though we were the only ones dressed up (Except, of course, for the occasional cowboy hat)~

There was Square Dancing,

Lots of green grass to run on

And of course, a pie-eating contest!

One of my favorite stories about our pioneer ancestors is the young girl who, while traveling on a wagon train, had to hide under blankets from the Indians, who wanted to marry her. The pioneers made a fake coffin and had a "burial" for her, since more than one brave desired her as his wife!

p.s. Here's a little story to help encourage the little ones to form good habits!


"The Lord has done his share of the work," said Brigham Young to the newly assembled Saints. "He has surrounded us with the elements containing wheat, meat, flax, wool, silk, fruit, and everything with which to build up, beautify, and glorify the Zion of the last days, and it is our business to mould these elements to our wants and necessities, according to the knowledge we now have and the wisdom we can obtain from the Heavens through our faithfulness".

Friday, July 24, 2009

Happy Pioneer Day!

Good morning, Dear friends,

Today in Idaho and Utah we celebrate the 24th of July as the day that the Mormon pioneers first entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. They had traveled west to escape persecutions in Illinois and Missouri, where their homes and farms were being destroyed because of their beliefs.

Both Mr. Graham and I have ancestors who were pioneers, and I am grateful to be a recipient of their sacrifices.

Here is a video we found that shows some of the scenery they passed on their journey west:



Wednesday, July 22, 2009

We're Alive!

Greetings, Dear Friends,

We thought we'd pop in and let you know that we're still here! We've been having computer problems, which have given us a vacation from posting, although we have missed visiting with you.

We pray that you are all well, and that we will get up and running soon and able to catch up with everyone soon!




"Man is not made to understand life, but to live it." ~Santayana

Thursday, July 16, 2009

A Happy Birthday to Tasha

Dear Friends,

Yesterday we celebrated the eighth birthday of our Tasha. We celebrated by going to pick cherries at her Grandma Cherie's, and feeding peanuts to two squirrels that live in Grandma's yard (Too bad we didn't get pictures!).

Tasha hinted that she would like some nature-related gifts, and received quite a few. We think her favorite is the telescope that is supposed to allow her to look at the craters on the moon. She and Audrey stayed up as late as they could last night, waiting for the stars to come out, but alas, the mosquitoes drove them inside before it was dark enough!

Today we'll be out in the gardening, catching up on gardening, picking peas and maybe harvesting some "weeds" to experiment with in the kitchen!

Till next time,



"Cleaning your house is like pruning a tree. The house and the tree are both alive. You take care of the debris first, then stand back to look at the true form~and that clarity, that original vision is what happens in the mind." ~Anonymous

Monday, July 13, 2009

"Climbing Over Rocky Mountain"~an Ode to Wolverine Canyon

"Climbing Over Rocky Mountain"

Climbing over rocky mountain,

Skipping rivulet and fountain,

Passing where the weeping willows quiver

Passing where the willows quiver,

By the ever-rolling river,

Swollen with the summer rain,

The summer rain.

Threading long and leafy mazes

Dotted with unnumbered daisies,

Dotted, dotted with unnumbered daisies;

Scaling rough and rugged passes,

Climb the hardy little lasses,

Till the bright sea-shore they gain!

Scaling rough and rugged passes,

Climb the hardy little lasses,

Till the bright sea-shore they gain!

Let us gaily tread the measure,

Make the most of fleeting leisure,

Hail it as a true ally,

Though it perish by-and-by.

Hail it as a true ally,

Though it perish by-and-by.

Words and Lyrics from "The Pirates of Penzance", by Gilbert and Sullivan

Friday, July 10, 2009

Blessings From the Garden

Dear Friends,

Welcome today to Merry Hearts Cottage! It is a beautiful, hot day. Just right for hanging clothes out on the line and picking a few herbs and greens to eat and for medicine.

We had a friend come over yesterday, and walked her through our weedy yard, showing her the names of things we have growing here that are good for man and beast. She was especially impressed to learn that burdock is not only edible, but quite tasty!

We decided to experiment eating red clover blossoms, since we have an abundance of them this year. Usually we just pick them and bite off the juicy, sweet petals, but we thought we'd try something more substantial. We made a pesto out of the blossoms and leaves, pureed with olive oil and salt, which would make a nice sandwich filling or pasta topping. Then we made blossom stir-fry, by picking the freshest blossoms, removing the leaves, and frying them in red palm oil with some onions, nutritional yeast, and an oat-flour sauce. Yum! They were a little chewy, but good.

The last thing we made was a sort of GardenBurger out of dried, powdered red clover blossoms mixed with soaked wheat, blended with water till mushy. We added parsley, onion powder, and salt, and baked them in the oven in muffin tins. When baked till crispy, they were actually addicting!

Audrey's Clover Burger

Who would have thought that all this time we could have been taking more advantage of the healthful plants that the Lord has provided, in medicine and in food? There is so much to be learned on the subject. We are intrigued by the title of the book From Crabgrass Muffins to Pine Needle Tea by Linda Runyon. It looks like a fun read, so it will go on our long list of books to buy. We'll let you know when we do!

Oh, dear friends, may you be blessed with all you must do today. Let us all allow the Lord to carry those burdens that seem to much for us in this life. He is more than able to carry them all, and only awaits our asking.




For the Beauty of the Earth
by Folliot Pierpoint

For the beauty of the earth
For the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies.


Lord of all, to Thee we raise,
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the beauty of each hour,
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower,
Sun and moon, and stars of light.


For the joy of ear and eye,
For the heart and mind’s delight,
For the mystic harmony
Linking sense to sound and sight.


For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Goodies and Garlic~


Dear Friends,

We've had so much fun discovering the new local flea market here in town, we thought we'd share a few items we found.

The first booth we encountered was run by an elderly gent with a "Two bits buys anything" motto. How, then, could we possibly resist this homely little ceramic potato dish, especially when it had my name (at least my initials) on it?

And these nested tins? And especially this Tasha Tudor book?

Now for the hard part: keeping to our rule of "For everything that comes in, something must go out." They DID mention that they buy and trade, at the flea market. . . :)

In the garden, we've been harvesting our garlic scapes (The pretty little flower heads they grow) to use in pesto, salsa, etc. It's a super yummy garlicky treat that's not as strong as the bulbs. We wish that every month could be like summer, when we feel like we live in the Garden of Eden, going outside and picking food fresh for the table!
But then, we'd miss the anticipation of watching things grow from seed in the spring, or reemerging from last year's growth. Plus we'd have so many flies and mosquitoes going outside would be life-threatening!

May you enjoy your beautiful day, wherever the day takes you. May the Lord lift you up in your trials, as you lift your eyes up to Him.



One form of heroism-the most common,
and yet the least remembered of all-
namely, the heroism of the
average mother.
Ah! When I think of that
broad fact, I gather hope again for
poor humanity;
And this dark world looks bright
. . . because whatever else it is not full of,
it is at least full of mothers.

~Charles Kingsley

Monday, July 6, 2009

It Was a Merry Fourth

Dear Friends,

How lovely to see you today! We hope you had a wonderful weekend, whether you celebrated Independence Day or not.

AnnaMarie surprised Mr. Graham with this patriotic breakfast~

The small dolls held their Independence Day parade on the third, while the tall dolls had theirs on the fourth.

No parade is complete without horses!

And a video of the Tall Doll Parade

Mr. Graham took the middle girls and Frankie to the local parade, which was lots of fun, too.

After all the parading was over, we took a drive to Wolverine Canyon with my mum and my brother's family, where we happily harvested burdock for eating, and bee balm and nettles for medicine.

The girls discovered a surprise amid the junipers:

A Fairy House in the Woods!

May you have a merry day,



We can't all be Washingtons, but we can all be patriots. ~Charles F. Browne