Tuesday, November 20, 2007

I've Been Tagged by Kristie

Well, it looks like certain bloggers in the family love to tag (make you answer questions) and Kriste tagged me after being tagged by Jenn. So here goes.

Best thing you cooked last week.

Well, last week was a week where I was by myself for most of the week, with Jodi going to Utah for her uncle's funeral and then going to the cabin with some quilting friends for a quilting retreat. So I did do some cooking for myself. I think the barbequed hamburger was the best, but the the grilled cheese sandwich with soup was pretty good also.

If money and babysitting were no object, where would you go and with who?

Ha. Ha. Well, babysitting is not an object! Money is a different story. We could probably afford to go almost anywhere, but living with a person who loves to scrimp, that would not happen. I would really enjoy going to Belgium and France where I went on my mission. I would take the whole family, parents, kids, grandkids and any close friends.

Five things you were doing ten years ago

You really expect me to remember ten years ago!!! I have a hard time remembering last week. (See cooking above) Let's see ten years ago...I was on the High Council and was over the Young Women and Young Men. I was involved in the Boy Scouts, still working in the Fire Department in Fallbrook, and enjoying life. At that time I only had two grandchildren (11th on the way now).

Five thing on your to do list.

1. Cruise Hawaii
2. Cruise the Panama Canal
3. Retire
4. Finish Jodi's Honey Do List
5. Enjoy Family

Five Favorite Snacks.
1. Kirkland Trail Mix
2. Granola bars, any flavor
3. Anything sweet
4. Crackers and cream cheese
5. Fruit

Probably in that order.

Five bad habits.
1. Procrastination
2. Puffing or blowing when I sleep (That one is for Jodi)
3. Watching TV
4. Procrastination (Includes not writing down what I need to remember, especially in a journal)
5. Not spending enough time on important things

Five Favorite Foods.
1. Beef (Nothing better than a good prime rib, rib eye steak, filet mignon, T-bone, etc.)
2. Lasagna with sausage
3. Big breakfast (Eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes)
4. Good Chinese buffet or just good Chinese food
5. Pies (Coconut cream, banana cream, blueberry, strawberry, dutch apple, cherry, pumpkin with lots of whipped cream, etc.)

Top five places you've been.
1. Tahiti
2. Belgium and France
3. Hawaii
4. Alaska
5. Utah

Five favorite memories.
Here we go with the memory thing again.

1. Going on a mission to Belgium and France.
2. Proposing to Jodi on Christmas eve 1969 while parked in front of my Mom and Dad's house (Jodi says it was in front of her mom and dad's house) Memory thing
3. Eternal marriage to Jodi in the Los Angeles Temple
4. Each birth of our kids, Katherine, Jeff, Gavin and Kristie.
5. Each birth of the grandkids. (Looking forward to #11 in January when Kristie has her second.)

Favorite memory

Almost forgot, I tag Jeff and Eric. Lets see what they can come up with for posting on their wives' blogs.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Hectic Weeks

Well, starting on October 12th, I went on a hunting trip to Wyoming. I went with Bryce Poulson and his brother Paul. Bryce served his mission in Wyoming and Montana. He met the Taylors in Ten Sleep, WY. (Ten Sleep got its name from the Indians because it is ten sleeps from Buffalo to the east and ten sleeps from Worland to the west.) We came home with 4 deer and no elk. We had tags for 6 deer and 1 elk. Will post video of the elk later. Got home 10:30 on Saturday night the 20th of Oct. Got up the next morning and went to work at the fire dept. (North County Fire Protection District in Fallbrook, CA) Around 12:19 pm received a dispatch to the Harris Fire in Potrero, next to the Mexican border in the south of San Diego County. Fought fire and protected structures until Tuesday night, when we got to go to the fire camp to sleep (finally). In the meantime, a fire broke out (Rice Fire) in Fallbrook. Jodi was returning from Arizona from a visit with Laura Myers with Mary Morrison, Debbie Spackman and Betsy Shirkey. When she got home, there was an evacuation order for the whole town of Fallbrook. She was frantic and was able to contact me for directions
as to what to do. Phone service in Potrero is Lousy!!

She evacuated to Gavin and Launa's house in Temecula. Later she went to her sister Teddie's house, also in Temecula. She wasn't able to get back into town until Friday. Meanwhile, I was at the Harris Fire until 10:30 pm Saturday. All went well for us, but we had five members of our ward lose their homes.
It was difficult for me to be on another fire while the area around the fire station where I work was burning. Fallbrook lost 206 homes. Between 800 and 1000 were saved by many colleagues. Firefighters from throughout the western states were on the fires in San Diego County. On the Harris Fire, we had firefighters from Washington State (Seattle, Snohomish, Moses Lake), Oregon, Idaho, Nevada(Reno), and Arizona(Pine Top). We still have firefighters from Montana in Fallbrook taking care of hot spots.
Things have gotten back to normal, pretty much. We are helping many in the community that need assistance. The church has provided cleaning kits, chain saws, rakes, shovels and many more things for the clean-up of the community. Many volunteers are assisting those in need. Between 400 to 500 volunteers went out on Oct 26th to clean and another 100 to 200 went out on Saturday, Nov 3rd.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

This is the first post from us. Don't know what we are doing, but will give it a try. After seeing Kristie's and Jenn's blogs, thought that we should have one too. We will give information for our activities and possibly some of our thoughts. Hope you enjoy.