Thursday, July 30, 2015

TBT: Nan the chaperone

My mom chaperoned the Girl Scout trip to Colorado.  I think this photo was taken in Telluride.  She was always willing to be where her kids were -- whether it was scouts, church or school.  She was a Den Mother, Girl Scout leader, Beehive advisor, Primary president, school volunteer and PTA president.  #pattonmemories

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

MIT's social media maven

Stephanie is going across the river to grad school at BU.  #iwillstillseeheratchurch

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My Parker painting

A few years ago my friend Amy asked if her son Parker could paint one of my photographs.  I was flattered that he asked and he chose a covered bridge photograph that I took in Vermont.  When she asked again he painted some mailboxes that I photographed in Maine.  He's a really good artist!

I'm in the process of making an "art collage" for my living room wall (I finally got tired of the Wayne Thiebaud print "Four Cakes" that's been on my wall for decades -- I've already given it away!).  I have about a dozen things I'm getting ready to frame and make into a collage.  I asked Amy if I could pay Parker to paint one of my photos and he was excited to do it!  I sent him the above photo I took at Sankaty Light on Nantucket.  I have only been to Nantucket once; with a group of friends.  The one thing I wanted to see on Nantucket was see the red/white striped lighthouse.  So after lunch (one of the best lobster rolls I've ever had!) we took a cab out to the lighthouse, walked around, took photos, and then walked back to a bus stop and took a bus back to the town.  I love this lighthouse!  And I'm thrilled to have my Parker Duke original painting! 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Saturday, July 25, 2015

At the Nike Outlet with the Nike guy

Happy Birthday to my friend Mat

He would be 45 today.  I miss my friend.

Chuck playing catch with the Burnett boys

Chuck Patton is here

#doihavecooties #ihaveaturkeyterrificforhim

The last Beecher girl

The three Beecher girls have lived in the Arlington Ward.  Two have moved away and the last one leaves this week.  So long Rachel.  I'll miss you.  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

Ruby Lou is 5 months...

...and she likes paper.

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Cambridge Stake Girls Camp JCs

Girls Camp at Zions Camp

They were all smiles and having a great time. #arlingtonwardyoungwomen

Thursday, July 23, 2015

TBT: Four Corners

The summer I turned 13 my Girl Scout troop spent a week at the Circle K Ranch in Delores, Colorado. We traveled by bus (in our uniforms) and stopped at Four Corners -- where Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona meet.  My mom was a chaperone.  We went to Mesa Verde, Telluride, and rode horses every day (my least favorite part).  That and having tonsillitis.  It turns out the family that owned the ranch was LDS.  It was a fun and memorable trip.  #girlscouttroop1818 #pattonmemories #fourcorners

Peach clobbler

I made a half batch of peach "clobbler" as Adrienne called it when she was little.  #bakesomeonehappy #pyrex

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

My arsenal for my 30+ mosquito bites

The bites are on my ankles and from Kimballs on Monday.  This is about $36 worth of ammunition.

It's a sign

I've said before, if there is a parking spot in front of Quebrada, it's a sign.  #blueberryscone

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


It's all about timing with avocados.  I had three families over for dinner Sunday night and made the California Pizza Kitchen BBQ chicken salad.  I bought 4 avocados earlier in the week but worried they wouldn't be ripe so bought 3 more at the end of the week.  I should probably just buy 2 every week.  #firstworldproblem