Monday, December 11, 2017


For the first time in 3 years we were able to spend Thanksgiving with some of our children. We left Wednesday afternoon and drove to Riverton, UT to spend the holiday with Hillary and Jake and their boys and Cali. 
Turkey on Google Android 8.1
What a feast Hillary had for us! All I could think about was how very, very blessed we are and how truly Thankful I am to live in this great land with all my family!

The woman of the hour, Hillary, who prepared such a wonderful Holiday Dinner!

I loved everything she made, but her stuffed pumpkin was AMAZING!

J.J. helping get everything ready.

Discussing the many things we are thankful for.

I can honestly say this Thanksgiving Dinner is one of the best I have ever had.

And the Z-Man agrees!
I thank my God daily for my many blessings, especially for my country, my rights and priveliges, for all those who came before me who have made my way easier, and of course, for my family.  
Friday morning I actually went to a "Black Friday" sale for the first time in many, many years. I went to JoAnn Fabrics. Darryl and J.J. went to "The Man Store", otherwise known as Home Depot, to buy lumber and supplies to fix up the Chicken Coop. The weather was beautiful and he had some good helpers to make the work go faster.

Finally, G-Man gave us our card he made for us on Grandparents day back in September. It is so sweet. He says Grandpa is 25 years old and is good at fixing clocks and he loves to build with him. Grandma is 20 years old, is good at helping and he loves to play with me.

I love that he thinks we are so young.

We love you too G-Man!

With another wonderful Thanksgiving behind us we can now look forward to a delightful Christmas Season!

Thursday, November 30, 2017


Darryl's work day ends around 4:00, which gives him plenty of TIME to pursue his new hobby -

Yes, ever since he bought his first old clock last year in St. Louis, Darryl has become fascinated with fixing and restoring old clocks. Here are a few of my favorites. 
The clock that started it all. As I said, Darryl found this late 1800's Gustav-Becker clock at an Auction in St. Louis. It was sold "non-working" and within a couple of hours Darryl had it working. And - he was hooked!
This next clock is a Seth Thomas Mantle clock from the early 1900's, I think. It is another "non-working' clock he found online or at a garage sale. Actually, many of the clocks he has found have been listed as non-working.
 This beautiful clock is a Gilbert, so that's what we call it. Yes, that's right, we name our clocks. Once we had more that 4, if one was off and Darryl would ask "Which clock was that?" I couldn't just say "The one in the living room" since we had 3 in there, so I started naming them. Now, I just say "That was Seth, or Thomas, etc." It works great.

This Vienna Regulator is just over 4' in length from top to bottom. As you can see, it is a weighted clock and not a spring clock. All of these clocks will run for a week or 8 days once they are wound.
FERDINAND - named after my grandpa Fiege.

 This is our little haunted clock. Darryl bought several clocks from a collection and this little Ansonia has a "Bim Bam" or 2 tone chime on the hour and 1/2 hour. But something inside isn't right and it sounds "haunted".
 This regulator is a has a beautiful burled wood case and a bell instead of a gong. 
Each clock is different in both the sound and tones of it's Gong, chime or bell and in it's case and crown. Look at the carved deer head on this Gustav-Becker.
I think this is probably Darryl's favorite clock. This Adler clock is probably the quietest movement or tick-tock, of all the clocks. It has a free swinging pendulum and the most beautiful tone to it's gong.  
 Darryl bought several clocks at one time, most mantle clocks, and he started naming them after our grandmothers, but when he took this clock apart we found a history written on the inside of the case. It was purchased in 1882 by a woman named Wilhelmina when she was pregnant with her daughter Susan. In 1916 she presented it to her daughter as a gift. 
- I had a great aunt with that name. Everyone called her Minnie.

 This sweet little Art Deco clock has a Westminster Chime that goes on the quarter hours. It's from the 1920's or 30's.

 A beautifully carved and decorated Gilbert Clock from the early Twentieth Century.

This pretty little regulator isn't as fancy as some, but is quiet, keeps perfect time and has a pretty, but somewhat quiet sounding Gong.

Someone refinished the wood on this little clock. It's quite pretty and I think very "Federalist" in style.
Martha's clock works.

This is Darryl's bargain buy, and probably the best clock we own, and I think it is his favorite. This is a Menneville Art clock from the 1920's. She is 33" wide, 18" tall and her carved stone base, quartz stone inlay and clock stand with brass and Ivoreen sculptures make her weight about 100 lbs.

Just a couple of weeks ago we aquired a couple of cuckoo clocks. This pretty little Chalet clock has muscians that move from side to side, dancers that circle in and out of the chalet and a pretty little bird for the cuckoo. The cuckoo's are weighted of course, and must be wound every 12 hours.

The Birdhouse cuckoo doesn't do anything fancy, but she sure is pretty.

It is my humble opinion that clock and watch makers were the "computer nerds" of  the previous centuries.

There is so much inside one of these clocks,... be able to take all of those gears, cogs, springs, washers, dials, etc., and put them in something as large as a building or as small as a wrist watch and know where each piece goes is an amazing talent.

Darryl has become good friends with an horologist here named Glen and they spend many hours together working on and fixing up these beautiful time pieces. We now have 16 working clocks in our little apartment. To answer the questions you are surely thinking:
1. No they don't keep me awake. I don't even hear them until time for the alarm clock to go off.
2. When it is very quiet and I actually notice all the "Ticks and tocks" it is a very soothing sound.
3. Most of the time we don't even notice when they all go off at the top of the hour - UNLESS, one of them gongs the wrong time. Then we notice it. 

"Life teaches us to make good use of time, while time teaches us the value of life." - unknown

Monday, November 27, 2017

My Life in Black and White

I don't spend much time on Facebook, but recently I saw something I thought would be fun to participate in.
The idea is to post 1 black and white picture of your life each day for 7 days. The only restriction was that you could have no people in your photo and no explanation. 
Since this is my blog I put up a couple extra photos and I will explain the photos for those of you reading this .
We are currently living in Hillsboro, Oregon. The first 6 photos were taken in our apartment here. I have recently tried my hand at oil painting, I have bone fragments floating around in my ankle which rendered me unable to walk for a while, we travel with our Chinese art work and the chest and lamp are yard sale finds we picked up here, I love my morning tea and my "family" wall, and Darryl is now an horologist. He loves to buy and repair old clocks. The final three photos are two quilts I have made and a fun Zoo picture I took in Tupelo this summer.

There is so much more to me than these few photos, but this is a little B&W glimpse into my world this year. I am still quilting, currently putting together a quilt for Miss Isabelle. I still sing any chance I get and occasionally get to play an instrument or two. I have been traveling way to much, but I sure enjoy it, especially because I get to be with Darryl, the love of my life.  I try to make the most out of every day no matter where we live, and I look forward to the day we can settle down and have 
"A Place Called Home"
But for now, wherever Darryl is, that is my home and oh, how I love it!

Blessing Baby Ross

November 10, 2017

Darryl and I drove up to Sandpoint, Idaho to see Cody's little family and so Grandpa could meet his new grandson and namesake.
 Darryl and Darryl  meet for the first time

We spent the whole day on Saturday with Cody, Alisa, Ross and Rachel. On Saturday evening our dear friend, Melissa Norwood Bateman, came by to visit with a couple of her children. They were quite cute as they watched their movie.

Melissa was 8 yrs old when she carried the train of my wedding dress during our reception in Weatherford, TX. She now lives in Bonners Ferry, just 20 minutes away. She is such a sweetheart.

πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•Sunday morning.

The following are just cute pictures of my grandchildren, because I think they are adorable!


Miss Rachel all ready for church! She loves to go to her nursery class.

And she loves to sing pretty songs.

The many sleeping faces of Ross the Boss! 



He seems to be thinking, "Grandma, are you done?"

Loved his little 3 piece linen suit and these cute little tennis shoes.

Grandma getting her snuggles in!

Ross received such a special priesthood blessing by his father with his grandfathers and uncles able to stand in.
It was a beautiful and blessed day!