Karen's Keepers

Karen's Keepers

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date” – William Shakespeare

Well, it is now Fall and Summer is gone. Every year about this time I find myself digging my heels in and wishing summer could last longer. It’s not that I don’t like the changing of the seasons, but I grew up in southern California and I don’t think I’ll ever get used to cold weather – never. I really enjoy the holidays – but the weather could be warm and I would still like them. 

Here’s what we have been up to this month: Randy, Dylan and I went to one of the church’s canneries on Labor Day and spent a few volunteer hours canning corn.  There are a few big fields near us where some of it was grown and Dylan worked out in the trucks that brought it in (he was FILTHY when we were done). I worked at a station where I stood and eliminated ears that were gross or too small (they end up in animal feed) as they came down a production line. It reminded me of the TV show “I Love Lucy” where Lucy worked on an assembly line in a candy factory. Except I didn’t stuff any corn in my mouth! And Randy worked at a station where he could sit down most of the time, since he’s recently had knee surgery. He made sure the kernels of corn and the waste were separated.  

We celebrated Dylan’s birthday one day early and all my kids except Jesse were there. It’s hard to believe my youngest child is 22! I’m not that old ! !

A week later my mom celebrated her 95th birthday. We had over 50 family members here and ate cake and ice cream. (I had lots of pictures, but they were REALLY candid and had someone making a funny face in each one – oh, well. I don’t want to get sued!! :)

We attended the evening portion of Stake Conference on Saturday and there were 2 different couples that spoke first. Then the Stake Presidency spoke. All of the talks were great. For the Sunday meeting we had a broadcast (along with the entire southern half of the valley) where the speakers were a member of the Presidency of the Seventy, Primary General President Rosemary Wixom, Elder Russell M. Nelson and a taped talk by Pres. Boyd K. Packer. It was wonderful, as usual.

Randy had a band job down in Provo at the Riverwoods Center at an outdoor pavilion. I was going to be one of the back-up singers (along with Dave Wayt) since the 2 girls that usually sing couldn’t be there, but Dave’s daughter ended up being able to come, so I got to sit and listen instead. It was a good thing since I had a sore throat and a cold and almost no voice.

I have started working “on call” at the Jordan River Temple helping with banquets served down in the cafeteria area. So far, they have only needed me one day a week, but the weekend of General Conference I will also be serving the authorities and their wives up at the Conference Center in between sessions.

We attended a farewell for my cousin Sande. She is leaving for a mission to Raleigh, North Carolina this week. She just retired from teaching accounting at the high school here, and she will be helping with accounting in the mission office, so it will be perfect for her. It is not too far from where she served her first mission over 30 years ago in Roanoke, Virginia.

We will have the annual Primary Program in Sacrament Meeting the last Sunday of this month.  The kids have been practicing the music all year and practicing their speaking parts for the last few weeks. I love the fact that the speaking parts have been in the kids own words the last few years. I think it means a lot more to them, and gives the rest of us something to grin about! They are pretty cute.

Well, that’s been our month of September. Look out cooler weather – here we come….

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