Monday, November 28, 2016

Some Special Spots in San Diego

While my husband was in meetings, 
I got to spend the entire Saturday with my daughter Caitlyn, 
who had the day off and was able to come down from Los Angeles
with her boyfriend Jeremy, who was kind enough to be our chauffeur for the day.
Our first stop was the gorgeous LDS San Diego Temple (in LaJolla).
We had not been there since our girls were quite little.
The sight of of this magnificent House of the Lord took my breath away.
Back in 1993 we were able to take our three oldest girls to the open house
of this temple before it was dedicated.

We enjoyed spending some of the morning there.
We observed several Young Adults working on the grounds preparing 
the decorations and nativity scenes as well as  
hanging the lights for the Christmas season.
Around lunch time we headed to a nearby plaza to stop by
Trader Joes for a few goodies
and then ate a delicious lunch of gyros
at a yummy Greek eatery.
 Afterwards we hopped back on the freeway and headed towards Old Town.
This little San Diego Historic Village is always worth a visit.

Old Town had just wrapped up their Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations.
There were still a few festive decorations to see.
 My companions for the day.

 It was wonderful to see the lovely Mormon Battalion Historic Site.
The building and grounds have been renovated and remodeled since we last visited.
Some delightful sister missionaries led us through a fun and informative interactive tour.
Quite an amazing (and little known) history of this battalion.
I highly recommend a stop here if you visit Old Town.

 We wrapped up our day by picking up my husband after his meetings
and driving out to lovely Seaport Village.
The weather was so nice with a light breeze. 
The views across the bay were fantastic and it was neat to see the navy ships
and over towards Coronado Island.
Our delicious dinner at The Cheesecake Factory concluded a great day together.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Scenic San Diego Harbor Island

 On Election Day I hopped a plane with my husband
to tag along with him for a conference he was attending.
When I saw our view I knew this is just where I needed to be
for some peace away from the present political poison.
I felt spoiled from the get-go!

 The views from our balcony were amazing and the sky was ever-changing.

 There is something soothing and therapeutic about being near water.

 And the year-round blooms.
I wanted to bottle up the perfect weather and take it home with me.
(When we came home 9 days later we were greeted by snow...)

More to come...

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Some words of reason about this election

The following are some thoughts by Utah's Lieutenant Governor, Spencer Cox.
(taken from my twitter feed)

"I have been reading a biography on every president. In order. Currently on Teddy Roosevelt. 
I know. I have a problem.
Over the past few months, I have heard people say that this is the most important election in the history of our nation.
It's not.
I have heard people say that this is the most divided our country has ever been.
They're wrong.
I've heard people say that this is the most disturbing, depressing, and disgusting election
in the history of our nation.
They're right.
You see we have had TERRIBLE presidents before.
And we've faced evil and challenges- foreign and domestic-far greater than this.
But here's the thing. We figure it out.
I still believe in us.
I still believe in our country.
I still believe that God cares about us.
And more importantly, I believe that most of us still care about each other.
Empathy and compassion exist.
I've seen it.
Remember, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you,
and pray for them which use and persecute you.
After tomorrow, our nation has some serious healing to do.
But that's on us.
One-on-one, R's and D's. We can't wait for the politicians.
But if we change, leaders will follow.
A new generation of positive, respectful and principled leadership will come.
Let's demand it.
So, no matter what happens tomorrow night, remember:
We've been through worse.
We've got this.
Be the change.
May God bless us."