Sunday, April 28, 2013

Life Story -- Trying Times -- Grandma Anna

Written Thursday, February 21, 2008

What is the most trying experience that ever happend to you?

"Probably when we lived at the ranch and an incident occurred between our children and Frank Stradling's children.  They were not allowed to play with our children, nor were they allowed to go to Primary if I was their teacher.  This finally caused me to have a nervous break down and I had to go to Phoenix to a doctor for shock treatments.  However, we soon moved from the ranch to town and we became better friends after many years.  This past Christmas, Floyd L Stradling gave us a nice Christmas gift, this pen being one of the things."

Life History -- Secret to Happiness -- Grandma Anna

Written Wednesday, February 20, 2008

What is your personal secret for happiness?

"I don't know that it is a personal secret.  When my children are happy, I am happy.  When I prepare for and go to church, I am happy.  When the twins, Michael and Marcus, write to us while they are on their missions, I am happy.  I am happy they wanted to go on a mission and they are so full of the spirit.  I am happy to see the first snow of the year and to see our garden produce food.  I am happy when our family gets together at reunions or other things.  I am happy when I am doing things for others, especially my family members.  I am happy when a new baby comes to our family.  We had 2 in 2007, and this year Suzanne is expecting twins, so that makes me happy.  She is such a good little mother.  Not little body, but kind of small built."

Life Story -- What You Enjoy -- Grandma Anna

Written Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Describe things you enjoy doing today that you enjoyed as a child. 

"I have always loved to sew, crochet, knit, and embroidery.  The things I do now are much more complicated, of course, now than back years ago."

Monday, April 22, 2013

Life Story -- Courting -- Grandma Anna

Written Monday, February 18th, 2008

Tell a courtship story about your parents.  How did they meet?

"My mother was born in St. Johns to a very active church family.  My Dad came with his mother and sister and brothers to St Johns from Spencer, West Virginia.  They had joined the church there.  One of the St Johns missionaries taught them the gospel and suggested they move to St Johns where my dad could work at Whitings Saw Mill to earn enough for lumber to make his mother and family a house, which he did.  Earnest Whiting was the missionary from St. Johns. 
"I imagine they met at church.  Whitings wanted him to go with their daughter, Minnie, but he only had eyes for my beautiful mother.  She was quiet and very reserved.  Her family didn't want her to go with him, but she would sneak out the window and they would visit in the backyard..  Then she went back in the window, very quietly, of course.  I don't know how long they courted because I don't know when they moved to St. Johns.  They were married August 17, 1917."

Life Story -- Favorite Places -- Grandma Anna

Written Sunday, February 17, 2008

What is a favorite place to go with your family?

"To the mountains.  We have our family reunions there.  Bill and I usually stay about 3 weeks. 

"We like to go to my sisters' restaurant, "Safire" to eat every Friday night.  They know what I can eat and what I can't.  We also especially like to go to church with family members.  Which is the most imiportant place."

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Life Story -- Admiring Woman -- Grandma Anna

Written Saturday, February 16, 2008

Describe a woman you admire.  What could you do to be more like her?

"First is my mother.  She was so kind and gentle spoken.  She did a lot to help others, especially with her beautiful seamstress ability, and the gentle way she took care of all her children.  I know she had already make a place  in the Celestial Kingdom before she passed away.  I kno9w her election was made sure because she was always wonderful.  Also there were and are others I felt were special.  Mable Shumway, Lavelle Despain, Rosemary Anderson, Sue Keezer and I know there are others."

Life Story -- When I Grow Up -- Grandma Anna

Written Friday, February 15, 2008

What did you want to be when you grew up?  What did you grow up to be?

I wanted to be a movie star.  They always seemed so beautiful.  Then I learned beauty wasn't everything.  I wanted to be an ice skater like Sonja Henie, but couldn't do that.  I didn't have money to buy skates and  besides that I never was very graceful so that was out.

I couldn't go to a vocational school or college so I went to work at the Telephone Company in Tucson, and I was good at that but became ill and had to go back home.  If I hadn't I would have never met Bill so I'm happy - Very thankful I came home.

After our children were all in school I worked at the court house first for LaVere Connolly in the treasurer office then transferred to the assessors office and worked for Mr. Ben Slade.  After he passed away, Arlo Lee was the Assessor.  When he retired I became the Assessor for 20 years, then retired.  I was in the assessor's office a total of 32 years.  I have since then served in the Concho Branch with Bill for 12 years and 10 months at the present time.  I told the Stake President, Eric Broadbent I wanted to serve a mission and he commented, "Where do you think you have been all these years?"  As I have been serving the Lord.

Life Story -- Good Feelings -- Grandma Anna

Written Thursday February 14th, 2008

What makes you feel good?  Occasion, food, person, etc.

Birthdays, Anniversaries, Valentines Day - My husband always remembers these days and gives me the nicest cards.  Today the card read on the front "To the Woman I Love" with pretty flowers all around it.  Inside it reads "I love waking up next to you.  I love sharing that on the way out the door kiss that starts my morning off right.  I love thinking about you during the day... And I love knowing that no matter how crazy things get,  not a day goes by when I don't appreciate how lucky I am to share my life with such an incredible woman.  Happy Valentine's Day.  Will all my love, Sweety Bill."
Now I don't know where he gets these cards, but they all want me to do better.  So the person that makes me feel good is my Eternal Mate of 56 years, and this will be 58.

Soups always make me feel good.  I have several kinds of soup that I love.  Posse Stew, Bill's Norwegian Stew, Vegetable Stew, Chicken with rice soup, and there are others.  Tomato, potato, etc.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Miss E hasn't pierced her ears.
I don't want her to feel like she has to.
I told her that her Grandma never pierced her ears.
I decided I wanted her to know the reason behind this decision.
I asked Grandpa for the inside story.
Here is what I found out:

The reason Grandma did not pierce her ears is:  When we grew up no one in polite society pierced their ears or anything else!  Piercing was not done.   Grandma never did change her attitude toward piercing.
Earrings had little screw findings on the back that would be tightened enough to hold the earrings in place and then later there were spring clips that held them in place.
Common piercing of ears did not start until the 1970's and then it was mostly the younger women that had their ears pierced and never men.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Life Story - School - Grandma Anna

Written Wednesday February 13, 2008

How did you feel about school?

I started the 1st grade when I was 4 years old.  We didn't have kindergarten.  The first grade teacher came by our house to see how old I was.  She said if I could count 2+2, 4+4. 8+8, and 10+10  I could go to school.  I put my hands behind my back and added them with my fingers and she said I could go.  It took me a few years to catchy up with the older children and there were somethings I never did catch up with them.  But I studied as hard as I could because by the time I was in High School I wanted to be on the honor roll.  Sometimes I made the A Honor Roll and sometimes the B Honor Roll.  And sometimes none.  I would like to have gone to college but there were no jobs and we could not afford it.  But just 2 weeks after Graduation, when I was 16, I visited my family in Tuscon and learned that I had Tuberculosis.  I was put in the St. Mary's Sanitarium for quite a while.  Then I finally came  home and rested until I was well.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Life Story - Setting Goals - Grandma Anna

Written Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Describe your feelings about setting goals and attaining them.  What was a large goal that you set were able to accomplish and how did it make you feel?

I like to set goals.  Some times I keep them and sometimes I don't but when I don't set goals I don't accomplish anything.  I set a goal last year to read the Book of Mormon and the Old Testament.  I finished the Book of Mormon but almost finished the Old Testament but not quite so I just read the headings and know what it was about.  But it took me a long time to read Isaiah since I had a supplement to go with it but I made it.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Life Story - Fears - Grandma Anna

Written Monday, February 11, 2008

What are you afraid of?  Why?

The dark when I'm alone.  I can't tell you why but I have always been this way.  I am better now though.  There was an article in the Improvement Era which is now the Ensign (pronounced N-sign as directed in the Ensign for about a year or more and people never looked at it.  In my classes I have taught in church I always bring that up but people seem to have their own opinions). The article was by President Hugh B Baron and he said when he was getting ready to leave for the service, his mother knowing of his problems told him to remember his prayers morning and night and ask the Lord to watch over him and cast Satan away from him.  And he said it worked.  So I have tried that and as long as my prayers are sincere it works.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Life Story - Favorite Smells - Grandma Anna

Written Sunday, February 10, 2008

What are some of your favorite smells?  Why?

Onions cooking (When I was primary Teacher and Counselor to Larue Wait) We were told at a meeting that if we were late getting home from Primary (which was held on Tuesday or Wednesday) just put an onion in the fry oven while we fixed a meal and everyone would be happy with the meal when it was finally served. 

I also love the some beautiful smelling perfumes such as "Oscar de la Renta".  And there are also some flowers that have soft smells.  I think some of the perfumes and flowers today are not like they used to be, they are made pretty cheap now.  The smell might last 20 to 30 minutes. 

Another smell my family and I love is at Christmas time the spices smell so good and linger in the house for more than one day.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Recipes - Grandma Anna's Carrot Cake

Here is a great recipe for Carrot Cake.  My mom says this is her absolute favorite.  When my birthday was on Easter, she made this cake for me.  I remember one time that she made it in the shape of a rabbit.  I'll have to find the picture.  I remember seeing it sometime recently in our box of photos.

Carrot Cake

3 cups shredded carrots
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 eggs
(1 cup nuts (optional)

Put carrots in mixing bowl.  Add dry ingredients.  Stir a little.  Add cooking oil, stir.  Add vanilla and eggs and mix about 2 minutes.  Add nuts.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 60 minutes.