Wednesday, March 27, 2013


A Florida senior citizen drove his brand new Corvette convertible out
of the dealership. Taking off down the road, he pushed it to 80 mph,
enjoying the wind blowing through what little hair he had left.
"Amazing," he thought as he flew down I-95, pushing the pedal even more.

Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw a Florida State Trooper, blue
lights flashing and siren blaring. He floored it to 100 mph, then 110,
then 120. Suddenly he thought, "What am I doing? I'm too old for this!"
and pulled over to await the trooper's arrival.

Pulling in behind him, the trooper got out of his vehicle and walked
up to the Corvette. He looked at his watch, then said, "Sir, my shift
ends in 30 minutes. Today is Friday. If you can give me a new reason
for speeding--a reason I've never before heard -- I'll let you go."

The old gentleman paused then said: "Three years ago, my wife ran off
with a Florida State Trooper. I thought you were bringing her back.

"Have a good day, Sir," replied the trooper.

Hahhaha...that was funny wasn't it. I have a friend named Jennifer who is dealing with some really tough things right now. Her  elderly Mom is in hospital following a nasty fall and alot has fallen on Jennifer's shoulders...but yet today she took a moment and sent me this chuckle.( with a few others)

Where am I going with this folks??? Well Jennifer I was having a really hard time this morning finding a reason to smile. ( Well Olivia does get me smiling) but it was one of those dark cloud days. I have them often but like many others who deal with depression we fake it until we make it. Another friend recently said that depression should come with a cast, because we hurt alot, and yet we look most people don't understand us. Maybe you're shocked that I'm writing about such dark feelings but they are a complex part of many of us and we're not crazy, just sad. Unfortunately we can't get fixed really easily...above all we just need light.

Did that surprise you ? Yes light. Today I woke with that heavy head feeling. I got up, preparing for some commitments that I had made today. I jumped into that auto mode and started my check list. A while later, after doing some chores that I really didn't want to do ( but no one else would do) I went upstairs. I put my beautiful Olivia down for her nap. She gave me that precious smile, and gently laid her head down. She looked like she was saying....don't worry Nanny you'll be okay. I love her gentle spirit so much.
Then I did something...I closed her door and went to the rest of the rooms upstairs and opened all of the blinds. Even though the skies are grey today the LIGHT came in.  I felt a power from it indeed.

It led me to think of my Savior who is the light of my life. David Bednar, an Apostle of the Lord once said.
" You and I may cry out, " No one understands. No one knows." But the Son of God perfectly knows and understands. He can reach out, touch, and strengthen us."

I believe this with all of my heart, and I just needed this Light moment to remind me of this. I have felt his Light in many things lately.......
- that Olivia smile and hug
-a special call from Laura right after I opened all of the blinds. She made me feel listened to. Thank you sweet daughter....appreciate your love so much.
-card making....I mailed some love out west today
-Emmy and Finley....I just had such a fun week with them ( wish that I had their energy) Love their hugs, and precious conversations...even the word WHY
-Facetime with my fab deeply I miss them
- Les  Mis...with my son one on one with this boy
-church....always ready to pour out the light...
-aunt May...loved remembering with her yesterday
-reading conference talks....oh so much wisdom
-an understanding chat with my sister in law Lynn last night..thanks sis
-a light joke...thank you Jennifer
-and so much more

Now folks...I could probably write a list that the dark side brings to me, not probably at all.  How I wish that this would leave me but I fortunately know that these things are to help me become who I am supposed to be.
I loved a thought that I read recently that said something to the effect that when we feel like we're drowning...remember that the lifeguard can walk on water.

As we approach the celebration called Easter, I will state here that I am a daughter of God, and I am eternally grateful for the love that my brother, Jesus Christ has for me. He died on the cross willingly for me, to enable me to return to my Father in Heaven. HE knows me, and HE loves me, and HE never deserts me. I am grateful for the knowledge that I have of the Plan of Happiness.
All for now!! Go open the blinds!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Dianne Nash Durnford Quimby

If I accomplish anything today it will be this blog post. It has actually been a busy day, but throughout the day my thoughts have drifted several times to think about my sister, Dianne. You see today is her birthday. As I spoke with her tonight ( she's in Cape Breton), she was having a celebration for her big 65th birthday. She was spending it with her three oldest grandchildren, Elyssa, and Bill. They were eating out in Inverness when I caught up with her.

Tonight I want to dedicate this post to her!!

Dianne was born to Jack and Mary Durnford on March 16th 1948. She was the third child born to Jack and Mary....and I obviously don't remember much of her childhood as I wasn't around. I do know that she had some vision issues that required surgeries at a young age.

We don't have piles of childhood photos....but these three magically appeared in my photo searching for this post. That's her with older brother and sister,Eric and Julie. Even though they weren't twins...looks like mom liked to dress them alike. The three of them sure were cute!!
I entered the family three years later, making Dianne the middle daughter, and with Glenn's arrival six years later....Dianne took ownership of the sibling middle spot!!

Now remember that my blog is called Remembering...but I'm a little lacking in that area so far as any spectacular childhood stories go about Dianne. I do remember that we shared the upstairs attic room...Julie and I in a double bed and Dianne in a single. She had her own corner of the room....just the way she liked it. Another memory of Dianne was her dark straight hair and bangs. She also liked to wear alot of eye make up. ( I will comment here that both sisters wore makeup and neither taught me how to use it...and I still can't to this day...thanks ladies!!)

A funny family story has kicked around for years...and even though I only remember the straight haired sister....she apparently did sleep with large hair rollers....which we must have had to share. Oldest sister Julie is known to have gone to the sleeping Dianne and removed one side of her rollers...and you can imagine how she looked the next there was some yelling that day.

Dianne attended Queen Elizabeth high school, and went on to nursing school (VGH) following high school. Her high school boy friend waited for school to finish...and Dianne and John married after nursing school. They had two beautiful children...Paul and Jane. They made there home in Fall River.
I also lived in Fall River for a few short years. I actually lived directly behind Dianne and for some of that time she helped out with my two oldest.....oh remember when they all got the chicken pox.

Dianne, was an incredible nurse and specialized in the care of premature babies. She advanced in many areas of this nursing...instructing others, creating special devises for infant care( beautiful incubator covers)...and I know so much more. She was very well respected by her peers, and I for one am very proud of her accomplishments.

Despite her many nursing experiences...there was still more adventure ahead for Dianne. She divorced her first husband, and for several years added the role of working single parent to her resume. At this point in my reflections, I will add that Dianne was a very determined woman. She provided well for her children, and overcame some huge challenges. I will insert here that Dianne had some awesome other talents....she knitted some amazing sweaters, and she was my smocking teacher!!

One of Dianne's favorites ( beside Gone with the Wind- Bill still remembers taking you to see it...and us watching you cry!!!) was to listen to guitar music , especially that of John Denver.  Sorry that was a long her man Bill Quimby. They met and I don't know if it was his good looks, youthfulness, or the guitar music...but they married and a new happily everafter began.!!! Now a family of five...adding Bill and his sweet daughter Ellysa...they moved from the city to the valley and then eventually to Cape Breton to be near Bills aging parents.

Dianne retired from her nursing and life took some new directions.  The Quimbys became antiquers...and operated several shops. Dianne also returned to the wool/yarn  arena and added a weaving loom to her toys....and voila....a gifted weaver is born. I'm obviously leaving out hundreds of details...but let me just say Dianne you impress me beyond description. You are such a powerful example to me for your amazing skills and your...never quit attitude.  You have accomplished so much in your 65 years.... and I'm so proud to have you for my sister. Despite not being close by...we're always able to pick up where we left off. I only regret that I haven't spent more times with you. I've always come away from our short visits...saying she is so are on my bucket list...longer visit!! ( what an awful sister I am)

Time for photos....
Oh were by bridesmaid....what an event that was!!
Gee we were such cuties....I know you're thinking...'she's done it now!'
remember this event....waving at the Queen....
dad and his girls!!!
special roots!!!
A very special family tribute for our mother.....
The guitar man....who sang to his wife on their wedding day!!!
Family....always so important to Dianne
I should end here with some great quote or song by John Denver....but Dianne instead what has popped into my head is how very much you are like our mother....a gentle soul, wonderful mother, devoted wife...strong and talented. ( Cute too)
I do see a lot of Mom in you and I know that she was very proud of you, and the beautiful accomplished woman that you have become.
Love you

Sunday, March 10, 2013

What a weekend!!

Time for some catching life is full!! Thursday was an Olivia day, but with Bill's help I did duck out and visit with two of my church sisters. Joan is such a sweet friend and VT companion. We've been VT buddies for 15 years, which is pretty sweet. The rest of Thursday was spent doing some prep for Friday and Saturday events, plus I fed my latest addiction and made a few cards.

Friday Olivia and I worked hard to clean, cook and shop. Karen finished her teaching week feeling horrible and so I decided that Olivia would be having her first sleepover at Nanny's. She is such a good baby, and she was so very excited to greet Emmy and Finley when they arrived. She just overflows with I love these little reunions.

After a quick dinner and cleanup I had some card makers arrive and we had a grand time creating three different cards. After driving a few home, I came back to get into birthday mode. Tuesday the twins will be three but we were starting the celebrating early with a family gathering on Saturday. Keah is such a dear daughter in law, and she had a great party planned for the girls.

After a late night of baking and decorating we were up early to finish our food prep. Family started arriving just before 10 which is when I realized that I had the party start time mixed up ( I thought it was 11) The good thing about family is that you can get away with not being totally ready... thanks to all who pitched in. The food was great, and the girls were pretty excited to open gifts. I think the most precious time was when candles were lit and the singing began. Both girls went into humble mode, and could hardly look at everyone....Emmy told me later that she really liked when everyone sang to her. It was a fun time....except that once again our direct family was sparse...Karen was home with a strep throat, and of course we always miss our western children....glad when they face time in!!

After a trip to the doctors with Karen, Olivia stayed on for a second night, and Michael, Keah and I  settled in for some Settlers of Catan. With the time changing, we made it an early night ( plus we were all pretty tired)

Sunday began with three adorable little toddlers bouncing on my bed. Then after breakfasts, and  dressing up for church we were off and out the door. Church was good, lots of talks around, family and especially marriage. My lesson in Sunday school was from D&C25...and I enjoyed teaching it today...some good participation indeed. Last for the day was are time in Relief Society and it was very uplifting. It's always nice to reminded of how special it is to be a daughter of God!!

The afternoon brought a nap for Olivia, a sunshiny walk with Emmy and Finley, a visit to Karen's to return Olivia, then some games with the girls tonight, a wee bit of TV ( Love Amazing Race), and watched some of the Bible series. That kind of sums up a busy, fun filled, never dull, happy, sometimes exhausting, uplifting, and I could go on....weekend.

Photos .....

Family time

Growing so quickly...such a beauty
Precious Emmy....beautiful
Emmy...loved her cards and gifts
Wanted to stop and play after the first gift
Cuddles with my Dad
Mommy and her look alike!!
Ready for the singing...oh so much attention
Time to blow!!

Our second birthday

Our first birthday


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wednesday already

Why do my days seem to be flying by....please feel free to answer!!
We're already into the third month of the year. It is already planning to be a busy month. I've had a good couple of days since I last wrote. Yesterday I was on my own and so I started the day with a refreshing walk to Dalplex, and then a great swim. I even had energy left to walk back home. It was a nice day for walking. Once I returned home I kind of let the day do its own thing. I did some reading, made some more cards, ran some errands, visited with Aunt May, out to lunch with Bill, worked on my blog book, a little housework....and I'm sure a few other odd things.

Today began with one of those delightful middle of the night phone calls...Laura loves to chat with me while she walks to her car. What a kid!!! Oh I do love her. She had been busy with a fun visit with the Nelsons for the past few days so it was great to catch up. She really does startle me with these calls.

After a few more hours sleep, I got up to greet Miss Olivia. She's such a delightful little toddler ( have I ever said that before??) She plays, toddles around the kitchen, eats her breakfast, then when I say...time for a nap...she shakes her head yes...and kind of says yup! She then has a sweet nap of 2-3 hours. She generally wakes up quite happy....plays some more....eats some lunch...then either play or some out doors, then back for another shorter nap. She delights to have her poppy talk to her....and she giggles with delight when she hears his footsteps on the stairs...giggles, shakes, and grabs me!!

So my routine is a bit different with Olivia here. I try to get lots done while she sleeps...dishes, laundry....the usual...but I also make time for scripture reading...and lately I've been doing lots of card making.

Speaking of scriptures...this weeks lesson is centered around D&C 25...a passage written to Emma Smith. It's an interesting section....and I'm excited to teach it this week. This section is one that we can liken to in all of our homes.
The section has three themes
1. Husbands and wives should support and comfort each other.
2. We should be meek and avoid pride.
3. We should rejoice and be of good cheer.

I wondered how Emma felt receiving a revelation from the Lord through her husband. She was a pretty amazing woman/wife. I read some interesting quotes and facts about her that were very impressive. There is some great wisdom in this scripture...and we are reminded in the last verse that this is for us all. We are also reminded of the words taught in 1 Nephi 19:23...where we are taught to liken all scriptures unto us...THAT IT MIGHT BE FOR OUR PROFIT AND LEARNING!!!

Two quotes that I read and really liked were counsel from the Prophet Joseph Smith....great ones to strengthen our marriages....

The Prophet Joseph Smith taught wives that they should treat their husbands “with mildness and affection. When a man is borne down with trouble, when he is perplexed with care and difficulty, if he can meet a smile instead of an argument or a murmur—if he can meet with mildness, it will calm down his soul and soothe his feelings”

The Prophet taught husbands, “It is the duty of a husband to love, cherish, and nourish his wife, and cleave unto her and none else; he ought to honor her as himself, and he ought to regard her feelings with tenderness”

There is so much for us to learn from the scriptures. Read them!!!!

Before I sign off...I'm going to post a few photos. One of them is off a wedding dress...mine...and I was excited to find it today. I had packed it away and had started to think that I had given it away. I have to post it...just to remember...almost 38 years old.
All for now....have a great week.

A bit wrinkled,old and yellowed like the bride
Love making these cards

So long...Be kind to one another

Monday, March 4, 2013


Yes are on my I read through the past two years of my blog it amazes me how time does pass so quickly, and how weak my memory is.

February just doesn't seem to have been here for a full month. It was a great month though with birthday celebrations and lots of family activities. I was healthy and certainly not bored!! I think someone should say that at my funeral...she certainly was never bored.

March arrived and I don't even remember if it came in like a lion or not....but the calender is very full for this month with lots more birthdays...Cooper 4, Emmy and Finley 3,Jacob 9, and sister Dianne ???....and I'm sure many more birthdays .Happy Anniversary too to Kathy and Jeff !! Karen is getting lots of school days so I in turn have some Olivia days to match. March break is a week away and I'm excited to have some Emmy and Finley time too!!

Things for my memory....lets see...I continued to work on my blog book, I've been prepping for a card night and making lots of cards, I worked on a quilt for Lynn, I've made a few baby blankets, I've had some fun face time with my western kiddies, I've had some great Temple days, more visits with Aunt May, some good scripture experiences, read a few good books, and probably lots more. I had sad news that my cousin Kathy's husband of four years died suddenly, and my friend Brenda's grandchild was hurt and in hospital.

I'm going to fish around for some photos to finish this then get on to the next part of my Monday 'to do list'

one of favorite cards for a loverly couple
                                                   always organizing my craft room

a special cousin of Dads,Bertha Warren getting ready for her 100th
Yes...I did watch Duck Dynasty
slippers and quilts!!
styling in a scarf from Aunt Lynn
Early morning at Dalplex
Snowy twins
snow angel
snowy mishap
admiring Karen's cards!!!!
                                                       sign that made me smile..

One last note about the last photo. This did make me smile....stop looking folks God is giving you signs grateful for all that he shows to me. Grateful for his love and presence in my life. Feeling so blessed as I come closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ.....look around folks the signs are right in front of you.

Have a great's a gift from God to you!