What's In This Blog

I created this blog for my journal. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In this blog I keep many of the things I come across as a member of the church. I also share my experiences on the ACE Train and getting to work, my experiences in Manteca where we have lived for three years, and other things I think are noticeable.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Atonement: A Bible Story for Children

Children teach of the Atonement use the LDS Bible videos.  In this presentation they teach of love, and following Jesus.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Tony Running the Pack Meeting Obstacle Course

Pack meeting.  Tony received his Fellowship and Duty to God belt loop.
 Obstacle Course As They Arrived

 Then a hearty game of kick ball

Tony Helped Build a Robot for Nova Stem Cup Scouts

Reading about what he learned at STEM Camp

Getting awards, Bother Eckland and Sister Bair

Showing off the robot

Tony gave us a secret message we had to figure out the code and interpret his favorite things.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Birth of Jesus: A Bible Story for Children

The story of Jesus' birth as seen through the eyes of children and ending with an explanation as to why it was important for Jesus to be born.  Children can be so innocent, but also so profound.

Tony's Summer

Tony was been enjoying games this summer, especially Monopoly.  He plays with the Petersons over the fence, and with his mother and now Miranda that she is home.
Tony also stood for a couple portraits.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Health As I See It: Are Bananas Good for You

I have seen a lot of advertisements that imply bananas are not good for you.  They have a picture of a banana saying what are the worse foods for you.  When you click on them they want to play a movie, and then don't want you to leave their website.  So I don't know what they actually say.  However this article from "Eat This, Not That!" definitely says bananas are good for you.  Now as a diabetic, I know bananas have lots of carbohydrates, two servings worth in a medium size banana--or in other words half of your carb allowance for a meal.  This article admits this, but focuses on the strengths of the banana:
1. Magnesium in bananas helps you become leaner and have more muscle mass.
2. Potassium in bananas helps your muscles recover faster from exercise.
3. Folate from bananas helps with mood control so you are likely to be happier.
4. Tryptophan from  bananas helps with serotonin usage in the body.  Serotonin is a natural antidepressant which also helps with anxiety,  irritability, agitation, anger and aggression.
5. Tryptophan also help melatonin which is a natural sleep aid.
6. Bananas help fight bloating by supplying bloat-fighting bacteria in the stomach and also supply potassium which reduces fluid retention.
7. Because a banana has 12 mg of choline they help to fight fat and encourage flat burning.
8. Bananas can encourage sugar control.  However they should be eaten with proteins and helathy fat to slow the absorption of the sugar from a banana into your blood stream.
9. By eating a banana for a snack between meals will result in less cravings.
10. Underripe bananas can make you feel fuller because they contain resistant starch.  Because the banana is underripe it may be a bit bitter, but great to add to a smoothie.
11. Phytosterols in bananas can lower cholesterol.
12. Prebiotics in bananas act as good bacteria for easier digestion.  Also the fructose molecules help with digestion.
13. High fiber in bananas helps you be more regular.
14. The prebiotic fructooligosaccharides (number 12) help with calcium absorption.
15. Bananas provide lots of energy with glucose.
16. Although they do not contain vitamin A they help with vitamin A absorption.
17. Delphinidin in bananas is an antioxidant that helps to fight cancer.
18. Bananas are low in sodium and high in potassium which lowers blood pressure.
19. Bananas contain iron which helps with blood.
20. Bananas can help with eye sight with antioxidants as well as vitamin A support and vitamin C.
21. Pectin in bananas is a natural way to detoxify.  They can help clean many unwanted chemicals from our bodies.
I must admit, I do not care for bananas when they are underripe, but I do love bananas for the most part.  I have been worried about eating them, but this article explains their helpful benefits.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Camberly Rose and the Norman's Chicks

While the Normans were gone for a week, Tony watched the chickens and fed the dog, and they swam in their pool.  Here are some pictures of Camberly and the baby chicks.

Health As I See It: Hay Fever

 No pamphlet on hay fever would be complete without giving you a couple ideas of how to prevent it.  This pamphlet suggests: wear glasses and mask when working outdoors, garden in the evening or on cloudy days, don't dry clothes outdoor when pollen counts are high, wash pets frequently, avoid touching hands and eyes when working outdoors, rinse you nose with salt water, shower, wash hair freqently and wash clothes frequently.  However for me, I think the biggest preventer of hay fever is to keep my CPAP machine clean.

Look Who Is Home

Miranda returned home from five months living in the Seattle area.  She was working as a nanny for her sister watching Baby Ayden.  Now Natalia is done teaching school and Miranda has returned home.  We had a big party Thursday to welcome her home.  All the four local grand babies were there so hopefully Miranda doesn't miss Baby Ayden too much.  Sheri picked her up at the Oakland Airport Thursday.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Jesus Heals a Man on the Sabbath: A Bible Story for Children

This movie starts as children explaining the story of Jesus healing a man on the Sabbath, and ends as a very good lesson taught by children of how to keep the Sabbath day holy.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Health As I See It: Influenza

Pamphlet: Influenza

 This pamphlet has the best comparison of a cold to flu that I have seen.  I have always wondered how to tell the difference.  It points out the best defense against influenza is the flu vaccine which is changed every year in an attempt to battle that years germs.  The shot is most important for the elderly, those with medical complications and the young.  It is also important for health care workers.  Influenza results in over 200,000 hospitalizations a year and over 36,000 deaths.
Pamphlet published by Breathe California.
I get my shot every year.  It is required at work, and easier to get it than not.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Article Review: Our Father, Our Mentor

This is a very interesting talk by Elder Uchtdorf about the role our Heavenly Father plays in our lives, as well as the role of our Earthly father.  He points out the Father has given us tools to help us in our struggle in life
  • He has given us the priceless gift of the Holy Ghost, which has the potential to be our personal, heavenly tutor as we study the word of God and attempt to bring our thoughts and actions into alignment with His word.
  • He has given us 24/7 access to Him through prayers of faith and supplications of real intent.
  • He has given us modern-day apostles and prophets, who reveal the word of God in our day and have the authority to bind or seal on earth and in heaven.
  • He has restored His Church—an organization of believers who work together to help one another as they work out their salvation with fear, trembling, and unparalleled joy.1
  • He has given us the holy scriptures—His written word to us.
  • He has given myriad tools of modern technology to help us in our walk of discipleship. Many of these marvelous instruments can be found at LDS.org.
In similar fashion earthly fathers are also mentors.  Not only that be we also play the  role of mentor to each other.  We can support each other in our earthly endeavors.  
As I read this article, it reminds me that I need to be active in my role as father.  However it also tells me that in this role I have not been left alone.  There is guidance and assistance.  Prayer is one of those things he has given us.

Health As I See It: Smokeless Tobacco: Spit it Out

SO: here is the scoop on smokeless tobacco.  It is not safe.  It has nicotine and other cancer-causing chemicals.  Because you hold it in your mouth, more of the harmful chemicals can be absorbed into your system.  It can cause cancer of the mouth, it gives bad breath.  Spitting is gross.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Health As I See It: Third-Hand Smoke: What It Is and How It Hurts Your Family

Tobacco smoke is full of toxins.  We all know this.  However those toxins can effect those who don't smoke, or who aren't even around someone who smokes.  This is because those toxins can into stuff around us,  Th couch, the curtains, the pillow, stuffed animals--all of these things can be permeated with toxins.  This toxins may be released when this stuff is moved or disturbed.  All can breathe in third-hand smoke, but those who are most vulnerable to third-hand smoke are babies and pets; however the wife cleaning or the made can also be susceptible.  Can you imagine the maids at a hotel.
The best way to protect your family is to quite smoking.  Barring that, never smoke in the house or car, or where children play.  Wash your hands after you smoke.  Where a jacket, and then leave the jacket outside so the smoke doesn't get to your kids.  Lastly it may be necessary to avoid the homes of those who smoke, especially with your young children.

Health As I See It: 10 Hidden Hazards in your House

This article appears in October 2015 "Parents" magazine.  The ten hidden hazards listed are:

mesh clothing hampers; the wires can come loose and injure eyes
Magnets; no good if swallowed
Button batteries; ditto
Detergent pods; look fun but they aren't and can injure throat esophagus
Hard candy; choking hazards (aka chokies)
Immersion blenders; very sharp
Prescription drugs
Falling televisions; wall mounted best
Spray bottles; look fun but often have chemicals
And lastly recalled items.

My Attempts at Decorating My Home Office

I am trying to go with a Native American theme in my office at home.
Sheri cross stitched these many years ago

R.C. Gorman print

Shoshone miniature cradle boards

Pot given me by Rick Hendy, it is Ute Mountain Ruth Root

Acee Blue Eagle Geronimo plate

Found at Salvation Army

Frank Howell print

Monday, June 20, 2016

Happy Father's Day to Me

Sheri surprised me with a new chair for my office.  It is much more comfortable and my old chair.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Mormon Father's Day Clips: Mormon Message - Love Her Mother

This video is based on a talk by Sister Elaine Dalton.  It presents several young women talking about what is meaningful to them.  It includes several languages, including sign.  It concludes, the best think for raising daughters, is to love their mother.  Sheri is the woman I love.

This leads to a series in Mormon Channel entitled Fatherhood>  Other videos in the series include:
Earthly Father, Heavenly Father
Let US Be Men
Fathers and Sons
A Father In Deed
Good Things to Come
Fatherhood-an Eternal Calling,  L. Tom Perry
Parenting-Touching the Hearts of Youth
Mormon Message: Love Her Mother
Todays family: Fathers
A Father's Influence
Elder Hallstrom on the Influence of His Father
Elder Clayton: Counsel on Raising Children
Elder Clayton: Raising Children in today's World
Elder Banks: Principles Used in raising a Family
Elder Larry R. Lawrence: Courageous Parenting
Families Can Be Together Forever