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.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Fall Festival: Northland Ward 2016

At the Ward fall Festival party we had four of our seven children and five of ten grandchildren.  That makes for a good night, which included holding the baby.  Dinner was pulled pork.  Miranda and I manned the trunk or treat booth, which was a door in the church.  Tony spent a lot of time at the carnival and said he did a good job with the skill games.  We handed out lots of candy, and when it died out I went to a booth and made a couple crafts.

Tony throws whip cream pie at the bishop

Costume parade

Our table, we were pirates with a cannon

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Announcing the Birth of Asher Tate Wardle

 I think about an hour old.  Asher was born at 4:44 a.m.  He was born in Modesto at the Sutter Hospital.  Jeremy had dropped the boys off and gone to the hospital, but they came back about 10 as they were released.  The then went back about 2 a.m.  The boys spent the day with us.
These are pictures I took while holding Asher at about 17 hours old.

He is now home.  I got to hold him again at the Fall Social Friday.

Halloween Decorations 2016

This is Sheri's and Miranda's decorating efforts this year.  It is always evolving.
Family Room:

I like the use of the tool box Tony made in Cub Scouts

Living Room:

Broadway Review 2016 Bring Him Home

Broadway review was excellent this year.  It seems to keep getting better.  I know, soon the talent will be way beyond me, but they let me sing all the same.  I had most fun in the ensemble pieces.  I sang in "Aint got Dames," from South Pacific; "Father We've Something to Tell You" from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; "Something About this Night" and "The World is Upside Down" from Finding Neverland; "One Day More" and People's Song" and "People's Song reprise" from Les MIserables.
As you can see from the program there was an incredible amount of talent.

A big thank you to all those who assisted.  It was a very good night.  My son Jeremy helped with set, as did my daughter--Miranda.  Rob Kroff did the sound, and Greg Anderson lights.  There were many more who helped in whatever small way.

California: According to Good Clean Fun

I am ripping this off from Good Clean Fun.  I am publishing it in case anyone decides to visit.  We live in the area known as Central Valley, and described as the third most boring place in America.  Don't be fooled however.  Here in Manteca we have  Almond Blossoms, pumpkin fields, water melon fields and many other interesting things.   We also have Big League Dreams and Bass Pro Shop.

 From the GCF Archives

If this was forwarded to you, please consider your own
subscription to Good Clean Fun. It's free! Just send an
email to: good-clean-fun-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

GCF: Welcome to California

This was sent to me by a member of the Good Clean Fun mailing list. 
He wrote it for his son and daughter-in-law when they moved to 
California from the east coast. He indicated that there was talk 
about checking his medication after they had read it. -Tom


An introduction to the new resident to California.


Distance: Before you can understand the geography of California you 
must understand how we measure distance. There are no miles in 
California, only hours. Ask anyone in this state how far a place is 
from where you are and they will give you the distance in hours, not 
miles. To help new residents and Californians traveling to the east 
coast, the Los Angeles Times periodically publishes tables for 
converting hours to miles.

The state can be broken down into six distinct geographical areas:

Southern California - Southern California is the area bounded on the 
south by Mexico, on the east by the Mojave Desert, on the west by the 
Pacific Ocean, and extends to just north of Santa Barbara. The area 
includes Los Angeles and San Diego. There is a common misconception 
that people actually live in the
houses in Southern California. This is not true. Southern 
California is actually the world's only moving condominium.

Central California - Central California is the sparsely populated 
refugee center for Southern California that starts just north of 
Santa Barbara and extends to just south of San Francisco. The area 
is bounded on the west by the Pacific Ocean and the east by the Coast Range.

Northern California - Everything north of San Francisco. This is an 
area populated by trees and people disguised as trees.

Central Valley - The largest valley in the United States. Bounded on 
the north by Northern California, on the west by the Coast Range, on 
the east by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and on the south by the 
capital city of Oklahoma (Bakersfield). Probably the richest farming 
area in the world, the Central
Valley is the third most boring place in the country. Iowa and 
Kansas had the first two places already taken.

Mojave Desert - This area lies east of Southern California and south 
of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It extends into Nevada, Arizona, and 
Mexico. It is hot, dry, and inhospitable, but it is one of the great 
wonders of California. I must correct one common myth. The Mojave 
was not created by Charleton Heston for El Cid. It was created by 
Monte Hall for Let's Make a Deal.

Sierra Nevada - Humungous mountains along our eastern border.


California was originally settled by the Spanish. Spanish and Indian 
names are common in all of California.

Port Hueneme - Pronounced "wy nee mee" locally, it is pronounced "hew 
en a ma" by easterners. The eastern pronunciation actually is very 
close, since the word means "high colonic" in Spanish.

Point Mugu - Originally a home for near-sited explorers.

Camarillo - Pronounced "cam a ree yo". Currently the location of a 
hospital for the criminally insane, the name means "say what?" in Spanish.

Los Angeles - Literally "the angels". The name is derived from a 
local baseball team.

San Diego - This is actually a mispronunciation of the Spanish words 
for a self-centered beach worshiper.

Ojai - Pronounced "o hi" This is the first place the Spanish 
encountered local Indians.

Pismo Beach - Originally a convenience stop for the Spanish explorers.

Arroyo Grande - "Large creek" in Spanish. Named shortly after Pismo Beach.

Oceano - The "ocean" in Spanish. Named shortly after Arroyo Grande 
(there were a lot of explorers).

Grover Beach - Settled by a guy named Grover who settled here knowing 
all about Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande, and Oceano.

San Francisco - Named for the patron saint of strange people.


California has four distinct seasons:
Summer - hot, earthquakes
Fall - wild fires, earthquakes
Winter - rains, earthquakes
Spring - mud slides, earthquakes


California has almost every style of food, but Mexican food must be 
explained. Mexican food has three types - real Mexican food only for 
the purists, Mexican-American food for most of us, and Taco Bell for 
the tourists. Real Mexican salsa has been produced in large 
quantities recently since it has been found that it can be used as 
both a food and a paint remover.

*** Good Clean Fun ***
is brought to you by
Thomas S. Ellsworth
email: tellswor@kcbx.net

The regular Good Clean Fun web site has gone away, to return no more.

However, everything posted to GCF since 1998 can be found at YahooGroups
at this address http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/good-clean-fun/info

You can also subscribe to the Good Clean Fun mailing list by sending
an email (blank is fine) to: good-clean-fun-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
and just reply to the confirmation email you receive.

Stop for a visit, leave with a smile!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Co Workers: Mental Health Call Center

I work with some very special people.  They are all so hard working, and very professional in what we do.  Bobbi insisted on pictures for her birthday and for Stephanie leaving us going to Kaiser.

Dell Osso 2016

We had the family together for Columbus Day and went to the Dell Osso Farms maze and other activities.  We had fun, Tony, Miranda and Jeremy all went off the rope jump, but it was too dark to get pictures.  Tony and Jeremy ran inside the pumpkin balls, we all took the  train.  We had Subway picnic lunch, and went through the maze.  We also did the scarecrow tractor ride which was fun.  You got to pick your favorite.
The pricing was different this year, with one price for everything.

 Always a favorite, climbing tires.

 Sheri took Camberly on the small roller coaster.  Skylar wanted to go, but in the end declined.  Camberly did go, but screamed and cried until the ride was done.