Tuesday, July 25, 2017

                                                    MY JOURNEYS

Well, my internet is not working and I wrote a spectacular blog on my drive from Aumsville to Junction City yesterday.  So, this afternoon after doing nothing but relaxing and reading all day I decided that I had best get those ideas down on paper before they were lost completely.

I have not driven over 15 miles in the last however many years.  I have been convinced that I didn’t see and rationalize well enough….in short, when I got tired I did some foolish driving mistakes that really scared me.  I didn’t want to endanger others by my aging infirmaries!  Henceforth, no driving when I was tired, no driving at night, no driving over 15 miles from home.

Yesterday, with a new pair of glasses and a firm resolve to put on my big girl shoes, I decided to drive by myself from Aumsville to Junction City.

It is a beautiful drive.  Lots of open country!  The weather was gorgeous!  The traffic was lousy…I don’t know where everybody was going on a Thursday afternoon.  The freeway was loaded going both North and South. 

Clutching the wheel with both hands I kept telling myself, like the little engine that could, “I think I can, I think I can!”   I changed from George Strait to Alan Jackson and just peddled on down the road with his ‘first love with an older woman’.

Drove at least half of the way in the fast lane, even passed trucks (my all lime anxiety) and really had to smile when I looked at the speedometer and realized I was going 75 miles per hour!  My boys would come unglued!  I quickly backed off!

So, while this engine is saying “I knew I could, I knew I could”, I am not ready to head to Utah alone…..not even close!   Not even Klamath Falls!   So sure hope there are family members getting geared up for some road trips! 

Until next time!


Wednesday, April 26, 2017


I started out researching this information for a newsletter to accompany my new Website, Decorate With Grandma.  As usual, time got away from me and I didn't get it fine tuned to what I wanted so thought perhaps some of my family might find this info fun and entertaining. 
Would love your feedback!
April showers are doing their best to bring us lots of May flowers!  Along with all of the loveliness of spring there are lots of special occasions for gift giving and sprucing up our homes and surroundings.  Take a look and see if you find anything of interest…..

May 1st   May Day  This is an ancient northern hemisphere spring festival that includes singing, dancing and cakes.  The earliest celebrations appeared in pre-Christian times.  It was originally a traditional summer holiday in many Christian European pagan cultures.  One of the traditions that we see today is that of school children dancing around the Maypole.  I remember that tradition!  Do you? 

May 5th  Cinco De Mayo.  How about having some guests over for your favorite Mexican cuisine.   Did you know the significance of the celebration is the Mexican victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.  It is often mistaken to be Mexico’s Independence Day but that is not celebrated until September.  So, we can keep that in mind and celebrate again in September!   

May 6th  Kentucky Derby.  Get together with friends and have a “Hat”  party.  For the ladies, the bigger and brighter the better and for the gents, a very stylish “Derby” would be smashing!  I took a stroll through Wikipedia and found lots of interesting facts about the Kentucky Derby.  It is known as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports”, along with being the fastest! 

May 14th   MOTHERS DAY!  Mothers Day turns 100 this year!  It is known mostly as a time for honoring and showing love and appreciation to our mothers.  It basically all started in the 1850s when a West Virginia women’s organizer held Mother’s Day work clubs to improve sanitary conditions in an effort to lower infant mortality and fight disease contamination.  You can let your fingers do the walking thru Wikipedia or Google and be mesmerized  at how Hallmark and the local flower shop has taken over this celebration and of why Dad gets fewer gifts!

May 20th  Armed Forces Day   I’ll save the info on this for next week.   Be sure to keep it in your mind and heart to remember our military!

May 24th  National Brother Day  Another information save.  If you have a brother, by blood or by love or both, be thinking of a fun way to connect and make it a special day!

May 29th  Memorial Day   This is a big celebration day with lots of interesting back ground.  Stay tuned for information and plan to make it a memorable week end!
Oh Yes!  On May 28th there is a national Burger Day.  Anyone care to join me for a double decker, with bacon and cheese?     L&H's

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

This and That!

I spent much too much time yesterday composing a political rant.  Ran out of time so I thought I saved it in the draft file.  Today when I go to finish it I can't find it.  I guess that means that it was just a full blown rant and not something that I needed to put out there for all to see!  Suppose?

New day.  So, I will try and write something more upbeat and positive.

I am feeling so very blessed.  I have been blessed with a new great grandson!  Kingston Matthew makes my 18th great grandchild.  Can you believe that?  That makes 10 boys and 8 girls.  Don't worry girls.  There are 2 more babies due within the next few months and rumor has it that they are both girls so that will even things up.  Just wish they were close so I could cuddle and rock.

Hope this finds everyone well and happy.  Leslie was the only one who responded to my Christmas blog so I didn't finish the Christmas story.  Does that mean that nobody wants a copy of the Magnusson Christmas Story Book?  Please let me know!  I am way past having my feeling hurt, I may pout for awhile but I will continue to love everybody anyway....you are stuck with me, so, just speak up!

Have ranted too much today with Lance on FaceBook so my mind is not functioning in full gear!
A little political trivia......In 1965 the voting age was lowered from 21 to 18, This was the 26th Amendment to the Constitution.  This was for federal election only.  It wasn't amended to include both federal and state until 1971.   There was even a time when you were required to pay a poling tax to be able to vote.

I am not going to start on my rant again.....just think about it!

Until another day,  the Gospel is still true. 

L & H's
Grandma Gail

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Christmas 2016


 It is that time of year!  And as normal, I am a day late……and a dollar short.  I have been trying for weeks to find just the right Christmas story to share this year but try as I may here it is December 22, 2016 and I am still in a tizzy.

So, I am going to ask for your help.  At least the help of some of you.  Please fill in the blank spots and add your memory and I will finish the story (before New Years,,,,I promise) and return the completed story for your Magnusson Christmas Story Book.

For those of you who do not have said story book, please let me know if you would like one and I will send you one with all the stories:  Okay?  Here goes!

The year was ----------.  Lonnie and Lori were living in Utah and were not going to be able to make it home for the holidays.  So, the Oregon Magnusson’s decided we would spend Christmas in Utah.

Eight (?) of us piled into Lenny’s white work van.  Hooked a utility trailer loaded with luggage and gifts on behind and headed out.  We drove straight thru.  We were young and could do it in those days. Switching drivers often and enjoying each other’s company made the trip very enjoyable. 

Anyone with other ideas…please insert!

Lee was only 5 months old, if I am remembering correctly and it was my pleasure to hold him and entertain him for much of the trip.  That was really a chore!  NOT, I loved every minute of it!  Yes, he was one of the eight!    A big brownie button for the one who can name all 8 and tell me how many Magnusson's shared Lonnie and Lori's home. And where that home was located. Trivia time!

The next special thing I remember about the trip was going to Temple Square in Salt Lake City and seeing all the lights and decorations.  That was a first for me and very special!

Of course, the most special thing of all was my family all together! 

Today, it would take more than one van and a much bigger house but wouldn’t it be fun to share that experience again?

I am sure there at least 5 of you that can share to this story.  I am looking forward to hearing from you!  Until then……

May the Good Lord bless and keep you as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior!

Love and Hugs to All!

Grandma Gail


Friday, December 2, 2016

Dear Family and friends,

It has been way to long….I have failed in my commitment to write every week.  Time to recommit and get with it!

I have spent the morning huddled under the covers keeping warm and feeling miserable.  Earlier this week I found myself with an extremely ulcerated tooth.  A badly swollen face from the jaw bone to the eye.  I swear I gave birth to 6 kids without as much discomfort and pain.  Could it possibly be that I just don’t remember that far back? 

At any rate the Dentist removed the tooth (and attached bridge) yesterday.  The swelling is going down and I am feeling somewhat better.  Penicillin and ibuprofen do wonders!  The positive side of all of this is that I am losing a few pounds!!! 

As I huddled in bed this morning, I read my scriptures and was deeply moved by 3 Nephi 22.  I sincerely wished I could discuss this chapter with you as I really saw our day and time.  Please read it and let me know what you think.

I recently saw a questionnaire asking which actor was your favorite:  Tom Selleck or Sam Elliott. As you all can attest, Tom Selleck is and has always been my favorite.   But this morning I turned on the television and spent a glorious 2 hours watching “November Christmas” with Sam Elliott.  Oh! What a beautifully tender story.  I fell in love with Sam Elliott.  I do hope that Tom won’t mind sharing.

Christmas is a very nostalgic time for me and if it is for you as well I suggest you keep a box of tissues handy.  There is a very successful conclusion so please take time this holiday season to watch this show.  It touched my heart in many ways.  One is to wonder what I can do to brighten someone else’s life.  You each brighten mine!

So, until next time…..Love and Hugs to all!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


Well, I didn't get any feed back so not much to report this month.

Somehow, I have managed to lose a whopping 2 pounds.  Of course, tomorrow I will find it again.  That just seems to be the way it goes!

I saved two pamphlets from my mail box this past week that I thought were quite interesting.

1)  The most important health pill of the 21st century.  Advertised to rejuvenate your entire body.

Did anyone try the Regenify?  If so, was it successful?

2)  Meet the world's first "Smart Pill".  Advertised to search your body for broken DNA then repair and regrow every sick or damaged cell in the body!

Did anyone try "BioRepair"?  If so, was it successful?

If any of you have some brain fog I have used "Focus" by do Terra.  I can say, that for me, it really helps.

Now if I could find something for an energy boost......WOW!

Until next month.....Stay healthy and PLEASE share!