Sunday, February 19, 2017


The green couches are gone!  New furniture for the living room has finally all arrived.  The colors are gray with blue accents.  There was also an area rug but it did not work with the carpet.  We asked the FM Group to remove it while we are here.
Here is the area rug.

Monday, February 13, 2017


This morning on our bike ride we saw dolphins.  The dark spot below is a dolphin.  We saw several but they wouldn't cooperate for me to take their pictures.  It was a beautiful morning!

This was quite a sight.  Those are low laying clouds on our way to Simi Valley interviews on Friday.
Elder Alder on the right has invited us to lunch several times when we are in his area for interviews.  It finally happened in Thousand Oaks.  He brought lunch to the church.  He made beef curry to go over rice.  The jicama and carrots you see below were also included.  We were offered root beer and water.  For dessert - brownies with an orange flavored frosting.  He had set the table in the cultural hall.  Elder Gardner is his companion but I don't think he did much of the preparation.
Elder Alder likes to cook and I had heard he likes bananas with peanut butter and blueberries.  I saw a recipe and sent it to him.  This is how it turned out.  Smash a banana and mix two eggs in it.  Cook it like a pancake and add the toppings.  He sent me the picture of it after he made it.
I received an email from him today thanking us for lunch and my thank you note.  He said it was one of the best days of his mission so far -- "we had lunch then after we extended a baptismal invitation and she accepted."

Hermana Anstee wanted a picture of us together since we had the same colors on.  She is excited to meet Brooke because she has done some Spartan races also.  

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Pday 2/4/17

 We took some time to play with the Astons in Morro Bay this morning.  They made abelskivers, eggs and fruit for breakfast.  It was very delicious and fun to eat with them and then we went to MontaƱa de Oro Stake Park.  This is one of the largest state parks in California. 

 The views were spectacular even though it was cloudy.  
I thought this squirel's cheeks were its shoulders.  He was busy eating away.

The tide was down which I liked because we were able to see more of the shoreline.

This is foam.

The people up top are on the trail.

These are shells stuck together.

Our granddaughter, Maren, really likes sea shells.  When we saw this one, we thought of her.

This picture doesn't really show how high the waves were.

Elder and Sister Aston
This view is at the top of Black Hill and the one below is looking the other way.  With the rains that we've had, the countryside is so green and beautiful.

Morro Rock

This is a marker on the ground at the top of Black Hill.
After hiking we went to Wee Burger for lunch.  Huy (pronounced wee) ownes the restaurant and is coming back to activity in the church.  The Astons have worked with him and have a wonderful relationship.  We've heard about him and wanted to meet.  His mother who is not a member did the plants and I thought these were unique, shaped like Christmas trees.  We were able to meet her and also Huy's brother who is not a member.  He came and sat down by us to visit for a bit.  We had a fun time.  
We left and changed into our missionary clothing so we could meet the elders in Arroyo Grande to go out with them for a couple of hours.