Dec 20, 2008

Changes

Well, since my bout with the ulcer, I have felt substantially better. The anti-biotics also had the side effect of queasiness and vomiting, but I am through with them, though I still feel a little nauseated in the morning usually. But overall things are MUCH better. I haven't gained back any of the weight, but I don't recommend that method to anyone.

We are mostly prepared for Christmas, and have most everything wrapped and under the tree now. Keeping Landon away from them for 2 weeks, then trying to tell him its ok to rip the paper on a certain day I am sure will be confusing, but, that's how it goes.
2 more weeks till the boy goes to Nursery and Diana and I can pay attention in Church again! I am sure he will love it.

On the 18th of this month, my Grandpa Sagers died. He had been in a convalescent home for almost 4 years, and it is for the best (for him) but of course everyone who knew him misses him. His obituary from the Tooele Transcript Bulletin is below:

Willard Harris Sagers, church and civic leader in Tooele County passed away peacefully in Salt Lake City on December 17, 2008,at the age of 90. He was born in Lincoln, (Pine Canyon) Utah to Willard and Mabel Harris Sagers on September 22, 1918. He grew up in St. John, Utah where he attended school through 8th grade then graduated from Tooele High School. He attended LDS Business College and the University of Utah where he met his sweetheart, Geraldine Brown, from St. Johns,
Arizona. They were married on June 26, 1944 in the Salt Lake Temple.

Willard was a farmer and a rancher and retired from working at Dugway Proving Grounds. He was a highly skilled self-taught mechanic, worked for several car dealerships and ran an accounting business. He also served as County Clerk for Tooele County. He served in several agricultural associations. He was an active member of the LDS Church and served as Bishop of the Tooele 8th Ward, as a Seventy and on the High Council for the LDS church. He and Geraldine served as Stake Missionaries in Tooele and also served a full time mission in the Johannesburg, South Africa Mission.

He is survived by his wife, Geraldine, sons and daughters: Carolyn, daughter-in-law Deborah (Phil) Smart (widow of the late Ken Sagers), Larry (Diane), Joel (Ann), Norene (Wayne) Southwick, Kathryn (Michael) Faudree, Deana (Lyle) Hillier. He is also survived by 34 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Grace, and a brother, Gerald. His son Kenneth, daughter-in-law, Robin, and grand-daughter, Melynn also preceded him in death.

The family would like to thank the staff at Willow Wood Care Center for their kindness and care.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 22, at the Valley View LDS Stake Center, 332 E. 1000 North in Tooele, Utah. A viewing will be held in Tooele at the Tate Mortuary at 110 S. Main St. on Sunday, Dec. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. and a second viewing at the Valley View Stake Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. prior to the funeral.

Dec 7, 2008

Ulcer - Or, you know your getting old when you start getting diseases your grandparents had...


I have an ulcer. Apparently a rather nasty one. I was feeling stuffy and congested around Thanksgiving, and thought blech, the flu, just what I need. So after a few hour trip to Tooele for Thanksgiving, we went home instead of staying overnight. Friday I started to feel worse and Saturday was even worse. By Sunday, I had started throwing up on 30 minute intervals. By Wednesday, I hadn't eaten/drank anything that I had kept down more than an hour, so Diana took me to the doctor. I had lost 20 lbs in 4 days. He did some blood tests and sent me to the hospital for 2 liters of saline solution since I was so dehydrated. The 1st bag of solution had some anti-nausea medication in it, so that helped some, but I still couldn't eat more than about 1/2 a fistfull size of anything. The doctor's office called on Thursday to have me come back in on Friday for the results. I have an ulcer in my stomach. Apparantly it is caused by a very resistant strain of bacteria, and worsened by stress and diet. So, he put me on 2 different anti-biotics as well as a medicine that prevents acid buildup in my stomach, and from the 2nd dose on, I have felt MUCH better. I still am a little weak and need to lay down every so often, but I am SO glad that it has been treated. Thank you to all who kept me in your thoughts and prayers.

Nov 16, 2008

Do da doot do


I'm singing in the rain. Or mumbling incoherently, in sandals, when she was told to wear "good shoes." But hey that's Gracie!

Nov 9, 2008

Compost This!

Diana and I spent a lot of Saturday making compost bins for the leaves and yard clippings from our yard. I ended up making 3 of them out of the siding from the old playhouse. The playhouse just keeps on giving. So far we made the ramp for the front porch, and now these. They are 32" diameter by 40, 40, and 64 respectively for a total of 67 cubic feet of mulch. I made PVC pipes with holes drilled in them to allow air in. I just need to drill holes in the sides to pop them in, and a door on the bottom to pull out the oldest stuff first. Hopefully there will be a lot ready by next spring when it is time to plant the garden. We actually still have more mulch on our driveway, but are getting to the point of wondering how much compost we really need.

Nov 4, 2008

Collin Raye in Concert

Tonight I took Diana to the Collin Raye Concert at the Desert Star Theater as a late 10th Anniversary gift. It was very nice, they served a full buffet-style dinner, and he sang for about an hour and 45 minutes. I was impressed by how down to earth he seemed, and I can honestly say, it was THE BEST concert I have ever been to. That being said, its best to note that it is also the ONLY concert I have ever been to, but nevertheless, was quite entertaining.

He sang with his daughter (who was in the video of "I think about you" when she was 8)
Afterward, Diana and I took a short trip to Arches National Park -- er, stood in front of a mural.

For additional info from a true fan, check out Diana's blog

Nov 2, 2008

New Family Pictures!

Darrin and Kelly came down to our house on Saturday and we went over to the park to take some family pictures. I made some adjustments in Photoshop to tweak the color (or lack thereof) crop the pictures and fix any slight imperfections, but Darrin did and awesome job.






Oct 31, 2008

Its Halloweeeeeen Time......


2 of the 3 Musketeers, the other one made a wrong turn in Albuquerque.


The 3 Fairy Princesses, Grace, Becca and Emily -- and the Little Lucky Leprechaun Landon.

Oct 10, 2008

About Me in Pictures

First name: Geoffrey (Chaucer)


Middle Name: Albert (Einstein, though I was named after Joseph Albert Brown, My Great Grandpa)

Last Name: Sagers (Panthers Say GRR)


Bad Habit: Staying up WAY too late


What are you doing right now?: Listening to iTunes (jammin)


Grandfather's Name: Glen (Canyon Dam)


Past Pet: Cocoa (a cat)


Where I grew up: Erda Utah


My first job: Cleaning up the Motor Vu


One of my favorite places: Disneyland


If I went back to school, I would: Stop -- I have my degree, I have other pursuits now, but maybe someday.


Place I would love to visit: The whole world


My favorite color: Green


Favorite Food: Big Mac

Oct 4, 2008

A Ramp for Becca (and by use, Diana)

I made a ramp today for Becca. It was pouring rain all day long, and I got plenty wet. But, it is finally done. Now it will be much easier for Diana to get Becca in and out of the house to the bus. Eventually I would like to put in a concrete ramp, but this should work for this winter. And -- it didn't cost a dime - I made the whole thing out of recycled playhouse.
 
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Sep 29, 2008

Death of a Playhouse

For the past 2 Saturdays, we have been taking down the playhouse that was here when we bought the house in order to make a new one out of pressure treated lumber and steel instead of construction grade lumber.











Even Landon Helped!

Sep 20, 2008

Sep 13, 2008

Our state fair is a great state fair.....

We went to the fair Saturday with Josh's family, Stephen's and Denise's family. After the mess that IS parking around state fair time we had a wonderful time.

The Infamous Butter Cow


Emily, Grace and I as apples???


Grace, Jake, Emily and Jack in the Barn


Gracie and the cow

Aug 31, 2008

Zoo Too

Emily and her brother had a great time at the zoo.


Landon arrived by caterpillar.


So did Mommy.


Gracie was hatched a little later in the day.

Aug 10, 2008

Lego Castle

I got some new lego's the other day, and for the first time ever, decided to follow the instructions on "how to build" the creation. The large castle on the left is from the set (as is the dragons and the mini-figs on the right), but I decided the evil king needed his own hideout, so I built that from my existing collection.
 

Kinda a cool perspective shot of the courtyard.
 

Another Angle.
 

Diana helped build the larger castle with me yesterday, and decided to branch out on her own today with this creation.
 

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