Tuesday, April 30, 2013


My latest projects have been to create hand wired settings for semi precious stones using Jasper, crystals and agate.

Jasper and Swarovski crystal Pendant

Jasper and Agate

Darker Jasper and Agate

My creations can be found on my Etsy shop Dians Earrings.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Down South and Chocolate

A couple of weeks ago, an elderly lady made a comment in our Relief Society class and mentioned chocolate cake. Well, let me tell you that the entire room of women were all a buzz, and my daughter and I went home that Sunday thinking, chocolate cake - yum!  Let's make one. Who would think that just the mention of chocolate cake would start a sweet craving but yes, it certainly did!

My photo of chocolate and my preference is dark chocolate. It is funny that as I grow older, I crave chocolate so I limit my treat to 12 dark chocolate chips in the evening.

I took these photos while in an old motor boat tour at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The hole in the rock has been photographed hundreds of times but I also caught a bird perched on a rock in the Pacific Ocean.

Famous Hole in the Rock

Linking to Friday's My Town Shootout and Oh, the Places I've Been with Tablescaper.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Sun Burst - Friday Shootout

The booklet for my camera was not very helpful for me to learn to do a star burst but I did learn some new things about my camera.  It pays to read instructions if they are well written.

Linking to My Town Shootout Friday.

My old camera has adjustments for the aperature but my latest camera has an auto aperature adjustment and this was the best it did.

Also joining Friday's the tablescaper with places I've been.

Bridal veil falls in Provo Canyon, Utah.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Friday's Shootout - Books

There it is - a book shelf in my bedroom filled with my favorite books.  I always have a book or two at the head of my bed because I love to read at night. Kate Morton an Australia has my attention right now - sometimes I try to memorize phrases from her books which are mesmerizing.   I have become just like my mom, I read all the time.

Linking to My Town Shootout

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Margaret Tweed 1803 - 1866

While researching Margaret Tweed from Sadsbury, Pennsylvania yesterday, I found her death notice in the 1866 Deseret News.  Utah has digitalized their old newspapers under Utah Digital Newspapers.    I was able to find Margaret's death notice within 5 minutes. It would be stupendous if more states did this because trying to find something in a newspaper on Ancestry.com is very time consuming. 

Sad to say that I have no photo of either wife. Below is their combined tombstone. I descend from the first wife Charlotte and of course there are no children from Margaret. I wrote her story for our upcoming DUP (Daughter's of the Utah Pioneers) meeting.

 Her two brothers were killed during the war between the states.  She joined the Mormons trekked to Nauvoo, Illinois where she met Charlotte Meguire who was her age. Charlotte and her husband William had also come from Pennsylvania. 

Margaret moved in with the Meguires, perhaps to help out with 
their two small daughters but she did have her own property in 1852 when they reached the Salt Lake Valley: 1 cow $25, 1 cow $20, Heifer $15; all equal to $60.

In 1857 William Meguire was sealed for eternity to his wife Charlotte Babb Meguire and was asked to take Margaret Tweed as a second wife. He agreed but he married Margaret in name only so that in the eternity, she would have a husband. She was 53 years old and had never been married.  This is what he wrote in a letter because the State of Utah was not allowing any polygamist to vote:

I wish to present to you my case, and inquire whether or not I have been unjustly dealt with, by being prevented at the last election from voting. I married a second woman March 26, 1857. Not that she should be a wife, for she was aged, but that she might be a married woman (in order to be “exalted” in the hereafter). She lived with us till she died, Oct. 12, 1866. Consequently I consider (conscientiously) that I have never violated a United States law, nor do I intend to. I have voted the Republican ticket for many years, and my father voted it for many years before me. I would like to vote, and if I can, or cannot, please send me a line answering my inquiry. Yours to serve truly and humbly, 

William W. Meguire 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Scavenger Hunt Sunday


Pacific Ocean


Coveted Owl Pitcher


There is nothing better than fresh fruit.


Blown, splashed and sand blasted rock off the Pacific coast.


Every day my two-year-old granddaughter puts on her own shoes and every day she puts on a black one and a silver one. She is very independent you see! This is ordinary for her.

Linking to Ashely Sisks Scavenger Hunt Sunday.
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