Saturday, October 31, 2009

Summer Summary

Ok I know we are way into fall, but I still want to post my summer recap. It was a great summer and I wished it would never have ended! Here's an illustrated list of my going-ons:

Summer Highlights:
Sailing at Little Dell Reservoir
Doing field botany
Foraging for mushrooms

Losing weight

Summer Firsts:
Learning to sail

Ice blocking

Driving the back way from Strawberry Reservoir to Springville on treacherous roads in a mini van
Growing lots and lots of zucchini

Going to Capitol Reef National Park and Fantasy Canyon

Summer Activities:

House shopping with Megan

Moving to a new house

Taking hundreds of pictures of plants and the wild

Visiting with Stacey in town from Korea

Riding my Cruiser bike


Swedish Festival

Art City Days

Collecting thousands of seeds

Getting to know Vernal

Seeing Seven Brides for Seven Brothers on stage
Making wheat bread from wheat flour I ground myself! (um, didn't rise very well)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Good News

Hello all two of my readers! ;) I have good news-as of late I have lost 30 lbs! It's been a great experience and easier to do than I thought it would be. I just had to make up my mind to really do it and come up with a good plan that I could stick to. Now I wish I would have decided to do this years ago! So far it's taken 4 months to get to this point and I am still going. Hopefully I can lose another 30 lbs by the end of the year (although it may be hard due to the feeding frenzy which begins with Halloween candy and ends with Christmas treats)! But I'm pretty determined. If you so desire you can check out my new blog: Losing It ( Basically I just post about my weight loss strategies, etc. It may be helpful to someone out there, so pass it along if you feel the desire.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

I Can't Believe It's Not Apple!

Lately I've had an excess of zucchini lying around so I've been looking for every recipe I can that uses the stuff. This one I tried today was great. It pretty much tastes like apple crisp, but there's not a single apple in it! I'm going to give it two thumbs up. (ps I put in a little extra sugar and halfed the recipe)


8 cups cubed peeled zucchini
3/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/3 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup cold butter or margarine

In a bowl, combine the zucchini, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; mix well. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish.
For topping, combine brown sugar, oats and flour in a bowl; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over the zucchini mixture. Bake at 375 degrees F for 45-50 minutes or until bubbly and the zucchini is tender.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I Knew It!

Check this article out, it makes me happy:,8599,1914857,00.html

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Cruisin' and Compostin'

I enjoy the simple things in life and few things in life are simpler than compost and cruising on a bike through your neighborhood, especially in summer. Take a look at the pictures below and feel my joy.

A Murray Cruiser bike, circa 1992. I thought it was the most hideous thing back then. But now it's cool, go figure.

Compost of my own making. I started it almost two years ago, but since the addition of a box and a pitchfork to the process it has really started to get brown and beautiful-can't wait to put it out in my garden.

Sunday, June 21, 2009


Hello All. I'm still doing the botanical gig every week in Vernal and then coming home on the weekends. Vernal is an interesting place. It's a small town with one main road, but the population of residents is probably matched by the number of tourists in town and people coming in for work-especially those working for the oil and gas industrial complex. There are many hotels and motels in town and they can all charge high rates, because the demand is high. We are staying a fairly nice motel for which we pay $130.00 a night before taxes! Vernal is known as Dinorsaurland because of all the dinosaur bones and fossil fuels that are found in the area and you will not fail to notice this fact while you're in town because of all the dinosaurs everywhere. One of my favorites is the one found above. This brontosaurus lights up and moves its arms up and down beckoning people to stay and swim at the local motel. There is also a huge pink dinosaur on one side of town welcoming people and there is another huge dinosaur sculpture in the middle of town that has changing accessories depending on the time of year. During high school graduation it was wearing a large graduation cap and holding a diploma. Now that it is fishing season it is holding a fishing rod with a fish on the end and wearing a fishing hat. It's unreal. Take a look below.Things are going well with the plants too. We have been surveying areas looking for our penstemon plants. We've been going down a lot of dirt roads, getting soaked by many rain storms, running from lightening and seeing some awesome views. Here I am at the top of a mountain ridge (don't laugh at my field clothes).

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Wandering in the Desert

I've been out working in the field twice this month and it's great. Take a look at some of the places and things I'm seeing. The Uinta Basin is more beautiful than I ever imagined. I love the desert.
One of our research sites

This is the Penstemon plant we are studying, looks like it's sticking it tongue out us, doesn't it?

"Willa crick" (Willow creek)

An evening primrose and our Jeep Rubicon that gets us down all the dirt roads we follow

Me in the field, glamorous, no?