Saturday, November 27, 2010

Post Thanksgiving Flight

So in between snow storms we had a nice day to take the Musketeer up. It had been a couple of months since I last flew, (it's not like riding a bike) so Don and I went up and practiced some landings and steep turns, then I took Thea and Will up for an areal tour of Lake Tahoe.

Lake Tahoe over the wing of the Musketeer

Cascade Lake, Emerald Bay and Tahoe shoreline

Upper and Lower Echo Lakes, starting to ice over

Eye Candy, Lake Tahoe in winter splendor.

First Snows, Thanksgiving 2010

Winter came early this year to the Carson Valley. Near record cold temperatures (-1 degree F) on Wednesday and two days where it never got above freezing during the day.

We had Thea home for Thanksgiving. She brought a friend boy home (Will). Jared and Erin stayed in LA, Sara is studying for Law School in Provo and Jesse and family had their turn with Cori's family. Since Marla is still recovering from knee surgery, I cooked the Turkey, (Dutch Oven) Stuffing, gravy and pumpkin pie. (Home grown and home processed garden pumpkin with ginger snap crust.) Grandma Bettie did the veggies and Thea did the rolls. We had a nice dinner. All the kids called in so the day was complete.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Proposed WFIC land purchas in Genoa

The Whitaker Family Investment Co. LLC made an offer today on 3.5 acres in Genoa in the Eagle Ridge Developement. The prices are down 65% from where they were about 3 years ago. I offered $150,000 for the lot. Seems like a great buy. I plan to keep in the the investment Company as a long term hold. It is on a paved road off of Jacks Valley Road just North of Genoa. It already has water, electricity, natural gas and sewer run to the lot. There is a seasonal stream running across the south end of the property.

This is the view of the lot from the road. It has about 10 mature pine trees. ( Probably 75 to 100 years old) There are another 10 trees that are young maybe 5 -6 years old.

This is the view from about the middle of the lot looking south. A nice small grove on pines on level ground in a grassy area.

This is the view from the back corner of the lot looking East.

Any Whitaker kids that are interested in weighing in on the purchase can post a comment. I'll keep the post up for a week or so and then delete it.


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Redding Handbell Festivale

There are some things that Marla really loves. Her little houses, collecting playing card decks, Dr. Pepper, hamburgers, puppies and playing hand bells with the United Methodist Hand Bell Choir. We drove to Redding to attend the Redding Hand Bell Festival. They formed a big group of about 70 ringers and practiced several numbers for a public concert latter in the afternoon. There were several groups that performed solo numbers.

Eigthy four counts into Scott Joplins "Train Collision Rag" Marla blows the whistle. Big time performance pressure.

One of the solo performances. This lady played 38 bells at once on what is called a bell tree.

I even got in on the action. During their rehearsal I played the high g g sharp and A. I owned those bells. Of course they told me I would be happy to watch the performance for the public with the public. Oh well it was fun while it lasted.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The naming of Eden

The poet T.S. Eliot wrote a book of poems entited "The naming of Cats" It went on to become a smash hit for over twenty years on Broadway when put to music by Andrew Lloyd Weber. It starts out as follows:

The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn't just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey--
All of them sensible everyday names.
There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter--
But all of them sensible everyday names.
But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
Names that never belong to more than one cat.
But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover--
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable effable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.

This past week-end we went to Phoenix for the blessing and naming of Jesse and Cori's new baby girl Eden. Eden Yvette Lindstrom to be precise. Two sets of proud grandparents were there, as were six uncles and aunts, 2 cousins, 2 siblings, 2 parents and one great grandma ( or super grandma as Grant and Grace like to say) Why such a fuss for a 4 week old baby that won't remember the event or anything that was said. It is because we will remember and it is a big deal to get a name. Eden, for the Garden of Eden, a place created by God and was perfectly beutiful. A place for our first parents. Yvette is a combination of Grandma Sandy's middle name Yvone and Grandma Marla's middle name Vanette, thus Yvette. Finally ,Lindstrom the the father's family name, after his father and his before him.. If the baby was born into a Hispanic culture she might also have her Mother's last name, Whitaker, somewhere in the name. This name came from the children of two familys coming together and starting a family of their own. The Lindstroms are from Sweeden but there are also the Rockwoods and Mckibbins from England and Ireland on grandma Sandy's side. The Whitakers come from England, but there's also the Grovers, from England and the Gardners from Scottland. There also the Baileys, Bills ad Woods on Grandma Marla's side. The collective experiences and genics of all of these great families go into the forming of the physical body for Eden. They also make up a great part of the family traditions as these two familie come to together in the forming of Jesse' and Cori's family.

So a name is a big deal. In the old testament Jacob wrestled with the Angle of the Lord and had his name changed to Israel. Elizabeth was told that her baby was to be named John and Mary was told the the babe was to be named Jesus. Eden comes from great families to be sure, but it goes back even further than that. She is a direct decendant of Ephram and Joseph ( the one with the multi-coloured coat) That makes her a direct decendent of Abraham and Issac. No matter what her heritage may be, she is lastly a chld of God and an heir through the Priesthood of her father to every thing the Father hath. So the name and the blessing is a big deal. One certainly worth gathering the family together from all parts.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

A New Stake Presidency

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is unique in its belief that the church is directed by modern revelation, that the will of the Lord is made known to man through the Holy Ghost to Priesthood leaders in how and who is to direct the church. We were able to witness such an event in the calling of the new Stake President for the Carson City Nevada Stake last Sunday. It is also interesting to note and to experience how the Spirit of the Lord moves amongst the local leaders at the time. We knew about the conference and that President Brewer would be released several weeks before the conference. The week of the conference we had a lot of stuff going on. Our youngest Daughter Thea was set to go back to school in San Francisco and Marla and I wanted to go with her and help her move into her new dorm. Our oldest daughter Jesse was due to have a baby (C section) on Monday following the conference. Marla was planning on being with her and helping for a couple of weeks. It would have been very easy to have been out of town at the time of the conference. Marla was in charge of all the music for the conference and I sort of didn't want to miss the event and even though I did not have any impressions that I would be the one called as the new Stake President I had the impression that I should be there. On Monday I got a haircut. We took Thea on Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday I went to the Temple and on Sunday afternoon Marla flew to Phoenix. Elder Bruce D Porter of the First Quorum of the Seventy presided at the conference. In his conference talk he discribed the process of selecting a new Stake President. He and another general authority arrived on Friday night. On Saturday morning they began interviewing all of the stake leaders. They started with the the existing Stake Presidency, Bishops, and the High Council. Each member being interviewed completed a questionnaire where they described there own background, profession, family, health, temple recommend status, and a brief summary of church service experience. The questionnaire also asked if they had ever been divorced. On the questionnaire they were told to be prepared to name 2-3 men that they thought would be qualified to be the next Stake President. (The questionnaire also stated that it was inappropriate to name themselves.)

I had been thinking a lot about the process all week. I thought that with my experience as a former Bishop and other church leadership positions, that I might be on a few lists of contenders for the new Stake Presidency. I have always wanted to be worthy and able to do any task asked of me by the Church. The Stake Presidency is a really big job and it last for nine or ten years. So it wasn't really anything I was wishing for. While pondering all of this in the Celestial Room of the Reno Temple on Friday night I had the distinct impression that I would not be called as the Stake President but that in the Lord's eyes I was worthy and able to have been called. This was both a relief and a sweet blessing, the kind that comes while serving in the temple. Joseph Smith taught in the Lectures on Faith that one must know if " the course of life which they pursue is according to the will of God, in order that they may be enabled to exercise faith in him unto life and salvation." I had received for the moment that reassurance. Feelings of the spirit are hard to explain. They are spiritual and our experience and language revolves around the physical. But they are no less undeniable. Joseph Smith explained it as pure intelligence flowing into our minds from a source not of our own. I have felt this before as a Bishop in considering individuals for callings and I have felt it lately as a Sunday School teacher in trying to find ways to bring the Old Testament to life for the Gospel Doctrine class. I have experienced other sacred answers to questions while in the temple.

I went home that night with a feeling of peace and contentment. On Saturday morning Marla and I went to the stake choir practice and on return home I checked the answering machine (something I rarely do) and I had a call from Brother Croxall the Stake Executive Secretary asking if I could come in for an interview with Elder Porter of the Seventy. My heart skipped a beat but then I figured that they were still in the interviewing process otherwise they would have asked for Marla to come as well. I was very grateful that I had the presence of mind to shower and shave in the morning that Saturday instead of in the afternoon after all my Saturday chores like I usually do. I learned later that after interviewing all the Bishops and High Council the Brethren still did not have any impressions as to who the new Stake President should be so they asked for more brethren to interview. ( The B list) I also learned that I was the last one to be interviewed. In my interview, they asked me about my experience as a Bishop and wanted to be quite precise as to how long ago it had been since I was called as a Bishop. They found it curious that I would have served in two bishoprics since being released. I tried to briefly explain our situation in the Spanish Branch. They asked about my children and marriage. I chose to spend more time talking about my marriage to Marla because that is a very bright spot in my life. They asked me about who I thought would be a good choice and I named David Hawes , Doug Peterson and Eric Sturges. I noticed that they had a sheet of paper with many names on it and they put a check mark next to the names as I called them out. They thanked me and home I went.

On Sunday in conference Elder Porter described what happened next. He and the other general authority confirred on the many names they had, they knelt in prayer, the spoke some more but with no answers. He stated what I stated in my interview with him that there were probably many men in our Stake that were able and qualified. Elder Porter said he wanted to take a walk and think, he no more than got out the door of the Stake Center and down the walk a little ways and that pure intelligence came pouring in and he knew who the new Stake President should be. They called David Hawes as President, Doug Peterson and First Counselor and Mark Wolz as Second Counselor.

It was a marvelous experience to witness and play a small part on the sidelines and feel the workings of the spirit in my life at the same time. It is wonderful to be able to witness the process of modern revelation from God on our little local level. Now I'm trying to figure out how to get to Phoenix and see that new grand daughter.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Calling Down Eagles

hile in Alaska we took to calling down the eagles. We'd catch Rock Cod which will float when their dead. We found a nesting pair of eagles and would try to imitate their call. When they would fly out we toss out the Cod and wait for them to swoop down and snatch it up. At one time we had three of them flying around us. The pictures do not do the experience justice.

One more for the Bucket List

Jared and Sara at the Seaplane Dock in Ketchikan

Sara's first fish

Jared and Sara and their catch

First day's results

30 foot diameter cedar tree. The biggest in the state

Fishing Wolvereen Creek off of Lake Macdonald

Jared landing his first fish on the fly a big Pink Salmon on Lake Macdonald

Jeff lands a big Pink

Our fly in on Lake Macdonald

Sara landing a Halibut

We didn't catch this one, but he came in on our boat. 200 pound Halibut

Our Halibut Charter and Skipper Shane

Day's catch on the Charter

Jared and Sara on the trail to Roosevelt Lagoon off of Naha Bay

Video of Jared and Sara landing a big Coho Salmon.

One of my dreams has been to fly into a remote lodge in Alaska and go fishing. Last week Jared and Sara and I got to cross that one off my list. Now I can't wait to go back. We flew into Ketchikan Alaska, the Southern most town in the state. From there we boarded a deHaveland Beaver float plane and flew to Grant Island and the Silver King Lodge. The Lodge will accomodate 28 guests. There are small cabins with bedrooms and bathrooms. The Lodge has a big dining room and a couple of sitting rooms. We were there with Doug Russell, Rod Miller and Craig Cassidy. This is a self guided operation. That means they give us a 14 foot skiff with an outboard motor a pole, tackle box, and a map. They tell you to go have a good time and bring the boat back by 7:00. We learned how to catch the fish and by the end of the week we were pretty proficient at it. The food in the lodge was really good and the people were super nice. I ran into three of my clients there; the Louds, Grandpa, Dad and Grandson. We took a couple of extra excursions. For one we flew over to Macdonald Lake and went fly fishing for Salmon. The only footprints on the beach where the float plane dropped us off were bears and eagles. (really big Brown Bears) We didn't see any of either. Catching Salmon on light tackle fly rods is a blast. After a while Sara and Jared got pretty good at casting and landed a few nice Salmon. These were catch and release. It rained off and on all day but we were dressed for it and it was no problem. We were wading in waist deep water anyway. We also took a charter out into the deep water to catch Halibut and more Salmon. That was a great trip we were in fish pretty much the whole time. Two guys on our boat caught a 200 pound Halibut. They tag teamed the fight and it took them about 40 minutes to bring it in. That was pretty exciting to watch.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

100 Year Nevada Jamboree

Introduction to Scuba

Dressing for Scuba

Mountain Man Rendezvous

Civil War Reinactments

Mud Volleybal

Cargo Net toss

Soccer anyone?

Service Project

This week I went with the Scouts to the 100 year Jamboree in Fallon. None of our Scout leaders could go so they asked me to go. ( Truck and Cook Stove does it every time.) We had 7 boys and 4 adults. I coordinated the cooking, trying to get the boys to do as much as possible. It was a great event. The Nevada Area Unit Commissioner Leif Midel from Reno coordinated everything and did a great job. I can't think of anything that was missing. There were lots of activities for the boys. Just a few a pictured above. Our boys didn't even come close to doing everything that was available for them to do. I got to see lots of Wood Badge friends wandering around the fairgrounds. It was hot. Close to 100 and we were camping with no shade. Curtis Campbell was nice enough to go buy a pop up shade cover so we could get out of the sun in our campground. He also rented a room at the nearby Motel Six so the adults had a place go shower. The boys spent a great deal of time in the water. They participated in the mud volleyball tournament. They placed 4th out of 32 teams. They were very pleased with themselves. So was I.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

July Pleasures

Son in Law Cori Lindstrom, grandson Grant, and Grant's Cousin Sidney. Hike to Grovers Hot Springs and waterfall.

Thea, me, Gracie, Toby and Pepper. Grovers hike.

Britney Thompson (daredevil) cliff jumping on outing to Angora Lakes.

Jeff and Bo go to Chicago for Waddell and Reed Circle of Champions meeting. Side trip to Natural History Museum.

T-Rex exhibit. Most intact dinosaur in the world.

Chicago night scene from Lake Michigan.


Jeff and Thea take kayak outing to Lake Tahoe. Hidden beach south of Sand Harbor. Had it all to ourselves.

Very busy July. Started with the Lindstroms and Osborns ( Cori's Family) coming to Lake Tahoe. We let them stay at our condo at Lake Tahoe. (One way to get to see our grandchildren. Oh we got to see Jesse too.) We took a hike to the waterfall by Grover's Hot Springs. ( See Jesse's blog for more pics. We also went with for a picnic hike to Angora Lakes. We packed in the Kayaks and several of the more adventurous in the group jumped the cliffs. We also took in an Aces baseball game.

Bo and I went to Chicago for the annual Waddell and Reed Circle of Champions meeting. Lots of business meetings, good food, (Chicago style hot dogs really are something special.) We took a few fun excursions. A trip to the Field Museum, (natural history), a dinner cruise on Lake Michigan (compliments of Nationwide Insurance) and a Segway tour of downtown Chicago.

Yesterday Thea and I went kayaking on Lake Tahoe. Found our own little private beach. This on a day with a bazillion people on the lake.