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Zoe Baptized

Zoe Baptized

Zoe was baptized today.  She was so excited.  Her grin went from ear to ear.

Rebecca and Steve commented the attendance was more than they expected.  The little room was packed to capacity.  Zoe asked me and her Grandpa Martin to talk.  Russ Martin talked about baptism, and I talked about the gift of the Holy Ghost.

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Their Happy Family


Before the baptism we met them for lunch at a diner named Kirby G.  I had a brisket burger.  It was a lean beef patty topped with slices of brisket.  Best burger ever.  As a result, I’ll want to return when we visit Atlanta.

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Zoe and Avery at Kirby G’s

Open House

They had an open house for Zoe after the baptism.  Some of Steve’s family showed up, as well as some friends.  The full-time missionaries were also there.

I enjoyed talking to the elders about missions and stuff.  The elders were telling me they are going away from tablets and just using smartphones now.  (Just wait for the next technology and they’ll be carrying something different.  Technology changes too quickly.)


We stopped and picked up a snack at Chick-Fil-A.  I wish we had one here in Palmyra.  Elizabethe was reading they are #1 where ever they have a location.  That’s impressive.

The Trip There

We arrived her yesterday afternoon.  We had dinner at Rebecca’s with the Sister Missionaries.

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The Gang Friday Night After Dinner

Ten Eight Four

Ten Eight Four

Ten eight four is a reference to our dinner guests.  We started off preparing for ten.  Then we had two cancel leaving eight.  We had four cancel, leaving four.  Oh, well.  We had enough to eat.

The sister missionaries who were scheduled we not able to come for dinner.  Jennifer then sent me a message saying they were running too late and would come visit tomorrow.  That left the four of us.

I made a Thai salad.  The dressing turned out perfect!  I asked Elizabethe to write it down.

Big Crowd

We had a big crowd at church today.  There are a lot of tourist in town.  Autumn leaves might be attracting them, but this was more than usual.

While Palmyra is a huge draw for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, most of the tourists visit during Pageant and summer months.  Autumn colors attract many tourist, but most of them are non-members.  I’m not sure what accounts for today’s large attendance.  I hope we continue to get crowds like this!


I came home and took a nap while Elizabethe entertained our granddaughter.  There are many weeks when I can only get a nap in on Sunday.

Late Color Change

Late Color Change

This year we have a late color change.  There are still trees with green leaves, and very few with orange and red.  Fall is running a bit late this year.

Autumns in Upstate New York are beautiful.  The maples, ash, cherry, hickory, walnut and other hardwood trees turn beautiful colors as the days shorten.

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Autumn in Upstate New York

After my morning work my granddaughter and I went for a short walk along a leaf covered path.  This time of year, if the leaves aren’t raked or blown, you can only tell where the sidewalks and paved paths are by the absence of trees.  At one point, we ran into some workers blowing leaves off the pavement.  With their leaf blowers it was like they were painting a black path through the golden leaves.

She was quick to point out we did not bring any snacks or lunch for our walk.  (I really wasn’t planning on being gone long enough to worry about lunch, but I could see it was her way of hinting that she was hungry.)  So, we drove to McDonald’s where I was suckered in to buying a Happy Meal.

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A Happy Meal

We played a little game called, “If I were taking a walk, I would bring….”

We both agreed on trail mix.  In fact, my granddaughter listed off some pretty good stuff like almonds.  We both agreed on water as well as granola bars.  From our little game, I surmised that the next time we go for a walk, I better bring some food along.

Bishop and Sister Taylor came home teaching.  They started asking about some LDS themed movies.  Before long, we had loaned them several DVDs from our collection:  Suits on the Lose, The RM, The Home Teachers.  I told them though they need to come over to watch Mormons and Mobsters as that is just too funny not to share with others.

Happy 8th Bri

Happy 8th Bri

Happy 8th Bri!  Today my granddaughter turns 8, and 8 is a big deal.  In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 8 is the age one can be baptized.

We had a long talk on the phone where she told me all about the surprise her parents had for her this morning.  Then, she played me a piece on the piano.  (Yeah, Grandpa can’t wait until we can work out a duet on the piano.  I was thinking something like 25 or 6 to 4.)

I’ve been trying not to think about my broken tractor.  I’m trying to decide whether to trade it in, or keep doing minor repairs to get my through this season.  It really stinks that I thought by spending a LOT of money on a tractor I would end up with one that would last and instead, getting a real LEMON.

After getting some yard work done, Elizabethe and I headed down to Henrietta where we planned to get dinner.  When we got close, Elizabethe suggested we eat at Golden Corral. (groan)

We did.  This is only my second time there, and I’m thinking it will be my last.  I’m just not that impressed.

They had “steak”.  The guy cooking it asked, “What temperature?”

I said, “Medium rare”.

What I got was beyond well done.  So I went back and requested, “The rarest one you’ve got.”

This time I got one that was well done with a corner of it that was medium well.

Of course, there are so FEW people who understand what rare, medium and well even mean.  Obviously, the guy cooking the meat was one of them.

From there it was over to Harbor Freight Tools where I picked up a $21 impact wrench so I can replace my own blades on my lemon-of-a-tractor.  It will pay for itself in one blade change.

As we were heading home, my daughter sends me a picture of Bri…

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Birthday Girl at Golden Corral

It turns out the birthday-girl wanted to go to Golden Corral too.

I guess there was a reason for us choosing to eat there too.