Goalie – It’s a Keeper

My son Daniel has released a new iPhone app called Goalie. Updates coming soon. All-in-One Goalie combines features from to-do apps, reminder apps, and goal achieving apps and puts them all in one place. Goalie will remind and track your progress on your way to develop those habits you’ve always wanted. It will also help […]

Extra Fizzy Homemade Carbonated Beverages

Have you ever been disappointed with how flat your homemade rootbeer or soda is? After spending an hour watching rootbeer and dry ice bubble in a cooler you would expect something fizzy, sadly the concoction never lives up to expectations. In order have carbonation strong enough to spray soda everywhere you need three things: Cold […]

Avast!

After me eye surgery Friday, t’ first thin’ I wanted t’ do was buy me a pirate patch. I already owned t’ cutlas and t’ shirt.

Caucus

For Them That Honour Me

When Jill and I were raising our children we taught them that Sunday was the Sabbath Day, a day when our family refrains from recreation and focuses our attention on God. Well, that was the theory. In practice it must have seemed to the children to be a list of shalt nots stretching into the […]

From Muslim To Mormon

Gwen, who adopted the name Khadijah as a Muslim, is retired and lives in Portland, Oregon, devoting as much of her time as possible to volunteer work and writing youth and young adult Science Fiction. Gwen publishes on line, but wants to shift to self-publishing in her next book. It all seems so surreal at […]

Raising a Creative Child

My guest writer today is Ada, a stay-at-home mother of two rambunctious preschoolers. Ada enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and reading when she’s not playing Mommy and blogging about it at Ada Shot Me. Creativity is used every day, in every aspect of our lives. When we think of creativity, we usually think […]

Ron Paul Stuffed Pasta Shells

Since receiving a copy of The Ron Paul Family Cookbook, Adelaide has made Oreo Cake, Original Chocolate Chip Cookies, Banana Nut Bread, Orange Rolls, and now Ron Paul Quick’n Easy Stuffed Pasta Shells. If you have the cookbook, the recipe is found on page 5. Adelaide says: I halved the recipe, and still had half […]

The Atonement

The Atonement of Jesus Christ, according to The Guide to the Scriptures, means “To reconcile man to God.” Also: To atone is to suffer the penalty for an act of sin, thereby removing the effects of sin from the repentant sinner and allowing him to be reconciled to God. Jesus Christ was the only one […]

Ron Paul Oreo Cake

Since giving a copy of The Ron Paul Family Cookbook to Adelaide, she has made Original Chocolate Chip Cookies, Banana Nut Bread, Orange Rolls, and now Ron Paul Oreo Cake. If you have the cookbook, the recipe for Oreo Cake is found on page 1. Adelaide says: I made the Oreo Cake for the treat […]

Google Chrome To Chromium

Google Chrome to Chromium, originally posted here on Rickety, has been moved to a new blog called Less Google.

Ron Paul Cookies

Since giving a copy of The Ron Paul Family Cookbook to Adelaide, she has made Banana Nut Bread, Orange Rolls, and now Ron Paul Original Chocolate Chip Cookies. Ron Paul Original Chocolate Chip Cookies Cream the following ingredients: 1 cup Crisco 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla Dissolve […]

Google News To iCurrent

Google News to iCurrent, originally posted here on Rickety, has been moved to a new blog called Less Google.

Google Reader To Liferea

Google Reader to Liferea, originally posted here on Rickety, has been moved to a new blog called Less Google.

Ron Paul Orange Rolls

I gave a copy of The Ron Paul Family Cookbook to Adelaide. She soon made Banana Nut Bread from page 5 and now she has cooked up Ron Paul Orange Rolls from page 20. Adelaide says: I’ll send orange rolls home with Jill for you to try. I made them last night and refrigerated them […]

Smokin’ Guns Banks: Santa Fe Express

Occasionally my family plays Smokin’ Guns. This series of posts helps new players find the banks. Smokin’ Guns Bank Robbery Mode In the bank robbery mode you either rob one of the safes of the money, by using the provided dynamite, or you have to defend them. Another way to win, that pays less money, […]

Smokin’ Guns Banks: Santa Cruz

Occasionally my family plays Smokin’ Guns. This series of posts helps new players find the banks. Smokin’ Guns Bank Robbery Mode In the bank robbery mode you either rob one of the safes of the money, by using the provided dynamite, or you have to defend them. Another way to win, that pays less money, […]

Smokin’ Guns Banks: No Name City

Occasionally my family plays Smokin’ Guns. This series of posts helps new players find the banks. Smokin’ Guns Bank Robbery Mode In the bank robbery mode you either rob one of the safes of the money, by using the provided dynamite, or you have to defend them. Another way to win, that pays less money, […]

Shopping With A Quiet Child

How to shop with a quiet child: Place Bryson in shopping cart Give him a Kindle Fire Run Angry Birds Good for 15 to 30 minutes of quiet. Results vary by child. Photo Credit: From the iPhone of Megan

Smokin’ Guns Banks: NewTown

Occasionally my family plays Smokin’ Guns. This series of posts helps new players find the banks. Smokin’ Guns Bank Robbery Mode In the bank robbery mode you either rob one of the safes of the money, by using the provided dynamite, or you have to defend them. Another way to win, that pays less money, […]

Ron Paul Banana Nut Bread

  After a small donation last week to the Ron Paul Campaign I received three copies of The Ron Paul Family Cookbook. I gave one of the cookbooks to Adelaide and she made Banana Nut Bread, with a slight change of ingredients: What I did different: I didn’t use nuts, as we didn’t have any […]

Smokin’ Guns Banks: Mexico

Occasionally my family plays Smokin’ Guns. This series of posts helps new players find the banks. Smokin’ Guns Bank Robbery Mode In the bank robbery mode you either rob one of the safes of the money, by using the provided dynamite, or you have to defend them. Another way to win, that pays less money, […]

Smokin’ Guns Banks: Hang’em High

Occasionally my family plays Smokin’ Guns. This series of posts helps new players find the banks. Smokin’ Guns Bank Robbery Mode In the bank robbery mode you either rob one of the safes of the money, by using the provided dynamite, or you have to defend them. Another way to win, that pays less money, […]

Smokin’ Guns Banks: Greenhill Lake

Occasionally my family plays Smokin’ Guns. This series of posts helps new players find the banks. Smokin’ Guns Bank Robbery Mode In the bank robbery mode you either rob one of the safes of the money, by using the provided dynamite, or you have to defend them. Another way to win, that pays less money, […]

Smokin’ Guns Banks: Farm

Occasionally my family plays Smokin’ Guns. This series of posts helps new players find the banks. Smokin’ Guns Bank Robbery Mode In the bank robbery mode you either rob one of the safes of the money, by using the provided dynamite, or you have to defend them. Another way to win, that pays less money, […]

Smokin’ Guns Banks: El Paso

Occasionally my family plays Smokin’ Guns. This series of posts helps new players find the banks. Smokin’ Guns Bank Robbery Mode In the bank robbery mode you either rob one of the safes of the money, by using the provided dynamite, or you have to defend them. Another way to win, that pays less money, […]

Smokin’ Guns Banks: Durango

Occasionally my family plays Smokin’ Guns. This series of posts helps new players find the banks. Smokin’ Guns Bank Robbery Mode In the bank robbery mode you either rob one of the safes of the money, by using the provided dynamite, or you have to defend them. Another way to win, that pays less money, […]

Motor Trend Auto Show

On Monday I stopped by Motor Trend’s Auto Show in Sandy. My sons Paul and Jake wanted to see it so I went along. In the time I was there, I wasn’t approached once by any salespeople (a positive) and I was able to check out a lot of new autos. I was interested in […]

Smokin’ Guns Banks: DawnFort

Occasionally my family plays Smokin’ Guns. This series of posts helps new players find the banks. Smokin’ Guns Bank Robbery Mode In the bank robbery mode you either rob one of the safes of the money, by using the provided dynamite, or you have to defend them. Another way to win, that pays less money, […]

Smokin’ Guns Banks: Coyote Bluff

Occasionally my family plays Smokin’ Guns. This series of posts helps new players find the banks. Smokin’ Guns Bank Robbery Mode In the bank robbery mode you either rob one of the safes of the money, by using the provided dynamite, or you have to defend them. Another way to win, that pays less money, […]

Smokin’ Guns Banks: Cobber Canyon

Occasionally my family plays Smokin’ Guns. This series of posts helps new players find the banks. Smokin’ Guns Bank Robbery Mode In the bank robbery mode you either rob one of the safes of the money, by using the provided dynamite, or you have to defend them. Another way to win, that pays less money, […]

Smokin’ Guns Banks: Backwater

Occasionally my family plays Smokin’ Guns. This series of posts helps new players find the banks. Smokin’ Guns Bank Robbery Mode In the bank robbery mode you either rob one of the safes of the money, by using the provided dynamite, or you have to defend them. Another way to win, that pays less money, […]

Smokin’ Guns Banks: Alamo Tiny

Occasionally my family plays Smokin’ Guns. This series of posts helps new players find the banks. Smokin’ Guns Bank Robbery Mode In the bank robbery mode you either rob one of the safes of the money, by using the provided dynamite, or you have to defend them. Another way to win, that pays less money, […]

Margaret Thatcher on Socialism

On 3 May 1979 I voted for Margaret Thatcher in the United Kingdom general election. The next year I emigrated to the United States. The two events were not connected as I very much admire Margaret Thatcher, the United Kingdom’s and Europe’s first female head of government. As Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, she […]

Building a Giant Snowman

I thought it would never snow but overnight we got several inches in Kaysville. Out came the snowman builders to construct a giant snowman. Just build him like a regular snowman but bigger. You may need some help to hoist his head so pay attention to the photographs that follow. Later in the day our […]

I Love to See the Temple

Last week my granddaughters Aurora and Cassandra went to the wedding of their mother’s cousin Alyse. This photograph was taken in the grounds of the Salt Lake Temple while Alyse and Adam were getting their pictures taken. 1 I love to see the temple. I’m going there someday To feel the Holy Spirit, To listen […]

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

Lesson Learned

Lesson learned on this last day of 2011: When crawling in the attic don’t lean on the sheetrock!

Graduate Nerf Wars

  Rachel graduated with her Bachelors degree in Child & Family Studies and Derek with his M.B.A. To celebrate we ate out, waged Nerf War, and finished with cake. So on Wednesday it was off to Cafe Rio and then to Jake and Rachel’s basement. We divided into two teams with total annihilation of the […]

Tracy Aviary in Winter

Tracy Aviary has free admission (with a $1 conservation contribution) on Winter Wednesdays through February. So I went with my grandson and other family members to see a surprising number of birds for a cold day in December. I enjoyed seeing Bryson’s reaction to the birds and also taking a few photographs (click to enlarge) […]

The Ten Most Popular Posts of 2011

In 2011 Rickety received 114,610 visits from 192 countries, generating 191,044 pageviews. I published 195 posts in 2011 but only two of them made it into the top ten. The remainder were written in 2010 (3) and 2009 (5). Here are the ten most popular: 10 Defense Spending by Country In the latter half of […]

Father Christmas In Kaysville

Father Christmas came to visit
My grandchildren this year.
But when he loudly Ho Ho Hoed
They refused to go near.

So Father Christmas skillfully
Made candy canes appear.
And with this very tasty treat
He overcame their fear.

World LDS Church Membership

The complete updated membership statistics are available at World LDS Membership. The worldwide ranks of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints grew by 306,613 members during 2010. According to the 2012 Deseret News Church Almanac, the Church’s membership swelled to 14,131,467 as of January 1, 2011. Countries with the largest increases were the […]

U.S. LDS Membership Statistics

The complete updated membership statistics are available at United States LDS Membership. The ranks of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints grew by 85,675 members in the United States during 2010. According to the 2012 Deseret News Church Almanac, the Church’s U.S. membership swelled to 6,144,582 as of January 1, 2011. States with […]

Train Around The Christmas Tree

I set up a train set around my Christmas tree so my grandchildren could play with it when they came to visit. The controller is hidden between two houses near the rear but Bryson soon found it. However, things do not always work out as planned…

100 Years Ago: Exile, USS Utah, Elections

The Battleship “Utah,” turned over to the government by the builders, the New York Ship-building Company, on August 30, was placed in commission at the Philadelphia Navy yard on August 31, with Captain W. S. Benson in command. It joined the Atlantic fleet soon as supplies were put on board. “Utah” is the fifth of the all-big-gun type to be launched, is 551 feet long, and has a displacement of 21,825 tons. It developed 21.63 knots on the speed test. It has ten 12-inch guns mounted in five turrets.

CNG Station in Kaysville

This evening I heard via Twitter that there was a new CNG station opening today in Kaysville, located at 80 North 600 West, between the UTA Park and Ride and the Davis County Technical Center. The official opening celebration is planned for 2012 but you can fill up now. Paul and I drove over to […]

Christmas Letter 2011

  Hi Friends and Family, This is our fourth annual Christmas Letter blog post. We will send the URL to this page to friends and family with their Christmas cards. We have added a few events that happened too late in the season to be included in last year’s letter. December 2010 Missionary Dan returned […]

Then And Now

Windstorm Preparations

  In preparation for the approaching storm, scenes like these were repeated all along the Wasatch Front. There were temporary waste collection sites at LDS Church stake centers and at other locations. After helping in our ward, Dan and I drove through several streets in central Kaysville and found hundreds of people and dozens of […]