Saturday, September 14, 2019


I have been such a slacker about blogging! I’m going to do better! No, really! Laton and I have been busy this summer. 

In May, Laton gave me a birthday trip to Reno, NV to visit our friend Angela! What a fun time! Took the trailer and the dogs. Spent a couple days with our nephew Alan and his wife, Kirsty in Chico, CA. 

Later in the summer we drove to Grand Junction, CO. We met and camped with our son Stephen Hammond and his girlfriend, Biba. We visited with Ty and Debbie, workamper friends. Ty helped Laton fix the air conditioning in our truck. We are so excited to have AC once again.  

The end of August, I flew to Reno and spent 5 days with Angela while Laton went camping on the Rim with the dogs. He picked me up at the airport and took me camping for another week at the Rim. Our good friends, Jennifer and Rob joined us for the week. Lee, Sarah, and son, Ethan joined us for Sunday and Monday. It was a wonderful time. 

Friday, July 20, 2018

String of Pearls

On my Birthday Trip in May I snagged some  String of Pearls  cuttings from the tall parents, Ann & Wes Rook. I remember having this plant in a ubiquitous macrame plant hanger in the early days of our marriage, the 70's. I was thrilled to see this plant and to score some free cuttings. I'm nursing them along, unlike my daughter, my thumb is brown, not green!

But they appear to be surviving and possibly thriving. All I know is they like it wet and well drained. 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Childhood Humor

I can remember being so annoyed when my siblings or the annoying neighborhood kid would taunt me by repeating everything I would say. I remember listening to my kids in their bedroom or the car or the dinner table doing the same thing. Drove me nuts! But I miss it! Sad, but I do!  Such a simpler time. 

I have discovered you can recreate that special memory by simply texting yourself! Ahhhh! Good times. 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Happy Birthday to you...

Today is my twin son's birthday!

It was a miracle to be chosen to be their mom! After invasive infertility treatments, two miscarriages and lots of tears and prayers, the Lord placed these two boys in my arms and heart. Thank you, my dear sons, for filling my soul!

Lee and Steve Hammond, then and now! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Sunday, June 17, 2018


Wishing all parents Happy Father's Day! Single moms deserve a shoutout! Caregivers also!

The dictionary doesn't even begin to cover the meaning of fatherhood. I experienced a birth father, a stepfather and a paternal grandfather in my life. My children have experienced a sperm donor, adoptive father and a maternal grandfather in their lives. 

I treasure memories of happy events with these men in my life. 

  1. fa·ther
    1. 1. 
      a man in relation to his natural child or children.
      • 2. 
        (often as a title or form of address) a priest.
        "pray for me, Father"
      1. 1. 
        be the father of.
        "he fathered three children"
        synonyms:parent, be the father of, bring into the world, spawnsirebreed;

    Saturday, June 16, 2018


    I have been off line on this blog for many, many months. I miss this. I have been mostly on Facebook! With the current information issues, a lot of people are leaving Facebook so I decided to move back to my blog. A better way of staying in touch with my friends. So welcome back to Making Papertracks, both of us! ME AND YOU!

    A photo of Laton and Paul Bunyon on a recent trip for my birthday!

    Thursday, August 25, 2016

    Zion National Park

    We just got done traveling through Zion NP. What an awesome drive. There is a 1.5 mile tunnel at the east side of the park. Check out   hose switchbacks showing on our GPS. Be sure and put this on your bucket list!