Jim and Starr Mitchell had their two granddaughters out for a visit last week. They were thrilled to play on the swing set. However, when Grandpa Jim tried to push Gabrielle on her swing she said, “No, Grandpa, I can do it myself; just watch!”

Gabi has been bumped up two levels in her gymnastics class. Madi tries to do everything Gabi does.

While the girls were at Promontory, they and the Mitchells visited Grandma and Grandpa Great (Gary and Cleo) for a delicious meal of barbecued hamburgers.

Jim and Starr report being finished with their greenhouse for the year. The plants have been planted in their permanent garden; tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, small but sweet and tender pumpkins for eating and canning, and of course, the peas and corn are already there. Starr tried an experiment with the pumpkins by planting them late. She hopes they won’t mature so early so she can preserve them after the weather cools off and the canner doesn’t overheat her house. “We’ll see how it works,” she says. She started some of her heirloom brand tomatoes in February. These will provide large eating tomatoes later in the season.

Jim and Starr invited Starr’s brother Patrick for dinner. Starr cooked her delicious lasagna for him.

Orson and Jeannette Poulsen drove down to Moab to visit Jeannette’s son Kirk Pearson. Kirk is producer of the PRCA approved Canyonlands Rodeo each year. Orson and Jeannette help whenever they can. They left Thursday and came home Sunday. This will be Kirk’s last year with the rodeo since he is retiring.

While in Moab, the Poulsens drove the 130 miles to the Four Corners Monument. It took about two and a half hours each way. They had hoped to find an artist who paints Native American type of symbols. They were unable to find one.

Orson is very grateful for the unusual amount of rain we have been getting this year. He says all of Utah has had more than three inches during March, April and May. He says that all his seeds have begun sprouting; the corn, Indian corn, peas and pumpkins.

Laura Wheatley says the last day of school was a big event for Everly and Georgia. As part of their kickoff to summer, Laura and her sister Joann planned an overnight of swapped children. Joann took Everly and Georgia to pair with her two older children, and Laura took Joann’s two children closest in age to Ruby and Kate. It worked very well.

When Everly and Georgia came home, they asked Laura to make ebelskivers (a round ball type of pancake) for breakfast. They knew how since they had helped Joann cook some.

Laura and her four oldest daughters attended a wedding reception last week. Zane and Nora had a daddy-daughter get-together while they were gone.

Boyd Udy reports fencing over at Northrop Grumman’s plant site. “I don’t do the highest fire breaks; that’s for the huge ‘cat’ operators,” he says.

Boyd’s daughter Jessica and her daughter Kynzee are riding their horses at Boyd’s place in Tremonton whenever they can. “All is good with the horses and family,” Boyd says.

The highlight of Winnie Richman’s week was watching the Northrop Grumman test firing of its OmegA rocket from the highway adjacent to the site. “It brought back memories of my father taking my younger sister and me to a night firing of one of the Thiokol Chemical Corporation’s static tests at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, many years ago. I held tightly to his hand while the roar of the motor and the huge flame burst forth. I was also aware of the noisy shouting of the crowd in jubilation after it was all over. Daddy hugged my mother and us as he said, ‘We did it, Marian; we did it!’” Winnie was somewhat emotional at the hugeness of this past week’s evidence of progress; man on the moon, warfare, peacetime explorations of other heavenly bodies, etc., all with Thiokol’s products.

Saturday Winnie’s young bull found his way out of the corral. Winnie called Jim and Starr Mitchell to help get it back into the corral with the heifer. It was decided to load him in the trailer to do this. All went well. Jim also torched the corral looking for holes and discovered the place where the bull “bulled” his way out. Jim fixed that and asked Winnie if he could also drive some steel posts to prevent further escapes. Winnie agreed. Now the bull is in. He did, however, go right to the place he had escaped to check it out. “Thank you, Jim,” Winnie says gratefully. Starr helped get the bull off the road and into the corral to be loaded in the trailer. “Thank you, too,” Winnie again says.

Going backward to Wednesday’s art class, a more than mundane, but less exciting event for Winnie and great friend Carolyn Carter, the ladies did work hard for their results. Their teacher Joyce Wally complimented their works and gave instructions for further progress; all-in-all a good day. A good day is always better when one stops, as the ladies did, at McDonald’s for hot and spicy McChicken sandwiches and a glass of water on their way home.

Winnie is still doing physical therapy at Alpine Orthopaedics Specialties in Brigham City. It is designed to strengthen her back. She is stronger, but the inability to walk straight up or go for very far before feeling like if she doesn’t sit down, she’ll fall still persists. She will see another doctor recommended by her brother-in-law who recently had the same procedure on his back that she is told she needs on hers.