Saturday, November 19, 2016

Aunt Nona

This is a older post I forgot to publish earlier this spring.



Nona Marian Sharp Liebhardt Cross

Nona Sharp Liebhardt Cross passed away Thursday, May 5, 2016 due to complications subsequent to a hip fracture suffered in a fall at her home, March 25th.
Nona fought the good fight for several weeks until she could fight no more and desired to return home to be with her loved ones who have gone before her. Her family is deeply grateful to the staff of Utah Valley Hospital and Aspen Ridge Rehabilitation for their tender care of this dear, feisty woman.
Nona was born April 18, 1927 in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri to Clark Elwood Sharp and Juanita Williams. Her parents and 4 older siblings: Norma Ruhl, Hazel Boyce, Clark Elwood Sharp II and Marvel Crookston have all predeceased her.
Nona was married to Edward N Liebhardt of Provo, UT on September 18, 1947 and later sealed to him in the Salt Lake Temple March 17, 1948. Edward passed away September 17, 1987.
Nona retired in 1987 when her husband Edward retired from his position at NASA Johnson Space Center, working for Lockheed. They moved to Orem, UT where Edward died shortly thereafter.
Nona attended BYU, where she met her husband, Edward, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Library Science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and received her Master of Library Science degree from the University of Huntsville, Texas.
Her husband was a Chief Master Sergeant in the US Air Force and the family resided in several places in the course of his career. After her husband’s retirement from active duty, the family resided in Provo, UT; Yuba City, CA where she worked as a Jr. HS librarian; and after receiving her Master’s degree, League City, TX, where she worked as the Audio Visual Librarian at Clear Creek HS.
Nona leaves behind Edward N Liebhardt II (Meagen) and grandchildren Matthew R. Liebhardt, Albuquerque, NM; Aidan M. Pickens and Emma G. Pickens of Fairmont, WV; Kerry Lynn Fitch (Michael) of Chantilly, VA and Matthew S. Liebhardt of Orem, UT. She is predeceased by two grandchildren, Daniel S. Liebhardt and Eden F. Pickens.
After being widowed for ten years, Nona married fellow ward member Ken Cross on December 6, 1997. She was widowed once again when Ken passed away September 2, 2010. She is survived by three of his four children.
Nona was a small woman with a mighty will to succeed in life despite a life-long struggle with hearing loss. She is greatly loved and admired and will be greatly missed by numerous people: childhood friends with whom she maintained a strong bond of friendship for 85 years, many nieces and nephews and their children for whom she often acted as mother and grandmother after the deaths of her sisters, and her many friends in the Lakeview 6th Ward of the LDS church in Orem.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at the Lakeview 6th Ward Chapel, 2168 South 140 West, Orem, Utah. Friends may call at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center Street, Tuesday from 6-8:00 p.m. and at the church Wednesday from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment, Provo City Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed to the family at 

Mike sure had a spiritual feast at his Aunt Nona's funeral.  He has three cousins, Ed, Kerri Lynn, and Matthew.  Ed was career military and visited us once in Hawaii. He is just a couple of years older than Mike and lives back east. [Mike's 63 in case you were wondering...yikes. How did that happen??] He (Cousin Ed) was called Nappy most of his life by family, as in short for Napoleon. His father was Mike's Uncle Ed[ward], so I guess he was short and needed a nick name. ha. (Uncle Ed[ward], like his brother John [Mike's Dad] was very short.)  
Mike's cousin Ed has an adopted son, Matthew who is a young adult now who also was in the Military and Mike really enjoyed visiting with the two of them, father and son, for the time Mike and his Mom were up north Tuesday May 10th through Wednesday the 11th. Cousin Ed has been to Romania and found a (false) Karl Liebhardt there. The Karl Liebhardt Ed found was actually NOT Karl Liebhardt, but had taken Karl's name in honor of Karl who had been in political prison with him many long years ago. So we don't know what happened to the real one or anything about him. Died in prison, I suppose.

Cousin Ed and wife #1 had only that one adopted child and one child who died as an infant, then they divorced. Wife 1 was a church member, I believe. Ed's wife #2 died of lung cancer and never joined the church. He was single for many years. Ed re-married a 40-something year old about 1 1/2 years ago, she and her 13 year old son took the missionary lessons and decided to be baptized after the funeral on Wednesday! They had to jump through hoops with missionaries, interviews, bishops here and back east in Virginia or where ever they live, but they did it. So Mike and his mom didn't come home right after the funeral and luncheon--they stayed for the 6 pm baptism.

Summer Games

Not the Utah Summer Games, but sort of. 
Summer 2016 was a fun summer.  Besides traveling to Europe with Mike, we were all able to spend so much time with family!! When we got back from Europe, Tandy and Children were here for a bit before heading to California to finish up their home-selling and car-picking-up and visiting duties in their transition from Guam to San Antonio. So much stuff to do!  But some of the time was spent here with us and we're so glad!

 Some of the time was spent doing food preservation and storage. Or just plain ol' eating. Like how many cherries did we pick from neighbors' trees and eat?  Many.  We gave away many. We canned a few. We dried a few.  Mostly we ate a LOT.  They were so good.

Then we tended for Katie and Casey. They went to Mexico for Casey's brother's wedding in Cabo San Lucas. They were all together with all his siblings and mom.  We tended the twins and the older boys went with them.  We had Hailey and Quintin with us for just over a week. I took the week off of work to do this. It was so much fun. A lot of work... I'm glad Eric was around to lend a hand, too. And Mike, of course.  He's good with babies, but he was busy with work stuff. I'm not as young as I used to be, so baby tending is a bit more of a challenge for me. But we all survived and I really enjoyed getting to know these little cuties a bit more.

 There were times in the summer when Nick and Kayley came down before Kaylee had their baby. Gail and Seth were between homes, too, so they visited. They were in the process of moving from Rock Springs to Elko , Nevada.  They came when Casey and Katie returned from Mexico.

 Eric shaved off his beard. He'd had it for months.
 Katie brought Kaylee a lot of boy hand-me-down clothes.
And one day this summer, I locked myself out of the house. It was a lovely day. Very relaxing and comfortable in the hammock in our back yard.

Little Logan Liebhardt

Hi, Little Logan!  So nice to meet you!  We did meet, the day he came home from the hospital at the beginning of October.  I came to their home to spend the week while Nick was in Chicago for a work assignment. He was presenting at a conference.

I got lots of baby snuggle time in. I tried taking photos. I'll leave that to the pros. 

I had lots of time to entertain Rachel, too. Or, rather, she entertained me!   She loves playing with her toys and her dollies. We had walks with her dollies in strollers in the basement regularly.

And Rachel might be part cat. She loves playing in boxes, too. ;-)

Kaylee spent some time going through many boxes of hand-me-down boy clothing from friends and family.  Rachel is wearing a lovely knit red sweater vest. Only she's wearing them as shorts. ha.

Smile Big!

Quick! Hide!
Find Rachel!

We went on a field trip to the library for a story time, but the space was filled. We read stories instead.

I made a "baby wrap" for Rachel to "wear" her baby doll.

I went to get ready for bed one night and found this teddy all tucked into my bed. Rachel left him there for me so I wouldn't get lonely.

These two (above) crack me up. Nick was going to work on a roof for a neighbor/ward member and he looks like "Farmer Nick."  Rachel was just wearing her boots and a diaper.
Cute little babies!!

Athens Tour. Monday June 31, 2016

This will have a lot of photos. Way long post.

We got off the boat really early (close to 7 am), were picked up by a taxi and taken to the travel office so we could try to check in for our flight that afternoon. It was complicated, but we got it done.  They kept our suitcases for us so we could join a tour of Athens with their tour company.  We were dropped off at a nice hotel to wait in that lobby. We watched more than one group meet there (from the hotel) and leave, but ours eventually came.  The tour guide and tour people were French, but she translated what was said in French to English for us. So we heard everything twice.  Sadly, I understood about three words ONLY that she said.  Sheesh. So much for having a minor in French, eh?

We drove around and viewed governmental sites, had a library pointed out to us, the first modern Olympic stadium. Very big.  Mike slept on the bus. He didn't even want to move, he was SO tired and sore and just plum worn out. I jumped out and took pictures a few times.

Then we went to the Acropolis Museum of Athens. It's big and new and gorgeous and modern. So I got Mike a wheel chair and pushed him around. I'm sure it saved him many steps and lots of standing time. But it also made him fall asleep while our guide was narrating our way throughout many parts of the museum. The museum of glass floors. I was wearing a skirt.  Interesting.  Thankfully, the floors are spaced apart quite a lot.  Very tall building. And people are generally so busy looking at exhibits that they don't look up. Much.

We got to walk to the top of the Acropolis after that. She (the tour guide) led us up there. Mike stayed behind and waiting while we wandered for a set amount of time and then headed back down to the bus.  It was very interesting.  The acropolis is visible all over HUGE Athens because no buildings are allowed to be more than 4 or 5 stores tall. So, no matter where in Athens you are, you can see the Acropolis.  And the Parthenon is not the only building up there. There are many. And those buildings also went through the same changes and styles and adaptions that most religious buildings went through, depending on who the "Conqueror of the day" was.  It is mostly a crumbling pile of rocks.  Well, marble rocks.  The whole hill is made of marble. Who knew?  They are trying desperately to restore all.  And to reclaim all.  Great Britain has a lot of it in their museums.
 Modern Olympic Stadium, from the first time they were held in modern days in Athens. It's all marble.  ALL Marble.

 If you turn around in that plaza and zoom in, you get a sneak peek of the Acropolis in the excititng!!

 A government building with guardhouses and frozen guards out front.

 I think this is a library I was trying desperately to snap a photo of while we were passing by.

 The museum approach is interesting. There are glass floors outside under the "porch" area. Under the glass (and sometimes open to the air), there are current digs going on!

 These are the "Porch" ladies, in my mind anyway!  There were six, they stand out on a porch as the pillars. It was on the top of the hill and below is the model that was in the museum. When you see them on the hill outside (I photographed them there, too) you will be seeing replicas. The REAL authentic ones are the ones in the museum.  Nice hair, huh? Very fancy.

 Our guide is explaining and identifying all the characters on the end friezes of the Parthenon. Most of which is no longer there.
 The view of the Parthenon and hill of Acropolis from the top of the museum.

 The photo above is zoomed in from the shot below.  I don't know what they are doing, but it looks like mining. I'm sure it is more archeological research and digging going on. Again, the hill is ALL marble.

 Note the pillars in the photo below? They are placed just as precisely as the actual pillars up on the hill. They have replicated the size and shape of Parthenon within the new museum.

 See the guy in the chair? That's Mike. 

 This is an amphitheater on the side of the hill we passed on our way up to the top.  It's still used for concerts.  The black things on the seats are sound equipment boxes, I think.
 Bottom: Zoomed in to the tallest building in Athens. It is at Piraeus Port.

 As we come up the hill, there are steps and marble stuff and more buildings we have to pass through (with OUT touching, please!!) before we are truly on top of the hill and able to see the Parthenon.

 Looking off the side of the hill is another temple of some kind.  Yes, it's ATHENS. There are ruins everywhere.

 Polished marble on the ground. Polished just from foot traffic.
 My favorite Porch Ladies. Above.

 I should really find out who they are...

 The old museum was up here on the hill with the Parthenon.  The new one is so much different, modern and nice!

 Tracks are in place, along with many out-buildings to continue the work of restoration and research. These chunks of marble (which are EVERYwhere!) are very heavy to lug around.

 I took photos of lots of signs in order to take time and read them later.  They are quite interesting. But I was in a bit of a hurry so as to not leave Mike alone too long.

 It looks as though if you just walked along that path above that it would be just gravelly dirt. Not so. See below? I was walking on polished pretty red marble.

Our flight left Athens in the late afternoon, so after hour half-day tour was over, we had a driver from the tour company take us to the airport. It was a good thing, as we were never able to print our boarding passes. He helped us through that in the International Airport. He was very helpful and stayed with us until after we made it though security and were on our way to the gate. 

We did not have a very direct route back to our return flight in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.  I had purchased our Round Trip tickets to and from Cluj well before making the other travel arrangements we were doing in Rome and Greece.  So our first flight was to Bucharest, Romania.  There was a short layover, but we had to go through customs and stuff.  Not being local, it was a challenge, but we made it.  It was challenging to find the gate we needed and some people were not very friendly. Plus there was a huge thunder and lightening storm. The airports are smaller and don't have "jetways" but buses to take you to the plane. And we really had to be on our toes to find the right gate and the right time and the right plane. Names didn't quite match up. We got a little wet during that trip, getting to and from airplanes, buildings and buses.

Eventually, we made it to Cluj, but it was late at night.  We knew we did not want to try to get a cab at 11 pm, get into to town, spend money on a hotel room to sleep for 2 or three hours, call another cab and go back to the airport in order to get to our early morning return flight.  So we slept in the empty, cold, noisy airport for a few hours. Or didn't sleep, as the case may be.  Mike didn't sleep. I put in ear plugs to drown out the very loud music that was blaring all night long through loudspeakers. We let the custodial people mop up under our feet (their mopping machines were loud, too--motorized riding floor cleaners). 

We lined up early to go through security in the early morning, then waited more in another area. We found some food here and there, but mostly just pastries. I like Romanian Pastries!

We went through customs again when we got to Munich, but this time we were NOT in a huge rush.  It's  a large, modern airport. I was catching a cold and we needed to get some cold meds, so I went on the hunt to see what I could find.  It's very different, but I found things to help the drippy nose and beginning chest tightening and cough portion. I'm so grateful that I waited until the very end before getting sick!! And we needed more pain killers for Mike's poor hurting feet. I think we had flights from Athens to Bucharest to Cluj to Munich to Denver to Las Vegas.  Yeah. Long days of travel.

I'm posting this blog way after our summer trip, so I can't remember all the details, but I know we got home safe and sound, and then it was time to visit with family that was coming and going throughout all the summer!! Oh, and work, too. :-)