Why My Bathing Suit Looks Like a Dress

Sister Bowman is looking good in this bathing suit and bloomers from Dainty Jewels.
Gaby and I at the Warm Springs Ranch in Moapa. I found her bathing suit at Amazon, along with a pair of matching swim shorts.

When you are working at the Warm Springs Ranch, in 115 degree weather, 99 in the RV, you need to keep cooling off by getting in the water periodically throughout the day. There are also chores to be done and people to greet and give tours to. Under normal circumstances, all three of these things would require different ensembles. Enter, swimwear by Dainty Jewels. My teenage daughter found this for me while we were looking online for modest swimwear. She really understood the need for something like this and was right on every count.

When you get to a certain age, after having children at a certain age, there are some things about you no one really wants to see. And it can be very difficult to find swimwear to cover those things. For me, modest really is hotest, in so many ways.

As a missionary at the Warm Springs Ranch, we get visitors all the time. At any given time of the day, we would welcome anyone from church leaders to non-members and it became obvious after the first week , that I would need an outfit that would be presentable in every situation. I love this bathing suit because it dries quickly, it is modest, and I can look well dressed in all of my duties here at the Springs. It is just really practical.

Doing work around the Ranch is easier too. Not only is it comfortable to work in but it also prevents sunburn. Very nice.

Still, after one of our meetings with Presidents Richards and Norda, I came away feeling silly for wearing a big ol’ dress around the Ranch. So the next swim day, I dawned my less bulky bathing suit and the funniest thing happened. A family from Saint George Utah, had reserved the lower pool that day and had also invited their homeschool group to join them. And everyone, and I do mean everyone, from the tall to the small were in beautifully modest bathing suits. It was incredible to see. One of the beautiful young moms was wearing something that looked like it came from Modli. I wish I had worn mine. I would have fit right in!

On another night, I went down at closing time to take the trashes out, and one of the cutest little teenagers came by me wearing the most darling vintage looking bathing suit. It was a beautiful top with shorts and not the boy shorts either, real live shorts. When I complimented her, she replied very politely. I think dress really does influence our behavior. It truly is an outward expression of our inner selves.

Modest isn’t just practical, it is really beautiful as well and there are many people out there looking for modest swimwear. But don’t take my word for it! The Wall Street Journal would agree. They published an article entitled, “Modest Bathing Suits Make a Splash…” So if you are looking for a fresh look for next summer consider some of these links for a modest, practical and beautiful look.


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Alamo and Hiko Angels

For tough jobs. Do not forget to wet the scouring stick before use.
Use a pump sprayer and Sandalwood essential oil to keep spiders and other insects away. Use it with vinegar to keep hard water away from the shower walls.
Disposable toilet cleaners, a must for public bathrooms everywhere.
Ozone Water-the new Bleach.

Today, thirty of the most darling young ladies from the Alamo and Hiko Wards, came to help me with my chores around the Warm Springs Ranch. Annette, their Hiko Achievement Days Leader arranged to do a Serve and Swim on our weekly maintenance day. Even though Pres. Norda from the Tule Stake, had announced open swim day on Thursday, the girls decided to come and serve anyway. I was so happy to see them. We had been working hard all morning and it was nice to have reinforcements! Many hands made light work today.  They were a lovely, hardworking group. The older girls cleaned the bathrooms, the middle age groups cleaned off the tables and the youngest group cleaned up all the palm fronds. They worked really hard. One of Annette’s daughter’s is a lifeguard and she worked really hard as well, watching all these young ladies swim and play and keeping them safe. Annette runs a tight ship, with everything done on an elegant schedule. Little sandwiches were served at the proper time and the ladies were in the van 15 minutes before 6:00 to keep Monday curfew and have the young ladies home in time for Family Home Evening. I can’t even begin to tell you how much this meant to me. Thank you all for coming and supporting this beautiful LDS Recreational Facility.

When we first interviewed for the Missionary position, President Norda, explained that new regulations limit the amount of chemicals that can be put in the water and food and drinks must stay clear of the fenced area for that reason. So I was really excited when he said I could use any cleaners I wanted. We have a good friend affectionately named, H2O Joe that showed me how to use water to kill 99 % of the germs in my house. Making it possible to clean toys, and toilets and with the same results. My favorite part is that my small children can clean with me and I don’t have to worry about the affects of harmful chemicals. This is called ozone water. It is what Heavenly Father uses to clean the atmosphere with rain. Every time it rains, germs are cleaned from our air. How amazing is that? The machine I use now is the A2Z Ozone Aqua 6 Multi Purpose Ozone Generator. I use it with a wide mouth spray bottle.

With all the minerals from the hard water in the springs we also use vinegar and these awesome scouring sticks, I found at the Alamo Sinclair. I was worried about scratching the toilet bowls with these but I did a test in an isolated spot and then touched it to see if I could feel any scratches and I couldn’t and when I cleaned a tough spot it was definitely smoother than before I had used it. I made sure to wet it first as per instructions. I used vinegar on the showers and boy did my hand get sore from using the spray bottle to spray all the showers. I figured out later that I could just use a pump sprayer!

One morning at 5:00 AM, I went to clean out the bathrooms. It was still a little dark but I was trying to beat the heat. When I opened the door, I found a scorpion at my feet ready to sting. I ran out and texted president Norda, worried to death because the YSA group was scheduled to be there later that day, and I didn’t want them running into each other. I was completely unaware of how early it was. Luckily, he knew a little about them and told me to just keep the lights on. I’ve never seen one again. Ha Ha.

Still, I looked up how to keep them out without harsh chemicals and found that Cedarwood essential oil would do the trick and keep the infestation of spiders down to a more manageable level at the same time. So I picked some up the next time I was at my house, put fifteen drops in a pump sprayer, filled it halfway with water and sprayed everywhere in the bathrooms and the spiders stayed away for almost two weeks.

For the toilets, sometimes using chemicals is simply unavoidable. One week Derek came home from his travels with the most awesome and loving surprise, a Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Fresh Brush. Just in time too. I love Elder Bowman!!! We had a big mess in one of the bathrooms and I was so grateful I didn’t have to use anything else to clean it. I like to use Scrubbing Bubbles because the smell of the chemicals do not bother me at all, and I am very sensitive. I do not flush them but I do get a lot of use from them. It is nice to be able to throw away the cleaning tool after cleaning some really dirty toilets and the scrubbing bubbles make quick work of it too.

Anyway, that is how Sister Bowman and her lovely  Angels clean the Warm Springs Ranch.


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The Business Secret of Pahranagat Valley

Cheyenne in the fur shrug. We are on our way to perform for the Senior Center Dinner.
Daniel Lapin, author of Business Secrets from the Bible, tells a story of his Great Great Grandfather, who bought a table from a neighbor for five dollars. The neighbor was going to have to pay five dollars just to have it picked up. She felt good about this transaction. She saved five dollars and earned five dollars. She is up by $10. Grandpa Lapin then goes to the hardware store and spends a dollar on some hardware to fix up the table. After the table is fixed he sells the table for $10.00 to a newlywed couple who were going to pay $20.00 for a different table. So now the couple can spend the 10 dollars they saved on something else in the community and the village just keeps prospering.
When we do business at the local level, or when we buy something from each other at the online yard sale or pick up, repair, and resell something we found at the local give away spot here in the valley, 😉 we are helping our community prosper. Every little cent counts. The village in the example was up by $21.00 just by this one transaction. I’m sure it went on from there. Business in the valley benefits everyone. One person prospering can only be a good thing for his neighbor. We can celebrate that person’s success because it will inherently benefit the whole community.
Let me tell you a true story of how doing business with your neighbor can help you prosper in the land. Lark Harrington, posted on the PV online yard sale that she was on the look out for some vintage aprons. I just happened to have some for her to look at in my storage unit, collecting dust. I traded my vintage aprons for $30.00 dollars that day. Now, sitting at the local Antique store, Wild Rose Junktiques, was the most beautiful fur shrug, I had my eye on for months. It was thirty dollars. I jumped in my minivan and drove the ten minutes down the road and picked up my fur. A few days later, my friend Andrea, the owner of the Wild Rose Junktiques, stopped by for dance lessons from my daughter for $30.00. Lark may have given me 27.00 and the shrug might have been a little more but you get the idea. The fact is all of our lives benefited from Lark asking for aprons.
We must not be so afraid of our neighbor’s success. We must try harder to insure it.  Shirley Davis, was an example to me, of someone who looked for ways to help people in the valley by doing business with them or sharing her resources with them. Our family was blessed to live in her rental home when we had no where else to go. There were no rentals and we had two house payments, because our home in Arizona hadn’t sold. She was more than good to us. And her willingness to share her resources gave us time to get back on our feet.
Many people in the valley, Matt Harrington (woodwork), Robert Park (Electrical) and the Nathan Collier (Trash Pickup), are all examples of people who I’ve done business with that have charged a very fair price for their work and have been really generous with their talents and services.
Despite what seems to be a widespread American belief that people only prosper at the expense of invisible victims, business is good for communities. Transactions between two individuals that improves the quality of life for both, is Godly and righteous. Honest dealings with our fellow man, develops relationships, creates economic stability helps the poor and builds communities. People need work and to interact with others in a positive fulfilling way. It is a basic need. So next time you have a choice between doing business in the Valley, or buying from Amazon, try to find a way to help your neighbor. The money will inevitably come back to you and improve your quality of life in many ways.
Hugs, Bianca.
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