Monday, July 15, 2019

What a great activity! Escape from Crystal Cave

Successful Genealogy Activity!

Part of the joy of creating a project is getting the feedback on how it enhances lives and gets people excited about family history.  I write Escape room game plans and have been receiving great feedback but this is the first time I got some pictures back from the activity!  I thought I would share with you.  If you have friends who think genealogy is too hard, this is a great way to help them realize how much fun it can be to find your family and learn more about their lives.  This Relief Society took a game and made a fun evening event.  I hope more take this opportunity to create some fun events around genealogy!  Way to go Hobble Creek 4th Ward, Springville, UT!

Here is the trailer for the Cave game....

       Thanks so much for helping us out with the escape room ideas. We had to condense it to 10 clues for time, but it was a raging success! I think Floyd may have been laughing a little from Heaven, but telling his story certainly invited the spirit. The ladies really enjoyed this fun way of learning about genealogy.  I thought you might enjoy some pics from that activity.

Thanks again,

Well done to this Relief Society for getting people really excited about family history.  Everyone has a story!  Every family is unique and interesting!  What is YOUR story?
found a clue in a jar of sand...."Sand Cave"

Lock boxes with 4-5 digit or alpha codes are the best!

Checking your answer with the Gamemaster?
Game Master's command post

Is that a clue in the hymn book?  Hmmmmmm!

Interesting information about Floyd Collins, his surroundings, his family and the monument

some clues need a UV flashlight for finding them!  Handy to have invisible markers too!

Putting together a puzzle just might land you a clue to the next location...

Very clever twist!  Can you see the hidden lock box in the books?

How do I qualify for a free embroidered Temple Names bag from

Purchase 3 Family History Escape Room Plans for 60

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Sally's Parents do not know who the Ghost is.  
They only know that his cryptic messages he has left in the attic
 may be the key to either some serious treasure, or may even lead them to documentation which could land Sally a College Scholarship, being the Great, Great, Great Granddaughter of a Civil War Hero.

Help them uncover the treasure

Complete game plan - laid out in Powerpoint, Word and all the clues - ready to put on this week if you want.  You just supply the various locks and props that are in the script.  Loads of fun and without realizing it, the YSA or YW/YM get some lessons in how to research using keywords and valuable life learning tools!

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Where did I get my props? 

Ebay and

I searched for locks and lock boxes and puzzle boxes.  Then I tried them out on all my kids (we have 12! So that was easy.  I asked them to all give these a try and watched how long it took them to open them.   One was a Physics Masters Graduate.  He finished all three in less than 10 minutes.  Everyone else was done in about 20-25.  Now my goal is to keep the YSA busy for at least an hour, so I have enough of these twists and turns in my program to do that.

You can use whatever locks you want.  You can change the pictures of locks or clues.  It's all changeable except the story line.

Each game has over 100 hours of research and dovetailing - It is work to work out all the twists and turns so I don't feel guilty charging for my time to create and prepare this for others.  Feel free to email me and ask questions.  Of course, all of our own 9 Stakes and Stake Presidencies are getting my creation for free ;)

Karen S Meyer,

(Yes, it may not seem fair, but the Stake Presidencies we represent get these for free)


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Escape from the Cabin near Crystal Caves!

This is a fun YSA activity or any group interested in Family History.
It takes place in 1925 and is a real story about Floyd Collins.  As you search for the hidden treasure, you find out more about his life and his family and  part of the exercise is to put together a pedigree with the information.  Each Lock Box or secret location gets you one clue closer to finishing the pedigree.  Before you know it, you've completed 4 generations.

All answers are on Ancestry.
  I did the research myself and all the documentation requested is there in the file and on Ancestry.
This comes with a power point to use for printing out the clues for the Players,
a power point that shows the Game Master (You!) how to put it together and how to discern any questions about the clues.
It comes with a clue and budget sheet to show how much props might be and where you might find them
It also comes with some handouts for participants from an Emeritus Seventy
We hope you love it!  Scottsdale YSA is charged up to do this one on Dec 8, 2018
We had some people from other stakes purchase it from us for $20 but it is free to our AreaTFHC.






super fun!

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What is clean reading?

Ever see any of your friends on Goodreads and wonder why they are reading novels with horrendous words, pictures and ideas that pollute your mind?  I still do!

I wanted to create something for my family that would let them enjoy the experience of reading adventure and spy novels, but do not have explicit love scenes, or foul language.  It IS possible to live a provident live without those words and scenes.  You don't have to be a Mormon to enjoy a good Spy novel or love story.

I hope you will give my books a chance.  Even your family could read these, though, my test group were over 80 and they said, it made their heart race a bit.  So if you are feint of heart, steer clear, my LDS characters do get themselves into trouble and occasionally they need to use their weapons to get themselves out.

All of my books are .99 or free on Kindle Unlimited because it is more important to me that the world enjoy "clean" reading (no bad language) than to make money.  To have something to hand down to my grandchildren is the best intent for my project.  

A Matter of Time

Marietta Hensley is a Forensic Genealogist and Scientist who, using her doctorate is using the only time machine in secret to change the lives of others for good.   She uses the lottery to help fund the project rationalizing that sure, she may go forward in history and grab the winning numbers but that money is doing people good.

She looks back in time to find tragedies in which people should not have died.  Using her Quantum Entanglement Device, and plotting the exact coordinates in time and space, she programs the vehicle to land in a remote location, cloaks the device with a force field and saves the victim.  Doing this ensures that one of their descendants may do something noble for mankind.

However,  she wonders what happens if you go back in time to alter a genealogical line, keeping one person from dying in a horrific tragedy in order to save millions by what the descendant will invent in the future, should I?   Should I play God?

Marietta has the intel, time machine and funding by U C Berkeley to go back and alter reality for the good of mankind but what she discovers is that you may save one from a tragedy only to lose other generations to another disaster; perhaps one created by a descendant of the person she saved.

 One thing she discovers is that it’s no fun playing God all the time. How does she escape the drama?  Find out in A Matter Of Time - coming to Amazon books May 30, 2019

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Rex Sloan was bullied in High School, and not just by non-members either.  He was driven to pursue his first love of intellectual studies instead of a girlfriend.  He sought a career after his Mission to focus on, instead of marriage, which he put on the back burner to percolate.  Having trust issues, he has received a 20 year Reunion invitation which causes some anxiety.  In addition, his identity has been stolen.  He is a multi-millionaire and is having some trouble getting the Beverly Hills Police department to jump in and help him solve the mystery.  He does his own sleuth work and through investigating, finds the culprit, but keeps the mystery going as he does not reveal his
true identity.

Enjoy Private Eye Sloan and find the real thief...the one who stole his heart!



Two teens are in their Senior year and planning their lives.  They quickly learn that when we plan and are not in symphony with what Heavenly Father has planned for us our destiny becomes Uncharted.  They try to get on the path by being more in tune and understanding that Plan B may sometimes just be what He really wanted us to experience.   In the meantime, as you get to know both families, you find that one has a dark past involving World War II Stolen Art pieces.  The current generations are oblivious to this because the  Great Grandfather has not documented his family history.  He has it all in his head, hoping to find the clue his cousin left for him to clear the family of any wrongdoing by association. 

The book is a great tool for parents of youth getting ready to leave home.  

What do they need to know that first year that will help them become positive thinking, assertive young adults?

Under Cover!

(watch for a new video about this soon!)

Andie and Anson are new to the FBI field.  Recently graduated, their first mission is in California.  The job is to unmask Russian Spies who have infiltrated and stolen plans for the newest Stealth Bomber.   The FBI Chief gives the couple a beautiful home across the street from the spy and his family, allowing Anson to carpool with his neighbor to work.  Their cover is that they are a newlywed Mormon couple. 

 Now, if you have ever been a convert, you know how easy it is to misunderstand that "different" vernacular of LDS people.  So how would you like to be thrown into an undercover position without a Mormon jargon translation book?  This causes some misunderstandings which have actually occurred in convert's lives.  The funniest scene is probably trying to have an intelligent discussion with the Bishop.  Nothing gets past him.

Quest for Peace

Katie McMasters lost her brother in an accident.  Her father always treated him a little better but not because he didn't like her, it was just easier for him to relate to a boy.  Now, the father has lost his testimony, his son, and is badly injured.  Their sheep have to go to market in the fall and moving them to the lake pasture for the summer was always Tom and Pa's job.  Katie takes on the challenge to take care of them all by herself, with the help of Shep her dog, Pepper her horse and whatever knowledge Ma has imparted all these 13 years.  She is alone in a dangerous world, exposed to predators of all kinds and her goal is to make her Father proud.

Harriet Heads for Hollywood

This is a silly kids book written to teach my children to give to others instead of taking all the time.  Hey, it worked.  They are all amazing people so maybe Harriet had a hand in that.

Harriet is a Horse who does not hide her talents under a bushel.  She is the entertainment of the barnyard.  The Farmer does not want her to go off to try to be on Animal Star Search.  He decides to give her some perks of the job.  That's not good enough.  Her friends give her the Farmer's tractor and help her with directions to a little town in California called Newbury Park.  She can stay with the Owl's cousin and his family while she auditions.  The problem is, she never learned to read.  He helps her learn the word N E W so that whenever she sees that, she will stop.  She ends up going all over America in search of her goal, but giving service to others and helping them reach their goals instead.  It's a rewarding life that she is living and it gives her time to rethink what she really wants to do in this life.

This book teaches others about selfless service - it's not just another silly horse story.  Just read it and laugh...then read it to your youth and they will learn.

The Ocean Adventure

Living with someone with a big ego is difficult, especially when he is a workaholic.  Deke has a big family but he is missing out  on their youth because of his passion for his work.  It's his turn to plan the family vacation but he is missing out on their youth because of his passion for his work.  He decides to make it the "Vacation they will never forget!" and plans a one-day ocean excursion, which turns into a comedy of errors, terror and possibly before the day is over felonies will have been committed.  He learns his lesson, but those with the most integrity will decide if the correct choices were made.  He has lots of options and chances to right the wrongs and show his kids that he has integrity.  

Finding Your Treasure
Finding Mormon Treasure

We are all in search of the treasure of our lives of some kind.  For Tom, it is the treasure of family and the wish to be reunited with them after a tragic accident.  For Summer, it is in finding something that her Great Grandmother left at the property Summer inherited for her when Great Grandma Essie passed away.  
Tom and Summer meet in a comedy and adventure of errors and misjudgments and help the police with a sting operation to capture some notorious drug lords.  This novel is a fun way to learn how to and how NOT to communicate effectively!  It is a Romantic Comedy, but also a Mystery Adventure at the same time.

The Sequel to Under Cover, Escape from Cancun
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The Sequel to Uncharted Destiny, Destiny Unfolds 

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Family History Embroidered

Michael Joseph Concannon 1849-1918
Wm Matthew Concannon 1884-1932

Lineage, Heritage, Family

Michael Francis Concannon 1924-2006

Karen Concannon 1953 - ?

I was thinking of a way to honor my family, perhaps creatively.  I thought of doing a totebag for my genealogy work with pictures of the Concannon Legacy embroidered of these great people who are my lineage.  I hope you don't think it  is tacky.  I just saw the looks on my grandchildren's faces and realized that they want to see these pictures more often and what a great way to say, "I'm taking my family to the temple."  Here are some of the beginning stitchouts - See if you can see a resemblance...

What do you think?


Thanks to all for the great reviews and responses about my newest novel - so great to know people like clean mystery/adventures out there!

A Matter of TimeA Matter of Time by Karen S. Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you could go back in time to alter a genealogical line, keep one person from dying in a horrific tragedy in order to save millions from dying by what his or her descendant would invent in the future, would you?

Marietta Hensley, is a Forensic Genealogist, and Scientist. She has invented the time machine and has the funding by the University of California at Berkeley to go back and alter reality for the good of mankind. However, what she discovers is that you may save one person from tragedy, only to lose other generations to another disaster. One thing she discovers is that it's no fun playing God all the time. Find out what happens and how she and her partner Dr. Albert Penniman foil industrial espionage and escape the drama in A Matter of Time, by Karen S. Meyer

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Only 2.99 on Kindle -

Paperback:  7.75

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Fun with Embroidery - you should join our Facebook Group!

If you have a PE800 Embroidery Machine, by all means, join us! -

I got this as a set of wonderful presents for Christmas.  I had an embroidery machine but it was well loved and needed a professional to overhaul it to bring it back to life.  My stepdaughter gladly took it and all my PES cards off my hands.  My husband, in its place, gave me a PES 800 and a Singer Quantum Stylist 9980 and I've been in hog heaven just experimenting and making people happy with my creations.

I've sold a lot of my tote bags on my site and I have some people who are modeling them and making sales for me, this has been great.

Here are some of the cute ones. I use for my designs...
I made a pair of diaper bags with little turquoise dragons on the material.  the lining is teal velour and it is padded with industrial 1/2" padding.  The bottom has black microfiber to protect it and have a longer life .  Most of my zippers are the bling zippers - they are more expensive but add an elegant touch.

I tried this patchwork and my Granddaughter who is 14 thought it would be perfect for her.

I also make little white 5 x 7 temple bags with an embellished initial on the front.  They are padded, lined and zippered.  They are about 15.00 plus shipping.

When you are trying to please people, there is always this challenge to give them exactly what they want, but you still have to be true to your own desires as a designer.  this was tough for me, but the girl who ordered it simply loves it.

She wanted her name in Japanese, an alien, and lots of cats.
Wow - that's a lot, but it was exactly what she wanted so....order filled!

 This was fresh out of the hoop - I hadn't even cut the little jump strings - but just wanted
to make sure I got the scripture that Lynsie wanted for her bag - It turned out really cute.  I completely forgot to get pictures of the bag when we were done.  So she is going to take some for me.
 Ths bag is very girly and appropriate for a college or high school girl.  I call it a Gingerbread bag because it is so full of design work.  I've never made a bag with flannel on the outside, but that is what she wanted.  She loves pink and yellow together so away we went!    There is a Tuscan L enhanced with floral and leaves on one side and a pink rose on the other.

This is another one I put together in just a couple of days so I could have one here at the house for a sample.  It has a peacock on the front with the inscription, "The Earth is full of God's glory..."

It is framed by material which has peacocks on it.  The accents of the bag are turquoise, lime, and cinnamon.  The lining and 2 9x9 pockets with zippers is Cinnamon velour with the 1/2" industrial lush batting.  I always create padded straps with a special fold over technique with 1" double-faced 
satin ribbon hiding the seam.  It makes it so strong, it will last 10 years.

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