Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Living on the Sunny Side of the Street!

Guten Tag!  It is looking a little overcast today.  I heard on the news that we are expecting rain and snow by tomorrow....just in time for Thanksgiving.  Luckily we are having our dinner on Friday.  Our son Kenny is flying here and "accidentally" scheduled his flight for the day after the actual Thanksgiving day.  (I'm sure he got a better price on his ticket).  But it is all good.  In fact it makes it so most of our other kids don't have to go to two different dinners on the same day.  It will work out great I think.  And maybe the storm will have passed by then.  And it also makes it so that if I forgot something when I went shopping this morning, I can pick it up Friday....right, when all of the stores will be packed for "Black Friday."  I really try to avoid stores when it is so crowded.  I have even been known to do my Christmas shopping at 4 in the morning....to avoid the crowds.  That is actually a great strategy if you can't sleep anyway.  The service is fantastic and there are no lines!  We did go shopping on Black Friday a couple of years ago.  We went to the Apple store and bought new cell phones and iPads.  It was fun, but sooooooo crowded.
Well, now I get to go meet Mel for lunch.  We usually do that.  It makes life so much more fun!  Then I have to go visit teach our last lady.  She has been out of town until just a couple of days ago.  She is a fun friend.  They are always traveling!  Mostly to Hawaii.  They have time shares there and feel like they have to use them.
I had a most wonderful birthday!  I told Mel all I wanted for my birthday was a lovely lunch with my daughters....at the Cheesecake Factory.  And my wish was granted.  It was so fun, and I really felt so loved.  And then I received so many nice messages on Facebook.  I feel like I am very loved.  And that feels good.  I guess that is one very nice thing on Facebook....connecting with friends that we normally wouldn't be able to talk to...and so instantaneously!
Well, I had better be on my way.  I hope all is happy and bright in cyberspace!!!  Keep your stick on the ice!  And HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Thursday, November 19, 2015

P.S. 2

I worked on this for a few hours today. I made some progress on the colors in the sky. And then I started working on the water. I think I made some progress. I like working on it at Mel's work.   Just a little show and tell.



Good morning!  I realized this morning that I never posted the finished painting from my class.  I guess I am not really very pleased with this painting....mostly because it looks to me like a made up place. Things do not look like they really exist.  My teacher said it was a place in his mind.  And I guess I prefer real places...and references.  I have to admit that I did learn quite a bit, just not happy with the end result.  Which makes me think I have made progress...because now I do come up with paintings that I like the end result.  Anyway here it is.

I have been so busy watching Julie's five kids.  Julie and Randy and their other two kids came home yesterday, and it is amazing how quiet it is around here again.  I kind of like it.  But it was lots of fun here with all of the children and their enthusiasm.  I think I am definitely past the child rearing time of my life though.  I felt like I was constantly working....which is exactly what a mother does.  I am always surprised when someone comments, "No, she doesn't have a job.  She's a stay at home mom." It's the hardest, most constant job I have ever had.  I really don't think you realize that if you have never experienced it.
So now my focus has turned back to the normal things of my life...bills, dishes, laundry, swimming, painting, etc.  And there's the Christmas program for church.  It has me a little worried.  I am not a naturally organized person.  I really have to work at being organized.  And so I am a little overwhelmed right now with getting everything done for the Sacrament meeting program.  I have a good program, but making all of the assignments is slow.  I'll be glad when I have this done.
Well, I guess I will get on with my day.  I hope all is well in cyberspace.  Take care!  Melody

Friday, November 13, 2015


I thought I would post my progress on Sunset Bay.  It is coming along slowly.  I like that it is waiting for me at Mel's work.  I like having a quiet place to work, but still there are people around.  It is working out well.
I am working on the background/sunset right now.  Then I will place the people and fix the sand colors.  But I am definitely liking this one.  So that is my show and tell for this afternoon.

Being Grandma

Hello again!  It is hard to write these days.  Things have picked up as far as being busy.  This week I have been watching 5 of Julie's kids while she and Randy travel back to Oklahoma to try and fix up their house for selling.  It hasn't sold and they are feeling the pinch of two mortgages.  So they took their two oldest kids to help and left me with the younger 5.  We're having fun, but it is way more than I am used to doing.  This morning they are playing monopoly....at least 4 of them are.  Nicolas is playing games on his phone.  He's 13 and not as interested in the group.  But the four younger are having fun.  I asked if I could take a picture...

They are a bunch of hams!
Later we are going to see "The Minions".  I hope it's a good show.  I like those little characters, and the kids love them.  
I am grateful for grandchildren.  They help me to stay younger.  Although when I am watching them full time I feel so much older.  How did I ever do this?  I must have been so much younger!!!!!!!  I have to take breaks now to put my feet up!  Yesterday, Matthew (6) asked me how come my hands shake so much?  Sigh!  I don't know....but they definitely do.  
Well, I had better get back to the house work, which all of a sudden is piling up faster than I can do it!!  Take care out there!!!  Melody

Saturday, November 7, 2015


This week has seemed especially busy!  Probably because we traveled home from Oregon on Monday and spent the rest of the week catching up... On sleep as well as work.  I scrubbed and mopped the front office floor before we left. And then on Tuesday I waxed the floor so that it would stay cleaner. I am so pleased that it looks so nice.  Here's a photo of it.
I bought a heavy duty entry rug from the janitorial business two doors down. That was a fun story. I went there to get an acrylic type wax that wouldn't need polishing. The young man who helped me was so nice.  I told him I would really like to find a rug that would help keep the entry clean. He said they didn't have any...except for a big one that was custom ordered but the customer didn't like the color.  I really liked it! And he sold it to me for their cost...about a third of what it would have cost through our supplier.  Anyway we got to talking about family run businesses and the fun of it all. As I was paying he gave me his card.  His name looked foreign, but somehow familiar. "Zeniff". I asked him if he was from another country. He said that he had been born right here in Nampa, but that his parents were from Central America and that his father really liked different names. I said that it looked so familiar...like a Book of Mormon name!  He smiled then and said yes it was from the Book of Mormon.  I asked then if he was LDS?  He said that yes, he had been raised in the LDS church. We both laughed, enjoying the fun of discovering we had something so wonderful in common.  Shakespeare asked, "What's in a name?"  A very thoughtful question. A name can inspire a lifetime I think.  I know mine has. 
I am reading another good book for book club.  It is called "The Boys in the Boat" about the rowing team from Washington who won the gold medal in Germany in 1936 with Hitler in power. I have to have it read by Wednesday and I only began reading it today.  But I am enjoying it already. 
I keep thinking of my dad.  We had a wonderful visit, but too short. I hope we can go again soon. The art class I was so looking forward to was cancelled so perhaps we can go then. The teacher travels out from Vermont. He is so good at teaching!  But he is 83 now I think. Mel said maybe we shall have to visit his studio!  I'd go!  I feel like he knows so much and teaches so well.  But he is scheduled to come again in March. So hopefully it will work. 
So it's late and I'm tired. I hope all is well in cyberspace!  Melody

Friday, October 30, 2015


We made it to Oregon.  We followed a rainbow for quite a few miles as we drove toward Sisters,Oregon. It was so beautiful!  

Once we got on the othe side it was very fine rain...almost a mist. I think rain is needed here so it is a good thing, even though it means a rainy Halloween. 
We spent the evening with my dad. We took him to his favorite restaurant...Red Robin. He seemed to enjoy it. It is so great to be here with him.  Although it is hard to see Barb so ill. 
Tomorrow we are planning a drive to the ocean. I am very excited to go. We are going to Sunset Bay which is one of my favorite beaches. I even have an unfinished painting of it. Maybe it will inspire me to finish it!  At any rate it should be fun.  I hope my dad comes. He said he will so unless he changes his mind it will be extra fun. 
And so it goes. Every day full of all the ordinary and amazing things that eventually make a lifetime. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Good morning!  I'm sitting in the Les Schwab waiting area while my tires are being rotated. Exciting stuff!  We are going to see my dad in Oregon this weekend so I am also going to get the oil changed after this. I'm looking forward to a break. And I miss my dad so much. His wife is really sick so they don't get out. It's hard for them both. I'm hoping we can take him on a ride and maybe get him out of the house for a while. 
I am gradually setting up my art studio/reception area at the shop. I found this cool old desk that is perfect for holding all my stuff. And I brought my easel and tabouret down. I'm still not sure what to work on. I'm still a little nervous for others to see my work. I guess I need a little more of that tough rhinoceros hide. But I will be brave. 
So now I am at the oilers...Eisteins. It's kind of fun. They have a whole routine for show that is pretty entertaining. 
So I guess that's life today. Hope all is happy and bright for you!  Melody

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Looking Forward to Daylight

Good morning!  It is still dark here in who ville.  I think it will help when the time changes this weekend.  I look forward to it.  Although the ward choir sings this Sunday.  I always worry someone will not change their clock.   I guess it shouldn't matter too much, since they would be early instead of late.  But these things keep me awake at night.  I woke up about 4 and thought about all kinds of silly stuff.  I really wish there was a button to push to turn the volume down so I could sleep through all of that nonsense that keeps me up.  Oh well.
My dog Buddy is sick.  He has some kind of abscess on his neck.  I will try to get him cleaned up enough to see what is going on.  He has really thick fur, so it is hard to see.  It could be that he got into weeds.  Poor guy.  He is always such a happy, pleasant dog....although way too big for a house dog.  He reminds me of Clifford, the big red dog.
I am hoping today to start moving some of my art stuff to the shop.  There is a big front office that is not being used at all and Mel said I can set my stuff up there.  I like the space because it is full of windows, very bright and cheery.  I feel a little silly bringing paints to Mel's shop, but he seems very positive about it.  I guess I will try it and see.  It might be that I paint better where there is no laundry or dishes:)  At least that sounds good in theory.
Well, the sun is finally beginning to come up.  I will get on with today.  I hope your day is filled with lots of sunshine where ever you may be in cyberspace.  Melody