Monday, September 29, 2014

Being a Disciple

Good morning!  It is a gray day here today, with some rain, and it has definitely turned to colder weather.  Watching the news last night I felt quite grateful for the weather we are having.  It seems like Arizona may turn tropical if the rain doesn't let up there!  I suppose that weather will continue to be interesting as we progress through these latter days.
So I had to write to tell you about these amazing young men in our ward.  I was asked to teach the ll and turning 12 year old boys in our primary.  They are such an impressive group!  There are about 10 of them.  And they are so fun to teach.  I absolutely love their enthusiasm for the gospel!  Yesterday the lesson was on Naaman in the Old Testament.   He's the Syrian soldier who had leprosy and went to the prophet Elisha to be healed.  One of the boys volunteered to tell the whole story, and he did an amazing job.  And where he wasn't certain of the details, there were others who filled in the blanks.  But the best part was when we were discussing how it applied to their lives now.  They really understand.  We were talking about prophets, so I told them my story about President Monson, how I had felt like unseen angels accompanied him to the Marriott Center at Women's Conference a few years back.  They paid such close attention, and really listened.  They are very close to the Spirit, and want to be worthy Aaronic priesthood holders.  One of them just received the priesthood a couple of weeks ago.  And he told how much he loved passing the sacrament.  He even bore his testimony in fast meeting!  He is so sweet!  After class, one of the boys came up to me and said how glad he was that I taught their class.  I have taught that class a few times, and I am always so impressed with their spiritual strength!  If they are typical of the young men growing up in the church, there will be quite an army for good in the world!!!!!!!
I guess I also love them because they are so good to my grandson Taylor, whenever he comes with us to church.  They are inclusive and make him feel like he is a part of the group.  It warms my heart!  I think they are really trying to be disciples of Christ!
I haven't written about the amazing meeting we had with the Nazarene church last Thursday.  The Nazarene college here in town invited two Mormons to be on a panel with two Nazarene professors.  They invited Bro. Millet, who is a marvelous speaker.  He has written over 70 books, and has done a great deal of work trying to promote better relations between the LDS church and other churches.  There was also a young woman on the panel....a convert....who was also very knowledgeable and was able to answer questions intelligently.  It was a most fascinating panel discussion.  First each of them addressed what they felt were similarities and differences between our two faiths.  And then they talked about other things that people had questions about.  I came away with a better understanding of why Evangelical religions don't believe we are Christians.  It has nothing to do with whether or not we believe in Christ.  But rather that we don't accept the Nicean definition of the trinity.  Brother Millet gave compelling reasons why we are Christians.  They also seemed to think that the idea of God having a body was very strange.  I learned a lot, and it made me so glad for revealed truth.  I am glad I have a testimony of priesthood authority.  But I also felt like there are good people in every faith, and it was a real blessing to have a chance to come together.
Well, I guess I had better get on with my day.  It should be full of plenty to do.  I am grateful for that!  Take care and remember I am still pulling for you!!!!  And have a most wonderful day!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A Good Day

Hola!  It's a rainy day here.  Not too rainy, but enough that Mel couldn't mow the lawns until later, so we went to breakfast instead:)  I like going to breakfast, but Mel LOVES going to breakfast.  I think because he can order things I don't make anymore.  This morning he had lemon poppyseed pancakes with some sort of lemony syrup.  He was quite happy.  I tried to stick to my weight watcher faire.  Not too successfully.  But I was careful at any rate not to eat too much.  So it was all good.
Then we went to Costco to pick up a few things.  It is a bit crowded on Saturday, but it was worth it since I had one of those checks they send at the end of the year.  So we got it all for "free."  Ha, ha!  I am sure I have paid for it already, but it is a nice illusion.
Then we went to look at a house I thought looked interesting on Zillow.  It looked nice, but the trouble with looking is that we always conclude, we like where we are much better.  So it is a good exercise in appreciating what we already have.  And "there's no place like home."  I suppose as long as we feel that way we will stay put.  I am feeling lots less lonely since I have been working at the shop.  It has put things back into balance.  So that is good. I thought I would share this from Elder Scott.  It is great advice!!!!
And that is all for today.  Tonight is the Women's Broadcast.  It is the meeting for all of the women in the LDS church.  You can find it here.  Women's Conference  It is available in 26 languages at this site.  You can also watch it on BYU TV and Youtube.  I will be sure to watch it.  I love this meeting!!!
So have a magnificent day out in cyberspace today!  I'm still pulling for you!!!!!!!!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Brighter Day

Well, as you can see I've started a painting.  I know it has quite a ways to go, but it feels good so far.  It is a sunset at Sunset Bay.  Nothing too earth changing, but still I think it could be nice.  I mostly worked on the color in the sky...kind of a foundation.  Most of the rest is just sketchy paint to place where things will eventually go.  I only had an hour this morning, but it did feel good.  So I will try to keep at it.  The main problem, like always, is making sure the paint on my brush is the color I want on the canvas.  I still struggle with just blopping on whatever happens to end up on the brush after a few strokes.  I will get better though.
So now I am off to help Mel with work stuff.  He has been clearing out some space at work....bringing it back here and putting it in his empty shop.  It's no longer empty!!!!!!  Oh well.  I didn't really think I would get an art studio out of it all.  It would be way too big, and cold in the winter.  This bedroom does feel kind of cramped, but it is fine.  At least I have a place for painting!
Anyway, things are looking a little brighter today.  I hope all is well in cyberspace!!!  Melody

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Rotten

Hello.  Today has been a fairly rotten day:)  But it is almost over and I am still here to witness it was awful.  Of course, most of the day was fine.  I got to watch sweet Alex, 3, while Liz had dental work done.  I got to have an ultrasound on my leg.  The technician said it looked somewhat better, though there are still residual clots.  He said they may hang around for a very long time.  I liked this technician. Especially when I told him I was going to be 65 soon, and he acted genuinely shocked.  He is either a great actor, or a very kind young man.  At any rate it did help me feel a little better about aging and blood thinners.
The really rotten part I can't share...ever I suppose.  It was not my event, but someone close, and I promised confidentiality.  But it has put me through a series of emotions...disbelief, shock, sadness, rage, etc.  I hate how it takes me time to process things.  I think Heavenly Father must be able to judge perfectly because he has perfect control of his own emotions.  Maybe someday.  In the meantime I will probably turn on netflix and eat something naughty...like a chocolate chip cookie.  My dietician would laugh at that.  According to her there are no forbidden foods....just limited foods.  So I hope I can stop with one.  That is the trick I suppose.
Anyway, I will feel fine soon I think.  Max is being especially attentive.  It is funny how animals seem to sense your emotions.  He has been trailing me around since I got home from all of the running around of today.  Mel also came home.  He is a gem.  So calm and level headed and able to talk sense to me.  I guess that is what eternal companions are all about.  I am very blessed there.  So have a good evening.  Sorry to slightly dump.  I am fine, it just helps to write.  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Working Girl

My second day at work, and I feel like I am helping Mel quite a bit.  Today I went with our bookkeeper to meet with the accountant's assistant.  So Mel was able to stay at work and work on the mold he is stressing about.  That was good.  Except, I feel like I am the new girl on the block.  I really did not help much in the meeting, except to smooth feelings afterwards.  I guess I am not as easily ruffled by other people's personalities.  I had to assure our bookkeeper that she was doing a great job, and that the assistant was always a little critical of our poor record keeping.  It was no reflection on her....etc., etc.  It's true.  We have not always been up to speed with quickbooks, and every once in a while we discover one more mistake we have made.  Today it was a few thousand dollars put in the wrong category last year...so it was difficult to know how to fix our mistake, now that the taxes are already in. We had to pay more taxes because of the mistake, so I think the accountant's assistant might have been a little defensive.  I am not sure.  I only know it got a little tense between the two ladies, and I just sat there smiling, hoping they would soon figure it all out.  They eventually did, and I think they are on OK terms.  At least I hope so:)  I think it will help that I am there eventually.  I did learn the difference between a customer and a vendor:)  I think I knew that before, just not where to look for it on purchase orders and invoices.
Pretty exciting, huh?  I also got to see my two sons in law and my grandson who all work there with Mel.  That was the fun part for me.  I enjoy being around "the boys", as Mel refers to them.  They are a pretty nice group of guys.  We get along well.
So now I am back home.  I thought I would paint, but I am just too pooped.  I had actually planned on painting this morning, even got dressed in my painting shirt and pants, when the bookkeeper messaged Mel about this meeting.  I don't think I have another opportunity to paint until Thursday.  But I am beginning to actually feel like I really want to paint again.  So that is a good sign.
Anyway, I guess I will put some dinner in the oven and catch up on the news of today.  I heard on NPR that we sent missiles and all sorts of awful stuff to Syria today.  I hope they are careful with all of this weaponry.  I wish there was no such thing as war and hatred and silly men with nothing better to do with their lives.  But that is for my other blog....if I ever get it finished!  Take care, and remember I am pulling for you!!!!!!!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVGE!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Monday, September 22, 2014

Shipping Clerk

Today seems like a good day to announce that I am going to be working on another blog.  It won't be like this one, which is mostly my recordings of the happenings in my days....rather dull and non eventful.  But I will not quit, because it helps me immensely...with memory mostly.  But also it helps to think about my life and what direction I am headed.  I mostly use this as a clearing place for my head, and to keep myself positive.  The other blog will be more thoughtful, published less, and I may occasionally use it as a platform to lecture to the world.  It seems to me the world could use a lecture or two.  Of course, I will have to be careful to not get too full of myself.  I am always open to other opinions, as long as they are kind:)  I am still figuring out a name.  All of the ones I wanted were already taken.  Sigh!
In my life today, I went back to work.  I have been working here and there for Mel and our little plastic business on and off for several years.  But today I committed myself to be a better helpmeet.  I guess Mel has needed someone to help in the office, but was afraid to say too much because he felt like he shouldn't compel me to work for him.  But when I explained to him how useless and un needed I have been feeling, he agreed that perhaps he really could use my help on a more consistent basis.  So I think it will be good for both of us.  He will have more time to work on molds, and I will handle things like invoices and billing and payroll.  Today I ordered material from three different companies.  It was kind of fun!  It reminded me of when I used to work as a shipping clerk for Hexcel Corp.  many long years ago.  I only worked there a couple of summers, and I was only the shipping clerk for about six weeks while Verla, the real shipping clerk, had surgery and recovered from surgery.  I wasn't a very fast typist, and I remember I was a disappointment to my boss.  He actually said he wouldn't have hired me if he had known how much typing I would have to do.  I did get to be a pretty fast typer by the end of my two summers, but never as fast as Verla, who could type at 120 wpm!  I think when I started I typed about 40 wpm.  I told my boss that when he hired me, but he thought I would only have to answer the phone and file.  Funny memories!  I can remember I got in trouble when a salesman called and wanted to talk to Jim.  I called for Jim over the loudspeaker, but he didn't answer.  So I decided I had better go find him.  I wandered around the plant for about 20 minutes looking for him!  The salesman finally hung up, but then he called my boss and told him how I had left him hanging on the phone line.  Ha, ha!  I thought it was funny then too.  I didn't get fired, but I did get scolded.  The thing I remember most about that job is the thick haze of smoke that hung in the office.  Everyone smoked!!!  Except me.  But I had to wash my hair everyday because it would get so gunked up with the smoke.  I don't think they would pass today's standards.  It's odd how some things have changed for the better, and some things are so much worse.
Well, I had better get on with today.  Have a happy family night!!!  I'm planning on it!!!  Melody

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Aargh!

Good day!  It has been a nice day today. I spent most of my day with Mel. Except for the time he spent sprucing up the yard. I spent that time inside doing the laundry and working on a company logo. I made it easy on myself and used an online program. It was kind of fun.  I did learn a little about logos in my graphic design class, but not enough.  So it was good to find help online. 
Tonight are our stake conference meetings. Mel is already at the leadership meeting that started at 4. Then we have a 7 o'clock meeting. I don't think we get to sit together though, since he has to sit on the stand.  They broadcast this from the stake center to two other buildings, so they asked him to sit on the stand at one of the other buildings.  I will go to the same building and wave at him from the audience. It reminds me of a speaker we had in church last week.  He was signing to his wife from the stand!  It was kind of cute. I couldn't understand anything they were saying to each other, but I think it may have been about how nervous he was feeling.  He hadn't given a talk for a few years. I guess we all get a turn at that. It does seem like some people get called upon to talk more often than others. I am knocking on wood!  I would rather be someone who doesn't have to talk very often.
I got a request for a children's book!  From my grandson, Sebastian. I guess he was feeling left out since I made one for his brother. I am thinking something with armor and swords.  He likes that sort of thing. And it sounds fun to do.  Maybe even with a pirate ship!  I will think on it for a bit.  It sounds fun to draw.
So I am sending well wishes out to cyberspace tonight!  Have a good night!  Me