Friday, November 21, 2014


Greetings!  It has been a good day today.  I got up early and went to Weight Watcher's, where I found I had gained a pound...big sigh!!!  Then I went to the bank and the store and came home to clean up the house and get ready for my birthday lunch with my visiting teachers.  They are the best!  Even though it is still a couple of days until my birthday, they took me to lunch at this very nice restaurant in town.  The food was delicious, but the friendship was even better.  I think we sat and talked for a couple of hours.  The waiters were beginning to circle, so we finally had to leave.  We did have such a nice time and it really cheered me.  This weather has been getting to me big time, so it was nice to sit and just visit with good friends.  One of them is also an artist and so I could complain to her how I am in such a slump.  And she understood.  That is so nice.  Especially when I don't really understand myself.
Now I am home, going through the mail.  I had a late payment notice from a company that is supposed to be getting an automatic payment from me, so I called and found out they had the wrong account number.  So I got that straightened out.  I like when I can solve big problems...a little like a Sherlock character, gathering clues and solving mysteries:)  It is funny how much satisfaction I can get from something so small and simple.  Perhaps I missed my vocation...except I don't think I could really solve much in the real world.  I am definitely not Miss Marple.  And besides, wouldn't it be ghastly if every place you happened to frequent, people got murdered?  It is really strange how she and a few other of those sleuth types just happen to be in a place where someone is murdered....over and over and over!  I can understand if you are called to a scene....but what are the odds that you just happen to be there?  Oh well.  I guess these silly shows don't have to make sense.  It is a little like Doc Martin, who, week after week, is faced with life threatening illnesses in a town that is probably only inhabited by a few hundred people.  I guess you aren't supposed to use logic.
Well, I have a little to report on the health scene.  I got a report back on the internet for my thyroid ultrasound.  The write up from the radiologist said that it is consistent with toxic, multinodular goiter.  Of course I had little idea of what that meant, and I don't see my doctor until next week.  So with the amazing resources available to me on the internet, I went on Youtube and watched a medical student lecture on the history and treatment of MNG's (as they are referred to in highly educated medical circles.)  It was about an hour long, and it was fascinating!  I think I know a whole lot more than I did.  Of course I have no idea of the extent or seriousness of mine, but it is kind of cool that I can find things out so easily.  And one thing I have learned is that knowledge is a good coping skill.  It really helps to feel like you know a lot about something that you are essentially powerless to do anything about.  I am hoping my doctor is very able to do something about this, but in the meantime I am coping very well, thank you.  Or at least I am trying to.  And I was able to identify some of the symptoms I have been having as ones shared on the video.  Pretty amazing stuff!
Anyway, I guess life is pretty good for the most part.  I am looking forward to finally reaching my big 65 on Sunday.  It is kind of a mile stone.  I used to think I would die young....when I was young.  I'm glad I was wrong.  It is nice to be officially entering into old age, or at least retirement age, and to be as healthy as I am.  So take care out there in cyberspace!  I am still pulling for you!  We are all in this leaky boat together!  Hold on and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Thursday, November 20, 2014


Good day!  It is a balmy 21 degrees here and foggy. It has been in the low teens all week, so it really is much warmer. It's supposed to reach 30!  Here's hoping!
Today is the first day this week I haven't had a medical test of some kind. It's great!  And I am feeling pretty good. Of course the doctor hasn't called with any results yet. So all is good for today. 
I am planning to go into work today and help out there. I am pretty caught up there though. So I am thinking I might do some things around here. I should paint, but I really get anxious just thinking about it. I'm not sure why. I am procrastinating big time!  And I think all this gray is getting to me. I probably need to get outside and walk....brrrr!  I will figure it out. Mostly I just wanted to send happy greetings!!  Have a gut wan!!!!  Melody 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Inspiring Message

I have been so impressed with this address by President Henry B. Eyring.  He is amazing!  And his message is so timely...given at the Humanum conference of leaders from around the world, meeting at the Vatican, to talk about and defend marriage between a man and a woman.  Here is the link.  Pres. Eyring  I especially like how he said that unselfishness was the key to happy marriage.  It is not always easy to put someone else's needs in front of your own...but it makes all the difference in helping and serving and strengthening any relationship...but most importantly in a marriage relationship.  And it makes me think how all generations are blessed when families are happy and serving each other and the Lord.
Anyway, not much new here.  Life continues to be challenging!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Monday, November 17, 2014

Happy FHE!!!!

Hola!  We had another Youtube family home evening tonight.  We watched a youth fireside with David Archuleta.  It was so good!!!  So here is the link. David Archuleta  He sings and he talks about his mission for the church to Chile.  It was a live event originally I guess, so that young people from all over asked questions online that he answered.  I thought it was very inspiring.  It makes me want to do more good in the world!!!  And to sing better:)  He really does have such a beautiful voice.
Speaking of singing...the ward choir sang again yesterday for Sacrament meeting.  It really sounded so nice.  I am enjoying this calling of leading the choir.  They do most of the work.  It isn't always easy to get a large number of people.  But we had about 10 men and 20 women, so it sounded pretty good.  It must be amazing to stand in front of a large the Mormon Tabernacle choir...and lead the music.  I feel the spirit of the music and the spirit of the Lord so strong when I lead the choir.  It is pretty great.
Today has been another day of sliding around in the snow.  Nampa's roads are the worst.  I had an appointment in Eagle that I had to go to in the afternoon.  The roads were mostly cleared there, and the freeway was totally clear.  So it wasn't bad on the roads once I got out of our little town.  But right now with the ice it takes about 40 minutes just to get to the freeway!  You have to really want to go somewhere to go down our little road.  But I have seen some beautiful things....two big eagles flying around down by the lake, hoar frost on all of the trees and bushes, and people being extra patient with pedestrians crossing the road.  One lady today had on very slippery shoes and could hardly get across the street.  It reminded me of a sledding trip I took so many years ago (45?) where I had on slippery shoes and got hit by a tube loaded with football players....I may have mentioned this once before.  I ended up with a blackened eye and a very raw face where I landed on the ice.  Luckily a nice young man came and escorted me to the first aid shack.  I was at an age when that really impressed me!
Well, I guess that is all for today.  I go for thyroid cat scans tomorrow and bone density tests on Wednesday.  Ha, ha!  It is kind of funny that I have spent most of the last two weeks in medical offices.  I am glad for the technology though.  We live in a miraculous time in so many ways.  I hope you have a great family night!  Take care and remember to smile!!!  Melody

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Whooo is that?

I'm in bed, catching up on my internet reading while Mel watches the last of the BSU football game.  I can hear an owl outside, hooting away.  It is the first one I have heard in a while. I like the sound, now that I am really sure it is a bird, and not some prankster.  It is way too cold for any person to be outside anyway...somewhere around zero!
We went to Boise this evening to watch our daughter Kim in a BSU theater production.  She did really well.  Then we went to the Cheesecake Factory for dessert.  Oops!  There go all my extra calories for weight watchers!  But it was worth it!  Mel and I shared an apple cobbler that was sooooo yummy!  And we didn't have much of a dinner, so I am probably Ok.
Well, I am going to sleep. Just had to tell about the owl out my window!  Sweet dreams!  Me

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Night...Still Alive!

Good evening !  Not much news here ...more bad weather, lots of snow, gray skies, and cold temperatures. And another call from the doctor! This time I needed to go in for another blood test because my thyroid levels were too high!  So I did that. I also skated on over to Weight Watchers in Meridian   I needed some good news. I'm down a pound and a half!  So that feels good.  It's slow but hopefully it will be steady. The traffic was terrible though, I think I saw two accidents, and there was so much slush and so much traffic!  It was kind of scary! Especially when big trucks would go speeding by on the freeway!  I'm not going to go out anymore today. 
So now I'm home sitting here by the pellet stove trying to stay warm. I guess that's another thing I have discovered about growing older...I can't warm up as easily as I used to. And this cold snap has come so unexpectedly. I need a few new things that I hadn't gotten to for one, and a warm hat and gloves. Mine are all kind of old and worn out. But who wants to shop in this weather?  Actually I did shop this morning, but it was grocery shopping. I don't think that counts!
So I hope all is well and happy in cyberspace tonight!  Take care, have a wonderful evening, and remember I'm still pulling for you!!!!!  We're all in this together!!!   Melody

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Good evening!  It has dropped 40 degrees here!  Last week it was 69, today it is 29!  And we've had snow today....with wind!  The wind chill is 17 degrees!  That's mighty cold for this time of the year.  But I am glad for the snow.
Today I went to visit my OB-GYN doctor.  No, I won't go into any wonderful details.  But apparently I am OK.  So that is good news.  Now I just have three more medical visits....Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday....then I think I am done for a while.  They are just imaging visits, so hopefully all will be well.
I unwrapped my canvas today.  Whoot, whoot!!!!!  :)  And after reading the info that came with it I don't think I need to put anymore Gesso on it.  So I can just begin painting.  I am thinking of taking another stab at painting the woman at the well.  I think I have learned tons since I painted the first version, and I also have lots of photos I took that would help now.  I am still thinking about it though.  I love painting insects and birds, so I would like to incorporate those into the painting:) (Joking)  I guess I need to spend some time drawing before I start painting.  I can do this!
And I think I have lost another pound!  Yay!!!  I don't think I am going into Weight Watchers tomorrow though.  Driving in this stuff is tricky! I will see how it looks in the morning.
Well, I hope all is happy and bright in your neck of the woods.  I am glad we had a little sunshine before we plunged into this gray cold!!  Have a most wonderful evening!!!!!!!  Melody