Tuesday, January 27, 2015


"Clones are people two". Not too hilarious, but I feel better now that I have remembered. ;)


It's another foggy day here in Idaho.  And I guess we are in for another inversion.  We have had some nice sunny days the last few days, so I guess we can do this again.  But I need to get a light bulb for my studio.  I've run out  of them and the one in here blew out, so it is too dark to paint in here today.  Also I need a few more photos for reference.  So I am meeting Kim today and we will see what we can come up with.  I want to start painting the other figures in this painting, but I am not sure how to make them look.  I thought I knew until Mel said something about the angle of the woman....was I going to change it?  So that makes me think I had better look at all possibilities.  He has a good eye for detail....which is why he is so good at tool making I suppose.
So to cheer us all up....the sign downtown.....drum roll.  "Does the name, Pavlov, ring a bell?"  Ha, ha! I like that.  The other side... is something about clones and two.  I guess I will have to look at it again to remember.  Sigh!  I wish I had the sharpness in my mind that I used to have.  Oh well.  It is inevitable I suppose, that I am losing my ability to remember everything.  I don't have to like it though, right?
I am getting very excited about our upcoming vacation.  I called the groomer/boarder and arranged for the dogs to be boarded.  We are lucky, she lives down the hill and is so convenient.  We used to have to take Max across the valley, and it was kind of a pain.
So I guess I am done writing when it all sounds silly.  I always have these wonderful ideas of what to write about that will be so interesting.  But then I can't remember what I was thinking.  I hope this is just cognitive overload....so much to think about that I can't remember it all.  I am not looking forward to real dementia.  My dad says you really have to have a good sense of humor to get as old as he is.  And I believe it!!!
So have a wonderful day out there in cyberspace today!  Keep smiling, and remember I'm pulling for you!  We're all in this together!!!!  Melody

Monday, January 26, 2015

Happy Monday!

Good day!  I've made a bit more progress on my painting.  Did I mention it is huge?  Three feet by four feet!  I know, that is crazy!!!  But I wanted to make a statement!  Ha, ha.  Really, it just felt right.  I must have been in a generous mood.  I think I have solved a few problems this morning with the painting.  I had Mel model a head dress for me and it has helped with the head dress on the Savior.  I have lots more to do on it, but at least I got a good start, and now I can feel good about where I am painting shadows!  I guess for me it is important to make it look real.  This painting would probably make my professors crazy!!!  They did not like realism...or naturalism to be technical....most of them anyway.  But I love it.  And I love trying to do it.  So it is nice not to have to worry about a grade.
Anyway, here is a progress report....

Now I am going to go into the shop and work on payroll and other such fun.  I actually do like doing payroll.  I feel so powerful:)  Really, I like paying people.  It feels good.  I am pretty fond of our employees....I am related to most of them!  I actually wish I could pay them more!
So onward and upward!  I hope the day goes well out there in cyberspace!!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!  I'm pulling for you!!!!  Melody

Friday, January 23, 2015

P. S.

The movie we watched was excellent!  It is called "A Good Lie" and is about the Lost boys of Sudan.  It was very touching...even Mel cried in parts. It is very inspiring. I highly recommend it. 

Checking In

It's been a good day.  I had one of my visiting teachers here quite early.  It is always fun to visit.  And she liked my painting so far and told me I should really start working on my children's books.  I think she is a great life coach!  I had planned a trip into Meridian this morning, but I got a bad headache, so I went to bed for a couple of hours until it went away.  I'm so glad it did!  I don't usually get headaches, but I think I am still trying not to catch Mel's cold, which he is finally getting over!!!
Then I went in to work this afternoon and took Mel to lunch at Red Robin.  It is good to share a lunch there, and it ends up costing about the same as a hamburger joint when we split a lunch.  After that I worked on books at the office for a while.  Then I bought birthday cards and tried to catch up a little on sending out cards to my posterity.  I am not very good at that, but it is one of my resolutions to do better.  And I picked up a movie at Red Box for our Friday Night Date night.  Ha, ha!  We are getting so old!  We'd much rather stay here in our warm cozy home!
I am kind of excited.  I got plane tickets for us to go see my dad in Oregon, and then Kenny in California in a couple of weeks, for my dad's 92nd birthday!!!  I think it will be a nice break from Idaho's cold!
Well, not much else to share.  I am a little tired today.  I didn't get any painting done.  I feel kind of stymied...I need a couple of photos to get better reference details.  So maybe I can do that tomorrow with Mel's help.  I hope all is happy and bright out in cyberspace tonight!  Have a grrrrrreat Friday night!!!  Melody

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Painting some more!

I've been painting again this morning!  It feels good, but I am done for today.  I started about 9 and painted until almost noon.  I get tired!  And I start making bad painting decisions.  So I am calling it quits for today.  Besides, I have the lady missionaries coming for dinner tonight.  And I still have to shop!  Also I ran out of Dawn detergent, which is what I use to clean my brushes...along with baby oil. I guess it's less toxic than paint thinner...and it works great!!!
So here is a peek.  I am really liking this.  It is actually fun.  But I am a little frustrated with how I will paint the woman holding the baby.  I may have to get a volunteer to model for me.  You know how I love doing that!
I also need to work on the robe....a lot!  I have never been fond of doing drapey things.  I would rather do a shirt and pants!  But I can do this.  Patience and good references!!!  Maybe I can get Mel to pose in a sheet for a photo session!
Well, I had better get Mel's lunch made before he gets home.  I hope all is cheery and bright in your neck of the woods!!!!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Fun Day

Good evening!  It is still foggy here...and expected to be for quite some time.  But not so foggy that President Obama couldn't come to Boise today.  He spoke at BSU...promoting his program for prosperity and everything amazing for the country.  I sure wish it would all work and be good for everyone.  I am afraid some of his basic premises are faulty, though.  I cannot support many of his policies.  But I respect his office.  I wish I could have gone to see him, but the tickets went very quickly.
I did go to my hair dresser today.  I love to go and have someone else try to make me look younger and more beautiful.  Of course, it gets harder and harder as the years move forward.  But it does make me feel a little pampered, and I like that feeling.  I made a friend while I was under the hairdryer.  He was at the shop with his mom and kept looking at me in the mirror, kind of sneaking peeks in between playing whatever game he was playing on his little computer.  Pretty cute!  I love the boots!!!
I also worked on my painting a little bit.  But I didn't do much.  I didn't have the energy after the hairdresser's and Mel's shop.  I had to go in and do a few tax things, transfer money, and cheer up the troops.  Also I had to take Mel to lunch.  It's my duty you know :)
So tomorrow I am hoping I can work for a while on my painting.  I need to work on proportions in the arms and also in the woman.  I just need to take my time to do it right.  It was hard yesterday to slow down, because I wanted to get the idea on paper before I forgot it...  It's funny how that works.  I feel pretty good about it still.  I want to get color right too.  And make sure there is a clear light source.  And of course I wish I was better at it all.  But it feels good to be painting again, and enthused about the ideas that won't let me sleep at night.  I guess I will have to take something tonight and hope I can sleep through all of the editing going on in my brain!  I wonder if Michelangelo, Caravaggio, or Titian had trouble sleeping?
So the sign downtown....side 1....Avoidable - What a bullfighter does.  Side 2....Cartoonist - an auto mechanic....yeah, kinda bleh, like the fog I guess.  Oh well, it is still a little fun that they always have a joke to read as you drive through town.
Well, I hope all is well and good in cyberspace tonight.  I'm pulling for you!!!  We're all in this together!!!!!  Have a great night!!!  Melody

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Guten Tag!  I am feeling very good about myself today.  I finally got over, around, and through my artist's block! I have had this idea about what I wanted to paint, and it sort of popped into my mind yesterday about how to do it.  So this morning I got out my paints and started in.  It is a picture of Christ, blessing the children as he did in Matthew 19,  
"13 ¶Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.
 14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
 15 And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence."
For family night last night we watched President Monson's video, and he told a touching story about how the Savior loved children.  And it made me think how to do this painting.  So I guess I got the inspiration I have been praying for.  Now if I can just do it well!!!
Here's a peek at my beginnings.  I am not sure about using transparent red oxide for his robe, but it makes for a good beginning.  I still need to get someone to model hands on the baby's head, but I think I can find someone.  That always is the hardest for me....asking someone to model.  Well, first figuring out what to paint....that is hard.  Sort of a gymnastics in creative thinking.  But I think I have also been having a little bout with depression too.  Not bad, just trying to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life:)
Well, I hope you are having a good day out in cyberspace today.  Take care and have a grrrrrrrreat wan!!!!!  Melody

Monday, January 19, 2015


Good morning!  I am glad to report that we made it through the weekend with 5 grandchildren still alive and well!  They have been a delight to have here, and pretty easy.  Probably because the youngest is 11, and the girls outnumber the boys....3 to 2.  They are having fun here with few rules and lots of freedom.  But the strange thing to me is how much they love to be inside attached to some kind of screen....TV or 3DS or Ipad or whatever.
Eric and Taylor

Shelese watching TV

 It is a little sad to me, remembering how much I loved to explore outside on my bike or skates.  I even had a dream about it last night.  I was on a tricycle, trying to find my way to meet their mom in Boise.  Crazy dreams!  I kept finding myself at the river and not remembering how to find her.  I am meeting her in Boise today with her four kids.  I will take Taylor home on the way.
I have been registering my puppy online this morning.  So now he is officially registered with the AKC.  He is still growing!  He is 3 months now, and almost as tall as Max.  He is a pretty placid puppy for the most part....he is so good with the kids.  And he is happy to go outside!  So I will have at least one companion to walk with me and to explore the countryside.  He is quickly learning to sit and he even will lay down...which seems to be his favorite position right now.

He plays hard, but then he sleeps for quite a while in between.  I think the growing makes him exhausted!  I extended his collar to the furthest extension last night, but I will have to get him a new one as it will soon be a choker instead of a collar.  I am so glad we got him.  Even with the nights of whining to go out...now!  He is getting pretty good at night and he is delightful during the day.  He pretty much only chews the toys we have gotten him, and he is learning not to bite and scratch.  He has trouble with that when it comes to Max.  He loves to grab onto his long fur and follow him around.  Max hates it and nips at him.  But then Buddy thinks he is playing and it gets more intense.  When it gets too bad I put them outside and they usually are fine then.  They are becoming pretty fast friends.  The one who will miss them is my granddaughter, Rachel.
Rachel with Max

Rachel with Buddy
 She will be 12 this Friday, and is a real animal lover.  Unfortunately for her she is allergic to cats, but she seems to do pretty well with the dogs.  And she and Buddy have been pretty inseparable the whole time she has been here.  I think he will miss her too.
Well, I had better get back to being the grandma.  I really love that role.  I know that many women don't like to be grandma because they feel old.  But I think it actually makes me feel younger to be around these vibrant and interesting young people.  I really do love them all.  So have a wonderful day out in cyberspace.  I am still pulling for you!!!!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!