Wednesday, July 1, 2015

More rest and recuperation...and laundry!!!

We got home last night...drove all the way through from Sutherlin to Nampa.  This would not have phased us a few years ago.  Today we are both exhausted and wondering where we left the stamina.  It must be lost somewhere on the desert floor between here and Sutherlin.  Oh well.
We had to get back to make payroll.  Or I think we might have stayed a couple more days.  The weather was hot, but the ocean was calling.  If I had a couple more days we might have walked on the beach.  But then the beach is always with us.  I am not sure how long we get to have my dad and Barb here.
Home is lovely.  Although we had turned off the air before we left and the temp. inside was 89 degrees when we got home last night.  It took almost half the night for it to cool down.  Perhaps that is why we are so tired today.  We both wonder why it is so tiring to sit in a car and drive.  It doesn't seem too aerobic.
I have plenty to do here.  I want to work on my man in the red turban a little more.  And I want to try my new methods on some of my own work.  We learned a graphing method of transferring drawings that really worked for me.  And we also learned a lot about values in painting.  I think I have known the theory, but this is a more practical application using a palette that is shaded in nine you kind of match them....although it is in gray.  Still if you squint your eyes it makes so much does in art....and life!
We really had such a nice visit with Michelle and her family and especially Madeline....who is now in Mexico for a long honeymoon.  I think they are going for three weeks!  He has lots of family there to visit and I guess it is beautiful.  It was fun to get a little peek into the Mexican culture.  Although Aleisis is an all American guy, his grandparents are from Mexico.  And the temple ceremony was kind of special as Aleisis' brother translated the service and all that was spoken into Spanish.  It kind of slowed things down and gave us time to ponder.  The Spirit was very present and strong.  The remainder of the day was filled with a ring ceremony for the relatives that couldn't go in the temple, and then a really fun reception....lots of dancing and good food....and lots of people!!!! We left early...about 10.  I think it went on until midnight when they had to be out of the building.
Sunday was special too.  We went to a ward that was near our motel in Bellevue.  The bishop was Bishop Hunt.  He said he was from St. George...and that it was the first time since he had moved to Seattle that the weather was warm enough!  He had the nicest smile...and used it a lot.  I think he set the tone for the meeting because it was very joyful.  I love meeting people who seem to radiate the joy of the gospel.
Well, I suppose life will return to normal...whatever that may be.  It seems that it is a little more unpredictable than in the past.  I hope all is well in cyberspace.  I wish all a very, merry and happy evening!!!!!  Melody

Monday, June 29, 2015

Rest and Recuperation

Hola!  I'm sitting in my favorite chair at my dad's house. It's one of those that has a button controller that will go from reclining to standing up. It's kind of fun and very comfortable. We're just relaxing. It's great after the last few days of wedding celebrations. Madeline is happily married now and we stopped to visit my dad before we head back to Nampa tomorrow. It's warm here. At least it is for Sutherlin. And the hills are brown (gold) like California. I guess the drought is here too. Usually it is green. 
My dad is doing very well and is really glad we are here. It's so good to be here.   I wish we lived closer. 
Well I am going to have to write more when I get home. Hope all is well wherever you are in cyberspace tonight!  Adios!  Melody

Friday, June 26, 2015


Hola!  We're in Seattle today. We've spent most of the day in the temple. It's a beautiful temple...bigger than I imagined. My granddaughter Madeline went for the first time today. It was so nice. Tomorrow is her wedding in the morning then the rest of the day will be celebrations. It's so beautiful here. I love how green it is. But there's a heat wave here...all the way to 81!
Anyway life is good. Hope it's good in cyberspace too!  HAVVVGW!!!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


It's late and I am headed for bed.  But first I wanted to share a little from the art class I am taking.  I am thrilled with it!  I have learned tons.  We are learning to paint the way that the old masters painted.  It's kind of fun.  I am doing a copy of a Jan Van Eyck painting...."The man in the red turban."  Here is my progress today.
The beginning of today

End of today

Anyway it is fun.  It is kind of like being in a museum.  There are paintings that others are copying from the old masters...even Rembrandt.
So I am hoping all is well out in cyberspace.  I am sooo tired!  Class goes from 9 to 7.  It's a long day!!!  So Nighty night!  Melody

Monday, June 22, 2015

Classical Training

Things have been rather busy around here.  And it seems it will continue for a while.  Last week I worked at the shop, shopped for my class that starts today, entertained grandchildren, put up fruit, etc.  Then Friday night was our ward camp out.  Luckily it is by our favorite motel in Cascade...The Ashley we didn't have to stay in a tent, or pull up our trailer over the mountains.  We had to hurry back for things we still had to take care of here, but it was a lovely, short getaway.
This morning I begin my art class on classical technique.  It looks promising.  I went over to take my things last night and the work that was out from other artists who have taken this class before was beautiful.  I am excited to go this morning.  Although a little too excited.  I woke up at 5 and couldn't fall back asleep!  But it should be an opportunity to learn some of the things I have wanted to learn for a while.
Then we have my granddaughter's wedding at the end of the Seattle.  So we will be taking one more trip!  I am looking forward to her wedding in the Bellevue temple.  But I am not looking forward to driving.  I am glad we have our new Camry.  It should help to make things more pleasant.
Anyway, that's the news from Lake Lowell. (Not Lake Woebegone)  Hope all is well and happy in your neck of the woods.  HAVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


Good day!  I'm sitting at Les Schwabb waiting to get my tires balanced this morning. I hope it doesn't take too long. We got a new to us Camry yesterday. It's a 2014. It's pretty nice but it makes a weird tire sound. I hope it only needs balancing. 
Then I think Liz and her kids will be over. My neighbor has cherries he is giving away and snow peas. And free produce is always great!
So tonight is the real night for us to talk in Relief Society. I'm trying to not be nervous. I feel more prepared than last week!  I'll be glad when it's over though. I've never been much of a great speaker. That's Mel!
Anyway not much is happening here. Life keeps speeding by!  Have a great day!!!!  Melody

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Looking Forward!

Guten Tag!  And a peaceful Sabbath!!!  I have enjoyed this lovely day.  It is nice to have a day that is not centered on work and business.  Church was so good.  I love to see the good people in our ward.  I feel close to so many good people.  I like that.
One of my artist friends came up to me today and asked if I was going to take a class that is coming up next week.  It is a class I have wanted to take for a couple of years now, but it hasn't worked out with my time schedule.  The artist who comes is from out of town...I think he lives in Florida.  He is 80 I think, so getting on in years.  But I think he is one of those of the generation of my parents.   And he teaches the classical methods of the master painters.  So I am excited to go.  It starts on the 22nd.  Unfortunately I will miss the last two classes.  He does 5 classes in a week.  And we are leaving to go to my granddaughter, Madeline's, wedding.  But I can take three classes, so I think it may be enough for now.  He teaches what sounds like the method that Liz Lemon Swindle paints.  I am excited to learn.  It maybe that I know some of it.  I had a teacher at BSU that taught imprimatura methods.  But I think this goes a bit further.  Anyway, I am excited.  I am supposed to pick a master painting that I love and copy it onto a gessoed board.  Then he will lecture and demonstrate on his painting, then help us with ours.  At least that is what I was told.  We shall see.  It will keep me motivated to paint I think.
In other news....there isn't much I guess.  Just the same things happening, meals, laundry and dishes.  I never seem to have the energy for much else.  Although I did have grandkids over a few times last week.  We still haven't been able to catch that movie...The Cokeville Miracle.  It plays at kind of weird times, and it is only at one theater that is about 45 minutes from here.  We had planned to see it Saturday but we had some unexpected things come up...mostly Mel had to help a lady he home teaches.  Her air conditioner fell out of the window and so he helped her prop it up more securely.  I think how hard it must be for women alone, on a small budget, to get help with hard things.  I was glad he could help.  But we also had a wedding reception to attend for his niece's son, and so it just didn't work.  I am hoping we can go next week if it is still playing here.
I have been a little frustrated lately with how much there is to do and my inability to get it all done.  And being a woman is limiting.  I would really like to build a small enclosure for the dogs, at least until Buddy stops chewing everything in sight, but I don't have the strength or the skill set.  Mel has both, but less time than me.  So...I may hire someone else.  But that makes it cost money that I don't really want to spend.  Sigh and double sigh. Oh well, not a huge problem.  I should just take Buddy with me everywhere.  But the bad thing about that is that he might chew up the inside of the car...or the shop.  He will grow bigger, and his baby teeth will all be replaced and he will stop chewing....I patience is probably the key.  He is still the most lovey dog I have ever owned.  He is just a sweetheart!
Well, I guess I will end this long and rather boring post.  I hope all is happy and bright in cyberspace. Take care!!!  Have a wonderful rest of today....or whatever day it is when you read this.  Melody