Wednesday, May 20, 2015

May 20th

Hi!  I just got back from the knee doctor. I got a couple cortisone shots. So my knees feel pretty good. The lidocaine hasn't worn off yet. My doctor said "ice and rest". So that's what I am doing...laying down with ice on my knees. 
I am feeling good. The man I hired to take care of the yard came this morning. He did a great job. I am so pleased. I am trying to keep this a positive day. It is the day Tommy died in 1983...32 years ago. It's not as hard as it used to be. And it is a time to reflect and be grateful for all we have been blessed with. 
Anyway...I hope it's a good day for you out there in cyberspace!  HAVVVVVGW!!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Biding My Time

Here I sit at the Honda dealer, getting the car serviced. It's just an oil change and tire rotation, so no big deal. But Judge Judy is on here so I am distracting myself!
I had a good start to my day when I found a nice check in the post office box for our company. Even though most of it goes for employees and plastic, it still is fun to get money in the mail!  It is a good feeling. So after depositing it in the bank...I met my sister Joy for lunch. We had a good visit. We haven't seen much of each other for a while. She is going to school here at BSU and she's as busy as I was!  She has only one semester left before she graduates, so it is getting close. I am so glad for her. It's a great accomplishment.  Her degree is in psychology. 
So after the car is done I will be done for now. We do have a missionary 'Come and See' that Mel is speaking at tonight   He'll be glad when that's over. He is a little nervous about it. 
Well Ellen just came on TV. I kind of like her show. I hope all is good. Take care!  Melody

Monday, May 18, 2015

Low Down Day

Hola!  I am having what I would term a low energy day.  Not a bad day, it just feels like my get up and go, got up and went...and left me far behind.  I have been able to do a few good things despite this.  I went into work and did payroll.  I had lunch with Mel.  But then I came back home and have just been doing laundry and watching TV.  I had recorded a few episodes of "Foyle's War" which is a PBS show, and one I enjoy.  I think Michael Kitchen is a fantastic actor.  And I always enjoy a good mystery.
Mel is giving blood right now...at the church.  It is one of his assignments to organize blood drives for the stake.  I am not able to participate.  The last time I tried to help out, they told me not to bother again.  I guess I have hard veins to access.  At any rate, I am not anxious to be poked.  So Mel goes for us both.  He has nice, easily accessible veins.  Why does this make me think of Vincent Price?  I don't know, but here is a good laugh to go with it.  Bird Laugh
So the sign downtown...."An apple a day keeps anyone away, if you throw it hard enough!"   That made me chuckle just a little.  I love that sign.
And that is all I have today.   I hope all is happy and bright in cyberspace!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Sabbath Is A Delight!!!

Hey there! I thought I should write a little about my experiences today.  It is Sunday, and the choir had the assignment to sing for Sacrament meeting.  We have had a couple of extra practices this last week.  The song is "Savior, Redeemer of My Soul"....a new tune to an old hymn written by Rob Gardner. It is really beautiful.  They used it in the movie, "Seventeen Miracles."  Here's a link to the music....Savior, Redeemer  Anyway, there is a violin part that really makes it gorgeous, but it is a hard part.  I asked a friend in the ward if she thought she could play the violin part...she is a pretty good violinist.  She told me she would try.  She didn't tell me until Wednesday that she also was supposed to talk in church!  So it was kind of amazing that she would do both!!!  Anyway, it has made me nervous.  I had to transpose the music to make it fit with the choir music.  And it was handwritten, so it was hard for her to figure out what I had written to begin with.  Then we had the problem of fitting it to the piano music.  And of course the perpetual problem of getting enough people to come and practice.  We had a pretty good practice this morning a couple of hours before church.  But I was still very worried it would all work.  Then...as we were driving to church, I saw a pelican flying over the lake.  And then several more joined him. It was so beautiful!!!   And Mel said, "Now you don't have to worry.  You know that the Lord is mindful of you."  And it's true.  Whenever life has been very hard, I have been blessed with pelicans.  At least since we have moved out here by the lake.  It was very comforting.  And sacrament meeting was wonderful!  Brenda gave a most beautiful and touching talk about families and the Family Proclamation. (You can read it if you push the link.) And then she played perfectly for our choir number....along with our pianist, Jodell, who always does amazing, and everyone sang perfectly, too.  Our soloist, Ann, also did great!  She has had to practice with her three small children, and I know it has made her nervous too.  So all in all we did super.  The spirit was very strong.  And the words of the song are so beautiful....written by Orson F. Whitney.  You can find them in the hymn book, but here they are if you want to read them.

1. Savior, Redeemer of my soul,
Whose mighty hand hath made me whole,
Whose wondrous pow'r hath raised me up
And filled with sweet my bitter cup!
What tongue my gratitude can tell,
O gracious God of Israel.

2. Never can I repay thee, Lord,
But I can love thee. Thy pure word,
Hath it not been my one delight,
My joy by day, my dream by night?
Then let my lips proclaim it still,
And all my life reflect thy will.

3. O'errule mine acts to serve thine ends.
Change frowning foes to smiling friends.
Chasten my soul till I shall be
In perfect harmony with thee.
Make me more worthy of thy love,
And fit me for the life above.

So it has been a very spiritual Sunday for me.  I forgot to mention that Mel spoke in another ward early this morning for the high counsel.  It was really a good talk.  He does an amazing job.  He worries so much, but it always is good.  He spoke about the importance of keeping the Sabbath Day holy, and included a lot of what Elder Nelson talked about in the last conference.  Another link:)  Delight  I hope it is a good day for you too.  Take care out there in cyberspace!!!  I am definitely still pulling for you!!!!!  HAVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody


Thursday, May 14, 2015

And the Land we belong to is grand!!!!!

Guten Tag!  This morning I spent at the dentist.  I like my dentist.  I just started going to him last month.  Today was my second visit.  I have one more visit to get whiter teeth and then I think I am done for six months.  He is a member of the LDS church too, and used to be a high councilman, but was released to be in a bishopric.  Mel replaced him on the high council.  They also play basketball with a bunch of other guys early mornings.  So it is kind of fun to get to know him.  It is funny because he talks about how old he is.  He might be 50.  So I think I make him feel very young.  I know Mel does.  I think Mel is one of the "old men" that still plays basketball.  We had a guy in our ward that played till he was almost 80 though,  so I think they will let Mel play for a few more years.  I hope so because he loves it.   Although he complains now about being sore.  He doesn't recover quite as quickly as he used to, but at least he is doing something.  So far I am not doing so well on the exercise score.  It is bad when you can't do what you are used to doing.  I used to walk, and before that I used to run... and do jazzercise, ....and aerobics at the church with a group of ladies.  I even did weight lifting for a couple of years.  Of course not all at once.  But I have always tried to stay active.  I do like swimming, but it is such a chore!  I think I am going to have to get a better attitude about this.  I really think we need a pool in the back yard, and I often remind  Mel of how I feel:)  But I am not sure it would be that great.  My sister has a pool and says the upkeep is hard.  I think I would like to try it though.  Then I could just throw on a suit and jump in.  Now I have to drive 10 miles, change in a cold changing room, walk out in front of other people (that's the worst part!), swim for a short while, shower and change again, and then drive back home and redo my hair, and take a long nap!  It makes me tired just writing about it.  Sigh!
I just got up from a long nap....a whole hour!  It felt good.  I think I needed to catch up a little from our trip.   We are going on another trip to see Julie in another week.  She is in Oklahoma City.  It will be fun to see her and her sweet husband and their seven children.  We get to be there for a week and a half.  I have never been to Oklahoma....where the wind comes right behind the rain!  It should be an adventure.  I think we will have fun.
So a progress report on the house chewing...by Buddy.  Yesterday I stopped at the local pet store and got some bitter lime spray to spray on the house corners....and came home and proceeded to spray the areas he has been chewing on.  As I was spraying he came over and started licking it!  He seemed to love the taste!!!  Sigh and double sigh!!!  So luckily the lady at the store suggested a Kong toy.  It is hollow in the middle and you can put treats inside.  She suggested I fill it with peanut butter and freeze it.  She said he would chew on it for several hours, and it might save the house.  Of course I had to buy one for Max too.  I filled them both with peanut butter and milk bones....and gave them to the dogs.  Within a half an hour Buddy had them both and cleaned them like you wouldn't believe!  Sparkling!!!  I skipped the freezing them part, because I wanted to distract him from the house.  But I guess I should try it...it might slow him down a little.  I will try freezing them tonight.  He does love the peanut butter/milk bone combo. Funny puppy!  He is such a lovable puppy, it is hard to be mad at him.  But I sure don't like how he is chewing the house!!!
Well, I hope all is merry and bright in your neck of cyberspace!  I am definitely pulling for you!!!!  Have a wonderful rest of today.  I can't believe it is already time to cook dinner.  How the time flies!!!!!!!!  Take care!!!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Greetings!

Hola!  It's a good day today...but a nervous one.  Book club was this morning, and it was my turn for leading the discussion.  We read The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver, one of my favorite authors.  It was such a good book....an historical novel about the relations of the US and Mexico, post WWI, the depression, WWII, communism, Trotsky and two artists...Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera...and a fictional character named Harrison.  It is so well written, and the story is so fun and complicated.  But of course I was nervous to be the one leading the group.  All went well though, and now I am back home in my comfort zone.  I love being home today.
The other nervous thing is choir practice this evening.  I am hoping people show up.  We didn't practice Sunday because of Mother's Day, and also being out of town.  So this is our last practice before we sing for Sacrament meeting on Sunday....I hope.  If no one shows up we will have to have another practice.  But it would be nice to be all done with that.  I guess the hardest part of this calling as a ward choir director is the feeling that no one else really cares.  Sigh!!!  But I will have faith and go forward....doing my best to do my best.
I have been rather tired and sore the last couple of days.  I don't know if the trip is to blame, but I suspect so.  And then I had to dive right back into work....doing books and trying to pay all of the bills for our company.  I did get it done, but it really makes me exhausted.
So today feels less busy, even though I am a little stressed.  I may get a nap if I am lucky.  I think that would help a lot.
Anyway, I hope all is happy and well in cyberspace.  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!
Melody

Friday, May 8, 2015

Dinosaurs!!!


Hola!  We are in Vernal, Utah...dinosaur land!  We came to be with Mel's brother who was sealed to his sweet wife this morning in the temple here. It was quite touching. A lot of Mel's family is here, and tomorrow we are having a luncheon with everyone who came..and then some!
We took a little break after lunch just the two of us. We went to see the fossils this afternoon at the Dinosaur National Monument. They amaze me. There are so many!!!  I took a few photos. But this one turned out best!
After seeing the fossils we drove over to Split Mountain. Such an amazing area!  It does look like some catastrophic event caused the mountain to split. The Green River runs right by. I guess a lot of rafting starts here. 
After exploring we found a great pizza place back in Vernal. We met the owners who are about our age. And we enjoyed talking with them.  
Now we are chillin' in our motel room. It's nice to relax!  I like traveling. But I get tireder than I used to get. 
So I am hoping all is well in cyberspace!  Have a good evening!  Melody