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


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

Friday, September 19, 2014


Hola!  I have officially lost 10 pounds!  So that is good news.  Especially since I had so much good food in Oregon this last week!  It was very inspiring at weight watchers this morning.  A lady was there who has lost 156 pounds!  She looks fantastic.  I was impressed with her story.  She started weight watchers weighing over 300 pounds.  She works out with weights and her before and after pictures are amazing.  She looks like a weight lifting coach.  She said it had completely changed her life and her attitude about herself.  I like stories like that.  And she wasn't all that young....50 years old.  Anyway, it made me more resolved to keep at it.
I went for a luncheon today at a friend's house.  It was fun.  There were six of us, and we decided we would have to get together more often.  I guess we are all in the same boat...trying to figure out what to do with the rest of our lives.  It is a common dilemma among women of a certain age I guess.  They are all such good women, it made me feel like I wasn't alone in this.  It seems like we have all gotten to the point where we are not needed so much by our family, but still full of enough energy that we need to be actively engaged in something worth while.  I think it will be a good group to encourage each other in our various pursuits.
So now I am home trying to help an artist friend of mine.  She is trying to submit a couple of paintings to a juried show.  So I took a couple of photos of her paintings for her and emailed them.  Unfortunately they have specific dimensions they want for these and I can't seem to get it right.  I resized it as I think they wanted, but in emailing it the dimensions changed and they are saying they are too small.  So I did it again, and again it wasn't right.  So I just emailed them for the third time....hopefully it is right this time. If not I figure she is going to have to find a friend who knows how to use photoshop better than I do.  I actually had an assignment last year doing this very thing....but it was a newer version of photoshop at school, and I had a lot of help from my professor.  I wish I could remember better how to do it.  But oh well.  I have done the best I know how.
And now I am getting ready to go with Mel to the temple this evening.  It will be a nice conclusion to the day.  I haven't been for a couple of weeks with all of the traveling we have have done.  And I miss it.   So have a lovely Friday night out there in cyberspace!  I am still pulling for you!!!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Smoke gets in your Eyes!

Good evening!  I did it!  I put a coat of gesso on a canvas!  So now I just have to splash some paint on there when it dries....and I will end the painting block I have been experiencing.  I don't know why it has been so hard, but I can tell you it has been.  I think I can find time to paint tomorrow...although I am committed for a couple of other things already.  So we'll see.  I am not going to beat myself up about is supposed to be enjoyable!
I have a photo on my computer....this one.
Ellen is the one with the ponytail on top of her head.  Cassie is standing
right behind her.
 I love it!  Not only for the ocean, but for the spunky granddaughter in the foreground of the photo.  That is Ellen.  She is 14 and such fun!!!  I am lucky to be her grandma.  The funniest thing is that she thinks I am great too.  We have a good friendship.  It is so nice to have grandchildren!  They keep me young and least inside if not on the outside.  The girl standing behind her and to the left is also one of my granddaughters...Cassie.  She is lots of fun too.  She can tell you amazing facts about most anything.  She is really smart!  She has a twin sister that is also super smart.  They are quite a fun pair.  We had lots of fun on our family reunion!  I have been thinking of how fun that was.  And I really wish we were still at the ocean!!!  It is really smokey here today.  The smoke from the California fire has blown in and settled here.  It is supposed to get better in the next couple of days.  It is pretty bad could see, smell and even taste the smoke in the air.  I looked up the song, "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", thinking it would be a good youtube reference.  So for a trip back to high school days just click on this link. Smoke
Well, I don't have a lot to tell today.  I hope all is well in cyberspace!!!!!!!  HAVVVVVVVVVVGE!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My Own Cheerleader:)

Good evening!  I have been a bit under the weather as they say.  But I think I am rising back up above the clouds.  I just heard a quote that is helping a little.  “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” ― George Eliot.  I like that a lot!!!   I guess sometimes I start feeling like it is too late.  So it is nice to read a bit of encouragement.
I guess I have been feeling the 65 year old slump.  All of the reminders of medicare that arrive in the mail every day to remind me that old age is just around the corner have not been helping.  But last night Mel and I went over to a friend in the ward who sells insurance for medicare, and after a long deliberation I finally selected a medigap plan.  I am actually pretty excited about it.  I will have such good coverage for about a quarter of what I am paying now for very poor coverage.  So I guess that is one more perk of growing older.  Of course it would be better if I didn't need health insurance.  But that is not happening!  It will be nice knowing that I am covered whatever life presents.
The other thing I am bothered with is how very isolated I feel living out here in the country.  I didn't feel that way when Mel worked in the shop here.  But now that he is working downtown I am mostly alone.  And I don't like it.  So I have started looking at other homes for sale closer in.  I am not sure that would solve the problem.  But it might be worth a move to see.  We live so far out, that even my kids don't visit much. It is quite a drive out to our house.   Do I sound like a whiny, needy, old lady?  Well, I guess I feel like I am becoming one, and it is not what I want to become.  So I need to take some positive action.  I guess I could get back in school.  Maybe do a major in landscape architecture:)  But that just sounds like hard work.  I will solve this!  So I am sorry for the whining.  I am really doing fine.  It just hits me every so often that I need to change things around a little.
I was thinking today about our boat captain on the salmon fishing boat.  He was probably a few years younger than me....and he had been out on the ocean fishing for 40 years!  He said he had started as a boy, going out with his dad.  I thought how it was so second nature for him to run around on the boat, so sure footed.  Every time I tried to move I felt like I was going to be thrown overboard....the waves kept the boat rocking every which way!  It was so scary to me.  But he hopped around like it was no big deal.  And I suppose that is how it is with whatever you spend your life doing.  It becomes very comfortable.  I feel that way around children and teens and even young adults....comfortable and at ease.  I know what to say and how to say it because I have spent my whole life doing just that.  But I don't feel so comfortable about my art work.  It still feels awkward and with each painting I feel like I am such a beginner.  It may be the reason I am so afraid to keep at it.  But I think I am going to post that George Eliot quote above my easel and keep trying.  This is me giving myself a pep talk!
So I hope all is happy and well in cyberspace tonight.  I am still pulling for you!!!!!  Have a wonderful night!!!!!!!!  Melody

Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday Night

Good evening!  It's been a busy day!  I have been trying to catch everything back up....meaning I paid bills, did laundry, and went shopping.  I guess that doesn't sound like much, but I am really tired!  And to top it all off Max got out and went down the hill and bothered some people who own dogs way down the street.  It is amazing to me he will still go so far to find a female doggy!  He's 13 years old....or 91 in dog years.  Mel calls it the impossible dream.  Anyway, the animal control man showed up at my door with Max and wanted to know if he was my dog.  I said yes and he explained that it was against the law to allow a dog to be at large.  And yes, I did know that.  But he is very good at going under the fence, and he has gotten so deaf, he doesn't hear me call him home.  So this evening for family night we went to D&B and got some welded wire fencing and Mel nailed it with big staples to the inside of our fence.  He covered up the main hole, but it got dark before he could finish.  We have been going to do this since we put up the fence.  I hope it makes it more secure.  It will make me feel like a more responsible dog owner.
On a lighter note, we had salmon for dinner....again!  I cooked some last night, and we finished it tonight.  Well, we finished one package.  We have several...I think 10 or 12.  It is really good salmon.  And as I am eating it, I think how fun it was to be out on that boat in the ocean.  I can still feel how it felt to ride the waves!  I am glad to have had that experience.
So it is almost time for bed.  I hope I have better dreams tonight.  Last night I kept having nightmares about people being murdered.  I think it was from watching the news.  I guess I had better not watch for a while.  I think the gruesome events of late have really gotten to me.
So I hope all is well and happy in cyberspace tonight!!!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Tall Tale

Good Sabbath!  We are home again, filled with memories of a fun week with Norm and Cindy, and a brief visit with my dad.  I think it is one of the more fun times we have had in a long while.  As Cindy said, "Just like the olden days, but without kiddos and with a little more money."  It is nice to actually have enough money so that we aren't counting coins to see if we can afford an ice cream!  I really relaxed and was able to feel like I had no responsibilities for a short time.  That felt awfully good!  And surprisingly I did not gain any weight!  In fact I lost a pound, which is a miracle, considering all of the sweet and rich food I ate!  So it was a good trip all around.  Yesterday we said good bye to the whales and the wonderful Inn at Arch Rock and headed back to Portland where we caught our flight home.  It feels good to be here.
So here's a few more photos.  I think a lot of these Mel took.  He is a much better photographer than I am.  I think he's a natural.
The four of us heading out to the ocean

Going under the bridge through the narrow channel

Under the bridge

This hat was one of the few I could find at Walmart.
Other words on the hat were, "Meow" and "Brooklyn"

Cindy and Norm

Mel and I at Cape Foulweather where Captain Cook came a long time ago.

Mel got friendly with this walrus.

Early morning at the wharf

Mel holding all our fish.  Nobody else wanted to, although
I did hold one for a short time...stinky!

Norm and Mel with the fish
So that's it.  I hope today is a good Sabbath for you today!!!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody