Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Wow!  We loved the movie, "Meet the Mormons".  We went to see it tonight.  I guess I was more impressed with the story of Brother Halvorsen after seeing the movie.  I greatly admire his efforts to bring good will to the children of war torn Germany.  But all of the stories were wonderful.  And the song at the end made me cry...."Glorious" by David Archuleta. Here is a link Song "Glorious" I guess it is not the first time my name has been in a song.  But I liked how he sang, "Everyone plays a piece and there are melodies In each one of us, oh, it's glorious!"  It made me think I need to step up:)  Do people even know I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints....or a Mormon?  I hope so.  
When I was doing work with Candlelighters, one of the members of our group asked the whole group, "If they were still killing Christians, would they know you were one?"  It made me think a lot about that.  I would hope that I live my life following the teachings of Christ enough, that others might notice.  I have certainly tried.  But often I fail.  I loved what the man from Nepal said in the movie, "I am not perfect in living, but I am perfect in trying to be perfect"....or something to that effect.  That impressed me.
So I am feeling much better today.  Of course I had to take a nap.  But that's least I think it is.  And I am feeling a little more like myself, although I have a ways to go yet.  I am still hearing a lot of negative talk in my head about how I need to be busier and not so lazy.  But I have been telling that voice to go back to bed.
We drove Kenny back to the airport this morning.  I hate to see him leave.  It is hard to have grown children, but even harder when they live far away.  I guess we will have to plan another trip out to California before long.  But first we have to go see Julie in Oklahoma.
Well, I hope all is happy and bright out in cyberspace.  I am still pulling for you!!!  We're all in this together!!!!  And yes, I have heard those drums lately.  But they are getting to be more distant.  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGE!!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Keeping Us All on the Same Beat

So....I guess I am fine.  Except for the pneumonia:)  I took a stress EKG today.  It wore me out...but I passed.  I thought I might pass out!  I took one of those about 20 years ago, but I think I was a lot more fit.  I only lasted about six minutes on this one!  Oh well.  At least my heart is doing OK.  The Dr. said it all looked normal for my age.   I have one more Echocardiogram.  But I got them to schedule that for a couple of weeks that medicare will cover it.  And maybe by then I will be over the pneumonia.  I don't feel too sick, except for every once in a while.  It is like an infection I think.  I feel pretty good, and then it all hits and I feel exhausted and really yucky.  So I am trying to be good and rest.  But of course there is always something I need to be doing.  But I really am resting!  At least I didn't have to worry about picking up a laundry basket full of clothes for a couple of days.  They told me not to exert myself until they did the stress test.  So I am quite relieved it was normal...but now I can get back to the laundry and dishes:)
I did want to relate a kind of funny story that happened to Mel Sunday morning.  I was supposed to lead the choir for our ward on Sunday, but of course I couldn't.  So Mel volunteered to do soon as his high council talk was over.  He had to speak at a nine o'clock meeting, and our ward is at it seemed like it might work.  Although we had a rehearsal before church at 10:15 so he was worried he might not make it there.  So I called a friend to do the rehearsal....and it all seemed good.  But then Mel went to the nine o'clock meeting and sat down....and the wrong bishop came in!  So then he suddenly realized he was not at the right ward!  Besides feeling very foolish, he wasn't sure where he was supposed to be.  So he looked through all of his notes to figure out which building and what time, and realized he was supposed to be in another building and it wasn't until 11.  I guess it wouldn't have been any big deal, except that he was supposed to be conducting the choir for me at our ward conference at the same time.  So he went to the rehearsal and got one of our friends to volunteer!  She had never led the choir before, and she was really nervous!  But from all reports it went well.  And Mel showed up at the right ward and gave his talk for the high council.  It sounded a lot like the dreams I have before I have to do something I am nervous about...only this was real life!  Poor Mel.  He was so good to volunteer for me, I felt terrible it all turned into such a stressful morning for him.  But I did chuckle just a little.  We are both finding we are getting our wires crossed a little more than we used to.  And of course it is just one more indication that we are getting old.  Drat!!!!!!
Gustavo Dudamel   This picture made me smile!  It's not always easy
keeping everyone on the same beat.
So I hope life is treating you well out in cyberspace tonight.  I think I am enjoying being home with so little responsibility....I can't imagine being this sick and taking care of a brood of little hooligans!  I suppose we all have done it, but I sure couldn't manage it now!  Have a great night!!!  And keep your stick on the ice!!!!!!  Melody

Monday, October 20, 2014


Good morning!  I am so grateful for antibiotics!  I am feeling amazingly better....still tired, but much better than I have in a couple of weeks.  I would love to write something clever and funny, but I am still a little cloudy in my head.  But I thought despite that I should at least say thanks for the good wishes and prayers.  Have a wonderful day out there in cyberspace!  I'm still pulling for you!  We're all in this together!!!!!  Me

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Home sweet home

I'm home!  Yay!  I'm so glad to be out of the ER. I am cleared of two kinds of heart attacks. But I do have pneumonia and I have to see a cardiologist soon. I am so relieved not to have another clot though that pneumonia seems great:). Anyway I didn't want anyone to worry. I'm going to sleep. Nighty night!  Me

Medical report ;)

So I am spending the day today in the ER. I don't have any blood clots,whew!  But I am being watched to make sure my heart is okay. And I am being treated for pneumonia. I guess the scan showed some cloudiness in my lung. I wasn't going to come in, but I kept having the feeling I should. I'm feeling ok. Just so tired!  So hopefully this is nothing more than me being overly cautious. The doctor said its good I came in. He said he would have too with my history. 
So that's pretty much my day today. They are watching me all day. If I do ok I will go home on antibiotics and see a cardiologist on Monday. 
This is definitely a new era!  I guess I'll get used to this emphasis on health concerns. Maybe. If I have to, I guess:)  Take care!  Me

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Busy day

I'm sitting in the car with the windows down...waiting for Mel:). He is inside a plastics molding company here in Ontario Oregon, delivering a mold he just finished. It's a nice drive out in the country. I like working with him...especially when we can escape together for a couple of hours. 
I am learning more about the business and I think it is kind of fun. This morning I went through an audit with our bookkeeper and the state insurance person for unemployment. I was nervous at first, but I am getting so I know enough to be helpful. So that's progress!
We still haven't seen "Meet the Mormons". We are so tired by the evening that we'd rather just stay home. We are definitely getting old:(. We may make it tonight...or a matinée. I really want to go!
So that's all folks!  Take care!!!  Melody

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Almost Sunset Here

Good evening!  I did a little painting today.  I like how this painting is working, though I find I am slow.  But I figure there is no rush.  Anyway, here it is so far.
 I was trying to get a photo with truer colors, so I turned on the flash and I got this photo...kind of cool with the reflection from the flash...which is part of what I am trying to paint....a reflection:)  But I will keep at it.  One layer at a time.

The rest of today I spent down at work with Mel.  I worked there until about 3.  Then I started feeling awful...shakey, headachey, etc.  So I came home and put my feet up and watched the news about Ebola.  It made me think how fortunate I am!  I am only trying not to catch the cold that is going around at work.  I feel so sorry for all of the people that are really sick!  Especially those in Liberia where it is so out of control, and the medicine is not real great.  I hope they can figure out a vaccine or something to kill the virus.
And that is all.  I really feel kinda yucky.  So I will head for the couch and the pellet stove!!!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVGE!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

An eensy, weensy

I made friends with a spider today.  She was sitting on the window sill looking rather proud of the four house flies she had trapped and killed in her web.  I spoke to her and said, "Thanks!"  I am not fond of spiders, but I am even less fond of house flies.  So I figure she had done me a favor, and I put off destroying her web for another day when I feel less happy about spiders inside the house.  I guess another thing in her favor was that she was small and not too scary.  We get lots of spiders, and many of them are huge, and even dangerous.  But she looked fairly harmless, although the flies might disagree.
Today has been a rather low energy day.  The main thing I did was watch Alex for Liz while she had some more dental work done.  He is an easy little person to watch.  He loves the back yard and is curious about everything.  He is fun to be with.  And I only had to watch him for a couple of hours.  The rest of the day I have mostly rested.  I haven't been sleeping well again.  So I stopped at Walgreen's on the way home and bought some Zzzzquil.  I hope that does the trick.  I really don't function well on only a few hours of sleep.
On the good news side...I have lost a couple more pounds!  I think it is so funny that I can get so excited about losing a pound or two.  But that is my world of now.  I think sometimes how hard it was to keep any weight on my skinny teenage body.  I used to hate being so thin!  I really wanted a different body then.  Over the years I have gotten pretty comfortable with the one I have.  Perhaps a little too comfortable.
So I hope things are happy in cyberspace.  The real world seems a little scary of late with war and disease and bad weather rampant.  I like to think I am sending happy vibes out to the world with this little blog.  So I wish you all a happy, happy, Happy!!!!  Melody