Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Good merry morning!  Things continue to be interesting here.  For instance....the view.  I have a great view out my little RV window.  I must add that I am grateful for a warm place to sleep and all the conveniences of home.  And maybe we will be able to park where the view is a little more beautiful.  I think when the weather warms up a little here we could park at the beach for a few days.
Our ward here is very interesting.  I guess that Sutherlin is mostly a retired person's town.  I would not call it a retirement community though.  Our ward consists mostly of older people.  The primary is really small as are the youth groups.  Mel said there are three pages of high priests, though less than a dozen actually attend meetings.  I suppose many of them are like my dad, too old to come and sit that long.  We did take him to the movies yesterday though.  It was a coast guard movie about a tanker that split in two and the four men who braved the storm to rescue them.... " Finest Hours".  It was based on a true story.  It made me think how the Lord is mindful of all of us, whatever the situation.  I am so glad for that.
Today we will probably stick around the house and watch some more home movies.  My dad really likes to do that.  He also loves to eat at Red Robin which we have done too much of lately in my humble opinion.  But I keep reminding myself that if I were turning 93 on Sunday (which he is) I might like a dinner at Red Robin too.
Well, I mostly wanted to say, "Happy Groundhog Day".  It should be a good one here as it is always cloudy.  When the sun comes out Mel likes to say, "Not a cloud in the sky!" which really makes us all laugh.  I hope where ever life finds you that you have a very great day!  Melody

Friday, January 22, 2016

A Long and Winding Road

So life continues on. The mornings can seem slow some days waiting for my dad to get up. Other days we are rushing to get things done before het wakes up. Once he's awake things get fairly busy. Today he had a Dr. appointment in Roseburg. So afterwards we drove out to Reedsport to get a glimpse of the ocean and then we ate dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. So we had fun. Now we're driving back in the dark. The road is narrow and windy. We got a truck that is fun to drive but it's a challenge tonight! I'm glad Mel is driving. 
Every day is different. I suppose I will get used to this loose schedule. But I think I do better with a routine. 
I'm very grateful for my life and this opportunity to be with my dad. And I am so grateful for Mel!  He's an amazing kind man. I'm very blessed. Well I'm getting dizzy trying to write while we drive. Adios!  Melody 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Settling In

Greetings!  Today is our first day in the RV park down the street from my dads. I don't expect we will spend much time here except at night. It used to be a drive in theater. And they still have movies here on Friday and Saturday...reruns. Of course the weather interferes here a bit. It is so rainy here today!  I think the movie won't play tonight. 
Things seem good here. My dad is thrilled we are here. I think he is pretty lonely as Barb is sleeping most of the time. She is such a sweetheart. I am sad she is so ill. And I'm glad we can be here. I feel like I'm doing good things. And I feel good knowing that. 
Well I hope life is good wherever you are today. HAVVVGW!!!!  Melody

Monday, January 4, 2016

A Little Bit Cold!

Happy day!  It is late here at my dad's. He and Barb are sound asleep. The nurse/caregiver is here for the night seated in front of the TV with her paperback novel. I have my own bedroom here. Mel is back in Idaho. He left this morning to go and work on a mold he needs to finish for a customer. I guess he will probably need to make physical contact with his work for a while until he gets things squared away.  So he will be back and forth for a while. I hope the weather improves. He met with some pretty snow packed roads today. And when he finally reached home he found the house was 46 degrees!  I guess the propane truck didn't make it to our house. He sent me a picture of how cold he was.  
Poor Mel!
 I am enjoying having time with my dad. Today we had a great time shopping and eating lunch at Red Robin. My dad has a great love for that place. And all the waitresses know him which he really likes. He does pretty well for a man his age. He really is remarkable. And he keeps telling me how much he likes having me here. So I am feeling very good for this opportunity. I also see how much his love and support helps Barb. They are a great strength to each other still. I think it's kind of amazing. It's a great example to me. 
Well I think I am tired enough to sleep!  HAVVVVVGN!!!  Melody 

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year ....2016!!!!

Happy New Year!  We're enjoying the relatively warm weather here in Oregon. The weatherman says it is record cold temps here but there is no snow and the grass is green and 30 degree temps don't seem that bad!  I really like it here!  It's even warmer by the coast...40's!  We'll have to take a drive over there soon. Maybe I can get some good reference pictures for painting!  
Right now we are watching Dick Clarks New Year celebration on tv. We all agree that we kind of prefer Big Band music. Oh well. I do like Pentatonix. I guess they come on next. I sure think the programs have become less entertaining!!!
So I hope wherever you are in this crazy world that you have a very merry new year.  Keep your stick on the ice!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

On the Road Again!


We're on our way to my dad's house.  We're taking him back after a very enjoyable Christmas break. We may stay awhile. His wife is very ill and needs full time care. Her daughters are so busy with her care. We're thinking maybe we can help by being there for my dad. I hope we can work things out. I'd love to spend some time with him. Mel can do design work on his laptop and keep his eye on things from a distance for a while. We're still muddling this over trying to work out the details. 
Right now we are driving by the Columbia River. It is so beautiful!!!
The snow is falling on the Washington side of the river and dusting the trees so that they look frosted. I enjoy this drive once we get to the river. We will soon reach Portland and then we have about 3 more hours to go. He lives near Roseburg. 
Well just thought I should write a bit. It all goes by so quickly!  HAVVVGW!!!!  Melody 

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas!  It is a lovely snowy, fog-filled day here in our little high plains desert.  I like fog.  I don't care for inversions though, and we may be having one here for a little bit.  I hope it is very short.
I have been sorting through old school work....paintings, and prints, and photos.  It has been fun.  I wanted to find a couple of gifts for Christmas...and I did! A print I made in my printmaking class.  It makes me feel good to be giving something I made:)
I have orange rolls raising too.  I wanted to go by my sister's and visit with my dad.  He has been staying there for about a week now.  It's so nice to have him close.  I guess Mel and I will be taking him back to Oregon next week.  I am looking forward to a bit of a trip.  We will probably spend a day or two at the coast.  For me that is like a reboot.  I feel so connected to nature by the sea.
I am feeling good....I feel so blessed.  Mel is well too.  So we are having a merry, merry Christmas. We are blessed with kind and good children and grandchildren.  We hope all is merry and bright with you and yours.  And that the Spirit of Christmas abides in your home this year and forever.  Here's a link to expand on that.  Spirit of Christmas  Take care!!!!!  Melody