Friday, October 31, 2014


Happy Halloween!  We actually had a family from our ward come by with their cute kids. We just live too far for the normal trick or treaters. Our neighbors all agree it's nothing like the Halloween we grew up with. But it makes it a pretty peaceful evening for us. 
We are currently watching Netflix. We like finding an interesting show and then watching all the episodes. It's kind of fun. A lot of these are old series we missed that are pretty good. 
Well I have little to write tonight. Just wanted to say, "Boo!"  HAGN!!!!!  Me

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Hi!  I have had a couple of good days.  Although I had to talk to a company's rather crotchety bookkeeper this afternoon, to try and get her to write us a long overdue check, and it kind of ruined my good mood.  So I came home to recoop and put my feet up.  I am sure this will eventually resolve itself if I am patient.  But sometimes it is hard to bite my tongue and be patient!!!!  Sigh!!!!!!  Especially when I am so much older and wiser!!!!  Ha, ha!  I love that!  It reminds me of Tawanda!  from Fried Green Tomatoes.  Here's a link.Parking Lot Rage
That is one of my favorite scenes from a movie.
So the rest of today I will put my feet up like I said and watch a movie.  We just switched from Dish to Direct cut expenses.  And to be able to watch CNN and BYUtv.  We have always been able to but recently they removed them from our package.  And we have been with them for 13 years, so I figured it was time to try another company:)
Do I sound a little like Tawanda?  I am sorry if I do.  Sort of.  I just don't like being cheated out of what is rightfully mine!!!!!
And so it goes.  I hope all is happy and bright out in cyberspace this afternoon.  Life really is pretty wonderful!  And I'm glad to still be here.  Take care!!!!!  I'm still pulling for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  We're all in this together!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Another Day

Day 2....well, today I slept in.  How lucky I am to have that kind of freedom!  Then I worked around here a little before going into work.  I spent most of the morning getting a landline phone ordered for the business. It used to be so easy!  But now you wait a very long time to speak to a real person!  I guess that is a part of the new technology I don't understand. I think they have added electronic devices and eliminated people to the point that it is is hard to actually speak with a real live person.  Sigh!  But I got it done.  And Mel was able to work.  I spent the afternoon cleaning out the desk and organizing stuff.  I kind of like doing that.  I have little emotional attachment to the stuff at work so it is easy to toss out things we no longer need.  I wish I could be so bold here at home.  Everything here has so many memories attached, or some sentimental something, and I get mired in it all.  I just need someone else to say, "Go ahead and toss it!"  I have that at work.  In fact I have two sons in law and a grandson to visit with besides Mel, so I don't get lonely!  And I can always get help.  I like that!  I think this was a good decision.  The only thing is I don't have much time to paint.  I have been thinking, maybe I can carve out a little space for an easel in an unused corner.  I am looking for one!
In other news....the sign downtown..."Nitrates....cheaper than day rates!"  Ha!  It took me a minute...I had to say it out loud.  I am getting slow!
Other than that I can think of nothing much...except the girl working at Walmart...stocking the bread.  She was down on all fours pushing bread into the back of a bottom shelf.  I asked her if I could have a couple of loaves and we talked a little.  I commented that her job looked hard.  She said yes, she already had a knee that was bothering her from all of the kneeling.  But then she added, "But I really love my job!"  I wondered at that.  She was so nice and very friendly, but I thought her job looked awful.  I guess it boils down to attitude.  Hers was so happy and optimistic.  It can make even hard things seem easy.  It reminded me of a sign I saw at Jimmy Johns today...the happiest people don't have the best things, they just make the best of what they have...or something like that.  I like that!  So one more area in which I have room for improvement!
Well, that is all for tonight.  HAVVVVGW!!!!  Melody

Monday, October 27, 2014

Working 9 to 5!

Hola from the world of the working grandma:)  I put in a full day of work today.  How do women do this and raise kids?  I don't think it's really possible.  But maybe I am forgetting how much energy I used to, I don't think so.  I think that something gets shortchanged...or someone.  Oh well.  That is another topic altogether.  And all I wanted to do was say, "I did it!"  I am feeling pretty good.  So I guess I will keep this up.  Mel was so glad for the help.  I solved a couple of nagging problems with the mail, and the other with a customer who is behind in their payments.  I talked it over with them and found out the problem had to do with the mail.  They brought us a check.  So that was great! Then I had to go to the post office annex, but I solved the problem of the mail not being delivered.  So I was super woman today:)
Our weekend was busy, but fun.  Saturday we went up to Crouch and floated around in their lovely hot springs was 100 degrees!
 It was 54 out of the pool, so we stayed in it for about an hour.  Then we had dinner in Horseshoe Bend on the way back home.  It was a nice getaway.  I know that a hot tub would almost be the same....but the view is so spectacular there of mountains and river.  It was a lovely drive.  Sunday we went to church, but I got a wave of pneumonia or whatever, and so we left after sacrament meeting.  We watched BYU TV all afternoon though, so it was a very nice Sabbath.  I love the meetings on TV conducted by Bishop Pinegar.  He is such a sweet person!  And the BYU devotionals are really inspiring.  And of course the conference talks are amazing!!!!
Well, I guess that is all.  I am glad to be busy and feeling almost all of the way better.  I still get waves of feeling sick, but I have been taking it easy when I do.  I hope all is happy and well in cyberspace tonight for family night!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Friday, October 24, 2014

Muscles and an Attitude

I did it!  I had a very productive day today!  But I had to take a nap in the middle.  It was only an hour, which is a huge improvement from the rest of this week!  Don't worry though.  I am taking things slow.  I did go to weight watchers this morning.  I really dreaded going as I haven't been limiting my foods at all.  But I still lost....almost a pound:)  I figure it is going in the down direction, so that is good.  Did I mention there is a lady that comes who has lost over 130 pounds?  She looks so healthy.  Of course, it helps that she is fifteen years younger than me.  But she is very muscled, and obviously works out.  It makes me think I can do this!  I am grateful for her example.  There are about 5 or 6 other women there who have also reached their goal weights.  They are all an inspiration to me.  I want to be more healthy, and I think losing weight is a good goal.
I was thinking today about a funny little incident that happened at the hospital.  The technician or nurse or whatever his position, came in to ask me all of those, birthdate, health insurance, etc.  I told him I sure wish I could have waited to come in another couple of weeks, because then medicare could have paid for it all.  He looked really surprised.  Then he said, "I guess the numbers add up right, but you look way too young to be turning 65 next month."  Mel piped in, "Well, did you think I was her father?"  The man chuckled and said, "No, I just thought you were a lucky guy."  Pretty good come back.  I thought I had better record that one for posterity.  People are so nice.  I wonder what the required class is called....Flattery 101 or something!
I have decided I had better get well....all the way.  I want to be healthy and strong.  I really don't like the idea of being a fragile little old lady.  They're cute and all, but I never had any intention of becoming one.  I think I had rather be one of those sturdy pioneer types with muscles and an attitude.  Well, a nice attitude of course.  But not a push over.  I think I may need to work on this!!!!
So I hope all is well and happy out in cyberspace this lovely Friday evening.  It is traditionally our date night, but we will probably spend it wrapped in a flannel blanket watching netflix in front of the pellet stove.  It is nice to have a cozy home to stay in on date night!!!!!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!  Melody

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tired of Sick and Tired!!!!!!!!

Okay, it's official!  I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.  I gave myself permission to be a lazy, sick person today.  I watched mindless TV and took several naps.  But tomorrow it ends.  I am going to be officially well.  I promise, I need to be busy!  So I will be gentle with myself, but I will not be sick!  I think I will have to set limits for a sleep when I need to.  But no more laying around all day.
So I hope it works.  I really am not a good sick person.  I get so bored.  I would read, but my head still aches.  I think if I just do one meaningful thing each day I will get better sooner.  Today it was a load of laundry. ( I guess I always fall back on that. )
I think I watched too much news today!!!!   I sure wouldn't get any hope from watching the news!  It is so sad how people can be so hateful and mean to each other.  I was glad to escape from home last night and watch "Meet the Mormons."  But I kind of paid for it today....sleeping most of it away.  But tomorrow....:)  " I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.  Philippians 4:13"  I will!  Take care out there!!!!!  I'm still pulling for you!!!!!!!  Melody

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