Saturday, February 28, 2015

Gotta jot this one down

OK, I have to write this one down before I forget.  Yesterday, coming home from the temple, I was telling Mel about a friend of ours.  I said, "Did you know that Lynell's son is getting married tomorrow?  Jolene is helping with the preparations."  He looked so serious...."I didn't know Lynell's son had died!" I was a little confused.  "No he's getting married!  How did you get that he had died from that?"  "Oh!", he said, "I thought you said he was getting buried!"  I laughed pretty hard at that.  Yep, it's definitely time for hearing aides.  I think we both need them.   He is often kind of miffed at me for things he thought I said...and vice versa.  Oh, the golden years!  HAVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!  Me

Friday, February 27, 2015

Short Note

It was another good day today. First I went visiting teaching. That's always fun. Then Mel and I went to the temple. I'm so glad we were able to go. It's a good place to see things in a better perspective. I guess I needed that today. I'm feeling like I got a shot of optimism!
And somehow it is already late and I'm tired. So I guess that's good. I hope all is well with you and yours!  Good night!  Me

Thursday, February 26, 2015


Good evening!  It's been a good day!  I had a great time with my daughter Kim.  We had breakfast/lunch with our husbands to start the day right.  Then she and her husband and I went and bought an old used pick up truck for them.  After that Kim and I went shopping on our own.  I don't usually like shopping much, but it was fun with Kim.  I found a nice coat on sale.  And she got a sweater and a hat.  Then we went to the Village with the fountain and sat and watched the water while we ate frozen yogurt.  While we were there we met a 90 year old man named Bob Foster who enjoyed telling us all about his life.  He seemed a little lonely, so it was good for us all.  He had a lot of experiences to share about his life and how much he loved Mormon people, though he was a Lutheran himself.  He does listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir every Sunday morning.  Such a nice, interesting man.  He made me think of my dad.
Kim with Bob Foster
This evening, Mel and I have been on the "relative finder".  It is a new app from BYU.  It tells you all of the famous people you are related to.  Apparently Mel and I are cousins, because we are related to so many of the same people.  I am especially pleased to be third cousins with David Bednar.  But I am also distantly related to Thomas S. Monson....and George Washington....and Winston Churchhill!  It's a lot of fun.  You can go there from here.  And then type in your password for the lds church stuff.  If you don't have one you can register.  We have been at this for about an hour and a half!  We also had the ward mission leader here with another brother in the ward for about 45 minutes or so.  We had a nice visit.  Then I showed them my painting.  I am getting braver.  And they seemed to like it.  I like when people like my painting.  Mel wanted me to read my artist statement, but I felt a little shy about that.  So to make up for it, I will share it here.
"I chose to paint the story of Jesus telling His disciples to "Suffer little children" to come unto Him, "for of such is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 19:13-15, Mark 10:13-16, Luke 18:15-17) I especially like the verses in Matthew and Mark where it tells a little of what happened before and after Jesus said this. In Matthew 19:13 it says, "Then were there brought unto Him little children, that He should put his hands on them, and pray..." And then it says in verse 15, "And He laid His hands on them...". And in Mark 10:13 it says, "And they brought young children to Him, that He should touch them..." And in verse 16, "And He took them up in His arms, put His hands upon them, and blessed them." I imagined that there was a mother waiting with her child....hoping that Jesus would touch him and make him well. This mother had heard the stories of Jesus healing people, and she had faith that if the Savior would just touch her child and pray for him that he would be made well again. This story is very close to me. I think Jesus was speaking literally of the Kingdom of Heaven being filled with little children. In the history of the world, before antibiotics and immunizations, so many children died before the age of accountability. I worked with children who had cancer for many years in Candlelighters. My own son was one of them. I wished so many times that I could meet the Savior and He would heal my son. This painting is an expression of that wish."
Anyway, it's been a good day.  I hope it is good in your part of cyberspace this evening!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Good evening!  I just woke up from a nap, or rather I was woken up by a phone call from my dad.  I didn't intend to take a two hour nap, so I am glad to have been woken up.  I usually only take little naps, maybe twenty or thirty minutes.  I must have been kind of tired:)
So now that the day is almost gone....I decided to get on the internet and check all of the usuals.  I am glad for the internet.  It keeps me in touch with the world outside my window.  It's fun to follow my grandkids on facebook and even pinterest.  I am still figuring out instagram.  And twitter seems a little fast, although it can be fun too.  I think it is fun to follow tweets for different events.
But today is definitely a lazy day.  I spent the morning at the hairdresser's.  Then lunch with Mel.  And then I came home and did a little laundry and fell asleep.  Tonight I think we have the missionaries coming by...or maybe that is tomorrow night.  Mel also has some extra meetings this week for the church broadcast this Sunday.  So maybe he has a meeting tonight and we have the missionaries tomorrow night.
Oh well.  I am just flabbering.  I hope things are good in cyberspace!  Take care!!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The BIG Blonde Dog

So, I thought I might share a couple of photos of my tiny little puppy....who has grown so fast and is now as big as our Sheltie, Max.  Buddy is still so sweet, but he is what I would call clumsy.  Not intentionally clumsy, but more like a bull in a china closet kind of clumsy.  He is just so large and not yet able to gracefully run through the house.  :)  I think it's hilarious, as long as he doesn't really knock over my china!

Today has been a really nice day.  I think it is especially nice because we were able to give the final lessons for temple prep to a sweet young married couple who are anxious to go through and to be sealed for time and eternity.  I think I am very blessed to be able to grow closer to these special people we have been able to teach.  I love this calling.
We also met with our accountant and turned in all of our tax stuff.  That feels very good.  And he told us that we are doing better business wise by 30%!  So that is good to hear.  Except that also means we will owe a bunch more taxes than last year.  Sigh!  I guess eventually this will be a good thing...
So, I hope all is happy and bright in cyberspace this lovely, starry night.  I love that you can see the stars here.  I feel bad for those of you back East who are suffering with cold and wintry weather.  It has been a little cooler here, but much warmer when compared to minus zero temps. Brrrrr!  Where ever you are I hope it is a good night!!!  Sweet dreams!!!!!  Melody

Monday, February 23, 2015

Not Quite Done

Ha, ha!  I guess if you know me at all you would know that I cannot leave well enough alone.  And so I painted again this morning.  And so then I had to go in and change my registration for the art competition:)  But I feel tons better.  I just didn't like how empty the sky seemed.  No, I didn't draw clouds.  But I did draw olive branches.  It seemed important to put a symbol of victory and peace.  And it makes the picture more complete for me.  So here it is.
And now I am going to take a break for the rest of today from my art studio.  I think I am in the habit of coming in here each morning and painting.  So I will have to hide this big painting and put another one on my easel.  It makes me feel good that I am really back at it.
So today is my son Kenny's birthday.  He is 36 today!!  Unbelievable!!!

And yesterday was my son Tommy's birthday.  He would have been 38.  It really doesn't feel like he has been gone for 32 years!  I must be getting older too.  Weird!
The other big news is...tatatada!!!  I got a mobility scooter.  Or rather Mel bought me one.  I have kind of mixed feelings about this.  I think it will make some things much going to the mall...and Women's conference.  But I really don't want to become dependent on it and do less walking.  In fact, my plan is to start walking Buddy every day.  He is getting old enough to train.  So starting today I am going to take him out to walk.  It will be good for both of us.  He has gotten huge by the way.  He's bigger than Max now.  And still growing!  I think it is kind of cool.  I love watching him grow and figure out how to manipulate his big paws.  He's pretty funny.
Well, I guess I will go meet Mel for lunch.  We had a late breakfast today, so he won't be hungry for a while yet.  But I do like meeting him.  It makes my day more interesting.
So take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

I Did It!!!!!!

I did it!  I registered my painting with the LDS international art competition.  I feel pretty good about that. One goal met for this year!!!
Here are the images I submitted.

This was the main photo

This was a closer detail
This was another  closer detail

I guess now I just wait to hear something.  I hope they notify the losers as well as the winners:)  I guess it doesn't matter if I receive no recognition.  The main thing is I met my goal.  Of course, now I have this huge painting....where do I hang it?  It's a little large!  I guess I will think of something.
So now I guess I will have to come up with another goal.  I may need some time to think this through.   Maybe another huge one.  I kind of like painting large.  And it might be fun to do something a little more modern.  Hmmmmm.  It's kind of fun to think about it.
So I guess we are going to go out and celebrate.  I'm having a hard time not jumping up and down:)  So have a gude wun.  I just watched "Pink Panther" with Steve Martin again.  I may have got the pronunciation off a little.  Take care!!!!!!  Melody