Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Keeping Warm

Good morning!  It is still cold here!  But hey, it got all of the way up to 34 degrees yesterday...nice and toasty warm!  I have been practicing "Let It Snow" on my clarinet for Thursday evening's RS party and I think the only way you could say that is if you were inside and warm....with hot chocolate and popcorn handy:)  Or at least warm orange rolls.  I am making some as I write.  I mix the dough in the breadmaker, and it sure makes it easier.  We are supposed to go to a dinner with friends tonight and my assignment is the orange rolls.
The rest of the day I need to be drawing.  I have to finish a charcoal drawing for my class.  It is a little tedious, but I like how it is turning out.  Tomorrow we start a new drawing and it is all due a week from tomorrow.  Then it is Christmas break!  The real test will be school next semester with 12 credits.  I hope I can do that.  I am taking a photography class that I am super excited to take.  It is black and white only with  an old fashioned adjustable film loading camera.  I wish Ansel Adams could be in my class and teach me a thing or two.  I love his photography!  But I am sure it will help my drawing to work in light and shadow.  I just hope I can keep up.  I will also have another drawing class and a painting class.  So that is a lot of busy work.  The class I am worrying about already is the foundational art class where you have to read and study and memorize.  It will be good for me I am sure.  I just need a tune-up or something in my head first.
It seems like there is sludge up there some days.
So a couple of thoughts for the day.
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." I need to remember that!
And "Therefore I would that ye should be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in good works, that Christ, the Lord God Omnipotent, may seal you His, that you may be brought to heaven, that ye may have everlasting salvation and eternal life, through the wisdom, and power, and justice, and mercy of Him who created all things, in heaven and in earth, who is God above all."
And my favorite of all, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy path."  I believe that with all my heart!  Stay steadfast and immovable!  Have a most wonderful and inspiring day!  Remember I'm pulling for you!  We're all in this together!!!  Melody

Monday, November 29, 2010

Blustery Yankee Christmas :)

Guten Morgen!  I am feeling Germanish today.  No, I'm not sure what that means, but I think it has to do with wanting apple strudel:)  Mmmmm!  I know a little shop in San Francisco that sells the best apple strudel this side of Hamburg!   YUMMY!  No, I haven't had breakfast yet.  I must be hungry:)  And I love pastry.  But I have cleared the house of that sort of stuff.  I will have oatmeal:)
So last night I took my scan of the WATW painting over to the RS counselor's house.  She seemed more than pleased with it.  So that is good.  And while I was there I couldn't help noticing how beautiful her house looked.  It was all decorated for Christmas....very classy decorations.  She told me she buys all of her decorations after Christmas every year and has managed to collect a lot of really nice things that way.  So now I have the desire to decorate here.  Also my lesson yesterday had a quote from Brigham Young about making everything around you beautiful.  "Progress, and improve upon and make beautiful everything around you."  I like that.  So that is my motto as I plan and get ready for Christmas.  I enjoy the holidays if I pace myself.  So I have a plan to be organized this year.  I hope it happens as I envision it.  I just need to remember to keep it Christ centered.  That is the most important thing!
Have I mentioned that my iphone is working better?  I upgraded it and it is working like a new phone again.  I keep thinking of a "Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court"....how the main character had all of this knowledge to share with the people back then.  I wonder how much from my time I really have the knowledge to share.  It is all so complicated and high tech.  Would even one very brilliant person know enough to come up with a cell phone from scratch?  Something to think on.
So this morning when I woke up I realized I had been painting....with the help of my Mac.  I was painting different colors and trying them out, and I was using the feature that scrolls through the pages.  It was really cool.  I wonder if there is a program that does that?  Oh well, I am being silly.  I need to go to school.  I hope you have a wonderful day out there in cyberspace.  The weather outside here is frightful!  Actually here is not too bad.  But they keep closing the road from Burley to Tremonton which is the main thoroughfare to SLC from here.  I am wondering if we will cancel our trip to see Julie this weekend.  They said coming to Twin Falls the road was really bad last Thursday.  I guess we will have to check road conditions.  Have a happy day!  Keep smiling!  TTTL  Melody

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanks for the Sabbath Day

Good Sabbath!  I am feeling so much better today!  And it's supposed to be warmer...30 something!  Funny how that doesn't sound as cold as it once did.  I talked to my son a couple days ago and he was saying how cold it was in California...all the way down to 50!  I can remember thinking that was really cold.
When the kids were still pretty small we moved from Utah back to California...1980.  It was January and raining but not too cold.  So I put the kids in their snow suits and they played outside all day!  They thought it was great!  And so did I! I couldn't remember why we had thought winters were cold there.  I guess it all has to do with experiences.  We lived in Utah from about '76 to '80, Mel wanted to be closer to his family for awhile I think.  And we had some very snowy winters.  I can remember pushing a stroller in the snow!  Fun times!  I am glad for the experiences.  We don't seem to get much snow here.  Maybe this winter will be different.  It has already snowed quite a bit.
Well, I haven't much to say.  I hope your Sabbath is a gut wan!  Take care out there!  Melody

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Flowers in complimentary colors:)

Soooo...I thought I should write and say I am feeling much better.  I have just about finished my lesson preparations for tomorrow's lesson.  I found a lot of help on the internet.  My theme is "You're Blooming in Gifts and Talents."  I got the idea from Women's Conference.  They had quite a display, so it made it easy to get ideas.  I think it will be fun.  I am still coughing and I have a really bad headache, but by tomorrow I think I will be fine:)
Anyway, I thought I would send a little bouquet of cheer.  Take care!  Melody

Resting

Good morning!  Another cold morning to go along with my cold.  I am feeling a little sicker today...drat!  I could sing bass easily in the choir!  Luckily we don't sing in sacrament meeting for a couple of weeks.  By then I should be fully recovered!  In the meantime I don't really have much time to be sick....today is it.  I will rest and stay warm and drink chicken soup:)
So I am having fun with my new computer.  I am still learning about the basics.  There is a lot to learn.  I did sync my iphone to my computer successfully.  I was a little worried I would lose everything, but only some high resolution photos that it keeps saying to download from my Mac.  I wish I knew how:)  So I will keep reading tutorials.  And I have some of those one-on-one classes where I can ask whatever.  Apple is pretty customer friendly.  I like that!
I really can't think of much to write about today.  I am glad for some time to be lazy.  I am happy to be me today.  And I guess I would wish you a wonderful and happy day.  Take care out there!  I'm still pulling for you!  Keep your stick on the ice!  TTTL  Melody

Friday, November 26, 2010

Christmas potatoes

So...how's it going?    I love that line from Nemo.  I can just see that crazy fish talking to it's reflection.  And that's a little how I feel today...sick and talking to myself.  Mel is enjoying football!  And sudoku!  I am learning all about my new computer...watching tutorials and reading all I can to figure things out.  Right now I am downloading the newest software for my iphone.  I guess my latest software was 3.2 something....very ancient in computer update years.  I first had to back up everything.  I hope it worked.  I would hate to lose pictures especially.  But we shall see.  Not too soon though.  It seems that it will take a few hours.  Our connection is slow...I have mentioned that before I am sure.  Monday they are coming to correct that I hope.
I am currently baking potatoes and lamb chops.  It's kind of nice not to have a bunch of leftovers.  We usually have turkey and stuffing and cranberry sauce until we don't like it anymore.  I kind of miss it for sandwiches.  But I have it all in the pantry & freezer if I get too lonesome for it.  I would just have to cook it:) I cooked the potatoes in a Christmas stocking tonight!  I was watching on the internet about how to make a potato bag for the microwave, and I thought...what do I have that is similar?  I rummaged around my sewing and found an old unused quilted cotton Christmas stocking that was just about perfect!  Funny, huh?  I bet not too many people cook potatoes in a Christmas stocking!  They look good though, so I think it worked.  The lamb chops are still broiling...they look wonderful!  I love lamb!  Poor little lambies:(
Well, I just thought I would write a little to calm my coughing.  Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.  Take care!  Melody

Sick!

Good morning!  It is crispy and cold today and I have finally caught my first cold of the season.  Ugh!  Oh well.  Such is life.  Opposites abound.  I had such a wonderful day yesterday visiting with four of our beautiful daughters and their families.  One of my little granddaughters, Rachel, kept coming up behind me as I was sitting at the table and then would hug me from behind.  I love sweet Rachel!  And cute little Hailey told me her name was "Hawie", it sounded like Harry and made me laugh as I thought of Harry the Dirty Dog with the seaweed in his ears from Harry By the Sea.  And I thought how I need to make a few little books for Christmas for these youngest grandchildren.  They grow so very quickly and then are gone to make their own life.  It is like that song, "Turn around and she's a young wife with babes of her own."  I wonder now where all the time has gone.  It certainly has gone by quickly!  It seems like a very short time ago that I met Mel at a mutual class.  I was teaching the lesson and he sat in the back of the class and answered all of the questions!  I was impressed with him and told my college roommate that night that I thought I might marry him.  She thought I was crazy of course.  But I guess I felt a kinship with him from the very beginning of our relationship.  Funny how things begin.  We often don't realize the significance of small things in our lives until much later.  I would never have guessed back then that we would have 24 grandchildren!  And two more on the way!  Like I said, life keeps moving forward and you just have to hold on tight sometimes.
Well, I had thought I was going to be watching grandsons today, but I am off the hook it seems.  I guess a sick grandma is a contagious grandma....although I think I caught this from them:)  So I have a day to rest and recuperate!  I need to clean house though and do laundry and work on a charcoal drawing for my class on Monday.  And I have a lesson on Sunday.  I hope I can get well enough for that!  It is on developing your talents.  I am kind of excited to give that one!  We did drive to meet my daughter in Meridian this morning already before she called to say I was off the hook.  On the way we drove by the mall and it looked packed!  I guess Black Friday is in full swing.  I have never been attracted to the frenzy of that!  I guess I am not completely convinced that there is anything I want badly enough to get up early and fight crowds for.  Sorry for the bad sentence construction!   I really am sick.  So off to bed I go for a while until the work screams loudly at me.  Take care out there in cyberspace!  I am still hanging on but the pulling is a little weak today.  Have a very good and great wan!  Melody

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Blessings!

Happy Thanksgiving!  This is a day of thankfulness and so I first want to say thanks to all of the people who read my blog!  You are a select few:)  And I hope I don't bore you too badly with my nonsense.  I have enjoyed your comments and your blogs.  I am amazed at the technology that makes it all possible and thrilled to be a very small part of things.
Kenny posing as Christ

Cindy posing as the woman at the well
I decided to put these photos of my son Kenny and his wife Cindy because I think they were such good sports to pose for me and I didn't do them justice....and I miss them both terribly!  They will be coming for Christmas so I have that to look forward to.  I am so thankful to live where we have the opportunity to travel to see the people we love.
There is so much to be thankful for living today in this free country with so many rights and privileges.  I am especially grateful for my freedom to worship "according to the dictates of my own conscience", and hope that eventually all people everywhere will be allowed that freedom.  And I am grateful for my Savior who blesses my life every day in so many ways.  And for family...my wonderful, loving and kind husband and all of our amazing children and their families!  And my parents, grandparents, and on up the line.  And then of course my original family of siblings and cousins and aunts and uncles.  Family is a wonderful thing.  I am also grateful for friends and their goodness to me.  I have been so blessed to have good and faithful friends who stand by me even when life has been difficult.  Thank you!!!
Well, I am needed in the kitchen for breakfast...I hope your day is wonderful!  I hope for world peace and kindness for all people.  And I hope that the roads are not too slick!!!  Take care and have a most joyful day!  Hug those you love and enjoy just how wonderful life is.  We are so blessed!  HAGW!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Singing and Dancing!

Buenos Dias!  Such a good greeting.  It covers the whole day!  I have been a little sad thinking I couldn't blog today because I have my new computer and my old computer at the apple store getting info transferred.  But then it occurred to me...insert lightbulb here....Mel has a computer!  I always forget that he does.  So it has been good.  I have finished all of the bill paying and I have a few moments to blog.  Of course it is much noisier here in the outback...and colder.  But the advantage is I can't hear SpongeBob from here.  Yep the grandkids are over again.  Ellen is sick and throwing up.  Sebastian has a green and running nose.  Aaron seems well.  But I am beginning to have a scratchy throat and cough:(  I think the incubation time from Monday is just about right!  But I am well and healthy!  I have to keep telling my subconscious that I am well.  It keeps me healthier I think.  I have also been taking Airborne which seems to help a lot.  And I have orange rolls to make, so it would be better if I am well to prepare dough with yeast:)
Sooooo, what to blog about.  I think it would be a good time to mention how nice internet shopping is.  The stores here are getting ridiculous...and this is Idaho!  I can only imagine how crazy it is is in bigger cities.  My favorite time to shop is in the middle of the night.  That brings a Billy Joel song to mind.  I am a singing granny after all.  I am really excited too.  I keep thinking itunes will work on my new computer.  It really didn't on my old computer.  The techie guy laughed at me trying to keep my iphone updated on the old computer.  He kept saying, "You are going to be amazed!"  I think I will be.  But then I am amazed anyway at all of the modern technology of this day and age.  It is amazing that my computer that is not really all that old in dog years is so outdated.  I am still figuring out what is new on my iphone from a year ago.  It all goes so fast.  I blogged about that a while ago.  Fast and Small.  That is what today's generation is all about.
The other thing that was nice at the apple store was how many times I got called the "birthday girl" and how many people said Happy Birthday!  I know it is all sales pitch and I shouldn't get my head turned by it.  But I do.  I loved how it made me feel like an 8 year old:)
Well, I guess I had better get back to watching grandkids and making orange rolls.  It sounds like I live a grandmother's life.  I am feeling pretty lucky though that I have a daughter willing to host Thanksgiving this year.  It has made this usually very hectic time so much easier.  Thank you Michelle!  Well, I hope you all have a most wonderful Thanksgiving Day tomorrow....at least those of you from the good old USA.  The rest of the world must have some holiday tomorrow....so Happy November 25th to the rest of you!!!  Take care and HAVGW!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Birthday isurprise!

View out to the greenbelt

Broader view

Mel's pie:)

My birthday cake-very fancy and delicious!!
Good evening!!!!  It really is!   I am feeling very loved and spoiled.  I have had a most wonderful day and I am currently trying out my new computer!  It is really fun and amazing.   I got an iMac!  So I am going to have to learn all of the new ways of doing things as compared to my old PC.  But I am a fast learner when I need to be:)  It has lots of cool features that my old computer didn't have, and it has a whole lot more memory and capability.
We had a warm and cozy lunch sitting by the window looking out on the greenbelt down by the Boise River.  It was really beautiful and I took a couple of photos.  Let me see if I can load them on here.  I did it!  I had to figure out the photo program, but the tutorials on this are pretty amazing!  I love it!
Well I just had to check in and say that maybe I will like being 61 after all.  I will have a lot of fun playing with this new toy!   Take care out there.  It is a little cold and very slick here.  If you are driving...take it slow!  I will definitely be checking in tomorrow early.  But then I will be taking both computers back to the apple store so they can transfer everything from my old computer to my new one.  That will be a trick I am sure!  So any blogging will be from my iphone for a day or so.   But that isn't all bad.  Hope you have a warm and comfortable evening!   And a Happy Thanksgiving!  I am definitely feeling thankful!!!   TTTL  Melody

Harsh Winds


Front Window

Bedroom window
Good afternoon!  We are having an interesting day today.  First off the weather is cold and windy and so the internet keeps dropping out as we are on some kind of clearwire system.  Mel found an ad in the paper today though about new service out here from Qwest.  So he called and Monday they are going to hook us up to it.  It didn't used to be available out here....so we shall see.  It wouldn't be the first time a salesman said, "I didn't realize you were this far out!"  Anyway, I decided it would not be a blogging day and got all ready to go with Mel into Boise for my birthday lunch at the Cottonwood Grill.  We had everything in the car when I noticed the new license plates I had set on the seat so I wouldn't forget to ask Mel to put them on the car.  He agreed to do that so I followed him and handed him the plates as he needed them.  So that done we went to get into the by now warmed up car....and it was locked!  I'm not sure which one of us locked it, but probably me as Mel's keys were in the ignition...although my purse with keys and iphone are in the car.  So I guess neither of us gets the blame.  I remembered that I had a spare key like a plastic credit card...somewhere.  Probably in the purse in the locked car!  We have searched high and low looking for it.  Everyplace I hide things I have looked without success.  I did find some old watches with gold backs I have been saving....and some wonderful stickers I can use for mutual...sigh!  So we called a couple of places...the dealership and the locksmith.  I guess we have chosen the latter.  He is on his way over.  In the meantime the car is happily idling away:)  Such a funny thing to happen.  But I have found that days are much more memorable when things go wrong.  I'm glad it was this and not my lunch in my lap!
I took a couple of photos this morning of the last roses as seen from my windows here inside.  The weather has been warm enough that we have had several blooms this last month.  They looked kind of sad this morning out in the cold...but beautiful too.  Roses are my favorite flower.  It was nice of them to stick around for my birthday.
Birthdays are kind of funny days.  I guess in my heart I am still a little kid expecting the day to be so special and fun.  And it will be once the locksmith gets here:)  Mel has something he wants to get for me, but won't say what yet.  He wants it to be a surprise....I will be surprised.  There is really nothing I really need....lots that I want I suppose.  But mostly I would like my kids to be happy...and their kids....and so on for ever.  I wish for world peace, but apparantly the Koreans are fighting again.  And all sorts of people are struggling to find a little happiness in this ol' world.  I think the world might groan and say, "Enough!" if it could.  But there are many happy families and people who have learned to be kind to one another and dear friends to cheer me.  I am grateful for that!  I just need to keep my stick on the ice!
Well, the locksmith has done his magic!  I must away!  Hope your day is wonderful out there in cyberspace!  Take care and HAVGW!!!  Melody

Monday, November 22, 2010

Seriously :)

Good morning!  I am still waking up.  It is kind of cold here...and snowy...and dark:)  Although the moon is shining out my window behind the clouds.  It looks a little mysterious and makes me think of werewolf stories.  I have always been fascinated with werewolves and used to read about them when I was younger.  I guess that is not so interesting to me now with movies and modern technology.  I liked it better in my imagination.  My parents always had lots of books...they both were avid readers.  So I think I was lucky that way.  There were always lots to choose from...and most of them pretty good literature.  I loved Edgar Allen Poe!  And the Grimm Fairy Tales!  And the Bronte sisters!  Jane Eyre was my favorite.  Although I also loved Wuthering Heights.  I read about Hiroshima before I knew how to say nuclear.  I've always felt so bad about war.  I read a lot of Hemmingway about World War II.  I guess I was lucky to have a personal library in my own front room.  I think there was more time for reading back then.  A few days ago I got out my large volume of Shakespeare left over from my days in college.  I love Shakespeare, and I am always so amazed at how I learn more with each reading.  I love the sonnets.  "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"  Such beautiful poetry!
Well, today I am watching grandchildren...Kim's three kids.  They are out of school and she is still at work.  We should have fun.  I am planning on it anyway.  But I will have to plan well.  They tend to fight with each other.  So my plan is to keep them so busy they have no time for that.  The hardest part is riding in the car.  So I am thinking I will bring some activities for them to do while we drive back home....I just haven't figured out what activities:)  It also helps to put them in separate areas in the car.  I am glad I have a third seat!  They are angels one at a time.  But they are still learning to share and be at peace with each other.
Taylor had fun here this last weekend.  He was sad to go home I think.  But he asked me if we can go to the dollar store again the next time he comes.  He really likes his magic tricks!  And he was getting pretty skilled with them.  I am so glad we had some time together.  He really liked Primary.  I guess they had a story with a picture of the crucifixtion of Christ.  He had all kinds of information about that to share.  He is a little sponge of curiosity at present.  I think his favorite word right now is "seriously".  It makes me smile to hear him say it in my head.
Tonight is my watercolor class.  I am looking forward to that.  And tomorrow is my birthday...and amazingly I am looking forward to that too.  Mel is taking the day off of work so we can have a fun day together!
So I hope your day goes swimmingly.  Take care out there in cyberspace, and I will do the same here.  Remember to keep your stick on the ice.  I'm pulling for you!  We're all in this together!  I hear that so much anymore....that we're all in this together.  The inventors of "Twitter" were on npr and one of them said that.  It kind of made me chuckle.  HAGW!!!  Melody

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Entropy

Good morning!  It is cold here again.  And Taylor is still with me.  He is already dressed and ready for church....which doesn't start til late in the afternoon.  Yesterday we went to the dollar store looking for play watches as a handout on my lesson on the wise use of leisure time.  While there Taylor found a magician's kit and has been perfecting his skills as a magician ever since.  But he did come up with some of the funniest things while doing that.  As we were driving back home in the car, he was trying to figure out how the rings worked.  He would read the instructions and then try what it said.  But he didn't quite get it and so he would say, "Alakazam!"  Then he would say, "Grandma, it doesn't work....even when I say the magic word!"  So I told him that when we got home we would figure it out together.  But that magic was really just fooling other people.  It was all about being sneaky!  I told him the magic words didn't really work.  He was amazed at that!  He kept saying, "Are you sure it's just being sneaky?"  Maybe that was the wrong word to use, but I was trying to help him understand on his level.  He is still working on the being sneaky part.  He is getting better and better!
Last night Kim came over with her new boyfriend.  I have this new gluten free cookbook and I was showing it to her.  ( She has celiac and is allergic to gluten).  We decided to try the pizza.  I was so excited about it and I guess in my excitement, I pulled the pizza out of the oven too fast and it all fell onto the oven door....upside down...a gooey mess.  (At that point Mel left for Papa Murphy's.)  We did salvage the pizza from the oven door.  Trying to rescue my damaged ego I told everyone that is was a "chaotic pizza."  It was just following the laws of entropy:)  It was pretty tasty even though it looked very messed up.  Sigh!  I am never good at impressing people.  I always seem to put my foot into things.  But Kim's boyfriend seems like a nice enough guy.  He even tried the messed up pizza.  Liz and her family came over too, so it was a good thing Mel got some extra pizza!
Today I teach the young women again.  I am learning to enjoy this.  I do still get nervous.  But I suppose that goes along with my need to be perfect.  I am not of course, but I suppose that is allowed.  I just don't give myself too much leeway.  I am learning, but it is hard.  I was always taught to strive for excellence, and I guess I have taken it a little too far.  Oh well.  I am slowly learning to be kinder to me.
Well, I am excited for Sunday.  I love learning about the Savior...the one perfect life.  I am so grateful for His example and forgiveness.  What a truly amazing being!  I hope His light and love are a part of your day too.  Take care out there!  Keep smiling!  It will all be worth it!  HAVVVGW!!!!!   Melody

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Lamps and Lighthouses and Lines!

Good morning!  I am having a wonderful morning!  It started with snuggles from Taylor!  He spent the night last night.  And he is full of seven year old wisdom.   And the world outside is white with newfallen snow!  I like that alot.  We have a fun agenda together today.  First off we are headed to the barber for a much needed haircut.  Then we will probably go to Home Depot or Lowe's for a cord for my lamp.  I have a beautiful old lamp from my Grandma that I told Mel he needed to fix for my birthday:)  Actually there are three of them.  but this one is very special.  It is made from beautiful glass....handblown I would guess.  It was made in Germany...West Germany.  So it is older and well crafted.  I also need to pick out a nice lampshade.
Taylor said to tell you we had a great day yesterday too.  He came over after school and we watched "Superman".  He really liked it.  He is the main reason I got that movie.  "I seriously am the main reason you got that movie?  Wow!"  He is reading over my shoulder:)

My Pink Lamp
So I thought I would post a picture of a painting I did on Monday.  But first I need to apologize for it.  I have not been painting as well on Monday nights.  I think it is because by the time my class rolls around I am exhausted!  I did like this painting though.  I think I will do it again...only take my time with the drawing so that the painting has a better chance.  This second picture is the striped cloth drawing I am working on for my drawing class.  I may have gotten too dark with some of the values.  So I will probably repeat it also.  It seems I do a lot of things over lately.  Oh well.  That is how I learn apparantly.  I keep thinking of something Taylor said.  He was talking about his video games.  And he said he really liked one called Metroid.  He said he wished I could be the female character on it because then I could be really thin. Perhaps I talk too much about my weight:)  Sigh!  It can't be a healthy thing.  Just let it go!  So that's my therapy for today!  I really am not this self absorbed...at least I don't let on that I am.
Well, I suppose I had better get on with my day.  I hope yours is wonderful.     Take care out there.   I hope you have lots of fun and inspiration with family and friends to support you!  Remember I'm pulling for you!  We're all in this together!   HAGW!!!  Melody
Lighthouse Painting


It looks like a flag!


Friday, November 19, 2010

Ooops!

I'm sorry!  The Sherlock Holmes that came on tonight is one of the older versions...and not my favorite.  I looked it up on pbs.com and the new one is on Masterpiece Theater after all.  I could only see a couple of episodes.....here is a link for more info if you are still interested..http://video.pbs.org/video/1619685888/   So since I goofed I will make it up to you.  Here is a link from my blogging friend Leann.  It is about Jonah....but told like you have never heard it before!  It is pretty cute and amazing!  Thanks Leann! http://vimeo.com/16404771  
Well I  hope you have a wonderful evening out there in cyberspace!  Sweet Dreams!  TTTT  Melody

Post Script

Hi again! I just remembered that Sherlock Holmes is on tonight on PBS. I had thought it was on masterpiece theater. But it's not. I am currently sitting under a hair dryer at the hair salon. I do have it pretty good. TTYL. Melody

It's Friday!

Good morning!  It's still dark here.  Mel is off at basketball.  I think his goal is to keep playing until they carry him off of the court:)  I think he has been playing early morning basketball since we moved to Idaho.  I like that he can.  But I told him long ago not to complain about minor injuries to me.  When he first started playing he would show me his jammed finger or his bruised knee trying to get sympathy:)  No sympathy from me back then.  What a meanie I was.  I think it was because I already had children showing me all of their injuries from various things, or maybe I was just overloaded from life in general.  I think that was a busy time of life.  I would probably have time for sympathy now.  But oh well.
Today is Friday...anciently I used to look forward to Friday.  At one point in raising the kids, I used to get a babysitter on Friday and take horse back riding lessons.  I had always wanted to own a horse, but I knew so little about them.  So I decided to take lessons and learn to ride.  It was a lot of fun., and it sort of cured me of wanting to own one.  They are beautiful, and marvelous, but they are also very big and eat a whole lot.  So no horses in my back yard.  We almost bought a horse when we moved out here to the country, but we had one of our children move back home with her family, and so we decided to wait.  Then for about the first 8 years out here we had a succession of relatives that moved in for a while.  Actually it is only recently that we didn't have an extra family living with us.  It actually feels pretty good, now that I have my art to keep me occupied.  I don't think a horse would be much company. 
How did I get off on this tangent?  Oh right, it's Friday....the last working day of the week....not.  With our own business the last working day of the week is usually Saturday...at least for Mel.  But that is good in this economy.  At least he has work.  We know so many people who are struggling to stay employed.  A lot of people in the construction industry or real estate have had to find new things to do.  And even retail businesses have gone under with the slowed economy.  I guess it is that pendulum swinging from one extreme to another.
Well, I guess I really don't have much to write about today.  Except how thankful I am for everything.  I guess that covers it:)  Take care out there in cyberspace.  Keep your stick on the ice!  Remember I'm pulling for you!  We're all in this together.  And HAVGW!!!!  Melody

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Super Man

Good evening!  I drove by the sign downtown again today....:)   So I am sharing..."  Sundial - an old timer."  It took me a minute for that one.  I stopped at the libary and picked up a few movies.  It's funny how I like to see the same old movies over and over.  I got Superman with Christopher Reeves and I have had it on rather loud so I can "watch" it as I am doing housework and fixing dinner.  I had forgotten how much I like it.  It is fun to watch from a more mature place in life.  I think I like it even more.  I really liked all of the young man leaving his home stuff.  And his relationship to his mother.  It means more to me now.  I probably haven't watched this since Tommy was little.
Well, I just needed to share.  Hope your day is going swell:)  Take care.  Melody

Thur's Day

Good morning and Buenos dias!  I got up a little late this morning.  Mel has a new assignment at the temple which makes him later coming home, so we were up too late.  And I slept in all the way to 7:50!  Pretty good for me.  And I am off to a running start...dishes done, bed made, laundry started, diet posted:)  Yeah I am biting the bullet once again.  I watched Dr. Oz yesterday when I was having such a lazy day and got inspired.  At least his diet is sensible. It is a little discouraging to lose the same weight over and over again.  Some day they will discover a button that you push and everything goes back to normal.  In the meantime I will just keep at it I guess:)
So today my dilemna is....do I start over once again on the striped cloth drawing?  I think I shall, even though I like what I have done so far....or maybe I should finish it first.  I just know that my teacher's example was not so dramatic as mine.  I think I tend to like extremes in shading and such.  And she is much more conservative.  And she will be grading this.  I have thought I will turn in two versions...one for her and one for my creativity:)  I do have a week or so to work on it.  And the practice will be good for me.
Speaking of which....I have enjoyed practicing my clarinet for the upcoming ward parties.  That's right I am playing for both now.  I really had better come up with something good for both, since the same people will be at each one.  And I need to find some good music.  I went online for free music and didn't find anything too interesting.  I had thought maybe I could play, "What Child is This?" for one of them.  But it would sound better with an accompaniement.  Boy, that word looks misspelled!  Any way....
Well, I guess I had better get to it.  I am feeling a little weird today.  I am not sure why, but like I need to run for a while.  Maybe a walk would be a good substitute.  It is just so cold out...and windy.  Maybe I will go walk at the mall.  I really don't enjoy that much, but...I did get a new coat.  Hmmmm!  Decisions, decisions.  Are you yawning yet?  I hope you have a wonderful day out and about and in between today.  Take care and remember...something....Oh yeah!  Keep smiling.  It looks good on you!   TTTL  Melody

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

More from Wedna!

Good after-noon!  I am feeling a little silly and very happy!  I got my portfolio back with a B+ on it and some very encouraging comments!  Yay!  That feels good....almost as good as an A.  So I guess I will keep going to school.  I think if I was pulling a C- or D+ I would throw in the towel....but maybe not.  I really like drawing!  And painting.  And just looking at other people's drawings and paintings.  Yeah, I've got it bad.  The next step will be to declare a major....art I know.  But there are a zillion sub-categories.  Right now I am an illustration major.  But I don't really know what that means.  I just want to take all of the classes!  And I think you have to be in certain majors for different things.  So I may switch around:) And with tuition so cheap I may go for a master's.  You never know!  Can you get a doctorate in art?  Dr. Melody:)  I like that...maybe.
So here is a couple of jokes to get you smiling.   Do you know what a toothless grizzly is called?  Wait for it....gummy bear!  The definition of a pronoun?  A noun that has lost its amateur standing!  If you try to fail and succeed....which have you done?  That'll stump you!  Are you smiling yet?  Here's another funny thing....I have been asked to play a clarinet solo for the Relief society Christmas party!  I am a little rusty so I started practicing yesterday.  I'm not sure what to play yet.  I kind of like "Let It Snow".  It's a little jazzy and light...and short!  I will keep practicing and see how good I get:)
I guess the other reason I am feeling so good is I don't feel pressured.  I have finished the Woman at the Well.  And I don't have school until a week from Monday.  So I have a bit of a reprieve.  It feels very nice. 
I hope your day is feeling good too.  Take care out there in cyberspace.  I am definitely pulling for you and I am hoping this finds you smiling and cheered.  Remember we're all in this together!  Melody aka Wedna

Wedna's Day

Good morning!  The sun is getting ready to rise here.  I like driving into Boise and watching the sunrise.  It is usually very beautiful, although I do end up with bright sunshine in my vision before I get there.  I am thankful for visors!  And sunglasses!
Today is class.  We are nearing the end of the semester and the other students are all panicky about finals.  It is so weird not to have any.  I just have one more portfolio to turn in and it is only three drawings this time...the bowling pin/elephant one, the striped cloth we are working on now, and one more in graphite.  We only have a few weeks left in the semester, and next week is a break for my birthday.  Oh, and there's that other holiday people celebrate:)  Just kidding.  I really like Thanksgiving.  We will be having it in Twin Falls this year at my daughter's house.  So that should be lots of fun.  And a little less stressful for me.  I will have Christmas here.  I can't avoid all of the stress of the holidays!
Tonight is our young women activity.  We are having a "Mom's spa".  The girls wanted to do something nice for their mothers, so they decided to do facials and paint nails and massage feet.  I think they are cute to even think of that.  I don't know that I ever even realized my mom would appreciate a little pampering.  She worked full time and I guess I just thought she had plenty of energy.  She must have been so worn out!  Poor mom!  I'm sorry!
Well, I've got to scoot.  I hope your day is pleasant.  HAGW!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Nap!

Signed and in the frame!
Hi!  Remember naptime?  I used to fight it when I was little.  Then when I had my own kids I looked forward to it for the break it gave me to do dishes or dust or read!  Now it is my time to nap, and I need one today.  I am pretty tired, and I still have a charcoal picture to redo.  I hope I can learn to do things right the first time.  It would make things a whole lot easier:)
I guess you can see I changed the Lord's robe to a darker shade...except around His face.  That was my watercolor teacher's advice.  And I went in and blended the colors in the faces.  That wasn't too easy, and I suppose I am going to have to learn to do that with more experience.  I did find a palette that stays moist and so my acrylic colors don't dry out on me.  That has made a ton of difference.  What I would really like is a brush that holds its point!  I suppose I will have to invest in a good quality brush or two from Dick Blick's or Cheap Joe's or something.  The art supply place here does not have good quality brushes!
Well, I am tired, so I am headed for a power nap.  Then on to charcoal!  I really do enjoy this.  But I probably sound tired.  I need sleep!  Take care!  Melody
I think she is happy to be done too!

I still may work on the mouth a little.  It just isn't quite right, sigh!
I really should take a penmanship class!

Still Morning

Good morning!  I am trying to squeak this in before it turns into afternoon!  I have been up since 4...painting...what else?  The wind started blowing really hard and woke me up and I couldn't fall back asleep so I decided to work on my WATW painting some more.  I asked for some helpful advice from my two teachers yesterday and I have been trying to apply what they suggested.  I think it is improving the painting!  So that is good.  When I am done I will post it one last time (I promise it is the last time!)
I really don't have much to report.  I am drawing and painting today.  I have a new assignment in my drawing class.  It is kind of interesting if you like striped fabric.  It is a little complicated and challenging.  My two favorite things!
I hope your day is going well.  I am still over here pulling away.  Take care!  And HAGW!!!  Melody

Monday, November 15, 2010

School Days!

Good morning!  I hope it is in your neck of the woods.  I am feeling pretty good today.  I love school, so school days are extra exciting to me.  I was thinking yesterday how grateful I am to be back in school taking classes I want to take.  That has always been my dream.  Why I didn't do it in the first place is kind of complicated and weird.  I guess I was trying to fulfill what I perceived as my parents' and teachers dream for me.  I was told all through junior high and high school that I had great potential.  And I think my mom thought I could be a doctor or something.  I really liked physics in high school, but I had heard that it was a hard major, so I thought if I majored in chemistry it wouldn't be quite as hard.  Boy, did I have that wrong!  Chemistry was very hard, and I found I really didn't enjoy it.  But I was young and still trying to fill other people's expectations.  I stuck it out for a few years, but finally decided I would switch my major about half way through my junior year.  Trouble with that was I was getting money for school from my parents and they had only agreed to four years. (I know...I was very spoiled!)  So I had to scramble to find a major I could finish quickly.  It was between math and English since I had already taken so much as core and supporting classes.  I chose English because I love literature.  But I can remember wishing I could take art.  I am so glad for the opportunity I have now to follow that love...and even passion.  I have always wondered what people meant when they said to follow your passion.  I think I have discovered that.  At least a secondary passion.  My first is my family, as is proper:)
We had a temple workers devotional yesterday evening.  It was nice to hear the temple presidency and their wives talk.  And then to see so many friends afterwards.  I think the people I have met at the temple are some of the sweetest people I have ever met.  Perhaps it has to do with the kindness exhibited and promoted in the temples.  It is really wonderful.  I wish that kindness would spread throughout the world, and that all people would treat each other only with kind words and actions.  I think it gets a little better around Christmas....if you stay away from sales!  I happened across one on accident a couple of evenings ago.  I went into a craft store to get a package of stickers.  Unfortunately it was their biggest sale of the year.  The store was crowded and people were pushy and anxious to be first....at sales tables and cash registers.  I was very glad to find what I needed and to leave.  But it made me a little sad that I was so influenced by the mood of the crowd.  I had a hard time staying composed and pleasant as people jostled me and cut in line in front of me.  I will have to do my Christmas shopping at midnight again this year.  It is great to be in a quiet store without all of the hassle of harried shoppers.
Well, I had better scoot and get ready for the day.  I hope you have a lovely, fun filled day.  Take care out there in cyberspace.  I'm still pulling from my side.  HAGW!!!  Melody

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A post script of Thankfulness

Just found this story as I was looking for stories for my lesson.  It is very touching, so I thought I would share.  I really like the ocean and the seagull part:)
A Bucket of Shrimp

Friday, 08 May 2009 08:18
Written by Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker
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It happened every Friday evening, almost without fail, when the sun resembled a giant orange and was starting to dip into the blue ocean.
Old Ed came strolling along the beach to his favorite pier. Clutched in his bony hand was a bucket of shrimp. Ed walks out to the end of the pier, where it seems he almost has the world to himself. The glow of the sun is a golden bronze now.
Everybody's gone, except for a few joggers on the beach. Standing out on the end of the pier, Ed is alone with his thoughts... and his bucket of shrimp.
Before long, however, he is no longer alone. Up in the sky a thousand white dots come screeching and squawking, winging their way toward that lanky frame standing there on the end of the pier.
Before long, dozens of seagulls have enveloped him, their wings fluttering and flapping wildly. Ed stands there tossing shrimp to the hungry birds. As he does, if you listen closely, you can hear him say with a smile, 'Thank you. Thank you.'
In a few short minutes the bucket is empty. But Ed doesn't leave.
He stands there lost in thought, as though transported to another time and place. Invariably, one of the gulls lands on his sea-bleached, weather-beaten hat - an old military hat he's been wearing for years.
When he finally turns around and begins to walk back toward the beach, a few of the birds hop along the pier with him until he gets to the stairs, and then they, too, fly away. And old Ed quietly makes his way down to the end of the beach and on home.
If you were sitting there on the pier with your fishing line in the water, Ed might seem like 'a funny old duck,' as my dad used to say. Or, 'a guy that's a sandwich shy of a picnic,' as my children might say. To onlookers, he's just another old codger, lost in his own weird world, feeding the seagulls with a bucket full of shrimp.
To the onlooker, rituals can look either very strange or very empty. They can seem altogether unimportant ....maybe even a lot of nonsense. Old folks often do strange things, at least in the eyes of Boomers and Busters.
Most of them would probably write Old Ed off, down there in Florida . That's too bad. They'd do well to know him better.
His full name: Eddie Rickenbacker. He was a famous hero back in World War II. On one of his flying missions across the Pacific, he and his seven-member crew went down. Miraculously, all of the men survived, crawled out of their plane, and climbed into a life raft.
Captain Rickenbacker and his crew floated for days on the rough waters of the Pacific. They fought the sun. They fought sharks. Most of all, they fought hunger. By the eighth day their rations ran out. No food. No water. They were hundreds of miles from land and no one knew where they were.
They needed a miracle. That afternoon they had a simple devotional service and prayed for a miracle. They tried to nap. Eddie leaned back and pulled his military cap over his nose. Time dragged. All he could hear was the slap of the waves against the raft.
Suddenly, Eddie felt something land on the top of his cap. It was a seagull!
Old Ed would later describe how he sat perfectly still, planning his next move. With a flash of his hand and a squawk from the gull, he managed to grab it and wring its neck. He tore the feathers off, and he and his starving crew made a meal - a very slight meal for eight men - of it. Then they used the intestines for bait.. With it, they caught fish, which gave them food and more bait......and the cycle continued. With that simple survival technique, they were able to endure the rigors of the sea until they were found and rescued (after 24 days at sea...).
Eddie Rickenbacker lived many years beyond that ordeal, but he never forgot the sacrifice of that first lifesaving seagull. And he never stopped saying, 'Thank you.' That's why almost every Friday night he would walk to the end of the pier with a bucket full of shrimp and a heart full of gratitude.
Reference: (Max Lucado, In The Eye of the Storm, pp..221, 225-226)

Thinking....:)

Good morning!  And Buenos Dias!  Today is already in full swing.  I have read yesterday's paper:) and the brownies are in the oven for my lesson today.  Mel is fed and gone to his meetings.  So here I am again wondering what to blog about today.
Perhaps I should share the comment Mel made yesterday about my painting:)  We were at the church for a world wide training gathering and as we were leaving I stopped to examine a Carl Bloch print that was hanging on the wall.  It is the one of the Savior at the Pool of Bethesda.  And it is gorgeous!  The interplay of colors to create light and dark is absolutely amazing...even in a print.  I said to Mel, "Wow, just look at how he does this!  So many colors and they all work together to create light and shadow."  Mel said, "Yeah, just look at the faces.  He blends colors so well, there is no paint by number looking places!"  Then he looked a little funny.  "I hope you don't take that personally.  I think acrylics must be hard to blend.  I love your painting!"  That makes me chuckle even as I write it.  He is trying so hard to be supportive.  But he is a tool and dye guy and very focused on detail.  There are very tiny tolerances in his work....  I think .005 cm. or something.  So he is having to learn a whole new way of looking at things with my art.  It is good for both of us.  I am developing a thicker skin and he is working on myopia.  And I will try harder to blend my colors:)
So my lesson today is on being grateful.  I have been reflecting a little about all that I am grateful for... the beautiful earth, nature and wildlife, and our cozy home and circumstances.  But I think the thing I am most grateful for is relationships with people....family, and friends, and even just casual acquaintances.  I like people.  I like meeting new people.  And I like getting to know the people I already know even better.  People are so complicated!  I have been married for forty years and I still discover new things about Mel all of the time.  And my children...I have raised them and feel like I know them best of anyone in the world.  But they still manage to surprise me with new thoughts or behaviors.  I guess it is because we are thinking creatures.  We have a whole world inside of us that is private, unless we choose to share.  It is something that amazes me.
Well, I am off on a tangent again.  Sorry about that.  I suppose I should get on with my day.  I hope this finds you well and happy.  Take care out there.  Remember I'm pulling for you.  And HAVGW!!!! 
Melody
P.S.  For all of you PBS fans out there.  I wanted to mention that the new Sherlock Holmes episodes are very good:)  At least from my perspective.  It is set in modern time, so Sherlock has an iphone!  He uses it to solve cases!  And Doc Watson blogs!!!  I love it!  Anyway it is on masterpiece theater here.  I suppose it is showing nationally, but I'm not certain.  Toodle Loo

Saturday, November 13, 2010

One Last Time....I hope!

Shoulder fixed!
 Hi!  I'm testing again.  I think I may be there.  Although one can never really say I guess.  But I do feel much better about things.  Even the well turned out OK.  I think I got some help with that part, because I really didn't know what I was doing.  But I like it.  I added some flowers too.  I think it adds some interest.  OK!  That's all.  I have a meeting to attend and then a new boyfriend to meet....of Kim's.  I don't think I am going to get those bulbs planted after all.  Sigh!  There is so much to accomplish and all I do is paint:)
Sayonara!  Melody
Woman by the fixed well

The finished (maybe) painting

Once More!

Good morning!  You'll never guess what I have been working on this morning...oh, you did guess!  Yeah, it's the WATW painting.  I guess it is not really done.  After a good night's sleep, a morning perusal gave me new insight.  I had painted the Lord's neck rather long without even realizing it.  I put the shadows in the wrong place on His robe and this morning I saw it.  I think it is good to give paintings an overnight waiting period before declaring them finished.  I get so close and involved in the detail that I miss the overall painting.  Anyway it is a good lesson learned.  I have "fixed" the neck, and now I am working on the well.  I was so tired when I painted that in that I kind of did a kindergarten rendition of a well.  But I am feeling more energetic and I can paint it to look like the real thing....I hope.  My fear is that I could keep painting this for a year or more and never really get it right:)  Oh well.  I do think when I get this one done I will really be done.
Today I am hoping to plant bulbs.  I bought them in August or September and I still haven't planted them.  Mel got the ground all tilled a month or more ago.  I just haven't been doing yard work.  I need to plant them though so I can enjoy the beautiful flowers in the spring.  It will be here before you know it:)  At least I hope so.  Winter is not my favorite time of year.  But I am determined to find a reason to love winter.  I love the holidays...maybe that is a good enough reason.  I just need to invent a few more so that January, February, and March don't drag on so long.  Maybe January we will make it a point to go up to McCall for the Ice Sculptures.  Then February....Valentine's? February is hard because Tommy's birthday is in February...on Washington's birthday.  Maybe I will be so busy with school it will all speed by.  It has seemed that way so far.  I am so happy to be going to school again!
Today I am also writing little notes of gratitude to each of the young women I teach.  That should be easy.  They are each very wonderful young ladies.  I should probably make brownies or something too.  Or maybe Valentine's cookies with their name on it.  So many possibilities!  All with lots of sugar.  I had another funny dream last night about that very thing.  I was talking to a friend of mine, when another friend came up and said she had lost a lot of weight.  I asked her how and she said she had given up sugar.  Then my friend turned to me and very seriously asked, "Have you given up your sugar addiction?"  I woke up after that...I guess it was just too scary. 
Well, I am rambling, and I have a well calling my name.  It's a very deep subject:. (Old and tired joke - yawn!)  I hope your day is going well.  Take care out there!  Remember I'm pulling for you!  We're all in this together!  HAVGW!!!  Melody

Friday, November 12, 2010

Say Good Bye to the WATW Painting!

The completed painting
Hi again!  I can't believe I am on here again.  But I am excited....I think I have finally finished the WATW painting.  And it feels so good.  So I needed to share.  I will probably keep dabbing here and there, but I am going to try not to.  I like it the way it is.    I just notice that I paint like watercolor....leaving white space where I probably should fill in with paint. So I have been trying to do that without ruining everything with the wrong color.  I only really use about four or five colors and do a lot of mixing.  Oh well.  Don't mean to bore you.  I think I cana spend the rest of the day cleaning.  I have a lot to clean.  I guess that is the thing I have given up to paint:)  HAGW!!!!  Melody
My favorite palm

Close up of the Woman

Close up of Jesus

I love this tree!  I photographed it in Golden Gate Park.

Friday!

Good morning!  It is nice to be awake!  Do you ever have dreams that you wake up from relieved that it was only a dream?  I had one of those last night.  I dreamt we were all crowded into a little house....me and the kids.  I don't think Mel was there.  We seemed to be destitute.  And there was some huge family moving in with us.  I was trying to explain to them that it was only temporary, but they seemed to be ignoring me as they were talking about how they could manage with just one bedroom.  It is nice to be awake and realize it was only a dream!  I can deal with real life better.
Ha!  I just realized how funny this is to be sharing my dreams online.  Blogging is an interesting thing.  I think I like it.  I am better at writing here than my journal.  And I don't keep making a list of the things I want to achieve that I never really do.  I think I feel more accountable here.  If I make a list I feel obligated to carry through, which is why I don't make too many.
Well, the doorbell just rang and Liz and Gabriel are here.  So I'd better get going.  I hope to be able to paint today and finish the WATW painting.  I am enjoying painting it this time.  I like the acrylics.  It makes me want to try oils.  The thing I really struggle with is how fast it dries...not just on the canvas but on my palette.  I add water and it's worse on the canvas.  It takes forever to apply a large block of color!  NO, I am not complaining....much.  It is fun to try new things.  And I think I may try it some more.  I would really like to try to paint like Alexander Volkov....only a scene from the ocean.  Maybe the sunset with the dog and owner on Carmel beach.  I love that photo.  His paintings seemed to have an almost metallic shine in the paint.  Is there such a paint?  I couldn't tell.  I guess I will explore this further online.
Well, here I go!  I hope you have a lovely day out there in cyberspace.  Keep your stick on the ice.  Remember I'm still pullin' for ya!  We're all in this together!  HAGW!!!  Melody

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Palms

Good evening!  I thought I would post this...I am feeling pretty good about this one.  I really like the palm trees:)  The actual Jacob's well is very desolate, but I am hoping no one else cares that I put it in the middle of an oasis.  Or maybe it is Golden Gate Park:)  I am still working on the people, but it is going well I think, although I may change my mind any minute.  I have been fiddling with the right side of the well behind the woman.  I can't seem to make it look right.  And I need to do more with the foreground....add plants and animals.  Maybe a nice doggie.  Anyway I am feeling a little better about all of this.  It really did help to have Kenny and Cindy pose for me.  I think my main problem now is just getting the paint to go on the canvas.  Hope you are having a good night.  I think maybe I will stop painting now and have a dish of ice cream:)  Take care.  Melody

A Painting We Will Go

Good morning!  It is beautiful here...sunny and clear and very cold.  Brrrr!  I am so grateful for a warm house and a pellet stove!  And a little heater in my art studio:)  I think it is going to be a wonderful day for painting!  Of course I still have a bit of housework to do, but nothing too pressing.  It's just every time I open the fridge I think, "I really need to clean this out!"  It is full and there's not much to eat:)  Lots of expired type of food in there.  So I will get to it.  But maybe in between layers of paint.  I keep thinking about what my water color teacher says about painting in layers and I think I will work at doing that today....laying a foundation and then gradually building on that foundation.   The trouble is I am not sure how to do that from dark to light...but I will just take it slow.
Our Young Women program went well last night.  I love the young women.  One of them came up and gave me a big hug after the program.  She is a sweetie and our class president.  But I love them all.  Each is so unique and special.  That was what our speaker spoke about last night.  It was very well done.  And the decorations were fabulous.  The lady I work with in MIA maids is an interior decorator and so she has quite a talent for making things look fabulous.  I hope I can learn a few things from her.  I think I like things simple, and functional, but it is not so appealing in decorating I guess.  I suppose you could have it all....good simple, functional and beautiful.  I haven't quite figured it out.
Well, I guess I had better get hopping....carefully:)  My leg is feeling better today, maybe because I talked to the doctor.  Anyway, here's wishing you a great and good and inspired day!  Take care!  Keep smiling!   Melody
P.S.  I am adding a couple of pictures from the sourdough bread bakery by Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.  It is soooo yummy!  The best in the world I think.  And I got a kick out of all the different shapes she was making.

Making a bread lobster

Sourdough Alligator at Fisherman's Wharf with little turtles on the top

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Forgot These

Good afternoon!  I forgot to load the pictures from my iphone.  The link to that is http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2091513&id=1459470548&l=f13d29464e
I think a lot of these were taken at the Steinbeck Museum in Salinas.  It was really interesting.  I especially got a kick at how they had set up the scenery as a kind of walk into Steinbeck's books.  Worth the trip!  Well I need to get going.  I have a YW in Excellence Night tonight and the MIA maids are in charge!  Luckily I am just an assistant...not the one person in charge of it all.  Whew!
Keep smiling!   Melody

Greetings!

Love this one!
 Good morning!  I turned in my portfolio and I am already back home.  It felt better this time, although still scary.  She is a good teacher though.  She asked about my trip and I asked her about hers.  I am thinking I will request to have her for my counselor eventually.  We get along well.  And I like her art work.
I included a few more photos here from our trip.  The sunset is in Carmel.  It really was beautiful there and I'm glad we got to go back for a visit, even if it was rather short.  I will include a link for my facebook album.  It is much easier to upload pictures there.  http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2091495&id=1459470548&l=e03ea113d5  Well, I think I have very little to write today.  Oh, except for the downtown sign.  I really liked it today.    Lamb stew-much ado about mutton:)  I love those!  I laughed for quite a while over that one.  I suppose it is the link to Shakespeare that I love.
This was near the Monterey Wharf

New Love
  Well, I hope you have a most lovely day out there in cyberspace land.  Things are fine here.  I will put my leg up and take aspirin and start sketching for my WATW painting.  Take care and remember all of those important things I keep reminding you about:)  Life is grand!  Melody
Old, Well tested, Tried and True Love





Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Home again!

Good evening!  We are finally home.  It took a while to get here.  The roads were great until just before Jordan Valley where it started to snow.  It got rather heavy going through the Owyhee mountains.  I am so glad Mel is experienced with snow driving.  Even after all of these years of living in snow country I am not comfortable with it.  I sat over on my side of the car praying silently and I kept repeating that scripture in my head..."Trust in the Lord with all thine heart..."  It helped and after I had said my prayer the snow did slow down considerably.  I am so grateful that my God is a God of miracles!
So I am home and it feels pretty good.  I have laundry going and I took some aspirin for the blood clot that has formed in my leg...drat!  I guess it is from sitting too much and being too heavy and old and all of the above.  Luckily it is very superficial.  The dangerous ones are the ones you can't see or feel until they are in your lungs or heart or brain.  I guess of things to go wrong it is a small thing and I can live with it.  But just for the record I am not pleased:)  I have had this happen before and so I know what to do and when it gets to be a concern.  I really don't want to have to take coumidin again!  I know I am being a whiner.  Sorry about that.
So tomorrow is school.... just long enough to turn in my portfolio.  I am not quite as nervous about this one.  I probably should be more nervous.  But I think I have done the best work I know how, and what more can one do?  I suppose that I will have a day of catch up tomorrow from the trip.  But mostly I want to work on my WATW painting.  Mel thinks it is my version of a mold.  That is his work...to build molds out of steel.  So he is often stressing over it.  It is nice to have a little sympathy.
I will put pictures on here tomorrow.  I am just too tired tonight.  I hope you have a wonderful night.  Sweet dreams!  Melody
Good afternoon! We are leaving Winnemucca on our way up to Oregon. I was able to visit the Internet for a minute during lunch. Mel commented we could move to Winnemucca. I said no thanks. It is so dry!!! But maybe not for long. The clouds look kind of dark and threatening. He also was talking about what we should put in our coffins. He thought I should have an abalone shell and my future art diploma. I didn't think it was quite as funny as he did. I guess we got on that topic because it is time for him to have another PSA test. He is reluctant to have it done because it's expensive. Anyway. I guess I was just getting bored and needed a comic relief. Hope your day is grrrrreat. Take care. Melody

Into the Wild Blue Yonder

Good morning!  It is a beautiful sunny day here.  I am glad for that.  I think we should have a good day of travel.  And I am ready to be back home and looking forward to my daily schedule.  It is good to get away, but I sure miss normal when we do.  And my own bed:) 
So....not much to say today.  We're just driving for the next 8 hours or so.  Then home and laundry.  I have my portfolio for tomorrow all ready and waiting for me at home.  I suppose I will work on my WATW painting tomorrow after school.  There are some interesting prints in this motel room, very old fashioned with people picking flowers.  They are very stylized and probably are some specific period of painting.  I like them and have studied them a little hoping to find some inspiration.  Funny how I have to keep encouraging myself that I can do this.  I guess it is a very daunting assignment for me.  But I can do hard things!!!
Well, I could write jibberish all day.  I hope you have a wonderful day out there in cyberspace.  Keep your stick on the ice...it should be easier to find some.  Remember I'm pulling for you!  We're all in this together....like it or not:)  So ......HAVGW!!!!  Melody

Monday, November 8, 2010

My Day at the Beach

The Birds

Mel on the beach

Beautiful!

Seashells

Cindy and Kenny

Good evening!  We are currently in lovely Auburn and enjoying the ambience of a quaint gold rush town.  Actually we are both totally exhausted, and it feels so good to not drive for a while.  We did have a nice day though.  We drove to Half Moon Bay this morning with Ken and Cindy.  That was lots of fun.  We found a part of the beach run over by seagulls and Kenny and Mel and even I chased them so they would fly up in the air.  It was windy and cold and fun!  The tide was out, or the place we were would have been under water.  We found some shells and lots of seaweed and drift wood.  The waves were a little wild from yesterday's storm I guess.  And the ocean was a deep teal with white caps out in the deep and a muddy green up closer to the waves.  I love how water changes color with the sky.  It makes me want to copy with paint!  Kenny had to go to work so we said our good byes and they left.  Mel and I stayed for a while to watch the waves and cry a little:)  It is always so hard to say good bye.  Then we drove on up the coast for a while...over the Golden Gate Bridge and on to Petaluma.  I cannot say I have ever been there before, but I'm not sure.  It is a cute little town.  We had lunch and then headed back toward East I-80.  The road was a little crowded with traffic, so we didn't make much progress.  We kind of crawled from Davis on through Sacramento and beyond.  So as it began to turn dark we decided Auburn was far enough.  Besides there is a huge pile of clouds just sitting over the Sierras.  It is kind of beautiful, but not something to start into in the dark.  So we went to Max's for dinner.  It was good, but we ate too much and we are vowing never to eat again!!!  At least til tomorrow:)  We shared a GIANT chocolate eclair, and even sharing it we could only eat half.  I have never seen an eclair so huge.  But I guess it will stick in my memory.
Well, I hope your day has been wonderful.  Take care out there.  I think it is time to say nighty night, sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite!  TTTL  Melody