Tuesday, May 31, 2011

An Afternoon Giggle

Hi again!  I am home from trying to get things worked out with our new car.  I think we were able to get about two points less interest by going to our own bank.  Mel is right about them trying to schnooker us.  I hope this will make him feel better about the purchase.  We really do need to cut back on fuel consumption.  And this car really does it.  I have been back and forth to Boise twice, all over town and back and I still have more than half of a tank left.  I think it will be amazing all we save:)
So the main reason I am posting is to share the sign downtown.  I came away with three today!  So here goes....from least funny to most funny!  "Feast - an eat wave." Yeah, yeah not so funny.  "Joyride - going anywhere without the kids!" I could really identify with that one a few years back.  Okay, more than a few.  And my personal favorite "Hiking - a friendly greeting to a male monarch."  Ha, ha!  I hope it at least made you smile!  If not...oh well.  I tried!
So what else can I tell you?  Hmmmm.  Oh, I listened to Chopin today.  I love his Piano Concert # 2 in F Minor, Op 21 - 2. Larghetto.  When I was feeling very depressed a year and a half or so ago, this song would lift my spirits.  It is so soothing.  I am grateful for amazing music and the artists who share it with the rest of us.  The world would be so dark without wonderful music...and dance....and art of all kinds.   I guess I am grateful for all art and artists...well, the good clean kind anyway.  I have been thinking I would like to start painting again.  I have one or two I would like to do, it is just finding time.  So maybe it is like the dishes...I just have to start in and then the rest will follow.
Well, here's hoping your day is going happily by with no swindling in sight:)  Take care out there!  Melody

Tuesday...relaxing!...well, sort of.

Good morning!  I am having a terrific morning so far.  We got my hydrangeas planted last night for a family home evening activity:)  They look so beautiful that I thought I would share a picture or two.

We didn't get the hanging plants all up yet.  It was getting late...and cold.  This weather is sure strange.  I keep wondering if the nuclear leaks in Japan have affected our weather or if it is just La Nina.  It sure seems to have taken a leap in weirdness.
Ellen and I had a fun day yesterday.  She loves to talk, and I love to listen, so it was a good combo.  We placed flowers on my mom's grave, but we had bought a hanging basket, so I took off the hanger.  Ellen insisted I take a photo of her as "Hook":)

What a cutie!  We stopped for lunch at Costa Vida....both of us couldn't finish the food....they give you so much!  She loves the bluetooth feature in my car too, so we called everyone in the family so she could talk on it:)  And she kept the songs going.  We discovered we both like the Beatles!  Before our day was done, we had to stop for a treat at Cold Stone's Creamery.  Ellen got the largest bowl of ice cream they have.  I got a small one and still couldn't eat most of it.  Sebastian was happy for that.  He got my leftovers.
So since it was memorial day yesterday and my mind is still on cemeteries...I have a complaint to lodge.  I hate the way they put both names on a tombstone of a couple, even though one is still alive.  My dad's name is on theirs and I really don't like seeing it there.  My dad says it is like it is waiting for him.  I suppose they do this as an economical savings or some such thing, but I really don't like it!  So I've lodged my complaint!

So today I am doing laundry, dishes, and a general clean up.  We are visiting Julie in a couple of days.  Her step-son Ricky is graduating from high school, so we will have a party!  I am hoping to go see the singing group Eclipse while we are there.  It should be lots of fun!
Well, I hope you are having fun where ever you are in cyberspace today.  Keep smiling!  We're all in this together!  I'm still pulling for you!!!  HAVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Monday, May 30, 2011

I often go walking in meadows of flowers!

Good morning! And happy Memorial Day. I like this day, although today I will be running around in it. I promised my dad I would put flowers on my mother's grave since he is not here. It will be a good excuse to drive the new car. I kind of like driving it:) It has a new bluetooth feature that is way cool! It recognizes my phone and if I have a call or need to call, the controls are on the steering wheel and the sound comes over the speakers. It also will play all of my music on my iphone through that system. I had no idea I would like this feature so much. And I also like the heated seats. This damp cold weather gets to my old bones, and it feels pretty good to sit on a heated seat! Yeah, I really am aging fast lately. Mel has to work today, so I am planning to pick up my granddaughter Ellen to go with me and keep me thinking young. She is 11 going on 21 and lots of fun. I happen to love teenagers which is probably why I am still teaching young women. I think my great aunt Nellie had a similar gift. When she was 80 something she was still involved with the young women program. She really had a gift of knowing how to listen to teenagers. I think my gift is that I think I am one:)
So after all of the running around I think I will work on my yard a little more. We bought some cool pots to put the hydrangeas in, but I need to get some potting soil. I am also hoping Mel can get the hooks placed to hang my other plants. I still get excited every time I walk by them....like art or something:)
Yesterday I got an email I thought was very insightful so I thought I would share a smile. I think it may help me with my dieting. Here goes:

I should have figured it out sooner.
It's the shampoo I use in the shower.
When I wash my hair, the shampoo runs down my whole body.
Printed very clearly on the shampoo label it reads, "FOR EXTRA VOLUME
I have gotten rid of the shampoo and I am going to start using Dawn
Dish detergent.
Problem solved!
It sure pays to read the label!

Ha, ha! I like that! We use Dawn to remove oil paint from our brushes. We mix it with baby oil. I guess it is a lot less toxic than paint thinner! At least I hope so.
Well, I hope your day is pleasant out there where ever you may be today in cyberspace. I wish I was in California on the beach! I really am missing the coast! Have a wonderful, fun-filled day! Take care and keep smiling. We're all in this together! Ain't life grand? Melody

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Beautiful Day of Peace and Rest

Good morning!  And Shalom!  I hope your Sunday is warm with the Spirit.  Have I mentioned I love Sundays?  I do.
Sooooo, today I could write about the car we bought yesterday.  We spent most of the day just looking and test driving.  It was very tiring, but I enjoyed being with Mel.  We have been talking for some time about how we could pay for a new car with the gas we would save from not driving the Explorer.  And especially with me driving into Boise each day for school, which starts again in a week and a day.  So instead of buying new tires for the Explorer, we looked at all of the more fuel efficient cars around.  We finally settled on a Honda Civic.  It gets 40 mpg highway!  That should improve things tremendously.  And it is a nice little car.  The model we got has a moon roof, which I love....and leather interior.  We weren't going to get the leather, but that's a long and winding story about the dishonesty of car salesmen.  Mel says he feels like they picked his pocket...and I would have to agree. But it's Sunday and I am not going there:)  We got a very nice car and I am so grateful!
So my lesson today is on missionaries and the sacrifices they make to serve a mission.   It seems like it will be a fun and spiritual lesson.  I love missionary work!  When I was a ward missionary I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It is fun to share the gospel and to get to know new people.  I guess I am always curious about how other people view the purpose of life, and so I enjoy hearing their side as well as sharing mine.
Well, I guess I had better get going.  Things are always hopping around here.  Take care out there in cyberspace, and I will do the same.  I hope you have a very inspiring and peaceful day.  Melody

Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Little Humor to Lighten Your Load

Good morning!  Here is the rainbow to brighten your day!  When we first moved here we used to see them all of the time...once a week I would bet.  But they have been less frequent and I must admit they make a rain storm worth it:)  I was taking pictures as the car was moving, so it is not as clear as I would have liked.
Today we are working around the yard, and then I guess we are picking up stuff for the yard, and getting new tires for the car.  I have put a lot of miles on the old ones going to school!
I forgot to mention, when I was looking up whatever that creature was...a pine marten maybe, it did say it was good luck to see one:)  I agree.  I have been thinking how blessed we are to live out here where there is so much wildlife.  We see beautiful birds and animals every day.  I quite enjoy the drive into town for that reason.
Well, I have a funny story for you.  At least Mel has been enjoying it the last two days.  We were at the table talking after dinner.  I was explaining something to him about something that was bothering me.  I told him I could see one side of it very clearly.  But I could see the other side in my other head just as clearly.  I meant to say the other side of my mind.  But since then Mel keeps talking about my other head....and then he laughs.  He loves to tease:)  And I guess it was a funny expression....my other head:)
Well, I hope you have a lovely Saturday out there.  Keep smiling!  I am still pulling for you!!!  We're all in this together.  You really should watch the Red Green show.  I guess I could post a link...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5GnBvpFnzA  I hope you enjoy it!  HAVVVGW!!!  Melody

Friday, May 27, 2011

The world is a marvelous place!

 Good Friday evening!  I thought I might write and say that I have had three cool sightings today.  The first was a pair of pelicans, flying over towards the lake:)  They always make me feel optimistic.

Then as I was going to town I spotted some weird little animal I have never seen before.  So I looked him up on the internet and I'm pretty sure it was a pine marten.  He was just sitting up on the side of the road....like he was watching traffic, although there isn't much way out here.

Then the third thing I saw was a rainbow.  Mel and I went to Red Robin for dinner and then to Home Depot to pick out a couple of planting pots when it started pouring....really pouring!  So we ran (ha, ha that is such an exaggeration!) through the rain to the car and headed for home with our new pots and as we were coming over our hill I saw this gorgeous rainbow.  It made me think that the Lord keeps His promises.  I am so glad for that!  I will post a picture I took of that tomorrow...I don't want to make this post tooo wonderful:)
And I will probably need something to spruce up the rather boring dialogue!
Well, I am going to warm up in front of the TV and enjoy a lazy night with Mel.  I hope you have some down time too!  Take care.  Melody

Here Comes the Sun!!!!!!! I hope!

Good morning!  It's gray out today....again!  And raining....again!  It's a good thing I see my counselor today, or I might get depressed!  No, I think I could just look outside at all of my beautiful flowers and feel good inside.  And Mel has already forgiven me for buying so many....I hope:)  I guess they do not do the same for him as they do for me.  I thought of putting some in front of his shop (hee, hee) but I am pretty sure he wouldn't like that.  It is his man cave I guess.  I have suggested fixing up his office with a rug and nicer furniture, but I guess he likes the rough, manly look:)  Mel if you read this...I am jesting...just a little.
So today I am watching grandkids and cleaning and making myself a dental appointment.  I have a tooth that has started bothering me, and I don't want it to get too bad.  I don't need any more pain.  My knee is definitely much better, but it still hurts and makes walking difficult.  Although for a while I can actually walk normal now, so that is so much better.  And I am losing weight which is bound to help.  So things are looking up!
Something kind of brave....I posted my "His Eye is on the Sparrow" painting on Eclipse's FB site and told them I had painted it after inspiration from their song.  They are having some kind of contest where people are supposed to post things that might promote their upcoming concert.  Anyway they did comment kindly...or at least their PR person did.  It felt good.  I did have to really push myself to do that though.  So I made another small step towards getting my work out there.
I have been thinking lately how strange life is.  A few years ago I would never have thought I would be back in school pursuing an art degree.  I am so glad I am and I wonder what life will be like in a few more years.  It is so hard to see down the road.  I think it has been a bit scary for me worrying about all that is ahead....knowing how much it hurts to lose loved ones....hoping I don't....knowing I probably will.  I think it will be OK most of the time, but every once in a while it gets to me.  And then the realization that I am on the last lap of my own life here has definitely entered into things.  It has been a little hard for me to accept.  But I think I have, and I have faith that the next life will be even more wonderful than this one.  So I guess I have grown in faith and wisdom....that's a good thing, right?
Well, I hope life is good for you too...and that the sun is shining in your world today.  Take care.  I am still pulling for you!  Sorry this blog is so self absorbed!  I am really fine:)  HAVVVGW!!!  Melody

Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Plethora of Petunias!

Back door
 Good evening!  I am excited!  I found the flower place, and it was not just petunias, although they had lots of those.  I kind of went overboard....everything was so beautiful and well priced.  Anyway, I promised pictures and here they are.  I hope they give your spirit a lift as they did (and do) mine!

Front Door
I think it is just too much winter this year, and somehow the colorful blooms make me think warm weather is coming!  I hope so!!
Well, just a cheery, colorful note.  I hope you are having a cheery, colorful day out there in cyberspace!  Take care!  Melody


Good morning!  I am feeling very encouraged this morning.  I woke up to a knee mostly out of pain!  It bends and everything!  So I am hoping that the doctor is just a pessimist and that my knee will be as good as new very soon.  I guess the lubricant helped a lot.  Now I just have to start strengthening it.   Well, maybe next week.  I am supposed to give it a rest for a few days.
The other good news is it's Thursday.  Which this week means I have no prior commitments.  I think I will continue to reorganize the bedroom.  But I may venture out to a petunia store near by.  They only grow petunias, but they are gorgeous!  If I can find the place and get a plant I will post a picture later.  My sister got some from there last year and I was a little envious.  I may also decide where to plant my hydrangeas if the weather cooperates.  I don't remember such a cold spring.  It has been down right gloomy for much too long now.  I think the weather is goofy this year anyway.  The tornadoes are unbelievable!  I was watching the weather channel for a while yesterday and I couldn't believe how many there were.  Crazy!
I was reading an article in the Meridian magazine this morning.  It was good, about not trying so hard to be perfect.  I know I do that.  And it is a source of discouragement to me when I fail.  So I think I need to give myself permission to not be perfect.  Not that I won't strive for excellence.  But just that I may not always meet my goal.  I especially liked what she said about Plan B.  It was a good article.  If you're interested it is found here.  http://ldsmag.com/church/article/8073?ac=1
So, what else?  Nothing really.  I plan to have a most wonderful day.  I hope yours is too!  Take care and keep smiling!  Have a very, very, very great wan!!!  Melody

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

From the Sickbed

A cheery good afternoon to you! I am here at home wishing I was a temple worker still.  Then I wouldn't be here alone!!  I guess I would anyway, since they don't allow sick temple workers.  So here I am by my lonesome, cheering myself up and saw this on a friend's facebook post and decided to share it with you:
ATD -at the doctor. BFF -best friend fell. BTW -bring the wheelchair. BYOT -bring your own teeth. FWIW -forgot where I was. GGPBL -gotta go, pacemaker battery low. ( I really like that one!) GHA -got heartburn again. IMHO -is my hearing aid on? LMDO -laughing my dentures out.(I would use that one as a sign off, but I really don't have dentures yet.)  OMMR -on my massage recliner. ROFLACGU -rolling on floor laughing and can't get up.(That's the funniest one!)  TTYL -talk to you louder!
It made me chuckle and I thought you might also get a chuckle....or a loud guffaw!  Do people still guffaw?  Or did they ever?  Kind of a funny expression.  Anyway.....
I am feeling better by a large bit this afternoon....but still not up to snuff.  There's another funny expression.  This should be very inspiring!  I am still tired so I am thinking of taking a real nap.  That would probably help me to feel better too.  I don't do well without sleep as I have clearly stated at least a hundred times in this blog.  I get too emotional...silly being one of those emotions.  Oh well.
The wind is howling outside now.  We really get it bad up here on our little hill.  I keep watching the weather report making sure there are no tornado warnings!!!  I hope things are fine in your neck of the woods. And I hope you enjoy the acronyms.  Take care and stay well.  It is not fun to be sick!  Melody

Morning Update

Hi again!  I'm back from the doctor's.  He was not real encouraging about my knee.  He said it will be an issue probably for the rest of my life....even with replacement surgery.  I guess I will adjust.  He did inject a lubricant into it...can you believe it?  Like a ball joint or something.  Anyway I get two more injections in the next couple of weeks, and then in a couple of months we will know if it helped:)  I think it will.  Just the psychological thing of expecting it to help should help.  How was that for a sentence?  I also got an antibiotic to help with the low grade infection I am harboring.  So maybe I will feel a bit more frisky when it all takes effect.  Oh, and I got some Celibrex.  I love those commercials!  Especially the disclaimer parts.  I guess they are required by law to add those, but they sure make medicine sound scary any more.  Maybe it really is.  I had a friend whose husband was a drug tester type doctor, and she said you wouldn't believe the things that get Ok'd.  Well, I might.
So I guess it will be a low key day today.  I think I will stay close to my recliner!  And maybe I can sort things while I sit there.  I have tons of stuff in boxes and bags to sort.  Most of it is probably junk.  I guess I am a collector....not so much because I like collecting, but more because I don't like making decisions when I am rushed to do so.  So I put things away til I have more time.  That's not a good habit.  I need to change that I guess...if I have to.
So I hope your day is pleasant.  It is a bit windy here today.  I am feeling so sorry for people dodging tornadoes!   I think that would be scary.  I hope it is not scary where you are.  I'm still pulling for you!  We're all in this together!  Keep smiling!  I will do the same.  HAVVVGW!!!  Melody

A Note to Inspire - La,la,la!

Good morning!  So to blog and whine, or blog and inspire:)  That is the question.  I am feeling a bit ill this morning.  I have been up all night and I am soooo tired.  Luckily I have a doctor's appointment this morning so I can complain there.  So here I will try to inspire:)
First off a mild joke from the sign downtown.  Well, maybe later:)  I can see the sign, but not the words.  Maybe it will come to me in a flash. Hmmmmm...yes!  "Hug - a roundabout expression of affection."   I like that one.  I'm glad I remembered it.
So what inspiration can I provide?  Maybe I'd better think on that for a while.  Right now I am going to climb back under the covers and feel sorry for myself:)  Hope you have a gut wan!  Melody

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Bonding with Sebastian

Good morning!  It is a beautiful sunshiney day today and I am ready for it!  I guess I'd better be a better grandma though.  Sebastian just came in my studio to ask me for twenty bucks! Sebastian is 5.  I said, "What do you want to buy?  He said, "Not buy, go.  I want to go to Kids in Action and it costs twenty bucks!  I need it every day!"  Pretty funny since Kids in Action is the Rec Center's babysitting program for kids whose mom's work.  Sebastian went there a lot this last semester when I was in school.  I said to him, "We can do things together and have fun today."  He rolled his eyes at me and walked back into the TV area.  I guess I need to do a little bonding with this boy.
I had planned to go into BSU today and see if they have my book for Art History yet.  But maybe instead I will take Sebastian into the back yard and we will get the sandbox ready for the summer.  I have neglected it since the weather has been so crummy.  But it is a fun place when the sand is clean and raked and there are fun sand toys.
Oh, I wanted to include a picture of the beautiful plants Mel brought home from the nursery yesterday.  I had admired them when we went last week, and when he went to get fruit trees I mentioned I would sure like one.  So I was very pleased when he brought home two!  They are so beautiful!!!  They are the same flower (hydrangeas) that I picked when I was little.  My next door neighbor and I picked her mom's....all of the blooms I think.  Anyway, her mom spanked us both!  I remember that part clearly....not so much the spanking, but the humiliation of the spanking.  My parents didn't spank us very often, so it was a big deal.  I still think they are some of the most beautiful flowers though...despite the negative memories.
So to report in...I did clear the east wall of my bedroom yesterday.  I am proud of myself (and Kim who helped me) for getting my goal done.  Today I will tackle the north wall.  I like this method of organizing.  It is not nearly as overwhelming as just saying I am going to organize a room today.
In other areas of my life....I am missing painting and drawing.  I haven't been doing any since school stopped.  I guess I will have to schedule it in.  The days fill up, and I guess I haven't really felt much like doing anything with a sore knee.  It is improving each day, and I am able to tolerate longer periods of walking around.  I still get worn out though.  Maybe that is just age catching up with me.  Mel also feels tired and ready to quit each evening....something that is completely new for him.  He has always had energy to spare.  But in a way it is nice to just sit together in the evenings and switch between TV shows.  Last night we watched a couple of the talks from conference for Family Home Evening.  Then we watched regular TV for a while.  He likes all of the sports programs....basketball especially.  And I like a good movie...which is so hard to find!  So we will watch my movie til a commercial and then switch to his basketball game for a while and then back and forth.  I am learning to get to know the players and I was enjoying the NBA playoff game last night.  Of course it is always thrilling when the team that seems to be losing suddenly ties the game and it goes into overtime.  Good stuff!
Well, I guess I had better get going.  I hope your day is wonderful out there in cyberspace!  I am still pulling for you!  We're all in this together.  Keep smiling!  And HAVGW!!!  Melody

Monday, May 23, 2011

Awesomeness Ensues Yet Again (Title suggested by Kim:)

Hi there! I am having such a nice day! It started out with the sun waking me up! I love that. Since we have in the new blinds the sun is able to shine in enough to brighten the room....about 6:30 right now, so that fits in well with my schedule. The phone rang about 7 with orders for Mel (who was off at basketball) so I was up and running. I decided I could pay a few more bills, so I got that taken care of, and then Mel wanted to go and deliver parts. I asked if I could tag along. So we spent the morning delivering parts, buying gaskets, and eating breakfast out. It was fun. But now I guess it is time to get back to the serious business of organizing. I think I am being pretty successful at procrastinating that. I am sure not moving ahead very quickly. But I am determined to forge ahead. My goal is to completely reorganize my bedroom this week. I have a bit of a head start, with piles to go out of the room already waiting in eager anticipation. But there is so much to do. I think I could start to feel a little discouraged and overwhelmed if I am not careful to make clear easy goals for each day. So today my goal is to clear the wall on the east side of my bedroom. I have piles of sewing and YW stuff and just stuff. It is a lot to do, but I can do this!!! Yeah, that is my mantra for the day.

I was reading a blog I like to read earlier and she posted a quote by Pres. Monson. I thought it was a really good thought for today...and every day.

"Rather than being judgmental and critical of each other, may we have the pure love of Christ for our fellow travelers in this journey through life. May we recognize that each one is doing her best to deal with the challenges which come her way, and may we strive to do our best to help out." ~Thomas S. Monson

I think life would be a whole lot easier for all of us, if we would judge less and help out more. I have been thinking a lot lately about people and their struggles. We all have a bag of rocks we carry with us....problems and weaknesses, sorrows and joys. How much nicer it is when we withhold judgement of another and realize their bag may be a lot different than ours, and maybe they could use a little encouragement. I realize more and more as I go through life that we are all tested to the very limit of what we can endure, so it seems reasonable that we should be a little kinder and more generous with the gifts we can share.

Well, I guess I had better get on my way for the day.  I hope you have a lovely day out there in cyberspace.  Take care.  I'm still pulling for you!  HAVVVGW!!!  Melody

Sunday, May 22, 2011

One More Story

Hi again!  I have been reading my own blog for a while today.  I don't usually have much time for that.  But it makes me glad that I have written it.  It may not be too enjoyable to anyone else, but I like walking back through my life in this way.  I just wish I had done this all along.  I have a few journals, but I haven't been as faithful in keeping up on them.
So, I have been thinking about my possum story, and wondering if possums really hiss.  I really remember that it did, but that is the thing about memories....the older they are the more edited they become, so that it is hard to figure out what is real memory and what is imagined.  And then I thought of another memory...not so far back in time.
This time it was a squirrel:)  We had just moved into our house on the west side of Boise...Liz was about 4 or 5.  So it is still an old memory.  I will try to remember it as it actually happened.  Liz and I had gone grocery shopping and we were bringing groceries into the house...minding our own business...when this squirrel came running at us.  He scared me, he was so aggressive.  I tried scaring him away and he kept charging at us like he was trying to get into the house.  I remember I set down the bag I was carrying and rushed at the squirrel, yelling at him and waving my arms.  He seemed upset at that but didn't retreat very far and then would run back at us.  I pushed Liz and the groceries into the house and slammed the door.  I was sure we had a rabid squirrel!    I saw him a couple of times after that but I always kept my distance and shouted at him.  Some time later I was talking with my neighbor and I happened to mention the squirrel.  She laughed and said, "Oh, that is Larry(name substituted here to protect the innocent)  He is the neighborhood squirrel.  He comes into my kitchen all of the time and I feed him.  He is a real character!"  That made me feel a little foolish...and sad.  By that time the squirrel avoided me and my house.  I never did have the pleasure of entertaining the neighborhood squirrel:)  And just as well.  I have been trained since an early age not to feed wild anythings...with the possible exception of ducks.  And it has served me well.  But occasionally I wonder what it might have been like to be friends with a wild squirrel.
So, there's two stories today:)  I will keep thinking.  I am sure I have more.  But in the meantime, I hope you have a lovely Sunday.  My knee is doing a little better.  I can walk without a limp for a while now.  I didn't take any pain meds til after church, and then it was just aspirin.  So it is definitely doing better.  And I was promised that it would heal, and that I would be able to continue to learn and develop my talents.  I know that the Lord keeps His promises.
Well, I should do something productive.  I may go onto Mormon.org. and see what that is all about.  They keep encouraging us in church to fill out our profiles on that site.  So maybe I will.  My friend Autumn said it took her two weeks!  But she is very thoughtful...and a published author.  So she probably had more to write.  I hope all is well.  Take care!  HAGW!!!!  Melody

Greeting the Day with a Song

Good morning!  I am glad it is Sunday.  Today is our ward conference and Mel is already gone with the extra responsibilities of the day.  I actually have less, since the young women will be combined with the young men and one of their leaders will give the lesson.  The ward choir is singing so I will participate there, but the rest of the meeting I can just enjoy.
We were able to hang the blinds yesterday.  Mostly Mel, I just handed him screws and supervised:)  They really look nice.  I would take a picture, but this isn't a decorating blog:)  And the rest of the room is in an upheaval still.  I hope I can get it all straight before my deadline of school starting again.  But it is coming along.
We went to Taylor's soccer game.  He has improved tremendously!  And I think he likes playing, so that is a good thing.  And I have missed seeing him, so it was good to get a hug.  He wanted to spend the night, but we had some running around to do.  We went to the local nursery and looked at fruit trees.  Mel wants to plant a few more...apple and pear.  I would like to get a couple of shade trees for the back yard.  So we wandered around til my knee was complaining.  I love that nursery!  It is big and full of beautiful plants.  They had so many I would like to get.  I think as part of my weight loss strategy I will buy a plant instead of hot chocolate or candy or maybe even frozen yogurt.  It would be a good reward for by-passing the sweet stuff.  Trouble is that it is not so convenient as the food places.  But I will make it a goal.
Reading the funnies this morning reminded me of an incident with an opossum or possum.  It was when we lived in Danville in that lovely house.  We had so much vegetation, we even had deer in our yard occasionally.  But one evening, I opened the door to a possum.  He was not happy!  He (or she) hissed at me!  At least that's how I remember it.  I was as scared as he was!  I ran back in the house and the possum ran back into the vegetation.  I never saw it again, but I didn't like going out there in the dark after that!  They are strange creatures!
Well, I had better get going.  I have a choir practice this morning.  I wouldn't want to miss it!  Take care out there and remember I'm still pulling for you!  We're all in this together!  HAVVVGS!!!  Melody

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Happy Saturday!

Good morning!  I think today will probably be busy.  I have already been to the parking lot of the Rec Center to pick up produce.  I am trying out the Bountiful Baskets co-op.  I was pretty pleased with all of the wonderful vegetables and fruits we were able to pick up.  So now I am making blackberry jam, since we got a case of blackberries.  They are nice berries, and I love freezer jam.  It is yummy and easy.  I am waiting for it to absorb sugar right now.
Then yesterday we got some new blinds for our bedroom.  I am excited about this.  I hope it helps to bring some sunlight in there.  It tends to get a little dark, and the draperies I have up are quite dark.  So ...yay!  I can pull them down.  Maybe I can find a troup of singers that need material for play clothes:)
Last night Mel and I went to see "Water for Elephants".  We both really enjoyed it.  I have always been drawn to the circus and it was interesting to see a depiction from the 30's during the depression.  It must have been such a hard time for most people.  I hope we never have to experience that.  It was a very entertaining movie, and I especially liked the part played by Hal Holbrook.  Of course there were chocolate chips sprinkled throughout the movie.  I wish they wouldn't do that.  I spend so much time with my eyes closed!
Well, I guess I had better get going!  Today is a much brighter day for me.  I am planning on having a very gut wan!  I hope you do too.  Take care out there.  I'm still pulling for you!  Keep smiling!  Melody

Friday, May 20, 2011

May 20th

Good morning!  It's not the best day of the year for me today.  This is the date that my sweet son Tommy died, and even without realizing why, I start to fall into a funk a few days before this date every year....28 years now.  You'd think this would go away after such a long time.  But think about it just a minute.  If you sent your six year old on a 28 year trip you might miss him just a bit.  Most of the time I am OK anymore.  I don't obsess about all that went on during that time.  But once a year I have a few days where he seems so close, and yet so far away.  So I just have decided to let it be.  I don't wallow in the sadness.  It is just present and with me for a day or two, and then I can let it go again.
So today I am going to get through the day mostly.  I have laundry and dishes of course, and I need to set up a sewing area in my now vacant guest room.  And tonight Mel and I will go out....for dinner and a movie most likely.  I am grateful for Mel.  I reminded him of what day it was, and he said, "Oh that explains why you've been a little moody the last couple of days."  He understands.  His emotions are different, being a man and all, but he went through it with me and so he doesn't expect me to "be over it" or to pull up my boot straps or anything like it.  He just hugs me and understands.  That is a lot!
On the bright side....I must always look on that side!...it is warm and sunny and beautiful out.  I would really like to get some veggies planted today.  So maybe I will make that my main thrust for today.  I always feel better playing in the dirt:)  I will just have to figure out how to get down close to the ground without kneeling:)  That should be a trick.  Maybe I will get one of those rolling carts that have a seat for gardening.
Well, I am working at being my cheery self.  I probably shouldn't have written about Tommy.  I am not looking for pity.   It is good for me to write about it when it is bothering me.  And of course you do not have to read this:)  So take care, and I will do the same.  The world is a glorious place despite the mortality issue.  And of course I know the Savior did all He could to solve that problem.  I just have to be patient....and good.  Sigh!  Remember I'm still pulling for you!  We're all in this together!  HAVVVGW!!!  Melody

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Cat Burglar

Just watched this and thought you might get a kick out of it.  Enjoy!

Evening News

Good evening!  It has been an eventful day here today.  I guess I should never mention the B word (bored) because it hasn't been since I wrote that it was.
This morning I was on the computer doing bills, when I heard a commotion in the kitchen.  It sounded like Mel's voice...and someone crying.  It was Kim.  I thought, "Oh no!"  And ran into the kitchen, well, no, I hobbled as fast as I could into the kitchen.  They were at the sink.  Kim was crying and there was blood.  I hate that feeling of your stomach turning inside out.  As I got closer I could see she had sliced her finger pretty well.  She had been working on the regrind machine.  It is kind of like a huge waste disposal that grinds up used plastic so it can be used again.  I have never liked that machine.  Normally it is pretty safe, but it is really noisy and I have never trusted that it really is all that safe.  Anyway, Kim was cleaning out the plastic from around the blades (the machine was off) and rotated the blade and got her hand in the way. I think she is lucky to still have a finger.  It is very big and sharp.  So I drove her to the emergency room where she got stitches and a tetanus shot.  It kind of upset all of us I think....just the thought that it could have been so much worse.  I am grateful for the watchful caring of the Lord once again in my family.  I know that He does watch out for us.
I have had a kind of unproductive day.  My knee was a little worse today....maybe going to the hospital or something...so I had to take some pain meds and then I am so tired!  So I took a little nap and have just been taking it easy today.  Kim and kids are here and we are having dinner soon.  I just had a moment and thought I would share my adventure for the day.
Something kind of nice from yesterday...there is a new frozen yogurt shop that just opened up in town.  Kim and I stopped in yesterday to try it out.  It is what my sister Joy and I had talked about doing, so I am hoping that they do well.  Anyway it is really good!  We used to have a Baskin Robbins there that closed a couple of years ago, so it is nice they have replaced it with something a little healthier.
Anymore useless pieces of information I can share?  Probably this will help you drop right off to sleep!  Take care!  HAVGE!  Melody


Good morning!  It is supposed to warm up today.  I am soooooooo glad!  The rain isn't leaving though.  I think we have one or maybe two dry days in the forecast.   I hope it stays long enough for us to get our garden boxes in and planted.  We do have corn going in on our little lot next door.  The neighbor is planting it again.  He has a nice big tractor and lots of energy I guess.  It is better than letting it go fallow and weedy.  We are thinking of putting in some fencing behind our yard....where we have grown so many unsuccessful huge gardens.... and putting in a couple of sheep.  I told Mel we should get sheep for their wool.  He thinks for their meat:(  I don't know about that, but I suppose it would be good.  I will have to distance myself from them if we do that.  I love lamb....but I think it would not be so yummy being personally acquainted with the victim.
Well, I got the art studio whipped into shape.  So today I guess I will be cleaning out my bedroom.  That is probably my biggest challenge in the house.  Whenever I don't know where to put something I put it in my closet.  So I guess it will be a matter of choice today....do I really want or need this item.  Kind of like Jeopardy:)  Maybe I can get Kim to help me on one of her breaks.  Did I say she is working for Mel?  She and Liz's husband are his employees.  It works out well.  She can bring her kids here when they aren't in school, and I am not so lonesome.  They are pretty good now.  They don't fight much, and they know the limits here.  And having Adrian working here is good too.  Liz is expecting a little baby boy in September! I think she was hoping for a girl.  It's funny how I had so many girls, and most of my girls have mostly boys....except for Michelle.  She has five girls and one boy.
So, FYI...I didn't watch TV last night after all.  I played on the computer and then finished cleaning my art studio.  So I didn't have to watch that ridiculous Jurassic Park 3.  It was very gruesome from what I could tell.  And I don't like it when dinosaurs are depicted like that:)
I hope your day goes well....lots of sunshine and roses.  My roses aren't blooming yet, but when they do I think they will be gorgeous after all of this rain!  I feel like I live in Portland or Seattle with all of this rain.  We haven't had to turn on the sprinklers....although Mel did anyway.  He has a few to fix.  So keep smiling.  I will too.  There is lots to smile about.  HAVVVGW!!!  Melody

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wanting a Puppy!

Good evening!   I am a little bored:)  Mel is off at the temple, Kim and her kids are gone now to their own house, and I should be at mutual, but my knee was so sore tonight I figured I should stay home and rest.  So I did.  I took one of those awful pain pills that has my head spinning and I am watching Jurassic Park 3. Yeah, that is why I am in here on the computer.  I guess I probably did too much earlier today.  Kim and I drove into Boise to the Home Fabrics store:)  I usually like to just browse the aisles, but 10 minutes and I was ready for the trip back home.  I guess that is a good indicator of how much this silly knee hurts.  Usually I can spend an hour or two in there....just kidding.  But I can usually spend more than 10 minutes.  I did find some material on sale for $1/yard.  That is really good for yucky material, but this is upholstery fabric and it is quite nice.  So I bought the rest of the roll, which was 7 yards.  Now I just have to figure out what to do with it:)  Mel would say, "Wow, how can we afford all the money you've saved us?"  I usually do not get pulled into deals unless it is something I need.  Ah well, I plead sore knee!
The rest of today I spent going through all of the old paintings and drawings.  What a trip!  I think I have made some good progress in the last couple of years.  Those paintings I started out doing are pretty awful.  And I'm not using the antiquated meaning of that word.  But I will keep them to remind me of where I began.  I am still a long ways from professional, but it is good to see I am improving somewhat.  I think the thing that has helped the most is oil paint.  It is so forgiving.  I love painting in layers too.  It gives things a texture that I really like.  And today I have been thinking about school starting again.  I hope I can walk well by the time it does.  I think art history will be fascinating.  The class I can hardly wait to take is Digital Photography.  That isn't until the Fall though.  Ha, ha.  I guess I should have said Autumn.  Anyway, I think we will learn a lot about how to use our photoshop stuff on our photos.  That would be fun.  I am also looking forward to my illustration class.  The guy who teaches that is a BYU graduate.  He is supposed to be quite good.
So, how is your evening?  I hope you've found something better to do than watch Jurassic Park 3.  I guess I am going to have to figure out something a little more productive.  Trouble is I will fall asleep if I try to read, and then I won't sleep well tonight.  So maybe I will .......... I guess I could write and write.  Naw!  It is way too boring for everyone else.  I could draw or paint, but this room is kind of dark this evening.  The sky is still pretty cloudy and the lights in here are dim.  Hmmmm!  Maybe it will be Jurassic Park after all....or some old movie I have recorded....Harvey?  Or maybe One Fine Day.  I really like that one.  Or....maybe I will just give in and sleep while the TV is playing.  I suppose that is allowed.  I hate having to get over being alone again.  Max is here of course.  But he sits by the door waiting for Mel to return.  Perhaps I will have to get my own puppy.  Or a bird.  No, they are just too noisy and messy.  Oh well.  I will adjust.  And then someone else will move in:)  Do I sound a little pessimistic?  Maybe I will listen to Elder Wirthlin again.
I hope you have a lovely evening!  Sweet Dreams!  Melody

Coasting (I wish that were literal!)

Good morning!  I hope your day is going well.  Things are rather quiet here this morning.  I slept in til 8 and Mel had already snuck out to the shop.  I seem to be able to sleep better these days.  Maybe a little too well.  It's overcast here today and seems like it would be a good day to settle in with a good book.  But I will have to read in bits and pieces until I get this house whipped back into shape.  I made good progress yesterday.  My art studio is almost clean.  I am going to tackle all of the books and paintings today.  I wish I had a flat file or some way to organize all of the paintings and drawings.  I don't want to throw them away.  I will rummage around in Mel's shop later and see if there is a box of the right size to store them in.  Most of them are not wall worthy:)  I have given away most of the good stuff to family and friends.  I think I may frame the cabin bathtub scene and hang it over the bathtub.  I think that would be funny.  But it would get ruined in a damp environment.  Maybe I will do something a little humorous in oil for that spot.
So I am not trying to bore you.  My life is just a little quiet these days.  Which is a good thing.  I think my knee is a little better, although I am feeling a bit discouraged in that area.  I still have a lot of pain when I walk.  I don't mind it too much, but I worry it isn't going to change.  It makes everything a chore.  I look at people walking so effortlessly and I am a little envious.  It's funny how we take things like that for granted. Now I gauge how far things are before I do them...and whether it is worth the effort and pain.  I see people with major leg problems or prosthetic limbs and wonder how they manage.  And then I feel very blessed.  I have lived most of my life pain free...unless you count emotional pain:)  And I suppose even in that area I am blessed more than most of the people in this vast and troubled world.
So...funny stories.  This one is not my own.  I hope I haven't told it before.  I used to babysit for Dr. Francis in Provo when I was a new mom.  Well, actually babysat for his wife.  She was a fun lady.  She had 6 kids and needed a day or two each week to get out and do stuff without her kids, so I would watch them.  The four older ones were in school so it was usually just me and the baby and Brooke...a precocious 3 year old.  And it is her story I will share.  She liked to tell me every time I came how when she was born she peeped and pooped on the doctor:)  She loved to carry her little dolly around and pretend like she was nursing.  So you can see she was a funny little thing.  Anyway, on a day when I was not there, she decided to give the cat a bath.  She got out a jar of peanut butter and slathered the cat down with peanut butter and then put him in the dryer.  I love that story.  I can just hear the cat screeching away and this innocent little imp expecting a clean cat.  Her older sister did a number on her mom.  Sister Francis was giving a luncheon and was feeling kind of rushed and needed some help, so she asked this daughter who was 7 or so if she would pour water into the glasses at the tables.  Later when they were cleaning up this sweet daughter asked her mom if she should pour the water back into the toilet:)  Pretty awful...and funny!  My own kids did a few funny things, but I have probably already shared most of those.
Well, it is time to get going.  I am tackling that closet with all of the paintings and books.  Then I will start in on my bedroom closet.  In between I will do bills and laundry.  So I have a ways to go before night falls.  I hope your day is busy and fulfilling and happy.  Take care out there in cyberspace.  I'm still pulling for you!  We're all in this together!!!  HAVVVGW!!!!!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Counting My Chews:)

Good morning!  It is beautiful here today....a little chilly, but there is sunshine...not just in the sky but in my soul today.  I hope there is for you too!  Today I am continuing my order-in-the-house adventure.  It is slow going, but I can see a little progress.  Yesterday I gathered up all of the newspapers:)  And I did laundry....and dishes.  And then I went with Mel to deliver parts.  I enjoy being with him whenever possible.  We don't know how much time we have here on earth, so I would say being together is the most important thing on my list.
Yesterday we were eating some Creme Brulee after dinner.  I found it at Costco in the refrigerated section.  It is sooooo yummy, although expensive and in small quantities.  So as we were eating it I told Mel he shouldn't just eat it like custard, gobbling it down, but that he should savor each bite, feeling the smooth texture over his palette.  He rolled his eyes at me and said, "36."  You might not get that one, but it made me laugh sooo hard.  He likes to count his chews...something he learned from a grade school teacher long ago...and I tease him about it.  Anyway, I thought I would share a silly moment.
Well, I hope your day is going well.  I wish you well!!!  And I hope you remember I am still pulling for you!  We're all in this together.  Keep smiling and I will do the same!  We listened to Elder Wirthlin last night for FHE...his talk about "Come what may and like it."  It was a good reminder.  I think I need to listen to that talk often.  It is a good reminder on positive attitude.  So I hope your day is happy and inspired!   HAVVGW!!!  Melody

Monday, May 16, 2011

A Funny Alphabet Game

Hi again!  I hope you don't mind me writing once again.  But I did experience something kind of funny and thought you might get a kick out of it.  Mel likes to tease.  Usually he doesn't tease me too much because he knows I have already had my quota from growing up with a big brother.  But I guess he has decided I need a little humbling since my report card.  So everything I do today he has been saying, "Very good.  I think you deserve an A for that."  Or "I wish I could be as smart as you and get ALL A's."  Anyway, as we were sitting at the table for lunch he said, "A is for adorable....and aging"....and I said, "A is for Antique!"  He pulled something in his leg in basketball this morning and he has been limping just a little, so it was a bit of a jab.  We make quite a couple today as we are both limping around.  Anyway a few minutes later,  I was having one of those conversations with myself inside my own head....trying to remember our neighbor's first name.  We only have a few neighbors, so it shouldn't be that hard.  But it was going to be an all day query I could tell and so I asked Mel what her name was.  He is much better at remembering names than I am.  He kind of looked surprised, told me her name and then said, "A for almost.  You almost remember all of the neighbors."  I suppose I will be hearing all of the words that begin with A that will help to keep me humble today.  So you needn't worry about any of it going to my head:)
Well, I don't know why that seems so funny to me, but I needed to sit down a minute and it is always nice to blog.  I got a few things at Walmart to help with organizing....a paper shredder so I don't have to keep borrowing Mel's from the shop and some plastic drawers to put stuff in....just in case I can't part with it.  I hope you're having a grrreat day.  Keep smiling!  Melody

Beautiful Day

Good morning!  It is pretty cold and rainy here today.  I guess we had a cold front move in from Canada or somewhere lots colder than California and Nevada or Oregon.  The weather doesn't bother me too much though.  I am doing gardening this week, and I need a day or two to plan.  Well, I guess more accurately I am doing the planning and directing.  I feel kind of helpless with this knee still sore.  It is hard to get the housework done let alone weeding and planting.  I paid Kim to do some last week so the front yard would be presentable.  I kind of wear down fast.  This morning so far I have slept in (Yay!), dressed, made breakfast and now my knee is complaining.  So I am taking a break to blog:)  Any excuse!!!  Too bad I have nothing of any consequence to blog about.  I could take a new direction and blog about politics or religion.  But it really is better if I stick to painting for those things.  It really is not in my nature to try to change the world with a keyboard.  I think I see things rather simply or something....like why don't people just get along?
So my schedule for today....blog, clean, toss, box.  I have the normal cleaning to do like dishes and laundry, but I want to start cleaning two rooms...my bedroom and my art studio.  So that is where the tossing comes in.  I have such a collection of things I don't know what to do with.  So I guess I will label boxes...toss, donate and store.  I need to store less and donate more.  I think down deep I live the depression years through my grandparents' stories and I am kind of afraid I might need something in the future.  But I have things stored in the garage I have had there since our move 10 years ago that I probably don't need since I don't even know what is out there.  Sad, I know.  So I have 3 weeks to sort and get things back to orderly before I begin a summer school class.  I am taking art history.  It kind of scares me.  Not that I am not interested, because I am extremely interested.  More because I will have to learn new facts and memorize things.  It is no longer my strong suit.  But we shall see.  I keep surprising myself.  I think school should be required after a certain age...the way it is when you are young.  I think people would find they are more interested in learning after a lifetime of maturing.  I heartily recommend it.
Well, I have been trying to think of any funny stories that happened over the weekend.  I did read the other side of the sign..."Democracy - what voters use to figure out whom to blame."  Yeah, not so funny.  If I could capture Gabriel's unusual energy and enthusiasm it would keep you entertained for a very long time.  He is more than a Dennis the Menace.  He is amazing...and I adore him along with all of my other amazing and wonderful grandchildren.  Each is so unique and special.  And I am not biased in any way!  Sebastian, who is five, was full of Zombie stories last night...eating all of our brains.  It's kind of weird how that is so in our culture right now.  But it does make for good humor!
So I guess I will close and go start the dishwasher and the washing machine....how spoiled I am!  And yet how reluctant to do my simple tasks.  I guess I have just got to do it!  Such a good motto!!  I hope you have a wonderful day today...and everyday.  Keep smiling.  HAVVVGW!!!  Melody

Sunday, May 15, 2011


OK, I know how very weird this is so prepare yourself.  I am going to post my grades!  Why?  Because in my whole life I have never gotten straight A's, but I did and they look so cool:
  Official Grades  
ClassDescriptionUnitsGradingGradeGrade Points
ART 107Art Foundations I3.00GradedA12.000
ART 212Drawing I3.00GradedA12.000
ART 215Painting I3.00GradedA12.000
ART 251Intro to Creative Photography3.00GradedA12.000
See what I mean?  I am really excited!  I know it is probably very unladylike and inappropro and all of the other adjectives for inappropriate.  But it is just so cool!  It feels like a gift from heaven!!!  So forgive me this vanity.
I am having such a nice Sunday.  It has been quiet and peaceful here and my lesson went well so it has just been a day of very good feelings.  And the grades are like dessert.  I still can't believe it.  And I realize in the larger scheme of things it means very little.  But for today, for me and my feelings of inadequacy and all of that it feels super.
So, enough about me.  I hope your day is going well.  I am still pulling for you!  Take care out there and remember to smile...and laugh occasionally.  It feels good too!  HAVVVGW!!!  Melody

The World is Awaking

Good Sabbath morning!  I love writing that!  I love Sunday, even when I have a lesson to give.  The lesson I am giving today is on Temple marriage.  It is one of my favorite topics:)  I hope I can present it in such a way that it is inspiring to my young women.  They are so impressionable and I would hate to leave any wrong impression on their sweet young spirits.  I am prepared with wedding cupcakes, a cute handout and a testimony of the sacredness of this ordinance.  I hope I can teach with the spirit.
So that is my morning.  The rest of the day I am not sure what I will do.  Probably check on here hoping for one more grade to appear for school.  So far I have three A's!  I am feeling very good about that.  It makes me think maybe I can be an artist after all.  I am wondering why I was so frightened to try it when I was younger.  I think maybe my own feelings of inadequacy entered into that.  It feels so good to be pursuing it now.
Well, Mel just arrived home from meetings to come and get me for church.  I hope your day goes well out there in cyberspace.  Take care and blessings to you!  HAVVVGS!!!!  Melody