Thursday, May 31, 2012

Scattered smiles and sunshine:)

Guten morgen!  It is the last day of the month....so what does that tell you?  Yep, I am going visiting teaching.  My companion couldn't go until today.  So we are last minute visiting teachers...which I personally do not like.  But I guess it is better than no visits.
So anything new?  Not really.  Another laundry and dishes day.  And I think I am going to try watercolor sketches later on.  I really think these pencils are interesting.  So......keep up the good work!  I am smiling and laughing as I go forward with my day!  I am still pulling for you.  HAVVVVVVGW!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Day in the Sun

Good evening!  We have had a grrrreat day today.  I will include a few photos.  The lake was perfect....too cold for the kids to go in too deep, with a light wind to keep us all from thinking we were burning in the sun:)  Ha, ha!  This evening the aloe vera was being gooped on in generous amounts.  I didn't get too burned, since I mostly sat in the shade.  But the kids did.  I kept asking moms about sunscreen, but nobody seemed too concerned:)  And I already feel like I say too much...(isn't he swimming out too far? Can you see Naia?  Oops, that raft is floating out to sea!)  So I guess I will just start spraying backs and tummies next time we go.
I did have fun sketching....but more in sharing my tools...the waterbrush and watercolor pencils were a big hit.  It is fun to see the pencil turn to paint.
I went to see my doctor and he has put me on a new medication.  I only have to take it once a week!  I am kind of excited about this.  I hope that it works well.  We shall see.  And he said I am doing pretty well otherwise.  Of course, knees are not his specialty.  He recommended another doctor for that.
Well, I just wanted to share the lovely breeze from the lake.  Take care.  Have a most wonderful night!!!  Melody






This was achieved before we went to the lake:)



More Stuff About....

Good merry morning to you!  It is another gorgeous day here, and I am ready for it:)  But first....:)  I want to tell you a little about yesterday.  I tootled around here knocking against walls and quiet solitude for a while.  Then I thought I should get out of here (!) and go see sweet Julie and just hope I didn't catch any viruses.  Anyway....it was probably a good idea, because she needed some adult company!  I could hear Hunter screaming as I walked in the door:)  He was upset, which isn't tooo unusual for him, over nothing much.  I mostly think he is a child that needs lots of attention.  So I sat with him for a while, just hugging him and listening to his childish complaints (I wanted milk!).  Then Naia climbed up onto my lap and played with my hair til I was feeling a little molested!  She loves to play with hair....she is three and a cutey!  She is talking so very well now!  Then Matthew came over to tell me a tale, he is also three, and very small for his age.  He looks like he is not quite two.  But he surprises you with how very well he understands the world.  Then Jacob showed me his latest work of art.  He is eleven...the oldest of the group...and very gifted with drawing talent.  I am not too surprised at this as his grandpa Puckett (Pouquet) was a fantastic SF artist.  He did watercolors like you wouldn't believe!  Little tiny intricate details.  I will take a picture one of these times and share it on here.  Nicholas came by about then, but he is quiet and just smiles mostly.  He can be quite boisterous though when called upon by his siblings.  I think it may have been about then that Caleb sat in front of us all and announced that he was tooting!  He is a character!  But he is a sweetie too.  Josie is probably the quietest, but she is developing a bit of a preteen attitude....which I think is a healthy sign that she is adapting to her new environment.  I can't imagine coming from Ghana to a busy American family of boys!!!  But she mostly smiles, and she is quite a beauty!  Somehow Julie manages to stay calm and happy through all of it.  She is an amazing mother.  She is firm, yet fun.  The kids all adore her...and she them.  And we had a nice visit amid the chaos of so many little bodies running everywhere!
Today we are going to all go to the lake.  Kim and her kids are going to meet us over there.  It should be fun.  There is a big grassy park on the other side from here where the water is shallow.  We like to go over there on hot days and sit and talk while the kids splash in the water.  I will take my sketch book and see what I can capture of the day.  Then I have my doctor's appointment in the late afternoon.  I am not looking forward to that much.  I guess because I expect a lecture:)
Well, I had better get going!  I want to do some laundry and dishes before I leave here today:)  And no, I probably will not ever become as organized as I had planned.  Unless I change my attitude about being all by myself....sounds like a good song:)  Take care and keep smiling!  I am pulling for you!  HAVVVVVVVGW!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Good Day! Sunshine!!!!

Good morning!  I have had an early start today...not as early as Mel.  I can never seem to beat him on rising early.  But I was still up as the sun came up.  And then I had to go to the lab and get my blood tested for my doc's appointment tomorrow.  Yeah, I am being good and facing up to the reality of life with type 2 diabetes.  I haven't been in for a while.   Mostly because I am so busy with school.  So I thought I'd better get in while I can.
After donating my blood, I stopped at our local nursery and bought a few vegetables to go into my little 4x4 planter box.  I haven't planted anything edible yet, so I thought it would be a good idea.  I got way too much though.  I planted a cherry tomato, some peppers, a few green bean bushes, two zucchinis (way too much I know), two yellow squashes, a cantaloupe, a few cucumbers and some rosemary.    I have a pony pack left over of zucchinis, yellow squashes, cantaloupe and even a few red potatoes.  I thought I would try one of those potato tricks....like planting it in a tire or something.  I also have three regular tomatoes that I may just plant by the roses this year.  I have some beautiful planter boxes in the backyard that Mel made me, but we still haven't got them filled with top soil yet.  It's a time thing, and a money thing too.  When we have time we don't seem to have the money:)  Oh well.  One of these years we will.
I never did get over to see my dad yesterday.  I had one of those lazy days, where you just feel all tuckered out.  So I subscribed to a free month of netflix streaming and watched an old movie...."The Electric Horseman" with Robert Redford and Jane Fonda.  I am sure I have seen this before, but I really remembered very little of it.  And it was fun to see everyone so young again.  It sure is strange to think how much time I have lived through.  I don't feel like I should be this old yet!
I took some pictures of my red roses.  They bloom outside my window here by the studio.  And this year they are especially beautiful!
Well, I have exhausted all topics:)  Not really, but you probably don't want to know that my plans for today have already been thwarted.  I had planned to have a picnic with grandkids and daughters, but the grandkids went and caught colds.  I think they would rather stay home and play on computer games anyway.  So maybe tomorrow:)  I will have to find something to do around here....like the million and one things calling to me to clean them...or organize them...or read them!  I like the last category best.
I hope you have a most lovely, rose-filled, happy day today.  Keep smiling:)  And remember I am still pulling for you!!!!  HAVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody




Monday, May 28, 2012

Sing Some Happy Song!

Good morning!  After several days of cold and rain, it is sunny and bright this morning!  Michelle and family are still here, so I am also sunny and bright:)  I love waking up to the sounds of kids talking and playing in the other room.  They already have the TV on, watching "Aristocats".  I am glad I still have some of these old Disney movies around, because they really like watching them.  Even the older kids like to watch and make fun of the logic and simple story lines.  I like that they all have something they are enjoying together:)  They are a sweet family!  Michelle and Gary are good parents!
So today I am going to try to just enjoy the holiday.  I wish I could be in California and put flowers on Tommy's grave, but I will still remember him today.  And maybe we can go over to Boise and put flowers on my mom's grave.  I think it is a nice tradition.  Boise usually has a celebration in the morning, but I don't think we will make it over in time for that.  And then we will go and see my dad and Barb.  We saw them Saturday for my niece's graduation.  She is the youngest of my dad's grandkids....number 19.  He was quite proud of her graduating.  I was too.  She is a sweetheart!
Well, I guess I had better go see about breakfast.  It will just be juice and cereal this morning:)  I hope things are wonderful in your neck of the woods today.  Take care and HAVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Shalom!

Good evening!  Today has been another good Sunday.  We had a sweet sacrament meeting with a new Relief Society presidency speaking.  They are all such sweet ladies.  Then the surprise of the meeting, they called one of the Bishop's counselors to be a high councilor....but he wasn't released from being a counselor to the Bishop.  So now the ward can speculate all week about things!  Ha, ha!  Exciting huh?  I think the funniest thing I ever heard of was when one of my friends got called to a stake position, and they hadn't asked her yet.  She was quite surprised when they read her name in stake conference!
The nicest thing today is our home teachers came over.  We have new home teachers and they are especially sweet....Brother Barnes and Brother Woolstenhulme.  I am glad to have home teachers again.  Our last home teacher moved out of the ward a while back and so it has been a few months since we have had any.  They bring such a welcome spirit into our home!  And of course it is a good excuse to make brownies:)  Michelle and Gary and family are still here so we all had brownies and whipped cream and milk.  Good dinner:)  I think we are just having warm ups tonight anyway...pizza and spaghetti.
Well, I don't have much to report...oh except Brother Woolstenhulme is a pretty good artist, so he was interested in my art.  And Brother Barnes is just a nice man so he pretended to be too:)
I am getting braver! I let them into my art studio:)
Well, I hope things are swell in cyberspace today!  I am having a smiley day on this side of things.  Take care and HAVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Buena Suerte!!!!!

Good afternoon!  Things are going great here.  Julie and Randy and their sweet family have moved back to Idaho today.  We have been over there all morning helping them unload and unpack.  It will be so nice to have them close by again.  And Michelle and Gary and their family came to help.  They live in Twin Falls, so they stayed with us and that is always fun to have a house full of family!  I have been smiling all day today and yesterday.  It feels good to have family close again.
Well, I don't have much else to report.  I am feeling pretty darn good (an old Idahoan expression!).  Take care out there in cyberspace!  I am definitely still pulling for you!  And hoping for the very best!  HAVVVVVVGE!!!!!!  Melody

Friday, May 25, 2012

The Polynesian Center

Hi again!  I just thought I would share a little before I forget.  I went to the school for Sebastian's and Aaron's school programs.  That was fun.  Aaron played the recorder, and Sebastian sang a song that made me cry.  It was called "One Small Voice".  Here is a link from Sesame Street with The Backstreet Boys.  One Small Voice There are a few videos, one with Kenny Loggins that is also good.  I like this video, it didn't make me cry like my grandsons did:)  I guess I have a bit of a soft spot for my own grandsons.  They are both such sweet boys.
After the programs I went to the art store to buy something I had seen on "Gurney's Journey"....they are water pens.  They are supposed to be good when you are traveling:)  I haven't tried them yet, but I guess you can fill the end with water and then use them as a brush over watercolor pencils.  I got some of the pencils too.  I have a few already, but now I have a few more colors.  I am excited to try it, but maybe later.  I found out at the boys' program that I have company coming tonight....Michelle and her family.  Should be fun, but I will wait on the art experiments til they are gone.
Remember I said I would like to go to Hawaii for this weekend?  Well, you may laugh at that, but I did the next best thing!  I met Mel at Costa Vida's.  It's a Mexican restaurant, kind of like Cafe Rio, only they show surfing movies!  So I sat back and enjoyed the movie and pretended like I was actually there at the beach in Hawaii.  Kind of silly I know.  But I have to be creative if I want to have a Hawaiian experience.  Next week....Rumbi Grill:)
Well, I hope you are having a fun day in cyberspace today.  Things are still a little chilly here, but I am making the best of it:)  Take care!  And HAVVVVGE!!!!  Melody

Guten Tag!!!!

Good morning!  It is rainy and a little chilly here today:)  But I will smile and go forward!  It is the last day of school for Kim's kids, so I am off to see their class programs.  Mel is meeting up with me so it should be extra fun.  He keeps saying where do I want to go for Memorial day weekend?  Someplace warm!!!!  But really we have too many obligations to take off for the weekend.  Still.....Hawaii sounds nice:)
So I hope where ever you are in cyberspace today that it will be full of good things.  I am still pulling for you!  Take care, smile wide, and have a grrrrrrreat wan!!!!  Melody

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Thursday Afternoon Post

Hi again!  I did it!  I am back on my lose weight slow diet:)  It is a modification of a lose weight fast diet.  It is low carb so it is good for my diabetes, and it tastes good, which is good for my motivation.  I had already predetermined I was going to start this today, but when Mel offered to buy me breakfast and ride with me to deliver parts this morning, I thought I would blow it.  But I decided that I was not going to pass up an opportunity to be together, and so I just ate more modestly than I would normally.  And now I am diving into my low fat soup for lunch:)  I kind of have a pattern that I follow, but I guess the lose weight slow part is that I will occasionally break the pattern to live more normally.  I know....it is not the best way to diet.  But I think it will work if I just keep going back to it.
So, the latest news is that all three of our cats have gone missing.  My friend who is a farmer said that there are more coyotes this year.  They have lost a few calves to them.  So I assume that is probably why we haven't seen our cats for more than a week now.  They are all fixed, so I doubt they have wandered away.  It makes me a little sad....but they are pretty feral cats. They hiss at the grandkids!  We keep them to help with the mice population.  It gets crazy here with mice and voles...and gophers!  So I am thinking maybe I will get a couple of kittens....and keep them away from my car!!!  And maybe I will have time to domesticate them before school starts again.  I guess I am not really a cat person.  I like cats, but I don't like them in my house.  I have had so many things ruined by cat spray!  So I usually keep them outside where they don't smell.  I have a friend who keeps her cat inside, but I will have to ask her how she was able to keep everything smelling so good.  There is probably a trick I haven't discovered yet.
Max is doing well...just an update.  All of his wounds have healed and his fur is growing back in.  He doesn't scare people anymore with his appearance.  Although he got sprinkled on just before I took this picture, so he has kind of a spikey hair look:)  He sticks pretty close to home anymore.  I keep him close by me when I am home.  He misses Mel though.  I think it is as hard of an adjustment for him as for me that Mel has moved his shop downtown.  Except that I can hop in my car and go visit, and Max really can't unless I invite him along.  He loves it when I do, but too many times I am combining activities and he would end up sitting in a hot car...not a good idea.
I am still feeling a little lonesome around here.  I paint, and I read, but I guess I need to turn on loud music or TV or something.  The quiet is deafening!  I worked on my Yosemite painting a little more.  I doubt you can tell much difference...but I can, and I am liking it better.
So have I talked your ear off yet?  Sorry!  I will get used to this!  I promise.  In the mean time I may blog a lot!!!!
Well, have a good, happy, safe, relaxing day!  Take care, smile, and remember I am pulling for you!!!  HAVVVVVGW&AC!!!!!!  Melody

Hola!

Good morning!  I think I slept a little bit better last night, and I am feeling ready for today!  I may even be extra nice and run some parts over to Boise for Mel.  They have to be there early...by 8.  My visiting teachers will be here at 9:)  Good ladies!
Well, I had best be at it.  Have a wonderful morning!  Take care, I am pulling for you!  Life is still wonderful!   TTTL  Melody

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Breaktime!

Good afternoon!  I am taking a break and found this on another blog.  It is pretty interesting if you are at all interested in faces and our ability to recognize faces.  Anyway, here is the link. faces
Well, gotta go:)  Life is pulling at me!  But I am still pulling for you!  The sign downtown....Internet scam - dot con:)   Ha!  I hope you are smiling!  Melody

Happy Day!

Good morning!  I am laughing out loud!  I think I will be chuckling all day long!  I am greeting today with a laugh!!!  And a song of course.  So another day in Paradise.  I may skip the normal today.  Kim said she is feeling bored too.  So I suppose we could cook up something to do.  Maybe Liz and Amy will want to join in.  I am so lucky to have daughters close by.  And Mel hasn't gone to the downtown shop yet.  He is working in this one this morning....loading up the truck with stuff to take to the downtown shop.  It sort of reminds me of a song.  I'm not sure which one, but something with downtown in it.
Can you tell I am in a silly mood?  I haven't been sleeping well lately.  Not that that is anything new.  But it seems to have gotten worse.  I see my doctor this week or next, so I will ask him for advice.
Well, I really don't have much to tell you.  Just a cheery hello.  And I hope you have a lovely, inspiring, happy, playful day today.  I think I will.  In fact I am planning on it.  Take care and HAVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Adventures

Good evening!  I have spent most of the day painting....yeah, the Yosemite painting.  It is the next best thing to being there.  I guess I like painting trees...over and over and over and over and over....til maybe I will get it right.  But I did enjoy listening some more to 1776.  Washington and his soldiers just surprised the English at Dorcester.  The funny thing is that I have been there....Amy lived in Dorcester for a while.  So I have even been there on Halloween....trick or treating!  That was an experience!  Amy and I still laugh about it.  She lived in a kind of scary neighborhood...really old Victorian houses in various states of repair.  Kind of reclusive neighbors that didn't socialize much.  Anyway we went from door to door trick or treating and when people did come to the door they were first...extremely surprised...and then apologetic that they didn't have candy.  Then many of them went to get pennies to give to the kids.  It was kind of weird.  But it restored my faith in the basic goodness of people.  Most of them were so very nice to us.
For some reason I have been bored again today.  I guess I am used to being pushed and stressed for school.  And now I feel a little strange, like I should be doing something.  I have never thought of myself as a workaholic...maybe I am a studentaholic.  I suppose I will get used to being alone all day long....not!  I went and visited Mel at his work and took him some lunch.  Maybe I will have to work at his shop downtown:)  It is just there is so much to do here!  I think it is that I like having people around.  I will adjust.  I hope:)
Well, I hope your day went well!  I am going to get milk at Walmart!  Wooo Hooooo!!!  Me

Enjoying My Space

Good morning!  I am sitting here in my clean studio....and really loving that it is.  I guess now I must tackle the rest of the house.  There are only a few spots that really need attention:)  My bedroom, my bedroom closet...which is like another bedroom!, the book shelves, kitchen and garage.  The kitchen is a never ending story.  The garage I need Mel.  So....I guess I will tackle the bookshelves.  My bedroom is scary.  It is where I bring everything I can't decide what to do with. (Bad sentence, I know)  And that is the dilemma.  I really am not a good decision maker.  I tend to waffle....which really sounds good.  I am hungry!!!!  The other problem I have is staying focused:)  I think I have a little ADOS.....attention deficit... ooooo shiny!  I am so easily distracted!  But I have trained myself over the years to stick to things when I have to.  It is just convincing myself that I have to that is the hard part.
But I think I do need to tackle the bedroom.  I have decided to take that art history class in July.  It is only 5 weeks and very intense.  It would be the second half of the class I took last summer.  I like the teacher, and I got a good grade from her.  So it would be good to get it over with when I have nothing else in my school schedule.  And I like studying.....hahahahaha!  No, but I like history.  And it would start with the Renaissance and I think I would really enjoy it.   It would mean I lose half of my summer break though.  You see how hard this decision is?  Maybe I won't go.  I am still waffling.  Which really does sound good.  But I don't think we have any syrup.
I like the way I have arranged things in here.  Everywhere I look there is something that makes me smile.  I have some photos of grandkids on my bulletin board that are very special.  And my illustrations are on the wall behind the computer, they are good for a laugh!  I have some Pickles on the other wall that always make me smile.  And so I am surrounded by smiles and laughter in here now.  That is a good thing.  I even did some painting in here yesterday.  But it was just more on the Yosemite painting.  I lightened up the sand in the front of the picture...and the water.  I want to do something more to the little island, but I am not sure what yet.  It is kind of fakey.  I just made up the scene, and it isn't true.  So I may look for a better reference and do it right.
Well, I am certain this is very boring to read.  But it is helping me to organize my mind and my day.  I hope your day goes well.  Take care out there in cyberspace!  I am pulling for you!!!!!  HAVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Monday, May 21, 2012

Give me a break! (You know the tune!)

Hi again!  I am nearing completion with my overhaul of the studio.  There are still some things in here that should probably go in a fire.  But I hate to kill all of my early struggles with painting and drawing, so I suppose they will just go in a box for future generations to laugh over and feel better about their own struggles.
I am currently waiting for the phone guy to come.  Mel is revamping the phones since moving downtown.  He doesn't need a business land line here anymore.  I think we don't need a land line at all, but he is insistent about some things...and that is fine.  But I can't leave til they come, and I need to get dryer sheets:)  It's funny how some things can seem so important.  I don't think there were dryer sheets when I was first married.  I guess we just put up with the static.
So I listened to the first CD of 1776.  It is fascinating, but I discovered I got the abridged version:(  Oh well.  I will at least have a pretty good idea of the book.  I already am amazed at George Washington.  I think he must have been a dynamic leader.  And I read John Adams already, so I know a little of the other leaders of the time.  I am glad for their courage and foresightedness.
Truthfully I am a little bored.  I get to this time of the day....between 2:30 and 3 and I start feeling like it is time for a nap.  This is definitely a sign of old age.  Or is it?  I think I have always felt tired at this time of the day.  But now I often give into it.  So I may do that now.  I discovered there is a Sherlock Holmes episode that my DVR recorded that I have not watched yet.  So I think I will go watch it and if I happen to fall asleep, I can always watch it again:)  I may not paint today after all:)  I did print some paintings off of the internet that I thought might be fun to imitate.  I really like one by John Singer Sargent of the sea....I think it is called... 'En Route pour la pĂȘche' (Setting Out to Fish).
 I like the colors and the water reflected in the sand.  It is very cool.  I think I will take my anatomy workbook into the front room with me to watch Sherlock.  Although I probably won't look at it, so why do I want to do that?  I find I am much better tackling one thing at a time.
Well, back I go!  Thanks for the break!!  Take care!  Melody

Forgetful... after all these years!

Good morning!  I have a lot planned for today.  I think I will finish reorganizing and cleaning this studio before noon.  I am almost there.  And it is rejuvenating.  So then I am planning to paint:)  Not the walls, but I think I will work on a new painting.  I am not sure of the subject matter yet though.  Perhaps I will do a watercolor.  I am kind of excited to take the time to paint something realistic and interesting to me.
And I am going to study my anatomy workbook some more.  I think it is fascinating to study the body.  It is such an amazing and miraculous thing.  I know that of course, but studying it confirms all of that for me.  And I am anxious to learn more.
And I am going to listen to more of my audio books today.  It is a good way for me to "read".  I can carry on with cleaning or what ever and still hear something more interesting than the radio or TV.  I am excited to listen to 1776.  I checked it out of the library a couple of years ago, but got too busy to finish it.  So this will be good.
Outside I am going to finish mowing the lawn.  I only got part of it done on Saturday:)  And Mel is rushing to get parts done for one of his customers.  So I figure this is one way I can contribute to less stress for him.  He worries me a little with how hard he pushes.
So a funny incident:)  Yesterday I remembered that I had nearly seven pounds of hamburger that was sitting in the garage frig.  I bought it a week ago when I had this overwhelming feeling that we might have company:)  Anyway, I remembered it and got worried about it so I decided to cook it rather than freeze it.  So half of it I fried up and put into a plastic bag in the freezer.  The other half I mixed with left over bread crumbs, eggs, milk, etc and made some meatballs and a meat loaf.  I put them all in the oven to cook, feeling good that I hadn't wasted the meat.  Then I sat down to watch a nature program and promptly fell asleep.  I woke up some time later and thought the house sure smelled good.  It must be from the hamburger I had fried.  Then I came in here and read blogs and facebook for a while.  I guess it was about an hour and a half before I suddenly remembered I had something in the oven!  The meat loaf was salvageable....but the meatballs turned into little charcoal briquettes!  Sad....but true.  I guess it is official.  I am definitely getting forgetful!!!!!
Well, I feel like I'd better get working.  Have a wonderful day out in cyberspace today!  I'm still pulling for you!  Take care and keep smiling!  The world is an amazing and wonderful planet:)  And we are so blessed to be here learning and gaining experience!  HAVVVVVGW!!!!   Melody

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Tender Mercies

So as I was leaving for church today, I happened to notice something in the sky over the lake.  I stopped my car in the middle of my driveway to get a better look.  There, high and soaring, was one lone pelican, reflecting the sunlight with each turn.  He flew for several minutes all by himself.  And I sat and watched...and cried.  A beautiful gift....and a tender mercy on a hard day for me.  Just thought I would share:)  Melody

Shalom!

The Oakland Temple where Mel and I were married for Time and All Eternity
Tommy imitating Popeye...his favorite cartoon!
Good morning!  I am thinking of my son Tommy today.  It has been 29 years ago today that he passed from this life into the next.   I used to think I would stop grieving for him.  But I have decided it is OK.  He is a son after all.  But I have faith that one day we will be together again, and that makes it all bearable.  And so today I think I will write about temples.  Because it is the ordinances performed there that sustains my faith.
In LDS temples, families are sealed together for all eternity.  Of course it is conditional upon living righteously.  But it does give me faith and hope.  Temples are beautiful places, built to remind us of heaven.  Everything is clean and bright, people talk in soft voices, and everyone dresses in white.  I love to go to the temple and feel the love that is there.  There really is love there...it is as if the Savior Himself were there.  And I suppose that He often is.  I have had very personal, warm, and affirming feelings that His spirit is there every time I go.  And on a few very special occasions I have felt Tommy's spirit close to me there.  And I want to tell people everywhere how much the Savior of the World, Jesus Christ, loves each of us with a love that is perfect and personal.  I am so grateful for Him!  I know that His light and love fill my heart and give me strength to go forward.  I have a young friend at school who asked me how I could believe in a God that allows people to suffer....especially children.  And my answer is that this life is a time of learning.  We are here to learn about suffering and death....and how to love and help each other....and to live by faith.  If the Lord interfered with that by jumping in every time something bad happened, we would not learn.  I am glad for the learning.  But like all people, I hope for a time when we have learned enough:)
Well, I just wanted to remember my sweet son today.  I love you Tommy!  And a big cheery hello to cyberspace today!....keep your stick on the ice!  I am still pulling for you!  Have a most wonderful and joyous Sabbath day!  Melody
Some of the things I saved....his favorite Star Wars guy,
an emisis basin, and a couple of great cards.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Just a Note....la, la!

Good evening!  I am waiting for Mel:)  He is working today.  We are supposed to go to the High Priest party that started a bit ago.  But I didn't want to go without him.  He has parts that he has to deliver to a customer first thing Monday morning, so he stayed to finish them.  And I don't mind being late.  It gives me time to blog:)
So what do I tell you?  I just watched Rick Steve's Europe.  We went to Lichtenstein, Monaco and a few other of the very small countries in Europe.  I like watching this program.  It makes me feel a little more educated about the world.  Although I realize it is like a postage stamp worth of information.  There is so much to know.
I have had fun today going through my studio.  I am finding all kinds of stuff I had forgotten I had done.  It is mostly bad, but it is still fun to see what I have learned over the last few years.  I started that watercolor class in 2009.  I know, it sure goes by quickly!  I started school in the fall of 2010....taking one class.  So far I have taken 45 credits!  That is a lot.  But I will probably take plenty more before I feel done.  I was talking to Mel today about maybe taking that workshop from David Gray.  He is all for it...of course.  He is very supportive in this crazy venture of mine.  It is me that kind of drags my feet.  But I am considering it.  I love how he paints.
Well, I just wanted to say hi and hope all is well.  Take care and keep smiling!  Melody

Being Me

Good merry morning to you!   I am back from learning CPR!  One of the scouts did a CPR training with an EMT in our ward for his Eagle project.  I feel like I could be competent in this...except that it kills my knees!  But I suppose I wouldn't worry about my knees if someone was really having a heart attack.
So next I am going to ride the lawn mower around for an hour or so.  Mel is so busy with his mold work that it is really hard for him to take the time for the yard.  And I kind of enjoy riding around on the mower in the sunshine.
Then I will keep working on this studio.  I had Mel help me move the desks around in here so that my computer is not in direct sunlight anymore.  And I put most everything in boxes.  Now I will have to decide what to keep and what to store.  I am actually enjoying this.
Oh, and Kim is coming by to empty our garage of her things...a washing machine and dryer, some patio furniture (I will miss that), and lots of boxes full of miscellaneous stuff.  So it should be a busy day.  And tonight there is a high priest party over at Jodell's house.  I am supposed to bring a dessert, so that is one more thing.  It's surprising how quickly the time fills up with things to do!
I have been thinking of many things this morning...all good.  I am reading a book I quite enjoy, "The 5 Lessons a Millionaire Taught Me" by Richard Paul Evans.  It is quite good and I think I am learning a lot.  I have been kind of worried about finances...you know, what would I do if Mel couldn't work, and stuff like that.  So this is helpful.  I also am reading 1776.  I got a couple of books on CD for mother's day, so actually I am listening to these.  Kenny got me a book on CD, and I took it back and exchanged it for these two.  Sorry, Kenny.  I just didn't want to listen to a murder mystery:)
Well, I guess I will plug into my iPhone and ride around the lawn.  I hope you have a lovely, joyful, relaxed, and successful day today out there in cyberspace.  I am still pulling for you!!!  Take care and keep smiling!  And HAVVVVVVGW!!!!  Melody

Friday, May 18, 2012

Guten Tag!

Good morning!  I hope you have a lovely,safe, happy day in cyberspace today.  I am planning on it from this side of the computer.  I have made plans to begin a deep clean of my whole house...one room at a time!  I think I will start in this room....my studio.  It really could use some deep cleaning.  I have pictures and supplies everywhere.  I have tried to stay organized, but there is just too much stuff for this little space.  So I will box some things up that I am not using and store them...or toss them, depending on my mood:)
I woke up this morning from an awful dream.  I dreamt we were visiting my brother in Arizona.  For some reason we were selected to represent their ward at a meeting...I think for singles, as this calling is still baffling to me.  Anyway, I was not happy to have to go because we were leaving to go home and wouldn't have anyway to report to anyone about the meeting.  But I couldn't get Mel to see my reasoning:)  Then we got in the car to go to the meeting and the car wouldn't work right.  In order to make it stop I had to push with all my might on the brake pedal!  That wasn't working too well:)  Anyway we got back to our motel room and we had to change into some dressier clothes for the meeting and I discovered that all of my underwear had changed to a bright pink!  It was one of those circular dreams where you never get where you are going, and many obstacles keep getting in your path.  As I think on it, it is a little like real life:)  It was nice to wake up and realize I was not late for a meeting.  Although I probably should call my visiting teaching companion and set up appointments.  Maybe it was a reminder dream:)
So can you tell I am stretching for interesting topics?  Sorry.  But my life right now is filled with the mundane....which feels so nice for a change.  I love school, but I think I really needed this break.
So remember who is pulling for you....me!  We're all in this together!  Take care and keep smiling, it is your best feature!!!  HAVVVVGW!!!!!  Melody

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Day is Done....Gone the Sun...

Good evening!  I thought I would report on my first day of my new schedule:)  It actually didn't go too bad.  I paid the bills, did some dishes and took a nap:)  I really liked the nap part.  I also read a little in my new anatomy workbook.  I figure I need to learn anatomy if I am going to be any kind of an artist.  My painting teacher, Dan, can name all of the bones and muscles and then account for them in his painting.  I think it won't hurt to know this, and maybe it will help:)  Then I did a little research on more lizard woman ideas. I think I may draw her getting her tail waxed, and maybe turning colors and disappearing.  I am not sure I am good enough to figure this out, but I think it is kind of fun.  And it keeps me working at stuff.  I am so afraid I will lose anything I have gained.  I think drawing is a little like playing an instrument....practice, practice, practice!  So then I worked on my Yosemite painting a little more.  It is still not quite where I want it.  I have been thinking it would be a nice gift to my brother for his birthday....since he is in it, and I think Yosemite means to him what it means to me.
I have decided I will paint a little each day.  I may work on the woman in the mirror painting.  There are a few things I like about it, and maybe I can improve on things.  That is a nice thing with oils.  But the paint is getting kind of thick:)  So we shall see.  I also think I will use the frame I made for that ridiculous war/rocks/angry painting and stretch a new canvas and paint a landscape.  I think it might be fun to do a seascape.  I will never be allowed to do that at school, but I really love doing seascapes, and I haven't tried one in oil yet....unless you count my big wave:)  Or maybe I will just do little practice canvases for a while.  I saw a youtube video today by David Gray where he uses a paper canvas by Canson.  It would be a lot easier than stretching canvas every time I wanted to try something in oil.  He has a lot of nice videos on youtube...here is a link.  cool stuff:)  Not that you have to watch them.   But I find them fascinating.  I would love to go to his workshop in August.  But I probably will hold off for a while.  I am not really intermediate yet, and it says it is for intermediate and advanced painters.
Another cool thing I found on the internet today is a mentoring thing that some of the illustrators from Muddy Colors are doing.  It was a cool idea.  And I suppose they will make some money...because it is quite expensive.  But I guess as an artist, making money is not always the easiest part of the game.  Here is the link so you can look it over if you are interested.  Smart School
Well, I guess I must have needed to write today.  I hope you needed to read:)   Take care and keep smiling!  And yes, I am still smiling on this side!   TTTT  Melody


Schedules

Good morning!  Today I pay bills:)  I put a smiley face because I do feel grateful to be able to pay them.  But it is not my favorite task....by far!  Sigh.  But then I am going to start my summer program.  I have decided that each day I will follow a schedule so that I do not grow rusty in my art skills over the summer.  So today I am going to come up with the schedule.  It will include time for organizing my world...house, studio in particular, and a space to set up in the shop for major oil painting.  I also want to spend a good deal of time each day actually studying and working in art.  I have an idea that I will give myself an assignment each week, and then work on it all week.  I am thinking my weakest areas are drawing...and painting:)  Ha, ha!  I guess those are pretty major.  But I think I will take one aspect each week and work on it.  I do have some good drawing books, so maybe I will start there.  I also think I will have an ongoing painting so that I can keep up on those skills that I have already begun to learn.
Of course I also want to take time for my sweet children and grandchildren.  Yesterday I spent a few hours with Kim and Liz...and later with Taylor, Gabe and Alex.  We all had a wonderful time together.  So maybe I can set up some kind of weekly get together.  And also a letter writing campaign for those who are not so close distance wise.  It sounds like a lot as I am writing it down.  So that is why I need a schedule.  I tend to put the cart before the horse if I don't plan and scheme:)  I think I can do all of it with good intentions....and a whole lot of work!!!!  After all I have been a mother!!!  That requires more organization and skills than anything else I have ever attempted.  I found this really sweet video by Stephanie Nielsen....nienie.  She has a blog that is amazing!  She is amazing, and doing so much good in the world.  She was in a plane accident and received terrible burns.  She has written a book..."Heaven is Here" that I am going to read....soon!  But I thought I would put a link to her video here so that you could see some of how I also feel about motherhood.  Mothers
So yesterday I had a couple of funny incidents.  The first was not funny for me, but funny on reflection.  I had made guacamole for our lunch, and I was adding jalapeno.  I don't use much, and I chop it very small, but I had forgotten to add it earlier, so I didn't just add it to the food processor.  I chopped it by hand.  Later as I was going out the door I remembered I had not put in my contacts...and remembering I had handled the jalapeno I quickly washed my hands and proceeded to put in my "eyes".  And yeah, you guessed it, I didn't wash thoroughly enough.  OUCH!!!!  I wore glasses yesterday with one eye looking a little scorched!  Then I called Liz to see if she needed a ride over to Kim's.  She said yes, that would be great.  And I drove on past her house, completely forgetting I had offered her a ride!  Luckily I remembered before I started onto the freeway....where has my mind gone to?  And then the best....we picked up Gabe and Taylor after their school.  Gabe was really excited about his field trip.  I asked him where they had gone.  He started, "The aquarium...no, that is not what it is called....the place with lots of cool stuff, they had fish and plants and lots of water."  I said, "Oh, you're right the aquarium."  "No, grandma, but it was really cool.  They had skulls and lots of neat stuff.  And we got to hold some of it and...."  He went on and on.  It made me happy he was so happy and excited about something at school.  He is such a sweetheart.  I will miss him as he goes to live with his dad this
summer:(
Gabe and Taylor
Well, I have written a lot today.  I guess I like writing almost as much as drawing.  And I feel more competent with writing.  I hope you have a lovely and inspired day out in cyberspace today!  Take care and remember I am pulling for you!!!  We're all in this together!  HAVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Just a Reminder

Hi!  I saw this on facebook today and thought I would pass it along.  HAGE!!!  Melody
“None of us is less treasured or cherished of God than another. I testify that He loves each of us
-- Insecurities, anxieties, poor self-image, and all. He doesn't measure our talents or our looks;
 He doesn't measure our professions or our possessions. He cheers on every runner,
 calling out that the race is against sin, not against each other.”
― Jeffrey R. Holland

Someone Feels Glad

Good morning!  It is a lovely day here, although already busy.  How can this be when school is out?  I am still puzzling over that, but I can hardly find time to sit down here and write.  Yesterday (thanks to a couple of very encouraging comments) I felt brave enough to display some of my work at a Relief Society dinner.  It was kind of a gallery night for the women.  Many of us brought our artwork and handicrafts for display to share with the rest of the ladies.  And I thought it was pretty amazing! I took some photos to share.  No, I didn't photograph my table because....there were too many people standing in front of it:)  Yeah, it did make me feel good.  I got a lot of nice compliments about my work.  And people really liked the cartoons of my lizard woman.  It helped me feel better about it all.  I guess I am still my worst critic:)  But that is a good thing.  It will keep me humble...and hopefully teachable.
I think I need the structure of school though to even find time to look at art, let alone do any.  I can see why my house is such a mess after just a couple of days of no school.  There is so much I have been ignoring around here....like the pile of dirty towels in my closet, or the stack of bills in the bedroom, or the dust bunnies hiding under everything!  My own bedroom is the worst.  I think I am going to have to sort and toss this week...and maybe for a couple of weeks.  I have really let it all pile up.
Well, I suppose this isn't all that interesting.  But I did want to send out a very happy and hearty "hallooooo!" into cyberspace today.  I hope you have a most glorious day!  The world is an amazing and wonderful place....but keep your head down:)  Sorry that pessimist inside of me always has to have a word or two.  Take care and keep smiling!  Melody
Nicole does air brush painting professionally

More of Autumn's art work

Autumn is a published author and a wonderful artist


I never figured out whose this was:)  But I loved
the stained glass!

My next door neighbor, Melodee, teaches braille in our
elementary schools

Lupe makes these gorgeous Tongan dresses

Maryanne is a wonderful photographer and a horse lover

Betty is a pretty good artist

Adrianna, one of my former young women, quilted this
gorgeous quilt

Jodell made this for her daughter's wedding!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Good Day to you!!!

Good morning!  I am feeling like a fish out of water today....no deadlines!?  Unless you count organizing a family reunion.  My kids didn't think one day was enough:)  But finding a weekend when everyone can come and also a place to come to, is not all that easy, which is why nothing is planned yet.  Jodell and Bob are the missionaries in charge of the Girl's camps in our region and she was saying last night that they have had some cancellations.  So I will call her and see when.  We really enjoyed our reunion at girl's camp last summer.  But the time is quite limited.  Amy found us a camp spot near her in Glenn's Ferry, so that is a possibility.  Then we could all go and see her and her boys in the opera theater melodrama.  That might be lots of fun.  I think I will root for that one.  That is the other hard thing...agreeing on everything with everyone.  I suppose we should assign one family each year to be in charge.  I know other families that do that.  Somehow we will all get together again....or at least the majority of us.  We sure have fun when we do.  I am definitely opposed to families not living within walking distance of each other:)  But I guess feudalism is over.  Wouldn't it be nice if families did still live close to each other?  I guess some do, but most people have to move away to find jobs....or sanity:)   That's a joke!!
Well, I also have to vote today.  It is an important local election.  And while we are on the subject, I am astonished at the political developments of the last week!  And that's all I will say on here, because I do not want to talk politics...only to say that I am for marriage between a man and a woman.  Who would have ever thought it might be questioned?  What a world, what a world!!!  The witch (Just in case you wanted to hear it again:)
Well, I had better get on with my day.  I hope yours is wonderful!  Take care and HAVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Monday, May 14, 2012

Happy Family Night!

Good Evening!  I wasn't going to write, but....I just checked one more time and I finally got my painting grade....and I got an A-!  I am very pleased.  It is nice to feel rewarded for hard work.  And it helps my sense of being an artist.  I am still a little wary of that term.  All of my life I have held art and artists in very high esteem...and still do.  But I think I will have to feel like I have earned it to be one of them.  And I know I am not there yet.
Tonight at our empty nester's gathering, one of my friends wanted to see my work....and I was embarrassed to show it to her.  She is a pretty good artist herself, so I guess I just didn't want to be judged.  Silly I guess.  She liked the things I showed her...which wasn't much.  Just my latest paintings....and my lizard woman cartoons.  I know I am going to have to get more confident about my work if I really do want to paint and draw and illustrate.  I hope I can get to a level where I feel confident in what I do.  I guess that is one reason I post things on here.  It is practice for the real world:)
So the lesson went well.  We watched Pres. Eyring's talk on faith from the Saturday morning session of the last conference....and then we talked about it.  It is fun to talk about the gospel with friends.  I think it makes me like them even more:)  And I love President Eyring's gentle nature and how the truth shines through him.  He makes me want to try harder to be a true and loyal disciple of Christ.  I am grateful for him.
Well, I just wanted to brag about my grade:)  I hope your evening is going well.  Take care!  And HAVVVVVVVVGN!!!!  Melody

Still Singing!

Good day!  I am taking a short break from cleaning.  I have an empty nester's family night group coming here tonight.  And of course I have been a bit busy of late...and yesterday I had 20 grandchildren here:)  That is a good thing of course, but an incentive to dust in the corners and make sure I get everything picked up.
I am still processing yesterday.  It was a very special day.  I guess Mel had been planning it for weeks.  It all started in a bishopric meeting when the bishop asked him if one of his children could speak for Mother's Day.  Mel was prompted to say, "How about if we sing instead?"  And then he got on the phone with each of our children and asked if they would participate.  He was delighted when everyone of them said yes.  But then he had to keep it a secret....from me!  I must admit I knew something must be up, but I did not expect all of the kids to be here, and I had no idea they would sing to me in church!  But I thought we might have a crowd for some reason and I bought lots of paper plates and cups just in case:)  It was so nice to have everyone home, even if it was only for a short time.  I will include some of the pictures on here.
Well, I guess I had better get back to cleaning.  I am still not sure what we will do for the lesson tonight.  People always come up with such interesting things...not just a lesson from the manual.  I have looked on the internet and found a few ideas.  I will have to ask Mel for his input.  He is a little more creative in this area than I am.
I hope you have a grrrrrrreat day!  Take care out there in cyberspace!  I'm still pulling for you!  Melody
Julie with Mel and Josie

Kim, Amy and Naia

Kenny, Kim, Mel, and Randy

Amy, Liz and Madeline

Kenny

Alexander

Michelle, Kim, Kenny, Amy, Liz and Julie

All of Us...well, w/o Tommy, but he was there!

Eric with Alex...caught being gentle!

Josie being a good big sister to Naia

Not quite fast enough:)  

Amazing!!!!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Best of All Surprises!!!

Happy Mother's Day!  I have had the absolute best Mother's Day ever!  It all started this morning when the doorbell rang just as I was about to leave for choir practice.  I opened the door and my whole family was on the door step yelling, "Surprise!!!"  It was a surprise!  All six of my children, spouses, and many of my grandchildren were all there...ready for church.  We took some photos and then left for church.  I don't know that we have ever all been to church since .....  I'm not sure.  But it felt grand!  Then the Bishop announced the speakers and the special musical number by.... you guessed it...Mel and the kids and one brave son in law.  They sang one of my most favorite songs!  "How Can I Keep from Singing?"  Yeah, I cried through it.  But it was absolutely beautiful.  They all have such fine singing voices, and of course their voices really blend!  I felt very blessed.  And the funniest part was that I had that very song all ready for my lesson in Relief Society...sung by Dallyn Bayles this time.  But it was sweet to give my lesson with my daughters present....at least three of them.  The other two had other commitments.
So then after church we came back home and Mel and Kenny had arranged for food and more company.   My dad and Barb came over and stayed a couple of hours.  It really was fun.  I have said before how I miss the noisy home we used to have, and today we had plenty of noise and love and laughter!  I am feeling truly like, "How can I keep from singing?"  And also like I have a wonderful husband, who really does love me and our children.  How very blessed I am!
OK...Just One:)
Well, I will post pictures tomorrow.  I don't want to miss "Sherlock":)  I really am kind of hooked on this new series.  I hope your day was also wonderful... I am still pulling for you!  Take care and HAVVVVVGE!!!!!  Melody

Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Burden of a Sigh

Good evening!  I am home ...chuckling a little.  Mel and Kenny have gone for a trip to the store.  They kindly insisted that I stay home so they could do some Mother's Day shopping:)  I really wanted to go with them, but... :)  And it is good, I needed to polish up my lesson a little bit.  They are picking up some chocolate for my lesson, too, but I am making a handout, so I can be less stressed tomorrow.
As I am preparing this lesson on prayer, it has made me reflect a little on prayer in my own life.  I have always trusted in Heavenly Father to answer my prayers.  I don't always get the answer I wanted, but I often do.  And even when I am told no, I feel listened to, and I know He is close by, encouraging me in doing my best.  I am so grateful for that.  I have had a few times in my life where that knowledge has kept me from sinking into despair.  And I wonder how people manage who do not believe in the power of prayer.  It must be kind of scary.  And I am not that brave!
This talk by Elder Bednar is especially good.  Here is a link. Pray Always  In my lesson President George Albert Smith is quoted as saying, "How many are there....who do not know that they have the right, the absolute right, to pray to their Father in heaven and ask Him to take from them their distress and lead them to contentment and happiness?"  I love that quote.  He also said, "...unless we pray we lose the protection that prayer offers."
I know that prayer is a powerful tool that can bring us closer to God.  I am so certain that this is true, because I have experienced it over and over in my own life.  I love the hymn, "Prayer is the Soul's Sincere Desire".  I think the words are very true, so here they are:)

1. Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire,
Uttered or unexpressed,
The motion of a hidden fire
That trembles in the breast.
2. Prayer is the burden of a sigh,
The falling of a tear,
The upward glancing of an eye
When none but God is near.
3. Prayer is the simplest form of speech
That infant lips can try;
Prayer, the sublimest strains that reach
The Majesty on high.
4. Prayer is the Christian’s vital breath,
The Christian’s native air,
His watchword at the gates of death;
He enters heav’n with prayer.
5. Prayer is the contrite sinner’s voice,
Returning from his ways,
While angels in their songs rejoice
And cry, “Behold, he prays!”
6. The Saints in prayer appear as one
In word and deed and mind,
While with the Father and the Son
Their fellowship they find.
7. Nor prayer is made on earth alone:
The Holy Spirit pleads,
And Jesus at the Father’s throne
For sinners intercedes.
8. O thou by whom we come to God,
The Life, the Truth, the Way!
The path of prayer thyself hast trod;
Lord, teach us how to pray.
And since it is Mother's Day tomorrow, I would add that Pres. Smith also said, "It is one of the loveliest memories I have in life, an angelic mother sitting down by my bedside and teaching me to pray...that prayer opened for me the windows of heaven."  I am also grateful for an angelic mother who taught me to pray.  I miss her soooo much!  Happy Mother's Day, dear mother!!!!!
Well, I will end this and continue with my preparations.  I hope you have a most lovely evening!  I am still pulling....and praying....for you!  Melody

Hola!

Good morning!  Today is my first real day of no school:)  And it feels quite lovely!!  Of course life still is full of responsibility....like my lesson for tomorrow.  It is a good topic though, prayer.  So it shouldn't be too hard to teach.  I think most everyone has experience with prayer.  And it will be nice to share as a group of women.
The other thing happening today is Kim moving.  She is moving from her apartment to a three bedroom house.  And she is quite excited about that.   And although I am not much good at moving heavy stuff, I will go and try to be a little bit of help.  The kids are not going to be there, so I won't be babysitting.  But I can smile and point:)  And I am good at writing miscellaneous on boxes!
It is weird not having a homework assignment to tickle my brain.  I have been obsessing about grades though.  I keep checking.  So far I have 2 A's and a B+.  But the one I want to find out about....painting...is still not in.  I worked hard for that class, but I really have no idea of what grade I am getting in there.  I hope..... :)
We went to see a good movie last night...Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.  I really enjoyed it.  I don't think you have to be a fisherman to enjoy it though.  It was an interesting story with a great cast.
Well, I have nothing much else to write about.  Looking at this picture sure makes me want to get my fishing license though.  Although now I suppose I could use painting as a better excuse to escape to a river or a forest.  I saw this trailer this morning on Gurney's Journey that is an advertisement for a plein air painter, but I liked the beginning of it and the idea of painting outside.  I really do like doing that.  Here is the trailer link.plein air  I really like the music.  And watching him paint reminded me a little of Leon Parson's painting.  He had so much detail in the trees.  Did I tell you he has an assistant do a lot of the ground work, and then he does the detail?  I guess I was surprised by that.  But he was showing us which trees were "his", and they were so life like it was amazing.
Well, I guess I had better get on with my day.  I am still pulling for you!  We're all in this together!!!  Have a very, very, very, very gut wan!!!  No make that a great wan!!!!!...!!  Melody

Friday, May 11, 2012

Mirror, Mirror...

Hola!  I am a new woman:)  I wish!!  I did get my hair cut and colored today, so I feel like I have a new start against gray roots.  But I sat in front of a full length mirror while they worked on my hair, and that is a real reality check:)  Any silly notions I had that I was growing younger, or thinner, or more energetic are completely gone now.  I have never liked mirrors much...maybe from so many years of dancing in front of one at ballet school.  I haven't got too many mirrors in my house, and none that are full length.  I think I didn't like them even when the image looking back was thinner and younger.  It just seems like a different world inside of a mirror.  I do remember a brief period in high school where I tried to catch myself in the mirror without me knowing it....Does that sound funny?  It was a really self obsessive thing I think.  I wanted to see myself the way other people must see me.  This was way before video cameras.  And home movies were not very immediate....you could grow an inch before they got developed!  So I would try to catch myself looking surprised as if I had just met myself.  I am so glad I am no longer in that teen phase of being super self conscious.  For the most part I don't worry much about how I must look to other people.  I just make sure I am clean and smell good:)
Oops!  You caught me:)  I do kind of like the webcam....not!!!!
Well, this really is a silly tack.  I am sorry.  I hope I don't fill up a whole series of blogs with nonsense.  It could be possible, but I will try to go beyond silly into philosophical.  But not today.  I am still unwinding from a long couple of semesters.
So today I just want to send warm and happy greetings out into cyberspace.  I hope you have a lovely Friday and a happy weekend.  Take care and HAVVVVVGW!!!  Melody