Saturday, June 30, 2012

Bugs and Bernice

Good morning!  Or afternoon, or evening!  I guess the time of day depends on where you are and when you read this.  So good day...or good night:)  I am in kind of a silly mood today.  Probably has to do with how much sleep I didn't get.  Yawn!
So today is my packing day.  I have one more load of laundry before it is all done.   Then I will put everything we need in a suitcase and hope I don't forget something vital.  I know I have a packing list somewhere, but I am not quite sure where anymore.   I could look up a list on the internet I suppose.  But packing for two people is so much easier than packing for 8 or 9 that I can probably do this in short order without a list.  And then take a nap:)
So do you want to know about bugs?  Apparently we have an endless supply here at my house.  Julie and kids came over yesterday and we spent a little time in the back yard finding rolly pollies, Daddy long legs, centipedes, and ants...lots of ants!  I guess I am a little weird, but I like that there are insects in my yard.  We did spray for them when we first moved out here and discovered a nest of about 20 black widow spiders by the side of the house.  They are not so welcome.  But one or two I can deal with.  Mel found a really huge one out by the garden.   We are naming her Bernice...Bernie for short.  Mel said she is the biggest one he has ever seen.  Here's a photo he took.
I asked him if he killed it, and his answer was, "No, she will catch a lot of flies!"  I hope that is all she catches!
Well, I can tell I am writing nonsense and your time is valuable:)  Take care out there in cyberspace today.  Keep smiling!!  I am still pulling for you!!!!  We're all in this together after all.  HAVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Friday, June 29, 2012

Buenos Dias!!!!!

Good morning!  I hope things are great for you today.  I am anticipating busy-ness for today.  I am leaving first thing Monday for weddings of nephews....the first in Utah, then following that we are traveling to California for the second.  So lots of road time.  I want to be all packed by tomorrow night so that Sunday can remain a day of rest:)  So laundry and dishes again:)
If you are looking for interesting reading material....about illustration:) is one of my favorite links....Bill's post - this is Muddy Colors and it features my illustration teacher today...Bill Carman.  He is a great teacher.  I also love the article by Greg Manchess about portfolios...or anything I guess.  He is quite a fabulous illustrator.  Another blog I really enjoy is by James Gurney.  Here is that link....J. G.  He always has a lesson to teach...which I need, so I am happy to read about it.  I love that the internet has so many interesting and inspiring things to read!
Well, I wish you well today!  Be safe and happy!  Melody

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Herder

Hi again!  I know, I know...I just can't stay away from my computer!  But Mel is doing his home teaching so I have a bit of alone time and I thought I might pass the time with one more blog.  And I thought of another thing Taylor shared with me that I thought was classic.  Remember he is 9.  I asked him if he has thought about what he wants to do when he grows up...classic grandma fare.  And he said..."Yes, I want to be a herder.  Maybe of sheep.... lots of sheep up in the mountains... but no, I think I want to herd cows....then I could be a cowboy.  Yep, that's what I want to be....a cow boy, and take care of cows.  You know cowboys take care of cows, right Grandma?"  I liked that in this computer dominated age, with all of the crazy video games about space aliens and war and criminal activities, that somehow he still wants to be a cowboy:)  It seems like a good and healthy thing to want to be at 9 years old.  And it made me think....what did I want to be at nine years old?  And then I had to chuckle.  I wanted to be a veterinarian!  And then when my uncle told me of some of the more unpleasant things a veterinarian might have to do, I wanted to be an ornithologist.  I think because my cousin Leslie had parakeets, and I wanted a parakeet so bad!!!  But my brother had asthma, and so we had no pets in the house....only outside cats and the odd reptile or amphibian I could manage to catch.  And I suppose that was one of my main motivations for wanting to be a I could get close to a pet.  I wanted a dog even more than I wanted a parakeet.  And I am sure I pestered my parents non-stop, until we finally got a dog when I was twelve.  But it had to stay outside too.  Absolutely no pets in the house!!!!  But one of the funny things I did before I got that dog was this....a friend of mine and I kept a stray dog in the lot down the street.  We fed him and put him on a leash.  It seems like now that we even tied him up for a while 'til my folks got wind of it.  Then we had to let him go and that was the end of that because this dog liked wandering and did not stick around to be my pet.  Perhaps that is why we finally got a puppy, because they didn't know how else to calm this persistence in me.
Well, I suppose this is much more boring to you than to me.  But I did want to write it down while I remember it.  Life was so different when I was much freedom from supervision!  Kids played outside in the street, no fear of predators or kidnappers.  I can remember playing until dark most days.  I never remember feeling bored!  There was so much to imagine!  We would pretend we were orphans, or horses, or spies.  We jumped rope, hopscotched, played four square and tether ball.  We had a pogo stick and a flexi sled on wheels, bicycles, and roller skates.  My brother made a high jumping pit in the back yard and we practiced jumping over a bamboo stick.  He timed us on his stop watch as we ran around the block.  And he even allowed me to play flag football with he and his friends when they were short a player.  I honestly do not think there was time to be bored.  We took long hikes along the creek by our house.  The kids would all play tag back and forth across the creek.  And on long hot summer nights we would play hide and seek until it got too dark to see.  I really did have a nice childhood.
Well, I guess I have been a bit nostalgic.  I just feel very blessed.  So I guess that is enough for now.  I hope you are having a lovely evening wherever you may be this evening.  Keep smiling!  Life is amazing!!!  Tata til tomorrow!!!!!  Melody


Good afternoon!  I am taking a break from the heat!  It is nice and cool inside...90 outside.  I think the stores are getting stingy on the air conditioning, because Walmart felt warm this afternoon.  It kind of takes the fun out of shopping in my humble opinion.
I have had a wonderful day so far.  It is nice to lunch with friends!  Especially friends who love you for just being yourself.  I feel like I got my cup filled today.  Now I need to get busy and start getting ready for our trip next week.  It should be lots of fun.
Well, that's all I have to say....amazing huh?  I hope things are going well in your neck of the woods.  Me

The funny bone's connected to the....?

Good merry morning to you!  I am uploading a video from yesterday.  We stopped on the way home and visited Amy and Aaron and their sweet daughter Hailey.  And Hailey performed "The Pancake Song" for us.  Mel caught a little of it on his iphone, so I thought I would share.  She really keeps me smiling!  I told her yesterday, I think she is waaaaay more talented than Shirley Temple!
So today I am going to lunch with a couple of girlfriends....I think we will have fun.  We are going to a quaint little restaurant in Eagle, Idaho....Rembrandt's.  They have really good food set in a casual atmosphere....big, comfy, upholstered furniture.  It is owned by a man who wanted to give something back to the community.  He made this place and an art and dance studio.
Well, I have no wonderful insights this morning...oh, wait.  Maybe I do.  I was commenting to Mel that I was sad Nora Effron had passed away, and she was only 71.  I had read that she didn't believe in an afterlife, and that also made me sad.  Mel said, "Well, she does now!"  That made me lots happier, and kind of tickled my funny bone.  Take care and keep smiling!  I am definitely smiling on this side!!!  HAVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Eric Did It!!!!!!!

Well, as promised, here are the pictures.  Now for the story:)  Eric is the oldest of our oldest.  So I guess this will be the next trend in grandchildren....graduating.  And no, I don't feel old....ha, ha!  But I am so happy for him to be done with high school.  Now maybe he can join me at college!  That would be interesting!  Anyway, it was a lovely day!  Just wish we all lived a bit closer.
So I don't have a whole lot to report.  I am pretty tired after all of the driving.  Hope your day went well in cyberspace today!!!  HAGN!  Melody

Eric (in the middle) with Gary and Michelle


Eric and Michelle

Me :)


Good morning! I am off to my grandson's graduation in Twin Falls today. Story and pictures to follow:). HAGW! Me

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Keeping Up

Good morning!  I am a little behind this morning.  I woke up about 3 and....yeah, I had one of those nights.  But I slept in til 8 so I am doing great.
I had a fun day with Taylor yesterday.  He called about lunch time to ask if I would come and get him.  He said his mom needed a break:)  That made me laugh just a little.  But I told him I could come and get him.  Then Liz called a few minutes later to find out what was happening.  She hadn't put him up to it, and she was a little surprised.  It all worked out well though.  She got a nap, and Taylor and I had fun watching movies and playing on the slip and slide.  I took a few photos.

He is a lot of fun.  He comes up with the funniest stuff.  We were talking about teeth and he told me of his latest dental adventures.  Then he said it was important to brush your teeth in the morning and again at night.  I said that it certainly was, and did he do that?  He said, "No, not always."  And I said, "Well it will get more important as you get older and you start dating."  And he said, "Yeah, and when they say, 'You may kiss the bride'....I will".  That was so unexpected and funny I laughed right out loud.  He is always thinking.  And he is so sure he is right.  He is constantly explaining the meaning of everything....and why we do this or that.  I am sorry now I didn't take notes, but he might think I was a little weird following him around with a notebook:)  I do remember one other conversation though.  He was talking about his other grandma.  And I said that I didn't know her very well, and what was she like?  "Well", he said, "she is a lot like you.  She pays all of her bills on time, so she has extra money to spend.  But her house smells like dogs."  I said, "Oh, does she have a lot of dogs?"  He said, "Two."  Then I said, "Does my house smell like dogs?" He said, "No, your house smells like flowers.  Everywhere it smells like flowers."  That made me feel kinda good, although I know it doesn't.  But I like that he likes the smells at my house:)  He lived here for quite a while on and off, so I think what he really means is that it smells like his childhood.  And I know what that feels like.  I used to think that of both of my grandparents houses.  I loved being there.
Well, I guess I had better get on with my day.  I hope things are going well out in cyberspace today.  I am still pulling for you!!!  We're all in this together!!!  HAVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Monday, June 25, 2012

Lunch Break

Hi!  I saw this and thought it was clever, so I thought I would share.  It makes for a good lunch break I think:)  No noodles  Keep smiling!  Me

Gluten Morgen!!!

Good morning!  It is another gorgeous day here.  I love this weather!  I hope the summer lasts for a while.
Today I am going to finish my visiting teaching.  And clean here at home.  And there is a little bit of shopping I need to do.  I am anticipating a wonderful day:)  (This is good hype for my brain.)
Have you read the talk by Pres. Eyring...."Mountains to Climb"?  Here is the link...Mountains to Climb.  We had a lesson on it yesterday in Relief Society, and I used it for family night with the empty nesters a couple of months ago.  It is really a good talk.  I need to read it every day for a while I think.  I especially like that he talks about President Spencer W. Kimball, and how he overcame so many obstacles.  I remember his sweetness and how encouraged I felt by his example.  And in fact I feel very inspired by all of the prophets of this dispensation.  Yesterday Mel and I listened to a devotional talk by our present prophet, Thomas S. Monson.  It was about being a light to the world.  It was also very inspiring.  Here is the link:)  Pres. Monson  I am good at links, huh?  I guess I am searching for something to write about this morning.
Well, I had better get on with my day.  I hope yours is great out there in cyberspace today.  Keep your stick on the ice!!!!  TTTL  Melody

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Let Us All Press On in the Work of the Lord!

Good Sabbath!  It is so beautiful here today....sunshine and clear skies and roosters crowing!
Our next door neighbors have lots of chickens and a few roosters.  I like hearing them greet the day each morning!  When I contemplate living elsewhere I always think how I would miss that sound.
Today is blessing day for our nephew's baby, so we will be going to a different ward today.  That should be fun.  I always enjoy meeting new people and listening to new speakers.  Then we will come back to our own ward and catch the last hour.  I am supposed to be read in for a new calling today.  They are not releasing me from my old least not yet.  More on that when it is official:)
I plan to spend sometime today preparing my lesson for Relief Society.  I will be gone on my regular day next month so I am trading lessons with another teacher.  It is on sharing the gospel.  I enjoy sharing the gospel, so I think it will be a fun lesson.  And knowing the topic ahead of time is good too, as I can look for ideas to make the topic more interesting.
There is a new development with the cat.  She has started meowing!  Can you believe she has not really done that before?  She has hissed and growled and done a raspy thing, but this morning is the first time I heard her speak in a quiet, sweet meow.  I think she is really beginning to feel at home here.  She is even semi cordial to Max, although she will bat at him if he gets too close.  Poor Max, he just wants to be friends:)
Have you seen the newest Bible videos?  Here is one I really love....Woman of Faith.  I have always loved the story of the woman who had enough faith to be healed by just touching the edge of Jesus' clothing.  I think it must have made Jesus feel good to find someone who had such faith.  I often think that the hardest part for Him was to have the truth and the light and know the way, and have so many people reject Him.
I love the story in the Book of Mormon where He is so touched by the people's faith.  And it makes me want to have more perfect faith.  I suppose the trouble is that life is challenging and new experiences do crowd in and test our faith.  I think how much I have learned in every stage of life, but how many mistakes I have made simply because it was unfamiliar territory to begin with.  I am so grateful for repentance and especially for the atonement made by our Savior for each one of us so that we can repent.  My resolve is to always follow Him in faith!
Well, I hope things are wonderful where ever life finds you this day.  Take care!  I am pulling for you!  We're all in this together!!!!!  And HAVVVVVGS!!!!  Melody

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Peaceful Happy Moments

Good morning!  I am greeting the day with a blog today.  Mel has already left to help clean the church. We really should be on a ward campout, but...we did that last week without the ward. That still makes me smile.  And today I have been thinking how very nice it was to sit and watch sailboats on the lake.  I am glad we took a brief getaway.
Yesterday was pleasant here.  They were harvesting onions down the hill.  It smelled sooooo good.  And it was interesting to watch.  I tried to take a photo, but it isn't very good.  I will include it anyway.  They had an army of workers that started at one end of the field and clipped off the blossom on top of the plant.  And then a second wave clipped down the plant.  It looked very intensive...and kind of amazing.  I love to see the way our food is grown and prepared.
This morning Mel's brother Dave and his wife are coming over to look at our trailer and see if they want to purchase it.  It is a really nice little trailer, and it is not my idea to sell it.  But Mel is right, we never use it, and so it just sits in the driveway giving in to entropy.  And Dave is mostly retired and can really put it to some good use.  But there goes my security:)  We actually own payments owed of any kind.  And we own the little lot next and clear.  So in my weird little brain I have thought if anything happens to Mel and we lose the business and the house, I could always live on the lot in the little trailer:)  Funny, huh?  I guess it is all part of that insecurity I feel that life can go sour on you without any notice.  Sigh!  I need to trust in the Lord and not worry so much!!!  I am better than I used to be on this though.  I think for a while after Tommy died I thought everything would come out bad in the end.  I don't feel that way anymore.....much:)   I cannot say I am a true optimist, but I don't think I am as pessimistic as I was for a long while.  So that is good, and if they want to buy it I will let them.  But I will keep a tent stored for emergencies:)  We are supposed to do that anyway, right?
So for the rest of the day....I guess I will just go with the flow.  I want to start another painting.  I have the canvas, just no idea of what to paint.  I will think on it for a while.  I hope things are good in your neck of the woods today.  Take care and remember I am still pulling for you!  HAVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Friday, June 22, 2012

Feliz Día de

Good morning! I am having a hard time coming up with a topic today.  I keep writing and then erasing.  One of the things I like about blogging is that I am my own editor.  But some days it would be nice to have a writing, write about how to train your cat to stay off of the furniture.  I am having some difficulty in that area.  Our little kitty....I still can't call her Wilda, so we are trying different names til one sticks....really likes to hang out on the furniture.  I can tolerate that, but not the counters!!!  She must have been an outside cat before, or at least she has had no boundaries.  She lithely hops up where ever she pleases.  But we are making a concerted effort to discourage that.  I just hope it sticks eventually.  I haven't ever had a sink cat before.  I will be doing the dishes and up she hops, like she is going to help or something.  If it didn't bother me to have cat hair in the dishes I might think it was kind of cute.  Oh well, it isn't that annoying, just something to write about:)
I had a nice visit with my dad yesterday.  I think we are going to take a trip together, the four of us.  We have a couple of weddings in of them in Calistoga.  So we maybe are going to drive there and spend a few days in one of their time share places.  It sounds fun.
While I was talking to my dad, I told him Bassie and I had been watching clouds.  And he said that he thought as you get older you have more time for things like that....and smaller things like bugs:)  He always makes me laugh.  I think he is right though.  It seems like I have less energy to run here and there and so it is nice to slow down and notice the world around me.  I notice that my grandkids are more tuned into what's happening than I am.  As we were leaving my dad's house, Bassie had to stop and step on every bug we saw:)  It was kind of funny, but it made me realize I have lost some of my ability to tune into the world of nature around me.  So I am going to make a real effort to be more observant.  But I am not going to destroy it:)
I am getting a little anxious about the summer school class I have coming up.  I am still a little undecided about whether I should take it or not.  And then I wonder why decisions have gotten to be so hard.  I don't remember being so ambivalent about things in the past, so I wonder if this is another symptom of old age, or just me being silly.  Maybe it is both.
I hope life is not so puzzling for you out there in cyberspace.  I am sure it is not.  Well, I had better get on with my day.  There is plenty to do always.  I hope your day is gut and great and all good things!  TTTL  Melody

Thursday, June 21, 2012


I have been sitting in the back yard with Bassie....watching clouds.  It is a most gloriously beautiful day today.  The weather is warm, but out here the wind is blowing, swirling the clouds.  We watched the swallows above us playing in the wind, and we even saw a couple of pelicans soaring very high.  I doubt that I captured their images in these photos, but you can see the interesting cloud formations.  I love the beauty that is out here in the country.  And it is nice to share it with a grandson...and you:)  I hope life is great in the outer reaches of cyberspace today.  Take care.  Me


Good morning! Have you seen these impressions by Kevin Spacey?  I had no idea he was so good at this!  Funny!  It amazes me that there are so many kinds of talents. I am glad for the ones that make me laugh.
Well, today I am watching Sebastian again.  We should have a nice lazy day.  Take care out there in cyberspace.  I'm still pulling for you!  HAVVVVVGW!!!!  Melody


Hi! I can't sleep.  My knee is hurting, so I thought maybe if I write a little I will feel tired enough to fall back asleep.  And I also wanted to tell a funny tale:)
First off they changed the sign downtown.  One side was pretty funny....."Romantic - a bloodsucking insect from Italy".  The other side not so much..."microfische - sardines"  I still am trying to figure that one out....maybe I read it wrong.
Anyway, we had a nice day with Amy, Julie and Liz and a couple of their friends and all of the kids...I think I counted 16 children:)  Yeah, it was a little crazy, but lots of fun.  We had pizza, soda and chocolate chip cookies for lunch.  And then we tried out these syrups I found at Cash and Carry with some shaved ice, and made snow cones.  Yummy!  And they got even yummier when Eva suggested we try drizzling a little bit of cream on the top:)  It was so refreshing!  And probably fattening:)
Liz had to leave a little earlier than the others and Taylor wanted to stay and play with the cousins, so he stayed....even after the others left.  So it was just he and I for a while.  He is growing up so fast anymore.  He is full of information of every kind.  It is delightful to just listen.  I should have taken notes because alot of it was fantastically funny.  I guess the funniest was when he was talking about how we should plant spinach trees.  I told him spinach grows on lettuce.  He looked surprised, and then said, "OK, so it's spinach bushes!"  I guess I didn't explain it too well.
On the way back to his house he wanted to sit in the front seat of the car, so I used it as a tool to get him to agree to a haircut.  I used to cut it for him, or take him to the barber to help Liz out.  But he has insisted on growing it out lately....and it doesn't look too good.  So he agreed to a haircut for the privilege of riding in the front.  But he wasn't too excited to get it cut.  Then he had a brilliant idea. "Grandma, can I get liberty spikes?"  "What are liberty spikes?"  "Well, they are spikes of hair that go out this way in the back and then this way on the top and sides."  All of this while gesturing very long spikes coming from his head.
This is an image of liberty spikes from the internet:)
I said, "I don't know about that.  How about we look up some haircuts on my iphone?"  So we looked for some images and he found one he liked....remember he is 9:)  We talked it over with the lady that cut his hair, and she thought she could come up with something similar. Anyway, he is pretty happy with his hair now, which fortunately looks nothing like the picture to the left.  But I was sure surprised at how hairstyles have become so important in the mind of a nine year old boy.
Well, I think I am starting to get sleepy.  I hope so.  I really like sleeping!  Take care out there in cyberspace.  I hope you are snoring away!!!  TTTL  Melody

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Good merry morning to you!  I am getting ready to go and meet Amy today.  That should be fun.  She is coming into Boise to take a test.  She is taking online school to be a web designer.  Tough stuff!  But she is brilliant and eventually she will accomplish this.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch:)  I am having a very nice morning.  I slept until 7:30....kind of like sleeping in, and I am feeling energized and ready for anything.....well, maybe not anything.  But I do feel good.  I was reading back over my blogs from a couple of years ago, and things have definitely improved!  Except for my knees:)  But eventually I will get those replaced....weird, huh?
So I found a cute trailer this morning....I guess the Monster's Inc. are going to college.  It made me laugh.  College life is pretty funny for sure.  Here is the link if you want a good giggle....monsters
Well, I realize my posts lately have been rather brief.  I guess I am busy again, because I always feel like I am rushing.  But that is a good thing.  I hate feeling bored!  And life is definitely not boring.  And yes, I still do love my little kitty.
She looks like fur with ears in this one!
Well, big kitty really.  She is a sweetie....but she is also a little aloof, which I prefer to a cat that is constantly rubbing and meowing!  She likes to sit near me...but not on me.  And she likes to be scratched and petted...a little.  She is really a sweet and funny personality.
I am hoping today brings you joy and inspiration.  Life is wondrous!!!  Take care and remember I am still pulling for you!!!  And have a most glorious day!!!!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

One more

Hi again!  I saw this and thought it was pretty cute.  And it reminded me of a cat we had that went missing.  I went to the animal shelter and found him, but they said he had been turned in by his owner!  That was interesting, since we had gotten him as a kitten.  I guess he was spending half of his time at someone else's home:)  Funny cat!  Me

Tuesday does that happen?

Good morning!  I have a grandson here today.  His mom has started a new job, so we are still working things out with the babysitting end of things.  It is nice to have some company:)
So.....I had this horrible dream last night!  I was at school again and I guess I had forgotten how to draw.  It felt too real.  I guess I am feeling like my resolve to draw and paint every day has not panned out too well.  I do have a painting date with Jodell tomorrow. So that is good.
On the lighter side of things, I was educated yesterday by prairie dogs:)  My grandkids like a youtube video that is pretty funny. It's from a BBC show called Walk on the Wild Side.  This one is a compilation of the highlights.  It's kinda funny. WOTWS  You can look for the originals if you like them.
Well, I had better get on with things.  I am hoping things are going well out in the deep recesses of cyberspace today.  Take care and keep smiling!  I'm still pulling for you!  HAVVVVVGW!!!!  Melody

Monday, June 18, 2012

Finally Sitting Down!

Hola!  I am finally sitting down today:)  I feel so blessed to have a wonderful daughter who is helping me today.  And I am enjoying the wonderfulness of grandchildren!  I have three sweet grandsons here today!
So....I have been reading my animation book by Walt Stanchfield.....what a treasure!  I am so glad I purchased these volumes.  They really are full of wonderful information about drawing...not just cartoon animation, but drawing of all kinds.  I think I am learning tons!
Well, it sounds like my other daughter is arriving with her seven kids.  So I will end.  I just wanted to send a cheery helloooooooo out to cyberspace.  And to say I hope your day is happy and filled with joy and sweetness.  HAVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Sunday, June 17, 2012

One more thing

I saw this on facebook and thought I would share.  Me

Fathers Day Greetings!

Happy Father's Day!  I am so grateful for a wonderful father!  And also for my wonderful husband who is the father of our children.  I feel very blessed today!!!
And I promised some photos from Cascade....but I think most of these are from McCall:)  Anyway, I hope your day is wonderful...filled with joy and satisfaction and the knowledge of our Heavenly Father, who loves us perfectly!  Take care!  Melody

Mel being silly

Ants...aren't they amazing? :)

Twal Creek near McCall

More of Twal Creek

Signs of life

It was so peaceful!

Lunch at Shore Lodge

The view from our table

We sat out at the end of the boat
docks for a while.  Greta would be envious:)

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Jiggity Jig!

Hi!  I am home again.  It's always hard to come back to reality.  We had such a nice time...too short though.  I hope we can take a real vacation one of these years:)
Well, I am making lasagna for tomorrow's festivities....and French bread.  I hope all is well in cyberspace!  Take care and HAMWFD!!!  Melody
P.S. I'll post pictures tomorrow when I have more time:)


Good morning! It is beautiful here in Cascade. I am really enjoying relaxing with no housework or responsibilities. But there is a funny side to this story. All week I have been reminding Mel of the ward campout, asking if we can go or if he had too much work. Anyway, yesterday morning he said he thought he could spare the time so go ahead and make the reservation... Which I did:). Then later as we were packing the car he stopped to look at the ward calendar that he keeps...and started laughing. Then he said,"You really are a creative person". I said,"What do you mean?". He said,"The ward campout isn't until next weekend!". Ha, ha! I didn't know that. For some reason I had got the dates mixed up! We decided we needed a getaway anyway:). But we have had a good giggle over it. Today we will drive up to McCall after we check out of this lovely place. Then we'll mosey on back to reality...giggling at our funny mistake. Old age is kind of fun sometimes. I hope today is funfilled out in cyberspace today! HAVVVVGW!!! Melody

Friday, June 15, 2012

Good News!

Good morning!  I am feeling pretty wonderful!  The pain is gone for the most part!  I should have gotten those shots months ago.  I can walk with very little limp, and I am able to sleep....well, better than before.  I still wake up at 3 like it is time to be up for the day.  I don't know what that is all about.
So today I am cleaning up around here and then we are going to the ward campout....don't worry.  We are not camping, not even hauling a trailer.  The gas is way too expensive for one night.  We are staying at the Ashley Inn nearby.
 I love this little inn...all decorated in teacups and roses.  Mel said he can leave as soon as we are ready.  He is anxious to be out of Dodge for a couple of days I think.  Of course he probably has duties up there for breakfast.  I haven't asked.
I will try to remember to take pictures.  The camp is the same one we had our family reunion in last summer.  I think I will also take my waterbrushes and colored pencils to sketch.  The lake is very beautiful.
Well, I guess that is all the news!   Happy Father's Day to all of the fathers and grandfathers out there....just in case I can't blog before then:)  And I hope today is happy too!  Take care and HAVVVVVGW!!!!  Melody

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Sign Downtown :)

OK, this is good least I like it.  The sign downtown changed.  "Rustle - the sound of cattle being stolen".  Good, right?  And the other side was even better..." full grown - a loud moan".  I like that one.  Well, back to the drawing board...not really.  I just took some pain meds and I am going to put my feet up and watch the news and drink something very protect my stomach from the pain meds:) I can't believe the warnings on medicines anymore....may cause heart attack or death!!!  I still wonder why they prescribe meds that can make things worse.  Oh well, I need to be out of pain so I can sleep!!!!!   !!  And that's all I have to say!   Me

News Flash :)

Hi again!  I got the verdict.....two knee replacements:(  I did find out more about it, so it doesn't sound as scary as I thought.  He said there was no emergency....I can put it off as long as I can stand the pain:)  And he shot me up with cortisone in both knees.  The x-rays are interesting.  I have very little cartilage left, so I guess the reason it is hurting is that it is bone on bone in there.  And he said a bunch more, but oh well.
So, I am feeling pretty good right now....the anesthetic hasn't worn off yet.  I guess they give this anesthesia to pitchers when they have shoulder problems, and they go ahead and pitch the game....grinding away on the joint!  At least that is what the doctor said.  I am smiling thinking of "and the doctor more monkeys, jumping on the bed".  Yes, I do think I am ADD!  So easily distracted.  I think that is probably a good thing!
Well, I guess I had better get back to it.  Just thought I would share the news.  I am not really upset by it or anything...ha,ha!   It is inevitable I suppose.  But won't it be nice when we get bodies that are immortal?  I am looking forward to that.  In the mean time I will take my medicine and not go hiking up any mountains, or down to any waterfalls either:)  Take care.  Keep smiling!  I definitely am smiling from this side of the internet.  I have my Drawn to Life book after all:)  It is really interesting.  Yesterday I read about enthusiasm:)  I am working on it!!   TTTL  Melody

Guten Morgen

Good morning!  I am sending a hearty hello out to cyberspace this morning.  And then I am off to see my knee doctor.  Do you think it's funny that you have a doctor for each part of your body?  When I was little, Dr. Slaw just came to our house....and he was our only doctor.  He delivered babies, fixed colds and acne, and was pretty smart about everything.  I suppose they still have gp's, but they refer you to all of the other, doctors.  I don't mean to be disrespectful.  Besides my knee doctor, I have a foot doctor:)  It is kind of interesting.  And of course, the financial side of it all is even more so.  Oh well.  I am not complaining...much.
So have a wonderful morning.  I am hoping for one on this side of things.  Take care!!!  Melody

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Howdy!  I have had a busy day so far!  I started out by going to a book club breakfast.   That was tons of fun.  I love to see my old friends from our ward in Boise.  Most everyone has relocated, but they are still somewhere here in this valley, so it is nice to meet and catch up on everyone.  My friend Joanna just returned from a trip around the world....India, China, Italy, Germany, Bermuda were just a few of the places they went.  She had quite an experience!  She said it changed her view of everything in life.  I imagine it would!  She talked to me a lot about the art in Italy.  It's funny how everyone thinks I am an artist now:)  But it feels good.  One of my friends brought me a certain article she had noticed in the BYU Magazine that she wanted to make sure I didn't miss:)  Of course I hadn't, but that was so considerate.  Another  couple of ladies came to hug me and tell me how glad they were I had made it to the breakfast.  Honestly, I almost stayed home.  It is part of that reluctance I have to go out of my well worn shell at times.  I am glad I fought the feeling, because it was so nice to see everyone!!!
After the breakfast I drove over and I visited with Kim at her new house.  We planned the Father's Day celebration we are having there on Sunday.  I am so glad she is having it there!!!  It is much more centrally located, and it will be fun for her to show off her new house.  And I can take a break for once:)
While at Kim's I called and talked to my dad for a while to get all of the plans for Sunday in order.  I asked him how he was feeling.  He said, "Fine!"  I said, "Well, that's amazing you can say that at 89!"  He said, "Yes, it really is.  You know I read the obituaries every day, just to make sure I am not in them!"  That made me laugh.  He is a positive personality.  I suppose he could live for many years least I sure hope so!!!
Then I came home to pick up Mel, who had some work to do here at home, and we drove over to Costco to pick up the car....we had new tires put on.  So now I am finally home, and it does feel so nice to be here.
So that is my travel log for today:)  I came home to a package in the mail!!!  That is one of my favorite things get packages in the mail.  I love that song, "Oh, the Wells Fargo wagon is uh, comin' down the street...."  from Music Man.  Anyway, the package was two books I ordered from Amazon on drawing.
I don't think you can really look inside on this picture...but you can on Amazon:)
They are called Drawn to Life-20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes by Walt Stanchfield, and they are a compilation of the lessons he gave at the Disney drawing studios.  I read about it from an illustrator online the other day, and decided I should have it:)  Yep, I am spoiled!!!  Thumbing through them, they look fantastic!  I will have fun with this I think.
So....the sign downtown.  "Florist - a petal pusher"....and the other side... "Intern - one at a time".  I know they are not great, but hey!  I am just a mild mannered reporter:)
Well, I hope your day is going swimmingly out there in cyberspace today.  Doesn't that sound fun?  To go swimming?   I guess I will have to start making that part of my routine, as the walking thing is not working so well for me anymore.  Keep smiling!!!  And have a most fabulous rest of today!!  I am still pulling for you!!!!   Melody

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Oreos and Milk

Ha, ha!  I just saw this on facebook and thought I would share:)  It made me laugh right out loud!!!  Such a clear image!
Well, today has been very low key...just laying on the couch reading....and doing laundry:)  But I must confess it was not an uplifting wonderful book like 1776:)  Instead I am reading "The Hunger Games".  I know, I thrills, easy adolescent literature, not too challenging.  But honestly, I guess I thought it might be a good idea to find out what my grandkids were reading....and watching.  And besides being kind of a shallow development, and rather full of is a pretty good read.  Should I admit that I enjoyed it?  At any rate it helped to pass the time, and I can talk with some knowledge to the kids who have read it....or watched the movie.  But it does seem a little like those TV "Survivor" and such.  I am not fond of those at all.
So Mel is at the church orchard thinning peaches.   He is a good guy!!  I didn't go, since I can't walk very well, and climbing ladders seems like a foolish thing just now.  I usually enjoy going.  It is pretty, overlooking the Snake River.  And it is fun to work alongside Mel and whoever else shows up.  We usually get pretty good participation in our stake.   And it feels good to know you've contributed when they read how many fruits they have sent to the cannery or whatever.  We grow peaches, pears, cherries and apricots at this orchard.
I suppose I should write some wonderful tidbit, but honestly I have not a thing.....I will keep thinking.  I know I have a fantastic story stored away in this head of mine somewhere!!!  :)  Have a most wonderful evening!  Take care.  TTTT   Melody
P.S.  Okay, I couldn't resist this one either:)  I've always had a soft spot for Sylvester!

A Brighter Day

Good morning!  The world looks a little brighter today.  I am smiling as I write this.  I found a fun video on youtube that I think you will enjoy.  Here is the link...Funny! And inspiring!
Well, today I am going to continue to rest my knee.  It has helped a lot, so maybe another day of it will bring it back to being usable again.  I sure hope so.  I am feeling more encouraged too, so I think I will practice more sketches, read and study my anatomy book, and listen to the rest of 1776.  That should keep me busy and optimistic.
Well, I hope your day is looking bright and cheery.  Take care out there in cyberspace!  Keep smiling.  I will keep smiling from this side!  HAVVVVVGW!!!!    Melody

Monday, June 11, 2012


Good afternoon!  I hope it is a good day for you.  I am taking it easy again as my knees are not great.  I have an appointment on Thursday with the orthopedist, so hopefully he can figure out a solution to this annoying problem.  I do not like being subject to infirmities:)  But I suppose I agreed to this before I came here....
So ....I could recommend a few movies....I am glad I got a netflix membership.  At least I can watch a little TV.  I should be sketching, but I think this is kind of getting to me, because I sure don't want to draw anything.  Liz brought Taylor over for a while.  I told him I would hire him to do a little work around here, so he washed baseboards and cleaned light switches for me....and took out the garbage.  He is excited to earn some spending money, and I can really use the help.  And it is good to have a little company so that I don't get too down.  I am fine.  I just will be very happy when I have knees that work right again.
So I can't remember if I put a link on here to the new episode of Kid History.  It gave me a little chuckle today as I watched it again with Liz and Taylor.  Episode 9  I hope you get a chuckle or two.  I love how the adults manage to imitate even the pauses and funny noises of the kids.  I think they could make this into a TV show...or at least a commercial.  I hope nobody steals the ideas from them.
Well, I guess I will go put my feet back up and the ice on my knee...alternating with heat.  This routine is getting old!  Take care.  I am really fine....just had to whine a little!!!  HAVVVVVGFHE!!!!!!  Melody

A New Week

Good morning! I hope things are well out in cyberspace today.  I don't have much to write.  My lesson went well, and it is over for another month:)  I like that.  I hope your day goes well.  Take care and HAVVVVVGW!!! I will write more later when I have some time:)   Smiling!  Melody

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Revelation in our times

Good morning!  What can I tell you about today?  Ha, ha!  That makes me laugh, because I never have any idea of what I will write.  And often I erase it all and begin again.  I do think it is good for my brain....sort of like my daily exercise to prevent placque.  I just don't know if it is working.  My mom used to journal every day...and do cross words.  And she was brilliant.  But in the end she still got Alzheimer's.  So maybe this is futile.  But it is also fun.  I enjoy writing nonsense I guess.  And maybe I won't get her genetics after all.  She never had diabetes.  And she was much shorter than me:)  I guess it is a matter of chance after all, but I will still keep writing!
So today is my lesson on revelation.  It is a good lesson from President George Albert Smith...the eighth president of our church.  I can feel his spirit as I read his words.  He was a kind man I think, I love this quote from 1932, "I would be a friend to the friendless and find joy in ministering to the needs of the poor",  it says a lot about his character, and how thoughtful and very smart, and extremely sensitive he was.  
He tells of a time that he was flying in an airplane in the fog.  He puzzled over how the pilot could find his way over the mountains without any visual references.  So he went up to the cabin and asked the pilot and co-pilot, who kindly showed him how the radio frequency helped them to stay on course.  The world has changed a little.  Now, unless you were in a private plane, you would have no access to the cabin or the pilots.   And now so much of flying is done with instruments, and it is so very complicated, that no one would probably dare to ask how it is done.  But it does help to know that those instruments are really accurate, and can sense danger that a pilot could not possibly know on his own.  And I guess that is a little like revelation.  The Lord can see the path ahead so much better than we can.  He knows of the dangers and the problems we will face, and He can warn us when we need it.  I think most of us can think of a time when we have been warned by the spirit.  And how we heeded that warning...or a testimony of revelation in our own life.
The part of the lesson that probably is not so widely known is the revelations given to prophets.  In our own time we have received warnings from our dear prophets.  The one that seems so obvious now, but wasn't at the time, is President Hinckley's warning of a "portent of a storm" and how we should prepare for hard economic times that might come.  That was given in 1998, and he said he was not prophesying, but only giving a warning to get your house in order.  I am so grateful for our prophet today....President Thomas S. Monson.  I like his messages of cheery hopefulness.  I think he helps us to keep a bright outlook in a time of challenge for many people.  If you are interested in what else the prophets have told us and warned us about, you can go  There is a lot of information and links from this page.
Well, I guess I had better get on with things.  I hope you have a great day.  I am planning on it.  My illness has completely disappeared!  I know that is a direct answer to prayer.  And I am so grateful!  The Lord really does hear and answer our prayers...I am certain!!!  Have a wonderful Sabbath!!!  Melody

Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Saturday Evening Post:)

Good evening!  I am feeling much better this evening!  I am also feeling very prepared for my lesson tomorrow.  I just wish I had a good picture of an airplane in fog....the trouble is, when you get enough fog, you can no longer see the airplane:)  Funny, that.
I also practiced sketching on photoshop today.  I am lousy at it.  But it was fun to try.  I guess eventually I will invest in one of those computer drawing pads.  But for now it was fun just with photoshop.  And I got caught up on my reading.  And I watched waaaaayyyy too much television!  And....:)... Mel took me for a ride to Costco so I could get chocolate for my lesson tomorrow:)  Well, and some fertilizer for the lawn, and some other things we were out milk.  Julie's kids drank two gallons yesterday!  I had forgotten how fast it disappears with kids in the house.  Then Mel took me to Red Robin, but I wasn't hungry, so I sipped on a milkshake and watched him eat lunch.  I think I can eat again though, as I had a good piece of pizza for dinner and it didn't upset me too bad.
So now it is getting late.  Mel is watching the Celtics....I think I burnt him out on my movies.  I like those BBC ones with heroines and handsome heros.  He is tolerant, but he has had his fill for today....
Well, I guess that is all.  I am planning on being well now.  Hope you have a good night!  TTTT  Melody

Under the weather:)

Hi!  I'm feeling a little under the weather today.  Doesn't that bring up weird images?  Like that lady I drew holding onto a rain cloud for an umbrella.  I like that image.  I have thought that I would develop it a little more some time.....
Anyway, I am a little worried.  I am supposed to teach Relief Society tomorrow.  Faith!  I can do this. I will prepare it all and just assume that I will be better by tomorrow.
And in the meantime...I am going to be lazy today, since it didn't work out so well yesterday:)  I will sit with my knee up and study my lesson:)   And keep a bowl nearby just in case this nausea gets worse.  That is an image!
 I hope things are good in your neck of the woods.  I am still pulling for you!  Some day I will have to illustrate that phrase.  Take care!  And HAVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Friday, June 8, 2012

Good evening!  I got through today.  Admittedly it was hard.  I don't know how Julie does this day after day, although I used to do it too, day after day.  I guess you are young, and all things are possible.  Although admittedly I had some bad days even then.  But one bonus....I am enjoying the quiet this evening:)  I guess I really am adjusting little by little to my life of quiet and solitude.  But I hope it is never too full of the latter.
Well, nothing much to say.  I just needed to report that I made it through:)  Silly, I know.  Take care!  Me

Break time!

Hi again!  I ended up with Julie's kids today.  She is really sick!!!!  And the reason they moved closer was so the in-laws could be of some help:)  So I have two three year olds, a five year old, a seven year old, a nine year old, and well....we are not sure about Josie.  She is supposed to be eight.  But she acts more like eleven.  They don't keep good birth records in Ghana.  We are doing OK.  I wish my knee was in better working order.  I feel less patient than normal!  They are awfully good kids though.  Right now they are watching The Incredibles.  I don't know what I ever did before VCR's!
I found a picture of me before VCR's and I do look tired:)   And another from a couple years later.  I don't know if I have shared these before or not.

Well, I guess I had better pay attention to the kids.  I found this song the other day.  It is one of my favorites.  Maybe you will enjoy this as a break today.  It makes me happy.  Beautiful!
Well, keep smiling!  I am definitely smiling from this side of the internet! And HAMWD!!!  Melody

Morning Thoughts

Good morning!  I am still feeling a little groggy this morning, and my knee is asking to be treated gently today, so I am being quite lazy.  And it feels kind of nice....although I would trade the knee pain for some good old fashioned yard work any day!
I have to tell you some more about my kitty.  If you are tired of cat tales, you'd better find another blog for a while:)  Anyway, I was lying on the bed last night, waiting for Mel to close up the shop when the kitty jumped up on the bed beside my feet.....and started licking my toes:)  That is definitely a first for me, and I have grown up with cats and had one to thirteen at a time (the thirteen was when our two cats had kittens at the same time:)  It felt kinda good, especially when my knee had been bothering me all evening.  She would lick them and then rub against my feet.  It was really funny.  But then in the middle of the night she hopped up on Mel's side of the bed and laid on his feet.  He said it kind of woke him up, but not enough to shoo her off, so it just made his sleeping not so good.  I guess I will have to banish her to the laundry room at night.  But I kind of like the toe licks:)
Well, you can see I am reaching for topics today.  I would post some of the beautiful watercolor paintings from last night if I could.  Here is the poster they had on Facebook.
I liked this one of the blue jay, but it wasn't my favorite.  There were two I really was a barn on a prairie with a storm coming in.  The storm clouds were very dark.  I liked the contrast, and it reminded me of a painting I had done of a ship at sea with the dark clouds.  The other painting was of a street here in Boise with a family walking together as the main focus.  It was quite colorful and friendly.  I am not sure I could do that one as well.  There was another that intrigued me.  It was mostly white paper, with a couple of potted plants on a window sill in the top third, with the shadows on the white wall beneath.  That one was quite simple, but beautiful.  I wish they taught watercolor at BSU.
Well, I guess I am meandering around in my thoughts.  I hope your day is pleasant! I'm still pulling for you!   HAVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Wishing for more zzzz's

Good early morning!  It is 1:44 am here.  I can't sleep and I keep waking up so I guess blogging is a good alternative.  And I can record a little of yesterday.
I spent the morning here at home, except for the part where I left to go to the store:)  I got some "No Scratch" kitty deterrent to help with the kitty scratching my furniture.  And also some catnip spray to encourage her to use the scratching post.  Other than that she is sure a nice cat.
Then since I was out anyway, and it was lunchtime, I went and got Mel and took him to lunch.  Since he is downtown we are trying out new places.  We went to a little Italian deli and shared a sandwich.  It was fun!  Then I went back home to get a change of clothes for us both and our tickets to the War Horse play, so that we wouldn't have to rush.  Amy and her kids and Liz and her kids met us at the park later in the afternoon.  That was lots of fun.  Taylor and Danny and Tommy played on this weird spinning toy that went sooooooo fast!  It looked lots of fun.  We visited and enjoyed the park for a couple of hours, and then I had thought it might be fun to see this watercolor exhibit over at BSU before the play.  Amy and kids also went with us to that, as it was on their way home.   The paintings were very good.  It was a juried exhibit for the Idaho Watercolor Society.  I really enjoyed studying the different pieces.  And it made me want to do some more watercolors.
So....about "War Horse".  We left at the intermission:)  The special effects were great, but the story line just didn't hold it for us.  And it didn't help that we had seen the movie I guess.....or that the guy sitting next to me was taking up part of my seat and he had a nervous twitch that was making the chair wiggle:)  Or that my knee was throbbing with pain.  I guess I did too much walking:(  I did enjoy the mechanical horses on stage....and many parts of the play.
You can see the amazing mechanical horsing around!
But I was rather disappointed that the music wasn't wonderful, or the story line more involving.  Oh well.  I think it may have been the knee and the guy with the wiggly twitch that convinced me not to stay for the second half....and also the fact I didn't want to see the horse hurting, or any more war scenes.  I don't know that I have ever left a play in the middle before.  First time for everything I guess.
Well, I can feel the melatonin kicking in.  I guess I will go try staying asleep for a while:)  Do I sound like a whiner?  I am a little.  I really like my sleep!!!  I hope you are getting your zzzzz's!  Me

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Close Encounters of the Feline Kind

Good morning!  The sun is out this morning.  It feels so nice coming in through my window!  I have missed it.  The last couple of days have been chilly and overcast.  It doesn't seem like normal weather, but I have been saying that for the last 26 years...since we moved here to Idaho.  But I am not the only one.  Every time I talk to an Idaho native they tell me how odd the weather is behaving.  So maybe it is just the change from global warming.  I kind of like to think of it as global warning:)
So, I haven't written about yesterday:)  It was a good day.  I picked up Liz, Taylor, and baby Alex and we went to Julie's...which these days is always a fun adventure!  We were greeted by Jacob, who was all smiles and anticipation.  Luckily I had stopped at the copy store and enlarged the plate copies from my art are supposed to do this.  There is even a statement in the copyright about how this is legal if used for educational purposes.  And I did have to show that to the copy people before they would enlarge the two pages.   But now Jacob has something to practice for the next week...and I do too.  I made a copy for me also.  I think it is good motivation for me to do this with him because it makes me feel like I have to keep at it.  I also brought him an old sketch book I had only half used, and some charcoal and rubber erasers.  He really was excited!  He kept telling me things like, "Grandma, this sketch book is really great!  The paper is thick and textured!  I've never had a sketch book like this before!"  And I had put in an old blending stick and a pencil sharpener that I use for charcoal.  You would have thought I had given him a bag of gold!  He was so cute!  It made me feel like I did make a good choice in this.  He is as excited as I am about art.  It is fun to have someone with whom to share this love.
We had only been at Julie's long enough to have lunch (Pizza from Papa Murphy's....yummmy!)  when the groomer called.  I had dropped off Max and Wilda on my way, and she needed help holding on to Wilda.  She needed to shave her as she was so full of matted hair...poor baby!  Anyway, Liz is excellent with animals, so I persuaded her to come to the groomer's with me before I took her home.  So Liz and Mary held the cat while Mary shaved her.  There was fur everywhere!  She is a furry cat!!!  But I think it will be good for her to lose some of it for a while if we can keep her brushed and smooth.  She seems to like her new do.  And Max also got a shave.  He needed it for sure!
She kept her facial hair

The two of them are making great strides.  The cat will actually come out of hiding around Max now...and even will allow Max to sniff her.  But no cuddling!  Max tried to get close and she spat at him!  It really is funny.  I try not to laugh, but I guess it is so ridiculous to be afraid of Max.  He is the most gentle of animals.  Although technically he is a dog.  And she must not have had good experiences with dogs in her past.
So am I boring you yet?  My life is rather plain these days...the highlight being cat and dog encounters:)  But that is a good thing I suppose.  It is helping me to relax and unwind from all of the stress of the last few months of school.  How anxious I am to return to it all!  I can remember this from earlier college days.  I would love coming home for the summer, but then I would get so anxious to return.  I guess I like the student life:)  It is fun to be with other people who are also anxious to learn.
So I hope this day finds you well and happy!  Take care out there in cyberspace!  I am pulling for you!  And smiling as I do!  Life is pretty good these days!!!  HAVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wednesday...or is it Wildasday?

Ha, ha!  I am laughing this morning!  Now for your turn to laugh.  This is really hilarious....especially if you love needles and the dentist's office!  It takes about 8 minutes if you are watching your time, but it is well worth it!  Bob  Just in case the link doesn't work it is called "Spirit of a Denture" on Youtube.
Notice the introductory music.  It is wonderful with the bassoon laughing.  At least that is how I hear it.  I love pirate tales!
So this morning I am taking the cat and the dog to get them cleaned up....I hope my friend Mary is up for this.  She is wonderful with Max.  I don't know how Wilda will do, but she really needs to be groomed.
The trick will be to get them both there together.  My plan is to put Wilda in the carrying box I brought her home from the shelter in.  Then she will be "safe" from Max.  She is still frightened of him.  But it hasn't been too long yet.  Max is anxious to be her friend.  I keep telling him it will go faster if he just ignores her a little.  But he can't seem to do that:)  She did come out to the kitchen this morning during breakfast to walk around a little.  But she quickly retreated when Max hopped up to greet her.  It is all so funny.  I am thoroughly enjoying this.  I am so glad I got her.  And she is good company.  Not too intrusive, but definitely present.  She doesn't pine away for Mel when he leaves the way Max does, sitting at the door.  I let him out to go sit in the driveway this morning.  He likes to watch for Mel's truck.
Well, besides the groomer, I think I may go over to Julie's.  I didn't go yesterday because Hunter was sick with some little diarrhea bug.  Can I say that on here?  Anyway, I didn't want to share in the bugs, so I stayed at home.  But Jacob is really anxious to have an art lesson with grandma.  So I may risk it.  He is pretty cute.  And maybe I will pick up Taylor on my way.  He is kind of lonely with Gabe gone for the summer.
Well, I wish I had something exciting to tell you about Idaho.  I am going to see the stage production of "War Horse" tomorrow night in Boise:)  I have been waiting for that for a couple of months now.  Boise doesn't get a lot of theater.  We are going to see Les Miserables in September.  Mel has never seen a live stage performance of Les Mis, and he loves the musical.  I took Kim to see it in Salt Lake many years ago.  So I will enjoy seeing it again.
So onward I go.  I am hoping this finds you well and happy and grinning from ear to ear!  Take care and remember I am still pulling for you!!!  And HAVVVVVGW!!!!  Melody