Monday, December 30, 2013

Good News!

So good news, I gotta share.  I went to my friendly neighborhood vascular surgeon this afternoon.  He talked to me and Mel a very long time about all the ins and outs of blood thinners and dvt's (deep vein thrombosis's) and he recommended that I stay on Xaralto...not cumedin!  (Yay!)  And in April they will do a test to see how I am doing vein wise.  If I am doing good, then I will go off of the blood thinner.  If not so good I will stay on it til October.  But then I will be off of it....until I have another dvt.  He said a second one would mean I would stay on blood thinners the rest of my life.  But if I am careful to watch for signs and wonders, I may not have to.  Cool, huh?  I really thought he would switch me to cumedin and say "for the rest of my life", so this was so much better.  I am feeling pretty good.  Although he did say I will have to be very careful and not hesitate to go into the doctor's if I ever get those very slight symptoms again....out of breath, swollen leg, or chest pain (which I still get:)  I guess I can have that weird pressure/pain for a while.  But I am definitely feeling more optimistic.
So that's the latest.  Mel and I went out for dinner, then he had to go back to work.  I came home to a merry house...laughter and singing and kids enjoying family night.  It was a good sound to hear.
So I hope that the sounds of your new year are joyous and happy too!  Have a great night!  Sweet Dreams!  Melody

The last Monday

Good morning!  I hope it is for you.  It is still cold here and the forecast is for fog today.  But it is clear still.  It may change when the sun comes up though.  I am still sick, but I think I may be a little better.  I am not coughing quite as much.  I stayed home from church yesterday out of consideration for others,  But I slept a lot and I think that's probably helpful.
Today is the day I go to see my vascular surgeon.  I have kind of mixed feelings about this.  I hope he can give me some good news.  I am not anxious to start cumedin, but a little afraid not to.  The drug I am on now is pretty new and not recommended for long term use.  So we shall see.  One more adventure I suppose.
I also have a hair appointment...which I badly need.  I definitely have what could be termed "bed hair".  I suppose I will go and take cough drops along.
Well, not much more happening here....ha, ha.  With seven kids there is always something happening!  But it is almost easier not to write about that.  For the most part they are all great most of the time.  But school starts again in a week and I am counting the days:)
So here's wishing you and yours a most lovely New Year.  I'm pulling for you!  We're all in this together!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Saturday, December 28, 2013


Good evening!  I finally caved in and went to the doctor today.  So I am on amoxicilin.  I had a pretty good ear infection going, and the beginning of a sinus infection.  So it should all clear up the fog.  It was such a gorgeous day.  We enjoyed riding around here today with blue skies and frosted trees and bushes.  It gets so pretty when the sun comes out.
I haven't done too much today.  It's Amy's birthday and we had planned to take her out, but decided she probably doesn't want these germs.  She is 41!  That seems so incredible.  I can remember her as a little girl so easily, that it doesn't seem possible so many years have passed.  Anyway, we will celebrate next weekend when I am all better.
So I don't have much else to report.  Hope all is well in cyberspace!  Melody

Friday, December 27, 2013

A Brighter Day!

Good evening!  We went to dinner and a movie tonight.  It has been a while since we have done that. We went to see Ben Stiller in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty".  We both really enjoyed the movie, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.  No chocolate chips, beautiful photography and good acting.  I was a little surprised.  I have to say I have a lot more respect for Ben Stiller.  Bravo for being courageous enough to produce good clean fun entertainment.
The rest of today I spent with Liz and her boys.  We went for a late breakfast and then her two older boys came over to play with Julie's boys.  They all got along so well!  I think we will do that again soon.  It is nice when cousins play so well.
My cold is still here.  I keep hoping it will get better.  But I guess it just has to run its course.  The kids have all had it too, and they are still coughing.  It's kind of annoying to be sick.  But I know it could be worse.  So I just whistle a merry Snow White!  Ha, ha!
Well, I suppose you can probably tell I am still having internet problems.  It is on again now, but off most of the day.  I suppose with all the kids home from school that more of them are online.  I am not sure how it all works, but I know I get bumped off when there is so much volume.  One of the perks of living in the boonies!
I hope all is well in cyberspace.  Things are generally pretty good here.   I mostly am tired of cold and snow and fog.  It helped to go to the show.  I really do like a good movie.  Take care, and remember I'm pulling for you!  Sweet Dreams!!!!  Melody

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Snuffling Still

Hola!  I am still having internet problems.  And still sick.  I spent most of today sleeping.  I hope I can still sleep tonight.  I think I am getting better, but it is slow.  So I am glad I don't have any pressing things this week.  I will just keep resting and puttering around in the house.  I kind of like this.  But it makes it hard to have anything to write about.  I did spend some time today reading from my mother's journal.  She was very faithful about writing and it is interesting to read.  And it also makes her seem close.  I miss her so much, and especially at Christmas.  She loved Christmas, and always decorated everything.  I also love the decorations, but they are all put away here now.  It is just more for kids to get into right now, and not worth the struggle of keeping them out.  I did not make this decision, their mom did.  It was their decorations that were out this year, and I think she was not excited about having to keep them intact.  Two four year olds kind of keep her busy!  And me too.
Well, I haven't much to write.  Just that I am feeling very antsy lately.  I would like to take a trip to warmer places.  The cold and fog are a little depressing.  I like the idea of warmer weather....a lot!!!  Anyway, I hope things are warmer for you wherever you may be in cyberspace tonight!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVGN!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!!!

What Shall We Give?  Merry Christmas!  I have been having a hard time with the internet the last few days.  I just get something written and then it shuts off before I can post anything.  So I won't write a lot.  I just wanted to send greetings for a very merry Christmas.  This little video was kind of a good reminder of what it is all about.  Anyway, I will write more tomorrow.  Have a very, merry Christmas!!!!  Melody

Monday, December 23, 2013

Getting Closer!

Good afternoon!  I am trying to make the best of things today.  I really feel sick, but there is lots to do.  So far I have made one batch of orange rolls.  That seems to be everyone's favorite.  So one more batch is in the mixer.. It's funny how sweet things really don't appeal to me the way they used to.  And they keep coming through the front door!  So many kind neighbors!  I am afraid they won't get much in return this year.  I had planned to do the usual gifts but I really just want to be in bed:)  What a stick in the mud I have become.  I am hoping this feeling of impending doom will soon pass:)  Just joking.  I am OK, but it is no fun being sick!
I really wish I had a good book to read.  I will have to get back in the habit of reading.  I think I may be in charge of a book for book club in January.  I hope not.  I think I would have been contacted by now.
As I am laying here typing I can hear myself wheezing.  I used to think it was fun when I was little...sort of like an out of tune harmonica or something.  It isn't bad...just entertaining.  I have sat up nights with Taylor when it was scary.  He has asthma and it can get pretty bad.  He keeps an inhaler now that he is older.
Well, you can see that I am full of hot air today.  Not much to share.  But I am hoping things are happy and well in cyberspace!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!  Melody

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Three Days til Christmas!!

Good evening!  It has been a good Sunday.  The choir sang beautifully for Sacrament meeting.  It is amazing how good it sounds with enough voices!  I think we had about 30 people.  So it sounded pretty good.  Also we had a pianist an organist and a flautist.  All quite accomplished musicians.
The rest of today I have spent resting.  I have caught a pretty bad cough.  I have been trying not to catch this for a week or more.  But it finally caught up with me, in time for Christmas....of course:)
So I guess nothing more to report, except that I am wishing everyone a merry Christmas!  It's coming fast now!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVGN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Melody

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Saturday Evening Post

Good evening!  It has been a busy, though fun day.  We started out with French toast...made with Croissants.  Honestly, that is the best French toast ever!  Of course it is probably really high in all of the things you should avoid in a healthy diet.  We were joking at breakfast that we should make a cookbook titled, "What to eat to hasten your death!"  Ha, ha!  More of our sick humor I guess.  But we thought that "Death by chocolate" and "Heart attack on a plate" might be good chapter titles:)
So we went Christmas shopping and got most of it done...maybe all of it.  I am hoping so at any rate.  It is one of those things if you are not careful can put you into long term debt.  We don't do that anymore. We have a small budget and stick to it.  I suppose we are not the last of the big spenders!
Anyway, now it is close to dinner time and so I am cleaning up here in my studio.  It will take a while to dig out of the confusion I have made in here.  I wish so much that I had a flat file.  But I will have Mel order boxes that will fit my drawings.  It will be good to sort through the piles of drawings.  There is a lot to get rid of, and a few to frame.
I have been dreaming of the Bay area all day today as we have been driving through ice and snow.  I miss dry roads and balmy weather, and beaches!  I would love to go watch the ocean waves for a while.  They seem to calm my soul like nothing else.  I think I am planning a trip to the coast very soon:)  I guess I had better tell Mel:)  So I hope today has been a good day for you!  Have a pleasant evening.  I'm still pulling for you!!!  Melody
Depoe Bay

Friday, December 20, 2013

Guten Tag!

Hello!  I thought I should spread some good news.  I keep checking for grades...and this morning I got a very pleasant surprise.  I have been kind of wondering how I would do in my anatomy drawing class.  I had it figured out that I was somewhere in the point range between a B+ or an A-.  But.....I checked this morning and it had A+!!!!!!!  Cool, huh?  It is still funny to me that they give A+'s at BSU.  It is no more point value than a regular A.  It just feels good:)
So today I am continuing the onward rush toward Christmas.  I bought food today for our family Costco....early.  It gets so crowded there, that it is better to go early before it becomes humongous lines that go back to the back of the store.  Then it is not very fun.  But this morning there was only one person ahead of me in line.  So that made it easy.
Well, I hope today is finding you and yours well and happy!  Take care!!!  I am still pulling for you!  And HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Cheer

Greetings!  It is starting to look a little Christmasy around here.  We have delayed putting up a tree, because frankly every square inch is being used to support life already.  But we gave in today to a small artificial tree, very basic, no flocking, no glass ornaments, practically child and animal proof.  Although, really there is no such thing:)  At any rate it feels good.  Julie also started Christmas baking today with caramels and chocolate Bavarian mints.  The smells are wonderful.
Julie and the tree

I have had a nice day.  And I also have something kind of fun to share today.  So let's see if I can tell it well.  Yesterday around dinner time, Mel and Julie and I and a few of the kids were sitting around the table, watching different versions of "What Does the Fox Say" on Mel's ipad.  Did you know there is even a medical one? (What does the spleen do?)  Anyway, we somehow got to talking about what you would have to major in to be a surgeon.  Mel said, "I guess some guy who majored in Zoology must have made this crazy video."  Julie said, "Sew/ology?  What is that?  Some kind of quilting class?"  Mel said, "No, Zzzzooooo/ ology."  I think I said that it was about the study of animals.  Julie's light came on..."Oh, I thought you said SEW/ology."  Mel said, "Well, maybe that might not be so bad for a surgeon to take some sewing know, suture one, suture two, suture three and purl!"  We all cracked up over that.  He has such an imagination!
Tonight we are going to a bishopric dinner.  It should be fun, and besides it will be yummy.  I think the menu is prime rib.  We have a few cattle ranchers in our of them being the new bishop:)  So beef is always what's for dinner!  I kind of like that.  I hope all is well and happy in cyberspace this evening.  Once again I must say that I sure like that school is over!  I am winding down....little by little. I hope life is good wherever it takes you!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGN!!!  Melody

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Evening post

Good evening!  This day has felt kinda weird.  I think I have gotten so used to rushing and doing, that it is kind of a major shock to my system to come back to normal speed.  I feel a little like I got run over by a truck or something....soooooo tired and not doing much to cause this.  I hope I can get used to this quickly.  I did clean a dresser today...more of a secretary desk I guess.  It feels good to have something thoroughly clean and organized:)  I also had a nice lunch with Liz.  But then I came home and took a nap.  Perhaps the foggy gray inversion is contributing to this feeling of just wanting to stay in bed.  And I really can't.  I have plenty to do between now and the 24th.
Anyway, I hope things are well and happy in cyberspace.  Keep whistling a merry tune!  Sweet dreams!  Melody

What Does The Farmer Say? (Ylvis - The Fox PARODY)

Good morning.  I am having such a nice morning!  No school work and just hanging out talking to Julie.  It is so nice to have all of the pressure gone!  Little Hunter goes to the dentist this morning, so I am going to watch Caleb, 8, who woke up sick today.  But then I will go get Liz and take her to lunch.  I never get to see her with my crazy schedule, so it should be lots of fun.  She has Alex, 2, my youngest grandson, so that will be fun for him too.  Then I may do a little Christmas shopping.  I haven't even sent out Christmas cards.  So I guess a different kind of pressure now.  But I can handle this!
So I had to share this video.  It made me laugh so hard.  This is so funny!  A real good parody of "What does the fox say?"  I love how all of the activities are so true to farming!  They work so hard!  Just thought I would share.  Enjoy your day!  I'm still pulling for you! Melody

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Foxy final

I'm done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I just sent in my fox illustrations!  So that is it.  I can't believe it, but it will feel real soon.  At least I hope so.  I feel like a nice long nap is in order:)  Or maybe a decadent dessert. I will have to think about this carefully.  In the mean time, it is feeling very good.  Also I have 2 A's so far.  So maybe it wasn't the total failure of a semester that it felt like:)
And now for some real life.  The kind filled with long hours of boredom....nah!  I doubt it will get too boring.  But I will probably need to adjust my time schedule a little.
Anyway,  just thought I would spread a little cheer!  Take care out there in the land of cyberspace!  And HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

This is my favorite:)

Monday, December 16, 2013

Feeling Much Better!

Hooray!  I am really done with my graphic design posters!  I went over to the school early and talked to the guy in charge of the printers.  I asked him how soon he could print my stuff.  He said a couple of hours.  So then I asked when was the last possible time I could come and pick it up, because I lived out in Nampa, and I still had illustration stuff to work on.  He is so nice....he said, "How about you go get a coffee (he is not aware I don't drink it) and when you get back I will have this printed for you!"  That was so nice of him, because he put me first in line.  He was very kind to do that for me.  So now I am home, feeling pretty fantastic.  Instead of getting coffee, I went and bought a new can of spray adhesive.  And it worked like a miracle!  I think the other can I had must have been defective, because even when it was new it did not work this good.  This stuff sprayed on in a fine mist, evenly and was not anywhere it shouldn't have been.  So I am feeling very good about all of this.  So here are a couple of bad photos:)
 The haiku I wrote for this goes,
"A reluctant kiss,
Hidden potential revealed,
Through true love's
POWER."  I really wanted to make the "w" larger than the rest of the letters in power, but my teacher insisted this was better.  So....I guess I haven't much spit and vinegar, because I just did what he said.  But I liked it better with a larger W.  It's all kinda silly anyway.  But now it is done.  I just have to take it to the critique tomorrow.  And honestly, the borders and all are perfect, I just didn't photograph it well.
So now I am on to my illustrations.  I have to do that sequence of foxes.  I may put it on a drawing board and put my feet up for a while while I doodle around with it.  I am really still tired....which is ridiculous, since I slept most of the day yesterday....except for the part where I conducted the choir.  I guess it helped to leave after sacrament meeting because a bunch more people came to choir.  I guess they told them I was sick from worrying about it all:)  Which was partly true.
Anyway, I hope things are improving out in cyberspace for you today, too.  Take care and remember I am pulling for you!!!!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!  Melody

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Not working!

Hola!  I am having quite a discouraging day today.  It was all going pretty well until I went to glue my poster to a presentation board, and the glue went haywire...stuck everything wrong and then it wouldn't fix.  I tried very hard to fix it.  But each thing I tried just made it all the worse.  So I guess now I have to go into school on Monday and reprint this crazy print.  And then try once more to glue it.  It is so discouraging!!!!!  It wouldn't be so bad if my teacher was not so exacting, but he is really insistent that it is all perfect.  It is due Tuesday morning, so maybe I will have to try and print it somewhere else....I don't know.  But I am not happy about this.  I was planning on drawing on Monday and Tuesday, but now I will be running around doing this dumb stuff.  AAAAAAAACK!  I hate when time becomes an issue.
Anyway, just dropping by to complain.  I think I will see if I can find another place to print this.  Adios!  Me

Friday, December 13, 2013

Almost there!

Good evening!  I got through today, one more class done and now only two left. I have two prints to mount for Tuesday, and an illustration series to finish by Wednesday.  It is really going to end soon!  I am glad, as I am tired and need a break!
Today I spent the afternoon helping to take down our gallery exhibition, and then I listened to a power point about making a website.  Then I went to a gallery opening and volunteered for a couple of hours.  I didn't have much to do though.  Just mostly visiting with the people who came.  Many of them were from school....students and teachers.  I am glad it is done.  I felt kind of sorry for my TA whose work was on display.  He seemed a little nervous.
Well, off to bed again.  It's been a long day!  Gute nacht!  Melody

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Good Day, Sunshine!

Good evening!  Well, one class down, only three left to go.  I turned in everything for my anatomy drawing class.  And something kind of nice happened in there.  We had a drawing, our last, that we worked on Tuesday and today to turn in today.  It was supposed to be any media we wanted, but I was the only one who worked in pastels....everyone else was doing charcoal.  I must admit I felt a little foolish, and then it turned out to be harder than I remembered, so I was really feeling silly.  But my teacher came by on Tuesday to help with pointing out proportions I had missed, and he liked that I was doing pastel.  And today he kept walking by without saying anything, so I thought, he probably doesn't like it.  But he finally stopped and said it was "beautiful" and that it looked like a painting, and that I should paint like that!  So it felt pretty good.  He did offer some correction in color on the drape, but he seemed to really like it.  I am hoping I get an A in that class.
So tonight I am kinda vegging.  I did some homework, but the rest I will do tomorrow, and Saturday, and Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday:)  But then it is officially done.  I am so glad for that.
Well, I went to the doctor today.  He wants me to see a vascular surgeon to decide if I need to stay on blood thinners for the rest of my life.  So I guess I get to see someone next week.  That will be interesting.
And that is about it.  I am sooooooooo  tired tonight.  I think I will just go to bed early.  So nighty night.  Sweet dreams and all of that.  Melody

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Nighty Night!!!!

Hi!  I am feeling very good right now.  I just tucked in the last picture in my anatomy drawing portfolio.  And most of the drawings I feel very good about.  I think I really draw in that copying images from the photos.  Just drawing real people straight from my own mind to my hand. It is a great feeling.  But I do wish they'd put on some clothes:)
So now I can sleep tonight, and go to class tomorrow feeling like, "I did it!"  There were some tense moments when I really didn't think I would.  It seems I kept getting a curve ball thrown at me.  But I am getting good at catching.
So one down, three to go.  The next one is my senior exhibition.  It is all done except for two hours I have to volunteer on Friday night.  But that should pass quickly.  Unfortunately it is our ward Christmas party night, and Mel is in a skit.  So he and I will be at different fun.  I don't like doing that much.
So I tested my "Find my iphone" app tonight.  I couldn't find my iphone, but with the help of that app on my ipad I found it!!!  It was great.  I had put it in the pocket of my work apron, and forgotten that I had.  It was muffled enough that we couldn't call it and hear it, but the sound on the app was very loud, and we found it immediately!  So there's my plug for a valuable app.  The funniest part was, the sound was coming from my art studio and all the kids rushed to the door.  Luckily they are not allowed in so no one walked in on my latest nude.  I really will be glad to throw these in a fire soon!
And that is all from the land of Nod tonight.  I am thinking I will go and do some nodding.  I  got a couple of cortisone shots in my knees today.  It will feel great in a couple of days, but tonight it is a little sore and I am thinking bed sounds grrrrrrreat!  Sweet Dreams!  I'm still pulling for you!!!  Melody

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A River Through It!

Good evening!  It's been a good day.  Kenny met us for lunch in the middle of it, and that was great.  He seems to be happier.  His divorce was a tough one, and it has taken him a while to feel good about himself again.  I feel sad that he has had to go through such a hard thing, but I guess it goes back to how we each get our own bag of rocks.  Some seem heavier than others though.
In classes today I felt anxious to be done with things.  I have something to do for every class though.  The first set of stuff that is due is for my anatomy drawing class.  I have a drawing to finish by Thursday, when everything for that class is due.  Then Friday everything is due for my senior exhibition class.  Then Tuesday everything is due for my graphic design class.  And finally Wednesday everything is due for illustration.  Then I will be done, done, done.  And I have all the way to the middle of January when I will take that painting class.  So it will be a nice break.
Things are pretty good though, despite the feeling of impending deadlines.  I know it will soon be over I guess, so the deadlines aren't so scary.
I hope all is well in cyberspace tonight.  I am still pulling for you.  And realizing how quick it all seems to be passing right now.  Somehow I expected life to slow down a little when the kids left the house....of course, maybe one of the reasons it seems to have sped up is that they're back!  Ha, ha!  It's really not so bad.  I like all of the noise and merriment.  It's just the dogs running through things that kind of gets to me, but I am even getting used to that.  So have a good night!  Sweet dreams!!!!  Melody

Monday, December 9, 2013

Finally finished

Hola!  I am feeling pretty good.  I finally got all of my homework done for my anatomy drawing class.  It took most of the day, but it sure feels good to have it done.  Remember I didn't say I did it all correctly, in fact I am sure I probably missed a few of the muscle names.  But I think for  the most part I got most of it right...and it is done!
I also finished my graphic design homework...and started a drawing for anatomy that is due on Thursday.  My son, Kenny, is supposed to come for a visit this week, and so I am trying to get as much done as I can.  My biggest project is for illustration, and it is due next Wednesday.  I will probably work on it frantically after Kenny goes back home.
I am watching the news, and feeling like there is so much going on in the world.  It is hard to keep up with and hard to watch with all of the violence.  I think how the angels sang, "Peace on earth and good will to men."  And I hope that it won't be too long before there is peace on earth for everyone.
It is so sad for people when unrest and violent acts disturb normal life.  I feel so sad for them.
Well, I guess that is all I have to say tonight.  I hope all is well where ever you may be in this wide, wide world.  Take care and remember I am pulling for you!  And have a great family home evening!  Melody

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Warm Greetings from the frozen world of Idaho!

Good eveninng!  I am enjoying a lovely Sunday evening.  It is so nice to be warm, and to have the necessities of life.  When I came home from church today it was all the way up to 5 degrees.  I turned on the water to get water for the cats and nothing came out.  I wasn't sure why, so I went in the house and the water in there was just dribbling.  So I called Mel at church and asked him what to do.  He came home very quickly and figured out that the pipes were starting to freeze in the garage.  He put a heater on the pipes in the garage.  I couldn't get the garage door to close when I left for church, earlier, and Julie and Randy couldn't either, and I guess the cold air froze the water in the pipes in there.  Anyway, it was a close call.  I am glad for unfrozen pipes and I am so grateful none of them burst!
The church broadcast was especially nice I thought.  It put me in a very good mood.  I am so grateful for the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  And it is especially nice to remember the true meaning of Christmas in the midst of the hustle and pressure of the last couple of weeks before school ends.  I think it is easy to get so engulfed in all of the homework that I might lose sight of the important things in my family and the gospel of Christ.  And although school is challenging and fun, it is not the most important thing.  So I will try to remember that.  Here's a link if you want to watch the broadcast.
I am learning to trust in The Lord.  It is not always easy, but I am finding that when I do, things work out well.  The trick is to be patient and to trust.  Not to doubt.  Anyway, without going into a lot of detail, I feel like once more He has answered my prayers in so many ways.  And I am grateful.  So with that I will just say, "Good night!"  I hope life is good in cyberspace!  Keep your stick on the ice! Or your oar in the water....or whatever applies.  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVGN!!!!  Melody

Saturday, December 7, 2013

A Snowy Day

Good evening!  It is almost 5 o'clock here...and the sun is setting.  It still amazes me that it goes down so early here in the winter.  And I have lived here since 1986!  So I may never get used to it.  At school I am among children that have not lived that long, yet this all seems normal to them.  I guess it is true that you are deeply influenced by the early years of your life.
I had to go into Boise to volunteer today for a lady that runs an "open to the public" printing press.  Unfortunately it snowed all night and the roads were terrible going in. And when I got there we mostly sat around talking because only two children came for her children's printing project.  It wasn't a wasted morning because I really enjoyed getting to know her and her assistant better.  But it was frustrating because I could have been doing homework.  Then I met Mel for lunch which was yummy.  And I headed back over to Boise....the roads were still slick....and went to meet my student teacher at an art gallery to help him install his upcoming exhibit.  But he never showed up.  So it was kind of a frustrating day...not really accomplishing much when there is so much to do.  Oh well.  That's life!
I enjoyed listening to npr going back and forth.  They talked about placing electrodes in the brain to cure Parkinson's and depression.  And then earlier they talked about how one mother overcame attachment disorder in her adopted son.  So I enjoyed the commute.
And now I am home and kind of too tired to feel very creative.  I will continue to label muscles for my drawing class.  It is a little tedious as I have mentioned before.
And that's my day.  Lots of snow and sliding and witness to a few accidents of other vehicles sliding off and hitting other cars.  It was not a safe driving day!  I hope things are good in cyberspace and that your weather is not too cold.  Or too hot... it is weird to think that people on the other side of the globe might be reading this.  Greetings!!!!  And now for a fabulous sign off.....Happy trails to you!  Until we meet again!!!!  Melody

Friday, December 6, 2013

Hot vs. Cold

Hola!  I am feeling good tonight!  I went to the school and finished my on campus volunteer work...curating the permanent collection at the student union building.  That feels good to have finished.  Then tomorrow I get to spend the day volunteering in the community art scene.  I am a little concerned about that as it is supposed to be 0 degrees in the morning with the wind chill, and I am scheduled to be outside in the farmer's market.  I suppose I can wear layers of warm clothes:)  I can do this.  And I really like the lady I am volunteering for.  She is about my age, got her degree in printmaking about five years ago, and started a printmaking shop for the community to use.  She is very nice and should be fun to get to know a little better.
Earlier today I spent counseling with my daughter.  I guess her son has been being bullied at school.  It is upsetting of course, and Liz is very upset.  So I talked her into going in and talking to the school.  But they seem a little unconcerned.  It is frustrating!  I may help her homeschool him for the rest of the year.  We'll see.
In other news, I did get some sketches done for illustration.  I drew a few pictures of a fox, thinking I will make him look like he is dancing, and sent them to my teacher and he liked them.  So now I just have to put some finishing touches on them, paint them and call it good.  I just hope it is.  I kind of like them, although I think I will have to fatten up the first one.

Well, tonight should be a good, good night.  Ha!  That makes me laugh.  One of the songs I hear a lot on campus says, "Tonight's gonna be a good night!"  And that is all it says....over and over and over.  It is kind of a catchy tune, but I have gotten so tired of hearing it!!!!!
So the sign downtown....."Fingers - digital computers!"  That one made me chuckle.
And that's all folks!  I hope your Friday night is lovely and warm.  It is going to be so cold here.  Didn't we already do this last year?  I was really enjoying the warm weather!!!!  Oh, maybe not.  I forgot how hot it got.  Well, anyway.  I am hoping the weather is fine where ever you may be this evening.  Take care and remember I am still pulling for you!!!!!!!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGN!!!  Melody

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Fish go blub, but what does the fox say-2

Good evening!  I thought I might include a little saying from the sign downtown.   "Croissant - angry ant!"  The other side was funny too, but yes, I can't remember it just now.  Oh, well.  That seems to happen a lot more these days.
So....I had a pretty good day at school today.  In graphic design I did OK for the critique.  My teacher liked the one about power with the w for a crown.  He gave me some suggestions about how to improve things.  And he noticed that my icon was not colored equally black.  I was hoping he wouldn't notice that.  It has something to do with using the Adobe cloud version and then translating it to the version at school.  They are not completely compatible.  So I may go into school tomorrow and work it out on their computers.  I have to go in anyway for volunteer work.
In my drawing class I think I did well today.  I am starting to figure it out...finally.  How to draw a person that is sitting in front of me and get the proportions right.  Of course I can't post the whole picture, but I took a mostly modest picture so you can see my progress.  It is fun to see that I am making some!  I am not really finished with this yet, but you can get some idea.  It is charcoal and white charcoal on medium gray paper.
So then I guess tomorrow I will be working on a fox drawing for illustration.  I have to come up with a sequence...sort of like a comic strip.  That should be fun, at least I am hoping so.  I think I will do something to "What does the fox say?" from youtube.  Here's a link.  Fox  I think it would make a fantastic children's book, but I don't know if it copyrighted.  So I may just do it for my own grandkids.  It would be fun.
Well, I think it is time for prayers with the gang:)  Yes, all is going well here.  I hope it is in cyberspace!  Take care!  And keep your stick on the ice!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Sleepy Time

Good evening!  I am feeling better in many ways this evening.  I just finished my graphic design homework.

I have three designs.  I kinda like them.  Although I think if left to my own devices I would mess it up a little more.  My teacher likes the lettering in neat little boxes though, not really my style.  The third one about potential I will probably get some criticism for because I stepped out of the box a little.  But it's all good.  I am learning so much in there about how to use the software...which I am still fairly lame at doing.  Sigh!  But it was fun to make up the haikus about the frog prince!
The other good thing is I only have tomorrow and then two days next week for school.  My illustration teacher said today that it was the last day of give us more time to work on stuff at home.  I am so glad!!!  I am still working on anatomy homework.  I have three more assignments to label.  It takes me forever because I guess my references are pretty poor.  I borrowed an anatomy book from Kim though, so that should help.  The internet is also helpful, but kind of a pain to look every single muscle up.
And the best thing is I got through my second oral defense for my painting.  I had to do a second one because one of my professor's missed our scheduled meeting and wanted to meet anyway.  So we did today.  He had lots of good ideas for improving the painting.  And he was very kind in his evaluation.  So that feels good.
I had fun volunteering again today.  I have almost gotten half of my volunteer hours done.  We have to do ten.  I am behind because I ended up in the hospital the weekend I was supposed to do all of that.  It will feel good when that is done!!!!!
So all in all it has been a good day.  And school and the pressure of school will soon be over!  I am taking another class next semester, but it should be less stress since I will have graduated.  I will only have the one class....and it is an oil painting class, so I know I will really enjoy it.  The teacher is the one I have now for anatomy drawing and he is really good.
Well, I guess that is all.  I hope all is well and happy and bright in the world of cyberspace tonight.  Keep on keeping on!  And HAVVVVVVVVVVVVGNight!  Sweet dreams!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tuesday, Tuesday, gone almost!

Greetings!  It's been a great day...just busy.  But all of my classes went well.  And officially I have 6 more days of school.  Unbelievable!
So coming home tonight from school I saw the sign downtown and it gave me a chuckle.  See what you think...maybe you've heard this before.  "Cartoonist - an auto mechanic".  Ha!  I like that.  In class for my senior exhibit and graduation, we talked about what we are going to do once we graduate.  Everyone else has such great plans....start a welding foundry to do metal art, start a ceramics studio, travel and work in Europe, go to graduate school, etc.  I felt sort of silly saying I wanted to illustrate children's books.  But I still do, I think.  Oh, and paint gorgeous paintings for the temple:)  So I guess I will make a plan...and when school is out I will begin.  Tonight though I need to make a drawing for illustration class tomorrow.  I am so tired...but I guess I can do this.
Anyway, just thought I would say hi and hope all is great in cyberspace tonight!  I am hoping life is treating you well.   Take care and sweet dreams!!!  Melody

Monday, December 2, 2013

How to reset your AOL password...hee, hee, hee!

Hola!  I am struggling to get things done today.  There is just too much to do before school starts again for me tomorrow.  Oh well, that is life I suppose.  That makes me think, "What is Life? A magazine!  How much does it cost?...."  Funny how my mind works.  It's kind of a mish mash of old and new and everything in between.
I did finally figure out how to reset my aol password, and my voice mail password, and my password for Amazon.  But I am still figuring out how to use my ipad.  It is great, but just a bit different, so I am not sure how the keyboard works...I got a cover with a bluetooth keyboard.  I wish that I had time to figure this all out and not feel guilty that I am not doing my homework.  Oh well.  School ends very soon.  And then I can just enjoy my new technology:)  Ha, ha!  If only life were that simple.  But there is always stuff coming at you.  Do I sound like I am complaining?  Sorry.  I really am not.  I like to be busy and thinking and involved in life.  Which I certainly am at present.
So once again I am amazed at how strange the internet is.  Yesterday I titled my post "failed video" and I got so many hits!  It makes me think that people must be looking for instructions on how to upload videos or something.  And then I think I am not the only one who struggles with new technology!
Which reminds me I had better get to my Illustrator homework for graphic design.  I am definitely procrastinating!  But I had better get to it so I have something to hang up for our critique in the morning!
I hope all is well and happy in cyberspace today.  I am definitely still pulling for you!  Remember to keep your stick on the ice.  And HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Failed Video

Hi!  I liked this white board at Kim's house from yesterday.  Her step daughter, Audrey, drew the cornucopia and then all of the rest of the gang added their own stuff.  I guess there are a few creative people in our clan.

Today we went to Kim and Sean's ward for their son's, Aaron's, ordination to the priesthood.  It was fun and good to see the church is true in their ward too.  The Relief Society lesson was especially good...about living each day for Christ.  We talked about the particular challenges of living in our time.  It made me think how those challenges have changed over the years of my life.
So, I have a picture and video of our group.  No, the video didn't work.  Oh well, the shots of me are not great...but I thought it was hilarious that the old people are on their iphones!  Kinda fun! And I have to say most of the time I spent  enjoying the party!

Hope you are having a great Sabbath!  Melody

Saturday, November 30, 2013


Guten morgen!  I am kind of rushing today....and yesterday.  But I am enjoying things!  Lots of things! Yesterday we went to get Mel an iPad for his work and church, and ended up with one for me too!  I guess it is my birthday and Christmas this year:)  And we updated our iPhones...5s.  I am kind of excited about this, but I am realizing I have made another learning curve for my poor tired brain to figure out.  Not too terrible.  I can figure it all out.
I am making great progress on my anatomy homework, but nothing else so far.  And today is our family non-turkey day.  I am so glad I didn't have to cook the big feast this year.  Instead we are having soup and salad Kim's.  And I am in charge of soup.  So I have to scoot.  Take care!!!!  And all of my best wishes and greetings out to cyberspace!!!!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Thursday, November 28, 2013

More of the Same!

Happy Thanksgiving!
 I am doing my final homework assignment for anatomy drawing.  It is of the head and neck and how they connect.  This stuff is very interesting.  I wish I didn't have so much to do and I could just learn with enjoyment.  I am trying:)  But I am still not feeling too swell yet.  My head kind of aches.  Still, I am feeling excited to be nearing the finish line.
The house is quiet for now.  Julie, Randy and all the kids left for their other grandparents.  I guess they have new video games for the kids to play.  They are the "good" grandparents right now.  I have dropped out of the competition:)  I hope you know that is a joke.  I love Randy's folks.  And I have no desire to be "best" at anything just now.  I am shooting for "good enough".  And yes, you may quote me:)
Mel is having a well deserved day of nothing to do...although he did help with the dishes this morning. I kind of complained that I needed his help.  He always comes through when I ask for help.  He works so hard though that I hate to ask.  He is enjoying his football today.  We don't go for dinner until 5.  I must admit this is a great way to do Thanksgiving....just go to a restaurant!  And like I said before, everyone who can will be gathering on Saturday for a more relaxed day of family fun.  And I am following the doctor's orders.  He told me to let others do it this year.  So I am.  And I am not minding it one bit.  I don't even mind not making rolls and pie and cheesecake and dressing and cranberry sauce....and, and, and.  I think that is the trouble.  I just do too much.  I have never been too great at delegation.  I am getting better though!
So I figure this last assignment will take a couple of hours.  Then I only have to do my sequential drawing, and something for graphic design about a frog.  I am a little worried about both of these, but I am not going to let it get to me.  I will just do the best I can in the time left.  I can hardly believe school is almost out!
Well, I had better get back to it.  I hope Thanksgiving is finding you well and happy and counting your blessings.  Sorry I didn't do that....I had too much complaining to get out of the way first:)  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGreat Day!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wednesday before Thanksgiving....that means only a few more days before school begins again!

Hola!  I am feeling tons better today.  Not quite me yet, but so much better than yesterday.  I have muscles to draw yet for my homework assignment, and yesterday I didn't feel like I had any left to draw with.  Today is sort of the same.  And the kids are home from school.  So I think I will save muscles for tomorrow when they all leave for their other grandma's house.  I love having them all around, but it does make it hard to do homework.  So why fight it?
So this is how I am really feeling each time I realize how little I am getting done before the break is over and everything is due!!!  I really do like this painting.  I didn't realize that Munch did four of them though.  He maybe liked the image too.  Or maybe he had some deadlines to meet.  I don't know why I get so frantic.  I usually meet my deadlines.
So I guess it is safe to write that life is pretty crazy here at present.  I keep feeling sorry for my daughter Julie.  Someone is always calling out "MOM!!!!"  I had forgotten.  I am glad I am only the grandma.  I am not so much in demand, and that is fine with me!!!!!  I think I will go lay down for a while:)  Take care.  Me

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Pepping Up!

Good day!  I wish I was having one!  Oh well, everyone is entitled to a sick day now and then.  The cold finally caught me that I have been trying so hard not to catch.   I did get some homework done, but still a long ways from finishing.  So I gave in.  I am drinking a pepsi....with caffeine and real sugar.  I figure it may give me a bit of a pick up so that I can finish the homework I started.  I have nine pages of anatomy done...9 more to go!  I can do this!  I have to do this!!!  And by tomorrow I will be feeling better I hope.  I think it was kind of a double whammy having surgery and catching a cold together.  And my attitude isn't too terrible.  I may just take a break and watch another episode of that "City Hunter".  I figured out I can't draw and watch it, since you have to read the subtitles:)  What was I thinking?  They go really fast!
Well, I just thought I would complain a little.   I'd better get back to real life where no one pities me in the least:)  Thank goodness for that!!!!!!!!!!!  Hope your day is going swell.  HAVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Monday, November 25, 2013

Monday Night the World Around

Good evening!  I'm still here:)  And filterless!  They took out the filter today.  It wasn't as bad as I had imagined it might be.  In fact I kind of like the drug they gave me:)  I told the nurse it might help to have some of that around when I can't sleep.  I think she thought I meant it:)  I am glad that is over.  Now I can get down to the business of getting homework done.  I meant to get one assignment done today before I went to the hospital, but I was too distracted to concentrate.
This afternoon I just rested and watched the beginning of a Korean series a friend recommended...."City Hunter".  She is of Korean descent, and speaks the language and thought I might enjoy it.  It really is very good, although the translation is a little unimaginative.  It must be hard to translate.  But after the third episode I am hooked.  I think there are sixteen episodes:)  I will probably draw while I watch a few more tomorrow.  The drawing I am doing for anatomy is a little mindless anyway....mostly copying and labeling.  So it might help me to stick with it.
So other than that I have little to report.  Maybe that is a good thing.  Oh, except for sweet Hunter, 6, who came home from his other grandma's house tonight about 9 (they had a gingerbread house party for FHE), and the first thing out of his mouth was, "I am so glad you are all right, Grandma."  I try not to worry the grandkids with all of this, but I guess he is pretty sensitive to how I am feeling.  I am very blessed I think.  Last night we had a little cake and ice cream party and I had four daughters with their spouses and quite a few grand children here.  We sat around telling old memories for quite a while.  It was lots of fun.
So I hope all is happy and well in cyberspace tonight.  Sweet dreams!!!!  Melody

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Welcome, welcome, Sabbath morning!

Greetings!  It is another beautiful, sunny day here in Whoville.  I think the temps are a little cool, but the sunshine makes up for it.
Church was great.  Mel got up to take the count and said our daughter Liz was in the back with her kids, so we got up after the speaker finished and went to sit with her.  She comes to our ward sometimes now, and it always makes it extra special for me.  And today she brought Gabe, 8, who is visiting for Thanksgiving.  He went to live with his dad this year and I have been missing him terribly.  So it was so nice to see him and give him hugs.  I guess I like my grandchildren close enough to hug every so often, and when they live far away it is a little bit hard.
I have choir practice in an hour.  We are singing three songs for the Christmas sacrament meeting.  Two of them are familiar, and one we are learning.  I think it will be terrific:)  I realize I don't have quite the energy I did last year at this time, but it is still fun.
For Thanksgiving day we are going to a restaurant:)  My kids decided since they are doing it this year that they would go to in-laws on Thanksgiving day, and we would have our family get together on the Saturday two days after Thanksgiving.  So my sister and I decided it would be fun to take our husbands and go to a restaurant in Boise that does rather fancy foods.  It should be kind of a nice break from the hard work of cooking for 40 people.  I guess there are some blessings that go along with health scares.  I really am learning to take things a little slower, though it may not always sound like it on this blog.
I am so grateful for so many things, and I guess especially at this time of the year it is normal to ponder on it all.  Mostly I am grateful to be alive and reasonably well.  It makes all that I am blessed with even more special...especially children and grandchildren.  I love them all!!!!  And friends!  What would I ever do without friends?  And of course my best friend, Mel.  He is so patient and loving.  I think I picked a great husband!!!  Or did he pick me?  We debate that one.  So I hope all is well and happy in cyberspace.  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGreat Sabbath!!!!  Melody

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Birthday Happenings

Hola!  I have spent most of today having fun....since it's my birthday.  Mel took me to a new restaurant in Meridian...The Kona Grill.  It was good food!  And then we went to a new theater to see the latest Hunger Games movie.  That was a mixed experience.  The only seats left were in the second row....way too close.  And the movie was...not great.  Maybe it is spoiled because I read the book, and it just doesn't measure up.  But I think it has more to do with acting.  It just wasn't that great.  And then it was way too violent for this old lady.

Oh a funny thing.  They brought me a birthday cupcake after our dinner with one candle.  So I made a wish....and I couldn't blow it out!  It took me a couple of big breaths.  I guess I have lost a little of my lung force or something.  I felt a little silly:)
Anyway, both places were in this new shopping mall/ town square place.  It is very nice.  I took a few pictures.  There is an outdoor ice skating rink, Christmas decorations, and a really cool fountain that is choreographed to music.  I took a video, but I turned the camera to get a wider view, and now I don't know how to edit it to fix it.  I will try to upload it here.  Sorry.  It is kind of cool that the song is "Here comes the sun" and the sun is shining behind the fountain!  At night the lights shine on the water to make it different colors.  It is really pretty.  But it won't load:(  Oh well.  It is probably like the one in SLC anyway.
Oh, and the white poodle just caught my eye.  I had a good time.  So I hope life is good still in cyberspace!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!  Melody

Friday, November 22, 2013


Greetings!  I am sitting under a hairdryer at the hair salon. They put me under here to set the color I guess. It's not like the olden days where you have curlers in your hair. But it gives me a couple of minutes to write.
I was able to get some homework done this morning. I have lots to get done during Thanksgiving break. And it is interrupted by the filter removal on Monday...and my birthday tomorrow. Mel asked what I want for my birthday. I have been thinking what I really want is good health!  But maybe an iPad would be fun. I really am just happy to have a birthday!
Well my time under the dryer is about up. I hope all is happy and bright out in cyberspace!  Take care and HAVVVGW!!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wednesday Evening

Hola!  Today was interesting.  In illustration I was encouraged to come up with a sequence of three pictures of one character....moving or whatever, but maintaining the same character.  My teacher said that would be important in a portfolio for children's book illustration.  So I guess that will be my project from now until the end of the semester.  It sounds fun to me.  Maybe a fox:)
My oral defense was a little different.  One of my professors didn't show up, so it was just me and my illustration professor.  We mostly talked about how I might add a few more details to finish the painting.  He told me it was the best thing I had done for his class.  So that was good to hear.  I am done at any rate with the defense.  So that feels good.
The afternoon I spent doing volunteer work at the student union building.  We are recording the permanent art collection....seeing what we have, and what condition it is in.  It was fun, as I got to work with a friend of mine from class.
So now I am home.  I worked on homework for a while, but I think I am done for today.  I am tired again.  It has been a good day.
So I hope all is well in cyberspace today.  I am still pulling for you!  Life is good on this side.  Take care and keep singing:)  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tuesday - a long day's journey into night!

Good evening!  It's been a long day and I am exhausted.  But I hate to go to bed without at least saying a little something on my blog.  Weird, I know, but somehow it calms me and helps me to sleep more soundly.
Today was a surprise.  I went to my graphic design class expecting to get raked over the coals for my poor thumbnails.  Instead the teacher pointed to my work and another girl's work as "the only ones in the class who did what was asked!"  I could hardly believe it.  The teacher had all sorts of nice things to say about my work.  It felt pretty good, as I generally do not do all that well in there.  So that was a nice beginning to my day.
Then in drawing class I really struggled.  We had new models, and such different body types, that I was having a hard time with proportions, and getting things right.  But I finally managed to do it OK.  Then our teacher was talking about how he was going to teach a painting class with live models next semester.  I told him I would love to take another class from him.  He said that I could even though I am graduating!  So that was good news.  I signed up for it after class was over.  I have learned so much from him about drawing.  I am excited to learn what he can teach about painting.  I felt happy all afternoon.
Then I went to my evening class where we had a practice at defending our artwork.  It was a little hard, but OK.  I have the real thing in front of my committee tomorrow at 11.  I am very nervous.  I will say lots of prayers between now and then.
Well, I had better hit the sack.  I hope all is well and happy in cyberspace tonight.  Take care and sweet dreams!!!  Melody

Monday, November 18, 2013

Monday - 5 more days!

Good morning!  I have found out something I didn't know this morning, that is very exciting to me.  Did you know Pres. Eyring is an artist?  Well, believe me when I say he is.  And here is a link to prove it.  President Eyring  I am amazed at his expertise, with all else that he is amazing in, he is also an amazing watercolorist.  Who knew?  I love it.
So today I am doing homework....what else?  I did clean the kitchen and great room first.  So I can rest easy while I work on thumbnails for graphic design and anatomical drawings for my drawing class.  And I really need to decide what my last project will be for illustration.  Hmmmmm.  Decisions, decisions.
Anyway, just thought I would send a cheery note out to the world of cyberspace.  I hope all is well!  Take care and enjoy every moment!!!!  Melody

Saturday, November 16, 2013


 Hola!  Here's a few pics from our senior show.  It turned out well, and now it is done!!!!  Yay!
Now for more homework!  Have a great day!!!!  Melody

Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday! Aaaack!!!

Good day!  I am anticipating a busy one.  I have the wash started, the dishes done and a list of homework.  This list is getting waaaay too long!  So I think I will spend today chipping away at all of the homework I have accumulated.  I think the thing I am most surprised by is the faculty evaluation form for my BFA painting.  Apparently I am supposed to have a 10 minute verbal presentation of my work.  And also I have to be prepared to respond to any critical observations that my committee may express.  So I had better start today.  My meeting is next Wednesday!  I figured I would get it out of the way before Thanksgiving break.
Tonight is the senior show.  I went by the gallery yesterday to see how it all looked.  And I think it all looks great.  I am kind of pleased that my class members all chose decent subjects.  They are a great group of people.  I kind of think I am the amateur of the bunch.  But it is OK.  They are all very talented.
I guess I have mentioned Thanksgiving break is coming.  I guess I may not have mentioned that I get to have a small surgery then.  They are taking out the filter they inserted in my jugular vein.  Well, they went through the jugular vein to get to it.   I am just a bit nervous about this.  They don't put you to sleep....just give you a drug to calm you.  But I am worried about not having a filter to catch clots.  I hope they know what they are doing!  :)
Well, I had better get going on my list of homework.  I hope life is wonderful and the weather is lovely!!!  Take care!  I'm still pulling for you!!!  Melody

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Tales of a Frog Gone Wild!

Good morning!  I have a list....jump, leap, hop, croak, splash, princess, prince, kiss, fried, breaded, delicious, gross, slimy.  These are words for my next project in design.  We are supposed to come up with a word that has something to do with our icon, (mine is a frog), and then make up a poster, using a poem or haiku that has a word about our subject on a metaphorical level.  It helps to write this because I am kind of confused about the assignment still.  He doesn't want any mention of the actual icon.  So it can't be about a frog, but more about what a frog might represent.  Interesting!  It actually sounds fun to me.
Well, I'd better scoot.  I just thought I'd send some happy, splish-splashy thoughts your way!!!   Have fun and stay safe!!!  I'll be pulling for you!!!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Doggy, doggy

Good evening!  It was a gut wan!  I had a great illustration class, we got out early, and I was able to kind of relax and eat a great lunch before going visiting teaching.  We caught all but one of our sisters.  And I always enjoy visiting with these good ladies.  At one house, my friend is leaving on the 24th for the Panama canal and a cruise in the Caribbean:)  It sounded fun to me, but she wasn't real excited about going.  It was her husband that is excited to go.  But at any rate we got to talking about how she and I and my visiting teaching companion, Jodell, should plan a group trip.  They were talking NYC.  But I mentioned how I thought Rome would be kinda nice:)  It was fun dreaming up all the places we might go.  Of course, we would have to figure out how to get our husbands excited to go.  We decided to work on it and meet up again next month:)
I am enjoying having Julie and her family here.  It is nice to have a little noise back in the house.  And tonight before family prayers we played, "Doggy, doggy, where's your bone?"  The kids had never played it before, so it was extra fun teaching them and seeing their reactions.  Poor Caleb, 8, felt so bad that we had to end the game, he had tears.  I guess we will probably play this again in the future.
It brought back lots of memories.  I think this was a game my mom had taught us.  She taught kindergarden and Headstart for lots of years and had lots of fun games.  One of my favorites was, "This is a spoon!"  We did have lots of fun.
Well, I am hoping this night is finding you happy and well.   Take care and have a wonderful night!!!  Sweet dreams!  Melody

Singing in the Rain

Good morning!  I am ready to greet the day with a song.  How about you?  Ha, ha!  It makes me think of that song..."I'd like to teach the world to perfect harmony!"  Too bad Coke used that one.  It makes me thirsty when I hear it now:)
So I am off.  Have a wonder filled day!  I'm pulling for you!!!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tuckered Out!

Good evening!  I am home finally after a long day at school.  And my painting is hung in the gallery.  It looks so small and unassuming!  I guess I should have painted it larger:)  But it is up and I am relieved. Now I just have to be at the gallery show on Friday night...and the real test...I have to defend my work to my committee in an oral defense some time in the next couple of weeks.  Oh goody!
I had a pretty good day considering how long it seemed.  I think I caught my graphic design teacher off guard.  He was critiquing my work and said something about how I had forgotten the mouth on the frog.  So I told him I had taken it out because he didn't like it the week before...and I pulled out my old picture to show him.  That is the trouble sometimes with being older than your teacher!  I am such a smart Alec.  Anyway, I apologized and tried to smooth things over, but he was laughing, so I guess it was all right.  I will have to wear a ribbon on my finger or something to remind myself to be humble:)  And not try to correct my teachers!
Drawing was hard.  We drew 8 different poses, and then had to redraw them.  I guess we are putting them all into a larger picture in the next couple of weeks.  It was interesting though.  And kind of funny.  I was drawing earlier in the day trying to figure out how to show a person walking, and that is exactly what he had us do....a sequence of a person walking.  So I got my questions answered!  And I think it is harder than I first thought.  I will have to practice this
Well, it sounds like Julie and Randy and the gang are all here.  They spent the day in their old house, cleaning and painting.  I have not been much help.  I can remember being a lot more help with some of my older kids.  But oh well.  I guess I will just be glad to be alive:)
So I hope all is well in the land of cyberspace tonight.  I am definitely still pulling for you!!!  Take care and have a most wonderful and pleasant night!!!  Melody

Monday, November 11, 2013


Here it is....framed and ready to hang on the wall of the gallery.  Yes, I am very nervous.  But at least I got a good photo.  :)  Me

Monday, Monday!

Good day!  It is already time for lunch.  I have been working on my illustrator program.  So it's show and tell time.  Here we go...oops!  Wrong format.  Oh well.  At least it is done for class tomorrow.  The other thing I have to do is try once more to get a good photo of my painting.  But I am the only one here besides three dogs and three cats.  And they're not much help.  In fact I have them all confined to the garage so that they can't run away, and so that I can work.  I will let them out soon...:)  Maybe after I have something to eat.  They are not very polite...they want to eat my food.  I suppose I should share...naw.  I think they need to eat real dog and cat food.
So, things are going pretty smoothly here so far.  The kids all got off to school...Randy and Julie escorting them out the door with mild threats of how they didn't want to be late.  I guess that there is a Veteran's Day program at school.  I would go, but I am glad for the quiet moment to get homework done.
So not much to report.  It is a hazy day here.  Perfect for taking photos.  So here I go.  Wish me luck!!!  And HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sabbath Day

Shalom!  I can't believe it is Sunday again already!  I think time is playing tricks with me.  It really doesn't seem like a whole week has gone by since last Sunday.  Maybe I have been so busy that I haven't come up for air enough this last week.  I will see if I can fix that!
Church was good.  The speakers talked about missionary work...their personal experiences.  I also heard a few comments on the movie "The Saratov Approach" from some friends who had gone to see it.  It is about the missionaries who were kidnapped in Russia.  All reports were good, so maybe Mel and I can go see it while it is still playing.  It sounded very interesting.  I guess one of the missionaries lives in Meridian.
The other news is I found the music for choir I was searching for.  But I only have three copies....not ten like I thought.  So I will have to order more.  But I thought we would try it today at practice to see if we even want to do it.
And that is my life today.  Oh, except for the part where Mel left at six for bishopric meeting....and Julie's kids were all up soon after:)  They won't be going to our ward because Randy is in the bishopric in their old ward and the bishop made special arrangements so he could stay.  Too bad, but maybe nice for them, since their church doesn't begin til 1:00.  It gives them some time to get the whole gang ready.  It brings back memories of days when I could do all that they do.  Now I kind of watch from the sidelines.
Well, I hope your Sabbath is peaceful and full of joy.  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Hiding Out!

Shhh!  I am hiding out in my studio.  If I am very quiet, maybe no one will find me:)  There are lots of people living here now....nine plus Mel and I ...that makes 11!  But so far so good.  I still have my own space....this studio, and my bedroom.  I think I can survive.
I tried to get a little homework done today by taking outside photos of my painting in its frame.  But the sun was very bright and I got quite a lot of glare.  Tomorrow and Monday there is supposed to be more cloud cover, so I will try it then and see if it makes a difference.  Or I can take a photo inside with the lights I bought.  They are not the right kind of lights though, so I was hoping to get help from the sun.
I have tried to keep from doing too much today.  And I have pretty much succeeded.  So why am I so tired?  This is the mystery of my life right now.  I don't do much, but I feel like I have been lifting weights or something.  Sigh!
Well, just sending a little good will your way.  Hope all is well in cyberspace!!!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGN!!!  Melody

Friday, November 8, 2013

Plethora...a great word!!!

Good evening!  I have good news and bad news.  The good news is that I got my painting framed successfully.  And I think it looks good.  Bad news is that I am feeling completely exhausted.  It kind of hit when I came home from a ward music meeting and couldn't find some music that I know I have....somewhere!  Basically I have looked everywhere I know to look.  I have about five boxes of music.  The key word here is about.  I may have one or two more boxes hiding my closet?  Or perhaps upstairs in the bonus room closet.  It is so bugging me.  And I know it isn't that important.  We can always sing another song, or I can order the song, or a plethora of other options.  But right now it is kinda bugging me.  Oh well.
Oh, and speaking of plethoras...we watched "The Three Amigos" the other night, and I remembered where I had heard that word for the first time. It is from El Guapo.  You can watch a clip on youtube.   Did I already mention this?  Sorry if I did.  I am kind of in that dead brain phase of the evening.  I should probably quit writing before I say something really silly.
So I will end.  I hope all goes well this evening.  I'm pulling for you!!!!  Melody

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Me and Illustrator

Guten Abend!  How's your day been?  Mine was pretty interesting.  I went to my graphic design class, determined to conquer Illustrator.  How did that cunning machine know?  I asked questions from my teacher and the girl genius who sits next to me.  I got pretty far, and the frog icon was looking pretty good.  But alas!  Illustrator got the better of me....and crashed!!!  Which means it shut down without any warning...or saving on my part.  Ooops!  Was I supposed to save as I went along?  I guess I learned a very hard lesson.  All two hours of my work was gone in an instant!  So I am at square one.  Luckily I have learned a little as I have gone along, so it won't take me too long to do it all over again.  Sigh!!!!  I really kind of laugh a little at my stupidity.  The girl next to me (the computer whiz) couldn't believe I didn't save anything. Oh well.
So then I met Mel for lunch.  He can make me smile, even when smiling seems impossible.  We had a nice and very quick lunch at Jimmy John's, which is what they are famous for I, fast, fast!!!!    When lunch was over I had to drive all the way back to Boise for my next drawing class.  I really enjoyed it again today.  We got to paint and use pastels and whatever on our drawing from Tuesday.  It was fun to be so free with paint...I got it everywhere.  Then I remembered I had a doctor's appointment right after class.  I honestly had blue and green painted hands and fingernails.  I think they are used to me in that office though.  They just wanted to know when my senior show was.  I guess I will have to take a postcard by their office next week.  The good news of the day was that the doctor thought I seemed fine.  He told me it was OK to take it easy.  I think his words were, "you should probably put your feet up and rest a little more."  He's a nice guy.  I was relieved to hear that the small pains I have been experiencing are normal for clots, and that I am probably going to feel that for awhile.  But of course I am not completely out of the woods.  I don't know that I will ever be able to go off of blood thinners.  But that is not too terrible.
Well, I just thought I would say good night.  I hope all is well wherever you are in cyberspace tonight.  I am still pulling for you!  Take care and have a wonderful night!!!  Sweet Dreams!  Melody

Happy, happy!

Good morning, good morning, good morning!!!!!  That's about all I have time for.  But I wanted to greet the world with a song.  Take care and may inspiration and good will be the theme of your day!!!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Guten Tag!  Well, I thought I was done with this painting, so I took it into my illustration class this morning.  The teacher said I needed to darken the side of the face turned away, more, and gently put in the highlights.  I told him I had to have it dry by Friday for the framer, so maybe I was done:)  I can be kinda stubborn....but I came home and painted on it for a little bit.  I tried to darken the side of the face and gently put in highlights....I don't think it changed much.  I did put cobalt drier in the paint to help it dry fast.  Hopefully I didn't make things worse!  But now I feel like I have done all I can do!  So that is good.
Julie and her family are moving in on Saturday until January.  So that will make life more interesting:)  I am kind of excited...kind of nervous.  I love Julie and Randy and their whole tribe.  So that part will be fun.  It is just keeping up with school.  But school is over in 5 weeks, so I think I can do this, in fact it might be easier.  Julie has volunteered to be the cook...and the shopper.  So that will make life easier for me I think.
I guess I would really like to climb in bed for the rest of today.  I may for part of it.  But I need to work on homework sometime real soon.  I feel like I have been pushing too hard lately though.  So a day off would be nice.  I guess it is only a half a day off.  Or maybe one quarter:)
It's funny, I started this blog about an hour ago, but I keep stopping so that I can fix this or that on my painting.  I really need to get it out of here!  It is like an obsession for me.
Well, I hope things are fine and dandy out in cyberspace today.  Remember I'm pulling for you!  And I am hoping all is well.  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tuesday Evening

Hi!  I am home.  That is such a nice sentence.  It's very simple, but it sure feels good!
I got through my two classes today.  My third one was cancelled due to the fact that it is all about the gallery exhibit that begins next week, so we have the night off to work on our projects.  Nice for me because I am pretty much done.  I still have to have it framed (when it is completely dry) and photographed.  I have the frame ordered, so that is pretty well in the works.  I am going to photograph it myself.  I will have to buy or borrow lights.  But it shouldn't be too hard.  I will check at school tomorrow and see if I can borrow theirs, but I am not counting on it, since I don't have a photo class this semester, and the lady in charge is quite particular about who can use what.
I was surprised today in my graphic design class.  My frogs were a hit!  There is still a lot I need to do to fix poor froggy, but the girl who critiqued it said it was her favorite in the class!  So that felt good.  I suspect she may have just been nice to an old lady though:)  When I get it perfected I will share it.  No sense in ruining the suspense!
My drawing class was fun again.  I really do like the teaching methods of that teacher!  He really tries to make it interesting.  We did kind of an abstract drawing today....then poured colored shellac all over it.  Next class we will do something more to it.  Too bad the subjects aren't properly attired.  I could have some really cool stuff if they were.  Oh well.
Well, just had to report on my good day.  I hope things are good in cyberspace!!!!  Take care and remember I am pulling for you!!!!!!  Keep your stick on the ice!!  Melody

Happy Tuesday!

Guten Morgen!!!  I am off to school again today...with frog icons in hand.  They are pretty bad, but oh well.  They will have to do.  I keep reminding myself that it is all OK.  And eventually I will learn to do this program.
So mostly I just wanted to send out a happy hello.  I hope your day goes well.  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Monday, November 4, 2013

A Very Gut Day!!!!

Whispers, Oil on Masonite, 24"x20"
Good morning!  I think I am done with this painting!  Yay!!!!  Yes, I overpainted it with a transparent gold ochre, so it is very yellow.  But it knocks it back a little and I like that.   I also got the artist statement written and turned in.  So I am feeling like a huge weight has been lifted.  Now I can start in on all of the other homework I have been putting off while I finish this.
I guess the most pressing is coming up with a digital version of an icon.  I will do that on Illustrator.  I am not very good at it yet, but I am improving, little by little.  I think that will be enough for today.  But I have tons of homework for my anatomy drawing class.  I think I will do that on Wednesday and Friday.  It seems like a lot right now, but I think I can do this quickly.
So life seems especially nice at the moment.  Except I keep looking at this painting and worrying about this little thing or that little thing....and it makes me kinda crazy!!  So I think I will lock this room and work somewhere else.  Oh wait, the computer is in here.  Hmmm!  Maybe I will move this painting somewhere else.  I hope I get over this inability to look at my own work without tons of criticism.
Anyway, just wanted to send out a happy shout.  Now I am off to take a shower and get dressed for the day.  (I figured I would need to change anyway after painting, so why do it twice?:)  I hope life is treating you well.  Fresh courage take!  And HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Sunday, November 3, 2013


Hola!  I am enjoying Sunday once again.  I am so glad there is a day to rest from our labors.  I have really been taking advantage of that today with the time change.  We went back to standard time sometime in the middle of the night.  Mel forgot and got up an hour early for his six o'clock meeting.  Luckily he realized it before he left the house.  But he has had a tired day.  I learned from his mistake and stayed in bed until I absolutely had to get up.  :)
Church was great.  I enjoyed hearing and sharing testimonies today.  My favorite testimonies are from the littlest members of the ward.  The Johnson's have a little girl about 4 who always gets up, and the Hunt's little boy does also.  He is probably five or six.  And there is Sam, who must be 7 now.  His dad used to be in the bishopric and so we have watched him grow up over the past few years.  I remember him sitting up on the stand with his dad several times.  I always think that their testimonies are the most pure and sincere.
I have been thinking a lot about conversion versus testimony lately.  I especially like Elder Bednar's talk on the subject.  Here is a link if you are interested. Elder Bednar  I especially like the story of Peter.  I think he is presented so humanly in the scriptures.  He really wants to do what is right, but like us all, he is human and sometimes falls short.  It is comforting to know that even Peter, Jesus's most trusted apostle, had to become converted.  I like also how Elder Bednar talks about persistence and patience in becoming converted...line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, there a little.  He also says that "testimony alone will not protect us from the evil of the last days."  I know that is true.  And so it is vital to be converted.
Well, I wish I could say I have not worried about my painting all day long.  But that wouldn't be true.  I think about it all the time.  I keep wondering how to improve it, and whether I can really hang it up in a gallery for all to see.  Scary!!!  So just to be brave, and to maybe see what I can do to improve, here is a photo...well, two.
This is more pale than the actual painting

This is closer to the color, but still a little pale.   But see how the right side
of the lips is still too large?  And the color is kind of off, plus the shading.
Yes, I am frustrated by my inability to paint what I see!!!!
I can see a little of what I need to do. Just not how to do it:)  I am still working to make the mouth right.  Maybe I can get Julie to come over tomorrow and make faces:)
Well, I hope all is well in cyberspace this evening.  I am still pulling for you!  Take care and have a wonderful evening!  Melody