Sunday, June 30, 2013


Good Sabbath!  It is a very sunny, already warm day today.  I am feeling very grateful for all that I have been blessed with...especially air conditioning.  I don't know how we ever survived without it.  I do remember car trips down through the valley of California when the heat was awful.  We would stop at the gas station and get paper towels, soak them with water for our faces, and ride with all of the windows down!  It was a very temporary solution.  Maybe we were more used to the heat too.  Although I remember I got heat exhaustion on one trip in Redding visiting my great aunt and uncle, Ida and Norm.  I was about 15 I think.  We had gone to Whiskeytown Dam for the day to swim, and it was about 110.  I got really sick...nauseous, weak, even a little feverish.  It wasn't fun.  I remember not liking that I had to sit in the shade while everyone else was frolicking in the water.  Funny memory.
Today the choir is singing...."America the Beautiful".  But I transposed it to the same key as "Battle Hymn of the Republic" so that Jodell can play the intro to the battle hymn and then we will start singing, "Oh Beautiful for spacious skies".  I think it will be kinda cool.  And it was fun fiddling with the Musescore program.
I am sending all good wishes out to cyberspace today.  Keep cool!  I am hoping you have a very sacred and soothing Sabbath day.  Take care!!!   I'm still pulling for you!  Melody

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Filling the Hours

Howdy!  I am feeling like a musical gardener today!  I persuaded Mel to go out to the garden and plant our seeds....we bought them a couple of weeks ago, but haven't had the time to plant.  So we did.  We planted tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, zucchini (of course!), carrots and who knows what else....oh yeah, Swiss chard.  We already have plenty of corn that is coming up very nicely...planted by our next door neighbor.  We still have some beans and peas, but it got way too hot, so we will try to get those in either tonight late, or Monday.  I feel bad we are slow to get things planted, but at least we got it done.
Mel tilling the row

View of the lake

These rows are ridiculously long!!!
Then this afternoon I have been working on transposing a choir song for tomorrow.  I downloaded a free program called Musescore.  It works great, but I had to watch videos on how it works first.  And I am still working out the bugs.  But I got a copy big enough for Jodell to read and I think it will work great.  I am feeling kinda smart figuring it out.  Of course the real smart person is whoever figured out the application.  It is kind of fun.
Well, now I am going to rest and put my feet up.  My leg is some better.  I am taking something to help bring down the swelling.  And I really am trying to rest.  It's just hard cuz there is so much to do!!!  Ha, ha!  I guess I have figured out how to fill up my boring days after all.  Have a lovely day!!!  Melody

Friday, June 28, 2013


Good evening!  Life is never quite what we expect.  Right after I wrote this morning's post I got a call from my doctor.  The blood test came back positive for blood clots, so they had scheduled me for another ultrasound.  That happened at noon.  And again they couldn't find anything.  But by then it was over 100 out, so we decided to lunch at The Cheesecake Factory and play hooky from school:)  It was fun.  I guess my favorite activity since I can't walk or jump or run is eating:)  I think I would like sailing:)....or yachting!  Maybe I will have to take that up as soon as my leg heals.
Well, have a wonderful, warm night!  It is still well above 80 here.  I guess it is just going to get warmer over the next few days.  Aye yi yi!  It's going to get hot!  I think I will stay indoors!  Take care out there in cyberspace!!!  Me

Anticipating Fun!

Good morning!  I am glad for today...and art school!!!!!  We have decided since we have a small group today that we will meet in Boise by the river to draw and maybe paint.  I am still trying to figure that one out.  It is a totally selfish thing...I am not sure I want to share my very expensive brushes with inexperienced children:)  So I will search around here.  I probably have some that are left over from days of yore when I had grandchildren living here.  It's too bad I am not a born organized person!  Then I could just look in my file or something and it would tell me where to look:)  Wait!  I just looked in the top drawer of my painting organizer and voila!!!  Inexpensive brushes I bought on sale for just such an occasion:)  So I will bring some paint and we will have a brilliant plein aire experience by the banks of the river!  Ha, ha!  I am always so optimistic.  It is supposed to reach 100 degrees today.  We may just bring suits and end up in the water!
Boise River Park
My dad was so cute yesterday.  I went by to visit with him.  But while I was there the clinic called and said I had to come back so they could get more of my blood.  Apparently they didn't get enough the first time.  That kind of made me laugh!!!  I joked with the nurse about it later...if they were using it for vampires or something:)  I persuaded my dad to come along and promised I would take him to dinner.  He loved that idea.  I guess he is feeling a little bored without his sweetie to wait upon.  He really does take care of her all day, cleaning, and soothing her very tender feelings.  She is so dependent on her oxygen machine and gotten very weak.  But she is happy for the most part.  It just must be so scary to be so dependent on a machine!  Anyway, it gives my dad meaning and purpose to his life, and companionship, which is so vital to being happy.  He kept telling me thank you for getting him out of the house and his very boring life without her right now.  We went to the clinic where the nurse apologized over and over about how sorry she was I had to come back.  I told her it was fine, because it was....we all make mistakes.  She kept saying what a very kind and happy person I was.  I felt bad that she felt so bad.  Anyway, after squeezing out a little more blood, we left from there to go pick up Mel from work.  My dad loves to go by Mel's shop.  He thinks it is amazing and loves to look at all of the different parts he is making.  So Mel gave him a royal tour.  It really has grown since he moved downtown.  I suppose I should take pictures and display them here.  It is kinda cool.
After we got Mel we drove over to the Olive Garden.  It was fun to sit and talk and eat.  I love my dad...and Mel too of course:)  Dad is pretty amazing to be so with it at 90.  He told us all about the plant where his dad (my grandpa) worked in Niles Canyon.  It was a tile plant.  They made roof and sewer tiles and things made from red clay.  It was fun to hear about.
The Old Brick/Tile factory remains

Niles Canyon...the remains of the Brick/Tile factory
is at the end of the houses.
I have seen some of the stuff my grandpa is all over Oakland, but I never knew the plant was located in Niles Canyon.  My dad was cute too.  He kept saying how nice it was to be with us and out of the house.  So I invited him to art school today.  I think he will like it.  He is a bit of an artist himself.  No, he is a fabulous musician which is also art:)  He said if he hadn't loved music so much, his next choice would have been art.  I remember him painting with my uncle Kenny (who is an artist) when I was young.  He did pretty well.
Well, I have a few things to get done around here before I head for the river.  I hope your day in cyberspace is lovely and inspired.  Life can be so great....and not so great too.  But each day we are blessed to be here is truly a miracle!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVGreat Day!!!!  Melody

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Acronymity (Sounds like a good video game!)

Good morning!  I hope it is for you!  I am getting a few odds and ends done around here, and then I am off to the hairdresser.  And then I am going into the clinic to do some blood work.  And then to my dad's for a visit.  He is so lonely without Barbara by his side.  I think he needs a good visit.
For some reason I am struggling a little today....perhaps this swollen leg is worrying me.  I just read about swollen legs on the internet....I probably shouldn't have because it makes me more worried, and really there is not much more I can do than go see a doctor....and the rice treatment:)  Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.  I love acronyms!
Well, I best get going.  That's a weird sentence!  Oh well, have a gut wan!!!  And a great wan too!!  Melody

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Home, Sweet Home!!!

Good evening!  We are home, and it feels so good!  But it was definitely worth the trip to see Bobby... so thrilled with the temple, and so excited for his upcoming mission!  I am so glad to have been a witness to that.  And it is always fun to visit a new temple.  New for us of course.  I have never been to a temple that I didn't feel was gorgeous, and the Reno temple is no exception.  I especially like the feeling of calm and serenity that is found in every temple!
Right now we are waiting for Julie and her family to come.  They are bringing their two dogs to watch while they go on a short vacation.  I hope it all goes well.  Their older dog, Cleo, I am very familiar with and love.  But they have a new little doggy... Cookie.  She is quite small, about like a Yorkie, only white and tan.  She is a beautiful little thing, but I don't know her very well, and I am afraid I might lose her.  Mel is out checking the fence.  I will keep her close to me and hope she is happy here.  I think Max will like all of the company.
I am tired!  I think I may just put up my feet and rest tonight.  Tomorrow will be soon enough to wash clothes.  I think I may have to go into see the doctor again tomorrow.  She wanted me to come in for a blood test.  I can't tell you how much I do not want to go in, but I suppose I will.  I know I need to take care of myself.
Well, I hope things are happy and well out in cyberspace tonight!  I must admit that I was saddened by today's supreme court decisions.  I am afraid of how far the government will go in this extremely dangerous direction.  I definitely stand on the side of truth and righteousness!  And for eternal families!!!   Anyway...HAVVVVVVVVVVVGN!!!  Melody


Hola!  I love the temple!  It was so special being there with Bobby. He is a sensitive young man. I am so glad I came!  After the session we went to his dad's house for a barbecue. They live in Sparks...or at least they have since school ended. They live way up Vista...I didn't know Sparks was so big!  It was fun to see. Their home is very nice, everyone was very cordial and we had a nice dinner. I must admit I worried it might be hard, but thankfully it all went well. Modern family life can sure be interesting!
Well this day will be on my list of the best!  Gute Nacht!  Melody

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Just Restin'

We're here!  We drove up to the temple and wewere impressed with the beautiful location. The session doesn't start until 5:30 which gives us a chance to rest. Mel is already asleep!  He can use the rest!  And I am enjoying the early news on PBS. It is delayed in Boise so it is kind of fun to watch it early...eastern time I assume.
Bobby seems excited and a bit nervous. I am very glad we came. I remember when I went the first time how important it was to me that my grandma Duffin was there. And my leg is OK. In fact I think I have rested more than I normally would
Well,  just sending a warm hello out to cyberspace. Take care. And HAVVVGW!!!  Melody

Wow! Winnemucca! The name says it all!

Good morning!  We are in Winnemucca, eating breakfast at The Griddle!  Mmmmmm!  My favorite French toast!  I'm feeling spoiled!  I am enjoying spending the day with Mel. I hope life is good in cyberspace today!  Melody

Monday, June 24, 2013

Monday Night

Good evening!  I have good news.  I went to the doctor and after an ultrasound it was determined...I do not have a blood clot in my leg.  I was really worried, so that is a relief.  The doc was not too excited I was leaving for a trip tomorrow, but I promised her I would stop and walk often.  I have been running around today trying to get everything done, and had to fit the doctor and a special trip to the hospital for imaging besides.  But tonight it is mostly done.  I even took time to sit and rest my leg and eat dinner.  I just have to throw a few things in suitcases and I will be ready.  I think we will leave fairly early since the session is at 4:30.  I had hoped it was at 6, but I was not really in the decider's chair on this one.
I am excited to have my first grandchild go through the temple.  It should be very special.
Well, I guess I had better keep moving.  It is hard to believe how fast time speeds by anymore.  I hope you have a great family night!  We have fresh cherry cobbler for dessert:)  Yeah, I am a good baker!!!!  I even used whole wheat flour for the topping, so it's healthy, right?  I know, who am I kidding?  I wish sugar did not make things taste good:)  Oh well, I will limit how much I have.  Take care!!!  Melody

Cherry Wars!

Good morning!  I have been at war this morning!  With the chickadees:)  It is our annual cherry wars.
We are leaving for Reno tomorrow morning for our grandson's endowment session, so I wanted to get the cherries picked today.  We put netting up on the two cherry trees we have to keep the birds out.  And it has worked pretty well, until today.  I guess the cherries must be at their peak, because the birds act aggressive.  I had two little birds flying in pretty close as I was picking!  It reminded me a little of the movie The Birds.  Did you see that scary movie?  Of course now it seems a little fakey, but I think the idea of birds being aggressive and attacking people was such a new idea, that it changed my thinking a little.
These birds today kept chirping in a weird sort of way as they were flying around the tree up above.  One even came in to land, but I chirped back at it:)  Oh, and lest you think of me up on a ladder or something, these two trees are still small...maybe 12 feet.  So I was never in any real danger:)
After my cherry adventure I decided I had better start the laundry, but I discovered I was out of detergent.  So I have already been to the store and back this morning!  This week is getting off to a good start.
I really enjoyed the world wide training meeting yesterday.  I especially liked all of the videos, and of course Pres. Monson and Pres. Packer.  It was amazing to me that they could broadcast from their homes.  Mel noticed that Pres. Packer seemed to be on oxygen.  If so, it was well disguised.
Well, I have lots to do today.  That is good.  I hope things are going well in cyberspace today. I hope you have a lovely and inspired day!!!!!!!!  Melody

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Still Smiling!

Good Sunday morning!  Oops, it just turned happy afternoon...and evening!!!  Life seems good today.  I like Sundays.  Although I must admit I am a little anxious about choir practice today.  I hope we have lots of people show up.  But if not, that is OK too.  I need to chill about this.  I have to tell myself, life is busy, and not everyone has choir as a top priority in their life.  If they don't come it is more likely that something else took precedence, not that they dislike me.  There that should do it.  Now I can be fine with whatever comes about:)
We only have Sacrament meeting today.  The rest is being cancelled because of the world wide leadership broadcast that is happening during the rest of our normal meeting time.  Mel is supposed to attend the special broadcast, so I think I will tag along.  My niece is actually on the film crew that is filming the broadcast.  So my sister went to attend the live meeting.  Then she is bringing Clara home to get ready for her mission to Uruguay.  She leaves in August as I mentioned before.  She is trying to get in shape physically.  She got a letter from the mission president that they have no cars or bikes in their mission, and that missionaries walk an average of 8 to 12 miles a day!  He told her to start practicing! :) I think it scared her just a little, but she is a good girl and anxious to go and serve the Lord.  It does sound a little challenging.  I am pretty sure I would be disqualified!
My knees are not much better, and now my left leg is hurting like I pulled a muscle.  I didn't go and see my doctor because I went to get my dad.  So I suppose I had better reschedule and see what she thinks about this new occurrence.  In my own mind I have thought up all kinds of reasons why my leg is acting peculiar.  But I think it is just tired and old, and maybe a new knee will be necessary.  I really don't want to go through that surgery, but I guess it might help.  I would love to be able to walk well again.  So we shall see.  It might have to wait until I graduate:)
Well, I am not writing too much that is inspiring or uplifting.  I think I will go fix lunch for Mel and think about it.  There are a couple of things I could write about, but I am feeling like I don't have time right now.  Take care out there in cyberspace!!!  I am still pulling for you!  We're all in this together!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGSabbath!!!  Melody

Saturday, June 22, 2013


Good afternoon!  Are you enjoying Saturday?  I am!  It has been fun today.  We had a lot of errands to run, so we decided to start out the day at our favorite breakfast spot.  We haven't been there for a while, so it was very nice to return.  And of course it was packed!  It isn't because of the ambience or the is in a parking lot of an electric supply store.  But the food is really tops!  And I love breakfast foods.  Mel got some very yummy looking fruit filled crepes, and I got cinnamon French toast.  I think they make their own bread!  It was yummy.
We then went over to the local nursery to ask what we can do about a couple of trees we have that seem to be dying.  Apparently we have extremely alkaline soil up here in the high desert of Nampa.  So we bought sulfur and gypsum, and also a bunch of plants and seeds to plant in our very late garden.  It always surprises me how expensive it is to grow plants.  I took a botany class at BYU and they made it all seem so easy.  But I don't think I have a green thumb, because I struggle with gardening.  Or maybe it is like the nice man at the nursery said...we have very bad soil.
After that we went to Costco to pick up a few things...including a little outside patio table I have been eyeing for a while.  I am excited for it.  I love to eat outside, and now we can...:)
Well, I had better go help Mel plant some of this stuff.  I probably need to take a power nap at some point.  I think he may have beat me to it!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Friday, June 21, 2013

Thank goodness for Friday....and art school!!!

Good morning!  I am all ready for art school today!  I think we will only have about 10 kids.  It's funny that I think of that as a small group of grandchildren, huh?  I think we will try a little color today.  They would probably like to try some pastels.  And maybe I will join in.  I think it might be fun.  In my art history class we studied some pastels that were gorgeous.  They were kind of an in thing for a while in France.  Of course they are extremely fragile, so not too many survived very well.
I am pretty tired today, so I think we will keep things simple.  Julie, Kim and Liz will be here, so I can have them do the hard stuff:)  I think they are going to have a yoga class together too.  I so wish I could join in.  Maybe I can do it in a chair:)
I said I would share a few more photos today of my trip.  I love to look back and see the photos and remember.  I guess that is the idea, right?
Portland train was amazing!

Inside of the station
Hi again!  I never finished this and then everyone got here for art school about 12, so I am just getting back to it.    We had lots of fun.  Kim led us all in a funky dance routine.  I took a short video, but I just want to rest maybe tomorrow:)  And the kids drew incredible pictures while I made ice cream.  It was fun.  But mostly it is nice to get together!!!
Well, I need to go put my feet up and take it easy.  I hope life is good!!!  I'm pulling for you!  Melody
More inside

More still

This was a cool old house we saw along the coast

Path near the ocean

Our Patch of Blue

Inside the gardens

These roses were so huge, and I love the color!

Simpson Beach

More of the beach

There were lots of seals...but blurred here.  If you look
close there is a face in the rock...cougar?

This raven kept posing for me!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Another Adventure....Check!

I made it!!!  I am home.  I am tired, and a bit overdosed on snack food, but I am home!!!!!  It was a long drive, and a bit tense a few times, but we did OK.  I think my dad will probably sleep for a few days resting up, but that is good I think.
We saw a lot of pretty country.  Coming from Sutherlin to Bend, you go through a lot of beautiful forested canyons and riverlands.  It is so green and gorgeous.  Just before and definitely after Bend it is high plains desert!  We even saw some turkey vultures!  Big beautiful ones, complete with bright red heads!  I have never seen those in the wild was a good day.  We did have one kind-of-close call.  The road is a two lane road most of the way, and made me quite nervous several times as I was driving.  The speed limit is 55, but everyone goes about 70.   Anyway my turn for driving was done and I was fiddling with the Tomtom gps that my dad has in his car...trying to change the time to mountain time.  I was concentrating pretty hard when I heard my dad who was driving say, "Oh, no!!!!"  I looked up to realize he was passing a truck and another car was in the other lane headed right for us!!!  It sort of took my breath away and like the level headed, quick thinking person that I am...I hid my eyes and exclaimed, "Oh no, Daddy!"  I fully expected to hit the other car head on, but my dad quickly slowed down and got back into his lane in the nick of time.  The trucker had also slowed and pulled way over, as did the oncoming car.  So we were fine, but both of us were pretty shook up for a while....especially me.  It is a good thing my dad didn't cover his eyes too!!!  He said he hadn't seen the other car at all until it was almost too was gray like the road. I think he is pretty amazing to be able to handle such a tense situation so well at the ripe old age of 90!!!  Anyway, it is all good.  I just don't like to think about it, I start getting all upset again.  I am grateful for a watchful Heavenly Father tonight!!!
Well, I guess I will unpack and veg til Mel gets home.  He flew to Burbank today to buy some much needed machinery.  He should be back before too long.   I am glad.  I really miss him!
I will upload a few photos tonight and tomorrow from the trip.  Here are a few from traveling today.  And also a couple of Dad and Barb phoning each other on the couch last night after she got her new cell phone.
I hope all is well and happy in cyberspace!!!  Take care and have a most lovely, restful, monster-free-sweet-dreams night!!!!  Melody
Looking towards the side of the road

Looking across the road

Looking back down the road

This is pretty accurate of how green it really looks!

Absorbed in new technology (You can see
all of Barbs crochet work!)

They really were intent!!!

The Monster under my Bed

Good and glorious morning!  Some days it is so good when it is finally morning!  I woke up about 1:30 am, still half asleep, and thought there was some horrible, nightmarish beast on the floor next to my bed.   Anyway I screamed myself awake before I realized I was still dreaming. I hate when I do that!  I don't think I woke anyone else up but I had a hard time going back to sleep!  So I am glad the sun is up. I don't think my dad will be for a while yet. We will be lucky to leave for Boise by 9. But that will give me time to wash bedding and towels and unload the dishwasher and fix breakfast before we leave. Barb's daughter is coming over to be with her mom. I hate to leave her here, but she has three daughters that live close to take care of her.
I am looking forward to our drive home. It is quite pretty from here to Bend. Of course after that it is high plains desert. But it is good to be headed home!
I hope you have a lovely inspired day in cyberspace today!!!  Keep smiling! Melody

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

In the Still of the Night

Good evening. I've had another interesting day with my dad and Barb. I am thinking I am not as old as I thought after a day in the life of two very old people. I spent the morning looking for things to stay busy. Finally about 2 in the afternoon we left for Costco and Red Robin. At Red Robin Barb discovered she had lost her cell phone. We looked everywhere but could not find it. Trying to make her feel better I told her she could probably get a new one for free since hers is about 8 years old. So then they decided to go get one:)  That was such an adventure!  Sometimes it would be better if I kept my terrific ideas to myself!  After a harrowing ordeal of keeping Barb well and happy waiting in the car, and acting as translator for my dad (who is so hard of hearing) inside the mall...running back and forth between them..we finally got a great deal on a new smartphone. It wore us all out though, so we hurried home to more familiar territory. Once here the two of them were trying to figure out whether this new phone really did work. It was funny to watch. They were like a couple of kids with walkie talkies. They sat on the couch next to each other and called each other over and over to see how Barb's new phone worked!  I took pictures!  I will post them when I get home. Hopefully tomorrow!  We leave in the morning!  I will be glad to be home!
So good night. I am headed for bed!! Me

My Ocean excursion

Good morning!  It is a rainy day today here in the tiny town of Sutherlin. Yesterday it kept trying to rain on us, but a patch of blue sky followed us all the way to the coast!  My dad kept saying how amazing that was to have sunshine. I guess it is cloudy here most of the time, even when it's not raining.
It was fun to see the ocean. I took a few pictures but it won't let me post them.  I miss my computer, and I really miss Mel. We are heading back tomorrow.  My dad is reluctant to leave Barb.  But he is anxious to visit his daughters too.  It's too bad Barb is so fragile. We did figure out a good source of frozen oxygen for the car.  So she was quite comfortable most of the day...until she tried to get out and walk to the gardens at Shore Acres Park.  That was too much for her. So I took pictures to show her and then we drove to the outlook at Point Aragon where she could see the waves from the car. There were a bunch of sea lions barking away and a friendly raven.  It was fun. After we drove up  to Reedsport  and had dinner at the Harbor Light restaurant. It was great. Think clam chowder and marionberry crisp. Yum!
So today the big excursion will be to Costco. Dad needs a few things there. Then I am hoping to visit the nursery for a few plants. I wish I had my own transportation so that I could go exploring:)
Well I hope all is well and happy in cyberspace today!  Keep smiling!  I will too!  Life is grand and glorious!  HAVVVVVGW!! !!  Melody

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Good merry morning!  I have been sitting here in my Dad's front room reading old newspaper comics:). They are both still asleep. It is a little weird to be the only one up:). I would take a walk, in fact I would love to take a walk, but I pulled a muscle in my leg yesterday. I am not sure how, but when I was walking to my gate at the airport I noticed it was hurting. Oh well. Such is life;) seems like it should be Wednesday. Yesterday felt like two days some how. Yep, I think I am getting old. It is getting harder and harder to keep track of the time.
Right now I am wishing I had my computer.  This iPhone seems so small for typing! I hope life is good in cyberspace today!  HAVVVVGreat Wan!!!!!   Melody

Monday, June 17, 2013


Good evening!  It is late here. It's been a long day, but I am safe and sound here at my dad's. the train ride turned into a bus ride, which was a little disappointing. I love trains!  But it was still fun. I saw a coyote and a group of bald that a gaggle or something?  Flock doesn't sound right. It is so green here. It is a little amazing. And it is so great to see my dad and Barb!  We may drive over to the coast tomorrow.
Well that is all. Good night!  Me

A Little Bit Nervous!

Good morning!  I am feeling nervous this morning!  I am not a good lone traveler.  Ha, ha, that makes me smile.  The song that immediately popped into my head was, "Palladin, Palladin, where do you roam?  Palladin, Palladin, Far, far from home!""  It is sure funny how there are songs about everything in my head.  Here is a link in case you have forgotten the TV series, or never even heard of it:) Palladin 
And since we are on the topic of old Westerns....did you know that "The Lone Ranger" will soon be at a local theater near you?  Yep, July 3rd!  And guess who is playing Tonto?  Well, Johnny Depp of course.  I think it will be another amazing twice told tale.  I used to watch The Lone Ranger on TV as a kid...and never missed an episode I think.  Those were good TV shows!
So I am leaving here about 11:00 and then meeting Mel who will drive me to the airport.  I guess the plane ride is making me nervous.  But at least it is a good sized plane.  I really stress over small aircraft. The part that has me most stressed is getting from the airport to the train station.  But I have a map, and directions, and I should be fine navigating the MAX.  Portland is very big though, with a river that runs through it and I have been lost there before.  I will just keep telling myself that I was born in Portland, and somehow I figured things out back then:)
Well, I had better get packed.  I am not taking more than I can carry on.  That will help somewhat I think.  I just hope I don't have to walk very far!  But I can do this!  Boy, I am sure using a lot of exclamation points.  I must be trying to convince myself!!!!  Take care out in cyberspace today.  I am still pulling for you!  We're all in this together!!!   HAVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!  Melody

Sunday, June 16, 2013


Happy Father's Day to all of outer cyberspace....and beyond!  My dad likes to tell us about a program he watched that said there are at least 19 billion planets able to support life out there in outer space.  It does boggle the mind just a bit.  And it makes me wonder how many fathers there are.....must be trillions or more.  My mind has a hard time grasping large numbers!
So today Michelle, Gary and their six are here.  Eric and Madeline have gone to the singles ward which starts early here...9 am.  This is a little bit of a sore spot with some of the young families in our ward, who really struggle with the 2 pm schedule that we are on.  They reason that the young people would prefer that later time.  Personally I think it is all fine, but then I am not struggling with sleepy toddlers in sacrament meeting:)  I do remember how hard it used to be before they combined meetings.  We were in a stake which was trying out the "new" combined schedule and I remember it was so much easier to go once, rather than back and forth a few times a day and week.  So I try not to complain.  We have it much easier than my parents did!
Tomorrow I am traveling by air to see my father, and to drive with him back to Boise.  He wants to come and visit, but he wants his car too.  So this is how we have figured it out.  I am looking forward to seeing him and Barb.  She won't be able to come back though.  Her lungs are too fragile.  They will miss each other, so I don't know how long my dad will want to stay.  I guess we will just take things a day at a time. I have gotten sort of used to living life that way anyway.  I haven't been much of a long range planner since we went through cancer with Tommy.  I should have more trust in the future I guess.
Well, I hope that today is a happy Sabbath.  It is good to have faith and to worship each Sunday according to the dictates of my own conscience.  I am grateful for the Savior of the world.  I hope that His light and comfort are in your life!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody
P.S.  Here's a cool video to remind you of who you really are!  Child of God

Saturday, June 15, 2013


Good morning!  It is a good day so far.  I gave Max(my Sheltie) a bath!  He has been smelling worse and worse, so it was time!!!  He is so patient and good.  He stood very still for me in the bathtub while I doused him with warm water from a pitcher.....over and over and over!!!  He still doesn't have his glorious coat back, but he has plenty of hair anyway.  It is actually more like puppy hair.  I think he is doing what most old people do....reverting back to his childhood as he ages.  He is becoming a better companion to me too.  He misses Mel a lot, but he is trying hard to be more social around here.  He mopes less and hangs out at the door less.  He still likes to lie by the door in hopes that Mel will come through, but I think he has got the schedule in his brain now and only hangs out there about a half an hour before Mel comes home.  Even though it is Saturday Mel is still at work.  One of the machines is giving him fits, so he is down at the shop trying to figure things out.  He forgot his phone, so I drove it down to him, a convenient way to check up on him...and buy a few donuts for the teenager still residing here.
So now, I think I am going to draw for a little while.  I am probably avoiding yard duty, but that is OK. My knees are not much good for yard work.  I can't kneel down on them, and even if I could I can't get up easily.  We have a huge garden all of a sudden.  The neighbor and another farmer neighbor planted a bunch of corn in our field the day before yesterday.  They left us a few rows for tomatoes, squash and beans...or whatever.  I guess that is good.  But it is way too huge.  I think a nice big cow with a fence around it would be more to my liking....or sheep...or even goats!  Something that would stay inside a fence and keep the grass and weeds down.  Of course right now there is just drip lines and dirt.  It is a mess whenever the wind blows.  So it will be nice when the plants actually grow.  Somedays a subdivision closer in to Boise sounds awfully nice!
Well, I suppose I will get on with the everyday things around here.  Michelle is supposed to arrive with her family about noon.  I'd better plan a meal or two:)  Take care!  I hope things are happy and bright out in cyberspace today!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Friday, June 14, 2013

Art School

Caleb- 10
Hi!  Art school was fun today!  We have some real talent in this group I think.  And besides it is so much fun to get together and draw.  Today we practiced shadows while drawing a still life with a light shining from the side.  If you look close you can see everyone tried very hard to make sure that there were shadows!!!
We also ate a little ice cream, although we did not make the home made kind.  It seemed like overkill.  So we had some Fat Boys from the freezer and called it good.  I mostly enjoyed sitting on the patio in the sun....talking to my sister and daughters and granddaughters as toes were being painted.  It was very relaxing.  And everyone is looking forward to next time.  So I guess it is working.
It is so quiet again.  But at least Eric is here, so I am not totally alone.  It is amazing how having another person around really calms me.  I guess I am not ever going to be a loner:)
Well, I have a bit of cleaning up to do.  Michelle and her family are coming tomorrow to visit and see Eric.  I think they miss him.  So I had better get going.  I hope all is well in cyberspace.  HAVVVVVGE!!!!!  Melody

Aaron- 10

Sebastian - 8

Nick - 10

Kim - Thirty something:)

Anna - 15

Joy - my sister

Eric - 19

Ellen - 12

Jacob - 12

Josie working hard!!

Josie - 10

Jacob - 12

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Thank you Ben and Jerry!

Good afternoon!  I have been struggling with what day it is all day long.  And it just occurred to me that I haven't blogged today.  So that must be it.  I think it is part of my Circadian rhythm.  When I don't blog I feel weird!  Funny, huh?
I got up early because we had one more appointment with the accountant kind of early.  It was good though.  I think I finally understand everything I need to about quickbooks.  And I got a lot of taxes paid this morning.  There are so many to keep track of, and I am glad they are finally in some kind of order so that I can get it done right.  When we had no employees it was much simpler.  Oh well.  I guess it is all good.
Tomorrow is art school again.  I am kind of excited about things.  I think I will have a formal art lesson, and then just let them make Father's Day cards....and ice cream.  I have the ingredients for Oreo mint ice cream.  It is one of my favorite homemade ice creams. Here's the recipe if you want to try it.
Ben and Jerry's Oreo Mint Ice Cream
2/3 cup Oreo cookies ( coarsely chopped)
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups whipping cream
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons peppermint extract

Place the cookies in a bowl, cover and refrigerate.
Whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy, 1-2 minutes.
Whisk in the sugar, a little at a time, then continue whisking until completely blended, about 1 minute more.
Pour in the cream and milk and whisk to blend.
Add the peppermint extract and blend again. Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze following manufacturer's instructions.
After the ice cream stiffens, about 2 minutes before it is done, add the chopped cookies, then continue freezing until the ice cream is ready.
It is really delicious.  You can color it green, but I think that ruins it somehow.  Grandkids, and grammas and pas like this a lot!!!
I think we will have a smaller group tomorrow.  If everyone comes we will have only 18 kids.  Yeah, that is plenty.  And they have so much fun.  I am liking this more and more.
I hope things are happy and well in cyberspace.  I am still pulling for you!   Oh, and since we watched ice hockey for an inning last night...the Stanley Cup I think...Keep your stick on the ice!!!!!  And your spoon in the ice cream!!!!!   HAVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

It's an Irish Lullaby!

Hi!  I have a sign on my dresser that reads, "Be Calm, and go to the Temple."  I think that is really excellent advice.  And it works.  I feel renewed and able to go forward.  I am so glad I spent a couple of hours in the temple this morning.  And the Boise temple is so beautiful now, since the remodel.  It is kind of weird after working there for so many years, to feel like I don't know where everything is, but in a way it is kind of nice too.  And it was good to go with my sister.
After the temple I went to Costco.  I love that store!  But I always spend too much.  Eric is happy though, I found donut holes.  He has been asking about donuts since he has been here.  So now we have plenty.  I hope I can stay out of them though.  Having a teenager reminds me of how I put on extra pounds in the first place.  I feel an obligation to have sweets and fats in the house.  At least that is my excuse.  No wonder grandmas get fat!!!!  We are supposed to have yummy stuff for all the grandkids that come.  I used to love that about my grandmas.  They always had treats!
This evening I watched an "old" movie with Mel....Housesitter with Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn.  I can't  help it....I love his humor.  He sang "Tura, Lura, Lura" and it made me laugh so hard!  I love how funny he makes things!  Here is a clip from youtube so you don't have to watch the whole movie. Steve Martin  And if that isn't funny it is in Italian...Italian... kind of funny how the words don't match:)  And I love the dog!  We used to have a neighbor that had an English Sheepdog.  I think they are the sweetest!  But pretty good escape artists!  Our neighbor's dog used to climb their wooden fence to get out!  It was so funny to watch!!!!
I have been working on a choir arrangement as I mentioned this morning.  I have some good ideas I think.  I want to start with the intro to Battle Hymn of the Republic but then sing, God Bless America first verse, My Country Tis of Thee, 2nd verse, and America the Beautiful, first verse.  And then end with some kind of musical flourish.  I am hoping Jodell can help with this:)  She is a good musician.  I can hear it in my head, but I'm not sure I can put it down on paper.  I did download that program, but it is a mystery to me how it works.  Sigh!
I hope all is well in cyberspace this evening.  It is a beautiful evening here.  I like warm summer evenings.  Have a most lovely night!!!  Melody

There's a song in my heart!

Good morning!  I am dressed and ready to leave for the temple.  I worry if I even write that that it will be harder to get there.  I am meeting my sister Diane there.  We are going to try to go more often.  It seems so hard to get there anymore.  I am not sure why, so it is probably a commitment problem.  At any rate, I really miss it.
Mel and Eric have gone to work.  They hung around here for a while because Mel had not finished his design for a mold that is due today.  But he finally got it finished.  I am glad, because he stresses over these designs.  His program is probably not the best.  But I think a good program costs about $10,000, so he will probably put up with the cheaper version for a while.
I have been working out a medley of songs for our choir in my head this morning.  I need to come up with a patriotic something or other, since we are singing the Sunday before the 4th of July.  I think I have it worked out in my head.  Now I just have to get it on paper and work it up so that it sounds good transitioning between songs.  I hope it sounds as good out of my head as it does inside.  My grandson told me about a free music arranging program that I will try this evening.  I used to have a program on an older computer.  It made it fun to write music.  We shall see about this new program.  I hope it works and is not too difficult.
Well, I guess I had better get going.  I hope your day in cyberspace is a good one.  Be happy and keep smiling!  Life is amazing, and a miracle every day!  I am still pulling for you!  HAVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Late night post

Good night!  I got through today, even the 1.5 hours with the accountant!  I learned that my hunch was right. The accounts were not set up right so that it wasn't just my ineptness that was fouling up the books. They have a quick books whiz that is going to help us get it all straight. I am grateful for that. It makes me think I will have to take a business class next semester.....maybe:). I know it wouldn't hurt.
I guess I have been stressing about all of this business stuff and kind of fighting the feelings of being overwhelmed by it all. I think I need sleep!  So good night moon!  And owls!  I can still hear them at night. It is a sound I have decided I like!  Sweet dreams!  Melody

June is here!!!!!

Good morning!  I have a couple of fun things to share today.  The first is....James Taylor will be singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir!!!  Can you believe it?  It is free, but tickets are necessary and so far not available.  Here is the information.  James  I guess you can put your name in the hat in July.  I hope we can go, but I am sure thousands of people will be hoping the same.
The other thing I have to share is a video on youtube.  It is about a young man, 17, with terminal cancer.  It is really an inspiring video.  We watched it with Eric for FHE last night.  It made Mel and I both get a little teary eyed.  Here is the link.  My Last Days  It takes about 20 minutes.  After you watch it, you will want to listen to the music video, so here is the link to that. Clouds  It might make a nice fireside.  I will have to show it to the Bishop...or have Mel do it:)
Well, today I have laundry, dishes and then the accountant...Aack!  I am not looking forward to this, but it is necessary.  So I will be brave.  I hope today is a great day for everyone out in cyberspace!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!  Melody

Monday, June 10, 2013

It's Monday Night the World Around!!!!!

Good evening!  This morning started out with breakfast and book club.  It's kind of funny.  I was only able to go to one book club meeting this year, but I made it for the breakfast!  Everyone did...almost.  One of my friends had out of town guests pop in, so she missed it.  Too bad too.  The company was outstanding, and the food was delicious.  I had....Rosie's French toast.  That is French toast made with a croissant.  I had never tried it before, but I have been thinking of it all was that good!!!  Of course, not so good for you, so I only ate half.  I shared it with one of my friends.  It was so fun to see everyone.  I listened mostly, but I did get asked one question a lot....when are you through with school?  I told them I have two classes left, so one more semester.  It doesn't really seem real to me.  And I am not sure I have learned to be a better artist.  But maybe I have learned what I believe a really good artist is.  My perception has changed considerably...although I still love classical oil paintings, I have learned to appreciate other kinds of things too.  I guess that is good.
After breakfasting for a couple of hours, I went to see my littlest sister, Diane.  She lives in Eagle where the restaurant is.  It was fun to visit with her, and to see her beautiful yard.  And it always makes me realize how important a few really big trees can be....unless they fall on you of course.
For lunch I went and picked up Mel and Eric from work, and then we all returned to work and I worked on the books all afternoon.  I must admit this is not my favorite part of business.  I am going to go tomorrow and visit with the accountant and try to sort everything out.
So tonight we will dine when Mel gets home.  I brought Eric home with me already.  Then I suppose we will have to have a real family night.  I'm not sure what we will do.  Definitely treats:)  But I am not sure about a lesson.
So life is good, though busy.  I hope all is well in cyberspace today.  Take care and keep up with the smiling!   HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Sunday, June 9, 2013

More fun stuff!

Good evening!  It has been a most lovely day.  My grandson, Bobby gave a beautiful farewell talk in sacrament meeting in Glenns Ferry today.  It is strange to see him so grown up and so prepared for all that is ahead of him.
Three brothers...Danny, Tommy and Bobby

Danny Bobby and Hailey
Yesterday was fun too.  We went to a birthday party for Gabe who turned 8 years old.
Gabe with his squirt out!!!
Then we rushed off to see the melodrama in Glenns Ferry with Amy and her kids.  They all had parts in the melodrama at the old Opera house there.  I took a few pictures of that too.  It was lots of fun to boo and hiss at the villain!!!!!
Well, I had better get back to things around here.  I hope all is well in cyberspace!! Take care and HAVVVVVVVVGE!!!  Melody

Tommy and "Emmeline"

Tommy as some sly guy

Amy supplied all of the accompaniment 

Hailey on stage