Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Fresh Courage Take!

Hey Ho!  It's been a busy day today!  Mel called about 10 to let me know he was stuck in Boise and needed help to get a mold.  He left the Explorer at the Aamco shop for them to work on the transmission and we picked up a couple of big steel molds in my little Honda.  Then we drove around Boise looking at houses for sale until the shop called us to say the Explorer was fixed...no charge because the transmission was still under warranty....phew!
By that time it was time for lunch, so we drove back to Nampa, dropped off the molds at the shop, and then went to a new place for lunch.  It was really yummy!!!  But the place was totally empty.  It looks expensive, it's in a really nice building downtown, but it really is about the same as Red Robin, and so much better.  Oh well.  I told Mel maybe I should become a food critic:)  I think I know where all the best food is to be found!!!!!
After hobnobbing with Mel I had this feeling I should check on Liz.  This hot weather and her bi-polar disorder don't do well together.  I think she begins to feel cooped up.  I asked her if she wanted to go somewhere, but she really just needed some rest without kids.  So I have had Taylor and Alex this afternoon.  We went to visit Julie, because that is fun for Taylor.  He loves his cousins, and also he loves the technology at Julie's.  And we had lots of fun.  I have to say that Alex is one of the easiest babies I have ever had the pleasure of watching.  He is so happy!  He sings while we ride in the car, and is just a joyful little guy where ever we happen to be.  He has only cried today when he bumped his head getting into his carseat....which was pretty much my fault.  I think Julie was a happy baby like this.  It is so nice!
Well, I have to go get some dinner going.  I know it's late, but it's just pizza, so it's not hard.  I have ice cream in the ice cream maker....a request from Taylor.  Hope all is happy and bright out in cyberspace.  I am doing pretty well.  And I am definitely still pulling for you!!!  HAVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

67 Degrees! Definitely a cooling Trend!

Good morning!  I couldn't sleep again last night for a few hours.  I finally fell asleep about 2 I think.  But then I got up early because I thought I would take our little Honda in for servicing.  It has a little message that pops up when the oil needs changing or whatever.  I had gone by the dealership yesterday about 10 and there was a line.  But the printing on the door said they were open from 7:30 am, so I figured I would go early and be the first in line.  So I got there this morning about 7:35.  No line, but the service guy said they were scheduled until noon:)  Some days I should just stay in bed!  Oh well.  I have a good start on today, I am just tired, which of course is nothing new.
One kinda sad thing though....I noticed there is only one baby killdeer left.  Just a couple of days ago there were three.  I hope that I just missed seeing the other two.  But it is a tough life for baby birds around here.  Besides all of the neighborhood cats, there are also owls, hawks, bull snakes, foxes and coyotes.  Although it has been some time since I have seen a fox.  My neighbor shot quite a few and I am thinking he may have obliterated the fox population in our area, which is good for his chickens, but not so good for this nature loving heart of mine.  I love that we live next to a wilderness area.  We see all kinds of wildlife...especially birds.  It's a pretty dry year though, and I think the lake is fairly low.  We have not seen too many pelicans, and only a couple of bald eagles.  I think they both like fish, and probably the fish population is also low with less habitat.
So that is the report this morning from Ranger Rick.  I do think I would have loved to be a forest ranger.  Of course, not as much as a mommy, so I think I made good choices.  It's nice to be my age and feel like I wouldn't change much of my life.  Maybe the part where Tommy got sick.  But other than that it has been pretty good.  Although it is hard to be a parent of grown children.  The trials they have are hard to watch, with no control or say in things.  But I figure the Lord has a plan and it is my job to keep pointing that out:)
Well, I have a few more things to get done around here before I go back to the dealership.  I hope life is treating you well out there in cyberspace.  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!  Melody

Monday, July 29, 2013

Just a Thing or Two

 Hi again!  I got a couple of photos of the kittens.  Admittedly they are not the prettiest kittens....but I am mostly hoping they like voles!!!  And gophers.  Kim's kids played with them for a while, but the kittens found a good hiding place and escaped.  They finally came back out as Mel and I were eating dinner:)
Remember I had said that I baked cookies to take visiting teaching?  In all of the commotion of getting kids and kittens settled before we left, I forgot them.  One of the ladies I visit is older...88 I think.  She grew up in Berkeley and I enjoy talking with her about her memories of the old Berkeley.  Anyway, her husband thought it was pretty funny I forgot the cookies.  He thought that sounded like something he might do.  He always calls me "young lady", but today he was saying I might be getting old:(
I wish I could say we had come up with some clever names for the little kitties.  Right now, Mel calls them, Thing One and Thing Two:)  I'm not sure which is which.  But it makes me laugh.
Well, that is all I have this evening.  Hope you have a lovely FHE!!!!  Me

Happy Monday!

Hola!  I am having a fun day today:)  First off I slept in until 7:30!  Then I got ready for the day and went shopping....for kitten food.  Yep we got our two cute little kittens.  Their little pitter pattering around the house this morning has reminded me of a talk I gave a while back in church.  It was really a long ways back, because it was when Mel and I were just dating.  I had to give a talk about temple marriage in sacrament meeting.  And the happy family life I was looking forward to....or something like that.  Have I told you this story already?  Oh well, forgive me if I have.  I was talking about the future, and I said something like I was looking forward to the sound of feet pattering in the house.  Then I corrected myself and said, "little feet."  I guess people thought that was funny...thinking of big feet I suppose.  But in my nervousness I thought they were laughing because Mel and I were getting pretty serious, so I said, "Oops, I guess I have embarrassed Mel."  Or something like that...Maybe I said, "Mel is blushing in the back of the room."  Whatever I said, it was embarrassing to both of us.  I think that was when I first became aware of how easily I put my foot in my mouth when I am giving a talk.  And I always worry I will say something weird.
I wish I had a cute photo of these kittens.  I took a few last night, but they didn't turn out well.  I will have to take more when I have more time.  I have been getting ready to visit my sisters for visiting teaching this morning.  My daughter Kim is going to come with me. I have been without a partner for some time now, and it makes it hard to go.  So she agreed to come over and help me out today.  I made cookies to take, and also to give to her kids.  They are old enough to be on their own here while we go visit.  Then we'll all party!  Or at least that is the plan.
So I have realized I only have this week and next before school starts again.  I am getting a little excited.  I think I can get into a metal arts class.  That might be kind of fun.  And Mel can help me I think, he knows so much about metals.  The other classes I am taking are; Illustration, Senior Art Exhibit, and a teaching class about world art.  I am taking the last class because everything else is full.  So maybe I can get into a drawing or painting class if a teacher will let me.  Maybe not too.  The art department is under funded.  They don't have enough classes for the students that they have.  It's too bad.
Well, I guess I will get on with my day.  I hope things are happy and well in cyberspace today.  Take care out there!!!!  I'm still pulling for you!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Trying to be a more Christian Christian

Good Sabbath!  I am having a great Sunday so far.  I have witnessed a few things I consider pretty fantastic.  The first is when a friend of mine, Brother Bodily, stood up and sang a solo in sacrament meeting today.  He told me some time ago that he used to sing with his brothers when he was small.  I guess I might have mentioned this to Jodell, who told our music chairman.  So I feel a little responsible that he got asked to sing.  I know it was hard for him, especially here in this area where macho men don't sing.  But let me tell you he has courage, and a fine voice!  That was scary for him, but he did it anyway.  And I am so grateful to him for doing that.  Just think of the example he has set for the young men in our ward!  And to all of us, that we can do hard things!
The other thing was when I was leaving the house this morning.  The little killdeer have grown big enough to leave their nest, and they are so cute!  They look a little like teenagers...scruffy, misplaced feathers and legs too long for their body.  I would like to sketch them, but they are very shy.  They only let me get a glimpse of them because the car is quicker than they are.  I will put my camera in the car and see if I can get a photo tomorrow morning.  I hope so!
Another thing that happened was in Relief Society.  I saw a friend sitting towards the back, and felt a prompting that I should talk to her.  Sadly I ignored the prompting and went and sat down.  As I was going out, I again had that feeling I should stop and talk and see how she was.  Again, I ignored that little feeling.  So two strikes.  Luckily, I went down to the clerk's office to find Mel, and she was there too.  Mel said to me, (Name withheld) needs a hug today!  I hugged her and asked her what was going on, and realized I had really been getting prompted.  I apologized to her that I had not been more sensitive.  She really did need a hug today!  And she needed to know that someone else cared about her and her problems.  I guess that I should be more sensitive to that little voice.  I have been where this lady is today, and it doesn't feel very good.  I think she needed to know that someone else had been where she is, and knew how she felt.  I will try to listen better in the future!!!
Our lesson in Relief Society today was based on Elder Hales' talk, "Being a more Christian Christian". Here is a link. Elder Hales  It is a very thought provoking talk.  It made me think I can certainly do more to spread the gospel, and more importantly, to live the gospel.  I have many opportunities in my life to be a better example.  I have good intentions....I just don't always follow through the way I should.
Well, I am off to pick up a couple of little kittens from my neighbor.  That is the other nice thing that happened today.  I have been hoping to find a couple of little kittens to replace those that have disappeared, hoping that if they start out little here, they will stay close to home. The lady sitting next to me in Relief Society made an announcement that she has 7 kittens she would sure like to get rid of.  That made me kind of excited.  Maybe we will scare those voles back into the desert:) And even the gophers!!!  I will post pictures later today:)
So I hope this day is finding you happy and well.  Take care out there in cyberspace!!!  I am pulling for you!!!!  We're all in this together!!!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVGS!!!!!!  Melody

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Dreaming of the Tropics

Good morning!  I am wishing for more energy today.  I think maybe my medicine is a little strong or something.  I have been trying hard to eat better again....I am off of sugar!  Lots of veggies and whole grains.  But when I do this my meds are a little whacky.  I am taking my blood sugars so I don't go off the deep end, but it maybe that my blood pressure is a little low or something.  Or maybe I am just tired.  That is always a possibility I guess.
Mel is doing yard work today.  The mower is growling as I write.  Being gone the last two weekends has not been a good thing for our yard.  It is not an easy maintenance type of yard....except for the garden.  It just keeps growing and looking great.  But the lawn is another story.  It seems like we have way too much in my humble opinion.  There is always something to do with the lawn!  Either a sprinkler is broken, or a new weed has appeared, or the heat just overcomes it all.  We have had a week or five of 100 degree temps and it is sure showing in our lawn!  It didn't used to be such a problem when we had a lawn service, but our friend who owned the service moved and Mel is reluctant to start with another service.  My hairdresser recommended someone....Armando! I love the name!  I so want to call him and have a beautiful lawn again.  Oh well, I guess this is one of those man things.  I will be patient with the sad lawn, and hope that Mel can overwhelm the weeds, keep enough water going, and not keel over from the over work.  He is so busy right now with his business, and I guess I worry about him overdoing.
My sister Diane and her family are in Hawaii right now.  They are using my dad's time share and from their pictures on facebook it really looks fun.  No, I am not coveting...much.  I guess a really relaxing vacation in the tropics does sound appealing though.
Well, I had better get to things around here.  I hope all is happy and swell in cyberspace today!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVGW!!!!  Melody

Friday, July 26, 2013

T.G.I.F.

Good morning!  I am having a bit of a lazy day today....and it feels very good:)  I am watching netflix and doing laundry:)  Sometimes it is nice to avoid all responsibilities.
So I have been going to pass on a couple of funny posts from the sign downtown.   Are you ready?  OK...here goes..."Pregnancy - seems like a maternity!"  I like that one.  I can't remember the other one, I will have to notice again when I go by it later today.  Sorry about that.  I think my mind is a little tired.  I really am in a bit of a slump today.  I am having a hard time coming up with anything to write about.  And that is not like me.  I usually can think of some funny oddity from my life:)
Hmmmm.......we are having a camp out for our empty nesters group a week from today.  We are going up to a friends' house in Cascade, they have a cattle ranch up there.  You may remember, I posted pictures from there a few years back.  It's a beautiful spot.
So I guess to end I will post a few more pictures from the redwoods.  I had such a peaceful feeling there, and just looking at the photos helps me to remember how it felt.  Amazing!  You feel like the Creator is so close, He could just step out and greet you!
The old Redwood Highway

The undergrowth is so thick!!

This looks like a path into an enchanted forest
 Well, I guess I will sign off.  I hope all is well in your world today!!!  HAVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody
I loved how the ferns just grew out of the dead trees...and even the live ones

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!

Good morning!  It just turned into tomorrow a little while ago.  I am up because I wanted to register for free tickets to the James Taylor/Mormon Tabernacle Choir performance.  It's a lottery, so I may not get any tickets.  But I wanted to get the best possible opportunity:) I think you can go to LDS.org if you want to try your luck at getting tickets.
Well, I just had to write a few sentences and promote this amazing concert.  Now back to ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!  Me

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Thurs' Day

Good morning!  It is another sunny day here in the land of Oz.  My visiting teachers have already come and gone, and I have already cleaned up the house for their visit.  So I guess it will be a day of fun and relaxation:)  Yesterday was also a nice day.  I went by and picked up Liz and her kids and then we went to see Despicable Me 2.  I must say that I laughed harder than my grandkids.  It was lots of fun.  Good, over the top imagination.  And it was fun to try to figure out how they did this and that with the graphics.
Well, I don't have much to write about today.  I am on my way over to Boise next.  I hope things are happy and well in cyberspace today!!!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Our Speedy Run through the Wilds

Good morning!  And happy Pioneer Day!!!   I am beginning to feel a little less like I crossed the plains today.  I was pretty tired yesterday after our speedy trek.  So lest you think we are as crazy as a couple of loons (where did that saying come from?) I will write my defense of what occurred.
After we made sure my dad was settled in well, we borrowed his keys and drove to Eugene to rent a car so that we could drive back home.  We discovered we would have to rent it for two days, as one wouldn't be enough time to return dad's car and get back to Idaho without serious sleep deprivation.  So then the wheels started spinning.  Since we had the car for an extra day, couldn't we drive down the coast and peek at the Redwoods?  So we bid Dad and Barb adieu and started down.  We arrived in Crescent City about 7 pm and I got my first glimpse of the ocean.  It is like medicine for me.  I feel healed somehow just standing on the beach.
First glimpse
As we drove into town, I must admit I was a little shocked at the change in Crescent City. Of course a few stores and restaurants were closed because of it being Sunday, but many were closed because of the recession....closed for good.  I guess that makes sense, since it is definitely a tourist area, but it made me feel bad.  Anyway, we found a motel and rested up in preparation for the next day's journey.  We figured we would visit the light house, go to the woods and wander among the trees, then head back.  We had no way of knowing that on our hike back from the lighthouse we would meet a most interesting family, who were anxious to show us the wildlife hanging around in the tide pools there.  It was lots of fun visiting with them and their two curious boys.  They showed us how to overturn the rocks and watch the scampering crabs run for shelter.  We handled a few and learned all about them from the dad.  Then he went and found about 5 or 6 sea stars for us to see the different colors.  He told us about the eels and anemones that he often finds there.  I felt like we had a mini marine life lecture.



Anyway, as we were leaving we mentioned that we were off to see the redwoods.  So he told us of a place, "just 14 miles south" that had the best drive through the redwoods ever!  It sounded fun, and we thought we would have plenty of time, so off we went, in search of the giant trees.  Well, it was more like 20 miles, and then it was a long drive along the old Redwood highway.  It was breathtakingly beautiful, and we decided just to relax and enjoy it.  I got some gorgeous photos, and we took a little hike into the forest.  For some reason, my knees were not as sore, and I was able to do a lot of walking.  Here are some of the photos.










Well, by the time we finished this it was noon, and we were thinking we'd better get going.  We only had the maps on our iphones, and so I bought a map at the ranger's visitor center.  That's when we realized we were in for a very long trip home.  We could either go back to Roseburg and travel through the way we had come, which would have been about 13 hours, or we could go on to Eureka and travel through on 299, also around 13 hours.  I guess we are definitely full of that pioneer blood, because we both thought it would be fun to take a new road.  And it was!!!! It would have been even more fun if we had had another three or four days to wander through my old stomping grounds around Weaverville.   As it was we stopped at an ice cream store there in Weaverville, and met a man from Hayfork, which is where my grandparents had a mining claim with a cabin when I was a little girl.  It was fun to talk to him about the old sights around there.  There was also a dog in the store that I fell in love with.  Her name?  I don't remember, but she was a rescued Doberman Pincher.  I didn't know they could be nice.  I have only seen and heard about them being vicious guard dogs.  She was gentle and sweet and so docile!  Anyway, I am getting lost in Weaverville, and we are barely on our way home!  We drove through the very dry and hot forest there in the Trinity alps.  Here I should mention that it was 56 degrees in Crescent City, with fog.  In Weaverville it was 107!!!  Fifty-one degrees in a couple of hours.  I knew it could do that, I just hadn't experienced it in a few years.
Anyway, we drove on to Redding, and then from there on up through the gorgeous farm and ranch lands of north eastern California.  I really loved the scenery, as did Mel.  It was lots of fun to see.  As we crossed the Oregon border, the signs called it the Oregon outback.  This should have been a signal to us to get gas, right?  But no, we didn't even worry about it....until we were in Lakeview, Oregon and all three of the gas stations were closed.  I guess they close early for family home evening:)  Anyway, we had decided we would have to stay, and pay an extra day for the car, because there was no way we would reach Boise before 11 am on Tuesday from Lakeview, unless we got up at 4 or something.  So Mel went into the office to see about a room, and just mentioned our predicament.  The lady said there was a gas station north of town that stayed open til late.  Wasn't that nice of her?  I thought so.  Anyway, it saved us.  We went and got gas and then drove on to Burns.  We arrived about midnight, pacific time.  Which meant of course that we had to get up early to get to Boise on time.  It's about 4 hours from Burns.  But we did it.  Remember that sleep deprivation I mentioned we were trying to avoid? Well, I certainly felt it yesterday after getting home.  I went to bed.  Mel, he's such a trooper, went into work, and worked hard all afternoon trying to stay awake.  Then he came home about 5:50 and rushed off to visit one more family for his home teaching assignment.  He is a good man.  But last night a very tired one.
So today I am trying to get things done around here...like the neverending story of laundry.  But it is nice to have a few memories of ocean and trees in my brain as I work....and write.  We really did have a fun few days.
Well, I hope all is well and happy in cyberspace today as you plan vacations and quick getaways after being inspired by mine:)  Take care!  I hope life finds you smiling today!!!  Melody

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Burns

Good morning!  I have a lot to write about when I finally get home...like why we spent only 5 hours to sleep in Burns Oregon last night. But for now I will just report that we are still happy and enjoying the jaunt. Boise, Idaho here we come!  HAVVVVVGW!!!!!  Melody

Monday, July 22, 2013

A New Day

Good morning!  We are in the lovely town of Crescent City!  I talked Mel into coming to see the Redwoods before we head back to Idaho. We got a glimpse yesterday, but we will walk among them this morning before we leave. The ocean is nice too. I wish we had a few days to sight see. Sigh!
The interesting thing is how much this town has changed since I was here last. I think the recession has been pretty hard on them here. So many places have closed!
Well I guess we will have a fun day today. Hope life is great in cyberspace!  HAVVVVGW!!!!  Melody

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sun Day

Good Sabbath!  I have been enjoying the quiet here this morning...reading the Sunday comics and waiting for anyone else to wake up. I think Mel is up because I can here the shower on. But Dad and Barb may sleep for awhile yet. So we may not have a ride to church. We shall see.
I have a funny little Mel tale to relate today. As we were driving here yesterday we saw a hawk up in the sky, riding the wind. Mel said,  "Sometimes when I see a hawk flying around up in the air, having so much fun, I think that I wish I was a hawk."  My dad said, "Well, maybe in the next life!"  Mel answered,"No, cuz then I remember he's up there flying around looking for rodents to eat!"  He made us laugh with that one!
Well this is laborious to type on my iPhone. So I will just wish you a happy day out in cyberspace and say "Adios!"  HAVVVVGW!!!   Melody

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Update

Good evening!  We are in Sutherlin, settling in for the night. Dad and Barb are reunited and both as happy as they can be. It's nice to see. I'm not sure yet how we are traveling back. I am guessing rental car...or maybe plane. We shall see. Nighty Night!  Me

Tripping Along

Good day!  We just had frozen yogurt in Bend,Oregon. We are having fun. My dad is very excited to be returning to be with Barb. We are enjoying each others company. Lots to talk about. Hope life is good in cyberspace today!  HAVVVGW!!!!  Melody

Friday, July 19, 2013

Just a Note...C# I think.

Hi!  Life keeps changing!  I am headed back to Oregon with Mel and my dad tomorrow.  It is a little unexpected, but nice to leave this heat!!!  I am not sure how much time Mel can take off, probably not much.  But it will be fun to travel together.  We are still figuring out whether to take another car or just fly back.  Not much notice for flying so it gets pricey.
I have had fun watching netflix today.  Yeah, I did kind of goof off, although I got all the laundry caught up.  I started watching Breaking Bad.  It is a little addictive, and I cannot really recommend it because of the violence, but it is a very cleverly done depiction of someone being carefully lured down to Hell.  Kind of sad, but fascinating.  I can recommend the new release of American Masters: Johnny Carson.  Mel and I watched that last night and thoroughly enjoyed it.  What a personality he was.
Well, I am going to go pack my suitcase.  Have a great night!!!!!  !!  Melody

"Ay, there's the rub!"

Good morning!  I am going to share something very personal this morning.  It is something I have never shared publicly before.  It is that I suffer from PTSD.....post traumatic spider disorder.  I have suffered from this ever since we lived in a basement apartment at BYU.  Our sweet landladies were avid gardeners, and so they had lots of plants in their yard of every variety.  Unfortunately they also harbored every variety of garden spider....large, fat bellied spiders of black, brown, red and golden hues, with long, spindly legs, who would creep into our apartment and form webs.
Although I worked diligently to get rid of them, they were ever present, and would slide down their silken threads into my bed at night...landing on my hands, face or forehead, scaring me to death with their creepiness!!!  Of course the men in my life tried to play this down.  My brother would tell me of the spiders of Argentina where he had served his mission, that were the size of oranges, and would literally plop on your bed at night.  Mel would tell me that our spiders were harmless and that I had nothing to fear.  Why in Idaho there were black widows and brown recluse that could kill you with one bite.  I think their attempts to calm my fears only added to them.
So back to my PTSD.  Even though it has been many years since we occupied that basement apartment, I still have dreams of spiders....large and terrifying they slide down from the ceiling towards me, and I wake myself up with my terrified screams.  Unfortunately I also wake up Mel, who doesn't mess with me anymore about spider dreams.  He scoots to the other side of the bed and waits until I have woken up to approach me, as I often think he is the spider and flail at him until I am fully awake.  I am always a little embarrassed when I finally do wake myself up and realize I have been screaming.  It is an odd experience.  And I usually only have these dreams when I am very stressed or very tired.  Anyway, I had one last night, and woke myself up again with screams.  I am a little hoarse even this morning.  It is kind of funny, but also kind of frightening.  And this morning I don't remember the dream at all, just the screaming.  It is a little weird, I admit.  Perhaps writing a confessional will help to get rid of the dreams:)
So, today is clean out the fridge, pay bills, and shop day.  It should be art school day, but everyone has other things to do.  I think the enthusiasm for art is waning with the increased temps.  Swimming in the lake or the pool seems to be taking precedence.  And I must admit it is fine with me.  I am kind of hoping to start on a painting today...at least the drawing part.  I think I would like to paint a scene from the Cub River.  I know Mel would like that.  I am just not sure about the medium.  And it really does sound like hard work right now.  I may talk myself out of it before the morning is over:)
Well, I hope all is well in cyberspace today.  I am pulling for you!!!  We're all in this together!  HAVVVVVVVVVGW!!!   Melody

Thursday, July 18, 2013

How can it already be Thursday?

Good morning!  I am glad I can say that.  Last night as I was driving home from the temple about 10 o''clock, I saw that there was a crop duster plane flying across the corn field that is across the street from us.  I thought 10 was late...it was just beginning to get dark.  I tried to take pictures, thinking it would look cool, but I couldn't remember how to adjust things for night photos, and I was too tired to look anything up.  At 11 o'clock he was still buzzing....loudly....outside our window.  I am not sure when he quit, but it was after 11.  I must have fallen asleep for a little while last night.  But it was one of those nights that I didn't sleep well.  So now I am kind of dragging.  I have accomplished a few good things though.  I went out to our little orchard and picked all of the apricots on our new little apricot tree.  They are sooooooo delicious!!  The fruit on our large apricot tree is not that great...kinda small and dry. But this little tree produces huge, juicy, sweet apricots!  I had a couple with my breakfast.  After picking all 25 of the apricots :) I weeded our row of garden.  Mel jokes that we have a row crop...one row!!!  It's a long row.....maybe one football field.  I am a bad judge of distance though.  I think I have 17 tomato plants that have survived, lots of squash and zucchini, cucumbers, melons, peppers, beans and peas.   Of course, not much fruit yet since we planted so late.  But I did see one tomato turning red.  So that is really exciting...the first tomato of the season!  For us anyway.  I really like this underground drip system.  The weeds do not flourish as well, and the plants seem to thrive.  I think as we get the hang of this we may use it in our orchard.
Last night was very special at the temple.  Clara was so sweet in her white temple clothes.  And she is an enthusiastic, happy young woman.  I think she will make a great missionary in Uruguay!
My sister Diane, Clara, and Rob
 And as we were coming out of the temple I saw a friend of mine from when I used to work there...Sister Walker.   She is 95 in September she told me.  She had 13 children.  She has 90 something grandchildren, and 360 something great grand children!!!  Can you imagine keeping track of all that goes on with so many?  She said her computer helps.  She is such a sweet lady.  I love to hug her, as it reminds me how it felt to hug my own sweet grandmother.  I imagined as I was sitting in the Celestial room that all of my grandmothers were there, and my mom, and of course, sweet Tommy.  I miss them all so much!!!! It really did seem like they were close.
So today I am going to go see Kim's new Yorkie.  He looks sweet from his photos.  I like his name too!  Mugsy...it sounds like a gangster:)
Well, I have much to do around here.  Hope all is well and happy in cyberspace!  I'm pulling for you!!!  HAVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody
Mugsy P. Doolittle

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Fiery Photos

Good morning!  I thought I would share a few of the photos we took as we were traveling through Downey, Idaho.  We happened to see some smoke, and thinking it was a farmer burning his field or something, we didn't pay too much attention.  Then as we got closer we realized this fire was moving fast....towards us!  It was definitely not a planned burn.  Anyway, I liked the photos, but of course it was much more dramatic in real life.





I really am fascinated by fire...but this was a little close for comfort.  I never did hear on the news what happened with this fire.  Hopefully it burned itself out without any harm to anyone.
Well, I guess I had better get something done around here.  Tonight we are going through the temple with my niece, Clara.  She is getting ready to leave for her mission to Uruguay.  My grandson Bobby flies to Puerto Rico today!!!  Well, the Dominican Republic first.  What an adventure for them both!!
I hope things are fun and adventurous in your neck of the woods today!!!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Melody

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Cub River

Okay, I promised some beautiful photos today.  Mel loves this little canyon out of Franklin, Idaho.  It is the Cub River canyon.  I guess it is named Cub because it flows into the Bear River:)  Anyway, it is really green and beautiful and good fishing too.  Although we noticed that it is kind of invaded by ATV's and dirt bikes, which kinda detracts from the peace and quiet!  We did find a spot off and away from it all...unfortunately the road was muddy and there were big boulders every once in a while.  I got kind of scared that we might get stuck in the mud.  Mel really likes to push the limits of where our little Civic can go.  This is not new to him...we used to travel around the back roads of Idaho in our old Chevy station wagon!  He is a little too daring when he gets on those back roads I think.   And I think my kids would agree.  One year we got stuck in our little truck up in the mountains in the snow...looking for a good spot to cut down our Christmas tree.  If it hadn't been for a party of a dozen snowmobilers we might still be out there!!  They lifted our little truck right off of the high pile of snow we had got stuck in.  Oh well, I guess there are some things you just learn to endure because they haven't changed in 42 years!!!  :)

 I have tried to keep these kind of large, so that you can feel a little of how gorgeous it is.  The colors are so intense!  I especially like all of the woods and rock colors!  And yes, I should do an oil painting.  I don't know why it is so hard to paint this summer.  I feel very unmotivated....perhaps a little down even.  I just have to force myself to even sketch!  Perhaps I have drawer's block...or painter's block.  At least I don't have writer's block.   I seem to have plenty of words!!!  I kind of think it is fear of failure setting in.  I should fight this, right?  :)
Well, I guess I will get on with things.  It does seem like I am always pushing just to get through to the end of the day.  We are going to the rodeo tonight with Jodell and Bob.  That should be fun.  I guess I need to take a power nap before then so I can be in a better mood.  Take care out there in cyberspace!!!  I am still pulling for you!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody