Thursday, October 31, 2013

Just before Midnight

Good evening!!!  It's still Halloween...for 20 more minutes here.  We didn't get any trick or treaters out here in the boonies.  I guess we live too far out.  But the bright side of this is that I went to bed at 8.  And I slept really well until just about ten minutes ago.  So I thought I would blog a little about my day and then go back and try to fall asleep again.
It was kind of a long day.  It started early, like about 2.  I really couldn't sleep.  Mel either.  He usually sleeps really well.  So it must have been something in the air.  I know...we were both so excited for Halloween!  Anyway, I left for school and had a fun time in graphic design.  I am so slow with this icon project.  But I did make some small progress.  I will have to practice in the evenings, when I am not painting.
I went to the framer with my picture.  He measured it and will order in the frame.  He is an artist that had his work displayed at BSU earlier this semester.  I enjoyed talking with him.  I think the frame will look nice.  It always helps to frame a work.  It just looks better.  I have a week to finish everything and get it back to him.
My drawing class was good, but hard.  We applied white guache to our drawing from last time.  I am not sure it was an improvement.  But it was fun to do.  I really do enjoy drawing, and I can tell I am getting better in there.  That teacher is teaching a painting class next semester I would love to take.  But I think to do that I would have to delay my graduation.  I could change my major to interdisciplinary and major in painting too.....nah!  I am done!  I will learn on my own time.  I think practice is the key.  And I really am finished with school for  awhile.
Well, I am starting to feel tired again.  I hope all is well in cyberspace!  And that you are sleeping soundly!!!!  Sweet Dreams!  Melody

Happy, Happy!!!!

Happy Halloween!  Just sending this out to cyberspace before I run off to school.  I hope you have a lovely, happy day!  Me

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Getting Closer to the Finish Line

Hola!  I am just waking up!  I took a two hour nap!  I only intended to sleep for 30 minutes, but I guess I was more tired than I thought.
I had my committee meeting.  It turned out to be pretty good.  They liked the idea of painting over it with a transparent paint, and then bringing out some of it.  They also suggested cropping it.  And painting a little looser.  I guess right now it looks too much like a photo...harsh lines and shadows.  Will I ever understand all of this?
So I have been working on photoshop, experimenting with both ideas.  I can do this!  I have an appointment tomorrow with the framer.  So I have to decide now how much to crop.  Difficult choices.  It sure does occupy my mind!  And this is only one painting for a very insignificant show.  I can't imagine the pressure for many pieces in a real show...like in New York.  My illustration teacher has a show in New York that he is stressing over right now.  That might put me under!  So I guess I am glad in a way that I am not a famous artist with work in demand!  Ha, ha!  I am lying through my teeth right now:)
I also have to do a couple of icons for tomorrow morning.  My teacher liked my frog, fox, and sparrow.  So I guess I will work on those.  I wish I was better automatically just by wishing.  Practice is so hard!  But I can do it.  I hope all is going well in cyberspace today!  I am still pulling for you!!!!  HAVVVVVVGEvening!!!!!  Melody


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Almost Halloween....can you believe it?

Hey ho!  I am having a pretty good day.  I got an A+ on my graphic design test!  I only missed one.  So that felt good.  Especially after our critique of icons today.  Mine looked like a third grader did them compared to the rest of the class.  But I did learn something from the critique I think.  Now if I can just translate it into a fantastic icon!!!
My drawing class was also good.  We had to draw one model at one end of the room and then switch and draw the other model into our composition.  It was hard, but I think I did pretty well.  At least it felt like I did.  And after class I got brave and asked my teacher his advice on my painting.  He is so knowledgeable about technique!  He had lots to show me....brought out a few books to illustrate what he meant...and a few samples.  He suggested I use a transparent paint over what I already have to unify it and to give it a kind of a mystical quality.  So I will try that.  I hope it works!!!!  I trust him to know what he is talking about.  I will try it tomorrow afternoon or Friday when I have some time.  It's only two more weeks until I have to hang this up on a wall in the gallery!  And tomorrow I meet with my two committee professors.  I am a little nervous about that.  But it should be fine.
And that is the news for today.  My evening class was canceled because my teacher is really sick.  We still had to turn in our final artist statement, resume and insurance document for the gallery.  But I did all of that.  I hope it is all good enough.
And now I am exhausted!  Tomorrow I have quite a bit to do for this painting.  I want to take it into a frame shop and see if they will take dimensions and start on a frame while I finish the painting:)  My teacher thought they would.  I hope they will.  I would like it to look well done.
Mel and I have been watching Danny Kaye on youtube again.  He was such a talent!  I am glad there is a place to go and see him singing and dancing again.  I think he is much funnier than Monty Python even.  And I don't feel like I watched something I shouldn't have.  We watched a skit that really had me laughing.  Here is a link.  Danny Kaye
Well, I had better work on homework.  I hope all is well in cyberspace tonight!!  HAVVVVVVGE!!!! Melody

Monday, October 28, 2013

Another sound from nature:)

Good evening!  I thought I would share a very catchy tune with you from youtube.  My grandkids love it!!!  And it is kind of interesting.  My grandkids say things like, "And what sound does the dairy cow make?"  And then they all howl with laughter.  So lest you be caught in ignorance, this is the link. What does the fox say?  I guess I kind of like it too.  It is pretty ridiculous!
So I am almost done with my homework.  I have 11 icons drawn.  They are not terrific.  But I will keep at it til I have four more.  I think 15 is the minimum.  Ugh!!!
Oh well, just wanted to pass on this silly youtube video.  It did make me laugh.  Sweet dreams!!!  Melody

Monday.....Yay!!!!!!!

Hola!  I am laughing!  And I feel very thirsty!!!  Actually I am going to venture out today to the store.  We need milk, and bread and juice, and meat, and something for dinner!  It shouldn't be too hard.  I only have Matthew and Naia....both four!!!!!  Wait... what am I thinking?  I wonder if Fred Meyer still babysits your kids while you shop?  Maybe pizza tonight:)  Julie and Randy should be home about 10.  That seems like a long way off today.
This morning went off without a hitch...Mel taking the kids to school.  Until he realized he had forgotten the house key to Julie's house...where the kids had left their backpacks.  So he came back...about a half an hour each way.  So I guess he really had an interrupted morning.  Ooops!  I guess these things happen.
I am feeling like I am almost done with this painting.  Of course, I will never really be done.  There is always something more.  But I am nearing the deadline, so I am feeling like it will be done...soon!!!!!
So here is a snapshot of this morning's work.  (Thank you, Sesame Street!)
I still have a bunch of icons to come up with.  I am going to do a few birds, bunnies, a mouse and maybe a butterfly.  It is starting to sound like a fairytale!  We were given a list of things we could do.  I would like to try a person, but no people on the list.  I must admit this is not fun for me right now.  Probably because I am feeling so pushed.  But one bite at a time!!!!
So, a health report.  I am doing well. I still get tired, but for the most part I am feeling like me.  I worry about this leg that continues to swell.  But I suppose that is because the clots are still there.  The doctor doesn't seem all that concerned.  So I will just continue on....resting when I can and taking advantage of our lazy boy sofas.
So I hope all is going well today in cyberspace.  Life seems pretty wonderful on this side of things.  Take care and have a nice day!!!!  Melody

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sunshine in my Heart

Good evening!  The kids are all in bed and I remember now why we have a TV in our bedroom.....escape!  I had forgotten how demanding it is to be the mom!  Every time you turn around its time to cook, or clean, or soothe feelings. I wonder how I did this!
So a couple of funny things from the kids. First in church...Hunter, 6,  was kicking his little sister, so I took him out to the foyer. I told him he couldn't kick his sister!  He answered, "But Grandma, I wasn't kicking!  I was just rocking my legs!"  Then at lunch Josie, 11, frustrated by her younger brother's ravenous appetite, said,"Caleb!  Don't eat all the food!  Think about us!"  Of course the funny thing was she really meant "Think about me!"  Kind of made me chuckle. They are really pretty good kids. But they are still kids, and so still learning how to think about others.  But all in all it has been a good Sabbath!
Well I hope this lovely Sabbath day has been  great in cyberspace today. I'm still pulling for you!  HAVVVVGN!!!!  Melody

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Icons and Bunnies and Toxic Fumes!!!!!__!!

Hola!  I am having a fun day today!  Julie and Randy flew off to Oklahoma....and left seven of their kids with us.  So we have been entertaining!!!  I did get a little homework done this morning during carttoons:)  I still have one more version of an artist statement to get done for my painting before Tuesday night.  So far everything I have written has been shot down.  First it was not personal enough.  Now it is way too personal.  I think I will have to just do what I think sounds good and go with it.  It is hard to be in a secular environment and try to do a painting about faith.  But somehow I will figure this out. Today I wish I was still going to BYU!  And besides they have a better football team!!!
The other thing I ought to be doing is finishing this painting!  I discovered last night I have the perspective wrong on Julie's neck and shoulder.  I think when I painted in shadows I crowded in one part and expanded another.  So now I have to figure it all out....Sigh!!!!!  But despite everything that keeps going wrong, I am still enjoying this painting very much.  I like using Damar varnish with Venice turpentine and thickened linseed oil.  It is very toxic....but the paint is so shiny!  I tried for a day to go back to the Walnut alkyd and gamsol....what they have us use at school because it is not as toxic.  But it is really not as beautiful.  I love the shine of the varnish I guess.  I do wear gloves and keep a window open.  I probably should wear a mask too:)  Oh well ;)
So I am guessing that I probably need another week to finish this painting.  And Wednesday I go before my committee who may want me to make changes.  I am hoping not.  I just need encouragement from them right now to get finished!!!  Sorry, I am obsessing again.
So, how do you like Carl's Jr.?  We took the kids there for lunch.  I realized I didn't have enough lunch stuff a little too late.  And the kids needed an outing.  So we packed up Julie's very large van and went for a day trip.  Besides Carl's jr. we went by Mel's shop to pick up a part he is trying to redesign, and then went out to Wilder to pick up the suitcase with all the kids' Sunday clothes that Julie forgot to put in her van before they left this morning.  I am probably a little unprepared because I thought they were coming in the afternoon instead of the morning.  I think we can get by on what we have here in the house.  I always have a ton of leftovers in the freezer.
Well, I hope things are going well in cyberspace today.  If you happen to see any icons running around could you send them my way?  I am supposed to come up with 20 thumbnails of icons from animals, plants, insects, cowboys and clowns.  This probably doesn't seem too hard to someone with experience, but to me it is all new, and I am still figuring out how to make an icon from a photo.  I tried a bunny this morning and it just doesn't seem at all clever or amazing.  Oh well, I will also figure this out.  At least my brain is staying active!  Take care and I hope today finds you well and happy!!!!  Melody


Friday, October 25, 2013

Painting S'more

Mmmm!  I must be hungry!  Although I would much rather eat a s'more than paint one!!!  Anyhoo...I am done for today.  The sun is setting in the West...and my light goes with it.  Someday I will solve that problem.  But for tonight, I am tired anyway.  So I thought I would post another picture of my progress.  I think it is coming along.  Slow...but oh well.
I went back over the face and hair.  I probably will do that a couple of more times to get the hair right.  I also have to work on the boy's hands.  I worked on the one on the hair for a while.  Oil painting is funny because sometimes you just have to wait for things to set up.  I hope it all works soon.  Sorry the photo is kind of weird.  I waited too long to take a photo and the light was too slanted to get a good picture.  It looks better if you click on it.
OK.  Yes, I am totally obsessed with this painting.  Sorry.  I will get over it soon enough.  I just wanted to say hi and I hope your day is going well.  Happy Friday!!!!!  Melody

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Stuffed Marsala Chicken!!! Yum!!!!!

Good evening!  My computer just announced, "It's eight o'clock!"  I can't believe it.  This day has gone so rapidly!  But it has been a really good day for the most part.  I got through my test for graphic design.  It was a hard test....15 true or false.  I hate true or false.  I can always think of a reason it might be false.  Some obscure reason that the teacher didn't even think of.  So I hope I did OK.  I think I did, but we shall see.
My drawing class was kind of fun.  We had to draw on colored paper with two other colors....forming a three value drawing.  It was good for my head I think.  It got me to look at it all in a new way.  And I think I did fairly well....except for the elbow.  But my teacher came by and taught me a lot about how to draw an elbow.  And also some good tips on foreshortening.  I tend to be timid about foreshortening...and shading....and anything that is stepping out of my comfort zone.  But I am learning so much in this class.  I love how this teacher teaches!  I never feel belittled, but I am aware of where and how I need to improve.  It is so positive.
After school I picked Mel up from work and we went to the Olive Garden.  So now I am quite full of breadsticks and soup and I feel like I have had a great day.   I hope all is well in cyberspace!!!!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVWonderfulNight!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

That's All!

Hi again!  I like when I get to the end of the day and I can say, "That's all!"  I have done a lot today, although not nearly enough.  But I think I am almost ready for tomorrow's test, and I have my print design mounted on a black presentation board...cut exactly to 16"x20"!  Our instructor made a very big deal about this.  I kind of think this is the engineering side of art....very exacting!  At least that is what our teacher emphasizes.  I am not sure we have even studied any design principles.  But we are being tested on the history of typography.  And it ain't easy!!!  I also have five icons traced from other sources.  So I am set for graphic design.
I feel bad about my drawing class.  I am way behind in the homework in there.  And I can't seem to find the energy it takes to do it.  I am going to go to the library tomorrow and see if I can find a good anatomy book to check out.  It might help to be able to draw these different anatomical drawings.  He has focused on five different areas of the body for five assignments...and I have done one.  So you can see I am not kidding.  I hope I can get some leeway on this, as I couldn't  draw for a while with my head aching, and then I have had this painting to keep me busy with the rest of my drawing time.  I am hoping I can catch up this weekend.  But I can already see things conspiring against me in this.  I will just have to eat it like an elephant...one assignment at a time.
And I notice I have started whining alot!  I hope it is not so noticeable from the other side of cyberspace.  But I feel kind of whiny.  I came home and slept for about an hour today.  I may be a little tired:)  I have been going to bed earlier and trying to take a nap each day.  I think it helps, but I still have a high pitched noise in my head which I recognize as a sleep deprivation symptom.  Mel thinks this is a funny description...but I have noticed this happens in my head when I get too tired.
Well, I hope today has been a good one in cyberspace today.  Take care...it's a dangerous world out there!!!!  But it's also beautiful and glorious and I am very happy to be here.  Have a most lovely evening and sweet dreams!!!!!  Melody

Back to the Usual Daily Grind

Good morning!  I am up and ready for school....but is school ready for me?  Ha!  I wish that were true. I am not feeling very ready for school.  I may have a committee meeting today...I asked for one but haven't heard from either professor.  So I may just bring a digital version of my painting in case they both agree to today.  It is still kind of wet.  So....
In other news....there really isn't any.  Last night in my exhibition class they said we have three weeks before our work needs to be totally finished....framed included.  Then she added it takes two weeks to have a framer frame your art work.  So I guess it will be Mel and I framing this piece.  I hope that works.  At any rate it makes for a lot of painting with school work jammed in somewhere.  I have a test tomorrow, along with a project due, a mid-term portfolio due, and a bunch of homework that I will not finish by tomorrow.  Oh well, it is what it is.  And I can pull the "I was in the hospital" card.  But it doesn't hold much weight.  I guess I look too well or something:)
So I had better get on with things.  I like writing because it helps me to sort of calm down and see the bigger picture.  Sigh!!!  Take care and I hope you have a most marvelous day out in cyberspace today!  I am pulling for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody
P.S.  Here is another progress shot.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Painting Some More

Good morning!  I am up and happy and ready for the challenge!  Ha, ha!  That is certainly brain washing at its height.  I do hope to be able to paint today....and then go to class this evening.  I think I will try painting in the background today.  And I am hoping to get the paint flowing better.  I was trying to remember what mixture I have used in the past of oil to thinner, and I think that might help.  Anyway I will try it.  Oh, and I will post where I am this morning so that I have a reference.  It is funny, but I keep making changes and then I think..."Oh no, I should have left it the way I had it before."  My first painting teacher, Bob, would say that the worst words to go through an artist's mind are, "I just need to fix this one thing!"  I think he may be right!!!!
Well, just wanted to send a happy greeting out to cyberspace this morning!  I hope all is happy and bright and full of inspiration!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  I'm pulling for you!!!  Melody

Monday, October 21, 2013

Painting - Day 2

Hola!  I am painting again today.  And it is working a little bit better.  Although there is definitely something different in the way the paint is sticking to the matt medium.  Maybe I should have put on a coat of gesso.  Oh well.  In a way it is good, because I have to take shorter strokes, and I think it looks a little more painterly.  So here goes, I have been working on Julie's face this morning.  The rest is waiting for another day.

You can probably tell that I have lots more to do.  Like getting the nose and mouth right.  And her left eye might  be a little droopy.  It's funny cuz she has the same droopy eye that I do...only not as bad.  I think it is good to take a photo though.  It helps me to see things in a different way.  But I think things are working better and I am hopeful now that this painting will turn out.
I don't suppose I mentioned that I have taken over the kitchen dining area.  It is kind of funny cuz we are now eating in the dining room....which we usually only do when we have company.  And the kitchen dining area is overrun by paint and easel and terrible smells. I keep a window open and I also walk around every once in a while to get away from the toxicity.
Well, I'd better get back to it.  I still have lots to do, plus I need to run into Boise later and print off a design for graphic design class.  I may not be getting the best grades in that class.  I am definitely not a graphic design person.  It is a little boring to me to sit in front of a computer to draw.  I like the feel of the paper and the toxic smells of the paint!  Ha!  I really do.  So have a great day!  I'm still pulling for you!!!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sabbath Day of Peace and Rest

Good Sabbath!  Oh how I love Sunday!  Today has been so peaceful and restful too.  It wasn't always like this.  And next Sunday it will be a review of the past, as we will be watching Julie's kids while she and Randy take a plane ride to Oklahoma for a job interview for Randy.  I can't pretend I am excited about this.  I really don't want them moving away.  And I am not sure how we can be on time for church next week, since Mel will not be here to help dress seven little bodies!  But it has made me enjoy today even  more.
Our Bishopric changed today.  They released our bishop and his two counselors and put in three new men.  Our new bishop is a farmer.  And his first counselor is an insurance salesman, and his second counselor is an orthopedic surgeon.  Mel is still the ward clerk.  He said it will be a great combination of people.
I had the special privilege of leading the choir.  We sang "As I Have Loved You" with two extra missionary verses (thank you LeAnn!!!).  It was so perfect!  The stake president gave a beautiful talk about how the missionary work would go forward with our help.  And then the choir sang...like it was planned to be that way.  I guess it was...just not by me.  I love how inspired things can be.  Anyway, it was really beautiful.  We had three high council men that happened to sit up by the choir....and they sang with us as if they had practiced with us.  They didn't miss a cue.  I often think we have angels sent to sing with us, but I don't often have the opportunity to actually see them.  It really was very special.
I came home from church exhausted though.  I guess that is just the way it will be for a while.  I tried to watch a couple of conference talks I have recorded, but I couldn't stay awake through any of them.  So I finally went to bed....and couldn't fall asleep.  I guess I need to have to pay attention to actually fall asleep:)
I hope today is a good day out in cyberspace.  I am so glad for a few weeks of autumn before winter arrives.  I could easily become a snowbird and travel to warmer climates for the winter months.  But that probably isn't a possibility with Mel's business.  So somehow I am going to have to learn to love winter cold.  Perhaps I could become a snow sculptor!  I found this link of 50 things to do in the winter.  I think I will try some of them.  Here is the link. Winter Ideas  Have a most wonderful rest of today!  I'm still pulling for you!!!!!!  Melody


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Day 1 Painting

Greetings!  I finally got to paint today!  Yay!  However it is turning out to be much harder than I expected.  Oh well.  Rome wasn't built in a day!  And I think this painting is going to need layers.  But here is what I have so far.
I think the paint is a little thin the way I have been mixing it, and it doesn't seem to want to stick very well.  Oh well, that will be another day's worry.  I am too tired to keep doing this today.  And my computer just told me it is 4 o'clock.  I just discovered that it will talk to me.  I've had it turned off for the last few years:)  I like when it tells me the time!  I get so distracted I lose track of what time it is.  Anyway, I think I will have Julie come over and help me by posing on Monday.  I haven't painted her eyes, nose and lips yet....they are still just the drawing.  But she looks a little Chinese without any shading:)  And she looks a little tense:)  I will have to have her pose with a slight smile.  She is like me, and has a hard time not smiling wide all of the time.
So I guess I really should do some computer homework.  But I am too tired.  So I think I will probably rest for a while.  I sure hope my stamina picks up here soon.  Although the doctor said it may be a few months.  So...no complaining.  I just hope I can get things done!!!!
And I hope things are happy and swell out in cyberspace today.  I am loving this weather!  It is just what I wished for a couple of weeks ago.  So I should enjoy it while it lasts!  Take care and I hope your day is loverly!  Melody

Friday, October 18, 2013

Night Music

Good evening!  I always have such glorious plans for the day!  I also always seem to bite off more than I can chew.  I like that analogy.  Anyway, I didn't get any painting done.  Instead I realized I was missing some major medium things...like cobalt dryer....so I had to make a second trip to town.  And that ate away most of the sunlight.  But I am ready now to tackle painting first thing tomorrow.  At least I hope so.  I do get more tired than I like.  I can't seem to accomplish all I need to do each day to keep up with school.  I realize this is silly.  I should just be grateful to be alive and let school fall where it may.  But I am not happy to have mediocre grades.  And when I think about it, my teachers are all very patient and kind.  So I will just continue to do my best and catch up as I am able.  There, that's settled:)
On Sunday the choir is singing for ward conference.  So that is one more thing.  I may have Mel lead the choir.  They are sounding good, and I am sure he could handle it.  I will see how I am feeling.  I hate to bypass my calling.  Thinking of Mel leading music makes me laugh a little.  Tonight he was leading the music for a movie we were watching.  I guess he was standing up to get closer to the pellet stove and get warm.  But he was so funny!  I should have taken a video!  He was dancing as he was conducting, for my entertainment I am sure.  It did make me laugh!
I am sounding a little discouraged I think, and I am really not.  Just tired.  So I am headed for bed.  I hope all is grand and glorious in cyberspace tonight!  Take care and sweet dreams!!!  Melody

Finally Friday!

Good morning!  I am waiting for my visiting teachers to come.  They are so fun to visit with, I look forward to their visits.  Then I have a very overdue hair appointment.  I probably have an inch of gray showing through.  I think it kind of looks cool.  But I don't think I will start a new trend or anything.  The kids at school can't compete:)
And then after I get my color under control, I am coming home to paint.  Julie is probably coming over to model a bit more.  I would really like to get a one directional light going so I can see it.  It would help with the painting.  And I think she can help with figuring out a background.  At one point I had a bed with Tommy on it...after he had died.  Kind of morbid I think.  So I scratched that.  But now what to replace it with so that it has some meaning.  Oh well, this too will get solved.
So have a happy day out in cyberspace today!!!!!  I'm pulling for you!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!  Melody

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Alive and Happy

Good evening!  I am home from school....and there is no school til Tuesday night because of an inservice meeting Tuesday.  So it gives me a nice long rest from the commute.  That seems to be the hardest part.  But I am resting:)  Today I took a power nap at the park between classes.  It was nice until somebody drove up and parked behind me with their speakers turned waaaaayyyy up.  I just parked somewhere else, no big deal.  But it was kind of funny.  It reminded me of living in Manteca.  We used to try to take the kids and go to a park for family night sometimes.  Inevitably someone would drive into the park and have their speakers turned way up.  So it got to be kind of a joke that we couldn't escape the music.  I guess you had to be there:)
So I am almost ready to paint.  I have one more coat of matt medium to paint on my picture.  I must admit that I am rather scared to start.  But I can do this.  I just have to put that first brush in the paint and go!  It is sort of silly I guess, but I already like the drawing and I don't want to ruin it:)  Oh well, if I do I still have the original drawing and I can start again.
Graphic design was interesting.  I studied hard for the test, but then the teacher decided not to give it today because a couple of kids thought he said it would be next Thursday.  Oh well, I guess it is not totally wasted study time.  And maybe I can do better.
In my drawing class my teacher came by and helped me draw in the face...naming each bone and how it fit into the skull.  I am impressed at how well he knows his anatomy.  I guess I can keep studying it until I know it too.  I am fascinated with how well it is all constructed.
Well, I am going to just veg tonight.  Tomorrow is another day!  I am so glad.  I went to see my doctor today and he told me once again how I am one of the lucky ones.  He said a friend's mother had a little discomfort standing at the sink, so he drove her to the E.R. and twenty minutes later she was dead.  He said it happens so fast with so few symptoms that many people don't catch it in time.  I figure I am more than lucky...I am blessed.  And I am so grateful!  So have a wonderful night.  And remember I am pulling for you!  We're all in this together!  Melody

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Takin' a Break!

Hi again!  I am getting things done.  I just finished gluing my enlarged drawing to a masonite board.  Now I will just put a few coats of matte medium, sanding in between each coat, and I will have a painting surface.  I guess it is about time.  Our show is November 15th!  That means I am running out of time!  But I think I can paint this in a couple of weeks.  I know I could if I didn't have any other homework.  But alas!  I have a test tomorrow in Graphic design.  Our teacher is big on typography and the history of typography.  So we have to know names and dates!  Flash cards are my friends!
I talked to my anatomy drawing teacher yesterday and told him I was way behind in my homework.  He said just to catch it up as I am able.  So that is good.  I was feeling very stressed about that.  So other than that I think I can keep up.  And I am excited to paint.  I love painting, it is just very hard to get to.  And even though I have a bedroom set aside as a studio, it isn't a great place to paint.  I prefer our kitchen dining area.  It has big windows and a hardwood floor.   If we didn't have to eat in there!  And that is the trouble, we do.  So maybe I will temporarily kick us out of there so I can leave my painting out.  All things are possible!  Well, perhaps that is a slight exaggeration.
So I was just taking a break.  I'd better go study!  Take care and have a great rest of today!  Melody

Greetings and Salutations!

Good glorious morning!  I feel good today!  Yay!  And I am off to school!  I hope your morning is wonderful and inspired!  Take care!!!  And HAVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Gute Nacht!

Hola!  I am home from a very long day at school.  But I did it.  I really wasn't sure I could.  But except for being kind of tired, I did just fine.  In fact better than fine, because so many people were so concerned and kind to me.  It is nice to feel loved!
I showed my drawing to a few people at school.  The consensus is that it will work.   I had it enlarged by the guy who runs the big printer at school.  He is so nice.  He printed it very large just for me....24" x 30".  It looks great.  So now I just have to glue it onto a board and start painting.  I hope I can do this.  I must admit I am a little nervous.  I found out tonight, that my painting will be in the front spot for our gallery show.  That also makes me nervous.  Oh well.  It will go by so fast I won't have time to be nervous!
Well, I guess you don't need a blow by blow account of my day.  It was long, it was fun, I am home!  Yay!  That is the best part.  Tomorrow I only have one morning class, so it will be an easier day.  Maybe I can get some painting in....or at least mount my picture onto a board.  I feel a little like the Renaissance painters who painted on planks:)
So I hope things are still wonderful in cyberspace.  Life is wonderful!  And I am glad to still be here!  Sweet Dreams!  Melody

Monday, October 14, 2013

Homework and Haciendas

Good morning!  It is bright and shiny here today.  I love sunshine!  I think I will have to find some time to walk about in it today.  Mel likes to take a "walk about".  He is so funny!  This morning he said, "It used to be we would get up and say,"Yee ha!"  Now we say, "Eeee Rrrrrr!"  I guess this was a subtle reference to last weekend.  We are still both wondering about it all.  It is hard to accept the fact that our warranties have run out!
Today I am going to venture out.  I want to try out the printer at school...the big epson printer.  It would save me all kinds of time if I can enlarge this drawing, print it out and then use mat finish to glue it onto a board.  This is what Donato Giancola does.  Then I can worry about painting on that, instead of a canvas, which I am not fond of anyway.  Canvas tends to sag, and has a grain, and well, yes, I am being a baby.  I like canvas OK.  I just want to try this method of Donato's.  I tried it small scale a few semesters ago with a painting I did of Little Miss Muffett.  I liked how that turned out.  So I want to try it again, only make it large.  I am pretty sure I can get 16 x 20 ".  It would be fun to get it even larger.  Am I boring you yet?  Sorry.
So what exciting and marvelous adventure can I tell you?  Well, Julie and Randy and their seven children may be moving in here for a short time.  They think they have sold their house in Wilder.  And Randy has applied for a job in Oklahoma City.  Yep, tornado country.  I am not excited about this decision, but they are young and restless and need to shake their lives up a bit I guess.  I remember the sad letters my mom used to send me when we lived in Utah and they were still in California.  I really thought she was being kind of silly.  I understand better now how she felt.  Life is too short to live it far away from the people you love.  But we do have better ways of communicating now, so I suppose it will all work out.  I hate that my dad lives in Oregon.  I understand why Barb needs to live at sea level with her lung disease, but it doesn't make it any easier to have them so far away.  In fact, I still think my idea of a big hacienda would solve all of this living too far from each other.  I can picture it in my mind....a large estate with plenty of room and a courtyard with a large swimming pool and barbeque pit in the middle:)
We could all be separate, yet close.  My family laughs at this idea, but I am a little serious about it.  Well, only a little bit serious.  It does make me laugh thinking of us all walking around in flared skirts and sombreros:)
Well, I guess I will get on with my day.  I still haven't done my anatomy homework.  I may not get that done before class tomorrow.  Sigh!  I will see how far I get with it.  I hope your day goes well in cyberspace today!  Take care and remember I am pulling for you!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Love One Another

Shalom!  It has been a very peaceful Sabbath.  In fact a neighbor came by, rang our doorbell to give us a sheet of music, and woke us both up.  Funniest part was we were both sitting up on our couch!  We really are getting to be old fogies!  Not sure I spelled that right.
So I remembered the sign downtown's version of a smile...."Smile - a curve that straightens out a lot of things".  I think that is what it said.  It is still a little like jello in my brain.  I don't have any pain, just this overall feeling of being exhausted and that my thinking is a little fuzzy.  Oh well.  It has only been a week since I left the ICU.  So I am just grateful I am doing as well as I am.
And I am super relieved to have really begun my senior project.  Tomorrow I am going to get things prepped for painting.  I want to be systematic somewhat....I am still deciding on a color palette.   Kuler by Adobe that I have mentioned before is really helpful.  I just can't decide if I want to do a monochromatic sort of thing like Carriere's painting, or a more realistic rendering of color.  I have a teacher for drawing that will probably have some good suggestions, so I may talk to him in class on Tuesday.
In Sacrament meeting today we had two young people give their missionary farewell talks.  One is going to Mexico, the other to Ghana.  It seems we have at least one a month lately.  Lots of missionaries!  I think that is good.  I just think how young they all look, and I hope they can endure the hardships they are sure to face.
I also realized I gave the wrong link to Pres. Eyring's talk the other day.  They are both good, but this is the one from Sunday morning. To My Grandchildren  I guess the other link was to the priesthood session talk.   I really like the message of this one too.  I like how he explains that the main thing to finding happiness is to keep all of the commandments of the Savior, but especially the two most important ones....to love God with all of your heart, might, and mind, and your neighbor as yourself.  It is true that all of the commandments of God rest on these two commandments.  It certainly simplifies things when you realize that love and service are at the root of happiness and the key to unselfishness.
Well, I just thought I would write a few sentences to say I am still here and doing fine.  I hope all is well in cyberspace!  Have a wonderful Sabbath day!  Melody

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Whispering :)

Hi again!  I thought I would like to share this drawing I have been working on.  I kind of like it.  I used Julie and her son Matthew for models.  It helps to have a real live person to draw:)  Anyway here it is so far.
I am not getting the light quite right.  I will have to have them come back so I can figure that out....and a bunch of other stuff.  But I am liking the direction this is taking.
My head ache is finally gone.  I decided to take the other half of my blood pressure pill and that seems to have done the trick.  I still feel like I have pudding in my brain, but at least it isn't hurting anymore.
Mel and I did a very little bit of shopping...milk and medicine, etc.  I also got a pair of Sunday shoes without heels so I don't trip.  Falling is sort of a no no.  Funny, I almost fell down in the store.  They had this display right in the middle of the aisle, and I didn't see a part of it that stuck out and I caught my foot on it.  Luckily I was already holding on to Mel.  I have a lot more appreciation for people with walking disabilities!
Well, looking at this photo helps, cuz I can see I need to work on a few things....lips and contrast especially.  I am not sure I want Matthew's right hand on her shoulder...I erased it and drew it in a few times.  The one he has holding back her hair with I really like though.  It will stand out better with color.
So just wanted to share a little.  I feel like I am slowly climbing back in the saddle.  Hope things are wonderful in cyberspace!  Take care and have a wonderful night!!!!!  Melody

A Special Day....Saturday!

Good morning!  I woke up and had no headache for a few hours.  But it is back.  I am beginning to suspect the medicine I am taking.  It can be a side effect.  Although only for 3-5% of people.  I guess I could be one of the lucky ones.
So yesterday I got the go ahead for a sketch I sent my teacher.  Which means now I will draw it in very good detail, scan it and enlarge it and use it for the base of my painting.  I love technology!  And videos of other painters.  I have a good one by Donato Giancola, an illustrator that I admire.  I have been trying to follow his method because I like how he gets a good drawing underneath his painting.  For me that is key.  I draw better than I paint, so if I can get the drawing down I paint better.  This may not make much sense to you, but it is very clear in my own mind.
So that is one of my goals today....to make a detailed drawing.  The other is to do my anatomy drawing homework...at least partially.  Every week we have nine more drawings, so it is just piling up.  Even if I only do a few a day it would help.
And that is it.  Except I should also keep the laundry going:)  It really is the never ending story.
In some ways I wish I was in Logan for the BSU game.  Not because I love football...But because I love Logan, and it would be fun to drive through that gorgeous canyon and see the fall colors.  Mel's family is from that area, and so we have visited there a lot over the years.
Well, I hope all is well in cyberspace today.  I am still pulling for you!  We're all in this together!!!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Friday, October 11, 2013

Yay for Friday!

Good morning!  It is beautiful here.  I am getting that weather I wished for...mild and sunny.  And I am awake!  I had such terrible dreams about driving....not being able to see( duh!  my eyes were closed!) and crashing into everything.  It is good to be awake!
I turned in a sketch via email to my committee....finally.  Now I hope they just say it is great composition...go and paint!!!  I am excited to paint, and anxious too.  I don't know why I don't just do it.  Hmmm...messy, challenging, and my head still hurts.  The doctor thought it was probably blood pressure.  It was quite high.  They took me off the meds because it was low in the hospital.  So I am back on them.  But I am pretty sure it takes time to kick in.  In the meantime I am checking my smile in the mirror every time I walk by to make sure it isn't a stroke:)  I told you...this is making me crazy!  I don't like to worry about me.  It is bad enough worrying about everyone and everything else!!!  The doctor was very nice, told me I had had a very close call, but that I should be fine.  However....blah, blah, blah.   I am supposed to watch for a few things...like my smile.
The sign downtown yesterday had a nice saying about smiles....I will have to take a note to remember it if I go by in the next day or two.  I kind of think I will just lay low here at home.  It is still kind of tiring to do too much driving around.  And it is probably better to rest...and move...and rest...and move.  I am getting the routine down.  And as soon as I start doing the normal....people will expect it of me!  And then there goes my vacation!
So enough about me.  How are things in cyberspace today?  I hope everything is bright and beautiful, and that you are at one with the universe!  Take care and remember I am pulling for you!!!!!!!!!  We're all in this together.  I actually thought I heard drums last night...really!  It made me laugh just a little.  Good luck!!!!!  I'm rooting for you!
....And HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGreatWan!!!!!!!  Melody


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Thursday

Good morning!  I am having a slow morning today.  I didn't wake up until 8 again.  This is not acceptable:)  Of course I was up a couple of times, so not like I had a long sleep.
My headache has vanished.  I am thankful for that.  It made me worry I had a clot in my head somewhere.  But apparently not, because this morning I am feeling pretty good.  I am having a hard time not worrying about myself.  This is also not acceptable.  I don't want my attention turned inward.  I think there is too much to do outside of me.  I am also worried about school.  But I keep telling myself it will all work out.  And in the couple of blessings I have received I am assured that it will.  So trust in the Lord with all of my heart.  I am.  I figure that it is all good and adding to my experiences in mortality.  I guess I just didn't expect this one.  And I think I am slowly processing all that has happened.  I worry that it will change my life...having to be too careful...getting old prematurely.   Talking to my sweet Daddy and his loving spouse last night, they assured me that I won't be old til I reach 90.  Ha!  They are a good example of people who are still young at heart.  I think that is the key....to keep love and happiness as companions in your life, and not let the doubt and darkness creep in.
I am so glad for conference!  I keep thinking of different things that were said, and it helps me each day to look on the bright side.  President Eyering is a favorite of mine.  I love how he speaks from his heart with so much feeling.  And I love how he speaks with so much wisdom.  And how he speaks with the Spirit and that you can feel his words in your own heart.  Here is a link to his talk...Bind up their wounds  You can listen, watch or read.
Well, I guess I had better get back to things around here.  Just wanted to allay any worry about me.  I am fine and doing well...and taking it easy!  Hope all is well and fine in cyberspace today.  Enjoy your day!  I'm still pulling for you!!!!!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Strange As It Seems

Good morning!  I hope it turns into one.  I have quite a good headache going.  But I think it was the dog poop in my studio that did it for me today.  Max must have gotten sick during the night and he kindly left it here by my desk.  I won't give details, only to say it made me sick cleaning it up.   And he got one of my school books!  Uck!  Luckily it is one I don't need much, unluckily it is rented and I have to return it:(  I will probably have to pay something more because the cover started coming apart as I was washing it off....very flimsy.
So other than that I plan to have a wonderful Wednesday.  I did get the laundry caught up yesterday...just sheets and towels today.  And I came up with one sketch for illustration.  I will keep working on this.  A couple of my friends are coming over to visit this afternoon, so that will be fun.  They are lots of fun.  One of them even had an embolism, so she is very empathetic.  I have it much easier than she did though as I am on Xeralto instead of Cumedin.  It is a much easier medication.
Oh, oh.  I am back to my medical journal again.  Sorry about that.   I guess it is the time of life.  I jokingly call this the "final phase".  But I guess it is not really too funny:)  An older friend of mine calls it the years of "repair or replace".
So I am trying to think of interesting things to write about...and there really isn't much.  Just another day in Paradise!  I do feel very blessed to be allowed to stay awhile.  It has probably changed my perspective a little to realize I might have died:)  It still seems a little surreal.
So I hope life is treating you well, and that all is well in cyberspace today.  Take care and enjoy this wonderful life!!!  I'm pulling for you!!!  And HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Still Here!

Good morning!  I am still alive and feeling fine.  I really do almost feel normal today.  I slept well!  I slept in until after 8, which I never do!  So that is good.  I feel very much like me again.
So the trick is to keep moving without doing too much.  Mel is so funny.  I feel bad that I gave him such a scare.  He keeps saying things like, "How long have you been sitting?  You need to get up and move."  Or "I think you should sit down and take it easy".  I was told by the doctor to just gradually return to normal level of activity.  There was no mention of worrying about the clot in my leg.  I think it is funny that Mel has his own agenda.  But I certainly understand.  I think this worried everyone else more than it has me.
So today I am going to tackle laundry.  I figure I can do this slowly and get it caught up again.  And while the machines are doing their work I will work on my drawings for illustration.  I had intended to get those done this last weekend.  So I will begin to make some compositional sketches to mail to my teacher.  Once I get a composition approved I can start in on the actual drawing.  I am kind of excited to do this...no, really excited.  I think it will be fun...although rather challenging.  I am still debating media.  I love oil painting.  So maybe oils.  And I love large, so maybe something 3' x 4'.  I will keep thinking on this.
I can also work on homework for my anatomy class.  I have 18 drawings that are due today....nine more next Tuesday.  Nine of those are do overs.  Our last homework he gave the option to do over after talking to us each individually about the work.  I had totally misunderstood what he was wanting, so I opted to do it over.
So I hope things are wonderful out in cyberspace today.  I am still pulling for you!  We're all in this together!  (The cannibals got pretty close, but we scared them off!)  So take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Monday, October 7, 2013

Room with a View

Good morning!  I am in my lovely hospital room on the seventh floor. The view out my window is sspectacular!  I can see all over downtown including the capital building!  I am enjoying watching the sky lighting up as the lights in the city dim.
I am waiting for the doctor to drop in. And hopefully he will discharge me. I am ready!  Although I have kind of enjoyed meeting so many nice people. Not a grumpy person in the mix!  I might get a little grumpy working a twelve hour shift all night long!  I admire these dedicated people!
Well, I am hoping all is well in your neck of the woods. Did I mention I had a surgery here?  They put in a filter to block any further clots from traveling up to my lungs. They went in through the jugular vein so I have a bandage on my neck. I told my grand kids I got bit by a vampire:). It makes a better story!  Have a great day in cyberspace today. I am still pulling for you!!!  Melody

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Day Three

Good morning!  I am feeling much better today. The doctor will be by in a half hour and will probably send me from the ICU to a regular room. I am really looking forward to a shower!  And a little freedom. In here I have to have a nurse supervise and help with everything!  I really haven't felt bad. It is hard to believe what the doctors tell me...that I wouldn't have made it through the weekend and that it is good I came in when I did. And I guess I will be on blood thinners for the next few months and probably the rest of my life. All the doctors like to talk about the massive clot in my lungs.  Honestly it all seems surreal. I am very grateful to be here still, but it is hard to believe it all.  I keep thinking they are going to tell me that they mixed up my CAT scan with someone else's. Like I said I feel great. I guess my heart beats too fast with exertion and that is a problem. That may explain why I have been so tired. This has probably been going on for a while.
Anywho....just checking in. I am looking forward to conference today. Yesterday's sessions were so great. I loved all that was said. I thought Elder Holland's talk was especially brave and insightful. I don't know that I have ever heard a general authority address mental illness. I knew that Pres. George Albert Smith suffered from depression from an article on the Internet but I have never heard it talked about in church. I think it is a step in the right direction and will help many people to not feel guilty about being depressed.  I know I feel better knowing Elder Holland had a bout with depression. We have something in common. I think I wrote about how I met him during Women's Conference a few years back. And that I was at the pool in our motel...in my swimming suit. He was there to say hi to his grand kids who were also swimming. It was embarrassing. I remember wishing I was in my temple clothes:)
Well the doctor just came in and said they are sending me to a regular room and then if all goes well I get to go home tomorrow!!!!!!!  I asked him lots of questions and it made me feel much more at ease with everything.
So have a peace filled Sabbath. I am still pulling for you. We're all in this together!!!!  Life is quite an adventure, huh?  HAVVVVVGW!!!!!!  Melody

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Day Two

Good evening!  Day two in this hotelspital. I am doing fine except for some chest pain. Doctor says this is normal and may get worse before it gets better. He said if all continues to go well I can get out of the ICU tomorrow and go home on Monday.  Home will seem nice!  There is so much noise here from beepers and alarms and people talking that it is hard to sleep.
Well hope all is happy and bright out in cyberspace!  Have a great evening!  Melody

Friday, October 4, 2013

Totally Unexpected!

Good evening!  Turned out to be an eventful day!  Currently I am in the ICU at St. Luke's hospital in Boise and I am the patient. Seems I am filled with blood clots. Enough in my leg to be from my ankle to my hip. And one that is very large in my lungs. A saddle embolism because it is in both lungs. The doctor called it dangerous and so I am on blood thinners and they also inserted a filter to keep any more clots from traveling. I actually feel fine. So it is weird to think I am ill.
The silly thing is I keep thinking about all the homework I need to do. I may have to let a few things slide;)
Anyway I just thought I would share my experience at the most expensive hotel in town. I really think all will be fine. Just one more adventure. So good night!  Melody

Thank Goodness for Friday!

Good morning!  It is a lovely day here, sunny and crisp...as in cold!  I don't think we are having Autumn this year:(  It is already so cold...in the 50's the last few days.  Of course it will plummet lower in a month or two.  I was hoping for a month of 65-70 degree weather.  I guess that is my favorite range of temperature.  I really am not fond of the seasons I guess.  I have been in Idaho for over 25 years and I still dread winter.  Maybe if I learned to ski!  Ha, ha!  I tried that once up at Boreal Ridge.  It was awful snow....icy.  And I was a few months pregnant with Kim.  So it must have been about 1974.  Anyway, it was so hard to stay up on the skis.  I fell all the way down the hill...up and down...splat!!!  Not a great experience.  And then I almost miscarried.  So I guess it turned me off to skiing.  And of course it was also very expensive and we were very poor in those days.  I kind of prefer driving to winter:)  If you have lived in the San Francisco Bay area you will know what I mean.  It is almost always somewhere between 60 and 70.  Winter it sometimes gets to 50, but not often.  I keep watching the temps in Fremont where Kenny is, and it is almost always 70.  I think Dublin and Pleasanton got colder and hotter, but it wasn't far to get to warmer or cooler weather.  And when you wanted snow it was only a couple of hours away.
But I ought to be happy with what we have here.  Most of the time I am.  I am still not feeling too great though.  I have an appointment to see the doctor this morning.  Maybe he can help.  I think I am out of balance somehow.
So the rest of today I have devoted to illustration homework.  I want to get a preliminary drawing or two that looks like I did it, but still has that cool wispy quality that Carriere did so well.  I am thinking I will try it in charcoal or pastels or conte crayon.  It all looks wonderful in my head.  Getting it on paper is the trick!  And finding a model.  I may have to look up some photos of grandkids!  That always helps!
Well, I hope today finds you happy and well and singing a tune!  Take care out there in cyberspace!  I am pulling for you!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Happy October 3rd!!!!!

Hi!  I had a good day at school today.  I am really starting to have fun in graphic design.  It is fun on our lab days because we get to fiddle around on Illustrator.  I am making some interesting designs with letters...color this time.  Today the teacher introduced Kuler by Adobe.  You can find it if you are interested here.  Kuler  We watched an instructional video from Adobe.  You can sign up for free and then this is available.  I have it on my iphone.  It really helps with color palettes.  And it simplifies things quite a bit when you are designing.
Drawing was also fun.  I am getting better...with help from the teacher.  He is amazing.  He is very good at spotting errors, but so kind in how he corrects.  I am learning so much!  I think this will help with my senior exhibition painting.
I suppose I should share a little of what I am planning to do.  Have you heard of Eugene Carriere?  He is a French painter from the late 1800's.  He painted ethereal, beautiful stuff.  And I think I can borrow a little from him and come up with a painting.  This is his painting that I love.  I am thinking I will draw something about "Whispers", as in spirits whispering.  When Tommy died I had this experience of feeling like he said things to me in my mind.  It was like he whispered things to my mind.  I wanted to incorporate that somehow in a painting.  Anyway, I like Carriere's style and I am going to try to copy it if I can.  Better artists than me have tried....and failed.  He inspired Rodin and Picasso apparently, who didn't fail of course.
Well, I have to go and rest!  I have been having some anxiety issues I think.  I woke up yesterday out of breath and heart beating lickety split.  It made my day kind of worrisome.  Today I have been much better, but still exhausted.  So I think I will take it easy tonight and tomorrow.  It is nice that it is conference this weekend.  I can just sit around! :)
I hope things are good and wonderful and happy out in cyberspace tonight!  Take care and remember I am definitely pulling for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGN!!!!!!  Melody
A Mother's Kiss by Eugene Carriere

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Finally!

Hi!  My day is going well.  Illustration class was wonderful!  My teacher OK'd my idea for a painting....finally! Actually I emailed him a few days ago...explaining where I was coming from.  It felt like I needed to communicate better what I was trying to do.  It helped.  He thanked me for the email and said he understood much better.  Then when I showed him an example of what I wanted to do he was open to it.  So miscommunication overcome!  I'm glad.  I have been stressing about this way too long.  Next step is to come up with a terrific painting!
Tonight we are going to a Josh Groban concert.  I am really excited.  I think it will be fun.  I love his singing.  And I think it is always fun to go out.  I hope it doesn't make the homework load too tight.  But I can do this!
The temple was a wonderful respite from the world today.  I haven't been for a while, so it was really nice to go.  I think I am going to go every Wednesday after school if I can fit it in.
Well, just checking in.  I hope things are great in cyberspace today.  Have you seen this photo of the Milky Way?  It is amazing!  And the next one is pretty great too!  So have a wonderful evening!  I'm still pulling for you!!!!   Melody

Looking on the Bright Side

Good morning!  I am all set to go to school....illustration class.  I am kind of shaking in my boots.  I have an idea I love.  I may not tell him and email him instead with a painting:)
After class I am meeting my little sister Diane at the temple.  I think I need to be there....and it is hard to go with school.  But I am excited to go.
So anyway, just calming my nerves and sending a friendly greeting out to cyberspace!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Greeting the Day with a Song

Good morning....la, la, la, la!  I am greeting the day with a song!  I had this nightmare last night that I had done a sloppy job on one of my papers.  I spent the whole dream trying to fix it...but my house was full of people who were using my books and drinking my water.  It was frustrating and I never did find the book I needed!  Do you ever have those kind of dreams?  I am always so relieved to wake up and find out none of it was true.  So that is why I am singing!!!
Also I feel pretty good today.  I love fall weather...especially rain.  So it is all good.  Last night I could hear the coyotes yipping away.  They sounded very close to our house.  It's such a weird sound.  I am not sure I will ever get used to it.
Well, I've got to scoot!  Hope you have a most joyous and wonderful day!  The best is yet to come!!!!
HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody