Saturday, November 30, 2013


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

Thursday, November 28, 2013

More of the Same!

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

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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

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

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Pepping Up!

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

Monday, November 25, 2013

Monday Night the World Around

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

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Welcome, welcome, Sabbath morning!

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

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Birthday Happenings

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

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

Friday, November 22, 2013


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

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wednesday Evening

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

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tuesday - a long day's journey into night!

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

Monday, November 18, 2013

Monday - 5 more days!

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

Saturday, November 16, 2013


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

Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday! Aaaack!!!

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

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Tales of a Frog Gone Wild!

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

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Doggy, doggy

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

Singing in the Rain

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

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tuckered Out!

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

Monday, November 11, 2013


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

Monday, Monday!

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

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sabbath Day

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

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Hiding Out!

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

Friday, November 8, 2013

Plethora...a great word!!!

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

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Me and Illustrator

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

Happy, happy!

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

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


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

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tuesday Evening

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

Happy Tuesday!

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

Monday, November 4, 2013

A Very Gut Day!!!!

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

Sunday, November 3, 2013


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

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

Saturday, November 2, 2013


Good morning!  I have another day of painting planned today.  I painted all day yesterday until we left to visit our friends in Star for the evening.  I like that their is a town named Star.  And it is right next to Eagle.  Such nice names.  Somehow Nampa doesn't quite do as much for me.  Sigh!
So I am working on painting hair today.  I have been pretty unsuccessful with it so far.  So I watched a couple of videos on youtube to coach me a little.  I am glad for youtube!  Anyway, my goal for today is hair and lips.  Then I will let it dry til Monday and do an overall glaze of some transparent color.  I am not decided on that yet.  But then I am hoping the painting will be mostly done.  And I can let it dry until Friday when I take it to the framer for a final fitting.  Then all I have to do it photograph it and next Tuesday I will hang it up in the student union building.  We have a nice postcard the class made to advertise it.
I will be so relieved when this is over!!!!
So until it is I have painting on the brain.  I hope things are happy and well in cyberspace today!!!!  Take care and remember I am pulling for you!!!!  Melody