Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

It's almost 10 pm. But that's midnight in New York and that's good enough for me. We are watching CNN from New York with Andersen Cooper. I am so very glad we are not at Times Square!  People apparently have been standing in one place for 12 hours!  Can you imagine?  I guess I don't enjoy crowds that much. And I really prefer sitting on our sofa with central heating!
Today I spent helping Kim pack. They are buying a house and are so excited!  It is fun to help. I think it will be so nice for them. 
Oh the ball just dropped!  Did you know that in Boise they have a potato drop?  It's a new thing. I think it's only the 2nd or 3rd year. I hope they show it on our local station. I may not stay up for it but I will record it for tomorrow. 
So have a very happy New Year!!!  And I wish the best for you and yours!!!!!!!  Good night!!!!!!!!!   Melody

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Almost a new year!

Good morning!  It is a cold morning here!  17 degrees and climbing...all the way to 25 according to my weather app.  I have been getting things sorted around here...paying bills mostly, but also straightening my files for the new year.  I am planning on getting the house straight, and then I will go into work.  It is a little busy with the end of the year.  And I have been having fun trying to sort everything out for our accountant.  We do have a bookkeeper, but she only comes to check up on us once a month now.  It's good I have someone who makes sure I am doing it all right.  We have come a long way over the last few years getting everything as it should be.  And I have learned a lot in the last few months.  I really never thought I would be interested in the financial side of the business...or any other side for that matter.  It was Mel's thing.  But I have come to enjoy pushing numbers around, trying to get everything to balance and to make sense.  And it is enjoyable to be somewhere that there are people.  It gets a little too quiet around here.  Although our little puppy, Buddy (yeah, I decided that was the best name) does like to bark at the little puppy in the mirror in here.  It is pretty funny.  He is a good companion, I just wish he would learn to talk.  He does communicate his needs pretty well though.  And he is learning better manners all of the time.  Although at Christmas he cornered my three year old grandson and tried to get him to play like a puppy.
Alex

 Alex didn't want anything to do with that nipping and barking though. And the puppy got a scolding.  He is a fast learner, but he does need a little more exercise than I can give him.  Max is tolerant of him, but Max is 13 and really doesn't care too much to romp and play.  I may take him into work today.  He likes to sit at my desk and sleep.   He is growing so fast that I think he sleeps to keep up.
Buddy
Well, I had better get on with my day.  I hope all is well in cyberspace today!!!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Friday, December 26, 2014

The Aftermath:)

Good day after Christmas!  It has quieted down here somewhat.  We still have our oldest daughter and her family here.  I am glad they can stay for a few days.  They are just far enough away  in Twin Falls that we don't get to see each other enough.  So they are here until Sunday.  Taylor and Gabe are also here as Liz and Adrian went to pick up Gabriel from his dad in Oregon.  So my house feels comfortably full.  And with all of the leftovers from Christmas dinner it is easy to  entertain!
We are all a little tired today....me most of all I think.  Too much good food!!!  I think we may just sit around for the rest of today and veg.  We had discussed going to the movie, but we shall see.  First we have to find a movie everyone can see,  It might be easier to find something on netflix and just stay here.
We had a really nice Christmas!  We had 27 people here!  Four of my daughters and their families, and my youngest sister and family.  It was a good group.  I think everyone had a good meal, and we had a short Christmas program that helped us remember the real meaning of the holiday.
And so one more Christmas come and gone.  I hope all is good in cyberspace!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Merry Christmas Eve!  It is really blowing here. There is a winter storm advisory, which means I guess that we should be aware that the storm outside is a winter storm. I went to let the dogs out and the wind had blown snow up against the door...quite a bit!  I guess we will have snow for Christmas!  I must admit I am not that fond of snow, and I worry about daughters and their families traveling tomorrow to come here. But I suppose it is beautiful when it is calm like in a Currier & Ives sort of way. But the wind is loud here tonight. I hope it calms down for tomorrow. 
I have spent today getting ready for tomorrow. I think I only have to put a ham in the oven and peas in the microwave tomorrow. Oh and throw together a shrimp salad that is a tradition. So it should be a nice stress free day. At least when everyone arrives safely. It feels good. I think I can relax and enjoy the gathering. 
So I hope your Christmas is merry and bright. Have a wonderful night before Christmas!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Enjoying the season

Gute Nacht!  It has been a good day today.  I was able to get most everything done for Christmas.  All the presents are wrapped!  That is not the norm.  We are usually wrapping gifts on Christmas eve.  So it feels good.  And all of the shopping is really done.  Although...I still could get a couple of things for Mel.  We had decided that the puppy was our main Christmas gift this year.  But I may get a few little things, just so that we have something to unwrap on Christmas morning.  We have already unwrapped the gifts that came UPS.  We are not too patient about that.  Sigh!  And the dinner on Christmas is in the afternoon, so we will unwrap a few things then.  I am feeling like tomorrow will be a day of baking.  I bought lots of apples for apple pie, and ingredients for a gluten free chocolate cake we all love.  I also have a three layer jello that I think I will not layer.  Instead I can just make three jellos.  It will take less time, and the bowl I used to make it in broke.  Sorry, I am going through my list.  I feel like there is so much still to do, but I think it is more that my head gets a little confused and jumbled with the lead up to Christmas, and it is more an imaginary load of insurmountable tasks.  I should be able to get my part done.  And my girls are all helping with their part of things.
I had a call from my doctor today.  It was all good news.  The biopsy was benign!  I am so relieved.  And the doctor is pretty sure that all of my exaggerated symptoms were the result of the CAT scan I had in October.  He thinks they will all gradually disappear.  And I believe him, because I am already feeling much better.  I will go back in a few months for a followup.  So all is well.
The puppy is still lots of fun.  He is growing so fast!!!  And he is learning that outside is a great place for many things.  He was born outside, and the breeders had all of the puppies outside in a kennel that was wrapped with a tarp, to keep the weather out.  So he doesn't seem to mind being out there at all. And the weather here has been very mild.  Mel said he would fix our kennel up so that if the weather gets bad the dogs can still be outside....at least some of the time.  I think that is good.  I like having them in when I can pay attention, but it is hard to be constantly on puppy guard!  Although he is learning so quickly.  I think he is a pretty smart dog.  And he is still so sweet!  He is calm and good natured.
Well, I guess I had better go get some rest.  Mel is watching a football game.  I am hoping it is almost over!  Take care and enjoy the season!!!  Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!!!!!  Melody

Monday, December 22, 2014

Monday Night

Happy family night!  I have always loved family night.  Even when it is just Mel and I, it is fun to have a night we can study the gospel together, or watch a fun movie, or just sit and talk.  It is so nice to have an evening set aside where work and other obligations don't interfere.  When our kids were small I used to try to come up with some wonderful lesson.  It is much more relaxed now, and much easier to find something we can do together.  Our biggest problem these days is that we are both pretty tired by the end of the day, so we don't usually do anything too active.  When the sun is out longer it is a little easier to want to go out of the house, but I guess it is called family "home" evening for us older folks.
Yesterday's Christmas program was beautiful.  I am glad it turned out so well.  And I am sure we had extra help!  I was pretty sure that our 6 men were joined by some other celestial sounding voices....especially during a song that was just men singing.  It really did sound so nice!  I think the best songs were the more familiar ones.  I love the traditional songs of Christmas.  At the end of the program we sang a song called "Peace, peace."  It is a simple song that we sing as a choir, and then the congregation joins in at the end, singing "Silent Night".  It is always a little emotional for me to hear that.  And yesterday was no exception.  I love to imagine the Savior's birth as a time of angels singing and the thrill of a new baby.

I will never forget the very amazing experience of giving birth, and the way that it feels like the heavens are so close.  It is a little similar when someone dies I think.  There is a feeling that spiritual beings are near and in attendance.
So I think I am finally done with stores.  Oh, except I forgot to pick up my Rx's.  But I can do that tomorrow.  It seems like I have done plenty for today.  So I hope all is happy and bright, and that all of the good feelings of Christmas are in your heart and home.  Take care!  And HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGFHE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Melody

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Singing with the Heavenly Host

Good evening!  I am feeling a little stressed this evening.  I guess it is anticipation of the Christmas program tomorrow.  I would feel better if we had another couple of weeks to practice songs, but I guess it will be fine.  I am just nervous about it all.
We did finish the last of our Christmas shopping today.  So that feels good.  And it is fun to have time together to enjoy the season.  I guess Christmas has always been a special time.  I remember so many good people in my life who have made it special....especially relatives.  My grandmother Duffin had two sisters who did not have children, so they were especially close to us and we had such fun with all of the "old folks" at Christmas time.  My grandparents on both sides were so kind and good to us all, and Christmas was always a time of presents and good food and warm family fun.  I miss them all so very much.  And it is a little weird to think of myself as one of the "old folks."  I feel especially bad that my dad cannot be with us.  He isn't traveling much now, and Barbara not at all.  So we will have to take a trip to see them when we can get a break.  Her children are all close by, so they will have some family with them. But it is not the same.
Shopping today was a little hectic.  We only had to get a few things at Old Navy.  But the line was about 40 people long.  I let Mel stand in line, because he offered, and I went and sat in the car.  My knees do not shop well anymore!  It is nice that he will do that.
Well, I guess we are watching some more football.  I must admit I do not enjoy watching it much.  I may just sit by Mel and read my book.  I am reading "The Elephant Whisperer" for book club right now.  It is really good, except that I dream about elephants if I read it before bed.  Big elephants...with big tusks!  I think I saw a movie when I was a little girl where people got attacked by elephants and it has stayed in my subconscious.  I really love elephants, but they are big and I don't like them in my dreams much.
So I hope life is good out in cyberspace.  It is good here in Idaho.  I feel so blessed and really very spoiled to have such a happy life.  I am grateful for Mel and my children and family.  We can only wonder at all of the blessings we have been given....too many to name!  How grateful I am for my faith in God and His son Jesus Christ!  I feel their blessings every day!
 I love the stories of Christ being born in a stable, and the shepherds and wise men who came to visit.  And the wonder of a new star in the sky!  It all must have been so amazing to witness.  I like to think I was there as "one of the heavenly host, praising God" and singing, "Glory to God in the highest!"  Here's the real story from Luke chapter 2: 
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Such a wonderful story!  I love to hear it.  And I am wishing you a most lovely evening and a very merry week leading up to Christmas- and the birth of the Savior of the World!  
HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!
Melody

Thursday, December 18, 2014

An alarming thought!

Hola!  I was headed for bed when I remembered the sign downtown!  So here it is..."Morning - a cause for alarm!"  And it certainly is when Mel is getting up at 4:45 am!  So I am off!  Nighty night and sweet dreams!!!  Melody

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Good news!

I've had a busy day today. First I went with Jodell and we finished visiting teaching. That feels good. And I love visiting these sweet ladies. 
Then I went to get my hair cut. It was getting unmanageable. So that was good. And then I went to see my new endocrinologist. He is smart!  And he said all of this thyroid stuff could have been set off by the CAT scan I had in Oct. He was very careful to explain everything and then took blood and did some fine needle aspirations to get a biopsy from the nodule on my thyroid. He said it didn't look like cancer, but the biopsy would be conclusive. So that is done and I'll hear from him next week with results. I feel relieved. And it would be great if all of the symptoms just go away!
Our sweet home teachers came to visit us tonight. I am grateful for good home teachers. And now I am tired and about ready for a good nights sleep!  Take care!  Me

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Angels Among Us

Hi!  I was going through some of the photos I had gathered with the theme of "Tell Me the Stories of Jesus" and I found this precious one of Hailey I took a few years ago. We were visiting in St. George, so I think this is the visitor's center there.  Anyway, just by chance I got this precious picture of her.  She is a little angel still....even at 7.  I think I may paint this eventually, although not for the church competition.  I have decided I just need to start painting to paint....blob of paint on the paper kind of thing.  It may be that I am overbooked.  For instance....tomorrow I start visit teaching at 9:30, followed by a hair appointment, followed by a doctor appointment.  And it has sort of been like this for a few months now I think, what with working and doctor visits and medical screenings.   Oh well.  It is all good.
We had our temple preparation class with a young missionary-to-be tonight.  He is a sweet young man. He has a brother with autism, and it has been sweet to see him escort his brother as he passes the sacrament.  And I think it has matured this young man.  He is so ready for spiritual growth.
There was a funny definition on the sign downtown, but I can't remember it again.  I will have to drive by tomorrow as I run around.  It was hard to understand at first, but when I got it I had a good chuckle. I did get some more Christmas stuff done today.  And I am writing my Christmas letter.  It is kind of hard to write for some reason.  Funny, because I never seem to run out of things to write about.  Oh well, I will keep at it.
So I hope life is treating you well, and that you remember.... I am pulling for you!!!  We're all in this together!!!!!!
HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGN!!!!  Melody

Monday, December 15, 2014

Family Night

Good evening!  It is family night the world around!  And of course it is a good time to tell stories.  I have one for today.  It is about our fun new puppy.  Mel and I were sitting on our couch, sharing our family night treat of Chicago Mix popcorn.  It is cheese and caramel corn mixed together.  The puppy looked at us with such pleading eyes, I decided to let him have a kernel.  Ha!  That puppy already knows how to beg!!!  He got away with about 8 pieces before I decided I had better not give him too much.  I don't want a sick puppy.  But he was so cute begging.  Of course, he is only about 12 inches high.  It may not be so cute when he is 36 inches tall!  I know about how a dog thinks!  It is much the same as with children...give in only one time and they think it is the way it should be!!!  Sigh!
I am feeling much better about Christmas....and poorer of course.  But I have gotten most of the shopping done now.  Just a few more things, which I am hoping I can find tomorrow.  And I also have a spiritual program planned.  We had a wonderful lesson last week in Relief Society that was all on a DVD.  And our sweet teacher made copies for us all.  It is a compilation of many of the church's videos about Christ.  Here is a link to that site and the video of the nativity.  The Nativity
Well, I had better get back to our family night.  It is not so formal now that there are only 2 of us.  And we did have an empty nester's Christmas family night on Saturday.  But it is fun to just be together.  I am glad for that!  I hope all is happy and well out in cyberspace!!!  Take care and have a wonderful family night!  Melody

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Tiggerish

Merry, joyful day to you!  I have been working hard to get everything done for choir practice tomorrow.  And I thought I would upload pictures from my phone.  To my surprise I had 180!  And quite a few videos.  I had given my iphone to Taylor at the concert, so that he could document all of the action.  I guess I was surprised that he really did.  Of course my phone was on silent because it was a concert and I didn't want to disturb the show.  So I thought the videos would be silent too.  But they have sound!  So it wasn't the total waste I was afraid it might be.  Anyway, this music teacher is wonderful!!!  The kids have nicknamed him Tigger because he is so bouncy and enthusiastic about the music.

I hope this video uploads, because you can sort of see how fun he is.  It doesn't look like it is going to work.  And my internet is being weird.  Sorry!  Oh wait!  I downloaded a new version of flash player and now it is going to work.  For the best effect, enlarge the video to full screen!
The last number of the concert was called "Christmas Festival" by LeRoy Anderson.  All of the kids were in it...over 200 aspiring musicians.  It made me cry when they sang, "Joy to the World" to begin.  I am so pleased that there is still sacred music taught in our music programs here in Idaho.  I hope it continues to be a wonderful tradition!
Ellen did well playing her cello, and the concert was a good thing for Taylor, just learning to play his violin.  Afterwards, we went to Coldstone Ice Cream and had a fun treat.  And as I was driving Taylor home he said, "Grandma, we ought to do this more often!"  The perfect finish to a lovely evening!
Yesterday was busy at work and home.  And then Kim and Sean and four of their kids came over to see the puppy and then we all went to see the rest of the puppies...there are 8 left.  One of them has a lame foot and so they were giving him away, and Sean and Kim were hoping they could get him.  But he was already spoken for.  Too bad, because he was really a sweetie, too.  They are beautiful dogs, and they are asking quite a bit for them.  Oh well.
So today Mel is off with one of the men in our ward, working on some project at his shop.  It may be a Christmas something.  I am not sure.  And tonight is our empty nester's Christmas dinner.  It just keeps on keeping on.  And in the meantime, I am my usual self....totally unprepared for Christmas.  I hope I can get a lot done in the next few days!  I may have to visit Walmart at midnight:)  Actually it is probably still busy then.  I think the best time is 4 am:)
Well, I hope all is happy and bright out in cyberspace today.  Have a most fabulous and wonderful day.  And remember the reason for the season!!!  Melody

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thursday

Hola!  We had a nice session at the temple today. It is such a peaceful place! It is a little sad to come home to the national news....so many awful reports of the turmoil in these United States. But it is fun to come home to my sweet little puppy. He did pretty well hiding out in the bathroom. And he seemed glad to see me too.  I am so glad for him!
Tonight is a granddaughter's orchestra concert. Mel has a high council meeting. So I am going to take Taylor who has just begun playing violin this year. I think he will enjoy it. And it will be fun for me too. So that is life today. Merry Thursday!!!  And HAVVVVGW!!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Stories and Memories

Guten Tag!  It is a windy, cloudy day...leading up to the storm coming in here.  I like living here on the edge of the mountains where we are the first to see the storms coming in from the west and south.
This morning was book club.  We had a Christmas luncheon and a few ladies brought Christmas stories to read.  It is fun to get together and just have a fun Christmas celebration.  One of the ladies read a little storybook titled, "The Crippled Lamb".  It was a sweet story of a lamb that was there on the night of Christ's birth.  But it was especially sweet because she has a grandson who is very disabled, and she said that their family also had a crippled lamb.  So I think the story was quite symbolic for her.  Afterwards a few of us were talking and they asked me about my artwork.  It was good to talk things over with them...my ideas and so forth.  I think I needed to get some approval.:)
And now I am home with my little buddy, Eddy....and Max too of course.  Eddy is sitting by my feet....and Max is by the door ...waiting for Mel.  He kind of pines for him while he is away at work.  Although now that he is older he mostly sleeps.  But he gets so excited when Mel walks through the door.  It is kind of cute.  The puppy just saw himself in the mirror here in my art room...and he thinks it is another puppy.  It is cute how he barks and plays with the image.  It is the first time I have heard him bark!  It was hard to leave him here at home when I left for book club.  Although before I left I had to find him.  He had fallen asleep under my bed and I couldn't locate him for about 15 minutes.  He is a sound sleeper!!!
Well, I guess I will find something meaningful and life fulfilling to do here until Mel gets back from work.  I hope all is well!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Exhausted

Wow!  I feel like a new mother!  And I love it. This little puppy is so fun. He slept pretty well last night and much of the day. He is only 7 and a half weeks. Well, 8 weeks on Thursday. He is definitely a big boy!  And everyone who sees him falls in love with him. I took him to get his nails clipped and the groomers wanted to keep him!  He is pretty lovable. We have decided to name him Edison...Eddy for short. He was a big hit at our temple preparation lesson this evening!  And I think he is a natural at making people feel loved. 
So that's my day today...puppy-mom!  I hope life is happy out there in cyberspace!  Gute Nacht !!!!  Melody

Monday, December 8, 2014

My new Buddy

I found a new friend today!  He's so sweet!  Although he still hasn't learned good manners yet. But Max will undoubtedly teach him. He is already pretty happy here. I wasn't sure how he would do away from his 8 siblings. We still have to get through the night;). Anyway here's a few pictures. 
I am pretty excited for him. I think he'll help make things less lonely here when Mel's at work. I have been looking for a good puppy for a while...a friend for Max and me too. It will be fun. And I will have a good pair of ears to make me feel safer.   And I like Golden Retrievers,  they're a gentle breed. 
Well that's my news for today. I hope all is well in cyberspace. Take care and HAVVVGFHE!!!!  Melody


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Merry Memories

Good evening!  It has been such a lovely Sabbath day, although it seems incredible that it is already Sunday again. We had a good fast and testimony meeting with so many precious testimonies from the young people in our ward. I am thankful for their examples. A few of them even made it for choir practice. The choir sounds good, but I felt exhausted by the end and it was only 30 minutes long. And I was shaking so much I could hardly turn the pages. I am anxious to get this thyroid stuff taken care of. I should hear tomorrow when I get to see the endocrinologist. I'm actually looking forward to it. 
We saw a most beautiful thing this morning. It was foggy this morning as we were driving to church...kind of patchy fog. And as I was looking up at the sky I saw a flock of geese and the amazing thing was that they seemed to be suddenly appearing one by one as they flew out of the fog. I wish I had a video, as it looked so magical...almost like a train coming out of a tunnel. Then another flock behind them did the same thing. I felt like I had seen a little miracle. It is one of the blessings of living out in the country. We are often treated to a view of Gods amazing creatures. Yesterday we spotted a coyote in the meadow at the bottom of our hill. It was hard to see as it was exactly the color of. the dried grass. We could only see it when it moved. I love seeing wild animals...at least from a safe distance. I wouldn't want to be chased by one!
So now we are watching BYU TV. The first presidency's Christmas broadcast is on next. Right now we are watching a Mormon Tabernacle Christmas broadcast with David Archuletta. I'm loving this...music and good messages!  
Take care and enjoy the Christmas season!  Melody

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A Little Christmas Music

Greetings and Salutations!  I wanted to share this fabulous video with you all.  I love the Piano Guys, and they have put together a video with the LDS church that is amazing!  So here it is.  Merry Christmas!!!!  Me
Piano Guys

Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday

Good day!  It's been a busy day today. But I am home now...at least for a little while. We have our ward Christmas dinner in about an hour. I'm tired and wish we could just stay home, but we have a ham to bring so I can't skip out. 
In other news...  My doctor called and said the results from the uptake test were not what he expected. So next week I get to see an endocrinologist. So my radiation pill is put on hold til they figure out what's going on. I guess the tests are not consistent with hyperthyroidism   I asked if he thought it was cancer and he said, "I'm not saying it is but we need to rule that out." So I guess it's a waiting game for a while. I'm hoping it's not too serious. 
Well, I hope all Is well in cyberspace tonight. I'm off to the ward party!  Melody

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Manic with a Racing Heartbeat...sounds like a song!

Good evening!  I realize as I write that, that it might be morning or afternoon, but here, right now, it is evening.  And it has been another long day.  It's my own fault.  I was so exhausted last night that I went to bed at 8:30!  And I woke up at 9:30, 12:30, 4, and 5...when Mel left for basketball.  Then I laid there thinking of how to paint the painting I have been putting off so successfully.  I came up with such brilliant ideas!  But when I really woke up they seemed silly.....so I really didn't sleep too great.  I am hoping when they zap my thyroid it might help with this, as insomnia is one of the symptoms.  I went in to the lab this morning for the final reading on the uptake scan.  The tech said that today's numbers are what they use for how much iodine to give me.  Can you tell I am a little nervous about this?  Today she said that I will have to use a different bed and bathroom than Mel after I take the radioactive iodine...for probably three days.  And I won't be able to cook for him.  I feel like I should just check into a local inn and let them worry about the radioactivity:)  But it might be a little lonely.  And I am not good at being lonely.  I have thought it might be a good time for a trip....but no one could go with me, and I wouldn't want to get near other people and radiate on them.  So...I will probably lay low and watch TV for a few days.  I would paint, but that might make a radioactive painting!  I just don't know.  I guess I will have a lot of questions when they finally do this thing.  It is a little strange to think about....and one of the symptoms is having racing thoughts...can you tell?  I think it is a little like being manic.  Except my heart is racing pretty much all of the time.  Before they knew how to treat this people would die from their heart just giving out.  At least that is what the tech told me today.
So are you tired of this topic yet?  I am sorry to be so obsessed about it.  But blogging is kind of like therapy.  So once again if you are reading this you are my psychotherapist...like it or not.  I suppose you could just stop reading.....here....no, here!  Ha,ha!
Today at work I solved more problems.  I am such a whiz at office work...not.  But I am learning.  I did balance the books and write invoices and email customers.  And I fended off a call from some advertising guy who wanted to sell us expensive internet something or other.  We have a new phone number, so most of the calls coming in are from advertisers.  Our long time customers call Mel on his cell phone.  We hope that changes eventually so that he can get his work done.  When I am there he hands off his phone to me and I act as a go between.  But of course they always need to talk to Mel.  I don't know enough about actually doing mold work to be of much help.  I did get a call on his phone from my visiting teaching supervisor:)  I had forgotten to call and report because we got it done early.  It felt good to be able to tell her that...after apologizing for not calling her.
Well, I suppose I have written enough.  I could tell you the other side of the sign downtown...it is misty..something.  I really can't remember.  Something about golfers and divets.  Oh, that's another symptom....forgetfulness.  Wouldn't it be cool if all of a sudden I got my memory back...good as new?  That probably won't happen.  But maybe it will help a little.  One lady I read about lost weight after she went through the procedure.  I would love that to happen.  But I am really not counting on it.  More likely I will still have to fight those hunger urges.  Sigh! Oh well!!!   Take care out there in cyberspace!  I am pulling for you!  We're all in this together!!!!!!!!!!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Melody

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

P.S.

Somehow, someone put a weird message in that last post.  It was supposed to be a picture of a spider.   I erased it, so I hope it is gone.  Sorry about that!  Me

"Look out! Here comes the Spider man!" ...errrr... woman

So today I am slightly radioactive:)  I had to take an iodine uptake test today so that they can figure out how much radioactive iodine to give me to inactivate my thyroid....not too much, but not too little either.  I was pretty calm about it this morning, until they got out the medicine....first they pulled out a rather large, thick, plastic-looking container that had a radioactive sign on it.  They opened that and inside was a very thick-walled lead container.  They opened that and inside was one capsule...red and neon green... kinda weird.  And that is the capsule I swallowed...GULP!  That was this morning.  Then this evening I went back so that they could first, do a scan with a geiger counter type sensor....and then they took a scan where I had to lay on a table while a large machine took a picture.  It was weird to realize that the rays for the scan were coming from me and not the machine!  This is definitely modern medicine.  I have to go in again tomorrow morning and they will measure how much radiation is left with the geiger counter machine.  Then I will wait for results.  The next big step will be to actually take the full dose of radioactive iodine.  Then I will have to be careful to stay away from other people...at least 6 feet I think.  But only for a few days.   And there will be other precautions too.  See?  It is a little like science fiction.  But it will be good if it makes me feel better...and it should.  I guess this is common practice.  At least that is what they keep telling me.  And I am enjoying the melodrama!  I think it is kind of fun.
At work this morning I told my grandson I was radioactive.  And he said that there is a really good song called "Radioactive".  So I went on Youtube to watch.  It is definitely not my generation!  He thought it was cool.  This is my grandson, Ricky, who works for Mel.  He is a sweet young man.
Well, not much is new here, besides the spider man thing.  Wasn't spider man bitten by a radioactive spider?  The lyrics from the song are proof that he did...."Is he strong? Listen bud— He's got radioactive blood."  Ha, ha!  Pretty cool.  I may have to get a special suit!
Oh, and lest I forget....I have to share the sign downtown.  It seemed especially appropriate for this Idaho location.  Ready?  Here goes....."Commentator - an ordinary potato."  Pretty good, huh?  I love that sign downtown.  It always gives me a chuckle.  I hope you have a good night!!!
Melody

Monday, December 1, 2014

All Is Bright!


We got the Christmas tree up!  Or more accurately, Mel got the Christmas tree up!  I am happy for that. It is a good start to decorating for Christmas.  I will put up the decorations and ornaments as I feel so inclined....which is not tonight.  It has been a rather long day!  Not a bad day, just a long one.  It started for me about 5 am when I realized Mel had left for basketball.  He joined the recreation center last week.  He found out all of his buddies from church had deserted to the rec center to have their fun.  I suppose it is because they have showers and lockers and such.  At any rate, they meet early before work begins, so Mel has decided to join them on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Which means I will be waking up early too.  Sigh!
Anyway, I tried until he got back home to fall back asleep, but it didn't work.  So when he came home I got up and ready to go to work.  Of course that takes a lot longer than it does for Mel.  He just showers and eats and takes off.  I shower and eat and do the dishes and start the laundry and wipe off sinks and surfaces and etc.  I usually can finally leave and get into work about 10:30 or so.  By then things are moving along there and I can just slip in and do bookwork...and payroll which was my assignment today.  I kind of enjoy it.
Then I had an appointment for my car to get checked, oil changed, etc. And then I had a date with my grandson, Taylor.  He is so cute.  I told him he was sure growing!  We went to Red Robin and he ordered a huge burger...1/2 pound.  It was so huge!  When they brought it out I said, "That burger is at least a mile high!!!"  And he said, "That's a hyperbole!"  I had to laugh at that one.  Of course he was right, but it really did make me laugh.  Besides the burger, he had a chocolate mint brownie milkshake, (Grandma, there are really brownies at the bottom of this!), a large Sprite, and a gaggle of French fries.  I couldn't believe he ate it all!!!  I just had water, as I had already had lunch earlier with Mel.  I thought it might take him a while to down all of that, but he really did eat it quickly.  And when I asked him how he felt...was he full?...he said, "Not really."  I guess he is entering into a growth spurt.  I can remember when Kenny did this I couldn't believe how much he ate. And then he grew several inches in one summer!  So I expect Taylor will soon be shooting up.  He has already grown quite a lot, and his pants were a little short.  He told me he had to sit by a girl today with his pants so short....it was embarrassing!  So we went and got a few pairs of jeans before I took him back home.  I remember how hard it was to keep up with kids when they were growing out of everything!
And now I am back with Mel in our cozy home.  It has been snowing again today....not as cold as before, but still cold to me.  I try to like this cold white stuff, but I really prefer it from inside....next to a warm fire!
Well, I hope all is happy and bright in your neck of the woods!  Have a happy family night!!!!!!!
Melody

Sunday, November 30, 2014

All Is Calm

Good Sabbath!  I hope this day is a peaceful day for you.  It is for me.  I love to go to church and first conduct a choir practice where currently we are singing wonderful Christmas songs.  We had a pretty good turnout considering that about a third of our ward was out of town for the holiday weekend.  It was especially nice to sing "Away in a Manger", and "Far, far Away on Judea's Plains".  I love the traditional songs of Christmas!
Then we had sacrament meeting and the youth speakers were especially good today.  They were senior high school age young people and it was reassuring to hear both of them give a powerful testimony of the Savior.  I worry that young people are so bombarded by the evil influences in the world that it is challenging for them to have a testimony of our Lord.  But I should not worry so much.  They are amazing.
The adult speakers were also good.  I enjoy hearing others share their feelings about the gospel.  So Sunday is an especially nice day for me.  We had a combined lesson for the Relief Society (women) and the Priesthood (men).  It was so good.  We watched a video of Pres. Bednar from Education Week.  He is a powerful speaker.  And I like that he grew up near by where I grew up.  Anyway, here is a link to the talk.  Elder Bednar
One of the things he said was so powerful  I can see how important it is for each of us to share the gospel in our own way.  "I exhort you to sweep the earth with messages filled with righteousness and truth—messages that are authentic, edifying, and praiseworthy—and literally to sweep the earth as with a flood.”  It made me more determined to keep blogging and to share my testimony of Jesus Christ.  He is truly our Savior.
So now we are enjoying a quiet day here in our home.  Yesterday Mel granted me a work wish.  I asked him if he would rent a rug doctor and clean the carpets for Christmas.  So he did.  And they look so much better!  I will be happy to decorate with all the trimmings....as soon as it is dry:)  Today we are climbing around the furniture in the halls.  It is kind of funny.  But not too terrible.  He only cleaned the dining room and great room and hallway.  So things are normal everywhere else.  I guess we will put the furniture back tomorrow:)
I think I will include a couple of photos taken last week at my birthday party by my granddaughter, Ellen.  They are selfies....of her and me and whomever else she could persuade into the picture.  She is lots of fun!  I will have to include Thanksgiving photos another day.  Anyway, I hope all is well and happy in cyberspace!  Things are good here!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVGreat Evening!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody
Ellen, Me, Kim
Sean...not so willing to pose

Ellen, Mel, Kim

Ellen, Sebastian, Aaron
Me....I love cake!!!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

An Attitude of Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving Day!  I am thankful for so many things.  And grateful for every day I have here on this amazing earth!  I have learned so much here!  And I have gained an appreciation for all life...not just people, who are wonderful, but for animals, birds, fish and bugs.  And even all of the microbial life I cannot see, but is amazing nonetheless.  This year I think I have learned to be grateful for everything in the oceans.  It was such an amazing experience to be up close and personal with a few whales!  And also to take that fishing trip!  I so enjoyed the waves and the water, and I was so glad to return to the shore!  I guess I really do prefer land, but it was a fun experience just the same.
And I think I have really gained an appreciation for good health!  I am grateful to be alive and mostly well, and to be able to still partake in life in a meaningful way.  And I am excited to be looking forward to hands that don't shake, and a mind that is calm.  I guess it might take a few weeks or even months after I get the meds.  But it will be worth the wait!
And I thought I would share a painting I did some time ago...when I was first learning about oil painting.  My teacher had wanted us to paint in a more modern style, so we had to pick an artist to copy.  I really don't remember who I picked now.  But he painted in many pictures to bring about one idea.  So that is what this painting is supposed to do.  The overall theme was, "His Eye is on the Sparrow, and I know He watches over me."  But it is really a painting about gratitude.  I could explain each part, but I think it is better if you interpret it for yourself and your own circumstances.  Anyway, here it is...a repeat I know.
I also wanted to share a talk that President Uchtdorf gave recently.  It is about developing gratitude as a way of life.  Here it is.  Pres. Uchtdorf
Well, I hope your day is great and the turkey's sacrifice worth it all.  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Becoming a Tweenager.

Hola!  It has been a good day.  I have gotten everything done that I wanted to do.  And I am not too terribly tired considering.  Considering what...you may ask...or not.  I am going to tell you anyway.  I definitely have an overactive thyroid.  My doctor confirmed it yesterday.  And I also have osteopena...meaning my bones are not as dense as they should be.  I guess that is from the thyroid acting up.  At any rate they are going to give me radioactive iodine to kill my thyroid gland.  It's a little creepy, but I guess easier than surgery which is my other option.  And no one wants to operate on me with my blood clot history:)  My doctor said it will relieve some of the annoying symptoms I have been having (anxiety, insomnia, tremors, exhaustion, and a bunch more).  Of course I will have to take thyroid substitute medicine, but I guess thousands of people do that successfully.  I asked him why I was so fat if I had such an overactive thyroid.  I guess I was a little too frank because he seemed a little flustered by the question.  I do need to watch those filters.  Sometimes I just blurt things out.  And after reading about this on the internet, it is often the case that it increases your appetite rather than decreases.  I guess it is the luck of the draw which symptoms you end up with.  And I guess it can be rather serious long term...heart damage and other organ damage.  So I am so glad he caught this.  And I hope all of the annoying symptoms disappear.  Remember I said I just feel so anxious every time I think of painting?  Maybe this could be one of the reasons why.  That would be so nice.  Then I could stop worrying about everything!!!!  I really have gotten to be so anxiety ridden the last year or so.  And I really couldn't figure out any reason.  So once more, chemicals in the body have been playing havoc with my psyche!
Yesterday, Taylor was over.  He is 11 now.  Soon he will be 12....January 2!  So he is already anticipating being a tweenager.  He wanted me to examine the fuzz that is starting to grow on his upper lip.  I honestly could not see anything.  But I had him look at the fuzz that is growing on my upper lip and we both had a laugh.  In fact we had a very fun day.  He is such a delight!   His little brother, Alex, who is only 3, was also with us.  They both came to my doctor appointment:(  It was kind of hard, but my doctor is also a friend from the ward.  And he has a son that is a friend of Taylor's.  So he was very understanding.  Liz was just so sick yesterday that I had to take them so she could rest.  Of course, Alex was very curious about everything.   It brought back memories of all of the doctor visits with Tommy.  He was only 3 when they first found he had cancer.  So we spent a lot of time in doctor's offices.  In some ways it felt a little déjà vu.  Kind of sad and happy at the same time.
So today I have been to Mel's shop, paid the bills, and did some bookwork.  Then he and I went to Boise so he could pick up and deliver parts.  I enjoy that part of the business.  Then I dropped him off at work and I went to Costco.  It was so busy.  But miraculously I was able to get in and out very quickly.  And the best part is I bought pies....so now I don't have to bake any if I don't feel like it.  We are having our feast at Michelle's in Twin Falls....the day after Thanksgiving.  I don't mind.  In fact I kind of like less stress at the moment.  And it is easier for everyone.
Well, I hope today is a good day for you.  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Can you read my lips?

Happy Day!!!  I have a busy day today...work and then a doctor visit to see about this goiter.  But I wanted to write down this funny thing I remembered from the other day.  It was my birthday and we had Kim's family over for dinner.  My granddaughter Ellen loves our dog Max.  She is only a year older than he is, so I think they have kind of grown up together.  Anyway, she is really sad that Max has gone deaf.  She asked me what he could hear.  I told her I didn't think he could hear anything.  So she was playing with Max on the floor when she said, "Grandma, watch!  Max can read lips!"  Then she told him to sit and shake and lay down, all of which he did.  So then she looked up at me...."See?  He can still do all of his tricks!  You just have to stand in front where he can read your lips!"  That made me laugh!  And maybe it is true.  I know I hear better when I can see a person's lips.  Maybe it is true for Max.  I suppose it is a question for science!
Anyway, I hope today is a good day for us all.  Take care out there in cyberspace.  I am pulling for you!  We're all in this together!!!  I don't hear the drums today.... HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!  Melody

Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday, Monday!

It's a beautiful day today...filled with sunshine!  It is so nice after the week of inversion and freezing cold we had last week. I am sitting in the car waiting for Mel. He had to bring a mold here to Ontario to run as all of our machines are full and he needs parts for this customer now. It is nice that he is friends with this man in Ontario that has several plastic injection machines and a large facility. We are wanting to buy a couple of his machines as he is retiring and selling it all. He is about 10 years older than Mel and has been somewhat of a mentor. 
Anyway, I left Max in charge back at home. He is our sweet Sheltie. In the last year he has gone deaf and so I am thinking I need to get another dog...one that can hear...and also keep Max company when we're not at home. He has had his territory greatly shrunk since Mel fixed the fence:). He used to walk the canal road, but he can't do that now. Poor baby!  I am so glad!  I never liked that he was able to roam so freely. Mel thought it was fine since we live so far out. But things have changed since we first moved here!  We actually have neighbors!
Well I hope things are sunny and bright!  HAGW!!!  Melody

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Birth Day

So I figure I'd better jot something down before company gets here.  I mostly wanted to write about how it feels to be 65 today.  Actually kind of weird.  In some ways I feel like I am just a youngster still. And in other ways I feel like I have learned a ton of stuff during my stay on earth.  I am glad for all that I have learned, although some it was very hard to go through.  But it isn't over yet, and I am sure the best is yet to come.  I hope I can learn what I am supposed to while I am here!  Mostly I think I have to get better at being selfless.  Not selfish, which is the normal way to be, but I want to really be thoughtful of others and to help where it is possible to help, and to put my own selfishness aside.
Well, obviously I am waaayyy too philosophical today. And I still have potatoes to peel!   I hope all is well out there in cyberspace!  Take care and remember.... you know!  HAVVVVVVVGW!!!!  Melody

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday....already?

Greetings!  It has been a good day today.  I got up early and went to Weight Watcher's, where I found I had gained a pound...big sigh!!!  Then I went to the bank and the store and came home to clean up the house and get ready for my birthday lunch with my visiting teachers.  They are the best!  Even though it is still a couple of days until my birthday, they took me to lunch at this very nice restaurant in town.  The food was delicious, but the friendship was even better.  I think we sat and talked for a couple of hours.  The waiters were beginning to circle, so we finally had to leave.  We did have such a nice time and it really cheered me.  This weather has been getting to me big time, so it was nice to sit and just visit with good friends.  One of them is also an artist and so I could complain to her how I am in such a slump.  And she understood.  That is so nice.  Especially when I don't really understand myself.
Now I am home, going through the mail.  I had a late payment notice from a company that is supposed to be getting an automatic payment from me, so I called and found out they had the wrong account number.  So I got that straightened out.  I like when I can solve big problems...a little like a Sherlock character, gathering clues and solving mysteries:)  It is funny how much satisfaction I can get from something so small and simple.  Perhaps I missed my vocation...except I don't think I could really solve much in the real world.  I am definitely not Miss Marple.  And besides, wouldn't it be ghastly if every place you happened to frequent, people got murdered?  It is really strange how she and a few other of those sleuth types just happen to be in a place where someone is murdered....over and over and over!  I can understand if you are called to a scene....but what are the odds that you just happen to be there?  Oh well.  I guess these silly shows don't have to make sense.  It is a little like Doc Martin, who, week after week, is faced with life threatening illnesses in a town that is probably only inhabited by a few hundred people.  I guess you aren't supposed to use logic.
Well, I have a little to report on the health scene.  I got a report back on the internet for my thyroid ultrasound.  The write up from the radiologist said that it is consistent with toxic, multinodular goiter.  Of course I had little idea of what that meant, and I don't see my doctor until next week.  So with the amazing resources available to me on the internet, I went on Youtube and watched a medical student lecture on the history and treatment of MNG's (as they are referred to in highly educated medical circles.)  It was about an hour long, and it was fascinating!  I think I know a whole lot more than I did.  Of course I have no idea of the extent or seriousness of mine, but it is kind of cool that I can find things out so easily.  And one thing I have learned is that knowledge is a good coping skill.  It really helps to feel like you know a lot about something that you are essentially powerless to do anything about.  I am hoping my doctor is very able to do something about this, but in the meantime I am coping very well, thank you.  Or at least I am trying to.  And I was able to identify some of the symptoms I have been having as ones shared on the video.  Pretty amazing stuff!
Anyway, I guess life is pretty good for the most part.  I am looking forward to finally reaching my big 65 on Sunday.  It is kind of a mile stone.  I used to think I would die young....when I was young.  I'm glad I was wrong.  It is nice to be officially entering into old age, or at least retirement age, and to be as healthy as I am.  So take care out there in cyberspace!  I am still pulling for you!  We are all in this leaky boat together!  Hold on and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hola!

Good day!  It is a balmy 21 degrees here and foggy. It has been in the low teens all week, so it really is much warmer. It's supposed to reach 30!  Here's hoping!
Today is the first day this week I haven't had a medical test of some kind. It's great!  And I am feeling pretty good. Of course the doctor hasn't called with any results yet. So all is good for today. 
I am planning to go into work today and help out there. I am pretty caught up there though. So I am thinking I might do some things around here. I should paint, but I really get anxious just thinking about it. I'm not sure why. I am procrastinating big time!  And I think all this gray is getting to me. I probably need to get outside and walk....brrrr!  I will figure it out. Mostly I just wanted to send happy greetings!!  Have a gut wan!!!!  Melody 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Inspiring Message

I have been so impressed with this address by President Henry B. Eyring.  He is amazing!  And his message is so timely...given at the Humanum conference of leaders from around the world, meeting at the Vatican, to talk about and defend marriage between a man and a woman.  Here is the link.  Pres. Eyring  I especially like how he said that unselfishness was the key to happy marriage.  It is not always easy to put someone else's needs in front of your own...but it makes all the difference in helping and serving and strengthening any relationship...but most importantly in a marriage relationship.  And it makes me think how all generations are blessed when families are happy and serving each other and the Lord.
Anyway, not much new here.  Life continues to be challenging!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Monday, November 17, 2014

Happy FHE!!!!

Hola!  We had another Youtube family home evening tonight.  We watched a youth fireside with David Archuleta.  It was so good!!!  So here is the link. David Archuleta  He sings and he talks about his mission for the church to Chile.  It was a live event originally I guess, so that young people from all over asked questions online that he answered.  I thought it was very inspiring.  It makes me want to do more good in the world!!!  And to sing better:)  He really does have such a beautiful voice.
Speaking of singing...the ward choir sang again yesterday for Sacrament meeting.  It really sounded so nice.  I am enjoying this calling of leading the choir.  They do most of the work.  It isn't always easy to get a large number of people.  But we had about 10 men and 20 women, so it sounded pretty good.  It must be amazing to stand in front of a large choir...like the Mormon Tabernacle choir...and lead the music.  I feel the spirit of the music and the spirit of the Lord so strong when I lead the choir.  It is pretty great.
Today has been another day of sliding around in the snow.  Nampa's roads are the worst.  I had an appointment in Eagle that I had to go to in the afternoon.  The roads were mostly cleared there, and the freeway was totally clear.  So it wasn't bad on the roads once I got out of our little town.  But right now with the ice it takes about 40 minutes just to get to the freeway!  You have to really want to go somewhere to go down our little road.  But I have seen some beautiful things....two big eagles flying around down by the lake, hoar frost on all of the trees and bushes, and people being extra patient with pedestrians crossing the road.  One lady today had on very slippery shoes and could hardly get across the street.  It reminded me of a sledding trip I took so many years ago (45?) where I had on slippery shoes and got hit by a tube loaded with football players....I may have mentioned this once before.  I ended up with a blackened eye and a very raw face where I landed on the ice.  Luckily a nice young man came and escorted me to the first aid shack.  I was at an age when that really impressed me!
Well, I guess that is all for today.  I go for thyroid cat scans tomorrow and bone density tests on Wednesday.  Ha, ha!  It is kind of funny that I have spent most of the last two weeks in medical offices.  I am glad for the technology though.  We live in a miraculous time in so many ways.  I hope you have a great family night!  Take care and remember to smile!!!  Melody

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Whooo is that?

I'm in bed, catching up on my internet reading while Mel watches the last of the BSU football game.  I can hear an owl outside, hooting away.  It is the first one I have heard in a while. I like the sound, now that I am really sure it is a bird, and not some prankster.  It is way too cold for any person to be outside anyway...somewhere around zero!
We went to Boise this evening to watch our daughter Kim in a BSU theater production.  She did really well.  Then we went to the Cheesecake Factory for dessert.  Oops!  There go all my extra calories for weight watchers!  But it was worth it!  Mel and I shared an apple cobbler that was sooooo yummy!  And we didn't have much of a dinner, so I am probably Ok.
Well, I am going to sleep. Just had to tell about the owl out my window!  Sweet dreams!  Me

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Night...Still Alive!

Good evening !  Not much news here ...more bad weather, lots of snow, gray skies, and cold temperatures. And another call from the doctor! This time I needed to go in for another blood test because my thyroid levels were too high!  So I did that. I also skated on over to Weight Watchers in Meridian   I needed some good news. I'm down a pound and a half!  So that feels good.  It's slow but hopefully it will be steady. The traffic was terrible though, I think I saw two accidents, and there was so much slush and so much traffic!  It was kind of scary! Especially when big trucks would go speeding by on the freeway!  I'm not going to go out anymore today. 
So now I'm home sitting here by the pellet stove trying to stay warm. I guess that's another thing I have discovered about growing older...I can't warm up as easily as I used to. And this cold snap has come so unexpectedly. I need a few new things that I hadn't gotten to yet....boots for one, and a warm hat and gloves. Mine are all kind of old and worn out. But who wants to shop in this weather?  Actually I did shop this morning, but it was grocery shopping. I don't think that counts!
So I hope all is well and happy in cyberspace tonight!  Take care, have a wonderful evening, and remember I'm still pulling for you!!!!!  We're all in this together!!!   Melody

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Brrrrrrr!!!!!!!

Good evening!  It has dropped 40 degrees here!  Last week it was 69, today it is 29!  And we've had snow today....with wind!  The wind chill is 17 degrees!  That's mighty cold for this time of the year.  But I am glad for the snow.
Today I went to visit my OB-GYN doctor.  No, I won't go into any wonderful details.  But apparently I am OK.  So that is good news.  Now I just have three more medical visits....Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday....then I think I am done for a while.  They are just imaging visits, so hopefully all will be well.
I unwrapped my canvas today.  Whoot, whoot!!!!!  :)  And after reading the info that came with it I don't think I need to put anymore Gesso on it.  So I can just begin painting.  I am thinking of taking another stab at painting the woman at the well.  I think I have learned tons since I painted the first version, and I also have lots of photos I took that would help now.  I am still thinking about it though.  I love painting insects and birds, so I would like to incorporate those into the painting:) (Joking)  I guess I need to spend some time drawing before I start painting.  I can do this!
And I think I have lost another pound!  Yay!!!  I don't think I am going into Weight Watchers tomorrow though.  Driving in this stuff is tricky! I will see how it looks in the morning.
Well, I hope all is happy and bright in your neck of the woods.  I am glad we had a little sunshine before we plunged into this gray cold!!  Have a most wonderful evening!!!!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The First Step

I've had a great day so far. I got up early to be at the lab when it opened at 8 to get my blood test done before book club. It's so funny. There is already a line at that hour. And I think I was the youngest one in it. You have to give them your birth date so they can look up your records. I heard, "1933, 1939. 1936...it made me feel like a youngster!  But I realized I am just a new member of the club....Medicare beneficiaries. I guess I will get used to it all eventually. 
Book club was wonderful. Not because of the book, which was pretty entertaining, but because of the friends we have become over the last 25 or so years. We have all aged in that time and our children have all grown and left. So we have a lot in common. It's hard to finally get around to talking about the book!  But when we do I realize what good women they all are and I feel blessed to be a part of the group. We range in age from 85 to 55. That's a good span of years. And we have varying backgrounds that make for an interesting discussion!  I really enjoy it!
Afterwards I drove to the art store and to my delight I found a deep sided canvas...36x48"!  I am thrilled not to have to make one!  So now I am committed to begin a painting about Christ. I have many ideas. I'm going to have to pick one and just go with it. The biggest problem is finding people to model. I can use family so that should help. I guess I just need to make a plan and go forward. I want to do something beautiful that is not like every other painting of Christ. I have to stop fighting myself and just begin. Luckily the first step is easy...paint a coat of gesso. Then I'll have begun. Well I hope all is well in cyberspace this evening!  I'm still pulling for you!  We're all in this together!!!  HAVVVVGE!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

P.S.

Ha, ha!  I just got a call from the doctor's office.  I had asked him to look over my CAT scan to make sure nothing looked unusual on my pancreas...just to follow through on earlier scans.  Apparently my pancreas looks great...however my thyroid has several little nodules showing up, so they are going to schedule an imaging :)   Okay...I have definitely reached the age of R & R....repair and replace!  And examine!!!!!!!!!  I hope all of my posts do not end up as health reports!  I will have to start writing about interior decorating in clinics and hospitals or something more interesting!!!  HAGN!!!!!  Me

Tuesday

Hi!  I went to the doctor today. I got three shots...flu, another pneumonia shot, and a DPT shot. I guess I haven't had a tetanus shot since I was little. I'm probably going to have sore arms tomorrow. Oh well. I also have to get a blood test. I think I'll go tomorrow for that. I have to be fasting. Then Thursday I go to my obgyn for more tests. I figure I'll get this all done now since I have good insurance. I'm lucky to be turning 65 this month!  Haha!
So I have started a plan for a new painting. It's for the canvas. I'm going to make one since I can't find what I want at the store. So now I just have to buy the materials, assemble everything and then make a sketch and then I can start painting. I'm obsessing a little on this one because I want to submit it for the church's competition. I really want to do this right. And so I am making it much harder than it should be. Sigh!  Oh well. One step at a time!  I can do this!
It's supposed to be cold here tomorrow along with the rest of the nation. Then snow. I am hoping we get lots of snow this year to fill up the reservoirs!!!
So I'm hoping all is well in cyberspace tonight. Take care!  Melody

Monday, November 10, 2014

P.S.

Hi again!  I just thought I would share a fun thing from Youtube that we watched tonight for Family Night.  There are quite a few of these.  They are called "Funny moments from General Conference."  None of them are very long, but they bring to mind the highlights of different talks from conferences.  Here is a link to one of my favorites. Funny  I hope you enjoy these as much as Mel and I did.  It made for a nice family night.  Melody

Monday

Good evening. I'm sitting in my favorite chair watching the evening news. It's one of my daily habits. I enjoy sitting down and relaxing for a bit before Mel gets home. When I left work today he still had quite a bit left to finish. He is working on three jobs currently and of course everyone wants it all done yesterday. I guess it's just the way it is. He is beginning to farm more and more of the mold work out. That's a good thing. 
I'm beginning to feel like I have a real job...with flexible hours. Today I got my visiting teaching done before I went to work. I like that!  I'm working enough to help and stay busy, but not so much that I can't do my normal things. 
Well I hope all is well in cyberspace tonight. I'm still pulling for you!  Melody

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Way It Is

Good morning!  It is another sunshiney day here today.  I like that.  Winter will be here fast enough with fog and inversions.  I love the sunshine!  And it helps me to be cheery.  I am planning to walk outside sometime today.  I had probably better make it a specific time, or I will put it off.  I can't walk too far yet, but losing weight does seem to be helping my knees a little.  So at least I can walk...yay!!!!
I am headed for a weight watchers meeting today.  I kind of enjoy them.  The other ladies are so real.  No excuses, just facing the music.  Some weeks the scale is a fun place to be.  Other weeks, not so fun. Last week I gained weight.  I hope I do better today.  I have been having some blood sugar problems that I think are contributing.  I see my doctor next week, so I hope then we can figure out why my sugars are bouncing from low to high and back again.  It is probably the disease progressing:(  But at least I am eating better so I won't have to have such a guilt trip about it all.  It is hard to have a disease that I probably contributed to.  But it is mortality, and it is what we all signed up for I guess.  And I am grateful for the experiences here....even the painful ones.  I can see that it has helped me to have more compassion for others.  And it has helped me to be a stronger person in many ways.
Well, I could philosophize a while, but then I will be late for my meeting.  Take care and have a really great day!!!!!!!!!  And remember I'm still pulling for you!!!!!!!!!!  We're all in this together!!!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Spit, spot!

Good day!  I am putting my feet up for a while.  It's a nice thing about life now...I am supposed to put my feet up every once in a while to keep the blood flowing;)
I had my echocardiogram yesterday. I think it went well...no large gasps from the technician at any rate.  We had a nice visit.  I found out he was also LDS and then there was a lot to share.  He went on a mission to Nevada, he is married with three kids, he likes playing basketball in the morning, he went to school at Weber State, and he loves art.  I guess I like meeting people.  After the echocardiogram I went to work at Mel's shop and a telephone installer was there. He had a lot to say!  He is planning to quit his job and become a pilot for tourists in Thailand!  He was interesting.  He had it all planned, and this summer he has a trip planned to check it all out, since he has never actually been to Thailand before.  I think he has a lot of courage to even think about it.  People are fascinating!  And I guess I am always curious about other peoples lives.  It must be the author in me...looking for story lines.  
So today I have been cleaning and organizing a little bit around here.  I think I have my filing cabinet in better order, and I finally got the courage to throw away the twenty or so little bottles we've collected from motel visits.  I don't know why I bring them home!  They are too small to be of much good and they take up way too much space!  So I threw them all out and rearranged the drawers in the bathroom.  So see?  I really am getting things ship shape...one small bottle at a time!  Ha, ha!  It does feel good to finally feel a bit of motivation again.  I guess I needed to get out of the house for a bit before I could feel that motivation.  It seems to help my attitude to go to work at Mel's shop.  
So the sign downtown ..... Coffee - the person upon whom one coughs!  I'm not sure that is funny, but it certainly is timely.  Everyone seems to be coughing!  Except for me.  Knock on wood!  I guess I do cough occasionally but not like you might expect from someone who just had pneumonia!
This will be the first night this week we can stay home.  Last night we went to a granddaughter's orchestra concert.  It was surprisingly good!  Her teacher is amazing and fun and the kids in her high school all love him.  They have nicknamed him Tigger because he bounces as he conducts. You can tell he loves his job just by how well the kids do and the size of the orchestra!  
Monday night we had our empty nesters family night.  We had a couple talk who had been on two missions to Russia and are leaving for Ukraine in January.  It was lots of fun to hear them and to find out more about that area.  It made me wish we could do that.  But we will probably have to do something here rather than far away, unless my health gets considerably better.  Of course, Mel has to retire first, and that is a few years away.
Well, I hope all is merry and bright out in cyberspace.  Take care and keep smiling!  And HAVVVVVGreatEvening!  Melody

Monday, November 3, 2014

Good Day....Sunshine!!!!

Hola!  I am waiting "on hold" with customer service for the phone company.  I think instead of disconnecting our phone, they just switched the number.  Sigh!!!  It is so hard to communicate with the communication company in our area!  It is a little frustrating, but I will blog while I am waiting, and then I won't feel like I am wasting time.
Life seems to be speeding on by.  I like being busy, but I don't like how much faster it all seems to be going.  As I drove through at the bank this morning, I remembered that it was only a little while ago that I had a conversation about Mondays being a hard day....I don't believe it was really a whole week ago!  But I guess it is.  I will have to try and cram more into these already busy days if I want to get everything on my bucket list done!!!
I am feeling like the pneumonia is really gone.  So I guess I am healthy again.  I actually go in for an echocardiogram tomorrow.  But that is just the cardiologist being cautious I think.  I had one done when I was about 40 I think.  I remember it was really interesting to me then.  It is kind of amazing that a little muscle just keeps pumping, pumping, pumping!  I am so glad that it does!
I have been trying to make a little headway with our family history.  It is interesting to read stories and look at pictures.  But so far I haven't found any work that needs to be done.  I am sure there is some.  But it is slow to find.  I think I just need to slow down enough to really figure things out.  I have noticed there are several tutorials, so maybe for family night tonight we can take a couple.
And so it goes.  I don't really have much to report.  I want to be painting, so I think I will have to make an appointment with my easel this week, and get something started.  It is fun to do, but also challenging to get going.  I always can find other more pressing things.  But maybe it is that part of me that hates to fail...or do anything less than perfect.  Painting is so challenging!  I think I have been putting it off so that I can't fail.  Sigh and double sigh!!!
So I hope all is happy and well in cyber space today!!!  Take care and HAVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Melody

Friday, October 31, 2014

Boo!!!

Happy Halloween!  We actually had a family from our ward come by with their cute kids. We just live too far for the normal trick or treaters. Our neighbors all agree it's nothing like the Halloween we grew up with. But it makes it a pretty peaceful evening for us. 
We are currently watching Netflix. We like finding an interesting show and then watching all the episodes. It's kind of fun. A lot of these are old series we missed that are pretty good. 
Well I have little to write tonight. Just wanted to say, "Boo!"  HAGN!!!!!  Me

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tawanda!!!!!!!!!!

Hi!  I have had a couple of good days.  Although I had to talk to a company's rather crotchety bookkeeper this afternoon, to try and get her to write us a long overdue check, and it kind of ruined my good mood.  So I came home to recoop and put my feet up.  I am sure this will eventually resolve itself if I am patient.  But sometimes it is hard to bite my tongue and be patient!!!!  Sigh!!!!!!  Especially when I am so much older and wiser!!!!  Ha, ha!  I love that!  It reminds me of Tawanda!  from Fried Green Tomatoes.  Here's a link.Parking Lot Rage
That is one of my favorite scenes from a movie.
So the rest of today I will put my feet up like I said and watch a movie.  We just switched from Dish to Direct TV....to cut expenses.  And to be able to watch CNN and BYUtv.  We have always been able to but recently they removed them from our package.  And we have been with them for 13 years, so I figured it was time to try another company:)
Do I sound a little like Tawanda?  I am sorry if I do.  Sort of.  I just don't like being cheated out of what is rightfully mine!!!!!
And so it goes.  I hope all is happy and bright out in cyberspace this afternoon.  Life really is pretty wonderful!  And I'm glad to still be here.  Take care!!!!!  I'm still pulling for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  We're all in this together!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Another Day

Day 2....well, today I slept in.  How lucky I am to have that kind of freedom!  Then I worked around here a little before going into work.  I spent most of the morning getting a landline phone ordered for the business. It used to be so easy!  But now you wait a very long time to speak to a real person!  I guess that is a part of the new technology I don't understand. I think they have added electronic devices and eliminated people to the point that it is is hard to actually speak with a real live person.  Sigh!  But I got it done.  And Mel was able to work.  I spent the afternoon cleaning out the desk and organizing stuff.  I kind of like doing that.  I have little emotional attachment to the stuff at work so it is easy to toss out things we no longer need.  I wish I could be so bold here at home.  Everything here has so many memories attached, or some sentimental something, and I get mired in it all.  I just need someone else to say, "Go ahead and toss it!"  I have that at work.  In fact I have two sons in law and a grandson to visit with besides Mel, so I don't get lonely!  And I can always get help.  I like that!  I think this was a good decision.  The only thing is I don't have much time to paint.  I have been thinking, maybe I can carve out a little space for an easel in an unused corner.  I am looking for one!
In other news....the sign downtown..."Nitrates....cheaper than day rates!"  Ha!  It took me a minute...I had to say it out loud.  I am getting slow!
Other than that I can think of nothing much...except the girl working at Walmart...stocking the bread.  She was down on all fours pushing bread into the back of a bottom shelf.  I asked her if I could have a couple of loaves and we talked a little.  I commented that her job looked hard.  She said yes, she already had a knee that was bothering her from all of the kneeling.  But then she added, "But I really love my job!"  I wondered at that.  She was so nice and very friendly, but I thought her job looked awful.  I guess it boils down to attitude.  Hers was so happy and optimistic.  It can make even hard things seem easy.  It reminded me of a sign I saw at Jimmy Johns today...the happiest people don't have the best things, they just make the best of what they have...or something like that.  I like that!  So one more area in which I have room for improvement!
Well, that is all for tonight.  HAVVVVGW!!!!  Melody

Monday, October 27, 2014

Working 9 to 5!

Hola from the world of the working grandma:)  I put in a full day of work today.  How do women do this and raise kids?  I don't think it's really possible.  But maybe I am forgetting how much energy I used to have....no, I don't think so.  I think that something gets shortchanged...or someone.  Oh well.  That is another topic altogether.  And all I wanted to do was say, "I did it!"  I am feeling pretty good.  So I guess I will keep this up.  Mel was so glad for the help.  I solved a couple of nagging problems today....one with the mail, and the other with a customer who is behind in their payments.  I talked it over with them and found out the problem had to do with the mail.  They brought us a check.  So that was great! Then I had to go to the post office annex, but I solved the problem of the mail not being delivered.  So I was super woman today:)
Our weekend was busy, but fun.  Saturday we went up to Crouch and floated around in their lovely hot springs pool...it was 100 degrees!
 It was 54 out of the pool, so we stayed in it for about an hour.  Then we had dinner in Horseshoe Bend on the way back home.  It was a nice getaway.  I know that a hot tub would almost be the same....but the view is so spectacular there of mountains and river.  It was a lovely drive.  Sunday we went to church, but I got a wave of pneumonia or whatever, and so we left after sacrament meeting.  We watched BYU TV all afternoon though, so it was a very nice Sabbath.  I love the meetings on TV conducted by Bishop Pinegar.  He is such a sweet person!  And the BYU devotionals are really inspiring.  And of course the conference talks are amazing!!!!
Well, I guess that is all.  I am glad to be busy and feeling almost all of the way better.  I still get waves of feeling sick, but I have been taking it easy when I do.  I hope all is happy and well in cyberspace tonight for family night!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Friday, October 24, 2014

Muscles and an Attitude

I did it!  I had a very productive day today!  But I had to take a nap in the middle.  It was only an hour, which is a huge improvement from the rest of this week!  Don't worry though.  I am taking things slow.  I did go to weight watchers this morning.  I really dreaded going as I haven't been limiting my foods at all.  But I still lost....almost a pound:)  I figure it is going in the down direction, so that is good.  Did I mention there is a lady that comes who has lost over 130 pounds?  She looks so healthy.  Of course, it helps that she is fifteen years younger than me.  But she is very muscled, and obviously works out.  It makes me think I can do this!  I am grateful for her example.  There are about 5 or 6 other women there who have also reached their goal weights.  They are all an inspiration to me.  I want to be more healthy, and I think losing weight is a good goal.
I was thinking today about a funny little incident that happened at the hospital.  The technician or nurse or whatever his position, came in to ask me all of those questions....name, birthdate, health insurance, etc.  I told him I sure wish I could have waited to come in another couple of weeks, because then medicare could have paid for it all.  He looked really surprised.  Then he said, "I guess the numbers add up right, but you look way too young to be turning 65 next month."  Mel piped in, "Well, did you think I was her father?"  The man chuckled and said, "No, I just thought you were a lucky guy."  Pretty good come back.  I thought I had better record that one for posterity.  People are so nice.  I wonder what the required class is called....Flattery 101 or something!
I have decided I had better get well....all the way.  I want to be healthy and strong.  I really don't like the idea of being a fragile little old lady.  They're cute and all, but I never had any intention of becoming one.  I think I had rather be one of those sturdy pioneer types with muscles and an attitude.  Well, a nice attitude of course.  But not a push over.  I think I may need to work on this!!!!
So I hope all is well and happy out in cyberspace this lovely Friday evening.  It is traditionally our date night, but we will probably spend it wrapped in a flannel blanket watching netflix in front of the pellet stove.  It is nice to have a cozy home to stay in on date night!!!!!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!  Melody


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tired of Sick and Tired!!!!!!!!

Okay, it's official!  I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.  I gave myself permission to be a lazy, sick person today.  I watched mindless TV and took several naps.  But tomorrow it ends.  I am going to be officially well.  I promise, I need to be busy!  So I will be gentle with myself, but I will not be sick!  I think I will have to set limits for a while....like sleep when I need to.  But no more laying around all day.
So I hope it works.  I really am not a good sick person.  I get so bored.  I would read, but my head still aches.  I think if I just do one meaningful thing each day I will get better sooner.  Today it was a load of laundry. ( I guess I always fall back on that. )
I think I watched too much news today!!!!   I sure wouldn't get any hope from watching the news!  It is so sad how people can be so hateful and mean to each other.  I was glad to escape from home last night and watch "Meet the Mormons."  But I kind of paid for it today....sleeping most of it away.  But tomorrow....:)  " I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.  Philippians 4:13"  I will!  Take care out there!!!!!  I'm still pulling for you!!!!!!!  Melody