Monday, June 30, 2014

Family Night

Good evening!  I can hear Boris as I write that!  Today has been a pretty good day. I feel like I was able to get most of my list done.  I have decided I need to start painting like a job and keep regular hours so I tried 9 to 11. It worked pretty well except I lost track of time and didn't quit til almost noon.  That sort of made my afternoon a little rushed but it worked out.  I met Mel for lunch and after that I picked up Taylor and Gabe and headed back here to meet Kim and three of her kids so we could tackle the neighbors' two very loaded cherry trees.  We didn't get much picked. Or rather we picked a lot but hardly made a difference.  There are so many cherries!  And the birds are after them now.  So I will try to pick some more tomorrow. It is hard to do with my knees and also I tire too quickly. But I will do what I can.  I can probably get the two boys to help again, though they would rather go swimming....hmmm, I think I see a reward for helping.  We'll see how energetic I feel tomorrow.  Maybe a little each day.
I am still happy with the painting.  I worked on the boy's face the whole time...and his hair.  I want him to look like a spiritual being, so it is challenging for me.  Here's what I've done so far...
 
There is still plenty to do.  But I feel like I am making progress and I am excited to paint.  One of my professors said he always has 3 or 4 paintings going at once, but I think that would be too absorbing!  I am constantly reworking things in my head!  It is sort of like I paint things twice or three times...over and over.  And then I often paint in my dreams.  Yes, it has become a little obsessive.  Oh well.  
So that is today.  I am ready for sleep!  Sweet dreams!  Melody 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sabbath Day

Good Sunday evening!  It has been a good day.  And I am glad it is almost over:)  I am tired.  I didn't have to lead the hymns in Sacrament meeting after all.  So I only had the choir to lead.  They did well, and now we will start on a new song for next month.  We may do one over that we did a while back.  It is a hard one though, so I have to think this one through.
The stake high council has started a new program called, "Come and See".  I think it will be good.  It is designed to allow people interested in what the church is like to "come and see".  It has already been tried in the Caldwell stake and seems to be a good thing.  There are a lot of people in the community who are interested in the church, but not sure they want to actually come to church.  This meeting is held in the chapel twice a month on a week day and people can come to see a short video about the church, ask questions, and find their ancestors on family search.  I think it is working well so far.  I think Mel will have some responsibility with this.
Our home teachers came this evening.  They are good men, very faithful....they never miss coming each month.  I am glad we have good home teachers.  It makes me feel safer I guess....like there is someone to call if we need help.  We did call one of them when I had that pulmonary embolism last October.  It was a great help.
Well, I hope Sunday is a good day for you.  It is such a great day for me.  I love church, and our friends we see there...and the good spirit that attends us.  It is good to feel the Lord close to us as we receive instruction and buoy each other up in this troubled time.  I am grateful.  So have a wonderful Sabbath evening!  And keep that stick on the ice:)  Melody

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Saturday Evening Post

Good evening!  It's been a good day here. I spent much of today making a dinner for a sweet older couple in our ward. I think I have mentioned them before. They met at the beginning of World War II. He was stationed in Alameda and she lived in Berkeley. He took a friend of hers out and they double dated.  But they decided they liked each other.  I love to find out how people met and fell in love.  They will be married 70 years very soon.  I'm not sure if it's this month or next. They take turns being sick it seems.  But they do remarkably well for their age:)  They are just a couple of years younger than my parents.  
The other thing I have been doing is stuffing binders with music for choir in the morning.  Besides choir I have the ward chorister assignment for the next couple of weeks. So I will have fun tomorrow with the choir singing too.  I hope I can do both without getting too tired.  I'm not good at saying no.  But I think I should be fine.  I can always ask Mel to take over if it gets too hard.
I keep thinking I have something to report.  But I can't think what it might be.  So I guess this will have to do.  Maybe I am just excited to have rolls and caramel corn leftover from fixing the dinner for that couple.  It is kind of a treat that I usually don't allow around here.  
So here's hoping all is well and happy in cyberspace tonight. HAVVVVVGN!!!!!!!  Melody

Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday

Good evening!  As I was driving home I noticed the sign downtown had changed.  It now says, "Abundance - a baker's jig."  Ha!   I love that sign!
So today I didn't paint.  I smudged the paint around a little, but I had too much else going on...namely Ellen, Aaron, and Sebastian.
 They are Kim's kids.  I was helping her out a little today.   Anyway, we had fun...ate lunch at Red Robin, toured Zamzow's and played with the bunnies and the ferret, and wandered through Costco while Mel got a tire examined.  They have to order in a new tire.  So he is driving with a spare until next week.  Bummer.  But it is fine, since we are staying home anyway.  I guess I will paint tomorrow when he is putting a car back together that is sitting in his shop.  It seems like he always has so much to occupy his time.  I am glad he can stay busy, I guess.  But some days I wish he could just retire!  He would go nuts though I am sure.  He actually enjoys working.  I guess I am not so fond of it.  Unless it is painting, but I guess that doesn't really count as it doesn't  feel the same as other work, because I enjoy it.  But admittedly it does take a lot of energy, at least the mental kind.
So tonight I guess we will just watch the TV and enjoy the evening.  I like Friday nights at home!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Progress?

Good morning!  I have been painting this morning.  I wanted to work out the hand on the woman's hair while I could still think clearly.  I kind of like this ghostly start.
I may not do a whole lot more with the boy's face...except correct things.  I have been looking at Eugene Carrier's painting, "Her Mother's Kiss".  It has that surreal feeling about it that I would like to imitate a little.
 But I am putting down my brush for today and getting on with things around here.
As I am writing this I am yawning.  I didn't sleep well last night and it is beginning to feel like it.  I guess I could take a morning nap.  Kinda weird I guess, but it wouldn't be the first time.
Anyway, I thought I would share my bit of progress.  Have a good day!  Melody

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Cherries Jubilee

Good evening!  I am taking a break.  Mel picked the cherries from our very tiny cherry tree.  It is 5 quarts of cherries...almost.  I am just in a dilemma about what to do with them.  I hate to bottle them and ruin their very sweet yummy-ness.  But it is more than we can eat before they go bad.  So maybe I will freeze them...at least some of them...such decisions!!!  I did make a lovely cherry pie from some tart cherries that Jodell and Bob gave us.  So it really is the beginning of harvest already.
This morning we went to the temple.  It was nice to go during the day.  So often we go in the evening, and we are both so tired.  So this may become what we do.  I love going.
I did paint a little today.  Just a few strokes to fix the hairline on the lady's forehead....and to make her seem like she is more normal.  It's funny how a little missed stroke here or there can make such a difference.  Next I will start on the hand of the little boy.  I am thinking it will take some skill, so I wanted to wait until I could do it early in the day.  I also had an idea that I may begin a picture about the woman who touched the hem of the Savior's robe.  It could be kind of fun.
Well, I guess I will get on with my evening full of cherries.  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVwonderful night!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tuesday's Child is Full of Grace

Good afternoon!   I have been painting again today.  I am liking this painting a lot.  It is very calming to work on it.  I like how it is turning out so far.
I pretty much have the woman figured out, the next step is to figure out the little spirit boy.  I remember I had a hard time figuring out how to depict that he was a spirit the first time I painted this.  Time to hit the books and see what others have done.  Carrier is a French painter I looked at before.  I may see what he and others have done.
This morning I visited Elsie.  She is a sweet older woman that I visit teach.  She is in her eighties and has had a stroke.  She is such a sweet lady.  Her grandson was there with her today.  He is really a sweet boy.  He is 14 I think.  Anyway he is really into birds and had one with him.  It was a small parrot...a special type that started with a C.  But I can't remember and I can't find it on the internet.  Sigh!  My memory is not what it used to be!!!  It was fun visiting with Elsie, but fun visiting with Mason and his pet, Skiddles.  Yeah, he named it after candy:)  I have been thinking lately it might be fun to have a pet bird, but a few of my grandkids are allergic to cats, so they may be allergic to birds also.  My brother was allergic to birds, cats, dogs, and most weeds and molds.  I guess it is a genetic thing.  I have a little hayfever in the Fall, but nothing too terrible.   It might be fun to have a canary.  Maybe I could keep it in here where the kids aren't allowed much anyway.  Hmmm.
Tonight we are dining out with some friends, so I have to quit painting for today.  I am getting a little tired.  I can paint for about two hours before I start to feel like that is all I can do for now.  And I see no point in pushing since this is not due for a mid term or anything.  That is really a nice feeling.  I do wish I had a teacher I could ask questions of sometimes.  But I have so much to practice that I have already been taught, that it is fine.
Well, I hope today is finding you well and happy in cyberspace.  Things are pretty good here.  I am managing to keep busy and productive.  I do get a little lonely, but when it gets too bad I go pick up a grandchild.  Their moms seem to like the break, and I like the company.  Yesterday I picked up Taylor and Gabe and brought them here to play.  Then we had dinner and a short FHE lesson.  It was fun.  I feel so blessed I have grandchildren near me.  So have a lovely evening!  And remember I am pulling for you!!!!!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGE!!!!!!  Melody

Monday, June 23, 2014

Painting, Painting

Good morning!  It is always good when I get a little time to paint!  I have decided to try to get at least an hour or two each day into this painting....when possible.  So this morning I have spent a couple of hours working out the woman's face.  I use math:)  No, really.  It is just a little bit of algebra...solving for x.  I learned the process in one of my drawing classes, and it really helps with proportions.  Anyway, I feel a lot better about this painting.  It still has a long ways to go, but I am enjoying the process.  Here's a peek....


So for the rest of today I think I will be with a daughter and grandkids.  We may go swimming.  It sounds like fun to me.  But we will have to decide if that is fun for everyone.  We haven't been down to the lake for a swim yet....it is kind of breezy and nice down there.  Also there are cherries to pick.  We have some, and our neighbor has tons!  So depending on how hot it is...
And that is today.  Yesterday was a great day.  Church was good, but I was feeling so nervous about choir practice that I felt a little anxious.  So it was very nice when we had a really good turnout for choir practice.  They sound so beautiful, and I feel like I am getting support again in my calling.  We sing next week, so it is a good thing.
We watched 17 Miracles again last night.  I love that movie.  And I even got to hear the film director speak at Women's Conference a few years back, so it makes it even better.  I love that there are people who want to use their skills in art to better the world and to bring the message of the gospel to more people.  I hope I can do that with my painting.
Well, here we go...back on the merry go round of life.  I hope things are happy and well in cyberspace today!  Take care and keep your stick on the ice!!!!  And HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Saturday

Good Saturday!  I have been going through boxes and drawers today.  What fun!!!  I have found so much to throw away!  I am glad for that.  Usually I have such a hard time parting with things. So it was great to throw away cluttery stuff.
Now I am organizing for choir practice tomorrow...printing music from the internet, and sending out emails to all the members of choir.  We have not been getting a very good turn out lately.  Or rather people only come at the last minute.  I know how busy everyone is, but I am hoping they can spare an hour to sing to the Lord.
Mel is busy here at home too.  He is designing a mold.  It is like a 3D version of Illustrator I think...a Cad Cam program.  I am glad he knows what he is doing.  And that he can bring it home to do it.  It is nice to have a little company.
I guess I am mostly writing to send out a few good wishes.  I hope today is a gut wan for you!!!  I'm pulling for you!!!!!!!!  Melody

Friday, June 20, 2014

Springing Forward

Guten Tag!  I woke up so grouchy this morning.  Do you ever do that?  So I decided the best thing to do was to listen to the Ensign being read, and to paint.  Now I am feeling so much better!!!  I love how hearing the words of truth can lift your spirit.  And of course, painting is good too.  I am not saying it is easy.  I thought I was doing OK, until I took a picture and realized this lady looks like she is pouting, not smiling as I had intended.  She is not as pale as the photo, but I do need to add some color to her face and paint hair, fix her eyes, maybe shorten the nose, etc., etc.  It just feels good to be working on something again.

We are not going to the Ashley Inn...though it does sound tempting.  It is booked solid anyway...yeah, I checked.  Maybe we will take a nice ride up to the hot pools in the mountains if I can persuade Mel.  It sounds so nice to just go sit in hot water!  What has happened to me?  Ha!  I never would have thought that sounded even remotely fun when I was young.  But I didn't have achey bones and joints back then I guess.
Did you know there are books describing all of the hidden hot springs up in the mountains of Idaho?  I have thought I should buy the book, but I doubt we would go hiking in to any of them nowadays.  But it does sound kinda fun.  I remember we hiked in to one some years back, but it was too hot to even get in....I think the name was something like Boiling Springs:)  I guess we should have taken the hint.
Well, I hope life is good out in cyberspace today.  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!  Melody

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Thursday

Good afternoon!  I am having a feel good day today.  I got up early and went with Mel to Oregon this morning.  It is only about 45 minutes from here to Ontario.  He does a lot of work for a company in Ontario, so we went to pick up a mold and bring it back here to work on it.  It was fun to get up early and take a fun little jaunt across the state line.
Then I came home and .... took a nap!  I didn't sleep well last night, and we got up so early, that it seemed like a good idea to lie down for a few minutes.  I did fall asleep for about a half an hour....just enough to feel energetic again.
So then I paid the bills.  That always makes me feel good.  I like the feeling of being all paid up.  And since I had so much money left over...I went shopping!  I generally don't like shopping much, but I do like Costco.  So I went there and got most of what we need...except for butter!  I had it on my list, but I forgot it.  I hate when I do that because I hate shopping so much...and it means I will have to take another trip.  But I do have a couple of prescriptions at Walmart I still have to pick up, so I will get the butter there.
And that is my exciting, fun filled day today:)  It seems to me like it is about time to take a vacation!  The ward is having a camp out up in Cascade this weekend.  We could go there, and we may.  Though neither one of us is very fond of ward camp outs.  Maybe it wouldn't be so bad if we camped out at the Ashley Inn.  It is only 15 minutes from the campground, and so nice.  I guess I could call and make a reservation.....Anyway, it is fun to think about.  I am not sure Mel can get away, so I had better run things by him.
And that is today.  I hope things are pleasant and peaceful in cyberspace today.  As I read different blogs it is interesting to see what others are doing for summer fun.  It makes me remember past summers, full of kids and swimming and camping and all of the busy things that a large family does.  I still miss it.  But I definitely am not the same energetic person that could plan and do so much.  Now it sounds kind of nice to put my feet up and watch a movie.  Oh well.  I guess there are worse things in life.  I need to bloom here in my own little patch of life.  Take care out there.  I am pulling for you!!!!  And HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Finally painting!!!!!!!!!!

Hola!  I'm finally painting!  And it feels so good.  I decided to redo the whispers painting, since I have learned a bunch more about painting people since I did the first one....also because I gave it to Randy and Julie.  And they are all the way in Oklahoma.  So this is fun.  I am trying the indirect method of painting.  So this is only the preliminary painting.  It will change considerably in the next little while.  And it is not a good photo.  The light bounces off of the canvas and makes it lighter than it really is.



I have to take a break and go take Taylor to a birthday party.  Then....who knows?  I may paint some more.  Although I want to let the first layer dry a little before I plunge back in.  Maybe I will start a second painting:)  I do love this.  Take care out there!!  I am pulling for you!!!!!!!!!!!!  And HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tuesday morning

Good morning!  I am feeling like today may be the day....the day when I finally start a painting!  I got a package yesterday afternoon with my five new oil painting brushes.  I like a certain brand that is not sold here, so I ordered them online.  I think I have a bit of a paintbrush fetish, because I really do like brushes!  And this morning I have been setting up my studio to paint.  I had to sort through my nude paintings and get rid of the nude portions:)  I hated to throw away all of that hard work, so I saved the modest parts of the paintings and drawings, and threw away the rest.  Now I don't have to cover the eyes of my grandkids if they wander in here.  I also cleared away junk I have been saving for something, I am not sure what... and cleaned up my painting palette.  So I am really ready....except that I am still in my pajamas:)  I wanted to make sure and get things ready, but I forgot me:)
I am kind of slow also because I am not sure what to paint.  I went over to a friend/artist yesterday, and she had all sorts of stuff she was working on...mostly for people in her family.  So that might be a good starting place.  We do have a few birthdays coming up.....always!!!  And I am sure a few people might like a painting.  We shall see.
So that is today.  I had better get started.  Take care out there in cyberspace!!!!  And HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!  Melody

Monday, June 16, 2014

Monday Night the World Around

Hola!  I am having a very fun day today. First I had Mel help me set up my easel. It is so nice!  It is pretty with the oak frame! Even if I never paint again, I could put an old canvas in it and use it for an interesting focal point. It is that nice. But I am going to paint!  I mounted a clean canvas in it and would have painted today but first.....I had to get some visiting teaching done. It was fun. We took a couple of our sisters out for lunch. We talked and talked!  And had a yummy lunch. Then I came over to Liz's to watch her boys so she could visit her doctor. She hasn't been too well, so I hope he can help her get some relief.  I helped Taylor do his chores. He is in charge of dishes so it was right up my alley. And we got it all done very quickly.  So he is happy about that. And now he is playing a bowling game and I am resting and watching him. It's nice. Alex is asleep I hope. His crib is upstairs so I have to send Taylor up to check on him every once in a while. 
I can't believe it is already 4. It just keeps whizzing on by. So hurry and have a very, very, very happy family home evening!  I'm still pulling for you!!!!!!!   Melody

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Fathers

Happy Father's Day!  I feel so blessed to have the wonderful father I have, who is still well and going strong at 91!  He has always been there for me and I love him so very much!
And then there is my sweet husband and father of my children, Mel.  What a special man he is and how blessed I am to have him for my eternal companion.  He has always been so good to me.
It is a fun day for Mel though, today.  He has a talk to give in the 25th ward today.  He thought he could just give a humorous light talk about fathers, but the bishop asked him to base his talk on a talk by Elder L. Tom Perry that is a bit more serious...the duties of a father and his responsibilities to his family and the priesthood. Here's a link. Elder Perry It will be a good talk I am sure, Mel is very good at speaking.  But it will be a harder talk too.  I was a little surprised they still have the high council talking on Father's Day.  Luckily he will be done soon, as church starts for their ward at nine.  Which means I have no more time to blog:)  Have a wonderful day!!!!  Melody

Saturday, June 14, 2014

PIZZA!!!!!!

Good pizza evening!  It is definitely a pizza night here. We went with Michelle and company for a picnic and then on to the Y for an afternoon of swimming. It was a good day for that because the place was not crowded at all. But we are all exhausted!  I am grateful this evening for take n bake pizza!!!  Even leftovers sounded hard:)
Taylor came along with us too today. He was kind of in cousin heaven I think with four of his female cousins giving him so much attention. He earned his green swim level...showing off for his cousins I suspect. He also went on the water slides with Mel. And jumped several times off of the diving board. All for the entertainment of his cousins!  It was cute to watch. 
Anyway I feel like we've had a fun Saturday. And now I can hear the timer beeping for the pizza. I hope life is treating you well today also. HAVVVGE!!!!!
Melody

Friday, June 13, 2014

It's Here!

Good afternoon!  I am home again with Taylor. We went to the shop this morning so that I could work with the book keeper.  She's teaching me the finer points of Quickbooks. I am glad for her help since I know so little about accounting. And I think it is already helping to keep us on track with the business.  She really knows her stuff. Taylor's Dad works there too, so he got to help his dad for a while. I think he liked that.  I have noticed that fathers who work along side their sons seem to be closer to each other. I suppose that is a generalized statement. I really think that fathers who spend time listening carefully to their sons are the closest.  I guess it is human nature to want to be the one doing all the talking. And no, I don't have any idea where I am going with this!
The good news is my easel arrived!  I am so excited!  I am anxious to open it up, but I think I will wait til I have some help.  It is big!  And I am kind of exhausted. So I am resting with my feet up, while I blog;)
Michelle and Gary should be arriving soon, so that is the main reason I am resting. They have six kids, although their youngest is 11. She and Taylor are only two weeks apart, and they are good friends, so he is excited they are coming!  Dinner is in the oven, so I am not stressed, just old.  I think I say that too much though, because Taylor says it too.  This morning he said something like, "I think I should carry that for you, since you are getting so very old!"  It made me laugh.  I don't really feel as old as he thinks I am.  He has such a limited view of age still.  It's funny how that view changes as you get older! I think that my view has certainly changed.  Speaking about entropy, and we were, the sign downtown has a good thought this week...."Entropy just isn't the same as it used to be!"  I love that sign!  It is so fun to have a chuckle as I drive by.
Well, I guess I will end this and go open up my box.  Take care!  I'm pulling for you!  And HAVVVVVGE!!!!!!  Melody


Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Little Twist to the Day

Hola!  I guess I need to write a bit about my day.  It certainly did not go as planned.  Instead of house cleaning, it has been a day of house messing up.  I got a call this morning that my daughter Liz needed some help.  So I helped her out with watching her kids.  I don't mind at all.  They are good boys and we have fun together.  And I guess I have learned to roll with the punches.
As I am sitting here, Alex has decided to join me and paint a little.  He found a big brush...which he keeps saying over and over...."big brush!"  He is two and kind of a handful, but he is so cute that it is lots of fun.  I don't have the energy I used to have though.  I can remember not getting tired until four or five.  Even then I was ready for more adventure if Mel was up for a ride or a swim.  Now I can't keep up.  So I don't try.  I just try to keep major accidents from happening:)  I figure that house work waits...kids do not.  Anyway, here is a cute picture of Alex.
I have lots of pictures on here of Taylor.  He is with me a lot.  We've had a good visit today.  I think he has matured a lot in the last year.  He has lots of questions about....everything!!!  I am glad he confides in me.  I hope I can be there for him for a long while yet.
Well, I guess I needed to write.  I had planned to attend the temple this evening.  I guess we'll go another night.  Mel will go without me, as he is trying to keep his attendance up.  I think it's good.  So gute nacht!  I hope things are going well in cyberspace this evening.  Melody

The Birds

Good morning!  I thought I had better write this one down before I forget it.  Mel and I were eating breakfast this morning, watching the birds out on the lawn.  Mel said, "How do they know where to peck and hunt?  Is it instinct, or hearing or what?"  I said, "Oh, I think it must be hearing."  Mel...""You mean they can actually hear those little grubs crawling around beneath them?"  Me..."Yes, I think they have really good hearing."  Mel, smiling, "Well, then we'd better be careful what we say!"  I laughed out loud at that.  He is such a funny guy.
He is off at work now, and I am getting ready for Michelle and her brood to arrive tomorrow.  They are coming for a couple of days to visit.  I am glad.  I get so lonesome around here.  It will be fun to have some company.
So I had better get to it....changing sheets and vacuuming mostly.  And clearing off the flat surfaces in the house.  It is funny to me how much easier it is to set things down on a flat surface, rather than putting them away.  Sigh!
So have a great day.  I hope it is inspired and happy.  Keep your stick on the ice!!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Enjoying Life

Good evening!  I am feeling pretty good....after a nap.  It seems like I can't go a whole day without a lie down anymore.  But I should count my blessings!  At least I have the freedom to actually take a nap.  And now I am feeling pretty darn good (as the natives say it around here.)  I may even venture out to the orchard with Mel tonight.  I'm not sure he is really going.  When I went by his work earlier, he seemed really busy.  He is working on a mold that is pretty hard.  It is for a little clip.  I'm not sure what the clip is used for, but it is small and kind of tricky to mold.  I am always amazed he knows how to do this stuff.
I had book club this morning.  It was our annual breakfast.  We meet in June at a nice restaurant and don't talk about books at all.  It was fun visiting with my friends.  It seems we hardly ever have time to just talk.  But today we did.  I think we may have made the waitress a little crazy, but we tipped her well:)  It is so reassuring to talk to others and realize that my life is not as crazy as I sometimes think it is.  They also have children and grandchildren with challenges and are as much confused by it all as I am.  I guess there is some comfort in that.  Nobody ever warned me that grown children were tons more challenging than teenagers!  :)  Anyway, we had lots of fun and stayed nearly two hours.  So then I decided I had better finish the shopping I had only half completed yesterday.  And then I came home and made some more salad jars and ate my yummy lunch.  I still am amazed at how much easier it is to eat healthy this way.  I am kind of hungry now, but I am hoping Mel comes home soon.  I may have to eat without him though.  I don't enjoy the headache I get when I don't eat at a reasonable time.
Well, I guess that is my life's story today.  Not too exciting.  But good nevertheless.  I have been writing down ideas for painting....in my head so far.  I really have to get with it.  I am hoping when the easel arrives it will give me the little kick I am needing.
So have a lovely evening out there in cyberspace.  I am still pulling for you.  And I am happy and glad to be alive.  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGE!!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Another Day

Good evening!  It's been kind of an interesting day today.  I woke up with all kinds of energy and made a long list of things to accomplish today.  I got the first thing on my list done:)  That was shopping.  I came home and decided I needed to clean out the garage fridge before I put food away.  And that was probably my first mistake.  Because it was a big job.  It is really clean now, but I got so tired doing that I didn't get the rest of the list done.  Sigh!!!  I did do a kind of cool thing though.  I have been doing this salad in a jar thing that is keeping me eating healthy.  And when I was making my shopping list I found another idea...fruit salad in a jar!  Yum!  I made 12 jars!!!!  It's only about 150 calories, it's quite filling and it really cuts that craving for a candy bar or dish of ice cream.  Here is a photo of the salad in a jar and the fruit salad.
I guess what I like about it is that I do the work once....then it is in the fridge just waiting for me.  And it is fresh and cold and crisp and yummy!!!!....and healthy!!!!!
So I went on facebook, and to my surprise John Bytheway had posted a video done by a stake presidency that is hilarious....and they live nearby!  I love that the scenery is of Boise!  What good sports they are too.  It is definitely something worth watching....so here's a link. video I am going to make sure my grandkids see this one!  I like that they are trying to connect with the kids.  I think their efforts will be appreciated in larger ways than they imagined!
Well, I just got a text from Mel that he is headed home.  It is about time!  But he often works late.  I can't say I am used to it, but I am adjusting....if I have to....I guess:)  Take care out there in cyberspace!!!  I am pulling for you!!!!  We're all in this together!!!!!  And have a most enjoyable evening!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody
 P.S.  I showed the video to Mel and he is going to show it to our stake presidency:)

Monday, June 9, 2014

All around the carpenter's bench....

Happy day!  It is turning out to be one here.  I have been doing a little office work for Mel today and running around about various things.  Now I am home again and realizing that this really is the nicest place to be.  I guess I knew that starting out today.
I am kind of excited because I got a confirmation that my easel will be here in about 7 days.  Yay!!!  Do you wanna see it?  Here's a photo from the internet.
 I think it will be really nice.  I'm sure I will paint so much better :)  Well, that is a nice hope.  I guess for most of my stuff I have used easels at school....at least to begin.  Or the paintings were small.  My table easel is good for small works. But now I am thinking I will have to rearrange things in here to fit a real easel.  It is good incentive.  I cleaned out my studio and organized things in December or January, but it needs it again.  I am definitely not a naturally organized person.  But I work at it.  So I have boxes and drawers for everything.  The biggest problem I have is throwing things away.  Or giving them away.  I think I will have to do better at that.  I'm sure a lot of these supplies would be loved by a grandchild....or three.  And I doubt I will ever do some of this stuff again...like printmaking.  I liked it well enough, but I don't have the necessary equipment, and well...I'd rather paint.
So now I am going to rest a little.  I hope your day is going well.  Have a most amazing and awesome day:)  Remember I am pulling for you!!!!!!!!!!  And HAVVVVVVVGFHE!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Chillin'

So I am sitting in the foyer of our church...waiting for Mel:). He had a family history meeting at the same time as our ward choir practice, so we came together.  And I really don't mind waiting. The couch is soft and I have my iPhone so all is good. 
I am kind of excited. Yesterday I was online looking at art easels. I don't have a proper easel, so it has been on my wish list for a while. Anyway I found one I really like and told Mel about it. He said to go ahead and order it!  So I did, along with 5 new paint brushes. It is really exciting to me. Every time I think of it I smile. I'm not sure when it will arrive. It is a Best easel ...a classic dulce original.... made back east from red oak.  It will be a very welcome addition to my little studio. Right now I only have a table easel and a flimsy portable easel that tends to move at the most inopportune times. Anyway....
Well Mel's meeting ended and now we are home. I am glad. I am pretty done for today. Choir is kind of a workout. I enjoy Sunday evenings just chillin' here at home. I hope life is good where ever you may be tonight in cyberspace. Have a great evening!!!!!!!!  Melody

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Planting

Good day!  It does feel good to have a Saturday when Mel is not at work.  Or rather not at work in the shop downtown.  He is working plenty hard here, on lawns, sprinklers, garden...you know the routine! We talk about moving to some place a little less work intense, but we both love it out here in the country.  So we talk and do little to change things.  If I had lots of money I would put a lot of this land under cement patios, and put in a big swimming pool.  But I have heard from my sister who has a pool, that it is a lot of upkeep too.  Last night Mel suggested we move to a condo with a community pool.  Hmmmm....something to ponder.  I have a friend who moved to a retirement community where they do your yard, but it seemed so childless.  I like to have my kids and grandkids here.  I don't think they are allowed in those subdued communities.
So I went with Mel to the temple last night.  It was so peaceful there.  And I got a few new ideas for painting.  I am going to enter the church art contest in November.  So I have been thinking what I should paint for that.  The theme is "Tell Me the Stories of Jesus".  I had a few ideas while I was sitting in the chapel waiting for our session to begin.  Now I just have to go forward with those ideas.
And today is plant a few more things in the garden day.  Mel has a little time to help me with that.  I am glad, because it is hard for me to plant things...it is so far down to the ground!  I can't kneel....it hurts too much.  So I have to bring out a chair or bend over...way over.  Do I sound like a whiner?  I definitely am!!!!
Anyway, I hope today is a good day for you out in cyberspace.  Have a gut wan!!!!  Melody


Friday, June 6, 2014

Painting

Good morning!  I just noticed I have gesso on my hand...and that is good.  It means I have followed through with these nagging impulses to paint.  I have done the first step this morning, which is to prepare a canvas.  Now, while it is drying, I need to come up with a composition.  So I will pull out a few photos I have taken and sketch a little this morning.  I hope I can feel inspired.  I am going crazy again in the middle of the night trying to paint in my head.  It works better to paint on canvas.
One of my teachers for my senior seminar said to pick a work schedule and stick to it.  I can see why she advised that.  It is so easy to let everything else crowd in.  And that is OK, but I do think I will have to set aside one day at least every week for painting, or I never will paint again.  So Friday seems like a good day this week:)  And once I get painting again I think it will be hard not to keep it up.
I guess the problem is that there is so much else to do.  For instance...today I need to take the car in for an oil change, buy a few plants for my garden, go swimming with Taylor, grocery shop, pay bills, etc.  The list goes on and on.  And of course there is always laundry and dishes!
I just listened to a very inspiring talk by President Hinckley.  It is from the dedication of the Hinckley building at BYU Idaho.  Here is a link.  Pres. Hinckley 
He was a special prophet!
I think every young person in the church should listen to this.  It is really inspiring!
On the entertainment front, I have been watching an A&E show called Longmire.  The first two seasons are on netflix.  And then the ongoing show is on Monday nights at 10/9 depending on where you live.  You can watch the first episode of season three here... another link:) Longmire  I like this cowboy/detective show.  It was a little slow at first, but I kind of like the cowboy aspect.  And I especially like the American native stories.  It does get a little violent, and the language is a little rough at times.  I wish they could leave that out.  Sigh!
And now I am off to work on my list.  I am excited to sketch!!!  I hope life is wonderful in cyberspace today!!!!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!  Melody

Thursday, June 5, 2014

A Foxy Good morning!

Good morning!  I thought it might be fun to share a few photos from our entertaining evening last night.  The funny thing is, when I told Taylor we had foxes down the hill, he was a little scared and definitely did not want to see them.  So when we drove down the hill last night to see them, it was fun when he got very excited and wanted to use my iphone to take some pictures.  Here are a few of them.  He kept taking them...and even a video I will try to upload on here.  He was sending these to his mom via text messaging.  What a world!!!
This is how they look from a distance.

Taylor loved the reflection in the eyes!

There used to be a third one, but we only saw these two.




Anyway, that is life in the country.  I will miss this if we ever move back into the big city:)  Have a lovely day.  I think mine might be a little busy with Taylor here.  And that is a good thing!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Summer Fun

Good evening!  It's been a fun day today. Taylor is over. We went swimming so Taylor could slide down the water slide a few more times. He's getting to be a pretty good swimmer which was my main objective with our swimming together. Of course the exercise is good for us both. 
Afterwards we came home and made "healthy" donuts. Then Taylor helped me plant tomatoes in our garden. I have been going to plant them for a couple of weeks, so it was nice to get some help. He is growing up so fast! 
So this evening he is here keeping me company while Mel is out supervising at the church orchard...one of his high council assignments. They are thinning peaches this month. 
And that is today. I think we may drive down the hill to see the baby foxes when it gets to be dusk. I love the local entertainment:)  I hope all is good in your neighborhood this evening. Take care and HAVVVGE!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

What Did the Fox Say?

Happy Day!  I am having one myself today.  First my visiting teachers came.  They are such sweet ladies and good friends, and we have fun visiting.  After that I headed on down our hill towards Mel's shop.  I stopped at the stop sign and noticed a few pelicans.  So I quickly got out my camera to take a few shots, but when I looked back up in the sky they were gone.  So I took a right turn and just then, about 15 pelicans flew right over me in the sky.  They were so beautiful!  They turn and catch the sun on their white feathers and just shine.  I love watching them!  I couldn't take any pictures though because the road there goes kind of fast and there is no shoulder.  Drat!!!  But I did take a picture with my mind.  I will smile every time I think of them.  I really do think of them as a good omen.
Last night as we were driving back home from town, we saw three baby foxes playing at the side of the road.  There is a hole there where their family lives.  I took a few pictures, but it was dark, and only one turned out.  My friend, Vaun, saw them also during the day and got good photos of all three of them.  So I will share those along with my one kind of fuzzy in the dark one.



 I am happy we live out here next to the Wilderness Area.  We often are privileged to see wild animals.  Foxes are my favorite though, even if they do have a healthy appetite for chickens and cats.
I spent this morning doing payroll for Mel.  That is kind of fun.  I like writing checks:)  Of course I like spending them even more.  I kind of like this part of the business....the money side.  I have a friend whose husband owns quite a few stores.  They have several accountants and bookkeepers.  But she told me she handles the actual money:)  I laughed at that.  I guess what she meant was she makes the deposits and makes sure there is money to cover expenses, but it sounded at first like she meant that she spent the money.
So now I am home again...ready to tackle more laundry and keep at the reorganizing around here.  I keep thinking I will paint, so today I think I will get a canvas ready.  That way I will have something to actually paint.  I do have one canvas that is already ready for paint....but it is huge....4x6 feet.  I think I want to start smaller.  At least until I have a worthwhile subject in mind.
So that is life here today.  I hope it is happy and fun where you are today.  Take care and remember I am pulling for you!!!!!  And HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!  Melody

Monday, June 2, 2014

An afternoon blessing

Greetings and Salutations!  Today is going rather quickly, so I thought I had better send out a happy message before it is over completely.  It does seem like the days are extremely short anymore.  I know this is probably something to do with a combination of old age, forgetfulness, and....I forget the third thing.  Anyway, it is already 2 o'clock and I haven't gotten even close to half way done with my list of things to accomplish today.  I did work on some music for choir.  I had thought I could easily come up with a simple arrangement for one of the hymns.  I don't know who I thought I had become when I thought that...Mack Wilberg or Sally DeFord?  Anyway, I spent an hour on an arrangement and got about six measures done.....not nearly good enough.  I need to get a better music writing program and a keyboard if I am really serious about this.  So I am back to hunting for an arrangement for choir to practice this Sunday.  I think I have a couple in my box of music that will do.
I am also washing the laundry.  So that will give me an excuse to sit and fold clothes and take a little rest before we leave for Boise and Kaitlyn's graduation.  She is Kim's step daughter...and a real sweet girl.  Kim calls her step kids her "bonus" kids, and I have to agree.  They are all four really neat kids.  Anyway, that is it.  I am kind of running on fumes this afternoon.  So I may take a power nap before I tackle the laundry.  Oh, and I said I was sending out a happy message...so, the sign downtown:)  "Laughing stock - cows with a sense of humor."
 I know....not that funny.  So instead here is an Irish blessing to brighten your day.  "May good luck be with you wherever you go, and your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow."   
This shamrock seems to have four leaves!
Remember I'm pulling for you!!!!  And HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!  Melody    

Sunday, June 1, 2014

June is here....Unbelievable!!!

Sabbath Day Greetings!  Our day started early today.  We told Liz we would come with her to her new ward anytime she wanted.  And this morning she wanted us to come with her and her boys.  Her church starts at nine, and she lives on the other side of town....so we were up early trying to look presentable.  It gets harder and harder for me.  What used to take a few minutes....oh well.  Such is life. It was fun to go to her ward.  We immediately saw a friend of hers there with his wife and their five kids.  So that was nice for Liz.  I think she will feel at home in this ward.
So then we went to our own ward.  I'm so glad we did.  We talked about maybe going on home, but we would have missed a very special testimony meeting.  A friend of ours who teaches the thirteen year old Sunday School class had challenged them to bear their testimonies....he got up first and reminded them of his challenge.  Then one by one they each got up and shared their testimony of the Savior and His gospel.  It was very inspiring!  Such good, sweet kids!  And there were several other very sweet testimonies born.   The last one by a man who is an EMT.  He talked about his traumatic experiences this last week...literally since he drives an ambulance.  And then he told how the gospel had influenced this one boy's outcome....because he had a blessing and the support of family and friends.  It was very touching.  I think his testimony strengthened mine considerably.
And then we had our usual lessons.  We have been going to the family relationship class for Sunday School.  The teacher in there is quite good.  And we are the "old people" in the class, so it is kind of fun to sit on the side and snicker at these new young parents....not.  Actually they are so much wiser than we were.  I think they are miles ahead of us in so many ways.  We struggled for years trying to agree on what kind of discipline to use on our kids. (Spank or not spank...logical consequences...tough love, etc.)  These parents seem to already agree on positive parenting attitudes and methods.  I think it is wonderful.
Relief Society was all about giving service.  And the teacher certainly was a good example!  She passed out sugar cookies in the shape of a beehive (for industry) and also knitted us all a kitchen washcloth.  It must have taken her sooooo much time!   She is a sweet lady...about my age.  Which is nice for me.  I like hearing from others who have experienced a bit of life.
Anyway, it has been a good day.  Mel is off giving a priesthood blessing to a lady in our ward who is going into labor anytime now.  Poor thing.  But I guess it is all worth it when you are holding that precious bundle in your arms.  I remember that far more clearly than the pain and agony of birth.
So I am glad for today.  I hope your Sabbath day is full of joy and encouragement.  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVWonderful and Peaceful day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody