Thursday, July 31, 2014


Hola!  It is another hot day here.  I have to admit that I am tired of the hot weather!  It was so nice up in Stanley.  I think (if it was a possibility) that would be a nice place to have a summer home....or I guess I would settle for a beach house.  But I probably am going to have to take a deep breath and stick it out here in the heat.  Lucky for me the seasons change!
I went to see the doctor today...the eye doctor.  I like going to the eye doctor.  It is kind of like magic, all those cool machines that test your eyesight.  I like the one that takes a picture of your retina.  That is really cool.  And the good news is my prescription hasn't changed.  So I guess I don't need new glasses.  I do get new contacts though, since I wear those disposable kind and I am all out.  I still have a pair, but they are ancient.  He gave me a new pair, but they are not quite my prescription.  I will get the new ones that are my prescription next week.  In the meantime the world is a little bit least from a distance.  It makes me think of that song by Bette Middler..."From a Distance."
Mel and I went to lunch at a Chinese restaurant in town this afternoon.  It was kind of fun, and they had a really cheap senior menu...two items for $4.69!  It is kind of fun to be a senior sometimes.  I like getting discounts.
After the meal I got a fortune cookie, which is always a bonus.  My fortune said, "You will receive a cheery message from a good friend very soon."  I liked that.  Did I ever mention how our daughter Amy thought we should manufacture Misfortune Cookies?  As a joke of course.  We had a lot of fun talking about what we might write for misfortunes.  But I don't think they would sell!  And the world is already full of enough misfortune!!!!
Mel just got home from work, so I have to scoot.  I hope all is well in cyberspace!  Take care and keep smiling!  And HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wednesday's Child

Good morning!  I am feeling a little techno challenged this morning.  I have been on the computer trying to book one more campsite for us for our family reunion.  It is challenging!  The different sites to book do not all connect I guess and I am feeling very frustrated!  I thought I found a site for us and before I booked it I went back to see what other sites I had already booked.  But then when I tried to go back to the previous booking it said it was already reserved!  But I think it is talking about me, and I can't get back in there to fix it.  Anyway, thankfully there is a number to call.  I hope they can straighten things out.  I am still not used to technology I guess.  I really prefer talking to a person!
Other than that today looks like a good day.  I have one last lady to visit for visiting teaching this morning at 10.  She is a sweet lady, from Berkeley.  I think I have mentioned her before.  We always have fun talking about the past.  Jodell is my visiting teaching companion.  I am not sure she can make it.  She has a house full of visiting family.  It is funny that she is my v.t. companion.  She is also the pianist for choir, and one of my best friends in the ward.  So we see each other a lot.  I guess it is good, since both of us are so busy with family that we might not see each other if we didn't have callings together.
The rest of today I think I will spend organizing our family reunion.  It is only two short weeks away, and I am feeling like I haven't done enough.  I do have enough camping sites technically, but more people are coming now than originally, so I thought it wouldn't hurt to get one more site so that we are not on top of each other.  My own kids wouldn't mind, but some of the spouses might be grateful for enough room!
Anyway, I hope all is happy and well in cyberspace today.  Take care!  I am pulling for you!!!!!!!!  And HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!  Melody

Monday, July 28, 2014


Hola!  I haven't written for a few days...not because life is so boring...but because it has been so full of events in the last few days:)  The main one was a short trip up to Redfish Lake.  It was so lovely!  The temps were so cool we actually got cold!  It felt wonderful for a change.  And the lake was not disappointing.  It was so beautiful.  We rented a little boat and chugged around the lake Saturday morning.  It was an awful little boat...Mel said next time we would rent a real boat:)  But it was still beautiful and calming.  Life has been a little crazy of late, so it was nice to get away from it all and relax.  So here are some of the photos I took, along with some from my sister Joy who came up with us.
View from the lodge porch

This is a panoramic view from the porch

We had such a nice time!
Then Sunday the choir I am in charge of was supposed to sing for sacrament meeting.  I was so worried that we wouldn't have enough people.  I prayed hard that we would.  And to my delight...Jodell came with her sisters and brothers and brothers in law...they were having a sibling reunion!  It was the best choir we have ever had!!!  I was very happy and relieved.  We even had people come from our ward that have never come before.  So it was fantastic!!!  And afterward I was able to have a nice conversation with her brother Leon and gained a few more wonderful insights into painting better.  I think I really did have my prayers answered!
And now today I am living back in the world of normal.  But it was a nice few days.  I hope all is well wherever you may be in the wide and wonderful world of cyberspace!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Late Night

The sign downtown today said,"When all is said and done, there is more said than done!"  I have to agree.  It seems like I write more than I do also.  It is a sad fact that I can think of all kinds of things to do, but I only have the energy for a portion.  I suppose that is the human condition.  
And once again I find myself at the end of the day, tired and done!  I suppose tomorrow is another day.  So goodnight world!  HAVVVGN!  Melody

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Getaway

Gute nacht!  It's late here, and I am exhausted.  I had a great day with my sister Joy and my daughter Kim up in Crouch today.  We went up there and sat by the river while Kim's kids played and we talked.  It was a perfect getaway.  I will have to do this again soon and take another daughter and another sister.  I just can't fit them all in one car:)  Here's a few photos.

Me and Joy

The middle fork of the Payette River

I hope life is good for you.  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGN!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Takin' a Break!

Good afternoon!  I am having a splendid day today:)  I went to the family history library and I was able to get the help I needed to fix Elsie's pedigree chart and to get a nice fan chart printed for her.  I think she will be pleased.
And then I had a yummy lunch with Mel.  We went to Dickey's Barbeque.  It is a yummy ribs place here in town.  I guess technically it is fast food, although it really isn't very fast service.  But it is worth the wait.
Then I checked my text messages and I got a link from Kim for this video. You can call me Al.  It was such a fun break I thought I would share it here.  I love Chevy Chase!  And Paul Simon is such a talented singer/songwriter.  It made my afternoon!  So I hope it does for you too.
I am so tired!  So I am going to snooze, then onward and upward.  I want to make Elsie a little folder of printouts so she can see what is in her family history.  I wish she had a computer.  I will put as much as I know how on a flash drive and show it to her on my ipad....or Mel's laptop.  It is kind of fun doing this.  I hope she likes all of this as much as I do.  Take care out there!!!  And HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Monday, July 21, 2014


Hola!  Things are slowing down here today, but the morning went racing by as did the afternoon.  I went swimming with Liz and her boys this morning.  I spent a good part of the time on the side holding Alex, who is still very afraid of the water.  But that was good because Liz was able to help Gabe with his swimming skills.  Taylor is swimming like a champ now.  That gives me a great deal of satisfaction.
After swimming I took them back to their home and then went to meet Kim in Meridian.  We had lunch at the Village and then we went looking at model homes.  It only reached 82 today so it was a nice day to tour houses.  Kim and Sean are looking to move somewhere bigger.  With seven kids they are feeling a little crunched.  It was fun looking at homes that neither of us could afford:)  We looked at homes by the river, which is way over priced.  As beautiful as it is I don't think I could live next to a river.  I would worry about dams breaking!  But it was fun to look.
Now I am home watching the horrible world news.  It is upsetting to me that they shot down a passenger plane.  This sort of thing could start a war!  What were they thinking?  Of course, it is still uncertain who "they" is.  And then the mess in the Gaza strip.  I really wish they could come to some peaceful agreement.  I had a friend at BYU who was a Palestinian/Utahn/LDS man.  He tried to explain it to me, all of the centuries of contention.  But I am afraid I still do not understand why people continue to hate each other so much.  It makes me sad.  I will never understand this part of mortality.  It is sad enough that people die, but much worse when they kill each other.  Life is too precious!
Well, I suppose it is better to just avoid these topics in a blog.  Just know that I would change things if I could!  Take care and I hope your part of cyberspace is peaceful and happy tonight!!!!  Have a wonderful family night!!!!!!  Melody

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Kindness Begins With Me

Hi there!  Today has been a good day.  In our ward we had two missionaries report on their missions.  They are brothers and we have seen them grow up here in this ward.  It was fun to hear of their experiences.  Then we hurried off to the student ward where Mel spoke for the high council.  He did well, and we saw a lot of young people there we know.  It is a little sad though, how poorly attended the ward is.  I guess the young people are attending other wards...or not going to church.  I hope it is not the latter.  We have such sweet young people in our stake.  A returned missionary also spoke in the student ward. He is also from our ward.  He went to New England on his mission.  The two brothers went to Mississippi and Tennessee.  They all claimed to have gone to the best mission in the church.  Then we talked to a young man who is the son of some good friends of ours that moved to the other side of the state.  His mission was to Russia...and yep, he thought his mission was the best in the church, too.  I guess it is hard not to love people that you serve.  Which is a good lesson for us all.  I think if we served each other more there might be less fighting and wars and contention.  It all seems a little silly to me.  I think people should just be kind!!!!
Well, enough of me and my soap box.  I hope all is well in cyberspace tonight!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGE!!!!  Melody

Saturday, July 19, 2014

No Ice!

Good evening!  Today has been a good day.  We had a bridal shower next door for one of my former MIA Maids.  She is 20 now.  Such a doll, and I am so happy for her.  I love to see young women grow into beautiful young wives.  I hope she is very happy.
The rest of today has just been a normal, lazy kind of day for me.  But Mel has worked hard!  While I was at the shower he weeded and mowed and chased a gopher in the back yard.  We have had a gopher and all of his cousins working hard in our back lawn since early spring.  Mel went after him today with a shovel and a trap.  Unfortunately, the gopher figured things out and retreated for the day.  I suppose he will return with his buddies tomorrow.  He is sure making havoc of our lawn.  I am tempted to borrow the neighbor's rat terriers...they could probably scare those little backhoes away!
Now it is evening, and we are just parked on the sofa.  Mel is writing his talk for tomorrow morning while I was scanning the TV for something interesting.  I couldn't find anything interesting, so I did dishes and laundry and then came in here to read facebook.  It is always interesting...for a few minutes. I suppose I will head back into the TV area soon.  Mel just asked for a proof reader, so I will comply.  I need to put my English degree to some good use.
So take care and have a wonderful night!!!  I guess the best thing to remember is to keep your stick on the ice:) ..... right!!!  Melody

Friday, July 18, 2014


Good evening!  We had a good temple date this afternoon/evening.  I feel like the world is right again.  I love that there is a place to go and reconnect with the important things in life.  It has been an interesting week in this part of cyberspace.  I am glad there is a plan of salvation!!!
So tonight we are watching "Lost" on netflix.  We did not see this the first time around.  And we probably shouldn't have started watching it!  It is a little addictive.  But it is kind of fun having something to watch together that is suspenseful.  Of course it is just so much TV nonsense.  But we both kind of like that...having grown up with Ozzie and Harriet:)
Anyway, just thought I would send out a happy note.  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVGN!!!!!  Melody

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Frying eggs on the cement today!!!!

Hi!  I am busy again today with kids.  We're having fun...hanging out watching netflix and generally being lazy.  Taylor and Gabe are pretty good brothers.  Oh yeah, they argue and compete with each other.  But they are doing much better than a month ago.  I think they are growing up!
This weather is still a little difficult.  I was able to go out and check my garden before it got too hot.  I brought in some yellow and green squash.  The tomatoes are on, although still green.  Melons are still flowering.  Peppers....I don't know.  They look sad.  But for as little effort as I have put in, they are all doing super.  I would certainly never win a gardening prize this year.  I guess my hope is to get through this year and hopefully next year we can get some professional landscaping done.  I would really love that!  My ideas of landscaping have certainly changed though.  I would love a zeroscape garden with a pool....and lots of cement!  When I was younger I loved gardening and had the energy and the knees to go with it, and growing roses and other flowers was fun for me.  Now it seems like so much weeding!  And it just continues to zoom way ahead of my energy!  And bending down, or even kneeling down, just doesn't work any more.  It's strange how quickly this has all come about.  Sigh!!!
I think for the rest of today we are going over to the shop to take some mail that arrived here for Mel.  It is business stuff, and important to him.  Then maybe we will have to stop at Walmart and get bubbles or something different for these kids.  Anyway, life continues on.  I hope all is well in your area of cyberspace today.  Take care and remember I am pulling for you!!!  And HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Evening Post

Good evening!  I have been working on family history.  My sweet lady, Elsie, that I visit teach went with us to a stake "Come and See" last night.  She is very interested in her family history.  So Mel (who is her home teacher) and I have been trying to figure out her short range pedigree.  She doesn't have a computer so she can't do this herself....also she is 87 and it is all very unfamiliar to her.  I am going to have to go into the history library though, as I can find her relatives, but I am not sure how to merge it into her line.  I think every time I finally get around to doing this they have changed things just enough so that I am totally baffled.  But I can do this!!!
Taylor and Gabe are here tonight.  Liz is needing a break again.  So we are having a fun, movies and cold air conditioning!  It is still hot out there!!!!  I hope things are cooling down in your neck of the woods!!!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGN!!!!!!!  Melody
P.S.  The after picture.  Not the best:(  But the hair color is good!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Beauty at a Price!

Ha ha!  I thought I would share what no self respecting woman would share. Must be the artist in me that kind of likes this tinsel look;)
At any rate I enjoy the diversion of blogging. It is a little boring to read home and beauty magazines. 
It is interesting how they set things up here. They have the students who are graduating soon out in front. I guess it makes for a good show. I asked for a student with more experience so I am sitting right out in the front too. I feel like I am a little on display.   They have a wall set up to hide the less experienced students. 
Well just thought I would share some of the feminine mysteries. TTFN. Me

Tuesday morning

Good day to you!  It is a little cooler here today.  It's only supposed to get up to 97.  There is a breeze, so it does seem much better.
I am working on a project with Mel.  A lady that works with him on his books has a son that died.  They are making a memorial plaque to put in a bike park here in Nampa.  He was quite good at biking I guess.  I did not know Stanley, but I know of the heartache that is in his mother's heart.  So I am hoping I can help Mel with this.  We have a photo that his mom wants engraved onto metal, and then attached to a rock.
Unfortunately the photo is not really very distinct.  So my job is to draw the outlines and make it so that it will translate to Mel's engraving machine.  I am liking this project.  However it is not easy. I have worked on it in photoshop, trying to make it more readable.  And I do have a lightbox that will help.  But this morning I discovered that I am all out of paper suitable for this.  So I guess I get to take a trip to the store.   It's OK.  I need laundry detergent anyway.  And I also have a hair color appointment in Boise.  I am going to go to a school that teaches cosmetology.  I hope they can do this a little cheaper.  I hate paying so much money every month just to keep the gray away.  But it does help me feel younger, and these days I need all the help I can get!
After the hair appointment I am going to meet my daughter Kim.  We may go over to the fountain if it's not too hot.  The temperatures have been kind of oppressive.  Yesterday we were as hot as Phoenix.  Of course, it was probably a cool day there:)  My brother lives there and says that soon they get the monsoons.  I guess that is for August.  My dad is going for a visit and I am a little concerned that the heat will be too much for him.  But if I could, I would worry about everything, so I will just have to calm down and let things go.  It is hard for me....but I can do hard things!
Well, I don't have any wit or wisdom to pass on this morning.  I hope all is well out in cyberspace.  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  I'm still pulling for you!!!!!  Melody

Monday, July 14, 2014


Another long hot day!  I had good intentions for painting, but it was not in me today.  Maybe tomorrow.  I am lucky to be in air conditioning!  I only feel the heat when I leave the house.  So it is difficult to leave.  Nevertheless I forced myself today and went to pick up Mel for lunch.  Then we looked at coolers for his shop.  And we bought a couple.  The men were kind of roasting, and we didn't want anyone to get sick from the heat.  Mel said it is much better now.  So that is good.
I think we will stay here for family night.  It is the best place in town!  And we are both kind of tired.  Neither one of us has been sleeping well...up too late and up too early.  It is hard to get caught up on sleep.  Oh well!  Soon I will be complaining that it is too cold!
So I hope all is well in cyberspace.  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!  Melody

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Late night post

Today has been a good day. Mel and I have been called to teach the temple preparation classes. They released Br. Terry who has been the teacher for 18 years!  I think we will enjoy this assignment. We are not released from our other callings, so that is nice. I would miss choir and Mel is just getting to know what it means to be a high councilman. And I think this new calling will be very satisfying. 
I do love Sunday but Monday is coming at me quickly. So I'll just say good night!  HAVVVVGN!!!!  Melody

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Blessed and Happy

Hola!  I am feeling so blessed this morning!  No particular reason, but many.  I think how easy it is to feel lost and alone in this world.  But I feel loved and cared for, and even pampered.  I suppose most of this is Mel's fault.  He is a wonderful friend and companion.  I am so grateful for him!  I think how very blessed I am to have him for my husband.
So today he is out mowing the lawn before the temps get outrageous again.  It has been over 95 for about two weeks now.  And I guess the forecast says it will get above 100 this next week.  We've had a couple of days over 100.  I think when it gets that hot it is better to stay inside.  At least that is true if there is air conditioning.  I wish the weather did not bother me so much.  I think it has something to do with old age, and my body not adjusting as quickly to outside temps as it used to.  Funny how I can blame everything that goes wrong on old age:)
I guess I didn't report on my doctor visit.  He said my blood work was much better this time.  But there are some quirky numbers with my thyroid.  So he took more blood!  I feel so sorry for the nurses that have to do that on me.  They try to be so careful, but with my tiny veins combined with a blood thinner, they poke and prod around trying to find a good vein.  Then even when they finally do find a good vein, I end up with big bruises.  And they feel so bad!  I keep telling them it doesn't hurt that much, but they still feel bad.  I keep telling them it is not their fault.  Even the guys who draw blood for a living, don't like my veins.  I tried to donate blood a few years ago, and they asked me not to come back.  They said I am not a good blood donor, since they couldn't get any veins to work well enough.  It's kind of funny because Mel has these huge veins and they love to have him donate blood.
Well, for the rest of today, we are going over to Boise to do some temple work.  That will be a nice way to spend the afternoon.  I hope where ever you may be in this wide, wide world, that you are feeling blessed and happy!!!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!  Melody

Thursday, July 10, 2014


Good morning!  I have been up for a while now, reading facebook and wondering what to write about in my blog.  Sometimes that muse is hard to locate!  I keep yelling "All-ee-all-ee-oxen free!" but she doesn't respond.
So today I visit my doctor.  I am not excited to go.  It seems like he always has bad things to tell me;)  But maybe my blood work will tell a good story this time.  I hope so.  I had an A1C done and also one of those more general kinds, where they can see a more broad spectrum of illness:)  I will go with the attitude that it's all good.  And then really hope that it is!!!  But it is one of those things that really doesn't change anything.  It is just like a weather's still hot ...whether they tell you it is or not!
And besides that I have nothing really scheduled.  I do have a painting just sitting here that I need to finish.  I will find time for it soon.  Oh, but I did have a wonderful idea about my next painting!  I went visiting teaching on Monday, and one of the ladies I visit is Elsie.  I'm sure I have mentioned her before.  She is about 87 and a real sweet lady.  Anyway, as we were sitting there together talking, I kept thinking she would be interesting to paint.  And I have thought I would enjoy painting a temple scene with the Savior.  Then it occurred to me that Elsie would make a wonderful model for Anna...the one who saw the baby Jesus in the temple. It is found in Luke 2:36-38.  So I asked her if she would mind being my model...that I would take some photos of her for a painting.  She was flattered I think, but said she takes horrible photographs.  I assured her it would be wonderful.  So anyway, I have a small kernel of an idea for a painting.  Jodell, my friend and visiting teaching partner, was there too, she is sister to all of the Parson men who paint so beautifully, and she thought it sounded like a fantastic idea.  Of course, Jodell is one of those very positive people, who thinks everything is fantastic.  She is a good friend!  But it feels good to have something in mind.  It will take a while to figure out just what I want to do, but at least I have some direction!  I have thought for a while that I would like to paint the women who surrounded the Savior.  But I wasn't sure how to go about it.  Perhaps this will be the first in a series.
Well, I guess I had better get on with my day.  I hope your Muse is working hard for you!  Take care and remember I am still pulling for you!  And HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGreatWan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Good morning!  I have had one so far.  My visiting teachers came early and started my day out right.  Then Liz called and said Taylor wanted to come to Grandma's today.  So I went and picked him up.  On the way back we both had a chuckle from the sign downtown...."Never trust an atom....they make up everything!"  I thought it was fun that Taylor understood.
So for the rest of today I think I will work on laundry, while Taylor plays on my iPad.  He loves that thing!  He has downloaded a couple of free games that he plays.  I don't mind...but I worry he is having too much screen time.  So we may go visit Grandpa for lunch in a little while.
Sorry these posts have been so short lately.  I guess I am pretty busy.  But that is a good thing.  So have a wonderful day.  I am still pulling for you!!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Late Post

Good night all!  It's been a great day. But I'll have to write about it tomorrow:). Zzzzzzzz!!!!!!  Me

Monday, July 7, 2014

Family Night....again!!!!!!

Good afternoon/evening!  It is hard to think of it as evening when it is bright and sunny and 97 degrees outside.  But the clock says it is approaching 6, so I guess it is officially evening.  Unless the term means when the day and night converge...or sunset.  Then it would be about 10.  So I am confused.  At any rate, it has been a pretty fun day.  I spent the morning getting my blood drawn at the BSU clinic.  I think they left me some.  But I did hear a remark about how hard it is to get any blood out of me.  Then I met Mel at Costco since we both had to be there, and we had a yummy, very cheap hot dog.  I love that we can get a lunch for $3!
Ooops!  Not that kind of dog!
Yep!  That's it!  Love those Costco dates!
Anyway, then I went to get Taylor and Gabe and we went to see "Earth to Echo."  They loved not so much.  But I liked that they liked it.  I think I prefer E.T.  But we had fun being together.  And that is the main thing.  Then we had an A&W root beer float and I took Gabe back home.  But Taylor decided he wanted to spend FHE with Grandma and Grandpa, so we will do something when Mel arrives home.  We had planned to inspect our travel trailer and make a list of what things need to be done before we take it to Oregon next month.  Maybe Taylor will like that.  Especially if we sleep in it tonight.  We'll see.  It is still so hot, and it doesn't sound too fun.  I suppose we could pull it up to the mountains some time soon and take him with us.  He loves to sleep in the trailer.  I used to love sleeping in a tent.  That was before I woke up so many times during the night.  And it was much easier to hop up from a sleeping bag back then.
Actually I still like so much about camping...just not the sleeping in the tent part.  So having a trailer makes it a more enjoyable experience.  I wish we used it more.  Maybe we will in the coming years.  It is weird to think I am almost the age my mom was when they moved to Idaho.  They came to be closer to me and my sister, Diane who also moved here.  I think my mom suspected she had Alzheimer's...or at least that she might get it.  They were here about 6 or 7 years when she got the official diagnosis.  I think of that and I want everything to be in order for Mel and I...just in case the same thing happens to me.  But then I think it won't.  I am much too ornery!
Well, I hope things are good in cyberspace tonight.  Take care!  And remember I'm pulling for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Winding Down

Good Sunday evening!  The last few days have really whizzed on by as we have been having so much fun with family.  And I have to admit, I am totally exhausted!  But it was lots of fun.  I love my children and grandchildren!  They are all so unique and full of good ideas.  It is fun to visit with them.  Life for them is so different in many ways than when I was their age.  But in many ways, still the same.  So we have fun comparing notes.
Now it is just Mel and I again here at home.  It feels nice and quiet!  Can you believe I am enjoying the quiet?  I truly am, although I do miss the noisy people.
I guess tomorrow will return to semi normal.  I have to go into Boise for a blood test.  But I plan to do a few things first around here.  There are still cherries and apricots.  I tried real hard to give them all away.  But there are just too many.  So I will get out the dehydrator, canner, and freezer stuff and try to put up a few things against the winter.  I think I can get enough done to keep us happy.  We are not big canned fruit eaters.  But we do like dried and frozen fruit, so that will probably be what I do most.
Today was nice at church.  I enjoyed having Michelle and Gary with us.  And the kids were all so cooperative in church.  I can remember not too many years ago when it was hard to keep them all corralled.  It all changes so quickly!
Well, I guess I don't have a whole lot to share.  I just wanted to say how grateful I am for family.  And our wonderful country!  I am so grateful for our freedoms.  I feel very blessed!  Have a peaceful and happy rest of today!  Melody

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Ghost Town Come Alive

Can you tell what town this is?

We took a little drive to Silver City today with Michelle, Gary and 5 of their kids. We had a great time. It is a very isolated, small town in the Owyhee Mountains. But today it was crowded! So funny to watch the main event in town today (besides drinking).....horseshoe pitching! I am not kidding! Funny Idaho. Anyway I took a few photos. Enjoy the scenery! You may be able to tell the main mode of transportation is four wheeling! Have a wonderful night in cyberspace! This last picture is of our beautiful oldest daughter...Michelle. HAVVVGE!!! Melody

The Fourth

Happy, happy Independence Day!
And to all a good night!  Melody

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Good Day!

Today was Mel's birthday!  We had fun. We got up early and went to the temple. It was fun to see many of our friends as we used to work Thursday mornings. After the temple we rushed back home to get things ready for our family gathering. Then they all started coming. When everyone was here, we had four of our seven here. Well maybe Tommy was here in spirit. That would make 5. Then with grandkids it became quite a nice crowd. I think Mel enjoyed himself!
So now things are quiet. Michelle and her family stayed and will be here a few days. That is so nice!  We enjoy each other's company. 
So I am hoping the 4th of July is a fun day out in cyberspace tomorrow!  Have a great Independence Day!  Melody

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Making Plans

Good evening!  I just finished making reservations for our family reunion in Sunset Bay State Park.  It's in Oregon, and one of our favorite places.  I think everyone of our kids can come, except for Julie and her sweet family.  Oklahoma is kind of far.  But we have two months to talk them into it:)  It's only a three day car ride:)  But hopefully we will be making a trip out their way before too long.  I hope so anyway.
It is fun to think about a reunion, but stressful too.  I guess because I worry that it won't work, or something will happen that we can't know the scenario.  I guess I just need to have faith that the Lord will help us to make it happen.  And I notice that He always does help us.  I am so grateful for Him!!!
Today was a fun day.  I spent the morning at my paint brushes.  I ran out of Dawn detergent yesterday, so I didn't clean them as well as I should have.  So this morning I got some Dawn from the store, then came home and scrubbed those brushes clean!!!  I don't like using paint thinner, because it is so toxic.  Luckily I had fanatic teachers at school who agreed, and made us use baby oil and Dawn dish detergent:)  And a Scotch green scrubby.
The afternoon went well too.  Liz came over with her three boys, and we played in the water, gave Max a bath, and had ice cream cones.  It was so hot here today!  I think it reached 101 from the gauge on my car.  It was fun anyway.  I kind of like the heat, if there is air conditioning to escape to when it gets unbearable.  It reminds me of hot summers in Redding from my childhood.  And I guess living in Manteca was pretty warm too!
Well, that is all.  I hope things are happy and well in cyberspace this evening!  Take care and remember I am pulling for you!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Still At It!

Good evening!  I made a little progress on my painting.  But it's like one step forward, two steps back.  I will need to work on this a bit more to make it convincing.  It's fun anyway.  And it makes me think I have some purpose...that's definitely something that I need.
I got some melatonin and some zzzquil today.  I am so tired of being tired.  So I hope this works.  I think I was up five times last night!  Once with a very painful leg cramp.  So I am hoping I can take a little pill and sleep better.  We'll see.
I painted most of this morning, then went to take Mel some lunch.  Then I spent the rest of the afternoon doing finances.  Mel reaches full retirement age on Thursday!  Yep, he'll be 66!  So he gets to collect social security.  I am kind of excited about this.  He keeps telling me it is HIS retirement money. But hey, I am so good at spending!  :)  I can think of all kinds of fun things to do with it.  But yes, it is his money, and so we will probably use it for very practical things.  But it's still fun to think about!!!
And that is today.  I hope all is well and fine in cyberspace this evening!  I am still pulling for you!!!  Have a most wonderful warm summery evening...unless of course you are reading this from south of the equator, and then it is probably the middle of winter:(  Sigh!  Take care and keep your stick on the ice!!!  Melody