Monday, September 29, 2014

Being a Disciple

Good morning!  It is a gray day here today, with some rain, and it has definitely turned to colder weather.  Watching the news last night I felt quite grateful for the weather we are having.  It seems like Arizona may turn tropical if the rain doesn't let up there!  I suppose that weather will continue to be interesting as we progress through these latter days.
So I had to write to tell you about these amazing young men in our ward.  I was asked to teach the ll and turning 12 year old boys in our primary.  They are such an impressive group!  There are about 10 of them.  And they are so fun to teach.  I absolutely love their enthusiasm for the gospel!  Yesterday the lesson was on Naaman in the Old Testament.   He's the Syrian soldier who had leprosy and went to the prophet Elisha to be healed.  One of the boys volunteered to tell the whole story, and he did an amazing job.  And where he wasn't certain of the details, there were others who filled in the blanks.  But the best part was when we were discussing how it applied to their lives now.  They really understand.  We were talking about prophets, so I told them my story about President Monson, how I had felt like unseen angels accompanied him to the Marriott Center at Women's Conference a few years back.  They paid such close attention, and really listened.  They are very close to the Spirit, and want to be worthy Aaronic priesthood holders.  One of them just received the priesthood a couple of weeks ago.  And he told how much he loved passing the sacrament.  He even bore his testimony in fast meeting!  He is so sweet!  After class, one of the boys came up to me and said how glad he was that I taught their class.  I have taught that class a few times, and I am always so impressed with their spiritual strength!  If they are typical of the young men growing up in the church, there will be quite an army for good in the world!!!!!!!
I guess I also love them because they are so good to my grandson Taylor, whenever he comes with us to church.  They are inclusive and make him feel like he is a part of the group.  It warms my heart!  I think they are really trying to be disciples of Christ!
I haven't written about the amazing meeting we had with the Nazarene church last Thursday.  The Nazarene college here in town invited two Mormons to be on a panel with two Nazarene professors.  They invited Bro. Millet, who is a marvelous speaker.  He has written over 70 books, and has done a great deal of work trying to promote better relations between the LDS church and other churches.  There was also a young woman on the panel....a convert....who was also very knowledgeable and was able to answer questions intelligently.  It was a most fascinating panel discussion.  First each of them addressed what they felt were similarities and differences between our two faiths.  And then they talked about other things that people had questions about.  I came away with a better understanding of why Evangelical religions don't believe we are Christians.  It has nothing to do with whether or not we believe in Christ.  But rather that we don't accept the Nicean definition of the trinity.  Brother Millet gave compelling reasons why we are Christians.  They also seemed to think that the idea of God having a body was very strange.  I learned a lot, and it made me so glad for revealed truth.  I am glad I have a testimony of priesthood authority.  But I also felt like there are good people in every faith, and it was a real blessing to have a chance to come together.
Well, I guess I had better get on with my day.  It should be full of plenty to do.  I am grateful for that!  Take care and remember I am still pulling for you!!!!  And have a most wonderful day!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A Good Day

Hola!  It's a rainy day here.  Not too rainy, but enough that Mel couldn't mow the lawns until later, so we went to breakfast instead:)  I like going to breakfast, but Mel LOVES going to breakfast.  I think because he can order things I don't make anymore.  This morning he had lemon poppyseed pancakes with some sort of lemony syrup.  He was quite happy.  I tried to stick to my weight watcher faire.  Not too successfully.  But I was careful at any rate not to eat too much.  So it was all good.
Then we went to Costco to pick up a few things.  It is a bit crowded on Saturday, but it was worth it since I had one of those checks they send at the end of the year.  So we got it all for "free."  Ha, ha!  I am sure I have paid for it already, but it is a nice illusion.
Then we went to look at a house I thought looked interesting on Zillow.  It looked nice, but the trouble with looking is that we always conclude, we like where we are much better.  So it is a good exercise in appreciating what we already have.  And "there's no place like home."  I suppose as long as we feel that way we will stay put.  I am feeling lots less lonely since I have been working at the shop.  It has put things back into balance.  So that is good. I thought I would share this from Elder Scott.  It is great advice!!!!
And that is all for today.  Tonight is the Women's Broadcast.  It is the meeting for all of the women in the LDS church.  You can find it here.  Women's Conference  It is available in 26 languages at this site.  You can also watch it on BYU TV and Youtube.  I will be sure to watch it.  I love this meeting!!!
So have a magnificent day out in cyberspace today!  I'm still pulling for you!!!!!!!!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Brighter Day

Well, as you can see I've started a painting.  I know it has quite a ways to go, but it feels good so far.  It is a sunset at Sunset Bay.  Nothing too earth changing, but still I think it could be nice.  I mostly worked on the color in the sky...kind of a foundation.  Most of the rest is just sketchy paint to place where things will eventually go.  I only had an hour this morning, but it did feel good.  So I will try to keep at it.  The main problem, like always, is making sure the paint on my brush is the color I want on the canvas.  I still struggle with just blopping on whatever happens to end up on the brush after a few strokes.  I will get better though.
So now I am off to help Mel with work stuff.  He has been clearing out some space at work....bringing it back here and putting it in his empty shop.  It's no longer empty!!!!!!  Oh well.  I didn't really think I would get an art studio out of it all.  It would be way too big, and cold in the winter.  This bedroom does feel kind of cramped, but it is fine.  At least I have a place for painting!
Anyway, things are looking a little brighter today.  I hope all is well in cyberspace!!!  Melody

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Rotten

Hello.  Today has been a fairly rotten day:)  But it is almost over and I am still here to witness it was awful.  Of course, most of the day was fine.  I got to watch sweet Alex, 3, while Liz had dental work done.  I got to have an ultrasound on my leg.  The technician said it looked somewhat better, though there are still residual clots.  He said they may hang around for a very long time.  I liked this technician. Especially when I told him I was going to be 65 soon, and he acted genuinely shocked.  He is either a great actor, or a very kind young man.  At any rate it did help me feel a little better about aging and blood thinners.
The really rotten part I can't share...ever I suppose.  It was not my event, but someone close, and I promised confidentiality.  But it has put me through a series of emotions...disbelief, shock, sadness, rage, etc.  I hate how it takes me time to process things.  I think Heavenly Father must be able to judge perfectly because he has perfect control of his own emotions.  Maybe someday.  In the meantime I will probably turn on netflix and eat something naughty...like a chocolate chip cookie.  My dietician would laugh at that.  According to her there are no forbidden foods....just limited foods.  So I hope I can stop with one.  That is the trick I suppose.
Anyway, I will feel fine soon I think.  Max is being especially attentive.  It is funny how animals seem to sense your emotions.  He has been trailing me around since I got home from all of the running around of today.  Mel also came home.  He is a gem.  So calm and level headed and able to talk sense to me.  I guess that is what eternal companions are all about.  I am very blessed there.  So have a good evening.  Sorry to slightly dump.  I am fine, it just helps to write.  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Working Girl

My second day at work, and I feel like I am helping Mel quite a bit.  Today I went with our bookkeeper to meet with the accountant's assistant.  So Mel was able to stay at work and work on the mold he is stressing about.  That was good.  Except, I feel like I am the new girl on the block.  I really did not help much in the meeting, except to smooth feelings afterwards.  I guess I am not as easily ruffled by other people's personalities.  I had to assure our bookkeeper that she was doing a great job, and that the assistant was always a little critical of our poor record keeping.  It was no reflection on her....etc., etc.  It's true.  We have not always been up to speed with quickbooks, and every once in a while we discover one more mistake we have made.  Today it was a few thousand dollars put in the wrong category last year...so it was difficult to know how to fix our mistake, now that the taxes are already in. We had to pay more taxes because of the mistake, so I think the accountant's assistant might have been a little defensive.  I am not sure.  I only know it got a little tense between the two ladies, and I just sat there smiling, hoping they would soon figure it all out.  They eventually did, and I think they are on OK terms.  At least I hope so:)  I think it will help that I am there eventually.  I did learn the difference between a customer and a vendor:)  I think I knew that before, just not where to look for it on purchase orders and invoices.
Pretty exciting, huh?  I also got to see my two sons in law and my grandson who all work there with Mel.  That was the fun part for me.  I enjoy being around "the boys", as Mel refers to them.  They are a pretty nice group of guys.  We get along well.
So now I am back home.  I thought I would paint, but I am just too pooped.  I had actually planned on painting this morning, even got dressed in my painting shirt and pants, when the bookkeeper messaged Mel about this meeting.  I don't think I have another opportunity to paint until Thursday.  But I am beginning to actually feel like I really want to paint again.  So that is a good sign.
Anyway, I guess I will put some dinner in the oven and catch up on the news of today.  I heard on NPR that we sent missiles and all sorts of awful stuff to Syria today.  I hope they are careful with all of this weaponry.  I wish there was no such thing as war and hatred and silly men with nothing better to do with their lives.  But that is for my other blog....if I ever get it finished!  Take care, and remember I am pulling for you!!!!!!!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVGE!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Monday, September 22, 2014

Shipping Clerk

Today seems like a good day to announce that I am going to be working on another blog.  It won't be like this one, which is mostly my recordings of the happenings in my days....rather dull and non eventful.  But I will not quit, because it helps me immensely...with memory mostly.  But also it helps to think about my life and what direction I am headed.  I mostly use this as a clearing place for my head, and to keep myself positive.  The other blog will be more thoughtful, published less, and I may occasionally use it as a platform to lecture to the world.  It seems to me the world could use a lecture or two.  Of course, I will have to be careful to not get too full of myself.  I am always open to other opinions, as long as they are kind:)  I am still figuring out a name.  All of the ones I wanted were already taken.  Sigh!
In my life today, I went back to work.  I have been working here and there for Mel and our little plastic business on and off for several years.  But today I committed myself to be a better helpmeet.  I guess Mel has needed someone to help in the office, but was afraid to say too much because he felt like he shouldn't compel me to work for him.  But when I explained to him how useless and un needed I have been feeling, he agreed that perhaps he really could use my help on a more consistent basis.  So I think it will be good for both of us.  He will have more time to work on molds, and I will handle things like invoices and billing and payroll.  Today I ordered material from three different companies.  It was kind of fun!  It reminded me of when I used to work as a shipping clerk for Hexcel Corp.  many long years ago.  I only worked there a couple of summers, and I was only the shipping clerk for about six weeks while Verla, the real shipping clerk, had surgery and recovered from surgery.  I wasn't a very fast typist, and I remember I was a disappointment to my boss.  He actually said he wouldn't have hired me if he had known how much typing I would have to do.  I did get to be a pretty fast typer by the end of my two summers, but never as fast as Verla, who could type at 120 wpm!  I think when I started I typed about 40 wpm.  I told my boss that when he hired me, but he thought I would only have to answer the phone and file.  Funny memories!  I can remember I got in trouble when a salesman called and wanted to talk to Jim.  I called for Jim over the loudspeaker, but he didn't answer.  So I decided I had better go find him.  I wandered around the plant for about 20 minutes looking for him!  The salesman finally hung up, but then he called my boss and told him how I had left him hanging on the phone line.  Ha, ha!  I thought it was funny then too.  I didn't get fired, but I did get scolded.  The thing I remember most about that job is the thick haze of smoke that hung in the office.  Everyone smoked!!!  Except me.  But I had to wash my hair everyday because it would get so gunked up with the smoke.  I don't think they would pass today's standards.  It's odd how some things have changed for the better, and some things are so much worse.
Well, I had better get on with today.  Have a happy family night!!!  I'm planning on it!!!  Melody

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Aargh!

Good day!  It has been a nice day today. I spent most of my day with Mel. Except for the time he spent sprucing up the yard. I spent that time inside doing the laundry and working on a company logo. I made it easy on myself and used an online program. It was kind of fun.  I did learn a little about logos in my graphic design class, but not enough.  So it was good to find help online. 
Tonight are our stake conference meetings. Mel is already at the leadership meeting that started at 4. Then we have a 7 o'clock meeting. I don't think we get to sit together though, since he has to sit on the stand.  They broadcast this from the stake center to two other buildings, so they asked him to sit on the stand at one of the other buildings.  I will go to the same building and wave at him from the audience. It reminds me of a speaker we had in church last week.  He was signing to his wife from the stand!  It was kind of cute. I couldn't understand anything they were saying to each other, but I think it may have been about how nervous he was feeling.  He hadn't given a talk for a few years. I guess we all get a turn at that. It does seem like some people get called upon to talk more often than others. I am knocking on wood!  I would rather be someone who doesn't have to talk very often.
I got a request for a children's book!  From my grandson, Sebastian. I guess he was feeling left out since I made one for his brother. I am thinking something with armor and swords.  He likes that sort of thing. And it sounds fun to do.  Maybe even with a pirate ship!  I will think on it for a bit.  It sounds fun to draw.
So I am sending well wishes out to cyberspace tonight!  Have a good night!  Me

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday

Hola!  I have officially lost 10 pounds!  So that is good news.  Especially since I had so much good food in Oregon this last week!  It was very inspiring at weight watchers this morning.  A lady was there who has lost 156 pounds!  She looks fantastic.  I was impressed with her story.  She started weight watchers weighing over 300 pounds.  She works out with weights and her before and after pictures are amazing.  She looks like a weight lifting coach.  She said it had completely changed her life and her attitude about herself.  I like stories like that.  And she wasn't all that young....50 years old.  Anyway, it made me more resolved to keep at it.
I went for a luncheon today at a friend's house.  It was fun.  There were six of us, and we decided we would have to get together more often.  I guess we are all in the same boat...trying to figure out what to do with the rest of our lives.  It is a common dilemma among women of a certain age I guess.  They are all such good women, it made me feel like I wasn't alone in this.  It seems like we have all gotten to the point where we are not needed so much by our family, but still full of enough energy that we need to be actively engaged in something worth while.  I think it will be a good group to encourage each other in our various pursuits.
So now I am home trying to help an artist friend of mine.  She is trying to submit a couple of paintings to a juried show.  So I took a couple of photos of her paintings for her and emailed them.  Unfortunately they have specific dimensions they want for these and I can't seem to get it right.  I resized it as I think they wanted, but in emailing it the dimensions changed and they are saying they are too small.  So I did it again, and again it wasn't right.  So I just emailed them for the third time....hopefully it is right this time. If not I figure she is going to have to find a friend who knows how to use photoshop better than I do.  I actually had an assignment last year doing this very thing....but it was a newer version of photoshop at school, and I had a lot of help from my professor.  I wish I could remember better how to do it.  But oh well.  I have done the best I know how.
And now I am getting ready to go with Mel to the temple this evening.  It will be a nice conclusion to the day.  I haven't been for a couple of weeks with all of the traveling we have have done.  And I miss it.   So have a lovely Friday night out there in cyberspace!  I am still pulling for you!!!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Smoke gets in your Eyes!

Good evening!  I did it!  I put a coat of gesso on a canvas!  So now I just have to splash some paint on there when it dries....and I will end the painting block I have been experiencing.  I don't know why it has been so hard, but I can tell you it has been.  I think I can find time to paint tomorrow...although I am committed for a couple of other things already.  So we'll see.  I am not going to beat myself up about this...it is supposed to be enjoyable!
I have a photo on my computer....this one.
Ellen is the one with the ponytail on top of her head.  Cassie is standing
right behind her.
 I love it!  Not only for the ocean, but for the spunky granddaughter in the foreground of the photo.  That is Ellen.  She is 14 and such fun!!!  I am lucky to be her grandma.  The funniest thing is that she thinks I am great too.  We have a good friendship.  It is so nice to have grandchildren!  They keep me young and enthusiastic...at least inside if not on the outside.  The girl standing behind her and to the left is also one of my granddaughters...Cassie.  She is lots of fun too.  She can tell you amazing facts about most anything.  She is really smart!  She has a twin sister that is also super smart.  They are quite a fun pair.  We had lots of fun on our family reunion!  I have been thinking of how fun that was.  And I really wish we were still at the ocean!!!  It is really smokey here today.  The smoke from the California fire has blown in and settled here.  It is supposed to get better in the next couple of days.  It is pretty bad today...you could see, smell and even taste the smoke in the air.  I looked up the song, "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", thinking it would be a good youtube reference.  So for a trip back to high school days just click on this link. Smoke
Well, I don't have a lot to tell today.  I hope all is well in cyberspace!!!!!!!  HAVVVVVVVVVVGE!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My Own Cheerleader:)

Good evening!  I have been a bit under the weather as they say.  But I think I am rising back up above the clouds.  I just heard a quote that is helping a little.  “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” ― George Eliot.  I like that a lot!!!   I guess sometimes I start feeling like it is too late.  So it is nice to read a bit of encouragement.
I guess I have been feeling the 65 year old slump.  All of the reminders of medicare that arrive in the mail every day to remind me that old age is just around the corner have not been helping.  But last night Mel and I went over to a friend in the ward who sells insurance for medicare, and after a long deliberation I finally selected a medigap plan.  I am actually pretty excited about it.  I will have such good coverage for about a quarter of what I am paying now for very poor coverage.  So I guess that is one more perk of growing older.  Of course it would be better if I didn't need health insurance.  But that is not happening!  It will be nice knowing that I am covered whatever life presents.
The other thing I am bothered with is how very isolated I feel living out here in the country.  I didn't feel that way when Mel worked in the shop here.  But now that he is working downtown I am mostly alone.  And I don't like it.  So I have started looking at other homes for sale closer in.  I am not sure that would solve the problem.  But it might be worth a move to see.  We live so far out, that even my kids don't visit much. It is quite a drive out to our house.   Do I sound like a whiny, needy, old lady?  Well, I guess I feel like I am becoming one, and it is not what I want to become.  So I need to take some positive action.  I guess I could get back in school.  Maybe do a major in landscape architecture:)  But that just sounds like hard work.  I will solve this!  So I am sorry for the whining.  I am really doing fine.  It just hits me every so often that I need to change things around a little.
I was thinking today about our boat captain on the salmon fishing boat.  He was probably a few years younger than me....and he had been out on the ocean fishing for 40 years!  He said he had started as a boy, going out with his dad.  I thought how it was so second nature for him to run around on the boat, so sure footed.  Every time I tried to move I felt like I was going to be thrown overboard....the waves kept the boat rocking every which way!  It was so scary to me.  But he hopped around like it was no big deal.  And I suppose that is how it is with whatever you spend your life doing.  It becomes very comfortable.  I feel that way around children and teens and even young adults....comfortable and at ease.  I know what to say and how to say it because I have spent my whole life doing just that.  But I don't feel so comfortable about my art work.  It still feels awkward and with each painting I feel like I am such a beginner.  It may be the reason I am so afraid to keep at it.  But I think I am going to post that George Eliot quote above my easel and keep trying.  This is me giving myself a pep talk!
So I hope all is happy and well in cyberspace tonight.  I am still pulling for you!!!!!  Have a wonderful night!!!!!!!!  Melody

Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday Night

Good evening!  It's been a busy day!  I have been trying to catch everything back up....meaning I paid bills, did laundry, and went shopping.  I guess that doesn't sound like much, but I am really tired!  And to top it all off Max got out and went down the hill and bothered some people who own dogs way down the street.  It is amazing to me he will still go so far to find a female doggy!  He's 13 years old....or 91 in dog years.  Mel calls it the impossible dream.  Anyway, the animal control man showed up at my door with Max and wanted to know if he was my dog.  I said yes and he explained that it was against the law to allow a dog to be at large.  And yes, I did know that.  But he is very good at going under the fence, and he has gotten so deaf, he doesn't hear me call him home.  So this evening for family night we went to D&B and got some welded wire fencing and Mel nailed it with big staples to the inside of our fence.  He covered up the main hole, but it got dark before he could finish.  We have been going to do this since we put up the fence.  I hope it makes it more secure.  It will make me feel like a more responsible dog owner.
On a lighter note, we had salmon for dinner....again!  I cooked some last night, and we finished it tonight.  Well, we finished one package.  We have several...I think 10 or 12.  It is really good salmon.  And as I am eating it, I think how fun it was to be out on that boat in the ocean.  I can still feel how it felt to ride the waves!  I am glad to have had that experience.
So it is almost time for bed.  I hope I have better dreams tonight.  Last night I kept having nightmares about people being murdered.  I think it was from watching the news.  I guess I had better not watch for a while.  I think the gruesome events of late have really gotten to me.
So I hope all is well and happy in cyberspace tonight!!!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Tall Tale

Good Sabbath!  We are home again, filled with memories of a fun week with Norm and Cindy, and a brief visit with my dad.  I think it is one of the more fun times we have had in a long while.  As Cindy said, "Just like the olden days, but without kiddos and with a little more money."  It is nice to actually have enough money so that we aren't counting coins to see if we can afford an ice cream!  I really relaxed and was able to feel like I had no responsibilities for a short time.  That felt awfully good!  And surprisingly I did not gain any weight!  In fact I lost a pound, which is a miracle, considering all of the sweet and rich food I ate!  So it was a good trip all around.  Yesterday we said good bye to the whales and the wonderful Inn at Arch Rock and headed back to Portland where we caught our flight home.  It feels good to be here.
So here's a few more photos.  I think a lot of these Mel took.  He is a much better photographer than I am.  I think he's a natural.
The four of us heading out to the ocean

Going under the bridge through the narrow channel

Under the bridge

This hat was one of the few I could find at Walmart.
Other words on the hat were, "Meow" and "Brooklyn"

Cindy and Norm

Mel and I at Cape Foulweather where Captain Cook came a long time ago.

Mel got friendly with this walrus.

Early morning at the wharf

Mel holding all our fish.  Nobody else wanted to, although
I did hold one for a short time...stinky!

Norm and Mel with the fish
So that's it.  I hope today is a good Sabbath for you today!!!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!  Melody

Friday, September 12, 2014

My fish story


I just realized I didn't write about our salmon fishing expedition. It was fun for me!  I loved being out on the ocean!  It was gorgeous!  We left at 6 am to get a head start on the fish I guess. The sun was coming up as we left the harbor.  We went out quite a ways.  The water was quite choppy, it was a lot like a roller coaster!  We were all feeling great the first hour and we caught the first fish!  Well, Mel caught the first, Norm caught the second, and Cindy caught the third.  I didn't mind, because it was all so beautiful and it was so exhilarating riding the waves.   But Cindy started feeling seasick and we all felt bad for her.  It was about then that I caught a fish, really big!  Norm helped me reel it in.  And then he caught another fish. So we got five large salmon!  They should be good eating. They are all cleaned and wrapped and in a freezer waiting for us to take them home with us tomorrow.  I think I could have stayed out there all day, but the rest of our group were very glad to get back to shore.   As we were coming in we saw about four whales!  It was quite thrilling.  Anyway, here's a few photos.  You'll have to tap on them to see the whole picture. This app won't size them properly. 


                                                           This was my fish!


The End;)  Me





Whale Watching

Hola!  We are having such a great time in Depoe Bay. We keep seeing whales. According to the local authority on whale watching, there are more whales here than there have been in 20 years. I heard there are 18 or 19 here in the bay. And many more up and down the coast. They are mostly gray whales I have been told. It is so much fun to see them blow and then dive. And the weather is sunny, clear, and perfect...mid 70s. I would love to live here...except we'd miss kids and grandkids!
We went to the aquarium in Newport. It's a pretty fun place. I especially like the otters. They were really active. Also we watched them feed the sharks and the sea lions. That was interesting. I guess I enjoy sea creatures. 
So now we are back at our beautiful inn at Arch Rock in Depoe Bay. It is such a lovely place. I am enjoying every minute!  Here's a couple of photos from our drive along the coast. And a couple of Puffins. 



So signing off. I hope all is great in cyberspace tonight!  Melody


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Coasting

We visited with my dad and Barb after driving down from Portland this morning. We had such a good flight!  The air was clear and calm. It was so good to see my dad and Barb. Now we're here in Depoe Bay with my brother and his wife. We are having so much fun!  These are pictures of our room which looks out over the bay and out to the ocean. The weather is clear and sunny...we are so blessed!  Tomorrow morning we are going salmon fishing with a charter company. I am excited. I haven't ever been on a fishing boat in the ocean before. I guess there are whales out there so it should be quite an adventure. I will take photos!  Hopefully we will catch a few fish. 
Anyway I am enjoying this!  Wishing you all the best in cyberspace tonight!  HAGW!!!!  Melody



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Another Day in Paradise

Good merry morning!  It is a lovely day here.  I went over to a Weight Watcher's meeting because we will be gone for my regular meeting.  I didn't expect to lose any weight because it has only been since Friday that my weight was checked.  So I was pleasantly surprised to find I had!  It's funny how happy this makes me feel.  I feel like I am succeeding where I have been struggling so long!
Last night we went to our empty nesters' family home evening.  We watched a movie...."God Isn't Dead."  It was pretty good I thought.  But the best part was....I found a DVD I was missing.  I guess I had leant it to Jodell a while ago.  It is a watercolor DVD by Joseph Zbukvich....one I really love.
This is one of his paintings
So it  was great to find it.  I love how he paints, and I think I learn something each time I watch it.  And no, I have still not started painting again.  I was looking back at this blog, and I realize I haven't painted since the beginning of July.  That is bad!  So as soon as this trip is over....:)  I think I have to get back to a regular work schedule.  That seemed to be working.  It is just that it is so hard to keep up.  There are always other things I am needed for.  But I know I want to be painting, so I will keep reminding myself that I need to do it!!!!!!
I think the biggest stone in my way on this path of painting is that it is messy!   So maybe I should do watercolors for a while.  I will think on this a bit.  But next Monday I will be doing a painting of one kind or another!!!
I am kind of excited to be taking a plane ride tomorrow.  It will be fun to be with Mel...just the two of us for the morning.  Then we meet up with my Dad and brother and wives.  But we should be doing fun stuff....maybe even a ride down to the giant redwoods.  I love it there!!!!  I just have to convince my brother.  He is anxious to go fishing I think.  We'll see...or sea.  Anyway it will be a fun although short trip.  We'll be back on Saturday.  Just in time for Mel's high council meetings the next day.
This afternoon I am going to a funeral for my cousins' son.  It is sure to be sad.  They are not religious, and he took his own life.  He was only like 36 or so.  I will have to remember Pres. Hinckley's words and keep a smile on my face.  I know that there is happiness for this young man in the world to come.  I hope I can give hope to my cousin.
Anyway, I had better end.  My visiting teachers should be here any minute.  Take care!  And have a most lovely, joy filled day.  I'm still pulling for you!!!!  We're all in this together!!!!!!!  Melody

Monday, September 8, 2014

Just an Ordinary Day

Guten Tag!  I am happy to report that today my knees don't hurt!  It is a wonder of our modern age. I went to my doctor and she thought some cortisone shots might help. So for the time being it is like new knees!  Of course some of that is from the numbing medicine. But it will feel much better for quite a while I think. I am hoping so anyway. We are flying to the coast on Wednesday. It would be nice to be pain free. My own little miracle!  
My doctor is so nice!  She was excited I had joined weight watchers. She thinks if I can lose weight and do strength training I may not need surgery for a while. My risk factors are quite high for blood clots...not a good irecommendation for surgery. So I was glad for her encouragement. 
Right now I am sitting in the car waiting for Mel. He went into the machine tool store for some cutters. It is a warm day so I hope he is done soon. I like to tag along on his errands. But today I have a few of my own...mostly to do with our trip. So when we are done I am headed to Walmart. 
Anyway, life seems good. I hope it is good for you!  Take care and HAVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Counting My Blessings

Hi!  It's a good Saturday here.  Although it is fringed with sadness at the news of the death of my cousin Kathy's son Johnny.  He died very unexpectedly and I only heard about it yesterday. The very sad part is that he was her second son to die young.  I cannot imagine how very sad she must feel.  And it makes me feel sad too.  I keep trying to distract myself with other things so I thought it might be a good idea to blog.  
 I keep rereading Pres. Hinckleys quote about being happy.  It has really helped me to look for the joyful things in life, and not to search for the sad things. "Don't be gloomy.  Do not dwell on unkind things.  Stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight. Even if you are not happy, put a smile on your face. 'Accentuate the positive'.  Look a little deeper for the good.  Go forward in life with a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face, with great and strong purpose in your heart.  Love life!"  Gordon B. Hinckley. 
So in that spirit I should report that the dinner last night was indeed very tasty!  I must admit I ate way more than I should have.  The dessert table was amazing!  And the corn was some of the sweetest I have ever had. And the best part was when we got home our daughter Michelle and our granddaughters Alyssa and Madeline and a couple of their friends came to spend the night. Madeline and her two friends had a minor car accident in Washington and so Michelle and Alyssa had them meet up here to sleep and then they followed them to Twin Falls this morning, just to make sure their car ran OK.  And I've heard from them since and all is well.  I was relieved it was only a minor mishap. And it did make me think how I should count my blessings.  I do feel so very blessed.
Anyway, I hope all is well for you and yours!  Take care and have a lovely evening!!!!!!!  Melody 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Thank goodness for Friday!

Hola!  It's been a good day today! I finally made it to the art store!  I bought a couple of canvases and some watercolor paper. It makes me feel motivated to paint. Then I went to the church cannery. They recently have allowed people to buy products without having to work first. It used to be you had to work a shift before you could buy anything. So I bought some of the food storage I was low on. I think I will try to shop there more often and improve our food storage. The prices are great and the quality is too. And they carry things like whole wheat in dry packed cans. And it will help me feel less guilty about not canning this year. 
Afterwards I met my daughter Kim and my sister Joy for lunch. And then Kim took me to see the house they are planning to buy. It's very close to our old house in Boise and in a great neighborhood. It was fun to see. 
Now I'm home resting up before our wards annual adults only steak dinner. That is one very nice thing about having so many beef farmers in our ward. We get wonderful steak dinners!  It should be fun. 
I am glad it is Friday. But I am beginning to find I mix the days up in the week more and more. All day today it has felt more like Wednesday!  I think it is because I have such a loose schedule. I guess I am going to have to post the day of the week on the fridge each day....like in kindergarten. It might work. 
Anyway I hope all is good in cyberspace. Take care and HAVVVGW!!!!  Melody

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Taking a Selfie

Good day!  I went to the hairdresser this morning.  I decided it was worth the extra money to avoid the beauty school and go to my regular hairdresser.  I like what she did.  And I think it was only $15 more, so I don't think I will go back to the beauty school again.  Here's a picture.
Each time I take one of these I feel a little silly.  I am not good at "selfies".  Which is funny, because Mel has a client that makes little plastic parts to hold your camera for you while you take a selfie.  But I guess I am not that into it.  It seems a little conceited I guess.  I also joined Weight Watchers last week, so maybe this will be a photo journal of losing weight too.  Ha, ha.  I suppose you've heard that before!  But one never knows. I may be able to stick with it.  I am doing good for the first week.  I talked my sister Joy into going with me.  I think we can help each other stick with it.  We both need to get slimmer to help our health.  Enough said.
So I guess that is all for now.  I hope all is well and happy in cyberspace!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!  Melody


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Glass Half Full

Good merry morning!  I am feeling much better today.  And I found a 40% off coupon for our little art store in Boise!  Which means I may go over and get a few canvases today.  I think that will be fun.
And so my day begins.  I have decided I have to get back to a better art schedule.  It is so easy to put it off.  I hope it doesn't mean I am really not much of an artist, but I suppose it does.  I think I like wife, mother, daughter and sister better.  Oh and I can't forget grandma....I think that may be first.  But that's OK.  I still love painting.  But I will definitely have to schedule it in.
I have been planning a couple of getaways in the last couple of days.  We are going to the Oregon coast again.  My brother and his wife are going to meet my dad, and they hoped we might come and meet them.  So we are!  I am excited to go again.  And this time we are flying and then renting a car.  It makes it lots easier.  And then in October we are going to see Kenny.  He lives in San Jose.  So that will be fun.
So life looks pretty good this morning.  And I am wishing you a very, very, very, very gut wan!!!!!!!!  Melody


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Backwards Poetry?

Good evening!  I haven't been feeling all that great today.  I did notice the sign downtown again, but it doesn't seem all that funny.  But here goes anyway.  Ready?  "A backwards poet works inverse."  Or something like that.  The trouble is that I am not sure what is meant by a backwards poet.  Oh well.
I started the day feeling pretty good.  I got a few things done around here and then I drove over to Boise to buy some temple clothing.  And I met Mel for lunch over there because he had some business to do over there today.  I really felt just great.
But then I drove home.  I was listening to the radio and they were talking about the horrible event of the day....the beheading of that young journalist....and I guess it really got to me.  I feel so bad for him and his family.  And it feels like the world is changing for the worse.  I was listening to a talk the other day, I'm not sure who I was listening to, but he was saying how this is the great day of Satan's power, but also that it was equally the great day of the Lord's power, and that we must not forget or get discouraged.  I need to remember that.  I think it all kind of got to me because by the time I reached home I just wanted to climb in bed.  I think I also still get tired easily, but it wasn't until later I realized what it was that had changed my mood.  And then I listened to the rest of the news.  It is a little scary all around the world just now.  So I guess I need to immerse myself in good things, like the scriptures and general conference talks.  It is so easy to lose perspective.
Anyway, I guess I just needed to write about it.  It makes me more resolved to do good things.  I hope things are well and happy where ever you may be in cyberspace.  I'm still pulling for you!!!!!!!  We're all in this together!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Monday, September 1, 2014

September....really?

Good merry morning!  I think Fall is here.  We have had two days in a row with cooler temps.  And that crisp feeling is in the air here.  I think it is my favorite season.  I love the colors, and the cool temperatures.  Although we did have a storm run through here Saturday night that reminded me that we can get terrible winds.  It was kind of a wake up call to pull in the things on the patio that might blow away....too late for the wind chimes which did blow away!  I found them, but they are broken:(
Anyway, I haven't much to share unless you are interested in how the towels are running in the wash.  I guess I will never really get laundry done.  As soon as you think it is done, someone drops a pair of socks and a towel in the laundry basket.  But I have learned to be done with the things of each day.  So that is a good thing.  And I am so grateful for the good things in my life.
So have a great one, and remember I am pulling for you!!!!!!!!  Melody