Friday, October 31, 2014

Boo!!!

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

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tawanda!!!!!!!!!!

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

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Another Day

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

Monday, October 27, 2014

Working 9 to 5!

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

Friday, October 24, 2014

Muscles and an Attitude

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


Thursday, October 23, 2014

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

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

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Glorious!

Wow!  We loved the movie, "Meet the Mormons".  We went to see it tonight.  I guess I was more impressed with the story of Brother Halvorsen after seeing the movie.  I greatly admire his efforts to bring good will to the children of war torn Germany.  But all of the stories were wonderful.  And the song at the end made me cry...."Glorious" by David Archuleta. Here is a link Song "Glorious" I guess it is not the first time my name has been in a song.  But I liked how he sang, "Everyone plays a piece and there are melodies In each one of us, oh, it's glorious!"  It made me think I need to step up:)  Do people even know I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints....or a Mormon?  I hope so.  
When I was doing work with Candlelighters, one of the members of our group asked the whole group, "If they were still killing Christians, would they know you were one?"  It made me think a lot about that.  I would hope that I live my life following the teachings of Christ enough, that others might notice.  I have certainly tried.  But often I fail.  I loved what the man from Nepal said in the movie, "I am not perfect in living, but I am perfect in trying to be perfect"....or something to that effect.  That impressed me.
So I am feeling much better today.  Of course I had to take a nap.  But that's allowed....at least I think it is.  And I am feeling a little more like myself, although I have a ways to go yet.  I am still hearing a lot of negative talk in my head about how I need to be busier and not so lazy.  But I have been telling that voice to go back to bed.
We drove Kenny back to the airport this morning.  I hate to see him leave.  It is hard to have grown children, but even harder when they live far away.  I guess we will have to plan another trip out to California before long.  But first we have to go see Julie in Oklahoma.
Well, I hope all is happy and bright out in cyberspace.  I am still pulling for you!!!  We're all in this together!!!!  And yes, I have heard those drums lately.  But they are getting to be more distant.  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGE!!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Keeping Us All on the Same Beat

So....I guess I am fine.  Except for the pneumonia:)  I took a stress EKG today.  It wore me out...but I passed.  I thought I might pass out!  I took one of those about 20 years ago, but I think I was a lot more fit.  I only lasted about six minutes on this one!  Oh well.  At least my heart is doing OK.  The Dr. said it all looked normal for my age.   I have one more test...an Echocardiogram.  But I got them to schedule that for a couple of weeks away....so that medicare will cover it.  And maybe by then I will be over the pneumonia.  I don't feel too sick, except for every once in a while.  It is like an infection I think.  I feel pretty good, and then it all hits and I feel exhausted and really yucky.  So I am trying to be good and rest.  But of course there is always something I need to be doing.  But I really am resting!  At least I didn't have to worry about picking up a laundry basket full of clothes for a couple of days.  They told me not to exert myself until they did the stress test.  So I am quite relieved it was normal...but now I can get back to the laundry and dishes:)
I did want to relate a kind of funny story that happened to Mel Sunday morning.  I was supposed to lead the choir for our ward on Sunday, but of course I couldn't.  So Mel volunteered to do it...as soon as his high council talk was over.  He had to speak at a nine o'clock meeting, and our ward is at 11...so it seemed like it might work.  Although we had a rehearsal before church at 10:15 so he was worried he might not make it there.  So I called a friend to do the rehearsal....and it all seemed good.  But then Mel went to the nine o'clock meeting and sat down....and the wrong bishop came in!  So then he suddenly realized he was not at the right ward!  Besides feeling very foolish, he wasn't sure where he was supposed to be.  So he looked through all of his notes to figure out which building and what time, and realized he was supposed to be in another building and it wasn't until 11.  I guess it wouldn't have been any big deal, except that he was supposed to be conducting the choir for me at our ward conference at the same time.  So he went to the rehearsal and got one of our friends to volunteer!  She had never led the choir before, and she was really nervous!  But from all reports it went well.  And Mel showed up at the right ward and gave his talk for the high council.  It sounded a lot like the dreams I have before I have to do something I am nervous about...only this was real life!  Poor Mel.  He was so good to volunteer for me, I felt terrible it all turned into such a stressful morning for him.  But I did chuckle just a little.  We are both finding we are getting our wires crossed a little more than we used to.  And of course it is just one more indication that we are getting old.  Drat!!!!!!
Gustavo Dudamel   This picture made me smile!  It's not always easy
keeping everyone on the same beat.
So I hope life is treating you well out in cyberspace tonight.  I think I am enjoying being home with so little responsibility....I can't imagine being this sick and taking care of a brood of little hooligans!  I suppose we all have done it, but I sure couldn't manage it now!  Have a great night!!!  And keep your stick on the ice!!!!!!  Melody

Monday, October 20, 2014

Briefly

Good morning!  I am so grateful for antibiotics!  I am feeling amazingly better....still tired, but much better than I have in a couple of weeks.  I would love to write something clever and funny, but I am still a little cloudy in my head.  But I thought despite that I should at least say thanks for the good wishes and prayers.  Have a wonderful day out there in cyberspace!  I'm still pulling for you!  We're all in this together!!!!!  Me

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Home sweet home

I'm home!  Yay!  I'm so glad to be out of the ER. I am cleared of two kinds of heart attacks. But I do have pneumonia and I have to see a cardiologist soon. I am so relieved not to have another clot though that pneumonia seems great:). Anyway I didn't want anyone to worry. I'm going to sleep. Nighty night!  Me

Medical report ;)

So I am spending the day today in the ER. I don't have any blood clots,whew!  But I am being watched to make sure my heart is okay. And I am being treated for pneumonia. I guess the scan showed some cloudiness in my lung. I wasn't going to come in, but I kept having the feeling I should. I'm feeling ok. Just so tired!  So hopefully this is nothing more than me being overly cautious. The doctor said its good I came in. He said he would have too with my history. 
So that's pretty much my day today. They are watching me all day. If I do ok I will go home on antibiotics and see a cardiologist on Monday. 
This is definitely a new era!  I guess I'll get used to this emphasis on health concerns. Maybe. If I have to, I guess:)  Take care!  Me

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Busy day

I'm sitting in the car with the windows down...waiting for Mel:). He is inside a plastics molding company here in Ontario Oregon, delivering a mold he just finished. It's a nice drive out in the country. I like working with him...especially when we can escape together for a couple of hours. 
I am learning more about the business and I think it is kind of fun. This morning I went through an audit with our bookkeeper and the state insurance person for unemployment. I was nervous at first, but I am getting so I know enough to be helpful. So that's progress!
We still haven't seen "Meet the Mormons". We are so tired by the evening that we'd rather just stay home. We are definitely getting old:(. We may make it tonight...or a matinée. I really want to go!
So that's all folks!  Take care!!!  Melody

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Almost Sunset Here

Good evening!  I did a little painting today.  I like how this painting is working, though I find I am slow.  But I figure there is no rush.  Anyway, here it is so far.
 I was trying to get a photo with truer colors, so I turned on the flash and I got this photo...kind of cool with the reflection from the flash...which is part of what I am trying to paint....a reflection:)  But I will keep at it.  One layer at a time.

The rest of today I spent down at work with Mel.  I worked there until about 3.  Then I started feeling awful...shakey, headachey, etc.  So I came home and put my feet up and watched the news about Ebola.  It made me think how fortunate I am!  I am only trying not to catch the cold that is going around at work.  I feel so sorry for all of the people that are really sick!  Especially those in Liberia where it is so out of control, and the medicine is not real great.  I hope they can figure out a vaccine or something to kill the virus.
And that is all.  I really feel kinda yucky.  So I will head for the couch and the pellet stove!!!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVGE!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

An eensy, weensy

I made friends with a spider today.  She was sitting on the window sill looking rather proud of the four house flies she had trapped and killed in her web.  I spoke to her and said, "Thanks!"  I am not fond of spiders, but I am even less fond of house flies.  So I figure she had done me a favor, and I put off destroying her web for another day when I feel less happy about spiders inside the house.  I guess another thing in her favor was that she was small and not too scary.  We get lots of spiders, and many of them are huge, and even dangerous.  But she looked fairly harmless, although the flies might disagree.
Today has been a rather low energy day.  The main thing I did was watch Alex for Liz while she had some more dental work done.  He is an easy little person to watch.  He loves the back yard and is curious about everything.  He is fun to be with.  And I only had to watch him for a couple of hours.  The rest of the day I have mostly rested.  I haven't been sleeping well again.  So I stopped at Walgreen's on the way home and bought some Zzzzquil.  I hope that does the trick.  I really don't function well on only a few hours of sleep.
On the good news side...I have lost a couple more pounds!  I think it is so funny that I can get so excited about losing a pound or two.  But that is my world of now.  I think sometimes how hard it was to keep any weight on my skinny teenage body.  I used to hate being so thin!  I really wanted a different body then.  Over the years I have gotten pretty comfortable with the one I have.  Perhaps a little too comfortable.
So I hope things are happy in cyberspace.  The real world seems a little scary of late with war and disease and bad weather rampant.  I like to think I am sending happy vibes out to the world with this little blog.  So I wish you all a happy, happy, Happy!!!!  Melody

Monday, October 13, 2014

Apes or Monkeys?

Life seems to have become busy again, which is a good thing.  But it does seem like I have a harder time writing about it.  Something that was told in sacrament meeting yesterday was just too good to pass up though.  The speaker was talking about his missionary experiences.  He said there was a companion of his who told a story of a woman in his last area who had recently become active.  She was married to an atheist.  Her grandson asked her where he had come from.  In school he had heard about evolution, and he wanted to know if it was true.  Had he really descended from apes and monkeys?  She told him, "No.  God placed Adam and Eve on the earth and they had children, and their children had children, and you are descended from them."  Somewhat relieved, but still questioning, he went to his grandfather, the atheist, and asked the same question.  His grandfather answered, "Yes, it is true.  Through the science of evolution apes evolved into men, and you are a descendent of the apes."  The boy went back to his grandma and said, "Grandpa said we are descended from apes!"  His grandmother answered, "Well, I told you about my side of the family.  Your grandfather has told you about his!"  The whole congregation laughed at that one.  So funny!
I love our congregation, or ward as it is referred to in the LDS church.  We have so many wonderful families!  This last week a sweet friend of mine, Zola Schlerff, died at the age of 96.  She was such a sweet lady.  She always had a smile and even a chuckle waiting for me.  I will miss her.  But I will try harder to be more like her.  I think she is someone who truly loved the Savior and tried hard to be like him.  Last week I had a couple of situations that really tested my patience, but I kept thinking, "How would Zola react to this?"  It really helped me to calm myself and to take a little time to think about how the Savior would want me to act.  Thank you sweet Zola!!!
With so much traveling lately, there is a lot to be done around here...especially with the holidays fast approaching.  So I will have to methodically work through the house and yard to get things done.  My inclination always seems to be to dive in and try to do everything at once.  I might have been more able to do that in a younger time.  But now I am lucky to get one thing done each day.  So I think I will begin at the front door and work my way around the house.  Today will be the front porch.  It is full of debris and weeds that have blown in from the corn field across the street.  It is not as bad as it used to be, but it is still a challenge to keep my porch clean!  Then I think inside I will mop the hallway....if I can keep up enough energy.
So I hope all is happy and well in cyberspace today.  I am still pulling for you!!!!!  HAVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Home Again!!!!

We're back!  And exhausted.  It was an interesting trip to my home towns.  I grew up in San Lorenzo, Castro Valley, and Dublin, California.  It is a little strange to go back.  My son Kenny lives in San Jose and works as an air traffic controller in Fremont.  So he is near all of those places that are so familiar to me.  We went to visit with him and to meet his girlfriend's parents that are visiting from Nigeria.  I liked them very much.  It was interesting to visit with them...although hard to understand all that they said.  Even though English is taught in Nigeria, I think there is a strong accent from their native language, and it was not always clear what they said.  But I think they did remarkably well.  I could not even say hi in their language.  We had fun comparing notes about life.  I feel very blessed to have had mine, and all of the many blessings I have received over a life time.
We ate out every meal so I am feeling a bit ill now.  I don't like to eat such rich food, and so much of it. I tried hard to keep my portions small and not to overindulge.  I think I was pretty successful as the scale does not reflect a weight gain.  But my stomach is very unhappy still.  It will probably take a couple of days to get back to normal.  One very interesting and not delightful thing was the water.  California is in the middle of a very bad drought.  So water is being filtered and treated excessively.  It really tastes terrible.  It was hard to drink it without feeling like I was being poisoned!  We drove up to Napa one day, and the water tasted good there.  So maybe it is just in the East Bay that the water is so bad.  Anyway, I think I no longer have any desire to move back.  The traffic was really terrible.  It seems like we were driving most of the time...and we really did not go that far.  I think I choose to remember how it used to be when I lived there as a girl and young mother.
So it is nice to be back home.  I am so grateful for out little piece of paradise.  It is super quiet here and the air is clean and the water tastes wonderful!!!  And we have good neighbors who look out for each other.  It is such a good thing.
Well, I hope all is well in cyberspace!  I am looking forward to seeing "Meet the Mormons."  I think we will go on Friday night here.  One of the stories is about Brother Halvorsen who was in our ward in Provo.  He took my cub scouts up in his little plane a few at a time.  I was so frightened to go up, but he told me he had flown over 60,000 hours and he would keep me safe.  I had a good time flying!  Later I learned his story of being a candy bomber over Germany in WWII.  It will be fun to see him in a movie!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!  Melody
P.S.  A few pictures:)
Lake Tahoe from the plane

Near Meeks Bay

Santa Cruz looking toward the harbor outlet

Santa Cruz

Mr. & Mrs. Ibe (sorry for the reflection)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Tripping

Good morning!  I'm flying to San Jose with Mel!  We had to be up early to be to the airport 2 hours before our flight. It left at 8 our time, and we'll be in San Jose about 8:30 their time. I like looking out the window. It's a little surreal to me. It's such a desert!  I forget that Boise is a bit of an oasis!
So we are going to visit Kenny and meet his girlfriend 's parents. They are here visiting from Nigeria. I think it will be interesting. They look very nice from the pictures we have seen. And I am always fascinated with other cultures. 
I don't know how much of conference we will be able to catch live. I am glad they rebroadcast it and also for the Internet streaming so we should be able to get most of it here. I am so anxious to hear it all. I always learn so much. 
So I guess the weather is going to be warm!  It was 90 in Santa Cruz yesterday. I am glad. I think we will have a great trip!  Take care and enjoy today!!!  
We' ve landed. Melody

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Great Pumpkin

Good evening!  I have a cute couple of photos,  straight from the pumpkin patch. This one is Alex, my sweet grandson. We picked some pumpkins yesterday while he was over here. 
This one is of Jodell's granddaughter. She is so tiny and already walking!  She liked the pumpkins too. 
I guess for me that is the best part of Halloween or any holiday...the fun it is for kids. I wish we had more trick or treaters that came here. But having a pumpkin patch is fun too. 
Well not much else for today. Have a great night. Me


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Fond Farewell

Guten morgen!  It is sunny here, and the clouds have disappeared.  I am glad for that.  It was beginning to look and feel too much like winter!
So yesterday was a busy day.  I spent some of it at the doctor's office....my farewell visit.  For some strange reason the college clinic doesn't take medicare:)  So I will probably see my former doctor, from before BSU, when the new insurance stuff all kicks in next month.  It was a somewhat eventful appointment though.  I was told that I need a CAT scan to follow up on the nodule in my lungs....WHAT????  The doctor said I was supposed to have been told about this last year when I had the pulmonary embolism.  Apparently I was not told.  And nobody has mentioned it because it was so small and insignificant....or at least that's their story and they're sticking to it.  I hope it is still small and insignificant when they do the CAT scan.  Really, it is just a follow up scan to make sure it isn't growing or changing.  And yes, I am definitely entering into the Twilight Zone!  Can you hear the music?  Deedadeeda...deedadeeda!  But the good news is I am going off of the blood thinner.  The clot in my left leg is almost gone, and according to the vascular surgeon is "as good as we could have hoped for".  So I did get a bit of good news.  Of course now I have to be especially wary of clots, and be vigilant in paying attention to any signals my body is giving me.  It is a little scary to me.  But I am sure it is all just part of the game.
I forgot to mention that a medical student accompanied my doctor yesterday....Meghan.  She was in a wheel chair.  I talked to her a bit about what had happened in her young life that had landed her in a chair.  She said she had fallen off a third story balcony when she was 19, and broken her neck.  I asked her a lot about how she was doing now.  She said she felt so grateful to be alive.  And she was excited to become a doctor.  She just graduated in Bio-chemistry.  I was so impressed with her!  And it made me think I should never complain about my knees hurting.  At least I can feel my knees!
So last night we went to the temple.  It really did help.  I like being reminded of the Grand Plan.  It is comforting to think that Heavenly Father has a plan for each of us.  And He will not leave us comfortless.  We saw a few friends of ours from our old ward too.  That is always fun to see old friends.
Well, I guess today is bill day.  And I am also watching Alex for a while so Liz can get her teeth worked on.  It should be a grrrrrrrrrrrreat day!  I hope yours is too!!!!!!!!   Take care and remember I am pulling for you!!!!!!!!  Melody