Sunday, November 30, 2014

All Is Calm

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

Ellen, Mel, Kim

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

Thursday, November 27, 2014

An Attitude of Gratitude

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

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Becoming a Tweenager.

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

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Can you read my lips?

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

Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday, Monday!

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

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Birth Day

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

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday....already?

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

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hola!

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

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Inspiring Message

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

Monday, November 17, 2014

Happy FHE!!!!

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

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Whooo is that?

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

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Night...Still Alive!

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

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Brrrrrrr!!!!!!!

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

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The First Step

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

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

P.S.

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

Tuesday

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

Monday, November 10, 2014

P.S.

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

Monday

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

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Way It Is

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

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Spit, spot!

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

Monday, November 3, 2014

Good Day....Sunshine!!!!

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