Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

It's almost 10 pm. But that's midnight in New York and that's good enough for me. We are watching CNN from New York with Andersen Cooper. I am so very glad we are not at Times Square!  People apparently have been standing in one place for 12 hours!  Can you imagine?  I guess I don't enjoy crowds that much. And I really prefer sitting on our sofa with central heating!
Today I spent helping Kim pack. They are buying a house and are so excited!  It is fun to help. I think it will be so nice for them. 
Oh the ball just dropped!  Did you know that in Boise they have a potato drop?  It's a new thing. I think it's only the 2nd or 3rd year. I hope they show it on our local station. I may not stay up for it but I will record it for tomorrow. 
So have a very happy New Year!!!  And I wish the best for you and yours!!!!!!!  Good night!!!!!!!!!   Melody

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Almost a new year!

Good morning!  It is a cold morning here!  17 degrees and climbing...all the way to 25 according to my weather app.  I have been getting things sorted around here...paying bills mostly, but also straightening my files for the new year.  I am planning on getting the house straight, and then I will go into work.  It is a little busy with the end of the year.  And I have been having fun trying to sort everything out for our accountant.  We do have a bookkeeper, but she only comes to check up on us once a month now.  It's good I have someone who makes sure I am doing it all right.  We have come a long way over the last few years getting everything as it should be.  And I have learned a lot in the last few months.  I really never thought I would be interested in the financial side of the business...or any other side for that matter.  It was Mel's thing.  But I have come to enjoy pushing numbers around, trying to get everything to balance and to make sense.  And it is enjoyable to be somewhere that there are people.  It gets a little too quiet around here.  Although our little puppy, Buddy (yeah, I decided that was the best name) does like to bark at the little puppy in the mirror in here.  It is pretty funny.  He is a good companion, I just wish he would learn to talk.  He does communicate his needs pretty well though.  And he is learning better manners all of the time.  Although at Christmas he cornered my three year old grandson and tried to get him to play like a puppy.
Alex

 Alex didn't want anything to do with that nipping and barking though. And the puppy got a scolding.  He is a fast learner, but he does need a little more exercise than I can give him.  Max is tolerant of him, but Max is 13 and really doesn't care too much to romp and play.  I may take him into work today.  He likes to sit at my desk and sleep.   He is growing so fast that I think he sleeps to keep up.
Buddy
Well, I had better get on with my day.  I hope all is well in cyberspace today!!!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Friday, December 26, 2014

The Aftermath:)

Good day after Christmas!  It has quieted down here somewhat.  We still have our oldest daughter and her family here.  I am glad they can stay for a few days.  They are just far enough away  in Twin Falls that we don't get to see each other enough.  So they are here until Sunday.  Taylor and Gabe are also here as Liz and Adrian went to pick up Gabriel from his dad in Oregon.  So my house feels comfortably full.  And with all of the leftovers from Christmas dinner it is easy to  entertain!
We are all a little tired today....me most of all I think.  Too much good food!!!  I think we may just sit around for the rest of today and veg.  We had discussed going to the movie, but we shall see.  First we have to find a movie everyone can see,  It might be easier to find something on netflix and just stay here.
We had a really nice Christmas!  We had 27 people here!  Four of my daughters and their families, and my youngest sister and family.  It was a good group.  I think everyone had a good meal, and we had a short Christmas program that helped us remember the real meaning of the holiday.
And so one more Christmas come and gone.  I hope all is good in cyberspace!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Merry Christmas Eve!  It is really blowing here. There is a winter storm advisory, which means I guess that we should be aware that the storm outside is a winter storm. I went to let the dogs out and the wind had blown snow up against the door...quite a bit!  I guess we will have snow for Christmas!  I must admit I am not that fond of snow, and I worry about daughters and their families traveling tomorrow to come here. But I suppose it is beautiful when it is calm like in a Currier & Ives sort of way. But the wind is loud here tonight. I hope it calms down for tomorrow. 
I have spent today getting ready for tomorrow. I think I only have to put a ham in the oven and peas in the microwave tomorrow. Oh and throw together a shrimp salad that is a tradition. So it should be a nice stress free day. At least when everyone arrives safely. It feels good. I think I can relax and enjoy the gathering. 
So I hope your Christmas is merry and bright. Have a wonderful night before Christmas!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Enjoying the season

Gute Nacht!  It has been a good day today.  I was able to get most everything done for Christmas.  All the presents are wrapped!  That is not the norm.  We are usually wrapping gifts on Christmas eve.  So it feels good.  And all of the shopping is really done.  Although...I still could get a couple of things for Mel.  We had decided that the puppy was our main Christmas gift this year.  But I may get a few little things, just so that we have something to unwrap on Christmas morning.  We have already unwrapped the gifts that came UPS.  We are not too patient about that.  Sigh!  And the dinner on Christmas is in the afternoon, so we will unwrap a few things then.  I am feeling like tomorrow will be a day of baking.  I bought lots of apples for apple pie, and ingredients for a gluten free chocolate cake we all love.  I also have a three layer jello that I think I will not layer.  Instead I can just make three jellos.  It will take less time, and the bowl I used to make it in broke.  Sorry, I am going through my list.  I feel like there is so much still to do, but I think it is more that my head gets a little confused and jumbled with the lead up to Christmas, and it is more an imaginary load of insurmountable tasks.  I should be able to get my part done.  And my girls are all helping with their part of things.
I had a call from my doctor today.  It was all good news.  The biopsy was benign!  I am so relieved.  And the doctor is pretty sure that all of my exaggerated symptoms were the result of the CAT scan I had in October.  He thinks they will all gradually disappear.  And I believe him, because I am already feeling much better.  I will go back in a few months for a followup.  So all is well.
The puppy is still lots of fun.  He is growing so fast!!!  And he is learning that outside is a great place for many things.  He was born outside, and the breeders had all of the puppies outside in a kennel that was wrapped with a tarp, to keep the weather out.  So he doesn't seem to mind being out there at all. And the weather here has been very mild.  Mel said he would fix our kennel up so that if the weather gets bad the dogs can still be outside....at least some of the time.  I think that is good.  I like having them in when I can pay attention, but it is hard to be constantly on puppy guard!  Although he is learning so quickly.  I think he is a pretty smart dog.  And he is still so sweet!  He is calm and good natured.
Well, I guess I had better go get some rest.  Mel is watching a football game.  I am hoping it is almost over!  Take care and enjoy the season!!!  Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!!!!!  Melody

Monday, December 22, 2014

Monday Night

Happy family night!  I have always loved family night.  Even when it is just Mel and I, it is fun to have a night we can study the gospel together, or watch a fun movie, or just sit and talk.  It is so nice to have an evening set aside where work and other obligations don't interfere.  When our kids were small I used to try to come up with some wonderful lesson.  It is much more relaxed now, and much easier to find something we can do together.  Our biggest problem these days is that we are both pretty tired by the end of the day, so we don't usually do anything too active.  When the sun is out longer it is a little easier to want to go out of the house, but I guess it is called family "home" evening for us older folks.
Yesterday's Christmas program was beautiful.  I am glad it turned out so well.  And I am sure we had extra help!  I was pretty sure that our 6 men were joined by some other celestial sounding voices....especially during a song that was just men singing.  It really did sound so nice!  I think the best songs were the more familiar ones.  I love the traditional songs of Christmas.  At the end of the program we sang a song called "Peace, peace."  It is a simple song that we sing as a choir, and then the congregation joins in at the end, singing "Silent Night".  It is always a little emotional for me to hear that.  And yesterday was no exception.  I love to imagine the Savior's birth as a time of angels singing and the thrill of a new baby.

I will never forget the very amazing experience of giving birth, and the way that it feels like the heavens are so close.  It is a little similar when someone dies I think.  There is a feeling that spiritual beings are near and in attendance.
So I think I am finally done with stores.  Oh, except I forgot to pick up my Rx's.  But I can do that tomorrow.  It seems like I have done plenty for today.  So I hope all is happy and bright, and that all of the good feelings of Christmas are in your heart and home.  Take care!  And HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGFHE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Melody

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Singing with the Heavenly Host

Good evening!  I am feeling a little stressed this evening.  I guess it is anticipation of the Christmas program tomorrow.  I would feel better if we had another couple of weeks to practice songs, but I guess it will be fine.  I am just nervous about it all.
We did finish the last of our Christmas shopping today.  So that feels good.  And it is fun to have time together to enjoy the season.  I guess Christmas has always been a special time.  I remember so many good people in my life who have made it special....especially relatives.  My grandmother Duffin had two sisters who did not have children, so they were especially close to us and we had such fun with all of the "old folks" at Christmas time.  My grandparents on both sides were so kind and good to us all, and Christmas was always a time of presents and good food and warm family fun.  I miss them all so very much.  And it is a little weird to think of myself as one of the "old folks."  I feel especially bad that my dad cannot be with us.  He isn't traveling much now, and Barbara not at all.  So we will have to take a trip to see them when we can get a break.  Her children are all close by, so they will have some family with them. But it is not the same.
Shopping today was a little hectic.  We only had to get a few things at Old Navy.  But the line was about 40 people long.  I let Mel stand in line, because he offered, and I went and sat in the car.  My knees do not shop well anymore!  It is nice that he will do that.
Well, I guess we are watching some more football.  I must admit I do not enjoy watching it much.  I may just sit by Mel and read my book.  I am reading "The Elephant Whisperer" for book club right now.  It is really good, except that I dream about elephants if I read it before bed.  Big elephants...with big tusks!  I think I saw a movie when I was a little girl where people got attacked by elephants and it has stayed in my subconscious.  I really love elephants, but they are big and I don't like them in my dreams much.
So I hope life is good out in cyberspace.  It is good here in Idaho.  I feel so blessed and really very spoiled to have such a happy life.  I am grateful for Mel and my children and family.  We can only wonder at all of the blessings we have been given....too many to name!  How grateful I am for my faith in God and His son Jesus Christ!  I feel their blessings every day!
 I love the stories of Christ being born in a stable, and the shepherds and wise men who came to visit.  And the wonder of a new star in the sky!  It all must have been so amazing to witness.  I like to think I was there as "one of the heavenly host, praising God" and singing, "Glory to God in the highest!"  Here's the real story from Luke chapter 2: 
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Such a wonderful story!  I love to hear it.  And I am wishing you a most lovely evening and a very merry week leading up to Christmas- and the birth of the Savior of the World!  
HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!
Melody

Thursday, December 18, 2014

An alarming thought!

Hola!  I was headed for bed when I remembered the sign downtown!  So here it is..."Morning - a cause for alarm!"  And it certainly is when Mel is getting up at 4:45 am!  So I am off!  Nighty night and sweet dreams!!!  Melody

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Good news!

I've had a busy day today. First I went with Jodell and we finished visiting teaching. That feels good. And I love visiting these sweet ladies. 
Then I went to get my hair cut. It was getting unmanageable. So that was good. And then I went to see my new endocrinologist. He is smart!  And he said all of this thyroid stuff could have been set off by the CAT scan I had in Oct. He was very careful to explain everything and then took blood and did some fine needle aspirations to get a biopsy from the nodule on my thyroid. He said it didn't look like cancer, but the biopsy would be conclusive. So that is done and I'll hear from him next week with results. I feel relieved. And it would be great if all of the symptoms just go away!
Our sweet home teachers came to visit us tonight. I am grateful for good home teachers. And now I am tired and about ready for a good nights sleep!  Take care!  Me

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Angels Among Us

Hi!  I was going through some of the photos I had gathered with the theme of "Tell Me the Stories of Jesus" and I found this precious one of Hailey I took a few years ago. We were visiting in St. George, so I think this is the visitor's center there.  Anyway, just by chance I got this precious picture of her.  She is a little angel still....even at 7.  I think I may paint this eventually, although not for the church competition.  I have decided I just need to start painting to paint....blob of paint on the paper kind of thing.  It may be that I am overbooked.  For instance....tomorrow I start visit teaching at 9:30, followed by a hair appointment, followed by a doctor appointment.  And it has sort of been like this for a few months now I think, what with working and doctor visits and medical screenings.   Oh well.  It is all good.
We had our temple preparation class with a young missionary-to-be tonight.  He is a sweet young man. He has a brother with autism, and it has been sweet to see him escort his brother as he passes the sacrament.  And I think it has matured this young man.  He is so ready for spiritual growth.
There was a funny definition on the sign downtown, but I can't remember it again.  I will have to drive by tomorrow as I run around.  It was hard to understand at first, but when I got it I had a good chuckle. I did get some more Christmas stuff done today.  And I am writing my Christmas letter.  It is kind of hard to write for some reason.  Funny, because I never seem to run out of things to write about.  Oh well, I will keep at it.
So I hope life is treating you well, and that you remember.... I am pulling for you!!!  We're all in this together!!!!!!
HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGN!!!!  Melody

Monday, December 15, 2014

Family Night

Good evening!  It is family night the world around!  And of course it is a good time to tell stories.  I have one for today.  It is about our fun new puppy.  Mel and I were sitting on our couch, sharing our family night treat of Chicago Mix popcorn.  It is cheese and caramel corn mixed together.  The puppy looked at us with such pleading eyes, I decided to let him have a kernel.  Ha!  That puppy already knows how to beg!!!  He got away with about 8 pieces before I decided I had better not give him too much.  I don't want a sick puppy.  But he was so cute begging.  Of course, he is only about 12 inches high.  It may not be so cute when he is 36 inches tall!  I know about how a dog thinks!  It is much the same as with children...give in only one time and they think it is the way it should be!!!  Sigh!
I am feeling much better about Christmas....and poorer of course.  But I have gotten most of the shopping done now.  Just a few more things, which I am hoping I can find tomorrow.  And I also have a spiritual program planned.  We had a wonderful lesson last week in Relief Society that was all on a DVD.  And our sweet teacher made copies for us all.  It is a compilation of many of the church's videos about Christ.  Here is a link to that site and the video of the nativity.  The Nativity
Well, I had better get back to our family night.  It is not so formal now that there are only 2 of us.  And we did have an empty nester's Christmas family night on Saturday.  But it is fun to just be together.  I am glad for that!  I hope all is happy and well out in cyberspace!!!  Take care and have a wonderful family night!  Melody

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Tiggerish

Merry, joyful day to you!  I have been working hard to get everything done for choir practice tomorrow.  And I thought I would upload pictures from my phone.  To my surprise I had 180!  And quite a few videos.  I had given my iphone to Taylor at the concert, so that he could document all of the action.  I guess I was surprised that he really did.  Of course my phone was on silent because it was a concert and I didn't want to disturb the show.  So I thought the videos would be silent too.  But they have sound!  So it wasn't the total waste I was afraid it might be.  Anyway, this music teacher is wonderful!!!  The kids have nicknamed him Tigger because he is so bouncy and enthusiastic about the music.

I hope this video uploads, because you can sort of see how fun he is.  It doesn't look like it is going to work.  And my internet is being weird.  Sorry!  Oh wait!  I downloaded a new version of flash player and now it is going to work.  For the best effect, enlarge the video to full screen!
The last number of the concert was called "Christmas Festival" by LeRoy Anderson.  All of the kids were in it...over 200 aspiring musicians.  It made me cry when they sang, "Joy to the World" to begin.  I am so pleased that there is still sacred music taught in our music programs here in Idaho.  I hope it continues to be a wonderful tradition!
Ellen did well playing her cello, and the concert was a good thing for Taylor, just learning to play his violin.  Afterwards, we went to Coldstone Ice Cream and had a fun treat.  And as I was driving Taylor home he said, "Grandma, we ought to do this more often!"  The perfect finish to a lovely evening!
Yesterday was busy at work and home.  And then Kim and Sean and four of their kids came over to see the puppy and then we all went to see the rest of the puppies...there are 8 left.  One of them has a lame foot and so they were giving him away, and Sean and Kim were hoping they could get him.  But he was already spoken for.  Too bad, because he was really a sweetie, too.  They are beautiful dogs, and they are asking quite a bit for them.  Oh well.
So today Mel is off with one of the men in our ward, working on some project at his shop.  It may be a Christmas something.  I am not sure.  And tonight is our empty nester's Christmas dinner.  It just keeps on keeping on.  And in the meantime, I am my usual self....totally unprepared for Christmas.  I hope I can get a lot done in the next few days!  I may have to visit Walmart at midnight:)  Actually it is probably still busy then.  I think the best time is 4 am:)
Well, I hope all is happy and bright out in cyberspace today.  Have a most fabulous and wonderful day.  And remember the reason for the season!!!  Melody

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thursday

Hola!  We had a nice session at the temple today. It is such a peaceful place! It is a little sad to come home to the national news....so many awful reports of the turmoil in these United States. But it is fun to come home to my sweet little puppy. He did pretty well hiding out in the bathroom. And he seemed glad to see me too.  I am so glad for him!
Tonight is a granddaughter's orchestra concert. Mel has a high council meeting. So I am going to take Taylor who has just begun playing violin this year. I think he will enjoy it. And it will be fun for me too. So that is life today. Merry Thursday!!!  And HAVVVVGW!!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Stories and Memories

Guten Tag!  It is a windy, cloudy day...leading up to the storm coming in here.  I like living here on the edge of the mountains where we are the first to see the storms coming in from the west and south.
This morning was book club.  We had a Christmas luncheon and a few ladies brought Christmas stories to read.  It is fun to get together and just have a fun Christmas celebration.  One of the ladies read a little storybook titled, "The Crippled Lamb".  It was a sweet story of a lamb that was there on the night of Christ's birth.  But it was especially sweet because she has a grandson who is very disabled, and she said that their family also had a crippled lamb.  So I think the story was quite symbolic for her.  Afterwards a few of us were talking and they asked me about my artwork.  It was good to talk things over with them...my ideas and so forth.  I think I needed to get some approval.:)
And now I am home with my little buddy, Eddy....and Max too of course.  Eddy is sitting by my feet....and Max is by the door ...waiting for Mel.  He kind of pines for him while he is away at work.  Although now that he is older he mostly sleeps.  But he gets so excited when Mel walks through the door.  It is kind of cute.  The puppy just saw himself in the mirror here in my art room...and he thinks it is another puppy.  It is cute how he barks and plays with the image.  It is the first time I have heard him bark!  It was hard to leave him here at home when I left for book club.  Although before I left I had to find him.  He had fallen asleep under my bed and I couldn't locate him for about 15 minutes.  He is a sound sleeper!!!
Well, I guess I will find something meaningful and life fulfilling to do here until Mel gets back from work.  I hope all is well!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Exhausted

Wow!  I feel like a new mother!  And I love it. This little puppy is so fun. He slept pretty well last night and much of the day. He is only 7 and a half weeks. Well, 8 weeks on Thursday. He is definitely a big boy!  And everyone who sees him falls in love with him. I took him to get his nails clipped and the groomers wanted to keep him!  He is pretty lovable. We have decided to name him Edison...Eddy for short. He was a big hit at our temple preparation lesson this evening!  And I think he is a natural at making people feel loved. 
So that's my day today...puppy-mom!  I hope life is happy out there in cyberspace!  Gute Nacht !!!!  Melody

Monday, December 8, 2014

My new Buddy

I found a new friend today!  He's so sweet!  Although he still hasn't learned good manners yet. But Max will undoubtedly teach him. He is already pretty happy here. I wasn't sure how he would do away from his 8 siblings. We still have to get through the night;). Anyway here's a few pictures. 
I am pretty excited for him. I think he'll help make things less lonely here when Mel's at work. I have been looking for a good puppy for a while...a friend for Max and me too. It will be fun. And I will have a good pair of ears to make me feel safer.   And I like Golden Retrievers,  they're a gentle breed. 
Well that's my news for today. I hope all is well in cyberspace. Take care and HAVVVGFHE!!!!  Melody


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Merry Memories

Good evening!  It has been such a lovely Sabbath day, although it seems incredible that it is already Sunday again. We had a good fast and testimony meeting with so many precious testimonies from the young people in our ward. I am thankful for their examples. A few of them even made it for choir practice. The choir sounds good, but I felt exhausted by the end and it was only 30 minutes long. And I was shaking so much I could hardly turn the pages. I am anxious to get this thyroid stuff taken care of. I should hear tomorrow when I get to see the endocrinologist. I'm actually looking forward to it. 
We saw a most beautiful thing this morning. It was foggy this morning as we were driving to church...kind of patchy fog. And as I was looking up at the sky I saw a flock of geese and the amazing thing was that they seemed to be suddenly appearing one by one as they flew out of the fog. I wish I had a video, as it looked so magical...almost like a train coming out of a tunnel. Then another flock behind them did the same thing. I felt like I had seen a little miracle. It is one of the blessings of living out in the country. We are often treated to a view of Gods amazing creatures. Yesterday we spotted a coyote in the meadow at the bottom of our hill. It was hard to see as it was exactly the color of. the dried grass. We could only see it when it moved. I love seeing wild animals...at least from a safe distance. I wouldn't want to be chased by one!
So now we are watching BYU TV. The first presidency's Christmas broadcast is on next. Right now we are watching a Mormon Tabernacle Christmas broadcast with David Archuletta. I'm loving this...music and good messages!  
Take care and enjoy the Christmas season!  Melody

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A Little Christmas Music

Greetings and Salutations!  I wanted to share this fabulous video with you all.  I love the Piano Guys, and they have put together a video with the LDS church that is amazing!  So here it is.  Merry Christmas!!!!  Me
Piano Guys

Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday

Good day!  It's been a busy day today. But I am home now...at least for a little while. We have our ward Christmas dinner in about an hour. I'm tired and wish we could just stay home, but we have a ham to bring so I can't skip out. 
In other news...  My doctor called and said the results from the uptake test were not what he expected. So next week I get to see an endocrinologist. So my radiation pill is put on hold til they figure out what's going on. I guess the tests are not consistent with hyperthyroidism   I asked if he thought it was cancer and he said, "I'm not saying it is but we need to rule that out." So I guess it's a waiting game for a while. I'm hoping it's not too serious. 
Well, I hope all Is well in cyberspace tonight. I'm off to the ward party!  Melody

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Manic with a Racing Heartbeat...sounds like a song!

Good evening!  I realize as I write that, that it might be morning or afternoon, but here, right now, it is evening.  And it has been another long day.  It's my own fault.  I was so exhausted last night that I went to bed at 8:30!  And I woke up at 9:30, 12:30, 4, and 5...when Mel left for basketball.  Then I laid there thinking of how to paint the painting I have been putting off so successfully.  I came up with such brilliant ideas!  But when I really woke up they seemed silly.....so I really didn't sleep too great.  I am hoping when they zap my thyroid it might help with this, as insomnia is one of the symptoms.  I went in to the lab this morning for the final reading on the uptake scan.  The tech said that today's numbers are what they use for how much iodine to give me.  Can you tell I am a little nervous about this?  Today she said that I will have to use a different bed and bathroom than Mel after I take the radioactive iodine...for probably three days.  And I won't be able to cook for him.  I feel like I should just check into a local inn and let them worry about the radioactivity:)  But it might be a little lonely.  And I am not good at being lonely.  I have thought it might be a good time for a trip....but no one could go with me, and I wouldn't want to get near other people and radiate on them.  So...I will probably lay low and watch TV for a few days.  I would paint, but that might make a radioactive painting!  I just don't know.  I guess I will have a lot of questions when they finally do this thing.  It is a little strange to think about....and one of the symptoms is having racing thoughts...can you tell?  I think it is a little like being manic.  Except my heart is racing pretty much all of the time.  Before they knew how to treat this people would die from their heart just giving out.  At least that is what the tech told me today.
So are you tired of this topic yet?  I am sorry to be so obsessed about it.  But blogging is kind of like therapy.  So once again if you are reading this you are my psychotherapist...like it or not.  I suppose you could just stop reading.....here....no, here!  Ha,ha!
Today at work I solved more problems.  I am such a whiz at office work...not.  But I am learning.  I did balance the books and write invoices and email customers.  And I fended off a call from some advertising guy who wanted to sell us expensive internet something or other.  We have a new phone number, so most of the calls coming in are from advertisers.  Our long time customers call Mel on his cell phone.  We hope that changes eventually so that he can get his work done.  When I am there he hands off his phone to me and I act as a go between.  But of course they always need to talk to Mel.  I don't know enough about actually doing mold work to be of much help.  I did get a call on his phone from my visiting teaching supervisor:)  I had forgotten to call and report because we got it done early.  It felt good to be able to tell her that...after apologizing for not calling her.
Well, I suppose I have written enough.  I could tell you the other side of the sign downtown...it is misty..something.  I really can't remember.  Something about golfers and divets.  Oh, that's another symptom....forgetfulness.  Wouldn't it be cool if all of a sudden I got my memory back...good as new?  That probably won't happen.  But maybe it will help a little.  One lady I read about lost weight after she went through the procedure.  I would love that to happen.  But I am really not counting on it.  More likely I will still have to fight those hunger urges.  Sigh! Oh well!!!   Take care out there in cyberspace!  I am pulling for you!  We're all in this together!!!!!!!!!!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Melody

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

P.S.

Somehow, someone put a weird message in that last post.  It was supposed to be a picture of a spider.   I erased it, so I hope it is gone.  Sorry about that!  Me

"Look out! Here comes the Spider man!" ...errrr... woman

So today I am slightly radioactive:)  I had to take an iodine uptake test today so that they can figure out how much radioactive iodine to give me to inactivate my thyroid....not too much, but not too little either.  I was pretty calm about it this morning, until they got out the medicine....first they pulled out a rather large, thick, plastic-looking container that had a radioactive sign on it.  They opened that and inside was a very thick-walled lead container.  They opened that and inside was one capsule...red and neon green... kinda weird.  And that is the capsule I swallowed...GULP!  That was this morning.  Then this evening I went back so that they could first, do a scan with a geiger counter type sensor....and then they took a scan where I had to lay on a table while a large machine took a picture.  It was weird to realize that the rays for the scan were coming from me and not the machine!  This is definitely modern medicine.  I have to go in again tomorrow morning and they will measure how much radiation is left with the geiger counter machine.  Then I will wait for results.  The next big step will be to actually take the full dose of radioactive iodine.  Then I will have to be careful to stay away from other people...at least 6 feet I think.  But only for a few days.   And there will be other precautions too.  See?  It is a little like science fiction.  But it will be good if it makes me feel better...and it should.  I guess this is common practice.  At least that is what they keep telling me.  And I am enjoying the melodrama!  I think it is kind of fun.
At work this morning I told my grandson I was radioactive.  And he said that there is a really good song called "Radioactive".  So I went on Youtube to watch.  It is definitely not my generation!  He thought it was cool.  This is my grandson, Ricky, who works for Mel.  He is a sweet young man.
Well, not much is new here, besides the spider man thing.  Wasn't spider man bitten by a radioactive spider?  The lyrics from the song are proof that he did...."Is he strong? Listen bud— He's got radioactive blood."  Ha, ha!  Pretty cool.  I may have to get a special suit!
Oh, and lest I forget....I have to share the sign downtown.  It seemed especially appropriate for this Idaho location.  Ready?  Here goes....."Commentator - an ordinary potato."  Pretty good, huh?  I love that sign downtown.  It always gives me a chuckle.  I hope you have a good night!!!
Melody

Monday, December 1, 2014

All Is Bright!


We got the Christmas tree up!  Or more accurately, Mel got the Christmas tree up!  I am happy for that. It is a good start to decorating for Christmas.  I will put up the decorations and ornaments as I feel so inclined....which is not tonight.  It has been a rather long day!  Not a bad day, just a long one.  It started for me about 5 am when I realized Mel had left for basketball.  He joined the recreation center last week.  He found out all of his buddies from church had deserted to the rec center to have their fun.  I suppose it is because they have showers and lockers and such.  At any rate, they meet early before work begins, so Mel has decided to join them on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Which means I will be waking up early too.  Sigh!
Anyway, I tried until he got back home to fall back asleep, but it didn't work.  So when he came home I got up and ready to go to work.  Of course that takes a lot longer than it does for Mel.  He just showers and eats and takes off.  I shower and eat and do the dishes and start the laundry and wipe off sinks and surfaces and etc.  I usually can finally leave and get into work about 10:30 or so.  By then things are moving along there and I can just slip in and do bookwork...and payroll which was my assignment today.  I kind of enjoy it.
Then I had an appointment for my car to get checked, oil changed, etc. And then I had a date with my grandson, Taylor.  He is so cute.  I told him he was sure growing!  We went to Red Robin and he ordered a huge burger...1/2 pound.  It was so huge!  When they brought it out I said, "That burger is at least a mile high!!!"  And he said, "That's a hyperbole!"  I had to laugh at that one.  Of course he was right, but it really did make me laugh.  Besides the burger, he had a chocolate mint brownie milkshake, (Grandma, there are really brownies at the bottom of this!), a large Sprite, and a gaggle of French fries.  I couldn't believe he ate it all!!!  I just had water, as I had already had lunch earlier with Mel.  I thought it might take him a while to down all of that, but he really did eat it quickly.  And when I asked him how he felt...was he full?...he said, "Not really."  I guess he is entering into a growth spurt.  I can remember when Kenny did this I couldn't believe how much he ate. And then he grew several inches in one summer!  So I expect Taylor will soon be shooting up.  He has already grown quite a lot, and his pants were a little short.  He told me he had to sit by a girl today with his pants so short....it was embarrassing!  So we went and got a few pairs of jeans before I took him back home.  I remember how hard it was to keep up with kids when they were growing out of everything!
And now I am back with Mel in our cozy home.  It has been snowing again today....not as cold as before, but still cold to me.  I try to like this cold white stuff, but I really prefer it from inside....next to a warm fire!
Well, I hope all is happy and bright in your neck of the woods!  Have a happy family night!!!!!!!
Melody