Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year ....2016!!!!

Happy New Year!  We're enjoying the relatively warm weather here in Oregon. The weatherman says it is record cold temps here but there is no snow and the grass is green and 30 degree temps don't seem that bad!  I really like it here!  It's even warmer by the coast...40's!  We'll have to take a drive over there soon. Maybe I can get some good reference pictures for painting!  
Right now we are watching Dick Clarks New Year celebration on tv. We all agree that we kind of prefer Big Band music. Oh well. I do like Pentatonix. I guess they come on next. I sure think the programs have become less entertaining!!!
So I hope wherever you are in this crazy world that you have a very merry new year.  Keep your stick on the ice!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

On the Road Again!

Howdy!

We're on our way to my dad's house.  We're taking him back after a very enjoyable Christmas break. We may stay awhile. His wife is very ill and needs full time care. Her daughters are so busy with her care. We're thinking maybe we can help by being there for my dad. I hope we can work things out. I'd love to spend some time with him. Mel can do design work on his laptop and keep his eye on things from a distance for a while. We're still muddling this over trying to work out the details. 
Right now we are driving by the Columbia River. It is so beautiful!!!
The snow is falling on the Washington side of the river and dusting the trees so that they look frosted. I enjoy this drive once we get to the river. We will soon reach Portland and then we have about 3 more hours to go. He lives near Roseburg. 
Well just thought I should write a bit. It all goes by so quickly!  HAVVVGW!!!!  Melody 

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas!  It is a lovely snowy, fog-filled day here in our little high plains desert.  I like fog.  I don't care for inversions though, and we may be having one here for a little bit.  I hope it is very short.
I have been sorting through old school work....paintings, and prints, and photos.  It has been fun.  I wanted to find a couple of gifts for Christmas...and I did! A print I made in my printmaking class.  It makes me feel good to be giving something I made:)
I have orange rolls raising too.  I wanted to go by my sister's and visit with my dad.  He has been staying there for about a week now.  It's so nice to have him close.  I guess Mel and I will be taking him back to Oregon next week.  I am looking forward to a bit of a trip.  We will probably spend a day or two at the coast.  For me that is like a reboot.  I feel so connected to nature by the sea.
I am feeling good....I feel so blessed.  Mel is well too.  So we are having a merry, merry Christmas. We are blessed with kind and good children and grandchildren.  We hope all is merry and bright with you and yours.  And that the Spirit of Christmas abides in your home this year and forever.  Here's a link to expand on that.  Spirit of Christmas  Take care!!!!!  Melody

Monday, December 14, 2015

Good morning!

Good merry morning!  It's a stormy morning here with lots of rain. Which is a good thing. I'm trying to talk myself into going to my swimming class. I'm feeling much better but I am still very tired. I may wait until Wednesday to start back again. It sounds nice to take it easy. 
Choir practice was good yesterday so I am feeling like they'll be ready for next week's program. That is a real stress for me right now, so I hope I can calm my nerves on that one. I'm trying to follow the doctors advise. 
Anyway just sending out some cheery wishes for a happy day in cyberspace. HAVVVGW!!!  Melody 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Another Day in Paradise

Gluten abend!  It's been another interesting day. I've had some mild chest pain for the last few days so I decided I'd better check it out. It felt very similar to when I had that pulmonary embolism a couple of years ago. So I dropped into the Quick Care Clinic.  They sent me to the ER, and after a CT scan EKG and an X- Ray I got a clean bill of health. Apparently I'm fine ...which is great. But it is weird to have symptoms and no reason for them. Although they had a list of possibilities on my discharge papers. One was stress which would make sense I guess.   I do tend to worry...about everything!!!! ;)
So I have done some more work on my painting. I made the woman taller and more in proportion.  I worked on waves.  I got frustrated with sand.  I think I am going to paint in a log and some birds. I feel good about it for the most part. I enjoy this scene!

I think I have made some improvements from when I first started painting again ...about six years ago. 
Anyway I am grateful for good or at least fair health and kind and loving family and friends. Have a good night or day or whatever it is out there in cyberspace!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Ain't Life Grand!

Hola!  I am happy to be home this evening.  But it has been a great day!  It started with a Christmas breakfast party for Book Club at Marie Callendar's.  We had fun visiting.  One of my friends told us a funny story.  She had been asked a couple of months ago to speak at the stake Relief Society Christmas dinner.  But in the mean time her life has been filled with all of the normal and even a few unusual happenings of life, and she forgot.  She went to the dinner totally unprepared to speak.  But being the amazing person that she is, she spoke anyway on the assigned topic of shepherds in Israel.  Luckily it was a topic she has some knowledge of.  But she felt bad that she hadn't been reminded of the event and her part in it.  Then she found out she had been reminded several times....on Facebook. And unfortunately it isn't a place she visits very often....so I guess the moral of the story is....if you want those 60 and older to be notified of anything, Facebook is not a reliable messenger!
We also talked about how we are all growing older rather quickly...and we should plan now to be in the same assisted living facility....so we can still hold book club! :)  I guess it would make it much nicer to be in a place where you had friends.
We had fun sharing Christmas stories, but the best one was written by a friend of ours...Renee Hawkley.  She wrote a book about Mom throwing spaghetti...a personal experience of mine.
But she has written many other things.  This short essay was about what would Mary do if she was living in the 21st century.  It was very tongue in cheek, and we all had a good laugh. But it made me think how very thankful I am that Mary accepted her calling as the mother of Christ.  She was a noble woman!
It was a good reminder.
I intended to paint a little today.  But instead I went with Mel to get parts for a machine.  I am glad I can do that.  And I will get back to my painting.  I think I need to think about it some more.  Originally I had intended to put many people in the painting.  But I kind of like how it creates a mood with only one person.  So I may perfect that person and add a dog, a log, and some seagulls.  Or not.  I definitely need to decide one way or another.
Tonight I think we will put out the Christmas decorations.  We have a concert or a play every other night.  It sure got busy around here!
So I hope all is happy and well out in cyberspace!   Melody

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Saturday Evening Post

Good evening!  I thought I would share an affirmative moment. It felt very good. We were at the empty nesters dinner tonight. There is a new lady in our ward from Walnut Creek who came tonight. I have really wanted to talk with her, especially since I found out she married one of the Pickett boys that I knew in San Lorenzo!  So we got talking and we found we had so much in common. We are both the same age, lived in many of the same places and both miss the ocean!  I told her I was working on a picture of the ocean and it helped a little. I showed her my latest progress picture. She said, Oh that's so beautiful!  Where is that?  ". I told her Sunset Bay and that I still wasn't finished painting it. Then she said, "You're painting this?  This is a painting?  I thought it was a photo!"  That made me feel rather good. I guess I enjoy it when other people like my work;). So I had to write it down so I don't forget!
It was sure a fun dinner!  It was 4 courses!  Soup, fruit salad, salmon with potatoes and veggies and homemade roll, and finally chocolate mousse. I only ate half of everything...except dessert:)
So now I am cooking eggs and potatoes for tomorrow when the missionaries come for dinner. It has to be made ahead as I have a short choir practice after church and the missionaries have a meeting at six. Anyway it should be fine. I am just nervous... I tend to be a worrier. 
So good night. I hope all is well in cyberspace!
Melody

Friday, December 4, 2015

Sneak Peek


Greetings!  I made a slight bit of progress today on this painting.  I worked on the sand mostly, but then I got brave and painted in a granddaughter. :)  It needs work, but I am feeling good about this painting.  It is definitely getting more challenging.
It has been a good day today.  I went to my water aerobics class and had a very good workout.  It is so nice that I can still move in the water.  Then I went with Mel to the Olive Garden for lunch.  We haven't been there for a while.  It was so yummy.  Then I painted for a few hours, then I met my sister in Boise.  We had a good visit.
Now I am home, and that really does feel great.  Mel should be coming home soon.  I am glad for the weekend!  We have an empty nesters dinner tomorrow night.  We are having salmon....caught in Alaska by some of the guys in our group.  So that will be a treat.  Sunday we have the missionaries here for dinner.  So life just keeps on keeping on.
I hope all is happy and bright for you in cyberspace!   Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVGN!!!!!!!
Melody

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Shadowy progress

Good evening!  Things continue to be busy. That's good I think. Today I painted for a couple of hours. It may not seem like much progress, but it's a big hurdle for me. I got very nervous about getting the water right, especially the shadows. So that's pretty much all I did. It feels good like I got it right. So next is sand and people.
I am enjoying working on this painting. It reminds me of our family reunion that we had here and other trips we have taken to this area. I like feeling like I am painting a memory. 
I am saddened by a report of another shooting. It really does seem like something more should be done to prevent such incidents. I really don't understand why it keeps happening!
Anyway...I hope life is kind to you wherever you are in cyberspace. Keep your stick on the ice!!!
Melody

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Living on the Sunny Side of the Street!

Guten Tag!  It is looking a little overcast today.  I heard on the news that we are expecting rain and snow by tomorrow....just in time for Thanksgiving.  Luckily we are having our dinner on Friday.  Our son Kenny is flying here and "accidentally" scheduled his flight for the day after the actual Thanksgiving day.  (I'm sure he got a better price on his ticket).  But it is all good.  In fact it makes it so most of our other kids don't have to go to two different dinners on the same day.  It will work out great I think.  And maybe the storm will have passed by then.  And it also makes it so that if I forgot something when I went shopping this morning, I can pick it up Friday....right, when all of the stores will be packed for "Black Friday."  I really try to avoid stores when it is so crowded.  I have even been known to do my Christmas shopping at 4 in the morning....to avoid the crowds.  That is actually a great strategy if you can't sleep anyway.  The service is fantastic and there are no lines!  We did go shopping on Black Friday a couple of years ago.  We went to the Apple store and bought new cell phones and iPads.  It was fun, but sooooooo crowded.
Well, now I get to go meet Mel for lunch.  We usually do that.  It makes life so much more fun!  Then I have to go visit teach our last lady.  She has been out of town until just a couple of days ago.  She is a fun friend.  They are always traveling!  Mostly to Hawaii.  They have time shares there and feel like they have to use them.
I had a most wonderful birthday!  I told Mel all I wanted for my birthday was a lovely lunch with my daughters....at the Cheesecake Factory.  And my wish was granted.  It was so fun, and I really felt so loved.  And then I received so many nice messages on Facebook.  I feel like I am very loved.  And that feels good.  I guess that is one very nice thing on Facebook....connecting with friends that we normally wouldn't be able to talk to...and so instantaneously!
Well, I had better be on my way.  I hope all is happy and bright in cyberspace!!!  Keep your stick on the ice!  And HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Thursday, November 19, 2015

P.S. 2

I worked on this for a few hours today. I made some progress on the colors in the sky. And then I started working on the water. I think I made some progress. I like working on it at Mel's work.   Just a little show and tell.

Melody

Thursday

Good morning!  I realized this morning that I never posted the finished painting from my class.  I guess I am not really very pleased with this painting....mostly because it looks to me like a made up place. Things do not look like they really exist.  My teacher said it was a place in his mind.  And I guess I prefer real places...and references.  I have to admit that I did learn quite a bit, just not happy with the end result.  Which makes me think I have made progress...because now I do come up with paintings that I like the end result.  Anyway here it is.

I have been so busy watching Julie's five kids.  Julie and Randy and their other two kids came home yesterday, and it is amazing how quiet it is around here again.  I kind of like it.  But it was lots of fun here with all of the children and their enthusiasm.  I think I am definitely past the child rearing time of my life though.  I felt like I was constantly working....which is exactly what a mother does.  I am always surprised when someone comments, "No, she doesn't have a job.  She's a stay at home mom." It's the hardest, most constant job I have ever had.  I really don't think you realize that if you have never experienced it.
So now my focus has turned back to the normal things of my life...bills, dishes, laundry, swimming, painting, etc.  And there's the Christmas program for church.  It has me a little worried.  I am not a naturally organized person.  I really have to work at being organized.  And so I am a little overwhelmed right now with getting everything done for the Sacrament meeting program.  I have a good program, but making all of the assignments is slow.  I'll be glad when I have this done.
Well, I guess I will get on with my day.  I hope all is well in cyberspace.  Take care!  Melody

Friday, November 13, 2015

P.S.

I thought I would post my progress on Sunset Bay.  It is coming along slowly.  I like that it is waiting for me at Mel's work.  I like having a quiet place to work, but still there are people around.  It is working out well.
I am working on the background/sunset right now.  Then I will place the people and fix the sand colors.  But I am definitely liking this one.  So that is my show and tell for this afternoon.
Melody

Being Grandma

Hello again!  It is hard to write these days.  Things have picked up as far as being busy.  This week I have been watching 5 of Julie's kids while she and Randy travel back to Oklahoma to try and fix up their house for selling.  It hasn't sold and they are feeling the pinch of two mortgages.  So they took their two oldest kids to help and left me with the younger 5.  We're having fun, but it is way more than I am used to doing.  This morning they are playing monopoly....at least 4 of them are.  Nicolas is playing games on his phone.  He's 13 and not as interested in the group.  But the four younger are having fun.  I asked if I could take a picture...


They are a bunch of hams!
Later we are going to see "The Minions".  I hope it's a good show.  I like those little characters, and the kids love them.  
I am grateful for grandchildren.  They help me to stay younger.  Although when I am watching them full time I feel so much older.  How did I ever do this?  I must have been so much younger!!!!!!!  I have to take breaks now to put my feet up!  Yesterday, Matthew (6) asked me how come my hands shake so much?  Sigh!  I don't know....but they definitely do.  
Well, I had better get back to the house work, which all of a sudden is piling up faster than I can do it!!  Take care out there!!!  Melody

Saturday, November 7, 2015

SNL

This week has seemed especially busy!  Probably because we traveled home from Oregon on Monday and spent the rest of the week catching up... On sleep as well as work.  I scrubbed and mopped the front office floor before we left. And then on Tuesday I waxed the floor so that it would stay cleaner. I am so pleased that it looks so nice.  Here's a photo of it.
I bought a heavy duty entry rug from the janitorial business two doors down. That was a fun story. I went there to get an acrylic type wax that wouldn't need polishing. The young man who helped me was so nice.  I told him I would really like to find a rug that would help keep the entry clean. He said they didn't have any...except for a big one that was custom ordered but the customer didn't like the color.  I really liked it! And he sold it to me for their cost...about a third of what it would have cost through our supplier.  Anyway we got to talking about family run businesses and the fun of it all. As I was paying he gave me his card.  His name looked foreign, but somehow familiar. "Zeniff". I asked him if he was from another country. He said that he had been born right here in Nampa, but that his parents were from Central America and that his father really liked different names. I said that it looked so familiar...like a Book of Mormon name!  He smiled then and said yes it was from the Book of Mormon.  I asked then if he was LDS?  He said that yes, he had been raised in the LDS church. We both laughed, enjoying the fun of discovering we had something so wonderful in common.  Shakespeare asked, "What's in a name?"  A very thoughtful question. A name can inspire a lifetime I think.  I know mine has. 
I am reading another good book for book club.  It is called "The Boys in the Boat" about the rowing team from Washington who won the gold medal in Germany in 1936 with Hitler in power. I have to have it read by Wednesday and I only began reading it today.  But I am enjoying it already. 
I keep thinking of my dad.  We had a wonderful visit, but too short. I hope we can go again soon. The art class I was so looking forward to was cancelled so perhaps we can go then. The teacher travels out from Vermont. He is so good at teaching!  But he is 83 now I think. Mel said maybe we shall have to visit his studio!  I'd go!  I feel like he knows so much and teaches so well.  But he is scheduled to come again in March. So hopefully it will work. 
So it's late and I'm tired. I hope all is well in cyberspace!  Melody

Friday, October 30, 2015

Rainbows

We made it to Oregon.  We followed a rainbow for quite a few miles as we drove toward Sisters,Oregon. It was so beautiful!  

Once we got on the othe side it was very fine rain...almost a mist. I think rain is needed here so it is a good thing, even though it means a rainy Halloween. 
We spent the evening with my dad. We took him to his favorite restaurant...Red Robin. He seemed to enjoy it. It is so great to be here with him.  Although it is hard to see Barb so ill. 
Tomorrow we are planning a drive to the ocean. I am very excited to go. We are going to Sunset Bay which is one of my favorite beaches. I even have an unfinished painting of it. Maybe it will inspire me to finish it!  At any rate it should be fun.  I hope my dad comes. He said he will so unless he changes his mind it will be extra fun. 
And so it goes. Every day full of all the ordinary and amazing things that eventually make a lifetime. 
Melody

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tuesday....right?

Good morning!  I'm sitting in the Les Schwab waiting area while my tires are being rotated. Exciting stuff!  We are going to see my dad in Oregon this weekend so I am also going to get the oil changed after this. I'm looking forward to a break. And I miss my dad so much. His wife is really sick so they don't get out. It's hard for them both. I'm hoping we can take him on a ride and maybe get him out of the house for a while. 
I am gradually setting up my art studio/reception area at the shop. I found this cool old desk that is perfect for holding all my stuff. And I brought my easel and tabouret down. I'm still not sure what to work on. I'm still a little nervous for others to see my work. I guess I need a little more of that tough rhinoceros hide. But I will be brave. 
So now I am at the oilers...Eisteins. It's kind of fun. They have a whole routine for show that is pretty entertaining. 
So I guess that's life today. Hope all is happy and bright for you!  Melody

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Looking Forward to Daylight

Good morning!  It is still dark here in who ville.  I think it will help when the time changes this weekend.  I look forward to it.  Although the ward choir sings this Sunday.  I always worry someone will not change their clock.   I guess it shouldn't matter too much, since they would be early instead of late.  But these things keep me awake at night.  I woke up about 4 and thought about all kinds of silly stuff.  I really wish there was a button to push to turn the volume down so I could sleep through all of that nonsense that keeps me up.  Oh well.
My dog Buddy is sick.  He has some kind of abscess on his neck.  I will try to get him cleaned up enough to see what is going on.  He has really thick fur, so it is hard to see.  It could be that he got into weeds.  Poor guy.  He is always such a happy, pleasant dog....although way too big for a house dog.  He reminds me of Clifford, the big red dog.
I am hoping today to start moving some of my art stuff to the shop.  There is a big front office that is not being used at all and Mel said I can set my stuff up there.  I like the space because it is full of windows, very bright and cheery.  I feel a little silly bringing paints to Mel's shop, but he seems very positive about it.  I guess I will try it and see.  It might be that I paint better where there is no laundry or dishes:)  At least that sounds good in theory.
Well, the sun is finally beginning to come up.  I will get on with today.  I hope your day is filled with lots of sunshine where ever you may be in cyberspace.  Melody

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Shalom!

Good Sabbath!  The weather is changing here today.  It's a good thing from all reports.  We are supposed to get a lot of rain, which hopefully will put out the fire near Idaho City that has brought so much smoke to our valley.  I am glad.  I like clean air, which we get most of the time.
I found this picture on Facebook.
I love it!  But it also makes me a little sad.  I miss all of the good men that have passed on to the other side of the veil.  In my memory there are quite a few.  One of my favorite was Hugh B. Brown.  And of course I loved President David O. McKay.  I went to the viewing when he died.  It was amazing that the line was so long!  He was loved.
My dear friend, Joann Chipman passed away yesterday morning.  She was in our ward in Boise, and also a member of my bookclub.  She will be so missed.  She was lots of fun...cheery and bright.  She had dealt with many things, including the passing of her husband several years ago.  So I think she is happy to have joined him.  And her parents.  She always talked of them fondly.
I never used to think much about dying.  That has changed since I had my near miss with the pulmonary embolism.  I think how little time there is left and I hope I can finish the work I am here to do.  I really have a feeling I need to get back into family history work.  I have tried a few times, but I get kind of bogged down when I try to research my dad's line.  I need to visit the family history library and get some help.  I am sure that much can be done.  So.....Tuesday.  I will go on Tuesday and see what I can accomplish.  Maybe every Tuesday, until I know how to do it on my own.  I think there is a class.  I will see.
I feel like painting is another area I need to pursue.  I am a little.  And I have a class coming up in Salt Lake City from Nov.30 to December 5.  I am excited to take this class as it is with the same man who I took from in the Spring.  He is so knowledgeable about naturalistic painting.  He really knows how to mix paint and also how to draw.  He is 82 and travels around the country giving classes.  I figure I'd better learn from him while he is still able to do that.
Anyway, I'd better get on with my morning.  I hope that you have a lovely Sabbath Day where ever you may find yourself on this amazing planet!  Melody

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Wednesday

Hola!  Things are going well here in my hundred acre wood.  For one thing we still have blue skies.  But looking toward Boise you can see the smoke.
It is really bad.  I had to go into Boise this morning for book club.  I loved book club, but the smoke made me kind of ill.

 I got to leave though, while all of those people that live there are suffering in the smoke.  I had sort of hoped the fire season was over, but I guess I was wrong about that!
Book club was interesting.  We discussed the book by Harper Lee, "Go Set a Watchman".  It was an interesting book.  Apparently it was written before "To Kill a Mockingbird" and it had very little editing.  It was interesting to see how she wrote in kind of a rough draft sort of way.  And we learned a few things...like Truman Capote was her neighbor and they were good friends.  Anyway, it is always interesting in our book club.  I so enjoy being with these women.  But it was a little sad, as one of our members who is 85 is in the hospital with some serious issues.  I have always enjoyed her insights, especially as she remembers the 2nd world war.  She has interesting views.  I hope she can get well again.  It's a hard thing for her I know.
Our shop is gradually coming together.  Today we had firemen.  The fire alarm went off and they all showed up, but no one could figure out why the alarm sounded.  Mel is still at work waiting for the fire alarm people to come to check things out.  I hope they can get it solved.
I am doing OK.  I came home early today and climbed in bed for a couple of hours.  I am trying not to catch Mel's cold.  He was feeling awful today.  I tried to keep him home, but he doesn't feel like he can take time off.  So I guess he'll have to take some time off tomorrow.  We'll see.  It's hard to be the one in charge.  He does have good help though, so maybe he will get a break.
We have started "ponderizing" like they talked about in conference.  My scripture is Moroni 7:48.  "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure."  I love this scripture, so it is a good one to memorize and ponder.  I like the idea of having good thoughts to go to when life gets hard....or just to have in your thoughts.  It should be a good challenge....one new scripture every week to memorize and ponder.  "Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly."  This should help.
I hope all is well in cyberspace.  I'm pulling for you!  We're all in this together!  Take care.  Melody

Thursday, October 8, 2015

A Bay of a Different Sort...not Half Moon or Sunset....

Good evening!  It has been a busy day here.  I think we have moved everything from the old shop to the new one.  Not an easy task by any stretch of the imagination.  But it is starting to come together.  And all of the machines are ready for the electrician to come and do the final hook up.  He was supposed to come today, but he is busy too.  So maybe tomorrow.  Here is a photo of what those big machines look like in our bigger shop.  I think it is a huge improvement!  This is just one bay.  We have another bay for his machine shop and assembly area.  I'll take a picture when it is near completion.



I spent the day organizing Mel's office.  Putting away files, setting up the computer, making a general nuisance of myself as I couldn't lift the heavy things and had to keep asking for help.  But his office is almost functional.  I had to try to set up the internet.  It shouldn't be that hard, but for some reason it is.  I have talked to three different companies now.  I hope one of them comes through for me soon!
It is cute how our employees are excited about the move too.  They are all offering opinions about how things should be organized, and what to do for decorations.  I went and got a popcorn machine to surprise them all tomorrow.  I think it will be a fun thing.  I also got an electric water warmer.  It is a little bit of a compromise on my part.  A few of them want a coffee maker, and I just couldn't bring myself to promote that.  I figure hot water is a concession.  They can get soup and hot chocolate, and tea and coffee if they want.
I guess I am not used to working a full day.  I worked until about 3, and then I came home and took a power nap, before going back at 4:30.  I could have just stayed home, but Mel seems to need the moral support.  And I enjoy the social aspect of it all.
Anyway, that is life here today.  Nothing too earth shattering.  I am thankful for that.  I have had enough earth shattering things for a while.  I hope all is happy and well in your neck of the internet.  Take care!!!!  Melody

Monday, October 5, 2015

Tater Tots

So once again I am up when I should be asleep.  I guess this is more normal than I wish to admit.  But it's a good time to blog.  So here goes.
We had a good Sunday.  It was so nice to watch conference, but we had a call in the middle of the morning session that we were needed as grandparents, so we left to get our sweet grandson Taylor.  He is such an amazing young man!  And we had a lovely rest of the day with him to keep us company.  He is still full of information.  And I enjoy hearing it.  He was talking about world leaders and how he didn't like Hitler.  He said, "Hitler was a democrat!"  I said, "Oh, maybe you mean he was a demagogue, or a despot, or some other d word."  He said, "No, I'm pretty sure he was a democrat.  He was really bad."  I said, "Well, a democrat is someone who believes that everyone should have a say in the government."  And he said, "Oh."  Mel said, "Maybe you mean a dictator."  Tay said, "Yes, that's it!  A dictator!"  Then Mel got a little grin on his face.  "You know what they call a dictator's children?" Taylor looked puzzled.  "No."  Mel laughed and then said, "Tater tots!"  We all laughed at that one.  He does keep us laughing!  The grandkids especially like to talk with him.  He makes up funny tales.  The other day he and Ellen were talking about the car next to us in traffic.  Ellen thought it was crazy that the license plate was from Texas.  Mel said, "They must be Texa-gees (like refugees)."  And he and Ellen made up a whole dialogue about those poor Texagees and how hard it would be to have to relocate in another state.  Just silly talk....and I love it.  One of my favorite children's books is "Rain Makes Applesauce" where they talk about silly talk.  That's a good read.
So I especially was impressed with President Monson in conference.  He is similar to my dad in age.  I know how hard it must be for him to stand and speak.  He is amazing to even attempt it, and he did so well.  I worried he might faint on the stand.  I was glad that he made it through both talks.  He still has such a powerful message.  He is a great leader.
I also enjoyed Elder Holland's talk about mothers.  He sure knows how to speak!  Here's a link. Elder Holland  I am so glad for inspired leaders.
Well, I guess I will go try to get some sleep before I have to be up for the day.  Adios!  Melody

Friday, October 2, 2015

Lunch on Tuesday

Good day!  We are still moving machines....or rather Mel is.  I am just being nervous.  I will be glad when they are all safely moved.  Yesterday they moved four of the big injection machines.  Today they are moving the largest injection machine.  And I suppose the other machining tools.  I haven't been over there yet.  I went swimming for exercise, but also to relieve stress.  It was a good class.  And afterwards a couple of the ladies wanted me to know that they always meet for lunch on the first Tuesday of the month!  And so I am invited since I have been coming regularly. :)  I think that is cute.  And it is sort of typical of this group of ladies.  They are really very social.  The exercise is a side line I guess.  Not that they are not serious about exercising, but they talk a lot!  And sometimes I feel rude...either to the teacher for listening to the other ladies, or to the ladies for listening to the teacher.  It is kind of funny!  I do think the exercise is helping though.  I am feeling stronger!
I am reading a book for book club.  It is titled, "Go Set a Watchman" by Harper Lee.   It is not as good as "To Kill a Mockingbird", but it is still good.  She has a wonderful way with words.  And I listen to it on Audible as I am driving around.  That version is narrated by Reese Witherspoon.  She does well with it.  I love the southern accent!  I find that I really enjoy listening to books.  And I like the app. to listen.  I usually get books on Kindle and they offer the audible version for a discounted rate.  Anyway, I am enjoying the book.
Well, I guess I am going to mosey on down to the shops....new and old...and see how things are progressing.  I think this is all very exciting.  I will be so glad for a new space.  We will have heat!  Our old shop didn't and we were always buying another space heater trying to heat up our warehouse, so our employees wouldn't freeze.  This is such an improvement!!!  And of course I have been scouting around for a corner to put my paints.  I would love to have a painting space.  Anyway....hope all is happy and bright!!!  Melody

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Persian Blue

Good morning!  Today is moving day for our business.  We turned off the power to our machines yesterday, and Mel and the other men began moving all of the wiring to the other building.  Today the electrician will hook up all the electricity at the new building and then carefully hook up each machine as they move it over.  I think we are all a little nervous about this.  Last time we moved, a machine went off balance and fell....luckily not hitting anyone.  But it pretty well destroyed the control box on the machine, which Mel spent months repairing.  So I am hoping and praying that all goes well without any accidents.
My job is to contact all of the utilities and get them changed into our company name.  I would have done this sooner, but we only got our permission to occupy yesterday from the city.  It shouldn't be too difficult.  I am happy to be a part of the process.  It is kind of exciting.  I will have to take some photos to add later.  I really haven't taken too many....except one I took last night of Mel snoring on the couch.  It was so funny!  But I erased it and promised I would not post it anywhere:)  He is pretty tired these days.  I will be glad for him when this is done.
I have been thinking I should write just a little about my new art teacher.  He is an interesting man.  I like him.  I found out last class that he served in Viet Nam.  I think it may have left him with an interesting speech pattern.  At any rate he reminds me of a comic that used to be popular.  He would pronounce words not quite accurately.  It would change the meaning slightly and make it seem funny and unexpected.  My teacher doesn't take it quite that far.  But he does have interesting pronunciations.  For example...paint colors.  It is Persian blue, yellow orchid and Napoleon yellow.  At first I thought they were new colors I hadn't heard of yet.  But it is Prussian blue, yellow ochre, and Naples yellow.  It makes me smile as I write this.  He is such a nice man.  He is a minister to two different church congregations.  He is not preachy, but definitely kind.  I think life has been hard for him.  He had a good job before the recession, but the plant closed, so now he is a janitor at the VA hospital in town.  I am enjoying getting to know him.  And I do think I am learning a few things.  One is that I should just paint what I want and discard all of those educated voices from school.  Not that I should ignore them completely, but I need to realize that art is individual.  I keep trying to please all of those old teachers....who are no longer in my world at all and never even see what I paint.  This man paints beautiful scenes, and he makes many of them up in his head.  It is amazing to me.  Anyway, just thought it was interesting how we are all so individual while being so similar.
So I had better get on with my day.  I hope all is happy and well in cyberspace!  Melody

Monday, September 28, 2015

Mountains and Glaciers

Amgiichxizax̂!  That's Eskimo for Good Evening!  I have been painting today for my class, and the scene looks like it must be somewhere in Alaska.  It's not nearly finished, but I am having fun with it.  I don't get graded:)  I am learning to paint in layers....sort of.  It is fun because the teacher paints for us, and then comes around and shows us how he did it.  I guess I probably frustrate him a little, because I paint slow, and I change it a little.  Anyway, here it is so far.  The bright green and blue will disappear in the next few weeks.



I am glad to be taking this class.  I feel like I am at least doing something with my painting.  It is a little hard to find the time to paint in between all of the other things I do.  The laundry and dishes don't go away!  And I am also trying to declutter my house.  And all the while my knees are hurting, so I have to take it easy.  I try to be good and put my legs up every day.  And I am exercising quite regularly now, so that is an improvement!  And I am still helping at Mel's work.  
Well, I mostly just wanted to share.  I hope all is happy and well!  Take care!  Melody

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Remembering

Guten Abend!  I guess the day is almost done...gone the sun.  It has been a good day for the most part.  I guess I have felt a little sad...remembering our Tommy.  I found this picture of him and used it for my profile picture on Facebook.  September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, so I thought instead of a superhero, I would post my superhero.  He was an amazing little boy.  This picture was taken when he was four....right before he had major surgery.  He was showing us his muscles..."like Popeye!"  He loved Popeye.  He didn't like spinach much though.  I have been thinking of him all day.  I still miss him and wonder what he is doing in the spirit world.  I wish I could get a letter!  I love him so much!!!!  Anyway, it  is all good.  I know I will see him again.  And I am so grateful for that.  But I also know that I will miss him until I do.  It can't be helped. :)


In other news, I went to a volleyball game that our granddaughter Josie played in.  She did well, but the team lost.....not by much.  2 points.  She was quite sad.  I told her how proud I was of her, and that I would love to be able to jump and reach and run the way she did.  I guess she thought that was pretty funny because it cheered her up a little.  It is true though.  I really do wish I could still do those things!  Luckily I have proof that I once could....in our family movies!  Ha, ha!  I really love those!
So I guess the football game is over!  I hear Mel stirring in the next room.  So....have a good night!
Melody

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Middle of the Night Reconciliations

So I am up....early.  It is 1:40 am here.  I just couldn't sleep, which is a common ailment among us older citizens I suppose.  I hate just laying in bed, tossing and turning, so I got up.  I find it's a good time to do things like reconcile my bank statement.  My head is pretty clear and I can be patient with no pending appointments or obligations.  It usually is not a big deal to reconcile things, but I got a new version of Quicken in April and it wouldn't work right.  I called the company and spoke with someone who really didn't speak English very well.  He walked me through everything for about an hour, and then said it would have to go to a higher level because there was something wrong with the program.  It has taken a couple of months, but it is finally working, although I have had to be patient with the program as the balance was off.  But I think I have solved the problem now.  At least I hope so.  I guess it is worth it to be up.  I am still deciding that.
I did have a good day.  Although when I went into work, Mel was having a hard day.  One of the machines had malfunctioned and it was a mess I guess.  So he spent a couple of hours getting everything working again.  I know it is hard for him to crawl around machines, adjusting molds and plastic feeders and getting everything to run smoothly.  He does have good employees, but often he is the only one with enough experience to troubleshoot what is wrong.  He is hoping to automate a lot more as he can afford to bring in robotics.  We saw such amazing things when we went to the Plastic Convention in Anaheim.  They have robots that are highly skilled at doing things so quickly.  And it is safer too.  We have been fortunate with only a few minor accidents.  But the danger is always there with big machines that someone will get hurt.  So I am anxious to automate more and eliminate some of that danger.
I took Mel to lunch as I often do.  It is my feeling that it is a good break for him and gives us some time to enjoy each other's company.  And we can talk and figure out the latest crisis in business or family.  It is nice when everything is running smoothly in both areas.  But when it's not, we can usually figure out a game plan together to make things better.  We don't always solve problems, but at least we get on the same page.
Well, I think I am rambling a bit.  So I guess I will head back to a dream place.  Nighty night!  Melody

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Marching Onward!

Bon jour!  I hope it is. Things seem to be speeding along rather quickly. Yesterday was especially full with exercise, then visiting teaching and then a new art class I am taking. It is mostly a class to get me painting. And it was fun....no difficult techniques. The teacher is self taught. But I like his work and I think I can learn from him. We are all painting the same picture. There were only 3 students. He has two other classes. The room can only accommodate four people with all the supplies it takes. I'm thinking I could do this if I ever needed to make some moolah.  
Anyway I'm enjoying life. We had a stake conference Saturday and Sunday. The main messages were on family counsels and keeping the Sabbath Day holy. We have good leadership in our stake. They are very dedicated and sincere and humble men. I think they really help to strengthen the families in our stake. And it seems these times are hard on families. 
Mel has still not moved his business into the new building. It seems the city is very slow getting the building passed for occupancy. It is looking like we will finally get to move in by the 1st of October. It's not easy. Besides moving 5 huge injection presses and several large machining tools, they also have to get all the electricity hooked up which in itself will take a few days. So Mel is trying to get it all coordinated so that there isn't too much down time for the business. I kind of worry about how the stress is getting to him. It's not easy being the one in charge. Sigh!
But life marches on. I met a lady in my swim class yesterday. She looks about 70 but she told me she is 80!  She was so nice. We talked a lot about her husband and their health. She was concerned as everyone seems to be as we grow older about what the future had in store for them. She was very positive though and happy. And I was impressed by her good attitude. I hope I am still that active at 80!
Anyway I hope all is happy and bright in cyberspace. Keep your stick on the ice!  And HAVVVGW!!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Bottling

Hola!  It's been a busy day!  I had my swim class to begin the day. I think I am getting stronger!  And I am definitely looking forward to it now. So that's progress!
My visiting teachers came this morning. That's always nice. They are so encouraging. I appreciate their good natures. 
After they left I took lunch to Mel. He had asked me to buy some paint at the hardware store on the way...which I did. But I also got a stainless steel water bath canner. I'm excited for that. My old one was the regular kind and didn't work on my glass top stove. So after lunch I came home and canned a small box of tomatoes that my neighbor had given me. It worked great!  So I think I will head over to the orchards near by and see about peaches and apples. Maybe tomorrow. I haven't canned for quite a while because of my stove. Anyway I am quite happy about my new acquisition. 
We watched the republican debates this evening.  I really like.... Dr. Ben Carson!  Such a reasonable intelligent man!  I'm very disappointed that Donald Trump seems so popular. He is not my idea of a leader. I'm not sure he isn't on the Clintons payroll. Every time he speaks he helps Hillarys campaign!
Anyway I probably better get some sleep. Tomorrow is another day!  GN!!!  Melody

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Photo

I think I got this picture to work. This was taken at my grandsons wedding. He was excited to be married in front of this little chapel originally built in 1899. 

I'm so happy for him. I hope all goes well. 
So it's late. I just wanted to include a photo here for posterity. GN!  Me

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Happy Sunday!

Good Sabbath!   I have have been having a good Sabbath...thanks to BYUTV!  I've listened to President Monson speak, the Tabernacle Choir sing, enjoyed a worship service, listened to speakers from Women's Conference and generally enjoyed the Spirit here at home.  We have a late meeting....it starts at 1 pm here.  So it is nice to have a TV station that brings a good feeling into our home.  Mel has meetings on Sunday morning too.  So I like having the TV on.  I am still not fond of a silent house!!!  I suppose I should put a link to that.  So here it is.  BYU TV
We have stake choir practice after our meetings today....then home teachers.  So it has been kind of a nice relaxing morning.  Things will pick up very soon.
Our grandson's wedding was very nice yesterday.  It was really sunny and hot to begin with, but as the evening wore on and the sun went down it was quite pleasant.  I am happy for him and his new wife.  I tried to upload a photo, but the internet is not cooperating. :(
Well, I guess I had better wake Mel up (he's sleeping in front of the TV), and head out.  Have a great Sabbath Day!!!  Melody

Friday, September 11, 2015

Thankful for Friday

So today is almost over. A sad day of remembrance for America. But tomorrow is almost here...a happy day for our grandson Ricky.  He will be marrying his sweetheart Brooke. I'm happy for them. It makes me think of my own wedding day. How young we were!  And so excited to start our family!  We had little idea of what that meant. So many things to learn!  Looking back I remember mostly the good times. But we've certainly had our share of difficulties!  And I suppose maybe that is good. We have certainly grown closer as a couple and as a family. I'm glad for family celebrations!
Today I have been thinking a lot about aging...probably because I am:). But also because of my dad dealing with very old age. So it seemed appropriate to watch "The Age of Adeline".   Not the best movie but certainly thought provoking. It made me realize how natural it is to grow older. Poor Adeline didn't and it made for a lonely life. So I guess I'll try not to complain. I'm still a youngster after all!
So here's hoping that life is good in your neck of cyberspace!  HAGW!!!!  Melody

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Mending Hearts

Good morning!  I am being a little lazy today.  Our rec center closed for a remodel so I can't swim for a few days.  It is kind of nice:)
Yesterday was book club.  I love getting together with these old friends.  We have all moved from the places where we first began twenty five or so years ago....except for two.  They still live in their original homes.  The rest of us have moved all over the valley....and one even moved to McCall.  She still comes when she can.  Although she said she would be backpacking with the ladies in her ward this week!  She also said that their ward activities were more adventurous up there!  We do have an active empty nesters group....but thankfully not that active!  And it's a little sad.  I used to love hiking and even backpacking, though I was never too good at carrying a pack around.  Mel and I had to lead a bunch of young girls on a backpacking trek in the Sierras some years back.....way back.  We were in our early forties I guess.  It was fun and miserable.  Fun because the girls were great!  Miserable because we were ill prepared.  There were two other couples leading the girls with us.  One of them were really into backpacking and had dehydrated food and light backpacks.  The church had organized this...well, the young women leaders... and Mel had spaghetti sauce in his backpack....very heavy...enough for twenty girls...and no refrigeration.  So we hiked up with this and then had to throw it out because we were afraid it got too hot hiking.  The girls had to eat what they had brought.  I don't remember too much else about the trek....just that I felt so unprepared.  We were three days with those girls and then another five days in camp.  It was pretty tiring!  There's more to the story but none I care to share.  :)
So back to book club.  We read "The Heart Mender: A Story of Second Chances".  The story is about the Nazi U-boats that were in the Gulf of Mexico during WWII.  And about a couple of Germans who ended up on the coast....one good, one evil.  I loved the story.  And the author claims it is true.  It was very good about how important it is to forgive others....so that your own soul does not canker.  Pretty good advice!!!  We had such a good discussion!  I love that these women think!!!  I am impressed with how each one of them has grown and matured in the time we have been friends.  Each one of them has had their own set of challenges....and continue to of course as each of us grows older.      Life is definitely a challenge.  And I think it is excellent advice to learn to forgive others.  We only hamper our own growth when we harbor ill will.
Well, I guess I had better get on with my day.  I hope all is happy and bright out in cyberspace!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVGrrrrrrrrreatDay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Tuesday

Good morning!  It is a beautiful day here.  I am getting ready to go to work.  I have a few more things to do here at home....laundry and dishes always!
Yesterday was a nice Labor Day.  Mel went with me to my swim aerobics class.  He got a good workout he said.   It does require a little work.  I especially notice my shoulders and arms get tired.  But I suppose that is good.  It was lots of fun having Mel there.  We both took a nap later on.  I had some visiting teaching to do first, and he had some designs to do for work.  But then we were able to just relax and spend the rest of the day enjoying each other's company.  I am lucky to have such a good husband.  I can truly say I love him with all my heart!!!  And I feel so blessed to be able to spend as much time as we do together.  I like that he owns his own business and that I can be a help there.
I think today is a good day to be thankful.  I am so thankful for so many things.  Family first of course.  Good friends.  A comfortable home and beautiful surroundings.  Freedom to worship according to the dictates of my own conscience.  Faith in the atonement.  I am so grateful for the Savior and His willingness to forgive.
So I hope today finds you well wherever you may be in cyberspace.  "I'm still pulling for you.  We're all in this together. " (Just a little quote from the Red Green Show.)  HAVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!  Melody

Sunday, September 6, 2015

A Blessed Day

Good Sabbath!  It looks like a beautiful day here.  The air is clear and the sun is out.  I feel like the Lord is blessing us in so many ways!
We did find a woman to go in each day and help my dad and Barb with cooking and cleaning...and laundry and dishes of course.  I am glad my dad will have some help!  He has been doing so much for his sweet wife, but he needs to let someone else do some of the work.  He is remarkable for 92!  I am glad he is doing so well.
I have no Sunday responsibilities today.  Stake choir is practicing for stake conference, so we can't practice our ward choir until after the conference.  Then it will be the general conference and primary programs competing for time in September and October.  We are scheduled to sing in October sometime.  I hope we can work it all out.  Our piano player will be gone the last two weeks in October.  So we shall see. I need to meet with the ward music chairman and get this worked out.  I'm sure we can figure things out.
Mel and I drove out to Wilder to visit with our daughter Julie and her husband Randy and their seven kids last evening.  It was fun.  We went to the Idaho Pizza in Homedale and then after to the Frosty Palace where they serve all kinds of ice cream treats....the favorite being a Pink Lady.  The kids had fun figuring out their own concoctions.  Mel and I settled for an ice cream cone.  It is so fun to see them.  I am sooooooo glad they moved back from Oklahoma.  And it's official....Julie is having another boy!  I am thrilled!
So life goes on....way too quickly.  I am enjoying it for the most part.  I wish that I could do more to help people who are suffering in the world.  It seems like there is so little we can do.  But I was reminded of the blessings of  fast offerings by this talk by Elder Eyring.“IS NOT THIS THE FAST THAT I HAVE CHOSEN?”  I am glad the Lord organizes His people to help each other.  And I am glad it is fast Sunday.  A quote from Pres. Kimball:  “Rich promises are made by the Lord to those who fast and assist the needy. … Inspiration and spiritual guidance will come with righteousness and closeness to our Heavenly Father. To omit to do this righteous act of fasting would deprive us of these blessings.”  I know that is true!
I hope all is happy and well with you and yours wherever you are in this wide world.  I'm still pulling for you!  We're all in this together!!!!!!  Have a great day!!!!!!!  Melody

Thursday, September 3, 2015

A Bit of Ranting

A Merry Good Evening to you!  I'm sitting in the car outside of Mel's shop...waiting. He is doing some magic to his machines. He usually has an answer for every problem. I think he is just adjusting things so that all is ready in the morning for another job they are starting. 
So I am in the car. I read Facebook for a while. It's interesting to see what people are up to. But I think the migration problems in Hungary and Greece from Syria have me thinking life is very easy here and I don't like when people are so absorbed in silly things...like dessert recipes and nail decorations. I want to help those poor stranded people!  So I don't enjoy reading Facebook as much. 
I keep wondering why any person who needs food, shelter and a bit of space on this earth would be denied those things. I feel like that is just wrong!
Anyway...I guess I'll get down from my soap box and wish you all a safe and happy night. Take care!  We're all in this together!  Melody

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Almost Sleeping

Good evening!  It is late here. But I am not sleepy yet. I am tired though so I am hoping that I will get sleepy by blogging. 
Today has been a good day. I went to my aerobics swim class this morning. It is fun but I definitely get a workout!  I feel good I am doing this. It was slow starting but I think I can stick with it. 
After lunch with Mel I had a hair appointment....then went shopping...and then came home...exhausted!!!  It bothers me that I have so little energy. But I suppose I will get a little more as I continue to exercise. At least I can hope. 
I don't think that I have a great deal to say tonight. I just needed to clear my mind.  I hope all is well in cyberspace!!!  Good night!!!  Me

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Coastal

Good evening!  I am home now.  We had a lovely time at the coast.  And a great time visiting my dad.  Although it is hard to see him growing older.  And Barbara seems rather uncomfortable with her pulmonary fibrosis.  She is in the last stages of the disease and it is hard for her.  And hard for my dad, too.  We thought we had arranged for some care to come in....cooking and cleaning.  But I just found out that that has fallen through.  The lady got another job that she had applied for...so we will have to find someone else.  It is a little town and not a lot of help available.
Do I sound discouraged?  I am.  I don't like being so far away from my dad.  And it makes it difficult to be helpful.  There....I am done ranting.  I will get on with solving the problem.
So we did have a lovely time at the ocean.  I took some photos, but Mel took better ones.  When he gets home from work I will download some.  Here are a couple I took.


So I hope all is happy and bright in your part of cyberspace!  Take care and remember to keep your stick on the ice!!!!  Melody

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Oregon Beaches

Greetings!  We had a fun day today. We drove over to the coast...first to Winchester Bay to watch waves. We saw a large fishing vessel and several smaller boats and lots of clear skies!  Then we drove on down to Bandon for crab sandwiches. Not quite as fancy as Horatio's in San Leandro, but still very fresh and yummy. We had fun sitting by the shop and watching all the retired couples
vacationing by the seaside. It is amazing how many couples seem to be our age and older. I guess we really are the baby boomers!
We came back to Dads in the afternoon and made dinner. I wish I lived closer to help more. It is fun to visit though. We will be here at least one more day maybe two. We'll have to return soon. 
So life continues on. Hope all is well in cyberspace!  Melody


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Biding my time

I'm sitting here in the front room of my dads house. He has been playing with his new iPhone 6 plus. He really likes FaceTime   So he has been practicing calling my sister in Boise. He mixes up which button is which and hangs up inadvertently. It may take him a while to figure things out. He also likes pictures. I will keep working with him before I leave. He is only just scratching the surface of what is possible. 
It is a slower pace here than I am used to. I like to be busy. Tomorrow I think we're going to leave early and drive to the ocean. Dad and Barb like to stay here and rest. 
Our big adventure today was going to Costco in Roseburg. It's funny how familiar it feels to shop there. We even did that when we visited Mexico. I like Costco!
Now we are waiting for the news to begin. And I am thinking of starting dinner. So...have a great rest of today!!!  Take care!  Melody

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Smokey Mountain Trails

Hola!  Today is our second day of driving. We are headed towards Sutherlin where my dad lives...taking him back. We are just leaving Bend Oregon, next town is Sisters. I usually love the views of the mountains, but the smoke makes them hard to see. For a little while the air was clear in Burns where we stayed last night. I could see the moon and stars!  I miss good clean air!  I guess closer to the coast it will clear. I hope so!
We are planning to get my dad settled back in with his sweetie, and then we will celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary by the ocean, probably Depoe Bay. We love it there!  We will maybe see whales. And relax while the waves crash!  There is supposed to be a storm this weekend. I love to watch the waves in a storm...from somewhere safe!!!
It seems like I have been so busy the last couple of weeks with my dad visiting. I think it will continue to be busy as we are moving our business to a new building. And I would like to be painting. Mel thinks I can set up a space for that in the new building. That would be nice. 
Well I guess I'm signing off. I hope wherever you are the air is clear. Keep your stick on the ice!!!  Melody

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Still Busy!

Hola!  Life is busy right now.  My dad is visiting, so every day we do something special together.  Yesterday it was visiting Mel's new shop and having lunch with everyone at Panera Bread.  They are new in Nampa, so it is kind of fun.  We also went to see "Mission Impossible".  My dad said he hadn't been to a movie in ten years!  I'm not sure if it has been that long, but certainly for a few years.
My brother and his wife are arriving from Arizona today.  So we will have dinner and birthday cake.  My brother had a birthday yesterday.  My mom has the same birthday so my sisters and I took flowers to her grave with my dad.  That is sad for me.  I miss her so much!!!
Well I guess I'd better be on my way.  I hope all is well in cyberspace!!!  I'm still pulling for you!!!  Melody

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Celebration Time

Good morning!  Today should be a good day.  I have my swimming class and then I get to go see my dad.  He drove home from Oregon yesterday with my sister. Diane was able to do what my other sister, Joy and I could not do. I'm so glad!  He needs a break and it will be fun to have him close. 
My swimming class is good. I don't feel intimidated at all. Everyone has some old age ailment and it makes me feel remarkably well!  I'm one of the younger members. And everyone is so cute and kind to me. So it's good. I'm hoping as I build my strength I'll be able to graduate to a harder class. But for now this is great. 
I've also decided to return to a plant based diet. I was doing so much better when I did that. Mel is onboard too. So maybe we can improve our health a little. 
Our daughter Kim had a birthday yesterday and our daughter Michelle has one today. Time for celebrations!!!  
Anyway I hope all is good in cyberspace today!  HAVVVGW!!!!!  Melody

Monday, August 10, 2015

A New Week

Good day!  Yesterday was an interesting day.  Mel and I were assigned to speak at the Idaho prison.  I did not really know what to expect.  And I was a little nervous.  But all went well.  We first spoke in the Women's facility at the meeting for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  The women who came to the meeting were not what I expected.  They did not seem like hardened criminals.  In fact quite the opposite.  The spirit was very strong.  I used the talk I mentioned earlier to support my ideas, and I mentioned that.  After the meeting one of the ladies who I spoke to said she had lived next door to Elder Eyring when she was younger, and that he was indeed a man to look up to.  She said he had such a loving spirit about him.  I told her that I thought it was because he was a true follower of Christ.  And she agreed.  All of the women talked with us after the meeting.  I found them to be honestly sincere in their desire to live righteously.
After the first meeting we were escorted to the maximum security facility for men and we spoke at an LDS meeting for them.  I was a little more nervous, but again the spirit was really strong, and I only felt compassion and love for these sweet men.  I am sure they too were seeking to find peace and reassurance in that very guarded and scary place.  I was glad to speak with them and visit with them after the meeting.  But I was very glad that I didn't have to stay.  How hard it must be to be a prisoner!  It made me very glad to be free, and determined to live my life so that I would never be a prisoner....in this life or the next.  I am so glad for the atonement of Jesus Christ that allows us to escape the terrible consequences of our own sins if we will repent.
The rest of the day was rather uneventful.  I had three people come to choir practice...and one of them was Mel.  That might have been discouraging, but I felt very uplifted from the experience at the prison, and it did not seem so awful.
Today I am looking forward to a swim class I am beginning....Twinges in Hinges.  It is for people who are fighting arthritis and other ailments.  I certainly qualify!  I hope it is something I can do.  I think it would be good for me.
The other big event is that we are signing papers for a lease of a new building for Mel's business.  It is about three times larger than his current place...and three times more expensive.  It makes us both a little nervous, but we are cramped for space in our current place, and we continue to grow.  Did I mention that one of our customers was on Shark Tank?  It has made his business take off. Here's a link to a clip from the episode.  It is Melni Connectors.  You can get an idea of what it does.  Mark Cuban is sponsoring his venture, so he has working capital.  I think it is exciting for him...and probably will cause our business to grow too.  Anyway, I hope it all works.
And that is all.  I am glad for a new week.  I hope all is happy and bright where ever you may find yourself today!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Gifts of the Spirit

Greetings!  I am getting things in order for tomorrow...Sunday.  Mel and I have been asked to speak at the prison tomorrow, so I have been preparing my talk.  I am leaning heavily on a talk given by President Eyring called "Gifts of the Spirit for Hard Times."  We were asked to speak on the gifts of the Spirit.  I will make it a link so you can read what Pres. Eyring has to say on the topic.  I thought it was so inspired!  I love to hear him speak.
I also have choir practice tomorrow.  We have not had any practices for a couple of months, since my own life has been so busy, and also my pianist's life.  I had a wedding in June, she had two or three family reunions in July.  So we have had a little break.  I hope we can get a good group for singing this month.
We spent last night up in Cascade at the Ashley Inn.  Our empty nesters' group had a gathering up at a ranch in Cascade.  It's a large house, but it was pretty full, so we roughed it at the Inn.  Actually it is hardly roughing it.  It is beautiful, and I love going there.  After breakfast with the gang, we drove up to McCall and spent a couple of hours on the shore of Payette Lake seeking inspiration and working on our talks.
 I am so glad we could do that.  I feel like we got some good ideas and help.  I need to get up to the beach/forest every once in a while to sort of get centered and to keep things in their proper perspective.  The temple also does that for me.  I think it is a way to feel closer to the Creator.
I have had a good week and weekend.  But I am a little sleepy.  We have to be at the prison by 8:15 tomorrow morning and it is about a 45 minute drive.  So I had better get to bed soon.  I hope all is well and happy where ever you may be.  Take care and have a good night!!!!  Melody

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Hereafter

Hola!  So much has been happening that it is hard to keep up.  But I want to be sure and write some of it down so that I don't forget!
Yesterday was a lovely day.  We started out by going to the temple.  I always feel so peaceful there and I love to see old friends.  We saw our good friends from Pleasanton, Don and Jan Larson.  They moved up here a few years ago and live in Emmett.  They are choice people.  They joined the church when we were in the ward in Pleasanton.  They have a passel of boys and one girl.  So Jan used to come and get my daughter Amy to play with here daughter Christina.  So we go back aways.  And it is good to see them in good standing with the church, and to hear about their grown up children.
After the temple we had lunch at the Cottonwood Grill.   It is so nice there.  It is on the river and their landscaping adds to the beauty of their location.  And we decided it isn't all that expensive when we eat lunch there and split the meal.  We actually spend about the same as at a fast food place.  So we justify it well.
After lunch we drove on over to Twin Falls to attend the reception for my granddaughter Madeline and her new husband.  They are the ones who were married in Seattle.  They honeymooned in Mexico for a month and then they had a reception at her parents house last night.  It was fun.  Michelle and Gary have a beautiful yard with large trees and it was very peaceful sitting in their yard.  It was quite warm though.  It's funny that both of their receptions were in hot times for the area.  It was 90 something in Seattle, and 99 in Twin Falls.
Friday we went to see Mr. Holmes....which I would highly recommend.  I love stories about Sherlock Holmes.  This one was different and very imaginative.  And I enjoyed how old age was so well portrayed.
Well, life here is good.  We are both feeling pretty well, despite the normal aging process.  Mel keeps coming up with funny things about aging.  He loves to say something that our stake president said.  "I seem to be living in the hereafter more and more.  Like when I go out to the back porch and then I think, 'What is it I am here after?'"  I am sure he said it more cleverly, but you get the idea.
So I hope all is happy and well in your neck of the woods.  Remember I'm pulling for you!  And HAVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Busy

Hola!  Things have been busy here the last few days. We had a very fun and spontaneous family reunion with all of our children on Sunday evening. Kenny flew here to see Julie & family back from Oklahoma,so we had everyone who could make it over for food and fun.
Monday Mel took a holiday so we could visit a little longer with Kenny. It was a fun day. But it was hard to see Kenny leave again. I hope he can move closer at some point. 
Yesterday we took a business trip to Twin Falls to talk with a customer.  It's only a couple hours away but it makes for a long day. We did make some good progress though, so it was worth the trip. Today was fun. My sweet granddaughter Ellen came over and did some housecleaning. She is earning money for cheerleading camp. And my daughter Kim tagged along so we had a nice visit. 
Tonight we have a temple prep class for one of my former Mia Maids. She is getting married in the temple soon. That should be fun. 
So you can see things have been pretty busy.  I'll try to write a better post soon when I have more time. In the meantime I'm hoping all is well in cyberspace. HAVVVGE!!!  Melody

Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday

Happy Pioneer Day!!  It's a good day here. I'm not unusually tired anymore...so it must have been the medicine. That's a relief!  But I guess I get to try a couple more and see if I can find one that works. Yippee!!!
I'm sitting here cooling off after picking corn, tomatoes and peppers. I'm lucky my neighbor is such a good gardener...and left town for a couple of weeks. They asked if we would mind picking some. :)  the corn is so sweet!  Taylor and Gabe are here to help us eat it. Gabe insisted we pick an eggplant. I'm not sure how to cook it. Thankfully there's the Internet. I'm sure to find some way that's  yummy. 
Kenny is coming tomorrow for a few days so we are having a get together with all of the kids on Sunday. I'm excited for that. In the meantime I am trying to get everything done ahead of time. And trying not to stress. 
The weather is warm today. But it is supposed to be cooler for the next few days. I'm glad!!
Well I hope all is happy in cyberspace!  Take care and remember I'm pulling for you!!!  Melody

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Exhaustion

Good morning!  I am feeling a little less tired this morning.  I went to see my doctor yesterday and he decided to take me off the newest medicine I have been taking.  We are going to see if it is the culprit that makes me so tired.  I have been having a hard time waking up and staying up since I started taking it a couple of weeks ago.  But of course it could just be coincidence.  So I am off the med for a week to see if it will help with this exhaustion.  I hope it is a simple solution like that.  I don't like to feel so tired and dysfunctional!
Last night Marie Ozmond and the Nashville Tribute band played here in Nampa.  I think it went well.  We didn't go, not because it wouldn't have been fun, but because we are both too tired at night!  The band played at Women's Conference.  And my daughter Julie has a connection with them because she sang with them in Oklahoma.  So she went and talked to them there.  She has a very nice singing voice.
Well, I haven't much to say.  I have been doing some reading about classical realistic style painting.  The guy I took a class from has written a couple of books, so I bought one to read.  It is interesting.  I hope I soon have my energy back so that I can actually do some of this.  Sigh!!!
I hope all is well in cyberspace!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Monday, July 20, 2015

White bread and a Kitten

Hola!  I'm having a low energy day today. My daughter Julie and her husband Randy and all their kids moved back to Idaho from Oklahoma this last weekend. It's so great to have them back. But I may have over done it a little. I've been so tired today. I'm trying to make up for my laziness. I decided I could make bread and then sit around waiting for it to rise. It helps me to feel like a real homemaker...even though I haven't done so great today. 
It smells wonderful!
The other new thing in my life is a kitten. It was living outside with her mom. But the mom got run over and so I decided to bring the kitten inside. She's pretty cute...very snugly. Mostly she sleeps. Her sibling went to another home a couple of weeks ago. So she is all alone. And I enjoy the company. Our dog Buddy is too big for the house. And he chews EVERYTHING!!!  So I am enjoying this little kitten. 
And that's about it. I'm having a good day except for the lack of energy. I hope all is well with you and yours!!  HAVVVGreat FHE!!!!  Melody 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Singing in the Rain




Hola!  Here's a couple of pics from our adventure to McCall on Monday. It was pretty wet but fun nonetheless. My sister Diane wanted to go and I volunteered to tag along with my daughter Kim...who did all the driving. While we were gone my brother in law cooked us a Thai dinner. He is a much better cook than any of the rest of us. It was a good conclusion to a soggy day!
I wanted to show our green lawn. It is looking great after all the rain!  And I hired a young man to mow and trim. It's great. 
Well I am off to the shop. I have been trying to help out there this week. HAVVVGW!!!!!  Melody