Saturday, January 31, 2015

McCall

Well, we did it!  After going to the church this morning to help clean, I said to Mel...."You really don't want to go home and clean do you?"  And he answered, "I knew you had something up your sleeve!"  So I told him I thought it might be fun to go up to the Winter Carnival in McCall.  And he thought it sounded fun too.  And it was!!!  But we were not alone!  They said there was something like 40,000 people visiting there today!  And it isn't that big of a town.  And not that many restaurants.  Luckily we got on the other side of town from the parade and got into a lovely place on the lake before the crowd hit.  It was lots of fun.  And we even got to see a few ice sculptures....though they are melting so fast!  I think they may not last the whole week.  We got a few pictures by the Star Wars sculpture.  Anyway, it was a very nice getaway.  And now we are back home resting up for tomorrow and church.  Hope life is treating you well!!!  Melody
Panorama of Payette Lake
Me and Vader


I think Luke and Princess Laia are behind us.


Me and Yoda

Another panorama

A glimpse of the crowd

Traveling in I liked these trees






Heading home the traffic was still backed up coming in

Friday, January 30, 2015

Today is Friday!

So it's Friday.  I look forward to Friday.  To me it means weekend trips.  But not this weekend....unless I can persuade Mel to drive up to McCall for the Ice Festival.  It is a fun weekend with ice sculptures and parades and a lot of nonsense that people in Idaho think is fun...like Farmer's markets and such.  I think it is fun too.  And I love to get away.  So maybe...
I did do some painting this morning.  As much as I could without another photo session.  I just worked on the Savior's robe and put some highlights in his hair.  I like what I did, but I have so much more to do.  And so little time.   The church's deadline for the open contest is Feb. 27.  So I need to keep at this.  Anyway here is today.


After painting I met Mel and a friend of ours for lunch.  That was fun.  Then I went to see Liz.  And then I went shopping.  I got a nail grinder for Buddy.  His nails get long and sharp so fast.   And I am pretty thin skinned....so I hope this will work.  I think it will, but once more I need a buddy to hold "Buddy".  So I will have Mel help me tonight.  It is kind of like a drill...with a piece of sandpaper to sand down the dogs nails at the end.  It has a little plastic guard so you only sand the nail.  What will they think of next?
Oh, speaking of new and cool inventions.  Mel has been working with a man in Twin Falls that has come up with an electrical connector that is very high tech and will change the speed at which electricians can join large wire.  They have been working on this for about 5 years.   They have used the tech lab at BSU for some of their design work.  Mel often uses the engineering students there to help with design.  Anyway, when President Obama was here last week, he wanted to see the lab, and he was told about this project, so they had to set it all up 5 days in advance of his coming....and then they locked the building and checked it for explosives and other devices and made sure it was secure for the president.  The result of all of this was that they got some very cool pictures of Pres. Obama handling the connector.  It sort of made Mel's day...and his customer's too, who invented it all.  I will have to post it later, as I cannot find it on Facebook.  SIGH!
Well, I guess that is my day today.  I hope all is well in cyberspace!  I am pulling for you!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV Great Friday Night!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thursday

Hola!  I have had a taxing day today...mostly because I have been gathering all of our tax information.  I always think it will be easy, I am so organized!  But of course I really am not, and it takes some hunting to get everything ready for the tax man.  I suppose I would be more excited about this if I thought we would get a return.  But since we've had our own business we always have some catching up to do to get our taxes paid.  Sigh!!!!
So I did take a break and I went visiting teaching.  Unfortunately we were only able to visit one sister.  We have four to visit....two left town and one is in the hospital....we visited her already.  But it was still fun to visit sweet Elsie.  She seems to be having a hard time lately.  She is in her eighties and has started falling down lately.  I guess her knee gives out.  Her daughters all live close and take turns being with her.  So they got her a knee brace to see if it will help keep her from falling.  I sure hope so.  It must be so scary for her. She seemed to enjoy our visit though, so maybe we brought a little sunshine into her day today.
Sunshine is hard to come by lately.  We had some yesterday, but it is gone again today.  It is harder to stay cheery I think.  I am trying.  After visiting teaching I went to Costco for some shopping therapy.  I wandered around for a while just browsing, and then I did some shopping.  It is kind of fun to see what they have in all of the side rows.  I never seem to have the time to just browse, so it was fun.  And I didn't get the cool kitchen sink faucet, or the trendy kitchen ware....though I was tempted.  I just had fun looking.  I did get the chocolate covered pretzels though.  And some yummy sausages that they had for samples.  I think I did pretty well resisting all of the rest of the stuff though.  I kind of liked the down filled vests and jackets, but I let them alone.
So now I am home, complete with a rotisserie chicken and instant Caesar salad kit for dinner.  I love Costco!  And we have another temple prep class tonight.  We have been holding them both Tuesday and Thursday evenings for one of the young men leaving soon on a mission.  I really enjoy this calling!  It is fun to have a chance to get to know these young missionaries better.
I hope all is merry and bright out in cyberspace this evening!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGE!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wednesday

Good, good day to you!!!  I hope it is.  It is sunny here...finally....after a day drenched in fog.  It started clearing here about 3 this afternoon, and gradually the valley has cleared pretty much.  I am glad.  I love sunshine!
So today is Buddy's vaccination day.  I decided I had better get it done, especially since we will be leaving him and Max next weekend.  So I went to the local farm store and bought the vaccines.  I gave him the bordetella nose spray without incident.  But the puppy shot has this HUGE needle.  I am used to the tiny ones I use for my diabetes.  So I've got it all ready, but I stuck it in the fridge to await the arrival home of Mel.  I need him to hold on to the puppy!  I don't want to misfire!!!  Such fun.  I got boosters for Max too, but I will wait for Mel.
And that is one of the things that is hard for me.  I am so used to being very independent and strong and able to fight my own dragons.  It is weird to be getting old and weaker and dependent on other people.  I can't lift much, or bend much, or climb much.  I guess I need to get more serious about going to the recreation center and getting strong.  I did put my swim suit in the car....does that count?  I am a little timid to go there without a friend.  I had hoped Mel would go, but he goes to basketball at 5:30 am M,W,F, so he is not really up for much else.  I can solve this, but it may take some real courage:)  Or maybe I can talk Liz into going with me.  That would make it fun!  I'll figure it out.
I didn't paint today, but I watched videos on youtube of an artist I admire.  His name is David Grey, and the site is DGPaints.  That link should get you there if you"re interested.  He is really good at painting portraits and still life.  I love watching him.  I wish that he talked more...like what colors he is mixing now, and what size brush, and things that would help me learn better.  But he does have one video where he talks about that.  I would just like it if he did that while he was painting.  It was good to watch a few videos.  It makes me want to be better.  And it also helps me see where I need to improve. I think in 20 years I might be able to figure it all out....maybe, with some luck.
Well, I guess it's time to get dinner ready.  And watch the news.  It is so grim lately!  I think it is sad that there is so much contention.  I have a friend from school who is from Iraq.  She is so upset by the movie about the American Sniper.  I haven't seen it because it is rated R.  She said it made her ill.  And that all of the Iraquis were portrayed as evil and terrorists.  She said that people there are like people here.  And of course that is true.  It is so much propaganda...trying to turn our hearts away from others.  I just have to think how displeasing this all is to our Father in Heaven.  We need to reach out to all people with love.  I just keep thinking, "Call the missionaries, they can help!"   Anyway, I hope all is happy and well where ever you may be in this world.  Take care and remember I am pulling for you!!!!  We're all in this together!!!!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Melody

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

P.S.

"Clones are people two". Not too hilarious, but I feel better now that I have remembered. ;)

Tuesday

It's another foggy day here in Idaho.  And I guess we are in for another inversion.  We have had some nice sunny days the last few days, so I guess we can do this again.  But I need to get a light bulb for my studio.  I've run out  of them and the one in here blew out, so it is too dark to paint in here today.  Also I need a few more photos for reference.  So I am meeting Kim today and we will see what we can come up with.  I want to start painting the other figures in this painting, but I am not sure how to make them look.  I thought I knew until Mel said something about the angle of the woman....was I going to change it?  So that makes me think I had better look at all possibilities.  He has a good eye for detail....which is why he is so good at tool making I suppose.
So to cheer us all up....the sign downtown.....drum roll.  "Does the name, Pavlov, ring a bell?"  Ha, ha! I like that.  The other side... is something about clones and two.  I guess I will have to look at it again to remember.  Sigh!  I wish I had the sharpness in my mind that I used to have.  Oh well.  It is inevitable I suppose, that I am losing my ability to remember everything.  I don't have to like it though, right?
I am getting very excited about our upcoming vacation.  I called the groomer/boarder and arranged for the dogs to be boarded.  We are lucky, she lives down the hill and is so convenient.  We used to have to take Max across the valley, and it was kind of a pain.
So I guess I am done writing when it all sounds silly.  I always have these wonderful ideas of what to write about that will be so interesting.  But then I can't remember what I was thinking.  I hope this is just cognitive overload....so much to think about that I can't remember it all.  I am not looking forward to real dementia.  My dad says you really have to have a good sense of humor to get as old as he is.  And I believe it!!!
So have a wonderful day out there in cyberspace today!  Keep smiling, and remember I'm pulling for you!  We're all in this together!!!!  Melody

Monday, January 26, 2015

Happy Monday!

Good day!  I've made a bit more progress on my painting.  Did I mention it is huge?  Three feet by four feet!  I know, that is crazy!!!  But I wanted to make a statement!  Ha, ha.  Really, it just felt right.  I must have been in a generous mood.  I think I have solved a few problems this morning with the painting.  I had Mel model a head dress for me and it has helped with the head dress on the Savior.  I have lots more to do on it, but at least I got a good start, and now I can feel good about where I am painting shadows!  I guess for me it is important to make it look real.  This painting would probably make my professors crazy!!!  They did not like realism...or naturalism to be technical....most of them anyway.  But I love it.  And I love trying to do it.  So it is nice not to have to worry about a grade.
Anyway, here is a progress report....



Now I am going to go into the shop and work on payroll and other such fun.  I actually do like doing payroll.  I feel so powerful:)  Really, I like paying people.  It feels good.  I am pretty fond of our employees....I am related to most of them!  I actually wish I could pay them more!
So onward and upward!  I hope the day goes well out there in cyberspace!!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!  I'm pulling for you!!!!  Melody

Friday, January 23, 2015

P. S.

The movie we watched was excellent!  It is called "A Good Lie" and is about the Lost boys of Sudan.  It was very touching...even Mel cried in parts. It is very inspiring. I highly recommend it. 

Checking In

It's been a good day.  I had one of my visiting teachers here quite early.  It is always fun to visit.  And she liked my painting so far and told me I should really start working on my children's books.  I think she is a great life coach!  I had planned a trip into Meridian this morning, but I got a bad headache, so I went to bed for a couple of hours until it went away.  I'm so glad it did!  I don't usually get headaches, but I think I am still trying not to catch Mel's cold, which he is finally getting over!!!
Then I went in to work this afternoon and took Mel to lunch at Red Robin.  It is good to share a lunch there, and it ends up costing about the same as a hamburger joint when we split a lunch.  After that I worked on books at the office for a while.  Then I bought birthday cards and tried to catch up a little on sending out cards to my posterity.  I am not very good at that, but it is one of my resolutions to do better.  And I picked up a movie at Red Box for our Friday Night Date night.  Ha, ha!  We are getting so old!  We'd much rather stay here in our warm cozy home!
I am kind of excited.  I got plane tickets for us to go see my dad in Oregon, and then Kenny in California in a couple of weeks, for my dad's 92nd birthday!!!  I think it will be a nice break from Idaho's cold!
Well, not much else to share.  I am a little tired today.  I didn't get any painting done.  I feel kind of stymied...I need a couple of photos to get better reference details.  So maybe I can do that tomorrow with Mel's help.  I hope all is happy and bright out in cyberspace tonight!  Have a grrrrrreat Friday night!!!  Melody

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Painting some more!

I've been painting again this morning!  It feels good, but I am done for today.  I started about 9 and painted until almost noon.  I get tired!  And I start making bad painting decisions.  So I am calling it quits for today.  Besides, I have the lady missionaries coming for dinner tonight.  And I still have to shop!  Also I ran out of Dawn detergent, which is what I use to clean my brushes...along with baby oil. I guess it's less toxic than paint thinner...and it works great!!!
So here is a peek.  I am really liking this.  It is actually fun.  But I am a little frustrated with how I will paint the woman holding the baby.  I may have to get a volunteer to model for me.  You know how I love doing that!
I also need to work on the robe....a lot!  I have never been fond of doing drapey things.  I would rather do a shirt and pants!  But I can do this.  Patience and good references!!!  Maybe I can get Mel to pose in a sheet for a photo session!
Well, I had better get Mel's lunch made before he gets home.  I hope all is cheery and bright in your neck of the woods!!!!!
Melody



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Fun Day

Good evening!  It is still foggy here...and expected to be for quite some time.  But not so foggy that President Obama couldn't come to Boise today.  He spoke at BSU...promoting his program for prosperity and everything amazing for the country.  I sure wish it would all work and be good for everyone.  I am afraid some of his basic premises are faulty, though.  I cannot support many of his policies.  But I respect his office.  I wish I could have gone to see him, but the tickets went very quickly.
I did go to my hair dresser today.  I love to go and have someone else try to make me look younger and more beautiful.  Of course, it gets harder and harder as the years move forward.  But it does make me feel a little pampered, and I like that feeling.  I made a friend while I was under the hairdryer.  He was at the shop with his mom and kept looking at me in the mirror, kind of sneaking peeks in between playing whatever game he was playing on his little computer.  Pretty cute!  I love the boots!!!
I also worked on my painting a little bit.  But I didn't do much.  I didn't have the energy after the hairdresser's and Mel's shop.  I had to go in and do a few tax things, transfer money, and cheer up the troops.  Also I had to take Mel to lunch.  It's my duty you know :)
So tomorrow I am hoping I can work for a while on my painting.  I need to work on proportions in the arms and also in the woman.  I just need to take my time to do it right.  It was hard yesterday to slow down, because I wanted to get the idea on paper before I forgot it...  It's funny how that works.  I feel pretty good about it still.  I want to get color right too.  And make sure there is a clear light source.  And of course I wish I was better at it all.  But it feels good to be painting again, and enthused about the ideas that won't let me sleep at night.  I guess I will have to take something tonight and hope I can sleep through all of the editing going on in my brain!  I wonder if Michelangelo, Caravaggio, or Titian had trouble sleeping?
So the sign downtown....side 1....Avoidable - What a bullfighter does.  Side 2....Cartoonist - an auto mechanic....yeah, kinda bleh, like the fog I guess.  Oh well, it is still a little fun that they always have a joke to read as you drive through town.
Well, I hope all is well and good in cyberspace tonight.  I'm pulling for you!!!  We're all in this together!!!!!  Have a great night!!!  Melody

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Yay!

Guten Tag!  I am feeling very good about myself today.  I finally got over, around, and through my artist's block! I have had this idea about what I wanted to paint, and it sort of popped into my mind yesterday about how to do it.  So this morning I got out my paints and started in.  It is a picture of Christ, blessing the children as he did in Matthew 19,  
"13 ¶Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.
 14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
 15 And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence."
For family night last night we watched President Monson's video, and he told a touching story about how the Savior loved children.  And it made me think how to do this painting.  So I guess I got the inspiration I have been praying for.  Now if I can just do it well!!!
Here's a peek at my beginnings.  I am not sure about using transparent red oxide for his robe, but it makes for a good beginning.  I still need to get someone to model hands on the baby's head, but I think I can find someone.  That always is the hardest for me....asking someone to model.  Well, first figuring out what to paint....that is hard.  Sort of a gymnastics in creative thinking.  But I think I have also been having a little bout with depression too.  Not bad, just trying to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life:)
Well, I hope you are having a good day out in cyberspace today.  Take care and have a grrrrrrrreat wan!!!!!  Melody






Monday, January 19, 2015

Happy

Good morning!  I am glad to report that we made it through the weekend with 5 grandchildren still alive and well!  They have been a delight to have here, and pretty easy.  Probably because the youngest is 11, and the girls outnumber the boys....3 to 2.  They are having fun here with few rules and lots of freedom.  But the strange thing to me is how much they love to be inside attached to some kind of screen....TV or 3DS or Ipad or whatever.
Eric and Taylor

Shelese watching TV

 It is a little sad to me, remembering how much I loved to explore outside on my bike or skates.  I even had a dream about it last night.  I was on a tricycle, trying to find my way to meet their mom in Boise.  Crazy dreams!  I kept finding myself at the river and not remembering how to find her.  I am meeting her in Boise today with her four kids.  I will take Taylor home on the way.
I have been registering my puppy online this morning.  So now he is officially registered with the AKC.  He is still growing!  He is 3 months now, and almost as tall as Max.  He is a pretty placid puppy for the most part....he is so good with the kids.  And he is happy to go outside!  So I will have at least one companion to walk with me and to explore the countryside.  He is quickly learning to sit and he even will lay down...which seems to be his favorite position right now.






He plays hard, but then he sleeps for quite a while in between.  I think the growing makes him exhausted!  I extended his collar to the furthest extension last night, but I will have to get him a new one as it will soon be a choker instead of a collar.  I am so glad we got him.  Even with the nights of whining to go out...now!  He is getting pretty good at night and he is delightful during the day.  He pretty much only chews the toys we have gotten him, and he is learning not to bite and scratch.  He has trouble with that when it comes to Max.  He loves to grab onto his long fur and follow him around.  Max hates it and nips at him.  But then Buddy thinks he is playing and it gets more intense.  When it gets too bad I put them outside and they usually are fine then.  They are becoming pretty fast friends.  The one who will miss them is my granddaughter, Rachel.
Rachel with Max

Rachel with Buddy
 She will be 12 this Friday, and is a real animal lover.  Unfortunately for her she is allergic to cats, but she seems to do pretty well with the dogs.  And she and Buddy have been pretty inseparable the whole time she has been here.  I think he will miss her too.
Well, I had better get back to being the grandma.  I really love that role.  I know that many women don't like to be grandma because they feel old.  But I think it actually makes me feel younger to be around these vibrant and interesting young people.  I really do love them all.  So have a wonderful day out in cyberspace.  I am still pulling for you!!!!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!
Melody

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Ponies, Chickens, and Puppies...Oh My!

Today has been unusual.  We've had 5 grands visiting since yesterday...without their parents.  I think they are having a great time!  Me too!  I am learning a lot about plots of video games....did you know in one game that someone is carried off on the back of a very large chicken?  I have also been educated far more than I ever desired on the dreadful adventures of my little pony.  I really don't like the high pitched voices of the ponies!  But my granddaughter loves them!  So after a morning of that we took the kids on a ride to the barber ( a couple of them needed a trim) and then to Penneys for a couple of Sunday items of clothing they forgot.  That was kind of fun.  Afterwards we ended up at a new burger place and had dinner. It is called "Freddy's Steakburgers and Frozen Custard."  It's fun and yummy.  I like the concretes...kind of a thick milkshake. We are watching kids for Michelle and Gary, who are with their oldest daughter in Salt Lake this weekend.  Maddie is getting married!  So they went to look at wedding dresses.  She goes to school there. She will be our first grandchild to get married!  It's pretty exciting!  I am very happy for her.  Taylor is also here while his folks went to visit friends out of town.  So we are having a good visit with him too. 
Kim and her husband came by this evening with a new puppy, Maple...a female Golden Retriever....and a new car!  They got a Ford Flex.  It's quite nice.  I think Kim and I and Amy, Liz and Michelle will probably get to take it to Women's Conference in May.  That should be fun.  And it is fun that they got a little puppy.  They already have Buddy and Maple matched up for the future.
So life continues to be happy and bright.  What a life!  I feel so very blessed!  So good and happy wishes to you and yours!  I'm still pulling for you!  We're all in this together!  HAVGN!!!   Melody

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Please come back! (message to the sunshine!)

The inversion is back...luckily it was book club today so the gloom didn't seem too bad. We had so much fun talking about family and friends and eventually the book, that it was like sunshine in the room. I am so lucky to have this group of intelligent and caring friends!  And it is nice to not have to hurry away to school. Although I kind of miss school. 
After book club I met my sister Joy for lunch. It was her birthday today. My little sister turned 61!  Kind of hard to believe!!!  And it makes me feel a little weird to have a younger sister that is over 60. Of course she doesn't seem much over 40 to me:)
I am glad today is almost done. But it was a good day for me!  I hope it was for you out in cyberspace!  HAVVVGN!!!!!!!!
Melody

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Sunny Day

The sun is out!  Good day.....sunshine!!!!!  I love that song.  And I love sunny days.  I feel more energized!  It is a little breezy, but not windy.  I do like the wind, but more when it is warm...  Not the cold blizzardy kind!  It seems we've had more than our share of that this winter!!!
Today I am reading the last of my book for book club.  I think I mentioned it was a little depressing, all about a man who escaped from a labor camp in North Korea.  But it is better now....he finally escaped!  So I think the rest of the book should go quickly.
It has made me realize how very good my life is.  I have so much freedom....to do what I want, and think what I want, and to be able to make my own choices.  It would be so hard to be in a situation like this man was in....never knowing love, even from his own mother.  Very sad!
I am trying hard to stay well.  Mel's cold has become pretty bad.  He is so congested.  But today he seems to be feeling a little better.  So I hope he is on the mend.  He is such a trooper, and never complains.  But I know this has been a bad cold for him because he rarely skips work, and yesterday he only went in for a few hours.  I went in with him so he had an excuse to come home when I finished the work I had there.  I can get most of it done in a couple of hours.  Today he went in without me, but he said he would leave around lunch time.  So I imagine he will work til 3 or 4.... :)
I haven't been too active lately.  I think fighting this cold off is taking all of my energy.  But I plan to get more active soon....we did get a recreation center pass, so I should be swimming.  It has been too cold though.  I think this puppy will have me walking as soon as the ice melts.  He is so active, and he loves to be outside.  So I think that will be good.  I kind of enjoy training dogs anyway.  And he is very smart and anxious to please, so I think it will be fun.
So that's about all for today.  I hope all is happy and bright out in cyberspace today.  I am pulling for you!  We're all in this together!!!!!!  Have a most glorious day!!!!!  Melody

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Rawhide!

The fog persists!  It is supposed to snow on Sunday so I suppose that will be a change. I am trying to be a good sport about this, but I will really be glad when we can see the sun again!
Mel has been sick for a couple of days. He has a cold and headache. I only seem to have the headache. But I am feeling kind of sneezy tonight. I am trying to stay well.  I had hoped to help our daughter Kim move today, but they seemed to have enough help and didn't want to catch our bug. So we have stayed home for most of today, resting, watching TV, and I have been reading a book for book club. It is called "Escape from Camp 14". I am not really enjoying it. It is a book about a man who escaped from a labor camp in North Korea. His description of his miserable and tortured life is very disturbing. I suppose it is important that people realize what is going on in that crazy country, but I am not happy to read of such things. So I am trying to skim past much of it. I feel bad that people suffer at the hands of wicked people. I will have to suggest a happier tale when it is my turn to pick a book. 
Well I guess I should report on the puppy. He is GROWING!!!  But he is still a sweet dog. He is great as long as he has something to chew!  We went for a rawhide run to D&B Supply this afternoon. He loves to demolish rawhide  strips. Max does too. I guess it is a good diversion from chair and table legs!!!  And everything else in the house. 
So I hope all is good out in cyberspace. HAVVVGW!!!!!!  Melody

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Venting

Good day!  I am here in my little bedroom studio trying to clear out a space to paint.  Somehow I have managed to clutter the space with office things, old school projects, and just plain junk.  It is a little discouraging to try to clear it out though.  I am thinking I need to move one of these desks out of here.  The room is small enough.  I don't know why I thought I needed so much furniture in here!  It kind of worked when I had lots of paper work for school.  But it is not working now.  I guess I will have to wait for Mel to come home and move a few things for me.  I thought I could, if I just moved everything off of the desk, but it is way too heavy!  Sigh and double sigh!!!
The fog here is terrible.  It is a little bit depressing.  I have been fighting the urge to just watch TV and eat bon bons!!!  Ha, ha!  I guess I have never eaten bon bons, though they do sound delicious.  But I have certainly sat and folded clothes during a movie or two.  I really am not liking this inversion though, and when a friend of mine in the Bay Area wrote a post on facebook about how the weather was so lovely at 60 degrees,  I went on Zillow to see what a house would cost in my old neighborhood.  The funny thing is, there is a house for sale in my old neighborhood in Castro Valley...on Outlook Ct.  It is a foreclosure so it is a real steal!  Only $415,0000!  Actually that is a steal.  I set the limit at $500,000 and that was the only house that came up.  The next cheapest was $515,0000.  Most are $600,000 or  above, which is a little mind blowing.  I checked Pleasanton, another old haunt, and it was even worse.  I guess we will not be moving back to the Bay Area anytime soon, so I had better adjust to the winters here.  You'd think after 28 years I would have adjusted!  But no, I just long for sunshine and warm temps.  It's kind of sad.  I tell myself bloom where you are planted, but this little voice answers back that nothing can bloom when it is so cold!!!!!  Ha, ha!  That little bit of venting felt good!!!!!!
So the rest of today I will probably head back into the office downtown and finish cleaning files and putting in the new ones for 2015.  I don't mind.  It is kind of fun.  And Mel is there, so we can sneak away for lunch.  I enjoy that.
I hope all is well out in cyberspace.  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!
Melody

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Sabbath Activities

Good morning!  It is 11:43 am here in icy Idaho.  I am watching the clock because it is a new time schedule for Sunday today.  We don't have our meeting until 1:00 pm.  And so the problem is, how do I fill my time with worthwhile and meaningful activities that are still appropriate for the Sabbath Day?  So far I have watched a little on BYUTV, tried unsuccessfully to find some information for a few of my ancestors, and cooked a delicious breakfast....where Mel said as we sat down, "Is this the wrong time to remind you that today is fast Sunday?"  Oh well, we will fast next Sunday.  I don't know how I forgot.  I already wrote the check and everything!  It is getting bad!!!!!  I guess I was excited to try the sourdough starter that Amy gave us on some sourdough pancakes.  They were really good, once I swallowed my guilt.
So I will continue to work on my family history.  It is so fun to read about ancestors.  I am not very good at finding new ones though.  I think I need a little more instruction on how to use all that is so readily available.  I get kind of mixed up on how to use the different buttons.  We are enrolled in our ward's family history class.  But it seems we talk of other things.  So I am committing myself to going to the family history center this week and getting the instruction I need.
One of the people I was reading about this morning was in the first prayer circle in the Nauvoo temple. His name was Abel Lamb.  One of the records says that he helped to hide the gold plates that Joseph Smith was translating.  It is so interesting to read about.  He was a good man by all accounts.  I appreciate that so many people are scanning the records they have of people onto the family search site.  I think it helps to get to know your ancestors.
Well, I guess I will get on with today.  I hope all is well and good in cyberspace today!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!  Melody

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy Day!!!!

Hola!  And all good wishes. I am watching football with Mel...well I am sitting here playing with my iPhone while Mel watches football. We discovered a game called Trivia Crack. It is free and a great time waster. But it is also kind of fun. So far we are tied. He's won 2 and I've won 2 games. My daughter Kim and her husband also are playing...and winning!  They are more up to speed on contemporary questions...like who is Sponge Bobs driving instructor?  I told you it is called Trivia, right?  I also don't know the sports trivia. But I am a good guesser!  You can buy more lives and coins...but I refuse. So it takes time to get more lives. Yeah, it is kinda silly!
So the other things occupying my time are laundry and puppy puddles. Buddy is doing pretty well, but every once in a while he doesn't make it to the backyard.  So I have a cleaner that is supposed to erase all signs. It works pretty well. But I will be glad when he is housebroken. 
So have a wonderful day!!!  And make sure it's a gut wan!!!!!  Melody

Friday, January 2, 2015

Chasing the Cheetah

Hola!  I have been trying to get Medicare straightened out!  LOL!  Anyway, it is a long process to call them and figure things out.  I guess what happened was the doctor had the wrong SS number for me.  Simple, right?  So simple I have been on the phone for about 2 hours!!!  But I did get it straightened out.  Mostly it is waiting for a real person to get on the line that takes forever.  But she was very nice, and it was a relief to know they will pay the bill when they get the right number:)  I guess I should think it was funny...
So the rest of today I have been running around.  It is really cold here!!!  So Mel took me to buy heaters at Costco....for the shop.  But then he decided to send them home with me, and he is going to use the heaters from home for the shop.  I think he thinks that the new ones from Costco will be better for smaller spaces.  We shall see.  I would prefer pellets in the pellet stove.  But we get those through a friend in the ward, and it is a more complicated process....but cheaper.  Can you tell we are chasing the cheetah?   It is an expression used by Dave Ramsey...the financial guru.  If you are interested (and I doubt that you are) you can find it on youtube.  I would post a link but my internet is weak right now.
Well, Mel just got home, so I'd better get back to the real world.  Have fun in cyberspace!!!  Melody


Thursday, January 1, 2015

The first day of 2015!

I'm up late. Mel is watching football and I am reading emails and facebook. It has been a good day. Mel helped me put away all the Christmas stuff- something I usually put off. It was so good to have help!
Then we watched some football game- or rather Mel watched it while I rested. Then we drove over to Boise to see a movie I really wanted to see. It is "The Imitation Game". It was even better than I expected. I really enjoyed it!  I like Benedict Cumberbatch. He is a really gifted actor I think. And Kierra Knightley was pretty good also. I love to see a good movie...especially at the theater with a big screen. It was fun. 
Then we went to dinner and came home. So now Mel is enjoying another football game. I just worry because he gets up at 4:45 to go play basketball. I hope he doesn't push too hard. 
Well how's the new year out there in cyberspace?  I hope it's grand!  I'm still pulling for you!  Have a good night!  Melody