Saturday, February 28, 2015

Gotta jot this one down

OK, I have to write this one down before I forget.  Yesterday, coming home from the temple, I was telling Mel about a friend of ours.  I said, "Did you know that Lynell's son is getting married tomorrow?  Jolene is helping with the preparations."  He looked so serious...."I didn't know Lynell's son had died!" I was a little confused.  "No he's getting married!  How did you get that he had died from that?"  "Oh!", he said, "I thought you said he was getting buried!"  I laughed pretty hard at that.  Yep, it's definitely time for hearing aides.  I think we both need them.   He is often kind of miffed at me for things he thought I said...and vice versa.  Oh, the golden years!  HAVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!  Me

Friday, February 27, 2015

Short Note

It was another good day today. First I went visiting teaching. That's always fun. Then Mel and I went to the temple. I'm so glad we were able to go. It's a good place to see things in a better perspective. I guess I needed that today. I'm feeling like I got a shot of optimism!
And somehow it is already late and I'm tired. So I guess that's good. I hope all is well with you and yours!  Good night!  Me

Thursday, February 26, 2015


Good evening!  It's been a good day!  I had a great time with my daughter Kim.  We had breakfast/lunch with our husbands to start the day right.  Then she and her husband and I went and bought an old used pick up truck for them.  After that Kim and I went shopping on our own.  I don't usually like shopping much, but it was fun with Kim.  I found a nice coat on sale.  And she got a sweater and a hat.  Then we went to the Village with the fountain and sat and watched the water while we ate frozen yogurt.  While we were there we met a 90 year old man named Bob Foster who enjoyed telling us all about his life.  He seemed a little lonely, so it was good for us all.  He had a lot of experiences to share about his life and how much he loved Mormon people, though he was a Lutheran himself.  He does listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir every Sunday morning.  Such a nice, interesting man.  He made me think of my dad.
Kim with Bob Foster
This evening, Mel and I have been on the "relative finder".  It is a new app from BYU.  It tells you all of the famous people you are related to.  Apparently Mel and I are cousins, because we are related to so many of the same people.  I am especially pleased to be third cousins with David Bednar.  But I am also distantly related to Thomas S. Monson....and George Washington....and Winston Churchhill!  It's a lot of fun.  You can go there from here.  And then type in your password for the lds church stuff.  If you don't have one you can register.  We have been at this for about an hour and a half!  We also had the ward mission leader here with another brother in the ward for about 45 minutes or so.  We had a nice visit.  Then I showed them my painting.  I am getting braver.  And they seemed to like it.  I like when people like my painting.  Mel wanted me to read my artist statement, but I felt a little shy about that.  So to make up for it, I will share it here.
"I chose to paint the story of Jesus telling His disciples to "Suffer little children" to come unto Him, "for of such is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 19:13-15, Mark 10:13-16, Luke 18:15-17) I especially like the verses in Matthew and Mark where it tells a little of what happened before and after Jesus said this. In Matthew 19:13 it says, "Then were there brought unto Him little children, that He should put his hands on them, and pray..." And then it says in verse 15, "And He laid His hands on them...". And in Mark 10:13 it says, "And they brought young children to Him, that He should touch them..." And in verse 16, "And He took them up in His arms, put His hands upon them, and blessed them." I imagined that there was a mother waiting with her child....hoping that Jesus would touch him and make him well. This mother had heard the stories of Jesus healing people, and she had faith that if the Savior would just touch her child and pray for him that he would be made well again. This story is very close to me. I think Jesus was speaking literally of the Kingdom of Heaven being filled with little children. In the history of the world, before antibiotics and immunizations, so many children died before the age of accountability. I worked with children who had cancer for many years in Candlelighters. My own son was one of them. I wished so many times that I could meet the Savior and He would heal my son. This painting is an expression of that wish."
Anyway, it's been a good day.  I hope it is good in your part of cyberspace this evening!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Good evening!  I just woke up from a nap, or rather I was woken up by a phone call from my dad.  I didn't intend to take a two hour nap, so I am glad to have been woken up.  I usually only take little naps, maybe twenty or thirty minutes.  I must have been kind of tired:)
So now that the day is almost gone....I decided to get on the internet and check all of the usuals.  I am glad for the internet.  It keeps me in touch with the world outside my window.  It's fun to follow my grandkids on facebook and even pinterest.  I am still figuring out instagram.  And twitter seems a little fast, although it can be fun too.  I think it is fun to follow tweets for different events.
But today is definitely a lazy day.  I spent the morning at the hairdresser's.  Then lunch with Mel.  And then I came home and did a little laundry and fell asleep.  Tonight I think we have the missionaries coming by...or maybe that is tomorrow night.  Mel also has some extra meetings this week for the church broadcast this Sunday.  So maybe he has a meeting tonight and we have the missionaries tomorrow night.
Oh well.  I am just flabbering.  I hope things are good in cyberspace!  Take care!!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The BIG Blonde Dog

So, I thought I might share a couple of photos of my tiny little puppy....who has grown so fast and is now as big as our Sheltie, Max.  Buddy is still so sweet, but he is what I would call clumsy.  Not intentionally clumsy, but more like a bull in a china closet kind of clumsy.  He is just so large and not yet able to gracefully run through the house.  :)  I think it's hilarious, as long as he doesn't really knock over my china!

Today has been a really nice day.  I think it is especially nice because we were able to give the final lessons for temple prep to a sweet young married couple who are anxious to go through and to be sealed for time and eternity.  I think I am very blessed to be able to grow closer to these special people we have been able to teach.  I love this calling.
We also met with our accountant and turned in all of our tax stuff.  That feels very good.  And he told us that we are doing better business wise by 30%!  So that is good to hear.  Except that also means we will owe a bunch more taxes than last year.  Sigh!  I guess eventually this will be a good thing...
So, I hope all is happy and bright in cyberspace this lovely, starry night.  I love that you can see the stars here.  I feel bad for those of you back East who are suffering with cold and wintry weather.  It has been a little cooler here, but much warmer when compared to minus zero temps. Brrrrr!  Where ever you are I hope it is a good night!!!  Sweet dreams!!!!!  Melody

Monday, February 23, 2015

Not Quite Done

Ha, ha!  I guess if you know me at all you would know that I cannot leave well enough alone.  And so I painted again this morning.  And so then I had to go in and change my registration for the art competition:)  But I feel tons better.  I just didn't like how empty the sky seemed.  No, I didn't draw clouds.  But I did draw olive branches.  It seemed important to put a symbol of victory and peace.  And it makes the picture more complete for me.  So here it is.
And now I am going to take a break for the rest of today from my art studio.  I think I am in the habit of coming in here each morning and painting.  So I will have to hide this big painting and put another one on my easel.  It makes me feel good that I am really back at it.
So today is my son Kenny's birthday.  He is 36 today!!  Unbelievable!!!

And yesterday was my son Tommy's birthday.  He would have been 38.  It really doesn't feel like he has been gone for 32 years!  I must be getting older too.  Weird!
The other big news is...tatatada!!!  I got a mobility scooter.  Or rather Mel bought me one.  I have kind of mixed feelings about this.  I think it will make some things much going to the mall...and Women's conference.  But I really don't want to become dependent on it and do less walking.  In fact, my plan is to start walking Buddy every day.  He is getting old enough to train.  So starting today I am going to take him out to walk.  It will be good for both of us.  He has gotten huge by the way.  He's bigger than Max now.  And still growing!  I think it is kind of cool.  I love watching him grow and figure out how to manipulate his big paws.  He's pretty funny.
Well, I guess I will go meet Mel for lunch.  We had a late breakfast today, so he won't be hungry for a while yet.  But I do like meeting him.  It makes my day more interesting.
So take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

I Did It!!!!!!

I did it!  I registered my painting with the LDS international art competition.  I feel pretty good about that. One goal met for this year!!!
Here are the images I submitted.

This was the main photo

This was a closer detail
This was another  closer detail

I guess now I just wait to hear something.  I hope they notify the losers as well as the winners:)  I guess it doesn't matter if I receive no recognition.  The main thing is I met my goal.  Of course, now I have this huge painting....where do I hang it?  It's a little large!  I guess I will think of something.
So now I guess I will have to come up with another goal.  I may need some time to think this through.   Maybe another huge one.  I kind of like painting large.  And it might be fun to do something a little more modern.  Hmmmmm.  It's kind of fun to think about it.
So I guess we are going to go out and celebrate.  I'm having a hard time not jumping up and down:)  So have a gude wun.  I just watched "Pink Panther" with Steve Martin again.  I may have got the pronunciation off a little.  Take care!!!!!!  Melody

Friday, February 20, 2015

I Think I'm Done...

Good day!  Well, I guess I wasn't quite done with my painting after all.  I had to go back in and change a few things.  I will put photos of before and after and you can see if you can spot the differences:)
It is kind of weird how I can't seem to leave things alone.  But oh well.

I think the first photo was in more light than the second.  But all I really changed was the lady's face and scarf, and the baby's blanket.  Probably a little hard to see in these tiny photos.
Today I have been trying to locate a scooter to rent while we are at Women's conference.  It was easy in Anaheim.  But maybe not so easy in Provo.  One place said it was $400!  I spent $40 in Anaheim.  Maybe I just called the wrong place.  I will have to explore this further.  It was so nice to have a way to get places besides walking.  I hate to admit that I am handicapped, but I guess I am.  I can walk a distance, but I pay for it during and after with pain.  So I am not giving up.  But for $400 I could buy a scooter!  I looked on Ebay and there are several.  But the problem is transport.  I may have to research a more portable version.  I may go into Boise and see what they have for sale.  I don't want to invest in something that looks good in a picture, and turns out to be cheap junk up close and personal.
Oh well, I suppose I don't need to stress.  It will all work.  I could just sit in the Marriott Center and listen to all of the speakers there.  I am looking forward to being there with all of my daughters!
Well, I don't have much more to share.  I hope all is well in the land of cyberspace!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Done, Done, Done!!!!!

I think I am finished with my painting!  I have worked on it all day since 10 am.  And it feels like it is done.  I do need to go back in with some oil mixture in a few places, but it has to be dry to do that.  Anyway, I am feeling very good.  So here it is.

And that should be enough for today.  I am pretty tired, and I don't think we have any plans for tonight.  So that is good.  I need to just veg for a while.  I hope all is going well in cyberspace. Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Almost There...I think...

So here is the painting so far.  I think I have a couple more days of painting and I can be done...hopefully.  I had started to put them in an olive grove, but it didn't work too well.  So I am leaving one tree and blue skies.  We'll see.  It is hard for me to imagine this, and I am having a hard time finding a model ground.  But I think I can find enough to help and get color and detail better.  Anyway, here it is so far.
I have painted a lot today.  I think I started at 9 and painted until I ran out of I went and got Mel and we had lunch in Meridian and then I took him with me to the art store in Boise.  It was lots more fun than going alone.  Then I came home and painted from about 3 to probably four hours.  I know I am finished though when I start to want to do stupid paint the faces over:)  So now I will try to close my eyes for a while until Mel gets back from work.  The days are still whizzing on by.  I wish I could slow it all down a little.  Oh well.
I hope all is well out in cyberspace tonight.  Take care and have a great evening!  Melody

Monday, February 16, 2015

Back Home!

Good afternoon!  I am home again.  It sure feels great!  I have been painting and I think I have the people done...except for a few spots as I look at it closer.  Now I am debating about where to place these people.  I am thinking in an olive grove might be nice.  I kind of like painting leaves and branches.  But I am still not certain.  I put some paint on the canvas to test colors.  I think I will mull this over until tomorrow and tackle it then.  The time is growing shorter before I have to submit this, so I can't dilly dally too much.  Anyway, here is today's work.  I don't know if you can even tell, but I mostly worked on the hand and clothes.  It's a big painting!  I'm not liking the hand still...maybe too big or the paint is too bright.  Decisions, decisions!

I also got one more visit in for visiting teaching.  So now we have only one left.  I think we can visit her when she comes back into town:)  I think a lot of us get a little antsy in February.  It seems like a lot of people are traveling.
So for the rest of today I am going to put my feet up and rest.  I am still tired from our trip.  And my ankles are still swollen...not good.  So I will rest and take care of myself.  I am looking forward to it:)  I hope all is well in cyberspace.  I will include a few of the pictures from our trip.  Have a very good family night!!!!!!  Melody
This is a granulator from the plastic show

Traffic at night

Yosemite from the can see
half dome, El Capitan, etc.

Lake Tahoe from the air

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Enjoying the Sunshine

Happy Valentines and Good morning!  I'm enjoying sunny weather and beautiful scenery here in Southern California. We went to one of my favorite places yesterday...Laguna Beach. They have a park that runs along the cliff above the ocean. It's really amazing. I guess I am not the only one who likes it here though. It was pretty crowded!  And when we went into one of my favorite restaurants it was too crowded for we left. I was kind of sad.  I'll be glad to go back home today. I'm tired!  We've done so much walking!  On Thursday I rented a scooter. That made the Plastics convention really fun. I had lots of fun and didn't have sore knees. I was reluctant to rent one because it made me feel weird to be the only one on a scooter. But I really wasn't. And I even met a nice man who said I was the only sensible person he had met at the convention. We talked quite a while. He told us how he and his wife had both rented scooters to go to Disneyland a while back. Then he told me his wife had died and how much he missed her. We talked to him about our belief in eternal families. As it turned out he knew quite a few Mormons and liked that part of our beliefs. I enjoyed talking to him. 
Well I guess I had better get going. I'm not sure what's in store for today. We have a few hours before our flight. So have a great day out in cyberspace!  I'm sure it will be a great day here!  Melody

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Is it Wednesday?

Good morning!  We are sitting in SF airport waiting for our flight to LA. Mel is asleep. We were up until 2 earlier this morning and slept til 5 so we could hurry here and wait. We are both exhausted. We are not used to young people's hours. But we had fun with young people last night. We went to the SF opera house to watch the ballet "Giselle". My nephew Sean danced one of the leading roles. It made it fun to watch!  He did really well. And it was fun to visit with him and his wife and brother and Dad afterwards. We don't see any of them much anymore because of distance. 
So today we are headed for Anaheim. We may sleep when we get there!  So long. HAVVVGW!!!!  Melody

Monday, February 9, 2015

Sunny Day!

I'm sitting in my son Kennys house in San Jose!  We've had a super day!  We drove over to Carmel for a sun and fun filled day at the ocean. It is so fun to be with Kenny!  Now we are playing "Plants vs. Zombies" which I am not very good at, but Mel and Kenny really enjoy. I am glad they have some fun times together while we are here. Earlier they played catch with the football on the beach. I would have joined in if my knees would cooperate, but it was great to sit in the sunshine and watch the waves. We are having fun this vacation. We spent the weekend with my dad in Oregon. That was great!  And tomorrow night we will watch my nephew dance in "Giselle" with the San Francisco Ballet. I am excited to see him. He has a principal part and is pretty excited about it. 
Well I guess I will always be a California girl at heart. Although traffic is crazy, I still love it here. It just smells right. And looks right. And I love the warm temps!  I could easily be persuaded to move back. 
So I hope all is well in cyberspace !  HAVVVGW!!!!  Melody

Friday, February 6, 2015

Bon Voyage!

I've had a good day so far. I spent a couple hours painting, a couple hours packing, and a couple hours running around town. Now I am sitting in the car outside of JC Penneys waiting for Mel. He needed a pair of pants for the trip. Next I will go with him to the shop and do payroll so that people get paid while we are gone. And then I think I am ready.
I took Max and Buddy to the boarding place. They seemed happy. She has a big group area where the dogs can play. Buddy seemed so excited to be with other dogs!  I guess he must miss the fun of 9 siblings. So I think that he will have a fun time. 
I only worked on the hand in the painting today. I took it as far as I could. I will have to finish when I get home. But I feel good like I am working on my goal to be a better painter.

So that's that. I hope all is well. Take care and HAVVVGW!!!!!!!  Melody

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Thoughtful Thursday

Good afternoon!  I have been painting most of the day today.  And I think I have made some more progress.  I mostly worked on the baby, getting the face right, and the cloth above the face.  It is hard for some reason...but I think I've got it.  Now I just have to work on the hand of Jesus'.  That's also hard and I want to do it right so I will have to give it enough no more painting today.  We are headed for the temple in a little while.  So that will be nice.  And then I need to pack our clothes for our trip.  I am excited to go and see my dad turn 92!  And then we are headed down the coast to see Kenny, and then on down to a plastics convention in maybe we will see Mickey:)  Anyway, it should be a great getaway!  Hope all is well in your neck of the woods!  Have a good Thursday eve!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Happy Wednesday!

Good morning!  I have been painting this morning.  And I feel like I am making some headway.  It is a struggle to be patient with myself.  I can see more than I can do!  Oh well.  I am enjoying the process:)
But the rest of today I am busy with other stuff....mostly getting ready for our trip on Friday.  But also we wanted to get a sister visited who will be out of town the rest of the month.  And we are teaching another temple prep class tonight I think.  So life is keeping us very busy.
Anyway, I had better scoot.  Just wanted to share a little progress.  Have a most wonderful day.  I am pulling for you!!!!!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A Step Forward

So I am kind of excited tonight.  First because I think all of my daughters are going to be with me at Women's Conference!  That is really amazing!  We are still working out the details, but so far all five are coming!
And the other thing is I have made a good step forward in my painting.  For the first time I feel like I may really get this done before the deadline.  So that feels very good.  Here are a couple of photos.  It is still very rough, but it is feeling possible.  I like that.

And that is about all for today.  I have to get ready for our temple prep class.  We have just a few more with this group.  Take care out there in cyberspace!  And remember I'm pulling for you!!!!!!! HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!  Melody

Monday, February 2, 2015

Ground Hog Day :)

Yep, it's that day when we wait to hear from a rodent how soon Spring will arrive.  I saw a funny statement on Facebook today about how we will believe groundhogs, but not scientists!  I thought that was pretty insightful!!!
Right now I am sitting in the car waiting for Mel. He is inside a shop here in Boise getting a mold sandblasted.
It shouldn't take too long. I drove him into Boise so he wouldn't fall asleep at the wheel. He is still getting used to playing early morning basketball.  He gets especially tired in the afternoon.  So I figured I would help out.  And he was especially nice to me earlier.  I had asked a young friend of mine if she would mind posing for me for this painting today.  And Mel came along to help...he took time off of work to do it.  And he dressed up in a scarf again.  Anyway, the photo shoot went really least considering we were trying to use a baby in this shoot.  I have settled on a couple I really like.  Here is a preview.

Natalie is a beautiful young lady, and has uncles that paint rather well, so I got a lot of cooperation!  Her mom, Jodell, even stood up on a chair and held the light so it would have good shadows!  Talk about good friends!!!   Now I just have to translate this into a beautiful painting!
So now I am home after a kind of long day.  I was up early too.  I just got to fall back asleep instead of driving to the gym this morning!  But I may need to take a power nap before we have to leave for our empty nesters' family night.  I am a little bushed.  Ha, ha!  That produced an interesting picture in my mind.
Anyway, just dropping in to wish a hearty Hello!  Hope all is well out in cyberspace!  Take care and have a marvelous family night!!!!!  Melody