Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Today

Good morning!  I have had an eventful morning already!  The power went out for about 45 minutes....and the garbage men came and hauled away the garbage.  I guess that is quite a bit for only the first half of the morning.  I am waiting for a man to come that I want to hire for lawn maintenance.  I can't do it myself, and Mel has little time.  It takes about an hour and a half just to mow, and then there is edging and fertilizing and all the rest.  My neighbor uses this service and really likes it.  So we shall see.  It would be nice to hand it over to someone else.  Then I can stop fretting over it.  I do that too much....fretting.  It is not a nice activity.  It makes me feel anxious and unsettled.  And it is so silly.  I am trying hard to get over it. :)  I remember a dear friend from years ago talking about how it is so unproductive to fret.  I should have listened better then.
I am reading a really good book!  It is called, You are NOT Special!.  It is by David McCullough, jr....The son of the author of 1776.  It is really well written and insightful....a lot of it is about parenting teens, a lot is about teaching.  And all of it is entertaining.  I am glad to be reading a good book.  Actually I am reading about three.  I have to reread "The Lacuna" by Kingsolver for book club in May, since I am leading the discussion.  And I am reading "Cutting for Stone", which I am still deciding about.  It is good, but so graphic, and I am not sure where the author is leading his readers.  I think I may pick a lighter book for summer time.  I love a good novel.
Well, I can see I have so little to write about today.  I mostly just wanted to send out a greeting of cheer and good will.  Take care out there in cyberspace!  I am pulling for you!!!!  Melody

Monday, March 30, 2015

Good Day!!!!!

A cheery good morning to you!  I have been a little busy the last couple of days.  It is hard to find the time to write when life gets so busy.  But I think about what I should write about even when I am not writing.  I do the same with painting.  I start thinking in the middle of talking with someone how I would paint that shadow on their nose!  It is kind of funny.  With writing it is usually that I am thinking I had better remember this so I can share it.  I often forget just what it was I was wanting to share.  Sigh!
Yesterday we made the decision that we are traveling this next weekend to see my dad.  We had planned to go up the week after next, but it won't work.  And it is fun to think about going to see him and Barb.  They are too far away!  I am thinking he might like to come home with us for a couple of weeks.  We shall see.  Barb can't travel anymore. :(
Church was especially nice yesterday.  We had a combined Relief society and Priesthood meeting.  It was good.  We discussed our last stake conference and the promise of our stake president to each family.  The president was so sweet in his testimony that he didn't want to lose even one of us.  He is a good man...very sincere and humble.  He gave us a directive of things we can do to strengthen our families and promised us blessings if we would follow them.  So we are all encouraged to have a family counsel and implement those directives into our lives.  I like that it is specific and meaningful.  And I think it is helping us to live a more dedicated and determined life.  The four areas may be church wide.  They are temple and family history, scripture study, keeping the Sabbath day and missionary work.  Mel and I have set goals in each area to do better.  I do think it is helping us to be better people.  And I notice that other blessings are happening in our lives.  So that is good.
I have a lot to do today....mostly laundry....and dishes.  I ran out of dishwasher detergent!  I haven't done that for quite a while.  I remember running out of it some years back and deciding to use a little laundry detergent in its place....:)  Sudsy wudsy!  We had soap suds coming out of all sides of the dishwasher!  And it was such a mess!  I think I will just go purchase some dishwasher detergent.
So I hope life is treating you kindly.  Have a most wonderful, joy-filled day!!!!  Melody


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Fun Days!!!

Good morning!  I thought I had better write before the day gets away from me.  I am having fun with Taylor.  He came over yesterday after a fun day up in Crouch, Idaho at Terrace Lakes swimming pool. He and his two brothers and my daughter Liz, took a day trip.  We had a great day! We stopped at the Corner Cafe in Horseshoe Bend for lunch, and then drove on further to Crouch and the hot springs swimming pool.  It was sooooo warm!  I love swimming there.  And the boys had a great time!  I think they need a little time away from screens~!!!!!
Gabriel with a puzzle I helped him with before
we left.

Taylor at the door of my studio
So today is kind of a lazy day so far.  We had a nice big breakfast....bacon, eggs, toast and hot chocolate.  I gave most of mine to Max and Buddy, but Taylor ate his all gone.  He said, "I sure am glad to be a growing boy!"  Me too.  He is still amazing and fun.  Right now he believes in aliens that inhabit the moon.  It is fun to listen to his explanations of why we don't see them, even though they are all around us.  I think he may be playing too many of those alien vs. plant games.  But I love talking to him....mostly listening.  He is so creative and his imagination is boundless.  I wish I was more like that. I guess I was once.  There was no limit to what was possible.  I think I will try harder not to forget that.
So I thought I would throw in a bit of humor.  The sign downtown......"Energizer Bunny arrested.....charged with battery!"  I like that!  I love it when they make me laugh out loud while I am driving home.  Good stuff.
Here is another funny sketch....Jimmy Fallon with Mitt Romney.  It is clever.  Mitt  Ha...ha, ha, ha!  I think he is a good sport.  He is a good role model.  Well, I had better get on with my day.  Hope you have a wonderful one out in cyberspace!!!!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The email finally arrived!

Awww, shucks!  "The jurors have finalized their selections for the first round of judging, and we regret to inform you that your artwork was not chosen for the exhibition. Limited gallery space made the jury’s decisions very difficult. For this competition, 942 works of art were submitted from 40 countries. Unfortunately, many impressive works of art had to be turned away because of the limited space available in the museum. Only 25 percent of all first round submissions moved on to the second round."
It's kind of a relief.  What if I had made it into the next round?  That would have been thrilling of course, but also even more nervous than the first round.  So....looking on the bright side.
Other than that this day has been rather nice.  The sun finally came out, we finished our visiting teaching, and I got to write payroll checks!  I love handing out money! :)
So I guess I had better get back to my Ben and Jerry's :)  Take care out there in cyberspace!  Me

Monday, March 23, 2015

Serenity Now!!!!

Greetings and Salutations!  It's another lovely day here....but, no, I still haven't heard from the art competition.  I am trying not to think about it.  But it is kind of like when someone says, "Don't think about green...."  It's all you can think about.  I did have a nice lunch with my sister Joy, her granddaughter, Anna, and Mel.  We talked about other things for a while, and it seemed to help.  I think blogging will help too.  I have a few photos from last week and weekend that I haven't shared, that are kind of nice.
Kim at the Village

The Village in Blue Skies

More fountain with blue skies

My signature :)

Amy, Michelle, Kenny, and Kim

Kim and Sebastian

Amy, Ken, Michelle, Mel

The Cottonwood Grill patio

More of the Cottonwood Grill

Panorama of the patio

Carrier for my mobility scooter

Mel adjusting the scooter with the cat's supervision
I think the scooter is going to be great for Women's Conference.  And also for grand adventures.  It is a great vehicle for when my knees just won't go another step.  Which hopefully isn't too often...yet.
And so I am probably just going to wait here with my iphone....hoping for an encouraging email.  Actually at this point, I am probably going to like whatever it tells me.  It's the not knowing stuff that is stressful!
So I hope all is well in cyberspace!!!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVGFHE!!!!!!!!  Melody

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday

It's been a pretty good day. Choir came through once again. I always stress that we won't have any people show up,  but some how they come through. We sang a version of "The Lord is My Shepherd ". It sounded good. So now I can relax about that til after conference. I am looking forward to the LDS General Conference. It is broadcast April 4th and 5th. It is a very good way to get inspired and motivated. I love to listen to every word!
I am still waiting to hear about the church art competition. I expect I will hear tomorrow one way or the other. I'm going to try to be busy so I can not be so stressed. It was hard on Friday waiting with such anxious anticipation!  
So I hope life is great in cyberspace!  Good night!  Melody

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Still Nervous

I'm still in the dark about my standing in the church art competition. I did receive an email apologizing that said I could expect something next week. So on the bright side I have not been eliminated yet;)
Right now I am waiting for Mel. We are going to the temple this morning. I'm looking forward to that. It should be a great day!  I hope cyberspace is good today!  HAVVVVGW!!!!!  Melody

Friday, March 20, 2015

Nervous!!!!!


Good evening! I am soooo nervous!!!! I got an email from the church art competition this morning saying they had finished the first round of judging. And that the results for my entry were in the attachment. But there was no attachment. Then I got another email saying they were having trouble with their system. So I have been anxiously waiting to hear from them all day long. A friend of mine just called to say she got a notification that she didn't make the cut. So now I'm even more nervous. I am hoping it is a good sign that I haven't heard yet. But it probably has more to do with alphabetical order. My friend's last name starts with B. ;) W is definitely at the end of the alphabet. And since it is 4:52 pm on a Friday I am thinking I may not hear today. I hope I do. I am definitely way too nervous!
I did go into work and help a little there. And I went with Kim and helped her find a new purse. I also stopped at Walmart and bought a few things we needed. But I am sitting here watching TV news now and hoping I get a friendly email from the art competition soon!
And that is my day today. I hope things are amazing and wonderful in cyberspace! Take care!!!! Me

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Signs of Spring and the Goodness of Marriage


Good evening!  Every year I like to look for the signs that Spring is really here.  I thought I would share this picture I found on the internet of snow geese.  They are quite beautiful.  We had about 500 or so land across the street a couple of days ago.  They filled the field.  They are rather spectacular.  I assume they are on their journey back from southern places.  We see them every year.  They don't stick around long...only a day at most.  And then they are back in the air.  I was glad they picked our neighborhood to hang out in.  It is one of the reasons I love it here.  We are always seeing beautiful creatures, especially birds.
Today I drove with Mel and Sean and Ricky to Ontario, Oregon.  It is about 45 minutes from here.  Sean is my son in law, and Ricky is my grandson.  They both work with Mel.  And we went to Ontario to look at injection molding machines for sale.  We need a new machine because we are trying to keep up with the demand for parts for our customers.  It is a good thing.  But it is a hard decision to make...which machine to buy.  We really can't afford new machines, although that would be so nice.  They run from about $70,000 to whatever you can imagine.  Which leaves us with used machines, which are also plenty spendy.   Deciding which used machine to buy can be a little tricky.  I think we have decided to go with one Mel found online.  But it was good to see the ones in Ontario for a comparison.  And besides, it was fun to go together and then eat pizza for lunch!  And these three men are great!  I think I am very lucky to have such good relatives!
It made me think of President Eyring's talk to the Vatican summit about the great institution of marriage.  He says what I feel, with so much eloquence.
 Here's the link.  President Eyring  I like how he says, "that a man and a woman, united in marriage, have a transcendent power to create happiness for themselves, for their family, and for the people around them."  It is so true!  I love that about marriage.
Well, I guess I had better get to cooking dinner.  I don't think Mel will be too hungry tonight after all of our pizza and salad for lunch.  Maybe some soup:)  I hope all is happy and well in cyberspace tonight.  Take care and have a most wonderful evening!!!!  Melody


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Staying Happy

Good morning!  I have been fiddling with my blog layout this morning.  And I've decided to keep it as is.  I like other people's fancy stuff decorating their blog page.  But I think I prefer to keep it simple for me.  I prefer things to be simple and uncluttered.  My house does not reflect this at the present time, but it is good in theory.
So today my sweet son Kenny left to go back to his own life in San Jose and the surrounding area.  I will miss him.  It has been fun to see him the last few days.  But I have plenty to keep me busy here.  I just got a call from Liz that she has a flat tire, so I will go and help her.  And then maybe we can have lunch at the Village:)  I kind of like it there.  In fact, Mel and I have been seriously considering selling our house and moving closer in.  We both like Meridian, and they are building a new temple there, so.... who knows?  I like to dream.  The problem is that I love this house.  And I love the lake and the pelicans.  It will be hard to leave.  But it is also a little remote, and as we get older we are beginning to see this might be a little too far away from everything....which of course is what I love about it now.  Sigh!
Last night we had a good Relief Society meeting.  One of my friends, Autumn, talked about how to stay happy.  It was good.  She had a good power point lesson all prepared with pictures.  It felt a little like I was back at school.
So I guess I will get on with things.  I hope life is good for you out in cyberspace.  I am still pulling for you!!!!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!  Me

Monday, March 16, 2015

Monday at the Village

Hola!  I guess it has been a little busy here the last few days. But in a good way.  Today has been especially nice. My son Kenny is here for a short visit, so today we were able to get four of our daughters, Kenny and Mel and I together for a great lunch at the Village. It is fun to be together, but not long enough.  I'm glad we could be together!
Here's a few of us.  Amy Ken, Michelle, Mel and Eric (grandson).  Liz and Kim left before we could get a group picture.
So now I am resting.  I get feeling worn out much more quickly anymore.  But I suppose that is to be expected.  I hope all is good in cyberspace!  HAVVVVGW!!!!  Melody

Friday, March 13, 2015

Happy Friday the 13th!!!!!

Good morning!  It's a beautiful Friday the 13th!  ....For the second time in a short while.  I used to think it was more of a lucky day for me.  I think the one in February was not, so I hope today proves lucky...or at least not miserable:)
So today I am going to solve the problem of signing my painting.  I did sign it, but I was very bothered by how bad it looked.  So today I will redo that.  Or maybe in the next few days.  I wiped off the old signature, but it is still there in a ghostly fashion.  So I will have to paint over it, which means I will have to match the background color.  I'm not sure I can remember what I used:)  I think a raw umber blend of something.  I am not a fastidious painter.  I sometimes think it would be good to write down which colors I have used....like in a chart.  But that would definitely take all of the fun out of it for me.  I like the trial and error of it all I guess.  I need to get this done though, so I can take it in to the framer.  I am a little excited about that.  I think it will be nice in a frame.
And no, I have not started on the next painting.  But I think I will next week.  I am missing it already.  Which is a good sign I guess.  I do think I will practice drawing each day in the meantime.  I have a method book that I keep thinking I will do by Charles Bargue.  I also have bunches of other books that would be good to study and practice.  I really need to keep practicing!  It seems that I get better as I practice...a little like the piano I suppose.
Anyway, that is life here today. I hope life is good in your neck of the woods!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Wednesday Night

Hi!   Today was book club.  It was great!!!  We discussed "The Elephant Whisperer", and all the problems in the universe.  I think we solved about half of them:)  I am so tired though, so I am going to have to blog some more tomorrow...when I can think straight!  Have a wonderful evening!  Me

Monday, March 9, 2015

High Flyin'

Hola!  It's a warm spring day here. I am sitting at the Honda dealership waiting for a new key to be made. We lost one traveling so this is something I needed to do. It's not my favorite thing to do on a beautiful warm day, but oh well. 
They have some shiny new cars here. I am tempted to take a test drive!  I would like to upgrade to an Accord!  Maybe next fall. 
When I get the key finished I am headed to the gym to swim. I've lost 5 pounds so far, so my plan is working. That makes me so happy!   I think I will feel so much better, maybe even eliminate some of the achey joint pain. I think counting carbs is much better than counting calories. I feel healthier and my blood sugar is much better and my doctor will have nicer things to say at my next visit;)
Our stake conference was really good yesterday. Our visiting authority was Elder Webb of the Seventy. He reminded me a lot of Bishop Webb from my youth. He looked very similar, and had a great sense of humor. He was a convert from the age of 19. He told of an old girlfriend who always was bearing her testimony to him. He said he never gave her any positive feedback when she did. But he was grateful. She pushed him to read the Book of Mormon and it bugged him because he knew it was true. So he read it a couple more times to see if he could find something wrong with it and he couldn't so he had to join the church. He was so funny telling this story. I really enjoyed his talks. After the main meeting he met with the high counsel and shared that he had his pilots license and owned a little airplane. Mel decided he really liked him!
Well I had better pay attention or I might get overlooked!  Hope all is well!  HAVVVGW!!!!!
Melody

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Saturday

Hola!  I am supposed to be getting ready for the adult meeting for stake conference:)  Mel is at the leadership training meeting that started at 4, so he will be back soon.  It won't take me long to get into my church clothes, so I thought I would send out a cheery greeting!
It is absolutely beautiful here today!  It feels like spring has arrived!  It has been about 65 all day long...or at least the part where I was out in it.  I went to find a frame for my oil painting.  But I guess Saturday is not the best day for it.  The custom frame shop I want to use was closed.  They are only open from Monday through Friday.  So I went to my art supply store in Boise, just to see what ready made frames they had.  It was very disappointing.  They did have some ready mades that were 3' by 6', but they were so shoddily made.  At least now I won't hate spending money for one done well....who am I kidding?   I guess I will have to learn to make my own if I want a good price.  I know that my uncle Kenny always made his own frames.  Hmmmm...I guess one more thing to learn.
Things seem very quiet here today.  I have been following the trail of toys left by Alex and putting them away.  He is such a delight!  But he is a lot of work too.  I guess it's a good thing I had my kids when I was young and could keep up with them.
Well, I'd better scoot.  HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGE!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Friday, March 6, 2015

Friday Night Fun

Good and Happy Friday Night!  Today has been a better day.  I spent the afternoon helping Taylor learn to ride Kenny's old unicycle.  He actually balanced for about a second or two!  What fun!!!  I wished I could try it out, but my days at the circus are definitely passed.
In contrast, this evening we are putting together my mobility scooter that arrived today!  It looks like it will be nice.  It did get bumped in the shipping though, so we will have to replace a plastic light cover, but I don't think it damaged anything too badly.  Mel is currently putting the new batteries in.  So it will be interesting to see if it runs!  Here's a photo or two.
Mel figuring out how to assemble the batteries

The main part of the scooter

The seat ...with it's hands up!
So the rest of tonight may be spent here at home.  Liz took her kids back to their apartment for a couple of nights, since her husband is not there.  All so sad.  But it is not my life or my choices, and so I just have to be a good mom and be supportive and kind.  But it is very hard to see your grown kids hurting. And of course I worry about the grandkids.
And so I am signing off.  I hope all is well for you in cyberspace!!!  Take care!!  And HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Me

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Turn of Events

Good evening. I'm sitting here in my great room watching Lord of the Rings with my grandson Taylor and entertaining my other grandson Alex with distracting toys. Liz is out and we are watching kids tonight. Things have been rather upsetting today, and the normal and calm have disappeared...I hope only momentarily, but at the moment it looks like Liz and boys are moving back in for awhile. I'm hoping she can work things out with her husband, but it may take some time. On the bright side, I won't get bored or lonely:). I enjoy their company. 
Last night I had a funny feeling as I was writing about how calm I felt that it might be short lived....
I do feel like things will be fine eventually. So I guess I am still an optimist after all. But short term there are a few things to figure out...nothing too hard, just logistics. Life does keep me hopping...bad knees and all!
So I hope all is well tonight wherever you reside in cyberspace. HAVVVGN!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Calm

Good evening!  It has been a long day.  I woke up with the dog several times before I finally got up to go swim at 6.  Then I came home and took a nap!  But I think the swimming is doing some good.  I have sore muscles!  That should mean they are getting stronger!
I was also able to get half of my visiting teaching done, which is good, because my visiting teaching companion leaves for Hawaii tomorrow:)  And one of the ladies we visit is going next week.  I wish I could say I would be joining them:)  It does sound fun to go for a Hawaiian holiday!  But it is all fine.  I am not sure I am ready for a long plane ride...or a longer boat ride!  It is nice to be here at home.
I haven't much else to write today.  I think that is kind of nice, no big news, just life happy and normal. I hope it continues like that....at least for a while.
And I hope all is happy and normal out in cyberspace.  Have a great night!!!  Me

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Another Day....

Good morning!  It's a beautiful morning here, sunshine and green weeds:)
The weeds have liked the warmer weather of the last couple of weeks.  We've had a really cold last couple of days though, so maybe they will go back into hiding.  I am not looking forward to the yearly battle with weeds.
I am feeling a little tired today.  I think it is the swimming from yesterday.  I did do laps for a half an hour.  And I am not used to doing much lately, so I expected to be a little tired...and sore...SIGH!!!!!!
I started a book yesterday.  It's called "Cutting for Stone".  I am hoping I can use it for book club.  It's my month in May.  So far it is interesting...about two brothers from Ethiopia who become doctors.  I guess they have some trouble along the way.  I am still getting into it.
Well, I can see that I am not too conversive this morning.  So I will fall back on the sign downtown....ready?  "I am very friendly with 25 letters of the alphabet!  I don't know why!"  Ha, ha!  I liked that a lot.  But it may have said, "I am very familiar..."  I can't remember for sure:)
Well, I guess I will get on with my day....read, read, read!  And laundry and dishes...  Take care and keep your stick on the ice!  (Mel explained this to me.  It means don't raise your hockey stick off of the ice and swing it at anyone.  Good advice!)  So....HAVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!  Melody

Monday, March 2, 2015

Monday, Monday

Good morning!  I am feeling like a fish today...a little wet behind the gills!  I started another goal.  I went swimming at 6:30 this morning!  I have been going to do this for a month or so, but I finally "got my feet wet."  Ha, ha!  I can think of so many puns this morning to go along with this adventure.  But the main thing is I started in again with diet and exercise.  On the diet side I am counting carbs.  It seems to be much easier than calories, and it is what I am supposed to be doing anyway.  I guess I just had to get back into the right mind set.  And it feels like I have.  So that is good.
Yesterday we had a stake conference for Idaho.  It was broadcast from a building in Meridian.  Elder Tom Perry was the main speaker.  He was joined by Elder Nielsen of the Seventy, and Sister Marriott from the YW general presidency.  It was a great meeting.  The main topic was following righteousness in everything we do.  Elder Perry talked about seeing the broadway production of "Fiddler on the Roof" with his wife when it first came out.  And then he talked about traditions.  And how the church is blessed to have traditions based on righteousness.  It was a good talk.  And then we came home and "Fiddler on the Roof" was on the Turner Classic station on TV, so we watched it.  I love that movie!  And it was fun to see how much of it I remembered...more than most of the movies we watch over again.  I think because of the music.  I remember music so well.  I wish there were more musicals made.  I was a little disappointed with "Mama Mia" though.  Especially with Pierce Brosnan singing.  Oh well.  I suppose I am a child of the sixties in many ways.
So today I have got to come up with a new painting.  I have a couple of things in mind.  And I do want to keep painting.  I enjoy how it makes me concentrate.  And I am beginning to enjoy the outcome.  I didn't used to much.  So I guess that is progress.
I hope all is well in cyberspace!  I am still pulling for you!!!!  HAVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!
Melody