Monday, April 27, 2015

Happy Days!

Good Monday morning!  It is a beautiful day here.  And kind of a special one too!  We have our first squirrel!
I am so excited for this!  It means we really have made the desert blossom.  When we first moved here almost 14 years ago we didn't get anything but desert animals.  But today while Mel and I were eating breakfast we watched our first squirrel hop across the backyard lawn and jump into our Redbud tree.  He was so brave!  Especially with the dogs not too far away.  I think he may have smelled the dog food....not sure, but so glad he came!
So today is clean up day from the weekend.  And also get ready for Women's Conference.  It is Thursday and Friday.  I am picking up all five of my daughters on my way there on Wednesday....two in Boise, one in Glenn's Ferry, one in Twin Falls with two granddaughters, and then we will all go and get Julie at the SLC airport on Thursday morning.  We should have a wonderful time.  If you are wondering what Women's Conference is....here's a link.  Women's Conference
So take care out there in cyberspace!  I hope all is happy and bright!  Here's a song we used to sing with our kids from Hap Palmer.  All those cute kids should cheer you up!!! So Many Things that Grow, Grow, Grow!  My mom was a kindergarten teacher and taught it to us.  This group is no one I know....just reminded me of days gone by.  We used to add...."And fishes!" to the chorus.  Mel didn't want to leave them out!  Sweet memories!  I miss my mom!  So have a great day!  I'm pulling for you!!!!!!!!  Melody

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Keep On Trying!

Good day!  It has been a little while since I've written.  Sorry about that.  It just seems like life gets so busy, and I get tired from it being so busy, and then I don't write very well.  So better to keep my silence I suppose.
I have been thinking about a talk I especially loved in LDS General Conference.  It was in the Saturday afternoon session.  It is titled, Latter Day Saints Keep on Trying.  If you want to read it just click on the link.  It was so inspiring to me.  Elder Renlund talked about how important it is for us to keep on forgiving others, and ourselves, as we are trying to do better.  It is one of the better explanations of why we need to forgive each other.  And how Jesus Christ is the best example of one who has suffered innocently from another's sins.  I like how he explains that the atonement has paid the price for all of that.  But I am stating it badly.  You'd better read it.  And the quote I like best is from Shakespeare, from As You Like It.  "Twas I; but ’tis not I."  Meaning that I have changed from the person I was.  And of course, we all need to change from the person we once were, or from the acts we wish we could change or erase.
So today we went to a wedding at the Boise Temple.  It was very sweet.  The couple are both returned missionaries.  I think he waited for her!  Anyway, they seem very happy.  And the sealer was a good friend of ours, so that made things especially nice.  It made me think of my own wedding.  The man who married us was Pres. Milton Ream.  He was a sweet man.  I think I didn't appreciate how very lucky we were to have him as our sealer.  I remember now the great admiration and good feelings my parents and grandparents had for him.  I think I had rather an attitude of entitlement back then.  Mel and I were talking this morning about how many kind things were done for us, that we just sort of expected.  I would like to go back and thank my parents and their parents for all of the kindnesses and good things that were done in our behalf.  I really am very grateful.
Well, I had better get back to the yard work.  Mel is being kind to me right now.  He is out mowing the back yard.  I put Buddy in his cage here in the house to get him out of the way.  He is complaining with whining.  So I had better be kind to him, too.  He is an awfully sweet puppy!  I hope all is happy and well in your neck of the woods.  I'm still pulling for you!!!  HAVVVVVVVGW!!!!!
Melody

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Gute Nacht!

Hola!  I'm supposed to be asleep but I'm too worked up. So I took some Zzzz-quil and I'm waiting for it to work. I guess I'm feeling like this anticipated move is too much. We've decided to take it slow, so we will have enough time to get all the things done here that we want to do. It makes me feel relieved. I've been feeling like I can't do enough each day. So we may take a year or more to get it ready. I'm glad. 
I guess I'm not the only one who has been worried about approaching old age. My neighbors are fixing up their house and yard to put it up for sale. He just retired and doesn't want to be where the yard is so big. I think they might have 3 acres. Anyway it's nice to have someone to talk to about it all!  It is a big decision. 
I think we probably won't get that lot I like by the creek. Although the realtor told me no one had made any offers on it. So it may be for sale when we're ready to buy it. I think we'll have to wait and see. 
Well I don't know what to say. But I am getting a little bit sleepy. So I'll just say good night!  Sweet dreams!  Melody


This is a photo I took of the lot. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday's Child

Hola!  I am feeling like a Friday child today....loving and giving.  I think because we have finally decided we are going to sell this house.  At least I think so.  I found an empty lot today that is in a very nice subdivision, and it backs up to a little creek that goes through town.  It is a lovely setting and smells good, and the doves coo, and the water gurgles.... it is kind of cool.  I have loved this subdivision since we moved to Nampa.  We have taken walks along the creek...there is a greenbelt.  The greenbelt is on the other side of the creek from this lot though, so we wouldn't have people in our yard.  Probably just ducks:)  And you know how I love ducks!!!  Actually I do like them again.  I just had a bit of a run in with them some years ago.  We had rescued a duck that was lame, from the park.  We nursed it back to health for a few weeks. Then we took it back to the park to let it go free.  It swam a few feet, and then about twenty or thirty ducks flew in from every where around and pecked it to death as we stood watching...shocked!  I didn't realize that they were territorial.  Poor ducky.  For a long time I didn't like ducks.  But I suppose I like them again now....as long as they don't attack!!!
Anyway, I think we may make an offer on the lot and then put our house up for sale.  It's a big decision.  But we are finding that two acres is way more work than we thought.  And we are both too old and tired for the constant nagging of weeds and such.  Mel gets home from work now, just exhausted.  And I go and work for a half an hour in the weeds, and I am exhausted.  So it is probably time for a change.  It's hard though.  We have loved this home, and especially we love the wildlife and the views of the lake.  But I figure a creek is a good substitute:)  My kids would like us to move to Boise.  But I really have enjoyed Nampa.  It is not so crowded and so much quieter.  And the people we have met here are great.  So we shall see how this all pans out.  (Gold mining talk!)
So, what else is new you ask?  Hmmmmm, not much.  I guess I have been spending a lot of time on Zillow.  And visiting kids and grandkids.  It seems like I am lucky that way.  Oh, and cleaning out my art studio.  I am about done.  I think I can paint now.  Or finish paintings I have not quite finished.  I did find some old watercolors that I kind of like now.  I remember I hated them back when I was painting them.  I felt like I couldn't control the paint enough.  Now I kind of like how loose it is.  And I don't see the mistakes as clearly.  So that is good.  I think I will frame a few and hang them around the house.
So I hope all is well in cyberspace today.  It is good here.  The sun is shining and my world feels fairly calm....at least for now.  I hope you have a great Friday night date night!  Take care!!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wednesday's Child is Full of Woe!

Happy Tax Day!  It has been interesting here.  I have been going through all of this stuff in my studio, and I have learned....I don't like to throw anything away!  But I am forcing myself to get rid of the junk.  And I am discovering all that I really do have that is pretty cool!  I have so much paint!!!!  Acrylics, watercolor, and oils galore.  I am not throwing anything like that away.  Instead I am organizing it so it is more accessible, and maybe then I will be inspired to use more of it.  I like all three kinds of painting. And even some mixed media!  I also found my ink and pen and all kinds of printmaking inks.  And some old notebooks from school...and stuff and more stuff.
Anyway, I spent most of the morning going through and sorting.  Then I took Mel some lunch.  We ate at the park with the squirrels.  They are pretty active right now, and lots of fun to watch.  Mel fed them the leftovers of his apple.  It was fun to watch this fat little squirrel, sitting up on his haunches, carefully eating all but the apple peel.
Then I had to take care of our finances at the business.  I balanced the books and paid taxes and then took a trip to the bank and the post office.  That took most of the afternoon.  And now I am back home finishing up our personal taxes and paying bills.  So it really has been a busy day.  I will continue to work in this art room until Mel gets home from work.  He has been working long days the last week.  He is trying to get a new machine to run, but odd things keep happening.  Last night it sprang a leak and this morning the floor under the machine was covered in oil!  What a mess!!!  They use kitty litter to soak up the oil, but it is a lot of work.  That is the second oil leak in the same number of days.  Mel is able to fix the leaks, but not anticipate them.  So he is surprised and a little dismayed.  But he is an excellent tool guy, and knows his stuff.  He says the machine will work great once they get the bugs out:)
Well, that is life here.  I'm glad there is plenty to keep me busy.  I hope life is good in your neck of the woods!!!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tuesday's Child is Full of Grace.

Good afternoon!  I am feeling great!  I just paid a parking ticket:)  I got it on Friday when we went to the zoo.  It was very crowded and I had to park far away and the only place had a two hour limit.  I hoped I wouldn't get ticketed, but I wasn't surprised when I did.  Oh well.  I like to support my local police department!
I am wondering where to hang my gynormous painting.  I put it on the top of the piano, to kind of get a feel how it might look there.  What do you think?
 I am thinking it needs a bigger space.  It is a little dominating for an over the couch or piano kind of painting.  I would love to sell it, but I have no idea what gallery around here would even consider a religious painting.  So I figure I will hang it here at home....until I become famous and people are clamoring for more!!!  Ha, ha!  That would be funny.  I think I can find some place.  And meanwhile, I think I will keep my paintings a little smaller for now.
I haven't put my taboret together yet.  It is still in the box!
I looked at the directions and decided to let Mel do it.  Here is what it is supposed to look like.
Well, I had best be getting on with things.  I have a bunch of empty boxes I am planning to fill with junk.  I have so much junk, mostly from classes in school, in this art room.  And most of it just sits useless, taking up space.  So I am planning to pack up things to store for some future event....maybe an art supply/garage sale!  I am hoping I can stay motivated.  The next thing I want to purchase for my studio is a nicer desk...and a flat file....and some good lighting!  I keep telling myself, one thing at a time.  Patience!
Soooooo....I hope you are having a great day out in cyberspace!  It is so windy here!  And the temperature is only supposed to get to 46 degrees.  Yesterday was 75!  Crazy weather!  Have a great rest of today!!!!  Melody

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sunny with a mild wind storm.

Buenos Dias!  It is a good day. I just brought my painting home....all framed and looking pretty good.  And when I went to bring it in the front door, I found a package with my new taboret in it!  So two nice things for art today.  I will have to wait for Mel to come home to help me decide where to hang this painting....and to help me do it.  It is heavy with a frame.  And also I need his help to put this taboret together....some assembly required.  I am excited to get it.  It should help me to organize my paints and brushes and solvents better.  Right now they are on a rather rickety old plant table.  Which makes me realize...I can put my plants back on it by the window! :)  So it is all good.
I am fighting a feeling of discouragement today, so both of these things help.  I also had lunch with two of my sweet daughters and a couple of grandsons, so that helps too.  I guess I am just in one of those kind of unexplainable moods.  Sure, there's plenty to be worried about, and plenty of things I would like to change, but that is not new.  So I don't know why it is more bothersome today.  Will I ever really understand how my mind and body work?  Probably not in this lifetime.  Sigh!!!  I do seem to be tired a lot lately.  Last night I woke up and worried about choir for a couple of hours.  We only had 7 people come yesterday to practice.  And it is usually like that the first week of the month.  It generally takes me begging people to please come before we get a sizable group.  But eventually they come through for me, so I don't know why it bothered me so much this time.  I am feeling like there must be something wrong with me, or I must have offended everyone, or.....  But when I really look at things in the daylight, I realize people are busy and choir is not their first priority.  And I am probably not scaring people away unknowingly.  At least I hope not:)   I am also worried about trying to keep up with everything.  It used to be so easy to get through my to-do list.  But now I really struggle to get things done.  And I am not getting any younger....that is only wishful thinking.  I guess I realize I need to simplify things, but actually doing it isn't so simple.  Boy, I sound like I am really discouraged.  And I am only mildly so.  I think it would all go away with a Haagen Daas bar and a nice book:)
So I hope things are going well in cyberspace today.  I do wish only good wishes and happiness your way!!!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Friday, April 10, 2015

Trivia

Good morning!  I am all dressed for painting!  I have my scrubs on....I got them from Walmart.  It seems a better thing to wear than my nice clothes.  I have ruined several pairs of pants painting in them. So I have a painting "outfit" now.  Pretty cool, huh?  Yeah, I know it's not, but I am kind of reaching for things to write about.  I am in a weird mood today.  Intellectually, I would like to paint.  But emotionally I just can't seem to do it.  I am so tired....I haven't been sleeping well again.  So I don't think I will push myself, as bad painting usually results.
Instead I have paid bills, cancelled a dentist appointment for next week, ordered checks, eaten breakfast....are you bored yet?  I think I will write again later after a nap.  Just wanted to send a cheery hello out to cyberspace.  I hope you have a wonderful day!!!!!!  Melody

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Travelers Are Home!

We had a most enjoyable weekend visiting my dad, and then we drove up the coast and spent Sunday night in Depoe Bay.  It has become one of our favorite places!


 Then yesterday we hopped back in the car and drove to Multinomah Falls for lunch.


I love driving through the Columbia Gorge.  Mel and I decided the word "gorgeous" must have originated here.  It really is a gorgeous place!

 Then we drove on to Baker City, Oregon and ate dinner in a little diner we like there.  It has a miniature train that runs around the inside of the restaurant. :)

And now we are home.  I like that we are, although immediately things press in that need to be done.  Today it was the payroll at work.  I got it done though, and it feels like I did something.  The other thing I did that I have been putting off, is.... I took my painting over to the framer's in Boise.  It will be framed by early next week.  That feels very good.
So life is back to normal.  I hope it can feel normal for a while.  Tomorrow morning is book club, so that will be fun.  I am excited to discuss You Are Not Special and Other Encouragements by David McCullough, jr.  I am going to watch his speech on Youtube.  If you are curious...and you should be...here is a link.  You Are Not Special
The other thing I am going to do is watch the conference talks we missed.  We did listen to quite a bit of conference, but Saturday afternoon got interrupted by Barbara's daughters coming over.  And Sunday afternoon conference we only got spotty coverage as we were traveling up the coast.  I set the TV to record it all though, so it will be nice to watch it all.  Here is a link to LDS General Conference if you would like to watch it too.  LDS Conference
Anyway, that is life for me as of today.  It could all change in an instant of course, as is true for all of us, living in a mortal world.  It is important to understand that I think.  Although it can be so lovely so much of the time.  Take care out there in cyberspace!!!  I am definitely still pulling for you!!!!!!  And have a most wonderful evening!!!!!!!!!!  Melody

Monday, April 6, 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Greetings!!!!

Good day to all!  I am feeling generous  today:) Anyway, it is a great day. We are leaving soon for Oregon to see my dad and his wife, Barb.  I am looking forward to this as I am gathering everything together that we will need.  We have flown there the last few times, so it will be a nice change to drive. I love the scenery once we reach Bend, Oregon.
 It is probably named after a bend in the river, but I like to think of it as a bend in the scenery.  It suddenly turns green there and the scant trees become forests as we follow the road into western Oregon.  My dad lives in a little town....Sutherlin.  It is closest to Roseburg, which is also a small town.  I like this beautiful area.  And it is only about an hour further on to the ocean.  So I am hoping we can take a day trip over to see the gardens near Sunset Bay.  They are really gorgeous...Shore Acres.  I love going there.
I finished my book....You Are Not Special.  I enjoyed it until he started sharing his rather grim beliefs in no after life.  I don't really understand how anyone could live with hope if they did not believe in life after death.  And there are so many evidences that there is a divine power that created the amazing and complicated life here on earth.  But other than his sad beliefs, it was a very good book.  I think one that teachers should read.  He had a lot of good ideas on classroom teaching, and learning.
So I downloaded a book to listen to while we drive.  I hope it is a good one.  I am really enjoying the Audible application.  It makes it so I can listen to books, which is good.  I am usually too tired to stay awake when I finally get some time to read.  This way I can listen while I drive around to all of the places I am supposed to be.  This morning I drove Taylor to school at 7 am.  He is still going to school here in Nampa, though they have moved to Boise.  So yesterday I gave Liz a break by bringing him here after his school, and then taking him there this morning.  He is a delightful grandson.  And so full of misinformation.  It is fun to listen.  Last night he was telling me about how he felt that turkeys and chickens were so close in body type and all, that they could probably mate and have babies together.  I tried to explain how most animals are limited to species for procreation, but he is pretty hard to dissuade from an idea once he has it in his mind.  I think he would make a great lawyer!  Or perhaps a science fiction writer. :)
Anyway, life seems good again.  I cannot begin to understand it...how things can change so suddenly from good to bad and suddenly back again.  I just have to trust that the Lord has a plan.  I know He does.  And it is a good thing.  I hope things are going well for you wherever you are today!  Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Melody