Thursday, August 27, 2015

Oregon Beaches

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


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Biding my time

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

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Smokey Mountain Trails

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

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Still Busy!

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

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Celebration Time

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

Monday, August 10, 2015

A New Week

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

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Gifts of the Spirit

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

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Hereafter

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