Friday, October 30, 2015


We made it to Oregon.  We followed a rainbow for quite a few miles as we drove toward Sisters,Oregon. It was so beautiful!  

Once we got on the othe side it was very fine rain...almost a mist. I think rain is needed here so it is a good thing, even though it means a rainy Halloween. 
We spent the evening with my dad. We took him to his favorite restaurant...Red Robin. He seemed to enjoy it. It is so great to be here with him.  Although it is hard to see Barb so ill. 
Tomorrow we are planning a drive to the ocean. I am very excited to go. We are going to Sunset Bay which is one of my favorite beaches. I even have an unfinished painting of it. Maybe it will inspire me to finish it!  At any rate it should be fun.  I hope my dad comes. He said he will so unless he changes his mind it will be extra fun. 
And so it goes. Every day full of all the ordinary and amazing things that eventually make a lifetime. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Good morning!  I'm sitting in the Les Schwab waiting area while my tires are being rotated. Exciting stuff!  We are going to see my dad in Oregon this weekend so I am also going to get the oil changed after this. I'm looking forward to a break. And I miss my dad so much. His wife is really sick so they don't get out. It's hard for them both. I'm hoping we can take him on a ride and maybe get him out of the house for a while. 
I am gradually setting up my art studio/reception area at the shop. I found this cool old desk that is perfect for holding all my stuff. And I brought my easel and tabouret down. I'm still not sure what to work on. I'm still a little nervous for others to see my work. I guess I need a little more of that tough rhinoceros hide. But I will be brave. 
So now I am at the oilers...Eisteins. It's kind of fun. They have a whole routine for show that is pretty entertaining. 
So I guess that's life today. Hope all is happy and bright for you!  Melody

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Looking Forward to Daylight

Good morning!  It is still dark here in who ville.  I think it will help when the time changes this weekend.  I look forward to it.  Although the ward choir sings this Sunday.  I always worry someone will not change their clock.   I guess it shouldn't matter too much, since they would be early instead of late.  But these things keep me awake at night.  I woke up about 4 and thought about all kinds of silly stuff.  I really wish there was a button to push to turn the volume down so I could sleep through all of that nonsense that keeps me up.  Oh well.
My dog Buddy is sick.  He has some kind of abscess on his neck.  I will try to get him cleaned up enough to see what is going on.  He has really thick fur, so it is hard to see.  It could be that he got into weeds.  Poor guy.  He is always such a happy, pleasant dog....although way too big for a house dog.  He reminds me of Clifford, the big red dog.
I am hoping today to start moving some of my art stuff to the shop.  There is a big front office that is not being used at all and Mel said I can set my stuff up there.  I like the space because it is full of windows, very bright and cheery.  I feel a little silly bringing paints to Mel's shop, but he seems very positive about it.  I guess I will try it and see.  It might be that I paint better where there is no laundry or dishes:)  At least that sounds good in theory.
Well, the sun is finally beginning to come up.  I will get on with today.  I hope your day is filled with lots of sunshine where ever you may be in cyberspace.  Melody

Sunday, October 18, 2015


Good Sabbath!  The weather is changing here today.  It's a good thing from all reports.  We are supposed to get a lot of rain, which hopefully will put out the fire near Idaho City that has brought so much smoke to our valley.  I am glad.  I like clean air, which we get most of the time.
I found this picture on Facebook.
I love it!  But it also makes me a little sad.  I miss all of the good men that have passed on to the other side of the veil.  In my memory there are quite a few.  One of my favorite was Hugh B. Brown.  And of course I loved President David O. McKay.  I went to the viewing when he died.  It was amazing that the line was so long!  He was loved.
My dear friend, Joann Chipman passed away yesterday morning.  She was in our ward in Boise, and also a member of my bookclub.  She will be so missed.  She was lots of fun...cheery and bright.  She had dealt with many things, including the passing of her husband several years ago.  So I think she is happy to have joined him.  And her parents.  She always talked of them fondly.
I never used to think much about dying.  That has changed since I had my near miss with the pulmonary embolism.  I think how little time there is left and I hope I can finish the work I am here to do.  I really have a feeling I need to get back into family history work.  I have tried a few times, but I get kind of bogged down when I try to research my dad's line.  I need to visit the family history library and get some help.  I am sure that much can be done.  So.....Tuesday.  I will go on Tuesday and see what I can accomplish.  Maybe every Tuesday, until I know how to do it on my own.  I think there is a class.  I will see.
I feel like painting is another area I need to pursue.  I am a little.  And I have a class coming up in Salt Lake City from Nov.30 to December 5.  I am excited to take this class as it is with the same man who I took from in the Spring.  He is so knowledgeable about naturalistic painting.  He really knows how to mix paint and also how to draw.  He is 82 and travels around the country giving classes.  I figure I'd better learn from him while he is still able to do that.
Anyway, I'd better get on with my morning.  I hope that you have a lovely Sabbath Day where ever you may find yourself on this amazing planet!  Melody

Wednesday, October 14, 2015


Hola!  Things are going well here in my hundred acre wood.  For one thing we still have blue skies.  But looking toward Boise you can see the smoke.
It is really bad.  I had to go into Boise this morning for book club.  I loved book club, but the smoke made me kind of ill.

 I got to leave though, while all of those people that live there are suffering in the smoke.  I had sort of hoped the fire season was over, but I guess I was wrong about that!
Book club was interesting.  We discussed the book by Harper Lee, "Go Set a Watchman".  It was an interesting book.  Apparently it was written before "To Kill a Mockingbird" and it had very little editing.  It was interesting to see how she wrote in kind of a rough draft sort of way.  And we learned a few Truman Capote was her neighbor and they were good friends.  Anyway, it is always interesting in our book club.  I so enjoy being with these women.  But it was a little sad, as one of our members who is 85 is in the hospital with some serious issues.  I have always enjoyed her insights, especially as she remembers the 2nd world war.  She has interesting views.  I hope she can get well again.  It's a hard thing for her I know.
Our shop is gradually coming together.  Today we had firemen.  The fire alarm went off and they all showed up, but no one could figure out why the alarm sounded.  Mel is still at work waiting for the fire alarm people to come to check things out.  I hope they can get it solved.
I am doing OK.  I came home early today and climbed in bed for a couple of hours.  I am trying not to catch Mel's cold.  He was feeling awful today.  I tried to keep him home, but he doesn't feel like he can take time off.  So I guess he'll have to take some time off tomorrow.  We'll see.  It's hard to be the one in charge.  He does have good help though, so maybe he will get a break.
We have started "ponderizing" like they talked about in conference.  My scripture is Moroni 7:48.  "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure."  I love this scripture, so it is a good one to memorize and ponder.  I like the idea of having good thoughts to go to when life gets hard....or just to have in your thoughts.  It should be a good new scripture every week to memorize and ponder.  "Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly."  This should help.
I hope all is well in cyberspace.  I'm pulling for you!  We're all in this together!  Take care.  Melody

Thursday, October 8, 2015

A Bay of a Different Sort...not Half Moon or Sunset....

Good evening!  It has been a busy day here.  I think we have moved everything from the old shop to the new one.  Not an easy task by any stretch of the imagination.  But it is starting to come together.  And all of the machines are ready for the electrician to come and do the final hook up.  He was supposed to come today, but he is busy too.  So maybe tomorrow.  Here is a photo of what those big machines look like in our bigger shop.  I think it is a huge improvement!  This is just one bay.  We have another bay for his machine shop and assembly area.  I'll take a picture when it is near completion.

I spent the day organizing Mel's office.  Putting away files, setting up the computer, making a general nuisance of myself as I couldn't lift the heavy things and had to keep asking for help.  But his office is almost functional.  I had to try to set up the internet.  It shouldn't be that hard, but for some reason it is.  I have talked to three different companies now.  I hope one of them comes through for me soon!
It is cute how our employees are excited about the move too.  They are all offering opinions about how things should be organized, and what to do for decorations.  I went and got a popcorn machine to surprise them all tomorrow.  I think it will be a fun thing.  I also got an electric water warmer.  It is a little bit of a compromise on my part.  A few of them want a coffee maker, and I just couldn't bring myself to promote that.  I figure hot water is a concession.  They can get soup and hot chocolate, and tea and coffee if they want.
I guess I am not used to working a full day.  I worked until about 3, and then I came home and took a power nap, before going back at 4:30.  I could have just stayed home, but Mel seems to need the moral support.  And I enjoy the social aspect of it all.
Anyway, that is life here today.  Nothing too earth shattering.  I am thankful for that.  I have had enough earth shattering things for a while.  I hope all is happy and well in your neck of the internet.  Take care!!!!  Melody

Monday, October 5, 2015

Tater Tots

So once again I am up when I should be asleep.  I guess this is more normal than I wish to admit.  But it's a good time to blog.  So here goes.
We had a good Sunday.  It was so nice to watch conference, but we had a call in the middle of the morning session that we were needed as grandparents, so we left to get our sweet grandson Taylor.  He is such an amazing young man!  And we had a lovely rest of the day with him to keep us company.  He is still full of information.  And I enjoy hearing it.  He was talking about world leaders and how he didn't like Hitler.  He said, "Hitler was a democrat!"  I said, "Oh, maybe you mean he was a demagogue, or a despot, or some other d word."  He said, "No, I'm pretty sure he was a democrat.  He was really bad."  I said, "Well, a democrat is someone who believes that everyone should have a say in the government."  And he said, "Oh."  Mel said, "Maybe you mean a dictator."  Tay said, "Yes, that's it!  A dictator!"  Then Mel got a little grin on his face.  "You know what they call a dictator's children?" Taylor looked puzzled.  "No."  Mel laughed and then said, "Tater tots!"  We all laughed at that one.  He does keep us laughing!  The grandkids especially like to talk with him.  He makes up funny tales.  The other day he and Ellen were talking about the car next to us in traffic.  Ellen thought it was crazy that the license plate was from Texas.  Mel said, "They must be Texa-gees (like refugees)."  And he and Ellen made up a whole dialogue about those poor Texagees and how hard it would be to have to relocate in another state.  Just silly talk....and I love it.  One of my favorite children's books is "Rain Makes Applesauce" where they talk about silly talk.  That's a good read.
So I especially was impressed with President Monson in conference.  He is similar to my dad in age.  I know how hard it must be for him to stand and speak.  He is amazing to even attempt it, and he did so well.  I worried he might faint on the stand.  I was glad that he made it through both talks.  He still has such a powerful message.  He is a great leader.
I also enjoyed Elder Holland's talk about mothers.  He sure knows how to speak!  Here's a link. Elder Holland  I am so glad for inspired leaders.
Well, I guess I will go try to get some sleep before I have to be up for the day.  Adios!  Melody

Friday, October 2, 2015

Lunch on Tuesday

Good day!  We are still moving machines....or rather Mel is.  I am just being nervous.  I will be glad when they are all safely moved.  Yesterday they moved four of the big injection machines.  Today they are moving the largest injection machine.  And I suppose the other machining tools.  I haven't been over there yet.  I went swimming for exercise, but also to relieve stress.  It was a good class.  And afterwards a couple of the ladies wanted me to know that they always meet for lunch on the first Tuesday of the month!  And so I am invited since I have been coming regularly. :)  I think that is cute.  And it is sort of typical of this group of ladies.  They are really very social.  The exercise is a side line I guess.  Not that they are not serious about exercising, but they talk a lot!  And sometimes I feel rude...either to the teacher for listening to the other ladies, or to the ladies for listening to the teacher.  It is kind of funny!  I do think the exercise is helping though.  I am feeling stronger!
I am reading a book for book club.  It is titled, "Go Set a Watchman" by Harper Lee.   It is not as good as "To Kill a Mockingbird", but it is still good.  She has a wonderful way with words.  And I listen to it on Audible as I am driving around.  That version is narrated by Reese Witherspoon.  She does well with it.  I love the southern accent!  I find that I really enjoy listening to books.  And I like the app. to listen.  I usually get books on Kindle and they offer the audible version for a discounted rate.  Anyway, I am enjoying the book.
Well, I guess I am going to mosey on down to the and old...and see how things are progressing.  I think this is all very exciting.  I will be so glad for a new space.  We will have heat!  Our old shop didn't and we were always buying another space heater trying to heat up our warehouse, so our employees wouldn't freeze.  This is such an improvement!!!  And of course I have been scouting around for a corner to put my paints.  I would love to have a painting space.  Anyway....hope all is happy and bright!!!  Melody

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Persian Blue

Good morning!  Today is moving day for our business.  We turned off the power to our machines yesterday, and Mel and the other men began moving all of the wiring to the other building.  Today the electrician will hook up all the electricity at the new building and then carefully hook up each machine as they move it over.  I think we are all a little nervous about this.  Last time we moved, a machine went off balance and fell....luckily not hitting anyone.  But it pretty well destroyed the control box on the machine, which Mel spent months repairing.  So I am hoping and praying that all goes well without any accidents.
My job is to contact all of the utilities and get them changed into our company name.  I would have done this sooner, but we only got our permission to occupy yesterday from the city.  It shouldn't be too difficult.  I am happy to be a part of the process.  It is kind of exciting.  I will have to take some photos to add later.  I really haven't taken too many....except one I took last night of Mel snoring on the couch.  It was so funny!  But I erased it and promised I would not post it anywhere:)  He is pretty tired these days.  I will be glad for him when this is done.
I have been thinking I should write just a little about my new art teacher.  He is an interesting man.  I like him.  I found out last class that he served in Viet Nam.  I think it may have left him with an interesting speech pattern.  At any rate he reminds me of a comic that used to be popular.  He would pronounce words not quite accurately.  It would change the meaning slightly and make it seem funny and unexpected.  My teacher doesn't take it quite that far.  But he does have interesting pronunciations.  For example...paint colors.  It is Persian blue, yellow orchid and Napoleon yellow.  At first I thought they were new colors I hadn't heard of yet.  But it is Prussian blue, yellow ochre, and Naples yellow.  It makes me smile as I write this.  He is such a nice man.  He is a minister to two different church congregations.  He is not preachy, but definitely kind.  I think life has been hard for him.  He had a good job before the recession, but the plant closed, so now he is a janitor at the VA hospital in town.  I am enjoying getting to know him.  And I do think I am learning a few things.  One is that I should just paint what I want and discard all of those educated voices from school.  Not that I should ignore them completely, but I need to realize that art is individual.  I keep trying to please all of those old teachers....who are no longer in my world at all and never even see what I paint.  This man paints beautiful scenes, and he makes many of them up in his head.  It is amazing to me.  Anyway, just thought it was interesting how we are all so individual while being so similar.
So I had better get on with my day.  I hope all is happy and well in cyberspace!  Melody