Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year ....2016!!!!

Happy New Year!  We're enjoying the relatively warm weather here in Oregon. The weatherman says it is record cold temps here but there is no snow and the grass is green and 30 degree temps don't seem that bad!  I really like it here!  It's even warmer by the coast...40's!  We'll have to take a drive over there soon. Maybe I can get some good reference pictures for painting!  
Right now we are watching Dick Clarks New Year celebration on tv. We all agree that we kind of prefer Big Band music. Oh well. I do like Pentatonix. I guess they come on next. I sure think the programs have become less entertaining!!!
So I hope wherever you are in this crazy world that you have a very merry new year.  Keep your stick on the ice!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

On the Road Again!


We're on our way to my dad's house.  We're taking him back after a very enjoyable Christmas break. We may stay awhile. His wife is very ill and needs full time care. Her daughters are so busy with her care. We're thinking maybe we can help by being there for my dad. I hope we can work things out. I'd love to spend some time with him. Mel can do design work on his laptop and keep his eye on things from a distance for a while. We're still muddling this over trying to work out the details. 
Right now we are driving by the Columbia River. It is so beautiful!!!
The snow is falling on the Washington side of the river and dusting the trees so that they look frosted. I enjoy this drive once we get to the river. We will soon reach Portland and then we have about 3 more hours to go. He lives near Roseburg. 
Well just thought I should write a bit. It all goes by so quickly!  HAVVVGW!!!!  Melody 

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas!  It is a lovely snowy, fog-filled day here in our little high plains desert.  I like fog.  I don't care for inversions though, and we may be having one here for a little bit.  I hope it is very short.
I have been sorting through old school work....paintings, and prints, and photos.  It has been fun.  I wanted to find a couple of gifts for Christmas...and I did! A print I made in my printmaking class.  It makes me feel good to be giving something I made:)
I have orange rolls raising too.  I wanted to go by my sister's and visit with my dad.  He has been staying there for about a week now.  It's so nice to have him close.  I guess Mel and I will be taking him back to Oregon next week.  I am looking forward to a bit of a trip.  We will probably spend a day or two at the coast.  For me that is like a reboot.  I feel so connected to nature by the sea.
I am feeling good....I feel so blessed.  Mel is well too.  So we are having a merry, merry Christmas. We are blessed with kind and good children and grandchildren.  We hope all is merry and bright with you and yours.  And that the Spirit of Christmas abides in your home this year and forever.  Here's a link to expand on that.  Spirit of Christmas  Take care!!!!!  Melody

Monday, December 14, 2015

Good morning!

Good merry morning!  It's a stormy morning here with lots of rain. Which is a good thing. I'm trying to talk myself into going to my swimming class. I'm feeling much better but I am still very tired. I may wait until Wednesday to start back again. It sounds nice to take it easy. 
Choir practice was good yesterday so I am feeling like they'll be ready for next week's program. That is a real stress for me right now, so I hope I can calm my nerves on that one. I'm trying to follow the doctors advise. 
Anyway just sending out some cheery wishes for a happy day in cyberspace. HAVVVGW!!!  Melody 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Another Day in Paradise

Gluten abend!  It's been another interesting day. I've had some mild chest pain for the last few days so I decided I'd better check it out. It felt very similar to when I had that pulmonary embolism a couple of years ago. So I dropped into the Quick Care Clinic.  They sent me to the ER, and after a CT scan EKG and an X- Ray I got a clean bill of health. Apparently I'm fine ...which is great. But it is weird to have symptoms and no reason for them. Although they had a list of possibilities on my discharge papers. One was stress which would make sense I guess.   I do tend to worry...about everything!!!! ;)
So I have done some more work on my painting. I made the woman taller and more in proportion.  I worked on waves.  I got frustrated with sand.  I think I am going to paint in a log and some birds. I feel good about it for the most part. I enjoy this scene!

I think I have made some improvements from when I first started painting again ...about six years ago. 
Anyway I am grateful for good or at least fair health and kind and loving family and friends. Have a good night or day or whatever it is out there in cyberspace!!!!  Melody

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Ain't Life Grand!

Hola!  I am happy to be home this evening.  But it has been a great day!  It started with a Christmas breakfast party for Book Club at Marie Callendar's.  We had fun visiting.  One of my friends told us a funny story.  She had been asked a couple of months ago to speak at the stake Relief Society Christmas dinner.  But in the mean time her life has been filled with all of the normal and even a few unusual happenings of life, and she forgot.  She went to the dinner totally unprepared to speak.  But being the amazing person that she is, she spoke anyway on the assigned topic of shepherds in Israel.  Luckily it was a topic she has some knowledge of.  But she felt bad that she hadn't been reminded of the event and her part in it.  Then she found out she had been reminded several times....on Facebook. And unfortunately it isn't a place she visits very I guess the moral of the story is....if you want those 60 and older to be notified of anything, Facebook is not a reliable messenger!
We also talked about how we are all growing older rather quickly...and we should plan now to be in the same assisted living we can still hold book club! :)  I guess it would make it much nicer to be in a place where you had friends.
We had fun sharing Christmas stories, but the best one was written by a friend of ours...Renee Hawkley.  She wrote a book about Mom throwing spaghetti...a personal experience of mine.
But she has written many other things.  This short essay was about what would Mary do if she was living in the 21st century.  It was very tongue in cheek, and we all had a good laugh. But it made me think how very thankful I am that Mary accepted her calling as the mother of Christ.  She was a noble woman!
It was a good reminder.
I intended to paint a little today.  But instead I went with Mel to get parts for a machine.  I am glad I can do that.  And I will get back to my painting.  I think I need to think about it some more.  Originally I had intended to put many people in the painting.  But I kind of like how it creates a mood with only one person.  So I may perfect that person and add a dog, a log, and some seagulls.  Or not.  I definitely need to decide one way or another.
Tonight I think we will put out the Christmas decorations.  We have a concert or a play every other night.  It sure got busy around here!
So I hope all is happy and well out in cyberspace!   Melody

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Saturday Evening Post

Good evening!  I thought I would share an affirmative moment. It felt very good. We were at the empty nesters dinner tonight. There is a new lady in our ward from Walnut Creek who came tonight. I have really wanted to talk with her, especially since I found out she married one of the Pickett boys that I knew in San Lorenzo!  So we got talking and we found we had so much in common. We are both the same age, lived in many of the same places and both miss the ocean!  I told her I was working on a picture of the ocean and it helped a little. I showed her my latest progress picture. She said, Oh that's so beautiful!  Where is that?  ". I told her Sunset Bay and that I still wasn't finished painting it. Then she said, "You're painting this?  This is a painting?  I thought it was a photo!"  That made me feel rather good. I guess I enjoy it when other people like my work;). So I had to write it down so I don't forget!
It was sure a fun dinner!  It was 4 courses!  Soup, fruit salad, salmon with potatoes and veggies and homemade roll, and finally chocolate mousse. I only ate half of everything...except dessert:)
So now I am cooking eggs and potatoes for tomorrow when the missionaries come for dinner. It has to be made ahead as I have a short choir practice after church and the missionaries have a meeting at six. Anyway it should be fine. I am just nervous... I tend to be a worrier. 
So good night. I hope all is well in cyberspace!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Sneak Peek

Greetings!  I made a slight bit of progress today on this painting.  I worked on the sand mostly, but then I got brave and painted in a granddaughter. :)  It needs work, but I am feeling good about this painting.  It is definitely getting more challenging.
It has been a good day today.  I went to my water aerobics class and had a very good workout.  It is so nice that I can still move in the water.  Then I went with Mel to the Olive Garden for lunch.  We haven't been there for a while.  It was so yummy.  Then I painted for a few hours, then I met my sister in Boise.  We had a good visit.
Now I am home, and that really does feel great.  Mel should be coming home soon.  I am glad for the weekend!  We have an empty nesters dinner tomorrow night.  We are having salmon....caught in Alaska by some of the guys in our group.  So that will be a treat.  Sunday we have the missionaries here for dinner.  So life just keeps on keeping on.
I hope all is happy and bright for you in cyberspace!   Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVGN!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Shadowy progress

Good evening!  Things continue to be busy. That's good I think. Today I painted for a couple of hours. It may not seem like much progress, but it's a big hurdle for me. I got very nervous about getting the water right, especially the shadows. So that's pretty much all I did. It feels good like I got it right. So next is sand and people.
I am enjoying working on this painting. It reminds me of our family reunion that we had here and other trips we have taken to this area. I like feeling like I am painting a memory. 
I am saddened by a report of another shooting. It really does seem like something more should be done to prevent such incidents. I really don't understand why it keeps happening!
Anyway...I hope life is kind to you wherever you are in cyberspace. Keep your stick on the ice!!!