Wednesday, April 5, 2017

What's New...how is the world treating you?

Good merry morning!  I am trying to be better about blogging.  I used to blog most every day, but life has gotten busy and I seem to always be rushing.  So it is good to slow down for just a few minutes and write about what is going on in my life.  Every day my dad asks, "What's new?"  And then he sings, "How is the world treating you?"  It must be an old song that he remembers.  I think the next line is, "You haven't changed a bit..." I just looked it up.  It's an old Billie Holiday song. Here's a link if you want to read the whole thing.  http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/billieholiday/whatsnew.html  I like that he is full of memories of old tunes.  It makes him happy I think.  He was one of the lucky ones...able to work at a career that he loved.  He was a high school music teacher.  But he played in a jazz band when I was little.  And his high school jazz band was always pretty special.  One year he took them to a competition in Belgium.  I think that was the highlight of his career.  He still talks about how not many band teachers took their jazz band to Europe!
Today is kind of my day off.  My little sister usually comes over once a week on Wednesday to visit with my dad.   It is good to have a day for doing my own stuff.  Today I guess it will be to find a storm door for our back door.  We just had the wood floor refinished a couple of weeks ago.  But last week we had a windy storm that blew rain under our door and soaked the floor by the door.  I think it will have to be replaced :(  It is warped and uneven now.  But in the mean time we need to put in a better storm block.  It's supposed to rain again tomorrow.  We often get bad winds here.  But the one last week was incredible.  The weather here continues to be unsettled.  But we are getting some sunshine, and mostly it is in the 50's and 60's.
We were supposed to be leaving for Kansas City tomorrow to visit our daughter's family.  But Mel has a new machine arriving at work today.  They weren't expecting it until next week.  It will really be a boon for his business.  They are so busy and this machine will help take some of the pressure off.    It's an Arburg plastic injection molding machine.  It is big!  I think it weighs 16 tons!  He has to arrange to have it unloaded off of the truck and he is probably going to have to find a crane, as the fork lifts he can find aren't rated for that much weight.  Sigh!  There's always something challenging. We will have to reschedule for Kansas City.
Another daughter has started working for Alaska Airlines and one of the perks of her job is that her parents can fly free stand by.  I am excited about this.  But it will be tricky to try to get away with Mel working hard and his business growing.  However I'm not complaining.  I think it will be fun when we can find some time to sneak away.
As far as my art work goes...there isn't any right now.  I started sketching for a watercolor, but I haven't been able to get back to it.  I will.  But right now time is kind of crunched.  I have time in the evenings, but I am usually too tired to even think about painting.  Mornings I am usually rushing to get everything done around here.  Then I hurry over to Mel's work and help a little and then it is on to my dad's.  I am grateful for this time I have to be with him.  He is aging gracefully, although the memory thing can be a little funny at times.  He does pretty well for 94.
Well, I guess I had better get on with my day.  I hope all is well in cyberspace!!!!  Melody