Thursday, June 25, 2009


Today has been one of feelings. Nothing more than that. Michael Jackson died today, and I think Farrah Fawcett died yesterday. These two actors were icons as I was growing up. Michael Jackson's music is what I danced to back in my twenties. Wow, an era has gone by. Now my own son is twenty.

I also just want to take a moment here and say that I am extremely embarrassed about asking for money for the tortillas at dad's party. Normally, I never would do that. I usually don't take leftovers home either. As a matter of fact, I left the extra tortillas and a multitude of sour cream and thought nothing of it. I guess I just was thinking about how I bought too many of those good tortillas from Taco Time that others might want to buy a package. I should have kept my mouth shut because it has bothered me ever since. I am sorry - so very sorry.

Also, I am sorry I didn't help clean up. I was really hurting that day, but that is no excuse. I should have helped. I will make more of an effort to do so at future family functions. I feel sometimes like the family talks behind my back about my lack of ettiquette. (Probably not true, it's just my own lack of confidence/esteem.) I do apologize and hope that you all will forgive me.

I love you all very much and would not ever intentionally hurt anyone's feelings. If I have offended anyone, I apologize. Life is too short to carry the pain.

Love, Mel

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Dad's 80th Birthday Party

I knew today would be a better day, in spite of the rain. So we didn't get to swim. The small children didn't seem to mind swimming in the rain. After all, the pool was 95 degrees. As usual, Shane and Deb were the perfect hosts. Everything was so nice from the Mexican Fiesta decorations to the wonderful food buffet of Mexican tacos, fruit salad, virgin margaritas, and many many desserts. Shoni had prepared a wonderful photo video of dad's life and with Shane's help it was set to music. In fact, it was Jim Reeve's music and singing - one of dad's favorite and one that I remember when I was growing up. We saw so many people from my childhood. The Eubanks, the Yates, the Lunts, Sheryl Bohn, dad's sister Liz, and so many more. It was wonderful to see them. I think dad enjoyed his party. We sure enjoyed giving it to him.

Friday, June 19, 2009

A Day of Bad Luck

I kept wondering if today was Friday the 13th or something. I got to work and my boss called. He sounded awful. He said he had been up all night in the ER. His wife and son have the swine flu. Of course we all worried about that. Everyone is taking precautions at work. Then I got a call from one of the area office coordinators that I work with. He and his wife just bought 4 wheelers for the summer and wanted to try them out this last weekend. His wife crashed, broke her arm and pelvis. He was trying to work and go to the hospital to see her. Another secretary that I work with - her father passed away. After that phone call, someone saw our senior missionary on a stretcher. He had just passed my desk an hour before and now he was having a heart attack. Then Malek called me and said that Discover Card had won the battle and he was no longer eligible for unemployment benefits. Hello - what a day!

I am so looking forward to seeing the family tomorrow for Dad's birthday party. I know it has to be a better day.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


It's official - I have entered the world of technology. I'm a blogger. Having been an avid reader of my brother Evan's blog, I have found it an interesting way to keep a life journal. I would like to begin today. Today I created and formatted my official blog. I hope it looks ok, I kind of like it.