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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Time For Thinking

July 29, 2014

Good morning.  The sun is shining, and the rain has passed us by.  Yesterday's storms missed us, but a tornado did touch down not far from here in Revere, which is east of Boston.  Here, we only got a little bit of light rain, and only for a few hours in the morning.

Well, yesterday, I got caught up on washing all the scatter rugs.  I'll wait till all the vacuuming is done before putting them down.  Maybe later today.  I'm going to have to put the AC back on because it is getting warm in here.  I'd leave it on low but once the air is cool my legs ache.  So then I shut it off for a while.  Hmmm, just can't seem to win this one.

I've been doing a bit of thinking lately, and I doubt I will wait till November to retire.  I'm thinking that now is probably a good time to do this.  In a way, this is unfortunate because I really do enjoy my job.  I just don't like the high stress level and the lack of support that we get from the "family".  Their response has been "you get paid to put up with her nastiness."

Sorry.  I don't believe that is true at all.  We are there to take care of her and make life easier for her.  But, the family should still be more involved and help make things a bit easier for the caretakers.  It's not going to happen though, and the stress is not good for my health.  Therefore, it's getting easier to make my decision about retirement.

I called out this past Sunday night, and believe me my stress level was way down.  Pogo's stress level was way down too.  On weekends, he sticks by my feet like we're glued together because he knows I will be leaving to go to work.  Sunday night, he slept peacefully like a baby.  God bless this little guy.

Today I have a few adorable images from the web to share.  The first two remind me of Pogo, and the last one is just the cutest kitty.




Now it's time to get dressed.  I need to put the mail out before the mail lady gets here.  Gotta get those bills paid!   Actually, I'm very thankful that I'm here and able to pay those bills!!!

On this happy note, I shall take my leave.  Till tomorrow, Y'all have a magnificent day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Wow! 116 And Still Looking Good!

July 28, 2014

Good morning.  Goodie goodie!  It's gray and wet outside my door.  There's even a little breeze coming in.  Oops, I spoke a bit soon.  On TV, they are giving us a "severe thunderstorm warning".  The temps today should be around 79 - 80 degrees with rain.  Well, right now it is quite nice.

So, how did it go at work last night?  It didn't.  I called out.  Yesterday my heart did not seem to be beating right and I felt it was best not to go in to work.  I think it was mostly all due to the humidity and the anticipation of a bad night.  At my age, I'm not taking any chances with my health.

I spent most of yesterday resting. About the only thing I accomplished was a load of laundry and a few rows on  the new crochet project.  Now I'm looking at my calendar, and I need to spend some time finishing up the navy blue afghan if I want to get if finished this month. 

Can you believe it?  July is almost over!!  Just three more days left in this month.  It's time to make a list of the stash in my "gift drawer" and see what I still need to get my holiday shopping done.  Most of my stuff has to be in the mail by the first of December, so finishing up early is a must.

Folks, I have to share this wonderful article that was in the news this past week.  Meet Bernice Madigan.  She's the oldest person in Massachusetts, and has just celebrated her 115th birthday.  WOW!  (information from iBerkshires.com)


She is the fifth oldest person in the world.  Bernice was born on July 24, 1899 in West Springfield, MA.  William McKinley was president of the 45 states of America at that time.  She graduated Adams High School in 1918, and worked as a secretary for the Veteran's Administration and Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. before returning to Massachusetts with her husband, Paul.

The couple was married for 50 years when he died in 1976.  Bernice credits her longevity to not having any children.  The world's oldest living person is a woman in Japan, who is 116 years old.  Let's all join in and wish Bernice a super Happy Birthday!!

Well, that tops any news I might have, so I think I'll go to the kitchen and make a cup of coffee.  I need to wash a few scatter rugs, so now is a good time to do that too.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a wonderful day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Let's Play Ball!

July 27, 2014

Good morning.  Tis a bit cloudy at the moment, but that could change soon.  We are expecting some rain along the way today and tonight.  The temperature today is supposed to be around 78 to 80, which is pretty nice for summer. 

It's also grandson Stephen's birthday today.  Pogo and I are wishing you a fabulous day Stevie.  We love you.  Happy Birthday!!

Yesterday, Pogo and I slept in a bit in the morning before getting ready for a big day out.  We were going to pick up Kevin and take him to his baseball game a little after noontime.  And we did, and we got us a whole lot of fun photos.

Today I'm going to have fun with the photos.  From where I was sitting, I did not have a good view of the home plate, but I had a fabulous view of the rest of the playing field.  So, here's our fabulous Kevin making his way around the bases. 
 
Trying to steal second base from first base
                                       
Oops!  Still safe!

On the way to second base

Safe! 

Making a dash for third base

Safe!
 
Crossing home plate. Way to go Kevin!! 

And of course, this is our handsome Kevin doing his best not to smile.  Eventually though, he couldn't hold out and gave us a wicked nice grin.


This morning, I'm doing the laundry that I should have been doing these last couple of days.  Got to have clean clothes to wear to work tonight.  Ugh, there's that bad word again, w-o-r-k!  Tonight is a work night, and I'm not looking forward to it. 

I just know the Mrs will not be in a very nice mood tonight.  All those ideas I gave to her son last week, and still no one has gone by to take her out anywhere.  I did a search on Google to find out what is available at the Senior Center in her town, but there is very little information on-line.  It lists a lot of things for active adults, but nothing for the less active elderly.  Maybe it takes phone calls to see what is available.

Anyway, since I started typing this post, the sun has come and there is a nice little breeze.  It's time for me to get dressed and get started on this beautiful new day.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a magnificent day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, July 25, 2014

What A Gorgeous Morning!!

July 25, 2014

Good morning everybody.  It's such a beautiful morning outside.  In a few minutes, I'll open the door and let some of the cool air in.  Hmmm, you know, life is short so I'll just go open the door now.

I'm back, and that cool air feels wonderful.  I also took a moment to text my daughter Audrey in Virginia to make sure all is well in her area.  A wicked nasty tornado tore through a campground near where she lives, killing one couple and seriously injuring one of their children.

Yesterday, Pogo and I went to visit with DIL Janet, and brought her lunch.  One of her kitties was not so thrilled about seeing Pogo, so we had to put that kitty outside till it was time for Pogo and I to leave.  Sorry pussycat!

Later in the afternoon, I took Joe food shopping, and then it was time to start supper.  Hmmm, somehow I never got around to doing the laundry.  Oh well.

Last night, I worked for a while on a new crochet project.  No, the last two afghans are not finished, but I'm getting there.  I just needed a break for a while with a new project.  It's a little blanket with a variation of the afghan pattern that I've been using and only one strand of yarn.  Gosh, it feels so light compared to the afghans.

Today, I have some photos from our veggie garden to share.  So far, we have tomatoes and yellow summer squash growing.  Also notice the little white flower on the green pepper plant?  Yum, I love green peppers.




 There's not much more news for this morning.  I need to do a few little things around here and then get ready for my morning appointment at the nail salon.  I do like pretty nails.  Makes me feel pretty.  Enough babble.  Till Sunday, Y'all have a fabulous weekend.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Happy Belated Gorgeous Grandma Day!!


July 24, 2014

Good morning. The cooler air this morning feels oh so good.  It is supposed to stay in the 70's all day and drop down to around 69 tonight.  My kind of weather!

Did you know that yesterday was Gorgeous Grandma Day?  My daughter Deanne heard it on the radio, and emailed me a happy greeting.  So for all us beautiful grannies, I'm wishing us all a Happy Belated Gorgeous Grandma Day!!

I guess getting a head start on cooking supper isn't always a good thing.  Not only did I cook it a day early this week, but as I prepared for my visit with daughter in law yesterday I got a phone call.  Janet would not be coming this day either.  She fell and sprained her ankle, and had to go to the hospital, and then hone to bed for a couple of days. 

So, in a little while, Pogo and I will take a ride over to Janet's house to make sure she is okay, and have us a nice little visit.  And for sure, we'll be bringing her a nice big bowl of last night's supper!!

I have a couple of birdie photos taken from our kitchen window last evening.  We have a whole new crop of babies learning how to fly and feed themselves, and it is just wonderful watching them.




Well, that's it for this morning.  I have a couple of things to do before Pogo and I head out.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Today Is Going To Be Another Steamer!

July 23, 2014

Good morning.  It's early, but Pogo insisted I get up so that he could eat his breakfast.  So the good mama got up and got him some breakfast, which of course he only had one little bite and decided to go back to bed.  (Yup, it was dog food!  How dare I!!!)

I would love to hop back in for a few more winks, but first I want to get a few little things done before the heat sets in later this morning.  At the moment, it is 69 F degrees, but it is going up to 90 F degrees later this morning. 

Tomorrow, though, is supposed to be just fabulous at 71 F degrees.  I guess we can thank a cold front for coming through and bringing us the cooler temps, even if only for one day.  Anything strenuous I may have planned for today can wait until tomorrow. 

I have some photos of some of the ducks (and ducklings) at our park.  There were lots of new little ducks there including a few fuzzy babies.




There was one duck there that I thought was just ever so cute.  It would come closer to us (wanting some of the bread that we were tossing out) and turn it's head sideways as if to say "Could I have some, please?"


And while everyone was having fun tossing the bread out for all the ducks and geese, Pogo was having himself a grand time watching all the antics.


Do I ever let him out to walk around?  Yes, I do, but not when I am trying to take photos.  He is very quick, and it is difficult to keep one eye on him while trying to look through the camera.  I would take his play yard tent with us, but there is just sooooo much goose poop everywhere. 

Tomorrow I'll have more photos for you.  Today I'll share a funny story with you.  Well, some think it's funny.  For me, yesterday, it was not so funny.  Remember I posted yesterday that I was cooking supper early so that I would have more time to sit and enjoy my visit with my daughter in law?

Well, I did cook it.  And about two hours later I found out that it was only Tuesday, not Wednesday.  Janet comes over on Wednesdays.   I think by not working this past Sunday, my brains got a bit scrambled and I got somewhat confused about what day it was.  Well, all is not lost.  Once the food was cooled, I put it in the refrigerator and we'll have it tonight.

Anyway, I've been rambling on enough.  Now I think I'll take my coffee and watch the Weather Channel for a while.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I'm Running A Wee Bit Late Today


July 22, 2014

Good afternoon.  Wow, did I sleep last night into this morning.  Well, except for the few hours I was awake during the night.  I settled in to watch  bit of TV a little before 8 p.m. last night, and awoke around midnight.  After that, I got a cold bottle of water and settled in to watch some TV and crochet for a few hours. 

Around 5 a.m. my little eyes closed and only woke at  8 a.m to feed Pogo, then not again till noon.  I think all the fresh air and tootling around yesterday plum wore me out.  But I must say, it was well worth it.

Around noon, Pogo and I did an errand, then went to the park to meet up with Deanne and all the kids.  We had a wonderful time there, feeding the ducks and geese.  Of course, I got me some new photos too.  When we left the park, we all went to Dairy Queen for some delicious ice cream.  Yum!

Once we got home, I took a few photos of the gardens, and then sat down to check some emails.  The phone rang, and it was a friend that I haven't seen in a couple of years.  She had recently celebrated her 78th birthday, and was thinking how nice that some of us were still here. 

Pogo and I popped back into the car and headed off to her house.  And she was definitely right.  It is nice to see that some of our circle are still here.  We had a super nice visit, and after about an hour an a half, Pogo and I made our way back home. 

Once I have a chance to go through the new photos and crop a few, I'll be able to share them here.  For now, I do have a photo that a friend sent that I thought would be nice to share with you.  The photo was taken by daughter Audrey's friend, Wanda.  Just recently, this is what Wanda found in her yard one morning when she came out of her house. 


Isn't this little one just darling?  I just hope his mommy remembered where she'd left him.  Or maybe he just wandered off.  Either way, I hope he was reunited with his family.  Wanda, thank you so much for sharing your photo.

Speaking of deer, the news lately has made me so mad!  Our Legislature is putting together a bill to make it legal to kill off some of our deer population.  They say that there are just too many deer, and they are becoming a real nuisance to the people who live in some towns and cities.

I am outraged because I believe we should get rid of some of the population that is crowding in and taking over the little bits of land that are set aside for the deer to live on.  I will stop here, because this can put me on a real rant, and it is too hot to start my ranting.  Maybe I'll save it for another day.

I do have a nice tip for you today.  This idea is for when you run out of places to garden, and you still want to plant more.  It is called a SHOE ORGANIZER HER GARDEN.  For materials you will need (a) cloth shoe organizer,  (b)potting soil or compost,  (c) rod, hooks or nails for hanging,and (d) herbs or plants of your choice.

Step 1 - Check the  drainage of the pouches by pouring in some water.  If there is not sufficient drainage in the fabric, poke a few small holes in the bottom of each pouch.

Step 2 - Fill the pouches with soil or compost, but leave about an inch between the top of the pouch and the soil.  Add the herbs, plants or seeds.  Now just watch them grow.

Step 3 - Optional - Make little name tags to attach to the front of the pouches with the name of the plant.

Here are a couple of photos to show you what this will look like when it is finished.



I do not have a shoe organizer, but I think I will buy one so that I can try this out.  The dwarfs do a lot of cooking, and this would be perfect for them.

Well, now it's time for me to get busy here and start some supper for tonight.  I like to get it out of the way early so that I can sit back and enjoy my visit with my daughter in law.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a most wonderful day.

Hugs, Edna B.