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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Finally On The Mend

May 27, 2015

Good morning.  The sun is shining and there is a small breeze coming in from the storm door.  If it gets much warmer, we will have to close the window on the door and put on the A/C.  I need to keep the indoor air breathable.

Yesterday, I had a follow up appointment with my doctor, and yes, before the visit was over, the good doctor and I had a little chat.  The outcome was that I will get my reports on printed paper, and I'll be treated much quicker to when I first get sick instead of waiting for pneumonia to set in.   I explained my feelings and fears, and we were able to agree on many things.  It was a good visit.

I did learn that my allergies are what is making this thing last so long.  So I'll be using my nose sprays, etc. along with the A/C to make it easier to breathe.  I also feel better this morning.  I'm not ready for that cup of coffee yet, but I'm up and about, and it feels good.

Alas, these past couple of days, Joe has been sick with a cold.  I just hope he did not catch anything from me.  I purposely haven't spent very much time out in the main house this whole six and a half weeks.  Later today, I will attempt to take my car to Walmart to pick up my prescription refills, and whatever Joe might need to feel better.  If I can manage this, I'm definitely on the road to recovery!!

Sometime this week, I have a couple of boxes to take to the Post Office.  That will be another outing to look forward to.  Isn't it wonderful how little things like this can make us happy? 

I have a couple more fun household tips to share with you today.   The first one is:  To prevent the soil from escaping through the hole in the bottom of the flower pot, line the pot with a large coffee filter.

Also, to prevent potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag.  Hmmm, I'll have to try this one myself!

Well, that's all my wisdom for today.  It's almost time to raid the fridge for something tasty for Pogo's lunch.  Speaking of Pogo, I really do have to make an appointment at the beauty salon for my little guy.  He's beginning to look like a lion.  Plus with this hot weather, I'm sure he'll be much more comfortable with all that hair gone. 

So, till tomorrow, Y'all be safe, and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Progress Isn't Always Good For Everyone

May 26, 2015

Good morning.  Today is sunny and bright, and headed for the really warm temps this afternoon.  The weatherman says we might hit 90F degrees today.  It won't bother me.  There is A/C in the car for when I have to go out later to my doctor appointment.

I am going to have a serious chat with my doctor today.  I am in week seven of whatever it is that is keeping me down, and I just can't do this every time a new virus goes by my neighborhood.  His office has recently changed over to an all digital system, and I for one am not happy about that.  I used to get a typed letter after each appointment showing my health status.  The last time I went to see him, I did not get the letter.  Instead, I got an email (thank goodness I felt up to reading my emails that day)  telling me that if I want my status report that I can go online and sign up and read them on-line.  This is not what I am comfortable with.

I don't care what other folks do, but I don't want to be forced into doing all my banking and bill paying on-line, and I certainly don't want to read about my medical status on-line.    While progress might be good for most of us, I am saddened how it has made us so "in-human" and uncaring about personal feelings. 

The last time I saw my doctor, he was getting ready to write out a script for an antibiotic and he asked me what I was allergic to.  This surprised me, so I asked him why he didn't just look it up on my medical record.  He said that he couldn't do that because the system was being updated to the cloud.  I don't know about you, but this really upset me.  Because I was given a script for the wrong medicine that day, I did not get better, just worse.  This is good progress?

The other thing I want to discuss with him is why I have to be sick for a month before he will prescribe the medicine that will heal me.  I am not a drug addict.  I do not abuse drugs.  I don't even like taking them, and never have.   So now I'm wondering if the insurance companies have instructed him to slow down on giving out necessary drugs to the elderly.  We are old, so who cares?   He always seemed to be a good doctor, but now I think it is time for us to have an honest chat.

My appetite lately is horrid.  Most of the time, nothing appeals to me.  Once in a while, I can enjoy what I am eating, but most of the time I don't enjoy the food.  So, then I just skip the meal and grab a bottle of water.  Even my morning coffee tastes awful now, so I haven't had it in a while.  I did have an ice coffee from McDonalds the other day that tasted ever so good.   So maybe today I can get another one on the way home from the doctor's office.  (and maybe a hamburger for Pogo)

Enough from Miss Crabapples.  I have another image (from a friend)  to share with you.  This can make peeling onions a lot more pleasant.  If you wipe the counter (or table) area with white vinegar before peeling the onions, your eyes will not get all teary.

And here's another good kitchen tip.  Try using a large muffin pan when you are making stuffed peppers.  Stand the peppers up in the cups.  This helps to keep them upright.

Before I take my leave, I want to let everyone know that Kyra is beginning to feel a bit better now.  This is such wonderful news.  Don't overdo things, Kyra.  Just keep getting stronger. 

Well, that's about it for today.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all be safe, and have a wonderful day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day 2015

May 25, 2015

Good morning.  I've been up for a couple of hours now, trying to get my feet settled under me.  I feel okay, but the thought of drinking my cup of coffee is not feeling so good.  So, no coffee this morning.  I'll just stick with the spring water. 

Today is Memorial Day, and hopefully there will be lots of parades everywhere.  Also, I'm hoping that lots of people will be outside at these parades, watching and enjoying them.  It's sad to say, but as the "new" immigration population goes up, interest in our flag and the parades goes down.  We are being asked to fly different flags, and hold parades for different country celebrations instead of our own.  We are being asked not to sing the national anthem at sporting events.  Gosh, it seems we've lost so much of what we are all so proud of.  It makes me wonder why so many folks keep coming here to live.  Why not stay where they are if they don't like our ways?   (I take my observations from the communities around me, and by reading the newspaper and watching TV)

I don't want to be sounding like I don't like immigrants.  I like most anyone who can live with and respect others.   You are welcome to share in the bounties of my country.  But you must respect our laws, our right to our religions, our customs and holidays, our belief in God and our flag.  I don't think this is asking too much of anyone.  Anyone moving to my country must be moving here because what they are leaving behind is not so good.  So why are they trying to so hard to change my country to be like the one they left behind? 

Also, I think if someone is planning on living in this wonderful country of ours, they should learn to speak, read and write English, and become a citizen.  Show that they are proud to be here.  This is no less than what one of us would have to do in order to live in another country.  (learn their language and become a citizen)

Today we pay our respects to all those men and women who paid the highest price for our freedom.  As I look through my "family" book, it appears that most all of the men in my family served in the military to ensure that I (and you) would be free to live and love in this beautiful country.  The book has records going all the way to the 1600's.  Is it any wonder that I love my flag so?  Isn't this just the most beautiful sight?

I think I should take my leave here before I go off on a tangent.  My family is very patriotic.  (You probably couldn't tell, huh?)  I'm wishing everyone a beautiful Memorial Day.

So, till  tomorrow, Y'all be safe, enjoy the parades, and wave your flags!  Have a wonderful day.

Hugs, Edna B.

p.s.  The images I borrowed from the web are from (1),  (2), and (3)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Wave Our Flag Proudly!!

My 24, 2015

Good afternoon.  I really was up earlier today, but after feeding Pogo, I crawled back under my covers and got some much needed sleep.  The past two days have not been very good for me, so I stayed in bed a lot.  I just was not feeling very good.  Friday, I did call to make an appointment with my doctor (for next Tuesday). 

Today though, seems to be much better so far.  I slept a few hours during the night, woke up to do a bit of crocheting, and then back to sleep until it was time to tend to Pogo. As for the crocheting, I finished the Pink Camo lapghan, and a new one - Perfect Pink.  I finally have a few rows done on a (blue) one, Light Periwinkle.

I found a gorgeous patriotic rose on the web, and borrowed it to share with you.  It's perfect for this weekend.  A weekend we have set aside for remembering all those men and women who bravely gave their lives so that we may enjoy our freedom. 

Remember that challenge I posted on Friday?  The one about waving our beautiful flag everywhere?  I surely do hope that all of you are proudly waving your American flag.  She's a magnificent sight, waving about freely in the breeze.

Many of you will be able to attend your local Memorial Day parade.  I read in our newspaper that some towns might be considering not holding the parade because of small crowd turnouts.  That's a shame.  Folks, if your town or city is having a parade, do make an effort to go and watch it.  The men and women marching in the parade need to know that you support this wonderful country and the lives that our freedom has cost.

A friend sent me some wonderful ideas, and I thought this one would be great for all those picnics and barbeques everyone will be having this weekend.  Use cupcake papers to cover drinks glasses, to prevent flies and other bugs from dropping in.  Enjoy!!

Well, that's it for today.  I'm going to see if I can accomplish a few small things around here before I run out of steam.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a wonderful day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Do You Need A Set Of Spurtles?

May 22, 2015

Good morning.  The sun is shining and there is a beautiful little breeze.  It's a great day for cleaning up the yard.  SIL Eddie and a friend are here doing just that.  It's simply amazing the piles of junk and dead leaves and branches that seem to pile up over the winter. 

Today I'm a bit better.  The shakies and the sick to the stomach part are still here, but the rest is beginning to heal.  At least I think it is.  I was going to call my doctor yesterday to give him an update, but I forgot.  Today is his day off, so I'll wait till Monday to call him.  Hopefully, by then I'll feel even better.

I've been working on a Perfect Pink lapghan, and it is more than half done.  My new yarn order arrived yesterday, so I'm thinking that the next lapghan will be a shade of blue.  Even though I love working with all the beautiful colors, I have to remind myself every now and then that not everyone with a wheel chair is a lady.  Therefore, I need to include all the "guy" colors too. 

Right now, I'm having a bout of sneezing.  So, let's get right to the images that I'm going to share today.  My friend Mat sent this image to me, along with a link to the source.  The lady who makes these sells them, so the pattern is not available.  But aren't they beautiful?  Thanks Mat, for sharing.

Next, I want to share a new product that I found on QVC's shopping channel.  Have you ever heard of a spurtle?  How about a whole set of spurtles?  It's amazing how many different products are re-invented over and over, and yet someone still manages to market and sell them.  Here's a photo of the Spurtles as they were displayed on the TV.  (They work like spoons and spatulas.)

This is Memorial Day Weekend so whatever you are doing to celebrate, be safe.  Wave that beautiful flag, and appreciate all that has been given so that we may enjoy our freedom. I borrowed this image from the web, and I hope everyone will take up the challenge and show our beautiful flag everywhere.   

Now I think I'll take my leave.  The sneezing is getting to me.  So, till Sunday, Y'all be safe and have a magnificent weekend.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

In Case No One Told You Today, You Are Awesome!

May 21, 2015

Good morning.  Goodness, it's almost noon time.  I just did not want to get out of bed this morning.  My body is trying to catch up on all the sleep that it has missed this past weeks.  I would stay right there in bed, but Pogo has other ideas.  He insists that I get up and feed him.  Oh, all right.  I'll get up!

Last evening, DIL Janet came by for a visit.  She even stopped by Walmart first to pick up some pink yarn for me.  We had us a nice visit, and Stouffer's Mac N Cheese for supper.  Oh yum!  Next week, maybe we can have seafood plates for our Wednesday supper.  I told DIL that if she will pick it up, I'll pay for it.  Oh my, I'm licking my chops just thinking of that scallop plate!!!

Pretty soon, I will have to be making an appointment for Pogo at the beauty salon.  He is becoming quite fuzzy.  I've been holding off, because I like to go with him to make sure that his hair cut is done right.  So, maybe by next week we can do this.   (I'm thinking positive!)

I found some images on the web that I would like to share with you.   This first image is a given.  Folks, please please do not leave your fur babies in the car while you shop, etc.  Leave them at home!!

This next image brings back lots of memories from my childhood.  We always said this prayer before we ate.  Life was good then.  Somewhere along the way, someone decided that we did not need to do this anymore, and life changed.  Let's bring back the prayers.

I find this next image is very disturbing.  America has lost her way, and has misplaced all her values.  Imagine paying all this money to these people for a short time (usually) of work,  and barely paying anything to our soldiers and elderly. 

Our soldiers deserve better than this.  Shame on the politicians who have a problem sharing the wealth.  As for the seniors, we all paid into that Social Security to ensure ourselves a decent retirement.  Yet by the time Congress divided it up between all sorts of other groups, there is very little left over for us.  And Congress is constantly threatening to take away the little that we do get.  Again, shame on Congress. 

Okay, that's it for my little rant.  As you can see, I'm beginning to feel a bit better.  Gosh, it's been a long time coming.  Six weeks! 

I'm watching the Weather Channel, and every now and then, they flash a saying on the screen.  The one they just put up is:  "In case no one told you today, you are awesome!"   What a super nice thing to say to someone!!

On that note, I'm going to the kitchen to see if I can find something tasty for Pogo's lunch.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all be well, and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Taming The Touch Pad

May 20, 2015

Good morning.  This may be a rather short post because I'm feeling tired today.  All through the night, sleep came in fits.  Maybe because I've had a wicked headache since early last evening.  Either way, I'm not in a very gabby mood.

I did want to show you some of the many irises that are budded and getting ready to burst into bloom. 

Plus, here's a photo of Pogo sitting by his door, and keeping an eye on things.   Note how the bottom window is up so that he can enjoy the soft breeze.

Do many of you prefer to use a mouse on your laptop instead of the touch pad?  For those of you who want to quiet the touch pad, I'll share what I do.  Hopefully, your laptop is similar enough that this will work for you.

Using the mouse, click on the Control Panel>then click on Synaptics Touch Pad>A window will come up showing fingers scrolling on the mouse pad>Click on the "x" in upper right corner of this window to close it> Then click on the "x" in the upper right corner of the control panel window to close that too. 

This will shut off the touch pad.  But only while the laptop is turned on.  Once you shut it off, then you have to do this again when you next turn on the laptop.  I tried turning off the touch pad permanently, but then one day I could not find my mouse, and I had no way to turn the touch pad back on.  So I do this every time I turn on my laptop.  I hope this helps.

My head is hurting, so I'm going to take an Excedrin Migraine tablet and curl up in my lounge chair in hopes of losing the headache.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a wonderful day.

Hugs, Edna B.