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Friday, January 17, 2020

We're Off To See A Kitty Cat

January 17, 2020

Good morning.  Tis a wee bit chilly this morning.  Only 18F degrees, but it might get up to 22F degrees later today.  The good news is that the sun is supposed to be shining most of the day.  It's a good day to stay in, but we're going to pick out a kitten this morning.

Deanne, Jazzy and I are going to visit a shelter this morning so that Deanne can pick out a kitten to adopt.  This is a dangerous trip for me.  I have a difficult time leaving a pet store or shelter without wanting to bring some off the animals (at least one) home with me.  I've always been like this.

When my kids were little, they talked me into so many animals.  At one point, there were more animals than people in our home.  But it was nice.  The apartment where we lived would not let us have a dog, so we had cats, birds, fish, turtles, a bunny, guinea pigs, mice and a skunk.

The worst for me were the mice and the skunk.  Audrey wanted a pair of little white mice for Christmas.  Oh lordy me, no one ever told me how quickly two mice would become several hundred.  We finally had to talk the pet shop into taking them.  As for the skunk, well, Deanne asked me to let her go into the pet shop just to look around.  I should have known better.  We came out of the store with our new little skunk, which Deanne had named Petunia.

Petunia turned out to be very vicious to everyone except Deanne.  She ate the cushions of my kitchen chairs, the bottoms of the cabinet doors, and part of the trash barrel. She even ate the insulation out from under the refrigerator.  After a while, she would go after anyone who dared to go into the kitchen.  She had declared that her domain.  After she attacked a maintenance man, we had to take her back to the pet store.

It's only a little after six o'clock so it won't be daylight for at least another hour.  I'm watching Dragnet on TV.  My favorite show, Perry Mason, comes on at nine o'clock but we leave for the shelter before that, so I'll tape it so that I can watch it later.

Here's another little story from my bathroom book.  I hope this starts your day with a giggle.

I think I'm going to try to catch a few more winks before it's time to leave.  Before I go, let me leave you with this thought that I borrowed from the web.  It's such a simple message, but it could mean so much to someone.

I'm off now.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Shopping Can Be Fun

January 16, 2020

Good morning.  The temperature is 39F degrees and it is wet outside, with bits of rain on and off.  It looks like a good day to do indoor crafts.  I've been asked for information about the new carry case that I bought for my little laptop.  So.......

I went to Amazon and looked up "case for Microsoft Surface Go 10 laptop" then scrolled through all the offerings that came up.  I finally chose one by "wiwu" that came in several different colors.  Black stays clean longer so I picked that.  It had five stars, and the price was $23.99.  I am quite pleased with this new carry bag and I hope this helps.

Yesterday I went grocery shopping at Market Basket.  This was a nice treat for me.  I was able to pick up some meats and lunch meats.  They have a nice meat selection.  I also treated myself to some apple fritters and some Swiss Miss dark chocolate cocoa mix.  Yum yum!

There's not a lot of news today, so how about a chuckle to start your day?  This came from my bathroom book.  (What else is new?) 

I get emails from sharing new crochet patterns and stitches.  This newest one is really quite beautiful.  It's called "crochet tulip border for blanket."  If anyone is interested, you can visit her website, NAZTAZIA.COM and sign up for emails. 

I'm watching an old episode of Matlock on TV.  It's interesting because they have a murder that nobody committed.  Hmmm, how does that happen?  I'll just have to watch the rest of it to find out.  On that note, I'll take my leave.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

A Great Day For Grocery Shopping

January 15, 2020

Good morning.  The sun is shining and the temperature is 42F degrees.  Woo Hoo!  It may even get two degrees warmer.  This is great because I'm going grocery shopping with dwarf Mike.  We're going to Market Basket.  They have really great meats and I enjoy shopping there.

Last night I put a few more rows on the red and black afghan.  There's just another thirty rows to go and it will be finished.  Then I will take a photo of it to share.  After that I think I only have three  or four more afghans to go for the family.  I think.  I've created a rather large family, and I've been crocheting these afghans for years. 

The package that came yesterday was the carry case that I had ordered for my new little laptop.  My goodness, it is so nice.  My little laptop and all its accessories fit inside it, and it has a shoulder strap to make carrying easier.  (The little handles fold nicely into pockets.)  It comes in a few different colors.  Mine is black.  I'm going to enjoy this bag. 

Pogo and I slept rather late this morning.  And, I must say, it felt good.  Well, actually, sleep always seems to feel good.  Or maybe it just seems more so when one gets old.  Speaking of getting old, my beautiful little Pogo will be fourteen years old in April.  And his hair is getting really thin.  It's almost a shame to cut it, but it does need to be trimmed soon.  He looks like a tiny lion nowadays.  But he's my little lion and I love him.

I finally decided whether to take my walker or Pogo's stroller when we go to Florida.  We'll be taking Pogo's stroller.  It serves as both a walker for me and a ride for Pogo.  Now that that is settled, it's time to make an appointment for Pogo's checkup and travel health letter. 

Today's old photo is one of the last ones I have of Kerri, me and Deanne together.  I thought I had lost this photo.  Thank goodness I didn't lose it.

Now I think I'd better do my blog reading and get ready to go shopping.  Mike gets home from work shortly after noon.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Growing Up In Years Gone By

January 14, 2020

Good morning.  It's looking very gray outside my door this morning.  Today's temperature should reach a high of 40F degrees with lots of sunshine.  My energy level is definitely tied to the temperatures.  Those last two days that we had such warm temps had my energy at a healthy level.  Today, not so much.

Yesterday was a telephone day.  Booking airline flights shouldn't be a project, but it took me two hours to get this done.  I still have to reserve a rental car to use while Pogo and I are in Florida, but I'll wait until next month to do this. 

I also had to figure out my finances in order to make sure all the bills will be paid on time.  This one was a bit trickier than reserving airline tickets.  But, I'll work it out.  When one grows up in a wartime, one learns how to stretch every dollar out to its maximum.  You also learn as many crafts as you can.  (When you cannot afford to buy something, you make it.)

I learned the usual cooking, sewing, typing, shorthand, etc.  Also, knitting, crocheting, painting, wallpapering and how to shop, etc.  About the only thing I did not get to learn was how to fix my car.  I wanted to learn this, but growing up in my day did not let girls take automotive classes.  That was reserved for the boys.

To be honest, I'd have to say that I grew up in the best years.  As children, we did not have "devices" to do our work for us.  We learned to do things, and to figure things out on our own.  We learned to write in cursive, not just to print.  We learned our math.  We did not have calculators to do this for us.  Most importantly, we learned to use our minds and brains.  We learned to be creative.  Libraries were at the top of our "best friends" list.

Enough for history.  Today I have photos of the plants that I re-potted a couple days ago.  The Bird Of Paradise plant will have to re-potted again to another, bigger pot in the Spring.  (This is the really tall plant in the photo)

I had picked up a new Amaryllis plant a month ago, and finally got around to potting it last week.  This one is pink and white, and is called "Apple Blossom."  I hope I'm here when it blossoms, and not a way on vacation.

A reader informs me that the Christmas Cactus plant likes to be pot bound in order to get lots of blossoms.  Thank you, I did not know this.  Now I see the mailman coming my way and he has a package for me.  It's time for me to get the mail and see what's inside that package.  Hopefully, it's my newest blog book.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Winter Temps Are Back

January 13, 2020

Good morning.  Tis quite a bit different today than it was yesterday.  The cold temps are back.  Ah well, it is Winter.  But the good news is that Spring is definitely coming.  In a couple of months.  Right now it's gray and 39F degrees here, and we may see the temperature rise another degree or two by tonight. 

I looked up at the tree tops in my yard (yesterday afternoon) and thought that the sun looked ever so pretty shining on the tree tops.  This photo was taken through the kitchen window.

Yesterday was another busy day.  Mostly for Joe.  He's been doing most of the work on cleaning the two empty rooms.  I did order the new rug for one of the rooms.  That should be here in a few days.  The mattresses will arrive sometime today.  Hopefully I'll be able to get these rooms occupied soon.  There's never a dull day when you have a rooming house. 

I finally got around to repotting a couple plants yesterday.  I'll take a photo today.  One was a Bird Of Paradise plant.  It was getting so tall and almost falling out of its pot.  The other was an Aloe Vera plant that also outgrew its pot quite a while ago.  If I have enough dirt left, I have a couple Christmas Cactus that need to be repotted.

I found something interesting on the web last night and downloaded it to share here.  If you're like me, this will really make you feel old.

Actually, there have been fourteen presidents during my lifetime so far.  They are: Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933 - 1945), Harry S. Truman, Dwight David Eisenhower, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Lyndon Baines Johnson, Richard Milhous Nixon, Gerald Rudolph Ford, James Earl Carter, Jr., Ronald Wilson Reagan, George Herbert Walker Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, George Walker Bush, Barak Hussein Obama, and Donald John Trump.

I've also been here long enough to see two queens of England:  Queen Elizabeth and Queen Elizabeth II.  Kind of makes a person feel a tad bit old.  (but super lucky!)

Here's another great quote that I borrowed from the web to share here.  How true this is.

That's my news for today.  Now I'm off to make some breakfast and a hot cup of coffee.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Another Gorgeous Day Here In New England

January 12, 2020

Good morning.  It's 6:16 a.m.  The temperature is 60F degrees.  Today's high will be 64F degrees in a few hours, and then work its way back down to 32F degrees for the overnight temps.  It's raining lightly (should stop soon) and very windy.  This will be our last super day for a while. 

Pogo and I were up super early this morning, and have already had our breakfast.  You know I'm going to have the munchies around ten or eleven o'clock.  I have to be careful though, because I don't want to gain back the precious few pounds that I've manage to lose.  It takes so long to lose the pounds, and yet we can gain them back so quickly.

Yesterday was quite a busy day here.  We suddenly have two empty rooms, so Joe has been working hard to get them both clean and fresh and ready to rent.  I've been doing laundry, mine, Pogo's and curtains for those rooms.  I also ordered new mattresses and mattress covers.  Next I will have to order a new rug for one of the rooms.  Then I can place an ad in the newspaper.

Today, I think I'll clean my bathroom, then we'll see.  I run out of energy quickly most days.  Yesterday I got lucky and lasted just about all day.  I even cooked an extra supper so that tonight I won't have to cook. 

Deanne has been looking for another kitten for months now.  They just aren't being found.  Today though, I got an email from a friend who runs a small kitten rescue, and she is linking us up with another kitty rescue person who does have a kitten.  Hopefully, this week Deanne and I can go look at this kitten.  And adopt it!

Here's an interesting image that I borrowed from the web to share here.  I did not know this before, did you?

Before I leave and try for a few more winks (Pogo is already sleeping) let me share a couple giggles from my bathroom book. 

Now I'm off to catch up with the sandman for a little while if I can.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Temps Are Warming Up A Bit

January 10, 2020

Good morning.  Today is lovely.  The temperature is 37F degrees and headed to 48F degrees later this afternoon, according to my phone app.  However, the weatherman on TV says it will get up to 60F degrees today.  Hmmm, one of these forecasters has had a bit too much moonshine.

Another book that I had ordered has come, and I'm finding it quite interesting.  It's called "Reader's Digest FOOD CURES."   Have you figured out by now that I enjoy books?

Yesterday, I watched a video by Matt Kloskowski, the author of the photo classes that I signed up for.  The video showed us how he had edited a lot of his favorite photos using Light Room and Photoshop.  I saw that I do a lot of the same editing using just Photoshop, and that I have a lot more to learn.

Deanne came by for a while yesterday afternoon and we had a nice visit until it was time for her to pick Jasmine up at work.  As they rode through the park on their way home, Deanne stopped to take this beautiful photo of the moon over one of the ponds.  Thank you for sharing this Deanne.

Last night I watched what used to be one of my favorite programs on TV, Project Runway.  I love watching the designers turn fabrics into beautiful clothes.  However, these last few years, the so called fashions just aren't fashionable anymore.  The judges seem to be enjoying ragged, trashy looking things.  Just my opinion. 

It seems the more horrible and poorly made an item is, the judges seem to love it more.  No matter how much they applaud these so called fashions, I have yet to see anyone actually buying and/or wearing this stuff.  Every now and then, a designer comes up with a really lovely outfit, but they don't get very far with the judges.  It's so sad.

I've decided that I'm going to start putting more old photos into my posts so that the family can enjoy them later in my blog books.  Back in the 1990's my best friend from high school, Ginny May and I had some fun traveling.  In this photo, we were getting ready to leave on one of our trips to Nashville, Tennessee.  We shared the driving, and stopped to enjoy some beautiful places along the way.  She left this world just a few years later.  I'm so glad I have this photo.  (left - me, right - Ginny May)

This is our high school graduating class, 1957.  We are the 6th (me) and 5th (Ginny) in from the right in the front row.  I tried to put a circle around us on the photo, but I haven't figured out how to do that yet in the new Photoshop so I made a cropped close up.

Oh my, so many wonderful memories of all the things in life that we shared.  You are sorely missed, my friend.

Well, that does it for today.  After I finish a bit of blog reading, I really must tackle a few chores around here.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend.

Hugs, Edna B.