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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Where Does My Day Go?

June 30, 2015

Good morning.  My goodness, it's already the last day of June.  I think it's amazing that the only season that lingers on forever is Winter.  I wonder why that is?   I suppose the folks who love to ski are thinking that Winter flies by too.  Hmmmm.

Today is looking quite lovely with lots of sunshine.  I was watching the Weather Channel to see how the day would go, but they get so bogged down with all kinds of technical facts about African dust, ocean swirls (I made that one up), and upper and lower air currents, that they take all day to get to the local weather.  Some days I just don't have the patience for all this information.  I just want to know what the weather will be today.  So I changed the channel to Unsolved Mysteries.  Much better!!

Yesterday was a busy day, all day.  But for the life of me, I can't figure out just what it was that kept me so busy.  I look around me, and I see the same dust bunnies that were here yesterday.  The folded laundry that was piled up on the chair is still there. 

Hmmm, I guess keeping busy has a different meaning when you get old and retired.  At least, when you are by yourself.  When your mate is still with you, I can see where things would be different.  I think I'm quite lucky to have such good tenants so close by.  It's just me and Pogo here, but we're really not alone with the dwarfs nearby, so I can't really hibernate for too long.

I think I mentioned a few days ago that I had bought a couple of squirrel feeders.  Well, we picked up some shellac, and over the last few days, Joe has put several coats of lacquer on the bigger feeder.  Yesterday afternoon, we went out into the yard to hang the feeder and fill it with food. 

While Joe was hanging the feeder on the tree, there were squirrels sitting in the trees nearby watching, and waiting for us to walk away.  Once we got in the house, the fun began.  Of course, I ran for my camera so that I could get some fun shots. 

The first squirrel to reach the feeder thought he was in heaven and that this was his own personal feeder.  Much to his chagrin, he was quickly joined by another squirrel.  Squirrel #1 was kept busy for a while guarding over his treasure, and chasing squirrel #2 down, and around the tree trunk and away from the feeder.  Finally  he gave in and shared the goodies.

The second feeder is made of cedar, and I wasn't going to have Joe shellac it, but now I think we should.   These are left out in the weather year round, so the shellac will help them to hold up longer.  So, I guess we'll start on this one later today when Joe gets home.  This one is smaller and holds ears of corn or something similar.

I will have to check on Amazon to see what else we can put in the feeder for the squirrels to eat.  Right now, I just have peanuts and rolls for them.   Folks, these feeders are worth the price, considering all the entertainment they will be providing for us humans.

Today, I'm hoping to go to Best Buy to get some help with my cell phone.  DIL Janet is feeling much better now, and is coming over to go with us.  (me and Pogo)  Maybe we'll grab some fast food, and have lunch in the park.  Now that sounds like fun!!! 

Now I think it's time for me to get dressed.  I surely can't go shopping in my jammies!!!  haha.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a beautiful day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, June 29, 2015

A Memory From The Past

June 29, 2015

Good morning.  It's cool and cloudy here in my little part of New England.  But tomorrow is supposed to bring more sunshine and warmer temps.  I surely hope so because I want to get out to do a couple errands. 

Well, the rain slowed down to a fine mist late yesterday morning, and stayed that way for most of the day.  All our plants look a bit downtrodden but I'm sure they'll all be perking up again as soon as the sun comes out.

Yesterday, while trying to put some files on a DVD, my laptop started acting a bit hinky.  As soon as the files would start to burn onto the DVD, it would stop and a box would come up telling me that the write speed of the disc was either too slow or too fast for my DVD burner.  What?????   This very burner successfully burned some of these same files onto other DVD's from the same stack just a couple days ago.  I just don't understand technology these days.  I'll have to put in a call to Wayne to find out what is wrong.

I have a photo from the past that I thought I would share.  My first, third and fifth children are look alike girls.  They look just like me.  This photo could be either one of them.  But it is me, taken many moons ago at a Halloween party.  Note the beautiful one-eyed bunny on my lap.  He was a gift from my children, and even he had a good time at the party.

Every now and then, I love going through some of the older photos.  It's good to see the changes that have taken place over the years.  It's also wonderful to reflect on all the memories that each photo evokes.  (How's that for a great new word!!)

I also have a cute image that I borrowed from the web to share with you.  This is for all of us who found our fur babies at a shelter.

I'm looking out my window, and I'm seeing the sun shining down through the clouds.  Yeaaaaaah!!  It goes in and out, but it sure does feel good to see it.  It makes the day seem to be not do dreary.

Well, I want to get busy and do the laundry that never got done yesterday.  Funny how my plans change so quickly!  Then I have a potty patch grass that is wanting a bath.  Oh such fun stuff to keep me busy today!!  So, on that note, I'll take my leave.  Till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Well, Hello Rain!!

June 28, 2015

Good morning.  Well, this time the weatherman was partly right.  It rained all night, and so far all morning.  The puddles in my yard are almost big enough to float a canoe in.  Almost.  Well maybe just some tiny canoes. 

Any blossoms that were on our plants and bushes are all rather sad looking today.  When the rain comes down fairly hard, it tends not to be so nice to the plants.  My poor pansies look a bit confused.  Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny, so maybe they'll look better then.

Yesterday, I finished copying a lot of my scrapbook kits to an exterior drive.  Gosh, what a difference in my style of design from when I first started and when I last made a kit.   I also had fun looking at some of my old family photos. 

I found this photo of daughter Audrey, the little blonde on the left. The woman and the other girl are neighbors.  I made the skirt and blouse that Audrey is wearing to match a set that I had just made for myself.  Back then, I made a lot of our clothes - by hand.  I did not have a sewing machine.  But isn't my little girl just the cutest???  Who'd have thought this little sweetie would have grown up to stuff and mount dead animals?  It's called taxidermy.  You just never know.

I have a photo to share of the tiny white rose blossoms on the big bush outside my door.  Most of the blossoms have passed on by, and the rain has finished off any that were still hanging on.  Enjoy.

I also dug out a photo of one of the rose bushes on the other side of the house.  The photo was taken three years ago, but at least you can see the roses.  This morning, they look pretty sick, with a lot of their branches hanging down, heavy with rain water, and the petals scattered on the ground.

Pogo is not too happy this morning.  He went out into the house to get Joe and have his turkey treat, but Sunshine (one of the cats) chased him back into our apartment.   Needless to say, this did not make me very happy.  So from now on, the cats will have to stay in their rooms until after Pogo has had his treat. 

If it's nice out tomorrow, I think Pogo and I will take a ride to Best Buy to see if one of their techs can help me with my cell phone.  I need to move all the photos, etc to the memory disk, but I don't know how.  I'm just about out of memory on my phone, and it's becoming a nuisance because now some things on my phone do not work.

Well, that's about all my news for this morning.  I think I'll do a load of laundry now.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a beautiful day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, June 26, 2015

It's National Take Your Dog To Work Day

June26, 2015

Good morning.  It's a bit gray and cloudy this morning, although there is no rain yet.  The weather man still says that we'll get some rain sometime this morning.  Oh well, we'll just wait and see.  The temperature is in the 60's right now and quite comfy.  It should get up into the mid 70's by this afternoon.

Did you like the title of this post?  I've been watching the Weather Channel all morning, and all the employees there have their doggies at work with them.  I think this is a great idea, and it should happen more often. 

I received another lovely surprise in my email yesterday.  My friend Beth made me a beautiful scrap layout featuring Pogo.  Isn't he just the handsomest little guy?  Thank you so much Beth.  I love it.

Folks, do any of you use "4shared" to store a lot of your scrap materials, etc?   If you do, be careful.  I logged in to 4shared yesterday only to find that all my files were gone.  According to them, I had not been active for 180 days, so they emptied out all my files.  Actually, I had been logged in a couple times during that 180 day period, but I guess that did not count. 

Thank goodness I had a lot of my stuff on Mediafire.  Last night, I logged in here and started downloading a lot of my work to put on DVD.   It's a good thing too.  I'm finding that a lot of my files are missing folders.  I need to make copies of all these files before any more folders go missing.

I did call my doctor yesterday to ask for a different type of medicine to use temporarily until my chest is completely clear.  This morning, his office called to say that he had phoned in a couple of new scripts for me to pick up today.  Hopefully, the new medicine is not in powder form.

I did not get to go food shopping yesterday, so when Joe gets home from work, we'll go to Market Basket to pick up some groceries.  I don't need very much, but I like to take Joe each week because he does not have a car.  He helps me, I help him. 

Yesterday afternoon, I was watching a video on the Weather Channel of a woman (Mary) who was in her car when the car got swallowed up by a flash flood water.   She was on her cell phone calling 911 for help.  Only the top of her car was visible when the rescuers got to her.  They were able to swim out and break a window on the car and get Mary out safely.  Yeaaaaaaah!!!  It's good to hear some good news.

I dug into my photo archives again to find some new photos to share.  These were taken a couple years ago while I was working.  The first two photos were taken through a window after dark.  The last photo was taken through the same window early the next morning.


One of the things I miss about not working, is the hummingbirds that always came to the Mrs' feeder.  I hardly ever see these beautiful little birds around here.  I had planned on putting up a couple of new feeders for them in the garden this year, but it hasn't been a good year so far for me to play in the garden.  Maybe in another week or two, Joe can put up at least one feeder.  We'll see.

Well that's about all my news for this morning.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sometimes Medicine Makes Things Worse

June 25, 2015

Good morning.  It's a beautiful morning, with sunshine and a light breeze.  The temps are in the mid 70's, but will get up into the low 80's later today.  For now, though, I can have the bottom window on Pogo's door raised up so that he can enjoy the cool breeze.

Last night, I had another of those cough/choking episodes, and it was a wicked bad one.  I'll have to ask my doctor if there is a different way to take the medicine that I need for breathing.  Right now, it is a powder form (Advair) and breathing it in brings on the cough/choke episode. 

Yesterday, after Joe came home from work, we finally made it to the Post Office so that I could get some boxes mailed out.  Then last evening, I put a few rows on the Country Blue afghan.  That was about the extent of my excitement for the day.  Gosh, retirement is sometimes a bit boring.

I've been asked why I don't drink tap water, and instead pay for bottled water.  To be honest, I suppose the tap water is safe, but I just don't like it for drinking.  I cook with it, but that's it.  I don't like the taste of it, and too often we are not given advance notice when the water mains are being flushed or repaired.  At these times, the color of the water is a turn off.  I'd rather pay for clean, refreshing Poland Springs spring water.

I don't have any new photos, so I went into my archives again.  On June 25, 2012, it was pouring rain here.   These photos were taken while I was standing on our front porch.  The first two photos show the rain falling from the porch roof and in front of the porch.

We are supposed to get some rain here tonight and tomorrow morning.  We haven't had much rain here lately, so we'll see.   According to the weather man, we have more rain coming on Sunday, and then again on Tuesday.  Hmmm.

Well, it's getting close to lunchtime, and I think I'll have a look in the refrigerator to what looks tasty.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a magnificent day.

Hugs, Edna B. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Storms Skipped Us !!

June 24, 2015

Good morning.  Today is just a gorgeous summer day, sunny with temps in the mid 80's, and a fabulous soft breeze.   Yesterday however, was a cliff hanger.  The sun came through the clouds every now and then, and we all waited for the storms to come. 

We were, however, very lucky.  The wind and rains that came were like a really bad hurricane, but they did not come to us.  The storms hit above us, to the west of us, and south of us.  Trees were toppled, and whole communities were left without power.  

Luckily, the tornadoes did not happen.   We were ready.  Everyone was told to keep their windows closed, and to go down into the basement as soon as the sky started getting dark.  I told them all to put any necessary medicines into a bag to take with them.   Not to worry, our fur babies would be the first things we would grab up to take with us. 

Today, the first state (in Massachusetts) approved marijuana store will open.  Mind you, this is supposed to be "medical marijuana".  However, I think most everyone in the state who smokes this weed already has their prescription from their doctors so that they can buy it.  Isn't this amazing?  Before this, only a small percent of our state's population either had a terminal illness or was in dire pain.  Now it appears that most of the state's population falls into one of these two categories.   (Not me, I don't smoke weed.)

Yesterday, I called Pogo's doctor to find out what the correct dosage of children's Benedryl would be to give him.  She told me to give him one half teaspoon (for six pounds).  However, that was more than a dropper full, so I only gave him the dropper full - a little more than 1/4 teaspoon.   Here is a chart that I downloaded from the web in case anyone needs this.

I also squeezed the liquid from several Vitamin E gel tabs into a spoon, and then rubbed this on all the spots that Pogo had been scratching.  Boy oh boy, this was a messy proposition!  All of this seemed to help, so today I'll give him another medicated bath, and later another Vitamin E treatment.

Another image that I borrowed from the web to share has some very good information why we all should be drinking lots of water.   Do check on Google to see if your bottled water is on the list of bad water.  The brand that was named most was Acadia.  But there are several other brands on the list.  Drinking this water can make you very sick.  If you have one of these brands, return them to the store and get a different brand of water.  I only buy Poland Springs spring water for myself and Pogo.

A couple nights ago, I started working on the Country Blue afghan.   This way, I can go back and forth  working on the last two afghans.  After working on so many lapghans, these regular size afghans seem wicked huge. 

Well, that's all my news for this morning.  I want to give DIL Janet a call soon.  She's been sick in bed for the past couple of days.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Getting Ready For Some Severe Weather

June 23, 2015

Good morning.  It's quite nice outside here right now, but it is supposed to change drastically in a few hours.  The weatherman is forecasting some rather nasty storms are due here all afternoon between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.  There is a possibility for heavy winds, hail, tornadoes and power outages.  Gee whiz, I hope not!

I have to keep taking little breaks here because I'm doing laundry.  I just put one load into the dryer, and another into the washer.  Today I'm washing all of Pogo's fuzzy blankets.  And his bed that is on the floor too.  I'm hoping that this will help cut down on his itch. 

Last night, I gave Pogo some children's Benedryl.  I wasn't sure of the dosage, so I only gave him a small one.  Today I will check with his doctor to get the correct dosage.  Later today I'll give him another medicated bath. 

I have something wonderful to share with you this morning.  There was a lovely surprise in my email from my friend Kyra.  She made a gorgeous scrap page featuring Kevin's prom photo.  She used her new kit "Solveig's Song", which you can find on her blog.  We absolutely love it Kyra.  Thank you ever so much.

I've been following the Weather Channel all morning; and watching videos of the devastation from the tornadoes that ripped through the middle of the country overnight.  I think that tornadoes are the worst storms because you don't usually get enough of a warning to get to safety.  Plus, you can't do anything to safeguard your home and property. 

This morning I've borrowed a couple images from the web to share with you.  This first one is a heartbreaker.  Folks, if you see, or hear of, any dog fighting, Please Please Please call the police.  This is absolutely horrifying.  No animal should have to go through this kind of torture.

There is a new "police" program on TV that features programs on dog fighting (and other wicked topics).  Obviously, I won't be watching this program.  I just don't understand why they have to glorify this horrible torture by giving it so much airtime on TV.  I say they should just find these people, take them all out back and shoot them on the spot.  

Can you tell that I have no sympathy for some folks?  Well, you're right!  Some people just do not deserve to breathe the same air as the rest of us.   Nuff said!!

Well, it's time for me to call Pogo's doctor, and the dryer just stopped.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a magnificent day.

Hugs, Edna B.