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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Were You Sporting A Red Nose?

May 29, 2016

Good morning.  Tis early, only 6:30, and Pogo and I have been up for about an hour.  We've had our breakfast, and now my little guy is snuggled up next to me on the sofa.  What a great way to start a new day. 

My goodness, yesterday was certainly a warm day.  Temperatures got up into the 90's here along with a bit of sticky humidity.  However, Pogo and I managed to stay comfortable indoors.  By mid afternoon, it was beginning to warm up indoors too, so I turned on a floor fan.  That helped quite a lot. 

It was a good day to put Pogo into the new sink for a bath.  Woo Hoo!!  He fit perfectly, and bath time became so much easier.  Gosh, I really should have had this new sink put in years ago.  What a difference it makes. 

Another thing that makes a difference is Red Nose Day.  So, were you sporting a red nose yesterday?  As you can see here, Deanne and Eddie wore theirs.  They would be celebrating a friend's birthday, and everyone wore a red nose.   

According to Google, the red noses raised 31 million dollars, which is to be used to help poor children in all fifty states and around the world.  I think it's a great way to raise funds, but I would like to see a dollar by dollar breakdown of how and where the funds are actually dispersed.  I would like to see actual dollar amounts given to each city and town in this country, and how it is used.  I'd also like to see what other countries received monies, how much they got and how it was used.  Oh, and let's not forget a list of administrative costs. 

I am all for sharing and giving, but I like to know that what I gave went where it was supposed to go.  This is a Walgreen's charitable fund raiser, and according to Google, the 2016 funds will go to:

* Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which provides access to safe, enriching after-school and summer programs.

* Water Charity, which provides clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

* Gavi (The Vaccine Alliance), which provides life saving vaccines to children in poor countries.

* National Council of La Raza National Council, which provides opportunities for Latino children and families.

According to this breakdown, I'm not seeing very many poor and homeless children in all our fifty states being helped.   This is why I like to see cost break downs.

On a super happy note, I found this absolutely adorable image on the web and had to share it here with you.  I don't know who the author is, but these little fellows are just so precious. 

I also have a question to ask.  Does anyone know the name of this plant?  I lost the name tag that came with it (a couple years ago) and I can't remember the name.  I've looked for it on Google, but so far have not had much luck finding it.

Today's temps are supposed to be in the seventies.  After yesterday, this will feel really good.  In a little while, I'm going to open Pogo's door and put the bottom window up so that he can enjoy a bit of a breeze.  Here's a photo of him (from a couple days ago) sitting by his door as he watches Joe watering the plants.

Now I think I'll make myself a cup of coffee, and play a bit in Photoshop.  I bought a few new scrap kits, and it will be fun to play with them.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a magnificent day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Naughty Pussy Cat!!

May 27, 2016

Good morning.  Tis another gorgeous day here in New England.  Be still my heart.  I just love it!  The temperature now is 70F degrees, and is supposed to reach 87F degrees this afternoon.  I guess this is a sneak peak of what summer will be like. 

Well, yesterday the guys finished up my bathroom.  Oh my, it felt so good to be able to take a nice long shower.  (I've been having to wash up in the kitchen sink while the bathroom was discombobbled.  Now that's a word from the past!!

My bathroom is very tiny, but it has everything it needs.  Now it sports new floor tiles

and a new vanity and sink.

The old vanity and sink were too small for Pogo to fit in when he has a bath.  This new vanity is perfect, and such a pleasure to use.  Sorry about the angle of the photo, but there's not enough room in this bathroom to backup to get a good photo.   About all that's left to do in this room is to put in a new window, and buy some pretty new curtains.  But that's for another day.

The budded iris plants that I posted yesterday have opened up, and oh my they are gorgeous!  They grow really tall, and the flowers are huge.

Yesterday morning, while the guys were busy working here, Pogo and I went out to do a couple errands.  As you can see, Pogo doesn't miss a trick.  While I was trying to hook his safety belt, he was keeping a watchful eye on Eddie's friend who had come outside to get a tool that he needed.

The mailman brought the new plant tent that I had ordered for the tomatoes, and Joe helped me put it together and set it up.  Now our only problem with it is -- how will we mow the grass inside this area?  Ah well, we'll figure that out later.

Normally, the tomatoes would be planted on the other side of the house, but I wanted to be able to keep an eye on them, so we put them near the little lily garden by the shed.  That big tarp you see in the background is covering the lawn tractor, and those colorful flower heads are tulip windmills that daughter Deanne gave me.  Here's a close up of one of the little windmills.

After supper, I went out into the main part of the house and bent down to pet Blackie (one of the cats).  He meows and begs for us to pet him, and then he bites us.  Last evening it was my turn to get bitten.  Bad pussy cat!! 

There were two places that were bleeding and stinging.  I cleaned the wounds and put on an antibiotic ointment and bandaids.  After a while the stinging stopped.  I won't be petting the cat again any time soon. 

So as you can see, it was quite the busy day around here yesterday.  Today, Pogo and I will have a quiet morning, then a very busy afternoon.  We'll pick up granddaughter Jazzy from high school, then we'll come back to meet with the contractor (who is hired to build the porch) and then I'll take Joe grocery shopping. 

This weekend, folks are getting together to celebrate Memorial Day.  There will be lots of parades, games and barbeques.  Just keep in mind why we are celebrating.  Say a prayer for all the men and women (and animals) who fought and died so that we may be free. 

Now I'm going to get myself a cold bottle of water and enjoy some blog reading.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Busy, Busy, Busy

May 26, 2016

Good morning.  Tis another glorious day here in my little part of New England.  Once the guys get here this morning to start working on the bathroom, Pogo and I will run out to do a couple of errands.

Yes, the bathroom work saga continues.  Yesterday, SIL Eddie and his friend showed up mid morning, and worked all day in the bathroom.  It turned out to be a much bigger job than they had first thought.  In order to put down floor tiles, you first have to shut off the water, take out the vanity and sink, and then take out the toilet.  There are water pipes and such that have to be tended to also. 

It was a long day, but some tiles were put down, the vanity and sink were replaced and the toilet was put back (working).  Today the water pipes to the sink need a bit of adjusting because they interfere with the draws in the vanity, and the rest of the tiles have to be put down.  (I think that's all.)

It has been brought to my attention that yellow is a new color for petunias.  I hadn't thought about it, but it's true.  I haven't seen yellow petunias before either.  I love the color and that's why I bought them.  Anyway, I took a couple of close-up photos to share here.  They are so pretty!

I had planned to take new photos of the plants on the other side of the house, but yesterday was such a busy day that I did not get the chance.  I promise to do it later today.  Joe says that one of  the huge irises has opened up.  Woo Hoo! 

Here are a few more shots of my plants that I took a few days ago.  These are some of the really tall irises,  The big light blue bud is the one that Joe says has opened, and the last photo is one of the peony plants.

Also yesterday, a Special Olympics was held a couple towns over, and daughter Deanne's class got a first place ribbon.  Actually, I think all the kids got one.  Deanne helps teach a class of autistic children.  Just one more reason why I'm so proud of my kids.

Well that's about all my news for this morning.  Got lots to do today.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Today Will Be Hot Hot Hot!!

May 25, 2016

Good morning.  The sun is shining, though the clouds hide it every now and then.  The temperature right now is 60F degrees, and will be close to 90F degrees by mid afternoon.  Wow, that's a big jump up!! 

The headache and the chills seem to be under control for now.  Hopefully, whatever caused them has gone by.  This is the time of year to be outside, not wrapped up in blankets.

Yesterday, SIL Eddie, Pogo and I went shopping at Lowes to check out the floor tiles.  I did not find what I want, but finally settled on a wood look tile.  While we were there, I found a new bathroom vanity and sink that I liked, so we bought that too.  

Eddie and his friend Cliff will be here in a while to start working.  Right now, the bathroom is scattered all over the place.  Hopefully, things will go smoothly, and Eddie can get the bathroom finished and all back together soon. 

Yesterday afternoon, the contractor came by and we discussed changes to be made to the porch design so that I can still have my porch and be able to pay for it.  We finally decided on a plan, and they will start building the porch in a few weeks.  It will even have a nice gate on it so that Pogo can run around on it safely.

Today, I have a new quick page for you.   This one is for your rainy day photos.  Enjoy.

Here is your download link:

I've noticed lots of colorful buds on the plants in my gardens.  Some are beginning to open, and others will bloom soon.  Here are just a few of them. 

Soon, I will pick up some small plants for the flower towers.  I'm curious to see how they will look once the plants start to grow.  Maybe that can be a project for next week.

Today I need to do a couple loads of laundry.  One load for scatter rugs and one load for clothes.  Well maybe one more load for towels too.  That should keep me busy while Eddie works on the bathroom. 

Now I need to wash some dishes and get dressed.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Floral Delights

May 24, 2016

Good morning.  It's cloudy outside with temps around 57F degrees.  Today's high will be around 63F degrees.  Tis a nice Spring day for doing errands.  At least I hope so.  I started warming up late yesterday afternoon, and sometime during the night I developed a whopper of a headache. 

I finally took an Excedrin Migraine a little while ago, and I surely do hope it gets rid of this headache.  SIL Eddie came by yesterday, but I told him there was a hold on any work on the bathroom until I felt better. 

Headache or no, in a little while Pogo and I are going to pick up Eddie and go looking for floor tiles and a few other things that are on my shopping list.  Eddie might be called back to work soon, so we want to get this bathroom finished pronto. 

I'd also like to set aside one day this week to visit Aunt Lucy.  I do chat with her on the phone , but the "in person" visit is special.  She and I are like a couple of old matriarchs, and we have so much in common.  I truly wish she could have been in my life all these years passed.  However, we don't have time to languish over the past.  Today is what is important and I'd like to keep it for as long as I can.

Yesterday, I took my camera outside to get a few photos to share of the new plants.  First, here are all those gorgeous petunias.

This piece hanging down had broken off the plant, so I tucked it into the dirt hoping that it would grow new roots.  We'll see.

Next is the new planter pot where we've put the tomato plants.  I can't wait to see how this works out.  We've placed it near the shed until we decide where is the best place for it. 

And lastly, here's a shot of the new little edging fence.  I need to pick up more of it to use on the other side of the house in the big garden.

Well that's all my news for today.  It's time to stuff my adorable self into some clothes and head on out to pick up Eddie.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a magnificent day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Scrumptious Petunias

May 23, 2016

Good morning.  The sun is shining and the temperature is in the high 50's at the moment.  However, I am cold.  It started yesterday afternoon with a nasty case of the chills, and I haven't warmed up yet.

Yesterday, Joe and I took one of the new big planters outside and filled it with garden soil.  Joe planted both my new tomato plants in it.  Today I'll take some photos of it.  After that, all the new Petunias got planted. 

This first group of three beautiful colors got planted in the kiln just outside Pogo's storm door.  I'm hoping they will grow tall and hang down around the sides of the kiln.  (check out the names too, they are delicious!)

These next two beauties are planted in the rooster welcome planter just outside my door.
And lastly, this last pretty Petunia was planted in a pot by itself, and it sits on one of my steps.
I'm not sure why this last image is so much bigger than the others because in reality it is the same size or smaller.  Hmmm, must be because there is only one item in the image.  Ah well, who cares.
After the planting, I came inside and made lunch for myself and Pogo.  We had plans to check the floor tiles at Lowes right after lunch, but that's when my chills started.  I was so cold that I wrapped up in two blankets and crawled onto my lounge chair.  After a while, I was able to take a nap. 
When I woke from my nap, I was still quite cold and not feeling so good.  So I put on my jammies and called it a day.  Today I feel okay, just a bit sluggish, but I'm still cold.  I don't know of any virus that's going around, so I hope I'm not coming down with something. 
I have a bit of interesting info to share today.  Ever notice the little plastic tab that holds the wrapper closed on your loaf of bread?  Ever wonder why they are not always the same color?  This will explain that. 
Please just remember to cut this little plastic tab in half before discarding it.  In it's present state, it could kill a small being.
Now I'm going to finish my coffee while I catch up a bit on my morning blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.
Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

It's A Great Day For Planting

May 22, 2016

Good morning.  Today will be cloudy with a slight breeze and temps around 61F degrees.  Sounds like a pretty good day to work in the yard.  Maybe plant some tomatoes??

Yesterday my friend Ellen came for a visit, and we took Pogo and went shopping at Home Depot.  I looked at all the floor tiles but did not find anything I liked.  Next we looked for the little white fence edging to put around the flower gardens.  Of course, they did not have any of that either.  But we did find another pretty little fence edge so I bought that.

The fence materials are at the back of the garden center, so of course we had to walk around the whole garden center.  Oh my, the trouble I could have got into here!!  I did my best to be good, but I couldn't resist buying a few new plants.  I'll see about taking some photos of them today.

We left the garden center and stopped by Burger King for some take out lunch.  Then we headed for the park, where we sat and watched the geese and ducks while we enjoyed our lunch.  All in all, we had a fun time out together. 

Later, after I got home, it was time to take Joe grocery shopping.  Not even halfway through this shopping, I ran out of steam.  As soon as I got home and put the groceries away, I put on my jammies and curled up in my comfy lounge chair.  Ohhhhhhh, this felt sooooo good!!

Pogo and I had a late supper, and after supper I did a bit of crocheting on the Scarlet afghan.  I finally reached the halfway mark.  Here's a photo of this afghan.

Today, I'm hoping to plant the new tomato plants and flowers that I bought yesterday.  I also want to take a trip to Lowes to look at their floor tiles and check out the garden center (of course!). 

I have some photos from my garden to share today.  This first photo is my little lilac bush.  I love lilacs and can't wait for this plant to get bigger.

For Mother's Day, DIL Janet brought me a whole basket of calla lily plants which have already been planted in one of the small gardens.  Isn't this pretty? 

Well now it's time to get dressed to go outside and play in the dirt.  Yes, yes, yes!  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.