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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Yeaaaah! The Snow Is Finally All Gone!!


April 1, 2015

Good morning everybody.  Gosh, I haven't been able to play that silly game for oh so many years.  I hope you all are able to fool someone in a fun way today.  It just sort of brings out the "kid" in us.  Actually, the snow is still here.  It is melting, but slowly.  (This is good so it won't flood our basement) 

Here's a photo I took this past Saturday while it was snowing.  As you can see, there is still a lot of snow in our yard, but it is disappearing little by little.  I thought that the red and blue against all the white made this a very appealing photo.

I found a rather cute image on one of my girls' web pages and just had to borrow it to share here.  It is just so comical and yet truthful.  As you can see, us New Englanders are rather resourceful.

Well, last night, I turned in really early and while I was debating whether to read or crochet, I fell asleep.  And I slept.  Pogo woke me up once to give him a late night snack (he was hungry because he did not eat his supper), and then I fell right back to sleep.  I think my body was plum tuckered out.

This morning, I could not justify staying in bed past 7:30 so I decided to get an early start on my emails and such.  The sun is shining, and it is 33F degrees.  The weather man assures us that it will get up to the high 40's later today. 

Tomorrow is supposed to be in the fifties, so Pogo and I will go out and do errands and have the car checked.  Who knows, maybe we'll even visit a car wash.  After all the salt from the winter snows, my car can surely use a bath.  We'll even do lunch at the park and maybe get a few new photos of the ducks and geese.

When I went for my over all health check up on Monday, I got both good and bad news.  The bad news is that I put on a few pounds.  Not too many, but none that I really needed.  The good news is that unless my blood work shows otherwise, I'm all set for another six months.  So it's a good thing that SIL Eddie finished putting my "stepper" together.  Whenever I pass by it, I do a few steps.  I don't usually make it past one minute, but I'm hoping that every little minute will help.

Yesterday I did a bit of shopping on line at Amazon.  It's just amazing at how much of your shopping you can do here.  And the part I like best is the free shipping on most everything.  Someone asked a while back if the mattress and box spring I ordered from here was for me.  No, it was for one of the dwarfs. Replacing these things is just part of regular maintenance for a rooming house.  Having them delivered to the house for free is a treat.

Well, I suppose it's time for me to get busy and maybe run the vacuum and do a load of laundry.  Maybe tomorrow I'll have a few more of those useless tidbits of information for you.  haha.  Before I take my leave, here's the April page from my calendar.

I'm going to open the living room door now so that Pogo can watch the squirrels that are playing just outside the door.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a beautiful day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sleepless Again In Massachusetts

March 31, 2015

God morning from sleepless in Massachusetts.  Late in the evening, I had dozed off watching TV, and all of a sudden the TV started acting crazy and woke me up.  There were words on the screen saying "we cannot process your request, please call the office".   What request?  Next, the screen went black and the cable box started showing spinning numbers and letters instead of channels.  This is where I tried to shut off the TV.  It only took about ten minutes to accomplish this simple task.

I went to get up to call the cable company and that's when I got the wicked bad spasm in my leg.  Now I'm not just mad, I hurt and I can't get up to get my meds because it hurts too much.   Well, after a while I managed to get to my meds and down a pill.  Then I just had to wait it out for about another twenty minutes for the spasm to settle down. 

Do you think maybe I'm wide awake by now?   It took forever to get through to the cable company only to find that there had been an outage of sorts and they were working to restore the cable.  Well at least I know there's nothing wrong with my TV.  I guess now it's time for a nice hot cup of cocoa or coffee and maybe some popcorn chicken to soothe my ruffled feathers.

I'll wait till around 9 a.m. to call the doctor's office and try to reschedule today's appointment.  By the time 11 a.m. rolls around, I won't be fit for driving anywhere.  It's just a follow up so I don't think the doctor will mind.

Today I have a couple of black and white photos that one of the parents at the play took this weekend.  They are just beautiful.   The first photo depicts every one's concern at the tornado that is headed their way.   In the second photo, Dorothy is enjoying the Lion's tale of woe.  Folks, the fellow who played the Lion was absolutely magnificent!

Another parent took this next photo of Jazzy as she started singing Over The Rainbow, and it is my favorite.

Okay, okay.  Enough of my "granny bragging" for now.  I just had to share these beautiful photos.  I also made a scrap layout that I will share.  Some time ago, I was given a photo of one of my great granddaughters, and I saw quite a resemblance in it to a photo I have of me when I was just two years old.  

Yesterday I dug out both photos and made a scrap layout with them.  I used a background and some elements from several of Kyra's kits:  "Something Magical", "Wonderful Day" and "Innocent Thoughts".   

Well, I've polished off all the popcorn chicken that I made up a little while ago.  Oh Yum Yum!!  And I've drunk about half of my cup of coffee (which is now cold).  I think maybe I'll curl up in my lounge chair and see if maybe I can catch a few winks. 

Before I do, let me leave you with a few bits of useless information  that you might need to know, but probably don't. 

Did you know that a dragonfly has a lifespan of just twenty-four hours?  And did you know that raindrops are not teardrop-shaped?  They are rounded at the top and flat at the bottom.  Wow, who knew?

The mayor of Washington once remarked:  "If you take out the killings, Washington actually has a very low crime rate."

Charles de Gaulle once made the statement:  "China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese."

Trying to burn calories?  Banging your head against a wall burns 150 calories an hour.  I think I like chubby better.  And lastly, did you know that a pig always sleeps on its right side?  Simply fascinating!!

So, till April, Y'all take care and have a wonderful day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, March 30, 2015

It's Mandarin Orange Monday

March 30, 2015

Good morning.  Gosh, it's gray and breezy outside my door.  I've just turned on the Weather Channel to see what to expect today.  Right now we can expect some snow flurries with a bit of rain later this afternoon.   Somewhere in all this mess, they say the sun will make an appearance and the temps will get up to the mid 40's. (F) 

I was hoping for a better forecast because I have an early afternoon appointment with the doctor for a regular check up.  With my new insurance, I will need to get a referral from this doctor so that I can see my orthopedic doctor tomorrow.  

Well, yesterday was quite a busy day.  After I posted to my blog in the morning, I got ready to go shopping at a new discount store.  Dwarf Helen went with me, and I must say that we had a great time at the store.  I found so many wonderful bargains, but I was good and did not attempt to buy them all.  haha.

I did buy a new phone (landline).  The ringer on my old phone stopped working a while ago, making it difficult for me to know when the phone was ringing.  I also bought some new clothes for my daughter Laura Jean, and a pretty new blouse for me.  Gosh, it's been a long time since I bought anything frilly for myself.  I usually stick to jeans, tees and sweats. 

After lunch, Deanne and Eddie stopped by to help me figure out how to upload videos to either You Tube or Facebook so that I could share some of the "Wizard" videos.  While Deanne was helping me do this, SIL Eddie got my new phone set up and finished putting my "Stepper" together. 

I wasn't successful with You Tube, but I did manage to upload four videos to my Face Book  page.  If you like, you are welcome  to go there and have a look.  The name on my page is Franny Loud.  You may need to click on being a friend in order to view the videos.  If so, I will friend you as soon as I see the notice.  Have fun.  My very favorite video could not be uploaded because I was holding the phone the wrong way when I taped it, and you have to hold your head sideways to view it.  Ah well, live and learn.

For my first photo today, I have a photo showing the weather we woke up to on Saturday morning.  Before it was over, everything was covered with a few more inches of snow.  Welcome to Spring in New England.

Today is Mandarin Orange Monday, (even though they are on vacation) and I have a new bit of digital art that I created from a photo of our Amaryllis in bloom.  I've also included the original photo that I started with.
Well that's my news for this morning.  I'm going to make a fresh cup of coffee to enjoy while I catch up on some blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.
Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Awesome Job Jasmine. We Are All So Proud Of You.

March 29, 2015

Good morning.  Oh my, I'm bubbling all over with lots of good things to say about the Musical Wizard Of Oz.  I went to Friday evening and yesterday's afternoon performances.  Oh my, it was just fantabulous!!  All the players were just wonderful, and of course, our "Dorothy" was  awesome.

We were allowed to take photos so I took as many as I could. (with my phone)  I didn't do too bad considering there was a wicked tall guy sitting right in front of me. (Friday evening)  He was video taping and kept moving and getting in my view.  Yesterday, I got there so early that I was the fourth person in line to get in.  This time, we got to sit in the front row. 

I won't bore you with a lot of "grandma brag talk", but I do have a few photos to share.  It took me over an hour to go through the photos and pick out just a few to post here.  First I'll start with a photo of Dorothy's precious Toto.  Now tell me honestly, isn't she just the cutest little dog??

Miss Gulch, the wicked neighbor wants to take Toto away from Dorothy, so Dorothy and Toto run away.  Here, they met up with Professor Marvel who is charming our Dorothy with his magic ball.

Dorothy helps the Straw Man down off the pole he is stuck on.  Notice the crows nearby laughing at poor Straw Man.

Next, they meet the Tin Man who needs to be oiled before he can stand up and walk.  Together, they're "off to see the wizard."

In the forest, our travelers  meet up with the Cowardly Lion.  (Note the tall heads in front of me?  Some days it just doesn't pay to be short!)   The Lion wants some courage.  Tin Man wants a heart.  Straw Man wants a brain, and Dorothy wants to go home to Kansas.

They are all nervous waiting to see if the Wizard will see them.  Oh Poor Lion!  Something has squeezed his tail.  Silly Lion, you are squeezing your own tail!!

Oh you mean Wizard!  You've scared poor Lion!   Are you alright Lion?

I got a couple videos (one at each performance that I attended) of Jazzy singing "Over The Rainbow".  However, after spending more than two hours last evening trying to upload one of them to You Tube so that I could share it, I was not able to accomplish this simple task.  I got as far as uploading the video, but then it just said "pending" for the rest of the night.  I finally cancelled it.  This afternoon, I'll see if Deanne can talk me through it.

Well, other than snow Friday night and all day yesterday, that's all my news for this morning.  I'm getting ready to go shopping soon.  So, till  tomorrow, Y'all have a super nice day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Today Is Jazzy's Big Day

March 27, 2015

Good morning.  I'm off to a late start this morning.  Pogo and I had plans to go to the park today, but it is wet and gray outside.  Yikes, I'm watching the Weather Channel and they are forecasting snow for tonight and tomorrow, and colder than average temperatures for April 3 to 9.  Do you suppose we'll ever see Spring?  Or will we just slip into Summer?

We do have a few green sprouts in the yard, but only beneath the kitchen window and under the hedge by my living room window.  These are the only places so far where the ground is showing.  The huge piles of snow are getting smaller but they still have a way to go. 

Yesterday, Joe and I went food shopping at the Market Basket.  Let me tell you it was so nice to shop where the employees are so helpful and are always wearing a smile..  Even the customers seem friendlier to each other.  I met an older lady at the meat counter.  She said she had never been there before, but she was enjoying her shopping experience there.  See what I mean? 

And, did I find the bar-b-que chicken that I was looking for?  I sure did!  I picked out a nice plump one for our supper.  Pogo has been a bit picky lately, and I just knew that this would perk him up.  Well, I couldn't have been more wrong.  After spending about ten minutes cutting his chicken up into teeny weeny pieces, I placed his dish on his dinner mat.  He took his time about actually giving it a look, then ignored it completely.

My little guy went to bed hungry last night because he just would not have anything to do with his supper.  I had put it in the refrigerator for a while and gave it back to him later, but he just did not want it.  Some days, I just don't know!

Today I have a couple photos to share that I took with my phone.  While we were in Florida, DIL Janet had bought a couple of new pattern books.  I photographed a few of the patterns that I like.  This item is called a Simple Rectangle Shrug.  I like it and the pattern does not look too difficult.  If anyone wants the pattern, just email me and I'll send it to you.

Well, today is the big day for our Jasmine.  Tonight we'll all be going to watch her be Dorothy in the Musical Wizard Of Oz.  There will also be two more shows, tomorrow afternoon and evening.  I'm hoping to be able to take a video with my phone of her singing "Over The Rainbow".  They usually frown upon photos and videos, but my phone does not use a flash for low light (unless I set it that way) so I might get lucky.  We'll see.
Well that's all my news for today.  I hope it is sunny and Spring time where you are.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have a fabulous day.
Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Today's Morning News Is Pretty Awful

March 26, 2015

Good morning.  Gosh what a beautiful day we had yesterday!  Pogo got to sit by his door most all day while I did a few things around here.  Today is warm and cloudy at the moment.  It rained last night, and we are expecting more rain later today.  As long as it isn't too heavy, it will help to melt some more of the snow.

Have you all been watching the news this morning?  The are saying that the co-pilot of that German airliner crashed the plane on purpose.  According to the news, he waited for the pilot to leave the cockpit and then locked the door to keep him out while he set the plane to crash in the mountains.  So far, it is said that everyone on board died instantly. 

How horrid is that?  To be honest, it makes me fearful even more so of flying.  I know that this is not a normal occurrence, but it makes me quite nervous anyway.  As it is, I have to work on keeping my mind psyched up for a good flight when it is time to travel anywhere.

Another story on the news was about a car that drove right into a drugstore.  Fortunately, no one was killed.  However, I am assuming that the driver was not over the age of sixty because they are not making a big deal about the accident on the news.  If the driver were sixty or older, politicians everywhere would be in a rush to pass a lot of new laws to keep older drivers off the road.

Also in the news, several tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma and Arkansas, leaving a wicked amount of devastation behind.  There was at least one death and several injured people who have been hospitalized. 

To be honest, I don't think I could live in any of these areas where tornadoes seem to be a way of life nowadays.  I'll stay right here and do my best to deal with the snow and ice and the occasional hurricane, and count my blessings.

On a lighter note, I have a couple photos of a beautiful air plant that I bought at a flea market while I was in Florida.  I have always been fascinated by these plants, so I decided to buy one and try my luck at keeping it alive.  It needs no soil, just a soaking once or twice a week.  It also does not want direct sunlight.  Regular room light or indirect sun light is all this plant needs. 

Once it gets a little bigger, I'll find a nice container to set it in (or on).  But for now, it sits on a towel on my little fireplace mantel.  Yesterday I picked it up to wet it under the faucet and I noticed that it had grown a gorgeous flower.  Have a look at this amazing plant.  Isn't this pretty?

While I've been busy here typing, the sun has come out, and I've opened the door so that Pogo can sit and watch the squirrels playing outside.  We still don't have very many of our little birds back yet, but I have hopes that they will all be back soon. 

I think today Pogo and I will take a walk around the yard to see how many sprouts we can find.  We still cannot walk around to the other side of the house because there is still too much snow there.  I'm hoping that all this moisture will give us a super lawn this year.

Later, when Joe gets home from work, we'll go food shopping.  Today maybe we can shop at the Market Basket.  They have a much better selection than Walmart and very good prices.  Well, I think that's about all my news for today.  So till tomorrow, Y'all have a magnificent day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I'm Losing My "Countability"

March 25, 2015

Good morning.  Gosh, it's almost noon time.  No I did not sleep all morning, although that sounds like fun.  I've been busy doing a few little things around here. Don't ask me what because it doesn't really look as though I did much of anything. 

I did however, crop a few photos to share.  Yesterday I realized that one of the "finished" afghans wasn't really finished.  The Aruba Sea afghan just seemed so much lighter than the others that I finally took a very close look at it and discovered that it needed sixteen more rows.  Now how did that happen?  This getting old is sometimes not so funny!!

So last evening I picked it up and started putting on more rows.  Yeesh!  I know one slows down during old age, but no one ever said anything about losing one's ability to count rows!  Anyway, here's a photo of the Aruba Sea afghan all bunched up on the table. 

Yesterday I got a tiny spurt of energy and decided to relocate some of the dust bunnies that live here with me and Pogo.  Folks, don't ever get asthma.  I got about sixty percent of the living room floor vacuumed, and I had to stop.  This is a small room, but it took all my breath and energy to do that little bit. 

So after I rested for a few minutes, I put the vacuum cleaner away, shook out the scatter rugs and put them back on the floor and then called it a day.  I'd rather share my space with the dust bunnies and be able to breathe.  Today I'll vacuum another patch of floor and maybe dust the bookshelves. 

Today is sunny and warmer.  It's already 46F degrees, headed toward 48F.  We have rain coming tonight and tomorrow.   The temperature range for the next seven days is 42F to 55F degrees.  Shhhh, don't say anything but do you think maybe Spring might be coming our way?   Oh that would be so nice.

I have another cute photo of my little guy to share.  Once I finished with the vacuuming yesterday, he crawled up onto his sofa and snuggled under one of his fuzzy blankets to have a nap.  He likes to lean up against one of the corners when he is napping.  You can see one of his ears poking out. (on the left)   Housework really tires him out!

It's almost time to find something tasty for my little guy's lunch.  So I'll take my leave here.  Till tomorrow, Y'all have a beautiful day.

Hugs, Edna B.