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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Rain, Rain, Please Fill Up Our Ponds

January 23, 2018

Good morning.  Yup, it's still morning for another eleven minutes.  Gosh, I'm getting off to a very late start today.  Today is gray and wet.  Wet, wet, wet.  It is pouring rain here in New England.  No, I'm not complaining.  Our ponds and reservoirs are still way down, so we really do need the rain.  It's a great day to do crafts and have chowder for lunch.

Yesterday I made corn chowder in my new slow cooker.  I have to tell you that it was delicious!  For supper, I had two and a half bowls of it.  Mmmm, mmm, mmm!  Guess what I'm going to have for my lunch today???

The mail just came and I got an invitation to borrow up to $50,000 at a nice low interest rate.  Wowsie!  Gosh, it's nice to be wanted, but no thank you.  I could have a lot of fun with the money, but then I'd have to pay it all back.  Groan, groan, groan.  Ah well, it was a fun thought while it lasted.

A few days ago, Pogo sent his friend Cisco (in Texas) some doggie bones and a new little playhouse.  Now we're just waiting to see if Cisco likes his playhouse.  Pogo has lots of little places here where he can go to hide or rest that are just big enough for him.  It seems to make him happy checking out each of his little hiding spots.  He will usually leave a blanket and a little toy in each of them.

This is the Chinese Year of the Dog.  So if you can, try to do something nice for a dog, whether they are homeless or someone's family pet.  All animals deserve to be pampered.

I don't have any new photos to share today so I dug out a few photos from last year's vacation in Florida.  There are so many different and beautiful palm trees and plants there.  These are just a few of the palms where my condo is.  When you see them up close, you realize just how beautiful they are. 




Gosh, in just five and a half more weeks, Pogo and I will be on a plane for Florida.  I guess it's time to dig out my little laptop to make sure it's working okay.  It's the one I take with me on vacation.  I'm into packing lighter and smaller.  I also take my smaller camera instead of my big Canon.  Just another way to lighten my bag. 

I've decided that I'll take Pogo's stroller instead of my walker.  This will be more comfortable for Pogo, and I'll still have something to hold onto when I'm walking.  It's a shame I can't rent him a stroller when we get there.  This would make things a lot easier.  Hmmm, I'll have to look into that.

That's about it for my chatter today.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have an awesome day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Good News From My Eye Doctor

January 22, 2018

Good afternoon.  I'm a bit late today, but I had an appointment this morning with my eye doctor for a routine check up.  Once again, I got good news there.  My eyes are very healthy and my eyesight is just fine.  I did get a new prescription so that I can get new glasses.  My current glasses are fine, but they are very very old.  I can't remember the last time I got new glasses or frames. 

My eyes are super light sensitive, so I do need the transitional lenses for that reason.  I have bifocals basically for reading purposes.  I put my glasses on when I wake up and I take them off when I go to bed.  I'm amazed at how long my current glasses have lasted. 

Needless to say, I won't be typing very long on this post as my eyes are still a bit fuzzy from the drops that the doctor put in them.  I do have a couple Dover pages for you to color.  Don't forget, if you like these, you can lots more of them for free on Dover.com.  These two pages will be such fun for folks who love to drink tea.




Shortly after I got home this morning, my new slow cooker arrived.  Oh my, it is just beautiful!  I'm going to use it this afternoon to make a corn chowder.  Tomorrow, I'll let you know how it comes out.
Now I'm off to get started on that chowder.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

It's Been An Exhausting Week!

January 21, 2018

Good morning.  It's 3:39 a.m. and I've been awake for about an hour so I decided to get up and make myself useful.  Right now, I'm enjoying a big cup of Cream Of Wheat.  It's a tasty way to start off one's day. 

Yesterday afternoon, I was totally exhausted and fell asleep.  I woke up just long enough to whip up some supper and then went right back to sleep until about two thirty this morning.  I should be good now until after lunch later today.  Who knows, maybe I'll last all day.  Now that would be nice.

Friday, the guys finally did show up to start work on my fuel tanks.  They had to unhook the old ones, transfer any fuel over to a holding tank, then cut up the old tanks and bring them out of the basement to the yard to be loaded on to their truck and carried away.  All this before putting in a new tank.  They also had to take out the old vent and fill pipes, and put in new ones. 

Meanwhile, the new tank that they had picked up for me would not fit into the house.  Not by the cellar doors and not by bringing it in through the house and down the basement stairs.  It was about four inches too wide, and a bit too tall.  So, they had to go get me another one, just a bit smaller. 

These guys worked hard all day getting everything done.  Finally, they finished and packed up to leave around 5:45 p.m.  It's just a big old tank, but it sure does look nice down there in my basement.  This new tank holds about fifty gallons less than the old tank, but I'm sure it will be all right. 

This new fuel company is really doing a great job for me.  They have fixed my heating problems and they've taken care of a serious problem (replacing the old fuel tanks).  I think I'm going to be very happy with them. 

Yesterday morning, I got up early and decided to go do a few errands.  I did my grocery shopping, got my second half of the pneumococcal vaccine,  then stopped at the Post Office to mail a couple of packages.  Then I headed to the bank before finally arriving back home.  Joe was home and helped me carry in all the bundles.  Thank goodness, because by the time everything was put away, I was wiped out. 

Today is a new day, and I have high hopes that it will be a good day.  I have a couple stacks of magazines and catalogues that I need to go through before putting them out in the recycle bin.  It's amazing how quickly these things pile up.

Years ago, I had a wonderful crock pot.  It was oblong shaped and I loved cooking in it.  At one point, I had lent it out, but it came back to me in pieces.  First the pan part, and a few months later the base was returned.  By that time, I had gotten rid of the pan part.  Since then, I have never found another one like it.  Until a couple nights ago.  I finally found it in a catalogue.  I looked it up on Amazon and surprise, surprise, they had it too.  So I ordered it for me.

I do have a nice crock pot, but it is very heavy, and it's difficult to remove the ceramic pot for cleaning.  Therefore, I don't use it very often.  I'm sure I'll get lots more use out of this new crock pot.

Friday afternoon, I also called the Paris Cabaret to reserve a table for the February 10th Valentine show.  This will probably be one of Jazzy's last shows at the Cabaret until after her high school Spring drama performance. 

Last week, Deanne had stopped by to see her grandbabies and took this adorable photo of Xander.  He had just woken up from his nap.  Goodness, he is such a happy baby.  This is how he is all the time. 


Later today, I want to work on finishing up my little red baby hats.  I need to get them into the mail soon.  After that, I still have the Cranberry afghan to finish.  In between, I need to get cracking on putting my tax stuff together. 

On that happy thought, I'll take my leave.  So, until tomorrow, Y'all have an awesome day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, January 19, 2018

A Snag In My Plans? What Else Is New!

January 19, 2018

Good morning.  Well, here it is 9:30 and the guys aren't here yet to change over the oil drums.  They told me they would be here between 8 and 9 a.m.  Because of my crazy sleep habits and the fact that I fell asleep last evening for about three hours, I was awake all night so that I would not oversleep this morning.  Ah well, if they are not here by ten, I'll give them a call.

Right now I'm so tired my eyes are having trouble staying open.  I think last night could have been the night that I would have slept all through the night.  Hmmm.

Well, I just called the company who is supposed to be here already, and the woman answering the phone doesn't know anything about it.  She's going to check it and call me back.  Aye yi yi! 

Gosh, what a way to start off my new blog year.  Lady Luck isn't being very nice to me lately.  The lady from the "install" company just called me back and she says no one is coming out today.  Are you kidding me???  This is not funny!  She is going to do a bit more checking and call me back.

Now that I'm in a "not so nice" mood, let me tell you about my latest gripe.  Have any of you watched the newest TV commercial for Turbo Tax?  This newest ad is loaded with animal cruelty.  It takes place on a fishing boat and grown men are laughing at a large sail fish (I think that's what it is) that is screaming and writhing in pain.  I don't find any humor in this type of cruelty at all! 

How about something pretty to look at?  I dug out a few nice photos of the morning sky from a few years ago.  I used to love photographing the sky early in the morning when I was at work or traveling to or from work.  These four photos were taken on my way home from work one winter morning. 





It sort of looks like the day started out pretty nice, but then a storm moved in.  Yup, that's how quickly the weather can change here in New England.  I find this very interesting.

Well, that's my chatter for this morning.  Now I'm going to wait for my phone call to see what's going to be done about my fuel tanks.  So, till Sunday, Y'all stay warm and have a fantabulous weekend.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Day One Of Year Eleven

January 18, 2018

Good morning.  The sun is shining, but it is cold outside.  Well, of course, it's Winter!  But in a couple months, it will be Spring.  Woo Hoo!

Well, today is the first day of my eleventh year here in Blog Land.  So, happy anniversary to me and I hope this is a super good year.  I took a photo of my very first post.  It was very short, with no photos.  It's amazing how gabby I've become over the years!  Today's post will be number 3304.


Actually, blogging has been very good for me.  I started it shortly after my hubby passed away, and it kept my mind busy and out of depressed places.  It got me into creative activities, and opened a whole new world of people to meet.  I've made some awesome nice friends, and I've even got to meet a few of them in person. 

At some point, years ago, my daughter Audrey asked if I would leave my blog books to her.  That's when I decided that I would like to scatter a lot of family history and photos throughout it.  It would be something nice to leave for my future generations.

Enough of my prattle.  Last night I finished the baby blanket that I've been working on, and started making the little red baby hats again.  I need to finish these little red hats by the end of the month.  Then I'll give them to Deanne, and she can give them to the hospital of her choice. 

I've already made up my "to crochet" list for this year.  It's quite an ambitious list so it may not all get done before the year is up.  If that happens (which it most likely will) then I'll just move the unfinished items over to next year's list. 

Today I don't have any special plans.  I'm toying with the idea of going grocery shopping.  Mind you, I said "toying with the idea."  I haven't decided yet whether or not I want to go out in the cold.  I may wait until Saturday to go out.  It's supposed to be about ten degrees warmer then.

Before I go, let me share something that I borrowed from the web.  This image had me giggling when I first saw it.  It reminded me of myself.  hahaha. 


Now I think I'll have another cup of coffee and do a bit of blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The End Of The First Blog Decade

January 17, 2018

Good morning.  The sun is not shining today.  Instead, everything outside is being covered with a steady downfall of white snow.   Colder temps are back for a few days, but the weatherman says it will warm up a bit over the weekend. 

Yesterday, I was going to do some grocery shopping but by the time I finished a few things that had to be done, it was too late to go.  I thought I might go today but the snow has changed that plan.  Not to worry.  We still have plenty of food in the freezer and I have a case of water left.  I'll either go shopping tomorrow or Saturday.  It all depends on the weather.

The new burner service man just called and we set an appointment for this Friday to have the old fuel tanks removed and the new one installed.  Hopefully, it will all go smoothly.  Once the new tank is in, I will be able to get a fuel delivery.  The timing is perfect. 

Yesterday, the mailman brought me my newest blog book.  It's always so exciting when my new books arrive.  Each one seems to be even nicer than the one before.  Here are photos of the front and back covers of my newest book.



Speaking of blog books, today is the last day of my first ten years of blogging.  Tomorrow will start year eleven.  Wow, I never thought ten years ago that I'd still be blogging, or better yet, printing it out into hard cover books. 

Sad to say, a lot of the blogs that I used to love reading have all gone by the way over the years.  Most of the scrapping forums that I belonged to years ago have all disappeared.  The person who got me into blogging is Snow Raven, and she still keeps up her blog.  She's a very talented lady and still designs scrap kits that she posts on her blog.  Have a look and check out her beautiful watercolor paintings.

Today I have a new quick page that seems to be quite appropriate, seeing as how it is still snowing outside.  Have fun with it.


Here is your download link:
http://www.mediafire.com/file/6ka993pmpv6bf2u/EB_-_QP_2018_-_06.zip

Now I'm going to watch for the mailman.  I'm also going to treat myself to a fresh cup of hot coffee and do a bit of blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Oh My, The Heat Feels Sooooo Good

January 16, 2018

Good morning.  Gosh, I didn't want to get up this morning.  I've gotten very little sleep these past few nights so my body was very over tired.  It was difficult getting to sleep last night, but when I finally fell asleep, I just wanted to keep right on sleeping all morning.

Even Pogo was enjoying sleeping late without being wrapped up like a snowball and being stuffed into a pile of blankets.  Yup, wearing just a sweater, he jumped up on his little couch, fluffed up his blankets, snuggled down into them and fell asleep.  I have to tell you, it feels good to be warm again.

Yesterday the guy showed up to fix the remote starter in my car, and now that works too.  At least it did when he got done working on it.  I haven't tried using it yet this morning.  Now I'm just waiting for the new burner company to call me and let me know when they will be able to come out and replace my old oil drum. 

Today I may even dig up the energy to do a bit of grocery shopping.  The cupboard is getting a bit bare.  No, we're not out of food, but there's less to pick from when mealtime rolls around.  For supper tonight, I think I'll order Chinese food for Pogo and me.  Our favorites are Pork Fried Rice and Pork Lo Mein. 

A couple weeks ago, I started making a baby blanket.  Once I started, I realized that I did not have the colors that I wanted, so I ordered new yarn and set what I was working on aside.  (I'll finish it later)  The new yarn order came a few days ago and I started a new blanket.  The colors are Teardrops (light blue) and Lily Pond (blue, green and white variegated).  Gosh, they are so pretty together.  Here's a photo of a small bit of the blanket.


I also took a new photo of the Amaryllis plant out in the house.  All it's blooms are open and it is really gorgeous. 


In a little while, I need to call my house insurance broker and find out why I haven't gotten the bill yet for this year's insurance.  It's not that I'm in a big rush to pay another huge bill, but I need to get it taken care of for my own peace of mind. 

In looking at my calendar, our trip to Florida is getting ever so close.  Just six more weeks and Pogo and I will be off to sunny Florida.  It's time to start planning on what to pack for our trip.  It's good to have something happy to plan for. 

Now it's time to get dressed and think about re-stocking the pantry.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay warm and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.