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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Congratulations Kevin

February 1, 2015

Good morning.  Gosh, the sun is shining here, but it sure is cold!!  It's 9F degrees, and it's only supposed to maybe get up to 29F degrees.  Winter storm Kari didn't hurt us too bad, but storm Linus isn't going to be so nice.  We're looking at another 12 to 18 inches of snow.   We are under storm warning from 9pm tonight to 1 am Tuesday.

My goodness, where are we going to put all this snow?  The weather forecast shows even more snow coming next Wednesday and Thursday.  Groan, Groan, Groan.  I guess now we know why my driveway is so big.  We have to have room for mountains of snow besides all the cars.

At the moment, the Chicago area is under blizzard warning, and are getting a large dose of snow.  I hope that Nani and Andrea are both ready for the storm and are safe and warm.  That goes for everyone else in the wake of Storm Linus.  I hope you all stay safe. 

I'm sure everyone has noticed that January has gone by, and it's already February.  So here's the February page from my calendar.

Let's get to the good news.  My grandson Kevin went for his road test this past Friday, and HE PASSED!!!   Yeahhhhh!   Congratulations Kevin..  There is only one more grandchild younger than Kevin,  (his sister Jasmine) and she is in high school.  All my babies' babies are grown up.  Next thing you know, the great grand babies will all be grown up too.  Wow, sometimes being old can be quite nice.

Also good news, I finally managed to make a Page Two here on my blog for all the 365 Word Photos.   The link is at the top right side just above my avatar.  Click on "Word Photos" to go to that page.  To return, just click "Home".   So, if anyone else wants to play, send me your photos and I'll upload them.  My email is in my profile.

I know I'm behind on my word photos, but I will catch up.  I've just been very busy here doing things that crop up, and of course, setting up the new page.   I'm not sure I set the page up right, but it seems to be working. 

Now for some fun photos.  Daughter Deanne sent these to me a few days ago during the Blizzard.  SIL Eddie went outside and shoveled a path so that Sassy could get to a safe place to go potty, But this wouldn'tt do because Sassy is in the habit of going way out to the back yard for her potty duties. 

So now Dad had to shovel a new path all the way out to Sassie's spot in the back yard.  Ah well, that's Dad's do, right?   Anything for our fur babies.   Here's Eddie getting ready to start the new path.

Is every one ready to settle in this afternoon to watch the Puppy Bowl on the Animal Channel?   Right after the Puppy Bowl, the Super Bowl will begin.  Good luck to the New England Patriots.   I'm not a football fan, but it sure would be nice to see our team win again.  Especially after all the nonsense in the news.  So, GO PATS!!!!!

Well, it's time to make some breakfast for Pogo and me.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and warm, and have a super day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Storm Kari Is Bringing Us More Snow

January 30, 2015

Good morning everybody.  I'll give you three guesses what's happening outside my door.  Yup!  You guessed it!  It is snowing.  It's another storm, this one is named "Kari".  It's supposed to snow all day, tonight and right on through tomorrow.   If that's not bad enough, we are promised another nasty snowy wet day for next Monday too.  Sheesh!!

Want to know what Pogo thinks of all this wicked Winter weather?  This is how he rides out the cold and the snow.    First we pile up a bunch of fuzzy blankets on his little sofa; then he settles in.

I realize that it is sometimes difficult to visualize what something looks like just from hearing about it.  I mention my driveway (parking lot) often when we have bad weather, so I took a couple of photos to show just how big it is.  The photos don't show it all, but you can see a lot of it.  You can see Joe (in the tan jacket) and Mike (in the dark jacket) shoveling.  That's my car in the bottom right corner, minus a lot of the snow that it was buried under.

These photos were taken through the storm door, which is why you can see the mesh screen imprint on the photos. 

I finally have some good news for daughter Audrey.  She has finally found herself a new car to get around in.  It's a cute little Nissan Versa.  Good luck with it Audrey, and drive safely.  Your car carries some very precious cargo in it.

I have another story to share with you.  Audrey was riding in a car one day last week when she spotted something very interesting way off in a field.  She took as many photos as she could with her phone, and sent this one on to me.  Wow!!  Would you believe - an Albino Deer.  At least, I think that's what it is.  I zoomed in as best I could and could not see a black nose.

We've never seen one of these, so of course this was exciting.  I looked it up on Google and found that there are Albino Deer, and there are the White Deer.    There is quite a lot of fascinating history about the White Deer.  The difference between the two is that the Albino Deer has a pink nose and pink eyes.  The White Deer has a normal colored nose and normal colored eyes.

Yesterday afternoon, Joe and I went food shopping, so now I'm all stocked up again and ready for the next batch of weather.   Now I'm going to enjoy my cup of coffee and catch up a bit on my blog reading.  So, till Sunday, (Woo Hoo!  It will already be February!)  Y'all be warm and have a fabulous weekend. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Just Fifty One More Days Till Spring

January 29, 2015

Good morning.  Gosh, it's cold this morning.  Currently it is 9F degrees and the sun is shining.  The weather man says that it will get up to around 32F degrees sometime today.  Then we have more snow coming during the night, and rain and freezing rain for tomorrow.  Well now, isn't that nice!

I'm watching the Weather Channel, and they are showing all the side streets in Boston, and all the cars still buried in snow.  The problem now is that all that snow has to be carted away, but to where?   There's no where to throw the snow when you shovel out all these vehicles, so it will be a while before some of the cars make it out of their icy spots. 

I have a solution, but they are not asking me.  (What else is new?  lol.)  They could start at one end of a street with a plow, a back hoe and a couple of dump trucks, and dig out one car at a time and put the snow into the dump truck.  After a while the whole street would be cleared and all the cars could go back to their parking spots.  The snow in the dump trucks could be carted away and dumped into the ocean. (or somewhere suitable)

We have two more nasty winter spells coming our way for tonight and tomorrow, and then again for Sunday into Monday.  It looks like there is even more snow coming mid week.  I, for one, will be ever so glad to see Spring coming with her warm sun and green leaves.  Just 51 more days folks!

I did not do a "word" photo for today but I have more pix of our birdies.  These first two photos show a little finch (I think it is a finch) enjoying lunch at the plate on top of the snow, and the next photo shows another little one enjoying his lunch under my car.

These next two photos feature a tiny wren.  In the first shot, he is pecking at a snow covered branch, and in the second photo, he is perched on one of my windshield wipers checking out the food situation.  (at least that what I think he is doing)

Yesterday afternoon, Joe cleared off my car, and then cleared all the heavy snow off the porch roof.  At least now I won't be worrying about the roof when the freezing rain and snow comes tomorrow.   I think we'll go food shopping this afternoon when Joe gets home from work so that I don't have to go out tomorrow. 

I'm hoping to go back to Market Basket to do our food shopping because I found a brand of doggie food there that Pogo will eat.  It's the Market Basket brand of "gourmet dinners" .  I bought some last week to try, and every day Pogo eats at least half of it to all of it for his breakfast.  Woo Hoo!!!

I have some fun photos that Dee Dee sent to me, but I'll save them for tomorrow.  Right now, my tummy is telling me that it wants a bit of food.  So, till tomorrow Y'all be warm and have a fabulous day. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

This Blizzard Is Finally Over Here

January 28, 2015

Good morning.  Well, the sun is shining, and Storm Juno fizzled out during the night.  Thank goodness for that!  Joe worked wonders trying to keep up with the snow that has been falling since Monday, and the snow plow came in this morning at 7:15 for the last time to clean up the parking lot again. 

There is a lot of snow on our porch roof, but Joe will clear most of that away this afternoon when he gets home from work.  We surely don't need any problems with the roof falling in on the porch.  Even though we got a ton of snow here, we were very fortunate that we did not lose our electric power.  In reality, things could have been a lot worse, so I am very thankful how things turned out here.

Yesterday, I had fun watching our little birdies scratching around for food.  The snow had everything buried.  As soon as I would send out more bird seed and bits of bread, the snow would cover over it.  I finally got smart and had Joe spread a whole bowl of seed underneath my car.  This way the little birds could eat their food and be out of the weather. 

Here are a few photos of our little birds from yesterday.  The square feeder in the last photo was almost empty, so I made up some new buns lathered in peanut butter to fill them again.  The birds seem to like the peanut butter very much.

The word for Day 28 is "Lead" which can be interpreted in more than one way.  You can "lead" someone, or you can have something made of or with "lead".  I chose a "lead" pencil used for writing.

I have more photos and a scrap page to share, but I'll save them for tomorrow.  I did spend a little time yesterday trying to figure out how to make a second page here on the blog.  The only instruction I could find was a line on Blogger that said "to make another page click here."  I did not click it because first I want to make sure that this page won't get messed up if I click that spot.    I'll look again today.

A few minutes ago, I spotted some of our little birds outside my window looking for food, so I just took a small break to put some more food out for them.  When I took the food outside, there was a small group of birdies sitting in and on my hedge waiting for the food.  There was a couple of chickadees, a little brown wren, a finch, a couple of dark eyed juncos and a few sparrows.  I am always amazed at how they can all get along so well together.

Now I really must have myself a hot cup of coffee.  I've paid the plow guy, fed the birds, checked with a couple of the dwarfs, fed Pogo his breakfast and typed my blog.  It's time to get some hot coffee and maybe a few bites of something tasty into this old gal.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay warm and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Old Man Winter Is A'Huffing And A'Puffing

January 27, 2015

Good morning America!!  It's windy, white and cold here in New England.  Well, the snow and wind really picked up last evening, and I spent most of the night worrying about my gentle giants.  (the huge trees around the house)  But it is 5:45 am, and so far all is well. 

Yesterday I was able to hire a snow plow to come in several times during the storm and clear our driveway.  I don't know why I call it a driveway.  It's really more like a parking lot.  Joe went out every couple of hours till around 11:30 pm and shoveled up all the snow. 

The governor called for a driving ban beginning at midnight last night, and all other forms of travel would also be shut down.  This will stay in effect until further notice.  The wind began howling in the evening, and snow has been flying every which way.  Yup, it looks like a real doozy of a snowstorm outside. 

Pogo curled up under a bundle of fuzzy blankets on his little sofa, and I was all tucked in on my lounge chair with the phone next to me.  We managed to sleep for a few hours till the phone rang at 4 am.  It was the snow plow driver calling to say he would be here in thirty minutes.  We already had a foot of snow.  I called Joe, and he got up and went outside to shovel the snow away from my car and to tell the plow driver what we needed.

The word for Day 11 was "White", so I think this photo of Joe outside this morning is quite appropriate.   I was standing on the front porch when I took this photo, but it was so windy that I soon went right back in the house.  This is just the snow that fell from  around 11:30 pm till 4 am. 

The plow got here around 4:30 am, and I have to say that he did a pretty good job, considering one of the cars got stuck in too much snow and Joe couldn't move it out of the way.   Let me tell you, there was a ton of snow in our yard.  Well, actually it's still there, but it's been moved around a bit.  hehe.

Here's a view through my living room window.  That large white blob has my car hidden beneath it.  I tried taking photos through the door, but plexi-glass does not make for good photos. 

While I was at the window, I checked the birdie water bowl and put more water in it.  It's in a protected spot, so there wasn't too much snow around it.

By 5:15, the plow driver had left, and Joe was on his way back to bed for a few more hours.   As soon as some of the dwarfs wake up, Joe will go back outside with some help to move the car that got stuck.  The plow driver will call again later this morning before he comes back to plow the yard again. 

So far, we still have our electric power.  Knock on wood, and thank you Lord.   The wind is going to be blowing heavy most all day and night again.   The real culprit of this storm is this wicked wind.  It has the potential to knock down a lot of power lines, leaving a lot of people in the freezing cold.

I'm watching the Weather Channel, and there are six states that have called a "state of emergency".  For most of us, that means a driving ban, no schools open, no buses or trains running, etc.  As long as we don't lose our power, it is sort of like a mini vacation for a lot of folks.

Well, I can see the sky beginning to lighten now so I think I'll have a cup of hot cocoa and maybe see about catching a few winks before the plow comes back.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all be safe and have a super nice day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, January 26, 2015

We're Getting Ready For A Doozy Of A Storm!

January 26, 2015

Good morning.  Well, the snow is coming starting today, and it's coming with a vengeance.  It's bringing hurricane winds along with it.  The weather man sounds scary this morning when he says that it could dump from two to four inches of snow an hour for twenty four hours non-stop.  Now that is scary!!   Right now, we are looking at possibly two to three feet of snow for our area. 

As long as we have power, I'll be posting here.  If I'm not here, then you can assume that we've lost our electric power and I'll be back as soon as the power returns.  Personally, I would not be disappointed if the whole thing blew out to sea before it gets here.  That's my wimpy side showing!

They are saying on the Weather Channel that by noon today, all traffic in New York City is to be off the roads; and in Boston, we may have as late as 5 pm to get off the roads and stay off for 24 hours.  That's a great idea, but I'm sure there will be lots of folks ignoring these warnings.  Why, I don't know, but they always do.

We have food, water, blankets, flashlights, a snow blower that might not be much of a help if there is too much snow, and a generator in case of a power outage.  The only thing I haven't got so far is a plow to come in periodically to move some of the heavier snow out of the driveway.  I'll try to figure that one out this morning. 

Yesterday, I went looking at one of my backup drives to see if there was room on it for another backup, and I got side-tracked, naturally.  Therefore I did not get to work on a second page for my blog.  I will get to it, but right now there are more important things to attend to. 

I thought I might see about getting another delivery of fuel oil to make sure the tank is full, but so far no one seems to be answering the oil company's phone.  Maybe their lines are already down?  Hmmm.  Oh well, we have enough fuel for a while, but once the snow gets here it will be very difficult to get to the "fill" pipe.

As promised, here are the latest "word" photos.  The word for Day 24 was "Aquatic" so I took a photo of Joe's fish.  There is a pineapple house in the fishbowl, and the fish likes to stay inside the house a lot.

The word for Day 25 was "Flower" so I have a photo of daylilies from my garden.  (Obviously taken several months ago.  This being Monday, I thought the orange lilies most appropriate.

For today, Day 26, the word is "Towering", so I took a photo of our Amaryllis plant that is towering over the other plants on the plant table.
Beth sent in a photo for Day 19's word, "Water".  She took this photo of the rain drops that have landed on the fence rail.
If anyone else wants to join in with the "Word" photos, please do.  I'm getting into the habit of just shooting photos of everything and anything.  You never know when one of the photos will match a Day word.
Now I must get busy and see about hiring us a snow plow.  That's if there are any snow plows available.  Most of them are probably all booked already.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all be safe and have a great day.
Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sometimes The Snow Can Be Fun

January 25, 2015

Good morning.  Well, the sun is finally shining.  It's cold, but it's not snowing so that helps.  Today we have to clean up as much of yesterday's snow as possible.  We are on blizzard watch for 7 pm
Monday until 1 am Wednesday.  There is a lot more snow on its way.  Storm Juno is promising to dump a bundle of the white stuff on New England. 

I thought I might share this photo of a snow storm that we had in January a few years ago.  My brother Artie was outside shoveling out the driveway, and in most places the snow was up to his hips.

The weatherman is being very scary this morning.  He is saying that "Juno" could bring us "feet" of snow, not "inches".   One good thing, I had the dates wrong for when Eddie and Kevin had to be in Boston for medical reasons.  They do not go this week, they go next week.  Whew!  I'm hoping that by then most of the snow and ice will be gone. 

Yesterday we all woke up to fat snow flakes falling, and already more than four inches of snow covering everything.  During the day we got a couple more inches.  Of course, this was to be the day that the snow blower would break a shear pin when Joe was trying to move all the snow.  The snow blower had to go back to the shed and out came the shovels. 

I ordered new pins from the Hardware Store, and a couple of the dwarfs helped Joe with the shoveling.  In this photo, the driveway (which is huge) is done and now they are clearing the entrance area by the street. 

All the activity outside kept Pogo quite busy watching from the door.  Until Joe threw a little snowball at the door and scared Pogo away.  I'll need to have a chat with Joe about that.  Pogo is tiny and so many things are quite scary to him.  He should not have to be afraid of Joe or looking out his door.  I love the reflections in these photos of my little guy.
I have a photo to share of dwarf Mike having some fun in the snow yesterday.  He had just made a snowball and was busy getting ready to throw it at Joe.  (He says to tell everyone that he is available.)
I do have "word" photos for the last couple of days, but I'll post them tomorrow.  This afternoon I'm going to try to set up a second page here on the blog for project photos, etc.  The magic word is "try".  I'll even see if I can figure out how to set up an upload link.  Hmmmm, that should keep me busy for a while. 
Now I'm going to enjoy a cup of coffee and do a bit of blog reading.  So till tomorrow, Y'all stay warm and have a fabulous day.
Hugs, Edna B.