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Friday, December 19, 2014

"The Secret Santa" - Simply Wonderful

December 19, 2014

Good morning.  This morning the temps are in the 30'sF, and it is cloudy.  I guess it's going to stay that way until Monday when it is supposed to get up into the 40's.  Well, except for one or two errands, I don't have to go out over the next few days. 

Yesterday, I picked up a couple of blankets for Pogo.  Plus, I found a "no sew" kit for a fleecy throw, so I bought that too.  After reading the instructions, I think I can manage this project.  I shall find out soon enough. 

Last evening, I watched a Christmas story on TV.  It's titled "The Secret Santa".  Wow, what a program!  It was absolutely charming, heart warming, and simply wonderful.  It's on again today at noon on TLC, (cable channel) so I'm going to tape it so that I can watch it again on Christmas Eve. 

It's a story about the volunteers who sort, and read, the letters that children write to Santa Claus, a man named Lucas Nast, and a lot of fabulous phenomenons that leave scientists scratching their heads trying to figure out how these things happened.   Maybe if they had a bit more faith in the heart's beliefs, they would already know how these things happen.

Do I believe in Santa Claus?  Why of course I do!!!  He's been my friend since I was a very little girl. 
And he'll be here in my heart till my last day on this earth.  Here's a layout that I posted back in 2009 of me and Santa.  The photo was taken in 1993. 

Would you believe that I just spent over an hour going through my files and blog books to find this layout?   Just goes to show how easily I can get side-tracked. 

This morning, I did a bit more wrapping.  I really don't have very much at all left to do.  Mostly I just have the dwarfs' gifts for under the tree left to wrap.  I was thinking that I'd wait and do these over the weekend.  Then I can start packing up all the wrapping materials and put it all away till next year.

Later today or tomorrow, I have to go to Ace Hardware store to drop off another load of dog and cat food.  The trunk in my car is full, so Joe will come with me to lift all the bags out and carry them into the store. 

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

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wow! Only A Week Till Christmas!

December 18, 2014

Good morning.  Wowee, have you noticed how quickly time is passing by?  Christmas is only one week away!  Just six more evenings, and we'll be putting out cocoa and cookies for Santa, and going to sleep early so that Santa will come to our house.

Speaking of Santa, a huge box arrived a couple of days ago with a note from Santa asking me to hold it for Christmas Eve.  This will make more room in his sleigh for presents for other kids.  The big box has Pogo's present from Santa inside. 

Hmmm, how am I going to sneak this into the living room?  Pogo doesn't miss anything, and every tiny noise wakes him up during the night.  I'll have to work on this.

A few days ago, I bought some nice warm fleecy material, enough for two small blankets.  I called a local tailor shop to see how much they would charge me to sew the four edges over on each of the two pieces of material.  I almost choked on the price they quoted. 

The lady sweetly said "It will cost between $25 and $50 per piece."  Are you kidding me?  $100 to sew eight short edges?  (I've been in the wrong line of work all these years!)  These were supposed to be fuzzy blankets for Pogo's new sofa.  Oh well, I'll just buy a couple of baby blankets when I go shopping this week.

 Later when I feel energetic, I'll get out a needle and some thread and sew the seams on the material by hand.  When I was young, I used to sew all my clothes by hand until I could afford a sewing machine.  Or maybe I'll use this as a reason to pick up a new sewing machine.  We'll see. 

I was going to take photos of our new heated birdie water bowl but it still needs a bit of work.  It isn't level, so Joe will have to see what he can do to level it.  Meanwhile, I took a photo of the box that it came in. 

I have another interesting photo to share that I took the last time Pogo and I went to the park.  I just thought that the shapes were interesting against the sky.

Later today I must finish wrapping the last of the Christmas gifts and get them ready to deliver.  There's really not a lot left to do.  The bulk of the work will be in the picking up and putting away of all the wrapping materials. 

Well that's all the news for this morning.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A "Sassy" New Project

December 17, 2014

Good morning.  It's a little after 7 a.m. and it's been raining most of the night.  It still is, and all the puddles are back in our yard.  Oh well, the weatherman says that the rain will let up later this morning.  At least the temperature is in the upper 40's, so it's not so cold.

Yesterday, I kept an appointment at the nail salon, and then Pogo and I went to the hardware store to buy a short outdoor electric cord for the birds' heated water bowl.  Joe says he will finish getting it all hooked up later today after he gets home from work.  Once he's done, I'll take some photos.

Once my errands were done, I had me a nap and caught up on some much needed sleep. Last evening, I started a new project.  While I was at JoAnn's Fabric store a few days ago, I bought a packet of Red Heart Boutique Sassy Fabric.  The ruffly scarf on the label looked so interesting that I thought I might like to try it.

There is a pattern for the knitted scarf on the backside of the label.  I read it over and taped the label right back on the fabric bundle and set it aside.  First off,  I could not understand the directions at all.  Second, I really wanted to crochet the scarf, not knit it. 

So I went online and found a really cool video done by a fellow named Mike.  The way he explained, and showed how, was great.  He even showed how to work in the very end of the scarf once it was finished.  So I grabbed my crochet hook (I used a "K" hook) and started.  If you try this, do not open the fabric packet until after you watch the video.  He explains on the video how to open it the right way.

After a few stops and starts, and one unraveling, I finished my scarf.  My goodness, it really is quite pretty.  Here's a photo and a close up of my finished scarf.

This Boutique Sassy Fabric comes in so many beautiful colors and patterns, so I think I'll probably make a few more in different colors.  It only takes a beginner about an hour to complete the project.  So, if you decide to try it, have fun!

Needless to say, I did not bother any of the dust bunnies yesterday.  They promised to be quiet so that I could take my nap, so I left them alone.  Actually, I had to agree to give them two days of peace in order to have that nice nap.  But that's not such a bad deal.  It gives me more time to play with my projects. 

My great granddaughter Lilah has a fondness for pretty jewelry, especially earrings.  So I think I'll get out my beads and charms and make her some new earrings.  I've been wanting to get back to making jewelry and this is a pretty good reason to do it.

I've been watching the Jewelry Television channel (what else is new?) this morning, and oh my the colors of the diamonds are just simply yummy!!  I love them all, but I think my favorites are the yellow diamonds.  They are just so happy looking. 

Well, that's my news for this morning.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a super nice day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Hanukkah

December 16, 2014

Good morning.  Hmmm, I think I just lost a day somewhere.  I sat down and wrote out a batch of checks to pay bills and get them in the morning mail.  But, I was dating everything 12/15.  It won't make a difference to the creditors because none of the bills was due yet, but it's not good to be losing days at my age. 

Tonight at Sundown begins the first day of Hanukkah (the Festival of Lights).  This is an eight day Jewish observance that remembers the Jewish people's struggle for religious freedom, and will end on Christmas Eve.  So, to all my Jewish friends and family I wish you a very Happy Hanukkah.

Yesterday I cut a few articles from the newspaper to mention here.  This morning I'll comment on the article titled "Number of homeless kids is rising, experts say."   According to this article, the number of homeless vets has decreased 25 percent, and the number of chronically homeless people has decreased 21 percent.  Meanwhile the number of homeless children (2.5 million) has increased 8 percent.  It also says that child homelessness has reached epidemic proportions.

When you stop to think of how our government supports and takes very good care of countries all over the world, it is really sad to see how it neglects it's own people.  Of course, one has to remember that included in this number of homeless children are probably hundreds of thousands of illegals and children displaced by extreme weather.  (tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, etc.)

I'm not going to elaborate on the illegals situation, but I do think it is a shame that so many of our citizens are left homeless and are not helped and gotten back on their feet.  I have always believed that we should be taking care of our citizens first before we set out to save the world.  Nuff said.  I'm beginning to sound like a scrooge, and I'm really not. 

Recently, the Queen Jester posted an image on her blog of a two-seater toilet.  Of course, I had to look these up on Google.  It is called the TwoDaLa, and I found several different styles.  Some articles say that the TwoDaLa brings couples together, saves rocky marriages and conserves water supply.  Imagine that!!  Here are a few images of this "new" (remember the old fashioned two and three-seaters?) invention.

Do you suppose many folks will be having these new toilets installed in their homes?  For me, I think I'll keep my little old one-seater. 

Well, that's about all the news for this morning.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Four Generations Of Moi

December 15, 2014

Good morning.  It's a bit early, not quite 6 a.m. yet.  I was able to catch a couple of short naps yesterday, and then fell asleep early last evening so I'm up early this morning.  I've been watching the Jewelry Television Channel (what else is new?)  and I love all the beautiful gem colors. 

Just because I watch this channel a lot, it does not mean that I am on a spending spree.  I just love seeing all the beautiful gems and jewelry.  Plus the hosts give you lots of history for all the different gems.  It's really very interesting.  Well, at least for me.

I mentioned yesterday that I had some nice photos from this past Friday evening.  Our Jasmine played the Grinch in Seussical The Musical.   No one is allowed to take any photos or videos during the production.  So my photos were taken after the play was over.  This first photo is Jasmine in her costume, plus a close up of her snazzy booties.

This next photo is the Proud Papa and Mama (Eddie and Deanne), Jasmine and Lilah (my great granddaughter).

This last photo has all the girls.  From right to left:  Deanne, Randi (Lilah's mommy), Jasmine, Lilah and Jessie (Randi's sister).  They're all so beautiful, I can't help bragging.  Note there are three generations of my girls in these photos.  I'm behind the camera or all four generations would be shown.

After the show while we were waiting for Jasmine to change out of her costume, Lilah kept us entertained.  This little sweetie couldn't wait to get up on the stage and do a few dance steps for us.  She also practiced her "stage walk".  Oh my, I think we have another budding actress in the making.

Today I'm hoping to get an appointment at the nail salon.  If I do, I'll also stop by the hardware store to pick up a short outdoor electric cord for the heated bird water bowl.  At some point, I also need to run the vacuum around and gather up some of the resident dust bunnies. 

This evening, another of my favorite TV shows is on.  "Major Crimes".   I've stopped following Law & Order SVU because I've grown annoyed at how aggressive and "loud in your face" Olivia Benson has become over the years.  It's just not entertaining anymore.  (for me)  I do, however, still enjoy the regular Law & Order: Criminal Intent show. 

Well, I'm getting hungry so I think I'll cook up some scramble eggs for breakfast.  I'll have to look in the freezer to see if there are any diced peppers left.  They taste so yummy with eggs.  On that note, I'll take my leave.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Pogo Is Learning To Do Selfies

December 14, 2014

Good morning.  It's sunny and cold today, only 37F at the moment.  Ah, but it is almost Winter, so I guess it's time to put on my big girl pants and get used to it.  I keep telling myself that Spring is only a few months away.

Well, these past couple of days have been busy and fun.  I did not get much of a nap Friday morning,  The phone's ringing took care of that.  It was just as well though because DIL Janet came by that morning.   Pogo was super happy because Auntie Janet had brought him a couple of new outfits.

Pogo wasn't very enthusiastic about his reindeer outfit, but he did wear it for a little while so that we could take some photos.   He is just too adorable.  I am really so blessed!!

He really did like the other outfit that Auntie Janet brought for him.  It was a new pair of pajamas.  He wore them Friday night, and in the morning he did not want me to take them off.   Have a look at my handsome fellow in his new jammies.  He's sitting on Auntie's lap, and in the first photo he is sniffing his reindeer outfit.

I will have to ask Auntie to pick up a couple more of these pajamas if she sees them again.  Some of the nights get pretty cool, and Pogo was warm and comfy in his jammies.
On Thursday afternoon, I was trying to teach Pogo to take selfies with my cell phone, but it's going to take a while before he gets it down pat.  So far, this is one of his best selfies.
As soon as he realizes that the phone is really a camera too,  he probably won't be wanting to get very close to it.  For some reason, he's not crazy about posing for the camera.
Friday evening, I went to watch Jasmine and her theatre group as they performed Seussical The Musical.  I have some nice photos from that, but I'll save those for tomorrow.
Saturday, Joe and Pogo and I went to the Post Office to mail out the rest of my Christmas boxes.  One gentleman who was in line in front of us remarked that Pogo looked like a "Plush Doggie".    Next we went to Ace Hardware store to drop of some more goodies for the animal shelters.  On the way home, we picked up some lunch at Wendy's.  I figured by now, Pogo was deserving of a hamburger.
I really did not do very much else the rest of the day and evening because I've been busy trying to fend off a cold.  The Alka Seltzer seems to be helping quite a bit.  That and a lot of rest.  This is not a very good time of year to be getting sick.
This morning, Joe is outside making (and setting up)  a post for the new water bowl to fit on.  Once it is finished and all set up, I'll go out and take a few photos.  I may have to buy a new outdoor extension cord for it though.  The cords that I have are quite long, and I need a much shorter one for the water bowl.
The rest of today will be spent just getting lots of rest.   My SIL Mac (Audrey's hubby) had surgery on his hand a couple of days ago, so I want to call and see how he is feeling.  This must be the season for surgery, because SIL Eddie is waiting for his appointment to go for surgery on his knee.  Fighting off a cold doesn't seem like such a big deal now.
Well, I think before I crawl under my blankie again, I'll rustle up some lunch for my little fellow.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a wonderful day.
Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, December 12, 2014

It Snowed Yesterday, I Think

December 12, 2014

Good morning.  It's early, only 6:12 a.m. so I don't really know what to expect for weather today.  Yesterday's snow was so erratic.  For a while it was light, yet thick.  Then it was so heavy it was almost a whiteout.  In a little while it was back to very light snow again.  By 2:30 in the afternoon, the snow had stopped.  Oh oh, wait a minute.  In a little while it started up again, but very lightly this time.  Amazing!!  Needless to say, there's no snow on the ground. (I like this kind of snow!)

When Joe got home from work yesterday, he loaded up some of my boxes into the car and we took them to the Post Office.  The clerk was quite surprised indeed to see us come in with all those packages.  It was five minutes before they closed.  Oh my.

However, I have to say that our clerk was ever so nice and cheerful as she took care of all my packages.  Actually, she is always very cheerful and always asks about Pogo if I don't bring him in with me.  This Post Office is in the next town over, but I go there because the help there is friendly, helpful and polite.

Next we went food shopping, and I picked up some more packing tape.  Later, once everything was put away and supper was cooked and eaten, I was too tired to tape up any boxes.  Instead I called and chatted with a friend for a while, watched my favorite TV programs and then promptly fell asleep.

The bad side of falling asleep too early is that I tend to wake up early in the morning, and cannot get back to sleep.  So, this morning at 4:30 I was busy wrapping a few things and taping up boxes.  Now there is another stack of boxes out on the washing machine waiting to go to the Post Office.  This will finish off all my mailings. 

Today, I have some cute photos that I took of one of our very entertaining squirrels.  I think in another life, he had a job in a circus as an aerial artist.

 You know, they might be pesky little critters, but they sure do keep us entertained with their creativeness.  And we don't mind if they help themselves to some of the bird food because they need to eat too. 

Well that's my news for this morning.  I think I'm going to try to have a little nap.  DIL Janet is going to be stopping by this afternoon, and tonight I'm going to watch granddaughter Jasmine and her theatre group perform a Seussical Musical.  Jazzy is going to play the Grinch.  I can hardly wait!!!

So, till Sunday, Y'all stay dry and have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs, Edna B.