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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Keeping Busy On Gloomy Days

September 29, 2016

Good morning.  Tis still a bit gray and dampish outside.  I guess it's supposed to be like this for a few days, gray and damp with bits of light rain sprinkled in here and there.  Daytime temps are running in the 50's.  I guess it's time to call the furnace cleanout guys.  I don't like to run the furnace until after it has been cleaned.

Most of the rain we've been getting has been very light, and sometimes doesn't even leave any puddles.  So I dug into my archives to find some rain photos to remind myself of how it used to be.  These photos were taken on my way home from work one morning.  (obviously a while ago)

I love taking photos while it is raining.  As long as I can keep my camera dry, it's an opportunity to get some really nice photos.   I especially love photographing rain drops on plants and flowers.  At just the right angle, raindrops on leaves and petals look like glistening diamonds. 

Well, yesterday turned out to be a rather busy day.  I'm not so sure about how productive it was, but it definitely was busy.  I spent a few hours shredding materials that I've been setting aside in bags to wait their time at the shredder.   That time came yesterday.  By the time I was done, I had filled up a large trash bag. 

Soon after that, my daughter Deanne called to tell me how her interview at the Police Department went.  We were all so nervous and worried for her because the officer was not in a very nice mood when he first called to make her appointment.  However, she made it through the interview, and left there in a good mood.  She should be getting her LTC (license to carry) by the beginning of December.  Congratulations Deanne!!

We're both missing our time at the shooting range this week because of all the colds in the family, but the instructor should be calling soon to give us an appointment for next week.  We look forward to our time there.  It is both challenging and relaxing at the same time. 

My new phones arrived yesterday, and I quickly unpacked them and plugged them in to a wall outlet.  They have to charge for sixteen hours to get a full charge.  The base phone will plug directly into my cable modem, and my SIL Eddie says he will hang the other phone on the wall near my bed. 

So, this afternoon, I'll be able to hook up my new phone.  After that, if there is still any noise or static in the phone then the problem will definitely be at the cable company, not my house. 

My little birds were all lined up outside my window this morning in hopes that I would bring out some food for them.  I'll have to take some photos to show you where they sit while they chirp out their requests.  They are all so darn cute.  Sometimes one or two of them will sit on the windowsill and peck on the window to get my attention.  How can you not love them?

Well, now it's time for me to get busy around here.  I have two piles of magazines and junk mail to go through before I can put them out in the recycle bin.  (there's more than that, but that's what I've set aside for today)  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Waiting For My New Phone

September 28, 2016

Good morning.  Tis looking a bit on the gray side this morning.  The temperature is 57F degrees, where it will probably be the high for the day.  According to the weather app on my phone, the next four days should be in the 50's both day and night with bits of rain here and there.  I'm thinking we can kiss all the nice warm stuff goodbye.  boo hoo, boo hoo.

Remember I said that the cable repair technician was coming by this past Monday?  Well, he came by and looked everything over.  He tidied up all the wires on the outside of the house.  Over the years, the phone and cable companies would come out to make necessary repairs or adjustments and leave all their old wires still attached to the house.  Of course, we had to leave the wires there because we did not know which ones to cut away and which ones to leave. 

Then the guy checked out the indoor phone wiring.  He finally decided to plug my phone directly into the new modem.  This bypasses all the old phone wiring.  The only problem was --  the phone was still noisy and filled with lots of static when you are trying to use it.  The solution would be to buy a new phone. 

So yup, you guessed, I promptly pulled up Amazon on my laptop and ordered me a new phone.  It should arrive today, and then the battery will have to be charged overnight.  Hopefully, by tomorrow night, I should have a good working house phone again. 

Today I have a new quick page for you.   This one celebrates the season for harvesting.  Have fun with it.

Here is your download link:

Everyone in daughter Deanne's house is finally beginning to feel a bit better, so hopefully my cold will be disappearing soon too.  Today I need to attach my new registration sticker to the plate on my car.  The old sticker is only good for two more days. 

Now I think I'll have me a second cup of coffee and give some thought to the mischief I can get into today.   So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Debate #1. Did You Watch?

September 27, 2016

Good morning.  Tis gray and wet here this morning.  Not a lot of rain, mind you, but it's wet and that will make the grass and the plants happy.  Temps last night were a little warmer, in the 50's.  So, I did not need to turn on the heat.  Now if we can just keep those temps from going any lower, that would really be nice. 

Last night I worked on my afghan again.  However, it doesn't seem to be liking me too much.  For every two rows I put on, I had to rip one out.  Obviously, I did not get very far.  Here's a photo of the afghan.

My mind is just not focusing.  Or maybe it's the lighting.  I've tried switching over to the new LED bulbs.  No matter what the packaging says, these bulbs are just not as bright as their counterparts.  I put in a 100 watt bulb, and it only seems to show like a 75 watt bulb.  Maybe this is my problem.  I like bright light for when I am crocheting and knitting.  I'm thinking that I might be switching back to the old bulbs. 

Well, did any of you watch the big debate on TV last night?  Did it meet your expectations?  Or did it leave you needing a lot more information?  Well, hopefully those unanswered questions will be addressed in the next two debates. 

Some of my friends and family are rallying for one candidate, and myself and the others are rallying for the other candidate.  I have purposefully kept my political thoughts off my blog.  We all have the right to support and vote for the candidate of our choice.

However, this all brings me to mention about all the voter fraud that goes on around the country.  The news media can dismiss it all they like, but it is happening, and it should be stopped.  Non citizens should not be voting, (it's the law) but they do.  In some counties, there are more votes cast than there are residents living there.  There have been reports about dead people voting.  Really? 

I myself have seen several people in one voting booth all at the same time.  If you can't read and you can't write, should you be voting?  If you need a group of people showing you where to put your "x" s, then I have a problem with this one.  Then, of course, there's the newspaper article from the last election, that stated how the government has already decided who will win the election, and therefore our votes don't count anyway.

The news media is definitely unprofessional.  If they don't like you or what you have to say, they don't print anything positive about you.  TV stations won't carry your ads if you are not the party they are backing.  Tell me, is this really right?  Is this called "professional"?  The media, I thought, is supposed to report "unbiased" news and information.  They should never put their own prejudices in the news.

Is this what so many have fought and given their lives for?  So that the government and the news media can push people around to make them do things their way?  Why can't we play fair?  Why can't the media print only the honest news, for both sides, and let the American people decide for themselves who they want to vote for? 

Okay, nuff said!  May the best person win and may America heal her wounds and grow strong again.

Now I think I'll catch up on some blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, September 26, 2016

It's Just Too Soon To Be This Cold!!!

September 26, 2016

Good morning.  Tis another Brrrrrrr morning here in New England.  Too brrrrr for me!  This morning, I finally decided that it was time to turn on the furnace.  It will come on tonight when the temperature goes down to 40 degrees again.  As you can see, I am not so crazy about shivering while under my blanket. 

I guess this makes me wimpy, and that's okay.  I spent the whole night trying to keep warm and filling my wastebasket with tissues.  Everyone at Deanne and Eddie's house is sick with colds that are going around.  So, I guess maybe it's not my allergies that is keeping me miserable.  Maybe I have that nasty cold too.  Goody.  Just what I need right about now!

Today, I think I'll have to sit down and pay some bills.  As a matter of fact, I just took a break to write out the checks and get them out to the mail box for pick up.  Now I can breathe easier.  My wallet is whining a little, but I'm happier when there are no bills due.  Yes I know, my head is in the sand.  There's another whole batch of bills coming in the mail any day now. 

I went looking into my photo archives to find a couple photos for today.  These two show the mist rising on the pond very early on an Autumn morning.  I took these on my way home work a while back.  The first shot was taken just before the sun rose up over the tree tops.  The second shot was  taken a little while later while the sun was rising.

I used to love stopping by the pond to watch the sun rise and take some photos.  Once in a while I would catch some interesting shots of water birds.  With or without the birds, it's very restful to watch  the mist rise up off the water.

A few days ago, I ordered a few new beads and charms so that I can finish off all my bracelet projects.  Unfortunately, I was not able to get them through Amazon, so I'll have to be patient and wait for them to get here via the regular snail mail.  Gosh, I've been so spoiled by Amazon that it feels odd to have to wait for things to get here. 

Seeing as how the temperature is a wee bit on the cool side, I think maybe I'll crochet a while today.  I still have more than half of the last afghan to finish.  Who knows, maybe I'll even watch the big debate on TV this afternoon. 

The cable company is sending a technician out this afternoon to fix the outside phone wires.  There has been a lot of static and other sorts of noises in my phone line since my new modem was put in.  It will be nice to be able to use the phone again without all the noises.

On that note, I'll take my leave.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

It's Puff's Tissues Time Again!

September 25, 2016

Good morning.  Brrr, I do believe these cooler temps are just not my cup of tea.  There's cool, and then there's c-o-o-l!  We only made it up into the lower 60's during the day yesterday, and down to the 40's for overnight.  Sad to say, this is probably going to be our norm now till the cold sets in.

Yesterday, Pogo and I did not go anywhere.  For some reason, I could not get out of my own way.  I just did not feel very good and my arms were sore where I got my shots.  My allergies are kicking up so I'm quite stuffy all day, and this does not help the yucky feeling. 

Maybe today we can at least take a short ride to the park, or for a McDonald's hamburger.  My little Pogo deserves at least that much.  He's such a good little doggie.  He wears a sweater all day or all night because I am cold, and he never complains.  In the wee hours, he even ate some dog food because I did not want to get up at 4 a.m. to cook him something to eat.  What can I say?

I'm down to my last two boxes of Puffs tissues, so I hope I can get out soon to re-stock.  The last thing I need right now is a bright red nose!  That's what happens when I have to use the generic tissues.  I keep a couple boxes of them on the pantry shelf, but I really don't want to have to use them right now. 

My legs have not been so good lately, so last night I started to spend a few minutes on the stepper machine.  Actually, I only do one or two minutes at a time, but if I do this several times a day, I'm hoping it will help to keep these old legs working right.

I dug a couple of pretty butterfly photos from my archives to share here today.  This purple bush was the one that we lost from the heavy snows a couple winters ago. 

I have one more really cute photo to share with you today.  This one is just so adorable.  I found it on the web, and I don't know who the author is.  But it sure put a smile on my face.  Isn't this just the cutest little thing you ever saw?  Here's hoping it will brighten up your morning.

Now I'm going to finish my coffee, even though it's already cold.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a simply wonderful day. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Quite A Busy Day Here

September 23, 2016

Good afternoon.  Goodness, I'm late today, but I slept in a bit this morning and then I had to rush to get dressed and go to the store to pick up some of my meds.  While I was there, I found a really pretty outfit for my daughter Laura's birthday.  It's over a month away, but if I came back in a few weeks to get this outfit, the store probably wouldn't have it. 

While I was at the Walmart Pharmacy, I got a flu shot and the Prevnar 13 shot to help prevent  pneumococcal pneumonia.  The symptoms for pneumococcal pneumonia are (1) chest pains with difficulty breathing, (2) high fever and shaking chills, (3) excessive sweating, (4) fatigue, and (5) a cough with phlegm that persists or gets worse.  For some folks the cough and fatigue can last for weeks or longer, even after treatment with antibiotics.

This sounds a lot like what I had a couple of winters ago.  I had all these symptoms, and it lasted more than two months.  None of the prescribed antibiotics seemed to be working.  While I was sick, one doctor told me that I did have pneumonia, but no one mentioned pneumococcal pneumonia.  Hmmm, makes me wonder.  Anyway, I certainly do not want to get that sick again.

At the moment, I'm on the phone, trying to contact the service department of our cable company, Comcast.  So far, I've had to put up with two different agents in the Philippines telling me why I cannot talk to a repair/service department in the United States.  I don't know about you, but this is extremely annoying. 

Whatever happened to the good old days when you could call the company on a local number, and get an appointment to have your phone equipment repaired?  Eventually, I got to speak to an agent in Virginia, and she gave me a a service appointment for next Monday afternoon. 

Yesterday, while I was grocery shopping, I picked up a copy of the Globe newspaper.  There was a huge article in it about Hillary Clinton's health .  Hmmm, I don't know how much of this is true, but if anyone does have information about this please let me know.  Here are photos of the article.

On a brighter note, my new blog book arrived a couple days ago, but I had to call the printing company because all the photos in half of the posts were missing.  I first checked with my blog to make sure there were no problems, and there were none on my end.  The company checked my order and found out that there had been a problem with the printing, so they are going to send me another book.  Here's a photo of 2016 Vol. Two.

The other day I found a new pattern book for crocheted shawls.  It has a really pretty cuffed sleeve version of a shawl that I might try to make.  Unfortunately, it calls for bulky yarn, which I don't usually use.  Here's what it looks like.  What do you think?

Yesterday, another charm bead that I had ordered arrived in the mail.  That enabled me to finish off another bracelet.  Gosh, all the bracelets look so pretty.  I promise to take photos, which I'll share after the Christmas holidays. 

Pogo is looking at me with that "starving" look on his face, so I think I'll have a look in the refrigerator to see what looks tasty. So, till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Tis Autumn Already!

September 22, 2016

Good morning.  It's another gorgeous day here in my little part of New England.  Have you noticed that it is already Autumn?  Ahhh, and a simply gorgeous Autumn it is!!  Starting this Saturday, the weather is supposed to be quite a bit cooler for a few days.  (according to the weather app on my phone)  I guess it has to happen sometime, but I'm not ready yet to give up all this gorgeous weather.

Yesterday was another of those "gosh, I was busy all day but I can't remember doing much of anything !" days.  By suppertime, I didn't feel like cooking, so Joe cooked some hamburger for Pogo.  I supplied the hamburger.  I have to say that his burgers come out tasting much better than mine.  How come?

There's a lot of talk and news articles about the upcoming voting about lifting the cap on limiting charter schools in some cities.  I, for one, don't think we should have charter schools.  The money to fund them comes out of the regular school budgets.  I think that charter schools should be private schools requiring tuitions and private funding. 

I do believe that if all of our school funds were put into our public schools, all children would benefit.  I believe in neighborhood schools.  I think that this builds stronger communities.  If someone feels that there is a better school for their child/children, they should have to pay to send them somewhere else. 

We all pay taxes so that our children can be educated.  If this isn't good enough, then pay for something else.  All members of a community should work together to make sure that their schools are good places for the kids to learn.  Anyone not happy with their neighborhood school has another option.  On-line schooling.  And it's free!! 

Of course, a parent would most likely have to stay at home to make sure that their child is really doing their school lessons on the computer.  Oh dear, here again, parents would have to take part in making sure their child is actually learning and getting a good education.  This obviously isn't a very good option for working parents. 

This brings me back to why do we need to fund charter schools when the money would be so much better spent on our neighborhood public schools.   I think children who play, learn, live and pray (at their own places of worship)  together have a better chance to build strong, healthy communities.

Okay, that's my little rant for today.  Now I have a photo to share of a really beautiful iris.  You can go to Google and look up "Tall Bearded Irises at Iris Mart" to see lots of beautiful irises.  Isn't this gorgeous?  I think I need it for my garden.

I looked up this web site, and OMG!  I started making a shopping list.  Oh, these irises are simply breathtaking.  Unfortunately, it's too late to order for this Fall's planting (from this company).  I'll have to shop around at the local garden centers.

Do you remember all the wisdom that your Moms tried teaching you while you were growing up?  I found this on Facebook and had to borrow it to share with you.  Some of this may sound a bit corny, but most all of us passed all this same wisdom on to our own children.

On this happy note, I think I'll take my leave and see if Pogo wants to go for a ride, or better yet, shopping.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.