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Friday, April 28, 2017

Ah, What A Beautiful Day!!!

April 28, 2017

Good morning.  Goodness, today is another simply gorgeous day.  Temps will probably hit 80F degrees later today, the sun keeps smiling down on us and my flag is waving in the breeze.  Pogo and I will definitely be spending time out on the porch today.

Well, I decided to put the afghan away for a while and start another hat and scarf set.  This new set will be "Jade" and so far it is looking rather pretty.  I'd like to get out to JoAnn's Fabric store to find some yarn for a new baby blanket.  Yup, there'll be another new great grandbaby in a few months.  This time, a boy.  Woo Hoo!!!

This morning I've been watching a couple episodes of "Long Lost Family" (on TV).  This program tries to find and reunite family members who have been separated their whole lives, usually due to adoptions.  It's amazing to watch the process that these folks go through to find the missing family members.  It's so heartwarming when they are able to locate and reunite a lot of these folks.

Today I have a couple photos to share that Janicee took last week while she and Deanne were walking through the park.  First if one of the resident swans, and second is the waterfall.  It's good to see it running again.  While we were having the serious drought conditions, the waterfall was not running.  This year, though, we've been blessed with enough rainfall to ease the drought.

Some new plants that I ordered a while back have just been delivered, so I'm hoping that the kids can come by soon to plant them for me.  I'll take photos after I open the boxes.  I believe one of the them is dahlias.  Hmmm, these bulbs would need to be dug up in the Fall and re-planted again in the Spring.  I'm thinking that maybe I should have ordered bulbs that could just stay in the ground.  Ah well, maybe they can be planted in pots.  I'll look into that.

Now I think I'll make some lunch for Pogo and me.  Afterwards, we'll sit out on the porch and Pogo can watch for the mailman.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Island Of Tears

April 27, 2017

Good morning.  Today there are just a lot of puddles left behind from the rain, and temps are already in the 50's.  The sun has been peeking in and out from behind some clouds.  Sort of teasing us.  We are in for a few nice days.  Oh goodie goodie!!

Well, last evening, I did not end up cooking raviolis for our supper.  DIL Janet brought a zip lock bag full of cooked ham slices, so I whipped up some mashed potatoes and veggies to go with it.  Janet had also brought an apple pie for dessert.  Yum, yum!

Today I want to share another interesting article from the May "Smithsonian" magazine.  This one has to do with Ellis Island and how people were processed through there.  These two photos show the article heading and the puzzle that was an important part of this process.

Immigrants in the early 1900's were examined for physical and mental illness, questioned about their ability to support themselves financially, and whether they held radical views.  This was to sort out those immigrants (or their offspring) who may become a burden to the State.  A Dr. Howard Knox developed the Feature Profile Test, which was used from 1912 to 1916.  (puzzle pictured above)

Typically, test-takers had just arrived after a long horrible voyage aboard ship.  They were in a foreign land and might be sleep deprived, depressed or ill.  If they did not complete the puzzle test in five minutes, along with other factors, they could be shipped back to the old country. Immigrants were turned back often enough that Ellis Island earned the nickname of "The Island of Tears." (all information taken directly from the article.)

I went on-line to download a picture of the finished puzzle.  I wonder how many of us, under similar conditions, would have figured this out in just five minutes.

Shortly before three o'clock every weekday afternoon, Pogo takes up his post by the door.  He's watching for Joe, who is due home from work sometime between 3:15 and 3:30.  If it is warm and not raining, Pogo sits out on the porch by the gate and watches from there.  It's turkey treat time when Joe gets home.  This photo was taken yesterday (it was raining).

I think I shall get busy now and wash the dishes and see about lunch.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A Little Knowlege Is Good For The Soul

April 26, 2017

Good morning.  Tis another wet day here in New England.  But the weather man promises us some sunshine and warmer temps once this patch of rain has passed later today.  We're supposed to have a really super weekend weather wise. 

Well, yesterday was a non-busy day.  I paid a bunch of bills, and that's about it.  I did go out into the main house and chat a bit with a couple of the dwarfs.  I even watered all my plants that are out there.  So, I guess that counts for something.

Do any of you get the magazine "Smithsonian"?  Another thing that I did yesterday was to read the May issue of this wonderful magazine.  One really interesting article called "Wet And Wild" was all about the history of New York's waterfront.  I never realized that New York City is really a collection of islands, and that it has over 520 miles of coastline.  New York Harbor also used to be the busiest in the world.  Yup, very interesting reading.

I also learned the difference between horns and antlers.  Do you know the difference?  Huh?  Huh?  Like me, you probably didn't even know that there was a difference.  Well, horns consist of bones encased in keratin.  They are generally permanent, and won't regrow if they are damaged or removed.  Antlers consist of bone covered by living skin known as "velvet", and they will regrow after they fall off (which they do seasonally).  Now you know!!

My purple tulips are still blooming, and I must say they are simply gorgeous.  Here's a photo of them opening their petals wide to enjoy the sunshine (the other day).

I also took photos of some of the petals that fell off the parrot tulip plant.  Their colors are intriguing and really beautiful.  This photo could almost pass for some sort of art that could be hung on a wall.  Don't you agree?  By the way, the parrot tulip has a new stem with a bud growing.  Woo Hoo!!

Well, I started late today, and now it is almost lunch time again.  I think I'll have a big salad today.  Nothing fancy, just lettuce, tomatoes, ham and cheese.  And, of course, a speck of dressing.  DIL Janet might be coming by later, so I need to think about what to cook for our supper. I'm thinking maybe raviolis and spaghetti sauce.  Hmmm.

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

Hugs, Edna B. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Creative Shopping Ideas

April 25, 2017

Good morning (for six more minutes).  I've been battling with Google and Blogger for the last hour just trying to get into my own blog.  I don't understand why this happens, but it seems that every two or three months, Google does stuff to mess up your accounts and make it difficult to have access to them. 

Today's temp is 50F and it is gray and damp.  We're expecting rain most of the day and night and tomorrow.  After that, I think the temps are supposed to warm up.  I hope so.  Pogo and I are wanting to spend a bit more time out on the porch.  It's been a wee bit too cool lately to sit out there for very long. 

Yesterday, I took a few photos of some of the new blooms in the yard.  Two little orange tulips opened up.  Oh my, they are beautiful!!

My lilac bush is full of purple buds.  I often wonder how they know to bloom in time for Mother's Day.

In the little garden by the shed, two gorgeous jonquils are blossoming.  There are lots of plants coming up in that garden, but these are the only two blooms so far.

And while I'm out getting these photos, Pogo is standing on the porch, watching me through the gate.  Oh gosh, how can you not love this little face???

I really must get back to normal soon.  I need to do a bit of grocery shopping and re-stock my bottled water supply. The first time out, I should take someone with me so that I can use my walker.  The other person can push the shopping basket, and I can sit on the seat on the walker when I need to.  If I'm up and walking for more than a few minutes, my back starts to ache, and I have to sit for a bit.

One of the local markets has a delivery program called "Pea Pod" and I may have to look into that.  Amazon has a similar program, and I'll look into that one too.  I can have my staple items delivered, and just make a quick trip to the market for a few special items.  Hmmm, seems like a plan.

It's time for lunch now, so I think I'll go see what I can make for Pogo and me.  Obviously, he will be getting doggie food (much to his chagrin!).  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, April 24, 2017

April Is Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals Month

April 24, 2017

Good morning.  It really is lovely here.  Temps are already in the low 60's and the sun is shining.  There is a slight breeze causing my flag to dance slowly against a backdrop of a blue sky and the new green leaves on the trees. 

I just took Pogo outside for a short walk.  While he was busy sniffing everything, I noticed that my lilac bush is full of buds, and there are new leaves on my rose bushes.  A lot of the plants coming up will not get to bloom because the tops of all their stems were frozen during the constant mix of cold and warm temps these past couple of months.

Aha!  But a few plants are blossoming.  Several days ago a couple of jonquils blossomed, and today two orange tulips opened up.  So all is not lost.  I guess this is the trade off we make when we wish for warm temps during the winter months.  Here is one of the white hyacinths showing off it's new blossoms.

Folks, this is Prevention of Cruelty To Animals month.  Please do your part and report any cruelty or abuse to animals that you may see or know of to the proper authorities.  Our animals do so much for us, and ask for so little in return.  No one has the right to hurt them.  Also, if you are looking for a new companion, please visit your local shelters.  Adopt, adopt, adopt, don't buy.

Remember those cute little solar figurines that wave when the sunshine hits them?  Well, I seem to be acquiring a rather nice collection of them.  A few days ago, Kevin and Janicee came by with a few more of them to add to my collection.  I keep them on the railing on my porch.  Here's a photo that I took through the screen door.

I doubt if I'll be planting any new seeds this year.  It is a little late to be starting them.  I haven't even planted my new Chia plant yet.  Hmmm, maybe I'll do that this week.  It looks like the nights won't be dropping below 40 degrees now so I can keep my plants out on the porch. 

Saturday night, I ripped out about nine rows of wrong stitches from the blue afghan.  Yesterday and last night, I put them all back on, plus a few more rows.  This doesn't put me in the mood to make another afghan any time soon.

Yesterday I went out and started my car.  Today I'll also go out and start it.  I'm hoping to be driving it really soon.  Maybe one day this week?  That would really be nice.  I need to get back to doing my own shopping and errands.  And, Pogo would love to go for a ride in the car.  It's been such a long time since his last car ride.

My friend Beth just lost her brother to cancer.  Your prayers will be much appreciated while Beth and her family grieve their loss.  Folks, hug your family and friends and let them know you love them.  Tomorrow is not guaranteed.  It's a gift.

Well, that's about all my news for today.  So, on that note I'll take my leave.  Till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

There's Beauty In Raindrops

April 23, 2017

Good morning.  The sun is shining and temps are already in the low 50's.  They should reach the low to mid 60's later this afternoon.  During the night, temps dropped to around 37F degrees, so of course I brought all my plants indoors.  They are back outside now, enjoying the fresh air. 

The other day, when it stopped raining, I took a few photos of my pansies, all covered with raindrops.  I love photos of raindrops.

The last couple of days I've been working on the blue afghan.  Sad to say, last night I realized that I now have to take out all the rows that I just put on it.  I've been doing the wrong stitch!!  Oy vey!!!

This morning I've been watching videos (on TV) of the wild fires that are burning in Florida.  They seem to be all through the state from top to bottom. Gosh, I hope it rains there soon to help put out all the fires.  So many homes have already been lost, and I imagine a lot of wildlife too. 

Yesterday afternoon, I started my car and let it run for a few minutes.  I'll do it again in a little while.  I've had my car for almost four years, so I'm thinking that the battery is just getting old and tired, and needs to be replaced.  The first chance I get to drive my car, I'll go shopping for a new battery.

Now I think I'll wash a few dishes and find some other mischief to get into.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, April 21, 2017

April Showers For The Flowers

April 21, 2017

Good morning.  Tis a bit gray outside because Mother Nature is watering all the plants that are coming up.  It's a good day for crocheting.  I have a blue afghan that I need to work on.  It will be a Christmas gift for a dear friend   I also want to make an orange afghan.  I don't need another afghan, but I want an orange one.

When DL Janet came by a couple days ago, she brought me some beautiful purple tulips.  I took some photos to share.  Notice the white centers?  Aren't these pretty?

I also have a photo of the "Painted Desert" hat and scarf set that I had started while in the hospital. 

Last night, I finished up the Lemon Yellow set that I've been working on this past week.  It's such a bright happy color.

I think I'll pay some bills this morning.  Somehow, there is never a shortage of bills needing to be paid.  I need to start a new tax info notebook for this year too.  Maybe if I start now, I'll be ready early in the year next time.

Have you noticed that I'm not so gabby any more?  My concentration doesn't stay on any one thought long enough to get very chatty.  Hopefully, this will all change once I am back on my feet. 

On that note, I'll take my leave.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have an awesome weekend.

Hugs, Edna B.