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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Butterfly Light

September 17, 2014

Good morning, and a beautiful morning it is.  Today and tomorrow are supposed to be in the low 70's, and I for one am a very happy camper about that!  Friday will be much cooler, but I will deal with that when it gets here.  It is such a pleasure to be able to keep my door open today.

SIL Eddie called me this morning to tell me that the door I am looking for is out of stock and that he is having the store (Home Depot)  order one for me.  Woo Hoo!   I think Pogo and I are going to enjoy this new door very much.  It will be such fun to be able to watch the birds and small critters without having to walk over to the door to look out.  The bottom half of the door that I have now is solid metal and you cannot see through it.

I got a beautiful message this morning from my friend Andrea of From The Sol.  She has nominated me for a new award, The Butterfly Light Award.  This award honors those who bring light into the lives of others.  Wow!  It's really a wonderful feeling to think that just maybe I have brightened someone else's day.  Andrea, I feel so honored.  Thank you.

This award was originated by Belinda of Idiot Writing. The conditions for accepting the Butterly Light award are:   First, link back to Belinda, then:

1.  Write an acceptance post, making sure you link back to the blogger who awarded you and thank them.   You may not add this award to a post with other awards.

2. Individually name and re-award a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 9.999,999 bloggers.  You must let them know either personally with a comment on their blog or a "pingback".

3.  Write a short paragraph that is entitled:   "How I'm Spreading Light" or "How I am a Positive Influence".

I would like to nominate the following bloggers as being deserving of the Butterfly Light award.

A.  Kyra of Russian Dutch Heart Designs  ...  Kyra is such a caring, giving person.  She posts about her daily life in Holland, her neighbors and her country. She shares photos of her beautiful garden and her walks around town, and she makes the most beautiful scrap pages.  If you're a scrapper, you really must visit her blog to see all the beautiful scrapbook freebies she has created.

B.  Nani of The Chronicles of Nani  ...  Nani has a most beautiful smile, even though she copes with MS as part of her daily life.  She loves to cook and shares some really delicious recipes.  She and her hubby enjoy their kitties, going to baseball games and photographing trains.  Along with writing book reviews and wonderful stories about her family, Nani has also started a support group to help others with MS.  Be sure to bring your cup of coffee to enjoy while you visit at Nani's blog.

C.  Debby of Cozy Blanket  ...  I met this wonderful lady through a Secret Santa blog.  She radiates such joy and sunshine as she shares photos and talks about her family and friends, and especially all the children she so loves to care for.  She loves clowns, and shares such wonderful photos when the Clown Camp is in her town.  She also makes and shares such beautiful hand crafted items.  If you love crafts, you really must stop in for a visit.

I would have added both Andrea and The Queen Jester from Life in a Canned Ham, but both already have already been nominated for this award.  And so rightly so!  All five of these blogs make up the bulk of my morning blog reading.  It's a wonderful way to start my days, and reinforces why I'm so glad to be alive.  I have such fabulous blog friends!

"How I'm Spreading Light"

Well, to be honest, I never really thought of myself this way.  It kind of feels good though to think that someone else does.  I just enjoy helping others and doing what I can to make their life a bit nicer.  When I was a very young mother with small children and not much money for Christmas presents, a stranger knocked on the door one Christmas Eve, left lots of presents for everyone, said "Merry Christmas" and left.

This and many other helping hands over the years have left a deep mark on my heart.  I feel good when I can do something to make someone else's life a bit happier.  If I had no one to share the fun things in my life, I would feel so lost.  This blog and the friends I've made here have helped me through some really dark spots in my life.  I am so blessed.  So if I can do this for someone else, it makes my day extra special. 

I found this image on the web and I don't know who the author is, but I just love it! 

But our hearts are still young!
On days when I feel start feeling sad about getting "old", this image gives me a reason to smile.  There's really no need to feel sad about the loss of youth.  There are so many wonderful things that that can appreciate more when we get older.  We just have to look around us.
It's getting late now, so I'd better scrounge up some lunch for my little guy.  Till tomorrow, Y'all have a magnificent day.
Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"Odile" Is Wreaking Havoc On Mexico And The U.S.

September 16, 2014

Good morning.  Gosh, it was chilly in here this morning.  Even Pogo did not want to come out from under the covers.  So we stayed snuggled up together until after 10 o'clock.  According to the weatherman, Friday should be our coldest day this week.  It's only expected to get up to the mid 60's.  Autumn is rushing in too quickly for me.

I've been watching the Weather Channel all morning.  They've been showing videos of the storm Odile, and all the damage that it has been doing in Mexico.  Now however, it is getting ready to dump lots of rain on the Southwestern U.S.  Folks in this part of the country are trying to clean up from the flooding they've just recently had and now they need to brace themselves for more heavy flooding. 

Meanwhile, there are fires burning in California.  Makes me wonder if my idea of water pipelines would have been a good thing to have in place here.  The cost of building the pipelines would have been outweighed by the cost of damage from the floods and fires.  But what do I know!

There's not much happening here.  As the weather gets cooler, I tend to stay indoors more.  Last night though, I did finish the cornmeal afghan and I put a few more rows on the lavender afghan.  Here's a photo of the finished cornmeal afghan.   This is one of my favorites to date.  The colors are just so homey and inviting.

Dee Dee and Eddie came by yesterday, and together we finally decided on the type of storm door that I'm looking for.  Today, while Eddie is out doing his errands, he is checking to see where we can purchase this door.  It is all screen and all glass, and the glass panels slide up or down.  Pogo will be able to stretch out on the carpet in front of this door and catch a nice breeze while he keeps an eye on what the critters in the yard are doing.

I have another cute photo to share with you.  This is one of the tiny chipmunks that live in our yard.  They are just the cutest little things, and a lot of fun to watch.

One other thing that I did last night, was to watch the movie "Diana" on my tablet.   Diana led quite an interesting, yet lonely, life.   I still think it is so sad that such a beautiful person's life was cut short.  When I say "beautiful" I am referring to the inner person as well as the physical beauty.  She was a caring, loving person who did a lot to help others.

Okay, enough chatter.  It's time to get out my long fluffy bathrobe and start thinking about putting the shorts away.   Sweatpant season is quickly approaching.  I think I'll put away the lightweight blankets too, and bring out the warmer ones.   So, on that note, I'll take my leave.  Till tomorrow, Y'all have a fabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B

Monday, September 15, 2014

Brrr! It's Wicked Chilly This Morning

Good morning.  My oh my, but it is chilly this morning!!  At 8:30 it was only 49 degrees F.  I am so not ready for the cold.  The weather man has been trying to cheer us up by promising temps around 71 F later today, but so far it is not helping.  I miss being able to have my door open early in the morning.

Even Pogo felt the difference in the temperature last night.  He curled up inside a blanket and stayed put till almost 9 o'clock this morning.  It's definitely "shirt and sweater" season.  I'll have to go through his wardrobe to make sure everything still fits.  If not, we'll have to go shopping soon.  There is a new virus going around, and I can't have my little fellow catching a cold.

I have a couple of errands to do today, so maybe Pogo and I will get out for a little while.  We'll see.  First we have to warm up a bit.  Later today, I want to crochet for a while.  I only have to put seven more rows on the cornmeal afghan and it will be finished.

 Today is Mandarin Orange Monday, and here is my image.  The first photo is the original shot of the tip of a branch on my rose bush.  In the second photo, I have used filters and a gradient, then a teeny bit of warping before orangifying the photo.

There's really not much news for today.  My little guy is curled up next to me waiting patiently for me to finish so that we can play.   So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a magnificent day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Learning My Way Around My Tablet

September 14, 2014

Good morning.  It's a wee bit on the chilly side this morning.  Even last night was on the cool side.  It seems that Autumn is in a rush to get started here.  I, for one, don't mind if it takes it's time getting here.  The warmer temps are more to my liking.

Friday night I sat down with my tablet to try to learn something new about it, and decided to give Net Flix a try.  Well my goodness!  What fun I had.  After scrolling through all that was available, I settled in to watch "The Nut Job".  Gosh, what a fun movie! 

Yesterday, I watched the Joan Rivers movie "A Piece Of Work".  Now here was one very talented and hard working woman.  She led quite a fascinating life, and will be missed by so many.

Last night, I put a few more rows on the cornmeal afghan.  Now there are only another fifteen rows to go.  Woo Hoo!  After that, I must get  the lavender afghan finished.  In between all the crocheting, I've done a little shopping and put things away in my "gift drawer".  So now I'm about 75% done with my holiday gifts. 

**** I just took an unplanned break to look out the kitchen window at a neighbor who is burning small brush in his backyard, causing smoke and ash to fly over into my yard.  Once I saw what he was doing, I called the Fire Department to see if a permit had been issued to the neighbor.  I was told that permits are necessary before burning, but that no permits are given out between the end of April and January 1st. 

A fire truck arrived next door with a couple of firemen who checked out the situation and had the fire put out.  Then they explained to the home owner (I guess that's who was out there) about the laws regarding burning.  There is quite a bit involved before you are allowed to burn to make sure you burn things safely.  However, they only allow burning in the winter.

It's probably nice to squeal on your neighbors, but this is not the first time these neighbors have had fires burning in their yard.  My house is surround by trees, so I am not a happy camper when I smell smoke and see ashes flying around in my yard.

Well, I'm running out of morning here, so I'll post a couple photos of one of the tiny butterflies that have been enjoying our butterfly bushes.

Now I must get busy and wash some dishes before my little guy starts looking for his lunch.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a wonderful day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, September 12, 2014

It's Been A Frustrating Morning

September 12, 2014

Good morning.  I was getting a bit worried for a while this morning.  Wayne did some work for me last night on the laptop and this morning a lot of things did not work anymore.  It wasn't his fault though.  It was Google. 

In order to set up a tablet or phone, one must have a gmail account.  At least on any that I've ever had.  That requires a password.  Once that password is set, Google takes over and changes all sorts of things.  Like the email and password that you already use for your Blogger account.   Therefore, this morning, I was not allowed access to my own blog page.  However, several hours later, I think I have it all fixed again.

I asked Wayne to transfer all the music and photos from my brother's old computer to a thumbdrive or disk so that I could save it, so he took the hard drive from the computer home with him.  Hopefully this won't be too difficult and I'll have my stuff back soon.  He also took my little laptop home with him to check it out and make sure everything is working okay.  I usually take this little one with me when I go anywhere.

This morning's fiasco with Blogger/Google was a wake up signal for me to get busy and order my Blog Book for the first part of this year.  I've been letting other things take up my time, and I need to get my book ordered before something happens and my blog gets lost again.  So this will be my project for this afternoon.

SIL Eddie came by this morning to see if he could get the old tire (to the lawn mower/tractor) off the rim and put the new tire on the rim.  It seems that the salesman at the Sears store was more interested in making sales than keeping the customer informed.  He had ordered the tire that I needed and a new inner tube for the tire.  Problem is, the tire was, and is, a tubeless tire.  DUH !!!

My next big project for the house will be to buy a new storm door for my front door and have it installed.  The one that I have is just fine.  It only needs a new screen.  However, It only has a screen and window on the top half of the door and Pogo cannot see out the door.  I have to hold him and stand in front of the door for a while several times a day so that he can see what is going on outside.  The solution, of course, is to get a new door as there is no way to put a little window and screen on the bottom half of this door.

I found a couple of cute images on the web that I thought would be fun to share here.  The first one reminds me of myself.   I get sidetracked so easily.  The second one seems to be a trait that I picked up from my mother, bless her soul.

Last night I took the night off from crocheting and did some reading instead.  I have all my ebooks transferred over to my new tablet, and most of my photos.  Today I will try to get the rest of my photos and contacts moved over too.  One baby step at a time.

Before I go, I have one more photo to share.  We have lots of bees hanging around the plants and shrubs, and they don't mind posing for photos as long as I don't disturb them.

It's getting close to noon now, so I think I'll see what's for lunch, and then get started on today's projects.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have a fabulous weekend. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

California Is Running Out Of Water

September 11, 2014

Good morning.  The sun is shining and our flag is waving gracefully in a most wonderful breeze.  What a beautiful way to start one's day.  It is around 70 degrees and headed for 79-80 for the day.  Ooooh, gosh it just feels so good!

Has anyone been following the problem of California's water shortage?  Well, in case you haven't, it is a real threat to all of us.  If it can happen in California, it can happen anywhere.  Think about it.  If part of the country's water dries up, the rest of the country will have to start cutting back their water use so that they can share their water with the dry states. 

I wonder when, or even "if", our government will ever consider water pipelines.  Especially considering the ongoing floods, with more floods on the way.  Is it expensive?  Yes.  But it can easily be afforded by taking back some of the money that we are using to support the rest of the world. 

We can fix the VA situation too in this same manner.  There is no need to bleed our citizens dry so that we can support the world.  There is an old saying, "take care of yourself first so that you will be able to help someone else".   We've reached a point where it is imperative to start taking better care of our country and ourselves.

Just so you know, I truly believe in helping anyone who needs a helping hand, and whenever I can, I do.  It's just frustrating to pick up the newspaper and read about all the veterans who are dying waiting for doctor appointments and medical treatments because there is no money to pay for this.

It's frustrating to see homeless people sleeping in doorways and anywhere they can find shelter from the weather because there is no money to feed and house them.  On the other hand, we have plenty of money to house and support all the illegals who want to come here.  I just don't get it.

On a brighter note, my friend Rhoda sent me some of the cutest pictures.  These are some of our pets who have just seen us nude.  Thanks for the giggles, Rho.

Now I'm going to finish my coffee and take my shower.  Hopefully, Wayne will be able to come by later after work and tend to my laptop.  There are some updates that I am not too sure of and I feel better having him take care of this.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What's In Your Freezer?

September 10, 2014

Good morning.  It's looking a bit on the cloudy side and it's quite cool this morning.  63 F degrees.   There's definitely an "Autumn chill" in the air today.   I've been loving the weather we've had these past few weeks.  It's going to be sad to see it all leaving.  On the other hand, I am looking forward to seeing all the beautiful Fall colors.

Not much is happening around here, so this will be a short post.  Yesterday I put a couple rows on the cornmeal afghan and then had to take them off.  After that, I set it aside for a while. 

Today is National TV Dinner Day.  Remember the old TV dinners?  When they first came out, they were about 70 cents, and not too tasty.  Today they cost a whole lot more, and some of them are still not very tasty.  However, a lot of today's frozen dinners and foods are really good. 

Some of my favorites are Stouffers Macaroni and Cheese, Marie Callender Fettuccini with Chicken & Broccoli, Digiorno Pepperoni Pizza (I add green peppers to this) and Ristorante Spinach Pizza.  I also like the convenience and ease of frozen veggies and Bubba Burgers. There are a few other frozen dinners that I keep in the freezer for those "just in case" days.

Today's photos are from my garden.  These are pink and red "knock out" roses.  I separated the flowers from their background and then applied a nice blur to the background in order to showcase just the blooms.

My "killer dog" is running around the house, barking at something.  I don't see anything, so maybe a fly got in somehow.  Pogo does not like flies.  Neither do I, for that matter.  So, you go Pogo!!  I'd get him a little fly swatter if I thought he could swing it. 

Well, that's about it for today.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a beautiful day.

Hugs, Edna B.