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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Cooler Temps Are Back

November 29, 2015

Good morning.  The cooler temps are back.  It is 31F degrees at the moment, and it might get up to about 42 degrees later today.  The weather these last few days has been awesome so I can't really complain.

Yesterday, I got up around 7 a.m. (same as today) and just lazed about.  Hmmm, not exactly the neatest thing I do, but I do it well!!   Actually, other than a couple of phone calls, I spent most of the day playing on my laptop.   I love jigsaw puzzles, and I have hundreds of them on my laptop.  So it's easy for the hours to slip away while I'm doing puzzles.

I have a photo of the completed baby cocoon set to share.  It is so darn cute!!   This one will go to baby Ali.  I can't wait to see a photo of her in it.

Next, I will have to pick up a pretty green yarn, (probably Spring Green or a pretty variegated green) to start another set for the next GGbaby.  (due in March)  Her mom's favorite color is green, so voila!  Maybe I'll use the pink yarn to make another blanket. 

I have another photo to share with you.  This photo was taken by my friend Mary Ann's hubby, and it took a ribbon in their local camera club competition.   This is a white deer surrounded by Aspens.  It's an awesome photo, Gene.  Thanks for letting me share it.

None of the packages I'm waiting for have arrived yet, so today I'll probably try to get the rest of the envelopes for my cards addressed.  This week coming up is usually when I mail them out.  Hopefully, I can start mailing out my mailer boxes by the end of the week. 

This week I want to get out the Christmas decorations and put up our trees.  Something tells me that these next four weeks are going to fly right by.  Before we know it 2016 will be here.

Today Joe is going to clean out the birdbath and plug it in.  I've noticed that some of the puddles have been freezing lately.  Obviously, this means that the birdie water will freeze too.  I did not have any luck with the local roofing contractors to get the heated lines put on my roof, so I hope we don't get any wicked huge icicles this year. 

There's not much news for today, so I think I'll just make me a new cup of coffee and get started on those envelopes.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Early To Bed, Early To Rise, The New Me!

November 27, 2015

Good morning.  Gosh, it feels like I've been up a whole day already.  Last evening I put out the lights really early, and Pogo and I fell right to sleep..  I woke up around 3 a.m., and decided that it was a good time to work on the baby cocoon that I had started a while ago.  After it was finished, Pogo and I had our breakfast. 

Next, I started making the little beanie cap that goes with the cocoon.  As soon as it is finished, I'll take a photo of the whole set.  One by one, all my projects are getting finished.  I think I'll start either a pink baby cocoon or a pink baby blanket next.  My hands don't feel right if they are not busy with some sort of craft in them.  Here's a photo of the finished baby blanket.

Well, let me tell you all that Joe cooked us a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner yesterday.  Everything came out great, even the turkey breast.  Needless to say, we were all stuffed after dinner.  I didn't even have room for dessert. 

Pogo is making it very difficult for me to type, as he is climbing on and off my lap and nudging my arms.  He says he wants some attention and petting.  So be it.

I'm back.  My little guy just needed some "me" time.  So I picked up his brush, and brushed his beautiful curly coat.  He loves that.  After some cuddling, he's happy to lie here next to me while I type my post. 

This morning I took another photo of my Christmas Cactus plant.  Every day there are new blossoms opening.  It's just gorgeous.

Yesterday morning, after I had posted here on my blog, I started doing a bit of catching up on my blog reading.  I only got to a couple of my favorite blogs when I heard a loud noise coming from outside, and then all the lights went out. 

I woke Joe up so that he could go out to the shed and get the generator running so that we could plug in our refrigerators and the freezer.   Who knows how long it would be before the power was back on.  Then I called the electric company.  Because I have an oxygen concentrator, they came right out.  In less than two and a half hours, we had our power back on.  Yeahhhhh!!

All in all, we had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.  There's even enough food left over for all of us (Joe, Mike and me) to have supper tonight.  These two wonderful dwarfs paid for our dinner, so I will see if they would like to have Chinese take out tomorrow night, on me of course. 

Now I think I'll see about getting a bit of my wrapping done (and maybe a bit of dusting)  before I settle down with some crocheting.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Day

November 26, 2015

Good morning.  I've been up since 4 a.m.  So much for sleeping through the whole night.  haha.  But I've made good use of my time by checking emails, and making breakfast for Pogo and me.  I even put the last few rows on the baby blanket.  I'll take a photo later to share.

Today I have super news.  Our baby Ali was able to go home yesterday, and her mom sent us this photo.  This is Lilah, Ali and Jack.  I have lots to be thankful for.

Yesterday afternoon, I took Joe grocery shopping so he could buy his turkey and other supplies for today's dinner.  Oh my, what a sticker shock he got!!!  Not only were all the turkeys priced way up from last Friday's price, but they only had frozen turkeys left. 

What does a person do when the bird has to be thawed out in time to be cooked this morning?  He decided to put the turkey back and buy a turkey breast instead.  I read the label and there are still (parts of) legs and wings in the package.  I don't know how, but no big deal.  However, it was frozen solid. 

When we got home, Joe immediately put the frozen chunk of turkey into a huge pan of water to thaw it out.  A couple hours later he took it out of the water and put it in the refrigerator.  I asked why it wasn't still in the water and Joe said that it was all thawed out.  HUH????  Peanut butter and jelly is starting to sound really good!

I have a funny story and photo to share with you.  Yesterday, before I left for the market, I put some of Pogo's big fuzzy blankets on the floor (just in case of accidents).  When I get home, I pick them up, fold them and put them away. 

Yesterday, when I got home from the store, I was in a hurry to take a potty break, so I folded the blankets up and set them on Pogo's little bed.  When I came back into the room, I found my little guy perched on top of the pile of blankets, with no intention of getting down anytime soon.   I guess he was just claiming ownership so that I wouldn't put the blankets away somewhere.  haha.  He is such a wonderful little character!  (so yes, I left his blankets there for now)

As you know, most retail stores (not all) have decided to stay closed either all day or at least most of the day so that employees could spend Thanksgiving with their families.  However, they don't tell you that their employees still have to work whole shifts today to get the store's merchandise ready for the big sale.  My daughter Audrey is working (for Walmart) this morning from 4:30 a.m. till 1 p.m.  So much for letting the employees enjoy the day at home with their families.  What's wrong with this picture? 

Why can't we bring back the blue laws where all stores were closed on Sundays and Holidays?  At least close for the Holidays!  Families are so very important, but it's hard to celebrate together when the parents are required to work on the holidays.  It's hard to go to church together when your parents are working on Sundays.  Just food for thought.

I want to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving Day.  Even if it is not a holiday where you live, Y'all have a super day anyway!!

Hugs, Edna B.

p.s.  Stacey, can you please email me so that I can email you back?  Thanks, Edna B.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Gosh, I'm Not Used To This Much Sleep (At Night) All At Once

November 25, 2015

Good morning.  It's only 6 a.m., so it's still quite dark outside.  I put the light out really early last evening, and got a whole night of sleep.  That hasn't happened in a long time.   Hmmm, I could get used to this. 

It's rather nippy this morning.  Only 29F degrees, with a high of 42 degrees expected later today.  If I didn't know any better, I'd think that Winter is slipping in rather quickly.  Blogger doesn't seem to like the cold either because it is acting sort of weird. 

I got up to get Pogo's breakfast, and my page here was all faded out and not working.  I clicked out of it and re-opened it, and it was still here, but the words have moved around.  After a bit of finagling, I've got everything back where it belongs. 

Yesterday afternoon, I had such fun playing on my laptop, making new Christmas QP's.  Before I knew it, the afternoon had passed by and it was supper time.  Time flies when you are having fun.  So, the next four weeks I'll be posting Christmas QP's.  Warning, I may have to post more than one sometimes, because making them gets addicting. 

Also, next Tuesday is the start of the Worldwide Christmas Scrapbooking Blog Train.  I'll be posting a freebie for you, along with lots of other scrap designers.  Make room on your hard drive so that you can download all these wonderful freebies.  I'll post more information next Tuesday.

Today, I have a fun QP for you.  Notice Lola, and her new friend, Ms. Butterfly?  I love whimsy, and I hope you can use this .  Enjoy.

Here is your download link:
I found this poster on the web, and thought I'd like to share it with you.  It's message is really wonderful.  We don't need a reason to help someone, but if you do, then use this wonderful season of love and giving as your reason. 
There are so many ways to help a stranger.  When you are checking out at a fast food or coffee chain,pay for the order ahead or behind you.  Notice if someone is sitting outside a market or store just trying to stay warm.  Visit a nursing facility and visit with a few of the old folks.  I'm sure you can think of so many ways to help someone. 

I have a proposition for you.  If you send me your story (and name and address) of something you've done to help someone needy, I'll make you a neck warmer.  Just be sure to include your favorite color.  If I can post your story, let me know.  No names will be used.  Happy Giving!!

Tomorrow's post may be short, but I'll be here to wish all of you a fabulous Thanksgiving Day.  Now I think I'll make me another cup of coffee (this is a two cup morning), and see if I can't make some more headway with my wrapping.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.                                                                                                

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Ever Tried Shooting Your Own Turkey????

November 24, 2015

Good morning.  It's 28F degrees outside my door, and will get up to about 42F degrees later today.  I'll be happy if that's as cold as it gets all winter.  Alas, I don't think the weather gods care one tiny bit about what I think.  

At least the sun is shining, giving the impression that is a bit warmer.  I went outside a little while ago to fill the bird feeder and put more peanut butter bread in the treat cage.  I barely got back inside when all the birds came rushing out to fill their tummies.

One of the things that I do for the little birds and the chipmunks, is to toss a whole bowl of bits of bread and peanuts on the ground under my car.  This is good for when it is raining, or when there are predators around.  Usually, it doesn't take very long before all the food is gobbled up.

I heard on the news this morning that Google is giving free downloads of Michael Jackson's Thriller album.   I thought I would check it out, but got side tracked to my own kind of music.  After a quick peek around, I downloaded one song "Blue Christmas" by Elvis Presley and Martina McBride.  I'll go back later and peek around some more.   Just go to Google, type in free ________ music MP3 downloads. 

A few years ago, I had a super music juke box at the bottom of my blog, but for some reason, Google took it away.  I really enjoyed that, and so did a lot of blog readers.  Maybe someday they'll bring it back?  That would be super.

A few days ago, I took a photo of my Christmas cactus.  It is just loaded with buds, and now the blossoms are popping out.  This thing is just gorgeous. 

This morning, there are at least eight more blossoms opened up on my plant.  I'll have to take some new photos.   I'm going to have to get a bigger pot and a ceiling hanger for this plant and possible a couple others.

Last night, I worked on the baby blanket while I watched TV (Major Crimes).  Aha!  This time I managed to stay awake through the whole program.  As for the blanket, I think there are about four or five more rows to go till it is finished. 

I did try the pattern for the Royal Queen's Neck warmer, but I was not a bit happy with it.  I bought bulky yarn that it called for, but it was just too much bulk to go around one's neck.  I'll try some different yarns with it later. 

Of the three dwarfs who are planning on being home for Thanksgiving, two of them have decided that Joe will cook a turkey dinner.  The third dwarf says he would rather have soup.  Hmmm, we'll see.  I will probably have my Chinese take out tomorrow night instead, and eat some turkey on Thanksgiving Day. 

I found this delightful image on the web and just had to share it with you.  We can all use a giggle to start our day. 

Today I will attempt to wrap a couple more things.  Yesterday I got to wrap and pack up one box, but there are a few little things that I need before I can finish up the rest of the boxes.  I got busy on-line and ordered a few things, and hopefully they will all arrive here in the next few days so that I can finish up all my boxes at least.

The update on Ali, as of yesterday, was that she is still not ready to come home, but has gained weight.  She's now reached five pounds.  We are all still hoping that she will be home for Thanksgiving. 

Well  that's all my news for this morning.  Now I'm off to see what fun today holds for me and Pogo.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a wonderful day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Oh, What A Lovely Surprise For Me!!

November 23, 2015

Good morning.  Tis a wee bit damp and gray here in New England, but it's early so things might change in a few hours.  It rained here most of the night.  Right now (8 a.m.) it is 35F degrees, and is supposed to get up to around 40 degrees later today.  Tonight, the temperature will drop down to 23F degrees.  Oooo, just a bit to nippy for me. 

Guess what?  While I was typing this last paragraph, the sun came out from behind the clouds, and everything is looking quite sunny now.  Things change really quickly around here.

Yesterday, I must have been really tired, because shortly after Pogo and I had a bit of lunch, I sat down to watch the news on TV and woke up several hours later.  I wasn't sure if it was nighttime or the next morning until I looked outside. 

Poor Pogo was hungry and looking for his supper.  Gosh, sometimes I am such a bad mommy.  Pogo was good though, and waited while I cooked us up some cube steak.  This cooks up quickly, and Pogo likes it. 

Well I have a nice surprise that I want to share with you.  This morning my friend Kyra sent me some gorgeous scrap layouts, using some of yesterday's photos.  This first page features my beautiful girls.  The kit used is Kyra's "Frederique" which was posted on her blog in April.

This page features Jazzy and Ebeneezer Scrooge.  Kyra used her kit "Highland Christmas" which has yet to be released.

This last page features my SIL Eddie, and the kit used is Kyra's "Fading Hours", which was posted on her blog in March.

Kyra, these are just gorgeous, and I thank you so very much.  What a super way to start my day!!

Would you believe?  Thanksgiving is only three days away!  Gosh, this year is slipping away rather quickly.  There's only 38 more days left till the New Year.  I started all my projects so early, and yet I still have so much left to do.  Yikes!!

I guess this afternoon, I'll try wrapping a bit more and packing a couple more boxes.  And, I still have envelopes to address.  Gosh, if only Pogo could write.  He could do the envelopes for me.  Hmmm, I wonder if this is something that doggies can learn?????

I was planning on ordering Chinese take out food for Thanksgiving, but now Joe is saying that he wants to cook a turkey dinner.  Hmmm.  Turkey prices are low right now, so I might cook a small turkey too just to have the meat for turkey salad.  I like to package it up in batches and freeze it.  However, that Chinese takeout is still sounding quite tasty to me.

Well, that's about all my news for this morning.  I think I'll go to the kitchen and make a fresh cup of coffee before I start some wrapping.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

OOPS!! "Cards For Recovering American Soldiers" Is A Hoax

November 22, 2015

Good morning.  What an eye opener!!  Please disregard the post and address for sending cards to recovering American soldiers.  I checked with Snopes (I really should have done this first I guess), and Walter Reed Hospital DOES NOT ACCEPT cards for our soldiers.  I did not know this but they closed in 2011 to merge with another medical facility.

According to Snopes, I guess you will have to contact your local Red Cross centers to find out how to send holiday cards to any of our military.  All cards must be signed (name only), and will be distributed without the envelopes.  If interested, check out for more information.  I'm sorry for the misinformation.  It sounded like a good idea to me.  (I even addressed several envelopes with cards myself)

I remember back when I was nineteen, participating in a program where we could write letters to service men and women.  I actually got to meet the wonderful young man (and his family) that I was corresponding with.   Sad to say, times have changed, and for safety reasons the government frowns on this now.   Progress?

On to a cheerier note, I went to watch Jazzy perform as the Ghost of Christmas Present yesterday.  What a treat!!  We are so very proud of our Jazzy.  Actually, we are quite proud of all the members of our local drama group.  They all did a fabulous job in A Christmas Carol. 

I did my best to take photos and videos, but there was a rather large and squirmy guy seated to my right, and he kept bumping into my right arm.   The way he was seated in his seat had me quite scrunched in my seat.  Yeesh!!  Some folks just aren't very polite. 

But I did get some super photos, and a few good videos.  I've posted two of the videos on my FB page for those of you who would like to see them.  (for those of you interested, my FB name is Franny Loud)   Here are a few photos from the play. 

The Ghost of Christmas Past visits Ebeneezer Scrooge.

This is a scene from Ebeneezer Scrooge's youth.  That's Jazzy with the skates.

Next, the Ghost of Christmas Present (Jazzy) visits Ebeneezer.

I had to include this shot because I think it is so interesting and fun.  Friends of ours were taking a "selfie" of themselves and Jazzy, while I was off to the side taking a photo of them. 

This next photo is my favorite.  Gosh, it shows just how blessed I really am.  This is what happens when a mom has two sons and a daughter.  She ends up with three beautiful daughters!!   Dee Dee, you too are very blessed.  From left to right, Amber (Bobby's sweetie, Janicee (Kevin's sweetie), Jazzy and Mom (my daughter Deanne).   I'm still patting my shoulder with pride!

Last, but not least, here's a photo of the proud Papa too.  This is my SIL Eddie.  If his chest puffs up any more, it will burst!!   (actually, I could say that about all of us!!)

Well, that's about all my babble for this morning.  I'm off to the kitchen to make a tasty breakfast for Pogo and me.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.