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Monday, June 24, 2019

READ YOUR BARCODES

June 24, 2019

Good afternoon.  Yup, I'm posting late today because I decided to do my banking and grocery shopping early in the morning before it got too hot for me to be outside.  Now I'm home and all the groceries are put away.

I went to a different market today.  Shaw's Market is next to the bank so I thought I would give them a try.  Wowsie!  Everything cost so much more than it does at WalMart.  Items that I pay $2.00 and $2.29  for at WalMart cost $3.99 and $4.29 at Shaw's.  A six pack of toilet tissue at Shaws is $14,99.  I doubt I'll be shopping there again anytime soon. 

Today I thought I would share something that my friend Rhoda sent to me.  It's about why we should always read the labels on the foods that we buy.  No matter what the front of the box or package says, turn it over and read the back -- carefully.

With all the food and pet products now coming from China, it is best to make sure you read the label at the grocery store and especially at WalMart when buying food products.  Many pruducts no longer show where they were made, only give where the distributor is located.  It is important to read the bar code to track its origin.

How to read Bar Codes.....interesting!  This may be useful to know when grocery shopping, if it's a concern to you.   It's a great way to "buy USA & CANADA"  and not from CHINA.  Can you tell which products are made in Taiwan or China?  If the first three digits of the barcode are 690, 691 or 692, the product is made in CHINA.   471 is made in Taiwan. 

It is our right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the public, therefore we have ro rescue ourselves.  Chinese businessmen know that consumers do not preder food products "MADE IN CHINA" so they don't show the country from which it is made.  However, you may now refer to the barcode -- remember if the first three digits are:

690 - 692 .....it is made in CHINA

00 - 09 .....it is made in USA & CANADA

30 - 37 .....it is made in FRANCE

40 - 44 .....it is made in GERMANY

471 .....it is made in TAIWAN

49 .....it is made in JAPAN

50 .....it is made in UK

Buy USA & CANADIAN MADE by watching for "0" at the beginning of the number.  We need every boost we can get, so pass this on to your family and friends.

Now I need to find something tasty to feed Pogo for lunch.  (and me too!)  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

p.s. If anyone had trouble downloading the QP last Wednesday, I have fixed the link so you can try again if you want the QP.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

It's Already Summer!

June 23, 2019

Good morning.  Tis sunny with temps in the sixties, and in a couple hours temps will make it into the high seventies.  Woo Hoo!  My kind of day.  Tomorrow should be nice too.  Did I mention that it's already Sumer? 

I just went outside to take some photos of the birds and small critters over by the bird feeder.  It's such fun watching them.  We have about five young Blue Jays, a couple young Mourning Doves,  two little Sparrows, two Black Birds, one tiny chipmunk and a half dozen squirrels over there right now.

Well, yesterday I did a stupid thing.  I had closed my little laptop to chat on the phone for a bit.  When I got off the phone, without thinking I unplugged my exterior drive from the laptop.  I mistakenly thought that I had shut off the laptop.  OOPS!  Well, this corrupted a couple of scrap kits that I was using to make new quick pages, and the pages too!  It also corrupted several other files.  This is definitely not my year for the computer. 

So now I decided to do a scan on the exterior drive to make sure everything else was okay.  This was mid-afternoon.  At eleven last night, it still wasn't finished scanning (it's slow!) so I unplugged it and called it a night.  Alas, there is no new quick page for today.  I'll try to make a new one for tomorrow.

This weekend Audrey and Mac have been spending some fun quality time with their two grandchildren, Zach (10) and Alena (6). They went fishing, and in this photo Zack is helping Alena with the fish she just caught.  Afterwards, Zach was helping Alena learn how to swim. 


Meanwhile, Jazzy has been having so much fun with her new kittten, Pickles.  Deanne sent me this photo of one of Pickles' new hiding places.  Kittens are just so adorable.


Well, the fellow from the gutter company came by yesterday to check out my house and give me an estimate for new gutters.  He took lots of photos, and boy oh boy, do I really need new gutters!  I knew it was going to be an expensive job, and I was right.  We spent a few hours discussing the whole situation, and I ended up using all my spending money and then some for next fifteen years or more.  Ah, but I'll have awesome gutters!

Here's a picture of my new book "Lincoln And The Irish."  Well, I finished reading it, and I must say that Mary Todd Lincoln was a really mean person.  Lincoln was quite the remarkable man, and I found the book very interesting.  I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the scenes behind history.


Now I'm going to refresh my cup of coffee and head for the porch.  Photoshop isn't working so good in my regular laptop, but it is working in my little laptop so hopefully I can make a new quick page.  We'll see.

So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, June 21, 2019

A Fantastic Weekend Coming

June 21, 2019

Good morning.  Tis gray and damp outside my door today, and it's supposed to rain again all day.  Tomorrow, though, the sun should be shining brightly all day.  Actually, it's supposed to be sunny for at least three days in a row.  Woo Hoo!  A fantastic weekend ahead for us!!!

First, I've been told that the link to the Angels Watching QP did not work, so today I made a brand new link.  Again, if there is a problem with it, please let me know.

http://www.mediafire.com/file/nbqzvq81q5ao48a/EB_-_Angels_Watching_QP_2012.zip/file

Yesterday I caught up on my naps.  Yup, a real busy day!  hahaha.  I'm pretty sure it must be the rainy days that depletes me of my energy.  One gray day isn't too bad, but so many in a row tends to leave me feeling gray too.  I imagine this happens to a lot of folks everywhere.

Today, Deanne and Eddie will be coming by to install my new air conditioner.  It gets rather warm and stuffy in here at night, making it difficult to sleep.  This new air conditioner will help tremendously to make it more comfortable.

One of my favorite TV Game shows has just come on TV.  It's called "Common Knowledge."  It's a fun show, and I learn so many things.  Did you know that if you don't have a knife sharpener, you can turn a ceramic mug upside down and sharpen your knife on it?  Hmm, I learn something new every day.

Daughter Audrey bought a new Biscuit cookbook, and is sharing these recipes with us for Biscuit Doughnuts and Resurrection Biscuits.  If you click on these images and still cannot read them, let me know and I'll retype them.  Audrey has cooked both of these and says that they are delicious!






Yesterday, the mail carrier brought me a new book that I had ordered.  I'll take a photo of it and tell you more about it on Sunday.  It's called "Lincoln And The Irish" and tells how the Irish helped Abraham Lincoln save the Union.  It sounds super interesting.

Tomorrow, someone will be coming by to look over the outside of the house and give me an estimate to put gutters all around the house.  If the price is feasible, this could be my big project for the house this year.  We'll see.

Now I'm off to wash the dishes and maybe do a load of laundry.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Happy Birthday Gary Jr.

June 20, 2019

Good morning.  It's not quite six o'clock, but I'm awake so I guess it's time to get up and start this new day.  Temps are in the sixties, and probably won't make it past the low seventies today.  We are expecting rain this afternoon.

Today is my son Gary Jr's birthday.  He lives in Florida, so I don't get to see him very often.  I do hope his special day is filled with sunshine and happiness.  I love you son. 

Yesterday I didn't do very much, but I did pay some bills.  I thought I might do a jig saw puzzle, but then I must have hit a wrong button because my puzzle program disappeared from my laptop.  Well, that did it.  I shut off the laptop and that was it for the rest of the day.

I just tried to re-install the game and it did not install completely.  So I still can't do my puzzles.  This does not make me very happy.  Actually, it tends to bring on the grouchies.  These puzzles were very calming for me.

Today I have photos of some of my blossoms.  The first photo is my "Mint Julep" rose.  It's such a happy little blossom.





I'm not making any specific plans for today because things change so quickly.  Whatever I get to do, I'll do.   It's beginning to get too warm in my apartment and that slows down any energy that I may have.   Soon, though, my new air conditioner will get installed and that should make it much more comfortable here. 

I have a couple bags full of new junk mail, so I think maybe I'll take them out to the porch and go through it all.  Today I think I'll look up some information on shredding companies who come to your house and see if they are affordable.

Working with Chrome installed in this laptop is really weird.  It has changed the looks of everything.  Fonts all look tiny, and pictures and spaces looked like they are stretched out sideways.  Icon sizes are different too.  I can just imagine what it will do to my new laptop.  Nothing, I hope. 

Now I think I'll go make a fresh cup of coffee and see about starting this new day.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Yea-a-a-a! I Made My New Blog Book!

June 19, 2019

Good morning.  Tis a gray day here in New England with temps in the sixties.  Soon though, the temps will rise to close to eighty degrees.  When I finish this post, I think I'll go sit on the porch and crochet for a while.  It's supposed to rain but it doesn't come into the porch where I sit. 

Well, the title of this post says it all.  Yesterday, I installed Firefox in my little travel laptop and tried to make my blog book.  Nope, nope, nope!  I finally found my way to the help page of the Blog2Print site and asked for a help chat. 

After me trying to get in to the site one last time, the chat person gave me a link to go to where I could make and order my blog book.  He stayed on the line with me the whole time.  Once my book was made, I barely proof read it.  I ordered it and payed for it so that nothing could go wrong.  Here are the photos I'm using for the front and back covers of the new book.


I am so happy and glad that my blog book is ordered.  Now I'm going to have to find out what is wrong with my laptops before it's time to make the next book.  My daughter Audrey has a new laptop with Windows 10, and she downloaded Chrome to it.  She says she'll help me do this to my new laptop. 

Folks, if you are going to be needing a new PC with Windows 10, don't let my problems with it scare you from getting it.  Half of my problem is that I don't like change when something is working good.  The other half is something else.  I'm not sure what, but I'll keep at it until I figure things out. 

If you have children or grandchildren, I'm sure they'll be more than happy to help you with the new Windows.  Once I figure it all out, I'll be more than glad to help any of you.  I've got a lot of help and wonderful suggestions from my readers, and I thank all of them. 

This past weekend, my daughter Deanne took her grandchildren to a family gathering where they got to play with some of their cousins.  When she got home, she went through some of her photos and piut together this image.  The photo on the left is Aurora, her granddaughter (my gr.g).  In the photo on the right, the shorter girl is my daughter Deanne, and the girl on the right is my daughter Kerri.  It's amazing how much Aurora looks like Kerri.  My Kerri passed away about fourteen years ago.  In this photo, it looks as though she hasn't really left us.  What a wonderful and comforting thought.


Because I've been so busy with PC and blog book problems, I still haven't had time to work on new quick pages.  So I dug into my archives and found this rather pretty quick page.  It's  very plain so that you can decorate it however you like.  It's called Angels Watching, and it might be nice for photos of some loved ones who are no longer here with us. 


I don't remember where I got the background, and this is probably why it was still in my archives as an unfinished project. 

Here is your download link:
http://www.mediafire.com/file/e6jmbaack9jrjfc/EB_-_QP_2012_Angels_Watching.zip/file


Now I think I'll grab a nice cold bottle of water and head for the porch.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Laptop Woes

June 18, 2019

Good morning.  It's early, only 5:50 a.m. and gray outside.  My weather app says the rain will start again in a couple hours and continue on most of the day.  I did not get to go grocery shopping yesterday, so today might be a good day to do it. 

Yesterday, I spent most of the day trying to fix my laptop.  I had been trying to order my blog book, and could not get into the site to do this.  The folks there said that it was because of Explorer.  They did not use it.  I would need to switch to Foxfire or Chrome.

So, I switched over to Foxfire and tried again to order my book.  I still could not get into the site.  I uninstalled Foxfire, and then re-installed it.  I got the same results.  This left me no choice - install Chrome.

I called my daughter Audrey, and she helped me to download Chrome.  I'd like to say this solved all my problems, but it did not.  I still could not get into the site to order my book.  Instead, I kept getting a message that I was missing an important file in my computer.  I don't know anything about the inner workings of this laptop, so I went to Google and looked it up. 

Google said that I needed to download a fix it program, so I did.  It scanned my laptop and came up with a list of things that needed to be fixed.  But it would only fix them if I bought the program.  So I bought it.  Once it was downloaded, it went about doing its thing for a while. 

After all was said and done, my day was shot.  Then I got a look at my desktop, and oh my, what a shock!  All my icons were moved arouind and they were bigger and some were missing.  It took a while to make some sense out of all of this.  Needless to say, I was not in a very good mood by now. 

With all of this happening, I never did get to order my book.  I'll try again in a little while.  Please, please let it go alright.  I am so fed up with these computers.  Everything on my laptop is different and I don't know how to get it back to looking like it did before. 

Last night, I was reading an article in my AMAC magazine about different types of voter fraud.  It was real interesting to realize the different types of voter fraud.  I especially was interested in the one about fraudulent use of Absentee Ballots. 

At the 2012 voting polls, I noticed that an Absentee Ballot had been sent to someone listed with my address although that person did not live at my house.  When I asked about it, I was told that they could not remove that person from my address until that person gave them a change of address in writing.  They would not tell me where they mailed the Ballot.  It certainly was not mailed to my address.  When I get a chance, I'd like to follow up on this to see if this is still happening. 

I found an image on the web that I just had to borrow and share here.  It explains why my diets never work.  (at least I think it does!)


Hmmm, I rather like my snacks, and this takes all the fun out of enjoying them.  Oh, I'll still have them.  I'll just force myself to enjoy them!  hahaha.

Here's another picture that I found on the web.  This one tells it like it is.  You grow old when you stop laughing and enjoying each day as it comes. 


That's about it for my news for today.  I want to try to order my Blog book before I do anything else.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Busy Making My Phone Happy

June 17, 2019

Good morning.  It's another early morning for me.  It's only 6:15 a.m. and I feel like I've been up for hours.  I haven't, it only feels that way.  I just spent a half hour trying to order my new blog book, and the web site messed up again.  It lets me get so far, and then it says try again. 

This is the fourth time I've tried to order this book and I'm getting quite annoyed.  I don't know of any other company that prints these blog books or I'd try going somewhere else.  In a couple hours, I'll try calling the company on the phone, and hopefully they will answer my call.

Temps this morning are in the sixties, but should climb to the seventies in a few hours.  The sun should be coming out soon too.  I've been putting off doing my grocery shopping for a while now, so maybe I'll go this morning. 

Yesterday, I wanted to spend some time on my laptop to make some new quick pages, but instead I spent several hours working on moving all the photos on my cell phone onto the memory card that is in the phone.  I thought I had already set it up to do this automatically, but I guess I didn't.  My phone keeps sending me messages that it is about to run out of room and things will soon stop working. 

While I was doing this, I backed up everything onto my external drive.  I did all this by hooking my phone up to my computer and physically moving things around. By the time I finished with this, the afternoon was already gone.  Well, at least now my phone is happy again. 

I have a photo of some of my yellow irises that I cut and put into a vase.  These flowers are beautiful, but they don't last very long. 


While surfing the web, I came across a super way to keep vacation memories all in one place.  It's really quite neat!  You send yourself a postcard every day from wherever you are and write on it what you did that day.  Then you bind all the postcards together into a book  How unique!


I've noticed that sometimes the photos that folks send me (from their cell phones) just aren't very clear or sharp.  A lot of this depends on the amount of pixels that your phone's camera has.  One way to get the best photos that you can is to go into the camera's settings and set your photos to the highest best setting.  Also, set your video on the smallest setting.  This will make it easier to share your videos. 

Here's another image that I borrowed from the web.  I think this is a good rule to live by.


Now I'm going to get dressed and maybe head out to the market.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.