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Friday, July 22, 2016

Who's Afraid Of Showing A Photo ID?

July 22, 2016

Good morning.  Tis a beautiful, but sweltering, day here in New England.  Today is supposed to get up into the mid to upper 90's.  Too darn hot for me.  Right now, it hasn't reached 80 yet, and there is a nice breeze.  Pretty soon though, we'll have to close the window on the door to keep out some of the heat.

Joe and I are supposed to go grocery shopping later this afternoon, but we may have to wait until after supper till it cools off a bit.  I don't know, we'll have to wait and see.  I don't breath so good in this heat.   Plus, the ice cream melts before we get home.

Lately, early mornings and late evenings seem to be the best time to sit out on the porch.  Maybe once I have a fan out on the porch, I can sit out in the afternoon.  SIL Eddie said he will come by when he can and put in an outlet so that I can plug in the fan. 

Yesterday, while sitting out on the porch, I took a photo of part of the view from my rocking chair. I must say, it really is pretty.

Today, I have an appointment to speak with a person about solar energy.  I'm not buying anything yet, but I thought I should look into it.  It will be interesting to see how expensive it is to have the solar panels installed.  I know there are companies that don't charge for the installation, but I haven't found them yet. 

I just looked up the weather forecast for the next ten days, and we're not due for a break in these wicked high temps for a whole week.  Then, we'll finally have a chance for a bit of rain for a day or two.  Mind you, I said we have a chance.  That does not mean that the rain will actually happen.  But gosh, I hope it does. 

I pulled a photo from my archives to share with you.  This photo was taken four years ago today on my way to work.  The cows were out in the field not far from the road, so I stopped to take some photos.  This was at a dairy farm where they make the greatest ice cream.

There was another interesting article in the newspaper yesterday.  The headline to this story reads:  "Court finds Texas voter ID  law discriminatory."  Texas passed a law requiring an ID in order to vote.  This was intended to cut down a lot of illegal voting.  However, Mr. O in the White House claimed that it discriminated against black and Latino voters as well as low income residents, who face more difficulties obtaining the approved forms of identification (photo ID).  Another challenger to the law said that "No American should ever lose their right to vote just because they don't have a photo ID."

Forgive my stupidity, but this law was not preventing any Americans from obtaining an ID and voting.  It was to prevent illegals from voting.  Texas U.S. Rep Joaquin Castro, a Democrat, tweeted:  "The ..... ID law was nothing more than a political point-shaving strategy by Republicans to win elections by depressing turnout."  (newspaper is:  Boston Herald  7-21-16)

To me, this sounds like the Democrats really need the illegal votes to help their cause.  Why are they afraid of requiring a photo ID to prove that you are an American in order to vote?  This type of governing really offends me and my beliefs.  As for the voter fraud, it is very real and widespread.  When a community takes in more votes than it has residents, then something is really fishy.  When there is a small cluster of voters all squished together into the voting booth, this too is rather fishy.  When there are names listed on the voter sheets of people who do not even live in the town, you have another fishy situation. 

I've seen some of this for myself, so I know it exists.  If we can't count on our government to keep the voting honest, then we need to think about changing the people doing the governing.  Well, that's my rant for today.  (One more reason why I don't believe in the party system.  I'd rather be free to make my own choice, and yes, I do have a photo ID.)

Now I think I'll see about doing a couple things around here before it gets much hotter.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have a magnificent weekend.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

My Pogo Is A People Magnet

July 21, 2016

Good morning.  Good news!!!  It was nice and cool last night, and I slept!!  It felt so good, I did not want to get up this morning.  My little guy let me stay in bed until almost ten o'clock.  But then I started feeling guilty.  So I got up to make him some breakfast and give him his meds.

Yesterday, Pogo had his doctor visit, and now he has his new rabies tag.  He weighed in at five and a half pounds, and aside from the itch he is very healthy.  The doctor checked him over, and prescribed an antibiotic for his itch.  If that doesn't help, she will try another medicine. 

While we were waiting to pay the bill, Pogo made friends with two little girls and their mother.  It does not matter where we go, people always come over to see and pet Pogo.  And of course, Pogo just loves it.   Sometimes, folks ask if they can take his photo to share with their friends and family.  Yesterday his doctor even asked if she could take his photo.  My little guy could be a super star!

A while ago, I found a beautiful image on the web, and borrowed it to share here.  I don't know who took the photo, but it is just gorgeous.  I would love to get a shot like this.

I read an article in our newspaper (The Boston Herald) about our governor, Charlie Baker, declining to dedicating the Zakim Bridge's blue lighting to slain police officers.  I'm not questioning his decision, but one of his reasons does bother me.  He said "I think choosing sides in this conversation is a bad idea.  I think the best thing we can do, and the thing that we all ought to do, is to remember that everybody is somebody's son or daughter, and to start there."

The bridge's default color is blue, but it is frequently lit up in a different color for other people or events.  I have a problem with his choice of words.  ie...choosing sides is a bad idea.   Maybe I'm missing something here, but what does "choosing sides" mean?  To me, there is no choosing.  Either we support the men and women who are trying to protect us, or we don't. 

This makes me wonder if Mr. Baker is a solid Democrat and does not want to offend Mr. O who would not light the White House in blue to show support for our law enforcement officers.  If these politicians cannot show respect for our police men and women, then why do they need to have several armed guards go everywhere with them to keep them safe?  Maybe they should all be replaced by someone who does care?

Between the killings and the flag burnings, I'm becoming very disillusioned with the way our government responds in our defense.  People who kill and/or burn our flag should be punished.  No questions about it.  I don't care who is offended or whose feelings are hurt.  If you intentionally kill someone or burn the American Flag, you should be in jail. 

Okay, enough of my little rant.  Some days, I just have to get things off my mind.  (I am neither republican nor democrat.  I believe in voting for the person I feel is best for the job, regardless of their party affiliation.)

Today I have a new quick page for you.  This one might be appropriate for photos of loved ones that we've lost. 

Here is your download link:

Remember I mentioned a while ago that I ordered two new chairs for the porch?  Well they arrived yesterday.  When Joe came home from work, he said he would assemble them for me.  Oh my, if you ever want to learn some of the seedier words in the English language, give a person one of these rocking chairs to assemble. 

I finally produced a catalogue photo of the chair so that Joe could see what it should look like.  I have to admit that the instructions that came with the chair were not easily understood.  However, after a respectable amount of time, Joe had finished one of the chairs.  Yeah!!  He said he will try to assemble the other one today or tomorrow.  I can live with that.  Here's a photo of the one that is finished.

Ah well, the morning has flown by, and it's time to see what's in the fridge for lunch.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Chocolate And Sage Are Good For You

July 20, 2016

Good morning.  Oh my, I asked for a nice cool night and that's exactly what I got last night.  It was the perfect night for sleeping.  Alas, I did not sleep very well.  My breathing has not been so good, and I seem to be using the oxygen more often.

Today is supposed to be in the mid to upper 80's, and then for the next six days we are looking at temps in the 90's.  Oh joy!  To make matters worse, several storms have come close by but they have all missed us.  We really need some rain.  Not a flood, mind you.  But our water levels are going down. 

Yesterday, Kevin, Pogo and I went to visit Aunt Lucy.  She is such a fun person, and we all had a great time.  Aunt Lucy just loves Kevin.  Especially when she learned that he would like be to a state trooper one day after college and the military.  One of her sons was a state trooper, so this really made her smile. 

A couple days ago, I got a lovely surprise in my email.  My friend Beth made this beautiful scrap page of Pogo enjoying an afternoon on the porch.  Beth, thank you so much.  I love it.

Have you ever had a moment where you forgot how to spell a word, or even worse, forgot the word you want to use?  One way around this problem, is to change your whole sentence to use other words. 

According to my book "The Ultimate Women's Guide to Beating Disease", I need to eat more chocolate.  Chocolate helps you feel sharper, more relaxed and just plain happier.  Also, I need to pick up some sage oil.  One hour after people took a supplement of sage oil, they  had better memory, more focused attention, and more alertness.  Even just sniffing sage helps to give you a better memory.  (Book written and published by Bottom Line Health 2016)

This afternoon, Pogo has a doctor appointment to update his rabies shot and find out why he is so itchy lately.  Hopefully, his doctor can give us something to alleviate the itch.

Now I'm going to see if I can squeeze in a little nap before it's time for us to leave.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Just A Short Post

July 19, 2016

Good morning.  It's only 8:30 a.m. and it's 75F degrees.  Today is supposed to only get up to 80 or the low 80's.  That would be a nice break.  Now if we could just have a few cool nights so that I could get more than thirty minute snatches of sleep at a time.  This would be super nice. 

This will have to be a short post because in a little while my grandson Kevin will be here to pick Pogo and me up.  We're going to visit Aunt Lucy.  I had thought we might go craft shopping this morning, but Auntie has to hang around the house today.  So, we'll go another day. 

I think I'll bring my tablet with us today.  Aunt Lucy does not want anything to do with computers or smart phones, but I thought maybe a tablet wouldn't feel so intimidating.  It would be a nice way to share photos and such.  I'll have to see what she thinks about my tablet.

Today I have more photos from my gardens.  This first photo is a close up of the flowers on the Citron plant.  The second photo is seed pods, and the third photo is the red Knock Out roses.

I promise I'll chat a bit longer tomorrow.  Now, I have about thirty minutes to get dressed and ready to leave.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Do They Have Birthdays In Heaven?

July 18, 2016

Good morning.  Today's a big birthday way up yonder.  Here's hoping the guys are enjoying a lobster dinner.  That's what I cooked for them every year on their special day.  Two big lobsters each, corn on the cob, potato salad, garden salad, and whatever they wanted for dessert.  Mmmm, memories.

Today will be another scorcher.  It's going to be like this at least until the beginning of August.  That's according to the weather forecast.  It doesn't look like we'll be getting very much (if any) rain during this time either.  We're in sort of a drought situation.  We really do need some rain.

It's even warm all through the night.  I guess the trick is to get as much sleep as you can during the day, and then do as much as you can throughout the night when the temps aren't as hot.  Of course, if you work days, then this won't help you.

Today I have some cute photos of one of our squirrels to share with you.  I took these photos a few days ago.  We still have the dumpster in our yard, and this little squirrel has found some interesting things in it.  His treasure has writing on it, and it looks like he is reading it.

Wait a minute!!  He's not reading that thing.  He's actually trying to eat it!!

In the end, he decided to take it home with him.  I watched as he jumped down off the dumpster with his treasure in his mouth, and went running off towards his home.  Enjoy little fellow!

Today I have two appointments very close together, so I'm going to have to call and cancel one of them.  Gosh, I go from days with nothing happening to "overfull" days.  Ah well, at least I'm lucky enough to have all these days. 

Tomorrow I'm hoping to spend some time with Aunt Lucy, and on Wednesday Pogo has a doctor appointment to get his rabies shot.  I'll see if she can give us something to take away Pogo's itch.  After that, the rest of the week should be rather quiet.  I think. 

Well that's my news for today.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a magnificent day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Pogo Is Loving The New Porch

July 17, 2016

Good morning.  Gosh, I've been up since 4 a.m. and now I'm getting tired.  It was warm and sticky all night, so sleep came in batches.  This morning, I've put the A/C on for a while just to get some of the sticky out of the air. 

Yesterday was quiet around here.  Pogo and I sat out on the porch for a few hours.  I have to say that we are loving our new porch.  Pogo sat here on the love seat most of the time.  He didn't even care when I would leave to go in the house for something.  He was just loving his new space.

A few days ago, Pogo and I took a walk around the yard, and I took a few photos of some of the flowers that are blooming.   Here are some of the lilies and a pink astibile (I think).

Today I think I'll do a load of laundry.  Maybe I'll do one with Pogo's blankets too.  Then tomorrow morning, I have to call and try to reschedule an appointment.  I have too many things to do tomorrow and some of them overlap their times. 

It's looking like it just might rain today.  It's been gray outside, but who knows?  It could all change in a couple of hours.  Either way, it's okay.  The gardens wouldn't mind a bit of rain. 

If I don't fall asleep when I sit down in my lounge chair, I might even read a book.  I have lots of new ones on my tablet just waiting to be read.  Somehow though, I'm thinking that sleep might win over the books.  My eyelids are having trouble staying open.  lol.  Maybe I should just give in and go have me a nap.  Oh yeah, sounds like an awesome plan.

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

Hugs. Edna B.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Happy Birthday Cliff

July 15, 2016

Good morning.  My goodness, have you noticed that July is already half over?  It's going too quickly for my taste.  So isn't the morning.  I've been up for hours doing goodness knows what, and I haven't really accomplished anything.  So what else is new??

Cliff is back today doing a few things around here for me.  I did not know it until a couple hours ago, but today is his birthday.  I'd have had him come by another day.  I'm wishing you a Happy Birthday Cliff, and I hope the rest of your day is really nice.

Yesterday afternoon, I put the chairs on the porch just in time for the heavens to open up and treat us to a large dose of rain.  It did not last very long though, and then Pogo and I sat out on the porch for a little while.  Slowly, Pogo is getting used to the porch.  At first, I had to pick him up and carry him out there.  Now I just have to hold the door open and he goes out there by himself. 

Here's a photo of my little guy sitting on the porch.  It's almost time for Joe to come home from work (yesterday) so he stayed right there and waited for Joe.

DIL Janet came by after work to pick up her cell phone (which she had forgotten to take home with her the night before), and we sat out on the porch for a bit.  Now I definitely know that I want to order two new chairs.  The ones that I got just aren't wide enough to be comfortable.  Us gals have sizable hineys. 

I found an adorable cartoon on the web that I had to share here with you.  I seem to have quite a few days like this.

Do any of you get the Readers Digest?  This magazine has some great stories, and interesting word lists.  Did you know that there are only four root words in the English language that begin with "dw"?  Can you name them?  Go ahead and try. 

Yesterday, Pogo and I went to the car dealership.  My car now has a clean bill of health and a new sticker;  and they washed my car windows for me.  This is so very appreciated because I can't reach the front windshield to wash it.  (both inside and outside)

Now I think I'll see about getting a few things done around here while I still have a speck of energy.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend.

Hugs, Edna B.

answers to "dw" riddle:  dwell, dwarf,  dwindle, dweeb