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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Counting The Days Till Vacation Time

December 12,2019

Good morning.  The sun is shining and the temperature is 27F degrees.  We may get up to 31F degrees later today.  Brrr.  I'm thinking, only 70 more days and we'll be in Florida.  Here's a photo of my car that I took through the kitchen window yesterday.

Yesterday, the mailman brought me a package with my new boots.  Oh my, I love my boots!  They fit beautifully and they are so warm!  I guess I'm going to have to break down now and buy myself a pair of slippers. 

I wear flip flops year round (indoors in the winter), but after wearing my warm boots yesterday for a while, I'm thinking that warm slippers might feel really good.  Gosh, if I keep this up, I'll start being like a normal person.  Coat, boots, slippers, what's next?

Oh my, the mailman just came and brought me another Christmas card.  This one is so funny, it has the Grinch on it.  He's peeking out from behind a wreath.  Don't you just love getting cards?  I do.  They are so much better than getting an email card. 

I guess everyone at Deanne's job forgot that yesterday was supposed to Candy Land day at work.  Deanne and the general manager were the only two who showed up dressed for the occasion.  I hope they gave Deanne a lot of extra raffle tickets for participating.  She really did look cute.  Did you notice the lollipop in her hair?

I have another cute photo to share.  This one is Deanne's little dog Sassy.  She's curled up with her Teddy Bear, dreaming of hmmmmm, Santa?  chewy treats?  maybe a new toy?  Santa told me one thing that he's bringing to her.  I think she's going to really love it!

Yesterday I got another surprise in the mail.  My new electric bill.  Can you imagine my shock to find that it is more than five hundred dollars higher than last month's bill?  How can this be legal?  I can just imagine what next month's bill will be like.  We light the Christmas tree every evening.  Pretty soon we won't be able to afford to use any electricity.  The cost is getting out of hand. 

I'm off now to do a bit of blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

More Christmas Memories

December 11, 2019

Good morning.  Tis chilly, only 31F degrees and dropping a bit for the rest of the day.  It's also snowing again.  Not the funnest day to be outside.

Gosh, I accidentally found a new channel (for me) on TV.  It's called Create Channel.  At 6 a.m. there's a crochet and knit program and at 6:30 a.m. there's a painting program.  This morning I learned some neat new ways to seamlessly sew knitted and crocheted pieces together. How cool is that!!

The yarn for the red and black afghan came yesterday, so last night I put on a few rows of the black.  Nice!  This afghan is really pretty.  When I get a few more rows on, I'll take a quick snapshot of it to share.

Also in the mail were a couple gifts that I had ordered.  More to wrap!  The old procrastinating me is back when it comes to the wrapping.  Gee, I did so good for a while.  Today, I will do my best to get back in the mood.  I'm running out of time.

Oh my, there was just a commercial for something (I did not catch what it was) and it had a dad teaching his little baby girl how to dance.  Towards the end, he picked her up and danced around with her in his arms.  This brings back memories.  When my brother and I were toddlers, my Mom would dance with us like this.  When my babies were little, I danced this way with them.  Sometimes, I dance with my little doggie like this too.

Today I have two more of my favorite old Christmas photos.  This first one is my brother sitting on Santa's lap.  "Have you been a good little boy all year?"  "Why of course I have, Santa."  These were my two main Santas.  When Christmas Eve fell on a Friday night, Santa #1 went to Temple, and my brother took over the role.  Later, Santa #1 would join us for the rest of the evening in his regular clothes.  This really confused a few of the younger kids who thought they had figured out who Santa really was.

Mrs. Claus used to come along every year to give Santa a helping hand.  Rhoda, I miss you and Marshall.  I hope this finds you both well.

Our Christmas Eves were very magical.  It brought together friends and family with different religious backgrounds.  Catholic, Protestant and Jewish.  We celebrated our blessings together.

Today, Joe said he will stop by the Post Office on his way home from work and pick me up the mailing label for an overseas package.  I have one more to get in the mail.  It may not arrive at its destination in time for Christmas, but at least it will get there shortly thereafter.

Now I'm off to do a bit of blog reading before I get started on this new day.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Pickles Explores The Christmas Tree

December 10, 2019

Good morning.  Tis a lovely day here in New England.  The sun keeps peeking out from behind the clouds and the temperature is 55F degrees.  Woo Hoo!  Of course, the rain is supposed to come back later today.  Ah well, I'll just enjoy things while it is so nice.

Yesterday went by quickly.  I know I was busy, I just haven't figured out yet what it was that kept me so busy all day.  I guess that's one of the perks of getting older.  Blissful forgetfulness.  Although I don't really know what is so blissful about it. 

I did call Herrschners Yarn Company, and they helped me find a navy blue yarn.  They also helped me match it up to two other colors.  Now the yarn for my afghan is ordered and will soon be on the way here.  After the navy blue afghan is finished, I still have two more to make for Aurora and Xander.  2020 is going to be another busy crochet year for me.

I have to share something adorable with you.  It seems like Pickles (Jazzy's kitten) is really enjoying the Christmas tree.  Deanne will surely have her hands full keeping their tree safe till after Christmas.

I did not do any wrapping yesterday, so I guess that's my project for today.  Some days I'm in the mood and other days I'm not.  I can't believe that Christmas is only fifteen days away.  Not too long ago, I was ahead of myself.  Now I'm running out of time to get everything done. 

Last evening, I did work on the yellow afghan for a while.  This one is much larger than I usually make them so it's taking longer to make it.  Plus it always seems to take longer to make an afghan that is all one color (like this one).  There's no rush though because I'm keeping this one. 

I just noticed that Joe's truck is in the driveway.  I hope he's not sick.  He doesn't normally lose a day of work.  I'll have to check on him when I finish this post.  I'm thinking I'll wait until after Christmas to mail the afghan for Ulf to Sweden.  I don't want it to get lost in this last minute Christmas Postal rush. 

Now I think I'll do a bit of blog reading.  I have a lot to do today and I really should get started on it.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, December 9, 2019

A Foggy Day In New England

December 9, 2019

Good morning.  Tis gray and foggy and raining outside, but the temps are rising.  It's 42F degrees right now, and may even hit the higher fifties by evening.  Of course, once the rain stops, the cold temps will be back. 

Well, I finally got all my Christmas cards addressed and ready for the mailman to pick up this morning.  I also packed up all the calendars that are being mailed.  They are all in a bag waiting for me to take them to the Post Office.

Now I just have to get the last two boxes ready for mailing.  I did not sleep well last night, so I'm hoping to gather up enough energy today to get these last two boxes done.  Normally it wouldn't bother me not to sleep at night; but with Christmas coming,I need to get so many things done during the day.  I'm sure it will all work out.

I want to thank the folks who decided to send a card to Carlos.  It will mean so very much to this little fellow.  I have one ready to go out today from Pogo, and tomorrow I'll mail another one from the both of us.  There's another one set aside to mail in a few days. 

We must have a substitute mail carrier today because the msil is late today.  As long as I don't miss him it's okay.  I'd like to get all these cards out in today's mail. 

I found this adorable image on the web and just had to download it to share.  It's a lot truer in real life.  My Pogo is a super doorbell, and he sits on his charger a lot.

Aha!  The mail is here, and all my cards are now on their way.  Now I just have to get to the Post Office and send off all these calendars.  I'm getting there.  Slowly.

I learned that one of my great granddaughters loves the color navy blue.  So that means that one of the new afghans will have to have navy blue in it.  I spent quite a bit of time last night going through my yarn catalogue looking for this color yarn.  I do have some by Red Heart, but it is too thick. 

For some reason, the Red Heart worsted weight yarns are not all the same thickness.  This is the main reason I switched brands.  Today I'll have to call Herrschners and ask if they have a color that is the same as navy blue.  I could not find one in their catalogue.

Before I get started on today, here's a cute giggle for you.  It sort of hits home.

Now I'm off to do a bit of blog reading and then get started on this new day.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

A Visit With Santa Claus

December 8, 2019

Good morning.  The sun is shining, but the temperature is only 25F degrees.  Brrrrr!  If we''re lucky, we may see temps of 32F degrees later today.  Temps the next two days are supposed to be nice and warm, but it will also be raining.  At least, that's according to my phone app.

Yesterday, Joe went to the Feed and Grain store and picked up my order of cracked corn and corn cobs.  My flock of turkeys (seven of them) were thrilled!  Now we won't run out of their food.  They hung around the yard most all day, and Joe fed them again in the afternoon. 

Meanwhile, Deanne came by and we went to WalMart to pick up a few things.  While we were there, I decided to buy myself a jacket for this cold weather.  I usually wear a sweatshirt jacket or my little green Spring coat year round.  Lately though, the cold gets to me more so I thought I should have a warmer jacket.  Plus I got me a fuzzy bed jacket for when I am sitting here crocheting.  Wowsie!  It is soooo warm! 

And, you'll never guess who we bumped into as we headed towards the pet department.  There in all his glory was Santa Claus!  Oh boy!  He was having his picture taken with a little boy, and I told his assistant elf that I wanted a picture of me with Santa too.  He gave me a hug and a candy cane, and I told him that he had made my day.  I just love this man!

Here is Deanne with Santa.

And here is me with Santa.

A package came this morning.  It was the padded envelopes that I had ordered from Amazon.  So, I guess today I will get my calendars ready for mailing.  Plus I want to finish wrapping the gifts that have to be put in the mail.  Those boxes need to be labelled and taken to the Post Office.  Everything has to be out of here by the end of the week.

Deanne shared an article on Facebook, and asked me to share it here with you.  It's all about making a little boy very happy this Christmas. 

Carlos has been in the hospital since August 31, waiting on a heart transplant.  He will be spending Christmas in the hospital and wants lots of cards to decorate his room.  Surely we all have an extra card that we can send to brighten up this this little boy's holiday.

Well, that's my news for today.  After I do a bit of blog reading, I want to address a few more envelopes.  I'm getting another batch of Christmas cards ready to mail.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B. 

Friday, December 6, 2019

Christmas Memories

December 6, 2019

Good morning.  We should see some sunshine today with temps in the mid thirties.  Too cold for me, I'm staying indoors.  Thank goodness my Pogo uses wee wee pads.  He doesn't like going out in the cold or yukky weather, and neither do I. 

Well, I got a wicked super surprise in yesterday's mail.  My Christmas cards and calendars arrived.  Can you imagine?  I just uploaded them to Vista Print on Friday night.  Now I call that awesome service!   Last evening, I addressed about half the envelopes and wrote labels for the calendar packages.  The calendars won't be able to go out till next Tuesday because I had to order more envelopes for them.  Silly me, I thought I had some. 

My favorite program, Project Runway, started it's new season last night.  After watching it, I fell asleep.  However, I guess I was too excited about my cards and calendars because I did not sleep past two o'clock a.m.  So, I got up and crocheted on the red and black afghan for a while.  After that, I was able to get back to sleep for a while.

Today, I'll post the first of my favorite old Christmas photos.  My son Gary sent this one to me many years ago.  This is him, his wife and all six children.  Today, all the children are adults in their twenties and thirties, and one of them has two children.  All but his oldest daughter, Shanna, and her two sons live in Florida.  Shanna lives not too far from me.

Many years before this family photo, there's another photo of my son Gary, taken on Christmas Eve.  At age eighteen, just before he left to go in the Navy, he was my alternate Santa Claus.  (The regular Santa had imbibed a bit too much during the day.)  And this is his Dad sitting on his lap.

There are so many wonderful memories in my old photo box.  I'll be sharing these right up until Christmas. 

Today, I'll put the first batch of my Christmas cards in the mail.  Later, I'll address more envelopes so that I can get the rest of them in the mail.  Tomorrow, Deanne is taking me to WalMart to pick up a few things.  I'll get a couple of the padded envelopes to hold me over till the ones that I ordered get here. 

I need to pick up a few more things for my daughter Laura Jean.  The social worker at her facility called yesterday to let me know of a few things that she needs, some clothes and a few accessories.

We're getting really low on cracked corn and corn cobs, so yesterday, I called the feed and grain store and ordered two fifty pound bags of cracked corn and two bags of corn cobs.  The corn cobs are for the squirrels.  They love them.  Joe will pick them up in his truck tomorrow. 

On that note, I imagine my turkeys will be here soon looking for their breakfast.  When they see one of us bringing the food out to them, they just stand there and wait for the food to hit the ground.  Then they all run to the food to chow down.

I think I'm ready for a hot cup of coffee now.  So till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

A Bit Of Local History

December 5, 2019

Good morning.  It's so good to see the sun shining this morning.  I just peeked outside, and my porch is empty.  Last evening, I piled a whole lot of white trash bags full of things for the Big Brother Big Sister Foundation onto my little porch right by the gate.  These folks were here early this morning to pick everything up.  Now I can start to fill some more bags for them. 

My SIL Eddie was here a couple days ago to fix a broken faucet knob in the upstairs bathroom.  I don't know what I would do without him.  He's been a blessing for me.  But that's not why I mentioned him here.  Before he left, he showed me a couple photos he took in the park on his way here.  He said that it was so beautiful there, and he knew I'd be taking photos if I were there, so he took a couple for me.  That made me feel so good.  Thank you Eddie.  Here are his photos.

As much as I don't really like all the snow, I have to admit that it makes everything quite beautiful to look at.  Especially in our park.   Let me tell you a little bit about our beautiful park.

D. W. Field's Park consists of 650 acres of fields, woodlands and water bodies in two of our neighboring towns/cities, and is owned and maintained by both municipalities.  It was created in 1925 as a bequest from Brockton businessman Daniel W. Field.   It's landscape is dominated by a chain of seven water bodies, all of which are man-made.  The oldest of  them, Cross Pond, was created in the 1790's; these lakes, ponds and reservoirs were, with one exception, created before the park was laid out, and served either agricultural or industrial purposes.

The park's most prominent landmark is a fieldstone observation tower, built at the park's high point, know as Indian Cave Hill (or Tower Hill).  It was built in 1928 from fieldstones gathered from the park grounds.  Inside 90 steps, approximately 18 per landing, lead to an observation deck with a visage as far as the Blue Hills in all directions.  The Tower is officially open one day a year during Columbus Day weekend.  Here's a photo of the Tower.  (downloaded from Google) 

Last night, I put a few more rows on the red and black afghan.  Five and a half more rows, and I'll have to wait for the new yarn order to get here before I can go any further on it.  Once I get the third color on it, I'll take a photo.  It's really quite pretty.

Now it's time to wash the breakfast dishes and make a fresh cup of coffee before I start my blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.