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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Here Come Those April Showers

April 23, 2014

Good morning.  Today is rather dreary, gray and wet.  I supposed we have to have some of this yukky stuff now and then to appreciate the good days.  I was hoping that the rain would hold off until after my errands are done, but oh well. 

Yesterday, Pogo and I had ourselves a simply fabulous time at the new garden center.  Within just a few minutes, we had already filled our shopping basket to capacity with beautiful plants.  We even had to lay a few plants on their side on the shelf under the cart. 

We got there just in time for a special sale on potted plants such as tulips, daisy mums and some of the biggest hyacinths I've ever seen.  After filling the cart with some of these, I still went looking for some lilac bushes.  I ended buying two of the reblooming lilacs.  At this point, it was necessary to pay for our goods while we still had some money left, and head on home.

When Joe got home from work, he planted a few of the new plants.  The rest will have to wait until after the rain has gone by.  Here you can see a couple of the yellow tulip plants and one of the white hyacinths.  Aren't they beautiful?

I also have a photo that I took of all the tulips on one of our plant tables in our kitchen.  No matter what the weather, these always put a huge smile on your face. 

DIL Janet came by yesterday and brought me two large pans of home made cookies and an adorable musical fuzzy Easter chicken.  I'll share the cookies, but the chicken is mine.  He jiggles and clucks, and is such a happy little character.  Pogo wasn't very impressed with the chicken, but I enjoyed playing with it.

The pink afghan got delivered yesterday, and I found a very happy thank you message on my phone answering machine.  I'm so glad she likes it.  It really warms my heart to see this pretty lady smile.

Now I must get busy here and get dressed. Pogo and I have a couple of errands to do, and I have an appointment at the nail salon at noon.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a wonderful day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Birthday Edie

April 22, 2014

The sun is shining and it is supposed to be warm today.  Good morning America!`  What a great day to be alive.  In a little while, Pogo and I will hop in the car and do a couple of errands.  One, of course, will be to visit that new garden center.  I'm hoping to come home with a brand new lilac bush to plant.

Today is SIL Edie's birthday.  Pogo and I wish you a beautiful day filled with sunshine and love.  Here's big hugs from me and some licks from Pogo.  We love you Edie.

Yesterday morning we did go out, but only made it to the Post Office to mail a box.  I really wanted to do a few more errands, but was too tired so we headed back home.  In between naps and a few other small things, I managed to put a few more rows on the green afghan.  It will have 106 rows, and I've done 49 rows so far. 

Last night, I spent some time looking over a lot of the free patterns that I found on the links that Kyra sent to me.  Wow, there are some fabulous designs, and not all of them are difficult.  I even found a really pretty granny square to try.  It is ruffled, and would make a rather pretty afghan.  Isn't this pretty?

Our dwarf Helen is off work this Thursday, and we are planning to go check out the JoAnn's Fabric and Crafts Super store.  I've been told that they have a really huge yarn inventory, so this should be a fun outing.

Today I have a couple of cute photos to share.  These two lily plants are so happy to see Spring finally arrive that they are willing to grow anywhere just to bask in the warm sunshine.  One is growing out of a tiny crack in a short cement wall, and the other is growing out the side of a cement block.  It just goes to show that where there is hope, there is a way.

Well, that's my news for today.  Now it's time to pay a few bills, and then get ready to do some errands.  Till tomorrow, Y'all have a magnificent day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, April 21, 2014

'Tis Another Beautiful Spring Day

April 21, 2014

Good morning.  The sky is beginning to lighten up so that day can begin, and in about an hour and a half I can go home to my little guy.  Both of my shifts this weekend have been pretty good, with the Mrs behaving fairly well.  Hmmm, it might have been because she knew that the Easter Bunny would not leave her any goodies if she were not behaving.  Whatever the reason, I'll take it!

Yesterday was such a beautiful day, topped off by a magnificent ham dinner cooked by our lady dwarf, Helen.  It ended up with almost all the dwarfs changing plans and staying home, so dinner was quite lively with all of us there. 

I want to share a pretty photo that I took through the trees here at work Saturday evening as the sun was going down.  The colors in the sky were simply gorgeous.  Isn't this pretty?

Last night when I first got to work, I noticed a family of deer in the field across the street.  Of course, I had to grab my camera and take some photos.  I just love watching these deer.

.....I just had to take a short break to go and tend to the Mrs.  Now she is back in bad all comfy, and on her way back to sleep. 

Either today or tomorrow, Pogo and I will take a trip to the Post Office to mail our box.  It all depends on how tired I am later this morning.  I would like to do it today.  This way, we have a great excuse to swing by a new garden center that I found the other day and check out what  they have.

Last night I put a few more rows on the green afghan.  Hopefully I can have this one finished up in the next two or three weeks.  I'm anxious to try making a hooded scarf, and I already have the yarn for it.  Maybe after I retire, I'll get me another sewing machine and try making a quilt.  We'll see.

Well, I must go now.  I want to catch up with a few of my favorite blogs while it is quiet here.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

April 20, 2014

Good morning.  Day is breaking here in New England, and it's a bit chilly outside.   Hopefully, the Easter Bunny has had his long woolies on all night while delivering eggs.  I'm at work now, but I know that when I get home, I'll find a big basket of eggs waiting for me to put out for the dwarfs.  I know the Bunny has a very busy night, so I told him to just leave the eggs and I would do the rest.

Do I have any good news to share this morning?  Oh yes, I surely do.  The Koolaid Kid was in the newspaper this past Friday.  (That's grandson Kevin.)   Here's a fabulous shot of him (#6) sliding into home plate.  And another photo of his team mates giving him a high five!  And yes, his team won this game.

I also had a surprise visit from my SIL Edie and her hubby.  Gosh, it was so good to see her up and about.  She's been battling the big C for so very long.  I hope this time it is finally gone and it stays away.   While she was here, I showed her the pink afghan that I've been working on, and she just loved it.  Little does she know!

That night, I put the last rows on the afghan, and finished off all the ends.  I put it in a box and covered it with tissue.  Now I just have to write a little note to put with it, and I'll mail it off tomorrow.   It will be like a big hug from Pogo and me on those days when she is feeling a bit down.

Yesterday I took a photo of some of my daffodils that are blooming.  They are not all standing quite so tall after being covered with snow and ice, but at least they are blooming and they are quite beautiful.

I've been working on the green afghan and it's looking quite lovely.  Hopefully, I can get this one finished in the next few weeks so that I can start a new project.  Kyra has sent me some more links to websites that offer free knit and crochet patterns, and there are some gorgeous ones that I might like to try.

Last night I thought I might get caught up on some of my emails, and wowee!!  My email program had 2001 emails ready to drop into my inbox.  It took me over half an hour to get them all and delete them.  They were duplicates of ones that I had already read and deleted, and some that I never got at all.  Somethng is messed  up somewhere!

Two of the dwarfs have changed their plans and are staying home today, so dwarf Helen and I will stay home and we'll all have a big dinner together.  Ham and potatoes and veggies!  Yum Yum!   Hopefully I can squeeze in a nap today so that I can come back here tonight all perky.  The Mrs was in a pretty good mood last night.  Here's hoping it lasts for tonight too.

Well, that's my news for this morning.  Don't eat too many eggs!  Till tomorrow, Y'all have a fabulous Easter Sunday.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Magnificent Orange And Spring Green

April 18, 2014

Good morning.  It's sort of half and half sunny and cloudy with temps in the 40's today.  Tomorrow the warmer temps are supposed to be back.  I do hope so because all these new flowers need to be put into the ground.

Speaking of new flowers, I went food shopping yesterday afternoon, and guess what I found there?  A pot of simply gorgeous orange tulips!  Well, you know I had to have them.  They are such a happy, vibrant color and will be just stunning coming up every year in my garden.

Yesterday morning, Pogo and I went in search of Jo-Ann's, that fabric and craft store that was somewhere in the Mall.  We found it, and I found some wicked nice yarn.  While we were checking out, the cashier told me that they have a huge store in Attleboro, MA that carries a huge yarn inventory.  Hmmm, I see a trip to Attleboro coming up in the near future.

Last night, I tried some of the new yarn on the green afghan, and oh my!  This is going to be such a happy afghan.  But of course!  The main color is Spring Green, and Spring is a happy season!

I checked my email this morning, and I see that my friend Kyra has sent me a huge list of web sites with free afghan patterns.  I will check these out after I finish posting here.  It looks like I'm going to busy for quite some time. 

Time has been slipping by quickly lately, and I'm running out of time to get my Easter eggs decorated.  I'm not doing baskets for the dwarfs, just eggs.  Most all of them will be leaving in the morning to spend the day with their families.

I'm hoping that sometime soon, DIL can go with me to a particular camera store so that I can check out the new Tamron lenses.  If I find something that I think needs to be in my camera bag, I have to start now being nice to Santa.  Or maybe if I drop enough hints, Pogo will get it for me.  Hmmmm, it's something to think about!

Today I really should do something about getting some of the dust bunnies to move out.  They are starting to take over too much of my space.  We had a deal to respect each other's space, and they are not keeping up their end of the bargain.  It's time to suck up a few bunnies!

On that note, I'll take my leave.  The sooner I run the vacuum, the sooner I can play with yarn.  So, till Sunday, Y'all smile and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

It's A Great Day To Look For The Yarn Shop

April 17, 2014

Good morning  At the moment the sun is shining, so I'm hoping this will be as nice a day as yesterday was.  If it stays nice, Pogo and I are going to go hunting for the fabric and yarn shop that is supposed to be in the Mall.

Yesterday, I went on-line and got the phone number for the store that is supposed to be in the Mall (that I could not find) and I called them to ask just exactly where they were located.  There is one part of the Mall that is off the beaten path, and I rarely ever go there, and that is where they say they are located. 

I also went on-line to order some yarn, but first I will try to find the store.  It is so much better to see the yarn and feel it in person so that you know what you are buying.  There is also a yarn shop in a neighboring town that I would like to look up. 

Last night I dug out the colorful project that I started while we were in Florida.  It only needs a few more rows to finish it off so I think I'll do that while I'm finishing off the pink afghan, which also only needs a few more rows to be done.  Hopefully I'll have the new yarn so that I can work on the green afghan this weekend.

I  think when I finish the afghans that are to be gifts, I'd like to make one for myself.  There are so many beautiful yarn colors that it will be difficult to settle on a color theme for myself.  Hmmm, such a big decision.  I love the pumpkin orange, and the lilac.  But then the mauve is just gorgeous too.  Ah well, it will keep me busy for a while.

My Easter Lily is looking and smelling delicious.  Here's a photo I took of it yesterday.  All the blossoms on the Spring Cactus are opening too, and it is looking simply gorgeous.

DIL Janet is working on a crocheted hat scarf, and it is looking so pretty that I might try to make one too.  I think, though, that I will look for a simpler pattern.  The one Janet is working on looks so complicated and it takes so long to put on just one row.  Anything this difficult would have me losing interest quickly.

Well, now it's time for me to get dressed and maybe do a couple things around the house before Pogo and I get ready to go shopping.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a really wonderful day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The New "Pogo Mobile" Has Arrived

April 16, 2014

Good afternoon.  I'm a bit late posting today but I had an appointment this morning to take my car in for it's maintenance check up.  It's a good thing that I looked out the window at least an hour before I had to leave the house because my car and everything else was covered with a layer of snow.  Now that was quite the surprise! 

It's a good thing we haven't put the pansies and other plants in the ground yet.  Maybe another day or two.  Here's what it looked like this morning.

I had to run the car a while to melt the ice and snow from the windows.  Gosh, I thought Spring had finally come! 

Yesterday we got a big box delivered, and guess what it was.  If you guessed the new "Pogo Mobile" you are right.  We unpacked it and Joe put it together.  My goodness, what a beauty! 

This morning Pogo got to ride around the car dealership in his new "Pogo Mobile" without the mesh screen up and he just loved it.  Everyone there noticed right away that he had a new stroller and came over to see it.  I tell you, this little fellow is well loved every where we go.

On the way home this morning, I went through the Mall looking for the yarn and fabric store.  Son of a gun!  It's not there anymore!  Next I tried two different Walmarts.  One had no yarn at all; and the one with the new craft and yarn department was sadly lacking in supplies.  They had very little yarn, and not enough of any one color to complete a project.  I guess I will have to go online and order my yarn from the manufacturer.

Some of my daffodils are blooming so I shall go out and take a few photos this afternoon.  As for the treadmill, SIL Eddie came by with some oil to loosen it a bit, plus we put a couple of wood blocks under the corners to keep it off the carpet.  Mostly it was the carpet that was making it work so badly.  Now it works pretty good so I have no excuse for not walking and getting a bit of exercise every day.

We are having a cold spell for a few days.  The days aren't so bad, but the nights are definitely cooler.  I had shut the heat off for a few days, but it is back on now for a few days.

Well now I have some things to do around here before DIL Janet gets here.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a wonderful day.

Hugs, Edna B.