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Friday, July 31, 2015

Say Farewell To July

July 31, 2015

Good morning.  Wow, it's already the last day of July.  Between the heat, my hand, and the speedy passing of time, I don't think I'll have both of these holiday afghans finished by the end of August.  Oh well, I may have to re-set my goal to the end of September.  Hmmm, that'll work.

It's been hot and sticky all night, and I've been dozing off a little here and a little there.  Unfortunately, that had me wide awake at 3 a.m.   So, I've had my breakfast and I'm working on a can of ginger ale.  I thought it best to post my blog now in case I manage to fall asleep again in a while. 

Well, yesterday Pogo and I went to the auto dealership and got a new inspection sticker for the car.  Later in the afternoon, Joe and I went grocery shopping.  Aside from putting things away and cooking supper, that was the extent of my day.  My best laid plans go astray in this wicked heat.

I did spend a little time on the computer last evening to make a new freebie.  So, here is your QP 05.  The background and elements come from my own photographs.  I hope you can use it.

And here is your download link:

If all goes as planned today, I'd like to take a ride to the park to try out my new lens.  Later in the day, I'd like to take Pogo and go to ocean to see about getting photos of the Blue Moon.   Of course, everything depends on the heat and my breathing.   So we'll see.

I borrowed this wonderful image from the web because I believe the quote is ever so truthful.  I have both, and believe me the diamonds don't give you kisses and snuggle up with you.  Hands down, a dog is more valuable.

In all fairness to my friends and family with cats, (yes, we have two of them)  I also borrowed this next image to share.  A cat can be very soft and cuddly, yet powerful like the lion.

I've been having a problem this year with my (Pogo;s) new storm door.  For some reason, flies love it, and are drawn to the space between the top glass section and the screen.  The flies get in there, and after a while they die.  At last count (yesterday afternoon) there were 27 carcasses between the glass and the screen.  Thank goodness this is only on the top half of the door.

I'll have to see if my SIL Eddie knows what the problem is and maybe he can get the dead flies out of there.  They don't look nice there, and it makes it difficult to take photos through the glass.  Does anyone else have this strange problem?  If so, I'd like to hear how you solved it.

How about another "Weird Job"?   Did you know that in Britain, you can get paid for lying in other people's hotel beds?  How does being a "human bed warmer" sound?  In 2010, a hotel chain launched a unique experience by offering human bed-warming services, according to Reuters.   The news agency reported that willing staffers dress in an "all-in-one fleece sleeper suit" before entering a guest's room to warm his or her bed before the guest's arrival.  Speaking to Reuters, a spokeswoman for the company was quoted as saying that the service was "a bit like having a giant hot water bottle in your bed."

Hmmm, we could have used these bed warmers last winter.  I doubt if anyone would have been complaining about the cold with one of these in their bed. 

Well that's it for my news this morning.  Now I'm going to crawl back into bed and see if maybe I can catch a few more winks.  So, till Sunday, Y'all stay cool and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Catalogues Have The Neatest Stuff!!

July 30, 2015

Good morning.  This has to be a very short post because I want to take my car in to get a new safety sticker.  The one that I have now runs out tomorrow night.  It's really too hot to be out running around but this is something I cannot put off any longer.

I guess the heat is finally getting to Pogo.   Late last evening, just before midnight, he got a case of the squirties.   Earlier, I thought he might not be feeling so good, so I put his large blankets on the floor.  Thank goodness for that!   The blankets can be washed.  It takes a lot of my breath to clean the carpet.

This morning he is in the pantry, barking at whoever is out in the main house.  So as you can see, he is feeling much better now.    Later when we get back home, I have a bit of laundry to do. 

I got a nice surprise in my email the other day.  My friend Beth is now a CT member, and made a scrap page for me with one of her new kits.  This layout features my beloved Tootsie.   Beth, thank you.  This is lovely.  My Tootsie was such a special little dog, and will live in my heart forever.

I also want to share a wonderfully funny tee shirt that I found in one of my catalogues.   When I get a new catalog, the first thing I do is look for the tee shirts.  It's better than reading the Sunday funnies in the newspaper.   My daughter Audrey loves chickens, and I thought this shirt would be so appropriate for her.  haha.

Okay, that's enough of my blabbering.  I really must get dressed and go get my new sticker.  I'll try to have a new freebie for you tomorrow.  So, till then, Y'all stay cool and have a wonderful day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Soak Up Some Sun For A Healthier You

July 29, 2015

Good afternoon.  Sleep was sketchy throughout the night, so this morning I slept as late as Pogo would let me.  He's very good that way, and he let's me have the extra winks that I need.  First thing I did when I finally got up was to call the car dealership to make an appointment to bring my car in.  It needs a new sticker by Friday.  Next I fed Pogo, of course.

Where oh where has this whole month of July gone?  While we've all been busy keeping cool and dry, the days have just slipped by.  August will be a busy month too.  Next weekend, Jazzy will be in another "Seussical the Musical" performance.  The next week, one of my programs will be back on TV for a new season, and in two weeks there will be a party to celebrate Kevin's graduation and 18th birthday.  Then it will time to send all the kids back to school. 

Here's a peek at Jazzy's drama group working on "Seussical".  The young lady in the lower right front corner (white shirt) is our Jazzy.

For years now, we've been told that too much sun is not good for us and will cause cancer.  We've been encouraged to slather our bodies with sunscreen.  Now scientists are telling us that we've gone overboard with this, and we're not getting enough sun exposure.  A large percentage of the population now has a Vitamin D deficiency, which is a public health threat. 

The sun is the only reliable way for us to get the Vitamin D that we need, outside of a daily supplement.  There are a lot of studies showing the health advantages of getting more Vitamin D from the sun.  One study in Canada revealed that women who had the most sun exposure as teenagers and young adults reduced their chance of developing breast cancer later in life by almost 70 percent.  So go ahead, soak up some sun rays.  It's good for you.  (info from Enterprise 7/27/15)

Today I have photos of another really interesting plant.   This one is called "Monkey Face Orchid"  (Dracula simia).  If these were in my garden, I'd be inclined to stop and chat with them for a while.  They really look cute and friendly.

Pogo is barking and running back and forth from one door to the other, so I think it's time for me to go check on things here.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Want To Be An Ant Vendor?

July 28, 2015

It's another gorgeous morning here in New England.  Pretty soon though, the hot muggies will be back, so I try to take advantage of the cooler early morning hours. 

I've been following (on the news) the story of the two teenage boys who are lost at sea.  I'm hoping they will be found alive real soon.  Many years ago, my cousin, his ten year old son and their dog, along with a neighbor and his ten year old son went out on a boat in a fishing competition and were never seen again.  Only one body was ever recovered that I know of.  The sea is very mysterious.

Part Two - Seven Weird Jobs Around The World

"Have you ever thought about becoming an ant vendor?  There is not that much to say about this weird profession.  You're being paid to sell ants.  There are about 12,000 different species of ants in the world, so selling ants might actually be more complicated than you think."  (Enterprise 7-25-15)

In last night's newspaper in the YOUR OPINION column, they printed a most interesting opinion that I heartily agree with.  It's titled "America Is For Americans".

"America's taxes and social welfare benefits are strictly for our legal citizens, period.  As to the question of whether the State should extend in-state tuition to all, I say No Exceptions.

It has been stated that we are all immigrants, but the beginning immigrants were invited to come here legally through Ellis Island, as my dad did.  These are the ones who built this nation and assimilated into society, while introducing their traditons and learning English.

Illegals are taking advantage of what is already here, trying to better their lives at our expense and the expense is staggering.  We do need to improve our immigration system.  That only means to make it easier for those who respect our laws and are waiting in line to become citizens.

I do feel, for humane reasons, many illegals here for many years may be given a lifetime visa, but no citizenship ever.  It a perk just to be here.  All children born here are allowed citizenship though.  We are the United States Of America, not the world."

Folks, I will help anyone in need, but I should not be expected to neglect my family and friends in order to support the world.  I also believe that if anyone coming here is just here to change our laws, our language, our religious and patriotic beliefs, our holidays and our traditions, they should be turned around and sent back to wherever they came from.  It's one thing to share your traditions with us, it's quite another to expect us to change all our ways to become the way of life you left behind.

Today I have a couple photos that I took last winter in Florida.  I'm not sure of the name of these flowers, but they are beautiful. 

Yesterday, the "under counter" cabinet that I had ordered for my kitchen arrived.  After sweeping and washing the kitchen floor, I set the cabinet in place and proceeded to fill the drawers with all my plastic bowls and lids.   Once that was done, I was ready for another shower.

I also decided to drop the "temporary" asthma med (Symbicort) and go back to my regular med, Advair.   The last time I was on Symbicort, my breathing got constantly worse until I finally had to ask the doctor to put me back on Advair.  This time, the same thing is happening.  I guess I'm just not of those persons who can take Symbicort.

I gave Pogo doggie food for breakfast this morning, and he's not very happy with me.  Ah well, I'll give him his left over supper (steak) for lunch.  Maybe then he'll be happy with me again.  Now I need to get busy and start taping a program on to DVD.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay cool and have a wonderful day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Happy Birthday Stephen

July 27, 2015

Good morning.  Pogo and I got up early today so that we might enjoy the early morning coolness.  Now the sun is shining, and pretty soon the temperature will be getting up into the high 80's.  The weatherman says we have a whole week of 90's coming up.  Oh goodie. 

Today is grandson Stephen's 27th birthday.   He lives in the main part of the house with all the dwarfs.  Happy Birthday Steve.  I hope your day is fabulous. 

Well, yesterday I made a big batch of peanut butter cookies.  Unfortunately, my cookie trays are too big for my oven so I used my pizza pans as cookie pans.  I kept two cookies for myself, and the rest of the cookies got shared and eaten.  Between the dwarfs and my grandchildren, cookies don't last very long around here. This is good because it would be a shame if I had to eat them all by myself.  (really??)

There was an interesting column in the newspaper a couple days ago.  It was titled "Unhappy At Work?  7 weird jobs for you to consider."   The jobs are quite interesting, so over the next few days, I'll explain each one of them.

"In Amsterdam, people fish for bikes full-time.  The Dutch capital is widely known for its elegant canals and the approximately 2 million bicycles pedaled by its residents.  Combined, they result in the necessity for a very special kind of job:  the bike fisherman.

As Public Radio International reported, the workers use hydraulic claws to pull about 15,000 bikes out of the water per year.  They've been doing it since the 1960's, and there is no threat that they'll be out of a job anytime soon.

But why do Dutch people toss their bikes into canals en masse?  There are various explanations, but some argue that it all comes down to history:  Canals in Amsterdam used to be the city's sewage system.

Moreover, bikes are seen as cheap tools of transportation by most people in the Dutch capital, rather than as expensive investments.  None of the bikes that end up at the bottom of Amsterdam's canals is likely to be the newest model."   (copied from the Enterprise dated 7-25-15)

Kyra, if you have any more information about this job, could you share it with us?  Thank you so much.  I'd really like to know more about why the bikes were tossed into the water.  The article did not give a very good explanation. 

Lately, I've been thinking of getting my hair cut.  As it gets longer, it gets thinner.  Hmmm, I'm not sure why this is, but I'm not so crazy about it.  I'm hoping that if I get my hair cut shorter, it will thicken up again.  Speaking of hair cuts, daughter Audrey recently got her hair cut and it looks really nice.  (Photo courtesy of Audrey)

This past weekend, Audrey and Mac (their separation is quite amicable) both attended the Taxidermy Show in North Carolina; and they each entered a piece into competition.    Mac entered a very large black bear bust, and got a second place ribbon.  Audrey entered a piece into the nature crafts category and she, too, got a second place ribbon.  Congratulations Audrey and Mac.  You both did a great job.

Last night, I put a few more rows on the Country Blue afghan.  It's taking me longer to crochet now because my left hand gets quite painful and I have to keep stopping.  However, I am making progress.  There are only twenty three and a half more rows to go to finish this afghan.  Woo Hoo!!

Well I think it's time for me to do a few chores here before it gets too hot.  So till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Anyone Know Where I Can Buy A Small Crane Real Cheap?

July 26, 2015

Good morning.  Oh my, it is such a super morning.  It's gray and cool, in the upper 60's with a teensy breeze.  Mmmmm, feels so good.  I'm sure it will be up in the 80's in a few hours though, so I'm enjoying this. 

Pogo and I got up at 5:30 this morning.  Around 6:15, he heard someone moving about in the main house, so he sat in the pantry watching and listening for Joe to come downstairs to make his coffee.  Once he heard Joe, Pogo started barking until Joe fed him his turkey treat.  It's a wonderful little ritual that Pogo and Joe have. 

I mention the pantry a lot so let me explain.  My pantry is between my apartment and the main house.   It has a wooden exterior door and a screen door.  I only close the wooden door when I leave the house.  The screen door is usually the only door we use.  It keeps Pogo in our apartment, and the kitties in the main house.  It also lets Pogo see and hear what is going on in the main house.

On weekday afternoons, this is where you can find Pogo from around 2 p.m. till Joe gets home from work.  As soon as he sees Joe, he barks until Joe points to the door (meaning that he is going in the house), and then Pogo runs pell mell to the pantry, barking for Joe to open the screen door and give him his turkey treats.

Yesterday afternoon and evening I spent quite a few hours backing up all the files on my laptop.  I have too much stuff on the laptop; so now that it is all backed up on to an exterior drive, I can remove a lot of it from my laptop.  I'll work on some of that later today.

Last evening, I finally got to use the oven that Deanne and Eddie gave me for Christmas.  I did not have an outlet to plug it into, but now I do.  My first meal cooked in the oven was a lasagna.  Mmmm, was it delicious!!  Today I think I'll bake some cookies.  The dwarfs will be happy because they get to eat most of them. 

I finally treated myself to the new lens that I've been wanting for my camera.  I've been debating with myself whether or not I should get it since the lens first came out on the market.  Now my problem is that I need to buy me a crane to hold it up while I'm shooting photos.  Ah well, it's a problem I'll enjoy working on. 

The new lens is a Tamron SP 150-600mm.   Now I can't wait to go to the park and see what kind of bird photos I can get with this new toy.  Here's a photo of my camera before the new lens.

And here's a photo of my camera with the new lens on.  Can you see why I'll be needing that crane?  This new baby is not a lightweight!  I'm looking forward to having some fun with this lens.

Well, I've gnawed on your ear long enough.  Now it's time to wash the breakfast dishes and get a few things done here so that I can play.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Mac 'n Cheese With White Cheddar. YUMMY!!

July 24, 2015

Good morning.  It's only 7 a.m. so it's really nice outside.  I've opened the door so that Pogo and I can enjoy the cool breeze while we have it.   Soon enough the breeze will be gone and the temps will go up into the 80's. 

Well, yesterday I did some laundry, and after Joe got home from work, we went grocery shopping.  In the evening I put a few rows on the afghans, and that was the extent of my day's excitement.  In my younger days, I never would have dreamed how dull I would become in my dotty years.  Ah well, the good thing is that I DO HAVE these dotty years.  For this, I'm thankful.

Today I'm expecting a couple of packages, and I think I'll start recording one of my TV programs on to DVD's for daughter Audrey.  My favorite program, Project Runway" will be starting up again in a few weeks, and I want to clear out space on the DVR so that I can also record this one for Audrey. 

You know, I love macaroni and cheese.  Hmmm, who doesn't?   However, Sam's Club (Walmart brand) has it now with white cheddar cheese (in the frozen food department), and oh my!  It is scrumptious!!  I had some for supper last night, and a small bowl of it for breakfast this morning.  Yum Yum.  If you love mac 'n cheese, do try this.

Today I have a photo of one of the pretty wildflowers that grow in my yard.  This one is called Butter and Eggs or Yellow Toadflax.  (Linaria Vulgaris).  It's such a bright and happy little flower.

I also have a couple images of another plant that looks like something else.  This one is called Dove Orchid (Peristeria Elata).  I think it's amazing how some of these plants really do resemble other things. 

In case you are wondering, I do not spend hours wandering all over the internet looking for all this strange stuff.  My good friend Rhoda sends a lot of it to me.  Thanks, Rhoda.  I enjoy all these wonderful images.

Another thing I want to share is this adorable tee shirt that I found in one of my catalogs.   I live in flip flops (or flip flop type sandals) all year round unless it is just too cold to wear them.  So you can see why I find this tee shirt so humorous. 

Well, time is slipping by quickly.  I stopped typing for a while to play with Pogo.  If I don't stop, he climbs all over me until I give in and play with him.  He's a very manly little fellow.  He knows what he wants, and he wants it when he wants it. haha.  Considering how very shy Pogo was when I first got him three years ago, he's come a long way. 

Now I should get dressed and get started on a few chores.  So, till Sunday, Y'all be safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.