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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Only Three More Days Till Vacation

February 26, 2015

Good morning.  My goodness, there are only three more days to go till Pogo and I head South.  Warmer temps and warmer sunshine.  Yeaaaaah!  Now I have to keep my eye on the Weather Channel in case the weather gods decide to mess up my plans.

I made an appointment for Friday at the nail salon.  Gosh, my nails have not looked this bad since I can't remember when.  It has been more than a month since I've had them tended to.  Even beauty does not coax me out of the house when it is super cold.  That's the wimp in me showing up.

Yesterday I did a load of laundry.  But that's about all I really accomplished.  DIL Janet was coming by after work, so I asked her to see if any stores along her way had any ice melt stuff in stock that she could pick up for me.  What a darling!!  She was able to pick up four bags for me.  The stores around me ran out a while ago.

Our whole parking area has been looking like an ice skating rink.  When Joe gets home later today, he will sprinkle some of the ice melt stuff around to see if we can get rid of a lot of the ice.  We have decided to wait until tomorrow to go shopping.  There are only a few things that we need to pick up for the trip, so it can wait till tomorrow.  I'll take care of the rest of my errands while we are out.

I've been watching the Weather Channel to see how much snow folks got in Virginia, but so far all they've been talking about is Georgia.  Oops, now they are focusing on Virginia.  There are more than 13,000 customers without electric power, and lots of ice and snow everywhere.  I'm hoping that all the bad weather clears away in time to make Audrey's long drive a safe one.

SIL Eddie has been healing nicely after his knee replacement surgery.  He has actually been driving a bit lately.  I think he should go a bit slower but he says he feels okay.  It's his knee, so I guess he would know best.  Just don't overdo it Eddie.

I have a recent newspaper article to share with you today.  In a town not far from here, there's a young woman who was not able to get out and around because the sidewalks had not been cleared.  So she decided to do it herself.  This is pretty amazing because she is in a wheelchair.  She puts the shovel between the chair and the footrest and plows the snow away.  Woo Hoo!! 

She has spent more than 100 hours since January clearing the local area sidewalks so that she and other folks in wheelchairs can get out and about.  I think she is marvelous, and I say shame on you to the town officials who knew she was out there shoveling and they did not send machinery and manpower out to do the job for her. 

I don't have any new photos to share today so I dug one out of my photo archives.  This is a photo of Audrey and Pogo in Florida two years ago.  I can't wait to take new photos of them. 

Well, now I think I should get busy and do a few things around here.  Goodness knows there is plenty for me to do before I leave this weekend.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay warm and have a fantabulous day. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

That's Not More Snow I See, Is It?

February 25, 2015

Good morning.  Shall I tell you that we got another 2 or 3 inches of snow during the night?  Nah, I don't want to spoil your morning.  (But we did!)  I was going to go out today to do some errands, but now I'll have to wait until Joe gets home later today so that he can clean off my car.  It's against the law to drive around with snow on the roof of your car and I can't reach that high.

Someone asks why I need two suitcases.  Well, when my hubby was alive, we would fill a box with the videos he had taped to watch while we were in Florida.  Also, I would pack lots of my craft supplies, books on tape and a tape recorder.  We would mail the box to ourselves at our Florida address, and then mail it back home before we left Florida.

Since I've been taking my doggies to Florida with me, the box is now filled with pee pads, a Potty Patch mat, a couple small tins of doggie food, a fuzzy blanket and my craft stuff.  This year, because of the huge price increase for mailing boxes, I'm going to take a second (smaller) suitcase with me instead.  The only change I may make will be if all of this stuff will fit in my regular suitcase.  I don't think it will, but I will see.

I have an update on Kevin's health problems.  I would explain what the doctor found, but it is a bit complicated and I would have to ask Dee Dee again before trying to explain it.  Part of the problem may be acid reflux along with a wicked infection in his lungs. 

The doctor did prescribe a couple of new meds for Kevin to take and will see him again in 2 or 3 weeks to check him again.   I surely do hope that this new medicine will make Kevin better.  Baseball season is going to start soon, he just got his driving license and is applying to college.  His whole life is looking up except for his health problems. 

Last night I got settled into my lounge chair and started working on the blue afghan.  Would you believe that I ran out of yarn with only two rows to go till it is finished?   So I got out another afghan
that I had started before (Frosty Green) and worked on that one for a while till my eyelids started closing. 

Today I need to finish going through a last batch of 2014 receipts so that I can set all my tax stuff aside until I get back from Florida.  I thought I had them all done but I found a few more.   Maybe, once the taxes have been filed,  I will start listing some of my 2015 tax stuff in a notebook and have a head start on next year's tax project.  Sounds like a good plan!

I have a couple of photos to share with you.  I took this first one of my handsome little fellow with my cell phone.  One can't have too many photos of their fur babies.

This next photo is just plain beautiful.  It does not matter how big it is, or where it hangs, or what the weather may be.  The sight of our flag flying freely is a magnificent sight to these happy old eyes.

It's time now to catch up on my blog reading.  I've already had two cups of coffee this morning.  One at 5 a.m. and another at 9 a.m.  I think instead of more coffee, I'll have a glass of orange juice.  Actually, we haven't had our breakfast yet, so I think I'll get that ready before sitting down at my laptop.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all be warm and have a fabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Oh Such Wicked Wicked Cold!!

February 24, 2015

Good morning.  Brrrrr!  It's cold here.  At the moment, it is 0 degrees.  It wasn't really too bad until around 3:30 a.m. this morning when it started getting really cold.   Even Pogo decided that it was too cold and time to crawl under the blankets with Mommy.  Body heat helps to keep it warmer beneath the blanket.  Today is supposed to get up into the mid teens with snow tonight.

I may not go out today to do any errands.  Instead I may wait until tomorrow when the temperature is supposed to reach 33F.   We have a winter weather advisory in effect until 7 a.m. Wednesday.  I may have to go back into hibernation mode until Saturday.

As much as I crab about the snow and the cold, there is quite a lot of beauty in the winterscapes.  I took these photos of my trees this past weekend while it was snowing.  The first photo is my Red Japanese Maple, and the second photo shows some of my gentle giants.

I also have another pretty photo that I took through the laundry room door.  I thought this was such an interesting view. 

Last night I put a few more rows on the blue afghan, and now there are only four more rows to go to finish it off.  I'll most likely do that later today.  I think I've definitely decided on taking the pattern and some yarn for a poncho with me to work on in Florida. 

I usually pack a box of things to mail to myself in Florida, but this year I think I'll pack a second, smaller, suitcase instead.  The cost for the second suitcase is about the same as the cost of mailing the box.  I may just pack the box and take it to the Post Office to make sure of the price. 

Or the other thing that I could do is to mail the box to Florida, and buy another suitcase while I'm in Florida to bring my extra things home in.   I'll have to give this some thought.  Isn't it wonderful to have such trifling things to worry about?  haha. 

The other thing that I'm concerned about is the weather in the Carolinas and Georgia.  My Audrey will be driving from Virginia to Florida, so I'm hoping that this wicked Southern Winter weather will take a break so that she will have a safe journey.

How about the rest of the Presidential tid-bits?  Do you know who was the only president to be elected to two non-consecutive terms, and that he rejected two-thirds of the bills that Congress sent him?   If you guessed Grover Cleveland, you're right.

Or how about the highest jumping president, who set a record at West Point that lasted for 25 years.  He was also on the record books for a speeding ticket he received while on his horse.  Hmmm, I do believe that this was Ulysses S. Grant.

Guests may have had to reconsider before attending any of this president's parties.  He served no refreshments, banned dancing at the White House and hymns were the only music he allowed.  My goodness, such a party animal!  Did you guess James K. Polk?  Well then, you're right.

And finally, when this president approached, all the servants jumped into closets.  He required the help to be "invisible", but he allowed his son's two pet alligators to wander the White House freely.  Of course, this was none other than Herbert Hoover. 

I've enjoyed these tid-bits, so I may just pick up a couple of books to read up on more of this interesting trivia.  Learning can be such fun, and I love learning new things.  Well that's about all the news for this morning.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all be warm and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Oh What A Beautiful Sunday, Oh What A Beautiful Day!

February 23, 2015

Good morning.  Is this not a catchy title for my post today?   I put my own words to a line in a song from the musical "Oklahoma." 

My goodness, what a beautiful day we had yesterday.  The snow stopped falling by noon, the sun came out and the temps were in the upper 30'sF.  Absolutely beautiful!!!  Joe and I assembled the roof rake, and he used it to clear the snow off the porch roof.  What a great buy this rake was.

Joe also did his best to clear away all the ice dams on the porch roof.   This took hours, but he got most all the ice off and now we don't have to worry so much.  We even noticed a few of our neighbors were out clearing the snow off their roofs. 

So far today it is not snowing or raining, but we do have a wind chill warning in effect until 6 p.m. tonight.  The temperature right now is 23F.  Today's high is supposed to be around 21 degrees, going down to -9 degrees tonight. 

It's the Sunday weather that I am most concerned about.  Right now they are showing no more snow all week until Sunday.  EEEEK!  Let's hope that the snow waits until Sunday evening when we will be safely tucked away in Florida. 

Today I have a couple of beautiful sunrise photos that daughter Audrey took yesterday.  Isn't this a pretty way to start your day?  Thanks, Audrey, for sharing.

Yesterday I really did not accomplish very much, but I did put a few more rows on the blue afghan.  Now there are only thirteen more rows to go and it will be finished.  I would like to finish at least one project each month this year.   Anything over and above that will be super.

Today is Mandarin Orange Monday.  I have a photo that I took of a reflection in our kitchen window.  I was trying to shoot photos of the snow outside, and forgot to shut off the kitchen light.

I actually like this photo, but it is Monday so I decided to play around in Photoshop and orangify the photo a bit.  After getting carried away with different layers and filters, I ended up with this pretty piece of digital art.

Well, now I'm going to make myself a fresh cup of coffee and enjoy a bit of blog reading.  I enjoy starting my days this way, catching up on how my blog friends are doing.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all be warm and have a fabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Snow And Rain Forecast For Today (What Else Is New?)

February 22, 2015

Good morning.  It's not quite daylight yet, only 5:30 a.m.and it is snowing.   The snow started some time during the night, and so far the build up isn't too bad.  At the moment, it's 33F degrees with the possibility of making it to 38F.  I'm not sure if we're going to get any rain yet.  I'll just have to wait and see what the day brings.

They said on TV that so far there have only been five days this month where there was no snow falling in our area.  One look at my yard, and you can see why.  It will probably take us till April to get rid of all the snow piled up here.

Yesterday was a rather blah day here.  I keep trying to think what it was that I accomplished but nothing comes to mind.  Aside from washing a couple of Pogo's fuzzy blankets, it was a day of rest.  I did get a couple of packages in the mail.  (Wow, mail three days in a row!!)  One box was full of new things for Pogo.  Jammies, a tee shirt and sweaters, and nothing fit him.  The box will have to be sent back. 

The other package held one of my scrap pages printed on metal.  Oh my, did it ever come out great!!  Now I just have to find a good spot to hang it.  I used one of the Amazon Local deals to purchase this item.  If this service is offered in your area, do sign up for it.  There are some really great bargains offered every two or three days. 

Amazon also offers a free kindle app for your laptop, phone or tablet.  Download this and get daily offers for free or very low cost books.  This is where I get most all my books now.  For reasonably priced "paper" books, I buy from the Amazon bookstore.  You can't beat their prices.  (no, this is not a paid advertisement)

Today I have some cute photos of one of our little wrens.  They are just the cutest little birds.  They love the peanut butter.  Actually all the birds and the squirrels like the peanut butter.  I buy the biggest jar I can find and spread it really thick on hamburger rolls.  They don't last very long, so we put new ones out quite often. 

I've been crocheting a bit on the blue afghan, and I'm hoping to finish it this week.  There are only eighteen more rows to go.  I've slowed down a bit, so I probably won't be able to make as many this year as I did last year.  But that's okay because there are a few other crochet projects that I want to work on too. 

Well, Joe is up and Pogo has gone out to the house to have his turkey treat.  So I guess it's time for me to get started on a few things around here.  Today I want to start packing my "mailer box".  This is the one that I mail to myself in Florida.  It will be waiting for me when I arrive.  I also want to wash my Spring clothes that I am packing to take with me.  We need to assemble the roof rake too so that Joe can try it out. 

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

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Grab Your Tissues, This One Will Bring Tears To Your Eyes

February 20, 2015

Good afternoon.  Sorry for not posting this morning, but I had things to do.  I'm back home now and enjoying a chicken sandwich.  I cut up a nice plate of chicken for Pogo, but so far he has turned up his nose at his lunch and is taking a nap on his little sofa. 

When I was at Walmart yesterday, I bought a new fuzzy blanket for Pogo.  (surely he needs as many as we can find!)  I also bought a table lamp that had to be returned today, so while I was there I bought him another new fuzzy blanket.  You just can't have too many fuzzies to cuddle up in.

I got an email yesterday from the ASPCA that was featuring a story about a tiny Maltese mix doggie who was hit by a car this winter in New York and left on the road for dead.  A passerby found the little dog and took it to the local animal hospital where it was stabilized and sent over to an ASPCA hospital.  This precious little bundle's name is Coconut, and he is ever so darling.

Coconut has since received lots of medical care, mending broken bones and other body parts.  This poor little fellow was very near death when he was first found and brought to a hospital.  Folks, this breaks my heart.  How can anyone hurt an animal.  Your pets give you unconditional love.  This is just not acceptable behavior towards our furry kids.   Here's a photo of Coconut.  If you live near New York, he is looking for a new forever home where he will be loved and protected.  If interested, call 1-212-876-7700 ext. 4120.  This is the ASPCA Adoption Center.  Now tell me, isn't he just precious?

I have a newspaper article to share with you.  This was in the paper a few days ago.  It seems that the First Lady is slamming an American family dinner favorite, boxed mac and cheese.  According to Michelle Obama, it is not real food.  She says that the powdered cheese in the package is not real cheese.  The reporter, Tom Shattuck, had this to say: 

"The fact is, Madame Muenster, mac and cheese is real food.  Powdered cheese is usually made from cheese and created by a process called "spray drying".  It's powdered so that millions of Americans who cannot afford an in-house food guru can have a close facsimile of the good stuff that will stay preserved for months.  Powdered mac and cheese is a blessing for lower and middle class families, and to have the nation's self appointed Camembert Cop suggest that we rubes might as well be serving our kids macaroni and plutonium does a disservice to working people"

Once again, there was no mail delivery yesterday.  It's almost 1 p.m., and I'm wondering if we'll get any mail today.  The postal delivery service has gone way downhill, and of course, they are blaming it all on the snow.  I'm not understand this because they do not have to delivery to any house where the mailbox is not easily accessible.  They only have to delivery to folks who have shoveled away the snow.  A lot of folks did not do this, but we did.  So why are we not getting mail every day? 

Well guess what?  The mail just came.  I was so excited that I darn near cut off my thumb opening a package.  That was not so smart on my part. I put antibiotic and a bandaid on my thumb.  No worry, I'm going to live. 

Before I take my leave for today, let me share a few more Presidential tidbits with you.   Do you know which president had two nicknames?  "The Human Iceberg" for his cool demeanor, and "Pious Moonlight Dude" for his romantic ways.   Are you thinking Benjamin Harrison?  Then you're right!

Then there was the president who once considered pursuing the life of a cowboy in Argentina instead of a politician in Washington.  Can you guess?  Yup, it was Dwight D. Eisenhower.

This president's advisors were known as the "Kitchen Cabinet."  He was famous for his temper and being the only president to kill a man in a duel.  Have you guessed?  Of course, it was Andrew Jackson. 

I have one more photo to share today.  This is a photo I took with my phone yesterday from the Walmart parking lot.  It was snowing (you can't see the snow falling but it was) and the sun was doing its best to shine through the snow and clouds.  I just thought it was such a pretty picture.  That's my little blue baby parked right under that yellow arrow.

Okay, that's it for today.  Now I'm off to see what sort of fun mischief that Pogo and I can get into this afternoon.  So, till Sunday, Y'all stay warm and have a magnificent day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Winter Blues Are Not So Bad Today

February 19, 2015

Good morning.  Oh my, the sun is shining.  Yes it is cold, but the sun sure does help lift the spirits.  I'm watching the Weather Channel, and they are forecasting lots of rain for us over the weekend, and a high temp of 45F on Sunday.  That is not so good.  We have mountains of snow all around us, so the added rain and the one warm day is going to make a huge mess.  Ah well, we'll deal with it when it gets here.

Yesterday, we made it out to Pogo's errands.  Joe carried Pogo, and I carried myself.  It was slippery everywhere except at the veterinary hospital.  Their parking lots and sidewalks were plowed right down to the pavement. 

Pogo got a little feisty at the doctor's office.  For some reason, he would not let her take his temperature.  He put up quite a struggle, and he won that battle.  He might be tiny, but oh boy is he ever fierce when he has to be.  Other than that, he was declared a fit, healthy and handsome fellow.  Of course, I already knew that!

While we were at Petco, we met a lady with a tiny one year old Yorkie who looked a lot like Pogo.  These two little doggies had such fun meeting each other.  We were in there looking for some new Spring shirts for Pogo, but so far none of the new stock had been put out yet.  Maybe we'll have a look around when we get to Florida.

Notice I said "when we get to Florida"?  I'm tryng to be very positive.  It's not easy with the weather we've been having.   I have a six foot privacy fence on the other of my house, and in most places, you can barely see the top of the fence. 

I just went to the door to get a photo of the front entrance to my driveway.  As you see, the snow on both sides of the street is much higher than the vehicles on the road.  The second photo shows the snow that fell overnight.  Yup, the snow started up again late yesterday afternoon.  Sad to say, it is snowing a light snow right now too. 

Yesterday, I promised you some cute photos from the day before.  Last summer, Joe hung three basket weave bird houses in the trees.  We had no idea if anyone would make them their home, but we had hopes.  Well, I got my answer a couple of days ago.  To my surprise, our little wrens love these little houses.

If you look close, near the yellow arrow that I put on the photo, you can see a little wren going into his house.  In the second photo, the little wren is in the entrance looking out at the snow falling.

I was so happy to get these photos.  This year, I'm going to order a few more houses for Joe to hang in the trees.  I'll look around for some different ones too.  We do have a few other houses hung outside, but I've never noticed if any of the birds are using them. 

I was going to take a new photo of Pogo to show off his new hair cut but he's been having a case of the squirties, and he's not in the mood for photos.  Here's one photo that I just took of Pogo and his Valentine Bear. 

Right now I have lots of fuzzy blankets to wash.  I think the anxieties from yesterday are catching up and rattling Pogo's nerves.  No problem.  Mama has a washer and dryer that will do most of the work.

This week we celebrated Presidents Day, and the local newspaper ran some interesting trivia about some of the presidents.  Do you know which president gave the longest inaugural address of any president - 8,445 words, followed by the shortest time served as president?   If you guessed William Henry Harrison, you guessed right.

Do you know which president had once been a fashion model, and served as both vice president and president without being elected to either office?   Well that was Gerald Ford.

And do you know which president was the first president to have his photo taken - luckily not during one of his customary early-morning nude swims in the Potomac River?  That was none other than John Quincy Adams.

There were a few more fun tidbits, but I'll save them for other posts.  Right now I need to get busy on the laundry and making up a grocery list so that we can do our shopping later this afternoon.  I'll also be picking up a batch of my meds for the first time with this new insurance company.  This should be interesting.

So that's all my news for this morning.   Till tomorrow, Y'all have a fabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.