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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

An Afternoon At The Park

August 20, 2014

Good morning.  And it is indeed a beautiful morning!  If I could have three wishes, I think one of them would be to have this gorgeous weather year round, with some rain sprinkled in here and there of course. 

Well, yesterday Pogo and I went out for a while.  First to the bank, then to the nail salon to have my nails prettied up.  Then we took a ride to the park.  While we were there, Pogo got to meet the cutest little white Maltese puppy.  Needless to say, they had a wonderful time getting to "know" each other.

There was a very interesting pigeon couple there, enjoying the sun. I believe these are rock pigeons.  The "Mr's" colors were just gorgeous.  His mate was much lighter colored and did not stray very far away from him.



On another rock I found this beautiful gull taking in some sunshine.  As pesky as these birds can be, I still have a fond spot for them.  They are so eager to please.  Just give them something to eat and they will give you all the fabulous poses you could ask for.


After our afternoon out, I stopped by a local drug store to pick up some calamine lotion for Joe.  Seems he picked up a good case of poison ivy while cleaning out the front yard last weekend.  Gosh, I feel so bad for him.  Earlier in the day, I had him make up a bowl of salt water to keep dabbing on his rash to help get of the itch and start the healing process.  After that he can dab on the calamine lotion and hopefully he will start to clear up soon. 

After supper last night, I settled into my lounge chair and worked on my yellow crochet project for a while.  I'm going to have to take a photo of it because it is really coming out quite pretty.  As soon as the nights get much cooler, I'll finish working on the lavender afghan.  Right now, I'm enjoying working on the lighter weight afghans.

Well, now it's time to spend a few minutes with my Gazelle.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a really awesome day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Please Dump Dry Items Over Your Heads, Not Water!

August 19, 2014

Good morning.  As I wake up to another beautiful day, I  realize that there is only one more month of Summer left.  How quickly the year is passing by.  I'm hoping that Autumn will be comfortable and linger on for a while so that Winter will seem shorter.

I'm finding that with retirement comes a lot of quiet days.  Mind you, I'm not complaining.  I just don't think I'm accomplishing as much as I should.  But then, maybe it's supposed to be this way.

The highlight of yesterday was when Joe and I washed a few of the windows out in the house.  I supplied the paper towels and window cleaner and watched as Joe did the actual washing.  Well, actually I did do something to help.  I moved all the plants away from the windows and placed them on the kitchen table.  Then I got to put them all back. 

I'm watching (what else?) the Weather Channel, and they are saying that some folks in California are now asking people to stop using water in this foolish water bucket challenge that is going around, and substitute something else for the water.  So far, folks have dumped out 5 million gallons of water across the country.  WHAT A WASTE!

This morning I have some more photos that I took while at the baseball game a few days ago.  There was a large beautiful bird flying off in the distance near the clouds.  Every so often it would fly a bit lower, and I tried to get a photo.  When I got home and looked at my photos, I was in for quite a surprise.  It was a vulture.  This first photo is a close up of the second photo.





Lori Kimball (Mandarin Orange Monday) has started a new meme called Geometric Friday.  This is something new for me but I thought I would give it a try.  I don't do art as much as I do photography, so my first contribution is a photo of palm trees all lined up in rows.


Well that's about it for the news this morning.  In a few hours, Pogo and I will go out to do a couple errands.  Meanwhile, Thomas and Friends is on TV, and that is one of our favorite morning TV programs.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Have A Pool Party For Your Fur Babies And Invite Their Friends

August 18, 2014

Good morning.  Yup, it's gorgeous outside my door again, and I'm just loving it.  There is a light breeze, and our flag is blowing gently against a backdrop of green trees and blue sky.    Folks, it can't get any better than this. 

Pogo and I didn't do much of anything yesterday.  We just sort of laid back and enjoyed this fabulous weather.  Every now and then, I pick him up and hold him by the screen door so that he can watch what is happening outside. 

I need to go shopping to find us a new storm door that has glass (plexi-glass) and screen from top to bottom.  This way my little guy can sit by the door all day and watch the birds and squirrels.  And I'd be able to see out the door when I'm sitting.  Right now, I have to stand up to see out the door because the plexi-glass and screen are only in the top portion of the door.

Remember the two new yarns that I was in a hurry to make something with?  Well, I started an afghan with them and it is coming out really nice.  The two colors are Cornmeal and Marrakesh.  Here's a photo of how it is looking so far.  Isn't this pretty?


I've been watching the Weather Channel, and they're showing a video clip of a "dog days pool party".  There are all kinds of dogs there, some splashing and swimming about in the pool and others running around and playing with assorted toys.  Wow, what a fabulous idea! 

Next, I have a photo of one of the birds that comes to our feeder.  It's a red-winged black bird.  I couldn't get a very good shot through the window, but this one at least shows the bird's beautiful wing colors.  It's a red patch edged with yellow.


Lastly, I have a photo of my handsome Pogo.  This one was taken at the baseball game this past Saturday morning.  I'm going to have to get out my sewing supplies and try to make his harness a bit smaller.  I love walking him when we go different places, but at some point he walks right out of his harness.  Meanwhile, his stroller gets a lot of use.
 
 
That's about all the news for this morning.  Now it's time to spend a few minutes on my "Gazelle".  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.
 
Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

PS Friday Challenge, A Tad Bit Late

August 17, 2014

Good morning on this fabulous Sunday morning here in New England.  I really did my best to sleep late, but Mr. Pogo had other ideas.  He has simply wicked hearing, and listens to hear when people are moving about out in the house. 

Mainly, he's listening for Joe's voice or whistle.  Once Joe is up, it's turkey treat time.  So now, of course, Pogo starts barking to let Joe know that he is also up and waiting for his treat.  Once he get's Joe's attention, he barks for me to join them.  For some reason, my little guy needs me to be standing close by while he is enjoying his turkey treat.  So, Mama gets up and trots out to the laundry room.

While doing a bit of blog reading this morning, I realized that I totally forgot to do my image for this week's Photo Shop Friday.  Shame on me.  So, I promptly got busy and made my image.  This is the photo that the Queen Jester gave us to work with.  I just love the orange butterfly weed.


And here is my image using her photo as a wall covering in an iris garden.   Both the Queen and Andrea had butterflies in their images, so I put one in mine too.  The irises are mine, and the little butterfly came from the web.


Yesterday Pogo and I went to an early morning baseball game to watch Kevin play.  Later, after lunch, we went back out to do a couple of errands.  It was an awesome day to be out and about.

Friday, grandson Kevin came over and put most of my new exercise machine together.  Later SIL Eddie came by after work to finish it up.  And yup, I like this one.  I used it that evening, and I'll be using it this afternoon.  Did I mention what it was?  It's a Tony Little Gazelle. 

Some very good news arrived in the mail on Friday.  The report from my recent doctor visit showed that all my numbers had improved.  Cholesterol is way down, and the good stuff is up.  He said to keep up the good work.  Hmmm, I'm not quite sure what it was that I did, but as soon as I figure that out I'll do it some more.

On top of all this good stuff, my box of new yarn arrived, and I couldn't wait to tear into it.  There were a few colors that I wanted to see up close, and now I can't wait to start some new projects with them.  Oh my, these hands will definitely be busy for quite some time.

Well that's about all the news for this morning.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, August 15, 2014

I Would Love This Weather Year Round

August 15, 2014

Good morning.  We are having another perfect morning, sunny with a cool breeze.  You can definitely tell it is August, and that Fall isn't too far away.  Yesterday's weather was the perfect kind to have year round,  (I'm dreaming, I know)  and today is looking like more of the same. 

It's been fairly quiet around here lately.  Yesterday, Pogo and I went out to do an errand, and later I took Joe food shopping.  The excitement of the day came when the mail lady arrived with a package for me.

I met a lady at the beach last Sunday evening, and I took lots of photos of her dog and sent them to her.  She is an artist, and sent me one of her lighthouse prints.  It is just beautiful.  I love the ocean and the lighthouses.  Now I must shop for a nice frame so that I can hang this.  I have a place on my wall all picked out.

Now I'm waiting for that box of new yarn that is supposed to arrive later today.  Yesterday, I finished up one of the scarfs that I had been knitting and started working on another.  Little by little, I'm cleaning up some of my unfinished projects. 

Today I have a few shots of the beach from Sunday night.  The first photo was taken in "night shot" with a flash, the other two were taken just moments apart.  Once daylight started disappearing, darkness moved in rather quickly.




Well that's about all my news for now.  I need to be getting dressed because my grandson Kevin will be here in a little while.  Today he is going to put my new exercise machine together.  On that happy note, I'll take my leave.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have a wonderful day. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Beautiful, Perfect Morning

August 14, 2014

Good morning.  The sun is shining and there's a beautiful cool breeze coming in through the screen door.  Yesterday's rain caused some flooding in places around the state, but not in our area.  Our lawns and gardens got some much needed rain, and the birds enjoyed the puddles.  It's a beautiful, perfect morning.

Yesterday I got an email telling me that my box of new yarn will not be arriving until late Friday.  So, last night I worked on a scarf that I had been knitting.  There's only a few rows left to finish it, so I think I'll do that later today. 

I've been watching the Weather Channel, and they were interviewing someone in Arizona about the monsoon flooding, and why they don't try to capture some of the rain water.  The argument seems to be that it is too expensive and they can only capture a tiny bit of the water. 

I don't understand this.  My idea of a water pipeline was not so that the water could be purified for drinking.  It was so that the excess rain water could be re-routed to dry areas that need the water to help stop drought.  I'm sure our farmlands and woodlands could use the excess water and be thankful for it.

Let's talk about the expense.  Expensive?  Yes.  How many dollars has the drought's devastation cost?  How many homes, lives, woodlands and wildlife has it cost?  It seems to me that our losses outweigh the cost.  And the losses keep on happening day after day, month after month, year after year.  Our government thinks nothing of sending billions of dollars to anywhere around the world that might need or want it.  So how about spending it instead on our own problems? 

Stored up rain water could also be used for washing vehicles, machinery and buildings, etc, instead of using drinking water for these things.  I suppose we could always figure a way to de-salt some of the ocean water to be used for things other than drinking water.  California is getting very low on water.  So now I'll be watching the news to see how they propose to fix their water problem. 

'Nuff said.  Today I have a couple of photos of the lighthouse at Scituate harbor.  These were taken from where we were sitting on the rocks.  As you can see, we were right in front of it.



I also have a photo of all of us that was taken by a nice lady sitting on the rock next to ours.   Here is, left to right, dwarf Helen, her son in law, daughter, granddaughter, Pogo, and moi.


Well that's it for this morning.  I need to get a few things done around the house before it's time to head out to do errands.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wasting Water Is Fun???

August 13, 2014

Good morning.  Tis a bit on the damp side this morning, but we need the rain.  The birds are chirping outside my door, so they must be happy about the rain too. 

Well, yesterday I had my regular check up visit with the doctor, and I'm doing just fine.  Unless I get sick, I don't have to go back until February.  Sounds good to me. 

Was anyone lucky enough to see the Meteor showers in the wee hours before dawn?  Sad to say, I was asleep and missed any show that may have been visible.  Ah well, at least I did not miss the super moon.

Has anyone been watching all the different news stations reporting the "bucket" fun that folks all around the  country have been having?  I haven't said much of anything, but this has been bothering me a lot and now I need to get it off my chest.

The reason behind this whole thing was to  raise awareness about ALS.  This part I understand.  It's a very good cause to rally about.  What bothers me is the shameful waste of water.  With fires still burning, and all the lives, homes and nature we have lost due to drought, I think it is absolutely shameful to be dumping out buckets of water (and enjoying it!). 

And the really sad part of this is that every single newscaster and media personality that spoke of this event was really quite happy about it.  Many of them even joined in the fun.  Not one of them mentioned anything about all the unabashed abuse of our very precious commodity - water.  Sorry, but I say "shame on you" to all of them.  Next time, find a more appropriate way to raise awareness about your cause.  Maybe a dash into the cold ocean water? 

Ok, my rant is over.  Now let's get to some more fun photos from Sunday night.  Pogo was not the only dog at the beach that night, and I took photos of the ones that were near us.  I guess this first little dog had a thing for legs.  As you can see, he is licking his chops over this great looking pair of gams.

 
This next gorgeous dog and his family stopped by to visit the folks on the rock next to ours.  Just look at those beautiful eyes!
 
 
And at the rock beside ours was this awesome service dog.  Meet Floyd, so handsome and gentle yet very protective of his mom.  You could tell he adored her by the way he looked at her. 


And of course, I have more photos of the little prince himself.  He wore so many expression on his face that night, and I tried to capture them all.
 


 
Today I'm supposed to be having lunch with an old friend, but she may call to cancel because of the weather.  We were going to be eating out in her very pretty yard, but the rain may change our plans till another day.  That's okay because I have lots of things to do around the house. 

Little by little, I've been working on the lavender afghan, and now there are only 50 (out of 106) more rows to go.  I'm waiting for the box of new yarn to arrive so that I can continue working on the yellow project.  Plus I had ordered another new color that I thought would work up quite nicely.  Got to keep these hands busy.

Now it's time to go see if the mail has come.  One never knows what new bills and surprises may be lurking in the mail box.   So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.