Good morning. Well, we had a great flight home. When we left Florida, it was a bit cloudy, but nice and warm. Once we got to Boston, it was raining lightly and much cooler. Deanne and Eddie picked us up at the airport. Thank goodness, because I wore bermuda shorts and flip flops home so that I could travel in comfort. Needless to say, I was a bit chilly once we got outside the Boston airport.
Once we got home and all the bags were unpacked, I looked out the window to see snow falling. Are you kidding? I guess we got home at just the right time. This morning, everything outside is coated with a new layer of white. It's only a couple of inches, but it is still snow. This new layer of snow finally broke our record of the snowiest winter on record. (I haven't figured out yet if this is something I want to be proud of.)
The mounds of snow in our yard are down a foot or two, but there is still an awful lot of snow here. With a lot of luck, maybe we'll be rid of most of it by April. However, the good news is that Spring will be here in four more days. Woo Hoo!!!
I'm watching the Weather Channel and they are discussing about a pastor who is asking 200,000 people to each donate $300 so that he can buy a 65+ million dollar jet plane. His church has 20,000 parishioners. (so who are the other 180,000 folks?) The pastor already has a jet, but it is old and needs a bit of work so he wants a new one. (By the way, this man has multiple homes, Rolex watches, and Rolls Royces - according to the news. Maybe he could sell these to raise the funds he wants?)
Now I ask you, is it really necessary to spend 65+ million dollars on a super jet plane in order to spread God's word? I mean, where does this pastor need to travel that he can't get to in a commercial plane? Personally, I think that the 65+ million dollars (if he actually had it) could be put to very good use right here in this country in all the areas that are still in dire need from all the damage from prior and recent storms and floods. He certainly wouldn't need a fancy new jet plane to help these folks. A few postage stamps would do the trick.
I know, I know, I'm a grumpy old lady, but as I told my DIL Janet, that's my lot and I'm just trying to do a good job of it. haha.
Folks, today is Mandarin Orange Monday and I do have a piece of digital art to share. I took a photo of the top of our bird feeder, blended it with an orange colored layer, then used several filters in Photoshop to make some changes. Filters used were "Plastic Wrap", Ocean Ripples" and "Wave" (set to triangle). I was very surprised at the results. Here's the original photo, then the edited version.
In my weekend email, I found a couple of wonderful surprises. This first digital layout was made by my friend Mary Ann. It looks like Pogo had a fabulous time discovering the beauty of Paris. What a fun layout Mary Ann. Thanks so much. What a great way to start my day.
The other nice surprise was a beautiful scrap layout that my friend Beth made featuring Pogo and DIL Janet and palm trees. She even put in a squirrel for me. I mentioned before that we hadn't seen any squirrels while were in Florida. (As we were leaving for the airport Sunday morning, we saw two little squirrels - finally!) This is wonderful Beth. Thank you ever so much. I'm giving a copy of this to DIL Janet so that she can share it with her friends too.
It's good to be home, but I do miss the warm weather and sitting out on our little porch. Later I want to talk to SIL Eddie about the feasibility of building a little screened porch on my side of the house so that Pogo and I can sit out in the nice weather. This could be a fun project for this year.
There was big box of mail waiting for me here. Last night, I wrote out a few of the new bills, and tomorrow I'll get the rest of them tended to. Today I have a batch of receipts to go through to finish off my preparations for my appointment tomorrow with the accountant. Once the taxes are filed, I will breathe much easier.
Now it's time to get started on that batch of receipts. So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a magnificent day.
Hugs, Edna B.
p.s. I know I don't respond to all the comments left, but I really do appreciate them and look forward to reading them. I may not say it often, but thank you so much for being a wonderful part of my life.