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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Farewell To September

September 21, 2017

Good morning.  Well, today is starting off quite lovely.  It's not raining, the sun is out and there's a little bit of a breeze.  Temps should be in the upper sixties, maybe even the low seventies.  Sounds rather nice to me.  Today is Summer's last hurrah.  Enjoy it  Tomorrow we'll be starting a new season.

I just got a message from Deanne telling me that Jazzy is in a photo in today's newspaper.  I'll have to get me a copy.  There is an article about the Cabaret where she is performing and she's in the photo of their current entertainment.  Woo Hoo!  Here's a copy she just sent to me.  It's not a great copy, but you can make out all the Starliners.  Jazzy is on the far left.

The next photo I'm sharing is of another of my great granddaughters who just started Kindergarten.  This is Amelia.  Gosh, she's a beauty, just like her mommy.  I guess you can't tell how proud I am of all my family.

Yesterday, Pogo and I braved the rain and went out to do some errands.  First we went to the Jewelry Salon to pick up one of my rings.  Bless my heart, now my hand doesn't feel naked anymore!  This ring is special to me and I rarely ever take it off.

When we left there, we headed for the hospital to pick up Pogo's flea medicine.  Wowsie!  What a shock I got!  The price didn't just go up, it leaped for the moon!!!  But we got it because he needs it and then we headed for home.  It was really pouring rain by then so we figured the rest of the errands could wait for another day.

Last night, DIL Janet came by and we ordered Chinese take out for supper.  Even Pogo enjoyed some of this.  The rest of the evening we crocheted and watched TV while we caught up on our chatting.  It was a really nice way to end a busy day.

As I look out my door, the leaves on the tree out front are dancing in quite a frenzy.  The trees across the street are really shaking it up too.  I guess this pick up in the wind is probably a bit of Jose as he passes by on his way north.  I haven't been watching the weather channel these last couple of days.  Maybe I'll get caught up with it later this afternoon.

Well, that's about it for my news for today.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

We're Off To See The Wizard....Not Really, Just A Few Errands

September 20, 2017

Good morning.  Tis another gray and rainy day here in New England.  Pogo and I will need an umbrella when we go out to do our errands today.  Pogo doesn't care though.  He is just so happy every time we go anywhere in the car.  Except for food, he is just so easy to please.

Today we are going to the jewelers' store to pick up two of my rings.  From there, we will travel to the hospital to pick up a refill of one of Pogo's flea medicines.  He is super allergic to fleas, so he has to use two different flea medicines all during flea season.

There's not much happening around here.  I started working on two scarf and hat sets.  The gray scarf is done and I'm almost half way through the pink scarf.  When it is finished, I'll make the two hats.  I'm waiting for another order of dolly body parts so that I can finish up my air freshener dollies. 

While I was poking around through some old papers, I came across this very interesting "Did You Know" article that I had printed out.  I'll share some of it with you.

Did you know that drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately -- without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional "pain" relievers?

Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns?  Or that chewing on strong Altoids peppermints will clear up your stuffy nose?

For achy muscles from a bout of the flu, mix one Tablespoon of horseradish in one cup of olive oil.  Let the mixture sit for thirty minutes, then apply it as a massage oil for instant relief of aching muscles. 

For menacing bees, wasps, hornets or yellow jackets that get in your home, try a spray of Formula 409.  Insects drop to the ground instantly.

I'll save some more of them for tomorrow.  Today I'll post an old kit called "Vintage Garden" that I did years ago in collaboration with a friend.  This is my portion of the kit.

Here are the download links:
Pt 1 & 2

While Pogo and I have been running around lately doing errands, I'm noticing that the trees are beginning to change color, and leaves are falling everywhere.  Actually, my driveway is collecting quite a few of them.  I dug out a photo from my archives that shows how the trees look now.

Folks, today and tomorrow are the last two days of summer.  Go outside and enjoy it, even in the rain.  The rain is still warm enough for us to be out in it.  This reminds me that flu season is beginning so be sure to get your flu shot soon.  If you are my age, you'll want the extra strong shot.  I think I'll be getting my shot before the week is out.

Tonight is the beginning of Rosh Hashanah.  To all my Jewish friends and family, I'm wishing you a healthy and prosperous New Year.  Friday will start a brand new season, Autumn. And, in just five and a half weeks, Pogo and I will be off on our "Round The World" ride with all our witchy friends.  Gosh, this year is passing by so quickly!

Now I think I'll make me a fresh cup of coffee while we wait for the mailman to get here.  After that, Pogo and I are off to do our errands.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have an awesome day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Happy Birthday Alena

September 19, 2017

Good morning.  Yup, tis another gray, wet day here in New England.  I hope the heavier rain holds off until after I get home from my doctor appointment this morning.  It looks like there is a healthy breeze going on too.  Every now and then the leaves on the tree out front start dancing excitedly.

Before I forget again, let me wish a Happy Birthday to great granddaughter Alena.  She turned five years old yesterday.  Alena, I hope your Birthday was just awesome!  Here's photo that her grandma (Audrey) sent to me last evening.  She's wearing the pink sapphire kitty necklace that I sent to her.

Speaking of my great grandchildren, they are all growing up so quickly.  I have a few more photos to share.  These are three more of my great grandchildren.  Jack (top photo) just started the seventh grade, and will be thirteen years old soon.  Lilah (center photo) has started the fifth grade and has just recently turned ten years old.  The bottom photo is Alima.  She will be turning two years old this Fall.  Gosh, they are all so beautiful.  Randi, thank you so much for the photos.  I am so blessed!

This morning I have an appointment with my orthopedic doctor for a follow up on my shoulder.  That last shot of cortisone was supposed to take away the pain.  But, it didn't!  I don't really want another shot.  I just want to know what my options are.  I'm pretty sure that my favorite option is to just ignore the pain and hopefully it won't bother me too much.  That's what I do now.

Yesterday, I went back to the jeweler's shop to leave my rings that need new bands.  Gosh, my hand feels so naked!  I never take off my Goddess ring.  That one is so special to me.  The jeweler said that he would try to have that ring ready for me today.  That would be nice, but I'm not counting on it.  The other two rings may take a bit longer, but that's okay.  I'm also getting new appraisals. 

Well, time is slipping by on me again, so I'd best take my leave here.  I need to be getting ready for my appointment soon.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Last Days Of Summer

September 18, 2017

Good morning.  This morning is cool and gray with a slight breeze.  Temps will get up to around 71F degrees today.  At some point the rain should be coming this way.  Our weather forecast for the next few days calls for rain and wind.  How much we get remains to be seen.  It's sort of a sad way to celebrate the end of summer.  Yup, these are our last days of summer.  Try to enjoy them.

Today, Pogo and I will take a ride back to the jewelers store to leave my ring.  I never take the ring off, so  the band wore very thin and broke years ago.  I've been wearing it with tape on the band all this time.  I don't like to take my ring off.  Even worse, I don't like leaving it anywhere.  But now, it can't be helped.  It really needs to be fixed.

While we are at the plaza where the jewelry store is, we'll stop in at the pet supply store too.   So far, Pogo has been eating some of the doggie food that we bought there the other day.  We need to pick up a few more little tins of it.  If Pogo will eat it, I'll buy it for him.

I'm going to have to get serious about a new yarn order.  I finished up three dolly dresses over the last few days and now my hands are feeling too idle.  My hands like to be busy when I am sitting down to watch TV, or just resting.  As soon as I can decide on the colors, I will start a new afghan.  

These are the colors of the dresses that I finished over the weekend.  The first photo is called Grape Fizz.  The second one is Watercolor, and the third one is Wildflower.

This morning, I'm watching a story about spousal abuse.  It's really horrifying to see what a lot of men and women go through before they are able to ask for help.  I know from counseling some of these women (in years past) just how difficult it is to reach a point where they can walk out of the relationship.  Sometimes they can leave with their children, and sometimes they have to leave them behind.  It's really a sad situation.

Soon I will have to get dressed.  Once the mail comes, Pogo and I will be ready to leave to do our errands.  I need to wash the breakfast dishes too.  On that happy note I'll take my leave.  So,  till tomorrow, Y'all have an awesome day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Some Rainy Weather For Us

September 17, 2017

Good morning.  Tis cool and quite cloudy this morning.  We have a bit of rain and maybe winds coming soon thanks to the summer storms, I think.  I'll have to check with the weather channel in a little while.  Right now, I'm watching Law And Order, which is a bit more interesting. 

Friday morning, Deanne and I went to the shooting range for a bit of practice.  Deanne did super well.  I didn't do so bad either.  My shoulder makes it a bit difficult, but I can still hit the bulls eye.  I used Deanne's gun for a few shots, and I really like it.  Pogo says that he'll get me one for a combination birthday/Christmas gift if I want one.  Hmmm, I'll have to think about that.  (He's so good to me!!)  Here's my target from Friday's practice.

Yesterday, Pogo and I went shopping at the gun shop and I bought a magazine loader for my gun.  As soon as I figure out how it works, I'll be able to practice loading the magazine.  Pogo behaved so well in the gun shop that he was invited back whenever he wants to go.  He's quite an impressive and well behaved little fellow.

When we left there, we went looking for a little jewelry shop that the isntructor's brother owns in a nearby town.  Thank goodness for the GPS in my car.  Without it, we'd have never found the little shop.  We had a pleasant chat with the owner, and we'll go back tomorrow so that I can leave one of my rings for repair and an appraisal.  I have another ring that needs the band repaired, so I may also take that one with me to drop off.  I'll be needing a new appraisal for that ring too. 

Before we headed for home, we stopped into a new pet supply store where we picked up a couple new shirts and some new doggie food for Pogo.  He hasn't tried the shirts on yet, but last night he did eat a plateful of the new doggie food.  Wow!!  We also picked up a bag of soft doggie treats, and Pogo actually ate a piece.  Wowsie!  Will wonders never cease!  This is the doggie treat.

I got a new catalogue in the mail Saturday, so I spent some enjoyable time looking through it.  I found a few things that we could use so I ordered them on-line.  There was a beautiful bedspread and shams that Audrey liked so they are being sent to her.  I found a few things that will be gifts, so they will come here and go into the holiday tote.

When I was last at Walmart, I picked up a new pattern book.  This one is for crochet kitchen cloths.  I think I'll try the one with the scrubby in the corner.  After my other projects are finished, of course.  Here's a photo of the little pattern book, and the scrubby dish cloth.

Evenings, I did a bit of crocheting.  I finished a dolly dress in "Grape Fizz" yarn, and now I'm working on one in "Wildflowers" yarn.  When I finish this last dress, I'll take a couple photos.  The colors are scrumptious.  I'm not sure why I'm making so many of these dolly dresses, but I like making them so I'm a happy little camper.  (I'm sure they will all find a new home)

Today I have a new quick page for you.  Now that the hurricane has gone by, and Florida can start to mend and rebuild, I thought that this might be a good page for your vacation photos.  I did call to see how much damage my timeshare condo got, and the news was good.  Aside from losing electric power, there was very little damage from the storm.  Now I can look forward to going there next March.

Here is your download link:

Now I'm going to make a fresh cup of coffee and watch a bit of TV.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Another Busy Morning

September 15, 2017

Good morning.  Today is a bit cloudy and warm with a bit of a breeze.  It's not raining yet, so it is quite nice.  I won't be much of a chatty Cathy today because I have to get ready soon to leave.  Deanne and I have an appointment this morning at the shooting range.  The instructor texted me last night to say that the new ear phones that we had ordered have come in.  Up to now, we've been using his earphones.

This will be a nice break from my crocheting.  I seem to be making a lot of mistakes lately and have been ripping lots of rows out.  I guess this is a sign that I need a short break.  I think tomorrow I'll take all my dollies out to the porch and apply all the embellishments to them.  After a short photo session, I'll pack them all away. 

Yesterday, while Pogo and I were out in the yard, I noticed quite a few bees busy at work on some of my plants.  I took a few photos, and I have a question that I'm hoping someone might be able to help me with. 

My question is:  Does anyone know what this plant in the last photo is?  I have tons of it.  It is quite pretty and the bees love it.  I have looked it up on Google, but there are a lot of plants there that look like this so I'm still not sure what it is.

In the wee hours of the morning, around 3:50 a.m., Pogo decided that he was finally hungry enough to eat his supper.  I finally got up and got it for him.  He quickly gobbled it up and was looking for more food so I gave him a plate of canned chicken.  When he finished eating that, he climbed back up on his little sofa and went to sleep.  I guess he has me trained pretty good, huh?

Enough of my babble.  It's time for me to start getting dressed and ready to leave.  So, till Sunday, Y'all be safe and have a fantabulous weekend. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Today's A Busy Day Here

September 14, 2017

Good afternoon.  I decided that I would do my grocery shopping this morning instead of waiting till later because we may be getting some rain.  By the time I did my shopping and got it all put away, the morning had somehow turned to afternoon. 

Of course, in between putting things away, I brought in the mail and sorted it, fed Pogo, and chatted on the phone for a little bit.  I also put a couple of gifts away (that I picked up) in the Holiday tote.  While I was shopping, I found a color yarn that I need for one of my little dollie dresses.  Now I can finish making the last couple dresses. 

Today's post will be a bit short because I have lots of things that need to be done today around here.  I want to put in another load of laundry too.  Pogo has been running back and forth from the door to me and back to the door.  That usually means that he wants to go outside for a bit.  I've learned to heed this particular message from him. 

I do have one thing to share today.  Yesterday, a book that I had ordered came in the mail.  This one tells all the different ways to use and benefit from vinegar.  So far, I've read a couple of the chapters, and it is really interesting.  If anyone is interested, I'm posting the advertisement for the book and the order form.  If you click on them, they will appear larger so that you can read them easier.

You can also Google the book and order it online.  That's how I ordered my copy.  It's the quickest way to receive the book.

Now I'm off to take my handsome little guy outside for a bit before I start on my chores.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Even The TV Has Quirks Of Its Own

September 13, 2017

Good morning.  We're enjoying another gorgeous day here in New England.  Temps are in the seventies, working their way to the mid eighties with a slight breeze.  As for Hurricane Irma, I'm guessing that she has downgraded to just a lot of rain because I'm not seeing much about her on the Weather Channel.  They are mostly focusing on the devastation left behind.

Hurricane Jose is being watch closely now.  Just how close to land he'll make, and where, isn't known yet.  He's about five hundred miles from The Bahamas right now.  The weather patterns right now are crazy.  There are Winter weather advisory warnings out for parts of Montana, with snow expected.  Yeesh!  It's still summer!

Yesterday was rather a lazy day for me.  I did a couple chores around here, then did a bit of crocheting.  I have two more dollie dresses to make to finish up my current projects.  Of course, they all still need to have their embellishments put on.  I'm thinking that by next week, I can start boxing a few things.  I'll label them, or at least put a slip with a name in each box. 

I've been watching "Unsolved Mysteries" on TV.  An announcement just came on the screen saying that "routine maintenance is being performed."  When did this start happening?  I've never seen this on my TV before.  They do shut down programming every morning around 2 a.m. to update programming.  It takes about four or five minutes, then the programming comes back on.  This daytime "routine maintenance" is something new.

Today I think I'll start making up my shopping list.  I haven't been to the supermarket for a while and some things are running very low or out.   I also want to do a bit of laundry.  Later, DIL Janet will be coming by after work.  That's a really nice way to end my day. 

This year, I haven't seen very many butterflies, so I dug into my photo archives for this photo.  Now that my butterfly bushes are beginning to grow again, I'm hoping to see more of these beauties flitting around in my yard.

I also dug out this adorable photo of my handsome little guy.  The photo was taken five years ago, just a few months after he came to live with me.  He still looks the same today. 

I slept really good last night and did not want to get up this morning.  However, my late start to this awesome day means that I am running out of morning, and need to get busy with my laundry.  Before I go, I do have a new quick page for you.  This one might be good for saving some of your favorite summer memories. 

Here is your download link:

Now I'm off to keep a date with my washing machine.  So till tomorrow, Y'all have an awesome day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hurricane Irma Just Won't Give Up!

September 12, 2017

Good morning.  I almost feel guilty saying that the weather here is awesome.  But today really is a lovely day and I'm thankful for it.  Last yesterday afternoon, I heard from Gary Jr, and all is well there.  I heard from my friend Rhoda, and they are okay too.  Last night I heard from Sean and they are all alive.  However, he has most likely lost both his home and his boat.  His place took a direct hit from the hurricane. 

Sadly, this storm is still ravaging other states.  It is now being called a tropical cyclone and is lashing out at Georgia, North and South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia, and reaching out as far as Indiana.  I'm praying that Hurricane Jose turns and dies out at sea before he can add to the devastation.  How much more can folks handle? 

Give me a moment here, I'm making a fresh cup of coffee.  I had to drink my first cup cold, because I spent a lot of time on the phone trying to track an order that should have been here yesterday.  The company said it was hand delivered to a resident here, but that is not the case.  I was the only one home when the mail came and the package was not in the mail. 

I had ordered a magazine loader to help me load the magazine for my gun.  My fingers just don't work right when I'm trying to load the magazine.  However, I'm getting a refund instead of the loader.  I guess I'll just have to do a bit more practicing before our next time at the range.  (that will be this Friday)

One package that did arrive yesterday was the air freshener doll bodies that I had ordered.  Woo Hoo!!  Now I can start finishing my dollies.  There's no way I can sew all those little hook and eye sets on the dresses, so I laced up the backs of the dresses instead.  Today or tomorrow, I'll sit down and start putting the embellishments on the dresses.  Here are a couple photos of the dollies so far. 

The top photo is called "Beach Day" and the second photo is called "Cactus."  I have to say that these two are my favorites.  I love the colors in the yarn.  All my dollies have dark hair except this one little blonde, but they are all adorable.  I'll take more photos when the dollies are completely finished.

Yesterday I ordered my new blog book before the discount price ran out.  I like to take advantage of these sales.  Unfortunately, that means that I have expired all QP and kit links through the end of August.  Hopefully, you all downloaded the ones you wanted.  You can always send me your email address if you need any of the links and I'll send them to you.  These are the photos I chose for the front and back covers of my newest blog book.

Before I start on any chores today, I need to pick out a few skeins of yarn because I still have about four more dollies to make.  They are such fun to make.  After this, I'll be finishing up the bed dolls that I made.  These dresses also just need embellishments. 
Now I think I'll enjoy my new cup of coffee while a catch up on some blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all be safe and have a fantabulous day.
Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Still Waiting To Hear From Family Members And Friends In Florida

September 11, 2017 

Good morning.  The weather here is really nice today.  The sun is shining, there's a little breeze and the temperature is supposed to reach the low eighties.  Temps are supposed to be this way for the next few days before dropping back down into the seventies. 

I spent most of yesterday and last night watching the weather channel, following the storm's path all the way through Florida.  As of yesterday afternoon, both my boys were still okay.  (as well as could be expected)  I just heard from Gary Jr, and he says he's okay.  I still haven't heard from Sean or my friend Rhoda.  Hopefully, I'll hear from them soon.

There are more than six million people without power so far, and that number will be increasing as the storm continues on into Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.  This has to be one of the worst hurricanes we've had to date.  So far, we've had two category 4 landfalls (Houston and Marcos Island) in just a few days, while there is another storm  (category 2 already) brewing in the Atlantic. 

I can't imagine the devastation to the Florida keys and the Bahamas, and the other small islands that were hit by this hurricane, and to the folks in Texas and Louisiana that were hit by the last hurricane.   God help everyone as they try to rebuild their lives and homes.

Has anyone noticed that we've lost about three hours of daylight so far?  Yup, the seasons are changing whether we're ready or not.  There's no more daylight till around 6 a.m., and the sun is setting at least two hours earlier now.  Here's a photo I took last evening around 7:15p.m.  You can see that it will be dark very soon.  Already the outside house lights are on.  (bottom right corner)

Joe went to the park again yesterday, and sent me this photo of one the ducks that comes to greet him when he gets there.  The ducks know that Joe will have some food with him, and they walk right up to him and take the food from his hand.  How awesome!

Now I'm going to make a fresh cup of coffee, and catch up a bit on my blog reading.  So till tomorrow, Y'all be safe and have an awesome day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Irma Is Ghastly!!

September 10, 2017

Good morning.  It's quite lovely here, but down South, Hurricane Irma (Cat 4) has made landfall in the Florida Keys.  The winds are horrific, and are being felt throughout the southern part of the state.  I'm watching storm videos on TV.  It is showing how bad the winds (gusting over 100 miles an hour) are in Miami along with some flooding, and Miami is one hundred miles away from the center of the storm. 

The eye of the storm is heading to make landfall in or near Naples, in the southwest part of Florida.  I have a stepson and two grandchildren living in Naples, and my son Gary Jr. also lives on the West side of Florida too, only he's further North.  I also have other grandchildren and some very dear friends living in Florida.  I pray that they will all come through this wicked storm safely. 

There's not much happening here.  I've been crocheting, trying to finish up these hat and scarf sets.  The blue (Lapis Lazuli) set is finished, and is really quite pretty.

I started working on the pink set (Tourmaline) and after just a few rows, I ran into some really bad yarn.  It just wasn't workable and there was quite a lot of it so I called the company where I bought the yarn.  They were really nice and are sending me two new skeins of the yarn. 

I've been looking over the yarn color pages in the Herschners catalogue, and I'm trying to decide which colors to order for another afghan.  Some of the colors are so yummy looking, they could be served up on a platter.  hahaha.

Daughter Deanne and Janice stopped by a couple days ago, and brought me a new little solar thingy for my porch.  This one is a scarecrow and pumpkins for Autumn, and is ever so cute.

Today I have a new quick page for you.  This one is just a bit of "watermelon whimsy."  Have fun with it.

Here is your download link:

Now I think I'll make a fresh cup of coffee and do a bit of blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all be safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Hurricane Irma Leaving A Wide Path Of Devastation

September 8, 2017
Good morning.  Tis a wee bit chilly this morning.  Only 59F degrees.  Granted, it will warm up to the low seventies later today, but this is a bit cool for me.  It's great for sleeping, but when I wake up I like it to be just a tad bit warmer.  I can feel Autumn sneaking in!

I took a break from watching the Weather Channel for a while, but now that I've turned it back on, it is so much more depressing.  This Hurricane Irma is a really huge, nasty lady!  It looks like it's going to hit all of Florida, as the storm is wider than the state of Florida

This storm has already taken several lives, (at least seventeen)  so let's all pray that no more lives are lost.  My prayers go out to all the animal shelters too.  May all the animals and workers make it through this storm safely.  I've been watching to see if and/or when this storm might turn and go out to sea, but it looks like it is travelling inland.  We'll just have to wait and see.

I wonder how this storm will affect all the birds and wildlife in the southern states.  I have plans to vacation to Florida next March.  I'm wondering how many of their beautiful birds will still be there then.  This is a photo that daughter Audrey took of one of Florida's beautiful birds.  I am so looking forward to seeing lots of them next Winter.

Last night, I worked on the blue scarf and hat set.  For some reason, this set is giving me problems.  The yarn has been splitting so I have to keep ripping out whole sections and redoing them.  Even closing a seam is being difficult.  I have to assume it is me, so I've set this project aside for a while. 

The doll bodies that I ordered a while ago are taking forever to get here.   Maybe I'll take a look at my yarn stash to see if there's a color just begging to be made into a dolly dress.  Or maybe I'll go online to see what new colors I can find for a new afghan.  I've made so many afghans that it doesn't feel right not to have one in progress. 

Today I have a couple photos that Joe took a few days ago at one of our local parks.  If these ducks and geese were not here, I would miss them terribly.

Last night I watched my favorite program, Project Runway, on TV.  This year, the program seems to be missing a sense of fashion and style.  By that, I mean that a lot of the new designers seem to be creating really messy styles of clothing.  Some things look just like rags hanging, with torn areas and a few well placed knots. 

What is happening to the fashion world?   Last night, the contestants were designing sleepwear.  I have to say that there were only a couple outfits that I would consider wearing to bed.  The rest wouldn't even be considered casual wear as far as I am concerned.  But, of course, I'm sure they are not wanting my opinion.  I do hope that next year's show returns to classier fashion styles.

Now I think I'm going to make a fresh cup of coffee and maybe sit out on the porch for a while.  So, till Sunday, Y'all be safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Just Add Hot Water....How???

September 7, 2017

Good morning.    Well, our part of the storm did not last very long yesterday.  The skies got really dark, the wind picked up, then came the thunder and lightning.  Next the rain poured, but only for a little while.  When the sun came out again, I thought I might try posting here, but then the sun disappeared and I decided to leave the computer alone. 

We got bits of rain on and off through the day, then at night it rained enough to leave a few big puddles.  This morning the sun is doing its best to come out from behind the clouds and warm things up.  It's looking like it might be a really nice day today.

I've been following the hurricane news.  It's really not very good.  Evacuations have begun in the southern part of Florida.  These storms are getting much worse than they ever were before.  I read somewhere that the climate changes were going to bring on much more severe weather.  And, it seems to be happening right now. 

To answer a question left in my comments area, Yes, Dee, I did check my gun case and I don't have one of those gadgets that helps with loading the magazine.  Drats!!  It's amazing.  I did not have any problems loading the plastic practice bullets during our "hands on" class, but at the shooting range, I was all thumbs and could not load the magazine with the real bullets.  Hmmm, I definitely need to practice more.

....I just took a few moments to order a magazine loader for my gun.  Thank goodness for Amazon.  They have just about everything you could need.  I'll have my new magazine loader this weekend, and I'll be able to practice with it for a few days before our next time at the shooting range. 

Well, yesterday I did finished the green (Peridot) hat and scarf set, and last night I started the blue set.  I'm not really a green person, (although there are several greens that I really like) but this set is quite pretty. 

It's time to order my newest blog book while there is a 25% off special.  For anyone else thinking of having a blog book printed, the special is on through September 12.  (  I'll need to decide on which photos to put on the front and back covers, then I can get my order started.  (This also means that I'll be removing all the links for QP's and kits through August.  So if you want these, get them now.)

Folks, I have this adorable photo of Pogo to share.  I was trying to show him how to take a "selfie" but he really wasn't interested.  This was the best photo that we got, and I just love it.  He seems to be saying "For the last time, leave me alone!!"

There is an ad on TV trying to sell you packaged foods to be eaten during a major storm.  You just open the package, add hot water and stir.  Voila!  A tasty hot meal!  Now I ask you, a major storm usually comes along with loss of power and sometimes loss of drinking water.  How, exactly, would someone boil the water to add to this food?  Not only does the stove not work, but the microwave doesn't work either without electricity.  And if you had electricity, why wouldn't you eat the food in your refrigerator or freezer instead of this packaged "emergency food?"

While you ponder on that, I think I'll wash the breakfast dishes, make a fresh cup of coffee, and catch up on some blog reading before I get started on my crochet project.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all be safe and have a fantabulous day. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings Here

September 6, 2017

Good morning.  Well, we started out sunny with temps in the low 70's.  They have been issuing "severe storm warnings" for us all morning.  This will be a rather short post.  The sky has turned really dark and it looks like the thunder storm may be close by.  The warning are on till 6 a.m. tomorrow morning. 

I'm not sure which weather system is bring us this rain, but now it is becoming quite dark outside so I'll end this post here. 

So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have an awesome day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

It's Back To School Time

September 5, 2017

Good morning.  It's looking beautiful outside my door.  Today the temps are supposed to be getting back up into the mid eighties.  There's a nice breeze so it won't feel too hot.  It's definitely great weather to sit out on the porch.

Yesterday, I decided to play on my laptop for a while, and the next thing I knew a few hours had flown by.  I brought up a few old kits to play with and ended up with a couple new quick pages.  Next, I repackaged my parts of an old kit that I had made in collaboration with some other designers on our forum "Magickal Scraps."   The title of the kit is "September Song" so I thought it would be appropriate for now.  (Sad to say, the forum has been defunct for a few years.)

A part of this kit was given away each day during the month of September.  This preview is made up of all the daily previews that I made for my contributions to the kit.  Have fun with it.

Here are the new links:

By the time I was finished and had uploaded everything to MediaFire, it was time to make some supper for Pogo and me.  I wasn't up to cooking anything special so I made us hamburgers.  Pogo was hungry and gobbled all of his right up.

It's back to school time, and Audrey sent me an adorable photo of Alena all dressed up and waiting for the school bus.  This is her first day at kindergarten.  Isn't she just the cutest in her "owl" outfit? 

Remember the mosquito (citrus) plant that I brought indoors last winter to see if it would live through the winter?  Well, the plant thrived, and once the warm weather was here I trimmed the plant way back and put it outside near my porch.  I'll bring it inside again for this Winter too.  I'm curious to see how long I can keep it alive.  (It's an annual plant)  Here's a photo of what it looks like now.

While I was taking photos of the mosquito plant, I shot a few of the Evening Primrose plants.  It's such a pretty plant, and the birds love it.

Gosh, I must be thirsty this morning because I just went to take a sip of my coffee and the mug was empty.  Hmmm, let me take a moment here to refill my cup.  I'm getting in the habit of having two cups of coffee a day.  This is a far cry from days gone by, when I used to drink coffee all day long.

Today is trash and recycle pickup day, so Pogo has been busy all morning barking at all the big trucks and scaring them away from our yard.  He is such a protective little fellow.  Right now, he's taking a break from barking at the trucks to finish his breakfast.  What a good boy!

I've already started collecting photos for my next calendar.  I'd like to be able to have the calendars and Christmas cards printed by the beginning of November.    It's a good feeling to have all my holiday things done early.  At least, it looks like I may be. 

I did not have time yesterday to get any new patterns uploaded to the Pattern Page, so I'll try to do that today.  I also have to spend some time practicing loading my gun's magazine.  It's not as easy as it looks.  I did pretty good at the class we had a couple weeks ago, but once we got to the shooting range I was all thumbs. 

Now it's time to do a bit of blog reading while I enjoy this second cup of coffee.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Happy Labor Day

September 4, 2017

Good morning (for about six more minutes).  Gosh, I tried so hard to sleep in this morning, but Joe was up early and making coffee out in the house.  Of course Pogo could smell the coffee, plus he heard Joe out there, so he started barking and eventually I had to get up.  I took Pogo out to the house to have his turkey treat and then I went back to my nice warm covers.

Today is looking like a gorgeous day outside.  I poked my head out for a minute and the temperature felt really nice.  The sun is shining and there's a nice breeze.  I'm thinking that Pogo and I will be able to sit out on the porch for a while after I finish my post.

Today is Labor Day here in the United States.  It's a day set aside to honor the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well being of the country.  (info from Wikipedia)  And this is the flag that waves over our beloved land.  (photo from Google)  May she always wave freely.

Last night I finished the second hat and scarf set, then took photos of the two sets that I've finished.  The first photo is the Sandstone set, and the second photo is the Almondine set.

While Pogo and I were out in the yard the other day, I spotted a couple of bumble bees enjoying the nectar from some of the blooms.  I took some photos with my phone.  This is not easy because the bees never really sat still long enough for a photo. 

It's good to see the bees enjoying my flowers.  Last year we hardly ever saw any bees.  This year, we've had a few of them in the garden.  Hopefully next year there will be even more of them.

Last evening, I started a new scarf and hat set in the Peridot color yarn.  Gosh, it really is pretty!  After this one is done, I'll make one in the Lapis Lazuli color yarn.  I'm hoping that my order of dolly bodies arrives by then so that I can switch back to finishing up my dollies. 

Later this afternoon, I'll see about posting the next pattern on the pattern page.  Then maybe I'll play a bit on my laptop and make a few more quick pages.  I haven't done that in a while.  I think I'll even re-package one of my older kits to post here.  Hmmm, tis going to be a busy afternoon.

Joe just got back from the store and Pogo is barking up a storm.  I think he just loves barking at Joe.  We have a special type of light bulb in the upstairs bathroom, and the bulb blew.  So Joe was out shopping for a new bulb.  He also picked up a couple cases of water for me.  Woo Hoo!  I've been drinking less water lately because I was getting down to the last case.  Now I can splurge a bit and drink lots of it.

Well, that's about all my news for this morning.  Y'all be safe and have an awesome day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

We Killed The Zombies!

September 3, 2017

Good morning.  Tis a bit gray and damp here today, but that's okay.  We need a little rain for the plants and lawns.  Speaking of plants, one of the Dahlias is getting ready to bloom.  Here are a couple photos that I've taken so far. 

Well, Deanne and I went to the shooting range Friday morning and had a great time shooting zombies.  That's zombie targets.  Deanne did really well.  I didn't do so bad either considering my arm isn't quite up to snuff and it's been months since we have been at the range.  Here are my zombie target sheets.

When you hit the face, the bullet holes show up green.  When you hit another part of the body, the holes show up yellow.  If you miss, the holes show up white.  As you can see I only missed twice.  Next time I'll try to do better.  We go back in two weeks.

Friday afternoon, Pogo and I went shopping at JoAnn's Fabric store.  After looking at all the beautiful things that were on sale, we ended up buying some ribbons for the dolly dresses.  As soon as the new dolly bodies get here (maybe by next week) I'll be able to finish up all the air freshener dolls and take photos. 

I've been asked to post a pattern for the neck scarf that I made last winter, so as soon as I can, I'll post it on the patterns page.  If there are any other patterns that anyone wants, do let me know and I'll try to post them on that page also.

I've also been asked for more of the gem quick pages.  I'll be working on them soon.  If you want any gem in particular let me know.  So far I have requests for Opal and Sapphire.  Eventually, I really should try to do all the gems. 

Friday night, I started a new hat and scarf set in one of Red Heart's new yarns (Stonewash).  I finished it yesterday and started another set in another new color (Almondine).  I'll take photos when I finish this last set. 

My shoulder doesn't hurt so much anymore.  I've been taking lots of breaks when I'm crocheting or anything else that I use that arm for.  This is good because I wasn't looking forward to getting another shot. 

My friend Beth tells me that Austin has a shelter that is taking in a lot of the rescued pets from Hurricane Harvey.  She and one of her sons has already been donating food, treats and toys to this shelter.  I like to know that my money goes directly to helping the animals so I've decided to send a check to Beth.  She and her son will go shopping for more food, treats and toys for cats and dogs and drop them off at the shelter.  This makes my heart feel good.

Today I have a new quick page for you.  This one is rather whimsical.  Have fun with it.

Here is your download link:

Now I'm off to make a fresh cup of coffee and do a bit of blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all be safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.