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Friday, July 21, 2017

A Very Productive Day Shopping

July 21, 2017

Good morning.  It's beautiful outside but it is going to be another really warm day.  Pogo and I will stay indoors most of today.  I'll put the A/C on and go back to my "clean out project" for a while.  Well, at least that's the plan.

Another project for today is to call a few shredding companies to get prices and see which ones come right to the house.  I've already looked up a few companies and their phone numbers.  If they are not too expensive, maybe Deanne can use the same service too to cut down on the amount of shredding that she has to do. 

Speaking of Deanne, after she picked up Janice from work yesterday afternoon,  they  came by to get me and we went shopping/browsing at a friend's gun shop.  Oh my, so many choices.    I tried handling a few guns first to see how they fit my hand and how heavy they were.  Finally, I found one that felt right for me.  Next was Deanne's turn to try out a few.  The very last one she tried turned out to be just right for her. 

Next came the paperwork.  Oh my goodness, it looked like we were signing away our first borns.  But it actually wasn't as bad as it looked.  Both our background checks were okay, so we got to bring our new purchases home with us. 

We also both bought (I forget the name of them) plastic practice bullets.  You use them to learn how to load them and shoot them properly, and they are reusable.  This way no one gets hurt.  We'll be picking a date soon for more practice time at the range and a class on how to clean our new weapons.

While going through some old photos, I came across this photo.  It's a photo of a photo that was printed on paper with black ink.  But it is still adorable.  Now who ever would have thought that this little darling would grow up to be such an awesome person! 

Actually, all my children turned out to be awesome people.  I'm so very proud of them, and I'm most certainly very blessed.  I believe that every parent should be able to feel this way about their children.

Recently, I found another treat for moi (of course!) on the Jewelry TV Channel.  Did you know that Quartz comes in several colors (most likely with radiation, but not positive).  Amethyst and Citrine are the most famous quartz gems, but another beautiful color is the pink quartz.  Here's a pretty ring with pink quartz surrounded by sixteen tiny white diamonds.  It kept saying "You need me.  You need me."  So I bought it. 

Most all my jewelry is set in sterling silver because that is my favorite.  This ring is not very expensive, but it brings a big smile to my face whenever I look at my hand.  Like Pogo says, "when mommy is happy, everyone is happy."  He encourages me to buy pretty things.  He's also trying to encourage me to dump the dog food and get back to cooking him steaks and hamburgers.  Maybe tonight, Pogo.  Maybe tonight I'll cook you a juicy hamburger for supper.

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

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Up And Out Early

July 20, 2017

Good morning.  Well Pogo and I got up early and took Janice to work.  We couldn't go to JoAnn's Fabric store because they were not open yet, so we went to Ocean State Job Lot instead and bought bird seed.  We even got an extra bag for Deanne's birds. 

Pogo found a few cute things to put away for Christmas for his little friends, and I bought a few things for the house.  All in all it was a good shopping trip.  We got home just in time before the heat became too oppressive. 

While we were at the store, I watched a guy get out of his car and go into the store to shop, leaving his dog in the car.  This makes me nervous so I stayed outside the store and kept watch to make sure the dog was alright and to see if the guy would come right back.  He did not.  I finally asked a person going into the store to ask the clerk or manager to call the police before it was too late for the dog.  It had already been fifteen minutes. 

Finally a clerk came out to get the license plate number of the car, and he went in and paged the customer.  After a total of twenty two minutes, the guy came out and got into his car.  It was hot and he had to open all the windows.  I wonder what made this jerk think that his dog was comfortable all that time in a very hot car!!!!!  Next time, I just might call the police myself.  This is just not right!

Yesterday, several packages arrived containing some craft items that I had ordered, including a couple of stand up dolls.  This is good because now I can try the dress on the doll to see what adjustments I need to make.  Hopefully, not too many. 

I'll tell you one thing.  The ruffles on  the underslip take forever to do.  I spent  an hour on the first ruffle and did not make it all the way around the row.  Time to put this down and give my eyes a rest.  Here's a photo of the slip ruffles that I'm working on.  The ruffle stitches are trebles.

A week or so ago, Joe came home from work all excited about something he had made there.  A co-worker had showed him how to make the game "Yardzee."  It's the same as "Yahtzee" but the dice are made of wood and are bigger so that you can play it in the yard.  I mentioned that Deanne loved playing "Yahtzee" so yesterday he came home with another set that he made for her.  She's going to love these.  Joe, thank you so much.

Today, Janice gave me a bowl of stuffed shells that she and Jazzy made last night.  Seeing as how I did not have breakfast this morning, I ate these shells for brunch.  Oh my, delicious!!  I have to say I love being spoiled this way.

After work this afternoon, Deanne will be picking me up and we are going shopping (or just browsing) at the gun shop.  Hopefully we'll find something we like and can start back to practicing at the range again soon.  I'll have to look into the gun cleaning class.  We really should know how to take care of our weapons. 

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

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Mini Heat Wave Is Upon Us

July 19, 2017

Good morning.  Goodness, I had me a burst of energy this morning and I put it to good use.  By 9 a.m., I had finished my coffee, fed Pogo, got dressed, went shopping, came home and put everything away. 

I had hoped to find a skein of yarn that I need and maybe some matching ribbon but Walmart just doesn't re-stock things when they run out.  The craft department is deplorable and sadly lacking in merchandise.  Needless to says, I did not get my yarn and ribbon, so I settled for picking up a few groceries that I needed. 

Today's temps will be in the 90's and stay there for a while.  I think we might start getting a bit of relief from the heat by Saturday or Sunday.  No problem, Pogo and I are quite comfy.  We have the A/C and a ceiling fan to keep us cool.

Speaking of Pogo, here's a photo I just took of my handsome little guy chillin' out.  He's on the sofa next to me, just waiting for me to finish what I'm doing so that I can play with him.

Last night I discovered that the yarn I was going to be adding next to the doll dress was a bit too thick to use.  I like Red Heart yarns, but some of their colors are not the same thickness as the rest of the colors.  I don't know why this is, and it becomes quite annoying when you are trying to finish a project. 

I couldn't go any further on the dress, so I started the under slip.  I may as well make the under slip for the other doll too while I have the white yarn out.  Tomorrow Pogo and I have to go out early to take Janice to work so maybe we can swing by JoAnn's (if they are open) to see if they have the yarn and ribbon that I need.  If not, there's always the internet.

I dug into my archives to find this quick page for you.  It's from four years ago, and I used Kyra's kit "From Heaven."

Here is your download link:

Joe has been keeping me updated with photos of the baby swans at our park.  They are getting so big now.

Now I think I'll relax and do a bit of crocheting for a while.  When I get my next burst of energy, I'll see about attacking my "clean out" project.  Hmmm, I'll have to think about that! 

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

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Oh My, Watermelon Is So Delicious!

July 18, 2017

Good morning.  It's lovely outside, but it is going to be getting warmer and sticky soon.  It looks like it will keep getting a bit warmer and sticky for the next few days.  Pogo and I will be spending lots of time indoors, except for Thursday when we have to take Janice to work in the morning.  We'll probably stop and buy bird food (depends on the heat) and then come right home. 

Well, the boxes have started coming in.  Yesterday afternoon, the baby car seat that I had ordered arrived.  After work, Deanne came by to pick that up and the baby snuzzler (it had arrived over the weekend).  She also brought me another bowl of something good to eat.  I promptly put that in the fridge and would have it for supper.

After checking through my own yarn supply, I found a couple of yarn colors that will work on the dolls that I am making.  So now if I don't make it to JoAnn's store this week, it's okay.   Guess what I did for the rest of the afternoon and evening.  Yup, I crocheted.  I have to say, I'm not happy working with such a small sized crochet hook.  It was fun when I was younger, but it's not fun anymore.  But I'll hang in there.

As I look out the door, I'm noticing how scraggly my pansy hanging plant is becoming.  I think I'll have to trim it back today and hope that it thickens up again.  On the other hand, the Dahlia's that Janice planted in the pots for me are doing rather well.  They're even bigger now than they are in this photo that I took last week.

My friend Rhoda sent a rather cute story that I will share with you.   It's called "Sex After Death".  A couple made a deal that whoever died first would come back and inform the other of the sex after death.  Their biggest fear was that there was no after life at all.  After a long life together, the husband was the first to die.  True to his word, he made the first contact:


"Is that you, Bob?"

"Yes, I've come back like we agreed."

"That's wonderful!  What's it like?"

"Well, I get up in the morning, I have sex.  I have breakfast and then it's off to the golf course.  I have sex again, bathe in the warm sun and then have sex a couple more times.  Then I have lunch (you'd be proud - lots of greens). 

Another romp around the golf course, then pretty much have sex the rest of the afternoon.  After supper, it's back to the golf course again.  Then it's more sex until late at night.  I catch some much needed sleep and then the next day it starts all over again."

"Oh, Bob are you in Heaven?"

"No...............I'm a rabbit in Arizona."

Well, now that I've had some fun with you, it's time to finish my morning meds and then there's some dishes in the sink waiting to be washed.  By the way, remember the bowl of food that Deanne brought?  Well I had it for supper.  It was a big bowl of watermelon, all cut up and ready to eat.  I ate the whole bowl full, and then had some butter cookies for dessert.  Tasty, tasty, tasty!

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

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, July 17, 2017

An Early Start To Our Day

July 17, 2017

Good morning (for fifteen more minutes).  Pogo and I have had a very busy morning, and now we are in for the rest of the day.  It's good we had to go out early because it is becoming quite warm now. 

This morning, we picked up Janice and took her to work.  Lucky for us, there is a Dollar Store and a Michael's Craft Store right next to the store (Five Below Store) where Janice works.  Naturally, Pogo and I had to check out each of these stores in case they had something that we needed. 

I managed to pick up just one word find puzzle book.  Sad to say, there was only one of these or I'd have bought more.  I also found a couple plastic storage covered bowls that I've been needing.  At the book counter of one of these stores, I found four perfect gifts to be put away for Christmas. 

The only thing I could not get today was some doll making supplies that I need.  We have to go out early again on Thursday morning, so I think we'll check out JoAnn's Fabric Store to see if they have any of these supplies.  If not, I'll have to resort to the internet.

I've been working on a couple of dolls, and was hoping to find a couple things that I need.  I used to make these dolls many years ago, but it seems that folks aren't making many of them anymore.  I don't understand why.  They are really beautiful.

Today, I have a wonderful photo that Deanne sent to me.  It's part of a photo of her and Kevin at a friend's party.  The only time they are the same height is when Kevin is sitting.  haha.  Thanks, Deanne, this is a super photo.

I took another photo of my Donald Chia plant, but it seems it's having a problem growing anything on top of his head.  I'll wait a few more days, and then maybe I'll scrape off the old seeds and plant some new ones. 

Great granddaughter Alena is away visiting her other grandmother and great grandmother, so Mom (Andi) and Audrey (grandma) have been busy re-doing Alena's bedroom.  Alena picked out the colors, purple and green.  By now, the walls and trim have been painted, and yesterday Andi painted a "Hoo tree" on the wall.  Alena loves and collects owls (she calls them hoo's).  Here's a photo of the wall after Andi finished the tree.  Isn't this neat?  Great job, Andi.

Next, Audrey will be putting a brand new twin size bed in the room to replace the toddler bed.  Then they will make some Hoo curtains for the window.  Alena is going to love her new room when she gets back from her vacation. 

Now it's time to rustle up a bit of lunch for Pogo and me.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A Fun Surprise!

July 16, 2017

Good morning.  It's looking quite nice outside my door.  The sun is shining and there is a slight breeze.  The temperature is still in the seventies (at least for a couple more hours) so it is quite comfy.  Pogo and I are just waiting for Joe to wake up so that Pogo can go out in to the house and have his turkey treat.

After that, my day is open to whatever we feel like doing.  Yesterday, I went poking through some old craft projects and found a pillow doll that I had started but never finished.  I brought it out and spent the afternoon and evening finishing the dress portion. 

Next I have to make the pillow base, as soon as I can figure out how to do it.  I did not find the pattern that I used for the dress, so I just sort of guessed at how to finish it.  Most all of the doll patterns have a pattern for a pillow base, so I guess I'll try to use one of those patterns.  If all of this turns out good, I think I'll try making another doll.

Deanne sent me a fun photo of some new lights that Kevin bought for his car.  Wow, how neat!  We used to call these disco lights.  They were such fun for us.  Enjoy them Kevin!!  They look awesome.

Remember last Fall I was wondering how to "over winter" some potted plants?  With a little research on Google, I found a way to do this and buried four potted plants beneath layers of mulch till Spring.  Once the plants were dug out, it looked like three of them made it through the winter.  Since then, only one plant has actually survived.  I don't remember the name of it, but it is pretty.

Now for a fun story.  Friday afternoon, Deanne and Janice came by with some groceries for me.  And Janice had a surprise for me.  It's an inflatable hassock.  Plus, she bought a really pretty cover for it that matches the rug on the porch.  The hassock is so that I have a way to put my feet up when I'm sitting out on the porch.  It works pretty good in my living room too!!  I love it.  Thank you so much, Janice.

I finally set a date with the construction company to fix the end of the driveway.  So unless something comes up or the weather interferes, they should be here the morning of August 3.  It would be nice to re-do the whole parking area, but the cost for all of that is a bit staggering. 

I think I may look into one of those shredding companies that come out to your home and do the shredding right there where you can watch.  It would certainly save me tons of work instead of trying to get my personal information off every piece of paper myself.  Well, it's an idea worth looking into to.

Lately I've been putting tiny pieces of deli ham on top of Pogo's doggie food to get him to eat the food.  Most of the time it has worked pretty well.  So last night I gave him a special treat.  I cooked up some expensive pieces of steak for our supper.  Oh my, yummy!  Pogo licked his plate clean and came back asking for seconds.  I gave him another plate of steak even though I knew he only wanted it so that he could have it later in the night when he got hungry again.  Of course, I ended up putting the plate in the fridge until his majesty asked for it close to midnight.  While he enjoyed his midnight meal, I had some peach yogurt.  Mmmm!

Now I think it's time for me to start getting busy around here.  So. till tomorrow, Y'all have an awesome day. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, July 14, 2017

A Fun Way To Travel

July 14, 2017

Good morning.  Well, it's looking quite gray outside, and today's temps should be in the seventies.  It will be hot again soon, so this is a nice change for a while.  It's also a bit damp, so Pogo and I only sit out on the porch for a short while before coming back inside.  The fresh air is nice but we don't want to be catching any colds.

Well, yesterday wasn't a day for big achievements here.  I did wash and dry all of Pogo's blankets, but that's about it.  Today I'll have to exert a little bit more energy.  The "clean out" project is waiting patiently for me to get back to it. 

Last evening, I finished the scarlet hat and scarf set.  I'll take photos later today.  I also finished the Peacock blue baby blanket, and almost finished the red, white and blue afghan.  I think I'll try to do two or three more rows on the afghan before calling it finished.  After that, I really should get busy and finish the blue afghan.  It shouldn't take too long because it is already half done. 

While I was uncovering old treasures the other day, I came across my very first stethoscope.  It was purple and I was quite proud of it.  Daughter Deanne will remember this too.  We both got ours at the same time.  We don't use them anymore, but they bring up some wonderful memories.

Do any of you get the AARP newspaper every month?  This last issue had some really interesting articles, and one that I thought was very interesting indeed.  These teardrop campers first appeared in the 1930's and began fading in popularity in the 1960's when folks wanted the RV.  Click on the photo to make it larger.

According to the article, older folks are trying to simplify and scale back.  The typical buyer is a couple of years away from retirement, and often has roots in camping.  These trailers range in price from $500 for a build-it-yourself kit to $20,000 for a fully loaded luxury unit with air-conditioning and an entertainment center.  Sound interesting?  You know, if I could learn to get rid of a lot of things (most everything) this could be great for Pogo and me.  Hmmmm.

My friend Rhoda sent me a most entertaining video.  It's called "Jazz For Cows" and you really should check it out.  It's absolutely heartwarming.  I loved it.  Thank you, Rhoda.  Here's the link: com/embed/lXKDu6cdXLI?rel=0

That's about it for my news this morning.  Now I think I'll attack the dishes in the kitchen sink.  After that, I want to finish up that red, white and blue afghan.  First, let me share something cute that I borrowed from  the web.  We all know someone like this who needs a hug. Right?  haha.

I'm off now.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A Welcome Cool Down

July 13, 2017

Good morning.  Tis gray and a bit cool outside, but it sure does feel nice.  It rained a bit last night, not too much I think.  Yesterday though, it poured!  There was lots of thunder rolling around up in the sky and then all of a sudden the rains came.  Boy oh boy, did they ever! 

After a while, the sun came out, and then the rain started up again while the sun was shining.  Pretty!  This time, the rain didn't last too long.  Later, a little after 9 p.m. I noticed it was raining again. 

This morning, the weather person on TV was saying that we would be having unhealthy hot and humid temps today, but I guess he really didn't mean us.  Our temps are supposed to be cool and damp.  (and they are) 

Speaking of my TV, when it started rebooting again the other morning, it worked itself out in a short time.  Phew!  Scared me for a while there!  It's been fine since then.  Except.....this morning most of the buttons on the remote don't work.  After playing around with the remote for about a half hour, I finally figured out how to change the station.    I tell you, this TV is going to drive me nuts!

Well, a couple of packages have already arrived.  One of the magazines that I ordered and the cleaning cloths for the car and the truck came in.  I'll have to keep a watch for the delivery trucks the next few days

Yesterday, DIL Janet came by after work.  I'd been hobbling around on my fat, sore feet all day and I didn't feel like cooking so we ordered pizza for our supper.  This made Pogo very happy.  I cut up a half slice on a plate for him, and it didn't take long for him to eat most all of it.  My pizza had green peppers on it, but Pogo enjoyed it anyway. 

I've been wanting to get my hair cut for quite some time now, so last night I handed a pair of scissors to Janet and asked her to cut it for me.  She did, and my head already feels better.  (Looks better, too!)  One of these days, I'll take a photo to share here.

Here's a photo of some of our yellow lilies that opened up a couple of days ago.  Such a burst of happy color to look out at.

I also have a new photo of my handsome little guy.  Last night, for some reason, he was willing to look up at me while I was trying to take a photo of him.  Hmmm, must have been all that pizza!

That long gray ear in the upper corner of Pogo's photo belongs to his big gray bunny that sits on the arm of his chair.  Pogo doesn't play with his bunny, but he likes having him close by.  Wow, can you believe?  I've had Pogo with me for five years.  Where has all the time gone?  Needless to say, I'm hoping for lots more years with this awesome little guy.

Well, today I'm not making any plans.  I'll just take things one at a time.  What will be, will be.  I think for starters, Pogo and I will sit out on the porch for a while.  After that, maybe I'll work a bit on my "project clean out" room. 

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

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Just Shopping Away Here!

July 12, 2017

Good morning.  It's quite nice outside right now.  I think Pogo and I will sit out on the porch for a while this morning and enjoy this beautiful day.  I'm sure it will get a bit warmer later and we'll be having to stay indoors then. 

Yesterday, I finally made it to the store and did quite a bit of grocery shopping.  Oh yeah, I overdid it.  I could barely walk by the time I got home and finished bringing all the groceries into the house and put away.  After that, I did very little except for making supper for Pogo and me. 

Well, I actually did do quite a bit more, but I did it from my recliner.  Amazon is having Prime Deals and I managed to get quite a few of them.  I ordered a new baby car seat for the new great grandson who is due sometime this month.  I also ordered a new baby "Snuzzler" to put into the car seat.  This helps to keep Baby comfy and safe in his seat.

I ordered waterless car wash cloths for Joe's truck and my car.  (He's going to do my car, so I got him a set of cloths for his truck)  Next, I ordered a birthday gift and a few Christmas gifts.  Was I having fun?  Yes'm, I certainly was!!!  Now as long as I wrap all these things as soon as they come in, I'll be in great shape next November when it's time to start getting boxes ready for Holiday mailing. 

In amongst the old photos that I dug up the other day, were some that I had printed on to paper.  I used a couple of them to make a quick page of my brother and I as teenagers.  I used a quick page that I had posted a couple of years ago.

For those of you who don't have this quick page and would like it, here is the download link.  If you have a problem with it, please let me know and I'll re-do the link.

I was reading through a magazine the other day and I came across this ad for a Halloween decoration.  Can you imagine?  Halloween already??  I realize it's good to advertise early, but I really think this could have waited until at least August.  What do you think?

While I was shopping yesterday, I lost my list somewhere along the way.  So, naturally, I forgot a few things.  Joe says he will go the store after work today and pick up whatever I may have forgotten, plus he'll pick up more water for me.  Tomorrow, Deanne will pick up a couple more things for me while she is shopping, and Pogo and I will be all set for the next two or three weeks.  (Yes, I know how super lucky I am!)

Well, I've finished my nebulizer meds, so I think it's a good time to head for the porch.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have an awesome day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Oldies But Goodies

July 11, 2017

Good morning (for about ten more minutes!).  Goodness, Pogo and I were up really early this morning because he was hungry.  I did find-a-word puzzles for a little while and then we went back to bed.  When I finally got up to stay, I had a few things to do here before I could even sit down at my laptop. 

I'm trying to work up the energy to go grocery shopping.  We haven't run out of food but I really should go today.  However, if I don't make it, well then I'll just go tomorrow.  No biggie.  I guess that's one of the perks of being retired.  Not being rushed.

Yesterday, I did spend quite a bit of time on my "clean out" project.  Sad to say, most of my time was spent looking through old pattern books that I uncovered in a bottom desk drawer.  Among these patterns was a lot of crochet doll patterns.  I took a few photos of these pattern books so that I might share them with you.  If you see any that you like, let me know (email me at or leave a comment here and I'll try to copy the patterns for you.

This pattern book is for toilet tissue covers.  I took photos of both the front and back covers.

I did find a pattern for a July doll, but I missed copying a part of the instructions so I'll re-photo it and post it later.  I do believe some or all of these patterns are for both standing dolls and bed dolls.  I'm sure you can also use a top from one pattern and the bottom from another (if you know how) to make a completely new pattern.   At any rate, they are all certainly beautiful and would make nice gifts.

There were a lot of other patterns (mostly ones that I zeroxed years ago) but I haven't gone through all of them yet.  **in case you don't remember, a zerox machine was a copy machine way back when. 

This morning, on the Jewelry Television channel, they are showcasing Southwest Style jewelry.  Some of this jewelry is downright gorgeous!  No, I'm not shopping, but it is soooo interesting to watch. 

I'm thinking that I really should get dressed and attempt to do my shopping while the temperature is still comfortable.  On that happy note, I think I'll get going.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Uncovering Buried Treasure

July 10, 2017

Good morning.  And wowie, what a gorgeous day it is!  The sun is shining, there's a nice breeze and temps are working their way up to the upper eighties.  Just a perfect summer day.  I love it! 

Well, I did not get to go grocery shopping again, but that's okay.  I'm going tomorrow and Dwarf Helen says she will go with me.  Instead, I spent some time cleaning out the computer room.  Actually, I should call it the "catch all" room.  It's a slow process because everything I pick up leads me somewhere else.

I did, however, uncover a pile of photos and spent some time going through them and reliving some wonderful memories.  I copied a few of the photos to share here once they are cropped. 

Folks, you're not going to believe this but my TV is rebooting again!!!!!  I hope I'm not going to have go through this mess all over again.  Aye yi yi !

While going through things yesterday, I uncovered an old, but much loved issue of a magazine and I decided not to toss it out.  Instead, I started looking through it and got excited about a new project that I might try later this year.  (Can't tell you about it now, just in case I don't get to do it.)

This issue was a Special Premier issue magazine for Computer and Photo Crafting.  (Issue Number 1, 2000)    Sad to say, I was never able to get a subscription, and I was never able to find another issue.  This is the magazine where I got the instructions for making my photo dolls (many years ago). 

So, yesterday, I spent several hours looking up and calling (or trying to) the magazine and many of the web sites and blogs that are advertised in the magazine.  Would you believe that none of any of the places that I called are still in existence? 

I'm not sure why the magazine stopped publishing.  It is chock full of wonderful craft ideas.  As far as I know, this was the only issue to be published.  If any of you is interested, you can still find a used copy on Amazon.  I wouldn't wait very long, as I only found three or four copies available.

I have an updated photo of "Chia Donald" for you.  There's lots more green showing now. 

Every now and then, I try putting a few more rows on the scarlet scarf and hat set, but the going is really slow.  The yarn I'm using (Brand name is Big Twist)  keeps splitting and I have to keep ripping out work and doing it over.  The splits are sometimes hard to see until you get way past them.  I doubt I'll be buying this brand of yarn again anytime soon.

 Today will be more like yesterday.  I'll spend a few hours in the computer room, and a few hours out on the porch with Pogo.  In between maybe I'll wash a few dishes or chase a few dust bunnies around.  Well, at least that's the plan. 

I'm still waiting for the contractor to get back to me about when they can start the repair work on the driveway.  I guess they aren't in much of a hurry for new business.  I've just left another message on their answering machine.  Supposedly they have a secretary, but she never answers the phone in person.  Hmmm, strange!

Before I take my leave, let me share a photo of my welcome planter that sits out in the yard to welcome my company.  It's beginning to fade a bit, but it is still pretty.

That's all my news for today.  It's time to get busy around here now.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have an awesome day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

A New QP For You

July 9, 2017

Good morning.  It's 8:35 a.m. and already it's looking gorgeous outside.  Pogo and I will definitely have to spend some time on the porch before I get back to my cleaning chores. 

Boy oh boy, Friday was a really hectic day.  After the whole cable box saga, it was almost exciting to be able to watch a whole program on the TV.  (I don't want to say exciting or you'll probably think I'm a bit nuts.)   It's really amazing how dependent we become on some of the new technology that has come along. 

As I mentioned Friday, the new fridge was due to be delivered between 5 and 7 p.m.  Well, surprise, surprise, when a strange fellow showed up at my door at 4:30 wanting to bring the new fridge in here.  We all thought we had a little bit of a wait yet, so we were all caught off guard.  However, I pointed this fellow to the right door; and by 5 p.m, the new fridge was already installed, the old fridge had been taken away, and the delivery folks were on their way to another customer. 

Yesterday, Pogo and I mostly just relaxed.  I decided not to go shopping, and instead had myself a nice little nap instead.  Later, I started on a big clean-out project in the computer room.  This room has been storing tons of paperwork, records, etc.  Now I'm going through everything and making three piles.  One for trash, one for recycle and one for shredder.  This should keep me busy for quite a while.

I have a couple photos to share that Joe took on one his recent trips to the park.  I have never come across a Heron any time I've been to the park.  Great catch, Joe.

I also have an update Chia Donald.  (My nickname for the Donald Trump Chia plant)  He's beginning to grow a green crop of hair, although the top of his head seems to be getting a very late start.  Hopefully, the rest of the little seeds will sprout soon.  This photo was taken yesterday.

Last evening, I went into some of my old scrap resources to find a bit of inspiration for the new quick page.  I hope you like it.

Here is your download link:

Now I'm gong to spend some time on the porch with Pogo.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Finally, The Right Cable Guy For The Job

July 7, 2017

Good morning.  Tis a bit on the gray side today and hopefully, we'll get us some rain.  The lawns and gardens are needing a good dose of water.  There's no one around anymore to help with watering the lawn and the plants, so some rain every two or three days is a blessing.  Speaking of plants, Joe took this photo of some of our lilies.

Well, the broken cable box saga continues.  Oh yes, the cable guy showed up yesterday on time.  And yes, he seemed to know what he was doing.  He took his time to make sure everything was all set before leaving.  His last words to me were "It will probably still keep on doing the same thing for another hour or two, but if it lasts more than two hours, call the office and someone will come back."  (Does this seem right to you?????.  Shouldn't the problem be solved by now???)

He was right.  The new box kept on doing what the broken box had been doing.  I waited out the two hours (it kept on doing it) and then called the cable company.  Alas, because it was after 12 noon, there was no way they could send someone back out to my house the same day.  Friday morning between 9 and 12 noon was the best they could do.

Woops!  Cable guy is here.  Be back when he's finished doing his magic!!

It's many hours later, but WOO HOO!!!  WOO HOO!!  It only took five hours and fifteen minutes to finally get the problem fixed.  The you man who came today was excellent!  He noticed that all the cable lines coming into the house were really old and needed to be replaced.  He ran new a line into the house and a brand new line out to the telephone pole.  Then he called for a bucket truck to come out and connect the new line to the cable connector at the top of the telephone pole. 

For some of the line replacement, he had to climb beneath the hedge outside my window to run the new line into the house.  For the new outdoor line, he had to climb up on the porch roof to connect and run the new line. 

The rain started shortly after he got here this morning, and needless to say, the poor kid got soaked.  After a couple of hours, I made him a hot cup of coffee and a chocolate cake to warm him up.  Before he left, I gave him a clean dry tee shirt to change into once he was ready to leave here.  He did not want to take it but I insisted.  I really did not want to see him getting sick from wearing wet clothes all day. 

Well, now the TV has been on for more than half an hour and it is still on.  Woo Hoo!  Now I just have to wait for Sears to get here later today (between 5 pm and 7 pm) with the new refrigerator.  Who knows?  Maybe I can do a bit of grocery shopping tomorrow.  We'll see.  Here's a photo of the new fridge.

I don't have a new quick page for today, but I promise to make one for Sunday.  On that happy note, I'm now going to scrounge up a speck of lunch for Pogo and me.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have an awesome weekend.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

My Little Lion King Now Thinks He's A Dobie!

July 6, 2017

Good morning.  Woo Hoo!  Today I get my TV programs back because today I get a new cable box.  It's going to be so great to be able to watch a whole program again instead of just snippets of it. 

Okay, so you ask -- why do I even bother to watch the snippets of a program?  Why not just shut the TV off?  Well, I'll tell you.  It's company.  The noise from the TV sort of makes the place seem normal.  If I go out and leave Pogo at home, I always leave the TV on so that he does not feel as though he is completely alone.  It sort of works for us.

Yesterday was quite the busy day.  Pogo and I sat out on the porch for a while, then we came inside to do a few small chores.  I got a bit of crocheting done before it was time to leave for Pogo's appointment at the beauty salon.  I did promise to take a "before" and "after" photo of my handsome little guy.  Here is his "before" photo.

The photo was taken yesterday morning while we were relaxing out on the porch.  Later, after I picked Pogo up at the salon, he looked so different.  It was a complaint change from my little Lion King to a tiny Doberman.  (That's what he thinks he is sometimes.)  Here's his "after" photo.

When we got home from the salon, DIL Janet was already here so we all went to Wendy's to pick up some tasty take-out for supper.  Then we went back home and had our supper out on the porch.  Oh my, it was lovely!  There was a nice breeze so it was quite comfortable. 

Afterwards, Janet and I sat and chatted while we crocheted until it started to get dark.  Then we moved back indoors and tried to guess the outcomes of a couple of programs on the Investigative Discovery channel.  It was a different evening, but a fun one.

Today, sometime between 12 noon and 2 pm, the cable company will be coming by to install a new cable box.  Then sometime later today or tonight, Sears should be calling to let me know what time they are coming with the new refrigerator tomorrow. 

Other than my breathing problems, I do think I'm finally beginning to get myself back to normal.  It's been a long road this time.  Somehow, each year's bout with the colds and/or pneumonia seems to take a bit longer to heal than the year before.  Ah well, at least I'm still here to complain about it!  haha.

Well, I have a couple chores to finish before the cable guy gets here.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have an awesome day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

An Update On My Chia Donald Plant

July 5, 2017

Good morning.  I decided I may as well get up instead of sleeping in very late like I wanted to do.  My Pogo was patiently waiting for his breakfast, and to be honest, I could use a cup of coffee.  For some reason, sleep did not come easily last night. 

My TV still only does re-booting all day.  However, I do get to watch snips and pieces of my programs.  The picture shuts off for about four or five minutes, then comes back on just in time for me to watch all the commercials.  Then I get to see about one or two minutes of my program before the TV goes off and starts the re-boot thing again. 

In a way, one might say that this helps to keep the creative side of my mind working.  I keep creating new scenarios about the program that I am attempting to watch.  In the end, I don't always get to find out if I guessed the right ending.  Ah well, I suppose it's better than no TV.

I'm halfway through the Scarlet hat and scarf set.  When I finish this set, I'll  take photos of both sets, the Light Teal and the Scarlet.  Here's a photo of the Scarlet yarn.

By now, you might be wondering how my Donald Trump chia plant is doing.  Yesterday, I took a few photos to show it's progress.  It's taking a bit longer than I thought it would.  But as long as it keeps showing some progress, I'll be happy with it.

Sad to say, it doesn't exactly look exciting to me.  But there are some new little squiggles showing up all over it so I guess soon they will all turn to green stuff.  We'll see.  This is my first Chia plant.

Later this afternoon, Pogo has an appointment at the beauty salon.  After that, he won't be looking so much like a tiny Lion King.  Hmmm, maybe I should take one more photo of him before he goes to his appointment.  You know, sort of like a "before" and then an "after."

There are a few dishes in the sink waiting for me to wash them, and then it will be time to head out to the porch for a while.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


July 4, 2017

Good morning.  It's nice outside at the moment, but soon it will be quite warm again.  Ah, but that's what summer is.  Hot, hot, hot.  We don't seem to be getting much rain lately, so hopefully we'll get some soon.

Well, yesterday was a day from hell.  Over the course of the day, I made several calls to the cable company, who in turn tried to fix my problem with the cable from over the phone.  Sad to say, nothing at all seemed to help.  I will need a new cable box.  However, no one can come out here with a new box until Thursday afternoon. 

So now there's my problem.  I'm addicted to TV.  All I can watch now is a few minutes, then the screen freezes.  Next it says it is going to reboot itself, please be patient.  This whole process takes a few minutes, and does not go back to the part of the program that I was watching.  Ah well, I suppose that bits and pieces are better than no TV at all. 

Did everyone enjoy a parade and maybe a local fireworks display?  Pogo and I stayed at home, but we heard the fireworks around 9:30 p.m.  After that, it was fairly quiet around here.  Mostly, I just crocheted until my eyes finally got tired. 

Well, I have an estimate for the driveway repairs, but it presents a whole new problem.  The contractor says that no one can drive on it for at least five to seven days.  This, of course, is a huge problem.  I can't ask anyone to park out on the street, and I can't ask them not to go to work.  Except for my car, the other vehicles are in and out of here at least twice a day.

I guess I'll have to make some more phone calls to find a way to make the repairs and still let cars in and out of here.  I've never heard of this particular problem before.  (about not being able to drive on the new stuff for so many days.)  Ah well, this can be today's project. Or maybe tomorrow's project.  I doubt if any companies are open today to take my call.

Here's an interesting image that I borrowed from the web.  It was made to help you understand the meaning of all the different symbols that are on your automobile's dashboard. (or wherever)  I think I like the Quishy Doofers one the best.

Well, I've finished my nebulizer meds, so I think Pogo and I will go out on the porch for a while before it gets too hot.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, July 3, 2017

A Short Post Today

July 3, 2015

Good morning.  Goodness, it's been a busy morning already.  This past hour I've been busy with a contractor, getting an estimate for repair work on the front section of the driveway.  I asked a lot of questions and got a lot of answers.  Then I hired him.  Now I just have to wait for a work date. 

This morning, I realized that I forgot to put up the calendar page for July.  So here it is:

It feels like today will be another rather warm day.  I had thought that Pogo and I could get out on the porch early this morning but life had other plans for us.  I haven't even taken my Nebulizer meds yet.  Right now, I'm on hold with the cable company.  Every night round 2 am, they update the programming on the TV. and then they re-boot my TV.  Well, the TV has been re-booting every few minutes since around 2 am.  Hopefully, they can fix this quickly.  (somehow, I don't think so)

Oh boy, the mailman is here.  Be right back......Well, that wasn't fun!  He brought me two more tax bills.  This time for half of next year's real estate taxes.  Oh goody goody!

Here's a cute picture that I borrowed from the web.  For anyone whose house has a rustic charm, this would be the perfect set of beds for their doggies.

Well, time is flying by, and I still have to take my meds.  This will have to be a rather short post  Plus my TV still isn't working properly so I have to call the company again.  Somehow I didn't think this would be fixed in a short amount of time.  Ah well.  Such is life.

Now I really do have to take my meds.  On this happy note, I'm off.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have an awesome day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, July 2, 2017


July 2, 2017

Good morning.  It's going to a hot one today.  At the moment, the temp is 77F degrees, and by noon it will be up around 90F degrees.  From the way I'm breathing, I can tell it's going to be sticky too.  I would go out on the porch now while there's a nice breeze, but I'm taking my Nebulizer meds and I need electricity for that.

Today is daughter Deanne's birthday.  Dee  Dee, you've been such a joy and an enormous help to me, and I appreciate everything you do for me.   I hope your special day is full of happiness and love.  Happy Birthday Sweetie.  I love you.

Gosh, it's been a busy weekend so far.  Friday, Pogo and I set out on our own to find Sears and buy a refrigerator for the main house.  Well, we made it to the East side of Brockton just fine.  Finding Sears was another story.  After driving around, trying to find the store, I finally called Deanne to find out where the damn store was.  I knew where it was supposed to be, but it wasn't there.

Deanne informed me that Sears had moved (quite a while ago!) to the Mall.  Oh goodie!  I haven't found it yet, and I'm already running out of steam.  Thank goodness I brought my walker with me.  Janice said she would go with me if I came by and picked her up.  This was good because by now I was needing a potty break too. 

Finally, we arrived at Sears (in the mall).  It didn't take too long to find the refrigerator that I was looking for and to buy it.  We settled on a delivery date of this coming Friday, and  I paid a little extra to have the old refrigerator taken away. 

Next, we stopped at JoAnne's to pick up some yarn.  I picked up a couple new colors to make hat and scarf sets.  One set is already half done, so I'll take some photos later today.  From there, we went to 
the Pet Supply store to buy some doggie food for Pogo.  I bought three bags full of doggie food, (cans) and sad to say somewhere between the store and my car I lost one of the bags.  (I didn't know this until after I had gotten home.) 

By now, my feet were swollen and I was in a lot of pain.  Time to head on home.  On the way, I took Janice home so that she could change her clothes, and then I dropped her off at work.  By the time I got home, I could barely walk. 

Friday night, Jasmine and her friend Hailey had a paid singing engagement at a local VFW.  It was a dinner party to celebrate World War II Veterans.  The girls sang God Bless America, and then each of them sang two solos.    All in all, it was a wonderful evening.  This was Jazzy's second paid engagement.  Not bad, Jazzy!  I'm really proud of you.  Here's a photo of Deanne's ticket.  The second photo is Hailey and Jazzy.

This photo shows the World War II Veterans.  The youngest one is 92 years old.  The one wearing the white sports jacket (third one in from the right) was one of the DJ's.  Deanne says he was awesome.

Saturday I tried not to move around too much, only when necessary.  That night, though, I finally gave in and took some pain meds.  It alleviated enough of the pain so that I could get around a little bit.   This morning, the swelling (of the feet) has gone down a tad bit, so hopefully this won't last much longer than a couple more days.  I do believe it's the heat and the muggies that is causing my feet to do this so often.

Ah well, I'm getting achy sitting in this position for so long.  I think Pogo and I will head out to the porch.   So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Farewell To June

June 30, 2017

Good morning.  Well, say goodbye to the month of June tonight.  Tomorrow we'll be starting a brand new month and the second half of this year.  Tis a bit gray outside right now, and the temperature is 72F degrees.  The forecast says we may get some rain today, and the temps will get up into the mid 80's later this afternoon.  I hope we get the rain because we sure could use it.

Oh oh, Pogo is at the door barking.  There's no one out there, but I did see a white pickup truck go by rather slowly.  Pogo does not like white pickup trucks!  When one comes too close, he barks ferociously.  This must have something to do with memories from his first six years. 

Today I'm going to attempt going shopping solo, just me and Pogo.  I really do need to get a few things done.  There's no one around to go with me, so solo it is.  I hope this works out good because next week I have to go out solo to take Pogo to his salon appointment and then again to pick him up. 

Remember I said that I'd take a photo of the queen size bed spread that DIL Janet is making for her sister for Christmas?  Well, here it is.  It's really coming along quite nicely.  I think she's about half done with it.  Wow, her sister is going to love it!

I was going through the latest NRA America's 1st Freedom Magazine and I came across this ad.  The new patterns may be a little bit outrageous, but I kind of like the little pink camo handgun. 

Another interesting thing that I found in this magazine was an ad for the latest book of all the different state gun laws.  This is a must have, so I ordered a copy.  It's good to stay current with all the latest rules and laws.

Today I have a new quick page for you.  Yup, another nature lover's page.  Have fun.  I hope you can use it.

And here is your download link:

Well, I've finished my nebulizer meds, so it's time to get dressed and think about getting out to do a few errands.  Later this afternoon, I can give my Donald Trump chia plant some water.  It had to sit for a couple days to make sure all the seeds were stuck in place.  I can't wait to see how this plant looks once it starts growing.

On that happy note, I'm off.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend. 

Hugs, Edna B.