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Friday, August 16, 2019

Busy Day

August 16, 2019

Good morning.  Gosh, I slept late today too.  I did sleep pretty good during the night, even though I did get up a few times, either for bathroom or Pogo.  Each time I was able to fall right back to sleep. 

Today is another gorgeous day.  Sunny with temps no higher than the low eighties.  As for the full moon, I slept right through it.  Sighhhhh.  I thought about it around 8 o'clock last night, then got busy doing something.  After that it was dreamland for me. 

I have an appointment today for more labs, plus I have a few errands that need to be taken care of.  Deanne just texted me and said that she will pick me up in less than 45 minutes.  That means I have to cut this post short and get ready to leave.

Meanwhile, let me share a cute photo of Sassy and Pickles.  They are now comfy enough to sleep together. 


Now I really must get going.  I'll leave you with this fun image that I found on the web.


So, till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Blood Pressure Meds Are Working

August 15, 2019

Good afternoon.  My goodness, I slept super late this morning.  Of course, I was up half the night reading another book by Sidney Sheldon.  This one is Memories of Midnight.  Today is another beautiful day with lots of sunshine and temps in the seventies. 

Yesterday, Deanne came by with another super delicious meal.  This one had grilled chicken, noodles and corn.  Mmm, mmm, mmm.  While she was here, she set up my new cooktop.  I did not get to use it though because I already had supper meals for Pogo and me.  So today I'll give the new burners a try. 

In the afternoon, I went through all my canned goods and bagged up all the ones that I can no longer have.  I filled up a shopping bag with all the cans.  I imagine I'll have to do the same thing with my freezer soon. 

Pogo and I went out on the porch to see if there were any birds to photograph.  Here's a new photo of my handsome little fellow.  It's hard to get good photos of him because he just won't look at me if he thinks I'm taking his photo.


There were several birds in the yard, but I'm drawn to the Blue Jays.  They are so beautiful.  Here are two of my better shots.



Later in the afternoon, my daughter Audrey called.  She gave me another nice recipe and some wonderful tips.  I decided that she and Deanne should collaborate on a  new recipe book for folks on low/no salt diets.  I love recipes that only have a few ingredients.  I also like short cuts.  (as long as they are super tasty!)  I will save all their recipes and tips in a folder, and when the time is right, they can put their book together.

I went out around 3:30 this morning with hopes of seeing the new green full moon.  Sad to say I saw nothing.  Drats!  I just looked it up on Google, and it says that the moon should be visible tonight around midnight.  I guess I'll just have to try again.tonight.

My blood pressure seems to be doing rather well.  I just took it and it's 125 over 69. That's the lowest it's been in quite a while.  Tomorrow afternoon I have a doctor appointment to have more labs done.  I'm hoping that this will be my last appointment for a while. 

Now I think I'll do a bit of blog reading, then see what's for  lunch.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Bits Of History

August 14, 2019

Good morning.  Oh my, today is going to be just scrumptious!  Temps in the upper seventies all day, sunshine and a breeze.  You just can't ask for more!  Well maybe you can.  I ate that tomato from Deanne's plant!  Was it yummy?  You betcha.  I made a BLT sandwich and put the tomato in it.  I still have a couple slices of it to have with my lunch today.

I'm still waiting for another burst of energy.  I didn't get very much done yesterday, but I did cook hamburgers for Pogo.  For some reason, I seem to have a sleepy day after every busy day.  It seems to work though, so I guess it's okay. 

Deanne came by before work yesterday and brought me a bowl of scrumpdillyicious.  Can you guess what it was?  It was spinach lasagna.  I cut it into four servings, and each serving only had 129 mgs  of sodium.  And, it was delicious!  I'll have to ask her if she can write down the recipe so that I can share it here with you.

I came across an ad for a new coin that I thought was rather interesting.  No, I'm not a coin collector, but this coin should hold interest for folks who love history.  It celebrates the birth of Baby Archie, born to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.  He is the first U.S. heir to the British throne. 


There's still a lot of summer left to enjoy, and I found this interesting tip for those of you who have a pool in your yard.  Did you know that one cup of peroxide per 100 gallons of water will keep the germs at bay in your pool?  Hmmm, I did not know that.  This is just one of the fun facts that I learn from watching "Common Sense" on the Game Channel on TV.

I also found something interesting inside one of my books.  I don't know why I put these ads in the book, but I'm kind of glad I did.  These ads show just how far we've come with our technology.  These are ads for a laptop and desktop computers.  Take note, they are talking megabytes, not gigabytes, and these are top of the line computers. 



Oh boy, oh boy!   The UPS truck just pulled up and my new cooktop was delivered to me.  Woo Hoo!  So that's my project for today.  I'm going to set up my new cooktop and try it out.  I'll have to take a photo once it is all set up. 

Now I'm just waiting for Pogo's meds to get here.  For some reason, the pharmacy and the doctor never did quite get together so the scripts did not get filled.  I made a couple phone calls, and finally the meds are on the way. 

I'm off now.  I'm anxious to set up my new cooktop.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

I'm Hoping For Another Burst Of Energy

August 13, 2019

Good morning.  Tis quite lovely outside right now.  The sun is coming in and out, temps are 73F degrees, humidity is 83% and it's supposed to start raining in a couple hours.  At least according to my phone app.  We can use the rain.

Wow! I got me an unexpected burst of energy yesterday, and actually accomplished a few things.  I added a few things to the Good Will bag and went through a ton of magazines that I had been saving.  I also took a wee nap, and then started reading (re-reading) another book   This one is "The Stars Shine Down" by Sidney Sheldon.  I enjoy his books.  I figure this one deserves a second reading before being put in the Good Will bag. 


I was surfing through FaceBook and came across a little shop that sells the cutest doggie mama shirts.  I fell in love with one of them and ordered it.  Now I can't wait for it to get here.  Isn't this cute?


Yesterday I showed you a photo of my skimpy tomato plants.  Here's a photo of Deanne's tomato plant.  I bought three of them and gave one to her. 


Isn't this beautiful?  Deanne brought me a  tomato from her plant, and I plan on eating it later either in my lunch or my supper.  Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm!

Last night, I was opening a small container of apple sauce and spilled it down the front of my jammies.  I cleaned up my mess and changed into clean jammies.  This morning while eating my cup of Cream Of Wheat, I spilled some of it down the front of my jammies top.  Sighhhhh, you just can't take me anywhere!

While I was in the hospital, they found that I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm.  They said not to worry about it now, but to have an abdominal ultrasound in six months.    According to the doctor in the hospital, this is something that a lot of us old folks get.  I'll have to do a bit of research on it.

The sun has gone in and it's looking like we just might get a bit of rain.  Gosh, I hope so.  My plants are wicked thirsty.   I just went outside to water my tomato plants and discovered that there are three or four teeny tiny tomatoes on them.  Isn't it wonderful how nature doesn't give up?   I also felt a few wicked tiny drops of rain on my arm.  Maybe the rain is coming after all.

Now I think I'll do a bit of blog reading before I start in on filling that Good Will bag.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, August 12, 2019

A Pleasant Change In The Weather

August 12, 2019

Good morning.  It's a gorgeous day here in my little part of New England.  The sun is shining, there's a tiny breeze and the temperature is 78F degrees with 47% humidity.  It will get up into the upper eighties this afternoon.  As long as the humidity stays low, it will stay nice. 

The mailman came and brought me another big bunch of junk mail.  I'll go through it and weed out all the junk.  I've been trying to keep up with it on a daily basis so that it doesn't pile up again. 

I got a late start today because I was up half the night.  I made good use of my time up and paid some bills.  I also cleared a few books off my bookshelf and put them in a bag for Good Will.  Every little bit helps.  I even  had enough energy left to wash a batch of dishes.  Of course, after all that I fell asleep.

The other day while Deanne and I were out shopping, I picked up a two burner stove cooking top.  Yesterday, I cleaned off my counter and got all set to give the new burner top a try.  Oops!  Upon reading the instructions that came with it, I found that it was only for "light boiling" and "warming up" foods.  Huh???  Just what exactly is "light boiling?"

So I did my best to stuff the unit back into its box.  It will have to be returned.  Then I went online to Amazon and found one that is for normal cooking and ordered it.  I should have done this in the first place.  My new cooktop will arrive either Wednesday or Thursday. 

My scrawny tomato plant is trying once again to bear fruit.  There's a new tiny tomato on it, and this morning I noticed a second tiny tomato.  Woo Hoo!


Friday, when Deanne and I got back from shopping, I noticed how beautiful my Rose Of Sharon bush was with all its new blossoms.  I took a couple photos with my cell phone and got a lovely surprise when I looked at the photos.  I had caught the sun's rays shining down onto the bush.  Just beautiful!



Last evening, Pogo and I polished off the Prime Rib that I had brought home from the Cabaret.  I must say it was simply delicious!  Oh yum yum!  Pogo ate at least half of it.  I guess he thought it was yum yum too! 

Today I'm hoping to have enough energy to start a bag for the Big Brother, Big Sister folks.  Then I'll give them a call to see when they will be coming by next.  It's not easy getting rid of things when you've had them for so long, but the time has come to downsize. 

That's my news for today.  Now I think I'll have a look in the fridge to see what's for lunch for Pogo and me.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous  day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

A Super NIce Night Out

August 11, 2019

Good morning.  And what a gorgeous morning it is!  The sun is shining and it's 62F degrees.  Later the temps will reach eighty degrees.  There's even a tiny breeze.  What more could we ask for?

Last night, Deanne and I went to the Paris Cabaret.  Dee's friend Kristy joined us shortly after we got there, and we all had a fantabulous time.  The show was great and the food was delicious.  The only downfall is that I forgot my phone.  Yup, I was so excited about going that I forgot to take my phone off the charger and put it in my purse.

Deanne and Kristy took some videos, but it is so difficult to share them via email.  Deanne tried up into the wee hours last night to send me a couple videos, but nothing worked.  We've ordered a thumb drive for her phone.  Once it comes, I'll be able to get the videos. 

I do have one photo that Deanne took of Jazzy and Kristy.  We'll just have to go back again later in the month so that I can take some photos and videos with my phone. 


I was good with my food too.  I ate my potato and most of my green beans, and only a small portion of my prime rib.  I brought the rest home.  Today, I'll share it with Pogo.  If he'll eat it.  Some days he is so picky he won't even eat prime rib! 

He's back on his medicine for his throat, and not very happy with me when I give him the medicine.  This little guy hates taking medicine.  Yup, he's just like me.  But I'm taking mine everyday, and I'm  even writing down when he takes his to make sure I don't forget any of his doses. 

Right now, he's snoozing next to me with his little face pressed into the sofa.  I don't know how he can sleep this way, but he does.  In a little while, when he wakes up, I'll make us some brunch. 

Remember Pickles?  Jazzy's little kitten?  Well, it has taken a liking to Sassy and now they can cuddle and sleep together.  Here's a photo that Deanne sent to me.


Now I'm off to do some blog reading.  Before I go, here's something I borrowed from the web to share.  Please remember to always be kind to animals. 


I'm off now.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Tis A Gorgeous Summer Day

August 9. 2019

Good morning.  It's another beautiful sunny day here, and the temperature is 71F degrees.  Soon, though, it will get up into the low to mid eighties.  Sounds like a gorgeous summer day to me!

Pogo's doctor just called and said that all his labs from yesterday came back normal.  Such good news for my boy.  He's all set now with his Rabies shot for another three years.  The only downside came when we were discussing his eyesight.  My handsome little Pogo has cataracts growing in his eyes. 

I will have to make him an appointment soon with the eye doctor to see if he is a candidate for cataract surgery.  The cost?  One eye is $4000.  Both eyes is $6000.  Wowsie!  But sight is precious, so we will see what Pogo needs, and then we will find a way to do it.

In a couple hours, Deanne will be here to pick me up.  We're going to have our nails done.  Mine can surely use it.  They are a mess!  It will be nice to see them looking pretty again 

Tomorrow night, we're going to the Cabaret to see Jazzy in "Where The Girls Are."  I'm looking forward to this.  A delicious dinner of Prime Rib, wonderful musical entertainment and great  company.  What more can you ask for? 


The little white radio on the poster reminds me of my first little portable radio.  I was fifteen years old, and Kay Jewelers was having a sale and a feature item was a little pink portable radio.  I forget the price, but I went to the store to look at it.  It was just beautiful! 

I asked if I could pay something every week and take it home when it was paid for.  I did have a job.  I worked at the local theatre every evening.  I sold tickets, helped with the concession stand and closed up for the night.  Fortunately for me, the salesperson was really nice and offered to let me open my very own charge account.  I got to take my radio home with me that day and I paid a little bit every week until my bill was paid in full.  That was the beginning of me building my credit.

Yesterday, I phoned Chewy.com and ordered Pogo's refills for his flea medicines.  When Joe got home from work, he went to WalMart to get Pogo's prescription filled.  This medicine is for his collapsing trachea.  Pogo sometimes coughs a lot to open his throat, and this medicine will help him.  Whatever it takes, I'll do whatever I can to keep him comfortable.

My blood pressure is going down, so I must be doing something right.  Actually, it's most likely the meds that is doing this.  I've been weighing myself every day and get super excited when I see a pound slip away. 

Now I think I'll make a cup of coffee and do a bit of blog reading.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Just A Quickie Post

August 8, 2019

Good afternoon.  Well, my little Lion King is no more.  Now he looks just like a puppy.  Deanne picked us up this morning and dropped us off at the beauty salon.  It was a long morning, but there were lots of doggies there to visit with. 

This is just a quickie post because soon we have to leave for Pogo's appointment with his doctor.  I tried to take a couple photos of Pogo, but he's not cooperating right now.  He's resting, so I took a couple photos anyway. 



Now I'm off to find a quick bite to eat before we head out again.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Wonderful Surprises In The Mail

August 7, 2019

Good morning.  Tis cloudy today and the temperature is 73F degrees.  My phone app says we are having light rain, but I don't see any rain.  Temps today will get up into the mid eighties.  As I type, the sun is trying to peek out from behind a cloud, and there's a lovely breeze. 

Well I had my first appointment with my new heart doctor and it went well.  I brought the notebook that I've  been keeping and my wrist blood pressure kit.   He took my blood pressure first, and then  again with my kit to make sure they were reading the same. They were. 

My blood pressure is coming down, but not enough so he increased one of my meds.  Hopefully, this will do the trick.  I have another appointment for six months from now.  There was a difference of four pounds between his scale and my scale.  However, the problem was my scale.  It seems to have gotten stuck on one weight.  So, I put an item on the scale that only weighted a few pounds.  Afterwards, I weighted myself again on my scale.  Aha!  That did the trick!  Now my scale reads the same as the doctor's scale. 

Just before we left my house, the mailman came and brought me some lovely surprises.  They were get well cards from two of my great grandchildren, Jack Jack and Lilah.  They've been making me hand drawn cards since they were tiny tots.   



What a great way to put a smile on my face that lasts all day!  I am so blessed!

Tomorrow is another busy day.  If I'm up in the wee hours, I'll blog then.  If not, I may not get to blog at all.  Pogo has an early morning appointment at the beauty salon, and then he has an appointment in the afternoon with his doctor to get caught up on his shots and have an overall checkup.  We also need to get a refill for his flea medicine because we only have one more treatment left. 

I think today I may try to fill up a bag for the Goodwill folks.  I have a lot of clothes that I don't wear, and a lot of extra  blankets that I really don't need.  This would be a good time to recycle them.  I also have a couple items that I want to package and put in the mail.  As for my crocheting, I'm finding it difficult to concentrate on it for very long.  So this means that it is going very slowly. 

Now I'm going to figure out some meals for the next couple days.  I want to try using up some of the food in the freezer.  Then I can make up a new shopping list.  I want to pick up some bags of frozen diced green peppers and onions.  These items go bad when I buy them fresh and don't get to use them up soon enough.  When I get them, I shall make a meatloaf. 

Before I leave today, I have an image to share that I borrowed from the web.  Please remember to be kind to all animals.  They are God's children too.


I'm off now.  So, till tomorrow (or Friday) Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Finally, A Better Recipe Book?

August 6, 2019

Good morning.  This post will be short because I have an appointment this morning with my new heart doctor and I need to get ready.  Cooler temps seem to be here for a while, so that's a blessing.  Now maybe Pogo and I will get to sit out on the porch once in a while. 

The last of my new recipe books arrived yesterday, and I wanted to share it with you.  This one seems to be much better than the others.  I will still need to alter any recipes that I use, but at least they sound like they may be tastier.  (I got this book on Amazon)


Tonight Pogo and I are going to have pork chops.  I'll also cook his hamburger just in case he prefers that.  I'm not sure what to make with this.  Maybe egg noodles and pickled beets?  Hmmm, maybe.  I'll have to think about it. 

Right now, I need to start getting ready.  I only have a little more than an hour before Deanne will be here to pick me up.  Before I go, let me share this adorable picture that I borrowed from the web. 


Now I really must get going.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulousday.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Cooler Temps Headed Our Way

August 5, 2019

Good morning.  It's almost 4:30 a.m. and I'm not sleeping yet.  But it's my own fault.  I did the unthinkable last evening and started reading a book.  I know better than to do that at night.  Putting a bookmark in place and setting the book down is really hard to do once I get into the story.

I did try.  I set the book down once and tried to go to sleep, but it just didn't work.  So I got up and finished reading the whole book.  I have lots of e-books on my tablet, but there's just something comforting about holding a paper book in your hand while you read. 

The weather seems to be changing these next few days.  According to the weather app on my phone, temps will be in the seventies and low eighties.  Hmmm, does this mean that the wicked high temps are gone?  That would be nice. 

Here are two more of the photos that I dug out last Friday evening.  The first is a Blue Jay.  They may be pesky birds, but they really are beautiful.    The second photo is pink roses from my garden. 



I had really hoped to get out to the park more often this summer to take photos, but so far it's not happening.   Between the heat and my breathing problems, it just wasn't in the cards for me.  However, with the temperatures cooling down a bit, maybe Pogo and I will be able to take a couple trips to the park before Summer is over.  This would be nice. 

I did take a few photos of my Mint Julep Rose a couple days ago.  It's a beautiful lemony yellow.



Deanne stopped by yesterday for a while before going to work, and she brought me another spinach pizza.  I'll try my luck cooking pizza again later in the week.  She also brought me a couple fruit bowls, one of which I ate last night.  Yum, Yum! 

As for my new laptop, I'm almost ready to get serious about using it more often.  My old laptop and my little travel laptop are slowly fading into the sunset.  Once I get more comfortable with Windows 10, I can start looking around for a new travel laptop.  I'd like to get one before it's time to go to Florida again. 

I also need to shop around for a new cooktop for my little kitchen.  I've been using the induction burner to cook on, but I'm not really happy with it.  The new cooktop will have regular electric burners.  This will offer more control over cooking temperatures.  As long as I'm going to be cooking more of my meals, this new stovetop will be a big help.

I need to work on the pink afghan more often too.  I'd like to get if finished so that I can mail it to Ulf and his girlfriend in Sweden.  After that, I can focus on the yellow one that I've been making for myself. 

This week is going to be rather busy.  Tomorrow I have an appointment with my new heart doctor.    Then on Thursday morning Pogo has an appointment at the salon, and an appointment with his doctor in the afternoon to update his shots.  On Friday, Deanne and I are going to get our nails done.  We have our table reserved for the opening of the new show at the Paris Cabaret on Saturday evening.

Now I'm trying to decide whether I should make breakfast or try to catch a few winks.  Maybe I'll try for the winks.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Have You Ever Seen A Hummingbird Plant?

August 4, 2019

Good morning.  It's 4:30 a.m. and I'm not doing so good at falling asleep so I thought it best to type my post now because I'll probably fall asleep right after breakfast.  It's nice and cool outside, but the humidity is 100%.  Temps should get up to the mid eighties later today, and maybe even some rain in the afternoon.  We sure could use some rain.

Saturday was a busy day for me.  Three of the recipe books arrived in the mail so I spent most of the afternoon looking through them.  I'm not crazy about cooking, and I don't like spices in my food, so it's going to take a while to figure out how to make some of the recipes to my liking. 

I like my food plain.  My pasta only has pasta in it, no veggies or fish, or anything else are mixed in with it.  I like it plain with garlic powder and a bit of butter, or with meat sauce on it.  Speaking of pasta, I cooked up a pot of it, and divided it into two bowls.  One to mix with butter and garlic powder, and the other for salad.( I mix in some sweet relish and a little mayo.  It's quite tasty when it is cold.)  And yes, I first checked how much sodium and calories per serving. 

Friday evening, while going through a pile of stuff, I came across an envelope full of photos.  Oh my, some wonderful memories were tucked away in that envelope.  There were two photos of my hubby, Michael, when he was in Korea.  (early 1950's, I believe)


Between 2005 and 2010, I lost my hubby, my brother and my daughter Kerri.  This is a picture I made of them in Photoshop.  I did the original picture in shades of blue.  I really miss you guys. 


There were other photos, but I'll save them for another day.  I do have one photo to share here.  I took this shot of my lone tomato a few days ago.  It's a good thing I did, or I might have forgotten what it looked like.  A couple days ago, Deanne and I noticed that the tomato was missing and the branch that it had been on was hanging down, broken.  Most likely a squirrel took it home for dinner.


A few weeks ago, I came across a really unique plant called the Hummingbird Plant, or Crotalaria Cnninghamii.  Also know as the Green Bird Flower.  It's a perennial, and I ordered a small packet of seeds so that I could try to grow some. (from Amazon)  The seeds came a few days ago, but I haven't gotten around to planting them yet.  It's really quite interesting, so I hope I can grow it.


I've been hankering for a spinach pizza lately, and I had one in the freezer.  After reading the nutrition facts on the box, I decided I would cut in in half and put one half back in the freezer while I cooked one half.  I figured I could eat a quarter of it for my supper and save the other quarter to eat cold for breakfast the next morning. 

I found that I couldn't cut it in half while it was frozen.  Plan B.  Cook the whole thing, eat one slice, and wrap the other three slices separately and keep in fridge for other meals.  As I put the pizza in the oven, my mouth was watering.  I could already taste it!  Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm!

Then I sat down to pay a few bills.  About an hour later, Joe got home from work and called to have Pogo come out to the kitchen for his turkey treat.  OH NO!  My pizza!  I'd forgotten all about it!  Well, that round black thing that I finally took out of the oven did not look so very appetizing at all.  Joe says that the Seagulls at his work would enjoy it. Really???  Some day I'm going to learn not to do anything while I'm waiting for food to cook.

After checking the nutrition facts on my cereals, I've decided to  have some Maple Brown Sugar Cream of Wheat for breakfast this morning.  It has a lot less calories and sodium than the corn flakes have.  And it's tasty.  I'll have to see if I can also have an English muffin.  Add a cup of coffee, and that's a good breakfast. 

Now I'm off to look up the info about that English muffin.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Hello August

August 2, 2019

Good morning.  It's a little after four a.m. and I've been up a while playing on my laptop.  I've been cropping and re-sizing photos and pictures for posting here.  Wow, it's already August.  Only 145 days till Christmas!  Here's the August page from my calendar.


Sorry I did not get to post yesterday, but I had a morning appointment with my primary care doctor.  Deanne went with me, and it turned out to be a productive appointment.  I finally got copies of the notes from all my visits with this doctor.  'Bout time!  I had a list of questions to ask and got some answers.  There was only one question that I forgot to ask about, so I'll save that one for my next appointment.

On the way home, we stopped by WalMart to pick up a few groceries.  This took us quite a while because we had to stop and read all the Nutrition labels on all sorts of bottles, jars, cans, boxes, etc.  Eventually, we filled the basket with more than just a "few" groceries, and headed back here.  By the time I put away just the cold items, it was already three o'clock, a bit too late to post.  I needed to just rest a bit.

Later, I put away the rest of the groceries and then went online to order a couple new recipe books.  I'm really trying to behave and stick to more healthy meals.  One of these new recipe books should arrive this weekend.  I just found two more recipe books, both will be arriving this weekend.  These recipes cover cooking with the Air Fryer, the Slow Cooker and on the stove top.

I want to thank everyone for all the great meal ideas.  Every little bit helps!  It's difficult to cook for just one, so I'll be cooking for more, then portioning the meals and freezing them.  Well, at least I'll give it a try.  Some things just don't freeze well. 

I found a couple cute images on the web to share here.  It's always good to start the day off with a chuckle and a smile.



Today I really must wash some towels.  Plus, Pogo needs a soothing bath.  If I accomplish anything else, it will be a plus.  Also, it's not going to be so wicked hot today, so maybe we'll even get to sit out on the porch for a bit.  That would be super nice.

Now I think I'll get an early start on that towel laundry.  Before I go, here's another image that I borrowed from the web.  It says it all!


So, till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Farewell To July

July 31, 2019

Good morning.  Tis three o'clock in the morning and I'm wide awake.  Earlier in the evening, I had been doing a word find puzzle and I got really tired and fell asleep early.  Today is going to be another hot day with temps in the nineties, but right now temps are at 73F degrees. 

According to the weather app on my phone, it will be raining here soon.  I just looked and the rain hasn't started yet, but the humidity is at 94% so it just might start soon.  That would be nice for the plants and the grass. 

Yesterday morning, Deanne got here just as I was finishing my blog post to take me to the car dealer so that I could get a new safety sticker on my car.  The only thing my car needed was new windshield wipers, so that was good. 

When we got back I noticed a new little white rose in the garden near the shed.  I brought out my camera to capture a few blossoms.  The Rose Of Sharon bush also had a few new blooms.  So here's a few shots from around the shed.





This is all part of the view I have from my porch.  With this heat so wicked, I'm really missing sitting out there and enjoying all of this.  But of course, that's the beauty of photos.  I can still enjoy looking at these beautiful blossoms. 

I'm anxious for my two new books to arrive today so that I can figure out some meals.  I have a lot of questions when I see my heart doctor next visit.  I need to know exactly what type of diet I'm supposed to be on.  Right now, everything I enjoy is on the no no list and everything that I don't like is on the good list.  This makes for  really blah meals.

In the hospital, I got decent meals without any restrictions other than salt.  Hopefully, I can add more tasty things to my meals other than just garden salads.  I have to weigh myself every day to keep an eye on water retention.  I gained three pounds the day I left the hospital without eating any extra foods.  This could be the difference between my scale and how they weighed me in the hospital.  (in the bed)

Since I've been home, my weight is up or down only by a few ounces each day.  The total is down by almost one pound.  I guess that means there is still water retention so my meds will have to be adjusted.  I guess there is a bright side here.  If I can continue to lose an ounce or two each day, it should only take a few years to drop down another size or two.  hahahahaha.

In all fairness, it's not really as bad as I like to paint it.  I'm not really much of a cook any more, so I'll just have to get back into cooking more.  Today though, I think I'm going to make a bowl of Jello.  I can have this with Cool Whip for dessert.  Or maybe I'll make a Jello/Cool Whip pie.  Hmmm, decisions, decisions!

Now I'm off to make a cup of coffee and maybe crochet for a while.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

July is Fading Quickly

July 30, 2019

Good morning.  Are you noticing that we are almost at the end of July?  Yup, just today and tomorrow left.  How quickly the days are flying by.  The sun is shining, the temperature is 75F degrees with 83% humidity, and in a few hours temps will be up in the mid to high nineties.  We're in for another scorcher. 

My car needs to go in to the shop either today or tomorrow for a new safety sticker.  Otherwise, it has to come off the road.  In this state, we can't drive our cars without a current safety sticker.  I find it amazing that other states do not have this same rule.  It's mostly for the safety of the driver and any other occupants of the car. 

Obviously, there's not much new happening here.  I'm busy playing with my food numbers.  I have to say that putting this much effort into figuring out what foods I can have and how I can have them does take the edge off enjoying them.  By the time I've got it all figured out, I'm not all that hungry anymore. 

Maybe this is why I never decided to study foods and diets.  It's not really all that interesting.  At least not to me.  I guess I wasn't cut out to be a scientist.  Unless of course the topic is rocks and gemstones.  I just love rocks and gemstones. 

I have a big black rock that my Uncle Freddie gave to me years ago.  The story is that while he and his wife were traveling across the mid-western states in their mobile home, they had a huge black rock that they used as an extra brake.  They would place it behind one of the tires for extra braking support.  They found this huge rock somewhere in the desert. 

On one of their stops, they learned that their big black rock was actually Black Jade.  Of course, by now big chunks had been knocked off the rock so it was much smaller now.  Once they learned that the rock was actually Black Jade, they brought it inside the mobile home.  Later, Uncle Fred gave the rock to me.  One of these days, I'll have to take a photo of my beautiful big black rock and share it here. 

I found a couple really neat ideas on the web to share here.  The first one is a way to recycle and help the small birds at the same time.   What a great idea for a birdhouse!


Did you ever think that a cupcake paper liner could help keep flies and other bugs out of your drinks?  Well, neither did I!  This is so simple, yet super helpful.


Before I go, let me leave you with this interesting little story about Karma.  (borrowed from the web)


Now I'm off to do a bit of blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, July 29, 2019

So, What's In Our Food?

July 29, 2019

Good morning. It looks nice outside my window, but I know it's going to be a scorcher in just a while.  Thank goodness for air conditioning.  I can't imagine how folks in warmer climates can get used to this heat. 

Today I have photos to share that Audrey sent me.  They were taken at Falls Park, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.   The first photo is Mac and Audrey at the Falls.  The second is of the Falls.


 
Mac had entered two sculptures in the competition at the National Taxidermy Convention, and both pieces took a second place award.  These sculptures can be made into forms for mounting animals in taxidermy.
 
 
Mac also won the People's Choice Award.  This is where everyone attending votes on their favorite pieces in all the different categories.  Congratulations Mac. 
 
 
Yesterday was a rather quiet day for me.  I did manage to do a bit of personal laundry.  Today I may wash a few scatter rugs.  We'll see.  I'm learning to not make plans.  To just go with whatever happens.  Maybe later this afternoon, I'll do some crocheting. 
 
I've been taking photos of the Nutrition Facts label on the different foods that I have bought.  This way I can decide what I can and cannot eat.  I copy this information into a notebook so that I can study it better.  Who'd a thunk this would be my next hobby?
 
I'll have to go online and see if there are books with the nutritional labels from all the different brands of foods.   This might be a big help and save me a lot of writing in my notebook.
 
Well, I just did that.  I found several books on Amazon, so I ordered a couple.  They will be here in a couple days.  I'll let you know how they are.
 
Deanne just got here, so I'm going to sit and visit with her.  She has to go to work in a while.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.
 
Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

A Super Fun Weekend

July 28, 2019

Good morning.  It's sunny and quite lovely outside right now, but in a few hours temps will be in the low nineties.  Pogo and I will be staying indoors with the air conditioning.  I'm having my first cup of coffee in over a week.  Does it taste good?  You betchaa!!

I'm feeling a little better each day, and I'm definitely breathing better!  I even did some laundry Friday night..  I washed Pogo's little bed and his blankets.  Today I'm going to wash my clothes. 

It's been quite a busy weekend in the family.  Mac and Audrey went to Sioux Falls, South Dakota for a Taxidermy trade convention.  Mac entered a couple of his sculptures in the competition and both pieces took ribbons.  I'll have photos of these on tomorrow's post.

Jazzy went to the West Point Military Academy Ball Friday evening, and then attended the graduation on Saturday.  I have a couple photos that Deanne sent to me.  This is Jazzy and her very best friend Cole. 


This morning, I've been watching Jewel School on JTV, and it's been quite interesting.  They are show casing tools to make it easy to make the knots on pearl strings, and to make the holes in the pearls big enough to string.  Gosh, where were these tools when I needed them?   I used to have to do this by hand, one bead at a time.

Before I take my leave here, I want to share something that I borrowed from the web.  This is important, and it is something that I did not know. 


Now I'm off to do a bit of blog reading before I start a load of laundry.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.