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Monday, June 24, 2019

READ YOUR BARCODES

June 24, 2019

Good afternoon.  Yup, I'm posting late today because I decided to do my banking and grocery shopping early in the morning before it got too hot for me to be outside.  Now I'm home and all the groceries are put away.

I went to a different market today.  Shaw's Market is next to the bank so I thought I would give them a try.  Wowsie!  Everything cost so much more than it does at WalMart.  Items that I pay $2.00 and $2.29  for at WalMart cost $3.99 and $4.29 at Shaw's.  A six pack of toilet tissue at Shaws is $14,99.  I doubt I'll be shopping there again anytime soon. 

Today I thought I would share something that my friend Rhoda sent to me.  It's about why we should always read the labels on the foods that we buy.  No matter what the front of the box or package says, turn it over and read the back -- carefully.

With all the food and pet products now coming from China, it is best to make sure you read the label at the grocery store and especially at WalMart when buying food products.  Many pruducts no longer show where they were made, only give where the distributor is located.  It is important to read the bar code to track its origin.

How to read Bar Codes.....interesting!  This may be useful to know when grocery shopping, if it's a concern to you.   It's a great way to "buy USA & CANADA"  and not from CHINA.  Can you tell which products are made in Taiwan or China?  If the first three digits of the barcode are 690, 691 or 692, the product is made in CHINA.   471 is made in Taiwan. 

It is our right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the public, therefore we have ro rescue ourselves.  Chinese businessmen know that consumers do not preder food products "MADE IN CHINA" so they don't show the country from which it is made.  However, you may now refer to the barcode -- remember if the first three digits are:

690 - 692 .....it is made in CHINA

00 - 09 .....it is made in USA & CANADA

30 - 37 .....it is made in FRANCE

40 - 44 .....it is made in GERMANY

471 .....it is made in TAIWAN

49 .....it is made in JAPAN

50 .....it is made in UK

Buy USA & CANADIAN MADE by watching for "0" at the beginning of the number.  We need every boost we can get, so pass this on to your family and friends.

Now I need to find something tasty to feed Pogo for lunch.  (and me too!)  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

p.s. If anyone had trouble downloading the QP last Wednesday, I have fixed the link so you can try again if you want the QP.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

It's Already Summer!

June 23, 2019

Good morning.  Tis sunny with temps in the sixties, and in a couple hours temps will make it into the high seventies.  Woo Hoo!  My kind of day.  Tomorrow should be nice too.  Did I mention that it's already Sumer? 

I just went outside to take some photos of the birds and small critters over by the bird feeder.  It's such fun watching them.  We have about five young Blue Jays, a couple young Mourning Doves,  two little Sparrows, two Black Birds, one tiny chipmunk and a half dozen squirrels over there right now.

Well, yesterday I did a stupid thing.  I had closed my little laptop to chat on the phone for a bit.  When I got off the phone, without thinking I unplugged my exterior drive from the laptop.  I mistakenly thought that I had shut off the laptop.  OOPS!  Well, this corrupted a couple of scrap kits that I was using to make new quick pages, and the pages too!  It also corrupted several other files.  This is definitely not my year for the computer. 

So now I decided to do a scan on the exterior drive to make sure everything else was okay.  This was mid-afternoon.  At eleven last night, it still wasn't finished scanning (it's slow!) so I unplugged it and called it a night.  Alas, there is no new quick page for today.  I'll try to make a new one for tomorrow.

This weekend Audrey and Mac have been spending some fun quality time with their two grandchildren, Zach (10) and Alena (6). They went fishing, and in this photo Zack is helping Alena with the fish she just caught.  Afterwards, Zach was helping Alena learn how to swim. 


Meanwhile, Jazzy has been having so much fun with her new kittten, Pickles.  Deanne sent me this photo of one of Pickles' new hiding places.  Kittens are just so adorable.


Well, the fellow from the gutter company came by yesterday to check out my house and give me an estimate for new gutters.  He took lots of photos, and boy oh boy, do I really need new gutters!  I knew it was going to be an expensive job, and I was right.  We spent a few hours discussing the whole situation, and I ended up using all my spending money and then some for next fifteen years or more.  Ah, but I'll have awesome gutters!

Here's a picture of my new book "Lincoln And The Irish."  Well, I finished reading it, and I must say that Mary Todd Lincoln was a really mean person.  Lincoln was quite the remarkable man, and I found the book very interesting.  I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the scenes behind history.


Now I'm going to refresh my cup of coffee and head for the porch.  Photoshop isn't working so good in my regular laptop, but it is working in my little laptop so hopefully I can make a new quick page.  We'll see.

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

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, June 21, 2019

A Fantastic Weekend Coming

June 21, 2019

Good morning.  Tis gray and damp outside my door today, and it's supposed to rain again all day.  Tomorrow, though, the sun should be shining brightly all day.  Actually, it's supposed to be sunny for at least three days in a row.  Woo Hoo!  A fantastic weekend ahead for us!!!

First, I've been told that the link to the Angels Watching QP did not work, so today I made a brand new link.  Again, if there is a problem with it, please let me know.

http://www.mediafire.com/file/nbqzvq81q5ao48a/EB_-_Angels_Watching_QP_2012.zip/file

Yesterday I caught up on my naps.  Yup, a real busy day!  hahaha.  I'm pretty sure it must be the rainy days that depletes me of my energy.  One gray day isn't too bad, but so many in a row tends to leave me feeling gray too.  I imagine this happens to a lot of folks everywhere.

Today, Deanne and Eddie will be coming by to install my new air conditioner.  It gets rather warm and stuffy in here at night, making it difficult to sleep.  This new air conditioner will help tremendously to make it more comfortable.

One of my favorite TV Game shows has just come on TV.  It's called "Common Knowledge."  It's a fun show, and I learn so many things.  Did you know that if you don't have a knife sharpener, you can turn a ceramic mug upside down and sharpen your knife on it?  Hmm, I learn something new every day.

Daughter Audrey bought a new Biscuit cookbook, and is sharing these recipes with us for Biscuit Doughnuts and Resurrection Biscuits.  If you click on these images and still cannot read them, let me know and I'll retype them.  Audrey has cooked both of these and says that they are delicious!






Yesterday, the mail carrier brought me a new book that I had ordered.  I'll take a photo of it and tell you more about it on Sunday.  It's called "Lincoln And The Irish" and tells how the Irish helped Abraham Lincoln save the Union.  It sounds super interesting.

Tomorrow, someone will be coming by to look over the outside of the house and give me an estimate to put gutters all around the house.  If the price is feasible, this could be my big project for the house this year.  We'll see.

Now I'm off to wash the dishes and maybe do a load of laundry.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Happy Birthday Gary Jr.

June 20, 2019

Good morning.  It's not quite six o'clock, but I'm awake so I guess it's time to get up and start this new day.  Temps are in the sixties, and probably won't make it past the low seventies today.  We are expecting rain this afternoon.

Today is my son Gary Jr's birthday.  He lives in Florida, so I don't get to see him very often.  I do hope his special day is filled with sunshine and happiness.  I love you son. 

Yesterday I didn't do very much, but I did pay some bills.  I thought I might do a jig saw puzzle, but then I must have hit a wrong button because my puzzle program disappeared from my laptop.  Well, that did it.  I shut off the laptop and that was it for the rest of the day.

I just tried to re-install the game and it did not install completely.  So I still can't do my puzzles.  This does not make me very happy.  Actually, it tends to bring on the grouchies.  These puzzles were very calming for me.

Today I have photos of some of my blossoms.  The first photo is my "Mint Julep" rose.  It's such a happy little blossom.





I'm not making any specific plans for today because things change so quickly.  Whatever I get to do, I'll do.   It's beginning to get too warm in my apartment and that slows down any energy that I may have.   Soon, though, my new air conditioner will get installed and that should make it much more comfortable here. 

I have a couple bags full of new junk mail, so I think maybe I'll take them out to the porch and go through it all.  Today I think I'll look up some information on shredding companies who come to your house and see if they are affordable.

Working with Chrome installed in this laptop is really weird.  It has changed the looks of everything.  Fonts all look tiny, and pictures and spaces looked like they are stretched out sideways.  Icon sizes are different too.  I can just imagine what it will do to my new laptop.  Nothing, I hope. 

Now I think I'll go make a fresh cup of coffee and see about starting this new day.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Yea-a-a-a! I Made My New Blog Book!

June 19, 2019

Good morning.  Tis a gray day here in New England with temps in the sixties.  Soon though, the temps will rise to close to eighty degrees.  When I finish this post, I think I'll go sit on the porch and crochet for a while.  It's supposed to rain but it doesn't come into the porch where I sit. 

Well, the title of this post says it all.  Yesterday, I installed Firefox in my little travel laptop and tried to make my blog book.  Nope, nope, nope!  I finally found my way to the help page of the Blog2Print site and asked for a help chat. 

After me trying to get in to the site one last time, the chat person gave me a link to go to where I could make and order my blog book.  He stayed on the line with me the whole time.  Once my book was made, I barely proof read it.  I ordered it and payed for it so that nothing could go wrong.  Here are the photos I'm using for the front and back covers of the new book.


I am so happy and glad that my blog book is ordered.  Now I'm going to have to find out what is wrong with my laptops before it's time to make the next book.  My daughter Audrey has a new laptop with Windows 10, and she downloaded Chrome to it.  She says she'll help me do this to my new laptop. 

Folks, if you are going to be needing a new PC with Windows 10, don't let my problems with it scare you from getting it.  Half of my problem is that I don't like change when something is working good.  The other half is something else.  I'm not sure what, but I'll keep at it until I figure things out. 

If you have children or grandchildren, I'm sure they'll be more than happy to help you with the new Windows.  Once I figure it all out, I'll be more than glad to help any of you.  I've got a lot of help and wonderful suggestions from my readers, and I thank all of them. 

This past weekend, my daughter Deanne took her grandchildren to a family gathering where they got to play with some of their cousins.  When she got home, she went through some of her photos and piut together this image.  The photo on the left is Aurora, her granddaughter (my gr.g).  In the photo on the right, the shorter girl is my daughter Deanne, and the girl on the right is my daughter Kerri.  It's amazing how much Aurora looks like Kerri.  My Kerri passed away about fourteen years ago.  In this photo, it looks as though she hasn't really left us.  What a wonderful and comforting thought.


Because I've been so busy with PC and blog book problems, I still haven't had time to work on new quick pages.  So I dug into my archives and found this rather pretty quick page.  It's  very plain so that you can decorate it however you like.  It's called Angels Watching, and it might be nice for photos of some loved ones who are no longer here with us. 


I don't remember where I got the background, and this is probably why it was still in my archives as an unfinished project. 

Here is your download link:
http://www.mediafire.com/file/e6jmbaack9jrjfc/EB_-_QP_2012_Angels_Watching.zip/file


Now I think I'll grab a nice cold bottle of water and head for the porch.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Laptop Woes

June 18, 2019

Good morning.  It's early, only 5:50 a.m. and gray outside.  My weather app says the rain will start again in a couple hours and continue on most of the day.  I did not get to go grocery shopping yesterday, so today might be a good day to do it. 

Yesterday, I spent most of the day trying to fix my laptop.  I had been trying to order my blog book, and could not get into the site to do this.  The folks there said that it was because of Explorer.  They did not use it.  I would need to switch to Foxfire or Chrome.

So, I switched over to Foxfire and tried again to order my book.  I still could not get into the site.  I uninstalled Foxfire, and then re-installed it.  I got the same results.  This left me no choice - install Chrome.

I called my daughter Audrey, and she helped me to download Chrome.  I'd like to say this solved all my problems, but it did not.  I still could not get into the site to order my book.  Instead, I kept getting a message that I was missing an important file in my computer.  I don't know anything about the inner workings of this laptop, so I went to Google and looked it up. 

Google said that I needed to download a fix it program, so I did.  It scanned my laptop and came up with a list of things that needed to be fixed.  But it would only fix them if I bought the program.  So I bought it.  Once it was downloaded, it went about doing its thing for a while. 

After all was said and done, my day was shot.  Then I got a look at my desktop, and oh my, what a shock!  All my icons were moved arouind and they were bigger and some were missing.  It took a while to make some sense out of all of this.  Needless to say, I was not in a very good mood by now. 

With all of this happening, I never did get to order my book.  I'll try again in a little while.  Please, please let it go alright.  I am so fed up with these computers.  Everything on my laptop is different and I don't know how to get it back to looking like it did before. 

Last night, I was reading an article in my AMAC magazine about different types of voter fraud.  It was real interesting to realize the different types of voter fraud.  I especially was interested in the one about fraudulent use of Absentee Ballots. 

At the 2012 voting polls, I noticed that an Absentee Ballot had been sent to someone listed with my address although that person did not live at my house.  When I asked about it, I was told that they could not remove that person from my address until that person gave them a change of address in writing.  They would not tell me where they mailed the Ballot.  It certainly was not mailed to my address.  When I get a chance, I'd like to follow up on this to see if this is still happening. 

I found an image on the web that I just had to borrow and share here.  It explains why my diets never work.  (at least I think it does!)


Hmmm, I rather like my snacks, and this takes all the fun out of enjoying them.  Oh, I'll still have them.  I'll just force myself to enjoy them!  hahaha.

Here's another picture that I found on the web.  This one tells it like it is.  You grow old when you stop laughing and enjoying each day as it comes. 


That's about it for my news for today.  I want to try to order my Blog book before I do anything else.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Busy Making My Phone Happy

June 17, 2019

Good morning.  It's another early morning for me.  It's only 6:15 a.m. and I feel like I've been up for hours.  I haven't, it only feels that way.  I just spent a half hour trying to order my new blog book, and the web site messed up again.  It lets me get so far, and then it says try again. 

This is the fourth time I've tried to order this book and I'm getting quite annoyed.  I don't know of any other company that prints these blog books or I'd try going somewhere else.  In a couple hours, I'll try calling the company on the phone, and hopefully they will answer my call.

Temps this morning are in the sixties, but should climb to the seventies in a few hours.  The sun should be coming out soon too.  I've been putting off doing my grocery shopping for a while now, so maybe I'll go this morning. 

Yesterday, I wanted to spend some time on my laptop to make some new quick pages, but instead I spent several hours working on moving all the photos on my cell phone onto the memory card that is in the phone.  I thought I had already set it up to do this automatically, but I guess I didn't.  My phone keeps sending me messages that it is about to run out of room and things will soon stop working. 

While I was doing this, I backed up everything onto my external drive.  I did all this by hooking my phone up to my computer and physically moving things around. By the time I finished with this, the afternoon was already gone.  Well, at least now my phone is happy again. 

I have a photo of some of my yellow irises that I cut and put into a vase.  These flowers are beautiful, but they don't last very long. 


While surfing the web, I came across a super way to keep vacation memories all in one place.  It's really quite neat!  You send yourself a postcard every day from wherever you are and write on it what you did that day.  Then you bind all the postcards together into a book  How unique!


I've noticed that sometimes the photos that folks send me (from their cell phones) just aren't very clear or sharp.  A lot of this depends on the amount of pixels that your phone's camera has.  One way to get the best photos that you can is to go into the camera's settings and set your photos to the highest best setting.  Also, set your video on the smallest setting.  This will make it easier to share your videos. 

Here's another image that I borrowed from the web.  I think this is a good rule to live by.


Now I'm going to get dressed and maybe head out to the market.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Happy Fathers' Day

June 16, 2019

Good morning.  It's only 5:40 a.m. and it's still a bit gray outside.  It's supposed to be rather nice for a few hours, then we are supposed to be getting rain.  I hope the rain holds off for a while because there are a lot of barbeques planned for today.  Dads everywhere are being celebrated, and I hope they all have an awesome day.

Last evening, Bobby and his wife Amber and I went to the Paris Cabaret for dinner and an evening of musical entertainment.  During the intermission, all birthdays are acknowledged and we sing Happy Birthday.  Paris (the owner) made sure everyone knew that Bobby was Jazzy's brother.  During one of the songs that Paris sang, she came to our table and sang a bit to Bobby.  Here's a photo of Amber and Bobby.


Needless to say, we all had a super good time.  Our meal was great (prime rib) and the entertainment was superb.  I've seen the show before, but there were some new numbers that I hadn't seen.  I'm so glad we went.  I tried to take a couple of videos, but I wasn't doing so good. 

I did manage to get a video of Jazzy singing one song.  I only missed a couple of the first notes.  This is one of my favorites.  I'm not sure about the volume so you'll probably have to turn the volume up.  Enjoy!  Please forgive the men walking by.  The men's room door is behind my chair.


Remember I said a while ago that I was going to do Christmas a little different this year?  Well, I have already given out a few of my presents, and I have to tell you it's been so much fun.  It's such a treat to see the look of surprise on someone's face and then the smile that follows.  If you have someone that you usually give several gifts to, try handing the gifts out one at a time throughout the year.  Let me know if you enjoy it too.

I've been sort of busy (not sure doing what) so I haven't had a chance to work on new quick pages.  However, I dug into my archives and brought out this one from several years ago.  I thought it might be good for photos of Dad on his special day.  Have fun with it.


Here is your download link:
http://www.mediafire.com/file/61bluz0vtnzy3em/EB_-_QP_2015_-_10.zip/file

If you have a problem with the link, let me know and I'll make a new link.  I was thinking of going shopping for a few groceries today, but it's going to rain so I think I'll wait and go tomorrow.  I think instead, I'll play on my laptop and make some new quick pages. 

I've been watching SHOP LC and I have to tell you that they have some of the most beautiful exoctic gemstone jewelry.  Nope, I'm not shopping, but I do love seeing all these beautiful pieces.  I've loved rocks and gems since I was a little girl.  I had some awesome rock collections when I was a kid.  Back then, it was common to be able to find rose quartz and a few other pretty rocks on the ground.  Not so anymore. 

Now I'm off to make a fresh cup of coffee.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Happy Birthday Bobby

June 14, 2019

Good morning.  Wow, I slept late this morning!  Pogo did try to wake me earlier, but I was not  going to interrupt my good sleep.  I know, bad mama! 

It's sunny here and the temps are in the sixties.  We'll probably get up into the seventies before the rain  catches up to us.  Tomorrow is supposed to be a real nice day too.   I hope so because I'm taking Bobby and his wife Amber to the Paris Cabaret for dinner and a show, " 70's Disco Fever." 

Tomorrow will be Bobby's 39th Birthday.  Wowsie!  The years have really flown by me.  Happy Birthday Bob-O-Link.  I hope your special day is awesome.  I love you.   When Bobby was quite young, I got a new set of lenses for my Polaroid camera, and I had such fun using them to take photos of my awesome grandson.  The top photo in this layout is one of my favorites.


There are only two shows left of  70's Disco Fever.  I do believe they are both sold out.  The dates were posted recently for the upcoming summer show and I called in to reserve my table.  As soon as I find out what will be playing, I'll post it here.

Pogo and I might go out this afternoon to do a bit of shopping, or maybe we'll wait till tomorrow.  We'll see how I'm feeling in a while.  I do need to pick up some more bird seed and laundry detergent.  If we go to Ocean State Job Lot, I'll be sure to pick up another loaf of the Sweet Raisin Bread.  It is sooooo yummy!

Now I think I'll refresh my coffee mug and sit out on the porch for a while.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

A Little Rain Makes The Flowers Happy

June 13, 2019

Good morning.  Tis gray and wet here in New England with temps in the fifties for most of the day.  So I guess we do indoor chores today. 

Yesterday, Pogo and I were out on the porch most of the day.  We finally had to come indoors because it was getting too warm out there.  It was nice though.  My grandson Bobby was here mowing the lawns and moving a few plants around.  My yard is getting so pretty!

I decided to set my little laptop up out on the porch.  This way, I can type my blog posts out there on nice mornings.  Hmmm, even though it is raining outside, there's a bit of a breeze and it's beginning to get quite perky. 

Today, I think I'll call for an appointment to get an estimate on putting new gutters on the house.  There was an ad on TV from a company that says it will let you put large gutter jobs on time payments.   My house would be a large job, and time payments would make it easier to get it done now.  So, we'll see.

The red rose bush near my porch has blossomed, so I took some photos to share.  This plant was a gift from Deanne a few years ago.  She calls it The Red Sox Rose.



There's a white rose bush next to this one and it's going to be blossoming soon too.  On the other side of the house, there are pink roses in bloom.  I'll have to get out there soon and take some photos.  I also have a little rose bush called "Mint Julep" that is getting ready to blossom soon.  Plus, the two little sticks (tiny rose plants) that we planted are growing and doing really well. 

A few days ago, I came across a really nice looking doggie (or kitty) bed that I thought Pogo would enjoy, so I ordered it for him.  Now we're just waiting anxiously for it to arrive.  Here's a photo of it.  It's called a "Calming Bed."
I can just picture Pogo snuggling into this bed and disappearing into all that fuzz.  Now that will make him an especially happy little camper!  I'll be sure to take lots of fun photos when the new bed gets here.
 
Now I have some blog reading to  catch up with.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.
 
Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Another Gorgeous Day In New England

June 12, 2019

Good morning.  It's looking really pretty outside my door this morning.  The sun is shining, and the temperature is at 68F degrees and headed for the upper eighties.  I'm looking to see if there is a breeze, but I'm not seeing one.  Ah well, it's still a beautiful day!

I'm sitting here trying to think of what it was that kept me so busy yesterday, and I can't think of a thing.  Do you have days like that?  I seem to have more than my share of them.  I know I was busy.  I just can't think of what it was that I was doing. 

I was not crocheting and I did not run the vacuum.  I did not cook a big meal and I did not do laundry.  Hmmm, ah well, it will come to me late tonight just as I drop off to sleep.  Ooooh, wait!  I just remembered one thing that I did.  I went online to order a couple things.  I guess it's just going to come to me in bits and pieces. 

Today, my grandson Bobby is supposed to be coming by to mow the lawns and replant a few Sweet Williams to new spots.  Mowing the grass should be quite a challenge because it is quite tall in spots.  He will have to do a walk through first to make sure there are no tiny critters living in the deep grass.

I meant to spend some time working on new quick pages, but I have not had the chance to do this, so I dug out a favorite of mine from back in 2013.  The background is a photo that I took of my lawn when it was covered in clover.  The robin on the ground is also a photo of mine.  The frame and the flying robin are from one of Kyra's old kits.  See the TOU.


Here is your download link:
http://www.mediafire.com/file/sw3k2ojy227n1hm/EB_-_Clover_%2526_Robins_-_QP.zip/file

I just went outside to get the mail and it is simply gorgeous out there.  Pogo and I are going to head out there now before it gets too warm.  Maybe later we can go shopping and pick up some more bird seed.  Sounds like a plan to me.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Nature Can Be Forgiving

June 11, 2019

Good morning.  Pogo and I have been up for a couple of hours now.  (It's 8:07 now)  He gets his Monday mornings mixed up with the weekend mornings.  (If Joe is home, Pogo wants his turkey treat!)  Pretty soon, he'll realize that Joe has gone to work and won't be back until later this afternoon. 

Tis 68F degrees and a bit wet today.  Rather, I should say it's a lot wet.  Sometimes the rain comes down in a heavy downpour, and sometimes it's drizzly.  My driveway is slowly morphing into a pond.  This keeps the birds happy though.  The pond never gets overcrowded with bathers.  There's room for all of them.

Today I want to share photos of a favorite rose bush of mine.  Back in the nineties, my daughter Kerri gave me a yellow rose bush, and we planted it in the little garden by the kitchen windows.  It only blossomed yellow one year, but it grew into a large bush that blossomed every two years with  tiny root roses. 

Over the years, a root from this bush grew over ground and took root a few feet away.  Today it is quite a large bush and enjoying its first year of blossoms.



A couple years ago, we had to cut the original bush way back because it was getting stringy and the bark on its limbs was old and crusty.  Last year, the bush just sat there taking in the sunshine and rain.  No leaves or blossoms.  However, this year it is showing new life.  And blossoms too!



Nature can be awesome!  Deanne sent me a photo of her little rose bush that has been looking quite dead for some time now, but this year has a surprise for everyone.  Folks, meet Beastie Jr.  Now isn't this a beautiful sight?


Yesterday I did a few loads of laundry (blankets, etc)  and got quite a surprise.  I'm just about out of laundry detergent.  Oh no!  I only use Ajax laundry detergent because it doesn't bother my skin.  When I find it at a store, I buy several bottles of it.  Now it's time to go shopping and buy a few more bottles to keep on hand.  It's either that or I'll have to get used to dirty laundry.  Eck!!

I think I'll work on my shopping list today.  I'm sure I can think of some other things that we can't do without.  hahaha.  I was hoping to sit out on the porch today and wrap a few things.  Even though it's raining, it is warm, so maybe I'll still do it. 

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

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, June 10, 2019

There's Nothing Like A New Book!

June 10, 2019

Good morning.  It's fairly early, only 6:15 a.m. and the sun isn't up yet.  According to the weather report, it should be sunny all day with temps around eighty degrees, then rain during the night and tomorrow.  I had a nice nap early last evening, so sleep has been patchy all night long. 

Well, let me tell you about my new book   It's called "Shungite -  Protection, Healing and Detoxification.  Shungite is a mineral that goes back  about two and a half million years ago.  In its raw stage, it looks similar to a lump of coal.


I enjoy learning the historical beginnings of minerals, but this book goes into even lengthier explanations.  It also explains all the scientific details of the mineral.  The book is quite interesting, but I could do without all the scientific stuff.  Even so, I'm learning quite a bit about Shungite.

Yesterday, while sitting out on the porch, I kept trying to photograph the little hummingbird that kept coming to the feeder.  It's difficult to photograph anything from inside the porch because of the screen.  Here is my best shot from inside the porch. 


I will try to get some better photos.  I'll probably have to sit out in my car to do this.  The bottom half of this  photo is drenched in sunshine.  It may look like the yard is full of water but it is not.  That's just how the screen photographs.

This past week, Jazzy got herself a new fur baby.  Meet Pickles.  Goodness, what a cutie!


*********************Well, it's noon and I've just come back from a nice nap.  I was sitting here typing and my eyes were falling asleep.  Sorry 'bout that. 

My goodness, I must have been really tired.  That comes from patchy sleep I guess.  Although it's probably because I spent a good part of the night reading the new book.  What can I say?  I really enjoy books!

Today I think I'll do some laundry.  Blankets and towels.  And maybe I'll try pushing the vacuum around a bit.  The mail carrier came today and brought some items that I had ordered for Christmas.  I'm making a good dent in my shopping.  I think I'll wrap a few things and get them into the mail.  I'm having fun with Christmas this year. 

Pogo is by the door barking and wanting to go outside for a bit.  I guess we'll do that before I start on the laundry.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

It's National Children's Day

June 9, 2019

Good morning.  Tis a beautiful day here in New England, with lots of sun and temps in the sixties.  In a few hours temps will be in the mid eighties.  Today will be a great day for families to get out and celebrate their children.  It's National Children's Day. 

Our children are our future.  None of us parents is/was perfect, but we all hope that we're able to give our children enough of the qualities that make them successful, well adjusted adults.  As parents, we can only do our best.  There are no instruction manuals for parenting.  It's a "learn as you go" type of job. 

Whether we become parents while we are young or when we are older, we all get to learn and grow with our children,  I wonder if this is why a lot of us remain children in our hearts even in our senior years.  Life is a learning process from the day we enter this world until the day we leave it.  Our children are gifts and they help us to grow while we learn.

Okay, now it's time for some fun photos.  A couple days ago, I noticed that some of the birds and squirrels were acting rather feisty with each other.  Oh my, I finally realized that love was in the air for some of the birds and small critters.  Here are two of the squirrels.

 



While these two were busy pursuing each other, two little sparrows were doing their mating dance.  No, I did not get any photos of them.  There's also a hummingbird family somewhere in the yard that never ceases to amuse me.  I have their feeder filled with sugar water, and love watching these beautiful tiny birds as they come flitting by for a sip.  It's easy to see why I love being out on my little porch. 

Today I'm waiting for a delivery of a new book that I ordered.  Sometime during the week, a couple Christmas gifts will also arrive in the mail.  I'm having fun with my holiday shopping and it's not even summer.  (almost, but not quite)

Today I have a new quick page for you.  This one celebrates the sunny, sultry days at the beach.  Have fun with it.


Here is your download link:
http://www.mediafire.com/file/gx7xnl9st5nf1qh/EB_-_QP_2019_-_34.zip/file

Now I'm going to gather up my crocheting and a fresh cup of coffee and head for the porch.  Pogo is already at the door waiting for me.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Thank Goodness For Generics

June 7, 2019

Good morning.  Tis another gorgeous day outside my door.  It's sunny with no breeze, and a temp of 62F degrees headed for the upper eighties.  The trick will be to sit out on the porch this morning until it gets too hot to be out there. 

Yesterday, I managed to do everything on my "to do" list except for the vacuuming.  I'll give that a try late today.  DIL Janet came by after work and went to WalMart with me.  I picked up my prescription for $36.00  Woo Hoo!  I was absolutely amazed!  The pharmacist explained that it (Advair) was now a generic, therefore making my co-pay only $36 for three months.  This saves me almost three hundred dollars a month for this one medication.  I can handle that!

I also got the second part of the shingles shot.  It comes in  two parts, three months apart.  I should be all set now till October when it will be time for the Flu shot again.  Now that my health was taken care of, I picked up a few groceries and a new pair of capri pants.  For our supper we had macaroni and cheese and a garden salad.  What a great way to finish off the day. 

This morning I'm watching SHOP LC.COM, and doing my very best to behave and not buy anything.  I'm not a shopaholic, but I do like to shop for the best bargains.  This way, I can get the bulk of my Christmas shopping done long before the holiday gets here.

Today I have photos that I took a couple days ago of my Red Japanese Maple tree.  It's a joy to look at this tree because it is so beautiful. 



Deanne sent me a photo of her pink rose tree that has become a large bush in stead of a tree.  She calls this plant "Beastie" because of how overgrown and large it has gotten.  Deanne, it's beautiful!


I did a bit of online shopping for a new air conditioner and I think I've decided on the one I want.  Before I order it, I want SIL Eddie to have a look at it to make sure it's what I think it is.  I haven't made any plans for today because I want to spend as much time as possible out on the porch.  Now that the hot weather is moving in, the best times to sit out will be mornings and early evening. 

Now I'm going to take my coffee and my crocheting and head for the porch.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Summer Is Here Early

June 6, 2019

Good afternoon.  Tis sunny and rather warm today.  Temps are forecast to be in the eighties for the next week.  I hope there's going to be a breeze with that.  Right now, the breeze is so tiny that the flag and tree leaves are barely moving.  Summer is moving right in.

It was quite warm during the night and I slept badly, so I tried to catch some winks this morning.  The winks were patchy, but at least I got some sleep.  I have things to do today, and DIL Janet is coming by later today after work, so I need to find some energy. 

The pharmacy called me yesterday to say that my Advair has been refilled for ninety days and is ready for pickup.  They also said that it would cost me $36.00.  Excuse me???  My co-pay is usually between $700 and $900 for ninety days, so what is this about?  If it really is only $36, I'll probably faint.  Well, maybe not faint, but I'll know I'm dreaming and haven't woke up yet. 

The pharmacist also told me that the second half of my shingles shot is in and waiting for me.  Add all this to a small shopping list and I guess I need to go shopping today.  Janet just texted me and said that she will go shopping with me.  God Bless my girls.  I couldn't get along without them. 

Today I have more photos of the pretty blossoms in my yard.  My Sweet Williams were almost wiped out but they are coming back now.  The few that are in my lawn will be dug up and moved to a new spot before the grass is mowed.  The colors range from lilac to pink to white.  Gosh, they are so pretty!




The last photo is one of the plants that grew beneath another type of plant.  The back part of the property is rather overgrown with all sorts of things.  I leave most of it alone just in case there are birds and critters living there. 

Today I have a new quick page for you.  This one is a "just for fun" page.  These little frogs are really enjoying the warm weather.  Have fun with it.


Here is your download link:
http://www.mediafire.com/file/91fz7ht1o1ph23q/EB_-_QP_2019_-_33.zip/file

Well, I have a lot of things to do before Janet gets here.  I have to shop around for a new air conditioner, and then I need to find out if and when SIL Eddie can install it.  I'm off now.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Today Is A Perfect Porch Day

June 5, 2019

Good morning.  Gosh, I did not mean to sleep away the morning, but I did.  The oxygen guy showed up at eight o'clock last night with another machine.  This one is not a new one but it is a bit smaller than the one he took out of here, and not so noisy. 

I settled in last night to watch the Master Chef Junior Finale and fell asleep a little more than half way into it.  Now I have to see if I can find it with On Demand.  I've watched these little kids cook their hearts out all these weeks and now I want to know how it ended up.  ( I just called my daughter Audrey to find out who won.)

Yesterday, I took some food out for the birds and noticed a pretty light orchid flower on the ground.  Oh my, the Emperor Tree has sprouted blossoms and I did not even see it coming.  The blossoms are beautiful, but they don't last very long. 



I remember years ago when I planted this tree.  It was just a little twig, and people kept either walking on it or driving over it.  I finally had to put a piece of green wire fencing around it to protect it.  It was only about a foot tall, if that.  Once it started to grow, it just kept on going.

My pink rose tree is covered with tiny pink buds.  It only had a couple buds before Bobby trimmed all the dead twigs off it, and now it is getting thick with buds. 



It does my heart so good to be able to look out and see these beautiful colors.  There are buds on the red rose bush and the white rose bush, so I'm hoping to get photos of these soon.  Meanwhile, while I'm out taking these photos, my little Pogo is keeping an eye on me through the porch gate.


 When I go to the other side of the house, I take Pogo with me.  He can't see me on that side of the house from the porch and he gets nervous.  I can't believe that he's been with me for almost seven whole years!  July will make seven joy filled years.   And I want more, lots more.

I think Pogo and I will take some nice cold water and go sit out on the porch.  It is really quite nice out there right now.  Maybe I'll take the new laptop out there and play a bit on it.  We'll see.  Or maybe I'll just crochet.  It's 77F degrees out there, with temps headed for the mid eighties.  There's also a nice little breeze to keep it comfy. 

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

Hugs, Edna B.