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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Anyone Have Beanie Babies?

October 22, 2019

Good morning.  Today is rather lovely, with lots of sunshine and temps in the fifties.  My phone app says that it is going to rain tonight and warm up to sixty degrees.  I love a warm rain.  It brings back memories from my childhood of playing and washing in the summer rain.

Before I get started here, let me say that I so appreciate all the comments that you leave here and in the C-Box.  They really start my day off with a huge smile.  So thank you, thank you.

Well, yesterday I never did get to do the laundry, but I was busy most of the day going through blankets and filling a Good Will bag.  When I get done with this, I really should go through all my clothes and get rid of everything that isn't being worn. 

Downsizing and getting rid of things really isn't all that easy to do.  About a year or so ago, I tried to downsize my collection of  purses.  Oh wow, now that was difficult.  Each one was a favorite of mine and I didn't really want to give it up.  Eventually, I did fill up a bag to donate to Good Will.  (It was fun though, replacing all of them with new ones.)

I guess one of these days I'll even have to decide what to do with my Beanie Baby collection.  Oh yes, I fell in love with them and did my best to collect as many as I could.  Do any of you have a collection of these?  If so, what did you do with yours? 

I don't have any photos to post today so I thought I would share some fun and giggle stories that I borrowed from the web.  I hope they brighten your day a bit.

That middle one reminded me of a time many years ago when I actually did cut a lot of my lawn with a pair of kitchen shears.  It was painful, and I got wicked blisters on my hand.  Obviously, I never did that again. 

Now I'm off to do a bit of blog reading.  After that, I just might get some of that laundry done.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Goodies In The Mail Today

October 21, 2019

Good morning.  Temps have warmed up a little bit.  Tis 55F degrees and headed for the mid sixties before dropping again.  According to my phone's weather app, we're supposed to be having rain today.  Right now, the sun is doing it's darndest to peek out from behind the clouds. 

I'm not going out today, so let it rain.  Today I'm planning on bagging some more blankets.  And, maybe fill up another Good Will bag.  I may even do a load of laundry.  I was going to do laundry yesterday, but I let my friend do her laundry here instead.

My friend Ellen came by and we had a wonderful visit.  She had laundry in her car so that she could stop at a laundramat on her way home.  I let her do her laundry here and we got to enjoy a much longer visit.  A win win for both of us! 

With bits of rain that we've been having lately, we have puddles for the birds to enjoy.  Here's a photo of one of the little sparrows enjoying some playtime in one of the puddles.

I peek in at Facebook quite often.  Not to post anything (I don't post anything personal other than Jazzy's music videos), but I do enjoy some of the crafts and other info that is shared there.  Here's another super idea that I saw there and downloaded to share here with you.

Oh my, the mailman just came and brought me a few of the packages that I've been waiting for.  Inside one of them is a Christmas present for Pogo's friend Sassy.  Inside another is a new purse to take to Florida with me next year. 

I have this thing about purses.  I love them.  Is that strange?  I know some folks collect shoes and fancy clothes, but I have a nice collection of purses.  Such a silly thing, but it puts a big smile on my face.  There's just something about a new purse!

Maybe I'll take my new purse with me this weekend when my girls and I go to the Paris Cabaret to see Carousel.  We'll see. 

Want some more silly laws?  In Utah, it's against the law to fish from horseback.  It is, however, legal to marry your cousin when you are fifty.  Oh my, it is illegal to detonate any nuclear weapon in Utah.  You can have them, but you just can't detonate them.  Really?  (more tidbits from AMAC magazine)

Now I'm off to do a bit of blog reading before getting started on this new day.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

This Month Is Slipping Away

October 20, 2019

Good morning.  Oh my gosh, do you realize that it is already the 20th of the month?  Is it me or is time speeding up a bit?  Wow, this month just started a little while ago, and now it is almost over. 

It's sunny and 39F degrees.  Temps should get up around sixty later today for just a bit, then drop again.  We've already had to put the heat on in the house.  The nights get too cool to go without heat.

This weekend so far has been half and half for me and Pogo.  Half of the time I was busy, and half of the time I was lazy.  Pogo and I watched a lot of TV yesterday.  He's been having problems with his trachea collapsing.  It seems to be happening more frequently lately.  His appetite has been way off these past two days.  However, this morning he finally had something to eat. 

My friend Ellen is coming by today for lunch, so I won't be gabbing very long here.  I have a few things that I want to get done before she gets here.  Top of my list is "wash the breakfast dishes."  I may even do a load of laundry. 

Before I forget, let me post another "oldie but goodie" quick page.   Considering all the rain that is falling all over the country, this might be rather appropriate.  Have fun with it.

Here is your download link:

While I was checking my email this morning, I found the cutest pattern for a poncho that is made from all your scrap yarns.  If anyone is interested in getting the pattern, try going to the web address on the image.  It's called "Scrap Happy Poncho."

Another interesting tidbit that I found on the web (and borrowed) is a crafty cooking tip that my daughter Audrey posted on Facebook.  This would be such a tasty dessert.  Just fill the muffin cup with your favorite ice cream, drizzle a bit of chocolate sauce over it, and Yum Yum!

Before I leave, let me leave you with some unusual laws.  In Pennsylvania it is forbidden to sing in the bathtub.  And it is also illegal to sleep on top of a refrigerator!  Plus, Pennsylvania ministers may not perform marriages when either the bride or groom is drunk!  Now how about that!   (Information is from the AMAC magazine)

Now I'm off to do some blog reading before getting started on those dishes.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Time, It Passes So Quiickly And Is So Precious

October 18, 2019

Good morning.  The temperature today is 51F degrees.  The sun keeps peeking out from behind the clouds and temps might get up into the mid to high fifties.  The colder temps are sneaking in ever so quickly. 

I got a late start this morning.  I just did not want to come out from beneath my warm covers.  I guess Pogo didn't either because he was still asleep when I got up.  We are both sun bunnies. 

Daughter Audrey is coming to visit for a week in just one more week.  Woo Hoo!  I only get to see her once or twice a year and I'm really looking forward to our time together.  She's going to help me straighten out my computer room.  It used to be the computer room, but over time it became a place to put everything else.

Last night, a mayoral debate was held at our local community college.  Jasmine was on the panel of speakers who would be asking the candidates questions.  Here are some of the shots from the debate.  (The newspaper photographer is Marc Vasconcellos)  I downloaded these photos from the Enterprise website.  This first image is the poster for the debate.

 This is the panel from left to right:  Mark Linde, Ed Cabellon, Marc Larocque and Jasmine.

Jasmine asking one of the candidates a question.

The mayoral candidates, left to right: Robert Sullivan and Jimmy Pereira.

Deanne and Eddie attended this debate meeting, but I haven't had a chance to find out what they thought about the candidates and how the meeting went.  I imaging it was quite interesting.  I will be interested to see how the November election turns out.

Jasmine is involved in a lot of the happenings at the college and in the community.  I'm not sure but I do believe she will be majoring in Political Science when she transfers next year to the next college.  I had so hoped to see her on Broadway, but I guess it won't be happening.  Boo Hoo.

Where has all the time gone?  Our little girl grew up right under our noses!  First she was holding on to Papa's knees for support to stand up, then she was twirling around the kitchen in her princess dresses.  Next came the saxophone lessons, and all the frightful Halloween costumes that she made.  Besides excelling in school, she entertained us all on the stage. 

She still entertains us on stage, attends college, has a job at Old Navy, is an active member of Phi Theta Kappa and participates in everything else that comes along.  Has it really been so many years that I can't imagine them slipping by me so quickly?

I did start a bag yesterday for the Good Will but I did not finish it.  That will be today's project.  And, hopefully, I can make that two bags.  We'll see.  Well, that's my news for today.  Now I'm off to do a bit of blog reading.  So till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Tis Wicked Windy Today

October 17, 2019

Good morning.  A rain and wind storm crept in during the night.  Half of my parking area is a huge puddle and the rest of the yard is covered with leaves.  The sun is shining and doing it's best to calm the winds, while the temperature sits at 50F degrees.  And that is our high for the day. 

Yesterday, my friend Ellen came by for a visit, and she brought me a tall cup of iced coffee.  Mmm, mmm, mmm!  We had a grand time getting caught up on all our personal news and gossip.  Deanne stopped by before work and spent  a little time with us.  It was so nice, and I hope to do this again soon. 

Today I'm hoping to gather enough energy to at least fill up a Good Will bag.  If I can accomplish that, I'll be happy.  My days of energetic accomplishments have dwindled down to just a few, every now and then.  So I try to make them as productive as possible. 

I also chatted with my friend Beth for a while yesterday.  She said that she might be able to go home soon.  That would really be nice.  This has been quite a year for health problems for both of us.  It's time for us to be healthy now.  That Florida vacation isn't very far  off, and we're both looking forward to it.

Here is something that I took out of one of my magazines.  It's so pretty that I thought I'd like to share it here.  I love cardinals.  No, I did not buy this, but I do think it is quite lovely.


Yesterday, I finally finished potting a few new plants.  Next, I'll put them out in the house with the other house plants to see if they can make it through the winter.  After that, I'll move them outside during the good weather. 

A few days ago, I took this photo of a furry caterpillar.  I'm not sure what type of winter weather it stands for but I thought it was rather pretty. 

That's about all my news for today.  Now I think I'll refresh my cup of coffee and do a bit of blog reading before getting started on that Good Will bag.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Brrrr! It's Getting Rather Nippy!

October 16, 2019

Good morning.  Brrr.  Tis 37F degrees this morning.  The sun isn't out yet, but it should be out later this morning.  The temps should rise to about 60F degrees later today.  Tonight though, the storm should be creeping into our area with lots of rain.  That should last all through the night and all day tomorrow.  We're supposed to be getting a lot of wind too. 

They say there may be a lot of power outages and trees down.  I hope not here.  Please not here.  I think I've about had all the disasters that I can handle for this year.  Of course, as I look around me, I'm a lot better off than a lot of other folks. 

I just got a phone call from my friend Beth.  She's in the hospital, and hopefully on the mend.  Her blood pressure sky rocketed and now they are trying to get it back down to normal,.  Beth, Pogo and I love you and we're praying that you heal  quickly so that you can go home. 

Yesterday, Audrey sent me a couple photos that the wedding photographer sent to her.  One is a very unique photo of the bride and groom on a covered bridge, and the other is Alena in her pretty outfit.   Audrey, thanks for sharing these.  I love the photo on the bridge.

Oh dear, I just got word that another friend has been in an accident, and has been rushed to the hospital.  It's really rough out there for broom riders in the daytime.  Just too many darn cars!

Now I really have to get going.  A friend is coming by for a visit and I want to at least get the breakfast dishes washed.  I only get to see this friend once or twice a year, so I'm really looking forward to seeing her.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Cooler Temps Are Here To Stay

October 15, 2019

Good morning.  Tis a lovely, cool, day here in New England.  The sun is shining and the temps have left the low forties and made into the low fifties.  Later we'll even get to see the low sixties.  Woo Hoo! 

When I first woke up this morning, I thought it felt rather cool so I checked the weather app on my phone.  Yup!  It was 40F degrees.  Outside.  Gosh, I don't think I'm quite ready for these much cooler temps.  I decided to go back to sleep and hope that it would be warmer the next time I woke up.  It was, by a few degrees. 

Well, yesterday was a busy day for me.  I'm not sure what it was that I was accomplishing, but I was very busy all day.  As for the junk mail, there was some lurking in dark places and I found it.  Not one bag, but two of them!  I obliterated them!  And I bagged a few blankets.  Oh wait, I did two loads of laundry.  Yup, I was busy.

Joe picked up my order at WalMart, so now Pogo has a new supply of doggy food.  Enough to last for at least ten more days.  We're still offering him his turkey treat, but so far he still is not interested.  He does enjoy barking at Joe though, as he pulls into the driveway after work.  And of course, he still enjoys barking at the mailman. 

Today I thought I would share the rest of the foliage photos that I took a few days ago.  They're not the greatest because I took them through the car window with my phone, but you can see the colors.

The last photo was taken as we were passing the train station.  These beautifully colored trees line the whole side of the parking lot. 

I've been a bit lax about washing the dishes, so there's a batch of them in the sink waiting for me to wash them.  That will be my first project today.  After that, well I'll play that by ear.  Making plans is for mice, not old women. 

Did I say that?  Old women?  Wow, I never thought the day would come that I would be an "old woman".  How did this happen?  I've been so busy all my life that I never really gave much thought about being old.  Well at least I'm thankful that I made it to this place in my life.  A lot of folks never do make it here. 

Well, that's my news for this morning.  It's time for me to get started on this new day. So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Today We Celebrate Christopher Columbus

October 14, 2019

Good morning.  Tis another lovely Fall day here in New England.  The temperature is 50F degrees, but will climb to the upper sixties later today with the sun popping in and out. 

Today is Columbus Day here in the States.  It commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the  Americas, and is celebrated every second Monday of October and has been a federal holiday since 1937.

Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer who set sail across the Atlantic Ocean in search of a faster route to the Far East, only to land at the New World.  His first voyage to the New World on the Spanish ships Santa Maria, Nina, and La Pinta took approximately three months.  I wonder, if he never came here, would we all be here today?  Hmmmm, food for thought.

I've been enjoying the Warehouse Clearance Sale on Shop LC.  It's now down to the last forty hours.  Wow, some of the bargains are awesome!  Nope, I haven't ordered anything else.  Yet.  While I'm watching the TV, I'm cleaning out all the junk mail.  I think I've got it all, but you never know.  There just might be another bag of it lurking somewhere. 

I also filled a bag and put it out on the porch to save for Good Will.  (Actually, the Good Will is Big Brother, Big Sister, BBBS)  Today I'm hoping to put another bag out there.  Gosh, it's just so hard sometimes to decide what will go and what will stay.  It took me so long to collect everything, and now a lot of has to go.  Sighhhhhhhhhhh.

Let me show you something I found while poking around on the web.  And yes, I did order it.  It's battery operated, and will be very useful for when I'm crocheting.  Especially with dark colored yarn.  It was only $10 so I ordered me a pink one.  (It's a light that you wear around your neck)

Today, I want to get a few birthday gifts packaged and ready for mailing.  One of them is only half ready, so I'll have to try to get the rest of it today.  My baby girl, Laura Jean, is going to be fifty four in just three weeks.  I already have some music CD's for her, music from the fifties an sixties.  Now I'd like to find a really pretty (and warm) outfit for her. 

This morning, Pogo and I slept a bit later.  No three a.m. breakfast today.  But he did have quite an appetite, and licked his plate clean.  This is what he's been eating.  I am really surprised, considering all the expensive doggie food I've bought for him over the years, and he turned his nose up at all of it.   So far, I've only found it in two flavors, beef and chicken.

We've almost finished the whole box of the Bella that I ordered a few days ago, so I put in a new order for more.  Joe will pick it up for us today.  Pogo hasn't eaten any of his turkey treat yet, but yesterday he stood in the doorway and barked when Joe got home from work.  Afterwards, he even went out to the house to get his treat.  However, he did not eat it.  I'm thinking a lot of this could be because of the meds he's taking.  Maybe in time, all things will get back to normal.

I realized this morning that I forgot to post a quick page yesterday, so I have it for you today.  It's another of my "oldies but goodies."  I hope you can use it.

Here is your download link:

Now I want to do a bit of blog reading before I get started on filling up another Good Will bag.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Got Me A Burst Of Energy Today

October 13, 2019

Good morning.  Tis sunny outside and the temperature is 55F degrees.  By mid afternoon, temps should rise to the upper sixties.  It's a rather nice Autumn day. 

Pogo has been doing just great.  The only big change is his reaction to his turkey treat.  He is not interested in it.  Of course, it could be the meds he is taking.  His appetite is great.  And the big news is that he is enjoying his doggie food.  It's the only food that he will eat.  Hmmm, interesting!

Well, we got up early this morning.  About four o'clock I think.  We both had some breakfast, and then Pogo went back to napping.  I decided to try to get rid of a lot of the junk mail that is piling up.  So far, I've tackled at least half of it.  In a little while, I'll get back  to finishing up the rest of it. 

Today I think I'll bag up all my extra blankets and put them out on the porch until I decide where to send them.  I noticed at the hospital that all the cages had blankets in them.  I'm thinking that maybe they can use the blankets.  I'll give them a call later today.

The foliage in my yard has slowly been beginning to change color from green to yellow.  Here are a couple photos.  The trees out front are changing from bright green to a yellowy green.  Soon, they will be all yellow. 

The hedge by my living room window is also getting ready for Winter.  It is growing lots of red berries. 

I've been trying all morning to find something interesting to watch on TV, but there's really not very much on that interests me.  None of the programs that I usually watch will be on for another hour or so.  However, I did find a channel with "Golden Girls" reruns and I put that on. 

I just took a short break to give Pogo his meds, and he's not happy with me.  I think they made him hungry because now he's looking for food.  Be right back........Oh my what a happy little guy Pogo is now.  He's eating his doggy food with a gusto.  Wow, one would think I never feed him!

I think I mentioned before about the huge warehouse clearance sale on Shop LC.  Well, I've been watching that quite a bit and I have to confess that it finally got the best of me and I made a purchase or two.  I just couldn't help it.  And Pogo kept urging me to buy something.  Ah well, at least one of the items that I ordered will be a gift for someone.

Now I think I should get back to the pile of junk mail.  Tomorrow's mail will bring a whole new batch of it.  Aye yi yi!  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Oh, What A Beautiful Morning

October 11, 2019

Good morning.  And a good morning it is indeed!  I want to thank everyone for your prayers.  They worked and my baby is back home.  (It's raining outside and 51F degrees, but just beautiful here on my sofa.)

Yesterday morning, the doctor called me around 9:30 and said that Pogo was looking good.  He was breathing good but still in the oxygen tent.  However, he had been throwing up all his meds, and not eating.  She was hoping that he would stop throwing up so that he could come home.

At eleven o'clock, Deanne and I went to the hospital to spend some time visiting with Pogo.  Gosh, it felt so good to hold him in my arms and cuddle him.  He felt so tiny, but oh so good.  Here's a photo that Deanne took of us.  I guess he was happy too because he peed all over the front of me.  I took that as a sign of good luck.

While we were there, Pogo drank a lot of water and held it all down.   That was definitely a good sign.  I had taken some food with me but he wasn't interested in it.  I held him for as long as I dared before putting him back in the oxygen tent.  (It's really an enclosed cage with doors and holes to put your hands inside.)

Later in the afternoon, around four o'clock, the doctor called to say that Pogo could come home.  Oh joy!  Oh joy!  Deanne picked me up around five o'clock and we went to the hospital to get my boy.  The nurse gave me some more meds that Pogo has to take and went over the instructions with us.  I paid the bill (Yes, it was huge!) 

In just a little bit, she brought Pogo out to us.  I wrapped him in another new blanket and we headed home.  Can you guess?  Yup, he peed on me on the way home.  I just know this a sign of good luck.  Once we got home and settled on the sofa, I made him a plate of food.  My little guy was super hungry and ate it all up.

It's not a great photo, but I took it with my phone and the lighting was from a lamp.  Plus he was moving and the photos kept coming out blurry.  Pogo has trouble getting the food up off the plate and into his mouth (because he has no lower jaw)  but he kept at it till he had licked the plate clean.

After supper, I started him on his new meds.  I could only give him one of them because I could not get the cover off one of the bottles.  When Joe gets home from work later today, I'll see if he can get the bottle cap off. 

Later in the evening, when I thought his breathing might be a little off, I hooked my oxygen cannula up near him.  He snuggled up near it and went right off to sleep.  I do have a regular concentrator and the portable concentrator, so we can both use the oxygen at the same time if we need to.  When Pogo woke up to make a potty trip to his pee pads, I took the oxygen away.  He slept the whole night peacefully without it. 

Through all of this, my daughter Deanne was like a trouper.  Between taking care of her family, taking care of Bobby and doing his errands, looking after me and running me and Pogo around, I don't know how she held up.  But she did.  I am so thankful for her, and I do love her so.  Pogo loves you too, Auntie!

On the way home from the first trip to the hospital yesterday, I took a few photos of the foliage with my cell phone.  These photos were taken through the windshield too, but at least you can see some of the beautiful colors  that our trees are showing.  Here are just a couple of them.

I have more photos, but I'll save some for tomorrow's post.  Right now, Pogo is sleeping.  I'm curious to see how he will act later today when Joe comes home.  He hasn't had his turkey treat these past couple of days so I'm wondering if he misses it. 

I'm off now to make a cup of coffee and do a bit of blog reading.  Again, thank you for all your prayers.  Till Sunday,, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

An Update On Pogo

October 10, 2019

Good morning.  I want to thank everyone for your prayers for my little Pogo.  I know they are helping because he is still hanging in there.  So thank you, thank you.

It's a few minutes after 6 a.m. and I've just talked to the nurse (?) in the ICU.  I've been calling every three hours or so since yesterday afternoon.  He is still in the oxygen tent and breathing.  He slept very well through the night, but they could not get him to eat. 

I just told the attendant that he will only eat one kind of doggie food and that it is a pate which I cut up into tiny pieces.  She said they would give it a try.  He's looking pretty good.  They just don't know how he would do if they took him out of the oxygen  tent. 

She said that the doctors come in at eight and then do their rounds and examine all of the patients.  I would probably get a call sometime between 10 and 11.  I said that it was too long for me and I would most likely call again at least by 10. 

I am hoping so to bring my baby home today.  Even with the TV on, it is just too darn quiet here.  Not that Pogo is noisy, but I miss his little sounds and his bossy little bark when he is hungry.  Most of all, I miss his cuddling.  I did ask when visiting hours start and they said at 11 a.m.  So, if he has to spend more time in the hospital, you can be sure I'll be there to visit. 

That's my update for now.  I've got my fingers and toes all crossed in hopes that I can bring him home today.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Prayers For My Pogo

October 9, 2019

Good afternoon.  This is just a short post to let you know that my little Pogo is in the ICU at the hospital.  We went this morning for his eye exam.  It turned out to be very stressful for him, and the doctor said that he would not be a candidate for surgery.  She prescribed eye drops for him.  While I was paying the bill, Pogo was still very stressed.

As I was getting into the car to go home, I noticed his little head was limp and he was blue.  He had stopped breathing.  We rushed him back into the hospital to see if they could revive him,.  He was rushed into the ER and intubated to get him breathing again.  He was hooked up to an IV so that they could sedate him.  He was not breathing on his own yet. 

They took us aside to give me the "this is critical and he may die" speech.  I signed the papers so that they would do whatever it took to keep him alive.  They let me go see him for a little bit.  He would have to stay in the ICU at least overnight. 

The doctors said they would call me with updates.  One update call was to get permission to have the heart doctor examine him and do tests.  They were concerned about heart failure.  I told them it was because of him being so stressed from his eye appointment.  I gave the permission anyway.

The next update was to let me know that they were able to take the tube out of him and that he was in an oxygen tent and breathing.  They would be monitoring him all through the night.  If he makes it through till tomorrow, I'm hoping to bring my baby home.  I hate that word "if."

Prayers do help, so we can use all the prayers we can get for my little guy.  I'm thanking you in advance. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Prayers For Bobby To Mend And Heal Quickly

October 8, 2019

Good morning.  Tis a bit on the gray side today.  The temp is at 55F degrees with bits of light rain.  Later the temps will rise to the upper sixties with sunshine.  Well, at least that's what my weather app says. 

Well, yesterday Joe stopped by WalMart on his way home from work and picked up my small grocery order.  I have to say that everything I ordered was there and with no substitutions.  Awesome!  Of course, I don't order anything that has an expiration date to be concerned about.  Like dairy products, meat, fresh veggies, etc.  Plus I only order things that I've already had a chance to check the nutrition facts for sodium content. 

I borrowed an interesting image from the web to share.  Did you know this already?  I did not.  But when you think about it, it really does make sense. 

One of my favorite TV programs, Shop LC, has been having a huge warehouse clearance sale.  It's a week long sale so you know what I've been watching.  Nope, I haven't bought anything, but I'm enjoying watching all the wonderful bargains.  They've had quite a nice mix of items.  Jewelry, clothes, housewares, etc. 

Yesterday I had planned on spending time clearing out all my junk mail.  However, a phone call wondering if I was okay changed my plans.  It seems my daughter Deanne had been texting me all through the night and the morning and was getting no response from me.  Huh?  After much checking, it was decided that the problem was with my phone.  However we could not figure out how to fix it. 

The evening before, my grandson Bobby and Amber were in the kids' bedroom tucking them into bed.  However, the door had closed and was locked from the other side and they could not get out of the room.  Not wanting to kick the door open and break it, Bobby decided to go out a window and come back in through the front door.  (Did I mention that they live on the second floor?)

OOPS!  His Super Dad cape did not work and when he hit the ground, he landed on his ankle and broke it all to pieces.  He did try to set his ankle and splint it, but then Deanne got a call to pick him up and take him to the hospital.  It was a really nasty break and would require surgery to put in a rod and pin (s), etc.  Hours later, he was admitted and moved to a room to be scheduled for surgery later in the day. 

They operated yesterday afternoon, and Deanne is keeping me updated.  Bobby, I'm praying that the surgery went well and that you mend and heal quickly.  Meema loves you Bob O Link.

Meanwhile, Audrey and I were texting back and forth (and calling on the land line phone) to see if maybe she could figure out how to fix my cell phone.  We're not sure what was done (or not done) but after a couple hours, my phone was working and my text messages were back to normal. 

When the mail came yesterday, there was a box containing another of my catalogue orders.  After checking everything, I spent some time reading a new book  that I had ordered for me.  Oh my, what fun I was having.  The book is about rock painting.

Doesn't this look like fun?  One of the projects in the book really caught my interest and I'd like to try making it.  It's a nativity set.  There are more pieces than what is shown in this picture, but this is the basic set.   Isn't this pretty?

I went online to price the paints, spray, etc.  Depending on how many paints you wanted to buy, the price is really not very expensive.  And the book shows you what type of stones to use and step by step instruction on how to paint each figure.  You can even buy the stones online.  I priced them too and they weren't expensive either.  I think once I get finished with my cards and calendars and my holiday shopping, I'm wanting to try to make the nativity set.

So, I guess today I'll attempt to tackle that pile of junk mail again.  Tomorrow morning, Pogo has an early appointment (9 a.m.) with the eye doctor.  My hope is that his cataracts can be removed without any after effects.  So, I won't be blogging until probably after lunch. 

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

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Oh What A Beautiful Day!

October 7, 2019

Good morning.  What a lovely surprise we had with the overnight temps.  They stayed in the sixties all night long.  This morning's temp is 68F degrees, and later this afternoon it should climb to the mid seventies.  I can really dig this!  Of course, I know that by Wednesday, all our day temps will only get up into the low fifties.   So, today is to be enjoyed.  It's a gift.

I woke up early this morning, at 4 a.m.  So I got up and finished packing a bag for Good Will,  Every little bit helps.  Afterwards, I went back to sleep for a few more winks.  I thought Pogo might like to have something to eat while I was up, but he was busy snoring softly in dreamland. 

Yesterday I promised to take a photo of the label that came with my new tiny rose plant.  The label was not very clear so I did the best I could.  If this plant grows and actually looks like this, it will be awesome.  Of course, with me as the gardener that's a big if. 

My goldfish plant is not doing so good.  I don't know if it is me or if it doesn't do well indoors.  Most likely it's me.  My green thumb done died years ago.

I have quite a few blankets put away in large plastic zip up bags.  I think before I put them in the bag for Good Will, I'll call around to see if an animal shelter wants them.  All animals love to curl up in blankets. 

Last evening, I went online to WalMart and placed an order to be picked up later this afternoon.  Joe said he would pick it up on his way home from work.  I really only needed water, but I added a few items to bring the order up to the minimum.  One of the things that I added was some doggie food for Pogo.  I found one that he will eat every now and then so I've decided  that it would be best to keep some of it on hand. 

Did I mention that I have another tiny tomato trying to grow on what's left of my tomato plant?  Yup, there is one gorgeous tiny tomato, and a couple more yellow flowers.  It must be the cooler temps that is coaxing it to bloom and grow.  We'll see.  Anyway, here's a photo that I took.

I was keeping up with the junk mail as it came in the door, but when I got sick a while back, I just started tossing it all in a pile.  That pile is now quite large, so I think  that will be my project for today.  I'll go through it and sort it into two piles, recycle and shred.  It will be good to see it all gone. 

Last evening I made a pan of meat sauce and then cooked some pasta.  Half the sauce went to the pasta and the other half is in the freezer.  I only cook half a pound of pasta at a time now.  Then I split that into two bowls.  One for supper and one for another meal.  I must say, it all came out quite tasty.

I only use diced tomatoes and tomato paste to make my sauce.  Once I mix it all into the cooked hamburg, if it is too thick I add some water.  Not too much.  Just enough so that it isn't too thick.  For seasoning I add onion powder and garlic powder and sometimes an Italian seasoning.  No salt, of course.  You can use any seasoning that you prefer. 

While surfing the web the other night, I came across this tasty recipe for a Christmas punch.  Actually, I think it would taste really good anytime.  If you did not have to drive anywhere, you could even add a touch of your favorite alcoholic beverage.  Mmmm!

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

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Memories Of The "Wish Book"

October 6, 2019

Good morning.  My goodness, tis 41F degrees right now.  Brrr.  What happened to Fall?  My weather app says that temps will get up to maybe the mid sixties later this afternoon before dropping back down.  The sun is shining though, so that's a plus. 

Well, I got one tiny package yesterday, but it was not to be a  gift.  It's a tiny rosebush that I ordered.  It has three different colored roses in it (so it says) and it is tiny so I can plant it in a pot and keep it indoors till next Spring.   I'll have to take a photo to show the different colors in this plant.  I hope it makes it till Spring.  I' m not doing so good with my goldfish plant. 

I came across this image on the web and just had to download it.  Oh my, the memories it brings! 

Do you remember how we waited for this "Wish Book" every year?  It would arrive, I think, around September or October.  Once everyone was in bed and asleep at night, I would sit down with this wish book and make out my Christmas order.  The next day I would send off my order and wait for it to be ready for pickup at the store. 

Then I would wait again for everyone to be asleep at night, and wrap and tag everything and  tuck it all away in a closet.  Now all I had to do was make my payments every week and it would all be paid for before Christmas. 

Sears and J.C. Penny were my go to catalogues.  They had everything we needed and it was all priced reasonably so that we could afford it.  All that changed many years later.  Such a shame.  I really miss these wonderful old catalogues.  (and stores) 

My daughter Audrey posted this on FaceBook, and of course I had to borrow it to share with you here. 

What an awesome idea for some of the ladies in my riding group.  Much as I would love to join in on the fun, my last attempts at riding on a motorized object did not turn out so good.  I guess Pogo and I will have to stick with my trusty old broom.  It has done us well all these years.  I imagine Audrey will have one these new fangled rides.  Who knows?  Maybe if there is room on the back of it she'll let me and Pogo hop a ride with her?  Hmmmm.

These last couple of days have been rather lazy for me.  I did, however,  do a few loads of laundry.  That, plus cooking and washing some dishes, was the extent of my achievements.  Yesterday I never even went on my laptop to check my email or do any blog reading.  I'll have to do that when I finish typing this post.

This morning I did take some meat out of the freezer to thaw.  Later I'll make some meat sauce for pasta.  This last time that I did my grocery shopping, I made sure to pick up some frozen meals that contained at least a daily minimum of sodium.  This way, I'll be sure to get my minimum every day. 

All year long I've been being very good and getting rid of all the cardboard boxes that come in.  Now that I need a few of them, I don't have them.  Go figure!  Ah well, it's too early to mail any of the holiday packages anyway so I'll manage.  Starting next week though, I want to start packaging up whatever I can and set it aside till it is mailing time. 

Do you buy extra bread and freeze it?  I do, but I never thought to do this.  I'll have to give it a try on the next loaf that I put in the freezer.

Before I get started on this lovely new day, let me post another "oldie but goodie" quick page.  I hope you can use it. 

Here is your download link:

Now I'm off to make a fresh cup of coffee and catch up on my blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, October 4, 2019

I Got My Flu Shot. Did You?

October 4, 2019

Good morning.  The sun is peeking in and out and the temperature is at 59F degrees.  One more degree and we should hit our high for today.  Our overnight temps are rally dipping down into the cold zone.   Tonight we should reach down into the upper thirties.  Brrrr!

Well, yesterday the mail brought me two more packages of things that I had ordered from catalogues.  One item was a really pretty housecoat and surprise, surprise, it fit me!  I don't usually order clothing from catalogues because their sizes aren't usually the same as our store sizes.  So this was a really nice surprise. 

 Deanne came by and took me to do a few errands yesterday.  First stop was the bank so now I can pay some more bills.  Then it was on to WalMart to get my flu shot and some groceries.  The pharmacist told me to use my arm a lot during the day because it was going to be a bit sore.  She was absolutely right!  It stopped hurting sometime during the wee hours of the night.

While we were there, we found some wonderful bargains and I was able to cross another name off my shopping gift list.  Little by little, I'm getting there.  Today I'm hoping to get that gift wrapped and packaged and ready for mailing. 

It's time for me to start getting serious about my new Christmas card too.  I have most of the photos ready for my new calendar, but I haven't spent any time working on the card.  In another month, I should be getting ready to order both of these items from the printer.  Aye yi yi, I'm running out of year!

Every now and then, I run across this item on the web and I mean to go online and order it.  Well, this week I'm going to get me one.  If you have a pet at home, this is a must have.  I checked on Amazon, and these start at $6.79.  You get the tag to keep on your key chain, and a card to keep in your wallet.  You can also find these on Ebay starting at $1.49.

Boo Hoo, I just brought in the mail and there are no packages there.  I was hoping that more of my orders would be here by now.  Oh well, all in good time. 

In answer to whether I had the pizza or the pasta the night, I chose the pasta.  Last night, I enjoyed a spinach pizza.  I was good, I only ate two thirds of it and saved the last piece for today's lunch.  I did good this time and did not drop my pizza on the floor.  Yea!!!!!

Before I go, here's another image that I borrowed from the web.  It's such a wonderful idea and it saves the lives of so many of our wildlife.

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

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Happy Birthday Jack

October 3, 2019

Good morning.  Tis fifty degrees and cloudy this morning.  According to my weather app, it won't be getting much warmer today, maybe just a few degrees.  Last night I had to put the heat on.  I don't want Pogo and me getting sick because it's cold. 

Today is Jack Jack's birthday.  I think he's fifteen now.  (My memory isn't always up to par)  My goodness, where have all the years gone?  Jack, I hope you have an awesome day filled with laughter and love.  Meema loves you.

Deanne is coming by later this morning  to take me out to do errands.  I want to get my flu shot while we're out.  All my other shots are up to date.  I'm trying to stay as healthy as possible.  My daughter Audrey will be coming for a week towards the end of the month.  While she is here, all us girls are going to spend one evening at the Paris Cabaret to see Carousel.  Jazzy isn't in this production, but it's still going to be a fun night out.

Yesterday I had trouble getting my energy level up to work on filling bags for Good Will.  However, by evening, I finally got started and managed to fill up two bags and start another one.  Then I spent some time on my computer trying to remember how to copy a music CD.  It took a while, but I finally figured it out.  I bought a couple music CD's for my daughter Laura Jean, and I wanted to keep a copy for myself. 

While I was playing on the computer, I played a video CD that  my friend Kyra sent to me almost twelve years ago.  It was full of short videos of various types of art and photos.  I'd almost forgotten how interesting this CD was.  Thank you Kyra for another fun evening. 

Did I mention that the computer is my old desk top?  It still works so I've hung on to it.  It comes in handy when I want to print anything.  This one is connected to my printer.  It's also good for making music and photo CD's. 

This morning Pogo tried to wake me up at 4 a.m. to make some breakfast.  I told him "no way" and "to go back to bed."  I did get up at seven and cook us some bacon and eggs.  I broke up a strip of bacon and cut up some egg into a bowl and gave it to Pogo.  I wasn't sure he would eat it, but he did.  Sometimes, he'll eat what I'm eating.  Don't tell him, but last week I actually gave him doggie food and he ate it.  Now that actually surprised me!

I've borrowed a couple images from the web to share.  This one seems to explain my ability to remember things lately.

And this one explains why it's okay not to do very much housework.  So far, no one has broken in to do me bodily harm, but at least I'm ready.

And last, but not least, I love this one with the Cardinal.  We have them here in my yard and they really are beautiful.  And yes, I do thank God for every single day of my life.

Now I'm off to do a bit of blog reading before its time to get dressed to go shopping.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

A Most Beautiful Tomato

October 2, 2019

Good morning.  It's really late, but I just did not want to get up this morning.  My little Pogo woke me up around 3 a.m. because he was hungry, and I couldn't get right back to sleep till after six a.m. 

Last Thursday I ordered a few things from some catalogues and lo and behold, some of them arrived with my mail yesterday.  Wow!  Talk about great service!  I'm trying to finish up a lot of my Christmas shopping so that it can all be wrapped, tagged and ready for mailing early.  There will still be things that need to be bought much closer to Christmas, but every little bit wrapped now is a big help.

I promised to post a photo of my beautiful bountiful harvest from my tomato plants.  So here it is in all it's glory.  Now be honest, isn't this just a most beautiful tomato???  Of course it is, because I get to eat this one!

I had planned to fill a bag for Good Will yesterday, but somehow life did not want to cooperate.  So today I'm hoping to fill two bags.  I'm not sure how my days get away from me, but they do.  And the older I get, the more these days have a mind of their own.  I borrowed this cute little image from web because it fits me to a tee.

Since I've been doing so much more cooking, I've come up with a few recipes that are unique to me.  (and my scattered brain)   This isn't just for chicken.  I can do this with hamburger, eggs and steak too,   (image borrowed from web)

Today I think I'm going to attempt to cook a pizza again.  I have one left in the freezer, and I'm hoping to be able to eat all of it.  Not all at once though.  Half for one meal and half for another meal.  I tried this last week, and it was a disaster.  I was cutting the pizza in half, and one half fell to the floor.  Spinach and cheese side down of course!  Not only did I lose half of my pizza, but I had a mess to clean up too. 

If I don't make the pizza for my supper, I might cook up some pasta.  I have a bowl of sauce (that I made before) in the freezer.  I also have some haddock filets in the freezer.  I may cook up one of the filets, place it on top of the pasta and cover it all with sauce.  Add a bit of grated parmesan cheese to the top of this and yum yum! 

Oh dear, now I have to make a very difficult decision.  Shall I have pizza or pasta?  I guess I'll just wait and see how I'm feeling later when it's closer to supper time.  Whatever I don't have today, I'll have tomorrow.  At least that's the plan right now. 

Now I'm off to make up a container of orange juice.  After that, I want to do a bit of blog reading before I get started on my Good Will bags.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.