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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Counting The Days Till Vacation Time

December 12,2019

Good morning.  The sun is shining and the temperature is 27F degrees.  We may get up to 31F degrees later today.  Brrr.  I'm thinking, only 70 more days and we'll be in Florida.  Here's a photo of my car that I took through the kitchen window yesterday.


Yesterday, the mailman brought me a package with my new boots.  Oh my, I love my boots!  They fit beautifully and they are so warm!  I guess I'm going to have to break down now and buy myself a pair of slippers. 

I wear flip flops year round (indoors in the winter), but after wearing my warm boots yesterday for a while, I'm thinking that warm slippers might feel really good.  Gosh, if I keep this up, I'll start being like a normal person.  Coat, boots, slippers, what's next?

Oh my, the mailman just came and brought me another Christmas card.  This one is so funny, it has the Grinch on it.  He's peeking out from behind a wreath.  Don't you just love getting cards?  I do.  They are so much better than getting an email card. 

I guess everyone at Deanne's job forgot that yesterday was supposed to Candy Land day at work.  Deanne and the general manager were the only two who showed up dressed for the occasion.  I hope they gave Deanne a lot of extra raffle tickets for participating.  She really did look cute.  Did you notice the lollipop in her hair?


I have another cute photo to share.  This one is Deanne's little dog Sassy.  She's curled up with her Teddy Bear, dreaming of hmmmmm, Santa?  chewy treats?  maybe a new toy?  Santa told me one thing that he's bringing to her.  I think she's going to really love it!


Yesterday I got another surprise in the mail.  My new electric bill.  Can you imagine my shock to find that it is more than five hundred dollars higher than last month's bill?  How can this be legal?  I can just imagine what next month's bill will be like.  We light the Christmas tree every evening.  Pretty soon we won't be able to afford to use any electricity.  The cost is getting out of hand. 

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

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

More Christmas Memories

December 11, 2019

Good morning.  Tis chilly, only 31F degrees and dropping a bit for the rest of the day.  It's also snowing again.  Not the funnest day to be outside.

Gosh, I accidentally found a new channel (for me) on TV.  It's called Create Channel.  At 6 a.m. there's a crochet and knit program and at 6:30 a.m. there's a painting program.  This morning I learned some neat new ways to seamlessly sew knitted and crocheted pieces together. How cool is that!!

The yarn for the red and black afghan came yesterday, so last night I put on a few rows of the black.  Nice!  This afghan is really pretty.  When I get a few more rows on, I'll take a quick snapshot of it to share.

Also in the mail were a couple gifts that I had ordered.  More to wrap!  The old procrastinating me is back when it comes to the wrapping.  Gee, I did so good for a while.  Today, I will do my best to get back in the mood.  I'm running out of time.

Oh my, there was just a commercial for something (I did not catch what it was) and it had a dad teaching his little baby girl how to dance.  Towards the end, he picked her up and danced around with her in his arms.  This brings back memories.  When my brother and I were toddlers, my Mom would dance with us like this.  When my babies were little, I danced this way with them.  Sometimes, I dance with my little doggie like this too.

Today I have two more of my favorite old Christmas photos.  This first one is my brother sitting on Santa's lap.  "Have you been a good little boy all year?"  "Why of course I have, Santa."  These were my two main Santas.  When Christmas Eve fell on a Friday night, Santa #1 went to Temple, and my brother took over the role.  Later, Santa #1 would join us for the rest of the evening in his regular clothes.  This really confused a few of the younger kids who thought they had figured out who Santa really was.


Mrs. Claus used to come along every year to give Santa a helping hand.  Rhoda, I miss you and Marshall.  I hope this finds you both well.


Our Christmas Eves were very magical.  It brought together friends and family with different religious backgrounds.  Catholic, Protestant and Jewish.  We celebrated our blessings together.

Today, Joe said he will stop by the Post Office on his way home from work and pick me up the mailing label for an overseas package.  I have one more to get in the mail.  It may not arrive at its destination in time for Christmas, but at least it will get there shortly thereafter.

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

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Pickles Explores The Christmas Tree

December 10, 2019

Good morning.  Tis a lovely day here in New England.  The sun keeps peeking out from behind the clouds and the temperature is 55F degrees.  Woo Hoo!  Of course, the rain is supposed to come back later today.  Ah well, I'll just enjoy things while it is so nice.

Yesterday went by quickly.  I know I was busy, I just haven't figured out yet what it was that kept me so busy all day.  I guess that's one of the perks of getting older.  Blissful forgetfulness.  Although I don't really know what is so blissful about it. 

I did call Herrschners Yarn Company, and they helped me find a navy blue yarn.  They also helped me match it up to two other colors.  Now the yarn for my afghan is ordered and will soon be on the way here.  After the navy blue afghan is finished, I still have two more to make for Aurora and Xander.  2020 is going to be another busy crochet year for me.

I have to share something adorable with you.  It seems like Pickles (Jazzy's kitten) is really enjoying the Christmas tree.  Deanne will surely have her hands full keeping their tree safe till after Christmas.



I did not do any wrapping yesterday, so I guess that's my project for today.  Some days I'm in the mood and other days I'm not.  I can't believe that Christmas is only fifteen days away.  Not too long ago, I was ahead of myself.  Now I'm running out of time to get everything done. 

Last evening, I did work on the yellow afghan for a while.  This one is much larger than I usually make them so it's taking longer to make it.  Plus it always seems to take longer to make an afghan that is all one color (like this one).  There's no rush though because I'm keeping this one. 

I just noticed that Joe's truck is in the driveway.  I hope he's not sick.  He doesn't normally lose a day of work.  I'll have to check on him when I finish this post.  I'm thinking I'll wait until after Christmas to mail the afghan for Ulf to Sweden.  I don't want it to get lost in this last minute Christmas Postal rush. 

Now I think I'll do a bit of blog reading.  I have a lot to do today and I really should get started on it.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, December 9, 2019

A Foggy Day In New England

December 9, 2019

Good morning.  Tis gray and foggy and raining outside, but the temps are rising.  It's 42F degrees right now, and may even hit the higher fifties by evening.  Of course, once the rain stops, the cold temps will be back. 

Well, I finally got all my Christmas cards addressed and ready for the mailman to pick up this morning.  I also packed up all the calendars that are being mailed.  They are all in a bag waiting for me to take them to the Post Office.

Now I just have to get the last two boxes ready for mailing.  I did not sleep well last night, so I'm hoping to gather up enough energy today to get these last two boxes done.  Normally it wouldn't bother me not to sleep at night; but with Christmas coming,I need to get so many things done during the day.  I'm sure it will all work out.

I want to thank the folks who decided to send a card to Carlos.  It will mean so very much to this little fellow.  I have one ready to go out today from Pogo, and tomorrow I'll mail another one from the both of us.  There's another one set aside to mail in a few days. 

We must have a substitute mail carrier today because the msil is late today.  As long as I don't miss him it's okay.  I'd like to get all these cards out in today's mail. 

I found this adorable image on the web and just had to download it to share.  It's a lot truer in real life.  My Pogo is a super doorbell, and he sits on his charger a lot.


Aha!  The mail is here, and all my cards are now on their way.  Now I just have to get to the Post Office and send off all these calendars.  I'm getting there.  Slowly.

I learned that one of my great granddaughters loves the color navy blue.  So that means that one of the new afghans will have to have navy blue in it.  I spent quite a bit of time last night going through my yarn catalogue looking for this color yarn.  I do have some by Red Heart, but it is too thick. 

For some reason, the Red Heart worsted weight yarns are not all the same thickness.  This is the main reason I switched brands.  Today I'll have to call Herrschners and ask if they have a color that is the same as navy blue.  I could not find one in their catalogue.

Before I get started on today, here's a cute giggle for you.  It sort of hits home.


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

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

A Visit With Santa Claus

December 8, 2019

Good morning.  The sun is shining, but the temperature is only 25F degrees.  Brrrrr!  If we''re lucky, we may see temps of 32F degrees later today.  Temps the next two days are supposed to be nice and warm, but it will also be raining.  At least, that's according to my phone app.

Yesterday, Joe went to the Feed and Grain store and picked up my order of cracked corn and corn cobs.  My flock of turkeys (seven of them) were thrilled!  Now we won't run out of their food.  They hung around the yard most all day, and Joe fed them again in the afternoon. 

Meanwhile, Deanne came by and we went to WalMart to pick up a few things.  While we were there, I decided to buy myself a jacket for this cold weather.  I usually wear a sweatshirt jacket or my little green Spring coat year round.  Lately though, the cold gets to me more so I thought I should have a warmer jacket.  Plus I got me a fuzzy bed jacket for when I am sitting here crocheting.  Wowsie!  It is soooo warm! 

And, you'll never guess who we bumped into as we headed towards the pet department.  There in all his glory was Santa Claus!  Oh boy!  He was having his picture taken with a little boy, and I told his assistant elf that I wanted a picture of me with Santa too.  He gave me a hug and a candy cane, and I told him that he had made my day.  I just love this man!

Here is Deanne with Santa.


And here is me with Santa.


A package came this morning.  It was the padded envelopes that I had ordered from Amazon.  So, I guess today I will get my calendars ready for mailing.  Plus I want to finish wrapping the gifts that have to be put in the mail.  Those boxes need to be labelled and taken to the Post Office.  Everything has to be out of here by the end of the week.

Deanne shared an article on Facebook, and asked me to share it here with you.  It's all about making a little boy very happy this Christmas. 

Carlos has been in the hospital since August 31, waiting on a heart transplant.  He will be spending Christmas in the hospital and wants lots of cards to decorate his room.  Surely we all have an extra card that we can send to brighten up this this little boy's holiday.


Well, that's my news for today.  After I do a bit of blog reading, I want to address a few more envelopes.  I'm getting another batch of Christmas cards ready to mail.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B. 

Friday, December 6, 2019

Christmas Memories

December 6, 2019

Good morning.  We should see some sunshine today with temps in the mid thirties.  Too cold for me, I'm staying indoors.  Thank goodness my Pogo uses wee wee pads.  He doesn't like going out in the cold or yukky weather, and neither do I. 

Well, I got a wicked super surprise in yesterday's mail.  My Christmas cards and calendars arrived.  Can you imagine?  I just uploaded them to Vista Print on Friday night.  Now I call that awesome service!   Last evening, I addressed about half the envelopes and wrote labels for the calendar packages.  The calendars won't be able to go out till next Tuesday because I had to order more envelopes for them.  Silly me, I thought I had some. 

My favorite program, Project Runway, started it's new season last night.  After watching it, I fell asleep.  However, I guess I was too excited about my cards and calendars because I did not sleep past two o'clock a.m.  So, I got up and crocheted on the red and black afghan for a while.  After that, I was able to get back to sleep for a while.

Today, I'll post the first of my favorite old Christmas photos.  My son Gary sent this one to me many years ago.  This is him, his wife and all six children.  Today, all the children are adults in their twenties and thirties, and one of them has two children.  All but his oldest daughter, Shanna, and her two sons live in Florida.  Shanna lives not too far from me.


Many years before this family photo, there's another photo of my son Gary, taken on Christmas Eve.  At age eighteen, just before he left to go in the Navy, he was my alternate Santa Claus.  (The regular Santa had imbibed a bit too much during the day.)  And this is his Dad sitting on his lap.


There are so many wonderful memories in my old photo box.  I'll be sharing these right up until Christmas. 

Today, I'll put the first batch of my Christmas cards in the mail.  Later, I'll address more envelopes so that I can get the rest of them in the mail.  Tomorrow, Deanne is taking me to WalMart to pick up a few things.  I'll get a couple of the padded envelopes to hold me over till the ones that I ordered get here. 

I need to pick up a few more things for my daughter Laura Jean.  The social worker at her facility called yesterday to let me know of a few things that she needs, some clothes and a few accessories.

We're getting really low on cracked corn and corn cobs, so yesterday, I called the feed and grain store and ordered two fifty pound bags of cracked corn and two bags of corn cobs.  The corn cobs are for the squirrels.  They love them.  Joe will pick them up in his truck tomorrow. 

On that note, I imagine my turkeys will be here soon looking for their breakfast.  When they see one of us bringing the food out to them, they just stand there and wait for the food to hit the ground.  Then they all run to the food to chow down.

I think I'm ready for a hot cup of coffee now.  So till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

A Bit Of Local History

December 5, 2019

Good morning.  It's so good to see the sun shining this morning.  I just peeked outside, and my porch is empty.  Last evening, I piled a whole lot of white trash bags full of things for the Big Brother Big Sister Foundation onto my little porch right by the gate.  These folks were here early this morning to pick everything up.  Now I can start to fill some more bags for them. 

My SIL Eddie was here a couple days ago to fix a broken faucet knob in the upstairs bathroom.  I don't know what I would do without him.  He's been a blessing for me.  But that's not why I mentioned him here.  Before he left, he showed me a couple photos he took in the park on his way here.  He said that it was so beautiful there, and he knew I'd be taking photos if I were there, so he took a couple for me.  That made me feel so good.  Thank you Eddie.  Here are his photos.



As much as I don't really like all the snow, I have to admit that it makes everything quite beautiful to look at.  Especially in our park.   Let me tell you a little bit about our beautiful park.

D. W. Field's Park consists of 650 acres of fields, woodlands and water bodies in two of our neighboring towns/cities, and is owned and maintained by both municipalities.  It was created in 1925 as a bequest from Brockton businessman Daniel W. Field.   It's landscape is dominated by a chain of seven water bodies, all of which are man-made.  The oldest of  them, Cross Pond, was created in the 1790's; these lakes, ponds and reservoirs were, with one exception, created before the park was laid out, and served either agricultural or industrial purposes.

The park's most prominent landmark is a fieldstone observation tower, built at the park's high point, know as Indian Cave Hill (or Tower Hill).  It was built in 1928 from fieldstones gathered from the park grounds.  Inside 90 steps, approximately 18 per landing, lead to an observation deck with a visage as far as the Blue Hills in all directions.  The Tower is officially open one day a year during Columbus Day weekend.  Here's a photo of the Tower.  (downloaded from Google) 


Last night, I put a few more rows on the red and black afghan.  Five and a half more rows, and I'll have to wait for the new yarn order to get here before I can go any further on it.  Once I get the third color on it, I'll take a photo.  It's really quite pretty.

Now it's time to wash the breakfast dishes and make a fresh cup of coffee before I start my blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Feeding My Birds

December 4, 2019

Good morning.  It's cloudy today and a speck warmer.  We may even get up to 35F degrees today.  Woo Hoo!  Tomorrow should be a stunner, sunshine and temps in the low forties.  But at least the snow and rain has stopped for now.

Yesterday, it snowed lightly all day.  We probably ended up with seven or eight inches total from both days.  After work, Joe cleaned most of it up with the snow  blower.  One section could not be cleared because there was a huge puddle of water beneath it.  But the rest of the yard is cleared. 

You know, my turkeys did not find any food on Monday when they came by and it really bothered me.  Yesterday when they came by, they were really hungry.  They stood in the driveway looking up at the front door and the living room windows, as if to say "Please could we have some food?" 

I'm a softee when it comes to the animals.  This really hurt, so I took the cover off the feed barrel and filled it with corn.  Then I went out through the front door and placed the cover of food on the bottom step.  I have no boots, so this was as far as I dared to go.


It worked.  Soon they all came running over to get the food.  Most of them were a bit leery at first, understandably.  But soon they all took turns eating.  When one of the dwarfs came home, I asked him to move the cover out away from the steps so that several turkeys could eat at the same time.  This worked even better. 



My son in law Eddie came by, and my turkeys were still here.  They had eaten all the food, but they were still hungry.  So we filled the cover with more corn and Eddie placed it back over where we usually feed the birds.  This made my turkeys very happy.  (and me too!) This is a group of seven birds who come every day, so I feel a bit responsible for them.

I've been going through some of my old Christmas photos, so I think soon I will start posting a few of my favorites.  Santa Claus is a favorite friend of mine.  He always has been.  Years ago, when I didn't have much money, he found us anyway and brought lots of presents for everyone.  The man is simply magic! 

Santa is one of the main reasons why I try to do whatever I can to help others.  As for the animals, well I'm just a softee when it comes to them.  I can't stand the thought of an animal being hungry or hurt.  So I do what I can whenever I can.  It doesn't change the whole picture, but at least it does help some.  I hope. 

I got a weird phone call yesterday.  I don't usually answer the phone if I don't recognize the name or number showing up, but for some reason I thought I should answer it this time.  The caller said that because of excellent record of paying my bills, I now qualify for 0% interest on all of my credit cards.  I just had to press 1 and............. This is when I hung up.  What a scam!  I wonder how many folks would actually press 1.

Now I'm off to, first order a pair of boots from Amazon, then do a bit of blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Lordy Me, It's Still Snowing!

December 03. 2019

Good morning, and a snowy one it is!  After yesterday's snow we got the rain.  Last night, after the rain, the snow came back.  It hasn't stopped yet.  Thank goodness the flakes aren't big and fat this time or we'd be buried.  Temps are only 31 F degrees and should go up maybe one more degree.  Oh boy! 



My weather app is having a problem.  It says it is raining now, and should snow all day.  I've been outside, and it is snowing (not raining).  My poor little app probably needs a good rest.  tch, tch, tch.

I got good news this morning in my email.  The package that I sent overseas about eleven days ago has already been delivered.  Awesome!  Of course that means that the receiver of the package will have to sit and look at the contents for more than three weeks before they can open anything.  Oh well, this just prolongs the excitement.  

I am so hoping that my calendars and cards come this week so that I can get them all out in the mail too.  After that, I need to get these last couple of boxes packaged and mailed and then I'm done.  I'm amazed with me this year.  Somehow I managed not only to get everything done in time, but I'm a speck early.  Woo Hoo!  

Now if only I can transfer this energy to getting my tax stuff done early, and wowsie!  Oh I don't even want to think about that in case I hex myself.  Well, at least I do already have all my paperwork separated into piles in preparation for getting the tax stuff started.  

Yesterday, I went online and ordered the rest of the yarn that I will need to make this red and black afghan.  I already have eight rows done on it.  After this one, I still have a few more to make for some of my great grandchildren.  

Our turkeys were here early yesterday looking for their food.  Unfortunately, I could not get it over to their feeding spot.  I don't have boots.  Actually, I can't remember the last time I ever did have boots.  I know I had them when I was really young.  I probably should get me a pair though, because if it snows when I have to go out, I won't be able to go.  I've reached an age in life where I try extra hard to stay healthy and not get sick.  What do you think, aren't these some pretty awesome looking turkeys?



I still have a bit of wrapping to do, so maybe I'll get some of that done today.  As soon as Deanne's tree goes up, I'd like to send a box of presents home with her to put beneath her tree.  The more that leaves here, the merrier.  

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

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Snow And Rain And Snow

December 02, 2019

Good morning.  Tis cold here and everything is covered with snow.  The snow started yesterday afternoon, very lightly.  Then the snowflakes started getting bigger and falling faster and faster.  It snowed all through the night.  Some of the flakes were big and fat.  However, we only got a few inches of it.  At least that's what it looked like when I last looked outside.

My phone weather app tells me it is raining right now.  I just looked out, and yup, it's raining.  Lightly at the moment.  It's supposed to rain on and off all day, then change back to snow for tonight and tomorrow.  Sounds like "Stay indoors" weather to me. 

My grandson Bobby is a chef, and so it stands to reason that his children will enjoy cooking too.  Here's a photo of Aurora and Xander that he sent last evening.  They are helping to prepare their Thanksgiving dinner, and they are thoroughly enjoying it.


Deanne sent me another photo last night after she got home from work.  It seems that yesterday was "funny socks" day at work.  If I understand correctly, the employees who participate in these odd days at work receive tickets that they can use at a raffle.  I'm assuming the raffle is at work too.  The more tickets you collect, the better your chances are of winning something.  Here's Deanne's funny socks.  The black dots are googly eyes.


You know, people are funny.  Deanne tells me that out of about four hundred employees, only forty or so actually participate in these fun days.  I wonder why that is.  I would have loved something like this back in my working days.

My stepson Sean sent me a photo too.  Do you remember the days of the Ice Cream Truck?  Well in his part of Florida, they have an Ice Cream Boat.  I love it!!


Well, I finally did it.  I finished the pink afghan.  I just have to tie in two little yarn ends and I can package it.  Last night, I dug out my red yarn and started the red and black afghan.  Today I'll have to put in my order for the rest of the yarn.  I have enough to get started, but that's all.  I even put a couple new rows on the yellow afghan that I started a while ago.  This one will take a while, and I'll work on it in between other projects.

I forgot to mention, but on this past Friday, I finally finished my calendars and Christmas cards and got them uploaded to the printer.  Today I got an email saying that my whole order was shipped to me yesterday.  Woo Hoo!  I have to thank my friend Mary Ann for helping me with Photoshop Cloud so that I could get my card finished.

As soon as my order gets here, I'll have to start addressing the envelopes and mailing labels.  I guess I have a super busy week coming up.  In between I want to finish up my wrapping.  I need to get another box or two out in the mail.

That's my news for today.  Now I need to sit down and pay a few bills before I settle in to do a bit of blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AUDREY

Good morning.  Tis gray today and we're expecting some sort of storm.  Snow, ice and rain.  How much?  We'll know when it gets here.  I guess it's still a bit too soon for the weather forecasters to know for sure.  All we know is that it is coming.  And I say yuk, yuk, yuk.

Today is also the first day of a new month.  This is it, the last month of this year.  Here's the December page from my calendar.


Sixty one years ago today I became a mother.  My first born was a baby girl whom I named Audrey Lynne.  Thirty nine years ago I became a grandmother, and seventeen years ago I became a great grandmother.  It's been quite an experience and I'm still enjoying it all these years later.

Audrey and her hubby Mac are on the road heading home from Kentucky.  They went to pay respects to a dearly departed friend.  I'm wishing them a safe trip, as they will be driving most all of the day.  Audrey, I want to wish you a beautiful birthday.  Maybe it can spill over into tomorrow?  Now that would be nice.  I love you Audrey.

Our turkeys come by most every day now for their food.  Joe put some food out for them early this morning.  We're hoping they come by before the snow gets here.  Today will be busy.  Joe has to check the snowblower to make sure it is ready, and we still have to get the plastic covers up on the front porch screens. 

Here's a couple photos I took of our turkeys yesterday.  It was cold yesterday morning, so Joe threw their food into the driveway.  Thankfully, no one had to go out until after the turkeys had cleaned it all up. 



Yesterday, Deanne brought me a big bag of home cooked food.  Wowsie!  There was a whole Thanksgiving dinner in that bag!  And I ate it all last night.  Yum, yum, yum.  I did share the turkey with Pogo.  Thank you Deanne, that was a super tasty meal. 

Deanne had to work yesterday.  It was "elf dress up day" at work and she looked adorable.  She had on an elf tee shirt and peppermint candy pants.  I didn't think to take a photo when she was here after work.  We spent some time online looking for something for her to wear on "Candyland" day.  That's coming up in about a week and a half. 

I should explain.  Deanne works at an Amazon warehouse, and this company seems to try to keep things interesting for their employees.  They have special dress days, tee shirt give away days, and other goodies to keep things interesting. 

Today I want to work on the pink afghan.  It's almost finished.  I have to decide how long it should be.  I'll either be putting on six more rows or another twenty seven rows.  It all depends on how it looks after the next six rows go on. 

Now it's time for me to head to the kitchen and wash the breakfast dishes.  Then I'll be doing some blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Even The Turkeys Had Dinner

November 29, 2019

Good morning.  I hope everyone had a joyous Thanksgiving Day.  Pogo and I had a wonderful day, even though our dinner plans changed considerably.  None of the restaurants that are usually open on this Holiday were open.  Hmmm, what to do now. 

We were really looking forward to that tasty Chinese food, but it was not to be.  So I cooked up a pot of pasta and meat sauce and we all sat down to a very tasty dinner.  Folks, it's not the food that makes it a joyous time, it's who you share it with. 

After dinner, Pogo and I had a nap, what else is new?   I must have thousands of photos of my little guy sleeping, but I just can't help myself.  He looks so darned cute! 


After our nap, I got out the pink afghan and added quite a few more rows to it.  I'm close to three quarters done with it.  Woo Hoo!  I'll have to take a photo of it soon.  It's really quite pretty.  I'm thinking that I'll send this one to our dear friend Ulf in Sweden. 

Today, I want to work on my Christmas card.  I'd really like to order my calendars and cards to be printed by tomorrow so that I can get them in the mail before Christmas.  Wish me luck. 

Yesterday, my turkeys were back, looking for their Thanksgiving dinner.  So I filled a bowl with feed and Dwarf Mike took the food out  to them.  He no sooner put the food on the ground, they all came running to get it.  It may sound strange, but it's a good feeling to know that the turkeys all had something for dinner. 

There was a huge packet of sale flyers in yesterday's paper, so I guess I'll be looking through them today just in case there is something in there that I need.  (or want)  I think I'm pretty much done with my Christmas shopping though.  Later today, I'll check through things just to make sure. 

This week I received a new book that I had ordered.  I used to work a lot with herbs, and I thought it would be fun to try it again.  There are some wonderful recipes in this book.


Now I have to go check to see if Joe is up yet so that Pogo can go out in the house and have his turkey treat.  I can't really get started on anything until I know that Pogo is all set.  I'm off now, so till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend.
 
Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY

November 28, 2019

Good morning.  Today is Thanksgiving day here in the States.  The sun is shining and the temperature is a balmy 42 F degrees.  According to my phone app, we should be getting rain soon for the rest of the day.  But right now it is lovely outside my door. 

This post will be short.  Most all of you will be getting together with family and friends to share a meal and give thanks for all that you have.  Pogo and I are going to sit down to dinner with a couple of the dwarfs (tennants) who will be home today.  Pogo is excited because we're ordering one of his favorite foods for dinner.  Chinese Pork Lo Mein and Pork Fried Rice.

This afternoon, I think I'll get out the pink afghan and put a few more rows on it.  It's finally more than half done.  Tomorrow I have to get serious about getting my Christmas card done.  I need to order it so that I have time to mail it. 

Before I go, let me leave you with this thought.  (borrowed from the web)


Till tomorrow, Happy Thanksgiving.  Y'all have a Blessed day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

So Many Wonderful Bargains To Shop For

November 27, 2019

Good morning.  It's only 5:30 a.m. and I've been up for about an hour.  My little Pogo was hungry so Mama got up and got him his breakfast.  Now that his tummy is full, he's back under the blanket, softly snoring.  What a delightful sound!

I'm watching HSN (shopping) on TV.  Today starts their free shipping and six payments on everything.  Right now, they are featuring electronics.  So far, I'm not buying, but I do enjoy watching and learning about the different products.

Wouldn't it be nice if they had a 10" laptop to offer?  Now that might tempt me to buy.  Maybe.  It would all depend on what the laptop could do, how much memory it has, etc. etc.  Right now, they are featuring their daily special, a Pac Man Arcade game.  Remember the fun we all had with Pac Man?  This arcade looks like a lot of fun.  (nope, I'm not buying it.)

Today I want to share some art done by my friend Mary Ann.  This is a Vintage Mining Shed.  She took the photo on one of her trips to either Arizona or Nevada.  I'm not sure which.  Then she applied her artistic touch to it, and voila!  This is just beautiful. 


I absolutely love the colors.  This digital art exudes a sense of peace and calmness.  Mary Ann, thank you so much for letting me share this. 

***** A short break to make a fresh cup of coffee and eat my breakfast.  Thank you for being patient with me. 

Well, the electronics portion of the shopping program is over so it's time to switch to Law and Order.  This is one of my favorite shows, so I'm enjoying all the re-runs.  These will be on till about eleven o'clock.  Then I'll probably switch to BUZZR, all older game shows.  My favorites are Match Game and Concentration.  But I like them all.

Yesterday, Joe took my package to the Post Office for me.  Then Deanne came by before work and packed up all my solar thingies for the winter.  I just have to pick up some heavy duty plastic so that we can cover the front screens on the porch.  Then I'll be all set for the winter. 

I want to thank Steve Reed for finding information for me on the Mullein versus Evening Primrose.  Now I'm not sure just what plant it is that I have growing in my garden.  It's probably Mullein because it gets really tall.  When I can, I'll go out and see if there are any seed pods on one of the plants.  If there is, I'll take one apart to see what the seeds look like.  Then I can look them up on Google.  In any case, it doesn't matter because the plant is beautiful and the birds love it.

Before I take my leave, let me share this image that I borrowed from the web.  All animals are precious, even when they have special needs or when they are old.  They all deserve a loving home.  So if you are thinking about adopting, please consider the "Less Adoptable Pet."  They need love too.


Now I'm off to do a few things before sitting down to some blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Gobble, Gobble, Gobble.  In turkey talk that means have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Look Alike Plants? Or Relatives?

November 26, 2019

Good morning.  Today is supposed to be a beautiful day, warm and sunny.  I've been up for a couple hours, breakfast done, trash and recycles taken out to bins, and I'm ready to start a new day.  Joe is off work this week so Pogo has been getting his turkey treat really early in the morning.  Between 6 and 7 a.m. 

I don't know how Pogo figured out that Joe is home every day, but he's out at my pantry door right around 6 o'clock in the morning just waiting to bark at anything or anyone who might move about in the house.  I think he maybe can smell the coffee that Joe is brewing.  Either way, if I'm not already up, then that does the trick.

With my respiratory problems, I'm always on the lookout for anything that might help.  I came across an article about Mullein Tea and ordered some.  So far, I have no thoughts on whether or not it helps.  Maybe I haven't been drinking it long enough.



Mullein is really quite beautiful.  It looks a lot like the plants in my yard that I call Evening Primrose.  Now I'm going to have to do some research to find out what my plant really is.  My plant grows quite tall and the leaves and flowers are quite similar.  If anyone has any information on these two plants, please let me know.

I only did a little bit of wrapping yesterday.  I guess I just wasn't in the right mood to do much of it.  Sometime between now and tomorrow, I'd like to get out to buy a birthday card.  I need to have it in the mail by tomorrow in order for it to get to its destination in time.  That means that I have to get a package in the mail too.  My goodness, I'm getting way behind all of a sudden. 

Here's a picture that I borrowed from the web.  I don't know who the author is but I thought it was too cute not to be shared.  I've never seen a baby otter.  My goodness, this Mom and baby are so beautiful! 


Now I'm off to get that package wrapped and labelled so that I can get it to the Post Office.  While I'm out I'll pick up the birthday card.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, November 25, 2019

My Magic Blanket

November 25, 2019

Good morning.  At the moment it is gray and cold outside.  However, my phone app says that the temp will rise to close to 50 F degrees with lots of sunshine.  Oh gosh, I hope so.  We'll see though, my phone app tends to be wrong sometimes.

Well, yesterday turned out to be a rest and nap day instead of "do a project" day.  But that's okay.  I guess when the body gets old, it just naps when it needs to no matter what you might have planned.  Of course, that meant that from about 3 a.m. this morning I was up.  Bright eyed and bushy tailed.  At least the shopping channel had lots of good things to show.

I think there's magic sleepy dust in that big orange blanket that I have because as soon as I bring it out, Pogo and I crawl under and fall asleep.  Here's my little guy early this morning.


Today though, I really do want to get more wrapping done.  The other day, I picked up some cute things for my daughter Laura Jean, so I can get her box packed and ready for mailing.  Friday's mail brought a package with two more gift items I've been waiting for.  Now there are two more folks' gifts I can wrap and tag.  Little by little, I'm getting there.

I would still like to try painting the Nativity family rocks.  So I might just give it a try once all my Christmas stuff is finished.   And I want to work on the new red and black afghan too.  I guess I'll be busy right up till it's time to get ready for my vacation.

While browsing the web, I came across this picture.  I think it is just beautiful.  I do my best to try to make life a little better for as many animals as I can.  If we all did this, wow!


I have a string of lights that I want to put up on my porch after Thanksgiving.  It will be the first time that I put up any lighted decorations outside here.  Years ago, I always decorated, but then I got lax.

How quickly this year has flown by.  I can't believe that Thanksgiving is just three days away.  After that, there's only a few more weeks left to the year.  Hmmm, I wonder if the cold weather can speed right by just as quickly?  I know, dream on girl!

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

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Tis A Rainy Day In New England

November 24, 2019

Good morning.  Today is wet and gray.  Raining with temps getting up into the upper forties for most of the day.  The rain is supposed to let up around nine o'clock tonight.  Well, we do need the rain, so it's not all bad.  Tomorrow and the next day are supposed to be sunny and warmer.

Deanne came by on Friday and we got to do a few errands including a bit of grocery shopping.  I only meant to pick up a few items, but well, I got into it and bought quite a bit more than I had planned.  But that's okay because I won't have to go shopping again so soon. 

I've been getting lots of wonderful ideas about the different photo editing programs from everyone, so thank you.  As soon as I decide what I'll get for a small travel laptop, I'll be able to decide on the photo software.  I've been checking out all the small laptops (10 ")  on the web, and soon I'll have to make a couple phone calls because I have a few questions that were not answered in the different ads.

I really can't wait much longer to decide on this smaller laptop because soon it will be time to go to Florida and I take the little laptop with me.  Yup, it is time to start my countdown till vacation time.  Pogo and I love our (timeshare) condo in Florida, and the weather is always nice when we are there. 

Friday, when Deanne and I got back from shopping, the side of my yard was full of turkeys.  What a delightful surprise!  I call them my turkeys.  When the weather turns cold, my turkeys come back most every day looking for food.  If Joe is home, he takes food out to them.  They run over by the cars or behind trees until he puts the food down, and then they come running to eat it all up.  It really is a fun sight to see.  Deanne took these photos.



I haven't seen my turkeys today.  Maybe because of the rain?  I wonder where they go when it is raining.  Do they have food today?  Do any of them sleep in my trees?  I don't know the answer to this because I've never seen any of them in my trees.  Gosh, so many questions.

A friend of mine posted this next photo on the web and I borrowed it.  I do not know who took the photo, but it is simply gorgeous.  This is a famous landmark from here.  I actually remember way back when it was first painted.  This is Dorchester Bay at sunset.  Wow, simply beautiful!


I've been taking it fairly easy lately but today I want to do a bit more wrapping.  I still have two more boxes to get ready for mailing.  I need to check out some auto insurance prices this week too because I'm getting tired of paying so much money every year.  There are no marks on my sixty four and a half year driving record so I should not have to be paying so much money for the insurance. 

I've already done a bit of research on how much insurance I need to carry on my car, and although a lot of it is confusing, I think I understand enough of it to make some changes in my coverage.  At least I hope I do.

Yesterday I never even opened my laptop so today I have a lot of blog reading to to get caught up on.  So, on that note, I'll take my leave.  First I want to make a fresh cup of something hot to drink, maybe hot chocolate.  Then it's off to do my blog reading.  So till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Checking Alternative Photo Editing Programs

November 22, 2019

Good morning.  Tis gray and windy with temps of 46 F degrees.  Today is supposed to get up into the mid fifties before cooling off again and starting to rain.  Tomorrow we should see the sun again, with cooler temps of course. 

Yesterday did not pan out to be an outing to do errands.  Life has a way of changing plans.  So Pogo and I used the day to relax and just take it easy.  Today is another day.  I got busy and forgot to call my friend Mary Ann yesterday morning.  I'll have to text her to see when is another good time to help me with Photoshop Cloud.

I'm tempted to buy the latest Photoshop Elements and just get rid of the Cloud program when my year subscription expires.   I mainly use the program to make cards, calendars and quick pages, and to crop and lighten my photos.  I really don't need all the bells and whistles that the Photoshop Cloud offers.

I just took a break to look up Photoshop Elements on Amazon.  The customer questions and answers leave me a bit confused.  If any of you use this program could let me know how it is for you?  I have never used it, but I figured it would not be too hard to learn because I've had Photoshop for years.

Today I have two "Find The Differences" puzzles from Dover Publications.  These are great for keeping one's mind sharp.  Enjoy.



Not too long ago, I found an ad in one of my catalogues for a package of three pairs of women's socks.  They were lightweight and had no elastic in the top to leave marks on your skin.  They had my size and a much bigger size.  Knowing that socks usually tend to shrink down a bit when they are washed, I ordered the larger size.

The socks arrived and are sooooo comfy!  But they are definitely too big.  So I washed and dried them and  tried them on again.  Well dang it all, they did not shrink down even one tiny bit.  They are still too big!  I will have to re-order them in the correct size.  Go figure!

I'm off now to get a bottle of cold water and do a bit of blog reading.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Getting A Lot Done

November 21, 2019

Good morning.  Tis seven o'clock and I've been up for a while.  I washed a few dishes, made a cup of coffee and whatever other mischief I could find to get into.  Today is supposed to be sunny with temps in the mid forties.  Woo Hoo! 

Deanne is coming by today to take me to the Post Office so that I can mail a couple boxes.  They don't have the new calendars in them so I'll have to mail those separately when they are printed.  I just want to make that my boxes get out of here in plenty of time for Christmas delivery. 

Last night, I pulled out a lot of the little gifty things and wrapped and tagged all of them.  I'm just waiting for a few things that I ordered to get here, and I'll be all done with my Christmas shopping.  I gave a few things out during the year.  It was fun and now I'm enjoying wrapping the rest of the gifts.

I bought a new Christmas tree for out in the main house, and Joe will put it up the weekend after Thanksgiving.  I'll probably buy some new lights and decorations to put on it.  I may even hang a string of lights up on my little porch.   I seem to have a lot more spirit in me this year.  This is good.

Audrey's hubby, Mac, recently returned from a hunting trip.  Nope, he didn't get a deer, but he did have a lot of fun bonding with good friends and nature.  And now he's happy being back home.  This is a photo of Mac and Audrey celebrating his home coming. 


Poking around on the web, I came across this wonderful idea for covering any outdoor electrical plugs.  I would go one step further and put tape over the cut outs after the cover is on the container.  This would ensure that no water got into it. 


Now I'm off to find some more mischief to get into.  And, I think I'll order the red and black yarn for the next afghan.  Once all the wrapping is done, I may even pick up a few supplies and try some of that rock painting that I've put on hold.  Hmmm, so many fun things to do! 

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

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Respecting Each Other's Opinions

 November 20, 2019

Good morning.  I've already typed most of this post twice, and both times it just disappeared.  Poof!  Gone!  If this keeps up, I won't be using this laptop anymore for typing my blog posts.  I just don't have the patience for this nonsense. 

I don't know why it is happening and I don't know if I'm hitting a magic Poof key when I'm typing.  I've checked the keyboard and I can't figure any of this out.  Windows 7 was such a good program and it was not broken, so why did it have to be replaced? 

The same goes for Photoshop.  My last version of the program was working fine, then all of a sudden the whole program was re-vamped and changed so much that most of it does not even resemble the older version.  Sighhhhh!

I want to address a "commenting" problem that a friend of mine has encountered recently, and now she has decided not to leave comments anymore.  She left a comment on someone's blog in answer to a comment that someone else had left.  The other person came back with a verbal attack that really was not called for.  This other person had views that she felt needed to be shoved down other people's throats as the only acceptable views. 

This is entirely not called for.  So, please don't do it here.  If anyone feels it is necessary to attack another commenter on my blog, then I shall block them from commenting permanently.  (So far, no one has done this here on my blog, and I appreciate that.)  It is okay to disagree with other folks opinions.  It is not okay to verbally attack other folks because their opinions are different from ours. 

On a lighter note, did anyone notice how bright the moon was all last week?  Deanne sent me a photo that she had taken one night.  The moon was so bright that it lit up the whole street.


Then, Saturday night when we got home from the Cabaret, I noticed the big bright moon over my house so I took a photo (using my phone).  It lit up my whole yard.


Today I'm going to do a bit more wrapping.  It feels good to be ahead of myself for a change.  I also need to make a grocery order for pick up either tomorrow or the next day.  And, I have to decide what I'm going to do about Thanksgiving dinner.  Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is next week.  Wow, we are getting awfully close to the end of this year.  Time is flying by so quickly.

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

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Slowly Getting Things Wrapped And Tagged

November 19, 2019

Good morning.  It's not quite six o'clock and it is still dark outside.  The temperature is 39 F degrees, and we might just make it into the low forties later today.  It's also raining.  Lightly.  This is supposed to clear up by noon. 

I've been up for a while, keeping busy doing lots of little nothings.  I sorted the items in a package that came yesterday.  All but one item is a gift that needs to be wrapped and tagged.  I think I'll get that done after I finish this post. 

I did work on my new Christmas card the other day, but I ran into a few snags with Photoshop Cloud.  It's totally different than the older version, and I don't know my way around it good enough to make the things that I need to make.  I may have to call my friend Mary Ann to help me or I might not have a new Christmas card this  year. 

Danielle Steele is one of my favorite authors, but I haven't read any of her new books in the last few years.  So, I read her book "Legacy" this past weekend.  As usual, it was very enjoyable.  If you like researching family histories, you'll love this book.


I'm beginning to run low on novels now.  Pretty soon, I'll have to make a trip to the library and take out a few books to read.  I have a lot of self help books, but they can't take the place of a good novel. 

Last night I picked up my crocheting and put a couple more rows on the pink afghan.  If I do this every other day or so, this afghan will eventually get finished.  I'm wanting to start the red and black afghan, but first I need to finish this pink one. 

I had the orange blanket rolled up into a large ball and set on the end of the sofa.  When I looked around for Pogo, I'm sure you can guess where I found him.  Yup, curled up beneath the blanket. 



My little Pogo is happiest when he is curled up beneath warm fuzzy blankets.  I wonder why it is that doggies love to crawl under these fuzzy blankets and go to sleep.   I know it's warm beneath these blankets, but how to the doggies breathe?  My little Pogo sticks his nose into the blanket and goes to sleep that way. 

Well, it's time to make a hot cup of coffee and get started wrapping these gifts.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay warm and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.