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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

It Feels Good Being Me Today

April 24, 2019

Good morning. Well,  Tis looking a bit gray outside but the forecast says it will be sunny and warm soon  It's still a bit early, only 7:13 a.m.  I want to acknowledge some really nice comments that some of you left on yesterday's post.  Thank you so much.  You've really put a big smile on my heart. 

I'm in the process of making up my shopping list.  I would just phone in an order to WalMart to be picked up this afternoon, but for some reason the food pickers don't bother to look at expiration dates on things.  The last pickup order I got had a half gallon of milk in it that expired in two days.  Sorry, this is not my way of shopping. 

It's kind of sad because this could have been a good thing for me.  There are lots of days that I am just not up to driving to the market.  But if I'm going to be paying for the food, I want fresh food.  I don't want bruised tomatoes, spotted and bruised bananas, etc.  I'm picky.  So until the store hires better food pickers, I'll just go shop myself. 

Actually, I'm quite thankful that I'm able to go shop by myself.  Except for this COPD and Asthma, I'm fairly healthy.  I'm thankful that my hands work so that I can enjoy doing crafts and crocheting.  I'm blessed with a wonderful caring family and a lot of really nice blogger friends.  And let's not forget awesome little Pogo who stole my heart the minute I laid eyes on him. 

My goodness, what got me going this morning?   I swear, there's nothing in my coffee!  Hmmm, it must have been that bowl of spaghetti and meat sauce that I had this morning for breakfast.  Yup, spaghetti!  It's one of the perks of being old, I guess.  We are allowed to eat our meals out of order. 

I want to share this cute little cartoon that I borrowed from the web.  Easter has gone by, but this is too cute not to share.

I also have a couple of pictures (borrowed from the web) to share that will put a smile on your heart.  Animals are just so beautiful. 

I'm hoping that we'll be having some really nice Spring weather once all these rainy days are behind us.  I'd really like to have the screen covers taken off the porch so that Pogo and I can spend some time out there.  Plants that I have ordered are all coming in the mail now and it would nice if they could be planted outdoors now. 

Enough of my babble, I'm off to do a bit of blog reading before it's time to go shopping.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Keeping Busy

April 23, 2019

Good morning.  Tis a wee bit early, only 2:24 a.m.  I fell asleep early watching a program on TV.  Once I woke up, I wasn't tired enough to go back to sleep.  So instead, I've been playing on my (old) laptop.  I made a new quick page and cropped some photos to share. 

It rained most all day yesterday.  At times it was pretty heavy.  Although some towns got heavier rain than we did.  I kept pretty busy all day doing God only knows what.  Yup, I have days where I'm really busy doing things that I can't recall.  I guess they just weren't all that important. 

For all you folks with pets, I think I've found a new item that could be really good.  I saw it on TV yesterday and took a photo of the TV screen.  You comb your pet's fur/hair with this thing, and it kills all fleas on contact immediately.  If you call to order it, they will double the offer for an extra fee.  If it works the way they say it does, this could be really great.

Remember the berry pie that I made for myself?  Well, it's all gone now.  Last night I took a photo of it before cutting it into three slices.  One for me and one each for dwarfs Joe and Mike.  I used mixed berry Jello and raspberry yogurt for this pie and my oh my it was delicious! 

It's supposed to rain all day today with temps in the mid to upper fifties.  But, then we should have a couple days of sunshine and temps in the sixties.  I'm thinking that Pogo and I will just have to get out while the sun is shining and do a couple errands and maybe shop a bit. 

I put a couple more rows on my yellow afghan.  I think I'm up to twenty six rows now, only a hundred more to go.  I've been procrastinating using the new laptop but I think today I'll have to give it a try.  I'd like to be able to upload some quick pages so that I can post them.  

While we were in Florida this year, I had planned to get my hair cut again.  However, we never made it to a hair salon.  I took this selfie photo while we were there and decided that maybe I'll wait a bit longer before having my hair cut again.  I don't take very good photos by holding the phone away from me, so I use a mirror.

My eyes are starting to get tired again now.  I think I'll take my leave and try to catch a few more winks.  So till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Half Sun, Half Rain Today

April 22, 2019

Good morning.  Tis damp and gray at the moment, but the forecast calls for sun and temps in the sixties shortly.  This will, however, turn to rain with temps in the fifties by mid afternoon.  Temps are beginning to stay nearer to the fifties and sixties lately so I guess it's time to start planting a few things in pots. 

Yesterday was a nice lazy day for Pogo and me.  Deanne brought us over a delicious ham dinner, actually enough for two dinners.  Yup, I'm going to enjoy it again today.  I did not play with my new laptop, nor did I cook the big pot of pasta and meat sauce.  I was just lazy most all day.

I did crochet a while on the yellow afghan that I started a while ago.  I don't work on it steadily, so it's going to take a while to finish it.  That's okay though, because this one is for me.  I do want to make another shawl just as soon as I can decide on a color.  I have a lot of yarn to choose from so it shouldn't take too long to decide on which color I want. 

This morning I'm watching HSN on TV.  They are featuring a really nice Packard Bell Air Book (10" tablet).  It looks really nice, and the price is nice too.  I have a nice tablet, but it doesn't have a keyboard, so I can't really use it for a lot of things.  I mostly use it to read my e-books.  Soon I will be needing to replace my little laptop,  so maybe something like this PB tablet might be ideal.  I have more homework to do on this subject.

I'm funny that way.  When it's time for me to buy an expensive item, (anything over $50) I do a lot of research on the item.  I learn as much as I can about the product, its pros and its cons and what you get with the different price ranges.  This way I can purchase intelligently.  However, this does not teach me how to use the product.  That comes after the purchase. 

Some times I find the neatest things on the web.  Here's one idea that I think can really be a big help when you need to do some shopping and hubby doesn't want to tag along.  Just drop him off at a hubby day care center, and he'll be a happy little camper.  (photo borrowed from web)

I just switched the channel over to Shop LC TV, and oh my what a big mistake!  They are showing one of the prettiest London Blue Topaz Rings set in sterling silver.  And the price!  Oh wow, such bargains!  Well, I had to change the channel again because I'm trying to be very good and not buy anything.  Yup, I put on a crime story.  These are very interesting and there's nothing for me to buy!

Before I go, let me share something else that I borrowed from the web.  This is something to really think about.  Every thing you say or do (or don't say or do) leaves its mark on someone.  It doesn't cost anything to be kind  to someone.  But it can be worth a whole lot to the person you were kind to.  Think about it. 

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

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter

April 21, 2019

Good morning, and Happy Easter to you.  Well, I have to say that Mother Nature has been rather kind to us.  We were expecting heavy downpours of rain yesterday, and rain today and for the next few days.  Some places got the rain, but we got only light rain on and off throughout the day.  Today is looking like more of the same. 

Here's a photo of yesterday's sky.  Cloudy with light drizzle now and then.  Not bad at all.

Yesterday, Deanne and Eddie took the grandkids to a friend's house for an Easter Egg hunt.  They had a wonderful time.  Joe (one of the dwarfs) spent the day at his sister's home enjoying his great nieces hunting for Easter Eggs.  The weather did not dampen anyone's Easter activities.  Thank you very much. 

I had some photos of past Easters to share with you, but I lost them when I downloaded those infected kits last month.  I lost a lot of stuff, and I'm still trying to find things.  So, instead, I'll share some photos I took of the new leaves that are now adorning our trees. 

Temps were in the sixties yesterday, so Pogo and I went out on the porch every once in a while just toenjoy the warm temps.  Gosh, Pogo looks like a little mouse in this photo.  hahaha.  It was even too warm for his little sweater, so we took it off. 

I didn't really do a lot of anything yesterday.  It was just a lazy day for us.  I did make a couple of pies.  One is lemon, and that one is for Deanne and her family.  The other pie is mixed berries, and this one is for me.  Of course, I'll share with some of the dwarfs. 

Today Pogo and I will share a delicious ham dinner that Deanne will be bringing to us later today.  Yum, yum!  Later, I'll make up a pot of meat sauce and pasta for supper.  This year, I did not make up Easter baskets or decorated eggs for the dwarfs.  I've been doing this for so many years, but no one ever says thank you. 

I've been watching HSN on TV.  They are featuring electronic items.  Right now, they are showing the Go Vision glasses.  You put them on and take videos of whatever you are looking at.  I bought a pair of them a couple of months ago, but I haven't had a chance to use them yet.  Right now, they are charging.  I think I'll give them a try this afternoon.

I going to try to install my jigsaw puzzle game in my new laptop this afternoon.  Wish me luck.  I hope it goes in without any problems.  I relax every day by doing one or two puzzles around dinner time.  After that, I think I'm going to try to bring an image up in the new Photoshop.  If that works, I may even be able to start making new quick pages.  Again, wish me luck. 

Now I think I'll sign off and do a bit of blog reading.  Then I have some dishes needing to be washed.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a Blessed and Happy Easter!

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, April 19, 2019

I Hope The Easter Bunny Has A Row Boat

April 19, 2019

Good morning.  Tis gray and cloudy with temps in the sixties.  Today begins our mini-monsoon seson.  For a while the forecast called for four days of rain, but now it is showing six days of rain. Maybe that's why I couldn't see the moon during the night.  I got a fuzzy glimpse of it through the trees, but then it slid behind all the cloud cover.

It's also quite windy today.  My wind chimes have been singing all morning.  It's really a pleasant sound.  There are three different ones hanging outside.  At times, they sound a bit like a chorus.  Hmm, maybe I should hang a couple more of them up. 

DIL Janet was here last evening, and we ordered spinach pizzas for supper.  Oh my, they are soooo tasty.  The afghan that Janet is working on is coming along nicely.  As soon as she gets a few more rows on it, I'll take a photo to share. 

The folks at Lincare never showed up yesterday.  They did call me around noon time to say that they would be out to take care of the oxygen concentrator.  They must have forgot.  I called them at 5:45 last evening and they finally said they would be here between 8 and 9 P.M.  They showed at almost ten o'clock.  All the guy did was to take the machine that was here out, and plug in another machine.  This new machine is big, noisy and super heavy.  But it works.

I think my mind went on vacation without me.  Today I will be doing the laundry that I meant to do yesterday.  I did put the laundry into the washer, but never turned the washer on.  For the life of me, I can't think of what I may have been doing that was so distracting.  Ah well, it doesn't matter.  The clothes will get washed today.  Do you ever have days like that? 

Today I have photos of the plants that are just now blossoming in my yard.  First, here's my first daffodil and hyacinth.

Next, there are a couple of tulip buds that should be opening in a few days.

Then there's my little lilac bush.  It's covered with tiny little buds that will be opening soon. 

There are lots of new shoots on all the rose bushes too.  Maybe once we get past this rainy season, lots of things will be starting to bloom.  Gosh, I hope so.  Hopefully, this warmer weather will be here to stay so that I can have the screen covers taken off the porch soon. 

I was up around 4:30 this morning, trying to get a photo of the moon, and I just stayed up.  So, I think I'd best get that laundry going before I'm ready for a nap.  I'm thinking maybe I'll make a couple of pies this morning.  One for me, and I'll take one over to Deanne for her family. 

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

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

I'm In The Middle Of A Murphy's Law Thing

April 18, 2019

Good morning.  Gosh, I didn't realize how late it was.  It's almost noontime.  I had a hard time falling asleep during the night, and therefore slept quite late this morning.  Since I got up, I've been busy trying to get the oxygen company (Lincare) to call me back with a time they will be out with a new oxygen concentrator. 

The one they gave me recently has developed some problems, and I haven't been able to use it since early last evening.  These folks are not in any hurry to call me back, so I may end up calling my insurance company to make sure they are not billed for all the days the concentrator isn't working.

It's starting to feel like a Murphy's Law week.  Yesterday afternoon, after Pogo had his turkey treat, I got ready to go grocery shopping.  After getting all settled in my car, I touched the starter and NOTHING.  A dead battery!  But how?  I checked the trunk lid but it was shut tight.  That's usually the cause of this problem. 

Joe came out and tried to jump start my engine, but it just wasn't working.  After about fifteen minutes of trying, we gave up.  I called Driver Elite (it's similar to AAA) and they said they would be out within the hour.  And they were.  As soon as their cables were attached to my battery, the engine turned over.  Woo Hoo!  I let the car run for forty minutes before shutting if off and starting it again

The problem seems to have come from a button on the lower dash that accidently got touched and it turned something on.  I'm not sure what this thing is so I'll have to get out my owner's manual and look it up. 

Eventually I got to go shopping, and by the time I got home and put everything away, it was after eight o'clock.  I will mention one thing here.  As I was getting ready to leave my driveway, I noticed two or three turkeys over by the bird feeder enjoying some bird seed.  I guess these turkeys will be with us for a while. 

The best part of the day was when  Deanne came by for a visit and brought me a lovely bouquet of flowers and some new solar flowers and flamingos to put in my garden.  Here is a photo of the bouquet, and I'll take some photos of the solar flowers as soon as I get a chance.

Have you ever seen such a pretty hydrangea?  It looks like a large ball of pastel candies.  And I just love the yellow tulips.  I think yellow flowers are so happy looking.  Yellow flowers make me think of my brother.  His favorite song was "Eighteen Yellow Roses."  For his memorial service, I got a blanket of white carnations and eighteen yellow roses for his casket. 

Another bright spot yesterday was when my other new Photoshop book and Quick Reference pamphlet arrived.  Now I'm looking forward to sitting down with my new laptop and trying out the new Photoshop program. 

I took a walk out in my yard yesterday, and noticed a couple of blossoms.  I took photos and I'll share them tomorrow.  Right now, I have to call Lincare to find out why they have not called me back yet.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Tis A Beautiful Spring Day

April 17, 2019

Good morning.  Tis sunny and the temperature is 48F degrees.  In a few hours, temps will be in the low sixties.  A simply lovely day!  I have a few things to do today, then Deanne will be coming by for a visit.  Later, after Pogo has his turkey treat, I think I'll make a quick run to the market and pick up a few things.  We have a few days of rain coming up next.

I did not tackle the new laptop yesterday or last night.  Instead I got rid of another bag of junk mail, catalogues and magazines.  I also spent a bit of time looking through my new book :How Do I Do That In Photoshop" by Scott Kelby.  Each page answers just one thing.  You look up the thing you are trying to do, and it will give you the page number where you can find the answer.  Very interesting!

While I was going through a batch of magazines, I found a couple of items that I thought might share with you.  The first is a recipe for am easy Smoked Sausage Skillet dish.  I make one similar to this and it is delicious.

I also found a page with some rather interesting facts on it.  Be sure to click on the picture so that it gets bigger and you can read it better.

Last evening, I did a couple of puzzles on my (old) laptop while I watched the kids baking championship on TV.  I fell asleep rather early, so I woke up in the wee hours of the night.  This wasn't so bad though because I managed to pick up a couple of gift items from the TLC program on TV.  Sometimes they have some awesome deals during the night. 

I'm hoping my puzzle program works on my new laptop, so I looked it up online and read the customer reviews.  Someone had asked if it would work on Windows 10, and the answer was yes.  So I have high hopes that I'll be able to do my jig saw puzzles on the new machine.  I plan to spend some time with the new laptop after I finish going through a couple more bags of magazines, etc. 

Can you get the Game Show Network on your TV?  Their newest game show is called "Common Knowledge."  It's sort of a trivia game and I find it quite interesting.  Another new game show that I like is called "America Says."  It's so refreshing to be able to watch a clean, fun adult show. 

I used to enjoy watching "Family Feud" which calls itself a family show.  However, a lot of the questions are no longer geared for a family.  A lot of times, contestants are teenagers and/or clergy and  many of the questions are very embarrassing and just not suitable.  This tends to take away the enjoyment of the game for me. 

Today, I'm watching for the mail carrier again.  My other new book should be coming today.  Woo Hoo!  I'm hoping that with the help of these two new books I'll be able to find my way around the new version of Photoshop.

Now I think I'll put  load of laundry into the washer, then do a bit of blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

I'm Enjoying Some Old TV Programs Today

April 16, 2019

Good morning.  Tis a bit cloudy and the temperature is 41F degrees.  Today's temps should get up into the upper fifties with lots of sunshine.  According to the forecast, tomorrow should be sunny then we'll have several days of rain.  I guess I'd best get out either today or tomorrow to do my errands.

This morning I've been watching old reruns of the "I Love Lucy" show.  Comedy sure was different in my day.  Lucy always managed to get into some really ridiculous situations.  I think one of my favorites was the time she and Ethel were working at a candy factory.  Yup, comedy was really funny way back then.

Yesterday was a bit low key.  I decided not to play with the new machine.  Instead, I went online to check out classes at the college.  That didn't work out very well.  I did not find anything that I was looking for.  So, instead, I went looking on Amazon for Visual Learning Photoshop CC books.  I found a couple of books and ordered them.  One should be here today and the other tomorrow.

I'll have to watch for the mail.  The regular carrier is on vacation this week and I don't know the substitute's schedule.  I'm anxious to see these new books.  Meanwhile, I've been cutting fringes and putting them on the shawl.  Problem is, I don't think I like it very much with all this fringe.  I think I'll have to give it some more thought before putting any more on it.

Last night I made a key lime pie, using that recipe that I posted on an earlier post.  I looked at it while I was making my coffee this morning.  Yup, I wanted a piece of that pie for my breakfast.  But I was good and did not touch it.  However, I can't promise to be that good come lunch time.  Easter is coming right up, so maybe I'll make a berry pie and take it over to Deanne's house. 

Last night I watched the Food Channel on TV.  They were playing reruns of the kids baking championship.  I am so amazed at how smart these kids are.  Afterwards, I watched a program about some of the outstanding cakes that "Duff" has made.  Some of his cakes are just awesome.  No one in my family was much of a "sweets" eater, so I never really got to bake very much.

Next weekend the new Worst Cooks in America will be starting and it will be featuring celebrities.  I can't wait to watch it.  The last season was just so funny.  Some of the contestants can't even boil water, but they learn how to cook some delicious meals. 

Today I have a couple more coloring pages from Dover.  I hope you can enjoy some relaxing time coloring them. 

I think I'm going to make my self a bowl of cereal and a fresh cup of coffee.  Then I'm off to do a bit of blog reading before getting started on this beautiful new day.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Happy Rubber Eraser Day

April 15, 2019

Good morning.  Happy Tax Day!  Well, at least I hope it is a happy day for you.   Have you worn down the erasers on all your pencils?  I hope not because today is National Rubber Eraser Day.  I hope it's a good day for you.

Today is also Patriots Day and Boston Marathon Day here in New England.  Not interested?  Then how about celebrating McDonalds Day.  This day in 1955 was when McDonalds first opened.  If this doesn't make you happy, then how about National Gripers Day.  Now that's probably a better name for Tax Day.

Well, yesterday I took the bull by the horns and opened up the new laptop.  I transferred a couple folders to the desktop from my old laptop.  (I use a thumb drive to do this,)  Then I tried to download MediaFire to the desk top.  I ran into a problem here because I hadn't figured out how to save favorites.  Once the program was downloaded to my laptop, my next problem was to figure out where it was hiding. Between the Visual Learn book and a HELP call to daughter Audrey, we found where the program was hiding. 

I should mention here that Audrey is learning Windows 10 too.  She got her new laptop back in December.  She has the Visual Learn book too, but she is very tech savvy.

Next, we tried to download my Amazon Music to the desktop.  This proved to be too much for either of us.  So I called Amazon tech support, and a nice lady there talked me through the whole process.   She even helped me download "Alexa" to my desktop.  God Bless her, she was so patient with me.  She even showed me how to find my music and Alexa when I turn the laptop on. 

I've been asked what type of laptop I bought.  It's a HP, and I posted a picture of it with its description on April 5.  You can check that post for more information about it.  I have always had a Hewlett Packard computer, whether it be a desk top or a laptop. 

Today I'm going to call the local college to find out if and when they have classes for Photoshop.  Up to now, I haven't had a problem with this program, but the new version is totally Greek to me.  I should try to spend some time playing with it to see if I can figure any of it out so that I can work on my quick pages. 

I just had a brainstorm.  I think I'll look online to see if there is a Visual Learn book for the new Photoshop.  Now that would be a big help!  Hopefully, I'll get lucky and find one. 

Today I have a few images that I borrowed from the web to share with you.  This first picture is oh so important.  Always treat your doggies as family.  They are so precious. and you are their whole world.

This next image lists companies that pay for tests done on animals.  Please don't support them.  There should be no animal testing. 

I also found this interesting tidbit.  Did you know this?  I did not.  Wow, talk about monopolies!  These six companies sort of run the whole media system.

Ah well, I'm not going to be tempted to celebrate National Gripers Day.  Nope, today I'm going to stay away from "frazzle stuff."  Well, at least I'm going to try!  Now I'm off to do a bit of blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Miz Cranky Is Back!

April 14, 2019

Good morning.  It's 6:07 and I've been up for a while.  Day is just breaking.  The forecast for today has temps in the upper sixties and sunny.  That will be super nice.  Yesterday was also super nice.  Not that I noticed, I napped most of the day away.

Friday proved to be a very traumatic day for me, and I needed all day Saturday to recuperate.  What was so traumatic you ask?  I opened my new laptop and tried to set it up by myself.  At first it wasn't too bad, but then you know they are going to ask me a question that I can't answer.  And they did! 

After working myself up into a lather, I finally called my daughter Audrey, and she was able to help me get past this difficult point.  Next, I decided I would go to Adobe's website and download the Photoshop (in the cloud) program so that I can start working on quick pages again. 

This, too, proved to be very trying for me.  First I had to open an account.  Would they let me?  Nope!  They said that I already had an account.  Well, I did from years ago, but I never even used it.  Eventually, I had to come up with another new password.  (You can't do much of anything on this machine without coming up with a batch of new passwords!)

Eventually, I somehow managed to get the program downloaded to my new laptop.  You would think that I'd be all set now, right?  Nope!  I did not recognize my favorite program anymore.  It was asking me for stuff that I did not understand, and I could not find any of the things that I normally use in this program.  After spewing out another batch of rather naughty words, I'd had enough. 

I decided I'd just shut the laptop off and call it a day.  Well, I can decide all I want, but it didn't change the fact that I didn't know how to shut the stupid machine off.  Through all of this, my new Visual Learning book is lying right here next to me.  Did I open it?  Of course not.  That would have been too easy. 

Actually, thoughts of the book never entered my miserable mind.  Instead I called Audrey, and she showed me how to shut my laptop off.  She would take a photo of her desktop (on her computer) and send it to me in a text message.  Then I could match her photo to my desktop.  You know, if I had just used a tiny portion of my pea brain, I'd have opened my Visual book and it would have shown me how to shut off my laptop. 

By now, though, my poor miserable old brain was in such a tizzy, that I did not want to have anything more to do with this horrid new machine and program.  Before I started all of this, I had visions of spending an afternoon making new quick pages in my new Photoshop program.  Well, that thought got shot down really fast. 

I've since decided that for now, I'll try to make my pages in my old laptop, then move them over to my new laptop.  That is, IF I can download MediaFire to my new laptop.  So, maybe later today I'll try to download MediaFire.  I have one bottle of Sam Adams left in my fridge.  Maybe I'll drink that first before trying anything else on that new machine. 

Enough of my crabbing!  Today I have a beautiful picture to share with you. I borrowed it from a friend's web page.  This is called the Highway to Heaven.  It really does look as if it is reaching up to Heaven.

Then I borrowed another picture from the web to share.  It shows a really neat way to have bedding available for any children that might be visiting.  It's really quite easy to make too.

The next musical revue at the Paris Cabaret will be "70's Disco Fever."  This will be presented on April 27, May 11 & 18, and June 1 & 22.   In between, there will be a special Mother's Day show.  Here is a photo of the cast.  That's our Jazzy in the upper right.

Well, I've done my grumbling, and drank all my coffee.  I think it's time I made a fresh cup of coffee and did a bit of blog reading.   I promise not to hurt that new machine if it gives me any problems later today.  I guess I'll start looking to see if the college offers any classes on Photoshop.  With this new version, I'll need all the help I can get to learn it. 

Meanwhile, I finished the shawl I've been working on.  Now I'm just cutting and putting on fringe.  As soon as I get the fringe on it, I'll take a photo to share here.  Now I'm going to get me that cup of coffee.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Is It A Bird?

April 12, 2019

Good morning.  It's a little after 1:30 a.m. and I'm having my breakfast.  Pogo has already had his and is now sound asleep next to me here on the sofa.  Maybe I can join him in dreamland in a little while. 

Late yesterday afternoon, Deanne, Eddie and I went to the college to see Jazzy being inducted into Phi Theta Kappa.  It was quite a nice ceremony, and at the end of it, Jazzy and two other girls sang a song.  As soon as I can figure out how to get the song over here to my blog, I will post it.

As soon as I got home, I had supper (Pogo only ate a little of his) and then I sat down to crochet on the shawl for a while.  I put on one row and put it away.  My eyes were falling shut. I was sound asleep before nine o'clock.  Pogo did try to wake me up around midnight for the rest of his supper, but it didn't work.  I just fell right back to sleep.  Till 1 a.m.

Yesterday was not the day to open my new laptop.  So I guess I'll do it today.  After I get some more sleep of course.  For the life of me, I don't know why I procrastinate.   I think I've always been a bit afraid of new things.  (until I get to know them better) 

When I got my first computer back in 1997, I was so proud of it.  When ever anyone came by the house, I would show them my new computer.  I would proudly turn it on.  "See, isn't this super?"  Then I would shut it off.  That's all I knew how to do.  Finally hubby said that I should learn how to use my new compuiter to justify spending all that money.  So I learned it.

I put a couple programs that I wanted to learn into my new computer, and I was off and running.  The rest is history.  So, I guess the first thing I need to do, after getting the laptop up and running, is to download Photoshop.  Then I want to get my puzzles into the laptop.  After that, I should be good to go. 

I have a couple photos from our vacation to share.  This is my friend Beth and Pogo.  She had taken him out for a little stroll.

While they were out, Beth stopped to get a photo of what looked like a little bird perched on the bush outside our unit.  Upon closer inspection, she got quite a surprise.

What looked like a little bird turned out to be a leaf.  But can you see why it looked like a bird?  I've colored the leaf to make it easier to see it.

I'm not sure what I'm up to today, other than to try to set up my laptop.  It may be that is all I will have time for.  hahaha.  Before I go, let me share another picture with you.  I borrowed this one from the web. 

This is what I call a huge act of kindness.  By the way, that's the year when I was born.  I don't remember wearing dresses made from these flower sacks.  I do remember having lots of pretty little dresses and pinafores.  My mother made most of them. 

Now I think I'll wash my breakfast dishes and try to catch a few more winks.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Is Today The Day? We'll See.

April 11, 2019

Good morning.  After an unusal night (with more than three or four hours of sleep) the sun is shining and the temperature is 39F degrees.  The forecast calls for temps around fifty later today. 

Pogo and I aren't going out today.  I have so much to do indoors that it should keep me busy till I'm 125 years old.  hahaha.  Maybe even more!  My fastest speed isn't much better than a snail's speed.  On the bright side of this coin, some speed is better than no speed. 

Last evening, DIL Janet was here, and she started a new afghan.  She's using that new pattern that Audrey is using for the baby blanket that she is making.  Next week, I'll have to take a photo of Janet's new project.  I think I'd like to make something with this new pattern too. 

Well, I'm thinking that today might be a good day to open the new laptop and try my hand at settng it up.  I'm curious to see if my puzzle program will work on this version of Windows.  I know that there are puzzles and games on the laptop, but I like the program that I've been using.  It's called Puzzle Master.  I haven't been able to find an updated version of this program. 

I have some good news items to share today.  Audrey sent me a photo of a painting that her daughter Andi had made for her dad (Mac) for his birthday.  She made him an oil painting of her daughter Alena.  Wow, great job Andi!  This really looks like Alena.

Deanne sent me a photo of an award that Jazzy got for her performance in "Gypsy."   Congratulations to you Jazzy.  This is awesome!

Speaking of Jazzy, later today I'm going to try going to the induction ceremony (for Phi Theta Kappa) at the college.  I think I should call the college to see if the building with the theatre is handicapped accessible.  There is a lot of walking involved on campus, so I'll be wanting to take my walker with me. 

I'm almost finished with the shawl that I've been crocheting.  Last night, I only had three and half rows to go and it would be done.  After crocheting for a few hours, I counted my rows again, and now I have three more rows to go.  What?  I must have been really tired the last time I counted my rows. 

Now it's time for me to freshen my cup of coffee and do a bit of blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

I Think I'm Going To Lick That Windows 10!

April 10, 2019

Good morning.  Tis 37F degrees right now and the sun isn't up yet.  According to my phone, today's temps will get up to around fifty with lots of sunshine.  This is good because Pogo and I have to go out to do an errand.  I have to go by the tax accountant's office to sign my taxes, and of course pay the accountant's bill. 

Well, yesterday morning I went to the Public Library (it's right up the street from my house) to see about the classes on Windows 10.  First, I got me a new library card.  Then the clerk wrote out the directions to the free classes on their website. 

Next, a really nice young lady took me over to a computer station and started in teaching me about Windows 10.  She was very nice, and very patient.  I did take some notes so that I could practice at home.  There is someone there on Tuesday mornings and Saturday mornings to help folks with any of their devices.  Then they have one on one classes on Tuesday afternoon.  You have to make an appointment for these.

So, sometime today or tomorrow, I will attempt to set up my new laptop.  As I go along, I will write down any questions that I may have and then take them with me on Saturday morning when I go back to the library.

So, between the tips I've received from some of you, my Visual Learning book, some help from my daughter Audrey, and the nice folks at the library, I will learn this new Windows.  So I guess my advice to anyone having trouble learning this new system would be to check with your local library to see if they offer any classes to help you with this. 

And buy the Visual Learning book.  This book is a treasure of "how to" learning.  I am a "show me" learner, and I always buy these books for any new device that I buy.  Whatever is being explained has a matching picture to go with it so that you know exactly what they are trying to tell you. 

I have a photo to share of the little dog solar thingy that Beth sent to me.  I'm not sure if he's a pug dog or a bull dog.  Either way, he's wicked cute.

While I was cleaning out some paperwork, I came across these "dollars" from the Conrad & Chandler and the Gilchrist stores of long ago.  These stores were in downtown Quincy, Massachusetts, and these "dollars" were the beginnings of store credit.  

Next I have a photo of the new baby blanket that Audrey is making for a friend.  I love the colors!  This pattern looks it would be fun to work with.  Yup, I think I'll try it.

And lastly, I have a sign that I borrowed from a friend's blog to share with you.  Folks, this his is true.  I tried it too, and those dust bunnies just don't go away.  As soon as you are done dusting and you put the dust rag away, those bunnies are right back claiming their space again.  So you pick your battles!  As long as they don't get in your way, leave them be.  When they start taking over your space, kick a few of them out.  It works!

Yesterday, I had my supper early.  Let me tell you, that corned beef and cabbage dinner was super scrumptious!  I going to have some more of for lunch today.  The leftovers taste so good fried up with a bit of butter.  Yum!  Yum! 

Now I have some dishes waiting in the sink that are needing to be washed.  Then it will be time for some blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Marshmallows To The Rescue!

April 9, 2019

Good morning.  Daylight is breaking, and it's 6:08 a.m.  I managed to get a few hours sleep.  Of course, I had a nice nap yesterday afternoon.  It's cool today and cloudy.  Temps should get up into the high forties. 

Well, I made a lot of phone calls yesterday about the classes for Windows 10.  It seems that no one at the college knows anything about such a class.  After talking to several persons there, and still no class, I called the Senior Center. 

They have classes for all sorts of things, but none for Windows 10, or any other computer skills.  I did learn that I might try the local library.  So I did.  And, if I can get there today around ten a.m., I might be able to sign up for a class there.  There's even a possibility of one on one classes.  We'll see.  I'm going to try to make it over there to find out. 

The guy from Lincare fianlly showed up around 4:30 in the afternoon.  He checked my oxygen concentrator and found that it wasn't putting out any oxygen.  He did not know why, so he gave me a replacement unit. 

I asked him if these machines were supposed to quit working after just five years, and he said "no, they should last a lot longer."  It makes me wonder.  Once you have a machine for five years, the company can no longer charge you for it.  This month made five years.  Coincidence?  I was looking forward to not having to pay for it, and now I start my five years of paying all over again.  Go figure!

Once I was getting my oxygen again, I perked up a bit.  I emptied out two and a half bags of junk mail.  Slowly, I'm getting a few things done.  I even made a pie.  This one is strawberry, and oh my is it delicious!  The recipe is on my March 7 post. 

Today I'm cooking a corned beef and cabbage dinner in the slow cooker.  Mmmmmm!  This is one of my favorite meals.  They only offer these at Omaha Steaks for about one month, so this time I ordered two of them.  I also ordered a ham for our Easter dinner.  (me and Pogo)  My hubby always told me "if it's for you and me, it's not too expensive." 

These orders from Omaha Steaks make a wonderful gift for someone who is hard to buy for.  My son always says he doesn't need or want anything (for birthdays and Christmas) so I send him a big cooler full of food.  And, every so often, I order one for Pogo and me. 

Today I have some fun photos that I took a couple days ago out in the yard.  I love photographing the squirrels.  When there is food to be had, these little guys can be very creative about how to get at it. 

One of the squirrels ran way up on the Emperor Tree till he found what he was looking for.  Of course, in order to get at it, he had to hang upside down.

 While I was busy taking photos of the lilac bush and the trees, this little fellow sat on he Japanese Red Maple tree and just watched me.  They do have a sense of humor!

 Before I go, let me share a bit of wisdom.  Want to learn of a tasty way to heal a sore throat?  It's marshmallows!  The gelatin in these campfire confections coats the throat and relieves irritation and pain, so say the experts.  Just don't eat them too hot.

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

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, April 8, 2019

It's Beginning To Look Like Sprimg

April 8, 2019

Good morning.  It's early, not quite five thirty.  The temp is 46F degrees, and it's stil dark outside.  Day will break shortly though.  Today will be mostly gray and wet according to the weather forecast.  A good day to do indoor chores. 

Sunday found me wicked tired a good part of the day.  Needless to say, I had me a long nap.  Unfortunately, that meant that I would not be sleeping much during the night.  I think I got about two hours sleep.  Maybe once the warmer temps are here to stay, I might be able to get my sleeping back on a normal schedule.  We'll see.

Spring is definitely working its way into New England.  Yesterday I went outside for a while to take some photographs.  I wanted to see if there were many buds on the trees out front, but the sky was looking so pretty that I took this photo instead.  The sky was blue and the sun was shining brightly.

The trees are budding though.  Here is a photo of some the new buds on my Japanese Red Maple tree.

Next, I checked on my little lilac bush.  Yup, it is covered with tiny new buds. 

There are lots of tulips, irises, daffodils and hyacinth coming up too.  The daffodils and hyacinth are budding. 

I guess we're going to have to clean out the gardens earlier than I had planned on doing it.  If I wait much longer, it will be more difficult to clear out all the debris without hurting the new plants.  I think this might be a good week to plant my hanging strawberries and a few seeds.  Indoors, of course. 

I found a new blog that is all about gardening and different types of plants, and spent over an hour reading a few of the posts.  It was all very interesting.  It's called The Garden Diaries.  Click on its name to go to the blog.

The first thing I'm going to do this morning, once the offices are open, is to call the college to get more information about the class for Windows 10.  I'm hoping to get a seat in that class.  After that, I'll be waiting for the service guy from Lincare to show up to check out my oxygen generator.  I haven't been able to use it lately because there's very little oxygen coming out of it.

Now I think I'll make a cup of coffee and attack those two bags of junk mail that I was supposed to be doing yesterday.  So till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.