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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Oh, The Weather Outside Is Frightful

January 20, 2019

Good morning.  Hope you're not dealing with the nasty stuff that Harper is dumping everywhere.  It snowed here most of the night, then sometime during the night it all changed over to rain.  So this morning we can't use the snow blower.  All the wet snow has to be shoveled. 

It's quite a sloppy mess outside.  Joe has been outside for about an hour an a half trying to shovel the wet snow out of the middle of the driveway and away from the stairs.  Meanwhile, the rain is coming down and making it rather uncomfortable for him.  To make matters worse, we've discovered that we don't have any ice melt.  So maybe if one of the guys goes out today, they will pick up a few bags of it for me. 

Temps are 32F degrees at the moment, but tonight they will go down to 4F degrees.  Tomorrow's high is supposed  to be 5F degrees.  Yup, there will be ice everywhere!  Not a good day for anyone to be out on the roads.

Let me show you what I was up to yesterday.  I kept thinking about that memory wire that I bought recently, so I dug out a lot of beads to see what I could make.  I made four bracelets, although they are not finished.  I couldn't find my round pliers, so I could not finish off the ends.  I went online and ordered a new pair of the pliers. 

Meanwhile, I took some photos of the bracelets as they are now.  I'm thinking I'll pack up the wire and some beads and take it to Florida so that we can all make bracelets together.  (me, Beth and Audrey) Here are the four bracelets I've already made.  I've taken a close up of each one so that you can see the beads better.

I'll have to go through my bead stash to see what color combinations I have that I can pack up for vacation.  I'll be taking one or two yarn projects too.  I like to have things handy to keep my hands busy.

Today I have another new quick page for you.  This one is quite appropriate for the weather this weekend.  See the fun that the wildlife are having, playing in the snow and ice.

Here is your download link:

This afternoon, I want to work on my laptop for a while and make a few more new quick pages.  I also want to make up a big pot of pasta and meat sauce.  I want to make sure that we have meals prepared for a couple of days just in case we lose the power.  I have plenty of bread, peanut butter, jelly, lunch meat, canned soups, etc.  I already cooked up two days hamburgers for Pogo, so he's all set too. 

Now I want to do a bit of blog reading before starting the meat sauce.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.  Stay warm and safe! 

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Storm Harper Is Coast To Coast Wickedness

January 18, 2019

Good morning.  Tis a little after seven and I've been awake for quite a while.  No problem though, I just tuned in to the Liquidation Channel (ShopLC).  Oh my, as much as I love watching all the pretty things on sale, it is quite tempting to pick up the phone and place an order.  But I did not!

Some of the items on this channel are soooo pretty, and the prices just can't be beat!  The best day for shopping is Friday.  They call it Under $10 Friday because everything is $9.99, and sometimes less.  Their shipping & handling price is low too, only $2.49 per item.  For persons making lots of purchases, they have a one time shipping fee that covers all orders for the day.  If you try them out, have fun!

Now, though, I'm going to switch over to the Weather Channel.  I'm trying to get a clearer picture of what to expect for weather this weekend.  So far, I've heard everything from lots of snow, lots of ice pellets, lots of rain and a lot of maybes. Storm Harper is getting closer so maybe it will be easier to see what we'll be getting from it. 

Temps right now are at 20F degrees and cloudy.  Later today we might make it up to the mid thirties before the temps drop again.  We might even get a speck of sunshine today.  We'll just have to wait and see. 

Well yesterday afternoon I decided to make brownies in my new cake pan.  I have a really nice Copper Chef cake pan that I wanted to try out.  I mostly wanted to try the pocket cake. 

My brownies could have used a couple more minutes in the oven, but still they tasted pretty good.  I loved the pockets on the top.  I filled these with whipped cream when I served the brownie.  I tried them out on two of the dwarfs, Joe and Mikey.  And me!  Not bad, I must say. 

Oh my, the weather man is forecasting 8 to 12 inches of snow for Boston area.  Plus the sleet and ice and rain.  It is not looking so good.  I just feel bad for folks who have to be out on the road.  I'm hoping we don't get any power outages in our area.  There is bitter cold coming in right behind the storm so we definitely need our heat to stay on. 

Wowsie, more than 90 million Americans are under storm watch right now.  This storm is one nasty critter!

Well, that's it for today.  So till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend, and STAY SAFE!

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Only Six And A Half Weeks Till Vacation

January 17, 2019

Good morning.  Gosh, I slept a bit late today.  Sleep just wasn't in the cards for last night.  I guess my mind was just in overdrive.  It happens sometimes.  However, I did manage to fall asleep around five o'clock this morning. 

Yesterday was rather quiet, but I did manage to accomplish one big thing.  I booked the airline flights for Pogo and me for our Florida trip.  Next month, I'll call to reserve the rental car.  Now I guess I'll concentrate on my tax stuff.  Once that is ready, I'll call for my appointment with the accountant. 

After that, it will be glorious Spring!  I'm hoping that this year the warm temps will come early in the Spring.  I am so wanting to be able to get out and spend time on my little porch.  I'm hoping that my cousin Ellen will be well enough to be able to come and spend time out there too. 

Today, the mail came and in it was my newest blog book.  This one looks really nice.  Here are some photos I took to share of the front and back covers.

I also have another of Mac's photos to share.  What a great shot, Mac, of this Japanese Black Kite.

I am really missing being able to be out taking photos of nature.  So, I'm hoping that Pogo and I will be able to get out more once the weather turns nice again.  That's one of things I like most about Florida.  There are so many beautiful things to photograph, and the weather is always nice (while we are there).

Now I  think I should read my morning blogs and get a few things done around here.  First, I will scrounge up some lunch for my hungry little guy.  He's lying next to me on the sofa, patiently waiting for me to finish this post.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Body Shapers Can Help Eliminate Pain

January 16, 2019

Good morning.  It's sunny this morning with temps sitting at 20F degrees.  It's supposed to warm up a bit to 39F degrees later today.  This would be nice because I have a couple errands to do.  I know Pogo would like to go for a ride.  It's been a while since he's been able to go shopping with me. 

Yesterday I had an appointment with my orthopedic doctor.  I really enjoy seeing this man and talking with him.  He's honest and upfront with you.  His bedside manner is awesome.  He always speaks highly of his wife, and will refer to her often when he is explaining something. 

We were discussing back braces.  He said that they used to be called corsets, but that his wife informed him that they are now called body shapers.  He said that wearing a body shaper could help to alleviate lower back pain.  This, in turn, would help to alleviate some hip and leg pain.  Hmmm, I think I just might give this a try.  I do have one, I just have never worn it. 

I have a couple more photos that SIL Mac took while touring Kamakura.  I have more that I'll post another day.

Mac is half way through his time in Japan, and methinks that he is beginning to get homesick.  It's always exciting to visit other countries, but there's really no place quite like home. 

Last night, I was looking through some of my crochet patterns and came across a couple great ideas for birthday and/or Christmas gifts.  I can't post photos of these patterns just yet until I decide whether or not I'm going to make them. 

Today I have a new quick page for you.  I realize that some of my quick pages are a bit strange, but I never know how my pages will come out when I start working on them.  Sometimes my mind will settle on an element in a kit, then it just goes from there.  Anyway, I hope you can use this one. 

Here is your download link:

I have to look up what I need  for the courts in order to not have to do jury duty.  I got my notice in the mail a couple days ago, and when I went online to register it said that I will require a letter from my doctor.  In order to spend a day at the courthouse, I will need to take my walker, my portable oxygen and an extra battery for the oxygen.  Even then, the two batteries will not last more than five hours. 

On that note, I shall take my leave.  I need to figure out my menu for tonight's supper (DIL will be coming by) and I want to do a bit of blog reading before getting started on my day.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019


January 15, 2019

Good morning.  I did not sleep very well last night. so I'll probably need a nap this afternoon.  This morning I have my doctor appointment, and I need to do a couple errands on the way home.  I sure hope it warms up some.  The temp right now is 13F degrees.  Supposedly, it will actually get up to 35F degrees later this afternoon.  That won't help me this morning though.

Tomorrow the temperature is supposed to get up to 41F degrees.  Maybe I can hold off on my errands until tomorrow.  The sun is shining this morning, but that is very deceptive.  It is very cold outside!  I just used my remote starter to start my car.  I need to make sure it is going to start when I have to go out.  It did!

Wouldn't it be nice if there was a remote starter for us?  With all the new technology that has come along, I wonder why this has not been invented yet.  I would have to be first in line to buy this wonderful product. 

I don't have any new photos to share today, so I thought I might give you a couple of coloring pages from Dover.  If you like angels, these pages should be lots of fun to color. 

Sometime this week I need to call the Net10 company to find out how to put more time on my portable wifi gadget that I got before my vacation last year.  It worked really good last year, so I think it would be a good idea to take it with me to Florida this year. 

It's also time to start checking out the airline flights too.  Then I'll make Pogo an appointment with his doctor for his check up and his health letter for travel.  I've been holding off on getting him a haircut because it's been cold, but pretty soon he'll be needing a trim at least before we go on vacation.  I need to get busy with my tax stuff too in the next few days.  I want it all ready for my accountant before it's time to leave for Florida.

Well, that's it for today's news.  Now I want to do a bit of blog reading before I get ready to leave for my appointment.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Some Days, The Mail Is Just Not Fun

January 14, 2019

Good morning.  It's not early.  I did get up before daylight this morning, but Pogo did not want his breakfast so I went back to bed.  Today is a speck warmer than yesterday.  Tis 25F degrees, and hopefully will get up close to 31F degrees.  No sunshine though.  Tis breezy and gray outside. 

Yesterday was a lazy day here.  Pogo and I spent most of the day under a blanket to stay warm.  Obviously, we got in a bit of napping.  We needed it, so it felt good.  However, I'd really like to get back on a better sleep schedule.  You know, sleep at night, play and work at day.

Well, the mail just came and it was not full of good news.  The first letter I opened was from the bank that holds the mortgage on my house.  They are saying that my house insurance is expired and because I have not provided proof of insurance, they will get me some insurance but it will cost me quite a bit more.

I go through this every year with this company.  The insurance broker told me in December that this company was notified of my insurance renewal.  The bank claims they know nothing of this.  I'm thinking that it's probably time for either a new bank or a new insurance broker. 

The next letter that I opened was from my personal care doctor explaining that because I missed my last appointment, all future missed appointments without a 24 hour notice will cost me $50.00.  I called the doctor's office to find out what this was all about. 

I explained that I had woke up sick that morning and had called their office right away, and that they had rescheduled my appointment to this week.  When the receptionist checked the appointment book, she could not find any appointment for this week.  She said she did not know why this was, but she would reschedule it again.  This time for the beginning of February.    I'm not really crazy about this new doctor so now I'm wondering if maybe I need to find a new doctor too. 

Thank goodness for the catalogues and the magazine from AARP.  At least they were not bad news.  January and February are not great months for me.  Maybe this is the main reason I so look forward to Spring.  That and the nice weather that Spring usually brings. 

Today I have a photo of the yellow afghan to share.  This one is going to be all one color.  It's going to take quite a while to finish because it's bigger than my other afghans and it is all the one color.  For some reason, the afghans seem to work up quicker when there are other colors to break up the monotony.  But it really is pretty.  (and much brighter than this photo shows)

Yesterday was a football day for lots of folks.  Our team, the Patriots, won their game.  Daughter Audrey's team, the Eagles, did not win their game.  How about you?  I'm not really much of a football fan, but I do hope our team goes for the championship again.  And wins, of course. 

A little while back, I ordered a gorgeous Smoky Quartz ring from the ShopLC channel.  It was a huge discounted sale price, $30.00, so I couldn't resist it.  It arrived a couple days ago, and oh my, it is just beautiful.  It's golden brown and set in silver.  I happen to like silver the best.  The underside of the ring is finished beautifully. 

Do I need this?  No, of course not.  But I do love to wear pretty rings.  And I only shop really good sales.  And Pogo says it's okay.  So that's that.

Tomorrow I have a morning appointment with my orthopedic doctor.  So, unless I get up early, I may be posting after lunch.  Just thought I'd mention it.  Today I'm trying to scrounge up a little energy so that I can get a few things done around here. 

Now I think I'll do a bit of blog reading before looking for some mischief to get into.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

It's Time For Fuzzy Socks And Hoodies

January 13, 2019

Good morning.  Wowsie!  Have you been noticing how much earlier daylight begins now and how much longer daylight lasts?  This is good!  The temperature, though, is not.  It is currently 14F degrees, and it isn't supposed to be getting out of the twenties today.  Brrrr!

Last night, I had to put on my new long fuzzy socks (thank you ever so much, Kyra) to keep my tootsies warm.  These are really cool.  They go up to my knees.

Even Pogo had to wear the hood on his Patriots hoodie.  No matter how he wears his clothes, he is just so handsome!  He spent the night sleeping under my blanket.   We kept each other toasty warm.

I finally got back to my crocheting last night, and it felt rather good.  I put the last few rows on the pink afghan.  Now I just have to work in a few ends and it's all done. 

I still have quite a bit of this pretty pink yarn left, so I'm thinking that I might make a shawl with it.  Unless, of course, I find some other interesting pattern.  Meanwhile, I'm working on the light yellow afghan.  I'll take a photo of this afghan to post tomorrow. 

This morning, I've been watching a program about missing children.  It's on the Evine channel  They show photos of the missing children and give information about them--name, date of birth, height, weight, area last seen and who last seen with.  It also features lots of teenagers who give tips on how to stay safe.  These kids also give lots of information on how to stay safe on the internet.  It's a very interesting program.

Earlier this morning, I watched Mike Burdock on Inspiration Campmeeting on ION channel.  I love listening to his sermons.  He has such a wonderful sense of humor and is quite musically talented.   You have to get up early though, to watch this program.  It comes on around 5 a.m. 

Today I have another new quick page for you.  I'm not sure what to call this one.  It's sort of steam punk, and very different.  I hope you like it.  Have fun.

Here is your download link:

Now I'm off to do a bit of blog reading, plus Jewel School is on JTV (Jewelry channel) now so I'm going to be watching that.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, January 11, 2019

It's Time To Make Lemonade

January 11, 2019

Good morning.  Yup, I'm up again before daylight.  Of course, I missed a lot of TV last night because I fell asleep so early.  Ah well, there's always re-runs.  Temps this morning are only 23F degrees but with the wind chill it feels like 16F degrees.  It looks like we won't be getting back up into the thirties until Monday or Tuesday.

I've been watching the news on TV this morning, and it's starting to sound like an old rerun.  All day long they harp about the government shutdown causing so many folks to have a hard time paying their bills.  Some of the sob stories are really tacky. 

Do I feel bad for all these folks who are out of jobs and paychecks?  Yes, of course I do.  However, it's only been three weeks for them.  Where was all the hoopla when my son in law and hundreds of other electricians were laid off  and out of work with no pay checks for months, and for some, years?  Where is the hoopla for all the folks who have to live with hardships when other unions go on strike?

How did all of us get through these hardships?  We pulled together and helped each other out.  We did not go on TV and whine about how difficult life was for us.  There's an old saying "when life hands you lemons, make lemonade."  We all got together and made lemonade.

Where is all the hoopla noise for us elderly folks who have paid into social security all our lives, while Congress continues to steal our funds and threaten us with no cost of living raises and even bankruptcy?  Why aren't people up in arms about all the money that we send to other countries, when we have so many folks here who are needing that help? 

How many other countries have open borders, with no concerns about illegal immigrants?  What's wrong with immigrants coming into the country legally?  Why can't Congress put on their big kid panties and start doing the jobs they were elected to do?  If they were at their desks working to help make this country safe, there would be no government shutdown. 

Why is Congress still being paid?  They are not working.  Why do they still have their jobs?  In the private industry, many of them would have been replaced with new workers by now.  Maybe it's time to re-vamp the position of elected officials.  They should have term limits, reasonable salaries with no pay for no work and the same health and other benefits that the rest of us citizens have.

Maybe it's time for the folks who are making all the noise to get after their congressmen and women and tell them to get off their asses and get back to work.  It's time to get together and tell your congress people to get behind their President and help protect our country's borders.  If they would all stop acting like spoiled brats and start acting like intelligent adults, we would not be having our current problems. 

People, whether or not you like our President, you really should grow up and act like responsible adults.  If you don't like him, vote for someone else next election time.  Meanwhile, act like a responsible American and get behind him while he is in office.  Stop your whining and stupid acting out. 

I realize that not everyone agrees with me.  It's okay, you don't have to.  But you need to stop trying to shove your disagreements and nasty comments down my throat.  It is so disheartening to hear folks you like constantly bad mouthing our President and our country.  Once you've stated your thoughts, shut up.  Keep the rest of the nasty stuff to yourself. 

Okay, nuff said.  I try to keep politics off my blog, but some days the constant hate mongering and whining really gets to me. 

I realized this morning that I never posted the January page from my calendar, so I'll do that now.

A couple days ago, I did finally manage to get the order in for my new Blog book.  I'm not sure what the glitch was, but the staff at Blog2Print were very helpful.  Here's a picture of the covers for my new book.

I just tuned in QVC, and the hostess is complaining about UPS and the way they delivered her packages during the Holiday season.  She says that if she was not home, they did not leave her packages.  Then she had to track the packages down and go pick them up.  I guess she would have been happier if the packages had been left on her door steps and stolen before she got home? 

She also says that she misses the cute UPS outfits for the summer with the adorable little shorts.  Excuse me?  Hold on while I go looking for some old Law & Order reruns.

I'm back now.  I think I'm going to make a fresh cup of coffee and look through some of the new catalogues that came in the mail this week.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Maybe Some Snow Today?

January 10, 2019

Good morning.  Tis early, not yet daylight here in New England.  Pogo and I just finished our breakfast and he's already curled up next to me, snoozing away.  I'm turning on the Weather Channel to see what's in store for us today.

It looks like we might be having snow showers this morning with temps getting up to 33F degrees.  This will be the warmest day for us for the next several days.  Maybe we'll go out to do a couple errands this morning.  I really do need to go to the bank so that I can pay the next batch of bills that are coming due. 

Last night DIL Janet came by after work, after stopping by her favorite bakery to pick up something for our dessert.  After supper, we watched our favorite program, Project Runway All Stars.  This year the contestants are winners of the program from all around the globe. 

A few days ago, I mentioned the new Home Depot catalog that came in the mail.  I took this photo to show you the new look for this store.  It reminds me of a mini Ikea catalogue.  Actually, I think this is the first catalog I've seen for Home Depot.  Hmmm, maybe they are making some changes?

I don't remember if I posted a photo of the pretty glass pieces that Audrey made at her last stained glass class, so I'm posting it today.  These pieces are really beautiful Audrey.  You did a wonderful job.

We are smack dab in the middle of the flu and cold season.  I'm hoping everyone made sure to get their flu and pneumonia shots this past Fall.  A lot of folks are getting pretty sick.  I, for one, am doing my best not to catch anything.  Winter and Spring are my seasons to be quite sick with pneumonia and other respiratory problems. 

A friend posted this chart on the web, and I thought I'd share it here with you.  I have to say that some of these items really surprised me. 

Yesterday's mail brought me that dreaded envelope from my accountant.  It has all sorts of forms for me to fill in with information for the government.  I'm still wondering why they need to know about any changes in my personal bank account (s).  Why is this their business?  I don't fill in this part of the forms. 

Pretty soon, I will have to sit down and get serious about getting all my tax stuff in order.  Oh joy, oh joy.  I kept pretty good track of expenses during the first six months of the year, then I slacked off.  Sorry, but this is not a fun area for me.   At least I will only have to go hunting for the last six months of expenses.

Someone suggested that I make a basket to put on my walker for Pogo to sit in.  I did find a pattern online that I might try to make.  It looks easy enough, but looks can fool you. 

I really have to think about whether I should take my walker or Pogo's stroller to Florida.  The walker does not have a place to put things.  The basket would be for Pogo to ride in.  However, the stroller does have a handy covered basket at the bottom.  I'll have to give this some thought. 

Now I think I'm going to do a bit of blog reading before deciding what we'll do today.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Yea, My Favorite TV Program Is Back!!

January 9, 2019

Good morning.  Goodness, I'm almost out of morning.  But I've been busy trying to clean out a ton of old emails, follow up calls about my blog book, and a few other little things.  Temps today are awesome.  42F degrees with bits of sunshine and a little breeze.  Not bad for a winter day.

I'm not making any headway in trying to order my new blog book.  I don't what the problem is and I can't get through to the company.  I hope this problem is not permanent.  I'll have to look around to see if there are other companies printing blog books.  If you know of any, please let me know.

I've been waiting so long for my favorite program to be brought back on TV.  Project Runway.  I got an email a while ago saying that Project Runway, All Stars will air again on January 9.  Well guess what?  Today I got an email telling me that week two will air tonight.  What??  What happened to week one? 

Thank goodness for Demand (on Comcast Cable).  I got to look up the first week to my program, and I've been watching it this morning.  It is still an awesome program!    I just love watching these designers come up with new creations for fashion. 

Today I thought I'd share a photo of Pogo's groomer, Kathy.  Not only does she do a great job of grooming, she also fosters rescue animals.  In this photo, she is having fun with some of the rescues that she ended up keeping plus a couple of foster kids.

Sorry about hinting that I had a big check coming, but I actually did get a check recently.  No, it was not a prize or anything like that.  It was actually an overpayment from my health insurance company for a prescription that I was overcharged for.  Now how about that??  I put it in the bank right away in case they asked for it back. 

Did you like yesterday's fun product?  Well, I have another one for today.  Although I think this one was meant to catch the eye of those drivers whose cars did not come with directional signals.  You can actually buy both of these products on Amazon.  I have to remind you though, that the dehydrated water is not really cheap.

Yesterday I got me a super jolt of energy and ran with it.  I started by washing the dishes, then taking out the trash and recycles.  After that I washed the toilet and bathroom sink, then washed the floors.  I'm not sure where that energy came from but I could use a bit of it most every day. 

Of course, after finishing all these chores, my only other accomplishment was cooking hamburgers for Pogo.  For me, I made a ham and cheese sandwich.  It was quick and tasty and did not need any more energy.  I'll make up for it tonight by cooking Polish Kielbasa, potatoes and veggies.  I'll think of something for dessert.

Today I have another new quick page for you.  This one might be good for some of your fun snow day photos.  Enjoy.

Here is your download link:

Now I'm off to see if I can find some fun mischief to get into.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

They're Coming With That Big Fat Check!

January 8, 2019

Good morning.  I've been up a while but I had a few things to do.  First I had to call Blog2Print about the new blog book that I tried making yesterday.  I got the book assembled, but then either Google or the web page or goodness knows what happened and I could not get access to my book.  I  tried contacting the company but there was a problem there too and I had to leave a message. 

This morning I called and one of their staff tried to find the problem.  Somewhere, somehow, something went wrong and now I have to set up a new account.  Of course, this means that I will not have access to any of my past books.  Whatever file they were on at the company had gotten corrupt.

The good news is that whenever I buy my new blog books, I also buy the PDF copy.  I do have all of these copies on file.  This new book will make book #26.  That's all eleven years of blogging.  This new year begins my twelfth year.

Does the word "twelfth" look funny?  I just looked it up to find out why it has an "f" in it.  According to, the "f" takes the place of the "ve."  Every now and then a word will look a bit weird to me, so I look it up.

Are you ready for another photo of my little guy Pogo?  Here he is napping on the sofa in front of his new tent bed while I'm busy on my laptop.  Sorry about the colors, but the lamp light tends to change the colors a bit.

I meant to share this item with everyone before Christmas, just in case you have friends who are hard to buy for.  It's something everyone can use and it doesn't take up much room in the pantry.  It would come in quite handy during emergencies.

I'm not sure who thinks these things up, but they sure do have a clever mind!  It does make a person wonder though just how many people would actually go looking to buy this. 

Today's temp is 32F degrees and it is overcast.  No sun, just dreary and breezy.  However, Spring is only seventy two more days away!  Plus, in less than two months, Pogo and I will be relaxing in sunny Florida for two weeks.  We'll get back just in time to welcome Spring to our area.

Are you getting annoyed at the Publishers Clearing House spokesman on TV telling us that we can win tons and tons of money real soon?  Normally this would not annoy me, but they've been telling me this very same thing for years now.  Hardly a day goes by without something from them coming in the mail saying "Just one more order, please.  You are so close to winning it all!" 

Speak of the devil, the mail just came and yup!  There's another envelope from Publishers Clearing House telling me to watch for another envelope that should arrive by tomorrow.  It says they really want to bring me that big fat check.  Okay, and while they're at it I might be interesting in buying a swamp.

I have one more photo to share with you.  This one was posted on Facebook by a friend.  I just love nature and animals.  This deer family is really beautiful.  I would love to have been there to see these gorgeous animals.

Now it's time for me to get busy around here.  There are dishes in the sink just crying out for me to wash them.  So I guess that's where I'll start.  I was going to make some fudge brownies the other day but I didn't, so that will be on today's agenda too.  Maybe.  We'll see.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Brrr! It's Fuzzy Sock Weather

January 7, 2019

Good afternoon.  My goodness, I'm late getting started today.  Sleep wasn't coming to me during the night.  I would put on the light and read for a while, and then try to sleep again.  Nope, no sleep.  However, by the time daylight was breaking, my body finally drifted off to sleep. 

Today is sunny and cold.  Only 25F degrees.  Tis a great day to work on my new blog book.  My coupon runs out tomorrow so I need to get hustling.  38% off is a great coupon, and I'm not one to pass up a great coupon especially when I'm planning on buying the product anyway. 

Yesterday I did not go out to shop because daughter Deanne called to say that she was going shopping and would pick up some things for me.  So I stayed in and started to read my new book. "The Other Side Of The Bay."  This book was written by Sean Dietrich.  It's a mystery that takes place in the Panhandle, and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the book.  If you want it, you can find it on Amazon.

Sean has written several books, so now I'm looking to buy another one.  This time I think I'll get "Lyla."  I may just get this one in Kindle form.  I do prefer an actual paper book, but I don't really have lots of room to be collecting more books. 

One of the catalogues that I get has the cutest tee shirts.  The next time this catalog comes in the mail, I'll take a photo of it  to share in case anyone wants to subscribe to it.  Here is one shirt that I think is just adorable!

This picture reminds me of myself.  This is why I don't get things done in the time frame that I set.  Can you tell I love the squirrels?  Yes, they are really pesky, but they are so darn cute to watch. 

Today's mail brought more catalogues and the memory wire that I purchased from JTV a few days ago.  Later today I'll try to gather some ideas on how to use this memory wire.  First, I want to tend to my blog book.

My feet are beginning to feel a bit like popsicles.  There is only a crawl space beneath the floors in my part of the house, so when the temps go way down like this, the cold seems to come right up through the floors.  I guess I'll put on my long fuzzy socks and turn my little heater on for a while. 

One of the catalogues that came in today's mail is the "Burgess Spring 2019 Garden Catalog."  I don't know why I love looking at these catalogues.  I can't get out and do the garden work anymore.  I'm thinking that I might hire someone this year just to tend the gardens for me. 

Well, I think I'd best sign off now and get started on a few things around here.  The first being my blog book.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Happy Birthday Jazzy

January 6, 2019

Good morning.  Today is looking really pretty.  The sun is shining, temps are working their way up to the low forties, the rain has stopped and their is no wind.  Just a real beautiful Winter day.   My car is covered with frost but I can run it for a few minutes and all the frost will be melted. 

Yesterday was Jazzy's birthday.  Would you believe?  She's nineteen years old already!  Happy Birthday Jasmine.  I hope your special day was simply awesome.  I love you.

Hopefully, today I'll be able to go out and do a bit of grocery shopping.  These past couple of days have been very lazy for me.  I've had absolutely no energy.  Maybe it's just the January blues.  I called my cousin this morning, and she's been down in the dumps lately too.  Although, she's in a nursing facility and that's probably why she is having the blues. 

Winter time means that we have to stay indoors most of the time.  This leads to depression and the blues.  So it is understandable that so many of us start our countdown to Spring once the new year begins.  Just seventy four more days my friends, just seventy four more days.  Plus, every day is now getting just a bit longer.  Pretty soon it will be Springtime!

How many of you watched the video on Facebook of the woman reading "The Wonky Donkey."  I went online looking to buy this book and guess where I found it?  Yup, Amazon had it, and the price was quite reasonable.  It was to be a gift to a friend of mine.  I have to say, it really made her Christmas a fun day.

A few days ago, I picked up a few new scrap kits and had fun making new quick pages.  Today's quick page has just a touch of an "old fashioned" look to it.  I hope you can use it. 

Here is your download link:

This afternoon I will begin to expire the quick page links from September to December.  Then I can go online and make my new blog book.   If I can dig up some extra energy, I might even bake some fudge brownies.  Hmmm, we'll see. 

Now I'm going to get dressed and hopefully push my self out the door to do a bit of grocery shopping.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, January 4, 2019

The Golden Years' Charm

January 4, 2019

Good morning.  Tis a pretty, sunny winter day here in New England.  Temps are in the mid thirties (37F) and heading for the mid forties.  If I can muster up the energy, I'll go out today to do a few errands.  If not, well, we'll see.

I got up early this morning, around 5 a.m. and paid a few bills.  I made myself a cup of coffee, but never got to drink it.  Instead, I fell back to sleep for a few hours.  I'm up now, but I'm tired.  That extra sleep took all my energy with it. 

It's amazing how my mind and my body just don't ever seem to be on the same track anymore.  I used to be busy all the time.  Nowadays, I can sit and think about all the things I'd like do, and while I'm thinking my body gets tired out.  Thinking seems to use up a lot of energy.  Really?  How can this be?  I guess it's all just a part of the "golden years" charm.

 Pogo got a post card in the mail from his doctor, telling him that it's time to make his check up appointment.  We need to make sure his shots are up to date and then we can get his new "okay to travel" letter for the plane ride to Florida.  So, I guess we'll call this afternoon to make his appointment. 

I don't know if I need a new letter from my doctor about having my portable oxygen with me on the plane.  I'll have to call to see how often I have to do this .  I still have my letter from last year.  You would think that one letter would suffice, but in today's world, one never knows. 

Here's another really neat tee shirt that I found in one of my catalogues.  This one's message is oh so true.  You're never alone when you have a pet.

I found a cute joke on the web to share with you.  Hope this one gives you a few giggles.

Now I need to start working on my new blog book.  My coupon is only good for a few more days.  On that happy note, I'll take my leave.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Just Fifty Nine Days Till Florida!

January 3, 2019

Good morning.  Temps are up a bit today.  Tis 37F degrees, working towards the low forties.  It's gray and wet at the moment, but it looks as though the sun is trying to shine down on us.  And, my heat is back on!  Woo Hoo! 

It turned out to be a whole day job.  The workers showed up at 7:45 a.m. and did not leave until well after 5 p.m.  There were four men working, one being the electrician.  By 5 p.m. we also had hot water again.  You just don't know how much you need the hot water until it is gone. 

Last night I did make a big pot of spaghetti and meat sauce, but DIL Janet was not here to help me eat it.  I had texted her earlier to let her know that we had no heat and that I did not know what time it would be back on.  We figured it would be best for her to come next week.  The last thing either of us needs right now is to catch a cold. 

I got really chilled, but last night I got out the Alka Seltzer and made myself a drink of that.  I had a little heater, plus my electric blanket to help Pogo and me with the cold during the day.  I'm trying to stay healthy because in fifty nine days, Pogo and I will be in Florida.  Woo Hoo!

This year I need new tops to wear and probably some new Bermuda shorts. So, I'm hoping to do a bit of shopping while we're in Florida.  Even if it means sending my new clothes home in a box, that's okay.  I don't take my big suitcase with me anymore.  It's too heavy for me, so I'm learning to pack lighter and mail whatever doesn't fit in the suitcase. 

I washed one of Pogo's little portable houses so that I can pack it in my suitcase.  He  loves to have little places to take naps in.  The little house and a couple small blankets will make my little guy one very happy little kid. 

This week I want to do some serious airline ticket shopping.  I'll feel better knowing that our tickets are secured and paid for.  Next month, I'll reserve the rental car.  This year I'm really looking forward to going to Florida.  I just have to decide on whether to take Pogo's stroller or my walker. 

If I take the walker, I'll be needing to buy a new folding basket to put on it for Pogo to ride in.  He has a basket now, but it does not fold up.  I'm concerned that if I take my walker with this basket on it, the basket will get bent or broken when it is put into cargo on the plane.  Ah, such a problem to think about!!

Do you love chickens?  I found these two adorable chicken items on the web and wanted to share them here.  This first one is a beautiful chicken wreath for your front door.  The second item is a chicken mug to inject a bit of humor into your morning coffee.

We have a house cat, and a lot of my friends and family have cats.  This next image is to remind us that there are a lot of kitty cats out there in shelters that are looking for their forever homes.  So please remember, don't shop, ADOPT.

Now I'm going to get a fresh cup of coffee and do a bit of blog reading before starting in on my household chores.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

New Furnace Today

January 2, 2019

Good morning.  Today is sunny and cold, just 27F degrees working its way up to a high of 31F degrees.  I had a very early wake up call this morning.  It was the furnace guy calling to say that his men were on their way to my house to take out my furnace and install a new one. 

Of course, there is more work being done too.  The hot water heater needs to be re-wired, and the emergency switch needs to be moved to a new location and then rewired.  Oh happy day, oh happy day!  This also means that there will be no heat in the house today until after all the work has been done.

Isn't it amazing how things work out?  This couldn't possibly have happened on a really warm day in July, could it?  A day with soothing warm breezes and all the windows opened?  No, of course not!  That would be no fun at all!

Today I have some photos to share that Mac, my SIL, has been taking while he is in Japan.  These are taken on his visit to Yokohama China Town.  Keep sending these photos Mac, they are beautiful.

Today I think I'll do a load or two of laundry.  Towels and a load of blankets.  I didn't get to do it all the other day.  Then I  think I'll make a meat sauce and cook up a pan of pasta.  Janet might be coming by tonight after work.  If the heat isn't back on though, I might just call and tell her to wait till next week.

I did get to play on my laptop for a while yesterday, so now I have a few new quick pages in my folder.  Here's the first one for this new year.  Enjoy.

Here is your download link:

Starting tomorrow, the temps are supposed to go up a bit.  I certainly hope so because I have to go out to do some errands.  And of course, it's time once again to start on those dratted taxes.  Hopefully, it won't be such a nasty job this year. 

Several months ago, I bought a new adding machine.  Not a digital one.  It's one that uses paper rolls to keep track of your numbers.  I'm old fashioned.  It's easier for me to see any mistakes that I might make when my numbers are printed on the paper roll.  Now I don't have to add up all my columns of numbers with a pencil and paper.

I need to start making my new blog book because I have a super coupon, and it's only good for a few more days.  So if you haven't downloaded all the quick pages that you wanted, this would be a good time to do it.  I will be expiring them through the end of December in the next day or two. 

I'm off now.  It's time to put a load of towels in the washing machine.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019


January 1, 2019

Good morning, and Happy New Year to you.  Well, did any of you get to watch the fireworks displays last night?  I meant to.  I got all settled to.  I fell asleep.  Even Pogo fell asleep early.  We both woke up around 3 a.m.  Unfortunately, all the beautiful fireworks displays were over. 

I made the best of the situation though, and made breakfast.  Pogo didn't want any.  Instead, he went back to sleep.  He looks pretty sharp too, wearing his new Patriots hoodie sweatshirt.  It's a little big on him, but once it is washed and dried, it will probably shrink down a bit. 

Today I'm watching a Law & Order SVU marathon on TV.  I can do this while I'm going through all the junk mail, magazines and catalogues that I have set aside for today's project.  I should try to work on taking care of this mail stuff the day it comes.  I guess I can make that a resolution for this year. 

I also have to make another resolution.  To work on exercising my left arm.  Because the handle for my lounge chair is on the right side of the chair, my right arm is the only arm to get lots of exercise.  So, now I have a fat left arm and a thinner right arm.  Not a pretty sight!  I do have the rubber exercise bands, so I guess I'll have to hook one of them up to something and start giving my left arm a daily workout. 

I have a photo to share today.  This tree is simply fascinating.  I pass by it whenever I take Jazzy to the college and when I pick her up to go home.  One day I decided to pull over to the side of the street and try to get a photo of it. 

And here' a close up of its amazing tree trunk.  Nature is simply awesome!

If I get a chance, I'll go back there one of these days with my Canon camera and try to get better photos.  Actually, I can't wait for a nice day when I can go out looking for things to photograph.  I really do miss doing that. 

Well, that's it for today.  Before I go, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year.  I hope this new year is going to be a great year for all of us.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.