Thursday, May 31, 2018

We Had A Fun Day Shopping

May 31, 2018

Good morning.  Gosh, have you noticed?  Today is the last day of this beautiful month of May.  Only three more weeks and it will be summer.  Time is flying!  Today is also another gorgeous day with sunshine and temps in the seventies.  You know Pogo and I will be sitting out on the porch today!

Yesterday, Pogo and I went out to do a couple errands.  After we took our packages to the Post Office, we headed for Pogo's favorite store, Ocean State Job Lot.  When we walk into the store, it really is nice to hear one of the sales staff say "Look who's here.  It's Pogo.  How are you little fellow?"  Of course, Pogo just laps it all up.  He loves people.

We took our time browsing all the neat stuff in the store.  First we went looking for the saucers for the bottom of our plants, then of course we had to buy two more plants.   We got a white Petunia, and a  pink Double Impatiens.

We also bought some more cookies.  Can't let our snack stash get too low!  They had some tasty looking coconut cookies so we bought a package of them for Joe.  Joe just loves coconut, so you know that made him very happy.

While we were there, I bought a small air fryer that was on sale.  I've been wanting to try one of these, but I was waiting for a good sale to come along.  Now I can have French fries once in a while, and a few other tasty foods that have to be fried.  I haven't opened the box yet, but I will today because I want to see if there is a cook book of sorts that comes with the fryer.  If not, I'll have to go online to find one. 

The lady who was behind me in line at the check out register said "You're going to love that.  I have two of them and I use them all the time."  That was very reassuring to hear.  After I use it a few times, I'll let you know how I like it.

I've had a request for an update on the Wondercide.  I'll try to do this in about a week.  Today, I'm going to spray some on Pogo's bed that is out on the porch.  I think I'll even spray some on the rug that is on the porch floor.  Can't be too careful. 

One of the dwarfs has just left to go to Walmart, so I asked him to pick up a roasted chicken for Pogo and me.  We'll have supper for lunch today, and tonight we'll have lunch for supper.  Oh, the fun things we do now that we are retired!

Now I think I'll take my crocheting and a bottle of water and head for the porch.  Pogo is wanting to get out there so that he can watch for the mailman.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have an awesome day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Having Fun With Dolphins

May 30, 2018

Good morning.  Tis a gorgeous day outside today.  Sunny, temps in the seventies and a teeny tiny breeze.  Yesterday was in the nineties, so Pogo and I stayed in, but today is a great day to get out and browse the goodies at our favorite store.

I meant to ask Deanne to take my chia plant home with her, but we were having a good time chatting, and I forgot.  So, I'll have to ask her later.  Meanwhile the plant and all it's fixings are safely napping in their box.  I have a couple other plants that need to be put into pots, but they can wait until later.  I really want to get out today. 

Our first stop today will be at the Post Office.  I have some boxes to mail, and Pogo loves to go to the Post Office.  We go to the one in the next town over because the folks there love to see Pogo.  If he is not with me, they ask about him.  The Post Office in my town doesn't allow fur babies in their sacred building.  (sorry, that's the sarcastic side of me showing)

When I go somewhere and have to put up with someone's crying, screaming child, I wonder why my little guy is not allowed to be there.  He is very quiet.  He is simply happy to be able to be with me and look around at everyone and everything. 

Ah well, it's too nice a day to rant.  Today I have a photo to share that daughter Audrey sent to me.  She's been making a baby cocoon for a friend.  This one is shaped sort of like a dolphin, and is oh so adorable.  She will be making a string tie to lace around the neckline.  Great job, Audrey.  Isn't this cute?

Sad to say, I did not do any crocheting yesterday or last night.  I meant to, but I just didn't.  Maybe later on I'll see about ordering the colors that I need to complete a couple projects. 

Speaking of dolphins, I had such fun making this new quick page.  It's simple, but whimsical.  I hope you have fun with it.

Here is your download link:

Now I think I'll get dressed so that Pogo and I can hop in the car and go shopping.  Not that he's anxious to get out, but he's been sitting by the door since I opened it this morning.  I know I've said it before, but that door was one of my best purchases.  I'm off now, so till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Tis A Lovely Day Today

May 29, 2018

Good morning.  Tis a beautiful sunny day with warmer temps (79F degrees).  I think later after lunch, Pogo and I might just go out and do a few errands.  Yesterday was rather quiet around here.  I didn't do very much other than relax and put a couple rows on the cranberry afghan.  I think there's only six and a half more rows to go till it is finished.

On Sunday, I did a couple loads of laundry.  It is all folded but I still have to put it away.  So, that is my first chore for today.  Plus I have dishes to wash.  But of course, there are dishes every day so that doesn't count.

One thing I did yesterday was to take a nap.  For some reason, I had a chill and just could not get warm.  So, I crawled beneath my blanket and had me a nice nap.  It did help, and I warmed up nicely.

Today I think I'll see if Deanne will take my President Trump chia plant home with her and try planting it.  My try did not go as well as I would have liked.  I finally had to scrape it clean and put everything back in the box. 

You know, when I was much younger, I could grow just about anything.  I had a house full of plants and a yard full of blooming flowers.  Then one day, my green thumb went to sleep and never woke up again.  Alas, my home was never full of beautiful plants again.  I do try, but success comes only once in a great while.  And usually only on one plant. 

Sometime today I will get rid of some more "toss and throw" stuff.  All the barrels are out front to be emptied when the trucks come by.  They are full to the top.  We really need a third barrel here, but we can't get one.  I guess we're lucky to have two of them.

I do have some photos to share today.  These first two photos are of my pink rose tree.  There are new buds all over it.  The last photo shows some of my Hosta.  You can even see some of the Lily Of The Valley that seems to grow rampant.

I ordered some Wondercide Flea and Tick Control spray and it came today.  I just want to make sure that Pogo doesn't have to worry about these things making him sick or uncomfortable.  I got a big bottle, so I can put some of it into another spray bottle to share with Sassy, Deanne's little doggie.

Now I think I should get busy doing something here before I get sidetracked.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Happy Memorial Day

May 28, 2018

Good morning.  Happy Memorial Day to everyone.  Today is a day set aside to remember all those who have fought for our country and given their lives so that you and I may enjoy our freedoms.
author unknown (photo from Google)
Today is gray and damp, with temps in the low fifties.  There will be some sunshine and warmer temps later in the day.  The weather may hamper a few of the barbecues planned for today.  Pogo and I are staying in today.  We celebrated yesterday with a really nice lunch.  Pogo enjoyed his Filet Mignon.  Well, we did too.  Joe contributed mashed potato and corn to the meal.  It was dee-licious!
I spent the whole afternoon yesterday going through magazines, catalogues and old papers.  There are still tons of papers that I have to go through.  It's hard to throw things out because you never know when you'll need them again.  But I'm trying. 
Today I'll go through a few more, then I think I'll crochet for a bit.  I'd really like to start a new project.  I can work on the cranberry afghan in between projects.  It's hard for me to work with the really dark colors.  I can check my stitches much easier on the lighter colors.  So the next afghan will be in pastel colors.  As soon as I decide which colors I'll be using, I'll post a photo.
I took some photos of my veggie plants to show their progress.  A couple days ago, Joe re-planted them into large pots to give them more growing room.  The tomato plants already have lots of little yellow flowers on them.
The bell pepper plants are doing great too.  There's already one pepper starting.  Hopefully, I'm going to get to eat this one!
The weird thing is that none of these plants is more than six or seven inches tall yet.  Hopefully, they will continue to be as fruitful when they grow taller.  The flower plants in the greenhouse will have to be planted outside soon.  They are getting so big and full of flower buds.  So far, I'm really liking this greenhouse.  And my plants like it.
Now I think I'm going to do a bit of blog reading and get started on this beautiful new day.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a safe, happy Memorial Day.
Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

The Beauty Around Us

May 27, 2018

Good morning.  Tis a wee bit damp and rather gray outside today.  But that's okay.  The plants and lawns need the water.  And, it's a good reason to have a lazy day, just crochet, watch TV, do a puzzle, paint a picture, etc.   Yesterday was a noisy day with parties and barbecues everywhere.  Today's quiet will be very refreshing.

My recent order from Omaha Steak company arrived a couple days ago.  So, today for lunch, Pogo and I are going to have a Filet Mignon.  Well, la de da!  And yes, we are going to share.  I'm cooking an extra one for Joe.  He did a lot of yard work this past week so I thought he deserved to have one too.

While Mac and Audrey were on vacation in the mountains this past week, they sent me some photos, and a couple I downloaded from Facebook.  Their friend, Jim Hansen, is a well known photographer, whose photos are just awesome.  Here is one photo Mr. Hansen took while they were out on a photo walk. 

Isn't this gorgeous?  I remember, years ago, a friend and I were driving through the mountains on our way to Nashville, and we saw a scene something like this.  It was just awesome!

Here's another photo that Mr. Hansen took, of Mac shooting a photo of a deer. 

And here's a photo that Mac took of Audrey taking a photo of a deer.  (the deer is in the grass, looking up at Audrey)

Wow, what an awesome way to spend a vacation.  Good friends, awesome scenery and beautiful wildlife. 

Did anyone read Sean Dietrich's blog today?  He wrote about how one man, doing one good deed, can change a young boy's life.  Of course, it was more than just the one deed, but think about it.  We can all make a difference in someone's life by doing just one good deed.  It's an awesome feeling, you know, when you can put a smile on someone's face.  Or make someone happy when they weren't. 

Try it.  Hold out your hand and help someone.  Let me tell you though, it becomes addictive.  You get such an awesome feeling helping someone else that you go back and do it again.  The smiles that you get are simply priceless. 

Today I have another quick page for you.  This one is just fun and whimsical.  I hope you can use it.

Here is your download link:

Now I think I'll refresh my cup of coffee and do a bit of blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Jazzy's Senior Prom

May 25, 2018

Good morning.  Tis another gorgeous day here in New England.  The sun is shining, temps are in the high sixties and there's a nice breeze.  Soon the temps will be in the high eighties.  Definitely a good day to sit out on the porch! 

Today is starting out just like yesterday.  Most all the pain is gone, and I had another great night's sleep.  Actually, I could have stayed asleep a few more hours, it felt so good.  However, when I cracked one eye open I noticed Pogo staring at me.  I guess he wanted some breakfast!

Have you ever noticed that as people age their skin gets thinner?  Well, mine is getting super thin!  I bumped into something near a doorway and it made a tear in the skin on my arm.  It looked fine but soon after, I noticed the little scrape started bleeding.  So I've been keeping a bandage on it during the night, and leaving it uncovered all day.

Well, last night was Jazzy's senior prom.  Deanne sent me this photo of Jazzy in her gown.  In another week, Jazzy will graduate from high school.  Gosh, this is it.  Their baby is all grown up and soon will be making her own way in the world.  (The young man is a friend, Andrew.)

Ever notice the one thing (other than the TV remote) that all guys seem to cherish?  It's their back scratcher.  My late hubby had a favorite one, made of bamboo I think.  It's very slim and lightweight, but oh my does it ever do a great job of scratching my back.  Yup, now I keep it on the bookshelf near the sofa, and I use it almost every day. 

Oh my, Joe is pulling into the driveway.  They must have got out of work early.  Pogo is at the door barking, and I need to go open our pantry door so that Pogo can go out into the house and have his turkey treat.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

"My Pillow" To The Rescue

May 24, 2018

Good morning.  The sun is shining, it's sixty four degrees and there is a teeny tiny breeze wafting past my flag every now and then.  I'm thinking that today Pogo and I will sit out on the porch for a while and go through a large stack of magazines and catalogues before tossing them into the recycle bin. 

Today, so far, is a much better day for me.  Yesterday, the pain went from my neck down to my upper back.  Actually, though, it was my own fault.  I can only stand in one spot for a couple minutes before the pain starts.  I was standing, going through a large box of old papers and other stuff, trying to get rid of a lot of things.

Eventually I had to stop and take a pain pill.  Then, while I was muttering under my breath, I carried the large box full of stuff outside and tossed it all in the recycle bin.  After that, I rested a while before trying to start supper.  Finally I put everything back in the refrigerator.  When DIL Janet got here, we ordered sub sandwiches for our supper. 

I guess I can add shredded steak and cheese to the list of foods that Pogo will eat.  He would not leave Janet's side until she shared a good part of her sandwich with him.  If she wasn't fast enough with the food, he would give her a nudge or a little woof to remind her to speed up a bit.

The pain in my back was getting increasingly uncomfortable so I got My Pillow and put it behind my back while I was sitting in the lounge chair.  This really did help considerably, so that's how I slept all night long.  I actually had a good sleep!  Guess who did not wake up grumpy? 

Last night, I was watching JTV (jewelry television channel) because they are beginning their year end inventory clearance sales and I'm looking for a couple things that I need for birthdays and Christmas.  Oh Wowsie!  Did I ever get lucky!  I found one of the items that I am looking for.  And such a great price!  Now I can cross one more thing off my Christmas shopping list.  Hmmm, maybe that's why I slept so good.

I absolutely love a great sale.  Don't you?  Next month, the sale prices will be awesome.  When I give a gift of jewelry, I prefer to give real gem stones set in sterling silver.  Especially when they cost less than costume jewelry. 

My yellow iris are starting to bloom, so I just went outside and took some photos.  I'll post them tomorrow.  Today, I dug a couple photos out from my archives to share.  I love to see the bees enjoying the flowers in my gardens.  It's a good sign.

Google is starting to do weird things on my post so I'll have to call it a day.  Till tomorrow folks, Y'all have an awesome day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

My Remote Control Died, Slowly.

May 23, 2018

Good morning.  Today is cloudy, but sunny,  Temps are in the sixties, but will soon be rising up to eighty degrees.  We had a little rain yesterday and overnight,and there's one small puddle out front for the birds to splash in.

Yesterday was a page out of Murphy's Law Book.  When I went to sleep the night before, the TV was working just fine.  However, yesterday morning the program guide on the remote was not working.  Next, the volume arrows stopped working, and I couldn't change the channels either.  Finally, nothing on the remote control was working.  So, I changed the batteries in the remote.  Nope, that did not fix anything. 

I called the cable company, but after trying all sorts of things, the problems with the remote were not solved.  The tech person advised me that I would need a new remote.  I could wait a couple more days and a tech would bring it to me, or I could go to their local store and pick one up.  Right after I hung up the phone, the volume on the TV stopped working.  I don't dare shut the TV off.  It might never come back on.

I did not know it but the cable store had moved to a new location.  It's a good thing that Deanne had called me because she told me about the move and where the new cable store was located.  She even met me there and went in with me.  Once inside, we were told that they were out of the remote that I needed, but I could wait about thirty minutes and a technician would get one for me.

In about five minutes, a technician called my name and got me a new remote.  Later, Deanne and Eddie came by and Eddie set the new remote to my TV.  When they left, my TV was working just fine.  And it still is.  Thank you so much Eddie.  I really do appreciate it.  The TV is entertainment for Pogo and me.

I have a photo to share of Deanne and some friends.  They all went to the Red Sox game, and from the looks of things, they had a really good time.  Deanne is on the left.  As you can see, Mookie Betts is the girls' favorite player.  (Mookie is a right fielder for the Boston Red Sox)

Today will be quiet.  I think I'm just going to try to toss and throw out a few more things.  This project is very slow going.  I think I'll work on it for a couple hours, then Pogo and I will sit out on the porch for a while. 

I do have a new quick page for you.  This one features Zlata, who is entertaining her friends with a story and a hand puppet.  Enjoy.

Here is your download link:

Now I think I'll get moving and attack the computer room.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

It's A Quiet, Gray Day

May 22, 2018

Good morning.  Today is a gray day with temps in the upper sixties.  Still, it's a nice day.  I'm not sure what Pogo and I will do today, but I'm sure we'll think of something. 

Gosh, I hope today is the day that the pain in the side of my neck goes away.  I know it is most likely related to my spinal problems so I don't worry about it, but it would be nice for it to disappear.  As long as I don't turn my face to look sideways, I'm okay. 

Pogo is getting real barky lately.  If there's no one outside to bark at, he waits for a bird or a squirrel to come into sight and barks at it.  Hmmm, he's asleep right now, curled up next to me on the sofa, so he just missed an excellent opportunity to bark at one of dwarfs who just drove into the driveway. 

I've been trying to put together a new yarn order, but it's difficult.  There are so many beautiful colors, and only so much time to play with them.  Today, I'll have to nail it down because I really do need the red and the white yarn.

Last night, I worked on the cranberry afghan for a while.  I have ten and a half more rows to go to finish it.  Woo Hoo!  Just one or two rows a night and it could be finished by the end of next week.  My new yarn could be here by then and I could start another dolly dress. 

Well, did any of you figure out what yesterday's photo was?  It was a photo I did a few years ago of water.  I put a vase in the sink and ran the water to fill it up.  Once it was full, I took photos of the bubbles flowing over the side of the vase.

See what I mean?  You can find beauty anywhere.  On the other hand, Nature has an endless supply of beauty.  Audrey and hubby Mac are vacationing with friends, way up in the Appalachian Mountains.  She sent me this photo that she took yesterday of the view from Skyline  Drive.  Wowsie, she is completely surrounded by Nature's beauty.

I remember once, when a friend and I were driving to Nashville, TN, and we stopped somewhere up in the mountains to take photos of the view.  It was simply breath taking. 

The mail just came, and the mailman had a box.  I thought it was my newest Blog Book, but it wasn't.  Boo Hoo.  Ah well, it will be here pretty soon because it has already been shipped.  The morning is slipping by now, so I guess I should get busy and do a few things around here. 

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

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, May 21, 2018

If You Look For Beauty, You'll Find It

May 21, 2018

Well, good afternoon.  I would have been here earlier, but I started reading a few blogs, and one of them took a really long time.  I like to start my day by reading one blog in particular, Sean Of The South.  It seems that some misinformed (supposedly educated) person decided to criticize him and his writing.  This was not such a good idea.

People all over love to read Sean's stories every day.  His writings are full of love, life and hope.  And, he loves his dog!  He loves his mother and he loves his wife.  Now, this is my kind of guy!  Sean has a God given gift.  To write.  He tells a story like no one else can.  I. for one, hope he never stops writing. 

Click on his link above, and treat yourself to a story about how he once helped to deliver puppies, or how he once had macaroni and cheese and a Budweiser on top of a water tower.  Better yet, maybe he'll even write about the raccoon named Levon that he once put a necktie on.

I did not mean to go on a rant today, but when someone tries to hurt something or someone I care about, I tend to get just a little bit feisty.  If you don't like what someone has to say, just walk away.  It's not necessary to write a nasty letter for the whole world to read.  This only brings you down to a level that no one else wants to be on. 

Okay, I'm off my bandstand now.  How about a puzzle?  I have a photo that I'll share.  There's beauty in everything.  See if you can figure out what it is. 

Today is looking like such a beautiful day.  It's seventy degrees, and soon temps will be reaching almost eighty.  I think Pogo and I will sit out on the porch this afternoon and watch the birds and squirrels.  Maybe I'll take my crocheting out there too.  Hmmm, sounds like a plan.

I'm off now.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

A New American Princess

May 20, 2018

Good morning.  Gosh, it's almost noon.  I've been so busy doing goodness knows what that I'm running out of morning.  I had a quick page in mind for today, but I noticed a boo boo on it, and took the time to fix it.  Now I still have to upload it and get a new link.  I'll have to save this one for another day. 

I also did a bit of blog reading.  I like to start my days reading a few favorite blogs.  I'm glad to say that my dear friend Kyra is feeling much better now and did post today.  It will still take quite a while before she is completely healed, but at least she is on the mend. 

Well, well, well, I hope all of you got to watch the Royal Wedding yesterday on TV, or better yet, in person?  Pogo and I watched it on TV, and oh my, what a lovely wedding.  Harry and Meghan are such a beautiful couple, and I wish them many years of happiness.  These are a couple photos that I downloaded from Google.

Photo by: WPA Pool/Getty Images

Photo by:  USA Today

Today the weather is overcast, but at least it's fairly warm.  The temperature is 71F degrees, working its way to the upper seventies.  There's a bit of a gentle breeze making my flag wave ever so slowly against a background of beautiful rich shades of green.  The leaves on the tree out front are waving slowly too.  It's such a pretty picture.

I mentioned before that I would take a photo of the huge Mother's Day card that Deanne gave me.  I did take the photo but then I forgot to post it.  So here it is.  I leaned it against the storm door so that you could see how big it is.  Isn''t this pretty?  Pogo has a thing about cards and envelopes, so this one kept him busy sniffing for quite a while.

I've been working on the Cranberry afghan, slowly.  My hands seem to be doing what my eyes do.  I've always read a lot, but starting somewhere in my late thirties and early forties, I have trouble figuring out fancy fonts, plus the printed letters are not always looking to me like they actually look to others.  Usually the letters are just not in the right order, making it harder to read.  I spend a lot of time re-reading. 

Lately, I also spend a lot of time re-doing stitches that looked perfectly fine when I checked them.  Trying too hard to read words, or to get a stitch right, tends to make my eyes get blurry.  That's when I have to stop and take a break.  Typing is the same.  I do a lot of re-typing when I'm writing a post.  The darn letters keep getting tangled with each other.  Ah, but without all this, life would be too easy.

I ran out of hamburgers and I've been cooking the steak burgers from Omaha Steaks for Pogo lately.  Well, I'm almost out of the steak burgers now so Joe went to the market this morning and picked up some of Pogo's favorite burgers.  Thank you Joe!  And Pogo thanks you too! 

Today I want to spend a bit of time on my laptop making a few new quick pages, but first I need to go online and order a few more skeins of yarn.  I need more red and at least one skein of white.  I'd like to make a few more of the red baby hats in between crochet projects for next February's babies.  If anyone wants to make some baby hats, I'll be glad to share a pattern.  If your hospital does not participate in the red hat program, I can share the address where I sent my hats last January.

I do have a new quick page for you today.  This one features a nautical theme, and might be fun for some of your boating and beach photos.  Enjoy.

Here is your download link:

Now I think I'll wash a few dishes, and make some lunch for Pogo and me.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Now The Tractor Doesn't Work. Oy Vey!

May 18, 2018

Good morning.  The sun is shining, it's rather cool today, and the breeze is quite brisky.  So far, the wind has blown most of the petals on the Blossoming Cherry tree over the roof of the house and dropped them all over my driveway.  Sort of like a pink snowfall. 

I had an appointment with my new doctor today, but I called to reschedule it.  For some reason, I just could not get to sleep most of the night.  By morning, I just didn't feel like going.  I'll be going next month instead. 

The tractor lawnmower died a few days ago while Joe was mowing the grass.  He could not get it started again, so yesterday Cliff (a friend of Eddie's) came by to have a look.  He took the battery with him to get it charged and brought it back this morning.  That did not fix things though.  The starter was dead too.  Oy vey! 

He has a starter back home, so he took the starter with him to see if it is the same as his starter.  If it is, he'll be back this weekend to try to fix the tractor.  If that doesn't work, then I guess I'll have to look around for another one that is affordable. 

My little Lilac bush seems to be doing pretty good this year.  It blossomed for Mother's Day.  Woo Hoo!  This bush is supposed to be a re-bloomer, so I'm hoping it blooms again later in the year.  Here's a photo I took a couple days ago.

Yesterday, Deanne gave me Jazzy's upcoming schedule at the Paris Cabaret, so I called and made reservations for June 2.  Jazzy and the Starliners will be performing the "Fabulous Las Vegas" from then until June 23.  It should be a great show.

Last night, I crocheted a while on the Cranberry afghan.  Somewhere along the way, I think I started using a different hook, one size smaller, and I did not notice it until I had put on quite a few more rows.  Ah well, it still looks nice, but I guess I'll have to keep this one for myself. 

I also worked on the tissue dolly's outfit, and finally finished it.  This one is really quite pretty.  Gosh, they all are.  Here's a photo of my Blue Dolly.

I think the next dolly will be Light Gold if I can find a variegated yarn to match it.  I'll have to take a look in my stash to see what I have for colors.  I also want to make a list of colors for each afghan and who the afghan is for.  Between this year and next year, I'd like to make nine more afghans for my great grandchildren so that each child has one.  The year before last, I made afghans for two of them, so just nine more to go.  (Unless, of course, any more come along!)

Well, I have a couple errands to do, so I think I'll get dressed now.  Pogo will be very happy to go for a ride and maybe do a bit of shopping.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have a great weekend.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Another Lazy Day

May 17, 2018

Good morning.  Tis another nice day here in New England.  We're starting off in the fifties, but we'll end up in the seventies with lots of sunshine.  We did have a bit of rain during the night, so there are puddles everywhere.  These make wonderful birdbaths.  There's enough room in them that a whole flock of birds can get in and play together.

Well, yesterday turned out to be a lazy day.  For some reason I was plum tuckered out.  I really did not do very much, and had me a bit of a nap in the afternoon.  I did cook some hamburger for Pogo.  It's a shame I can't cook a few at a time and freeze some of them till I need them.  However, my little guy will not eat them if I do this.  I already tried. 

I do have a few photos of the greenhouse plants.  They seem to be doing pretty good.  Soon, though, I'll have to re-plant the veggie plants into the larger pots. 

The top photo is the strawberry plant, the middle photo is the bell peppers and the bottom photo is the tomatoes.  I did put plant food in all the pots, but I think I need to do it again, or at least buy one that I can spray on the plants to help them grow bigger.  I'll have to look it up on Google.

I'm missing blog posts from my friend Kyra.  She had a bad fall a while back and she's been laid up.  Do stop by her blog and leave some get well wishes.  I know she would appreciate it.  It's really hard to get back on your feet after a nasty fall.

Deanne came by yesterday afternoon to bring me a Mother's Day card.  Oh my goodness, it was so huge!  Wowsie!  I'll have to take a photo to share with you.  For some reason, Pogo loves the cards and the envelopes.  This one is really big and will keep him busy sniffing for a while.

DIL Janet came by last night with a huge bag of yarn to start her next project.  JoAnn's store had sent out a really super coupon, 40% off total purchase, so Janet bought enough yarn for two more afghans.  We ordered spinach pizza for supper, and then we crocheted while we watched TV and chatted. 

I worked on the tissue dolly dress, and am now on the bottom ruffle.  I just haven't been feeling like crocheting lately, probably because I was making so many mistakes and having to rip out rows so many times.  It felt good this time to pick it up again.  I think my next project will be an afghan for one of my great grandchildren.  I'd like to be able to make one for all of them. 

Now I think it's time for a fresh cup of coffee and a bit of blog reading.  It looks like it will be another lazy day.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A Picture From The Past

May 16, 2018

Good morning.  It's looking like another gorgeous Spring day outside my door.  The temps are cooler today though, only in the upper fifties.  And, there are lots of puddles everywhere that need to dry up. 

Yesterday, I did not get to go grocery shopping until after four o'clock in the afternoon.  I managed to get most everything on my shopping list before I ran out of steam and headed for the checkout counter.  It had started raining when I went outside to go to my car.  Needless to say, I got just a tad bit wet while I was putting the groceries into the car.  As soon as I got the car running, the rain got a bit heavier. 

On the ride home, the rain kept coming down heavier, making  the visibility not so good.  However, once I got into my driveway and parked the car, the heavens opened up and the rain came down in sheets.  Yup, I got drenched!  I grabbed one batch of bundles and made a dash for the house.  Joe went out and got the rest of my groceries and brought them in.  Now we were both looking like drowned rats. 

Once I got my breath back and had put everything away, the rain had slowed down quite a bit.  Well, of course.  Why would it want to slow down when I needed to bring the groceries in the house?  I guess this is Mother Nature's way of having a bit of fun with us. 

Yesterday, I was cleaning out some old email from an account that I don't use anymore, and I came across a photo of Pogo that was taken by his foster mother after his surgery. (2012)  She sent this to me to see if I would be interested in adopting him.  Are you kidding me?  Of course I would love to adopt this precious little fellow. 

He hasn't really changed much in all these years, except that he's a bit plumper.  He weighs about a pound and a half more now (five pounds) than he did then (three and a half pounds).  His foster mom told me that Pogo loved people, other dogs and cats and riding in the car.  He still does.  Plus he loves shopping, barking at the mailman and watching the squirrels and birds.

Right now my little guy is curled up in a blanket, next to me on the sofa.  He's decided that sleeping will take his mind off his tummy.  I gave him chicken for breakfast, but he only ate a little of it.  He's holding out for hamburger.  So I guess I'll be cooking him a hamburger after I finish this post. 

Today I have another quick page for you.  This one is a bit somber, yet it has a touch of whimsy too.  Have fun with it.

Here is your download link:
Now I think I'll head for the kitchen and start cooking that hamburger.  So ,till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018


May 15, 2018

Good morning.  The sun is barely peeking out from behind some clouds.  I'm sure though, that it will be shining brightly in just a little while.  Temps are supposed to hit the low eighties (right now it's sixty degrees).  There's a brisk breeze causing my flag to do its own version of a frisky Cha Cha Cha.

Little by little all the birdies are coming back to my yard.  The Robins and Blue Jays have been busy collecting things for their nests.  At least that's what I think they are doing.  The little Sparrows have been chirping by window to let me know they want the feeder filled.  Sometimes, one or two of them will sit on the porch gate and look in at me till I get their message.

I did not go grocery shopping yesterday, so I guess I'll have to go today.  If I can get that out of the way, then maybe Pogo and I can go shopping tomorrow at Ocean State Job Lot.  We are getting low on birdseed, and we could use a couple more dishes to put under the plant pots.

Speaking of plants, I took a photo of the beautiful plant that DIL Janet brought me.  It has lots of greenery in it plus petunias and pansies for added color. 

Yesterday was sort of a lazy day for me.  I really didn't do much of anything that shows, but it was a nice pleasant day.  I did spend some time on my laptop working on one of the photos that I took on Saturday night.  As I mentioned before, there was one photo taken by accident, and it turned out to be a favorite of mine. 

I was trying to get a photo of Jazzy and my great granddaughter Lilah.  However, by the time I got my phone pointed their way, everyone had moved.  At the moment when I clicked the button to take the photo, Jazzy and Lilah were having a conversation.  But, oh my, there was so much love in that photo. 

I spent quite a while removing the background from the photo, then I made a new background.  I call this photo "Adoration." 

Pogo is sitting by the door, watching for the mailman.  He just loves barking at him.  He doesn't seem to scare any of the folks that he barks at.  He barks, they smile.  It's become a game.  I guess I'll wait until after the mail has come to go grocery shopping.  Otherwise, Pogo will miss the mailman.

Now I think I'll take my leave.  I have some dishes to wash before I get ready to go out.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Just A Bit Of "Granny Bragging"

May 14, 2018

Good morning.  Today is looking quite lovely outside my door.  The sun is shining and there's a little breeze.  My flag is doing a slow, happy dance.  Temps are in the fifties, and headed for the seventies.  Yup, it's a lovely day to be alive. 

Yesterday, DIL Janet came by with a big planter full of beautiful flowers.  I'll have to take a photo of it later to share.  It's heavy, so I think I'll put it on the tall plant stand on my porch.  It's in the corner and gets a lot of nice sunshine.  I'll take the begonia plant that's there now and put it in the greenhouse until it grows big enough to blossom.  Then I'll hang that pot so that the begonia blossoms can hang downward.

I spent time on my laptop yesterday resizing some of the photos from Saturday night.  Here are some of my favorites.  This first one is Jazzy, of course, and her two grandmas.  Yup, that's me on the left,   (I almost didn't recognize myself) and Judy on the right. 

Next is the proud Mama, Deanne, and Jazzy.  Then the proud Papa, Eddie, with Jazzy. 

Here we have Jazzy with two of her cousins, (my great grandchildren) Lilah and Jack.  Lilah is another aspiring star.  She loves performing on stage, and the stage loves her.  Jack helped me all the way outside when it was time to leave.  He's such a wonderful young man.

Last, but not least, I cropped Jazzy out of one of the photos and blurred the background.  I guess this is my favorite photo.  (I do have one more, but I haven't finished removing the background from it yet.) 

So I guess you can see why I'm always bragging about my family.  I'm just so very proud of them all.  The grandchildren and the great grandchildren all have such wonderful dreams for their futures. I hope they all come true for them.  Watching them all work towards their goals makes these old eyes so very happy. 

Okay, enough of my babble for today.  I'm thinking that I could use a fresh cup of coffee, and I'd like to take it out on the porch and just sit and watch the birds for a while.  I have a few more plants to bring out to the greenhouse (my house plants), plus it's also time to hang the big spider plant outdoors on the porch. 

I need to make up a grocery shopping list, and I'll add a couple new plant hangers to the list.  Maybe I can pick up a few groceries later today.  We'll see.  I'm off now.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, May 13, 2018


May 13, 2018

Good morning.  Tis rather damp and gray today.  The temperature is fifty degrees, and it might climb to the low sixties later on.  It's still a great day.  It's Mothers Day.  And I woke up this morning.  And my little Pogo is snoring lightly all snuggled up beside me.  Yup, it's a great day!

Remember the box that came the other day?  Well, daughter Audrey called me shortly after the box arrived and convinced me to open it then  So I did.  The box was from her.  Oh wowsie!  Inside, there were two beautiful dolls.  While Audrey was out shopping, she saw the dolls in a display at a thrift shop and just knew that I would love to have them.  Here's a photo I took.  Gosh, they are so pretty! 

There was also a beautiful card in the box from my great granddaughter, Alena.  She changed the words Mothers Day to read Great Meema's Day.  She calls Audrey Meema, and I'm Great Meema.  Thank you Alena.  I love you too Baby.

To add to my excitement that day, I got a really nice coupon in my email for a super discount off my next blog book.  So that's how I spent the next few hours.  Working on making my new book.  Here are the photos that I chose for the covers.

Last evening, just before Eddie picked me up to go to the high school, I got a big box from Pro Flowers delivered to me.  Oh my, roses.  Two dozen simply gorgeous roses!  These were from Deanne and Eddie.  Oh wow!  There's red, pink, yellow and peach.  What can I say?  I love flowers!

When we got to the high school Arts Building, Eddie helped me up all the stairs and into the building.  Then I sat for a while to catch my breath.  Next, I was being surrounded by family and friends.  Two of my great grandchildren, Jack and Lilah, brought me a beautiful bouquet of flowers.  Here's a photo I took this morning of all my beautiful flowers.

When the auditorium doors opened, Eddie helped me to our seats.  Wow, the place was huge.  Shortly though, the place was packed and the show began.  Wow!  I was expecting a great show, but this was awesome!  The talent that our children have is simply outstanding! 

And our Jazzy, well what can I say?  She was simply awesome!  Not only did she have to learn all her lines and songs, but she had to learn how to do it with a Southern accent.  Dolly Parton would have been right proud if she had been there to watch the show.   

I do have some photos to share, but first I need to go through them and do a bit of cropping and resizing.  I'll post some of them tomorrow.  There is one photo that I took quite by accident, but oh my, I love it.  This afternoon I want to spend some time on my laptop trying to remove the background from this photo.  If I'm successful, I'll share it tomorrow.

Today I have a new quick page for you.  This one has a vintage look and might be nice for a photo of your Mom.  Anyway, enjoy it.

Here is your download link:

Now I think I'm going to make a fresh cup of coffee and do a bit of blog reading.  Pogo and I are wishing all moms a beautiful, happy day.  God Bless you all.  I also want to thank my family and friends for my beautiful gifts and flowers and good wishes.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, May 11, 2018

A Big Night Tomorrow Night

May 11, 2018

Good morning.  The sun is shining, temps are in the mid sixties and there's a bit of a breeze.  All in all, it's another lovely Spring day.  My trees out front are filling out nicely as the new leaves are growing to full size.  It's really pretty to look out at. 

The plants in my greenhouse are doing nicely.  The strawberry plant has new little shoots, the pepper plants have several little flowers on them and the pink Dianthus is starting to bloom.  I'll have to take some new photos. 

Last night, daughter Deanne went to the dress rehearsal for the big Spring musical at the high school.  She called to say that it was awesome, and that I was really going to enjoy it.  This year, they are performing "9 to 5" and Jazzy is playing Dolly Parton's role, Doralee.

This morning, Deanne sent me the photos that the newspaper photographer (Mark Vasconcellos) took.  Jazzy is wearing a curly blonde wig for this role. 

Oh my, now I can't wait to go see this.  We're going tomorrow evening, and SIL Eddie says he will make sure I'm able to get in and out of the building and the auditorium.  I can't take my walker or even a wheel chair (for the walking) because if I do I'll have to sit way up in the back.  I do not want that!  This is Jazzy's last school performance because she graduates in June.  So obviously, I can't miss this one.

My project for today is to get my outfit ready for tomorrow night.  And maybe I'll fill up a couple more lunch bags to toss out.  I've been neglecting this project (toss and throw) for a while and I really must get back to it.  

The morning is dwindling away and I think I should get busy around here.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend. 

Hugs, Edna B.