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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Good News!

September 24, 2020

Good morning.  Today is supposed to be another gorgeous day here in my little part of New England.  Sunny with clouds and temps in the mid to upper seventies.  Oh my, I can dig it!  And for the next few days too!   

Not too long ago, I mentioned how a storm going through Pennsylvania toppled a tree over on to my cousin Anita's craft shed.  The shed and all its contents were destroyed.  Needless to say, she was  devastated.  Her hubby bought her a new shed, and she sent me this photo of her standing in the doorway of her new shed.  Awesome!

My other good news is also awesome.  For years, I've been wanting to see a photo of my maternal grandmother.  There didn't seem to be one anywhere.  All I knew about her is what my mother told me many years ago.  She was a beautiful woman who died young.  (In the early 1930's)

My grandmother's name was Edna, and another cousin and I were named after her.  Well, yesterday while I was talking on the phone with my cousin Anita, I mentioned wanting to find this photo.  She got all excited and told me that she had a photo and would send me a copy via Message on my phone.  

Can you imagine my surprise and joy?  I got the photo and tried to clean it up a bit in Photoshop.  (It looks like it may have been a copy of a very old photo.)  Either way, I'm thrilled to have a copy.  So, here is my beautiful Grandmother.  

The folks from the lab never came by yesterday, so I did not have any blood drawn.  When I called them, they said that they had decided that I was not housebound enough to qualify for the home service.  I wonder why they never called me to let me know of their decision.  I left a message with the doctor's office, and now I'll wait for them to call me.

Today Deanne will come by after work and take me to get my Flu shot.  Maybe I can pick up a few things while I'm there.  There are items from the Frozen department that are hard to order online because they are almost always out of stock.  

Now I'm off to do a bit of blog reading, and to pick out something to wear today.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Dipping Into The Photo Archives

September 23, 2020

Good morning.  This post will be a bit short because I'm waiting for a call from the Lab to tell me they are almost here.  They are coming to draw some blood.  Not my favorite stuff, bit I guess it needs to be done.

Years ago, I had a computer program (I don't remember the name of it) that I had lots of fun with.  It had  lot of different images with cutouts for someone's face.  You would insert a friend's or relative's photo behind the cutout and voila! 

I pulled these photos from my archives.  This first photo is my brother, the Great Wizard.  The second photo is my little dog Gizmo.  She was the famous guest speaker on a TV program.  I'm thinking that I made these pictures in the late nineties.  It was a lot of fun making them and then thinking up stories to go with them.

Today is sunny and temps are supposed to make it into the upper seventies.  Definitely porch weather!  So that's where Pogo and I are going in just a little while.  I'm taking my crocheting out there with me.  I just have to make the pom poms for the tie on the purple poncho and that project will be finished.   Plus, I've reached the half mark on the navy afghan.  I would like to have this project finished in the next two or three weeks.  

I need to get a box taped up and put a label on it so that it can be mailed out this week.  Actually, I should get two boxes mailed out.  I just keep procrastinating.  Ah well, as long as it gets done soon.

Now I'm going to make a cup of coffee and take myself out to the porch.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Have Some Brain Food

 September 22, 2020

Good morning.  Note the date?  Twenty already.  That means it's almost October already.  Once the hot temps are done, the rest of the year goes really fast.  At least for us old folks.  Temps today should get up into the mid sixties, then be a little warmer for the next several days.  That's going to feel really good.

Even with the cooler temps, there are still some beautiful blossoms to enjoy.  Here's a photo of my geranium plant.  Still pink and pretty.

On the way home from the mountains, Audrey took this photo of the flowers along the side of the road.  Aren't they beautiful?

I've been working on the navy blue afghan lately.  Now that it's cooler, it feels good to hold it on my lap while I work on it.  It also feels good to wear my flannel housecoats now too.  Especially in the mornings.  It's time to get out my warm jammies.  

I was sleeping so nice this morning, and my little Lord Fauntleroy started barking at me to get up and feed him.  So I did.  And when he saw that his breakfast was plain old dog food, he turned up his nose and curled up in a ball and went to sleep.  Well!  I'll be!   Now that he sees me typing this post, he's back looking for some food.  

How about another new word?           Elflocks    (ELF-lahks)

Part of speech: plural noun 

Origin: Old English, late 16th century 

A tangled mass of hair  .Examples of Elflocks in a sentence :     (1) "She woke from her nap with a head full of elflocks."     (2) "When my hair gets long it always looks like elflocks."

It's good for the brain to learn new words.  Word puzzles are a great brain food too.  Especially for us older folks.   Keeping our brains healthy is as important as physical exercise is for our bodies.  

Enough for the smart stuff.  Now I'm going to the kitchen and make that cup of coffee.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Brrr! Nippy, Nippy!

September 21, 2020

Good morning.  And Brrrr!  I am so not ready for these cold temps.  This was the temperature at 9:15 this morning.  

 I did some checking on Google to see what the average temperatures are in Boston for the month of September.  Big difference this year!  This is a picture taken from my laptop screen.  It doesn't do pictures very well.  But you can see the difference in temps from the ones we've been having lately.

Daughter Audrey and Mac have been relaxing with friends in the mountains in Massanutten, Virginia these past few days.  Audrey was hoping that the trees would have already started changing colors there so that she could get some nice photos, but they are all still different shades of green.  However, she did manage to get a nice shot of one of their neighbors.

This is what I miss most about my working days.  Being able to walk outside and see the deer in the open field across the street every day.   These are such beautiful animals.

For now though, I'm loving my chipmunks and squirrels.  Pretty soon though, the chipmunks will be hibernating and the turkeys will be coming by for their meals.  It's just as well the deer don't come by here because they would be too close to the traffic.  

Now I'm off to do some blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Tiny New Plants

 September 20, 2020

Good morning.  Tis cool!  Today is sunny with temps in the mid fifties all day.  A little cool feels good, but it's just too soon for me to have temps already this low.  Last night temps were in the forties.  This is just a wee bit too cool for me.  I know it's coming.  I'm just not ready for the cold.

I did not make it to WalMart for my flu shot yesterday.  I woke up feeling like I was coming down with a little cold.  It was most likely due to the quick drop in temperature.  But I got a lot of rest yesterday, just in case.  

Next Wednesday and Thursday are supposed to be nice and warm.  Someone from the lab is supposed to come out on Wednesday to take my blood.  I don't know what time, so I can't make any other plans for that day.  Deanne and I will go to WalMart on Thursday to get my shot.

My friend Beth sent me two beautiful little glass hanging planters, so I ordered some air plants from Amazon to put in them.  I forgot to order some colored sand to put in the planters, so I may have to do that today.  When they are finished and hung, I'll take photos.  Meanwhile, this is a photo of my little air plants.

I hope these grow for me because they are going to be really pretty.  They may also grow some new plants.  

Recently, I ordered my new Blog Book, and it arrived a few days ago.  I spent part of that afternoon reading through it and I have to say it was fun.  I think I'm up to thirty two books now.  Here's a photo of the covers to my newest book.  The lighting when I took the photo is what makes it appear to be dark.  It's really a white background.

Today is Kevin's last baseball game for this season.  If his team wins today, they get the championship.  This team has been playing really well and I'm rooting for them to win.  Go Kevin!  

Deanne and Eddie are going to Market Basket today to pick me up some groceries.  After that, whatever I don't have, I'll order online.  I'm hoping to make it to Ocean State Job Lot this week, so maybe I can pick up a few things there too.

Enough of my chit chat.  It's time now for me to do a bit of blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Temps Are Dropping

September 18, 2020

 Good morning.  Today is sunny with "much lowered" temperatures.  It seems that for the next several days we will be enjoying (?) temps in the fifties with a few night temps in the forties.  Hmmm , that's quite a drop.

It's been a busy week but the weekend is almost here.  I borrowed this image from the web because some days I feel as though I'm that frazzled chicken.  We all have days and weeks like that once in a while.  Of course, the more I look at this chicken, it begins looking better and better to me.  I'm rather liking that "casual" look.  It's so me.

Today will be a busy day for me.  Deanne is going to take me to WalMart to get my Flu shot.  Who knows, maybe I'll even get to poke around for a bit.  It's been so long since I've been there, I wouldn't know where to look first.  I'm sure it would come back to me quickly though.

I ordered new canulas for my oxygen a couple days ago from Amazon, and they arrived in only one day.  You can't ask for better service than that.  This company has definitely made quite an impact on my life style.  You know, between WalMart and Amazon, I can take care of most all my shopping needs. 

Another favorite shopping place of mine is Ocean State Job Lot.  And, it just got better!  Starting next Thursday, (9/24) they will have a whole week of discounts for Seniors. (age 62 and older)  You just have to show the cashier at checkout your ID to get the discount.  Woo Hoo!  Tuesday and Thursday also have the early hour for Seniors.  (9:00 am to 10:00 am)

Now I have to get my clothes ready for my trip out, then I'll do some blog reading.  My favorite way to start my day.  So until Sunday, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

It's Been Quite A Busy Day

 September 17, 2020

Good afternoon.  Yup, the morning has already gone by.  I've been busy here.  It's a long story, but I'll try to shorten it.  The new tenants moved in yesterday afternoon.  This morning I had them move back out.

They were very disruptive to everyone last evening, and a friend of theirs was spending the night sleeping in their car (in my driveway) because he was homeless.  The new male tenant spent the whole evening quite drunk.  He said he was celebrating.  At one point he fell down.  Nope, nope, we don't need this here.

This morning when I confronted the new guy, he said he didn't know what he had done wrong, but he would move out right away.  When he was being interviewed before he moved in, I had told him that I don't tolerate alcohol and drug abuse here.  He did not think that getting drunk and disorderly was alcohol abuse.  Aye yi yi!

I'm all for giving folks a chance, but I was not born under a rock and I'm not stupid.  I don't like being taken advantage of either.  If someone can't be honest and trustworthy, I'd rather not have them here.  

What a way to start the day!  Next I need to call the medical lab to find out why they haven't called me to make an appointment for my bloodwork.  This is the second time in two months they've been asked to call me and I have yet to hear from them.  

How about some fun, light stuff?  Today I have old photos of my parents.  These were taken in December, 1981.  My hubby, Michael, had taken Charlie (his puppet) over to my folks' home for a visit.  My folks loved Charlie and had a wonderful time playing with him.

I have another old photo to share.  This one is me holding my beloved Gizmo, and was taken sometime in the  late nineties.  

The mail has come, so I need to go outside and get it.  Plus, Pogo is sitting here, just staring at me.  I think he's looking for something to eat.  What else is new?  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Great Sleeping Nights Are Back

 September 16, 2020

Good morning.  Tis lovely today, and cool (er).  It's sunny with temps at 66F degrees, on the way up to 71F degrees.  Last night was cool and so wonderful for sleeping.  I got up once during the night.  After doing a couple word find puzzles and filling my Apple Cinnamon Cheerios snack bag, I went back to sleep.  

Pogo's been sleeping longer in the mornings lately too.  I guess even our fur babies are loving the nicer temps and no humidity.  I don't see any rain in our immediate forecast, so I wonder why the arthritis in my right hand is acting up.  Seventy degrees isn't cool enough for this.  Hmmm.

Yesterday I got some photos of the Sedum in the little garden not far from my porch.  It's really beautiful, and the butterflies love it.  

Other than these blooms, the other plants still flowering in my gardens are the Knock Out roses and the Rose Of Sharon bush.   Lavender, red and pink are the colors that I see when I'm sitting on the porch.  Simply beautiful.

Our kids are back to school, even though the classrooms are a bit different now.  Let's hope that all the parents and kids take this new schooling serious so that the kids can get a good education.  Randi sent me a new photo of my great grandchildren, Jack and Lilah in their new classrooms.  I know these kids take it all serious because they are both very smart.  Jack goes to a trade school, so he does his academic work online for two weeks and then two weeks on site.

Well, now that the cooler temps are here, I think I need to get serious about my crocheting.  I've been neglecting it a lot lately, but it's coming on crunch time now.  I've already started my holiday shopping online and a few items have already come in the mail.  

I need to make a new grocery shopping list too.  I thought I had a brand new jar of all natural peanut butter, but I can't find it.  It's a staple so I need to order a new jar.  I'll try to stock up on facial tissues too.  I use a lot of them this time of year.  

Now it's time for me to get busy around here.  We have two new dwarfs moving in later today.  A couple.  We've had a few empty rooms since last winter so it will be nice to have some new faces around here.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Time For Flu Shots

 September 15, 2020

Good morning.  Today will be sunny with temps in the low sixties.  Tonight, temps will fall to around fifty degrees.  Yup, the cooler temps are taking over.  Only one week till Autumn.  Here's hoping that we have a nice Indian Summer coming our way.

I'm getting a late start this morning.  (plus, I'm watching In The Heat Of The Night)  I put in a call to my doctor this morning, and I'm waiting now for a call back from him.  I'm half expecting him to tell me to find another doctor.  I told his receptionist how unhappy I am with him.  I imagine he's not so happy with me either now.  

Pogo's doctor called last evening to say that his blood work results came back, and he's doing just fine.  There is just one area that they are concerned about, and it requires a new blood test and another healthy ($) check.  I have to think about this before doing anything.  Don't get me wrong, I'll do whatever is best for Pogo, but I'm not going to put him through a lot of tests unless it is absolutely necessary.

It's Flu shot season again folks.  And if you're over fifty, or have respiratory issues you should ask the doctor or pharmacist if you need the super shot.  That's the one I get.  I'll have to talk to Deanne about me going to the clinic at WalMart to get my shot.  

This is a cute cartoon that I borrowed from the web.

Between the Flu and Covid 19, can you just picture all of us running around carrying spray bottles filled with Lysol and squirting folks who dare to get too close?  Oh gosh, that's just too much!  

And here's something that should give you lots of giggles.  

Ever wonder why on TV they show folks mowing their yards (wearing a mask), women vacuuming all the rooms in their house (wearing a mask), folks out running all by themselves with no one else around (wearing a mask), folks driving alone in their vehicles (wearing a mask), etc.?

If no one is around, why do these folks wear their masks?  Do you wear one when you are in your home or relaxing in your yard or driving alone in your car?  I don't.  I can't imagine you do either.  So why do the folks on TV do it?

While you figure that one out, I think I'll do a bit of blog reading.  So, till  tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Thank You To All The Hard Working Amazon Workers

 September 14, 2020

Good morning.  Today is another gorgeous day like yesterday.  Clouds and sunshine, temps in the seventies.  The day is starting out pretty good.  I'm watching Judge Judy on TV.  It's really too bad that things in the "real" courts don't go the way they do on TV Court.  There's no monkey business, no big time lawyers.  The people themselves get to speak for themselves.  Plus it's entertaining as well as educational.

Deanne just texted me.  She's stopping by on her way home from work to bring me some chicken, broccoli Alfredo that she made.  Yum!  Yum!  Saturday afternoon she and some of her work mates got together to relax and enjoy themselves.  These are some of the hard working folks at Amazon who make sure that all your packages get sent on their way to you.  (That's Deanne on the left.)

So many of us rely on being able to order food and other necessary things from Amazon.  These ladies, and many others, have been working hard all through this Covid pandemic to keep our supplies coming.  They deserve our thanks and appreciation, and may God Bless them all.

Sleeping temps have been better lately, and some mornings I tend to take advantage of this and sleep in as late as Pogo will let me.  I had a few things to do this morning, so I started today's post later than I had planned.  First thing I had to do this morning was to order new curtains for one of the bedrooms in the house.  Later this afternoon, Joe will pick up some new window shades.  We may have a new tenant coming in later this week.

Now I'm going to take Pogo and sit out on the porch for a while.  I can take my little laptop out there with me and do a bit of blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Fall Is Creeping In

 September 13, 2020

Good morning.  Tis cloudy outside but my phone app says the sun will be shining later on.  Temps today will be in the upper sixties to low seventies.  Fall is creeping in.

I've been sitting here watching a quilting program on TV.  Today they have been showing how to make the wheel blocks (round).  I don't quilt but it is very interesting.  Before that, they showed how to make an "I Spy" quilt.  The center of each block has a little square, each with a different printed fabric.  Years ago, you would give one of these quilts to a child and have him find all the different centers.  This would keep the child occupied for quite a while.  Hmmm, can you just see one of today's children doing this?

Today there is a marathon of "Unsolved Mysteries" on TV, so you know what I'm going to be watching.  Yesterday I made sure the bills were caught up so today I think I'll do some crocheting.  I thawed out some hamburg yesterday so I'll make a meat sauce and a pot of pasta later on.  Yum yum!

A while ago, I had ordered a couple new dresses but they haven't come yet.  So, I called the company and was told that they would be back in stock by the end of October and I would get my order in November.  I told them that I had wanted to be wearing the dresses now, not next November.  So I cancelled the order.  Boo Hoo.  I really wanted those dresses.  Now I'll have to look around for something else.

Friday, Deanne picked up Pogo and me and we took him to his doctor appointment.  They checked him all over, took some blood and said that he was looking really good.  He had gained two ounces since last summer.  Now he weighs 5 pounds 1 ounce.  Of course, the extra weight could have been from his harness and leash.  

Today I have a couple of Dover's coloring pages for you.  These are great for easing the stress that comes with being housebound for so long.  So, enjoy.

Now I'm off to do a bit of blog reading before starting this new day.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Let's Pull Together, Folks.

September 11, 2020

Good morning.  Tis gray outside and we may get rain today.  We had a couple dozen drops of precipitation yesterday.  This I knew because they all fell onto my car's windshield. 

Today is 9/11.  We remember that fatal day nineteen years ago.  It was a time when we all came together.  Folks, we need to do that now too.  We live in a great country that just needs a little help getting back on her feet.  We can do this.  Together.

I'm feeling tired today, but a nap will have to wait until later this afternoon.  Pogo has an appointment at 1:30 this afternoon with his doctor.  I think Pogo may be getting hard of hearing.  Sometimes when I call him he doesn't respond at first, then he'll walk around trying to find who is calling him.  At least that's what I think he's doing.  

Although Pogo looks young, he's getting along in years just like me.  He's fourteen and a half now.  Of course, he still thinks he's a puppy.  We make quite a pair.  He can walk and get around pretty good, and I can see and hear really good.  We're perfect for each other.

This morning, I heated a cup of water in the microwave and it came out too hot to drink.  Even the cup was very hot.  This is not normal, so now I'm thinking that I may have to invest in a new microwave soon.  Every now and then it makes a crackle noise.  I use it a lot so I'm not surprised that it will need to be replaced.  

Now that most of us are wearing a mask when we are around other folks, we need to be careful of how we dispose of the used masks.  Please remember, they DO NOT go on the ground or in the lake.  And PLEASE, PLEASE, cut the straps.  Birds and small animals are being injured and killed by being caught in the straps.  Be responsible, and put them in a trash receptacle.  I borrowed this image from the web.

How about learning a new word?  Here's one that is new to me.  It's "Grabble" pronounced GRA-bəl.

Part of speech: verb 

Origin: Dutch, late 16th century 

1 - Feel or search with the hands; grope about.

2 - Sprawl or tumble on all fours.

Examples of Grabble in a sentence 

 1 - "I had to grabble for the books hidden on the top shelf." 

2 - "Move that broom before someone trips and grabbles."

Now I'm off to do some blog reading.  Before I go, let me share another image that I borrowed from the web.  It's message is - Please don't forget to feed and look after our homeless cats and dogs.  They rely on our care to get by.  Thank you.

So, till Sunday, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous weekend.  

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

It's Flu Shot Time

 September 10, 2020

Good morning.  Tis a bit on the gray side today.  My phone app says temps will be in the seventies with rain on and off all day.  That would be nice because we could certainly use the rain.

Well, yesterday was a sort of shopping day.  I've been searching on the web for ideas to finish my Christmas shopping.  As soon as I finalize my list of ideas, I can begin the shopping for real.  Fun, fun, fun.

Deanne stopped by yesterday and brought me an iced coffee from McDonalds.  Yum!  My new credit card came and Deanne showed me how it works "contactless."  What a great idea.  I had no idea that the newer cards were like this.  Can you tell I haven't been out in a while?  hahaha.

It's Flu shot season.  I will have to make plans to get my shot soon.  I do not want to catch the flu.  And I definitely do not want to catch any colds.  I also want to get my hair cut.  The longer it gets, the harder it is for me to brush it.  Ah, the joys of getting old.

I borrowed this image from the web and just had to share it.  Gosh, according to this, I'm older than dirt!

Actually, those last few items, the 45 RPM records - I still have lots of them.  The S&H green stamps - I have some of those too.  The metal ice trays with lever - my trays look the same except there's no lever and they are white plastic.  

I found another fun T-shirt on the web too.  How true this is.  It must be fun designing these.  

I'm wondering how to figure out what size to make the photos that we post.  The old version of Blogger used to give us an idea - small, medium, large.  This new version does not say.  If someone has figured it out, please let me know?   Thanks.

Now I'm going to make a cup of coffee and enjoy a bit of blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Email Fraud

 September 9, 2020

Good morning.  Today we'll have sun with intermittent clouds, and temps in the seventies to the mid eighties.  This weather is like the gift that keeps on giving.  It's wonderful.

Yesterday was a rather busy day for me.  As soon as I figure out what exactly it was that kept me so busy, I'll share it.  I know I made a couple business calls, and I did find an item that I thought I had lost.  Other than that, I'm still scratching my head.

Has anyone noticed the increase in hackers getting into your email?  I get emails from creditors or my bank with important messages.  These messages usually need me to click on something and to update information, or they tell of impending problems with my account that need tending to. 

I usually just call the company in question to find out whether or not the email is from them.  Yesterday, I had two of these emails.  Both were fraudulent.  During one of these calls, I found that my credit card had been cancelled the day before because someone was caught trying to use it. (online)  Now I have to wait for my replacement card to get here.  (I'm very thankful that someone was watching out for my account.)

By now, everyone knows that animals are my soft spot.  They give us so much and ask for so little.  Life would be so dreary without them.  I borrowed this from the web to share.  It's such an important message.  Please don't shop... ADOPT!!!

Those of you who have adopted or fostered an animal have seen this for real.  It's why we get emotional when we watch our pets sleeping soundly knowing that they are safe.  I guess it's why I've taken so many photos of Pogo sleeping.  

For something on the lighter side, I also borrowed this image from the web to share with you.  

When I was a little girl, we had a music machine like the one in the image.  It was called a Victrola.  It had that big horn, and a handle to wind it up.

Now I'm off to do some blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Life Is So Short, Enjoy It.

September 8, 2020

Good morning.  My phone app says that today will be sunny with temps in the eighties.  Awesome!  Oh wow, Pogo's doctor's office just called me back.  I spoke with someone there last Friday early afternoon.  Someone was going to call me back.  I did not hear from them so I ordered some stuff online for Pogo's ears.  

The office manager just called and we had a nice chat.  Due to Covid 19, folks cannot go into the office with their pets.  They will be taken inside by a staff member, and the owner waits outside in their car.  I cannot do this with Pogo.  I just cannot let someone walk off with him without me being there too.  If they touch his neck or throat area the wrong way, I could lose my little dog.  It happened before and I'm not letting it happen again.  

After talking with the manager, he said that I would be allowed inside the office with Pogo.  Of course, I would have to be wearing my mask, etc.  This I understand, and I appreciate his understanding my concerns.  Pogo has an appointment for this Friday at 1:30.  

Today I want to share a favorite photo.  As I said before, Deanne sent me lots of photos and some videos that she took of Aurora and Xander feeding the water birds at the park on Sunday.  This particular photo just happens to be my favorite one.  There's just something beautiful about it.  The children love the water birds, and Aurora just seems to be so comfortable and at ease with them.

One of these days, I'll have to do something about getting new eyeglasses.  Mine are getting so old and fragile.  They seem to get dirty so easily.  Every tiny speck of whatever is in the air sticks to the lenses.  I'm just a procrastinator.  Today I'm too busy and tomorrow seems to be the same.  

My friend Rhoda's hubby (our main Santa Claus) passed away several months ago.  I talked with her a couple times right after that, and I haven't been able to reach her by phone since.  Her phone keeps saying that it is not in order.  So, I've been thinking that maybe she got a new phone and phone number.  

A couple days ago, I finally decided to look her up online.  This proved to be so very sad.  I found that she passed away in late July.  Rhode was 84, and such a beautiful person.  My friend, I miss you.

Folks, tomorrow is not guaranteed.  Today is a gift.  Enjoy your family and friends and let them know that you love them.  I know I would be lost without my family and friends, and especially all of you here in Blogland.  

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

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, September 7, 2020

Happy Labor Day

September 7, 2020

Good morning.  It's an absolutely gorgeous day today here in New England.  The weather has been great this whole weekend.  We are just two weeks away from the start of Autumn. (calendar wise)  

I've been busy working on my new calendar.  After much thought, I've decided to use photos of our family pets instead of flowers and critters.  I think it will be a nice change.  Next I have to work on my Christmas card.  I usually put it on my calendar somewhere.  

Yesterday, Deanne and Eddie took Aurora and Xander to the park to feed the water birds.  The little ones love this, as you can see from these photos that Deanne sent to me.  

Gosh, the baby swans have gotten so big.  (they are the ones with gray feathers and beaks)  They are such beautiful birds.  I miss seeing them up close like this.  Maybe next year Pogo and I will be able to get out more.  

Last evening, I did a bit of crocheting and managed to just about finish one of my projects.  There are just a few ends to weave in.  I can't take a photo yet because it is a gift.  Later, I'll share a photo.  Next, I have to finish up the purple poncho and the navy afghan.  Three of my great grandchildren will be getting an afghan for Christmas this year.  

Next year, I think I'll be working on a crocheted blanket for a wedding gift.  At least that's what I'm thinking right now.  Thank goodness I'll have a whole year to make it.  I'm rather slow on the very big projects.

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

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

It's Been A Busy Weekend

September 6, 2020

Good morning.  The weather is simply gorgeous this Labor Day weekend.  Today is sunny with temps in the seventies.  It's a great day for families and friends to get together.  Just remember, masks and distancing will help to keep everyone safe.  Most places also have restrictions on how many people can gather in a group.

Yesterday, Deanne and Eddie came by, and brought their little grandchildren (my youngest greats) with them.  Gosh, the Aurora and Xander are growing so fast!  

My grandson Bobby (the kids' daddy) and Deanne both say that Aurora has my smile.  Wouldn't that be nice?  It makes my heart warm and happy.

While they were here, Eddie put a new handle on the front storm door.  That saved me from having to buy a brand new door.  Thank you so much, Eddie.  I appreciate everything you do for me.

Yesterday was quite the day for me.  In the morning, I decided to work on my new calendar.  I went looking for a photo that I wanted to use, and I could not find the file that it was in.  The whole file was missing.  That had me going off on a hunt for the file, and along the way I found some other things that needed looking at.  About two hours later, I found the missing file.  

I spent another hour gathering more photos for the calendar.  Then I decided that I needed to check my email.  Here, I found a coupon for a really nice discount on my next blog book.  However, that offer would run out tonight.  So, I decided to work on my new blog book instead of the calendar.

It took several tries to get my book set up the way I wanted, but after a while, I finally made it to the order page.  After applying the coupon, I saved almost fifty dollars.  Awesome sauce!  My books are "hard cover" and I always order the digital copy (for just in case).  

This book will make thirty two blog books so far.  There probably wouldn't be so many, but I've had all the comments included along with the posts and photos.  I do enjoy looking back through them every now and then.  I'm hoping my family enjoys them later.

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

Hugs, Edna B. 

Friday, September 4, 2020

This Is Awesome Fall Weather

 September 4, 2020

Good afternoon.  I've only done two things so far today and I feel like I've accomplished a whole day's work.  The first thing I did was to make breakfast for Pogo and me.  Then I rested a bit before getting dressed to take Pogo for an appointment with his groomer.  

Not too worry Deanne, I went very slow.  I carried only what was necessary.  When we got to the salon, Kathy (the groomer) came outside.  She brought me a chair to sit on while I held Pogo, and she clipped his nails and cleaned his ears.  Kathy and I both wore mask and it all went well.  We planned to do this again in two months.

Did I mention that is simply gorgeous outside today?  And we have a whole week of it coming our way.  Sunshine and comfy temps.  Sounds like porch weather to me.  

Today I have some photos that Deanne took on her way home from work the other day.  She cuts through the local park and gets to see the beautiful swans and their new families.  These are wonderful Deanne, thank you.

I just got an email from WalMart letting me know that there will be four items not included in my pick-up order today.  They are out of stock.  Of course they are.  I had already figured that.  It seems that the breakfast bowls that I like are the same ones that everyone else is buying up.  Plus they sold out of all the paper products between yesterday afternoon and this morning.  Oh well, I'll try somewhere else.

Now I need to get busy and wash a few dishes and make lunch for us.  So, till Sunday, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Happy Birthday Lilah.

 September 3, 2020

Good morning.  Today will be another day of rain on and off (light rain) and temps in the low eighties.  Tomorrow is supposed to be more of the same.  According to my phone app anyway.

Today is my great granddaughter Lilah's thirteenth birthday.  Happy Birthday Sweetie.  I hope your day is filled with happiness and love.  Meema loves you very much.

Well, I did not get to that bag of junk mail yesterday.  I meant to.  Honest, I did.  But I got busy doing goodness knows what and I just never got back to the bag.  I'll try again today.  Although first I have a few things to do.  

Today I really need to do something about my time share condo.  As much as I have loved going there every year, I can't see me paying a lot of expensive maintenance fees if I won't be able to go back there again.  I can't travel alone anymore, so getting there and back home is quite a chore now.  I'll call the management office at the resort to see what arrangements can be made.

On a happier note, my granddaughter Randi sent me photos last evening of the kids with their new chickens.  Jack, Lilah and Alima built the chicken coop themselves from a kit, and now they are the proud owners of their very own chickens.  Great job, kids.  I'm so very proud of you.

Left to right, Top photo: Jack, coop & chckens, Alima, Lilah.  Bottom row: Alima, Lilah.

The new registration for my car came in yesterday's mail.  Now I'm legal for another two years.  Plus my new paint brushes came too.  I dug out my brushes the other day to start painting my rocks only to find that the brushes were no good.  So I ordered some new ones.   Now that the porch weather is here, maybe I can try painting the nativity rocks.  

Do you ever do something silly to cheer someone else up?  Well, today I did.  I mailed a Christmas card to my cousin Anita who really needs a lot of cheering up these days.  Between the storm damage to her crafts shed (lost everything) and her recent surgery, she's been really blue.  I think this particular card will cheer her up.

*******I'm back.  I took an hour or so to look for something that I was going to share here, but I think it's gone.  I could not find it.  Now I'll have to spend time today looking for that and a few other files.  Aye yi yi!  

On that note, I'll take my leave.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020


 September 2, 2020

Good morning.  According to my phone app, today should have temps in the upper sixties with rain off and on all day.  That might happen because it is gray outside and cool.  We can use the rain, so that makes it a good day.

Early yesterday afternoon, one of the dwarfs and I took a ride downtown and voted.  I felt bad leaving Pogo behind at home but I couldn't take him with us.  The poor little guy so misses his rides in the car and going shopping.  I'll be glad when things get back to normal so he can get out with me a lot more.

This morning Pogo woke up very early with the hungries.  He's patient too.  He will bark at me until the cows come home if it takes that long for me to answer him.  So, just to quiet him, Mama gets up and makes breakfast.  Every once in a while, he will wait until I give him his breakfast, then he'll turn his nose up and walk into his little house and go to sleep.  Just to show me who's boss!   This morning, he ate his food.

While going through some old photos, I pulled out a couple of them to share.  These photos (I believe) were taken back in the late eighties and early nineties when my Uncle Fred was still here with us.  I wish I had the originals, but all I have are these images that were taken (of the originals) with an older digital camera.

The first photo shows my uncle, Audrey and my brother Artie at one of my hubby's softball games.  (Hubby was pitching)  The second photo is my Uncle Fred and me at a birthday party.  

Memories are so sweet.  I remember way way back when my Uncle Fred would take me for rides on his bicycle.  I remember him coming home in his Army uniform.  (1940's)  He was so handsome.  Uncle Fred was my mother's younger brother.

Today I think I'll tackle a big bag of junk mail.  I am so bad.  I don't like to deal with all the junk mail because before I can throw it out I have to remove my personal information.  (it's a thing with me.}  So I throw it all in a big bag.  If I can't see it, it doesn't bother me.  However, today it does bother me so I'll deal with it.  

On that ambitious note, I'll take my leave and enjoy some blog reading before getting started on today's project.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Don't Forget To Vote Today

September 1, 2020

Good morning.  Tis a new month now, September.  This year is moving right along.  From here in, keep an eye on it because it is going to fly by.  Here's the September page from my calendar.

Today is voting day, and I'm going to go vote this afternoon with one of the dwarfs.   I'm not sure why we have two voting days.  We'll be going back to the polls in two months.  We could just as easily take care of all our voting on the same day. (let all the candidates go forth to the November ballot)  Ah, but that would probably make more work for the people who are in charge of the counting.  

Yesterday I promised to show you my new pattern book.  The afghan on the front cover is the main reason I bought the pattern book.  

Inside, there is also this new pattern.  I find it quite interesting, although I'm not crazy about the edging.

Sighhhhhhh......So many beautiful patterns, so little time.  

Well, I've collected most all the photos that I need for my new calendar.  Now I just have to decide if I want a regular calendar (of my photos) or a Pogo calendar.  Surely, I must have enough photos of that handsome little guy by now to fill a calendar.  All suggestions gladly accepted.

Next week, my first Holiday box will go in the mail.  After that, I hope it won't be long before the rest of them are ready.  First, though, I have some serious shopping to tend to.  I am missing the fun of actually shopping in person in the stores.  However, I am so very thankful to be able to shop via the internet.

One of these days, I need to get to the eyeglass store and order some new glasses.  I keep putting it off and the next thing you know, another year has gone by and I still don't have any new glasses.  I'll probably need to visit the eye doctor again first.  It's been about two years since my last visit.

While I'm busy fixing me, I think I should also make an appointment at a salon and have my hair cut again.  It's easier to take care of when it is short.  I prefer the longer hair, but it gets harder to brush it.

Well, that's it for my news today.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.  (and don't forget to vote!)

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, August 31, 2020

Farewell To August

August 31, 2020

Good morning.  Today is another gorgeous day here in New England.  It's sunny with temps in the mid seventies.  Enjoy it folks.  There's only three more weeks left of summer.  Tomorrow starts another new month.  

The mail just came and it has a new pattern book that I had ordered.  I'll take a photo and share it here tomorrow.  A girl just can't have too many patterns.  Here's a great new T-shirt that I found on the web.  Oh my, how true it is!

I want to thank Kyra and Audrey, and my friend Mary Ann for all the help with my Photoshop CC problem yesterday.   Those "Dummies" books are okay, but nothing beats smart kids and good friends.

Well, I did a little bit more crocheting last evening, and one of my projects is almost done now.  A few more nights should do it.  Then I can cross that one off my "to do" list and get on to the next project.  If I can finish everything except the afghan by the end of September, I'll be in a good position.

This afternoon, Deanne is coming by after work to pick up a birthday box and take it to the Post Office for me.  Our littlest business owner (Lilah) is turning thirteen this week.  Time sure is flying.

SIL Eddie is supposed to stop by later this afternoon and measure the storm door to the entrance to the main part of the house.  It's old and it's gracefully falling apart.  It's time to get a new storm door.  

I have a cute image to share that I borrowed from the web.  I agree, my little Yorkie makes me a very rich lady.

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

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Happy Belated Birthday, Kevin

 August 30, 2020

Good morning.  Today will be sunny and in the seventies all day.  Actually, it should stay in the seventies for the next few days.  Perfect weather.

Friday was my grandson Kevin's birthday.  He's 23 now, and only two years of school left to become a full fledged electrician.  That takes five years.  We are so proud of you Kevin.  I love you and I hope your special day was awesome.  Here's the layout that Deanne put together.  

When Deanne was here a few days ago, we placed small grocery orders at two different places online hoping to get some of the items that are usually out of stock (when I order).  Friday afternoon, the first order came from Amazon.  Awesome, now I have some paper towels.  

Yesterday, the order from Target arrived.  Super!  Now I have tissues, more coffee and my favorite macaroni and cheese.  It's a bit different from the way I used to shop, but if it works, then so be it. Next, I will order my spring water.  I like to keep a few cases on hand, but I'm on my last case now.

My flowers aren't doing so good lately, but Deanne's are still blooming.  Here's one of her gorgeous blossoms after the rain.

I've been crocheting a few rows every now and then.  Trying to get my current projects finished.  It will take a while, but I'll get it done.  I'm also working on getting my holiday boxes ready.  Looks like I still have a bit of shopping to do.  

It's going to take me a while to make my Christmas card because I'm still having problems finding my way around in this Photoshop CC.  Just changing colors is a challenge.  I haven't found the color tool yet.  sighhhhh.....Sadly, my last version of Photoshop wasn't broken, so I wonder why they changed it so

I may have to check out Photoshop Elements to see if that's been changed too.  I have a "Dummies" book for this new Photoshop, but I don't know what they are calling the paint color tool, so I don't know how to look it up.  I spent an hour this morning trying.  It's really sad when the "Dummies" book is too difficult for you to understand!

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

Hugs, Edna B. 

Friday, August 28, 2020

Cooler Temps Moving In

 August 28, 2020

Good morning.  Today is sunny, and temps aren't supposed to get any higher than eighty degrees.  An awesome day!  For the next week, temps should stay cooler.  I think it's porch season finally.  

I'm watching for delivery trucks today, tomorrow and Monday.  (from different places)  It's the new way of shopping for many of us.  I'm not complaining though, I'm actually thankful for the convenience.  A trip out to a physical store every now and then is nice though.  

I want to share something I found online yesterday.  It's a gorgeous crocheted wedding dress.  I wouldn't have the patience to make something like this, but it is beautiful.  

If anyone wants this pattern, it's available in the Spring 2017 issue of Crochet Magazine.  Back issues can be found online at

In my younger days, I didn't mind tackling bigger and more complicated crochet projects, but not so much anymore.  Now I like my patterns smaller and simpler.  But I can still appreciated the work and beauty of the more intricate patterns.

I also picked up a few more really pretty blanket and afghan patterns.  Here's one of them.  This pattern is called "Cluster Waves."  You can find it at All Free Crochet Afghan Patterns.

While I was out on the porch to get the mail this morning, I noticed that the hummingbird feeder looks empty or close to it.  So, I think I'd best make up another bottle of food for these tiny birds.  I love seeing them when they come to feed.

My cousin is supposed to call me this afternoon to let me know how she made out with her insurance company.  The storms that rolled through Pennsylvania this week dropped a huge pine tree on my cousins craft cottage (a shed containing all her craft materials and projects) and everything is destroyed.  The tree just missed her car and her house.  I'm just so thankful that Anita and her hubby did not get hurt.

Now I think I'll go make that bottle of hummingbird food.  So, till Sunday, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.