Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Memories From The Past

March 31, 2020

Good morning.  Well, today is the last day of this month of March.  Tomorrow we can welcome a new month and hope that it brings healing and peace for all of us.

I'm getting a really late start today.  I did get up early this morning.  Pogo was very hungry, so I made us breakfast around 5:30 am.  After that, I thought I might start doing a few things, but then I decided to try for a few more winks instead.  I did, and I was very successful.  Isn't it amazing how much easier it is to fall asleep in the daytime than it is in the nighttime?

A while ago, I was looking for something on the web, and I came across a picture of a Quonset Hut.  How many of you either remember, or even know what a Quonset Hut is?  I remember them from back in the 1940's.  There was a large empty lot at the end of the street that I lived on, and some of these Quonset Huts were set up there and families moved in.  Oh my, so many nice memories.

The design for these was based on the Nissen Hut that originated from World War I.  In 1941,  The George Fuller construction company manufactured the Quonset Huts on behalf of the U.S. Navy.  In World War II, the U.S. Navy needed buildings that could be quickly assembled and disassembled but could withstand the rigors of the military.  Hence, the Quonset Hut was created.  It was a vast improvement of the Nissen Hut.

After the war, these huts were needed for many things, including a place for families to live.  There's such a lot of interesting history about the Quonset Huts.  I downloaded a few pictures from the web to show how they made nice homes for a lot of folks.

Today I need to go online and see if I can straighten out a couple problems.  All the creditors have stopped answering their phones.  Instead, when you call you get a recording telling you to go online.  I paid a bill on 2/28/2020 (that wasn't due till 3/20) but the newest statement says the payment was never paid.  Now they are tacking on late fees, interest, etc.  This will not do.

Gosh, I hope this is not going to be a regular happening during this time of "no contact, no calls."  Ah well, I'm off to tend to this.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all be safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Is Fashion Ever New?

March 30, 2020

Good morning.  Tis gray and most likely wet again today.  I was contemplating a trip to the park to see the water birds but I think I'll wait for a sunny, dry day.  On the other hand, I may just wait until the end of April to make that trip to the park. 

The rate that this Covid 19 is spreading is really scary.  In order to get to the park, I will have to travel by car.  You cannot do spacing very well while sitting in your car.  I think I'll just be happy to go out on my porch for a little while for fresh air now and then. 

I've been watching the news and I find it amazing how many businesses think they should be listed as essential.  The governor has closed recreational marijuana shops because they are not essential, but is allowing the medical marijuana shops to stay open.  Now the recreational MJ shops are saying that they should be allowed to open too.  What is wrong with these people?  What is so essential about the recreational MJ? 

How about a peek at the new poncho that I'm working on.  The colors I'm using are Sandstone and Macchiato.  I really like how this one is looking. 

I've been checking online to find out if and/or when Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn will ever bring back a fashion design show.  To my surprise, they already have.  It's called "Making The Cut" and it is streaming now on Amazon Prime Video.  Woo Hoo!  Guess what I'll be looking for later today!  I really love fashion design. 

While Audrey and I were shopping at the WalMart Supercenter in Kissimmee, I stopped to take a quick photo of the new bathing suits that were on display.  They were really pretty and looked just like a bathing suit that I wore when I was around fourteen or fifteen.  Here's the photo of the new bathing suits.  They just add a little kriss kross or a side panel and voila!  A new fashion.

Then I dug out a photo of me wearing my white one back in the fifties.  A lot of my classmates and I were enjoying a day at the beach.

It just goes to show that fashion isn't really new.  It keeps going round and round, sometimes skipping a generation or two.  So, I imagine that pretty soon the maxi dresses should be making another  comeback.  I'd like to see the old fashioned maternity smocks return too.  We had some of the prettiest maternity clothes way back then.

I'm looking at the clock and Perry Mason will be on in fifteen minutes so I'd best wrap up things here.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all be safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

It's A Kitty Cat's World

March 29, 2020

Good morning.  Today is supposed to be gray, damp and in the very low forties.  No problem, Pogo and I aren't going anywhere.  But it does look like the temps will be hanging in the fifties pretty soon.  Woo Hoo!  That means we can open up the little porch soon.

Yesterday, Deanne and Eddie went grocery shopping for me and delivered everything to my porch.  I put the freezer stuff away and left the rest on the porch for a while before bringing it in the house.  When they left, Deanne took the package that I had ready for mailing to the Post Office for me.  Now I can't wait for it to get to its destination.

After seeing the great granddaughters in their new ponchos, I'm realizing that the two little ones could have been longer.  If they send them back to me, I'll add more rows.  Meanwhile, I've been working on another adult poncho. 

Deanne sent me some adorable photos of Pickles and Nutmeg to share.  These two are getting along pretty good now.  Pickles loves guarding the family water supply. 

Nutmeg loves sharing cheese and other goodies with her Dad.  Do you think she has him wrapped right around her paw?  Yup, she does.  (psst, don't tell him though!)

What would we do without our precious animals?  They are so trusting and give us so much joy. 

Today I guess I'll work on some of the junk mail, then get back to my crocheting.  I have a lot of it to finish before the end of the year.  Well, I don't have to, but I want to.  I have afghans to make, and I'll probably want to make a few more ponchos. 

If I have some time in between my crochet projects, I think I'd like to try some rock painting.  I still have the book with the instructions for the Nativity set.  This would be fun to do while I'm sitting out on the porch.  Well, we'll see. 

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

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Things Are Getting Hinky

March 27, 2020

Good morning.  The month of March is quickly fading away, and this Covid 19 mess is just getting bigger.  I wonder just how long it will go on.  Things are getting pretty bad with families.  They have no jobs, no money to pay their bills, and no hope to look forward to. 

The incentive checks won't be out for weeks, and we don't even know who will and who won't get them.  I don't know how much good they will do for the folks who do get them.  What can you pay with them?  All the bills will be way overdue, so I guess maybe they can be used to buy food? 

Has anyone noticed how the bill collectors aren't caring that no one has a job or money?  Nope, they want their money on time.  Wouldn't it be nice if the credit companies, the banks and the utilities would realize what's happening, and put payments due on hold for a while?  The people could really use a break right about now.

On a brighter note, Deanne sent me a photo of Jazzy wearing her new poncho.  I rather like it.  By the way, that's Pogo's little friend Sassy in the photo with Jazzy.

I've had a request for one more poncho.  Something in Fall colors.  Today I shall check my yarn stash to see what colors I'll pick. 

I saw on the news one day that dog adoptions are way up.  Folks are adopting dogs for company.  At least that's what they said on the news.  I do hope that once this whole virus mess is over, that folks don't abandon their new pets.  Our animals deserve better than that.  This image that I borrowed from the web says it all.

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

Hugs, Edna B.

p.s.  I looked up the word "hinky."  It means strange, suspect, uncertain, etc.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

A Pretty Day Today

March 26, 2020

Good morning.  The sun is shining and today promises to be a really nice day.  Let me start this post with an update on Jack Jack.  His mom says he has a bit more energy, but the healing is very slow.  I'll take that tiny improvement each day and say thank you. 

Are you like me?  Do you call your doggy all sorts of dumb names?  Pogo is used to me, whatever I call him, he responds.  Sometimes it's Pistachio, or Pasquale, or Mr. P, and even Dog Wog.  Pogo  seems to know that it's just a game. 

At the moment, his belly is full of breakfast and he is napping.  Oh wait, they are showing on of my favorite commercials on TV.  It's the one where the guy in the background is singing "I Want To Go Home."  It's put on by "Family, Pass It On."  I just love this commercial.

Today I have a couple photos that I took in Florida.  This first one is one of the snacks that we just could not pass up.  Different colored Peeps!  Grape, Watermelon and regular yellow.  Oh yum!

I took this other photo one day while I was in the car waiting for Audrey to come out of the market.  Even the landscaping around the parking lots is beautiful in Kissimmee.  This is one of the huge shrubs (more like a tree).  I don't know what it is but it is beautiful.

During the two weeks that I was gone, and all of last week, I got a ton of junk mail.  So I guess that will be today's project.  Go through and get rid of all of it.  Oh such fun!

Now I think I'll be getting on with today.  I'm going to call Deanne on my Portal before settling in to some blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Shopping Sure Is Different Nowadays

March 25, 2020

Good morning.  Tis gray outside and 37F degrees.  I did not plan on being up this early, but here I am.  The good part about getting up early is that I can take a nap later on. 

I spent some time yesterday on-line looking for easy patterns for items to crochet for men.  I did find a few, but so far nothing that makes me want to dig out some yarn.  I already had one pattern though, that I might try.  Maybe later.

Today I shall try to make up a shopping list.  It's hard to do because a lot of what I want or need is not available.  Plus, the early morning "elderly only" shopping hours don't do me any good unless I can go out to the store to shop.  My daughter would go for me, but she is not elderly and therefore would not be allowed into the store during those hours. 

Of course, the good part of all of this isolation stuff is that I have a Portal and can see my family when we call each other on the phone.  So, it's not really isolation.  Actually, Pogo and I are used to staying indoors a lot.  When the temperatures get too cold or too hot, it makes it hard for me to breathe, therefore we stay in a lot.

We had reservations to go to the Paris Cabaret this weekend to see Bye Bye Birdie.  Alas, it has been cancelled along with most other events. 

Last night, I boxed up the cotton green and white lapghan so that it can be mailed out soon.  I really think this cotton yarn would make nice baby blankets, so I might try that soon.  Nowadays the cotton yarn comes in some gorgeous colors.  Hmmm, maybe I'll order some this afternoon. 

Before I leave to find some fun mischief to get into, I have a giggle to share with you.  You can substitute the word "cat" if you don't have a dog.

Now I'm off to get started on this new day.  So, Y'all be safe and have a fantabulous day. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Happy News

March 24, 2020

Good morning.  Today the sun is shining but it is still a bit on the cold side.  Yesterday, we had snow.  Yup, this is my driveway once the snow started falling.

 There was good news though.  Jack Jack's test results came back and he does not have Covid 19.  However, he does have to stay quarantined for his own safety because he is high risk.  So now we are all praying for the pneumonia to heal soon. 

I have another really happy story to share today.  My mailman came by yesterday with the mail.  While keeping a safe distance, he asked if I needed anything.  I did need stamps, so I gave him a check for a roll of stamps and he said he would bring them by after work.  He did, and he also brought me some boxes of pasta, some rolls of toilet paper, a box of gloves and a  huge bottle of water. 

This definitely made my heart happy.  The world is full of wonderful people.  Folks, if there is someone elderly or shut in living near you, do check in on them to see if they need anything.  Even if they don't need anything, just the fact that you thought of them will make their whole day a happy event.

Yesterday I also finished the fourth poncho.  This one is for my great granddaughter Lilah.  Today I shall package it up along with the one for her little sister, and hopefully mail them to the girls.  Here's a photo of Lilah's poncho.  This one is Minty Green.

Next, I shall have to look for a nice pattern for something for the boys.  Plus, I still need to finish the Navy afghan and a couple others.  Goodness knows, I have plenty to keep me busy. 

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

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, March 23, 2020

The Touchpad Monster Is Alive And Well

March 23, 2020

Good morning.  Yesterday, my daughter Audrey called and attempted via the telephone to disarm the touchpad.  Well, you know this touchpad  is a very tricky little gadget.  It does not go away.  We uninstalled it, we got rid of its drivers, it did not go away.  We just don't know what it will take to get rid of it. 

I had it covered over so that I would not touch it by mistake, but now I've uncovered it.  It seems to be having a party all by itself.  It moves the cursor all over the place by itself, and it plays with the words.  I'm thinking this is a losing battle.

The weatherman says that we have a winter storm coming here shortly after lunch, including a bit of snow.  March is definitely not going out like a lamb!  It's getting tricky to type, so I'll keep this post short.

I did want to share a beautiful image that I borrowed from the web.  Its message is strong.

I have no new information about my great grandson Jack.  We're still waiting for his test results. Hopefully, we'll have some good news later today or tomorrow. 

Today I'll mail my tax stuff to the accountant and hope that it gets there in time to be filed before the deadline.  So far, the state has not extended the deadline date for filing.  I would deliver the stuff in person to their office, but I'm not supposed to go anywhere during this viral crisis time.  I'm not complaining, I do understand.

Now I'm going to make myself a hot cup of coffee and maybe crochet a bit.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all be safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

This Virus Is Touching All Of Us

March 22, 2020

So far, the morning is starting off sucky!  Windows 10 has already erased my whole post.  Tomorrow, I shall call the computer store to see if they can tell me how to SHUT OFF the touchpad on my laptop.  The instructions I find on the web do not help me because the setting I need to do this is not on my laptop.  The pictures and diagrams don't match my laptop settings. 

If I can't shut the touchpad off, I may have to get rid of this laptop.  It is constantly giving me grief and stress, which I can gladly do without.  After today, I may have to use my little laptop to type my posts. 

Friday I got the news that my great grandson, Jack has pneumonia and was tested for Covid 19.  Test results should be back Monday or Tuesday.  I'm praying for negative results and a speedy healing from the pneumonia.

Jack's mom, Randi, is a nurse and yesterday was her birthday.  Happy Birthday Randi.  I'm keeping you and Jack in my prayers.  I love you.

I'm still housebound.  Deanne and Eddie are shopping for me.  Here's a photo Deanne sent me of a touch of Spring popping up in her yard.

Now I'm done with this post before it disappears again.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all be safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Keeping Deliveries Safe

March 20, 2020

Good morning.  It's almost 5:30 a.m. and I'm wide awake.  I did try to go back to sleep, but it didn't work.  Something strange has happened on Blogger/Google.  The past few days, I've been trying to visit a friend's blog, but I get a big warning that says I can't go there because it is too dangerous.  ???  I finally sent the person an email to ask what is wrong.  I can't imagine what it could be.

Well, I finally did it!  I finished adding all my columns of stuff for my taxes.  I'm just waiting for one number, which I will get today, then I can send it all to the accountant.  Phew!  I can get back to my crocheting now. 

Because I do a lot of my shopping on-line, Audrey sent me the following information from World News.  I thought it might be a good idea to pass it along to others.

This is something that most of us don't even think about.  I guess I'll have to start wearing gloves when I bring in the mail.  Or I could just leave it in the box outside for a few hours before bringing it in.  Hmmm, lots to think about.

Spring is in the air and lots of green shoots are coming up out of the ground.  Lots of folks are cleaning up their yards and burning or getting rid of yard debris.  I borrowed this from the web to share with you.  Always be careful there are no homes and babies in that yard debris before raking and burning.

I have to start spending time with the mounds of junk mail that came while I was away.  It takes a while because I take my personal information off every piece of it before putting it in the recycle bin.  Staying indoors won't be boring for me.  I've got tons of stuff to do to keep me busy. 

As soon as the warmer temps decide to stay, I want my porch screen covers taken down so that Pogo and I can spend some time out there.  I also need to start bagging up more stuff to send to Good Will.  (actually, I give it to Big Brother, Big Sister first)

I'm getting hungry now so I think I'll go to the kitchen and make some breakfast for Pogo and me.  A cup of coffee will taste mighty good too.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend.  Be safe.

Hugs, Edna.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Welcome Spring!

March 19, 2020

Good morning.  Happy Spring to everyone.  It actually arrives late tonight (11:49 p.m.) but we can celebrate it today.  Now we just have to wait for the temperatures to catch up. 

Well, I guess the concensus is in.  I am going to have to self isolate.  This is going to be difficult.  I run a rooming house.  Plus I have family who come to see me and help me out.  How do I do this?  Do I just have everyone only come as far as the porch?  And what about tenants?  If I don't rent the rooms and take care of the tenants, how do the bills get paid? 

I also have to be careful for Pogo.  Humans can pass the virus to him.  He's too tiny to fight it.  And, I have to figure out how to send things out from inside here.  I still have those afghans that have to be mailed out.  Maybe I should hold off sending them until this virus blows over?

I watched an interview on TV this morning of an adult patient (in a hospital bed) trying to recover from Covid 19.  What he had to say was not pretty.  I just hope a lot of folks saw the same interview.  When I see videos of the young people flocking to the beaches in Florida (and I'm sure other places), it makes my heart sad.  These young folks seem to think that they are invincible.  They are not. 

Here's something I borrowed from the web that might be of help to some folks.  It's a recipe for hand sanitizer.

I also found this image that I thought is really cute and very creative.  It's also a great way to recycle old suitcases.

Do you like olives?  I do.  I found this image on the web and thought I'd like to share it with you.  Wow, look at all the wonderful reasons to eat more olives!

Now it's time for me to do a bit of blog reading before finding some mischief to get into.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.  Be safe.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Grocery Shopping Can Be An Eye Opener

March 18, 2020

Good morning.  Tis only five a.m. but I'm up so I may as well enjoy a cup of coffee and type my post.  I had a nap yesterday from mid to late afternoon, so sleep has been fitful all through the night.

Well, yesterday was an interesting day for me.  I got to go grocery shopping.  Oooh wee!  Was I in for a surprise.  I went with one of the guys from the house, and we went to the market where he shops, Shaw's Market.

I know this market's prices are higher than I'm used to paying, but their prices now are ridiculous!  There are price signs every where and other small signs saying that "these prices in effect until April 30.  A small box of macaroni and cheese that usually costs $1.00 was $2.50.  Cans of fruit that usually cost between $1.00 and $1.49 were $2.49.  There were some eggs on sale for $4.99 to $5.49 a dozen.  These were normally $5.99 to $6.49 a dozen.  And so it went throughout the market.

Don't get me wrong, I was definitely thankful that I was able to buy some of the groceries that I wanted, but I call this price gouging.  Maybe I'm wrong, but the markets that I normally shop at don't charge these high prices.

At the checkout counter, I saw a store manager and mentioned to him that I thought their prices were exhorbitant.  He acted really surprised and said "Really?  Which ones?"  I told him just about all of their prices.  He seemed embarrassed and tried to talk to me about a points program that they have and how I could get free coupons if I spent enough there.  I dropped it, paid my bill, and we left.

On the way home, we got a nice surprise.  Mike (the guy with me) had to stop to get some gas for his car.  The price was super, only $1.95 per gallon.  I took this shot through the wet windshield.  It was still raining lightly.

By the time we got back home, I was exhausted.  I put all the refrigerator and freezer items away, then it was nap time.  This morning I'll put away the rest of the items that I bought.  My breathing isn't the greatest, so as you can see, I'm really slow at some (most) things.

On the news, they are saying that the date for tax payment is being extended for 90 days, but the deadline to file the taxes is still April 15.  So far.  And New York City now has 900 confirmed cases of the virus!  California must be really bad because their schools may be closed for the rest of the year.  The U.S. figures are 105 deaths, 5700+ cases.

This Corona virus is nasty.  Yet, there are still so many folks not paying attention to all the safety warnings.  If everyone paid heed to them, maybe we could lick this thing sooner than later.  This pandemic is really changing life for all of us.

I took a short break here to watch the morning news.  Things are looking gloomy all over.  I'm praying that we all come through this okay.  My coffee is cold (I haven't been drinking it fast enough)   I think I'll head to the kitchen for a fresh cup of coffee.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.  Be safe!

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Happy St. Patrick's Day 2020

March 17, 2020

Good morning.  My goodness, the day started with light snow flurries.  We should also get some light rain showers before the day is over.  Well, Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone.  The color for today is green for most folks, while a few Protestants will wear orange. 

St. Patrick's Day is a global celebration of Irish culture on or around March 17.  It particularly remembers St. Patrick, one of Ireland's patron saints, who ministered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century.  St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in countries with people of Irish descent.

The colors on the Irish flag are green, white and orange.  The white is supposed to symbolize the peace between the (green) Roman Catholic majority and the (orange) Protestant minority.  There is a lot of interesting history about this day on the web.  Have some fun and look it up. 

I say "have fun" because I find learning new things very interesting and enjoyable.  Most of us have to spend a lot of time at home now (because of the virus) so it's a great time for learning new things.

Today, I have a couple photos to share that I took while waiting at the car rental place for my driver to take me to the airport.  (Sunday morning in Kissimmee)  I thought the tree in this first photo looked a bit lonesome. 

The sun rising in Florida is quite a site.   It is a huge bright yellow ball that showers everything in its path with a golden yellow glow.  In this photo, you can see it shining through the branches on the tree, making it such a pretty view.

Before I left Florida, I had placed a grocery order online to be picked up when I got home.  However, the order picker does not pick the order until it is to be picked up, and they stopped the Sunday pickup (at WalMart) so my order did not get picked until some time mid Monday.  By then, a lot of the items that I had ordered were already out of stock. 

Of course, I'm grateful for what I did get, but now I have to go out and shop somewhere else to see if I can pick up a few items.  On the news this morning, I heard that Stop & Shop markets will be opening days from 6 am to 7:30 am to give folks 65 and older a chance to do their shopping without the crowds.  I think that's wonderful, except why so early in the morning?  It's not even daylight until after 7 am.  Ah well, at least they are trying to help us.

It got up late today, and it's time for me to get busy around here.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a wonderful day.  Be safe. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, March 16, 2020

We're Home!

March 16, 2020

Good morning.   Thanks for all the good wishes for safe travel.  Audrey got home safely right about the time our plane was getting to land down in Boston.  Eddie and Kevin were there to meet Pogo and me.  Deanne had to work, so I'll get to see her soon. 

With all the businesses and schools around here shutting down for the next two or three weeks, I wonder what will happen at Deanne, Eddie and Kevin's jobs.  Deanne works at the local Amazon warehouse making sure all the packages and cartons get shipped out.  Eddie and Kevin are electricians and both are busy working in large buildings in Boston. 

I had made a grocery order to be picked up at the local WalMart, but they suspended Sunday pickups, and changed it to this afternoon.  So far, I have not been notified of any more changes.  I got a call this morning from my tax accountant's office.  They  will not be seeing anyone in the office until further notice.  We'll do business via the mail or phone. 

Yesterday was bittersweet.  Not only was it time for us to go home, but it was also time to say bye bye to my daughter Audrey.  I missed her before she even left.  This is a selfie that we took saying goodbye when her shuttle bus came a little after 5 a.m.

Next, I have a couple photos to share that I took through the plane window on my trip home.  We flew fairly close to land for part of our trip.  The first photo shows  how close.  Then I cropped the photo on the right side.  Those tall things are tall buildings.  I couldn't resist the last photo.  It was so pretty.

Deanne texted to say she'd be here soon so I'd best get going here.  I still have a lot of unpacking to do.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Our Last Day Here

March 14, 2020

This is my second time around posting this morning.  My first post just did a disappearing trick.  Poof!  That's all she wrote!  There are days when I really hate the gremlin this Windows 10 keyboard!

I've been blogging since January 2008, and I never used to have this problem.  Lately, it seems to be happening all the time.  And I save everything, every few lines.  Somehow, that does not help.  When it poofs, it poofs!

There are no masks anywhere to be bought so Audrey made me one.  We used the material that I had bought to line the pocket on the gold poncho.  (the pocket that I decided not make)  

Well, it's not beautiful, but it does a good job of shutting out the air around me.  It keeps my mouth nice and warm and my glasses fogged up when I breath.  I really hate wearing masks, but I'll do the best I can with it till I get home.  

Gosh, I look like I'm going to rob a bank or something.  Don't I?`  The security at the airport will probably want to run my new mask through the xray machine to make sure I'm not hiding any trade secrets in it.  

Today I have a couple photos I took of the birds around here.  A beautiful Mockingbird and a Muscovy Duck.

Take a close look at the duck's bill.  Doesn't it look like there's a wolf head coming out of its mouth?

Well, this is our last day here.  We both leave early in the morning.  Audrey first, then me and Pogo.   The suitcases are almost all packed and ready to be put in the car.  Audrey's shuttle picks her up at 5:15 am, and we leave at 7:30 am to return the car.  A driver will be waiting to take Pogo and me to the airport.  

Here we go, we're on our way home!  (image borrowed from the web)

So, till Monday, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend.  Be safe.
Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Happy Birthday To Eddie

Mach 13, 2020

Good morning.  Oh my, it is so pretty outside this morning.  The sun is shining and it's 68F degrees.  Later temps will get up to the mid eighties.  It's like a perfect summer day back home.

Yesterday was SIL Eddie's birthday.  I posted greetings on FaceBook, but I forgot to put them here on my blog.  My bad!  So, Happy Birthday Eddie.  I hope your day was awesome and you have another awesome year to look forward to.  "SMOOCH! SMOOCH WOOF!  We love you."  (Birthday kisses from me, Audrey and Pogo)  Here's a photo that Deanne sent to me last evening.

Today we will take the mailer box to celebration, and then make one stop at the super market to pick up some doggy food.  We'll also look for a mask for the trip home on the plane.  It's a request from my daughter Deanne, and I'll try to do it.

Yesterday, I finished the Gold poncho.  All I have left to do on it is a couple rounds of stitches around the neck area.  I'll do that when I get home.  I've also decided not to put a pocket on it.

Once this poncho was wrapped and tucked into my suitcase, I started the next one.  This one will be for Lilah, and I'll use "Minty" colored yarn.

Maybe later today, we'll get to walk around this place and take a few photos.  We'll see.  If not, we can just sit out on the porch and relax.  There's just today and tomorrow left, and then we'll be on our way home.  I'm going to miss this little piece of heaven.

I'll  most likely post tomorrow because I won't have time Sunday morning.  I leave here at 7:30 a.m.  Security checking at the airport takes a bit longer now.  This time, I'll take off the oxygen so they'll not be getting any freebie pat downs this trip.

Now it's time for me to get dressed and go mail my box.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Yarn Catastrophy!

March 12, 2020

Good morning.  It's almost daylight time.  I've been awake for quite a while and finally decided to get up and type my post.  I can take a nap later this afternoon.  Today we are supposed to go to Celebration to mail a box home.  If we don't make it, we'll do it tomorrow.

Last evening, Ii tried packing my suitcase so I would know what to mail home, but my concentration was off so I finally quit.  Basically, most of the yarn projects and anything that I bought will go in the mailer box.

Speaking of yarn projects, Audrey took this photo yesterday of the pile of yarn that I had to rip out because there was a mistake a couple rows back that must have happened when I dozed off in the middle of crocheting.  That will teach me not to sleep while sitting up crocheting!

Audrey has been working on a beautiful shawl with one of those new yarn "cakes."  The colors are gorgeous.

Gosh, I can't believe that it's already Thursday.  The time is flying by so quickly.  The upside of it is that Spring is only days away.  At home, we'll be able to open up the porch soon and Pogo and I can sit out there.

I did not get out for any photo shoots here, but I'm still glad that I was able to come and enjoy the warm sunshine.  It's so relaxing and pretty here.  Everywhere you look, there are flowering shrubs and trees.

A couple days ago while Audrey was outside, she spotted some movement in a near by tree, and then the bird came closer and sat on the wall. I grabbed my camera and went right outside.   I'll have to look this fellow up in my bird book when I get home to see what exactly he is.  Falcon?  Hawk?  Either way, it's a gorgeous bird!

Watching the news this morning has been a bit depressing.  All sorts of events and places are being cancelled because of the Corona Virus.  More and more travel is being cancelled.  Even sports games are being cancelled.  TV shows with live audiences are being taped without the live audiences.  I'm hoping that Audrey, Pogo and I all get home on time, and in good health.

Audrey is awake and up now, and I'm about to do some blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

My Windows 10 Is Almost Out Of Service?

March 11, 2020

Good morning.  I was up at six a.m., ready to type my post, but Microsoft had other ideas.  Instead, I crocheted while my version of Windows was being completely updated.  I've never seen this before, but I had no choice so I let it update.  It took about an hour and forty minutes.

It said, on my screen...….
"Your version of Windows 10 is nearing the end of service.  With this update, you'll be running the most recent version of Windows.  Restart now, or leave your device on and plugged in and we'll restart it at 6:34 am."

I did not want it to shut off while I was typing, so I picked up my yarn and let the laptop do its thing.  Has anyone else had this happen?

Today is already Wednesday.  Bummer!  Only four more beautiful days of Florida for us to enjoy.  There is a UPS store down the road in Celebration that will pack up your box and mail it off for you.  So, I've decided that instead of trying find a box, then buy packing tape, I'm going to take everything that I want to mail back home to the UPS store and let them do it for me.  This gives us more time to enjoy ourselves.

I have a few more inches to go on Jazzy's poncho and it will be finished.  Of course, it takes a while to put on each row, but I'm hoping to finish it later today or tomorrow.  Meanwhile, Audrey finished the circular vest that she was making, and is now working on a new project.

Audrey and I have been indulging in a few extravaganzas, namely big bowls of ice cream with fruit and cool whip for dessert in the evening.  Doesn't this look yummy?  Mmmm!  Strawberry ice cream, crushed pineapple and cool whip. Two nights ago, we had bananas on it.

We went shopping again yesterday to return the capri pants that I had bought.  While we were there, we each picked up some new yarn.  (So what else is new?)  We needed to pick up a couple more of Pogo's doggy food, but they were out of it.  No problem.  When we go to Celebration, we'll stop at their market and pick some up there.

Celebration is a little town that Disney built across the street from Disney World.  We are right down the street from there.  Every year, I get to drive through this little town to see how much it has grown.  It's really quite lovely.

I have to share this with you.  The other morning, Audrey went outside to have a smoke, and there were three little hungry squirrels looking for some food.  She came back in and grabbed some bread (that was handy) and went back out to feed her new little friends.  After a while, I took my camera and went out to catch a few photos.

The other day when we were at the pond by the flea market, Audrey spotted something in the water and snapped a photo of it.  You'll never guess what it was.  A turtle!  As soon as it spotted us, it went right back down into the water.  Nice shot, Audrey!

Audrey will be waking up soon so I think I'll stop here and do a bit of blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

The Full Worm Moon

March 10, 2020

Good morning.  This is my second attempt at writing this post.  I was almost finished with it, and POOF!  All gone!  I must be hitting a key on this thing (just like on my big laptop) that erases everything.  I'd like to know which key it is so that I can rip it right off the keyboard!  Then I would fill in the empty space with Gorilla Glue so that it could never erase my posts again!

In case you are wondering why I usually only post two, maybe three, photos at a time, let me explain.  I have my blog printed  into hard cover books.  When I post more photos, I can't fit a whole four months into a book, and I don't want to make more than three books a year.

When I first started blogging, I fit a whole year into one book.  But then I got a bit wordy and started posting lots of photos.  Now I'm up to a book every four months.

Have any of you been outside photographing this gorgeous Full Worm Moon?  Audrey and I have been out the last two evenings.  Sunday night started out rather cloudy, but Audrey got this really pretty photo.  I love the softness of the colors and the clouds.

Last night, the sky was clear as a bell, and we both got some really nice shots.  This is one of my photos, plus a close up crop to show some of the detail on this beautiful moon.

Today I think we're going to go shopping.  I bought a new pair of capri pants the other day, but they don't fit.  So they shall be returned.  What a shame.  They are a pretty green color and would made a nice addition to my wardrobe.  I have two rather shabby pair of denim bermuda shorts that I have worn the daylights out of.  They were old quite a few years ago, and now they are doing their best to last a little while longer, but this may be the year that does them in.

Sigh...why do our favorite things have to wear out?  I remember some years ago, I had a favorite long sleeve lightweight plaid flannel shirt.  Gosh, I loved that shirt and I wore the dickens out of it.  As time went on, a little tear or hole would appear.  I would get out the big roll of duct tape and tape over the damaged spot on the inside of the shirt.  After two or three years of this, the whole inside of the shirt was duct tape!  Finally, my hubby insisted that I throw the shirt away.  I did so, but it really hurt!

Well, it's a little after seven o'clock and Pogo and Audrey are still sleeping.  I think I'll try to catch a few more winks.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.